Saturday, May 31, 2014

The Truth About Communion in the Hand While Standing

A close friend of mine and my Pastor, Fr. Richard Heilman, brings us our guest post for today on the questionable origins of communion in the hand. This was Father’s homily today which he adapted into a post for NLM. He compiled most of this from various articles and sources. Fr. Heilman is a priest of the Diocese of Madison, WI.

In my efforts to restore a sense of the sacred in the liturgy, I have often been accused of being “pre-Vatican II.” I usually correct them by saying I am exactly Vatican II. The Second Vatican Council called for few changes in the liturgy, understanding that there had been a great many changes to the Roman liturgy over the centuries, to be sure, but they had been gradual and organic, and typically imperceptible. However, in all of church history, there was never anything like what happened in the years following this Council, in respect to the liturgy.
This weekend we had our first Masses with the new Communion rail. After one of these Masses I was talking with one of the old guard parishioners (great guy), and he loved the rails. He told me that “years ago” (I love that expression), they had a Parish Council meeting, and Fr. X wanted to remove the side altars (along with many other alterations), in this beautiful church. The old guard parishioner said, “It was a hard fought battle that night, but we wore him down and he did only minor alterations.” I said, “My … how times have changed … that priest got criticized for trying to remove sacredness … now I’m getting criticized for trying to bring it back.”
Since we were celebrating our new Communion rails, and the Gospel saw Peter, James and John fall prostrate before the presence of God – I deemed it a perfect time to shed some light on one of those post-Vatican II innovations – Communion in the hand while standing. We began with a little history lesson …
An Indult Born Out of Disobedience
The practice of receiving Holy Communion in the hand first began to spread in Catholic circles during the early 1960s, primarily in Holland. Shortly after Vatican II, due to the escalating abuses in certain non-English speaking countries (Holland, Belgium, France and Germany), Pope Paul VI took a survey of the world’s bishops to ascertain their opinions on the subject. On May 28, 1969 the Congregation for Divine Worship issued Memoriale Domini, which concluded: “From the responses received, it is thus clear that by far the greater number of bishops feel that the present discipline [i.e., Holy Communion on the tongue] should not be changed at all, indeed that if it were changed, this would be offensive to the sensibility and spiritual appreciation of these bishops and of most of the faithful.” After he had considered the observation and the counsel of the bishops, the Supreme Pontiff judged that the long-received manner of ministering Holy Communion to the faithful should not be changed. The Apostolic See then strongly urged bishops, priests and the laity to zealously observe this law out of concern for the common good of the Church.
Despite the vote, in 1969 Pope Paul VI decided to strike a compromise with his disobedient bishops on the continent. Given “the gravity of the matter,” the pope would not authorize Communion in the hand. He was, however, open to bestowing an indult – an exception to the law – under certain conditions: first, an indult could not be given to a country in which Communion in the hand was not an already established practice; second, the bishops in countries where it was established must approve of the practice “by a secret vote and with a two-thirds majority.” Beyond this, the Holy See set down seven regulations concerning communion in the hand; failure to maintain these regulations could result in the loss of the indult. The first three regulations concerned: 1) respecting the laity who continue the traditional practice (of receiving kneeling and on the tongue), 2) maintaining the laity’s proper respect of the Eucharist, and 3) strengthening the laity’s faith in the real presence.
Bernardin’s Campaign
So how did Communion in the hand come to America?
In 1975 and again in 1976, Archbishop Joseph Bernardin, the president of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops (NCCB) attempted in vain to garner two-thirds of the bishops to vote in favor of receiving Communion in the hand. The following year – which coincided with the end of Bernardin’s term as president – brought one final attempt. Bernadin appointed Archbishop Quinn, who became Bernardin’s immediate successor as NCCB president, to be the chief lobbyist for Communion in the hand. During the proceedings a brave bishop requested a survey of the bishops be taken – this survey would ask each bishop whether or not Communion in the hand was widely practiced in his diocese, for without the practice’s current wide-use the first condition of the indult would not be satisfied.
