The Holy Machabees

From the Sermons of St. Gregory of Nazianzus (Patriarch of Constantinople)

What were the Machabees For it is under their name that the Festival at which you are this day assembled is kept. It is true that many persons do not hold them in honour, because they fought before the coming of Christ nevertheless they deserve to be venerated by all men, for they bore themselves bravely and faithfully in defence of the laws and ordinances of their people. They that underwent martyrdom before Christ came, what would not have been their deeds, if they had suffered persecution after He came, and had had before them for a pattern the Death which He embraced for the sake of man’s salvation With no example to lead them, their bravery was what it was had they had the example before their eyes, would they not have gone down with double nerve to the battle There is a mystic and subtle idea, which seemeth very likely to me and to all lovers of God, that none of those who were crowned with martyrdom before Christ came, could have been so, unless they had had faith in Christ.

29th Anniversary

Last Sunday We sent out a devotion written by Father Francis Dominic. As We celebrate 29 years in the papacy, We realize that the only truly sincere Christians are those who God has brought through the wall of fire, Father talked about. Father wrote: “Everyone has to come through that wall of fire is he is to become part of the True Church. That fire will burn up all his earthly ambitions, and his desire to live for himself.” We realized three and a half decades ago, that to be a true Catholic, one must come through this trial; this wall of fire. The Psalmist (16:3) says: “Thou hast proved my heart, and visited it by night, thou hast tried me by fire: and iniquity hath not been found in me.”

Saint Alphonsus is of the opinion that everyone must go through this trial. During this trial, he advises recourse to prayer, but warns us not to expect any sensible devotion. “We have nothing to do but say to the Lord: O Lord help me! O Lord help me!” When We were first considering this and found Saint Alphonsus’ explanation, We named it the Dark Night of the Great Apostasy, a trial all must come through in order to be sincere Catholics in these days of apostasy. Saint Alphonsus says: “Until we have come through that storm, which for the most part comes over all, let none of us think himself secure.” In fact, We pray that God will bring all of you through this wall of fire successfully, for the Church greatly needs all who read this to become sincere members of the Church militant.

Saint Alphonsus concludes: “And it is certain that he who with the help of divine grace is victorious in such a combat finds afterwards a double calm and peace in his vocation.” God is calling you to come through the wall of fire. Those of us on God’s side of the wall are praying for you. We are here to help you, to console and to guide you.

Proverbs (17:3) tells us: “As silver is tried by fire, and gold in the furnace: so the Lord trieth the hearts.” A time of trial of hearts is coming upon us. Throughout the last sixty years of trial, the persecution has been one of words and corruption of doctrine, rather than one of blood. In the decades prior to the usurpation of the Papacy by the second Antipope John XXIII in history in 1958, Catholics for the most part had become quite lax. For a century people have been compromising with the world, as We have often related and decried. Many who claim the name of Catholic, but do lie, (Apocalypse 3:9) are Catholic in name only, living a life worse than a pagan. Indeed, we should know better. We have the Sacred Scriptures. We have the writings of the Fathers of the Church and of many other saints. And yet, very few are ready to give themselves completely and without any reserve to Almighty God.

We have spoken of the contrast between three types of Catholics, spiritual, carnal and sensual. (I Corinthians 2:11-3:5) When people see the nay sayers on the outside of the wall of fire, criticizing those very few of us the inside, they do what the sensual man does, as the Douany notes: “he who measureth divine mysteries by natural reason, sense, and human wisdom only.” How can so few be right and the rest of the world wrong. In Our latest Pope Speaks, we discuss another time, when one man and his family were right, and the rest of the world wrong. (https://www.vaticaninexile.com/july_2019_noah.php) Saint Augustine observed that right is right, even if no one is doing it, and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it. Just as there was no safety in numbers, when the flood waters rose at the time of Noah, there is no safety in numbers today. Saint Augustine also observed that there were times in the Old Testament, where the Church was reduced to one faithful person.

The Lord then told them, “I will be to [Jerusalem-the Church], saith the Lord, a wall of fire round about: and I will be in glory in the midst thereof.” (Zechariah 2:5) We belong on the Lord’s side of the wall of fire. Let us pray that the Lord will lead us through the wall of fire onto His side.

