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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

New Book - A Visit at Grandma's House by Anna Von Reitz

By Anna Von Reitz

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New Mini-Book in PDF - A Visit at Grandma's House

I just finished a new mini-book just in time for holiday sharing.  People can print it off at home.  It's only 22 pages single-sided, 11 double-sided, large print. 

It presents all the most basic and urgent need-to-know information about the overall history and situation in the form of an imaginary visit to Grandma's House and a sit down conversation with me talking to a young person -- a grandson or granddaughter, and explaining it like I do with my own mid-teen to adult grandchildren. 

This might be just the ticket for various audiences and needs --- like if you need to explain things to your own children or grandchildren. 

The information is still dense to pack into 22 pages, but it covers the basics and it is somehow easier to swallow in this format. 

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

We Need Your Help with something very important.

Who is Paul Stramer

Most of us agree that Silver and Gold can be a great way to protect our ability to survive when we are looking at a currency crisis. Anna has written about this recently also.

That is why, when we started the pre-launch of Mint Builder two years ago, you helped me become the top personal sponsor in the company in just over 2 months with over 430 people opting in to get a free membership, and some of you started a subscription for at least one collector coin each month. Other distributors have bigger downlines and paychecks because they have bigger networks, but I still hold the record for bringing more people in the company as their personal sponsor. The vast majority of those people joined because of the offer of a free membership, but didn't buy the coins. But many of you did.

My promise to you was and is that I would immediately donate what was left over from our advertising budget up to 25% of the take from Mint Builder.

That action on your part, coupled with donations from others who didn't join Mint Builder has allowed me to send Anna well over $8300.00 in the last 5 years to help with her expenses and those of the Living Law Firm. Remember that I have never charged Anna one penny for all the work I do to publish her articles, and manage this blog. We have survived on Mint Builder commissions, donations, and selling products on the two websites, and I have built a mailing list for Anna's articles of over 6000 people.

Unfortunately Mint Builder had a binary pay plan, which most people found difficult to make work for them, and many of you didn't stay with it. Matt Barkes, the CEO of Mint Builder listened to his distributor network and has initiated the all new Mint Builder 2.0 to fix the problem, with much better pricing and a new and very much simpler pay plan called a uni-level. The new plan allows for a 10% commission on everyone you personally sponsor on everything they buy each month, and a 50% matching bonus on all the commissions paid each month, on your levels 2 through 5, regardless of width. There are no longer any qualifiers or hoops you need to jump through to get a paycheck.
Just start a subscription, introduce people, and get paid.

That brings me to what I need your help with.

As a way to help people take advantage of that new uni-level system, Matt has initiated a new endless bonus for distributors that could effectively nearly double our commissions for the future.
He has offered to increase the 10% on the front line to 15%, and instead of a 50% matching bonus through level 5 he will increase it to a 100% matching bonus.  These percentages would be locked in for as long as we are active in the company.

What do distributors like me need to do to qualify?  Just introduce 25 people who start a subscription for at least one collector coin monthly, or help someone who is already a member in our downline to renew a subscription for one of the new bundles. That might be you. We only need to do this one time.

The time to qualify is from now to the end of January, so we have 51 days left to get this done.

I have made up my mind to focus on this task and get this done ASAP, and you can help us. We have already signed up 7 new people in the last few days, so we need 18 more to join, or renew their subscriptions.  The prices are better than they were in the member shop before the new reboot 2.0, with wholesale pricing as low as 50 cents over spot. We have some of the best prices in the industry, especially on silver, and all the pricing is live. The prices follow the spot price and update every few minutes.

So I am asking you to help us by getting on a subscription for one coin per month for a while until we get qualified at least.   The best way to do that is to send an email to and give them your name and information so they can look up your account and initiate a subscription for your choice of product.

Just go to my website at  and click on Get Started in the top right corner to see the products in the orange boxes. Those are the subscriptions you can pick from. You only need one item that has a coin.

If you still have your ID number, and your original password, you can log in to the new site and do it yourself on line. But if you don't have your ID I might be able to find it for you. Call me at 406 889 3183. If you don't have your password send an email to and have them place the order for you. There should be a lost password link on the login page soon.

If you send them an email with your phone number and tell them you want to order they will call you.
Make sure they find you in the system before they place the order so we get the credit. My Id is 296110. I should be listed as your sponsor.

I know this comes at a not so good time for you with all the Christmas shopping going on, but Silver coins make great Christmas presents too, and this would be a great present for us and Anna if Mint Builder will pay this endless bonus from now on.

Thank you in  advance for whatever you can do, and if you can't do Mint Builder but want to help you could use the PayPal buttons on the right column of this blog.

God Bless you all at this wonderful season of Christ's Birth.

Paul Stramer  406 889 3183

Monday, December 9, 2019

IRS Fraud 101 - Tacit Admission

By Anna Von Reitz

I recently mentioned that HR - 1 [House Resolution 1] of 2017 is a tacit admission of wrong-doing with respect to the so-called Sixteenth Amendment, in that it attempts to redefine the taxing authority under which the "Income Tax" is collected and to place it under the general taxation provisions of Article 1, Section 8, Clause 1.

