Catholics! Get Off The Road That Leads To Destruction!
By Father Daniel Doctor – If anyone comes after Christ, anyone who wants to follow Him, become His disciple – let them be warned that if they are not willing to denounce family and friends, the world and its enticements; all its power, prestige and greed, and does not renounce all their possessions, desires, and pleasures. Whoever does not pick up their cross; with all its suffering and pain; with all the persecutions and rejections; even hatred – murder – betrayal and follow after Christ to Calvary and to the empty tomb on Easter morning – cannot be His disciples.
To be a disciple of Christ means we must first sit down – quiet ourselves – go into our inner room of our soul – be alone in God’s presence and calculate – with our intellect and reason and see what we must prudently do to obtain everlasting life. We must ignore “the crowd” with its insults and negativity. We must ignore those who would try to get us off track. We must ignore those who laugh at us. So that when we meet our Maker we can rejoice with Him for having overcome these obstacles – that were set up along the way to prove our love for Him – by overcoming our selfishness, as well as overcoming others who stand in our way. We reject everything so we can have Him alone. We empty ourselves so that we can be full of Him. We give so that we can better receive. We pardon so that we too can be forgiven. Being a disciple of Christ is so easy – if we would let it. A gentle path that leads to life were all our burden’s are light – where sadness becomes joy – because all things are made easy when we do them for love. Look at your own life, the easy things you do were made that way because you did them because you love. Love makes the hardest things easy.
This is what is meant in the 1st reading – “by counsel of the Holy Spirit the path ways are made straight.” By following God and His will for our lives – things get straighten out. Haven’t you ever hear someone say, “O he is so lucky he married her – she straighten him right out.” What is meant is that – his new wife gave him a clear direction in the way things would be going for now on. Well, the same is true with God. He wants to show us the straightest way of heaven. The road with the least amount of obstacles and dangers. But…it is not just about being on the right path. It is about a relationship that should be developing as you walk the path with Jesus throughout your life. As St Teresa of Avila reminds us, “it is about the journey as much as the destination.” Christ is calling us to a relationship that becomes like family. The Lord will welcome us as brothers and sisters, as member of His family. Not as servants or slaves, not as worthless human beings. But as beloved, chosen, privileged, adored, preferred, honored, sacred, sanctified, and consecrated to the Lord and set apart by God for God – in a word, His Friends. This is what the disciples of Christ are – they are people God has set apart to be His very own friends. This select group of people live their Catholic Faith – not with lip service and laziness, not with deception and half-truths, but with hard work, perseverance, determination. Christ’s friends overcome themselves, they overcome the world and have freely chosen Christ as their Lord and God – as their all. What a wonderful and beautiful thing this is to see when someone lives and loves their Catholic faith. It puts a lump in our throats, a slight impulse in our soul, that maybe we too – could live our Catholic faith, that maybe we too – could be a disciple of Christ, not only in word, but in fact, because of our prayers and virtuous actions.
But we have to face facts, the only thing stopping you is you! As friends of Christ we need to get to work to build a better world, endeavor to change hearts and minds, search for new solutions and create a world in which everyone’s dignity is respected – and love is given to all freely and with cost. We need to accomplish the work started by someone else, for someone else. We need to continue to care about our church, our parish, our school that existed before us and will continue to exist long after we are gone. We do these things for God and we do them because we are Catholics and for our brothers and sister Catholics coming after us. God is pleading with us to become what we were made to be – calling to us to be and in a truly religious sense – we so desperately need to grow up – to become mature Catholics and that means we need to stop acting childish and infantile in our faith. We need to stop gossiping and backbiting. We need to stop causing disunity. And get up and stand for something far better than our sinfulness and laziness. We need to start living holy lives because we are not. We need to take the moral way of life because most of us live immoral selfish lives. We need to take the road less traveled because the one we are on is travelled to hell far to often. In the recent 2013 poll from “pewsitter.com” a national polling organization, only 27% of Catholics consider themselves a “good” Catholic and of them – only 54% attend Mass weekly. By definition, you can’t be a good Catholic if you don’t go to Mass weekly – so truthfully – there is only 13.5% of those who truly are “good” Catholics. This is the lowest number in the history of the Catholic Church in this country and are now as low as those in most of Europe. But don’t let these numbers shock you – the numbers that should shock you is that it is no differences here – we have over 1200 registered members in both parishes but under 400 go to mass on Sunday. That is under 30%, now if we ask those parishioners if they go weekly – we would see the number is no different – that only about 13% to 14% of Catholics really are practicing their Catholic faith and that means – when it comes to the issue of Mass attendance which is the third commandment only about 10% of us are going to make it to heaven because you can’t go to heaven if you don’t attend Mass regularly.
Isn’t this the saddest thing you have ever heard – that the truth of the matter is that only 10% of you are going to make it to Heaven – truly sad and terribly scary!! But I am sure if we started a poll on the other nine commandments and the four precepts of the Church – Catholics are required to practice under pain of mortal sin and hell, we would see that 10% disappear to the point that only a hand full of us are going to heaven – because only a hand full of us are truly Catholic and actively practicing it. But one thing is for sure – for those of us, who have the faith, for those of us who practice the faith, for those of us who attend Mass weekly without excuses, and realizes that Father does know how to save our souls – we must remember, although it is hard surround by such apathy and mediocrity among our fellow Catholics – Life is worth living and it is worth living well – so take up your cross daily – even if you feel you are the only one – because a life well lived is one of the greatest treasure in this life and the cause of the greatest of joys in the next…
It’s time to fight for your Church and your country!
by Fr. Daniel E. Doctor: Jesus said, “I have observed Satan fall like lighting from the sky.” Most modern progressive Catholic thinkers would say, that Jesus was using some very colorful language to make His point about evil and its existence but – He did not mean this literally.
