|“Francis and the Time of the Antichrist”|
Instead of teaching the orthodox Catholic faith from the Chair of Peter to save souls, Francis preaches to the world on saving Mother Earth and this Planet from Humans, which has become, not any traditional Encyclical of Holy Mother Church but Francis’ Jesuitical, Teilhardian, political manifesto.
Any legitimate pope would never undertake such a depravity but would teach forthrightly, clearly, solely on repentance for sin and saving souls; not the earth from humans. Moreover, such unorthodox, and unCatholic behavior on the part of a pope, a first, demonstrates loudly and clearly that Francis lacks a contrite and humble heart, a veritable ‘sine qua non’ in any pope through the centuries but, above all, by St. Peter himself.
To not have a humble and contrite heart for sin is the way of the world, of its leaders, lost souls aplenty and the devil himself who cannot abide sorrow for one’s sins, yet alone contriteness of heart in a pope. Consequently, St. Peter, before his own conversion from the fearsome sin of apostasy and denial of Christ at His Crucifixion could not be abided by Our Divine Lord till Peter repented for this travesty, not just in the confines of his heart, but publicly to Our Lord and not once, but three times to achieve total forgiveness.
“Sin of Apostasy”
Since this sin of apostasy was so public by Peter: “I do not know the Man,” Christ therefore demanded an equally public repentance and even three times: “Do you love Me, Peter?” Then Our Lord said forthrightly each time: “Feed My Sheep!” And then hereafter Peter made feeding the lambs and sheep the most important aspect of his time as Prince of the Apostles till his martyred death for his faith and the salvation of souls and their repentance.
But, one wonders, why did Peter commit this horrible sin of apostasy, deny Christ and all He stood for, taught, and preached? Why? Because of human respect! However, nothing by far is more important to Christ than the purity of our souls from sin before Our Lord, each and every one of us, and long before our titles of pope, cardinal, bishop, priest or world leader, politician, house wife, working father or all the other titles of self- respect!
In fact, Roman Catholic theology that fails to teach repentance for one’s sins or how to achieve it, neither fulfills the definition of Catholic orthodoxy or teaches, in any way, the Roman Catholic faith; and this is the whole egregious failure which explains Francis’ papacy and its obsession with his political-enviro fiasco and his so-called signal synod on allowing grievous sinners or adulterers to receive the most Holy Eucharist without confessional repentance or modifying the mandatory ecclesial process of marital nullity, if he approves of it.
“The Sin of Sodomy”
Similarly, any effort to give a blessing to homosexual couples at this upcoming synod of Francis by implying sin does not exit in this most disordered perversity becomes one of the worst attacks of heresy, apostasy , and schism on the true faith by; a pope, a king,a priest, or people since the Reformation. This includes even trying to justify the voluntary orientation to this depravity as though it were somehow less culpable when it, in effect, is living wholly in the occasion of sin, a mortal sin per se under these circumstances.
Furthermore, all participants and sychophant lukewarm Catholics, be they clerics or not, who underwrite this most formidable attack on orthodoxy and Catholic teaching--by a pope himself--are just as guilty and pernicious for supporting homosexual unions and attacking the Lord as the crowd of high priests and Jews who clamored for Christ’s Crucifixion with such bold effrontery of screaming: “Crucify Him! Crucify Him!”
This bold or naked apostasy or denial of Christ of the time of the first Christians is no different than today’s more modern, yet more subtle version, of denying Christ; for both forms involve walking coldly away from Christ and all that He taught and stood for and represented: the classic example of St. Peter’s three denials or Pope Francis denying persistently the indissolubility of marriage as a ‘sine qua non’ prerequisite for valid reception of the most Holy Eucharist which is a possible consideration at Francis’ upcoming synod on marriage and homosexual unions and the family.
“The Most Holy Eucharist”
Thus, the mere consideration or possibility of an apostate Catholic, divorced and remarried outside the Catholic Church, who walks away from the Church and its orthodox Roman Catholic teachings on marriage ought to be courted back again to the Church by using the most Holy Eucharist as the bargaining tool would never have been even countenanced by a pre-Vatican II pope like Pius XII. How base! How heretic and how apostate such an action by a pope of the Catholic Church can be and, moreover, altogether scandalous!
