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Seeing goodness in all, even in…

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Hanging from a spider web, very much alive, jaws ready to clamp down on anything or anyone who comes near. Some people would say, “Eeeeww!”, and have to deploy a parachute, you know, the kind drag racers use to slow down after a race. Some people, like me, would say, “COOL!” and examine whatever it is all the more closely, provoking this monster in particular to get its jaws moving. “COOL!”

I see goodness in all things, even in Satan. Does that make me bad and evil? Well, not in and of itself. One can appreciate how God created this once good angel with extreme intelligence, with infused knowledge. He hasn’t lost that, just the wisdom that should go along with it. That changes everything for him. But I can still praise God for Satan’s awesome attributes which Satan did not acquire, but were given to him, like, say, determination, like, say, well, it’s difficult to think of anything more than that!

This goes back to the clarity of Saint Thomas Aquinas, who insisted that evil was not something, but a lack of goodness that ought to be there, so that the good that remains, though out of context and bound to be unappreciated by that sinful subject, is still nevertheless good in itself. And in regard to Satan being in hell forever and ever (where he himself wants to be, with all the damned), we will praise God because of that, that is, for God’s justice and power and majesty.

Indeed, God’s love is everywhere. There are those who don’t like God’s love, those who suffer because of God’s love for them, such as those in hell, who perceive that love as incrimination and therefore their damnation, but it is only God’s love all the time, just like in heaven, but those in hell don’t see this. They lack the foundation of the wisdom they ought to have. But I can still appreciate whatever good it is that they have left in order for them to exist. That goodness comes from God.

Just to be clear, let me say this: Satan truly is very bad, and, so to speak, evil. Get it?

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Homily 2017 09 29 – Archangels!

You’ll have to excuse me. I didn’t actually talk to much about the angels or archangels today, but rather followed the Gospel, which is always a good idea. I talk about figs, of all things. But you’ll be surprised that this is the key to being open to work of the holy angels in our lives. This is the key to understanding the exclamation of Nathaniel about Jesus and the exclamation of Jesus about Nathaniel. Humility brings us purity of heart and agility of soul. Both are necessary when dealing with the holy angels.

 

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Saint Michael: God’s first police officer

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All the law enforcement and firemen I know – whether Catholic or Baptist or whatever – invoke Saint Michael the Archangel. Hey! He’s all over the Sacred Scriptures! It’s a really bad idea to do some misdeed against law enforcement when they have Saint Michael looking after them. He doesn’t take it kindly when his own are dissed. I sure wouldn’t want Saint Michael angry with me.

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

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Saints Catherine, Michael, George…

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As with Saint George and Saint Michael, there are those who doubt the existence of other saints such as the Great Saint Catherine of Alexandria. What’s to be done?

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Seeing my post on Saint George the Dragon Slayer on this, his feast day, a priest wrote in just now about what he had done:

As I wrote to a friend […] who denied the existence of St Catherine of Alexandria (mutatis mutandis):

“When you stand before the judgment seat of God and the scales of justice are perfectly balanced between your good deeds and your bad, St Catherine will come, having plucked but one tiny feather from a wing of St. Michael the Archangel, and place it among your bad deeds and you shall be damned for evermore in the flames of Hell.”
Wow. I love that. And then, from Jesus:
“At the judgment, the men of Nineveh will arise with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and there is something greater than Jonah here. At the judgment the queen of the south will arise with this generation and condemn it, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and there is something greater than Solomon here” (Matthew 12:41-42 nab).
And I would add this amidst confusion regarding the confusion of Amoris laetitia:
  • The men of this generation who have accepted into their lives the enthralling love and mercy of Jesus in that which befits such love and mercy, repentance, contrition, amendment… these men will arise to condemn this generation, for they also had the love and mercy and truth of Jesus crucified and risen before them, and they did not accept him, but turned away in self-referentiality, self-congratulation, into casuistic mind-games of self-absorbed neo-Pelagian sycophantic following of the Promethean gods of our day.
So, there we have it. Jesus will come to judge the living and the dead and the world by fire. Amen.

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