The Importance of Good Example: SS Philip and James (Apostles)

Originally posted on Catholicism Pure & Simple:
In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:16) St Paul said in Galatians 2:20: “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who…

This is all so true and as I see it humility is mandatory for any human being to be worthy of God’s grace; after all He lowed himself from the position and authority of God the Creator of all things seen or unseen; down to here in this fallen world of corruption with its overwhelming sin to save us, through His only Son our Lord Savior and Redeemer Jesus The Christ! In so doing He became one of us to suffer for all of our dirty filthy sins and evils that many people partake of, taking our punishment! If he was willing to do that showing the world such vast infinite love that He offers to us; I think we should be willing to crawl on our faces if required to prove our genuine heartfelt humility!

Accept and receive His most precious gift of Himself the Redemption and New Everlasting Covenant; that He gave Himself his way as the mandatory sacrifice in order to allow us through the Gate to Heaven and be in God’s holy presence!

This reminded me of a book a fellow worker who had studied to be a priest that he gave to me a short time before I had a catastrophic injury and subsequent long road to recovery; from which I will share a few excerpts here with you. It helped me and I’m sure it will help you too!

The Imitation of Christ is a Christian devotional book by Thomas à Kempis, first composed in Latin ca. 1418–1427. It is a handbook for spiritual life arising from the Devotio Moderna movement, of which Kempis was a member.

The Imitation of Christ (De Imitatione Christi), first published in 1418 by the German-Dutch monk and scribe, Thomas Hemerken of Kempen, better known as Thomas à Kempis (1380 – 25 July 1471).

“If God were our one and only desire we would not be so easily upset when our opinions do not find outside acceptance.” ― Thomas à Kempis, The Imitation of Christ

“But he who would fully and feelingly understand the words of Christ must study to make his whole life conformable to that of Christ. What doth it avail thee to discourse profoundly of the Trinity if thou be void of humility, and consequently, displeasing to the Trinity? In truth sublime words not make a man holy and just: but a virtuous life maketh him dear to God.”

“Vanity of vanities and all is vanity.” Eccles 1. 2. “Except to love God and serve Him alone. This is the highest wisdom, by despising the world to tend to heavenly kingdoms.”

Often remember that proverb: “the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor is the ear filled with hearing.” Eccles 1. 8.

“Study, therefore, to withdraw thy heart from the love of visible things and to turn thyself to things invisible.” My Imitation of Christ.

God bless you.
Brother in Christ Jesus,
Lawrence Morra III

Post Script

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

I think this other most recent blog does correlate well here, so I provide the link for you convenience!  Thank you.

https://lawrencemorra.com/2021/05/02/fight-the-good-fight/

Catholicism Pure & Simple

In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:16)

St Paul said in Galatians 2:20: “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. (Ephesians 5: 1-2)

What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one…

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Federal Government Caught Buying ‘Fresh’ Flesh Of Aborted Babies Who Could Have Survived As Preemies

Originally posted on NarrowPathMinistries:
Americans should be outraged their government participates in the wide-scale human trafficking operation that created a market for harvesting the organs of murdered infants. April 15, 2021 By?Edie Heipel This article contains disturbing information about human dismemberment. Last week, legal accountability group Judicial Watch dropped a bombshell: a nearly 600-page?report?proving the…

There is no doubt about it that I’ll have to repeat myself continually until I’m cold and stiff in the ground! This is enough reason in itself to know why God has abandoned America which is a sham and joke of a Nation now full of and seething with evil! Why else do you think God ALLOWED the two Monster Puppets to be at the head end of the US Government? It’s not a Nation under God any longer this instead once greatest nation; which is now under the tutelage and directives of Satan himself! I don’t like having to speak so plain and sickening but your government Of the People, By the People and For the People is NO MORE! I must add it still is the better place to be, so thank God you are here instead of say; over in China, Russia or numerous smaller dictatorial nations; but America is in the running for making a hell on earth just the same!

“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration to “humanize” mice and test biologic drugs in scientific experiments came from babies up to 24-weeks-old gestation, just weeks from being born.” Do all of you see what absolute evil is running this country now? What the hell kind of people if we should even call them that would mess with murdered human babies bodies and play let’s make human mice? What the hell is going on that this shit hasn’t been shut down long before now?  Morality is almost nonexistent in people!  We have slaves of Satan working in our government, hospitals, schools, churches and maybe right in your place of employment! It’s a long established bit of info that the Clinton’s eat them as many Satanists do! A man I was acquainted with who worked with the federal government and other foreign nations, even backed up these ideas, he having worked in high levels of security, and he isn’t a person that can be contacted in any typical channel or mode of communication to the public now; having gone totally incognito!  That say’s something big!

Now hear this; Judicial Watch is one of the very few good reasons that God hasn’t stepped in YET to obliterate America and the entire human race! Judicial Watch and it’s members are fighting the Good Fight, they’re heroes; and any of you are just as capable in some small way to do the same and you should; as a matter of fact you better, because you eternal peace may depend on how solidly you stand upon what is good and righteous!  Stop playing computer game nonsense or schmoozing on what is becoming a giant invisible Arachnid’s World Wide Web getting your damn likes you jackasses, while all of this evil is erupting all around us; and will swallow you whole if you let it! Get off your asses and do the good you can do wherever you can; while you pray your heart out to the Lord! Try it, those of you who don’t; really get on your knees and pray; not such a hard thing to do, but, so many don’t bother; yet look at all the hypocrites that take a knee for BLM, who the hell are they but radical dirt bags, one of its founders just bought 4 homes each worth millions; but taking a knee for them or some nonsense at a football game is so easy; are these self-righteous clowns taking knees all day over these babies? Nah, too busy snagging some trim playing the ladies after the big game, many do love their groupies, and I know I was a pro photog at sport events and saw later what goes down! Do you hear me? Wake Up!!! Your warnings are being provided and time is running out! Worship and adore these Martyrs not these clowns!

There will be a nuclear strike and the world will never recover or be the same; it is coming because Satan wants it, just like all the evil doers on earth want to bring on the Mahdi and Armageddon! And God is allowing these things to unfold because that is how dense, lazy, arrogant and asleep to the truth many of us humans are; so it takes things getting to their worst in order for those final souls who will awaken; to do so!

Revelation 9 “Then the fifth angel sounded: And I saw a star fallen from heaven to the earth. To him was given the key to the [a]bottomless pit. 2 And he opened the bottomless pit, and smoke arose out of the pit like the smoke of a great furnace. So the sun and the air were darkened because of the smoke of the pit. 3 Then out of the smoke locusts came upon the earth. And to them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.”

I’m sorry for being angry and basically shouting at everyone; but, I’m glad I feel this rage rather than being another apathetic moron going along my simple stupid dip-shit path; thanks to God I can see this and most importantly in my heart I care too much!

Think about these words I quote here: “Until demanded otherwise, our society is complicit in the unchecked abuse and commodification of preborn children. Moral urgency is incumbent on us to condemn these atrocities sanctioned by the federal government’s lead medical researchers and fight to stop them. We may lose more battles before we win, but we cannot say we never knew.”
Truth here folks, this is all of us; it’s called “guilt by association” being a member of his wicked human race and the culpability is dripping from our bodies!

God wants to see and know for sure where you stand in all of this, so don’t hesitate to let Him know, be brave and show your full humanity to Jesus by acting in accordance with the Father’s will through and in the name of sweet Jesus; that was why God made the New and Everlasting Covenant the Salvation of Human Souls through Humanity, becoming one of us; because He loves us so much! Pay it forward “Now” by showing all of your love and humanity to Him and these little martyrs, “who are calling out to the world with Jesus;” to save us! God bless Edie Heipel…

God help us, and, forgive all of us; because we are caught up in a sick, evil world possessed by the evil one, that will never change its ways! We need to be taken from it, as soon as you will be so gracious to do so. I ask this in the name of our Dear Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

God bless you.

Brother in Christ Jesus,
Lawrence Morra III

https://lawrencemorra.com/2020/06/23/vile-arrogant-contempt-for-authority-and-obedience-this-is-all-hypocrisy-and-lies/

https://lawrencemorra.com/2020/06/22/the-hearts-of-5-mnth-old-live-foetuses-removed-without-anaesthestic-for-cv-research-where-is-the-outrage-an-md-asks/

https://lawrencemorra.com/2019/04/11/massecre-of-innocence/

https://lawrencemorra.com/2021/02/20/babies-were-aborted-alive-placed-in-fridge-to-harvest-cell-lines-used-in-some-vaccines-researcher/

https://lawrencemorra.com/2021/04/16/then-the-fifth-angel-sounded-and-i-saw-a-star-fallen-from-heaven-to-the-earth/

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Federal Government Caught Buying ‘Fresh’ Flesh Of Aborted Babies Who Could Have Survived As Preemies

Americans should be outraged their government participates in the wide-scale human trafficking operation that created a market for harvesting the organs of murdered infants.

April 15, 2021 ByEdie Heipel

This article contains disturbing information about human dismemberment.

Last week, legal accountability group Judicial Watch dropped a bombshell: a nearly 600-pagereportproving the U.S. government has been buying and trafficking “fresh” aborted baby body parts. These body parts, purchased by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to “humanize” mice and test biologic drugs in scientific experiments, came from babies up to 24-weeks-old gestation, just weeks from being born.

