Sanctification

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,

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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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Preparing for Lent

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

Lent

March 5th sees the beginning of the holy season of Lent. We shouldn’t need to remind anyone of the fast laws of the Catholic Church. (We have reproduced these below.) We cannot consider the mere observance of the fast laws during Lent as sufficient penance. No, Lent is a time for penance and detachment from the world.

We have been reading Summa of the Christian Life, volume 2. We strongly recommend this set of books for spiritual reading. We will be scanning in this whole chapter on Growth in Charity, but would like to quote a few things: “Although there are countless created goods that man may seek inordinately, St. John reduces them to three: wealth, honor, and bodily pleasure.” None of us are seeking the religious life for wealth, for the Church is truly a non-profit organization. We must consider the other two, honor and pleasure.

“By bodily pleasure is understood all those things which the senses of the body may take pleasure. Thus, the eyes naturally delight in the beautiful colors in paintings, tapestries, clothing or the beauties of nature as well as the beauty of the dance or theatrical spectacles, or any kind of visible beauty.” We must mortify our eyes in this age where they are assaulted by many things we should not see. We must be especially on the guard against the immodesty that will soon return with warmer weather. Also we should put away theatrical spectacles, such as the television this Lent.

“Man’s natural curiosity to know and to see all things is satisfied by many books, much visiting and conversation, and other such things.” Our books and conversations should be on holy things. There is much to distract us today and we cannot feed the vice of curiosity, but must feed the virtue of studiousness. Curiosity killed the cat and also kills the soul.

“Under honor are included such things as offices, dignities, titles, privileges, authority, exemptions, and all other things that are related to worldly honor.” Following Jesus Christ and His Church tend to lead us away from all of these things. However, we must be on the guard against seeking any special treatment in the Church. Ours is to do God’s will as expressed by our superiors. We should not seek a promotion, for the Church will promote when the Church believes a person is ready for such a promotion.

Lent is a time of spiritual spring cleaning. It is time to reexamine our conscience and see where we have let things slide over the past year, since last Lent. Let us consider that we are called to be the salt of the earth, to be saints. We are called to give a good example and lead people to the truth more by our actions than by our words. Let us remember that actions speaks louder than words and talk is cheap. We must live the Catholic way of life, not just preach it.

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Documentary

It has been recommended that We add a link to the documentary Pope Michael Film. http://popemichaelfilm.com/ We would like to note that it is not Our documentary. Adam Fairholm and two other students came from Notre Dame to interview Us for a school project in 2007. After he graduated, Adam contacted Us to propose the idea of making a documentary. The documentary was a completely independent project. We had not editorial control over the project.

Contact Pope Michael

We can be contacted in many ways. We gave Our email above. Snail mail is

Office of Pope Michael

829 NE Chester

Topeka KS 66616-1352

We do not give out Our phone number for random publication. If you wish to speak by telephone, We can arrange that. We also have Skype. You should email to set up an appointment, because We do not have Skype active very often. Our Skype name is PopeMichael.

Our original website was the Vatican In Exile. It is still operating, but remains rather static at the moment. http://vaticaninexile.com/

We are posting these spiritual conferences and other things at the Pope Speaks http://pope-speaks.com/

W are slowly working on Our autobiography at Pope Michael. http://www.pope-michael.com/ When We originally sought a website domain name, We did not even consider using pope-michael, because this is not about Us. This is about God’s holy Church. However, later on We ran into a person who is cyber-squatting, that is reserving and running a domain in another person’s name. He did not ever open up a domain under Our name, but he has with other people.

Fast and Abstinence Laws

Days of Fast and Abstinence Fast only Fast and Partial Abstinence Fast and Total Abstinence Abstinence only
Persons All weekdays of Lent, including Holy Saturday (until noon): except Ash Wednesday; Fridays; Ember Wednesday and Saturday Ember Wednesday and Saturday; Vigils of Pentecost and All Saints Fridays of Lent; Ash Wednesday; Vigils of Immaculate Conception and the Nativity All Fridays, except those with more obligations
Under 7 No fast or abstinence No fast or abstinence No fast or abstinence No fast or abstinence
Over 7 and under 21; or over 59 No fast or abstinence No Fast, Meat once No Fast, No Meat No Fast, No Meat
Over 21 and under 59 Fast, Meat Once Fast, meat Once Fast, No Meat No Fast, No Meat
  1. On days of Fast, only one full meal is allowed. Two other meatless meals may be taken according to one’s needs; but together they should not equal another full meal.
  2. On days of Partial Abstinence, meat and soup or gravy from meat may be taken once a day at the principal meal, even by those not obliged to fast.
  3. On days of complete abstinence, no meat or meat soup or gravy may be taken.
  4. Those not obliged to fast may eat meat several times on fast days which are not abstinence days of any kind.

