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February 26, 1998
SECTION ONE   vol 9, no. 41
Medjugorje Monthly Message for February 25th
Dear children! Also today I am with you and I, again, call all of you to come closer to me through your prayers. In a special way, I call you to renunciation in this time of grace. Little children, meditate on and live, through your little sacrifices, the Passion and Death of Jesus for each of you. Only if you come closer to Jesus will you comprehend the immeasurable love He has for each of you. Through prayer and your renunciation you will become more open to the gift of faith and love towards the Church and the people who are around you. I love and bless you. Thank you for having responded to my call! For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE
The Essence of the Medjugorje Message
A Call To Peace from
the Queen of Peace
According to the testimony of the visionaries in
Medjugorje, Our Lady introduced herself: "I am the
Queen of Peace" Mary is calling all of humanity to
PEACE, PEACE, PEACE - for it is necessary to save all
humanity. We have to begin by first creating peace
within our hearts, then in our families and then in this
war-threatened world. This can be done in the following
COMMITMENT TO GOD
Turn to Him and communicate with Him. He is
our Eternal Father. Let Him rule your life. Begin
by turning away from sin.
Through our trust in the Lord and our total belief
that Mary is the Mother of all God's children on
earth. Faith is our lifeline to God. So live it.
Our Lady specifically calls for daily prayer
consisting of the Apostles' Creed, 7 Our Father's, 7
Hail Mary's, and 7 Glory Be's which incorporate the
"Peace Rosary"; then the whole Rosary and, if
possible, all 15 Decades meditating on the
Mysteries; daily reading of the Word of God in
Sacred Scripture; and personal communication
with God throughout our active daily duties and
during quiet time with your own special prayers
between you and God.
Mary asks us to fast on Wednesdays and Fridays
and, if possible, on only bread and water. If this is
unfeasible, then restraining from various activities
is encouraged so that we may begin to abandon
our worthless worldly values, denying the flesh,
the world, and the devil. These sacrifices will help
assure eternal bliss for ourselves and others.
Our Blessed Mother asks us to receive the Holy
Sacraments as often as possible. She requests
monthly Confession or even more frequently for the
Sacrament of Reconciliation and asks that we
worthily and reverently receive her Divine Son in
the Holy Eucharist as often as possible at the Holy
Sacrifice of the Mass.
While the ashes fade, memories of this Ash Wednesday will not!
The exhilarating sight of over 800 people packing into church for Ash Wednesday gives all hope that the faith is indeed alive and thriving. This was the editor's experience at Daily Mass on Ash Wednesday. For the inspiring story SRO on Ash Wednesday in today's commentary, click on Today's CATHOLIC PewPOINT
SRO on Ash Wednesday!
Often in this column we rail against the abuses in the Church and lament the times when there was more reverence. But today we are thrilled to bring you some good news that should lift the spirits of everyone as we embark upon the season of Lent. We arrived at Mass on Ash Wednesday morning about ten minutes before it started. Normally Daily Mass at St. Mark's in San Marcos is attended by 80 to 100 people in the side chapel. On the way to Mass the family took bets if Mass would still be in the side chapel or in the main church. After all, it was a weekday, and many would already be on their way to work since Mass begins at 8 a.m. every morning. They also have an evening Mass every day making it convenient for those who have to get to work early. As we pulled into the church parking lot there wasn't a stall to be had. Cars were lined up for a block and a half on the street and we found a space way in the yonder regions of an overflowing lot. As we sauntered through the parking lot towards the church we were smiling from head to toe. Even on Sundays it never seemed this full. Much to our amazement and sheer delight the faithful were packed in the pews with standing room only. We were fortunate to find a pew at the back that could accommodate all four of us. As many know, we usually opt for the front pew on the right because it's always empty since few want to sit up front - call it fear of being stared down by the celebrant during the homily or sheepishness when the collection plate is passed. We also have always liked the front pew because then our sons and us, as well, can concentrate solely on the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass with no distractions in front of us. It also became a habit over the years, especially when they were younger, where our sons had to be on their best behavior because everyone could see their every move if they misbehaved or slouched. So over the years from St. Bernard's in Bella Vista to St. Pius X in Dallas to St. Mark's in San Marcos that's always been our familiar abode at Mass. For whatever reason few, except little old pious ladies and our family ever choose the front pew. But on Ash Wednesday it was filled to the gills eleven across where it comfortably would seat eight to ten. In fact, other than a few pockets in the middle pews - where aisle huggers don't move toward the center, often confusing the ushers - there was no room to be had. This was doubly amazing because little fanfare had been given to Ash Wednesday other than to announce in the bulletin that Masses would be the same times on Ash Wednesday as regular weekday except that a Spanish Mass would be held at 7:30 at night to go with the two normal English-speaking Novus Ordos.
