5 Jun 2018

NOVUS ORDO: When stealth priestesses replace priests in Corpus Christi processions and benediction

Woman carries the monstrance for Corpus Christi

I got the following article from Eric Gajewski's TradCatKnight. It’s interesting!

Those who are keen observers of what is going on in today’s modernist Rome and in the Novus Ordo world generally know that the issue of Women Priests is already settled. (Note carefully: Settled among modernists, never among Catholics).

Wonder why many of today’s “Catholics” still can’t understand what’s going on in today’s Church? The reason is simple: by developing hatred for the truth over the years they have allowed the demons to enter into them and possess them—the result is that when they see the truth they call it a lie and when they see a lie they call it truth. I have written articles about this unfortunate development, and about women “priesthood” being championed by heretic Bergoglio and his apostate priests, bishops and cardinals all over the world. (Please note that many demon-possessed priests in Nigeria are also implementing these things gradually. In several Churches in Lagos and Abuja, for instance, you will see things like "altar girls" and other similar abominations). See the following article (and search this blog for other related ones): Francis and his gang of heretics pushing for women ordination. 

The article:

Sunday, June 3, 2018
NOVUS ORDO: When stealth priestesses replace priests in Corpus Christi processions and benediction

Picture from the ladies immediately following the Most Blessed Sacrament during the Corpus Christi Procession with Francis in Ostia, June 3.

Woman Carries the Monstrance For Corpus Christi

Last Thursday, in the municipality of Kirchbach, St Pölten diocese (eastern Austria), pastoral assistant Sabine Latzenhofer, carried the monstrance below a baldachin for the Corpus Christi procession. Latzenhofer also read the gospel and blessed the faithful with holy water.
St Pölten diocese is run by Opus Dei Bishop Klaus Küng (76).


[What’s a “female evangelist”?  As some ask: Is she a Catholic or a member of a non-Catholic charismaniac cult? – AQ Tom]
Social media users, especially Catholics, have reacted in outrage after photos of a female Evangelist lifting the Monstrance containing the Blessed Sacrament surfaced online.

Traditionally, in the Catholic church, only the priests are allowed to carry the Monstrance and it is considered a sacred object because it contains the Blessed Sacrament believed to be the body and blood of Jesus Christ.
Which is why the photo of a non-catholic female evangelist lifting it during a prayer session has sparked outrage.
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10 May 2018

Gala 2018 is a proof that the devil exists

by Jonathan Ekene Ifeanyi
"His Holiness Pope Francis"
On October 12, 1987, Our Lord said the following (in a vision) to Rev. Sister Anna Ali of Kenya:

“My daughter, listen attentively to what I tell you. The times demand accelerated action. My pain is immense! Humanity has not become aware of the scourge that threatens it. Pray a great deal. Freemasonry hurls itself against the Church...Freemasons abuse my very Gospel! Their iniquity is repugnant. They are executing themselves with their own hands. ...My heart is pierced with suffering because humanity does not repent. There is only avarice in acquiring new lands to dominate them like thieves and wolves. I am very much abused. The world is in pain. Desolation and deaths are coming. The whole world will be at war. Ruin and death will befall it. The deadly weapons will not only exterminate armies, but also the holiest and most sacred things, children, the aged, and the infirm. What a sorrow, My daughter! The iniquitous rules of nations have all broken God’s Law. The devil will cast his evil powers and in a given moment will destroy the best part of the flock. ...Leaders are responsible for all humanity either to save it or to destroy it...” (Divine Appeal 19).

For years, Jesus was very busy giving messages like this to different seers (often to seers who didn't even understand the messages being given to them!) in different parts of the world but was totally ignored by Catholics and their bad leaders. Today, at last, we have lived to see a Freemason become the “pope” and having his cardinals, all of them recognised as such by the whole world. The world, indeed, has gone mad!