“And Peter began to say unto him: Behold, we have left all things, and have followed thee. Jesus answering, said: Amen I say to you, there is no man who hath left house or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or children, or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, Who shall not receive an hundred times as much, now in this time; houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions: and in the world to come life everlasting.” (Mark 10:28-30) Yes, we may lose those who we thought were our friends. True friendship never ends, so a friendship that ends must not have been true. We may lose contact with family members. When we adhere to the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, we will find that truth has a very ugly daughter, hatred. The Enemy (Ephesians 6:12) only hates Jerusalem, the true Church. He does not hate the imitations, but as the sewer of discord encourages them to deceive the elect. (Matthew 24:24)

“Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” (II Corinthians 6:2) Today is the day to walk towards the wall of fire, and ask God to bring you through it. We are praying this day and for you.

With Our Apostolic Blessing on this, the 29th anniversary of Our election as Pope,

Michael by the grace of God, Pope.

Some Considerations

Dear friends,
This morning, We are considering several things Father Francis Dominic has written about Daniel, the Prophet. As We return to the consideration, We find several important points marked, and would like to share them with you. Tomorrow We will return to the wall of fire and Our thoughts after twenty-nine years in the Papacy.
Daniel was a young man, when he came into the service of Nabuchodonosor, about seventeen years old. Father Francis asks us to take Daniel, Sidrach, Misach and Abdenago as role models, saying: “Lord, I don’t have to do foolish things like other young people do. I want to follow the examples of these men who lived in humility and the fear of God right from their youth.” Let us ask ourselves a serious question: “Am I following the examples of the Saints, especially the martyrs? Or, am I following the examples of the worldly?” Consider this question well. Saints have come through the wall of fire, Scripture talks about, and Father discussed yesterday.
In another consideration from Father, he refers us to Daniel 1:11-15: “And Daniel said to Malasar, whom the prince of the eunuchs had appointed over Daniel, Ananias, Misael, and Azarias: Try, I beseech thee, thy servants for ten days, and let pulse be given us to eat, and water to drink: And look upon our faces, and the faces of the children that eat of the king’s meat: and as thou shalt see, deal with thy servants. And when he had heard these words, he tried them for ten days. And after ten days their faces appeared fairer and fatter than all the children that ate of the king’s meat.” In Butler’s Lives of the Saints, we often read that the saints ate pulse. Do you know what pulse is? Or are we more interested in eating the king’s meat? A footnote in the Douay tells us that pulse is peas, beans and such like. Pulse is simple nutritious food, which is eaten in order to give us strength to continue in prayer and not to tickle our pallet.
After telling us this story, Father says: “God is looking for people who will boldly confess their faith, and not keep their light hidden underneath a bed.” Jesus says: “Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel, but upon a candlestick, that it may shine to all that are in the house.” (Matthew 5:15) We have discussed this in the past. Today many of us are not willing to stand for the truth and take the ridicule of the world. Instead, we light our candle and hide it under a bushel basket or as Father says, underneath the bed. Stop and think about that for a moment. If you light a candle and put it under the bed, what is going to happen? The bed will catch on fire. When we hide our light under the bed, we have a spiritual fire hazard.
Father then tells us: “God is looking for men who will not seek their own, who are not interested in anything for themselves and who are willing to lose their lives for Him, if necessary. Daniel was only 17 years old. Even today, God can choose a 17-year old youth and make him a prophet and empower him to take a stand for Him.” God can take you, right now, and make use of you for His service. God will put you to work in His service, if you turn your life completely over to Him, right here and right now.
God, what do you want me to do? Lord, give me the ability to see your will and the strength to do it, no matter what it may cost me. I consecrate myself completely to you right here and right not. Lead me wherever you want me to go.
Oremus,
+Michael pp

