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The Epistle appointed to be read during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass today is taken from the Epistle of Saint Paul to the Galatians, Chapter 5, Verses 25 to 26 and Chapter 6, Verses 1 to 10.
If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be made desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying on another.
Brethren, and if a man be overtaken in any fault, you, who are Spiritual, instruct such a one in the spirit of meekness, considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
Bear ye one another's burdens; and so you shall fulfil the law of Christ. For if any man think himself to be some thing, whereas he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. But let every one prove his own work, and so he shall have glory in himself only, and not in another. For every one shall bear his own burden.
And let him that is instructed in the Word, communicate to him that instructeth him, in all good things. Be not deceived, God is not mocked. For what things a man shall sow, those also shall he reap. For he that soweth in his flesh, of the flesh also shall reap corruption. But he that soweth in the spirit, of the spirit shall reap life everlasting.
And in doing good, let us not fail. For in due time we shall reap, not failing.
Therefore, whilst we have time, let us work good to all men, but especially to those who are of the household of the Faith.
Please stand for the Holy Gospel.
The Gospel appointed to be read during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass today is taken from the Holy Gospel of Saint Luke, Chapter 7, Verses 11 to 16.
At that time Jesus:
Went into a city that is called Naim; and there went with Him His Disciples, and a great multitude.
And when He came nigh to the gate of the city, behold a dead man was carried out, the only Son of his Mother; and she was a Widow: and a great multitude of the city was with her.
Whom when the Lord had seen, being moved with Mercy towards her, He said to her:
"Weep not".And He came near and touched the bier. And they that carried it, stood still.
And He said:
"Young man, I say to thee, arise".And he that was dead, sat up, and began to speak. And He gave him to his Mother.
And there came a fear on them all: and they glorified God, saying:
"A Great Prophet is risen up among us: and, God hath visited his people".
In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Amen.
But also notice how Saint Paul adds this condition: IF we do not fail.
Like all other “good works”, the Virtues of Humility, Meekness, Mercy, and Charity must be practiced continually IF we expect Heaven to be our reward.
Remember that only those who:
"shall persevere unto the end... shall be saved." (Matthew 10: 22.)Therefore, none of us can ever afford to dare slack off, not even for a moment. Each and everyone of us must make our life itself, as it were, a “good work” by always seeking opportunities to perform acts of Humility, Meekness, Mercy, and Charity.
Because, as Christ again teaches all of us:
"The Kingdom of Heaven suffereth violence, and the violent bear it away." (Matthew 11:12.)This does NOT mean that you attack Heaven with some kind of material weapons, whether it be by bow and arrow, or by a machine gun, or by a military tank, or by a nuclear bomb.
NO. Christ does not mean this.
Rather, Christ means that each of us must SPIRITUALLY attack Heaven by being PERSISTENT:
1) In praying always;Therefore, no one is exempt from this because each of us needs to learn, and then to actually practice, a lifestyle of balanced Virtue.
2) In keeping the Ten Commandments of God;
3) In using the Gifts of the Holy Ghost;
4) In living a Holy life - a life of a balanced Virtue which avoids extremes, or, as the theologians teach - Virtus stat in medio - Virtue stands in the middle, avoiding the extremes of each side.
In other words, when Christ teaches that the Kingdom of Heaven suffereth violence, and the violent bear it away, Christ is teaching all of us:
Perhaps some of you might be thinking how all of this seems to be so overwhelming? Many of you probably have schedules which are already so jam-packed that your schedules probably do not even have room for the proverbial sardine oil, let alone trying to juggle all of this besides?1) To exercise the Gift of God the Holy Ghost which is called Fortitude;
2) To be persistent - this means to never give up!!
Realistically and practically:
HOW can Catholics, who are already overwhelmed with all of the duties and responsibilities according to their state in life, also somehow manage to add yet one more thing to the dozens of things they are already juggling?How could it ever be possible to find the few scraps of extra seconds or minutes also to try to be persistent in praying always, in always using the Gifts of the Holy Ghost, and in living a lifestyle of Virtue unless one was living in a Monastery, secluded from the responsibilities of being out in the world? In a world in which one must battle against the almost continuous attacks from the world, the flesh, and the devil while trying to keep one’s passions under control by the Grace of God.
One practical method is to develop the habit of living the lifestyle of prayer by reciting the Morning Offering every morning shortly after you arise.
Because when you pray the Morning Offering, you offer up to God all of your thoughts, words, and actions of that entire day.
In other words, everything you think, every word you speak, and every action you perform automatically becomes a prayer!
So be very careful that you do not give God the weeds, the dross, the alluvial, or the toxic waste:
In summary, by the Grace of God, never give God any thoughts, words, or actions which are sinful because these things are anti-prayers and anti-virtues.of vain thoughts,
of immoral thoughts,
of impure thoughts,
of angry thoughts,
of vicious thoughts,
or of any other sinful thoughts.
In human terms, it would be like giving to the Pope a beautifully wrapped box which contains only dung!
Therefore, just as you would never do that to the Pope - so also, never offer to God any anti-prayers and/or anti-virtues of sinful thoughts, words, and/or actions which are nothing other than giving God a beautifully wrapped box which is filled only with the dung of sin!
So, by daily offering to God, in your Morning Offering Prayer, all of your HOLY thoughts, words, and actions of that day, this means that even the very act of breathing is transformed into a HOLY prayer to God!
Talking with other people, whether in person, or on the telephone, becomes a prayer to God - so watch what you say and how you say it so that it may be HOLY and pleasing to God. Remember, God hates the filth of every sin, not only because every sin is an act of evil and of hatred of God, but every sin also has the stench of rotting flesh.
