Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The Blood of the God-Man

"The Blood of the new and eternal covenant especially deserves this worship of latria when it is elevated during the sacrifice of the Mass. But such worship achieves its normal fulfillment in sacramental communion with the same Blood, indissolubly united with Christ’s eucharistic Body. In intimate association with the celebrant the faithful can then truly make his sentiments at communion their own: “I will take the chalice of salvation and call upon the name of the Lord. . . The Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ preserve my soul for everlasting life. Amen.” Thus as often as they come worthily to this holy table they will receive more abundant fruits of the redemption and resurrection and eternal life won for all men by the Blood Christ shed “through the Holy Spirit.” Nourished by his Body and Blood, sharing the divine strength that has sustained count less martyrs, they will stand up to the slings and arrows of each day’s fortunes — even if need be to martyrdom itself for the sake of Christian virtue and the kingdom of God."


"Unlimited is the effectiveness of the God-Man’s Blood — just as unlimited as the love that impelled him to pour it out for us, first at his circumcision eight days after birth, and more profusely later on in his agony in the garden, in his scourging and crowning with thorns, in his climb to Calvary and crucifixion, and finally from out that great wide wound in his side which symbolizes the divine Blood cascading down into all the Church’s sacraments. Such love suggests, nay demands, that everyone reborn in the torrents of that Blood adore it with grateful love." ~ His Holiness Pope Blessed John XXIII, "On Promoting Devotion to the Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ"


"If to Christ our Lord is given all power in heaven and on earth; if all men, purchased by his precious blood, are by a new right subjected to his dominion; if this power embraces all men, it must be clear that not one of our faculties is exempt from his empire. He must reign in our minds, which should assent with perfect submission and firm belief to revealed truths and to the doctrines of Christ. He must reign in our wills, which should obey the laws and precepts of God. He must reign in our hearts, which should spurn natural desires and love God above all things, and cleave to him alone. He must reign in our bodies and in our members, which should serve as instruments for the interior sanctification of our souls, or to use the words of the Apostle Paul, as instruments of justice unto God. If all these truths are presented to the faithful for their consideration, they will prove a powerful incentive to perfection." ~ His Holiness Pope Pius XI, "Quas Primas"

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

These Churches of the East

"The Churches of the East are worthy of the glory and reverence that they hold throughout the whole of Christendom in virtue of those extremely ancient, singular memorials that they have bequeathed to us. For it was in that part of the world that the first actions for the redemption of the human race began, in accord with the all-kind plan of God. They swiftly gave forth their yield: there flowered in first blush the glories of preaching the True Faith to the nations, of martyrdom, and of holiness. They gave us the first joys of the fruits of salvation. From them has come a wondrously grand and powerful flood of benefits upon the other peoples of the world, no matter how far-flung.
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"[H]er Apostolic origin is all the more proven especially by these Churches of the East, at the selfsame moment there shines out and is made manifest these Churches’ original, complete unity with the Roman Church. Nothing else, perhaps, is so breathtakingly effective for illustrating the mark of Catholicity in God’s Church than that striking sight of differing forms of ceremonies and noble examples of the tongues of the ancient past – made all the more noble by their use by the Apostles and Fathers – rendering their submission to the Church. This is almost an image of that most excellent submission that was rendered to the newly-born Christ, the divine Founder of the Church, when the Magi were drawn from the different regions of the East and came to adore Him" ~ His Holiness Pope Leo XIII, "Orientalium Dignitas"

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Against the Spirit of this World

"May prayer strengthen us for the spiritual battle we are told about in the Letter to the Ephesians: ‘Draw strength from the Lord and from His mighty power’ (Ephesians 6:10). The Book of Revelation refers to this same battle, recalling before our eyes the image of St. Michael the Archangel (Revelation 12:7). Pope Leo XIII certainly had a very vivid recollection of this scene when, at the end of the last century, he introduced a special prayer to St. Michael throughout the Church. Although this prayer is no longer recited at the end of Mass, I ask everyone not to forget it and to recite it to obtain help in the battle against forces of darkness and against the spirit of this world." ~ His Holiness Pope Venerable John Paul II (April 24, 1994)


Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend us in our daily battle.
Be our safeguard against the wiles and wickedness of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host -
by the Divine Power of God -
cast into Hell, Satan and all the evil spirits,
who prowl throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls.
Amen.


