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The Battle Leaves One Weary

Today is a day that I do not feel like writing. But I am going to force myself to, because staying silent only allows the enemy to continue his onward march while the Truth is suppressed at every turn.

I’m finding it difficult to write mainly because I have lost hope in humanity. Now if you read my blog on a regular basis, I’m not speaking of you. On the contrary, I’m speaking of those who refuse to recognize and submit to the Truth no matter how it’s presented to them. We see the truth take the forms of the Gospel and the humanity of aborted babies.

In the last month, there have been seven videos released that explain the corruption behind Planned Parenthood and their destruction of little babies. The abortionists and other PP employees even admit to these babies as not clumps of cells or a fetuses, but as babies. They harvest the organs of these poor babies and sell them to the highest bidder.

A couple of months ago we were fighting the battle that the baby was a clump of cells or a fetus. Pro-abortionists would not recognize the humanity of these innocent children. We now have visual proof that these are indeed human babies (because somehow pro-choicers don’t understand science), and instead of admitting how disgusting, revolting, and evil these acts are, they tell us that it’s okay, because it’s legal.

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We are dealing with the utmost evil of individuals when they will look at an aborted baby and continue to support it, despite that they are looking at an aborted baby. There is no way one can look at the above image and not come to the conclusion that they are looking at a baby, a baby who has no ability to defend himself as he has the slightest inkling as to what is occurring around him. A baby who relied upon his mother to nurture him and take care of him, only for his mother to end his life because he was likely deemed “an inconvenience”.

Too many people are engrossed in their own wills that they refuse to look at reality and submit. They choose to be their own gods by destroying the most vulnerable of children, all the while throwing a temper tantrum because a dentist shot and killed a lion in Zimbabwe in which the Zimbabweans could care less about. The astonishing take away from this is the utter hypocrisy we see from these people in which they act as if they are completely free to do as they please, while infringing upon the rights of everyone around them, denying them up to the point of death as in the case of abortion.

Meanwhile, many Catholics are completely in denial or gullible in their belief that the Synod of the Family is going to be good for the Church, or thinking that Pope Francis will reign in these dissident bishops. They claim to love Jesus Christ Truly Present in the Eucharist, but their love for Jesus in the Eucharist is so minute that they have no problem in allowing those who are in public mortal sin to receive Him, despite the doctrinal teachings that say otherwise.

There is a lot of evidence to demonstrate how Pope Francis is trying to run the Synod into the ground, especially with his remark on how Cardinal Kasper’s theology is serene. But no matter what evidence we present to our fellow Catholics to demonstrate these truths, we are met with resistance, papolatry, and are returned with spiteful, venomous, and uncharitable retorts. The unforgivable sin today is not denial of the Holy Ghost, but rather, to not stick to the status quo of the post-conciliar Catholic Church, even though the PC Church has failed Catholics and Jesus Christ for the last 50 years.

I believe we are at a point where those who want to be on the side of God are already there. There are very few fence sitters that need convincing. Everything has been thrown onto the table and those who want to follow the Truth have already done so.

Even though the battle is beginning to wear us all down, I think it is important that we continue to evangelize in whichever medium you are called to. Whether that is writing, blogging, debating on Facebook or Twitter, talking to your friends, family or colleagues. At a minimum, we might grab a few more over to God’s side. More importantly, we will continue to encourage each other to live a good, holy life that is pleasing to God.

While the world is falling apart around us, we must keep our eyes toward Heaven and know that our trust is in the Lord, and that we are not alone in this fight. It will get rougher, but we need to stay strong. GO TO CONFESSION WEEKLY. GO TO MASS. PRAY THE ROSARY DAILY. Stay in a state of grace so that you may have the graces necessary to overcome adversity when it presents itself, as well as to be ready for judgment if you are called by Our Heavenly Father.

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Have Mercy on us.
Immaculate Heart of Mary, Pray for us.

Jeff August 20, 2015 3 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

Kill Them With Kindness

Its a phrase that you’ve probably heard once or twice. Maybe even more than that. I’ve found this phrase to be pretty popular among the pro-life movement, though lately it appears to be gaining some traction among the neo-Catholic movement as well.

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But, when you think of it, does it work? Oh, sure, it works from time to time, but it isn’t at all a reliable evangelization strategy. Why?

Because kindness will never, ever get a person to completely change their mentality of life and join your side. And even if they do, because this person is simply joining due to kindness, what is to prevent them from leaving once that kindness has dried up? How about once someone with a differing ideal is kind to them?

It doesn’t make logical sense, because it is rooted in emotionalism. Emotions, as we know from our Catholic faith are good. The problem with emotions though, is that they get in the way of logic and reason from time to time. Emotions can be shallow and look out only for the good of the person at that moment.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with being kind to someone. But this isn’t to stop us from correcting them when they are incorrect in their belief. An abortionist is murdering a baby in the womb. Last I checked, we don’t take murderers or rapists and “kill them with kindness” in hopes that they might one day stop their evil ways. We arrest them, try them and lock them away so that they can amend their lives.

It is a ridiculous concept to me that we should allow a sinner to continually sin and just “kill them with kindness”. Jesus did not always do that and for good reason. It doesn’t always work. There are times when He was kind to those who came to Him, but He always reprimanded them and offered correction. It was then up to the sinner to change their lives and be converted or to continue their wicked ways.

Lest we forget, once in awhile Jesus flipped tables and whipped people.

Flipping Tables

 

Reprimanding the sinner is a spiritual act of mercy. This is regardless of whether we look at the pro-life movement or just proselytizing our fellow neighbor. “Killing with kindness” does not correct the individual, nor explain to them why they are wrong.

If you want to “kill them with kindness”, I suggest waiting until they are at least interested in hearing what you have to say. Then kill them all you want.

Mortal Sin Against the Fifth Commandment – Murder

The Fifth Commandment: “You Shall Not Kill”

stone-tablet-fifth-commandmentMurder, homicide or manslaughter.

When looking at the Fifth Commandment, we need to first look at the word “kill”. If you were to look at the original Hebrew, the term “ratsakh” is used. Literally translated “ratsakh” is to “murder”.  Thus we must be aware that in the case of this commandment, it is the term of murder that we must look at. We also must realize that these commandments are for how we interact with other humans. Thus the argument that eating meat is murder, does not apply.

Each and every single person is made in the image and likeness of God. Because of this basic fact, each person is unique and is deserving of life. God is very clear in this commandment, that we are not to murder each other. God is the giver of life, and thus, He is the taker of life. It is up to God and only to God when a person may die.

Intentionally murdering someone, killing someone for the sake of it (homicide) or killing in the moment or by neglect (manslaughter) is a mortal sin that breaks this commandment. In each of these scenarios, you have murdered someone either intentionally, or through your neglect of the situation you happened to be in.

Murder is one of the four sins that cry out to Heaven for justice. We read this in Genesis when Cain killed Abel (c.f. Genesis 4:8-10).

Cain and Abel

Let it be clear that killing in self-defense or killing to defend another person (i.e. an assailant trying to kill a child) is not a mortal sin. It is also important to mention that pets do not count as humans, and thus do not apply under this commandment.

As mentioned earlier, only God can determine when and how a person can die. Likewise, in the Old Testament when God would destroy cities, this is not murder. As God is the maker and giver of life, He has every right to take it away, however He sees fit. Generally He would be violent to show that you are not to cross Him, that He is serious in the commandments that He gives us, and that physical pain and suffering is what awaits those who oppose Him.

 

This post is one of many in a series on Mortal SinsClick here for more posts explaining and defining mortal sins.

Jeff May 13, 2014 3 Comments Permalink

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