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The Temptations of Christ…

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on March 5, 2016

Prepare your hearts for the coming of the LORD...

Prepare your hearts for the coming of the LORD…

This is our time to PREPARE!  Prepare for what?  Purification, repentance, RENEWAL…

The Great Culling of this past century through war, genocide, abortion and euthanasia has saturated the soil with the blood of innocents and brought humanity once again to a decisive and “apocalyptic” hour.

This struggle [of the “culture of life” vs. the “culture of death”] parallels the apocalyptic combat described in [Rev 11:19-12:1-6, 10 on the battle between” the woman clothed with the sun” and the “dragon”]. Death battles against Life: a “culture of death” seeks to impose itself on our desire to live, and live to the full… —POPE JOHN PAUL II, Cherry Creek State Park Homily, Denver, Colorado, 1993;

Intrinsically linked to this culling is The Great Poisoning whereby the greed of man has used “the field” of the earth to his altruistic advantage. And thus, at this hour, Our Lord and Our Lady have called forth messengers all over the world to summon the “Noah’s”—all those whom God finds favor with—to enter the The Great Ark. And who does God find favor with? Anyone who trusts in His mercy, in His Word, and lives accordingly:

Without faith it is impossible to please him, for anyone who approaches God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. (Hebrews 11:6) ~Mark Mallett, And So, It Comes

To begin, I find it helpful to ask the question: What exactly IS Lent? To answer this question, I turn to the following three sources: The Catechism, The Bible, and the human heart.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church States [ emphasis added ]:

Jesus’ temptation reveals the way in which the Son of God is Messiah, contrary to the way satan proposes to Him and the way men wish to attribute to Him. This is why Christ vanquished the Tempter for us: “For we have not a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sinning.” (cf. Heb 4:15) By the solemn forty days of Lent the Church unites herself each year to the mystery of Jesus in the desert. CCC§540

40 Days in the Desert

40 Days in the Desert

Okay, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty. We are told in Luke, chapter 4 that,

“And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit returned from the Jordan, and was led by the Spirit for forty days in the wilderness, tempted by the devil.  And He ate nothing in those days…” ~Luke 4: 1-2

The time of Lent is 40 days, not including Sundays (which are the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus), and they are days when the Spirit of God is hard at work within us just as He was in His Son, Jesus, during the first 40 days.

Everything that Jesus did we go through on an almost daily basis.  It is Jesus’ response to these temptations that are a model for us.  For example, in the chapter previous, Jesus was baptized with water and the Spirit, so too are we now baptized with water and the Spirit –

Baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit… cf. Mt 28:19b

So, let us pay close attention to what temptations; three in all which represent a wide variety of temptations that have the same root: pride in self and lack of faith/trust in God.  Satan attempts to hit Jesus with all of these but Jesus responds to each of these three temptations providing us with the best response we can give when satan tries to tempt us. Note, and I’ll bring this up again, but it proves conclusively that the Tempter really didn’t know who Jesus was thus proving even more his ineptitude. 🙂



What did Jesus during those 40 days?   We read in the Gospel of Luke, chapter 4, verse 1, He ate nothing in those days…because when, they were ended, He was hungry… So did Jesus eat right away?  Nope. He had to face great temptation by the great tempter himself, satan.  We read,

“The devil said to Him, ‘If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.” ~Luke 4:3

This is really important.  The arrogance of satan playing upon the humanity of Jesus, who was also God, speaks volumes to the rest of us who are HUMAN yet made in the image and likeness of God,( cf. Gen 1:26).  When we deny ourselves sustenance for the Kingdom of God (and not at our own peril), we have made the CHOICE to wait on God to give us our daily bread (cf. Mt. 6:7). In other words, we TRUST in Him to provide what we need and when we need it.

Jesus provides us with a great clue as to what that is and how we can receive His goodness. Plus He give us the words of response to this first temptation to break that chosen fast,

“And Jesus answered him, ‘It is written, Man shall not live on bread alone.’ ” ~Luke 4:1

This goes on to say,

“but that man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the LORD.” (cf. Deut 8:3c).

Reminder: WHO is the WORD of the LORD?  St. John the Beloved Disciple tells us,

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and TRUTH;…” (cf. John 1: 1, 14).

