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• Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Ever-Virgin Mary, Mother of the Second Person of the Trinity, Which Second Person Is God Almighty from All of Eternity, and Whose Mother, Mere Creature Though She Be, Is the Queen of Highest Heaven Forevermore, 2016 (12-8-16)
Uploaded the fourth part (albeit, only a substantial part of the fourth part) of the new book, Helplessly Ignorant .
Here things become unavoidably apocalyptic.
What is one to make of the rather ‘bizarre-sounding’
but transfixing passages of the Apocalypse (‘Revelation’ for
Protestants in their bibles) of
How are they to be interpreted?
Without claiming to be ‘all-knowing’ or ‘infallible’, I do insist that they mean something.
And I do also insist, to be rational, that God did not inspire Sacred Scripture or put these mysterious passages into the Bible, if they could never be understood properly and accurately by mere human beings.
Hence, they have to mean something.
And they must
also be important or else Jesus Christ, via the Holy Ghost, would not
have instructed and inspired John, His Beloved Disciple, to write them upon the
So what do they mean?
That’s what the fourth part of Helplessly Ignorant gets into.
I haven’t had time, though, to get all of the fourth part written and edited.
Nevertheless, I have a sense that it was imperative to get something up by today.
Which, if you’re paying attention and are Catholic --- or, at least, claim to be ‘catholic’ --- is one of the most crucial feast days of the entire sanctoral cycle in the liturgical year of the One True Religion, the Singular & Sacred Roman Catholic Church of Our Uncreated Creator.
She is, after all, immaculate --- perfect and without sin --- for a reason.
A reason that God Himself determined from all of eternity.
To undo the Original Sin of Ss. Adam & Eve, by making one of His mere creatures (but made in His image) without Original Sin, and who, by His Almighty Will & Power, would never sin during Her entire earthly life… instead obeying Him with simplicity and humility, forever, without ever displeasing or disobeying His Divine Will for Her whole existence.
It is this Holy & Humble Woman who crushes the Serpent by Her Heel. (Genesis 3:15 DRC)
It is this Immaculately Conceived Human Being who vanquishes all heresy.
It is this mere creature, without any sin, whose Immaculate Heart will destroy the Great Apostasy and convert the world again --- for a brief period, at least --- to the One & Only Roman Catholic Religion of Her Son, Who is, indeed, God Almighty Incarnate.
It is His Holy Flesh, gotten from Her, His Mother, which accomplishes this miracle.
How fitting, then, if Helplessly Ignorant is of any worth to Our Maker, that the fourth part --- which gets into the nitty gritty apocalyptic details --- should be posted on Her feast day, the day dedicated by the Church, Her Son’s Body, on the universal liturgical calendar.
May Her Immaculate Heart be triumphant.
May Her Heel crush the snake’s dragonic head.
May all false (non-Catholic) religion be destroyed.
May this day, in this year, 2016, symbolically represent the beginning of the end.
The end of the old earth and old heavens, and of sin and death and night and mourning and fear and the sea and everything to do with rebellion and disobedience and anti-Catholicity.
All praise be to the Sacred & Suffering Heart of King Jesus Christ, Who is God Almighty, and to the Immaculate & Sorrowful Heart of His Mother, Queen Mary the Immaculate, greatest of all creatures that He has ever created, and perfect in all Her ways.
• Feast of St. Francis Xavier the Jesuit Missioner, 2016 (12-3-16)
Uploaded a new article, Automatic Excommunications (‘Latae Sententiae’): Why Canon Law Automatically Excommunicates Notoriously & Pertinaciously Heretical or Schismatic Members of the Catholic Church Without Formal Action or Declarations from Her Leaders, and Why This Principle Applies from Highest Pope to Lowliest Layperson from the Most Ancient of Times , in the Books & Articles section of The Epistemologic Works website. This in turn is an updated and re-written excerpt from the longer article, Should You Go to a CMRI Mass or Take Part in the Worship of Other Traditionalists? , with a substantial endnote tying it all together, also found in the Books & Articles section of The Epistemologic Works website.
Why is this article important?
Because confusion reigns supreme during the Great Apostasy.
And that confusion revolves around what Catholicity is --- especially around denial of the infallible maxim ‘no Salvation outside the Church’ in its most ancient, narrow & correct sense --- and the loss of both knowing that you have become truly Catholic, and loss of knowing how to tell if someone else is truly Catholic.
That’s where the Church’s Canon Law comes in.
Since most ancient of times the Catholic Church has told us, with supreme authority, that those who are supposed to be Her members but reveal themselves, notoriously and pertinaciously, as grievous heretics or schismatics, are excommunicated.
