Major Sign In Catholic Church That For Centuries Portends Disaster Just Happened-If 2016 Was The Year Of Mercy, Will 2017 Be The Year Of Justice?

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One of the wonderful things about being Catholic is that you have a near limitless treasure chest of evidence for your beliefs. Most of the times, people talk about proofs from Sacred Scripture (the Bible). There is also Sacred Tradition, which following in the continuation of the Jewish Talmud includes both the written teachings (our Midrash) as well as the oral tradition began by Christ and passed to his disciples (our Mishnah).

But there is also another great open secret that the Church has, and these are the countless miracles. I am not just speaking of small miracles or things that are only witnessed by a few people, or “miracles” that are questionable, lacking evidence, or indecisive. I am talking about major miracles- things that are well-recorded, publicly documented, seen by people of all beliefs and after countless studies cannot be disproven and still baffle the greatest minds to this day.

There are a lot of sites dedicated to Catholic miracles, and even far more books (good starting websites are here, here, and here). For the moment, I would like to focus on one miracle- the liquidation of the blood of St. Januarius (Gennarus).

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St. Januarius

St. Januarius was born to a wealthy family in what is today the region of Naples, Italy during the 3rd century. During the Diocletian persecutions, he hid many Christians but was eventually caught and sentenced to death by being eaten by bears in the coliseum. However, on the day of his execution the bears refused to eat him. Enraged, he was taken away and beheaded.

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St. Januarius’ blood during its liquefication

After his death, a Christian woman named Eusebia was able to preserve some of St. Januarius’ blood, where as with many of the relics of the early Christian martyrs it was preserved. Being where he was from, St. Januarius became the patron saint of Naples. However, Christians began reporting that St. Januarius’ blood would miraculously turn back into liquid three times a year- September 19th (the Church Feast Day of St. Januarius), December 16th (the celebration of St. Januarius as patron for the diocese of Naples), and the first sunday in May (commemorating the reunion of St. Januarius’ blood with his body). In addition, there have been other times the blood has turned into liquid, always corresponding with a particular matter of significance in the Church.

Whether one believes in this or not, the fact is that since 1389, which is the earliest known, formal documentation of this miracle, thousands of Catholic pilgrims come from around the world to witness it the three times it takes place each year:

A documentary about St. Januarius. He holds a special place in the devotion of many Catholics.

Something else that is interesting about this miracle is that there are times the blood has NOT turned back into liquid, after which some great disaster usually happens. According to one source, this has happened over three dozen times in total each bringing disasters including floods, political upheavals, religious persecutions, disease outbreaks, and and even a Turkish invasion:

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Source: The Vatican Prophecies: Investigating Supernatural Signs, Apparitions, and Miracles in the Modern Age. Jon Havis. Viking Books. 2015 Available here on Amazon.com

In March 2016, I wrote an article that I said was going to be the most important post I would write all year, and I stand by that statement (you can re-read the entire post here or at the end of this article). It is basically that 99 years ago, God asked for the Church to consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and while the world was consecrated and Russia was mentioned, neither was the nations specifically consecrated nor was it done in the particular way requested by Our Lady. Referring to the example of the consecration of France to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Mary said that the Church would suffer like France did, which as I wrote:

Next year is the 100th anniversary of the Fatima apparitions. This is particularly important because for many Catholics (myself included) who do NOT believe that Russia was consecrated per Our Lady’s instructions, there will be grave temporal and spiritual consequences. As Sr. Lucia said in a message she received from Our Lady in 1931:

“Make it known to My ministers that, given they follow the example of the King of France in delaying the execution of My command, they will follow him into misfortune. It will never be too late to have recourse to Jesus and Mary.”

As one Catholic blogger, writing nine years ago notes:

Like the Kings of France who disobeyed the heavenly King’s command by delaying the solemn consecration of France for 100 years, the ministers of the Lord who do the same in regard to the collegial consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary “will follow the French king into misfortune.”

(NOTE: This is in reference to the revelations of the Sacred Heart: St. Margaret Mary Alacoque told the King of France in 1689 that France needed to be consecrated to the Sacred Heart, which it was not. Most prophetically, exactly 100 years to the day when the message came that the French King need to have France consecrated to the Sacred Heart came, June 17th, 1789 the French national assembly voted to strip the French King of his power, in the act which began the anti-Catholic, Freemason-organized, pagan French Revolution)

Like the countless numbers who also followed the King of France and his family “into misfortune” by their deaths at the guillotine, the Third Secret Vision of Fatima makes it clear that, “if my (Our Lady’s) requests are not heard,” a bishop in white (generally understood to be the pope, who is the Bishop of Rome and traditionally wears white for certain occasions) will die at the hands of soldiers who bear both guns and arrows; the Holy Father will be immediately followed by a long line of faithful Catholics from all states in life. The Third Secret Vision also reveals that the Angels will gather up the blood of those who die, traditional symbolism in regard to the deaths of martyrs.

 

In regard to the long-awaited collegial consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart, is it not possible that Our Lord was also telling us that, “like the King of France,” He will again allow exactly 100 years for His ministers to completely obey Him? If so, the 100 years conclude in less than 10 years – on July 13, 2017.

Am I saying that the world is going to end on July 13th, 2017? No.

I am saying that Fatima is a BIG matter in the Church. It is as controversial as Donald Trump is for the Republican party- and that tells you something right there. And claims made about it need to be taken seriously.

Earlier this year, I reported that a major NATO commander said that War would begin in May 2017 as part of a conflict between Germany and Russia over control and influence in the Baltic States:

Via the UK Guardian and Russia Insider:

A startling claim that the west is on course for war with Russia has been delivered by the former deputy commander of Nato, the former British general Sir Alexander Richard Shirreff.

In a book published on Wednesday, 2017 War With Russia, Shirreff argues that the events in Crimea have destroyed the post-cold-war settlement and set the stage for conflict, beginning next year.

In a chilling scenario, he predicts that Russia, in order to escape what it believes to be encirclement by Nato, will seize territory in eastern Ukraine, open up a land corridor to Crimea and invade the Baltic states.

Shirreff, who was deputy supreme allied commander Europe from 2011 to 2014 and before that served in Northern Ireland, Iraq and the Balkans, is risking his reputation by making such a bold prediction. But he claims his narrative is closely modelled on his Nato experience of war-gaming future conflicts.

His scenario is specific, naming Latvia as the first of the Baltic countries to be invaded, in May next year. Such specifics open him to potential ridicule.

At the book launch at London’s Royal United Services Institute, he heavily caveated the scenario by saying it was still avoidable provided Nato took the necessary steps to pre-position forces in large enough numbers in the Baltic states. Nato is planning to make a start on just such a move at a Nato in Warsaw in July.

Sure enough, I also have thoroughly documented not only Germany’s attempts to expand into the Baltic coastline:

If this could not get worse, it just did. America, Canada, Germany, and the UK are now planning “military exercises” respectively in Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia:

Nine hundred US troops are to be sent to eastern Europe next year as America’s troubled relationship with Russia enters new, uncertain territory.

A US-led battle group of NATO allied soldiers will be sent to Poland as part of the multi-nation operation.

British forces will lead one of the four battle groups in Estonia, Canada will spearhead the presence in Latvia and Germany will be present in Lithuania.

There will be 4,000 allied soldiers deployed to the region in total.

