Wednesday, April 1, 2009

What Must You Do To Get To Heaven?

Love the good God very much!  Honour His Blessed Virgin Mother!

But what is love?

Love is patient, love is kind: love envies not, deals not perversely; is not puffed up; Is not ambitious, seeks no reward, is not provoked to anger, thinks no evil; Rejoices not in a lie, but rejoices with the truth; Bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never falls away.

In short, true love is not an emotion, but rather is the selfless act of truly desiring the highest possible good for someone.

Therefore love God, who is the highest good, and know that this website is made for the love of you, since the highest good I can desire for you is that you will love God and He will love you in the world to come.

But know that this site is for those who connect thinking with doing. If this is you, please read on and click on the links whenever you want more details on a specific topic.



What Must You Do To Get To Heaven?

To get to heaven, it should be obvious that a person needs to love, honour and serve his Creator, the one true God, who created both the heavens and the earth.  Start by obeying the natural law and conscience, known by all and imprinted by God in the minds and hearts of all. If a man's life on this earth is spent ignoring God or denying God His due, (e.g. by disobeying the just mandates of conscience, or by failing to sincerely and honestly seek the truth about His existence and will), then why should he expect rewards at the end of his earthly life?  He will have used the goods God created in order to sustain himself in this world, without so much as a thank you; he will have been a freeloader, a thief even.  Why would he expect anything but punishment in the next world?

No, we must love, honour and serve our Creator and sustainer while we are in this life, which includes believing the truths He has revealed about Himself and obeying the precepts of His one true religion, the only means we have been given to truly know and please Him.  We must know Him in order to love Him and we must love Him in order to please Him.  This is self evident common sense.


This true religion, revealed by the true God, is the Faith of the Catholic Church, which it is the object of this website to present, explain and defend. The words "Catholic Church" can be traced back to the Greek, with the meaning "universal calling".  That is to say that this religion is revealed by God to man as a call to all people of all nations to worship and serve Him therein. This Church is the prophesied fulfillment and perfection of the Old Testament religion of the Israelites, and this truth is amply supported with many proofs.

Atheists, please recognize that basic premises upon which your worldview is based require you to deny the very logic you would pretend to employ in its defense.  Listen to the creationist's perspective on what the fossil evidence really says.  Then read about the Bible and how it is undeniably a remarkably reliable book of supernatural origin (and then, logically, assent to how it tells us to live in relation to God and our fellow man).

Pantheists (i.e. Buddhists, Hindus), please examine the logical conclusions concerning the propositions asserted in your theology.

Bahai followers, please do the same.

Novus Ordo 'catholics' or Vatican II 'post-conciliar catholics', please read about the differences between the doctrine of your church, which fraudulently claims the name "catholic", and that of the Holy Catholic Church and read about how the head of your religion cannot be called a Catholic.

Protestants and 'Eastern Orthodox', if you consider yourself honest, please read about the Church Fathers teachings regarding the true authority of the Church and read what the Holy Scriptures themselves teach about the Church.

Muslims please read about how your Koran measures up compared to the Holy Bible, read what your Koran itself actually subtly teaches about Jesus Christ.

Jews, you claim to accept some of the prophecies in the Tanakh, please read and believe the inescapable conclusions about Jesus in these other prophecies of the very same books you claim to recognize as God inspired, and which the Church of God also recognizes and has retained in Her canon of Scripture since the God-made-man, Jesus Christ, established Her nearly two thousand years ago.

For those who already believe that the Catholic Faith is the true Faith, but recognize that there is definitely something wrong with the organization that ostensibly and indeed fraudulently holds itself out as Catholic, it is necessary to use sound theological principles to know what doctrines to believe, and what level of assent they are due, and how these doctrines should be incorporated into our lives and actions. Now to the main discussion:



Seven Essential Components to Attaining Salvation

Every person who applies himself diligently will get to heaven, where there is no death, but the permanent enjoyment of an indissoluble society of true love and charity.  Again, there are links to various other topics in order to help propel you on your way to greater knowledge and wisdom in these matters, unto your sanctification.  May God be praised!



1. Obey the Natural Law.

Everybody has regrets.  Everybody has done something he wishes that he could undo, or omitted to do something that he knows he ought to have done.  We all have a conscience, and this conscience speaks to us, either accusing us of evil or approving our actions.  This is the voice of reason, the voice of the Natural Law, written on the hearts of all men.

