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The Epistle appointed to be read during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass today is taken from Saint Paul's Epistle to the Philippians, Chapter 1, Verses 6-11.
Being confident of this very thing, that He, who hath begun a good work in you, will perfect it unto the day of Christ Jesus. As it is meet for me to think this for you all, for that I have you in my heart; and that in my bands, and in the defence and confirmation of the Gospel, you all are partakers of my joy. For God is my witness, how I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ.
And this I pray, that your Charity may more and more abound in knowledge, and in all understanding: That you may approve the better things, that you may be sincere and without offence unto the day of Christ, Filled with the fruit of Justice, through Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.
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 Matthew, Chapter 22, Verses 15-21.
At that time:
The Pharisees going, consulted among themselves how to ensnare Him in His speech.
And they sent to Him their disciples with the Herodians, saying:
Master, we know that Thou art a true speaker, and teachest the way of God in Truth, neither carest thou for any man: for Thou dost not regard the person of men. Tell us therefore what dost Thou think, is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar, or not?But Jesus knowing their wickedness, said:
Why do you tempt Me, ye hypocrites? Shew Me the coin of the tribute.And they offered Him a penny.
And Jesus saith to them:
Whose image and inscription is this?They say to Him:
Caesar's.Then He saith to them:
Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s; and to God, the things that are God’s.Thus far are the words of today’s Holy Gospel.
In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Amen.
“Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s: and to God the things that are God’s.” (GOSPEL, Matthew 22:21.)What does this mean to the ordinary Catholic?
Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s means to give to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s. Of course today the word Caesar simply means one’s legitimate government and hence this passage means that Catholics are to be good subjects, i.e. good citizens, of their respective legitimate temporal government. In the United States of America, the government includes the government on the federal level, the state level, the county level, and the local or city level.
In this wise, we must love our country, willingly pay our taxes, conscientiously observe the existing laws and ordinances, and contribute our share to the common good.
But since our final end is not here on earth, but is instead in Heaven, where, after this perishable life we are to enjoy an eternal bliss and happiness, we must, in order to attain this end, render to God the things that are God’s.
So the logical question is:
“When do we render to God the things that are God’s?”
We render to God the things that are God’s when we are good Catholics and also:
1) When we have a truly Catholic disposition of mind.
2) When we lead a truly Catholic life.
What are the requirements which practicing Catholics must have for a real and True Catholic disposition of mind?
This “True Catholic disposition of mind” is actually better known as a “True Catholic Mindset”, or a “Catholic Mentality”.
But first, some Catholics may wonder WHY any requirements are really necessary?
Requirements are of absolute necessity because:
“Untilled ground, however rich [i.e. fertile], will bring forth thistle and thorns; so also the mind of man.” (Saint Teresa of Avila, Teresa Sanchez Cepeda Davila y Ahumada [b. at Avila, Old Castile, Spain on Sunday, March 28, 1515 A.D. - d. at Alba de Tormes on Monday, October 4, 1582 A.D.], “Maxims”.)So what are these requirements?
1. First Requirement: A Willing Faith.
What is “a willing Faith”?
It means that practicing Traditional Catholics must readily receive and believe the entire unchangeable Deposit of the Traditiional Catholic Faith without any type of reservations whatsoever.
A) What are the reasons for this?2. Second Requirement: A healthy participation in the joys and sorrows of the unchangeable Traditional Catholic Church.
The Church is our Mother. Because children owe the life of their physical bodies to their biological Mothers, so also do Traditional Catholics owe their Spiritual Life to the Catholic Church.
Because the Catholic Church has regenerated Catholics in the Sacrament of Baptism by washing Original Sin from the Immortal Soul. Just as biological Mothers are solicitous for the physical necessities of their biological Children, in like manner the Catholic Church provides for the Spiritual necessities of her Spiritual Children.
