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April 30, 1998             SECTION ONE              vol 9, no. 84

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THE POWER OF THE ROSARY

     On this day we honor Pope Saint Pius V as we continue our five day string of saints. In a time when the Church was greatly endangered, God rose up a great pontiff consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and devotion to her holy cause of protecting the Church of her Divine Son Jesus. Just as Saint John Bosco conveyed through his vision how devotion to the Eucharist and to the Immaculate Heart of Mary would stay the good ship, Pius V proved the veracity of this through the Holy Rosary and the great victory at Lepanto. In today's editorial we parallel the scenario to then, to the vision of Saint John Bosco and to today when our Holy Father and the true traditions and doctrines of Holy Mother Church are challenged as well as threatened in a last-ditch effort by satan and his legions. For our editorial, "Pray! Pray! Pray!" Spiritual Warfare demands it! , click on today's CATHOLIC PewPOINT

"Pray! Pray! Pray!" Spiritual Warfare demands it!

      The parallels to the vision imparted to Saint John Bosco in 1862 and a similar battle that actually happened in 1571 are remarkable. The former shows the key to victory, the latter enacted it. The former emphasizes the two solid columns, the Two Pillars that soar into the sky from the thrashing waves. At the top of one column is a giant Eucharistic Host, miraculously suspended in midair above the colonade with rays of light streaming from it. At the top of the circular column is inscribed the Latin words Salus credentium which means "Salvation of believers." On the other pillar stands the Immaculate Mother of God with radiant light and clouds swirling around her in celestial glory. On this column is inscribed Auxilium Christianorum. Translated from the Latin it means "Help of Christians." These two pillars stand as the beacon for the flagship that is bearing down with enemy cannons and artillery on either side, along with the threats of the sea which endeavors to engulf and throw the vessel to and fro. At the helm of this flagship vessel is the Roman Pontiff. In John Bosco's time it could have been Pope Pius IX. In our time it could very well be Pope John Paul II and in the times known as the Battle of Lepanto, it was Pope Saint Pius V. It is the latter who we celebrate today in liturgical circles, honoring the 225th successor of Peter and one of the great Popes in Church annals. It is no coincidence that he was born in Bosco, Italy on January 17, 1504 and it is no coincidence that during his papacy from 1566 to 1572 another saint Saint Francis de Sales was born who Don Bosco would honor by founding the Society of St. Francis de Sales - the Salesians. All three were born in Italy, all three were giants in leaving a legacy for Holy Mother Church and responsible for countless souls. All three had a strong, undeniable devotion to Our Lady believing the best way to grow closer to Jesus was through His Holy Mother. They intuitively knew the Will of God and acted upon it for the good of all concerned.

     One of the greatest concerns during Pius V's pontificate was the mounting threat of the Turkish terror that roamed the Mediterranean. Christians cowered at the thought of the infidel threat. There seemed no hope whatsoever as the enemy moved in for the kill. But Pius was dauntless in his resolve that God would not allow Rome to fall and he formed the holy league with Venice and Spain. Along with the Papal States these allies helped soundly defeat the Turks in the Gulf of Corinth at what is called the Battle of Lepanto on October 7, 1571. It was an upset of tremendous proportions and from that point on Saracen domination on the seas and on land diminished greatly. But credit was not given to the military prowess of the holy league as media spinmeisters might do today were they covering the event. Rather, due credit was given to God and His Holy Mother through devotion to the Holy Rosary. It was Pius who rallied his flock to pray like never before and to pray the Rosary faithfully for "the Blessed Mother would not let us down if we truly trusted and believed" he conveyed to the faithful. They responded, Heaven responded and the rest, as they say, is history for the Battle of Lepanto has gone down as one of the greatest victories in the history of the Church. Pius V was quick to give credit where credit is due and dedicate that day to the Blessed Virgin, proclaiming it as the feast of Our Lady of Victory which was changed a few years later by his successor Pope Gregory XIII to be universally observed as the feast of the Holy Rosary.

