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Pope Leo XIII

Pope Leo XIII was born Vincenzo Gioacchino Raffaele Luigi Pecci in Carpineto Romano, near Rome in 1810 and was ordained a catholic priest in 1837. He always lived in the real world, as a young priest he had the courage to confront the power of the local mafia in the city of Benevento; and he had the human sentiment to care for the poor and the ill in Perugia. More »

O glorious Archangel Saint Michael

O glorious Archangel Saint Michael, Prince of the heavenly host, be our defense in the terrible warfare which we carry on against principalities and powers, against the rulers of this world of darkness, spirits of evil. Come to the aid of man, whom God created immortal, made in His own image and likeness, and redeemed at a great price from the tyranny of the devil. More »

His Vision

One day (October 13), after celebrating Mass, the aged Pope Leo XIII was in conference with the Cardinals when suddenly he sank to the floor in a deep swoon. Physicians who hastened to his side could find no trace of his pulse and feared that he had expired. However, after a short interval the Holy Father regained consciousness and exclaimed with great emotion:\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\"Oh, what a horrible picture I have been permitted to see!\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\" More »

Prayers

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen. More »

 

Category Archive: Message Board

Exhortation:

COME LORD JESUS!

The Secret of the Revelation of Jesus of Nazareth

This is what the Lord Jesus Christ said:

“To you it has been given to know the secrets
of the kingdom of heaven,
but to them it has not been given.
12 For to him who has will more be given,
and he will have abundance;
but from him who has not,
even what he has will be taken away.
13 This is why I speak to them in parables,
because seeing they do not see,
and hearing they do not hear,
nor do they understand”
(Matthew 13 v 11-13)

 

And this is what St. Peter said:

“The prophets who prophesied of the grace
that was to be yours searched and inquired about this salvation;
11 they inquired what person or time was indicated
by the Spirit of Christ within them
when predicting the sufferings of Christ
and the subsequent glory.
12 It was revealed to them
that they were serving not themselves but you,
in the things which have now been announced to you
by those who preached the Good News to you
through the Holy Spirit sent from heaven,
things into which angels long to look
.

Therefore gird up your minds, be sober,
set your hope fully upon the grace
that is coming to you
at the revelation of Jesus Christ
.”
(1 Peter 1 v 10-13)

 

And this is what St. Paul said:

“Now to him who is able to strengthen you
according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ,
according to the revelation of the mystery
which was kept secret for long ages

26 but is now disclosed and through the prophetic writings
is made known to all nations,
according to the command of the eternal God,
to bring about the obedience of faith—
27 to the only wise God be glory for evermore
through Jesus Christ! Amen.”
(Romans 16 v 25-27)

 

the knowledge of God’s mystery, of Christ,
in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”
(Colossians 2 v 2b-3a)

 

“Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom,
although it is not a wisdom of this age
or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away.

But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God,
which God decreed before the ages for our glorification.
None of the rulers of this age understood this;
for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of Glory.
But, as it is written,

“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,
nor the heart of man conceived,
what God has prepared for those who love him,”

10 God has revealed to us through the Spirit.
For the Spirit searches everything,
even the depths of God.
11 For what person knows a man’s thoughts
except the spirit of the man which is in him?
So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God
except the Spirit of God.

12 Now we have received not the spirit of the world,
but the Spirit which is from God,
that we might understand the gifts bestowed on us by God.
13 And we impart this in words
not taught by human wisdom
but taught by the Spirit,
interpreting spiritual truths
to those who possess the Spirit.

14 The unspiritual man does not receive
the gifts of the Spirit of God,
for they are folly to him,
and he is not able to understand them
because they are spiritually discerned.
15 The spiritual man judges all things,
but is himself to be judged by no one.
16 For who has known the mind of the Lord
so as to instruct him?”
(1 Corinthians 2 v 6-16)

 

Prophet Isaiah said:

And in an instant, suddenly,
you will be visited by the Lord of Hosts
with thunder and with earthquake and great noise,
with whirlwind and tempest, and the flame of a devouring fire
.”
(Isaiah 29 v 5b-6)

“Stupefy yourselves and be in a stupor,
blind yourselves and be blind!
Be drunk, but not with wine;
stagger, but not with strong drink!

10 For the Lord has poured out upon you
a spirit of deep sleep,
and has closed your eyes, the prophets,
and covered your heads, the seers.