PRAYER TO SAINT MICHAEL: LONGER VERSION
PRAYER AGAINST SATAN and THE REBELLIOUS ANGELS
PUBLISHED BY ORDER OF POPE LEO XIII

The Holy Father exhorts priests to say this prayer as often as possible, as a simple exorcism to curb the power of the devil and prevent him from doing harm. The faithful also may say it in their own name, for the same purpose, as any approved prayer. Its use is recommended whenever action of the devil is suspected, causing malice in men, violent temptations and even storms and various calamities. It could be used as a solemn exorcism (an official and public ceremony, in Latin), to expel the devil: It would then be said by a priest, in the name of the Church and only with the Bishop’s permission.
In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

PRAYER TO SAINT MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL
Most glorious Prince of the Heavenly Armies, Saint Michael the Archangel. defend us in “our battle against principalities and powers, against the rulers of this world of darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places” (Ephes. 6:12). Come to the assistance of men whom God has created to His likeness and whom He has redeemed at a great price from the tyranny of the devil. Holy Church venerates thee as her guardian and protector; to thee, the Lord has entrusted the souls of the redeemed to be led into heaven. Pray therefore the God of Peace to crush Satan beneath our feet, that he may no longer retain men captive and do injury to the Church. Offer our prayers unto the Most High, that without delay they may draw His mercy down upon us; take hold of “the dragon, the old serpent, which is the devil and Satan.” Bind him and cast him into the bottomless pit “so that he may no longer seduce the nations” (Apoc. 20:2).


O Glorious Archangel St. Michael,
Prince of the heavenly host,
be our defense in the terrible warfare
which we carry on against principalities and powers,
against the rulers of this world of darkness,
and spirits of evil.

Come to the aid of man, whom God created immortal,
made in His own image and likeness,
and redeemed at a great price
from the tyranny of the devil.
Fight this day the battle of the Lord,
together with the holy angels,
as already thou hast fought the leader of the proud angels, Lucifer, and his apostate host,
who were powerless to resist Thee,
nor was there place for them any longer in heaven.
That cruel, that ancient serpent,
who is called the devil or Satan,
who seduces the whole world,
was cast into the abyss with his angels.

Behold, this primeval enemy and slayer of men
has taken courage.
Transformed into an angel of light,
he wanders about with all the multitude of wicked spirits,
invading the earth
in order to blot out the name of God
and of His Christ,
to seize upon, slay and cast into eternal perdition
souls destined for the crown of eternal glory.
This wicked dragon pours out, as a most impure flood,
the venom of his malice on men;
his depraved mind, corrupt heart,
his spirit of lying, impiety, blasphemy,
his pestilential breath of impurity
and of every vice and iniquity.
These most crafty enemies
have filled and inebriated with gall and bitterness
the Church,
the Spouse of the Immaculate Lamb,
and have laid impious hands
on her most sacred possessions.
In the Holy Place itself,
where has been set up the See of the most holy Peter
and the Chair of Truth for the light of the world,
they have raised the throne of their abominable impiety,
with the iniquitous design
that when the Pastor has been struck,
the sheep may be scattered.

Arise then, O invincible Prince,
bring help against the attacks of the lost spirits
to the people of God,
and give them the victory.
They venerate Thee as their protector and patron;
in Thee, Holy Church glories as her defense
against the malicious power of hell;
to Thee has God entrusted the souls of men
to be established in heavenly beatitude.
Oh, pray to the God of peace
that He may put Satan under our feet,
so far conquered
that he may no longer be able to hold men in captivity
and harm the Church.
Offer our prayers in the sight of the Most High,
so that they may quickly conciliate the mercies of the Lord;
and beating down the dragon,
the ancient serpent who is the devil and Satan,
do Thou again make him captive in the abyss,
that he may no longer seduce the nations.
Amen.

V. Behold the Cross of the Lord; be scattered, hostile powers.
R. The Lion of the tribe of Judah has conquered, the root of David.
V. Let Thy mercies be upon us, O Lord
R. As we have hoped in Thee.
V. O Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto Thee.


