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Q. Bible says Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son - 1 Peter 1:11 calls the Holy Spirit "the Spirit of Christ"
Gloria ad Deum
A. We sincerely thank you for this opportunity to address what we consider the seed of Fundamentalism and Fanaticism - Biblical Literalism.
You state: 'Bible says Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son - 1 Peter 1:11 calls the Holy Spirit "the Spirit of Christ"'.
Since you have made no other statement we will presume that you are countering some statement which we may have made in one of our documents which addresses the precedence of the Holy Spirit.
Following we shall try to respond to you and to million others regarding Biblical Literalism...
We also read in the Holy Scriptures...Mt 23:9 And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.Then, why are Catholics taught to call the priests "Father" and the Pope "Holy Father"?
We also read in the Holy Scriptures...Mt 5:30 And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.Then we should cut any bodily member that may cause offense by misuse- for thieves, murderers and adulterers... Right? Wrong!
We also read in the Holy Scriptures...Mt 6:7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathens do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.This should be the end of the Catholic Rosaries, Litanies, Chaplets, etc. Right? Wrong!
We also read in the Holy Scriptures...Mt 19:16 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? Mt 19:17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments....Mt 19:20 The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet? Mt 19:21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.From what miguel de Portugal witnesses in this world amongst those who call themselves Christians, Heaven is going to be a mighty empty place. Right? Wrong!
We also read in the Holy Scriptures...Lu 9:49 And John answered and said, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name; and we forbad him, because he followeth not with us. Lu 9:50 And Jesus said unto him, Forbid him not: for he that is not against us is for us.But hasn't the Roman Catholic Church insisted over the centuries that there is no salvation outside the Church? Right! Wrong!
We further read in the Holy Scriptures...Mt 7:1 Judge not, that ye be not judged. Mt 7:2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.Therefore, we should dissolve all courts of justice and allow all kind of social and moral disorders to take place... after all, since none of us can "cast the first stone" [Jn 8:7] we should "look the other way". Right? Wrong!
This is why, dear reader, we must strive to be coherent in everything; most specially while trying to learn from the Holy Scriptures.
The Word of God is perfect, therefore, the messages through the Holy Scriptures must be perfect AND coherent. If we find conflicts it is only because we are faced with a poor translation OR we are not being illuminated by the Holy Spirit - without Which we cannot truly comprehend His Word.
The world just has too many Biblical Experts and too few humble souls praying as God has consistently asked His children to do through our Holy Mother, Mary. If Catholics would have obeyed what Mary kept instructing us to do, the world would have been a much better place - after all... all She really calls us to do is to go back to Her Son and His Gospel.
From LT @ USA [Published on April 24, 2004]
Q. How is one supposed to practice their faith to get closer to God? If the church is error, what am I to do? I would sincerely appreciate your response. Thank you.
A. While the Roman Church is in error and causing unimaginable damage through a variety of scandals, theFaith is not.
The Faithful, although taught otherwise, must realize that the Roman Church Administration IS NOT God and should be able to discern the difference before whatever little Faith they have left is extinguished.
There will always be a handful of faithful priests loyal to God and who, without giving scandal, manage to walk the finest of lines. That is: Without defying the perverted Roman Church leadership, they place God above all and the well being of His flock next. Just like our beloved St.John Bosco did.
Seek such Holy Priests and receive the Holy Sacraments from them as often as possible. However, realize that, as we have shown through the Sequence of Events Leading to the End of These Times and the Biblical quotations in there listed, even such refreshing spiritual oases in the midst of the hell this world will become will be reduced to a minimum.
In summary: Pray much for guidance by the Holy Spirit of God AND for those priests which we have described above, as well as for the deviant leadership of the Roman Church so that God help them regenerate themselves- it is our duty!
From Dr. Abe W. Ata @ Australia [Published on April 19, 2004]
Q. Dear Sir:
The Palestinian Christian is an endangered species. When the modern state of Israel was established there were about 400,000 of us. Two year sago the number was down to 80,000. Now it's down to 60,000. At that rate, in a few years there will be none of us left.
