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When God is Stopped

 

GOD is infinite. He is ever-present. He is all-knowing…. and He is stoppable.

A word came to me in prayer this morning that I feel compelled to share with you:

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, SPIRITUALITY | on June 8th, 2011 | 1 Comment »

Catholic Fundamentalist?

 

FROM a reader:

I have been reading your "deluge of false prophets" series, and to tell you the truth, I am a little concerned. Let me explain… I am a recent convert to the Church. I was once a fundamentalist Protestant Pastor of the "meanest kind"—I was a bigot! Then someone gave me a book by Pope John Paul II— and I fell in love with this man’s writing. I resigned as Pastor in 1995 and in 2005 I came into the Church. I went to Franciscan University (Steubenville) and got a Masters in Theology.

But as I read your blog—I saw something I did not like—an image of myself 15 years ago. I am wondering, because I swore when I left Fundamentalist Protestantism that I would not substitute one fundamentalism for another. My thoughts: be careful you do not become so negative that you lose sight of the mission.

Is it possible that there is such an entity as "Fundamentalist Catholic?" I worry about the heteronomic element in your message.

The reader here raises an important question: are my writings overly negative? After writing about "false prophets," am I perhaps a "false prophet" myself, blinded by a spirit of "doom and gloom," and thus, unhinged from reality such that I have lost sight of my mission? Am I, after all is said and done, simply a "Fundamentalist Catholic?"

 

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, THE GREAT TRIALS | on June 6th, 2011 | 1 Comment »

More on False Prophets

 

WHEN my spiritual director asked me to write further about "false prophets," I pondered on how they are often defined in our day. Usually, people view "false prophets" as those who predict the future incorrectly. But when Jesus or the Apostles spoke of false prophets, they were usually speaking about those within the Church who led others astray by either failing to speak the truth, watering it down, or preaching a different gospel altogether…

Beloved, do not trust every spirit but test the spirits to see whether they belong to God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. (1 John 4:1)

 

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, SIGNS | on June 1st, 2011 | 1 Comment »

Deluge of False Prophets – Part II

 

With all the hoopla of Oprah Winfrey’s finale this week, this meditation came to mind. First published April 10th, 2008. 

 

WHEN I heard several months ago about Oprah Winfrey’s aggressive promotion of New Age spirituality, an image of a deep sea angler came to mind. The fish suspends a self-illuminated light in front of its mouth, which attracts prey. Then, when the prey takes enough interest to get close…

Several years ago, the words kept coming to me, "The gospel according to Oprah." Now we see why.  

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, SIGNS | on May 28th, 2011 | 1 Comment »

The Ark for All Nations

 

 

THE Ark God has provided to ride out not only the storms of past centuries, but most especially the Storm at the end of this age, is not a barque of self-preservation, but a ship of salvation intended for the world. That is, our mentality must not be "saving our own behinds" while the rest of the world drifts away into a sea of destruction.

We cannot calmly accept the rest of humanity falling back again into paganism. —Cardinal Ratzinger (POPE BENEDICT XVI), The New Evangelization, Building the Civilization of Love; Address to Catechists and Religion Teachers, December 12, 2000

It’s not about "me an’ Jesus," but Jesus, me, and my neighbour.

How could the idea have developed that Jesus’ message is narrowly individualistic and aimed only at each person singly? How did we arrive at this interpretation of the “salvation of the soul” as a flight from responsibility for the whole, and how did we come to conceive the Christian project as a selfish search for salvation which rejects the idea of serving others? —POPE BENEDICT XVI, Spe Salvi (Saved In Hope), n. 16

So too, we have to avoid the temptation to run and hide somewhere in the wilderness until the Storm passes (unless the Lord is saying one should do so). This is "the time of mercy," and more than ever, souls need to "taste and see" in us the life and presence of Jesus. We need to become signs of hope to others. In a word, each of our hearts needs to become an "ark" for our neighbour.

 

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, FAITH AND MORALS | on May 23rd, 2011 | 1 Comment »

Benedict, and the End of the World

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It’s May 21, 2011, and the mainstream media, as usual, are more than ready to pay attention to those who brandish the name "Christian," but espouse heretical, if not crazy ideas (see articles here and here. My apologies to those readers in Europe for whom the world ended eight hours ago. I should have sent this earlier). 

 Is the world ending today, or in 2012? This meditation was first published December 18th, 2008…

 

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, MILLENARIANISM, TIME OF GRACE | on May 21st, 2011 | 3 Comments »

The Ark and Non-Catholics

 

SO, what about non-Catholics? If the Great Ark is the Catholic Church, what does this mean for those who reject Catholicism, if not Christianity itself?

Before we look at these questions, it is necessary to address the protruding issue of credibility in the Church, which today, is in tatters…

 

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, FAITH AND MORALS | on May 18th, 2011 | 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 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 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…

…final confrontation between the Church and the anti-church, the Gospel and the anti-gospel… it is a trial which the whole Church… must take up. — Cardinal Karol Wojtyla (BLESSED JOHN PAUL II) at the Eucharistic Congress, Philadelphia, PA; August 13, 1976

But just as God provided an escape for a remnant in Noah’s day, so too in ours, there will be an "ark." But to protect from what? Not a flood of rain, but a deluge of deception. No one has spoken more clearly of this spiritual flood than the Holy Father’s themselves. 

There has never been a time when this watchfulness of the supreme pastor was not necessary to the Catholic body; for, owing to the efforts of the enemy of the human race,
there have never been lacking "men speaking perverse things" (Acts 20:30), "vain talkers and seducers" (Tit 1:10), "erring and driving into error" (2 Tim 3: 13). Still it must be confessed that the number of the enemies of the cross of Christ has in these last days increased exceedingly, who are striving, by arts, entirely new and full of subtlety, to destroy the vital energy of the Church, and, if they can, to overthrow utterly Christ’s kingdom itself.
—POPE PIUS X, Pascendi Dominici Gregis, Encyclical On the Doctrines of the Modernists, n. 1

 

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FOOTNOTES:

  1. Matt 24:37-29 []
  2. Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 675 []
Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, FAITH AND MORALS | on May 12th, 2011 | 2 Comments »

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 »