11 And the vision of all this has become to you
like the words of a book that is sealed.
When men give it to one who can read, saying, “Read this,”
he says, “I cannot, for it is sealed.”
12 And when they give the book to one
who cannot read, saying, “Read this,”
he says, “I cannot read.”
(Isaiah 29 v 9-12)

 

Petition of the Week:

O Lord our God – in these days preceding the commemoration of the birth of our Lord Jesus, at Bethlehem of Judah – give us the spirit of discernment that we may read the signs and the secrets of the times.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us
Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us
St. Michael the Archangel, pray for us

 

Psalm of the Week:

“Yet I always stay close to you,
and you hold me by the hand.
24 You guide me with your instruction
and at the end you will receive me with honor.

25 What else do I have in heaven but you?
Since I have you, what else could I want on earth?

26 My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart and portion forever;
he is all I ever need.

27 Those who are far from you will certainly perish;
you will destroy those who are unfaithful to you.
28 But as for me, how wonderful to be near God,
to find protection with the Sovereign Lord
and that I may speak of all your works!”
(Psalm 73)

Give praise to the Lord Jesus!

The Spirit says come!

COME LORD JESUS!

21st December 2014

Category Archive: Message Board

Exhortation:

COME LORD JESUS!

Meditation on the Judges: Samson

Samson is definitely one of the more colorful personalities in the Sacred Scriptures. His life parallels the life of our Lord Jesus in some parts; and in some other parts points to important elements of the Good News of Jesus of Nazareth.

Just like our Lord Jesus, the birth of Samson was pre-announced, by an Angel of the Lord, to his mother.

This is what the Angel said:

“Behold, you shall conceive and bear a son; so then drink no wine or strong drink, and eat nothing unclean, for the boy shall be a Nazirite to God from birth to the day of his death.”
(Judges 13 v 7)

Was the Angel of this annunciation of Samson also Archangel Gabriel? We don’t know. But we know his name is “wonderful”.

In keeping with the words of the holy Angel, Manoah’s woman conceived.

 “And the woman bore a son, and called his name Samson; and the boy grew, and the Lord blessed him. 25 And the Spirit of the Lord began to stir him”
(Judges 13 v 24)

Here then is one of the places in the Old Testament where we see the outlines of the Church’s teaching about the 3rd Person of the Holy Trinity.

The Spirit of the Lord began to stir Samson. The source of Samson’s great strength was the Spirit of God that moved in him. And by this great strength God willed that Samson should go forth and bring relief to the Israelites from torments at the hands of their enemies.

The vocation of Samson was a vocation from the Spirit. The work of Samson was the work of the Spirit.

Our Lord Jesus says:

“It is the Spirit that gives life, the flesh is of no avail; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.”
(John 6 v 63)

And that is precisely why when King David – beloved of God – sinned gravely against God, he wept that God should not take the Spirit from him. Because the Spirit that God gives us is the most important possession we have on this planet, and the most important possession forever.

That is why we read:

“A pure heart create for me, O God;
Put a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me away from your presence
nor take your Holy Spirit away from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and uphold me with a willing spirit
(Psalm 51 v 10-12)

Unless we all come to fully appreciate the fact that the spirit that God puts in us is the most important thing we have, we will continue to have little motivation – and little success – to fulfill, adequately, God’s Will in our lives.

How then does Samson begin his vocation?

Under the inspiration of the Spirit of God he takes the fight to the enemy. Similarly our Lord Jesus took the fight to the enemy’s camp by preaching to sinners – tax collectors, publicans, prostitutes, outcasts, etc – about the Good News.

And what is this Good News? That when we repent of our sins and turn back to God, he welcomes us and forgives us. And whereas under the Old Law animals (Bull, Sheep, Goats) were sacrificed to remove our sins; now in the fullness of Time, the only-begotten Son of God is the Lamb who sacrifices himself, and takes away the sins of the world.

Samson takes the fight to the enemies of Israel – the Philistines.  And in a period that spans two decades, he single-handedly, fights the Philistines; giving their elite so much headache and heartache, that the ordinary Israelite was left relatively free to live his or her life in peace and security. For the focus of the Philistines was on Samson and how to get him –Dead or Alive.

All the plans of the Philistines to get Samson – Dead or Alive – came to nothing until…Delilah.

Samson lost his wife – who he married with the mediation of his parents – to the fire of his conflict with the Philistines. Subsequently he had an irregular relationship with another woman. And then he met Delilah.

Samson loved Delilah; but Delilah loved money.

It is not long before Delilah crosses over to the camp of the Philistines. Day and night she sought to know the secret to Samson’s great strength. Delilah also sought to know how that great strength could be counteracted and defeated.

As far as Samson was concerned it was like play-acting with the person he loved. He teased her with one fake reason after another, as the reason for his great strength.