Palestinian Christians within Israel fare little better. On the face of it, their number has grown by 20,000 since 1991. But this is misleading, for the census classification ‘Christian’ includes some 20,000 recent non-Arab migrants from the former Soviet Union. So why are Palestinian Christians abandoning their homeland?
We have lost hope, that's why. We are treated as non people. Few outside the Middle East even know we exist, and those who do, conveniently forget.
I refer, of course, to the American Religious Right. They see the modern Israel as a harbinger of the Second Coming, at which time Christians will go to Paradise, and all others (presumably including Jews) to Hell. To this end they lend military and moral support to Israel.
Even by the double-dealing standards of international diplomacy this is a breathtakingly cynical bargain. It is hard to know who is using whom more: the Christian Right for offering secular power in the expectation that the Jewish state will be destroyed by a greater spiritual one; or the Israeli Right for accepting their offer. What we do know is that both sides are abusing the Palestinians. Apparently we don't enter into anyone's calculations.
The views of the Israeli Right are well known: they want us gone.
Less well known are the views of the American Religious Right. Strangely, they find the liberation Iraqis from a vile dictator just, but do not find it unjust for us to be under military occupation for 38 long years. Said Senator James Inhofe (R-Oklahoma): ‘God Appeared to Abraham and said: “I am giving you this land,” the West Bank. This is not a political battle at all. It is a contest over whether or not the word of God is true.’
House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-Texas) was even more forthright:’ I'm content to have Israel grab the entire West Bank… I happen to believe that the Palestinians should leave.’
There is a phrase for this. Ethnic cleansing.
So why do American Christians stand by while their leaders advocate the expulsion of fellow Christians? Could it be that they do not know that the Holy Land has been a home to Christians since, well… since Christ?
Do not think I am asking for special treatment for Christians. Ethnic cleansing is evil whoever does it and to whomever it is done. Palestinian Christians: Anglican, Maronite Catholics, Orthodox, Lutherans, Armenians, Baptists, Copts and Assyrians have been rubbing shoulders with each other and with other religions: Muslims, Jews, Druze and (most recently) Baha’is for centuries. We want to do so for centuries more. But we can't if we are driven out by despair.
What we seek is support: material, moral, political and spiritual. As Palestinians, we grieve for what we have lost, and few people (the Ashkenazi Jews are one) have lost more than us. But grief can be assuaged by the fellowship of friends.
(signed) Prof. Abe W. Ata - a 9th generation Christian Palestinian born in Bethlehem.
A. May the peace of God be upon you, dear brother in Christ!
As you may be familiar from our publications - we are a-political, that is, unless God or His Most Holy Name is used for political reasons we remain neutral as Jesus taught - "Give what is Caesar's to Caesar and what is God's to God".
However, when His Name is then used for profane causes - like poilitcal manipulation - that same God insists that we publicly decry such perversion of religion. This is why we have published your letter in its entirety; it is not a political oriented letter - it is a cry for Justice from another downtrodden child of God.
What you are calling for is what we keep insisting, in His Holy Name: The only prerequisite for Peace IS Justice. There shall be no Peace on Earth unless each one of us, individually and collectively, strive for Justice. The first step to achieve Justice is to do exactly what our Lord Jesus Christ taught us - and which is conveniently ignored because is not popular: Pray for our enemies and persecutors.
When we do so, we are empowering God (yes, we empower God because He so willed) to work the pleasure of His Mercy in the hearts and souls of those who are our enemies and persecutors; then, as their hearts begin to change, they become less unjust and there is more peace - one step at a time - and slowly we reach the goal of living in peace with those who may be, or worship, different than us; something that is most enriching - spiritually and culturally.
