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Simply Breathtaking!

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on March 19, 2017

Breathtaking!

Monday, March 19, 2018

This is it! The FINAL week before the week that literally changed the world!

EVENING PRAYER:

[Brothers and Sisters], realize that you were delivered from the futile way of life your fathers handed on to you, not by any diminishable sum of silver or gold, but by Christ’s blood beyond all price: the blood of a spotless, unblemished lamb [cf Exod 12:5a] chosen before the world’s foundation and revealed for your sake in these last days.  It is through Him that you are believers in God, the God who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory.  Your faith and hope, then, are CENTERED IN GOD. ~1 Peter 1: 18-21, Evening Prayer, 5th Sunday of Lent.

Our FAITH is CENTERED IN GOD, that is our FAITH revolves around the ONE Who created us; the ONE who bought us at the price of the “spotless [and] unblemished lamb” (cf, Exodus 12:5) He that IS the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world (Jn 1:29), He has GREAT MERCY on us!

Can you hear the trumpet blast?

But for how long?  How long will lawlessness run rampant?  How long will the great Hand of God be held back before justice begins?  We do not know.  But the current world situation seems to indicate that the door of mercy might soon be closed, at least for a time…

Jesus’ words to St. Faustina,

“Let the greatest sinners place their trust in My Mercy… before I come as a Just Judge, I first open wide the door of My Mercy.  He who refuses to pass through the door of My Mercy must pass through the door of My Justice.” ~Diary of St. Faustina, §1146.

Thus it is IMPERATIVE that we come to Jesus in ALL HUMILITY, seeking His Great Mercy, crying out to Him for His GREAT LOVE.  For Jesus also said to St. Faustina,

Souls that make and appeal to My Mercy delight Me.  To such souls I grant even more graces than they ask. I cannot punish even the greatest sinner if he makes an appeal to My compassion, but on the contrary, I justify him in My unfathomable and inscrutable mercy…” ~ Ibid.

DO NOT DELAY, brothers and sisters! For we do not know how much longer we have for this time of mercy.  In a “blink of an eye”, your life could be demanded of you!

You fool! Tonight your life is required of you!

Jesus tells us this parable,

“The land of a rich man brought forth plentifully; and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’  And he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns, and build larger ones’ and there I will store all my grain and my goods.  And I will say to my soul, Soul you have ample good laid up for many years; take your ease, eat, drink, [and] be merry!’

But God said to him, ‘Fool!  This night your soul is required of you; and the things you have prepared, whose will they be? ~Lk 12: 16-20

So many have been caught “unaware” in recent natural disasters.  Good and evil alike.  No one was spared.  You MUST have your heart revolving around GOD, that, if your soul should “be required of you”, you will not be unprepared to meet your Heavenly Father (see Hebrews 9:27).

But here is the GOOD NEWS!  RIGHT NOW we have a GREAT TIME OF GRACE.  It’s Lent!  Forty (40) Days of fasting and prayer, of wrestling with temptation and the great tempter, himself!  Yet, NOT WITHOUT HELP, not without a Heavenly example to guide AND guard us on our way.

We have been given so much, a GREAT EXAMPLE of Obedience, Humility, Wisdom, and LOVE

There is nothing we have to “invent”, all has been done before, all is before us on HOW TO GET IT DONE.  So, why do we resist?

“I am the light of the world, anyone who follows me will not walk in darkness.” [ Jn 8:12] What a magnificent promise.  We walk in the light, a light that enlightens every human being who comes into the world, and that light is perhaps the most precious possession that we have.  Lent is a time to ‘burnish that light, to trim the wicks, to put new oil in our lamps’ [cf Mt 25: 7-9], and begin to glimpse something of the wonder and the magnitude of God.” ~Fr Clifford Stevens, Homily, Monday of the 5th Week of Lent, emphasis added.

God’s Mercy, especially at this time, is unprecedented and should not be taken lightly.  With our world steeped in the Culture of Death, it is a wonder we are all here to “talk about it”.  I thank God DAILY, that I am not He.  You should too!  If I were God, my patience would have worn thin long ago with mankind…and that would include myself…Oh the irony!

