Thursday, April 28, 2022

A warning about new Far/Deep Right/Left who say they are Catholic or in favor of Catholicism but are not.

Hello. I'm Tiger, author of most of the articles on the blog and daughter of BoldRadish.

I had a long debate within myself as to whether I should post this article i had written on these dangers of these extreme politics, or not.

I was worried that it would be too harsh for those who are still young in their religion and don't yet know how to suffer with Jesus. Or upsetting for those who have already decided to turn their backs on the contemporary world completely, and so who have no need to read it. 

I have no desire to lay any unnecessary burden upon anyone; Jesus said, "My yolk is easy and My burden is light." (Matthew 11:30)

It was extremely cathartic for me to write. I have suffered a lot at the hands of such persons which are the subject of the article. So I could not be objective as to whether or not it would be helpful or hurtful for others to read. ... I tried to ask my father, BoldRadish, but he has also been so deeply wounded by such persons; he also could not be objective in deciding whether it should be posted or not.

I've decided to post it on a page separated by itself, which I will link to at the bottom of this post, that you can choose to read or not, rather than to put it directly in your lap.

Previously, I had firmly decided to not share it at all, except that for several days in a row, my father commented on how much it helped him. And I can see that there is a change in his life, what he focuses on, and that it is lighter for him and better. (When he is confronted with the news, he has learned a way to dismiss it well and without offending others, and he himself spends his time looking at neat and obscure informations, rather than contemporary events.) ... My life has also been greatly unburdened after writing it. This is a rare thing, I think, to write something with a deep therapeutic effect on me.

The writing is about such persons who think they are in favor of Catholicism or who claim to be Catholic based on their idea of what our Communist anti-Catholic society (education, entertainment) claims is Catholicism, but is, in truth, the opposite of Catholicism, and is actually what happens when a very worldly society, far from private prayer and repentance to God, develops. 

One might recall Apocalypse ch 2: I know how sorely tried you are, how stricken with poverty (yet, all the while, so rich [in grace]); how your name is traduced by men who claim to be [Catholic] (though they are no true [Catholics]; they are rather the chosen people of Satan).

These politics are a great wound to suffer from for those who cling to Jesus because it is like the filth that was thrown onto Him during His Passion, to see His Love defamed in this way. Therefore, it is consolation to such persons, as well as a call to increase one's love of Him, who have suffered such great martyrdoms within themselves at the hands of such people.

But, also it could be that some persons who have not prayed enough or sought God enough, and are not yet converted, but are trying, might find it wounding, because they might see themselves in it and are not yet confident enough in God's Mercy to throw themselves to God, but rather feel beaten down by it. Or, they may find it helpful to know what to stay away from. I don't know which could happen. I don't want to hurt anyone. 

I've seen people who were starting to convert and still very much in line with the oppressive and arrogant nature of the world, and a year later after having prayed very much, have changed very much, because God has given them so much grace because of their private and sincere repentance and prayer.

And essentially it is nothing I haven't said before in all of the other posts, just arranged more specifically and acutely. This post is also things I have written before.

The message of the post is ultimately that God is love, to turn away from all current events and politics, and to instead turn towards God, forgetting the world. Because nothing within the world can save the world; only by forgetting the world and seeking God will you find peace and joy, and will the world be saved. By your increasing closeness to God, God will save the souls of those suffering in a world you have moved on from.

I say it is important to speak to God rather than about Him because God is real. Sometimes people in the early conversion think that if they show everyone how great their life is because they pray, and they show everyone that they pray, pray very publicly, that it will help other people convert. (This is not the same as a conversion story posted in an appropriate place, but more like a public display.)

In fact, this is what the Devil was tempting Jesus with in the desert: the temptation to Jesus was that if He jumped off a tower and angels saved Him, publicly, it would help people convert; or if rocks were turned to bread and people saw, they would realize that God exists.

Jesus resisted all of these temptations and did not do any of these things. He also encourages us to pray in private, in our inner chamber -- whether that be our inmost being or in a physically private room -- by telling us that those who pray publicly for others to see, their prayers don't even count -- God does not even hear such prayers.

The reason that we can evangelize by praying in private and speaking to God rather than about God is because God is real.

God is more real than the world, or I should say, the public world.

Those who are enmeshed in the public world need to step out of it; if we try to put God into the world in this showy way, they will not be leaving the world behind to become enmeshed in God.

If God weren't real, if God were as fake and empty as all the public shows and displays the world and everyone in it makes, we would have to make a public display of God.

God is more real than the world. Therefore, when we forget the world, when we pray in private, in sincerity, when we pray to be closer to God and know God more, even though we are not visually changing the world around us, the entire world, the entire spiritual world, completely changes. Even if you do not see it with your eyes. Even if the immediate world around you remains obstinate in sin. I have seen things, and been taught things, and I can tell you it is true -- that the prayers of one person -- yes, even your prayers -- make a difference in the entire world.

That is why you can read stories of Saints who offer themselves in sacrifice and save a whole country from being destroyed for its sins. This is a repeated story in the archives of convents. It is because -- God is real.

If even one person sincerely seeks God, sincerely prays for true wisdom, prays for faith, sincerely prayers to know the Truth (and the Truth is God Himself) and prays to know his/her sins and have the grace to have sincere contrition over them, prays for the grace to love God (and not just one day but all days), -- that one person WILL sincerely be closer to God. Because God is real and He will really answer these prayers. And these are intentions to ask God for every day, for one's whole life.

3 Kings ch3: And that night the Lord appeared to [young Solomon] in a dream, bidding him choose what gift he would. ... Solomon said, "Yes, Lord God, You have bidden this servant of Your's to reign where his father reigned; but, Lord, what am I? No better than a little child, that has no skill to find its way back and forth. ... Be this, then, Your gift to Your servant: wisdom, a heart quick to learn, so that I may be able to judge Your people’s disputes, and discern between good and ill." ... The Lord listened well pleased, and looked with favour on the choice he had made. "For this request of your's," God told Solomon, "you shall be rewarded. You did not ask for a long life, or riches, or vengeance upon your enemies, but for wisdom to administer justice. Your prayer is granted; hereby I grant you a heart full of wisdom and discernment, beyond all that went before you or shall come after you. And moreover, I grant you all thou did not ask for; in wealth, in glory, no king that ever was may compare with you. And if you will follow the paths I have chosen for you, as your father did, keeping  My commandments, a long life you shall have too."

