(1Co 1:9-10) God is faithful: by whom you are called unto the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing and that there be no schisms among you: but that you be perfect in the same mind and in the same judgment.
who venerate me will be scorned and opposed by their confreres…churches and altars sacked; the Church will be full of those who accept compromises and the demon will press many priests and consecrated souls to leave the service of the Lord.
Between 1961-1965 Our Lady is said to have appeared as Our Lady of Mount Carmel to four girls, Mary Loly, Conchita, Jacinta and Mary Cruz, in the tiny village of San Sebastian de Garabandal in northern Spain. The apparitions have not yet been approved by the Church but have not been condemned either and nothing in them has been found contrary to faith or morals. Four messages were given, the first and last being the most important. The first message was given on October 18th 1961:
We must make many sacrifices, perform much penance, and visit the Blessed Sacrament frequently. But first, we must lead good lives. If we do not, a chastisement will befall us. The cup is already filling up, if we do not change, a very great chastisement will come upon us.
The fourth message was given on June 18th 1965. Since it pained Our Lady so much it was given instead by St Michael the Archangel:
As my message of October l8th has not been complied with and has not been made known to the world, I am advising you that this is the last one. Before, the cup was filling up. Now it is flowing over. Many cardinals, many bishops, and many priests are on the road to perdition and are taking many souls with them. Less and less importance is being given to the Eucharist. You should turn the wrath of God away from yourselves by your efforts. If you ask His forgiveness with sincere hearts, He will pardon you. I, your mother, through the intercession of Saint Michael the archangel, ask you to amend your lives. You are now receiving the last warnings. I love you very much and do not want your condemnation. Pray to us with sincerity and we will grant your requests. You should make more sacrifices. Think about the passion of Jesus.
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J. R. R. Tolkien was not only the author of the best-selling novel ever written, but a fierce Catholic. Nearly 55 years ago in a letter penned to his son, Tolkien offered a prophetic message on having unwavering Faith despite grave scandal in the clergy.
It’s no secret the Holy Mother Church is experiencing a time of turbulence and unrest following a string of abuse scandals, along with allegations of cover-ups that reach the highest echelons of the ecclesiastical hierarchy. To Tolkien, scandal is no cause for sagging faith, eloquently illustrating that even in the most dire of times Faith finds its inspiration in love.
For those that find the revelations so disheartening they see no other option but to leave the Church, Tolkien says scandal is an occasion of temptation – temptation to falter in our Faith because “scandal tends to turn our eyes away from ourselves and our own faults to find a scape-goat.” To have unwavering Faith in the face of tribulation is not a single decision, but instead a permanently repeated act of will in praying for our final perseverance.
Tolkien offers the cure for sagging faith: participating in the “perfect, complete, and inviolate” Blessed Sacrament. Just like Faith is a repeated act of will, so too must Communion be continuous. Tolkien believed that frequency was of the highest effect, and Communion seven times a week was very nourishing.
Tolkien said that he suffered from “stupid, tired, dimmed, and even bad priests,” but these are not reasons to leave the Church, because to leave the Church would be abandoning Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. Instead, we should grieve for and with Christ, “associating ourselves with the scandalizers not with the saints.”
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A war of words is beginning to erupt. The ugly political underbelly of the Church is being exposed as “collegiality” begins to disintegrate. Sides are being taken. Moral “high ground” is being staked out. Laymen are casting stones.
Words are powerful. So powerful, that Jesus is identified as “the Word made flesh.” I’m going to speak more in the days ahead about the power of judgments, which are tearing at the very seams of peace today. Watch out, brothers and sisters! Satan is setting the traps of division as we speak to destroy your marriages, families, and nations.
We need to pray more, speak less. For we have entered the vigil of the Day of the Lord. It is time to watch and pray. Speak less. But what of the controversy engulfing the Church?
The last thing we should do is panic, become depressed, or cave into despair. Remember what Jesus said to the Apostles as the waves crashed over their barque: “Why are you terrified? Do you not yet have faith?” (Mark 4:37-40) The Church is not finished, even though she will come to resemble Christ in the tomb. As Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Benedict) said at the turn of the new millennium, we…
Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 25- “On the destroyer of the passions, most sublime humility”
10. He who has been united with humility as his bride is above all gentle, kind, easily moved to compunction, sympathetic, calm, bright, compliant, inoffensive, vigilant, not indolent and free from passion; for the Lord remembered us in our humility, and redeemed us from our enemies (Ps 135: 23-24), and our passions and impurities.