THE WRATH OF GOD WHERE IS IT??? IT IS HERE NOW!!!

We live in an immoral world perhaps like never before. We sacrifice our young in the womb; we approve of same sex couples marrying, we have sexual harassment and sexual abuse, acknowledged but excused, a past president was impeached for lying about a sexual liaison outside his marriage, and current president bragging about his sexual predatory behavior Where is the wrath of God? I asked. How much can He take!

Didn’t God cleanse creation back in the days of Noah and start over? But maybe I was missing something. I turned to St. Paul’s letter to the Romans to find out more about the wrath of God. My answer came in the first chapter copied below.

“The wrath of God is indeed being revealed from heaven against every impiety and wickedness of those who suppress the truth by their wickedness. For what can be known about God is evident to them, because God made it evident to them.

Ever since the creation of the world, God’s invisible attributes of eternal power and divinity have been able to be understood and perceived in what he has made. As a result, they have no excuse; for although they knew God they did not accord him glory as God or give him thanks. Instead, they became vain in their reasoning, and their senseless minds were darkened.

While claiming to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for the likeness of an image of mortal man or of birds or of four-legged animals or of snakes. Therefore, God handed them over to degrading passions, impurity through the lusts of their hearts for the mutual degradation of their bodies. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie and revered and worshiped the creature rather than the creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.” Romans 1:18

I also found this quote of Pope Benedict XVI in my research.

Anyone who begins to live and grow away from God, who lives away from what is good, is turning his life toward wrath. Whoever falls away from love is moving into negativity…. When God inflicts punishment, this is not punishment in the sense that God has, as it were, drawn up a system of fines and penalties….‘The punishment of God’ is in fact an expression for having missed the right road and then experiencing the consequences that follow from taking the wrong track and wandering away from the right way of living.” POPE BENEDICT XVI (CARDINAL JOSEPH RATZINGER)

 

In summary then, God’s wrath does not mean that He is some out of control person throwing a temper tantrum. Rather, it is that God is holy and the unrepentant sinner cannot endure His holiness; the sinner experiences it as wrath. This wrath of God then is the revelation of the total incompatibility of unrepented sin before the holiness of God and the holiness to which we are summoned. We are all sinners subject to this wrath.

They suppress the truth by their wickedness (Romans 1:18). Suppression of the truth is the sin that leads to every other sin. Those who wish to remain in their wickedness rationalize and excuse and ignore their God given conscience, the divine spark given at their creation.

Deep within his conscience man discovers a law which he has not laid upon himself but which he must obey. Its voice, ever calling him to love and to do what is good and to avoid evil, sounds in his heart at the right moment. For man has in his heart a law inscribed by God, Moral conscience (CCC #1776-1778)

GOD’S WRATH IS PRESENT TODAY! God has been pushed to the margins, denied, ridiculed, mocked and suppressed by man made laws and moral relativists who make up their own truth.. .

Decades ago people began making their own independent decisions on sexual behavior apart from God’s plan of intimacy and procreation within the sanctity of marriage. For over 60 years now our decadent society has celebrated promiscuity, pornography, fornication, cohabitation, and contraception.

Through the use of contraception, we severed the connection between sex, procreation, and marriage. Enter the homosexual community and its demands for acceptance. The wider culture, now debased, darkened, and deeply confused, cannot comprehend the obvious: that homosexual acts are contrary to nature. This is what happens when God finally has to say to a culture, if you want sin you can have it—until it comes out of your ears!

We have become so collectively foolish and vain in our thinking and darkened in our intellect that as a culture we now “celebrate” homosexual acts, which Scripture rightly calls disordered. When sex, marriage, and family go into the shredder, an enormous number of social ills are set loose. We often fall into the trap of judging those who are imposing the acceptance of the homosexual agenda as a major root of the problem in this country. In reality, this is a fruit of the problems that led God to removing His blessings from us in the first place.

No, the sexual revolution led to weaker families, fewer children, abortion on demand, and the beginning of the end of a healthy and functioning society. Having made that bed, God turned us over and gave us the direct evidence of His handing us over to ourselves with the acceptance and celebration of homosexuality.

The more and more we send God the message that we really don’t care that He is an instrumental part of our lives and culture, the more likely He will be to eventually give us what we desire – as stupid as that desire may be.. We may be among the few that asks God to deliver us unfortunately it is more than our prayers it is also our actions, our witness to the truth, our defense of the TRUTH or do we sometimes go along to get along.