While Americans may be used to hearing pro-lifers beat the warning drum onabortion groupsharvesting baby bodies and selling them for research, (who hasn’t heard of thelawsuitagainst David Daleiden, who exposed Planned Parenthoodhagglingover baby lungs and livers at dinner parties?) this time, the U.S. government was the one…

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The Promise of Jesus’ Resurrection

Originally posted on Mission of Salvation:
My new paradise will become the world without end – as foretold 2014.04.17   21:00 My dearly beloved daughter, My resurrection from the dead happened for a reason. It did not take place simply to prove My Divinity to those who did not accept who I was. Up to that time,…

“Thy Kingdom Come”
The signs are so evident and clear for those that wish to see! Only open your eyes and look at this more than troubled world, this falling world, and you see its now apparent limitations mounting up to a dead end! The parameters of maintaining the success of the whole of it, its populations, ecosystems, life sustaining raw materials and even the means of keeping it all, is an exercise in futility! Its fundamental essence intact being unattainable, is too obvious to ignore as now even the battle ensues by those that desecrate and attack the word of God and His Church; which is the sign that clearly spells out the end of this world is fast approaching, as men once again as in ancient times in massive numbers reject God, even defile and put themselves above Him!

It’s all too obvious to me that time is running out quickly for all of us and this is the time to not falter but hold fast your faith in Him, it’s so obvious that there is nothing else that can be trusted to provide comfort and security from what is coming to this world; as the most powerful among us try to hoard or consolidate all the earthly riches they can, thinking that will protect them or give them some measure of longevity they prove themselves the jokers in the deck; as they mock themselves in spades the biggest losers; as they separate and move furthest away from God’s Church to join the condemned and damned of this passing world!

Look and see, then decide quickly, where you stand while you can; because the time is at hand. Thanks to God in the highest, He who gives to all abundantly, but He only takes His own with Him into the “New and Everlasting Kingdom Come.” Amen.
Brother in Christ Jesus,
Lawrence Morra III

Mission of Salvation

My new paradise will become the world without end – as foretold

2014.04.17   21:00

My dearly beloved daughter, My resurrection from the dead happened for a reason. It did not take place simply to prove My Divinity to those who did not accept who I was. Up to that time, souls who died could not enter heaven. They had to wait.

But, no sooner had My resurrection taken place, than they were given new life in My kingdom. My resurrection brought eternal life for souls and death, therefore, would no longer have a hold over the human race. My resurrection will be truly evident at My Second Coming, for then all those souls, who died in me and for me, will also be raised from the dead and be given eternal life.

They will rise in body and soul, in perfect union with the will of God and they will live in…

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The Lord Has Truly Risen, Alleluia!

Amen!
Glory, Glory Alleluia!
Praise the Lord Jesus Christ and give our thanks to Him our Savior!
Thanks to the Father, Son and Holy Ghost; the Holy Trinity.
Thank you Jesus and Father in heaven for pouring out unto us all your mercy and love to save us giving this hope above all things seen and unseen;
of Salvation!
Amen! Alleluia!

Brother in Christ Jesus,
Lawrence Morra III

EASTER SUNDAY

“The Lord has truly risen, Alleluia!”

“The Lord calls all those He has redeemed to sing a hymn of victory.” (St Athanasius).

Psalm 99

Cry out with joy to the Lord, all the earth.

Serve the Lord with gladness.

Come before Him, singing for joy.

Know that He, the Lord, is God.”

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The Resurrection of Christ by Jacopo Tintoretto – 1565

EASTER SUNDAY

“The Lord has truly risen, Alleluia!“

“The Lord calls all those He has redeemed to sing a hymn of victory.” (St Athanasius).

Psalm 99

Cry out with joy to the Lord, all the earth.

Serve the Lord with gladness.

Come before Him, singing for joy.

Know that He, the Lord, is God.

He made us, we belong to Him,

We are His people, the sheep of His flock.

Go within His gates, giving thanks.

Enter His courts with songs of praise.

Give thanks to Him and bless His name.

Indeed, how good is the Lord,

Eternal His merciful love.

He is faithful from age to age.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son

And to the Holy Spirit,

As it was in the beginning,Is now, and ever shall be,

World without end.

Amen.

Christians, to the Paschal…

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Fear Not For I Am With You.

“Jesus is the One” whose death and resurrection brings “eternal life to all who believe”

Fear Not For I Am With You.

As back in the time of our Lord today in 2021 the wicked ways of the world and that serpent the Devil have shuttered and put a damper or fear into the people with the global falsehood Covid catastrophe, to turn people away from Jesus Christ and the faith and to bow to the earthly power of the government or the many elite (emperors)and swear allegiance to this earthly system, with even talk of vaccine passports with the wearing of masks to cover the face and thus the visual identity of a person; to make one insignificant and to show trust only in the great world system with its power and supposed experts!  Of course as back in the time of Jesus Christ just like those earthly powers then sought to mislead; this is all a lie to deceive and control God’s children with fear.

Secularism or materialism coupled with a culture of death is a dark scourge upon our Nations and we have to pray we can free ourselves and indeed our societies from the powerful grip it has on it; distracting so many people from seeing the plain simple truth right in their faces!  Instead many are attracted to corruptions, sin, decadence, falsehoods and outright immorality; an antichrist movement, which is the road to perdition!

God is there to help us with our earthly living and who knows better than God what all of this is about. He directs us to do the best thing if we are truly receptive to Him, and also trying our best to do the right thing.

Look and see plainly where our society is now, a place in which an entitled group of bigoted lying criminals that are untouchables and in return spawned new criminal acts using those previous examples as templates to get away with doing wrong! All those former transgressions should have been nipped in the bud and been prosecuted to the full extent of the law to conviction; Rule of Law must apply for all equally just like Due Process is a given or should be. We want innocent people not being victimized but equally we want the guilty to pay for their crimes. This is what makes a society good and worth its salt.

But now more often than not we’re in a place where the unjust or most crooked among us can be elevated to positions of great earthly authority, even a President; as has happened here in America.

Many people perhaps feeling helpless or confused and scared want to be led to a place of assurance and comfort, and they love to invest themselves into some person who comes across as sure and strong with that article of great need by so many, wisdom; insight and knowledge of the Truth!  What is the Truth and can we be sure of it when we think we have found it!  In some things we can with practical knowledge and scientific logic break things down into the component parts and get the whole picture of what makes a thing what it is or tick.

Matthew 25:21 NIV says, “His master replied, ‘Well done my good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!”

“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20).

Something Billy Graham said once rings with Truth very clearly to me.  “Humanity has always been dexterous at confusing evil with good. That was Adam and Eve’s problem, and it is our problem today. If evil were not made to appear good, there would be no such thing as temptation. It is in their close similarity that the danger lies.

Modern social righteousness often differs from the righteousness of the Bible. Someone has said: “A wrong deed is right if the majority of people declare it not to be wrong.” By this principle we can see our standards shifting from year to year according to the popular vote! Divorce was once frowned upon by society, and laws against fornication and adultery were strictly enforced. But now divorce is accepted by society, and fornication is glorified in our literature and films.” https://billygraham.org/decision-magazine/june-2012/confusing-evil-with-good/

I think genuine humility is a great thing; I think of Dismas on the cross next to Jesus and his humility was powerful to the Lord because as we know he told Dismas, “Truly I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.” Luke 23:43

Another man considered a Saint now, who has to this day a profound effect on me and so many other’s is former Pope John Paul II who was a very good man with a “humble heart” and disposition, so to me he was offering these same kind of insights and basic truths to anyone; telling us to give our hearts to Jesus Christ.

I don’t think God intended on giving enough morsels of information and truth to leave us still so hampered and blind to what we must understand to some substantial level in order to now in these most troubled times to make the mistake of giving up, or maybe never satisfied. I like you too am observing the near outright chaos happening in our country and around the planet lately seeing the shaky flimsy balance of societies, while there are those agents within that promote the same, making matters exponentially worse; how it seems likely that perhaps anarchy is right around the next corner as we travel down this road of life on earth these days. We as Christians agree that God has it all covered, but, He gives us so many blessings or opportunities to shape up and take the initiative that we should, to be “devoutly faithful” and in prayer often, so that we maintain our own path to salvation, but just as important inspire others to do the same by setting a good example as we do it; especially in this topsy-turvy time of conflict and confusion where it’s so sorely lacking.

Here is an excerpt of something I was saying in one of my recent blogs regarding Big Pharma that I believe says something fitting here.

“An antichrist entity out to subdue, control, ruin and destroy countless lives and ultimately souls.”  With this type of culture at work around the planet with absolutely secularism running rampant, promoting and being facilitated by Big Tech now every second of every day on a massive scale not promoting God or anything to do with Him, but rather, “faith in technology” as God, and “Government coupled with High Tech” being our true savior, a narrative that’s saying the ways of the world and man himself are the only thing this side of heaven that can help us and do us any good!” This imposter savior which is like the Totalitarianism we see in China and other countries!

“Humility and Trust” in the Lord, are the essential factors to weather any storm or hardship we as mere children of God may face. As He has told us, we need to keep growing in our faith; and to remember this that our Lord and Savior said.

“Be not afraid, for with thee I am, Look not around, for I am thy God, I have strengthened thee, Yea, I have helped thee, yea, I upheld thee, With the right hand of My righteousness.” Isaiah 41:10

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

Yea, He is with us always, as now to support, strengthen and guide us to everlasting victory!  We can rest assured of that, and know this world has no claim upon us, his faithful; His victory made certain of it!  And all that is unholy and not of the Father He will cast into the lake of fire when the final judgment comes; so there is truly nothing to fear, our victory has been assured and we rise up to the father with Him, our ever-loving glorious Savior Jesus Christ!  Amen.

This is what it all comes down to; “Let not your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you to Myself; that where I am, {there} you may be also. 4 And you know the way where I am going. 5 Thomas said to Him, Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way? 6 Jesus said to him, I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John14:1-6).

The death of our Lord is God’s way to heaven; it’s the only means by which we can live forever with Christ. Death, once our enemy, is defeated. Death cannot keep us from God; Christ’s death draws us to Him! Apostle Paul said, “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I am to live on in the flesh, this will mean fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which to choose. But I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better.” Philippians 1:21-23.

“Therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord–for we walk by faith, not by sight–we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 5:6-8.

