Sunday, August 7, 2016

Trials and Tribulations

My Children

In your lives are many trials and tribulations.  In the midst of them you often ask Me: "Why me, Lord?"  The trite answer would be for me to say: "Why not you?"  But My real Answer to you My Child is: "Because I love you."

It is in the trials and tribulations that you must turn to Me to endure.  I walk beside you through them all.  I weep with you.  I hurt alongside you.  I mourn your losses. I love you through each one.

You say to Me: "Lord, you could make it all go away.  You are the Lord, after all."  That is true, My Child.  But, you see only a small part of a gigantic picture.  You have no idea how your triumph in these trials brings glory and honor to Me, and sanctification to you. 

I invite you to persevere in these trials, knowing that I am always with you.  Even though you do not see Me, you can come to Me in My Sacraments, which were created to draw you closer to Me.  There you will encounter Me in the depths of your heart.

July 14, 2016

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Gird Your Loins

Jeremiah 1:17-19
17 But you, gird up your loins; arise, and say to them everything that I command you. Do not be dismayed by them, lest I dismay you before them.
18 And I, behold, I make you this day a fortified city, an iron pillar, and bronze walls, against the whole land, against the kings of Judah, its princes, its priests, and the people of the land.
19 They will fight against you; but they shall not prevail against you, for I am with you, says the LORD, to deliver you."

To gird up the loins means to draw all the loose fabric, that could get in the way when running, up into the belt, to essentially "tie up loose ends".

Jeremiah was anointed a prophet, even though he claimed he was too young and did not know how to speak.  It was true that he did not know how to speak, but the Lord touched his mouth and gave him the words to speak.

The Lord, in a moment, took away his spirit of timidity, as in 2Ti 1:7, and gave him a spirit of power, love and self control.

So it is with us.  According to our station in life, and the circumstances we encounter we are to speak truth to falsehood, integrity into deception.  We must proclaim that the emperor has no clothes, and not be afraid of the consequences.  But we, like Jeremiah must also speak under the anointing of God, not out of our own pride and self righteousness.

We are not unlike David, as a shepherd boy.  With a mere stone, he slew a giant, not by his power, but by his trust in God to make his aim true.  Our Acknowledgement of God must lead us to that trust in Him to be the Lord of our lives, and to build up in us His Power, His Love and His Self Control.

As Catholics we are encouraged to attend Mass more regularly, to pray our devotions more, to visit with the Lord in Adoration, and also we must seek out the sacrament of Reconciliation regularly, now more than ever.

Girding of the loins is not just about pant legs and extra fabric, but about all the loose ends that may prevent us from hearing and responding to the call moment by moment in our lives.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Manifestation of the Holy Spirit

Pentecost Vigil

My Children, I have called each of you to be here this evening, as I am calling others around the world to celebrate this Vigil of Pentecost.  I thank you for hearing my call and obeying it.

I am pouring out upon you a new and fresh anointing of my Holy Spirit.  This new anointing is for you, to draw you ever closer to Me, and so that you may witness to My Abundant Love to all you encounter in your daily lives.

This manifestation of My Holy Spirit is a counter to the evil that is abounding in this world. I am reclaiming my people who I have called by My Name.  So often, you have wandered in the darkness of the world as it has been succumbing to the wiles of the evil one.

But I am Your God, the Holy One of Israel, and I am pouring My Mercy out upon you, before My Justice will come.  When My Justice comes upon the earth, the people of the earth will have no choice but to choose to follow Me, or to follow the evil one. Their blindness will fall away, and they will see the Truth.

But, in My Mercy, I am anointing you and many others in this world, to provide signs of hope to your brothers and sisters both now and when that time comes.

You will perform signs and wonders in My Name, but your greatest sign from Me will be your love for each other and for all those who will be lost if they do not turn from their wickedness in the time of My Justice.