Proverbs 8:11: For wisdom is better than all the most precious things: and whatsoever may be desired cannot be compared to wisdom.

Jesus in Matthew 6: I say to you, then, do not fret over your life, how to support it with food and drink; over your body, how to keep it clothed. Is not life itself a greater gift than food, the body than clothing? See how the birds of the air never sow, or reap, or gather grain into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them; have you not an excellence beyond theirs? Can any one of you, for all his anxiety, add a cubit’s growth to his height? And why should you be anxious over clothing? See how the wild lilies grow; they do not toil or spin; and yet I tell you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

If God, then, so clothes the grasses of the field, which today live and will feed the oven tomorrow, will He not be much more ready to clothe you, men of little faith?

Do not fret, then, asking, What are we to eat? or What are we to drink? or How shall we find clothing? It is for the heathen to busy themselves over such things; you have a Father in heaven who knows that you need them all.

Make it your first care to find the kingdom of Godand His approval, and all these things shall be yours without the asking.

Do not fret, then, over tomorrow; leave tomorrow to fret over its own needs; for today, today’s troubles are enough.

Book of Wisdom ch 9: Wisdom was with You, God, long ago, privy to all Your designs, she who stood by You at the world’s creation, and knows Your whole will, the whole tenor of Your commandments. From that heavenly sanctuary, that high throne of Your's, send her out still on Your errand, to be at my side too, and share my labors! How else should Your Will be made clear to me? 

For her, no secret, no riddle is too dark; her prudent counsel will be my guide, the fame of her my protection. So shall my task be accomplished as You would have it be; so shall I give this people of Your's just awards, no unworthy heir of the throne my father left me.

What God’s purpose is, how should man discover, how should his mind master the secret of the divine Will? So hesitating our human thoughts, so hazardous our conjectures! Ever the soul is weighed down by a mortal body, earth-bound cell that clogs the manifold activity of its thought.

Hard enough to read the riddle of our life here, with laborious search ascertaining what lies so close to hand; and would we trace out heaven’s mysteries too? Your purposes none may know, unless You grant Your gift of wisdom, sending out from high heaven Your own holy spirit. Thus ever were men guided by the right way, here on earth, and learned to know Your will; ever since the world began wisdom was the salve they used that have won Your favor. ( http://catholicbible.online/side_by_side?bible_part_no=1&book_no=25&chapter_no=9 )

And when even ONE single soul -- like you, yes you -- sincerely gives itself over to God, completely, being hungry for God, and seeking Him in this personal prayer where He can be found, then every soul in the world is touched by this grace. (God tells St. Faustina in her diary.) 

If you are familiar with the Akita prophecy about how, if people don't repent, God will destroy the world, then take comfort -- if instead of worrying about the world, or trying to convince people to convert or try to control others by your prayer (you cannot control other people), if instead you seek God -- God Who is calm, Who is Peace -- then you are that one person who will be repenting, and it really honestly will change the course of events. 

This is true because God is real, and because God is Love. This is not from anything within ourselves, but because God is Love and loves us so greatly, that it saves many when even one person prays and loves God -- because God truly loves us as individuals. An individual's efforts to God matter to Him so immensely because of His Love for us as individuals. This includes your efforts, too!

There are all of these nuns and these monks cloistered in the monastic life who don't speak, or don't speak much, and who spend all day praying and contemplating God's beauty -- His Mercy, His Love, His Peace -- while they work on menial tasks and serving others. Those are the people who are saving souls from going to Heck and who are upholding the entire world. Those are the people who are active and fervent apostles for God. Those are the people who are the reason why we have not been deservedly destroyed so many times over for our sins. They are saving a world they have turned their backs on. Because they chose true wisdom -- to pray to God to know Him and love Him.

So much of what you see in the world is completely fake. Even the stuff that is real is often a lie because it is taught to us in lieu of something else that is real. It is ends up being a truth wrapped in a lie to manipulate us. And people get so worked up about it, enter rages or despairs, can't sleep at night; and all for this emptiness that is not worth it.
 
While you may be called to a ministry of service someday, that is not how you are going to save the world. Many people have peace talks and march armies and strive to have humanitarian efforts. It doesn't change anything, really -- does it? Or you find out something they are doing, usually for ego, is actually hurting others. I remember watching a video from an African entrepreneur who condemned Tom's (shoe store) donation of a free pair of shoes to a small village in Africa, because that means that the local shoe makers are out of work because people would rather take free shoes, so no one's life ever improves. When I was a teenager, Gap store had a Inspi(Red) campaign to help find a cure for AIDS; the company spent more money on their advertising than they actually donated. Etc. Etc, don't even get me started on the news in my country, or its education (I'm in the US). People do many publicly approved "good deeds." But they do not save the world. Because what they are doing is not real, so to speak.

And it is "not real" because it is without God. And God is Reality; God is Truth. That is why Simeon told Mary, "a sword will pierce your heart* so that the secret thoughts of many will be revealed;" because Mary perfectly possesses God, and God, Who is with her, in her heart*, is Truth. 

(For those who don't know: *Heart did not used to mean emotions or even your core; heart means your consciousness. Your active thoughts. Your spirit, as opposed to your soul. Your "reigns" or core was the kidneys. Mary kept her active thoughts about God, which is what we in Catholicism call "contemplation" or "meditation" -- both of which only mean, to think actively about God -- and her thoughts were perfect, they were not in the dark or without understanding, because she is "full of grace." Hence she was broken hearted -- stupefied with sorrow and her spirit totally run through by a sword, taking on more sorrow -- not only for Jesus' sufferings but over the salvation of our own souls, we who are sinners -- than anyone else could ever withstand. By this suffering that she offered to God, which she could in a moment of crisis from her life of contemplating Him, she became the only one in the in human race, past, present or future, who can crush the skull of the serpent; the head of God's Army and the most powerful weapon in it, higher than the angels and The Terror to demons during an exorcism; understanding that Jesus is God, not a creature but the second member of the Holy Trinity, God the Son, whereas Mary is still a creature, like us, made by the Creator.)

