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I don't read the articles about what's going on.

I just read the headlines and say, "Yep.  Our Lady told us this would happen.  No surprise there."
(10-17-2019, 02:34 PM)1Faith Wrote: [ -> ]Despite his occasional misguided jabs at the SSPX,
By which I'm totally confused! When he was my Pastor he never said anything negative about the Society, and considering the US District HQ, St Vincent de Paul, and St Mary's were all within driving distance, they had quite a presence.
(10-17-2019, 02:34 PM)1Faith Wrote: [ -> ]
Quote:but if the Catholic Church is not the One True Church
Do you believe in Fatima? If nothing else, hold on to that. 70,000 people saw the sun change colors, dance in the sky, and come plummeting toward the earth in apocalyptic fury. If a miracle of that magnitude doesn't convince you of the truth of the faith nothing will. Beyond that, though we do not know the precise words of the third secret, we know its essential contents. As a chastisement for sin the Church will be in eclipse, will be darkened, the faith will be lost across entire continents, the sheep will search in vain for their shepherds, the faith will be preserved in a small remnant, Rome will loose the faith and become the seat of Anti-Christ, and, according to Malachi Martin, the "last pope" will be under the control of Satan. No wonder Sister Lucia struggled mightily over the course of months to even be able to write it down! So its not as if Our Lady didn't very clearly warn us of the crisis going on in the Church in these times. When all seems lost, look to our Lady of Fatima, and do what she said. Pray the rosary every day, make the five first Saturdays, and pray and sacrifice for the conversion of sinners.

This is one of the things which gives me hope for the future. I've been praying to Our Lady of Fatima a lot lately. I guess I'm just a little off-kilter due to how quickly things have accelerated in the past couple of weeks. Things just seem to be jumping forward towards the One World eco-Religion way quicker than I anticipated.

Quote:But I know what my life was like back when I rejected Christ and I ain't going back. 
Amen to that. No matter how many times I get temptations to leave it all and go back to being a porn-and-video game-addicted, hateful troll. The mere thought of how effeminate and weak-willed I was without Christ keeps me from entertaining any kind of thoughts of apostasy.
Quote:Things just seem to be jumping forward towards the One World eco-Religion way quicker than I anticipated.
Yep. Brace yourself because its only going to get worse. I think we are literally witnessing the whore of Babylon spoken of in the Apocalypse. What is this whore? A false, satanic apostate spiritual power seated in Rome. We've seen it now in the worship of pagan idols on the very ground where St. Peter shed his blood. Watch, because Anti-Christ will soon be on the scene, mark my words.

We are witnessing prophecy unfold right in front of our eyes, if anything that should strengthen our faith. The final days of the world draw near....

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(10-17-2019, 08:49 PM)1Faith Wrote: [ -> ]
Quote:Things just seem to be jumping forward towards the One World eco-Religion way quicker than I anticipated.
Yep. Brace yourself because its only going to get worse. I think we are literally witnessing the whore of Babylon spoken of in the Apocalypse. What is this whore? A false, satanic apostate spiritual power seated in Rome. We've seen it now in the worship of pagan idols on the very ground where St. Peter shed his blood. Watch, because Anti-Christ will soon be on the scene, mark my words.

We are witnessing prophecy unfold right in front of our eyes, if anything that should strengthen our faith. The final days of the world draw near....

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I must admit, for this Amazon Synod, I was prepared for some modest talk about ordaining married men, and was anticipating a bit of borderline paganism during some of the meetings.  But to be quite honest, the synod so far has blown away all my expectations in terms of paganism, heresy, idolatry, trolling, and blatant modernism.  It's to the point where the pagan statues, blasphemous artwork, and the lesbian Episcopal "priestess" are showing up in so many pictures that it can only be described as purposely trying to antagonize Traditionalists and orthodox Catholics.  I mean it just can't be explained any other way.  If the institutional Church already wasn't a laughing stock to the rest of the conservative Christian world, then this synod will definitely achieve that goal.  My honest feeling is that I have more in common with a conservative Protestant who understands the basics of sin and the Ten Commandments than I do with the vast majority of the fools we're supposed to call our shepherds.  I honestly pray that God will forewarn the few remaining believers in Rome and then perform a Sodom-like precision strike on the Vatican.  The most merciful thing He could do for us would be to rid us of these evil fools.
Quote: I honestly pray that God will forewarn the few remaining believers in Rome and then perform a Sodom-like precision strike on the Vatican.
Yeah. Apocalypse speaks of the fall of Babylon, her ruin in a single night. Countless visionaries and mystics have also foretold the destruction of Rome in the end times. The vision of the third secret describes a city half in ruins. I absolutely anticipate the impending judgement of God upon apostate Rome.

It may not happen by obviously supernatural means; Fatima foretold that Russia would be Gods instrument of chastisement. It may well happen within the context of a new global conflict. I dont know. But I'm quite sure this is going to come to a head very soon.

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(10-16-2019, 10:08 AM)Augustinian Wrote: [ -> ]This is going to be a long blog-post, forgive me for that.

