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My concerns were once political in their nature. My quest for truth, attempting to find an understanding of the world and peace within the realms of Classical Liberalism ultimately has led me to reject such a path, and instead, search for righteousness.

My collegiate work has been in classical history, which has grounded me in an understanding that each person defines a version of the world by their own metaphysical understanding. Secular Humanism operates within the same realm as Christianity and they despise us for it.

I am a pilgrim for Christ in this world. I have been examining many contemporary documents of this modern world with great concern for the moral souls of those who reside in it. I ask all pilgrims for Christ to aid the call and stand up to the post-modern world that seeks to replace moral behavior for sins of the flesh.

It will not be easy, as Liberalism in the West has become its true religion, we will be called bigots-their word for heretics; nonetheless, we are heretics to their religion.

Be not afraid.

– Philip Augustine

May 2nd, 2016

Dear Charity of Christ,

I have built some great friendships among the Catholic blogging community, and after some consideration have decided to create a forum to share Catholic ideas and faith amongst ourselves. The forum will be a place where both Traditional Catholics and those who profess adherence to Vatican II will participate with the content of the blog. I ask that we all do our best to promote conversation amongst ourselves and support for our Catholic culture.

-PA

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  1. Phadde2/Philip, it seems your comment to me is hung up in the moderation cue over at AATW – probably because of the length. Interesting thoughts and I hope you draw a good following here. You might want to become an author of some posts at AATW and then mirror them here as well. I’m sure Chalcedon would appreciate more substantial input from those of us who contribute there. Good to hear from you.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words. It would certainly be a honor to write to AATW’s audience. I hope I get a good following as well; however, I think wisdom tells me that all I need is to reach one person. How profound was it for me to sit and speak to that Orthodox Christian, Peter, in that unusual place.

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      1. Indeed. Rarely did I lose a job since becoming Catholic before I would find a job and find those who were anxious to hear about the faith: and a few of them converting. We just don’t know why things happen as they do . . . but we need only believe we are needed most where we have been put.

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  2. Lord Jesus, bless the mother of Phillip Augustine. These diseases that harm another’s life were never a part of your will which is why you came and died and rose again for us and with us so that the world may be restored to your former glory. Give Phillip Augustine’s mother strength as she goes through this difficult battle with cancer as you gave Mother strength to battle it and as you gave my twin, my best friend from high school, Teresa, strength to battle this disease. This I offer you with the prayers of your Mother the Blessed Ever-Virgin Mary, the Blessed St Michael the Archangel, Blessed St John the Baptist, and all the saints in Heaven. Amen.

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  3. I see we probably have little in common intellectually or spiritually Mr. Augustine, though as humans we have much. I suspect we could have a lot in common regarding Christian apologetics, theology, and earliest church origins and history. Nevertheless, in the spirit of tolerance, understanding, and basic universal kindness, I will hereafter withhold my comments and simply browse, read, scan sometimes, and consider from afar.

    Well wishes for you in your endeavors.

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    1. Thanks for the interest. This blog is my personal blog, which as gotten less attention as of late. However, the blog where I have done most of my posting is here: https://jessicahof.wordpress.com/

      It’s of many different Christian schools of thought; however, for the most part still orthodox Christianity. It’s going fairly strong for 5+ years, you may find it more intriguing.

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    2. I do have one question.

      Have you ever read or know about a book called The Grammar of Assent by John Henry Newman? Basically the premise of the book is that most of what we know about anything in the world is nothing more than a leap of faith that even the most skeptical of skeptic displays more faith than they realize. The famous example that Newman gives is folks knowing that England is an Island, which, of course, unless one takes a boat and sails around the England, they assent to the fact that it is indeed an island. I still think even in our day and age of satellite imagery, his point of believing the map maker still holds true to satellite imagery. The other famous example is knowing who our Mother is because we have to believe that she our mother through her testimony, and unless we’re DNA analysts, we’d even have to believe them after the DNA tests.

      Anyway, you probably get the jest of his point. I’m familiar with some of your skeptical commenters on your blog, but from your comments, I take you as someone with intergrity, and would like to know your thoughts.

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      1. Hah! It is interestingly ironic that you bring that up Philip, if I may call you that. In order to open the discussion about knowledge and ignorance, I sometimes/often ask a person… “How do you know your exact birth time, birth date, and birth year?

