Vocations Boom Via Old Mass in Paraguay — Pope Francis Orders Visitation | The Eponymous Flower

Vocations Boom Via Old Mass in Paraguay — Pope Francis Orders Visitation | The Eponymous Flower

The Faithful or the Unfaithful Slave

41 Peter said, “Lord, are you telling this parable for us or for all?” 42 And the Lord said, “Who then is the faithful and wise steward, whom his master will set over his household, to give them their portion of food at the proper time? 43 Blessed is that servant whom his master when he comes will find so doing. 44 Truly, I tell you, he will set him over all his possessions. 45 But if that servant says to himself, ‘My master is delayed in coming,’ and begins to beat the menservants and the maidservants, and to eat and drink and get drunk, 46 the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know, and will punish[f] him, and put him with the unfaithful. 47 And that servant who knew his master’s will, but did not make ready or act according to his will, shall receive a severe beating. 48 But he who did not know, and did what deserved a beating, shall receive a light beating. Every one to whom much is given, of him will much be required; and of him to whom men commit much they will demand the more. [Lk 12:41-48 (RSVCE)]

Does the Bible provide any passages that might help in understanding how Satan became sinful?

Does the Bible provide any passages that might help in understanding how Satan became sinful? | ChristianityStackExchange

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“How you are fallen from heaven,

O Day Star, son of Dawn!

How you are cut down to the ground,

you who laid the nations low!

13 You said in your heart,

‘I will ascend to heaven;

above the stars of God

I will set my throne on high;

I will sit on the mount of assembly

in the far north;

14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds,

I will make myself like the Most High.’

15 But you are brought down to Sheol,

to the depths of the Pit.

16 Those who see you will stare at you,

and ponder over you:

‘Is this the man who made the earth tremble,

who shook kingdoms,

17 who made the world like a desert

and overthrew its cities,

who did not let his prisoners go home?’

18 All the kings of the nations lie in glory,

each in his own tomb;

19 but you are cast out, away from your sepulchre,

like a loathed untimely birth,

clothed with the slain, those pierced by the sword,

who go down to the stones of the Pit,

like a dead body trodden under foot.

20 You will not be joined with them in burial,

because you have destroyed your land,

you have slain your people.” [Is 14]

Deduced two days ago … Thanks be to God through his angel (+ St. Thomas Aquinas?) … simple and elegant.

Pope Francis’ Martians

Recall:

Just as if, for example, tomorrow an expedition of Martians came … green, with long noses and big ears, just like children draw them … and one were to say, ‘I want to be baptized!’. What would happen? | We are all ostiaries (12 May 2014) | Morning Meditation in the Chapel of the Domus Santae Marthae | Pope Francis

Pope Francis’ Martians are  “people living in such unions [same sex] request[ing] a child’s baptism” cf. Instrumentum Laboris 2014 No. 120.



[Update 4/26/2015]:

In Baptism, join new faithful to the People of God. Do not ever refuse Baptism to anyone who asks! With the Sacrament of Penance, forgive sins in the name of Christ and the Church. And I, in the name of Jesus Christ, the Lord, and his Bride, the Holy Church, I ask you not to grow weary of being merciful. In the confessional, you are to going to forgive, not to condemn! Imitate the Father who never gets tired of forgiving. With holy oil, you will give relief to sick. Celebrating the sacred rites and raising at various times of day prayers of praise and supplication, you will make the voice of the People of God and of all humanity. – Pope Francis, Pope’s Homily to New Priests on 52nd World Day of Prayer for Vocations | ZENIT.

Islam, Christianity: Only One Can Be True

The Shahada [The Islamic creed]: لَاإِلٰهَإِلَّااللهمُحَمَّدٌرَسُولُالله | lā ʾilāha ʾil ʾāllāh, muḥammadun rasūlu-llāh | “There is no god but Allah, Muhammad is the messenger of Allah [God].

vs.

Jn 17:3: And eternal life is this: to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. [I believe in God, the Father almighty creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our LORD, […] | The Apostles’ Creed]

The two creeds are irreconcilable; therefore both religions cannot both be true.

If one of them is the true Faith, the other is a corruption of it and therefore not true.