Jesus encouraged His disciples and all the faithful as He assured them that His death was going to be the means by which they would be with Him forever in Paradise. His death was not the problem, it was the only solution. So the Truth is our Lord’s death did not create any problem, it actually solved the greatest problem we all face being fallen and having the stain of sin; which can only provide death.  If Jesus had not been separated from the Apostles and all of us this way, by His death for all sins, they and we would die in our sins and thusly be separated from Him forever; which is too horrible to contemplate!  Jesus’ going, His death, paid the price or ransom for men’s sins, so that we can live forever in His presence. Amen.

The disciples did not understand Jesus at the time just prior to His crucifixion, but they did after His resurrection from the dead. They then went on and preached to all who would listen that “Jesus is the One” whose death and resurrection brings “eternal life to all who believe.” They no longer feared His death, as they had previously; just as we should not fear anything now in our uncertain world; even our own death, if we have faith in Him; we know we will gain life by losing this one.  The Apostles then as we now; have received the greatest Truth!

Where, O Death, your sting? Where, O Death [[or Hades]], your victory?” 1 Corinthians 15:55

God bless you.

Brother in Christ Jesus,

Lawrence Morra III

This Shared Responsibility

“full of mercy and love for us,”

Thank you very much for this great thought on preparation for those faithful who are so devoted and humble that they do suffer during this period, just before the most beautiful and incomparable joyous gift we can ever be given; that of the Resurrection on Easter Sunday of our Sweet Lord, Savior and Redeemer Jesus Christ; who saves us also from the sting of death!

I’m a firm believer in facing reality or the music as the old adage goes!  Too many people today are trying to live like the proverbial ostrich with its head stuck in the ground to avoid facing the Truth!

Here are a group of my thoughts and ideas that apply here as they do speak to several of the events and circumstances of Holy Week leading up to Jesus Christ’s crucifixion as I have explained in several writings of mine lately.

For years now I watch the Mel Gibson film “The Passion of The Christ” which even Saint John Paul the II said at the time of its release, “that is how it was,” and I know for a fact it’s true, because God chose Mel to make that film when he did!  And every Easter I watch it alone which makes me cry or actually weep like a child throughout the entire film, I just got a woozy stomach and started to tear saying this here to you. “Peter denied Him a first time but did not shed a tear because the Lord’s gaze did not meet his.” I think for me and perhaps all humans that really care they spend their whole life practically doing what Saint Peter did, denying Jesus, even if we think we don’t because don’t forget Peter was right there living with Jesus and was His first or lead disciple; and he did!

Did crowds of people rush the captors of Jesus or riot and demand this “Good Shepherd Jesus” be set free or after his death in revulsion of what was done to Him; no, not even the Apostles sacrificed themselves to stop what had to happen, it was God’s will, because even if they wanted to stop this injustice it wasn’t their place to do so, nor could they have overpowered the legions of soldiers if they tried; so it was futile just like humanity’s ever being freed from death and oblivion; without the death of Jesus Christ!  Although some time later some of the Apostles faced a test of their faith and devotion to Jesus as did many saints and martyrs over the ages; and they would not relent, so were tortured and put to death!  The whole world and its corrupt ways produced His crucifixion and handed Him over to Pilate, whether as active participants or by default of all humans being fallen, and not being worthy to be in the presence and glory of Almighty God in His absolute perfection!

Romans 3: 10-12, “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.

12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.”

But when I watch that true to life depiction of Christ, I shudder and cry with my quilt, as I’m starting to do already again and just with the memory of the film while knowing and seeing my quilt! Oh my God!  I’m sorry!  Please forgive me for being so wrong and not appreciating every minute you have given me in this fallen world; to come to terms with my sin knowing I don’t deserve you, but yet you love me this much that you wait as long as it takes to call me home, and I follow your call to your heart of hearts! Thank you Jesus! I cry now again; because I see your endless love!

I see how Barabbas was significantly to be seen as a son of the crooked world system, or “ways of the world” while the “Holy One Jesus” was contrasting or clashing if you will with not only the false Son Barabbas but with the “ways of the world” and the whole world system. But more profound in all of this is not so much the semantics of a few words being totally and perfectly translated, but instead that here as Peter had done, when he denied Christ Jesus; the whole world system and the people of the world denied Him at that moment when Pilate washed his hands of Him as did the world with him; making us all equally guilty and carrying sin to our own graves, while He Jesus Christ had none, not even a curse word; because Jesus was not of this “crooked world” so the only Truth that can be drawn from this confrontation is that Jesus rejects the sinful world in this departure sentencing and the people that live by it instead of by the Father’s will;  because even with the smallest of sins we are all contaminated by the ways of the world and doomed as creatures of it!  And therefore the world or those people in it then and and now were doomed hands down, even if unconsciously wanting to wash their hands of “Him,” just as Pilate did; so thus they too sealed the deal of the fallen world and all in it being doomed outright; while Jesus the Lamb of God would be raised from it; pure as the driven snow! 

Because Jesus was not part of this world; he then sets in stone the direct path to the Father by He being the only being (The Savior) that could create this bridge that will allow us to cross the impossible chasm from oblivion to everlasting life and peace, by His offering to any who will believe in Him; God’s planned gift of Salvation!

This had to be the only way it could be completed, rejection going both ways then the “Resurrection”  would be in the offering until the end of the world to any who will turn to Jesus Christ as their personal Savior; as He would be absolutely and purely the only means of forgiveness of sin and the resurrection to eternal life with the Father, our Maker. Like cutting the cord, then the “testing” out of all souls began.

I have always felt that this can be readily seen in the Mel Gibson film “The Passion of The Christ” and the scene where Pilate washes his hands both literally and figuratively of the matter and basically throws Jesus to the lions in a manner of speaking and condemns himself with Barabbas and all humans; at that point dooming all of humanity!  But, His death on the cross, would now give us all the gift of resurrection with Him; if we will accept it!

So I have no problem with anything here because I visualize the event quite clearly and see the intent and significance of all actions and behavior being exactly as they “were meant to be” to clearly illustrate why and what it would mean to all humanity moving forward!

Today I see my governments leaders or politicians not any different than those Pharisees, minions and Barabbas, as many are living in a totally narcissistic pagan way while some pretend to worship God through Jesus like a Pelosi, Biden and Harris among countless others, but they really don’t, and are the true hypocrites as they worship this world and power with great wealth; in other words Satan. It really hasn’t changed because as back then so many if not all would deny Jesus at one time or another during their lives; today the same thing is happening in spades with so many living lives of luxury and decadence, usually with ill-gotten moreover gluttonous gains; the crooked ways of the world, many Barabbas’

Turning for a moment our thoughts to the traitor Judas, who desecrated the sign of friendship making it an instrument of death. His kiss of death just like many Mafioso bosses would do when a hit was put out for one of their own!

This idea does strike me as a sharp reminder of the duality of us humans, who often times break promises and vows of all kinds and backstab or betray so easily!  Or lie when it’s to our advantage, so we may think at the time even saying, a little white lie won’t hurt anyone! Heinous betrayal such as this act by Judas is most egregious but people do it every day!  Of course they don’t sentence Jesus Christ to crucifixion, or do they?  Could it be that Judas represented many of us; a piece of every one of us, because we all sold Jesus out being of this fallen nature and subject to the ways of the world and Satan’s influence; so aren’t we all responsible for His unimaginable  suffering and pain unto a horrible languishing death?

We all owe everything to God Almighty, and we could never repay Sweet Jesus on that cross at Calvary for what He had to do, in order to follow the Father’s will; who offers each and every one of us the gift to be Redeemed, making us sanctified and pure so that we can be in the presence of our Heavenly Father!

Mark 12:30, Jesus tells us that our first responsibility is to Him, “And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” This same theme is reiterated many places in the Bible (Deuteronomy 6:5, 13:3, 30:6; Matthew 22:37; Luke 10:27).

Or are we looking deeper into the heart of our simple existence here on earth to see the “profound reality” that much, much more is going on than meets the eye!  The Holy Scriptures say “Seek” and you will find, (7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” Matthew 7:7-12)

It’s getting more obvious to me as I’m sure you as we grow older that we all come up short changed or even broke, if we depend on mere temporary earthly contentment’s or pleasures to fill us; virtually an impossible fool’s errand.  But, with a caveat I say we should always try to make the best of what we have and be eternally grateful just for that, indeed our next breath is a miraculous gift; and then seek Him the Divine and Everlasting to satisfy our every dream and need in His kingdom to come!  I’m sure I’ll see you there as long as I keep trying my best, that’s all He expects of any of us!  Amen.

This is such great hope and encouragement for any of us to remember that the gate into heaven is narrow and the road to hell is wide; but, our heavenly Father who knows all things is “full of mercy and love for us,” so “there is always hope” even for the lowly criminal or worst sinner if he can see the error of his ways and repent turning his heart over to our Father in heaven in the holy name of Jesus Christ!  Our Lord Jesus Christ knows us, and “when we stand before Him there will be no fooling Him, but there will also be no denying of His own.”  That is a promise He made to us!  We should pray we are so worthy when we see Him!

God doesn’t expect us to be rocket scientists but he only expects us to see the “Plain Truth” before our eyes and what is in our hearts; so that even “the simplest of minds can understand” what He is saying to us!  I truly hope this helps you and anyone that wants to “open their heart to Christ more fully and love, worship and adore Him with all their strength.” I say cry for him, not only because of all the suffering He took for us, which does cause me to cry when I think of the Passion film or absolutely when I watch it tomorrow; but even more for the “Amazing Grace” and “Beauty” of His “Heart of Hearts” to love us the way He does!  This is making me cry now to say all this; it is the Plain Truth when we see the gift and love in our hearts and minds this way; you can’t help but “cry for Him being so beautiful and kind, to we; who are so unworthy!” Amen.

God Bless you!

Brother in Christ,

Lawrence Morra III

Dom Gueranger on the Mass of Holy Thursday and the Stripping of the Altars

“having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them unto the end”

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Mark 12:30, “And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.”

