September 25, 2019

For Children of Divorce...

This post is for those whose innocent lives have been upended by divorce through no fault of their own: children. They are undeserving of the harm inflicted upon them, but, even they must eventually travel Forgiveness Highway for any healing to have a chance at taking root.

Below the picture is an email that I received today from Dr. Gary Chapman, the author of The 5 Love Languages® book (a very good read for all spouses and well worth your time. There is a children's version as well). The emphases are all mine, although the email carries its own weight and begs each - spouse, parent or child - to stand and deliver. The conclusion is also remarkably very Catholic in its essence. Ed.


Source


"Have you ever struggled to forgive someone who has wronged you? If so, you are not alone. But if your intention is to remove the barrier and begin the process of restoring the relationship with that person, a sincere apology must be offered and forgiveness extended.
One might say, "I don't feel like forgiving." The truth is, not many of us do. What we need to know, though, is this: forgiveness is not a feeling. It's a decision to offer grace instead of demanding justice.
When it comes to forgiveness however, there are a lot of misconceptions that muddy the process. To better understand forgiveness, here are four things forgiveness DOES NOT do:
  1. Forgiveness does not wipe our memory.
  2. Forgiveness does not remove all the consequences of wrongdoing.
  3. Forgiveness does not rebuild trust.
  4. Forgiveness does not always result in reconciliation.
I write more about these in my book, Things I Wish I'd Known Before We Got Married. However, as I mentioned in the beginning of my email, one thing forgiveness does do: removes barriers. If we choose not to forgive, then the barrier remains, and the relationship continues to be estranged. Time alone will not heal the relationship. Healing requires the decision to forgive. And forgiveness opens the door to the possibility of growth."




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September 15, 2019

On Cohesion and Loss








Look Thou upon me, and have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am alone and poor. See my abjection and my labor, and forgive me all my sins, O my God. (Ps. XXIV.) To Thee, O Lord, have I lifted up my soul. In Thee, O my God, I put my trust, let me not be ashamed. (Introit from the 3rd Sunday After Pentecost)


We have a Pope. We have Cardinals. We have Bishops and Priests. We have the Faithful.

Pope Francis seems to operate daily in direct opposition to the words of Our Lord Jesus Christ. The gang of Cardinals that are his advisors apparently nod in acknowledgement to all that he vocalizes or writes, whether heretical or not. Many Bishops toe the line and pass on what comes down from above so as to not rock their gilded thrones. They are the captains that lead the Faithful to believe what was once black is now white (mortal sin); what was once true is now false (adultery); what was once sacred is now profane (the Traditional Latin Mass). And then there are priests who take it all as license to adapt and conform themselves and/or the liturgy into what their pewsitters want (engagement), and not what is truly needed (solid Catholicism).

This has all come at a seemingly exponential pace (since 2013, at least) and as each old building block falls, a new one is quickly - and at times, quietly - put into its place. And the Faithful just keep clapping and shake their heads "Yes!" "Yes!" "Yes!" 

And I just keep wondering "Why?" "Why?" "Why?"

Answer: it is easy for the leaders of the Catholic Church - whether priest, Bishop or Pope - to promote "change" when it has so obviously willing accomplices in the pews. Catholicism is so much easier now that it has a modern twist to it all. 

Gone are the days when a Catholic high school student finds a need to explain to a Protestant friend why Catholicism is the One True Faith: we now have Ecumenism to render such a discussion moot .

Gone are the days when adultery or cohabitation was still grievously sinful: now one can have a loving, duplicitous relationship and still be friends with Christ, who undoubtedly will be smiling down upon such a "loving" couple. And, if a priest or Bishop dare try to enforce Canon 951, shame will be weaponized and used to punish the good and reward the bad (remember: what was once black is now white; what was once True is now False.) 

Gone are the days when just about every Catholic commentator, writer or Theologian would be on the same page when it came to defending a particular teaching or dogma of the Catholic Faith (there will always be dissenters, sadly). Now we find many of the above defending their various personal interpretation of the latest Roman interpretation of the ancient traditional practice of (you name it here). Worse, they may castigate those who digress from their interpretation.  The cohesion amongst the Faithful that was once Roman Catholicism is now gone, yet another victim of the ambiguity that is Vatican II. 




The Catholic Faithful,however, are losers of more than just cohesion. They have also lost their wisdom; their understanding; their counsel; their fortitude; their knowledge; their piety; their Fear of the Lord.

They have lost the Gifts bequeathed to them at their Confirmation. 

They have lost Third Person of the Blessed Trinity. 




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September 6, 2019

Oremus...

...for the current Chair of St. Peter, which he needs - desperately. Some would say he doesn't want it; others would say he doesn't deserve it. And I say neither one matters, for it is the Catholic thing to do, for someone in so obvious a need. 