If the country as a whole continues to act in defiance by the way we act and the people we elect to represent us have no moral core then God will continue to allow us to live under our own decadent “wisdom.” May God help us all!

PRAY FOR YOURSELVES. PRAY FOR YOUR NEIGHBOR. PRAY FOR YOUR COUNTRY
REPENT AND BELIEVE IN THE GOSPEL.

CLOSING PRAYER
PSALM 119
Blessed those whose way is blameless, who walk by the law of the LORD.
Blessed those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with all their heart.
They do no wrong; they walk in his ways.

You have given them the command to observe your precepts with care.
May my ways be firm in the observance of your statutes! Then I will not be ashamed

I will praise you with sincere heart as I study your righteous judgments. I will observe your statutes; do not leave me all alone.

I will ponder your precepts and consider your paths.
In your statutes I take delight; I will never forget your word.

WHY ROMAN CATHOLIC

I was asked recently why I have the adjective Roman (Latin Rite) before Catholic in my website stillromancatholicafteralltheseyears.com and in my blog. There are several rites in communion with Rome such as Maronites, that never separated and others that did but have reunited with Rome such as Byzantine, Copts, and Chaldeans. .
WHY I AM A PRACTICING ROMAN CATHOLIC
I was Baptized and raised by parents in the Roman Catholic Church and although I questioned many things and drifted here and there, I always came back because I never found any Truth out there that would better serve me in becoming the best man I could be. As a boy I learned my Latin to serve as an altar boy. Of course now the Mass is said in the vernacular.

Sure, like any free thinking American I questioned the Commandments and other Church Teaching but that was because I had the notion these were restrictions and I resisted like any “red blooded American”. As I matured in my faith development I realized the commandments were not prohibitions at all but the best self help book on the market for living well and happy.

God was not asking me to give up anything that was good for me. Let’s just take a few examples, How about worshipping God our Creator. What’s nuts about that. If I throw that out it isn’t long before I think I am in charge and I am not. Here’s another one, do not kill or do violence in actions or words. Who am I to harm someone. I don’t want anyone to harm me!

And lastly, do not commit adultery. Well, how is that working our for the sexually active outside of marriage crowd, Divorce, fractured families, sexually transmitted disease, etc. Sin has consequences. To deny that is to deny reality.!

See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse: the blessing, if you listen to the commandments of the LORD your God, which I am commanding you today; and the curse, if you do not listen to the commandments of the LORD your GodDeuteronomy 11:26″

Jesus founded His Church on St. Peter, “And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”Matthew 16:18-19 As Jesus’ vicar/prime minister, St. Peter established the Mother Church in Rome in 42 A.D. All other Christian denominations over the centuries have their roots in the Church Jesus founded.

If God has revealed Himself to man and He has, man must be able to know with assurance where that revelation lies. In other words, man needs to know without error what the books of the Bible are. There must be an authority which will make that decision.

The canon of the Bible was established by the Roman Catholic Church definitively at the Council of Trent in 1556. A canon distinguishes what is revealed and divine from what is not revealed and human. There was no canon in the early Church because there was no Bible.

There were many Ecumenical Councils that worked on developing the Canon of God’s revealed word. The Council of Laodicea, c. 360, which produced a list of books similar to today’s canon was one of the Church’s earliest decisions on a canon. So you see any additions and omissions by other denomination were all made in the Canon established by the Roman Catholic Church. Catholics do read the Bible and hold the Bible in high esteem.

Is the Bible enough? Well it depends whether you want to ignore Scripture references such as these:  In His Last Supper discourse Jesus told the apostles,” I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now. But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth. He will not speak on his own, but he will speak what he hears, and will declare to you the things that are coming.” John 16:12-13.

“When the Advocate comes whom I will send you from the Father, the Spirit of truth that proceeds from the Father, he will testify to me” John 15:26 The Holy Spirit came on Pentecost Sunday and a Church was born. After the descent of the Holy Spirit the disciples were filled with courage and faith. They went out into the streets and proclaimed the Good News of Jesus Christ fearlessly in Truth and the Holy Spirit.

I love my Church warts and all. It isn’t perfect. Though divinely instituted, it is humanly constituted. I thank God for the Magisterium of the Church. Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to guide His Church into all truth. “The Holy Spirit teaches the Church “all things,” bringing to mind everything that Christ first taught His apostles” ( John 14:26). “He who receives you receives me” (Mt. 10:40). Chosen by Christ, they exercise the Church’s Magisterium or teaching office. Christ sends His apostles and their successors as the Father sent Him “with “all authority in heaven and on earth” (Mt. 28:18). I place my trust in the Holy Spirit not man.