The US battalion will include troops from the UK and Romania and deploy to Orzysz, north east Poland, in April.

Soldiers from the 3rd Squadron of 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, whose troops fought in both Iraq and Afghanistan, will lead the effort. (source)

Add to that how I have documented that in response, Russia has placed nukes into that area, at which Germany still insists on conducting, with the help of the United States, military drills. This happened, keep in mind, at the same time that lightening struck the top of the Vatican:

Two major stories have recently come to the front of the news. First, is that Russia is moving nuclear ready weapons into the Russian controlled but historically German territory of Kaliningrad:

Russia has deployed nuclear-capable Iskander missiles in its western-most region, Kaliningrad, which borders on Nato members Poland and Lithuania.

Poland said the development was of the “highest concern”, adding it was monitoring the situation.

Russia’s defence ministry said the new deployment was part of military exercises and had happened before.

The US and Nato have seen disagreements with Russia intensify in recent times, particularly over Syria and Ukraine.
Kaliningrad is a Russian enclave sandwiched between Poland and Lithuania. (source)

However, what really got my attention was how at the nearly same time that Russia made this decision was when lightning struck the top of St. Peter’s Basilica on the Feast Day of Our Lady of the Rosary:

Rome shook this morning as a massive lightning bolt hit the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica. The strike came on the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, a celebration with origins not only in a humble prayer, but also in an historic battle.

The bolt hit the dome of St. Peter’s at approximately 9:20 am, as a strong rainstorm passed through Rome. Vatican police confirmed the strike. No damage was reported.

Those close to the Vatican, from Swiss guards to local shop owners, felt the shock.

“I was in the shower and heard what sounded like a loud thunder clap which lasted a few seconds and seemed to shake everything. I knew it was storming but it sounded more like an earthquake than a thunderstorm,” a resident close to St. Peter’s told Aleteia.

A local Italian coffee-bar owner added: “Everything shook. I could feel it in my lungs. It was as though the air was suspended for a moment.” (source)

If that does not make things interesting enough, consider how we have been writing extensively about the growth of National Socialism in Germany and anti-Christian, pagan nationalism in her surrounding nations that are working with national socialists and are moving towards a Third World War. It is of importance to note that in the revelations of Fatima, it was said that the Second World War was caused by the failure of the Church to consecrate Russia per the instructions of Our Lady in a timely manner. Even Wikipedia notes this:

According to Lúcia, the second secret, was a recommending for devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary as a way to save souls and bring peace to the world. It predicted an end to the First World War, but predicted a worse one if people did not cease offending God. This second war would be presaged by a night illuminated by an unknown light, as a “great sign” that the time of chastisement was near. To avert this, Mary would return to ask for the consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart, and the establishment of the First Saturday Devotions. If her requests were heeded, Russia would be converted, and there would be peace; if not, Russia would spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. It ended with a promise that in the end, the Immaculate Heart would triumph. The Holy Father would consecrate Russia to Mary, and a period of peace would be granted to the world.”

On 25 January 1938 (during solar cycle 17), bright lights, an aurora borealis appeared over the northern hemisphere, including in places as far south as North Africa, Bermuda and California. It was the widest occurrence of the aurora since 1709 and people in Paris and elsewhere believed a great fire was burning and fire departments were called. Sister Lúcia indicated that it was the sign foretold and so apprised her superior and the bishop in letters the following day. Just over a month later, Hitler seized Austria and eight months later invaded Czechoslovakia.

This does not even touch so many more things which we have been discussing, such as rise of Turkey and Erdogan’s evil declarations, the many signs involving division in the Vatican, and the powder keg that is the world political situation today that when ignited will reshape life for all of us as we know it.

Now we come to the miracle of St. Januarius’. A public, well-documented miracle that millions of people for centuries and which happens regularly, and when it does not happen there follows after something terrible. Not only does the blood not liquefy, but it comes after a year of warning and documenting about how there is this major prophecy from the Catholic Church (Fatima) that either has all of these eerily tied events which somehow end up connecting to things foretold in it or is happening at the same time.

Conincidence? You be the judge. Personally, if anything about the history and miracles of St. Januarius are true, and given the horrible spiritual and political situation that is unfolding around us, this is an omen for events to come in the next year- 2017.

Remember, as I stated earlier this year, that mercy always comes before justice. If 2016 was -unprecedented- the year of divine mercy, then divine justice will follow.

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If you haven’t got an extra lamp and a few extra flasks of oil, you might want to get them ready. Likewise, a few “Five Hour Energy” drinks might be helpful as well. Go to Church, say your prayers, make regular confession, and start cleaning yourself up, because it is looking like 2017 may be a very interesting year.

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The ten virgins. Be wise. Don’t be a fool.

**********March 24th, 2016 Repost: Divine Mercy Begins This Friday And This Is For The Year Of Mercy (This May Be The Most Important Post I Make All Year)**********

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This is going to be (possibly) the most important post for this year.

God is love (1 John 4:8), and in God there is no darkness or imperfection. He is perfect truth and as such He demands perfect obedience- even so much as one sin can be enough to condemn a man to eternal perdition because He is perfectly just and must by his very nature give what is justly due to others.

At the same time, God is also VERY understanding of our sinful, human condition. He does not desire the death of the sinner, but his repentance and conversion. The Father sent His Son, Jesus, to dwell and die among men, to descend into time so that we might be taken up into His eternity and be made like Him. As a man walks upright with a sky to face the Heavens and God, we are made to worship and love Him. This is the fulfillment and meaning of our existence.

These two great attributes of God- mercy and justice- are absolute and final. There is nothing outside of them because they are the natural products of God’s very nature since God is love itself. To reject God’s love is to reject God, as He is love, and to merit justice. To embrace God in our sinful state is to seek and implore His mercy, for while He extends it to us freely, He does NOT have to on account of His perfect justice, and would be perfectly right in condemning us for our sins.

This is the great judgment, the second of the “Four last things” that all men will face- the death of the body, the judgment of the soul, and either its condemnation to hellfire or entrance into Heaven.

If Heaven is gained, all is won. If Heaven is lost all is lost.

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From Hans Memling’s The Last Judgment, 1647-1671. It hangs in the Polish National Museum, Gdansk, Poland.

From what I have learned and understood in the many years I have been Catholic, is that the only sin which God will not forgive is the sin which you do not want Him to forgive. You may still be a sinner, but so long as you are working towards Christian perfection and not giving up, simply resigning yourself to sin and then remaining obstinate in sin, then God does not give up on you. And even if you did give up on God…so long as you live, you can still come back to Him. This especially true on Easter, when God gave up His only Son so that through His death we might pass into eternal life.

Yet remember- God’s mercy is not an entitlement. It is a gift. He does NOT have to give it to us. So what does a person who, say, has lead a very sinful life various reasons, start back on the path to righteousness?

Enter divine mercy.

Divine mercy is devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and specifically, the mercy that came into the world through it. A variant of this devotion is found in the Orthodox Church in what is called the hesychast prayer, which is repeated by monks unceasingly, especially by certain Greek and Russian monks-

Господи, Иисус Христос, единый сын живущего Бога, помилуй меня, грешник.

