Vocation

End of Lent Consideration

Posted by on Apr 18, 2019 in Catholic Action, Pope Michael, Sanctification, Vocation | 0 comments

Dear friends in Christ,

It has been some time, since We have sent a message out. It has been busy here, and good things are unfolding for the Church. It is time for us to die with Jesus Christ in His Passion, then rise with Jesus at the Resurrection. We have been discussing Baptism here, as the Traditional Catechism website is at that stage. https://www.traditionalcatechism.com/the_necessity_of_baptism.php

Let us look at something else Saint Paul said (Colossians 2:12, 13) “Buried with him in baptism, … he hath quickened (us) together with him.” And elsewhere (I Corinthians 12:13) “For in one Spirit were we all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Gentiles, whether bond or free; and in one Spirit we have all been made to drink. [14] For the body also is not one member, but many.”

We die as individuals in Baptism, but rise up as a part of Christ’s Mystical Body. This is why Saint Paul could say: “And I live, now not I; but Christ liveth in me.” (Galatians 2:20) In fact in Baptism our self is buried with Christ, and we cease to live our our own self, but to live with Jesus. Jesus said (John 4:34): “My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, that I may perfect his work.” After Baptism, this should be our will as well.

Pope Pius XII wrote a wonderful Encyclical on the Mystical Body of Christ. As Christians by our Baptism, we become united with each other. And this union should show forth not only in word, but also by our actions. Rising with Christ, means uniting not only with Him, but also with His Mystical Body, the Church. All baptized people should be perfectly united in doing the will of God. This should be the center of our lives.

Let us consider this from Saint Paul (I Corinthians 12:20-22): “But now there are many members indeed, yet one body. And the eye cannot say to the hand: I need not thy help; nor again the head to the feet: I have no need of you. Yea, much more those that seem to be the more feeble members of the body, are more necessary.” The Mystical Body needs all of us to be active, doing the part assigned to us by Almighty God. When we as members of the Mystical Body become lax in performing our part in the Mystical Body, the body becomes sick.

Today there are over a billion baptized people, but only a handful living their Baptism. The head cannot live without the body, and so We, as Pope, are not capable of doing much without the hands, the feet, the eyes, etc. You are these hands, feet, eyes, etc. No part of the Mystical Body is unimportant, no matter what their position is, nor how humble it is.

Soon we will be making an announcement of a project that we are pursuing for the good of the Mystical Body of Christ. We ask all to pray for the success of this project. The first step finds a man, who is willing to make some great sacrifices to help the Mystical Body of Christ. God in all ages has called people to make great sacrifices for the good of the Mystical Body of Christ. And these are of two basic classes. The first are the martyrs, who lay down their lives for the Mystical Body. Then there are those who are called to a life of self-sacrifice. Some of these we know by name, as they have been declared saints. Others have silently sacrificed, unknown to all but a precious few surrounding them.

God is calling people today as well. Read what Father Francis Dominic writes below. Consider it well, meditate on it, reread it, consider it in your heart, etc. We have been meditating on this for most of this year, so far. There are many good points, which We have taken to heart.

Let us consider this point well: “But for God to use us in the same manner, we must have a servant’s heart. We must empty ourselves of ourselves, and humble ourselves before our Lord.” We have summarized the spiritual life as All Thee, Almighty God, and no me. We need to be tools in the hands of God, which He uses as He wills. Some of us are hammers, other screw drivers, etc. Let us be the tool God wants us to be, not the tool we think we should be.

As we complete Lent, let us rise with Jesus Christ as a useful member of the Mystical Body of Christ. In a day or two We shall consider another inspiration from Father Francis Dominic’s devotion, which We now offer to you.

Michael, by the grace of God, Pope

From Father Francis Dominic

When the Israelites were in Egypt, God could not set them free from their slavery until He had found a man who was fit to represent Him. And God was prepared to wait till such a man was ready. God had planned for the Israelites to be in Egypt for 400 years (Genesis 15:13). But they finally stayed for 430 years (Exodus12:40). Why did they have to stay 30 years longer than God’s perfect plan for them? It was certainly not because God made a mistake. God never makes any mistakes. But the man who was to be their leader was not yet ready. God had probably planned for Moses to be ready within ten years of his going into the wilderness. But instead Moses took forty years to complete his spiritual education there, under God’s hand. So the Israelites had to remain in slavery for another 30 years. Once when Moses was away from the Israelites for just 40 days, all 2 million of them went astray (Exodus 32). It took just a few days for a whole nation to forsake the true God and to go astray worshiping idols, once God’s man was delayed from coming down off the mountain. Those Israelites had seen amazing miracles before their very eyes. But the memory of those miracles could not preserve the Israelites from worshiping idols. Only the strict leadership of one man of God could do that! Aaron was their temporary leader, while Moses was away on the mountain. But although Aaron may have been a good, God-fearing man, he could not keep the people devoted to God. Obviously he was a man who sought to please the masses, and the people took advantage of him. There are many Church leaders like Aaron today, who imagine themselves to be serving the Lord. They are good, upright people, who live God-fearing lives. But God cannot use them to keep His Church pure, because they yield to the will of the people easily. God looks for men like Moses, even today, to lead His Church in its battle against Satan.

