Some notes from a priest about Catholic disciplines and common sense

A good man puts you at ease; a good priest puts you at ease, but often challenges you as well. A good man makes you laugh; a good priest makes you laugh, but sometimes makes you cry. A good man helps you reach success in life; a good priest helps you reach success, but he also prepares you for heaven. A Catholic priest must be a good man, certainly, but God calls His priests to a greater personal sanctity. A really good priest never ceases to call others, as well, to sanctity.

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Secret Service expects agents to be celibate while on the job!

by Doug Lawrence

The U.S. government lately seems to be demanding celibacy from Secret Service agents, so why is celibacy still such a “hot button issue” when it comes to Catholic priests, who regularly deal with  matters of  life and death, and who typically remain “on-duty” 24/7 and 365, wherever they happen to be?

Some jobs simply require total dedication!

The President of the United States is not God,
no matter what our current president might believe,
yet it’s very clear that those who are dedicated
to keeping him safe must remain
totally devoted to their task.

Celibacy is not an outmoded notion. It remains a very necessary and practical discipline for many … particularly Catholic priests … and apparently … Secret Service agents.

It’s nice to see government finally coming to appreciate traditional, Catholic discipline and common sense.

Don’t you wish everybody did?

“How can you join a church that tells you how to think?”

But Peter said to them: Do penance: and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ, for the remission of your sins. And you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is to you and to your children and to all that are far off, whomsoever the Lord our God shall call.

And with very many other words did he testify and exhort them, saying: Save yourselves from this perverse generation. They therefore that received his word were baptized: and there were added in that day about three thousand souls. And they were persevering in the doctrine of the apostles and in the communication of the breaking of bread and in prayers. (Acts 2:38-42)

Question: “How can you join a church that tells you how to think?”

Answer: “With extreme gratitude and humility,
while constantly praising and giving thanks to God!”

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Editor’s note: This is like asking someone who wants to learn how to safely pilot airplanes, “Why would you go to a flight school that tells you how to fly?”

The short answer is of course, “Because my life (or in the case of the Catholic Church, my eternal salvation) depends upon it … dummy!”

NFP is not Catholic birth control. It’s the Catholic world view…lived out in the bedroom.

With a difficult and commitment heavy process, success and satisfaction depend on actually learning to embrace the process itself, not just the goals. The people I know who look seriously fit are not the ones who hate exercising and eating well, but like to look good and so struggle through. Almost no one is able to put that much consistent effort into something he doesn’t actually want to do. Success in that area comes from finding an athletic activity one can like and working up to the point where one actually wants to engage in it. That doesn’t mean it isn’t hard. But it’s something hard that you want to do.

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The (4) traditional solutions to the problem of harboring impure thoughts.

Q: Why is the Catholic Faith so strict? In the matter of serving God, it is instructed that impure thoughts create sins in every day journey. Why can’t we allow our minds to be free as long as we do not act out every fantasy? I do notice that the mind, unchecked can come up with the strangest of science. But why should I not be able to let my mind be free in its own process? Please help.

A: The Catholic Church has high standards because its standards are God’s own standards. As a faithful Christian, temptation is supposed to strengthen you … not lead you astray. Giving in to lustful thoughts leads you in the wrong direction, even if you don’t act on every fantasy. It’s a lot like fasting from food. Denying some of your more basic urges permits you to master them … hopefully … for the greater glory of God.

Fortunately, the sacraments of the Catholic church are powerful enough to reconcile a person with God, no matter how badly … or how often … they might fail.

The whole idea is to attempt to gradually approach the perfection of Heaven … so when you die … you’re ready.

So … along with faith, hope and charity … your own personal orientation or spiritual “disposition” may be one of the most critical factors, come Judgment Day.

The term “disciple” comes from the word “discipline”.

That … along with God’s grace … is what it takes to reject Satan … and ALL his works.

The (4) traditional solutions to the problem of harboring impure thoughts:

1) Get married.

2) Keep busy.

3) Avoid known temptations.

4) Make up your mind well in advance, to do all of this. Then stick to your plan.

Discipline embodies a new experiment in molding Catholic priests

By ERIC GORSKI
AP Religion Writer

updated 9:06 p.m. CT, Sat., Aug 29, 2009

DENVER – The seminarians’ wallets are empty, except for driver’s licenses and insurance cards. To buy cigarettes or clothes or anything else, they must ask their superiors for money — an exercise in obedience and a reminder that material things aren’t important.

They have virtually no time alone, on or off campus, and are required to travel in pairs, “two by two,” like Jesus’ disciples. They live in a world without cell phones or personal computers, and their evenings end promptly at 10.

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Why would God give us life but not expect us to live it?

Q: Why would God give us life but not expect us to live it?
If there really was a God, and he created all things, including love and sex… wouldn’t he also want us to partake in it all. Drink it all in, absorb it. Live it!

A: You’re not the first person to get hung up on sexual issues, but that should not be a permanent obstacle to your successful practice of the authentic Christian faith.

You obviously never learned the true purpose of the Catholic faith … which is really total freedom from the law, and few if any concerns about divine judgment … all based simply on knowing and loving the one, true God. 

Just remember: The word “discipline” and “disciple” have a common origin.

Also remember that anyone who departs this sphere of existence with at least a modicum of charity in their soul is not likely to see eternal damnation.

Take another look at things. It’s not too late. And try thinking with your brain, this time!

John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal and to kill and to destroy. I am come that they may have life and may have it more abundantly.