We are still beaming at this turnout of faithful and display of faith that frankly was larger than any other weekday Mass or even Holy Day of Obligation weekday Mass we had ever attended. There had to be roughly 800 to 900 people packed into this three wing church in the lowlands of San Marcos Valley where flood waters from El Nino the night before had washed away three of the four conduits leading to the church, tucked at the base of the verdant hills rising to the sky behind it. Yet there were literally 9 month-olds and 90 year-olds there, along with practically every other age and nationality - families, business men and women, retired folks, singles. But no ushers since this wasn't a Sunday Mass, yet the good folk found their way with little help. They all came to give God homage on a day that is not mandated by the Church. But they came because they realized the importance of Lent, the importance of Ash Wednesday, the importance of receiving the ashes which mark them as Christ's Own. That has to be one of the most inspiring and hopeful signs we have seen in ages - even before Vatican II when so many turned out for Daily Mass - there wasn't an outpouring of voluntary attendance like this! It gives one great hope for the future that there are parishes like this where the people live their faith and show it. They weren't there for social reasons. They were there because they truly believed.
We indeed have been blessed with the parishes we've been part of over the last decade. At St. Bernard's in Bella Vista the pastor Father Joseph Enderlin was a conservative priest who was open to all Our Lady was asking and heard confessions every day before Daily Mass; at St. Pius X in Dallas our pastor was a prince - actually a monsignor - who had governed the parish for 41 years and had always been loyal to the Church and the Holy Father, allowing no modernism or liberal practices to creep in. When Monsignor Thomas Weinzapfel retired in 1996, he was succeeded by a younger priest -Father Ramon - who carried on the torch of faith with a zeal for firing people up to the love of the Lord and the gifts of the Holy Spirit with excellent charismatic speaking skills who wasn't afraid to speak on sin and the Commandments, and was also open to Our Lady's messages. Now that we're back home in Southern California we have once again found a healthy Roman Catholic parish that is thriving not because of social programs but because of the pious example of its pastor Monsignor Thomas Healy an older, conservative Irish priest and his able assistant Father Aurelio Crisologo - a Filipino priest affectionately known as "Father Cris" who reminds us so much of another Filipino pious priest - Father Santos Mendoza, our confessor for five years while we were in the midwest. Each priest in our journey from our dear, beloved spiritual director Father Al Svobodny, OMI - who this editor has known and tried to emulate for over forty years - to our current pastor, exemplifies the ideals God wants in His priest-sons and Mary is pleased.
And so, as the ashes on the ol' forehead fade, the impressions of the morning Mass won't for a long time. For while the ashes are temporary, the mark on the souls of these faithful, who braved the elements to pack the church, is indelible. That has to boost the faith of all striving, loyal Catholics to persevere and realize, despite the horror stories that the leftists are taking over the Church, that the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church is very much alive and thriving. Evidence of that: SRO on Ash Wednesday!
Michael Cain, editor
Stay the Course!
In this week's installment of our feature mega series on the state of the Church today, we continue with the Vision Saint John Bosco received on May 30, 1862 in a dream. It was a vision for today and we'd be wise to better understand it for all that was foretold is coming to pass. For the sixtieth installment, part twenty as we sound the thirty-first clarion, click on WHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?
