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The Epistle appointed to be read during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass today is taken from the First Epistle of Saint Peter, Chapter 3, Verses 8-15.
Be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, being lovers of the brotherhood, merciful, modest, humble: Not rendering evil for evil, nor railing for railing, but contrariwise, blessing: for unto this are you called, that you may inherit a blessing.
For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile. Let him decline from evil, and do good: let him seek after peace and pursue it: Because the eyes of the Lord are upon the just, and his ears unto their prayers: but the countenance of the Lord upon them that do evil things. (Psalm 33:13).And who is he that can hurt you, if you be zealous of good? But if also you suffer any thing for justice' sake, blessed are ye. And be not afraid of their fear, and be not troubled. But sanctify the Lord Christ in your hearts.
Please stand for the Holy Gospel.
The Gospel for today is taken from the Holy Gospel of Saint Matthew, Chapter 5, Verses 20 to 24.
At that time Jesus saint to His Apostles:
Unless your justice abound more than that of the Scribes and Pharisees, you shall not enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.
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. (Exodus 20:13).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.
Thus far are the words of today's Holy Gospel.
However, what it obviously does NOT include are evil people, including those who want to harm and/or to kill you and/or your family, etc. You have a God-given duty to defend and to protect yourself, your family, and your country, from evil people, from invaders, from killers, etc. For example, this includes, but is not limited to, soldiers in battle against an enemy.
What does “offer thy gift at the Altar” mean? At the time period in today’s Gospel, Christ was teaching not only forgiveness to the progeny of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, but also the Virtues of Charity and Spiritual prudence which take precedence over the animal sacrifices of the Old Covenant, the Old Law. Christ explains this is what God requires before anyone presents their “gift”, which was usually an animal, to a Priest of the Mosaic Rite to be sacrificed to God on the Altar of Sacrifice at the Temple in Jerusalem.
What Christ is teaching all of us in today’s Gospel, since we do not go to the Old Testament Priesthood of the Mosaic Rite to have them offer animal sacrifices for us to God before the Temple in Jerusalem, because
"the [Old] Law... [had only the] shadow of the good things to come, not the very image of the things" (Hebrews 10:1)is to forgive others from our heart and to practice the Virtue of Fraternal Charity as an anti-dote to whatever thoughts and feelings of anger, hatred, bitterness, and unforgiveness which we might have against someone.
God the Holy Ghost, through the pen of the Apostle, counsels all of us:
“Let the Charity of the brotherhood abide in you” (Hebrews 13:1).You find this prudent and wise counsel put into action even in the secular world. For example, in a famous play, you find it in this spoken line:
“I will chide no breather in the world but myself, against whom I know most faults” (William Shakespeare [b. at Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England in April 1564 A.D. - d. at Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England on Saturday, April 23, 1616], AS YOU LIKE IT, 1601 A.D., Act III, Scene II - The forest, Orlando [A Son of Sir Rowland de Boys] to Jaques [Another Son of Sir Rowland de Boys]).As a practical inference from this, Saint Vincent De Paul frequently said:
A famous Saint puts it this way:“Fraternal Charity is the sign of predestination. It makes us known as the true disciples of Christ, for it was this Divine Virtue that moved Him to live a life of poverty and to die in destitution upon the Cross” (Saint Vincent De Paul [b. at Pouy, Gascony, France on April 24, 1581 - d. at Paris, France on September 27, 1660]).
“We ought to recognize Christ in all men.” “As Christ said”. “As Christ did”.It is surely not demanding too much of Catholics in this age of apostasy to so virtuously conduct themselves as to force non-Catholics to observe the same thing the pagans and other non-Catholics observed of the first Catholics as one early Father of the Catholic Church writes:
“See how these Christians love one another. How much respect they have for each other! How ready they are to render any service, or even to suffer death, for one another’s sake!” (Tertullian, Quintus Septimius Florens Tertullianus [b. Carthage, 155 A.D. - d. 225 A.D.], Apologeticus, 39.)The tribute paid in the Acts of the Apostles to the great mass of the Faithful in those early days of the Catholic Church should also be deserved today:
“And the multitude of believers had but one heart and one soul” (Acts 4:32).We pray and hope that all Catholics of this time imitate the Catholics of the 1st Century in this regard.
Christ teaches all of us:
“Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself” (Matthew 22:39).No one who is familiar with the New Testament can have even the slightest doubt about this. Even if one’s reading of the Bible was only limited to the Gospel of Saint Matthew and the Epistles of Saint John the Apostle, the evidence for the authoritative character of this moral precept and its consequent binding force would be more than abundant.
It is wise and prudent to refresh one’s memory about certain fundamental and basic truths from time to time, not only to restore one’s faith, hope, trust, and confidence in God, but also in His unchangeable Truths as found in His written Revelation.
