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From the book "Prayer"

106 The life of a person who prays is a reflection of his prayer, and his prayer is a reflection of the life he leads; it follows that life of prayer is inconceivable without a genuine effort to live as a Christian.

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Homily Easter Sunday (April 20th, 2014)

Written by P. Alfonso Gálvez on .

Easter Sunday

 Gospel: Mk 16: 1 - 7

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Homily Holy Thursday (April 17th, 2014)

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Holy Thursday

 Gospel: Jn 13: 1 - 15

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Homily April 13th, 2014 (Palm Sunday)

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Palm Sunday

 Gospel: Mt 26: 36 - 27:54

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Does the Catholic Church Still Exist? (and IV)

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IV

 

Considering the Difficulty of Salvation Within the New Church

 

After what has been said above, we must now consider the problem of the possibility of salvation for those who live in the post-conciliar New Church.

First, it should be noted that eternal salvation is the exclusive work of God's grace. It is true that the reward of the Blessed is something really deserved due to their merits which, of course, are real and true, for they are personally attributed to each: The crown of righteousness, which at the end of his life Saint Paul said he would receive[1] is not a gift based on anything other than divine generosity; it is, rather, the prize that God, Just Judge, grants him as a reward for the innumerable labors Saint Paul had suffered for His sake. Nevertheless, even this reward-remuneration, which is the result of justice as we have said, is in its entirety the work of divine grace and benevolence, without which there would have never been fruits of justice or any reward.

It must also be noted that nobody is saved or condemned because of the mere fact that he belongs to this or that Group or to this or that particular faction within the Church. As far as salvation is concerned, a Carthusian monk, for example, is not saved merely by being a Carthusian, even if he belongs to the strict observance; personal responsibility of each individual is always involved as a decisive factor: And they were judged, every one according to their works.[2]

Generally speaking, except for those who we know, by Revelation or by infallible definition of the Church, are already enjoying the status of blessed, the eternal destiny of the deceased is something reserved to the secrets of God.

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Homily April 6th, 2014

Written by P. Alfonso Gálvez on .

First Sunday of Passion

 Gospel: Jn 8: 46-59

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Does the Catholic Church Still Exist? (III)

Written by P. Alfonso Gálvez on .

 

III

 

Man has always believed that he is the lord of History, capable of directing it in any way he wants. This is a strange and often tragic belief; in effect, the terrible events that follow that type of leadership, and which have almost always been contrary to man’s expectations, have not been able to eliminate that conviction.  The great Revolutions, so eagerly awaited, carried out with the most extraordinary jubilation and most firm conviction that the new ways to be trodden would triumph; new ways which would, undoubtedly, change the course of history, elevating humanity to heights that the most optimistic dreamers would never have imagined… those great Revolutions led to outcomes that not only did not improve human existence, but which ended up by yielding fruits absolutely contrary to the expected results.

The obliteration of the philosophy of being and the joyful and definitive dismissal of the much-maligned Middle Ages, which henceforth would be referred to as the Dark Ages, introduced various systems of Idealism whose most outstanding fruits –among others—were millions of deaths caused by Communism and the reduction of entire nations to a state of slavery. The triumphal farewell to the hated Ancient Regime and the resultant disappearance of the absolute power of kings paved the way for the arrival of oppressive oligarchies and the appearance of the most horrific and cruel tyrannies ever known to humanity. At the same time, something similar happened with the fanciful illusions of liberty and equality championed by the French Revolution.

When on Thursday, October 11, 1962, Pope John XXIII delivered his triumphant and revolutionary speech at the opening of the Second Vatican Council announcing a change of direction for the Barque of Peter, he possibly forgot important things, due to the natural excess of optimism of the moment. Important things that, as usually happens on similar occasions, passed equally unnoticed by millions of people throughout the world who listened to him. Hence, it was clear, once again, that overwhelming enthusiasm and a triumphal spirit, also fed by the applause of previously exalted and prepared crowds, usually are not good advisers or promising augurs.

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Homily March 30th, 2014

Written by P. Alfonso Gálvez on .

4th Sunday of Lent

 Gospel: Jn 6: 1-15

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