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Vic Biorseth, Saturday, June
Catholics know, or rather, Catholics are supposed to know, the difference between what is called Mortal Sin and Venial Sin. We should know that once we put on Christ, in so doing we die to the world, and avoid even the occasion or opportunity of sin. Of course, that is best done in a community of like-minded Christians. The bigger the community, or the more closed off from the outside world of sin, the easier it is to cooperate with the grace that is given to walk in right ways.
Mortal sin is sin unto the death of the soul, as John tells us in 1 John 5:
The conditions for a mortal sin are
Mortal sin may be forgiven, through true contrition and repentance, confession, absolution and penance.
But there is yet another level of this mortal sin - Eternal Sin - which is unforgivable. Many, including myself, have wrestled with the meaning of this unforgivable sin. Most think it to be related to cursing God, or something on that order, in circumstances of great grief or tragedy, or perhaps blaming God for some evil that has befallen someone. Yet even that is a temporary, emotional and even irrational sin, committed in a not totally sane state of mind. That hardly seems worthy of eternal unforgiveness, especially after repentance.
And yet we have the Lord's words, from Matthew, Mark and Luke:
What does this mean? How does one blaspheme against the Holy Spirit?
It is, apparently, the sin of Satan. It is knowing full well the will of God, and saying "I will not obey." It is making oneself equal to God, determining right and wrong. Ignoring God's law and making your own law. It is trivializing God.
John Paul the Great tells us that it involves claiming a "right" do do something forbidden by God. A right to sin, and to persist in sin, and a refusal and rejection of the unmerited grace that is given to avoid sin.
What this brings most immediately to mind is so-called "Gay Pride" and all the parades and celebrations of homosexuality and the lifestyle, and the "Community", and all the murdered and shot-up victims of Jihad in Orlando during one of these homosexual celebrations.
Pretend you are God, for a moment. Pretend that a soul is presented before you for judgment; the soul of a proud homosexual, who claimed every right to be and act homosexual. Who is the most guilty party for the sinful state of this soul, besides the soul itself?
God's law, which coincides perfectly with Natural Law, has not changed. Neither has nature.
Houses have walls and doors, with locks. The purpose of the walls and doors is to keep family and property safe, and keep the robbers out.
"Good fences make good neighbors" because good fences mark a clear delineation between what is thine and what is mine.
Nations have borders and border guards and rules of entry. The purpose of national borders is to keep the citizenry and the territory safe, and keep invaders out.
Churches have rules of entry and membership and community. The reason for the rules is to protect the faith and keep the faithful faithful, and to keep the world, sin and opposition to the faith out.
Locked doors are the only things keeping your home and family safe.
National borders are the only things keeping civilization civilized.
Community rules are the only things keeping communities distinct.
Adherence to doctrine is the only thing keeping the Church the Church.
All of this is just simple common sense.
As "Cultural Marxism" increasingly dominates Western thought, through disinformation, purposeful mal-education, indoctrination and propaganda, definable culture is supplanted by popularized notions of "diversity" and "multiculturalism". "Social Justice" is twisted and perverted to mean "Community Property", to be achieved through Class Warfare if need be.
Therefore, Marxism hates and seeks to eliminate locked doors, walls, fences, borders and doctrines. Marxism is a globalist, anti-national ideology, that seeks world domination by "right" of perfecting mankind and creating a utopian worker's paradise, replacing all culture that exists.
Just as private property is supplanted by community property in Marxified Western thought, the family is supplanted by the commune, as the primal building block of society. Therefore, the "progressive" thinking that promotes familial death: contraception, fornication, cohabitation, casual sex, even adultery, homosexuality, sterilization, abortion, gender confusion, opposition to paternalism and all family authority, and opposition to all things prohibited by Judaeo-Christian teaching. Which means opposition to Christian religion.
All of this is held to be social "progress" and liberating of mental enslavement to doctrine. But it is enslavement to sin. There is nothing liberating about it. It is not social progress; it is social regress.
And yet, the SLIMC1 will tell you that this "progress" is well worth fighting for, against the "bigotry" of Western thought.
If you really want to know where the "Peace Movement" got started, all you need to do is to study what Marxism-Leninism says about itself. There is nothing peaceful about it. It is war, preceded by fooling the enemy into voluntarily disarming himself.
Evil still exists, despite the delusions of all the aging "Flower Children".