INTRODUCTION: The Feature Article, begun in the inaugural issue two years ago, deals with the state of the Church. We continue probing the question that has perplexed the Magisterium and the laity for the past 30 years as the liberal element has left its mark, effecting changes that have seemingly watered down the "Roman Catholic" traditions. Yet, God in His Infinite Wisdom, has allowed this to happen for a specific purpose. He has been preparing us in a special way by sending His very Own Blessed Mother to guide us and remind us of our roots. Through perseverance, prayer and loyalty to Holy Mother Church headed by the Holy Father John Paul II and adhered to by the faithful who will not compromise, the pendulum is beginning to swing back toward the conservative side. In the sixtieth installment of this on-going feature series, we continue to sound the clarion as a wake-up call to all Catholics, especially bringing to the attention of all Catholics the inherent dangers of many heresies being spewed about and given silent consent by some bishops, archbishops and even cardinals who fail to speak out against these aberrations and the way these heresies are rubber-stamped by the media. If we allow the modernists, liberals and some cafeteria Catholics to dictate what our faith should or shouldn't be we're going to be in big trouble when the third millennium dawns. In this eighth chapter for 1998 we continue to alert the reader to what is happening and sound the call to arms, to enlist in Mary's army and take up the battle cry: Enough! God said it, we believe it, that settles it! Too many Catholics are going their own way with little regard to what their spiritual shepherd - the Vicar of Christ says. Sin is whitewashed. If we're not careful there will be a tremendous backwash and who among us wants to get caught in the vortex of that swirling whirlpool of Justice? With this chapter we continue our multi-installments on the vision to Saint John Bosco and its meaning today, outlining its significance and affirming much of what has been foretold for these times...times of peril for the faithful. That is the crux of our retort for this series is a set blueprint for Catholics everywhere to take up the banner of truth in defending Christ's One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.
Wake-up Call to all Catholics the thirty-first clarion
Beware of False Prophets in the American Church - part twenty: Living the Vision - the battle has begun!
"Thou art Peter and upon this rock I will build My Church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it."
Matthew 16: 18
Picking up where we left off last week on the vision and messages imparted to Saint John Bosco on May 30, 1862. The interesting aspect of this is that this year May 30, 1998 is the vigil of Pentecost. And these next two years are the focal point for this mystical vision St. John or Don Bosco received. Just as the approved La Salette messages refers to the corrosion within the Church, so also in John Bosco's dream is he shown and told of the perils ahead for those who are not loyal to Christ's Vicar on earth and His Church. Following are the words to John Bosco as he related:
"Now the voice from Heaven addresses the Pastor of pastors [the Pope]: 'You are in the great conference with your Assessors, but the enemy of the good does not rest for a moment. He is studying and deploying every devise against you; he will raise up enemies from among My sons [priest-sons]. The powers of this world will vomit fire and will stifle the words of those who guard My law.'"
