Saturday, December 23, 2017

This happened this morning...

I was out and about before 7am today. I wanted to get to Panera early to get a good variety of bagels for Christmas morning. Variety dwindles early so you have to be Johnny OntheSpot.

I stopped by CVS hoping to pick up stocking stuffers before the madness but it didn't open until 9. On my way back to the car, a well-dressed gentleman approached to complain about the fact they weren't open. I laughed and made a remark about the inconvenience and started walking back to my car. The dude followed and before you know it, he was hitting me up for a date. I declined.

As I was trying to politely walk away in the drizzle, thinking in my head "Get me out of this -I don't have time for this Lord", he began to tell me his life story.

Yep: He was a fallen away Catholic who didn't believe in sins.

He doesn't go to Church anymore because he doesn't sin. Said he went to Catholic schools for 12 years and the priests explained to him all about how Church teaching was wrong. He said what I needed was to talk directly to a priest who will tell me the same thing. He is living at a motel because he lost his home. He is 65 and in great health. He's down to smoking pot every 30 days or so. He was mighty proud to tell me that at 65 years old, he had a 35 year-old girlfriend up until a few days ago. She met someone else while she was in jail in Boston.

A real winner slipped right through his fingertips.

Apostate priests stratagem led to a train wreck and he doesn't even know it. He was happy as a pig in mud. Blaming his brother with the fat wife who swindled his mother's house out from under his Jerry Springer backside.

You can't make this stuff up.

I explained that he was lied to and tried to encourage him to go to Church, pick up the resources on examination of conscience and go to Confession and Mass directly after, but he wasn't having it. People stewing in their sins are bewildered by those who use Church teaching and Sacraments to stay in the state that offers salvation.

Every time we turn around the pope is explaining how we are a thorn in his side.

Not to be missed is the line where Crux refers to Pope Francis as "master of discernment".

Francis, a master of discernment, did that yesterday with the Curia, even using his annual address to portray Christmas as an eye-opening opportunity to distinguish between good and bad.

Is that what they're calling misleading people with heresy now?

Ramping up the desert-father ferocity, Francis then critiqued the way that some of those he had appointed to further his reform had been corrupted by ambition or vainglory.

When he had to let them go, they portrayed themselves as victims. Rather than issuing a ‘mea culpa,’ they had blamed their departure on the pope being misinformed, or the Vatican ‘old guard.’ They remained, in short, self-focused, unconverted, and in desolation.

Because living in a world without his ideas is "in desolation"

And this description of a church that serves mammon:

Francis’s Curia, in short, models a global servant Church, as opposed to a monarchic overlord or a corporate headquarters.

You know, the monarchic overlord headquarters that healed the sick, raised the dead, cleansed the lepers and casts out devils.

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.

I get freaked out when I run into victims of the counterfeit church. They are so out of it. Like they're under the spell of something.

I'm not the least bit exaggerating when I say it feels like this:

Here's a guy holed up in a hotel smoking pot, who just lost his girlfriend to someone she met while in jail - and he's trying to persuade me to go see the morlock master of discernment priests who led him into this bunker?

I think I'll stick with the 'desolation' of sobriety, the truth and Sacraments.


Anonymous said...

LOL!!! You can pick em. But let's say a prayer this lost soul thinks about something you said & returns to the truth.
Also, you might want not venture out before sunrise and after sunset!

Anonymous said...

If this man is 65, then he would have been going to Catholic schools in the 1960s and 70s.

I strongly suggest that everyone re-examine the circumstances of Leo XIII's Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel. In that vision, Jesus gave Satan permission to destroy the Catholic Church within 100 years. Since that vision occurred in the 1880s, we are well past the century mark.

Consider something else: If Michael is a loyal subordinate of the Triune God and the Second Person of that Trinity gives Satan permission to do anything, will Michael have the audacity to countermand that permission?

TTC said...

Anonymous 2:34, They pick me!

Anonymous 3:30, a good number of theological scholars believe the 100 years ended with the 100th anniversary of Fatima this year. I definitely feel a shift in the wind. Almost like the devil has been planting and sowing and watering -- and this year, we are watching the harvest.

I'm not sure what you mean by St. Michael. The battles between the principalities and powers doesn't impede St. Michael. His role is to countermand that permission. Christ empowers him and our prayers strengthen him.

Anonymous said...

The sad old geezer is lost but seems clueless. Quite sad, actually.

I wonder if he has children?

Indeed, we are in a different world then when I was in Catholic School, merely 2 years behind the lost old man.


Anonymous said...

Saint Michael just needs to be asked, it’s not magic.

Catechist Kev said...

Hey Carol! :^)

Happy Advent and Merry Christmas to you.

Your encounter with this man is reminiscent of the video put out a few years ago by Michael V. and Church Militant when they were on the streets of Dublin, Ireland asking questions about the Faith to average Catholics.

Almost every person they questioned denied the existence of mortal sin. Not kidding. It was painful to watch.

I really believe your average chancery official (here in the U.S. or other so-called first-world countries) does not have a clue about the breadth and depth of the lack of knowledge of the Faith by Catholics who were "educated" like this man (including those who are away from the Church or still practicing).

I hate to put it this way, but so many of these chancery folks are whistling past the grave yard when comes to the "education" of Catholics like this... gentleman you encountered.

So sad.

Catechist Kev

Michael Dowd said...

Good story Carol. You will never know if what you said to him will someday pay off, but you are help the Lord work in his mysterious way.

Humorous aside: If Pope Francis heard your story he might have asked you why it didn't occur to you that this 65 year old man may have been Jesus who wanted to let you know how very wrong you are about---well, everything.

NB: Pope often cannot tell the difference between the devil and Jesus.

TTC said...

Karl, I also wondered if he had children. It sounded like his family worked together to evict him from his mother's house and exclude him from any monetary proceeds. He whole story seemed to indicate his dysfunction burned out everyone around him.

Anonymous, I totally agree with you about St. Michael. He's there to be asked!

Kev, nice to hear from you! It never occurred to me that Chancery folks would think they catechized their people. It's hard to believe that's possible but when you think about apostate priests being happy with themselves for decades, they must think they're doing a great job with catechesis.

Michael, I totally agree. They would probably tell me I should have 'accompanied' him!

Merry Christmas everyone!!

Anonymous said...

Since October 13, we've seen the exposure of Maradiaga. We've seen the publication of The Dictator Pope--and the acknowledgment by all but the Francis-toadies that its portrayal of Bergoglio as vindictive, snooping, controlling, scteaming, and dishonest is accurate. We've seen the Bergoglio-approved gaytivity scene and the 100% non-Christian "holiday tree" in St. Peter's Square. I don't recall the date, but there was the exposure of the cocaine/orgy party.

The force field of protection around Bergoglio does seem to be weakened.

Let us hope that the name Gustavo Vera breaks into public consciousness.

Anonymous said...

God Bless and I hope you have a peaceful Christmas.