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St. Athanasius of Alexandria, the Great, "Contra Mundum" is truly a patron for trads of all sorts. Today is his feast day.

When we are scandalized by liberal bishops because we want to adhere to true doctrine on the Divinity of Christ, the incarnation, virgin birth, the atonement, the resurrection, or the real presence, Athanasius is our model. He loved and prayed for the Arian bishops, but he did not give up the Truth to please them. Even those trads who are sure - in good conscience - that they cannot acknowledge Francis/Bergoglio as Pope still have Athanasius as their model. It is about truth, and the well-informed conscience is supreme in such painful matters.

I believe all trads, regardless of beliefs, should invoke St. Athanasius the Great every day and ask for his intercession. He was exiled, reviled, mocked, hated, and attacked from all sides. He was truly "against the world", the whole world, for Christ's sake. He went through everything we had to endure, in a Church whose bishops had become at least 70% Arian heretics. It's possible even today! Let's not resist out of pride, but out of love for the Lord Jesus, as St. Athanasius did.

Many stories should be told of Athanasius and his loyalty to Truth...  Smile
We should always balance zeal for truth with loyalty to the Church, but we must be sure to distinguish - with the holy Doctor whom we commemorate today - loyalty from sycophancy. Can we discuss the Trad movement in light of Athansius' exiles?
Athanasius Wrote:“As we walk the unerring and life-bringing path, let us pluck out the eye that scandalizes us - not the physical eye, but the spiritual one. For example, if a bishop or presbyter - who are the eyes of the Church - conduct themselves in an evil manner and scandalize the people, they must be plucked out. For it is more profitable to gather without them in a house of prayer, than to be cast together with them into the Gehenna of fire together with Annas and Caiaphas.”

Patrologia Graeca 26, Fragment 1257c
Great occasion to pray the Athanasian Creed. I love how the beginning and end are so strong.

deprofundis

Athanasian Creed

Whoever wishes to be saved must, above all, keep the Catholic faith. For unless a person keeps this faith whole and entire he will undoubtedly be lost forever.

This is what the Catholic faith teaches: we worship one God in the Trinity and the Trinity in unity. We distinguish among the persons, but we do not divide the substance. For the Father is a distinct person; the Son is a distinct person; and the Holy Spirit is a distinct person.
Still the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit have one divinity, equal glory, and coeternal majesty. What the Father is, the Son is, and the Holy Spirit is. The Father is uncreated, the Son is uncreated, and the Holy Spirit is uncreated. The Father is boundless, the Son is boundless, and the Holy Spirit is boundless. The Father is eternal, the Son is eternal, and the Holy Spirit is eternal.

Nevertheless, there are not three eternal beings, but one eternal being. Thus there are not three uncreated beings, nor three boundless beings, but one uncreated being and one boundless being. Likewise, the Father is omnipotent, the Son is omnipotent, and the Holy Spirit is omnipotent. Yet there are not three omnipotent beings, but one omnipotent being. Thus the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God. But there are not three gods, but one God. The Father is Lord, the Son is Lord, and the Holy Spirit is Lord. There are not three lords, but one Lord. For according to Christian truth, we must profess that each of the persons individually is God; and according to Christian religion we are forbidden to say that there are three gods or lords. The Father is not made by anyone, nor created by anyone, nor generated by anyone. The Son is not made nor created, but he is generated by the Father alone. The Holy Spirit is not made nor created nor generated, but proceeds from the Father and the Son.

There is, then, one Father, not three Fathers; one Son, but not three sons; one Holy Spirit, not three holy spirits. In this Trinity, there is nothing greater, nothing less than anything else. But the entire three persons are coeternal and coequal with one another. So that, as we have said, we worship complete unity in the Trinity and the Trinity in unity.

This, then, is what he who wishes to be saved must believe about the Trinity. It is also necessary for eternal salvation that he believes steadfastly in the incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ. The true faith is: we believe and profess that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is both God and man. As God He was begotten of the substance of the Father before time; as man He was born in time of the substance of His Mother. He is perfect God; and He is perfect man, with a rational soul and human flesh. He is equal to the Father in His divinity, but He is inferior to the Father in His humanity. Although He is God and man, He is not two, but one Christ. And He is one, not because His divinity was changed into flesh, but because His humanity was assumed to God. He is one, not at all because of a mingling of substances, but because He is one person. As a rational soul and flesh are one man: so God and man are one Christ.

He died for our salvation, descended to hell, arose from the dead on the third day. Ascended into heaven, sits at the right hand of God the Father almighty, and from there He shall come to judge the living and the dead. At His coming, all men are to arise with their own bodies; and they are to give an account of their lives. Those who have done good deeds will go into eternal life; those who have done evil will go into everlasting fire.