And not just excommunicated, but done so ‘ipso facto’ and ‘latae sententiae’.
That is to say, automatically.
This is stunning and revelatory to the thinking person who cares. Who truly is Catholic, or wants to be truly Catholic, and is trying to figure out what in the world is going on with the world today. When everything and everyone seems to be bent on evil and anti-Catholicity, of systematically rejecting and denying all that the Church teaches.
Teachings that are infallible.
Hence, if systematically rejected and denied, then the world really is in the most wicked and rebellious of times… the time of the Great Apostasy, when, just as Jesus’ Human Body was buried in the tomb at the rejoicing of His enemies, so, too, Jesus’ Ecclesial Body --- the Roman Catholic Church --- is buried in the tomb at the rejoicing of Her enemies as well.
And yet there will be a resurrection.
It’s God’s Church, not ours, as I am fond of saying.
We’re merely members of His Church… if truly Catholic.
What’s going on today requires the complicity of some very important people. People who, like Judas Iscariot, are traitors and even murderers. Such people operate within the apparent structure of the Church --- whilst not actually being Catholic.
Now, if they’re hidden away, there’s not a lot we can do, apart from being cautious and certain to remain truly Catholic, professing and defending the Faith whole & entire.
But when such traitors come out into the open --- as they will, eventually, just as Judas revealed himself for what he was to everyone when he led the soldiers to arrest his Master, Jesus, in the garden --- the situation changes completely.
Now they’re out in the open.
Now they can no longer hide.
This is what being a notorious and pertinacious heretic or schismatic amounts to.
It’s why the Church excommunicates them automatically, without a prelate having to raise a finger in official or public action, or make some sort of ‘formal declaration’.
It’s to protect the Ecclesial Body of Jesus Christ.
Why, then, has everyone forgotten this, or acts like it’s simply ‘theoretical’ while in no way possible, or proper, to put it into routine practice?
Because they are either servants or dupes of Satan.
And if Satan was going to ‘win’ against his foe, the Catholic Church, then he must make people forget, or act like it no longer matters or can be put into practice, the canonic principle of automatic excommunications… of identifying those who are not truly professing Catholicism whole & entire, who are attacking Her and betraying Her.
If servants of Satan, they do this on purpose.
If dupes of Satan, they do it inadvertently.
Sadly, the adverb ‘inadvertently’ does not equate with ‘inculpably’.
God gives most of us intelligent and adequate minds.
Ergo, at some point, we should figure things out.
That’s what this article is about:
Helping you, the reader, to figure it out.
To fulfill your duty, become truly Catholic (or stay truly Catholic!) , and distinguish those who are not… and even if that means someone who is supposed to be a Successor to St. Peter and the Supreme Defender of the One True Faith.
Almost no one on earth is left who is truly Catholic.
How fitting, then, that this post transpires on the day that the Church dedicates to St. Francis Xavier, the great Jesuit missioner and, arguably, the greatest evangelist since the first century and the holy work of God’s chosen man, St. Paul the Apostle.
May another St.
Francis Xavier, and another
May Queen Mary crush the serpent’s head and vanquish all heresies.
May King Jesus resurrect His Ecclesial Body and return to earth.
May we in the meantime be truly Roman Catholic, carry our heavy crosses while enduring the mockery and opposition and hatred of the whole world, and die in the state of grace.
May God give us again a true & holy pope, and shepherds to watch over our souls.
Ad majorem Dei gloriam.
• Feast of St. Saturninus and Vigil of the Feast of St. Andrew the Apostle, 2016 (11-29-16)
Posted the second and third parts of the new book, Helplessly Ignorant: The Nonsense of a Perfectly Intelligent But Strangely ‘Invincibly Ignorant’ Person Somehow ‘Unable’ to Know Catholicism Is True in Order to Find Salvation, Whilst, Instead, Getting into Heaven by Being ‘Sincere’ , in the Books & Articles section of The Epistemologic Works website.
Saturninus was a fairly popular name during ancient Roman times, clearly meant to honor the pagan god, Saturn, for which our most beautiful of relatively nearby celestial spheres --- the planets --- is named, the ringed and heavenly-looking orb.