To not be totally supportive as pope of the Magisterium of the centuries that “de fide” declared by the Council of Trent that all mortal sin or any sin for that matter can only be removed, plus that of adultery, by a priest in the Sacrament of Confession in the Catholic Church is “anathema”. Or to hold as Pope Francis appears to encourage with his synod on the family that the annulment process is superfluous and need not be utilized to correct the grievous marital violation of an invalid marriage is a heretical misstep of the worst dimensions.
Moreover, we know how St. Peter went out and wept bitterly after his most grievous sin of apostasy, in denying Christ and everything Our Lord stood for and taught with this gross denial of his. In short, Peter had a very sensitive conscience that smarted at his own sin, unlike Francis, on the other hand, who exhibits virtually no sense of having a contrite and humble heart for he almost never talks about “sin” in the traditional sense of the Church’s teachings throughout the centuries of right and wrong, but sin, to Francis, refers thus far in his papacy to everything in the liberal creed: pollution of the earth, climate change, ownership of guns, gun manufacturers, oil, redistribution of wealth through the tax system, the evil rich etc.
“Contriteness of Heart”
The Traditions of the Church, demanding contriteness of heart and Confession for forgiveness of sin at the Council of Trent have always been sufficient for anyone confessing the sin of adultery and always will be. No new variations on the Deposit of Faith and the Upper Room where Christ, Our Lord, breathed on the gathered apostles with these words: “Whose sins you forgive, will be forgiven; and whose sins you retain, they shall be retained,’” will ever be necessary for those sinners, repentant of adultery or any other sin, for that matter. This is a heinous attack on Tradition by Francis and the Vatican II crowd of cardinals and bishops who already have reeked enough havoc on holy Mother Church with the Great Apostasy of the last fifty years with millions and millions of fallen away Catholics, worldwide!
Yet St. Peter succumbed to the absolute necessity of a public confession for his sin of apostasy and denying Christ three times during Our Lord’s Passion and Death. And St. Peter did this with the most sincere contriteness, which He showed ever after as Prince of the Apostles.
Not so is such contriteness to be found with Pope Francis as pope who denies Christ both by failure to teach the Deposit of Faith of the centuries and to defend these truths and teachings when under attack by cardinals, i.e. Kasper of Germany, et al. and bishops throughout the world, and the forces of the giant secular media worldwide. Especially is this true of the disordered perversion of the sin of sodomy, within and without the Catholic Church today.
Nor does Francis, unlike Peter and all previous popes, have a contrite and repentant heart, for he has no sense of sin in his own failures of apostasy as pope, for if he did he would recognize how all of us are sinners and need to repent, always and constantly, whether inside the church or on the outside and how he is , above all, the first of all of us sinners together. Francis believes as so many false believers today that a lie can be the truth and vice versa. That somehow by rationalization that sodomy or divorce and remarriage are not really that terrible!
Nor can we forget that St. Peter was so repentently sorrowful because of this contriteness and sorrow for his sins, in fact, he became the most ardent evangelist on behalf of repenting for one’s sins, trying to avoid them always in his famous expression:
“For the devil as a roaring lion goes about seeking whom he may devour, resist him strong in the faith.”
This is not any new evangelization of Vatican II, incidentally, but simply the mighty tradition of the Deposit of the Faith, viz. “to do good and avoid evil.”