Prayer is the greatest work. Saint James wrote truthfully:

Here is a brother, here is a sister, going naked, left without the means to secure their daily food; if one of you says to them, "Go in peace, warm yourselves and take your fill," without providing for their bodily needs, of what use is it? [...] But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

This is, without question, true.

I grew up in a mostly upper middle class world (whereas I was not in that wealth bracket). It was a world in which ambition and competition against others were considered virtues. So often I have seen that those with food and those with clothes seek that which is only emptiness. They push God to the back or have Him in name only or very shallowly. Most of those I knew when I was young died from dismissing God and seeking the world instead. They worked and drank and sexed themselves to death. They died or were committed to a hospital or mental hospital before 30. Right up until the end, they had the approval of everyone around them; until they ceased and then the world forgot them and didn't care anymore because the love in the world is shallow and fleeting. Or they live now and are alcoholics, perhaps wealthy alcoholics because of familial ties and money. It's all so vain and empty. There's no reward to any of it. Nothing comes of it. No one in the world wants to forgive, either.

Whereas God's Love is so huge that even time itself can't contain it: only eternity can. He not only forgives but has the power to remove both sin and its payment from a person!

I have seen Catholics who also fell into this category, those who call themselves Catholic, dead inside, but winning approval from taking care of the material needs of those whom they considered far beneath them, "the little people," "the poor people." I've seen the accolades that they received from doing this. Their religion is not deep.

But what good is clothing and what good is food, and what good is approval, and what good is any of it, if you, or the person you are helping, has lost his or her soul and is headed towards Heck? Or has food but lives on emptily, with the great suffering of not knowing God? I know there was a time where I had food and a roof over my head, and I was dead inside, I did not know God, and my material existence gave me no purpose or satisfaction. For me then, had there been a trade between knowing God and starving to death, or eating and never knowing God, I would have chosen to have the true food -- which is, knowledge of God, aka true wisdom. That is why martyrs are martyrs because life without God is empty, the way faith without works is empty.

Therefore, while material generosity is the truth, it can only be real if it flows from spiritual wealth, that is, prayer; the first generosity must be to the souls of others, then to their bodies. Everything that takes place physically first took place spiritually. If those whom James addressed were not being generous to those in need, it was because they were not praying for the souls of others in private. 

When I was a child before I knew God, I endured false charity from those who called themselves Catholics, who would give me material substance when I was poor, but were insufferable because of their arrogances and vanities and lack of respect for me, other than being "the poor one I can make myself feel big by being charitable to." Or all their other sins like gossip and a general rudeness that I had to overhear to experience from them.

That only served to prove to me, in my youth, before knowing God, that surely God does not exist because why else would His people be so false? Now I know that it was because they did not pray. They had no prayer life which was private and always growing. They thought of themselves as Saints but they were not bringing souls to God; rather, they were proving to others who had no knowledge of God, by their own sins and attitudes, that God did not exist -- which is a lie. 

Their material charity flowed from their pride and vanity, not from a soul that was alive with a private relationship with God. If they prayed or talked about religion, it was so people heard them; not so that God heard them. 

In this way, their charity was false: not a blessing but a curse. The word "religion" derives from a word meaning "to tie." It is meant to tie us to God. Their religion was also false: it untied souls around them from God, and brought condemnation upon themselves, their religion and unjustly on God. But they didn't notice because they thought highly of themselves.

The Dunning-Kruger Effect: people overestimate their competence or cognitive abilities and are not able to recognize these errors. The less someone knows about a topic, the more they are likely to have strong opinions about that topic. People will endorse erroneous information if it fits their opinion. If they are surrounded by others who have the same view, they are more likely to stick to those views. A community's opinions can become social norms. Going against the predominant view of one's group risks ostracization. In one study, it was found that one-third of study subjects thought they knew as much or more than doctors and scientists about the [topic of study]. This rate was highest in people that had low levels of knowledge about and high levels of misinformation endorsement. Anyone is capable of this cognitive bias about themselves.

When this cognitive bias is applied to Catholicism, it can become dangerous to other people's souls. Because God is real; therefore to teach one's opinion about God, rather than pray to know Who God really is, hurts others. We will never fully know God on earth or even in eternity, simply by the fact that God is infinite and we are limited. But we still must be humble and pray. This is another reason why private prayer and to talk to God rather than about God 99.9% of the time is so important.

This is also why it is important to examine oneself for sin, rather than first look and accuse other people. As well as to remember that if God were not holding you in His Hand, you would be committing worse sins than they do... or what if you are, and you do not realize it, like those I have described? Because of their little true wisdom but assumption of righteousness.

With these Catholics I saw when I was young who assumed they were being charitable but convinced me of the demonic lie that God is not true, if they had rather behaved in the opposite way -- all charity done in private with sincerity, speaking to Him rather than about Him, and not even giving me anything but praying for me without my knowing it... or giving to me without any social rewards, or with respect... 

well, it was those I didn't know, off in convents and in Churches and in their private rooms, somewhere in the world whom I don't know personally and who don't know me, but they were praying for the salvation of souls; as well as my Jewish teacher who prayed for me -- I didn't know at the time, she didn't announce it, but God showed me later (as Jesus said, "salvation is from the Jews") -- it was those people who were truly sincere in their faith, who prayed to God and not to themselves, who sought God in private and who recognized spiritual poverty in the soul of those around them and in the souls of the world, who showed their faith through works of prayer, who wanted the true wisdom of knowing God -- those are the people who obtained the mystical grace for me to know God. They are the reason I am alive. They had true charity.

Matthew 25: Then shall the just answer God, saying: Lord, when did we see You hungry, and fed You; thirsty, and gave You drink? And when did we see You a stranger, and took You in? or naked, and covered You ? Or when did we see You sick or in prison, and came to You? And the king answering shall say to them: Amen I say to you, as long as you did it to one of these My least brethren, you did it to Me.

Then He shall say to them also that shall be on His left hand: Depart from Me, you cursed, into everlasting fire which was prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry, and you gave Me nothing to eat: I was thirsty, and you gave me nothing to drink. I was a stranger, and you did not take took Me in: naked, and you would not cover Me: sick and in prison, and you did not visit Me.

