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New Design and Some Ads

It’s been a few years since I updated the design of the blog. For the most part, the layout is the same as you are used to. For those of you visiting on a desktop computer, you will notice that the site header has changed. It is now a picture of St. Paul preaching the Gospel.

St-Paul-preaching

 

I found this image some time ago and fell in love with it. It’s a pretty large image, so I cropped it down as best as I could. WordPress’ specifications are fairly specific.

I also caved and added advertising to the blog. I did this for a couple of reasons, primarily being that I have had to put some money into the blog over the last few years. Each year I seem to put more and more into it. I’m hoping that over the course of the year, I will earn enough ad revenue to allow for the blog to pay for itself and break even. Anything extra will be used to reinvest into the blog.

That being said, I have some control over the ads that are being displayed. I’ve done my best to block as many of the potentially offensive ads that one might see, but of course, that is no guarantee. If you are viewing the blog and see one that is offensive, please take a screenshot of it and either email it to me or comment on the post you happen to be viewing.

Also, I am trying to make the ads as non-intrusive as possible while still giving you all a good experience on the site. If you find that the ads are making the site almost impossible to work with, please let me know. This is brand new territory for me.

 

Jeff January 9, 2017 Leave A Comment Permalink

Despite What You’ve Heard Jesus Never Permitted Divorce

It is a common misconception that Jesus permitted divorce in certain circumstances, those circumstances being unfaithfulness or spousal abuse. However, this is simply not at all what Our Lord taught.

Matrimony, The Seven Sacraments, Rogier van der Weyden, c. 1445

Matrimony, The Seven Sacraments, Rogier van der Weyden, c. 1445

When it comes to Bible translations, it is important that we use accurate translations, especially with a Catholic Bible. You can not trust that a Protestant Bible will be accurate, as it has been demonstrated that they deliberately mistranslate it so they can validate their Protestantism.

Looking at Douay-Rheims, the official Catholic translation, we read the following:

And there came to him the Pharisees tempting him, and saying: Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause? Who answering, said to them: Have ye not read, that he who made man from the beginning, Made them male and female? And he said: For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife, and they two shall be in one flesh. Therefore now they are not two, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let no man put asunder. They say to him: Why then did Moses command to give a bill of divorce, and to put away? He saith to them: Because Moses by reason of the hardness of your heart permitted you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so. And I say to you, that whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and he that shall marry her that is put away, committeth adultery. His disciples say unto him: If the case of a man with his wife be so, it is not expedient to marry. – Matthew 19:3-10

Additionally in the Gospel of Mark we read:

And the Pharisees coming to him asked him: Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife? tempting him. But he answering, saith to them: What did Moses command you? Who said: Moses permitted to write a bill of divorce, and to put her away. To whom Jesus answering, said: Because of the hardness of your heart he wrote you that precept. But from the beginning of the creation, God made them male and female. For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother; and shall cleave to his wife. And they two shall be in one flesh. Therefore now they are not two, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. And in the house again his disciples asked him concerning the same thing. And he saith to them: Whosoever shall put away his wife and marry another, committeth adultery against her. And if the wife shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery. – Mark 10:2-12

In both Gospels, we read that Jesus never permitted divorce and further condemns remarriage. In the case of adultery, Jesus allows for the adulterous spouse to be put away, but He does not allow for them to find another spouse. Once the wedding has occurred, and husband and wife have consummated their marriage, they are no longer two, but one, and can only be separated by death.

Many within the Church are encouraging those who have divorced and have remarried to step forward to receive the Holy Eucharist. However, as we see from the mouth of Our Lord that this is not His Holy Will, but the will of the enemy. It is not a matter of disciplinary teaching, but doctrine, a doctrine that can not change.

It is not unloving to point out Our Lord’s teachings, as He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Keep true to Christ’s teachings and His Church, even if her members do not.

Jeff October 19, 2016 Leave A Comment Permalink

Martin Luther Welcomed at the Vatican By Pope Francis

For those who argue the orthodoxy of Pope Francis, it is time to admit that he doesn’t have an orthodox bone in his body.

This past Friday, October 13, the 99th Anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima, Pope Francis prepared for the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation and Luther’s depart from Catholic teaching.

How did Pope Francis prepare you might ask? By looking into the errors of Protestantism to welcome them back into the fold? By expressing his sincere desire to have Protestants rejoin the Catholic Church and unifying all Christians? No, not quite.

Rather, he welcomed them with open arms and received the beautiful gift of a red statue of Martin Luther himself!

Pope Francis and Luther

Additionally, he was presented with a jumbo leather bound copy of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses.

