Mark

A DAILY JOURNAL

The Great Confusion

 

 

THERE is coming a time, and it is already here, when there is going to be great confusion in the world and in the Church. After Pope Benedict resigned, I sensed the Lord warning me about this over and over again. And now we see it unfolding rapidly around us—in the world and in the Church.

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, THE GREAT TRIALS | on July 25th, 2014 | No Comments »

Reaping the Whirlwind

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for July 14th – July 19th, 2014
Ordinary Time

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Reaping the Whirlwind, Artist Unknown

 

 

IN last week’s readings, we heard the prophet Hosea proclaim:

When they sow the wind, they shall reap the whirlwind. (Hos 8:7)

Several years ago, as I stood in a farm field watching a storm approach, the Lord showed me in spirit that a great hurricane was coming upon the world. As my writings unfolded, I began to understand that what was coming head-on toward our generation was the definitive breaking of the seals of Revelation (see The Seven Seals of Revolution). But these seals are not God’s punitive justice per se—they are, rather, man reaping the whirlwind of his own conduct. Yes, the wars, plagues, and even disruptions in weather and the earth’s crust are often man-made (see The Land is Mourning). And I wish to say it again… no, not say it—I am shouting now—the Storm is upon us! It is now here! 

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, THE NOW WORD | on July 19th, 2014 | No Comments »

Meeting in the Clearing

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for July 7th – July 12th, 2014
Ordinary Time

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I have had a lot time to pray, think, and listen this week while haying on my tractor. Most especially about the people that I have met through this mysterious writing apostolate. I am referring to those faithful servants and messengers of the Lord who, like me, have been charged with watching, praying, and then speaking about the times we are living in. Remarkably, we have all come from different directions, wandering through the dark, dense, and oft times dangerous forests of prophecy, only to arrive at the same point: in the Clearing of a united message.

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, THE NOW WORD | on July 13th, 2014 | No Comments »

Real Time

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for June 30th – July 5th, 2014
Ordinary Time

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earth globe facing asia with sun halo

 

WHY now? I mean, why has the Lord inspired me, after eight years, to begin this new column called “the Now Word”, reflections on the daily Mass readings? I believe it is because the readings are speaking to us directly, rhythmically, as biblical events unfold now in real time. I don’t mean to be presumptuous when I say that. But after eight years of writing to you about coming events, as summarized in The Seven Seals of Revolution, we are now seeing them unfold in real time. (I once told my spiritual director that I was terrified to write something that may be wrong. And he replied, “Well, you’re already a fool for Christ. If you’re wrong, you’ll just be a fool for Christ—with egg on your face.”)

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, THE NOW WORD | on July 5th, 2014 | 2 Comments »

The Foundation of Faith

 

 

THERE is plenty happening in our world today to shake the faith of believers. Indeed, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find souls who are remaining steadfast in their Christian faith without compromise, without giving up, without caving in to the pressures and temptations of the world. But this raises a question: just what exactly is my faith to be in? The Church? Mary? The Sacraments…?

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, FAITH AND MORALS | on July 1st, 2014 | Comments Off

The Two Hearts

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for June 23rd – June 28th, 2014
Ordinary Time

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“The Two Hearts” by Tommy Christopher Canning

 

IN my recent meditation, The Rising Morning Star, we see through Scripture and Tradition how the Blessed Mother has a significant role in not only the first, but second coming of Jesus. So intermingled are Christ and His mother that we often refer to their mystical union as the “Two Hearts” (whose feasts we celebrated this past Friday and Saturday). As a symbol and type of the Church, her role in these “end times” is likewise a type and sign of the Church’s role in bringing about the triumph of Christ over the satanic kingdom spreading over the world.

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, THE NOW WORD | on June 28th, 2014 | Comments Off

When Elijah Returns

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for June 16th – June 21st, 2014
Ordinary Time

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Elijah

 

 

HE was one of the most influential prophets of the Old Testament. In fact, his end here on earth is nearly mythological in status since, well… he didn’t have an end.