Then they also shall answer Him, saying: Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister to You?

Then He shall answer them, saying: Amen I say to you, as long as you did it not to one of these least, neither did you do it to Me.

And these shall go into everlasting punishment: but the just, into life everlasting.

Unless what I say must be true, how is it those could have gone off to everlasting life and not understand when they had been charitable? Because surely they would have remembered the physical act of tending the sick or visiting prisoners. And how could the danged have not known when they did not do the Will of God? How could these people have not known what their own actions were?

These ones in the world, possibly far away, in convents, knowing God and praying to Him, saved me from this prison and illness of not knowing God. They fed me with graces and quenched the thirst of my dryness of soul. They led to my being clothed by God with His forgiveness, obtaining for me the grace of repentance.

And they do not know that they did so.

It must first begin and end with private prayer, with the sincere desire to know and be with God.

As you can see, it requires graces from God to love Him more than oneself and more than approval from others. This is a hard obstacle to overcome; but:

Hebrews 4: God’s Word to us is something alive, full of energy; it can penetrate deeper than any two-edged sword, reaching the very division between soul and spirit, between joints and marrow, quick to distinguish every thought and design in our hearts. From Him, no creature can be hidden; everything lies bare, everything is brought face to face with Him, this God to whom we must give our account. Let us hold fast, then, by the faith we profess. We can claim a great high priest, and one who has passed right up through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God. 

And this High Priest of our's is not without compassion on our weaknesses; He was tempted in all things the way we are tempted, yet is without sin. Therefore, let us go with confidence to the Throne of Grace that we may obtain mercy, and win that grace which will help us in our needs.

[This throne of grace being prayer, the Sacraments such as Baptism, Confession, and the core of everything, the Holy Eucharist; as well as the intercession of Mary and the angels and Saints of Heaven, who have also becomes "seats of wisdom" through the holiness of their lives.]

Luke 2:14: Glory to God in the Highest and peace on earth to those of good will, on whom God's favor rests!

 Surely His favor rests most securely on those who want wisdom of Him. To tell God that He is infinite and we are finite and therefore He must teach us about Himself is a great act in opposition to our tendency towards pride. It is an openness to God, an act of Trust in Him and His Infinite Mercy and Love which He appreciates more dearly than we can understand. We must come to where He can be found, the throne of grace and contemplation, with an interest in Him, a desire for fulfillment of a deep longing and emptiness in the soul.

Job 28: But where is wisdom to be found, and where is the place of understanding? People do not know the price of wisdom, neither is it found in the land of those who live in worldly delights.

The deep said: It is not in me; and the sea said: It is not with me. The finest gold shall not purchase wisdom, neither shall silver be weighed in exchange for it. It shall not be compared with the vibrant dyed colors of India, or with the most precious stone sardonyx, or the sapphire. Gold or crystal cannot equal it, neither shall any vessels of gold be changed for it.  The topaz of Ethiopia shall not be equal to it, neither shall it be compared to the cleanest dyeing.

High and eminent things shall not be mentioned in comparison of it: but wisdom is drawn out of secret places.

From whence, then, comes wisdom? and where is the place of understanding?

It is hidden from the eyes of all living, and the fowls of the air don't know it. Destruction and death have said: With our ears we have heard of it.

God understands the way of wisdom, and he knows where it is.

For He beholds the ends of the world: and looks on all things that are under heaven. Who made a weight for the winds, and weighed the waters by measure. When He gave a law for the rain, and a way for the sounding storms. Then He saw it, and declared, and prepared, and examined it.

And He said to mankind: Behold the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom: and to depart from evil, is understanding.

And if I see those around me who are wealthy, but that they are lost, seeking worldly emptiness, or in sin, and I do not pray even a general prayer to God "for all those I know, know of, who know me, and who know of me," or "for the salvation of souls," then... what is my faith? What good does all their material wealth do, all their ambition, all the approval they receive from their families and friends and society? 

Matthew 16: For he that will save his life, shall lose it: and he that shall lose his life for My sake, shall find it. How is a man the better for it if he gains the whole world at the cost of losing his own soul? For a man’s soul, what price can be high enough?

St. James, 2:26: For even as the body without the spirit is dead; so also faith without works is dead.

Do you understand now, a little, why it will only be through this private prayer that God will save the world? This is in imitation of Jesus -- He spent the first 30 years of His Life saving souls through His private prayer, and even while out on His Ministry spent most of His time in prayer. He endured His Passion by prayer. How everyone's prayerful praise must have been when they saw Him on His Resurrection, Ascension, and during the coming of the Holy Spirit.

It is all by prayer. Sincere prayer. Personal and private prayer. It must be through this sincere thirst for God, which you yourself in your own words must ask God to arouse within you. Thirst for Him is a great grace, that can only come from God Himself, and He will freely give it to you, if you should happen to beg Him for it, because all He wants is to be close to you, and you to Him.

And all your soul dearly wants is to be close to Him. Only in God can your soul find rest and satisfaction. You can distract your heart with all the cares and worries about the world, or [sadly in our time, often sinful] pleasures the world has to offer, or striving after things the world says are necessary for joy -- fame, popularity, approval from others, wealth, relationships, current events and schools of thought and behavior -- your soul will have emptiness, now during your life as well as upon your death, when you realize you wasted your life, which was given to you to learn about God.

That is why those in convents do more to save the world than all the people still in the world. They also save the immortal souls of those who are dying from eternal ruin, through their love of God and their contemplation of His aspects and splendors, such as His Love. And this is of more importance than anything else. This is the most dear work you can do, the one that consoles the infinitely tender and merciful Heart of Jesus.

It's so funny: all the suffering in the world, all the effort, all the money, all the display, all the scheming; yet actually doing anything beneficial costs nothing, and is both liberating and consoling rather than burdening.

... You don't have to join a convent, unless God calls you and you have the strength and health for it, but in your own day-to-day life, you are called to be a little nun or a little monk, praying and contemplating to Him. Right where you are now. (I recall this is what Benedict XVI said. This is good to think about. Another priest once told me, that I ought to be a nun and that nuns are the happiest people he knows. -- I can't due to health, but I can strive for this in my personal life. Anyone can. At least, for the pursuit of true happiness. It is not a game or a metaphor, but real -- God sees our efforts and blesses them, however little and feeble they are. Afterall, He wants us to be His children, and a child's efforts are often very little, because children are little.)

