The Lamb’s Voice, Parable of Pope Benedict XVI and Love of the Law.
For there shall be a time, when they will not endure sound doctrine; but, according to their own desires, they will heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears.
~Saint Paul 2 Timothy 4:3~
Chapter 1: The Voice of the Lamb no longer discernable
How did we get here, who am I and what do I know? I presume it is what you must be thinking. I believe I can answer the first question with perfect clarity; as for the middle and latter I can tell you that I am not a canon lawyer, and I am not a cardinal, bishop or priest. I do not have a degree in theology, apologetics, or philosophy. In fact, I was a pre-veterinary/animal science major, only halfway through college, before dropping my net (in my own case, dropping out of school) when I heard the familiar Voice of the Lamb asking me to become His bride. I tell this story, not for any spotlight coming upon myself, but to show the readers that many, even the cardinals, bishops and priests, themselves do not recognize the sweet Voice of the Lamb anymore and thus, do not realize they are leading Our Lord’s flock down the wrong path unknowingly or over a cliff purposefully. What does that have to do with dropping out of school? Let me explain:
I certainly heard this powerful call to leave everything and follow the angelic apostles to the life of celibacy and pure service for the Lamb and Our Lady; fall semester had just begun but every time our bike tires made it on campus grounds, a sense of dread would wash over me. I would tell some of the priests at my local college parish about how I was sure I was called to leave school right then and there. You know what they told me? “No, no you MUST finish your degree”. I remember thinking “why on earth does it matter if I have an animal science degree? Last I checked, graduating with a bachelor’s in agriculture is not a requirement to be Christ’s bride…”. Their answers were too modern; yet, I very much wanted to trust the priests anyway, as Our Lord’s representatives, and hope that their words were coming from God. However, their voices contradicted THE Voice; I knew that deep down, but I was still just getting accustomed to the sound of the Shepherd’s Voice, which is indeed a haunting melody, and I could not quite yet differentiate the voice of the stranger from the Voice of the Shepherd. September 14th, 2015 was the official day I became accustomed to the Voice of the Lamb, and that, I could trust Him to lead me to safe pastures.
When Our Lord saw that His own representatives did not hear or understand His Voice for my own path, He used the least likely person to give me the courage to drop out of school without any hesitation or delay. That person was my animal science advisor. I came into his office, sat down full of misery, as I told him: “I think I am called to be a nun”. Like the priests, I expected him to tell me I needed to finish my degree, as well. His words were a complete shock and call to action. He said: “can I be honest with you? I never saw you at this school or major. I think you should leave here today; can I pray over you?” I am a traditional Latin Mass Catholic and at that exact moment in time I was not sure what to think. I debated with this advisor about Our Lady and the Eucharist on some occasions and yet, Our Lord was speaking through HIM to prompt me to leave everything, rather than Our Lord’s priests? This advisor prayed that Our Lord would take care of all my student loans and get me to the convent as soon as humanly possible. I walked out of his office and went straight to the building where one withdraws from all classes; I opened that door with not a doubt in my mind that the Voice I was exceedingly desperate to obey, was beginning to teach me that He Himself is the Door.
Fast forward, to this precise moment in time; Our Lord, again, is using the least likely people to talk about Pope Benedict XVI. As Saint Paul said: it is the foolish things Our Lord uses to confound the wise. Trust me when I say that the highest people in the Church will say you are wrong, that canon law is not binding (yes, I have actually heard that said by a bishop), you will be laughed at, they will tell you “It does not matter who the pope is” and “you have to be prudent before stepping forward about Pope Benedict”. There is a big difference between the virtue of prudence and the weakness of effeminacy. If you learn anything from this work, may it be this: “Our Lord has hidden these things from the wise and PRUDENT and has revealed them to the little ones”. Remember one more very important thing in Part One of this book: the Law is on YOUR side. And God Himself is the Law. When you see how the answer of Pope Benedict still being the pope, since April 19th, 2005, lies in the Law, you will not be thinking of prudence; you will be thinking of the souls Our Lady is begging you to enlighten.