“Raymond Cardinal Burke”
Moreover, if the upcoming synod in any way should allow a blessing even on sodomized couples, rest assured cardinals like Raymond Cardinal Burke “will resist” as he has promised in spite of the difficulty. There are definitely more who fight the Catholic
“The Heresy of the Silent Assertion Lie”
Let us take a firm look at how serious the sin of apostasy of the Christian faith really and truly is. Consider but how serious the sin to dis-obey even one part of the law, for example the Church’s 2000 year condemnation of the abomination of sodomy, for to violate with even part of this law, you reject the entire law according to St. Paul. Please let us consider the delightful diversion of the Great Humorist Mark Twain who amply commented in one of his essays about the Big Lie in a society or even church! For example, when the leaders and pope don’t outwardly condemn heresy but allow heresy in reverse by promoting it i.e. the perversion of sodomy or the allowance of divorce, remarriage, and receiving Holy Communion inside the Church. This they do by never attacking forthrightly either sodomy
Therefore. far worse than the apostasy of the Supreme Court is by far the enormous apostasy of sodomy by the American people who are largely Christian, to underwrite their personal permission for this travesty and yet who say nothing and do nothing in response! And far worse than these horrible sins of the American people are those apostate cardinals, bishops, and priests of the Catholic Church in the clergy-- and there many-- who likewise say nothing along with the Church’s lukewarm Catholics who in what is truly a “silent apostasy” which was a sinful evil even as identified by Pope John Paul II.
Yet far and away leading the sin of apostasy and denial of Christ in the world today is the diabolical sin of apostasy on the part of the papacy itself wherein this evil of perverted and disordered sodomy and remarriage with adultery and receiving Holy Communion is not condemned vigorously by Francis in what has become a total and complete abomination of this diabolical evil in the Church and the world because of the pope’s “silent apostasy” which is endemic. Nor does any pope have a choice about whether or not to preach and vigorously teach the entire Deposit of Faith, for Our Lord commanded Peter and all his apostles to “Baptize everyone, teaching them everything I have commanded you.” Thus the apostasy hidden in such statements as “Whom I to judge?” when he is discoursing about homosexuality. Such folly! For this cause God delivered them up to shameful affections.
Now, let us give an example from Mark Twain the great Humorist writer who demonstrated this in his essay on the “silent assertion lie” : “How I First Lie!” We quote:
“Are countries working that kind of lie, day in and day out, in thousands and thousands of varieties, without ever resting? Yes, we know that to be true. The universal conspiracy of the silent-assertion lie is hard at work always and everywhere, and always in the interest of a stupidity or a sham, never in the interest of a thing fine or respectable. Is it the most timid and shabby of all lies? It seems to have the look of it. For ages and ages it has mutely labored in the interest of despotisms and aristocracies and chattel slaveries, and military slaveries, and religious slaveries, and has kept them alive until the “silent-assertion lie” retires from business--the silent assertion that nothing is going on which fair and intelligent men are aware of and are engaged by their duty to try to stop.”
“What I am arriving at is this: When whole races and peoples conspire to propagate gigantic mute lies in the interest of tyrannies and shams, why should we care anything about the trifling lies told by individuals? Why should we try to make it appear that abstention from lying is a virtue: Why should we want to beguile ourselves in that way? Why should we without shame help the nation lie, and then be ashamed to do a little lying on our own account? Why shouldn’t we be honest and honorable, and lie every time we get a chance? That is to say , why shouldn’t we be consistent , and either lie all the time or not at all. Why should we help the nation like the whole day long and then object to telling one little individual private lie in our own interest to go to bed on? Just for the refreshment of it, I mean, and to take the rancid taste out of our mouth.
“The Demise of The Church & Tradition”
Thus , the Traditions of the faith, its teachings, the old Mass--so replete with contriteness for sin before God--, a necessity of salvation in the Catholic Church through its traditional sacraments and the Tridentine Mass and its most Holy Eucharist, are utterly ignored, marginalized, or omitted altogether by Francis in his papal teaching and practice and are , moreover , likewise forgotten in this way. Tradition is dead to Francis and today’s Vatican II corrupted church is the disaster wherein your average Catholic today does not anymore even know he has to do his “Easter Duty”. Why does the apostasy go on, and on, and on, and on, with Pope Francis never denying “the silent assertion lie” of never denying that it’s ever right to condemn sodomy if it’s always ok to commit this sin, or never forbid the Eucharist when you are married again, if it’s always ok to receive Holy Communion in a second marriage and adulterous state inside the Church. If it’s ok to abort children, then never condemn its opposite. Or it it’s ok to violate your Easter Duty as a Catholic, never condemn its opposite. And on, and on, and on, with Pope Francis and his Silent Apostasy and Lies!!!! Incidentally, this was the accepted papacy of all the Consiliar popes who backpedaled doctrine to one degree or another! Seldom teaching it wrong to commit any moral evils, and so its opposite, committing the sin is just fine. The great “silent apostasy”.
