Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man, you have no life within you. John 6:53 (Eucharist)
Today, the news is reporting that Joe Biden met with the Pope and the Pope called him a good Catholic and to keep receiving Communion (Eucharist). I laughed. First, Joe Biden can barely remember anything of value. I feel sorry for him because he is being exploited and it’s a crime. So I cannot believe that these words are true. I CAN, unfortunately, believe that Pope Francis said these things.
I used to be shocked at what Pope Francis said and I used to defend him and try to explain what the Pope really meant, but I can’t anymore. I have never experienced such confusion BUT I know where to find the truth so I focus on that. So many Catholic’s falsely believe that we must “follow” or be “obedient” to the Pope and that the Pope’s words and opinions are infallible. I too, believed that. But, the Pope is a man, he’s not divine and he will make mistakes. We have had many antipopes in Church history, so why would anyone deny or refuse to believe that we could be living in a time of an antipope?
Let me be clear! I am NOT calling Pope Francis an antipope.
I am merely stating it is a possibility because “by their fruits, you shall know them,” (Matthew 7:16) The “fruit” so far, is confusion and God is NOT confusing. Being a follower of Christ is HARD. “How narrow is the gate, and strait is the way that leadeth to life: and few there are that find it!” – Matthew 7:14
So Joe Biden is a good Catholic and he should continue to receive Communion? No one should not receive the Eucharist unworthily. Any priest who knowingly gives an unworthy person the Eucharist, is NOT being charitable or merciful, they are damning the person and creating scandal. How dare you be so full of pride that you demand to receive Christ!! You must not approach Christ unless you are worthy. I know that if Christ appeared to me, I would fall to my knees and hid my face like so many of the prophets. Seriously ask yourself, would you honestly feel worthy enough to look directly at Christ? Even after that social media post or response?
If you find that living Catholic is easy, your road is broad. Best change paths. Living Catholic is one of division and persecution. Family members may hate you. You’ll likely be called pious and not in a loving way. You may even be shunned. You WILL suffer. You are not made for this world and your soul desires to be with your Creator! Keep the faith, because you will meet your Creator if you enter through that narrow gate. I came from a Catholic family and even I can experience derision within my family. They aren’t “Joe Biden” Catholics (aka heretics) but I strive to be devout and sometimes this can make another person feel guilt about the way they practice the Catholic faith. It’s not my fault, it’s within them. They desire to do better but the sins of the flesh are hard to master. I have not mastered them either.
Which is why I am grateful for purgatory where I can be fully cleansed before entering Heaven. “Nothing unclean will enter it,” Revelation 21:27 so I cannot have a desire for anything else but my Creator. I cannot desire family or food over God. Or in the case of some people, masturbation, pornography, cigarettes, alcohol, drugs, etc. I MUST only desire my God. Living like this is hard! I’m grateful for God’s mercy through the Sacrament of Confession where I can do penance and receive forgiveness although I still must atone for my sins either here on earth or in purgatory. Yes, purgatory is biblical.
So, back to Pope Francis and Joe Biden. If you think that being a good Catholic means you go to church once a week and have the Pope’s picture on your desk, the road is broad. I am not a good Catholic. I don’t have the Pope’s picture in my home at all. I’m also not striving to be a “good” Catholic. “Good” people don’t enter Heaven. I’ll put this another way, Heaven isn’t full of “good” people.
God is the Judge but open your Bible and learn what it’s telling you. It’s not about “love.” Well, it is, but not in the sense we think of today, “love is love,” blah, blah, blah. God loves us and is merciful. We have stomped on God throughout history, forgotten him, worshipped idols (aka, they exist today. I’ll list some, your phone, computer, news, climate change, abortion, famous people, even friends, etc). You might not stand in front of a golden calf and kneel to it, but these things take your focus away from God. They rarely being good into your life, only anxiety and suffering. Did the six hours of Facebook being down cause a problem in your life? How many of you didn’t know Facebook was down?
Back to confusion…Pachamama. Why would the Pope allow the Pagan Pachamama Mother Earth idol into the Vatican to be worshipped? Ok, some of you don’t know that happened, or that a bowl of dirt was placed on the altar during Mass as an offering, or even that in our own United States that Pagan rituals are making their way into Catholic Churches but these things are happening. If I go onto a Catholic Facebook page who breaks the story about this sacrilege, “Catholics” will respond with, “this is cultural, you’ve obviously never attended a Cultural Mass.” They accept it and I should to. It’s an abomination but I must be corrected, not the parish that is doing it. This is part of that confusion. Why have you been blinded?
I’ve been to MANY other Catholic Churches in many different states but I have NEVER left the United States. But I know many people who have and while there are expressions of culture within their churches, the liturgy is the same. Mass is the same where ever we go (or at least, it should be).
Can their be the expression of local culture in the Catholic Church? Yes. Just go to a Catholic Church in Germany, then visit one in Poland, than another in Mexico. The Native American ceremony performed in the Catholic Church in San Bernadino, California at the opening Mass for the Synod on Synodality, was blasphemy.
Taylor Marshall explains this really well in his recent video. I will not share the video here. It’s horrific. The laity in that “church” should be ashamed. This is me, admonishing the sinners who were there; which I am called to do. It’s an act of mercy. We don’t add rites or procedures into the Mass especially Pagan ceremonies. You CANNOT change the liturgy (despite what they did during Vatican II). I firmly believe that the reason there are so many confused Catholics, is because there is too much leeway in the liturgy.
This is why I go to the Latin Mass. It’s the same today as it was yesterday. One could argue with me (as some have) that the Mass has changed and is ever changing because the Missal has been changed many times. Hmmmm, but has it? Really? The Mass is the fulfillment of the liturgical ceremonies in the Old Testament. How do I know this? I’m studying it.
You want the Truth??? I’m referring you again to Justin Martyr. “We call this food the thanksgiving [Eucharist], and the only people allowed to receive it are those who believe our teaching and have received the washing for the remission of sins and for regeneration; and who live according to the commands of Christ.” The truth is found in the Catholic Church. I know that’s hard to hear and it’s hard to live by but we can’t just “lead a good life.” We are called to do more. You are capable of more. I pray you do more.
If you still struggle, visit Jesus. Ask Him to reveal it to you. He will, if you are quiet and you ask for your eyes and ears to be opened. The place you go should look like this.
I’ve brought many here, aka Eucharistic Adoration. People who aren’t Catholic and people who are struggling with their faith leave here without confusion. If anything, they leave feeling great peace. I ask every time if adoring our Lord helped. They might not even understand but they recognize the awe and beauty and their soul knows. There is peace here and it’s what we all seek.
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are of God; for many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit which confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, 3 and every spirit which does not confess Jesus is not of God. This is the spirit of antichrist, of which you heard that it was coming, and now it is in the world already. 4 Little children, you are of God, and have overcome them; for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 5 They are of the world, therefore what they say is of the world, and the world listens to them. 6 We are of God. Whoever knows God listens to us, and he who is not of God does not listen to us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.” 1 John 4:1-6
Be of God! The Antichrist is coming. I pray your eyes will be opened too.