Fr. Pendergraft. FSSP - TODAY'S CHAOS - IHM National Conference Notes

These are my bullet notes from Fr. Pendergraft 's  talk, Catholic Education: The Role of The Family And The Church, which happened to be on the feast of St. John the Baptist, the saint who gave his life for marriage.

 To hear it in its entirety, on and after August 1st  you can find  audio of it HERE, along with other talks from this 2-day Catholic homeschooling/parenting conference.

Fr. Gregory Pendergraft, FSSP - IHM National Conference - 2016

*  Before the fall, man had WILL, INTELLECT and PASSIONS rightly ordered. Our senses (passions) informed our intellect with knowledge and reason that was applied by our will. Then sin overcame our passions and rebelled against order.  After the fall it was all in disorder.

*  We see chaos in a modern world that has stopped thinking.

*  Without acknowledging that God is the Creator, who teaches authority, we can not have parents in authority to their children, nor pastors to flocks. With no God, authority loses its meaning.

*  For Cain, it was written in  his heart. He knew his killing of Abel was wrong. God has given us the tools to discern. But society is trying to erase Natural Law...marriage...gender... 

*  The devil seeks to strip us of our natural identity to then strip us of our morality.

*  A frog adjusts to warmer water until it is boiled and dies. We're getting into the pot and turning on the heat.

*  China bans porn for it knows that it corrupts and makes the addict useless. Our evils make us weak.

*  We engage our intellect more by reading but we'd rather see the movie than read the book.

*  What I give is commensurate with what I give out. The Traditional Latin Mass can be harder. But the difficult is good.

*  Church has dropped the ball on education . Pastors need to be well-formed. No one gives what they don't have. Pray and encourage your priest to teach the faith. Don't give them a way out. We have to give for others to receive.

*  Recognize truth.  Society says it's invented. What is truth, asks Pontius Pilate? There is ONE Truth. Truth excludes error. Speak up. Don't hide behind the excuse of charity. We'll lose the ability to express and practice our faith.

*  We have to want to be Catholic and want our faith because persecution is coming.  We shrink in a corner when we should meet head on and convert.

Fr. Gregory Pendergraft, FSSP, is the Executive Director of Development for the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter’s North American district. The Fraternity, frequently referred to by their Latin initials (FSSP) is an International Society of Priests founded in 1988 by Pope St. John Paul II who are dedicated to growing in holiness and meeting the pastoral needs of the faithful through the Traditional Latin Mass and sacraments.
Fr. Pendergraft travels extensively throughout North America in his duties. In the many places that he visits, he not only offers Mass and hears confessions, but provides spiritual reflections and meditations and frequently gives conferences and presentations on both the work of the Priestly Fraternity and the Traditional Latin Mass. He is also the Assistant Director of Vocations for Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary, the Fraternity’s North American house of priestly formation in Nebraska. In this capacity he gives vocations talks and counsels individuals who are interested in the religious life.
Ordained in 2005, Father has since served as pastor and assistant pastor at FSSP parishes. As Fraternity parishes tend to have a very high concentration of homeschooling families among the attendees, Fr. Pendergraft has had extensive experience providing families with counsel on both the benefits and challenges of homeschooling, and how to make it an integral part of living a fully Catholic life on a daily basis.

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