Amazing Miracles Are Happening That Are Astonishing Scientists, They Prove That Christianity Is The Only True Faith And All Other Religions Are Of The Devil

By Walid Shoebat (Shoebat Sunday Special)

Why critical scholarly opinions abound on matters that pertain to the miraculous, especially when miracles defy science?  Why do textual critics abound hovering over ancient biblical manuscripts? And why is their main goal always attempting to refute God by using textual criticism? Science and miracles do not go hand in hand.

Try scrolling down “textual criticism” on wikipedia and see how you will keep scrolling down to see the scholars and critics all hone in only on the Bible. Scroll all the way till you reach the sections on textual criticism of the Quran and the Book of Mormon and what do you find? These get no attention. And the only reason these are even mentioned is because they hitch on the Bible.

Why don’t these scholars switch and instead hone in on the Quran, the Book of Mormon, the Shreemad Bhagavad Gita, the Upanishads, the Veda, the Tripitakas, Baha’ism’s Kitáb-i-Aqdas, Confucianism’s Book of Rites the Great Learning, the Doctrine of the Mean, the Analects, the Mencius or Jainism’s Agamas or Shintoism’s Kojiki? Why are they ‘strictly’, ‘only’, and ‘exclusively’ focusing on the Holy Scripture and the miracles that convert people to become Christians?

The wise instead of knowing all the answers to shut-up the critics, needs to learn how to simply ask these right questions we just asked. Why do these focus solely on a bunch of people who sing and praise and consume a chip of wheat?

And its not just the Bible. Even when miracles happen all the way in Mexico, the hound dogs attack from within the Catholic Church itself trying to debunk the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. This is why I smile when people use ‘priestly corruption’ as an argument to disprove the church.

I rarely ran across priests that I like, but in my view the more the church is infiltrated, the more proof we have that its the truth. Truth is not found by landing on a squeaky clean church. Stafford Poole, a historian and Vincentian priest in the United States began a vigorous debate which was ignited in Mexico when it emerged that Guillermo Schulenburg (another bad priest) from the Basilica of Guadalupe who lived an extravagant life-style began to shed doubts that Juan Diego was a historical person. Heck, today we have many archeologists who doubt that King David even existed.

Schulenburg was supported by three of Mexico’s most famous canon lawyers who asserted that evidence indicated the entire tale to be a church farce yet these didn’t mind to live extravagant lifestyles off of the Virgin of Guadalupe’s fame. I have met countless wealthy ministers who made fortunes from the Bethlehemite Jesus Who simply rode a donkey. Yet people follow them because they prefer a limousine over a donkey while ignoring that a donkey is a wonderful miracle made by a creator.

Mary too rode a donkey just like this one all the way to Egypt

And yet another scandal, erupted when the Italian journalist Andrea Tornielli published in the Italian newspaper Il Giornale questioning the historicity of Juan Diego who was behind the tilma which the image miraculously formed on.

But it was the same case for the Shroud of Turin when it was first carbon-dated declaring it a ‘fraud’ sparking a great controversy until later on scholars still marvel at its formation with many debunking the carbon dating to also find its amazing miraculous nature to have been impossible to have been made by artists.

It is always the case that such “forgeries” are finally noticed as authentic.

Likewise was the story of the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. They said that Juan Diego whose tilma had the imprint of the Virgin Mary that he never existed until the Codex Escalada debunked the “no Juan Diego” theory.

The document described a woman stomping on a crescent moon and even mentioned this insignificant shepherd “Juan Diego” and was authenticated to be from the sixteenth century.

“principal image comprises a rocky landscape dotted with sparse scrub flanked on the left by an Indian kneeling at the foot of a mountain and facing in three-quarter profile across the plain towards the Virgin who, in turn, flanks the landscape on the right. She is contained within a nebulous mandorla, and at her feet are traces of what seems to be a horned moon. This depicts the apparition which is said to have occurred on 12 December 1531 on the hill of Tepeyac located six kilometers (four miles) north of the main plaza of Mexico City. The sun is rising over the hills behind the Virgin. Above the central landscape is the date “1548” beneath which are four lines of Nahuatl text written in the Latin alphabet which can be translated as: “In this year of 1531 there appeared to Cuauhtlatoatzin our dearly beloved mother Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico”. Below the landscape and a little off-centre to the right, is the imposing signature of Fray Bernardino de Sahagún (ca. 1499-1590), the renowned Franciscan missionary, historian and pioneering ethnologist. High in the cliffs above the kneeling Indian is a much smaller depiction of a man on the hill. Directly beneath the kneeling Indian is more Nahuatl text written in the Latin alphabet, the first part of which can be translated as: “Cuauhtlatoatzin died a worthy death”; and the second as: “in 1548 Cuauhtlatoatzin died.” From other sources, this is known to be the native name of Juan Diego.”

Juan Diego after all did exist.

Yet around these same times while some apparition many claimed as ‘demonic’ was changing Mexico’s savage paganism, Martin Luther’s Wittenberg’s edition covered 9 pages of a discussion Luther had with Lucifer and the ‘scholars’ could care less about his Muhammadan style encounters with the devil. Behold the Luthifer-Lucifer exchange:

Luthifer’s conversation with the devil

And if papal infallibility were the issue for Luther, can the following be anything less than protestant infallibility? Following the same thread “even an angel from heaven” which Paul wrote in II Thessalonians II, Luther wrote: “even an angel from Heaven, to judge my doctrine … I will not allow it to be judged by anybody, not even by any of the angels”.

Muhammad said similar things when he was questioned about his encounters with the angel of light saying: “by God if they put the sun in my right hand and the moon in my left on condition that I abandon this course, until God has made me victorious, or I perish therein, I would not abandon it.”

And while St. Mary visited Juan Diego in Mexico to stop the bloodshed, around the same time, most of southwestern Germany was in chaotic revolt. The peasants, who called on the power of Luther’s teachings became violent. Historians will tell you that Luther opposed insurrection on principle, but cavalierly Luther sanctioned wholesale theft of ecclesiastical properties on the grounds that the inhabitants had forsaken the “gospel”:

“If they are not the church but the devil’s whore that has not remained faithful to Christ, then it is irrefutably and thoroughly established that they should not possess church property.” (Wider Hans Wurst, or Against Jack Sausage, p. 220)

This type of sophist liberal zigzagging is nothing new. It is sort of like taking an official position where NATO condemns terrorism while it wrecks the whole Middle East. Officially NATO is anti-terrorism, of course, while at the same time they equip Islamist terrorists in Syria after creating havoc in Egypt, Libya and Iraq. What counts of course is the ‘official’ stance. The tactic is simple, create a cover and then spew whatever poison you want to cause rebellion.

But of course, the scholarly critics won’t touch Luther and they will tell you that Luther simply suffered from a case of “unbridled tongue”. Anabaptists who advocated non-violence and toleration only had Lutherans and Calvinists and Zwinglians torture and drown these fellow Protestants by the thousands. Persecution and capital punishment of the Anabaptists was adopted in 1529 at the Diet of Speyer — where the term “Protestant” originated — with Luther’s consent.

Were Luther’s accomplishments here a miracle?

Yet miracles connected to the intercession of the Virgin Mary, which cannot possibly be explained is always accused as being the work of the devil while you find no major critics with Luther’s encounter with the devil. Why?

How is it that miracles which, for all intents and purposes, draw millions to Jesus Christ Himself be of the devil when Jesus assured us that the devil will not divide against himself? Luther wasn’t converting pagans. He was simply converting Catholics to revolt.

Miracles have always occurred historically, as recorded in the Bible. So did God cease to reveal Himself and He only manifests to the tele-evangelist healing ministry speaking of financial harvests that bought them the latest jet? Are these the miracles and answers to prayer? Perhaps it was the latest manifestations on speaking in tongues?

I can’t count how many times I have seen the same full-fledged tares say that God hates religion. These mock religion by quoting: Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.” (James 1:27).

They isolate this verse and forget that in Matthew 25 what determines the destiny of the Christian to going to heaven or hell is based on that specific “religion”:

“For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in …” (Matthew 25:35)

To feed the widows and orphans and the persecuted is no small matter. The ones who did not follow this “religion”, He tells them:

“Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels”.

Jesus even tells them why they are going to hell: “For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink …”

Can one easily ignore this ‘religion’ and demand Jesus to send them to heaven because Luther said that once saved always saved or that they speak in tongues?

To get rid of religion, during the bloody persecutions of the Church in Mexico under the Freemason socialist Plutarco Calles, on November 14, 1921, a bomb was hidden in a bouquet of flowers was placed just a few feet before the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe in the basilica in Mexico City. It went off. The explosion was so severe that it demolished the marble steps of the main altar, even the windows of the nearby homes, but the fabric suffered no damage whatsoever when it was only protected by glass, the same type of glass that was blasted throughout the neighborhood.

One can even examine all the critiques in the Guadalupe Encyclopedia and even they could not ignore this story and they cannot explain how a bomb could not effect a tilma covered by glass. One can even examine skeptics who do not deny that hemp and cactus fibers were used. These ignore the fact that all replicas of Guadalupe’s image attempting to bust the miracle (just like the Shroud of Turin) ended up with miserable failures where the paint faded away few years later. It is impossible to do this type of art on this type of material.

When stories like this parallel Moses’ staff showing that mankind fail the test, I am convinced its a miracle. If the Catholics are wrong about their faith, why would Plutarco Calles persecute the whole nation just to stop Guadalupe and the Eucharist? After all its just millions of crazy people each consuming a little insignificant cracker, right? So why all the fuss?

The key is not the ability to answer all the questions, but to ask the right wise questions.

But even besides all this controversy or even the failure to replicate the image, if this image was made by the devil, here we have the evil Plutarco Calles’s terrorists, who all of the sudden was doing the work of God? Was he perhaps prevented by satan who protected the image from destruction?

But of course, mankind today loves his god, science, and if only science can prove it, then he will approve and believe. So they took Juan Diego’s tilma which was examined in 1979 by Philip Callahan, (biophysicist, USDA entomologist, NASA consultant) specializing in infrared imaging, was allowed direct access to visually inspect, and photograph the image. He took numerous infrared photographs of the front of the tilma.

The wise recognizes real beauty where innocence protrudes out of an image and speaks to the soul

And everything adds up. It was as was claimed made of coarse weave of palm threads called “pita” or the rough fiber called “cotense” (MC), or a hemp and linen mixture (R). It was traditionally held to be made from ixtle, an agave fiber and not expensive canvas.

Was Callahan perhaps a lying fraud sent by the minions of the devil?

Maybe then the whole Cornell University too were devils? They studied the image of the Virgin left on the rough maguey-fiber fabric of Juan Diego’s tilma magnifying the iris of the Virgin’s eyes 2,500 times and, through mathematical and optical procedures, they were even able to identify all the people imprinted in the eyes including Juan Diego, the man who they denied was even involved. And his photo  inside the eyes of the Virgin matched his portrait. But of course, the critics will tell you that its all imagination.

A painting of Juan Diego looks the same as found in a microscopic size image imprinted in the eyes of the Virgin

The eyes of the Virgin, though the dimensions are microscopic, the iris and the pupils of the image’s eyes have imprinted on them a highly detailed picture of at least 13 people who were the same people present in both the left and right eyes and in different proportions as would happen when human eyes reflect the objects before them.

The reflection transmitted by the eyes of the Virgin of Guadalupe is the scene on Dec. 9, 1531, during which Juan Diego showed his tilma, with the image, to Bishop Juan de Zumárraga and others present in the room.

This would mean that the image, like the Shroud of Turin was created in a flash.

And why would the devil choose this material? Made primarily of cactus fibers, a tilma had a rough surface, making it difficult enough to wear, much less to paint and scientists insist there was no technique used beforehand to treat the surface which is like silk to the touch, while the unused portion remains coarse. The technique would be impossible which only occurs in nature in the coloring of bird feathers, butterfly scales and on the elytra of brightly colored beetles.

O stop your complaining about icons and just look at this beauty

To paint such an image in the “ayate” fibers would deteriorate after 20 years, but this image is nearly five centuries old. A 1938 Nobel Prize winner in chemistry, found that the image did not even have natural animal or mineral colorings given that there were no synthetic colorings in 1531. Infrared rays discovered to their surprise no traces of any paint and the fabric had not been treated with any kind of technique.

Even the eyes when exposed to light, the pupils contract and when the light is withdrawn, they return to a dilated state. Was the devil behind Dr. Jorge Escalante Padilla, a surgical ophthalmologist who examined these reflections and also Dr. Cherney who examined the back surface of the cornea to only discover small veins on both of the eyelids of the image?

Did the devil strike the Japanese optician who was examining the eyes and fainted? Upon recovering he stated: “The eyes were alive and looking at him.” [Janet Barber,  Latest Scientific Findings on the Images in the Eyes, page 90.]

Perhaps its my imagination gone wild, but a glance at the Shroud of Turin I can tell, the face imprinted one can easily find in Bethlehem today.

I never liked any of the renderings I see attempting to make a photo from how Jesus looked like by using the shroud and I love the face on the shroud the way it appears and I can find my own relatives from Bethlehem who have resemblances (in my prejudiced view). Here is my cousin Musa (Moses) Shoebat who is a carpenter. I’d say he looks more like Jesus than these modernized re-creations.

But this is only my assumption.

The question is, can the devil create the shroud and the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe?

Even better yet: can the devil create life?

Besides the pupils in Our Lady of Guadalupe’s eyes, how can this same devil create a human heart which would make him a creator of life? If life is produced from such miracles, than God must be in it for the devil is the destroyer of life which only God can create.

But this is exactly the case when one eucharistic miracle that took place in Lanciano, Italy roughly 1,300 years ago, the Body and Blood from that miracle are still preserved and another in Buenos Aires, Argentina from 1996 when three years later Dr. Ricardo Castañón, a Bolivian neurophysiologist, was called in to have samples from the Host examined in a laboratory environment.

Dr. Frederick Zugibe, an esteemed cardiologist and forensic pathologist at Columbia University in New York tested the samples he was given and said the person whose heart it came from must have been tortured. Further, Dr. Zugibe was reportedly amazed that when he studied the samples, they were pulsating like a living, beating heart. Dr. Castañón first came across the miracle in 1999, he was an atheist and today, he’s a Catholic, of course, he’s not that stupid.

But of course, he is ‘Catholic’ now and therefore, he cannot be ‘trusted’.

Mind you, the ultimate Jesus-style challenge is this: when Doctor Castañón took the sample to the San Francisco Forensic Institute he did not tell anyone there what it was or where it came from, yet they told him that the samples constituted heart muscle, specifically from the myocardium of the left ventricle and that the blood was human, with human DNA, and of the rare AB-positive type — the same as found on the Shroud of Turin tests as well as yet another eucharistic miracle that took place in Lanciano, Italy roughly 1,300 years ago which the Body and Blood from that miracle are still preserved at a church in the town when in 1970, they were examined scientifically and, like the Buenos Aires sample, found to be from a human heart with AB-positive blood.

