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Pope Francis on current ideologies striking at the heart of the Gospel

From the Apostolic Exhortation Gaudete et Exsultate just released:

“I regret that ideologies lead us at times to two harmful errors. On the one hand, there is the error of those Christians who separate these Gospel demands from their personal relationship with the Lord, from their interior union with him, from openness to his grace. Christianity thus becomes a sort of NGO stripped of the luminous mysticism so evident in the lives of Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Vincent de Paul, Saint Teresa of Calcutta, and many others. For these great saints, mental prayer, the love of God and the reading of the Gospel in no way detracted from their passionate and effective commitment to their neighbours; quite the opposite.

“The other harmful ideological error is found in those who find suspect the social engagement of others, seeing it as superficial, worldly, secular, materialist, communist or populist. Or they relativize it, as if there are other more important matters, or the only thing that counts is one particular ethical issue or cause that they themselves defend. Our defence of the innocent unborn, for example, needs to be clear, firm and passionate, for at stake is the dignity of a human life, which is always sacred and demands love for each person, regardless of his or her stage of development. Equally sacred, however, are the lives of the poor, those already born, the destitute, the abandoned and the underprivileged, the vulnerable infirm and elderly exposed to covert euthanasia, the victims of human trafficking, new forms of slavery, and every form of rejection. We cannot uphold an ideal of holiness that would ignore injustice in a world where some revel, spend with abandon and live only for the latest consumer goods, even as others look on from afar, living their entire lives in abject poverty.  (more…)

Pope Francis on the enemies of holiness

From the Apostolic Exhortation Gaudete et Exsultate by Pope Francis, just released:

On the enemies of holiness

“Gnosticism is one of the most sinister ideologies because, while unduly exalting knowledge or a specific experience, it considers its own vision of reality to be perfect. Thus, perhaps without even realizing it, this ideology feeds on itself and becomes even more myopic. It can become all the more illusory when it masks itself as a disembodied spirituality. For gnosticism “by its very nature seeks to domesticate the mystery,” whether the mystery of God and his grace, or the mystery of others’ lives.

“When somebody has an answer for every question, it is a sign that they are not on the right road. They may well be false prophets, who use religion for their own purposes, to promote their own psychological or intellectual theories. God infinitely transcends us; he is full of surprises. We are not the ones to determine when and how we will encounter him; the exact times and places of that encounter are not up to us. Someone who wants everything to be clear and sure presumes to control God’s transcendence.

“Nor can we claim to say where God is not, because God is mysteriously present in the life of every person, in a way that he himself chooses, and we cannot exclude this by our presumed certainties. Even when someone’s life appears completely wrecked, even when we see it devastated by vices or addictions, God is present there. If we let ourselves be guided by the Spirit rather than our own preconceptions, we can and must try to find the Lord in every human life. This is part of the mystery that a gnostic mentality cannot accept, since it is beyond its control.  (more…)

God shames the proud, the entitled and the strong

God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise. God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose me for there is no other more sinful and more unworthy. God is showing the path to simplicity and truth, and that He does this through such lowly dirt as me – Saint Francis of Assisi.

DIVINE BEAUTY

UPDATE: Official Selection – 2019 Culture of Life Film Festival. Semi-Finalist – 2018 Los Angeles Cinefest.

Discerning the true Church from the false church

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The question was asked, “How does one discern the true Church from the false church?” The answer is simple. Ubi Petrus, ibi Ecclesia, ibi Deus. Because Peter, the Vicar of Christ, the Pope, has been granted by God the special grace of a faith that will never fail, no matter his personal sinfulness and whatever the usual naysayers might claim, where there is Peter, there is Christ, there is the true Church, and there is God.

The Devotion to the Divine Heart now on audiobook

The Devotion to the Divine Heart of God the Father is now available for the first time on audiobook. You can hear some of it here:

What is a Christian’s divine inheritance? Response to a question

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The question has been asked, “What is a Christian’s divine inheritance?” The answer in a nutshell is, “To live forever in the bosom of the Most Holy Trinity.” That is what Christ gave us with His Passion, death, and Resurrection. Happiness, peace, joy, and love unparalleled for eternity. Something utterly inconceivable to many human persons and that was intended for us from the beginning.

For those who hate

For the men whose hearts are so full of envy, anger and hatred, they have become vile:

Whoever conceals hatred with lying lips is a fool (Pr 10:18).

The one who says he is in the light and yet hates his brother is in the darkness. The one who loves his brother abides in the light and there is no cause for stumbling in him. But the one who hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going because the darkness has blinded his eyes (1 Jn 2:9-11).

Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer and you know that no murderer has eternal life in him (1 Jn 3:15).

If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar. For the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen (1 Jn 4:20).

“Can anything good come out of Nazareth?”

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“Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” mocked Nathanael when Philip told him that they had found Jesus, the Christ. And yet, out of that tiny farming village of no more than 150 people, far, far away from the main trade routes, came to earth the Son of the Living God and Savior of the world. The religious elites of the day did not know the Father’s ways then, despite professing to believe in Him, neither do many of them know Him now. Nothing has changed with regard to the folly of man.

 

PILLARS OF CREATION – Discover the beauty of the heavens in 4 minutes

See a tiny fraction of the marvellous infinity that has been created for us by God and learn more about the nature that reflects a little of His beauty. This film has been accepted into the official archives of the European Space Agency. It is listed in IMDb and distributed conjointly by Avinu Films / Meridian. The film has also been chosen as a semi-finalist in the 2018 San Mauro International Film Festival.

Did Christ inherit divinity? Response to a question

Christ3The question has been asked, “Did Christ inherit the divinity of God?” The answer is a definitive “no.” Christ did not inherit divinity. He is, was, and will always be divine by origin, by nature, like God the Father Himself and this from before creation and the beginning of time (viz. Jn 1:1).

Christ is both God and Man. He did not become God by inheritance, by progressive deification, by grace as was intended by the Heavenly Father for humankind  – created beings. He is God because He has always been God, begotten not created: in the beginning there was the Holy Trinity – God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit – and silence. No one else; nothing else. To claim, therefore, that Jesus Christ somehow ‘inherited’ His divinity is to proclaim an outright heresy.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2018

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