“The Illegitimate, Unorthodox Pope”
This is the work of an illegitimate, unholy, unorthodox pope who worries more about saving Mother Earth and the environment in his Teilhardian jesuitical monograph on the Environment than saying one single word in defense of Tradition, the Tridentine Mass, and Repentance of Sin and , finally, the necessity of having a sense of sin about his own papal person with contriteness of heart always before him in terms of what he teaches, preaches, and advocates in the corrupted modern media.
A pope without contriteness and serious sorrow for his own sins will never speak of how others should also repent of their sins too, in and outside the church, in order to save their souls! It is well for us to remember here St. Peter, who was, indeed, full of humility and contriteness for his own failings throughout his sojourn with Christ and , indeed, repentant to Our Lord personally, for Peter was often corrected by Our Lord for his multiple infidelities, large and small.
Consider the time Christ authoritatively told him: “Get behind Me, Satan!” for not supporting His Master and Lord in His Passion and Death. Peter, therefore, knew of his own failings often before the Lord Almighty and had much to be contrite about, often.
Let us consider how, once again, Peter, after fishing one whole night with the other apostles, told Our Lord that he had caught no fish. Nevertheless, Our Lord said to the Prince of the apostles: “Go back out and throw your nets down on the right side of the boat.” This Peter did immediately with the most incredible and miraculous results of filling up his nets so full, it required two boats to hold them all. With this as Peter was coming ashore, he uttered from the bottom of his heart: “Depart from Me Lord, for I am a sinful man!” Clearly, no other apostle showed the sorrow for his sins like St. Peter!
“The Heresy of Francis?”
Thus, it becomes manifestly clear that any pope, whatever his popularity, is absolutely useless to Our Divine Lord and further to be driven from His Almighty Presence, who is not always contrite of heart and sorrowful for his sins; especially, and most particularly here with Pope Francis, whose denials of Christ and His Teachings and Doctrines are manifestly evident in failing to teach the Perennial Magisterium of the Centuries vigorously and its sacred Deposit of the Faith or defending and articulating these holy truths constantly to the Church and the world by teaching and professing sin.
This is Francis: an apparent heretic and apostate and according to St. Vincent Lerrins: “A manifest heretic immediately ceases to be pope and at the same time ceases to be a Christian or a member of the Church.”
As we enter these Remnant Times of the Church as St. Paul prophetically predicted that these eschatological times would be those in which only a “remnant survived in grace.” The critical danger of these end times in which so many, many souls would be lost become crucial for souls and something much greater than more opinions of Catholics in the pews concerning Francis but definitive action by the upper hierarchy of the Church in order to stem the flood of lost souls is what is needed desperately! The time of opinions is long overdue about this frenzied Bishop of Rome who does not even wish to be called “Pope.” Just observe the loss of souls of uninformed Catholics in the pews from Vat II and all the false teachings of the Consiliar Popes, and particularly this one! Observe how the Catholic Church is, indeed, in ruins!
Fr. John Hardon, S.J.
Above all, let us consider Fr. John Hardon’s words, one of the greatest teachers of the Catholic faith and who wrote over 55 books and whose cause is already up for Sanctity. He said so prophetically of these evil times in which we live: “Ordinary Catholics will not survive these times, only extraordinary, holy, and heroic Catholics will survive them.”
Gerhard Cardinal Muller
We have, indeed, heroic hierarchy and holy men such as Gerhard Cardinal Muller of the Sacred Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith in the Church, along with all his associates, who has loudly taught recently that “Any breach between doctrine and practice is exemplary of heresy of one form or the other.” This brave and orthodox leader in the Church will save the day for Christ’s Mystical Body from this unorthodox, unholy, illegitimate pope in centuries by making the necessary declaration of his heresy if and when necessary! Nevertheless, this investigation must begin as soon as possible, even before the synod where every attempt to dethrone the “indissolubility of sacred Marriage” will be attempted. We cannot afford any more “silent apostasy”! God have mercy!!!
