Sins, Shrines and Sermons
February 9, 2020
This week we posted a blog addressing the false Catholic Shrine in Texas that a few have come to us with questions about. You can find it under blogs.
All the sermons of St. Alphonsus for all the Sundays in the years were added to the Documents section under Resources. It is a tremendous resource for virtually any subject in the Church. He tells it to us straight.
This week the subject of sin, especially the sin of scandal, has been discussed on our boards and in person. We created a new section under Quotes called “Catholic Life” and for our first post listed quotes on the subject of modesty and scandal from popes and saints in the Church.
It is good and necessary to have an understanding that the good of our soul is more important than that of our body; and we have to prefer the spiritual welfare of our neighbor to our bodily comforts. Error in regard to this rule is easy to repair with a little knowledge and catechesis; just as easy as buying a new wardrobe for some. It is another matter, however, when it comes to the errors in regard to following after false clergymen and partaking of their false sacraments.
Remember that, if you save your souls, your failure in every worldly transaction will be but of little importance: for, if you are saved, you shall enjoy complete happiness for all eternity. But, if you lose your souls, what will it profit you to have enjoyed all the riches, honors, and amusements of this world? If you lose your souls, all is lost. “What doth it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and suffer the loss of his_own soul ?” (Matt. xvi. 26.)
The same can be said of both the true Catholics who need to remedy their sense of modesty so that it is in conformity with the rules of the Church, and of Traditionalist attending false Catholic Chapels. The former must first root sin out of their lives to be good Catholics, the latter must first become Catholic.
While both sins are mortal, one is the easier to remedy, if that is all that is left to do. Many stay at home Catholics who have the faith–as opposed to their Traditionalist counterparts attending false Latin-mass chapels & shrines–are slower to come to the traditions of the Church. But they have trod a more arduous journey to get to where they have come, giving up every vestige of the mass experiences they were once accustomed to, albeit false as they were to have been.
Lengthening their sleeves and putting away shorts are easy adjustments in comparison to everything they have had to suffer for the cross our Lord requires of true Catholics today.
Those shirking the duty to deny themselves and take up their crosses, however, by going without the comfort of receiving false sacraments, and pretending things are normal, cannot lay claim to the same spiritual progress.
They have the chapels, and the wardrobes full of long dresses, but they do NOT have the faith. We pray both for their conversion and for the acquiescence of true stay at home Catholics to all the rules of modesty imposed by the Church for the good of and for the salvation of souls.
THOSE who adopt true devotion to Mary ought also to have a great devotion to saying the Hail Mary (the Angelical Salutation). Few Christians, however enlightened, know the real price, merit, excellence, and necessity of the Hail Mary. It was necessary for the Blessed Virgin to appear several times to great and enlightened Saints, to show them the merit of it. She did so to St. Dominic, St. John Capistran, and the Blessed Alan de la Roche. They have composed entire works on the wonders and efficacy of that prayer for converting souls.
Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us.