LET US PRAY

God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we call upon Thy holy name, and we humbly implore Thy clemency, that by the intercession of Mary, ever Virgin Immaculate and our Mother, and of the glorious Archangel St. Michael, Thou wouldst deign to help us against Satan and all other unclean spirits, who wander about the world for the injury of the human race and the ruin of souls. Amen.

The Kindly Light; The Sacred Bond of Union

"This apostolic chair it was that gathered and held together the crumbling remains of the old order of things; this was the kindly light by whose help the culture of Christian times shone far and wide; this was an anchor or safety in the fierce storms by which the human race has been convulsed; this was the sacred bond of union that linked together nations distant in region and differing in character; in short, this was a common center from which was sought instruction in faith and religion, no less than guidance and advice for the maintenance of peace and the functions of practical life. In very truth it is the glory of the supreme Pontiffs that they steadfastly set themselves up as a wall and a bulwark to save human society from falling back into its former superstition and barbarism." ~ His Holiness Pope Leo XIII, "Inscrutabili Dei Consilio"

Saturday, June 26, 2010

The Shameful Font of Indifferentism

"This shameful font of indifferentism gives rise to that absurd and erroneous proposition which claims that liberty of conscience must be maintained for everyone. It spreads ruin in sacred and civil affairs, though some repeat over and over again with the greatest impudence that some advantage accrues to religion from it. "But the death of the soul is worse than freedom of error," as Augustine was wont to say. When all restraints are removed by which men are kept on the narrow path of truth, their nature, which is already inclined to evil, propels them to ruin." ~ His Holiness Pope Gregory XVI, "Mirari Vos"

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

O Clemens, O Pia, O Dulcis Virgo Maria

"Her court was pure; her life serene;
God gave her peace; her land reposed
A thousand claims to reverence closed
In her as Mother, Wife, And Queen."
~ Lord Alfred Tennyson*



"When we have recourse to Mary in prayer, we are having recourse to the Mother of mercy, who is so well disposed toward us that, whatever the necessity that presses upon us especially in attaining eternal life, she is instantly at our side of her own accord, even though she has not been invoked. She dispenses grace with a generous hand from that treasure with which from the beginning she was divinely endowed in fullest abundance that she might be worthy to be the Mother of God. By the fullness of grace which confers on her the most illustrious of her many titles, the Blessed Virgin is infinitely superior to all the hierarchies of men and angels, the one creature who is closest of all to Christ." ~ His Holiness Pope Leo XIII, "Magnae Dei Matris"



Salve, Regina, Mater misericordiae,
vita, dulcedo, et spes nostra, salve.
ad te clamamus
exsules filii Evae,
ad te suspiramus, gementes et flentes
in hac lacrimarum valle.
Eia, ergo, advocata nostra, illos tuos
misericordes oculos ad nos converte;
et Jesum, benedictum fructum ventris tui,
nobis post hoc exsilium ostende.
O clemens, O pia, O dulcis Virgo Maria.



* This comes from Dear and Honoured Lady: The Correspondence between Queen Victoria and Lord Alfred Tennyson. However, this verse just reminded me so much of Our Lady I had to reproduce it in her honour.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

One True and Holy Religion

"In truth, on the face of this earth there is but one true and holy Religion, founded and established by Our Lord Jesus Christ Himself; this Religion – the fecund mother, the nurturer of all virtues, the enemy of vice, the liberator of souls and the mistress of true happiness – is called Catholic, Apostolic and Roman.
"We have already spoken about what we should think of those who live outside of this ark of salvation in the consistory allocution of December 9, 1854, and here we confirm that same doctrine.
"To those who, for the good of Religion, invite us to extend our hand to contemporary civilization, we ask whether the Vicar of Christ, divinely established by Christ to preserve the purity of His heavenly doctrine and to nourish and confirm His lambs and sheep in this same doctrine, could join forces with contemporary civilization without a very grave danger of conscience and causing the greatest of scandals. For it was this civilization that produced evils so numerous that we could never deplore them sufficiently, as well as so many poisonous opinions, errors and principles which are extremely opposed to the Catholic Religion and her doctrine." ~ His Holiness Pope Blessed Pius IX, "Jamdudum cernimus"

Saturday, June 19, 2010

The "Old" Devotions

I have a book of articles from Catholic Digest, and this caught my eye. I edited it a bit so you wouldn't have to read through four or five pages. +JMJ+

