(Part I of this post here: https://damselofthefaith.wordpress.com/2014/12/01/the-holy-catholic-church-pt-1/.)
The Holy Church of God is our life, salvation and refuge, for without the Church one cannot be saved. Our Lord willed it so. Our Lord established His Church to continue His saving work. He has given us the Sacraments to give us grace, the life of God in our soul, for salvation. We cannot be saved without the Sacraments. Baptism frees us from the bonds of Satan, confirmation strengthens us in the fight for our souls and the Holy Eucharist sustains us, for we receive the very life of God in our souls when we received the Blessed Eucharist because it is truly God. Confession snatches us from the brink of hell and gives us strength to keep fighting against sin and the devil. The Catholic Church is a foretaste of Heaven and it is the way that leads us to God. The Church is that ladder that we climb to attain Heaven. We must walk the path of prayer and penance, united with the Church, using the means She provides to help us in our fight with the world, the flesh and the devil. Our Lord told us that nobody can come to the Father except through Him and nobody can go to Our Lord except through His Church because He established Her as the means of salvation.
Thus, one must always love the Church and do all in their power to defend Her honor for the Church is our Mother just as God is our Father. She is under most bitter attack from enemies both outside and within, especially within. The Modernists are the Church’s enemies, out to destroy Her very foundation, the Papacy, Her soul, the Holy Eucharist and the Mass, and Her beauty, the precious traditions and disciplines that have been passed down for generations. Everything that makes up the Church is all for the good of souls. If the Church is wrong now then She was wrong in past generations and everything that She knew and practiced was all for naught. All of the greatness and majesty of the Church is for the greater glory of God, not for some sentimental nostalgic purpose, as many are wont to say today.
We can’t say we haven’t been warned about the current crisis afflicting the Church of Christ. The Popes have wanted us repeatedly since the “Enlightenment” and they strongly proclaimed that we must love the Church with all of our soul. The Popes of past centuries have left us encyclicals, writings from Councils, etc. to help us. To understand the True Faith today, what most go back to the unchangeable doctrine that was defined and set in stone. We must know the Faith in order to keep the Faith, but this has been all but undermined and abandoned in favor of placating man. The Churches and altars have been sacked, the Deposit of Faith undermined, the Holy Mass seized and tramped underfoot in favor of the worship of man. The Church has so thoroughly been Protestantized and emptied of its divine content that now it appears to be heading towards a pan-Christian ecumenism where all are united under a One World Religion without doctrine, dogma or discipline. Souls have been wandering around in the wilderness for 50 years, looking for a light to guide them or a morsel of bread to feed them and find nothing but stones. Some have grown weary and given up the fight while others have been lukewarm and still others have completely apostasized from the Faith. How many souls have gone to Hell only God knows.
The main objective of my blog and my work here is to take up the sword of truth and slay evil, for that is our duty as the Church Militant. We must speak up for the True Faith and defend the Church’s honor. Enough of this “New Springtime” and “Civilization of love”! The Church is forever ancient and new and never changes! If what we have been taught and what we have observed for two millenia saved souls and produced countless Saints, then so can it today. The Catholic Faith must be fully restored in all of its glory so that souls can be saved and saints made. This is the only reason we and the Church exist.
Yet, the Church remains the Spotless Bride of Christ. She will be resurrected in the end and the whole Church and world will have the SSPX to thank for leading the restoration of the Catholic Church, with their captain, the saintly Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre. Speaking on the SSPX, we can say that they are one of the few bastions of Catholic orthodoxy left in the Church and the ones most viciously persecuted which only proves that they are of God for Our Lord told it to us beforehand when he said “Blessed are ye when they shall revile you, and persecute you, and speak all that is evil against you, untruly, for my sake: Be glad and rejoice, for your reward is very great in heaven. For so they persecuted the prophets that were before you.” (Matt. 5:11). The SSPX accepts persecutions on account of the True Faith for they know that they can never err in adhering to the Faith that has always been believed and practiced. Come hell, high water or unholy clergyman, they have never wavered and have fought as true solders of the Church Militant for that is what they truly are. God raised these men up to defend His honor and glory before the whole Church when She was being attacked from within by the dreaded heresy of Modernism. To this day, they continue to do so and remain bulwarks of the Church, non-compromising and ever faithful with a great love for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the Priesthood, which is the reason for their very existence. Let all the Hosts and Saints of Heaven rejoice at such a lofty sight, seeing the True Faith still being preserved and fought for during the most bitter Passion of Christ’s Church.