Maybe we should not trust Zugibe, after all he is Palestinian with family in Bethlehem. Many were the Palestinians who contributed much. He wrote “A fertilized human egg at the moment of Conception, is the opinion of the creator that a human life at that instant, must begin”. Was he too sent by the devil?

But Dr. Frederick T. Zugibe is no huckster, before he died, He was M.D., Ph.D., Chief Medical Examiner at Rockland County, New York and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Pathology Columbia University College of Physician’s and Surgeons. He was our best in the field.

Can the “sweat became like great drops of blood falling down upon the groundas we are told in Luke 22 :42‑44? Zugibe documented cases where  hemorrhage of the vessels supplying the sweat glands into the ducts of the sweat glands extrude out onto the skin. Hematidrosis has been reported to occur from the presence of profound fear accounted for a significant number of reported cases including six cases in men condemned to execution.

Perhaps this is the Grand Conspiracy where Lucifer is using Zugibe and a Carmelite nun named Lucia to convert the world to Catholicism through the Fatima apparition? I once had this argument with three nuns who told me that the Eucharist can become heart. I laughed at them. The three nuns then prayed for me daily for twenty years and then I saw the light that a Eucharist changing into heart tissue was a real miracle. I mean common, shepherds … Carmelite nuns … incorruptible saints … shrouds and images of Jesus and Mary … are you out of your mind Walid? (just saying). But when I see Dr. Zugibe come to the same conclusion I am 100% convinced.

Dr. Zugibe and wife Catherine with Sister Lucia of Fatima on April 28, 2002.

The Three Sister Nuns who were praying for me. I always thought they were absolutely mad and uneducated, of course until I examined the facts. O that wretched man that I am. Damn the devil. Damn the devil to hell.

Was all this faked up in the Shroud with all the dumbbell-type injuries, obviously caused by the flagrum which contains leather thongs with bits of metal or bone at the ends?

Why would the devil want proven instead of denounce Psalm 22:18, Matthew 27:35, Luke 23:34 and John 19:24: “They divide My garments among them, And for My clothing they cast lots”?

The Shroud proves Christ was crucified nude without His garments! Why would God embarrass Himself for a bunch of stinking sinners?

Why would the devil want Psalm 34:20, John 19:33-36 proven, that Christ Kept all His bones?

Why would the devil want Colossians 1:15, John 14:9 and John 1:18 proven, that Christ is the invisible image of God?

Why would the devil want to prove Isaiah 52:14 “His appearance was marred more than any man”?

Why would the devil want to prove the “crown of thorns” in Genesis 3:18, Mark 15:17, John 19:5, and Matthew 27:2 that Christ was the King of the Jews?

Why would the devil want Christ’s crucifixion proven as prophesied in Psalm 22:14-16 and in Zechariah 12:10 when it says “they will look upon Me whom they have pierced”?

Why would the devil ever preach the true Gospel and then etch it on a cloth preserving it for all to see?

So perhaps all these experts faked up their findings because these where messengers of Lucifer?

If so, here then lays the Jesus-style question: why aren’t the rest of the anti-biblical scholars who are of the minions of this world pouring into such miracles to aid in the conversion towards Lucifer?

And why would the devil, who loves death, want known that the transference of the Image to the cloth even speaks of a future resurrection event? In the words of St. Paul:

“Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality. But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, ‘Death is swallowed up in victory. O Death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?’” 1 Corinthians 15:52-54.

The very war with the devil who caused death is defeated as evidenced in the Shroud. Again:

“For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord,” 1 Thessalonians 4:14-17.

Have I gone mad or am I living in a wicked and adulterous generation that seeks signs and wonders?

But of course, Protestants question the whole notion of an authoritative church teaching and argue that Christians have the right and the responsibility to question church institutions and teachings in the light of Scripture.

Alright then, have it your way. In the 1960s the Catholic Church held its landmark council Vatican II and instituted sweeping ecclesiastical reforms and reformulated its theology to create more openness to Protestant churches and the way these review that scripture is to be interpreted by the laity.

Has it helped? Since then Protestants have been debating what they ought to think about Rome. The views still range from fierce denunciations of Catholicism as a cult or false church to calls for Protestants and Christians to put their old differences aside and to worship and evangelize side by side.

I disagree with both. Protestants are simply stolen sheep wandering without a shepherd failing to interpret correctly the text of scripture.

And today as a result we are in a mess with the fast quicksand of liberal infiltration on all sides where liberals infused textual criticism of the very scripture that they claim they want to defend. Everything from the perpetual virginity, David’s existence to even the life of Christ is under attack.

Here, I will take you on a short journey and explain just one example out of thousands just to show you what sheep must endure from the wiles of the devil and how much homework I must pour to answer them. Believe me, the response I have you would find nowhere.

Example: “And he went and dwelt in a city called Nazareth, that what was spoken by the prophets might be fulfilled, ‘He shall be called a Nazarene.'”

So without a central authority, now questions arise and the tares make the same arguments similar to the skeptics who question the Shroud and Juan Diego’s tilma. They argue; since there is no such prediction in the Old Testament about anyone coming out of Nazareth, this prophecy fails. That the name Nazareth (which means branch) and Nazarene (which means vow) aren’t even remotely similar.

That, plus Nazareth was never mentioned once in the Old Testament, yet Matthew insists that “He shall be called a Nazarene” in relation to the name Nazareth. After all Matthew insists that He lived in Nazareth to fulfill this ancient prophecy that Christ would be a Nazarene but we know Christ drank wine which means He broke the Nazarene vow.

Nazareth was an insignificant tiny village from around 900 BC until the Babylonian exile, and was only reestablished during the Maccabbean era around 200 BC. It remained a small, remote, and virtually unknown rural village, although it was not far from the major Roman center of Sepphoris in Jesus’ time. Nazareth was never once mentioned in any writing; Josephus, neither the ancient Egyptians, Aramaic, Hittite, or Phoenician records and was an insignificant criticized place.

Nazareth. How did the donkeys come about? Who made donkeys?

Matthew, therefore ‘so they will push in your face’ must have “erred”; he must have made a mistake in his use of the Old Testament.

But its not only this verse, there are literally thousands of issues and books they bring up and a poor sheep cannot deal with the Niagara falls worth of doubts hailing on his head. Not every sheep with a Bible is a scholar. So what must one do?

Answer: recognize the devil. Ignore the devil and he will flee from you. Remember the words of our Lord.

One can throw thousands of monkey wrenches like this at both Protestants and Catholics which both have to defend the same way by getting into all sorts of nitty-gritty worthless arguments.

The wise asks: where was Matthew making any etymological comparison between Nazareth versus Nazarene?

So lets walk through just this argument alone about Nazareth to show how it is simpler than most think and how the world complicates the issues. Matthew is simply saying that God had Him move to Nazareth so that what the prophets spoken of his rejection and belittling would be fulfilled for he was later on called: “a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes” (Acts 24:5).

Matthew in no way shape or form was saying that all the prophets predicted Messiah to come out of Nazareth or that He would be called Nazarene just because this is what Nazareth means.

In addition, Matthew has Christ in Nazareth which means Branch and in Arabic means Victory (Al-Nasira) and that he is a sacrificial vow (Nazarene). These two words fulfill everything the prophets foretold.

Christ in the Middle East is called Yasu’ Al-Nasiri which literally means Christ the Victorious.

Yet the Protestants when they argue against Catholicism they would disagree on any answer given to them regarding saints, the Eucharist, Mary … yet they would agree with me here on the issue of Nazareth regardless that I am applying the same approach to answer in defense of Catholic theology.

The issue is never fact but prejudice.

Nazarene being derived from Nazareth is only a subject created by scholarly conjecture. Matthew was not speaking of any specific prophecy about a Messiah being called a Nazarene to be found in the Old Testament, but that the Old Testament is fulfilled by these two words: Nasarett (Victory) and Nezeri (sacrificial vow).

Matthew was simply saying what he said: And he [Christ] went and dwelt in a city called Nazareth [Nasarett], that everything that the prophets foretold will be fulfilled and is why ‘He shall be called a Nazarene‘” [the Sacrifice].

The correct argument should not be that Nazareth must match Nazarene since nowhere does Matthew even hint that one word “Nazareth” must now match the word “Nazarene” but the opposite; that both words must match Him and by that fulfilling all what the prophets foretold.

Two words and in them is everything we need to prove that Jesus was the Messiah.

And once we examine the ancient languages it all fits, like a glove.

Nazarene is from Nzr and Nazareth is from Nsr (no “z” sounding as Sion in Zion) and till today Nazareth is called Nasirat (victory).

Nazarene is from Nzr (Nezer) or Ndr (Aramaic Nedhr). Ndr means “vow” and “Ndr Dbh” (نذر ذبح) is Vow to Sacrifice.

I know this because I lived it where our colloquial language remains trickling down from ancient Aramaic mixed with Arabic. That plus keeping much of these traditions which I lived to see many times. Christ becomes the “Nezer” (Ndr) or “Neder” (Ndr) the vow offering where a “covenant” with Abraham—a promise that God vowed to fulfill and Christ was the offering. In fact, one can find this is some old scholarly works. See “Nzr” and “Ndr” are but the same:

Do you see Ndr and Nzr are “only dialectically different” and both words means exactly the same thing. One can also examine Theological Dictionary of the Old Testament pages 242-252. All one has to do is to look up “Ndr” in the Arabic (نذر ذبح) in Google images to see how people still carryout customs of sacrifice where they still slaughter animals to fulfill a vow. In the Bible Ndr can be found to mean “vow” which such vows are always fulfilled by a sacrifice. “If my son survives this surgery, I vow to sacrifice a lamb” is the usual.

It also has to do with crowning. Leviticus 22:21 and Deuteronomy 33:16 is taken direct from Genesis 49:26 and the crowning of the High Priest is also the crowning of the Messiah:

“The semitic root נזר nzr / ndr (“withdraw from the customary use”) is behind the Hebrew noun נזר nezærconsecration / diadem” and is related With the designation נזיר nāzîr “Consecrated / Nasirä” (→ Nasirä ). From the type נזר nezær describes rather the diadem than the closed crown (G. Mayer, 329f.).

The diadem is a visible sign of the royal dignity. Matthew’s one-line prophecy was speaking on Messiah being anointed as High-Priest and King which Nzr fulfills. In 2 Sam 1,10, the young man who gave Saul the death penalty reported to David that he had taken the severely injured Saul diadem and arm brace, which he now handed over. On the ascent of the seven-year-old Joash, the diadem is placed on the throne ( 2 Kings 11: 12 , 2 Chr 23:11). When, in the post-exilic period, the High Priest assumed a deputy royal function, the diadem also surrendered to it as a royal insignia ( Ex 9: 29 , Ex . That the Diadem of David’s might have been decorated with flowers, suggests Ps 132:18 . (see Krone / Krönung (AT) – Lexikon).

Nzr fulfills Psalm 132:18, a promise to crown the Messiah: “His enemies will I clothe with shame; but upon himself shall his crown [nzr] shine.'” And this Psalm connects to St. Mary the Ark Who arises with Christ to heaven.

“One relic of the ancient insignia has been preserved, which was probably prized as the most precious of all. It was the golden plate affixed to the turban, inscribed ‘Holiness to Jehovah,’ which was believed to have come down from the time of Aaron, and which, treasured through all the vicissitudes of the Jewish state, was carried to Rome by Titus, and seen there by the great Jewish Rabbi, in the time of Hadrian” (Stanley, J. C. 3:353).

A diadem is a turban with such insignia. Even when John writes on the diadems on the horns of the heads of the beast, he is referring to turbans.

A Nzr is all about God’s vow:

“The Lord has made a vow (Nzr) and will not change his mind: ‘You are a priest forever.'” Psalm 110.

Indeed, Matthews one line prophecy covers everything the prophets foretold which makes it amazing, not weak. God made a “sacrificial vow”. It was the vow that changed history. It was also David’s vow in Psalms 132 before He (Messiah) arose with His Ark (Mary) which we explained in detail [here].

His heart was heavy with a pain he carried since his youth, David was burdened over the lack of the manifest presence of God to rest in the midst of his people and that vow changed the course of human history establishing a tabernacle with lavish offering that God later commanded a continual ordinance amongst the people of God (2Ch. 29:25-26) fulfilling the continuation of the Passover:

“And whosoever offereth a sacrifice of peace offerings unto the LORD to accomplish his vow (Hebrew: Ndr), or a freewill offering in beeves or sheep, it shall be perfect to be accepted; there shall be no blemish therein.” (Leviticus 22:21)

Being Nazarene is to be separated. Christ was separated as a the only one, unique, the sacrificial lamb “sacrifice of peace offering” from the rest of his brethren as in Deuteronomy 33:16 uses “separated”—Heb., nâzîr. This was the particular feature in Joseph’s history, when he was “sold into Egypt,” and “separated from his brethren,” is part of the meaning of “Nazarene” when applied to Messiah in Matthew 2:23.

And how many Christians even know this? How can they even contend with the onslaught of the devil?

Nazareth is also the branch:

Behold the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous tsemah (branch) and a king shall reign and prosper, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the earth.

And in Arabic Nsr (نَصَرَ נָצְרַת‎‎  in Hebrew Nizret) is “to rescue, to save. to water abundantly which we get the term نَصْرَانِيّ (naṣrāniyy, Nazarene, Christian). One can look up the Arabic to see an array of how this word means “the helper” “Nasart”. In Jonah 1:16, the Hebrew for “Then the men feared the LORD exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice unto the LORD, and made vows.” The use “sacrifice” (zebahזֶבַח ׃) which is literally “a slaughter” unto the Lord and made “vows” (Ndr: “נְדָרִֽ”).

Proverbs 7:15 “I have peace offering with me; this day have I payed my vows”. “This day shall be for you a memorial day, and you shall keep it as a feast to the Lord; throughout your generations, as a statute forever, you shall keep it as a feast.” This always involved a sacrifice.

People who deny transubstantiation do not know what they are saying. Scholars have often wondered how the Eucharist came from the Lords Supper, which occurred in the context of the Jewish Passover. But since Passover occurs only once a year, how is it that the Christians celebrate Jesus sacrificial meal weekly, if not daily?

How many western Christians even examine the tôwdâh sacrifice (Hebrew תּוֹדָה tôwdâh), “adoration”; specifically, a choir of worshippers:—confession, (sacrifice of) praise, thanks (giving, offering) and in Arabic (وَدَى wadâ) “to become reconciled by ransom” (al-Diyya الدِّيةُ) which always includes a sacrifice.