“Our thoughts turn to the traitor Judas, who, on this very day, profaned the sign of friendship by making it an instrument of death.”

This line does strike me as a sharp reminder of the duality of us humans who often times break promises and vows of all kinds!  Or lie when it’s to our advantage, so we may think at the time even saying, a little white lie won’t hurt anyone! Heinous betrayal such as this act by Judas is most egregious but people do it every day!  Of course they don’t sentence Jesus Christ to crucifixion, or do they?  Could it mean that Judas represented many of us; a piece of every one of us, because we all sold Jesus out being of this fallen nature and subject to the ways of the world and Satan’s influence; so aren’t we all responsible for His unimaginable  suffering and pain unto a horrible languishing death?

If three men go into a bank and rob it while a fourth man is outside watching from the getaway car isn’t he as guilty of bank robbery when they all get caught!

We all owe everything to God Almighty, and we could never repay Sweet Jesus on that cross at Calvary for what He had to do, in order to follow the Father’s will; who offers each and every one of us to be Redeemed, making us sanctified and pure so that we can be in the presence of our Heavenly Father!

“The Church omits, today, the sign of fraternal charity, it would too painfully remind us of sacrilegious hypocrisy.”

As now the world  and even our beloved Church is full of Hypocrisy as we have borne witness to politicians and Bergoglio joining hands in this hypocrisy, even with Islam who wants Christendom wiped off the face of the earth with Jews and all other religion too!

Did crowds of people rush the captors of Jesus or riot and demand this Good Shepherd Jesus be set free or after his death; no not even the Apostles sacrificed themselves to stop what had to happen because even if they wanted to stop this injustice it wasn’t their place to do so, nor could they have overpowered the legions of soldiers if they tried; so it was futile just like humanity’s ever being freed from death and oblivion without the death of Jesus Christ! The whole world and its corrupt ways produced His crucifixion and handed Him over to Pilate whether as active participants or by default of all humans being fallen, and not being worthy to be in the presence and glory of Almighty God in His absolute perfection!

Romans 3: 10-12, “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.

12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.”

It’s getting more obvious to me as I’m sure you as we grow older that we all come up short changed or even broke, if we depend on mere temporary earthly contentment’s or pleasures to fill us; virtually an impossible fool’s errand.  But, with a caveat I say we should always try to make the best of what we have and be eternally grateful just for that, indeed our next breath is a miraculous gift; and then seek Him the Divine and Everlasting to satisfy our every dream and need in His kingdom to come!  I’m sure I’ll see you there as long as I keep trying my best, that’s all He expects of any of us!  Amen.

Mark 12:30, Jesus tells us that our first responsibility is to Him, “And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” This same theme is reiterated many places in the Bible (Deuteronomy 6:5, 13:3, 30:6; Matthew 22:37; Luke 10:27).

So we must first and foremost ask ourselves are we willingly being deceived and led astray by the many temptations and the glitter of the fool’s gold or snares of this world?

Or are we looking deeper into the heart of our simple existence here on earth to see the profound reality that much, much more is going on than meets the eye!  The Holy Scriptures say “Seek” and you will find, (7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” Matthew 7:7-12)

You know the old adage of “get up, brush yourself off and get moving again.”  This life is a proving ground, and we all go through trials and tribulations.

Let’s reflect on this great parable Jesus gave to us!

The Prodigal Son Parable in the book of Luke 15:11-32: 11 And he said, “There was a man who had two sons. 12 And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of property that is coming to me.’ And he divided his property between them. 13 Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took a journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in reckless living.” 

Basically this younger son was so foolish and threw caution and reason to the wind wasting all that his father had given to him!  Of course in time he realized what a fool he had been and that his father’s servants were better off, so thinking he should return to his father and admit his error perhaps his father would allow  him to at least be kept as a servant, which would obviously be better than being a vagabond or beggar! 

On his journey back to his father, “still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. 21 And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son. 22 But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. 23 And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate. 24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’  And they began to celebrate.” 

Obviously this is to illustrate that our Heavenly Father who knows and understands all things holds out for us if we have run amuck or been led astray to awaken from our doing wrong because learning from a mistake and growing in wisdom is achieved if genuinely felt in the heart which to God is a most pleasing thing for any of us to achieve. as we are all fallen and none are worthy or righteous, and to rise above sin or transgression and be sincerely sorry is an act of courage and shows character! 

Remember how Jesus at Calvary told the condemned sinner and criminal on His right side as they were being crucified, “I say to you today, you will be in paradise with me!”  A despot heathen criminal who in his final opportunity saw the light and truth and showed genuine sorrow and faith to Jesus our Father and that was something Jesus would not deny being rewarded; just as the prodigal son’s father saw in his son true remorse or repentance, and how it was a blessing that he came back into the light and fold or the family! 

But, in all of this the older brother who had followed his father’s ways and fallen into line all of his adult life was shaken by all this praise heaped upon the wayward younger brother!  He was asked to join the celebration that ensued. 

“But he was angry and refused to go in.  His father came out and entreated him, 29 but he answered his father, ‘Look, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command, yet you never gave me a young goat that I might celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your property with prostitutes; you killed the fattened calf for him!’ 31 And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. 32 It was fitting to celebrate and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.’’ 

This is such great hope and encouragement for any of us to remember that the gate into heaven is narrow and the road to hell is wide; but, our heavenly Father who knows all things is full of mercy and love for us, so there is always hope even for the lowly criminal or worst sinner if he can see the error of his ways and repent turning his heart over to his Father in heaven!  Our Lord Jesus Christ knows us, and when we stand before Him there will be no fooling Him, but there will also be no denying of His own.  That is a promise He made to us!  We should pray we are so worthy when we see Him!

But, clearly the takeaway in all that I say here is that we are all lost and yet all found, because our Father in heaven knows us all better than anyone can and is always calling out to us watching from afar!

Most important is that Jesus Christ promised that those who have faith in Him and abide in His living word that He will be with us to the end and forever!  He is definitely with us and this is a “short ride;” so I often wonder how I wasted so much time!  I really have to kick myself in the behind for that one; so much more I could have done better!  But, the good news is there is, no better time than the present, today, right now; to make the biggest impact!  It’s a collective building power of faith, which can get over any mountain and make the impossible possible!  Amen to that.

God bless you.

Brother in Christ Jesus,

Lawrence Morra III

Dom Gueranger on the Mass of Holy Thursday and the Stripping of the Altars

Posted on April 1, 2021 by Catholicism Pure & Simple

Last Supper – Valentin de Boulogne (1625–26)

The Church intends, on this day, to renew, in a most solemn manner, the mystery of the Last Supper: for our Lord Himself, on this occasion of the institution of the Blessed Sacrament, said to His Apostles: Do this for a Commemoration of Me (St. Luke, xxii. 15). Let us, therefore, resume the Gospel narrative.

Jesus is in the Supper chamber, where the Paschal Lamb is to be eaten. All the Apostles are with Him; Judas is there, also, but His crime is not known to the rest. Jesus approaches the table, on which the Lamb is served. His Disciples stand around him. The ceremonies prescribed by God to Moses are religiously observed. At the beginning of the repast, Jesus speaks these words to His Apostles: With desire I have desired to eat this Pasch with you, before I suffer (St. Luke, xxii. 15). In saying this, He does not imply that the Pasch of this year is intrinsically better than those that have preceded it; but, that it is dearer to Him, inasmuch as it is to give rise to the institution of the new Pasch, which He has prepared for mankind, and which He is now going to give them as his last gift: for as St. John says, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them unto the end (St. John, xiii. 1).

[…]

The Mass of Maundy Thursday is one of the most solemn of the Year; and although the Feast of Corpus Christi is the day for the solemn honouring the mystery of the Holy Eucharist, still, the Church would have the anniversary of the Last Supper to be celebrated with all possible splendour. The colour of the vestments is white, as it is for Chrismas Day and Easter Sunday; the decorations of the Altar and Sanctuary all bespeak joy: and yet, there are several ceremonies during this Mass, which show that the holy Spouse of Christ has not forgotten the Passion of her Jesus, and that this joy is but transient. The Priest entones the Angelic Hymn, Glory be to God in the highest! and the Bells ring forth a joyous peal, which continues during the whole singing of the heavenly Canticle: but, from that moment, they remain silent, and their long silence produces, in every heart, a sentiment of holy mournfulness. But why does the Church deprive us, for so many hours, of the grand melody of these sweet bells, whose voices cheer us during the rest of the year? It is to show us, that this world lost all its melody and joy when its Saviour suffered and was crucified. Moreover, she would hereby remind us, how the Apostles, (who were the heralds of Christ, and are figured by the Bells, whose ringing summons the Faithful to the House of God,) fled from their Divine Master and left him a prey to His enemies.

The Holy Sacrifice continues as usual; but at the solemn moment of the Elevation of the Holy Host and the Chalice of Salvation, the Bell is silent, and, outside the Church, there is not given to the neighbourhood the usual signal of the descent of Jesus upon the Altar. When the time of the Holy Communion is near, the Priest does not give the Kiss of Peace to the Deacon, who, according to the Apostolic tradition, should transmit it, by the Subdeacon, to those that are about to communicate. Our thoughts turn to the traitor Judas, who, on this very day, profaned the sign of friendship by making it an instrument of death. It is out of detestation for this crime, that the Church omits, today, the sign of fraternal charity, it would too painfully remind us of sacrilegious hypocrisy.

Another rite, peculiar to today, is the Priest’s consecrating two Hosts during the Mass. One of these he receives in Communion; the other he reserves, and reverently places it in a Chalice, which he covers with a veil. The reason of this is, that, tomorrow, the Church suspends the daily Sacrifice. Such is the impression produced by the anniversary of our Saviour’s Death, that the Church dares not to renew, upon her Altars, the immolation which was then offered on Calvary: or rather, her renewal of it will be by the fixing all her thoughts on the terrible scene of that Friday Noon. The Host reserved from today’s Mass, will be her morrow’s participation. This rite is called the Mass of the Presanctified, because, in it, the Priest does not consecrate, but only receives the Host consecrated on the previous day. Formerly, as we shall explain more fully further on, the holy Sacrifice was not offered up on Holy Saturday, and yet the Mass of the Presanctified was not celebrated, as it was on the Friday.