God’s plan includes sacraments dispensed by His Church. Sacraments are an outward sign instituted by Christ to give grace. Baptism restores us to a share in God’s life. Confirmation strengthens our faith and assist us in being faithful witnesses. Sacrament of Reconciliation heals our soul when we have sinned against God and neighbor. The Eucharist shares Divine Life in intimate way on earth, the true Body and Blood of Jesus Christ who is really and substantially present under the appearances of bread and wine.

Matrimony: the sacramental binding covenant between a baptized man and woman in which they agree to eternal fidelity to each other and commit to being God’s partners in the creation of new life. Holy Orders continues Jesus’ Apostolic Mission today. This sacrament confers on a man the power of consecrating the offering of the Body and Blood of Christ and of remitting and retaining sins.” Anointing of the sick: the sacrament in which the sick are anointed with holy oil and given the spiritual aid and strength to return to spiritual and bodily health, including, if needed, the remission of sins For more on Catholic Sacraments see Catechism of the Catholic Church.

The seven sacraments touch all the stages of Christian life. The sacraments give birth, contribute to spiritual growth, and promote health (spiritual and physical) and they prepare the Christian at the end of his life’s journey to cross over from physical life to eternal life.
WHY ROMAN CATHOLIC IS IN TITLE OF MY WEBSITE
I want readers to know my blog is orthodox and in full communion with the Church of St. Peter. There are so many denominations out there that have catholic in their names that it is confusing. There are even groups out there that call themselves Catholics for Choice. This is not a Catholic organization but a pro abortion advocacy group.

Saint Stanislaus formerly a Catholic Parish in Archdiocese of St. Louis is no longer in communion with the church of Rome and call themselves a Kostka Polish Catholic Parish. Another local church that goes by name Catholic but is not in Communion with Rome is Sts. Clare and Francis of the Ecumenical Catholic Communion,

Finally, there are “cafeteria catholics” who pick and chooses what Catholic teaching they want to believe. Catholics are not free to choose which teachings on faith and morals to obey.

While God can save whoever He wills the best aids, I believe, are within the Roman Catholic Church for happiness and excellence of living. There are no restrictions harmful to mankind in Roman Catholic Church teaching.
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CATHOLIC SOCIAL JUSTICE TEACHING PART 1

INTRODUCTION

Lately, our country has been fixated on the debate on health care legislation in Congress. The country is almost equally divided in the general beliefs that health care is either a right or health care is what you can purchase if you want it and can afford it… sort of like that washer and dryer, flat screen TV, or new or second car.

This blog will deal with teachings from Scripture that refer to social justice..  My next blog (Part II) will deal with Catholic Church teaching on Social Justice from Encyclicals and Catechism of the Catholic Church which will address the COMMON GOOD!

“By common good is to be understood “the sum total of social conditions which allow people, either as groups or as individuals, to reach their fulfillment more fully and more easily… The common good concerns the life of all.,,,, In the name of the common good, public authorities are bound to respect the fundamental and inalienable rights of the human person…‘ (CCC 1905-1997)

Recently the Senate was asked to vote on a health care bill (skinny repeal) that Senators argued never should become law but if passed may get to the House so more tinkering could be done and try again to pass something that the majority of the people have clearly rejected.

SERVING THE COMMON GOOD OR RUNNING FOR OFFICE AGAIN???

The President’s proposed Budget for the next fiscal year would slash drastically Medicaid, cut food programs for children, $193 billion, cuts to children health care, cuts to disability insurance SSDI, but offer 1.6 billion for construction of a border wall COMMON GOOD??

To those that say charity is well and good but should be handled by charitable organization and insist that the Government should stay out of “social welfare” programs,  I say, they may have a point but are there charitable organizations now that address the needs of the most vulnerable?

Without the authority of government who is going to protect most vulnerable?  For example, I do not know any non-governmental charitable organization that pays for doctor bills, prescriptions, or operations, necessary to the life of a vulnerable individual, and meeting their constitutional rights as declared in the Declaration of Independence.