COUNCIL HELD BY LUCIFER AND HIS DEMONS IN HELL AFTER THE DEATH OF CHRIST OUR LORD.

[…]

718. Acting upon this counsel they redistributed the spheres of work among themselves, in order that each squadron of demons might, with a specialized astuteness, tempt men to different vices. They resolved to continue to propagate idolatry in the world, so that men might not come to the knowledge of the true God and the Redemption. Wherever idolatry would fail, they concluded to establish sects and heresies, for which they would select the most perverse and depraved of the human race as leaders and teachers of error. Then and there was concocted among these malignant spirits the sect of Mahomet, the heresies of Arius, Pelagius, Nestorius, and whatever other heresies have been started in the world from the first ages of the Church until now, together with those which they have in readiness, but which it is neither necessary nor proper to mention here. Lucifer showed himself content with these infernal counsels as being opposed to divine truth and destructive of the very foundation of man’s rescue, namely divine faith. He lavished flattering praise and high offices upon those demons, who showed themselves willing and who undertook to find the impious originators of these errors.

[…]

(My emphasis)
Source: – Vol 3, The Mystical City of God By Venerable Mary of Jesus of Agreda

 

The Fate of Nations Forgetful of God

Psalm 9 Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (RSVCE)

God’s Power and Justice

To the choirmaster: according to Muthlabben. A Psalm of David.

15 The nations have sunk in the pit which they made; in the net which they hid has their own foot been caught.16 The Lord has made himself known, he has executed judgment; the wicked are snared in the work of their own hands. Higgaion. Selah

17 The wicked shall depart to Sheol, all the nations that forget God.

18 For the needy shall not always be forgotten, and the hope of the poor shall not perish for ever.

19 Arise, O Lord! Let not man prevail; let the nations be judged before thee! 20 Put them in fear, O Lord! Let the nations know that they are but men! Selah

 

The Pious High Priest and the Godless and not True High Priest

The Piety of Onias the High Priest

While the Holy City was inhabited in all peace and the laws were observed as perfectly as possible, through the piety of Onias the high priest and his hatred of wickedness, it came about that the kings themselves honored the Holy Place and enhanced the glory of the Temple with the most splendid offerings, even to the extent that Seleucus[1] king of Asia defrayed from his own revenues all the expenses arising out of the sacrificial services.[2]

Jason, the high priest, introduces hellenism

[…], Jason, brother of Onias,[3] usurped the high-priesthood by underhand methods; […]. When the king gave his assent, Jason set about introducing his fellow countrymen to the Greek way of life as soon as he was in power. He suppressed the existing royal concessions to the Jews, granted at the insistence of John, father of that Eupolemus who was later to be sent on the embassy of friendship and alliance with the Romans, and, overthrowing the lawful institutions, introduced new usages contrary to the Law. He went so far as to plant a gymnasium at the very foot of the Citadel, and to fit out the noblest of his cadets in the petasos.[4] Godless wretch that he was and no true high priest, Jason set no bounds to his impiety; indeed the hellenising process reached such a pitch that the priests ceased to show any interest in the services of the altar; scorning the Temple and neglecting the sacrifices, they would hurry to take part in the unlawful exercises on the training ground as soon as the signal was given for the discus. They disdained all that their ancestors had esteemed, and set the highest value on Hellenic honors. But all this brought its own retribution; the very people whose way of life they envied, whom they sought to resemble in everything, proved to be their enemies and executioners. It is no small thing to violate the divine laws, […]

On the occasion of the quinquennial games at Tyre in the presence of the king, the vile Jason sent some Antiochists[5] from Jerusalem as official spectators; these brought with them three hundred silver drachmae for the sacrifice to Hercules. But even those who brought the money thought that it should not be spent on the sacrifice – this would not be right – and decided to reserve it for some other item of expenditure; and so what the sender had intended for the sacrifice to Hercules was in fact applied, at the suggestion of those who brought it, to the construction of triremes.[6]

[1] Seleucus IV, who ruled 186-175 B.C.

[2] 2 M 3:1-4

[3] Joshua, brother of Onias; the change of his name to Jason is evidence of his sympathies with hellenisation.

[4] The hat of Hermes, worn by athletes.

[5] cf. 2 M 4:9-10

[6] 2 M 4:1-20