Parcours Alpha

All Catholics are responsible for upholding the faith.
It is easy to point out what is wrong in the Church,
and even easier to blame those in charge.
But what do we do, what do each one of us do about it?
We are all parts of the same body, the Church.

Personally, I was so disturbed by what I had seen and heard,
that I spoke to the bishop directly about it.
The bishops are extremely busy people, but they also know
that they need us, to keep them updated about life in the parishes.

The true Catholic doctrine must be re-taught and restored,
The current situation is that the people
who are responsible for transmitting the faith; to children and adults,
often themselves have unclear ideas of its precepts,
so how can they possibly transmit it to others?
Where I am nobody even asks for qualification from the catechists.
It is the only domaine I can think of, where there are no specific requirement for taking part.
In all other areas of volontary work today you need to produce proof that you have
undergone the appropriate training which qualifies you to take part, and you need to
have a clean criminal record.
But curiously, this is not the case in the very important fundamental work of forming the
conscience of children in the catechist classes,
which is an absurdity.

And then there is the subtility of the adversary, he is always active, and one way for
him to creep in, is when people are very busy,
and also when they are trying to save themselves.

We all have our limits, we can not investigate every single thing deeply,
because we do not have enough time.
Often, an idea or a concept appears to be completely fine. We know that the devil is
clever in disguising himself, and presenting himself well.

The Parcours Alpha program, a protestant program created in an anglican London
parish, by an anglican pastor with the goal of reviving his parish, and of bringing
people back to his church ( the protestant one), has been in
use in catholic parishes for many years, in France, and elsewhere.

As I had already had become aware of the absence of catholic doctrine in my
own parish, I took part in a Parcours Alpha to see what they had to offer,
not knowing that it was not catholic.
As I had checked out the church in question, and had confirmed that it was catholic,
I took it for granted that the program was also catholic.
But halfway in the program I became aware that it was protestant.

I had found it strange that there was no mention of the Sacrements,
neither of Mary, the Mother Of God.

What makes it more sinister and dishonest, is that there is at no moment any
mention of the fact that this is a basic introduction to protestantism, because
this program takes place in catholic churches!

I can add that the amount of heresises against the catholic faith that I heard from
some of the other members of the Parcours Alpha team, during the course of these
evenings, tells me that any one who is searching the catholic faith, has to avoid this
program at all costs.
The catholic catechism provides the material for a catholic program to be drawn up,
to take place in a similar setting, if they want (convivial setting, dinner).
So why do they not do that?
Can anyone envisage the protestant churches opening their doors to facilitate a
catholic program?
No? Not me either.
I think the scandals of pedophilia and the cover ups,
is what allowed this program to sneak in, under the guise of being efficient of
bringing souls back to the church.
The church, maybe, but not the catholic one.

Because it is exactly the sexual rules of the catholic church that people are rejecting,
referring to the clerical abuse as their justification.
This program would be the final straw that would sink the catholic church,
and that from within the church itself.
How sad. 

Saint Joseph, Glorious Patriarch

I pray the Rosary to Our Lady every day, and I thank God that I found this Faith that
gives us a Mother upon whom we can always trust, a true Mother.

Also, I have often recourse to Saint Therese, Saint Rita and Padre Pio to help me in
hopeless situations, and they always do.

But it is only recently that I have discovered the incredible power of Saint Joseph,
Jesus's foster father.

He is The Patron Saint of the Catholic Church, he is in charge of defending and
protecting her.

In praying to him to intercede for me in a personal way, I pray simultaneously for 
his intercession to protect the Catholic Church against heresies, and to clear out 
what might be the blurred,unclear or confusing today.

If something that is not clear, what is it?

Or more precisely; who is it?

That can not be taken seriously by people that are genuinely looking for the truth.

And the truth exists, objectively. The clear, naked truth.

The Catholic Church can never "save herself," she has been established on earth by God,
she is the spouse of God.

It is not the scandals of paedophilia and criminal cover-ups that is threatening to sink
the catholic church into the ground, it is the loss of the teaching of the catholic doctrine,
the clear and complete teaching of the Way, the Truth,
the do's and the dont's that leads to Life.

Even just before the "referendum" on "gay marriage" in Ireland, a lot of the priests 
did not even mention it in their homilies, and why?
Because they know that anytime they spell out the teaching of the church they take
the very real risk of being reprimanded, and they know that
they will be verbally ( and maybe even physically) attacked by all those who hate the

But Saint Joseph was never afraid, he was always obedient to the Word of God, and he
protected the Son Of Man against the dangers and threats at his time, against Herod
who wanted to kill Jesus, by fleeing into Egypt.

What threatens to kill the Catholic Church today is the confusion that the "unity" of the
churches has brought in,
in the name of this unity, the teaching has become blurred, misunderstandings are left to
fester, worldly and subjective views has been allowed to stay.

Simply put, the protestants wanted things "their" way, they protested, they did not stay
in order to work things out, instead they broke away, they left.

Ecumenism; it is a political program, an earthly ideal,
in the order of nature, but our faith is of a higher order, it is supernatural.

Saint Thérèse

I very recently prayed the novena to Saint Thérèse for a special intention.

In the past I have always received flowers in some form or other, associated 
with this novena, as a sign that the prayers are being heard. 
At the end of the novena I received a letter in the post containing two little 
prayer leaflets (équipe du Rosaire), and when I opened the first one, inside 
between the two first pages, was stuck a folded up little post-it, inside it was 
a little piece of a rose petal from the miraculous rosebush of Saint Rita! 
It was the leader of our team who had posted me the leaflets, and she did not 
know that I was praying to Saint Thérèse!

The Word

Impact of WORDS; pronounced, written or thought,
the power of WORD's associations,
linked to perceptions and relating to memories,
is very strong.

The WORDS used when talking to each other are very important;
they have the power to create and destroy.
It is astonishing to see the impact of even one WORD, good or bad.
And in a legal context, we have to be very vigilant with every WORD.

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.  Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it."
(John 1, 1-5) 

With Jesus The Word Became Flesh

After 33 years the WORD was crucified; nailed to a tree until He died.

It was because of the WORDS He spoke, He claimed to be God, 
they could not accept those WORDS;  so they had to get rid of Him.

Fortunately that was not the end of the story, because He rose again, and although He ascended 
into heaven, He did not abandon us as orphans, He sent us His Spirit, the Holy Spirit of God.  

The devil

The devil; well that guy, he exists. I have already dedicated a previous post on him,

but since awareness is so important to our well being, I will again say a few things

about him.

Some people say that they believe in life after death, but they do not believe in hell.

I think that is illogical, because as we can confirm that hell already exists on earth,

there is no reason to believe that it does not exist on the other side of this life.

I mention that, because the devil and hell go together.

How do we recognize the devil?

"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy."
(John 10:10)

This is how. 

He normally does not use a gun, most often he uses words. 

He lies. 
He steals. 
He tries to trick you and confuse you.
He might make you believe that he has your best interest at 
heart in acting as he does, and as he has had a lot of success in the past,  
be aware!!

It is in the result that we can be sure to know that it was really him;

"Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are 
ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruit. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs 
of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth 
forth evil fruit."
(Matthew 7:15–20 (KJV)

And the Big One that gives him away: he hates the church, even though he might pretend to 

be "openminded" and "interested". He is neither.

The thing is: once we are aware of who we are dealing with, he has already lost.

He does not know it yet, of course, but we do.