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It is not the multitude who are being saved, but the elect of God


May 21, 2022

Spirituality

St. Basil, Letter 257, 4th century: “Remember that it is not the multitude who are being saved, but the elect of God.  Be not then affrighted at the great multitude of the people who are carried here and there by winds like the waters of the sea.”

Doctrine

Pope Eugene IV: “The Holy Roman Church, founded by the voice of our Lord and Savior, firmly believes, professes, and preaches one true God, omnipotent, unchangeable, and eternal, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost… These three persons are one God, and not three gods, because of the three there is one substance, one essence, one nature, one divinity, one immensity, one eternity… It [the Holy Roman Church] condemns, rejects and anathematizes all who think opposed and contrary things, and declares them to be aliens from the Body of Christ, which is the Church.” (Council of Florence, “Cantate Domino,” 1441, ex cathedra)

The Appearance of the Angel to the Fatima Children – 1916


Spirituality

[The Appearance of the Angel to the Fatima Children – 1916]: “Then, rising up, the Angel took the Chalice and the Host, and kneeling on the flat rock, held the white disk before him, saying: ‘Take and drink the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, horribly insulted by ungrateful men.  Make reparation for their crimes and console your God.’” (Our Lady of Fatima, p. 42.)

Doctrine

Pope Gregory XVI: “We are thankful for the success of apostolic missions in America, the Indies, and other faithless lands… They fearlessly fight the Lord’s battles against heresy and unbelief by private and public speech and writings… They search out those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death to summon them to the light and life of the Catholic religion.” (Probe Nostis #6, Sept. 18, 1840)

The happiness of this present life is a dream of one awakening


May 19, 2022

Spirituality

St. Alphonsus: “David calls the happiness of this present life a dream of one awakening: ‘As the dream of them that awake’ (Ps. 72:20)… The goods of this world appear great, but in fact are nothing; like sleep, they last but a little while, and then all vanishes.”

Doctrine

Pope St. Leo IX: “The holy Church built upon a rock, that is Christ, and upon Peter or Cephas, the son of John who first was called Simon, because by the gates of Hell, that is, by the disputations of heretics which lead the vain to destruction, it would never be overcome.” (In terra pax hominibus, Sept. 2, 1053, Denz. 351)

So many souls are lost because they have never known truth


May 18, 2022

Spirituality

St. Louis De Montfort: “All the true children of God, the predestinate, have God for their Father and Mary for their Mother. He who has not Mary for his Mother has not God for his Father. This is the reason why the reprobate, such as heretics, schismatics and others, who hate our Blessed Lady or regard her with contempt and indifference, have not God for their Father, however much they boast of it, simply because they have not Mary for their Mother.” (True Devotion to Mary #30)

Doctrine

Fr. De Smet: “New priests are to be added to the Potawatomi Mission, and my Superior, Father Verhaegen gives me hope that I will be sent. How happy I would be could I spend myself for the salvation of so many souls, who are lost because they have never known truth!” (Jan. 26, 1838 - Fr. De Smet was a great missionary to the American Indians)

Those who prefer the eternal to the temporal are hardly to be found


Spirituality

Pope St. Leo the Great: “And thus is perfectly fulfilled that assurance of the Truth, by which we learn that ‘narrow and steep is the way that leads to life’; and whilst the breadth of the way that leads to death is crowded with a large company, the steps are few of those that tread the path of safety. And wherefore is the left road more thronged than the right, save that the multitude is prone to worldly joys and carnal goods? And although that which it desires is short-lived and uncertain, yet men endure toil more willingly for the lust of pleasure than for love of virtue. Thus while those who crave things visible are unnumbered, those who prefer the eternal to the temporal are hardly to be found.” (Sermon 49, 5th century)

Doctrine

Pope Pius XI: “So, Venerable Brethren, it is clear why this Apostolic See has never allowed its subjects to take part in the assemblies of non-Catholics: for the union of Christians can only be promoted by promoting the return to the one true Church of Christ…” (Mortalium Animos # 10, Jan. 6, 1928)

Delay not to be converted to the Lord


May 17, 2022

Spirituality

“Delay not to be converted to the Lord, and defer it not from day to day. For His wrath shall come on a sudden, and in the time of vengeance he will destroy thee.” (Ecclesiasticus 5:8-9)

Doctrine

Pope Paul III: “If anyone shall say that baptism is optional, that is, not necessary for salvation (cf. Jn. 3:5): let him be anathema.” (Council of Trent, Canon 5 on the Sacrament of Baptism)

