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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

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Month of July Recap:

Will many be saved?

That all may be saved and come to the knowledge of the Truth

Harvest of plagues: 2nd and 3rd

Reparations for Schisms within the Church

Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Image of the Beast

Meditation on the Lord Jesus and Mary Magdalene: 1st and 2nd

Now brothers and sisters we exhort you, never fail to pray unceasingly for the clergy, particularly our parish priests, because we gain so much from their work. And therefore, they should also gain so much from our prayers and material support.

This is our filial duty. It is the love of Christ that motivates us.

The Lord Jesus Christ says:

“Those whom I love, I reprove and chasten;
so be zealous and repent.

20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock;
if any one hears my voice and opens the door,
I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me
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21 He who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne,
as I myself conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne.
22 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’”
(Revelation 3 v 19-22)

The Spirit says come!

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

COME LORD JESUS!

31st July, 2014

Category Archive: Message Board

Wednesday Exhortation:

COME LORD JESUS!

Brethren, do not be deceived by sinful men. If we want Christian Unity, we have to turn to the Lord Jesus, to get that Christian Unity.

The Lord Jesus said: “I am the vine and you are the branches.”

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser.
Every branch of mine that bears no fruit, he takes away,
and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.
You are already made clean by the word which I have spoken to you.
Abide in me, and I in you.
As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine,
neither can you, unless you abide in me.

I am the vine, you are the branches.
He who abides in me, and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit,
for apart from me you can do nothing
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If a man does not abide in me, he is cast forth as a branch and withers;
and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire and burned.

If you abide in me, and my words abide in you,
ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you.
By this my Father is glorified,
that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be my disciples.

As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you; abide in my love.
10 If you keep my commandments,
you will abide in my love,
just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love.
11 These things I have spoken to you,
that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.

12 This is my commandment,
that you love one another as I have loved you.
13 Greater love has no man than this,
that a man lay down his life for his friends.

14 You are my friends if you do what I command you.
15 No longer do I call you servants,
for the servant does not know what his master is doing;
but I have called you friends,
for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.

16 You did not choose me, but I chose you
and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit
and that your fruit should last;
so that whatever you ask the Father in my name,
he may give it to you.
17 This I command you, to love one another.
(John 15 v 1-17)

Therefore, we urge you to test every spirit, manifesting as Christian Ecumenism, by considering how that spirit tallies with the fundamentals of Christian Unity, as epitomized by the first outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost day.

To reiterate, any Christian Ecumenism, in these Last Days, must therefore have clear elements of the hallmarks of Christian Unity.

And so we repeat this is Christian Unity:

1. Unity with the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world.

2. Unity with his, mother, Mary, Ever-Virgin.

3. Unity with the holy Angels and holy Saints (who would never think of forming their own separate churches).

4. Unity with the Sacred Scripture (including the Deuterocanon which is part of the Apostolic {Greek} Septuagint).

5. Unity with the Church Fathers (to whom schism was unthinkable).

6. Unity against the Ancient Enemy of Man, called the Dragon.

7. Unity of Prayer and Penance

This last point of unity of prayer and penance, implies that those seeking Christian unity accept that grave sin has been committed by the lack of unity.

And therefore, one of the very first steps, on the road to unity, involves reparation to our Lord Jesus, in penance for this sin of disunity. This reparation will of necessity include days of special prayers and fasting and sacrifices.

Because the Christian Unity that is desirable and pleasing to God is one which is not merely a unity of ecclesiastical politicians; and is not, merely, a unity of those playing to the public gallery of mortal men.

Christian Unity is not the stuff of propaganda, but of genuine repentance by all concerned. A genuine turning to the Lord Jesus Christ in sorrow; asking for his forgiveness, and his renewal of his people.

And most importantly Christian Unity must involve the adherence to the two warnings that the Lord Jesus has told us about through his servant, St. John the Evangelist.

Any Christian Unity that does not include the absolute and complete rejection of the number of the Beast and the image of the Beast is a fake and false unity, to be shuned by all faithful Catholics.

Christian unity has to be one embedded in the Holy Spirit, who is the Spirit of Jesus and the Spirit of the God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ; may His name be praised, be exalted, be glorified forever. Amen.

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Wednesday Petition:

Lord Jesus, grant us the peace and the unity of your Kingdom, where you live forever and ever. Amen.

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

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Wednesday Quotation:

“Now when Jesus came,
he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days.
18 Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles off,
19 and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary
to console them concerning their brother.
20 When Martha heard that Jesus was coming,
she went and met him,
while Mary sat in the house.
21 Martha said to Jesus,
“Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.
22 And even now I know that whatever you ask from God,
God will give you.”
23 Jesus said to her,
“Your brother will rise again.”
24 Martha said to him,
“I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”
25 Jesus said to her,
“I am the resurrection and the life;
he who believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live,
26 and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die.
Do you believe this?”
27 She said to him,
“Yes, Lord;
I believe that you are the Christ,
the Son of God, he who is coming into the world.”
(John 11 v 17-27)

The Spirit says come!

COME LORD JESUS!

30th July, 2014

Category Archive: Message Board

Exhortation:

COME LORD JESUS!

