the Ecumenical Spirit
Where? and How?
It Just Depends on the Circumstances
December 1st, 2005
purpose of this document is to assist the Faithful - the true children
of God (1) - on
how to live the following teaching-by-example given to mankind by our
Master Jesus Christ.
as Jesus passed by from thence, he saw a man, called Matthew, sitting
at the place of toll: and he saith unto him, Follow me. And
he arose, and followed him. And it came to pass, as he sat at
meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down
with Jesus and his disciples. And when the Pharisees saw it, they
said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Teacher with the publicans and
sinners? But when he heard it, he said, They that are whole have
no need of a physician, but they that are sick. But go ye and
learn what this meaneth, I desire mercy, and not sacrifice, for I came
not to call the righteous, but sinners. [Matthew 9:9-13]
When one truly strives to serve God and not self, disguised
false piety (2)
and moved by impure (3) intentions,
then God sees to it that His servant receives the proper instructions.
Almost at the same time that miguel de Portugal was pondering what he
publish next to assist the Faithful in strengthening their Faith and
navigate through the very dangerous waters of the End of These Times,
the following e-mail was being sent to him. We shall reproduce it
below, editing out whatever is not necessary to illustrate the point at
m de P:
me begin by saying that I understand you may not be able to answer this
email but for some reason, I feel that I should present it to you anyway.
Our family has been home schooling
for more than 5 years. When we first began, I sought out a
Catholic support group. After a few months it became clear
that there was much turmoil within the group. In the back of my
mind I knew this wasn't what I expected a support group should be like.
The last straw came while we were having an outdoor picnic at a
park. I was not directly involved in the encounter that follows,
but I was within earshot and heard what was said.
A woman, curious as to why there were
so many moms and school aged children there in a regular school day,
questioned a couple members as to what we were doing. They
explained that we were home schoolers. The woman was very
interested in learning more, and said that she had a sister who
recently began home schooling
and needed a
support group. She asked if she could have the phone number of
one of our members so that her sister could contact us. The two members of our
"support group" kindly explained to her that this was a CATHOLIC group.
They inquired if her sister was Catholic.
The lady (becoming
looking like she needed someone to throw her a lifeline...) replied
that, no, her sister wasn't Catholic.... but she was Christian. The
poor woman even asked if that was "okay...." The two members
replied that she probably wouldn't be interested in being "in" our
group if she wasn't Catholic, and there were lots of other home
schooling support groups out there if she just looked for them.
I sat there completely appalled at
what had just happened..... wanting to run to the woman and tell her
that, YES, her sister could be in our group..... hoping she didn't think
that this is what being Catholic meant..... but I was too afraid that
if I spoke up, I wouldn't be welcome in the group anymore. Finally,
after a few more months and more drama -- I "grew a spine" and
Now I come to my question.
Years have passed and I recently met
some very nice folks who have their own home schooling support
group. Many of them are not Christian. They are
Universalist Unitarian, Muslim, Jewish...... some even say that they
are wiccan and/or pagan. Five years ago this would have
frightened me to death. I would have thought they were "evil,'
and the fact that my children would be playing with their children
would have been unthinkable. However - I find that they are more
considerate, kind-hearted, genuinely loving people -- than many of the
people I have known who are professed Christians.
One of the mothers wants to start a
Culture Club, in which members share their heritage/religion with the
rest of the members in an effort to understand and see, first-hand,
what is "Jewish, Muslim, Unitarian, etc." I will have an
opportunity to share my Catholicism with them..... I was thinking we
could tour my church and I could explain the Mass, the Real Presence,
and the Seven Sacraments. I could let them see the Stations of
the Cross and the statues of Jesus, Mary, St. Catherine, and St.
Agnes..... This would be an honor for me and my children.
In the back of my mind, I can picture
anchor people of EWTN (4) advising me to run away from this group
look back. I know that UUs, wiccans, and pagans are certainly
considered "new age" by the Church..... they do not recognize God as
the higher power in their lives. BUT ... these people are GOOD
people. There are several who regularly volunteer (with their
children) in soup kitchens and do much work for the needy. They welcome
ALL into their support group, and only ask that people be
respectful to the fact that membership is very diverse (so be sensitive
to the fact that other folks may not share your beliefs and/or
philosophy of life).
After much prayer and contemplation,
I am left with the belief that my God truly is the God of all. He
created all and He doesn't make junk. My God is the father of all
people. That would mean Jews, Muslims, Native Americans, Hindus,
UUs...... All - wiccans too. Whether or not they know/recognize
this fact is less of an issue than the FACT.
If you have the time and you are able
to respond to me with advice about my situation, I would surely
appreciate it. As I said above, if you are not -- I completely
understand.... but I felt compelled to share it with you.
Thank you for your time.
The Biblical quotation above is backed up by two more - therefore we
cannot attribute such teaching from the Only Lord and Master as a
mistranslation of His Words. To wit:
the scribes of the Pharisees, when they saw that he was eating with the
sinners and publicans, said unto his disciples, How is it that he
eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners? And when Jesus
heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of a
physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous,
but sinners. [Mark
And Levi made him a great feast in
his house: and there was a great multitude of publicans and of others
that were sitting at meat with them. And the Pharisees and their
scribes murmured against his disciples, saying, Why do ye eat and drink
with the publicans and sinners? And Jesus answering said unto
them, They that are in health have no need of a physician; but they
that are sick. I am not come to call the righteous but sinners to
repentance. [Luke 5:29-32 ]
If we truly believe that our Faith is
the most complete Faith (5)
and it is well anchored in God (6),
and not man, then, as we learn about the other faiths, ours will be
strengthened even more. By living such Faith, without any fanaticism
but with much humility and love, just as Jesus gave an example of, we
are extending a silent and
subtle invitation to all who come in contact with us.
