"SUFFERED UNDER PONTIUS PILATE, WAS
CRUCIFIED, DEAD, AND BURIED"
[THE ROMAN CATECHISM, Article IV] The Passion
THE PEOPLE AT THE CROSS, AND THE PEOPLE OF TODAY
De Facto Destruction of the Traditional Catholic Faith
New and revised edition of Robert Banaugh's dissertation
The Reason For The Last Judgment
“Give an account of thy stewardship.”
St. Luke 16: 2.
Is it not an article of faith that every man shall be judged immediately after death, and sent into eternal glory
or eternal torments? Why, then, should men appear again to hear another sentence? Is not the first one good and
just enough, as it is pronounced by an infallible Judge?
Not a doubt of it! What is, then, the object of a new examination and judgment?
Will the last judgment perhaps make some change in the first? Not at all; the sentence once uttered shall not be
recalled. On the last day each one shall hear the same sentence that was pronounced on him at the particular judgment
on the last day of his life, at the moment of death, and no other. If I am then condemned to hell, I shall certainly
hear in the last judgment the words: “Depart, accursed!” If I am then admitted to the kingdom of heaven, I shall
certainly hear on the last day the words: “Come, ye blessed!” What is then the use of a general judgment. Several
reasons are assigned for it, from which I shall select two principal ones, the first of which concerns God, and
the second us mortals. The first I shall speak of today
I. There must necessarily be a general judgment that God may publicly, in
the sight of the whole world, make good His lessened honor.
II. There must necessarily be a general judgment, that God may publicly,
in the sight of the whole world, justify His now incomprehensible providence.
I. Why do most men give God so little of the honor due to Him, and are so backward in fearing and loving Him? Because
they have but a dark knowledge of His majesty. We do not know what a great Lord He is, and how worthy of honor,
fear and love. It is true, God is the absolute Lord and Master of all time, of every moment of our lives. But we
often refuse to act on this truth; we show by our conduct that we believe quite the contrary, for we misspend our
precious time given us by God in a most foolish manner, wasting it in idleness, vanity, gluttony, the lusts of
the flesh, and useless amusements.
God is almighty, and present in all places; at any moment He has the power of reducing us to nothing, if such is
His will. We often refuse to act on that knowledge; otherwise should we, poor, despicable creatures as we are,
so often rebel against Him, offend Him so audaciously, and before His very eyes trample His law under foot?
God is the sworn Enemy and Chastiser of sin, and His infinite justice will not allow the least transgression to
go unpunished, unless it has been fully atoned for. We often refuse to act on that knowledge; otherwise should
we dare to offend Him so presumptuously?
Do we not falsely imagine that we are free from all punishment when we spend whole weeks, months and years in sin,
calmly and quietly, as if there were no one in heaven or on earth from whom we have anything to fear? We separate
the divine mercy and justice from each other, and imagine that justice must always give way before and yield to
mercy; we look on justice as an idle attribute of God, that never upholds its rights and leave everything to mercy.
God is good, we say; God is patient; He is ready to forgive, and therefore it makes little matter how one lives.
Thus, through want of a proper knowledge of God, His honor is often lessened and despised. Hence there must come
a time in which God will avenge His honor, and publicly show before the world what He is.
And that will be the last day of general judgment, which is therefore called in Holy Writ “the day of the Lord.”
Then shall all see how bitter is the hatred God has against sin and the sinner, and how He will notallow the smallest
transgression to go unpunished; for He will demand an account even of an idle word or thought; nay, He will judge
the justices and holiest works of men, and put them to the proof to see if they are according to His will and pleasure.
All shall then see that God has no respect for persons; rich and poor, noble and lowly, prince and peasant, master
and servant, mistress and maid; great and small shall be cited before Him in the same order, without distinction
of rank, and each one shall receive the reward or punishment due to his works. Therefore, the prophet Isaias calls
this day cruel: “Behold, the day of the Lord shall come, a cruel day, and full of indignation, and of wrath, and
fury, to lay the land desolate, and to destroy the sinners thereof out of it” (Is. 13: 9).
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Introduction to the Devout Life
St. Francis de Sales
The Nature and Excellence of Devotion
Part I, Chapter 2
Those who sought to discourage the Israelites from going up to the Promised Land, told them that it was "a
land which eateth up the inhabitants thereof;"that is, that the climate was so unhealthy that the inhabitants
could not live long, and that the people thereof were "men of a great stature," who looked upon the new-comers
as mere locusts to be devoured. It is just so, my child, that the world runs down true devotion, painting devout
people with gloomy, melancholy aspect, and affirming that religion makes them dismal and unpleasant. But even as
Joshua and Caleb protested that not only was the Promised Land a fair and pleasant country, but that the Israelites
would take an easy and peaceful possession thereof, so the Holy Spirit tells us through His Saints, and our Lord
has told us with His Own Lips, that a devout life is very sweet, very happy and very loveable.
The world, looking on, sees that devout persons fast, watch and pray, endure injury patiently, minister to the
sick and poor, restrain their temper, check and subdue their passions, deny themselves in all sensual indulgence,
and do many other things which in themselves are hard and difficult. But the world sees nothing of that inward,
heartfelt devotion which makes all these actions pleasant and easy. Watch a bee hovering over the mountain thyme;--the
juices it gathers are bitter, but the bee turns them all to honey,--and so tells the worldling, that though the
devout soul finds bitter herbs along its path of devotion, they are all turned to sweetness and pleasantness as
it treads;--and the martyrs have counted fire, sword, and rack but as perfumed flowers by reason of their devotion.
And if devotion can sweeten such cruel torments, and even death itself, how much more will it give a charm to ordinary
good deeds? We sweeten unripe fruit with sugar, and it is useful in correcting the crudity even of that which is
good. So devotion is the real spiritual sweetness which takes away all bitterness from mortifications; and prevents
consolations from disagreeing with the soul: it cures the poor of sadness, and the rich of presumption; it keeps
the oppressed from feeling desolate, and the prosperous from insolence; it averts sadness from the lonely, and
dissipation from social life; it is as warmth in winter and refreshing dew in summer; it knows how to abound and
how to suffer want; how to profit alike by honour and contempt; it accepts gladness and sadness with an even mind,
and fills men's hearts with a wondrous sweetness.
Ponder Jacob's ladder:--it is a true picture of the devout life; the two poles which support the steps are types
of prayer which seeks the love of God, and the Sacraments which confer that love; while the steps themselves are
simply the degrees of love by which we go on from virtue to virtue, either descending by good deeds on behalf of
our neighbour or ascending by contemplation to a loving union with God. Consider, too, who they are who trod this
ladder; men with angels' hearts, or angels with human forms. They are not youthful, but they seem to be so by reason
of their vigour and spiritual activity. They have wings wherewith to fly, and attain to God in holy prayer, but
they have likewise feet wherewith to tread in human paths by a holy gracious intercourse with men; their faces
are bright and beautiful, inasmuch as they accept all things gently and sweetly; their heads and limbs are uncovered,
because their thoughts, affections and actions have no motive or object save that of pleasing God; the rest of
their bodies is covered with a light shining garment, because while they use the world and the things of this life,
they use all such purely and honestly, and no further than is needful for their condition --such are the truly
devout. Believe me, dear child, devotion is the sweetest of sweets, the queen of virtues, the perfection of love.
If love is the milk of life, devotion is the cream thereof; if it is a fruitful plant, devotion is the blossom;
if it is a precious stone, devotion is its brightness; if it is a precious balm, devotion is its perfume, even
that sweet odour which delights men and causes the angels to rejoice.