Oremus pro Pontifice nostro [Francisco]: Dominus conservet eum, et vivificet eum, et beatum faciat eum in terra, et non tradat eum in animam inimicorum eius. Tu es Petrus, et super hanc petram ædificabo Ecclesiam Meam, et portæ inferi non prævalebunt adversus eam.

Deus, omnium fidelium pastor et rector, famulum tuum [
Francisco], quem pastorem Ecclesiae tuae praeesse voluisti, propitius respice: da ei, quaesumus, verbo et exemplo, quibus praeest, proficere: ut ad vitam, una cum grege sibi credito, perveniat sempiternam. Per Christum, Dominum nostrum. Amen.


V. Let us pray for [Francis], our Pope.

R. May the Lord preserve him, and give him life, and make him blessed upon the earth, and deliver him not up to the will of his enemies. [Ps 40:3]

O God, Shepherd and Ruler of all Thy faithful people, look mercifully upon Thy servant [Francis], whom Thou hast chosen as shepherd to preside over Thy Church. Grant him, we beseech Thee, that by his word and example, he may edify those over whom he hath charge, so that together with the flock committed to him, may he attain everlasting life. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.






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September 2, 2019

Mundabor's Bullseye...

From Mundabor (a blogger I very much admire) comes this succinct and sobering commentary:

"Enjoy the ride, Pollyannas all over the world, and apostles of the “sweet Peter on earth” mantra as the man showed that he despises them and everything that is Catholic.

Congratulations, Cardinal Burke & Co. Your empty virtue signalling has now virtually – bar Divine intervention – guaranteed us a closeted homosexual Francis II, an openly homosexual Francis III and, who knows, a gender fluid Francis IV.

Have fun, sanctimonious old women in the sanctuary. Your nephews are being given to rapacious perverted priests to have their Catholicism, their innocence, perhaps their very physical safety endangered.

Catholics who think they can pick and choose what they believe have not deserved a Catholic Pope. They deserve both Francis anc his damn cardinals. Let us see how they keep enjoying this clown and his satanic successors. It will get worse before it gets better." 


Please click on the linked excerpt above and read the entire post...it will be well worth your time. It should also, if one considers themself a Roman Catholic, raise the curtain to full-open for all to view the Roman Stage that the current Pontiff has carefully choreographed and set in motion for the next, what? Two decades? Maybe more? By the time you finish reading this post - hell, even by the time Mundabor posted his - it was already too late. The stage already had been set and all the Cardinal Burke, Mueller and Vigano wannabee's have now lost whatever momentum their previous mewing and leaks had produced. For now - and until this chastisement is complete - all we can do, as Our Lord said at the beginning of His own Passion, is to watch and pray that we ourselves not enter into temptation

Over the last few decades, we have seen how Catholics - both lay and clerical - whose views favor homosexuality, adultery, birth control, immigration anarchy and the glory of man have been preened, promulgated and promoted up through the ranks of the Roman Church. All of which has culminated in what we have seen just this past week: the further stacking of the Cardinal Electors to ensure that whatever "reforms" Francis has put into place shall continue post-Francis with - as Mundabor wrote - "...a closeted homosexual Francis II, an openly homosexual Francis III and, who knows, a gender fluid Francis IV."

Are you all ready for that? 

Are you ready to receive Holy Communion from the hands of a openly sodomitical priest? ''  

Are you ready for the open teaching of LBGTQ curriculum in all parochial schools?           

Are you ready for another Pope, another Cardinal or another Bishop to submit themself to a false religion in a public manner, thereby denying the One True Faith and Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ, outside of which THERE IS NO SALVATION?

Well folks (or Pollyannas, as Mundabor so aptly put it), this is what you are going to get..and for years and years to come. Yes, we deserve the chastisement that is coming.  

I am 65 years old. In theory, I could live into my 90's. By heredity, I'm hoping to live at least into my mid-80's (as did my Dad). I am a cradle Catholic. I was raised on the Baltimore Catechism. I know the Ten Commandments. I know the Virtues of Purity and Chastity are to be treasured. I know the difference between Venial and Mortal sin and dire consequence of the latter. I know that objective Truth is not a fluid concept and that one person's subjective truth can be wrong, be he priest or Pope. I know that we are bound in Conscience to obey the Pope in matters of Faith and Morals, but not when it will be diametrically opposed to the words of God or the Teachings of Christ. Remember these words: "...I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No man cometh to the Father, but by me."

We should be prepared for the upcoming all-out assault upon the very foundations of Catholicism. We should be prepared for the true Schism about to be inflicted upon the Church. We should be prepared for another Avignon-like Papacy. 

We should be prepared to continue our prayers for the re-conversion of Pope Francis to the One True Faith, as well for the triumph of Holy Mother Church over Her enemies, especially those who reside inside Her walls. 

Instaurare omnia in Christo.

Viva Cristo Rey!

Mater Dei, Ora Pro Nobis Peccatoribus!



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