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A New Year, A Solemnity of Mary, and a Forgotten Feast

Today marks the beginning of a New Year. Many people are using this day to turn over a new leaf, by losing some of that extra weight that they have gained over the last couple of months, quitting a filthy habit, or a slew of other ways to improve their quality of life. It is admirable for people to begin anew and try to get rid of the things in their life that do not help them to grow into better people. People are always looking for a fresh start.

"Armadio degli argenti, criconcizione di Cristo" by see filename or category - John Pope-Hennessy, Beato Angelico, Scala, Firenze 1981.. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Armadio_degli_argenti,_criconcizione_di_Cristo.jpg#/media/File:Armadio_degli_argenti,_criconcizione_di_Cristo.jpg

“Armadio degli argenti, criconcizione di Cristo” by see filename or category – John Pope-Hennessy, Beato Angelico, Scala, Firenze 1981.. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Armadio_degli_argenti,_criconcizione_di_Cristo.jpg#/media/File:Armadio_degli_argenti,_criconcizione_di_Cristo.jpg

As Catholics, we begin this year as we have for the last 46 years, by celebrating the Solemnity Feast of Mary, the Mother of God, but it wasn’t always so. Before this current feast, we would celebrate the Feast of the Circumcision of Jesus. But, I have to wonder why we no longer celebrate Jesus’ circumcision.

I know, people don’t want to think of Jesus that way, it’s gross. But instead of putting ourselves in a position in which we are not open to Church teaching and thank God that we are no longer celebrating this older feast, I think it’s important that we look into why we celebrated it in the first place.

In Jewish law, baby boys were circumcised on the 8th day of their birth. Notice it is the 8th day of their birth, not eight days later. Jesus, being born on Christmas, would count as day one. January 1, even though it is only seven days later, qualifies as the 8th day. It is similar to how the 1st day of Christmas is Christmas itself; we are currently on the 8th day of Christmas. Mary would eventually have also presented herself to the temple regardless of the sex of her child because, in Judaism, women are considered “unclean” after they gave birth.

Mary, being a faithful and devout Jewish girl, along with her husband Joseph, would have brought Jesus to the temple to have him circumcised. In fact, we read this in the Gospel of Luke:

And they came with haste; and they found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger. And seeing, they understood of the word that had been spoken to them concerning this child. And all that heard, wondered; and at those things that were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these words, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God, for all the things they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them. And after eight days were accomplished, that the child should be circumcised, his name was called JESUS, which was called by the angel, before he was conceived in the womb. And after the days of her purification, according to the law of Moses, were accomplished, they carried him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord: As it is written in the law of the Lord: Every male opening the womb shall be called holy to the Lord: And to offer a sacrifice, according as it is written in the law of the Lord, a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons. Luke 2:16-24

I have a suspicion as to why the feast of Jesus’ Circumcision was removed from the calendar and replaced with the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. As has been evidenced in other books and blog posts, many enemies within the Church took advantage of the Second Vatican Council, as well as Pope St. John XXIII, and abused the opportunity to damage the faith. These Modernists removed and replaced many feasts from the calendar.

As Catholics, we learn a lot about our faith through the Liturgy, at least, that is how Catholics learned for many years. The removal of the Feast of the Circumcision of Jesus, I believe, was done intentionally to undermine Jesus’ obeying of the valid Jewish law that God enacted before He walked this Earth. By removing this feast, it allowed for the question as to whether or not Jesus was circumcised, regardless to what the Gospel of Luke says. The removal of this feast set the stage for all enemies of the faith to begin to question everything Jesus and the Church have done.

If Jesus wasn’t circumcised, then that means that Jesus didn’t follow the laws of Judaism. If Jesus didn’t follow the laws of Judaism, then that means that laws can be ignored. If laws can be ignored, then the laws of Jesus and the Catholic Church can be ignored.

The logic above sets the stage for those who dislike the Church to brandish those who love the laws of the Church and Jesus Christ, as “Pharisees“. After all, Jesus did not like the Pharisees and rebuked them throughout the Gospels. Though, the Pharisees were not those who obeyed the Jewish law to the tee, but rather, those who would enact new laws not rooted in Judaic law, and instead prevented the people from reaching God, all while not observing these laws themselves.

While I love and adore Mary, as I have written throughout this blog, I firmly believe that this replacement feast to honor Mary was established to snuff out the authority of Jesus Christ. After all, what better cover to hinder Jesus’ authority than by praising Mary? No one would dare question a feast of Mary, as Catholics love her so much. While we can still venerate Mary on this feast day, I suggest we also venerate Our Lord Jesus Christ, as this day marks the anniversary of the first time in which He shed His blood.

Jeff January 1, 2016 4 Comments Permalink

Merry Christmas!

As we celebrate the birth of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on this beautiful day, I want to wish all of my readers, both regular and irregular a very Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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It is my joyful hope that this Christmas fills you with love, happiness, and joy. This is the time of year when we come together with family and friends to reflect upon the meaning of Christmas, that is God took upon human flesh and was born of the Virgin Mary. Jesus Christ, the Son of God and the Second Person of the Holy Trinity, came down upon this Earth to redeem us all from the fires of Hell if we but believe in Him and follow Him.