The whole evil scheme is to put a smiley face on evil and remove all separation between good and evil. To say "we're all the same", when we most certainly are not all the same.
Fornication led the way. Casual sex, cohabitation, sleeping around, reducing sex to a recreational activity, even a competitive activity with bragging rights, whether deservedly or not, is often the "excuse" given for the social blessing of homosexuality. Hey, its no skin off my nose what you do.
Note that the farther away one stands from the Lord the more he makes of himself the author of his own "rights". If they have a right to do it, so do I have a right to do it.
Step one, in this movement toward Eternal Sin, involves making an exception to cultural, moral and religious standards in just this one, single area of my life. After all, everybody is doing it, or something just like it. If it's OK for them, why should I be left out? But the sin is kept private; it is hidden from others.
Step two in this movement toward Eternal Sin, involves scandal, when others find out about it, and you continue in the sin anyway. This is actual promotion of sin, by personal example. It makes sin culturally acceptable in the minds of some observers.
Step three in this movement toward Eternal Sin, involves going public, "outing" yourself, and letting everyone know that you are a practicing sinner. This is a greater promotion of sin, by forcing friends and loved ones into a difficult decision regarding their relationship to you, versus their aversion to your form of sin. It makes the sin more socially tolerable for some, if not individually adoptable.
Step four in this movement toward Eternal Sin, involves taking pride in it, celebrating it, making public displays, participating in celebratory public events and parades, promoting the expansion of the sin, promoting the legalization of it, attacking the doctrines opposing it, and, essentially, shaking your fist in the face of God.
It is the loss of all sense of guilt and shame. The loss of conscience.
And again, we have to wonder about the guilt for this sin that attaches to the politicians, judges and justices, attorneys at law, celebrities and entertainers, news correspondents, and even Church clerics who work assiduously to normalize the sin, in general culture, in law and even in Church doctrine.
If they had all opposed it, would it ever have even gotten this far?
And where are you in all of this? If you can say, with a straight face, that you have "no personal problem" with anyone else's particular form of unchastity and sexual sin, then, why on earth do you say such an incredibly stupid and culturally destructive thing? You are called to condemn, not condone, intrinsic evil, and not be neutral on the issue.
Where are your own moral standards and cultural norms?
You make the culture.
The charge that "we" are forcing our religion on "them" is an obvious gross lie, and an absolute reversal of the truth of the matter. Sexual proclivities are not mentioned in Article One Section Eight of the Constitution, among the limited and enumerated powers of the federal government. That means no federal court should have even heard and adjudicated any related case, because it was a matter of state or lower jurisdiction, not federal.
It is "they" who, quite unconstitutionally, impose their blatant immorality upon "us"; not the other way round. Not through representative legislated law, but by unlegislated, unrepresentative, and even unconstitutional court action, establishing new law via case law legal precedent. In cases that never should have been heard.
In any case, the spiritual damage remains; sin is still sin.
I am no lettered expert on Catholic theology or doctrine, so this is just personal opinion, for what it's worth. I'm sure if its off track someone will point it out soon enough. But I think, possibly in the majority of cases, conversion and redemption is possible even for the proud activist promoter of the "right" to sin, provided he repents of it on his own, turns from it and seeks forgiveness.
My reasoning for this possibility rests on the command of Jesus, not only to believe, but to, first, Repent, and then Believe, in the Gospel (Mark 1:15).
It's not enough to merely believe. The call is for repentance, which I take to be conversion, or metanoia; a complete change of life and turning from sin to the Lord, and proactively living the Gospel. Not merely belief, but radical belief; life changing belief.
Consider the parable of the Prodigal Son, in Luke 15:11-32, as a case in point. This Scripture is most often, in homilies I have heard, been referred to as an analogy to God (the father in the story), the worst of sinners (the bad son in the story), and the unmitigated, unlimited love and mercy of the father, even when the son is so strongly and purposefully alienated from the father, and from the entire family and household of the father,
First, he demanded his inheritance, which was not due to him yet; an absolute insult to his father and to the rest of his family. Yet, he was given his inheritance; his decision was allowed. Then, he left the faith community of his father's household, for a foreign, totally alien land. Then, he squandered all of his inheritance on profligate living, drunkenness and prostitutes, and there was a famine in the land. He would up living with and feeding pigs, about as low as any Jew could go in uncleanliness and unworthiness, and he was starving, even at that.