Let us remember that the laws of fasting and abstinence bind under pain of serious sin. Jesus said: “Unless you do penance, you shall all likewise perish.” (Luke 13:3,5) Jesus fasted forty days and forty nights. The saints fasted and so should we.

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The Spiritual Life Made Simple

Posted by on Feb 15, 2014 in Pope Michael, Sanctification | 0 comments

As We were going through some notes We had made from meditation, We came across a single sided piece of paper. And so how do we simplify the spiritual life? Let us remember that God is simplicity itself. We are the ones that complicate things. If we simplify our own lives, then we come closer to where God wants us to be.

 Love God completely and do everything He asks us to do.

 Spiritual books merely expand on these two points and help us accomplish them.

When we love someone, we want to spend time with them. If I tell you that I love you, then find every excuse to avoid you and spend no time with you, you are not going to believe that I truly love you. My actions speak louder and drowned out my words. So let us remember that actions speak louder than words.

And so how do we show that we love God? We spend time with Him. This is why We strongly recommend an hour a day in prayer. Those of us who are pursuing a spiritual life and truly wish to love God should be able to find an hour each day to spend with Him in prayer.

There are two kinds of prayer, vocal and mental. Mental prayer is the most important for we must keep our mind on God during our vocal prayer as well. To merely rattle off a series of words is not prayer. Prayer must come from the heart.

“Not every one that saith to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven: but he that doth the will of my Father who is in heaven, he shall enter into the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 7:21)

The second point is to do everything God asks us to do. If you are waiting for a burning bush, then you are not seriously seeking God’s will. He does not usually come in such an extraordinary manner. Rather He speaks to us in dozens of ways throughout the day. God is speaking to you right now through this little sermon, which you are reading.

And so God speaks to us through spiritual reading. We have seen that in Our own lives many times. Sometimes dramatically. We would be reading something and realize, that this is what God wants us to do. Our job is simple, do it. So a part of our hour should be spent in meditative spiritual reading. This is where we take a spiritual book and slowly digest and apply it to our lives.

God speaks to us through spoken sermons, which today many will find on the internet. And yes, He can speak to us through a webpage. He uses many ways to communicate His will to us, if only we will listen for His voice and heed it.

 A Question

 Since we are working together to save souls, We shall sometimes ask you questions to help us present the truths of the Faith to the faithful. And so We have a question for you. How best do we explain Pope Michael to people? True, Our project seeks to explain the current situation in the Church and ultimately Pope Michael. However, We don’t believe it is so difficult that people need to read a book. Actually We believe it can be presented simply. Any suggestions?

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First Spiritual Conference

Posted by on Feb 1, 2014 in Pope Michael, Sanctification | 2 comments

February 1, 2014

Saint Ignatius, Bishop amd Martyr

Dear friends in Christ,

When We sent out the request for the Unity Octave, We kept opening up email addresses. In fact, We are not sure We have contacted everyone. With so many to keep up with, We have decided to prepare a spiritual conference twice a month. We will email it to all. And there are a few who will receive it by snail mail.

This newsletter will be two fold. First of all a status report on how things are progressing. This will include announcements of upcoming feasts and fasts. We should live by the liturgical calendar. The second part will be a spiritual conference, because it is important to be constantly reminded of spiritual things.

My House Is a House of Prayer

Jesus said this, when preparing to cast the money lenders out of the temple. And indeed this is what We are establishing here in Topeka. The main purpose of moving in this direction is to establish a house of prayer. All ages in the Church until the Great Apostasy saw men and women separating themselves from the world at least partially to devote themselves to prayer. Consider the many virgin martyrs of the early persecutions. And then we have the desert fathers. Following them we have the rise of monasticism and the foundation of monasteries of monks and of nuns. Consider the great contemplative orders of the ages, the Cistercian and the Trappist come to mind.

Saint Teresa of Lisieux is the Patroness of the Missions, and yet she never spoke to a native to bring them the Faith. Instead from her Carmel she supported the missions with prayer and penance. My friends, it is by prayer and penance that we shall overcome the Great Apostasy.

