Apostles:” Salt” not “Sugar”

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In Matthew 5:13, Jesus is preaching the Beatitudes to his Apostles. After this, he tells them  “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt lose its savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is good for nothing any more but to be cast out, and to be trodden on by men.”

 

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger on the 26th November, 1998 at the Synod for Oceania:

“ We know Jesus above all through the Gospels. A deep knowledge and an integral reading of the Gospels is, therefore, fundamental to Christian life. Selective readings of the Gospels – so widespread today – are insufficient. Often, people fabricate a sweet Jesus only, Who accepts everything and everyone, Who doesn’t exclude anyone or anything, and is set up against the Church, which knows not only a Yes, but also a No.

The fact that the Gospel is also a sword which divides (Matthew 10:34) and a fire which burns (Luke 12:49) is no longer mentioned. According to the will of the Lord, the apostles are not the sugar, but the salt of the earth. In other words, a Christianity, from which the truth of the cross disappears, loses its identity. To follow Christ is to follow the Crucifix and precisely in this way we go along the way of love, which is life and opens the gates of true happiness.”

( From: Cardinal Newman Catechist Centre Newsletter , dated 5th April, 1999. Edited by Rev. B.J.H. Tierney)

(N.B. The highlighting in this text is in the original article by Fr.Tierney)

The message for us, and for the Church, is obvious.

We must be the salt of the earth!

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Francis And His Errors: “Jesus came into the world to learn how to be a man…”

[Francis said:]

Even though Jesus is God, He “is annihilated, He humbled Himself and became a servant. This is the glory of the Cross of Jesus”. [He added:] ‘Jesus came into the world to learn how to be a man, and by being a man, walk with men. He came into the world to obey, and He obeyed. But he learned this obedience from suffering.” (Homily at Domus Sanctae Marthae , September 15, 2014 – Original complete Spanish text.

The new website (run by a group of priests with permission of their bishops ) at
en.denzingerbergoglio.com/jesus-came-into-the-world-to-learn-how-to-be-a-man/#Francis  answers Francis’ comments very thoroughly.

Answers include Fathers of the Church, Catechism of Catholic Church, Scripture, as well as our dear good Popes Pius XII, John Paul II and Benedict XVI.

Below is a summary  – a taste – of the contents of their replies.

Click on the link above to read their post in full.

Teachings of the Magisterium

Table of contents
I – Was Christ obedient only in suffering?
II – In journeying with mankind, was Christ’s intention that of simply lowering Himself or of elevating man?
III – The correct interpretation of Philippians 2:8: “He humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross”

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I – Was Christ obedient only in suffering?
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Sacred Scripture
– My food is to do the will of the one who sent me
– “I do not seek my own will”
– Christ came down from heaven to do the will of the Father
– Jesus’ works are all from the Father
Catechism of the Catholic Church
– All the works, wonders and signs are proof of His obedience to the Father
– The Word made flesh willed humanly in obedience to his Father all that he had decided divinely
– “I have come to do your will, O God”
– Jesus was also obedient in moments of glory

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II – In journeying with mankind, was Christ’s intention that of simply lowering Himself or of elevating man?
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Saint Irenaeus of Lyons
– The Son of God became man so than man might participate in divine filiation
Saint Athanasius of Alexandria
– That elevate us to the divinity
Liturgy of the Hours
– To make us sharers in the divinity
Saint Thomas Aquinas
– Christ came to manifest the truth and free man from sin
Catechism of the Catholic Church
– The Word became flesh so that thus we might know God’s love
– Jesus is the model for the Beatitudes and the norm of the New Law
John Paul II
– Christ came to reestablish the truth in the relationship between man and God…
– … to free mankind from the slavery of sin, evil and death
– God has elevated humanity to a superior destiny of intimate union with Him
Pius XII
– Christ came into the world to glorify the Father and give himself as a victim

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III – The correct interpretation of Philippians 2:8: ‘He humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross’
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Saint Thomas Aquinas
– Christ’s humility reflects His majesty
Benedict XVI
– From the splendor of divinity, Christ chose to descend to the humiliation of ‘death on a cross’ to then manifest Himself in the splendor of his divine majesty
Theodoret of Cyrus
– A path overflowing with love and justice to liberate man
Saint Athanasius of Alexandria
– Christ underwent death in His flesh to offer Himself for us through death to the Father
Benedict XVI
– Jesus’ death stems from his free choice of obedience to the Father’s plan of salvation
John Paul II
– Through the suffering of the Cross Jesus Christ has returned to the love which was betrayed by Adam through sin
– The mystery of the Incarnation and Redemption expressed in Philippians 2:8