No man will be saved who ignores this voice, nor will he have an excuse before God, who gave Him this voice for his instruction in justice.  God speaks to every one of us, though quietly.  We can know His laws, and if we disobey them, then we willingly blind ourselves to truth, and are given up to lies.  Unless you obey this Natural Law, or at least strive to do the best you can, asking for the grace of God to strengthen you, there is no guarantee that God will not give you up to worse blindness and sins, because YOU HAVE CHOSEN SIN over God.  So learn about this Natural Law, resolve to LIVE BY IT.  Learn and exercise the virtues that make living the Natural Law so much easier.


Furthermore, avoid any and all actions that contradict the Natural Law:

Do not participate with the socialist system of the beast (thus participating in theft), or grant the godless government a partnership or authority in your marriage (thus making your children debt slaves and wards of the state).  Do not steal and do not commit usury.

Do not commit gluttony, or drunkenness, or deprive yourself of the use of reason by any agent, whether chemical or natural.  Do not commit the mortal sins of abortion; euthanasia; homosexual acts, foul degrading acts of oral or anal intercourse; adultery (including remarriage after divorce); marital sexual acts that are not ordered to procreation (including all forms of birth control, even the so-called "natural" means like the rhythm method or NFP); fornication; masturbation; any and all sexual pleasure outside marriage; pornography, looking lustfully upon any member of the opposite sex; immodest dress, etc.

1 Corinthians 6:9-10: “Know you not that the unjust shall not possess the kingdom of God? Do not err: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, Nor the effeminate, nor liers with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor railers, nor extortioners, shall possess the kingdom of God.”


At this point you probably recognize a theme in the Natural Law.  The theme is to do nothing that contravenes the order that God prescribed for the world, whether alone (where we sin against God and self) or in regard to others (where we sin against God, self and others).  The Natural Law is none other than the law reiterated by Christ:

St. Matthew 22:36-40: "Master, which is the greatest commandment in the law? Jesus said to him: Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with thy whole mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. And the second is like to this: Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments dependeth the whole law and the prophets."

If you reject this essential step, then not only will the following steps NOT be of any avail for you, but they might in fact be impossible for you (by your own choosing), God having permitted you to blind yourself by sin.

2nd Thessalonians 2:10: "And in all seduction of iniquity to them that perish; because they receive not the love of the truth,that they might be saved. Therefore God shall send them the operation of error, to believe lying:"



2. Learn and Believe the Catholic Faith

Hebrews 11:6: "But without faith it is impossible to please God."

Romans 10:17: "Faith then cometh by hearing; and hearing by the word of Christ."

The Christian Creed (Apostles Creed) forms the minimum basic set of truths revealed by God that must be explicitly known and believed by EVERY human being above the age of reason who would be saved.


Pope Benedict XIV (14), Cum religiosi, 1754 (Many Ignorant of Mysteries of Faith): "We could not rejoice, however, when it was subsequently reported to Us that in the course of religious instruction preparatory to Confession and Holy Communion, it was very often found that these people were ignorant of the mysteries of the faith, even of those matters which must be known by necessity of means; consequently, they were ineligible to partake of the Sacraments."

The aforesaid necessary beliefs can be traced back to the the most ancient times in the Church, and are solidly founded in the Sacred Scriptures.  It includes explicit knowledge and belief in the Most Holy Trinity and the Incarnation of Jesus Christ (including Passion, Resurrection, Judgment).

Tertullian (while he was still in the Church), The Prescription Against the Heretics, Chapter XIII, somewhere around AD 200: “…there is one only God, and that He is none other than the Creator of the world, who produced all things out of nothing through His own Word, first of all sent forth; that this Word is called His Son, and, under the name of God, was seen "in diverse manners" by the patriarchs, heard at all times in the prophets, at last brought down by the Spirit and Power of the Father into the Virgin Mary, was made flesh in her womb, and, being born of her, went forth as Jesus Christ; thenceforth He preached the new law and the new promise of the kingdom of heaven, worked miracles; having been crucified, He rose again the third day; (then) having ascended into the heavens, He sat at the right hand of the Father; sent instead of Himself the Power of the Holy Ghost to lead such as believe; will come with glory to take the saints to the enjoyment of everlasting life and of the heavenly promises, and to condemn the wicked to everlasting fire, after the resurrection of both these classes shall have happened, together with the restoration of their flesh. This rule, as it will be proved, was taught by Christ, and raises amongst ourselves no other questions than those which heresies introduce, and which make men heretics."