Copyright L'osservatore Romano

Copyright L’osservatore Romano

But, you know, he was actually not happy with receiving this gift because it was practically like having the reformation all over or some lame excuse that his apologists will use.

Seriously, is there any question anymore that Pope Francis is actively trying to undermine and destroy the Catholic faith? The Vicar of Christ is engaging in Protestantism as if it was another acceptable alternative to Catholicism. There is no defense that you can give this man that explains away his actions.

Martin Luther was excommunicated from the Catholic Church and died a heretic. While there is a very minute chance that he isn’t in Hell, the odds are very much in favor of him being there. Martin Luther was a pervert who taught a doctrine contrary to the law of Jesus Christ, despite how much Luther argued to the contrary.

Martin Luther is the reason why there are so many different branches of Christianity when at the time of his revolt there were only the Holy Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox.

To put it bluntly, if Pope Francis looks to Martin Luther as misunderstood, or a good theologian or what have you, then it explains so much as to why he does the things he does.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll reiterate it again. Pope Francis is a heretic. He proves it over, and over, and over again. It is tantamount that we pray for his conversion, lest he ends up in a place that none of us would like to be.

And is there not a single Catholic bishop or Cardinal that is going to call him out on his error or are we just going to have to sit around and watch him continue to pervert the faith until he draws his last breath?

Jeff October 18, 2016 3 Comments Permalink

What You Need To Know About Priestly Celibacy

As is pretty typical when it comes to certain topics circulating within Catholic media, I am late to the party, again.

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A couple of weeks ago,  Pope Francis began investigating whether to allow married men to become priests within the Roman Rite. Yes, I know, the Eastern Rites allow for their priests to be married, but we are discussing the matter of whether the Roman Rite should allow this or not.

There is an excellent homily given by a priest that can be listened to on YouTube, courtesy of Sensus Fidelium. You can play it below:

I want to emphasize a warning given by St. Bridget of Sweden that is quoted within this talk.

“But now I shall tell you God’s will in this matter……

Know this too: that if some pope concedes to priests a license to contract carnal marriage, God will condemn him to a sentence as great, in a spiritual way, as that which the law justly inflicts in a corporeal way on a man who has transgressed so gravely that he must have his eyes gouged out, his tongue and lips, nose and ears cut off, his hands and feet amputated, all his body’s blood spilled out to grow completely cold, and finally, his whole bloodless corpse cast out to be devoured by dogs and other wild beasts. Similar things would truly happen in a spiritual way to that pope who were to go against the aforementioned preordinance and will of God and concede to priests such a license to contract marriage.

 

For that same pope would be totally deprived by God of his spiritual sight and hearing, and of his spiritual words and deeds. All his spiritual wisdom would grow completely cold; and finally, after his death, his soul would be cast out to be tortured eternally in hell so that there it might become the food of demons everlastingly and without end. Yes, even if Saint Gregory the Pope had made this statute, in the aforesaid sentence he would never have obtained mercy from God if he had not humbly revoked his statute before his death.”

Allowing married men to become priests, or allowing priests to get married will not aid in eliminating the priest shortage. It will not reduce the abuse scandals either.

What will reduce the sexual abuse is when the Catholic Church kicks out all men who exhibit homosexual behavior from the seminary and the priesthood. Additionally, when the modern Catholic church stops being so effeminate and returns to its masculine roots, then you will see more men who are willing to sacrifice having a family of their own and are willing to lay their lives down for Christ and His Church.

 

Jeff October 13, 2016 Leave A Comment Permalink

Some Minor Housekeeping

This past month has been very busy, in fact, this entire year has been much busier than last. And for that, I haven’t had as much time to write as I would like. I’m hoping that starting from this time forward that will change.

Synod of the Family

About a year ago, I committed to publishing articles three times a week. For a couple of months, I was mostly successful in this endeavor, but to be honest, it was easy to write with the Synod on the Family going on around the same time, and numerous scandals breaking on a regular basis. Eventually, I burned out and never got back into publishing on a regular basis. Additionally, my wife and I had a new baby girl in the early Spring and had had our hands full.

However, I want to write more, in fact, I think about articles to write all the time, but time is limited.

My current plan is to post full-fledged articles on Tuesdays and Thursdays going forward. Additionally, I will also share thoughts other days. These posts will be much smaller and hopefully, inspire all of you to live a holier Catholic life.

For those of you who visit this blog, I thank you for your commitment even with all of my sporadic posting. I do hope that I can keep up with the writing and not fizzle out.

Remember to live a holy life, pray the Rosary daily, and frequent the Sacraments. Live a life pleasing to God so that you may spend eternity with Him in Heaven.

Jeff October 11, 2016 3 Comments Permalink

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