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Seeing the Good

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for Wednesday of Holy Week, April 1st, 2015

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READERS have heard me quote several popes [1]cf. Why Aren’t the Popes Shouting? who, over the decades have been warning, as Benedict did, that “the very future of the world is at stake.” [2]cf. On the Eve That led one reader to question whether I simply thought that the whole world was all bad. Here’s my answer.

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The Only Fault that Matters

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for Tuesday of Holy Week, March 31st, 2015

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Judas and Peter (detail from ‘The Last Supper”), by Leonardo da Vinci (1494–1498)

 

THE Apostles are aghast at being told that one of them would betray the Lord. Indeed, it is the unthinkable. So Peter, in a moment of indignation, perhaps even self-righteousness, begins to look his brothers over with suspicion. Lacking the humility to see into his own heart, he sets about finding the fault of the other—and even gets John to do the dirty work for him:

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The Victors

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for Monday of Holy Week, March 30th, 2015

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THE most remarkable thing about Our Lord Jesus is that He does not keep anything for Himself. He not only gives all glory to the Father, but then wills to share His glory with us to the extent that we become coheirs and copartners with Christ. [1]cf. Eph 3:6

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1. cf. Eph 3:6

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Why an Era of Peace?

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for Saturday of the Fifth Week of Lent, March 28th, 2015

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ONE of the most common questions I hear on the possibility of a coming “era of peace” is why? Why wouldn’t the Lord simply return, put an end to wars and suffering, and bring about a New Heavens and New Earth? The short answer is simply that God would have utterly failed, and Satan won.

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Wisdom Will be Vindicated

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for Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent, March 27th, 2015

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saint-sophia-the-almighty-wisdom-1932_FotorSt. Sophia the Almighty’s Wisdom, Nicholas Roerich (1932)

 

THE Day of the Lord is near. It is a Day when the manifold Wisdom of God will be made known to the nations. [1]cf. The Vindication of Wisdom

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New Holiness… or New Heresy?

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FROM a reader in response to my writing on The Coming New and Divine Holiness:

Jesus Christ is the greatest Gift of all, and the good news is He is with us right now in all His fullness and power through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. The Kingdom of God is now within the hearts of those who have been born again… now is the day of salvation. Right now, we, the redeemed are the sons of God and will be made manifest at the appointed time… we don’t need to wait on any so called secrets of some alleged apparition to be fulfilled or Luisa Picarretta’s understanding of Living in the Divine Will in order for us to be made perfect…

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Published in: | on March 26th, 2015 | Comments are Closed »

When Wisdom Comes

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for Thursday of the Fifth Week of Lent, March 26th, 2015

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THE words came to me recently:

Whatever happens, happens. Knowing about the future does not prepare you for it; knowing Jesus does.

There is a gigantic gulf between knowledge and Wisdom. Knowledge tells you what is. Wisdom tells you what to do with it. The former without the latter can be catastrophic on many levels. For example:

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A Greater Gift

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for Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Lent, March 25th, 2015
Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord

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from The Annunciation by Nicolas Poussin (1657)

 

TO understand the future of the Church, look no further than the Blessed Virgin Mary. 

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The Great Liberation

 

MANY feel that Pope Francis’ announcement declaring a “Jubilee of Mercy” from Dec. 8th, 2015 to Nov. 20th, 2016 bears greater significance than may first appear. The reason being is that it is one of numerous signs converging all at once. That hit home for me this past weekend as I reflected on the Jubilee and a prophetic word I received at the end of 2008, seven years ago… [1]cf. The Year of the Unfolding

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God’s Timing

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for Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent, March 24th, 2015

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THERE is a growing sense of anticipation among those who are watching the signs of the times that things are coming to a head. And that’s good: God is getting the world’s attention. But along with this anticipation comes at times an expectation that certain events are just around the corner… and that gives way to predictions, calculating dates, and endless speculation. And that can sometimes distract people from what’s necessary, and can ultimately lead to disillusionment, cynicism, and even apathy.

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The Reframers

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for Monday of the Fifth Week of Lent, March 23rd, 2015

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ONE of the key harbingers of The Growing Mob today is, rather than engage in a discussion of facts, [1]cf. The Death of Logic they often resort to simply labeling and stigmatizing those with whom they disagree. They call them “haters” or “deniers”, “homophobes” or “bigots”, etc. It is a smokescreen, a reframing of the dialogue so as to, in fact, shut down dialogue. It is an attack on freedom of speech, and more and more, freedom of religion. [2]cf. The Progression of Totalitarinism It is remarkable to see how Our Lady of Fatima’s words, spoken nearly a century ago, are unfolding precisely as she said they would: the “errors of Russia” are spreading throughout the world—and the spirit of control behind them. [3]cf. Control! Control! 

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Fulfilled, But Not Yet Consummated

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for Saturday of the Fourth Week of Lent, March 21st, 2015

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WHEN Jesus became man and began His ministry, He announced that humanity had entered the “fullness of time.” [1]cf. Mark 1:15 What does this mysterious phrase mean two thousand years later? It is important to understand because it reveals to us the “end time” plan that is now unfolding…

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1. cf. Mark 1:15

Published in: | on March 20th, 2015 | Comments are Closed »