How?a) By the preaching of the unchangeable Word of God.So also, just as Mothers are anxious to settle their Children in this life, so also the Catholic Church proposes to herself the task of providing for us in our future life, which simply means providing us with what we need that will lead us to the eternal joys of Heaven.
b) By .validly. Offering of the Holy Sacrifice of the Traditional Catholic Mass as it is found in the West before the changes that became effective in the Roman Missal (Missale Romanum) in 1944.
c) By the .valid. Administration of the Seven Sacraments perfectly instituted by Jesus Christ as they are found in the West before the changes that became effective in the Roman Ritual (Rituale Romanum) in 1944.
d) By obtaining Sanctifying Grace and Actual Graces for us.
Since the unchangeable, Traditional Catholic Church is the Spiritual Mother for Catholics, what is more proper and fitting than for Traditional Catholics to have a child-like faith in her?
Such filial faith is very reasonable because the unchangeable Traditional Catholic Church is the infallible teacher of the unchangeable Truths of God as found in Divine Revelation. This is obvious from what Christ has taught us:“Behold, I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world.” (Matthew 28:20.)B. What can be inferred from this?
“I will ask the Father, and He shall give you another Paraclete, that He may abide with you forever.” (John 14 :16.).
In this mind does the Apostle call the Church: “The pillar and ground of the Truth.” (1 Timothy 3:15.)
From this it logically follows that it is our responsibility and actual duty to receive everything which the unchangeable Traditional Catholic Church proposes to our Faith as the Word of God and also to hold fast to it, whether we are able, or unable, to comprehend it with our reason.
One who merely believes what one perceives from one’s reason to be true, in reality has no faith at all, because such a one makes his faith depend, not on Divine Revelation, but on one’s reason.
Much less has such a one a perfect faith, because Faith itself contains Truths, some of which are Mysteries, which no person can comprehend from only the exercise of human reason.
What has been too true in the past is also too true today insofar as many believe only what pleases their passions, their inclinations, their prejudices, their ignorance of Divine Truths, and categorically reject whatsoever tends to contradict their propensities, their passions, their proclivities as exampled by the terrible Truth that the horrible pain and suffering and torments of Hell will last for all eternity.
Since the aftermath of Synod Vatican 2 [Thursday, October 11, 1962 - Wednesday, December 8, 1965] the NEW .heresy. of the evil .anti-Catholic. Satanic. Synod. Vatican 2. pseudo-church..is apparently mouthed by large numbers of the Laymen, a.k.a. pseudo-clergy, according to the feedback from the Laity which We have been given over the years, is:“God is not in the punishment business!”Such people only want an EASY GOSPEL, a FEEL GOOD GOSPEL!
They want Priests and Prelates to tell them what they want to hear:
a) there are no devils;
b) there is no Hell or rather either there are no Souls in Hell (per Pope B-16)
or that the reality of the excruciating and extremely intense pain from the fires of Hell have been totally ignored and that God does not actually punish anyone who is Hell for committing any sins (apparently sin does not exist since no mention is made about "sin"!?) because the Souls in Hell punish themselves by their frustrations, etc., in this pandered perversion of the Truth:“Hell is not a punishment imposed externally by God, but the condition resulting from attitudes and actions which people adopt in this life. It is the ultimate consequence of sin itself. Sacred Scripture uses many images to describe the pain, frustration and emptiness of life without God. More than a physical place, hell is the state of those who freely and definitively separate themselves from God, the source of all life and joy.” (JP-2, General Audience of Wednesday, 28 July, 1999; Taken from the Vatican at the Holy See Web Site on the Internet at: http://www.vatican.va/; emphasis added).Such heretical nonsense, which contradicts the Sacred Scriptures, including the Gospels and the Apocalypse, tries to make a Truth out of a Lie!!
Would any rational, practicing, Traditional, Catholic have the temerity to pick and to choose only what such a one likes as if such a rational, practicing, Traditional, Catholic was in a cafeteria?
Do such “cafeteria Catholics” really think that Almighty God will actually accommodate His Unchangeable and Infallible Doctrines and His Commandments to the passions, caprices, and inordinate worldly appetites of people who are engaged in the suicidal sin of deliberate .affected ignorance?