There is nothing to discern, because “by the Law itself” (Canon Law 188) Joseph Ratzinger is the only reigning pope. But I am getting ahead of myself. When Our Lord gave Moses The Ten Commandments, notice how He never called them “The Ten Suggestions”. Again, how on earth did we get here, my fellow readers? I told you I had an answer for that, and I did not simply tell you that story of dropping out of school to have a blast from the past moment, nay. This is the issue: the Voice of the Lamb is simply not recognized anymore. Our Lord warned that this would happen in Matthew 24: “to deceive (if possible) even the elect”. Thankfully He also showed His apostles that His sheep, who indeed can differentiate His Voice from the stranger, know how to instantly reject that of the hireling:
Amen, amen I say to you: He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up another way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. And when he hath let out his own sheep, he goeth before them: and the sheep follow him, because they know his voice.
But a stranger they follow not, but fly from him, because they know not the voice of strangers. All others, as many as have come, are thieves and robbers: and the sheep heard them not. I am the door. By me, if any man enter in, he shall be saved: and he shall go in, and go out, and shall find pastures. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I am come that they may have life, and may have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd.
The good shepherd giveth his life for his sheep. But the hireling, and he that is not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and flieth: and the wolf catcheth, and scattereth the sheep: And the hireling flieth, because he is a hireling: and he hath no care for the sheep. I am the good shepherd; and I know mine, and mine know me. As the Father knoweth me, and I know the Father: and I lay down my life for my sheep.
And other sheep I have, that are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice, and there shall be one-fold and one shepherd.
Did you read how many times Our Lord said, “I am the good Shepherd”? He does that because we are frail and need to be reminded of that truth again, and again and again. He also said nothing about “really pray and discern if the Voice is the hireling or not”. Our Lord said simply, “the sheep follow Him because they know His Voice” and they “fly from strangers”. It is an instant recognition; not one that takes years of prayer to distinguish. Is not the latter laughable? Yet I have heard even traditional bishops say such statements in all seriousness, yet in-turn laugh at me when I quote scripture. When I could no longer hear the Divine Voice of the Bridegroom through the priests at my college parish, Our Lord did not leave me destitute; He reminded me that His Voice and ways are very straightforward: He enters through the front door. It is us who are expecting it to be complicated (thinking Our Lord HIMSELF, instead of entering through the front door, will instead climb up into some obscure window to purposely confuse us).
He said I am the good Shepherd, not the deceitful One. When the priests, in my own case, were saying “wait a few years” I was holding out hope for them that they would rather say, “drop your net (your classes) and leave everything”, I was beginning to see for myself, from the sheep’s point of view, how I was automatically expecting the priests to be straightforward, like the True Shepherd, and when they were not, Our Lord still came in through the front door for me, but it was through a different door entirely (our animal science advisor). The Voice of the Shepherd was everything I was hoping it would be, and it was not found in the clergy on that faithful day, but through my college counselor. So, as I write these words I am seeing how, yet again, the least likely people are being used to sound the alarm of the imminent danger that lies ahead for we sheep.
Listen to what Fr. Linus Clovis, from a speech he gave to the Rome Life Forum on 18 May, 2017 had to say about discerning the Voice of the Lamb:
The virile man wants to know what is going on around him. He wants a clear, accurate description of objective reality, no matter how ugly, because the virile man is constantly seeking to formulate and execute the best possible response and path forward. The virile man does not ever plop down on the ground, declare the situation too difficult or too unpleasant, and disengage in favor of a quietistic, passivistic, self-righteous pity-party. I am reminded of the great line uttered by then-Colonel Chesty Puller at the Battle of Chosin Reservoir: “We’ve been looking for the enemy for some time now. We’ve finally found him. We’re surrounded. That simplifies things.” Puller’s line could be applied without modification to the situation in the Church today.
When it comes to the supernatural reality of The One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, this process of synthesizing the dataset and finding the one true answer is obligatory, precisely because we know that The Church is Real, it is Visible, and the Gates of Hell will not prevail against it. We KNOW that there is a visible, knowable truth in this situation, and that the response and path forward is not only discernible, but is discernible by laymen – that is, “the sheep”.