Judging Francis

See who judges Francis…

• Sacred Scripture

• 38 Popes (see summary of what Pope Benedict tells us in excerpt below)

• 10 Ecumenical Councils

• 7 Fundamental Texts

• 15 Roman Congregations

• 18 Fathers of the Church

• 13 Doctors of the Church

• 8 Synods and Episcopal Magisterium

• Other Documents and Saints

Benedict XVI…

…judges Francis’ idea that spiritual direction is a charism of the laity

Priests have the munus docendi, the task of teaching – they must answer the fundamental questions about what we must do in order to do good

An essential part of the priest’s grace is the task of putting others in touch with God
Christ tends his flock through the Pastors of the Church

Every priest is called to help the penitent to walk on the demanding path of holiness

Listening to the confessor’s advice is important for the spiritual journey of the penitent

In the saintly priest, the Christian People recognize the voice of the Good Shepherd

…judges Francis’ idea on adulterine unions

The trials of Christians are indeed numerous, but they must be faithful to God in their marriage

Materialistic ideologies tell us it is absurd to observe God’s commandments

The only joy that fills the human heart comes from God: the cross of Christ

The Church has received from its Founder the mission of showing people the way to true happiness: fidelity to the words of Christ

…judges Francis’ idea on family

An institution of natural law based on the marriage between a man and woman

 Marriage has value as a natural institution and as a Sacrament Raised to the dignity of a Sacrament, marriage confers greater splendor and depth to the conjugal bond

The Lord is the centre and heart of the family

 The family is a necessary good, fruit of the love and total self-giving within marriage

 Today the essential characteristics of Sacramental marriage are misunderstood

Today the crisis of the family impresses upon children an erroneous typology of the family

The natural structure of marriage is the union of a man and a woman – this principle comes from human nature itself and not only from faith

 

Read Pope Benedict’s teachings in the complete articles in a comprehensive new website at:
http://en.denzingerbergoglio.com/who-judges-francis/benedict-xvi/

 

Dr. Rumble and Radio Station 2SM

Radio Replies: Catholic Apologetics Online
Questions and answers on Catholicism and Protestantism

The author is Dr Rumble, and the Preface is by Msgr Fulton J. Sheen.

The website is: http://www.radioreplies.info/radio-replies-vol-1.php?t=24

There is also a link on this website if you want to order a printed version.
Volumes range from 1938 (vol.1) to 1972 (vol. 5)

I remember as a child/ early teen listening to this programme with my family each Sunday night.

The Radio station 2SM was a Catholic Radio Station in Sydney N SW.

It was very popular – people of all denominations would write in with questions. Some of these would then be selected with answers for the Sunday night show.

Dr. Rumble was a great and motivating speaker. Those were the days when all radio stations had to have a minimum % Christian content. Even certain “hymns” were to be heard regularly – even making the “popular” lists. How times have changed!

This is a great apologetics resource!!

Topics are:
God
Man
Religion
The Religion of the Bible
The Christian Faith
A Definite Christian Faith
The Failure of Protestantism
The Truth of Catholicism
The Catholic Church and the Bible
The Church and Her Dogmas
The Church in Her Moral Teachings
The Church in Her Worship
The Church and Social Welfare

Sub headings from Vol. 1 “God”
Proof of God’s existence
God’s nature
Supreme control over all things and the problem of suffering and evil

Sample Vol 2 Questions include:
Comparative Study of Non-Catholic Denominations
To and From Rome

Feast of the Guardian Angels – for our times

Feast of the Guardian Angels 2nd October, 2015

This morning at Mass, I thought that the Reading seemed to be especially for us in these end times. Our angels would lead us (just as they did Moses and the Israelites who were in the Desert on their way to the Promised Land.) If we listen to our angel, God will protect us against our enemies.

Epistle (Traditional Latin Mass)  Exodus 23: 20-23

 Behold I will send my angel, who shall go before thee,

and keep thee in thy journey,

and bring thee into the place that I have prepared.

Take notice of him, and hear his voice,

and do not think him one to be condemned:

for he will not forgive when thou hast sinned,

and my name is in him.

But if thou wilt hear his voice, and do all that I speak,

I will be an enemy to thy enemies, and will afflict them that afflict thee.