Why is that important?  

They are admitting that they've been collecting this tax under false premises for decades. 

They are admitting that they had no subject matter jurisdiction over money accrued from our labor as men and women--- our earnings and salaries that they taxed as "personal" --- meaning "corporate" income.

As Thomas Freed has said, regardless of any power to create a tax, there must also be the ability to write law to enforce it.  "The fact that the 16th Amendment never gives Congress the authority to write law with respect to the enforcement of this alleged direct taxing just ignored...."

Notice that Congress has the power to tax us, but only under the limits and constraints of the Constitutions.  And next.... 

Notice that Congress can tax Federal Citizens, both Territorial and Municipal, any way it wishes to tax them. Constitutional constraints don't apply to Federal Employees and their direct dependents. 


This is another case of the foreign court system operating under Roman Law and "Let him who will be deceived, be deceived."  

All my American Readers now know that this law was created for and applied to whom?   United States Citizens and "citizens of the United States" ---- Federal Employees and their Dependents, in other words.  

Federal workers are not in receipt of any Constitutional guarantees, so they were fair game and not protected by Article 1, Section 2, Clause 3, nor by Article 1, Section 9, Clause 4. 

Federal citizens of both kinds, military and Federal Civil Service, are defined
by the Constitutions and are not parties to these agreements, so they can be abused at will. 

Simply by redefining all of us as "Volunteers" working for the Federal Government for free, as "Withholding Agents", they could strip us of our constitutional protections, too.  And they did. 

So what does this change in the source of claimed authority from the Sixteenth Amendment to Article 1, Section 8, Clause 1 do?  

Article 1, Section 8, Clause 1 contains no ability and no claim to the ability to impose an un-apportioned direct tax on us and our earnings and salaries. 

They can continue to do whatever they like to the Federal Employees and their Dependents, just as they always could before, but for those of us who declare our proper political status as Americans, the actual constitutional protections clamp down again.  

If Article 1, Section 8, Clause 1 is the only basis for the income tax, then it must also take the form of an impost, duty, or excise tax and the source of that impost, duty, or excise tax must be explicitly stated in the written law and that source must be taxable. 

And we already know that 15 USC 17 specifically excludes any "excise taxation of labor", and we also know that as originally enacted in 1913 and still maintained as Subtitle A, Chapters 1-6, the intended "foreign persons" were all the Federal Employees, so that there is no possible application to the earnings and salaries of Joe Average Americans working in these United States. 

Take home message --- direct un-apportioned taxation of the earnings and salaries of average Americans as Federal "income" has always been illegal. 

They simply contrived to get around this fact by: (1) alleging that we "volunteered" to act as Federal Employees (Withholding Agents) and (2) misidentifying us as British Territorial Citizens and/or Municipal citizens of the United States at birth.

This "unlawful conversion" of our political status stripped us of our Constitutional protections and guarantees and having converted us into "Federal Citizens" then made us subject to whatever taxes they imposed on their own employees. 

So, they've admitted -- tacitly--that the Sixteenth Amendment was bogus as a taxation authority, and that also means that all the tax enforcement actions taken against average Americans by IRS Agents acting "under the 16th Amendment" from 1913 to 2018, were also bogus. 

And now we get down to the reason that the Sixteenth Amendment was always a bogus taxation authority with respect to Joe Average American.  

The "Constitution" that was amended by the "Sixteenth Amendment" was actually the Articles of Incorporation for a Scottish Commercial Corporation, merely calling itself "The United States of America" --- Incorporated.  And that corporation went bankrupt and liquidated in 1906. 

So we have been treated to the spectacle of a hundred years-plus of vicious taxation based on the By-Laws of a defunct Scottish Commercial Corporation that was infringing on our Good Name for purposes of deliberate deceit and identity theft.  And is trying to do so again.  

But that's another story. 

For now, declare your proper political status, record it, give notification of it, and if you are not a Federal Employee or direct dependent of a Federal Employee, revoke your election to pay Federal Income Taxes.  

Thomas Freed has done a great deal of work on these issues though I have not been able to spend adequate time to evaluate it; it seems likely that he does not understand the reasons that the 16th Amendment had to be abandoned and may not understand that Federal Citizens were always subject to being taxed in ways beyond the constitutional provisions. 

Most Americans remain stubbornly unaware of the existence of the two second class citizenship statuses of our Federal Employees and the impacts on them and, if we are not vigilant, on us.  

Be that as it may, Freed does understand the implication of this tacit admission. Those who want to investigate more can find more at: 


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Frustration on the Home Front - Mine

By Anna Von Reitz

I realize that there are those of you who want action, action, action.  

There is actually more than enough to do, if you concentrate on learning all that you need to know and mastering the ins and outs of setting up your own State Assembly, your own Courts, and your own State Militia and Offices.  But instead of doing that, certain people just have to rush around, looking for other things to do and more rabbit holes to tunnel around in. 

No, we don't need any Treaty of Peace.  We were never involved in any unresolved war.  We are members of the Federation of States.  Not the Confederation of States of States. 

