Avoid Sexual Sins

More souls fall into hell because of sins of the flesh.  Please keep praying to overcome your temptations.  You can help yourself by staying away from porn, frequent communion and confession and spending as much time as you can in front of the blessed sacrament.  Control your passions or they will control you.

Below is another outstanding blog post from Father Carota.  If there is one blog you need to read everyday, it would be the traditionalcatholicpriest.com.

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http://www.traditionalcatholicpriest.com/2015/06/07/sexual-sins-traditional-catholic-avoid/

Sexual Sins Traditional Catholic Avoid

Posted on June 7, 2015 by fc

MORAL LESSON CONCERNING THE VICE OF IMPURITY

Temptation of St. Antony of the Dessert

I have married a wife, and therefore I can not come. (Luke XIV. 29.)

From this foolish excuse it would seem as if married life were an obstacle to arriving at the heavenly banquet, whereas lawful, chaste, Christian marriage is, on the contrary, a means of eternal salvation for those to whom the gift of continency is not given. The excuse of this married man was not grounded on his station in life, but on his inordinate inclination for carnal pleasures which render the one who gives way to it, unfit for spiritual or heavenly things, for the sensual man perceiveth not the things that are of the Spirit of God. (I Cor. II. 14.)

Unfortunate indeed are they who suffer themselves to be carried away by their sensual lusts, who give away the priceless jewel of chastity and purity of heart which makes man equal to the angels, (Matt. XXII. 30.) who for a momentary enjoyment of sinful pleasure lose that white and precious garment in which chaste souls will shine for ever in heaven before the face of God!

What benefit does the impure man derive from the gratification of vile lust?

He gains the anger and contempt of God;
intolerable disgust when the sin is consummated;
the torment of a remorseful conscience,
and unless he repent, the eternal torments of hell.
For the apostle says: Do not err: neither fornicators, nor adulterers, nor the effeminate shall possess the kingdom of God, (I Cor. VI. 9, 10.) It is seen from the examples of the Old Law, how much God hates and abominates the sins of impurity.

Why did God regret having created man? (Gen. VI. 6.) ,
Why did He destroy all except a very few, by a universal deluge? (Gen. VI. 17.
Why did He lay the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha in ashes by pouring upon them fire and brimstone? (Gen. XIX.)
Why did He punish the two brothers Her and Onan, by a sudden death? (Gen. XXXVII. 7. 10.)
Why did He permit the whole tribe of Benjamin to be extirpated? (Judges XX.) Because of their detestable sins of impurity.
And is not this vice an object of the just wrath of God?

By these sins an impure man disgraces his body which should be a member of Christ, a temple of the Holy Ghost; he disgraces his soul the image of God, purified and purchased by the precious blood of Christ, and lowers himself beneath the animal, which, void of intellect, follows its instinct;
he weakens the power of his body and soul, and ruins his health;
he loses the respect of the good, scandalizes his fellowmen, voluntarily separates himself from the communion of saints, deprives himself of the sanctifying grace of God and participation in the merits of Jesus and His saints and, if he continues like an animal to wallow in this vice, he finally falls into such blindness and hardness of heart that eternal truths, death, judgment, hell, and eternity no longer make any impression upon him; the most abominable crimes of impurity he considers as trifles, as human weaknesses, no sin at all.
He is therefore but seldom, if ever, converted, because the evil habit has become his second nature, which he can no longer overcome without an extraordinary grace from God. This God seldom gives, because the impure man generally despises ordinary means and graces, and therefore despairs and casts himself into the pool of eternal fire, where the worm dies not, and where with Satan and his angels the impure shall be for ever tormented.

Do not suffer yourself to be deceived, Christian soul, by the words “love and friendship“, which is sought to cover this vice and make it appear a weakness clinging to man. This impure love is a fire which has its origin in hell, and there it will eternally torment the bodies in which it has prevailed. That which God so much detests and so severely punishes, certainly cannot be a trifle, a human weakness!