The creed above does indeed express the Catholic Faith "whole and inviolate" as it was also solemnly defined by the Church, at the Council of Florence by Pope Eugene IV. This is known as the Athanasian Creed. Read this most salutary creed, remember it and believe it, for without this knowledge, or by holding errors in regard to it, you do NOT hold the Catholic Faith, you are not pleasing to God, and you CANNOT obtain salvation.


Parents must ensure that their children learn these truths, and learn them well, BEFORE they attain to sufficient use of reason, or they have FAILED as parents, and without a doubt this deserves condemnation to eternal hell.  It is never too late, as long as the body is still united to the soul.  INSTRUCT YOUR CHILDREN!!!

Furthermore, in these trying times, men have perverted so many doctrines and dogmas that belong to the broader scope of the Catholic Faith (such as dogmas of Faith concerning such things as the sacraments or the authority of the Church, etc.).  But we must be resolved to get these things right, for the love of God and the honour of His Holy Church.  Let St. John Chrysostom and the Mother of God provide consolation and assistance.  It is also prudent to obtain instruction drawn from catechisms written in a more doctrinally pure age.

Learning and believing the Catholic religion, whole and entire, necessarily and logically means rejecting and denouncing all other religions as false.  According to the principle of non-contradiction, something cannot be both true and not true at the same time and in the same sense, therefore two propositions that contradict one another cannot both be true.  This means rejecting as false all heretical and schismatic ‘Christian’ sects and especially the false Vatican II religion, which is the counterfeit ‘Catholic’ religion, prophesied in St. John's Book of the Apocalypse (which also seems to very strikingly prefigure the United States and the UN to some degree) and by other saints:


St. Nicholas of Fluh, 1417-1487: "The Church will be punished because the majority of her members, high and low, will become so perverted. The Church will sink deeper and deeper until she will at last seem to be extinguished, and the succession of Peter and the other Apostles to have expired. But, after this, she will be victoriously exalted in the sight of all doubters."




3. Submit to the office of Christ's Vicar

Pope Boniface VIII, Unam Sanctum, 1302, ex cathedra"Furthermore, we declare, we proclaim, we define that it is absolutely necessary for salvation that every human creature be subject to the Roman Pontiff."

Was not God the head of the Church in the Noahic era? Yes, He was. Was He not the head of the Church in the Mosaic era? Of course He was! Did the fact that there was also an earthly High Priest take away from God’s Lordship? Not in the least. It was by God’s appointment that His people were so ruled. The New Testament continues that same, covenantal, monarchical structure, with the God-man Jesus Christ as supreme head and having an earthly minister.

Following that same train of thought, consider the fact that there was an earthly judge who, for the good of God’s people, was given full jurisdiction over the Israelites to judge and to speak for God. Consider Deuteronomy 17:8-13, where God commands tough legal/theological decisions to be made by the ordained priesthood, and especially the High Priest. God commanded them that those who will not hear His "Pontiff" are to be "excommunicated" from Israel by being stoned, in a kind of Inquisition.

Deuteronomy 17:8-13: "If thou perceive that there be among you a hard and doubtful matter in judgment between blood and blood, cause and cause, leprosy and leprosy: and thou see that the words of the judges within thy gates do vary: arise, and go up to the place, which the Lord thy God shall choose. And thou shalt come to the priests of the Levitical race, and to the judge, that shall be at that time: and thou shalt ask of them, and they shall shew thee the truth of the judgment. And thou shalt do whatsoever they shall say, that preside in the place, which the Lord shall choose, and what they shall teach thee, According to his law; and thou shalt follow their sentence: neither shalt thou decline to the right hand nor to the left hand. But he that will be proud, and refuse to obey the commandment of the priest, who ministereth at that time to the Lord thy God, and the decree of the judge, that man shall die, and thou shalt take away the evil from Israel: And all the people hearing it shall fear, that no one afterwards swell with pride."