Think, people.  The actual States are sovereign entities.  They cannot go bankrupt.  They don't need insurance -- they have indemnity.  

Our actual government hasn't been at war since 1814.

American State Nationals and American State Citizens are owed The Law of Peace, AR 27 -161- 1.  Period.  And there is no excuse for anyone in government not knowing that and honoring that.  

The entities that need to enter into peace accords are the States of America Confederation members, and these cannot be formed and "reconstructed" until our actual States assemble and charter them. 

So get the horse in front of the cart and realize that there is a profound difference between States that are members of the Federation doing business as The United States of America and the States of States that are members of the long-dormant Confederation doing business as the States of America.  

We have to assemble the States of the Federation, and then the States of the Federation reconstruct (re-charter) the State of States of the Confederation. 
Wisconsin reclaims the property assets vested in The State of Wisconsin and re-charters it, for example. 

Next order of irritation....

No, there is no advantage to any Joe Average American in joining any tribal trust and doing so automatically voids all the work that you have done to extract yourselves from the maze. 

Our States are Nations.  

Our States require one singular political status --- one nationhood.   

You can't be part of the Algonquin Nation and serving as part of the Wisconsin Assembly for the same reason that you can't belong to the Texas Assembly 
and the Wisconsin Assembly at the same time, and for the same reason that you can't be a US Citizen and a State Citizen at the same time. 

One means one.  Singular means singular.  No other allegiances or political statuses are allowed while adopting American State Citizenship and running a State Assembly.  

Actual Native Americans have always been free of taxation and are Constitutionally guaranteed that.  It has nothing to do with belonging to a trust and everything to do with meeting the Federal definition of "native".  Last I heard, that requires at least one-eighth native DNA. 

Tribes can adopt white people as friends and family within their own community but this makes no difference to Washington, DC.  White people can belong to tribes if they wish, but they get no tax or other benefits and won't be recognized as Natives by the Federal Government. 

White people claiming tax exemption or other "Federal benefits" as Tribal Members are regularly prosecuted for tax evasion and fraud--- and they should be.  What is given to one should not be claimed by another. 

So if you are Native, there are some advantages to being Native, but there are also downsides, too.  Native Tribes are under a condition of Dependent Sovereignty.  As a result, all Native Tribal Members are (with a few exceptions) considered United States Citizens and citizens of the United States. 

This precludes them from accepting Tribal status and benefits and State Citizenship at the same time. 

We have noted and formally declared that our States of the Union accept people of all races, kinds, colors, and ethnicity without prejudice, meaning that so far as our States are concerned Natives are as welcome as anyone else to embrace the protections and benefits of State Citizenship.  

But also like everyone else, once you step over the fence, you are no longer eligible to receive emoluments from any foreign government and participate in a State Government at the same time. 


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United States Corp Registration

By Anna Von Reitz

Teri, Paul— 

Please pull the attachment for your records, and Paul, please post it on my website for all to see. 

There will be more commentary about this. 

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Sunday, December 8, 2019

America Never Sold, Just Foreign Corporations Abusing Our Names

By Anna Von Reitz

For several days I have been getting this photo lobbed at me, as if it was any huge surprise, and as usual, the people sending it to me have jumped to the mistaken idea that "America" was sold to these Billionaires: 


The only things sold were foreign corporations "doing business as" the United States (Inc.) and the United States of America, (Inc.) ----- British Territorial and Municipal corporations in the business of providing "essential governmental services" --- not our country.  That is the key fact you have to know and stick to and realize that while corporations can be bought and sold and go bankrupt, etc., this actual country and the people who live here are not eligible nor in need of any "bankruptcy protection".  We are, in fact, immune from bankruptcy of any kind.  Period.  

So when you see things like this --- step back, remember your history.  What was happening in the 1920's?  The Internal Revenue Service was brought ashore as a Delaware Corporation in 1925, the stock exchanges were be bought up and up and up in preparation for the Big Bust in 1929, just two years after this report.  We are in the midst of the Roaring Twenties and these are five of the Robber Baron Families benefiting from all the graft and identity theft and "false titles" being issued by "the" United States of America, Incorporated.  

If you own a house and you have a Lawn Service and a Housekeeping Service and they both act crazy and abuse your credit without you knowing or approving and then they go bankrupt ---- what happens?  

Well, the bankruptcy and the credit theft is their problem and the problem of the banks issuing the credit ---- not yours.  And as for the rest, it doesn't matter if they stay in business or go out of business after the bankruptcy, because it has nothing to do with you as their Employer.  

You can cluck, you can duck, you can offer help, you can ignore the whole situation and deny them as much as access to a single penny of all the credit that is owed to you.  Why?  Because they are all incorporated entities, separate from you in nature and in fact, and the most that you really have to do is look around for other organizations that can mow your lawn and swab your kitchen floors.


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Keep These Facts Firmly in Mind

By Anna Von Reitz

The actual government of this country is vested entirely in the living
people.  That is why it is called a government "of the people, for the
people, by the people".

