Posts made in October, 2012

All Saints Day Announcement

Posted by on Oct 30, 2012 in Pope Michael | 0 comments

Dear friends,
We have just returned from a trip to Wisconsin to purchase books from a monastery that is being closed down. We were able to purchase 235 books to add to Our library. We have already begun reading them. One had a comment on Quietism that gave Us something to think about on the trip home. Quietists believe that mortification is unnecessary. In this regard the world today is Quietist. Mortification and penance have been removed from our lives. The only penance anyone will do will be for vanity or health reasons by observing a stricter diet. Suggest doing penance for one’s sins and this suggestion is put aside as ridiculous.
Another problem is that many who claim the name of Catholic no longer fast and abstain. The fast laws of the Church have been set aside, even by the Traditionalists. And yet these laws still bind. And even if we believed they didn’t, shouldn’t we follow them for the same reason we reject the Novus Ordo? In fact, shouldn’t we follow the old fast laws, asking God to end the Great Apostasy?
Having said that let Us remind you that tomorrow, October 31st, is the Vigil of All Saints a day of fast and complete abstinence. The following day, November 1st is the Feast of All Saints, a Holyday of Obligation. Let us observe it as we would any other Holyday, such as all Sundays or Christmas.
On Friday We begin the Novena of Masses for the Poor Souls. Please let Us know who you wish remembered in this Novena. On all Souls Day and the octave (November 2 through 9) we can earn a plenary indulgence for the Poor Souls by a visit to the cemetery and prayer for the Poor Souls. Let us not forget those who have gone before us and are now suffering in Purgatory. Let us take advantage of the indulgences available to relieve their suffering and shorten their sentence. Remember one day we may be in Purgatory our self.
While at the cemetery, consider that some day you also will be taken to a cemetery. Are you ready to die today? If you died today, would you go straight to heaven? If not, then you have work to do, for our mission in life is to enter Heaven.
“The most difficult task of all is the one that has to be undertaken within oneself, self-conquest. … That living death is worth more for the salvation of souls than all the others put together.” Saint Teresa of Lisieux. We have been reading a great deal on the interior life and the necessity of cleansing our interior. We will be saying more on this very soon in writing and videos. Meditate on this. Look into your soul and see how cluttered with garbage and worse it is. Then start cleaning it out.
May God bless and keep all of you.
Pope Michael
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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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