In the past centuries, the Catholic Church suffered from attacks coming from those outside the Church—the Protestants and others. Today, on the contrary, the Church is being persecuted by FALSE BRETHREN—"Catholics" who support Freemasons to become "pope" and "cardinals" in order to destroy the Church so easily. The photos below and above—a public mockery of the papacy, the angels, Virgin Mary, and Our Lord Himself—are just an example of how the devil hates us and our Catholic Faith. They were taken at a New York gallery display held on Monday, May 7, 2018, with the theme: 'Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination' ...and a "cardinal" was present. The Vatican gave permission for the Gala to be “Catholic-themed” because it provided a variety of clothes and other items for an accompanying exhibition at the Met Gala. In fact, apart from the Met Gala itself, among the fashion items that the Vatican provided to be exhibited alongside more than 40 sacred vestments and other sacred items from the Sistine Chapel, there was to be found a clothing-fashion for a female pope! As we learnt, the Vatican and the organisers of this sacrilegious event had spent over two years planning it. Then the Pontifical Academy for Culture headed by the Freemason “Cardinal” Ravasi finally executed it! One reporter said that Masonic “Cardinal” Ravasi and Masonic Francis made the decision to open the Church’s treasures to the world of fashion and to hand them over to the world and the mockers of Catholic things. That's true. However, it's also true that even some of the items provided by the Vatican—like the clothing-fashion for a female pope—are not Catholic but a mockery of it! So Francis' Vatican, in fact, carefully planned and executed this mockery! (No need of too much talk. Watch the video of the Vatican's exhibition HERE).

Have a look:
Timothy “Cardinal” Dolan with the naked ladies. Dolan is said to have been instrumental in securing the Vatican’s support for the event and even lent one of his miters to pop star Rhiana. (See the first photo above). Dolan said he was there to teach "the truth". "...we’re into art, poetry, music, liturgy, and, yes, even fashion… to thank God for beauty", he said. You can read his speech at the occasion HERE.
Dolan having fun with the naked ladies
Dolan having fun with the naked ladies
The Angels mocked
Jesus mocked
Virgin Mary mocked
Virgin Mary mocked
Virgin Mary mocked
The papacy was also mocked. (See the first photo above: "His Holiness Pope Francis"). Watch the whole mess HERE.

Similarly, Michael Hichborn writes (in his newsletter which I received a few days ago):

"Om.... ommm... ohhhhmmmy -- you won't believe what the Vatican let through the doors this week.

"If you're like me, you might be a tad bit surprised and shocked to learn that one of our leading 21st-century theologians is none other than American pop-star and semipro, nun-eviction specialist, Katy Perry.

"Her topic of expertise? Transcendental meditation.

"For those who aren't aware of what transcendental meditation (or TM for short) is, it is the Buddhist practice of self-awareness through breathing, listening to heart palpitations, and the like. But there's an added element in the spiritual practice, one that treats self-awareness as signs from the infinite.

"There is a reason why Catholic theologians have warned against this sort of openness to the spiritual. That sort of openness can invite the sort of spirit you might not want... and yes, we're talking about the diabolic.

"Diabolic possession is a very real and serious thing. One cannot be cavalier about the devil's existence and his capacity for subterfuge. Remember what Our Lord said about the demons who leave a house, but after a time, return to it finding the house swept and clean, but then brings 7 other spirits more wicked than himself? (Luke 11:24-26) This is precisely what Our Lord was talking about!

"Transcendental meditation is not a means of clearing the self, but rather akin to unlocking your doors and throwing the family jewels, wallet, and social security card out on the front lawn for the nearest visitor -- and those visitors tend to bring friends when they see an easy target.

"Katy Perry wasn't just given a mere venue for her ideas on transcendental meditation at the Vatican. Perry was permitted to speak her mind on this topic from the same seat used by the Holy Father for major Church meetings. Practically from the throne, so to speak.

"...and did we mention that Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi -- head of the Pontifical Academy for Culture sponsoring this event -- is listed as an honorary Freemason? Draw your conclusions as you will..."

(More disturbing and indeed mysterious is the fact that this writer, Michael Hichborn, like many Catholics out there, still refers to Francis as "Holy Father"!)