Take a brief moment to read Ann Barnhardt’s addition to discerning the Voice:
DO NOT for a moment be browbeaten into believing the lie that unless you have a degree in Theology, are a Canon Lawyer, or are a cradle Catholic, that you are unqualified to engage your intellect and discern the “voice of the shepherd” from that of the faithless hirelings and the wolves. This lie is in direct opposition to the Good Shepherd Discourse – the words of Our Lord and Savior Himself. Furthermore, precisely because we will all stand-alone before Jesus Christ at our Particular Judgments, and God being a loving, merciful God, the Divine Providence has unfolded such that the words of Christ to the disciples of John the Baptist echo through time with the same strength and volume as the day they were first uttered: Go and relate to John what you have heard and seen. The answer is obvious. It is right in front of you. Christ always, always lays a path. That path is narrow, and there are gates along the path that we all must pass through, but THERE IS A CLEAR, OBVIOUS, VISIBLE PATH.
Is not that a comforting thought? When even shepherds, though convincing, try to tell you “The current crisis in the Church is not your business” you can remind yourself that Our Lord is the Way, the Truth and the Life and that, Our Good Lord WANTS YOU TO UNDERSTAND and distinguish His Voice for yourself. And as protestant as this sounds, it is still an absolute MUST:
The only way to be able to discern the sound of a beloved’s voice is by having a personal relationship with said person. In this case, the only way to be able to discern the Voice of the Good Shepherd, Our Lord Jesus Christ, is to have a PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP with Him. The two main ways of accomplishing this are The Sacraments and PRAYER. No prayer, no relationship. No relationship, no way to discern His Voice.
May we end this chapter with the words of Saint Louis de Montfort with how the saints in the latter times, reserved for Mary, would be disturbed at nothing, no matter how convincing the VOICE of the enemies of God may be, EVEN if the voice is coming from the just members of the clergy… who sadly may not be educated even with their five different degrees:
These great souls filled with grace and zeal will be chosen to oppose the enemies of God who are raging on all sides. They will be exceptionally devoted to the Blessed Virgin. Illumined by Her light, strengthened by Her spirit, supported by Her arms, sheltered under Her protection, they will fight with one hand and build with the other. They will be like thunderclouds flying through the air at the slightest breath of the Holy Ghost. Attached to nothing, surprised at nothing, they will shower down the rain of God’s word and of eternal life. They will thunder against sin; they will storm against the world; they will strike down the devil and his followers and for life and for death, they will pierce through and through with the two-edged sword of God’s word all those against whom they are sent by Almighty God. They will be true apostles of the latter times to whom the Lord of Hosts will give eloquence and strength to work wonders and carry off glorious spoils from His enemies. They will sleep without gold or silver and, more important still, without concern in the midst of other priests, ecclesiastics and clerics. Yet they will have the silver wings of the dove enabling them to go wherever the Holy Ghost calls them, filled as they are, with the resolve to seek the glory of God and the salvation of souls. Wherever they preach, they will leave behind them nothing but the gold of love, which is the fulfillment of the whole Law.
Chapter 2: The Parable of Pope Benedict XVI and “as if the bride of the Lamb could have two voices”
There is also yet another, exceedingly important, reason as to the “why” the sheep can no longer discern the Voice of the Shepherd. This is perhaps the direst reason of all and in order to understand the papacy of Pope Benedict XVI, it is essential that our faith is planted on a firm rock. Before we understand the latter, we must first revisit this blog post by Father David Nix and his commentary on Archbishop Viganò statements on the Mass and the current state of the papacy:
Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò’s statements in bold/ Father David Nix’s commentary:
It seems that the Roman Rite was bifurcated into the “ordinary form” and “extraordinary form” in the 2007 document, Summorum Pontificum and it appears that the Papacy was split into two as a “contemplative Pope” and an “active Pope” as even the Vatican’s Archbishop Georg Gänswein has explained it. Such errors of creating new (and impossible) theological realities may be blamed upon what is called a “Hegelian dialectic.” Archbishop Viganò has this criticism of Pope Benedict XVI’s philosophy of attempting to create new realities from his own brain:
His Hegelian philosophical approach led him to apply the thesis-antithesis-synthesis scheme in the Catholic context, for example, by considering the documents of Vatican II (thesis) and the excesses of the post-conciliar period (antithesis) things to be reconciled in his famous “hermeneutics of continuity” (synthesis); nor is the invention of the Emeritus Papacy an exception, where between being Pope (thesis) and no longer being Pope (antithesis), the compromise was chosen to remain Pope only in part (synthesis).