It is the WORD of God that feeds us for,

“[His] flesh is true food, [and His] blood is true drink…he who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I abide in him.” (Cf. Jn 6: 55-56, NAB)

The answer for us is…Have you been to Mass lately and received the Eucharist?  When was the last time you opened the Sacred Scriptures (a.k.a. the Bible) and read what’s inside and “digested” the food therein?  When was the last time you turned off the noise in your life and sat quietly to talk with God (a.k.a. Prayer and the Classroom of Silence)?  If the answer is anything but, “All the time…”, then you have something you can do for Lent… ALL OF THE ABOVE!

Next temptation…

Satan tries again, because if he is anything else, satan is definitely incorrigible.  Taking Jesus to a high-spot and showing Him all the kingdoms of the earth in a single look, satan says to Him,

“To you I will give all this authority and their glory; for it has been delivered to me, and I give it to whom I will.  If you, then, will worship me, it shall be yours.” ~Luke 4: 6-7

Temptation No.2, sounds an awful lot like what is happening in today’s world, doesn’t it?  People are turning away from God, His Love, and His Law to receive this false promise that A FALLEN ANGEL has authority and power over God’s creation and can give that authority to whomever he wills?!  Since when does God give His creation to A FALLEN ANGEL with the power or authority to do whatever he wills?  Satan cannot give what he does not have, PERIOD.

Jesus also KNOWS satan has no power and no authority because, after all, Jesus IS God.  But He also knows that His children must be reminded of this TRUTH and an example must be set forth to help His children when their time of temptation to leave God, His Love, and His Law behind comes to them.  So Jesus responds to satan with,

“It is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only shall you serve.’ ” ~ Luke 4:8 (see also, Deut 6:4)

This is when Moses reminds the Nation of Israel that they belong to God and therefore must give God what is due to Him, total love and devotion.


Did you know that because of Jesus’ death and resurrection that WE ALSO BELONG TO GOD and therefore, WE MUST GIVE HIM our TOTAL LOVE and DEVOTION?  When someone does you a great kindness, do you not repay them a hundred fold out of the kindness of your own grateful heart? Sure ya do…


Well, we must also do the same for God.  Therefore, do not begrudge abstaining from food or physical pleasure for the sake of the Kingdom.  INSTEAD, strive to serve Him more completely in your daily activities with total LOVE and GRATEFULNESS.  Lent is just such a time to do just that!


If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here…!

Then satan tried for the third and last time, because as I already said, the fallen angel is incorrigible! This time satan takes Jesus to the temple in Jerusalem and places Him on the highest pinnacle and says,

If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here; for it is written, ‘He will give His angels charge of you, to guard you’. And ‘On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.’ ” ~Luke 4:9b

I said I would address this later. Well, it’s later: ever notice how satan is completely incapable of acknowledging Jesus as the Son of God ? He’s always saying, If you are the Son of God… This is most important to remember, for the Apostle John tells us the same thing (1Jn 2:22-23): Neither satan nor his fellow, fallen angels can acknowledge Jesus as God or even as the Son of God.  To do so would be to admit their own inadequacy and folly and more importantly, that they have no power of their own. It’s also safe to say that satan, having not the beatific vision, really didn’t know that Jesus was the Son of God. Remember, he was expelled from heaven before the full revealing took place. (cf. Rev 12:7-9; Lk 10:18; Is 14:12-20 – this one especially is an awesome reflection on how the brightest angel became the darkest demon)

 Which then begs the question:

Why does mankind believe in the lie of the second temptation and worship satan for what satan cannot give?


Jesus, knows that satan has no power, has no authority, and is really now behaving like a spoiled child who hasn’t been able to get his way… you’ve all seen this, right?  When a kid cannot get the attention they seek or the thing that they want, what do they do?  They make STUPID comments like, “Yeah, well why don’t you just go jump in a lake?”

The tempter, satan, is really like a spoiled child who can now only taunt and make dumb comments.  However, Jesus knows Himself and He knows the TRUTH spoken through the prophets because, He IS the WORD of God made flesh… So Jesus, instead of saying, ‘Be no more’, calmly responds with,

“It is said, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’ ” ~Luke 4:12 (see also Deut 6:16).

PERIOD…END OF STORY…thus satan finally departs and Jesus is attended to by God’s angles.

"I have come that you might have LIFE!"

“I have come that you might have LIFE!”