Therefore, here is a brief text from Chapter Four of Saint John’s first Epistle:
1 Dearly Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits if they be of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.Consider Saint Jerome’s story about the conduct and advice of the Beloved Apostle in his extreme old age. When he was too infirm to go to the church, unless when carried there, he continually repeated to his disciples the counsel:
2 By this is the spirit of God known. Every spirit which confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh, is of God:
3 And every spirit that dissolveth Jesus, is not of God: and this is anti-Christ, of whom you have heard that he cometh, and he [i.e. his “spirit”] is now already in the world.
4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome him [i.e. the “spirit” of anti-Christ; evil]. Because greater is He [God] that is in you, than he that is in the world.
5 They are of the world: therefore of the world they speak, and the world heareth them.
6 We are of God. He that knoweth God, heareth Us. He that is not of God, heareth Us not. By this We know the Spirit of Truth, and the spirit of error.
7 Dearly Beloved, let us love one another, for Charity is of God. And every one that loveth, is born of God, and knoweth God.
8 He that loveth not, knoweth not God: for God is Charity.
9 By this hath the Charity of God appeared towards us, because God hath sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we may live by Him.
10 In this is Charity: not as though we had loved God, but because He hath first loved us, and sent His Son to be a propitiation for our sins.
11 My dearest, if God hath so loved us; we also ought to love one another.
12 No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abideth in us, and His Charity is perfected in us.
13 In this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us: because He hath given us of His Spirit.
14 And We have seen, and do testify, that the Father hath sent His Son to be the Saviour of the world.
15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God abideth in him, and he in God.
16 And we have known, and have believed the Charity, which God hath to us. God is Charity: and he that abideth in Charity, abideth in God, and God in him.
17 In this is the Charity of God perfected with us, that we may have confidence in the day of judgment: because as He is, we also are in this world.
18 Fear is not in Charity: but perfect Charity casteth out fear, because fear hath pain. And he that feareth, is not perfected in Charity.
19 Let us therefore love God, because God first hath loved us.
20 If any man say, I love God, and hateth his brother; he is a liar. For he that loveth not his brother, whom he seeth, how can he love God, whom he seeth not?
21 And this Commandment we have from God, that he, who loveth God, love also his brother.
“Children, love one another”.Saint John explains it this way in his Epistle:
10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the Devil. Whosoever is not just, is not of God, nor he that loveth not his brother.One day when he was asked why he so constantly reiterated the same advice, he replied:
11 For this is the declaration, which you have heard from the beginning, that you should love one another.
12 Not as Cain, who was of the wicked one, and killed his brother. And wherefore did he kill him? Because his own works were wicked: and his brother's just.
13 Wonder not, brethren, if the world hate you.
14 We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not, abideth in death.
15 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer. And you know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in himself.
16 In this we have known the Charity of God, because He hath laid down His life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
17 He that hath the substance of this world, and shall see his brother in need, and shall shut up his bowels from him: how doth the Charity of God abide in him?
18 My little children, let us not love in word, nor in tongue, but in deed, and in Truth. (1 John 3:10-18).
“Because it is the precept of our Lord, and this alone is sufficient, if well observed.”That, lacking this, all else is insufficient, not only for the attainment of the perfection of one’s state, but even for salvation, is unquestionable, as is clear from the writings of Apostles other than Saint John.
Consider how Saint Paul clearly writes:
“If I speak with the tongues of men, and of angels, and have not Charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And if I should have Prophecy and should know all Mysteries, and all Knowledge, and if I should have all Faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not Charity, I am nothing. And if I should distribute all my goods to feed the poor, and if I should deliver my body to be burned, and have not Charity, it profiteth me nothing.” (1 Corinthians 13:1-3).Although all of us are familiar with the above Scripture texts, yet it is quite possible that we have seldom, if ever, made a specific personal application to ourselves of the principles found in them?
Remember how Christ answered the question of the Doctor of the Law, thus teaching all of us the two Great Commandments?
“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.” (Matthew 22:35-39).Considered in its extensive applicability, the word “neighbor” which designates every human being, without distinction of religion, race, age, sex, social standing, moral condition, or any other circumstance such as in the eyes of the world may constitute a line of demarcation.
“There is neither Jew nor Greek: there is neither bond nor free: there is neither male nor female.” (Galatians 3:28).Here on earth our love is due to the apparently heterogeneous multitude of humanity as Saint John describes:
“After this I saw a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and tribes, and peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne, and in sight of the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands” (Apocalypse 7:9).It frequently happens that when you meet a person only occasionally, and for a relatively brief period, that person is usually on their “best behavior”. But it can sometimes be quite a different matter when living with that person day after day and month after month, especially if the defects of character are (like our own, no doubt) neither few nor negligible.
