November 25, 1995
by Fr. Lucian Pulvermacher, OFM Cap.
Caritas translated means charity, and charity is understood as (1)
sanctifying grace and (2) the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.
We go to the First Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians (xiii, 1-8,13).
Sanctifying grace is
the supernatural life of man (of his soul) which makes him to be an
adopted child of God and an heir of heaven. All men who are in either
original sin or in mortal sin do not have sanctifying grace, and hence
they cannot go into heaven when they die in that condition. Hence, our
first and most important task in life is to always live in the state of
Except for Our Lord, Jesus Christ, and His
Blessed Mother, Mary, all of us are conceived in original sin. That sin
is removed and sanctifying grace obtained by the sacrament of baptism.
Adults in the state of mortal sin can recover sanctifying grace through
and only through the sacrament of penance, received actually or at least
in desire. The act of perfect contrition is not the act of perfect
contrition unless it contains the desire to receive the sacrament of
penance (at least in the general determination to do all that is
required for forgiveness).
Next we do the works of charity. These must be performed in the
state of sanctifying grace to be worthy of a reward in heaven. I shall
turn to the Scriptures to bring this doctrine to you in glowing terms.
If I speak with the tongues of men and
of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling
In the above verses charity is understood as sanctifying grace.
And if I should have prophecy and should know
all mysteries, and all knowledge, and if I should have all faith, so that
I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
And if I should distribute all my goods to feed
the poor, and if I should deliver my body to be burned, and have not charity,
it profiteth me nothing.
In the gospel of St. John we read:
Charity is patient, is kind: charity envieth not,
dealeth not perversely; is not puffed up.
Is not ambitious, seeketh not, is not provoke; thinketh
Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth with the
Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth
Charity never falleth away: whether prophecies shall
be made void, or tongues shall cease, or knowledge shall be destroyed....
And now there remain faith, hope and charity, these
three: but the greatest of these is charity.
God is charity; and he that abideth in
charity, abideth in God, and God in him...
Fear is not charity: but perfect charity casteth
our fear, because fear hath pain. And he that feareth, is not perfected
For this is the charity of God, that
we keep his commandments.
Today, while men ignore God and the rewards of heaven we have a strange
type of charity. We call it the social gospel - do goodism. Please note
how people speak, and you will see that they are Godless wretches. They
ask you to contribute to a worthy cause. If you contribute you will feel
good about it. On Thanksgiving Day they say it is a day on which to be
thankful. To whom do they turn when they are thankful? We thank God above
all, and we thank all those who have helped us in any way.
I must respond to two pieces of mail that came to me in recent weeks. One
is an article entitled: "The True Church." The other is a personal letter
based on the article. Unfortunately, the author of the sixty-four page
article entitled "The True Church" is not listed. He did not stand behind
what he has written for public consumption. It is fortunate that we know
the author from his warped theology. In the interest of truth I shall bring
forth what is wrong with the publication. The hidden author is publishing
for the confusion of the public his teaching that in these times we are
not to work on electing the Pope. All we are to do is to stay home and
Necessary Observations on the Papal Election
If all the Catholics did that we would be forcing God to step out of
the order he established for the Church. God made the Church a perfect
society -- meaning that within the Church there are all the means to do
its work of saving souls. Hence, there is within the Church the power to
elect the Pope to the very end of the world. If one should deny that, he
would be a heretic, denying the very nature of the Church.
We can permit people the right to judge an election operation. If the
men working on the election of the Pope are totally unqualified to guide
the faithful in a valid election, then one can say he will have nothing
to do with this or that operation. Without Cardinals, made so by Pope Pius
XII, in the world today nobody really is appointed as chairman of this
organizing group. De facto (as a matter of fact) we now have an organization
working on the valid election of the Pope.
Let us meet reality. If anyone that I serve denies that the Church can
elect the Pope, one to whom God will give the primacy of jurisdiction and
infallibility, I can no longer give him or her the sacraments. If they
come to me with good arguments that our electoral process is totally wrong
we will go on from there. To frivolously deny that the present process
is no good is not human, and it will not hold water.
By the providence of God I still have an old article from the Mindszenty
Report, P.O. Box 321, Clayton Beach, St. Louis 5, Missouri, dated February
Art as a Communist Weapon
In it, they explain how ugliness is used by the Godless communists to
destroy a civilization: its culture, government religion and the like.
Being seventy-eight years old I am a personal witness of this reality.
The younger generation has no idea of what a high class society is made
up. They never saw a beautiful Church filled with worshipers who were well
dressed, that is, dresses in their Sunday suit and dress. Recently I had
Mass in a home where all the boys were in well washed (worn) denim pants.
I told the parents that in future for Mass I wanted to see the boys in
dress pants. Then I was informed that they have no dress pants. Are they
any different from the children in Communist countries? Drab! drab! drab!
When I joined the Capuchin Order at the age of nineteen my family had a
family picture taken. All of us were in our Sunday clothing - first class.
About thirty-five years later we happened to be together, and we had another
family picture taken. Three of the four priests were in full clerical suits.
My parents were well dressed, but the girls, for the most part, were dressed
as bums. Ugliness is now beauty.