(I have written things like this before; I know. Another reason I thought maybe it is not worth it to post all this.)

So yes, in the article I do touch on the potential dangers these radical political movements could cause, by associating themselves falsely with Catholicism or by feigning to be Catholic themselves, but if you turn away from all of it in the world, it is not necessary to read. But if you do read it, perhaps for consolation and guidance, perhaps because you have suffered at these senseless and lost thoughts, should it afford you consolation, then at least remember while reading it:

Pardon me: it was written from pain and emotion and was beneficial to both of us, both me and my father, and I hope it is okay for others to read, but if not, please pardon me, neither of us could look at it objectively; you can always stop reading it if you want, you don't have to read to the end; and--

While you must avoid bad people, you also must forgive them and not hold rancor in your heart, if you want to enter Heaven or have a relationship with God. He is meek and humble of heart; the world only offers lost and senseless thoughts. God wants to save all souls. Remember what Jesus also said in ch 2 of Apocalypse (which is a really great chapter, very encouraging, I recommend reading it): 

Yet there is one charge I make against you; of losing the charity that was your's at first. Remember the height from which you have fallen, and repent, and go back to the old ways; or else I will come to visit you and, when I find you still unrepentant, will remove your candlestick from its place. http://catholicbible.online/side_by_side/NT/Apoc/ch_2

And again in Matthew ch 24: 

Now all these are the beginnings of sorrows... In those days, people will give you up to persecution, and will put you to death; all the world will be hating you because you bear my name; whereupon many will lose heart, will betray and hate one another. Many false prophets will arise, and many will be deceived by them; and the charity [love] of most will grow cold as they see wickedness abound everywhere; but the one will be saved who endures [in charity] to the last. 

Remember too that: God is calm. Bitter zeal is not a virtue; peace is. Virtue comes from God when we ask Him for it; He will give it to you because He loves you beyond what human or angelic mind can fathom. 

Thank you for taking the time to read this. I hoped it helped be encouraging in some way. God bless you and your day. 

Special link for more: http://www.boldradish.com/p/radical-factions-taint-catholicism.html

Monday, January 31, 2022

Mary of Egypt (c. 344 – c. 421)

Mary of Egypt (c. 344 – c. 421) highly venerated as a Desert Mother in the Eastern Orthodox and Coptic Churches. The Roman Catholic Church commemorates her as a patron saint of penitents.

At the age of twelve, she ran away from her parents to the city of Alexandria. Here she lived an extremely dissolute life (The meaning of DISSOLUTE is lacking restraint; especially: marked by indulgence in things (such as drink or promiscuous sex). She often refused the money offered for her sexual favors, as she was driven "by an insatiable and an irrepressible passion," and that she mainly lived by begging, supplemented by spinning flax.

Later in life, she went on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem for the purpose of finding more partners. She attempted to enter the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (that is, the Church built around the tomb Jesus Resurrected from) and she could not enter the Church because of her many sins of impurity.

Realizing her sins were real and were affecting her soul, she was struck with intense remorse and prayed in front of an Icon of the Blessed Virgin which was outside of the Church. She begged God for forgiveness and promised to give up the world, and then she could enter the Church.

She venerated a piece of the True Cross on which Jesus had been Crucified centuries before. She returned to the Icon to give thanks, and God told her: "If you cross the Jordan, you will find glorious rest." Across the Jordan was the Monestary of Saint John the Baptist. She entered, gave her confession and received absolution (meaning, with a priest acting as a tool for God, God granted her total forgiveness of her sins, John 20:22-23) and received Holy Communion. Her soul found glorious rest in God.

The next day she entered the desert the live the rest of her life as a hermit. 

http://easternchristianinsights.blogspot.com/2014/04/st-mary-of-egypt.html

We can see that a very dissolute person can turn to God with His help and the prayers of His Mother. That if you have remorse and sincerely want Him, God permits you to find Him. Even if we cannot walk into a physical desert to be hermits, we can live a life in the joy of knowing and seeking God, instead of the passing things of the world, and find rest for our souls.

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

Saturday, July 17, 2021

Pray In Your Interior Chapel

 Interior Chapel

When Saint Catherine of Sienna was deprived by her parents of any place or time for prayer and meditation, Our Lord inspired her with the thought of  making a little interior chapel in her mind, into which she could retire in heart, and enjoy a holy solitude amid her outward duties.

And henceforward, when the world assaulted her, she was able to be indifferent, because, she said, she could retire within her secret chapel, and find comfort with her Heavenly Bridegroom.

She later counselled her spiritual daughters to make a retirement within their heart, in which to dwell.

In the same manner let your heart withdraw to an inward retirement, where, apart from all men, you can lay it bare, face to face with God.

-Written by Saint Francis de Sales (Wiki entry 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_de_Sales)



Monday, June 21, 2021

Visions of Mercy and Joy given to the nuns from Mary of Good Success book and devotion

 In the events of Mother Mariana's life described in the book of Our Lady of Good Success published by Dolorosa Press, the non-observant nuns (meaning the ones who don't pray) made up false accusations and imprisoned the founders, that is, the nuns that founded the religious community. The holy warriors of God (the observant nuns, meaning the ones who prayed and followed the Rule of the Religious Order they belonged to) were kept in a very sad prison for crimes which they did not commit.


One night, God gave all of these women amazing visions.

I have often thought about the two transcribed below. You can get swept away contemplating them... I think also about how joyful it must have been for Elizabeth and John when Mary and Jesus visited them and the Holy Spirit came upon them! (Luke 1:41+: http://catholicbible.online/side_by_side/NT/Lk/ch_1  )

I hope that you get benefit from contemplating these, also, and contemplate God's love; they are very beautiful and immensely profound, though short. ... I transcribe them exactly as is in the English version of the book unless you see a [statement] for clarification:

Vision of Mother Lucia of the Cross (pg 13):
She saw Our Lord Jesus Christ with His Sacred Heart visible on His breast, surrounded by thorns and bleeding profusely. The Blood of His Heart inundated the patios and cloisters of the Convent, until it became a sea of Blood. He said to her, "In this sea of My Heart's Blood I am ready to wash the guilt of those who, being repentant, have recourse to Me."

