God's declaration of Truth


Luke Chapter 19

The words of Our Only Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in red.

19:10 "For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost."
19:11 As they were hearing these things, he added and spoke a parable, because he was nigh to Jerusalem and because they thought that the kingdom of God should immediately be manifested.
19:12 He said therefore: "a certain nobleman went into a far country, to receive for himself a kingdom and to return.
19:13 And calling his ten servants, he gave them ten pounds and said to them: Trade till I come.
19:14 But his citizens hated him and they sent an delegation after him, saying: 'We will not have this man to reign over us.'
19:15 And it came to pass that he returned, having received the kingdom: and he commanded his servants to be called, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading,
19:16 And the first came saying: 'Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds.'
19:17 And he said to him: 'Well done, thou good servant, because thou hast been faithful in a little, thou shalt have power over ten cities.'
19:18 And the second came, saying: 'Lord, thy pound hath gained five pounds.'
19:19 And he said to him: 'Be thou also over five cities.'
19:20 And another came, saying: ' Lord, behold here is thy pound, which I have kept laid up in a napkin.
19:21 For I feared thee, because thou art an austere man: thou takest up what thou didst not lay down: and thou reapest that which thou didst not sow.'
19:22 He saith to him: 'Out of thy own mouth I judge thee, thou wicked servant. Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up what I laid not down and reaping that which I did not sow.
19:23 And why then didst thou not give my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have exacted it with usury?'
19:24 And he said to them that stood by: 'Take the pound away from him and give it to him that hath ten pounds.'
19:25 And they said to him: 'Lord, he hath ten pounds.'
19:26 But I say to you that to every one that hath shall be given, and he shall abound: and from him that hath not, even that which he hath shall be taken from him.
19:27 But as for those my enemies, who would not have me reign over them, bring them hither and slay them in my presence."
19:28 And having said these things, he went before, going up to Jerusalem.
19:29 And it came to pass, when he was come nigh to Bethphage and Bethania, unto the mount called Olivet, he sent two of his disciples,
19:30 Saying: "Go into the town which is over against you, at your entering into which you shall find the colt of an ass tied, on which no man ever hath sitten: loose it and bring it.
19:31 And if any man shall ask you: 'Why are you loosing it?' You shall say thus unto him: Because the Lord hath need of it.' "
19:32 And they that were sent went their way and found the colt standing, as he said unto them.
19:33 And as they were loosing the colt, the owners thereof said to them: "Why are you loosing it?
19:34 But they said: "Because the Lord has need of it."
19:35 And they brought it to Jesus. And casting their cloaks over the colt, they set Jesus on it.
19:36 And as he went, they spread their cloaks upon the road.
19:37 And when he was drawing near, being now at the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole company of his disciples began to rejoice and to praise God with a loud voice, for all the miracles that they had seen,
19:38 Saying: "Blessed is he who comes as king, in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!"
19:39 And some of the Pharisees, from the crowds, said to him: "Master, rebuke thy disciples."
19:40 He said to them: "I tell you that if these keep silence, the stones will cry out."
19:41 And when he drew near, seeing the city, he wept over it, saying:
19:42 "If thou also hadst known, and that in this thy day, the things that are to thy peace: but now they are hidden from thy eyes.
19:43 For the days shall come upon thee: and thy enemies shall cast a trench about thee and compass thee round and straiten thee on every side,
19:44 And beat thee flat to the ground, and thy children who are in thee. And they shall not leave in thee a stone upon a stone: because thou hast not known the time of thy visitation."
19:45 And entering into the temple, he began to cast out them that sold therein and them that bought.
19:46 Saying to them: "It is written: My house is the house of prayer. But you have made it a den of thieves."
19:47 And he was teaching daily in the temple. And the chief priests and the scribes and the rulers of the people sought to destroy him.
19:48 And they found not what to do to him: for all the people were very attentive to hear him.

The Second Epistle of St. Paul to the Thessalonians

The day of the Lord is not to come till the man of sin be revealed. The apostle's teachings are to be observed.

2:1 And we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and of our gathering together unto him:
2:2 That you be not easily moved from your sense nor be terrified, neither by spirit nor by word nor by epistle. as sent from us, as if the day of the Lord were at hand.

Chap. 2. Ver. 2. Spirit . . . utterance. . . letter indicate three possible sources of their belief that the parousia is imminent. Spirit refers to some falsely claimed revelation, utterance may be a statement of Paul’s which was misunderstood, or wrongly attributed to him, the letter seems to be one forged in Paul’s name.

2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for unless there come a revolt first, and the man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition

Ver. 3. . . The parousia must be preceded by a great apostasy, i.e., a great religious revolt, and the advent of the man of sin, i.e., Antichrist. Son of perdition, one entirely deserving of eternal punishment.