Wall of Fire

Father Francis Dominic wrote the other day:
In Zechariah 2:1-13 the prophet “lifted up his eyes, and saw, and behold a man, with a measuring line in his hand. And he said: Whither goest thou? and he said to me: To measure Jerusalem, and to see how great is the breadth thereof, and how great the length thereof.” (vs 1-2)
This vision symbolizes man determining the strength of the Church by the number of its members. But the Body of Christ in reality, has only one membership list – the Book of Life. And the Lord teaches us here how to really measure the Church.
Another angel comes and tells Zechariah, “And behold the angel that spoke in me went forth, and another angel went out to meet him. And he said to him: Run, speak to this young man, saying: Jerusalem shall be inhabited without walls, by reason of the multitude of men, and of the beasts in the midst thereof.” (3-4) This was a smaller group of people without a wall,(other translations say towns, villages without a wall) and they were thinking, “Who will come and join this despised group of ours? The other Jews are all living so comfortably in the North, in Babylon. But here we are, a small, despised group trying to build God’s temple. Who is interested in what we are doing?”
The angel came to encourage them and said, “Don’t worry. People from here and there will hear about you and will come and join you one day. Today you may be small. All of God’s work starts very small. But if God can find leaders who will stay true and not compromise His principles, then even if they are small, one day from north, south, east and west those who have a hunger for godliness and reality, will gradually hear of your group, and come and join you because they will recognize that God is in your midst and that you have life.” (read vss 6-11)
The Lord then told them, “I will be to [Jerusalem-the Church], saith the Lord, a wall of fire round about: and I will be in glory in the midst thereof.” (Zechariah 2:5). Everyone has to come through that wall of fire if he is to become a part of the True Church. That fire will burn up all his earthly ambitions and his desire to live for himself. Only then can he become a part of the Body of Christ. Those in the True Church have been baptized, they have been confirmed, they are doing all the right things outwardly, but if they have not walked through that wall of fire and allow it to purge out Self. They would lose their life. “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For he that will save his life, shall lose it: and he that shall lose his life for my sake, shall find it.” (Matthew 16:24-25)
Picture a city surrounded by a wall of fire. How can you enter that city? Only by going through the wall of fire. Everything that can be burnt will be burnt up by God as you enter through that wall. Only what cannot be burnt will go through the fire. “Our God is a consuming fire” (Hebrews 12:29). “Which of you can dwell with devouring [consuming] fire?” (Isaiah 33:14).
And then God goes on to say, “I will be the glory in the midst thereof.” (vs 5) If we want the glory of God to be in the Church, then we must allow Him to be a wall of fire around the Church. The two go together. If you say that God’s standards are too high and you throw water on the fire, then God’s glory will not be in the Church either. When the wall of fire goes away, the glory goes away too. The most important thing in a Parish is not how traditional it is but have its members gone through the wall of fire. Do they have the glory of God. Among them. If those two things are there, right doctrine and right Tradition will follow. If those two things are not there, mere Doctrine and Tradition alone are useless.

Binding And Loosing

“Binding and loosing” is a phrase which comes from the rabbis. It refers to the authority to make decisions binding on the people of God.
This authority includes interpreting and applying the Word of God and admitting people to and excommunicating them from the community of faith. For the Jews this meant the community of Israel. For Christians this means the Church.
In Matthew 16:19 Jesus gives this authority over his Church to Peter: “whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose upon earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven.”
In Matthew 18:18, he gives the power to all the apostles: “Amen I say to you, whatsoever you shall bind upon earth, shall be bound also in heaven; and whatsoever you shall loose upon earth, shall be loosed also in heaven.”
What the Apostle Peter possessed as an individual, the apostles as a whole possessed as leaders of the Church.
And so we continue to read in Matthew 18:19:
“Again I say to you, that if two of you shall consent upon earth, concerning any thing whatsoever they shall ask, it shall be done to them by my Father who is in heaven.”
The word translated “consent” or in other translations “agree” in verse 19, is the Greek word sumphoneo, from which our English word “symphony” is derived. Jesus was referring in these verses to a unity among the Apostles, that would be like a musical symphony. Symphony implies a deep harmony of spirit between those apostles and their successors. Symphony implies a deep harmony of spirit between those Bishops, their successors and their Pope. When the Church is like the symphony produced by a well-conducted orchestra, then (Jesus said) their prayers and their leadership will have such authority that anything they asked for would be granted.
The reason why such a Church could exercise the ‘binding and loosing authority’ was explained by Jesus: “For”, He said, “where there are two or three gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Christ the Head is present with all His authority in the midst of such a Church, and therefore the powers of Hell can never stand against it.
One reason why the Church described in The Acts of the Apostles knew the reality of this authority was because Peter our first Pope and the other apostles together had this harmony.
“All of these (Peter and the other apostles) were persevering with one mind in prayer”….. “And all they that believed, were together….And continuing daily with one ACCORD in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house”…… And they (the apostles and other believers)…..”with one accord lifted up their voice to God”……(Acts 1:14; 2:44,46; 4:24).
Because they were integrated into one spiritual Body under the authority of Christ and His representative here on earth, they could exercise the Lord’s authority in prayer. They were not highly educated, they had no social influence and no financial backing, yet they turned the then-known world upside down for Christ.
Today Satan ridicules the efforts of a disunited Church that says they speak for God but are full of adultery and unnatural affections of all sorts. We have liars, gossipers, hypocrites and lovers of this world flooding our Parishes. Those that call themselves the Church have for a foundation, not the Word of God but a humanistic, modern philosophy that does not and can not avail against Satan.
The Church needs to know again the reality of being one Body united.
A symphony that includes Sacred Scriptures, Apostolic Tradition, and Church’s Magisterium, together playing harmonious music that is conducted by the Holy Spirit, and played for God the Fathers honor and glory!
A Church properly related to each other, growing in love for one another and living in obedience to God is the greatest threat to the kingdom of the Devil on earth. Satan dreads nothing else as much as that. Let us make it our prayer that the Lord will help us to live each day in the light of the glorious truth of the Body. As more and more Catholics throughout the world begin to understand and to live by this truth, we shall assuredly see the Church, though small in number, restored to her pristine glory, an instrument in God’s Hands to rout the forces of darkness and a channel of blessing to a needy world. (Written by a friend)