Receive what I am giving you this evening.  Open your hearts to receive from Me, and let My Power come upon you, and fill you with Love, a Love that is greater than you could ever have imagined, but a Love that is given to you to grow in you and to burst forth upon this sin sickened world.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Come to Praise and Worship

My Beloved Children

I am delighted  that you come to Me to praise Me and to worship Me.  Many of you have been coming to Me for quite some time, and others of you more recently.  But, I desire that many, many more come to Me as well, and that you lift Me up in Praise and Worship, with greater fervor and love.

These are not the old days.  These days I am pouring my Spirit out on all mankind.  These are the days prophesied, when the old will pass away and I will make all things new.

But, how can I renew My Lands if you remain stuck in the old ways? You came to Me in response to My Call to you, but now I am calling you to receive a new and fresh anointing of My Holy Spirit, My Spirit of Power and Love, which empowers you to go boldly out into the world and proclaim My Majesty, My Authority, and my Merciful Love for all of mankind.

Are you giving yourself completely to Me?  Are you prepared to set aside all that holds you back from operating in the gifts of My Holy Spirit, which I have lavished upon you?

When you Praise Me and Worship Me, those offerings to Me should rise like incense to My Throne Room always, not sometimes.  Allow Me to heal those things in you, those wounds and hurts that prevent you from abandoning yourself completely to Me.

If you will not abandon yourself to Me, many who have been called by Me, but are dependent on you to witness to that call and to draw them into Life in My Holy Spirit, will be lost.  I do not desire that one soul be lost for eternity.  I desire that all come to Me, and share eternity with Me.

Love loves you.  Enter fully into My Abiding Love, My Dear Children.

July 3, 2016 12:30 pm

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Transformation by the Holy Spirit

My children

I am in the process of transforming you by the power of My Holy Spirit.  It is My Spirit that you are responding to daily more and more, as My Work in you continues.  I am teaching you to seek Me in every moment of your daily life.

I am doing this at this moment in time because I am looking for and searching out hearts and minds who will conform to Me and be witnesses of My abounding Love to this world that has hardened itself against me, their Creator.

As the world as you all know it continues to disintegrate and law and order break down, and conditions continue to deteriorate man will turn to despair, and become desperate.

But you, My Children, are part of a large cadre throughout the world, that I have called to be heroic witnesses to My abundant Love for all mankind.

When you praise Me and worship Me, you surrender to My Love for you, and allow Me to enter you more fully.  I have created you to spend eternity with Me, and to bring as many as possible with you to heaven.  My Love is strengthening you to be able to resist the temptations of this world, and to be able to show others a pathway that leads not to instant gratification, but to eternal joy in My Presence.

Turn to Me in prayer at all times.  Give Me every moment of your day, every decision that you are presented with, every choice.  I care about you and all of My Creation.

Do not be distracted by all you see going on around you.  This must all come to pass and is all within My Plan.  I hear your prayers for your loved ones and for others you have been asked to pray for.  I hear these prayers and answer all those that come from your heart.

July 27, 2016 7:50 am

Sunday, July 24, 2016

The Holy Spirit and New Evangelization

Bulletin Insert for July 3, 2014
By Deacon George Sebok


14TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

The escalation of evil in the world today seems to be unstoppable except for God’s intervention by his immense mercy and love; and a new wave coming from the Church, a wave that washes us with God’s love, God’s word, the Holy Sacraments, especially the source and summit of our FAITH, the Holy Mass.

We cannot underestimate this perfect prayer of the Mass where we are nourished and fed by God’s word and Jesus Himself in the form of bread and wine.

We also cannot underestimate our responsibility Jesus gave us to go forth from Mass and to be part of the “New Evangelization” going forth glorifying the Lord by our lives as intentional disciples.

Not only do we have a responsibility to our family and friends, our responsibility of taking care of God’s creation includes the whole world.

What the world truly needs now is a tremendous outpouring of God’s love through the Holy Spirit into every person’s life.