Lord Jesus Christ, only son of the living God, have mercy on me, a sinner

Devotion to the Divine Mercy was popularized by St. Faustina Kowalska of Poland. She was a nun who lived in the early 20th century and had visions of Jesus. He spoke with her, and she both wrote down his words as well as painted the vision of Him that she saw:

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Pope John Paul II canonized Sr. Faustina on April 30th, 2000. He called her “the apostle of divine mercy” because, as she wrote in her diary (various passages quoted, all taken from her diary and compiled on EWTN’s Divine Mercy website):

You have to speak to the world about His great mercy and prepare the world for the Second Coming of Him who will come, not as a merciful Savior, but as a just Judge. Oh how terrible is that day! Determined is the day of justice, the day of divine wrath. The angels tremble before it. Speak to souls about this great mercy while it is still the time for granting mercy. (Diary 635).

Speak to the world about My mercy … It is a sign for the end times. After it will come the Day of Justice. While there is still time, let them have recourse to the fountain of My mercy.  (Diary 848)

Tell souls about this great mercy of Mine, because the awful day, the day of My justice, is near. (Diary 965).

I am prolonging the time of mercy for the sake of sinners. But woe to them if they do not recognize this time of My visitation. (Diary 1160)

Before the Day of Justice, I am sending the Day of Mercy. (Diary 1588)

He who refuses to pass through the door of My mercy must pass through the door of My justice. (Diary 1146).

 

Divine Mercy is, per the Catholic Church, a precursor to the Dies Irae– the day of wrath, or judgment.

For the Catholic Church to make a statement like this is huge.

This year’s Divine Mercy I believe is particularly important for two reasons:

1) Next year is the 100th anniversary of the Fatima apparitions. This is particularly important because for many Catholics (myself included) who do NOT believe that Russia was consecrated per Our Lady’s instructions, there will be grave temporal and spiritual consequences. As Sr. Lucia said in a message she received from Our Lady in 1931:

“Make it known to My ministers that, given they follow the example of the King of France in delaying the execution of My command, they will follow him into misfortune. It will never be too late to have recourse to Jesus and Mary.”

As one Catholic blogger, writing nine years ago notes:

Like the Kings of France who disobeyed the heavenly King’s command by delaying the solemn consecration of France for 100 years, the ministers of the Lord who do the same in regard to the collegial consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary “will follow the French king into misfortune.”

(NOTE: This is in reference to the revelations of the Sacred Heart: St. Margaret Mary Alacoque told the King of France in 1687 that France needed to be consecrated to the Sacred Heart, which it was not. Most prophetically, exactly 100 years to the day when the message came that the French King need to have France consecrated to the Sacred Heart came, June 17th, 1789 the French national assembly voted to strip the French King of his power, in the act which began the anti-Catholic, Freemason-organized, pagan French Revolution)

Like the countless numbers who also followed the King of France and his family “into misfortune” by their deaths at the guillotine, the Third Secret Vision of Fatima makes it clear that, “if my (Our Lady’s) requests are not heard,” a bishop in white (generally understood to be the pope, who is the Bishop of Rome and traditionally wears white for certain occasions) will die at the hands of soldiers who bear both guns and arrows; the Holy Father will be immediately followed by a long line of faithful Catholics from all states in life. The Third Secret Vision also reveals that the Angels will gather up the blood of those who die, traditional symbolism in regard to the deaths of martyrs.

 

In regard to the long-awaited collegial consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart, is it not possible that Our Lord was also telling us that, “like the King of France,” He will again allow exactly 100 years for His ministers to completely obey Him? If so, the 100 years conclude in less than 10 years – on July 13, 2017.

Am I saying that the world is going to end on July 13th, 2017? No.

I am saying that Fatima is a BIG matter in the Church. It is as controversial as Donald Trump is for the Republican party- and that tells you something right there. And claims made about it need to be taken seriously.

2) The other reason is, and as I wrote earlier this year, Pope Francis has declared 2016 the “year of mercy.” Not only that, but the Pope has extended special privelages to priests for this year to forgive sins that would traditionally be reserved only to the bishop or pope himself. There has never been a year dedicated solely to mercy in the Church before. At least, I have not been able to find it.

This Friday, March 22nd, 2016, is the beginning of the Divine Mercy Novena.

A novena is an ancient form of devotion in the Catholic Church. It involves specific prayers, fasting, and penance over the course of nine days for a specific request. Novenas can be said at any time of the year, but some novena also have special days of celebration they correspond to. The Church encourages Catholics to start the Divine Mercy Novena on Good Friday in order that it finshes on the Sunday after Easter, which is Divine Mercy Sunday.

If you want to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet for the Novena, please visit EWTN’s website on Divine Mercy here for instructions. In addition the Pray Divine Mercy Website also has a good visual for how to pray the Chaplet, especially for beginners.  The Intentions for the Divine Mercy Novena are right here courtesy of EWTN.

Beginning Good Friday, I will be posting instructions for each day’s prayers (you can read them on the website as well) and how to pray it.

Pray hard and well, for yourself, us here at Shoebat.com, and for everyone, especially those who are most in need of Jesus’ mercy. Now is the time to take all the mercy we can get, for once the time of mercy is no more, then will come the time of justice.

 

The Divine Mercy Chaplet recited at the National Shrine of Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, MA.

 

 

 

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  • The division in the Vatican are because of modernist priests, bishops and cardinals are seeking to reinterpret dogma to be more “seeker friendly”. The Pope is not helping matter with the controversy of four cardinals seeking clarification with points he made in his latest Apostolic exhortations. I am convinced that like a particular battle that drove Catholics out of the Vatican, which was temporarily eviction, is going to happen in order to purify the wickedness in the upper echelon of the Vatican.

    You cannot deny the spiritual transformation taking place in Russia and the measure Russia are undertaking are in self defense because stupid people are running the show. Russia is slowly reverting back to orthodoxy after nearly a century of communism which was western import.

    2017 is going to be a year of upheaval as the EU fracture as the dream of a secular uptioa die a painful death. I also anticipate the US taking a more pragmatic view and work to be closer with Russia and to keep NATO in line. I also anticipate Japan continuing to make more moves to return to militarism.

    2016 can hardly be called the year of mercy. It has seen wanton violences that is only going to get worse.

    • AnthonyM

      You’re right Trevor. 2106 was violent, and it will get worse. But 2016 was an extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy declared by the Church. A year in which reconciliation and forgiveness of sins is emphasized. Sadly, most people ignored this and continued their lives changed.

      • It wasn’t the first time the Church undertook such effort.

    • Vinny Zee

      The dogma cannot be reinterpreted. The dogma of the church is the dogma of the church. The modernist priests, bishops and others continue to seek ingenious ways of being disobedient to the the dogma of the church. However, they cannot change her dogmas. The Church of Christ will prevail, even though it may continue to pass through the hands of dishonest or unfaithful men. This is why I like the beginning of Andrew’s article, “One of the wonderful things about being Catholic is that you have a near limitless treasure chest of evidence for your beliefs.” The first thing on the list of this wise statement as that the church will remain and will even survive the warning of Jude and Peter about those who will creep in unaware on not sparing the flock. Be not mistaken, they will NOT spare the flock for sure. However, one of our treasures is the church remaining spotless. “When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?” (LK 18:8)

      Apostasy is rampant in all churches, but just prior to this question Jesus asked, “Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen ones who call out to him day and night? Will he be slow to answer them? I tell you, he will see to it that justice is done for them speedily.” Jesus warned of the apostasy but gave also a greater command to us his people, to pray, day and night, calling out for justice and for us to ask for the strength not to fall into the apostasy.