Consider another time in Israel’s history, when Ahab made everyone worship Baal. There were 7000 men at that time in Israel, who refused to worship Baal (1 Kings 19:18). That was undoubtedly a bold and creditable stand to take. But God would not use even one of these 7000 men to accomplish what He had purposed in Israel at that time. For that, God needed an Elijah. Ahab was not afraid of these 7000 “believers”. But he was afraid of Elijah. These 7000 men no doubt prayed to God; but their prayers could not bring fire down from heaven. It was the prayer of Elijah, that did that. The prayers of all believers are not equal in their effect in God’s presence. The Bible says in relation to Elijah, that “For the continual prayer of a just man availeth much..” (James 5:17-16). One man single-handedly, turned a whole nation back to God, routed the forces of wickedness and killed all the prophets of Baal. It is through one faithful man, and not necessarily through a multitude, that God’s purposes are accomplished, even today.

There were fifty “sons of the prophets” (Seminary students) in Elijah’s time who were all hoping to be prophets in Israel one day. But the Spirit of God bypassed all of them and came upon Elisha, who was not a “son of a prophet” (2 King 2:7,15). Elisha was known in Israel only as a servant – “who poured water on the hands of Elijah.” (2 King 3:11). When the army of the king of Aram attacked Israel, none of these fifty “Seminarians” could protect Israel – for although they may have studied the Law of Moses, they were not the one’s God had chosen to forewarn the nation as to where exactly the enemy would attack. God chose Elisha a simple servant. Today also, the main function of a prophet is similar: To warn God’s people in advance of where Satan will attack them. One prophet like Elisha, in the Church today, can save God’s people from spiritual calamity more than fifty Scholars and Lawyers (sons of the prophets) within the Church. All the Doctrine and all the Canon Laws are of no use if a man cannot hear the Spirit’s voice. Only a man who can hear God’s voice can save a Church from Satan’s schemes and attacks. The prophets of old were also called “SEERS” (“those who can SEE into the future with God-given vision” – 1 Kings 9:9). They knew where the enemy would attack, and could foresee the dangers of taking a particular course of action. The church today greatly needs such seers.

We need more Saint Martin de Porres, Saint Mary Magdalene’s de Pazzi, Saint Francis’s of Paola, Saint Frances of Rome, Blessed Margaret’s of Castello, Saint Anthony’s of Padua and Saint Bernard’s of Clairvaux, to name just a few. All of which warned the people or person of future matters and events and who guided others closer to God. But for God to use us in the same manner, we must have a servant’s heart. We must empty ourselves of ourselves, and humble ourselves before our Lord.

Read More

What Is Yet Wanting To Me?

Posted by on Apr 10, 2019 in Catholic Action, Monastery, Pope Michael, Sanctification, Vocation | 0 comments

A good mother can simply look over to her children and give THE LOOK. The children know from their mother’s look, what is expected of them and the consequences should they not do what is expected. A lot can be said with a look, and we find this in Sacred Scripture as well.

Jesus had warned Peter that he would deny Him. After doing so, we read: “And the Lord turning looked on Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, as he had said: Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.” (Luke 22:61) Consider what all Jesus communicated in that one look. We find the result in the next verse: “And Peter going out, wept bitterly.” One look brought about repentance.