The tôwdâh was one of the most significant sacrifices of the Jews. The Pesiqta as quoted in Hartmut Gese (Essays On Biblical Theology) says:

“In the coming Messianic age all sacrifices will cease, but the thank offering [todah] will never cease.”

And indeed the animal sacrifices ceased except the tôwdâh. Many who Hebrews 13:15, they think its about a singing choir when it is about a sacrifice:

By Him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His name.

To say this is all about a choir singing praises is far from the truth. But having read so far, most doubting Thomasses would quickly look up the commentaries for help to only find more error. Zondervan note for Hebrews 13:15 reads:

“Even here, [the author of Hebrews] makes one last reference to sacrifice. Now, we have only a ‘sacrifice of praise’ to offer, because Christ accomplished all that was needed.”

But Hebrews 13:15 would be considered the tôwdâh sacrifice the life saving offering that the redeemed person would show his gratitude to God which was equivalent to the tôwdâh sacrificial meal which included lamb and bread with wine accompanied by prayers and songs of thanksgiving, such as Psalm 116. It was the most important and common peace offering. This was the backdrop for Jesus and the Last Supper which most Christians today are completely ignorant about.

The Hebrew tôwdâh was eucharistia, which literally means “thanksgiving” and is how it was viewed from the earliest Christian sources and is how they celebrated the Lord’s meal, or what we call the Mass. It was known by Christians as the Eucharist from when the Last Supper Jesus took the bread and wine and gave “thanks” (eucharistia) over them (Luke 22:19).

“And you shall observe the Feast of Unleavened Bread, for on this very day I brought your hosts out of the land of Egypt. Therefore you shall observe this day, throughout your generations, as a statute forever.”

This sacrificial system never ended for it is “forever” and Christ was our Ndr/Nzr and tôwdâh. Just one verse in Matthew to cover all this and more. Interpreting scripture is not for the amateur.

In the upper room with his disciples, Christ celebrated Passover transformed the old sacrificial system of the old covenant into one giving his own body and blood as the lamb for the new Passover, the tôwdâh and Passover together — giving thanks for deliverance through His death and Resurrection to the Father for His love and for the new life to be granted in the Resurrection over the bread with His thanksgiving.

This is the Christian tradition and is why every re-enactment of the Last Supper is called “Eucharist.”

Most ignore that Jesus brought about a new exodus. Most do not even pay attention when God told the Israelites that the Passover celebration is “forever” (Exodus 12:14).

So how is a sacrifice forever? This alone debunks all arguments that say “Catholics re-sacrifice Christ”.

So when Jesus told them “Do this in remembrance of me” (Luke 22:19), this act of remembrance is not simply a mental remembrance but the tôwdâh is the exercise of such remembrance recalling in gratitude God’s saving deeds which we too must partake in the literal lamb of God: the Eucharist.

This is why in John 6 both acts go hand in hand:

“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever feeds on me, he also will live because of me.”

How can such a remembrance be void of the act? Christ was transforming the Passover sacrifice into his own body and blood and now we must eat of this new sacrifice: His Body.

This is the Eucharist for if it is not why would the verse say: “And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased” (Heb. 13:16)?

Here we have ‘sacrifices’ (plural which includes praises and Eucharistic sacrifice) and is why in Hebrews 13 it says: “We have an altar from which those who minister at the tabernacle have no right to eat…” Christians do eat from an altar—the altar of the Cross—when we receive Christ in the Eucharist; and we join him in giving thanks and praise to the Father for having saved him—and through him, us—from the curse of death.

Yet despite all my explanations and interpretations of that single verse in Matthew, the liberal tares would still disagree even when I applied the scripture for evidence. Why?

But its not only the liberal tare who objects. While the Protestant complains about the liberal tares, he does not realize, that his arguments against the Catholic’s Perpetual Virginity, Intercession of Saints, the Eucharist … is all identical in its approach to the liberal tare whom he complains so much about and is why Christ warned to examine the log in the eye first.

The biblical text at face-value simply does not provide all the answers unless one knows how to use the scripture. Scripture is a tool but only for the wise few.

In reality, the modern Evangelical is a product of decades worth of liberal infusion into his theology which slowly chips away on his entire foundation where what is left is a naked Jesus or a crucifix missing the naked Jesus. He does not realize he is now the tare coming after whatever the liberal locusts did not consume from poorly catechized Catholics.

Yet he fails to complain about his own approach instead of heeding to the primitive church which has ironed out most of these issues within two millennia. How can one unravel the Niagara falls of issues?

Answer: by being stubborn.

If I can describe the tare versus the wheat, a tare has no substance while the wheat has substance: WHEAT!

If anything, a devout Catholic is constantly consuming the wheat offering and believes its the literal Body and Blood of Christ regardless to how many speak of a gluten free diet and grape juice. The tare rejects this because he has no wheat and insists on offering fruit while God told Cain to offer real meat. The wheat has the Wheat, the Bread of Life: Christ.

No you fool, the tares are the two on the left. Wheat is that fat one on the right. It cares less how it looks while the tares always love to appear slim and straight shaped for they depend on their outwards appearances. The Wheat resembles the consumption of the Eucharist for it is loaded with wheat which without there is no life while the tares offer nothing but contention and divide.

When one wants to drink, he calls for a known well-digger who knows how and where to dig to draw the spring. And when all is done, you drink everyday. You are not required to know how to dig for wells. What you are required to do is to trust the well digger. This would be your good priest.

The key is to avoid bad questions. The tare will always ask the same questions: aren’t the priests these days corrupt and the priesthood infested with homosexuality?

The wise would answer: didn’t Jesus say: “remember Lot’s wife”? He was saying this in the context of end times. Why would Jesus say this? It is because He knew that before He comes that sodomy will infest the world including the church where He called Jerusalem “Sodom”. This “Jerusalem” encompasses more than the city for it is allegory of the church.

This miracle of prophecy in itself is evidence that He is true. No one can deny that this prophecy is being fulfilled to the letter. The objection is clear evidence ‘for’ and not against scripture. This is what I mean by ‘real miracle’.

Yes, multitudes are corrupt, but a good priest produces good fruit, he does not molest the sheep. It might take sometime to find one, but they are out there. But as far as homosexuality goes, it proves that God was perfectly correct. We live in a world of constant arm-twisting. Be as stubborn as a Palestinian and make sure your righteousness exceeds that of the pharisees. You will rarely find people as stubborn as us, the Palestinians or the Coptic Egyptians. Nothing can move us or shake us. No, not even the blade of ISIS. We have been trained since childhood to know how to die with honor.

The tare would say; its all about money and power!

But if the biblical accounts were made by men seeking power, why would God choose insignificant shepherds to announce His birth in an insignificant village named “Bethlehem” instead of classy Jerusalem? He then decides to be raised in an even more insignificant village called Nazareth despite the critics. And why would Mexico too be converted by an event in 1531 involving an insignificant shepherd named Juan Diego?

Millions in Mexico where being converted to Catholicism through a single miracle while in Europe the Protestant revolution was reaching a peak during the peasant revolt arguing over all things Catholic.

To squelch all the controversy in Europe, why didn’t St. Mary when speaking to Juan Diego just tell him “Listen Juan, tell the Bishop that the Catholic Church is wrong, follow St. Luther”?

But instead the results of the meeting was that Catholicism, all with its hotly debated doctrines in Europe, permeated the new world where priests daily baptized 14,000 of the indigenous population (keep in mind per day), 9 million in all, while in the old world ‘a revolt’ was brewing and was void of any heavenly miracles.

So we have one event that caused the loss of a third of Catholics to Protestantism while the other regained what was lost sweeping throughout South America and Mexico converting millions more of these pagans to Christianity.

The tare would ask: was all this perhaps the work of demons? Was it all perhaps a hoax created by the Catholics to convert poor uneducated indigenous Indians to the faith so they can collect more indulgences based on a fake story?

But if this story of Juan Diego was fake, what do we do with the 16-page manuscript called the Nican mopohua, which was acquired by the New York Public Library in 1880 and has been reliably dated to have been written in 1556? This document, written in Nahuatl in Latin script, tells the story of the apparitions and the supernatural origin of the image we call Guadalupe.

But then came more critics who said that the account of a Juan Diego existing is a made up story. Yet such faulty claims permeated until 1995 when Father Xavier Escalada one of today’s ‘dreaded Jesuits’, whose four volume Guadalupe encyclopedia had just been published, announced the existence of a sheet of parchment (known as Codex Escalada), which bore an illustrated account of the vision and some notations in Nahuatl concerning the life and death of Juan Diego, previously unknown, the document was dated by experts to have been drawn in 1548.

And why is it that the Almighty kept this ace in the hole hidden if such a story of Guadalupe was a ‘fraud’ and only have one insignificant man named José Antonio Vera Olvera find the parchment, by chance, enclosed in a manila envelope and lodged between the pages of a 19th century devotional work on sale in a second-hand book market?

And we have similar stories like this erupt out of nowhere. When sophists and complex textual critics began to question the power of prophecy they claimed that there were two Isaiahs, one who wrote the history and another who later on injected prophecy after the fact. Such theories became popular, of course.

However, one insignificant shepherd named Muhammad Dhib in the Ta’mara village near Bethlehem busted all the myth when he accidentally found the entire book of Isaiah intact. He thought it would make good leather that he tried to sell it to a shoe repair shop downtown Bethlehem for a shilling. It finally ended up in the hands of Yeshue Samuel, a Turkish priest from the Syrian Orthodox Church who recognized a gem and purchased the Isaiah, Habakkuk and Genesis scrolls (1QIsaa; 1QapHab; and 1QapGen) from Dhib to end up being examined by the famed American scholar William F. Albright, who dated them to around 100 B.C.

Later on they even discovered an entire collection of about 900 documents in all, including texts from the Hebrew Bible, discovered between 1947 and 1956 in 11 caves on the northwest shore of the Dead Sea in Israel that showed an entire millennia older Bible than the oldest we had proving not only that we have one Isaiah, but that our Bible has no changes which rendered many of the so-called scholarly claims worthless.

Will these guys ever rest and just let it go?

Heck, in Israel we have Silver Amulets dated 7th century B.C. – 400 years older than the Dead Sea Scrolls, these are the oldest copies of biblical text known to man and you find no textual critics hovering over it or people even knowing about it

The Septuagint and the Dead Sea Scrolls establish solid evidence for the coming Messiah unquestionably predated the time that Jesus Christ walked the earth rendering all theories of 1st Century AD conspiracies and stories about prophecy manipulation by ‘scholars’ as worthless.

In the meanwhile, they will one day come to kill me for believing in Jesus and His Mother, Our Lady of Guadalupe. But we are not the only martyrs, there are others more worthy before us: the last Crusaders, just like the Maccabees were simple stubborn Mexican peasants, not scholars:

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  • DantesRivers

    The Holy Army

    http://l7.alamy.com/zooms/5ce92d3220a94f9db42f70f0a948f5d8/soviet-troops-fighting-under-tank-cover-in-the-area-of-the-khalkhin-b9r951.jpg

    Like a tank in Patton’s army, is General Walid.
    Every week his army advances, as new wheat is freed.

    We the new found wheat, fall in line behind his tank,
    We marvel at comments made, and to the tares we’re frank.

    Advancing on, we find new joy in our holy true Confession,
    As we are now confirmed into, the Apostolic Succession.

    Confirmed into His Church, what do we now see?
    Holy Tradition, as obvious as can be.

    Dante (edited by ACE)

    • Julie LaBrecque

      Wow!! What a great little ditty for our motley crew !!!!

      • Grandmere

        Yeah. We are all “In the tank” for the Chef. LOL

        • Kamau41

          LOL;)

    • Thank you Dante and Ace for this underserved poem 🙂

      • DantesRivers

        Hi Walid
        Here is a new poem inspired by one of your articles.

        The Doleful City of Woe

        The naïve have no interest in entering the nave,
        Favoring the narthex, arguing with the depraved,
        Performing biblical gymnastics, their backs to the altar door,
        While others seek out the porch, with their current amour.

        But, be careful where you go, or what you think you know,
        ‘Lest you be one who must enter, the City of Woe.
        It’s a place from which, there is never a furlough,
        Hear from Bruckman’s translation of Dante’s Inferno:

        Through me, one comes into the Doleful City;
        Through me, one finds eternal pain unchecked;
        Through me, one finds the legions lost to pity.
        Justice impelled my lofty architect;
        Crafted was I by might divine and sheer,
        By primal love and supreme intellect.
        Only eternal things were crafted ere
        My crafting, and forever I endure:
        Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.

        Dante (edited and enhanced by ace)

    • Kamau41

      Absolutely Awesome!!

  • AnthonyM

    Tomorrow is Pentecost ! A great feast in the Church.
    VENI SANCTE SPIRITUS Sequence (Come Holy Spirit)

    Looking forward to reading the special tomorrow. Running out of gas for today.

    • FF

      I’m still out of gas.
      Yesterday (in Pentecost) I’ve received Confirmation and 1st Communion.
      Aleluia!

      • AnthonyM

        Congratulations, a Very Big Day in your life!! Welcome home.

        • FF

          Thank you.
          It’s wonderful.
          After fasting over the Body of Christ my whole life, I’ve finally participated in the Last Supper.
          Aleluia!

          • “After fasting over the Body of Christ my whole life”

            I like the way you put it.

            “I’ve finally participated in the Last Supper.”

            Congratulations my friend.

          • FF

            I’m the one who must thank you.
            Much of my awareness on the Truth Church came from Shoebat.com

            I can’t thank you enough.

          • I was on the same boat as you FF. And now we serve His Ship as we must and we praise and thank every day for the wondrous works He does brother FF as we fill the net with more Fish. Twelve disciples changed the word with the faith of a mustard seed. Just think how much more we all can do and what you can do to tell others of how great Christ is. Now go and tell others as you remain in Communion with Him, always till the end of this journey.

          • FF

            “always till the end”
            Amen.

          • Grandmere

            Captain, we must have a name for FF. As he is now on board, I suggest we call him Fish Finder. We can send him out to help load up the nets with more Bass and Trout.

          • His name shall be called Flyfish Flounder.

          • Kamau41

            Good one Chef!

          • Grandmere

            Name entered into the ship’s log! I do love flounder.

          • FF

            Yes Sir. (It’s a flat fish, right?)
            Thank you all for the warm welcome.

            FF – Flyfish Flounder.

          • Yes, Fast Fish 😉 we can change it if you like to Flying Monk Fish.

          • FF

            Nope. Flyfish Flounder is fine.
            I was having some issues with the translation…

          • Kamau41

            I believe he will go out and do it too.

