Personal Relationship With Jesus

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First published October 5th, 2006. 


WITH my writings of late on the Pope, the Catholic Church, the Blessed Mother, and the understanding of how divine truth flows, not through personal interpretation, but through the teaching authority of Jesus, I received the expected emails and criticisms from non-Catholics (or rather, ex-Catholics). They have interpreted my defence of the hierarchy, established by Christ Himself, to mean that I do not have a personal relationship with Jesus; that somehow I believe I am saved, not by Jesus, but by the Pope or a bishop; that I am not filled with the Spirit, but an institutional “spirit” that has left me blind and bereft of salvation.


Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, WHY CATHOLIC? | on August 26th, 2015 | 1 Comment »

The Great Ark

Look Up by Michael D. O’Brien


JESUS said that the period before His eventual return in glory would be “as it was in the days of Noah…” That is, many would be oblivious to the Storm gathering around them: “They did not know until the flood came and carried them all away.” [1]Matt 24:37-29 This Storm, as the Church teaches, contains the Passion of the Church, who will follow her Head in her own passage through a corporate “death” and resurrection. [2]Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 675 Just as many of the “leaders” of the temple and even the Apostles themselves seemed unaware, even to the last moment, that Jesus had to truly suffer and die, so too many in the Church seem oblivious to the consistent prophetic warnings of the popes and the Blessed Mother—warnings that announce and signal a…


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1. Matt 24:37-29
2. Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 675
Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, FAITH AND MORALS | on August 25th, 2015 | 3 Comments »

Rekindling Love for Jesus

for Wednesday, August 19th, 2015
Opt. Memorial of St. John Eudes

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IT is palpable: the body of Christ is tired. There are so many loads that many are carrying in this hour. For one, our own sins and the myriad temptations we face in a highly consumerist, sensual, and compulsive society. There is also the apprehension and anxiety about what the Great Storm has yet to bring. And then there are all the personal trials, most notably, family divisions, financial strain, sickness, and fatigue of the daily grind. All of these can begin to pile up, crushing and smothering and defusing the flame of God’s love that has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit.


Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, MASS READINGS, SPIRITUALITY | on August 19th, 2015 | 2 Comments »

The Marian Dimension of the Storm


THERE are many sincere and genuine “prophets” in the Protestant churches today. But not surprisingly, there are holes and gaps in some of their “prophetic words” at this hour, precisely because there are holes and gaps in their theological premises. Such a statement is not intended to be inflammatory or triumphalistic, as though “we Catholics” have the corner on God, so to speak. No, the fact is, many Protestant (Evangelical) Christians today have a greater love and devotion to God’s Word than many Catholics, and have cultivated a great zeal, prayer life, faith, and openness to the spontaneity of the Holy Spirit. And thus, Cardinal Ratzinger makes an important qualification of contemporary Protestantism:


Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, MARY | on August 17th, 2015 | 4 Comments »

Prayer in Despair

for Tuesday, August 11th, 2015
Memorial of St. Clare

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PERHAPS the deepest trial many are experiencing today is the temptation to believe that prayer is futile, that God neither hears nor answers their prayers. To succumb to this temptation is the beginning of the shipwreck of one’s faith…


Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, SPIRITUALITY | on August 11th, 2015 | 1 Comment »

On Discernment of the Details


I AM receiving many letters at this time asking me about Charlie Johnston, Locutions.org, and other “seers” who claim to receive messages from Our Lady, angels, or even Our Lord. I am frequently being asked, “What do you think of this prediction or that?” Perhaps this is a good moment, then, to speak on discernment


Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, FAITH AND MORALS | on August 10th, 2015 | 1 Comment »

Words and Warnings


IT has been on my heart for several months now to summarize for my readers the personal “words” and “warnings” I feel the Lord has communicated to me in the past decade, and that have shaped and inspired these writings. Everyday, there are several new subscribers coming on board who have no history with the over one thousand writings here. Before I summarize these “inspirations”, it is helpful to repeat what the Church says about “private” revelation:


Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, A HEAVENLY MAP | on July 31st, 2015 | 2 Comments »

To Those in Mortal Sin…


BEFORE the Blessed Sacrament, the Lord communicated a word so powerful, so pregnant with Mercy, that I left the church exhausted…


Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, TIME OF GRACE | on July 30th, 2015 | 13 Comments »

The Center of Truth

for Thursday, July 29th, 2015
Memorial of St. Martha

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I often hear both Catholics and Protestants say that our differences really don’t matter; that we believe in Jesus Christ, and that is all that matters. Certainly, we must recognize in this statement the authentic ground of true ecumenism, [1]cf. Authentic Ecumenism which is indeed the confession and commitment to Jesus Christ as Lord. As St. John says:


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1. cf. Authentic Ecumenism
Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, MASS READINGS, THE GREAT TRIALS | on July 29th, 2015 | 1 Comment »

Mere Men

for Thursday, July 23rd, 2015
Opt. Memorial of St. Bridget

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THERE is a crisis coming—and it is already here—for our Protestant brothers and sisters in Christ. It was foretold by Jesus when He said,

…everyone who listens to these words of mine but does not act on them will be like a fool who built his house on sand. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. And it collapsed and was completely ruined. (Matt 7:26-27)

That is, whatever is built on sand: those interpretations of Scripture that depart from the Apostolic faith, those heresies and subjective errors that have divided Christ’s Church literally into tens of thousands of denominations—is going to be washed away in this present and coming Storm. In the end, Jesus foretold, “there will be one flock, one shepherd.” [1]cf. John 10:16


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1. cf. John 10:16
Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, FAITH AND MORALS, MASS READINGS | on July 23rd, 2015 | 1 Comment »

The Glance of God

for Tuesday, July 21st, 2015
Opt. Memorial of St. Lawrence of Brindisi

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WHILE the story of Moses and the parting of the Red Sea has frequently been told in both film and otherwise, a small but significant detail is often left out: the moment when Pharaoh’s army is thrown into chaos—the moment when they are given the “glance of God.”


Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, MASS READINGS, TIME OF GRACE | on July 21st, 2015 | 3 Comments »

Keep Still

for Monday, July 20th, 2015
Opt. Memorial of St. Apollinaris

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THERE wasn’t always enmity between Pharaoh and the Israelites. Remember when Joseph was entrusted by Pharaoh to hand out grain to all of Egypt? At that time, the Israelites were seen as a benefit and blessing to the country.

So too, there was a time when the Church was perceived as a benefit to society, when her charitable works of building hospitals, schools, orphanages, and other charities were welcomed by the State. Moreover, religion was seen as a positive force in society that helped direct not only the conduct of the State, but formed and molded individuals, families, and communities resulting in a more peaceful and just society.


Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, MASS READINGS, THE GREAT TRIALS | on July 20th, 2015 | 1 Comment »