Ultimately, when he had sunken as low as he could go, he came to his senses, and decided on a metanoia; to repent of his ways, return home in humility, to humbly seek his father's forgiveness and throw himself at his father's mercy, hoping to become a servant or a slave to the family household.
The father did not go seeking after him while he remained in his sin.
But note well that the father waited patiently, watching for him.
While he was still a long way off, the father saw him and ran to him, and embraced him. He ordered that sandals be put on his feet - servants did not wear sandals. He ordered him to be clothed in a tunic - the sign of nobility. He ordered a ring be put on his finger - and this was the ultimate sign of restoration; it was no ordinary ring. The family ring was a "signet" ring, bearing the family crest, the signature of the master of the house, granting the wearer the automatic social authority of a prince.
Imagine, if you can, God running out to meet you on your way to Him.
In my opinion, which could be wrong, all any sinner, of any variety, has to do is turn around. Turn from sin, and turn toward God. Take the step.
He didn't send His Son to die for nothing.
You are worth it.
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Date: Mon Jun 20 13:56:06 2016
Vic, this sin against the Holy Spirit has always mystified me. I have asked Priests and could never get an answer which I could understand and was so complicated that even Einstein would have had a head explosion. Thank you so much for making sense of gooblygook.
Date: Mon Jun 20 2016
From: Vic Biorseth
Thank you; I hope it helps others.
I'm willing to bet there might be a blue million Catholic combat vets out there who might be wrestling with the same question, and never really got a satisfactory answer, or worse, never even sought one, having taken the Scriptures stone-cold literally.
And there are all those other committed-to-sin souls out there who don't know about their own free-will role in their own salvation. If they would just turn from it, and return to the fold in humility, they could encounter their own redemption, just like the Prodigal Son.
In fact, if they actually do repent of it and convert from it, that, in and of itself, might disprove (or undo?) the sin against the Holy Spirit.
I'm no real theologian, but this is the best I could do, and I just hope it helps someone.
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Here we see Bush family class captured in a simple private citizen’s photo. George W. (and Mrs.) Bush quietly demonstrate Bush family class without hoopla or fanfare.
Marxists love crisis, and they love an oil spill crisis most of all. Marxists even create and drive crisis. Their favorite crisis of all must be the Oil Spill Crisis, which is even better than a Banking Crisis.
American Military Assault Weapons originally intended in the 2nd Amendment. To miss the point of the 2nd Amendment is to miss the point of the whole Constitution.
For God and Country – More Thoughts on America, and on National Existence. For God and Country: Comparisons of martyrdom and heroism, Sovereign Nationhood Vs. Internationalism, distinct people-hood Vs. the Global Village, and Godliness Vs. godlessness.
The Godless Left leads the young and naive to their utopian Hell. For an honest comparison of the effects on youth, we need to look to the history of the Godless Left versus the Religious Right.
The Rabbi Meir Kahane Open Letter to the World is a must read. No decent world history course is complete without the Rabbi Meir Kahane Open Letter to the World.
Aleksandr I.Solzhenitsyn warns the American Worker and American organized labor. Solzhenitsyn speaks to us as a worker from the “Worker’s Paradise” of Communism; words of warning for all who understand the meaning of the word Liberty.
World Revolution returns with a vengeance: the rebirth of Marxism. Marxist world revolution returns, and faces far less opposition than in 1848 or the period between the Great Wars.
Our argument against public despair, hopelessness and pessimism re the future. Despair is a mortal sin, the opposite of the virtue of hope; it is a sin unto the death of the soul, a repudiation and rejection of God’s grace.
On Threats to America's National Existence. A look at the nature of our national existence, what makes us America, physical threats to that, and the possibility of just going out of existence.
On the ethics of language: English dictionary Vs. Political-Correctness taboos. Language evolves, yet morals are (or should be) fixed. This poses questions re the ethics of language.
Thinking Catholic direction: threats to America, Church, Ethos, even History. The Thinking Catholic Direction is multi-faceted, facing threats to American National Existence, Catholic Liturgy, our common Guiding Ethos - emphasis changes to meet the threat of the moment.
Catholics learn and practice Glossalalia, in the Life In The Spirit seminars. Life in the Spirit seminars, fueling the Catholic Charismatic renewal, bring tongue-speaking "Glossalalia" and being "Slain in the Spirit", into Catholicism.
The website is going on hold for at least the next five weeks. Business calls, and I must respond. Will be traveling, and not taking the laptop this time.