Archbishop Viganò is here saying that a synthesis of truth and error produces only error. He then goes so far as to write here on the 9th of June 2021:
They are mistaken therefore who believe that it is possible to hold together two opposing forms of Catholic worship in the name of a plurality of liturgical expression that is the daughter of the conciliar mentality no more and no less than it is the daughter of the hermeneutic of continuity.
Thankfully, we are now seeing that “the plurality of liturgical expression” must one way or another come to an end. There is only one Roman Rite. There is only one Roman Pope. They are making us see. Yes, the enemies of God are making us choose. Yes, they are sifting out the boys from the men, the wheat from the chaff. Archbishop Viganò criticizes Summorum Pontificum thus:
The just honor in which the traditional liturgy ought to be held was tempered by its being placed on an equal level with the liturgy of the post-conciliar reform, with the former being defined as the “extraordinary form” and the latter as the “ordinary form,” as if the Bride of the Lamb could have two voices — one fully Catholic and another equivocally ecumenical — with which to speak at one moment to the Divine Majesty and at the next to the assembly of the faithful.
Notice that Viganò is here implying that we must get over this modernist delusion of living “as if the Bride of the Lamb could have two voices.” No, we know the Bride of the Lamb listens to only One Voice: “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of My hand.”—John 10:27-28
So, I find the recent news from the Vatican today to be everything we ironically now need to exit the delusion of listening to two voices: We must now choose. There can be no bifurcation of the Roman Rite. There can be no bifurcation of the Papacy. This is because “there is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”—Eph 4:4-6″
~END OF COMMENTARY~
Parable of Pope Benedict XVI
“We must now choose” Father Nix says, and he is absolutely right; it is a delusion to believe that there can be two Masses and two popes (two voices). The bride of the Lamb has only ONE voice and she listens to only ONE Bridegroom. We indeed must now choose, and that answer lies immediately with choosing Pope Benedict XVI as the only reigning pope and the ancient Mass of the apostles as the only form we attend. If this statement terrifies you, it is only because you might have become so accustomed to listening to two voices that not only do you think it is normal, but that God has always somehow had two voices. This is a travesty; let me lay out three different ways we Catholics can listen to two voices. Do you remember the parable from Matthew 13? The moral of the parable of the Sower is that not everyone will hear and believe. There are four different types of soil, but only ONE produces true and lasting fruit. WHY, however, do some souls who mean well, are just and devout, end up being the type that does not find this seed (their faith) planted in rich soil? Because the faith, that was originally planted on a firm rock (Peter) has been tempered with. The rock of Peter has been violated. That rock is really Our Lord, but He shares that power with His vicar on earth. I will get to that shortly.
1.) Two Masses. One fully Catholic and one fully ecumenical. Two Calendars.
2.) Two Popes, one Catholic (mostly) and the other fully ecumenical but NOT the pope, he just looks like one. “We saw a bishop dressed in white, we had the impression, he was the Holy Father”. But that does not mean that he was….
Now, for Our Lord’s sake, please decide which category of soil you fall under:
1.) Do you attend only the New Mass and believe Bergoglio is Pope? It is even possible to be a New Mass attendee and believe Benedict is the only pope; this is still two voices, however. Because right pope but wrong Mass.
2.) Are you only attending the Latin Mass, but believe Bergoglio is the Pope? Right Mass but wrong “pope”. Two voices.
3.) Do you attend both Masses and believe that Benedict holds the keys, but Bergoglio still has partial power? Two Masses and two popes. Four Voices?