Impress deeply on your heart that all impure thoughts, desires and looks, to which you consent, all impure words, songs, exposures, touches, jokes, and ‘such things, are great sins which exclude you from the kingdom of heaven, into which nothing defiled can enter. Remember that he who looks at a woman with a lustful desire, has already, as Christ says, committed adultery in his heart. (Matt. V. 28.) We must, then, carefully guard against “such trifles”, as the wicked world calls them, if we do not wish to expose ourselves to the greatest danger of losing our souls.

Although it is difficult for an impure person to be converted, yet he should not despair. God does not cast away even the greatest sinner; Jesus forgave the adulteress in the temple, and forgave and received Mary Magdalen. But he who wishes to repent must make use of the proper means to regain the grace of God, and prevent a relapse.

Those who have not defiled themselves by the sin of impurity can make use of the following means:

Constant prayer. Hence the admonition of the wise King; As I knew that I could not otherwise be continent, except God gave it, I went to the Lord and besought him. (Wisd. VIII. 21.)
Mortification of the flesh by fasting and abstinence. Jesus says these impure spirits can in no other way be cast out but by prayer and fasting. (Matt. XVII. 20.)
The frequent meditation on the four last things, and on the bitter sufferings of our Lord; for there is, says St. Augustine, no means more powerful and effective against the heat of lust than reflection on the ignominious death of the Redeemer.
The quiet consideration of the temporal and eternal evils which follow from this vice, as already described.
The love and veneration of the Blessed Virgin who is the mother of beautiful love, the refuge of all sinners, of whom St. Bernard says: “No one has ever invoked her in his necessity without being heard.”
The careful mortification of the eyes. The pious Job made a covenant with his eyes, that. he would not so much as look upon a virgin. (Job XXXI. 1.)
The avoidance of evil occasions, especially intercourse with persons of the other sex. “Remember,” says St. Jerome, “that a woman drove out the inhabitants of paradise, and that you are not holier than David, stronger than Samson, wiser than Solomon, who all fell by evil intercourse.”
The avoidance of idleness: for idleness, says the proverb, is the beginning of all evil.
The immediate banishing of all bad thoughts by often pronouncing the names of Jesus and Mary, which, as St. Alphonsus Ligouri says, have the special power of driving away impure thoughts.
The frequent use of the holy Sacraments of Penance and of the Altar. This last remedy in particular is a certain cure if we make known to our confessor our weaknesses, and use the remedies he prescribes. The Scripture says that frequent Communion is the seed from which virgins spring, and the table which God has prepared against all temptations that annoy us.
Prayer Inflame, O Lord, our loins and hearts with the fire of Thy Holy Spirit, that we may serve Thee with pure bodies, and please Thee with clean hearts. Amen. Rev. Leonard Goffine

Why I Converted to the Catholic Church – by Randal Schmidt

Please read one of the better articles we have found that explain, in simple terms, why an anti-authority and anti-Catholic protestant converted to the one true faith.  This one man’s conversion proves that Catholicism is a faith of logic and reason.

If you are thinking about converting, or are interested in the Catholic faith at all, please open your heart and mind and read this article.  The only thing you risk by not reading it is your eternal soul . . . No pressure right :)!

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http://www.catholic365.com/article/1105/the-reluctant-roman-or-why-i-converted-to-the-catholic-church-part-i-history-and-authority.html

The Reluctant Roman: or Why I Converted to the Catholic Church, Part I: History and Authority
Photo Credit: Flickr/Jonathan P

Great Catholic Response to a Protestant – Boom!

We discovered the outstanding response to a “protester” attacking the Church in a comment section in regards to the following question:  “Was St. Joseph a Virgin or a widower with Children?”

http://catholicsay.com/was-st-joseph-a-virgin-or-a-widower-with-children/

Manny wrote:

“The Catholic Church was the one that compiled and canonized the 27 books of the New Testament at the Councils of Carthage, Rome and Hippo in the 4th and 5th centuries. At the time there were over 700 writings and over 50 gospels. Protestants didn’t come into the picture until 1,000 years later, yet they accept the same 27 books that the Catholic Church accepted as inspired by God but refuse to accept Holy Tradition along with those 27 books. How then are Protestants so sure that the Catholic Church was correct in accepting those books and not the other ones if the Catholic Church is a “cult” as they say? Besides, not everything is written in the Bible, St. John the Apostle says so in his Gospel Chapter 20:30 and 21:25. So much for the Protestant teaching of Sola Scriptura by Martin Luther.

