Tuesday, September 11, 2012

A Catholic Lawyer's Unsolicited Legal Advice

              Countries all over the world have the strangest laws.  In Israel, it is forbidden to pick one’s nose on the Sabbath. In Singapore, if one is found littering 3 times, the offender must wear a bib on Sunday that says “I am a litterer.”  In Florida, it is a crime for divorced, single or widowed women to parachute on Sunday afternoons.  In Toronto, it is illegal to ride a public streetcar if you’ve just eaten garlic.   France punishes anyone who names his pig “Napoleon.”  In Iceland, anyone can practice medicine provided he displays outside his shop the sign “Scottulaejnir” (quack doctor).  Pregnant women in Madagascar are not allowed to wear hats.  The women of Laos cannot show their toes in public.  (source)
            No matter how silly they may sound to you and me, the penalties for breaking these laws are very real.  My unsolicited legal advice would be for you to obey them if you happen to be in any of those countries.
            The Catholic Church laws must sound outdated and ridiculous to a lot of people.  The sins of abortion, contraception, euthanasia, homosexual marriages… things we Catholics have been taught as crimes against God’s laws don’t make sense to those outside the Catholic Church and even to those within the Church.  But my unsolicited advice to you as a fellow Catholic would be the same:  obey the laws of the Church because even if the reward or penalty is not immediately apparent on earth, we will be held accountable on Judgment Day.   And from what I heard, we’re not allowed to bring in a team of the brightest, most obnoxious lawyers.
            How do I know the Catholic Church laws = God’s laws? 
            Jesus said so: "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age." (Mt 28:18-20) "He who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me." (Mt 10:40) 
"He who hears you hears Me, and he who rejects you rejects Me, and he who rejects Me rejects Him who sent Me." (Lk 10:16)
But all that was two thousand years ago, you say.  Times have changed since and the Church needs to get with the times.
 Jesus continues to speak to us through the Magisterium of the Church and the Popes have consistently made clear which sins are sins and explained them through Theology.  Jesus has not abandoned the Church and left us to our own devices.  He did send us the Holy Spirit as He promised. Strictly speaking, it is the times that need to get with the Church.
In addition, Jesus speaks to us through prophets and I believe this certain modern day prophet he sent.  Her name is Anne.  Her Bishop believes her and for as long as he approves the messages for publication as not being contrary to Catholic Church teachings, I believe her, too.  (I do not claim to be wiser in discernment than her spiritual director or the Bishop and I have been blessed and converted by messages.) The words of Jesus to you and me today are taken from Volume 2 The Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, available for free download at www.directionforourtimes.org/library.  You can believe them or not, I’m printing it anyway:

“Children, I want to speak with you about obedience… Your world, distorted as it is, seeks to confuse you and make you think that obedience is a negative thing that weakens you. I assure you, My child, I am all-powerful. I am Jesus Christ and if you look at My time in your world, you will see that I was obedient to all whose obedience had call upon Me…to God… to the laws of that time set forth by the governing rulers…to the religious authorities…to My parents. If you study My life, you will see a life of holy obedience and meekness. And yet, a man with more power never walked the face of your earth. There is great strength in obedience, and I want to show that to you. Come to Me in the Sacrament of the Eucharist and I will teach you about obedience, revealing its beauty and the strength that lies with this misunderstood virtue. What am I asking of you, you might wonder. I am asking you to obey your Church, first of all. My Church has suffered in this time. Many children have taken this passion time of the Church as a license to be disobedient. Children, this must cease. You are called on to be obedient to your Church and in this way you are obedient to Me. I do not seek your destruction, My child. I seek your salvation. That is why I have given you this Church with all of its wisdom. Many souls say that the world has changed and because of this, the Church must change. Well, I assure you today, I have not changed. Heaven has not changed. You will discover this first-hand one day… I come to you in love, My children. Begin by the smallest acts of obedience to your Church and I will lead you to the heights of holiness for which I created you…Sit with me in silence and I promise to direct you.  You need only come to Me and the changes will begin.  How you will welcome these changes.  Your world does not offer peace.  Peace comes only from Me.  Make haste to return to Me for My graces are waiting.” 

         P.S. Now that I think about it, it probably would be best not pick your nose on any day of the week and for both women and men not to show off toe jam. Ever.  Anywhere.  (Silly laws can make sense, can't they?)


Gina said...

"you can believe them or not, I'm printing them anyway"

Ha ha ha - good for you. This is a new set. Thanks for the link!!!

Amy @ Consecrated Housewife said...

I needed this reminder today...I need to be reminded to be obedient to my calling in life despite my feelings on any given day. Feelings are just that, feelings. I should not let them affect me so much and should work on my obedience more. Yikes! Got to love those gentle reprimands from God.