4.) Fertile and rich soil: You attend only the Old Mass, know the dangers of the New and believe whole heartedly that Pope Benedict XVI is the only reigning Pope? (One Voice)
This is what Viganò meant when he said that the bride of the Lamb cannot have two Voices. Notice how Viganò, in Father Nix’s post, did not praise Benedict for Summorum Pontificum; he actually said Benedict split the papacy AS WELL as the Mass: one being “ordinary” while the other “extraordinary”. Then he went onto criticize Benedict by saying that the “pope emeritus INVENTION” is also no exception. Hear that? He called it an invention, because according to the Law it is not possible to create new realities from his own brain or “transform the papacy” as Archbishop Gänswein called it.
This is why, with all due honor and respect, I do not even take people like Cardinal Raymond Burke as seriously as the rest of the flock. Why? Because he listens to two voices. Cardinals, bishops and priests like Burke, though good and holy, do not have their faith, their judgement and even their way of thinking planted on fertile and rich soil. When Benedict made his resignation speech, almost ten years ago, Burke then said the speech did not meet the canon law requirement of the “munus” (canon law 332; we will get to that in Part Two), but now almost ten years later, he has done a complete 180 and changed his mind about the Law. What changed if the Law always remains the same? It is not the Law that changes, it is the minds of frail humans that fluctuate. Those like Burke, their way of thinking is in a sense, and I say this with charity, is disordered because their faith is planted in bad soil, EVEN when they are canon lawyers, yes. Whether that statement is politically correct or not, it needs to be said because some of the greatest canon lawyers in our Church, who indeed have the most influence to do good like Burke, are not speaking up about the Laws being broken. They will tell you “his resignation was totally valid and looks like any of the past resignations”. Really? In these series of laid out questions below, have any of them EVER been seen in a past resignation of a Holy Father?
- Why Does Pope Benedict XVI wear the papal white? When asked once why he chose to keep the white, he lied and said, “there were no more black cassocks in Rome”. What nonsense!
- Why did Benedict choose to stay in the enclosure of Saint Peter’s? Popes who have resigned in the past leave the Vatican. Ratzinger’s dream was to return to Bavaria, Germany to spend the rest of his days with his brother and sister, play the piano, pet his cat and write more books. Why… didn’t he do that?
- Why does Benedict still give his Papal blessing?
- Why does Benedict still wear his Papal ring?
- Why is Benedict still called “POPE” Benedict? He still signs his name that way. He did not return to Joseph. And when asked, he said “the always is also a forever” (the papacy). Deo gratias?
- Why does Bergoglio live in outskirt apartments all the while Benedict lives within the walls of Saint Peter’s like the past Holy Fathers?
- Why, why, why, why, why?
If we cannot discuss this openly, calmly and rationally, then the Devil has won. However, thankfully, there have been several other canon lawyers and not to mention regular lawyers, who were/are jumping up and down when Benedict pulled what he did on February 11th, 2013. Lightening even struck Saint Peter’s Dome later that evening, the Cupola to be precise (which, symbolizes the papacy), and Archbishop Georg Gänswein had his own odd “theory” for why that happened. He and other Cardinals actually made it sound like lighting striking the dome was heaven’s blessing (last I checked, lighting striking anything is not a good thing). But since these other lawyers are not as prominent or known as Burke, well, I guess it does not need to be investigated further, right? WRONG. I do very much appreciate that Burke talks about the consecration of Russia and Mary’s First Saturday, however. I am merely pointing out the obvious errors that need to be discussed, and NOT brushed under the rug.
I will later, at the end of Part Two, break each of those soils up and prove to you how your faith can only be firm if you are listening to one Voice. In the Matthew 13 parable, before Our Lord describes the different soils, He first cautions the apostles that the ones found in bad soil do not choose to use their hearts, ears and eyes. He explains how even the just cannot see, hear or understand. How can this be resolved? Simple. Start listening to one voice: One Roman Rite and One Roman Pope.
