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Do Not Be Afaid…

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on September 25, 2009

If you attended daily Mass today, you heard the following reading from the Prophet Haggai, a reading that was chosen to speak DIRECTLY to us, as well…

Haggai 2:1-9

In the second year of Darius the king, in the seventh month, on the twenty-first day of the month, the word of the LORD came by Haggai the prophet,

2 “Speak now to Zerubbabel the son of She-alti-el, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and to all the remnant of the people, and say,

3 ‘Who is left among you that saw this house in its former glory? How do you see it now? Is it not in your sight as nothing?

In North America, we have been measured and weighed, and indeed, have been found wanting. And not just here. Pope Benedict has been warning Europe that to abandon Christ is to abandon their foundations. Australia is also among the westernized nations which have tragically strayed from their roots. And terrible injustices continue to reign in developing countries, including poverty, child prostitution, and genocide. ~Mark Mallet, The Writing on the Wall, May 20, 2009.

4 Yet now take courage, O Zerubbabel, says the LORD; take courage, O Joshua, son of Jehozadak, the high priest; take courage, all you people of the land, says the LORD; work, for I am with you, says the LORD of hosts, 5 according to the promise that I made you when you came out of Egypt.

You are chosen by God, not to save yourself, but to be the instrument of salvation for others. Your model is Mary who surrendered herself completely to God thereby becoming a co-operator in redemption—the Co-redemptrix of many. She is a symbol of the Church. What applies to her applies to you. You too are to become a co-redeemer with Christ through your prayers, witness, and suffering. ~Mark Mallet, Smoldering Candle, Feb 26, 2009.

My Spirit abides among you; fear not. 6 For thus says the LORD of hosts: Once again, in a little while, I will shake the heavens and the earth and the sea and the dry land;

26 His voice then shook the earth; but now he has promised, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heaven.” 27 This phrase, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of what is shaken, as of what has been made, in order that what cannot be shaken may remain. 28 Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe; 29 for our God is a consuming fire. Heb 12:26-29

7 and I will shake all nations, so that the treasures of all nations shall come in, and I will fill this house with splendor, says the LORD of hosts.

“I am preparing you for a new time which will bring you joy because you will serve peacefully [and] in complete trust.”  Monthly Message, “Anne” Lay apostle, Sept 2009

8 The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, says the LORD of hosts. 9 The latter splendor of this house shall be greater than the former, says the LORD of hosts; and in this place I will give prosperity, says the LORD of hosts.’”

Truly, you are united to heaven. I seek only to instill in you a greater awareness of your unity.~Ibid

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When a Prophet of God talks…

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on September 6, 2009

We would do well to listen!

Just recently, two readings presented themselves, one after the other.  The first is the reading from this past Saturday (A First Saturday, no less) Colossians 1:21:23, and the other from Today (Sunday) the second reading, James 2: 1-5, [8-10] with two verses that I’ve included for the sake of “finishing a thought”.

These readings also correspond quite nicely to a recent posting by a favorite Catholic writer , Mark Mallet,  whose posting reflects directly with the monthly message released by “Anne” a Lay apostle, both which I have mentioned before and that I consider to be Modern Day Prophets in our midst adhering to the teachings of the Church and to the authority of the Church, the Magisterium.

All three COMBINED make for a POWERFUL LESSON in FAITHFULNESS and the ADHERENCE TO THE FAITH in these darkening times.  I hope those reading this will attune their hearts to the Holy Spirit who opens all eyes to the TRUTH of God.

From the Letter of St. Paul to the Colossians 1:21-23

21 And you, who once were estranged and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 22 [God has now reconciled you] in His body of flesh by His death, in order to present you holy and blameless and irreproachable before Him, 23 provided that you continue in the faith

…so much for the Protestant doctrine of ‘once saved, always saved’…see also Mt. 7:21

stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which has been preached to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.

We know the TRUTH, we hear the TRUTH every time we read from the Sacred Scriptures, and yet the hearers of the TRUTH tend to have a little trouble with living the TRUTH…

A letter from  St. James 2: 1-5, 8-10

My brethren, show no partiality as you hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory.

2 For if a man with gold rings and in fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, 3 and you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, “Have a seat here, please,” while you say to the poor man, “Stand there,” or, “Sit at my feet,”

4 have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts?