     These "case histories" verify the importance of prayer and the inevitability of opposition to God's One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. Never has this been more evident than in these waning years of the second millennium. We speak of this in our on-going megaseries on the Church today in today's issue and we remind all that prayer is more important than ever. It is also no coincidence the way the liturgy is scheduled as we wind up April with the feast of St. Pius V, the great advocate of the Rosary and devotee of Mary and turn it over the next day to Saint Joseph the Worker, patron of the Church and protectress of Mary for it is this gentle, fatherly saint who ushers in the Month of Mary, the month devoted to devotion to her Holy Rosary that is capped with the feast of the Visitation on May 31. This year, in an odd twist of Providence, Pentecost Sunday falls on this same date. Many anticipate this could be the most appropriate time when the Holy Father proclaims the Fifth Dogma, known by many as the "Final Dogma" - that of officially declaring as dogma that Mary is Advocate, Co-Redemptrix and Mediatrix of all graces. This is something that was accepted at the Council of Trent which closed three years before Pius V became Pope, but it was Pius who implemented and perpetuated the beautiful truths of the Tridentine decrees. Now it just a matter of our present Holy Father putting the final, undeniable and indelible mark on the final dogma. When he does the flagship Holy Mother Church will be that much closer to securing safe harbor between the two pillars, but there will be one last typhoon of trouble as the great schism will rise from the swirling seas in a final great battle reminiscent of Lepanto. We'd do well to prepare now by heeding the advice of St. Pius V, St. Francis de Sales, St. John Bosco, our own John Paul II, countless other saints living and dead, and Our Lady, who at Medjugorje and elsewhere, urges us to "Pray! Pray! Pray!" Spiritual Warfare demands it!

Michael Cain, editor

THE POWER OF PROPHECY

     Continuing our on-going megaseries on the Church today and our special treatise on the vision of Saint John Bosco today we focus on the same theme as our editorial - the vitalness and vitality of prayer, citing examples of the power of prayer and showing how, through prayer, we can better discern when those nuns and deacons who should be leading us could be teaching heresy without even realizing it because they were not rooted in God's Holy Will first and foremost and "went along" with everything they were told without knowing what the true teachings are. We show that we need only ask and God will guide us to the Truth, but we must be willing to ask, seek and knock. For the sixty-seventh installment A Spiritual Battle, click on WHERE'S HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?

Wake-up Call to all Catholics the thirty-first clarion

installment sixty-seven

One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic - part twenty-seven: A Spiritual Battle

"Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you."

Matthew 7: 7 and Luke 11: 9
      As mentioned in the last several installments there is a concentrated effort to remove Pope John Paul II from the chair of Rome by liberals and modernist radicals within the Church. There is a schism brewing just below the surface ready to erupt. Only one thing can prevent this from boiling over and that is prayer. In this installment today we will show how prayer was able to offset threats of schism, subterfuge and heresy as well as bring you examples of popes and saints who God raised up during those turbulent times. Two of those principals we celebrate this week in Saint Catherine of Siena and Pope Saint Pius V. Throughout the history of Holy Mother Church there have been well over thirty times that the College of Cardinals have selected a pope even while another sits on the throne. This, most times, has resulted in the former being the antipope. Such was the case in the early years of the fourteenth century when Pope John XXII was the rightful successor of Peter, but when the Bavarian Emperor Louis IV purportedly deposed John XXII in 1328 at Avignon the conclave elected Nicholas V as his successor. The trouble was he was not succeeding John since John was still validly supreme pontiff. Therefore Nicholas became an antipope. However, in time Nicholas realized the error and submitted to the true Pope in 1330. These times are considered some of the darkest times for the papacy - the seventy-year "Avignon Exile." It was only through fervent prayer that God chose to use a holy woman in a macho European world. That was, of course, St. Catherine who ultimately convinced the Pope to return the papacy to Rome. She did it through grace and prayer; not just her own but by organizing others to campaign in a prayer crusade for God's Will to be accomplished. So also did Pius V two centuries later. During the later part of the sixteenth century the Turkish navy was gaining an alarming foothold in the Mediterranean, terrorizing all Christians. Pius was extremely concerned and called on the powers of Heaven for help. Guided by the Holy Spirit he formed a holy league against the Turks, enlisting the aid of Spain and Venice and, in a last-ditch effort to stop the infidels from usurping Christianity, called on the faithful to pray the Holy Rosary. In an upset of major proportions, the holy league soundly defeated the superior Turks in the Gulf of Corinth at the Battle of Lepanto. It was a victory that would go down in Church annals as one of the greatest ever and Pius V credited it all to the power of the Rosary! To perpetuate this he established the Feast of the Our Lady of Victory on October 7, the day of the victory. His successor Pope Gregory XIII permanently changed the name to the Feast of the Holy Rosary.