“Jesus looked at me and said, ‘Souls perish in spite of My bitter Passion.  I am giving them the last hope of salvation; that is, the Feast of My Mercy.  If they will not adore My Mercy, they will perish for all eternity…tell souls about this great Mercy of Mine, because the awful day, the day of My Justice, is near.”  ~Diary§965

God prunes His Church like a good vinedresser does his vineyard…

Back in 2009, a PROFOUND REFLECTION came upon me as I trimmed a tree that belonged to a friend of mine.  As I trimmed I was impressed with a sense of God and the trimming in His Church and among His people, that, as the vine-dresser (cf John 15:1), He has every right to do.  I highly recommend reading that reflection,  as I have re-read it myself, and made a few aesthetical changes, and noticed how it REALLY REFLECTS today’s world and the work God is doing in it.

As I trimmed I noticed:

Plants are not quite as simple as they seem.  They need water the same as we do but they have something different about parts of the plant that no longer bear any fruit, or in this case, any leaves.

That is, water will continue to be directed to all parts of the plant whether or not they contain leaves or not.  Good water will be sent to dead limbs at the expense of the rest of the plant that have healthy limbs.

This is partly why it is necessary to trim branches from bushes and small trees, to prevent the plant from dehydrating itself.  I immediately set to work to cut free those dead and useless branches that were no longer bearing fruit that is leaves.

As I reflected on this further, a situation came to mind involving a man I know.  He desires holiness, but he cannot obtain it.  He goes through all the motions of piety and prayer, but he remains “dead” inside.  This is proven by the “fruits” his piety bares.  Hardly fit to “eat”, as his behaviors remain the same, bringing stress and heartache to his family.

So, every sound tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears evil fruit. A sound tree cannot bear evil fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.  Thus you will know them by their fruits. ~Mt 7:17-20

Forgiven!

It’s that taking of the first steps that are the hardest.  Letting go of oneself and the PRIDE that stands in the way of God POURING OUT HIS LOVE on all that will COME TO HIM IN HUMILITY.

No life is easy or without strife, and I know, dear apostles, that you experience your share of difficulty. These difficulties are important for you because through the suffering of them you gain mastery over yourself.

When you conquer a difficulty, using the holiness you have received from Me, you become stronger spiritually and then when the next difficulty comes, you both view it differently and treat it differently

You treat it differently because you know that I am with you today as I have been with you in the past. ~Monthly Message, April 2011, excerpts.

Well then, IF God is FOR US – and I do believe He IS – then who can be against us?  Why should we fear or live in fear when it comes to desiring and accepting the change we know needs to happen?  We should not fear BECAUSE FEAR IS NOT OF GOD.  GOD IS LOVE.

“God is worshiped in silence – not that we can think or say nothing about Him, but that we should appreciate how far He surpasses our comprehension.” ~St. Thomas Aquinas, quoted by Fr Clifford Stevens, Homily, Ibid, emphasis added.

God IS ALSO MERCY.  This week our focus is: Crying out, relying on, the DIVINE MERCY OF GOD.

Week 5 of Lent, Day 35 of 40 Days of Lent:

This is it, folks!  Last item on THE LIST.  Can you believe it?  It has gone so fast!  But I am confident that YOU ARE READY!  From the beginning of this time of prayer and fasting, you have (hopefully) been practicing your new habits of OBEDIENCE, HUMILITY, WISDOM.  Good for you for every attempt and success that you made!  If you haven’t tried, do not despair, you still have this week to TRY with God’s Help.

This week you are to DEPEND ENTIRELY on the DIVINE MERCY OF GODHow? An excellent question.  This is HOW: When your FIFTH (5th) thing presents itself, close your eyes and see Christ in His Divine Image:

Jesus I TRUST in YOU!

Yes, the head of the dragon is poised to leap out and “devour the child” (cf. Rev 12:4c), for those who notice the head clearly at the ray of Christ’s blood.  But as Revelation continues, “but [the] child was caught up to God and to His throne” telling us that GOD’S VICTORY is SET!  So HAVE NO FEAR!  Speak with WORDs of Love and, cry out:

JESUS, I TRUST IN YOU!  YOU ARE LOVE!

NOT MINE, BUT YOUR WILL BE DONE,

FOR I CAN DO NOTHING WITHOUT YOU!

BLESS ME, AND MAKE ME HOLY!

Your path will be SET, TRUST IN HIM, and in ALL THINGS give GOD THE GLORY!

Courtesy of : www.simplecatholicliving.com Thanks, Carol!

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Coming Soon Study, Chapter 9, Part III – The Dragon…

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on June 10, 2013

Do not conform yourselves to this age...