Who is a just judge but God alone (cf. Heb 10:30; 2Tim 4:8)?

5 Listen, my beloved brethren. Has not God chosen those who are poor in the world (cf. Lk 2: 8-10) to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He has promised to those who love Him?…

8 If you really fulfill the royal law, according to the scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself (cf. Mt 22:36-39),” you do well. 9 But if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors. 10 For whoever keeps the whole law [that is the Commandments of the Lord, see verses 8 & 11,] but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it.

We MUST start living as Faith-Filled and Faith-Full Catholic Christians.  No more should you call yourself a Christian and believe it is okay to murder children before they are born.  No more should you call yourself a Christian and believe that it is right for Men to be sexual with Men and Women to be sexual with Women.  No more should you call yourself a Christian and not accept that Life comes from God and so you can prevent it by using contraception and that’s “okay”… This is NOT “okay”, anymore than the above sins are “okay”.

Catholicism and Authentic Christianity (one and the same, really) IS NOT a DELI where you can pick and choose what you believe. Change IS coming, where God will purify His Church.  Many will leave and many will return after long absences.  But the Body of Christ will receive the necessary purification.  For those who faithfully serve in Christ’s Church, adhering to His teachings, this change will refresh and renew, bringing a greater peace and joy!  For those who do not…I cannot even imagine the pain of loss, the sense of regret, or perhaps the heaviness of burden they will feel as their chains of bondage to Satan are strengthened by their own choices of descent against the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

The following passages are excerpts from Mark’s latest writing which can be found in its entirety here whilst the monthly message in its entirety can be read here.  Any slight adjustment in words will appear in [ ] allowing for easier flow without altering the meaning.

THE DESERT OF TROUBLE

The Hebrew word Achor means “trouble”, and it is found in this passage in Hosea, which contains, in a few words, the entire writings of this website. Speaking of His Bride, Israel, God says:

Therefore, I will hedge in her way with thorns and erect a wall against her, so that she cannot find her paths. If she runs after her lovers, she shall not overtake them; if she looks for them she shall not find them. Then she shall say, “I will go back to my first husband, for it was better with me then than now.” So I will allure her; I will lead her into the desert and speak to her heart. From there I will give her the vineyards she had, and the valley of Achor as a door of hope. (Hosea 2:8,9, 16, 17; NAB)

Pope John Paul spoke of a new springtime in the Church that we would reach by “crossing the threshold of hope.” But before that springtime, there will be a winter. Before we cross that threshold to embrace hope, we must pass through the desert:

Before Christ’s second coming the Church must pass through a final trial that will shake the faith of many believers. The persecution that accompanies her pilgrimage on earth will unveil the “mystery of iniquity” in the form of a religious deception offering men an apparent solution to their problems at the price of apostasy from the truth. The supreme religious deception is that of the Antichrist, a pseudo-messianism by which man glorifies himself in place of God and of his Messiah come in the flesh. —Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 675

This desert has many dimensions. The one which I believe many are experiencing now is an interior desert (the exterior desert is coming). God has begun to hedge in the way of His Bride with thorns; He has erected a wall against us such that we cannot find our paths. That is to say, the old ways of operating in the Church for many centuries are coming to an end. I hear again the word I received a while ago:

The age of ministries is ending.

Jesus told “Anne” to write, “I am preparing you for a new time…

That is, the paths we have taken before, the old methods and means which we have relied upon, the modes of operation, administration, and delegation are coming to an end. The Bride of Christ will soon be walking entirely by faith and no longer by sight, no longer by security according to the world’s concepts. Jesus is leading us into the Desert of Stripping where the interior and exterior crutches, assumptions, idols and securities we have relied upon come tumbling down. That is, we are being reduced to a grain of wheat, small, little, nothing. We are being drawn into a barren place where we will stand naked before the Truth. Our nothingness will become the source of derision and mockery of a world cast in shadow, and for a time, it will seem that even God has abandoned us.

But it is in this place, this place of dryness, of weakness, of utter dependency upon God…

“I want you to increase both your dependence on heaven and your awareness of your dependence on heaven.”

that a droplet from the ocean of Divine Mercy will fall upon the grain of wheat which has fallen to the ground and died to itself, and the desert will begin to blossom. The “door of hope” will open and the Church will cross the threshold of hope to embrace hope in an era which can only be described as the Vindication of Wisdom, the triumph of Justice, the victory of Peace.