Have a look at Katy Perry but just be mindful of your eyes. (NOTE: Perry is also the angel above!):

Francis and Katy Perry
Katy Perry in action

Katy Perry in action
Note that Francis has a long-standing relationship with pop-stars and Katy Perry is in no way the only one he has ever honoured in this way. See, for instance, Francis receives pop star Martina Stoessel!

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25 Apr 2018

Nigerian Northern Jihadists really determined to kill all Benue Christians!

Jonathan Ekene Ifeanyi
Boko Haram

As always, today’s news in Nigeria is that of the killing of the Benue people by “suspected” “Fulani-herdsmen” — a killing which has been on-going since the very year Buhari became Nigeria’s President but which, unfortunately, has not only been always ignored, ignored and ignored by Buhari’s government but also by so many wicked Nigerian citizens. They don’t give a damn because after-all their loved ones are usually not among those being killed! Although the Jihadists started focusing their attention on the Benue people since last year, these killings, as you can learn from my old article,  WHY IS BOKO HARAM STILL KILLING INNOCENT PEOPLE UNDER BUHARI’S GOVERNMENT?, has been on-going (in other states) long before then. I got tired of documenting the killings because the jihadists are doing it almost every day. 

When, recently, courageous Senator Abaribe of Abia State called Buhari an “incompetent” president over the latter’s lie that these Jihadists are “Muammar Gaddafi’s men”, he was shouted down by northern senators(with all the Eastern and South-South senators present looking like morons!), including Senate President Bukola Saraki who mandated him to “apologise” immediately. 

Yet, as we can recall, it was the same kind of statement Buhari made in October 2014, during Jonathan’s era, when he stated categorically that Niger Delta people, in fact, stated the menace! (See my article above). As I wrote: 

“Buhari, who then spoke on a Liberty Radio programme, accused Jonathan’s government of killing and destroying houses belonging to Boko Haram members while the Niger Delta militants got special treatment. He said that unlike the “special treatment” given to the Niger Delta militants by the federal government, the Boko Haram members were being killed and their houses demolished by the government. While accusing Jonathan of failing from the beginning to address the security situation in the country, Buhari said he had never been in support of the state of emergency in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states, and shockingly, according to Buhari, “what is responsible for the security situation in the country is caused by the activities of Niger Delta militants.”

“Can we then see the reason why he is now hunting for the Niger Deltans while almost completely ignoring the murderous activities of his Boko Haram brothers in the North-East? My February piece on this can be viewed here:
“And on his current hunting for the blood of the Niger Deltans, see this:http://www.thetrentonline.com/buhari-declares-war-on-south-south-militants-orders-air-bombing-of-creeks

“So far, all the structures put in place by Jonathan to tackle the terrorists—the military checkpoints and the rest—have been dismantled by Buhari, and Boko Haram terrorists now move freely in the North East, destroying lives just as they want. See this also:http://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/headlines/186492-how-buharis-slow-pace-is-affecting-the-war-against-boko-haram.html”.

Is it a surprise, then, to see the same Buhari who also kicked against amnesty for Niger Delta militants then now advocating for the same amnesty for his jihadist brethren?

A country founded on lies and currently populated by liars, usually, the lying newspapers would attribute these killings to “suspected Fulani-herdsmen” even though everybody knows who these killers are. In fact, sincerely speaking, only today have I heard of the word “Jihadists” pronounced—certainly because of the two priests killed! As we read partly from Punch:

Confirming the attack on the church, The Director of Communications, Catholic Diocese of Makurdi, Rev. Father Moses Iorapuu, said, “Rev. Father Joseph Gor and Rev. Father Felix Tyolaha have been killed in the deadly attack by herdsmen/Jihadists early today (Tuesday) in St. Ignatius Quasi parish in Ukpor-Mbalom in Mbalom village.”

Iorapuu, who stated that the herdsmen also burnt down homes, destroyed foodstuffs, said, “to go for the priests means total destruction of everything we stand for and believe in as a people.”

“The police seem to know nothing of the attacks which have been going on in other villages in Benue State since the Anti-Open Grazing Law came into effect last year.

What makes today’s case different, however, is that two Catholic priests are among the dead.

