Saturday, 8 April 2017

Their vines are of the vineyard of Sodom, and of the suburbs of Gomorrah

When we are bombarded by news of books and murals and errant priests, bishops and cardinals teaching heresy, calling sin good and turning the Catholic faith upside down, it would be good to refer to this Canticle of Moses from the Book of Deuteronomy.

No matter what they do, remember this:

God will not be mocked.

Ant. The Lord will judge
Canticle of Moses * Deut 32:1-65 
32:1 Hear, O ye heavens, the things I speak, * let the earth give ear to the words of my mouth.
32:2 Let my doctrine gather as the rain, * let my speech distill as the dew,
32:3 As a shower upon the herb, and as drops upon the grass. * Because I will invoke the name of the Lord:
32:4 Give ye magnificence to our God. * The works of God are perfect, and all his ways are judgments:
32:5 God is faithful and without any iniquity, he is just and right. * They have sinned against him, and are none of his children in their filth:
32:6 They are a wicked and perverse generation. * Is this the return thou makest to the Lord, O foolish and senseless people?
32:7 Is not he thy father, * that hath possessed thee, and made thee, and created thee?
32:8 Remember the days of old, * think upon every generation:
32:9 Ask thy father, and he will declare to thee: * thy elders and they will tell thee.
32:10 When the Most High divided the nations: * when he separated the sons of Adam,
32:11 He appointed the bounds of people * according to the number of the children of Israel.
32:12 But the Lord’s portion is his people: * Jacob the lot of his inheritance.
32:13 He found him in a desert land, * in a place of horror, and of vast wilderness:
32:14 He led him about, and taught him: * and he kept him as the apple of his eye.
32:15 As the eagle enticing her young to fly, * and hovering over them,
32:16 He spread his wings, and hath taken him * and carried him on his shoulders.
32:17 The Lord alone was his leader: * and there was no strange god with him.
32:18 He set him upon high land: * that he might eat the fruits of the fields,
32:19 That he might suck honey out of the rock, * and oil out of the hardest stone,
32:20 Butter of the herd, and milk of the sheep * with the fat of lambs, and of the rams of the breed of Basan:
32:21 And goats with the marrow of wheat, * and might drink the purest blood of the grape.
32:22 The beloved grew fat, and kicked: * he grew fat, and thick and gross,
32:23 He forsook God who made him, * and departed from God his saviour.
32:24 They provoked him by strange gods, * and stirred him up to anger, with their abominations.
32:25 They sacrificed to devils and not to God: * to gods whom they knew not:
32:26 That were newly come up, * whom their fathers worshipped not.
32:27 Thou hast forsaken the God that beget * and hast forgotten the Lord that created thee.
32:28 The Lord saw, and was moved to wrath: * because his own sons and daughters provoked him.
32:29 And he said: I will hide my face from them, * and will consider what their last end shall be:
32:30 For it is a perverse generation, * and unfaithful children.
32:31 They have provoked me with that which was no god, * and have angered me with their vanities:
32:32 And I will provoke them with that which is no people, * and will vex them with a foolish nation.
32:33 A fire is kindled in my wrath, * and shall burn even to the lowest hell:
32:34 And shall devour the earth with her increase, * and shall burn the foundations of the mountains.
32:35 I will heap evils upon them, * and will spend my arrows among them.
32:36 They shall be consumed with famine, * and birds shall devour them with a most bitter bite:
32:37 I will send the teeth of beasts upon them, * with the fury of creatures that trail upon the ground, and of serpents.
32:38 Without, the sword shall lay them waste, and terror within, * both the young man and the virgin, the sucking child with the man in years.
32:39 I said: Where are they? * I will make the memory of them to cease from among men.
32:40 But for the wrath of the enemies * I have deferred it: lest perhaps their enemies might be proud,
32:41 And should say: Our mighty hand, and not the Lord, * hath done all these things.
32:42 They are a nation without counsel, and without wisdom * O that they would be wise and would understand, and would provide for their last end.
32:43 How should one pursue after a thousand, * and two chase ten thousand?
32:44 Was it not, because their God had sold them, * and the Lord had shut them up?
32:45 For our God is not as their gods: * our enemies themselves are judges.
32:46 Their vines are of the vineyard of Sodom, * and of the suburbs of Gomorrha:
32:47 Their grapes are grapes of gall, * and their clusters most bitter.
32:48 Their wine is the gall of dragons, * and the venom of asps, which is incurable.
32:49 Are not these things stored up with me, * and sealed up in my treasures?
32:50 Revenge is mine, and I will repay them in due time, * that their foot may slide:
32:51 The day of destruction is at hand, * and the time makes haste to come.
32:52 The Lord will judge his people, * and will have mercy on his servants:
32:53 He shall see that their hand is weakened, * and that they who were shut up have also failed, and they that remained are consumed.
32:54 And he shall say: Where are their gods, * in whom they trusted?
32:55 Of whose victims they ate the fat, * and drank the wine of their drink offerings:
32:56 Let them arise and help you, * and protect you in your distress.
32:57 See ye that I alone am, * and there is no other God besides me:
32:58 I will kill and I will make to live: I will strike, and I will heal, * and there is none that can deliver out of my hand.
32:59 I will lift up my hand to heaven, * and I will say: I live for ever.
32:60 If I shall whet my sword as the lightning, * and my hand take hold on judgment:
32:61 I will render vengeance to my enemies, * and repay them that hate me.
32:62 I will make my arrows drunk with blood, * and my sword shall devour flesh,
32:63 Of the blood of the slain * and of the captivity, of the bare head of the enemies.
32:64 Praise his people, ye nations, * for he will revenge the blood of his servants:
32:65 And will render vengeance to their enemies, * and he will be merciful to the land of his people.
V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, * and to the Holy Ghost.
R. As it was in the beginning, is now, * and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Ant. The Lord will judge * his servants, and will have mercy on the people of his land.

1 comment:

Ana Milan said...

When Cardinals Kevin Farrell & Joseph Tobin come out in support of a book by Fr.James Martin S.J. "Building a Bridge" upholding the LGBT community's claim for CC acceptance & accompaniment of their deviant acts, also endorsed by Sister Jeannine Gramick as a "must read", you have to wish that their Divine Judgement will come promptly. I know God's ways are not ours, but how longer can this malevolence be allowed to continue? How can those prelates who are opposed to such heretical teaching live with their consciences? If the four Cardinals are not going to issue the formal correction they must say so & give us a reason for their reneging on their promise. Cardinal Burke has said it isn't about numbers but about the Truth. He also stated that had no fear of being persecuted for defending the Truth but was more concerned about the Last Judgement. If this is so, why did he later make it clear he was NOT saying PF had fallen into heresy? These seem to be contradictory statements, particularly in the light of the continuous blasphemies & heresies emanating from the Vatican every day which are destroying the CC at all levels. These prelates must be stopped in their tracks & publicly told to repent & return to the True Faith or leave their offices. This is not the time for niceness but rather justified anger.