God, will then do the rest.
miguel de Portugal has heard Mother Angelica (4) mock, deride and insult
teenagers who are caught in the punk, pierce, gothic, etc. style.
miguel has also seen them abandon such lifestyle and behavior by
conducting himself as expressed in the paragraph above.
One of the best
neighbors he had (living directly above him) had so much metal piercing
his body that if he walked past a magnet he would be entrapped; yet he
was quiet and respectful - always.
What did m de P do? Nothing other
than greet him with the same courtesy all other neighbors were greeted
and pray for him.
How about a girl who had gone "full gothic" (7) because she thought
because she had sinned, she was hopelessly lost? In less than three
months she had progressed in dress, make up and personality from
a full gothic to a vibrant and hopeful young lady. They never discussed
gothic dress or mentality; they just discussed the unfathomable Mercy
of God and His Redemptive Love - in a discotheque!
miguel de Portugal has seen the demonstrations before the abortion
clinics (while the Hour of Adoration before the Exposed Blessed
Sacrament offered to end abortion went very under attended...)
and the abortion
proponents singing "Keep your rosaries out of our ovaries." [Oh, you
could just "cut the hate with a knife" - it was that thick!] miguel has
also seen the most prone to abortion young lady (beautiful, successful
drug dealer, daughter of a very tough father, pregnant by a male
stripper - identity unknown - in a parking lot of a discotheque) choose
to have the baby, retired from such life and be welcome at home by a
father and mother who were ready to be supportive and loving
miguel de Portugal has seen a prostitute, drug addict, alcoholic
waitress, abandon all of that and embrace Catholicism. He has also seen
a priest who did not offer daily Mass [but "dressed the part" well] and
taught Theology at a Catholic University, abandon such lofty but
hypocritical life to become a fulfilled Parish Priest where he
established daily Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and daily
Rosary. Etc., etc. He
can go on for hours!
All of that, and much more, is the result of silent invitations
extended by God to those souls. God took it from there
and the endings were always happy. Even if the invitation recipient
ended up dying, it was a happy ending because when death came, he was
well on the way to
the Father's House. (8)
Where are the lost and disoriented children of God going to find
the way back to the Father's House if those who have the keys refuse to
We shall offer an electrifying example of the benefits of constructive
Ecumenism, while at the same time reveal something that we have not
One mentions the word sodomy amongst Christians and some are truly
horrified (while others just pretend to be...). Visions of Sodom and
Gomorra come up in the mental screen of the individuals, quickly
followed by the latest Gay Pride Parade and the fires of homophobia are
then fanned. You ask the "great Christian Theologians" what is wrong
sodomy and they will quote scriptures (of course, skipping the minor
detail that Lot was willing to exchange his daughters [Genesis
19:8] to protect
male guests...) but they really do not know why. Because of their
arrogance, satan continues to have a field day with that.
Just how does this tie with the matter at hand? Quite simply.... While
reading about certain Eastern beliefs, m de P, through the Grace of
put "their two" with "our two" together and came up with the horrible
truth about sodomy and why satan is having a field day with man's
arrogance and ignorance. Sodomy is as destructive to the
it is practiced between two
a man and a woman (9).
Therefore, to accelerate the
humanity, what has become "fashionable", and has been
promoted heavily for the last ten to fifteen years, is precisely anal
intercourse with women! This it is even being promoted as "an
birth control method"! Lord have Mercy!
If m de P would not have been exposed to certain Eastern beliefs, God
would have had a much difficult time in conveying to him satan's next
to the last fatal trick. Did learning about those and many other non
beliefs affect M de P's faith? Of course it did! It made it
stronger! Which is precisely what satan does not want from the
children of God.
True Ecumenism does not mean diluting our faith; true Ecumenism is to
learn about other faiths, share
with others in the areas where we can
share without diluting or compromising our Faith, pass out
invitations and let God do the rest. What did Jesus mean by the
say unto you, that many
shall come from the east and the west, and shall sit down with Abraham,
and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven: but the sons of
the kingdom shall be cast forth into the outer darkness: there
shall be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth. And Jesus said
unto the centurion, Go thy way; as thou hast believed, so be it done
unto thee. And the servant was healed in that hour. [Matthew 8:11-13]
Furthermore, who was Jesus talking about when He said:
one said unto him, Lord, are they few that are saved? And he said unto
them, Strive to enter in by the narrow door: for many, I
say unto you, shall seek to enter in, and shall not be able. When
once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door,
and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord,
open to us; and he shall answer and say to you, I know you not whence
ye are; then shall ye
begin to say, We did eat and drink in thy presence, and thou didst
teach in our streets; and he shall say, I tell you, I know not
whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.
There shall be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see
Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of
God, and yourselves cast forth without. [Luke 13:23-28]
He was talking about those who think that are saved by Him because they
"ate and drank" with Him at Mass and heard His teachings at Mass.
Tragically, they are
really workers of iniquity and do not even realize it. It takes far
more than to just go through
rituals - it takes living the Word, i.e. living Jesus!
Therefore, dear S and all
those who may share your concerns, go forth
and do what the Church Administrators (10) continue to fail to
Evangelize the world through Love and by Example!
"Give me all the sinners, and
keep all the righteous ones." m de P
(1) Who are the true children of God?
dangers of false
example of impure
and Mother Angelica:
The Eternal Word Television Network, more commonly known by its
initialism EWTN, is an American basic cable television network which
presents Catholic-themed programming. It was founded by Mother Angelica
in 1980 and began broadcasting on August 15, 1981.
position about the
(7) Gothic fashion
is One Step at a Time
(9) satan's Coup d'Etat - How Well he Has
Covered All the Bases
(10) What Went Wrong
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