November 12, 1997 vol 8, no.29
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God has the perfect "Game Plan"
Gridiron widows are bemoaning the fact that today marks the 105th anniversary of the founding of the NFL when Pudge Heffelfinger became the first professional football player to don the pads with paycheck in hand to play for the Allegheny Athletic Association. Ever since, the Lord's Day has never been the same and church attendance has diminished as the stadia numbers have swelled. To the NFL that may be good news, but as for priorities, well we've all sort of been discombobulated during the fall every year and families are the weaker for it. The pigskin clarion is exciting for sports enthusiasts, but the lambskin-clad Saint John the Baptist's message announcing the Messiah and the subsequent events that compose the New Testament and the Traditions handed down are more exciting when we truly psyche ourselves in preparing for His Second Coming. God has the perfect "Game Plan," revealed through Divine Revelation which includes Tradition. Only through the Traditions have we been able to perpetuate all that Jesus wanted to be known. That is the subject of today's installment of the AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS in which we continue with Divine Revelation with the importance of Tradition. For installment forty six, click on The Tradition Addition.
Installment Forty Six
No matter the age, the Sacred Heart and Immaculate Heart have been imparting the same message: "Pray! Pray! Pray!" A return to God is the priority and why God has sent His messenger - the Mother of God in a special way to convey God's Will, reinforcing Divine Revelation and His Holy Church. It is only through constant prayer, taken as a bouquet in loving, motherly intercession before the Throne of God, that the hearts of mankind will eventually be softened and all her little ones brought into accord with the Will of God. This continuing in-depth series on the grace-filled mystical phenomena of Our Lady's appearances through the ages and the meaning of her messages will open eyes and hearts because she is the mother of us all and her words of wisdom and warnings must be taken seriously...very seriously!
THE TRADITION ADDITION
Part of Divine Revelation is Tradition. Tradition teaches us what books belong to the Bible. Without Tradition, handed down by the apostles, popes, councils, and Doctors of the Church we would not know what the Bible is. Scripture itself states it cannot contain all that God revealed (cf. John 21: 25). Through Tradition the Church was able to keep intact all books of the Bible for 1500 years before the existence of denominations that assert the Catholic Church does not put importance on Sacred Scripture.
How wrong they are! The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the unbloody re-enactment of Calvary is steeped in Scripture. The Rosary is Scripture. Prayer, fasting and conversion are founded on Sacred Scripture. Isn't this the essence of what Our Lady, Seat of Wisdom, has been imparting over these past two centuries? Isn't her main goal as Mother of the Church and Our Lady of the New Advent to bring her children all back to her Divine Son Jesus? Jesus is the reason for preserving Sacred Scripture.
Listen and learn that the addition of Tradition adds up to the sum of the whole. For, contrary to what Protestants have been led to believe, Christ did not intend the gospel to be proclaimed solely by the circulation of the Bible. It was mainly by preaching that He intended to convert the nations. Jesus said "Go, make disciples of all nations."
"Preach the Gospel to every creature."
He that heareth you heareth Me."
He did not say: "Go and make all nations read the Bible or the Gospel." The written Word is a tool to help. The Apostles never circulated a single volume of the Bible, but "they went forth and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them." (Mark 16:20). The New Testament was not written until Christianity was already established. It was the Catholic Church that, in the fourth century, declared which books were inspired by God and which were not. For over 1500 years the Catholic Church was the sole guardian and protector of the Bible!
Modern society renders the Bible in the form of a book the most practical means for dissemination of the Word, and our electronic technology makes it easier than ever to "Preach the Gospel to all nations.". Many feel the Protestants have mastered this art with their Billy Grahams, Jerry Falwells, Pat Robertsons, Jack Van Impes,,etc., yet for over nearly two decades Mother Angelica has steadily been that "cry in the wilderness," beaming solid Catholic teaching 24 hours a day to all who can receive her signal on EWTN and now WEWN on the internet. Before any of the above came along, there used to be a certain cleric on prime time television on a major network who reached millions every week and who imparted the true teaching of the True Faith in terms everyone could understand...someone who lived and preached the Gospel as Christ intended: Bishop Fulton J. Sheen!
Although it has been lost on the modernists and those who oppose the True Faith, Bishop Sheen, along with countless other teachers of the pre-Vatican II Magisterium, always held to what the Church taught, for it is the Church that assures us that the translation from the original languages is faithful. The Bible needs an interpreter - better still, a discerner - because it is frequently very difficult to understand. The Catholic Church alone was empowered by God to interpret the Bible. No one is allowed to interpret it contrary to the teaching of the Church. The countless Protestant denominations which favor private interpretation have divided and subdivided over the years for the same reason. No two of them interpret the Bible in the same manner. If we are really to interpret the Bible privately, we must know the original languages in which the books were written. How many have that knowledge? And how many could decipher the aged, worn, and ragged "hieroglyphic" documents?