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The Stripping of the Altars

As soon as Vespers are over, the Celebrant returns to the Sanctuary, assisted by the Deacon and Subdeacon. He goes to the altar, and takes off the cloths and ornaments. This ceremony signifies the suspension of the Holy Sacrifice. The altar should be left in this denuded state, until the daily offering can again be presented to the Divine Majesty…. He is now in the hands of his enemies.. who are about to strip him of his garments, just as we strip the Altar. He is to be exposed naked to the insults of the rabble…

(Source: New Liturgical Movement)

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Prophecies By Visionaries Who Foresaw Today’s Crisis in the Church

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Prophecies By Visionaries Who Foresaw Today’s Crisis in the Church
Posted on June 23, 2020 by kathleen

Reblog by: Lawrence Morra III

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March 29, 2021

“The Trickery of the Secular Pagan World”

Kathleen this is so fabulous and enriching; but yes get ready for an even longer comment!  A new fresh look for me at these magnificent faithful visionaries and all you had to say so perfectly all these months ago contained herein including responses to my extra-long comments; but it’s like a flood of inspiration and renewal just opened in my heart and soul today in reading all of this again, as this great article that does tie together as you say the spiritual significance, but also a timeline that should leave no doubt to the faithful and even others that we are heading into End Time. Out of all of this we gain so many gifts as for example “the vision of Pope Leo XIII in 1884 that inspired him to write the prayer for protection to St Michael Archangel”

Dear Lord; it’s as you said Kathleen, this is precisely what has happened and is continuing to possess the Catholic Church and pollute it in order to steal away as many faithful as possible and of course this is exactly what the Master of Deception and all Lies would do, and I quote your fine article; “[Satan] will set up a counterchurch which will be the ape of the [Catholic] Church … It will have all the notes and characteristics of the Church, but in reverse and emptied of its divine content.”

This is all so true and even shocking to me as laid out here which I’ve now read in this crisp and concise fashion again by your exemplary presentation of these truths! I must quote further to reiterate these great most important warnings and insights to what is now fast approaching!

“The False Church will be worldly, ecumenical, and global. It will be a loose federation of churches and religions, forming some type of global association.

A world parliament of Churches. It will be emptied of all Divine content, it will be the mystical body of the anti-christ. The Mystical Body on earth today will have its Judas Iscariot, and he will be the false prophet. Satan will recruit him from our Bishops.

The Antichrist will not be so called; otherwise he would have no followers. He will not wear red tights, nor vomit sulphur, nor carry a trident nor wave an arrowed tail as Mephistopheles in Faust. This masquerade has helped the Devil convince men that he does not exist. When no man recognizes, the more power he exercises. God has defined Himself as “I am Who am,” and the Devil as “I am who am not.”

The False church will be worldly which is along the lines of what I was professing just yesterday in your CP&S fine article regarding the “Vatican Now in Crisis Management Mode with German Bishops” Which to me clearly spoke to this very subject in its explaining how people like Bishop Bätzing who I had to say with all of his troubling rhetoric and self-anointed proclamations of his wanting  CHANGE in the Church is to me clearly tying into your bringing this fine article to the fore at this precise time!  A time which as I pointed out yesterday in the reblog essay how the youth are being molded and manipulated by the “pop culture world” with the likes of minion characters such as Cardi B who is an actual Satanic conjuring twisted person as I even found out darker things yesterday when I did a bit of research on her and the rap music she promotes with these Ways of the World that she is locked into full bore and going for broke!

I need to look a bit more into something I found but if true it is absolute proof that the End Time is now here; a site that I stumbled or was guided to I suspect was indicating how Cardi B herself has said she is demonically possessed, which I suspected already, but then why would she be flaunting such a thing if not to make it appealing to the vulnerable to get them thinking, hey it’s not so bad or even bad at all, to join the powers of darkness because look at me getting around in my chauffeur driven Rolls-Royce and making multi-millions and having an awesome rich material time girls, so go for it and be like me and join the “Real World,” not some silly Church about make believe heroes and a God that doesn’t even talk to you; join the Real World and live “The Life” like me!   Totally blurring the line between good and evil and blaspheming God!

“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20).

And again I quote “The Mystical Body on earth today will have its Judas Iscariot, and he will be the false prophet. Satan will recruit him from our Bishops.”

Dear Lord; Kathleen, look how I was so sure this Bishop Bätzing clearly representing evil at work yesterday in that article and though it’s so clear to me, this might not be important to most, but he being a German Bishop from the Church in Germany the country where in the past Adolph Hitler rose to power; a real human antichrist if we ever saw one in the sense of a predecessor of the actual one; which I just feel it’s all so evidentiary and part and parcel of what the visionaries have been telling us all along, but now unfolding in real time; as the signs are self-evident and totally revealing!

This line I quote says it so splendidly and I’m absolutely convinced this world deceiver will not appear as anything but appropriate and so much having a “worldly appeal” like some “rock star” who many people can’t get enough of, but is exactly the opposite of who and what he portrays himself to be!  Truly a wolf in a sheep’s clothing!  As a matter of fact not just online  but in public I have witnessed this phenomenon already happening when people I meet or even know from my area, if I engage in striking up conversation, which I do quite a lot, if you hadn’t already surmised that point about me; I see how many of these folks are saying things like, eh it’s all good, no worries it gets worked out, and sometimes they say, I don’t believe we go to any bad place because evil has to exist too, just so the whole puzzle fits together each piece belongs with the whole!  Dear God this process of minion conversion has begun in earnest already!

Again I quote; “His logic is simple: if there is no heaven there is no hell; if there is no hell, then there is no sin; if there is no sin, then there is no judge, and if there is no judgment then evil is good and good is evil.  But above all these descriptions, Our Lord tells us that he will be so much like Himself that he would deceive even the elect.”                                                       Why of course this is the Devil’s deal and way!  Oh isn’t that just fitting and dandy!

And here I must again quote this what I know in my heart and mind is powerful truth, “The pre-Communist Russian belief is that he will come disguised as the Great Humanitarian; he will talk peace, prosperity and plenty not as means to lead us to God, but as ends in themselves.”

Then there is this which is so absolutely profound but yet here I am just getting up to speed as it were to this Truth unfolding in real time over the last several months!

Father Michael Scanlan’s 1976 Prophecy and the Events of 2020

Posted by Judy Roberts on Tuesday Jun 23rd, 2020 at the NATIONAL CATHOLIC REGISTER.

And I quote again in amazement and with enthusiasm to share this Truth to anyone who will listen!                                                                                                “When leaders of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal heard Franciscan Father Michael Scanlan, the president of Franciscan University of Steubenville, deliver a prophecy in 1976 about a time of lawlessness and shuttered churches, no one imagined such a scenario occurring soon — or ever.

“We didn’t dismiss it, but we kind of put it to the side,” Ralph Martin said. Now, 44 years later, the message has struck home, as the seemingly extreme events it cited are happening.”

All I can say is come on people let’s get real and stop all this wasting time with foolish social media likes and praise or following the Ways of the World, and start to awaken to all of the multitude of signs and evidence being provided to us to not become lost or run amuck, so that we can remain vigilant and strong in our faith in the Lord God, and through Jesus Christ our Savior; who tells us to pay attention, remain sober and be vigilant in order to not be tricked making certain that we will remain now and forever in God’s good graces; instead of accepting the polished lies of the Devil that will pull so many into the infernal region and pits of hell.

Isn’t this most beautiful and even thrilling to realize this modern fairly new prophecy is so true, but as I quote again we can share in the Truth that is actually providing help, “There’s some real guidance in it and some real hope in it, because, obviously, the Lord knew this was going to happen 44 years ago and he wanted to prepare us.”

And then this is spelling it out, as to what we are about to face even more pronounced than what we have in the last year and how it’s an opportunity to fully awaken to the choice we all must make!

“Although the prophecy speaks forebodingly of lawlessness and churches with bars across the doors, it does so in the context of asking listeners if they are willing to depend on God alone: “Are you willing to see no law, no order, no protection for you except that which I myself will give you? … Are you willing to see no country — no country to call your own except those I give you as my body? … Are you ready to base your life only on me and not on any particular structure?”

Kathleen this world is falling away and what good will it do to cling or put hope in it, and want to grab all we can in it, like so many narcissistic leaders and celebrities are doing right now trying to have more than millions of dollars but to have billions and in the case of Bill Gates Trillions!  These people are doomed to eternal damnation for totally turning away from God’s “Glory and Love” that no material world or powers could even scratch the surface of; yet we see time and again how they hoard and grab like it’s nobody’s business!  They appear to me like insane frenzied sharks tearing apart the world to claim it for them, trying to fill themselves with a sense of longevity and lasting happiness or security!  There is even a stupid TV show Shark Tank that makes me sick to think these billionaires sit on their pedestals making more money being on the show and just cut investment deals with all kinds of wannabes to get a piece of the action; to push some other “better mouse trap” on the public to make millions more!  It’s like a glory seeking “free for all” madness has taken over many if not most of humanity and people are screwing themselves straight into the pits of hell!

Oh my God, I must quote all of this here to just start sharing these words of Truth!

“However, Martin said he considers Father Scanlan’s message to be more specific in its references to the crime and chaos that many “Americans are seeing on their streets in the wake of the death of George Floyd and in the mention of churches here and in other countries being closed because of the coronavirus.  Martin said the references in the prophecy to dependence on the institutions of schools and parishes also are significant, as dioceses across the country struggle financially.