Declaration of Independence begins: We hold these truths to be self–evident, That all men are created equal,That they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, That among these are LIFE, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.– That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, Deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…(July 4, 1776)

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Catholic Social Justice teaching calls on us the “people of God” to minister to our neighbor’s needs, to speak out against injustice, and to work for peace. In the first Epistle of John, chapter 4, verse 20, it reads, “Anyone who says I love God and hates his neighbor is a liar; for whoever does not love a brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.”

The Epistle of James, chapter 2, verse 14 says, “Faith without works is dead.” And earlier James writes, “If a brother or sister is in need of food or shelter and you say to them I wish you well, good luck, keep yourself warm and eat plenty without giving them the necessities of life, how is your faith going to save you or your hungry neighbor.”

In John’s Gospel, 13:34-35, Jesus says, “I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.  This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” — Probable source of Christian hymn, “You will know we are Christians by our love.”

St. Paul compares the human body to the body of Christ, the Church.  I Corinthians 12:4-26 “There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit; there are different forms of service but the same Lord; there are different workings but the same God who produces all of them in everyone….  

Now the body is not a single part, but many.  Even if a foot should say, “Because I am not a hand I do not belong to the body,” it does not for this reason belong any less to the body. 

Or if an ear should say, “Because I am not an eye I do not belong to the body,” it does not for this reason belong any less to the body.  If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? But as it is, God placed the parts, each one of them, in the body as he intended…”

St. Paul goes on to say, “Indeed, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are all the more necessary, and those parts of the body that we consider less honorable we surround with greater honor, and our less presentable parts are treated with greater propriety, whereas our more presentable parts do not need this.

God has so constructed the body that there may be no divisions in the body so that the parts of the body may have concern for every other part. If (one) part suffers, all the parts suffer with it; if one part is honored, all the parts share its joy.” Just as it is in the human body so it is in the body of Christ, the Church.

CONCLUSION

In summary then, we take a look at Jesus’ Last Judgment discourse from the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 25 v. 31 – 45. “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne, and all the nations will be assembled before him.

And he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.   For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.

Then the righteous will answer him and say, Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you? And the king will say to them in reply, Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.

Then he will say to those on his left, Depart from me, you accursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.  For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink,  A stranger and you gave me no welcome, naked and you gave me no clothing, ill and in prison, and you did not care for me.

Then they will answer and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or ill or in prison, and not minister to your needs?’  He will answer them, ‘Amen, I say to you, what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me.  And these will go off to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

How do I show compassion to my neighbor?  Will I hear Jesus say to me, “‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world….

Pray it may be so!

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Catholic Church Teaching – Core Catholic Beliefs That Many No Longer Follow

People nowadays seem to forget Catholic Church teachings. They prefer to go by what society dictates as what’s normal or moral. However, there are some Catholic Church teachings that need to be revisited as we continue to exist in the 21st century. We need to remember what the Bible teaches us and live accordingly.

There should be no sex until marriage.

Sex is a beautiful and intimate act. The Catholic Church teaches that it is meant solely within the marriage covenant. Many people live together others have sex with mere strangers. They are not living to the Catholic Church teaching. The power to procreate is sacred and should be treated as such. You should only share your greatest gift with your beloved. It’s interesting to see in some Christian communities that purity rings are being given to young adults and that they are pledging to save themselves for marriage.

Adultery is a sin.

Again, we feel that people don’t understand how sacred sex is. You may be tempted to have sex with another person outside of your marriage, but you shouldn’t. Adultery is against the Holy Law of God, breaks the seventh of the 10 Commandments given to Moses on Mount Sinai, and contradicts Catholic church teaching. Unfortunately, many give in to the temptation of adultery and commit this sinful act. If more people followed the Catholic Church teaching on this important commandment individuals, families, and society would much better off.

Abortion is against Catholic Church teaching.

Even though the Pope had a year of mercy for women who had abortions to bring them back into the fold, abortion is still considered a very grievous sin. Catholics may not support abortion in any way or they are as guilty of sin as a woman having an abortion. Catholics believe that adoption or having the baby is best. Catholics also believe in charity and assistance to young mothers who need this help so that their babies can thrive.

Don’t bear false witness against your neighbor.

Don’t bear false witness is number nine of the Ten Commandments. Many people gossip, commit slander or do other damage to their neighbors’ reputations these days. We think nothing of putting other people down. Many bear false witness in order to ruin another’s reputation or for some type of personal gain. Others bear false witness to make themselves feel superior to others. Some bear false witness just for fun. Bearing false witness is a serious sin, everyone is lovable in God’s eyes. We need to look at others with the eyes of God, not the distorted lenses of our society.