It follows that no incorporated entity can ever be the government of this

Corporations of various kinds can serve the living people. Only.

When a living man, one of the people, acts in a Public Capacity -- for
example, serves as a Juror, he is acting in a "corporate" capacity --- the
Office of a Juror, but still not acting in an "incorporated" capacity.

This is the same difference you see between unincorporated small
businesses, like Mel's Autobody, and incorporated businesses like GE, Inc.,
or Intel, Inc.

A unincorporated small business is "corporate" but unincorporated.  It does
not owe its existence to any charter granted by any government.

In the same way, when a living man acts in a Public Capacity, as a State
Citizen, a Juror, a Sheriff, a Coroner, a Justice of the Peace, and so on,
he acts in a corporate but still unincorporated capacity as one of the

While acting in a Public Capacity of Office, each American acts as either
(1) a Lawful Person (land jurisdiction) or a (2)  Legal Person (sea
jurisdiction).  The land jurisdiction protects you while you are standing
on the land and soil, and the Queen or King of Britain is supposed to be
protecting you on the "High Seas and Navigable Inland Waterways" but they
haven't been doing that.

"We, the People" who created the Constitutions were all acting as Lawful
Persons.  The Founders were acting as State Citizens and State Delegates to
Congress---that is, they were acting in a "corporate" but "unincorporated"
capacity.  If they had been acting as Legal Persons-- that is, incorporated
entities, of any kind, the phrase would read, "We, the Persons".

It is only when we adopt the same political status and shoulder the same
responsibility that we have the same standing as, "We, the People" in the
current day, and are able to enforce, negotiate, and enter the jurisdiction
of the Constitutions and their guarantees.

So-- take that fact to heart.  Underline it.

Now, here's the next fact, even though you were born in the proper
political status, your name and identity were kidnapped and transported ---
"trafficked" into the realm of corporations and incorporated entities, the
strange "Land of Oz" world, where both Legal Persons and INCORPORATED
PERSONS exist.

According to the fraud artists, you were identified as a "Legal Person"
and, furthermore, as a Public Person -- but not an American, when you were
just a few days old.  The evidence of this is the Birth Certificate the
rats were obliged to give you.
It shows that you were the victim of "Unconscionable Contracting Processes"
when you were only a few days old, long before you could become conscious
of what this meant.

As a result, you are being "presumed to be" a British Territorial Citizen,
like someone born in Puerto Rico, a member of the Commonwealth, who is, for
whatever reasons, living as a "resident" --- a temporary sojourner in
America, called a "United States Citizen".

Obviously, this is a false presumption and you never knowingly, willing, or
voluntarily adopted such a foreign political status.  You were born in an
actual State, like Kansas, and you were far too young to choose to live in
any imaginary State of State like the Territorial State of Kansas (or the
Land of Oz).

Nonetheless, the Wicked Witches cast a spell on you, trafficked you into
their realm and redefined you as a Legal Person, a Public Person, and a
British Territorial Citizen obligated to follow Federal Code, but not
having any Constitutional Guarantees.

They did this because they acted in Breach of Trust concerning you and did
not fully inform you of the circumstance, nor did they assist you to recoup
your natural, lawful and owed political status.  Why?  Because by
"redefining" you and trafficking you into their foreign jurisdiction, they
could latch onto your Good Name and Estate and buy and sell your Person and
everything you own.

So, the first thing these Evil Cretins did was to sell you and your labor
to the Pope and his Flying Monkeys.

You were then "additionally" presumed to be a Dual Citizen of both the
British Territorial United States AND a MUNICIPAL "citizen of the United

This also took place under cover of darkness, before you were old enough to
object, and resulted in several incorporated entities operating under you
name being established "in your name".

These are incorporated THINGS are like any incorporated entity you are
familiar with --- and may be defined as different kinds of trusts, C-Corps,
S-Corps, 501 (c) 3 Corps, Cooperatives, Public Transmitting Utilities,
Foundations, LLCs, LLP's and whatever other phony business structure
designations the Roman Curia can define and sell as patented and
trademarked and copyrighted products.

JOHN DOE is a Public Charitable Trust.
JOHN R. DOE is a Public Transmitting Utility.
JOHN ROY DOE is a constructive Cestui Que Vie Trust.
And so on.

All these entities are created by the Municipal United States Government,
and according to the Vatican Chancery Court, they are all supposed to be
"gifts" to you ---- rather like the Trojan Horse, because on the other side
of Dual Citizenship created by your Stolen Identity, the Queen gets all the
benefit of these "gifts" and you get to pay for them. And the Queen works
for the Pope.....

The excuse for this is that they have been pretending to be involved in a
perpetual "civil war" with the Queen's Territorial (Northern) Government
against the Pope's Municipal (Southern) Government in a continuance of the
illegal Mercenary Conflict known as The American Civil War.

It ended more than 150 years ago, but they kept right on pretending,
because it profited them and let them pillage and plunder you.  That is,
they acted in Gross Breach of Trust and Commercial Service Contract.

