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JESUS: "And if he will not hear the church, let him be to thee as the heathen and publican." (Matthew 18:17)
THE SPIRIT OF GOD VERSUS THE SPIRIT OF THE ANTICHRIST
"This is how you can know the Spirit of God: every spirit that acknowledges JESUS CHRIST came in the flesh belongs to GOD, and every spirit that does not acknowledge JESUS CHRIST does not belong to to GOD. This is the spirit of the antichrist who, as you have heard, is to come, but in fact is already in the world.
You belong to GOD, children, and you have conquered them, for the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. They belong to the world: accordingly, their teachings belongs to the world, and the world listens to them.
We belong to GOD, and anyone who knows GOD listens to us, while anyone who does not belong to GOD refuses to hear us. This is how we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of deceit." (1 John 4: 2-6)
JESUS said to him, "I am the WAY, and the TRUTH, and the LIFE; no one comes to the FATHER, but by me." (John 14:6)
"And they shed INNOCENT BLOOD; the blood of their SONS and
OF THEIR DAUGHTERS... And the land was POLLUTED WITH BLOOD...And the Lord was EXCEEDINGLY ANGRY with his people" (Psalms 105: 38-40).
"Woe to you that call evil good, and good evil: that put darkness for light, and light for darkness: that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter." Isaias (Isaiah) 5:20
The taking of human life is expressly forbidden. Jesus elaborates on this commandment in the Sermon on the Mount, revealing that the sin of murder begins in the heart (Matt. 5:21-22).
"A Catholic would be guilty of FORMAL COOPERATION IN EVIL, and so unworthy to present himself for Holy Communion, if he were to deliberately vote for a candidate precisely because of the candidate’s permissive stand on abortion and/or euthanasia."
---Cardinal Ratzinger on Worthiness to receive Holy Communion
COMMENTARY: It is impossible for a voter to separate his vote based on issues. When you vote for a politician, you are voting for ALL his beliefs and political actions. Therefore, if he approves of abortion, you are approving of abortion by voting for him. It is far better to pray, let the Hand of Almighty God decide the outcome, and not vote at all if you do not agree with either political party's candidate. It is God who rewards the Just, and punishes the guilty.
We must first strive to be a good Christian, rather than striving to be a "good American." It also must never be viewed as selecting the lessor of two evils. Evil is evil, and voting for someone whom you believe is the lessor of two evils makes you an accomplice or cooperating with EVIL.
Vincent T. Bemowski - Website Editor
HOLY WEEK REMEMBRANCES
"What is this day called? The day is called both "Palm Sunday" and "Passion Sunday." The first name comes from the fact that it commemorates Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem, when the crowd had palm branches (John 12:13).
"Holy Week History, Information, Prayers, Resources, Traditions... Holy Week is the last week of Lent before Easter, beginning on Palm Sunday and ending on Holy Saturday. In an older nomenclature, Holy Week is the second Sunday of Passiontide (Passiontide begins on the fifth Sunday of Lent). Holy Week is the part of the Church Year where Jesus' final moments are commemorated. The final three days of Holy week are part of the Paschal Triduum.
"A cancer-stricken woman was given no hope of recovery, but a friend gave her a rosary. For three months she recited the “Our Father” and “Hail Mary” prayers. Upon returning to her doctor, she was found cancer-free. The physician was astonished."
"According to Matthew 21:10-17, Mark 11:15-17, and Luke 19:45-46, Jesus returns to Jerusalem today. Seeing shameful practices in the Temple area, He cleanses it. The Gospels also recount His weeping over Jerusalem and His cursing of the fig tree. Matthew and Mark relate that He returned to Bethany that night."
"Jesus likely arises early, as did all the ancients. Days both ended and started early, at dusk and dawn, prior to the advent of electric lighting. They leave Bethany and head back to Jerusalem. Perhaps a few converts can be made before the transcendent events of the Passion begin."
"THE CHIEF PRIESTS and the Ancients of the people are met today, in one of the rooms adjoining the Temple, for the purpose of deliberating on the best means of putting Jesus to death."
"Jesus knows that His hour has come; this will be His last meal. Judas has already conspired and been paid to hand Him over. Scripture says, Before the feast of Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come. He always loved those who were his own, and now he would show them the depths of his love. The devil had already induced Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot, to hand him over (John 13:1). Thus in the gathering storm Jesus plans His last meal, which will also be the first Holy Mass."