“Many people are asking why the international community has remained silent over the massacre of Benue citizens.

“The answer is simple: It has been the goal of the Jihadists to conquer Benue and Tiv people who resisted their advance into the Middle Belt and the Eastern part of Nigeria since 1804; they are people who rejected Islam and fought for the unification of Nigeria in the civil war of 1967 – 1970.”

According to the Catholic spokesman, the people of  Eastern Nigeria have little sympathy for Benue people who fought on the side of Nigeria, adding that the Muslim North is enjoying a sweet revenge overshadowed by an insensitive regime.

He noted there were over 170,000 internally displaced persons before the Naka invasion, adding that with the situation on the ground in Mbalom, Benue would be flooded with thousands more.

“What cannot be said at this point is the consequences of the death of missionaries in the killings that have been ignored  by the government for over a year.

“The Catholic Diocese of Makurdi, which is one of the largest dioceses in Nigeria, has been active in providing relief materials, including education and skills acquisition lessons, to victims of the attacks,” he added.

Our correspondents reported that there was apprehension in Makurdi, the capital of Benue State.

The situation reportedly became tense when the remains of the two Rev. Fathers were brought to St. Theresa Catholic Hospital morgue, High Level, Makurdi.

Following the tense atmosphere in the area, leaders of Wurukum and Wadatta markets in the capital city were forced to close the market while traders rushed out of the area for fear of breakdown of law and order.

23 Apr 2018

Theresa May's same-sex "marriage" campaign is indeed SATANIC

Jonathan Ekene Ifeanyi
Theresa May
Today Punch newspaper published the report of CAN advising Nigerian Federal Government not to bow to pressure by the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, on same-sex “marriage”, condemning the evil totally. The report reads partly:

The British PM had during the just-concluded Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London, asked African leaders to consider legalising same-sex marriage in their respective countries.

But CAN in a statement in Abuja on Sunday by the Special Assistant (Media and Communications) to the CAN President, Pastor Bayo Oladeji, noted that Nigerians had unanimously resolved to do away with same-sex marriage and had affirmed this by legislation.

It said, “If we may remind the British authorities, the same-sex marriage contradicts the position of the Scripture and any human law that contradicts the Bible cannot stand.

“God is the author of marriage and He stated it clearly that it involves a man and a woman. In addition, the Bible states: “A man will leave his father and his mother and he must stick to his wife and they must become one flesh.

“Jesus our Saviour confirmed that marriage should be for male and female. The Bible condemns homosexuality as an immoral and unnatural sin.”

“The fact that the British authorities or all countries of the world practise or allow gay marriage does not make it right, CAN noted, warning that any government that dared to make same-sex marriage lawful in Nigeria risked the wrath of God and the anger of all Christians and other Nigerians.”

Although CAN (so-called Christian Association of Nigeria) is purely Protestant and as such absolutely FAKE Christianity, I consider this response to the homosexual West a very good one. Please kindly note that Nigerian (Vatican II) Catholic bishops and priests simply don’t have time to condemn the evil of this kind — many of them, in fact, are pro-homosexual. (See, for instance: No, Cardinal Okogie, Homosexuals Deserve No Respect! )

11 Apr 2018

Marriage is good, but consecrated virginity is even better

Victim Nuns of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

On May 27, 2014, “Pope” Francis said: “Since it is not dogma, the door is always open to rethink priestly celibacy”. Already, as I write, there are now some married “Catholic priests” around the world. In the United States alone, for instance, there are currently about 125 married “priests”, all recognised by Rome. (See for instance: I’m a Married Man. I’m also a Catholic Priest; see also: Pope Francis: Married priests "on my agenda"--"reform of the reform" not so muchand The new push to end priestly celibacy ).   