NEXT WEEK: Man does not live by the Bible alone!
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.
The best team in the HFL!*
*Heaven For Life!While millions may want to emulate their favorite NFL star and wear all the expensive threads with their team emblems, the traditions of the Church encourage us to gird ourselves in the virtues practiced by the saints as role models to follow in our drive towards our ultimate goal line: Heaven. Saint Josaphat, today's saint of the day, and Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, tomorrow's featured saint in the liturgy of the day, are two excellent saints to pattern our lives after. To read about them as well as the readings for the day and prepare for Holy Mass tomorrow, click on LITURGY OF THE DAY.
Wednesday, November 12: Feast of Saint Josaphat
Wednesday, November 12:
Feast of Saint Josaphat,Bishop, Religious, and Martyr
First Reading: Wisdom 6: 2-11
Psalms: Psalm 82: 3-4, 6-8
Gospel Reading: Luke 17: 11-19
In 1580, during the papacy of Pope Gregory XIII- author of the Gregorian Calendar, Saint Josaphat was born as John Kuncevic to an Orthodox family in Vladimir, Poland. Though he was born into the Greek Orthodox Church and a Pole, he became a member of the Uniate Ruthenian Church in Vilna, Lithuania. In the 16th and 17th Centuries the Ruthenian followers were divided into three sects - the Catholic or Latin Church in total union with Rome, the Orthodox Greek Church which answered to the Patriarch of Constantinople and Moscow, and the Greek Uniate Church which the Polish people had discarded because of the lengthy liturgy and the ignorant clergy who were allowed to marry. In a word, respect was non-existent for the latter hierarchy. The Roman Catholic Church had become strong in Poland, but had failed to make headway into Lithuania or Russia, but a synod held by the Ruthenian Church in 1595 opted to be reunited with the Church of Rome pending approval by Pope Clement VIII. So excited with this proposition was John that he became a Basilian monk at the age of 24 at Holy Trinity Monastery at Vilna and was given the religious name of Josaphat. Along with a friend and fellow monk Jozef Rutski, he worked long and hard on bringing reform to the Basilians in anticipation of union with Rome. At the age of 37 Josaphat released an extensive thesis in the Slavic language on the natural roots of unity of the Ukranian Church with the Church of Rome. Through his efforts he started a Basilian monastery that was totally in union with the Catholic Church. When his friend Jozef became metropolitan of Kiev, Josaphat became archimandrite of the monastery which was the same as abbot in the Roman Church, before being appointed in 1617 Archbishop of Polotsk on the eastern border of Lithuania next to western Russia. Because of the state of disrepair in his new diocese and the strong opposition to Rome, Josaphat knew in his heart his mission was to reach out to the Ruthenians and convince them the Catholic Church was the true faith. He carried this out through synods, seminars, and catechesis studies. When some priests rebelled, he exacted sanctions on clergy who were not following the true teachings. This naturally caused dissension and resentment and many of the misguided clergy stirred up opposition to Josaphat, spreading fear among the Ruthenians that if the Latin rite were introduced into their land they would lose everything from their culture to their property. This caused the Ruthenians to rally against Josaphat. It turned to outright hatred when, in 1621 the Byzantine Patriarch of Jerusalem traveled to the Ukraine to consecrate a metropolitan and a handful of Orthodox bishops in the Ruthenian Church. This action further eroded support for Josaphat and the plotters, led by antiarchbishop Metetius Smotritsky, sought to seal his fate by stirring fear in the populace at a time when Poland was being threatened by the Turks from the South and Sweden to the north. In addition, Poland was cautious of coming to Josaphat's aid because Josphat, though in total union with Rome, still insisted on keeping the Byzantine rites and customs in the Ukranian Church as opposed to the Latin rite in Poland. To quell the opposition Josaphat decided to go to Vitebsk, Russia which was then known as "White Russia" and where he had first become an auxilary bishop, to meet face to face with his enemies in hopes of a peaceful dialog. However this was thwarted when a priest named Elias harassed Josaphat and was locked up. The people demanded Elias' release and as they assembled taunts of kill Josaphat rose to a fever pitch. As Josaphat held out his hands to quiet the crowd and speak reasonably to the maddening mob, they stormed the platform and began beating him. As the frenzied mob of Ruthenians roared its approval, one man cleared a path and leveled his rifle at Josaphat killing the saint instantly. They then dispatched of his body by hurling it into the Dvina River. Thus this Eastern saint became a martyred victim of the cruel persecution by the Slav-Ruthenian Church in Russia in 1623. Nearly 250 years later Pope Pius IX canonized Josaphat as the first Eastern saint to formally be canonized in such a process. The efforts begun by Josaphat are being carried out today by Pope John Paul II in uniting the Orthodox Churches with Rome and the Uniate Churches such as the Ukranian Rite and Byzantine Rite which are in union with the Pope, yet maintain an eastern culture in their liturgy and language.;