And my angel shall go before thee

St Michael and the cave at Monte Sant’ Angelo

 

144St Michael first appeared in about the year 490AD.

One day, a nobleman of the area, lost the best bull of his herd. After days of searching he found it kneeling in an inaccessible cave. He couldn’t get near it, so he shopt an arrow, but the arrow turned around and came bavk and hit him.

He was so surprised at thios unusual occurrence that he went straight to the bishop, who ordered him to pray and fast for 3 days.. The Archangel appeared to the Bishop 3 days later and said:

“I am Michael the Archangel and am always in the presence of god. I chose the cave which is sacred to me. There will bw no more shedding of bull’s blood ( referring to a pagan practice in the area). Where the rocks open widely, the sins of man may be pardoned. What is asked here in prayer will be granted. Therefore, go up to the mouintain cave and dedicate it to the Christian cult!!”

The Bishop delayed in obeying the angel’s order because he was undecided.

Two years later, in 492, the Christian city of Siponto at the foot of the mountain, was besieged by pagan hordes. The people were desperate. The Bishop obtained a 3 day truce from the pagans and ordered prayer and penance.

The Archangel appeared to him and promised his help if the townspeople dared to attack the enemy. A severe storm, with sand and hail, rained on the pagan army, which was terrorized and escaped. The town was saved. The Bishop announced a thanksgiving procession and went with the people to the top of the mountain, but he did not venture into the grotto.

On the third anniversary, the Bishop was still not sure if he should follow the angel’s order.He went to the Pope who ordered him to fast for 3 days then go there with other bishops.

St Michael appeared for the third time and ordered him to enter the grotto. The angel said:

“It is not necessary that you dedicate this church that I have consecrated with my presence. Enter and pray with my assistance and celebrate the Sacrifice. I will show you how I have consecrated this place.”

 

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The bishop entered the cave and found an altar covered with a red cloth and a crystal cross, and at the entrance was a child’s footprint, which confirmed the presence of the Archangel St Michael.

The bishop had a chapel built at the entrance to the grotto and dedicated it on September 29th. It is the only place that is not consecrated by the hand of man.

Through the centuries, it has been called the ‘celestial Basilica’.

The last apparition was in 1656 in answer to prayer because of the terrible plague that had hit the area. The local Bishop and his people invoked the help of St Michael and the plague stopped.

 

 

Being Able to Defend Marriage – Know your Doctrine

Excerpts are from the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

God is the author of marriage:

Part 1, Section 2, Chapter 1, Article 1, Paragraph 6, SubSection 3, Heading 2 372 Man and woman were made “for each other” – … for they are equal as persons (“bone of my bones. . .”) and complementary as masculine and feminine. In marriage God unites them in such a way that, by forming “one flesh”, 245 they can transmit human life: “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth.” 246 By transmitting human life to their descendants, man and woman as spouses and parents co-operate in a unique way in the Creator’s work.

Part 2, Section 2, Chapter 3, Article 7, Heading 1 1602 Sacred Scripture begins with the creation of man and woman in the image and likeness of God and concludes with a vision of “the wedding-feast of the Lamb.” 85 Scripture speaks throughout of marriage and its “mystery,” its institution and the meaning God has given it, its origin and its end…

Part 2, Section 2, Chapter 3, Article 7, Heading 2 1603…. God himself is the author of marriage.” 87 The vocation to marriage is written in the very nature of man and woman as they came from the hand of the Creator….. “The well-being of the individual person and of both human and Christian society is closely bound up with the healthy state of conjugal and family life.” 89

Part 2, Section 2, Chapter 3, Article 7, Heading 4 1609 In his mercy God has not forsaken sinful man. … After the fall, marriage helps to overcome self-absorption, egoism, pursuit of one’s own pleasure, and to open oneself to the other, to mutual aid and to self-giving.

Indissolubility of Marriage

Part 2, Section 2, Chapter 3, Article 7, Heading 4 1610 Moral conscience concerning the unity and indissolubility of marriage developed under the pedagogy of the old law.

Part 2, Section 2, Chapter 3, Article 7, Heading 4 1611 Seeing God’s covenant with Israel in the image of exclusive and faithful married love, the prophets prepared the Chosen People’s conscience for a deepened understanding of the unity and indissolubility of marriage. 102 The books of Ruth and Tobit bear moving witness to an elevated sense of marriage and to the fidelity and tenderness of spouses. Tradition has always seen in the Song of Solomon a unique expression of human love, insofar as it is a reflection of God’s love – a love “strong as death” that “many waters cannot quench.” 103

Part 2, Section 2, Chapter 3, Article 7, Heading 5 …. 105 The Church attaches great importance to Jesus’ presence at the wedding at Cana. She sees in it the confirmation of the goodness of marriage and the proclamation that thenceforth marriage will be an efficacious sign of Christ’s presence.

