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On The Suitability of Certain Suffering-The New Passion of The Church

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Those of you who have read this blog know that I have in hundreds of posts, tried to unpack Garrigou-Lagrange's book on the way to perfection.____________________________________________________________________________

This great Dominican is also known for his excellent commentary on the Summa. I do not know if I shall have time to cover his examination on this blog in the near future, but I do want to highlight today the commentary of St. Thomas Aquinas on the Passion of Christ.________________________________________________________________________

I am quoting a selection here and will unpack this a bit, as we are going into a new era of persecution. Those Catholics in the past, who endured suffering, isolation, marginalization, exile and even death, came to understand the Passion of Christ in their own minds, spirits and bodies._______________________________________________________________________________________

Unless we can join with Christ in His Passion, we shall not be able to withstand the winds of hatred which have begun to blow across the entire world.______________________________________________________________________________________________

I shall put the sections I want to highlight in boldface type. From this site--www.thesumma.info/saviour/saviour59.php

Third Article: Whether There Was Any More Suitable Way Of Delivering The Human Race Than By Christ's Passion
Reply. The answer is that there was no other way more suitable; (1) because by Christ's passion man knows how much God loves him and is thereby incited to love Him in return;[1769] (2) because thereby Christ gave us an example of obedience, humility, constancy, justice, and the other virtues;[1770] (3) because Christ by His passion not only delivered man from sin, but also merited grace and glory for him; (4) because thereby man is all the more bound to refrain from sin;[1771] (5) because in this way, it was in Christ that as man by dying, He conquered the devil and vanquished death.[1772]

Suitable is a wonderful word for the acceptance of suffering which Christ endured for our sake. For something to be suitable, it must be appropriate, for a particular purpose.

The Passion of Christ absolutely fulfills this definition-and only God could have arranged the perfect means of salvation for us.
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Look at this passage above-Christ's Passion freed us from sin, merited grace and merited glory. His Passion completely conquered the legions of hell, and, in addition, Christ overcame death. We can look forward to life everlasting because of this Passion.

What has this to do with the times? We are all heading for a new Passion of the Church. We shall be part of this, and, indeed, some are already experiencing this Passion.

We have been warned for over 100 years of this coming time of trial. We should be surprised or taken unaware.

Christ prepared for His Passion, and if we are to face the suitable passion which God will allow us to experience, we must prepare.

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Dr Bobus
Apologies for the delay. I had written a response, but accidentally went to the next page and lost it.

It is often said the Christ went to His death meek as a lamb. That's true, but when He was questioned by the High Priests, He challenged their assertions. The same is true when He stood before Pilate.

In the Counter Reformation Church, obedience was king. People suffered in silence—the assumpt…More
Apologies for the delay. I had written a response, but accidentally went to the next page and lost it.

It is often said the Christ went to His death meek as a lamb. That's true, but when He was questioned by the High Priests, He challenged their assertions. The same is true when He stood before Pilate.

In the Counter Reformation Church, obedience was king. People suffered in silence—the assumption was that it was better to be obedient even though the authority was wrong. We have a situation now where Church authorities have imposed their errors on the Church for the past 50 years. Examples are legion, including the disastrous liturgical changes (incl vernacular versus populum celebration), accompanied by historical distortions, as well as the German bishops' cowardly policies concerning the morning after pill and Communion to those in bad marriages. These authorities have all but destroyed Catholic life by invoking obedience

I have personally known priests whose vocations were endangered simply because they tried to do what superiors wanted. Some have since been laicized.

So if the subject is suffering, let's not limit it to the threat of secularism. As a matter of fact, let's being with what has happened in the Church, whose authorities, incl Paul VI, have caused far more damage and far more suffering than secularism has.
If you are going to write more on Garrigou-Lagrange, whose opus magum, "DIEU. Son existence et sa nature" I have read attentively, please touch upon his reaction to "la nouvelle théologie" which seems to be a version of modernism and one inspiration for much of what took place in Vat II. I sometimes wonder what that magnificent thinker would "think" today about the status of post-Vat II …More
If you are going to write more on Garrigou-Lagrange, whose opus magum, "DIEU. Son existence et sa nature" I have read attentively, please touch upon his reaction to "la nouvelle théologie" which seems to be a version of modernism and one inspiration for much of what took place in Vat II. I sometimes wonder what that magnificent thinker would "think" today about the status of post-Vat II Catholicism.
rhemes1582
@ Dr. Bobus

well you lost me there.
Dr Bobus
My point was simple--and I thought obvious. If we imitate Christ's suffering, it is more than a passive situation--it is also active. Thus, it involves callling out the German bishops for their prevarication (for those keeping score at home, that means lying)--NOT calling them Nazis but exposing their pathological dishonesty.
supertradmum
I am going to write more on Garrigou-Lagrange's comments in the next few days. Exactly as the commentator noted, this post was a reminder of our own passion and the passion of the Church. The fact that the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity began His Passion with the Incarnation is not the point, although it is an excellent one.

I was merely highlighting the days of Holy Week for the benefit …More
I am going to write more on Garrigou-Lagrange's comments in the next few days. Exactly as the commentator noted, this post was a reminder of our own passion and the passion of the Church. The fact that the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity began His Passion with the Incarnation is not the point, although it is an excellent one.

I was merely highlighting the days of Holy Week for the benefit of those who cannot or will not see the coming difficulties in our own times.

Thanks for all the feedback.
rhemes1582
@doctor Bobus
Thanks for your insight{clarification?}
Is it possible that the point here, is more about : The Servant is not greater than the Master, and we must prepare to walk in His footsteps? That the Church Herself united to Her Creator must/will also share in His Passion? That we must not think that 2000 years has separated us from the Cross, and this is the point that she{the blogger} …More
@doctor Bobus
Thanks for your insight{clarification?}
Is it possible that the point here, is more about : The Servant is not greater than the Master, and we must prepare to walk in His footsteps? That the Church Herself united to Her Creator must/will also share in His Passion? That we must not think that 2000 years has separated us from the Cross, and this is the point that she{the blogger} was working from? Do Penance , Pray Receive the Sacraments ..Etc.Etc.
Dr Bobus
If I might make one Christological point:

It is important to note that St Thomas is not just promoting a Lutheran style theologia crucis. The Redemption of Man is not merely a matter of Christ the Perfect Victim suffering but also of Christ the Perfect Priest offering that suffering.

There are readings in Christmastide matins when the Doctor of Christology, Leo Magnus, speaks about the Union …More
If I might make one Christological point:

It is important to note that St Thomas is not just promoting a Lutheran style theologia crucis. The Redemption of Man is not merely a matter of Christ the Perfect Victim suffering but also of Christ the Perfect Priest offering that suffering.

There are readings in Christmastide matins when the Doctor of Christology, Leo Magnus, speaks about the Union of the Creator with His Creation. St Thomas, knowing this and keeping in mind the ineffable dignity of the Hypostatic Union, says that the Redemption of Man begins at the first instant of the Incarnation (i.e., when the Creator is united with His Creation).

How then can it be said that Man is redeemed by Christ's Passion and Death, yet that the Redemption begins at the first instant of the Incarnation? The answer, IMHO, is that His offering of His Passion and Death (the Perfect Act of Charity of Christ the Priest) begins at the first instant of the Incarnation, when Christ takes on passible flesh and the inevitability of His Own suffering and death.

Thus the importance of Christ's Knowledge is not merely an isolated question in Christology.