Current Website Status. Still too busy for individual responses to questions, comments & criticisms.
Our 2006 Ohio Voter Guide. The choices are quite clear, and the 2006 Ohio Voter Guide was easy to produce
On carrying my Lord, Jesus Christ, in my pocket. As a Eucharistic Minister, I am on occasion carrying the Lord Jesus in my pocket. It's a wondrous thing.
A 2006 Christmas and Hanukkah wish. May the Holy Days we celebrate remind us all of who we are, and how we are different from other peoples.
Current Democratic Party platform reveals anti-Semitic streak among Liberals. In their voting, their speechifying, and in the slant of their controlled mainstream media reporting, the current Democratic Party Platform is made clear to all observers.
The "Left", and The DaVinci Code, The Passion, and Cartoons of Mohammed. You can tell a lot about a movement by its public words. The Passion? "Unreservedly Bad." The DaVinci Code? "Unreservedly Good." Anything to do with Islam? "No Comment."
Who's driving the Health Care bus? Health insurance companies grading doctors? Health insurance companies grading doctors: a legitimized conflict of interest. A preparatory step toward the nationalization of the health insurance industry?
On the forced use of medical boiler plate language rather than simple notes. The "little dictators" from insurance companies and government bureaucracies force MDs to use stilted, verbose, medical boiler plate language in their own documentation.
Home For Christmas 2008. Website Getting Active Again.
Hydrogen power could be, and should be, the wave of our automotive future.Any move toward hydrogen power is a move toward a cleaner and more efficient fuel, and away from our dangerous dependency on oil.
Thoughts in remembrance of 09/11/2001, five years later. The changing shape of the war, the changing shape of the enemy.
The Jewish Shabbat. Description of Jewish Shabbat (Sabbath) from my Holy Land item supplier.
Kerry lies again, and then lies about his lies, in concert with the SLIMC.There he goes again! Kerry lies again and again about American servicemen and veterans; he just can't help himself.
Kerry's Lies: The Old, Vietnam-Era Anti-War Chickens are Comming Home to Roost. POW Lawsuit Could Force Kerry To Come Clean - by George "Bud" Day, Chairman, Vietnam Veterans Legacy Foundation.
What's going on with Mel Gibson? Is he really an anti-Semite?I am surprised that Mel Gibson is an alcolholic. But I am never surprised at any words that come out of the mouth of any drunk.
Still Worrying Over NuVo Consequences. The Holidays have gone by, several days have passed, and the SANE NuVo Initiative still stands pat.
The Dem's October Surprise involves another flip-flop of their public "standard" The clearly pro-sodomy Party that openly seeks the "Gay" vote goes Victorian for another pre-election October Surprise ploy.
Some Problems with NuVo: the so-called Null-Vote Initiative. A "philosophical" movement aimed at keeping religious conservatives from voting? Seriously? Let me state my problems with NuVo.
Come, let us sit and reason together. Jews and Christians of various stripe and spot can say to each other, 'Come, let us sit and reason together.' But we can't do that with the Moslems.
Regarding SANE works dropping NuVo: Nul Vote Initiative dies with a whimper. If you can't really present a good argument, sit down. On SANE Works dropping the NuVo Initiative: a program that works hard to SOUND pro-American while ACTING to oppose American National Existence.
Even experts grossly underestimate the Marxist zeal of the American Left. The sharp Left turn happened in the Hoover-FDR era, and the Marxism of the American Left has been deepening ever since.
Thinking American, in a nutshell: When one has lots to say, but time is limited. The older I get, the busier I get. Answering multiple questions as a thinking American, but in a hurry.
"We are an Easter People, and Hallelujah is our Song." (John Paul the Great). Our absolutely unique and singular Easter story, and the incredible force with which it struck human history.
Witnessing, grieving and weeping for our dieing culture. What might it take to call a whole people back from the brink of cultural death?
If we have an inherent right to something, then, who must supply it? Rights and Responsibilities exist in paired sets; a right does not exist in the absence of a related responsibility. If indeed we have a right to our job, then, someone must provide it. Who?
So how come we have all these homeless people if our system is so great? The strong "Utopian Idealist" firmly believes that absolute worldly perfection is actually possible. Therefore, there should never be any such thing as a hungry or homeless person.