Chapter 3: Meditate day and night on the (Canon) LAW of the Lord
If you keep My commandments, you shall abide in My love; as I also have kept My Father’s commandments, and do abide in His love. (John 15:10)
In that same chapter Our Lord goes onto say: “you are My friends, if you do the things that I command you.” A command is an order, not a suggestion, which, is exactly the reason why the only answer even holy bishops give now, in regard to several broken canon laws by the Benedict Papacy, is “well, canon law is not really binding”. Since when? Therefore, Ann Barnhardt created a blog post called Let Us Play… What a Difference Ten Years Makes! Where she asks a series of questions followed by answers, we would hear ten years ago from traditional Catholics and how they have done a complete 180, in answering the same question at present. One of those questions and answers were this:
Is the lexicon of Canon Law precise or ambiguous?
TRAD INC. PARTISANS TEN YEARS AGO: The lexicon of Canon Law is extremely precise, which is why people study and get advanced degrees in order to be canon lawyers. Words have meaning, especially in the realm of Canon Law.
TRAD INC. PARTISANS TODAY: No. The words of Canon Law can mean whatever anyone wants them to mean. It’s all very loose and casual. Canon Law is extremely metonymic.
All throughout scripture Christ the King says that the best way we can show Him our love and loyalty is to obey His commands. This is so important to Him that He too followed His Father’s Laws to set an example for His sheep. Why is the Law important? Why is it only found in the rich and fertile soil? I used to often roll my eyes at Our Lord’s parables. Even the apostles often wondered at this; but when Our Lord said He came to fulfill all that was spoken of by the prophets, one of them was “I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things hidden from the foundation of the world” (Psalm 77.2). His parables, especially in this crisis with the papacy, have never been so pertinent. My new favorite expression, used from the reading of the fourth or fifth Sunday after the Epiphany is “charity is the fulfilment of the Law”. And what providence that this next verse, taken from Ash Wednesday’s communion antiphon, also used in the rule of Carmelite Father Albert of Jerusalem says this: “He that shall meditate day and night on the Law of the Lord, shall bring forth his fruit in due season”. Ann Barnhardt struck me with the reminder of the fourth joyful mystery’s fruit being obedience, but it is also LOVE OF THE LAW. Ann showed her viewers that when Our Lady and Saint Joseph sought after Our Lord and asked why He had done so to them, Our Lord’s reply was “how was it that you sought Me?” That hidden and true meaning became radically clear: “where did you think you would find Me: IN THE LAW.” He was found teaching in the temple.
Side story: During my novitiate in Carmel, we had a Carmelite Monk come to America, from his monastery in France, to preach an eight-day retreat to the nuns. Father would try and come to some of our Carmelite foundations whenever he was in the United States and so, the older sisters were already accustomed to some of his comical stories and would ask him to share again for the younger sisters. One such one was this: before becoming a priest and a Carmelite, he owned a shirt with Rocky Balboa on it that read: “I am the law”. One day one of his teachers took him aside and bluntly said, “don’t you think that is stupid?” He laughed as he told the nuns how he realized in that moment, “yeah… I guess that is pretty stupid.” He later traded that shirt in for Our Lady’s Carmelite Habit. The moral of the story I think, and it fits so well into this chapter, is that only Our Lord can wear a shirt that says, “I Am the Law”.
Love of the Law is absolutely essential. If the Law itself, and in particular canon law, were not laws and only mere suggestions, we indeed would not have canon lawyers. Canon law is likened to constitutional law in the United States of America; hence: constitutional lawyers also exist, as well. Canon law, like every legal system, is concerned primarily with protecting the smooth order of the Catholic Church. Law and Order is of Our Lord and anarchy and chaos is of Satan. The Catholic Church, unlike civil society or the state, is charged by Christ the Lord to guide men and women to their supernatural end. The job of a canon lawyer is to see that the carefully devised rules of Holy Mother Church order are properly understood and applied. When I tell you that I have actually heard, from a bishop, that canon law is not really all that important, or binding, an answer like that is really only inspired by the evil one. If we made that same statement about the commandments of God, and perhaps only observed a few rather than all of them, look what Saint James has to say about such transgressors:
For whoever keeps the whole Law, but offends in one point, has become guilty in all. For he who said, “you shall not commit adultery” said also, “you shall not kill.” Now if you shall not commit adultery, yet will commit murder, you have become a transgressor of the Law. So speak and so act as men about to be judged by the Law of liberty. ~James 2:10-13~
Did you catch that? “Guilty in all”. It always vexes me how Our Lord was rebuked with “how does this Man know letters having never learned?” HE IS LITERALLY (that word is never used accurately but it fits this particular example) THE LAW ITSELF. HE IS THE WORD, what do you mean how does He know words? He is the Word (capital W) itself. This reminds me of Aslan scowling at the white witch when she tried to remind him of the ancient Laws when he said, “don’t talk to me about the Laws, witch, I was around when they were written”. Well, for Our Lord, HE wrote them. When people say, “I am not going to listen to you, because canon lawyer Cardinal Burke said such and such”, or “no… the Laws were not meant for everyone, only prophets and scribes”, these are statements filled with error.