Vision of Mother Maria of the Incarnation (pg 14-5):
She saw the deliberation of the Blessed Trinity about how to redeem mankind. God the Son offered Himself to save it, and at that moment He made an act of humility so profound that no creature could ever repeat it. Then the Blessed Trinity sent Archangel Saint Gabriel to the place where the small and humble Mary was praying. When she gave herself over to God's will, in such an absolute way that no one has, or ever will do the same, saying, "Be it done to me according to Thy will," the Father and the Holy Ghost worked the ineffable mystery. The Holy Ghost embraced Mary's heart so forcefully with the Love of God, that three drops of blood came out, with which He formed the perfect body to which [God the] Son was united.
Mother Maria of the Incarnation saw how the Child grew in Mary's womb, His birth and hidden life in Nazareth. God sustained the life of this nun so that she would not die of love from these visions.

My (brief) experiences understanding some “Catholic” words from an English perspective

 This might be trivial for some people, but it did help me so I wanted to share in case it helps someone. I don’t know if anyone whose first language is English has experienced the same thing I have experienced. (Although I am ok now, I've had a history of depression, PTSD, etc, and all of these diseases causes one's dopamine levels or serotonin levels to be deficient which can hinder, to one degree or another, one's ability to speak, understand language, and learn, so, maybe it is just me, and maybe you don't have this experience.)


In another post a long time ago, I mentioned that I don’t say “thee” and “thou.” I translate to “you” because I have no experience with the words “thee” or “thou” and therefore they do not connect in my mind the way “you” does. (Not that I think there is anything wrong with thee and thou, and I don’t think one should be indignant about them or anything.) To me, they are like foreign words but used in the middle of an otherwise English sentence, which I feel I have to translate as I read, like climbing a wall, to be able to connect to the meaning of what I’m reading. This seems to distance me from what I am reading and from the persons who are speaking in the Gospels or who I am speaking to in prayer (ie, I don’t pray a Hail Mary or Our Father with “thee,” because I feel too separated, more like play-acting than speaking to God or Mary). So I replace it with the word “you” in my mind or writing. … I’m not saying you have to do that, but when I do it, it helps me better connect to, and be closer to, what is being said and to Whom I am speaking.


When I first converted to Christianity and I read about Mary, I read terms such as “mediatrix” and “co-redemptrix.” I thought they were very intellectual sounding words and also very… sort of fancy. Very impressive words and titles; very honorable, too!


But… they present the same problem as “thee” and “thou,” except even more so because they are made up words that I have never heard before.


I only recently started to translate these words into what they would actually be in English, which are Mediator and Co-Redeemer.


Because “mediator” and “redeemer” are actually real words in English, they have a much deeper impact on my mind, and they much more profoundly show me God’s Mercy in creating Mary and giving her to us as our Mother, Mediator and the Co-Redeemer.


“Mediator” and “Co-Redeemer” are real words in English so they are much more powerful words to me in helping me to understand what is really being said.


I have come to the conclusion that the sort of intellectual jargon words “mediatrix” and “redemptrix”, while very intellectual and fancy, … just… don’t have a lot of impact on me on a more profound level. Even more than “thee” and “thou.”


I feel the jargon has delayed and hindered my coming to a deeper understanding of God’s mercy in souls and Mary’s God-given role in the salvation of souls.


I also feel that translating these words from their more impressive Latin-based made up version to a real English version is more humble of me to do, more “little” (as in, the Little Way of Saint Therese). I’m not trying to be intellectual, I’m just trying to be close to God. I think that is more humble.


Mary typifies all of the promises Jesus gave in the New Testament (and throughout the Old Testament) about those who would believe in Him: for example, rivers of living water will flow from them. This is certainly truly observed in Mary. They will work wonders in His Name. This is certainly true of Mary, which we experience when we pray to her and ask her to pray for us. Etc.


I also sort of feel that these “Catholic” words are not condescending to the native English speaker and are also over-intellectualized, and therefore, a bit vain. (The word Catholic means Universal – it is not really universal if you don’t translate it so I can understand what you are saying and so see the fulfillment of Christ’s promises in His believers.)


What I mean is, if I were to go to, say, India to be a missionary, I would learn one of the native languages of India (there are many!) and I would try to speak to the people who spoke that language in the words that they speak so they can understand what I am saying about God. I would not try to make up new words based on my native language of English and try to make them understand what I am saying in my English-ized words. I would condescend to their language because I would want them to be able to understand better Who God is. And I wish I could see that condescension a bit better towards my native language of English.


The best example I can think of for this is Japanese. What we know as Japanese is really the common man’s Japanese. There is a second Japanese which is traditionally only spoken in the Imperial Court. It is like… Imperial Japanese. At the time of the end of World World 2, the Emperor came on the radio to speak to the Japanese people about the surrender. However, the people didn’t understand most of what he was saying. It was like a foreign language to them because he was speaking in the Imperial language. Which, frankly, is a mostly foreign language to common man's Japanese.


It would be like if someone said, “we should preach in an Imperial language because Jesus is King!” Yes, He is King. He is more of a King than anyone has ever been: He is King of Kings. Mary is Queen of Heaven and earth and all of us. … Yet… Jesus is not a king born in the cradle of gold and diamonds… He is a King laid in an animal’s food trough. To show that God will triumph over all the power and wealth of the world and public opinion. … He was not a King who was visited by foreign dignitaries, men and women dressed in embroidered silks and expensive dyes whose decisions impact millions of lives and who have considerable wealth. … He was visited by shepherds. Very, very poor shepherds. Who may have had nothing but sheep. They might not have even owned the sheep, they might have just been shepherding them. They might have wore sheepskins. They might have only eaten what they could catch or hunt. They might have been patched together. They might have smelled and had dirty faces and unkept hair that perhaps they did their best to clean before visiting the King, and it might not have been that impressive a transformation. Very poor persons. But they had sincerity… they were chosen… And when He spoke, it was not exclusively to educated men and women. It was often times to… the poor… the sick… the forgotten… the excluded… the sneered upon… the woman at the well who had been passed around, discarded by so many men and considered so unimportant… sinners whose confessions He heard and then healed them… the absolute worthless of society, either made so by their own sins or by circumstances they had no control over, by their societies or people’s sins against them… the “have nots,” the “losers.” The failures. The forgotten. The rejected. The unloved. The poor. The powerless. The unclean. The lowest caste. … And we know of He spoke even with an accent. A southern accent, which the intellectuals of the day sneered at and said of Him, “he is an uneducated yokel who keeps company with stupid fishers.” He didn’t have a college education or sound like a Harvard grad. … So… if you preach in an Imperial language… no one would know what was being said. Even if it is very impressive. … And it isn’t really what Jesus did in His whole Life. He was meek and humble of heart. Life, death, resurrection… and today, too…