Thursday, November 13: Feast of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini
Thursday, November 13:
Feast of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, Virgin, Religious Founder, Educator and Missionary
First Reading: Wisdom 7: 22-30; 8: 1
Psalms: Psalm 119: 89-91, 130, 135, 175
Gospel Reading: Luke 17: 20-25
This pioneering educator and missionary Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, better known to all her followers as Mother Cabrini is one of our most modern saints and yet the first American citizen to be canonized a saint. She was canonized by Pope Pius XII on June 7, 1947, only 30 years after her death in Chicago, Illinois in 1917. On November 13, 1950 the Holy Father proclaimed Mother Cabrini "Patroness of Immigrants." Maria Francesca, as she was christened at baptism, was born prematurely on July 15, 1850 as the youngest of 13 children to Augustine and Stella Oldini Cabrini at Sant' Angelo Lodigiano in Italy. She had always had the inborn desire to do something special for God. Though she was on her way to becoming a school teacher, her parents both died in 1868 and she decided to become a nun. After two communities turned her down, the bishop of her diocese Msgr. Serrati asked her to take over a poorly run orphanage in Codogno, Italy which was called House of Providence. Naturally resentment arose from the original foundress Antonia Tondini and the tension-filled conflict caused the bishop of Todi to shut it down. But he realized Frances' zeal and talents and invited her to found a religious organization of nuns devoted to teaching young girls. With seven other young women, Francis remodeled an abandoned Franciscan friary which served as the mother house for the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart which the bishop approved in 1880. Vocations became plentiful and soon the order had spread to Milan, Rome and other parts of Italy. Soon word reached across the sea. Realizing the need to minister to the Italians who had immigrated to the United States, the bishop of New York Archbishop Corrigan invited Mother Cabrini to come to America to help the immigrants. She accepted and arrived at the portals of Ellis Island in 1889. For the next 27 years she would establish numerous schools, hospitals, convents and orphanages throughout the vast United States from New York to Denver despite great obstacles. In 1907 her congregation received papal approval. Two years later she became an American citizen. America was definitely the better for it as the Church grew rapidly through the works of those inspired by this Italian saint. Mother Cabrini founded over 65 charitable organizations and houses for the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart. While still alive she was able to obtain countless special favors through her prayerful intercession. Many accounts of spiritual phenomena accompanied Mother Cabrini. One such account relates to her founding a house just outside of Denver in what is today Golden, Colorado. Surveying the hilly and rocky land above Denver, the owner sold it to her dirt-cheap so-to-speak because there was no water on the land and nothing would grow there. This did not daunt the staunch saint. She took her wooden staff and trekking up the hill, poked at the earth and water gushed forth where it still flows freely today. Returning to Chicago, she fell ill and died on December 22 in the same year as the Fatima apparitions of 1917. Many who come to America's shores from all over the world invoke the intercession of Mother Cabrini today who is considered the "Patroness of Immigrants" as Pope Pius XII declared on November 13, 1950 when he established her feast day for the Church in the United States.
PRAYER & DEVOTION
While there are many heroes marketed by the NFL, both the above saints demonstrated something even more heroic: Heroic acts of charity. To aid all, we present the
HEROIC ACT OF CHARITY
My God, for Your greater glory, in union with the merits of Jesus and Mary, I offer and surrender the satisfactory value of all the good I will do, and all the suffrages I will receive after my death, for the holy souls in Purgatory. Dispose of everything according to Your divine will. Amen.
Supreme QB launches a
As many clamor for "sudden-death" in the violent world of the NFL, Christ offers life - life everlasting and the promise of His Second Coming by sending His Blessed Mother. This is brought to light in our A CALL TO PEACE section where author Wilmott G. Brown brings us his expertly researched work "The Significance of Lourdes, Fatima, and Medjugorje as explained in Scripture", citing the relevance of Sacred Scripture to authenticate Our Lady's visits to her special Oasis of Peace in Bosnia and how all she says fulfills all that has been prophesied by the Word. Click on "In the Evening and in the Spirit of Elijah" - part six to further understand the correlation between Public Revelation and private revelation. .