        • Its nice to see and witness converts isn’t it Anthony? Now you can do your rosary with zeal and excitement and praise.

          • AnthonyM

            Yes, it is great!

      • Julie LaBrecque

        : ) ) ) !!!!

      • Grandmere

        What a perfect day for confirmation and first communion!

        • FF

          My parish is Alenquer/Portugal, the birth of of the Feast of the Empire of the Holy Spirit, and so we do it on Pentecost.

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cult_of_the_Holy_Spirit

          • Grandmere

            Once you were FF. Now we’ll call you Fish Finder as you seek to bring others into the net.

          • Grandmere

            It seems good to the Captain that we call you Flyfish Flounder. And so ye be matey! Like the disciples, you will fish for men.

          • And I just got a comment from Brother Mosher. It looks like he too went Apostolic Succession.

            Fishing has been good this year.

            Change sails, head towards the east, to China to the land of the east …

            Battle Speed.

          • Grandmere

            Ahh! That name makes me think of the great Moshe Dayan. Who knows? Maybe we will have an air force as well as a navy. We may need to build a carrier. For now we will conceal as a junk to slip into Chinese waters.

          • I volunteer DLV to be part of the air force, after all, he just got his license.

          • Kamau41

            This has been such a remarkable year for converts already! It will be interesting to see what the rest of this year brings. God is so good!

          • FF

            I’m already praying for the left behind…

      • Kamau41

        Praise be to God. Welcome Home FF.

  • Shane Bass

    I want more I can’t get enough, I am going to start adding in my prayers for you and your contributors to start giving Walid the strength and energy to write daily specials and not just a Sunday one. Long Live Walid the Wise and Theodore the Bold and All contributors of this site. God bless our Holy Lord and our Queen Mother for all of you!

    • Grandmere

      God bless you, Shane. I love having you here.

      • With such a lovely crew who wants another ship. Always feeding the Bass and the Trout and the Carp …

        • jami

          Plus Tikka Masala is served for free every Sunday 🙂

    • Kamau41

      Blessings to you, Shane. We love having you on this ship fighting the good fight!

  • Even better yet: can the devil create life?

    Hell no.

    The issue is never fact but prejudice.

    This is what needs to be repeated infinite.

    I am laughing with delight over the mention of the Leviticus law, because it foresaw the coming and institution of the Eucharist! How delightful to find I’m on the same wavelength with Constantine!

    But Hebrews 13:15 would be considered the tôwdâh sacrifice the life saving offering that the redeemed person would show his gratitude to God which was equivalent to the tôwdâh sacrificial
    meal which included lamb and bread with wine accompanied by prayers and
    songs of thanksgiving, such as Psalm 116. It was the most important and
    common peace offering.

    EXCELLENT! Even we, Anglicans, pray the follow prayer after consuming the Eucharist:

    Almighty and everliving God, we most heartily thank thee, for that thou dost vouchsafe to feed us who have duly received these holy mysteries, with the spiritual food of the most precious Body and Blood of thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ; and dost assure us thereby of thy favour and goodness towards us; and that we are very members incorporate in the mystical body of thy Son, which is the blessed company of all faithful people; and are also heirs through hope of thy everlasting kingdom, by the merits of His most precious death and passion. and we humbly beseech thee, O heavenly Father, so to assist us with thy grace, that we may continue in that holy fellowship, and do all such good works as thou hast prepared for us to walk in; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost, be all honour and glory, world without end. Amen. Book of Common Prayer, pg 83

    Another reason why people reject how the Mass enables us to approach the Heavenly Mount Zion, the heavenly Jerusalem, is because they fail to understand the paradox of such. For example, when Christ said, “The kingdom of God is among you,” yet He told Pontius Pilate, “My kingdom is not of this world,” how are we to reconcile the two verses except we accept that the kingdom of God is among us and is not of this world.

    It’s the same with the Mass, we approach Mount Zion, the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of God, where host of angels stand before us, where the firstborn are already enrolled in heaven, where saints have been perfected, where God is, where Jesus is, and where the Holy Spirit is, yet it has not come down to us. It’s because we have one foot on terra firma while having another foot, as it were, suspended in mid-air, waiting to step foot into eternity. It’s a paradox. It’s not something we can rationally explain away relying on Scripture alone, but by faith. Thus, by faith, we approach all of heaven through the Mass, where God is outside of time and space, where He can, by His will, enable the priests to transform the Bread and Wine into the Body and Blood of Christ, just as the wine was transformed from water at the wedding of Cana (which was done through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, I’d add, foreshadowing the Eucharist, also called a love-fest and the Wedding Supper of the Lamb), and miracles as the Shoebat has documented validates it.

    Faith often defy the rational mind. It is “evidence of things not yet seen” but it is there. Therefore, we can, as it were, take a leap of faith and accept that Christ has, by grace, enabled the office of priests to change Bread and Wine into His Body and Blood through a word of prayer as Justin Martyr said. Jesus Himself did it in the Last Supper. It’s there in plain English for all to see, but because of their blindness, they read but do not understand.

    Wonderful, wonderful work done by a simple Bethlehemite named Walid Shoebat who has managed to change my life, my wife’s life, and hopefully countless of others.

    • Julie LaBrecque

      And..In Numbers 10:10 you will find ‘towdah’, then in the prescripts to 2 of the Psalms….Can’t recall which ones….. So, what does a protestant exegete do with this fact? It always is I. The context of a sacrifice!! It must be as I have previously stated, they would rather risk losing heaven than to admit that Catholics are right.

      • ” they would rather risk losing heaven …”

        Ouch that would be painful.

      • The beautiful thing about the miracles of the Eucharist, proven to be made of heart tissue, can be confirmed by reading Psalm 51:17, “The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.”

        People often talk about Psalm 22 as foreshadowing of the suffering of Christ, and people would not connect the Eucharist to Psalm 22, especially verse 14, “I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint; my heart is like wax; it is melted within my breast[…]”.

        They do not realize that God never did away with the grain and drinking offering. When they attack the Eucharist, talking about how the blood of bulls were not sufficient, they forget they are arguing about the animal sacrifices which Christ by His act of oblation satisfied, and ignores that the grain and drinking offering remains in effect.

        In fact, careful reading of the Law of Grain and Drink Offering, found in Numbers 15:1-21, shows the Grain and Drink Offering is actually peace offer to the LORD with animals. It is why Christ instituted the Eucharist in the Upper Room, because it was signalling to the Jews assembled in the Upper Room that the end of the animal sacrifices has come through Christ. Leviticus 2 also demonstrated the grain offering was offered as a memorial to the LORD and Jesus said, “Do this in remembrance of Me,” to recall the Laws and point to Christ as the Ultimate One who legally canceled the animal sacrifices as binding.

        In legal term, the word ‘cancel’ means to physically cross a line through a passage of law, denoting that it is no longer in effect.

        Yet, the grain and drinking offering remains. Joel in chapter 1 showed the lamentation of the loss of grain and drink offering, and Protestants avoid this because it speaks of the Eucharist. In chapter 2, it promises a restoration with new oil, thus, I wonder if this speaks of the fulfillment when Christ said, “I will not drink this again with you until my Father’s kingdom,” or the Second Coming of Christ.

        Finally, the reason the Eucharist is our peace offering to the Lord, is found in Ephesians 2, “For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity,” (Eph. 2:14-16).

        • Julie LaBrecque

          To add to your marvelous comment, recall Jesus giving ‘Peace’ at the Last Supper. Also, it fulfils the Tamid Sacrifice, which was daily AND perpetual – and get this – it was done at 9:00 a.m., and at 3:00 p.m. – see now the duality/fulfillment of what occured on Good Friday – as Jesus was carrying the Cross up the hill towards Calvary, the Jewish priests would have been ascending the 15 stairs to the Temple, all while singing the Songs of Ascent. So much there that all of the protestant world is ignorant of, sadly, yet hits the Catholic over the head with all the calumny imaginable, speaking of how ‘unbiblical’ we are. I don’t have time now to go into the Bread of the Presence…. Which the Jewish priests prepared…..

          • I love it!

            Just finished Mass where we had incense. Told the priest I loved it!

          • Стефан Евгений

            Was it one of these Trevor? I prefer this brand over the Orthodox Athos style.
            https://lumenchristireligiousgoods.com/collections/vendors?q=Mucknell%20Abbey
            here is the person keeping it alive
            https://sabbaticalthoughtsblog.wordpress.com/tag/mucknell-abbey/

          • Grandmere

            We use Evesham at Holy Cross.

          • Стефан Евгений

            I gave some to my church, the converts have taken over. I asked why it was not being used?(I have bad sinus problems and can’t take the Greek stuff) I got the reply it’s not Orthodox !

          • Grandmere

            We do not use it as oft as we should. “Too many with lung and allergy problems” is what they say. I already told them I want to fill the place up when they do my funeral. They can prop the doors open and fill the neighborhood for good measure!

          • Стефан Евгений

            I think it’s a excuse not to use it, it’s a proddie response.
            this brand is really good i don’t have a reaction to it. Frankincense can cure respiratory problems and prevent cancer.
            What are they going to do in Heaven? Angels fly around with bowls of the stuff.

          • Grandmere

            That’s great. There is no infirmity in heaven. You and I can do a high five with our feet! Whoopie!!!

          • Стефан Евгений

            One of the happiest times was when I worked for Anglo-Catholics. I didn’t get the grief from Orthodox converts LOL! I can’t stand the super -orthodox with a still proddie mindset.
            I grew up on stories of Holy Rus weeping icons, and even the dead coming back to life. Miracles were a part of everyday life.

          • Nan

            I went to the divine liturgy on st John’s eve a couple of years ago and got a lungful of incense and devrloped a cough. I insisted Fr had seared my lungs but the doctor said it was allergies.

          • Grandmere

            Oh, Dear! Like our Lord, you have no place to lay your head? What’s to be done?

          • I have no idea. It had a strong lavender scent mixed with something else. Love it.

          • Стефан Евгений

            Give a box to your church and keep this craft alive.

          • Grandmere

            I could sit and listen to you talk all day. I do love you so!

          • Julie LaBrecque

            Okie accent and all?? FYI – pre-op is Wednesday……

    • Much appreciated brother Trevor. Always enjoy reading your commentary. By Monday the tares will show up. Shields up. Battle ready.

      • ‘Much appreciated brother Trevor.”

        Shoot, I appreciate you more, master chief.

        “Always enjoy reading your commentary.”

        I always enjoy reading your Sunday Special and exposition on other subjects, including smacking down tares who don’t know how to refute properly.

        I have been wanting to share something my priest preached on Sunday after Ascension Day (last week), and here’s what he said:

        The full benefit of our Lord’s Ascension is that our salvation is more than rescue from sin and eternal sin. It is also communion in and with God!

        This communion is most meticulously accomplished in each of us each time we partake of Jesus’ Body and Blood in Holy Communion.

        In the Eucharist the Holy Ghost brings the benefit of Jesus’ Ascension to us. More accurately it brings them within us!

        As we eat of His Flesh and drink of His Blood, our communion in God is made more real than it can be in any other way here on earth. For when we draw near and partake with faith, He comes to dwell in us and we in Him.

        In the Eucharist our Lord’s sure promise, “[…] lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world,” takes root and blooms in our spirit and lives.

        That is what He said to His apostles as He ascended. How can He more truly be with than being within us? And how can He be more truly within us than He actually is when we partake of His body and Blood?

        So then my brethren, let us rejoice!

        “By Monday the tares will show up. Shields up. Battle ready.”

        With delight, sir, with delight.

        • Just look at him now. If we just mention the word “Eucharist” he is radiant, filled with holiness and wisdom …

          I wonder what he will do if we say the word “Saints” what will he say? He would probably remember St. Aquinas St. Francis Of Assisi and St. Thomas More. I love St. Thomas More. Especially his words on Luther.

          • With respect, master chief, I haven’t gotten around to reading the works of St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Francis of Assisi, and St. Thomas Moore, though I do recall reading you quoting him on how he flagellated Luther. He didn’t hold back. He unloaded on Luther.

            Well, correction, I have read a brief quote from St. Thomas Aquinas on why he advocated for the Church to keep the Bible out of the laity hands and it was due to abuse of the Scriptures to promote heresies. I suspect that like a great many popes, the saint and doctor was tired of heretics using the Bible to create doctrine of demons, leading souls to hell.

          • “He unloaded on Luther.”

            Yes. He plugged the septic hydride into Luther’s mouth and he opened the spigot full blast.

            Love that guy. Loved how Pope Pius XII remembered his name:

            “its summons up memories …”

          • That’s cool, speaking to Allied soldiers who helped liberate Rome. We need a Pope like him again. Will we have another one in our life time?

          • I weep when I hear this:

            No one does the Præfatio like this Pope. His simple voice and one can see His clean spirit through his voice.

            I understand thy zeal Trevor. Never pay attention to any chicken but the two in your yard, for these at least yield miracle eggs from God Almighty and they feed thy body Eggs from the Almighty.

          • “I understand thy zeal Trevor. Never pay attention to any chicken but the
            two in your yard, for these at least yield miracle eggs from God
            Almighty and they feed thy body Eggs from the Almighty.”

            Thank you, master chief. The chicken is a blessing from the Almighty, indeed.

            And I just saw this from you above, “I had this Catholic new convert who went to this Novus Ordo and the
            priest reprimanded him for his zeal for the Eucharist … what a
            shame… where we were and where we are now,” but why would a priest reprimand a new convert for the zeal of the Eucharist? Why? That should have strengthen the faith of the priest.

          • Grandmere

            I love the plain chant. Fr. Bill at our church has a beautiful singing voice and when he chants, it gives me chills.

          • Do you have a sample?

          • Grandmere

            I do not have one.

          • Well? where is it?

          • Grandmere

            Quien sabe, Jefe? No se.

          • Kamau41

            “How these popes spoke and their zeal.” Yes indeed…They were so full of ZEAL. What a far cry today compared to the days of the GREAT St. Pope Pius XII.

          • Nan

            He isn’t canonized. Venerable only.

          • Nan

            Remember that in th Angelic doctor’s time, keeping the bible from the laity was a moot point. It wasn’t until the movable type press was created in the West that books were mass produced so the populace was illiterate. Books were very expensive as they were hand copied. The wealthy educated their children but otherwise, priests and monks were educated.

    • Julie LaBrecque

      Trevor – I was off track last night – Numbers 10:10 is ”anamnesis’, not towdah.
      I should refrain from late night commenting!

      • Ha ha. It’s ok.

      • Grandmere

        You? Off track? Reminds me of when we got lost in Birmingham. LOL!!!!

