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The Epistle appointed to be read during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass today is taken from Epistle of Saint Peter, Chapter 4, Verses 7-11.
Be prudent therefore, and watch in prayers.
But before all things have a constant mutual Charity among yourselves: for Charity covereth a multitude of sins.
Using hospitality one towards another, without murmuring,
As every man hath received Grace, ministering the same one to another: as good stewards of the manifold Grace of God. If any man speak, let him speak, as the words of God. If any man minister, let him do it, as of the power, which God administereth: that in all things God may be honoured through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Gospel for the
Sunday Within the Octave of the Ascension
John 15:26-17; 16:1-4.
Please stand for the Holy Gospel.
The Gospel for today is taken from the Holy Gospel of Saint John, Chapter 15, Verses 26 to 27; Chapter 16, Verses 1 to 4.
At that time Jesus said to His Apostles:
Thus far are the words of today’s Holy Gospel.But when the Paraclete cometh, Whom I will send you from the Father, the Spirit of Truth, Who proceedeth from the Father, He shall give testimony of Me. and you shall give testimony, because you are with Me from the beginning.
These things have I spoken to you, that you may not be scandalized. They will put you out of the synagogues: yea, the hour cometh, that whosoever killeth you, will think that he doth a service to God. And these things will they do to you; because they have not known the Father, nor Me. But these things I have told you, that when the hour shall come, you may remember that I told you of them.
Please be seated.
“But before all things have a constant mutual Charity among yourselves: for Charity covereth a multitude of sins. Using hospitality one towards another, without murmuring.” (EPISTLE of today’s Mass [1 Peter 4:8-9]).
In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Amen.
(“The Charity of Christ urges Us on”; 2 Corinthians 5:14).
This was the motto which Archbishop Saint Anthony Mary Claret, who was a co-founder of Missionariis Congregationis Filiorum Immaculati Cordis Beatae Mariae Virginis (Missionary Congregation of Sons of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary), chose for his Archepiscopal Coat of Arms. Why? In today’s Epistle, Saint Peter admonishes all of us to mutual Charity, and teaches how all us are to exercise it as in the Scripture We just cited.
The Scripture records how a Pharisee:
“a doctor of the law, asking Him, tempting Him: Master, which is the greatest commandment in the law? Jesus said to him: Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with thy whole mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. And the second is like to this: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments dependeth the whole law and the prophets.” (Matthew 22:35-40).The love of God summarizes in a positive way the first 3 of the 10 Commandments, while the love of neighbor summarizes in a positive way the last 7 of the 10 Commandments.
This is consistent with what Christ also taught His Apostles and, through them, all Catholics of every generation:
“This is My commandment, that you love one another, as I have loved you.” (John 15: 12).Again:
“By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one for another.” (John 13 : 35).So the teaching about love is clear. But what is the teaching about unlove? God the Holy Ghost, through the pen of Saint John, teaches us:
“He that loveth not, abideth in death.” (1 John 3:14).People who love their neighbor only as long as they find pleasure in that person, or receive or expect something from that person, have only a natural, worldly love. This fake and phony “love” has no value before God because:
“If you love them that love you, what reward shall you have? do not even the publicans this? And if you salute your brethren only, what do you more? do not also the heathens this?” (Matthew 5:46-47).An important point of clarification must be made. When the Scriptures speak of “love”, they mean “Charity” in which one’s love for God is so copious or abundant that it overflows into one’s love for one’s neighbor.
Charity is contrary to hatred and anger. In His Sermon on the Mount, Christ reminds all of us:
“You have heard that it was said to them of old: Thou shalt not kill. And whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment. But I say to you, that whosoever is angry with his brother, shall be in danger of the judgment. And whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council. And whosoever shall say, thou Fool, shall be in danger of Hell fire. If therefore thou offer thy gift at the altar, and there thou remember that thy brother hath any thing against thee; Leave there thy offering before the Altar, and go first to be reconciled to thy brother: and then coming thou shalt offer thy gift.” (Matthew 5:21-24).The Virtue of Charity works synergistically with all of the other Virtues, including the Virtues of Justice and of Truth.
For example, is it the Virtue of Charity to fail to warn a person who is standing on some railroad tracks that you can see a train coming down the same tracks at a great rate of speed?
Of course not. This is an example of a Mortal Sin of Omission - specifically the Mortal Sin of Murder, because IF you remain silent and/or do nothing within your power to warn such a person that the train will surely kill that person unless that person takes action and moves off of those railroad tracks, then you are just as guilty as if you had used some kind of weapon, whether a gun, a knife, or whatever, to kill that person.