*Of course, everyone knew that Communion in the hand was not a previously established practice in the United States.
Though his request was seconded and supported in writing by five other bishops, Bernardin had the motion dismissed as “out of order.” The bishops then voted … only to once more fall short of the two-thirds majority. This, however, did not end the matter. Bernardin decided to (unlawfully) begin gathering “absentee votes” from any bishop he could find – including retired bishops who no longer administered any dioceses. Consequently, the number was adjusted to meet the two-thirds majority.
Pope Paul VI’s Regulations – Have they been met?
So, what about Pope Paul VI’s regulations that could result in the loss of the indult?
1) Respecting the laity who continue the traditional practice (of receiving kneeling and on the tongue)
  • Reports are now widespread of priests refusing Communion to those who wish to receive kneeling and on the tongue. Even reports of priests berating people for this. A friend of mine said he was traveling and attended Mass where he proceeded to kneel and indicate that he wished to receive on the tongue. The minister of Holy Communion refused and ended up walking away from him. He remained. Finally, the priest came over and said, “Get up son, we don’t do it that way here.” My friend said, “So, you are refusing me Communion?” The priest said, “Yes I am.” He got up, walked out and reported him to the chancery. It is a severe infraction against canon law for any priest to do this. 
2) Maintaining the laity’s proper respect of the Eucharist 
  • While I can relate to many of the following, here is a testimony from a Deacon: 
  • I’ve watched a mother receive communion, her toddler in tow, then take it back to the pew and share it with him like a cookie. 
  • At least four or five times a year, I have to stop someone who just takes the host and wanders away with it and ask them to consume it on the spot. 
  • Once or twice a month I encounter the droppers. Many are well-intentioned folks who somewhere, somehow drop the host or it slides out of their hands and Jesus tumbles to the floor. 
  • I’ve found the Eucharist in a hymnal, under a pew, in the bathroom and in the parking lot. 
The Vatican does not allow communion in the hand … one reason is because tourists were taking the Holy Eucharist home as a souvenir of their trip to Rome.
Not too long ago, I was alerted to someone who did not consume the Host. After Mass I confronted the young man, and he pulled it out of his shirt pocket. It seems he wasn’t Catholic and didn’t believe, and so didn’t know what to do. But, I am very worried these days, with the rise of satanic cults who use the Eucharist in their rites. In fact, someone shared this story of his youth, as he admitted these satanic cults are everywhere now …
When I was in junior high I started hanging out and getting high with some of my older brothers’ friends. They would “play around” with ouija boards and tarot cards. They would get dropped off at “youth group” at church – go in the front door and out the back into the woods for sex, drugs, and booze. They would brand each other with pentagram rings and even sacrifice small animals. I never participated in it – cause I was the “little brother” – but they would talk about the Black Mass all the time. There was an older guy – our dealer – in his late twenties who claimed to be a wizard and showed us his pyx (I didn’t know what it was at the time) that he would use, because the priest at the Catholic Church he went to wouldn’t pay much attention, “well, they have a pyx, they must be legit!” He even said he could find hosts after most Masses on the floor or sometimes between hymnal pages, like bookmarks. I remember that, when he opened it to show us, he told us it was Jesus and that we were gonna “have a party” with him … well, I chickened out and went back to “youth” group – a couple nights later…our friend, after the “Jesus party” with the “wizard,” decapitated his sleeping aunt with a samurai sword because he “heard voices” telling him to … she was a regular Mass-attending woman; the only one left in the family. He’s locked up in a mental institution for life. When I started learning about Catholicism, I always remembered that awful time, and couldn’t – can’t – shake the feeling that my friend opened himself up to demonic possession by participating in the Black Mass that night…there were no drugs in his system when they arrested him that night.”
3) Strengthening the laity’s faith in the Real Presence: 