Those who (claim to) believe in the Bible, and yet condemn the Catholic Inquisitions or the harsh penalties sometimes meted out by secular powers in behalf of the Church are either woefully ignorant of the Biblical mandate for such conduct, or outright hypocrites.  God clearly gave the Israelite priests the power and authority to judge not only mundane affairs, but also sinners, even to condemn them to death.

Would God provide Israel, the now divorced nation of the Old Covenant, with a practical good like this, and not provide something better for His New Testament Church, which is His very body–the mystery of all the ages manifested, as St. Paul calls it in Ephesians chapter three? No, Jesus says clearly that those who will not hear the Church are to be counted as heathens.

In order to have a hope of being saved from sin, death and hell, it is necessary to the office and authority of the Roman Pontiff, even in times when the See is vacant.  This necessarily means also obeying all the disciplines established by the Church, fasting during Lent, for example, and which have not been overturned by a legitimate pope.  It is also of paramount importance not only to know how to discern who is a pope and who is not, in our age when so many claim to be, but also know who is the most recent popeAnd here is why it is so necessary.

Remember, in these troubled days, all we can do is profess subjection to the office of the pope and the teachings of the legitimate successors of St. Peter, since the Vatican is now occupied by heretic and apostate antipopes, whom it is essential that we reject and avoid.

St. Cyprian: "To adhere to a false Bishop of Rome is to be out of communion with the Church."

Bl. Joachim, ?-1202: "Towards the end of the world, Antichrist will overthrow the pope and usurp his see."



4. Abjure, Profess the Faith and Receive Holy Baptism

If you have already been baptized, but were not Catholic (even if you thought you were!), then you must publicly denounce all your past heresies and schismatic associations, including allegiances to Protestant sects or the heretical and apostate antipopes of the Vatican II church, in a written document signed by two witnesses, and then make the profession of Catholic Faith, thereby entering into the Catholic Church. If you were never validly baptized before, then abjuration is not necessary, but only the profession of Faith, after which you must be baptized (read on for more information on this). Until a person completes these steps they are not to be recognized as Catholic, as the Church herself would not so recognize them.

The Catholic Encyclopedia, 1913, Abjuration: "A denial, disavowal, or renunciation under oath. In common ecclesiastical language this term is restricted to the renunciation of heresy made by the penitent heretic on the occasion of his reconciliation with the Church. The Church has always demanded such renunciation, accompanied by appropriate penance […] after the birth of Nestorianism and Eutychianism, to abjuration of heresy was added a solemn profession of faith […] In all cases there was demanded the presentation of a libellus, or form of abjuration, in which the convert renounced and anathematized his former tenets. After declaring his abjuration to be free from compulsion, fear, or other unworthy motive, he proceeded to anathematize all heresies in general and in particular that sect to which he had belonged, together with its heresiarchs, past, present, and future. He then enumerated the tenets accepted by said sect, and, having repudiated them singly and generally, he ended with a profession of his belief in the true Faith."

A sample Abjuration form and the profession of faith of the Holy Council of Trent are given in this article, which goes in to greater detail about the Catholic discipline of abjuration.

Again, this step cannot be emphasized enough! Unless you are willing to show forth your correct Catholic beliefs and publicly remove the scandal of your previous open participation with evil and false religions, no Catholic is bound to commune with you, but rather is bound to reject you as non-Catholic!

2 St. John 1:10: "If any man come to you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into the house nor say to him, God speed you."

Matthew 10:32-33: "Every one therefore that shall confess me before men, I will also confess him before my Father who is in heaven. But he that shall deny me before men, I will also deny him before my Father who is in heaven."

Immediately after your profession of Faith, if you are not baptized, you must sacramentally receive valid water Baptism. As there are quite likely no Catholic priests left in the world, you must ask a lay Catholic if possible, or even a heretic or pagan if necessary, to give you sacramental baptism.


Pope Innocent III, Fourth Lateran Council, ex cathedra"But the sacrament of baptism is consecrated in water at the invocation of the undivided Trinity — namely Father, Son and holy Spirit — and brings salvation to both children and adults when it is correctly carried out by anyone in the form laid down by the Church."