Taking a look at Illegal Immigration and Tax Problem solutions. In our view, the minimum wage and income tax have outlived their usefulness, and only contribute to the illegal alien problem.
First journal / blog entries when the thinking catolic blog first opened up. Notes to readers about what I was doing.
On-going WebSite work and planned WebPages as of 09/07/2006 Adding items to book store.
Vic's busted finger status - life goes on. Another busted finger status report, since the original one rolled off of the 50-entry BLOG update records.
Website Status as of 02/05/2009. No more Bookstore; no more Contact Me; no more complexity.
Website Status 03-09-2009. Just a note to bring you up to date on website status 03-09-2009.
Website Status 04/06/2009. Busy driving daily now; most website work will be weekend and as available.
The Plastic Bags and Eco Doom theory: will plastic bags end life as we know it? Plastic Bag and Eco Doom predictions tell us that plastic grocery and garbage bags will still be buried in the land fills and dumps a thousand years from now. Well … so what?
Farewell Smokey Biorseth; Rest In Peace. Hello Coal Biorseth; Welcome Home. As we were laying our beloved Smokey Biorseth to rest in his grave beside the lilies, a carbon-copy of Smokey, in younger form, emerged from the lilies.
Honky Biorseth really runs this house. If you want to know what's in any cabinet in the house, just ask Honky Biorseth.
Kill the illegal alien marketplace, and illegal aliens will leave on their own. Why should we "imagine" life with no Mexico? Shouldn't the Mexicans be trying to imagine life without the USA?
More Marxist infiltration of higher education. Public school and the media are not the only places dominated by Marxist thought; even Catholic institutions are infected.
Of Families and Fortunes, and Inheritance Vs. Redistribution. Families and Fortunes are despised by Marxists, because Marxism demonizes the family, demonizes fortunes, and even demonizes profit.
Website Status Update 11/09/10 Just a Website status update; where we are and where we’re going.
Regarding the 2010 Tax Deal Pledge Breaker: Pledge? What Pledge? How can Republican deal makers even face us? We need to hang a Tea Party target on all professional politicians for 2012.
Pray for peace in Jerusalem, and for deliverance of Israel from harm. To pray for peace in Jerusalem is to pray for deliverance from Obama.
A tale of Promised Financial Melt-Down Debt Ceiling Nonsense and Happy Marxists. Everyone, on both sides, believes the Debt Ceiling Nonsense. Why?
God and Nature: on the Nature of Things, established by the Creator of Things. God and Nature: on man’s Perversion of the Nature of Things, even with the best of intentions.
Our Ohio voter Guide for the 2012 Election. The 2l012 Ohio Voter Guide – The Choices Have Never Been Clearer, or more critical.
Evangelization enters the animal kingdom with the first bear prayer. It is fitting that the first bear prayer would be a prayer of thanksgiving.
Is the Internet down in Lithuania? Sudden loss of Lithuanian traffic suggests the internet is down in Lithuania.
The rise of the Femi Nazi Green Beret, and the decline of military victory. The first Femi Nazi Green Beret will be awarded out of fairness, not excellence.
Food Insurance: Is this stuff really any good? All of us conspiracy-theorizing, global-calamity doomsday-preppers need their Food Insurance.
We just had to try to do Robert Irvine's Plastic Wrapped Baby Back Ribs. Put plastic wrapped baby back ribs in the oven? What? Are you nuts?
Thoughts on the first Eucharist, established by the Last Supper. The first Eucharist was recognized by the Apostles for what it was on that holiest Holy Thursday.
Get behind these Tea Party Candidates. The Constitution is not going to be restored to legal preeminence unless we replace leadership incumbents of BOTH PARTIES.
Ecce homo; Behold the man. Ecce Homo. Behold the Innocent Lamb, who takes away the sins of the world.
When your system slows down or hangs, it's time for a Total System Reboot. America, the World, and even the Catholic Church may need a Total System Reboot.
"We belong to the Church militant; and She is militant because on earth the powers of darkness are ever restless to encompass Her destruction. Not only in the far-off centuries of the early Church, but down through the ages and in this our day, the enemies of God and Christian civilization make bold to attack the Creator’s supreme dominion and sacrosanct human rights.”--Pope Pius XII
"It is not lawful to take the things of others to give to the poor. It is a sin worthy of punishment, not an act deserving a reward, to give away what belongs to others."--St. Francis of Assisi
Truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.—Winston Churchill
The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.—Ayn Rand
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