"Jesus told the crowd that the Eucharist is “food that endures for eternal life” (Jn 6:27).
Jesus himself is the Bread of Life (Jn 6:35, 48), the bread that came down from heaven (Jn 6:41,51).
Jesus further explained, “My flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink” (Jn 6:55), and that “whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life (Jn 6:54)."
"If he gives his life as an offering for sin, he shall see his descendants in a long life, and the will of the LORD shall be accomplished through him.
Because of his affliction he shall see the light in fullness of days; through his suffering, my servant shall justify many, and their guilt he shall bear. Therefore I will give him his portion among the great, and he shall divide the spoils with the mighty, because he surrendered himself to death and was counted among the wicked; and he shall take away the sins of many, and win pardon for their offenses."
"A crossroads is a call to change: from where we’ve been to where we’re going; from what we’re leaving behind to what we’re striving for; from whom we are to who we’re becoming."
"The Mother of Christ is given into the care of the Beloved Disciple. On the surface, it seems that Jesus is merely ensuring His Mother’s well-being after His death. A closer look, however, suggests that the disciple is the one who is really being cared for."
REASONS FOR CHRIST'S DESCENT INTO HELL
"There are four reasons why Christ together with His soul descended into hell. First, He wished to take upon Himself the entire punishment for our sin, and thus atone for its entire guilt. The punishment for the sin of man was not alone death of the body, but there was also a punishment of the soul, since the soul had its share in sin; and it was punished by being deprived of the beatific vision; and as yet no atonement had been offered whereby this punishment would be taken away. Therefore, before the coming of Christ all men, even the holy fathers after their death, descended into hell. Accordingly in order to take upon."
"The second reading from the Office of Readings for Holy Saturday is taken from an ancient homily on Christ’s descent into hell. It begins: “Something strange is happening—there is a great silence on earth today, a great silence and stillness. The whole earth keeps silence because the King is asleep.” The King fell asleep when His soul was separated from His body on Good Friday afternoon. He remained asleep until His soul reanimated His body on Easter morning. But during the silence and stillness of the King’s sleep, He harrowed hell."
EASTER - THE FEAST - "Easter is the principal feast of the ecclesiastical year. Leo I (Sermo xlvii in Exodum) calls it the greatest feast (festum festorum), and says that Christmas is celebrated only in preparation for Easter."
"This Easter take a moment to pause and consider the GOOD NEWS that death and sin were conquered by the very real Jesus who will soon return - just as He
promised. Lost and fallen mankind, in collusion with a bunch of social clubs masquerading as churches, have allowed Easter bunnies, eggs and candies to overshadow the real reason real Christians are real happy about what happened at the Resurrection. All the unstoppable hatred and insane madness happening around us today are rapidly bringing this world to a close - just as the Jewish carpenter and Savior, Jesus, said that it would. (Matthew chapter 24, etc.) Say a prayer in your heart, and ask Jesus to be in you, forgive you, and to show you the real meaning and celebration of Easter."
"Taken from THE PASSION AND DEATH OF JESUS CHRIST, Redemptorist Fathers, 1927 with Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur."
"From the descent of Christ to hell we may learn, for our instruction, four things..."
"Of all the religions of the world, only Christianity claims an empty tomb for its founder. The physical resurrection of Jesus is the cornerstone of Christianity."
"This link between Good Friday and the Church is woven throughout our Christian tradition. St. Augustine wrote, “There it was that the gate of life was opened, from there the sacraments of the Church flow; without these one does not enter true life.”
"The suffering was far more than most imagine — so severe even before He reached Calvary, she (Anne Catherine Emmerich) says, that only supernatural ministering kept Him from expiring previous to making His way to the Cross."
Commentary: The immense sufferings of JESUS cannot be explained in words. The sins of mankind since Adam to the very last man on earth He took upon Himself to redeem us and reconcile us to the Father. We, however, having knowledge of His great sufferings should not add to them any more than we already have. We must re-establish our relationship with Our Savior and make every effort to keep a good relationship with JESUS through frequent Confessions, the Holy Rosary, and receiving Him through the Eucharist at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass as often as possible. vtb
"In her book called The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ, mystic Anne Catherine Emmerich asserted that what Jesus suffered at Gethsemane, in the famous instance the night before His Crucifixion, was far greater than what’s described in Scripture — that beyond mere anticipation of His own death, the Lord was forced to enter into fierce spiritual combat with the devil."