St. Thomas Aquinas, Secunda Secundae Partis, Q. 39, Art. 4, Reply to Objection 1: "It is not lawful to receive Baptism from a schismatic, save in a case of necessity, since it is better for a man to quit this life, marked with the sign of Christ, no matter from whom he may receive it, whether from a Jew or a pagan, than deprived of that mark, which is bestowed in Baptism."

NOTE: If it is absolutely necessary to receive Baptism from a heretic, it is to be made very clear to him that you and he DO NOT share the same faith or the same God, and that he MUST convert to the Catholic Faith for salvation, and that you are NOT communing with him by asking him to baptize you.


The water must be poured onto your forehead, while the words of the form of the Church are spoken. These words are: “I baptize you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Make sure that the person who baptizes you is someone you can trust. You must impress upon them that they should resolve themselves to do what the Church does, that is they must perform it correctly, making no external errors on form or matter, and must do so solemnly, not mockingly, otherwise the Baptism is of doubtful validity.

If you do not know whether you have been baptized or you have reason to doubt the validity of your baptism, then you must be conditionally baptized. The only difference here is that the words of the form of the Church are preceded by “If you are able to be baptized,” or “If you are not yet baptized,” and then proceed as you would for sacramental baptism.  Again, if there is a doubt, be conditionally baptized, since you CANNOT get into heaven without this sacrament.

Pope Clement V, Council of Vienne, 1311-1312, ex cathedra: "Besides, one baptism which regenerates all who are baptized in Christ must be faithfully confessed by all just as ‘one God and one faith’ [Eph. 4:5], which celebrated in water in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit we believe to be commonly the perfect remedy for salvation for adults as for children."

Pope Eugene IV, Council of Florence, "Exultate Deo," Nov. 22, 1439, ex cathedra: "Holy baptism, which is the gateway to the spiritual life, holds the first place among all the sacraments; through it we are made members of Christ and of the body of the Church. And since death entered the universe through the first man, 'unless we are born again of water and the Spirit, we cannot,' as the Truth says, 'enter into the kingdom of heaven' [John 3:5]. The matter of this sacrament is real and natural water."

If you have never been baptized, you are still in sins, and not justified in the sight of God.  Remember the Natural Law?  If you are not resolved to keep it, then DO NOT GET BAPTIZED, for by so doing you will be committing a sacrilege!  You CANNOT be justified unless you first have REPENTANCE, that is true and sincere sorrow and a purpose of amendment, a desire to change your life.

Pope Paul III, Council of Trent, Session 6, Ch. 5-7, "Decree on Justification," ex cathedra: "People are disposed for that justice when, […] by that repentance […] They are proposing to receive baptism […] This disposition and preparation precede the actual justification […] Of this Justification the causes are these: […] the instrumental cause is the sacrament of baptism, which is the sacrament of faith, without which no man was ever justified. […] Consequently, in the process of justification, […] all these are infused at the same time: faith, hope, and charity. For faith, unless hope is added to it, and charity too, neither unites him perfectly with Christ nor makes him a living member of his body. […] From apostolic tradition, catechumens seek this faith from the church before the sacrament of baptism when they ask for the faith that gives eternal life; and this, without hope and charity, faith cannot give."

You will not receive faith, hope and charity, which is the love of God above all things, if you are still attached to mortal sins.  It is a SIN to be baptized while still clinging to mortal sins.  It is like telling God: "God forgive me, but I don't want to change!"  It is worse than blasphemy!



5. Repent and confess your sins (and do not repeat them!)
And do Penance

NOTE: In the case of those who are not yet baptized, this must be done BEFORE baptism.  Otherwise, it is to be done immediately following abjuration, for those who had been in heresy or schism while they were baptized (and for all who have committed some sin even after Baptism or abjuration).

Examine your conscience thoroughly, being totally honest with yourself before God, confess your sins to Jesus Christ, true man and true God, the eternal priest of the New Law, or (if your shame for your sins prevents you from approaching him) to another priest in the heavenly host.  St. Paul, or St. Peter, St. Benedict or St. Thomas, for example, and also make a perfect Act of Contrition to receive forgiveness and remission for all your mortal sins.

