Our Lady of Light, from a scene at Arcātheos, 2017
OUR Lady is so much more than merely a disciple of Jesus or a good example. She is a Mother “full of grace”, and this bears a cosmic significance:Continue reading
From the Final Battle Scene at Arcātheos, 2017
OVER twenty years ago, myself and my brother in Christ and dear friend, Dr. Brian Doran, dreamed about the possibility of a camp experience for boys that not only formed their hearts, but answered their natural desire for adventure. God called me, for a time, on a different path. But Brian would soon birth what is today called Arcātheos, which means “Stronghold of God”. It is a father/son camp, perhaps unlike any in the world, where the Gospel meets imagination, and Catholicism embraces adventure. After all, Our Lord Himself taught us in parables…
But this week, a scene unfolded that some men are saying was the “most powerful” they’ve witnessed since the camp’s inception. In truth, I found it overwhelming…Continue reading
ON THE SOLEMNITY OF ST. JOSEPH,
SPOUSE OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
To repent is not just to acknowledge that I have done wrong; it is to turn my back on the wrong and start incarnating the Gospel. On this hinges the future of Christianity in the world today. The world does not believe what Christ taught because we do not incarnate it.
—Servant of God Catherine de Hueck Doherty, Kiss of Christ
GOD sends His people prophets, not because the Word Made Flesh is not sufficient, but because our reason, darkened by sin, and our faith, wounded by doubt, at times need the special light that Heaven gives in order to exhort us to “repent and believe the Good News.” Mark 1:15 As the Baroness said, the world does not believe because Christians do not seem to believe either.
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Francisco de Zurbaran (1598-1664)
HER presence was tangible, her voice clear as she spoke in my heart after I received the Blessed Sacrament at Mass. It was the next day after the Flame of Love conference in Philadelphia where I spoke to a packed room about the need to entrust oneself totally to Mary. But as I knelt after Communion, contemplating the Crucifix hanging over the sanctuary, I pondered about the meaning of “consecrating” oneself to Mary. “What does it mean to give myself totally to Mary? How does one consecrate all his goods, past and present, to the Mother? What does it really mean? What are the right words when I feel so helpless?”
It was at that moment I sensed an inaudible voice speak in my heart.
The elect souls will have to fight the Prince of Darkness. It will be a frightening storm — no, not a storm, but a hurricane devastating everything! He even wants to destroy the faith and confidence of the elect. I will always be beside you in the storm that is now brewing. I am your mother. I can help you and I want to! You will see everywhere the light of my Flame of Love sprouting out like a flash of lightning illuminating Heaven and earth, and with which I will inflame even the dark and languid souls! But what sorrow it is for me to have to watch so many of my children throw themselves in hell! —Message from the Blessed Virgin Mary to Elizabeth Kindelmann (1913-1985); approved by Cardinal Péter Erdö, primate of Hungary
Sunset in the eye of a hurricane
Moving forward from my series “Where Heaven Touches Earth,” I feel it is time to speak directly, boldly, and without apology to the “remnant” who are listening. And I repeat, it is only a remnant of readers now, not because they are special, but chosen; it is a remnant, not because all are not invited, but few respond… much like the parable of the wedding banquet where invitations go out, but people are too busy, too pre-occupied, or indifferent to respond. It is clear from the letters I received, that many of you not only understood, but experienced the graces that I too received during my time in Mexico, while others simply hit “Unsubscribe.” Make no mistake: that is Our Lady calling, and now, preparing you who are listening to receive “the blessing” that is here and coming. Remember the parable of the ten virgins. Only five of them prepared the oil of their lamps so when it was time to light the Flame, they were ready. And so, the next several writings are going to explain to you not only the incredible Grace that is coming, but its context in these times. We can no longer be complacent about our conversion, lukewarm about our lives, hesitant about our holiness… the time is now. And I say this with great joy. Because I know that the light flooding my own soul, revealing the depths of my misery, is in order to empty me of self-love so that I may be filled with Jesus, the Flame of Love. BE NOT AFRAID! So these last moments in this time of grace, this time of mercy, are to be spent preparing with joy and hope, even if they coincide with the tears of repentance. Let those tears wash, renew, and water the soil of your heart so that the seeds of these following writings may take deep root in your lives. Jesus is coming… will you be ready?
Even if you have read the next few writings, I am convinced that you will experience new light, grace, and wisdom as I have, especially since my last series on Mexico.
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.
The Madonna of the Roses (1903), by William-Adolphe Bouguereau
Watching Canada’s moral compass lose its needle, the American public square lose its peace, and other parts of the world lose their equilibrium as the Storm winds continue to pick up speed… the first thought on my heart this morning as a key to getting through these times is “the Rosary.” But that means nothing to someone who does not have a proper, biblical understanding of the ‘woman clothed in the sun’. After you read this, my wife and I want to give a gift to every one of our readers…Continue reading
THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for May 31st, 2016
Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Liturgical texts here
Visitation, by Franz Anton Pmaulbertsch (1724-1796)
WHEN this present and coming Trial is over, a smaller but purified Church will emerge in a more purified world. There will rise from her soul a song of praise… the song of the Woman, who is a mirror and hope of the Church to come.