Commentary: Satan is always at work trying to tempt us to do things that cause us to sin. If those sins are very serious and we are indifferent to changing our life and confessing them, we could lose our soul and spend eternity in Hell. Not a very pleasant thought, but something we should be thinking about from time to time. vtb
"One "very, very clear vision of Him was quite breathtaking," recalls the retired nurse. "All of a sudden there are these three beings behind me. And all of a sudden JESUS appeared before me, walked right in front of me, raised His thumb -- there was Blood on it -- and blessed me with it. He placed a mantle on me and gave me a shepherd's staff and He said, 'Becki, you are mine.'"
“Notice how each hand holds up the other,” Jaybird told us. Then, dropping one hand, he continued. “Without the support of the other hand, this hand tires and falls.” He let the remaining hand go limp. “Now the hands are apart, unable to depend upon each other for support.” He brought his hands together once again. “This is what JESUS does for you every day. He holds you up.”
"According to (Saint) Jerome, in his commentary on Matthew 27:33, someone explained “the place of Calvary” as being the place where Adam was buried; and that it was so called because the skull of the first man was buried there. A pleasing interpretation indeed, and one suited to catch the ear of the people, but, still, not the true one."
Commentary: Actually, Jerome is correct. The skull of Adam is beneath the Cross where JESUS was crucified according to Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich (as some believe), and this makes a great deal of spiritual sense. vtb
"The Feast of Mercy is an annual celebration, (weekend after Easter) which, as Jesus revealed, also has the promise of the total forgiveness of sins and punishment. Our Lord Jesus said,
'The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain the complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. On that day all the divine floodgates through which graces flow are opened.'"
THE DIVINE MERCY - "This message and devotion to Jesus as The Divine Mercy is based on the writings of Saint Faustina Kowalska, an uneducated Polish nun who, in obedience to her spiritual director, wrote a diary of about 600 pages recording the revelations she received about God's Mercy." DIVINE MERCY NOVENA - "Jesus further asked that this Feast of the Divine Mercy be preceded by a Novena of Chaplets to the Divine Mercy which would begin on Good Friday. Say one chaplet each day following the novena intention. In her diary, St. Faustina wrote that Jesus told her:"
"On each day of the novena you will bring to My Heart a different group of souls and you will immerse them in this ocean of My mercy... On each day you will beg My Father, on the strength of My passion, for the graces for these souls. By this novena I will grant every possible grace to souls." (Diary 1209, 796)
"Briefly, here are the other main differences between the "special graces" promised by Jesus for Divine Mercy Sunday, and the plenary indulgence offered by the Church for special devotions to The Divine Mercy on Mercy Sunday:
1) The special graces that our Lord promised for Mercy Sunday come solely through the reception of Holy Communion on that day, in a state of grace, with trust in The Divine Mercy. Any plenary indulgence granted by the Church, on the other hand, involves the fulfillment of a number of conditions, including prayer for the pope's intentions, confession and Holy Eucharist, and the carrying out of the special indulgenced work (in this case: participating in public devotions to The Divine Mercy on Mercy Sunday itself).
2) The special graces promised by our Lord for Mercy Sunday can be received by a soul in a state of grace, but with imperfect love for God, and imperfect contrition for sin—as long as the soul merely trusts in the Mercy of God, and clings to Him because of His promised benefits.
A plenary indulgence, however, can only be obtained through the performance of an indulgenced work as an expression of pure love for God. If the intentions of one's indulgenced work are not pure (say, the work is done in part out of fear of hell or purgatory, and loathing for oneself — or the desire to impress one's friends and relatives! — rather than purely out of love for God) then the indulgence obtained will be only partial, not plenary."
"The Power of the Mass is for you! It is the sacrifice of sacrifices, because it is the sacrifice of God for us."
"WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH OF EXHORTATIONS TO BE SILENT. CRY OUT WITH A HUNDRED THOUSAND TONGUES. I SEE THAT THE WORLD IS ROTTEN BECAUSE OF SILENCE." -
---ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA -
“Who is going to save our Church? Do not look to the priests. Do not look to the bishops. It’s up to you, the laity, to remind our priests to be priests and our bishops to be bishops.”