      This is what Andrew wrote about, they year of Justice. It will come, we must pray that we stand. A wise priest told me just today when I had asked him how the Church plans to address the growing infiltration into the Church. He told me, the pendulum always swings. He does not worry about the infiltration for the Church has stood for 2000 years through the hands of the faithful (and less faithful, i.e. evil), but he rests on the fact that the dogmas and teaching of the church cannot change. These are my thoughts on the matter. I am content with his reply on this issue. Andrew again wrote another interesting article to ponder.

      • Kamau41

        That’s right Venny. The dogmas of the Church will NEVER change, no matter which way the pendulum swings. Excellent and very encouraging comment.

      • Andrew Bieszad

        Thank you. It gives me a lot to ponder as well. It might seem like I enjoy writing about these things, but I really don’t because of the gravity they entail. However, the more I look at them the less I can look away because there is too much there, and whenever this happens, I know it is usually something I have to pay attention to.

      • What I am trying to say, perhaps I poorly worded it as I was typing it on my iPhone with my thumbs, is how the modernists in the upper hierarchy are doing their damnedest to circumspect dogmas. Pope Francis is not helping the issue either.

        • Vinny Zee

          I certainly was not trying to be pedantic. I think it is just a good reminder for us to remember what is at stake in our day and age. The church could in some respects be under the greatest attack in her history or one of them. At the same time, it is nothing the church has not withstood before. The protestants got what they wanted 500 years ago. They got their chance to not only rail against the unfaithful priests and twisting of dogmatic tradition, they were given the power (backed by monarchies and governments) to go do it on their own. Look at what has happened to them in just under 500 years. All the while, they are still mocking and condemning and railing against the Church that has continued to stand.

          As Andrew stated, “Pope Francis has declared 2016 the ‘year of mercy.’ Not only that, but the Pope has extended special privelages to priests for this year to forgive sins that would traditionally be reserved only to the bishop or pope himself. There has never been a year dedicated solely to mercy in the Church before. He is doing much more than some credit him for.

          • Ok.

            For me, I greatly fear for the Vatican. I don’t know if they have any idea of the present danger staring at them in the face, foaming and drooling like rabid dogs.

            Perhaps they do. Like I said before, the conditions reminds me of things prior to the Battle of Lepanto. I think something similar will happen again.

            Once the Vatican was invaded and overrun only to be repelled later.

          • Vinny Zee

            Unfortunately the foaming and drooling like rabid dogs is more dangerous from within than without. The greatest warnings God declared in all ages always seemed to pertain to those, who from within, tear the house down. Who was a greater threat to Jesus, Judas or the Religious Authorities? The greatest threat to any nation and ultimately the greatest damage often comes from a rebellion within, not the threat without. Not to say the threats on the outside are not a danger, but those on the inside can always do the most damage.

            If you fear for the Vatican than please pray for the Vatican. I had the opportunity to sit and talk with an eastern Monastic Monk at a monastery last week. After we had a small, cordial, pleasant back and forth about Rome and the papacy, I asked him for only one thing after prayer for my family. It was prayer for the seat of Rome. I told him the apostasy from within was a bigger threat than the attacks from without, but the attacks from without would never cease until they see the seat not only vacant but fallen (that is mostly a paraphrase.) He seemed to be moved at my prayer request, he promised to focus on such issues in prayer. What benefit is there to Christendom if the seat of Peter and/or the seat of Rome is destroyed? I can tell you this, the rabid dogs would love it. It is one of the last remaining institutions that stands between their devilish desires and the protection of the church, the home and our families and children.

          • And I will repeat a phrase I heard in my head one night:

            “The Holy Seat of Peter will soon be liberated.”

          • Nan

            The gates of Hell shall not prevail against the Church; Jesus never said that they wouldn’t prevail in a particular diocese. If Rome is overrun by Muslims, Rome will become a titular see and there will still be a bishop of Rome and he will still be pope but will live in another area of the world. The Church in Africa is growing.

          • Kelly ann

            They do know Trevor , those who are hell bent on destroying the church know exactly what they are doing.

          • These are probably the ones who are from the generation that was raised on Woodstock and all that crap. We are now reaping the fruits what that wicked, perverted generation sowed.

            I only wish more Christians would see and then fight back.

          • Kelly ann

            it goes back further than hippy teenagers who became priest , they were taught this stuff by seminarian theologians who were long before Woodstock. But if a vocation is based on sexual revolutionary flower power enlightment, then you know the gates of hell has been opened in the church for 50 plus years now. Modernism goes back to Leo XIII that we have documentation on in his syllabus of errors, How far back its origins go we may never know. It’s a mystery.

            I’m hearing but not verified yet, that in the new year the Cardinals are going ahead with a formal correction of the pope n three more cardinals are joining them. Have you by chance read anything about it ?

          • No I haven’t and that is HUGE if true.

            So spurred by your question I checked with Church Militant dot com and found an article and boy does it raises several eyebrows.

            http://www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/pope-addresses-critics-of-curial-reform-in-christmas-speech

            It is stunning to see what the cardinals are plainly saying.

      • Christendom

        “A wise priest told me just today when I had asked him how the Church
        plans to address the growing infiltration into the Church. He told me,
        the pendulum always swings. He does not worry about the infiltration for
        the Church has stood for 2000 years through the hands of the faithful
        (and less faithful, i.e. evil), but he rests on the fact that the dogmas
        and teaching of the church cannot change. These are my thoughts on the
        matter.”

        My sentiments exactly!

        I don’t worry about the Church herself in the slightest. Matthew 16:17-19 is unambiguous. I can’t logically understand how professing Catholics can proclaim the doctrines of the Church and at the same time succumb to the hysteria of wild speculation, fear and paranoia (emotionalism). Christ words, “O ye of little faith” come to mind.

        Emotions are powerful and good insofar as they are ruled by reason i.e. Church doctrine.

        We can and should worry about and pray for are the clergy and laity, most especially those who err. When it comes to the destiny and fate of the Church herself, Christ has it covered.

        God’s blessings to you and your loved ones Vinnie Vee.

        • Vinny Zee

          Thank you Christendom and blessings to you too. Since returning home and carefully surveying the land, I have found, unfortunately sedevacantism to appear to be en vogue. This should not be, particularly among the faithful. It does appear there may be a growing schism within the church, or at least it is being magnified as such. I have actually found much solice in the Jesus prayer, “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy upon me a sinner.” This prayer has done much to unite and sustain the church in all the sees. I even read the story of a saint who could not remember any prayer, no matter how much the monastics tried to teach him. At one point he was able to remember only and simply, “Hail Mary.” This became his name, it was all he could pray. When he reposed, he had a lilly grow up from his heart. I am very shortly paraphrasing, but the point is we must pray and we have the fullness of the faith; the faith once for all entrusted to the saints. The grows withers, the flowers fade, but the word of God endures for ever. Thus, the gates of hell shall not prevail against His church.

          • Christendom

            Eloquently stated, very beautiful words, thank you.

            You are right about sedevacantism. The term “Vatican II” Catholic is often used toward us today in derogatory terms even among right leaning Novus Ordo attending Catholics. Rebellion seems to be an ever growing trend, whether it’s a left or right leaning Catholic, (when the way is neither left nor right but narrow), while faithfulness and obedience to the Magesterium is shunned. The falling away is here and ever increasing.