From the earliest times, the Catholic Church has believed that Mary remained a virgin all through her life, even the Eastern Orthodox Church believes this. St. Joseph, being a just man knew that Mary was the spouse of the Holy Spirit and that her womb was consecrated for Jesus the Son of God alone. St. Joseph respected this and was her chaste spouse and the protector and provider of Jesus and Mary. They weren’t your average couple. Protestants have rejected Tradition and accept what they want to, there is no Magisterium. That’s why there are more than 30,000 different Protestant churches with conflicting beliefs since Martin Luther’s “reformation” in 1517 AD. Each Protestant church interprets scripture as it sees fit, so then, who is “lost?” certainly not the Catholic Church. If the Blessed Virgin Mary had other children there was no reason for Jesus to put her under the care of St. John the Apostle at Calvary. When Joseph and Mary were looking for the 12 year old Jesus and found him preaching at the temple there is no mention of any other brothers or sisters with them. The Bible never says that the “brothers” and “sisters” of Jesus were the children of Mary. Not one verse says the sons and daughters of Mary or Mary their mother. In the Aramaic language that Jesus spoke there was no word for cousin. Uncles, cousins and extended relatives were called brothers and sisters and it was common for them to live within the same area and travel together to the temple, etc.. St. Jerome, who was born in the 4th century was a scholar and was the first one to translate the Bible from Hebrew and Greek into Latin. He wrote that the brothers and sisters of Jesus were His cousins, the sons and daughters of the other Mary at Calvary, the wife of Cleophas, who tradition says was the brother of St. Joseph. Mary the wife of Cleophas is called the “sister” of Mary the Mother of Jesus in St. John’s Gospel but she was her sister in law. In Aramaic there was no word for sister in law either.

The Protestant reformers like Luther and Calvin believed in Mary’s perpetual virginity and that she was the Mother of God even after they broke with the Catholic Church. The founder of the Methodist Church, John Wesley also believed in Mary’s perpetual virginity. Fundamentalist anti Catholic Protestants need to go to the Catholic Answers website and look up these doctrinal issues and also get a copy of the Catechism of the Catholic Church instead of listening to the same old anti Catholic diatribe.”

A Bishop that Gets it!

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, from the Archdiocese of San Francisco, understands that now is no time to withhold the truth from his flock.  In fact, presenting them the truth is an extreme act of love and charity because SOULS ARE AT RISK!  I ask you, what is more important than that?  People’s feelings are certainly not more important.  Please pray for all of our Bishops that they show resolve in the face of the secular onslaught they will receive.  Saint John Fisher, ora pro nobis!

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http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2015/02/13/archbishop-in-media-storm-says-aim-of-catholic-schools-is-to-nurture-saints/

Archbishop in media storm says aim of Catholic schools is to nurture saints

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco has said that the mission of Catholic schools is to nurture saints.

In a talk to an annual convocation of Catholic secondary school teachers the archbishop explained that the mission of a Catholic school was to evangelise and to sanctify. He said: “In the end, our Catholic schools exist to help young people attain holiness in their lives, that is, to become saints.”

The archbishop also stressed what he called the foundational virtues of humility and chastity, saying the virtue of humility “grounds us in reality” and combats a prevalent sense of entitlement.

“A humble person approaches God in prayer and asks: ‘Lord, what do you want me to do?’” Archbishop Cordileone said in his address to more than 350 teachers gathered at Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory in San Francisco. “This is the question every young person must ask themselves in order to discern their vocation, and it is incumbent to our Catholic schools to assist them in doing so and in finding the answer.”

Chastity is “the constant disposition to love the person as they should be loved which applies equally to married couples as those who are not married,” he said, noting that love is selfless.

