Semina aeternitatis — the Seeds of Eternity
"Usque huc venies, et non procedes
amplius" (Job 38.11)*
“Fawn upon no one and
have no illusions. They can do nothing for us. The will of God
alone can satisfy us.”
Christi) You ingratiate yourself with others because you believe
that it will bring you favor and advantage — but do not so much
as bend your knee before God, from Whom you have all that is good
and Who protects you with His very Angels. You are too proud to
pray to God, but not to flatter men ... Are you greater than Saint
Paul who said,
“Do I seek to please men? If
I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.”
Choose wisely whom you will serve.
feel more and more like an exile”
The earth, this life, was once beautiful and truly home. No fears
of loss, no anxiety, no loneliness, no want ... it was home. But
our First Parents lost that home, and we as their progeny, have
lost it, too — although deep in our remembrance we recall, however
indistinctly, the "Family Home" that should have been ours, too,
but had been lost through Original Sin.
We look as through a primeval haze at a place that was, and would
always be, "ours", and we see it peopled with all those we love
and would never have lost — a
— happy, secure,
and enduring without end. It is a vision from the past of what will
be in the future, except that the Promised Home will be forever
ours, and our family there will be together in a way that will never
be sundered. It is the Home that Jesus went to prepare for us, and
to which He calls us as to a family brought together from an exile
that, after all, proved to be very short. No longer will we hang
our harps upon the sad boughs over a passing river that flowed longingly
out of captivity.
shall we sing the song of the Lord in a strange land? If I
forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand be forgotten.”
This is our plight now. Even when we sing songs of rejoicing, how
seldom there is real joy in our hearts. We are in a foreign land.
But we never forget the Heavenly Jerusalem! We have grown up in
captivity, but hear and remember the songs of rejoicing in that
place which we have never seen but which is truly our Home — a place
that is and will always be.
- The Life of Faith
“The life of Faith is
the untiring pursuit of God through all that disguises and
disfigures Him.” (Father Jean Pierre de Caussade
— Abandonment to Divine Providence)
- Quatuor Novissima
— the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment,
Heaven, and Hell. They have stood before us since the dawn of
reason in late childhood, have they not? We have sensed them in
some primordial way that is integral to our being, and inescapable
since understanding, despite every effort to distract us from them.
We knew the sun would set. It always had, in every generation. It
was a standing summons ... only deferred. The stern and somber Halls
of the Great etched their alternating alabaster and darkly-marbled
remembrance upon us, lest we forget. Row on undulating row of parchmented
granite, cool under the cypress trees, stretched before us to what
seemed eternity. We came to know death, stillness, and tolling bells.
Sun-splashed Sundays found us in impossibly green fields of sometimes
pallid, sometimes polished inscribed stones of such solemnity! We
knelt and prayed. Days of remembrance ...
- Do not fear, Little Ones, that you do not know
much. You only need to know God — for in knowing Him,
you will love Him, and in loving Him truly you will serve Him, and
so save your soul for what is everlasting in Heaven — not here on
earth where all passes away. There, nothing passes away and cannot
be taken from you ... ever. Strive to know Jesus Christ, His Gospel,
and remain faithful to the Sacraments of the Church, and you will
have nothing to fear. All the knowledge in the world will
not bring you to Heaven. Only love will: love
for God, and for one another in Christ. Knowledge will bring you
to vanity, but love will bring you to Paradise.
- God does not call us to mediocrity, but to greatness;
to greatness in Faith, in Hope, in Charity, in Love; to the greatest
adherence to Him in all He teaches us, in all
He commands us. He demands much and we must give much — in fact,
all. All. All that we are and
all that we have — for He gave it to us first and
it is His! The lukewarm, He warns us in the holy Book of
the Apocalypse, "He will vomit from His mouth." (Apoc. 3.16)
We should tremble at these words.
We have forgotten holy zeal for God and the
salvation of immortal souls for all eternity. We
have traded friendship with God for friendship with the world —
which ever hated Him ... and which will hate you, too, once you
deny yourself daily, manfully take up your Cross, and follow Him
apart from Whom alone none come to the Father. He is
the only Way. There is no other. And still you hesitate,
demur, and make excuses even at the threshold of the door of death
that shall surely close upon you.
- A Question for the Editor:
I really wonder how you can have such a "nail-on-the-head" article,
"When Catholics are not Catholic," and yet miss the point yourself
by stating at the bottom of the page: "Totally Faithful to the Holy
See in Rome" and by not making any mention of the roll both "Vatican
II" and the "Holy See" have and have had in the demise of the Faith.
We are “Totally Faithful to the Sacred Deposit
of Faith (Depositum Fidei) entrusted to the Holy
See in Rome” that existed in perpetuity from Saint Peter. This is
the Deposit of the Faith for nearly 2000 years, and
Christ promised that the gates of Hell will not prevail against
the Church built upon Saint Peter. We cannot exist outside the Body
of Christ of whom Christ Himself is the Head (1Corinthians 2.12,
12.27; Colossians 1.18, etc.). To all authentic Church teaching
embodied in the Deposit of Faith we are unalterably faithful. Sadly,
not all the popes of Holy Mother the Church have been holy; indeed,
Pope Honorius was anathematized in 680 Anno Domini, condemned
as a heretic and excommunicated — forty years after
his death! We need only look at the Borgia Pope Alexander VI
of such ignominy. In more modern times we have whom we believe to
be the much mistaken Pope John XXIII who convened the Second
Vatican Council and whose last words were: “Stop the Council!”