Such people who complain to those of us who teach the beautiful, unchangeable, Truths of the unchangeable Traditional Catholic Faith by saying: “Don’t put that guilt trip on me!” apparently killed their consciences many years ago? Not only that, but anyone who would be so bold and daring as to tell them the Truth automatically becomes their enemy as Saint Paul asked them:“Am I then become your enemy, because I tell you the Truth?” (Galatians 4:16.)For such “cafeteria Catholics” is an unchangeable, infallible, Doctrine of Faith and Morals wrong simply because it does not suit the wishes and inclinations of such people?
Dearly Beloved: Do not permit yourselves to be blinded and led astray either by bad Catholics or by self-love. When once you know that this or that is in fact an unchangeable, infallible Doctrine of the unchangeable Traditional Catholic Church, an Article of the Faith, believe it, and hold it firmly, irregardless whether or not it is incomprehensible to your limited understanding and reason, because the mouth of the unchangeable Traditional Catholic Church is really the mouth of Christ Himself!
A good Traditional Catholic loves the unchangeable Traditional Catholic Church as devotedly as ever do Children love their Mothers.
What this means in practical terms is that whatever happens in the unchangeable Traditional Catholic Church is felt by such faithful Spiritual Children along with their Mother as she experiences everything from joys and sorrows and everything in between:
“Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is scandalized, and I am not on fire?” (2 Corinthians 11:29.)This is the way for us to sympathize with the unchangeable Traditional Catholic Church. Those Traditional Catholics who take no interest in the unchangeable Traditional Catholic Church, and who are indifferent to her, whether in prosperity, or in adversity, are anything but good Catholics because they do not love their unchangeable Traditional Catholic Church.
Those who rejoice at her sufferings and afflictions, and wish to see her more and more enslaved and persecuted, are not really Catholics. But since God threatens misery and perdition to those Spiritual Children who behave ill towards their Parents:
“Cursed be he that honoureth not his Father and Mother.” (Deuteronomy 27:16.)can those Catholics who have such an unloving and unfilial disposition toward their Holy Mother, the unchangeable Traditional Catholic Church, expect a better fate?
“The eye that mocketh at his Father, and that despiseth the labour of his Mother in bearing him, let the ravens of the brooks pick it out, and the young eagles eat it.” (Proverbs 30:17.)
3. Third Requirement: Zeal for everything that is really Catholic.
a) Love and esteem the Holy, unchangeable, Traditional, Catholic Faith.
Therefore, such good Catholics avoid all closeness with unbelievers. Saint John writes:“If any man come to you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into the house nor say to him, God speed you. For he that saith unto him: God speed you, communicateth with his wicked works.” (2 John 1:10-11.)How severe is this admonition of the Apostle, who was all love for all men! When Bishop Saint Polycarp, [c. 69 A.D. - d. martyred on Saturday, February 23, 166 A.D.], the Bishop of Smyrna, who was a Disciple of Saint John the Apostle, was at Rome, the heretic, Marcian, meeting him one day, asked him if he knew him.
Bishop Saint Polycarp replied:“I know you; you are the firstborn of Satan.”Therefore, beware of making friendships with enemies of the unchangeable Traditional Catholic Church. Have no more to do with them than is absolutely necessary; and if by chance you are in their company, be on your guard lest you should appear to give assent to their irreligious expressions and ridicule of the unchangeable and immutable Doctrines and also the ordinances of the unchangeable Traditional Catholic Church:“He that shall be ashamed of Me, and of My words, of him the Son of Man shall be ashamed, when He shall come in His majesty.” (Luke 9:26.)b) Promote the Catholic cause in whatever way can be done. At elections, such Catholics vote for those who favor the unchangeable Traditional Catholic Church. Whenever asked, such Traditional Catholics contribute to good objects according to their ability. Those who refuse to make the least sacrifice for the unchangeable Traditional Catholic Church, and to contribute to charitable purposes, are not a good Catholics.
c) Do not keep and read newspapers, books, etc., hostile to the unchangeable Traditional Catholic Church. Those who connive at the enemies of their mother, or assent to the calumnies and insults which are uttered against her, nay - who support with money those people who blaspheme, calumniate, and mortally hate her, are not good children. How can such Catholics hope to be favorably judged by Christ, Who loves his Church, and has given His Most Precious Blood for a sacrifice for her?