        Much/most of what we “know” and don’t know (obviously) is relative to our parents, family, community, and personal experience. It certainly doesn’t have near as much to do with (weight) what we collect from others… or for that matter, what we collect from authors, teachers, or ancient scribes. 😉

        As a Marco Polo personality reincarnated (so to speak), I am quite fond of exposure to diversity of all sorts mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. It is quite foolish to think one is perfectly (righteously?) born in the perfect place, in the perfect time, to teach forms of monistic truths without every experiencing the entire globe. The empirical evidence, from the subatomic to the macro-systemic, simply does not support such a paradigm.

        Thank you kindly Philip for reading some of my blog. I will continue with yours as well… from afar. 🙂

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  4. Well, good luck on your new endeavor Phillip.

    I am struck by your use of the phrase “those who profess adherence to Vatican II” however. I don’t know what that means since Vatican II is non-doctrinal and there is nothing to adhere to by Divine Faith. We may have to follow the lead of the Magesterium out of obedience to faith but beyond that we do not have to accept that the changes were good or that they are downright antithetical to the Faith.

    Simply speaking, Vatican II was a break in practices which brought out a lived experience of Catholic Divine Truths which were quite far removed from our “Communio” of believers before that Council. However, the history of the past 50 years is self-evident and we can easily see that things have gone badly and that our new practices have reduced the faith of Catholics around the world or even led people to exit the faith not to mention the confusion wrought to our beliefs of things once held as Divinely held Truths.

    In other words, I do not ‘adhere’ to anything from Vatican II . . . not the ambiguous documents written by small committees chaired by once condemned churchmen and theologians . . . nor the Novus Ordo Mass written by a man who circumvented the Vatican offices meant to regulate the liturgy and the faith and who went behind their backs to Pope Paul VI because he knew that he could get him to sign documents without even reading them. It was a scandal from start to finish. And Annibale Bugnini was a suspected Mason and boasted that his aim was to create a Mass that no protestant could object to. And when he was confronted about the many parts of the Mass that were recited by the people, he was asked: “is it then, now impossible for us priests to say Mass without a congregation?” His response was, “I never thought of that.”

    All of this just to let you know how a simple phrase like “those who profess adherence to Vatican II” can set off a lot of neurons in the brains of those who have watched the steady corrosion of the faith since the Council closed and since the New Mass was delivered to us as the normative Mass.

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    1. The Ordinary Form is the mass and liturgy of Justin Martyr. I tire of these conspiracy theories. Furthermore, I tire of intrigue in the Vatican in which myself as a layman can do nothing. I pray which is the most powerful tool at any disposal.

      However, Vatican II did good. I’ll stand by that statement. First off, the mass is not a product of the actual council. The mass being said in vernacular is a good. Latin was the vernacular in Rome, which is the only reason it’s in the Extraordinary form. As I’ve went over, the liturgy for the first three centuries was largely Greek, the irony is that those on the side of tradition should propose the Liturgy of John Chrysostom.

      My thoughts have been stirred when at my Parish a woman who is a traditionalist dressed down an altar server when the priest flicked water in her face during the mass. I get respectfulness, but the Pope is right in regards to rigidness. The Lord says let the children come to me and this woman flew into a blind rage because of the priests actions… how heroic!

      The vernacular is a good.
      Communion in both forms is a good
      Chewing communion as the Greek says “gnaw” is a good.
      The end of making the confessional a torture chamber is a good.

      There are pastoral goods in Vatican II.

      Are there abuses? Yes. You know that I’m troubled but the Church is in need of reform but not in the manner of a restoration.