Satan falling from the sky like lighting.
So the question remains, does personal evil really exist?
I mean the modern Catholic, who is uneducated in their faith, would say; that isn’t the devil just some story or tool invented by the Church to control people? You know to make us afraid so we will follow blindly whatever the Church says – so the popes, bishops and priests could control us?
Can’t all those stories in the Bible about Jesus casting out demons be explained away by modern psychology and its understanding of psychological disorders – or religious fanatical behavior? Aren’t Hell and the devil just childhood stories told around the campfire, to entertain us with a little bit of fear? Or maybe just the reoccurring plot – of too many horror movies?
Didn’t the Second Vatican Council with its new modern liberal mindset bring us out of a backward medieval belief system to make us modern progressive thinkers capable of realizing that hell and Satan are just the products of ignorance, superstition, or an over active imagination?
Well, lets think about this for a moment. Here is what Gaudium et Spes, one of the Second Vatican Council documents has said; “The whole of man’s history has been the story of our combat with the powers of evil, stretching, so our Lord tells us, from the very dawn of history until the last day. Finding himself in the midst of the battlefield, man has struggle to do what is right, and it is at great cost to himself, and aided by God’s grace, that he succeeds in achieving his own inner integrity” (Gaudium et Spes, 37).
Some Catholics maybe surprised in this day and age, that the existence of evil, the devil as well as hell, are all truths of our Catholic Faith. All one has to do is pick up a copy of the Catechism and look it up and you will find that the Church officially teaches – from paragraph #1033 through paragraph #1037 – that evil does exist, that there is a person, a fallen Angel to be exact, who wants nothing more than to destroy humanity and if that is not possible then at least to get as many people away from God, away from salvation to spend eternity in hell with him.
Pope Paul IV, taught that “evil is not merely a lack of something, but an effective agent, a living spiritual being, perverted and perverting. A terrible reality – mysterious and frightening – who goes about acting in a way contrary to the teaching of the Bible and the Church.”
Of course there is the New Testament, which alone refers to the devil and his wickedness nearly 300 times as a warning to us of his presence and activity in our world.
This leads us to the Gospels, where Jesus talks more about the devil and evil then anything else except His divinity. We also heard in today’s Gospel, that the disciples were overjoyed because – demons were subject to them through the Holy Name of Jesus. This power of the name of Jesus was given not only to the disciples but to the whole Church to fight against and overcome any and every evil in this world. This power is the authority of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church, built on the authority of Jesus Christ Himself, which causes the gates of hell to tremble.
What we learn from the New Testament, is that the main purpose of Jesus’ ministry was to destroy the works of the devil and to bring about the Kingdom of God, which will destroy the Kingdom of Satan. Christ came to cast out, bind up and deliver humanity from its slavery to sin and death as well as from the chief works of the devil – called vices. According to the Old Testament, the devil gets his foot hold in this world and in our lives through things like fortune-tellers, soothsayers, charms, diviners, and spells as well as when we consult with ghosts and spirits or seek oracles and revelations from the dead. In our day and age, He still uses these things including horoscopes, the new age movement, Gnosticism, moral relativism, or even more explicitly through Satanism and the worship of the devil.
Everyday we see his evil played out right in front of our eyes and then we ignore what we see and the underlying cause. We fail to recognize that there is a very real enemy, who likes to remain hidden, while he plots our destruction and doom. This evil is increased with the destruction of Fatherhood, marriage and traditional family life. In the increase in war, murder, and suicide. The devastation of our youth through drugs and sexual addiction. The massive diffusion by the media of corrupting errors and sinful practices. And most especially in our day, with the ruinations of our religious freedoms and those individuals who bravely speak up for them.
Satan’s progressive and the new modern family
Nowadays, objective evil is displayed out in the open – all of which are meant to destroy us – caused by a malicious Angel who wants nothing more than to eradicate us from the face of the earth. Satan has gone so far as to attack humanity at its source with the sin of abortion, birth control, embryonic stem cell research, and cloning – as well as using the cumulative forces of this world’s sinfulness to redefine life and marriage as we know it and calling it – progress and the new modern family. Nothing can escape from the rebellious forces of hedonism and secularism in their violent march throughout the world trying to force us to believe that sinfulness and evil rebellion against our Creator and His definition of morality is normal and warranted.
We have come so far that not to follow this march of evil to our own destruction is to be portrayed as crazy, abnormal or ignorant. We have come so far that good is bad and evil is really good. Good people are boring and evil people are fun. We defend the criminal and imprison the lawful. Our daily poor example to our children teaches them that magic and fairy tales are real and that God, His angels and Saints, do not exist – but somehow all humans and dogs go to heaven. No wonder our world is so confused and ignorant of what God really says and teaches.
So it goes without saying, with all certainty, that those of us who want to be truly holy and virtuous, who want to wholeheartedly embrace the Catholic Church’s authentic teaching and mission to save souls, will live a very difficult life. One full of challenges and at times real sorrows, but at the same time, a life of immense blessings and graces, which all those who follow Christ enjoy for all eternity.
If we really want to be God’s saints and His holy people, we need not fear what is coming or what is already here, we need not fear the other sheep or those wolves among us dressed up like them – for God will not be mocked or made a fool of – in the end all will be revealed and He does not deal lightly with the devil or his unrepentant companions, be they angelic or human. That is why He created hell, just for them.