            The Jesus Prayer and the Hail Mary are two of the most prized treasures we have in our authentically Christian traditions, east and west.

            Thanks again for sharing this sound and grounded perspective.

          • Vinny Zee

            I have a very unique ability in my area as I have an Eastern Catholic/Byzantine Catholic church the same distance from my house as my home parish. My home parish has the Tridentine liturgy as well. Literally, I have the fullness of the faith at my finger tips. My parish also offers the incense at the Novous Ordo on the first Sunday of each month. There are many lay Catholics who have never even heard of Orthodoxy, let alone experienced the divine liturgy as offered by our family from the East. Many are ignorant of the admonition of JPII that we should protect, retain and cherish the heritage of our eastern brothers and sisters. Pope Emeritus Benedict took great strides to reintroduce and preserve the Tridentine liturgy for us. We have so much at our fingertips to experience and engage in. However, in protestant America, the attacks are relentless. From within and without. We are persecuted but not abandoned.

          • Christendom

            You are blessed indeed.

            I’m with you, writing from a former traditionally Protestant now French Revolutionary secular humanist nation, Australia. (We share the same colonising ancestors).

            The Church attendance rate for Catholics in this nation is even worse than in the US and continuing to collapse. It’s dismal. The percentage of those who actually attend Church weekly and actually accept the fullness of the Faith e.g. natural family planning, is also dismal. Catholics here have little to do with the Faith outside of going to Catholic schools as children and later sending their own kids to them. Schools that teach a largely government imposed curriculum (propaganda). The tax free exempt status doesn’t come without strings.

            For example I went to Catholic schools from kindergarten up until my high school graduation. Do you want to know what we learned about Catholic history? Almost nothing! We didn’t learn anything about Catholic Christendom and Monarchs, the Crusades, Catholic versus Protestant wars, the Spanish empire, Luther or King Henry VIII, the French revolution…nothing.

            I didn’t realise how glaringly odd this was until my later authentic conversion as an adult…

          • Nan

            Wasn’t Australia used as a penal colony?

          • Christendom

            That is correct, Nan. It originally was by the British empire.

          • Grandmere

            If you want to know more about this, read a book titled The Fatal Shore. Excellent.

          • Vinny Zee

            I had a similar experience and I agree with you. Blessings be upon you this Christmas and time of most holy Advent. Happy New Year if we don’t chat before then! Great to chat with someone from around the world. What a blessing Christ has given us in these last days to have communion with one another and share in the faith once for all entrusted to the saints. Stand firm, let nothing move you!

          • Christendom

            Thanks Vinny, same to you!

            1 Samuel 2

            2 My heart hath rejoiced in the Lord, and my horn is exalted in my God: my mouth is enlarged over my enemies: because I have joyed in thy salvation.

            2 There is none holy as the Lord is: for there is no other beside thee, and there is none strong like our God.

            3 Do not multiply to speak lofty things, boasting: let old matters depart from your mouth: for the Lord is a God of all knowledge, and to him are thoughts prepared.

            4 The bow of the mighty is overcome, and the weak are girt with strength.

            5 They that were full before have hired out themselves for bread: and the hungry are filled, so that the barren hath borne many: and she that had many children is weakened.

            6 The Lord killeth and maketh alive, he bringeth down to hell and bringeth back again.

            7 The Lord maketh poor and maketh rich, he humbleth and he exalteth.

            8 He raiseth up the needy from the dust, and lifteth up the poor from the dunghill: that he may sit with princes, and hold the throne of glory. For the poles of the earth are the Lord’s, and upon them he hath set the world.

            9 He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness, because no man shall prevail by his own strength.

            10 The adversaries of the Lord shall fear him: and upon them shall he thunder in the heavens. The Lord shall judge the ends of the earth, and he shall give empire to his king, and shall exalt the horn of his Christ.

          • Marie Halligan

            That’s good.I remember looking for the church to go to Mass one Sunday when I was on holiday in the South of France.I asked a woman for directions in schoolgirl French and all I understood was something about ” behind a big clock” so I got hopelessly lost down some back streets;in the end,the only church I found was a Greek Orthodox one and Masses were over for the day but I didn’t realise I could have gone in.When I told my parents,they informed me that it was perfectly acceptable for Catholics to go to Mass in an Orthodox Church if they couldn’t get to a R.C. one, which surprised me,because they grew up in pre-Vatican 2 Ireland and it was a Mortal Sin to so much as set foot in a Protestant Church to them ( also it would have had the shameful association of “taking the soup”, from the time of An Gorta Mor,the Great Hunger)!My father was furious that we had to go to the C.o.E parish church for my grammar school’s Foundation Day service every year,he said it was a sin and the Catholic girls should be excused! I can’t remember what they said about Communion though- are we allowed up to receive in an Orthodox Mass, do you know? It is only academic for me at present- the nearest Orthodox Church to us is over 100 miles away in Kerry! But if I was ever fortunate enough to go to Greece again…??Or anywhere for that matter and we skint,Lol!1

          • Grandmere

            The same thing happened to me. I was in Flagstaff AZ with my mother and sister. Snow and icy streets. I insisted that I wanted to go to church. My sister dropped me off in downtown Flagstaff. I went into the church. It was a Catholic church. As a high church Anglican I enjoyed the service and went forward for the blessing from the priest. My mother and sister stayed at the condo. They missed out. Merry Christmas, Marie!

          • Marie Halligan

            Happy Christmas to you too Grandmere,and all the best for 2017!

          • Vinny Zee

            Catholics may receive Communion there when “special circumstances” that make it materially or morally impossible over a long period for one of the faithful to receive the sacraments in his own Church, so that in effect he would be deprived without legitimate reason of the spiritual fruit of the sacraments.

            This provision doesn’t apply to those who have normal recourse to the sacraments in the Catholic Church.

            Attendance at Orthodox liturgies by Catholics is permitted “if they have reasonable grounds, e.g. arising out of a public office or function, blood relationships, friendships, desire to be better informed, etc. In such cases there in nothing against their taking part in the common responses, hymns, and actions of the Church in which they are guests.

            God bless you, you learned a great bit in a short visit! I attended an eastern orthodox liturgy last month when they presented the myrhh steaming icon of the most holy theotokos. I also received some of the myrrh, what a blessing. I have dear friends also who are Orthodox. We have much to learn and appreciate from our Orthodox family. They have valid sacraments, valid priesthood because most importantly they have valid apostolic succession. The Protestants do not have this. While Protestants may have some affinity with us, i.e. they baptize by the trinitarian formula, they are our separated bretheren and we are forbidden from taking any of the ordinances they offer. They do not believe in the real presence of Christ at the Eucharist for example, therefore it would be heretical for a Catholic (or Orthodox) to share a “common cup” with them.

    • Andrew Bieszad

      To clarify- a year of mercy as defined by Pope Francis. That is what I am referring to.

      • Liturgical year of mercy was what Francis did.

        • Andrew Bieszad

          Extraordinary jubilee- correct. But I am referring specifically to the emphasis on divine mercy.

          • Here is my issues.

            1) It appears you are trying your damnedest to tie Pope Francis’ message of mercy which became a dominant theme of the liturgy calendar of 2016 with Fatima. Of course God’s message has always been about mercy, that is very clear from the pages of the Scriptures itself such as in Hosea 6:6, “For I delight in loyalty rather than sacrifice, And in the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings,” (NASB) or “For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice: and the knowledge of God more than holocausts,” (DRB).