Ver. 3. The day of the Lord will not come. These words have been inserted to complete the sentence, which in the original is elliptical. The expanded reads "Let no man deceive you by any means: for the day of the Lord will not come unless there come a revolt first, and the man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition"

2:4 Who opposeth and is lifted up above all that is called God or that is worshipped, so that he sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself as if he were God.

Ver. 4. In the temple, that of Apostate Jerusalem which the full consensus of the Church Fathers declare he will rebuild - i.e. the Temple of Remphan; and in the Apostate shell of the former Christian church, which he perverts to his own worship: as the Freemasons have done to the Vatican.

Ver. 4. Antichrist will be characterized by great impiety and pride. He sits in the temple of God, etc. He will aspire to be treated as God and proclaim that he is really God.

2:5 Remember you not that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
2:6 And now you know what restrains him, that he may be revealed in his proper time.

Ver. 6. What restrains him. The Thessalonians knew the obstacle. We also know that it is Jesus Christ.

2:7 For the mystery of iniquity is already at work: only that he who is at present restraining it, does still restrain, until he is gotten out of the way.

Ver. 7. Mystery of iniquity, the evil power of Satan’s threefold prevarication and total Apostasy from God, of which Antichrist is to be the public exponent and champion. He who is at present restraining it. The obstacle is now spoken of as a person. Some point out that Michael the archangel and his heavenly army are obstacles, and this is true, which now prevent the appearance of Antichrist – but the primary obstacle is, as St. Justin Martyr teaches: Jesus Christ Himself; when the great Apostasy is complete, then in effect, Christ is “gotten out of the way.”

2:8 And then that wicked one shall be revealed: whom the Lord Jesus shall kill with the spirit of his mouth and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: him

Ver. 8. When Christ appears in glory, He will inflict defeat and death on Antichrist by a mere word of command.
2:9 Whose coming is according to the working of Satan, in all power and signs and lying wonders:

Ver. 9 – 10. By the aid of Satan Antichrist will perform prodigies which men will falsely regard as miracles, and by means of which they will be led to adopt sinful practices.

2:10 And with all wicked deception to those who are perishing. For they have not received the love of truth that they might be saved.
2:11 Therefore God shall send them the operation of error, to believe lying:

Ver. 11. God shall send. . .That is God shall suffer them to be deceived by lying wonders, and false miracles, in punishment of their not entertaining the love of truth.
Ver. 11. 'God sends.' God will allow their willful rejection of truth to have its natural results of spiritual blindness, impenitence and damnation. A misleading influence, or, “a delusion.” The operation of error - the Greek reads: "energian planes" or literally the energy of delusion, which is exactly and actually the fallen spirits of the devils and demons conjured by pagan religion, especially by idolatry. NOW, currently, the Assisi delusion of the Apostates, Ratzinger and Wojtyla and many others present with them, is a very real and prime example. To give oneself over to this is to invite utter and complete damnation of oneself by God.
2:12 That all may be judged who have not believed the truth but have consented to iniquity.

2:13 But we ought to give thanks to God always for you, brethren, beloved of God, for that God hath chosen you firstfruits unto salvation, in sanctification of the spirit and faith of the truth:
Ver. 13. First-fruits, i.e., earliest believers in the gospel. Some manuscripts read: “from the beginning.” That is, God called them from all eternity.
2:14 Whereunto also he hath called you by our gospel, unto the purchasing of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

2:15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast: and hold the teachings, which you have learned, whether by word or by our epistle.
Ver. 15. Teachings, i.e., his teachings whether given orally or in writing. Concerning Apostolic teaching – the oral is included in the written at the point we have the whole New Testament complete, i.e. with the completion of St. John’s Gospel.
2:16 Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God and our Father, who hath loved us and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope in grace,

2:17 Exhort your hearts and confirm you in every good work and word.

St. Irenaeus

St. Irenaeus
St. Irenaeus Against Heresies and the warning against the Antichrist - click on picture

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By Command of God


GO HERE: Traditional Catholic Prayers: Eucharist in house churches Commanded by God. To rise above the concerns of the world to the service of God.

Traditional Catholic Prayers: Office of the Hours for the Week

Go Here: The Return of Christ

And here:
Parousia of Jesus Christ Our Lord

The Promise of His coming. His commands to prepare and be worthy.

Statement of what is happening in the world in connection with the Second Coming of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Nuzul i Isa and Qiyamah, the Parousia of Jesus Christ Our Lord and His judgement of all men that have ever lived.

Rv:22:7 Behold I come quickly. Blessed is he that keepeth the words of the prophecy of this book.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

By their fruits you will know them.

