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A Reasonable Hope?

Just finished watching Wolf Hall and am contemplating the eternal fate of Henry VIII and Thomas Cromwell. This is in light of the Reverend Robert Barron’s, now famous, statement that we can “have a reasonable hope that all are saved (no one goes to hell.)”

Henry was an adulterer, a murderer, and an apostate.   Historians say he wanted to be Catholic just not a Papist. However, whether or not he intended to do so, he founded the Church of England on divorce and murder. Thomas Cromwell, the King’s trusted adviser, who was partial to Protestantism, most notably Lutheranism, carried out Henry’s nefarious plans. These included the murder of Anne Boleyn, her brother, and two of her household servants, because Henry “wanted” Jane Seymour and Cromwell wanted more power. He was also responsible for the deaths of John Fisher and Thomas More because they were “Papists.” Thomas Cromwell deeply despised the Catholic Church and Sts. John Fisher and Thomas More were his way at getting back at that Church. According to 1 John 3: 14-15, “no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.”

I think it’s pretty unreasonable that people like Henry VIII and Thomas Cromwell were saved if that means they are not in hell with Judas. (Jesus, Scriptures-both old and new- the Apostles, and the early Church fathers all tell us that Judas is in hell.) I know. I know. I shouldn’t judge individual souls. However, the only people that we can be sure are in heaven are those that the Church has officially called Saints.

In order for someone to go to hell, it is necessary to willfully turn away from God and be unrepentant and persistent in sin until the end. In light of scriptures and Jesus’ teachings about the existence of hell, why would we ever have a reasonable hope that hell is empty, except for Satan, his minions, and Judas?

I would also think it unreasonable that anyone who rejects God, denies Jesus as the Way, the Truth, and the Life can get into heaven. Of course, when the Apostles asked Jesus, “then who can be saved?” He responded that with God all things are possible. Do Satanists, witches, pagans, people who sin against the Holy Spirit ( a sin that can’t be forgiven in this world or the next, according to Jesus,) and those who despair and have no hope, reasonable or unreasonable; do they all go to heaven?

It would appear that I have so many questions and so few answers that my head is about to explode. I guess I’ll have to heed St. Paul and work out my salvation with fear and trembling and hope in the promises of my Savior. And that is the only hope that I feel is  very, very reasonable!

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Our Church is Effeminate!

Notice I didn’t say feminine. I wouldn’t insult those of us who try to be Proverb 31 women; truly feminine in every Godly sense. I’m not comparing our Catholic Church to us. In fact, if she started to act like a true Bride of Christ, things might be different.

I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately especially in light of certain headlines.

A parish pastor is excoriated for only having male altar servers in the sanctuary.

An archbishop is taken to task because he defends doctrine about homosexuality.

The nuns who believe abortion is okay; sodomite marriage is okay; contraception is okay; are told by the Vatican to carry on, because “we’re okay and you’re okay.”

The Cardinal who thinks that “All are welcome, children, into the light” but only if you are gay and proud and marching in a St. Patrick’s day parade.

Non-Catholics being given the Eucharist during a funeral Mass for an Archbishop.

Three Roman Catholic (sic) priestesses ordained? Yeah! Right!

I think you got my point. Now I want to bring it back to our liturgy.

The Novus Ordo Mass is rife with the female touch and not in a good way. The choir directors are usually women and most of the choir is also. The music is lame. I mean why have great male voices chanting some great Latin when we can have that good old Protestant standby, “Amazing Grace?”

I remember when the only people allowed on the Eastern side of the communion rail were men. I also remember how awestruck I was when I saw Sister Leticia changing the altar cloths one afternoon. She was a Franciscan nun and the sacristan at our parish. I realized then that if I wanted to get that close to the altar, I was going to have to be a nun and become a sacristan. Now, women swarm all over the altar as Eucharistic Ministers, altar girls, lectors and even ushers. Nothing is sacred.

Here’s what I pray. I pray that the masculine will come back to our liturgy. I pray for a priest that will speak about the four last things from the pulpit. I pray for bishops to man-up and stop giving Communion to known pro-aborts. I pray for the day when Catholic men will start being the leaders that God meant them to be in their families, in their Church, and in their communities. Then, maybe women will acting like women.

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