Regarding the man-made "Saviors of the World" - including the pro Israeli American Christian Right and their allies - we have addressed them and warned them about this issue, being fully aware that they will not change since, from the results which are visible to all, they are, unknowingly, serving satan. However, God demands that the warnings are issued (nothing has changed in God's Methodology in the last 6,000 years) so that when "the floods come" no one can justly complain.
Dearest brother, in closing and paraphrasing Acts of the Apostles 3:6: I have neither silver nor gold, but I will give you what I have: In the Name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene may the Palestinians of all creeds and faiths be delivered!
Q. Relating to these times, and in relation to the Garabandal, Akita, Fatima, LaSalette, etc.,
apparitions and messages and The M+G+R information site, could you put into the frame
work, the warning words of Jesus to Saint Faustina prior to August 2, 1934."Write this: Before I come as the just Judge, I am coming first as the King of Mercy.
Before the day of justice arrives, there will be given to people a sign in the heavens of this
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
were 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."
(Notebook 1, pg. 42 #83, Divine Mercy In My Soul Diary.)
Would this occurrence preclude the 'Warning' or also be part of the 'Warning' to the entire world?
A. We can only preface the answer by stating that there is a great deal of dualism in the Holy Scriptures - not by chance but by Divine Choice.
One may want to think about - or view the Second Coming of Our Lord Jesus Christ - in the same way. Firstly, He will come as part of the last Thousand Year period which humanity will live before the world ends. Secondly, He will also come at the Last Judgment (Revelations 20: 11-15) which will take place at the end of the world.
But in any case, the Warning by many expected may come many centuries before the Last Judgment but, if it does, itwould be shortly before Step No. 12 of the Sequence of Events Leading to the End of These Times; a Sequence which will not be much different to that which will lead to the End of the World - many centuries hence. Here again, the dualism manifests itself.
We tend to view this dualism as a means for God to give us a "dressed rehearsal performance" opportunity before the "actual performance". Take the sad events of September 11, 2001.
In Revelations, Chapter 18 we read:Rev 18:9 And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning, Rev 18:10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.We then further read:
Rev 18:11 And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more: Rev 18:12 The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble, Rev 18:13 And cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men.
Rev 18:14 And the fruits that thy soul lusted after are departed from thee, and all things which were dainty and goodly are departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more at all. Rev 18:15 The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing, Rev 18:16 And saying, Alas, alas, that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls!
Rev 18:17 For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off, Rev 18:18 And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city!Rev 18:21 And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all. Rev 18:22 And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee;Do note that the action of the angel took place at a later time and was very final. That is - It appears that 18:9 sets the stage for the manifestation of Divine Justice; in 18:10-17 one may see the September 11 events and the world's reaction; and then, with nothing learned by the Divine lesson, what we read in 18:21-22 manifests itself.
Further duality may be found in this sequence because John closes Chapter 18 thus:Rev 18:23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived. Rev 18:24 Andin her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.Which will also apply to Rome.
From CH @ New Zealand
[Published on April 13, 2004]
Q. I do not know where to begin.
I am not a religious person other than having attended a church as a child. Throughout my life (I am 40 this year) I have had a feeling of some impending world event around this time in my life.
Of late I have had a feeling of something missing - 'spirituality'. I have also always had a preoccupation with prophesy both biblical and otherwise.
Things are now starting to make sense, so many 'coincidences' over the last year or so - new insights and learning - Fátima, Medjugorje and other events.
Today I prayed for the first time that I can remember. I feel as though I am supposed to be an 'observer' of events to come, in some way or another. I don't know.
I also don't know what I can do - I have done so many 'bad' things in my life, and I feel so sad at what mankind and the world have become.
Is miguel de Portugal, Christ?
What can I do???
A. First we shall answer the next-to-the-last question: Is miguel de Portugal, Christ?
No. What position he occupies now, thus the function he must fulfill, is only to be discerned by those who have "Ears to Hear" and "Eyes to See".