All that is silly enough, if the consequences for Americans were not so
dire, but on top of that, the fraud is two-faced and double-sided, in other

The Pope controls the Queen who acts as his Overseer for the Commonwealths,
and the British Territorial Government is operating as a Commonwealth.  So
when the British Territorial United States fights with the Municipal United
States, you've got the Pope telling the Queen to fight with him and with
those who are working for him.

It's actually all just a mercenary conflict with the Pope against the Pope
(indirectly through the Queen), which is ridiculous.

More recently, the Pope, has attempted to use the United Nations as his
"storefront" and bring UN Troops in to fight with the Territorial United
States.  Either way, he hoped to get a hot war going and kill off millions
of his Priority Creditors --- but as you can now see, since the Pope owns
majority stockholder interest in the UN Corp, he is merely proposing to
fight with himself again.

Now he is attempting to spread the war his predecessors and minions created
in the Middle East, by selling off his purported interests in the two
Governmental Services Corporations --- "the" United States. Inc. and "the"
"United States of America, Inc." to his Arab and Jewish Creditors, so that
maybe they can drum up an excuse to bring their quarrels here.

Just look what they have done in Europe. Wholesale "seeded" war throughout
Europe using humanitarian aid as their excuse --- but not their object.

Take a tiny Norwegian hamlet of 6,000 souls, import 300 Shiite Muslims and
300 Sunni Muslims, and what do you get? War in Norway, Norwegians unable to
ride their bikes to work because the "crazies are using bicycle blades and
saws to kill each other in our streets now, and often enough, killing us,

The Pope and the Boyz aren't creating peace on Earth this holiday season.
Far from it. They are creating new wars, endless wars, endless conflicts,
because that is how they make their money and excuse themselves for the
evil they choose to create.

But is it the fault of the Muslims, really? What do you expect? They have
been at each other's throats for centuries. Both sides have have evicted
from their homes. Their families have been killed and abused and robbed and
given no peace or rest for generations.

What I want to know is --- who are and where are the senseless evil
bureaucrats who didn't separate these populations and encapsulate them,
instead of blowing them like mold spores all over the entire Earth?

We are plainly, loudly, and unequivocally telling Francis to go stuff his
head up the nearest elephant butt, because no matter what they say or
do: these entities that he controls are our employees.

They have no permission to front any kind of a "war" or commercial
mercenary operation on our soil, and neither do any would-be "Successors to
Contract", either.

Hence the word has gone out to the Pope, the Brits, the Saudis, the
Israelis, everyone who needs to know.  We are the actual employers of these
"governmental services providers" and we have had enough of their Breach of
Trust and Dis-service.
There is the Fact that needs your attention.  We are the actual Employers
of these Monsters.

If the cretins responsible for this situation don't back down, it won't
matter if Nancy Pelosi impeaches Donald Trump as the "President" of "the"
United States, Inc., a bankrupt corporation liquidated for criminal
activity. It won't matter who was stupid enough to buy such vacuous claims
and non-existent property interests.

All that will matter is that throughout the world: (1) the Pope and the
Roman Catholic Church will be exposed as a crime syndicate that has
dishonored our Trust and our service contract with them without cause; (2)
the Queen and her Predecessors have done the same; and (3) no Successors
have a contract of any kind, except the quid pro quo we established for
President Trump on a month by month basis.

We own the actual unincorporated United States and these Several States and
the States of America, and we also own our unincorporated Federation of
States doing business as The United States of America --- we are the
actual, factual government of this country. All the rest, is just foreign
subcontractors making a huge mess.

We are not at all confused nor are we amused.  Our records and our
paperwork and our liens are all in effect and in order.

Buying and selling and trading upon what they don't in fact have any valid
claim to own, may be the style and habit of these hucksters, but at the end
of the day, it's all still ours and we can hire whomever we wish to hire to
do a better job of providing us with services, because in actual fact ---
as an entire country, we are richer than Midas. And we are owed our

We are also owed peace, because the actual government of this country has
been at peace since 1814 and if the erstwhile "Trustees" force us into any
other pattern or status, this is Published Notice to the Principals and
their Agents,  that in our world, those who start wars pay for them 100%
and also do so 100% of the time, to the full, plus interest.

The actual government of this country did not participate in the baseless
and fraudulent "Civil War" promoted by our Employees.

We aren't paying for any "Mouse That Roared" scenario.  Our Employees are
going to stand down and shut up or be shut out.

Keep these facts firmly in mind going forward.  There is and can be no
"civil war" here so long as we overtly forbid it --- which we do, and so
long as we, the actual Employers, refuse to fund it and/or refuse to fund
those people including the members of "the" Municipal Congress who are
attempting to pull off this gross criminal escapade.

There needs to be a Detente established with Rome and with the Vatican and
the Queen and all their Bankers, such that they clearly understand that we
know who we are and also know who they are; we have assembled our States
accordingly, and we are "home" with 40 States reporting and more on the

We are conducting our own business, thank you very much.

As the actual and factual Americans, those having the political status,
standing, and jurisdiction to speak as "We, the People", we are telling
Pope Francis and the Federal Civil Service and the Federal Agencies to go
back in their box, mind their business, do their jobs, stop fomenting fraud
and causing trouble, or they will all be out of work.