But Delilah was unrelenting, she worried him, she pressurized him, she manipulated him to no end, all the while pledging her love for him.

Finally, Samson succumbs and made the mistake our Lord Jesus warned us about when he said:

“Do not give dogs what is holy; and do not throw your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under foot and turn to attack you.”
(Matthew 6 v 7)

Samson threw his pearls to the swine and they attacked him, viciously. He told the secret of his great strength to Delilah; and she cut-off his hair, in violation of his Nazirite vow which the Angel of the Lord had declared even before he was born.

This is a lesson for us all.

The non-believers and the atheists want to know everything about Jesus; but a non-believer can never know the many important things about the Lord Jesus. Many important things about Christianity are hidden; to be revealed to only those who love God. It is the Spirit of God in us that tells us the secrets of the world.

He is the Spirit of Truth who teaches us all things.

Even now He whispers the secrets of the End-Time to his people, and even though these are written in print, it is only those who have the Spirit of God, who can fully understand and discern all that is written.

Truly it is that it is written in the Sacred Scriptures:

My thoughts are not your thoughts; and my ways are not your ways.”

And so, the Nazarite vow of Samson was broken, and the Spirit of the Lord left him. The Lord left Samson. Because the Spirit of the Lord is the Lord.

Delilah got her money.  So did the man, Iscariot, get his.

The Philistines rejoiced; they blinded Samson in both eyes; bound him in chains; made fun of him and his God; and tortured him.

It was the Passion of Samson.

Indeed Psalm 22- the psalm of the passion of Jesus of Nazareth – could also have been written for Samson:

“My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?
I have cried desperately for help,
but still it does not come.
During the day I call to you, my God,
but you do not answer;
I call at night,
but get no rest.

[…]

All who see me make fun of me;
they stick out their tongues and shake their heads.
“He relied on the Lord,” they say.
“Why doesn’t he save him?
If the Lord likes him,
why doesn’t he help him?”

It was you who brought me safely through birth,
and when I was a baby, you kept me safe.
10 I have relied on you since the day I was born,
and you have always been my God.
11 Do not stay away from me!
Trouble is near,
and there is no one to help.”

While the Lord Jesus was blameless and spotless, Samson knew why the Lord left him. He had broken his Nazirite vow.

The Philistines were ecstatic at the capture of Samson, but they in turn made a mistake; they overlooked the readiness with which the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, forgives those who turn from their sins, confess their sins and accept their guilt; those who do not seek to blame others for their sins; and those who do not seek to make God share in the blame for their sins.

Despite the physical and psychological torture Samson was subjected to, he held-on to his belief in God. Samson acknowledged his sin, he confessed it, he had contrition, and he bore his tortures as penances for his sins.

Even in the valley of the shadow of Death, Samson kept his faith.

As St. Paul, the Apostle, tells us, the just shall live by faith. Samson lived the end-of-life torture by faith, and it was credited to him as righteousness.

The Lord God forgave his sins, and the Spirit of God returned to Samson as his hair began to grow.

“And what more shall I say?
For time would fail me
to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah,
of David and Samuel and the prophets—
33 who through faith conquered kingdoms,
enforced justice, received promises,
stopped the mouths of lions,
34 quenched raging fire,
escaped the edge of the sword,
won strength out of weakness,
became mighty in war,
put foreign armies to flight”
(Hebrews 11 v 32 -34)

And so Samson’s torturers immersed in their sadistic joys did not see the secret: that the Spirit had returned to Samson.

It was that with Samson’s last breath, he brought vengeance on the gods of the Philistines, and on their people; killing thousands of their best men and women, as he brought down, crashing to earth, the arena of his torture.

In dying Samson fulfilled a large chunk of his vocation, which was to deliver the Israelites from the hands of the Philistines, and from the gods of the Philistines.

And so even today, thousands of years after, the memoirs of Samson live on.

The story of Samson remains a terror to the memory of demons and false gods – the enemies of the Church of Christ.

Lastly let us recall the great riddle of Samson:

“Out of the eater came something to eat.
Out of the strong came something sweet.”

The answer:

“What is sweeter than honey?
What is stronger than a lion?”

But one secret answer?

“Out of the Lion came something to eat
Out of the strong came something sweet

May the Spirit of God, who is the Spirit of Jesus, and who is the Spirit of the Father, open our eyes and ears for discernment.

May we never throw what is holy to the dogs. May we never lose the gift of the Holy Sacrifice of the Blessed Eucharist. Amen.

O Lord our God, may you be blessed, may you be glorified, may you be praised in all your holy Servants, both great and small. Amen

Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us
Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us
St. Michael the Archangel, pray for us

The Spirit says come!