"I was raised Lutheran and after my conversion married into an "Old World" Czechoslovakian family. My aunts-in-law have been educating me in the traditions of my new Catholic religion Among the traditions is one that when a child is born the mother cannot leave the house until the has been baptised. Also they have daily devotions with the rosary, use scapulars, and go to First Friday Masses. I participate in all these and feel a real spiritual growth from doing so. However I have inquired elsewhere to the basis for these traditions and have received various answers, all conflicting. My mother-in-law, for instance, is a convert anf does not agree with all the family traditions. She's more modern. I want to continue the traditions that are sound, but to become hypocritical." - Patricia

Father Kenneth Ryan:

(Father goes about explaining the difference between a "tradition", a "custom", and a "devotion" and explains each one, and then makes a final note worthy of note)

"You said your immediate concern, Patricia, was to preserve the sound customs (traditions) and yet not be thought hypocritical. I think you touched exactly the modern problem that your mother-in-law and all ordinarily intelligent Catholics have with devotions practiced by previous generations. They know that the devotions are not absolutely necessary to either good moral or orthodox faith. They know that such things as the First Friday promises must be properly understood and not depended on as a pagan depends on his good luck charm. They are caught up in the modern secularistic fascination with "change" which is indeed coming faster than they can keep up with in nearly all fields of human knowledge. It may indeed seem hypocritical to them to repeat rosary prayers, wear bits of cloth or medals for protection, count nine receptions of Holy Communion, all in the name of piety which these things do not really excite in them.

"The shallower intellectuals feel above such practices and react not only by giving them up, but also by trying to abolish them entirely. They shouldn't. They should realize that other people can and do find in them deep religious satisfaction, by that I mean the sense of doing something to please God.

"The circumstance does not mean that persons who say the rosary, wear scapulars, and "make" the nine First Fridays are inferior in spirituality. Pleasing God, by whatever means, is the essence of all religion. God, Who has not made even two snowflakes alike, has created each man with a distinct capability. If the Church is to be for all men, it must, in its devotions as well as teachings, have something to offer to all men.

"The Church accordingly has room for mystics following the paths of St. John of the Cross and St. Teresa of Avila up into the spiritual mountain wildernesses as well as for those who please God by invoking St. Anthony to keep their letters safe in the mail and St. Jude in desperate cases because, having a name so like that of Judas, he has been less frequently asked to intercede for petitioners than have the other saints and is less likely to be "busy."

"Among the fresh air fanatics of Vatican II were the members of the "ex-altar boy" school of writing. Some of them of course, being female, were only "ex-parochial school" members. They were invariably biographical, telling repetitiously of the horrors of standard U.S. Catholic education in the first half of this century. How Sister would hiss at them for chewing the Host on the way back from Communion, for instance. Among such writers there was naturally great disdain for things like the rosary, scapulars, and First Fridays. I used to have to read these volumes as part of the search for material for the Catholic Digest. Some of them were amusing to read, but the one time we used anything from that type of book we got an indignant letter from the author about the way we had toned it down. This ex-altar boy school was shortly followed by the ex-priest school, which had disdain not only for what we have been calling customs and devotions, but also for what are properly called traditions, articles of faith, really. We never reprinted anything that I know of from this school. Innocent as your mother-in-law is, both these schools have had at least a reflected influence on people like her, chiefly through the ruse of calling themselves Catholic. Whatever success they had was through the use of ridicule, which is not among the corporal nor spiritual works of mercy. In fact, the ridicule was a form of scandal - causing others to sin - technically called scandal of the weak in the case of those who were disuaded from pleasing God through rosary, scapular, and First Friday. It was pharisaical scandal in the case of a person like myself who should know better but who has been driven to sin-stinking grumpiness by the way they made fun of holy things.

"So that's it, Patricia. You won't be a hypocrite if you adopt the old-world customs of your new relatives as long as they give you the sense of doing something pleasing to God. Your mother-in-law will do no wrong in preferring other means of pleasing God. I lost my scapular shortly after being invested with it at my First Communion and somehow never got around to replacing it. After I was ordained I had the Divine Office to say every day and oftentimes thought that was enough formal prayer for the day and left out the rosary. I must have made the nine First Fridays in the course of my life but I don't really remember actually marking a calendar or anything like that to be sure I had. Yet, I feel no hypocrisy in recommending these devotions to all and sundry. I think even the ex-altar boy writers would please God very much if they went back to the devotions of their youth."

