Tagged: Home Alone
December 26, 2022 at 12:17 pm #2456
For many, the decision to stay and pray at home, otherwise known as Home Alone Catholicism, is reached only through an arduous period of prayer and reflection, research and discovery of authentic Catholicism. The decision is not easy, and I am oftentimes very encouraged from hearing from those who have made the decision to be Home Alone Catholics.
I would like to open up this topic of How Did You Come To Home Alone to my readers and visitors who would like to share a brief account of their experience becoming Home Alone Catholics, which is just being actually Catholic for the first time. I encourage you to do so, because I know personally how edifying it can be to hear the stories of others and how they “came home” to the Catholic faith and practice of our religion.
January 13, 2023 at 2:04 pm #2484EugenGuest
Hello Robert Robbins, hello all,
nice to find like minded folks. I am a Catholic, and I stay at home for nearly ten years now. Here’s my brief account.
I was born shortly after the opening of the 1960s robber council in Germany. My mother was a fan of Montini 666, and my father converted from protestant to V2-protestant when his sons were V2 altar boys and spend much time in a V2 youth group. I had learned that the Church teaches: God requires us to be Catholics. At school we mocked protestant classmates for not being real Christians.
When I was 18, I was told that V2 teaches that one doesn’t have to be Catholic to please God. Immediately I left the V2 sect, it was too boring anyway.
When I was 40, living in Brazil, I started to understand how rotton this vale of tears is, and how rotton my own life had been. Looking for truth, over the course of 10 years, my wife and I went to Holy Scripture, to the V2 sect, to the Lefebvrists, to other Lefebvrists, to home alone, sedevacante, and finally sedem ablata (Is 22:25, peg removed, taken out of the way). It took lots of reading, learning, and discussions to arrive here. Deo Gratias.
I am quite convinced that Mt 24:15 (abomination of desolation) was in 1962 when Roncalli changed the unchangeable Canon of the mass; the Great Apostasy solemnly went public in 1965; we are living in the “time such as never was” (Dan 12:1), the consummation of the age is happening before our eyes; Antichrist is heads and body of the false Church; and the Lord will return in 2028 (=1962+66).
The Lord said that he shall be with us “to the consummation of the age” (Mt 28:20). Both constitutions of the Vatican Council start off by saying in their first sentence or paragraph that there shall be shepherds “usque ad consummationem saeculi”. Mt 24:14-15 says ” … and then shall the consummation come. When therefore you shall see the abomination of desolation … ”
There are lots of quotes from the Fathers revealing that the consummation of the age is the time of Antichrist. Here’s one:
“It should be known that the Antichrist is bound to come. Every one, therefore, who confesses not that the Son of God came in the flesh and is perfect God and became perfect man, after being God, is Antichrist. But in a peculiar and special sense he who comes at the consummation of the age is called Antichrist.” John of Damascus, An Exposition of the Orthodox Faith (Book IV)
January 14, 2023 at 10:00 am #2485
Thank you, Eugen, for sharing your story. It sounds very familiar.
As for the speculation of dates, I have to stop short, because only the Father knows the day and hour of the ending of the world. But I do agree we are in the ends times and the consummation is just around the corner.
Again, thank you for sharing. I hope you find the content on CE helpful and encouraging.
January 14, 2023 at 11:50 am #2486EugenGuest
Yes, Robert, only the Father knows the day and hour. But of exactly what? Of the abomination of desolation? Of the return of the Lord? … ?
Several Fathers teach, following Scripture, that the time of Antichrist will last for three and a half years, and then the Lord returns. And most of them seem to believe, that that number is to be taken literally. Consequently, following these Fathers, those who witness the abomination of desolation know at least roughly how long the last time of tribulation will last. In case you’re interested I can send you a PDF with roughly 20 pages I wrote on the topic based on what I found in Scripture and Catholic commentators. If not, I won’t blame you for not being interested in speculations of this kind.
January 14, 2023 at 12:02 pm #2487
I would say that the consummation, that is, the ending of the world and the returning of Christ–which is obviously distinct from the reign of the Antichrist and the abomination of desolation–is what is unknown. Of course, all things are unknown until they happen, which goes without saying, but the end of all things marks an abrupt breaking of the clock, which cannot be known until it happens. Other things may be known within reason and deductions from scriptural prophecy, but the exact hour, e.g., 2028, is not our place to know. Indeed, not even the Lord of Lords knows that. Only the Father. So I caution you against thinking you may know the hour at which our Lord shall return and judge the nations:
“But of that day and hour no one knoweth, not the angels of heaven, but the Father alone,” (Matt. 24:36).