Recently our parish and many other parishes throughout the world are experiencing the outpouring of the Holy Spirit causing extraordinary changes in lives inspired by the power of the Holy Spirit, who is the Spirit of the Father and of Jesus.

The manifestation of the power of the Holy Spirit is overflowing with God’s love through the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and Jesus is the baptizer of the Holy Spirit.

Pope Francis is encouraging every parish to take the “Life in the Spirit” courses so that everyone will experience the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and Fire.  Our churches today certainly need “Divine Renovation” to face the future challenges locally and worldwide.  We are truly fortunate to have pastors throughout the world implementing God’s vision that will bring lasting “CHANGE” that will ignite people with the power of the Holy Spirit so that not one soul be lost.

I implore all of us to support our priests like Fr. Bob with our prayers, our fellowship, and our gifts given to us, to serve and support the “God given vision” revealed to our pastor.

“God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us.”  (Romans 5:5)

Please take your bibles and read what God says about the Holy Spirit’s activities:
• He fellowships with us (2 Cor. 13:14)
• He comforts us (John 14:16)
• He intercedes for us (through us) (Romans 8:26)
• He teaches us (John 14:26)
• He leads us (Romans 8:26)
• He guides us (John 16:13)
• He empowers our speech (Mark 13:11)
• He gives personal sanctification gifts (Isaiah 11:2)
• He gives supernatural gifts for service (1 Cor. 12:4-11)
• He produces fruit (Gal. 5:22-23)
You will be blessed when you take the time to read these scriptures.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Trials and Tribulations

My Children

In your lives are many trials and tribulations.  In the midst of them you often ask Me: "Why me, Lord?"  The trite answer would be for me to say: "Why not you?"  But My real Answer to you My Child is: "Because I love you."

It is in the trials and tribulations that you must turn to Me to endure.  I walk beside you through them all.  I weep with you.  I hurt alongside you.  I mourn your losses. I love you through each one.

You say to Me: "Lord, you could make it all go away.  You are the Lord, after all."  That is true, My Child.  But, you see only a small part of a gigantic picture.  You have no idea how your triumph in these trials brings glory and honor to Me, and sanctification to you.

I invite you to persevere in these trials, knowing that I am always with you.  Even though you do not see Me, you can come to Me in My Sacraments, which were created to draw you closer to Me.  There you will encounter Me in the depths of your heart.

July 13, 2016

Monday, July 11, 2016

Responding In These Dark Times

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

Recently I have received periodic messages that I believe are from the Lord. But, I submit them to either my pastor or my spiritual director, depending on where they are directed. They fall into the prophetic category of exhortation and teaching, not the false category we saw with Locutions to the World some time ago, of prediction of imminent disaster with details included to scare the pants off of us.

On Saturday morning I decided to go to the farmer’s market across town, but decided also to stop in at the Adoration Chapel at St. Mary’s Church after that. I chose, in obedience, to take my iPad along, though I have a beautiful little book for Eucharistic Meditation. I thought maybe there was something on it that I was supposed to read.

After some time glorying in His Majesty, and how Our Holy Mother fit into the plan of Salvation (not that I can really grasp these wonderful mysteries) sentences were coming to me, as they sometimes do, and I reached for my iPad to write them down. For me, using the iPad is a wonderful tool, because if I wrote things out by hand, even I would have no idea what I just wrote.

Anyway what follows is what I received. As I felt it pertained to the The Next Right Step folks specifically, I sent it to Charlie Johnston for discernment. He concluded that whether or not it was of divine origin, it was a worthy comment for this particular piece that was coming.

Today’s Mass readings make it clear that God wants our hearts to be committed and submitted to Him, and Him alone. Many years ago, in frustration, I called out to the Lord and asked Him what He wanted from me. His clear one word answer said it all: “Everything.” Now over 20 years later I am beginning to understand.

So, here it is.

