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Musings 2008/223

What a miraculous period will that be!
The Priesthood of The Church is an invincible army at any time, but when it reunites in one Voice,  Truth will sweep the world leaving nothing for the kingdom of evil.
For the injury of the human race.
Pope Leo XIII included these words in his prayer to The Archangel Michael in the nineteenth century. It was at the conclusion of the prayer:-
P  O God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ we call upon Thy holy Name by the intercession of Mary, every Virgin Immaculate and our Mother, and of the glorious Archangel St. Michael, that Thou wouldst deign to help us against Satan and all other unclean spirits who wander about the world for the injury of the human race and the ruin of souls. Amen.  P
Upon reading this it gradually became apparent that the devil is not just my enemy but he is the enemy of the whole human race. He is not just out to destroy my soul but he is out to destroy the human race as a whole.
The evil-one and his abominable horde is like an alien race invading the earth intending to destroy every person and claim the whole planet for itself - or destroy it.
This to me, is a new slant on the purpose of evil and is all the more frightening.
The fate of mankind is at stake.
As the Pope says, it is a
terrible warfare and the devil

wanders about with all the multitude
of wicked spirits
invading the earth.

They are invading the earth!
We have been saying the shortened version of that Pope's great prayer for several decades, but the full prayer is quite remarkable and should be used.
The Universal Church
I guess I am a slow learner, but the more I think of The Church the more I realise its immeasurable value to the world and to every individual.
The Truth of The Church is just so fabulous.
It seems to me that anyone who rejects any Doctrine of The Church is blindfolding himself! Suddenly, he has verged off the sure path to Eternal-life and the longer he goes in that new direction the further from The Truth does he wander.
On top of that, having wandered from The Truth in one aspect it is then most probable that he will discard other Truth and his wanderings will have an even sharper deviation from The Church and from the Chair of Truth!
We witness this regularly even in the people we know but we also see it happen in the tens of thousands of new 'Christian' and non-Christian religions that spring up, virtually all of them connecting back to a person in The Catholic Church who had discarded a Doctrine of The Church!
The centuries since Christ are loaded with schisms and falsehood, all beginning from within The Church, directly or indirectly.
Yet The Church has the only full explanation for creation and its meaning and the explanations for evil and suffering which have become part of our daily lives.
It has the only full and reasonable explanation concerning The Creator and The Christ.
Everything The Church promotes or commands are sensible and bring delight and encouragement; brings promise.
The Priesthood, the Sacraments, the devotions, the sacramentals, the Saints, the Popes and Bishops, the Magisterium, the way of life, the buildings and the arts, the religious orders, the history
Discarding one Catholic character, e.g. the infallibility of the Pope, and suddenly, Truth no longer exists. If the Pope can make an error in teaching Doctrine then Christ's promise to Peter means nothing. Once a person turns away from the Pope he then finds himself in a spiritual murkiness where anything, even error, might be taken as Truth!
If he discards devotion to Mary, Christ's Mother, again he finds himself at loggerheads with his soul which automatically reaches out for Mary, for every person can relate to motherhood. Turn away from Mary, he turns away from the Saints and the Angels and the Holy Souls.
If a person discards the Sacrament of Confession, he also finds himself in dangerous regions, for if one Sacrament is thrown out, why not another and another? If Confession is no longer needed in his life, he has to think he has no sins or that his sins are forgiven some other way.
Perhaps he thinks or is told, that hell no longer exists or that his sins are not mortal and he will get to Heaven without the Sacrament of Confession!
Perhaps he has lost belief that the Priest has this power, in Christ's Name, to forgive sins?
What dangers lurk when a Catholic belief is thrown out!
If a 'Catholic' decides that the Real Presence of Christ is not acceptable, again he turns to darkness when he could have had Light!
Take The Eucharist out of Catholicism and you have nothing left! Yet the 'Catholic' who no longer believes in the Real Presence or prefers not to take It seriously, while remaining in appearance as a real-Catholic, will avoid looking into his heart and soul and will lap up the modernist pretences to avoid facing The Truth.
He will love the so-called sacred song
Come as You Are, ignoring Christ's warning in Matthew
P  47  25  10  Now whilst they went to buy, the bridegroom came: and they that were ready, went in with him to the marriage, and the door was shut.
47  25  11  But at last come also the other virgins, saying: Lord, Lord, open to us.
47  25  12  But he answering said: Amen I say to you, I know you not.
P  (25:10-12)
This is clear pronunciation that a person must prepare himself for the Judgment and, if he is unworthy, the LAST thing he should say to himself is
I will come as I am.
Indeed Christ says to us not to take the broad and easy path, but to diligently prepare.
There was a time in past decades when we were warned that

there is a sin
of presumption

now seemingly swept under the modernist carpet.
However, as is the case in every household the dust swept under the carpet remains there and builds up, and is

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