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Will I Run Too?


Crucifixion, by Michael D. O’Brien

 

AS I watched again the powerful movie The Passion of the Christ, I was struck by Peter’s pledge that he would go to prison, and even die for Jesus! But only hours later, Peter vehemently denied Him three times. At that moment, I sensed my own poverty: "Lord, without your grace, I will betray you too…"

How can we be faithful to Jesus in these days of confusion, scandal, and apostasy?1 How can we be assured that we too will not flee the Cross? Because it’s happening all around us already. Since the beginning of this writing apostolate, I have sensed the Lord speaking of a Great Sifting of the "weeds from among the wheat."2 That in fact a schism is already forming in the Church, though not yet fully in the open.3 This week, the Holy Father spoke of this sifting at Holy Thursday Mass.

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FOOTNOTES:

  1. cf. The Pope, a Condom, and the Purification of the Church []
  2. cf. Weeds Among the Wheat []
  3. cf. Sorrow of Sorrows []
Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, THE GREAT TRIALS | on April 23rd, 2011 | 1 Comment »

The Passion of the Unborn

 

 

BETRAYED and forgotten, the unborn remain in our times the greatest ongoing holocaust in human history. As early as 11 weeks gestation, a fetus can feel pain when it is burned by saline or torn apart in its mother’s womb. In a culture that prides itself on unprecedented rights for animals, it is a horrifying contradiction and injustice. And the price to society is not negligible as future generations have now been decimated in the Western world, and continue to be at a startling rate of over a hundred thousand deaths per day worldwide.

This is The Passion of the Unborn. Watch at www.embracinghope.tv

WARNING: Contains graphic images

 

RELATED READING:

The Hour of Decision

Controversial Images

Images Moving Hearts

Is a Fetus a Person?

The Hard Truth

The Hard Truth – Part IV

The Hard Truth – Part V

The Hard Truth – Epilogue

The Writing on the Wall

Judgment of the Womb

3 Cities and a Warning for Canada

 

 

Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, WEBCAST & VIDEOS | on April 22nd, 2011 | Comments Off

Key to the Woman

 

Knowledge of the true Catholic doctrine regarding the Blessed Virgin Mary will always be a key to the exact understanding of the mystery of Christ and of the Church. —POPE PAUL VI, Discourse, November 21st, 1964

 

 

THERE is a profound key that unlocks why and how the Blessed Mother has such a sublime and powerful role in the lives of mankind, but particularly believers. Once one grasps this, not only does Mary’s role make more sense in salvation history and her presence more understood, but I believe, it will leave you wanting to reach for her hand more than ever.

The key is this: Mary is a prototype of the Church.

 

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, MARY | on April 20th, 2011 | 1 Comment »

On the Archdiocese of Edmonton

 

DURING the course of the past year, I have been asked by several orthodox Catholic priests to speak in their parishes or retreat houses in the neighbouring Archdiocese of Edmonton. However, I learned from one of them that I was "not permitted" to bring my ministry into the Archdiocese. I wrote three letters to the Archbishop there over the past year asking for clarification and seeking any pastoral guidance he might offer. This week, I received a response from Archbishop Richard Smith:

The simple fact of the matter is that we have a policy in the Archdiocese, which stipulates that any speaker invited to address our people on matters of faith or morals must first receive a nihil obstat [Latin for "nothing hinders"] from me or my delegate. This is standard policy. In your case it was not granted because of indications on your website that you make reference to what you claim to have received in private revelations. This is an approach that I do not wish to promote within the Archdiocese of Edmonton. —Letter of April 4th, 2011

Due to the fact that my ministry reaches thousands of people each week in my writing and webcast apostolate, including those in his Archdiocese, and because this "ban" has become a source of confusion for some, I feel a certain responsibility to respond to the public nature of the Archbishop’s decision.