Carefully note that Francis’ support of “married priests” is not a news. Before he invaded the Vatican, he had been notorious for encouraging priests to leave the priesthood if they fall in love, and divorce as well. For instance in a private conversation with his longtime friend from Buenos Aires, Oscar Crespo, Francis reportedly revealed his plans to change important “archaic” parts of the Catholic rules. Crespo says “the Pope” intends to overturn the “centuries-old ban” on Catholic priests from getting married and to lift the banishment of divorcees from the Catholic Church. Crespo claims Francis told him “six years ago”, when “the Pope” was archbishop of Buenos Aires, that the ban on priests getting married was not “doctrine”.(See: Pope Francis wants to change two major Catholic laws he sees as 'archaic' ).

As Bergoglio himself, before invading the Vatican, said in “Conversations”, (pp. 118-119): “There are times when a priest does fall in love and must reassess his vocation and his life. Then he must go to the bishop and tell him, ‘I’ve made up my mind… I didn’t know I was going to feel something so beautiful… I truly love this woman’, and he asks to leave the priesthood”.

And what do you do in these cases?

Bergoglio (“Pope” Francis) says: “I stay with him; I accompany him on his spiritual journey. If he is sure of his decision, I even help him find work… We request what is called ‘dispensation,’ permission from Rome, and then he would be allowed to receive the sacrament of marriage.”

So Francis will help a man who took a permanent vow of chastity before God to break his vow and leave the priesthood! (Of course he will, since he doesn’t believe in a Catholic God). The Catholic Church has never allowed a priest to leave the priesthood and get married. This is a heretical invention promoted after Vatican II. Celibacy, in fact, has existed in one form or another throughout history and in virtually all the major religions of the world. It was common in the ancient world—when men were really religious and pious—to view sexual power as a rival to religious power, and the sexuality of the opposite sex as a polluting factor, especially in sacred or crisis situations. Even in the Old Testament times, there were prescribed periods of sexual abstinence in connection with rituals and sacrifices and the prosecution of holy wars. Hence we learn that King David—at a time when a war was going on between Israel and Rabba—after committing adultery with Urias’ wife, Bethsabee, and learning that she had become pregnant, sent for her husband, Urias, who was among those fighting the war, and tried different means of sending him to his house to sleep with his wife but in vain. “And Urias said to David: “The ark of God and Israel and Juda dwell in tents, and my lord Joab and the servants of my lord abide upon the face of the earth: and shall I go into my house, to eat and to drink, and to sleep with my wife? By thy welfare and by the welfare of thy soul I will not do this thing”. (2 Kings 11: 1-11). In post-Old Testament times, some members of the Essenes, according to the Jewish historian Josephus, rejected marriage, and the medieval Talmudic scholar Ben Azzai remained celibate. Our Lord Himself, speaking of celibacy, said, “...there are eunuchs, who have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven. He that can take, let him take it”. (Matthew 19:12). The origin of priestly celibacy goes back to the first apostles of Christ who, for the sake of God’s kingdom, gave up marriage. As we read in the Gospel: “Then Peter answering, said to him: Behold we have left all things, and have followed thee: what therefore shall we have? And Jesus said to them: Amen, I say to you, that you, who have followed me, in the regeneration, when the Son of man shall sit on the seat of his majesty, you also shall sit on twelve seats judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And every one that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, OR WIFE, or children, or lands for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall possesses life everlasting”. (Matthew 19:27-29). St. Paul, who was celibate, writes: “…It is good for a man not to touch a woman…For I would that all men were even as myself: but every one hath his proper gift from God; one after this manner, and another after that.” (1 Corinthians 9:1&7).  

