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You can’t have mercy without justice

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Posted: Saturday, December 7, 2013 12:00 am

Like a rope, the strands of our Catholic faith weave together: You cannot have a Eucharist without the cross and confessional. You cannot have mercy without justice. Mercy without justice is not mercy — nor is it Truth. Very first work of mercy? Admonish the sinner.

The insipid soul isn’t challenged to a higher character of Faith; he will readily accept the lower spirit of man’s ways as a substitute for God’s nature. When girls were allowed at the alter, this was no big deal for today’s Catholics. However, for those who understood God’s proper roles for men and women (as outlined by Scripture and church tradition), it was as if the cross of justice was placed squarely on their backs.

Justice doesn’t go away. If not applied to all in the obedient observance of different roles, it’ll be selectively compounded to the backs of only those who remain obedient. Mercy is only extended through the cross of justice.

When you invite everyone to the Eucharist and rarely mention confession, you readily accept the Grace of this Sacramento without even recognizing it was judiciously merited at a great price. When our great Saviour Jesus Christ looked down from the cross, He couldn’t even see His mother, Mary. There was much blood flowing into his eyes.

We’re making cult figures out of certain individuals because they are so popular in extending mercy. Hell has been reduced to merely a separation from God. The “eternal” pains of justice are quickly dismissed.

The criteria that God has given to “judge” the post-Vatican II Church lies in Matthew 7:16-20 and 2 Corinthians 10:6. “By their fruits ye shall Know them.” Once great Catholic countries, Italy and Ireland, have crumpled to abortion and divorce. Catholic Latin America has dwindled. Catholic men and women now show no difference in the statistics of pre-marital sex, adultery and divorce that lead to Hell.

Justice will be applied in the end to the lost souls and the so-called shepherds that led them astray. In rejection of both the merciful and judicial Cross, justice will not be forgotten (Wisdom 3:1-11).

Ron Arthur

Lodi

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