January 14, 2023 at 2:17 pm #2499EugenGuest
Please, look at this quote of the Vatican Council:
“Pastor aeternus et episcopus animarum nostrarum […] in Ecclesia sua Pastores et Doctores usque ad consummationem saeculi esse voluit.” (The Vatican Council, Pastor aeternus)
“The eternal shepherd and guardian of our souls [… willed …] that in his church there should be shepherds and teachers until the consummation of the age.” (my translation, cf. Mt 28:20)
The quote is the very beginning of one of the two infallible dogmatic constitutions of the Vatican Council. It clearly refers to Mt 28:20 (like the first sentence of the other constitution, Dei Filius, does, too) and it says that there will be shepherds until the consummation of the age.
I assume that you agree that we’re without any apostolic shepherds. Consequently, if we assume that the consummation of the age hasn’t begun yet, then we still should have shepherds and a pope, which is not the case. Consequently, the consummation of the age already has begun. But that’s not just a consequence of the teachings of the Vatican Council and of current reality. Holy Scripture and the Fathers confirm the view that the consummation of the age is the last time, the time of the reign of Antichrist.
In Mt 24:3 we read: “And when he was sitting on mount Olivet, the disciples came to him privately, saying: Tell us when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the consummation of the world?” And in Mt 24:14-15 we read: ” … and then shall the consummation come. When therefore you shall see the abomination of desolation … ”. So the consummation begins with the “abomination of desolation, which was spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place”.
I’ve found more than a dozen quotes from Catholic Fathers, i.a. in the Patrologia Latina (Migne), confirming that the time of the reign of Antichrist is the time of the consummation of the age. One of these quotes is of St. John of Damascus, who says that Antichrist “comes at the consummation of the age” (for the full quote see my post above). Just ask, and I’ll post the other quotes (it takes some work formatting).
Conclusion: If you believe that the consummation of the age will happen in the future, then you’d better believe (following the Vatican Council) that there are apostolic shepherds somewhere now. But there is no reason to do so. Scripture and the Fathers explain that the consummation of the age is the time of the reign of Antichrist, which begins with the Great Apostasy.
January 14, 2023 at 5:34 pm #2500
I simply mean by “consummationem saeculi” the actual ending of the world, as opposed to the reign of the Antichrist ushered in by the Abomination of Desolation. “Consummatio” in its strictest meaning cannot have a beginning, because it itself is an ending, the word in Latin meaning “final result” or “conclusion.” But, if you want “consummationem” to mean the beginning of the reign of Antichrist, then that is fine. All I mean to say is that I believe the ending of the world is not deducible from scriptural prophecy, since it is by the same that we know it is only known by God the Father. The reign of the Antichrist may be approximated based upon certain known signs (the signs of the times) which signal to the faithful that the end of the world is nigh–but never to the degree of certitude of establishing a date, like 2028 for the very end of time.
I think you and I simply have a different understanding of “consummationem saeculi,” where you think it is a phase or unfolding of events whereas I believe it is an end of all events, and is signaled by the coming of Christ. Perhaps I should use the word “Second Coming,” or “Parousia,” because that is my meaning.
Your interpretation of the consummation of the age being equated with the reign of the Antichrist is interesting, and, based upon such an understanding, it would make sense to say that there is no reason to expect shepherds and teachers during that time (our time). But I think that consummation of the age could also (and perhaps more fittingly) mean the end of time itself, with no after. It is not a beginning but an ending.
As for needing your interpration of the phrase, as I linked to in my present article published today, I have a different take on “Pastor aeternus…voluit,” in making a distinction which St. Thomas makes regarding the different kinds of willing of God. Simply put, God could have willed absolutely that there always be shepherds until the end of time, or God could have wished that there be shepherds until the end of time, but, because of the Great Apostasy, that was not to happen. It is theologically solid and sound and based in Thomistic theology, which I quote at length in the linked article from today–which you might check out.
Anyway, thank you for sharing your thoughtful remarks in the Galaxy Forum. It is a shame not more people like yourself share their thoughts and discuss these important matters.
January 15, 2023 at 7:29 am #2501EugenGuest
Sure, the Vatican Council says “it was his will that in his church there should be shepherds and teachers until the end of time” and we know that the “eternal shepherd and guardian of our souls” allows men to frustrate His will. But on the other hand we also have the unequivocal statement “behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the age” (Mt 28 ult.), and the same Vatican Council solemnly pronounces “Dei Filius et generis humani Redemptor Dominus Noster Iesus Christus, ad Patrem caelestem rediturus, cum Ecclesia sua in terris militante, omnibus diebus usque ad consummationem saeculi futurum se esse promisit.” (The Son of God […] promised […] that he would be with this church militant upon earth all days even to the end of the age).
Mt 28:20 expresses not just the will of the Lord, but promise.
The reality we face and the teaching of the Vatican Council correspond to the teaching of the Fathers, that the consummation of the age is the time of the reign of Antichrist.
