Apr 22 2012

I have given you these teachings so that you will not be lost…

Published by at 10:12 pm under Church,Trust,Truth

2 John 1:9 Anyone who is so “progressive” as not to remain in the teaching of the Christ does not have God; whoever remains in the teaching has the Father and the Son.

“My beloved, cling firmly to the truth, for I am the Truth. Those who teach false doctrines, those who water down the wine of salvation belong neither to me nor to the Father, but are pawns of the enemy. My children, do not stray from the teachings, but embrace them, cling to them. Waver neither to the right nor to the left but let the teachings of Christ in his Church be the rudder that steers your life on a straight path to everlasting life. I have given you these teachings so that you will not be lost. Let the Church be your guiding star. Then you will never have to fear becoming lost.”

Jesus I praise and thank you for the teachings you have entrusted to the Church. I praise and thank you for seeing to our safe passage from this life to eternal life. You have thought of everything! Jesus, we trust in you!

26 responses so far

26 Responses to “I have given you these teachings so that you will not be lost…”

  1. June1on 23 Apr 2012 at 5:05 am

    “…water down the wine of salvation…”

    I love this line because it is so representative of most Catholics/generally “religious” people nowadays. People try to find so many loopholes/exceptions so they can live a comfortable life where they make their rules and follow what they want to follow. You just can’t do that. You’re either in it, one hundred percent, or you’re not. Cafeteria Catholics are not truly embracing the faith.

    Strangely enough, Leila from Little Catholic Bubble just wrote a post about this. Godincidence? :)

  2. Carolon 23 Apr 2012 at 3:44 pm

    I don’t want to be lost! Jesus I’m trying to trust and trust more and more! Thank you, I love you! Much need message again!

  3. juleson 24 Apr 2012 at 2:56 am

    This message came just at the right time.I missed mass on sunday due to bad planning of my day,i got back late from a trip so missed eve mass,but i know now i should have got up extra early and gone to the first mass at 8.30.So attending mass on monday morning i couldnt recieve our lord in the eucharist this hurt.My husband was trying to tell me i hadnt commited a sin by missing that one mass and i was telling him about the teachings of the church and how we cant change the laws of the church to our like we r either totally for the church or not.I showed him this blog and the comment from june ,i hope now he can start to understand how we need to be 100% catholic thanku and godbless everyone on this site. jules

  4. anneon 24 Apr 2012 at 4:45 am

    This message ties in very well with Mark Malletts latest on a Black Pope? staying on course re the teachings of the Church.

  5. Davidon 24 Apr 2012 at 7:49 am

    Jules,
    I don’t know what was in your heart when you missed mass but from what you wrote it did not seem intentional, that is, you do not seem to have purposefully missed it. You said that you missed evening mass because of your late return, which was not under your control. Yes, you could have gotten up earlier but when you slept in it appears that it was not your intention to miss mass later but to go to a later mass. A grievous sin can not be committed unless the person is fully aware, in this case there does not seem to be an intention to miss mass therefore you can not be cupable. Perhaps that is what your husband was trying to communicate?
    Let’s take an example of someone who purposefully misses mass. I know people who, when they went on vacation it was their intention to take a “vacation” from going to mass so they did not attend. It was planned.
    It would be good to find a trusted priest to speak with him about your dilemma so that you can be at peace.
    I pray that you experience the peace of Christ.

  6. pelianitoon 24 Apr 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Good advice David. Thank you.

  7. juleson 24 Apr 2012 at 1:05 pm

    David,thanku for ur advice,i am hoping to attend confesion at the end of this week so will seek advice on my dilema,thanku again godbless jules

  8. Jameson 24 Apr 2012 at 8:29 pm

    It is interesting to note this message comes at a time when our Pope Benedict is purifing the church by admonishing those who claim to be Catholic Christian… to give witness to just such a claim. If seems as if a great apostacy is taking place. The Spirit relates a urgent message these past months, persecution, apostacy, obedience, conversion and penance. It is a clarion call to our generation…I hope I can respond properly…please pray for me as I for you.

  9. Bill Sr.on 25 Apr 2012 at 9:10 am

    anne
    Mark Mallett is a Godsent to all of us. The hour is late, the laborers are few, the harvast is ripe, He stands at the door, who will answer His call? Pray for the courage needed to fight the good fight along with the Holy Father who is begging for help.

  10. Jeanneon 25 Apr 2012 at 12:48 pm

    In regards to missing Mass, a little story.
    Several years back we went camping with a lovely group of Catholic homeschoolers. Camping is very dirty, especially when the dirt is red (high iron content). I had I think, 6 of 8 children with me at the time. We did not bring any nice Church clothes with us and I was too embarrassed to go in our camping clothes. But I was encouraged by all my fellow campers that Jesus would not care. Humbly, but joyfully we went to Mass.
    And what do you know the sermon was about: big families going camping and attending Mass is always pleasing to the Lord. Those same campers said Father was talking directly to me!!! I had an extra big smile for the rest of the day.
    Blessings to all.

  11. Ann G.on 26 Apr 2012 at 4:06 pm

    This is so timely. I am from the Catholic parish that has made national and international headlines these last 48 hours. Last year, a teacher at our grade school did not have her contract renewed because she had in vitro fertilization. She has now filed a federal law suit against our church and diocese. My daughter had her 4 years ago and really liked her. I am sorry that she has not been able to have more children(she has one) but this road has brought her nothing but heartache. I am not sure if she is Catholic. Our dear pastor is 73 years old and we have the largest parish in the diocese. I am worried for his health as we go through this. Lies are being plastered as headlines about him, saying he called her a grave, immoral sinner. He did not do this. He has been my pastor for 20 years now. He is a kind and gentle man. There are probably many at our parish who have no understanding of the gravity of in vitro and why it is wrong. I pray that our parish comes through this stronger in Christ and His Church, that this will be another teaching opportunity about what we as Catholics believe, and that we are given the grace to defend our Holy Catholic Church.

  12. pelianitoon 27 Apr 2012 at 7:17 am

    Ann there is so much of this and the problem arises due to the lack of proper formation of lay Catholics. This is causing serious harm to the Church, mainly because people don’t recognize their lack of credentials. I am always amazed at how many people with no theological training think they know how Christ wants his church to be run. Do we tell a surgeon how to perform surgery? Do we correct an engineer on the flaws of his bridge design? Why do we think we can correct the Pope? Perhaps when we have earned a couple of degrees in theology and when we are spending hours, not minutes per day in prayer, then we can enter into a dialogue about how the Church should be run. Until that time, we should respectfully submit to proper authority. Jesus we trust in you.

  13. June1on 27 Apr 2012 at 7:18 am

    Ann G., I’ll be praying for him and for justice for all our shepherds who are hated and persecuted. I’ll also pray for those who are doing the persecuting; they know not what they do.

    Incidentally, abortion is making headlines again here in Canada. It’s so disgusting. It feels like all media is for it and is absolutely slamming those who are against it. It actually hurts to be outside my home right now. The last few days, it feels like there’s a tidal wave of secularism, atheism, hatred… It’s too much. God have mercy. We’re drowning without You.

  14. Edithon 27 Apr 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Ann G., I read the articles relating to the school (Spirit Daily also carried the story), and I must say that it does appear that there’s been a flawed ‘process’ in the handling of the case. The question that came to mind was: ‘Why wasn’t she informed that she would be jeopordising her job at the time that she requested to take time off work for the IVF treatment?’ By allowing her that time off, the school gave the appearance that it was supporting her in her decision to undergo treatment. This ends up being seen as the school sending ‘mixed messages’: on the one hand they support her, but then they go and fire her. It’s also difficult not to see it as a lack of compassion by the school – there’s no doubt that she’s going against Catholic teaching by having IVF treatment, but is firing her the best response to the situation? As the teacher in question pointed out (and it’s the sad reality of Catholic schools the world over) other employed staff members were likewise not following Catholic teaching, but were being allowed to continue working at the school. Is it a case of: ‘Let him who is without sin throw the first stone?’

  15. Kathy AEon 27 Apr 2012 at 10:27 pm

    Please join the rosary crusade designed to solicit 1 million rosaries for the unborn by May 4-6, 2012. The website is here if you would like to register: http://www.saintmichaelthearchangelorganization.org/index.cfm

  16. Noelon 28 Apr 2012 at 12:33 pm

    Regarding Edith’s comment: I believe this parish is in the US? HIPA (that Health Privacy Act I-got-it- sheet we all know and hate you have to sign every time you see a doctor, get tests or go to the hospital) would have prevented the school from knowing anything about the teacher’s health issues unless she specifically chose to tell them. So the school may not have actually supported her at all in giving her the leave (which they are probably also required to do under some law) because they many not have known exactly what she was going to do with the sick leave.

    I agree with Peli. Too many people are so poorly catechized that they have no idea what the Church actually believes and teaches, nor do they know important historical facts about the church. This effects everything from how Holy Eucharist is perceived to what music is considered suitable for Mass. There are brilliant teachings on everything a person needs to know, but people don’t read them.

    Since our culture is opinionated to the nth degree, everyone thinks their opinion is as good as anyone else’s – including the Holy Father’s.

    This is one of the things that will make the church much smaller, as Pope Benedict has prophesied. When people realize following the true faith will cause persecution, suffering and not getting their own opinion or their own way in some aspect (sexual aspects being at the top of the list), they won’t be back.

  17. carmelon 28 Apr 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Peli, thank you so much for this post. I read it shortly after you put it up and also within hours of having a conversation with a priest which had led me to wonder (not for the first time) whether I was being too “traditional” (for want of a better word) in my understanding of Catholic teaching. Your quote of 2 John 1:9 hit the mark for me. Isn’t our God mind-bogglingly wonderful! And it has led me to renew my efforts to pray for our Church and particularly all those who wander “to the left and to the right” rather than keeping to the straight and narrow path.

    Kathy A-E I will certainly be joining the million rosaries crusade for the unborn and I will encourage family members who still say the Rosary to join in. St Michael the Archangel, pray for us.

  18. Lucyon 29 Apr 2012 at 2:02 am

    Thank you , Noel, for your words :
    “There are brilliant teachings on everything a person needs to know, but people don’t read them.” AMEN ! As an adult convert to Catholicism, learning has been a never-ending state of gratitude…gratitude for the 2000 years of the Church being taught and led by the Holy Spirit, inspiring saints, priests, religious, multitudes of faithful and most of all POPES to express the FULLNESS OF TRUTH. I read this post and think about the word : ORTHO-DOXY.
    Ortho means straight, upright, correct. And Doxy…well that part is really interesting !
    Doxy means doctrine, but also….a prostitute, a woman of questionable morale in sexuality (funny you should mention that , Noel !) ! This word root probably comes from Scripture into our language (anyone know?) , since the prostitute-whore-adulteress is the principal metaphor for UNFAITHFULNESS. Think about the places all over the Bible where Israel is compared to a “doxy”… all over the place, right up to the Book of Revelation, the whore of Babylon.
    And so being right in the faith is about sexual fidelity, complete and total adherence to the Covenant of Love, in Truth and in Purity. It really is about love and how being in love causes us to desire to be in truth as well. Caritas Christi urget nos ! The Charity of Christ urges us , draws us to desire to know the Truth about our awesome Faith in Him…and in His Vicar : the Pope who is Bishop of Rome.
    About a month ago I went to a Cenacle to hear the priest who is our representative for France of the Marian Movement of Priests. The main conclusion of the day was this :
    “Indeed beware, for you will hear everything and anything possible about our faith , even from the pulpit, even sometimes from confused Bishops. Doctrinal Heresy has always been present. But today, most of us no longer have an excuse ,especially those living in places with access to the tools (eg. Internet) , with the means to be able to learn our faith much more easily, starting with a copy of the Catechism in every household. You must learn to discern and research everything you hear, seek affirmation and confirmation from the one and only source that is the guarantor of the Faith : the POPE ! But if you do not bother to be informed and to follow the words of the Pope, surely , you will fall into error in the days ahead.” His words felt so incredibly prophetic… Father Larroque ( his name means the Rock ! ) was insistant on reading the Pope’s words, going to the Zenit website for example, on a regular basis. If we stay in line with the Vicar of Christ, we will be on board The Ship, not hanging partly overboard, or swimming in the wake, or worse, somewhere paddling alone, far out in deep seas…Stay in the heart of Mary, Mother of the Church, and we are sure to be near the heart of the Blessed Trinity…in the Fullness of Truth !
    Come Holy Spirit, come ! Come by means of the most powerful intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, your well beloved Spouse !

  19. pelianitoon 29 Apr 2012 at 8:13 am

    Thanks, Lucy for sharing this. Shortly after I read it I “stumbled upon” the this blog post from last November. Test everything!

    I also did a search of blog posts that contain 1 Peter 2:1 and found this one from 2010 and this one from 2009.

  20. June1on 29 Apr 2012 at 9:16 am

    Hi, all!

    I wanted to publicly thank and give glory to God and his servant, St. Expedite, who recently granted me a request. This is my promise to him, that I would propagate his name and encourage prayer to St. Expedite.

    He worked quickly (as his name and reputation suggest) and he and the Lord aided me in such a way where it didn’t just give me what I wanted, but what I needed. Thank you so much. Please continue to guide me so I don’t make the same mistakes again. Amen! :)

  21. pelianitoon 29 Apr 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Thank you June 1. Thank you St. Expedite! What we don’t know about the faith certainly dwarfs what we do know! :)

    Addendum: I just looked up St. Expedite and found there is not much solid evidence about him. One site I looked at had him listed as a “charm”, but then many of our saints have been hijacked by the new agers. To read more about him you may click here.

  22. Noelon 29 Apr 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Lucy – another adult convert here and double ‘Amens’.

    However, the word ‘orthodoxy’ comes from a combination of Latin and Greek. ‘orth’ means ‘straight’ and ‘doxa’ means ‘opinion’. (I learned something myself looking this up.)

    The pejorative term ‘doxy’ comes from Middle English and means ‘doll’ (docke) originally. Interesting how these terms manage to get around in various languages! And yes, it means prostitute, and there’s certainly plenty of prostitution in theology, music and other arts in the church – but then, we do have an Enemy, and where else would he be busy?

  23. Edithon 29 Apr 2012 at 7:30 pm

    Ann G. – Sorry to be a bother with my ongoing comments (but as you see the story of that teacher has taken a hold of me…!) I found this link to a Catholic book especially written for infertile couples who would like to follow Catholic teaching: “The book provides moral and spiritual support as well as guidance on the many options that infertile couples face and how to make necessary choices while remaining faithful to the teachings of the magisterium.” The link was on ‘A Little Catholic Bubble’ which June1 had directed us to with her first post above! The book is called ‘The Infertility Companion for Catholics’ and can be found at: https://www.avemariapress.com/product/1-59471-289-1/The-Infertility-Companion-for-Catholics/ Maybe you could find some way to pass it on to the teacher at the centre of the controversy, so that she might feel that there are Catholics who are desirous of supporting her (whilst setting her on the right path!) God Bless :-)

  24. Davidon 29 Apr 2012 at 10:24 pm

    As a follow up to Lucy and an encouragement to all to be educated in the truth I would like to recommend RealCatholictv. There are many programs on the site that serve to “instruct the ignorant” regarding the truth about our faith. I have learned much and use it for some of my high school classes.

  25. pelianitoon 29 Apr 2012 at 10:52 pm

    Edith wrote:

    Dear Peli,
    There’s a lady from my prayer group setting off for Medjugorje soon. If people would like to send in their prayer requests over the next week, I’m happy to pass them on to her to place at the feet of Our Lady in Medjugorje…

    So… I have made a new page called Medjugorje Prayer Requests (bottom left of the home page). Everyone please add your prayer requests in the next few days so that Edith has time to send them to her friend. Edith, you may just cut and paste them into an email when it is time if that works for you. Thanks for doing this!

  26. Edithon 29 Apr 2012 at 11:03 pm

    You are very welcome! The lady from my parish will be leaving on the 12th May, but I hope to pass on all prayer requests by about the 9th May – please keep in mind that Australia is about a day ahead timewise to the rest of the world. God Bless to all!
    :-)

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