  • In 1950, 87% believed in the Real Presence. Today, that number has plummeted to a mere 34%. The abusive and hurried manner in which the practice of Communion in the hand was imposed after Vatican II lead to a widespread lack of reverence for the Eucharist and caused great pain for many in the Church. It disoriented many people, who with real justification — especially in light of the recent and overwhelming loss of faith in the Eucharist as the real presence — feared that the very heart of Catholic belief had been compromised. 
So, we see that Pope Paul VI’s regulations for maintaining the temporary indult are not even close to being realized.
Scholars and Saints Speak
Why Kneel?
Pope Benedict XVI, has noted that kneeling is “an expression of Christian culture, which transforms the existing culture through a new and deeper knowledge and experience of God.” He reminds us that “the word proskynein alone occurs fifty-nine times in the New Testament, twenty-four of which are in the Apocalypse, the book of the heavenly liturgy, which is presented to the Church as the standard for her own liturgy.”
In his book The Spirit of the Liturgy, Pope Benedict speaks of a “story that comes from the sayings of the Desert Fathers, according to which the devil was compelled by God to show himself to a certain Abba Apollo. He looked black and ugly, with frightening thin limbs, but, most strikingly, he had no knees. The inability to kneel is seen as the very essence of the diabolical.”
Why Receive on the tongue?
Despite the widespread practice of Communion in the hand, the universal discipline of receiving Holy Communion on the tongue has not changed. A bishop, for example, may forbid the practice of Communion in the hand but not the practice of Communion on the tongue. The Church strongly encourages the latter but not the former. With respect to Communion in the hand, the Church speaks only in a cautionary tone because of the many abuses that often accompany this practice. 
St. Thomas Aquinas reminds us, with respect to Communion in the hand … that reverence demands that only what has been consecrated should touch the Blessed Sacrament. He writes:
The dispensing of Christ’s body belongs to the priest for three reasons. First, because . . . he consecrates in the person of Christ . . . Secondly, because the priest is the appointed intermediary between God and the people, hence as it belongs to him to offer the people’s gifts to God, so it belongs to him to deliver the consecrated gifts to the people. Thirdly, because out of reverence toward this sacrament nothing touches it but what is consecrated, hence the corporal and the chalice are consecrated, and likewise the priest’s hands, for touching this sacrament. Hence it is not lawful for anyone else to touch it, except from necessity — for instance, if it were to fall upon the ground, or else in some other case of urgency.
In his apostolic letter Dominicae Cenae, Pope John Paul II also states: “How eloquent, therefore, even if not of ancient custom, is the rite of the anointing of the hands in our Latin ordination, as though precisely for these hands a special grace and power of the Holy Spirit is necessary. To touch the sacred species, and to distribute them with their own hands, is a privilege of the ordained, one which indicates an active participation in the ministry of the Eucharist.”
Mother Teresa reportedly said, “Wherever I go in the whole world, the thing that makes me the saddest is watching people receive Communion in the hand.” Even the great Pope John Paul II reportedly said: “There is an apostolic letter on the existence of a special valid permission for this [Communion in the hand]. But I tell you that I am not in favor of this practice, nor do I recommend it.”
Become less so that you can then become more.
Communion on the tongue helps to foster a proper sense of reverence and piety. To step up to a communion rail, and kneel, and receive on the tongue, is an act of utter and unabashed humility. In that posture to receive the Body of Christ, you become less so that you can then become more. It requires a submission of will and clear knowledge of what you are doing, why you are doing it, and what is about to happen to you. 
Frankly, we should not only be humbled, but intimidated enough to ask ourselves if we are really spiritually ready to partake of the sacrament. Kneeling means you can’t just go up and receive without knowing how it’s properly done. It demands not only a sense of focus and purpose, but also something else, something that has eluded our worship for two generations.
It demands a sense of the sacred. Just like Peter, James and John before our Transfigured Lord, it challenges us to kneel before wonder. It insists that we not only fully understand what is happening, but that we fully appreciate the breathtaking generosity behind it. It asks us to be mindful of what “Eucharist” really means: Thanksgiving.

