Faith of Our Fathers

  • IN the traditional calendar of the Roman Rite, today, Friday May 25, is an #Ember Day–so go eat #Tempura !

  • “When someone who hates you is in trouble, you should be in pain and mourning. Otherwise you fall into secret sin—and there will come a time when all secret sins are laid bare…Count yourself rebuked first of all by the beasts and the birds. See how each one sticks with its mate, and so agree with your spouse…Keep your heart with all diligence, so that it does not sin in secret—for there will be a time when thoughts and actions are laid bare. Employ your hands in labor, and let your heart meditate in prayer. Do not love vain discourse, but discourse that is good for the soul and the body alike lightens the burden of your labor.” –St. Ephrem the Syrian (306-397), Homily on Admonition and Repentance, 7

  • “…the inspiration for the nationalistic, morally bankrupt ecclesiastical agenda of certain #German (Catholic) bishops goes back to Martin #Luther . Luther’s subjectivism, driven, it seems, by his psycho-moral and psycho-emotional instability, led him into an ongoing series of anthropological, theological, and “pastoral” errors… Luther based his whole theology on his personal experience of how useless his reason and will proved in controlling his passions…Having embraced this novel perspective, Luther was naturally able to gain a large following by telling his hearers that they could sin boldly. They just had to believe in Christ even more boldly…We are therefore saved by faith alone. To justify a dissolute way of life that leads nevertheless to salvation, Luther posited a radical dichotomy between the soul and the body…Contriving a god suited to our moral irresponsibility is hardly something new. Luther had to counterbalance the vengeful God that his guilty conscience dreamed up with a view of God in Christ suited to the no-works-necessary biblical interpretation that suited him. He could just throw his sins–and, with them, his moral responsibility–onto Christ…” #adultery #sodomy

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  • “…Doctors who used to slap the little behinds of the children at birth to make them gasp for air…can no longer be trusted to record the sex of the child using crude old-fashioned methods. The records are only tentative and allow the child himself, or herself—or itself—to make the necessary amendments according to whims of the moment in the years ahead…A group of about 25 (mostly) school teachers that make up the committee agreed (except for a meek and respectful two or three) the sexes should not be limited to two, male and female. Further, those who insist there are only two sexes are not only “unscientific” but violate the process. They are guilty of hate…recognizing the facts of reality is dangerous today. Indeed, a person who fearlessly recognizes and accurately describes reality is judgmental, violates the process, and hates…If we want to know Christ, we need to appreciate the true meaning of words…” #Gender #GenderTheory

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  • “…We tend to think that historical turning points generally involve a breakthrough to a higher plane—a turn for the better rather than a turn for the worse. But that’s not always the case…We may soon be fighting for things we thought had been secured for all time—basics such as freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and even freedom from enslavement. The turning point I refer to is the civilizational struggle between Islam and the West…a majority of Muslims want to be ruled by #sharia law…favor cruel and unusual punishments for theft, adultery, blasphemy, and apostasy…discrimination against non-Muslim is endemic in the Muslim world…’You may not be interested in the clash of civilizations, but the clash of civilizations is interested in you’…The battle is not simply a civilizational struggle between Islam and the West; it also involves a war within Western civilization itself…Despite their moniker, however, progressives can be decidedly regressive…”

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  • “St. Paul refers to Jesus as “the last Adam” (1 Cor. 15:45). What does that mean, and why do we speak of Jesus as the new (or last) Adam?…”

  • “…Christians are less welcome in Universities. Less welcome in politics. Less welcome in film, TV, and media. It’s a given. This means a revolution is under way whether we recognize it or not. The TV stations, the internet, the news media, and the social media have driven out everything Christian and are replacing it with a new state-sponsored religion of political correctness, which is really environmentalism, pansexuality, and moral tolerance… As much as I like listening Jordan Peterson or even Ben Shapiro, I sometimes cringe when I think of how much better an equipped Christian could respond. We have a profound intellectual tradition (Thomism), but we are not using it…We need to spend the next decade prayerfully cultivating sharp and relevant Christian minds to engage the #culture and #socialmedia . It’s required for the common good of society and for the moral excellence of next generation. It’s not enough to possess them only within our own parallel “ #BenedictOption ” institutions. We need them out front in the current culture war…”