        • This sounds like a tale…do tell…

          • Grandmere

            We were at the EWTN Homecoming last fall. On our last night there we decided to go to a restaurant that was highly recommended. Julie’s GPS had us going down the interstate to Mobile! I turned that Honda around and the Lord led us to Landry’s right off the interstate. Wow! Great food, quiet atmosphere where we could talk about our amazing trip, the programs, Eucharists and the trip to Our Lady of the Angels Monastery. Without the Chef, I would never have such friends as you, Julie and you know who else. PS: Julie and I can get pretty crazy. We laugh about the same stuff. That’s when you know you have a “keeper”.

        • Julie LaBrecque

          You got that right!!!! Don’t listen to me if I am tired….And what is so odd, I later have knowledge of my error/neglect.

    • Grandmere

      I can hardly wait to be there for your confirmation! You are as dear to me as my son Jonathan. He is the other side of my coin.

      • As soon as I get words, I’ll send you words. I can’t wait too! Told Fr. Paul that I can’t wait.

        • Kamau41

          You are now only a couple of months away from being confirmed my friend! The time will be here before you know it.

          • Grandmere

            Hey Kamau. If you thought last night’s show was good, look up tonight! Spica will try to steal Jupiter’s thunder. Pray for clear skies!

          • Kamau41

            Thanks, Grand. I will be sure to do so.

        • AnthonyM

          Congrats in advance on your upcoming Confirmation!

          • Thank you, Anthony, and please do keep in mind I would be confirmed as Anglican Catholic.

      • “ou are as dear to me as my son Jonathan. ”
        I am up for adoption Grand. I am a bit chubby but I don’t eat that much.

        • Grandmere

          I have plenty of garbanzo beans. That’s one thing we need to ask about when we get there. Lord, why did people get chubby when they got older? Mother Angelica said she was starting to look like her baby pictures. lol Maybe it’s mango salsa. I just can’t figure it out.

        • PaulF

          Cheap to keep!

    • Kamau41

      Absolutely beautiful….A powerhouse comment that adds much value to Walid’s fantastic/outstanding work.

      • Thanks 41. We keep on rowing because time’s short and there’s more who wants to join this ship.

        • Kamau41

          Absolutely!! We will keep rowing on together.

  • DantesRivers

    Protestants sing the blues because they know not the Mother of God.

    Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child

    • “Taste and see that the Eucharist and the Holy Tradition is good.”

      It really is the bottom line Dante. He said to the hungry come and eat and to the thirsty come and drink. I ate. I drank. And all I can tell you is that I can see. I do not need to learn about well-construction and the only reason I do is to help others who are drinking out of public toilets.

      • DantesRivers

        This was my protestant experience. I was blind but now I see. But not clearly.

        Mark 8;22-25 KJV
        22 And he cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto him, and besought him to touch him.
        23 And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hands upon him, he asked him if he saw ought.
        24 And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking.

        But now after my Chrismation, The Holy Tradition of Liturgy and Eucharist help me see clearly,

        25 After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly.

        • DantesRivers

          This explains why it is so hard to get through to “born again” types like I was. They do see partially, but reject the full council and provisions of Christ.

          • Tom_mcewen

            Protestants search the scriptures and become blind. Behind the scriptures are God and those who knew Jesus and they bring life to the dead scriptures of Black and White.

          • jami

            Hey Dante. Please tell me your conversion story , who changed it or showed you the right way? I would like to use that same thing that changed you , to change other Protestants here. Pls.

        • You truly do see!

  • PaulF

    ‘I never liked any of the renderings I see attempting to make a photo from how Jesus looked like by using the shroud and I love the face on the shroud the way it appears’
    Precisement! How could anyone want to change it?

    • Стефан Евгений

      All the info is on the shroud to create a 3d image. what is shocking to me is the likeness to soft style Russian Icons.

      • Nan

        Maybe one of the lost tribes of Israel got lost in Moscow.

  • PaulF

    ‘The wise would answer: didn’t Jesus say: “remember Lot’s wife”? He was saying this in the context of end times. Why would Jesus say this? It is because He knew that before He comes that sodomy will infest the world including the church where He called Jerusalem “Sodom”. This “Jerusalem” encompasses more than the city for it is allegory of the church.’
    Thanks. This helps clear up two puzzles in one: Luke 17:32 and Revelation 11:8, where Sodom, Egypt and Jerusalem are spoken of as the same.
    It needs a mature faith to be told that the church is Sodom, but Scripture says it, so we need to be on our guard; because evil infiltrates even the church. When it does, it becomes most lethally dangerous, because it presents convincingly as something good.

    • Egypt I believe has much to do with the neopagan movement skyrocketing at an alarming rate and it all links to Egypt. Think Kek. Its a way to abandon the Tent of Shem. Japheth was meant to dwell in the tent (tabernacle of Shem which is the Hebrew faith) and nowadays they want out of the Hebrew and into Egypt because Egypt has Egyptology and can link to pre-Hebrew religion more than any other cult.

      “clear up two puzzles”

      Come to me all who puzzle and I will give you more puzzles 😉

      • Is there any chance you or Theodore could investigate a movement calling themselves the Hotep? There is one user named “Hotep Jesus,” and I am alarmed at how they push a vegan lifestyle, a strange devotion to Kang, and even parades the Kek.

        • Here is one video that exposes them:

          There is much of this type of heresy growing which covers this “Egypt” scripture spoke about. Similar to the Alt-Right.

          • Similar to the alt-right? Ah, that explain a bunch.

          • Collectively this “Egypt” is sweeping through Europe and some slavic nations if you recall we wrote about this a while ago.

          • Good points and thanks for reminding me.

          • Kamau41

            Right from the start of the video, immediately what went to my mind was the similarities to the Alt-Right groups.

          • AnthonyM

            The video is very current, May this year, so the concept is fresh.
            P.S. the subtitle said ‘The Ankh-Right’, lol.

        • AnthonyM

          What is Kek?
          Urban dictionary says: Kek literally translates to lol on World of Warcraft. When someone from the Horde side types lol in /say, members of the alliance side see kek instead.

  • Owen Schumacher

    Another rock-solid article, Walid. I love your advice: “Be as stubborn as a Palestinian and make sure your righteousness exceeds that of the pharisees.” It’s as simple as that. I hope to visit Mexico City someday. I’d love to see the tilma in person.

    • “Be as stubborn as a Palestinian ”

      Indeed. This is why they call us the lunatic fringe. In a way they are right. You have to be completely crazy for Jesus.

      • Tom_mcewen

        Must be tough, the mind of a Muslim, inside the DNA of a ancient Jew.

    • ace

      You just made me think about the time I first visited as a child. Thanks!

      Something some may not know: In 1941, the Archbishop of Mexico City gave a very small piece of the tilma (a relic) to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles after then-Archbishop John J. Cantwell’s pilgrimage to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. It is housed in a permanent chapel inside the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. Not the same, of course, but if you are ever in LA, I’d make a trip to visit.

  • Lance

    Its a miracle I became a believer after 12 years of school where Nuns sell chips of wood, telling kids its from the Cross Jesus died on. What a rip-off by the Vatican.

    • Tom_mcewen

      I don’t believe you.

      • Стефан Евгений

        I’ve seen monks and nuns touch fabric to relics this is a very old Christian custom. Orthodox still do this. Babas touch small pieces of cloth to miracle working icons and cotton with myrrh.
        The Hawaiian Myrrh-Streaming Icon of the Mother of God.

        • Tom_mcewen

          I just watched RT with Putin and Megan Kelly. Putin was amazing no political BS just facts on the table
          She just kept up the Russians stole the election. Putin should just cut diplomatic relations until the Democrats prove some evidence.

          • Megan Kelly asked stupid questions and Putin gave it to her. Loved it.

          • Kkdgrace

            Didn’t he though? One interview I thoroughly enjoyed!

      • Стефан Евгений

        I don’t think the story above rings true, do you?

      • Grandmere

        Surely he misunderstood something.

  • ace

    “The Shroud proves Christ was crucified nude without His garments! Why would God embarrass Himself for a bunch of stinking sinners?”

    My formerly Orthodox Jewish goddaughter (although she’s older than me) tells me it was to further shame the Jews, to show that Jesus was a circumcised man.

    But, consider not just the personal humiliation, and the shame to the Jews, but what his poor mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary, must have felt…

    • Tom_mcewen

      Why do you think Jesus would be ashamed? Adam and Eva was not shamed until they sinned in the Garden, Christ as the new Adam didn’t sin. God looked at his creation and said it was Good. God created the universe from spirit and Divine reason and creative order, Material is Good not Evil. Christ was spirit and flesh, both are Good.
      Why would he be beaten and abused before stinking sinners, Because he loved them?

      • ace

        My post did not say Jesus was ashamed, it said “the personal humiliation”. I would assume that, from a sense of modesty, as a Jewish man, and knowing that he was stripped naked before all humanity, but especially his mother, it would have been a humbling experience, to say the least. We should never make light of or try to diminish all our Lord suffered for us, physically, mentally, emotionally, psychologically, etc. A mental construct about the goodness of all creation just doesn’t cut it. Jesus experience all his agony as a man without a loss of his co-existing divinity.

        • Grandmere

          They stripped those to be crucified just like those who went to the gas chambers. It is a final insult to dignity.

        • Tom_mcewen

          I grew up in a different school, pride and vanity may cause you “personal humiliation”, I don’t think so, a man in a cell of a dictator eating cockroaches is not ashamed, his honour is intact. The man torturing and beating him is the one who lost his honour. It is my belief that all sin comes from first pride and vanity, neither of which Jesus had.
          I understand where you are coming from, but I went to a different school.

          • ace

            Grandmere probably used better language than me – “a final insult to dignity”. I’m not willing to continue to split hairs with you over this. I think someone’s honor and goodness can be intact (and no one said it wasn’t), yet emotionally and psychologically they still suffer greatly. As Walid pointed out (and, as it says in Luke) Jesus sweat blood for us.

            Never had to endure something when not at fault and not deserving? Real suffering is what the cross and the narrow way to victory is all about. Go re-read what Walid says about the todah sacrifice. Go read Psalm 22 which Christ uttered from the cross. Simplified, approximately ⅔ is a lament and prayer for deliverance (21 verses) and ⅓ is praise and thanksgiving (10 verses).

            As St. Paul says in 1 Cor 1:22-25: “For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.” The signs and miracles are all around us, as is the wisdom, but what it’s really all about is the cross as the way to victory. We participate in a real sacrifice in the Holy Eucharist. To follow Jesus, there is no escaping the cross in all its implications. We are to praise and thank God in the midst of real suffering.

          • Tom_mcewen

            Verses aside, tell of your personal experience of suffering. Was it greater then Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, a final insult to dignity, keeping your dignity is possible even under the most horrible of circumstances. Sorry it has been done by better men then me within my lifetime by military chaplains and it surely can be done by God. I have found suffering to be one of the greatest gifts given to man. St Ignatius said, “I am the wheat of God to be ground by the teeth of lions, that I maybe found the bread of Christ.” He begged to be allowed to suffer and be spared rescue. I hold experience far higher then scripture, which made me a bad Protestants and a good Catholic. What have you learned from the suffering God has given you?

          • ace

            Yeah, I read Gulag many years ago, and I love that St. Ignatius of Antioch quote too. Still, I’m biting my tongue so as not to tell someone else’s story out of school, nor to include other’s action(s) in my own stories. And yes, I also agree that there are many my better who have suffered more and handled it better. Still, I get the impression that you are more stoic than I, which is fine; we are all different. And, the things a person goes through in this life, sometimes, in the process of getting through them, it’s very useful, at the time, to say “F it, don’t mean sh*t”. Now, of course, again you are probably more noble than myself, and I don’t deny the worthwhile things you say about dignity and honor, and who knows for sure, but I don’t think Jesus used crass or noble mental techniques to get through what he suffered for us. On the cross, he had the presence of mind to speak with a few people and to speak with his Father and say “Father, forgive them…” This demonstrates to me that he wasn’t numbing himself out mentally to get through it. And, in the verse from 1 Corinthians which I quoted earlier, I have been much impressed by St. Paul’s phrase “the weakness of God is stronger than men”.

            The philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche wrote this well-known infamous quote: “From life’s school of war: what does not kill me makes me stronger”. He also is the one who said: “God is dead. God remains dead.”. I don’t like or agree with Nietzsche. Isaiah 53:3, speaking of Jesus tells us: “He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.” Jesus fully experienced his sorrows, his weakness, and sweated blood.

            CCC 133: “The Church ‘forcefully and specifically exhorts all the Christian faithful. . . to learn the surpassing knowledge of Jesus Christ, by frequent reading of the divine Scriptures. ‘Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ’.” (Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation Dei Verbum, paragraph 25, Philippians 3:8, St. Jerome)

          • Tom_mcewen

            Yes, I am stoic I can strip my emotions to zero to control the moment, not strip my morality, but focus on the job to be done. I don’t believe the beliefs of men would strip me nor do I believe it would strip Jesus. Men are given identity by their job and Jesus’s identity was his job.

          • ace

            Nope, not just a job, but a covenant marriage relationship of love; of blood, of sweat, and of tears…

            Anyway, thanks for the banter and sallies.

          • Tom_mcewen

            No, you help me clarify my thoughts, Jesus is true man and true God, I think the infection of protestantism has pushed the God who Jesus is and always been to a part off stage until after his death.
            I believe nothing that Christ did was an accident nor any of the responses he invoked was not known but known through what is the theology of the third way, but known in a different way.
            There was no accidents, the stage was set with all the clue marks taped to boards and each player was selected walk on for the responses to clarify a point Jesus wished to make.
            He is God so he is not a prisoner of material, space or time. He cured only certain people not all. Just the ones necessary for what he had to illuminate; The woman at the well, was choose he knew her responses would be because he could see the end of the stream of time and every bend in the river. This is the logos whose constant of gravity is 1 to the 10 to the 40 to accurately to keep the universe in existence for 6.6 times 10 to 28 years is his creative order. The woman of the well was a selected bit player, as the woman of Canaanite, whose daughter was sick who opened the door for us, even the dog eat of the crumbs that fall from the master’s table. He didn’t choose her, but her answer.
            It was a play but it was God’s play written before the foundation of the world. His crucifixion was not an accident, not his mother, not Peter, even Judas, this doesn’t negate free will, it is just he knows what paper boat wins Because he stands outside of time. The universe is masterpiece of mathematics and so is the paths of men, the third way.

          • ace

            You make some valid points, but do not solve the mystery of the Trinitarian God, who we know as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit . It is like Job answering God at the end; we know that He can do all things, that no purpose of His can be thwarted, that we sometimes utter about things we do not understand; things which are too wonderful for us and which we do not fully know. Also, we can say, using Baltimore, that God is love and He made us “to know Him, to love Him, and to serve Him, and to be happy with Him forever in Heaven.” And, we can also agree with the words of the Preacher, who ends Ecclesiastes with this: “The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God, and keep his commandments; for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.”

