The news that a military person from a Western country has deserted to the enemy has created a buzz of news in the EU. Again, I highly suggest that Americans get their news from EU sources.

The vetting process of most armies and other branches of the service now have become, in reality, so organized on the principles of political correctness, that, as one of my navy friends have told me, the wrong kinds of people are being accepted in the face of low recruitment rates.

Vetting for anything, except for certain jobs, has become a joke in our society, as we cannot admit that not all people have the same gifts. We are created equal according to the rights of natural law, but we are not created equal regarding gifts, talents, skills, learned or infused.

And, God vets us.  Perhaps the most overlooked part of preparing for heaven is the long process of becoming holy, a process explain in detail in my long perfection series on the old blog. God, indeed, will vet us and does so now, not waiting until the separation of the sheep and the goats, which is not poetry but a reality in the future.

Matthew 25:31-46 Douay-Rheims 

31 And when the Son of man shall come in his majesty, and all the angels with him, then shall he sit upon the seat of his majesty.

32 And all nations shall be gathered together before him, and he shall separate them one from another, as the shepherd separateth the sheep from the goats:

33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on his left.

34 Then shall the king say to them that shall be on his right hand: Come, ye blessed of my Father, possess you the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.

35 For I was hungry, and you gave me to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave me to drink; I was a stranger, and you took me in:

36 Naked, and you covered me: sick, and you visited me: I was in prison, and you came to me.

37 Then shall the just answer him, saying: Lord, when did we see thee hungry, and fed thee; thirsty, and gave thee drink?

38 And when did we see thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and covered thee?

39 Or when did we see thee sick or in prison, and came to thee?

40 And the king answering, shall say to them: Amen I say to you, as long as you did it to one of these my least brethren, you did it to me.

41 Then he shall say to them also that shall be on his left hand: Depart from me, you cursed, into everlasting fire which was prepared for the devil and his angels.

42 For I was hungry, and you gave me not to eat: I was thirsty, and you gave me not to drink.

43 I was a stranger, and you took me not in: naked, and you covered me not: sick and in prison, and you did not visit me.

44 Then they also shall answer him, saying: Lord, when did we see thee hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister to thee?

45 Then he shall answer them, saying: Amen I say to you, as long as you did it not to one of these least, neither did you do it to me.

46 And these shall go into everlasting punishment: but the just, into life everlasting.

God is not politically correct. Christ was crucified because He was not politically correct.  A politically correct Messiah would have gone out of his way to court the favor of the Sanhedrin. A politically correct Messiah would not have told the Jews that the Gentiles would also be called to God in a special relationship, through baptism and the Church. A politically correct Messiah would have defended himself at the false trial.

Those who are too clever and are looking for ways to find a loophole in their spiritual or physical life will not be in the flock of sheep on the Last Day. How often do Catholics believe that either good works, (Semi-Pelagianism), or merely prayer and fasting, (Jansenism), will get them a place in the sheep-flock?

The spiritual and the corporal works of mercy are not option, but commands.

By the way, a reminder of the ideas condemned by the Church regarding Jansenism and Semi-Pelagianism follow from the CE:

Note that you most likely have heard such comments lately, as I have. I have left links on.

  • Some of God’s commandments are impossible to just men who wish and strive (to keep them) considering the powers they actually have, the grace by which these precepts may become possible is also wanting;
  • In the state of fallen nature no one ever resists interior grace;
  • To merit, or demerit, in the state of fallen nature we must be free from all external constraint, but not from interior necessity,
  • The Semipelagians admitted the necessity of interior preventing grace for all acts, even for the beginning o ffaith; but they fell into heresy in pretending that this grace is such that man may either follow or resist it;
  • To say that Christ died or shed His blood for all men, is Semipelagianism.

More on this topic later today….