St. Augustine said that all the pagan gods and the demons behind them were a fallen jumble. 

So are their devotees.

As they have fallen and are fallen into hell through the gates of hell.

ALL who follow them or make excuses for them will join them in hell for eternity.

The Gates of hell has prevailed over these Apostates
Antipope John XXIII Freemason Rosecrucian Satanist
Antipope Paul VI Juden Freemason Satanist with sorcerers broken cross
Antipope John Paul I Communist and Satanist with sorcerers broken cross
 Antipope John Paul II Satanist with sorcerers broken cross
Antipope Benediktos horned seig heil Satanist with sorcerers broken cross
Antipope Francis Ratline JudeNazi Satanist with sorcerers broken cross
Wojtyla burning in hell with the rest and those to follow in the same judgment - for they are already judged and condemned by God.

God and His Messiah Jesus Christ our Lord - our right and duty to witness to Him: The War of Antichrist against the Church, The Plot Against the Church, The Broken Cross

The Great Apostasy of Babylon - COME OUT FROM AMONGST HER MY PEOPLE!

The Broken Cross - the Satanic Sorcerers' false cross of the Antichrist, the sign of Absolute Apostasy damned by God forever


Antipope John XXIII

Antipope Paul VI

Antipopes Paul VI - and John Paul II who carried forth John XXIII's and Paul VI's Satan worship and sorcery to lead people to hell forever.

Antipope John Paul II gone to his eternal damnation in the lake of fire (where he joined Antipopes: John XXIII, Paul VI, John Paul I and will soon be joined by Antipope Benediktos XVI).

Isis the winged goddess (...Ishtar, Inana, Tammuz, Astarte, Tyche, Fortuna, Esther etc.) - supreme feminine symbol in the ancient world of Satan as false ruler over the earth. The ancient Judeo-Gnostic attempt was to substitute her for the real virgin Mary and the Egyptian god Horus for the real Lord Jesus Christ.

The Black Madonna of Poland - Isis as "Mary" and Horus as "Christ" - sorcerous idol most closely aligned with Antipope John Paul II.

Apostasy: Diabolic Apostasy of the Assisi Pan Religion Interreligious Non-Catholic Non-Christian Pagan Revelry Every form of Satan worship and Idolatry was represented including Voodoo worship of demons and worst of all - Talmudic Satan worshipping Judaism.



Then see:

Parousia of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ -  the Blessed Only Messiah and Head over His Church
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True Tradition - NOT Traditionalism
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Then see:

The absolute sin of Vatican II

Mt 7:6 Give not that which is holy to dogs: neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest perhaps they trample them under their feet, and turning upon you, tear you.

Devil from hell who subverted the Church to Antichrist at the Diabolic false council Vatican II 
click on picture - Augustin Behar (aka Bea) May 28, 1881 - November 16, 1968, Jesuit and a Crypto-Jew revealed by Vicomte Léon de Poncins as a Judeo masonic B'nai B'rith Judaizing agente saboteur - responsible for document of complete damned Apostasy Nostra Aetate in collusion with Jules Isaac at false council of the Devil Vatican II. Loyal to the faith Catholic Cardinal Alfredo Ottaviani totally opposed Behar and Isaac

Mt 7:6 Ver. 6.  Give not that which is holy, or holy things, (as in the Greek) to dogs; i.e. to scandalous libertines, or infidels, who are not worthy to partake of divine mysteries and sacraments, who sacrilegiously abuse them, and trample them under their feet, as hogs do pearls.  Wi. — The sacred mysteries should not be given to those that are not properly instructed in the sublime nature of them; nor should we hold any communication of religion with those that are enemies to the truths of Christ, which they tread under their feet and treat contemptuously, and will be so far from having any more friendship for you on account of such a criminal complaisance, that it is more probable they will betray you and turn against you.  A.


Extract from Lumen Gentium:



16. Finally, those who have not yet received the Gospel are related in various ways to the people of God.(18*) In the first place we must recall the people to whom the testament and the promises were given and from whom Christ was born according to the flesh.(125) On account of their fathers this people remains most dear to God, for God does not repent of the gifts He makes nor of the calls He issues.(126) But the plan of salvation also includes those who acknowledge the Creator. In the first place amongst these there are the Muslims, who, professing to hold the faith of Abraham, along with us adore the one and merciful God, who on the last day will judge mankind. Nor is God far distant from those who in shadows and images seek the unknown God, for it is He who gives to all men life and breath and all things,(127) and as Saviour wills that all men be saved.(128) Those also can attain to salvation who through no fault of their own do not know the Gospel of Christ or His Church, yet sincerely seek God and moved by grace strive by their deeds to do His will as it is known to them through the dictates of conscience.(19*) Nor does Divine Providence deny the helps necessary for salvation to those who, without blame on their part, have not yet arrived at an explicit knowledge of God and with His grace strive to live a good life. Whatever good or truth is found amongst them is looked upon by the Church as a preparation for the Gospel.(20*) She knows that it is given by Him who enlightens all men so that they may finally have life. But often men, deceived by the Evil One, have become vain in their reasonings and have exchanged the truth of God for a lie, serving the creature rather than the Creator.(129) Or some there are who, living and dying in this world without God, are exposed to final despair. Wherefore to promote the glory of God and procure the salvation of all of these, and mindful of the command of the Lord, "Preach the Gospel to every creature",(130) the Church fosters the missions with care and attention.

