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Novus Ordo Logic: Heaven Is For Everyone

A common trend within Novus Ordoism is the idea that those outside the Church can go to Heaven, while those who adhere to Catholicism as taught for 2,000 years can’t.

We see this attitude most clearly when we look at how Novus Ordoism perceives those who adhere to the SSPX or Sedevacantism.

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Members of the SSPX reject the Second Vatican Council, accept the Pope, accept God the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, accept Jesus Christ in the Eucharist and accept Catholicism. They are viewed as divisive and treated as if they were schismatic, which they aren’t. The general attitude is that they are in danger of going to Hell if they do not accept the Second Vatican Council.

Sedevacantists reject the Second Vatican Council, reject the Pope, accept God the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, accept Jesus Christ in the Eucharist and accept Catholicism. They too are viewed as divisive and treated as schismatic, simply because they do not follow the Pope.

On the contrary, more tenderness and mercy is expressed the father *away* one walks from Catholicism.

Protestants reject the Second Vatican Council, reject the Pope, accept God the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, reject Jesus Christ in the Eucharist and reject Catholicism. They are seen as Heaven bound because of their supposed faith in Jesus Christ, even though this faith rejects the Church He founded.

Jews reject the Second Vatican Council, reject the Pope, accept God the Father, reject the Son and the Holy Ghost, reject Jesus Christ in the Eucharist and reject Catholicism. They are seen as Heaven bound because of their supposed faith in the Father despite Jesus’ warnings that no one comes to the Father but through Him.

Muslims reject everything and have a flawed view of God the Father, yet they are seen as Heaven bound because of this misunderstood understanding of who God the Father is and their faith in this view, no matter how flawed it is.

And the farther away someone walks from Catholicism, the more excuses Novus Ordoism makes for why it is okay.

In Novus Ordoism, when it comes to Catholics who truly believe in the Catholic faith and are willing to stand by it, they are treated as the oddballs, especially by their brothers and sisters in the faith. Meanwhile, those who have chosen not to be part of the Catholic Church receive love and consolation for their choice. It’s as if Novus Ordoism is proud to be Catholic, but not too Catholic, lest they are viewed as weird.

Sedevacantists *need* to rejoin the Catholic Church to achieve salvation. However, they are more Catholic and closer to the Truth than any other person who is *outside* the Church.

This attitude that those who adhere to the rules of the Church and Jesus are somehow “bad Catholics” needs to stop from all Catholics, including the insults perpetrated by Pope Francis.

There is but one way to salvation, and that is through Our Lord Jesus Christ and His Church. Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one gets to the Father but through Him.

I Asked My Wife What Her Greatest Fear Was…

My wife and I will be participating in a “How Well Do You Know Your Spouse Game” at our parish this Friday, so we’ve been getting to know each other on a deeper level by asking each other commonly asked questions. So my wife asked me what my greatest fear was. To be both romantic and truthful, I responded, “losing you and the kids”. Here I thought I tallied up a point on the board. I followed up asking my wife what her biggest fear was.

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“Judgement”.

As soon as she said it, I knew that my response, while noble it is, was the wrong answer.

We are on this planet for one purpose; to serve Jesus Christ. Nothing else matters. At the end of our lives, after we have passed from this Earth, Jesus Christ will judge us. All of our sins and merits will be laid before us. Jesus will lay down the verdict as to whether we have lived a holy life and are worthy to enter into Heaven, to spend some time in Purgatory, or if we have lived a wretched and unrepentant life and are cast into the fires of Hell.

We can not presume that because of our love of God that we are for certain going to make it to Heaven, or even Purgatory. Presumption of God’s mercy is a sin against the Holy Spirit. We can trust in His mercy, but we can not assume that He will give it to us.

For this reason, we should have a healthy fear of the Lord. Let us not confuse having fear with being afraid. Much like an employee has a healthy fear of his employer in that if the employee does not do his job he might get fired. Likewise, we should fear the Lord that if we sin, we might go to Hell.

It is crucial that we stay in a state of grace and go to confession as often as we need to. We do not know when God will remove us from this world and sentence us in the next. Go to confession, stay in a state of grace, pray the Rosary daily, and live a holy life.

Jeff January 6, 2016 1 Comment Permalink

The Year of Mercy and You

The Year of Mercy began yesterday on the feast of the Immaculate Conception. With the multitudes of different definitions for various words, we should look at what the proper definition of mercy is from a Catholic perspective.

Mercy: Compassion for the sufferings, whether bodily or spiritual, of others, arising from charity; an act of charity bestowed through sympathy.

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Mercy can not exist without justice. Justice recognizes that each and every person receives what is due to them, both the good and the bad. When it comes to crime, mercy acknowledges that a transgression has occurred, but alleviates the punishment that is due to the transgressor.

