So... this morning I trolled my archives and picked one from December 2016 that is still extant today and reposting it - hopefully as a prelude to more inspiration-driven posts. But even if reposting is all I do - at least I am fighting, even if it is behind the lines in the safety of the bunker.
I even provided a graphic, this time...
I'm not stupid.
With that declarative sentence, I must explain why I am so confident that I am not stupid. I am, after all, a Baby-Boomer: born in the late 50's; a product of the 60''s radicalization; a 70's agnostic when it came to Vatican II; an 80's ho-hum Catholic (at least until the early-decade when my parents re-introduced me to the Tridentine Mass). I have a well-formed conscience, an engaging thought process, an innate ability to see through subterfuge, and can spot a wolf-in-sheep's-clothing from 1-1/2 miles out. I am a confirmed Soldier of Christ (as well as a former USAF Veteran of 15-plus years of service). I manage to balance my checkbook each month, add to my savings weekly, pray my daily Rosary and kneel in the Confessional monthly (admittedly, it sometimes stretches a bit more, despite having weekly reminders from my Google Calendar.) My employer has enough confidence in my thought and technical service prowess that I can write a company check for $6,000 to settle a customer dispute, and not have to get upper-management clearance before I do. So, no...I am most definitely not stupid.
It is too bad the clerics in Rome, and probably most of the world's Bishops think I am. They must believe this in their black heart-of-hearts, for it can be explained in no other manner. They truly believe that I can have no true understanding of what "One, Holy Catholic and Apostolic" means; that I can have no true understanding of what the 6th and 9th Commandments truly mean; that I can have no true understanding of the meaning of Christ's definitive and declarative spoken words as handed down from His Apostles; or that I am simply incapable of having the proper love, compassion, and mercy to my fellow man because I am so rigid in my Catholicity-of-old. They all - up to and including the Pope, the man-in-white-with-black-shoes, Francis - think of me as a lemming; an obstinate jackass; a domesticated turkey who doesn't even know how to get back into his pen and who dies of starvation because he can't remember where the damn gate is...
No, your Greatnesses. I am not stupid, but you all are. You are stupid to think that I don't see beyond your gilded cages and corrupted minds; that most of you are protecting your turfs, your positions and your reputations. You believe yourselves to be above reproach because you have a few letters of the alphabet behind your names, or your name on a Dicastery door. You hobnob with the known enemies of the Catholic Faith, laugh robustly at their jokes at a secular dinner and shake their hands as they present you with a 5 or 6 figure check for the "poor" (read:your - and not necessarily the Catholic Church's- favorite cause célèbre).
I don't need what you believe you are in sole possession of - a brain. I already have one, complete with right reason (read:Conscience) already installed. So I don't need you to
re-interpret for me what Christ said from the Cross ("Father forgive them..."), what He said to Mary Magdalene ("Go...and sin no more...") or what I believe are his most important words relative to our modern times: For what doth it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and suffer the loss of his own soul? Or what exchange shall a man give for his soul?
I already know that you are wrong in promoting Communion for the divorced and remarried sans annulment and without reparation and amendment; I already know that those who delude themselves into believing that what you are promoting is good and holy are potentially dooming their Souls, and also that you share in that culpability; I already know that you are subverting the laws and regulations of this country when you openly advocate universal open-borders, but yet fail in your duties to continually and prolifically defend human life with the same fervor. Where are the weekly, media-invited, pro-life marches to the local abortuary, with you and your fellow Bishops heroically distributing Holy Communion to the kneeling Faithful during the weekly open-air Mass and Benediction?? Hmmmmm???
No...I actually laugh at you, to be honest. I mean, how gullible can you be? How invertebrate can you be? How uncaring can you be? How un-Godlike can you be? In sum, just how stupid can you be? You have been entrusted to lead Souls to God, for God, and into Heaven. And instead many of you are, judging from your public words and actions, trying imperiously to lead them into perdition - gullible sheep being led by gullible shepherds in a gullible man-centered modern world that crumbles all around you. For supposedly smart men, you are surprisingly stupid, and more so to think that there are not going to be consequences for leading the sheep entrusted to you astray.
Although in your eyes I am but a stupid and gullible Catholic, in the eyes of Our Lord Jesus Christ I remain true to His words and teachings (or try to despite my frailties). As well, I shall always remain true to you and to all you preach and teach when you follow what He has taught and that He has handed down to you. When you veer away from that, I will not follow; when you preach and teach the direct opposite of what has always been taught, I will not follow. When you tell me I am sinning just because I hold fast to what has always been taught, I will tell you that you are wrong; and if you tell me I am sinning by trying to convert a friend, acquaintance or even an enemy to the One True Faith, I will probably spit in your face in disgust.
But beyond all of the above, you can be assured that I will continue to pray for your conversion back to the One True Faith. For many of you are not acting like you have a modicum of it left and truly need the prayers. I actually feel sorry for you...I just cannot yet believe that those so learned can be so stupid as to think they are doing God's Will by subverting the 6th and 9th Commandment or denying the Roman Catholic Church's supremacy over all other religions. I would rather have a cadre of St. John Vianney's leading the Catholic Church than you...at least they wouldn't be so impressed with their education that they believe themselves smarter than the sheep they lead.
I wish you would remember that the gates of Hell shall not prevail against the One True Faith...it would make Catholic Life so much easier to live. But then again, I think we all tend to forget that the life of Our Lord Jesus Christ was not a bouquet of Roses either. How many have forgotten The Passion, what it entailed and what Our Lord endured, in order to save Souls?
Why can't you just shut-up and get back to what you were ordained to do all those many years ago? Why can't you just go and smell your sheep, instead of licking boots? Why not sacrifice a laugh or two or three at the Al Smith Dinner for the humble prayers and gratitude of your flock as they see you kneel with them in the rain at the local abortion facility in early Spring, drenched and shivering in the cold March air? Why can't you just be a simple Bishop, or Cardinal or even Pope and live up the the Trust and Confidence your Blessed Lord displayed in you when he gave you the privilege of the Miter and Crozier?
If HE can so humble Himself as to hang from His infamous gibbet, who are you not to?
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