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Sunday, 26 October 2014

Hello to Readers in Germany



I have a postcard from one of my ancestors sent when visiting Baden-Baden over a hundred and ten years ago.


Hello to Readers in England



Hello to Readers in Australia


Hello to Readers in France


Writing in Darkness

I have been wondering when to give up the blog as things are heating up.

I am a mum as well as a blogger.

St. Paul wrote under house arrest. He kept going until he could do no more.

The point of not being able to do more is coming soon.

I was warned by God that October was the time of purgatory and transition. But, what comes next is not clear.

So it has been, not only for me, but the entire Church.


I am waiting for the sign to know when to throw in the towel--Malta, then.....I pray that St. Paul tells me what to do next, clearly. This place is my Eden and my Gethsemane.

Acts 28 Douay-Rheims 

28 And when we had escaped, then we knew that the island was called Melita. But the barbarians shewed us no small courtesy.
For kindling a fire, they refreshed us all, because of the present rain, and of the cold.
And when Paul had gathered together a bundle of sticks, and had laid them on the fire, a viper coming out of the heat, fastened on his hand.
And when the barbarians saw the beast hanging on his hand, they said one to another: Undoubtedly this man is a murderer, who though he hath escaped the sea, yet vengeance doth not suffer him to live.
And he indeed shaking off the beast into the fire, suffered no harm.
But they supposed that he would begin to swell up, and that he would suddenly fall down and die. But expecting long, and seeing that there came no harm to him, changing their minds, they said, that he was a god.
Now in these places were possessions of the chief man of the island, named Publius, who receiving us, for three days entertained us courteously.
And it happened that the father of Publius lay sick of a fever, and of a bloody flux. To whom Paul entered in; and when he had prayed, and laid his hands on him, he healed him.
St.Publius, first bishop and martyr of Malta
Which being done, all that had diseases in the island, came and were healed:
10 Who also honoured us with many honours, and when we were to set sail, they laded us with such things as were necessary.
11 And after three months, we sailed in a ship of Alexandria, that had wintered in the island, whose sign was the Castors.
12 And when we were come to Syracusa, we tarried there three days.
13 From thence, compassing by the shore, we came to Rhegium: and after one day, the south wind blowing, we came the second day to Puteoli;
14 Where, finding brethren, we were desired to tarry with them seven days: and so we went to Rome.
15 And from thence, when the brethren had heard of us, they came to meet us as far as Appii Forum, and the Three Taverns: whom when Paul saw, he gave thanks to God, and took courage.
16 And when we were come to Rome, Paul was suffered to dwell by himself, with a soldier that kept him.
17 And after the third day, he called together the chief of the Jews. And when they were assembled, he said to them: Men, brethren, I, having done nothing against the people, or the custom of our fathers, was delivered prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans;
18 Who, when they had examined me, would have released me, for that there was no cause of death in me;
19 But the Jews contradicting it, I was constrained to appeal unto Caesar; not that I had any thing to accuse my nation of.
20 For this cause therefore I desired to see you, and to speak to you. Because that for the hope of Israel, I am bound with this chain.
21 But they said to him: We neither received letters concerning thee from Judea, neither did any of the brethren that came hither, relate or speak any evil of thee.
22 But we desire to hear of thee what thou thinkest; for as concerning this sect, we know that it is everywhere contradicted.
23 And when they had appointed him a day, there came very many to him unto his lodgings; to whom he expounded, testifying the kingdom of God, and persuading them concerning Jesus, out of the law of Moses and the prophets, from morning until evening.
24 And some believed the things that were said; but some believed not.
25 And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed, Paul speaking this one word: Well did the Holy Ghost speak to our fathers by Isaias the prophet,
26 Saying: Go to this people, and say to them: With the ear you shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing you shall see, and shall not perceive.
27 For the heart of this people is grown gross, and with their ears have they heard heavily, and their eyes they have shut; lest perhaps they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
28 Be it known therefore to you, that this salvation of God is sent to the Gentiles, and they will hear it.
29 And when he had said these things, the Jews went out from him, having much reasoning among themselves.
Paul ended up in the Mamertine Prison
30 And he remained two whole years in his own hired lodging; and he received all that came in to him,
31 Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching the things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, without prohibition.

Prophesy...