January 15, 2023 at 9:07 am #2502EugenGuest
The end is sweet to all who labor. A traveler freely asks where
there is lodging; a mercenary frequently calculates when the year
will be over; a farmer always awaits the time of the harvest; a
trader investigates the account of the money chest day and night;
an expectant mother expects the tenth month; so also the servants
of God freely ask about the consummation of the age (Mt 24:3).
”For,” it is written, ”where thy treasure is, there is thy heart
also.” (Mt 6:21)
Opus Imperfectum in Matthaeum, Hom. XLVIII
For at the consummation of the Jewish nation Jerusalem was destroyed,
which still was perceived to be Jerusalem but really was not.
At the consummation of the world the church will either be desolate
or to be made desolate: That is, that which is perceived to be the church,
not that which truely was and is the church.
Opus Imperfectum in Matthaeum, Hom. XLVIII
January 15, 2023 at 11:52 am #2503
Great quotes, Eugene. But who wrote them? I see it is a homily or sermon of some kind.
On a related note: on the CE Log tab, there is this note:
If you would like to contribute an article to the CE Log with your own thoughts on the Apocalypse, and how to survive it, or on Catholicism in the arts, sciences, or society, please submit a proposal to Contact@CatholicEclipsed.com, with a title in the subject, an abstract of the proposed article in the body, and graphics or images attached if applicable. If your article is selected, you will be contacted with a request to submit the full article, between 1000-2000 words, or longer if need be, and will be asked to provide a short BIO and image of yourself. Contributors will be featured at the end of their articles, along with a link to their website if they have one.”
If you would be interested in putting together your thoughts on the “Desolation of the Church” or other things touching upon the Faith during the Apocalypse, into a condensed 1500 word article, I would love to review it and publish it with full attribution. Just think on it and let me know.
January 15, 2023 at 1:55 pm #2504EugenGuest
The “Opus Imperfectum in Matthaeum” is an uncomplete early commentary on the Gospel of Matthew of around 600 pages, formally divided into “homilies”. Up to the 16th century the author was thought to be St. John Chrysostom. The Opus is extensively quoted by St. Thomas Aquinas in the Catena Aurea. A legend says: “As Thomas Aquinas was approaching Paris, a fellow traveler pointed out the lovely buildings gracing that city. Aquinas was impressed, to be sure, but he sighed and stated that he would rather have the complete Incomplete Commentary on Matthew than to be mayor of Paris itself.” (I couldn’t find the more eloquent version of this story by G. K. Chesterton.)
The original Latin quotes are:
“Omnibus enim laborantibus dulcis est finis. Viator libenter interrogat, ubi est mansio; mercenarius frequenter computat, quando annus completur; agricola semper tempus messis exspectat; negotiatior die ac nocte thecae suae discutit rationem; mulier praegnans semper de decimo mense cogitat: sic et servi Dei libenter de consummatione saeculi requirunt. Scriptum est enim: Ubi erit thesaurus tuus, ibi erit et cor tuum (Matth. 6. 21).”
“In consummatione enim gentis Judaeae Jerusalem destructa est, quae tamen videbatur esse Jerusalem, non autem vera erat. In consummatione autem mundi Ecclesia aut desolata, aut desolanda est: adhuc tamen illa quae videbatur Ecclesia, non autem quae vera erat, aut est.”
Thank you for offering to contribute to the CE Log. I’ll think about it.
January 16, 2023 at 9:55 am #2505
I know the reference to GKC but I do not recall where I read it.
Thank you for the informative response about the Commentaries.
If you would be inclined to submit an article to the CE Log, I think this issue about Shepherds and Teachers until the end of time would be good to write about. I know there is considerable disagreement about how this teaching applies to the present. In particular, it has become public knowledge that the once Home Alone Catholic, Eric Hoyle, has been so swept up by this teaching that he has returned to the Novus Ordo and claims it is the Catholic Church. So now is a ripe time to combat the error of misunderstanding this teaching from the Vatican Council. Your interpretation based upon theological sources is compelling.
I would be happy to receive the PDF you spoke of earlier, and reference it in future articles touching upon the topics contained therein, if you would allow. But you sound like a fairly educated person and I think readers of the CE Log would benefit from your analysis.
January 17, 2023 at 2:11 pm #2507EugenGuest
I wrote a first draft. It’s 5 pages DIN A4 in LaTeX/PDF plus appendix with 9 pages of quotes. I may need some days to finish it.
What kind of file-format do you expect? html, bbcode, markdown, … ?
Is there a sandbox or something, where I can preview the resulting page?
January 17, 2023 at 2:27 pm #2508
If you are referring to a submission for the CE Log, you can just email me your copy via the Contact page. Remember, articles on the CE Log are about 1000-2000 words, so keep it tight and succinct. If you are just wanting to share your document with me, you can email it. I am not going to publish a 5 page essay with 9 pages of quotes on the CE Log, but I will refer to that in upcoming articles if there is anything of interest there.