            2) I am convinced that if it is true that you are correct that Russia has never been properly consecrated as requested by Our Lady, then the fault lies not with Russia, but with the Vatican! That is one of the things you have not ever addressed. Not once. I cannot recall reading a single line where you laid the blame at the feet of the officials or Popes for failing to pay heed to Our Lady’s request. Again, you cannot blame Russia for responding the way they are with their mobilization of their nuclear arsenals or the stupidity of NATO on Russia. It has to be laid at the Vatican’s feet again. I have not seen you acknowledge the revival of Christian orthodoxy in Russia.

            You have repeatedly tried to tie everything with Russia’s movements with Fatima and completely missed the point of Fatima’s message – repentance. Fatima’s message was one of repentance just as Pope Francis’ message for the Extraordinary Year of Jubliee was one about mercy.

      • Julie LaBrecque

        As Fr Ripperger has duly noted, Pope Francis DOES NOT, and has not, wear/worn the red – only the white – is worth pondering if he might he be the bishop in white?

  • rodolfo

    if we are to see in a different angle, Russia is the one being invaded through NATO exercises. It is NATO who are war mongering about Russia’s invasion but when in fact the moves of Russia is defensive in nature. Just like China countries opposed to political belief of China have bases at a striking distance to China. While China doesn’t have any of these bases until recently near the West Philippine Sea. If a hegemony country or a group of countries

    • chinese

      Just like China, countries opposed to political belief of China, have military bases at a striking distance to China. While China doesn’t have any of these bases until recently near the West Philippine Sea.

      Very intelligent indeed, Mr Rodolfo. China had declared ADZ(Air Defence Zone) over East China sea because of fear of hostile USA and Japanese forces invasion. Both had invaded China before, when China was weak( see 8 countries Allies invasion of China ).

      China are building many Artificial islands by reclamation of existing small islands of South China Sea. And also weaponize them. Why? Because China has only one newly build Carrier. China is building more but will not be in time to compete with they many carriers USA have currently.

      A Carrier is actually a small moving weaponize Island. Hence China are trying to have many Fixed Carrier to counter USA and its Allies in case of invasion which had happened in History before. Very soon it will declare ADZ over South China Sea. Take note that USA has its own ADZs long time ago.

      Actually China is following many current concept of USA. Including the recent Centralised Army command of USA. China used to have the Russian Concept.

  • Julie LaBrecque

    I learned of this just an hour ago from my deacon – it does not bode well.

  • Higlac

    MAJOR error (in so far as I can tell): the États-Generaux didn’t so much as exist in 1787!!! They were called in 1789, two years later!! That was when the Third Estate declared itself a “National Assembly.”

    • Andrew Bieszad

      No, actually my typing error. Both the source given and the date of the tennis court oath are in 1689 and 1789. Thanks for pointing this out. It has been fixed

      • Higlac

        Thanks – alas, there still is one mention of 1687 in the context of which the true year should be 1689.

        Furthermore, given that Hans Memling’s dates are 1430-1494 (August 11 in the latter case), there’s no way that he could have painted that Last Judgement in 1647-1671. According to Wikipedia, the dates for that picture are 1467-1471; consequently, a further correction here’s also needed. Thanks in advance!!!

  • NCHokie02

    Interesting note about the Pope being killed as I believe Pope Francis has stated that he believes he will not survive his role as pope.

  • Josiah? How?

  • It is very possible. We know that as long as the Vatican still stands, it would be seen as failure in the eyes of Muslims who have their desire to see it inflamed and conquered. They came close once but were driven back out by stubborn resistance of Catholics. I will have to find that particular battle.

  • rodolfo

    Consecration of Russia to Divine Heart of Jesus is disturbing me because I too believe it was not done yet. If the Pope shall do it, may God forbid, the enemies of Jesus Christ shall prevent it to happen by any means. The Cardinals and Bishops might do it without the Pope…..another thing that bothers me is the prophecy of Saint Malachi and the item that i’ve read. http://afterthewarning.com/messages-from-heaven/john-martinez.aspx
    Lord have mercy. Christ have mercy.

  • Hmm. I see what you are saying.

  • James

    Brilliant article Andrew; especially with regards to the reminder of the Divine Mercy.

    I’m not sure if others are aware that at 3 o’clock when we say the following prayer
    we can obtain everything for ourselves and for others;

    “You expired, Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls and an ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world. O Fount of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelop the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us.

    O Blood and Water which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fount of mercy for us, I trust in You”

    It is important that we beg Jesus at this hour to have mercy on all the poor souls who are about to die and are on their way to eternal damnation. No greater act of mercy, can you pray for.

    Also the Divine Mercy Conversion Prayer Our Lord told St Faustina “The prayer most pleasing to Me is the prayer for conversion. Know, My daughter, that this prayer is always heard and answered.” “Call upon My Mercy on behalf of sinners; I desire their salvation. When you say this prayer, with a contrite heart and with faith on behalf of some sinner, I will give that soul the grace of conversion.This is the prayer:

    O Blood and Water which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fount of mercy for us, I trust in You”

    So let us pray this much for those who we know, for the Muslims we may know, the atheists, Jews and for anyone in need of this wonderful grace.

  • Michelle Therese

    “Faith without works is dead.”

  • “When Jesus comes back the first to be judged will be Pope Francis for he should know better.”

    So you know exactly whom Jesus will judge as soon as He comes? Wow. What about judaising cults like you, will they be next inline to be judged for mispronouncing the name of His Son? It is not pronounced Yeshua. The last letter is a aiyn which does not exist in the English. So you are in error already.

    Also, Israel bowed to the Ark with two angels carved from wood and laced with gold. According to you this would be idol worship.

    • Hound

      I’ll play…..They didn’t bow to the ark, but what was residing IN the ark. Also, they were given specific instructions on how to shape the ark. All of these things you already know. In fairness, you didn’t say that was idol worship, but it’s apples and oranges……again. You spend WAY too much time here bashing your Protestant brothers and sisters and the heritage that comes with it, when at the time, if it weren’t for the maniacal Catholic Church ruling with an iron fIst and suppressing basic freedoms and rights of the people, the Reformation would have likely never taken place. Quit treating the un-catholicised like savages. The Catholic Church has been guilty of idol worship from the beginning. Hard to defend the multitude of examples. There will be many many many Catholics in heaven, I have no doubt, but that does not excuse the idolatry. The Catholic Church is chock full of lies and they will not be the primary population in heaven. They are not the “true church” and never will be. As a matter of fact, either is the Protestant church. Point being, none of us are “doing it” correctly or perfectly. We can’t possibly understand how to…..yet. But someday we will be part of the glorified body and will understand. Stop the slander of the church. It’s Christmas for Petes sake.

      • “They didn’t bow to the ark, but what was residing IN the ark.”

        but “WHAT” was residing in the Ark? He was a “WHAT”?

        Can you include in your crapolothic comment every verse regarding the Ark instead of making crapotholic generalized opinion?

        Also, you agree with Islamic iconoclasm? You and the Muslim are in unity on this one?

        Also, according to you, an idol worshipper will go to heaven?

        You don’t even realize how many checkmates you are already under.

