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Pentecost (and II)

Written by P. Alfonso Gálvez on .

 

In confusing times like the present, we should remember that the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth, in the words of Christ Himself…The spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, nor knoweth him: but you shall know him; because he shall abide with you, and shall be in you.[1]But when the Paraclete cometh, whom I will send you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceedeth from the Father, he shall give testimony of me.[2] But when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will teach you all truth. For he shall not speak of himself; but what things soever he shall hear, he shall speak; and the things that are to come, he shall shew you.[3] But the Paraclete, the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and bring all things to your mind, whatsoever I shall have said to you.[4] In his First Letter Saint John identifies the Spirit with truth: It is the Spirit which testifieth, because the Spirit is truth.

According to Jesus Christ, Satan is a liar, and the father thereof [5]and the Prince of this world.[6] And since his reign and his influence have never been felt as strongly as they are now in both the world and the Church (General Apostasy of the Hierarchy and the faithful), it is not surprising that the Lie has finally prevailed in both.

Lying is a corruption that destroys the very nature of language, as well as being an attack on one’s neighbor and a direct assault on the virtue of charity. And because every sin is always accompanied by its own punishment, and since humanity has turned away from God and has freely chosen the Lie, the resulting consequence has been none other than the corruption of human nature. So man has turned his life into a repulsive muddy swamp in which he lives as if it were his own habitat, where concepts and words have given way, as a normal thing, to the topic which, because of its lack of content, is also a devious lie and a distortion of language.[7] But the real tragedy of humanity is not so much that it has made lies its normal way of living but the fact that nobody thinks there is a need to consider this phenomenon as a problem.

Homily August 23rd, 2015

Written by P. Alfonso Gálvez on .

13th Sunday after Pentecost

Lk 17: 11-19

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Pentecost (I)

Written by P. Alfonso Gálvez on .

 

(May 24, 2015)

Dear brothers in the Heart of Our Lord Jesus Christ and of the Virgin Mary Our Mother:

Today, as we celebrate the feast of Pentecost, we remember that the Divine Person of the Holy Spirit is known by different names, and that various offices, functions, and charismata are attributed to Him.

Nevertheless, not all the functions and charismata attributed or allocated to the Holy Spirit by all and sundry always correspond to reality. There have appeared many forms of devotion and worship of the Holy Spirit in today's progressive Church which do not always conform to the doctrinal orthodoxy and which have little or nothing to do with truth.

The abuses are carried out by Groups and Institutions within the Church who claim to possess the power to “handle” the Holy Spirit according to their whim, mainly through their special liturgies and particular ways of interpreting Catholic Doctrine: summoning the Spirit in accord with their own cravings and personal intentions and attribution ad libitum, indiscriminately and abundantly, of various charismata, such as miracles, prophecy, healing, inspiration, and inspired revelations.

Any observer who contemplates the existing chaos about this topic in the current progressive Church cannot fail to recall the words of Jesus Christ:The Spirit breatheth where he will; and thou hearest his voice, but thou knowest not whence he cometh, and whither he goeth;[1] or Saint Paul’s address to the Corinthians:And where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.[2] And the Apostle says in his first letter to the same Christians that all His operations and charismata the same Spirit worketh, dividing to every one according as he will.[3] This does not seem to be in agreement with the role of servitude that many want to assign to the Holy Spirit.

Homily August 16th, 2015

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12th Sunday after Pentecost

Lk 10: 23-37

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The Great Dinner and the Discourteous Guests (and V)

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The parable goes on to say that the servant told his master that the banquet hall was filled with the poor and indigent, and yet there was still room. And his lord answered:

Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled with guests.

It is worth noting that the expressions compel them to come in nowadays sounds scandalous to the ears of a modernist Church that disregards the teachings of the Gospel whose doctrines, consequently, are rejected by the modern ecclesiastical Progressivism whose modernist approach inspired the Declaration on Religious freedom issued by the Second Vatican Council. This Declaration became a serious obstacle to the Pastoral Care of Evangelization of the Church which had remained steadfast and flourishing throughout twenty centuries.

In fact the Church has never understood apostolic zeal as an instrument for coercing souls into conversion.The zeal of thy house hath eaten me up, in Psalm 69, refers to the very person who loves God (as easily follows from the same expression),[1] and who is impelled by this love to work for the conversion of others. The evangelizing apostle only fulfills the command of Jesus Christ: Going therefore, teach ye all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you.[2] Nevertheless, the apostolic and evangelical spirit of the Church, however ardent and even justified it may be when the salvation of souls is at stake, has always taken into account the antecedent need for freedom of spirit in both the evangelists and the evangelized. Actually the idea of coercion was surreptitiously introduced in the post-conciliar Catholic theology without foundation, using the customary recourse to methodological falsehoods and historical lies.

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