God does not give eternal rewards to members of false religions


May 16, 2022

Spirituality

St. Louis De Montfort: “If devotion to the most holy Virgin Mary is necessary to all men simply for working out their salvation, it is still more so for those who are called to any special perfection…” (True Devotion to Mary #43)

Doctrine

Pope Leo XII: “It is impossible for the most true God, who is Truth itself, the best, the wisest Provider, and the Rewarder of good men, to approve all sects who profess false teachings which are often inconsistent with one another and contradictory, and to confer eternal rewards on their members… by divine faith we hold one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and that no other name under heaven is given to men except the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth in which we must be saved. This is why we profess that there is no salvation outside the Church.” (Ubi Primum #14, May 5, 1824)

So shall it be at the end of the world


May 15, 2022

Spirituality

So shall it be at the end of the world, the angels shall go out, and shall separate the wicked from among the just, and shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Have you understood all these things? They say to Him: Yes.” (Matthew 13:49-51)

Doctrine

Pope St. Leo the Great, Sermon 46: “… remember that your works of mercy will only then profit you, and your strict continence only then bear fruit, when your minds are unsoiled by any defilement from wrong opinions. Cast away the arguments of this world’s wisdom, for God hates them, and none can arrive by them at the knowledge of the Truth…”

Consider that in a few years, perhaps months or days, you will become rottenness and worms


May 14, 2022

Spirituality

St. Alphonsus: “My brother, in this picture of death behold yourself, and what you will one day become: ‘Remember that thou art dust, and to dust thou shalt return.’ Consider that in a few years, perhaps months or days, thou wilt become rottenness and worms. This thought made Job a saint: ‘I have said to rottenness, Thou art my father; to worms, My mother and my sister’ (Job. 17:14).”

Doctrine

Second Council of Constantinople, Canon 1, 553: “If anyone does not confess one nature or essence of Father and Son and Holy Spirit, and one power and authority, a consubstantial Trinity to be worshipped as one Godhead in three hypostases or persons, let such a one be anathema.”

The Church has established the universal prayer which is offered up for the faithless Jews


May 13, 2022

Spirituality

“And the Lord said to Abraham: If I find in Sodom fifty just within the city, I will spare the whole place for their sake… What if there be five less than fifty just persons?... And He said: I will not destroy it, if I find five and forty. But if forty be found there, what wilt thou do? He said: I will not destroy it for the sake of forty. Lord, saith he, be not angry, I beseech thee, if I speak: What if thirty shall be found there? I will not do it, if I find thirty there…What if twenty be found there? He said: I will not destroy it for the sake of twenty. I beseech thee, saith he, be not angry, Lord, if I speak yet once more: What if ten shall be found there? And the Lord said: I will not destroy it for the sake of ten. And the Lord departed… And the Lord rained upon Sodom and Gomorrha brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven. And He destroyed these cities, and all the country about…” (Genesis, Chapters 19-20)

Doctrine

Pope Benedict XIV: “Surely it is not in vain that the Church has established the universal prayer which is offered up for the faithless Jews from the rising of the sun to its setting, that the Lord God may remove the veil from their hearts, that they may be rescued from their darkness into the light of truth.” (A Quo Primum # 4, June 14, 1751)

Finding True Peace


May 12, 2022

Spirituality

St. John Eudes (17th century): “Experience, as well as faith, teaches us that the wicked shall find no peace. But on the contrary: those who love and serve God shall enjoy peace in abundance, which shall render their lives a thousand times sweeter and more agreeable than are the lives of those who follow their own inordinate inclinations.”

Doctrine

St. Robert Bellarmine: “Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart (Acts 2:37)… Therefore the Gospel not only consoles but even terrifies.  For compunction is born from terror.” (De Justificatione, Book 4, Chap. 2)

The true worship of God is unique to the Catholic religion


May 10, 2022

Spirituality

St. Louis De Montfort: “When the Holy Ghost, her Spouse, has found Mary in a soul, He flies there. He enters there in His fullness; He communicates Himself to that soul abundantly, and to the full extent to which it makes room for His Spouse. Nay, one of the great reasons why the Holy Ghost does not now do startling wonders in our souls is because He does not find there a sufficiently great union with His faithful and inseparable Spouse.” (True Devotion to Mary, # 36)

Doctrine

Pope Gregory XVI: “Therefore, they must instruct them in the true worship of God, which is unique to the Catholic religion.” (Summo Iugiter Studio # 6, May 27, 1832)

Altar Girls Are Forbidden


Spirituality

Pope St. Leo the Great, Sermon 39: “… understand that the more zealous we are for our salvation, the more determined will be the assaults of our opponents.” (5th century)