This lovely heavenly orb has a strange hexagonal (six-sided) ‘storm’ raging constantly like a polar vortex swirling round its north pole. It’s considered during modern times as the ‘sixth’ planet out from the sun, yet, from a truly wise and scholarly Catholic point of view, knowing Tychonian Geocentrism to be the real arrangement of our creation (all things in the universe rotating around the sun, the sun itself then revolving, with the heavens revolving around it, around the earth at the center of our creation), Saturn is actually (and counting the ‘missing’ planetary orb called the ‘asteroid belt’, which cosmic Darwinists claim is a ‘failed’ planet that never quite came together over ‘billions’ of years, but which is in reality a planetary orb that suffered catastrophic destruction, probably at the time of St. Noe’s Great Deluge long ago) the eight celestial orb outward from the earth deep into the heavens. It is, as it were, the octave heavenly sphere corresponding to our moon, upon which Our Lady stands, like the highest ‘mountain’ of the earth (since, as a wise person realizes, the earth and moon are coupled ‘gravitationally’ in a perpetual starry dance, the barycenter of this cosmic waltz being, literally, a thousand miles below our terrestrial surface.) So that, in a real sense, Saturn is the heavenly sphere an octave above our moon --- the highest height belonging to earth --- and, hence, the ‘seventh heaven of heaven’, as it were.
Is it any wonder, then, that Saturn is the most beautiful of ‘nearby’ celestial globes, ringed and golden, and, the astronomers tell us, of a density lighter than water, so that, were it possible, having a gargantuan sea or pool of water, Saturn would float, buoyant and ship-like.
And then that enigmatic six-sided hexagon at the north pole of Saturn…
Six, the number of humanity, on the octave heavenly orb corresponding to our earth’s most lofty summit, the lunar orb, ancient Diana, Selene and Cynthia, as our pagan ancestors called her… for the moon has always symbolized and evoked femininity.
The heavens do indeed declare the glory of God.
And reveal His mysteries for the one who sees.
Saturn was known as Cronos to the Greeks.
Overseeing crops, the seasons and time itself.
The Romans celebrated this pagan deity at the very time --- just after the winter solstice --- that Our Lord & Savior was born, around December 25th.
Curious, curious, curious.
Jesus Christ is
the Bread of Heaven, the fulfillment of a heavenly crop of wheat, the medicine
of immortality as St. Ignatius of
And Jesus came to mark our times forever just after the winter solstice, changing it from a season of pagan debauchery and dissolution into a time of joy and solemnity and holy expectation… the Season of Advent, which we have just entered with the 1st Sunday of Advent upon 27 November 2016, when I posted the first of five parts to the new book, Helplessly Ignorant.
What a frightening yet exciting time to be alive.
If we’re Catholic and die in the state of grace… what a reward we will receive.
What a Crown of Martyrdom we will win, and even if we never shed our blood.
blood, measured in sorrows and spiritual famine, will be our bloodless
sacrifice, priceless and painful regardless. It’s the time to be brave,
don our religious armor, tighten our spiritual belts around bellies thin and
emaciated from long hunger without shepherds to feed us or pastures to lie down
and rest in. The desert parches our lips, makes our skin like rough leather,
the sun browns us like St. Mary of
We endure the same.
Let us surmount as she did, invoking her prayers.
Read the book. Get informed about the “operation of error” that besets us.
See with the eyes God has given you --- ponder with the mind He has bestowed upon you.
Seize every prayer, every devotion, every holy book left in our possession.
Prayer and wear the Rosary like a spiritual weapon.
Do the same with the Brown Scapular.
Likewise with the Miraculous Medal. Similarly the Medal of
And heed the Saving Truth found in the book, Helplessly Ignorant.
‘No Salvation outside the Church’ means exactly what it says, no ifs, ands or buts.
It has always been understood with simplicity, without qualification.
‘Salvation-in-the-state-of-ignorance-and-sincerity’ is nonsense.
Know this, defy the Serpent, avoid the forbidden apple.
We may be conceived in Original Sin.
We do not, however, have to commit actual sin.
We can know truth, we can choose to believe it, and we can humbly profess it.
That’s why God gave us intelligent minds and freedom of will.
This is why He made us look like Him, in His Sacred Image.
O Sacred & Suffering Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!
O Immaculate & Sorrowful Heart of Mary, pray for us!
Let the Saving Truth be known.
It is time.
Like the Maccabees of old, we few real Catholics have retreated to God’s Mountain.
Now Satan threatens to chase us there, to seek and destroy us!
May the Sword of the Spirit be strong in our hands.
May Infallible Truth defy and dismay him.
May we, by Mary’s Heel, make him pay dearly for his arrogance.
By Your Eternal Power, O God, unleash Her Immaculate Heart, vanquish our Serpentine Foe!
Bring the Dragon down in utter ruin, quench his poisonous and fiery breath with the holy water of life and Roman Catholic Dogma. Let us finally, after long and patient humiliation, see his downfall and utter ruin. Let us mock the worm that troubles the world.
Let the Prince of the Power of the Air plunge to the ground.
Let him eat dust upon his belly.
This we pray.
This we ask.
