"St. Thomas maintains: ‘Each one is under obligation to show forth his faith, either to instruct and encourage others of the faithful, or to repel the attacks of unbelievers.’ To recoil before an enemy, or to keep silence when from all sides such clamors are raised against truth, is the part of a man either devoid of character or who entertains doubt as to the truth of what he professes to believe.”
----------Pope Leo XIII, Sapientiae Christianae #14, Jan. 10, 1890--------------
Daily we have to deal with heretics and non-believers and many of us have bought into the post Conciliar Modernist view of not "rocking the boat" or have been deceived by false charity and have simply kept silent to our friends outside the One and Only True Religion. As we see from the above statement The Holy Father says we are "devoid of character" if we do this....
In this day and age of crisis within Holy Mother Church, relativism and emotive outpouring we Catholics are called evermore to spread the Gospel and win souls for Our Lord...Yes there really is only ONE TRUE RELIGION, yes, OUTSIDE THAT RELIGION there is NO salvation, and that Holy Religion is the one founded by Our Lord Jesus Christ, THE HOLY CATHOLIC RELIGION!
“With Faith urging us we are forced to believe and to hold the one, holy, Catholic Church and that, apostolic, and we firmly believe and simply confess this Church outside of which there is no salvation nor remission of sin… Furthermore, we declare, say, define, and proclaim to every human creature that they by absolute necessity for salvation are entirely subject to the Roman Pontiff.”
----------Pope Boniface VIII, Unam Sanctam, Nov. 18, 1302--------
You must ask yourself what is to be gained by associations with those outside the Holy Faith if they will not hear and obey the will of God? Or even associations with so-called "Catholics" who mock Our Lord daily by their attitudes, irreverance, and blasphmey. Will they help get you into Heaven? Will you help them if they obstinately reject the Truth?
The answer dear friends and readers is a resounding NO! These associations will bear no fruit and we must simply pray for their souls and seriously think about cutting our associations with heretics, schismatics, and infidels.
I can hear you saying, "Wow Brother, that is very harsh." However Our Lord Himself even tells us in Holy Scripture: "And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear you; going forth from thence, shake off the dust from your feet for a testimony to them." ----Mark 6:11----
I have recently taken a spiritual inventory and have begun the process of removing my false associations however; I will always continue praying for the salvation of their souls.
That dear friends is true charity.....
Being Catholic is not about wining friends, it is about the business of saving souls starting with your own. It is about having that Manly Character of standing up for Christ, His Mother, and His Holy Church always even if you will be reviled, spit upon, or shunned even by family members.......
False associations will lead you away from Christ, incline your heart more toward sin, and send you running into the waiting jaws of Satan!
I ask you dear readers to meditate for a moment on your associations and ask yourself the following questions:
- Are my associations Holy ones?
- Do I have more non-Catholic associations than Catholic ones? and if so, why?
- Have I shared the Truth with my associations?
- Do I pray daily for my associations?
- Am I more inclined to sin with my non-Catholic associations?
Now.........what are you going to do about it???