Doctrine

Pope Benedict XIV: “Pope Gelasius in his ninth letter (Chap. 26) to the bishops of Lucania condemned the evil practice which had been introduced of women serving the priest at the celebration of Mass. Since this abuse had spread to the Greeks, Innocent IV strictly forbade it in his letter to the bishop of Tusculum: ‘Women should not dare to serve at the altar; they should be altogether refused this ministry.’ We too have forbidden this practice in the same words in Our oft-repeated constitution Etsi Pastoralis, sect. 6, no. 21.” (Allatae Sunt #29, July 26, 1755)

Outside of Jesus there exists nothing but error, iniquity, death and damnation


May 8, 2022

Spirituality

“And the angels [who became devils], who kept not their principality, but forsook their own habitation, He hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness, unto the judgment of the great day.  As Sodom and Gomorrha, and the neighboring cities, in like manner having given themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, were made an example, suffering the punishment of eternal fire.  In like manner these men also defile the flesh, and despise dominion and blaspheme majesty.” (Jude, verses 6-8)

Doctrine

St. Louis De Montfort: “There has been no name given under heaven, except the name of Jesus, by which we can be saved.... Every one of the faithful who is not united to Him as a branch to the stock of the vine, shall fall, shall wither and shall be fit only to be cast into the fire.  Outside of Him there exists nothing but error, falsehood, iniquity, futility, death and damnation.” (True Devotion to Mary, #61)

Whoever once enters Hell shall never quit it for all eternity


Spirituality

St. Alphonsus: “Whoever once enters Hell shall never quit it for all eternity. This thought caused David to tremble, saying: ‘Let not the deep swallow me up, and let not the pit shut her mouth upon me’ (Psalm 68:16).”

Doctrine

St. Francis De Sales: “And to say that the Church has failed - what else is it but to say that all our predecessors are damned. Yes, truly; for outside the Church there is no salvation, out of this Ark every one is lost.” (The Catholic Controversy, p. 59)

What things God hath prepared for those that love Him


May 6, 2022

Spirituality

“… eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither hath it entered into the heart of man, what things God hath prepared for those that love Him.” (1 Cor. 2:9)

Doctrine

Pope Eugene IV: “Holy baptism, which is the gateway to the spiritual life, holds the first place among all the sacraments; through it we are made members of Christ and of the body of the Church.  And since death entered the universe through the first man, ‘unless we are born of water and the Spirit, we cannot,’ as the Truth says, ‘enter into the kingdom of heaven’ [John 3:5].  The matter of this sacrament is real and natural water.” (Council of Florence, “Exultate Deo,” 1439)

Mary fills with saints the empty thrones from which the apostate angels fell by pride


May 5, 2022

Spirituality

St. Louis De Montfort: “In the heavens Mary commands the angels and the blessed. As a recompense, God has empowered her and commissioned her to fill with saints the empty thrones from which the apostate angels fell by pride.” (True Devotion to Mary, #28)

Doctrine

Pope Pius XI, Rappresentanti in terra (#22), Dec. 31, 1929: “… this work of the Church in every branch of culture is of immense benefit to families and nations which without Christ are lost, as St. Hilary points out correctly: ‘What can be more fraught with danger for the world than the rejection of Christ?’”

What Does Performing Any Work While In Mortal Sin Mean?


May 4, 2022

Spirituality

St. John Eudes (17th century): “If you [while in mortal sin] perform any good works, they merit no recompense in Heaven; for those whom mortal sin deprives of sanctifying grace, can merit nothing for Heaven, so long as they remain in that state.  Their labors and sufferings, which might satisfy for the pain due to their past sins, and acquire for them, at the same time, new degrees of grace and merit, cannot produce these happy effects, because they lose their rewards through sin.” 

Doctrine

St. Jerome had such “love for the Bible that he decided – like the man in the Gospel who found a treasure – to spurn ‘any emoluments that the world could provide,’ and devote himself wholly to such studies… He left home, parents, sister, and relatives; he denied himself the more delicate food he had been accustomed to, and went to the East so that he might gather from studious reading of the Bible the fuller riches of Christ and true knowledge of his Savior.” (Pope Benedict XV, Spiritus Paraclitus #2, Sept. 15, 1920)

God has knowledge of things that are not


Spirituality

St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae, Prima Pars, Q. 14, A. 9: “Whatever therefore can be made, or thought, or said by the creature, as also whatever He [God] Himself can do, all are known to God, although they are not actual.  And in so far it can be said that He has knowledge of things that are not.”

