The Thirty-Fourth Clarion: LOYALTY
"Exhort servants to be obedient to their masters, in all things pleasing, not contradicting, not defrauding, but in all things showing good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God, our Savior in all things."
Titus 2: 9-10
Is loyalty a thing of the past? If you take our present society as a
barometer, then the answer would have to be a resounding "yes!" If you
consider the liberal factions that have arisen since Vatican II, then the
answer in ecclesiastical circles would also have to be an unequivocal
"yes!" But this lack of loyalty is not generic just to this generation, it
goes back to the beginning of time when our first parents Adam and Eve were
disloyal to the Father; throughout the Old Testament subversion to God's
Will was rampant. In the New Testament, those who praised Jesus on Palm
Sunday crucified Him on Good Friday. Not the epitome of loyalty!!
Saint Paul says in his Epistle to Titus, 2:9-10, "Exhort servants to be
obedient to their masters, in all things pleasing, not contradicting, Not
defrauding, but in all things showing good fidelity; that they may adorn
the doctrine of God, our Savior in all things." Yet we've forgotten those
wise words and challenge everything. As Americans we think we have the
right to question everything and do it the way we want to do things.
Mental anarchy! We misquote the Constitution and hide behind it to
proclaim our freedoms that we think are our right. But there is a greater
order that was laid down by a higher Power long ago and it still holds true
Our loyalty is misplaced because we don't know what to be loyal to and why
we must be loyal to being with. Blame it on the great false prophet of or
day - the media, blame it on complacency within the Magisterium of the
Church in not passing on the doctrines of the Church to younger
generations, blame it on satan! But blame is an excuse, blame is for
losers and we're winners for man is God's greatest creation.
Loyalty begins with God. It ends with God. In the middle is our life on
this earth, and that life must constitute man-made laws because we were all
born with original Sin and therefore are a weak, selfish, sinful people.
In the Old Testament, God told the people what was His Will, what was
right, detailing everything from the Ten Commandments to specific Jewish
rituals and specifications in Exodus, Numbers and Leviticus, and expected
them to obey. When they didn't, God punished His people then and there.
No ifs, ands, or buts. His Justice came and the people were wiped out.
In the New Testament, the New Law given by Jesus Christ fulfilled the Old
Law, brought it to a completeness manifested in the two great commands,
"Love God, and love your neighbor as yourself" (cf. Matthew 22:37-40, Mark
12:31, and Luke 10:27). In this great commandment, Loyalty is essential.
Loyalty to God, loyalty to our neighbor and to ourselves as God created us
to be in His image and likeness; that is loyalty, that is obedience.
When we take God out of the picture, loyalty goes out the window - and the
world's done a pretty god job of that! When we can't even agree about the
life and teachings of the Son of God, Jesus Christ, and must argue
vehemently every point of Scripture, then we've lost the whole meaning of
why God sent His Only-begotten Son to live among us, to teach us, to live
and die for us, and to be raised from the dead for us as proof of Life
Everlasting. Without God at the helm, it's too easy to dissent with the
teachings of the Church.
History proves this theory fact as documented in this month's installment
of The History of the Mass on the causes and effects that led to the
Protestant Revolt. Why? Because man had a better idea than God and the
Magisterium of the Church failed to convey the true teachings to all. It
was too easy for men like Martin Luther, John Calvin, Huldreich Zwingli,
Lefevre d'Etaples, John Wycliffe, John Huss, Henry VIII, et al to dismiss
the words of the Vicar of Christ, the Pope, and to rationalize that the
pontiff was out of touch with the populace and the times. Sound familiar?
Replace the above names with people like Andrew Greeley, Richard McBrien,
Francis Kissling, Karen Armstrong, and also Cardinal Martini of Milan (and
his horde of like-minded ecclesiae including a too vocal block of
"the-Pope's-out-of-touch", liberal, humanistic
pro-women-priests-soft-on-abortion-and-homosexuals faction of U.S. bishops
who strongly favor the all-inclusive language and back ICEL by pushing for
the New Revised Standard Version Bible and the New American Bible which the
Canadian bishops have already installed and which Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger
representing the Vatican, REJECTED strongly a few years ago! Yet, many
bishops and laity blatantly foist the NRSV and NAB liturgy on us. Check
your parish missalettes and see if your pastor is being loyal. If not, ask
him why in a loving, but firm manner. It's not majority rule. Parish
Councils do not dictate the liturgy, Sacraments, or teachings of the
Church. The Bishops through their appointed pastors do. We must be loyal
to them as representatives appointed by the Pope, who was appointed by
Christ! We cannot veer from this hierarchical order or we're in big, big
trouble! The modernists have tried to sabotage everything the Holy Father
has proclaimed - from his encyclicals to the translation of the Catechism to
his health - or not proclaimed, such as altar girls and all-inclusive language!
You get the idea! The same atmosphere that permeated the sixteenth and
seventeenth centuries is prevalent today with almost the same conditions
which makes it ripe for another great schism in the Church. The only
difference is that the man the Holy Spirit has placed on the Throne of
Peter in this critical day and age is strong and holy and will not
compromise with those who would coerce and sabotage him. And as much as
the false prophets cry out that Pope John Paul II is out of touch, the remnant
grows in loyalty to him (witness the record throngs in the Philippines two years ago
at World Youth Day or the massive crowds last year in Paris or South America, even Cuba) because they know he is Christ's true Vicar on earth! There are no questions. The Pope says it; it's Catholic doctrine,
end of discussion!
Next installment: part two on loyalty.