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Under the Figure of this Heart of Flesh

"The Sacred Heart of Jesus shares in a most intimate way in the life of the Incarnate Word, and has been thus assumed as a kind of instrument of the Divinity. It is therefore beyond all doubt that, in the carrying out of works of grace and divine omnipotence, His Heart, no less than the other members of His human nature is also a legitimate symbol of that unbounded love.
"Under the influence of this love, our Savior, by the outpouring of His blood, became wedded to His Church: “By love, He allowed Himself to be espoused to His Church.” Hence, from the wounded Heart of the Redeemer was born the Church, the dispenser of the Blood of the Redemption — whence flows that plentiful stream of Sacramental grace from which the children of the Church drink of eternal life, as we read in the sacred liturgy: “From the pierced Heart, the Church, the Bride of Christ, is born….And He pours forth grace from His Heart.” ~ His Holiness Pope Venerable Pius XII, "Haurietis Aquas"


"He should be honored under the figure of this Heart of flesh, and its image should be exposed…He promised me that wherever this image should be exposed with a view to showing it special honor, He would pour forth His blessings and graces. This devotion was the last effort of His love that He would grant to men in these latter ages, in order to withdraw them from the empire of Satan which He desired to destroy, and thus to introduce them into the sweet liberty of the rule of His love, which He wished to restore in the hearts of all those who should embrace this devotion.”….. “The devotion is so pleasing to Him that He can refuse nothing to those who practice it.” ~ St. Margaret Mary Alacoque by revelations from Our Blessed Lord


"But if men have always been deeply moved by the pierced Heart of the Savior to a worship of that infinite love with which He embraces mankind — since the words of the prophet Zacharias, “They shall look on Him Whom they have pierced,”referred by St. John the Evangelist to Jesus nailed to the Cross, have been spoken to Christians in all ages — it must yet be admitted that it was only by a very gradual advance that the honors of a special devotion were offered to that Heart as depicting the love, human and divine, which exists in the Incarnate Word." ~ His Holiness Pope Venerable Pius XII, "Haurietis Aquas"

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

The Evil of Indifferentism

"Now We consider another abundant source of the evils with which the Church is afflicted at present: indifferentism. This perverse opinion is spread on all sides by the fraud of the wicked who claim that it is possible to obtain the eternal salvation of the soul by the profession of any kind of religion, as long as morality is maintained. Surely, in so clear a matter, you will drive this deadly error far from the people committed to your care. With the admonition of the apostle that “there is one God, one faith, one baptism” may those fear who contrive the notion that the safe harbor of salvation is open to persons of any religion whatever. They should consider the testimony of Christ Himself that “those who are not with Christ are against Him,” and that they disperse unhappily who do not gather with Him. Therefore “without a doubt, they will perish forever, unless they hold the Catholic faith whole and inviolate.” ~ His Holiness Pope Gregory XVI, "Mirari Vos"

Monday, June 7, 2010

Only Where God is Seen

"[O]nly where God is seen does life truly begin. Only when we meet the living God in Christ do we know what life is. We are not some casual and meaningless product of evolution. Each one of us is the result of a thought of God. Each of us is willed, each of us is loved, each of us is necessary. There is nothing more beautiful than to be surprised by the Gospel, by the encounter with Christ. There is nothing more beautiful than to know Him and to speak to others of our friendship with Him." ~ His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, April 25th 2005

Friday, June 4, 2010

Spread the Faith

“If Jesus Christ thirsted for souls, must not a Christian also thirst? If He came to cast fire on the earth, must not a Christian be enkindled? Has He not called us to be His apostles and His ambassadors, in order that His Incarnation might be prolonged through the continued dispensation of the divine through the human? A Catholic who does not strive to spread his Faith is a parasite on the life of the Church.” ~ Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Obtain the Graces Necessary for Salvation

A prayer written by St. Alphonsus to be said every day.

