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"Think of Fairy Tales where the Prince takes on any Hardship or Impossible Task to Win his Beloved"

 

Mary Ann Kreitzer, the President of the Les Femmes-The Truth website, gave the Catholic Monitor permission to repost their great piece titled "When We Look at the World with Eyes of Faith...":

https://lesfemmes-thetruth.blogspot.com/2021/05/when-we-look-at-world-with-eyes-of-faith.html

I expect most of us remember the experience of being at an amusement park or County Fair and going through the "Fun House Hall of Mirrors." Suddenly you see a strange person in front of you. Then you realize it's you, a distorted and strange caricature of yourself. 

Guess what! That's how many people see the world -- a distorted and hideous mockery of reality.

I talked about happiness in two posts earlier this week. Many people create a distorted reality because they want to be happy. In fact, they insist, "I have a right to be happy!" And then they write the script they think will help them reach their goal. 

"I'm a woman trapped in a man's body. If I just change my body, I can be happy." 

"If I can make a million dollars, I can be happy."

"I want to finish my education and this baby is in the way. If I have an abortion I can be happy."

"I want to be an important person. If I win this election or be the CEO of this company I can be happy."

But there's an important paradox that the worldly don't understand. I read about it this morning in the Office of Readings. St. John of Avila, Doctor of the Church, spiritual advisor to St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross among others wrote this in a letter to his flock:

Dear brothers and sisters, I pray God may open your eyes and let you see what hidden treasures he bestows on us in the trials from which the world thinks only to flee. Shame turns into honor when we seek God's glory. Present affliction becomes the source of heavenly glory. To those who suffer wounds in fighting his battles God opens his arms in loving, tender friendship, which is more delightful by far than anything our earthly efforts might produce. If we have any sense, we shall yearn for these open arms of God. Can anyone but a man in whom all desire is dead fail to desire him who is wholly lovable, wholly desirable?

Think of fairy tales where the prince takes on any hardship or impossible task to win his beloved. Think of all those who torture their bodies to win a medal at the Olympics. Think of the mother who labors in pain to give birth and immediately forgets the pain in the joy of welcoming her newborn baby. Many joys and much happiness only come through intense effort, even suffering. But St. John goes on: 

If you long for these festivals of heavenly joy, if you want to behold them and take part in them, be assured that there is no better way to reach them than the way of suffering. This is the way Christ and his disciples have always traveled....God grant that our hearts may find no rest and seek no other food in this world, save in hardship and suffering beside the Lord's cross.

 "Festivals of heavenly joy...[reached by] the way of suffering." What a paradox! Joy and suffering united by Christ on the cross. If only we could truly understand that suffering is the fastest road to "heavenly joy." Wouldn't our attitude toward the challenges and difficulties of life change? Wouldn't our mourning turn into joy? Even as we walked the path of suffering wouldn't we see the heavenly Jerusalem before us?

St. Therese of Liseux said she preferred vinegar to honey. Was she a masochist? I don't think so. But she recognized that the thing that unites each of us most closely to Christ is the cross. And true joy is found when we embrace the cross and walk in the footsteps of the Master. 

I remember the poignant scene in The Passion of the Christ when Jesus, burdened with the cross, kisses it. Do we kiss the crosses in our lives? I wish I could answer with a resounding, "Yes!," but that would not be true. Too often I run away. "Not that, Lord. Anything but that!" Ah...but how patient and gentle He is with me. "Rest in my love. I'll give you the grace of acceptance. You may not understand now, but you will. Trust in Me." And so I take one step in faith and wait for Him to lead me on. 

"My Jesus, I trust in You." [https://lesfemmes-thetruth.blogspot.com/2021/05/when-we-look-at-world-with-eyes-of-faith.html]

Stop for a moment of silence, ask Jesus Christ what He want you to do next. In this silence remember God, Father, Son and Holy Ghost - Three Divine Persons yet One God, has an ordered universe where you can know truth and falsehood as well as never forget that He wants you to have eternal happiness with Him as his son or daughter by grace. Make this a practice. By doing this you are doing more good than reading anything here or anywhere else on the Internet.