Your genuine, authentic, real, Traditional, Catholic life must manifest itself:
To this belongs:
a) Divine Worship which consists principally in assisting at, which is another way of saying, attending, the Holy SACRIFICE of the Traditional Catholic Mass which is Offered at an ALTAR by a .validly.Ordained Mass Celebrant, who uses ONLY a pre-1944 Missale Romanum.2. By a fervent participation in the pious devotions of the Traditional Catholic Church.“Thou shalt devoutly assist at Holy Mass on all Sundays and Holidays.”Please note: The Holy SACRIFICE of the Catholic Traditional Mass IS NOT the updated, modernized, synthesized 16th Century Protestant Memorial Supper Meal used in the .anti-Catholic. Satanic. Synod. Vatican 2. pseudo-church. of .automatically. excommunicated. Apostatese. and. Modernist. Heretics, and .NEW. Theology. Heretics..which is done at a TABLE.
Because the .anti-Catholic. Satanic. Synod. Vatican 2. pseudo-church. of .automatically. excommunicated. Apostatese. and. Modernist. Heretics, and .NEW. Theology. Heretics..has also destroyed and invalidated the Traditional Catholic Sacrament of Holy Orders, this means that its NEW, empty, "ceremonies" for making.priests.and. bishops, are per se .invalid. and illegal, also in all languages, including Latin.
This also means that ALL of the .anti-Catholic. Satanic. Synod. Vatican 2. pseudo-church...priests, and ALL of the .anti-Catholic. Satanic. Synod. Vatican 2. pseudo-church...bishops, who have gone thru the said destroyed and invalidated quasi-liturgical ceremonies which have replaced the Traditional Catholic Sacrament of Holy Orders, are ONLY Laymen wearing Roman Collars and various anti-Catholic vestments who have no Spiritual and no Sacramental Priestly/Episcopal Powers to do anything, let alone Offer the Holy SACRIFICE of the Traditional Catholic Mass and Administer the Seven Sacraments according to the prescribed Liturgical Rites of the Traditional Catholic pre-1944 Rituale Romanum and pre-1944 Pontificale Romanum.
In other words, theologically and liturgically, the .anti-Catholic. Satanic. Synod. Vatican 2. pseudo-church. of .automatically. excommunicated. Apostates. and. Modernist. Heretics, and .NEW. Theology. Heretics.. has only anti-Catholic "ceremonies", which some poor, misguided Catholics still think is the Holy SACRIFICE of the Traditional Catholic Mass.
Furthermore, the .anti-Catholic. Satanic. Synod. Vatican 2. pseudo-church. of .automatically. excommunicated. Apostates. and. Modernist. Heretics, and .NEW. Theology. Heretics, has almost only Laymen who wrongly think they are .priests.and. bishops, as the result of going thru some anti-Catholic ceremony, and who try to make the Laity think they really are Catholic .priests.and. bishops, but who are not!“Thou shalt devoutly assist at Holy Mass on all Sundays and Holidays.”b) The Word of God, or Sermons and catechetical instruction by those who have been well-trained in the authentic Apostolic Tradition and the Deposit of Faith as it is found, UNCHANGED, in the Traditional Catholic Church. Hearing Sermons is required for the worthy celebration of Sundays and Holidays, and is more or less necessary for all Christian Catholics so that they may be better instructed in the UNCHANGEABLE Truths of the Traditional Catholic Religion - not in the changes of the changes of the changes of the changes which are to be found in the local heretical Modernist .anti-Catholic. Satanic. Synod. Vatican 2. pseudo-parish churches, especially in the West.