We return to the theme of the Easter Sunday appearance of the Lord Jesus to St. Mary Magdalene and its many meanings and significances.

We already reflected on the significance of the failure of Mary Magdalene to readily recognize the Lord Jesus. And we already considered the fact that Our Lord’s body on the Cross of Golgotha was in a terrible condition on that first Good Friday. Whereas his body on the Resurrection Day was in pristine condition: it was healthy looking, good-looking and fresh-looking. And therefore he sought to proved to his Apostles and Disciples that he was not a ghost or an impostor by showing them the Marks of his Passion, Crucifixion and Death. To his largely incredulous followers (including St. Thomas, the Twin), the Lord Jesus showed his five holy wounds and his other numerous wounds.

We concluded that any apparition of Jesus Christ claiming to represent the Passion of Jesus must have the Marks of his Passion. To buttress this position we quoted Sacred Scriptures, St. Augustine of Hippo, and St. Bede, all as explained by St. Thomas Aquinas.

That was the 1st Meditation.

2nd Meditation

14 Saying this, she turned round and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom do you seek?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” 16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher). 17 Jesus said to her, “Do not hold me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brethren and say to them, I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.” 18 Mary Magdalene went and said to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”; and she told them that he had said these things to her.
(John 20 v 14-18)

First let us go along with St. Thomas Aquinas as he reflects on this passage.

“2508 […], note that Mary [Magdalene] was advancing step by step: for the angels asked her why she was weeping, but Christ asked her whom she was looking for, for her weeping was caused by the desire which led her to look. Christ asked her whom she was looking for in order to increase this desire, for when she spoke of the one she was seeking, her love burned more intensely, and so she would continue to seek him: “Seek his presence continually” (Ps 105:4); “But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day” (Prv 4:18).”

Clearly the Angelic Doctor demonstrates that Mary Magdalene was deeply in love with the Lord Jesus. That was why after her healing she followed him with the other women. That was why she was at the foot of the Cross of Golgotha with Mother Mary and Salome and Joanna. That was why she went with Joseph of Arimathea and the other women for the entombment of Jesus. That was why she was first at the Tomb on the first day of the week with spices and perfumes.

Most people accept that Mary Magdalene was in love with Jesus. Indeed the Secularists in their ignorance have speculated and asserted that they were married here on earth and had a child. It is the stuff it is of malicious speculations.

Jesus and Mary Magdalene were never married. This is confirmed by Sacred Scriptures and the writing of the Church Fathers.

Nevertheless, the encounter between Jesus and Mary Magdalene on the morning of Easter Sunday has significance, in the sense of understanding what happened between Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, as recorded in the Book of Genesis.

With patience we shall endeavor to make our points as clearly as possible.

Let us continue to meditate with St. Thomas Aquinas:

“2510 Mary thought the gardener was speaking to her, because she knew that the guards had already fled, frightened by the earthquake and the sight of the angels, and that the only one who would be there would be the one taking care of it, the gardener. As Gregory [the Great] says: “This woman, in erring did not err, when she thought that Christ was a gardener, for he planted the seeds of virtue in her heart by the strength of his love.”[12] “I will water my orchard and drench my garden plot” (Sir 24:31).”

In other words, Mary Magdalene thought Jesus was the gardener. And in the Book of Genesis we read that God put Adam in charge of the Garden of Eden. Therefore one could say that Old Adam was the gardener taking care of the Old Garden of Eden.

Similarly the Lord Jesus is the gardener taking care of the New Garden of Eden that is our Heavenly home.

So when Mary Magdalene erred by regarding Jesus as the gardener, she was right at another level (as Pope Gregory the Great tells us) that Jesus was the gardener. Because Jesus was the New Adam in a New Creation; a Creation that restores all things to the Glory of God the Father. Jesus was the gardener of this New Garden.

St. Thomas Aquinas continues:

“2512 When Mary says, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away, she shows a wonderful courage which would not be driven off by the sight of a dead person, and she would have tried to carry the body away even though it was beyond her strength. But this is what 1 Corinthians (13:7) says, “Love hopes all things.” She wanted to take him so the Jews would not violate the dead body and to carry it to another secret grave.”

It is clear that after the first trip to the Empty Tomb with the other women, Mary Magdalene returned back alone in search of Jesus. She is distraught and perhaps frustrated by the feeling of helplessness in finding the body of Jesus.

And then Jesus calls her name, “Mary”, and she suddenly recognizes him. “Rabboni” she cried out.

Let us hang on a minute and think about this moment.

Here is someone who the Lord Jesus has done so much for. She loves her master, teacher and healer. She is in an emotional turmoil as a result of his Passion, Crucifixion, Death and Entombment.

To make matters worse, she cannot find the dead body of the one she loved so much and whom she could not save from humiliation and torture and the ultimate sacrifice.

If only she could locate the dead body of Jesus, she would secure it, and embalm it, and frequently visit the place of entombment to lament, to weep and to pray.

If only she could locate the dead body of Jesus, she could have some closure to her grief and distress.

Then the unexpected happens. There standing in front of her was the person her soul sought: Jesus of Nazareth.