Any would-be Successors are similarly instructed and under the same demands
and particulars.

Judging by the impact of numerous other "federal government shut downs"
they aren't doing anything much anyway----and what they are doing, they are
doing wrong.


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Saturday, December 7, 2019

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Rev. Fr. Leonard Goffine's
The Church's Year

On this day and the ensuing eight days, the Catholic Church celebrates with special solemnity the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
What does the Catholic Church understand by the Immaculate Conception?
By the Immaculate Conception she does not understand that great grace by which Mary preserved herself pure from every, even the least, actual sin; for, as concerns this, the Church has long since declared that Mary never sinned: nor does she understand by it her continual virginity, for it has been for a long time a doctrine of faith that both before and after the birth of her divine Son Mary remained a pure virgin; nor yet that she was sanctified before birth; as were the Prophets Jeremias and John the Baptist, who were both conceived in sin, but by a special grace of God were released from it before their birth; neither does she understand by it the conception of Christ from the Holy Ghost, that is, that Mary unstained conceived the Son of God of the Holy Ghost; and without the assistance of man, for this was always the unalterable doctrine of the Church: she does understand by it that exalted favor, that unshared privilege, by which the Blessed Virgin Mary, in the first moments of her conception, by a special grace and favor on the part of God in reference to the merits of Jesus, our Saviour, was preserved from every stain of original sin.
What has until now been held by the Church in regard to this privilege?
Adam and Eve are banished from the Garden of EdenThe Catholic Church has always been of the pious opinion that Mary, the blessed Mother of the Redeemer, was conceived immaculate, that her most pure soul had never from the first moment of her existence the least shadow of sin. This doctrine was embraced by all the saints, the most learned and most faithful children of the Church. We have testimony of this, as far back as the times of the apostles, in a document concerning the sufferings of St. Andrew, in which it is said: "As the first man was created from the spotless earth, so was it necessary that the perfect man (Christ Jesus) should be born of an immaculate virgin." St. Justin, who died a martyr in the year 167 after Christ, compares the Blessed Virgin to Eve, before she sinned and while she was still a virgin. St. Amphilochus says: "He who created the first Eve free from shame, created the second without spot or stain." Origen, one of the Fathers of the Church, writes that she was neither surprised by the personated serpent, nor infected by his poison, and calls her a pure and immaculate mother. St. Ephrem calls her the undefiled, the strong, the inviolate, the most chaste virgin, far removed from all spot and stain. The Abbot St. Sabbas says of Mary: "On thee who never took part in any guile, I place my hope. No one but thou, O Lady, is without fault, and besides'thee no one is unsullied and spotless." St. Ambrose calls Mary a virgin who by the grace of God remained always free from all shadow of sin. St. Augustine says: "When there is mention made of sin, the Virgin of whom on account of our Lord no question is to be asked, must be excepted." St. Proclus says, "that the holy Mother of God was made by the purest God free from all stain." St. Fulgentius says: "The wife of the first man was led astray and her soul soiled toy the malice of sin, but in the mother of the second (Christ) the grace of God preserved the soul as well as the body inviolate." St. Paschasius Radbertus testifies: "It is certain that Mary was free from original sin;" and St. Peter Barman says: "The flesh of the Virgin taken from Adam, would not submit to the stain of Adam," and before him the pious Doctor Alcuin wrote of Mary: "Thou art beautiful as the moon and free from all spot and every shadow of changeableness!" And St. Ildephonsus says: "It is certain that Mary was free from original sin." An immense number of saintly men and theologians maintained the same. Many of them argued with the greatest keenness and the most indefatigable zeal the part of the Blessed Virgin; the teachers at the universities of Paris, Salamanca, Coimbra, Naples, Cologne, Mayence, Ingolstadt, &c., made it their duty by vows to inculcate this great privilege of the most favored Virgin, and to defend it by speech and by writings. Celebrated orders of monks, especially the orders of St. Benedict, St. Francis and St. Ignatius, made it their duty to advance this pious faith of the Immaculate Conception among the people. A great number of popes and bishops also honored the Immaculate Conception, and forbade the contrary doctrine to be taught. Even kings, princes and emperors counted it a great honor to pay homage to the Immaculate Conception of the Queen of Heaven. Finally, the Catholic Church gave definite expression to this universal belief, by declaring in the Council of Trent, that in the resolutions relating to original sin, the Virgin Mary was not included, and she confirmed the festival of the Immaculate Conception, introduced in the tenth century by St. Anselm, the worthy son of the great St. Benedict, and since that time observed in all the Churches.
This veneration for the Immaculate Conception, this pious view held by the whole Catholic Church was not yet a matter of faith, that is, the Catholic Church had not yet laid down this great privilege of the Mother of God as a dogma. We were not commanded to believe it, although to preach or teach against it was forbidden. But when, in the course of time, a large number of the faithful, among whom were archbishops, bishops, whole religious orders, as well as great monarchs, besought the pope as head of the Church to pronounce concerning the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin, that is, to elevate the belief so widely spread throughout the Catholic Church to a dogma, the pope could no longer hesitate to raise his voice in regard to this most important affair.