English is not a latin-based language (although we do have a lot of words from Latin based languages). Unlike Latin-based languages, we do not have different nouns for male and female. For example, in Spanish, a male doctor is called “doctor” and a female doctor is “doctora.” If I had grown up speaking Spanish, this would be very straight forward to me. (Well, the words are super close anyway, it isn’t difficult to grasp. Adding -trix and -ess to the end of things sort of makes them part of a whole different language, it’s so far away from any English I know, and it just doesn’t have the impact.)


I sort of think whomever invented the term “redemptrix” was attempting to “Latin-ify” English by creating a feminine word for redeemer or mediator. But this does not connect to my thoughts as a native English speaker. For example, we do not call female doctors “doctrix” or “doctress.” We call them doctors. Just because that is the way that English is.


There are many languages besides Latin-based ones which have masculine and feminized words (including Hebrew), and there are many languages besides English which do not. (English may be the current international language, but English is not a top tier language in Catholic history – that would be the latin based languages and … Polish.)


I really like the Latin Mass because it is much more powerful for Exorcisms. The Mass is very beautiful and wonderful, and the High Latin Mass is actually quite “Jewish,” if you’ve seen Jewish things, which is very beautiful because… it fits very much with the whole Bible. It makes a lot of sense. It is wonderful. And even though at first it was very difficult for me to follow so I did not, I felt like the unconscious man on the side of the road in Jesus’ example of who the true neighbor is, and I felt that Jesus was coming to take care of my immortal soul despite me being ‘unconscious’ to what was being said at first. This was a very beautiful and wonderful experience and I received so many blessings and deliverances which impact my life to this day. I do not think there would be such a need for exorcisms if we had more Latin Masses. They really are wonderful for deliverance!


But Latin is a dead language and so it is everyone’s second language… Essentially it is the Resurrected Language. Latin in a Mass reminds all Christians in all countries that earth is not the Kingdom we must aim for, but rather a new citizenship in Heaven that is very real… even so far as to be in another language. Like a true country, not just the “idea” of a country. But a real place we must strive for and strive to bring on earth through our closeness to God, especially in prayer and in His Sacraments (baptism, Mass, confession).


But when a missionary preaches to a people in their native language, it seems a lot more humble for him or her to speak to those people in their native language… I think, anyway. (I’m not saying the Good News should be preached in slang or with the grievous sins of contemporary language such as foul language or anything like that – but at least in real English that I can grasp. Even if it is a more formal or correct English, it helps me to read real English words rather than made-up – and frankly, unnecessary – words. Unnecessary because I know Mary is a woman already.)


I started writing or translating over my Catholic books which use the word “mediatrix” or “co-redemptrix”, to “Mediator” and “Co-Redeemer” and this has personally helped me a great deal to understand. It has more impact on a deeper level.


So, I suggest that if your native language is English, you try writing or mentally translating these words in your books because maybe you will come to a new understanding of the great impact that these titles have, which would deepen your contemplation of God’s infinite Mercy and His infinite love for us by giving us His holy Mother as our mediator and co-redeemer, and the proper abandonment we should give to Mary to obtain graces for our souls from God through her intercession so that we can spend eternity in Heaven with God.


It might help you to do so; it helped me, anyway. That’s why I thought I would share.


Maybe you understood it already on a profound level and it won’t make a difference to you. That’s very good!


But it me, it really helped me to understand Mary and God better and I feel like I’ve begun a fresh contemplation of God’s Mercy.


(PS. This same sort of thing is in the Good Success book, where they refer to the founders of the community in Quito, Ecuador, as “foundresses.” It is a little redundant, given that they are nuns so we know they are women. I suggest trying out this translation from “foundress,” another attempt at latin-izing English with a made up word, to “founder” so you can again see the great impact of the work of the holy warrior of God, Mother Mariana, and all of the other holy founders. Again, unless it has no impact on you. Maybe it was just me.)


Have a nice day~!

Friday, March 12, 2021

St Joseph, patron of purity and family

 St Joseph is a patron of purity and family. He wants purity for the whole family. He is distraught by impurity in any member of the family, because impurity destroys the family, creates inequality and brings the devil and vices into the family, and ruins lives and souls. Hence why I think, in pagan false religions, the patron of the family is a female diety because of the physical reproduction, but i think in Catholicism, which is God's religion, it is St Joseph who is patron of the family because of the beautiful purity of his soul and his sincere concern for all the souls of the family, wanting them all to go to Heaven and reach their full potential in life. God is much more concerned about the soul of people, it is the soul which He judges us or approves of us by.


Joseph wants to help every member of the family with whatever his or her work is. Everyone has to do work, and he is the patron of work. He loves us all equally and he wants to see us reach our full potential and protect us and help us to protect one another. He does not think of us in worldly terms but he sees us all in the context of eternity and God. I have protected my family from many bad things, even though I am the youngest and female, which in the erroneous world's eyes, I would have to be the one protected; but by Saint Joseph's help, I have protected and saved my family, even despite sin, and even members of the family who are sinners. He has helped me in so many ways.

He will help anyone who comes to him! Because he is perfectly humble. Sirach, 3:17, one who conducts his affairs with humility is loved more than a giver of gifts. This describes every Saint, but also Saint Joseph, and as he is patron of workers, and we all have work to do, he will help us to do our work with sincere (not false, for show, but real) humility and gentleness, as he himself worked during his mortal life.

