Sanctification

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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How to Become a Saint

Posted by on Jun 7, 2017 in Pope Michael, Sanctification | 0 comments

We are slowly working on this section, which is the most important of this website.  In fact, We have found that there are many distractions today.  The Traditionalists are good at distractions.  While wasting all of their time trying to prove that their position is correct (and therefore yours is not), they are not spending time teaching people how to become saints.  The main thrust of the Vatican in Exile, the main website, is educating people on the science of the saints, the only science class that we must pass. We ask all to spend some time pondering Become a Saint, because this is the most important section. Remember this is a work in progress.

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Plan to Move the Church Forward

Posted by on Feb 25, 2016 in Monastery, Pope Michael, Sanctification | 2 comments

Plan to Move the Church Forward

Saint Mathias said: “We must wholly subdue the body through mortification, subjecting it to the spirit of the crucified Jesus.” This is an excellent reminder in the holy season of Lent. Let us look up at the Crucifix and see what Jesus did for us to save us from ourselves. And what does He ask in return. Search the Scriptures for His words and we will see Jesus gives us some specific instructions on how to live our lives. Let us undertake to live a life in conformity to the will of Jesus.

We would also like to ask everyone for prayers for the Church in this holy season of Lent.

Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, end the Great Apostasy. The Great Apostasy will end, when God chastises the world. Some are now speculating this may come as soon as October of next year, which sees two anniversaries. On October 13th, we will celebrate the hundredth anniversary of the miracle of the sun at Fatima. How many of us are praying and doing penance as the Blessed Virgin Mary asked us to do? October 31st sees the five hundredth anniversary of the beginning of the Age of Apostasy with the beginning of the Protestant Revolt. On that day, the Church entered the fifth age, the Church of Sardis. The chastisement is the transition to the sixth age, the Church of Philadelphia or brotherly love. Of course, we should already show love for our neighbor now in preparation for moving into the next age of the Church.

Mortification is essential to ending the effects of the Great Apostasy in our own hearts, and if we look carefully, we will find it there.

Also We are working on the plan for moving the Church forward. If you are interested in being informed, send Us a message with your email address, and We will keep you informed of the plan.

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Conversions

Posted by on Jan 14, 2016 in Pope Michael, Sanctification | 0 comments

“Lord, all hearts are in Thy hands: Thou canst bend as Thou wilt the most stubborn, and soften the most obdurate. Do that honor this day to the Precious Blood, the merits, the sacred wounds, the Holy Name, and loving Heart of Thy beloved Son, of granting the conversion of all mankind, especially _________”

How many of us say this prayer or a similar prayer for that list we have of people who we want to join us in the true Faith?

Father Mateo was asked by a priest why he was having no success improving his parish. The priest then detailed all of the projects he had done. And let us stop and think. Haven’t we talked to these people? Haven’t we invited them to say a Rosary with us? Haven’t we asked them to say a Hail Mary each day. Why haven’t they converted?

Father Mateo asked the priest: “Have you tried becoming a holy priest?” The priest answered that he had not. Father Mateo then replied: “Then you haven’t tried anything.”

My friends, aren’t we satisfied with mediocrity? Aren’t we satisfied with being a balanced Catholic?

Saint John Vianney the holy Cure of Ars tells us of three classes of people: “It consists of three classes: the first is composed of those who are entirely for the world; the second are those who are entirely for God; and the last consists of those people who would like to belong to the world without ceasing to belong to God.”

Which class do we want to be in?

We know that it is foolish to be in the worldly class. “I BESEECH you therefore, brethren, by the mercy of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, pleasing unto God, your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world; but be reformed in the newness of your mind, that you may prove what is the good, and the acceptable, and the perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:1-2) We know we should not be worldly, because they all go to hell.