Francis Notes:

- Doctor of the Church St. Francis de Sales totally confirmed beyond any doubt the possibility of a heretical pope and what must be done by the Church in such a situation:

"[T]he Pope... WHEN he is EXPLICITLY a heretic, he falls ipso facto from his dignity and out of the Church, and the Church MUST either deprive him, or, as some say, declare him deprived, of his Apostolic See."
(The Catholic Controversy, by St. Francis de Sales, Pages 305-306)


Saint Robert Bellarmine, also, said "the Pope heretic is not deposed ipso facto, but must be declared deposed by the Church."
[https://archive.org/stream/SilveiraImplicationsOfNewMissaeAndHereticPopes/Silveira%20Implications%20of%20New%20Missae%20and%20Heretic%20Popes_djvu.txt]

- "If Francis is a Heretic, What should Canonically happen to him?": http://www.thecatholicmonitor.com/2020/12/if-francis-is-heretic-what-should.html

- "Could Francis be a Antipope even though the Majority of Cardinals claim he is Pope?": http://www.thecatholicmonitor.com/2019/03/could-francis-be-antipope-even-though.html

 -  LifeSiteNews, "Confusion explodes as Pope Francis throws magisterial weight behind communion for adulterers," December 4, 2017:

The AAS guidelines explicitly allows "sexually active adulterous couples facing 'complex circumstances' to 'access the sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist.'"

-  On February 2018, in Rorate Caeli, Catholic theologian Dr. John Lamont:

"The AAS statement... establishes that Pope Francis in Amoris Laetitia has affirmed propositions that are heretical in the strict sense."

- On December 2, 2017, Bishop Rene Gracida:

"Francis' heterodoxy is now official. He has published his letter to the Argentina bishops in Acta Apostlica Series making those letters magisterial documents."

Pray an Our Father now for the restoration of the Church by the bishops by the grace of God.

Election Notes:  

- Intel Cryptanalyst-Mathematician on Biden Steal: "212Million Registered Voters & 66.2% Voting,140.344 M Voted...Trump got 74 M, that leaves only 66.344 M for Biden" [http://catholicmonitor.blogspot.com/2020/12/intel-cryptanalyst-mathematician-on.html?m=1]

- Will US be Venezuela?: Ex-CIA Official told Epoch Times "Chávez started to Focus on [Smartmatic] Voting Machines to Ensure Victory as early as 2003": http://catholicmonitor.blogspot.com/2020/12/will-us-be-venezuela-ex-cia-official.html

- Tucker Carlson's Conservatism Inc. Biden Steal Betrayal is explained by “One of the Greatest Columns ever Written" according to Rush: http://catholicmonitor.blogspot.com/2021/01/tucker-carlsons-conservatism-inc-biden.html?m=1
 
- A Hour which will Live in Infamy: 10:01pm November 3, 2020:
http://www.thecatholicmonitor.com/2021/01/a-hour-which-will-live-in-infamy-1001pm.html?m=1
 
What is needed right now to save America from those who would destroy our God given rights is to pray at home or in church and if called to even go to outdoor prayer rallies in every town and city across the United States for God to pour out His grace on our country to save us from those who would use a Reichstag Fire-like incident to destroy our civil liberties. [Is the DC Capitol Incident Comparable to the Nazi Reichstag Fire Incident where the German People Lost their Civil Liberties?: http://catholicmonitor.blogspot.com/2021/01/is-dc-capital-incident-comparable-to.html?m=1 and Epoch Times Show Crossroads on Capitol Incident: "Anitfa 'Agent Provocateurs'":
http://catholicmonitor.blogspot.com/2021/01/epoch-times-show-crossroads-on-capital.html?m=1

Pray an Our Father now for the grace to know God's Will and to do it.
 
Pray an Our Father now for America.
 
Pray an Our Father now for the restoration of the Church as well as the Triumph of the Kingdom of the Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

 



 

 

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