- Hughes Dunphy
to be continued......
We all know how the American government, corrupted as it is to the very core, participates in Marxist class envy vigorously everywhere , making blacks hate whites and vice versa, the poor hating the wealthy, and pitting one ethnic group against another, with even women hating men. Why? To create division and hate so the government can step in to seize power and advance governmental programs of equality that create even more class envy and hatred. The goal of all Marxist communist class envy to is to advance the totalitarian Communist atheistic state. Marxist communist class envy destroys true love of man for his neighbor or Christian charity, encourages the vice of sloth, and decimates a free market economy and capitalism, and peace on earth and good will to all men.
Nevertheless, most egregious of all is when the Church itself promotes class envy, liberation theology, and the massive loss of souls through the sin of envy from the top of the Church to the naive laity in the pews. This is true because Pope Francis himself, in another one of his casual unorthodox statements to the press, made the following egregious remark: “illegal immigrants must be welcomed and protected” in the United States of course. And not only the pope was involved in this illegal invasion , but the US Conference of Catholic Bishops received in 2012 , 65.9 million in federal grants to care for unaccompanied alien children and refugees, according to its 2012 annual report. Moreover, the group raised 1.4 million from its own church members while Federal loans and private sector grants made up the remainder of the 71 million spent on the resettlement that year. That means 93 percent of the NSCCB’s spending on charity was covered by U.S. taxpayers. (World Net Daily who published these statistics could get no response to emails and phone calls on seeking comments).
Furthermore, even Catholic Charities USA and other religious groups are working behind the scenes with the Federal Government to temporarily house and resettle this Latin American invasion in dozens and dozens of communities across the United States . This is not, not Catholic Charity being rendered through the Church working with the government but naked Marxist Communist class envy to give political advantage to its perpetrators with these so-called poor who are stealing citizenship illegally at our southern borders at the behest of American Catholic Bishops, numbers of lay Catholics and even the pope’s own encouragement.
Charity can only be charity as Our Divine Lord taught when “you give a drink of water even to one of these little ones for My Name’s sake, you will not fail to receive your reward.” Our Lord is not talking about a materialistic reward or advantage such as Marxist Class Envy is interested in, but only a reward in the hereafter as in adoring and worshipping God and gaining grace for one’s soul.
So-called helping illegal immigrants will only give the left wing democratic party an huge advantage politically for decades to come if this fiasco at the borders is pulled off and unopposed. Charity is only charity when help financially or otherwise is freely given for a spiritual end , and not manipulated by force through the tax system to give political advantage to those in power—the democrats. This is a scandal of scandals and on such a large scale, affecting so many, many Americans through the theft of tax dollars by the government and its democratic sympathizing cohorts. Spending all this money on illegal immigrants is a heinous sin and crime against the American people, whether these illegal immigrants are poor or not. Clearly, this is true when there are already millions and millions of poor or economically deprived Americans who are loyal citizens but cheated by this debacle. This could create an epidemic of disease and illness from these un-inoculated invaders to America when there already are so many Americans struggling to receive even basic health care from this Class envy Communist oriented Government. What a Catholic debacle this has become when the Church hierarchy and Pope Francis themselves are encouraging this!
It has been reported more than once that Catholic Charities USA also assists a number of other very un-catholic causes---which is a left wing political group of the American bishops---such as abortion, euthanasia, homosexuality and now illegal immigration. Catholics must stop contributing immediately to this insidious organization under the control of evil forces.
This is an heinous scandal! And what a scandal this satanical sin of class envy can be, and all the other sins that it perpetrates and spreads. Let us listen to the holy Cure of Ars, the great parish priest of the Catholic Church, and how serious the sin of envy is in destroying souls.
“How many crimes have occurred in the history of the world, all of which had their source in envy! Envy has occasioned divisions in the Church, produced heresies ( i.e. liberation theology), originated wars, armed brother against brother, laid countries to waste, pillaged cities, separated families (i.e. liberation theology), and brought them to ruin. Envy knows no bounds.
