Saturday, August 18, 2012

You Have to See This to Believe It...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2012/aug/17/sex-reproduction-aarathi-prasad

Talk about disgusting... This is the rational end of the sexual revolution and playing God with human nature through things like contraception, abortion, IVF, stem-cell research, etc. If we can tweak one small aspect of human nature in reproduction, why not change all of it? After all, there's no such thing as natural, and there's no such thing as a right or wrong change according to her, so go ahead and put the development of human life completely in the hands of human beings. Divorce it from gender and make gender obsolete.

The amazing thing to me is that people like this don't truly respect the body or respect nature, they respect the human will. They seem secular and as if they lack religion, but they have their own system of beliefs, where they view it as the duty of the human being to control our own evolution and existence through technology with our will. This is an all-encompassing worldview that needs to be challenged, fast, with the philosophy of sanity that is Catholicism: Respect for gender, respect for nature, respect for the human person together with his or her body, and respect for reproduction. To do any less is to be unhappy with our nature as human beings, and I'll take human nature over artificial copies of nature any day.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

The Basic Teaching of the Holy Catholic Church regarding the Mother of God

"There is but one Mediator as we know from the words of the apostle, "for there is one God and one mediator of God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself a redemption for all". The maternal duty of Mary toward men in no wise obscures or diminishes this unique mediation of Christ, but rather shows His power. For all the salvific influence of the Blessed Virgin on men originates, not from some inner necessity, but from the divine pleasure. It flows forth from the superabundance of the merits of Christ, rests on His mediation, depends entirely on it and draws all its power from it. In no way does it impede, but rather does it foster the immediate union of the faithful with Christ. 

...she is our mother in the order of grace.

This maternity of Mary in the order of grace began with the consent which she gave in faith at the Annunciation and which she sustained without wavering beneath the cross, and lasts until the eternal fulfillment of all the elect. Taken up to heaven she did not lay aside this salvific duty, but by her constant intercession continued to bring us the gifts of eternal salvation. By her maternal charity, she cares for the brethren of her Son, who still journey on earth surrounded by dangers and cultics, until they are led into the happiness of their true home. Therefore the Blessed Virgin is invoked by the Church under the titles of Advocate, Auxiliatrix, Adjutrix, and Mediatrix. This, however, is to be so understood that it neither takes away from nor adds anything to the dignity and efficaciousness of Christ the one Mediator.

For no creature could ever be counted as equal with the Incarnate Word and Redeemer. Just as the priesthood of Christ is shared in various ways both by the ministers and by the faithful, and as the one goodness of God is really communicated in different ways to His creatures, so also the unique mediation of the Redeemer does not exclude but rather gives rise to a manifold cooperation which is but a sharing in this one source.

The Church does not hesitate to profess this subordinate role of Mary. It knows it through unfailing experience of it and commends it to the hearts of the faithful, so that encouraged by this maternal help they may the more intimately adhere to the Mediator and Redeemer. 

This most Holy Synod... exhorts theologians and preachers of the divine Word to abstain zealously both from all gross exaggerations as well as from petty narrow-mindedness in considering the singular dignity of the Mother of God. Following the study of Sacred Scripture, the Holy Fathers, the Doctors and Liturgy of the Church, and under the guidance of the Church's Magisterium, let them rightly illustrate the duties and privileges of the Blessed Virgin which always look to Christ, the source of all truth, sanctity and piety. Let them assiduously keep away from whatever, either by word or deed, could lead separated brethren or any other into error regarding the true doctrine of the Church. Let the faithful remember moreover that true devotion consists neither in sterile or transitory affection, nor in a certain vain credulity, but proceeds from true faith, by which we are led to know the excellence of the Mother of God, and we are moved to a filial love toward our mother and to the imitation of her virtues."- Dogmatic Constitution Lumen Gentium of the Second Vatican Council, paragraphs 60-62, 67.


This particular message is important because it defines and sets the boundaries for what is authentic Marian Devotion and what is not. Every Catholic ought to be familiar with this passage of the Second Vatican Council in order to completely conform their Marian Devotion to the Church's Mind and Intentions, and nourish it, according to its proper role of magnifying Jesus Christ, whose role is qualitatively different from the Mary, the Mother of God.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

A Very Relevant Prayer Intention

I just has to pass this on. This is the Holy Father's prayer Intention for the month of August, and it factors grandly into the New Evangelization, which is a big part of this blog:

His mission intention is: "That young people, called to follow Christ, may be willing to proclaim and bear witness to the Gospel to the ends of the earth".

What a wonderful intention! God bless Pope Benedict XVI, the Pope of Christian Unity