Vicar-General of the Church
The Vicar-General of the Church …
The Very Reverend, Msgnr. Jerome D. Kwasek is the Vicar-General of the Catholic Apostolic National Church. In this ecclesiastical office, he is the assistant to the Archbishop of the Province of the United States, the spiritual head of the church in North America. As Vicar General, he oversees the administration of the church, coordinates the activities of the Vicars-General of the various dioceses, coordinates international church activities, and oversees the various ecclesiastical offices of the church. In addition, the Vicar-General is the point of contact for ecumenical and inter-religious affairs. The Vicar-General is also an advisor to the International College of Bishops.
... Is devoted to the spread of the Word of God and the establishment of the church worldwide. The Catholic Apostolic National Church adheres to the teachings of the ancient, universal church, and seeks to spread the faith of the church to all parts of the world. Our parishes adhere to the traditional teachings of the church, preferring them over the innovations found in denominations around the world today. Our charge is the establishment of parishes and missions worldwide, to serve the Body of Christ.
The Very Reverend Fr. Jerome Dominic Kwasek …
Rev. Fr. Kwasek began his sacramental service, as founding pastor of the parish of St. Francis and St. Tarcicius, in San Diego, California. As pastor of this parish, he nurtured it and saw it take firm root. Along the way, his willingness to “reach across the pew” allowed many other Christian denominations to get a first hand look at who we are, and spread a sound understanding of our theology.
The Real Christmas Gift and The Life Changing News Years Resolution Is the Love of God—
I was reading in a child’s catechism 4th grade book” Living for God” by Fr. W.R. Kelly and Sister Mary Imelda, S.L. that the apostles loved Jesus so much that they wanted to learn more about God.
I was curious where the love of God came from. Are we born with the love of God gene in our DNA. I am not sure. Yes a child’s mind appears to me to be more accepting of instruction but does a child really love or does it want satisfaction for the natural things of life: parents for protection, food to satisfy hunger and candy and toys on Christmas to satisfy bodily delights. Does a child really seek God to love? I would think not unless parents instill religious habits in their formation.
Does love of God come from our priest as Malachi would counsel?
“The lips of a priest should guard knowledge, and men should seek instruction from his mouth, for he is the messenger of the Lord of hosts” (Malachi 2:7)
If the love of God came from our priests then there would be more people in our churches with standing room only every day and not just Sunday.
Does the love of God come to us from natural things like standing in awe of a sunset or sunrise? We may be in awe but not necessarily driven to think about God. I know many non-believers that do not attribute their sense of awe to God.
So then where does the love of God come from? It comes from God if we are open to receive such a gift. Loving of God is a gift which not all of us have been given. Without the gift from God priestly sermons are meaningless, religious studies are a waste of time and church attendance is a non-starter.
Several Translations in the bible of 1 Corinthians 2:14 say such.
The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.
The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.
But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised.
But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
The unbeliever does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him. And he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.
When we come to the expanded Greek translation we find the following:
But the unregenerate man of the highest intellectual attainments does not grant access to the things of the Spirit of God, for to him they are folly, and he is not able to come to know them because they are investigated in a spiritual realm.
So how does the gift of loving God come to any of us and why would we want to love God anyway when we really just need food, water air and shelter and sprinkled in, a few luxury items like I phones and Blue Ray 300 channel HD TV sets.
According to one of my favorite books “Sanity and Theology” by F.J. Sheed he says the gift is Actual Grace… Actual Grace does not come to all who are not open to receive the gift. God works through material things and persons to deliver this Actual Grace. Some things are positive inspiration like finding God in beauty of His creation and some are negative like St. Paul being knocked off his horse or when any of us survive a natural or man made disaster—prayer vigils begin to pop up.
Consider this Actual Grace is an impulse to move towards the things of God and spirit in order to illumine our minds and be ready to accept and implement the gifts of the Holy Spirit. The gifts of the Holy Spirit are the theological virtues of Faith to perfect our reason, Hope to see the larger picture of things about us so that we trust in our ultimate destiny with God and Love to season everything we do with all our heart and soul.
What happens when we accept the gift of Actual Grace? We receive another grace or Sanctifying Grace. Sheed had a great example of how sanctifying grace works. Take a light bulb. Inside the bulb are some prongs holding up a very slim wire. When the wire is infused with electrons it illuminates. The wire remains the same but its output lights up things around us.
In like manner the natural man without God is not luminous. He is the natural man. But when the natural man receives the supernatural gifts from God and the Holy Spirit he is a pure mirror image of God with his natural being becoming a luminous being. We know from the Book of Revelation that only the pure can survive the presence of God in the afterlife.
To quote Sheed—God gives us, along with the Theological virtues of Faith Hope and Love that direct our wills toward the direct object of loving God and the Moral Virtues the indirect object of loving God through others with prudence, temperance, justice and fortitude to direct our wills in loving neighbor. God sends these gifts through the Holy Spirit.
The gifts of the Holy Spirit are habits residing in the soul that is in a state of sanctifying grace. A luminous soul receives the gifts like a sail catching the wind. The wind will move a boat even when the boat has no sails; but less swiftly. The gifts of the Holy Spirit are listed in Isaiah—wisdom, understanding, counsel, knowledge and godliness. “And he shall be filled with the spirit of the fear of the Lord. He shall not judge according to the sight of the eyes nor approve according to the hearing of the ears (Is. 11:2-3).
May I recommend a life changing resolution for all of us is to not be satisfied with only being natural men and women but becoming supernatural men and women who are open to receiving the real gifts of Christmas! With our receiving of these religious gifts first-- it will make our natural resolutions quite possible--