Traditional Roman Catholic Thoughts

Traditional Roman Catholic Thoughts

Reintroducing Logic and Reason to the Age of Sentimentalism

Mortal Sin Against the Fifth Commandment – Hatred

The Fifth Commandment: “You Shall Not Kill”

stone-tablet-fifth-commandmentWillfully Harboring Hatred For Another
Bigotry

Hatred is a sin that kills the heart. It destroys innocence. It is un-Christian simply because as Christians we are all called to be Christ-like. Christ does not hate anyone, but He loves us all.

Jesus mentions in both the Gospels of Matthew and Mark, that we are called to love as He does. When Jesus is asked which of all the Commandments is the greatest, we read in Matthew:

Master, which is the greatest commandment in the law? Jesus said to him: Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with thy whole mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. And the second is like to this: Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. [40] On these two commandments dependeth the whole law and the prophets. Matthew 22:36-39

Similarly,we read in Mark:

And there came one of the scribes that had heard them reasoning together, and seeing that he had answered them well, asked him which was the first commandment of all. And Jesus answered him: The first commandment of all is, Hear, O Israel: the Lord thy God is one God. And thou shalt love the Lord thy God, with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with thy whole mind, and with thy whole strength. This is the first commandment. And the second is like to it: Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is no other commandment greater than these. Mark 12:28-31

Jesus makes it crystal clear. We are to love one another as He has loved us. We are to love our enemies and pray for them!

Jesus Christ Eucharist

Hate is the absence of love. And the absence of love is the absence of Christ. And the absence of Christ is the complete removal and disconnect from the state of grace.

There are people who upset us and the devil uses this as opportunities to tempt us into giving into hatred. Being upset with someone is not the same as hating them. Being upset with someone is a perfectly normal reaction, especially when someone does something sinful and should know better.

Bigotry is a sin because you hate someone for something that they are. What makes bigotry worse than hatred is that it is hatred specifically because of something that they are.

It is never right to hate anybody. No matter what they have done. If you are going to hate anything, hate sin. Hate sin so much that you avoid it any time it rears its ugly head. Sin destroys everything and ruins your relationship with God. Sin makes us worthy of that eternal punishment below.

If you are struggling with anger, take it to confession. God hates your sin, but He doesn’t hate you. Likewise, hate sin and not each other. The same way that Christ forgives your sin in the confessional, forgive others what they have done to you. Make amends, talk with them and depending on the situation, continue having them in your lives. If this is not a possibility and having them in your life continues pain and anger, keep them away until you have healed.

Love one another as Christ loves you. Forgive others of their trespasses, as God forgives you of your trespasses.

Jeff June 13, 2014 2 Comments Permalink

The Holy Spirit is Not Separable From the Trinity

God is Three Persons in One God. That is, He is Father, Son and Holy Spirit. They do not contradict one another, as they can not. Just as Jesus Christ can not deny the Father or with hold the Holy Spirit, neither can the Father deny the Son or the Holy Spirit. This is basic Church teaching.

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This applies also to the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit can not go against the Father nor the Son. If the “Holy Spirit” goes against either the Father or the Son of that which they have already revealed, then you are not dealing with the Holy Spirit, but by a false spirit.

This false spirit can only be that of the Devil or one of his many minions.

Calling upon the Holy Spirit in certain situations in which you feel that you need help, and then going about doing whatever it is you do (some of which may be sinful) is not the Will of God. Calling upon the Holy Spirit must be done in prudence. It is reckless and irresponsible and sinful to cite that the Holy Spirit allowed you to commit a sin.

Be wary also of those who try to state that the Holy Spirit can do things that the Father or the Son can not. This is a denial of God in the Father and in the Son. As far as we know, only God the Father knows all as Jesus hints at in Scripture when it comes to the end times.

Just as the Holy Spirit is inseparable from the Father and the Son, the Father is inseparable from the Son and the Holy Spirit, and the Son is inseparable to the Father and the Holy Spirit.

I would suggest we refer the Holy Spirit as the Holy Ghost, as it brings the person-hood of the Paraclete into a clearer understanding.

Seeing as we are in the Octave of Pentecost, it is an appropriate time to highlight a few things in regards to the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit is not a magical gassy figure, that comes down upon us and makes us do interesting things. The Holy Spirit is still God, and helps us and leads us to God the Father and God the Son. It appears that many want us to believe that the Holy Spirit is something that descends upon us and makes us feel all warm and fuzzy inside. If you do not feel the warm and fuzzies, then you are not doing something right and you are without the Holy Spirit.

There are many gifts of the Holy Spirit, in fact there are 7 of them. Those 7 gifts are: Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety and Fear of the Lord. These are the actual gifts of the Holy Spirit. These are not to be confused with the spiritual gifts of the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit is still God and is not to be interpreted as separate or separable from the Trinity. Separating any person of the Trinity away would constitute as blasphemy.

Jeff June 10, 2014 2 Comments Permalink

Mortal Sin Against the Fifth Commandment – Suicide/Euthanasia

The Fifth Commandment: “You Shall Not Kill”

stone-tablet-fifth-commandmentAttempting or Intending Suicide
Serious Entertainment of Suicidal Thoughts
Promotion of or Involvement in Euthanasia

First and foremost, I understand that suicide is a touchy subject. But regardless, suicide is a mortal sin and this needs to be addressed. Sin is sin and in condoning it to not hurt someone else’s feelings, allows for someone else to believe that it is okay to commit this act. It simply isn’t beneficial to anyone. If you happen to know someone who has committed suicide, this isn’t a post to hurt you. It is a post to help prevent others to experience your pain and save souls.

