Saturday, August 7, 2010

The Unchanging Gospel and Scandals: What Does Faith In the Midst Of Scandals Look Like? It Looks Like This:

St. Catherine of Siena wrote to Barnabas:

"He is insane who rises or acts contrary to this Vicar who holds the keys of the blood of Christ crucified. Even if he was a demon incarnate, I should not raise my head against him, but always grovel and ask for the blood out of mercy. And don’t pay attention to what the demon proposes to you and you propose under the color of virtue, that is to say to want to do justice against evil pastors regarding their fault. Don’t trust the demon: don’t try to do justice about what does not concern you.

"God wants neither you nor anyone else to set themselves up as a righter of the wrongs of His ministers. He reserves judgment to Himself, and He reserves it to His Vicar; and if the Vicar does not do justice, we should wait for the punishment and correction on the part of the sovereign judge, God Eternal." (Letters, Vol. I. Letter No. 28---St. Catherine of Siena wrote to Barnabas, Viscount Lord of Milan, on the Pope and Obedience to Him, emphasis mine)

Jesus is no hierling who forsakes His ecclesia, the sheep of His pasture. The Good Shepherd feeds the flock until the end of time---Jn 10God Himself will right all wrongs, purge all evils, God Himself will correct all problems, God Eternal, Who reserves "punishment and correction" to Himself. We are His sheep and the flock of His Pasture.

"My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father's hand. I and the Father are one."---Jn 10: 27-31

"If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. What good will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father's glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what he has done." ---Matt. 16:24-27

We can trust in the Lord with all of our hearts, come what may. Trust His very Word, that God will bring good even out of evils and even convert (or deepen) the hearts of those who appear at the moment to be part of the problems. Trust...letting go of fears.

True reformer, St. Francis of AssisiTraditional Catholics certainly have the right to state their opinions, make their case as it were, on matters affecting Faith and morals in keeping with sacred tradition as always, with a view to persuading our shepherds how best to help the Church which always reserves final judgment to herself and answers to God for it. We have been warned against any however who would go beyond such assistance / confessing the Faith, and who in effect create a parallel Church by asserting that, per impossible, the sacraments do not exist anymore in the one Church in the whole world, that Christ has forsaken His sheepfold, rather than supply (ecclesia supplet) for any defects. That is a tragic foolishness which would make Christ a hireling (Jn 10) and His promise of indefectibility empty, null. St. Francis, together with St. Catherine (above), will forever serve as examples of true reformers who for all their radicalness were not revolutionaries. What lives they lived to the full!

--->"St. Francis never consented to occupy himself with questions of doctrine. For him faith was not of the intellectual but the moral domain..."

Truth induces many towards true reform but exaggeration seduces many towards the abyss of deformity.---Last updated 4/26/10