Do not conform yourselves to this age…

CHRISTIAN PRAYER: Monday Evening Prayer: READING: Romans 12: 1-2 (emphasis added)

Brothers [and sisters], I beg you through the mercy of God to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice holy and acceptable to God, your spiritual worship. 

Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, so that you may judge what is God’s Will, what is good, pleasing and perfect.

The Word of the Lord … Thanks be to God!

RESPONSORY: To you, O Lord, I make my prayer for MERCY!

Index of Terms

The Dragon: Rev 12: 3-4 (emphasis added)

StMichael&Satan

Revelation 12: 3 “And another [sign] appeared in heaven; behold, a great red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems upon his heads. His tail swept down a third of the stars of heaven, and cast them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to bear a child, that he might devour her child when she brought it forth…

Boy is this passage jam-packed with meaning!  Let’s look at it first from the OBVIOUS and then delve a little deeper into its connection to the time of Christ and His birth to the connection with the Year 70, and then of course to our own day.  Yeah, lot’s to cover!

THE OBVIOUS

The Red Dragon = Satan = the ancient Leviathan also mentioned by Isaiah…

In that day of the Lord with His hard and great and strong sword will punish Leviathan, the fleeing serpent, and He will slay the dragon that is in the sea.” (Isaiah 27:1, emphasis added)

**Something to REMEMBER – in the OT whenever the “sea” represents the
Gentile Nations while the “land” represents Israel **

Like Revelation 12, the Leviathan in Isaiah 27 is described as a ‘dragon’ (Is 27:1; Rev 12:3) and a ‘serpent’ (Is 27:1; Rev 12:9).  Although Isaiah does not mention the number of his heads, the Leviathan was commonly known in the Bible and ancient literature as having multiple heads (cf. Ps. 74:14).” (Barber, 156)

This dragon also had “seven diadems upon its head ”, indicating that he is the…

…chief fallen angel, since the diadems were understood as crowns of antiquity.” (Ibid.)

Because we know that “falling stars” represent fallen angels throughout John’s book, and that chief angel did sweep, “down a third of the stars of heaven”, we know then these “third of the stars” are those angels that followed Satan in his rebellion.  Not to mention a little later in this same chapter we hear of how Michael and his angels defeated the dragon with those afore mentioned angels…

And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world–he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.” (Rev 12:9, emphasis added)

A LITTLE DEEPER…CHRIST’S BIRTH

"And this will be a sign for you..."

“And this will be a sign for you…”

Revelation 12:4b “And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to bear a child, that he might devour her child when she brought it forth.”

Okay, let’s break this down… FIRST, WHO is the “child”?

Jesus!

Then WHO is the woman?

Jesus’ mother, MARY…

At the time of Christ’s birth, who sought to destroy the child of Mary?

King Herod

"When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled... Mt 2:3a

“When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled… Mt 2:3a

**Remember, Sacred Scripture is the LIVING, BREATHING, and UNCHANGING WORD OF GOD and has MANY LAYERS to it that represents eternity and ALL that eternity contains.**

Now, King Herod was NOT A JEW.  Nope, he was an Edomite (cf. Gen 25: 25, 30), and the literal translation for Edom is RED.

We’ve already stated that the presence of the “seven diadems” speaks of royal authority, which Herod had by his appointment…

Herod’s kingship, then, is the antithesis, the very opposite, of Christ’s.  Herod gained his throne through murder, was not the rightful heir to the throne, and established an earthly temple… Herod represents everything that must be destroyed when the new creation is ushered in.” (Barber, 157)

he was a murder from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth because there is no truth in him.  When he lies, he speaks according to his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” (Jn 8:44, a description of Satan – a good parallel, no?)

And we know from Sacred Scripture that he sought the life of the Christ Child – that is Jesus…

Herod summoned the wise men secretly… and he sent them to Bethlehem saying, ‘Go and search diligently for the child, and when you find him, bring me word so I too may worship him’ … When Herod saw that he had been tricked by the wise men [two years later], was in a furious rage, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and that region who were TWO YEARS OLD and UNDER…(Mt 2:7, 8, 16, emphasis added)

A little later in Revelation 12 we read…

And when the dragon saw that he had been thrown down to the earth, he pursued the woman who had borne the male child. But the woman was given the two wings of the great eagle that she might fly from the serpent into the wilderness, to the place where she is to be nourished for a time, and times, and half a time.” (Rev 12: 13-14)

Before Herod could carry out his plot to kill all male children two and under, what happened in Nazareth?