Friday, May 30, 2014

12 Quotes Against Sodomy that Every Catholic Should Know

Dear All,
Isn’t it totally amazing…?
That when it comes to the sin of sodomy -- so many good Catholics know so little about the Catholic doctrine?
And in our work with college students we find that even on Catholic campuses,
that’s the way it is.
But that’s NOT the way it should be! So – I’ve put together a great list here:
As you know, for millennia the Catholic Church has consistently opposed the unnatural vice of sodomy.
And I want you to be well-versed in the useful quotes from Saints, Doctors of the Church, Church Fathers and Ecclesiastical Writers who condemn homosexual vice in their writings.
You’ll get a lot out of this post.
Right HERE
Finally -- please share this post with all your Catholic friends.
Thank you for fighting the good fight,
John Ritchie
John Ritchie
Tradition Family Property, Student Action

You can read the quotes right here too:

For millennia the Catholic Church has consistently opposed unnatural vice. Here is a brief sampling of useful quotes from Saints, Doctors of the Church, Church Fathers and Ecclesiastical Writers who condemn homosexual vice in their writings.

Please share this post with all your Catholic friends.

1. Athenagoras of Athens (2nd Century)

Athenagoras of Athens was a philosopher who converted to Christianity in the second century. He shows that the pagans, who were totally immoral, did not even refrain from sins against nature:

"But though such is our character (Oh! why should I speak of things unfit to be uttered?), the things said of us are an example of the proverb, 'The harlot reproves the chaste.' For those who have set up a market for fornication and established infamous resorts for the young for every kind of vile pleasure – who do not abstain even from males, males with males committing shocking abominations, outraging all the noblest and comeliest bodies in all sorts of ways, so dishonoring the fair workmanship of God."

2. Tertullian (160-225)

Solemn High Mass on the Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ at Queen of All Saints Parish, in Fennimore - Wisconsin

Solemnity of the Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ
May 29, 2014

Celebrant: Fr. John Del Priore, SJCP
Deacon: Fr. Alex Navarro, SJCP
Subdeacon: Deacon Chris Gernetzke
Master of Ceremonies: Fr. Faustino Ruiz, SJCP
Homilist: Fr. Pedro Escribano, SJCP

What the Popes have to say about Communion in the hand

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Solemn High Mass on Pentecost Sunday (June 8)

Reflections on last Sunday's readings from the Holy Bible (Ordinary Form)