Pope Paul III, Council of Trent, Session 14, Chapter IV, "On Contrition," ex cathedra"The Synod teaches moreover, that, although it sometimes happen that this contrition is perfect through charity, and reconciles man with God before this sacrament be actually received, the said reconciliation, nevertheless, is not to be ascribed to that contrition, independently of the desire of the sacrament which is included therein."


If sacramental Confession with a truly Catholic priest ever becomes available to you, confess at least all your mortal sins, both kind and number, since your Baptism. This may take over an hour, so please let the Catholic priest know you intend to make a general confession of your whole life since your Baptism. It is highly recommended to examine your conscience daily, and you may also (if you are comfortable doing so) choose to keep a written record of the your mortal sins, so that if you encounter a Catholic priest, you may be always ready to confess and receive absolution for all your sins. Once you have abjured, it is essential to avoid all sin, and to repent, confess (to a true priest of God, whether on earth or in heaven) and do penance IMMEDIATELY if you have fallen, and beg God to help you stand back up.


NOTE: we can NEVER do too much penance!




6. Avoid communion with heretics, schismatics and all of bad will

Part of obeying the first commandment necessarily involves breaking religious communion with the enemies of God and avoiding them as far as we are able. One who communes with heretics, schismatics, apostates, pagans, atheists, agnostics, etc. who believe in lies about God, cannot commune with God.

What do we risk by being among those who do not know and love God?  We risk the losing the friendship of God, because the temptations to sin (by omission, etc) are great.  We must do what we can to admonish those we care about, in the hopes that God will soften their hearts, unto conversion and salvation, but if they will refuse His grace and present hostility to God and His Law, then we ought to separate ourselves from their bad influence, lest we should sin through them.


Romans 1:32: "Who, having known the justice of God, did not understand that they who do such things, are worthy of death; and not only they that do them, but they also that consent to them that do them."


Most certainly Catholics may not pray with non-Catholics because non-Catholics worship a different and false god, making their god to fit their own fancies. Catholics also may not attend any Mass where the priest celebrating the Mass is a notorious heretic. Practically speaking, this means that all or nearly all Masses are off limits, because there are no or very few Catholic priests left in the world. There are heretical and schismatic priests who may indeed have valid ordination, but they are NOT Catholic unless they reject the modern antipopes and profess the full complement of Catholic Faith.

Speaking of such "close to Catholic" priests, the pope declared:

Pope Pius IX, Graves Ac Diuturnae #4, March 23, 1875: "They [the faithful] should totally shun their religious celebrations, their buildings, and their chairs of pestilence which they have with impunity established to transmit the sacred teachings. They should shun their writings and all contact with them. They should not have any dealings or meetings with usurping priests and apostates from the faith who dare to exercise the duties of an ecclesiastical minister without possessing a legitimate mission or any jurisdiction."

Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES may you ever commune in religious matters with bad willed heretics, schismatics or any who reject the Catholic religion.  This includes going to confession to any heretic or schismatic, which is a mortal sin against the dogma and discipline of the Church, and it is IMPOSSIBLE to be forgiven of ANY sins when one is resolved to commit even ONE mortal sin.

Make no mistake, holding to the Catholic Faith whole and inviolate is absolutely necessary for salvation, but in these times it will not be easy (save but by the grace of God). Receiving Holy Communion is necessary, by precept, for salvation, only if it is available to you in a truly Catholic Church. Neither the Novus Ordo, or any of those groups in communion with the antipope, nor the SSPV, SSPX, or the CMRI are Catholic.  They cannot be Catholic because each of these societies holds to one or more heresies. Also, the Eastern Rite churches, though they may celebrate valid Masses, are NOT Catholic either, if they accept the usurper antipopes as true popes. Moreover, they accept the heretical and apostate Second Vatican Council. Therefore, they are NOT Catholic. Lastly, do not ever attend the so-called Novus Ordo "mass" of antipope Paul VI, which, depending on the circumstances, is illicit, schismatic and sacrilegious at best and invalid at worst.


You must remove the scandal of all the times past when you had participated with them in false worship, or condoned their spiritual activities as though they could please the true God while they were yet separated from His body the Church.  Furthermore, you must, as far as you are able, avoid all secular communion with such people as well.  You should not socially unite with or befriend non-Catholics who are closed to the truth. This, sadly, may include biological family members. God's family, the Catholic faithful, is a Catholic's real family. Biological ties mean nothing to God and, therefore, should mean nothing to you, if those members of your biological family deny the Catholic Faith and are hostile to God and His Law.