We are in the midst of a war – a war between good and evil – and the worst thing you can do in any combat situation is to believe that you’re not in one and that this fight has nothing to do with us. This, sadly, has been the mindset of us humans, us Christians, and us Catholics, for far too long.
Pope Leo XIII stated it boldly, “Catholics are born for combat!” So, we the people must become we the Saints. We must once again become the Church Militant – soldiers and warriors of Jesus Christ. The devil certainly knows that his time is short and that it would be even shorter should the One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic Church ever take the call to spiritual warfare and authentic holiness seriously.
The Liturgy of the Hours for the Martyrs states; “We are warriors now, fighting in the battlefield of faith, and God sees all we do; the Angles watch and so does Christ. What honor and glory and joy, to do battle in the presence of God, and have Christ approve our victory.” Let us arm ourselves in full strength – with Rosary in hand; and prepare ourselves – through Eucharistic Adoration for the ultimate struggle with blameless hearts, true faith, and unyielding courage.
The venerable Bishop Fulton Sheen taught, “Christ demands fire – he demands zeal for His followers.” In the scriptures, Christ commands us to go out and preach the gospel, to live virtuous holy lives, to convert the nations – and to cast out evil. When we pray the “Our Father,” we ask God to deliver us from evil – this is the normal daily petition said in the Church’s greatest prayer.
Don’t we think that maybe it is time for us to make this petition part of our daily actions and not just part of our prayers?
Praying for the deliverance from evil,working for its destruction, is at the very center of our Catholic faith because when we act this way we recognize that only God can truly save us from the power of the devil, who enslaves us with sin and evil. So be at peace, be unafraid, as St. Paul tells us, “we bear the marks of Christ on our bodies” through baptism and the Holy Eucharist, as we are being“sent out into the world as lambs among wolves” where “the harvest is rich and the laborers are few” where “the world is crucified to me and I to the world.” So rejoice because “your names are written in Heaven” and “as a mother comforts her child – so God will comfort you.”
It is time, my brothers and sisters, to get up and fight for your Church and your country before both are gone!!
Don’t Jump Ship: Love Christ and the Church with Your Whole Heart
By Fr. Daniel E. Doctor:
Fr. Daniel E. Doctor
When I knew for sure that I was going to Rome in March, I drafted a letter to the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, in November requesting his apostolic blessing for our parish, it was granted to us in January of this year. The certificate and acknowledgement of this Apostolic Blessing is now hanging in our vestibule/basement. I requested this blessing with the firm hope that Pope Benedict’s prayers for us would strengthen our parish to be truly and authentically Catholic.
In St. John’s Gospel for today, we find some of the Apostles and disciples, those closest to the Lord, returning to their former ordinary way of life. Just like us – and the Apostles – the celebration of Easter Sunday has ended, the glory of the Lord’s Resurrection has begun to fade a little. And most especially in our world, we can see that the great mystery of our salvation is being forgotten or denied. Without a doubt, we are definitely in the same boat as the Apostles. Of course that is exactly what St. John expects us to understand.
As I have mentioned to you before – nothing that St. John wrote should ever be taken at its face value because the Gospel of St. John is filled with symbolism intended and designed to pull us into the story so that a much deeper, richer, theological experience can and will enlighten our faith.
So, as St. John shows us, these 7 men (7 because it is the number of perfection and completion) set out in a boat. He wants us to see ourselves in that boat, too, because this boat is a symbol for the Church, of which we are all members.
We can see St. Peter, the first Pope, leading the other Bishops out to fish and by analogy He leads us as well. And what are we fishing for? Not fish, but souls. We can understand this because in the story we see St. Peter, as the leader of the Church, pulling the net full of fish onto shore which is a sign of the power of St. Peter’s papacy to bring souls to Heaven, in and through the Church. Now, the number of fish (153) is also a symbol of every race and nation on earth, because at the time of St. John there was believed to be 153 different countries and cultures in the world. So, from the very beginning of the Church, beginning with St. Peter and the Apostles, down to this very day with Pope Francis and the Bishops, we Catholics, have always been in this same boat.
We are so united in this journey, on this one boat – that if there is a single Catholic suffering in our world, we all suffer. If one is rejoicing, we all rejoice. If we are failing to live the Gospel over here – we fail to live it over there.
As one Church, sailing through life aboard the boat of Catholicism, we have one main purpose, one mission – catching fish. Everything we do, or say, or how we behave in the world either serves or undermines that one purpose.
Catching fish, namely saving souls is our business and our work as Catholics. So much so, that if there is anything that occurs or exists in our world that would hinder anyone from obtaining salvation – this is clearly our business, our responsibility, our right to eliminate it. Now obviously – this all begins on a personal level, we see this in St. John’s Gospel as well, Christ called the Apostles as individuals not as a group and He does the same with us. Conversion is a very personal and individual thing and the reality of our salvation is that if we are not converted, we are not going to convert anyone else. This is why in the beginning of the story the Apostles have caught no fish, because they were refusing to live the life Christ called them to, namely catching souls – not fish.
Another way to look at this – is in the life of married couples. You see, no husband and wife are due children. Children are not owed to a married couple – they are not a right to which the couple is entitled. If that were true, then children would be nothing more than an object, like a hammer or a washing machine – something that could be brought or sold at a whim from anyone with the means. Nor do children belong to the government, state, or community. If that were true, God would be a communist – which He is not. Pope Francis recently made the sad commentary about our postmodern society that “we worry more about our pets and our cosmetics than we do our own children.”