End of Extract from Lumen Gentium.

Ver. 6.  Give not that which is holy, or holy things, (as in the Greek) to dogs; i.e. to scandalous libertines, or infidels, who are not worthy to partake of divine mysteries and sacraments, who sacrilegiously abuse them, and trample them under their feet, as hogs do pearls.  Wi. — The sacred mysteries should not be given to those that are not properly instructed in the sublime nature of them; nor should we hold any communication of religion with those that are enemies to the truths of Christ, which they tread under their feet and treat contemptuously, and will be so far from having any more friendship for you on account of such a criminal complaisance, that it is more probable they will betray you and turn against you.  A.

Mt 7:
16 By their fruits you shall know them.  Do men gather grapes off thorns, or figs off thistles?
17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit, and the bad tree bringeth forth bad fruit.
18 A good tree cannot yield bad fruit, neither can an bad tree yield good fruit.
19 *Every tree that yieldeth not forth good fruit, shall be cut down, and shall be cast into the fire.
20 Wherefore by their fruits you shall know them.



Here are their "brethren." they DO NOT tell them to abjure their Infidel Abominable FALSE religions, rather they tell them to continue in them. Not surprising since the very top of the Apostate Heresiarchs of Vatican II are Satanists - ALL THE ANTIPOPES SINCE JOHN XXIII TO BENEDIKTOS/FRANCIS AND ALL THEIR CARDINALS SINCE THE LAST OF THE CARDINALS FAITHFUL TO CHRIST, OTTAVIANI AND SIRI AND FEW OTHERS, DIED.

Zeus then and the Antichrist in the future
United Nations Zeus Statue. Click on picture above, for types of and plans for the Rebuilt Temple.

Zeus Olympios - Jupiter Capitolinus, was the abomination of desolation under Antiochus Ephiphanes that Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ used as a type of the future Antichrist that will sit in the rebuilt temple of Jerusalem and be the final abomination of desolation; that Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ warned us to flee from and have nothing to do with, or else be damned for eternity.

Zeus then and the Antichrist in the future
Zeus was actually a serpent god in the ancient world and is thus a type of Satan.
Go to Elizabeth Dilling here, for Zeus and the future false 'Rebuilt' Temple:
Dilling XIV: Prophecy and the Developing Anti-Christ World

_鬼: Hindu Buddhist – total Satanism
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Ecumenism which is Idolatry
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click on picture - Satan as Isis, chief goddess sorceress of gnosticism
The Gnostics, the tools of Satan


Rash judgment and the profanation of holy things condemned.  Confidence in prayer, and earnest endeavours for salvation, recommended.  Caution against false teachers.  Perseverance in the practice of Christian virtues.