St. Luke 14:26: “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.”

He does not mean to hate, as in to wish evil upon, but He means to hate the errors and attitudes that are offensive to God.

Contact all the people who consider you a close friend and let them know that there is a big change taking place in your life, namely that you are going to start taking God and His message of salvation to the world seriously, and do your best to encourage them to be a part of it. If they refuse, you must charitably admonish them for the love of their souls.  If they remain obstinately rebellious against God, you cannot drag them to heaven, but you must not let them drag you to hell. Be prepared to be persecuted even by your own "family" and "friends".

St. Matthew 10:34-38: “Do not think that I came to send peace upon earth: I came not to send peace, but the sword. For I came to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man's enemies shall be they of his own household. He that loveth father or mother more than me, is not worthy of me; and he that loveth son or daughter more than me, is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not up his cross, and followeth me, is not worthy of me”

Pope Innocent III, Fourth Lateran Council, 1215: "Moreover, we determine to subject to excommunication believers who receive, defend, or support heretics."

Pope Leo X, Fifth Lateran Council, Session 8, 1513: "…And since truth cannot contradict truth, we define that every statement contrary to the enlightened truth of the faith is totally false and we strictly forbid teaching otherwise to be permitted. We decree that all those who cling to erroneous statements of this kind, thus sowing heresies which are wholly condemned, should be avoided in every way and punished as detestable and odious heretics and infidels who are undermining the Catholic faith."

2 Thessalonians 3:6, 14-15: “And we charge you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you withdraw yourselves from every brother walking disorderly, and not according to the tradition which they have received of us… And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and do not keep company with him, that he may be ashamed: Yet do not esteem him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.”

Titus 3:10-11: “A man that is a heretic, after the first and second admonition, avoid: Knowing that he, that is such an one, is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned by his own judgment.”

If being in the company of non-Catholics is unavoidable (i.e., at home, while at work or in commerce), make sure that they never get the impression that you think that they are able to be saved as non-Catholics, or that they can get to heaven unless they convert. If it comes up, you must tell them "You have to become a Catholic to get to heaven." And explain to them what being Catholic means in these dark days. If a reasonable opportunity arises, let non-Catholics you associate with know what you believe.

Do not hide from them the fact that they worship a false god and that their sinful lifestyles will only send them to hell unless they convert. You can and must be cordial and charitable to all people, whether Catholic or non-Catholic, but remember you cannot unite in prayer with non-Catholics, and it is incredibly perilous to your salvation to retain non-Catholic "friends".

And are they really your friends?  What do you gain from friendship with the enemies of God, that you are willing to trade good standing with God in return for?  If they show a sincere desire to convert, then help them along, pray for them answer their questions to the best of your ability, but if they reject the truth, you must charitably admonish them and have no more to do with them than is necessary, lest they drag you into sin.

Also, Catholics may not send their children to non-Catholic schools, which means today they must home school their children because there are no Catholic schools anywhere, or at least anywhere that I know of. Remember a Vatican II school is NOT Catholic. You must home school and teach your children the true Catholic Faith. To read more about how to deal with bad willed non-Catholics, especially family members, read the post, "How do you deal with a bad willed heretic?".


Pope Pius IX, Etsi Multa: "They are to be considered among those with whom all faithful Christians are forbidden by the Apostle to associate and have social exchange to such an extent that, as he plainly states, they may not even be greeted."


2nd St. John, 1:10-11: "If any man come to you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into the house nor say to him, God speed you. For he that saith unto him, God speed you, communicateth with his wicked works."


If this seems a hard teaching, remember it comes from Christ Himself, who shows in parables that He is a hard man, but that those who make the necessary sacrifices for the sake of loving and obeying Him will be abundantly rewarded:



St. Luke 19:27: "But as for those my enemies, who would not have me reign over them, bring them hither, and kill them before me."


St. Mark 10:29-30: "Jesus answering, said: Amen I say to you, there is no man who hath left house or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or children, or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, Who shall not receive an hundred times as much, now in this time; houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions: and in the world to come life everlasting."