Eating, reading, driving, walking, listening to the radio and/or watching TV, are all things that most people do everyday. Since you are already doing these and other things, why not put them to work to your Spiritual advantage as well by Spiritually transforming all of these good things
(assuming you are not reading trash, breaking all of the rules of the road, listening to gossip or listening to Satanic or evil "music" or filthy "jokes", and/or watching or looking at x-rated TV shows or movies or internet visual garbage dumps)into prayers by taking just two minutes a day to offer up all of these things to God by reciting the Morning Offering prayer.
You can use the Morning Offering prayer that you learned in your Traditional Catholic Catechism. Or, if you prefer something a little more comprehensive and more detailed, you may use this Morning Offering prayer as an alternative:
Irregardless the words that you use, the important thing is to offer up everything you do every day to God for your intentions. In doing this, you are living a lifestyle of prayer which, in turn, quickly becomes a lifestyle of balanced Virtue!
O my God, I unite and conform my will with Thine as I humbly and meekly offer Thee all of my thoughts, words, and actions, plus all of my joys and sufferings, of this entire day, through the intercession of the Most Precious Blood in the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, and of the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, and, in union with Jesus Christ, both the Eternal High Priest and the Victim, in every valid Holy Sacrifice of the Traditional Catholic Mass, in adoration of Thee, my Infinite Creator, for Thy Greater Honor and Glory, for the conversion of sinners, for Thy Divine Truth to enlighten those in the darkness of confusion and error, for the needs of the One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic Church, especially for well-trained - valid Priests and Prelates to work in Thy vineyard - the Catholic Church, for the relief and release of the Poor, Suffering Souls in Purgatory, in reparation for all of my sins, faults, and imperfections, in thanksgiving for receiving Thy Divine favors, in humble and meek supplication for all of my temporal and Spiritual needs as well as for my eternal welfare, most especially those things which the Most Holy Trinity has willed to give me today, for the Grace of Final Perseverance in the unchangeable Catholic Faith of the Catholic Church, and for all of my special intentions which are (here mention your additional intentions).
I desire to gain all indulgences which have been attached to my meditation or contemplation, to all of my prayers and good works, including my living the lifestyle of balanced Virtue, to my assistance at the Holy Sacrifice of the Traditional Catholic Mass, to my reception of Thy Holy Sacraments, to all of my acts of supererogation, and to everything else to which one or more indulgences have been granted, most especially all Plenary Indulgences, the excess of which I apply to my loved ones and also to the Poor, Suffering Souls in Purgatory who are so sadly forgotten in this age, even if I am not aware of such indulgences. Amen.
Some people, when they are young, tend to be very generous with God, especially in giving alms. But, when they became older, they become less generous with God and become more prone to avarice. In your practice of obedience to the 5th Commandment of the Church, We humbly request you send your greatly needed alms to this Traditional Catholic Mass web site and We humbly thank you in advance for your great Charity, or at least to request Us to Offer Masses for your Intentions by clicking on this link.
It is very interesting to note that when people mature Spiritually, they tend to become even more generous with God, even in the areas of alms, tithing, first fruits, etc., than when they were younger. The reason is that the more a person Spiritually matures, the more one detaches one’s heart from worldly things.
In today’s Epistle, God the Holy Ghost, through the pen of the Apostle, reminds all of us:
“Therefore, whilst we have time, let us work good to all men, but especially to those who are of the household of the Faith.”In other words, it is all well and good to help the victims of disasters and those in desperate need of the basic things needed for survival. But, it is much more important especially to help those who are of the household of the unchangeable Traditional Catholic Faith, and most especially Real Traditional Catholic Priests and Prelates who Offer only the unchangeable Traditional Catholic Mass using only a pre-1944 Missale Romanum, and which said Real Traditional Catholic Priests were Ordained, and which said Real Traditional Catholic Bishops were Consecrated, with only a pre-1944 Pontificale Romanum. For the record, in case there are any doubts by anyone, all of this is also true of Us.
God is saying that He will give you a much greater reward for helping your fellow Traditional Catholics, most especially Real Traditional Catholic Clergy, all of whom are truly faithful to the authentic Apostolic Tradition of the unchangeable Catholic Church, than in helping those strangers, even if they are Catholics, but Catholics who are not faithful to the authentic Apostolic Tradition of the unchangeable Catholic Church because such are not of the "household" of the Real Traditional Catholic Faith.
Remember the classical proverb:
“Proxumus sum eogmet mihi” which means “Let them learn first to show piety at home.” (Terence, a.k.a. Publius Terentius Afer [b. c. 190 B.C. - d. 159 B.C.], Andria, a.k.a. The Lady of Andros, Book I, ¶ 635) which most of us know better as “Charity begins at home!”Of course you can never outgive God because God is never outdone in generosity!
In his Epistle to Bishop Saint Timothy, who was the Bishop of Ephesus, in Asia Minor
(Tradition tells us that Ephesus was the place where Our Blessed Mother and the Apostle Saint John lived for many years),Saint Paul the Apostle writes these stern words of warning:
“But 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.)
“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 pray to resolve, by the Grace of God, to make a real effort to really live a lifestyle of prayer which produces the good fruit of a lifestyle of balanced Virtue, especially of Humility, Meekness, Mercy, and Charity as witnessed by your Charitable giving of alms to those who are of the household of the unchangeable Traditional Catholic Faith, and most especially Real Traditional Catholic Priests and Prelates who Offer only the unchangeable Traditional Catholic Mass using only a pre-1944 Missale Romanum, and which said Real Traditional Catholic Priests were Ordained, and which said Real Traditional Catholic Bishops were Consecrated, with only a pre-1944 Pontificale Romanum. For the record, in case there are any doubts by anyone, all of this is also true of Us.
In doing these things, you can have the Blessed Hope of eternal happiness with God in Heaven forever!