July 8, 2018

Wolves, False Prophets and Bad Fruits

During the Gospel readings for today's Mass, I was again pondering my lack of understanding on why so many of my fellow Catholics follow blindly everything that emanates from Pope Francis, more than a few of his Cardinals, quite a few of his Bishops and even some of their priests, that undeniably and unequivocally DO NOT follow the words of Our Lord Jesus Christ (let alone the bimillennial Teachings and Traditions of the Church and previous Popes). It seems that all has been wrong and/or misunderstood these past millenia, and we are just now coming into the "New Springtime" (where have I heard that before) of understanding and can now all move confidently forward to our assured Salvation by blindly accepting that adultery, sodomy and sacrilege is what Our Lord really and truly meant to approve (had he lived in our more enlightened times).

The trouble, however, is that Our Lord was and always will be "...the way, and the truth, and the life.". He cannot error. Period. There is not - and can never be - any subset of circumstances that neuter His original words. There were not any #6a, #6b, #6c, #6d Commandments handed down by God along with the original #6. If you think otherwise, perhaps you should read this.

Now, more than ever before, we all should be on continual watch for the wolves in sheeps clothing. The false prophets. The bad fruits. Unfortunately, the modern Church is full of all three. Now is the time to "be Catholic and soldier on", even if that involves becoming persona non grata at the Chancery as you continually (albeit respectfully) correct the bishop, or, by cutting your weekly stipend in half as you fight the new politicized Church in which we find ourselves. Remember that no one has the right to command you to sin and, no, "the Bishop made me do it" is not a get out of jail free card that you can flash at your particular judgement.  

Courtesy of SanctaMissa.org, the below excerpts are from Rev. Fr. Leonard Goffine's The Church's Year, "INSTRUCTION ON THE SEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST". Pay close attention to the sections on false prophets and good/bad fruits. But... pay closer attention to how you will be called to answer at your own particular judgement and prepare yourself accordingly.  

GOSPEL (Matt. VII. 15-21.) At that time, Jesus said to his disciples: Beware of false prophets, who come to you in the clothing of sheep, but inwardly they are ravening wolves: by their fruits you shall know them. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit, and the evil tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can an evil tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit, shall be cut down, and shall be cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits you shall know them. Not every one that saith to me: Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven: but he that doth the will of my Father who is in heaven, he shall enter into the kingdom of heaven. 

Who are the false Prophets? 

Those seducers who under an appearance of virtue and honesty lure innocent, simple souls from the right path, and lead them to vice and shame; who by sweet words, such as: "God , is full of love, and will not be severe on sin, He does not require so very much of us, He knows we are weak, and if a person sins, he can be converted," seek to steal from souls all modesty and fear, of God. Guard against such hypocrites, for they have the poison of vipers on their tongues. By the false prophets are also understood those who propagate error, who by superficial words fade the true faith, who speak always of love and liberty, and who under the pretence of making people free and happy bring many a soul to doubt and error, depriving it of true faith and peace of heart. 

How can we know the false prophets? 

By their works; for evil, corrupted men can produce only bad fruit. If we look into their life we will find that at heart they are immoral hypocrites who observe external propriety only that they may the more easily spread their poison. The false teachers and messengers of error may be known by their lives, but especially by their intentions, Which are to subvert all divine order, and to put the unrestrained lust of the flesh and tyranny in its place. 

Who else are understood by the false prophets? 

Those who under pretence of making men happy and rich, induce the credulous to make use of superstition, of wicked arts, deceit, and injustice; especially those who under he deceiving appearance of liberty and equality, independence and public good, incite them to open or secret revolt against civil and ecclesiastical authority. Be not deceived by these so-called public benefactors who look always to their own advantage, but trust in God, support yourself honestly, live like a Christian, and you will find true liberty and happiness here and hereafter. 

Why does Christ say: "Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit, shall be cut down, and shall be cast into the fire?" 

He warns us that faith without good works is not sufficient for salvation; and he therefore adds; Not every one that saith: Lord, Lord (who outwardly professes himself my servant, but is not really such) shall enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he who, (by the fulfilment of the duties of his state of life and by the practice `of good works), does the will of my Father, merits heaven. Strive then, Christian soul, to fulfil God's will in all things, perform your daily duties with a good intention, and you will certainly obtain the kingdom of heaven. 

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