COME LORD JESUS!

20th December, 2014

Category Archive: Message Board

Exhortation:

COME LORD JESUS!

Brethren, St. Matthew the Evangelist begins thus:

“The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham”

And so:

From Father Abraham (at the binding of Isaac) to King David about 1000 years.
From King David to the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ about 1000 years.
From the Ascension of the Messiah to the Great Schism about 1000 years.
From the Great Schism to the Final Chastisement about 1000 years.

After the disasters of the Final Chastisements and the War of Armageddon, there will be a brief period of relative peace, and apparent beginnings of recovery.

Thus it is that when men least expect, the Lord Jesus Christ will return in glory on the clouds of Heaven. His Second and Final Advent will be “like a thief in the night”.

So that when men say, “it is all quiet on the Northern front; and it is all quiet on the Southern front; and it is all quiet on the Eastern front; and it is all quiet on the Western front,” – then suddenly the Lion of the Tribe of Judah will appear, in glory, on the clouds, with a New Jerusalem, and a New Earth, and a New Heaven.

And then people will run helter-skelter as St. John the Evangelist recorded:

“there was a great earthquake;
and the sun became black as sackcloth,
the full moon became like blood,
13 and the stars of the sky fell to the earth
as the fig tree sheds its winter fruit when shaken by a gale;
14 the sky vanished like a scroll that is rolled up,
and every mountain and island was removed from its place.
15 Then the kings of the earth and the great men
and the generals and the rich and the strong,
and every one, slave and free,
hid in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains,
16 calling to the mountains and rocks,
“Fall on us and hide us
from the face of him
who is seated on the throne,
and from the wrath of the Lamb;
17 for the great day of their wrath has come,
and who can stand before it?”
(Revelation 6 v 12-17)

But before then, there is still a narrow-window of opportunity to avoid the Harvest of Plagues that precede the Great Day of the Lord. There is still a narrow space of time for reconciliation.

As narrow as 2 to 3 years. Brothers and sisters the Time is short. The Time runs out.

Unless there is true repentance within this short space of time, all the plagues listed on these pages will surely occur.

It is the Lord Jesus who speaks, in his own words and through his holy Angels and his holy Saints.

Let us recall that Mother Mary, out of love for us – her children – has appeared in numerous places, but especially at Fatima. There speaking to Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta – in October 1917 – she enumerated the things necessary to save Rome, to save Europe, and to save the World from severe chastisement. And above all she gave admonitions on how to save the many souls from dropping into Hell in large numbers.

Let all of us, therefore, put on sackcloth and ashes in a spirit of repentance, and penance, to reconcile ourselves and our neighbors to Our Divine Redeemer. 

The 100th anniversary of the momentous apparition at Fatima looms, and the prayer of every Catholic must be that this occasion will not be like the time the Lord our God told the Prophet Samuel to stop grieving in concern for King Saul.

Because after then, it would be difficult to stop the calamities listed in Sacred Scriptures and outlined on these pages. They will all occur and continue until they have achieved their ends.

Indeed if not for the sake of the Elect no single human being would survive the chastisement to come.

How then can we repent and save ourselves and our neighbors from these plagues? In what way can we prevent these tribulations from befalling us?

Seven things need to be done; and need to be done urgently.

1. The complete and final stoppage of attempts to legitimize same-sex sex acts in the context of the Holy Roman Catholic Church. Sodomy under any guise must never be welcome in the Church of Christ.

2. The complete and final cancellation of all attempts at further reforms or changes to the present liturgy of the Blessed Eucharist – whether the Novus Ordo or Vetus Ordo  (both of which are valid). In otherwords, concerning the Holy Mass the watch word is – LEAVE WELL ALONE.

3. The complete and final suppression of the private devotion revealed to Sr. Faustina Kowalska and its image. As well as the complete and final cancellation of the World Youth Day 2016.

4. The complete and totally ban of same-sex marriage and same-sex civil unions and the so-called “Gay Pride Parades”.

5. The cancellation and abrogation of all laws which outlaw, criminalize, or restrict the free preaching and sharing, of the Good News of Jesus of Nazareth – in all parts of the Globe, including the Middle-East and Asia.

The Gospel of Jesus must be preached without fear or favor; without let or hindrance.

Those who facilitate the Good News of Jesus will be rewarded, because their love will cover a multitude of their sins.

6. The conversion of the nation of Israel to the tradition of those famous and blessed Jews: Simon Petros barJona and Saulos Paulos Tarsus. The time has come for all Jews to accept Jesus of Nazareth as the Messiah promised by the Most High God. The time runs out.