What did the supreme pastor of the Church, the pope, then do in regard to the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin?
Pope Pius IX. who, as he himself testified, had in many ways experienced the assistance of the great Queen of Heaven, was urged by his love and childlike veneration for the Blessed Mother of our Lord, to set the last brilliant diamond in her crown of glory by declaring the Immaculate Conception an article of faith. Not wishing to be precipitate, he first addressed a circular to all the primates, patriarchs, archbishops and bishops, of the whole Catholic world, February 2, 1849, requesting them to send him reports of the devotion of their clergy and the faithful concerning the Immaculate Conception, and the extent of their desire in the matter, that the case might be decided by the Apostolic See; at the same time he urged them to pray with him that God would give him the necessary enlightenment, and to call upon the clergy and the faithful for their prayers. When this was done, five hundred bishops in different parts of the world declared that they and their flocks firmly believed that Mary, the most favored Virgin, was preserved from every stain of original sin, and that they earnestly desired that the pope might raise this pious opinion to a dogma of the Church. Then the holy father, filled with delight, invited the bishops of the different countries to Rome, to consult with him upon the matter. About one hundred and fifty bishops, and a large number of learned men and superiors of spiritual orders, met at Rome and the whole subject was once more maturely examined; and at last, the 8th of December, 1854, the day on which the Church celebrates the feast of the Immaculate Conception, was appointed as the day on which the pope, the supreme head of the Church, the mouth of the apostles, should solemnly announce the dogma of the Immaculate Conception.
On this day the holy father ascended the Apostolic Chair in the splendid Church of St. Peter at Rome, and surrounded by the assembled cardinals, archbishops, and bishops, the clergy and the people he once more invoked the light of the Holy Ghost, and amid the perfect silence which reigned in that immense church, the holy father in a loud voice and with the most profound reverence and emotion read the decree by which he solemnly pronounced and established, that:
"It is an article of faith that the Blessed Virgin Mary by a special grace and privilege of God, on account of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Redeemer of mankind, was from the first instant of her conception protected and preserved from every stain of original sin."
Thus has the head of Catholic Christianity drawn aside the veil, which until then obscured the full glory of the Queen of Heaven, which now shines in stainless loveliness radiant over the whole world. The truth that the Blessed Virgin Mary was conceived immaculate is no longer a pious opinion, but an article of faith which every Catholic who wishes to remain a child of the Church, must profess with heart and with lips.
But, perhaps the decision of the pope concerning the Immaculate Conception is a new doctrine?
By no means; it is an old belief, established upon the holy Scriptures and laid down in the bosom of the Church, but not solemnly pronounced and made public previously. The pope cannot make a new article of faith, but he can and must announce that, as a revealed truth, which is established by the holy Scriptures and has been everywhere and at all times believed as a revealed truth by all true Christians. But if there is a truth founded on the holy Scriptures and tradition, of which the pope, the representative of Christ on earth, speaks officially, then every Catholic is bound to believe and openly to acknowledge the same. As we have already seen, the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception has been believed since the time of the apostles, and it is also established by the Scriptures. In the oldest of the sacred Books, in the Book of Genesis, (iii. 15.) is one of the most weighty passages on this subject which reads: I will put enmities between thee and the woman, and thy seed and her seed; she shall crush thy head, and thou shalt lie in wait for her heel. After the fall of the first man, God spoke to the serpent, Satan, announcing that a woman would come and crush his head, that is, destroy his power; and all Catholic interpreters and holy Fathers agree that this woman is the Blessed Virgin. Mary is, therefore, placed by God Himself as Satan's enemy, and must have been free from original sin from the first moment of her conception, otherwise she would have been, as St. Paul, the Apostle, says, a child of God's wrath and under the power of Satan. In the gospel of St. Luke, (i. 28.) it is further said: And the Angel being come in, said unto her: Hail full of grace: the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou amongst women. The angel, by the direction of God, called Mary full of grace, that is, more than any of the just endowed with God's sanctifying grace, as the holy Fathers agree. But would Mary be full of sanctifying and all other graces, had she for one moment of her life been without grace and burdened with sin? Would God have permitted the Blessed Mother of His only begotten Son, from whom He received flesh, to be touched by sin, even though for an instant, and be in the power of Satan? No; God's hand preserved her; by His grace and by the infinite merits of her divine Son she remained free from every stain of sin, and the Church most justly applies to her the words of holy Scripture: Thou art all fair, O my love, and there is not a spot in thee. (Cant. iv. 7.)
What instructive meaning has the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin for every Catholic?