And so, are we ready to be entirely for God without reservations, or “would like to belong to the world without ceasing to belong to God.” We want to keep one foot in the world and enjoy its pleasures. Oh, we want to avoid mortal sin like the plague, but we are fine with our regular venial sins. Let us compare mortal sin to a fast acting poison, which immediately kills the soul. Venial sin is a slow acting poison. Yes, a billion venial sins will not condemn me to hell, but each one weakens my soul. Eventually that temptation to commit a mortal sin comes along, and I happily swallow the poison and down I go.

Let us compare two things, manure and ice cream. None of us would willingly eat manure, especially if it stunk real bad. All of us would happily eat ice cream. And so, how much manure is acceptable in our ice cream. My friends, sin is like manure and a much stronger word would be more appropriate, but this is for publication. All sin is manure, and yet we happily mix in a little manure with our bowl of ice cream.

The Cure of Ars says later: “No, my friend; you either belong wholly to God or wholly to the world.” And Jesus said it clearer: ‟He that is not with me, is against me: and he that gathereth not with me, scattereth.”

There is no middle ground. As Saint Augustine says there are two cities we can build up in our souls, and we build one of the other. They can’t both exist in the same place. The first is the City of God and the other is the City of Satan.

What confuses people is that there are three places we can go at death, heaven, hell and purgatory. And so, we aim at purgatory, knowing that it is difficult to go straight to heaven. Difficult, but not impossible. “With men this is impossible: but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26)

Actually there are two places to go, heaven or hell. The road to heaven passes through Purgatory. We have a choice, we can do our Purgatory here, purging all worldliness out of ourselves, or leave part of the job for the next life. Old Scratch, Satan, would like to convince us that there is an easy road to Purgatory, and then we can get on to heaven. However, what he wants to do is steer us off of the road to heaven and on to the road to hell, while fooling us in to believing we are on the road to purgatory.

Haven’t you gotten off course? Weren’t you going to tell us how to convert others? “Now therefore saith the Lord: Be converted to me with all your heart.” (Joel 2:12) Why would anyone want to convert to a way of life that we won’t even follow ourselves. We must attract people to the Catholic way of life by living it fully, and letting the serenity that comes from total conformity to the will of God radiate from us.

By the way, have you gotten your spiritual EKG back I talked about a while ago? How healthy is your heart, spiritually?

From the desert,

+Michael pp

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Saint Martin’s Lent 2014

Posted by on Nov 9, 2014 in Pope Michael, Sanctification | 1 comment

November 9th is the Feast of the Dedication of the Basilica of Saint John Lateran in Rome. This is actually a sad day for Us, because this is Our basilica as Bishop of Rome. For a thousand years from the end of the persecutions to the Protestant Revolt the Popes lives in the Lateran Palace with some notable exceptions in history. One of these is called in history the Babylonian Captivity, when for seventy years the Popes lived in Avignon in France rather at home in Rome. Today We live in exile in the New World, which has only been visited by one Pope prior to his election. Cardinal Pacelli visited prior to his election as Pope Pius XII in his function as Secretary of State of the Vatican City State.

“And Jesus said to them: Can the children of the bridegroom mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then they shall fast.” (Matthew 9:15) The Bridegroom is away and the Church is at the end of the worst crisis in history. And so we should fast and pray for an end to the Great Apostasy.

Saint Martin’s Lent

November 11th is the Feast of Saint Martin. This feast is about forty days before the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ. Saint Martin’s Lent obtains its name from the custom of some Catholics to fast before Christmas just as we fast before Easter in Lent.

There are two types of fast. The first are those fasts, which oblige us under the Laws of the Church. And these are of several kinds. First there is the customary abstinence from meat on Fridays, which goes back to Apostolic times. The only exception is when a Holyday of Obligation falls on a Friday, such as All Saints Day or the Immaculate Conception. The second are the days of fast, which occur in Lent, on the Ember Days and several vigils throughout the year. The Ember Days and some vigils also come with partial abstinence and a few vigils require complete abstinence. When we fast and abstain on these days in obedience to the Church we combine the virtues of penance and obedience in a single act. The Church has prescribed a minimum of fasting, because if she didn’t some might not fast at all.