Children are a gift from God and He expects to receive them back one day unharmed and well cared for – because like all gifts they are meant to be treasured, celebrated, cherished, and protected – not controlled, abused, unguarded like some kind of a commodity of human society. Of course the same is true of your spouse, who helps to complete you – or our friends, who enrich our lives, or and the stranger who graces our day. People are not things we push around or bully to fulfill our needs or a means to our selfish desires.
As members of the Catholic Church, it is our duty to get to heaven and to bring as many people with us as possible – to fill that net to its breaking point. But there is only one way we can faithfully and successfully accomplish this – and this we see in St. John Gospel as well – the Apostles become successful because their eyes turn to Christ, who stands on the shore – which is a symbol for heaven. And so, we too, must keep our eyes fixed on Christ, who is calling to us, “Have you caught anything? Have you converted any souls? Included any others in the boat? Or is your net still empty?”
St. John is clearly sending us this message because what happens to the Apostles as they leave that Easter glory behind and go fishing? They fail miserably. St. John even tells us why they failed. They were fishing in the dark, which makes it impossible to see Christ. But also, for St. John, darkness is always a symbol for ignorance, selfishness, and sin.
Once we leave Christ and go off into the darkness, once we have excluded Him from the ordinary, everyday events of our lives, once we no longer invite Him into the boat and incorporate Him in our work, our entertainment, our homes, our relationships, our families – we will always fail miserably. Remember the words of Jesus, “without me you can do nothing.”
The spiritual principle at work here is a very simple one. Once the Apostles come into the light and obey Christ, they enjoy great success. This is the only way we can succeed too. To the measure we are faithfully keeping our eyes on the Risen Lord and living in the light and obeying Him in and though all our work – including the most important to the most mundane – we will succeed too!
At the end of this encounter of the Apostles with the Risen Lord, we get to see the standard and the rule for our salvation – LOVE. This is what St. John reveals to us through St. Peter. It is a question of love, and when we love – we feed others. And we can only feed and love others when we give ourselves completely over to Christ and His way of life.
The problem infecting our Church now-a-days, is that Catholicism is only lived in a superficial way by Catholics. To use St. John’s analogy, it seems we are all jumping ship to live with the sinners, instead of pulling them out of the filth that most people are swimming in.
Pope Francis, in his homily to the papal household last week, stated, “the end of gossip among Christians would be a good place for us to start” that is if we are serious about being a follower of Christ. The gossip that plagues my ears, is about coming to the Eucharistic chapel at night, “Oh don’t do it – it’s dangerous!!” When we start out spreading such gossip do we really think for one second how offensive this is to our Lord? And how deserving we are of eternal damnation? Do we really think our Lord would not grant us supernatural protection from His angels if we made the effort to adore Him? Do we really think the Lord is not generous to those who make an effort to love Him, most especially at night when most sins are committed against Him? We grossly offend our Lord and truly do the work of the Devil when we speak in such ways that cause others to fear coming to our Lord in Eucharistic Adoration. Anyone, and I don’t care who they are – who openly speaks against Eucharistic Adoration, deters anyone from making a visit, or gossips against our Eucharistic Chapel only reveals himself or herself to be a son or daughter of Satan himself, and deserving of the hottest flames of hell for all eternity.
No one should be made to feel ashamed or afraid to run to Christ in this wonderful Sacrament, or even to call themselves Catholic. Because no institution, group, idea, philosophy, government, religion or spirituality has benefited the world more than the Catholic Church, and history proves this. But as individual Catholics we have stopped calling people to conversion of heart. And, in most cases, we have jumped out of the boat and into the waters of sin and evil while preventing so many souls from ever coming aboard the boat of Holy Mother Church, or to get caught in Her nets, because we have abandoned them and the work that is required of us, which for us and the world is the only means of salvation.
The way most Catholics behave and what the secular liberal media reports would have everyone believing, is that the Catholic Church is an enemy of the people, an enemy of freedom – because most would rather swim in the sea of filth than be free to walk on the shore and enjoy a meal with Christ. We defend life, liberty and marriage, we are absolutely against abortion and birth control, we love Christ who is present to us in the Eucharist and never speak against it.
You Are Called
Because we believe, in the deepest parts of our souls, where God dwells with us, that there is no true, authentic freedom lived without Christ. Don’t let others, the world, or the media cause you to jump ship or be afraid to love Christ with your whole heart. Yes, we may not be perfect, we sometimes lose sight of Christ, too. But we have many reasons to be proud to be Catholic, because we have Christ waiting for us on the eternal shores of heaven – we can never return to – or have – an ordinary life.
For we, just like the Apostles, are called to authentic freedom and spiritual greatness. And, we can only achieve that within the great design and will of our God – who calls us to come aboard the boat of Catholicism – who calls us then to lower our nets – who calls us to the reward of coming ashore – who calls us out of the ordinary into His own wonderful extraordinary life.
So, stay aboard, lower your nets and enjoy the ride of your life until we all meet Christ on the shores of everlasting life and enjoy the banquet He has prepared for us!
We Have Allowed the World to Continue to Crucify Him
By Fr. Daniel E. Doctor: At the center of the Solemnity of Christ the King of the Universe is a paradox – that this Lord and King, Jesus Christ – never held any political office. He didn’t have an advanced academic degree and never had any kind of a cultural influence when He was alive on this earth. He rode a donkey to His coronation, He was crowned with thorns, clothed in purple and mocked as a King by His own people, and even spit upon for His royal salutation. At His death, He had no money, no home, and no possessions – this King was without an earthly Kingdom – cursed, defiled, ridiculed – who died at the age of 33 on a terrible instrument of torture -hung on a cross to die alone. And yet, our very concept – our entire hope of salvation – our entire faith which the Church proclaims and we profess every Sunday in the Nicene Creed – is born right here in this paradox. That our King, our Lord of Love, was brutally tortured and suffered the most cruel death “for us men and our salvation.”