1 Judge not, *that you may not be judged,
2 For with what judgment you judge, you shall be judged: *and with what measure you mete, it shall be measured to you again.
3 Any why seest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye; and seest not the beam that is in thy own eye?
4 Or how sayest thou to thy brother: Let me cast the mote out of thy eye: and behold a beam is in thy own eye?
5 Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thy own eye, and then shalt thou see to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.
6 Give not that which is holy to dogs: neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest perhaps they trample them under their feet, and turning upon you, tear you.
7 *Ask, and it shall be given you: seek, and you shall find: knock, and it shall be opened to you.
8 For every one that asketh, receiveth: and he that seeketh, findeth: and to him that knocketh, it shall be opened.
9 *Or what man is there among you, of whom if his son shall ask bread, will he reach him a stone?
10 Or if he shall ask a fish, will he reach him a serpent?
11 If you then being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children: how much more will your Father, who is in heaven, give good things to them that ask him?
12 *All things, therefore, whatsoever you would that men should do to you, do you also to them.  For this is the law and the prophets.
13 *Enter ye in at the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction, and many there are who enter by it.
14 How narrow is the gate, and strait is the way, which leadeth to life: and few there are who find it!
15 Beware of false prophets, who come to you in the clothing of sheep, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.
16 By their fruits you shall know them.  Do men gather grapes off thorns, or figs off thistles?
17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit, and the bad tree bringeth forth bad fruit.
18 A good tree cannot yield bad fruit, neither can an bad tree yield good fruit.
19 *Every tree that yieldeth not forth good fruit, shall be cut down, and shall be cast into the fire.
20 Wherefore by their fruits you shall know them.
21 *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.
22 Many will say to me in that day: Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name, *and cast out devils in thy name, and done many wonderful works in thy name?
23 And then will I profess unto them: I never knew you: *depart from me, you that work iniquity.
24 *Every one, therefore, that heareth these my words, and doth them, shall be likened to a wise man, who built his house upon a rock.
25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and they beat upon that house, and it fell not, for it was founded upon a rock.
26 And every one that heareth these my words, and doth them not, shall be like a foolish man, who built his house upon the sand.
27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and they beat upon that house, and it fell, and great was the fall thereof.
28 And it came to pass when Jesus had fully ended these words, the people were in admiration at his doctrine.
29 *For he was teaching them as one having power, and not as their Scribes and Pharisees.
1:  A.D. 31.; Luke vi. 37.; Rom. ii. 1.
2:  Mark iv. 24.
7:  Infra xxi. 22.; Mark xi. 24.; Luke xi. 9.; John xiv. 13.; James i. 6.
9:  Luke xi. 11.
12:  Tobias iv. 16.; Luke vi. 31.
13:  Luke xiii. 24.
19:  Supra iii. 10.
21:  Infra xxv. 11.; Luke vi. 46.
22:  Acts xix. 13.
23:  Ps. vi. 9.; Infra xxv. 41.; Luke xiii. 27.
24:  Luke vi. 48.; Rom. ii. 13.; James i. 22.
29:  Mark i. 22.; Luke iv. 32.



Ver. 1.  Judge not,[1] or condemn not others rashly, that you may not be judged or condemned.  Wi. — S. Jerom observes, Christ does not altogether forbid judging, but directs us how to judge.  Where the thing does not regard us, we should not undertake to judge.  Where it will bear a favourable interpretation, we should not condemn.  Magistrates and superiors, whose office and duty require them to judge faults, and for their prevention to condemn and punish them, must be guided by evidence, and always lean towards the side of mercy, where there are mitigating circumstances.  Barefaced vice and notorious sinners should be condemned and reprobated by all.  A. — In this place, nothing more is meant than that we should always interpret our neighbor's actions in the most favourable light.  God permits us to judge of such actions as cannot be done with a right intention, as murder.  As to indifferent actions, we must always judge in the most favourable sense.  There are two things in which we must be particularly on our guard: 1. With what intention such an action was done.  2. Whether the person who appears wicked will not become good.  S. Jerom.

Ver. 2.  This rule, which God will infallibly follow, should put a check to the freedom with which we so frequently condemn our neighbour.  A. — As we behave towards our neighbours, interpreting their actions with charitableness, and excusing their intentions with mildness; or, on the contrary, judging them with severity, and condemning them without pity; so shall we receive our judgment.  M. — As the pardon of our sins is proportioned to the pardon we afford to others, so also will our judgment be proportioned to the judgment we pass on others.  If our neighbour be surprised by sin, we must not reproach or confound him for it, but mildly admonish him.  Correct your brother, not as an enemy, taking revenge, but as a physician, administering appropriate remedies, assisting him with prudent counsels, and strengthening him in the love of God.  Chry. hom. xxiii.

Ver. 3.  "Mote and beam," light and grievous sins.  M.

Ver. 5.  Thou hypocrites, cast out first the beam, &c.  Correct first thy own greater faults, before thou censure the lesser failings of others.  Wi.

Ver. 6.  Give not that which is holy, or holy things, (as in the Greek) to dogs; i.e. to scandalous libertines, or infidels, who are not worthy to partake of divine mysteries and sacraments, who sacrilegiously abuse them, and trample them under their feet, as hogs do pearls.  Wi. — The sacred mysteries should not be given to those that are not properly instructed in the sublime nature of them; nor should we hold any communication of religion with those that are enemies to the truths of Christ, which they tread under their feet and treat contemptuously, and will be so far from having any more friendship for you on account of such a criminal complaisance, that it is more probable they will betray you and turn against you.  A.

