Saturday, December 2, 2017

Faith Resources Newsletter - Number 72 - July/August 2017

Accept all that happens as His will, including the suffering He permits (not causes) you to undergo at the hands of evil men, knowing that even these will mysteriously enrich you.  St Maximilian Kolbe

Message from the Manager
A warm welcome to all our readers for this 2017 winter edition of our newsletter. Father Tierney has been busy organising his move to The Rock and like all major plans a few spanners have been thrown his way. However, though there is some trepidation, he has been steering through these small delays with the greatest of ease. We will let everyone know when the “big move” has been completed and he has settled into his new abode. Unfortunately, with great reluctance, he has had to cull some of his vast library. Many of these books have been given to schools and seminaries but some will be for sale at our centre in St Marys. All of them are valuable and Father wants them to go to good homes where they will be read and referred to. We anticipate they will be available for purchase at bargain prices from late September. Please feel free to come and look through them, once they arrive.
This year has flown for us. In the interest of all our readers we have been trying to keep abreast of all the new publications in 2017 and it has not been an easy task. The political gender agenda is not only rearing its ugly head in Australia but it is worldwide and many countries have legalised ways of life that are contrary to the laws within which God created us. We have a few new titles which may give you further tips on how to show secularised friends and relatives the truth about what is happening and the repercussions of legalising same-sex marriage. Praying the Rosary and offering our penances and sufferings to Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary is our greatest weapon. Several new books about the power of the Rosary have been published recently and are well worth reading. For the sake of our families, our children and grandchildren, we must pray hard for miracles to defeat any and all evil legislation. Our Prayers will help return virtue and honesty to our hearts and homes giving real peace to all. It is amazing how many conversions are wrought by reciting the “Roses of Prayer” “for the Queen of Heaven”. We must help our government members rule our country with dignity, integrity and honour through this wonderful prayer.
It is not by chance that 2017 is the Centenary of Our Lady’s apparitions at Fatima. The celebrations that are still taking place are a reminder to us that we must not become complacent. We must heed her message and renew our zeal to bring peace to our world. Several recently published books about Mary which bring to mind her role in our salvation have finally arrived and are reviewed below.
Thank you to all our readers who continue to support us through prayer and financial sacrifice. We are always very grateful and ask you to continue for our work of evangelisation is never done. May God bless you and your families for your generosity.