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It is You Who Declares Christ the King of Your World
Make no mistake about it – without His suffering and death on the tree of the cross – there is no Christianity, there is no Catholic Church or Her sacraments, and there is no deliverance for us from sin and death. When we take a deep look at the example this King gives us from the Cross – we can see what an adult, mature, authentic follower of Christ is – and that is one who gives and not takes. It is one who is not selfish, one who does not grasp at things or try to take possession of them. One who surrenders all of His control for the sake of the other. One who takes up his cross and then dies on it.
This, then – becomes the standard by which we too will be judged at the end of our lives – Have we fed the hungry? Have we given the thirsty something to drink? Have we welcomed the stranger? Clothed the naked? Cared for the sick and the dying? Visited the imprisoned? Have we loved others as He loves them, which is His greatest command to us? Have we acted in a way worthy of His Kingdom? Have we given of our lives so as to be worthy of this great King of Love? Have we died to self to be able to live for Christ? For Christ told us – “whatever you did for one of the least of my brothers, you did it to me.” Whatever we do, good or evil, to others – we do this to Christ Himself. We continually crucify Him over and over again in the lives of our brothers and sisters because we are so selfish, so uncaring of those around us, so hateful to those we have been chosen to love.
Our Catholic faith and Christ’s example – is meant to teach us to be of service to one another – this is the core of our religious freedoms – the freedom to live a life of virtue and avoid vice; “to be the best version of ourselves,” to be like the saints, whose virtues helped to build up not only the Church, but civil society as well. We live our Christian life, our virtuous life, our Catholic Faith when we follow the example of this great King on the cross – when He gives everything, holding nothing back – for the salvation of the whole universe. For He said, “when I am lifted up, I will draw all men to myself.” And why does He draw us to Himself? So, that we can be like Him, so that we can have union with Him, so that we will never be separated from Him again.
Christ on the Cross, crowned with thorns, unrecognizable in His suffering, is the image of the Kingdom of the Father – because He lives – even dies for others. Christ the King on the cross is also the truest image of any and all forms of religious freedom. For Christ freely acted on our behalf and for our salvation. He freely gave of Himself to the Father as a sin offering for our redemption.
But what do we see when we look upon the crucified one? What do we see with our eyes of faith? Not someone who saved Himself, but someone who forgets Himself in the Sea of God’s infinite love. Not someone who builds up His own ego – but someone who gives it away for the sake of others. Not someone who fills Himself up with worldly things or with a sense of inflated pride – but someone who completely empties Himself out in all humility, in the greatest act of self-donating love. Someone who said on the night before His death, “this is my body, which will be given up for you!!”
St. Pope Pius X stated at the beatification of St. Joan of Arc in 1908; “In our time more than ever before, the chief strength of the wicked, lies in the cowardice and weakness of good men. All the strength of Satan’s reign is due to the easy going weakness of Catholics.” Because of our laziness, our selfishness, our weakness – because of our fear of failure, or not wanting to be the outcast of the world; our friends and family. Our complete unwillingness to suffer with Christ for others – our refusal to carry our cross after Him – we have become the outcast of Heaven – the scourge of the earth.
Because we our cowards and weak in our faith, we have allowed the world to continue to crucify Him and so the Holy Father continued, ”What are those wounds in the midst of your hands, [O crucified King of the Nations]?” [And He answers;] “With these I was wounded in the house of them that loved Me. I was wounded by my friends, who did nothing to defend me, and who on every occasion, made themselves the accomplices of my adversaries.” This reproach of our Lord’s, through the words of His Vicar, St. Pius X, can be placed at the feet of every weak, cowardly, and timid Catholic in our country.
For if these words to be true – 104 years ago – on the beatification of one of the greatest martyrs in our Church’s History – How much more are they true today for us – who are Catholics – and who have once again abandoned our King and His Church in their hour of greatest need? “Behold the Heart [of our King] that has so loved the world and has received so little in return.”
“Examine yourselves, to see whether you are holding to your faith.
Test yourselves. Do you not realize that Jesus Christ is in you?
Unless indeed you fail to meet the test!” 2 Corinthians 13:5
by Fr. Daniel E. Doctor, Michigan: Wow, the elections are over – at least for a few years. I am not sure about you, but I know I am glad to be rid of all the advertisements, the TV commercials, the constant interruption at dinner time about who we should vote for and why. I am glad that we are done with all of the bulletin inserts, booklets, and flyers – trying to cram a year’s worth of religious education about the Catholic Church’s position on Life, Liberty, and traditional marriage all within 2 months.
Being human, and therefore tempted by the Evil One just like the rest of us, I sometimes think it would be so much easier for me to just be silent and go with the flow of our modern culture. To become a modernist or a liberal and talk about happy things – about salvation without effort – how we are all saved – and God is going to let all of us into heaven without any real effort. To water down our Catholic faith -or at least not to stand for it – or to make it easy for us, by going with everything and defending nothing. To say everything is allowed – go and drink and be merry for tomorrow we die.
Are We Scandalous Catholics?
Eat, Drink and Be Merry … for Tomorrow We Die!
The culture and the devil make it sound so good to let go of our moral conscience, to go through life without any religious values and to be uncaring of those around us.
