March 30, 2018

REPOST: And Bowing His Head...

Jesus therefore, when he had taken the vinegar, said: It is consummated. And bowing his head,he gave up the ghost. (John 19:30)

(Source Here)

Lyrics: O Sacred Head Surrounded

(Latin: Salve caput cruentatum, St. Bernard)

O Sacred Head surrounded
By crown of piercing thorn!
O bleeding Head so wounded,
Reviled and put to scorn!
Death's pallid hue comes o'er Thee,
The glow of life decays,
Yet angel hosts adore Thee,
And tremble as they gaze.

In this, Thy bitter passion,
Good shepherd, think of me,
With Thy most sweet compassion,
Unworthy though I be:
Beneath Thy cross abiding,
Forever would I rest;
In Thy dear love confiding,
And with Thy presence blest.

Meditation by St. Alphonsus De Liguori

Ah, cruel thorns, ungrateful creatures, wherefore do ye torment your Creator thus? But to what purpose asks St. Augustine, dost thou find fault with the thorns? They were but innocent instruments--our sins, our evil thoughts, were the wicked thorns which afflicted the head of Jesus Christ: "What are the thorns but sinners?"

Thou, too, therefore, O my soul, didst then inflict torture upon the venerable head of thy Redeemer by thy many consentings to evil: Know thou and behold how grievous and bitter it is for thee to have left the Lord thy God." Open now thine eyes, and see, and bitterly bewail all thy life long the evil that thou hast done in so ungratefully turning thy back upon thy Lord and God.

Ah, my Jesus! No, Thou hast not deserved that I should have treated Thee as I have done. I have done evil; I have been in the wrong; I am sorry for it with all my heart. Oh, pardon me, and give me a sorrow which may make me bewail all my life long the wrongs that I have done Thee. My Jesus, my Jesus, pardon me, wishing, as I do, to love Thee forever.

(Lyrics & Prayer above from the You Tube Video page here.)
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March 18, 2018

Guns, God and the NRA

Christ Cleansing the Temple - Bernardino Mei

Jesus is Pro-gun.

Well, maybe not pro-gun, exactly, as guns weren't around when he was alive. But he was most likely pro-self-defense, pro-offense and even pro-deadly weapons. Why might I make such a seemingly blasphemous comment? Well...I have it on good authority that such is the case; an unimpeachable source of the highest moral character. No one disputes the Truth of his other writings, so I simply must take what he wrote as gospel, certain that he was divinely inspired.

Saint John - he who rested his head on Our Lord's shoulder at the Last Supper - describes the scene above in plain language:

"...And the pasch of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. And he found in the temple them that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting. And when he had made, as it were, a scourge of little cords, he drove them all out of the temple, the sheep also and the oxen, and the money of the changers he poured out, and the tables he overthrew." [John 2:13-16]

Thus did Our Blessed Lord Himself show by example that it is morally acceptable: to defend what is yours (His temple); to go on the offensive in supporting that defense (physically removing the offenders); and to use a deadly weapon (a multi-tentacled scourge), if necessary.

Him being the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, we know that all the above was done for good cause and with prudence, justice and with just enough deadly force to ensure that the offenders were routed and that they most definitely knew not to attempt the same thing again.

Every able bodied man and woman has the right and privilege to do so; every able bodied Catholic man and woman has the right and privilege to do so (though neither the former nor the latter are, obviously, under any command to.) But if you do, do so under the examples shown by Our Lord. Our Lord has shown the licitness that everyone has to ensure their own and their families safety and welfare, and when called upon to do so by a given situation, even those not of their own families.

So, my fellow Catholics, it is NOT sinful to own a gun (or a multitude of guns, with or without magazines); it is NOT against the teachings and example of Our Lord to go on the offense in just situations; it DOES NOT make you a terrorist, a warmonger or an evil Hitleresque person.

And it certainly doesn't make you a bad Catholic.

In general, a Bishop has a personal right to promote gun control; he may even strongly urge you to the same thought process. But he doesn't have any right beyond those on the issue, and certainly not one that you should be concerned about as a danger to Faith or morals, if you do own guns (even those with magazines.)

And you will most certainly NOT be damned for all eternity if you join the NRA, as I have done. However...

I can't promise that you won't be damned by some that are of the opposing view.

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