Gai Smith

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Cardinal Newman Catechist Consultants — 24th May, 2017 — HANDOUTS n. 146
“Clear, brief and easily assimilated by all”
What's gone wrong and how to fix it
How to fix SIN and ERROR from Satan
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THE MESS we are in is very much the product of an upbringing without God and without morals.
People in parliaments and its bureaucracies, many schools (state and Catholic) have set morals aside. Values clarification, as taught in schools, was situation ethics and therefore relativism.
Before the 1960s, state schools upheld natural morality and, although “free, compulsory and secular”, upheld God and patriotism. In the 1940s primary school we chanted, “I honour my God, I serve my King, I salute my flag”. But not any more...
Kohlberg, a USA atheist psychologist, persuaded teachers to use dilemma situations. Students were to progress (or regress!) through his Six Stages of Cognitive Moral Development. This high sounding verbiage, like bright colours, was alluring. In the 1970s, it seduced many schools in Australia. State and Catholic schools embraced it. They were teaching moral error and leading students into sin.
Kohlberg’s Sixth Stage was Moral Autonomy: auto=self (e.g. automatic cars or pistols): nomos=law. It meant “1 am a law unto himself.” “I make my own morality.” The supreme virtue is “doing my own thing.”
Individualism is an illusion, a fur-lined mousetrap. “No one can tell me what to think. No one can make me do things. I’m autonomous...”
When citizens in a democracy lack the virtues required to make democracy workable, they become slaves to rigid conformity, to Political Correctness, to error, sin and Satan. Thus individualism produces its apparent opposite: enslavement by dictatorial governments such as Marxism or fascism. That’s where we are heading...
Then Kohlberg did an about-face. He found that students were lying in lectures and cheating in exams. So he reversed his prohibition on teaching right and wrong — at least for lying and cheating.
It is this vicious individualism, along with Margaret Mead (1901-1978) and others, Australian society, including Catholics, has been left without moral standards and without religion that demands virtues.
Restraint is no longer self-imposed by conscience. Until the 1960s, the better formed mothers, fathers, schools, media and citizens, mostly believed and upheld the difference between good and evil. Now all that is sneered at. It is not Politically Correct.
Restraint is now merely external, imposed by police surveillance, burgeoning bureaucracies, and government inquisitions run by un-elected Change Agents (see .Handouts  n. 145), They have replaced personal conscience.
Psychological fragility abounds. How is it that a country with free speech and university students with academic freedom need trigger warnings? Weaklings!
THERE is only one solution to the problem of sin: Repent and believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ
Reflect on the apostolic Church of the first century. In Jerusalem, at Pentecost, St Peter could quote the Old Testament to Jews. They firmly believed it.
At Athens, St Paul used the Idol to an Unknown God to turn the less proud philosophers towards Jesus. There are some similarities in our situation today.
At Corinth, he reminded pagans of sin and their need of a Saviour, To synagogue Jews of the Diaspora and Greek converts to Judaism (and probably to curious pagans), he proclaimed Jesus was the Messiah.
Later, he talked with Felix, Festus and Agrippa about morals, and they heard his speeches to the Jews.
It is in the Acts of the Apostles we hear of the initial evangelization. Epistles were for those already converted, with a few mentions of earlier conversion.
But where should we start the new Evangelization?
* We pray and worship God, and encourage each other.
* We are friendly, helpful and win the confidence of pagans.
* We give to all an outstanding example of virtue.
* We talk to people starting from where they are at: other people in their lives; where they live; what they work at; their hopes (everyone has hopes); their purpose in life; whence comes free will and the power of choosing.
* As for bringing up children, we contribute our own 7Rs: Religion, Respect, Reason, Responsibility, and (the old 3Rs) Reading, Writing, 'Rithmetic.
* And we can always begin with today’s moral issues: marriage, family, sex, reproduction, pleasure; death and afterwards; euthanasia, abortion, contraception; terrorists, wars and rumours of wars soon to come.
* We must know our Bible: the noblest ideas and ideals ever heard, taught by Jesus Christ Who died and Resurrected.
* We must know the Ten Commandments: as natural law, natural moral law, natural morality; as foundations and authority for our present civil law,
* We must be aide to explain why we believe in God and the soul; of rights and duties; of life as a testing time; of judgement to come; of Heaven and Hell.
* We must give them Jesus and His Church.
* We expect opposition to be stirred up by Satan.
* We must be known for our love and kindness for sinners, and cheerfulness and encouragement to all.
* We must be known for rejecting all false ideas/ideals from unGodly & unfriendly governments, media and academics, all of whom claim to have authority to control our thinking and choosing. They aim to keep us quiet with hand-outs, “bread &. circuses”, cake & promiscuity — with persecution for those who refuse to worship, to engage in the new idolatry and bow the knee to the Baals.
Blessed are those who suffer persecution for righteousness’s (virtue’s) sake: theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
    8th Beatitude: Matthew 5:10-11
Fear not, little flock, your Father will give you a kingdom.
    Luke 12:32