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  • “…Contemporary sophists – some of them wearing mitres – would have us believe that knowing and doing what is right is a matter, chiefly, of consulting our own urges and appetites, our own emotions and circumstances, in a solipsistic effort to justify what is wrong. (See Catechism, 1768)
    When we think, speak, and act as we ought to, we implicitly reprove what is disordered, often resulting in our being hated. (cf. Wis. Ch. 2) If, however, we accept what is wrong out of a servile desire for approval or mistaken mercy, we bless what is evil and call good what is corrupt. And that, we must never do…”

  • Christopher Schaefer posted an update in the group Group logo of Faith of Our FathersFaith of Our Fathers 5 days ago

    Explanation of why Orthodox & Catholics have icons (& religious #paintings , #statues ): “Paintings of Christ and other religious figures and symbols adorn the walls and sarcophagi in Christian catacombs dating back to the first century. Much has been written defending the Catholic Church’s veneration of #icons based on this historical evidence against those who accuse Catholics of idolatry, but why have icons at all? Why all of this fuss over art?…’…For it confirms that the #incarnation of the Word of God was real and not imaginary…’…” (This is in contrast to #Gnosticism which already was spreading in 1st century. Gospel of John largely was written to address Gnosticism.) #art

  • Christopher Schaefer posted an update in the group Group logo of Faith of Our FathersFaith of Our Fathers 1 week ago

    “…when considering the current parlous state of the liturgy, we often forget what an unbelievable amount of damage was done to the Church’s whole patrimony, (liturgical, scholarly, artistic, etc.) in the long and disgusting period of Europe’s history that runs from the French Revolution to the Second World War, and well beyond that in the lands dominated by Communism in the 20th century. These paintings are but a few examples of a scene which was repeated an incalculable number of times, as all over Europe, monasteries, canonical chapters and religious houses were closed down and plundered…the post-Conciliar reform changed the liturgy far more than the Fathers of Vatican II imagined it would. However, the reformers’ imprudent haste was all the more imprudent for the fact that they did their work while the Church as a whole was still very much recovering from the damage done to it over the previous 200 years…”

  • Christopher Schaefer posted an update in the group Group logo of Faith of Our FathersFaith of Our Fathers 1 week ago

    “…the prospects of a leftist revolution right here at home. I am saddened to report that the revolution has already occurred. Not only have we lost, but we lost in tremendous numbers with generations of casualties… Nihilism — this idea that nothing matters — crept in to our culture at the precise same time that dialectical materialism had conquered Eastern Europe… the institutions that kept us free were either whittled away or entirely conquered as the occupational forces of bureaucrats and left-wing intolerance crept in…the haze of counterculture is reaching its final act…When the curtains close and the lights turn back on, it will remain to those of us who are not trapped by the spectacle of the world to pass on in small ways the seeds of tradition and culture…”

  • Christopher Schaefer posted an update in the group Group logo of Faith of Our FathersFaith of Our Fathers 1 week ago

    “…a recent Pew survey shows that 23 percent of #Muslims in America no longer identify with that faith, and, of those, only 9 percent convert to a different faith. The other 91 percent effectively become secular…does the Church have any plans for converting Muslims? I say “plans” because there is no one-size-fits-all approach to #evangelization . But there is one approach that’s almost guaranteed to yield little results. And that’s to refrain from evangelization altogether. Surprisingly, that seems to be the Church’s current approach to #Islam …The young Muslim who doesn’t get anything out of going to mosque will reason that he also won’t get much out of a Church that touts its common ground with Islam. Likewise, the apostate Muslim who has first-hand experience of the cruelties of sharia law is not going to be attracted to a faith whose leaders proudly proclaim their solidarity with Islam. But both groups might be interested in a faith that unapologetically presents itself as substantially different from other faiths. Christianity is one of a kind, not one of many…at some point, the radical difference between the Muslim conception of Jesus and the Christian conception of the Lord must be made…”

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  • “…Through today’s article we will journey through history and its varied frames of the Ascension bound by fantastic forms, features and illustrations. The earliest depiction of the #Ascension is that of Christ marching forth on a mountain, grasping hold of a hand that pierces the earthly frame through the clouds. The hand, undoubtedly, is that of God the Father…This depiction can be dated to the 4th century… the scene was given a twist in the 15th century. While Christ ascended into heaven, He left behind two tiny foot-prints upon the Mount from which He rose. Subtly, they served as reminders of Christ’s everlasting presence in the midst of His disciples…” #art

