Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
How lovely are Thy tabernacles, O Lord of hosts!
My soul longeth and fainteth for the courts of the Lord....
Blessed are they that dwell in Thy house, O Lord:
they shall praise Thee for ever and ever
(St. Alphonsus Mary Liguori)
... It is evident that our eternal salvation depends principally upon the choice of our state of life. [the Venerable] Father Granada, OP [a spiritual master in the time of our holy Mother Teresa of Jesus] calls this choice the chief wheel of our whole life. Hence, as when in a clock, the chief wheel is deranged, the whole clock is also deranged, so in the order of our salvation, if we make a mistake as to the state to which we are called, our whole life, as St. Gregory Nazanzien says, will be an error.
If, then, in the choice of a state of life, we wish to secure our eternal salvation, we must embrace that to which God calls us, in which only God prepares for us the efficacious means necessary to our salvation. For, as St. Cyprian says,: "The grace of the Holy Ghost is given according to the order of God, and not according to our own will;" and therefore St. Paul the Apostle writes, Every one hath his proper gift from God (1 Cor. 7.7). That is, as Cornelius a Lapide explains it, God gives to every one his vocation and chooses the state in which He wills to be saved. And this is the order of predestination described by the same apostle: Whom He predestinated, them He also called; and whom He called, them He also justified, .... and them He also glorified (Rom. 8.30). [In another work, this same great Bishop and Doctor of the Church explains himself in these words: "God wills that all men should be saved, but not in the same way. As in heaven He has distinguished different degrees of glory, so on earth He has established different states of life, as to many different ways of gaining heaven. The choice is not arbitary: "To enter into any state of life, a divine vocation is necessary; for without such a vocation it is, if not impossible, at least most difficult to fulfill the obligations of our state, and obtain salvation." The reason of this is evident; for it is God Who in the order of His Providence assigns to each one of us his state of life and afterwards provides us with the graces and the help suitable to the state to which He calls us. We ought to be persuaded and ought never to forget that from all eternity God thinks with love of each one of us, just as a good father thinks of his only son - the editor of the Saint's work.]
We must remark that in this world this doctrine of the vocation is not much studied by some persons [the Novus Ordo of Vatican II scorns this as 'obsolete' and rather teaches just exactly what is the opposite - hence the perversion of so many young men and women who have come to dwell in what originally is the house of the Lord but now has become a filthy den for dragons - My tabernacle is laid waste... My children are gone out from Me... Because the pastors have done foolishly... to make the cities of Juda a desert, and a dwelling for dragons (Jer. 10.20,21,22): O God, the heathens are come into Thy inheritance, they have defiled Thy holy temple: they have made Jerusalem as a place to keep fruit (Ps. 78.1) - Vocations to the religious life and the priesthood, beware of Vatican II 'modern seminaries, monasteries, convents'; cf., our post "The Year 1929" on the infiltrators of the Synagogue of Satan (Apoc. 2.9; 3.9) in ecclesiastical and religious trappings in command of the 'official' hierarchy]. They think it to be all the same, whether they live in the state to which God calls them, or in that which they choose of their own inclinations, and therefore so many live a bad life and damn themselves.
But it is certain that this is the principal point with regard to the acquisition of eternal life. He who disturbs this order and breaks this chain of salvation will not be saved. With all his labors and with all the good he may do, St. Augustine will tell of him, "Thou runnest well, but out of the way!" That is, out of the way in which God has called you to walk for obtaining salvation. The Lord does not accept the sacrifices offered up to him from our own inclination, but to Cain and his offerings He had no respect (Gen. 4.5). Rather He threatens with great chastisement [and why they invented a "New 'Catholic [t]heology'" - a NEW theo [Gk: god]: a god who knows no just wrath and is the object of a "New Rite of Worship" or the "New 'M[e]ss'" which the perverted lying Superior-General of the mainstream-SSPX formally claims to have been "legitimately promulgated" by Paul VI] those who, when He calls them, turn their backs on Him in order to follow the whims of their own caprice. Woe to you apostate children, He says through the Prophet Isaias, that you would take counsel and not from Me, and would begin a web and not by My spirit (30.1).
A blessed Feast to everyone!
Kindly offer an Ave Maria for Friar John Marie-Therese, our Discalced Carmelite of Catholic Resistance who has been approved to ascend to the Diaconate. Deo gratias!