Sixth Sunday of Easter - Year A . 2014

  • In today’s Gospel, Our Lord Jesus Christ reminds us once again that obedience is the way to Heaven.
  • He says today: Whoever has my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me. And whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and reveal myself to him.
  • So He’s even telling us that obedience is a condition for love. He says this very clearly today: If you love me, you will keep my commandments.
  • Why does Jesus speak so often about the importance of obedience to Him? Why did He speak so often about the evil of sin which is disobedience to Him? Why did He speak so often about His commandments and the importance of observing His commandments? He spoke so often about all this because for Him, our relationship with God is the most important thing, and this relationship has to be a relationship of love, of true love, and obedience to God is a condition for true love.
  • Why do I speak so often about sin, and God’s commandments, and about how sin is disobedience to God, and the importance of obedience to God… why do I speak so often about all this even though some people think that I shouldn’t because it is not uplifting? Well, I speak about all this for the same reason as Jesus Christ… it is because for me, your relationship with God is the most important thing, because your salvation depends on that relationship and your salvation is for me my number one priority. And I know that our relationship with God will never be a relationship of true love, unless there is obedience to God in our lives. If there is no true obedience, there is no true love. Jesus says: if you love me, you will keep my commandments.
  • There are many people who say: I love God, but I am not willing to quit my life of sin. There are people who may say: I love God, but I am not willing to go to the Sunday Mass every week. Others may say: I love God, but I am not ready to quit my illicit relationship with this person, for example, a relationship of adultery or fornication.
  • Others may say: I love God but I am not willing to stop getting drunk from time to time. Or I love God but I am not willing to be generous with my money and my possessions because they are mine. And so many other ways in which we can be disobedient to God.
  • Now, do these people really love God? Well, if they do, then Jesus Christ is a liar because He says today: If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And so, who is the liar, Jesus Christ or those who say that love Him but don’t obey Him?
  • We all know the answer. We are the liars when we say that we love Him and then we offend Him.
  • It is completely different when a person says: I love God, and I will try my best not to offend Him, and if I falter, if because of my weakness I commit a sin and I offend my God, I will repent right away and go to confession and I will change my ways and make sure that I don’t offend Him again…
  • This is the right attitude. This is actually what we should all say, because we can all fall into sin and offend God, because we are all weak and our human nature is wounded. God knows this and that’s why He gives us the sacraments, especially the sacrament of confession so that we can always go back to Him.
  • But it is very different to be established in a situation of sin and not do anything about it. Like in the cases that I mentioned before. Like in the case of those who live in illicit relationships and don’t do anything to change this; or like those who get drunk on a regular basis and take no precautions so that they don’t fall in the same sin again; or like those who know that they are greedy and they don’t do anything about it… or like those for whom it is a habit to miss the Sunday Mass from time to time without a serious reason…
  • In those cases, where the person is choosing to live and to remain in sin, if that person says that he or she loves God, well, according to Jesus Christ today, what that person is saying just cannot be true, because obedience to God is a condition for love of God, and if there is no obedience whatsoever, there cannot be any love either.
  • The reason why some people choose such a life of sin is because they think that they can find happiness in such a life, they think that they can find happiness in the illicit relationships, or in their getting drunk, or in their money, and these are just three examples out of many.
  • They think they can find happiness there but they fail to see the truth. They fail to see that there cannot be any true happiness in this world unless our conscience is clear.
  • Saint Peter tells us today in the Second Reading: keep your conscience clear… keep your conscience clear so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.
  • If we keep our conscience clear, it doesn’t matter what they may say about us, they may accuse us of whatever and we will be OK, because we know that God knows the truth… but if we are living in sin and other people see it and they say something about it, can we complain? Of course not. They have the right to tell us that we shouldn’t be living in sin. Even more than that, they have the duty of telling us to quit our sinful ways.
  • So, there are people who make the mistake of thinking they can find happiness in a life of sin. But this is impossible. Only when there is a clear conscience there is also true peace and true happiness in our souls.
  • Someone who lives in sin may say: well, my conscience is clear… For example, someone who is living in a situation of sin, like two people who are not married and who live together in an intimate relationship and who say that their conscience is clear... this may happen, but if it happens it would be terrible. It means only one thing: that they have nearly killed their conscience... that they have ignored the voice of their conscience so many times, that they have actually silenced it and they cannot hear it anymore. This only leads to unrepentance. There is no remorse, and therefore there is no repentance either. This is what the Holy Bible calls the sin against the Holy Spirit, and it is, according to Jesus Christ, the only sin that God cannot forgive.
  • How could He forgive unrepentance? He can’t. There cannot be forgiveness from God unless there is repentance from us.
  • But we can manage to silence our conscience, and this is terrible. We can manage to make ourselves unable to see the truth anymore. We can manage to close our ears and close our eyes to the truth. Jesus says today that the world cannot accept the Spirit of Truth because it neither sees nor knows it. The same happens to us when we choose a life of sin and we expel the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, from our souls. But this is choosing to live in separation from God in this life, it is like living in hell already in this life, and if someone chooses this separation and never does anything about it, then, this separation can become an eternal separation from God.
  • And so, the people who think that they can find happiness in a life of sin, they only find what sin brings: emptiness, sadness, unhappiness, depression, guilt, a troubled conscience and a lack of interior peace… just the opposite of what we need in order to achieve true happiness now in this life and also the everlasting happiness in the eternal life.
  • Let us always do whatever it takes to always please God by doing His Will. We can always be obedient to Him because He gives us what we need in order to be obedient… He gives us His grace, and He gives it to us in abundance. Let us not waste His grace. Let us use it always to be as holy as He wants us to be.
  • And let us ask Our Blessed Mother to teach us just how to do this, how to be as holy and obedient to God as she always was.

