Stinkin’ Thinkin’? Fr. Thomas Berg writes that we are not necessarily called to be successful . . .

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Biblical truth or a convenient excuse for a poorly run Church?

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What “success” looks like

When my kids are grown, it won’t really matter if they got an A or a B in 7th grade history. It won’t really matter how far they can hit a baseball. It won’t really even matter much if they’ve made a lot of money or been “successful” according to the world. What will matter much more is this:

12 Most Important Metrics for your Child’s (and your) Education

A Prayer Before A Test

Editor’s note: One of my sons recently completed a comprehensive (and exhaustive) series of tests in order to become a professional SCUBA instructor. I have no doubt that he was successful … at least in part … due to prayer.

Here’s one of the prayers I found at
The Catholic Community at Ithaca College


Prayer Before a Test

My God, enable me to trust in the good outcome
of the test I am about to take;
help me to contribute my own share
of optimism and confidence.
With your grace, my God,
I hope to crown my efforts with success.
Keep far from me at this moment
any presumption that it all depends
exclusively on me.
You are next to me, my God,
the necessary and welcome presence
in all the moments of my life.
I will take this test, my God,
because it is important
for my personal development.
My God, be the source of my inspiration
in my doubts and uncertainties,
supporting me with your blessing.

Amen.

(Some may prefer to insert “Lord Jesus”
in place of “My God”)

Seen on the web: Old guard feminists reject motherhood, promote killing of “intrusive” babies.

The old guard feminists who insisted that women’s success in the public sphere could only be accomplished by rejecting the “strait-jacket” of motherhood (and killing any intrusive babies) have been roundly displaced by another group of women who say that it’s challenging but possible to juggle it all without murder.

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Comprehensive article explains Catholic approach to healing homosexual disorders

At the present time most Catholics have little to no understanding of the emotional causes of homosexual attractions and behavior nor of the powerful role that Catholic spirituality can play in the healing of this disorder. The reasons for this state of ignorance are numerous and include the scant literature available on the value of the Catholic Faith and the sacraments in the resolution of homosexual attractions and acts; failure of traditional therapy to resolve homosexual behavior; views within the media and educational, social service, health and political fields. In addition, there are many factions within the Church herself that are opposed to and are attempting to undermine traditional Catholic moral doctrine on this issue.

The failure to understand the actual causes of homosexuality impacts those who counsel teenagers and adults with this disorder. Therapists regularly tell those seeking help that the Church’s teaching on homosexuality is insensitive to homosexuals, unscientific, and erroneous. They are advised to accept themselves as being created homosexual by God. Unfortunately, those giving such counsel usually have little awareness of the emotional conflicts leading to homosexual attractions nor of the healing power available with forgiveness and the Catholic spirituality.

In my clinical experience over the past twenty years I have witnessed the resolution of the emotional pain which caused homosexual temptations and behavior in several hundred males and females. Their process of healing occurred, first, through insight-oriented psychotherapy to identify the origins of their conflicts and then through the use of forgiveness and Catholic spirituality. Such a treatment approach is similar in ways to the employment of spirituality in the treatment of substance abuse disorders. In fact, major breakthroughs were made in the management of addictive disorders only after a reliance on God was made the cornerstone of the treatment plan. Prior to that time, traditional psychotherapy alone resulted in minimal improvement. The use of Catholic spirituality in the treatment of homosexuality follows a similar pattern.

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Is the pro-life movement really successful?


In one sense certainly. No other organization has consistently brought several hundred thousand people to the capital consistently for nearly 40 years, not that I’ve ever heard of anyway. Moreover, the Pro-life movement in particular places offers real solutions for women, through crisis pregnancy centers, post-abortive counseling, gifts, donations, adoption etc. In my estimation these are the real successes.

The successes however, sadly don’t overshadow the striking failures of the movement politically, and these are due to two factors: 1) A faulty grasp on the real nature of the problem and 2) absolute dependence on the Republican party which does not care. Thus we can say that the pro-life movement is successful socially with all of the good it is able to do for women in need, but not politically.