  • Yeah I remember Theo writing about it.

  • Nothing shocks us here for one can argue the same nonsense with Jesus. He is the morning star and so is the devil. He is the lion and so is the devil. He is the light of this world and so is the devil. Similarities mean nothing. It is what the differences are.

    The evil women you speak of have the crescent moon on their forehead while the virtuous woman the crescent moon is under her feet.

    “Then God’s temple in heaven was opened, and the ark of his covenant was seen within his temple. And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars”

    Here we have an “ark” who is a “woman” “crowned” as a Queen stomping the devil.

    We only have few choices. The worst choice was my first when I became Evangelical, it was my hunt for a literal Ark reading countless publications for possible locations in Aksum Ethiopia or in Jerusalem.

    Why look for it on earth when especially that John says that it comes down from heaven?

    And what could possibly come from heaven unless it was assumed into heaven?

    This whole search for a physical ark is a wild goose chase especially that Scripture says regarding the physical Ark: “…they shall say no more, The ark of the covenant of the LORD: neither shall it come to mind: neither shall they remember it; neither shall they visit it; neither shall that be done any more.” (Jeremiah 3:16)

    “Neither shall that be done anymore” is what it says. No more physical ark. Ever. Here God does not speak in secret.

    The second choice is that the Ark of the Temple has always been an allegory that is speaking of Jesus in a strict sense. But here, John describes the very “Ark of his covenant” as a “woman” and a queen.

    The third choice is that this woman is ‘only’ about Israel or it is strictly “the Church”. How so when Israel rejected the Messiah and in Revelation 12:5-6,17 it says: “the dragon angry with the woman, and went off to make war on the rest of her offspring, on those who keep the commandments of God and bear testimony to Jesus”?

    Israel at this point does not keep the commandments of Jesus and applying a strict interpretation of only “the Church” as what is intended here flies in the face of how we interpret scripture.

    For example, when the Jews insist that Isaiah 53:8 “the suffering servant” is strictly “Israel”. We would instantly all object saying the text is clear “he was cut off out of the land of the living, for the transgression of my people [Israel]”. And then we ask the Jew: How can Israel die for the sins of Israel?

    Yet when it comes to Revelation 11-12, we apply the very same method the Jews use in Isaiah 53 to eliminate Mary’s role. So we ask: How can the dragon be angry at the woman [the Church] and then makes war on her offspring [the Church]?

    While John uses rich symbolism and while the woman does in a way represent redeemed Israel and the Church to certain degree but it is obvious from the Bible itself that the woman is predominately Mary.

    This woman is the mother of God’s children (her seed) just as in John 19, at the cross, and also in Revelation 12 where we read at verse 17 that Mary becomes by grace the mother of all of God’s children. Even Christ identifies the Church as His body (His children) and Mary is His Mother, then she is the Mother of the Church. Even John MacArthur, whose contra-Catholic ideas, wrote:
 “Believers should recognize that they participate in the crushing of Satan because, along with their Savior and because of His finished work on the cross, they also are of the woman’s seed.”

    It was to John that he was rewarded with the Blessed Virgin Mary as his own mother; “Behold your son,” and the beloved disciple, “Behold your mother.” Mary in Luke 1 even links to Daniel 9 when Israel was given 490 years to deal with the sin of the nation and prepare for the coming of King Messiah. The annunciation by Gabriel to Zechariah and six months (180 days) later the annunciation by Gabriel to Mary, then nine months later Jesus is born (270 days), and thirty days later he is presented in the temple. You add up in the six months, in the nine months and the 40 days in the presentation and it adds up to 490 days.

    And in 2 Samuel, the Ark of the Covenant is recorded as having remained for three months in the hill country after its return from the land of the Philistines. We are told, “David arose and went” to the hill country of Judah “to bring up from there the ark of God” (2 Samuel 6:2) and the ark of the Lord remained in the house of Obededom the Gittite for three months, and the Lord blessed Obededom and his whole house. Not accidentally, Luke notes that Mary “arose and went to the hill country of Judah” (Luke 1:39) where she (the Ark) remained with Elizabeth for “three months.”

    In Luke 1:48 Elizabeth calls Mary “Mother of my Lord” or “Mother of my God”. Many cringe at calling Mary “Mother of God”. To all who cringe, few even focus on how God directly announces His Mother in an explicit clear sense:

    “Listen, O coastlands, unto me [God]; and hearken, you people, from afar; The LORD has called me [The Son] from the womb; from the body of my mother has he made mention of my name.” (Isaiah 49:1).

    This is so clear “the body of my [God’s] mother”. If Mary was just like any one of us or if she was simply an incubator, why would Luke describe her womb similarly as the Ark was described: “and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even from his mother’s womb” (Lk 1:15)”.

    The Holy Spirit was using Mary as His physical temple to carry Messiah symbolized in the Ark in Hebrews 9:4 as the “little urn” which “held the manna” (bread of life/Christ).

    tissot_moses_and_joshua_in_the_tabernacle
    Moses and Joshua bowing before the Ark, painting by James Jacques Joseph Tissot, c. 1900
    We should never read Scripture in a mechanical way to fathom it mathematically or restrict its themes to only history or allegorize where there is no allegory and literalize were there are no literals or ignore where there are allegories which speaks of multiple literals.

    Even if one insist on Israel or the Church as the only interpretation of Revelation 11-12, or if they are still in doubt it is Mary, one cannot ignore Psalm 132: “Arise, O Lord, and go to your resting place, you and the ark of your might … For the Lord has chosen Zion; he has desired it for his dwelling place: This is my resting place forever; here I will dwell, for I have desired it.”

    This Ark [Mary] was assumed up in heaven and is resting with Messiah after His ressurection “go to your resting place, you and the ark of your might” in “Zion” which is His “resting place forever”.

    This “Zion” is the very “Mount Zion” where we approach God in Hebrews 12 and what we find in it baffles the mind on how we ought to approach God in our prayers:

    “But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect [saints], and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.”

    In Hebrews 12:1, he says, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses . . .”

    What witnesses? The Saints. We are surrounded by a cloud of these witnesses, the holy Saints of God are present with us even now, not only present, but surrounding us, encouraging us as it were in our race which has been set before us and are assisting us. No where in Scripture do we find that the saints’s death means that they are not present with Christ in heaven (2 Cor 5:8) (Hebrews 2:14-15) (John 3:16).

    Hebrews 12 cannot be undermined. In our prayers we ultimately come to Jesus the mediator through coming to Mount Zion. All verses must flow and match perfectly. While all prayer ultimately go to Christ but we approach “innumerable angels,” “assembly of the first born,” who already “enrolled in heaven,” and “spirits of the righteous made perfect”. This includes His Ark (Mary) who comes from heaven because she was assumed to heaven.

    Shall we remind again of Psalm 132: “Arise, O Lord, and go to your resting place, you and the ark of your might … For the Lord has chosen Zion; he has desired it for his dwelling place: This is my resting place forever; here I will dwell, for I have desired it.”

    We accept it because God “desired it”. There is no need to twist the Scriptures to fit a mindset that only came in the twentieth century.

