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Let George Do It

Posted by on Oct 16, 2018 in Pope Michael, Sanctification | 0 comments

We looked this up and it was a radio show over a half of a century ago. Here was the notice the lead placed in the paper: “Personal notice: Danger’s my stock in trade. If the job’s too tough for you to handle, you’ve got a job for me. George Valentine. Write full details!” We came to hear of it as the way many people act. They wait for George to do it, rather than do the work themselves. And we have a lot of excuses why we think this is some one else’s job rather than our own.

This is not the attitude of the saints. No, the Saints got busy doing whatever God asked them to do. In fact true devotion consists in doing whatever God asks of us. This is simply conformity with the will of God.

And Elias coming to all the people, said: How long do you halt between two sides? if the Lord be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people did not answer him a word.” (III Kings 18:21) If Francis is Pope, then let’s all join hands and march down to the Novus Ordo. If Michael is Pope, then let us support the work of the Church under him. If you haven’t figured things out, then get to work becoming a saint, because that is the only way you can understand thes the principles involved.

Recently We opened an old file, The Practice of Love and Silence, written by a Carthusian. It is excellent and forms the basis of the spiritual book We have longed to see compiled for many years. We have long realized that only the spiritual can truly understand the crisis in the Church, as Saint Paul writes: “Now we have received not the spirit of this world, but the Spirit that is of God; that we may know the things that are given us from God. Which things also we speak, not in the learned words of human wisdom; but in the doctrine of the Spirit, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the sensual man perceiveth not these things that are of the Spirit of God; for it is foolishness to him, and he cannot understand, because it is spiritually examined. But the spiritual man judgeth all things; and he himself is judged of no man.” (I Corinthians 2:12-15)

The Douay Rheims Bible has a footnote: “”The sensual man”: The sensual man is either he who is taken up with sensual pleasures, with carnal and worldly affections; or he who measureth divine mysteries by natural reason, sense, and human wisdom only. Now such a man has little or no notion of the things of God. Whereas the spiritual man is he who, in the mysteries of religion, takes not human sense for his guide: but submits his judgment to the decisions of the church, which he is commanded to hear and obey. For Christ hath promised to remain to the end of the world with his church, and to direct her in all things by the Spirit of truth.”

And so We repeat Father Francis Dominic’s question: “Who wants to start the revival?” What answer will you give? Remember your salvation depends on the right answer.

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Who Wants To Start?

Posted by on Oct 15, 2018 in Pope Michael, Sanctification | 0 comments

Father Francis Dominic concludes: “All of us have had a hand in where the Church and our country is today. We all need revival! Just as revival started amongst the Jews beginning with only Ezra and Nehemiah, so revival can start with a few individuals among us. Who wants to start?!?!” We all need to start in reforming ourselves, as we have been considering. However, revival like charity, begins at home, but does not stop there.

Saint John Chrysostom says: “He who is content with saving himself and neglects the salvation of others cannot secure his own salvation.” The Church is evangelical in that all members are called on to spread the good news of the Gospel to those who have not heard it. True, not everyone is called on to do this full time, but all are called to participate in the salvation of souls. Our own father was brought to repentance through a colleague at work.

And Saint Thomas Aquinas writes: “In cases of necessity where faith is in danger, every one is bound to proclaim his faith to others, either to give good example and encouragement to the rest of the faithful, or to check the attacks of unbelievers.” Although not all of us are called to the full time ministry of converting the world, all of us are called to support those on the front lines. What do the support troops in the Church Militant do? They provide encouragement. They provide provisions in the form of food, clothing and shelter. They send up weapons and ammunition. Above all all of the Church must pray together. Saint Peter says: “But before all things have a constant mutual charity among yourselves: for charity covereth a multitude of sins.” (I Peter 4:8)

There are many lessons to learn from the Patroness of Missions, Saint Therese of Lisieux. She never got near a pagan and never talked to anyone about the Faith to bring them to conversion. Each nun in her convent was assigned a missionary priest to support by prayer and encouragement. They would correspond with their priest and pray for his mission.

God is calling some of you to full time work in the His vineyard. He has been preparing you for this vocation, since before you were born. “And the word of the Lord came to me, saying: Before I formed thee in the bowels of thy mother, I knew thee: and before thou camest forth out of the womb, I sanctified thee, and made thee a prophet unto the nations.” (Jeremias 1:4-5) All of you are called to support us spirituall through prayer and encouragement and materially.

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What Are We Neglecting?

Posted by on Oct 14, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Yesterday we read: “This story also teaches us that we have to slay the enemies in our private life first, before we can face Goliath publicly.”

Two days before Father Francis Dominic wrote: “And let it start with in ourselves. Let us focus on the ungodly things that are in our own lives. If you think you have nothing ungodly in your life that needs to be dealt with, then you are part of the problem. If you think your sin is not what is causing the ungodly state of the Church and this country, then you are being deceived.”

And so the first proposition is that I AM PART OF THE PROBLEM. Rather than ask: “am I doing something wrong,” let us start with the premise that I AM DOING SOMETHING WRONG. Let us examine our conscience very carefully as God’s people did so many centuries ago.

As we read Nehemias, we find that the people ask the law to be read to them, and then examined their own conscience. Then they repented of their sin and began doing what they had been neglecting. Once prompted, they did all on their own accord. And this is the first thing we are neglecting, getting serious about our sinful lives. Yes, we are sinners, and we are not where God wants us to be. Take this to heart and consider it well.