Ver. 7.  After having preached these great and wonderful truths, after having commanded his apostles to keep themselves free from the vices of mankind, and make themselves like not to angels or archangels only, but to the Lord of all things; and not only observe justice themselves, but likewise to labour for the correction of others, lest they should be disheartened at these almost insurmountable difficulties: our Redeemer subjoins, Ask, and you shall receive, &c.  When we offer our petitions to the Almighty, we must imitate the example of Solomon, who immediately obtained what he asked of the Lord, because he asked what he ought.  Two things, therefore, are necessary to every prayer, that it be offered up with perseverance and fervour, and that it contain a lawful prayer.  Chry. hom. xxiv. — The reasons why so many do not obtain the effects of their prayers, are,—1st. Because they ask for what is evil; and he that makes such a request, offers the Almighty an intolerable injury by wishing to make him, as it were, the author of evil:  2nd. Although what they ask be not evil, they seek it for an evil end.  S. James iv.:  3rd. Because they who pray, are themselves wicked; (S. John ix.) for God doth not hear sinners:  4th. Because they ask with no faith, or with faith weak and wavering:  (S. James i.)  5th. Because although what we ask be good in itself, yet the Almighty refuses it, in order to grant us a greater good:  6th. Because God wishes us to persevere, as he declares in the parable of the friend asking bread, Luke, ch. ii.; and that we may esteem his gifts the more:  7th. We do not always receive what we beg, because, according to S. Augustine, (lib. ii, de Serm. Dom. et epis. 34, ad Paulinum) God often does not grant us what we petition for, that he may grant us something more useful and profitable.  Maldonatus.

Ver. 8.  Whatever we ask necessary to salvation with humility, fervour, perseverance, and other due circumstances, we may be assured God will grant when it is best for us.  If we do not obtain what we pray for, we must suppose it is not conducive to our salvation, in comparison of which all else is of little moment.  A.

Ver. 9.  Lest any one considering the great inequality between God and man, should despair of obtaining favours of God, and therefore should not dare to offer up his petitions, he immediately introduces this similitude of the Father; so that if we were on the point of despairing on account of our sins, from his fatherly tenderness we might still have hopes.  S. Thos. Aquinas.

Ver. 12.  For this is the law and the prophets; that is, all precepts that regard our neighbour are directed by this golden rule, do as you would be done by.  Wi. — The whole law and all the duties between man and man, inculcated by the prophets, have this principle for foundation.  The Roman emperor Alexander Severus, is related to have said, that he esteemed the Christians for their acting on this principle.  A. — This is the sum of the law and of the prophets, the whole law of the Jews.  M.

Ver. 13.  Enter ye in at the narrow gate, &c.  The doctrine of these two verses needs no commentary, but deserve serious attention.  Wi.

Ver. 14.  Our Saviour in another place says, my yoke is sweet, and my burthen light.  How comes it then that so few bear it, or how can we reconcile these texts together?  The answer is at hand; for if soldiers and mariners esteem wounds, storms, and shipwreck, easy to be borne with, in hopes of temporal rewards, surely no one can complain that the duties of a Christian are difficult, when compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.  Chry. — It may also be added that God, by his heavenly consolations, makes them not only supportable, but even easy and pleasant.  Thus the martyrs occasionally did not feel their torments through the sweet unction of divine love, and the excessive joy which God poured into their souls.  A.

Ver. 15.  In the clothing of sheep.  Beware of hypocrites, with their outward appearance of sanctity, and sound doctrine — by their fruits you shall know them.  Such hypocrites can scarcely ever continue constant in the practice of what is good.  W. — Heretics usually affect an extraordinary appearance of zeal and holiness, calling themselves evangelical preachers and teachers of the gospel, as if that Church which preceded them, and which descends by an uninterrupted succession from the apostles, did not teach the pure gospel of Christ.  A. — Beware of false prophets, or heretics.  They are far more dangerous than the Jews, who being rejected by the apostles, are also avoided by Christians, but these having the appearance of Christianity, having churches, sacraments, &c. &c. deceive many.  These are the rapacious wolves, of whom S. Paul speaks, Acts xx.  Chry. hom. xix.  Origen styles them, the gates of death, and the path to hell.  Com. in Job. lib. i. Tom. 2.