We would all like to find those magic words that would bring thousands to realize the true condition of the Church. However, our words are as a “tinkling brass and a sounding cymbal,” (I Corinthians 13:1) without one key component.

Saint Paul tells us: “If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And if I should have prophecy and should know all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I should have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And if I should distribute all my goods to feed the poor, and if I should deliver my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.” (I Corinthians 13:1-3) Without charity we are nothing.

You will notice We have said nothing about the seminary or the education of men to spread the Gospel. The reason is simple, the first step in the ministry is with prayer and penance. It is upon this foundation We hope to form priests to be men of prayer. This is why Our place of exile must be a place of prayer first and foremost.

The priest is first and foremost a man of prayer. He prays on behalf of the flock God gives him through the Church.

Our house here is open to brothers, monks and seminarians, because the primary purpose is to form a house of prayer. We hope to form priests in this house of prayer.

Expansion?

 As of this writing no one has actually moved into Our house of prayer. However, We have three men working on coming, when and if their circumstances allow. True, We only have two empty rooms in Our actual house. However, We have checked around. First of all one half of the duplex next door has come back on the market for rent. The last time it was on the market, it was $450 per month, two bedroom one bath. With three men here, we can afford to rent this. If this is not available, then a block and a half away there are several places available in a similar price range.

We will keep you informed as men are able to actually get moved into Our house of prayer.

 A Project

 We have been meditating on what people do not understand. It is a simple phrase in the Creed: “I believe in the Catholic Church.” We say it every day in the Apostles Creed at the beginning of the Rosary, but do we stop and think what this actually means? In Our Library We have a set of catechism books, which are at the level of catechism teachers. We have extracted this section on “I Believe in the Catholic Church”. We went ahead and published the first part. This is an ongoing project, because We wish to add two sections. The first will add to some basic points to address the heresies of today. The second section will demonstrate where the Catholic Church is today.

Just the other day We read something, which is key to understanding where the Church is:

The Vatican Council teaches (DZ 1821) “The eternal Pastor and Bishop of souls decreed to establish a holy Church, in which all the faithful should be held together by the bonds of one faith and a common charity … and preserved in the unity of faith and communion by the ministry of a united priesthood.”

Pope Leo XIII states in Satis Cognitum (paragraph 15): “But the Episcopal order is rightly judged to be in communion with Peter, as Christ commanded, if it be subject to and obeys Peter; otherwise it necessarily becomes a lawless and disorderly crowd.”

Kindle

The priesthood amongst the Traditionalists is anything but united as can be easily seen by the various sects they have. This proves the necessity of having a living breathing Pope to which all of the Diocesan Bishops are subject. In turn the pastors, other bishops and priests are subject to their own Diocesan Bishop. The concept is simple, but the Traditionalists have declared an emergency to circumvent the order established by Jesus Christ.

We will keep you updated as the project moves forward and will be asking some of you to assist in polishing the final product. Links are provided to the first section, which is in print and available on Kindle.

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Questions?

 If you are receiving this or reading this, please feel free to ask questions. You may ask personal questions, which We will answer privately. Some general questions We will answer here, especially if they pertain to the religious life, the priestly life, the spiritual life or to the operation of the seminary and monastery. Other general questions We will answer on Youtube for fish eater Fridays, when We answer such general questions. We have a general policy. We never use a person’s name without their express permission, and if We use the question publicly We may alter it so as not to reveal who asked the question.

 February

 Because of the late Easter this year, Lent does not start in February. In fact, we do not enter Septuagesima until February 16th. Let us remember that Septuagesima, the time from Septuagesima Sunday until Ash Wednesday is a time of preparation for Lent and commemorates the fact that some fasted fifty days before Easter (Quinquagesima), some sixty days (Sexagesima) and some seventy days (Septuagesima). In memory of Jesus’ forty day fast, we now observe forty days (Quadragesima).

Sunday, February 2nd is the feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This is when Mary and Joseph presented Jesus in the temple as required by the Mosaic Law. This is the official end of the Christmas season, which began with First Vespers on Christmas Eve.

February 11th is a commemoration of the apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Lourdes. February 24th is the Feast of Saint Matthias the Apostles. Saint Mathias was elected to fill the place that was left empty by Judas’ apostasy.

Pope Michael

829 NE Chester

Topeka KS 66616-1352

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