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  5. Then Pope Benedict XVI is a conspiracy theorist who claimed that for the first time a Liturgy was manufactured by man rather than being an embellishment or reform of the Liturgy of the ages. Or is it only that I asked you to listen to the remembrances of Arbp. Lefebve that you conflate his memory (from one who was there and went through it) with a “lie”. He may have been criticized for a number of things but lying wasn’t one of them. I like to hear eye witness accounts of what really went on. Is it a conspiracy theory that those who were condemned by previous popes ended up not only at the Council but as the chairmen of many of the committees that produced the documents? Then I am a conspiracy theorist . . . because not all conspiracies are fake. This world has seen thousands of conspiracies throughout our long history and some which have worked incredible injustices. Is it wrong to point out also that the Novus Ordo has morphed from its own rubrics . . . or more likely from the lack of more precise rubrics. It has allowed for reception in the hand, standing, and nobody with a paten to catch crumbs from the Host and no option to receive on one’s knees unless you are rather athletic and can balance yourself well. It has also turned the priest around to turn his back on Jesus in the altar and is no longer seen as our intercessor, as another Christ. His just good ol’ Fr. Bob who is just like us and wants gather around the table. How about Eucharistic ministers? Was the consecratinon of the priest’s hands at ordination just a meaningless rite that now has no usefulness or purpose? We are all the same now and we can all walk about in the Sanctuary and touch the consecrated hosts and the consecrated chalice and hosts. It is all an abomination. And now we have our Pope doing this with women priests from the Lutheran sects. This is really turning out well.

    As to Greek or Latin I would have no preference as long as it is a dead language and we could rid of the present “inclusive” translations that we have today not to mention our dynamic, ever-changing meanings accordding to our living languages. Secondly, how do you pray with a Spanish, a Chinese, an Indian together and still have the same experience? You do it by saying a Mass that is the same everywhere in the world for that particular day and said in the same language . . . which we should learn by reading our missal translations in our own vernacular language.

    And when was a Confessional a torture chamber I ask. Did you ever witness such or is this just a snappy Francis quip that sounds good and makes us think that he is fixing something that was broken?

    That you met an unhinged person who is a so-called Traditionalist is no great wonder. How many thousands of stories I could give you of the Novus Ordo nuts in my own parish. That is not a norm to judge a Liturgy on. It is by the liturgy itself, what one is concentrated on in the liturgy (the liturgical experience) and the solemnity and reverence that this Rite displayed. If it did not turn one’s mind from the temporal world but to the eternal Lord in heaven then it failed . . . no matter what liturgy it was.

    How do you reform a liturgy that was a creation? You can reform the traditional Mass as it has been reformed from the beginning of Christendom and that is the Mass that was effectively abrogated even though it never was legally abrogated. Reform is not the word that should be used unless the Traditional Mass is reformed; otherwise it should be abandoned and the old Mass restored.

    Just wait until the USCCB sticks their hands into our liturgy thanks to the decentralizing efforts of the Pope. You will see a Church become more confused that it already is.

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    1. Our gaze, as lay members, needs to stay focus on Christ. Our faith needs to be Christocentric, there’s nothing materially that we can do to influence these changes.

      The Liturgy is important because Prayer is important, but at the same time, I have trust in the Spirit to guide our lives.

      One of the great focuses of Vatican II is on the Word of God, “Dei Verbum.” I’ve been to several Latin Masses, the truth of the matter is that the Word has little focus; furthermore, if it’s not the custom to read the Word in the vernacular, there’s nothing to be gained by the faithful. Again, looking back at what occurred in the early church, as explained by Justin Martyr, our current mass fits his model closer to the extraordinary form.

      ” The sacred synod also earnestly and especially urges all the Christian faithful, especially Religious, to learn by frequent reading of the divine Scriptures the “excellent knowledge of Jesus Christ” (Phil. 3:8). “For ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ.” DV. 25

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      1. Without a grounding in the teachings of the Church the reading of the word of God is not always understood as the Church understands it; and we are a Church with little doctrinal understanding among the laity. That said, those in the past read their bibles when they could afford one and the priests and monastics always prayed the Office and practiced things such as lectio devina. I have read few saints who were not thoroughly saturated in the Scriptures. But the Mass is still primarily the Sacrifice of Sacrifices and that focus has been lost and almost supplanted by the readings and the sermons. Providing that the sermons are good (which is a pretty big stretch) then a proper understanding in the Catholic sense might be of great use. Mostly, the moral teachings are avoided due to our oversexed societies and libertine tendancies. So if the idea is good; the putting of this into practice has been rather poor. The secular humanists have almost taken over every sermon in the parish Church, the Vatican and the USCCB. So I don’t see that we opened up some great new find by the readings (especially using the New American Bible with its inclusive language) if the people are not reminded of the duty to hold to all the teachings of the faith, to go to confession and to try to live without committing these same sins over and over again. At least that part was done in the past and people worked hard on their own sanctification.

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