Even the most irritable, disputatious, or domineering person, who justly merits the rebuke of Ecclesiasticus:
“Be not as a lion in thy house, terrifying them of thy household, and oppressing them that are under thee” (Ecclesiasticus 4:35),is generally on good behavior when visiting, or being visited by, others. Normal self is temporarily subdued while appearing in the guise, or disguise, of a good-natured person.
But if the “normal nature” of such people is against Fraternal Charity, but is instead that of a detractor, a slanderer, a calumniator/defamer, the written Word of God has warned them against such sins where you read:
“Thou shalt not be a detractor [Latin Vulgate - criminator - accuser; slanderer; defamer] nor a whisperer [Latin Vulgate - susurro - whisperer; mutterer; tale-bearer (informant; tattletale; tattler; tipster; snitch)] among the people” (Leviticus 19:16).Detractors are odious in the sight of God:
“Thou shalt not calumniate [Latin Vulgate - calumniam - defame, malign, libel, slander, traduce] thy neighbour, nor oppress him by violence” (Leviticus 19:13).
“The whisperer and the double tongue [Latin Vulgate - bilinguis - two-tongued; treacherous; false; hypocritical] is accursed: for he hath troubled many that were at peace” (Ecclesiasticus 28:15).
“Make a balance for thy words, and a just bridle for thy mouth and take heed lest thou slip with thy tongue, and fall in the sight of thy enemies who lie in wait for thee, and thy fall be incurable unto death” (Ecclesiasticus 28:29-30).
“ ...whisperers, detractors, hateful to God...” (Romans 1:29-30).This is summarized as:
“The mouth of a fool is his destruction: and his lips are the ruin of his soul” (Proverbs 18:7).Jesus Christ replaced the pre-Christian lex talionis
[The law of revenge. Juridically - The law of retaliation, law of equal and direct retribution retaliating in kind for crimes committed.]of the proverbial “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth” of the Old Testament:
“Eye for eye, tooth for tooth” (Exodus 21:24)with the perfect law of Charity. But let not the earnest practice of the Virtue of Fraternal Charity hinder or block you from Fraternal Correction.
Nevertheless, do not use the Virtue of Fraternal Charity as an excuse for not practicing the Virtue of Fraternal Correction if you have Spiritual children or biological children who are in need of instruction and correction, or even others as in the case of Saint Paul who corrected Saint Peter who had fallen into heresy:
"But when Cephas [Saint Peter] was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed." (Galatians 2:11.)The Virtue of Fraternal Correction makes use of the Virtue of Fraternal Charity which Virtue is the motive for the proper exercise of the Virtue of Fraternal Correction of which much of the world is in great need, what with so many false, pagan pseudo-religions, especially those which practice forced conversions - either accept their foul, evil, demonic religion of Satan or be killed!
In other words, the Virtue of Fraternal Charity does not mean you have to be a doormat for some maniac on which to wipe both feet, because this is contrary to the Virtue of Justice.
On the contrary, you have a duty and and obligation, in Charity and Justice, to defend yourself from all those who would harm you and your loved ones!
Remember, your body is the Temple of God the Holy Ghost and it is an execrable sin for anyone to desecrate, or otherwise to profane, or to defile, the Temple of God the Holy Ghost.
Not only are you NOT required to take abuse, whether it be verbal, physical, psychological, financial, or whatever, but you are required to preserve your life and the lives of all others (e.g. all family members), and also from all of those who prowel around with Demonic hatred killing innocent, God-loving people, most especially Catholics.
Those who practice any Demonic so-called religion are terrorists and killers from whom you need to protect and to defend, by whatever means necessary, yourself, your family, and others.
If any man have not care
of his own, and especially of those of his house, he hath denied the Faith,
and is worse than an infidel. (1 Timothy
“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 the good God to help yo to always exercise the Virtues of Charity and Spiritual prudence and to go to Confession before Mass if necessary, especially if you are conscious of Mortal Sin and also if you have anger issues, even if they are only internal. The Sacrament of Penance is a wonderful example of the Charity and Mercy of God for each of us. The Charity and Mercy of God are also manifest in the Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction which all Bishops have and which they can exercise in their own Ecclesiastical Tribunals.
However, today, let no one think that Charity must automatically be extended to everyone, even to those who have Demonic possession and who have caused rampages of evil. Pray for them, yes, but you also have a duty and an obligation to protect yourself and your family from Devil-possessed people who want to kill you and your family and as many other people as possible. Remember the total death and destruction of 9-11 caused by those who follow a pagan, anti-Christ pseudo-religion of hatred.