From the Prophet Amos 8:11- DR

Behold the days come, saith the Lord, and I will send forth a famine into the land; not a famine of bread, nor a thirst of water, but of hearing the word of the Lord.  And they shall move from sea to sea, and from the north to the east: they shall go about seeking the word of the Lord, and shall not find it. In that day the fair virgins, and the young men shall faint for thirst.

This is why God so many years ago called for the time of the laity.

Get ready, become holy.

Learn how to become perfect. That holiness and personal trust in God will keep you safe in the Faith in the time of famine, when you shall no longer hear the Truth, except in your own souls.

 "Build a cell inside your mind, from which you can never flee."  St Catherine of Siena

Mini-Series Continued-Figs, Stones, Trees


Pray for those who bear fruit

Do not take the good men for granted.

We must pray for our leaders. Daily.

Pray they continue to bear fruit in and out of season.


Into Dead Trees Today


Unless on is working on one's spiritual life daily, one will go backwards. Unless we pray for sinners, they will not convert. 

The cursed fig tree, a reminder of being cursed for not bearing fruit, reminds me of what has been happening in the past week in Rome.

Those who do not bear fruit will fact Christ's wrath. We do not need to judge, as God will. It is good to understand that the Church has enemies within. But, we do not have to dwell on the cursed fig trees.



Yesterday's reading reminded me of the one we hear in Holy Week. Here it is:

Mark 11:12-25Douay-Rheims 

12 And the next day when they came out from Bethania, he was hungry.
13 And when he had seen afar off a fig tree having leaves, he came if perhaps he might find any thing on it. And when he was come to it, he found nothing but leaves. For it was not the time for figs.
14 And answering he said to it: May no man hereafter eat fruit of thee any more for ever. And his disciples heard it.
15 And they came to Jerusalem. And when he was entered into the temple, he began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the chairs of them that sold doves.
16 And he suffered not that any man should carry a vessel through the temple;
17 And he taught, saying to them: Is it not written, My house shall be called the house of prayer to all nations? But you have made it a den of thieves.
18 Which when the chief priests and the scribes had heard, they sought how they might destroy him. For they feared him, because the whole multitude was in admiration at his doctrine.
19 And when evening was come, he went forth out of the city.
20 And when they passed by in the morning they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots.
21 And Peter remembering, said to him: Rabbi, behold the fig tree, which thou didst curse, is withered away.
22 And Jesus answering, saith to them: Have the faith of God.
23 Amen I say to you, that whosoever shall say to this mountain, Be thou removed and be cast into the sea, and shall not stagger in his heart, but believe, that whatsoever he saith shall be done; it shall be done unto him.
24 Therefore I say unto you, all things, whatsoever you ask when ye pray, believe that you shall receive; and they shall come unto you.
25 And when you shall stand to pray, forgive, if you have aught against any man; that your Father also, who is in heaven, may forgive you your sins.
Remember, the important point here is that it was not the season for figs.
Why would Christ curse a tree which is not in season?
He is showing us several things. The first is that we must bear fruit even out of season, when we do not feel like it, when we are not on top of the world, when we are in the Dark Night.
Second, God shows us the power of prayer. If we bless something, it will be blessed.
If we curse something or someone, they will be cursed.


Pray today for Cardinal Kasper and all the enemies of truth. He can be converted and if we keep saying how horrible he is, he may stay that way. I do not want anyone to go to hell. I want Kasper to become a saint.
Bless him and all like him. Bless and do not curse.

Pray for our enemies, even those within the gates before the great cleansing.

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Record Day

25 posts counting this one.

Trying to get it all in.................

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mamertine_Prison#mediaviewer/File:Mamertine_Prison.jpg thanks to wiki and Chris

On Being Living Stones--For The Perfecting of The Saints Mini-Series Continued


One of today's readings reminded me of an upcoming feast, which I want to emphasize. Here is the entire chapter of today's first reading. One body, one building, one Church and we are all part of that Church, not mere by-standers watching things happen around us, supposedly out of our control.

First, the section which included today's epistle selection:

Ephesians 4 Douay-Rheims

I therefore, a prisoner in the Lord, beseech you that you walk worthy of the vocation in which you are called,
With all humility and mildness, with patience, supporting one another in charity.
Careful to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
One body and one Spirit; as you are called in one hope of your calling.
One Lord, one faith, one baptism.
One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in us all.