    • Julie LaBrecque

      And those garments would have been woven by Our Lady .

      • Стефан Евгений

        According to Orthodox church Tradition she was spinning wool at the time annunciation. You see a spindle in the Icons of the Annunciation.

      • Proverbs 31.

        😉

        • Grandmere

          Absolutely.

          • You, too, are a Proverb 31 woman.

            My wife is definitely one too.

          • Proverbs 31 reminds me of my grand mother back in Bethlehem. She grind the wheat with a stone grinder, weaved baskets, brought water from the well over her head, baked her own bread, gathered the wheat and offered a portion to God by burning it, would walk to Jericho and back carrying stone grinders, weaved and sowed and will tell you of the English and the Ottomans before them. She was the first to tell me about Bible Prophecy and she was officially ‘Muslim’. She used to tell me that in my life Jerusalem will be the burdensome stone that will break the backs of who attempt to lift it.

            Last I visited in the early nineties she was in her nineties and she walked all the way up the road to our home to make sure I was okay.

            I am home sick. I want to sit at St. Marty’s Well:

            The women there are something else;

  • ace

    A couple of book recommendations:

    “The Eucharistic Miracles of the World” © 2009 Real Presence Eucharistic Education and Adoration Association http://www.therealpresence.org/eucharst/mir/engl_mir.htm

    “Saints Who Raised the Dead” True Stories of 400 Resurrection Miracles, by Father Albert J. Herbert, S.M. © 1986, First published in 1986, under the title “Raised from the Dead”. Republished in 2004 under the first title given. https://www.tanbooks.com/index.php/saints-who-raised-the-dead-true-stories-of-400-resurrection-miracles.html

    • Am still trying to get my mind around the Shroud and Guadalupe and now your bringing up 400 resurrections from the dead Ace? And now by next Sunday Special I am gonna explain all this scientifically?

      • Julie LaBrecque

        Try explaining how the Holy House of Loreto flew from Nazareth to Italy – all the construction of the house is proven to be from the Middle East, as is the soil, etc. The foundation to the house is still in Nazareth – and if all fits like a glove to the house which is in Italy. I believe it was during an invasion of Muslims that the house was picked up by two angels and ‘flown’ to Italy.

        • ace

          Have you seen the curious video of Father Giacomo Capoverde sharing a fascinating story of his encounter with the Hermit of Loreto (the author of the Pieta Prayer Book – Tom Zimmer), at the site of the Holy House of the Blessed Virgin Mary? Thoughts? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyV7kwMRzdo

          • Tom_mcewen

            That was very interesting, I enjoyed the slight New York accent. We have a famous Loreto or Loreta for us because of gender. It has a reconstruction of the holy house 1626AD surrounded by art worked in silver, inside the church, it has 30 bells that ring out the hours in a famous chime in the Loretanske namesti, in Prague.

          • ace

            Thanks for this. I was very curious about the basis for this claim: http://stara.loreta.cz/en/kult.htm

            “…The most recent research has demonstrated that three walls of the Casa, originally attached to a rock, were dismantled in 1291 by pilgrims and transferred in individual sections by ship, first to the present-day Dalmatia, and later, in 1294, to Loreto, close to Ancona in Italy. It would seem that the name of the Angeli family, which stood behind the transfer of the house from the Holy Land, gave rise over time to the legend about the miraculous transportation by the angels (which is often depicted in works of art)…”

          • Tom_mcewen

            That is the secular history given at our Loreta here in Prague. Not Angels, but Angels are reflected in the art works. Some protection must been provided by heaven for 1200 years. 40 years without maintenance will make any building into a dog’s breakfast.

          • ace

            Here’s a story of the cure of Pope Pius IX who took sick during seminary: http://www.womenofgrace.com/blog/?p=14085

        • “Try explaining how the Holy House of Loreto flew from Nazareth to Italy ”

          Okay. For n X-Muslim, the best I can do is ask myself a Jesus-style question as to how the house transferred:

          A) Aladin’s Flying Carpet?
          B) Flying Angels?
          C) They transferred it by boat?

          After hanging out with Catholics for so long, my brains are washed to the point that my answer is B:

          http://www.tfp.org/science-confirms-angels-took-the-house-of-our-lady-of-nazareth-to-loreto/

          Them Catholics. Whats next on their menu? Priests healing blind people since birth? Priests floating in mid-air? Priests moving mountains?

      • ace

        Well, maybe just a few, for appetizers with the cocktails ; – )

  • Kamau41

    An absolute phenomenal study across the board and perfect timing for Pentecost Sunday. This flows beautifully and ties in well from last week’s Sunday Special. The amazing images of the Shroud of Turin, the Virgin of Guadalupe and Juan Diego is so incredibly fascinating and totally unrefutable.
    Moreover, love the words from St. Athanasius about the Eucharist:
    “‘The great Athanasius in his sermon to the newly baptized says this:’ You shall see the Levites bringing loaves and a cup of wine, and placing them on the table. So long as the prayers of supplication and entreaties have not been made, there is only bread and wine. But after the great and wonderful prayers have been completed, then the bread is become the Body, and the wine the Blood, of our Lord Jesus Christ. ‘And again:’ Let us approach the celebration of the mysteries. This bread and this wine, so long as the prayers and supplications have not taken place, remain simply what they are. But after the great prayers and holy supplications have been sent forth, the Word comes down into the bread and wine – and thus His Body is confected.”
    -“Sermon to the Newly Baptized” ante 373 A.D.,

    • Grandmere

      Who in the world would want to argue with Athenasius? Oh, that’s right. They have never heard of him.

      • Kamau41

        Indeed, they literally have no clue.

      • Julie LaBrecque

        And we’re all saints….Right?

  • Raph Sebastian

    This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday, the day the LORD founded His ONE TRUE Church, His ONLY Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. Have a blessed Pentecost Sunday my brothers and sisters.

  • Tom_mcewen

    A priest assisting Archbishop Sheen said in the sacristy, the church is too rich and Archbishop Sheen replied immediately, “How much are you been stealing from the offerings?” The priest confessed he had stole a little bit then he felt damned and started stealing more and more and started justifying his acts by what he said to Archbishop Sheen. Confession relieved his guilt and he later became a Bishop himself. Justifying our sins into hell.
    Where are all these Jew haters coming from it is like poison filled scorpions have climbed out from a rock covering hell. What hate they have. Thanks for this and please thank the sisters, they are the best part of us.

  • Welcome home David.

    “Anyway, I left that church, dusted off my shoes so to speak and joined my wife at the parish church. For the past year or eighteen months I have contemplated becoming a catholic(I think I am already in my heart)”

    Keep us posted on your progress. With blessing. Walid.

  • Tom

    Walid, thank you for the deep well about the miracle of Guadalupe. The Shroud of Turin, our Lady of Guadalupe, the Eucharist miracles you mentioned, and other Catholic miracles were missing puzzle pieces for me during my Protestant years. I sometimes wondered about the fact that the Bible is so full of miracles, yet so few seem to have occurred in the Church age. To my Protestant eyes, miracles had largely ceased with the closing of Biblical times. Your article shows that this is nonsense, and that miracles have continued, but until the anti-Catholic scales have fallen from our eyes, we cannot see.

    That Mary appeared in Mexico and brought in her children by the millions just as they were being attacked in Europe brings me to a tantalizing question. Do you believe that the New World (the Americas) are in some sense a fulfillment of Revelation 12:6 and 12:14 where the woman (Mary) flees to a place prepared for her by God?

    I see the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe on vehicles and in posters in stores aplenty. It is wonderfully amazing to me that while the traditional lands of Christendom (the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe) are awash in a flood of immigrants who deny the Trinity, the USA is awash in a flood of immigrants (thanks largely to the miracle of Guadalupe) who embrace the Trinity. Thank you, by the way, for teaching us that the mass wave of migrants flooding Europe matches the flood of Revelation 12:15 which aims to sweep away the woman (Mary) and certainly her children (Christians).

    • CTyank

      Intriguing ideas, Tom. I had also wondered about the new world being the wilderness of refuge.

  • I am about to leave for Mass but your question is very common.

    It’s my understanding that a Pope declared the Anglican’s Mass to be invalid because of changes in ordination of priests was caused under the brief reign of king Edward.

    I would go into greater details so perhaps later.

  • Indeed I do.

  • Vinny Zee

    Thank you for this today Walid. Thank you also for the photo of the wheat and the tares. That captioned photo spoke more than a thousand sermons could. It is also the reason I am so grateful for the wonderful iconography we have in the church. To utilize the visual senses to help us understand our faith.

    • You hit on something very important, “To utilize the visual senses to help us understand our faith.”

      Everything about our Faith utilizes all of our five senses, plus one, that is our faith. Every form, movement, and placement in the Mass is with design and purpose. The use of incense provokes strong reaction as we inhale the sweet smell and watch the smokes fill the altar and the Church, the smells residing in the Church for the duration of the Mass and after, it is a copy and parallel of what goes on in heaven.

      In the Apocalypse, each of the five senses are utilized throughout John’s vision. In the Old Testament, the tabernacle and later the temple service also utilized the five senses.

      Our sixth sense, faith, is given as a gift by the Holy Spirit to enable us to see just close we are to heaven in the Mass though we do not fully see heaven itself because our flesh cannot comprehend the full glory of heaven unless we have been changed into an incorruptible body, only then will we see fully.

      • Vinny Zee

        Great point about the incense and today is a case in point. As I normally attend the eastern rite today I attended the Roman Rite. I don’t think every parish does it, but in addition to offering the Latin Mass every Sunday, they also conduct all masses with incense on the First Sunday of every month. I can actually detect a difference in the incense used between the Eastern and Western Rite. Therefore, today, I decided to attend the Western Rite for Pentecost Sunday and walking into the church one can smell the lingering of the incense from the previous mass. It took me right back to my early days of serving at the Altar and the special days, particularly Holy Week, when the incense was used at every service, particularly Holy Thursday. Tragically some say we are “addicted to the smells and bells.” However, to me, the incense is such a sweet aroma and evokes so much of a desire and understanding of entering into holiness. I do wish the Western rite would return to using the incense at every mass.

        Unfortunately I did notice that many seemed to be ambivalent to the priest incensing the alter, the Word of God, them as the parishioners and the overall sense of importance of it. In the Eastern Rite, one is keenly aware when the priest faces them and incenses them. Both Rites have such a unique way of incensing and at what points in the liturgies to do it. Then again, some Western Rite churches do not incense at all, save for maybe holy week and funerals. Hopefully all will bring it back and use it for every service. The people could only be blessed by it. Thanks for your thoughts.

        • You are welcome. One cannot help but draw parallel between the ancient Jewish liturgy and today’s liturgy.

    • AnthonyM

      I really dislike tares. They use up the sun, water, and soil, and are fake imitation of the real thing.

  • PaulF

    In his Opening Address to the Council, Oct 11, 1962, Pope John XXIII stated that the Council would take the entire deposit of faith as it had been defined up to then, not adding anything, not taking away anything, only forging new ways of proclaiming it in a more pastorally effective way.
    In the same Address Pope John spoke of three unities: First, unity among Catholics, second, unity among Christians, and third, “… there is a unity which consists in the esteem and respect shown for the Catholic Church by members of various non Christian religions.” This is NOT a positive declaration about fake religions.
    The Council went on to issue sections 2 & 3 of Nostra Aetate, which IS a positive declaration on the religions that reject Christ. The same teaching appeared in other Council documents. This teaching – I call it ‘all-religion-goodism,’ is the root source of an indescribable weight of evil in the world since the mid ’60s, both inside and outside the church, because it gives spiritual glory to the enemies of God, the sinister spirits hiding behind antichristian religion, thus robbing the true God of his glory and praise, and robbing ourselves of the blessing that comes from praising and glorifying him.
    It is very clear that the teaching of all-religion-goodism was in no way intended by Pope John XXIII.
    But Pope Paul VI signed the documents in which fake religion is praised?
    Yes, he did, but I suggest take a look at his Discourse Closing Vatican 2, Dec 7 1965, and his Audience of Jan 12 1966. In these addresses, weeks after the issue of Nostra Aetate, Pope Paul declared that neither he nor the Council made use of infallibility. In other words, any new teaching in the Council is not infallible.
    In other words, the teaching on fake religion in the Council documents is not reliable teaching. It comes with a serious health warning from the very Pope who issued it.
    Conclusion: All-religion-goodism, in spite of what so many churchmen try to tell us, is NOT the teaching of the Catholic Church. On the contrary, it is a contradiction of Catholic teaching and of the whole of Scripture.

  • CTyank

    And so the feast continues, becoming ever more clear and vital each week. Spiritual truths illustrated through the material elements of this material world in which we live. Taste and see that the Lord is good. His Flesh, True Meat. His Blood, True Drink. I begin to see the fatal flaw in allegorizing the literal and literaizing the allegorical.

  • Стефан Евгений

    Oh I hated Catholic school, sister brigid beat my hands with a ruler.

    • jimmy

      ouch!! I never got my hands beat with a ruler but I sure got yelled at a lot lol

      • Grandmere

        My grandchildren don’t get hit with the ruler but they get in trouble if they wear their hair in a bun rather than a ponytail. And they have bullying problems like any other school. I guess you have to take the bitter with the sweet.

        • Tom_mcewen

          I bet your grandchildren only have smile at you and you melt like butter. (Whipped butter).

    • Tom_mcewen

      Why do I think you were not the innocent party. Tovarishch.

      • Стефан Евгений

        She could not speak Rusin…. and the Slovak kids tried to translate for me. she was not going to have a “heathen” in her class! I had learned some English in London and could not make her understand. Funny I never got a beating with a birch branch back home, but I got a ruler here in America.

        • PaulF

          We used to get biffed on the open hands with a cane. I’m old enough to remember it. Many times. Did us a world of good. That and the clear teaching about hell. If only they kept it up you wouldn’t see whole countries making homosexuality compulsory.

          • Стефан Евгений

            My mother was a tiger. I thought she was going to rip the Nun’s habit off she was so mad.

  • Grandmere

    Look for a parish that is affiliated with GAFCON. Anglican Mission in England. I am Anglican Church in North America. I am Anglo Catholic. Though we be few, we be fierce.

  • “Anyway, the crux of the matter is, why do you continue as an Anglican
    given the evidence, surely the apolostic succession was broken when King
    Henry the Eighth did when he declared himself the head of the church?”

    All righty, so here’s the response.