But he said there are important lessons to be learned as Catholics and others experience the events cited in Father Scanlan’s prophecy.  He said during the coronavirus shutdown, when his parish was having online Masses, his pastor pointed out the four ways Christ is present: in the Eucharist, in the person of the priest, in the word of God and in our souls.

When the first two aren’t available, Martin said, Catholics can develop an understanding of and appreciation for the other two. “Those are important things we could learn during this time, but a lot of us haven’t learned it yet. We’re so dependent on the structures of the church building that it will be hard if those are taken away again.”

“This prophecy was given by Our Lady at Garabandal (Spain):

Many Cardinals, Bishops and Priests are on the road to perdition and taking many souls with them. Less and less importance is being given to the Eucharist.”

“This message was so shocking coming at the time of the Second Vatican Council (i.e., before the destructive changes were made), that there were many in the Church who tried to discredit the apparitions. And yet it was not long afterwards that the sex scandals by homosexual clerical infiltrators started coming to light. Together with the post-V2 liturgical changes, greatly weakened catechesis and abandonment of much of the Church’s prior pious devotions and practices, especially Marian devotion, people started to lose their Faith. This tragedy drove many to leave the Church, thus appearing to fulfill Our Lady’s warnings of the false shepherds leading their flocks astray!

We are still waiting for the promised Warning (worldwide enlightenment of consciences) and the following great Miracle that is to take place at Garabandal.”

Here when we read these words I’m quoting by Conchita González last May 19th  when she was asked for any words of advice in these most troubling times, drive to the heart of what I’ve actually been feeling throughout or during this PSYOP Plan-Demic being conducted by the NWO Totalitarian Marxist butchers of the world!

“God is detaching us from the securities of this world.  In the silence of the Church or in our house, we are now able to make an examination of conscience so we can clean what prevents us from hearing the Voice of God clearly.  With sincerity we can ask God to tell us what He wants of us today, and continue to do that every day.  And spend as much time as possible with God at church or somewhere in your home or where you find the silence. He is all we need.”

And of course I end here where your fine article ended with Conchita’s words because her statement is most fitting; being the resounding Truth!

God bless you.

Brother in Christ Jesus,

Lawrence Morra III

“they can do anything to this body and even destroy it, but my soul belongs to God!”

Thanks to my Fathers.

 

Prophecies By Visionaries Who Foresaw Today’s Crisis in the Church

There have been many chosen visionaries who over preceeding centuries have forewarned us of the great turmoil and betrayals we would suffer in the Catholic Church. Are we seeing these terrible prophecies beginning to unravell in our own times today? The purpose of those heavenly warnings given long ago was to prepare us to remain in God’s good grace, steadfast and strong in the face of a diabolical onslaught. The prophecies given by Our Lady of Good Success at Quito from 1594 to 1634 to Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres;  those at La Salette in 1846 to Melanie and Maximin;  the vision of Pope Leo XIII in 1884 that inspired him to write the prayer for protection to St Michael Archangel;  the messages and secrets from Our Lady at Fatima to Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta in 1917;  and finally, the prophetical messages in 1973 from Our Lady to Sister Agnes Katsuko Sasagawa at Akita are all well known. They are prophecies recognised as authentic by the Catholic Church, but how few of her children have heeded them!

But there have been other warnings too, other prophecies given to trustworthy members of the Church in recent times that are less well known. Can we not see how they all tie in together? Let us look at just a few of them…

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This is the horrifying prophecy of Archbishop Fulton Sheen (1895-1979) about the condition of the Church at the time of the anti-Christ:

“[Satan] will set up a counterchurch which will be the ape of the [Catholic] Church … It will have all the notes and characteristics of the Church, but in reverse and emptied of its divine content.”

We are living in the days of the Apocalypse, the last days of our era. The two great forces – the Mystical Body of Christ and the Mystical Body of the anti-Christ – are beginning to draw battle lines for the catastrophic contest.

The False prophet will have a religion without a cross. A religion without a world to come. A religion to destroy religions. There will be a counterfeit Church.

Christ’s Church the Catholic Church will be one; and the false Prophet will create the other.

The False Church will be worldly, ecumenical, and global. It will be a loose federation of churches and religions, forming some type of global association.

A world parliament of Churches. It will be emptied of all Divine content, it will be the mystical body of the anti-christ. The Mystical Body on earth today will have its Judas Iscariot, and he will be the false prophet. Satan will recruit him from our Bishops.

The Antichrist will not be so called; otherwise he would have no followers. He will not wear red tights, nor vomit sulphur, nor carry a trident nor wave an arrowed tail as Mephistopheles in Faust. This masquerade has helped the Devil convince men that he does not exist. When no man recognizes, the more power he exercises. God has defined Himself as “I am Who am,” and the Devil as “I am who am not.”

Nowhere in Sacred Scripture do we find warrant for the popular myth of the Devil as a buffoon who is dressed like the first “red.” Rather is he described as an angel fallen from heaven, as “the Prince of this world,” whose business it is to tell us that there is no other world. His logic is simple: if there is no heaven there is no hell; if there is no hell, then there is no sin; if there is no sin, then there is no judge, and if there is no judgment then evil is good and good is evil. But above all these descriptions, Our Lord tells us that he will be so much like Himself that he would deceive even the elect–and certainly no devil ever seen in picture books could deceive even the elect. How will he come in this new age to win followers to his religion?

The pre-Communist Russian belief is that he will come disguised as the Great Humanitarian; he will talk peace, prosperity and plenty not as means to lead us to God, but as ends in themselves.

The third temptation in which Satan asked Christ to adore him and all the kingdoms of the world would be His, will become the temptation to have a new religion without a Cross, a liturgy without a world to come, a religion to destroy a religion, or a politics which is a religion–one that renders unto Caesar even the things that are God’s.

In the midst of all his seeming love for humanity and his glib talk of freedom and equality, he will have one great secret which he will tell to no one: he will not believe in God. Because his religion will be brotherhood without the fatherhood of God, he will deceive even the elect. He will set up a counterchurch which will be the ape of the Church, because he, the Devil, is the ape of God. It will have all the notes and characteristics of the Church, but in reverse and emptied of its divine content. It will be a mystical body of the Antichrist that will in all externals resemble the mystical body of Christ …

But the twentieth century will join the counterchurch because it claims to be infallible when its visible head speaks ex cathedra from Moscow on the subject of economics and politics, and as chief shepherd of world communism.” (Fulton J. Sheen, Communism and the Conscience of the West)

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Father Michael Scanlan’s 1976 Prophecy and the Events of 2020

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When leaders of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal heard Franciscan Father Michael Scanlan, the president of Franciscan University of Steubenville, deliver a prophecy in 1976 about a time of lawlessness and shuttered churches, no one imagined such a scenario occurring soon — or ever.

“We didn’t dismiss it, but we kind of put it to the side,” Ralph Martin said. Now, 44 years later, the message has struck home, as the seemingly extreme events it cited are happening.

Since discovering the prophecy while doing research for a new book, Martin, the president of Renewal Ministries, has sought to circulate the message and provide commentary on it — not just because it refers to current developments, but because it offers direction about how to respond to such a time as this.

“There’s some real guidance in it and some real hope in it, because, obviously, the Lord knew this was going to happen 44 years ago and he wanted to prepare us.”

Although the prophecy speaks forebodingly of lawlessness and churches with bars across the doors, it does so in the context of asking listeners if they are willing to depend on God alone: “Are you willing to see no law, no order, no protection for you except that which I myself will give you? … Are you willing to see no country — no country to call your own except those I give you as my body? … Are you ready to base your life only on me and not on any particular structure?”

The Gift of Prophecy

Those who, like Father Scanlan, who died in 2017, speak such messages are believed to have the gift of prophecy, as described in the New Testament Book of Ephesians, Martin said. This gift and others are given for the building up of the Church, he continued, and, although associated with the Charismatic Renewal movement, they are supposed to be part of the normal life of Catholics.

Martin has given prophecies, as well, including one in 1975: “Days of darkness are coming on the world, days of tribulation. … Buildings that are now standing will not be standing. Supports that are there for my people now will not be there.”

However, Martin said he considers Father Scanlan’s message to be more specific in its references to the crime and chaos that many Americans are seeing on their streets in the wake of the death of George Floyd and in the mention of churches here and in other countries being closed because of the coronavirus. Martin said the references in the prophecy to dependence on the institutions of schools and parishes also are significant, as dioceses across the country struggle financially.

But he said there are important lessons to be learned as Catholics and others experience the events cited in Father Scanlan’s prophecy. He said during the coronavirus shutdown, when his parish was having online Masses, his pastor pointed out the four ways Christ is present: in the Eucharist, in the person of the priest, in the word of God and in our souls.

When the first two aren’t available, Martin said, Catholics can develop an understanding of and appreciation for the other two. “Those are important things we could learn during this time, but a lot of us haven’t learned it yet. We’re so dependent on the structures of the church building that it will be hard if those are taken away again.”

Resonant Response

READ ON…


This prophecy was given by Our Lady at Garabandal (Spain):

Many Cardinals, Bishops and Priests are on the road to perdition and taking many souls with them. Less and less importance is being given to the Eucharist.”

This message was so shocking coming at the time of the Second Vatican Council (i.e., before the destructive changes were made), that there were many in the Church who tried to discredit the apparitions. And yet it was not long afterwards that the sex scandals by homosexual clerical infiltrators started coming to light. Together with the post-V2 liturgical changes, greatly weakened catechesis and abandonment of much of the Church’s prior pious devotions and practices, especially Marian devotion, people started to lose their Faith. This tragedy drove many to leave the Church, thus appearing to fulfill Our Lady’s warnings of the false shepherds leading their flocks astray!

We are still waiting for the promised Warning (worldwide enlightment of consciences) and the following great Miracle that is to take place at Garabandal.