The Ten Commandments (we knew there were far more than only ten in the Old Testament) were not only written for Moses. Sure, we can see Moses as a canon lawyer; he helps the people understand them if there is any confusion, but honestly, these Laws are very basic and were made to be understood by children as well as the person with the most brilliant IQ and intellect. We do not need to be canon lawyers and have five degrees to know, study, apply, understand and follow the Laws of Christ Crucified. If that were the case, Moses never would have carried the Laws down the mountain back to the people. So, do not let any Catholic bully you into thinking otherwise. Our Lady did not appear to canon lawyers at Fatima, but three pure-hearted children, who were OPEN to the Laws.
We can view the papacy as the Law and The Latin Mass as charity. Why? Because by perfectly worshipping God during the ancient sacrifice of the apostles, we can in turn love our neighbor properly because our love for God is ordered. Does not Our Lord FIRST say love your God, THEN your neighbor. He did not say, “first love your neighbor and then get around to loving Me second”. He also did not say the commandment was “love Me and your neighbor at the same time”; He commanded that He be loved FIRST, because only then can we serve our neighbor in an ordered manner. One of the reasons (of many) why I am so opposed to the New Mass is it’s all about “love of neighbor” throughout the Mass; whether that be “peace be with you”, the priest facing the people, the tabernacle that holds the altar being separated from the priest with a table in its place; the list goes on and on. We have plenty of time to love our neighbor in many ways throughout the day, but the one hour of Mass (not even an hour for daily Mass) is the time we should be giving Our Lord our full and undivided attention.
A man from the Fatima Center gave an excellent talk on how the reason why the people under the care of Moses fell into error was they wanted to offer sacrifice to God in their own way, rather than follow the way Our Lord desired. Which is not only showing disobedience to God the Father, but also pride in thinking that their prescribed form of gift was better than what God Himself ordained it to be- this is exceedingly dangerous. We can certainly say that about the New Mass, said reverently or not; it was created by man… six protestant pastors… while the former was instituted by Christ and carried out by His apostles all the way up until the promulgation of the New Mass. If we did not have Laws, we could not become saints. God’s Laws are carried out by His vicar on earth through the papacy. But no one, not even the vicar of Christ has the power to take the Laws into his own hands and think he is above Our Lord, Who, is the Rock and Law itself: “that no man can replace with another.” What do I mean by that? 1+1=2, right?
Let us pretend that God Himself ordained this and included it in the Commandments given to Moses; the pope has no authority to oppose God in this way and say, “well… even though for several hundred years the past popes beginning with Peter have always believed 1+1=2… I want the answer to be 1+1=2.5, now (which is essentially what Benedict attempted to do with bifurcating the papacy). “As it is written, so let it be done”. Nope, you can’t do that. Substantial error, canon law 188. But I am getting ahead of myself yet again. Warning: If you yourself go along with the Holy Father and say, yes; 1+1 now is 2.5… you are also in substantial error right along with the Holy Father… to lead astray (if possible) even the elect. Marcel Lefebvre once said that “obedience to sin is not Catholic… it never has been Catholic”. If Our Lord ordained that only the pope himself be given eyes to see, ears to hear and will to understand, then Our Lord would have made us all blind, deaf and dumb because if we were simply called to obey without proper discernment or understanding, well… then those Ten Commandments surely would have only been intended for Moses. Did you know that canon law also commands this of the flock?