BE STILL

By waiting and by calm you shall be saved, in quiet and in trust your strength lies. (Isaiah 30:15)

“[You will receive great joy] because you will serve peacefully [and] in complete trust.”

Can you make yourself holy? No, and I can’t either. But the desert can; that place of trials, persecutions, and all manner of difficulties. Said Pope Benedict:

Christ did not promise an easy life. Those who desire comforts have dialed the wrong number. Rather, he shows us the way to great things, the good, toward an authentic life. —POPE BENEDICT XVI, Address to German Pilgrims, April 25th, 2005.

People listen more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and when people do listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses. It is therefore primarily by the Church’s conduct, by living witness of fidelity to the Lord Jesus, that the Church will evangelize the world. This century thirsts for authenticity… Do you preach what you live? The world expects from us simplicity of life, the spirit of prayer, obedience, humility, detachment and self-sacrifice. —POPE PAUL VI, Evangelization in the Modern World, n. 41, 76

“In order to work in My plan, united to My will, you must be in the habit of asking for all that you needYou will receive the graces you require… and with these graces will come humility…”

I heard Jesus say in my prayer:

Accept whatever comes to you, exteriorly and interiorly, with love, patience, and obedience. Do not question it, but accept it as the cloth accepts the sharp point of the needle. It does not know how this new thread will look in the end, but by remaining still, in calm and quiet, the soul will slowly be made into a divine tapestry.

JUST BEGINNING…

Know this: we are loved. Jesus loves us and is accompanying us closely in this desert, as a shepherd remains close to his flock. Don’t be afraid or troubled by this “trial by fire”, but persevere, remain faithful, and when you fail, turn immediately to the ocean of His Divine Mercy and know that absolutely nothing can separate you from His love [(cf. Romans 8:38-39)].

Do not run away, for at this very moment a droplet of Divine Mercy is descending. You need only open your heart in trust, in waiting and in calm, and grace for the present moment will renew your strength for another day, then the flower of holiness (which remains mostly hidden to you) will soon begin to blossom as the Master of Seasons calls forth His lambs to renew the face of the earth.

“I, your Jesus, call on you for dedication and sacrifice… See to My interests in your day, please. In turn, I will protect your intentions. Spread joy and goodness. Spread unity and peace. Spread trust in God who will never abandon His children.”

I leave you with a beautiful insight from St. Eucherius:

Might we not reasonably suggest that the desert is a limitless temple for our God? Because undoubtedly, someone living in silence is going to take pleasure in solitary places. It is there that he often makes himself known to his saints; it is under cover of the solitude that he condescends to encounter people.

It was in the desert that Moses saw God, his face bathed in light… It was there that he was permitted to converse familiarly with the Lord; he exchanged speech with Him; he conversed with the Lord of heaven just as people habitually converse with their fellows. It was there he received the staff that had power to work wonders and, after entering the desert as a shepherd of sheep, he left the desert as a shepherd of peoples (Ex 3; 33,11; 34).

Similarly, when the people of God were to be set free from Egypt and delivered from their earthly works, did they not make their way into a place apart and take refuge in the solitudes? Yes indeed, it was in the desert that it was to draw near to this God who snatched them out of their bondage… And the Lord made Himself the leader of His people, guiding them across the desert. Day and night along the way He set a pillar, a burning flame or a shining cloud, as a sign from heaven… Thus the children of Israel, while living in the solitudes of the desert, attained the vision of God’s throne and heard His voice…

Must I add that they did not reach the land they desired until they had sojourned in the desert? That the people might one day enter into possession of a land where milk and honey flowed, they had first to pass through dry and uncultivated places. It is always by means of camps in the desert that we make our way towards our true homeland. Let those who wish to see “the bounty of the Lord in the land of the living” (Ps 27[26]: 13) dwell in an uninhabitable land. Let those who would become citizens of heaven become guests of the desert. —Saint Eucherius (c. 450 A.D.), Bishop of Lyons.

“Truly, you are united to heaven. I seek only to instill in you a greater awareness of your unity.” ~Jesus

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