This we seek.
May your Mother, Mary, be our refuge.
Deus, Deus meus. Do not forsake us unto the end. Amen.
• Feast of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, 2016 (11-27-16)
Posted the first part of a new book, Helplessly Ignorant: The Nonsense of a Perfectly Intelligent But Strangely ‘Invincibly Ignorant’ Person Somehow ‘Unable’ to Know Catholicism Is True in Order to Find Salvation, Whilst, Instead, Getting into Heaven by Being ‘Sincere’ , in the Books & Articles section of The Epistemologic Works website.
This is a book I’ve long wanted to write --- yet dreaded doing so at the same time, knowing how difficult and time-consuming it would be and feeling incompetent, not being up to the task with all of the enemies of Catholicism arrayed against us --- but woke up one morning in February of 2016 realizing that it was time, and that the entire outline had been given to me in my sleep during the night.
No one has to believe me, of course… and I deserve any derision I receive, being an unworthy Catholic and rotten sinner… nevertheless, this is what happened.
If it really is from Heaven, and worthwhile to them, then I will be the most surprised. I am not only unworthy of the name of Catholic (despite certainly bearing this noble title), but a man of little brain and mind compared to the celestial beings. Any understanding I have is from God Himself --- He gets the credit. I did not make myself or give myself intelligence. It’s all from Him. And, like Nabuchodonosor [Nebuchadnezzar in Protestant bibles] of old, who ruled the mightiest empire of his time on earth, yet had his mind stripped from him by God for seven years in order to humble him, living like an animal and eating grass, I readily praise the Triune God of the Catholic Church for His gifts & bounties bestowed upon us.
I’m actually a hindrance to His Kingdom, not an asset.
In any case, the book tackles a simple but heinous problem:
Why the fixation in modern times with ‘ignorance’ and ‘skepticism’?
Why pretend it’s ‘impossible’ to know with certainty which religion or philosophy is actually and totally true (if any), and why the automatic, kneejerk derision toward any religion of a more traditional or formal nature?
Modernized but ‘non-religious’ people act like it’s a hopeless attempt to discover which religion, if any, is true. Or, as is more and more common nowadays, they use this as a lame excuse for not looking and seeking and investigating whilst knowing, all along, that they really don’t think any of them are true… they’re all a bunch of nonsense and ‘superstition’, say they, if honest, or only privately in their minds.
Meanwhile, people who style themselves ‘catholic’ since Vatican II in the 1960s pretend that intelligent people can be ‘invincibly ignorant’ and --- in this state of ‘inculpable’ ignorance or prejudice about Catholicism --- be saved, instead, as they are without first converting truly, really, actually and visibly to the Roman Catholic Church. This, they say, is what the Catholic Church has always taught (a complete falsehood, as anyone who studies the early Church Fathers and ancient ecclesial history knows), or, acknowledging things have ‘changed’ since ancient times and ancient Catholic belief, they pretend that this change is merely a ‘deepening’ of the infallible dogma of ‘no Salvation outside the Church’ when, in fact, it’s an outright blatant and savage contradiction of what all real Catholics have always known Salvation Dogma to mean, with simplicity and no qualifications.
This salvation heresy --- this hellish lie --- has come to dominate our present world, being the primary means by which Lucifer (the Devil, or Satan) has appeared like an ‘angel of light’ and deceived nearly all peoples, including those who are supposed to be ‘catholic’ and ushered in the short but brutal era of the long foretold Great Apostasy.
It is with this realization in mind that I have written the book.
I do not pretend to have the power, the fame, the wealth or the ability in any way, shape or form to undo this hideous evil all by myself. I merely speak the truth where necessary, knowing that it is infallible and absolutely needful for the salvation of souls.
It’s up to God whether or not He uses it for good.
I am not a priest, bishop or pope, nor have I ever claimed to be.
I am merely Catholic --- having been raised as a modern and to hate the Catholic Religion --- and, by God’s Mercy, was converted to the True Religion in a miracle of transformation.
This transformation is proof that, if God can do it with me, then He can do it for anyone.
It’s His Church, not mine or yours.
We’re merely members of it, if truly Catholic and not espousing the falsehoods of the reigning Religion of Modernism which claims, amongst other things, that it doesn’t matter what religion you are… as long as you don’t deny what Modernism dogmatically teaches, especially the teaching that no religion really matters, that the Golden Rule (‘do unto others as you would have them do unto you’) is all that’s important, and that this principle is something all major religions of old share in common. Ergo, beyond that Rule, and, provided you don’t act like Modernism is something bad or dangerous, then you’re on the right side of ‘progress’ and the world is becoming a more modern and ‘better’ place every day.