You Are Dust

Dear friends,
“Remember man, you are dust and to dust you shall return.” (Genesis 3:19) Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the holy season of Lent. Let us make this Lent the best Lent of our lives.
“Now therefore saith the Lord: Be converted to me with all your heart, in fasting, and in weeping, and in mourning. And rend your hearts, and not your garments, and turn to the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, patient and rich in mercy, and ready to repent of the evil. Who knoweth but he will return, and forgive, and leave a blessing behind him, sacrifice and libation to the Lord your God?” (Joel 2:12-14) How far have we allowed our hearts to drift away from Almighty God? In the Old Testament, we read of people rending their garments, such as when the High Priest was trying Jesus. “Jesus saith to him: Thou hast said it. Nevertheless I say to you, hereafter you shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of the power of God, and coming in the clouds of heaven. Then the high priests rent his garments, saying: He hath blasphemed; what further need have we of witnesses? Behold, now you have heard the blasphemy:” (Matthew 26:64-65) Instead of tearing up our garments, it is time to rend our hearts, and ask God to come in and change them. How many of us have been lukewarm until now in fulfilling the will of God? “I know thy works, that thou art neither cold, nor hot. I would thou wert cold, or hot. But because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold, nor hot, I will begin to vomit thee out of my mouth.” (Apocalypse 3:15-16) The Holy Ghost here compares the lukewarm to vomit. It should be a disgusting thought, especially when we are not on fire with the love of God and ready to go into battle for Him as a member of the Church Militant.
And what will happen to the lukewarm, when the next bloody persecution comes? We are not ready for persecution, and yet it could be near, even at the door. This Lent we need to get serious about being Catholic. Being a Catholic is more than simply calling our self Catholic. We are part of the Church Militant; part of God’s army. The harvest is great, but the laborers are none. (Matthew 9:37) God is calling some who read this to go out into the fields and bring them in. The rest of us God is calling to support them, not just with our prayers and penances, but also with actual support materially. God is calling all of us to sacrifices.
Lent is more than a time to attend to our own spiritual needs, although this is essential at all times. Lent is also a time to work with the Household of the Faith. (Galatians 6:10)
Let us heed the advice of Jesus: “But thou, when thou fastest anoint thy head, and wash thy face; That thou appear not to men to fast, but to thy Father who is in secret: and thy Father who seeth in secret, will repay thee.” (Matthew 6:17-18) Instead, let us spread cheer as Saint Peter (I Peter 3:15) said: “But sanctify the Lord Christ in your hearts, being ready always to satisfy every one that asketh you a reason of that hope which is in you.” Yes, we must have hope, especially hope for eternal salvation. Yes, Lent is a time of fasting, and We ask you to review the fast laws.
Lent is next a time of spiritual spring cleaning. It is a time to look at our lives and to see where we need to make changes for the better. We have often prescribed two practices, tracking how we use our time for a week and how we use our money for a month. How many of us are wasting our time and money, showing we hold our own pleasures more important that Almighty God, our own families, etc.
And then Lent is time to get with our fellow soldiers in the Church Militant and work together to spread the good news of salvation to others, as well as to bear one another’s burdens. (Galatians 6:2)
During, this holy season, We also ask prayers for our project. We are working now to assemble the clergy in order to make more concrete plans.
And so this Lent, let us pray and ask God to come into our hearts and remove all that is not of Him from our hearts.
+Michael pp

The Will of God

Dear friends in Christ,

Frater Francis Dominic wrote the following, for us to take to heart.