It would be great to teach and preach that whatever makes us feel good is OK and being able to have everyone happy and joyful as they leave after Mass – because whatever lifestyle we pick, whatever sin we choose, is just fine with the Church because we are all free. To be like the rest of the nation where 20% are atheists and where over 30% have a cold-hearted belief in God. To be like the 70% of self-proclaimed Catholics who never go to Mass on Sunday or any other day of the week, who can vote and act any way they want – no matter how scandalous and still remain Catholic. Or like the 80% of so called Catholics who have not been to the sacrament of confession in more than a year.
Our political leaders make it sound so liberating; to go through life getting all the free stuff the government can provide – acting like I am entitled to it and it is my right to have it. Not really caring who I take it from – or hurt by my selfishness – or how out of control my appetites are – letting others do for me what I could do for myself.
It must be great to live without morals, …
or a faith belief, where I can indulge in every selfish appetite and vice and be praised for it and even get legal rights to protect my immoral selfish behavior. To be able to live in a way that leaves nothing but a wake of destruction in my path because I have the right to do whatever I want.
It must be a good time – or at least it is made to seem so – to be part of a nation where there are billions of dollars wasted on things like pornography, adultery, fornication, and sodomy. To just “have a good time” without ever feeling guilty or responsible for my actions. To be able to do whatever I want; whenever I want without feeling bad about it.
The Devil makes us believe …
that it must be a great time, being a slave to our emotions and appetites – always happy; always fulfilled. To believe that hell is the best place to have real fun – heaven sounds boring – a place where we can come to this – that we could all just get along…but there is also another part of me – that is called to holiness in both my words and actions – a holy part of me – deep inside me – that realizes that God is doing something in the midst of all this craziness – something in the hearts of His faithful priests and bishops who are loyal to the Holy Father and Holy Mother Church as well as many faithful Catholics – and I know it because I can feel it every time I come before our Lord in Eucharistic Adoration – that we are on the verge of something that will be the most wonderful thing in the history of the Catholic Church in America – something that has never been seen in the history of the Church.
Jesus tells us plainly in the Gospel; “Do not think that I have come to bring peace. I have come not to bring peace but rather the sword.” He brings the sword because the sword makes people snap out of the mediocrity of the mainstream liberal Bishops and priests have left us drowning in for over 50 years. He brings this sword so that we can repent and change and move forward as faithful Catholics. For it is better for us to save our souls than to gain the whole world.
The Church militant needs warriors –
faithful Catholics willing to fight for what our Church stands for and be willing to shed our blood for what it stands against. We don’t need a American Catholic hierarchy, who, knows how to sit and dine with the “Anti-Christs” that surround us. In the near future, no one will want to care about priests and bishops that are “elegant” and “politically correct.” The people of God need bishops and priests who know how to fight evil when they encounter it, not sit it down and have a nice talk with it.
This is what we see in the History of the Church if we choose to study it – when things get tough – and they sure are going to get tough now, if you are willing to remain a good faithful Catholic – then the people of God will turn to strong warrior priests and other strong Catholics – so soon they will be turning to us – and we need to be ready to stand with Christ and His Holy Mother come what may – even if that means the shedding of our blood for the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church and all She teaches.
So I say it again – “Give me Liberty – or – Give me death.” For I do not wish to live in this world – if I am not free!
Voting Against Your Moral Conscience And The Teachings Of The Church Endangers Your Eternal Salvation!
“You Already Aborted Her”
Fr. Daniel E. Doctor M. Div, M.A. , Michigan: Mother Teresa of Calcutta in the 1980’s was contacted by Harvard University because they wanted her to give a commencement speech. She refused. The University contacted her again explaining to her that they would be willing to not only pay for her trip from India to the United States, but would also be willing to donate 1 million dollars to her favorite charity. She decided to take them up on their offer.
During the commencement, when it came time for her to deliver her speech; she approached the microphone and said, “Love God, Love Neighbor” – she then sat down to which the whole place erupted in applause and all those present took to their feet – this ovation last more than 3 minutes.
After she had spoken at Harvard, she was boarding a plane back to India, a woman reporter approached her with the question, “Mother Teresa, do you think there will ever be woman president in the United States?” Mother Teresa responded immediately and without missing a beat, “NO,” she said, “you already aborted her.” Very sober and strong words from a future saint about our American way of life.
St. Charles Borromeo-Defender Of The Faith
Today we also celebrate another saint who did not mix words – who is our Church’s patron – St. Charles Borromeo. Twice St. Charles was shot at by those who opposed him and the teachings of the Church – he so vigorously promoted and defended. St. Charles was a man of the people, even when he was working in Rome, helping two popes to promulgate the teachings and degrees of the Council of Trent -because St. Charles was the “Defender of the Faith” during the Counter Reformation -he desired to be in no other place but back in his Diocese of Milan, Italy. Now the reason why St. Charles wanted to be home in his own diocese may not be clear to all of us – but he saw it this way – too many in the Church were sowing error and confusion and some had began accusing priests, and the lay faithful of terrible untrue things. These actions by the newly formed protestant groups as well as by some Catholics were killing the faith in Milan and in some cases destroying it before it ever got a chance to be formed in individual Catholics. St. Charles wanted to be on the ground, in the local churches, with his people, and on several occasions approached the Holy Father pleading with him to let him go back home. When the Pope finally gave he permission to go back home, he found a church in confusion and disarray.