 

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, A RESPONSE | on April 14th, 2011 | 2 Comments »

In the Days of Lot


Lot Fleeing Sodom
, Benjamin West, 1810

 

THE waves of confusion, calamity, and uncertainty are pounding upon the doors of every nation on earth. As food and fuel prices soar and the world economy sinks like an anchor to the seabed, there is much talk of refuges—safe-havens to weather the approaching Storm. But there is a danger facing some Christians today, and that is to fall into a self-preservationist spirit that is becoming more prevalent. Survivalist websites, ads for emergency kits, power generators, food cookers, and gold and silver offerings… the fear and paranoia today is palpable as insecurity mushrooms. But God is calling His people to a different spirit than that of the world. A spirit of absolute trust.

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, THE GREAT TRIALS | on March 28th, 2011 | 3 Comments »

Church and State?

 

WE hear it more and more today: there needs to be a greater separation between Church and State. But what is really meant by some is that the Church simply needs to disappear. In this prophetic and instructive webcast, Mark sets the record straight as to what the proper role of the Church and State are in human affairs… and how the Church urgently needs to raise her voice of truth at this late hour.

 To watch Church and State? go to www.embracinghope.tv

 

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, WEBCAST & VIDEOS | on March 25th, 2011 | 1 Comment »

The Coming Refuges and Solitudes

 

THE Age of Ministries is ending… but something more beautiful is going to arise. It will be a new beginning, a restored Church in a new era. In fact, it was this present pope who hinted at this very thing while he was still a cardinal:

The Church will be reduced in its dimensions, it will be necessary to start again. However, from this test a Church would emerge that will have been strengthened by the process of simplification it experienced, by its renewed capacity to look within itself… the Church will be numerically reduced. —Cardinal Ratzinger (POPE BENEDICT XVI), God and the World, 2001; interview with Peter Seewald

He was echoing, perhaps, Pope Paul VI, who made the startling admission that, because of the growing apostasy in the Church, there will likely be left a mere remnant of the faithful:

There is a great uneasiness, at this time, in the world and in the Church, and that which is in question is the faith… I sometimes read the Gospel passage of the end times and I attest that, at this time, some signs of this end are emerging… What strikes me, when I think of the Catholic world, is that within Catholicism, there seems sometimes to pre-dominate a non-Catholic way of thinking, and it can happen that tomorrow this non-Catholic thought within Catholicism, will tomorrow become the stronger. But it will never represent the thought of the Church. It is necessary that a small flock subsist, no matter how small it might be. —POPE PAUL VI, The Secret Paul VI, Jean Guitton, p. 152-153, Reference (7), p. ix.

It is the divine protection of this little flock in times to come that concerns this present writing…

 

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, THE GREAT TRIALS | on March 21st, 2011 | 4 Comments »

The Age of Ministries is Ending

 

I intended to sit down and write to you today about the coming refuges. However, there is a greater context without which these refuges make little sense.

The events that have unfolded recently, especially in Japan, have set loose a flurry of speculation and even panic among some Christians that now is the time to buy supplies and head for the hills. Without a doubt, the string of natural disasters around the globe, the looming food crisis, the rising cost of fuel, and the impending collapse of the dollar can not help but give pause to the practical mind. But brothers and sisters in Christ, God is doing something new among us. He is preparing the world for a tsunami of Mercy. He must shake old structures down to the foundations and raise new ones. He must strip away that which is of the flesh and reclothe us in His power. And He must place within our souls a new heart, a new wineskin, prepared to receive the New Wine He is about to pour out.

In other words,

The Age of Ministries is ending.

 

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, THE GREAT TRIALS | on March 17th, 2011 | 2 Comments »

Like a Thief

 

THE past 24 hours since writing After the Illumination, the words have been echoing in my heart: Like a thief in the night…

Concerning times and seasons, brothers, you have no need for anything to be written to you. For you yourselves know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief at night. When people are saying, "Peace and security," then sudden disaster comes upon them, like labor pains upon a pregnant woman,and they will not escape. (1 Thess 5:2-3)

Many have applied these words to the Second Coming of Jesus. Indeed, the Lord will come at an hour that no one but the Father knows. But if we read the above text carefully, St. Paul is speaking about the coming of the "day of the Lord," and what comes suddenly are like "labor pains." In my last writing, I explained how the "day of the Lord" is not a single day or event, but a period of time, according to Sacred Tradition. Thus, that which leads up to and ushers in the Day of the Lord are precisely those labor pains that Jesus spoke of1 and St. John saw in the vision of The Seven Seals of Revolution.