On the contrary, it is an exercise of the Virtue of Charity, as well as the Virtues of Mercy, of Justice and of Truth to warn a person - if you are able to do so - if that person is in immediate or otherwise grave danger of death, as in the above example.
But the same also holds true for Spiritual dangers to the Immortal Soul of a person when that person's Soul could be "killed", so to speak, by Mortal Sin.
Concerning this situation, the Infallible Roman Catholic Pope Saint Pius X writes in part:
“We must agree with those who hold that the main cause of the present lassitude and torpor, and of the most serious evils that flow from it, is to be found in the prevailing ignorance about Divine things.” (Infallible Roman Catholic Pope, Saint Pius X, Giuseppe Sarto [Tuesday, August 4, 1903 - Thursday, August 20, 1914], Encyclical ACERBO NIMIS, Saturday, April 15, 1905, ¶ 6.)He continues three paragraphs later:
“It is hard to find words to describe the dense darkness that environs these and, more painful still, the indifference with which they regard it. Rarely do they give thought to the Supreme Author and Ruler of all things or to the teaching of the Faith of Christ. Consequently, they are absolutely without knowledge of the Incarnation of the Word of God and the redemption of mankind wrought by Him and of Grace which is the chief means for the attainment of eternal welfare and of the Holy Sacrifice and the Sacraments by which this grace is acquired and preserved. They fail to appreciate the malice and foulness of sin, and they have therefore no care to avoid it and free themselves from it. Thus they reach their last day in such a state that the minister of God, anxious to take advantage of the slightest hope of their salvation, is obliged to employ those final moments, which should be consecrated entirely to stimulating in them the love of God, in imparting a summary instruction on the things indispensable for salvation-and even then it often happens that the invalid has become so far the slave of culpable ignorance as to consider superfluous the intervention of the Priest and to face calmly the terrible passage to eternity without reconciling himself with God.” (Infallible Roman Catholic Pope, Saint Pius X, Encyclical ACERBO NIMIS, Saturday, April 15, 1905, ¶ 9.)One paragraph later he writes:
“Our predecessor, Benedict XIV, therefore, had good reason to write as his did: This We asseverate: that the majority of those who are condemned to eternal punishment fall into this everlasting misfortune through ignorance of these mysteries of the Faith which must necessarily be known and believed by all who belong to the elect. [Inst. 26: 18.].” (Infallible Roman Catholic Pope, Saint Pius X, Encyclical ACERBO NIMIS, Saturday, April 15, 1905, ¶ 10.)These quotes help one to put into proper perspective the duties and obligations of the Laity to learn and to know their Faith, but also the duties and obligations of those whose Office it is to teach and to preach, i.e. Prelates and Priests, or in the words of this same Holy Saint:
“These latter days have witnessed a notable increase in the number of the enemies of the Cross of Christ, who, by arts entirely new and full of deceit, are striving to destroy the vital energy of the Church, and, as far as in them lies, utterly to subvert the very Kingdom of Christ. Wherefore, We may no longer keep silence, lest We should seem to fail in Our most sacred duty, and lest the kindness that, in the hope of wiser counsels, We have hitherto shown them, should be set down to lack of diligence in the discharge of Our Office.” (Infallible Roman Catholic Pope, Pope Saint Pius X, Giuseppe Sarto [Tuesday, August 4, 1903 - Thursday, August 20, 1914], Encyclical Pascendi Dominici Gregis, On the Doctrine of the Modernists, Sunday, September 8, 1907, ¶ 1.)Yet another grave reminder of the solemn duty before God for Prelates and Priests in the faithful discharge of their respective Offices:
“Not on account of their own sins, but on account of the sins of others that they did not prevent, Priests are often condemned to Hell.” (Patriarch Saint John Chrysostom [b. Antioch, c. 347 A.D. - d. at Commana in Pontus on Friday, September 14, 407 A.D.], Patriarch of Constantinople [Thursday, February 26, 398 A.D. - Thursday, June 24, 404 A.D.], exiled from his See the 2nd time on Thursday, June 24, 404 A.D., Father and Doctor of the Catholic Church).Charity, which is immutable Truth, motivates Us to speak of the real living of the Spiritual Life, in contradistinction to the Satanic Life filled with the Seven Deadly Sins instead of the Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost and the Three Theological Virtues and all of the Moral Virtues.
