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Musings 2004/182

PRIDE

This characteristic, as a vice, is quite incomprehensible when the facts are set out.
God does exist. He is The Almighty and The Eternal-source.
We are creatures. We are totally reliant on God and all we have, has been given us.
These simple facts require us - demand of us - that we act accordingly and

therefore adopt an attitude 
of reality

which MUST result in one of humility, gratitude and adoration.
It is quite astonishing, then, that it is even possible that we could adopt an attitude of we-will-not-serve!
One would even think that attitude was impossible, but no, we all have this vice - this pride!
What is the pride that can get us to hell?
Those living out such pride cry out 'We will not serve!' They will not serve God.
Why?
They will not serve God because they consider they are too important to serve Him!!
Is this not so incredible?
If they consider they are too important to serve God, then they put themselves on an equal basis (or even above!!) that of God!
Do they think they are gods? Do they think they exist of their own power? Do they think that what they have they have of their own initiative?
It would seem that they do! Certainly, a form of insanity.
Where were they 150 years ago? They did not exist.
Where did they come from? Nowhere!
What did they come from? Nothing!
What do they have that is not given to them? Nothing!
What mark do they leave in the universe? None!
Non-existent yesterday - here today - gone tomorrow.
And yet we are riddled with pride! What sort of brain are we equipped with that allows this incredible self-deception?
Amazing!
The Catholic Tradition
The Tradition of The Catholic Church has equal authority to that of Sacred Scripture.
This is an easy thing to believe - it is common sense.
In fact, Sacred Scripture, as I have stated in this column before, is . in reality, written Tradition, as St. Paul himself makes clear in 2 Thes.  15  (2-14)
Therefore, brethren, stand fast: and hold the traditions, which you have learned, whether by word or by our epistle.
As can be plainly seen here, tradition consists of the Catholic teaching whether by
word or by Epistle.
Of course, it is.
Tradition of course, did not stop with the Apostles, for the Apostles passed on their authority to their successors, the Pope and Bishops of The Church. That's what tradition is all about.

6 And we charge you, brethren,
in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
that you withdraw yourselves from every brother
walking disorderly and not according
to the tradition
which they have received of us. 2 Thes. 3

If we clarify this so that the fullness of what St. Paul says is recognised for what it is, we would read thus:-

the tradition which they have received
from us i.e. The Catholic Church.

When St. Paul says 'us' he means himself and others of The Church who taught with authority, indeed with the authority of Christ, Himself.
And who has the greatest such authority? None other then Peter who was given
the keys to the kingdom and the power to bind, even in Heaven. (Matthew 16:19.19) And this Peter continues on down the centuries, Pope after Pope, who with the Bishops united to them, continue to proclaim the Tradition that is of Jesus Christ, Himself.
If we ever lose this Truth we will get lost, for once we lose the infallible authority wielded by The Church in Her Pope, then we have nothing to cling to.
I say 'nothing' and this can be seen by the 30,000 Protestant churches all of which do not agree on basic dogma!! Every Protestant Christian reserves the right to believe whatever he will and to interpret Scripture in whatever way he likes, so that where heavy disagreement occurs - no worries, just start another church!!
This multiple break-up is even worse, for Protestant churches today have varying basic beliefs compared to those of past centuries and even past decades!!
How blest we are to have the Pope and his infallible authority.
How blest we are to have Tradition and unchanging and unchangeable dogma!!
Mary, The Prophetess
That wonderful Woman of Scripture who is named at the beginning in Genesis 15  (I will put enmities between thee and the woman, and thy seed and her seed: she shall crush thy head, and thou shalt lie in wait for her heel.) and at the end, in Revelation 12 (The Woman clothed with the sun.) is many things before God and man, including prophetess.
That exquisite Woman of Scripture who is named at the beginning of Christ's Work on earth in John 2 (
Woman, what is that to me and to thee? My hour is not yet come.) and at the end of His Work, on the Cross, in John 19:26  (Woman, behold thy son.) looks at the future in her everlasting words of the Magnificat of Luke 1:46.

46  And Mary said: My soul doth magnify the Lord.
47  And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
  1. Because he hath regarded the humility
of his handmaid:
for behold from henceforth all generations
shall call me blessed.
49  Because he that is mighty hath done great things to me: and holy is his name.
  1. And his mercy is
from generation unto generations,

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