Doctrine

St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae, Prima Pars, Q. 14, A. 13: “Hence all things that are in time are present to God from eternity, not only because He has the types of things present with Him, as some say; but because His glance is carried from eternity over all things as they are in their presentiality.  Hence it is manifest that contingent things are infallibly known by God, inasmuch as they are subject to the divine sight in their presentiality; yet they are future contingent things in relation to their own causes.”

Judge righteous judgment


May 2, 2022

Spirituality

St. Basil, Letter 204: “Judge righteous judgment [John 7:24].  This precept is one of those most necessary for salvation.”

Doctrine

Pope Clement V: “Besides, a unique baptism regenerating all who are baptized in Christ must be faithfully confessed by all just as ‘one God and one faith’ [Eph. 4:5], which celebrated in water in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit we believe to be the perfect remedy for salvation for both adults and children.” (Council of Vienne, 1311-1312)

Parents have a right to the training of their children


May 1, 2022

Spirituality

“One afternoon Lucia brought some other girls, schoolmates. When they had gone, Francisco looked seriously at her and said: ‘Don’t walk with them, because you can learn to commit sins.’ ‘But they leave school when I do’ (Lucia replied). ‘When you leave, spend a little while at the feet of the hidden Jesus, and then come home alone.’” (William Thomas Walsh, Our Lady of Fatima, p. 164.)

Doctrine

Pope Pius XI: “By nature parents have a right to the training of their children, but with this added duty that the education and instruction of the child be in accord with the end for which by God’s blessing it was begotten. Therefore it is the duty of parents to make every effort to prevent any invasion of their rights in this matter, and to make absolutely sure that the education of their children remain under their own control in keeping with their Christian duty, and above all refuse to send them to those schools in which there is danger of imbibing the deadly poison of impiety.” (Rappresentanti in terra #35, Dec. 31, 1929)

The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil


April 30, 2022

Spirituality

Proverbs 8:13- “The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil.  Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate.”

Doctrine

Pope St. Siricius (A.D. 385): “… we also say that to infants who will not yet be able to speak on account of their age or to those who in any necessity will need the holy stream of baptism, we wish succor to be brought with all celerity, lest it should tend to the perdition of our souls if the saving font be denied to those desiring it and every single one of them exiting this world lose both the Kingdom and life.  Whoever should fall into the peril of shipwreck, the incursion of an enemy, the uncertainty of a siege or the desperation of any bodily sickness, and should beg to be relieved by the unique help of faith, let them obtain the rewards of the much sought-after regeneration in the same moment of time in which they beg for it.  Let the previous error in this matter be enough; [but] now let all priests maintain the aforesaid rule, who do not want to be torn from the solidity of the apostolic rock upon which Christ constructed His universal Church.” (Decree to Himerius on the Necessity of Baptism)

The people must be taught that the profession of the Catholic faith is uniquely true


April 29, 2022

Spirituality

“And a certain man said to him: Lord, are they few that are saved? But he said to them: Strive to enter by the narrow gate: for many, I say to you, shall seek to enter, and shall not be able.” (Luke 13:23-24)

Doctrine

Pope Pius VIII: “Against these experienced sophists the people must be taught that the profession of the Catholic faith is uniquely true, as the apostle proclaims: one Lord, one faith, one baptism. Jerome used to say it this way: he who eats the Lamb outside this house will perish as did those during the flood who were not with Noah in the ark. Indeed, no other name than the name of Jesus is given to men, by which they may be saved. He who believes shall be saved; he who does not believe shall be condemned.” (Traditi humilitati #4, May 24, 1829)

Pope St. Celestine Against The Nestorianism Heresy


April 28, 2022

Spirituality

Jacinta: “‘Francisco! Francisco, are you going to pray with me? It is necessary to pray a great deal to save souls from Hell. So many are going there! So many!’ And they said the prayer again together, for those who said no prayers.” (William Thomas Walsh, Our Lady of Fatima, p. 90.)