An example would be a thief who steals some money. Depending upon the amount that this thief has stolen, justice demands that he spend time in jail to serve out his punishment. Mercy can allow for a reduced sentence, depending on if the thief is repentant and is sorry for the crime he has committed. However, even if a thief is truly sorry for what he has done, it is merciful and just to those he has offended by allowing him to serve out his term that justice demands.

Mercy has been unfortunately hijacked in the Church today by the very enemies of mercy. The enemies throw justice out the window and use arguments for sinners such as “we need to be merciful and allow them to go free” without the sinners being sorry for their sins. Legitimate mercy requires that the individual receiving mercy is sorry for what they have done. But mercy sounds much more compassionate these days than justice, so we all need to use the incorrect version of “mercy” to appease the Church’s enemies.

When it comes to God’s mercy, it is endless; all we have to do is ask Him to receive it and beg for His forgiveness. One way we can do this is to go to confession whenever we have committed a mortal sin. Justice demands that those who die in the state of mortal sin go immediately to Hell. It is a part of Catholic teaching that at the moment we die; we are judged and sent to either Heaven, Purgatory, or Hell. God, in His mercy, has given us the sacraments to utilize so that we can confess our sins and reenter the state of grace. When we die in the state of grace, we are then deemed either fit to enter into Heaven if there are no attachments from worldly affairs, or Purgatory if we are attached.

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God has also instituted Baptism to wash away the stain of original sin. Many Catholics are fortunate enough to have received baptism as an infant, but there are plenty of non-Catholics who have not received baptism. Baptism is required to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven, as Jesus said in the Gospels: “He that believeth and is baptized, shall be saved: but he that believeth not shall be condemned.” (Mark 16:16). Likewise, membership in the Church which Jesus founded is also necessary for salvation.

For this year of Mercy, I suggest you make good use of confession as frequently as you need it. Once a month would be a good starting point, if you require going more often, then please do so, as your soul is not something you want to gamble on. Hell is real, and if you die and are judged to receive eternal damnation, there is no getting out of it. If you are not a Catholic or have left the Church, please join or re-join the Church, as again, your salvation is essential.

Jeff December 9, 2015 1 Comment Permalink

Remember the Dead and Pray For Them

Today is the feast of All Souls. It is a day in which we remember those who have died before us and have gone to Purgatory. As the souls in Purgatory need to be cleansed before they can rejoice in the Kingdom of Heaven, it is our job here on Earth, to pray for them to better assist them in their purging.

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Remember your deceased relatives and friends. Pray for them frequently. Have Masses said for them. As God has told us that we are not to judge, we must assume that all those who are deceased are in Purgatory. Unless the Church has stated otherwise, we can not assume anybody is in Heaven. We can not assume they are in Hell either. Therefore, we must pray for all the deceased.

Rest assured, if you pray for someone, and they are not in Purgatory for one reason or another, your prayers will be used for other souls in Purgatory. How blessed are we to be able to help and assist our brothers and sisters into getting to Heaven by the incredible power of our prayers.

Jeff November 2, 2015 Leave A Comment Permalink

Purgatory is Real and Those Poor Souls Need Prayers

The Church teaches that those unfortunate souls who do not go straight to Heaven, but are fortunate enough to avoid the fires of Hell, are in Purgatory. In Purgatory, they will suffer for their past transgressions until their souls have been purified, perfected, and made worthy to enter into Heaven. For some souls, Purgatory is a pit-stop, for others a temporary home.

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While in Purgatory, souls rely on the prayers of the faithful here on Earth to help guide them along in their purification. Without these prayers, they become stuck.

Eventually what will happen is a soul who is in Purgatory will have no living relatives on Earth who remember them due to decades passing by and generational gaps. They become forgotten and are left in the torments of Purgatory, waiting…

Because we are able to pray for the repose of their souls, we should pray for them as often as we can. In addition to praying for those souls by name, we should include all deceased relatives in our blood line in our prayers. You can be certain your deceased relatives are prayed for, even the ones who you have never met.

Many of us are far from perfect and by the grace of God will depend on Purgatory. Ending up in Purgatory is why we must stand vigilant in our prayer and stay strong in the face of temptation. Only one mortal sin is enough to send us to Hell.

Attend confession as often as needed. Confess your sins, both mortal and venial in type and number regularly. Make frequent confession a habit.

Make prayer a daily habit. Pray the rosary daily and invest yourself in the Brown Scapular. Our Lady of Mt. Carmel mentions she will assist you and guide you out of Purgatory if you are devoted to her Brown Scapular.

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Remember, our time on Earth is short. Pray for souls in Purgatory and teach your children to do the same. If you are fortunate enough to end up in Purgatory, you will need all the prayers you can get. Unlike the souls in Hell, the hope you will have is Heaven is on the other side.

Jeff August 23, 2014 Leave A Comment Permalink

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