7. The declaration by all Christian Denominations, worthy of the name, setting aside one special day every month, as a day of prayer, penances and fasting in reparation to the Lord Jesus Christ for the display of Disunity by Christians in the past and in the present.  All Catholics and all Christians must do penance for sins of disunity.  This is the time for soul-searching, examination of consciences, repentance, penance and prayer.  At this critical time we must all resist the Strong Delusion which descends on the proud.

In 27 A.D. our Lord Jesus wept over Jerusalem; now in our time he has wept over Rome:

“Would that even today you knew the things that make for peace!
But now they are hid from your eyes.
For the days shall come upon you,
when your enemies will cast up a bank about you
and surround you, and hem you in on every side,
and dash you to the ground,
you and your children within you,
and they will not leave one stone upon another in you;
because you did not know the time of your visitation.”
(Luke 19 v 42-44)

This is the period of the visitation of Rome, of Europe and of the whole World. This is the fullness of time.

The acceptable year of the Lord is on the horizon.

Let us all seize on the conditions for peace while there is still time. Let us embrace the things that make for peace.

A word is good enough for the wise.

O Lord our God, do not confront us with sudden death,
O Lord our God, give us time to repent.
O Lord our God, give us the spirit of repentance,
O Lord our God, give us the spirit of penance.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us
Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us
St. Michael the Archangel, pray for us

The Spirit says come!

COME LORD JESUS!

18th December, 2014

Category Archive: Message Board

LAMENTATIONS

Lamentations Day – 1

“Help us, Lord!
There is not a good person left;
honest people can no longer be found.
All of them lie to one another;
they deceive each other with flattery.

[…]

O Lord, protect us;
guard us ever from this generation.

The wicked are everywhere,
and everyone praises what is evil
.”
(Psalm 12 v 1, 2, 7, 8)

 

Lamentations Day – 2

“Why do the Nations rage,
and the peoples imagine vain things?
26 The kings of the earth set themselves in array,
and the rulers gathered together,
against the Lord and against his Anointed
(Acts 4 v 25b-26)

 

Lamentations Day – 3

“So then, submit yourselves to God.
Resist the Devil, and he will run away from you.
Come near to God, and he will come near to you
.
Wash your hands, you sinners!
Purify your hearts, you hypocrites!
Be sorrowful, cry, and weep;
change your laughter into crying,
your joy into gloom!

10 Humble yourselves before the Lord,
and he will lift you up.”
(James 4 v 7-10)

 

Lamentations Day – 4

“Bring us back, O God our savior,
and put away your indignation toward us!
Will you be angry with us forever?
Will your anger never cease?
Make us strong again,
and we, your people, will praise you.
Show us your constant love, O Lord,
and give us your saving help.

I am listening to what the Lord God will speak;
for he will speak peace to his people,
to his saints, to those who turn to him in their hearts.
(and do not go back to their foolish ways)
(Psalm 85 v 4-8)

 

Lamentations Day – 5

“Restore us to yourself, O Lord, that we may be restored!
Renew our former glory.
22 Or have you rejected us forever?
Is there no limit to your anger?”
(Lamentations 5 v 21-22)

 

Lamentationc Day – 6

By the rivers of Babylon we sat down;
there we wept when we remembered Zion.

On the willows nearby
we hung up our harps.
Those who captured us told us to sing;
they told us to entertain them, saying:
“Sing us a song about Zion.”

But how can we sing a song to the Lord
in a foreign land?

If I forget you, O Lord Jesus,
may my right hand wither!

If I forget you, O Lord Jesus,
May my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth,
if I do not accept the Lord Jesus
as my greatest joy!

.

Lamentations – Day 7

“Declare me innocent, O Lord,
because I do what is right
and trust you completely.

Examine me and test me, Lord;
judge my desires and thoughts.
Your constant love is my guide;
your faithfulness always leads me.

I do not keep company with worthless people;
I have nothing to do with hypocrites.
I hate the company of the evil
and avoid the wicked.

Lord, I wash my hands to show that I am innocent
and march in worship around your altar.
I sing a hymn of thanksgiving
and tell of all your wonderful deeds.

I love the house where you live, O Lord,
the place where your glory dwells.
Do not destroy me with the sinners;
spare me from the fate of murderers
10  those who do evil all the time
and are always ready to take bribes.

11 As for me, I do what is right;
be merciful to me and save me!

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Sacred Heart 2

 

 

 

 

 

12 I am safe from all dangers;
in the assembly of his people I praise the Lord.”
(Psalm 26)