My Dear Children:

The things that you see happening now, are signs of these dark times. But, they are the beginnings. Hearts are hardened against Me, and hardened hearts do not act in love, but in fear, rage and hatred. By removing Me from their lives, when I have called them so often, the people of this age have made a God of the one they see in the mirror, or so they think. In fact they have fallen into worship of the evil one covertly.

But, I am a jealous God, not jealous as you would be, but a jealousy that shows in My Mercy, and Tenderness, My Compassion. But, My Children, soon will come My Justice. The time of My Mercy will soon pass. But, My Justice is not like yours either. My Justice is coming to attempt one more time to call all mankind to Me, to Trust in Me, for there will be no other way out during the time of My Justice. Remember children, that I desire that none be lost, and so my plan takes this greatest desire of My Heart into account.

The fear, rage and hatred of these times will be shown to be fruitless and will burn out. When it does many will descend to despair. But, you My Children must be a beacon as a lighthouse shows the way, for all those you encounter. As you place your trust more and more in Me each day, your light grows brighter and brighter. This light of your spirit is seen by the spirits of others, and in the darkness coming will guide them to safety.

Do not fear that the decisions you make are wrong. If you have done your best to listen to My Voice, whether you have made the exact correct choice or missed the mark, your desire to serve Me and to honor Me arises to my throne as a sweet incense. I know where you are every moment of every day, and even if you discover that you have been in the wrong place, do you not think that I have taken that into account?

Like Martha, you often worry and fret about things that are of little import. But, as I loved Martha and corrected her, so I will love and correct you. Accept my correction, and imitate your dear Mother, who took all things into her heart and pondered them. She has remained close to My Heart, and I invite you to come take her hand and come to My Heart.

Continue to pray for this world in its sin sickened state. Continue to sacrifice your will to Mine. Be holy for I am Holy.

Love loves you.

Saint Mary’s Adoration Chapel
July 9, 2016
10:30 am


Sunday, July 10, 2016

Thoughts on Pope Francis

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

 There is only one way to escape the human condition, and God willing we are all of us some time from our final exit of this mortal coil. Though we cannot escape this condition, we can be transformed daily to make it not only tolerable, but joyful.

One of the things that makes it such a challenge is that we so often have a need to be right, and so the truth takes a back seat. One of my darling daughters, the middle of 3 (go figure) has in many ways been a challenge to me, as I was to my parents. Doesn’t God have a marvelous sense of humor? At the most challenging of times, I have asked her whether she needs to be right, or if she is interested in the truth. As she matures (she is only 28) she calms more quickly, and climbs down off her high, but noble steed.

Our Holy Father is much like one who is trying to remove a nest of hornets. Though he is clothed in protective gear, he strikes the nest with a stick, and chaos ensues. Those of us who are not clothed in the same protective gear as he is may get stung if we are nearby.

Some who observe him run about proclaiming that we will all be stung. As word spreads, it spreads like wild fire, and even makes the international media. Pretty soon, we read that he tried to take out several nests of African killer bees, all of whom were armed with machine gun stingers, and people nearby were stung repeatedly and very painfully. Next comes an international call for disarming the Holy Father of his stick, and possibly a call for martial law in Rome.

But, we are all able to be clothed in the same protective gear as Our Holy Father, the Holy Spirit, the sacraments, the intercession of the saints, particularly Our Holy Mother, and have no need of worrying about pesky little hornets.

The truth is that God has called Pope Francis to remove the pests from the Church, and those they have infected.

Charlie Johnston at The Next Right Step says Our Holy Father is somewhat klunky in how he says things. For me, it more appears that he is boiling the ocean and trying to make us tea in a paper cup. Knowing we cannot drink the whole ocean at one time, he tries to give us small sips. But we are stubborn. He gives us a sip of green tea, and we wanted chai, and so we complain.

If Jesus told us the truth, and we have His Word that he did, then Our Holy Father cannot lead us away from Him.

Band wagons are easy things to jump onto. But, they are going where the band is going. If the band on your band wagon is playing disharmony get the hell (literally) off it.