“The Word of God affords to the Soul a manifold and inestimable advantage because it keeps the Soul from sin and enlightens, warms and strengthens the Soul. It procures healing in the sick, and strength in the state of health.” (Father Saint Thomas of Villanova [b. at Fuentellana, Spain in 1488 A.D. - d. at Valencia, Spain on September 8, 1555].)
Listen to the Word of God with a heart solicitous for salvation, and do not desire to be entertained, whether by subtle humor, jokes, or oratory. Instead, pay attention to WHAT is said instead of HOW it is said and by WHOM it is said.
To this belongs public devotions. For example:
a) Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament, pious processions, triduums, jubilees, missions, and the forty hours devotion.To this belongs private devotions. For example:
b) May and October devotions and the Stations, a.k.a. Way of the Cross, during Lent.
c) Devotions to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, to God the Holy Ghost, to the Blessed Virgin Mary such as those to the Immaculate Heart of Mary (which includes all Devotions), the devotion to the Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, to wearing the Brown Scapular, fulfilling all of the requirements for World Peace which Our Lady of Fatima gave to the world in 1917, various devotions to other Saints including Saint Michael the Archangel and the daily making of the Exorcism, praying to Saint Jude Thaddeus - especially the 9-Day Novenas to Saint Jude, praying to one’s Patron Saints, various other Traditional Catholic devotions and prayers including having Traditional Masses Offered for the relief of the Poor, Suffering Souls in Purgatory, most especially of one’s relatives who have died.Good, pious, Traditional Catholics diligently attend such public liturgical devotions, and make their own preferred private devotions, in order to be made partakers of the Graces connected with them.
3. By the conscientious observance of the Precepts of the Catholic Church.
The Precepts of the Catholic Church are in a certain measure also Commandments of God, because God has authorized the Catholic Church to make laws. Jesus Christ taught:
“He that heareth you, heareth Me; and he that despiseth you, despiseth Me; and he that despiseth Me, despiseth Him that sent Me.” (Luke 10:16.)4. By the frequent reception of the Holy Sacraments of Penance and the Most Holy Eucharist.
As the Roman Catholic Church commands all of her children who have arrived at the Age of Reason (usually considered to be about 7 years old) to confess their sins at least once a year, she evidently expresses the wish that they should confess more frequently. Who is there who would not frequently go to Confession, especially when one considers that frequent Sacramental Confession is necessary to salvation for many persons, but advantageous and useful for all?
Pious Catholics have always frequently received the Sacrament of Penance.
The Roman Catholic Pope Clement VIII, Ippolito Aldobrandini [Thursday, January 30, 1592 - Saturday, March 5, 1605], received the Sacrament of Penance every day.
King Saint Louis IX of France [b. at Poissy, France on Saturday, April 25, 1215 A.D. - d. near Tunis, Tunisia on Monday, August 25, 1270 A.D.], received the Sacrament of Penance every Friday.
Cardinal Saint Charles Borromeo [b. Arona, Italy on Sunday, October 2, 1538 A.D. - d. at Milan, Italy on Saturday, November 3, 1584 A.D.] received the Sacrament of Penance once a week.
Saint Francis De Sales [b. Thorens, Savoy in 1567 A.D. - d. Lyons, France in 1622 A.D.] received the Sacrament of Penance once a week.
When such pious and holy men received the Sacrament of Penance so often, why should not we imitate them?
Many, many years ago when We were attending a pre-Vatican 2 Seminary system, We received the Sacrament of Penance every day. We were very sad when, after We were out of the Seminary, We was unable to receive the Sacrament of Penance every day because it was not available on a daily basis.
Please do not misunderstand. It is a great Grace and a precious, rare, and wonderful Blessing to be able to Offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, using the pre-1944 Traditional Catholic Liturgical Rite, but there is still a great yearning to also be able to receive the Holy Sacrament of Penance every day.
