No man can know everything. All by himself, it is impossible for any man to know everything that can be known. Yet short of knowing it all --- of being omniscient --- it is also almost totally impossible for anyone to be absolutely certain of anything. That is to say, apart from knowing that you exist (and that, existing, you therefore see your own thoughts, passions & sensations, as well as, apparently, your visible surroundings), there is, without assistance, nearly no way to be 100% sure of anything else. Because anything that you perceive --- beyond the bare facts that you exist & that you see privately within yourself, not to mention that you see something, seemingly, of the visible world which is outside your private self --- is always open to misinterpretation. To wit, either you misuse the fundaments of deductive logic to deceive yourself about what you see… or are deceived by another about what you see. In either case, your knowledge is false. The bottom line, then, is that you often do not correctly understand that which you carelessly suppose yourself, with undue confidence, to accurately see, rightly deduce and hence certainly know.
Now, obviously, no one can live his everyday life like this, doubting all that he thinks that he knows; solipsism is not very practical. Nevertheless, wisdom, honesty & humility compel us to admit the truth of what we have just said. The challenge for each man therefore becomes the following:
How do I know what I really need to know? And how can I be sure that it is true?
My dear soul, Epistemology is the Study of Knowledge. Pragmatically & specifically, it is knowing how you know what you need to know --- and that this knowledge is certainly true. As Pontius Pilate queried rhetorically to Jesus Christ nearly 2000 years ago, “What is truth?” (John 18:38a DRC) Pilate having asked Him if He was a king, Jesus had proclaimed to him moments earlier:
“Thou sayest that I am a king. For this was I born, and for this came I into the world; that I should give testimony to the truth. Every one that is of the truth, heareth my voice.” (John 18:37d-i DRC)
Meanwhile, one of Jesus’ choice apostles,
“Which he wrought in Christ… And he hath subjected all things under his feet, and hath made him head over all the church, which is his body, and the fullness of him who is filled all in all.” (Ephesians 1:20a, 22-23 DRC)
And to the members of this Church, Jesus’ Body,
“This then I say and testify in the Lord: that henceforward you walk not as also the Gentiles walk in the vanity of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their hearts. Who despairing, have given themselves up to lasciviousness, unto the working of all uncleanness, unto covetousness. But you have not so learned Christ; if so be that you have heard him, and have been taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus: to put off, according to former conversation, the old man, who is corrupted according to the desire of error. And be renewed in spirit of your mind: and put on the new man, who according to God is created in justice and holiness of truth.” (Ephesians 4:17-24 DRC)
Which is why
“These things I write to thee, hoping that I shall come to thee shortly. But if I tarry long, that you mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.” (1 Timothy 3:14-15 DRC)
And Jesus told His Apostles, the first leaders of His Church Body:
“If you love me, keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he shall give you another Paraclete, that he may abide with you for ever. The Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, nor knoweth him: but you shall know him; because he shall abide with you, and shall be in you… But I tell you the truth: it is expedient to you that I go: for if I go not, the Paraclete will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. And when he is come, he will convince the world of sin, and of justice, and of judgment. Of sin: because they believed not in me. And of justice: because I go to the Father; and you shall see me no longer. And of judgment: because the prince of this world is already judged. I have yet many things to say to you: but you cannot bear them now. But when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will teach you all truth. For he shall not speak of himself; but what things soever he shall hear, he shall speak; and the things that are to come, he shall shew you. He shall glorify me; because he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it to you. All things whatsoever the Father hath, are mine. Therefore I said, that he shall receive of mine, and shew it to you.” (John 14:15-17, 16:7-15 DRC)
Jesus is the King of Truth, being its Author & Origin since He is the Author & Origin --- the Divine Creator & Supernatural Source --- of all Creation. He is thus omniscient, knowing everything there is to know; and He is infallible, knowing everything with absolute certainty. And the Church, being His Body, is therefore infallible as well, exercising His Divine Authority --- the Authority of the Author --- through the Paraclete, the Holy Spirit of Truth, so that any man, created & reborn in His Image, might know whatever he needs to know in order to save his soul from Hell and reign with Him forever in Heaven.