We have too much work to do to waste time and energy on people sowing revolt over Our Holy Father. He was God’s choice for this particular time and place. And that is truth.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Superman Got it wrong

Superman burst on the stage in 1938; well if not the stage, into the consciousness of the American people, and those of us in Canada as well, in comic book stories about "The never ending battle for truth, justice, and the American way."

Or so we were told.  The reality is that truth and justice are subservient to "the American way", and not necessary for the American way to prevail, and that's how WE roll both in the USA, and in Canada.

Contrast that with the quote on the left side of this blog from Blaise Pascal a 17th century philosopher and mathematician who said:
“He that takes truth for his guide, and duty for his end, may safely trust to God's providence to lead him aright."
If that does not get your attention then how about Father John Hardon, as quoted by Father Gordon MacRae at his latest posting at These Stone Walls
“Our duty as Catholics is to know the truth; to live the truth; to defend the truth; to share the truth with others; and to suffer for the truth.”.
For those of us who are Catholic or catholic, both quotes should be our guides in our daily lives.  

Our North American cultures are on a precipice today, waiting to fall into the sea.  Our economies are shaky, our morals are long over the cliff, and our hearts are along for the ride.

The American way (which is not limited in any sense to America) has become about expediency and me, and truth and justice have gone by the boards.

The trust that Americans (and Canadians as well, from my personal experience) now have in politicians and in the justice system to mete out truth and justice is at an all time low, and deservedly so.

We have politicians in Canada and the USA, proclaiming to be Catholic, while dispensing lies about abortion, same sex relationships, setting themselves above the Catholic Church, and bearing false witness to all who hear their words.  Our Catholic bishops have failed to speak out publicly about the lies put forward to us by the Nancy Pelosi's, Joe Biden's and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada.

This is nothing new, of course.  In an article in October 2012, called Take Them to the Woodshed Bishops, I urged Canadian Catholic bishops to speak out to our Ontario Catholic politicians, who were in grave error, in that instance in the Provincial political sphere.

But, what I have mentioned above is life at the macro level, and it impacts the lives of people like you and me at the micro level, the personal level.

This is becoming more evident in legal cases we are seeing of prosecutorial misconduct that are coming forward with greater frequency as investigative methods and availability of information make them more easily detectable.

The truth behind the disgusting trials and incarceration of Father Charles Englehardt and Monsignor William Lynn, and the ultimate tragic death of Father Charles were uncovered by journalist Ralph Cipriano, who has finally had his take on the unraveling of injustice in an article published very recently in Newsweek entitled Catholic Guilt? The Lying Scheming Altar Boy Behind a Lurid Rape Case.  But, this case and others where truth is taking a back seat, was described in some detail previously in My Cipriano's Big Trial Blog.

After Father Gordon first wrote about this in January 2015, in A Rolling Stone Gathers No Facts, Just Dirt I added my own take with Ringing True and Tickling Ears, though I did not publish my piece until December 22, 2015.

Father Gordon has had more to say, including urging us to follow the words of Father Hardon quoted above in The Lying, Scheming Altar Boy on the Cover of Newsweek, published on February 24, 2016.
As Father Gordon's own case attests, the Englehardt/Lynn cases are not isolated incidents, but are exemplars of availability bias, particularly availability bias manipulated by those in power, with the main stream media as their shills.

We are in the season of Lent, a time for Catholics and people of goodwill to contemplate the saving actions of Jesus Christ, and what it means for us in our own lives.

One thing we are undoubtedly called to is truth.  In this year declared by Pope Francis as the Year of Mercy, he has let us know clearly that mercy depends on truth to be authentic.  It is not sufficient to follow what tickles our ears, nor to subject ourselves to availability bias.  The truth is often much deeper, and requires discernment.  To grasp at whatever passes our eyes is to be slothful.

May our eyes be opened to all injustice that comes to our attention, and may we seek to know how we are to respond to bring mercy to those in need.