It regards neither the bonds of friendship nor of blood. It incites the child against his father, as in the case of Absalom; brother against brother, like Cain; friend against friend, as with Saul; it causes men to forget the greatest benefaction, and hate the kindest of benefactors, as was the case with the Pharisees toward our Divine Savior.
Every one who has not lost all feelings of morality considers envy as a most disgraceful vice, and yet this vice is not as rare as people think. There is no end to envy in the world. Even amongst ourselves, envy is not a stranger. Indeed, there is not a man upon earth who has not to be upon his guard to close his heart to the vice of envy, to keep down every emotion of envy within him. For this reason I wish to warn you against envy, to show you:
To envy our neighbor’s happiness or fortune means to murmur at the dispensations of Providence and at God’s government of the world. The envious laborers in the vineyard, of whom the gospel speaks, murmured at the father of the family, and in like manner do all envious persons. Even if they do not grumble in just so many words, envy is practically a complaint against God. The envious person grudges his neighbor the good fortune that befalls him. But is it not God Who has granted it to him? It is a subject of vexation to the envious that his neighbor’s undertaking has succeeded (i.e. America), that his business is prosperous (i.e. America), that a joyful event has taken place. But does not every good gift come from God, Who is the success of every enterprise (i.e. America), allows business to prosper (i.e. America), and brings about that joyful event? Envy therefore, is a censure, a disapprobation of Divine Providence. The eye of the envious one is evil, because God is good.
According to this reasoning, God ought not to rule the world according to the decrees of His Love and Justice, but in accordance with the diabolical wishes of the envious, dispense His gifts and His chastisements. How malicious, and what a crime envy is! The Cure of Ars, “Sermons”
This malicious false desire of Marxist Class Envy to allow illegal immigration and all of its horrors prohibits the holy virtue of charity wherein Catholic bishops and priests and flock would work as missionaries in Mexico and Latin America to end the abject poverty of spirit where it exists in the Catholic faith, first, and then help alleviate physical want and need by teaching a man “how to fish rather than give him a fish”.
This outrageous power grab by American bishops viz. Cardinal O’Malley of Boston who recently stated to the press so arrogantly that “illegal immigration is more important than abortion” is an abomination. How this marks him as a disciple of the vice of Marxist Communist atheistic class envy for he happily shook hands with the president and also said how we can work together in this crisis--- the Church and the US Government.
Therefore, as the holy Cure of Ars teaches: “Let us love our neighbor and not envy him.” But how can we do this except by denying all unholy desires in ourselves and towards our neighbor or by our neighbor. This means also avoiding all excessive attachments in this world to its materialism, its possessions, its money, power, pleasures, or ownership. For all false desires in this world will be burnt up on the last day by Almighty God for only one desire, one love, one attachment shall survive and that is the unadulterated love of Our Lord Jesus Christ, our Lord, God , and Savior.
This love and desire alone shall survive as the 5 Foolish Virgins learned in Sacred Scripture who had empty lamps when the Holy Bridegroom returned for the Wedding Feast of love. The 5 Foolish Virgins had no oil in their lamps of heavenly merit or virtues like their sisters, the 5 Wise Virgins.
That the 5 Foolish Virgins did not concern themselves with heavenly things in a timely manner is clearly evident by their only too late recognition of their own severe lack. Their obsession obviously with the materialistic world and its desires and pleasures was catastrophic and truly tragic.
Most significantly here is what the Bridegroom or figure of Our Lord Jesus Christ utters in this famous parable because of the 5 Foolish Virgins total lack of spiritual goods, this most formidable statement of “I don’t know you,” and how it so perfectly applies to the 5 Foolish Virgins and their gross spiritual delinquency which finally cost them their salvation. How envious must these foolish virgins have been of human possessions, pleasures, and possessions to become so blinded of all spiritual graces and virtues and merit in loving God.