There are many other teachings of the Catholic Church that we could go into. The important thing to remember is to love your neighbor as yourself and love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, body and soul. We know most people’s hearts are in the right places, but they must come back into the fold and live as Heavenly Father and Jesus intended us to. For more information on living the Catholic life, visit our website, http://www.stillromancatholicafteralltheseyears.com/. We look forward to helping you find the answers.

JESUS IS SON OF MAN

This week’s blog will deal with the name Jesus calls Himself, “Son of Man.”  The employment of the expression in the Gospels is very remarkable. It is used to desiginate Jesus Christ no fewer than eighty-one times — thirty times in St. Matthew,  fourteen times in St. Mark, , twenty-five times in St. Luke, and twelve times in St. John.

As we approach the end of Lent and Holy Week in a few weeks, I thought I would give my readers some background on title, Son of Man that may lessen any doubts in the divinity of Jesus. Jesus is the Word Incarnate, the Son of God and the Son of Mary which is why He and He alone could atone for the sins of “Man.”

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The Son is Lifted Up (John 12:23, 34). Now the “hour” has arrived. It is the moment when the Son of Man is to be lifted up—and this involves both glorification (John 12:23) and death (John 12:32-34). When the Son of Man is lifted up, the name of the Father is glorified (John 12:28).

The Son of Man is the Lamb of God who goes to the slaughter (cf. Isaiah 53:1 quoted in John 12:38) and is lifted up for the sake of the world in obedience to the Father. Disciples who serve Jesus must also “follow” him in honoring the Father who will in return honor the one who serves Jesus (John 12:26).

The glory of the Son of Man is to glorify the Father through his death, and in response God will glorify the Son. This is the intimacy of their relationship. The Son of Man obeys the Father and the Father loves the Son, and they share the glory of redemption by inviting humanity into their own communion. The glory of the Son and Father is the inclusion of broken humanity in the Triune fellowship of the Father, Son and Spirit.

But the most remarkable thing connected with “the Son of Man” is that it is found only in the mouth of Christ. It is never employed by the disciples, or Evangelist, nor by the Early Christian writers. The early Fathers were of the opinion that the expression was used out of humility and to show Christ’s human nature,

“Son of Man” is a reference to Jesus’ humanity it is not a denial of His deity. By becoming a man, Jesus did not cease being God. The incarnation of Christ did not involve the subtraction of deity, but the addition of humanity.  “Son of Man” reference makes clear that Jesus in one of us and therefore able to be our Redeemer.

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Jesus clearly claimed to be God on many occasions (Matthew 16:16,17) “But who do you say I am. Simon Peter said in reply,“You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”Jesus said to him in reply, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood* has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father.”John 8:5

Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, before Abraham came to be, I AM.” (John 10:30) “The Father and I are one.”

But in addition to being divine, He was also human (see Philippians 2:6-8). Who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, he emptied himself,taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross.” Jesus has two natures (divine and human) conjoined in one person.

Jesus was not denying His deity by referring to Himself as the Son of Man. In fact, it is highly revealing that the term “Son of Man” is used in Scripture in contexts of Christ’s deity.

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For example, the Bible says that only God can forgive sins (Isaiah 23:45); It is I, I, who wipe out, for my own sake, your offenses; your sins I remember no more.”  In Mark 2:7, Jesus is criticisized by religious leaders,Why does this man speak that way?* He is blaspheming. Who but God alone can forgive sins?”

 But as the “Son of Man,” Jesus had the power to forgive sins (Mark 2:10). “But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority to forgive sins on earth”he said to the paralytic, “I say to you, rise, pick up your mat, and go home.”

Likewise, Christ will return to Earth as the “Son of Man” in clouds of glory to reign on Earth.

(Matthew 26:63-64). But Jesus was silent. Then the high priest said to him, “I order you to tell us under oath before the living God whether you are the Messiah, the Son of God.”Jesus said to him in reply, “You have said so. But I tell you: From now on you will see ‘the Son of Man seated at the right hand of the Power’ and ‘coming on the clouds of heaven.’”

In this passage, Jesus is citing Daniel 7:13-14 where the Messiah in end times is described as one like the Son of Man coming on a cloud to be welcomed at the right hand of the Father, the “Ancient of days”….His dominion is an everlasting dominion that shall not pass away, his kingship, one that shall not be destroyed.

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