That might have sounded pretty forboding one hundred and thirty six years ago with no one truly understanding it, but we, who live in these times and have experienced first-hand this deceit and treachery by the enemies of the Pope and Holy Mother Church know only too well the prophetic nature of these words and their fulfillment. Look at first the Masonic movement, then the Catholic bashing that has gone on for years by the false prophets of today - the media. Finally, look within our Church and see these splinter groups who no longer offer healthy discussion but rather seek to undermine the stability and credibility of the Church Jesus Christ established in Matthew 16: 18-19. Such liberal, radical and dangerous groups as "We Are Church," "Call to Action," and other fringe modernist groups openly assail the Holy Father, openly criticize the teachings, doctrines, and even dogmas of the Church. They are unwittingly willing allies of the evil one in weakening the hull of the Barque of Peter by launching spears of confusion and cannon balls of dissent from the disobedient crafts they represent. Like the turbulent waves and swirling whirlpool water spouts, they seek to suck the good ship down into the depths but, true to the prophecy in Sacred Scripture and in private revelation - specifically Rue de Bac, La Salette, Lourdes, and Fatima as well as John Bosco's vision, the Church will survive this terrible tormenting storm and reach the safe harbor moored to the twin pillars of the Holy Eucharist and devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary for the Blessed Mother has promised "In the end my Immaculate Heart will triumph!" That is another reason why Our Lady reiterates over and over and over the necessity of the Holy Eucharist and devotion to her. You see God has a method to His divine madness and whether one wants to consider it madness or being mad, we know He's not happy! In fact He's downright saddened at the exodus of priests and bishops, even cardinals not to mention the plethora of laity who have abandoned Him, who have abandoned His Church. We say exodus because even though they may still be within the Church in name, in spirit and in deed they are no longer members of the Church militant for they have excommunicated themselves through their heresy just as Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz explained when he decreed that those who were members of "Call To Action, We Are Church," and that ilk have excommunicated themselves via the Code of Canon Law. But the final judge is, of course, the Supreme Judge Who alone can cast the deciding vote. Our prayer and hope is that they see the error of their ways before they are capsized on the rough seas of dissent and hate. The Barque of Peter stands tall in throwing them the lifesaver, but they must want to be saved...they must be willing to swim to it, they must be willing to admit their errors and seek repentance and reunion with Rome. If enough could muster the humility to do this, the seas would be quelled just as Jesus commanded in Scripture and the cruise to the twin pillars would be on waters as smooth as glass. But so many are too proud as John Bosco was told:
"It will not be. They will work evil, but they will do it against themselves." This confirms Christ's words in Matthew 12: 25, that "Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation and every city or house divided against itself will not stand." But we also have Jesus' assurance that, though His Church may be divided, it will not fall asunder because He has promised in Matthew 16: 18, that "...the gates of hell shall not prevail against it."
Yet, this does not mean there will not be casualties among the crew aboard the Barque of Peter. The ship will survive, but many of its members will suffer martyrdom for the true faith. John Bosco affirms this in the words he was given:
"There will be prevarication among the learned as well as among the ignorant. Your blood and the blood of your sons will wash away the filth with which you besmirch the Law of your God."
This signals both a threat as well as a decree that martyrdom is mandatory for the sake of our souls, the sake of Christ, the sake of countless others for whom the martyrs' deaths serve as expiation for their sins. Christ has said, "No greater love does man have than to lay down his life for another." As we near the third millennium does it seem like the Church is coming full circle? That we will return to the circumstances of the early martyrs? It is possible for today there are many martyrs of the Church around the world - in South America, in Asia and Africa. Even in Europe, Australia and the United States many are undergoing a martyrdom of a different type where they strive to persevere in a sea of indifference and progressive modernism, seeing Our Lord diminished in the Holy Eucharist and the Word, while man is exalted. Anyone who is truly Catholic and experienced this understands the fathoms of this martyrdom.
In the next installment we shall continue this thread on John Bosco's vision and the role Our Lady plays in all of this and why devotion to her Immaculate Heart is so paramount. For now, those with graphics, can view two visions of John Bosco's vision from two different perspectives. One is the traditional tableau depicting John Bosco in the foreground watching the Barque of Peter sailing safely between the twin pillars with the Holy Father standing upon the bough with the sinking ships of the enemy all around. This is the one we carry on our home port page. The other painting is of an entirely different perspective, painted by Matthew R. Brooks, and copyrighted 1995-98 with all rights reserved. We have received his personal permission to publish it on these pages and we do so with great joy for his depiction of John Bosco's dream conveys a powerful struggle at sea that shows the devastation of war on both sides. Just looking at this impressive canvas one can feel the waves rocking beneath as the ship lists strongly to portside, compelling the cardinals to one side while the Pope's special Swis guards fight valiantly as some are felled. One can get the impending feel of both the storm and approaching enemy crafts which threaten the Barque of Peter, set on the course toward the safe harbor of the twin pillars, seen on the horizon in the background where a glow illuminates them in the stormy skies. It is truly a work of beauty and inspiration. For those without graphics capability, we urge you to find a computer where you can best view the impressiveness of these magnificent paintings.