How lucky we are to be so smart and free of our ancestors’ superstitions!
This is what we think.
The Helplessly Ignorant book demolishes this myth by pointing out its glaring flaws and logical contradictions, as well as its blatantly demonic opposition to what the Roman Catholic Religion has always taught as infallible & saving truth.
Curious, then, that it should first be released to the world at large on the day wise Catholics honor God’s Mother, the Blessed Ever-Virgin Mary, under the title of ‘Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal’.
This year is
curious already, being but one year shy of the hundredth anniversary of Our
Lady of Fatima and its flabbergasting Miracle of the Sun in
The Feast of
Christ the King transpired on the last Sunday of October as always this year,
but, as far as I can tell (and this feast was only instituted in the early 20th
century by Pope Pius XI, so it hasn’t been on the universal liturgical
calendar for long), for the first time ever literally right before All Hallow’s Eve (Halloween, as contemporary people know
it) the next day, Monday, and All Saints Day right after that as ever, of
course. Then follows a series of amazing feast days, such as the Feast of the
Dedication of St. John Lateran’s Cathedral in
Rome, Italy, which is the Mother Church of all real Catholics, being the seat
and throne of the Papacy. Then comes the Feast of the
Dedication of the Basilicas of Ss. Peter & Paul a week or so later,
the founding bishops of the Diocese of Rome in the mid-first century. Then the
feasts of St. Elizabeth of
So many of my favorite saints are celebrated by the Church near the end of the liturgical & sanctoral years.
Then, at almost the very end, comes Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, not yet on the universal calendar, but well-known and widespread amongst Catholics of the past two centuries. Like the woman who crushes the serpent’s head, it was like Mary, Our Heavenly Mother, reassuring Her children, true Catholics, that, yes, the times are evil and bound to get more evil still… notwithstanding, the moment is coming, and not so far away, that My Son, Jesus, the God-Man, will speak, permitting Me to act, and I will vanquish our foe, the Devil. He will not prevail indefinitely, his time is horrible yet short, and you may cling to me, the Queen of Highest Heaven, and I will hide you in My Mantle, protecting you during this terrible time. Evil will not win; My Son’s Body, the Catholic Church, will resurrect; and worldlings will not go unpunished, either converted miraculously to My side or else annihilated by My heel along with their spiritual father, the Ancient Dragon and liar.
This is our hope.
This is our lifeline.
This is why we do not despair.
This is why, as difficult and unbelievable as it may seem, humanly speaking, we wait patiently, learn to endure our cross and kiss and embrace it, and soldier on, stumbling and gasping in our tribulation. We die with Christ on the Hill of Calvary, but do not rot away in the ecclesial tomb. Like Him, on Easter Sunday, we look for Resurrection --- both in the world to come and in this earthly life, too, prior to Jesus’ Second Advent. Will you or I live to see it? I cannot say with prophetic assurance. I only know that God will act, miraculously and without any foe able to withstand Him when He so chooses. He brought mighty Egypt to its knees when He freed the Israelites to worship Him in His One True Religion of the Old Covenant, and, against all odds, He brought the Day of Pentecost upon the incipient New Covenant Church in the Upper Room of Jerusalem, spreading Catholicism across the equally mighty Roman Empire in a trice, practically overnight, regardless of brutal and bloody opposition.
No enemy is His equal.
This is the God we serve.
Let us humble ourselves, beg His forgiveness for our many sins, bear our crosses gladly as the very least we deserve too suffer for our terrible rebellions, and wait patiently for Him to act.
Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, pray for us!
And by Your Immaculate & Sorrowful Heart, O Queen crowned by Twelve Stars, clothed with the sun and standing upon the moon, bring the serpent to heel and convert this world once again to Your Son’s One & Only Catholic Body, outside of which no one can hope to be saved…
O Mediatrix of All Your Son’s
Graces and Co-Redemptress of Our World, protect us
--- particularly our immortal souls --- and help us, your unworthy children, in
our desperate need. We look to you, O Mother, and trust You,
just as you helped the poor couple married in
Now is the time we need Your help.
We turn to You, like a little child to his or her Mother.
You are sweet and tender, and will not fail us.
Where our shepherds have apostatized and abandoned us, You will not.
Gather the sheep, protect the lambs, and make us one.
Don’t let Lucifer triumph in his pride.
Humble him, crush him.
We Your children cry to You!
Dear reader, read the book.
Heaven willing, I will post two more parts in the next day or two.
By God’s grace I will post the fourth part by the 8th of December.
By Our Lady’s strength, I will post the fifth and final part by Her Son’s Nativity, the 25th of December.
However poorly worded, the message in the book is true and needful.
