Wednesday, May 22, 2013

How There is no Security from Temptation

The Imitation of Christ Book 3 Chapter 35

The Thirty-Fifth Chapter

There is No Security from Temptation in This Life
The Voice of Christ
MY CHILD, in this life you are never safe, and as long as you live the weapons of the spirit will ever be necessary to you. You dwell among enemies. You are subject to attack from the right and the left. If, therefore, you do not guard yourself from every quarter with the shield of patience, you will not remain long unscathed.

Moreover, if you do not steadily set your heart on Me, with a firm will to suffer everything for My sake, you will not be able to bear the heat of this battle or to win the crown of the blessed. You ought, therefore, to pass through all these things bravely and to oppose a strong hand to whatever stands in your way. For to him who triumphs heavenly bread is given, while for him who is too lazy to fight there remains much misery.

If you look for rest in this life, how will you attain to everlasting rest? Dispose yourself, then, not for much rest but for great patience. Seek true peace, not on earth but in heaven; not in men or in other creatures but in God alone. For love of God you should undergo all things cheerfully, all labors and sorrows, temptations and trials, anxieties, weaknesses, necessities, injuries, slanders, rebukes, humiliations, confusions, corrections, and contempt. For these are helps to virtue. These are the trials of Christ's recruit. These form the heavenly crown. For a little brief labor I will give an everlasting crown, and for passing confusion, glory that is eternal.

Do you think that you will always have spiritual consolations as you desire? My saints did not always have them. Instead, they had many afflictions, temptations of various kinds, and great desolation. Yet they bore them all patiently. They placed their confidence in God rather than in themselves, knowing that the sufferings of this life are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to come. And you – do you wish to have at once that which others have scarcely obtained after many tears and great labors?

Wait for the Lord, act bravely, and have courage. Do not lose trust. Do not turn back but devote your body and soul constantly to God's glory. I will reward you most plentifully. I will be with you in every tribulation.


Monday, May 20, 2013

Everything You wanted to know the Infallibility of the Catholic Church but were afraid to ask about - Part 1


The Infallibility of the Church is a topic upon which extreme perspectives exist in a number of groups.

Before delving into the current issues, it is best to establish a foundation of what the Church teaches about this gift and dogma.

Traditionalists, Conservatives, Sedevacantists

We were going through some of our papers looking for old photos of Fr. Normandin and came across this pamphlet.

While some of the adulation for Archbishop Lefebvre may seem a little extreme, it is good to see the basic principles of the SSPX are still present.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013


I am examining a claim by a sedevacantist that the Church cannot implement evil laws (Novus Ordo Missae) due to its Infallibility, therefore the Pope is not a true Pope etc.

As part of this I've been doing some searches and came across this article by Fr. Peter R. Scott (FSSPX) and also an article in the Catholic Encyclopedia on ecclesiastical discipline (referenced by Fr. Scott).

Fr. Peter R. Scott
This is a question of the greatest importance for a traditional Catholic in the present crisis in the Church, for in practice he rejects disciplinary laws of the post-conciliar Church. How can he do so if disciplinary laws are infallible? Surely, if they are infallible, then he is obliged either to admit the sedevacantist thesis that there is no pope, or simply submit to them.
However, it is theologically certain that the Church’s infallibility does indeed extend to disciplinary laws, based upon the Church’s own condemnations of the contrary propositions of Protestants by the Council of Trent, of Jansenists and the Council of Pistoia by Pope Pius VI, of Liberal Catholics by Gregory XVI, and of Modernists by St. Pius X in the decree Lamentabili and the encyclical Pascendi. Moreover, it can be deduced from the Vatican I definition of papal infallibility.

Ecclesiastical Discipline

Ecclesiastical Discipline


Etymologically the word discipline signifies the formation of one who places himself at school and under the direction of a master. All Christians are the disciples of Christ, desirous to form themselves at His school and to be guided by His teachings and precepts. He called Himself, and we, too, call Him, Our Master. Such, then, is evangelical discipline. However, in ecclesiastical language the word discipline has been invested with various meanings, which must here be enumerated and specified.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

The Fourth Session

In many discussions about the crisis in the Church it is easy to lose sight of some key elements of Church Teaching.

While the Pontiffs of late have perhaps in varying degrees added to as opposed to dispelled the confusion within the Church.  The teaching of the Church regarding their part in the visbility of the Church remains as a rebuke to those that would think that the Church could exist without its foundation.


SESSION 4 : 18 July 1870

The Peaceful Man

The Imitation of Christ - Book 2 - Chapter 3

Goodness and Peace in Man

FIRST keep peace with yourself; then you will be able to bring peace to others. A peaceful man does more good than a learned man. Whereas a passionate man turns even good to evil and is quick to believe evil, the peaceful man, being good himself, turns all things to good.