Likewise this shall be the very same fate of all practitioners of the vice of envy in all of its hidden forms, be it stealing from another because he has more than you, or being uncharitable towards your neighbor or maligning his good name because he is somehow more important, wealthier, or more talented or influential than you. It is impossible to call it charity when you are supporting Marxist Class Envy by encouraging illegal immigrants to remain in this country, thwarting its laws, even if you feed, clothe, house, and care for all his educational and medical needs.
Thus the wickedness of Marxist Class envy by the government and participating Catholic Church leaders has nothing, absolutely nothing charitable about it for the end of helping others does not justify the means of stealing and manipulating the American tax system to your personal gain and breaking the laws of illegal immigration.
How vicious is the vice of envy in all of its disguises, which all translate into coveting and wanting more and not being satisfied with the less that God has given you or your associates and friends for the sake of your immortal souls.
By the same token the Rich Young Man in Sacred Scriptures who walked boldly away from Christ when Our Divine Lord asked him to give up everything and come and follow Him, no doubt lost his immortal soul as the 5 Foolish Virgins. This insidious love of materialism and the things of this world which allows no room for supernatural merit precipitated no doubt the loss of the Rich Young Man’s immortal soul just like the 5 Foolish Virgins who had no oil. Though the Rich Young Man kept the commandments which pleased Our Divine Lord, it was not enough because Our Lord wanted the Rich Young Man to love Him with his whole heart and soul and mind and all his strength.
This false desire in the Rich Young Man for more and more is nothing less than the wicked all consuming vice of envy. How envy hides and disguises itself in many, many masquerades among even the seemingly religious like priests, bishops, and religious and other such seemingly holy Catholic souls but who are confounded by the devil and his many ploys with the vice of envy. Just consider how many priests and religious sisters now perceive the reality of being successful as not their own spiritual gain or the holiness of their flock but a career of titles, degrees, and ecclesiastical power.
Moreover, St. Paul’s words warn of this very wicked evil of envy, even among the spiritually and religious followers of Our Lord:
“Indeed, religion with contentment is a great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, just as we shall not be able to take anything out of it. If we have food and clothing, we shall be content with that. Those who want to be rich are falling into temptation and into a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires, which plunge them into ruin and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evils, and some people in their desire for it have strayed from the faith and have pierced themselves with many sorrows. But you, man of God, avoid all this. Instead, pursue righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience and gentleness.” (1 Timothy 6: 6-12)
In considering charity, let us consider how false desires and concupiscence of envy must be avoided at all costs! Therefore, the sole desire that the hierarchy, including Pope Francis, ought to advocate amongst their sheepfold is pure charity as St. Paul says, in order to overcome the wicked and false desires of envy which as St. Paul advocates: “Men of God, avoid the wicked and false desires which drown men in destruction and perdition.”
The only desire that matters is the love of Jesus Christ as is so beautifully expressed in this poignant prayer from the Fr. Lasance Missal for the Tridentine Mass---a perfect prayer after Communion:
“O Lord Jesus, do Thou henceforth alone live within me. May the tongue whereon Thou hast rested never move to utter words other than such as would proceed from Thy meek and humble Heart. May the thoughts of my heart be in unison with Thine. May that mind which is in Thee be likewise in me. May I be consumed with the same desires; may I be one heart, one soul with Thee, O Jesus, Whom I bear within me. And let this union of my heart with Thine shed its influence over my whole life and conduct at all times and in all events, that so I may be able to draw other hearts to love Thee, and to devote themselves to Thy interests. This is the desire, O My Jesus, with which Thou dost inspire me--- that Thy sweet name may be hallowed, that Thy Kingdom may come, and extend, and triumph over all hearts and nations, and that Thy will, which is ever one with Thy Father’s, may be perfectly accomplished. Amen. Amen. (Fr. Lasance’s Missal, after Communion prayer)
Finally, let us dwell on Fr. John Hardon’s words, one of the greatest teachers of the Catholic faith in the last 50 years, who taught again and again the following truth:
“You are only so holy as you are detached from the things of this world! And when I say detached from the things of this world, I mean from everything, from everything, from everything.” (Fr. John Hardon, S.J.)
To be continued: J. Hughes Dunphy