At every Holy Sacrifice of the Mass let
us utter, ex toto corde,
die with Thee, O Christ — on Calvary!”
Fulton J. Sheen
How do I become Holy?
us begin anew with the most pertinent question of our lives.
Everything else is either within it or worthless.
do I become holy?
— can I become holy?
Dare I presume
to become holy, for to be holy is to be like unto God!”
Tonight, this night, we have asked the question.
“Be you therefore perfect …”
Holiness is simply
this: perfect conformity to the will of God in all things, at all
times, and in all places.
It is to will what
It is to act as
God would have you act.
It is the perfect
correspondence between who and what you are, and who and what
God wants you to be.
It is that simple.
“Be you therefore perfect,
as also your Heavenly Father is perfect.”
(St. Matthew 5.48)
“And He said
to all: If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself,
and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.”
(St. Luke 9.23)
Attending a seminary will not make you
holy — although if you are a straight, heterosexual male who possesses
clear masculine attributes, it is likely that you will never be permitted
to be ordained: that is reserved for the effeminate or homosexual male
only. While this is not Catholic policy (and in fact is contradictory
to, and in open defiance of very clear Church teaching),
it is nevertheless the actual state of affairs.
One does not take “courses” or
“sign up for workshops”
in being holy — although there are many good books that will
help lead you into holiness — and virtually all of them were published
prior to 1960. After the decadent 1960s and the cataclysmic collapse
of the Church following Vatican II within that same decade, quite nearly
everything published under the auspices of the title “Catholic” — was
The self-inflicted wound that came to be called “Ecumenism” simply meant
repudiating, renouncing, and even vilifying what is authentically, historically,
and uniquely Catholic in a failed effort to assuage the animus of those
hostile to us — or, as happened more often, simply to apostatize to
religious indifferentism (all religions are equally good and
all lead to the same God) … and eventually came to mean little more
than a thinly veiled pantheism. 1 In effect, we became
who refused to become
Christ from the Cross —
the New Imperative of “Horizontal Worship”
In other words, following Vatican II,
Christ was torn from the Cross and for Modernist Catholics the Cross
became a token of shame — an embarrassing vestige of their once
thoroughly supernatural religion which has been "corrected and rehabilitated
and Modernist theologians, bishops, priests, and Religious. Religion
is far more horizontal (pertaining to people, politics, economies,
and the new goddess of environmentalism, Mother Earth) than it is
vertical (pertaining to worshipping, loving, and serving God alone
and preeminently above all else). We really worship God best
by focusing on the socio-sexual and political
of others — not by (vertically) worshipping God in Himself as
we had done for over 2000 years in the Dark Ages preceding Aggiornamento
To be a (traditional) Catholic (that is
to say, one faithful to the historical Magisterium and teaching of the
Catholic Church … in other words, a Catholic) was to be “intolerant”
— although this intolerance oddly did not apply to Judaism, Protestantism,
Buddhism, Hinduism, or Islam (which did not and still does not accept
or tolerate most Catholic dogma) — or even Atheism and Secularism within
that same period … and even now. Only Catholics, apparently, have the
capacity for and susceptibility to “intolerance”. Anyone, of course,
who holds fast to a teaching, doctrine, or dogma, does not accept as
licit anything to the contrary and vigorously opposes what conflicts
with that teaching: for it is what of necessity differentiates ideas,
concepts and, yes, religions, rather than conflating them into a
contradictory and irreconcilable pudding that is meant to be agreeable
to everyone (but God) however much it flies in the face of reason and
logic (demigods in modern theology's pantheon of gods of a lesser nature
than the real God, but equally repudiated in favor of emotivism — that
is to say, how we feel and what makes us feel good).
The Impediment of Logic
Even logic itself is tossed aside as an
impediment to the countless irreconcilable contradictions inherent in
Ecumenism. To wit, the Law of the non-contradition holds that two things
cannot both be and not be at one and the
same time. You are reading this column or you
are not reading this column. You cannot be both reading
and not reading this column. It is an inescapable contradiction.
“The Holy Eucharist is
really and truly the Body and Blood of Christ
“The Holy Eucharist is not
really and truly the Body and Blood of Christ”
are reciprocally contradictory and mutually exclusive statements (and
beliefs). It either is, or it is not, really and truly the Body and
Blood of Christ. It logically (and even existentially) cannot be both.
Perhaps logic itself was the first casualty of Vatican II and Ecumenism.
Capitalists, as another example, have
very distinct and differing concepts of economies from Communists. Each
will argue that its own ideology is incompatible with and contradictory
to the others’. Ideologically there can be no Capitalist Communists,
or Communist Capitalists. They are not just different, or even contrasting,
but opposing ideologies.
Pro-Lifers and Pro-Abortionists also have
distinct and differing concepts that logically conflict with one another.
Ideologically there can be no Pro-life Pro-Abortionists, or Pro-Abortion
Pro-Lifers. Once again, they are not just different, but opposing ideologies.
