Sunday, November 29, 2015

The Vocational Life of Priests and Nuns


     The currents of modern American history set into motion  many trends that entrenched in the trajectory of the post-modern culture.  One of the questionable trends, the diminishment of respect for the priesthood threatened to erode the integrity of the Church. Vatican II was the Church's Sacred Authority's correction to what was threatening it in the culture. Vocations (priesthood and religious) within the Church stand fast with the Church's historical understanding of priestly authority and the sacrament of celibacy because of the integrity of the Sacred Authority. We've included a link to Bishop-elect Robert Barron's response to how Vatican II established an authoritative reponse to the fall out of post-modernity.

     The 22 councils of The Catholic Church have convened over its 2,000 plus years from Christ's establishment of it through His disciples.  Nearly all of those councils were convened because of heresies that arose within the Church or were threatening the Sacred Tradition of the Church. We are Catholic Christians because of the Sacred Authority, Sacred Scriptures and Sacred Tradition that has stood firm for  over 2,000 years. Solid ground, solid foundation, solid theology, solid doctrine.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

St. Josaphat, pray for us!

It is our constant prayer that our Triune God will restore unity to His Church.  It is happening, rather dramatically in some parts of the world. It is a ground swell here in the United States.  We pray today with St. Josaphat that the words of John 17 would be fulfilled: "Jesus said: Holy Father, protect those you have given me with the power of your name, that they may be perfectly one; then the world will know that it was you who sent me....The glory which you gave me, I have given to them. That they may be one; then the world will know that it was you who sent me."

Consider the counsel of Pope Pius XI:

"In designing his Church God worked with such skill that in the fullness of time it would resemble a single great family embracing all men. It can be identified, as we know, by certain distinctive characteristics, notably its universality and unity. Christ the Lord passed on to his apostles the task he had received from the Father: I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations. He wanted the apostles as a body to be intimately bound together, first by the inner tie of the same faith and love which flows into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, and, second, by the external tie of authority exercised by one apostle over the others. For this he assigned the primacy to Peter, the souce and visible basis of their unity for all time. So that the unity and agreement among them would endure, God wisely stamped them, one might say, with the mark of holiness and martyrdom....
[St. Josaphat] concerned mainly with seeing his own people reunited to the See of Peter, sought out every available argument which would foster and maintain Church unity. His best arguments were drawn from liturgical books, sanctioned by the Fathers of the Church...."

"Stir up in your Church,
we pray, O LORD,
the Spirit that filled Saint Josaphat
as he laid down his life for the sheep,
so that through his intercessions we, too,
may be strenthened by the same Spirit
and not be afraid to lay down our life for others.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who live and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever."