I was reading Padre Pio’s meditations on the agony in the garden and he pointed out that Jesus took the blows of Divine Justice for the offenses for our sins on the Cross. I simply cannot comprehend this act. We gravely offend God with our sins every day and deserve the punishments of Hell and the blows of Divine Justice and righteous punishment upon us, yet we do not get it. Instead, the Almighty and Omnipotent God humbles Himself by becoming man and suffers with obedience on the Cross as we strip Him, beat Him, whip Him, and crucify Him.
Why is the divorce rate so high? The simple answer is that it is our culture and it’s lack of belief in God, yet a more complex answer is needed if we are to stop it. I have been pondering this question for quite some time now and I believe I have somewhat of a sufficient answer. First we have to make the statement that intercourse is to make children and further bond a couple in marriage. In a society that uses sex for everything from advertising to a recreational activity, this marital act is all but only for when you are serious and want children.
In The Summa Theologiae, written by St. Thomas Aquinas, the question as to whether God’s existence is self-evident is addressed. St. Thomas essentially makes the distinction between whether His existence is intrinsically self evident or if it is self evident to us. Aquinas says if one were to understand what the subject and predicate is in the statement, “God exists,” then it would be self evident, but otherwise it would not be.
Why “Ad Orientem”? “Ad Orientem” means “To the East” and is an extremely old early Church practice where the priest and the lay faithful face the Altar which is to the East. This is highly symbolic because Christ will come from the East in the final days, and the East, ever since early Christianity was symbolic of Christ Himself. Why do many parishes choose not to do this? (Even if the Church is built facing another direction, the priest can still face the altar and look at the Crucifix). The argument against this is that the priest has his back to the people, causing a disconnect during the Mass. I have two counter arguments to this objection.
During WWII many European Churches were completely destroyed by battles. Among the ruins, Catholics on all sides continued to have Mass. Today the same is happening in a less obvious way. Our Churches are hit with the bombs of modernism and we are fighting battles to retain the few Catholics that are left. The number of Catholics attending weekly Mass is going down rapidly from 50 years ago. Society wants nothing to do with God, as it always has, but now it is influencing the faithful. Parishes are being flooded with liturgical abuse and irreverence. We are losing more and more people. Most only come for Christmas and Easter and receive communion out of ignorance after skipping so many Masses. Parishes are shutting down almost daily. Seminaries are almost empty. My own parish has lost many.