We now see current popes canonizing virtually all their immediate
predecessors, which appears scandalous (only God knows) and
our present Holy Father, Francis, issuing encyclicals
on the environment and economics! We
do not consider these issues to be within the area of his competency
or divinely invested power, nor are we able to reconcile it, except
very broadly and tangentially. When Christ said to Saint Peter,
"Feed my sheep." (Saint John
21.17) I do not believe He had in mind "the tragic effects
of environmental degradation on the lives of the world’s
poorest (Laudato si 13) or "the intimate
relationship between the poor and the fragility of the planet"
(16). Yes, as Saint James is clear (St. James 2.16), we have a responsibility
for providing for those in need. But Christ also recognized a
greater need: "Amen, amen I say to
you, you seek me, not because you have seen miracles, but
because you did eat of the loaves, and were filled.
Labor not for the meat which perisheth, but for that which endureth
unto life everlasting, which the Son of man will give you."
(Saint John 6.26-28). In this regard Christ
told Peter to "Feed My sheep."
It was not an economic
- If the Pope pontificates on economics we must
ask ourselves, can an economist pontificate on the
Papacy? "Of course not", you say, "The province of expertise embodied
in an economist does not qualify him as a theologian. It's not his
job description. He may have opinions on the matter but that
is all they are: "opinions." By the same reasoning,
neither can a pope pontificate on economics. It's not his
job description. His job description is spiritual:
proclaiming the Gospel and saving souls. In fact, his Master clearly
states that His Kingdom is not of this world." ("Regnum
Meum non est de hoc mundo"). An economist's job description
is temporal: to research and analyze economic issues:
it precisely pertains to the world, matter, money, and financial
assets. Would you go to Warren Buffet for spiritual advice on moral
matters? Would you go the pope for economic advice concerning your
retirement options? Really? It is a matter of competency and invested
authority. Would you attend a seminar featuring Warren Buffett on
the topic of saving your soul and going to Heaven? Would you go
to one featuring Pope Francis on organizing your work strategy and
finances? You would cock your head in bewilderment and politely
decline both. Or do I have a deal for you on ocean-front property
Until the pontificate of Francis we, as Catholics, had two holy
Our Holy Mother the Church
Our Holy Mother, Mary
... and now "our holy Mother Earth"?
Pope Francis insists that we:
"Love the land as Mother earth"
“Make alliance with Mother Earth”
"This sister [Earth] now cries out to us because of the harm
we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of the
goods which God has endowed her with. We have come to see ourselves
as her lord and masters, entitled to plunder her at will. The violence
present in our hearts, wounded by sin, is also reflected in the
soil, in the water, in the air, and in all forms of life” "
"We human beings are united as brothers and sisters on a wonderful
pilgrimage, woven together by the love God has for each of his creatures
and which also unites us in fond affection with brother sun, sister
moon, brother river and mother earth."
“One thing is certain: we can no longer turn our backs on reality,
on our brothers and sisters, on Mother Earth,”
(speech at the
Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador)
And that, "The system of production and distribution of food
must be radically rethought." (we do not know what school
of theology this derives from)
If much of this is reminiscent of New Age thought and the culture
of the 60's, we are at least inclined to wonder at the correspondence.
We pray for Pope Francis, that God lead him and guide him in His
ways, and not the ways of the world.
In our humble — and perhaps even mistaken opinion — the last truly
holy and absolutely faithful pope was Pope Pius X. The Seat of Peter
did not expire after his death. Whether or not it has been heroically
Catholic in the last 50 years is, in our opinion, very questionable.
The Church has suffered much and terribly as a consequence of Vatican
II. But just as Pope Pius X sat upon the Cathedra that Honorius
and Alexander stained, another Pope of heroic Catholic sanctity
may await us and restore what had been — once again, in our opinion
— illicitly deprived of us. In that sense we are, indeed, Faithful
to the Sacred Deposit of Faith entrusted to the Holy see in Rome
when it is exercised as such in conspectus Dei, and in complete
continuity and agreement with that 2000 year Deposit of Faith —
which is susceptible to being (illicitly) ignored or prescinded
from to the ends of man, but from which no one can deprive Catholics,
and which none can abolish.
Remember the admonition of Saint Paul to Saint Timothy:
"For there shall be a time, when they will not endure sound doctrine;
but, according to their own desires, they will heap to themselves
teachers, having itching ears: And will indeed turn away their hearing
from the truth, but will be turned unto fables." ( 2
May we humbly ask that you pray for us, and for all who contend
against “the deceits of the devil. "For
our wrestling is not against flesh and blood; but against principalities
and power, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against
the spirits of wickedness in the high places." (Eph.
God keep you.
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shalt come, and shalt go no further." (Job