“A priest”, says the Encyclopaedia Britannica, “may be defined as one who, as a mediator, performs the sacred function of communicating through rites the needs of the people to heaven and the sacred power and presence from heaven to the congregation. His function is objective. Its efficacy is assured if the priest conducts the proper rite and has the proper qualifications of ordination and, perhaps, of ritual purity, regardless of whether he is particularly moral or fervent. Celibacy serves as such an objective mark of special state and ritual purity.” The point to note here is that the main purpose of priestly celibacy is ritual purity required for sacerdotal rites—this is different from another type of celibacy associated withmonasticism, the main purpose of which is moral and spiritual advancement. Today we are often given the false impression (by some perverts among the clergy who, like Martin Luther who renounced his vow of celibacy and married the former nun Katherina von Bora, are intoxicated with sex) that “Well, celibacy is not a dogma. Priests in the early centuries were married and priests today can still marry.” But the fact is that, even at the so-called “time when priests were married”, it was common for ordained men to give up sexual relations with their wives. In fact the reason why some of them had wives in the first place was because they had been married before they took the decision to become priests—so having become priests, some gave up their wives. (Matthew 19:12; 27-29). (Such actions are unthinkable today only because modern men and women have become extraordinarily canal—intoxicated with sex!). These perverts will never mention the regional Council of Elvira in Spain (c. AD 306) which decreed that all priests and bishops, married or not, should abstain from sexual relations—or the ecumenical Council of Nicaea (AD 325) which forbade priests to live with women other than their mothers, sisters, or aunts.

Note that all I've been describing took place between the apostolic times and the fourth century. Thus when Pope St. Gregory VII championed the compulsory clerical celibacy in the 11th century, it wasn't really seen as something new. Celibacy, then, was only made a part of church law—at the first and second Lateran Councils (1123 and 1139) which abolished clerical marriage and thus established the official and still-existing position of the Roman Catholic Church.

The article below says more on this topic.

Why the Church teaches marriage is good, but consecrated virginity is even better

April 10, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – As celibacy and virginity come increasingly under fire not only in the secular world but even within the Church and her very hierarchy, we must renew our understanding of immutable Catholic doctrine and our commitment to “contend earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints” (Jude 1:3).
In the ancient Church, Jovinian was a heretic who taught the equality of sacramental marriage and celibacy for the kingdom of God. His views were roundly refuted by St. Jerome and St. Augustine, and the Church in her Magisterium has consistently taught as they do: one who marries in Christ and brings children into the world does well, but one who altogether relinquishes marriage and family for the sake of following Christ more closely does even better.
Nevertheless, Jovinianism rears its ugly head throughout Christian history. The Protestant Reformers challenged the traditional doctrine, in spite of the fact that it is based on the very words of Christ and of St. Paul. In more recent times, we certainly see among Catholics a pragmatic sort of Jovinianism, which I have discovered in nearly all the students I have ever taught. Perhaps because they have met in their lives so few authentic religious brothers and sisters, they tend to think it wrong to elevate the religious state above the married state as a means for attaining perfection in charity and contemplation. They are surprised to learn that they are in conflict with the unanimous teaching of the Church Fathers, Doctors, Popes, and Councils.
One student put the case this way on a final exam: “If I am a married person and I do everything, including change diapers and go to work and embrace my wife and build up a house and garden, all for the love of God, how am I not making of myself and my life a ‘holocaust’, a total offering, that is just as pleasing as the offering of a religious who gives up family, property, self-determination? As a matter of fact, the religious still has clothes, a bed, a house to live in, probably a lot of books, financial worries in his community, practicalities to take care of, his brethren as a family, and for the most part he does what he wants from day to day, even if the bigger decisions belong (in part) to a superior. So is his life really all that different from mine?”
Sounds plausible, doesn’t it? With a vague appeal to the “universal call to holiness” and the “primacy of charity,” one can quickly deduce that all Christian states in life are equal. Interestingly, St. Thomas Aquinas also teaches that holiness is for everyone and that charity holds pride of place in becoming holy, but he does not, all the same, reach that egalitarian conclusion.
The student claimed that “marriage, too, is a total holocaust.” I ask: in what sense? Is the married man or woman actually giving up spouse, children, house, fields, his or her own will? In a way yes—but in a decisive way, no. When Jesus told his disciples that they who left everything to follow him would receive a hundredfold, he was not speaking metaphorically, but quite literally. Nor was he saying that those who renounced these things up front were permitted to reintroduce them later, through the back door. The hundredfold blessing rests only on the ones who remain poor, chaste, and obedient, and to the extent that they are truly such.
In order to understand the Our Lord’s teaching better, let us consider how the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity (in the sense of perpetual continence), and obedience are means for accomplishing the goal of perfection in charity, that is, holiness.
The counsels take away those material and temporal goods that tend to distract or weaken our focus on God or that allow us to rely on them rather than on Him. Unlike the commandments, the counsels do not separate us from bad things that are incompatible with love of God. Rather, they separate us from things that are in themselves good, even very good, but not the greatest good, and thus can hinder a direct focus on the greatest goods, and on the Giver of all good things. The reason why separating ourselves from things that are good is helpful for focusing on the highest good and source of all goods, on God Himself, is that we are finite beings with finite capacities for attention and love. Therefore, by removing our attention and love from worldly and temporal goods, the counsels help us to fix them more fully on spiritual and eternal goods, on the divine. St. Thomas beautifully makes this point:
“It is manifest that the human heart is borne more intensely towards one thing, to the extent that it is withdrawn from many things. Thus man’s mind is borne more perfectly to loving God to the extent that it is removed from love for temporal things... Therefore all the evangelical counsels, by which we are invited to perfection, have as their aim the turning away of man’s mind from love for temporal things, so that his mind may tend more freely to God, by contemplating, loving, and fulfilling his will.” (On the Perfection of the Spiritual Life, ch. 6)