He is a very good daddy.

He wants us ALL to go to Heaven, spend eternity in Heaven with him, his Stepson Who is God Himself, and his holy and spectacular Wife, the Crusher of Demons, Mary most holy. What a wonderful, awe-inspiring family!

Mary is the example of every Christian because she followed Jesus perfectly as we are all called to follow Jesus perfectly.

But, so too, St Joseph is the patron of all Christians because he lived perfectly with Jesus and Mary, as we are also called to live perfectly with Jesus and Mary!

I am in awe when I talk to St Joseph. He has a real concern and love for me, as I know he has for everyone. He is a beautiful soul, he is so pure and full of true Christian love that brings so much comfort from God into our lives. Yes, there are prayers to Saint Joseph, which are good to pray, but also please, speak to Joseph in your own words about your problems, and know this holy father hears you and wants to obtain a true conversion and true faith for you.

This is the statue of Saint Joseph I have had on my desk for some time. I like to speak to Saint Joseph, and I hope you do, too. Saint Teresa of Avila used to leave a statue of Saint Joseph in her place in a convent when she went away, asking him to keep watch over everything, and when she returned, asked him for a report. People saw that statue's mouth speaking to her, and she could evidently hear what he was saying, though no one else could!

I have also heard stories by people who were not Saints. A young boy was careening down a hill out of control on his bicycle when he cried out, Saint Joseph help me and I will pray 5 Hail Marys in your honor! ... The bicycle miraculously slowed to a stop, in a way which could not naturally happen, and the boy prayed the 5 Hail Marys in honor of Saint Joseph.

I also heard of (and saw a new report about with pictures!) a shop keeper whose street was being flooded, and he had to evacuate. He left a very large statue of Saint Joseph on the floor of his shop (it may have been a resturant, I can't remember) and he told Saint Joseph to look after the place. Everyone else had damage on the street but the water stopped at the foot of the Saint Joseph statue and would not go further! I have seen miracles like this, living in a hurricane and flood area, and so I believe the news report (which was in America, a non-Catholic country) and the photos. Everyone on the street, although not Catholic, was in awe and wanted to see the statue and the miracle.

We have a prayer to Saint Joseph, which is a video, and one person left a comment that s/he (it was an anonymous comment online, I do not know the person who left it) could not pass a particular test, which s/he had taken many times and failed, but then s/he prayed the prayer in the video every day and Saint Joseph helped him/her pass the test!

There is also a lot of problems with the grievous sin of reviling language and foul language. St Joseph is not recorded saying anything in the Bible, although he certainly spoke in his life. But for this reason, if you go to confession and pray to Saint Joseph every day to not even think reviling language or bad words, and to be protected against being around that bad language, and to speak gently to others, Joseph will help you and free you from these grievous sins and give you the virtue to be godly gentle.

Saint Joseph has a LOT of concern for you. He is very, very loving sincerely, he wants to see you go to Heaven. He is a VERY good guy.

Devotion to Saint Joseph fits in perfectly with devotion to God through the Holy Rosary. Joseph loved his wife and his Stepson and was in awe of their virtue! You can ask Saint Joseph to contemplate them and to help you pray and to pray with you. He will be glad to pray the Rosary with you from Heaven! Sometimes people do not have anyone to pray the Rosary with them, but if you ask Saint Joseph, you will have a friend who will pray the Rosary with you — the Saint himself! A priest told me that the title which honors Saint Joseph the most is, "Spouse of Mary," so YES, Saint Joseph is a wonderful prayer partner of the Rosary! I cannot think of any better!!

Here is a picture of my statue of Saint Joseph from my desk, please feel free to say Hello to him today, now!





(This statue always photographs so well, I've taken pictures of him before, ...even with my cell phone camera like you see here, that I've always thought that's got to be a miracle in itself...)

May Joseph hold you in his holy and pure hands, pressed to his wonderful heart, the way he holds the Infant Jesus! Cuddle close to this wonderful Saint!!!

We are called to be imitators of Christ. Please contemplate how Christ sleeps so peacefully and securely in the arms of Joseph and Mary, and adopt this holy trust and confidence in them, that they may carry you from sin and the Devil, the way they both carried Jesus out of the grasp of Herod when Jesus was an infant. Herod was a physical threat of physical death, but Joseph wants to carry you now from the threat of sin. Just as he wept holy tears during the flight into Egypt, Joseph weeps for all souls entangled in sin, and is ready to help lead you away from sin and the Devil! 

As well as befriend you and help you practically do your work and practice virtue in your day-to-day life!

I love you, and so much more does St Joseph — have good confidence in him, and have a nice day!!!

(I know this is not the year of Saint Anne, but I also recommend devotion to Saint Anne. It seems that, when you are adopted into the holy family, Saint Anne will also come into your life. The same way a new baby is born and, in a holy family, the whole family wants to come and bless the child, so too, when you are born into a relationship with God, and strive to sincerely become a child of God through prayer and devotion, Saint Anne will also come into your life. She is most powerful of all the Saints, a near-omnipotent matriarch because of God's Law of holy obedience to parents, and Joseph, and Mary, and Jesus, all love her and obey her, and she loves them, and she loves you, too! Saint Michael and your guardian angel will also come into your life so much, also! In this way, you will have a very BIG holy family! Everyone wants to come into your life! And everyone will want to help you turn away from sin and away from the world and turn towards God, and you will have happiness in God that cannot be found in the emptiness of the world. God bless you!!!)

Sunday, March 7, 2021

Priest exorcist warns public on the danger of patronizing horror films

https://mb.com.ph/2021/03/05/priest-exorcist-warns-public-on-the-danger-of-patronizing-horror-films/ 

Fr Fortea suggests that reciting the Rosary daily, making the sign of the cross with Holy Water, and frequenting the sacraments of Confession and Communion are powerful ways in which to keep the devil away. ❤ 

 Fr. Amorth said that violent thoughts, inspired from perversely violent movies, also causes demonic possession which is difficult to get rid of. That and promiscuity and sexually perverse thoughts. 

 Galatians 1:3-5: "Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ who gave Himself for our sins that he might rescue us from the present evil age in accord with the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory forever and ever. AMEN."