Never in world-history has there been
so much information and such easy access to this information. Due to the
Internet, information can be acquired within a few seconds at almost any time
At the same time never have we lived
in a time with so much confusion, and so many errors being spread throughout
the huge expanse of the universe. Jesus defines who He is-- THE WAY, THE TRUTH,
AND THE LIFE. Jesus calls the devil, “A Father of lies and a murderer from the
Therefore, it is incumbent upon us as
followers of Jesus who is the TRUTH to be able to discern modern errors, know
why they are modern errors, explain why they are errors and strive to destroy
them. This we should do because of our
love for God and for the salvation of immortal souls.
What then might be five of the most
prevalent modern errors?
Dream of St. John Bosco
1.INDEPENDENCE FROM THE CHURCH.How often do we hear far and wide people that
say they were baptized Catholics, have received their Sacraments but they have
arrived at the conclusion that they love Jesus but they cannot stand the
Church.In other words, they can find
God outside of the Church. Wrong way of thinking!Jesus said that He would be with us always
even until the end of time. However, He is truly present in His Church, which
is called His Mystical Body and through the worthy reception of His Sacraments,
especially the Holy Eucharist which is the Bread of Life.
Hell-- caught by surprise!
2.HELL DOES NOT EXIST.Even among older Catholics who were taught by
hard-working and prayerful and orthodox nuns, the doctrine of hell is discarded
as passé, archaic, a relic of dusty medieval theology. This is their reasoning
in a few words: “I cannot believe that an all-loving and merciful God would
send anybody to Hell. Remember, that God is love!” Wrong again!It is true that God does not send anybody to
hell. However, God gives all of us free choice, freedom, liberty to choose
between good and evil. Some willfully choose evil and in grave matters. True,
God is love, but Jesus also said:“If
you love me keep my Commandments….” Also, not all who say, Lord, Lord, will
enter the Kingdom of heaven, but those who do the will of my Heavenly Father.”
Eucharist is not just Bread and wine!!!
3.I WILL GO UP TO TAKE THE BREAD AND
WINE.This all too common erroneous
Liturgical jargon unnerves me! In Holy Mass once the ordained priest has
consecrated the Bread and Wine, then it is no longer bread and wine—even though
the exterior appearances indicate this. No, it is truly and substantially the
Body and Blood of Jesus. The theological language (thanks to Saint Thomas
Aquinas) is TRANSUBSTANTIATION. Therefore, we should never say as we approach
the apex of the Eucharistic celebration, which is the moment of Holy
Communion,“I am going to take bread and
wine”. Rather, we should say with awe and reverence and adoration, “I am going
to receive HOLY COMMUNION”—the Body and Blood of Jesus, the Son of the living God! We must learnhow to polish our Eucharistic vocabulary!
Shop until you drop-- here you have her!
HEDONISM.A constant error that has
engulfed huge numbers, especially during the Holiday Seasons, are the above
three words MATERIALISM, CONSUMERISM, HEDONISM; these are intimately related;
one leads to the other.
Materialism is simply this: material
things that can be acquired by money is the end of all and purpose for life.
Then once you have money just buy. As the saying goes: “Shop until you
drop!”Allow your possessions to possess
you! This is Consumerism. Both Materialism and Consumerism produces
Hedonism.This is an ancient Greek
philosophy which simply means this: Life is meant to have as much pleasure as
you possibly can. Saint Paul asserted that if there is no life beyond the grave
then we might as well eat, drink and be merry! In modern American jargon: “You
deserve a break today at Macdonald’s and it is Miller time!!!” How many people
today live to have, to buy and to enjoy!This is the modern god! WRONG! Saint Thomas Aquinas states that all are
called to happiness. However, happiness cannot be found in creation, but in the
Creator. Happiness cannot be found in having but rather in being. ( Saint Pope
John Paul II). The same Pope insists that doing flows from being. Jesus said: “From
the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” Our Lady of Lourdes said to Saint
Bernadette: “ I cannot promise you true happiness in this world but in the
5.DICTATORSHIP OF MORAL RELATIVISM.
This phrase was coined by Cardinal Ratzinger, later to become Pope Benedict
XVI. How can this modern error be explained?All too many Catholics today, even though they do not know the
theological terminology, indeed are moral relativists! The well-known Professor
at Franciscan University (Steubenville) Dr.Scott Hahn calls it “Cafeteria Catholicism”. In other words these types
of Catholics are like those who go to eat at a cafeteria. They pick the food
they like and avoid buying and consuming the food that is less appealing to
their taste-buds. The Moral-Relativist does the same with respect to choice of
doctrines. In other words, he rejects what is not appealing to his spiritual
taste-buds! A classic example is the Encyclical published by Blessed Pope Paul
VI, “Humanae Vitae”—regarding Human Life. The Holy Father states in unequivocal
terms that the use of artificial means of avoiding children or contraception is
intrinsically evil. In other words, using the pill, condom, Norplant, hormonal
injections to avoid the possibility of conception is evil, morally reprehensible,
sinful and very displeasing to God. There are huge masses of so called
“Catholics” that have simply jettisoned this Magisterial teaching as something
inconsequential and insignificant. Wrong! Even though this teaching on Human
life is demanding it must be accepted.The Church does not promote birth-control but rather the Church promotes
self-control. Human persons must learn to control their sexual appetites by
having recourse to the grace of God through prayer, a fervent and assiduous
Sacramental life, the practice of penance and filial devotion to Our Lady. Let
us be counter-cultural, not to simply go with the flow but to obey the teachings
of Jesus through His Mystical Body, the Church. If done you will know the Truth
and the Truth will set you free.