The Angel of the Lord came to Joseph in a dream...

The Angel of the Lord came to Joseph in a dream…

“…behold, and angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, ‘Rise, take the Child and His mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there till I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the Child, to destroy Him.’  And he rose and took the Child and His mother by night and departed to Egypt, and remained there until the death of Herod.” (Mt 2: 13-15, emphasis added)

Their time in Egypt is believed to be about three and a half years because Tradition tells us, with Sacred Scripture, that Herod killed boys 2yrs old and younger, and it was 1 ½ years later when Herod died and his son assumed the throne that God called Joseph and his family out of Egypt…

But when Herod died, behold an Angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph… saying, ‘Rise and take the Child and His mother, and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the Child’s life are dead.” (Lk 2: 19, 20)

Barber points out one more historical connection with the flight of Israel out of Egypt…

Yet, it also recalls Israel, who fled into the desert to escape Pharaoh.  In fact, Psalm 74: 12-14 compares the defeat of Pharaoh at the parting of the Red Sea to the defeat of the Leviathan.

He further points out that these…

“…two interpretations are not exclusive of each other, since the events in the life of Jesus are presented as the true fulfillment of Old Testament accounts. Thus, just as Jesus escaped Herod, Israel escaped Pharaoh.” (Barber, 157, emphasis added)

THE YEAR 70AD

...there will not be left here one stone upon another... Mt 24:2

…there will not be left here one stone upon another… Mt 24:2

A couple of no-brainer connections here…

One: As the destruction of the city of Jerusalem began by the Roman soldiers, Christians fled into the wilderness to escape and seek refuge in the mountains…

Indeed, the Church fled into the wilderness and found refuge on Pella during the siege of Jerusalem.” (Barber, 158)

Two: God once again provided protection for His children, just as He did for the Hebrews in their 40 years in the desert after escaping from Egypt.  We also know from historical accounts that this particular war with Rome lasted three and a half years.

US TODAY???

Also a no brainer!  The increase of chaos and the unreasonable has occurred exponentially in just under a decade.  What was thought of as ‘unheard of’ is now acceptable.  What was once thought of as moral is now ‘intolerable’. 

“And we are shocked when we hear about copy-cat school and random shootings? When we hear about soldiers taking innocent lives? When we see more and more young parents committing infanticide? Are we really that stupid—are we this naive? Yes, because people are generally more interested in watching mindless television than falling to their knees and asking God to fill the gnawing vacuum in their hearts. Perhaps the reason they don’t is because the Western Church has fallen mostly silent, not only on the disturbing moral issues of our day, thereby providing almost no guiding moral light in the darkness, but on the need to “repent and believe the Good News.” There is a Great Vacuum indeed, and it is being filled with the spirit of the world.” (Mark Mallett, Wisdom and the Convergence of Chaos)

We live in a time of confusion when man has deluded himself to believe that he is God and there is no right or wrong, no absolute truth. Hmmm, sound familiar???

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 iniquityin 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. ~CCC§675 (emphasis added)

Why all of this?  How is it that we can be so easily deceived? 

But woe to you, O earth and sea, for the devil has come down to you in great wrath, because he knows that his time is short!” (Rev 12:12b)

The coming of the lawless one by the activity of Satan will be with all power and with pretended signs and wonders…

and with all wicked deception for those who are to perish, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.

Therefore God sends upon them a strong delusion, to make them believe what is false, so that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” (2Thess 2: 9-12, emphasis added)

We have sinned and are in bondage to our sin...

We have sinned and are in bondage to our sin…

Judgment, plain and simple.  We [mankind] have sinned – killing of the unborn, the weak, the aged; gay marriage and promoting homosexuality as normal (I think Sodom did the same thing to, did it not?); taking God from our schools, public squares, churches, and homes and putting man in His place – and we [mankind] have not repented of our evil ways.

So him who hates man because he hates anything God created works diligently to destroy man by all kinds of lies and falsehoods.  Beginning in Genesis, Satan works hard to convince God’s most beloved creation that God in fact does not care for us.  That He despises us and wishes us dead. 

If these were not the lies Satan tells why would we kill our young, or old, our unborn, ourselves?