In the present climate, it is important to emphasize that the counsels are not proposed as good because the things we give up by following the counsels are bad, but because there is a better way to grow in love than the use of these things. Giving up marriage enables one to grow more in the love of God and neighbor solely because the direct dedication of our heart and mind to God is a better means for growing in love than marriage is, whether considered in itself or as a sacrament (see Pope Pius XII, Encyclical Letter Sacra Virginitas, nn. 37–39). Pope John Paul II taught this quite clearly: 
“The reference to the nuptial union of Christ and the Church gives marriage itself its highest dignity: in particular, the sacrament of matrimony introduces the spouses into the mystery of Christ's union with the Church. However, the profession of virginity or celibacy enables consecrated persons to share more directly in the mystery of this marriage. While conjugal love goes to Christ the Bridegroom through a human union, virginal love goes directly to the person of Christ through an immediate union with him, without intermediaries: a truly complete and decisive spiritual espousal. Thus in the person of those who profess and live consecrated chastity, the Church expresses her union as Bride with Christ the Bridegroom to the greatest extent.” (Catechesis on Consecrated Life, November 23, 1994)

Implied in these words is, however, a salutary warning. One who gives up marriage—a monk or nun, a priest, a bishop—will not be any better off for doing so if he does not use the freedom of his heart to devote himself more fully to God and to the service of the Church. In fact, he will be worse off, since he will lack the great good of marriage as well as the greater good of virginity or celibacy “for the kingdom,” the orientation that alone makes it so great a good. 
Moreover, assuming good intentions to begin with, the intensity and steadfastness of the resolve to pursue the goal of holiness using whichever means one chooses is of greater importance than the means as such. To be more concrete: it is better to seek for holiness in marriage wholeheartedly, than to seek holiness in religious life half-heartedly.

Our Lord has provided us with two ways, noble and nobler, good and better, of entering into the mystery of His indissoluble nuptial union with the Church: through a sacramental image of it in marriage, and through a mystical participation in the very union itself in consecrated life.

16 Mar 2018

Russia Says it Will Attack U.S. Military if Trump Strikes Syria Again

by Tom O’Connor

Russian military police members stand guard at the Al-Wafideen checkpoint on the outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus neighbouring the rebel-held eastern Ghouta enclave on March 13, 2018, awaiting any civilians evacuating from the area. A U.S> strike on Syrian troops and their allies could endanger Russian personnel, prompting what Moscow officials said would be a retaliation. LOUAI BESHARA/AFP/Getty Images

