By Maria Von Trapp & Family
Source: excerpts of “The Land Without a Sunday”, 1955, Emanuel Books.
“And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made: and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had done. And he blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made” (Genesis 2:2-3).
“Remember that thou keep holy the sabbath day. Six days shalt thou labour, and shalt do all thy works. But on the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: thou shalt do no work on it, thou nor thy son, nor thy daughter, nor thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy beast, nor the stranger that is within thy gates. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and the sea, and all things that are in them, and rested on the seventh day: therefore the Lord blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it” (Exodus 20:8-11).
Based on Scripture and Tradition, the practice of tithing calls for the sacrifice of 10% of our earnings (some break this down to be 5% for their parish and 5% for other charities)… And St. Thomas explains that these tithes should be given first … as the first fruits. Bd. Francis Palau explains in his book on virtues that tithing covers the tenth part of what one has produced that is offered to God, for the maintenance of the priests, to sustain the worship in the Churches, and to help in the necessities of the poor. But in our times, there is no set amount given by the Canon Law. For the most part it is left to the individual’s good will. Yet, St. Thomas taught that those under New Law are also under a greater obligation than the old because… the goodness and dignity of the New Law itself and its priests deserve more, pointing to the saying of Our Lord in the Sermon on the Mount: “Unless your justice abound more than that of the Scribes and Pharisees, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven.”
St. Peter Juilan explains which works we ought to devote ourselves in preference to others, namely, to Catholic works, to those which have the approval of the Church, and which the priesthood inspires and blesses; for error can easily creep in under cover of pious works, and even disguise itself as piety. When confronted with a work, we must first look into its legitimacy, whether it comes from the Church, whether it is faith-inspired, and whether its end, and the means employed, are truly Christian. A work that is only human or philanthropic, that limits itself to the body, to matters of this world only, is a work for a philosopher or a humanist, but not for a Christian. But among works, we must devote ourselves more to those that give greater glory to God, that have as their direct object the honoring of His divine Persons, the exaltation and recognition of the rights of His kingship. For the divine Head of the Church must have in everything the first-fruits of our service and devotion.
Found in main messages regarding our times from Our Lady of Good Success to Ven. Mother Mariana of Jesus Torres in the 17th Century, the holy abbess saw the Sanctuary Light extinguished. She was given five reasons for this. The fifth reason given?? … the laxity and negligence of those who failed to use piously their wealth to combat and destroy the evil that has come upon the Church during these decades … this caused the light to go out. Instead of fighting back with the means entrusted to them those with means stand by indifferently and witness the Church being oppressed, virtue being persecuted, and the triumph of the devil secured. How true it is that the enemies of our Holy Catholic Faith spare very little in seeking to attack and infiltrate to bring us down or use us to further their evil causes… in their own perverse way, they value the Church more than we do! Thus, St. Peter Julian Eymard rightly concludes, just as the ungodly pool their strength for evil purposes; so too should the good do as much for sacred purposes.