Are you "RIGID"? I am, thank God!
...rigid on the glorious truth of the Kerygma.
...rigid on the infallible truth of the Catholic faith, as taught and practiced through the ages (and in rejection of modernist heresies).
...rigid on the sanctity of all human life - precious from conception to natural death.
...rigid on 2 (and only 2) immutable genders.
...rigid on marriage as a lifelong, indissoluble bond between 1 man and 1 woman.
...rigid on the rejection of false prophets.
What are other common names for such rigid people? Grounded. Well-formed. Steadfast. Orthodox. Faithful.
Today's timely first reading (in part, Jer 23:1-3):
Woe to the shepherds who mislead and scatter the flock of my pasture, says the LORD.
Therefore, thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, against the shepherds who shepherd my people: You have scattered my sheep and driven them away. You have not cared for them, but I will take care to punish your evil deeds.
I myself will gather the remnant of my flock from all the lands to which I have driven them and bring them back to their meadow; there they shall increase and multiply.
I was reflecting this morning on the phrase "all is lost".
It sounds like the most terrible, most dreadful, most hopeless, most painful, circumstance possible. It never is, except for 1 very specific, most crucial point in our lives. That is over the precipice in the unforgivable sin, final impenitence.
For those who reach that point, all is lost indeed. Their choice is made. There are no more second chances.
For those of us who are not at that point today, we may be tomorrow. Today is our second chance. It is our choice to either stay-the-course on the wide road or to amend our lives, benefiting not only in eternity but right now.
What distracts you at Mass? Satan hates that you are there, hates that you participate in the offering of our Lord and of ourselves to God Almighty. Distractions are his snares.
Some things he tries:
lack of reverence
homilies with theological errors
Yet, despite this we are in the presence of God, surrounded by all the angels and saints. That Mass is connected to every other Mass that was and ever will be offered, together with all the faithful throughout time participating. The connection to Our Lord is not only spiritual, but physical. We are there as Heaven touches earth, blessed to be a part of it -- or oblivious to it.
The president aggressively works against Church teaching (and natural law) on abortion, sex and gender. He champions laws against conscience protections and religious liberty. In practice, he is far from Catholic and possibly in a state of mortal sin (God determines that). He compounds his sin by receiving the Eucharist and the scandal he causes in calling himself a "devout" Catholic.
Pro tip: supposedly Catholic politicians mean "not" when they refer to themselves as "devout".
Nope... your environment maybe or perhaps your circumstances, but not your reality.
You don't actually have "a reality". There is only reality, that is truth -- there are no versions of it.
To the degree that one lives apart from truth, they deny God and live apart from Him thus choosing the wide gate on the broad road.
Do not follow the "enlightened" culture or fear your cancellation for "while claiming to be wise, they became fools." -- Romans 1:22
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