To review all past installments of this on-going series, go to Archives beginning with the inaugural A CALL TO PEACE internet issue in January 1996. volume 7, no. 1.
Listen and Learn!
As we enter into the forty days of Lent it is important to heed what our Blessed Mother has been telling us for years. Things she has repeated over and over and still we don't get it. No wonder she has told her messenger Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart and Father Don Stefano Gobbi that she has said all she can and no longer is coming to them with messages. For messages one hundred twenty-five and one hundred and twenty-six of these over 630 messages to the world, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
Messages One Hundred Twenty-Five and Twenty-Six
Message One Hundred Twenty-Five, November 15, 1991
Feast of Saint Albert the Great
(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart of Mary)
Beloved Hidden Flower, tell my dear children everywhere that I point out the coming Advent season. I invite all my children to ponder deeply the meaning of Advent. It's significance is of utmost importance, for as it is to prepare all to welcome my Divine Son, it's a time which shall signal the unfolding of many events which shall fulfill all I have foretold.
I solemnly tell you satan shall strike at my chosen ones who live and seek to spread my Divine Son's Truth, and my messages. He desires to strike at the unity of the age of Mercy. He seeks by means of rumors, petty jealousies, falsehoods and even envy to prevent all my little ones to come together in one Mind and One Heart through the Grace of the Holy Spirit.
Persecutions shall increase for all who remain beneath my Mantle. Do not despair. I am with all my children pointing out the sure way to my Son.
I ask of all my beloved priest-sons to awaken from doubt and to labor ever more zealously to spread my messages. I ask them to be open to the Spirit that they may proclaim their support. I solemnly tell you it is to my little ones that I make myself known, for great is their faith and love.
Awaken, o, my doubting ones. I bring God's peace to all. I warn, I urge, I reproach so you may divest yourselves of all worldly attachments and hear the Love which pours forth from my Immaculate Heart.
Arm yourselves with God. Be converted. Support one another and be reconciled. The age of Grace and Mercy has been set by God, as has the time of His Justice.
The chastisement is already upon you. It shall intensify. Increase your prayers, my little ones, mitigate the chastisement. They cause countless souls to be saved.
Love one another with deep, sublime love and believe. I love you. I bless you. I give you God's Peace. Thank you for responding to my Call!
Message One Hundred Twenty-Six: November 18, 1991
(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart of Mary)
Beloved Hidden Flower, I ask my little ones to read the Book of Isaiah. I ask them to begin at the beginning, reading through the Grace of the Holy Spirit, for herein lie the many prophecies which now come to pass as written by God's holy prophet for his own time, and many eons of time to come. Read with your soul, and you shall see the signs which have begun and continue for all who seek the truth. Let this be an advantageous help as you approach and live devoutly Advent, which bears extremely urgent significance for all my children. Read especially Chapters 24, 25, 26 and 27 and then ponder well all its meaning before proceeding. Pray, meditate and seek to hear the prophet's words on a supernatural level. Then, my dear little ones, you shall understand my messages to many of my children. Take each section and read and meditate as I have already directed. So do this in quiet reflective moments and seek the counsel of others led by the grace of the Spirit. The words lend validity to my messages, and to all who doubt, who remain lukewarm, God confirms the Signs of these times to all whose hearts are open to the grace of the Holy Spirit.
I ask that by this practice, by making of your days a simple cry to the Mercy of God to send His Spirit to unify my children with one mind, one heart, you shall be strengthened. You must not despair, for the age of martyrs has begun. Pray, and believe that not one life which ends its earthly existence does not gain for itself and others eternal life. I speak of my faithful remnant, those called to sufferings of many kinds. I embrace them. My Son and I strengthen them and they are not alone in their valiant fight against the evil one.
Honor all that is good and holy. Be pious and pure. Speak with lips turned golden by God's touch and from you the Spirit shall flow.
I bless and kiss you. Thank you for responding to my Call!
NEXT WEEK: Messages One Hundred Twenty-Seven and One Hundred Twenty-Eight
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