--- Archbishop Fulton Sheen
THE VISION OF ST. BRIDGET OF SWEDEN
St. Bridget of Sweden had a vision of Pope Gregory XI standing before Christ in judgment that she then communicated to him (February, 1373):
"Rise up manfully, put on thy strength, and begin to renovate My Church which I acquired with My own Blood .... If thou dost not obey My Will, I will cast thee down from the Court of Heaven, and all the devils of hell shall divide thy soul, and for benediction thou shalt be filled with malediction -- eternally.... If thou dost obey me in this way, I will be merciful to thee, and will bless thee, and will clothe thee with Myself, so that thou wilt be in Me and I in thee, and thou shalt possess eternal glory."
"I have seen scandal come from Pope Francis’ actions too many times and it hurts me to see Holy Mother Church in the state it is today, divided, broken and bleeding, and I will be open about that with people because I believe it is important to talk about. But as much as I dislike Pope Francis, I still pray for him for the sake of our Church and I hope you will, too."
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR THOSE WHO TRULY LOVE GOD & HIS CHURCH
"The sufferings which she accepted upon herself lessened the pains of others, including souls in purgatory, and helped bring about conversions."
Luisa is given the GIFT OF THE DIVINE WILL
On November 22, 1900, the Lord makes known to Luisa that He wants to give her an extraordinary gift: THE GIFT OF THE DIVINE WILL. This particular grace which God gives to the creature from Himself constitutes a special and free gift. Except for the Blessed Virgin Mary, Luisa is to be the first to receive this grace, but God desires that it must be extended to ALL OF HUMANITY who desire to accept this new event of grace."
XIII, December 5, 1921:
“The work is already done. There is nothing left except to make it known, so that, not only you, but also others may take part in these great blessings.”
XXXIII, March 4, 1934:
“It behooves you to know that acts done in My Will form the pathways that will serve to admit souls to live in My Will, and they are so very necessary that if heroic souls do not first come forth in order to live in it and form the principal pathways of its kingdom, the generations, not finding those pathways, will not know what to do to enter into My Will. Do you see how necessary these pathways are!”
XIV, August 23, 1922:
“I told you many times that the mission of calling a soul to live in My Will is the greatest one; it is the highest and most sublime call. There is no other call that can match it”!!!
COMMENTARY: Living in the Divine Will is the highest spiritual state you can achieve. It is given to very, very few souls, our Blessed Mother being among them. To read what was revealed to Luisa is to be enlightened and very beneficial to your spiritual journey in your efforts to obtain that spiritual state. vtb
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"This volume is a clear study and report of actions/revelations from Christ to Luisa Picaretta, and Italian mystic who spent most of her life in bed. The book's title gives you a clear and exact report of her conversations with Christ and these are contained in over 30 volumes.
"Fr. Iannuzzi wrote his dissertation on the writings of Servant of the Lord, Luisa Piccarreta. Her messages from the Lord and the Blessed Mother, which have been approved by the Church, are ones for all mankind.
"Who is Bl. Anne Catherine and what is to be found in her contemplations of JESUS' life? Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich (8 September 1774 – 9 February 1824) was a Roman Catholic Augustinian nun, stigmatic, mystic, visionary and ecstatic...many people find these books of Anne Catherine's visions to be a quite worthwhile source for further reflection upon the Bible and the life of Jesus Christ."
THE GREATEST VISIONARY IN THE HISTORY OF THE CHURCH
Anne Catherine Emmerich was told by Our Lord that her gift of seeing the past, present, and future in mystic vision was greater than that possessed by anyone else in history.
ADVICE FROM THE HOLY BIBLE TO HELP US THROUGH OUR SPIRITUAL JOURNEY
"Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with thy whole strength."
"And all the days of thy life have God in thy mind: and take heed thou never consent to sin, nor transgress the commandments of the Lord our God."
[Tobias (Tobit) 4:6]
"Let nothing hinder thee from praying always, and be not afraid to be justified even to death: for the reward of God continueth for ever."
"Behold I command thee, take courage, and be strong. Fear not and be not dismayed: because the Lord thy God is with thee in all things whatsoever thou shalt go."
