Tuesday, November 21, 2017

There has only ever been one religion

Q. What is religion ? 

A. Religion, according to St. Augustine, is the bond which unites man to God ; in other words, religion is the society of man with God. 

Q. Explain this answer? 

A. Between parents and children there exist ties, or natural and sacred relations. In the same manner there exist relations between God, the creator and father of man, and man, who is the creature and child of God. The ties which exist between God and man are even more sacred than those which unite the son to his father. 

Q. Why so? 

A. Because we owe more to God than a son owes to his father ; God is our creator and our last end, which cannot be said of our earthly fathers. From which we must conclude that our obligations to God are much more holy than are the obligations of children to their parents. 

Q. What does the word religion signify? 

A. The word religion signifies the tie by excellence, or the re-tieing. The tie by excellence, because religion unites us in a supernatural manner to God, who 
is the most perfect of beings ; the re-tieing, because our Lord, by offering himself up to his father as a victim for us, has re-established the supernatural union which existed between God and man previous to original sin. 

Q. Is there any other religion than the religion of 
Jesus Christ? 

A . No, there is no other religion than the religion of Jesus Christ, because Jesus Christ alone, as both God and man, could expiate sin, reconcile man to God, and re-establish the supernatural tie which united them. 

Q. Is the true religion, or religion of Jesus Christ, of ancient date? 

A. The religion of Jesus Christ is as ancient as the world. For it goes back to the time when the Son of God offered himself to his Father to redeem man, and has always had as the object of its faith and its hope this same Mediator and the same rewards. 

Q. Has religion been at all times as fully taught as it is at the present day? 

A. No, religion has not been at all times as fully 
taught as it is at the present day. But it has not on 
that account ceased to be the same religion, any more than man, by passing through the different stages of life, ceases to be the same man. 

Q. What difference is there between the faithful who preceded and those who have come after the Messiah ? 

A . The difference is that the ancient just believed in Jesus Christ to come, whilst we believe in Jesus Christ already come. Our faith, our hope, our religion is the same as that of the patriarchs and prophets. 

Q. Why did God delay so long the coming of the 
Messiah ? 

A. He delayed the coming of the Messiah so long, 1st, in order that man might know, by a long experience of his miseries, the need he had of a Redeemer, and that he might desire his coming more ardently. 
2d, that he might recognise Jesus Christ as the Messiah, seeing that all the figures, promises and prophecies were accomplished and verified in him. 

Q. What has been the object of all the designs of 
God since the commission of original sin ? 

A. The object of all the designs of God, since the 
commission of original sin, has been to save man. Be fore the coming of the Messiah, all his designs had for their end to prepare man s redemption, and since the coming, to maintain and extend its blessings to all men. 

Q. What fruit do we derive from this truth ? 

A . The fruit we ought to derive from this truth is, to love God as he has loved us, constantly and solely. 

Q. Why did God make known the mystery of the 
redemption only by degrees ? 

A. God made known the mystery of the redemption only by degrees, in order to consult man's weakness. A great many previous miracles were necessary to dis pose him to believe this greatest of all miracles. 

The Messiah promised and prefigured. First Promise. Adam and Abel the first and second figures or types of the Messiah. 

Q. How did God make known the Redeemer to 
come  

A. God made known the Redeemer to come, 1st, 
by promises, 2d, figures, and 3d, by prophecies. 

Q. What do you understand by figures of the Messiah ? 

A. By figures of the Messiah, I understand certain actions, certain events, certain personages, that represented beforehand the characteristics and actions of the Messiah. 

Q. How do we know that the patriarchs, the sacri 
fices, and the whole Jewish people were a figure of the Messiah ? 

A. We know that the patriarchs, the sacrifices and the whole Jewish people were a figure of the Messiah, 1st, on the authority of our Lord himself, and that of the apostles and evangelists. St. Paul in particular says that Jesus Christ is the end of the Mosaic law, and that whatever happened to the Jews was a figure 
of what was accomplished among Christians. 
2d, on the authority of the fathers of the church ; St. Augus tine says that the whole Jewish people were only a grand figure of the Messiah. 
3d, by the conformity or resemblance of the figures to our Lord, for in look ing at several portraits of the same person, drawn by 
different artists, no one would say that all these por raits resemble the person merely by chance. 

Q. Did the patriarchs and ancient Jews know, in 
general, the sense of the promises, figures, and prophe cies of the Redeemer ? 

A. The patriarchs and ancient Jews knew, in 
gen eral, the sense of the promises, figures, and prophecies of the Redeemer : the better instructed among them had a clear knowledge of it, the rest had what was necessary for their salvation. 