We will not gain Heaven’s Mercy or begin to undo the religious darkness till these spiritual falsehoods and cancers of the human soul are banished and buried.
May this tiny thing be a tottering but real step in the right direction.
May Our Eternal & Self-Subsisting Creator use it for good.
May human beings heed its message even if they revile me.
Then would God’s Power be truly revealed.
Ss. Francis & Dominic, little men of God, help me to be one tenth of what you were.
And, if against all expectations, I am ten times what you were, let it not be thought I accomplished anything on my own, let all the credit be given to God & His Mother, Mary. Let me hide in Her holy skirts, like a painfully shy child, let all honor go to Her, and through Her to God, let me only, I beg You, unworthy as I am, be made worthy by Your Power & Mercy, and let me, I beg You, see Heaven, since I dare not suffer the flames of hell forevermore.
But let me love You --- and Her --- like I should.
• Feast of St. Anthony of the Desert, 2016 (1-17-16)
Posted latest article, The Sacrament of Penance Without a Priest Available, in the Books & Articles section of The Epistemologic Works website.
An excerpt of Chapters 11 to 13 of the longer article, This Is the Great Apostasy… Now, How Do We Make Sure Our Souls Survive It?, with a couple of small tweaks, a tiny introduction, and an endnote tying everything up while rebutting typical biases held by various readers, the upload addresses a simple but vexing dilemma:
With lawful priests not available to real Catholics during the Great Apostasy, how is a person to be certain to absolve mortal sin prior to exiting this life?
Can anyone be saved out of this terrible situation?
Fortunately, the answers are reassuring.
Neither the Triune Catholic God nor His One & Only Roman Catholic Church have left us abandoned while our world undergoes a rebellion unseen since the time of St. Noe.
We are not without hope, we are not automatically doomed to hell.
What’s more, the Solemn Magisterium --- especially the Council of Trent --- gives us infallible assurance of this.
So, while laboring wearily in the midst of spiritual famine, void of visible shepherds for the time being, we poor hungry sheep are not laboring without hope… we are not laboring toward certain damnation.
But read the article.
Today is the Feast of St. Anthony of the Desert. Not St. Anthony the Miracle Worker, who toiled as a monk many centuries later. Do not confuse the two.
before St. Anthony of the Desert left this world, he witnessed the
The Empire became officially Catholic.
Unfortunately, at the same time this was happening --- the rolls of the Church engorged with people now converting to the Catholic Faith since persecution not only no longer threatened, but, instead, being a Catholic could help advance one’s career within the government --- God in His Sovereign Will permitted a massive spiritual attack against the One True Religion.
To wit, the Arian Heresy.
Some scholars estimate up to 90% of the bishops went openly heretical.
And, it would seem, at least half --- if not even more --- of the laity followed their shepherds into religious rebellion and eventual damnation.
This scourge of terrible heresy went on for the better part of the fourth century.
And poor St.
Anthony witnessed the beginning of it, even as he lived to see the official
conversion of the
It ought not to surprise anyone that he opposed Arianism with unbending zeal.
Any real Catholic today must approach our crisis with equal zeal.
We shan’t all be saints; we’re not all apostles or prophets.
Indeed, all of us are pretty much ‘no ones’.
Like the fishermen called out to be Jesus’ disciples unexpectedly, as it were, so, too, it would appear, many of us today, who are actually Catholic, were called out of nowhere to convert to the True Church.
And yet, like
Notwithstanding, will it really end in bitterness?
Any true Catholic knows the story:
No. Jesus resurrected. It did not end in the Tomb.
Neither will today’s Ecclesial Crucifixion end in the Tomb.
God will resurrect His Ecclesial Body, and that Body will not rot away.
In the meantime,
those few of us who are truly Catholic, and without shepherds to guard our
souls, must --- if only metaphorically --- survive like
This is the cross and martyrdom each of us faces.
Without visible shepherds and a normally functioning hierarchy, we are just like hermits in the religious desert, surviving on prayer and on what few spiritual aids we may glean in the arid wilderness.
Like St. Anthony, we endure abstinence for the greater glory of eternity.
And, like Anthony, we witness with horror the superficial --- but very real --- triumph of hell for a very short span of time against the Pillar & Ground of Truth.
That is to say, just like hell and all foolish sinners thought Jesus --- the very Author of Truth, Truth Himself --- vanquished and in the earth, their enemy gone… so, too, hell and all foolish sinners now think Jesus’ Catholic Body vanquished and in the earth, their indomitable religious enemy obliterated.