Suicide is a mortal sin because it is self-murder. Murder as we discussed a few posts back is an obvious mortal sin against the commandment “Thou Shalt Not Murder”. You intentionally take the life of someone, though with suicide you intentionally are taking your own life or are trying to take your own life.

Attempting to kill oneself constitutes grave matter. If you are successful you are dead and thus have committed a grave sin without repenting of it. Likewise if you attempt and fail, you still have committed a mortal sin due to your attempt to take an innocent human life. I can not think of a time in which suicide would be deemed a heroic act. No matter how you look at the situation, it ends with your attempt at intentionally taking a life, even if it is your own.

We know from sacred scripture and tradition that Judas hanged himself after Jesus was handed over to be scourged and eventually crucified:

Then Judas, his betrayer, seeing that Jesus had been condemned, deeply regretted what he had done. He returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, saying, “I have sinned in betraying innocent blood.” They said, “What is that to us? Look to it yourself.” Flinging the money into the temple, he departed and went off and hanged himself. Matthew 27:5-7

Judas Hangs Himself

Judas Hangs Himself

Jesus even mentions in Matthew 26:24 that it would have been better had Judas not been born: “The Son of man indeed goeth, as it is written of him: but woe to that man by whom the Son of man shall be betrayed: it were better for him, if that man had not been born.” There is most definite punishment for Judas.

In regards to serious entertainment of thought of suicide, it is to be made clear that this is not just a brief or passing thought. This is when you have the thought and you hold on to it. You start planning out how you would go about doing it. Like Jesus said in regards to lust that “He who lusts after a woman commits adultery in his heart…” so to if you think about killing yourself and planning it out, you have committed murder/suicide in your heart.

Let me be very, very clear here. If you are actively fighting against planning it out, you are not committing a mortal sin. The seriousness of the sin is when you stop resisting and fighting the temptation. I highly suggest that if it is common for suicidal thoughts to pop into your head you should talk to a priest first and take his advice. Perhaps based on his suggestion, you may need to seek professional help.

Euthanasia or assisted suicide is when an individual wants to die and they get someone to “put them down” like Old Yeller. Being in favor of or actually engaging in this puts your soul at risk. If suicide is murder against the self, than “assisted” suicide is plain murder. It is the deliberate killing of another human being. It is wrong and evil regardless of who is committing the heinous act. It is never merciful to end a human life. The ends (ending the pain and suffering) does not justify the means (killing an innocent person).

Many argue about being in pain from cancer, but as Catholics we recognize that we have our crosses to bear. When we unfortunately are given a death sentence with an incurable disease, it is actually a blessing in disguise as it gives us the time to amend our lives and prepare for our deaths. If you knew that you were going to die this Saturday at 5pm, would you not spend your last days repenting of your sins and making amends with God?

Historically, suicide has been viewed as a cowardly way to go out. Instead of facing what is ailing you head on, you “opt-out” of life. It is an insult to those who have gone through the same thing before you and endured. It is selfish in that you only think about yourself, and not those around you who may be willing to offer up prayers or help you. It leaves wounds in your family and friends’ life.

There is always hope if you pour yourself out to God. If you are feeling depressed, go to confession and confess your sins. I have found many times that depression is a healthy response to committing sins. It is a sign of guilt. Let Christ take that from you.

If you happen to know someone who has committed suicide, I am deeply sorry. I would suggest you offer up prayers for the repose of their soul, assuming that they were not in complete mortal sin. That is 1. Had full consent of the will, 2. Full knowledge that suicide was evil and 3. The act was evil (suicide is an evil act so this one will always reign true). Pray for them. Again, this post is meant as a preventative measure to help prevent more pain from suicide.

Jeff June 9, 2014 2 Comments Permalink

Muslims Will Pray IN the Vatican

From the site Al Arabiya:

For the first time in history, Islamic prayers and readings from the Quran will be heard at the Vatican on Sunday, in a move by Pope Francis to usher in peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

Francis issued the invitation to Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas during his visit last week to Jordan, Israel, and the Palestinian Authority.

Abbas, Peres, and Francis will be joined by Jewish, Christian and Islamic religious leaders, a statement released by Peres’s spokesperson said, according to the Times of Israel.

Holy See officials on Friday said the evening prayers would be a “pause in politics” and had no political aim other than to rekindle the desire for Israeli-Palestinian peace at the political and popular level, according to the Associated Press.

Reading this saddens me greatly. Pope Francis is the Vicar of Christ. He is Peter. Pope St. Peter was martyred upside down in Rome by spreading and evangelizing the One True Faith. He was martyred for defending that only worship of God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son and the Holy Ghost the Paraclete was the only true path, the only path that God cares about. All others will lead to Hell.

Yes, I know that Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI had their Assisi gatherings. From my point of view, that was a “I will pray with you over there”. In regards to this, this is a “Let’s pray in my house”.

Jesus Christ hung out with tax collectors and prostitutes, but he did not condone them in their faith, nor their sin. I hope and pray that this is an evangelization opportunity and Pope Francis talks about the need to accept Jesus Christ and convert into the Catholic Church. I am not going to hold my breath though.

Comments on the Supposed "Split" Within The Church

We have never, and I would venture to say will ever see Muslims invite Christians into their Mosques to pray. Likewise, we will not see Jews invite Christians into their Temples to pray. If we are following the True Religion, then why do we invite these false worshipers in to pray?

The world will only experience peace when they follow Jesus Christ and His Church. Following false religions or creeds will not lead to happiness. Only Christ can lead to everlasting life and happiness.

Jeff June 6, 2014 5 Comments Permalink