Television programs, movies, and other kinds of media today are filled to overflowing with sin, with vice, and all manner of evils, not to mention the deliberate and blatant LIES of the FAKE NEWS MEDIA! Consciences have been desensitized to sin and to evil thanks to the media being controlled by the puppet-masters of the New World Order, or, more correctly, the New World DISORDER!!!
But the real living of the Spiritual Life, especially performing Acts of Virtue, most especially Charity, can help a Soul return to normal in this life, and then to grow and to make progress in the Spiritual Life, and then go to Heaven in the next life.
What We do is for the Greater Honor and Glory of God, the Salvation of Souls, and the relief and release of the Poor, Suffering Souls in Purgatory - all of which presupposes - Charity.
Christi urget Nos.
(“The Charity of Christ urges Us on”; 2 Corinthians 5:14).
“It can neither profit me, the speaker, to speak, nor you, the hearers, to hear, unless we comply with the things which are spoken, ...so let us not limit the display of our zeal to hearing only, but let us observe what is said in our deeds. For it is indeed a good thing to spend time continually in hearing the Divine oracles: but this good thing becomes useless when the benefit to be derived from hearing is not linked with it.” (Patriarch Saint John Chrysostom [b. Antioch, c. 347 A.D. - d. at Commana in Pontus on Friday, September 14, 407 A.D.], Patriarch of Constantinople [Thursday, February 26, 398 A.D. - Thursday, June 24, 404 A.D.], exiled from his See the 2nd time on Thursday, June 24, 404 A.D., Father and Doctor of the Catholic Church. Sermon on Romans 12:20; emphasis added.)
For our resolutions, let all of us, by the Grace of God, firmly resolve to ask Our Blessed Mother for the Graces needed to follow the salutary instructions of Saint Peter’s Epistle today. Let us resolve to love one another in true Charity which is manifested by doing good to others as best one can and to do all things for the Greater Honor and Glory of God and the Salvation of Immortal Souls.
Pray the special prayer taught to us by Our Lady of Fatima at the end of each decade of the Holy Rosary:
Likewise, offer up your own prayers and sufferings for the conversion of sinners. One of the reasons why there are vicious wild animals, a.k.a. sinners, going about seeking whom they may devour, is because they have no one to pray for them, and have fallen into the vices of the New World DISORDER!!!
“O my Jesus, forgive us our sins. Save us from the fires of Hell. Draw all Souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of Thy Mercy.”
On Friday, July 13, 1917, during her third apparition, Our Lady told the little children:
“Make sacrifices for sinners and say often, especially while making a sacrifice for them:
Sister Lucia tells us in her memoirs about Hell - which is the first of three parts of The Secret of Fatima:O Jesus, this is for Thy love, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for offences committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.”
“as she spoke these words, the Lady opened her hands, as she had in the preceding months, but instead of the glory and beauty of God that her opened hands had shown us before, we now were able to behold a sea of fire. Plunged in this flame were devils and souls that looked like transparent embers; others were black or bronze, and in human form; these were suspended in flames which seemed to come from the forms themselves there to remain, without weight or equilibrium, amid cries of pain and despair which horrified us so that we trembled with fear. The devils could be distinguished from the damned human souls by the terrifying forms of weird and unknown animals in which they were cast.”Ti Marto, who was witnessing the actions of the children by the little oak tree in the Cova da Iria that day, recalls that Lucia gasped in sudden horror, that her face was white as death, and that all who were there heard her cry in terror to the Virgin Mother, whom she called by name. The children were looking at their Lady in terror, speechless, and unable to plead for relief from the scene they had witnessed. Sadly, but kindly now, the Lady told them:
Please make lots of copies of this picture of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and give them to many people in order to help to establish devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and thereby to try to help to save poor, ignorant, sinners.
“You have seen Hell, where the souls of sinners go. It is to save them [sinners] that God wants to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If you do what I tell you, many souls will be saved, and there will be peace. This war [World War I] will end, but if men do not refrain from offending God, another and more terrible war will begin[World War II]. And when you see a night that is lit by a strange and unknown light, you will know it is the sign God gives you that He is about to punish the world with war and with hunger, and by the persecution of the Church and the Holy Father. To prevent this, I shall come to the world to ask that Russia be Consecrated to my Immaculate Heart, and I-shall ask that on the First Saturday of every month Communions of Reparation be made in atonement for the sins-of the world.”
“But before all
things have a constant mutual Charity
among yourselves: for Charity covereth a multitude of sins.
Using hospitality one towards another, without murmuring.”
(EPISTLE of today’s Mass [1 Peter 4:8-9]).
In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Amen.