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Liberal Catholic nonsense that’s become commonly accepted by clergy and laity alike

“God does not ask us to be successful.
He only asks us to have faith!”


“We have already won the battle,
so it’s only a matter of time!”


N O N S E N S E ! ! !

God expects us to use all the grace and all the talents
that he provides, for his greater glory,
holding nothing back, and never doubting
the power and efficacy of divine providence.

Coming in “second” to the forces of evil
does nothing to enhance God’s glory,
to advance the causes of the Kingdom of God,
or to alleviate the human suffering caused by sin.

Only when we are centered in the express will of God,
fortified by his grace, and absolutely committed to doing his will,
no matter the cost, can we be absolutely assured of success.


T H I S  I S  T R U E  F A I T H .

The Apostles built the Church on faith like that.

Failure is God’s way of telling us that we do not really know him.
Not knowing God, we do instead what we think is right …
and we fail …
suffering all the bitter consequences … for nothing.

Worse than that, we might also end up in Hell!

Consistent prayer and study, along with full, active, and faithful
participation in ALL the work, worship, sacraments
and devotions of the Catholic Church
is how we typically come to know and love God,
and successfully discern his will for our life.


God is not glorified by failure … nor are we.

God provides everything we need to succeed.

God expects us to succeed. For him. Not us.

In fact, his judgment demands it!

A parable:

Matthew 25:14-30 For even as a man going into a far country called his servants and delivered to them his goods;  And to one he gave five talents, and to another two, and to another one, to every one according to his proper ability: and immediately he took his journey.

And he that had received the five talents went his way and traded with the same and gained other five.  And in like manner he that had received the two gained other two. But he that had received the one, going his way, digged into the earth and hid his lord’s money.

But after a long time the lord of those servants came and reckoned with them. And he that had received the five talents coming, brought other five talents, saying: Lord, thou didst deliver to me five talents. Behold I have gained other five over and above.  His lord said to him: Well done, good and faithful servant, because thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will place thee over many things. Enter thou into the joy of thy lord. And he also that had received the two talents came and said: Lord, thou deliveredst two talents to me. Behold I have gained other two. His lord said to him: Well done, good and faithful servant: because thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will place thee over many things. Enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

But he that had received the one talent, came and said: Lord, I know that thou art a hard man; thou reapest where thou hast not sown and gatherest where thou hast not strewed.  And being afraid, I went and hid thy talent in the earth. Behold here thou hast that which is thine.

And his lord answering, said to him: Wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sow not and gather where I have not strewed. Thou oughtest therefore to have committed my money to the bankers: and at my coming I should have received my own with usury.

Take ye away therefore the talent from him and give it him that hath ten talents. For to every one that hath shall be given, and he shall abound: but from him that hath not, that also which he seemeth to have shall be taken away.

And the unprofitable servant, cast ye out into the exterior darkness. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

In the above passage, the faithful servants knew their master, they knew what their master expected of them, they put to good use the training and talents they were given, and they invested them profitably, obtaining appropriate rewards for themselves, and for their master.

The facts, in the words of Jesus Christ:

Matthew 7:14-23 How narrow is the gate, and strait is the way that leadeth to life: and few there are that find it!

Beware of false prophets, who come to you in the clothing of sheep, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

By their fruits you shall know them.

Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?  Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit, and the evil tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can an evil tree bring forth good fruit.

Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit, shall be cut down, and shall be cast into the fire.  Wherefore by their fruits you shall know them.

Not every one that saith to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven: but he that doth the will of my Father who is in heaven, he shall enter into the kingdom of heaven.  Many will say to me in that day: Lord, Lord, have not we prophesied in thy name, and cast out devils in thy name, and done many miracles in thy name?  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquity.

Here, Jesus warns us of false prophets and wolves in sheep’s clothing. Having been forewarned, he expects us to be able to recognize and choose only what is good. If we fail, we might end up in hell.

That’s just the way it is. All the more reason to succeed!

Now you know what God expects. Don’t believe the nonsense, whatever the source!

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