TPF Student Action is circulating a petition seeking signatories that will then be forwarded to Pope Francis to urge him to articulate the Faith. Ah, to be young again! When I was their age, I believed in making appeals such as this, but I soon learned that they ended up in the recipient’s circular file. I’ll add my name their petition because their hearts and minds are in the right place even if I believe it’s a futile exercise. Perhaps you should too.
But . . .
That the teachings of Jesus and His Apostles that have remained constant throughout the past 2000 years are being “debated” is really just another way of saying that Jesus is a Liar, by Francis, Kasper, Marx, Dolan and all the other pseudo-intellectuals in the hierarchy. That these men espouse the feeble distortions of the Faith they do reveals that they do not hold the full Catholic Faith, and are no better than Luther, and the long line of heretics that preceded him from the founding of the Church, heretics and false prophets that Jesus warned us would come. While I appreciate the sentiment behind sending a “nice” petition to the pope, the times call for unrelenting loud, repetitive denunciation, scoffing and ridicule, and maybe even a brother bishop to accost them and punch them out, as Saint Nicholas did when Arius spouted his heresies at the Council of Nicea.
Take comfort in the admonition of St. Paul to the Corinthians when he wrote to them:
 For there must be also heresies: that they also, who are approved, may be made manifest among you.
I am not a Catholic because Jesus tells me to do whatever I want, or because He allows me to pick and choose what “suggestions” of His I will follow or not. I have made my commitment to try my best to live up to His standards, as difficult and even impossible as they may seem to be to attain. I fail, and fail, and fail again, but I strive nevertheless because He is the Truth, the Way and the Life. “Be perfect as your Father in Heaven is perfect,” he tells me. How hard is that to attain! Will I ever reach that? That’s highly unlikely, but He’s telling me also that nothing is impossible for God.
What has happened to humanity that, rather than fight the good fight, rather than struggle for what is good and holy, we should just give up, lower the bar, make an armistice with evil, and pretend to make salvation easy to attain with no effort, deluding ourselves that God will understand and give us a pass because we didn’t have the same composition as our forefathers? Has the Holy Spirit lost His power to work in us in these “superior” modern times?
I don’t need a counterfeit Faith. I could go to any of the thousands of sects offering that if I wanted to pursue that path, like the Episcopalians who will affirm me in every sort of abomination and tell me that it’s all “good”. True Christianity is difficult because the bar is set so high. But the reward is also the highest. I want that reward. And it is a reward sought by billions of men and women throughout the ages, many of whom were much more holy, prayerful and committed than me, and many of them likely did obtain that reward, not because they chose the easy way but because they pursued the Truth, as hard as that was and is.
No, Jesus is not a Liar, the devil is and he is behind this deception to compromise the standards and lower the bar. Jesus does not change His demands to suit the “needs” of modern man, and He does not allow for gray areas and debates about the Truth. He says what He says, and we have a choice to either heed Him or our own warped and sinful inclinations. Heeding my own warped and sinful inclinations is a path I tried for a long time being my own god, but now I try very hard to follow Him, the True God. I know which one is the right one now, and I will not be nice with those in the Church who should know better but pass off a false religion claiming it to be the “new” Catholicism. His way leads to Heaven and my way, the devil’s way, leads to hell. How has that fundamental truth become obscured these days?
Saint Peter wrote and I try to keep in mind:
Dearly beloved, think not strange the burning heat which is to try you, as if some new thing happened to you; But if you partake of the sufferings of Christ, rejoice that when his glory shall be revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. If you be reproached for the name of Christ, you shall be blessed: for that which is of the honour, glory, and power of God, and that which is his Spirit, resteth upon you. But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or a thief, or a railer, or a coveter of other men’ s things.
But if as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name. For the time is, that judgment should begin at the house of God. And if first at us, what shall be the end of them that believe not the gospel of God? And if the just man shall scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?
I guess modern and enlightened men wouldn’t want to hear that today. It just isn’t nice, is it? Was Saint Peter a liar also? Does he describe an easy Faith life? I wonder if he would be sending nice petitions or if he’d show up and kick some butt.