Reflections from last Sunday's readings from the Holy Bible (Extraordinary Form)

Dominica V Post Pascha. 2014

  • Today Mother Church makes us read from the Epistle of Saint James which, just like all the other epistles in the New Testament, is extremely rich in content and teachings for us…
  • First of all, Saint James tells us to be doers of the word of God and not hearers only. It is important for us to be reminded of this, because how many times have we heard the word of God and all He’s expecting from us and yet we have failed to comply? How many times have we heard His word so clearly that it didn’t leave any doubt in our minds as to what He is truly expecting from each one of us? How many times have we been able to say to Jesus what the Apostles say to Him in today’s Gospel: Now you are speaking clearly and without figures of speech…? How many times in our lives has God spoken to us clearly, telling us in our hearts what we are supposed to do and what we are supposed to not do, what is pleasing to Him and what is not pleasing to Him? Many times… too many times to remember… How many times has He told us clearly what we need to do in order to be the saints He wants us to be?… and still, we are not yet as holy as He’s expecting us to be… and that’s because most of the time we are just hearers of the word and not doers.
  • How many times has the Holy Spirit whispered to us in our hearts, telling us that we shouldn’t be, for example,
  • lazy… that we shouldn’t be lazy and waste time because there are so many things that we have to do for the sake of God and for the sake of other people… that there are so many things we need to do in order to make up for the many sins we have committed in the past and for the many good actions we have failed to do throughout our lives… for all the sins of omission we have committed…
  • How many times has He whispered to us and told us plainly that we must be charitable, that we must love one another as Jesus Christ loves us, and this means that we have to forgive as He forgives, and that we have to be compassionate as He is compassionate, and that we have to be generous with others as He was generous, even to the point of laying down His life for us… it also means being patient, and being kind, and without envy, and without pride or selfishness… How many times has the Holy Spirit told us to be pure, to be completely pure in mind and body?… Just today God tells us once again in the letter of Saint James to keep unstained by the world. It is not easy, because this is a filthy world, and it’s easy to be affected by this world’s corruption, but it is possible to keep unstained from it, to keep unspotted from this world… we know that it is possible because God is asking us to be, and He doesn’t ask us to do the impossible… Jesus told us that with Him, everything is possible. He said: with men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.
  • For us alone, without the grace of God, it would be impossible to keep ourselves unaffected by the corruption of this world, but we do have His grace, and we have it in abundance. Jesus said: where sin abounded, grace has abounded even more
  • We have no excuse then… there is no excuse for our pride, there is no excuse for our greed or our laziness, there is no excuse for falling into anger or lust or envy…
  • There is no excuse for us to be just hearers of the word and then fail to put it into practice…
  • How many times has the Holy Spirit told us to be humble, and to be meek, and to be sacrificial, and to practice mortifications, and to detach ourselves from the things of this world… but still… how many times have we failed to comply and be obedient to Him? Too many times.  
  • Too many times we have been just hearers of the word without being doers at the same time. But for each of us, a certain amount of time has been given, an amount of time we have to use to give ourselves completely to God… to give everything to Him… and each day that passes should remind us that we are running out of time… that we are constantly running out of time…
  • Well, today, once again, Jesus speaks to us clearly, not in figures of speech but very clearly, and He tells us through Saint James that we have to act according to our principles and to our beliefs, that we have to act and behave according to God’s expectations regarding us… according to what He’s expecting from each one of us… and He’s expecting us, all of us, to be saints.
  • We cannot just hear the word of God, we have to act upon it.
  • We may say sometimes that the reason why we fail to do all God is expecting from us... the reason why so often we are just hearers of the word and not doers, is that there are many temptations in this world, too many of them, and we are weak and helpless.
  • It is true that we are weak. It is not true that we are helpless. We have all the help we need. It is true that there are many temptations in this world, and not just temptations against purity… there are many temptations that are even worse, temptations that are more subtle and more dangerous, for example, the temptations against the faith, or against hope, or against charity…
  • In this world in which we live, which is a world that tries to forget about God at best and that hates God at worst … in this world, so oblivious of the things of God, it is easy to forget about Him, it is easy to live without faith, and the proof is that there are millions of people who have no faith… And then even for those who have faith, when we realize that Mother Church is going through what is probably the worst crisis in her whole history, and when we realize that things only seem to be getting worse and worse, it is easy to lose hope, it is easy to sin against the virtue of hope and despair and think that everything is lost and that there will be no salvation for Our Mother the Church... and when we find ourselves in this situation, in this crisis, and since many times we are able to identify those who are responsible for this crisis, we are tempted against charity, and we may feel like hating those people, when what we actually should do is pray for them… we realize that those who are responsible for all that is wrong in the church today are in serious danger of losing their salvation… and that should worry us… and we should pray for them, never hate them, but pray for them, in charity, with compassion, realizing that if it were not for the mercy of God we could be the ones who do the evil they do… but we feel tempted to hate, and to condemn, and to despise… but we know we can’t… because Jesus said: love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you… now this is extremely difficult to do sometimes… but Jesus is very clear here; He wants us to pray for them…
  • Well, all these temptations against faith, hope and charity are even worse than the temptations of the flesh because they are temptations against the three most important virtues: faith, hope and charity… If we add to these all the other kinds of temptations, such as the ones against purity, the ones against honesty, the ones against generosity, the temptations against patience, and so many others… if we add them all together, we can certainly say that there are many temptations in this world… but that cannot be an excuse for us.
  • Saint James says at the beginning of his letter: consider it pure joy, my brethren, whenever you face temptations of many kinds, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance… it produces perseverance… and according to Saint Paul, we have to glory in our sufferings, in our trials, in our temptations, because they produce perseverance, and perseverance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope, a hope that does not disappoint.
  • So let us not find excuses and let us be the saints God wants us to be. Let us be, as Saint James says today, not just hearers of the word but doers. Always asking Our Blessed Mother to help us and to protect us against all temptations, and always remembering what Saint Peter says in the Holy Bible about temptations: He says although now for a little while we must be grieved by many temptationsthese temptations will prove that our faith is genuine. He says: your faith is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold--though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