"Eternal Father, Thy Son has promised that Thou wilt grant us all the graces which we ask Thee for in His name. In the name, therefore, and by the merits of Jesus Christ, I ask the following graces for myself and for all mankind:

"And first, I pray Thee to give me a lively faith in all that the holy Roman Church teaches me. Enlighten me also, that I may know the vanity of the goods of this world, and the immensity of the Infinite Good that Thou art; make me also see the deformity of the sins I have committed, that I may humble myself and detest them as I ought; and, on the other hand, show me how worthy Thou art, by reason of Thy goodness, that I should love Thee with all my heart. Make me know also the love Thou has borne me, that from this day forward I may try to be grateful for so much goodness.

"Secondly, give me a firm confidence in Thy mercy of receiving the pardon of my sins, holy perseverance, and, finally, the glory of paradise, through the merits of Jesus Christ and the intercession of Mary.

"Thirdly, give me a great love toward Thee, which shall detach me from the love of this world and of myself, so that I may love none other but Thee, and that I may neither do nor desire anything else but what is for Thy glory.

"Fourthly, I beg of Thee a perfect resignation to Thy will, in accepting with tranquility sorrows, infirmities, contempt, persecutions, aridity of spirit, loss of property, of esteem, of relations, and every other cross which shall come to me from Thy hands. I offer myself entirely to Thee, that thou mayest do with me, and all that belongs to me, what thou pleasest; do Thou only give me light and strength to do Thy will, and, especially at the hour of death, help me to sacrifice my life to Thee with all the affection I am capable of, in union with the sacrifice which Thy Son Jesus Christ made of His life on the cross of Calvary.

"Fifthly, I beg of Thee a great sorrow for my sins, which may make me grieve over them as long as I live, and weep for the insults I have offered Thee, the Sovereign Good, who art worthy of infinite love, and who hast loved me so much.

"Sixthly, I pray Thee to give me the spirit of true humility and meekness, that I may accept with peace, and even with joy, all the contempt, ingratitude and ill-treatment that I may receive. At the same time I also pray Thee to give me perfect charity, which shall make me wish well to those who have done evel to me, and to do what good I can, at least by praying, for those who have in any way injured me.

"Seventhly, I beg of Thee to give me a love for the virtue of holy mortification, by which I may chastise my rebellious senses, and cross my self-love; at the same time I beg Thee to give me holy purity of body, and the grace to resist all bad temptations, by ever having recourse to Thee and Thy most Holy Mother.

"Give me the grace faithfully to obey my spiritual father and all my superiors in all things. Give me an upright intention, that in all I desire and do I may seek only Thy glory, and to please Thee alone. Give me a great confidence in the Passion of Jesus Christ, and in the intercession of Mary Immaculate. Give me a great love toward the most Adorable Sacrament of the Altar, and a tender devotion and love to Thy Holy Mother. Give me, I pray Thee, above all, holy perseverance, and the grace always to pray for it, especially in time of temptation and at the hour of death.

"Lastly, I recommend to Thee the holy souls in Purgatory, my relations and benefactors; and in an especial manner I recommend to Thee all those who hate me, or who have in any way offended me; I beg of Thee to render them good for the evil they have done, or may wish to do me. I also recommend to Thee all infidels, heretics, and all poor sinners; give them light and strength to deliver themselves from sin. O, most loving God, make Thyself known and loved by all, but especially by those who have been more ungrateful to Thee than others, so that by Thy goodness I may come one day to sing Thy mercies in paradise; for my hope is in the merits of Thy Blood, and in the patronage of Mary. O Mary, Mother of God, pray to Jesus for me! So I hope; so may it be!"

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Yes or No

"In Jesus Christ, the whole of God's truth has been made manifest. "Full of grace and truth," he came as the "light of the world," he is the Truth. "Whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness." The disciple of Jesus continues in his word so as to know "the truth [that] will make you free" and that sanctifies. To follow Jesus is to live in "the Spirit of truth," whom the Father sends in his name and who leads "into all the truth." To his disciples Jesus teaches the unconditional love of truth: "Let what you say be simply 'Yes or No.'" ~ Catechism of the Catholic Church, Part 3, Section 2: The Ten Commandments, Chapter 2: "You Shall Love Your Neighbor as Yourself", Article 8: The Eighth Commandment, I. The Living Truth, Paragraph 2466