In the past few months I've had some issues surrounding Catholicism. Now, this isn't really a question of whether the Catholic Church is the true Church, because based upon the witness of the saints, as well as the spiritual and missionary aspects of the Church one can plainly see the truth therein. No, it comes down, again, to the splintering within the Church since Vatican I, really, and the rise of papalotry.
I remember discovering the truth of Roman Catholicism, converting, and not really seeing too much of an issue with how the Church was in my own diocese (the parish I attended was a more "reverent" NO). It wasn't until I was introduced to traditionalism that the anxiety quickly mounted as to whether what I had been attending was true Roman Catholicism.

Now, as I've read more and more theology, the Fathers and mystics, I fluctuated from a hybrid indifference to NO and TLM, then became very interested in Eastern Catholicism and at one point came close to despair when I read more about Eastern Orthodoxy and questioned if I made a mistake in entering Catholicism. After being talked down from that ledge by a good NO priest, I decided to omit the NO almost entirely and attended a diocesan TLM (Fr. Z's parish actually). That was great, a TLM done correctly with great reverence. But months later, as I read more, I began to have serious questions about the post-conciliar Church and the NO. Once I came to Fisheaters I delved into Lefebvre and the SSPX to find that it may be spiritually dangerous to attend the majority of NO Masses due to abuses and questionable liturgical liberties taken.

So now I've found myself cornered into a situation where I am aware of the abuses and liturgical issues with the NO, and therefore in good conscience cannot attend them with this knowledge. Soon I noticed some issues with the orthodoxy of the diocesan parish I attended surrounding Vatican II and the "participation" of the laity in the Mass, so often being scolded by Fr. Z for not being 'audible' in our assistance at Mass, when most there were clearly in prayer or praying along in their Missals.
So I defected from the diocese entirely and now almost exclusively attend a wonderful SSPX parish, with an overall avoidance of the NO.

Now, to the crux of the issue I am now facing has to do with this splintering of various traditionalist factions. Clearly, I think the SSPX is right in their stance with Rome. But the biggest issue I have now is the spurious position they have in the Church. There is no clear determination as to whether they are actually in the Church, informally outside of the Church, in a state if disobedience (which is worrisome from a moral perspective), etc. In a way, it's almost as if the SSPX occupies a role like that of the Orthodox churches, who are in communion with one another but also their own church-inside-the-church under the heading of a bishop (in this case the SSPX Bishops and superiors).

I guess my issue is that of simple exhaustion. I found the Church looking for the truth, and inside of Her walls I have to seek even further for the truth in an institution which proclaims to be truth itself. And now I seem to have found the truth in the confines of a society which may or may not be in the Church, with the Society proclaiming it is and others in the Church saying they aren't. It all seems spurious to me for a Church which is meant to be the visible presence of Christ on earth.
Imagine yourself a commoner in France with three Popes claiming to lead the Universal Church.  We live in precarious times but you can be assured the Catholic Church rides all storms.  1Faith made some extremely good points about SSPX that I happen to agree with but I will tell you I attend a NO parish because it is the only practical way for me to receive the Eucharist.  That is the point of being Catholic, for me.  I find some comfort in the belief that NO or LM if done with faith brings forth the sacrifice needed.  I have had some red flag moments when I walked out of some NO parishes over the years but not many.  I once felt very uncomfortable in a LM parish filled with some very strange people as well.  I wish I could go to LM every Sunday morning and not be bothered with a bunch of progressive garbage from the pulpit but nothing will keep me from the Eucharist or from setting an example for my family on the importance of attending and observing the sacraments.  I will pray for you because I have been there.  Please pray for me and all us sinners.
(10-18-2019, 10:20 AM)tonyjohnston1970 Wrote: [ -> ]
(10-16-2019, 10:08 AM)Augustinian Wrote: [ -> ]This is going to be a long blog-post, forgive me for that.
Imagine yourself a commoner in France with three Popes claiming to lead the Universal Church.  

I think an important saint during these strange times to remember too is St Colette. She didn't even answer to the correct Pope. But she is revered as a saint today. So I think likewise, worrying about whether one should avoid the NO or if Pope Francis is an anti-pope or not is all superfluous. That's not to say that these things don't scandalize the faithful at times, but God isn't hiding your salvation behind a Prize Door and you need to pick correctly between A, B, and C. Stay faithful to the Catholic Church and her perennial teachings, receive the sacraments, pray, etc.
(10-18-2019, 12:18 PM)Some Guy Wrote: [ -> ]
(10-18-2019, 10:20 AM)tonyjohnston1970 Wrote: [ -> ]
(10-16-2019, 10:08 AM)Augustinian Wrote: [ -> ]This is going to be a long blog-post, forgive me for that.
Imagine yourself a commoner in France with three Popes claiming to lead the Universal Church.  

I think an important saint during these strange times to remember too is St Colette. She didn't even answer to the correct Pope. But she is revered as a saint today. So I think likewise, worrying about whether one should avoid the NO or if Pope Francis is an anti-pope or not is all superfluous. That's not to say that these things don't scandalize the faithful at times, but God isn't hiding your salvation behind a Prize Door and you need to pick correctly between A, B, and C. Stay faithful to the Catholic Church and her perennial teachings, receive the sacraments, pray, etc.

Amen, brother.
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