    King Henry VIII acted on a very, very horrible advice to make himself the head of the Church of England. I have only learned yesterday that England (centuries before it was called England) was converted to Christ by Joseph of Arimathea in the first century. Yes, the same Joseph of Arimathea who loaned Jesus his tomb and followed Christ in secret. Then in 597, St. Augustine (not to be confused with the great Doctor of the Church) came with his monks to convert the Anglo-Saxons.

    So, why did King Henry VIII do something like what he did? Desperation to have a legitimate male heir to the throne. It was a time when nationalism grew with fervor, causing unrest across Europe when France and Spain often were at odds with England, and the Reformation exacerbated the problem. The king asked the Pope for permission to have divorce and the Pope just couldn’t grant it nilly-willy because the Church long frowned on divorce. It was rather unfortunate.

    Yet, in spite of what Henry did, the Church of England never abandoned Catholicism, but it would not be until the Puritans and other reformers, such as St. Thomas Moore who saw the Protestant Reformation for what it was – a rebellion against God, and was martyred, came and did great damage to the Church of England. The Puritans went after the Catholics and Anglicans, especially the high churchmen Anglicans.

    Today, the Church of England is in great danger of apostatizing from the faith with a snake charmer named Archbishop Justin Welby leading the way. The Episcopal Church of Scotland and Episcopal Church of Ireland are pretty much done for. GAFCON saw this coming for a while and recently elected to install a missionary bishop in England to help protect and guide orthodox Anglicans as Welby and his cohort of vipers try to undermine GAFCON.

    My parish belongs to a separate orthodox Anglicans called Anglican Catholic Church, formed in 1977 that broke away from The Episcopal Church, USA, and refuses to be placed under the diocese of England. The ACC is pretty much an island unto itself.

    I am presently reading a book, loaned to me by the priest-in-charge, called “The Practice of Religion” by Archibald Campbell Knowles, and he emphatically declares the Anglican Communion to be a branch of the Roman Catholic Church, and also upholds the mystery of the Eucharist, that is, Christ is truly present in the Sacrament.

    If you are considering to be a Catholic, I will say to you, “Go for it.”

    • Ukchristian

      Many thanks for your reply, the origins of the C of E do worry me. The whole Protestant thing troubles me having spent all my life being associated with them. I do hope that you and Grandmere have made the right decision in your choice of church because as a distant observer it would appear to be yet another church division, I guess that’s how they have all arisen when Jesus wants us to be united; all divisions have formed because they believe they are correct! The parish church I have been going to is ultra high Church and almost indistinguishable from the Catholic Church hence my question to you. Thank you for taking the time to reply, much appreciated.

      • I appreciate your inquiring. For me, I am at peace becoming Anglo-Catholic, having the best of two branches: Catholics and Orthodox, while holding on to the hope that one day we all become united under one Shepherd.

      • Grandmere

        There was a time not so long ago when Catholic and Anglican were coming close to concommunion. Then the Anglicans blew it. I nearly chewed my foot off leaving the Episcopal church here in the US.

    • filomena seiffert

      Dear Trevor, does your church accept the authority of the pope as legit ? Do not think I am against your church, I only question the division over and over, like protestants do. I do not excuse Henry VIII, a perverted man who’s brain was on his sexual organs and used woman in an worse manner then the muslim do. I see you are a fervent person. Why not take the steps on the fullness of Christ real Church? The Anglican priests were catholic priests that betrayed the Roman Catholic Church, the ones did not, were martyrs, all put to death for not betraying Jesus. How can one accept a perverted person be head of church for God?, the perverted can only be head of satan’s church

      • I am NOT going to get into debates about these points.

        • jami

          Superb.God Bless u .

          • Thank you, Jami, and I hope all is well with you, wherever you are.

          • jami

            I try to keep the light shining :).
            Soon your Confirmation approaches in August. You will receive a Scapula also I suppose. Grand occasion man.

        • Grandmere

          She’s always lurking in the shadows.

          • It’s ok, I got what you mean.

      • Kamau41

        Why are you starting these unnecessary debates with Trevor. If you would take the time to read, he already clearly explained it all above.

        • Grandmere

          It’s the way she gets her kicks. So boringly predictable.

    • Nan

      The Anglican church limes to pretend it’s Catholic. Without the pope, thete is no Catholicism. You also forget that greedy Henry viii stole Catholic properties.

      How dare you to both follow his church and refer to Thomas More ad a saint! He is a saint but was never an Anglican saint. It was Henry who put him to death for remaining faithful to the truth of the Catholic church.

      • How dare me?

        Thanks for showing your true color. Henceforth, I shall ignore you.

        • Nan

          You had the chance to see the truth but joined a church founded by a fornicating man rather than one founded by Christ yet you purport to claim a saint who was faithful to the truth. You can’t have both.

          • Grandmere

            Who is here every day? Who is a trusted member of this crew? Who has written articles for this site? Who is respected and respectful? Would that be Nan??? NO. Would that be Trevor? YES.

          • Nan

            That’s irrelevant to the truth. Most people have limited time to be online. I know you’re upset at reading the truth too, since, if I recall correctly, you’re also Anglican. This site is about sharing truth. I can’t help it if you can’t handle the truth.

            The fact remains that King Edward changed the words of the Anglican ordination rite and later, when the Anglican church asked Pope Leo XIII, they learned that because Edward changed the ordination rite to emphasise the difference between Anglicans and Catholics, in such a way that the Anglican ordination rite intentionally doesn’t have the same effect as the Catholic ordination rite, the Anglican church is without Apostolic succession, valid holy orders and the Eucharist.

            Because all validly consecrated bishops were long dead, there was no way to fix it.

            Additionally, in order to marry Catherine of Aragon, Henry asked for a dispensation as she was his brother’s wife, then cynically used her status as his brother’s wife to ask for annulment. That’s why he didn’t get an annulment, because there must be a flaw at the outset and that impediment had been removed.

            One wife died, two he divorced, two he beheaded, one survived him. By no standard is that a goid record. Had the annulment have been granted, he’d just have asked for another when it was time for a new wife.

            Note also that a Catholic is ineligible for succession to the UK crown. Why? Because the Anglican church knows it isn’t Catholic because the monarch is its head.

            Additionally, to both lay claim to the Anglican church and Catholics Henry VIII martyred is unconscionable. He murdered St Thomas More for continuing to be a faithful servant but keeping God in His rightful place, not bowing down to the monarch who elevated himself above God.

          • Grandmere

            Keep going. Tell us what you really think.

  • Grandmere

    Henry relied on the Magna Charta when he declared himself head of the Church. The Pope would have allowed an annulment had he not been between a rock and a hard place with the Hapsburgs. Hey, never a word was spoken about the open adultery of European monarchs with their mistresses. It is complicated by politics. Sad.

    • Yeah, it was a messy time, wasn’t it? Europe was in an upheaval which led to WWI and WWII. Looks like it’s going to lead to WWIII!

      • Grandmere

        And this time it really will be “the war to end all wars”.

    • Julie LaBrecque

      I thought the reason was that the Church had given him a dispensation to marry Catherine of Aragon…. because of the sacramentality of marriage is why the Church acted as it did – adultery is a mortal sin – but to divorce/remarry is to place oneself in a state of permanent adultery. As I understand the young tarts motive, and her knowledge that Henry had been in an adulterous relationship with her sis, spend demanded that Henry divorce Catherine if he wanted to taste the tart….Had Henry capitulated to the Church, look how many heads would have remained intact with their respective bodies….Everyone involved would have had a far better outcome.

    • Tom_mcewen

      Catherine of Aragon was the youngest daughter of the king and queen of Spain the richest most powerful reigning Noble house in Europe, the Henry of the tender loins starved her to death. He should have farmed out getting a boy by his footman and groom. Richard the III was a good King and the Tutors were trailer park trash. In my opinion.

  • Darren Neufeldt

    Another fantastic article Walid. As usual I have nothing specific to ask about as I’m trying to absorb as much as I can, always learning and having trouble remembering is a tough spot to be in but I’m here for the duration, rowing with all my might. I love all the information on our Blessed Mother and the Eucharist, I can read about them all day long as there is so much to learn.

    Fun fact, I shared a previous article with my local parish priest and he today seemed genuinely interested in what is going on here at shoebat.com. I don’t know if anything more will come from it, but it looks like a good start.

    • Grandmere

      I did the same this AM with a fellow parishioner. Gave him the web address. I usually try to size them up before I give them a pearl. I hope your priest will come by and give us a comment now and then. PS: prayed for you this AM.

  • Truly sad, and confirms our Lady’s words of the falling away.

    • Kamau41

      It does indeed.

  • ace

    Another example of an amazing miracle in the 1900’s: The Rhoda Wise story (following a visit to Rhoda Wise, Rita Francis Rizzo experienced a cure, and later entered a convent and became Mother Angelica).

    First, a snippet from Rhoda’s personal story: http://rhodawise.com/the-rhoda-wise-story/

    “…During my long stay in the hospital, I, a Protestant, became interested in the Rosary and had one of the Sisters teach me how to say it. Soon after, I learned about St. Theresa, the Little Flower of Jesus, and became greatly devoted to her, making one novena after another to her. I then felt myself drawn to the Catholic Church and after being instructed by Monsignor Habig, the pastor of St. Peter’s Church, I was received into the church by him on January 1st, 1939.

    On February 12th, the doctor told me definitely there was no hope of a cure for my abdominal condition. On that same day I began keeping a diary for the first time in my life, describing my condition and the events occurring each day. This diary is still being kept, and records in detail the visions and cures which later occurred…

    I was discharged from the hospital on May 8, 1939, as being apparently incurable. The doctor had told my relatives and later myself that I was afflicted with cancer. I was taken to my humble home and put to bed there, and a visiting nurse came in daily to dress my wound, the draining from which had caused my entire abdomen to become raw and intensely sore. This soreness caused me greater distress than the wound itself… [go read about the cure]

    In the years between Rhoda’s cure and her death, she saw Our Lord and St. Therese twenty times. She suffered the visible stigmata every First Friday from 12:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. for 2 ½ years in 1942 through 1945. Thereafter, she suffered invisible wounds until her death.

    Our Lord appeared to her the last time on June 28, 1948, just ten days before her death and told her: ‘Tell the people not nearly enough of them are saying the daily Rosary; they must say the Rosary for the conversion of Russia…’ At this time Jesus showed her His Sacred Heart, His bleeding heart…”

    Now, go read about the cure of Rita Rizzo (later Mother Angelica): http://rhodawise.com/testimonials/remarkable-cure-of-mother-angelica/

  • AnthonyM

    Very interesting article. The God’s Word is beautifully prophetic. His plan for mankind is one of Love.

    Thanks you for these rich articles. Walid is a well driller for many of us.

    • ace

      Drilling deep into the core
      Always seeking more and more

      Digging with hands, shovel, and bucket
      Searching for each and every droplet

      Lining walls with stones rejected
      Preserving all that’s been entrusted

      Risking a cave-in and a loss of oxygen
      Walid is aided by a Thēo-lō-gi-an

      • Ace the great Poet
        Digging with shovel
        and bucket ?

        • ace

          LOL…

          Quicksand is not quick,
          Unless you try to struggle,
          But some are just so thick, thick, thick
          When trying to solve what seems a puzzle…

          I think, perhaps, we need a pick…

      • AnthonyM

        I like it!

  • Kamau41

    Terrible, what an absolute shame.

    • We knew this would be the case way ahead of time 41 and when we see it it confirms we are in these times. These do not enter and do not want anyone else to enter.

      • Kamau41

        Signs of the Times. You have saw these days coming many years ago and nailed it. Can’t even fathom what it will be like in the next few years ahead!

  • Seem to me what you are alluding to regarding the Vatican II Council is they left the door ajar, ever so slightly, and as a result, errors crept in.

  • jami

    Mother Guadalupe be on your side. Bro Walid . What you wrote about her has changed many hearts and souls for sure and turned them to Our Lady of Guadalupe.Thankyou

  • its allegoric

  • PaulF

    True. Because it involves us in praising the works of sinister spirits, it opens the door to the same spirits and so causes havoc in lives. Many suicides are the result of people tinkering in demonic religion, having swallowed the idea that there is something ‘good’ about the rejection of Christ.
    The most authoritative condemnation of all-religion-goodism I am aware of is the Encyclical Mortalium Animos by Pope Pius XI (1928). Section 2 of that document definitively condemns interreligious meetings designed to arrive at a common denominator, and the ‘false opinion’ on which such meetings are founded, namely ‘that all religions are more or less good.’
    To my knowledge, this teaching of Pope Pius XI is an exercise in papal infallibility, in contrast to the teaching about other religions in the documents of Vatican 2.

  • rodolfo

    Revelation 12 15-17 Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition (DRA)
    15 And the serpent cast out of his mouth after the woman, water as it were a river; that he might cause her to be carried away by the river.
    16 And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the river, which the dragon cast out of his mouth.
    17 And the dragon was angry against the woman: and went to make war with the rest of her seed, who keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
    Please correct me if i’m wrong.
    15 – flooded the early believers of Blessed Virgin all kinds of persuasion in order not to ask the Mother’s intercession and prayers to Jesus Christ.
    16 – in miraculous ways the Holy Mother is still revered. Still manifesting herself in miracles (Fatima and Akita) and thru various visionaries.
    17 – my favorite part. the dragon went to make war with the rest of her seed. who are the rest of her seed? those who call her mother or Mama Mary and pray for her intercession.
    who keep the commandments of God. Who? those who confesses their sins to priest with apostolic succession (started during pentecost).
    have the testimony of Jesus Christ. “Jesus Christ is come in the flesh” linking verb is “is”. not past not future. we believe that the flesh of Jesus Christ is in the eucharist which we regularly partake in remembrance of Him. “I’ll be with you till the end of time”
    That is why my gratitude to Shoebat family shall be unending for they keep on gathering the rest of the seed.

  • Doc
    • ace

      Very curious. The red could just be an over-exposed photo. But, maybe something happened, odd to even suggest, but if it was the Holy Virgin, maybe a removal of the blood cancer (leukemia)…

  • magaforever

    If the devils henchmen find you i hope you kill many of them before they make you a martyr.. I hope you shoebats are armed to the teeth!

  • I agree Woolley. To seek signs and wonders should not be the goal of the Christian because God chooses when He gives us a sign and a wonder.

    But this does not mean that God was void of sending us signs. We do not seek signs, but we are not also foolish to ignore signs for scriptures are filled with signs and miracles.

    “So it’s not proofs by miracles that convert the heart, it’s the work of the Holy Spirit.”

    And the Holy Spirit yesterday at Pentecost sent signs and wonders. Should I ignore that?

    One must be balanced and not go extreme on either side for even Joel the prophet said that in the ends of days Maidens and Priests will see visions and dream dreams. Must I also ignore that?

