Monday, January 27, 2020

BE CAREFUL NOT TO LET SLIP FROM OUR HEARTS THE WORD OF GOD 


I ask this question of you, brethren and sistren, answer me, Whether you think greater - the word of God or the body of Christ? If you will answer the truth, verily you ought to say thus, that the word of God is no less than the body of Christ. And therefore with what carefulness we take heed, when the body of Christ is ministered unto us, that no part thereof fall out of our hands on the earth, with as great carefulness let us take heed, that the word of God which is ministered unto us, when we think or speak of vain matters, perish not out of our hearts. For he that heareth the word of God negligently, shall be guilty of no less fault, than he that suffereth the body of Christ to fall upon the ground through his negligence." 

 Saint Augustine of Hipona

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Saturday, January 25, 2020

LIES DON’T BECOME TRUTH, EVEN IF THEY’VE BECOME ACCEPTABLE TO THE MAJORITY


We must never forget that lies are always such, no matter how much everyone believes in them, and truths are always such, even if nobody believes in them. Abortion will always be the murder of an innocent human being, and that is the truth, even if few accept it.

We must not do or stop doing something according to what the majority does. Everything that is good and fair must be done, even if only a minority does it, and what is bad and sinful must be rejected, regardless of how much it is accepted by the majority.

Therefore, let us be faithful to Jesus Christ, for only He is the Way, the Truth and the Life (and let us not forget that He was rejected by the majority who asked for His crucifixion).

Fr. Tomas A. Beroch
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Friday, January 17, 2020

LET US MAKE THE CRUCIFIX A BANNER OF LIFE AND ACTION


“Islam cannot be fought in the name of the Enlightment and even less so by relativism. The only thing that can oppose it, is the natural and Divine law, denied radically by both relativism and Islam.  For this reason, we are raising the Crucifix which secularism and Islamism reject and we are making of it a banner of life and action. St. Paul said ‘We preach Christ Crucified, unto the Jews indeed a stumbling-block and unto the Gentiles foolishness’ (I Cor. 1, v.23).  We would like to repeat: ‘We preach Christ Crucified, a stumbling-block to the Muslims and foolishness to the Secularists’.”

Roberto de Mattei

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

EMBRACE OUR CROSS


To embrace my cross, embracing Yours. What a mystery of love the cross contains! Let us embrace our crosses as Christ loved His. Only for Love and in Love, can we take up our crosses…

Lord Jesus, give us a wise heart, that knows how to love the Cross in your Cross.

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Sunday, January 12, 2020

THE DOCTRINE OF THE CHURCH DOES NOT NEED TO ADAPT TO THE SPIRIT OF THE AGE


The underlying principle of these new opinions is that, 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. (…) 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. (…) History proves clearly that the Apostolic See, to which has been entrusted the mission not only of teaching but of governing the whole Church, has continued "in one and the same doctrine, one and the same sense, and one and the same judgment." – (Const. de fide, Chapter IV). (…) In this matter the Church must be the judge, not private men who are often deceived by the appearance of right.

(Leo XIII. Letter Testem Benevolentiae al Card. James Gibbons, January, 22, 1899).

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