O Lord Thou shalt open my lips and my mouth shall declare Thy praise.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Monday, July 19, 2010

Divine Justice & Mercy

Someone on Facebook pointed out a webpage to me that had this written on it.

"Jesus is God and is very much a King- of Heaven and Earth. He is the Alpha and the Omega. He is merciful as well as just. There's a balance there. He can only be so merciful---for if He stoops too low.....down to us, He would not be God nor just."
Now,  the page is about praying to Mary and how she stoops down to help us, but the comment about God being merciful and just stuck out at me. Modernists like to paint God to be very merciful and forgiving, not someone who judges or condemns, because God is a nice Guy. Well, God is perfect, so even though He is perfectly merciful, He is also perfectly just. Those two are in balance against each other. Those who are not contrite are punished and go to hell, whether we want to admit it or not, whether we feel bad for them or not. The article's main argument is that Mary does feel sorry for them, which is why she goes out of her way to help us. That very fact about Our Lady testifies that her Son is perfectly just. If He wasn't just people would be chosen for heaven at random and no amount of charity towards your neighbor on the part of a modernist or anyone else would merit heaven in any way. Since God is all-merciful, He could have, in an instant, declared all sins of all time forgiven, but that would go against Divine Justice. Divine Justice said that mankind must pay the price and Divine Vengeance be taken against humanity and that punishment is death. So He should have sent all people of all time to hell, but that would go against Divine Mercy. So the balance between the two is that He had to become man and bear the punishment of all sins of all time. He would offer His Humanity as a sacrifice for the remission of sin to His Father. So for us, we are sinners and deserve nothing other than Hell, but if we join ourselves to the life-giving death of Calvary, which is done only by the Seven Sacraments, which alone confer sanctifying grace, we will escape our deserved punishment of hell and go to heaven. To reject the Seven Sacraments is to reject mercy and as a result, reject heaven. Of the Seven Sacraments, the Holy Eucharist is of the utmost importance, as it is Calvary and its effects made present, whereas the other six are only the effects. That is why the devil attacks the Eucharist more than any other Sacrament. Liturgical abuses are just some of those attacks. Which apostle did the devil choose to attack the most? It was not the one who was ashamed to publicly profess his faith in Christ, Peter. It was not the one who doubted the possibility of resurrection, Thomas. It was Judas, who like the Protestants, did not accept the Bread of Life discourse.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Vesperas de BMV de Mt. Carmelo-Ps 121

This is what we hear at the beginning of Ps 121 at Vespers of the BVM: 
Lætatus sum in his quæ dicta sunt mihi : In domum Domini ibimus. I rejoiced at the things that were said to me: We shall go into the house of the Lord. 

Too many Catholics today have lost their passion for the faith. Mass is a burden. They are a wife who has lost her passion for her husband. She would rather Mass focus on herself. She has become a dry and cold bride. When we go to Mass, we, the Church, are going to meet our Bridegroom, our Lover. In the East, devotion to the Nymphios ("Bridegroom" in Greek) is quite popular. The Nymphios icon is a depiction of Our Lord with the crown of thorns, reed, and cloak-the very same depiction (in statue form) is the Patron and Titular of this blog, although we use the Latin name "Ecce Homo" instead of the Greek "Nymphios". It is the same devotion. Our Nymphios gave His life for us, His bride; not just dying for us, but dying on a cross. He gave of Himself completely. He is the model and guide for all human husbands and wives. When we go to Mass, we are going to the foot of the Cross. Our Lady, the other Marys and St. John are there waiting for us. We are going to be with the one we love. In Holy Communion we are intimate with Him, the most intimate we can be with Him outside of Heaven. So we do not lollygag and get there late like so many others, rather we get there early, eagerly saying, "Lætatus sum in his quæ dicta sunt mihi : In domum Domini ibimus."Amen.

Women's Rights?

I get regular emails from Americans United for Life (AUL), and the email I got today had this very disturbing story:

"Several years ago, a 14-year-old Ohio girl walked into a Planned Parenthood clinic in Cincinnati, accompanied by her soccer coach, John Haller. He was 21 years old and began having sex with the girl when she was only 13. Now that she was pregnant, Haller wanted her to have an abortion.

Rather than notify the parents - as is required under Ohio law - Planned Parenthood called the soccer coach's cell phone for consent. They not only failed to question the man (who had a different last name from the teenager and paid for the abortion with his credit card), but even administered a birth control shot to the young girl - also paid for by Haller. And they and gave her a bag of condoms so that Haller could continue his sexual abuse of the girl after the abortion."

Apparently, this is considered to be "women's rights". I didn't know that women had the right to be the minor in sexual abuse of a minor. So the liberal left goes on a witch hunt for priests that commit these same sexual crimes and also cover them up, but if a layman does it, then it gets covered up. Abortion is only a matter of "womens rights" if the baby is a girl. It is downright creepy that Planned Parenthood covers this stuff up. At this point, this doesn't shock me anymore, but it is still pretty messed up. PP knew that the man was abusing her and only aided him in continuing his crime. Cases of abortion clinics being silent on instances of this sort of problem are all too common. AUL called this "the stuff of nightmares." We recently celebrated St. Maria Goretti, who simply refused the advances of an older man. What a stark contrast this is. S. Maria Goretti, ora pro nobis.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Battle of the Confessional

When a person sins, he becomes a slave to sin and the demon that tempted him becomes his slavemaster. In confession, the person's sins are packaged together and destroyed. I always have the image in my head of a large gemstone and the penitent's sins are placed within the stone, which is then smashed with a large hammer and shatters into a million pieces. The demon that enslaved the person in sin is defeated in battle and banished back to the burning hells. The bonds of sin are broken and the person is set free. Anyone who has suffered from a sinful addiction knows how great it feels to have the words of absolution deal the death-blow to your demon and destroy your sins.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Welcome To the ECCE HOMO Blog

This new blog is dedicated to Senhor Santo Cristo dos Milagres (better known by His Latin name Ecce Homo). The Statue in the header is at the Convent of Our Lady of Hope in Ponta Delgada, on the island is St. Michael, Azores, in Portugal.

From time to time I will be posting meditations on various topics relating to Traditional Catholicism, especially things that strike me from Holy Mass according to the 1962 Missale Romanum. Since I also pray the Divine Office in the Traditional Form (using divinumofficium.com -still waiting for a Latin-English '62 breviary to go out on the market), some breviary comments will appear occasionally.