They too, for many, will come like a thief in the night.

 

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FOOTNOTES:

  1. Matt 24: 6-8; Luke 21:9-11 []
Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, SPIRITUALITY | on March 11th, 2011 | 7 Comments »

After the Illumination

 

All light in the heavens will be extinguished, and there will be great darkness over the whole earth. Then the sign of the cross will be seen in the sky, and from the openings where the hands and the feet of the Savior were nailed will come forth great lights which will light up the earth for a period of time. This will take place shortly before the last day. —Divine Mercy in My Soul, Jesus to St. Faustina, n. 83

 

AFTER the Sixth Seal is broken, the world experiences an "illumination of conscience"—a moment of reckoning (see The Seven Seals of Revolution). St. John then writes that the Seventh Seal is broken and there is silence in heaven "for about half an hour." It is a pause before the Eye of the Storm passes over, and the winds of purification begin to blow again.

Silence in the presence of the Lord GOD! For near is the day of the LORD… (Zeph 1:7)

It is a pause of grace, of Divine Mercy, before the Day of Justice arrives…

 

*Some of this information is a combination of several writings on this website. I have linked to them whenever applicable.

 

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, THE GREAT TRIALS | on March 9th, 2011 | 1 Comment »

Why Mary…?

 

WHILE the world reels under overwhelming changes in its weather patterns, economic stability, and growing revolutions, the temptation for some will be to despair. To feel as though the world is out of control. In some ways it is, but only to the degree that God has permitted, to the degree, often, of reaping precisely what we’ve sown. God has a plan. And as John Paul II pointed out when he said that we are "facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-Church…" he added:

This confrontation lies within the plans of divine Providence —Cardinal Karol Wojtyla (JOHN PAUL II ), at the Eucharistic Congress, Philadelphia, PA; August 13, 19761

When he became Pope, he also pointed out the means by which the Church would triumph over the "anti-Church":

On this universal level, if victory comes it will be brought by Mary. Christ will conquer through her because He wants the Church’s victories now and in the future to be linked to her… —POPE JOHN PAUL II, Crossing the Threshold of Hope, p. 221

This statement, and several I have made here, have sent many of my Protestant readers into a tailspin, not to mention fellow Catholics who have been raised in Evangelical influences or without proper instruction. I too was raised among many Pentecostals and the "charismatic renewal." However, my parents also held fast to the teachings of our Faith. By God’s grace, I have been fortunate to experience the living dynamic of a personal relationship with Jesus, the power of God’s Word, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and at the same time, the sure and unchanging foundations of faith and morals as handed on through the Church’s living Tradition (see A Personal Testimony).

I have also experienced what it means to have a mother—God’s Mother—as my own, and how this has brought me closer to Jesus faster and more effectively than any other devotion I know outside of the Sacraments.

But that’s not how some Catholics see it. From a reader:

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FOOTNOTES:

  1. "We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-Church, of the Gospel versus the anti-Gospel. This confrontation lies within the plans of divine Providence; it is a trial which the whole Church, and the Polish Church in particular, must take up. It is a trial of not only our nation and the Church, but in a sense a test of 2,000 years of culture and Christian civilization, with all of its consequences for human dignity, individual rights, human rights and the rights of nations." —Cardinal Karol Wojtyla (JOHN PAUL II ), at the Eucharistic Congress, Philadelphia, PA; August 13, 1976 []
Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, MARY | on February 22nd, 2011 | 2 Comments »

The Season of Faith


WATCHING the snow fall outside the window of my retreat, here at the base of the Canadian Rockies, this writing from the Fall of 2008 came to mind. God bless you all… you are with me in my heart and prayers…


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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, THE GREAT TRIALS | on February 16th, 2011 | 5 Comments »