Ver. 16.  As the true Church is known by the four marks of its being one, holy, catholic, and apostolical, so heretics and false teachers are known by certain vices, and the pernicious effects of their novelties in religion.  As the true Church is one, by its members submitting with humility to the authority established by Christ, (he that will not hear the Church, let him be unto thee as the heathen and the publican.  Mat. xviii. 17.) so are false teachers known by their separation from the ancient Church, and their divisions among themselves, the necessary consequences of rebelling against the authority established by Christ, and alone capable of determining controversies.  The same pride and other secret vices which make them despise government, (2 Peter ii. 10.) make them also not afraid to bring in sects of perdition, blaspheming, and this in civil government as well as ecclesiastical.  Those that call themselves Reformers, in the beginning of the 16th century, of all others were remarkable in this.  What bloody tumults and wars were there not produced in Germany, by the first Reformers in that country!  Calvin overturned the government of Geneva; and his followers, under the name Hugonots, filled France for a great length of time with slaughter and civil wars, frequently shaking the throne itself.  In this country, the first cause of its separation from the universal Church, was the unbridled passion of a tyrant: the effects were adultery, and the murder of the successive queens that he had taken to his adulterous bed.  In the reign of his successor, the insatiate avarice of a corrupt nobility, gratified with the sacrilegious plunder of the Church, established what is called the Reformation.  The fear of being compelled to disgorge the fruits of their rapine, contributed much to the confirmation of that order of things in the reign of Elizabeth.  She was inclined to it by the circumstances of her birth, which could not be legitimate, if her father's marriage with Catharine of Arragon was valid, as the first authority in the Catholic Church had declared.  The natural spirit of this heresy, though checked a while and kept under by the despotical government of this queen, appeared in its own colours soon after, and produced its natural fruits in the turbulence of the times that succeeded, and the multiplicity of sects that are continually springing up to this very day. — As the true Church is holy, recommending various exercises of religion tending to purify human nature, and render men holy, as fasting, confession of sins, evangelical counsels, &c. so false teachers cast off all these, promising liberty, (2 Pet. ii. 16.) and giving full rein to the lustful passions, thus giving a liberty of living, as well as a liberty of believing. — Another fruit of false teachers is, separation from what was the Universal Church before their time, and which continues to be still the far greater part, not being confined to one state or country.  If some modern principles, of not allowing any communion of religion out of each state, were admitted, as many religions should have been established by heaven as men think proper to establish different states; nor could Christ have given one for all mankind, under whatever state or form of government they might live. — Finally, false teachers are to known by their not being able to shew, that they have received their doctrine and mission from the apostles, in a regular succession from them.  Some of our modern divines would spurn at the idea of holding their doctrine and orders from the Catholic Church, such as it existed at the time of the Reformation, which is precisely such as it exists at the present moment. — In answer to this it has been retorted, that the fruits of the Catholic religion have been as bad, or worse; and the horrors of the French revolution are particularly mentioned, as a proof. . . . That great crimes have been committed by those who professed themselves Catholics, is not denied; but that they were prompted to them by the nature of their religion, is certainly not admitted.  The revolution of France in particular, was the effect of the people falling off from their religion.  As well may the Puritans, that brought Charles to the block, be said to be Catholics, because they or their parents once had been such: as well may the present bench of Protestant bishops be said to be Catholics, because the bishops of their sees once were so; or that Robespierre, Marat, and the Jacobins that persecuted catholicity in France, and brought its too indulgent sovereigns to the guillotine, were Catholics, or directed in the least by Catholic principles.  A.

Ver. 17.  It is not to be understood from this text, that a man who is once bad can never bring forth good fruit; but that as long as he remains in the state of sin, he cannot perform any meritorious action.  Chry. hom. xxiv.

Ver. 18.  A good tree cannot yield bad fruit, &c.  Not but that both good and bad men may change their lives.  This, according to the unanimous consent of the Fathers, is only to be understood while they remain such.  If a bad tree begin to produce good fruit, it becomes a good tree, &c.  Wi. — For not those who do one or two good works are just, but those who continue permanently to do good: in the same manner, not those who commit one or two bad actions are wicked, but those who continue in evil.  M.

Ver. 21.  Here Jesus Christ shews, that it is not sufficient to believe in him and hear his words, but that in order to salvation, we must join works with faith; for in this shall we be examined at the last day.  M. — Without faith they could not cry out, Lord, Lord.  Rom. x.  But the strongest faith without the works of justice, will not be available to salvation.  1 Cor. xiii.  B. — Many who have the Lord continually in their mouths, but care little about putting on the Lord, or penetrating themselves with his true spirit, will find their presumption, and the false consciences they have made to themselves, wofully disappointed.  A.

Ver. 22.  Have not we prophesied in thy name?  The gift of prophecy, and of doing miracles, may sometimes be granted to bad men, as to Caiphas, and Balaam.  Wi. — Under the name of prophets, the Hebrews comprised not only such as predicted future events, but also in general all such as gave themselves out for inspired, or who undertook teaching and interpreting the holy Scriptures; and here by prophesying is understood, in a general acceptation, all public functions, predicting futurity, expounding Scripture, instructing the people, preaching, &c.  V.