And now to our main story, which is related in two of the Gospels:

“And behold one came and said to him: Good master, what good shall I do that I may have life everlasting? Who said to him: Why asketh thou me concerning good? One is good, God. But if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. He said to him: Which? And Jesus said: Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness. Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. The young man saith to him: All these I have kept from my youth, what is yet wanting to me? Jesus saith to him: If thou wilt be perfect, go sell what thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come follow me. And when the young man had heard this word, he went away sad: for he had great possessions. ” (Matthew 19:16-22)

“And embracing them, and laying his hands upon them, he blessed them. And when he was gone forth into the way, a certain man running up and kneeling before him, asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may receive life everlasting? … Thou knowest the commandments: Do not commit adultery, do not kill, do not steal, bear not false witness, do no fraud, honour thy father and mother. But he answering, said to him: Master, all these things I have observed from my youth. And Jesus looking on him, loved him, and said to him: One thing is wanting unto thee: go, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me. Who being struck sad at that saying, went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions. (Mark 10:17, 19-22)

What prompted this man to come to Jesus? We are not told, but we can work out what may have happened. He had heard of Jesus and the Holy Ghost prompting him to go see Jesus, because the Father had a mission for this man. And so he approached Jesus and asked: “Good master, what good shall I do that I may have life everlasting?” Saint Matthew says the man asked: “what is yet wanting to me?” The Holy Ghost had prompted the man to come and the man may have known deep down that God wanted more from him, which prompted him to ask the question.

And what happens next? Saint Mark gives us more detail: “And Jesus looking on him, loved him, and said to him: One thing is wanting unto thee: go, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” What is translated as looking on him has more meaning in the Latin. The word used is intuit from which we get the word in English intuition. And so this look of Jesus has much meaning. Jesus not only conveyed His message through word, but also through the look on His holy face.

Unfortunately this man was not ready to make the sacrifice, although it appears that he knew what Almighty God wanted from him. He knew God’s will, which is what prompted him to come to Jesus in the first place. When He heard Jesus’ words and knew the will of God through Jesus’ look, instead of doing God’s will, he went out and cried.

The Fathers of the Church are of the opinion that this man lost his soul, because he did not follow Jesus’ advice. Some might argue that this is only a counsel and not a command. However, consider Who is asking. Jesus asked several others to “come follow Me.” What was their response? They left everything at once and followed.

Now the question we must ask our own self: “What is yet wanting to me?” What am I holding back, that Almighty God wants from me? Lent is a good time to ask this question, listen to the answer, and then do what God wants us to do. This is no time to hold anything back, but to give our all to Almighty God. To do otherwise may be an eternal fire hazard.

Read More

God Is Calling You

Posted by on Mar 7, 2017 in Catholic Action, Vocation | 0 comments

“Prayer is good with fasting…” (Tobias 12:8)

We are reading a section from the book Degrees of the Spiritual Life on the types of sinners and how to convert them:

“How must we act towards these unhappy beings who are plunged in sin? How are we to cast out Satan, who has taken up his permanent abode in their hearts? The Gospel tells us that the Apostles, to whom our Lord had given the power to cast out devils, found one day that they were baffled by one of these wicked spirits, who resisted all their exorcisms. Jesus Himself was obliged to intervene before Satan would give up his prey. The Apostles in astonishment then asked the Saviour, etc. Why could not we cast him out?” “This kind,” replied the Divine Master, can go out by nothing, but by prayer and fasting” (Mark ix. 27). 1 Prayer and mortification-such, in fact, are the often indispensable and only means of procuring the conversion of inveterate sinners; any price, however great, must be paid to obtain from God those more than ordinary graces necessary to touch these hardened hearts.”

We have a longer excerpt on the computer and will send you a copy, if you ask. “Ask and receive that your joy may be full.” (John 16:24)

And let us return to Degrees of the Spiritual Life a moment: “After prayer and penance-Bona est oratio cum jeiunio (Prayer is good when it is joined with fasting, Tob. xii. 8)-which touch the heart of God and obtain His all-powerful help, one of the most efficacious supernatural methods is the apostolic training of devoted fellow labourers, who may be better able to approach the sinner and work at his conversion than the ministers of God themselves.” We believe you are called to be one of these fellow laborers with Us.

Let is a time of prayer, fasting and spiritual spring cleaning. In this Ember Week in Lent, each one of us needs to ask the question:

What sacrifice is God asking me to make, that I am refusing Him?

We are asking Our own self this question as well. God is asking each one of us to do more than we are doing. This is why He has brought us together. God has a plan and both of us are a key part of that plan. Our salvation depends on fulfilling our part of that plan. Let us not fly from God’s will as Jonas did. Read this short book of the Bible, as there are some key points made there.

As Vicar of Christ, We await your answer to God’s call.

Oremus,

+Michael pp

Ember Week of Lent 2017

1 This dumb devil still makes ravages of souls, for is it not he who stops on the very lips of certain penitents the confession of their sins? And so every confessor should remember the words of our Lord, praying and cheerfully offering his fasts and penances to drive Satan out of the hearts that he possesses and keeps prisoners in the bondage of sacrilege.

Read More