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Obstacles to Obedience

Let us begin with creation, since we see so much of it in a most intricate system which has functioned as it continues for a long time in an obvious order for which can exist no other explanation than an omnipotent, intelligent Creator. The Creator has all rights over His own creation, which could not exist or continue to function without Him.

We cannot claim to see or understand all creation – so few have access to electronic microscopes or telescopes, through which we continue to find viruses or galaxies heretofore unimagined. Nor can we claim that all creation is palpable. Daily, hourly, by the minute (themselves impalpable) we encounter thoughts, problems, solutions, conclusions which can be reduced to action, demonstration, or recording, but have less physical substance than the air we breathe. We cannot rule out the existence of entire hierarchies of created spiritual beings more intelligent than ourselves, created as they are, without the human necessity of development, though not without recorded occasional manifestation.

Nothing physical is essential, eternal, or self-creative. We need observe only the nearest planets to realize that we cannot survive outside our own balanced environment – animal, vegetable, mineral, and atmospheric. We find certain minerals subject to variation from location, pressure, temperature, erosion, and oxidation. Trees and plants grow according to species at different seasons, elevations, and rainfalls, in different soils. Animal species are largely subject to the same limitations as well as their peculiar instincts. Only man adapts to all environments, due largely to ability to plan intelligently – to choose.

Mankind has one virtue (another intangible) never found in the rest of the animal creation, religion – relationship with a Higher Power able to bless or curse. We alone are responsible for our thoughts, words, deeds, and omissions.

BALTIMORE CATECHISM: “God made me to know Him, to love Him, and to serve Him in this world, and to be happy with Him in the next.” First we must know. You can hardly love what you don’t know, and seldom enough what you know. When God is known He must be loved. If we reject Him we frustrate our own nature, His creation, properly oriented to Him. When He is loved He must be served – His own test.

“To be happy with Him in the next.” – a reward. Why a reward without an alternative? We must have a free choice! Therefore we have free will, whereby we have responsibility and eligibility for consequential reward or punishment, according to our obedience or disobedience to God.

How shall we determine God’s will, so that we may choose to obey it?

God has spread out what He wishes us to know of eternity before us. We have no logical choice but to accept or reject it in its entirety. If we refuse to accept any point we have no reason to accept any other point, for they all come from the same Source, guaranteed by the same Authority.

Jesus Christ revealed this information to twelve men He had chosen, and sent them forth to inform and convert mankind to the Church He had founded. His Church followed His program for nineteen centuries, and has continued to grow, despite all opposition, until infiltrated by false disciples who have improved on His message and His methods.

Pope St. Pius X, Acerbo nimis: “We are forced to agree with those who hold that the chief cause of the present indifference … and the serious evils that result … is … above all in ignorance of things divine.” His solution: Catechetical instruction. Why? Because it was Christ’s own method. He selected His disciples from the ordinary people, not from the scholars at the temple, who resented His popularity. His Apostles used His methods and established His Church everywhere with identical doctrine. The poor had the Gospel preached to them. And they understood it well enough so that they kept the Church alive despite many of the same stripe as the Temple experts. Of the sixty heresies originated by Catholics listed in The Catholic Encyclopedia fifty-eight came from bishops and priests. The well instructed laity could not be bothered. They knew their religion and refused whatever varied, no matter how clever.

Ninety years ago we all knew our catechism. Our parents knew it, and we had a head start from home, before we learned to read. We learned our religion through oral repetition before we could spell. No one propounded errors for us to discuss. This nonsense came in with the Renewal through the hostile experts who infiltrated the Church from the top. Our children were trained in new methods that by design failed to train them in our religion, and substituted foolishness and heresy, often unrecognised. After half a century of imposition of heresies, many old enough to have been officially condemned, and the issue of new canon law systems and catechisms irreconcilable with our first nineteen centuries, we have problems with obedience.

But these are best resolved by return to the catechisms of our younger days, and refusal to accept anything that smells different, and any stinker who proposes it.

In obedience to God and to the Catholic Church which He gave us for our salvation, we must resist those who have infiltrated and alienated the structure in Rome, as well as all the hierarchy and clergy who adhere to the last five decades’ consciously heretical embezzlers.

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