The Plague Chapel
But to every one of us is given grace, according to the measure of the giving of Christ.
Wherefore he saith: Ascending on high, he led captivity captive; he gave gifts to men.
Now that he ascended, what is it, but because he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?
10 He that descended is the same also that ascended above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.
11 And he gave some apostles, and some prophets, and other some evangelists, and other some pastors and doctors,
12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
13 Until we all meet into the unity of faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the age of the fulness of Christ;
14 That henceforth we be no more children tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine by the wickedness of men, by cunning craftiness, by which they lie in wait to deceive.
15 But doing the truth in charity, we may in all things grow up in him who is the head, even Christ:
16 From whom the whole body, being compacted and fitly joined together, by what every joint supplieth, according to the operation in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body, unto the edifying of itself in charity.
17 This then I say and testify in the Lord: That henceforward you walk not as also the Gentiles walk in the vanity of their mind,
18 Having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their hearts.
19 Who despairing, have given themselves up to lasciviousness, unto the working of all uncleanness, unto the working of all uncleanness, unto covetousness.
20 But you have not so learned Christ;
21 If so be that you have heard him, and have been taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus:
22 To put off, according to former conversation, the old man, who is corrupted according to the desire of error.
23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind:
24 And put on the new man, who according to God is created in justice and holiness of truth.
25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak ye the truth every man with his neighbour; for we are members one of another.
26 Be angry, and sin not. Let not the sun go down upon your anger.
27 Give not place to the devil.
28 He that stole, let him now steal no more; but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have something to give to him that suffereth need.
29 Let no evil speech proceed from your mouth; but that which is good, to the edification of faith, that it may administer grace to the hearers.
30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God: whereby you are sealed unto the day of redemption.
31 Let all bitterness, and anger, and indignation, and clamour, and blasphemy, be put away from you, with all malice.
32 And be ye kind one to another; merciful, forgiving one another, even as God hath forgiven you in Christ.


The NO Mass in the church I attend during the week is celebrating on November 9th, The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica, which I am anticipating early for several reasons.

The readings including the Collect which refers to us as living stones. who have been chosen by God, to build up the Church of Christ.

Now, for a stone to be a strong part of a building, this stone must be "true", without cracks, sturdy, reliable in the hands of the builder.

A stone just "is".  A stone, and I am living in a country for a while which uses stone for every building, does not need to decide whether it will be used. The quarry man cuts it out of the earth and the builder buys it, choosing the best and most appropriate for the building he has in mind.

Many stones make a building. New buildings rise up daily here and old ones are rebuilt. On my way home daily from Mass, I pass two houses being re-built and the stones masons work diligently to finish before the rainy season begins.

Surrounded by building, I think that few Catholics really, truly take their role as living chosen stones seriously.

Some, in fact, allow themselves to become useless, so cracked as to be tossed away.

I see fragments in the street here, from stones which will be carried away to be used for landfill or streets, but not a building.

If the building is strong, it is because each stone is strong.

The lay persons are the stones.

In the reading from Ezechiel, the prophet has a vision of water flowing from the right side of the temple. Of course, we immediately and should think of Christ's wound on the Cross, when His Body was pierced, blood and water flowing out as signs of life for us, signs of baptism.

Fish and living creatures live in this stream in the prophet's vision. Christ feeds His Church with His Body and Blood. But, the locus of the stream is the Temple, a sign of the Church.

Again, if the Temple is fertile, so are others, being fed from the Church.

The water, states Ezechiel, comes from the sanctuary. But, that is part of the Temple of the living stones.

In the New Testament reading, St. Paul, in whose footsteps I walk daily, if not spiritually, physically, calls himself an "architect".  St. Paul writes that each one of us is part of the Temple, and living in the Holy Spirit. He refers to those who would destroy this temple, and that God will destroy whoever tries to destroy His Church.

Are we cooperating with the apostle's heirs in letting ourselves be made holy?  Do we aid in destroying the temple through gossip, passing on scandal, antagonism, even hatred, and especially, pride?

In the Gospel, we see Christ cleansing the Temple of the businessmen and money-changers who infiltrted His Holy Place.

Of course, the Sanhedrin was making a profit from this business. So Christ's overturning the stalls and tables is not merely an attack on those individuals running those booths, but on the establishment which had become corrupted by greed and the seeking of power and status.

Sound familiar?

Sounds like this past week in Rome, wherein personal egos got in the way of God's Holy Temple worship.