“Without a vision, the people perish”
Catholics and other Christians can live by and witness to the Good News of Christ in the face of the new paganism in Australia, USA, EU. (See Handouts n. 145).
Christian Doctrine underpins Christian morality.
Christian Morals means living by doctrinal truth. Actio sequitur esse, “Action flows from being.”
Christian spirituality is a perfection of Christian morality. Without it, no one perseveres in vocations like matrimony, priesthood or Religious Life.
Today’s tragic collapse of marriage & family, priesthood & Religious Life, was occasioned by VCII, but not caused by it. It is the evil fruit of doctrinal neglect and promotion of heterodoxy. The catechetical wars since the 1970s flowed from false religion in priestly and Religious formation plus many infernal seminars.
The way forward? Restore orthodox doctrine, hence morality, hence spirituality, and vibrant Christian living. We have so much to offer:
·         God and His revelation through His Divine Son.
·         Moral encouragement: Good Samaritan, Prodigal Son.
·         Practical ideals: bodily and spiritual works of mercy.
·         A solid foundation for human moral life: the Decalogue,
The Ten Commandments, Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 6, are the natural moral law, natural morality, built-in to human nature in our power to discern good & evil. Other religion lacked such complete insight into it.
No one can reverse in-built morals said Cicero, pagan Roman lawyer, 106-43 11.C.
IF IT WERE not grounded in nature there would be no justice, and all virtues would cease to exist.
How otherwise can magnanimity, love of one’s country, pietas, meriting the good opinion of others and honouring obligations, exist? For these arise from the fact that we are by nature inclined to love our fellow men. This is the foundation of justice. Were this not so, then respect for our fellow men, and for the ceremonies and religions of the gods would cease — things that must be preserved, not out of fear but because of the link that exists between man and god [in coniunctione quae est hommi cum deo]. If what is just is decided by the will of the people, or by decrees of princes or sentences of judges, then thievery could be lawful, as could adultery and perjury — if such were determined by the votes or opinions of the mob. Were such power to arise from the opinions and commands of unwise people, then by their will the very nature of things would be turned on its head. What is to stop such people declaring evil and pernicious things to be good and sound? If such ‘law’ [based on opinion] can make unjust things just, what’s to stop it making evil things, good? Nature is the norm that enables us to distinguish a good law from a bad one. And it’s not only justice and injustice that are judged by their nature, but also, of course, what is honourable and what is dishonourable. For, as common sense makes clear to us, and instills in our minds from our very beginnings, honour is derived from virtue, and dishonour from vice. It would be madness to think that their reality is determined by people’s opinion rather than by their very essence.
Cicero, De Legibus, Liber Primus §§ 43-45
transl. by Father Paul Stenhouse MSC,
Annals Australasia 2/2017
St Paul proclaimed objective moral goodness as the law “written in our hearts” (Romans 2:15).
Cicero speaks of it again in another passage:
There is in fact a true law, namely right reason, which is in accordance with nature, applies to all men, and is unchangeable and eternal. By its commands this law summons men to the performance of their duties; by its prohibitions it restrains them from doing wrong. Its commands and prohibitions always influence good men, but are without effect upon the bad.
To invalidate this law by human legislation is never morally right, nor is it permissible ever to restrict its operation and to annul it wholly is impossible. Neither the Senate [of ancient republican Rome] nor the people can absolve us from our obligation to obey this law, and it requires no Sextus Aelius [a famous politician] to expound and interpret it. It will not lay down one rule at Rome and another at Athens, nor will it be one rule today and another tomorrow. But there will be one law, eternal and unchangeable, binding at all times and upon all peoples; and there will be, as it were, one common master ;md ruler of men, namely God, who is the author of this law, its interpreter and its sponsor.
Cicero, Republic III, 22 (trans. by Brother Christian Moe FSC)
Further persuasion comes from common sense:-
LOGICAL SEQUENCE in the Decalogue
Memorize the Ten Commandments by understanding their logic: three for God. then seven for man.
God must be honoured in thought, word and deed: so nn. 1, 2 and 3 are on God, His Name, His Day.
Next to God, parents must be honoured, n. 4: They teach us out duties to others, in deeds, words, thoughts.
Deeds: nn. 5, 6 and 7 protect Life, Marriage and Property: no murder, adultery or theft.
Words must not be lies, n, 8: no false witness.
Thoughts must be pure on marriage & sex, n. 9; and against greed, n. 10.
·         Why negatives? “First do no harm” is the surgeon’s motto.
·         Telling what not to do is best not learnt by injury or death!
·         They’re duties, with rights only implicit lest we forget duties.
·         Christ ratified each and raised it to a nobler standard of virtue.
·         Virtues imitate God’s goodwill: by them we will be judged.
·         Then context is the covenant with God: a doctrine.
·         Civil law has its foundation in them and just adds detail.
OTHER APOLOGETICS — explain, don’t argue There is no event from 2000 years ago better attested than the Resurrection of Christ.
LEARNING TO PRAY and listen to God
We can help the modern pagans and lapsed Christians to pray daily — morning and night, at least, the Our Father.
Later, the Creed, to bring us to the Blessed Trinity:- Father, of majesty immense;
Thy true and only Son, to be adored; also the Holy Spirit, the Comforter.
N.B. The way to get lapsed Catholics back to Sunday Mass is to help them to pray. Many have forgotten how and why!
O Almighty God! O Blessed Trinity! O Incarnate Son! (and before the Blessed Sacrament) O Real Presence of Jesus Christ!
Father James Tierney