Archbishop Cordileone has come under fire recently for promoting handbooks for Catholic secondary schools which include the catechism’s teachings on issues such as artificial contraception, homosexuality, same-sex marriage, artificial reproduction and abortion.

In his talk Archbishop Cordileone explained why he has added “hot-button” Catholic teaching from the Catechism of the Catholic Church to the faculty handbooks.

“The times we live in pose very drastic challenges to us for teaching all of the virtues properly,” he said. “The temptation we all feel is to soft-pedal these issues – better not to go there, or at least don’t insist upon it, less we be judged adversely by others and not ‘fit in.’ But this is a time more than ever that our Catholic schools have to step up to the plate, and be true to what they are called to be – for the good of our young people in this life and in the next.”

The statement of faith in the secondary school handbooks is specifically by the high school as an institution and no individual will be asked to sign a statement of agreement, Archbishop Cordileone stressed.

The four archdiocesan secondary schools, owned and operated by the archdiocese, are Sacred Heart Cathedral, Archbishop Riordan High School, Junipero Serra High School and Marin Catholic High School.

The handbook is separate from the teachers’ contract and clarifies that Catholic school teachers, in their professional and public lives, must not contradict Catholic teaching, Archbishop Cordileone said.

During the 45-minute question-and-answer period that followed his talk, Archbishop Cordileone also answered questions about the impact on gay students of including teachings from the catechism in the faculty handbooks as well as recurring fears of teachers that they will be fired for disagreeing with Catholic teaching.

“You are the ones who bring the fullness of Church teaching to our youth,” the archbishop said, noting the importance of compassion. “Certainly we do not want our gay youth to be harmed. We are against bullying.”

He said the handbook is for teachers, not a teaching document. He also read the portion of the handbook that states opposition to unjust discrimination and the clause which states: “We accept homosexual persons do not choose their condition and they must be accepted,” and are “called to fulfill God’s will in their lives.”

Asked about what would constitute a firing offence, Archbishop Cordileone noted that his letter to the teachers clearly said there was no desire to dismiss any teacher.

“I do not want to prejudge any situation,” he said. “Every situation has to be considered in its own proper context. As I said in the letter, mistakes happen and when mistakes happen they can be corrected.”

However, he said, some examples that are “pretty extreme” would include serving as an escort at an abortion clinic, handing out contraceptives to students or being a member of a white supremacist group.

Archbishop Cordileone began his talk with the theme of Pope Francis’s “theology of accompaniment” and its application to Catholic school teachers.

“The students in our Catholic schools are at the beginning of their journey of life, and it is your privilege, as their teachers, to accompany them at this critical stage of their life’s journey,” he said.

He also thanked the teachers, saying “I am grateful to you for all you do to illuminate, order, and sanctify the lives of teenagers entrusted to your care.”

The archbishop’s day with the teachers began with morning Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral.

After Mass, teachers walked the block from the cathedral to the meeting hall, past a line of Sacred Heart Cathedral students and parents standing on the cathedral plaza and steps and along the street.

The demonstrators held signs opposing the archbishop, many with the “#teach acceptance” hashtag or “Support our teachers”, in a demonstration organised by Sacred Heart Cathedral Facebook and Twitter posts circulated to students and parents at other secondary schools.

“We have decided to come together to peacefully gather and hold a vigil on behalf of our teachers,” Sacred Heart Cathedral senior Gino Gresh said. “We don’t want to stand down to any injustice or discrimination. All we want to do is to spread respect, love and positivity.”

Marin Catholic High School theology teacher Greg Joseph said the student and parent protests troubled him – because he felt the protesting students and parents did not understand the fullness of Catholic teaching on the human person.

“There is this distortion of what the truth is,” Mr Joseph told Catholic San Francisco, the archdiocesan newspaper.

“As a teacher I am still free to love my students and there is no limitation on that. To me, I’m walking, I’m seeing all these people protesting. I feel bad because they don’t really understand what we are doing,” said Mr Joseph, who noted he had just completed a unit on the human person in his class for seniors. “It is about loving people with the truth. Catholicism is truth and love.”