Daily Holy Communion is also such a wonderful Blessing with its great Graces! Our daily reception of the Most Blessed Sacrament each day is a great joy and comfort, and We encourage everyone who is able to do so to do it. But with only a few virtual handful of .validly. Ordained Priests and .validly. Consecrated Bishops today in the Traditional Catholic Church Offering .valid. pre-1944 Masses, it is next to impossible for the average Catholic Laity to do this - a great sorrow to Us of how Traditional Catholic Masses and Sacraments are no longer available to but only a tiny fraction of much less than 1% of all Catholics because of the Great Apostasy thanks to the .anti-Catholic. Satanic. Synod. Vatican 2. pseudo-church. of .automatically. excommunicated. Apostates. and. Modernist. Heretics, and .NEW. Theology. Heretics, including those who are its popes, cardinals, archbishops, bishops, priests, and other clergy!
The general means of Spiritual perfection include some of the above data, but within a primarily Spiritual context with other such means of Spiritual perfection in the real living of a Christian Catholic Life of Virtue which is a basis of the living of a Spiritual Life which every Christian Catholic is called to live.
Here is a list of some of the primary means of Spiritual perfection:
1. The observance of the Ten Commandments of God.
2. The observance of the Precepts of the Church.
3. Uniting and conforming your will to the Most Holy Will of God.
4. Assisting at the unchangeable Traditional Catholic Mass as frequently as possible.
5. Receiving the Sacraments, i.e. Penance and Holy Eucharist, as frequently as possible.
6. Meditation or Contemplation.
7. Practicing self-control, self-discipline and self-denial.
8. Being faithful in small things and the practice of acts of supererogation.
9. Establishing order and regularity.
10. Forming a habit of prayer.
11. Spiritual Reading.
12. Having frequent recourse to solitude.
13. Implement a Traditiona, pre-Synod Vatican 2, School of Spirituality, e.g. Jesuit, Dominican, Franciscan, Carmelite, Benedictine, etc., or at least a synthesis of the best elements of some, or all of them, which are practical for you to use in your daily life.
14 Practice the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy.The chief Spiritual Works of Mercy:1) To admonish the sinner.The chief Corporal Works of Mercy:
2) To instruct the ignorant.
3) To counsel the doubtful.
4) To comfort the sorrowful.
5) To bear wrongs patiently.
6) To forgive all injuries.
7) To pray for the living and the dead.1) To feed the hungry.
2) To give drink to the thirsty.
3) To clothe the naked.
4) To visit the imprisoned.
5) To shelter the homeless.
6) To visit the sick.
7) To bury the dead.
“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 your resolutions, by the Grace of God, beginning right now, firmly resolve to conduct yourselves as becomes good Traditional Catholics. Love the unchangeable One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic Church tenderly, as all good Children love their Mother.
Believe all that the Traditional Catholic Church proposes to your Faith. Let your hearts throb in unison with her joys and sorrows. IF you are not doing this already, pray to become zealous for everything that is Christian Catholic.
Whenever possible, and We know it is becoming more and more rare to do so today, assist at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass which is Offered on an ALTAR by a .valid. Traditional Catholic Priest or Prelate of the Traditional Catholic Church using a pre-1944 Missale Romanum.
Because most public liturgical devotions are very rare today, at least develop your own personal pious Traditional Catholic devotions and remain faithful to your practice of them.
Keep the precepts of the Church and, whenever possible, after proper preparation, receive the Sacrament of Penance and the Sacrament of the Most Holy Eucharist.
Make a proper use of the general means of Spiritual perfection in the real living of a Christian Catholic Life of Virtue which is a basis of the living of a Spiritual Life which every Christian Catholic is called to live.
By doing these things, you will render to God the things that are God’s, In return, the good God will give you Heaven as your reward!
Thanks be to God! Deo Gratias!
“Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar's: and to God the things that are God’s.” (GOSPEL, Matthew 22:21.)