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Cardinal Newman Catechist Consultants — 25th July, 2017 — HANDOUTS n. 149
“Clear, brief and easily assimilated by all”
"Repent and Believe in the Gospel"
of Jesus Christ, not another gospel of human invention
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TODAY there are laity, priests and even bishops who pick and choose among Catholic doctrine and morals according to their fancy, and the fads of their friends or theologians. They simply ignore the Catechism of the. Catholic Church and its authority.
They are like those lining up in a cafeteria to fill their plates selectively from what is on display. They no longer ‘believe all the Holy Catholic Church believes and teaches’. They are losing the gift of Faith. Like low alcohol beer, this is Catholic Lite and a full flowering of the Warm Fuzzies (cf. Handouts n. 145).
“Catholic Lite” dodge difficulties by compromising with The World — it’s tempting. Yet:-
All in vain have I kept my heart clean and washed my hands in innocence. For all the day long I have been stricken, and chastened every morning. If I had said, “I will speak thus,” I would have been untrue to the generation of thy children. Psalm 73:13-15
Traitors, to the faith once delivered to the saints
Beloved, being very eager to write to you of our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. Jude 1:3
They find it more comfortable to live with, and even to teach that, Christianity is more loving without doctrines. They quote selectively from the Bible and omit what they don’t like. St Paul warns them:-
The only purpose of our instruction is that there should be love coming out of a pure heart, a good conscience and a sincere faith. 1 Timothy 1:5
I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ. Jesus who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word, be urgent in season and out of season, convince, rebuke, and exhort, be unfailing in patience and in teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own likings, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander into myths. As for you, always be steady, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfil your ministry. 2 Timothy 4:1-5
The Lord Jesus called sinners to repent. He and His Apostolic Church denounced various sins:
* to call sinners to repent and believe;
* to warn others against the temptations they will face.
* It is not charity to leave people to go on sinning.
* The Good Shepherd gives the example of tact, sensitivity and kindliness — charity all the way.
DENOUNCING SIN is Fraternal Correction
Each Christian must renounce Satan and all his works and all his empty show (Baptismal Promises at Baptism, Confirmation and Easter Vigil).
The Church must denounce Satan, sin and selfishness in the Name of the Lord and on His behalf.:-
Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!” 1 Corinthians 9:16
Sinners are to be corrected, privately at first:-
And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish. If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gamed your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.
Matthew 18:13-17
For pastor, whether bishops or priests, to fail to do so leaves them open to charge of grave neglect or even cowardice. See Ezekiel (over page).
           But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in my name which I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die [...] when a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the word does not come to pass or come true, that is a word which the Lord has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously, you need not be afraid of him.  Deuteronomy 18:20, 22
[...] and the LORD said, “Who will entice Ahab, that he may go up and fall at Ramoth-gilead?” And one said one tiling, and another said another. Then a spirit came forward and stood before the Lord, saying, “I will entice him.” And the Lord said to him, “By what means?” And he said, “I will go forth, and will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.” And he said, “You are to entice him, and you shall succeed; go forth and do so.”  1 Kings 22:20-22
[...] the prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule at their direction; my people love to have it so, but...  Jeremiah 5:31
The prophets say to them, “You shall not see the sword, nor shall you have famine, but I will give you assured peace in this place.” And the LORD said to me: “The prophets are prophesying lies in my name; I did not send them, nor did I command them or speak to them. They are prophesying to you a lying vision, worthless divination, and the deceit of their own minds.”  Jeremiah 14:13-14