The first thing he did was to make visits to the churches in his diocese to make sure that they were practicing the true Catholic Faith – most of the time he was met with anger and resentment from the local clergy. Not satisfy in what he found he started to reform and reeducate the clergy as well as reorganizing the administration of the Diocese. When visiting these churches he found the laity not educated in the teachings of their Catholic faith, so he started the first CCD programs and what we would call Adult Faith Formation, to get his people up to speed so they could defend themselves
from the protestant invasion. St. Charles realized that none of this would take shape unless the people and the clergy had a deeper, more personal relationship with their Lord, so St. Charles was the first to have 40 hours devotion – he not only started this at the cathedral but ordered all the churches of his diocese to do the same. The pope was so impressed that he ordered this 40 hour devotion to be promulgated throughout the Catholic world.
When we look at the wonderful example of their teaching, the courageous fortitude in the face of danger, and their devotion to Christ in Holy Eucharist – always promoting Eucharistic Adoration – that is found in St. Charles Borromeo and Blessed Mother Teresa – it is no wonder that they had such a dramatic effect on those who encountered them. They wanted nothing else then to bring others to love Christ and His Church.
Become Modern Day Saints
As most of you know – because I have been preaching on this for over a month now – we are entering into one of the most critical times in the history of the Catholics Church and as American Catholic voters. We should not be afraid, or fear failure, because this has continued to happen all throughout our Church’s history and our future does not look much different.
So what do we do? – Well, we take these saints at their word. We need to stop aborting our future, we need to become unconditionally pro-life, we need to start praying and adoring our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament – because if there is going to be a change in our world then it has to start with us. We can’t wait for someone else, or some other saint to lead the way – we have to do that now – we can no longer wait for other Catholics, or the clergy to get with the Catholic Church and Her teachings about life and religious liberty – because they may not, or by the time they do wake up it will be to late. We, the faithful, the remnant of Jesus Christ, need to become the saints of the present time and that means we are not going to be popular.
“Catholic Voters Have A Serious Obligation To Uphold Moral Law”
Cardinal Raymond Burke, an American, and a Vatican official stated that we as “Catholic voters have a serious obligation to uphold the moral law” which means“Catholic voters must defend life and traditional marriage.” He continued, one “can never vote for someone who favors the right of choice of a woman to destroy a human life in her womb or the right to a procured abortion” as well as to attempt to redefine marriage. Bishop David Ricken, Bishop of Green Bay, WI even goes further and says; to vote for someone in favor of these positions “could put our own souls in jeopardy.” This is very serious stuff that can lead to very serious sin. We are living in very difficult times to be a moral person or a good Catholic but the fact remains if we fail to follow our Catholic faith in the way we vote we are endangering our souls. Why? Because when you stand here in Church you make your profession of faith – you say that you believe what the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church teaches to act differently, or to vote differently is to be a hypocrite and much worse a heretic.
St. Thomas More explained it this way – when you make such a profession you hold in your hands your own soul, like water pour into your hands, now say you act or vote in a hypocritical way – voting against your moral conscience and the teachings of the Catholic Church – you are opening your fingers and the water in your hands flows onto the floor – the only way to take back the immoral action is to able to collect all the water, that is your soul.
Christ Continually Condemns Hypocrites
Christ numerous times throughout the bible condemns those who act hypocritically. We, as modern day Catholics, will be treated no differently by our Lord and Judge. Even though it is extremely hard to follow what we profess as Catholics, we cannot act or vote in a way that is contrary to the scriptures or our profession of faith. If we do then we should already know that our future salvation is gone without sacramental confession and a life time of prayer and penance.
This last Thursday we celebrated the Solemnity of all the Saints, let us call upon them to help us, as individual Catholics, as individual American voters – to do the right thing, to do the moral thing, and vote as well as act like the Saints would – promoting and defending life, religious liberty, and the true happiness of every person conceived into our great nation. And let us remember the battle cry of our American forefathers; “Give us Liberty or give us death!!”
Click here to view Father’s writing on the ways liberal priests and theologians have lied to us.
In Their Attempts to Justify the Killing of the Innocent.
Fr. Daniel E. Doctor
Fr. Daniel E. Doctor M. Div, M.A. , Michigan: No other Pope wrote more on the issue of Life than Blessed Pope John Paul II. In his encyclical, “The Gospel of Life,” which he dedicated to the whole subject of Life, outlined for us that “human life – all human life is a gift from God and therefore sacred” which means all human life is good and has been given the opportunity to become holy.
Because Life is the “supreme gift of marriage” and a holy gift from God – there are things which can attack this precious gift and seek to destroy it – to which we, as those having life and a rational mind, must defend and protect. This is not matter of a religious belief, but as a rational human being, with a mind, and a conscience, we can simply understand how killing the innocent is immoral, unethical and should be illegal in any civilized society.
These direct attacks against life, things like; procured abortion, euthanasia, the willful killing of the poor, embryonic stem cell research, and any and all forms of birth control, as well as any other action that confuses the Truth about the very Sanctity of Life, according to BJPII, is “an absolutely unacceptable and a morally evil act.” This is the philosophical error of so many in our nation and our Church – and is the basis of the culture of death we find ourselves living in – we believe and therefore acted as if everything is moral, everything is acceptable.
Whatever is opposed to life . . .
at any stage of development must be opposed by Catholics, such things like; murder, genocide, and suicide.
The Church clearly teaches that whatever violates the integrity of the human person such as mutilation and torture; whatever insults the human dignity such as subhuman living conditions, arbitrary imprisonment, slavery, prostitution, human trafficking, as well as disgraceful working conditions – where people are treated as things rather than as free and responsible persons – all these things and others like them must be condemned by us in our thoughts, words, and action, most especially in the way we vote as American Catholics.