Part 2, Section 2, Chapter 3, Article 7, Heading 5 1615 … Jesus has not placed on spouses a burden impossible to bear, or too heavy – heavier than the Law of Moses. 108 …It is by following Christ, renouncing themselves, and taking up their crosses that spouses will be able to “receive” the original meaning of marriage and live it with the help of Christ. 109 This grace of Christian marriage is a fruit of Christ’s cross, the source of all Christian life.

Part 3, Section 2, Chapter 2, Article 6, SubSection 4, Heading 2 2382 The Lord Jesus insisted on the original intention of the Creator who willed that marriage be indissoluble. 174 He abrogates the accommodations that had slipped into the old Law. 175 Between the baptized, “a ratified and consummated marriage cannot be dissolved by any human power or for any reason other than death.” 176

Part 3, Section 2, Chapter 2, Article 6, SubSection 4, Heading 2 2384 Divorce is a grave offense against the natural law. It claims to break the contract, to which the spouses freely consented, to live with each other till death. Divorce does injury to the covenant of salvation, of which sacramental marriage is the sign. Contracting a new union, even if it is recognized by civil law, adds to the gravity of the rupture: the remarried spouse is then in a situation of public and permanent adultery:
If a husband, separated from his wife, approaches another woman, he is an adulterer because he makes that woman commit adultery, and the woman who lives with him is an adulteress, because she has drawn another’s husband to herself. 178

Marriage as a Sacrament

Part 2, Section 2, Chapter 3, Article 7, Heading 5 617…. Since it signifies and communicates grace, marriage between baptized persons is a true sacrament of the New Covenant. 112

Part 2, Section 2, Chapter 3, Article 7, Heading 6 1620…. 117 Esteem of virginity for the sake of the kingdom 118 and the Christian understanding of marriage are inseparable, and they reinforce each other:
Whoever denigrates marriage also diminishes the glory of virginity. …

Part 2, Section 2, Chapter 3, Article 7, SubSection 2 1622 “Inasmuch as it is a sacramental action of sanctification, the liturgical celebration of marriage . . . must be, per se, valid, worthy, and fruitful.” 123 It is therefore appropriate for the bride and groom to prepare themselves for the celebration of their marriage by receiving the sacrament of penance.

Part 2, Section 2, Chapter 3, Article 7, SubSection 3 1625 The parties to a marriage covenant are a baptized man and woman, free to contract marriage, who freely express their consent; “to be free” means:
– not being under constraint;
– not impeded by any natural or ecclesiastical law.

Annulment

Part 2, Section 2, Chapter 3, Article 7, SubSection 3 1629 For this reason (or for other reasons that render the marriage null and void) the Church, after an examination of the situation by the competent ecclesiastical tribunal, can declare the nullity of a marriage, i.e., that the marriage never existed. 132 In this case the contracting parties are free to marry, provided the natural obligations of a previous union are discharged. 133

Part 2, Section 2, Chapter 3, Article 7, SubSection 4 1638 “From a valid marriage arises a bond between the spouses which by its very nature is perpetual and exclusive; furthermore, in a Christian marriage the spouses are strengthened and, as it were, consecrated for the duties and the dignity of their state by a special sacrament.” 142

Part 2, Section 2, Chapter 3, Article 7, SubSection 4, Heading 1 1640 Thus the marriage bond has been established by God himself in such a way that a marriage concluded and consummated between baptized persons can never be dissolved. This bond, which results from the free human act of the spouses and their consummation of the marriage, is a reality, henceforth irrevocable, and gives rise to a covenant guaranteed by God’s fidelity. The Church does not have the power to contravene this disposition of divine wisdom. 146

Part 2, Section 2, Chapter 3, Article 7, SubSection 5, Heading 2 1646 By its very nature conjugal love requires the inviolable fidelity of the spouses. This is the consequence of the gift of themselves which they make to each other. Love seeks to be definitive; it cannot be an arrangement “until further notice.” The “intimate union of marriage, as a mutual giving of two persons, and the good of the children, demand total fidelity from the spouses and require an unbreakable union between them.”