Now the question is, what would a young woman do in such situation?

Would she stretch out her hand for a handshake and say, “Jesus, how do you do?”
Not likely.

Would she exchange fist-bumps with Jesus?
Not likely

Would she bow low and say formally, “Master we have missed you. Welcome back.”
Not likely.

What then would a young woman, who finds herself in Mary Magdalene’s shoes, do?

Would she not cry aloud in disbelief and joy? Will she not grab hold of the one she loves? Would she not hold-on tightly to the one she loved? Would she not hold-on to the one she loved and never let him go? Will she not want to go somewhere quiet with the one she loved, where the whole world could disappear for all she cared, as long as the one she loved was with her? Would she not want to live with the one she loved: “happily ever after”?

That was precisely what Mary Magdalene would have wanted to do. She was full of conflicting emotions. She was not sure herself. What she was sure of was she never wanted ever to let Jesus go or to let him out of her sight. Hers was the feminine instinct at its highest possible level.

And that was why the Lord Jesus said to her:

“Noli me tangere.”  Translated: “Do not hold on to me” or “Do not cling on to me” or “you are going to have to let me go.”

So the question is why did Jesus tell Mary Magdalene to let go of him? Why did Jesus tell her not to hold him?

Because, his love for her was not exclusively for her, but was also for every single one of his followers, both male and female.

Because, even though Jesus had a special relationship with her; he also had a special relationship with everyone who calls on him with sincerity in the heart.

And so unlike the Old Adam who disobeyed God; our Lord Jesus – the New Adam – obeyed God who sent him not to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.

Our Lord Jesus obeyed God, who sent him into the world not to condemn the world, but to save it; so that whosoever believes in him may not perish, but have everlasting life.

Everlasting life, not on this earth and not carnal; but rather heavenly and spiritual.

Therefore the Lord Jesus gave Mary his reason for telling her not to hold on to him:

“I am ascending to my Father and your Father; to my God and your God.”

So rather than pandering to the demands of the flesh and this world, our Lord Jesus lifted up Mary Magdalene’s heart and mind to contemplate the spiritual and the heavenly, where God the Father is to be found. The fullness of love in the Beatific Vision.

Mary Magdalene could not have exclusively to herself, on this earth, the one she loved, so Jesus turned her into “Apostle to the Apostles”, by sending her to announce the Good News of his resurrection to the Twelve.

So, Mary Magdalene by her obedience to the words of Jesus, bore fruits then and even till now: of the many who have come to love Jesus as a result of her testimony, and her life story.

So it was that Jesus of Nazareth – the New Adam – had a perfectly chaste relationship with Mary Magdalene.

And Mary of Nazareth – the New Eve – had a perfectly chaste relationship with Joseph.

This then is the dawn of the New Creation, which is a restoration of God’s plan for the New Garden of Eden, where faithful Christians will live in eternity – male and female, not marrying and not giving in marriage – but being like the holy Angels in Heaven, enjoying God who is Love; enjoying the Beatific Vision.

May the Lord God grant us wisdom to understand his ways. Amen.

May the salvation of the Lord Jesus be ours now, and forever. Amen.

St. Mary Magdalene, pray for us

The Spirit says come!

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

COME LORD JESUS!

28th July, 2014

Category archive: Message Board

Exhortation:

COME LORD JESUS!

We read in today’s Sunday Mass:

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net
which was thrown into the sea
and gathered fish of every kind;
48 when it was full, men drew it ashore
and sat down and sorted the good into vessels
but threw away the bad.
49 So it will be at the close of the age.
The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous,
50 and throw them into the furnace of fire;
there men will weep and gnash their teeth.

51 “Have you understood all this?”
They said to him, “Yes.”
52 And he said to them,
Therefore every scribe
who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven
is like a householder who brings out of his treasure
things both new and old.

(Matthew 13 v 47-52)

The Lord Jesus has said it. What is there left to add?
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Petition of the Week:

O Lord, grant us the wisdom to understand the ways of the Kingdom of God – which is made up of things, both new and old. Amen.

Psalm of the Week:

Psalm 36 – here the psalmist tells us that lack of the fear of God is the beginning of sin and iniquity.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; but the absence of the fear of God is absolutely essential, for sin to take root, deep in the mind, and heart of the sinner.

We must all reject this sin that seeks to speak us; instead we desire to hear the voice of our Lord Jesus Christ speaking to us, intimately in our heart of hearts.

Because when there is no fear of what a righteous God will do, sin rises up within a man so naturally, that it is near to impossible, to separate the man from his sin. Because God is absent, the sin of the sinner becomes so intimate with the sinner  .

The sinner becomes not just a sinner, but the personification of sin-in-action.

It reaches such levels that the man who has no fear of God, plots evil even when he sleeps on his bed. Sin, itself, speaks to him deep in his heart.

The absence of the fear of God is the beginning of the road that leads to eternal perdition: there, the Lord Jesus tells us, men will weep and gnash their teeth.

Most Sweet Jesus, save us from the evil that speaks deep in the heart of “fallen Man“. Amen

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

COME LORD JESUS!

27th July, 2014