And YES I know that it is a difficult standard to live up to.  I struggle with this very thing myself, but when I am in the presence of those who contradict God's Law, I do not remain silent, but charitably admonish.  Remember to charitably admonish those who commit sin, and hope for their amendment, and never imply that you agree with their sin, neither by what you say or do, nor by what you leave unsaid or undone.



7. Live a life of piety, penance, mortification and evangelization

We have all committed atrocious sins, and we have all deserved Hell. Do we still? Have we remained, through our own slothful ignorance, out of the Church by communing with heresy and proclaiming heretics (such as Fr. Ratzinger, aka [anti]Pope Benedict XVI), where there is neither salvation, nor remission of sin?

Pope Boniface VIII, Uncam Sanctam, ex cathedra: "Urged by faith, we are obliged to believe and to maintain that the Church is one, holy, catholic, and also apostolic. We believe in her firmly and we confess with simplicity that outside of her there is neither salvation nor the remission of sins,"

Or are we yet blind to some mortal sin or other, or have we not sufficiently repented for those of which we are aware? Or even if we have, can we be confidesnt we have done sufficient penance to avert the pains of Purgatory? We cannot ever know while we are yet sojourners, so let us then, ever increase in virtue to the best of our ability that we may never again offend the Lord.


We must avoid sin.

We must repent, confess and do penance when we have sinned.

In addition we should always be solicitous for the holy souls in Purgatory, who are suffering beyond anything we can imagine.  We should offer prayers, almsgiving and other good works on their behalf, that they might be speedily released from their just punishment and enter into the joy of their Master.

And most importantly, if we would obtain heaven, we must also be solicitous for the salvation of our neighbours, doing what we can to bring them to love and obey God.

St. James 5:20: "He must know that he who causeth a sinner to be converted from the error of his way, shall save his soul from death, and shall cover a multitude of sins."



1st St. Peter 3:15-17: "But sanctify the Lord Christ in your hearts, being ready always to satisfy every one that asketh you a reason of that hope which is in you. But with modesty and fear, having a good conscience: that whereas they speak evil of you, they may be ashamed who falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ. For it is better doing well (if such be the will of God) to suffer, than doing ill."

If we would evangelize successfully, we must meet people on the right terms.  You cannot quote Scripture or dogmatic definitions to the immoral or to atheists and expect much of a response - these will mean nothing to them - but we must appeal to reason and the Natural Law, and show them by way of reason that the conclusions of morality (as it is taught by the Natural Law, and by Christ and the Church) are not only good for them individually, but good for society in general.  If they can begin to accept and obey the reasonable precepts of the Natural Law, God, in His mercy, may begin to remove their blindness little by little and enable them to see more and more the ways in which they must change to ultimately please Him.

St. Alphonsus Maria Liguori, The Glories of Mary, Introduction: "St. Bonaventure says that those who make a point of announcing to others the glories of Mary are certain of heaven; and this opinion is confirmed by Richard of St. Laurence, who declares "that to honor this Queen of Angels is to gain eternal life" [...] We learn from the revelations of St. Bridget, that the blessed Bishop Emingo was in the habit of always beginning his sermons with the praises of Mary.  One day the Blessed Virgin herself appeared to the saint, and desired her to tell him that in consequence of his pious practice, "she would be his mother, that he would die a holy death, and that she would herself present his soul to God"he died like a saint in the act of praying, and in the most heavenly peace.  Mary also appeared to a Dominican friar, who always concluded his sermons by speaking of her; when on his deathbed the Blessed Virgin defended him from the devils, consoled him, and then she herself carried off his happy soul"


The Revelations of St. Birgitta of Sweden, Book 4, Chapter 89: "The knight's coat of mail represents abstinence. Just as a coat of mail consists of many small rings of chain, so too abstinence consists of many virtues, for example, abstinence from immoral sights or things affecting the other senses, from gluttony and lust and superfluity, and from many other things that St. Benedict laid down as forbidden. One cannot put this coat of mail on alone without another's help. Therefore, my Mother, the Virgin Mary, should be invoked and venerated, for every good example and type of virtue are to be found in her. If she is steadfastly invoked, she will indicate to your spirit all the perfect types of abstinence."

May God and His Holy Virgin Mother convert you to the love of His Holy Name, and keep your soul unto life everlasting.  Amen.

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