Doctrine

Pope St. Celestine: “If anyone dares to say that Christ was a God-bearing man and not rather God in truth, being by nature one Son, even as ‘the Word became flesh,’ and is made partaker of flesh and blood precisely like us, let him be anathema.” (Council of Ephesus, 431, Can. 5, Against Nestorius)

Do not love the glory of men more than the glory of God


April 26, 2022

Spirituality

“However, many of the chief men also believed in Him: but because of the Pharisees, they did not confess it, that they might not be cast out of the synagogue. For they loved the glory of men, more than the glory of God.” (John 12:42-43)

Doctrine

Pope Pius IX: “… the new heretics who call themselves ‘Old Catholics’... these schismatics and heretics... their wicked sect... these sons of darkness... their wicked faction… this deplorable sect… This sect overthrows the foundations of the Catholic religion, shamelessly rejects the dogmatic definitions of the Ecumenical Vatican Council, and devotes itself to the ruin of souls in so many ways.  We have decreed and declared in Our letter of 21 November 1873 that those unfortunate men who belong to, adhere to, and support that sect should be considered as schismatics and separated from communion with the Church.” (Graves ac diuturnae #’s 1-4, March 23, 1875, on the “Old Catholics” who reject Vatican I’s definition of Papal Infallibility)

Purity of heart and intention is necessary


April 25, 2022

Spirituality

St. John Eudes (17th century): “Is it not a deplorable truth, that many who fill the highest offices, and occupations the most holy, lose the merit of all their actions in failing to perform them with that purity of heart and intention which is necessary?”

Doctrine

Isaiah 40:12-13,21-22-“Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and weighed the heavens with his palm? Who has poised with three fingers the bulk of the earth, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance? Who has forwarded the spirit of the Lord? Or who has been his counsellor, and hath taught him?... Do you not know? Has it not been heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood the foundations of the earth? It is he that sits upon the globe of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as locusts: he that stretches out the heavens as nothing, and spreads them out as a tent to dwell in.”

Non-Catholic names should not be given either to children or adults in baptism


April 24, 2022

Spirituality

St. Basil: “For how is a man the better for having his belly filled yesterday, if his natural hunger fails to find its proper satisfaction in food today? In the same way the soul gains nothing by yesterday’s virtue unless it be followed by the right conduct of today. For it is said I shall judge you as I shall find you.” (Letter 42, 4th century)

Doctrine

Pope Benedict XIV, Quod Provinciale, Aug. 1, 1754: “The Provincial Council of your province of Albania… decreed most solemnly in its third canon, among other matters, as you know, that Turkish or Mohammedan names should not be given either to children or adults in baptism… This should not be hard for any one of you, venerable brothers, for none of the schismatics and heretics has been rash enough to take a Mohammedan name, and unless your justice abounds more than theirs, you shall not enter the kingdom of God.” (Quod Provinciale #1, Aug. 1, 1754)

St. Anselm, against those who refuse to believe until they understand


April 23, 2022

Spirituality

St. Catherine of Siena to Blessed Raymond Capua: “I saw the pains of Hell and of Purgatory, [which are] so great that no tongue of man is able to declare them. I saw also the bliss of Heaven and the glory of my Divine Spouse, which only to think of fills my soul with a loathing for all things that are in the world.”

Doctrine

St. Anselm, against those who refuse to believe until they understand: “For I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe that I may understand. For this I also believe, that unless I believe, I should not understand.” (Chapter One of the Prosologion)

When the Philistines captured the ark of God


April 20, 2022

Spirituality

When the Philistines captured the ark of God: “And the Philistines took the ark of God, and brought it into the temple of Dagon [their idol], and set it by Dagon.  And when the Azotians arose early the next day, behold Dagon lay upon his face on the ground before the ark of the Lord: and they took Dagon, and set him again in his place.  And the next day again, when they rose in the morning, they found Dagon lying upon his face on the earth before the ark of the Lord: and the head of Dagon, and both the palms of his hands, were cut off upon the threshold.” (1 Kings 5:2-4)

Doctrine

St. Irenaeus, Against Heresies, c. 185: “And the heretics, indeed, who bring strange fire to the altar of God – namely, strange doctrines – shall be burned up by the fire from heaven, as were Nadab and Abiud.  But such as rise in opposition to the truth, and exhort others against the Church of God, [shall] remain among those in hell, being swallowed up by an earthquake, even as those who were with Core, Dathan, and Abiron.”

Drunkenness Is A Mortal Sin


April 19, 2022

Spirituality

St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae, I-II, Q. 88, A. 5, Reply 1: “With regard to drunkenness we reply that it is a mortal sin by reason of its genus; for, that a man, without necessity, and through the mere lust of wine, makes himself unable to use his reason, whereby he is directed to God and avoids committing many sins, is expressly contrary to virtue.”

Doctrine

Pope Benedict XIV, Ex Quo Primum (# 61), March 1, 1756: “The first consideration is that the ceremonies of the Mosaic Law were abrogated by the coming of Christ and that they can no longer be observed without sin after the promulgation of the Gospel.”

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