Canon Law 748 §1. All persons are bound to seek the truth in those things which regard God and His Church and by virtue of divine law are bound by the obligation and possess the right of embracing and observing the truth which they have come to know.
The devil leads astray the elect in a few different ways in regard to the current state of the papacy. I hear many sheep turn a blind eye to the state of the papacy, willingly, and say:
- I am just not going to think about it; it scares me, and fear is from Satan (remember the virile man).
- I will pray for the chair of Saint Peter, but not mention ANY name, because who is or is not the pope does not matter.
- God will not care who I believed the pope was at my individual judgement.
- I think Benedict holds the keys all the while Bergoglio still has some power.
WRONG, WRONG AND WRONG. To all of that. Those reasons are smothered in chaos, which as I reminded the readers, comes from the devil and ORDER is of the Lord. We HAVE to think about it, and we MUST care. Even Our Lord said, “not everyone who says to Me Lord, Lord will enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father”. This is packed with meaning, and it does not merely mean: “Oh, I did God’s will by becoming a priest” or “I entered the sacrament of marriage”. No, no and no. “Meditate day and night on the Law of the Lord.” The will of the Father are the Laws of God; whether that be His Ten Commandments, Sacred Scripture, Council of Trent, Vatican I, the Church’s Magisterium, Dogmas of the Church, the Catechism AND Canon Law. THESE are things that need to be meditated on “day and night”. Many do not have that kind of time, I get it, but you can set aside a few minutes here and there, because one cannot really KNOW God, love and serve Him without making His Laws your life. HE IS THE LAW ITSELF. Can we assume that Our Lord’s thirty years of hidden life were also for His studying of the Laws? We can draw this conclusion by His public life, when, most of his debates with the Pharisees were centered on the Laws of Moses (and even the laws of Caesar) and Our Lord was prepared.
If Our Lord, Saint Joseph and Our Lady submitted Themselves to the Laws through circumcision and purification, when They of all people had the right to say, “I am God and the Immaculate Conception, I do not have to do it”, well They did. And so, if They submitted to the Laws, there is no excuse for us OR Pope Benedict XVI. Only Our Lord can say: “behold, I make all things new.” We see this with Saint Paul proclaiming that Our Lord made the Old Covenant “obsolete” and created the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church- ordained from all Eternity as the New. When Our Lord is seen appearing in the Book of the Apocalypse saying, “I make all things new”, He is then speaking of “The New Jerusalem”. But do you notice how New Covenants are not sealed by man? It is ALWAYS sealed by God. Hence, Benedict XVI’s secretary Georg saying “Benedict has fundamentally transformed the papacy” is not only erroneous, but it is playing God. May I reiterate once more the words of Saint Leo about the rock of Peter: “that no man can replace with another?”
And Jesus answering, said to them: Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s. And they marveled at Him. (Mark 12:17)
When Laws start to be seen as ambiguous, society will quickly fall to its ruin; how much more does this apply to the Catholic Church? How many times will history have to keep repeating itself before we officially learn our lesson? If you do not know the Law, you do not know God; They are One. And if you do not care about the Law, you do not care about God. “Meditate day and night on the Law of the Lord” and you will know what not to be obedient to. Take courage, Our Lady is Our Queen of Light, and that light is at this very moment exposing the lies and keeping Her children on the path, though narrow, that leads to Life. If that path also leads to our red martyrdom, what a blessing- sign us up!
 JOHN 10:9.
 1 COR 1:27.
 LUKE 10:21.
 JOHN 10
 Ann Barnhardt
 True Devotion to Mary is a book by Saint Louis de Montfort on the Roman Catholic theme of devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Originally published: 1843
 A philosophy of an interpretive method in which the contradiction between a proposition (thesis) and its antithesis is resolved at a higher level of truth (synthesis)
 Faux July 16th “Motu Proprio”
 Secretary to both Benedict and Bergoglio.
 How Carmelite nuns say “what?”
 Pope Saint Leo Homily from the feast of the Chair of Saint Peter. Matins, Roman Rite Breviary.
 Matthew 7:21