Pastor's Corner Sep 23 2018

New Adoration Time: Our new adoration on Wed. nights will begin this Wed. 26 Sept. After Mass, we will expose the Blessed Sacrament, offer our Novena Prayers to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal (as normal) then leave our Lord exposed until 8:45 pm when we will commence Benediction. Come one, come all!

We believe in the Church. Let's review what we mean by this. A) The Church was founded by Christ (not the apostles): "I will build MY Church," (Mt 16). B) The Church is protected by Christ: "Lo, Peter, Satan desired to sift you as wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith fail not," (Lk 22). C) It is the Kingdom of Heaven and Jesus is the King: "Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand," (Mk 1). D) The Church is a sure means of Eternal Salvation: "He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day," (Jn 6). E) It is the mystical body of Christ, with Christ the head, and we the members, "One body, and one spirit … one Lord, one faith, one baptism," (Eph 4). F) The Church is also full of sinners, like me.

The Church's three parts—militant, suffering and triumphant—are in communion. The Church Militant has sinners who are fighting to save themselves and others; some are holy, some not, some are vacillating. Suffering members are holy, but actively being purified of their sinfulness. The Church Triumphant has sinners who have been completely purified and perfectly sanctified. (Neither our Lady nor the angels needed to be purified, of course.) All true members of Church on earth or purgatory are tending toward the Triumphant. "God desires not the death of the sinner, but that he turn and live," (Ezekiel 33). What does the Church Triumphant say to us in this crisis? Wake UP! Repent, before it's too late!

Let's be careful about what we do NOT believe. A) The pope is not the king, only the unworthy prime minister of the king. B) The pope is the Vicar of Christ—the one who exercises the authority of Christ. If he acts like a dictator, he is unfaithful to his office as the Servant of the Servants of Christ. C) This vicar has no human judge, but he definitely has a divine judge—whom he must obey. D) The Church belongs to all the members equally—regardless of their role. "Let he who would be great among you, be your minister," (Mt.20). E) The Holy Spirit does NOT choose the pope—he's elected by men. History teaches we actually get it right, sometimes. F) The gift of infallibility, given for our benefit, is VERY narrowly defined. It only covers faith and morals, and only sometimes. G) The ordinary and extraordinary magisterium (reliable pronouncements from the teaching office of the Church) are also both narrowly defined. The vast majority of the statements coming out of "Rome"—sermons, speeches, interviews and exhortations DO NOT QUALIFY as ordinary or extraordinary magisterium. H) Just because the pope calls something "ordinary magisterium" doesn't make it so. This itself is not protected by infallibility! I) To hang on every word of the pope with equal devotion is to fall into idolatry, which is contrary to the 1st Commandment.

Action: The time has come for us to fight more actively for what belongs to us. The hierarchy of the Church must be respected and obeyed: "The Pharisees and scribes sit on the seat of Moses. Do all what they tell you but do not do as they do," (Mt.23). Neither obedience nor filial piety re-quire silence. We need to make two changes: we need to raise our voices to God more, in prayer. We need to raise our voices more to men, by letters, and action. Let's talk.

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