Again, if a righteous man turns from his righteousness and commits iniquity, and I lay a stumbling block before him, he shall die; because you have not wanted him, he shall die for his sin, and his righteous deeds which he has done shall not be remembered; but his blood I will require at your hand.  Ezekiel 3:20
You cover the Lord’s altar with tears, with weeping and groaning because he no longer regards the offering or accepts it with favor at your hand. You ask, “Why does he not?” Because the Lord was witness to the covenant between you and the wife of your youth, to whom you have been faithless, though she is your companion and your wife by covenant. Has not the one God made and sustained for us the spirit of life? And what does he desire? Godly offspring. So take heed to yourselves, and let none be faithless to the wife of his youth. For I hate divorce, says the Lord the God of Israel, and covering one’s garment with violence, says the Lord of hosts. So take heed to yourselves mid do not be faithless.  Malachi 2:13-16
John the Baptist
But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruit that befits repentance...”  Mat 3:7-8
Shock treatment?
Christ at times denounced the Scribes and Pharisees:- You serpents, you brood of vipers, how are you to escape being sentenced to hell?”  Matthew 23:33 (cf. 22:34)
Against lust, divorce and adultery
You have heard that it was said, “You shall not commit adultery.” But I say to you that every one who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.  Matthew 5:27-28
It was also said, “Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.” But I say to you that every one who divorces his wife, except on the ground of unchastity, makes her an adulteress; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.  Matthew 5:31-32
For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, fornication, theft, false witness, slander.  Matthew 15:19
And Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful to divorce one’s wife for any cause?”
Matthew 19:3
They [the Pharisees] said to him, “Why then did Moses command one to give a certificate of divorce, and to put her away?” He said to them, “For your hardness of heart Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for unchastity, and marries another, commits adultery.”  Matthew 19:7-9
He [someone who came to him] said to him, “Which?”
And Jesus said, “You shall not kill, You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness. Honour your father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Matthew 19:18-19 — a capital letter introduces each quote.
Rejecting Him: worse than Sodom
And if any one will not receive you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet as you leave that house or town. Truly, I say to you, it shall be more tolerable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah than for that town.
And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? You shall be brought down to Hades. For if the mighty works done in you bad been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I tell you that it shall be more tolerable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom than for you.  Matthew 10:14-15; 11:23-24
St Stephen
You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Spirit. As your fathers did, so do you. Which of the prophets did not your fathers persecute? And they killed those who announced beforehand the coming of the Righteous One, whom you have now betrayed and murdered, you who received the law as delivered by angels and did not keep it.  Acts 7:51-53
St Paul
I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and turning to a different gospel — not that there Is another gospel, but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to that which we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if any one is preaching to you a gospel contrary to that which you received, let him be accursed.  Galatians 1:6-9
St John
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  1 John 1:8-9
Any one who goes ahead and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God; lie who abides in the doctrine has both the Father and the Son. If any one comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into the house or give him any greeting; for he who greets him shares his wicked work.  2 John 1:9-11
We must denounce all Seven Deadly (= Capital) Sins, especially pride, and not just lust or adultery and kindred deviations from the plan of God; (note the wording: ‘deviation’ is sufficiently accurate and gives less excuse for anger than ‘disordered’):-
[...] for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.  Matthew 12:37
And we must always explain why, and lovingly!

Father James Tierney

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