We praise Thee, O God: we acknowledge Thee to be the Lord.
All the earth doth worship Thee and the Father everlasting.
To Thee all Angels: 
to Thee the heavens and all the Powers therein.
To Thee the Cherubim and Seraphim cry with unceasing voice:
Holy, Holy, Holy: Lord God of Hosts.
The heavens and the earth are full of the majesty of Thy glory.
Thee the glorious choir of the Apostles.
Thee the admirable company of the Prophets.
Thee the white-robed army of Martyrs praise.
Thee the Holy Church throughout all the world doth acknowledge.
The Father of infinite Majesty.
Thine adorable, true and only Son
Also the Holy Ghost the Paraclete.
Thou art the King of Glory, O Christ.
Thou art the everlasting Son of the Father.
Thou having taken upon Thee to deliver man 
didst not abhor the Virgin's womb.
Thou having overcome the sting of death 
didst open to believers the kingdom of heaven.
Thou sittest at the right hand of God 
in the glory of the Father.
We believe that Thou shalt come to be our Judge.
We beseech Thee, therefore, help Thy servants: 
whom Thou has redeemed with Thy precious Blood.
Make them to be numbered with Thy Saints in glory everlasting.
Lord, save Thy people: 
and bless Thine inheritance.
Govern them and lift them up forever.
Day by day we bless Thee.
And we praise Thy name forever:
and world without end.
Vouchsafe, O Lord, this day to keep us without sin.
Have mercy on us, O Lord: have mercy on us.
Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us: 
as we have hoped in Thee.
O Lord, in Thee have I hoped: 
let me never be confounded.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Tsunami of immigrants leads to building boom


Palm Beach County, Florida has experienced a veritable tsunami of tiny Latin American immigrants which has resulted in a building boom of new churches. 


On Jog Road in West Palm Beach, Florida
Saint Iglesia de pequeños santos is scheduled to open soon.






Many people say to ABS, Come on, that is a house for puppies, right?

No, in fact, what we Americans consider puppies are thought by these immigrants to be caballos.

ABS is talking tiny...

Sunday, November 19, 2017

David Letterman praises Al Franken






David Letterman: Al Franken is 'one of the smartest people I’ve ever met'

Sen. Al Franken when he appeared on David Letterman's Late Show for the final time.

















Sen. Al Franken when he appeared on David Letterman's Late Show for the final time.
Sen. Al Franken when he appeared on David Letterman's Late Show for the final time.
Sen. Al Franken raised his political profile the past couple months with sharp questions for cabinet nominees, turning up the volume on "He should run for president" internet buzz (though his office says he won't).
And the Minnesota lawmaker apparently has a big fan in David Letterman.
The retired talk show host gave a long interview to Vulture, which at one point discussed Letterman's eventual inclusion of politics in his Late Show. The interviewer said he was sick of people going crazy every time President Donald Trump tweets something, which Letterman responded by saying, "That’s my point: Let’s stop that."
Then Letterman said this:
"The only person I can trust anymore is Al Franken, who has a great brain and a great heart. I believe what he says."



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHNQwOz8BaI




Saturday, November 18, 2017

Lil' Licit Liturgy declares ABS Divine (He blushes)



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Quoniam Deus creavit hominem inexterminabilem, et ad imaginem similitudinis suæ fecit illum.

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For God created man incorruptible, and to the image of his own likeness he made him.

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God, to be sure, framed man for an immortal destiny, the created image of his own endless being;




Tuesday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 492


Reading 1 WIS 2:23–3:9

God formed man to be imperishable;
the image of his own nature he made them.
But by the envy of the Devil, death entered the world, and they who are in his possession experience it.





Back in the day, prior to the revolution, ABS was learnt by The Douay Rheims he was merely created in His own image:

For God created man incorruptible, and to the image of his own likeness he made him

so things are definitely looking up.

What does St. Thomas Aquinas teach about we men being made in the image of God?

26 And he said: Let us make man to our image and likeness: and let him have dominion over the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the air, and the beasts, and the whole earth, and every creeping creature that moveth upon the earth. 

Let us make man to our image and likeness: 


Man is said to be after the image of God, not as regards his body, but as regards that whereby he excels other animals. Hence, when it is said, "Let us make man to our image and likeness", it is added, "And let him have dominion over the fishes of the sea" (Genesis 1:26). Now man excels all animals by his reason and intelligence; hence it is according to his intelligence and reason, which are incorporeal, that man is said to be according to the image of God

But equality does not belong to the essence of an image; for as Augustine says (QQ. 83, qu. 74): "Where there is an image there is not necessarily equality," as we see in a person's image reflected in a glass. Yet this is of the essence of a perfect image; for in a perfect image nothing is wanting that is to be found in that of which it is a copy. Now it is manifest that in man there is some likeness to God, copied from God as from an exemplar; yet this likeness is not one of equality, for such an exemplar infinitely excels its copy. Therefore there is in man a likeness to God; not, indeed, a perfect likeness, but imperfect. And Scripture implies the same when it says that man was made "to" God's likeness; for the preposition "to" signifies a certain approach, as of something at a distance. 