When we read of the miserable state Jerusalem was in at this time, we think on the state of the Church, which has been neglected and abandoned and left to fall into utter ruin. We salve ourselves with Jesus Christ’s promises to the Church that she will not fail, while doing nothing to help Jesus keep this promise. He did not build the Church alone, but with the Apostles, Disciples and the rest of the hundred and twenty faithful, who the Holy Ghost augmented with three thousand on Pentecost.

Jesus is looking to each and every one of us to get up off of our back-side and become active in the Church. Father Francis Dominic has given us step one, repent of our sins.

Ask yourself the question, “What does God want me to do?” And then consider, have you asked your superiors in the Church this question? God speaks to us through the superiors He has appointed over us.

And so, let us pray and repent of our sins. Then let us heed the advice to do penance for our sins. Let us also heed Jesus’ advice to two different people: “Go now and sin no more.” Then let us sincerely ask God: “Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?” (Acts 9:6)

 

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Shepherds

Posted by on Oct 13, 2018 in Pope Michael, Sanctification | 0 comments

Father Francis Dominic has been writing some very good things this week, which tie in to our need to become saints. He has called for a revival and asked: “Who wants to start?!?!” Consider what he writes today well:

In 1 Samuel 17:26 when David saw Goliath threatening Israel, notice his intense concern for the glory of God’s name and the honour of God’s people: “Who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?” While the Israelites were all as unbelieving as their forefathers who had wandered for 40 years in the wilderness, David knew what God had done to the Canaanite giants through Joshua and Caleb. And so he offered to go and fight Goliath.

When Saul laughed at David saying he was just a youth (David was probably about 17 years old now), David told Saul about some incidents in his private life. He told Saul, “Thy servant kept his father’s sheep, and there came a lion, or a bear, and took a ram out of the midst of the flock: And I pursued after them, and struck them, and delivered it out of their mouth: and they rose up against me, and I caught them by the throat, and I strangled and killed them.” (17:34-36). David had known, because of tradition, what Samson did when the Spirit came upon him. So after Samuel had anointed him, David felt that God would help him just like God helped Samson. And God did.

How many shepherds in Israel would go after a lion just to save the life of a wee, tiny lamb? When God saw this care that David had for the littlest lamb in his flock, He decided that David was fit to shepherd Israel. When Satan gets hold of a weak brother or sister, it is the Priest’s duty-the shepherd’s duty to go after Satan in spiritual warfare and to rescue that brother from Satan’s grip. That’s the type of shepherds God is looking for today.

This story also teaches us that we have to slay the enemies in our private life first, before we can face Goliath publicly. If you have not overcome the lion and the bear in your private life, don’t imagine that God will call you to face Goliath in public. Many would like to have a public ministry that demolishes Satan’s fortresses. But they must start with destroying Satan’s fortresses in their own mind first. They must show a concern for God’s name and for the little lambs in private first.

Saul then told David to at least put on his (Saul’s) armor. That would offer some protection against Goliath. Was David to trust in Saul’s amour or in God? Finally David took it all off and went forth trusting in God alone. He told Goliath, “Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel” (v.45). Thus he killed Goliath with a single stone and used Goliath’s own sword to chop off his head.

This is how we are to go against Satan today. And God uses Satan’s own weapons (Goliath’s own sword) to destroy him. “Therefore because the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself in like manner hath been partaker of the same: that, through death, he might destroy him who had the empire of death, that is to say, the devil:” (Hebrews 2:14). Once Goliath was killed, the other Philistines ran away (1 Samuel 17:51). This teaches us that once we kill the giant sin in our life -“every [besetting] weight and sin which surrounds us” (Hebrew 12:1), we will find that many other sins in our lives are conquered as well.

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On Earth As It Is In Heaven

Posted by on Oct 12, 2018 in Pope Michael, Sanctification | 0 comments

Since complete conformity to the will of God is an essential part of personal revival, let us consider what Father Francis Dominic sent out this morning in the Olive Tree email:

We are to pray, “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth AS IT IS IN HEAVEN” (Mathew 6:10) How is God’s will done in heaven? Let me mention four things.

First of all, the angels are in a perpetual state of WAITING UPON GOD for His commands.

They don’t run around heaven trying to do ‘something for God’ according to their own ideas. No. They wait for God to speak first – and only then do they act.

God says, “I’m looking for one who will wait and watch For My beckoning hand, My eye – Who will work in My manner the work I give, And the work I give not, pass by. And oh the joy that is brought to Me When one such as this I can find – A man who will do ALL My will, Who is set to study his Master’s mind”

So, when we pray “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven,” it means, first of all that we want to hear what God has to say to us.

Secondly, when God speaks, the angels obey IMMEDIATELY.

They don’t say “Lord, I’ll wait a few days and think about it. I want to find out what my fellow angels think about this.” There’s no such thing in heaven. When God has spoken, that is final. Obedience is immediate.

Our prayer then should be, “Father, help me, that I don’t delay when I hear Your voice. I don’t want to rush ahead of Your time, but once You have spoken I want to obey immediately.”

Then thirdly, when God commands something in heaven, it is done COMPLETELY.

Those angels don’t go out and obey God partially. Our prayer therefore should be, “Father, help me to do ALL your will in my life – to obey every commandment completely, whatever the cost.”

And finally, the obedience of the angels is JOYFUL.

They are not grudging and complaining in their obedience. No angel compares his task with another’s and says, “Lord, why have You given me a more difficult task than You’ve given that angel” etc.,

We hear such complaints even among Christians, “Why should I make all the sacrifices? What about him/her,” etc., But we never hear such words from the angels in heaven. They consider it a privilege to do anything for God and they rejoice at every opportunity to obey Him.

And so when we pray this prayer, we are asking that God’s will may be done on earth and in our lives like that – joyfully and without any complaints and without any comparisons with others.

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