This is the Catholic faith. Everyone must believe it, firmly and steadfastly; otherwise He cannot be saved. Amen.
The following is long but it is music to my ears. I read it  from some notes I saved from reading Fr. Fahey. Today, the feast of Saint Athanasius, is a great day to read this. It is a combination of quotes regarding the Kingship of Christ. Just as Saint Athanasius labored to affirm the divinity of Christ so we must fight for Christ, God, the King.

deprofundis

"In the Catholic Church, Christianity is incarnate."
Fr. Fahey

We are "as members of one Body engaged in a struggle for the organization of the world under Christ, [our] head. Our Divine Lord incorporates human beings into Himself and urges them to mould the world in accordance with His programme, so as to bring about harmonious submission to His Father at Holy Mass.

"It is under Christ, the new Adam, through social acceptance of the role of His Mystical Body, that the individual members of the race are to be brought into supernatural union with the Blessed Trinity. The Divine Plan for order (ordered return to Him) demands the acceptance by all men of Supernatural Life which is a participation in the inner Life of the Blessed Trinity. It is only through that Divine Life that our natural life, individual and social, can be lived in order.

"The Unique Source of that Life is Our Lord Jesus Christ, and human beings are intended to receive communication of that Life by being incorporated into Him through Membership of the supernatural, supranational society of His Mystical Body, the Catholic Church, through which Membership God comes to dwell in human souls in the Trinity of His Persons. All nations are meant to enter the Mystical Body of Christ, living the Life of Sanctifying Grace, and to organize their national life in accordance with the Divine Plan, the general program of the reign of Christ the King which has been elaborated by His Church in the course of centuries in view of enabling all men to live a supernatural life in conformity with their expression of submission to the Blessed Trinity along with Christ in Holy Mass.

"States and Nations [and all human beings] are meant to acknowledge the Catholic Church as the supernatural and supranational Mystical Body of Christ and God, through the Church, wants to draw all men, animated with the highest possible degree of supernatural charity springing from Sanctifying Grace, into union with Our Lord Jesus Christ as Priest in the renewal of the humble submission of Calvary in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. [God created the world and keeps the world in existence in order] to come to dwell in human souls in the Trinity of His Persons [which since the Fall and Redemption is accomplished through, with, and in Christ. The Redemption was accomplished by Christ as Priest, the graces of which are distributed and applied to individual souls in time by union with Christ as Priest.] In order to favor union with Christ as Priest in Holy Mass, God wants the world organized under Christ as King.

Christ, as Priest, renews His act of submission to the Holy Trinity in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. The character of baptism, through unity with His Mystical Body, gives us a participation in His Priesthood. In the Mass He renews this act of submission and offers sacrifice to the Blessed Trinity, not alone, as on Calvary, but as He now is, the "whole Christ", as the head of the Mystical body, Christ and His members, the members being co-offerers with the Invisible Principal Offerer and His visible ministerial offerer, the priest. Our participation in Christ's priesthood enables us to look upon Christ's act of submission on the Altar as ours and unite our act of submission with His.

Christ the King longs for the diffusion of the Divine Life of Grace, the Supernatural Life, and the bringing of all men into subjection to His Sacred Royalty. We must grasp firmly the great truth that God Himself came down into the world and elaborated a Divine Plan for mankind's ordered return to Him through membership of His Mystical Body, the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church is the one society divinely instituted for return to God. The State is a creature of God. The Creator of mankind is also the Founder of human societies and He preserves them just as He maintains individuals in existence. To give Him due honor, we owe Him then not only private veneration but public and social worship in that way which He has shown to be His Will.
Fr. Fahey
(05-02-2014, 11:49 AM)Heorot Wrote: [ -> ]St. Athanasius of Alexandria, the Great, "Contra Mundum" is truly a patron for trads of all sorts. Today is his feast day.

When we are scandalized by liberal bishops because we want to adhere to true doctrine on the Divinity of Christ, the incarnation, virgin birth, the atonement, the resurrection, or the real presence, Athanasius is our model. He loved and prayed for the Arian bishops, but he did not give up the Truth to please them. Even those trads who are sure - in good conscience - that they cannot acknowledge Francis/Bergoglio as Pope still have Athanasius as their model. It is about truth, and the well-informed conscience is supreme in such painful matters.

I believe all trads, regardless of beliefs, should invoke St. Athanasius the Great every day and ask for his intercession. He was exiled, reviled, mocked, hated, and attacked from all sides. He was truly "against the world", the whole world, for Christ's sake. He went through everything we had to endure, in a Church whose bishops had become at least 70% Arian heretics. It's possible even today! Let's not resist out of pride, but out of love for the Lord Jesus, as St. Athanasius did.

Many stories should be told of Athanasius and his loyalty to Truth...  Smile


This thread hit the right spot today, thanks so much. Thanks to both of the above posters.
I went to my first TLM tonight on his feast day! I want to be a trad now! It's just so much better! I didn't recognize much based on my novus ordo experience though! I have a lot to learn!
The Remnant had a great article about St Athanasius and the current crisis in the Church. And St Athanasius is my profile pic  Grin

http://remnantnewspaper.com/web/index.ph...-catholics