Conchita González, the main visionary of the apparitions of Our Lady at Garabandal between 1961-1965, was asked on May 19, 2020, to offer some words of advice to all of us in these troubling times. Here are her words:

“God is detaching us from the securities of this world. In the silence of the Church or in our house, we are now able to make an examination of conscience so we can clean what prevents us from hearing the Voice of God clearly. With sincerity we can ask God to tell us what He wants of us today, and continue to do that every day. And spend as much time as possible with God at church or somewhere in your home or where you find the silence. He is all we need.”

 

Vatican Now in Crisis Management Mode with German Bishops

Reblog by: Lawrence Morra III

Zero Lift-Off     Only The Beginning

March 28, 2021

“Crisis not Christ being Raised Everywhere!”
Before I even got half way through reading this article I was immediately struck with the clear sense that Bishop Georg Bätzing was some form of Lutheran advocate perhaps following in the footsteps of Martin Luther to radically transform the Catholic Church to meet some modern day influences be they political or cultural.  Then as I read on this was being discussed and viewed in such a light; when I read this, “Cardinal Müller pointed out a “great difference” between that time and now, namely that the issue then was “the sacraments, the authority of the Successors of the Apostles and St. Peter.” Nowadays, he said, “we’re talking about the Protestantization of the Church, but it’s not the Protestantism of the Reformers, rather it’s the Protestantism of liberal theologians who reduce Christianity” only to “certain moral forms, individual or social.”
To me the radical confrontations taking place in society and government, Liberalization; the polluting, is very much the same as we see now the leftist liberals are looking to even radically alter the Church to fit today’s themes of same sex marriage, acceptance of abortion, premarital sex and even some blending of other religions or philosophies with Catholicism, which as I see it would certainly pave the way for the antichrist..

Bishop Georg Bätzing mentioned here, “by describing himself as a “good conservative because I love this Church and gladly give my life and energy to it. But I want it to change.” And by what authority is he basically demanding change? Not God’s as I see it, so who does he think he is to create such discord like this in the Church? Here he states “when it comes to opening up priestly ministry to women, every pope, starting with John Paul II, had “unanimously” answered that question by ruling it out. “Nevertheless,” he said, “it is on the table.”

Then this made it abundantly clear to me that this man either of his own accord or being manipulated by someone or a group is showing with this statement that in his mind change is going to happen one way or another because the current status-quo is unacceptable to him! He continued with outlandish Babble, “Regarding the blessing of same-sex unions, Bishop Bätzing said there was a need for solutions, that he believed it necessary to find liturgical answers “without Rome’s approval,” and that he believed “we should change the Catechism in this sense” after “intense discussion.” What solutions could he be alluding to or how can the Church “find liturgical answers “without Rome’s approval,” because logically as I see it same sex union or marriage is either right or wrong and is condoned or it isn’t by God, and these matters are perfectly clear in Holy Scriptures; case closed! This man is a ranting lunatic in my eyes and he is working for dark ulterior purposes just as we see going on with Bergoglio’s deep involvement with Global Politics and United Nations affiliation a well know highly corrupted organization; along with wicked men like Biden! I can only see all of this hoopla as another sign of the times and the work of Satan to disrupt, cause turmoil, divisiveness, controversy and divide; in this case the Church and flock, as it were! Not a good thing going on here by any means, so our fervent prayers and discipline are strenuously required now; to hold onto our faith, Church and above all our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ whom without there is no Church of God’s; as we proceed through this tumultuous storm!

In a definite way what we see happening here is not unlike such things we see in pop culture where Cardi B who I know is one of the worst female role models on the planet is elevated to some icon stature for the “ways of the world” that now promote to the youth that she like a “whore of Babylon” is someone to emulate and all those wholesome days gone by “wholesome female role models” are a fraud, and only promote whiteness along with the old ways of colonialism; and all you young girls want to get WOKE! This Bishop reminds me of that; like some WOKE cheerleader in the Church! I tend to be a considerate man and very sensitive, but all I want to tell this fool is shut up already you make me sick; and you don’t want to know what that Cardi character makes me feel like or want to say! Dr. Seuss’ books are now classified as grotesque and something that children don’t need to see; but now it’s indecent not to applaud Cardi B’s Grammy immoral simulated sex performance and people need to get WOKE? I say someone forgot to toss out a lot of trash! These same people are redefining morality and putting down so many standard, wholesome, cultural icons and heritages; as a pure example last summer’s riots without accountability when statues of Abraham Lincoln who freed the slaves along with George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and many other historical figures and other such monuments were destroyed, but now because they dictate what is moral we are supposed to accept Cardi and other wickedness or unsavory characters as not just acceptable but someone to idolize, and yes, in a sense worship or adore! Do you see where I’m going here; how the “ways of the world” are firmly in the clutches of Satan and he wants the younger people to worship the world, and not God and Jesus; then to of course, following in line with that evil; to turn to Satan and worship him! If this isn’t “End Time” then there must be some stage of reckoning and chastisement coming that I’m not aware of and missed somewhere along the line, but as before the flood, when Noah prepared; the world was in a whirlwind of debauchery, sin, folly and madness right to the moment of calamity!

That is a Demon look!

We are now living in a world that is far worse than Sodom and Gomorrah or Noah’s time of the flood ever could have been in their rampant decadence and stupidity! We who have all the tools to do remarkably better than all previous generations are actually doing exceedingly worse! I’ll say it’s a forgone conclusion that with the beyond morbid and actually “diabolical unholy abomination of Abortion” alone, which is now Industrial Scale and still growing especially now that the diabolically operative; Radical “Democrat” Politically Organized Crime Syndicate has taken the helm with the infamous 48 year Professional Career Politically Organized Crime Syndicate Racketeer, The Puppet POTUS Old Scranton Joe Biden; the Devil’s Own, and I dare say “a Man of Perdition in America!” This is the time for such a monster to be a figurehead of the most powerful nation on earth the United States of America the Republic under God which has been the perceived by many “crown jewel” for Satan to possess; and that he has done in spades!  Got so many not imitating virtue; but instead evil!

Getting back to the Abomination of Wholesale Industrial Scale Abortion which is now as simple as getting your toenails clipped, even Full Term Day of Delivery a complete “Human Baby” can be snuffed out like a candle and used for experimental purposes or the more likely scenario organ and tissue harvesting for all kinds of purposes, all of which by the way are Satanically Evil, even such things as Covid Vaccines and the like, actually exceedingly worse than what the Mayans and many Amazonian Ancient Pagan wild people did when they sacrificed human adults and babies to a host of false gods! But they were stupid and totally controlled by fear, ignorance, madness and actual evil spirit’s possession! But today we have young whack job women who after an abortion have a Happy Abortion Party! And look how we have this Bergoglio to me the heretic pope bringing the Pachamama Amazonian Paganism right into the Holy Mass at the Vatican, and now this Bishop Bätzing is pushing to the hilt for “CHANGE.” I see what he is!

Yes these words are absolutely true and coming to fruition before our very eyes; “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20).
The End!

God bless you.
Brother in Christ Jesus,
Lawrence Morra III

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Vatican Now in Crisis Management Mode with German Bishops
Posted on March 28, 2021 by Catholicism Pure & Simple

NEWS ANALYSIS: Sources say that two senior cardinals wanted to bring the president of the German bishops’ conference to Rome for correction regarding his recent controversial comments, but were overruled by Pope Francis.

Bishop Georg Bätzing at the German bishops’ spring meeting in February 2021.
Bishop Georg Bätzing at the German bishops’ spring meeting in February 2021. (photo: Sascha Steinbach/epa pool.)

Edward Pentin at NCR, March 26, 2021:

VATICAN CITY — In January, two Vatican cardinals wanted to summon the president of the German bishops’ conference to Rome and correct him about a media interview in which he expressed his dissent from Church teaching in a number of areas.

Such a meeting, which some believe should have been used to give the Vatican’s formal opposition to the Synodal Path, never happened and now the German bishops are blazing ahead unfettered, drawing grave concerns of possible schism.

Jesuit Cardinal Luis Ladaria, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and Cardinal Kurt Koch, the Swiss president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, were concerned about comments Bishop Georg Bätzing made in a lengthy interview with the German publication Herder Korrespondenz published at the end of December.

Vatican sources told the Register that the interview, in which the bishop questioned established Church teaching, was highly revealing of the bishop’s own dissent from the magisterium, leading the two concerned cardinals to want to ask Bishop Bätzing to come to Rome to correct him.

“Santa Marta said ‘No’,” said one of the sources referring to the Pope’s official residence.

The Register has contacted both cardinals and the Holy See Press Office if they could confirm this version of events but has so far received no response.

The Controversial Interview

In the largely overlooked interview, headlined “I Want Change” and published over the New Year, Bishop Bätzing of Limburg began by describing himself as a “good conservative because I love this Church and gladly give my life and energy to it. But I want it to change.”

He then went on to directly challenge the Church’s teaching and tradition regarding women’s ordination to the priesthood, the blessing of same-sex unions, priestly celibacy and Holy Communion for Protestants.

Limiting ordination to men seemed to him “less and less convincing,” he said, adding that “there are well-developed theological arguments in favor of opening the sacramental ministry to women as well.”

“This is why I often mention the diaconate of women, because I see it as a space for action,” he continued. He added that when it comes to opening up priestly ministry to women, every pope, starting with John Paul II, had “unanimously” answered that question by ruling it out. “Nevertheless,” he said, “it is on the table.”

Bishop Bätzing questioned what he saw as the need to “cling to the current conditions of admission” to the priesthood, saying the Church blocks vocations by “ex-culturating” herself.

And on the much-criticized Synodal Path of the Church in Germany, a two-year program to debate issues of power, sexual morality, priestly life and the role of women in the Church in an effort to ostensibly root out abuse, he said he tried to understand Rome’s reservations about it and sensed “strong pressure on how to keep the universal Church united in the presence of such different cultural characteristics.”