Maybe the new idea that we have been created in the image of His nature (Divine Nature) is the reason we have become effectively universalists and, thus repulsed by the idea of proselytism



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Pope again criticizes ‘proselytism’: ‘It is not licit that you convince them of your faith’

October 19, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — Pope Francis called religious proselytism “poison” during a meeting with Lutheran pilgrims in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall last week.
The audience took place before the Pope’s trip to Lund, Sweden, for a commemoration of the Protestant Reformation 500 years ago. The meeting will also celebrate 50 years of official ecumenical dialogue between Catholics and Lutherans.
In the Holy Father’s speech to pilgrims he expressed gratitude for the initiative of the ecumenical pilgrimage that made its start in Germany and ended in Rome. He emphasized Baptism as the unifying basis for dialogue between the two Christian confessions and expressed hope for a continuous ecumenism.
During the audience, the Pope received and put around his neck a yellow and blue scarf bearing the name of the German pilgrim group. The same scarf was laid around the statue of Martin Luther that was decorated and on display in the Vatican audience hall.
A Q&A session followed.
The first question came from a girl living in a region where 80 percent of the population is unbelieving. She asked (translated): “My friends do not go to Church, but they are my friends. Do I have to help them to go to Church or is it enough that they remain good friends?”
Pope Francis answered that the “last thing” the girl has to do is to “speak.” He urged her to, “live like a Christian, like a Christian girl: chosen, forgiven, and on a path.”
Then he argued ambiguously: “It is not licit that you convince them of your faith; proselytism is the strongest poison against the ecumenical path.
“You must give testimony of your Christian life; it will be your testimony that will stir the hearts of those who look at you,” he added.
And he concluded: "It will be the Holy Spirit that moves the heart with your testimony – that is way you ask – and regarding that you can tell the 'why,' with much thoughtfulness. But without wanting to convince."
The Pope seems to have chosen a clumsy way of encouraging the girl to pass on her faith.
His remarks here echo his previous strong words to condemn those who are doing Christ’s work, namely, spreading the Good News. If the pope thinks proselytism, in its widest interpretation (“the act of becoming a proselyte” – a person who converts from one opinion to another), is poison, then how does he think Christians can spread the Gospel?
With his condemnation, Pope Francis poorly answered the question of a 15-year-old girl in the manner he emphasized that it is not she who will ultimately convert the hearts of men but rather the Holy Spirit, and that she can only pave the way for God to act.
Within the framework of the commemoration of 500 years of the Reformation – an event that hardly deserves “celebration” – the Pope does not seem to be able to think of a world without the Protestant denominations; a world in which the Christians would all be Catholic, as it would largely be had it not been for Luther. In such a world, ecumenism would become unnecessary, since all Christians would be “one” in the Church.

Most puzzling is that Pope Francis called the heartfelt wish of a girl who wants to tell her friends about Christ in order to make them happy “poisonous.”
Likewise, a message like this hardly articulates what John Paul II wrote in his encyclical, Ut unum sint: “Together with all Christ’s disciples, the Catholic Church bases upon God’s plan her ecumenical commitment to gather all Christians into unity” (Nr. 5), a unity that is the Church, because she is the “sacrament of unity.” “Rather, she is permanently open to missionary and ecumenical endeavor, for she is sent to the world to announce and witness, to make present and spread the mystery of communion which is essential to her, and to gather all people and all things into Christ.”
The meeting ended with an off the cuff joke after the pilgrims asked the Pope, “Who is better? The Evangelicals or the Catholics?” Emphatic laughter followed, yet the response failed to appear.

Transcript of pope's remarks

15 year old girl: My friends do not go to Church, still they are my friends. Do I have to reconcile them with going to church or is it enough to remain good friends?
Pope Francis: The first question, the one that was posed in the context of the region having 80% of the population without a creed, is: “Do I have to convince these friends – good ones, who work and who are happy – do I have to convince them of my faith? What must I say to convince them?” Listen, the last thing you must do is to “speak.” You have to live as a Christian, like a Christian: convinced, forgiven, and on a path. It is not licit to convince them of your faith; proselytism is the strongest poison against the ecumenical path. You must give testimony to your Christian life; testimony will unsettle the hearts of those who see you. And from this unsettling grows one question: but why does this man or this woman live like that? And that prepares the ground for the Holy Spirit. Because it is the Holy Spirit that works in the heart. He does what needs to be done: but He needs to speak, not you. Grace is a gift, and the Holy Spirit is the gift of God from whence comes grace and the gift that Jesus has sent us by His passion and resurrection. It will be the Holy Spirit that moves the heart with your testimony – that is way you ask – and regarding that you can tell the “why,” with much thoughtfulness. But without wanting to convince.