Tuesday, June 2, 2020

THE MEANING OF DOGMAS CAN NEVER CHANGE OR BE CONTRADICTED


Vatican Council I, in the Constitution Dei Filius, chap. 4, declared:

“For, the doctrine of faith which God revealed has not been handed down as a philosophic invention to the human mind to be perfected, but has been entrusted as a divine deposit to the Spouse of Christ, to be faithfully guarded and infallibly interpreted. Hence, also, that understanding of its sacred dogmas must be perpetually retained, which Holy Mother Church has once declared; and there must never be recession from that meaning under the specious name of a deeper understanding.”

Then, in Canon 3 on faith and reason, it says: “If anyone says that it is possible that at some time, given the advancement of knowledge, a sense may be assigned to the dogmas propounded by the church which is different from that which the church has understood and understands: let him be anathema.”

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Sunday, May 31, 2020

THE STRATEGY OF THE ENEMY


Pope Pius XII’s address on 12-X-1952:

"Do not ask who the enemy is? or what clothes he wears? It is to be found everywhere and among everyone; it can be both violent and astute. In these last centuries, it has attempted to disintegrate the intellectual, moral, and social unity in the mysterious organism of Christ. It has sought nature without grace, reason without faith, freedom without authority, and, at times, authority without freedom. It is an ‘enemy’ that has become more and more apparent with an absence of scruples that still surprises: Christ yes; the Church no! Afterwards: God yes; Christ no! Finally the impious shout: God is dead and, even, God never existed! And behold now the attempt to build the structure of the world on foundations which we do not hesitate to indicate as the main causes of the threat that hangs over humanity: economy without God, law without God, politics without God.

“The enemy has committed himself and is determined to make Christ a stranger in the families, in legislative activity and in the intelligence among peoples, where peacee or war is decided.

"This enemy is corrupting the world with a press and with shows that kill modesty in young people and maidens, and destroy love between spouses."

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

SERMON ON THE VIRGIN MARY. Words of Saint John Bosco addressed to young people.


Mary loves youth, and therefore she loves and blesses those who dedicate themselves to doing good for young people.

Because She is a Mother, and mothers care more about younger children than adults, because little ones are more innocent; because young people are in greater danger of being deceived and led into vice.

In addition, the youngsters represent more vividly to her Jesus who spent his childhood and youth under his maternal eyes.

Knowing then that the Mother of God loves you so much, listen carefully to what I am going to tell you: If we want graces and favors, let us turn to Mary, let us pray to Mary; but in order for her to intercede for us, it is necessary to demonstrate our true devotion in three things: First, avoid all sin and try to keep it away from you always. There is nothing that can harm us more and displease Our Lady and her Blessed Son more than sin. Once there was a young man who offered Our Lady his prayers, good deeds and alms, and one night he saw in a dream that the Blessed Virgin appeared to him and presented him with a tray with the most beautiful and attractive fruits: apples, grapes, pears, etc.; but all covered with the dirty rag with which a sick person had cleaned his sores. Mary said: "receive these fruits and eat." But the young man replied: "My Lady, the fruits are very beautiful, but the cloth with which they are covered is so disgusting that I do not dare to receive these fruits because I would vomit." Then the Queen of Heaven replied: "This is what the offerings and prayers that you offer me are: very beautiful and attractive, but they all come covered with a horrible cloth: the sins that you continue to commit and that you refuse to stop committing." The next day the young man woke up very worried about this dream, and from that day he fleed from every occasion of sin and definitively stopped committing the sins that made his life so unpleasant before Our Lord.

The second condition for our devotion to Our Lady to be true is to imitate her in her virtues, especially in her great charity and in her great purity. A devotion to Mary that does not achieve an improvement in our life is not true devotion. If we pray to her and continue in our sins as before, it may be that our devotion is false. The true devotee of Our Lady imitates her in his love of neighbor. Mary, says the Bible, "ran to help Elizabeth". She ran because favors must be done soon and without waiting for people to ask us. Mary’s greatest devotees are always those who treat others with the most charity and generosity.

And there is a third condition for our devotion to the Heavenly Queen to be true: to show her with small, but frequent external actions, the great love we have for her. For example: always wear your medal and kiss the image of Our Lady when you get up or go to bed. Have her picture on the desk or work table to remember her and invoke her. Place a beautiful picture of the Mother of God in your room, decorate the images of Our Lady in the month of May. Offer for her some small mortification or some good deed or a little alms on Saturdays or Marian feasts. Tell others about the favors that Mary Help of Christians has obtained for her devotees. The genuine devotion to Our Lady is contagious. Those who love her pledge this devotion to others. Distribute images of Our Lady, etc. She tells us: "If you do something for me: I will do a lot for you."