There are many people who deny Our Blessed Lord, and by doing so deny God the Father. We should remember that without Jesus Christ, His saving graces through Baptism, and membership in His Holy Church, there is no salvation. Thus, it is crucial that we proclaim the Good News that Jesus Christ is born and has given us all a chance of redemption to eternal life. We must proclaim His name from the rooftops. We must bring others to Jesus so that they too may have eternal life.

Live a good and holy life, and may Christ bless and keep you this day, and every day this year.

Jeff December 25, 2015 Leave A Comment Permalink

Welcome Home to Jesus

With Christmas only nine days away, I thought I’d share something with you that I received in the mail. The local Lutheran church sent out postcards to probably everyone in the area inviting them to Christmas services. While the gesture appears to be kind, one thing caught my eye. “Welcome Home to Jesus” was their opening line to invite you. Upon seeing this, I immediately thought “huh, I didn’t know they had Jesus Christ in the Eucharist.”

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Obviously, they don’t, which is why I found the choice of words ironic. The only Church that can honestly claim that they have Jesus Christ, physically present, is the Catholic Church (no, I’m not discussing the Churches who have apostolic authority but are in schism). It is also worth noting that only those who are members of the Catholic Church will be making the trip to Heaven, extra ecclesiam nulla salus.

The invitation continues: “Join us this Christmas and each Sunday as we worship our Savior and live our faith as a welcoming community.” The fun part about “welcoming community” with this church is that they are very gay-friendly, with 80% of their congregation voting for gay marriage.

While we have but only a handful of days before we await the joyful birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ, I want to remind and urge you to get to confession. Christ came to make all things new, and through the Sacrament of Confession, we can give our sins to Jesus, so that we may return to the state of grace. To go to Heaven, we must be in the state of grace. Mortal sin kills the soul and severs our ties with God. Confessing our mortal sins with a contrite heart will heal this tie and allow us to have a chance at eternal life.

We should also spend this time preparing for the Lord by assisting the poor as we can, pray for the dead, help the sick, and performing the other spiritual and corporal works of mercy. I would also ask that you pray for the Pope and all of the clergy, as it is clear we are dealing with a modernist infestation at all levels.

Jeff December 16, 2015 Leave A Comment Permalink

Jews, Conversion, and Mercy: Getting It All Wrong

After writing my article on the Year of Mercy and how we should all ensure we make good use of Confession, I spent some time reflecting on how many people misuse mercy and confuse it with neglect. Mercy is always freely given, but mercy can only be given if the recipient is contrite and asking for it. Mercy, when given away without the call for conversion is not mercy at all, but rather, leniency.

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At dinner the other night, my son was not cooperating and didn’t eat much. He spent the majority of dinner picking at his food and throwing it on the floor. My wife and I told him he needed to eat his food, but alas, he didn’t want to. After dinner, he walked over to where we kept the desserts and began pointing at them. One part of me wanted to give him some dessert, in an act of “mercy”. However, it was obvious that if I gave him the dessert, he would not learn his lesson that he needs to eat his dinner before getting his dessert. This false mercy would not benefit him in the long run, but rather, it would teach him that if he doesn’t like what is on his plate, he can ignore it and get the rewards.

Now, this false mercy is all too prevalent in both society and the Church today. The call for mercy extends to every sinner imaginable. God’s mercy is available to all, but for Him to give us His mercy, we must first repent of our sins, confess them to a priest, and amend ourselves to live a holy life. Without the intent of the penitent, mercy can not begin to enter into the sinner’s life. And far too often when we hear about the need for mercy, it is not with this intention in mind, but for the sinner to be left alone to their sins because it makes them happy, and after all, isn’t that what Christ wanted, our happiness?

Jesus Christ did, of course, dine with sinners and prostitutes, he was even seen out in public with them, but every time he was with them, it wasn’t about hanging out with friends and accepting people for how they were, but to urge them to repent and amend their lives. We see Our Lord’s urging with the woman at the well, after He tells her everything that she has done in her life, and then proceeds to explain that He is the Messiah, in which she goes into town and tells all the people about Him and becomes a disciple.

There is also the infamously misused quote “he without sin cast the first stone”, which today has been hijacked to silence those who speak out against sin. What they fail to realize, whether it’s through their ignorance or malice, is Jesus told the woman to “go forth and sin no more.”

Jesus makes it very clear throughout the Gospel that 1). We are to follow Him, 2). There is no way to the Father but through Him, 3).He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, 4). Unless you eat His flesh and drink His blood, you do not have life within you, 5). You are to go preaching the Gospel to all the nations, making them disciples by baptizing them in the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and 6). There is only one Church, which He founded.

With this in mind, it is heartbreaking to hear that leading theologians within the Vatican have announced that it is unCatholic and antisemitic to proclaim the Gospel to the Jews, implying they are saved and thus do not need Jesus. Sadly, this is not true in the slightest and every single person on this Earth is in need of the saving grace of Jesus Christ, who was crucified, died, and rose again, so that we all might have eternal life.

