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

Saturday, May 18, 2013

In This World But Not Of This World


Vigil of Pentecost

St. Simon Stock
Confessor of the Order of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel who received the Scapular
(16th May, transferred yesterday)

In today's Holy Gospel (the Vigil of Pentecost), Our Lord will come to and abide in His disciples through the coming of the gift of the Holy Ghost. In the Holy Gospel for the Feast of St. Simon Stock, He tells us the necessary preparations for God meeting us at the threshold of our soul: purity (let your loins be girt, Lk. 12.35) - that there be no thoughts, desires, affections, delights, and movements of the bodily senses contrary to the Christian laws all of which direct us to the love of our one and only Good: Jesus (cf., Jn. 14.15, from today's Holy Gospel); and, our lives at the service of the Truth (lamps BURNING in your hands, Lk. 12.35) - for Truth, that which is objective and therefore external to us (not that which is "for me"), leads us to the Good by much renunciation and subordination of everything contrary and secondary to God - not our mere possession of the Truth. It is the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Truth (Jn. 14.16, from today's Holy Gospel), who will help us in this our most perfect union with God possible in this our earthly life with a most perfect charity that is the bond of this divine union.

The Divine Office brings before us the action of the Holy Ghost in the life of St. Simon Stock of the school not just of divine union but that of intimate union with God - the school of Carmel, most especially the Teresian Carmel (intimate friendship with God). At the age of twelve, following divine inspiration, Simon Stock left his family and, renouncing things familiar and also the pomps of the world, withdrew himself to solitude in a hollow of a trunk of an oak tree where he could be separated from dealings of men so that he could devote himself assiduously to prayer and delight in contemplation; he rarely conversed with men and gave himself to vigils, fastings, and ascetical discipline (from the fourth Lesson in the second nocturn of the Office of Matins). This is what the Eternal Word teaches us in the "Introit" of today's Mass: When I shall be sanctified in you, I will gather you together out of all the countries: and I will pour upon you clean water... and I WILL GIVE YOU A NEW SPIRIT. ... A new spirit, that is, the spirit of "fuga mundi" (flight of the world) and "contra agere" (to go against the tide of the world and of our disordered passions and inclinations). We flee from those things the worldlings and nominal Christians go "gaga" with; we strive to walk along the narrow and difficult path that leads to Life and refuse to revel with the same worldlings and nominal Christians along their wide, easy, and smooth path that leads to eternal perdition. And following the protestation of the great Prophet of Carmel, we do not halt between two radically opposed ways (3 Ki. 18.21) which is the New [Dis-]Order of the day.

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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.