What can you do about your past life? First we suggest that you prayerfully review our document "Don't Despair - Never Give Up!" followed by "PickUp Your Cross and Follow Me".
Those two documents will give you a profound understanding of the reality of the True and Living God - a God of Love and Mercy - and not the one who has been "merchandised" for centuries as a God of Hate and Death.
Next, become familiar with His greatest attribute: His Divine Mercy and learn the reality that the more we need and want His Mercy, the more He wants to freely grant it to us.
Regarding prayer: We suggest that you start praying the Rosary - one mystery a day - while meditating on the events of the Birth, Life and Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ. If you do that, He will do the rest by drawing you closer to Him, bringing peace to your soul and love to your heart.
Regarding the impending events - Review The Sequence of Events Leading to the End of These Times - NOT of the World. Read the Biblical references and visit the Links to which said document lead.
Above all, know that God loves you individually in such a measure that is beyond our human comprehension. The suffering we sometimes must endure is mostly a manifestation of that immense love. We call that "Divine Mercy In Action".
A. Because of the intoxication of Bibles and other religious/spiritual texts the first criteria that the true children of God should utilize when purchasing such publications is: Avoid recent publications. Late 1980's copyrights being the latest, although much older texts are preferable.
Bibles: We recommend two (for comparison and cross checking when the faithful comes across something that appears not to make sense)
(a) New American Bible by World Bible Publishers (Old Testament copyright 1970, New Testament copyright 1986)
(b) The Douay-Rheims Version of the Holy Bible by Tan Books and Publishers, Inc. (This is a reproduction of the original translated from the Latin Vulgate in 1609 and 1582 and republished on 1749-1752)
(a) A condensed but faithful biography of St. John Bosco. The earlier the version, the better.
The life of John Bosco and his Evangelization method are as close to the way Our Lord Jesus Christ intended His clergy to live and Evangelize the world. As a matter of interest - Don Bosco's life and work is diametrically opposed to the example given by Jose María Escrivá, the much deified founder of The Prelature of the Holy Cross and Opus Dei.
(b) "The Interior Castle" by St. Teresa de Jesús (deÁvila) + her other works
(c) A balanced biography of St. Gertrude the Great
(d) The Diary of St. Faustina Kowalska (of the DivineMercy)
From JMP @ USA [Published on April 8, 2004]
Q. What do you say on this information -"Oil Prices Killing Economy, Your Investments" (by News Max) ?
A. We strongly suggest that we do not pay too much attention to our finances and focus more on the hidden forces which are lurking in our midst and which may result if the "killing" of the bodies AND souls. <>We have just added a Note to our Document on Robert P. Hanssen which, we hope, may clarify many "mysteries" about the apparently unrelated events which now grip the globe.
From MSS @ Portugal [Published on March 30, 2004] Q. Question translated into English from Portuguese.
In many instances, when I attend Mass, I become very upset because the homilies are either political exhortations, demanding greater financial contributions and/or accusing the media of slandering an alleged holy clergy.
As a result of this, I leave the Holy Mass in worse spiritual state than when I arrived seeking light and peace.
Should I discontinue attending Mass?
A. You are not alone. We frequently hear this complaint from people in two continents but the answer is not to stop participating in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.If you have no other Church nearby in which you may attend the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, then do as follows:
Carefully observe the Mass offered by the offending officiating priest. If the Mass is, in general, conducted in accordance to the approved canons and the Consecration of bread and wine are properly done, then...
...attend Mass and when it is time for the Homily - just ignore the homilist and pray/meditate on a few decades of the Holy Rosary instead. One of the intentions should be offered for the conversion and illumination of the homilist - obviously he needs more help than many in the Congregation.
However, if blasphemous behavior is exhibited at the altar during any part of the Mass, quietly and politely get up and leave the premises at once - regardless of what part of the Mass-turned-into-blasphemy is taking place; then, at a later time, offer to God prayers of reparation for such blasphemies as well as for the conversion of the offending priest.