Therefore, in these days of rampant evil, and rampant Demonic Possession,
it is the Mortal Sin of Omission
to fail to protect yourself, your family, and others from evil people of all kinds, from all countries, including those from all false, pagan, corrupt, Demonic religions, and especially from all terrorists and killers! Americans still remember 9-11. The Roman Catholic Church remembers the heroism and Patriotism of Saint Joan of Arc.
On the contrary, for those who do not care about this, Saint Paul reminds all of us:
If any man have not care of his own, and especially of those of his house, he hath denied the Faith, and is worse than an infidel. (1 Timothy 5:8.)Therefore, it is an exercise of the Virtue of Patriotism to help to defend and to protect your country. During a radio broadcast in English, Pope Pius XII clearly stated that a defensive war is morally just and right.
Therefore, protecting not only your country, but your family and yourself, from the enemy, whoever, whatever, the enemy might happen to be, is also morally just and right.
“The soldiers who desert their country’s cause in the heat of battle do not display Patriotism, but a diseased cowardice.” (Bishop Fulton J. Sheen, Ph.D., D.D., “Three to Get Married”, Chapter 19, For Better or For Worse.)
“The nearer a Soul is to God, the more it deserves our esteem; the closer the ties that bind it to us, the more sensible is our love for it, and the more whole-hearted should be the devotion we show in all that concerns family, country, vocation, and friendship. [Endnote 186: Cf. Saint Thomas Aquinas, O.P., (b. 1225 A.D. in Rocca Secca, Naples, Italy - d. Wednesday, March 7, 1274 A.D. in Fossa Nuova, Italy), Doctor of the Church: “Angelic Doctor”, “Common Doctor”; “Summa Theologica”, Part II-II, Question 26, Article 8.] Thus, instead of destroying Patriotism, Charity exalts it, as we see in the case of St. Joan of Arc or St. Louis. This, then, is the order to be observed in Charity. God desires to reign in our hearts, but He excludes no affection that can be subordinated to what is due to Himself. On the contrary, He [God] exalts and quickens it, inspiring it with a greater dignity and generosity.” (Father Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P., “Providence”, Part V: Providence, Justice and Mercy, # 28. Providence And Charity Toward Our Neighbor, the Secondary Object of Charity.)
“Next to God is country, and next to Religion is Patriotism.” (Archbishop John Ireland, Archbishop of St. Paul, “The Church and Modern Society, Lectures and Addresses”, New York, D. H. McBride & Co., 1903, “Patriotism”, pp. 161 and 163.) Note: Father John Ireland served as a Roman Catholic Chaplain during the Civil War for the Fifth Regiment of Minnesota Infantry until 1863 when ill health caused his resignation.
“1173. The order of Charity as between those nearer to God and those nearer to self is as follows:.... (b) Subjectively, the love for those nearer to self is greater, that is, more intense, more vividly felt. The preferences for those nearer to self, therefore, far from being wrong or the expression of mere natural love, are expressions of Charity itself. For it is God’s will that more love should be shown to those who are nearer to us: ‘If any man have not care of his own, and especially of those of his house, he hath denied the Faith, and is worse than an infidel’ (1 Timothy 5:8). Hence, Charity itself inclines one to have more love for one’s own, and it supernaturalizes filial piety, Patriotism, and friendship.” (Father John Ambrose McHugh, O.P., S.T.M., Litt.D., and Father Charles Jerome Callan, O.P., S.T.M., Litt.D., “Moral Theology, A Complete Course Based on St. Thomas Aquinas and the Best Modern Authorities”, Volume One, # 1173, pp. 479-480; emphasis added.)
Today the fake news conviently ignornes the laws of the U.S.A. concerning legal immigration and instead defends all of the lawless illegals who continue to flood into the U.S.A., including killers, many of whom obviously suffer from Demonic Possession, as proven by their acts of terrorism and killing sprees, all in order to overthrow the U.S.A. and replace it with a Demonic government intent on killing all Catholics as well as the members of other peaceful religions.
“....some newspapers [today this also includes radio, TV, internet, etc.] do not even try to give truthful accounts [of the news]. This is due to malice, deliberate suppression and deliberate invention being used to suit their own purposes. Such excesses can only be condemned, wherever they occur.” (Rev. Dr. Rumble, M.S.C.,Questions People Ask About the Catholic Church, Volume IV, Answer to Question # 1312.)
Therefore, all Catholics should condemn all fake
news media which obviously want to replace the government of the U.S.A.
with a brutal, blood-thirsty government, with its false god - Satan, and
his innumerable legions of Devils!
Note: Today it frequently happens that
Brother wants nothing better than to kill you and your family -
so be wise, cautious, and prudent about this! You have
a God-given right and duty to protect yourself, your family, and your country
from all evil people.