January 17, 2023 at 3:06 pm #2512EugenGuest
Yes, I am referring to a submission for the CE Log. My five pages are less than 2000 words. If you don’t want to publish the additional nine pages of quotes, I deem the article useless, since the quotes are the proof of what I say in the article. How about putting the quotes here in the forum, and then put a reference to that thread in the article?
If you accept PDF and do the conversion/reformatting yourself, that’s fine with me. I would anyway ask you to proof read and correct my “German-English”.
January 17, 2023 at 3:09 pm #2513
We can include the the quotes as footnotes directly in the article. That is fine by me.
Would you email the PDF and also include just a quick note on who you are. Include as little or as much info as you want, of course. Also, if you are a shy fellow, let me know your favorite or patron saint, and I will include that with your article.
January 18, 2023 at 3:11 pm #2515EugenGuest
Robert, the COMMS-Page doesn’t allow to post attachments. So I would need an email address.
January 18, 2023 at 3:49 pm #2516
August 10, 2023 at 5:19 pm #2761KGGuest
I had a nominally Protestant upbringing. I was troubled most of my life, and confused about a lot of things, gradually becoming more agnostic when one day I had an epiphany about the Truth and observability of Original Sin. I could not understand how co-workers and people I knew who considered themselves “good” people, some church going Christians, could do petty, cruel, and mean things to others. Once I understood that this was all related to Original Sin, I opened my mind to the possibility that all the rest of the Christian story could be true as well. I began reading, my favorite authors were Catholics like Belloc, Tom Woods, and C.S. Lewis, while not Catholic, sent me in that direction. I had an actual revelatory experience driving through a snowstorm, so I KNEW at that point God was real, and I was being pulled to Him. I was giddy with joy. I read “Heretics” and “Orthodoxy” by Chesterton and was converted to Catholicism. I attended RCIA after much difficulty finding anyone who could tell me anything about joining the Church. I talked to a diocesan nun was rude, curt, and told me to go through the parish office. RCIA was a puzzlement. I was very ignorant, had not really attended a Mass, other than an occ wedding, so I did not understand their pushing ecumenism, and apologizing for all the ritual, Marian apparitions, and dogmas. I asked about Communion on the tongue, and was told derisively that that was “crumb theology”. I did not understand the monumental abruption from the Faith that was V2, or I would never have been baptized and confirmed into that mess. The more I read, the more I realized what was missing, and I began attending an SSPX mission Mass (the priest told me to not go to a NO service again, and I have not), but that closed down after a few months. I felt bad, not going to Church or Confession, then I found a diocesan Latin Mass an hr or so away and attended it for over a year. I can’t explain it, but the people who were most active in the Latin Mass parish were not very friendly, at one point I was seriously ill for about 6 weeks, and no one bothered to call or even ask anything when I returned, very unlike the Protestant churches I had attended. Then the priest sent out a questionnaire wanting to know what we liked about the NO “mass” that could be incorporated into the TLM to make it better. I was sickened, and no longer trusted him. I stopped attending there (no one missed me, lol!) and was looking at CMRI and sede clergy/masses and was directed to the writings of Mr Strojie by another blogger. After reading his first 10 letters I knew what was wrong with the whole Church. It is gone, we are under chastisement, we are not meant to have priests or Sacraments at this time, similar to the Roman destruction of the Temple and the killing of the priests, and the end of sacrificing. I see the “end of the age” commencing with the death of Pius XII, the katechon who was taken out of the way. Antichrists have hijacked the physical Church, the sheep are scattered…and are meant to be, we have no shepherd. Not having been brought up Catholic, praying is difficult for me, but I try to pray the Rosary daily, reflect and say the Act of Contrition as well as read Catholic books. I like the sede sites, and am learning a lot from them, but cannot for the life of me how they can say epikeia allows them to supply jurisdiction, etc. That is so Protestant in my view, and plays into undermining the papacy. It appears having the TLM and the Sacraments are more important than the Papacy. Anyway, sorry for the long story, but that’s the gist of it.
August 17, 2023 at 2:29 pm #2768
Thank you for sharing your conversion story, KG. I am sure it resonates with a lot of us. What really gets me is how there are so many people who are stuck in the Novus Ordo sect or other sects, and seemingly stay there because of spiritual atrophy. There souls can’t move through lack of spiritual exercise. Studying the papacy, praying the rosary, learning one’s catechism, doing these things compels one toward the realization—the frightening reality—that there is no hierarchical Church at present because the Chair has been empty for decades due to the Great Apostasy.
How we make ourselves a worthy sacrifice to God on a daily basis in the absence of the mass, the confessional, and the communion of fellow Catholics is the puzzle. But the remedy is just where we began: study of our faith and praying the rosary.
Thanks for visiting, KG, and for sharing your story that is our own.