Sanctification

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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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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Take And Read

Posted by on Oct 11, 2018 in Pope Michael, Sanctification | 0 comments

Today Father Francis Dominic wrote the following. We provide it without comment and will make Our own comments in a day or two:
The Book of Nehemiah, also known as Second Esdras, shows us the tremendous revival that God brought among the Jews through the influence of two godly men – Ezra and Nehemiah.
In Chapter 8 of Nehemiah, we read what God did through Ezra. He took the Word of God and gathered all the men and women and children who were above the age of understanding. He then conducted a 6-hour Bible study for them! And it says there that “the ears of all the people were attentive to the book [of the law].”(v.3). They began their meeting with a time of praising God “Ezra blessed the Lord the great God: and all the people answered, Amen, amen: lifting up their hands: and they bowed down, and adored God with their faces to the ground.” (v.6). And then Ezra took pains to “distinctly and plainly” explain to the people the meaning of everything that he read from the Word (v.8). Obviously Ezra had spent many months and years studying the Word himself to have been able to explain it all so clearly to all of them. God has prepared him in secret for this time.
Revival (a reawakening of religious fervor that happens amongst God’s people), broke out and the people began to weep for their sins (v.9). They were then exhorted to share with others the good things that God had given them. In doing so, “for the joy of the Lord [would be] our strength.” (8:10). The people went out and obeyed that exhortation. The next day Ezra had a Bible-study for the leaders (v.13). When they saw that the Word of God had commanded the Israelites to celebrate “should dwell in tabernacles, on the feast, [Sukkok-Feast of Booths] in the seventh month” they obeyed it immediately. This was the first time this feast was being celebrated in about 900 years – for this command had not been obeyed since the days of Joshua (v.14-17). Even David, the man after God’s own heart, had not got the Israelites to obey this command. Ezra continued to have Bible-studies for the people for the next seven days (v.18).
In Chapter 9 of Nehemiah, we read what God did through Nehemiah. The chapter begins with the Israelites fasting, confessing their sins and separating themselves from the heathen (v.1-2). Then they had a Bible-study time and a time of praising the Lord and confessing their sins, “four times in the day.” It was revival all over again (v.3). Then the Levites stood up and cried with a loud voice to the Lord their God. (v.4). From v.6 to v.31, we have the longest recorded prayer in the whole Bible. The Levites then rehearsed the history of Israel from Abraham’s time, and their failure during the forty years of wandering in the wilderness and during the times of the judges and the kings and acknowledging that every judgment that God had sent was just and right. They repented and signed a document before God, with Nehemiah signing first of all (10:1).
All of this came about through the influence of these two God-fearing men, Ezra and Nehemiah. Their joint ministry was almost exactly like the functioning of a new-testament revival being led by two elders. What an example for all of us to emulate today. Let us ask God for revival with in the Church. 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. 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?!?!

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Take and read

Posted by on Jul 3, 2017 in Pope Michael, Sanctification | 0 comments

Dear friends,

We would like to ask you to read two pieces of Sacred Scripture. After this We will soon ask two simple questions and proceed to Our thoughts, as We are searching the Scriptures.

First read the books of Jonas and consider it well, then read Matthew 19: 16-22 and consider this story well as well.

May God bless and keep you,

+Michael pp

And the two questions:

  1. What are we to think of Jonas’ obedience to the will of God?
  2. Was the man in Matthew 19:16-22 saved or not?

The book of Jonas has four chapters. Let us look at the beginning of the first chapter of this book:

[1] Now the word of the Lord came to Jonas the son of Amathi, saying: [2] Arise, and go to Ninive the great city, and preach in it: for the wickedness thereof is come up before me. [3] And Jonas rose up to flee into Tharsis from the face of the Lord, and he went down to Joppe, and found a ship going to Tharsis: and he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them to Tharsis from the face of the Lord.

We are reading the Autobiography of the Little Flower and she comments: “I think it was quite excusable in the prophet Jonas to fly before the face of the Lord, that he might not have to announce the ruin of Ninive.” We strongly recommend studying this work, because Saint Therese has much to say to us today.