24 Quotes About Purity That Every Young (& Old) Catholic Should Know

By John Ritchie  

Impurity is plastered everywhere today: Movies, TV, billboards, music, entertainment, books, and magazines.

We must fight back.  

To that end the following collection of quotes -- many of which are authored by Doctors of the Church -- will provide you with the support and encouragement you need to stand your ground and fight for purity.

"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God."
-- Matthew 5:8
 Saint John Bosco
“Holy Purity, the queen of virtues, the angelic virtue, is a jewel so precious that those who possess it become like the angels of God in heaven, even though clothed in mortal flesh.”
-- Saint John Bosco

“We must be pure. I do not speak merely of the purity of the senses. We must observe great purity in our will, in our intentions, in all our actions.”
-- Saint Peter Julian Eymard

“Those whose hearts are pure are the temples of the Holy Spirit.”
-- Saint Lucy

“We must practice modesty, not only in our looks, but also in our whole deportment, and particularly in our dress, our walk, our conversation, and all similar actions.”
-- Saint Alphonsus Liguori

“In the realm of evil thoughts none induces to sin as much as do thoughts that concern the pleasure of the flesh.”
-- Saint Thomas Aquinas

"In temptations against chastity, the spiritual masters advise us, not so much to contend with the bad thought, as to turn the mind to some spiritual, or, at least, indifferent object. It is useful to combat other bad thoughts face to face, but not thoughts of impurity.”
-- Saint Alphonsus Liguori

