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Robert Lazu Kmita | Remnant Columnist, Romania

The tweet of Father Thomas Crean O.P.

In a tweet written on October 8, one day before the feast of Saint John Henry Newman (1801–1890), the Dominican Father Thomas Crean drew attention to one of the most interesting comments made by the Oxford scholar about the last times.[i] It’s about an excerpt from the conclusion of Newman’s fourth and final lecture in the series entitled The Patristical Idea of Antichrist in Four Lectures.[ii]

“Obedience must have its limits, beyond which guilt begins.”  What Can We Learn from a Great Writer

Although baptized, we still fall ill. Although baptized, we feel the relentless attacks of concupiscence. Although baptized, we suffer the vicissitudes of a life subjected to sin. And, most importantly, although baptized, we are subject to death. If Adam and Eve, before the fall, were not touched by any of the evils of this life, how can we say that, through the Holy Sacrament of Baptism, “We are somewhat already in Paradise”? It is time to answer, as much as possible, this challenging question.

In order to do this, we need to reflect, using as vivid and expressive imagery as possible, on the human condition before the fall, so that we can contemplate our situation after the fall. Only when these aspects are clarified, can we revisit the topic of Holy Baptism and discuss the effects it has on those saved “by the laver of regeneration” (Titus 3:5).

To someone not initiated into the symbolic universe of the Roman Catholic Church, the liturgy, the Sacraments, and the interior of a church building mean nothing. Invisible to physical eyes, their profound and coherent meanings remain inaccessible. Comparing this situation to a foreign language doesn’t help because someone seeing a page written in, let’s say, Japanese, knows for sure that there is a language he does not understand. Yet, it is a language that, even if not comprehended, is rich with meanings. In the case of the sacred symbols, however, a profane observer sees only elements made from familiar materials: water, oil, fire, bread, wine, etc. These are things he could even use without realizing he is committing sacrilege because all of these are commonplace in the profane context of our everyday lives. So, an observer whose mind is not attuned to perceive their meanings will see nothing more than that. The only intelligible things, partially, to an accidental participant in a Sacrament or the celebration of the Holy Liturgy, would be the words spoken by the celebrants of the sacred mysteries. But even those words do not fully reveal their meanings.

The sign of Jonah

The confrontations of Our Lord Jesus Christ with the priests became all the more intense as His earthly life approached its end. After presenting Him as a dangerous sorcerer who performed exorcisms with the help of demons (Luke 11:15), they began to continuously tempt Him with questions designed to give his adversaries the opportunity to incriminate Him. Mockingly, they even asked Him for miracles: “Master, we would see a sign from thee.” (Matthew 12:38) However, knowing the hardness of their hearts, the Savior only offered them one sign: “An evil and adulterous generation seeketh a sign: and a sign shall not be given it, but the sign of Jonas the prophet.” (Matthew 12:39)

There are Dragons.
Saint Augustine’s Interpretation of the Bible and the Traps of Evolutionistic Historiography

The Enigmas of the Old Testament

In a well known fragment from the book of Genesis we read the following:

“Now giants were upon the earth in those days. For after the sons of God went in to the daughters of men, and they brought forth children, these are the mighty men of old, men of renown.” (Gen. 6: 4)

Many questions, only one answer

What is the difference between a medieval Gothic Catholic church built according to the canons of sacred architecture – Notre Dame de Paris – and a modern (i.e. modernist) church – The Cathedral of Our Lady in Los Angeles?

A techno-superstition

In an article published on The Remnant’s website about two months ago,[i] I presented the theological argument that explains why the current state of our “fallen” world, due to the original sin of Adam and Eve, makes the existence of extraterrestrial beings implausible. In some commentaries, a possible demonic dimension of UFO phenomena has been mentioned (also referred to as UAP - “Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena”). Therefore, certain readers, much like numerous members of other Christian communities, believe that little green men and their spacecraft are, in fact, manifestations of those fallen angelic beings called “demons.” There are numerous sermons, theological texts, discussions, and interviews circulating in which laypeople from various professions, or even some priests, argue that these phenomena are undeniably manifestations of dark, evil powers. We are thus dealing with a quite widespread opinion. This fact has convinced us that a serious discussion about extraterrestrial beings and the forces that might be at work behind their manifestations is necessary. While it cannot be ruled out, such a hypothesis should not be exaggerated to the point of becoming a sort of techno-superstition.

A significant part of the articles and discussions held in traditional and conservative Catholic circles describe and lament the current situation of both the world and the Church. If we notice that unlike the era before the French Revolution (1789), in our times sin has not only become widespread but has also been institutionalized through so-called “laws” that directly contradict the Ten Commandments and the Christian Gospel, this is an easily understandable fact. Instead of attempting to describe the extent of the social and institutional disaster of our days, I will simply state that everything proves the truth of the words of the Saint John, the Eagle of Patmos, who affirms that “the whole world is seated in wickedness” (1 John 5: 19). But what is the root of such a situation? What is lacking in the Church and the world today? The answer, I think, is self-evident: saints. We lack saints.

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