As sincere Catholics we should look at her laws in the areas of fasting and abstinence as minimums, which we should exceed on occasion. And thus sincere Catholics will observe voluntary fasts and/or penances on certain occasions as a form of penance and mortification. Saint Paul wrote: “But I chastise my body, and bring it into subjection: lest perhaps, when I have preached to others, I myself should become a castaway.” (I Corinthians 9:27) Voluntary penance is very useful for the soul. And so We would like to recommend that all consider some form of voluntary penance.

Some penance in Saint Martin’s Lent is one possibility. All should consider their own duties and select a penance accordingly.

Advent

On November 30th we begin the Ecclesiastical Year on the First Sunday of Advent. For many centuries Advent was a time of obligatory fasting similar to Lent as a preparation for Christmas. The law of fast for Advent has been dropped over a century ago, but Advent remains a time of penitential preparation for Christmas. We should observe it in such a manner. In fact, there is a lesson in this for us. In the United States the celebration of Christmas begins on the day after Thanksgiving and ends on Christmas. After Christmas becomes a time of mourning, when it should be a time of celebration. This inverted way of living leads to many problems in people’s lives. By preparing by fasting, penance and prayer, when we arrive at the feast we are prepared to celebrate with the Church. Let us put off the Christmas decorations until after First Vespers on Christmas Eve and then leave them up throughout the Christmas season.

Fasting on Saturdays

Saint Alphonsus among others recommends the practice of fasting on Saturdays in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This is another practice to consider, if duty will allow.

From The Glories of Mary

by Saint Alphonsus

Many servants of Mary, on Saturdays and the vigils of her feast, are accustomed to honor her by fasting on bread and water. It is well known that Saturday is a day dedicated by the holy Church to the honor of the Virgin, because on this day, says St. Bernard, she remained constant in the faith after the death of her Son.

For this reason the servants of Mary never fail on this day to offer her some special homage; and particularly the fast on bread and water, as St. Charles Borromeo, Cardinal Toledo, and so many others practised it. Rittard, Bishop of Bamberg, and Father Joseph Arriaga, of the Society of Jesus, did not even taste food on Saturday. The great graces which the mother of God afterwards bestowed upon those who practised this devotion, may be read in the writings of Father Auriemma. It is sufficient for us to mention the compassion which she showed to that bandit chief, who on account of this devotion, was permitted to remain alive, although his head had been cut off, and although he was under the displeasure of God, and was enabled to make his confession before dying. He afterwards declared that the holy virgin, for this fasting which he had offered her, had preserved him in life, and he then suddenly expired. It would not then be a very extraordinary thing, if any one, especially devoted to Mary, and particularly if he had already deserved hell, should offer to her this fast on Saturday. He who practises this devotion, I may say, will hardly be condemned; not that our Lady will deliver him by a miracle if he dies in mortal sin, as happened to the bandit; such prodigies of divine mercy seldom take place, and it would be madness to expect eternal salvation by them. But I do say that the divine mother will readily obtain perseverance and divine grace and a good death for him who will practise this devotion. All the brothers of our little congregation who can do so, fast on bread and water on Saturday, in honor of Mary. I say those who can do so, meaning, that if any one is prevented from doing so on account of ill health, at least on Saturday, he may content himself with one dish, make a common fast, or at least abstain from fruits or other agreeable food. It is necessary on Saturday to offer special devotions to our Lady, to receive communion, or, at least, hear mass, visit some image of the Virgin, wear hair-cloth, and the like. And at least on the vigils of the seven feasts of Mary, let her servants endeavor to offer this fasting on bread, or in any other manner they are able.

Seven Feasts of the Blessed Virgin Mary

These are:

      1. The Immaculate Conception, December 8th

      2. The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, September 8th

      3. The Presentation of Mary, November 21st

      4. The Annunciation, March 25th

      5. The Visitation, July 2nd

      6. The Purification, February 2nd

      7. The Assumption, August 15th

Conclusion

Speaking of some Devils, Jesus tells us: “But this kind is not cast out but by prayer and fasting.” (Matthew 17:20) And Saint Paul reminds us: “For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood; but against principalities and power, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places.) (Ephesians 6:12) Our fight is not against other people, but against The Enemy of our souls, the Devil. And so let us arm ourselves in this fight. Let us look at our lives and adopt some form of voluntary penance in addition to what is required by Church Law.

