Sunday, January 21, 2018

The Doctrine of the Church Must Not Be Adapted to Times and Other Ideologies

  • THE TRUTH REVEALED BY GOD IS IMMUTABLE AND DOES NOT CHANGE WITH TIME.
  • THOSE WHO SUPPORT THE REPORTED ERRORS "SAY THAT THE HOLY SPIRIT INFUSES NOW IN THE SOULS OF THE FAITHFUL MORE ABUNDANT CHARISMS THAN IN PAST TIMES", POINTED OUT POPE LEO XIII.
  • THE SAME THING SAY TODAY THOSE WHO REPEAT THESE OLD THESES AGAINST CATHOLIC FAITH.
  • THE OLD HERESIES ARE NOT ONLY OLD BUT ALSO RETROGRADE.
  • THEY ARE OLD AND VULGAR ERRORS THAT ARE RECYCLED AND PRESENTED AS NEW "DISCOVERIES”.

APOSTOLIC LETTER "TESTEM BENEVOLENTIAE":


“…The underlying principle of these new (and condemnable)* opinions is that (according to these relativists)*, in order to more easily attract those who differ from her, the Church should shape her teachings more in accord with the spirit of the age and relax some of her ancient severity and make some concessions to new opinions. Many think that these concessions should be made not only in regard to ways of living, but even in regard to doctrines which belong to the deposit of the faith. They contend that it would be opportune, in order to gain those who differ from us, to omit certain points of her teaching which are of lesser importance, and to tone down the meaning which the Church has always attached to them.

“It does not need many words, beloved son, to prove the falsity of these ideas if the nature and origin of the doctrine which the Church proposes are recalled to mind. The Vatican Council says concerning this point: “For the doctrine of faith which God has revealed has not been proposed, like a philosophical invention to be perfected by human ingenuity, but has been delivered as a divine deposit to the Spouse of Christ to be faithfully kept and infallibly declared. Hence that meaning of the sacred dogmas is perpetually to be retained which our Holy Mother, the Church, has once declared, nor is that meaning ever to be departed from under the pretense or pretext of a deeper comprehension of them.” (Constitutio “Dei Filius” on Catholic faith, Chapter IV).

“…Let it be far from anyone’s mind to suppress for any reason any doctrine that has been handed down. Such a policy would tend rather to separate Catholics from the Church than to bring in those who differ. There is nothing closer to our heart than to have those who are separated from the fold of Christ return to it, but in no other way than the way pointed out by Christ.”

*NOTE: The two texts in parentheses – and not in bold - are of CATHOLICYTBLOG to make the context more comprehensible.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Prayer reminder for the thirteenth day of each month


We remind you that today, as every 13th day of each month, we will join together in prayer for five minutes, for the intentions that are explained in the following link: http://www.catholicityblog.com/2016/01/appeal-to-our-friendsreaders.html

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Jim Caviezel: “We Must Be ‘Warriors’ Ready to Risk Our Lives for the Gospel

“Passion of the Christ” star

The Passion of the Christ star and veteran of numerous other film and television productions made a surprise appearance Wednesday evening at the SLS18 (Student Leadership Summit 2018.


(LifeSiteNews / InfoCatólica) Catholics must be ready to risk our lives and reputation to defeat evil in the world, said Jim Caviezel, actor and star of the film «The Passion of the Christ», at a convention of Catholic university students this week.

“Only through the faith and Christ’s wisdom can we be saved,” Caviezel said, “but it will also take people who are prepared to fight, sacrifice and suffer.”
Indifference, the greatest sin of the 20th century
Citing St. Maximilian Kolbe, Caviezel said that indifference was the greatest sin of the 20th century, and still is in the 21st century.
“We must shake off this indifference, this destructive tolerance of evil. But only our faith and the wisdom of Christ can save us,” he said. “But it requires warriors, ready to risk their reputations, their names, even our very lives, to stand for the truth.”
“Set yourselves apart from this corrupt generation,” the actor challenged those in attendance. “Be saints. You weren’t made to fit in. You were born to stand out.”
The Passion of the Christ star and veteran of numerous other film and television productions made a surprise appearance Wednesday evening at the SLS18 (Student Leadership Summit 2018) conference sponsored by The Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS).
The event is running January 2-6 in Chicago, and geared to form Catholic college students to be missionaries in their lives, in particular on campus.
Caviezel’s message, captured on video and posted to Facebook by Father Brian Buettner, Vocations Director at Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, was enthusiastically received.

