And Elias, the prophet, stood up, as a fire, and his word burnt like a torch (Ecclesiasticus. 48.1, DRV)

Sunday, April 15, 2012

The "Pure Spiritual Milk" of Christians


Low Sunday

Today’s Liturgy is concerned in a very special way with the newly baptized, who, at the close of Easter week, laid aside the white garments which they had received at the baptismal font. It is actually to them that St. Peter addressed his affectionate recommendation which we read in the Introit of the Mass: As newborn babes, desire the pure spiritual milk that thereby you may grow unto salvation (2 Pet. 2.2). These words continue to express the maternal solicitude of the Church for the children whom she has regenerated in Christ : in nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti (Mt. 28.19), and especially for the newly born. We, too, are the object of this solicitude. Although we were baptized as infants, we can say that every Easter regenerates us in Christ by means of our spiritual resurrection in Him. Therefore, we also must be like newborn babes in whom there is no malice, deceit, pride, or presumption, but only candor and simplicity, confidence and love. This is a wonderful invitation to the spiritual childhood which Our Divine Savior told us is an indispensable condition for attaining salvation: unless you be converted and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven (Mt. 18.3).

Each wave of grace purifies and cleanses our soul from sin and its roots, giving us rebirth to a new life in Christ a pure, innocent lifewhich craves only the pure spiritual milk of the doctrine of Christ we receive through His Church (the pillar and ground of the truth, 1 Tim. 3.15) built on Cephas,* His love and His grace (through prayer and the reception of the Sacraments, particularly Penance and the Holy Eucharist).

* “Rock” plain and simple in the original Aramaic spoken by the Savior, without the gender distinctions we consider as in Greek or in Latin.

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Salvation is in the "Blood of the Lamb"

Apocalypse XIV now unfolding (cf., our posts "The Wine of the Wrath of God" and "After Pope Benedict XVI, the 'Last' Roman Pontiff?"). The divine chastisement of world-wide conflagration (Lk. 17.29-30, cf., our post "Our Lady, Vatican II Disorientation, and the Annihilation of Many Nations") to annihilate the 'super-power' and cities and nations drunk with the wine of its immodesty, impurity, fornication, homosexuality, and blasphemies (Apoc. 14.8) is imminent - the close of our end-times period (distinct from the consummation of the world, Mt. 28.20).

They... have made them white in the Blood of the Lamb
(Apoc. 7.14) ... All things... are cleansed with Blood: and without shedding of Blood there is no remission (Heb. 9.22).

The Blood of the [Divine] Lamb can be availed of in the traditional Rite of the Sacrament of Penance (cf., our post "On Concealing Sins in Confession") and of the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist (the Traditional Latin Mass). Go to our traditional Catholic Mass Centers (links on the left-side bar of this site). Flee to the mountains... (Mt. 24.16).

See also the Messages and Appeals (on the upper right-side bar) of the Apocalyptic Woman in her title of Our Lady of Fatima.