It is time for a Holy Crusade to take back what was lost! It’s time to rise up and defend the Catholic Church, unless we want to hear Our Lord ask us “Why did you not defend Me?”
Hear the Saints and Popes on the Holy Church:
“Now, it cannot be difficult to find out which is the true religion, if only it be sought with an earnest and unbiased mind; for proofs are abundant and striking. We have, for example, the fulfillment of prophecies, miracles in great numbers, the rapid spread of the faith in the midst of enemies and in face of overwhelming obstacles, the witness of the martyrs, and the like. From all these it is evident that the only true religion is the one established by Jesus Christ Himself, and which He committed to His Church to protect and to propagate. For the only-begotten Son of God established on earth a society which is called the Church, and to it He handed over the exalted and divine office which He had received from His Father, to be continued through the ages to come. ‘As the Father hath sent Me, I also send you.’ ‘Behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world.’ Consequently, as Jesus Christ came into the world that men ‘might have life and have it more abundantly,’ so also has the Church for its aim and end the eternal salvation of souls, and hence it is so constituted as to open wide its arms to all mankind, unhampered by any limit of either time or place. ‘Preach ye the Gospel to every creature.’ Over this mighty multitude God has Himself set rulers with power to govern, and He has willed that one should be the head of all, and the chief and unerring teacher of truth, to whom He has given ‘the keys of the kingdom of heaven.’ ‘Feed My lambs, feed My sheep.’ ‘I have prayed for thee that thy faith fail not.” ~Pope Leo XIII, “Immortale Dei”, 1885 A.D.
“For nothing more glorious, nothing nobler, nothing surely more honorable can be imagined than to belong to the One, Holy Catholic, Apostolic and Roman Church, in which we become members of one Body as venerable as it is unique; are guided by one supreme Head; are filled with one divine Spirit; are nourished during our earthly exile by one doctrine and one heavenly Bread, until at last we enter into the one, unending blessedness of heaven. But lest we be deceived by the angel of darkness who transforms himself into an angel of light, let this be the supreme law of our love: to love the Spouse of Christ as Christ willed her to be, and as He purchased her with His blood.” ~Pope Pius XII, “Mystici Corporis Christi”, 1943 A.D.
“She is the entrance to life; all the others are thieves and robbers.” ~St. Irenaeus of Lyons
“The first requirement of salvation is to keep the standard of the True Faith.” ~Pope St. Adrian II
“In the Church, God has placed apostles, prophets and doctors, and all the other means through which the Spirit works; in all of which none have any part who do not conform to the Church. On the contrary, they defraud themselves of life by their wicked opinion and most wretched behavior. For where the Church is, there is the Spirit of God; and where the Spirit of God, there the Church and every grace. The Spirit, however, is the Truth.” ~St. Irenaeus
“Our holy religion is not invented by human reason but mercifully revealed by God to men.” ~Bl. Pope Pius IX
“The Bride of Christ cannot be defiled. She is inviolate and chaste. She knows but one home, and with a chaste modesty she guards the sanctity of one bedchamber. It is she that keeps us for God, she that seals for the kingdom the sons whom she bore. Whoever is separated from the Church and is joined to an adulteress is separated from the promises of the Church; nor will he that forsakes the Church attain to the rewards of Christ. He is an alien, a worldling, and an enemy. He cannot have God for his Father who does not have the Church for his Mother. If anyone outside the ark of Noah was able to escape, then perhaps someone outside the pale of the Church may escape.” ~St. Cyprian
“We know that salvation belongs to the Church alone, and that no one can partake of Christ nor be saved outside the Catholic Church and the Catholic Faith.” ~St. John Chrysostom
“Now the holy Church universal proclaims that God cannot be truly worshipped saving within herself, asserting that all they that are without her shall never be saved.” ~Pope St. Gregory the Great
“[The Church] alone has been given by God the mandate and the right to teach with authority.” ~Pope Pius XI, “Ubi Arcano Dei Consilio”, 1922 A.D.
“The Church is the safe and sure guide to conscience, for to her safe-keeping alone there has been confided the doctrines and the promise of the assistance of Christ.” ~Pope Pius XI, “Ubi Arcano Dei Consilio”, 1922 A.D.