INTRODUCTION: In the inspiring book "The Significance of Lourdes, Fatima, and Medjugorje as explained in Scripture" the author Wilmott G. Brown masterfully reveals the Holy Trinity's plan in these latter times as outlined in Sacred Scripture and the role the Blessed Virgin Mary plays in this scenario. Wilmott's writings provide new insight on Biblical revelation that cannot help but inspire the reader. As the Preface explains, the work "delves into the meaning behind the many apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary during the last two centuries." Mr. Brown covers both Old Testament and New Testament passages to better reveal the necessary tableau unfolding as we near the end of the second millennium. It is an excellent reference which pinpoints Scriptural passages that confirm Our Lady's vital role in preparing all God's children for the Triumph of her Immaculate Heart which will usher in the glorious Reign of her Divine Son's Sacred Heart. Wilmott has chosen the masterful 15th century painting of the Transfiguration by Raphael Sanzio which capsulizes the ultimate meaning of Mary's messages and how these events relate to Scripture. In this twenty second installment, we present the sixth part of chapter five on the significance of Medjugorje in relation to the Scriptures.
Chapter Five: In the Evening and in the Spirit of Elijah - part six
There is a strange characteristic associated with Elijah or the spirit and power of Elijah. Elijah's contest with the prophets of Baal is written in 1 Kings chapter 18, Elijah challenged the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel to build a sacrifice and then to call on their God to provide the fire to consume the young bulls. Both the prophets of Baal called out to their God to provide fire to consume their sacrifice, but nothing happened. Then Elijah built an altar and had water poured all over the young bull and the wood, Elijah prayed and called upon God to provide the fire to consume the sacrifice. When the people saw this feat on Mount Carmel, they fell on their faces and said "The Lord is God." Then the 450 prophets of Baal were seized and slaughtered. At the first coming of Jesus Christ, John the Baptist came in the spirit and power of Elijah preaching repentance (see summary of chapter I - "D). John the Baptist was slaughtered by having his head cut off (Matthew 14: 1-12). Likewise in the providence of Bosnia-Herzegovina, which contains Medjugorje, at the same time as the apparitions and after the tenth anniversary of the first apparition, a civil war has broken out which has claimed many lives. This characteristic of violence has been present with each of the manifestations of the spirit and power of Elijah. This is suffering and spiritual warfare and a good reference for the latter times is footnote #14 of the last chapter.
Consequently, the Blessed Virgin Mary has appeared at Medjugorje in the spirit and power of Elijah, fulfilling the prophecy of Malachi 3: 23, 24, to prepare God's faithful servants for the second coming of Jesus Christ. When: Only God the Father knows the exact time of the second coming of Jesus Christ, but according to the 24th chapter of Matthew, it will occur after the tribulation. In addition, read the 19th and 20th chapters of the book of Revelation [Apocalypse]. Another current source worth mentioning is Father Don Stefano Gobbi. His interior understandings or messages [locutions] for the year 1990 are titled "Mother of the Second Advent." In particular, for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, refer to chapter 435, "I Reveal My Secret" in the 14th edition of To the Priests, Our Lady's Beloved Sons, page 705 of October 13, 1990 - the anniversary of the last apparition at Fatima.
Are you prepared for the second coming of Jesus Christ? Has there been real conversion in your life, and from the heart. When you pray, pray from the heart. Be humble, and love God with your whole heart, mind and soul. Be sure to pray the Rosary every day. Attend Mass as often as possible. Give glory to God for His creation and your life. Please increase the time each day that you devote to prayer. In addition, earnestly study Holy Scripture to understand God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, and to understand the times which we live in. Pray to Mary, so that she can help you in these turbulent and troubled times. Pray and live for the Glory of God. Prepare for the glorious reign of Jesus Christ.
NEXT WEEK: Chapter Six Comparisons - part one
Medjugorje Monthly Message
October 25th Message
Dear children: Also, today I am with you and I call all of you to renew yourselves by living my messages. Little children, may prayer be life for you and may you be an example to others. Little children, I desire for you to become carriers of Peace and of God's Joy to today's world without peace. That is why, little children, pray, pray, pray! I am with you and I bless you with my motherly peace. Thank you for having responded to my call!
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