Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Gifts of Satan

"Satan has the authority to give certain powers to his faithful. Since the devil is truly a liar, at times those who receive these powers either are not or do not want to be aware of their origin; they are all too happy to receive these free gifts. It may happen that one person is given the gift of clairvoyance. Others, simply by sitting in front of a blank piece of paper with a pen in their hands, are able to write page after page of spontaneous messages. Yet others feel that they can bilocate and that part of them can enter buildings even far away. It is very common for many of them to hear "a voice" that at times suggests prayers and at other times anything but prayers.

"I could go on with the list. What is the source of these particular gifts? Are these charisms of the Holy Spirit? Is their origins satanic? Are these simply metaphysical gifts? To discern the truth, we must turn to those who experience this matter. When St. Paul was at Thyatira, he was constantly followed by a slave woman who had the gift of clairvoyance and thereby earned much money for her masters. This was a gift that originated with Satan, and it disappeared immediately after Saint Paul expelled the evil spirit. (Acts 16:16-18)
"Let us not forget that the Bible gives us examples of extraordinary deeds performed by God and by the devil. Some of the wonders that Moses performed at God's command before Pharaoh were mimicked by the court's magicians. This is why wonders of this kind, taken by themselves, do not point to their source.

"Often those who are struck by evil disturbances are gifted with particular "sensitivities". For instance, they are able immediately to sense negativity in others, they can foresee future events, or at times have a strong tendency to "lay hands" on psychologically fragile people. Other times they feel they can influence other's lives, wishing them ill with meanness, almost a dominance, that comes from within. I have witness there there is only one way to be healed of these disturbances; that is to fight and conquer these tendencies." ~ Fr. Gabriele Amorth, "An Exorcist Tells His Story"

Friday, September 17, 2010

Our Holy Religion, Mercifully Revealed by God

"Our holy religion was not invented by human reason, but was most mercifully revealed by God; therefore, one can quite easily understand that religion itself acquires all its power from the authority of God who made the revelation, and that it can never be arrived at or perfected by human reason. In order not to be deceived and go astray in a matter of such great importance, human reason should indeed carefully investigate the fact of divine revelation. Having done this, one would be definitely convinced that God has spoken and therefore would show Him rational obedience, as the Apostle very wisely teaches. For who can possibly not know that all faith should be given to the words of God and that it is in the fullest agreement with reason itself to accept and strongly support doctrines which it has determined to have been revealed by God, who can neither deceive nor be deceived?" ~ His Holiness Pope Blessed Pius IX, "Qui Pluribus"

"Here, too, our beloved sons and venerable brothers, it is again necessary to mention and censure a very grave error entrapping some Catholics who believe that it is possible to arrive at eternal salvation although living in error and alienated from the true faith and Catholic unity. Such belief is certainly opposed to Catholic teaching. There are, of course, those who are struggling with invincible ignorance about our most holy religion. Sincerely observing the natural law and its precepts inscribed by God on all hearts and ready to obey God, they live honest lives and are able to attain eternal life by the efficacious virtue of divine light and grace. Because God knows, searches and clearly understands the minds, hearts, thoughts, and nature of all, his supreme kindness and clemency do not permit anyone at all who is not guilty of deliberate sin to suffer eternal punishments…"

"Also well known is the Catholic teaching that no one can be saved outside the Catholic Church. Eternal salvation cannot be obtained by those who oppose the authority and statements of the same Church and are stubbornly separated from the unity of the Church and also from the successor of Peter, the Roman Pontiff, to whom “the custody of the vineyard has been committed by the Savior.”The words of Christ are clear enough: “If he refuses to listen even to the Church, let him be to you a Gentile and a tax collector;” “He who hears you hears me, and he who rejects you, rejects me, and he who rejects me, rejects him who sent me;” “He who does not believe will be condemned;” “He who does not believe is already condemned;” “He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters.”The Apostle Paul says that such persons are “perverted and self-condemned;” the Prince of the Apostles calls them “false teachers . . . who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master. . . bringing upon themselves swift destruction.” ~ His Holiness Pope Blessed Pius IX, "Quanto Conficiamur Moerore"

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Why then dost thou abuse the gift of God [...] and make the chamber of procreation a chamber for murder?

"Why sow where the ground makes it its care to destroy the fruit? Where there are many efforts at abortion? Where there is murder before the birth? For even the harlot thou dost not let continue a mere harlot, but makest her a murderess also. You see how drunkenness leads to whoredom, whoredom to adultery, adultery to murder; or rather to a something even worse than murder. For I have no name to give it, since it does not take off the thing born, but prevent its being born. Why then dost thou abuse the gift of God, and fight with His laws, and follow after what is a curse as if a blessing, and make the chamber of procreation a chamber for murder, and arm the woman that was given for childbearing unto slaughter? For with a view to drawing more money by being agreeable and an object of longing to her lovers, even this she is not backward to do, so heaping upon thy head a great pile of fire." ~ St. John Chrysostom, "Homily XXIV on the Epistle to the Romans"

Saturday, September 11, 2010

In the Shadow of Death, fear not, for He is the Light of the World

"Faithful cross, above all other,
One and only noble tree:
None in foliage, none in blossom,
None in fruit thy peer may be.
Sweetest wood and sweetest iron,
Sweetest weight is hung on thee!
" ~ St. Venantius Honorius Clementianus Fortunatus, "Crux fidelis"

"And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him, may not perish; but may have life everlasting." (Gospel According to St. John 3:14, DRB)

"The people that sat in darkness, hath seen great light: and to them that sat in the region of the shadow of death, light is sprung up." (Gospel According to St. Matthew 4:16)

"For though I should walk in the midst of the shadow of death, I will fear no evils, for thou art with me." (Books of Psalms 23)