I address the living stones. Be holy. The Church needs holy saints. Christ will come and cleanse the Temple, His Church.

Will you be part of the remnant or not? Do not complain if the Church seems weak.  Make it strong.

You cannot make perfect something if you are not perfected. To be continued...

Ezechiel 47; 1-2; 8-9; 12
1 Corinthians 3:9-11; 16-17
John 2:13-22

Concentrating on Today's Readings, Figs, Stones, Trees


What was read in the Gospel today is what is happening in the Church today. Here is a little mini-series on stones and figs.

Christ clearly is referring to calamities, sin, guilt, innocence in one of the readings.

He is telling us that He has watered, fertilized, tended the Church and now He is allowing it to be purified.

Those who are not bearing fruit, Christ will cut down.

However, all of us will experience suffering. Look at verse three. Unless we do penance, we shall likewise perish.

The Pope should call days of fasting and penance for the Church to be purified but not for a long time. In other words, tribulation can be shortened by prayer and fasting.

I wish priests and bishops would see the immediacy of the readings which bring us to Advent. These readings point us all to two main points of Christ's message--conversion and fruitfulness.



Luke 13 Douay-Rheims 

13 And there were present, at that very time, some that told him of the Galileans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.
And he answering, said to them: Think you that these Galileans were sinners above all the men of Galilee, because they suffered such things?
No, I say to you: but unless you shall do penance, you shall all likewise perish.
Or those eighteen upon whom the tower fell in Siloe, and slew them: think you, that they also were debtors above all the men that dwelt in Jerusalem?


No, I say to you; but except you do penance, you shall all likewise perish.
He spoke also this parable: A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it, and found none.
And he said to the dresser of the vineyard: Behold, for these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and I find none. Cut it done therefore: why cumbereth it the ground?
But he answering, said to him: Lord, let it alone this year also, until I dig about it, and dung it.
And if happily it bear fruit: but if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.

Not Coincidences

Too many posts today, but one more. besides the beginning of a mini-meditation series.

Nothing is a coincidence.

God is in charge, but He is allowing free will to remain sacred among men and women, who choose to go against God.

Some people choose evil.


People, NC is one of the testing states-as is SC

WHITE HOUSE EMERGENCY ALERT INTERRUPTS TV VIEWERS ACROSS AMERICA

Weird message warns viewers not to use phones amidst Ebola concerns
by PAUL JOSEPH WATSON OCTOBER 24, 2014



UPDATE: AT&T has blamed a “nationally syndicated radio station” for sending the alert message, despite the fact that only the federal government can send out EAS alerts. The alert system, “can only be activated by the President in times of emergency,” reports Fox 5.
Americans watching television across the country were puzzled earlier today when an alert from the White House interrupted their viewing, told them to stand by for an emergency message and warned them not to use their phones. TV channels automatically changed to local news stations but no White House message ever came, prompting confusion and concern, especially given heightened tensions amidst the Ebola crisis.
The message was seen by viewers in Austin, Atlanta, Detroit and across North Carolina, as well as other areas of the country.
WSOC-TV out of Charlotte, North Carolina later posted a statement on their website saying they would investigate why the message went out, indicating TV and radio stations were given no advance notice of the test.
An AT&T spokesperson later indicated that that the alert notification was sent out erroneously.
“Earlier today, U-verse TV customers may have received an Emergency Alert notification. We confirmed that there is no emergency at this time and we are investigating why this occurred. We apologize for any inconvenience,” read the statement.
However, the Emergency Alert System is mandatory by law – stations have no control or power to block the signal once it is sent out by the federal government.Broadcasters are required to install and maintain FCC-certified EAS decoders and encoders at their control points, meaning the signal cannot be switched off or interrupted.
How sensible is it that the feds ‘mistakenly’ sent out an emergency alert – potentially causing panic – amidst national concerns about the Ebola outbreak in the United States?
Back in 2011, a similar test of the emergency alert system, in this case for cellphones, went awry when residents were told that a “civil emergency” was in progress and that they should “take shelter,” prompting 911 lines to be flooded by panicked callers. Authorities later apologized, claiming the test was a mistake.
Did you see today’s emergency alert message? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Quiet News

If you are not podding or moving or prepping, you will be too late.

Now, you all can figure it out yourselves.

There are moves to control blogs with fees and paying for services.

And...