Divorce and remarriage

Part 2, Section 2, Chapter 3, Article 7, SubSection 5, Heading 2 1650…. In fidelity to the words of Jesus Christ – “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another, commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery” 160 the Church maintains that a new union cannot be recognized as valid, if the first marriage was. If the divorced are remarried civilly, they find themselves in a situation that objectively contravenes God’s law. Consequently, they cannot receive Eucharistic communion as long as this situation persists. For the same reason, they cannot exercise certain ecclesial responsibilities. Reconciliation through the sacrament of Penance can be granted only to those who have repented for having violated the sign of the covenant and of fidelity to Christ, and who are committed to living in complete continence.

Part 2, Section 2, Chapter 3, Article 7, SubSection 6 1664 Unity, indissolubility, and openness to fertility are essential to marriage. …divorce separates what God has joined together; the refusal of fertility turns married life away from its “supreme gift,” the child (GS 50 § 1).

Part 2, Section 2, Chapter 3, Article 7, SubSection 6 1665 The remarriage of persons divorced from a living, lawful spouse contravenes the plan and law of God as taught by Christ. They are not separated from the Church, but they cannot receive Eucharistic communion. They will lead Christian lives especially by educating their children in the faith.

Part 3, Section 2, Chapter 2, Article 6, SubSection 4, Heading 1 2381 Adultery is an injustice. He who commits adultery fails in his commitment. He does injury to the sign of the covenant which the marriage bond is, transgresses the rights of the other spouse, and undermines the institution of marriage by breaking the contract on which it is based. …

Duties and responsibilities of civil authority

Part 3, Section 2, Chapter 2, Article 4, SubSection 2 2210 The importance of the family for the life and well-being of society 13 entails a particular responsibility for society to support and strengthen marriage and the family. Civil authority should consider it a grave duty “to acknowledge the true nature of marriage and the family, to protect and foster them, to safeguard public morality, and promote domestic prosperity.” 14

Part 3, Section 2, Chapter 2, Article 4, SubSection 2 2211 The political community has a duty to honor the family, to assist it, and to ensure especially:
– the freedom to establish a family, have children, and bring them up in keeping with the family’s own moral and religious convictions;
the protection of the stability of the marriage bond and the institution of the family;
– the freedom to profess one’s faith, to hand it on, and raise one’s children in it, with the necessary means and institutions;
– the right to private property, to free enterprise, to obtain work and housing, and the right to emigrate;
– in keeping with the country’s institutions, the right to medical care, assistance for the aged, and family benefits;
– the protection of security and health, especially with respect to dangers like drugs, pornography, alcoholism, etc.;
– the freedom to form associations with other families and so to have representation before civil authority. 15

Living together before Marriage

Part 3, Section 2, Chapter 2, Article 6, SubSection 2, Heading 3 2350 Those who are engaged to marry are called to live chastity in continence. They should see in this time of testing a discovery of mutual respect, an apprenticeship in fidelity, and the hope of receiving one another from God. They should reserve for marriage the expressions of affection that belong to married love. They will help each other grow in chastity.

Part 3, Section 2, Chapter 2, Article 6, SubSection 4, Heading 3 2390 In a so-called free union, a man and a woman refuse to give juridical and public form to a liaison involving sexual intimacy.
The expression “free union” is fallacious: what can “union” mean when the partners make no commitment to one another, each exhibiting a lack of trust in the other, in himself, or in the future?
The expression covers a number of different situations: concubinage, rejection of marriage as such, or inability to make long-term commitments. 183 All these situations offend against the dignity of marriage; they destroy the very idea of the family; they weaken the sense of fidelity. They are contrary to the moral law. The sexual act must take place exclusively within marriage. Outside of marriage it always constitutes a grave sin and excludes one from sacramental communion.

Part 3, Section 2, Chapter 2, Article 6, SubSection 4, Heading 3 2391 Some today claim a “right to a trial marriage” where there is an intention of getting married later. However firm the purpose of those who engage in premature sexual relations may be, “the fact is that such liaisons can scarcely ensure mutual sincerity and fidelity in a relationship between a man and a woman, nor, especially, can they protect it from inconstancy of desires or whim.” 184 Carnal union is morally legitimate only when a definitive community of life between a man and woman has been established. Human love does not tolerate “trial marriages.” It demands a total and definitive gift of persons to one another. 185

Dignity of Marriage

Part 3, Section 2, Chapter 2, Article 6, SubSection 4, Heading 3 2400 Adultery, divorce, polygamy, and free union are grave offenses against the dignity of marriage.