Referring to Pope Francis’ 2019 letter to the Church in Germany, in which the Pope supported the Synodal Path but urged its participants to focus on evangelization, Bishop Bätzing said the “blocks of systematic causes of abuse” hinder evangelization and must be “dissolved” first. He also said he disagreed with parts of the Pope’s letter that distinguished the spiritual path from the democratic one, saying he wanted more democracy in the Catholic Church in order to “understand, and not exclude, the opinions of the other.”

On priestly celibacy, he said he believed the discussion had matured and it was no longer a matter of discernment.

“At a certain point, you have to decide,” the Limburg bishop said, adding that the Pope is “not pope in all matters” and that bishops are “part of the government of the universal Church.”

Regarding the blessing of same-sex unions, Bishop Bätzing said there was a need for solutions, that he believed it necessary to find liturgical answers “without Rome’s approval,” and that he believed “we should change the Catechism in this sense” after “intense discussion.”

Lastly, on ecumenical Eucharistic celebrations, he argued that a document called “Together at the Lord’s Table,” drawn up in 2019 by a German group of Protestant and Catholic theologians in favor of “reciprocal Eucharistic hospitality,” was a “wise step forward” despite the Vatican formally rejecting it.

The ecumenical document, Bishop Bätzing said, was not about a “common celebration” of the Eucharist or intercommunion but rather whether Catholics and Protestants who attend each other’s celebration of the Communion “have good reasons for doing so.” He added the “practice has been around for a long time.”

Cardinal Koch’s Concerns

In March 8 comments to the Register, Cardinal Koch said he shared the concerns of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, formally expressed in a four-page critique and letter to Bishop Bätzing last September, which stated that doctrinal differences are “still so weighty” that “mutual participation in the Lord’s Supper or the Eucharist” was not possible.

Cardinal Koch, who sources say is deeply concerned by developments in the German Church like many other senior officials in the Vatican and who has been uncharacteristically direct in resisting the recent developments in Germany, also emphasized that he had made his opposition to the ecumenical group’s document known through interviews and a detailed open letter to the director of the Protestant side of the group.

He pointed out that the Vatican is awaiting the response of the German bishops’ conference to the CDF’s letter “before being able to consider whether and what further steps will be necessary.”

Bishop Bätzing said in the Herder Korrespondenz interview that the bishops’ conference would respond to the CDF’s letter and “confront the counter-arguments,” adding that the letter took him by surprise, failed to “appreciate the ecumenical effort” behind the group, and that he felt it was “somewhat cynical” of the Vatican to say: “No, this is not right, work on it again.”

In a March 1 letter to clergy of his diocese, Bishop Bätzing said that they could give Holy Communion to non-Catholic individuals if they requested it after examining their consciences, but there could be “no general, inter-denominational reception of the Eucharist” or “new forms of Eucharistic celebration.”

In other parts of the Herder Korrespondenz interview, Bishop Bätzing said he was “convinced” we are living in a “time window in which we can really change something,” and that “we have to use it.”

Some German Church leaders believe Bishop Bätzing’s advancement of heterodox arguments is occurring partly because, like many other German bishops, he is influenced by the Central Committee of German Catholics (ZdK), the country’s powerful lay organization that is known for its dissenting ideological views and political ties.

“They have the same thinking, the same line,” said Cardinal Gerhard Müller, Cardinal Ladaria’s German predecessor at the Congregation for the Faith, told the Register on March 22. “Does the ZdK’s leadership believe in the God of the Catholic creed? They only have ideas to justify themselves but they don’t speak of the God who revealed Himself, the Lord of history, of Israel and Jesus Christ.”

Stronger Vatican Action Required?

As opposition to Rome continues, as shown most recently in resistance to the CDF’s statement rejecting the blessing of same-sex unions, Cardinals Ladaria and Koch are not alone in their concerns about the direction of the Church in Germany. Pope Francis has registered his criticism, most notably when he voiced “dramatic concern” about developments last year after having received the German apostolic nuncio in private talks.

But some officials in Rome believe that insufficient steps are being taken to prevent a possible formal schism. They contend it would be a grave error if the plan is to allow the Synodal Path to play out to a conclusion, with the likely endorsement of a broad range of dissenting views on key matters, before the Vatican formally intervenes to correct the dissenting direction of the German Church.

“People are very concerned, nobody is enthusiastic about it,” said one Vatican source. “If the German bishops are going to go through with the Synodal Path, there will be schism, and it would be very bad — and not a good tactic — to allow the bishops to proceed and then, at the end, the Vatican says stop.”

Cardinal Müller said he doesn’t “have great hope” in the Vatican taking action “because they’re unable to understand the gravity of the situation.” He compared it to the early stages of the Reformation when the Roman Curia “didn’t take the right measures” because they were involved in politics which they considered “more important than the religious mission of the Church.”

“Now we have a similar problem in that the Vatican is too diplomatic and political and doesn’t theologically analyze the great danger,” he said, adding that the Vatican is nowadays more concerned “about good relations with governments and the United Nations.”

He and others in Rome have also compared the situation to the time of Martin Luther and Pope Leo X. Too preoccupied by political events, Leo failed to view the Lutheran movement with sufficient seriousness and by the time he did take action, Luther had already gained influential and lasting support.

“Pope Leo had a superficial view and he couldn’t understand Luther,” said Cardinal Müller, who wrote a 2017 book on the history of the popes called Der Papst: Sendung und Auftrag (The Pope: Mission and Mandate). “Leo wasn’t a theologian, he didn’t understand what was happening,” he said.

But Cardinal Müller pointed out a “great difference” between that time and now, namely that the issue then was “the sacraments, the authority of the Successors of the Apostles and St. Peter.” Nowadays, he said, “we’re talking about the Protestantization of the Church, but it’s not the Protestantism of the Reformers, rather it’s the Protestantism of liberal theologians who reduce Christianity” only to “certain moral forms, individual or social.”

 

See also: Cardinal Burke: St Peter’s is now like a Tomb

Mary meets Jesus on the way to Calvary

All thanks and glory to God Almighty! The message is made clear for all to share and bring closer to their own hearts and share in the agony and ecstasy of Holy Mary the Mother of God Jesus Christ and the Church!

These words I must quote sharpened my own insight tremendously!

“Some new area of the soul is touched that before was virginal to grief. In each dolor it is the Son Who is the executioner, but He always makes His edge the sharper.”

I see in this how when Jesus said, “Who is my mother?” They are my mother.” (Matthew 12:46-50) Yes, if we are to pick up our own crosses and carry them as we follow Christ we are Joining Mary in carrying the cross of Jesus Christ though metaphorically if it is done with genuine humility and sorrow for having our own stain of sin which caused our all loving God to suffer this way carrying all sin and transgression for our sake’s then we should surely offer up ourselves in like manner with all of our love; being then truly worthy to help carry His cross in carrying our own. And as we do this a new area of our souls is touched as we proceed, bringing a brand new dimension to our grief; but also our love for Him!

“If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” Luke 9:23,

Apostle Paul reminded us, “Whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things.” Philippians 3:7-8

“Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.” (Matthew 25:40

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

I think the mention of the Mel Gibson film “The Passion of the Christ” is perfect as I too have thought over the years how this imagery is very helpful in perceiving the reality of Christ and His suffering with that crucifixion bringing home how much God loves us but also pointing to our responsibility both in causing His need to be crucified and our appropriate and only gesture of love which is to share in carrying His cross as or with our own; as you explained so beautifully is what Mother Mary did, whom we should hope to emulate even a little if we can! Her suffering and grief is unimaginable to me and I do weep and suffer each Easter when I watch this film; but Mary so full of grace and a Mother’s love of our Savior her Son, must have been experiencing something I can only as you mention scratch the surface of with all my earnest effort!

This is what I recently said regarding this precise matter in another of your fine CP&S articles.
“Peter denied Him a first time but did not shed a tear because the Lord’s gaze did not meet his.” I think for me and perhaps all humans that really care they spend their whole life practically doing what Saint Peter did, denying Jesus, even if we think we don’t because don’t forget Peter was right there living with Jesus and was His first or lead disciple; and he did! But when I watch that true to life depiction of Christ, I shudder and cry with my quilt, as I’m starting to do already again and just with the memory of the film while knowing and seeing my quilt! Oh my God! I’m sorry! Please forgive me for being so wrong and not appreciating every minute you have given me in this fallen world; to come to terms with my sin knowing I don’t deserve you, but yet you love me this much that you wait as long as it takes to call me home, and I follow your call to your heart of hearts! Thank you Jesus! I cry now again; because I see your endless love!”
https://lawrencemorra.com/2021/03/18/the-power-of-tears/

But now I want to say that everything I’ve written here and this article, I do see serving one paramount purpose which is shining so brightly and that is “to help bring upstanding of how important it is for any of us to gain an increased connection to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” “By appreciating how Mother Mary connected to His suffering and agony for us;” in a way we can never come close to doing as she did, but yet “we can gain a fuller appreciation of that suffering” which is essential to the faithful who genuinely with all humility seek to love and appreciate the gift of Salvation; while getting closer to Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Amen.
Brother in Christ Jesus,
Lawrence Morra III

 

Catholicism Pure & Simple

CP&S comment. Yesterday, Friday in Passion Week, we celebrated the Seven Sorrows of Our Lady. Today, Saturday, always traditionally dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, let’s concentrate on the pain and anguish of her Immaculate Heart when she met her beloved Son, savagely scourged and crowned with a crown of vicious thorns, as He struggled under her weight of the Cross on His way to Calvary. Could we even scrape the surface of the agony Mary suffered at that moment?

It is also the Fourth Station of the Way of the Cross.

(from Father Z’s blogin 2019)

It is entirely reasonable that if Mary was at the foot of the Cross, then she was also somewhere along the route upon which our bleeding and beaten Savior was flogged and cruelly compelled. It is entirely reasonable that she would have raised her voice and, so, the Lord spotted her…

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