Rebuild My Church

Posted by on Oct 4, 2012 in Monastery | 1 comment

“Francis, go and repair My house, which you see falling.”
Dear Brothers,
Thus spoke Jesus by means of a Crucifix so many centuries ago. Today we see the House of God reduced to dire straights. The world groaned and found itself Modernist and pagan. Indeed this is what we are fighting, and we must use the self-same tools that Saint Francis of Assisi did.
Saint Francis said: “Poverty is the way to salvation, the nurse of humility, and the root of perfection. Its fruits are hidden, but they multiply themselves infinite ways.” Indeed, we must live a life of penance and a life of poverty and preach more by our example than by our word.
Of course, our lives must also be lives of prayer. It is Our hope that we can build a sufficient income from the press to free us to spend a great deal of time in prayer. Until that time, we must work in order to earn our bread and indeed the Rule of Saint Benedict is ora et labora, to pray and to work. Saint Francis himself bade his monks to work in order to avoid idleness and to earn their bread. All monasteries pursue some work for these purposes.
Maximilian Kolbe was a Franciscan. In Germany he started a press, using all of the best and most modern equipment. One day he was chided for this extravagance. He pointed across the way to the cloister. He then said that they still sleep in the same cells that have been used for hundreds of years, but that for the work of God only the best should be used to spread the Faith. We should follow this good advice.
True, our spirituality will be Carmelite, following int eh foot steps of three great masters, Saint John of the Cross, Saint Teresa of Avila and Saint Teresa of Lisieux. However, today is the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi and we can learn from all of the Saints. We are in the Third Order of Saint Francis for over twelve years now. May God bless and guide us all as we move forward to found this monastery for His greater honor and glory.
 +Michael pp
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Spiritual Conference 9-26-2012

Posted by on Sep 26, 2012 in Monastery | 0 comments

Dear Brothers,
The spiritual conference is an important part of a monastery or indeed any religious house. We give a very short sermon every morning after the Gospel at Mass, as well. Since we will be forming a monastery soon, We believe it is essential to start giving a spiritual conference at least once a week as a preparation for the time when the monastery is officially open. At that time, the prior will give a weekly spiritual conference as part of his duty as prior.
“Reflect that there must be someone to cook the meals and count yourselves happy in being able to serve like Martha. Reflect that true humility consists to a great deal in being for what the Lord desires to do with you and happy that He should do it, and in always considering yourselves unworthy to be called His servants.” (Saint Teresa of Avila, The Way of Perfection) Just before We read this, We were reminded of something We read many years ago in Saint Alphonsus (The Passion and the Death of Jesus Christ): “’Devotion,’ says St. Thomas, ‘consists in being ready to accomplish in ourselves whatever God demands of us.’ (II-II Q82 A1)”
God is going to ask us all to make some sacrifices in order to make this monastery work. Any new foundation like this takes work. In fact, we have the added burden of trying to get moving forward towards the universal conversion. And this is the main reason for forming the monastery, for it will be through our prayers, our silence, our sacrifices that God will send down graces to bring about conversion. One of the sacrifices will be that sometimes we will have to pull away from prayer in order to work, whether it is in restoring whatever we eventually buy or just day to day duties such as cooking and cleaning.

Watch for an announcement on the monastery here soon.

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How do we know that prayer and penance governs the world affairs?

Posted by on Sep 24, 2012 in Monastery | 0 comments

“For my justice hath the Lord brought me in to possess this land, whereas these nations are destroyed for their wickedness.” (Deuteronomy 9:4) Our sanctity governs the temporal and spiritual affairs of the world. Our Lady of Fatima 1917 told us that nations will be annihilated. Sacred Scripture tells us that this destruction is according to the physical act. But remember too destroy can also pertain to the soul. How many souls are destroying their souls at this moment? The world is currently killing their own souls with mortal sin. “Love not the world, nor the things which are in the world. If any man love the world, the charity of the Father is not in him.” (1 John 2:15) Our sanctity as religious comes from obedience. As religious we must cure the disobedience of the laity. We are the examples of sanctity and godliness. We are suppose to be the light of the world. When a laymen, lay women, or other religious are lax in their obedience, then we must pick up the slack of others meanwhile carrying our own cross. That is what it means to be a saint. “Bear ye one another’s burdens; and so you shall fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2) Obedience governs the world. The penance of a religious is obedience. A monk’s sole purpose in praying is so that he can perfect his obedience. Our Lady of Good Success told us that monasteries and convents were constructed by God to purify the air from sin. “We are the good odor of Christ unto God.” (2 Corinthians 2:15) A soul that is in the state of grace is emits a holy odor as talked about by St. Teresa of Avila in the Interior Castle. This holy odor rises to the throne of Heaven. But realize, how many souls are in the state of mortal sin! This odor is so disgusting should we be permitted to smell it we would die instantaneously!
Br. Raphael
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Returning from the Mountain

Posted by on Sep 24, 2012 in Monastery, Pope Michael | 1 comment

Returning from the Mountain
“You are the Church, you Catholic lay people. You must not consider the Church as the pope, the bishops, and the priests, with yourselves as a sort of outer fringe. … You are the Church … just as my hands are my body. … It is only through you that the Church can adapt herself to the changing conditions in the world. Go forth to conquer the world again for Christ.” Pope Pius XI.
How do we re-Christianize the world? We must first re-Christianize ourselves. We cannot hope to re-Christianize the world while we live by the pagan maxims of the world. We must pull down our pagan idols and replace them with Christian symbols. We can’t judge by worldly maxims, but must judge all in the light of faith. We have the teachings of the Church readily available to us, let us immerse ourselves in them. In coming weeks We will apply these teachings to various important subjects raised today.
Today, though, We are returning from the mountain where We retired to pray. We have plotted Our course forward towards the universal conversion. This weekly blog is only part of that plan.
At the beginning of this month a man approached us with a plan. Soon two others joined with him. On February 2, 2013 we will open a monastery in Atchison, Kansas. We will follow the Carmelite spirit of Saint Teresa of Jesus and her ‘little way’. This is most appropriate for several reasons. First Mary appeared to Francisco, Jacinta and Lucia as Our Lady of Mount Carmel on October 13, 1917 during the miracle of the sun. Lucia became a Carmelite in 1948 and remained so until her death in about 1959. Saint Dominic said: “One day, Brother Angelus, to your Order of Carmel the Most Blessed Virgin Mary will give a devotion to be known as the Brown Scapular, and to my Order of Preachers she will give a devotion to be known as the Rosary. And one day, through the rosary and the scapular, she will save the world.” The Brown Scapular is Carmelite and symbolic of Elias’ cloak which he left when the fiery chariot took him away three millenia ago. Elias and Eliseus founded the Carmelites. They Carmelites came off of Mount Carmel on the first Pentecost to joint he Church and to return and support the Church with their prayers and penances. Finally we were elected on July 16, 1990, the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
More information and spiritual conferences will be posted in a section for the monastery.
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