    Be reasonable my friend.

    • Tom_mcewen

      He ignores that fact that forgiving them and blessing the tare is not the question, the Lord said leave the tares until the harvest and the Angels will gather them and throw them into fire.
      It is not us but God doing the separation by his judgement and then the throwing them into the fire.
      We have our jobs and God has his. His is the tares and ours is our souls.
      Like what Saint Thomas More said, “I am the king’s good servant, but God’s first.” The tare says, “I am the Lord’s good servant, but the King’s first.”

  • Kkdgrace

    Wonderful article. Ya know, the more I learn about the Shroud of Turin, the more completely convinced I am of its authenticity. It’s a miracle in itself. Anyone watch the documentary where an artist took a photographed facsimile of the Shroud and used its 3-D properties to mold what he thought of as a pretty accurate resemblance to Jesus, just using as much of the data from the Shroud as possible? Especially since the Shroud we see is “backwards”, in the sense that it shows up as something like the negative of an X-ray. I personally don’t need to “see” a physical image of our Lord in order to believe and I am not certain how correct he is in his depiction, but I still found the entire documentary fascinating.

    • Стефан Евгений

      I have a 19th century Icon with that face Grace.

  • Yeah, that’s the one.

  • “I think we’d be far better off if Church leaders kept their primary
    focus on dogma and discipline when it comes to Councils and Catechisms
    as we did in times past instead of injecting ‘opinion’ in with dogma on
    every topic under the sun.”

    In this age of social media where with just 140 characters of Twitter, message can be spread far and wide with the speed of thumbs, and as a result, slander can explode in a blink of an eye. Just think of the swift backlash from Catholics who criticized the Pope for his comment on Trump and the wall.

    In addition, as you said, people do not realize that opinion is just that, an opinion, that is not binding. If this comes from being poorly “churched,” to borrow a word, then the failure lies with the leadership, and it also lies with the laity for not speaking up enough to say, “Papa, we don’t have enough instructors, but too many opinions competing for our attention.”

    It is akin to the circumcision controversy in Acts when the apostles and elders finally had to convene a council to debate the issue and then authoritatively declare that it is not necessary to be circumcised to have salvation. Throughout the ages of the Church, numerous councils were held to debates theological issues and once there was consensus, it became authoritative and binding for all to follow and obey.

    The schism between the West and East has added more to issue of authority, and the Vatican II is a good example of how it was not about an issue of authority as it was about a pastoral approach. So, I think you are right, too many opinions and not enough instructions, leading to confusion and disillusionment.

    That said, I am more convinced that Our Lady’s solemn warning of the falling away is on the money. She warned that the falling away would greatly harm the Church, and that lays, again, with the leadership for their failure to have some backbone!

  • Vinny Zee

    UKC,

    You seem like a reader. Might I recommend to you, “The Faith of our Fathers,” James Cardinal Gibbons, 1879. You can still pick up current copies of this work from Amazon. I might also recommend the “Not By” series from Robert Sungenis (Not By Scripture Alone, Not By Faith Alone and Not By Bread Alone.)

    I appeal to your Baptist roots as a matter of fact for the evidence, of which you appear to be aware, of the chaos which is Protestantism in today’s modern form. What is an Anglican to do? In my opinion (and this is just MY OPINION – for those that can’t wait to jump in):

    When I came back home to Catholicism it was because I could not attempt to normalize the error that was Pentecostalism, Baptist ideology (confused Calvinism of today), Evangelicalism or any other form. In fact, something I don’t really discuss, but when I was still fully committed to Protestantism and also realizing I needed to leave because of the towering testimony that was Orthodoxy, I actually looked at whether Anglicanism held the answer to my returning to the church while remaining Protestant in rebellion to Catholicism. Like every other Protestant denomination for which I had to spend time considering, I had to look to the roots of Anglicanism, which I am sure you know.

    I found it is a church, no matter which way it is diced, that owes its origin to Henry VIII of England. The immediate cause of his renunciation of the Roman Catholic Church was the refusal of Pope Clement to grant him a divorce from his wife Catherine to free him of his wedlock to Anne Boleyn. He then divorced himself from Anne and England from the Church. I’m no expert on Anglicanism as I’m sure you probably are. Bishop Short, an Anglican Historian, candidly admitted, “The existence of the Church of England as a distinct body, and her final separation from Rome, may be dated to the period from this divorce.”

    Does this indict modern day Anglicans? This is not my point. My point was that I could not return to such a path as a return home. How could I normalize such a history. In the Book of Homilies, the 33 sermons that develop the reformed doctrine of the Church of England (and detail the 39 Articles) in the Sermon on Good Works, P.61 it says, “Honor be to God, who did put light in the heart of his FAITHFUL and TRUE minister of most famous memory King Henry the Eighth.” The sermon goes on to list papistical superstitions, such as the rosary, purgatory, beads, bells, bread, water, psalms, candles, fire, the SUPERSTITIONS of fasting, pardons, etc.” The list goes on. To what was I supposed to return? I found, for me, Anglicanism did not have the answer and I questioned the apostolic succession of its priests and bishops. Rather than trying to normalize it I decided I would not enter into or explore Anglicanism. Whether Anglicanism has renounced the books or homilies or not, I did not think the history of her formation could just be passed over.

    Now I met and knew some wonderful Anglicans, Episcopalians and the like. To me, I think many of them are not only devout but desire the Church. I have always felt many of them, the faithful, would eventually end up in Catholicism.

    • Ukchristian

      Vinny Lee,

      Thank you for taking the time to recommend the books to me, I will endeavour to read them. I don’t regard myself an expert on anything and do not rush to make a decision but carefully chew over what I see, hear and read. I’ve arrived where I am by trying to love the Lord my God with all of my heart, sole, mind and strength. I’ve worshipped at a few churches over the years and they have all split for one reason or another; the Charismatic Movement, pride of two pastors neither willing to be subservient to the other and homosexuality. I’ve been a part of the Anglican community for a few years but have not felt entirely at home. I like the concept of ‘going home’ to Catholicism something I just would not have considered a few years back but God does move in mysterious ways! I agree with what you have to say regards the roots of the Anglican Church though I do admire the Queen and her constant witness to Christianity. I may be mistaken but I believe that the future Monarch, Charles has spoken about changing from “defender of the faith” to “defender of the faiths”. With that in mind I will be jumping ship first. Thank you.

  • PaulF

    My understanding (and I’m not absolutely certain about it) is that a Pope doesn’t need to explicitly invoke infallibility for a teaching to be infallible. The conditions of infallibility were defined in Vatican 1, and the definition is reproduced in the CCC. The conditions are that a teaching is infallible when (n.b. if it fails only one condition a teaching does not carry the marks of infallibility):
    A pope
    acting as supreme pastor
    teaches by a definitive act
    a doctrine of faith or morals
    to be accepted by all the faithful.
    Ticking these conditions off, I find the interreligious texts in V2 fail all except the first two.
    Pope Paul’s teaching on birth control in Humanae Vitae, 1968, on the other hand, does fulfill all these conditions even though he did not explicitly state that the encyclical is infallible.
    The teaching in Mortalium Animos against the all-religion-goodist fantasy was a response by Pope Pius XI to an explosion of interreligious meetings, inspired by freemasonic aims, in a search for the ‘common ground’ among all religions which would then be accepted by all as laying the foundations for a new order in the world. Pope Pius’s encyclical clears up the confusion once and for all by denying all-religion-goodism and condemning all such interreligious meetings for the benefit of the entire church. And he did it by way of a papal encyclical.
    You may be right and I may be wrong. Infallibility is not the easiest of theological issues. But I find it very difficult to run through the conditions of infallibility in the V1 definition without seeing Pope Pius’s correction of the error of all-religion-goodism as coming within the definintion.

    • Nan

      No. He had to define it as dogma and encyclical aren’t defined as dogma.

  • Anthony

    Great article walid, loved it, I just watched the documentary on our Lady of Guadalupe just a week ago, it is amazing how it came to be and how the people of that time would know exactly what our Mother would be telling them just by this supernatural image to convert them all and destroy their diabolical religion. If anyone hasn’t seen that documentary I highly recommend it. It will amaze you. God bless 🙂

  • “The ‘tares’ also have accepted Christ’s offering of himself for the remission of their sins. ”

    Where does it say in Scripture that tares are “saved”? Read every word were it says “tares” in Scripture and you find them in hell:

    “Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.”

    “As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.”

    It is hard for you to accept the Scripture because you twist it and because you are a possible tare and do not know it. A tare does not know its a tare and it twists Scripture. Always.

    • Tom_mcewen

      What you mean there is more then inviting Jesus into your heart and having a personal relationship with Jesus. But then once saved always saved works for everyone washed in the blood of Jesus, right. I get endless amusement out of the 144,000, ruptured sorry that is raptured generation, maybe ruptured generation is right after all.

  • Amen.

  • Grandmere

    Tares grow with wheat. Since they are in the wheat field some even believe they are wheat. However, when the reapers come they don’t ask any questions. They separate the wheat from the tares. Crops can’t talk. They can’t argue. All they can do is stand there and be harvested. Patricia, I tell you in love. You are in danger of losing your immortal soul. Please open your heart and mind and stop struggling with the truth. I stand guilt of not praying for you by name. I will make reparation for that starting today.

  • Wow. None of us knew that. Jehovah God is the creator of heaven and earth and all things? We are all ignorant of that. Anything else you would like to teach us?

    • Wonder if there’s any relations to Pam fletcher.

    • Grandmere

      Please, Chef. Don’t ask her to teach us anything.

      • Your right. We have a lot of grasshopper droppings and poor 41 and Trevor wore out their toothbrushes.

        • It’s time for 41 and me to invest in high powered pressure washer to wash off the droppings left behind by grasshoppers.

  • jami

    Thankyou. What a wonderfull testimony. Keep fighting Dante . Bring all you know to Shoebat.com they will be blessed too. God bless your Soul.

  • Tom

    Pure RELIGION and undefiled before God and the Father is this, to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction… ~ James 1:27

    The Catholic Church is the largest non-governmental provider of healthcare on earth, running thousands of orphanages (visiting the fatherless, just as the verse says) and homes for the elderly (visiting widows in their affliction, just as the verse says). Seems to be a perfect fulfillment of this verse, does it not?

  • ” I have alternative views to SOME of your postings.”

    I know. I understand. This country is built on ‘alternative views’ where each view is valid. Got it.

    “If all you want, are YES MEN/WOMEN ….”

    Oh no, Allah forbid.

    “and your opinions are absolute”

    My opinions? Oh no, forget my opinions. I do not even recommend them.

    “then I will graciously exit myself”

    Allah forbid. Okay how about I be the “Yes Mam” would that be better?

  • I watched the whole presentation. Excellent. Final closing he explained the suffering of Christ. Loved it. Send your cousin my best regard.

  • PaulF

    Thanks. Agree with most of what you say here.
    China’s house church Christians seem to have no desire to change their government. They recognize that they have flourished and grown under persecution far better than those under other political environments.
    Not sure we should avoid warning against other religions. Maybe a need for restraint in public discourse, but no Catholic should be left in any doubt about the dangers. Praise of other religion is the root of untold evils, the more so the less we are aware of it. All-religion-goodism is pernicious precisely because it doesn’t look sinister at all, at least to the modern western mindset. Quite the opposite.
    Humanae Vitae (HV) is an interesting case. Yes, the principle had already been established and taught authoritatively, eg in Casti Conubiis by Pius XI, 1932. What was different about HV was that technology had made it possible to regulate fertility so as to get the timing ‘right’ to more reliably avoid conception, so there was a new question causing a lot of confusion and anxious questioning. It is my opinion that Pope Paul was personally minded to ease up on the teaching, but when he came to put pen to paper he realized that he was forbidden by the Holy Spirit to follow his personal inclination. In any event, I am in no doubt that HV was an exercise in papal infallibility. It meets all the conditions of the definition.

  • Your interpretations suck.

    You also say you pray for me but fail to understand how we, Catholics, pray because you are blind and talks out of your rear end like a she-donkey.

  • PaulF

    Definitely one needs to delve into earlier church history to gain knowledge of what it means to be a Catholic Christian. The good thing is there is a huge wealth of material for the purpose. St Alphonsus Liguori’s book, The Glories of Mary, is one of the best examples I know. There is St Teresa of Avila’s writings, the works of St Bernard …
    I don’t agree about studying other religions. Once we understand that they are the religions of Antichrist, or Satan, it is better not to touch them. I live among Chinese people (Hong Kong) and I can assure you that they do not expect me to tell them about their traditional religions. They know they are a bunch of trash. My approach to evangelization among the Chinese is to tell them how important it is to treat all non Christian spirituality as the work of ‘Mo Gwai’ (the devil) and to believe in ‘Yeh So’ (Jesus) alone as the Healer, Savior, and Lord of Heaven and earth. Believe it or not, it works. I can’t count the number of baptisms that followed when I took this approach. Any hint of respect for their own spiritual traditions, on the other hand, will only tell them that you don’t know what you’re talking about. Those horrible traditions are what they need to escape from, and they know it.

    • “Definitely one needs to delve into earlier church history to gain knowledge of what it means to be a Catholic Christian.”

      THIS! A thousand time this!

  • You and Vinny Zee have a similar spirit, calm and thorough explanation.

  • You need to receive your orange belt at some point in time Believer 😉 Sure you might say that Vinny is a brown belt 😉 perhaps if you spar with Vinny to get those kicks a little higher you could knock out some of these black belts from these other schools.

  • Now the world is going to accuse us of running a cult 😉

  • Nan

    I’m dealing with a Lutheran friend whose husband and kids are Catholic. She went to RCIA twice but says it didn’t take. She didn’t believe the Eucharist is His body and blood, thinks we pray to dead people and has issues with Mary.

    So far I have explained why webelieve it’s the Body and Blood of Christ, that we believe saints live in heaven and why divorced protestants need to seek annulment prior to marrying a Catholic.

    We haven’t talked about Mary but are planning an Aug pilgrimage to the 3 Marian shrines of WI. It started as a trip to Our Lady of Good Help, before I knew she was about evangelization and catechesis.

  • I look at your photo and no power comes through the Holy Spirit which you claim resides in you and therefore you must be fake.

    Such is the method proposed by your likes.

  • Grandmere

    These people “feel the power” and believe. Does this mean it is from God? Please tell us. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GXFJL8NujQ

  • Why do you jump from the Shroud of Turin to the Pope?

    Can you people stick to the subject instead of always changing it?

    Who is nasty now? Why don’t you tell the Pope what you want to tell him and leave me out of it.

  • “OK, Will do”

    So when will you talk to the Pope?

  • Jami

    Wow, proud of you Dante.God bless you immensely.