To demonstrate how the Church Law on fasting has eased over the last few centuries, We have reproduced an article from The Catholic Encyclopedia below. To recommend a bit more penance is not out of order. Some might ask why We do not instead amend the law and make it stronger. We know that these concessions came about, because of the weakness of people, a weakness that remains until today. Therefore We recommend voluntary additions to the minimums required by the Church by those who are able and in a manner that will preserve their health so they can discharge their duties to God, their fellow man and themselves.

The Black Fast

From The Catholic Encyclopedia

This form of fasting, the most rigorous in the history of church legislation, was marked by austerity regarding the quantity and quality of food permitted on fasting days as well as the time wherein such food might be legitimately taken.

In the first place more than one meal was strictly prohibited. At this meal flesh meat, eggs, butter, cheese, and milk were interdicted (Gregory I, Decretals IV, cap. vi; Trullan Synod, Canon 56). Besides these restrictions abstinence from wine, specially during Lent, was enjoined (Thomassin, Traité des jeûnes de l’Église, II, vii). Furthermore, during Holy Week the fare consisted of bread, salt, herbs, and water (Laymann, Theologia Moralis, Tr. VIII; De observatione jejuniorum, i). Finally, this meal was not allowed until sunset. St. Ambrose (De Elia et jejunio, sermo vii, in Psalm CXVIII), St. Chrysostom (Homil. iv in Genesim), St. Basil (Oratio i, De jejunio) furnish unequivocal testimony concerning the three characteristics of the black fast. The keynote of their teaching is sounded by St. Bernard (Sermo. iii, no. 1, De Quadragesima), when he says “hitherto we have fasted only until none” (3 p.m.) “whereas, now” (during Lent) “kings and princes, clergy and laity, rich and poor will fast until evening”. It is quite certain that the days of Lent (Muller, Theologia Moralis, II, Lib. II, Tr. ii, sect. 165, no. 11) as well as those preceding ordination were marked by the black fast. This regime continued until the tenth century when the custom of taking the only meal of the day at three o’clock was introduced (Thomassin, loc. cit.). In the fourteenth century the hour of taking this meal was changed to noon-day (Muller, loc. cit.). Shortly afterwards the practice of taking a collation in the evening began to gain ground (Thomassin, op. cit., II, xi). Finally, the custom of taking a crust of bread and some coffee in the morning was introduced in the early part of the nineteenth century. During the past fifty years, owing to ever changing circumstances of time and place, the Church has gradually relaxed the severity of penitential requirements, so that now little more than a vestige of former rigour obtains.

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Silence

Posted by on Apr 3, 2014 in Monastery, Pope Michael, Sanctification | 1 comment

The prophet Isaias says: “ For thus saith the Lord God the Holy One of Israel: If you return and be quiet, you shall be saved: in silence and in hope shall your strength be. And you would not:” (Isaias 30:15) In silence and in hope shall your strength be. Let us consider the value and necessity of silence in the spiritual life.

In silence you shall possess your souls. God will not speaks to us amidst the noise and turmoil of the world. He needs us to retire to a desert place where He can speak to us. Speaking of our soul, the prophet Osee writes: “Therefore, behold I will allure her, and will lead her into the wilderness: and I will speak to her heart.” (Osee 2:14) God speaks to us in silence, which is why we need to block out time each day to retire in silence to pray and listen for the voice of God.

Of our own times we read in Apocalypse (12:14): “And there were given to the woman two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the desert unto her place, where she is nourished for a time and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.” While we remain in the desert let us practice silence and prayer.

Venerable Louis of Grenada writes: “Indeed, I do not know whether it would not be better to honor charity in silence, since it cannot be adequately praised with words.”

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