Man’s greatest honor and privilege is to do the will of God. This was what the Lord Jesus taught His disciples. He once said that only those who did His Father’s will would enter the kingdom of Heaven (Matthew 7:21). He also said that His true brothers and sisters were those who did the will of God (Matthew 12:50). This emphasis was passed on by the apostles to their generation. Peter declared that God sets men free from sin so that they can do His will (1 Peter. 4:1-2). Paul proclaimed that believers are created anew in Christ Jesus so that they can walk in a path God has already mapped out for them. He therefore exhorted the Ephesian Christians not to be foolish, but to understand what the will of the Lord was for their lives (Ephesians 2:10; 5:17). He prayed for the Colossian Christians that they might be filled with the knowledge of God’s will. He told them that his co-worker Epaphras was also praying for them that they might fulfill all the will of God (Colossians. 1:9; 4:12). The apostle John taught that only those who did the will of God would abide forever (1 John 2:17).

Acts 13:22 seems to imply that David was called “a man after God’s own heart” because he desired to do the will of God alone. David himself tells us elsewhere that he delighted in doing God’s will (Psalms 4:8). He was not a perfect man. He committed many sins, some very serious ones, for which God had to punish him severely. Yet God forgave him and found pleasure in him because basically David wanted to do all of God’s will. This encourages us to believe that in spite of all our imperfections, we too can be men and women after God’s own heart – if only our hearts are set on doing His will.

The New Testament urges believers to walk as Jesus walked, following His example. The guiding principle of Jesus’ entire life and ministry was to do the will of His Father. He never moved until His Father told Him to. And when He did move, neither the threats of His enemies nor the pleadings of His friends could stop Him from doing what His Father required of Him. His daily food was to fulfill His Father’s will (John 4:34). As men crave for food to nourish their bodies, He craved to do the will of the One Who had sent Him. Every believer should have a similar hunger to fulfill all the will of God. How easy it is to pray, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven,” and then to do just as we please, without seeking God’s guidance in our daily lives.

The Bible teaches that God has a specific plan for each of our lives (Ephesians 2:10). He has planned a career for us, chosen a husband or wife for us and even planned where we should live and what we should do each day. In every case, His choice must be the best, for He knows us so well and He takes every factor into consideration. It is wisest then to seek His will in all matters – major as well as minor.

Many have made shipwreck of their lives by failing to seek the will of God right from their youth. It is indeed “It is good for a man, when he hath borne the yoke from his youth.” (Lamentations 3:27). In Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus invites us to take His yoke upon us. What does it mean to take the yoke? Oxen that are used to plow fields are kept together by a yoke upon their necks. When a new ox is to be trained to plow, it is yoked together with an experienced ox. The new one is thus compelled to walk in the same direction and at the same speed as the older ox. This is what it means to take the yoke of Jesus upon us. We shall have to walk with Jesus in the path that pleases Him, never rushing ahead to do anything without His leading, nor lagging behind when He calls to some new step of obedience. Few understand this meaning of the yoke. Fewer still are willing to accept it. The ox is forced by its owner to take the yoke upon its neck. But Jesus invites us. There is no compulsion here. How foolish we are to reject this invitation! We would rather take the heavy yoke of our own self-will with its accompanying frustrations, defeats, and regrets, than the light yoke of Jesus that brings true liberty and deep rest!

We read of Enoch that he “walked with God” (Genesis 5:22) he did not rush ahead nor lag behind, but walked in God’s appointed path as one under the yoke – for three hundred years. As a result, God testified that He was pleased with Enoch’s life (Hebrews 11:5). This is the only way that we please God – by living and moving under His yoke, in His perfect will. Only in this way shall we be able to stand before Him without regret when He comes again.

It is possible for a believer to miss God’s perfect will for his life. Saul was chosen by God to be king over Israel, but eventually as a result of his impatience and disobedience, God had to reject him. True, he remained on the throne for some years more, but he had missed God’s will for his life. Solomon is another example. He pleased God in this earlier years, but fell away later through marrying heathen women. Twice in the New Testament we are exhorted to take a warning from the example of the Israelites who perished in the wilderness. God’s perfect will for them was that they should enter Canaan. But all except two of them missed God’s best through unbelief and disobedience (1 Corinthians 10:1-12; Hebrews 3:7-14). Many believers have similarly missed God’s perfect plan for their lives through disobedience and compromise – often in marriage or in the choice of a career.

