Saint Paul summed it up best in reference to private revelations in 1 Thessalonians 5: 19-21, "Do not extinguish the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies. But test all things; hold fast that which is good." Paul knew God would continue to speak to His children in ways not common to man and he urged the people not to douse the flame of the Holy Spirit, not to "despise prophecies" by negating Heavenly messages. He advises us to "test all things" through proper discernment which does not mean our opinion but rather to examine if all, that is being imparted through private revelation, is totally in line with everything professed through Public Revelation? IF it is not, then go to the proper authorities, but be sure to have proof. Many have spoken out against God's messengers without conclusive evidence setting themselves up as self-appointed firemen who douse the Spirit. How will they explain this to the Almighty on Judgment Day?
That day is fast approaching. When, no one knows but the Father, but we do know it is coming; of that, we can be sure. We all need to control our mouths, to zip the lip and open our ears and hearts. We're really good at rendering our own "opinion" about a myriad of things from abortion, AIDS, the status of the Church today, the brainwashing of the constant media blitz in our lives. No wonder the Mother of God told us years ago at Medjugorje to turn off the TV's and radios, forget the local newspaper, the secular magazines that litter our homes with their obnoxious articles and ads. Our minds are like sponges that soak up all that our senses take in. If only we could soak up God through the sense of the soul, then our other, senses would seek God, and not the world. Impossible you say? No, not in the least. We're programmed to be "informed" of current events, unmindful that God is Timeless and is therefore and always will be a "current event!
We have to be ever mindful of God's Presence in our lives. We have to know He is there and is the main reason to hit the brake and STOP in order to use the time to enter into heartfelt prayer with Him. We need to recognize His Will in all things so we can YIELD to Him first and foremost and not to His adversary even when we see "everyone else going the other way." We can't let ourselves get trapped into compromising our values, rationalizing that if everyone else is doing it, it must be right and anyway, who has the right to tell us what is right and wrong. We're adults. Yes, in the eyes of the world we are, but in the eyes of God - and that's all that really counts - we are little children who desperately need Him, need His signs to guide us along the way. God sets the standards not man. He alone has the right to establish right from wrong, and no one else. That' He has done, but do we always adhere to His Laws? Evidently not. That's why He sends His Mother. Time is running out on mankind. That's not doom and gloom, that's just the facts, folks. The world, as we know it, is going to hell in a hand-basket. Those are our words, but those are not just our opinions. They are, rather, straight from the Blessed Mother, straight from Jesus in Sacred Scripture. Are we listening? Are we heeding the signs?
God is so merciful and patient in bestowing these signs to help us. No matter where we may have been in our past, we must realize that God is all Merciful and Forgiving to a humble and contrite heart. God does not look back and neither should we. We should keep our eyes focused on the road ahead, realizing always why we are on that road in the first place.
If we're not already on that road, then to everything there is a season, and it's time that we TURN in the direction God desires us to steer - t Heaven. We cannot arrive there if we look at worldly signs, for these lead to perdition and a definite DEAD END. The world has filled up the chalice in its offenses against God. It seems that every capital sin, even every venial sin committed everyday is more and more being rationalized and justified away because the "conscience," both individual and collective, has been so watered down as to be non-existent. With all these road hazards, it's still not too late to pave over the past by repenting, by changing the signs of man's disobedience to God.
In the midst of this changing season, on this day we celebrate the feast of Saint Teresa of Avila, one of the great crusaders of the Church and a respectable Doctor of the Church who heeded God's signs let us renew our commitment, imitate the season and FALL upon our knees before the Almighty Merciful One; it's our chance to take that indispensable vehicle known as our soul in for a complete overhaul and tune-up by amending our lives lest we EXIT into hell because we MERGED with satan's legions. This could happen if we fail to vote our conscience in the upcoming election three weeks away. If there is a pro-life candidate, support them. If there is a pro-abortion candidate defeat them. If we fail to consider God's role and Will in a these elections that could bring us to a DEAD END if we don't pray and discern. This DEAD END will definitely become a reality if we fail to YIELD to God's Forgiveness and Mercy and to obey Him in ALL THINGS!
What have we got to lose? Only our eternal souls!!!! So buckle up, rev up the prayers and petitions, throw the throttle into the gear of grace and ease into the "fast" lane where our sacrifices will fuel our resolve to do all God asks through Public Revelation and Our Lady's Messages of private revelation. If we do this, then the potholes of life on the rough and narrow road will become the smooth portal to Eternal Life where we shall safely reach our destination and see face to face the SIGN of our salvation - God Himself!
First day of the new Gregorian Calendar which was introduced in Italy and other Catholic countries. In order to make the transition from the old Julian Calendar to the new one authored by Pope Gregory XIII it was necessary to eliminate ten days. Thus, when people went to sleep on the night of the 4th in 1582, the next day they woke up was October 15th.
Death of Saint Teresa of Jesus from Avila, Spain who was so instrumental in reforming the Carmelites and spurring on Saint John of the Cross to do the same for the priests. For more on this first female Doctor of the Church, see TODAY'S LITURGY.
Pope Leo XIII issues his encyclical Dall' alto Dell' Apostolico seggio intended primarily to the Italian bishops and their flocks on the evils of Freemasonry.