For how many of us is this our attitude towards God’s will. If he tells us to go west to work for His Church, how many of us head east to do our own thing? Let us consider this well as we continue to study.

As we continue to read the ship is in danger and Jonas admits it is his fault and jumped overboard. In the next chapter a whale swallows him and then he prays and the whale gives him up on to dry land.

Chapter three begins:

[1] And the word of the Lord came to Jonas the second time, saying: [2] Arise, and go to Ninive the great city: and preach in it the preaching that I bid thee. [3] And Jonas arose, and went to Ninive, according to the word of the Lord: now Ninive was a great city of three days’ journey. [4] And Jonas began to enter into the city one day’s journey: and he cried, and said: Yet forty days, and Ninive shall be destroyed.

And what happened?

[5] And the men of Ninive believed in God: and they proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth from the greatest to the least. [6] And the word came to the king of Ninive; and he rose up out of his throne, and cast away his robe from him, and was clothed with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. [7] And he caused it to be proclaimed and published in Ninive from the mouth of the king and of his princes, saying: Let neither men nor beasts, oxen nor sheep, taste any thing: let them not feed, nor drink water. [8] And let men and beasts be covered with sackcloth, and cry to the Lord with all their strength, and let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the iniquity that is in their hands. [9] Who can tell if God will turn, and forgive: and will turn away from his fierce anger, and we shall not perish? [10] And God saw their works, that they were turned from their evil way: and God had mercy with regard to the evil which he had said that he would do to them, and he did it not.

At the preaching of Jonas, these people repented of their sins and the King proclaimed a fast to beg God’s forgiveness. And God forgave them.

It looks like Jonas’ ministry was quite successful, having brought the conversion of all the people. He should be rejoicing about this, but let us go to the last chapter:

[1] And Jonas was exceedingly troubled, and was angry: [2] And he prayed to the Lord, and said: I beseech thee, O Lord, is not this what I said, when I was yet in my own country? therefore I went before to flee into Tharsis: for I know that thou art a gracious and merciful God, patient, and of much compassion, and easy to forgive evil. [3] And now, O Lord, I beseech thee take my life from me: for it is better for me to die than to live.

He did God’s will, but did not get the results he expected. He expected God to destroy Ninive, but God spared it. And so Jonas complained. When we do God’s will, but do not get the results we expect or we want, do we also complain as Jonas did?

Let us imitate Nineve’s repentance rather than Jonas’s reluctance.

[1] And Jonas was exceedingly troubled, and was angry: [2] And he prayed to the Lord, and said: I beseech thee, O Lord, is not this what I said, when I was yet in my own country? therefore I went before to flee into Tharsis: for I know that thou art a gracious and merciful God, patient, and of much compassion, and easy to forgive evil. [3] And now, O Lord, I beseech thee take my life from me: for it is better for me to die than to live. (Jonas 4)

Apparently Jonas was not aware of this from Jeremias chapter 18:

[7] I will suddenly speak against a nation, and against a kingdom, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy it. [8] If that nation against which I have spoken, shall repent of their evil, I also will repent of the evil that I have thought to do to them. [9] And I will suddenly speak of a nation and of a kingdom, to build up and plant it. [10] If it shall do evil in my sight, that it obey not my voice: I will repent of the good that I have spoken to do unto it.

Let us consider this from the second chapter of Joel:

[12] Now therefore saith the Lord: Be converted to me with all your heart, in fasting, and in weeping, and in mourning. [13] And rend your hearts, and not your garments, and turn to the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, patient and rich in mercy, and ready to repent of the evil. [14] Who knoweth but he will return, and forgive, and leave a blessing behind him, sacrifice and libation to the Lord your God?

Our duty is to do God’s will no matter what the outcome might be. Jonas on the other hand decided to judge God’s will and decided in the first place to refuse to do God’s will. As a result God punished him. God could have let him go and be eternally punished, but punished him here to give us an example. When Jonas returned he did go and preach, and then complained when the city converted and God decided not to destroy it. Again this is judging God’s will, when we should merely conform ourselves to His holy will.

Let us meditate well on this, am I doing God’s will or am I doing things my way?

Fiat voluntas Tua,

+Michael pp

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