They Have Lied To Us
As St. Augustine, “the sole purpose of Life is to gain merit for everlasting Life – for a man not to live as God created him is to live a lie.” Our culture, our politicians, our water down liberal Priests and Theologians of the last 50 years have lied to us in their attempts to justify the killing of the innocent.
They have promised us a better life – a healthier life at the price of our own children. They called their actions moral and liberating to women because some of us may benefit from what is clearly the exploitation of our own human children.
We can see both in the culture, the society, and even on a political level a tendency to interpret this attack on life as a legitimate expression of individual freedom. The problem with this is the tendency to grossly distort what we call civil rights by violating the basis God-given right of Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness of every conceived American citizen!
To Attack Life is to Attack God
God is the one who has given us these rights, not the Constitution, or Congress or any man, or even nature – but we get these rights from God – and to attack life at any stage of development is to attack God Himself as the Creator – and then to call this a right or a freedom – is the most absurd of lies.
The right to Life is questioned or flat out denied on the basis of a majority vote; or the so called rights of a women to choose to kill her own child; this is the direct result of a culture of relativism when there is no consequence for bad behavior. These beliefs that we can do whatever we want without any negative consequence is what fuels every revolt against God.
This so-called freedom, is NOT real freedom because it is no longer firmly founded on the dignity of each and every human person – but is made subject to the will of the strong over the weak, namely the mother’s rights and choices over the right’s of her own child to life, liberty, and happiness as a human being.
We Become a Form of Totalitarian Socialist Government
In this way, we contradict our own democratic principles and become a form of totalitarian socialist government where only the strong, or the powerful, or the rich have God-given rights – everyone else is at their mercy.
St. Francis deSales warned us: “we in this life are walking on ice.” and the truth is – the ice is broken and we are drowning in our own desires, passions, selfishness and sin – we are suffocating in our own evil.
By living as if God does not exist, we have lost sight of the mystery of who God is and therefore, we, have lost any understanding of the mystery of what life is and what it means to be truly human.
People are no longer considered for what they are – namely a precious gift of God’s created beauty – but for what they “have, do, or produce” – can’t we see this is the supremacy of the strong over the weak.
This general acceptance of this fact, that the strong are better or superior to those who are poor and weak reigns in the popular mind – to the point – that it is now even reflected in our new HHS health care law – this should be a telling sign for us how far down the road to destruction we have slipped as a nation – because after living in a culture of relativism and death for so long – most of us can no longer distinguish good from evil or discern a evil inclination from a good one.
The deliberate decision to deprive an innocent person – life –
or to treat others without respecting their dignity to religious liberty is always a moral evil. In fact, it is a grave act (therefore a mortal sin) to deny any person their basic rights guarantee by our Creator.
At the very heart of this evil, is the denial of the fundamental Christian virtues of justice and charity.
Blessed Pope John Paul II said authoritatively; “nothing and no one can in any way permit the killing of an innocent human being, whether a fetus or an embryo, an infant or an adult, an old person or one suffering from an incurable disease, or a person who is dying.
Furthermore, no one is permitted to ask for this act of killing, either for himself or another person entrusted to their care, nor can any authority recommend or permit such an action” without committing a grave and serious moral evil.
The Holy Father continues; “the human being is to be respected and treated as a person from the moment of conception; and therefore from the same moment their rights as a person must be recognized, among which is the right to Life.” More and more, we find ourselves in the midst of a conflict with evil forces that cannot be rationalized with because they truly do not understand our Catholic position, which the Holy Father explained in this way; “we have the inescapable responsibility to be unconditionally pro-life.”
In the proclamation of the Gospel, in this New Evangelization that 2 Popes have called for, we, Catholics, are required to teach the values that Christ Himself promoted. We must not fear being unpopular or even fear hostility and persecution when it comes – even when it comes from within our own Catholic Church – we must not fear failure either – we know we are working out our own salvation and we must refuse any compromise or any ambiguity with the forces of evil which might try to conform us to the world or its way of thinking.
“We must be in the world but not of the world” – remembering always to draw strength from Christ, who by His Cross and Resurrection has overcome the world and ransomed many – but not all – as the Gospel today reminds us.
Here is What We Must Do
Therefore, it is urgently necessary for the future of our country and the development of a sound democracy to rediscover those essential and innate human and moral principals which flow from the very truth of who we are as human person. We need to once again like the American Catholics of old – to get down on our knees and pray the Rosary – asking Mary, the Mother of God to guide us in this dark hour. And we must remember that these core values that we have as Americans – no individual, no majority, no president or government agency can ever create, modify, or delete but must only acknowledge, respect, and protect these rights.
Christians, like all people of good will, are not to cooperate in any practices, even if permitted by civil law, which is contrary to God’s law. Each individual in fact has a moral responsibility to inform their own individual moral conscience to what is evil and how to fight against it.
The very purpose of the Gospel we profess is to transform humanity from within and to make it ever new. Like yeast which leavens the whole dough, or a light that enlightens the whole room, the Gospel is meant to permeate all cultures and give them life from within, so that they may express the full truth about the human person and the sacredness of Life.
America is No Longer a Christian Culture
This American culture of today has lost this Christian leaven, has lost the light of Christ, and is no longer a Christian culture, so it is our duty, as Catholics to once again be that leaven, that light which changes the world.
As G. K Chesterton so wisely observed, “a dead thing can go with the stream – but only a living thing can go against it.” So go against this culture because you are the ones who are truly free and alive with the power of your Savior, Jesus Christ.
Edited slightly, mainly headlines and emphasis