     Prayer was the key and is so today. That is why the Blessed Mother of God constantly asks for our prayers in all her apparitions and messages; that is why the Church her Divine Son Jesus founded asks all the flock and shepherds to pray in unison; that is why the Rosary has been called the most powerful weapon we have in our spiritual arsenal. Our Lady said at Akita, Japan and in Amsterdam when she appeared once again as Our Lady of All Nations that the clergy was in turmoil with cardinals fighting cardinals, bishops opposing bishops, and that the only salvation was through prayer and by employing the laity - the infantry of the Church militant. Her words were "The clergy are too few. Mobilize the Laity!" Just as Pius V mobilized the holy league made up of lay warriors willing to do whatever it took for victory against insurmountable odds, so also John Paul II, along with Heavenly help from the Two Hearts, is calling the Church Militant to mount their artillery of prayer as the only defense against the threatening schism.

     This schism is ready to explode and satan is fueling the fuse. The evil one hates to hear John Paul II's pronouncements of praise for Mary and her Divine Son and he shudders to think of this Polish Pope leading the Church into the next millennium. He hates to hear of talk of the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart and knows the consequences. He is in a serious state of self-denial for he knows his time is limited, but refuses to admit it. He will do anything he can to prevent the Holy Father from fulfilling this mission of leading the Church into the third millennium as well as this Pope, whose pontificate is dedicated to Our Lady through Totus Tuus and who many are expecting will declare the "Final Dogma" of Mary as Co-Redemptrix, Advocate and Mediatrix of all grace before Jubilee 2000. This is one of satan's greatest fears and so he is stirring up dissent among the faithful, preying on liberal fears and spreading the lies that such a declaration will do much damage to ecumenism and be a terrible divisive tool that will tear the Church apart. That is exactly what lucifer wants - to destroy the Church and he is clever. He thrives on turning one against another in distrust and the liberals and modernists, blinded by their own agendas, are buying into it, just as so many are buying into the heresy that Christ is not truly present in the Holy Eucharist but just a symbol. This is Protestant from the roots and needs to be chopped off there. The Catholic teaching, the infallible teaching has always been and ever will be that Jesus is present Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in the Blessed Eucharist confected from bread and wine at the Consecration during the Canon of the Mass. Yet so many liberal nuns, deacons and pastoral administrators are trying to take charge that they have believed this heresy and are either knowingly or unknowingly spreading it to the masses. No wonder the majority of faithful are confused, no wonder these nuns and deacons are confused. They have been taught this in the liberal scholastic circles and have accepted whatever their teachers told them at face value without questioning their sources because it is easier that way than knowing the true teachings of Holy Mother Church and challenging anything that diverts from the Dogmas, Doctrines and Traditions. So many of these teachers are of a liberal, radical bent that it is finally causing serious concern among bishops who are beginning to see the light, opting to send their candidates to schools who teach a more orthodox curriculum not just for the sake of the future of the Church, but, sadly, to avoid the confrontations with traditional, loyal Catholics who are besieging the bishops in many diocese about the aberrations that are going on right under their noses. Fortunately many bishops are hearing the message and even amending their own liberal ways, but there are still too many who cling to the modernist notion and the lie that John Paul II is taking the Church in the wrong direction. Blinded by their own agendas, they have forgotten that powerful weapon - the Rosary and the Holy Eucharist. In dioceses where the Bishops have intensified devotion to the Eucharist with adoration and encouraged recitation of the Rosary, vocations are beginning to flourish and the faithful are returning in droves. Not only that but donations and tithing is up. That has to wake up the bishops who too often put so much credence on the bottom line.

     But the bottom line is really not how much money is accrued, but how many souls are saved. Like the times of Catherine and Pius V, God gives extra strength to the laity as we shall see in our next installment when we shall cite a few more examples of how the Laity mobilized to fend off threats against Holy Mother Church.