Always remember: on every occasion, in all anguish, in every need we must turn to Mary. She can do the same as God can, although in a different way. When God wants something, He does it. And when Mary wants something, she asks her Son, who is God, and Jesus Christ, who is the best Son in the world, and who in Heaven still has the same qualities he had on earth, denies nothing to his Beloved Mother. So turning to Mary is a sure sign of obtaining (if it is really for our good) everything we need.

Be sure that all the graces that you ask of this Good Mother will be granted to you. But there are three graces that I recommend asking her every day, without ever getting tired of asking her because they are very important for your salvation: 1. To always avoid mortal sin and preserve the grace of God. 2. To always flee from all friendship harmful to the soul. 3. To always keep the beautiful virtue of chastity. To obtain these three graces, I have recommended a novena many times... Also show her your love by leading a holy life, an excellent conduct.

I will end with a tip that is a secret to success: Whenever you need any grace, say many times: "Mary Help of Christians, pray for us." Say it when you walk down the street, when you go up the stairs or when you are in the yard. Say it in class, in the bedroom, in the morning, at night, always. When they come to visit you, or when you write to your relatives, tell them: "Don Bosco assures you that if you need any grace, say many times: ‘Mary Help of Christians, pray for us’, and that you will be heard." And if someone says this prayer many times with faith and the Mighty Virgin does not help them, tell me, and I will immediately write to Saint Bernard in heaven to tell him that he made a huge mistake when he taught us that prayer that says: "Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help or sought your intercession was left unaided”. Yes, I will write a letter to this Saint asking for explanations. But be assured that I will not need to write this letter. Jokes aside, fix in your memory this beautiful prayer: "Mary Help of Christians, pray for us." To repeat it in all temptations, in all dangers, in all need and always. Look, it’s been forty years since I started telling all people to invoke the Mother of God and that she will help them, and I always tell them that if anyone prays to her and she does not help them to come and tell me.

But so far not a single one has come to tell me that they wasted their time praying to Our Lady. The devil himself has had to withdraw, and has failed when people become devotees of our Heavenly Mother, becoming unable to make them commit mortal sin.

Just as the beating of the heart is a sign of life, so the frequent invocation of Our Most Holy Mother is a sure sign of salvation.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

THE STRENGTH OF THE PARACLETE


"I only know one thing: that according to our need, it will be our strength. I am sure of one thing, that the more the enemy is enraged against us, the more the saints in heaven will intercede for us; the more terrible our trials in this world, the more present our Mother Mary, our good Patrons and Guardian Angels will be with us; the more malevolent the stratagems of men against us, a louder cry of supplication will rise for us from the bosom of the entire Church to God. We will not be orphaned, we will have within us the strength of the Paraclete, promised to the Church and to each of its members."

Cardinal John Henry Newman

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Sunday, May 17, 2020

“FOR ALL THE GODS OF THE GENTILES ARE DEVILS” (Psalm 96:5)


“Do not be yoked with those who are different, with unbelievers. For what partnership do righteousness and lawlessness have? Or what fellowship does light have with darkness? What accord has Christ with Beliar? Or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever?
What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said: "I will live with them and move among them, and I will be their God and they shall be my people.
Therefore, come forth from them and be separate," says the Lord, "and touch nothing unclean.”
(2 Cor. 6, 14-17)

“What they (the Gentiles) they sacrifice to demons, not to God, and I do not want you to become participants with demons. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and also the cup of demons. You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and of the table of demons.”
(1 Cor. 10, 20-21)

No one comes to the Father except through Christ (Jn. 14:6). There is no salvation through anyone else, nor is there any other name under heaven given to the human race by which we are to be saved (Act. 4:12). He (Christ) is the true light, which enlightens everyone, wh comes into the world (Jn. 1:9). Whoever is not with Him is against Him (Mt. 12:30). Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him (Jn. 5:23). The Father does not judge anyone, but he has given all judgment to his Son (Jn. 5:22). Whoever does not believe has already been condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God (Jn. 3:18). In Him and in the Father who has sent Him (Jn. 17:3).

“All the gods of the gentiles are devils” (Ps. 96:5).

“God told Moses: ‘Tear down their altars; smash their sacred pillars, and cut down their sacred poles. You shall not worship any other god, for the Lord is 'the Jealous One'; a jealous God is he.” (Ex. 34, 13-14)

“If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine (the full Catholic doctrine), do not receive him in your house or even greet him”. (2Jn. 1, 10). (Note: This is not to be uncharitable but according to the virtue of prudence).

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