Each is subtended by differing and opposite views on life, conception,
death, and murder.
However … and oddly enough, only Pro-life
advocates are intolerant, while Pro-Abortion advocates are not … hmmmm…
But to return to holiness: as we have
seen, Christ calls us to perfection, and this entails denying oneself
daily (very difficult, but doable), taking up the Cross (not a very
pleasant thing to do) and following Him (the success of which alone
is afforded by both Sanctifying Grace and Actual Grace — century-old
terms no longer used because they are no longer taught or understood).
Work of Holiness
This is the work of holiness, of personal
sanctification — and there is no more urgent need in our lives.
Forget about the World:
(this comes with holiness, not before it)
“social and political
This is the language
of the world, of liberal academia, of militant feminism, of “activism”
— not of Christ. It is the language of those who detest the Church
but remain within her for “a living”; it is the childish and neologistic
ravings of dissident theologians and radical feminists (also making
a living off the Church). They are “catholic” in being “universally”
contemptible of the Church and Her teachings. They have left being “Catholic”
None of this will lead
you to holiness. None of it.
Only Christ can. And He
(St. Luke 9.23)
“Be you therefore perfect, as also
your heavenly Father is perfect.”
An Intimate Affair
Holiness is an intimate affair — between
you and God.
He does not ask you, anywhere in the
Gospels, to change the world … but to change yourself — to
take up your Cross and to follow Him ... not the world.
He is our paradigm
of Holiness ... as is His Holy Mother Mary who gave us that beautiful,
it done to me according to thy word.”
(St. Luke 1.37) In other words, as we said earlier, only conformity
to the will of God — not the world — is the essence of
Imitate them. Not the world, just as Saint Paul did:
“Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.”
Please God, let us now
also say with Saint Paul,
“I live, now not I; but
Christ lives in me.”
Saint John, perhaps, sums it up best:
(1 John 2.15-17)
not the world, nor the things which are in the world.
If any man love the world, the charity of the Father
is not in him. For all that is in the world, is the
concupiscence of the flesh, and the concupiscence of
the eyes, and the pride of life, which is not of the
Father, but is of the world. And the world passes away,
and the concupiscence thereof: but he that doth the
will of God, abides forever.”
Whom and what, then, will
you follow if you seek to be holy? Christ or the world? It is
absolutely clear that you cannot follow both. Each path diverges
totally from the other, and the longer you remain on one path the
farther you will be from the other.
Geoffrey K. Mondello
Boston Catholic Journal
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“Pope Benedict XVI leads an interfaith peace meeting in the Basilica
of St. Mary of the Angels in Assisi, Italy, Oct. 27. Pictured, from
left, are: Archbishop Norvan Zakarian of the Armenian Apostolic Church,
Anglican Archbishop Rowan Williams of Canterbury and Ecumenical Patriarch
Bartholomew of Constantinople, Pope Benedict, Rabbi David Rosen, representing
the chief rabbinate of Israel; Wande Abimbola, president of a Nigerian
institute that promotes the study of the culture and traditional religion
of the Yoruba people; and Shrivatsa Goswami, a Hindu delegate”.
“ASSISI, Italy (AP) – “Pope Benedict XVI joined Buddhist monks, Islamic
scholars, Yoruba leaders and a handful of agnostics in making a communal
call for peace Thursday, insisting that religion must never be used
as a pretext for war or terrorism. Benedict welcomed some 300 leaders
representing a rainbow of faiths to the hilltop Italian town of Assisi
to commemorate the 25th anniversary of a daylong prayer for peace here
called by Pope John Paul II in 1986 amid Cold War conflicts.
Standing on the altar of St. Mary of the Angels basilica, Wande Abimbola
of Nigeria, representing Africa's traditional Yoruba religion, sang
and shook a percussion instrument as he told the delegates that peace
can only come with greater respect for indigenous religions.
"We must always remember that our own religion, along with the religions
practiced by other people, are valid and precious in the eyes of the
Almighty, who created all of us with such plural and different ways
of life and belief systems," he said.
Blessed John Paul II, on the contrary, intuited the public force of
religions, despite secularization. He knew that religions could be attractive
to war-like passions. Worried about the cold war, he invited leaders
of Christian religions and other world religions to Assisi.
St. Matthew 4.8; St. Mark 4.19; St. Luke 4.5, 12.30; St. John 7.7, 14.17,
15.19, 16.33, 17.9, 17.14, 17.16; Gal. 6.14; Colossians 2.8, 2.20; 2
St. Peter 1.4, 2.20; 1 St. John 2.15-17
3 I Cor. 11
4 Gal. 2.20
Totally Faithful to the Sacred
Deposit of Faith entrusted to the Holy See in Rome
opera tua ... quia modicum habes virtutem, et servasti verbum
Meum, nec non negasti Nomen Meum”
know your works ... that you have but little power, and
yet you have kept My word, and have not denied My Name.”
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