Ver. 23.  So as to approve and reward your works.  Here he shews that even prophecy and miracles will not save us without good works.  M. — How much less will faith, unassisted by good works, preserve us from condemnation.  A. — The gift of miracles is bestowed on men not for their own good, but for the advantage of others.  We must not then be surprised if men, who had indeed faith in Christ, but whose lives did not correspond with their faith, should be honoured with these extraordinary gifts, since the Almighty sometimes employs as his instruments in working similar wonders, men destitute both of faith and virtue.  Balaam, void of faith and probity, still by the will of God, prophesied for the advantage of others.  To Pharao and Nabuchodonosor were revealed future events of the greatest moment; and the wicked Judas himself cast out devils.  Therefore S. Paul said, "if I had all faith so as to remove mountains, and if I knew all mysteries, and was possessed of all wisdom, but had not charity, I am nothing."  Hom. xv. S. Chry.

Ver. 24.  In the Greek text, "I will compare him;" an apposite comparison, to shew the necessity of good works.  It is the duty of each individual to erect this spiritual edifice of good works in the interior of his soul, which may be able to resist all the attacks of our spiritual enemy: whilst those men who have true faith and no works are compared to a fool, and are sure to perish.  M. —Here again our Saviour dispenses his rewards to such as order their lives according to his instructions; but as before he promised the kingdom of heaven, divine consolations, and other rewards, so here he promises them the numberless blessings attendant on virtue in this life.  The just alone are surrounded with virtue as with a strong guard, and amidst the high swelling waves of worldly troubles, enjoy a calm and unchangeable tranquillity.  Thus was Job strengthened by his virtue against the attacks both of men and satan.  Chry. hom. xxv.

Ver. 25.  The Scribes and Pharisees only explained the law, and laid open the promises of Moses, whereas our Saviour gives new laws, and makes new promises in his own name; But I say to you, &c.  The energy also with which our Saviour spoke, together with the miracles which he wrought, had far greater influence on the minds of the people than the frigid manner in which the Scribes delivered their doctrines.  M.

Ver. 26.  Nothing can be more foolish than to raise an edifice on sand: it carries punishment with it, causing indeed abundance of labour, but yielding neither reward nor repose.  The slaves of malice, luxury, and voluptuousness, labour in the pursuit of their desires, yet not only receive no reward, but, on the contrary, the greatest punishment.  They sow in the flesh, from the flesh they shall reap corruption.  Gal. vi.  Chry. hom. xxv.

Ver. 27.  Such again shall be the end of all false prophets.  Their death shall be in the same proportion, ignominious and miserable, as their life had been glorious and attractive.  They shall be punished with so much greater severity, than others, as their sins have proceeded from greater knowledge and greater malice.  A.

Ver. 28.  With reason were the people enraptured with his doctrines; for he taught as having authority from himself, and not like their doctors, who only spoke in the name of Moses, and whose only ambition was to please, and not to correct.  In the Greek text there is only mention of the Scribes or doctors, but not of the Pharisees.

Ver. 29.  He taught as one having power, exousian, to found a law of his own.  Hence he said: Ego autem dico vobis; "But I say to you," viz. as a legislator, announcing to you not the law of Moses, or of any other, but my own law.  Est. in dif. loca. — All agree that S. Matthew anticipates the sermon on the mount, in order thus to prefix the doctrines of Christ to the account of his miracles; for we cannot doubt that the discourse on the mount, which is mentioned by S. Matthew, is the same as that recorded by S. Luke.  The beginning, the middle, and the conclusion correspond with each other.  If S. Matthew mentions some particulars omitted by S. Luke, it is because his design was to collect together several instructions, which Jesus delivered on different occasions; and these, for the most part, are to be found in other parts of S. Luke. — This admirable sermon may be divided into three parts, viz. the exordium, the body of the discourse, and the conclusion.  The exordium comprises the eight beatitudes, and merits our most serious attention.  The body of the discourse is chiefly addressed to the apostles, whom Jesus had recently chosen, in order to instil into them, and all succeeding pastors of the Church, a right sense of the great duties belonging to their ministry; and, in the second place, it refers to all the faithful in general.  The conclusion consists of an exhortation to a life of piety, and contains several advices, some of which chiefly regard pastors, others indiscriminately all the faithful in general. — May this excellent abridgment of thy doctrine, O Jesus!  be the rule of our manners, the pattern of our life.  Amen.  A.

[1]  V. 1.  Nolite judicare, krinein, which signifies either to judge, or to condemn.

[2]  V. 18.  Non potest Arbor bona, &c.  S. Jerom on this place, brings divers examples to shew, that men's natures are not necessarily or unchangeably good or bad.  See S. Aug. lib. ii. de Serm. Domini in Monte,  c. xxiv,  p. 232.  Non potest esse nix calida, cum enim calida esse cæperit, non jam eam nivem, sed aquam vocamus.  See also S. Chrys. om kg, pag. 168. linea 1. Edit. Savil.

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