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The Jews crucified Jesus by handing Him over to Pilate. The Jews rejected Jesus when He announced that He was the Messiah, the Son of God. Once Jesus was crucified, the covenant with the Jews was broken, and they were no longer the chosen people.

While Catholics have many roots in Judaism, we do not follow the Judaic laws that were made by Moses, but only those which Jesus came to fulfill. At one point the Jews did worship the same God as us, but once God made known that He was not simply Father, but rather Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the Jews rejected the Son. And by doing so, rejected the Father, as Jesus said “whoever denies me before men, I will deny before my Father” (c.f. Matthew 10:33).

It is sad to hear how many Catholic prelates and theologians have thrown away the teachings of Our Lord to appeal to this God-forsaken world. These men, who have been entrusted to safeguard the teachings of Jesus Christ and His Holy Catholic Church, fail God and the laity when they poison the wells.

Continue to pray for conversions, to evangelize, to teach, to preach, and to live a holy life. We must be ready to preach mercy in the way that God teaches us, that those sinners who readily repent and confess their sins will indeed receive that wondrous mercy that only God can give.

Jeff December 11, 2015 2 Comments Permalink

What Would Jesus Do? On San Bernardino and the Need to Defend Ourselves

A few days after the San Bernardino, California gun shooting has occurred, it seemed like a good topic to touch on. There has been a huge increase in news stories dealing with the number of terrorist attacks  occurring in just about every single country. It is ever more evident that the time has come that we ourselves take up arms and conceal carry.

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These terrorist attacks are committed by men and women of varying ethnicities and creeds. They occur mostly in “gun-free zones”. Yet we hear the bombardment of squeals from those calling for more “gun control laws” (because that worked out real well in San Bernardino, didn’t it?). Tougher gun laws are being requested, even though the attack occurred in a gun-free zone, and were committed with guns that are banned in the state of California. Even with all of these cries it is critical that we look to the clear teaching from Our Lord Jesus Christ about the need to protect ourselves.

In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus makes it very clear to his disciples that they should always be armed:

When I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, did you want anything? But they said: Nothing. Then said he unto them: But now he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise a scrip; and he that hath not, let him sell his coat, and buy a sword. For I say to you, that this that is written must yet be fulfilled in me: And with the wicked was he reckoned. For the things concerning me have an end. But they said: Lord, behold here are two swords. And he said to them, It is enough. Luke 22:35-38

Obviously, if we were to apply this Gospel to today’s culture, we could easily replace the sword with a pistol as swords are not commonplace in today’s world. Jesus does later criticize Peter for using the sword when Peter uses it against one of the servants and cuts off his ear (” he who lives by the sword dies by the sword”) but it is important to remember what Jesus meant by this.

Those who live by the sword are referring to those who use violence as their first and primary means. If your first response whenever an issue occurs is using a weapon, you will eventually die by this weapon as eventually you will encounter someone who is better than you are. However, there is nothing at all wrong with defending oneself or those around you, even going as far as using deadly force, if the intention is not to kill the aggressor, but to stop him.

While I am calling for all citizens to begin to carry a gun on them at all times, I am not calling for them to go ahead and murder those around them. I am advocating for them to use the gun to stop the force, if necessary. Obviously, these terrorists would not get very far with their mass shootings if a small army of say ten passersby all pulled out their pistols and began firing back.

A lot of these shootings have also been motivated by groups with ties to ISIS. I have heard the argument from several people that perhaps we are at a point in history in which Catholics are being called to martyrdom. While it is possible that some of us will get to be martyrs for Jesus Christ and the Holy Catholic Church, I would like to point out that one, just because we are called to martyrdom, does not mean we can not defend ourselves and those around us, and two, some of us are not called to martyrdom and are called to defend those weaker than ourselves.

When looking back in history, the Mexican government actively attacked and murdered Catholics due to fear that the Catholic Church would overtake their country. The Christeros rose up against the government and fought back, defending themselves, and even bringing some of the battles to the soldiers. As these battles were just in using the theory of just war, many of the Christeros who died could be considered martyrs. In fact, quite a few of them were canonized by both Pope St. John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI. One can defend oneself, but still die for Christ and become a martyr.

While it is important that we all pray for peace and healing during this time, we must also pray for the unity of the world to join the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. Until the world converts and lives a holy life, there will never truly be peace as only communion with Jesus Christ and His Church can give that. Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life and those who deny Him will be denied by His Father. Jesus founded one Church, the Catholic Church, for all of His followers to belong to. A rejection of this Church is a rejection of Christ, and a rejection of Christ is a rejection of your union with Him in Heaven.

Therefore, as we joyfully await the birth of Our Lord this Advent, I humbly implore you to prayerfully consider accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, and coming home into the Catholic Church. And if you haven’t been to confession in a while, please, examine your conscience and go. For just as those who deny Christ can not enter Heaven, those who have offended Our Lord by committing any mortal sin have cut themselves off from His grace, and can not enter into Heaven.

Jeff December 4, 2015 Leave A Comment Permalink

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