This Church, this Body of His filled & led by the infallible Holy Spirit of Truth, is Roman Catholic and none other. It is the Roman Catholic Church that He established, and no other religion or so-called ‘church’ that one may find in the world today. All other religions or ‘churches’ are manmade. The Roman Catholic Religion was started and is continually sustained by God Almighty Himself. It is “the pillar and ground of the truth” (1 Timothy 3:15d DRC), being “his body” (Ephesians 1:23a DRC), the Body of He Who is the King sent into this world to “give testimony to the truth” (John 18:37g DRC), Who in turn gave the Holy Spirit to His Church so that He via its leaders might teach its members “all truth.” (John 16:13b DRC) Outside of this Faith of the Roman Catholic Church, there is simply no possibility of Salvation for any man at all, period, since there is no possibility for an ignorant & wicked man to know & obey all of the truth that he needs to certainly know & obey in order to save his soul. While within this Roman Catholic Sanctuary, which any man may enter given that he professes all of its dogmas & obeys all of its commandments, there is always Hope of Salvation, provided that he perseveres in that profession & endures in that obedience!
My dear soul, this website seeks to demonstrate the certainty of these audacious-sounding statements. It is thus a work, endeavoring to convert the faithless sinner to belief in & obedience to The Truth. More sweepingly, and in the old-fashioned sense of a place of industry where an important service useful to the public is performed (think, e.g., of a ‘Water Works’ or a ‘Steel Works’), it is a Works. And, being concerned with the knowledge that will save men’s souls… indeed, giving men the means to know with infallible certainty that any man really can know the truth about the Singular Path to Eternal Salvation, viz., Epistemology… then this website is to be known as The Epistemologic Works.
By God’s Grace & the Assistance of Heaven’s Holy Hosts --- especially of God’s Mother, the Blessed Ever-Virgin Mary, Queen of Highest Heaven, and of Saints Cecilia the Virgin Martyr & Celestial Songstress, Catherine of Alexandria the Patroness of Catholic Philosophy, Mariana de Jesus Torres of Our Lady of Good Success, Frances Xavier the Patron of Catholic Missions, Frances de Sales the Patron of Catholic Apologists & Converter of Protestant Heretics, Peter the First Pope, Paul the Missionary to the Gentiles, Clement of Rome, Ignatius of Loyola the Servant of the Papacy & Defender of Catholicism, John the Apostle & Evangelist, Mary Magdalene the Penitent, Elizabeth of Hungary, Ignatius of Antioch, Polycarp of Smyrna, George the Dragonslayer, Francis of Assisi the Humble Seraph, Dominic the Preacher the Humble Cherub, Patrick the Magnificent Apostle of Ireland, Louis de Montfort the Indefatigable Champion of Mary, Mary of Agreda the Flower of the Immaculate Conception, Christine the Admirable & Appeaser of God’s Just Wrath, Margaret of Cortona, Mary of Egypt, Margaret of Costello, Peter of Verona, Rita of Cascia, Bernard of Clairvaux, Clare of Assisi, Hildegard the Mystic, Philip Neri the Holy Inquisitor, Gregory VII the Pope of God's Heart, Michael the Archangel, Gabriel the Annunciator, Raphael the Protector & my own precious Guardian Angel --- I shall accomplish what I have declared.
Consequently, my dear soul, you cannot survey this site without now having a good idea of what you’re in for. It is Roman Catholicism unabashed and missionary proselytizing without apology; should this too greatly infuriate, amuse or weary you, then you’ll not likely wish to waste your time. For, surrounded by a world of darkness & rebellion, the writings on this site that are composed for a more general audience (or for the individual who is willfully obstinate) will sometimes take a strident & even militant tone, while that which is written for a more limited audience of humility & good will, will strike a tone of patience & even-handed compassion. Nonetheless, both will uphold the Catholic Religion. As a result, neither of them will interest the person of bad will, despite being excellent remedies for his spiritual blindness.
In either case, the man who is interested in truth above all things will find what he is looking for. For those craving brevity & simplicity --- leastwise, in the individual queries or responses --- stick more with the Questions & Answers section, as well as the Straight & Simple section when it is posted. For those desiring more length & intricacy, investigate the areas for Books & Articles or Letters & Admonishments. Each will grow as time passes by. Meanwhile, for those seeking to convert, carefully examine the instructions in What Must I Do To Be Saved? Also survey Prayers & Devotions, which will include practical (literally, concerning practices) information on true Catholicity. If not already truly Catholic, then I pray for the conversion of your soul. If truly Catholic already, then I plead for the sanctification of the same & your ultimate perseverance in the state of grace unto an Eternal Reward.
Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus!
Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam!
Ad Jesum Per Mariam!
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