  • “…Men in a totally planned world will find themselves unspeakably lonely. If they have completely lost sight of God, they will feel the whole horror of their poverty. Then they will discover the little flock of believers as something wholly new. They will discover it as a hope that is meant for them, an answer for which they have always been searching in secret. And so it seems certain to me that the Church is facing very hard times. The real crisis has scarcely begun. We will have to count on terrific upheavals. But I am equally certain about what will remain at the end: not the Church of the political cult, which is dead already, but the Church of faith. It may well no longer be the dominant social power to the extent that she was until recently; but it will enjoy a fresh blossoming and be seen as man’s home, where he will find life and hope beyond death.”

  • “…At one time, catechesis and formation in the Church were largely narrative in nature. Pictures of biblical #stories lined the walls of our churches and cathedrals…But recently, our #apologetics and #catechesis have taken a intellectualized bent, focusing on rational arguments…our culture is burned out on mere rationalism…No demands are made of us, and we are worse for it…the idea of #suffering as a means of sanctification and salvation…is not popular in a #secularized world…Yet, paradoxically, toning down the call to carry the cross is exactly the wrong thing to do, and it always leads to an impotent faith…If the Church once again began to confront the world, the flesh, and the devil, and declare the truth boldly, she would make many enemies. But she would also be a beacon of hope and light around which many hungry for truth and clear guidance would rally…If we are ever to effectively #evangelize our #culture , we need to rediscover the power of# beauty and begin once again to create it, for it is a reflection of the Divine…If we are to be effective evangelists, we must believe in what we say and communicate it with passion…”

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  • “…It was the church’s own leadership that decided, in the years following the Second Vatican Council…Catholic Christianity would seek to enter more fully into modern culture, adopting its styles and habits…the old Mass above all, but also a host of customs and costumes and rituals — needed to be retired in order to reach people in a more disenchanted age…The #secular #culture welcomed the church’s Protestantization and demystification…and ignored the religious ideas those concessions were supposed to advance…a religion that claims to be divinely established cannot persuade without a lot of fascination, and far too much of that has been given up, consigned to the museum, as Western Catholicism has traced its slow decline…the only plausible approach for Catholicism is to offer itself, not as a chaplaincy within modern liberalism, but as a full alternative culture in its own right…and spurns both accommodations and entangling alliances…there is little evidence that the modernizing project makes moderns into Catholics…”

  • Christopher Schaefer posted an update in the group Group logo of Faith of Our FathersFaith of Our Fathers 2 weeks ago

    “…the great revelation of Christian anthropology is that man is also a cultural animal. Culture, rooted in the Latin word ‘cultus’, means life. Culture means life because cultus embodies the two great principles of life: care and praise—which are two of the first commandments given by God to humanity…A culture that abandons care also abandons praise. Conversely, a culture that abandons praise will abandon care. As a result, the slow march toward nihilism and nothingness, which is death, commences… something that strikes modern secular man in the face: all cultures rise and fall with their religious cult and reflect their religious cult…The great works of Western art, music, and literature, are all Christian or Christianized in content and nature… The cultures of pre-Christian Europe found their fulfillment with the coming of Christianity. The cult of the family and fatherland that the Greek and Roman poets and philosophers so poignantly extol could not be consummated without a knowledge of the God of love whom it is necessary to know so as to properly orient the heart…”

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  • Christopher Schaefer posted an update in the group Group logo of Faith of Our FathersFaith of Our Fathers 2 weeks ago

    “…this essay will explore forces within the human person—formidable but not irresistible—that go back to the Garden of Eden and can be as seductive as the serpent who plied his trade there…When misguided longings for heaven or Eden enter the public square, there is a utopian overreach that results in deleterious consequences…Utopian overreach results in dystopian outcomes…the subjectivism of the therapeutic self devours the objective truth of the divine…”

  • “I was an evangelical Christian first, a convert to Catholicism later in life. #Mary was a point of contention…I feared the Mary who is idolized for her virginity…She is not inspiring. How could she be? She is the epitome of the Church Lady…My fascination was with the Mary of the scriptures…This Mary is the first Christian. She is close and understandable. She is not a Mary who has been dogma-ized beyond recognition…”

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