Each of us has but one life. Blessed is the man who like Paul, can say at the end of it, that he has finished his God-appointed task (2 Timothy 4:7).

“And the world passeth away, and the concupiscence [lust] thereof: but he that doth the will of God, abideth for ever.” (1 John 2:17).

“See therefore, brethren, how you walk circumspectly [carefully]: not as unwise, But as wise: redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore become not unwise, but understanding what is the will of God.” (Ephesians 5:15-17).

Let us consider this well: “How easy it is to pray, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven,” and then to do just as we please, without seeking God’s guidance in our daily lives.” We would like to close with a question: “Who is the interpreter of the will of God in the church?”

Oremus,

+Michael pp

Charity seeks not her own.

Beginning the Year of Prayer

Dear friends,

We woke up this morning to the following from Francis Dominic:

“And I sought among them for a man that might set up a hedge, and stand in the gap…….. and I found none.” (Ezekiel 22:30).

God has many tasks he desires to have accomplished in this world, and all of them are not as equal in how hard they are. For some tasks, He may use anyone. But for the harder task, the tasks that take more work and sacrifice, not everyone is prepared to do. For such vital tasks, God has to have a person who has been tested and proved through many trials and testings. And if such a person is not immediately available, then God will wait until such a person IS available. God does not do His work with the best available person, as men do. He will wait to do the work when he has someone perfect for the job.

We should never therefore desire to be merely used by God. We should seek to be valuable to His work. If that sounds strange to the ears listen to What Saint Pauls has to say to Saint Timothy:

“But the sure foundation of God standeth firm, having this seal: the Lord knoweth who are his; and let every one depart from iniquity who nameth the name of the Lord. But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and earth: and some indeed unto honour, but some unto dishonour. If any man therefore shall cleanse himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified and profitable to the Lord, prepared unto every good work.” (2 Timothy 2:19-21).

A man may use vessels of different materials in his work. But he will not value the earthen pots and the wooden crates as much as he values the gold and silver vessels. In the same way, although all who are Christians may be equally children of God, every child of God is NOT equally useful to Him in His work. Although there is no partiality with God, yet every vessel is not (in the words of Saint Paul), a sanctified,profitable, useful vessel. God prizes only very few, because they alone seek His will and His glory wholeheartedly.

This is why we must cleanse ourselves constantly from “all filthiness of the flesh and spirit” (in other words, from everything that is unlike Christ within us), if we are to be valuable vessels to God.

“Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of the flesh and of the spirit, perfecting sanctification in the fear of God” (2 Corinthians 7:1)

Once a person becomes a valuable vessel, God will depend on him greatly for His work. If such a man fails God, God’s work will be halted temporarily, until God can find another man whom He can use. Or take the vessel of silver or Gold that is unusable and melt it down and purify it in the fires until it is moldable for His use again.

In the history of the world, of Israel and of the Church, we see a number of examples of how God has very often been dependent on just ONE man in a particular situation to accomplish His purposes. But one man with God is always a majority.

And We would like to comment as we begin praying this year. Someone receiving this email is called to make an act of total self-sacrifice, because the person God calls is called to a life of selflessness. The rest of us are called to back you up in every way possible.

Oremus,

+Michael pp

p.s. Frater, We would like more inspirations.

2018: Year of Prayer

Oremus,

Dear friends,

We do not ordinarily ask for or make resolutions for the beginning of the New Year. This year We are making an exception. Let us make 2018 the Year of Prayer.

The Church runs on prayer. The success of the Pope in accomplishing his task depends not on the abilities and talents God has given Us. No, it depends on the prayers of the members of the Church. Your prayers are essential to the Church.

We would like to quote from one of Our staff: “God is looking for men and women even today in our land, who will stand in the gap for the Church – selfless people, who are not taken up with just their own needs, but who are concerned about God’s work. Many believers think that sanctification means just the refinement of their personal conduct and behaviour. But true sanctification makes a person selfless like God is – or in other words, like Jesus. …

“Many are willing to deny themselves and take up the cross if that will bring them some benefit – perhaps some spiritual benefit such as a place in the Bride of Christ finally – but still something for themselves. But if we were to ask ourselves, what we have denied ourselves solely for the benefit of others, we may discover that the answer is, ‘Almost nothing’.”

There is never a time to ask: “what is in it for me?” Instead we should say: “Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?” (Acts 9:6) As we pray for the needs of the Church; let us also ask God what He wants us to do to help His holy Church.

And so, let us pray,

Oremus,

+Michael pp