Jim Caviezel en Pablo, Apostol de Cristo
He prefaced his talk with his forthcoming movie Paul, Apostle of Christ, sharing how the filmmaking experience showed him that to be great in the eyes of God, we must first be small and accept Him entirely, allowing Him to guide us.
The Cross, inseparable companion of the Christian
Caviezel also spoke of the significance of suffering, and decried the prevalent misunderstanding that Christianity is merely about “happy talk.”
It was not by chance that he was called to acting, he said, sharing how earlier roles lead to his being tapped to play Christ in Mel Gibson’s epic film of Christ’s Passion and Resurrection.

Jim Caviezel en la Pasión de Cristo
Caviezel told those at the FOCUS conference that likewise, their lives were not just comprised of coincidence.
“Some of you may be miserable right now, confused, uncertain of the future, hurting,” he said. “This is not the time to back off or to give in.”
He recounted how completing the role of Christ entailed great trial and suffering for him, including physical aspects of scourging, being crucified, struck by lightning, and open-heart surgery after five-plus months of hypothermia.

Jim Caviezel en la Pasión de Cristo
Caviezel’s shoulder was also separated while carrying the cross during filming, which he continued to withstand to finish the film. This was like a penance, he said.
“When I was up there on the cross I learned that in His suffering was our redemption,” Caviezel shared. “Remember the servant is no greater than the master.”
“Each of us must carry our own cross,” he continued. “There is a price for our faith, for our freedoms.”
He told the crowd that the suffering made his performance, “just as it makes our lives.”
Caviezel went on to stress that the resurrection, and indeed our salvation, comes at a price.
“Some of us now, you know them, embrace a fake Christianity, where its all happy talk - I call it ‘happy Jesus’ - and glory.”
“Guys, there was a lot of pain and suffering … before the resurrection,” Caviezel stated. “Your path will be no different. So embrace your cross, and race toward your goal.”
Caviezel has spoken openly about his faith and pro-life convictions in the past, and shared how his experience making The Passion of the Christ has affected him spiritually. He has also advocated for adoption, and been open about his and wife Kerri’s experience as adoptive parents.
Express your faith shamelessly
He challenged those at the Catholic gathering to publicly live their faith.
“I want you to go out to this pagan world,” Caviezel stated, “I want you to have the courage to step into this pagan world and shamelessly express your faith in public.”
“The world needs proud warriors, animated by their faith,” he added. “Warriors like St. Paul, and St. Luke, who risked their names, their reputations, to take their faith, their love for Jesus into the world.”
“God is calling each one of us – each one of you – to do great things,” he said.
Fast, meditate on the Holy Scriptures and take the holy sacraments seriously
We often fail to respond, dismissing God’s call, Caviezel told the Catholic crowd. And it is now time for this generation to accept that call, ourselves entirely to Him, he said, returning to prayer and fasting, scripture and the sacraments.
“But you first must make the commitment to start praying,” Caviezel said, “to fast, to meditate on the Holy Scriptures and to take the holy sacraments seriously.”
Freedom and debauchery
We are a culture now in decline, he added, and our whole world is entrenched in sin, freedom has been replaced with license.
“For in our country now we are only too happy to go with the flow,” Caviezel stated. “We have a shrine to freedom now where all choices are equal no matter what the consequences are. Do you honestly think this is true freedom?”    
Every generation of Americans needs to know that freedom exists not to do what you like, he said, but having the right to do what you ought.
“That is the freedom that I wish for you,” he told the conference, “freedom from sin, freedom from your weaknesses, freedom from this slavery that sin makes out of all of us. That is the freedom that is worth dying for.”
In closing Caviezel recounted the scene in Gibson’s Braveheart film with William Wallace challenging his men as they faced certain defeat, telling them their enemies may take their lives, but they'll never take their freedom.
Caviezel quoted the line from the scene that, “Every man dies, not every man truly lives.”
“You, you, you,” he exclaimed - pointing to individuals in the audience, “we all must fight for that authentic freedom and live, my friends.”
“By God, we must live,” Caviezel concluded, “and with the Holy Spirit as your shield and Christ as your sword, may you join St. Michael and all the angels in sending Lucifer and his henchmen straight right back to Hell where they belong!”.