“Lust indulged became habit, and habit unresisted became necessity.”
-- Saint Augustine

“More souls go to hell because of sins of the flesh than for any other reason.”
-- Our Lady of Fatima

"Filthy talk makes us feel comfortable with filthy action. But the one who knows how to control the tongue is prepared to resist the attacks of lust."
-- Saint Clement of Alexandria

“The man of impure speech is a person whose lips are but an opening and a supply pipe which hell uses to vomit its impurities upon the earth.”
-- Saint John Vianney

"Either we must speak as we dress, or dress as we speak. Why do we profess one thing and display another? The tongue talks of chastity, but the whole body reveals impurity."
-- Saint Jerome

“A pure soul is like a fine pearl. As long as it is hidden in the shell, at the bottom of the sea, no one thinks of admiring it. But if you bring it into the sunshine, this pearl will shine and attract all eyes. Thus the pure soul, which is hidden from the eyes of the world, will one day shine before the Angels in the sunshine of eternity.”
-- Saint John Vianney

“The pure soul is a beautiful rose, and the Three Divine Persons descend from Heaven to inhale its fragrance.”
-- Saint John Vianney
“Chastity is the lily of virtues, and makes men almost equal to Angels. Everything is beautiful in accordance with its purity. Now the purity of man is chastity, which is called honesty, and the observance of it, honor and also integrity; and its contrary is called corruption; in short, it has this peculiar excellence above the other virtues, that it preserves both soul and body fair and unspotted.”
-- Saint Francis de Sales
“Humility is the safeguard of chastity. In the matter of purity, there is no greater danger than not fearing the danger. For my part, when I find a man secure of himself and without fear, I give him up for lost.  I am less alarmed for one who is tempted and who resists by avoiding the occasions, than for one who is not tempted and is not careful to avoid occasions. When a person puts himself in an occasion, saying, I shall not fall, it is an almost infallible sign that he will fall, and with great injury to his soul.”
-- Saint Philip Neri

“Your good resolutions must not make you proud, but humble and diffident; you carry a large sum of gold about you, take care not to meet any highwaymen. In this life there is nothing certain: we are in a continual warfare, and, therefore, ought to be on our guard day and night. We sail in a tempestuous sea that threatens us on every side, and in a poor leaky vessel: the devil, who aims at nothing less than our destruction, never ceases to increase the storm, to overwhelm us thereby, if he can; hence it was that the Apostle gave this precaution, even to the virtuous: ‘Let him that thinketh he standeth, take heed lest he fall’ (1 Cor. x.12).”
-- Saint Jerome, Epistle to Saint Eustochium

“The state of grace is nothing other than purity, and it gives heaven to those who clothe themselves in it. Holiness, therefore, is simply the state of grace purified, illuminated, beautified by the most perfect purity, exempt not only from mortal sin but also from the smallest faults; purity will make saints of you! Everything lies in this!”
-- Saint Peter Julian Eymard
“Chastity, or cleanness of heart, holds a glorious and distinguished place among the virtues, because she, alone, enables man to see God; hence Truth itself said, ‘Blessed are the clean of heart, for they shall see God.’”
-- Saint Augustine

“There is no remedy so powerful against the heat of concupiscence as the remembrance of our Savior’s Passion. In all my difficulties I never found anything so efficacious as the wounds of Christ: In them I sleep secure; from them I derive new life.”
-- Saint Augustine

“God bestows more consideration on the purity of the intention with which our actions are performed than on the actions themselves.”
-- Saint Augustine

“He alone loves the Creator perfectly who manifests a pure love for his neighbor.”
-- Saint Bede the Venerable

"You carry your snare everywhere and spread your nets in all places. You allege that you never invited others to sin. You did not indeed, by your words, but you have done so by your dress and your deportment.”
-- Saint John Chrysostom

"Let your modesty be a sufficient incitement, yea, an exhortation to everyone to be at peace on their merely looking at you."
-- Saint Ignatius of Loyola