“Separate a ray of the sun from its source of light, and its unity will not allow such a division of light. Break a branch from a tree; when broken, it will not be able to bud. Cut off the stream from its spring, and the stream will dry up. Thus also with the Church.” ~St. Cyprian of Carthage
“It is clear that this Church [of Rome] is to all churches throughout the world as the head is to the members, and that whoever separates himself from it becomes an exile from the Christian religion.” ~Pope St. Boniface I, 422 A.D.
“The Church has ever proved indestructible. Her persecutors have failed to destroy her; in fact, it was during times of persecution that the Church grew more and more; while the persecutors themselves, and those whom the Church would destroy, are the very ones who came to nothing… Again, errors have assailed her; but in fact, the greater number of errors that have arisen, the more has the truth been made manifest… Nor has the Church failed before the assaults of demons: for she is like a tower of refuge to all who fight against the devil.” ~St. Thomas Aquinas
“Believe me, O man, there is no power like the power of the Church. Cease thy battling, lest thou lose thy strength; wage not war with heaven. When it is with man thou warrest, thou mayst win or lose; but when thy fighting is against the Church, it is impossible thou shouldst conquer, for God is above all in strength… If thou will not believe [Christ’s] word, believe facts. How many tyrants have sought to crush the Church? They had their gridirons and fiery furnaces, and wild beasts, and swords – and all failed. Where are those enemies now? Buried and forgotten. And the Church? Brighter than the sun. All they had is now past, but her riches are immortal. If the Christians conquered when they were but few in number, canst thou hope to vanquish them, now that the whole earth is filled with the holy religion? ‘Heaven and earth shall pass, but my words shall not pass.’ Wonder not at it; for the Church is dearer unto God than the very heavens. He took flesh not from heaven, but from his Church on earth; and heaven is for the Church, not the Church for heaven.” ~St. John Chrysostom
“The true Church is also to be recognized from her origin, which can be traced back under the law of grace to the Apostles; for her doctrine is the truth not recently given, nor now first heard of, but delivered of old by the Apostles, and disseminated throughout the entire world. Hence no one can doubt that the impious opinions which heresy invents, opposed as they are to the doctrines taught by the Church from the days of the Apostles to the present time, are very different from the faith of the true Church.” ~Catechism of the Council of Trent
“I will go peaceably and firmly to the Catholic Church: for if Faith is so important to our salvation, I will seek it where true Faith first began, see, it among those who received it from God Himself.” ~St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
“But how many wonderful and shining proofs are ready at hand to convince the human reason in the clearest way that the religion of Christ is divine and that ‘the whole principle of our doctrines has taken root from the Lord of the heavens above’; therefore nothing exists more definite, more settled or more holy than our faith, which rests on the strongest foundations. This faith, which teaches for life and points towards salvation, which casts out all vices and is the fruitful mother and nurse of the virtues, has been established by the birth, life, death, resurrection, wisdom, wonders and prophecies of Christ Jesus, its divine author and perfector! Shining forth in all directions with the light of teaching from on high and enriched with the treasures of heavenly wealth, this faith grew famed and notable by the foretellings of so many prophets, the lustre of so many miracles, the steadfastness of so many martyrs, and the glory of so many saints! It made known the saving laws of Christ and, gaining in strength daily even when it was most cruelly persecuted, it made its way over the whole world by land and sea, from the sun’s rising to its setting, under the single standard of the Cross! The deceit of idols was cast down and the mist of errors was scattered. By the defeat of all kinds of enemies, this faith enlightened with divine knowledge all peoples, races and nations, no matter how barbarous and savage, or how different in character, morals, laws and ways of life. It brought them under the sweet yoke of Christ Himself by proclaiming peace and good tidings to all men! Now, surely all these events shine with such divine wisdom and power that anyone who considers them will easily understand that the Christian faith is the work of God. Human reason knows clearly from these striking and certain proofs that God is the author of this faith; therefore it is unable to advance further but should offer all obedience to this faith, casting aside completely every problem and hesitation. Human reason is convinced that it is God who has given everything the faith proposes to men for belief and behavior.” ~Pope Pius IX, “Qui Pluribus”, 1846 A.D.
Words cannot do our Holy Religion justice, but it is all we have to describe the great and awesome power of God in giving us the Catholic Church.
Love the Church always! She is our Mother and Queen, our life and salvation. Without Her, we would perish in the deluge of immorality.
Allow Her to lead you to Heaven where the crown of life awaits those who remained faithful to the True Faith in the midst of the gates of hell shaking the Church to its very foundations.
Long live the Holy Catholic Church and all of Her defenders, especially the Society of St. Pius X!
~Damsel of the Faith