It’s worse now than it was during the Arian Heresy. And, yet, the Arian Heresy looked pretty bleak at the time, a holy foe like St. Athanasius banished not once, not twice, not even thrice from his episcopal throne in Alexandria, Egypt, but five times over the course of interminable decades!
Again, the point?
It was winning!
Likewise, for a while, humanly speaking, with Jesus in the Tomb, it looked like hell had triumphed.
It had triumphed!
But only for a moment.
And even though Anthony did not go into the desert to organize monasteries.
By God’s Choice, not ours, we are forced into a spiritual desert like hermits, in order to be truly Catholic during the Great Apostasy, when everyone has betrayed --- including our visible shepherds --- the Ecclesial Body of Christ.
Has hell triumphed?
It seems like it, superficially.
Just like hell appeared to win with Jesus in the Tomb, or how it seemed like everybody was Arian by the middle of the AD 300s.
Nonetheless, God’s Body did not rot in the Tomb, nor did God’s Ecclesial Body rot away in the ‘triumph’ of His foes as Arianism reigned for a moment during the fourth century --- when even the emperors were Arian and on the wrong side, upholding false religion! --- rather, He resurrected.
This is the hope we have.
This is the miracle we look for.
But it’s God’s Church, not ours. We’re merely members of it…
If we are truly Catholic.
survive in the desert like
Perhaps we will live to see the ecclesial resurrection, if not too old.
Or perhaps our children will take part in the re-establishment of a real Catholicism upon the earth, witnessing the revival of a living, breathing & functioning Hierarchy, helping to organize its restitution just as Anthony organized the institution of monasticism so long ago.
It’s in God’s Hands. I do not claim to be prophetic, in the strict sense.
I merely prophesy --- in the broad sense that all real Catholics may claim to wield --- that God’s Promise will not fail.
Hell will not triumph in the end.
The Tomb will be empty.
And Truth --- and Truth’s Pillar --- will reign forevermore.
Ad majorem Dei gloriam.
Ad Jesum per Mariam.
• Feast of the Holy Family and the Fifth Day Within the Octave of Epiphany, 2016 (1-10-16)
Uploaded the article,
This Is the Great Apostasy... Now, How Do We Make Sure Our Souls Survive It?,
in the Books & Articles section of The Epistemologic Works website. Originally a personal letter sent in response to a man in the South of the
As Catholics, what are supposed to do during such evil times?
Where do we get the sacraments?
The letter I wrote answered those questions.
Moreover, it became the basis for an explanation to help anyone in these straits. That is to say, for any real Catholic who realizes we’re in a horrible situation today, our world lost in the darkness of the Great Apostasy and facing a terrible punishment.
What are we to do? How are we to survive it? How can we make sure our souls go to Heaven when we have no visible shepherds to protect us and to guard us? Are we lost forever? Has God abandoned us? Do we become, if only by default, some sort of strange ‘protestant’ by being Catholic without any visible shepherds for the time being?
Read the article to find out in sufficient detail.
In short, though, no!
We are not without recourse. We can survive. We can die in the state of grace, and despite the hideous opposition against us, without pastors to keep us safe. We are not lost forever to the fires of hell. The danger to us is huge… greater than any time since the Flood of Noe… but we are not lost forever. God has not abandoned us. We are not now ‘protestants’ just because we have no pope, bishop or priest with jurisdiction at the moment. We remain Catholic --- and persevere as Catholics! --- in spite of apostasy, in order to save our souls.
In a word, we look for the end of this apostasy, and the return of our visible shepherds!
But, again, read the article.
It just might tell you something that is needful for your salvation!
Today, as I write and post this, is 10 January 2016. It happens to be the Feast of the Holy Family, which is a ‘movable’ liturgical day, as are so many of the Catholic Church’s liturgical feasts, given that we have a solar calendar derived from the Roman Empire, whilst following the Old Testament’s lunar calendar when it comes to Easter.
In this case, however, the mobility of the Feast of the Holy Family is not so much due to the mobility of Easter based on the lunar phases as it is because of the uneven division of seven-day weeks into a 365-day year (366 days when the year is a leap year, of course).
To wit, Epiphany always occurs on January 6th in a solar calendar, just as Christmas always occurs on December 25th.
But because the Feast of the Holy Family is always on a Sunday --- a Sunday that is within the Octave of the Epiphany --- then the Feast of the Holy Family is going to occur on varying days of the month within the solar calendar, just so long as that day is always a Sunday and in the Octave of the Holy Family.
Make your head spin a little bit, cause your mind to boggle?
Not to worry. Calendrics is a rather arcane pursuit.
Nevertheless, God did make our world to depend on the cycles of the sun and the moon.
Ergo, calendrics is important for the knowledgeable Catholic.