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/22/columbia-south-carolina-criminalizes-homelessness_n_3795397.html

The shelter is a fema camp, folks. Hitler started with the gypsies.

http://www.columbiasc.net/depts/city-council/docs/old_downloads/08_13_2013_Agenda_Items/Emergency_Homeless_Response_13_August_2013.pdf

Has begun. And in more than one place.

Link Day Continues

http://southernorderspage.blogspot.com/2014/10/should-pope-francis-statements-today-on.html

Hello to Readers in Spain


Skirts Are IN In Europe

http://www.marksandspencer.com/l/women/all-new-in/clothing/skirts

Very nice, indeed, to see women at church in skirts and dresses-over 60%, and they look so feminine.

Sigh, out of my price range, but these are great, especially the midis and maxis.

Persecution Watch, Again

http://morningstarnews.org/2014/10/muslim-extremists-kill-31-christians-in-taraba-state-nigeria/

Dated, But Excellent from Father Paul Sciberras, Malta

Thursday, 23 October – Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time 2014
Ephesians 3:14-21; Psalm 32; Luke 12:49-53

Transforming prayer
The Danish philosopher, theologian, poet, social critic, and religious author Søren Kierkegaard, once wrote that prayer doesn’t change God; it changes us who pray. We don’t pray to God to get him on our side. Prayer transforms us into listeners to God’s heartbeat. Prayer facilitates our easing into God’s will. If this is so, then what Saint Paul expresses with utmost care and love towards the Ephesian Church is of extreme importance to each and every one of us. Kneeling before the Father, Saint Paul prays that “through his Spirit ... you will grasp the breadth and the length, the height and the depth of the love of Christ, until you are filled with the utter fullness of God” (vv.16.18-19, First Reading).

Reaching high and wide
In prayer, we can fathom Jesus Christ’s love for us. But that mystery of love is of such proportions that it allows us to reach up to God the Father, from whom the Son Jesus gets his sonship (“the height and depth”). But in so doing it shows us that the Spirit who flames that love between the Father and the Son nudges us to reach out to others (“the breadth and length”). Would that not transform us into the fullness of God, he who is the loving Father who generates a self-sacrificing Son? Would that mutual self-giving character prompt us to be the same for others?

Unimaginable
Putting on this listening attitude towards God’s will in prayer would usher us into an openness to God that will help us surrender to his unfathomable plans for us, convinced that he “can accomplish infinitely more than we can ask or imagine” (v.20).

Blazing fire
Would this be the fire that Jesus has come to bring on earth and which he deeply yearns that it be already blazing (v.49, Gospel)? If at his baptism, the Father pointed him out to us as his beloved Son in whom he is well pleased (see Luke 3:22), wasn’t it because Jesus was completely available to do his Father’s will, even upon the cross? Wasn’t this the baptism that he was to receive and to which he looked forward in a perfect way?

Division
That full adherence to and embracing of the will of the Father brought perfect joy to him. But it was also the cause of division even between the most intimate of relations who were faced with a decision for or against him. “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters” (Luke 11:23).

Right attitude

Lord Jesus, would you allow me today to take the Beloved Disciple’s place at your side during the Last Supper? I want to be constantly in tune with your heart so as to be able to listen to the Father’s heart. Renew your Spirit of boldness within me because losing myself in your heart might bring me into some kind of distance from others who have not yet experienced the width and length and breadth and depth of your demands. Set me on fire for your Gospel, for it is in it that I will find the truth, and the truth that sets me free. Amen.”

Out of all the priests I have ever met...

and possibly numbering hundreds, if not close to a thousand in my lifetime, I have only met three who understanding one working on one's predominant faults.

Three, in many states, countries...three.

Today, I met one, who understood the whole process, telling me that most people do not think of perfection, of becoming perfect. We had a nice, short chat on the subject. This good priest said that if more people faced their predominant faults, they would become holy. He encouraged me, greatly.

He is a chaplain in a school and a very busy man with other diocesan and duties because he belongs to an order.

Three!

I pray that when God lets this gypsy stay in one place, that she can find such a good priest who wants the laity to become saints, and knows how this happens.

Ask God to show you your predominant fault or faults. One way is to look at the pattern of sins in your life, as repetitive venial sins reveal the predominant fault. Asking God to purge one of this fault is part of the Dark Night.

Another Great Post from Father Z Today!

http://wdtprs.com/blog/2014/10/what-archbp-chaput-really-said-about-the-synod/