    It becomes impossible to avoid Mary since the same earthquake in Revelation 11:13 (similar to the seventh blow of the trumpet in Joshua 5) Christ stands on the earthly Mount of Olives (Zion) in Zechariah 14, which occurs as a result of the seventh trumpet “Then God’s temple in heaven was opened and within his temple was seen the Ark of the Covenant and there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder and earthquake and great hailstorm and a great and wondrous sign appeared in heaven.” (Revelation 11:19)

    When Mary appears, many nay sayers will reject it as a satanic apparition to only end up in hell since when Jesus comes He too will confirm this and the nay sayers will combat against Him.

    But this living Ark is used in the Battle of Armageddon just as it was used in battles in ancient Israel where it went before the army. This Ark was the same in Luke 1:35: “And the angel answering said to her, ‘The holy Spirit shall come upon thee and the power of the Most High shall overshadow thee.” This is similar to the Ark in Exodus 3:9 “The cherubim spread out their wings above, overshadowing the mercy seat with their wings …”

    All this allegory is similar to that when Jesus spoke in parables intentionally to be misunderstood by the seed of the devil. Scripture in its typical eastern composition starts in Genesis 3:15 and completes the story in full circle in Revelation 11-12 with the same theme regarding this woman: Mary.

    John throws a monkey wrench into the whole anti-Marian theology and renders it all useless. Denying Mary as “the Ark” is impossible. The two verses, one in Chapter 11 ends and chapter 12 begins was written when the Bible had no chapter divisions—these divisions were added by man in the 12th century. Does the tradition of man who imposed these chapter breaks decide when a theme begins or ends or does God decide?

    If Mary is no queen, we would have to sweep under the rug so many passages (1) in the Old Testament where the queen mother of Israel interceded in behalf of the subjects of the kingdom. It is here where most miss the significance of the Queen Mother. If Christ is the legitimate Messianic King of the heavenly Zion (the Church/Heaven), then Mary is the Queen Mother while the Church is His bride.

    Is this an insignificant issue? Mary in Revelation 11-12 described as a queen coming from heaven crowned with the sun participating in the act of destroying the devil. If she was “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you!” Luke 1:28, can we argue that she is also hail, Queen Mother?

    It is always, Christ who is God’s right hand and we are the glove, so if the hand moved, so does the glove. “The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet” (Romans 16:20) is obviously Christ but also includes His body (the Church) and in Zechariah 14 it makes it quite clear that the saints will land with Christ on the battle of Armageddon to crush the devil “and all the saints [the church] with You”.

    The main theme of Revelation 11-12 is to expound on the Mother of Christ, the man-child and the crescent “moon under her feet”.

    Virgen_de_Guadalupe_1531

    Here, it’s the woman; “her feet”, not “His feet”.

    In Revelation 12:9 the dragon “that ancient serpent,” ties with Genesis 3:15. The woman in this passage is Mary because she brings forth the one to rule all nations. And like ancient Israel fleeing through the “wilderness” to Egypt, Mary also fled to Egypt with Joseph (Mt 2:13-14).

    In turn, Israel is the prefigurement of the Church of the new covenant (e.g. Jer 31:31-33). And coming full circle, Mary can be seen to strike the serpent’s head in her role as figure of the Church.

    But indeed, it is also of Israel the nation which labored to bring forth the Messiah and is invaded by the dragon who is the beast, the devil and Antichrist. There is a “woman” who “labored” in “child birth”. Here we find the literal and the metaphor mingling in a way that the Almighty was hitting several birds with one stone. The Church is also involved, later in the same chapter we read that the devil went out to persecute the woman’s other offspring—Christians—which certainly seems to indicate that Mary is somehow the mother of the Church (Revelation 12:17).

    The Bible, like a wonderful symphony, begins with a real man (Adam), a real woman (Eve), and a real serpent (the devil)—and it also ends with a real man (Jesus, the Last Adam [1 Corinthians 15:45]), a real woman (Mary, the New Eve [Revelation 11:19-12:2]), and a real serpent (the devil of old). All of this was foretold in Genesis 3:15. Here we have a completion of God’s writ, what it began with the loss it ended with the victory of Jesus over the devil and of Mary over Eve’s sin. It is impossible to avoid this theme throughout Scripture.

    It is obvious that prior to Christ’s coming, we will have two groups; one that honors Mary where the women strive to emulate her while the other lessens her significance and sees it unnecessary to emulate Mary. The latter only began recently during the 19th and the 20th centuries as result of feminism. As my friend, the historian Alvin Schmidt stated that “It has become a widely held historical consensus that “the theology of the Virgin Mary has not altered woman’s inferior status within the Church” (2)

    After all, how many women in the West today want to emulate Mary? They rather emulate Eve, daily gazing at forbidden fruits. Even many of the men submit to their wives while they both argue that all they want is to only emulate Jesus. But when you tell them that even Jesus obeyed His mother’s command, so why is emulating Mary not so hip in your Churches? They always give fragmented answers.

    The real answer to this question becomes simple: they are subconsciously at enmity with the woman and they daily are busy fulfilling the oldest of all prophecies in Genesis 3:15 being at enmity with the woman who is Mary, since these are not of the seed of the woman, but are the seed of the devil.

  • “Well, I wasn’t done with my comment by the time you replied. I edited the crap part because I felt it was a bit harsh, and I was a little irked. As I typed, I cooled off a little. Why is everything a debate with you?”

    So let me get this. You started off by having some nerves (thats okay) but then you turn around and ask me why I have nerves? I didn’t. I simply have the strategy of reflecting to people what they write and how they come across to only get blamed for their misdoings.

    You stated: “Some of the stuff you come up with is just WAY out there and the only conclusion I can draw from much of it is that you are just trying to get a “rise” out of the Protestant audience you have.”

    How is that when what I write seems to have me lose Protestant donors?

    “How about including some articles on the heresies of the Catholic Church?”

    If you go to google and plug your words, you will find that 99% of what is out there are attacks on Catholic doctrine. Do you suppose I join the rest and just belabor all the other junk that is out there? The reason I engaged you is because you believe in some junk about Catholics that permeates the internet. I saw your error and cared. Is this a sin?

    “These years ahead are not going to be very easy for us believers and we should atleast attempt to find some common ground as we have with the Jews, even though we all believe they are a wayward bunch.”

    I am open for unity, but not in matters of theology.

    “There is still no better friend in the world than a Catholic, a Protestant, or a Jew.”

    At times this is very true, but at other times its not.

    “I’m not stumping for some kind of watered down ecumenism, but surely we don’t have to be hostile towards one another.”

    Again, no one s hostile and I wish people end all discussions with “you are hostile”. I simply defend just as you did.

    “When you write inflammatory articles it is much like a shot over the bow amongst allies, and we ARE allies whether you like it or not.”

    Why aren’t you going after all the other anti-Catholic blogs that write absolute nonsense then?

    “I don’t look at your site as a chess game or to join a competition to see who knows more. More often than not I’m just offended and that saddens me. I appreciate your site. It’s always up to date and thoughtful but it’s often turned into an arena for friends to have a pissing contest. Not very glorifying. Reread my post to see the final version. Merry Christmas to you and your family.”

    No “pissing contest” here, just shoot your objection about Catholics and lets reason.

    How is that not a proper proposition?

  • Mona Lisa

    It was Our Lord Who gave Sr. Lucia the warning in 1931, not Our Lady, which gives the message even greater impetus. 2017 could be a year of dread consequences for the Church and the world. Hang on to your rosaries, friends! It aint gonna be pretty!

  • Michelle Therese

    It’s in the Bible…