[Josue (Joshua) 1:9]
OTHER SPIRITUALLY IMPORTANT TOPICS
THREE DAYS OF DARKNESS - PROPHECIES -
COMMENTARY: There are a number of websites promoting or dismissing the Three Days of Darkness. Therefore your prayerful discernment is required. However, this website contains a good amount of truth regarding Catholic beliefs on a number of issues. It is also good to remember (although some doubt he actually said this, but it certainly makes sense) what Pope Urban VIII has reportedly said. (Of course, a decision regarding the Three Days of Darkness must be made before it actually happens, otherwise it would be too late):
"In cases which concern private revelations, it is better to believe than not to believe, for, if you believe, and it is proven true, you will be happy that you have believed, because our Holy Mother asked it. If you believe, and it should be proven false, you will receive all blessings as if it had been true, because you believed it to be true." vtb
FROM THE SACRED SCRIPTURES
"I will yet pour out doctrine as prophecy, and will leave it to them that seek wisdom, and will not cease to instruct their offspring even to the holy age. See ye that I have not laboured for myself only, but for all that seek out the truth."
(Ecclesiasticus, speaking of Wisdom: 24:46-47)
U.S. DEMOCRATIC PARTY GUILTY OF MASS MURDER
Although there are a few in the Republican Party, the U.S. Democratic Party is mostly made up of politicians who believe you have the “right to kill” unborn Americans in the womb. They have consistently blocked the Republican Party’s attempts to add a Human Life Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would protect innocent unborn human beings from being sentenced to a “death penalty” & slaughtered, torn apart, & butchered in the womb.
For many years spiritually insane actions by Democratic politicians have resulted in the deaths of almost 4,000 human beings EVERY DAY. Millions upon millions have died at their hands. These mass murderers must be removed from office. Do not participate in the brutal murders of the innocent unborn by voting for these inhuman hypocrites. vtb
EVIDENCE FROM THE SACRED SCRIPTURES
"Let HER not be as one DEAD, and as an ABORTIVE that is cast forth from the MOTHER'S WOMB"(Numbers 12:12).
"The most High hath SANCTIFIED HIS OWN TABERNACLE"(Psalm 45:5).(God made holy the womb of Mary because He (Jesus) would live within her womb for nine months).
"And they shed INNOCENT BLOOD; the blood of their SONS AND OF THEIR DAUGHTERS... And the land was POLLUTED WITH BLOOD...And the Lord was EXCEEDINGLY ANGRY with his people" (Psalms 105:38-40).
"And now saith the Lord, that FORMED ME FROM THE WOMB to be his servant..." (Isaias 49:5).
"BEFORE thou camest forth out of the womb, I SANCTIFIED thee, and made thee a prophet unto the nations"(Jeremias 1:5).
“Now the generation of CHRIST was in this wise. When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, (before they were married) she was found WITH CHILD OF THE HOLY GHOST... Behold a virgin shall be WITH CHILD and bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us” (Matthew 1:18,23).
“Behold thou shalt CONCEIVE IN THY WOMB, and shalt bring forth a son; and thou shalt call his name JESUS. And behold thy cousin Elizabeth, she also hath CONCEIVED A SON in her old age; and this is the SIXTH MONTH with her... And it came to pass, that when Elizabeth heard the salutation of MARY, the INFANT LEAPED IN HER WOMB. And she cried out with a loud voice, and said: Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the FRUIT OF THY WOMB. And whence is this to me, that the MOTHER OF MY LORD should come to me? Because he hath regarded the humility of his handmaid, for behold from henceforth all generations SHALL CALL ME BLESSED” (Luke 1:31,36,41-43,48).
“And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David... To be enrolled with Mary his espoused wife, who was WITH CHILD” (Luke 2:4-5).
The taking of human life is expressly forbidden. Jesus elaborates on this commandment in the Sermon on the Mount, revealing that the sin of murder begins in the heart (Matt. 5:21-22).
"She wrote in her Diary on March 1942: “The Virgin Mary appeared to me with tears in her eyes. I approached her and said, ‘Why are you crying?’ ‘I am crying because I cannot appease the anger of my Son against the human race. If men don’t do penance, the war will not end and much blood will be spilled. My daughter, immodest fashions and dishonesty have enraged God. Pray and do penance. Pray the Rosary frequently. It is the only powerful weapon to attract the blessings."
TRIBUTES TO OUR BRAVE, FALLEN SOLDIERS
"History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid."
---Dwight D. Eisenhower - Soldier, General of the Army, U.S. President-Elect (1952 & 1956)
ADDITIONAL HELPFUL LINKS
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