Satan has waged war with the Woman (Eve, and Mary – the New Eve), since the dawn of time when he was cast out of heaven by St. Michael and his angels for trying to replace God (Rev 12: 7-9, 13, 17); he has waged war with God and with His creation.  Like a spoiled child throwing a temper-tantrum, he thinks he will get his way in the end.

Just as in the days of old – God has sent His Son, the Word made flesh, to lead us OUT of darkness and into the LIGHT of His LOVE.  He has given us a holy Mother who will protect her children in the years of trial – just as she herself was protected with the Child Jesus (cf. Mt 2: 13-15, 19-23).  Come to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of His mother and be safe.

The dragon, the ancient serpent, continues to wage war against those professing FAITH in CHRIST.  Yet even if they should perish for His name, their victory is Heaven’s victory (cf. Rev 12:11), for they reside with Him in His holy temple (Rev 7: 9-17).

When the time comes, they will accompany Him on His return to earth to establish the New Earth and the New Heavens with the New Jerusalem (cf. Mt 24:30; Rev 21)

If YOU want to be a part of this then acknowledge YOUR sin and REPENT with your WHOLE HEART and then make REPARATION!

YOU are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, that YOU may declare the wonderful deeds of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” (1Peter 2:9, emphasis added)

Come Holy Spirit and Fill the Hearts of Your Faithful...

Come Holy Spirit and Fill the Hearts of Your Faithful…

Therefore, seek after holiness!  Run from this corrupt existence and enter into eternal life with the Son…

His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us to His own glory and excellence

…by which He has granted to us His precious and very great promises, that through these you may escape from the corruption that is in the world because of passion, and become partakers of the divine nature. 

For this very reason make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. 

For if these things are yours and abound, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  For whoever lacks these things is blind and shortsighted and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins. (2Peter 1: 3-9, emphasis added)

The Word of the Lord … Thanks be to God!

 All that John witnessed, that would apply to the fall of Jerusalem as to our own time, holds true with deep meaning as humanity approaches quickly the time when God will purify the earth, and it will be too late for those have either turned from God and His commandments OR “rode the fence” thinking they had “all the time in the world” to choose their side.

As the “signs of the times” continue to unfold, those who are following the warnings of Christ and are “watching and praying” (Mt 26:41; 24:42; Mk 14:38; 13:33, 35; Lk 22:40; 1Thess 5: 4-6, 8-11; Col 4:2; Eph 6:18; and 1Peter 5:8), will not be caught off guard when the “thief breaks into our house” (cf. Mt 24:43), or asleep when “the Bridegroom comes” (cf. Mt 25: 10-12).

Will this be YOU?  Can you say that you are included in this?  Or will you be like many others who take the easy path and wake up one day eternally separated from the LOVE that is God as they find themselves in eternal torment in Hell.

CHRISTIAN PRAYER: Fourth Sunday of Lent, Evening Prayer I: READING: 2Cor 6: 1-4a (emphasis added)

[Brothers and Sisters,] we beg you not to receive the grace of God in vain.  For He says, “In an acceptable time I have heard you; on a day of salvation I have helped you.”

Now is the acceptable time! Now is the day of salvation! We put no obstacle in any one’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way.

The Word of the Lord … Thanks be to God

RESPONSORY: God Himself will set me free from the hunter’s snare.

UpNext

Up Next…

War in Heaven … The REAL Truth behind Satan’s hatred of mankind…

Recommended Reading:

The Sign of the Cross

What Does it Mean to be Reconciled?Need Forgiveness?  This is the place to start!

Recommended Readings from Mark Mallett

Three Days of Darkness

Turing Away From Sin

The Heart of a New Revolution

The Pope: Thermometer of Apostasy

A Black Pope?A MUST READ!

Possible or Not? – a compliment to the above writing…

The Hour of the Laity 

Living the Dream  – A MUST READ!

Two Pillars and the New HelmsmanAbout Pope Francis – A Good Read!

Book Study

Chapter 9, Part I, Part II

Chapter 8, Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV

Chapter 7

Chapter 6 Part I and Part II

Chapter 5 Part I and Part II

Chapter 4: Part I: Revealing the Son of Man
Chapter 4: Part II: Coming on the Clouds

Chapter 3: Heavenly Liturgy and the Holy Mass

Chapter 2: 4 Senses of Sacred Scripture

Coming Soon: An Introduction

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