Jesus once again demonstrates that when satan and his child-like temper tantrums begin, we too should turn away from his display and respond with the words of LOVE, something satan cannot and will not tolerate, thus making his exit from the scene a virtual guarantee.  Jesus could have let humanity take over and try to argue with such a childish response, but He didn’t.

It’s much like that story recounted by Blssd. Fulton Sheen regarding his friend who was in a Soviet Prison Camp. If you haven’t read this story or heard it before, I HIGHLY recommend it!


So, are YOU ready to begin?  As I stated in the last post: March 1st is Ash Wednesday. The first of 40 days reflections will follow on Monday, March 6th with reflections following. Hope you can join us! As usual, I’ll have other Lenten reflections available to give the reader a wide variety to meet your busy schedules. 🙂

PLUS, the Lord has impressed upon me to also do a few 33 Days of Morning Glory during Lent, especially with the 100th Anniversary of the appearance of our Lady at Fatima. So there will be a lot going on at this website for the next several months. Bring family and friends along and get yourself passage on the Ark of the New Covenant!


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Two Important Solemnities

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on June 28, 2014

Sacred Heart of Jesus, Immaculate Heart of Mary, please pray for us.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, Immaculate Heart of Mary, please pray for us.

First Published: June, 2009
Republished and Updated: June 28, 2014

Yesterday we celebrated the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

In a book I’m reading – God’s Final Effort, by John M. Haffert; he talks about the Consecration to the Two Hearts in chapter seven saying:

Not Equal, but One Flame of Love. St. John Eudes was… born in France in 1601, forty-six years before St. Margaret Mary Alacoque [Miraculous Medal]… [and] was perhaps the first to speak of the “Sacred Heart of Mary”.

He composed the Mass and office of the Immaculate Heart and the [same] for the Sacred Heart… he joined the two hearts [and]…spoke of them as one. [These] words might give us pause. But the reality…is transcendentally beautiful. It is the realization that the Hearts of Jesus and Mary are two flames which God has joined together into one great flame of love for Him and for men.  And we poor creatures, can plunge the little love we have into that great flame where it, too, become one with it.

…we, as humans, identifying ourselves with the human heart of Mary, enter into that Flame of Love to be truly one with the Heart of Our Savior. The words of Our Lord…seem to say,… “I have given you this admirable Heart of My dear Mother to be one with yours, so that you might have a heart worthy of Mine.” [Thus] this is not a matter of our choice, but of God’s choice.  This is not a matter of our planning…[intimacy] with our Father God, but His.

We deserve chastisement. God’s final effort to save us is through LOVE.

~Pp31-32 (emphasis added)

Wake up! The time has come, the time is NOW.

Wake up! The time has come, the time is NOW.

Change is happening rather quickly.  Agendas are being pushed through congress with very little concern about what the majority of people want.  Our Country is quickly becoming something between a dictatorship and communist regime.

Persecution is imminent especially with the Hate Crime Legislation placing restrictions on what pastors and priests can say from the pulpit – punishable by law.  Hey does that sound familiar… Many are caving in to the agenda today and playing God.

So where does that leave us on this wonderful day?  Wondering when and how soon, can we hold fast to the faith, how many will be lost?  I believe the answers to those questions might be: Soon, if you Keep your Eye’s on Jesus He will help us through, and there will be – as there has already been – those who will “go with the flow” and not pay attention to the “approaching rapids” and somehow close their eyes and take a deep breath with the thoughts “maybe I’ll wake up okay?”

Those who are already in The Bastion are prepared and we pray daily for the graces necessary to see the deception so blatant in this day.  But for those who are unawares, we pray especially for their salvation – for their eternal souls.

Happy Solemnity of the Immaculate Heart!  Her Immaculate Heart WILL triumph with her Eternal Son’s Sacred Heart right at her side.  BELIEVE. PRAY, Pray, pray!

“Dear children! The Most High is giving me the grace that I can still be with you and to lead you in prayer towards the way of peace. Your heart and soul thirst for peace and love, for God and His joy. Therefore, little children, pray, pray, pray and in prayer you will discover the wisdom of living. I bless you all and intercede for each of you before my Son Jesus. Thank you for having responded to my call.” ~Monthly Message, Our Lady of Medjugorje’s June 25, 2014. 

Recommended Reading:

Knowing Christ
Sacred Heart of Jesus
Praying the Rosary
True Refuge, True Hope

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