THE POWER OF GOD'S LOVE

  &nsp;  Both the 144th and 145th Messages from the Immaculate Heart of Mary and her Divine Son Jesus respectively, have as their underlying theme to pray and discern. This same advice that we speak of in the two articles above Our Lady and Our Lord bring home in loving ways, urging us to stay the course and to turn to them for everything. Christ speaks of the "signs of the Power and Victory of God in the universe" by following all His Holy Mother advises. These messages, six hundred and thirty two in all, were imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart from late September 1990 through the Feast of Corpus Christi in 1995 and are meant to be shared with the world. Click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

Messages One Hundred Forty-Four and Forty-Five

Message One Hundred Forty-Four, January 20, 1992

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart of Mary)
      Beloved Hidden Flower, I have come. To all my children I say: Prepare the Way of the Lord. He comes to you everyday, most particularly in the Holy Eucharist. He comes also in glory after my Immaculate Heart triumphs. Do not endeavor by finite calculations to determine the precise moment when all shall be fulfilled. I solemnly tell you all shall be fulfilled, and great shall be God's victory for all mankind. Rather, I ask you once again to become living prayers for my plan unfolds. The signs are clearly visible in your world. Every headline lends credence to the Divine Origin of these words, and all my words are given to many of my little ones. I am calling you to Love, which is the Way of the Cross. This Way should permeate every aspect of your life, deriving from ardent, supernatural love. It then becomes both a way of obedient, willing suffering transformed to joy and peace by the Mercy of my Son Jesus Christ.

      I ask you to renew the Way of the Cross in your hearts. I ask you to make this the hallmark of your Lent, as an outward sign of commitment, that each one may be joined to the Sacred Passion and my Son's Infinite Mercy.

      I solemnly tell you that it is necessary to walk, to live the Way of the Cross for you have entered the time of great tribulation. The beast of hell is like a beast who appears slumbering but who lies in wait to strike. The beast will strike and no nation shall be spared. The evils of society which you perceive to be dead are sleeping beasts, ready to devour. Even as I speak to you, the evil one maneuvers his army into more intricate formations to snatch all of you from God. He, the evil one, weaves a complicated web of darkness. But he shall lose for the Triune Divinity's way is straight, smooth and simple. God's laws are not complicated, intricate. In your hearts these words ring Truth, and life then is one straightforward journey toward Celestial Light.

      Put aside all trappings of satan's half-truths, his disguised schemes. Commit yourselves to Jesus, my Son, through my Immaculate Heart and pray for the unity of all people through the grace of the Holy Spirit.

      Be vigilant, steadfast, strong. I remain with you. I bless you. Thank your for responding to my Call!


Message One Hundred Forty-Five: January 23, 1992

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Sacred Heart of Jesus)
(Holy Family Cathedral in Tulsa, Oklahoma)
      Beloved Hidden Flower, how precious are all My children to Me. How My Heart throbs with Love as they come to Me in the Tabernacle. But My children do not yet fully understand that it is My Mother who brings them into My presence, where My Infinite Graces radiate to all.

      Yes, you gather in this My House to hear of My Mother's Messages. Do you realize this is My Will? Do you understand better that it is I, God, Who desires respect and honor for My Holy Mother? It is She, The Mother, who brings so many of My children to Me. Would you be here, in My presence, were it not for My Mother?

      My little ones, I ask you to listen well to the words of My Mother, for they are My words and My Infinite Graces and Merits which She, the Eternal Virgin, dispenses. Yes, Eternal, for before time began She was known to the Trinity.

      Dear little ones, the unity of My Church is about to begin. You will see the much- needed purification of My Church as the great schism is fulfilled. My little ones, listen well, for I, Jesus Christ, Son of God, tell you to gird yourselves with ardent faith, to wear always the armor of Christ which is Love, and to receive now the Sign of My Cross which all who are My children wear. Hear Me. Love Me. Obey Me. Pray and let My Mother guide you, for great shall be the signs of the Power and Victory of God in the universe.

      Read Sacred Scripture and pray for the grace of the Holy Spirit. Rejoice, My children, as My Mother's Heart Triumphs. Help My Mother. Pray and receive the Sacraments.

      I, Jesus Christ, bless you and remain with you. Will you remain with Me?

NEXT WEEK: Messages One Hundred Forty-Six and One Hundred Forty-Seven


Events this day in Church History

     For events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME

Historical Events in Church Annals for April 30:


April 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message for

     Dear children! Today I call you, through prayer, to open yourselves to God as a flower opens itself to the rays of the morning sun. Little children, do not be afraid. I am with you and I intercede before God for each of you so that your heart receives the gift of conversion. Only in this way, little children, will you comprehend the importance of grace in these times and God will become nearer to you. Thank you for having responded to my call.
For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE

PROVERB OF THE DAY

"The Lord is is a stronghold to him who walks honestly, but to evildoers, their downfall."

Proverbs 10: 29


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