U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has railed against the Syrian government's recently intensified campaign to retake the insurgent-held district of eastern Ghouta outside Damascus, accusing Syria and its Russian and Iranian allies of mounting civilian casualties. As a fellow permanent U.N. Security Council member, Russia has vetoed a number of resolutions targeting Assad's government and has accused the insurgents of shelling nearby Damascus city. Haley also blamed Russia for breaking a 30-day ceasefire agreement reached earlier this month.
"When the international community consistently fails to act, there are times when states are compelled to take their own action," Haley told the U.N. Security Council on Monday, citing the current situation in eastern Ghouta as an example of this, as The Hill reported.
"We warn any nation determined to impose its will through chemical attacks and inhuman suffering, but most especially the outlaw Syrian regime, the United States remains prepared to act if we must," she added. "It is not a path we prefer. But it is a path we have demonstrated we will take, and we are prepared to take again."
Russia has taken this as a sign that the U.S. was planning to attack Syrian military forces as it did in April, following charges that the Syrian airforce used sarin gas in the northwestern rebel-held district of Idlib, something Russia and Syria have denied. Less than 72 hours after the U.S. accused Syria of being behind the attack, Trump ordered a cruise missile strike from Navy warships in the Mediterranean.
In a disagreement that has become characteristic of U.S. and Russian involvement in Syria, Washington claimed that it had used a previously established de-confliction line to warn Russia of the attack. But Moscow denied this, saying Russian personnel at the targeted Al-Shayrat air base were put at risk.
Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Porter launches Tomahawk cruise missiles against the Al-Shayrat air base in Syria, April 7, 2017. The attack came less than three days after a chemical attack that Russia and Syria denied conducting in the rebel-held province of Idlib. Ford Williams/U.S. Navy/REUTERS
In response to Haley's warning at the U.N., the Russian Foreign Ministry also pledged a forceful response to any U.S. attack that threatened Russian troops who were stationed throughout Syrian military frontlines near Damascus. Accusing a "belligerent" Haley of promoting "criminal actions" in Syria, the ministry said "in this case, required retaliatory measures will be taken," Tass reported.
"If a new strike of this kind takes place, the consequences will be very serious," Russia Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in a separate statement also carried by Tass.
"Mrs. Haley should understand that it is one thing to irresponsibly exploit the microphone in the U.N. Security Council and it is another thing when both the Russian and American militaries have communication channels and it is clearly stated via these channels what can be done and what must not be done," he added.
Russia intervened in Syria in 2015 at Assad's request, helping him overcome a 2011 uprising sponsored by the West, Turkey and Gulf Arab states. As lines blurred between the mainstream Syrian opposition and jihadis groups such as Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State militant group (ISIS), the U.S. switched its focus from regime change to defeating ISIS via support for a mostly Kurdish coalition known as the Syrian Democratic Forces.
But Turkey, a U.S. ally and fellow NATO Western military alliance member, has objected to Washington's support for Kurdish militias, which Ankara accused of harbouring ties to the militant Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). A joint Turkish and Syrian rebel attack on the Kurdish enclave of Afrin has drawn Kurdish fighters away from the U.S.-led coalition fight against ISIS and into an alliance with Assad against Turkey.
Two maps show areas of control in Syria as of January 8, 2018 and March 8, 2018. Turkey and its rebel allies have made gains against the Kurd-controlled enclave of Afrin, causing an exodus of Kurdish fighters from the U.S.-led coalition battle against ISIS in the east. Institute for the Study of War/Reuters
Responding to Russia's vow to strike back against potential U.S. military action in Syria, the U.S.-led coalition said its main focus was to fight ISIS, but that it shared Haley's opinion on the use of chemical weapons in Syria.
"Coalition officials regularly engage their Russian counterparts via established ground and air deconfliction lines, with the goal of ensuring mutual understanding and preventing escalations in tension. Our interactions with Russian officials have been professional and effective, proving the value of the deconfliction effort," coalition spokesman Colonel Thomas Veale said in a statement sent to Newsweek. "Although the Coalition does not speak for the United States, we acknowledge the U.S. government's stance, echoed by our Coalition and NATO partners, that the use of chemical weapons use is unacceptable," he added.
Veale said the coalition would to continue backing the remaining, mostly Arab fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces still battling ISIS in eastern Syria. These forces faced an "operational pause" due to the departure of Kurdish fighters, as well as recent tensions between pro-Syrian government forces that erupted into deadly violence, including the deaths of Russian citizens from U.S. airstrikes last month.
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