But does every real Catholic have to comprehend calendrics?
Just as long as --- given that you don’t understand calendrics, at least not fully --- you don’t then act impatiently & foolishly, and assume, out of thin air, that calendrics is not important at all.
Doing that puts you on the road to Catholic fundamentalism.
Which is horrible, leading to schism and heresy.
Yet is there significance in the Feast of the Holy Family?
I believe there is.
The Holy Family is at the core of everything.
I.e., our Salvation begins with Jesus and ends with Jesus, Who in turn in His Sacred Humanity begins with the Blessed Virgin Mary, His Chosen Mother, and ends with Her, who is also, by God’s Sovereign Will, the Queen of Highest Heaven. She is the one through whom God chose to bequeath to us His Son, the Eternally Divine Person of Jesus Christ, His Sacred Flesh & Blood, by which Salvation was accomplished on the Cross, sacrificing that very Flesh & Blood that She gave Him.
more, both of them --- Divine Person and Immaculate Mother --- did most
certainly put themselves both
willingly and humbly under the authority
of a mere man, most holy and saintly though he was, the wonderful
A saintly man who was chosen by God precisely because he was so humble & holy!
As I am fond of pointing out to my wife & children, humility and obedience is at the heart of Catholicity.
And why would the Church choose to give us a Feast of the Holy Family on the universal liturgical calendar, every real Catholic in the world observing it?
So that we might honor the Holy Family with our veneration, and imitate their holiness!
All of us.
A holiness that
must, of necessity, include humility & obedience, as is revealed by the
passage from St. Luke’s Gospel, Chapter 2, that
is read during the Mass on this Sabbath. For how did Jesus act after the
finding of Him in the
He then went
home with them to
Our time is the time of the Great Apostasy. Almost no one is truly Catholic. Our shepherds have abandoned us… many of them became wolves and lusted after our souls.
But are we to give up hope?
Are we to conclude that we are doomed, that God no longer loves us?
No, for that would be despair and is forbidden of any real Catholic to indulge --- especially when it comes to the salvation of our individual souls.
To the contrary, we must redouble our efforts and seek the narrow path.
A narrow path that remains Roman Catholic, and will remain so for all of eternity.
Now, of all times, must we look toward the Holy Family and work out our salvation with fear & trembling, remaining Roman Catholic and in spite of the abandonment of our visible shepherds, who have wilted with cowardice & laziness, or else revealed themselves to be the wolves that they already were, heretical in their hearts and salivating for our souls.
We must imitate Jesus, Mary & Joseph.
We must remain truly Catholic all alone and obscure, thought of as nobody by everyone.
We must practice the precious virtues of humility and obedience.
A humility and obedience that requires us to look like we are ‘rebellious’, at odds with those who call themselves ‘catholic’ and yet they are not, disobeying God & His Catholic Religion. An obedience that humiliates us, making us seem as though we are what we truly are not --- rebels and disobedient, proud and uncatholic.
To please God, we must displease men.
To remain Catholic, we must oppose the uncatholic.
We must persevere in what Catholics have always taught & believed.
We must do so in spite of a world persecuting us and condemning us.
We must persevere, despite Herod seeking to murder us.
We must survive
We must be ‘called out of Egypt’, like God’s Son and His Old Testament Church before then, when all the world seemed lost in false religion, and did not give a single nod toward the Creator or His One & Only Roman Catholic Religion, outside of which no one can hope to be saved.
We must endure --- and be faithful --- regardless of an entire world against us.
If not, how can we be worthy of God & Heaven?
This article is a modest attempt to help you do this, my dear reader.
If truly Catholic, then please learn what you can from it that might help save your soul.
And where I may need help --- as may be obvious from my inept efforts to do so for the sake of others, as in this article --- please do not hesitate to do so for me, although, I trust, always with my own soul’s eternal fate uppermost in your mind as your greatest concern.
Yet if not truly Catholic, please heed what is said.
It may seem unbelievable because you don’t want to believe it (and not because it actually is unbelievable, as if you know everything there is to know, and could be absolutely certain it isn’t true), but, given that it is true, how could you not heed it?
That is to say, you’d better make sure one way or the other, and not depend on your supposed ‘certainty’ that it couldn’t be true… and just because you don’t want to believe it’s true! In other words, look at the article carefully to see what it has to say!
It’s always the truth that we are to seek, one way or another.
And since truth doesn’t depend solely on you to determine its content, then, given that you have an intelligent mind… and that you don’t know everything already… oughtn’t you to use that intelligent mind to see what the truth actually is, regardless of your prejudices at the beginning of your humble but intelligent search?
No intelligent and honest and humble person could think otherwise.
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