As they walked on conversing, a flaming chariot and flaming horses came between them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind. (Wednesday’s first reading)

Tradition teaches that Elijah was taken to “paradise” where he has been preserved from corruption, but that his role on earth has not ended.

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, THE NOW WORD | on June 22nd, 2014 | Comments Off

All His

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for June 9th – June 14th, 2014
Ordinary Time

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Elijah Sleeping, by Michael D. O’Brien

 

 

THE beginning of true life in Jesus is the moment when you recognize that you are utterly corrupt—poor in virtue, holiness, goodness. That would seem to be the moment, one would think, for all despair; the moment when God declares that you are rightly damned; the moment when all joy caves in and life is nothing more than a drawn out, hopeless eulogy…. But then, that is precisely the moment when Jesus says, “Come, I wish to dine in your house”; when He says, “This day you will be with me in paradise”; when He says, “Do you love me? Then feed my sheep.” This is the paradox of salvation that Satan continually tries to hide from the human mind. For while he cries out that you are worthy to be damned, Jesus says that, because you are damnable, you are worthy to be saved.

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, THE NOW WORD | on June 14th, 2014 | Comments Off

Don’t Be Afraid to Be Light

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for June 2nd – June 7th, 2014
of the Seventh Week of Easter

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DO you only debate with others over morality, or do you also share with them your love for Jesus and what He is doing in your life? Many Catholics today are very comfortable with the former, but not with the latter. We can make our intellectual views known, and sometimes forcefully, but then we are quiet, if not silent, when it comes to opening our hearts. This can be for two basic reasons: either we are ashamed to share what Jesus is doing in our souls, or we actually have nothing to say because our inner life with Him is neglected and dead, a branch disconnected from the Vine… a light bulb unscrewed from the Socket.

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, THE NOW WORD | on June 7th, 2014 | Comments Off

The Rising Morning Star

 

 

MISSING from nearly all Protestant prophecy is what we Catholics call the “Triumph of the Immaculate Heart.” That’s because Evangelical Christians almost universally omit the intrinsic role of the Blessed Virgin Mary in salvation history beyond Christ’s birth—something Scripture itself does not even do. Her role, designated from the very beginning of creation, is closely related to that of the Church, and like the Church, is oriented entirely toward the glorification of Jesus in the Holy Trinity.

As you will read, the “Flame of Love” of her Immaculate Heart is the rising morning star that will have the dual purpose of crushing Satan and establishing the reign of Christ on earth, as it is in Heaven…

 

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, THE ERA OF PEACE | on June 5th, 2014 | 2 Comments »

The Urgency for the Gospel

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for May 26th – 31st, 2014
of the Sixth Week of Easter

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THERE is a perception in the Church that evangelization is for a chosen few. We hold conferences or parish missions and those “chosen few” come and speak to us, evangelize, and teach. But as for the rest of us, our duty is to simply go to Mass and keep from sin.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, THE NOW WORD | on May 30th, 2014 | 1 Comment »

Some Personal Words and Changes from Mark…

 

 

JESUS said, “The wind blows where it wills… so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” That seemed to be the case in His own ministry when He would plan to do one thing, but the crowds would determine a different path. Likewise, St. Paul would often set sail for a destination but be thwarted by bad weather, persecution or the Spirit.

I have found this ministry to be no different over the years. Often when I say, “This is what I shall do…”, the Lord has other plans. Such is the case again. I sense the Lord wanting me to focus right now on some very important writings—some “words” that have been brewing for over two years. Without an elongated and unnecessary explanation, I don’t think many people understand that this is not my blog. I have so many things I would like to say, but there is a clear agenda that is not my own, an organic unfolding of “word.” Spiritual direction in this regard has been invaluable in helping me to step aside (as much as possible!) to let the Lord have His way. I hope that is happening for His sake and yours.

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, THE NOW WORD | on May 25th, 2014 | 1 Comment »