Let me confirm this from a few quotes from the above mentioned Mindszenty
article. I quote:
"In modern art natural objects are seldom painted realistically
unless for propaganda purposes. The UNESCO brown man -- faceless, raceless,
nameless, sexless, wholly lacking in muscles or features, is the typical
robot man of modern art. Modern art decrees that there be no standards
of judging. This edict, which is a byproduct of the atheistic and Communistic
tenets that there is no God and there is no right or wrong, has destroyed
artistic values and brought chaos to the art world."
Please, give this matter your attention. Buy appropriate clothing for yourselves
and your children. Where I live, the men with the dirtiest job in town,
namely, the gas company workers, wear a neat uniform made of much better
material than denim. Daily, they work down in the mud to install and repair
the gas lines.
I remember in a home where I served the son was graduating from college,
and he had to make his appearance before a prospective employer. That young
man with a college education did not have a Sunday suit, so he had to wear
one of his father�s suits. This is terrible. The Communists have put us
into their drab clothing, and we think it is cool. They also put us into
their Godless mentality, if we let them. Parents, please take this to heart.
Deal with you children like a fellow dealt with his dog. He told a friend
that his dog did not eat any meat. The neighbor asked how that was possible,
and he replied that he never gave him any - ha,ha!
We have fine books on the Sacrament of Confirmation. One is Michael Mueller�s
book entitled Grace and the Sacraments from his series of books
called God the Teacher of Mankind. The book was published in 1890,
and fully covered with an Imprimatur.
We have all wise Catholics who say that Confirmation is not necessary
for salvation, without adding the word absolutely. Michael Mueller writes
"Confirmation is not absolutely necessary to salvation; yet
it would be a great sin to neglect to receive it, or to despise it."
The sacrament of Confirmation is not, like baptism, absolutely necessary
for salvation; it is not an essential means of salvation. It is however,
so necessary to be received, that it cannot be willfully neglected without
a grievous sin. This opinion, says St. Alphonsus, must be followed as having
been decided by Pope Benedict XIV, in a bull concerning the Greeks, wherein
"They (who are not confirmed) are to be admonished by the bishops
that they make themselves guilty of grievous sin if they refuse
and neglect to receive confirmation when they have an opportunity." (Hom.
Apost., Tract. xiv, de Conf., 17)
It would follow that the Bishop or priest who is to confirm would fall
into the same sin by neglecting to give the Sacrament of Confirmation.
Space does not permit me to write more from Michael Mueller�s book, but
I shall say in a few words the purpose of Confirmation. The only way a
Christian can become an adult Christian is through Confirmation. There
is no other way for child or adult. God wants every person to be in heaven
as an adult Christian. The Church in turn does all it can to accomplish
I have critics who say I should not be confirming. With the above teaching,
do you agree? Then there are those who say that Pope Pius XII gave priests
(pastors and other priests too) the mandate to confirm the non-confirmed
infants and adults who are in danger of death. The danger need not be illness
as is the case with Extreme Unction.
The Church here has two obligations in mind. One, the most important
one, is to get all souls to heaven as adults, and the second obligation
is to have the candidates prepare for Confirmation by a good study of the
faith. This last intention is secondary. Hence, anyone not confirmed who
is in danger of dying without Confirmation must be confirmed even without
Dearly beloved, I lived with this sacrament under Pius XII for twelve
years. On the Mission when I or any missionary visited way-out islands
we confirmed every Christian because there was no assurance that those
people could call a priest at the time they would die years and years later.
Since 1976 I figured I was just as such a missionary. I served people in
England, Australia etc, plus the U.S.A. I never go outside of the U.S.A.
anymore. Even here I serve from coast to coast and I cannot run to the
bedside of every person who is in danger of death. The traditional (Catholic)
priests who just sit at home need not confirm until the danger of death
is present before them. I cannot do that, so I must in conscience confirm
every person that I baptize, child or adult. The adulthood of the individual
and the strength Confirmation gives is necessary here and now and the luxury
of waiting until the person is twelve or thereabouts cannot be enjoyed
until we have more priests. You can be sure that what I am doing, as was
done during the life of Pope Pius XII, will continue even under any new
The booklet, Indulgenced Prayers, gives a very fine explanation
of indulgences. In it, the Church says of indulgences:
"All men are to value indulgences highly: that is to say, the
remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sin even after its
guilt has been forgiven, which ecclesiastical authority grants from the
treasury of the Church in behalf of the living after the manner of an absolution,
and in behalf of the dead as an intercession." (Canon Law 911).
St. Francis de Sales said:
"Mark well that the great art of devotion consists in the practice
of spiritual elevation of the heart and ejaculatory prayers. Their value
is so great that by them the deficiency of every other kind of prayer may
be supplied. The omission of these prayers of affection, however, can scarcely
be replaced by anything else. A person unaccustomed to these aspirations
is unsuited to the duties of the contemplative life, and moreover, he will
but imperfectly perform the duties of the active life. Without these flame-like
effusions of the heart , quietness will be merely idleness, and activity
nothing but confusion and distraction."
May the Lord bless thee and keep thee; May He show His face to thee
and have mercy on thee. May the Lord bless + thee. Amen.