The Immaculate Conception teaches Catholics to know in some measure the infinite sanctity of the holy Trinity which makes sin so hateful and detestable to Him. The Heavenly Father could not see His beloved daughter for one moment stained by sin. The Divine Son could not wish to choose for His mother a virgin upon whose soul there was a vestige of sin. The Holy Ghost whose most pure bride Mary is, was not willing that her heart, His dwelling-place, should ever be for one instant soiled by sin. Behold how God detests sin! The Immaculate Conception also teaches us the inestimable treasure of sanctifying grace. Mary received this priceless treasure from God even in the first moment of her conception, without it she would never have become the Mother of the Saviour. Thou, my Christian, hadst not this treasure at thy conception, it is true, but thou didst receive it in holy baptism; there God's hand arrayed thee in the white garment of innocence; there He sanctified thy soul, and the Holy Ghost selected it for His dwelling-place. Mary preserved this inestimable treasure until death, she was always blooming as a pure lily, the breath of sin never soiled her loveliness. Ask thyself: Do I still possess this treasure, which was given to me in holy baptism; have I preserved my soul's beauty from the poison of sin, have I soiled it, destroyed it, lost it? Oh, if thou hast lost this precious gift, how unhappy art thou! if thou hast had this great misfortune to have stained thy garment of baptismal innocence by sin, Mary, the peerless virgin, has borne for thee the Saviour whose precious blood cleanses from every sin, whose infinite merits will restore to thee sanctifying grace, if thou art contrite and dost confess thy sin. But for the Saviour this treasure would be forever lost to thee, and thy soul forever forfeited. But for this Saviour Mary would not have been preserved from original sin, would not have received sanctifying grace at her conception. We can here learn the necessity cf salvation through Christ, gratefully thank God who has given it to us, and praise Mary who had the grace to conceive and give birth to Him. In the Immaculate Conception, O Christian, thou canst learn to know something of the priceless value of virginity. Jesus chose a pure and immaculate virgin for His mother, who should be the mirror of all virginal souls, her most pure and immaculate image should be continually presented to the corrupted world to show how virginity is esteemed in the eyes of our Lord.
INTROIT I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, and my soul shall be joyful in my God: for He hath clothed me with the garments of salvation: and with the robe of justice He hath covered me, as a bride adorned with her jewels. (Isai. Ixi. 10.) I will extol Thee, O Lord, for Thou hast upheld me: and hast not made my Enemies to rejoice over me. f/fr.xxix.) Glory be to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
COLLECT O God, who by the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin, didst prepare a worthy habitation for Thy Son: we beseech Thee, that as Thou didst through the foreseen death of Thy same Son, preserve her from all stain, so Thou wilt also grant that we may reach Thee cleansed through her intercession. Through the same Jesus etc.
LESSON (Prov. viii. 22—35.) The Lord possessed me in the beginning of his ways, before he made any thing, from the beginning. I was set up from eternity, and of old, before the earth was made. The depths were not as yet, and I was already conceived: neither had the fountains of waters as yet sprung out: the mountains with their huge bulk had not as yet been established: before the hills I was brought forth: he had not yet made the earth, nor the rivers, nor the poles of the world. When he prepared the heavens, I was present; when, with a certain law and compass, he enclosed the depths; when he established the sky above, and poised the fountains of waters; when he compassed the sea with its bounds, and set a law to the waters, that they should not pass their limits; when he balanced the foundations of the earth. I was with him, forming all things, and was delighted every day, playing before him at all times, playing in the world; and my delights were to be with the children of men. Now, therefore, ye children, hear me: Blessed are they that keep my ways. Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not. Blessed is the man that heareth me, and that watcheth daily at my gates, and waiteth at the posts of my door. He that shall find me shall find life, and shall have salvation from the Lord.
EXPLANATION AND APPLICATION This lesson is first a panegyric on the divine, uncreated Wisdom, the eternal Son of God, who at all times and before all things was with God and in God, by whom was made everything that was made, ordered and preserved; who rejoices in His works, loves them, and who admonishes man to love and imitate Him, and promises him eternal and temporal happiness. The Church causes this lesson to be read on this day, because the greater part of it can be applied to Mary; for it can truly be said of her, that she, as the most holy and excellent of all creatures, possessed the first place in the heart of God. For this reason the Church applies to her the words of the wise man: I came out of the mouth of the most High, the first-born before all creatures. (Ecclus. xxiv. 5.) For, as St. Richard says, she is the most worthy of all; no one has received so full a measure of purity, and of all supernatural gifts; in no creature are the marvels of divine goodness so visible as in her. Admire, devout soul, this master-piece of Almighty God, and make frequent use of the words of St. Chrysostom:
"Hail Mother of God and our Mother! Hail O Heaven in which God Himself dwells! O Throne of grace from which the Lord distributes His graces! Pray always to Jesus for us, that on the Day of Judgment we may receive forgiveness and eternal salvation." GOSPEL. (Luke i. 26—28.) at that time, The angel Gabriel was sent from God into a city of Galilee, called Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin's name was Mary. And the Angel being come in, said unto her: Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou amongst women.
Why is this gospel read today?
Because it has a significant relation to the Immaculate Conception, and proclaims the great honor shown to the Blessed Virgin by these words: Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou amongst women.
Why did the angel call Mary full of grace?
Because Mary was filled with grace, even before she came into this world; because she always increased in grace; because she was to bear the Author of all grace; that we may consider how Mary obtains for us the treasures of divine grace.
Mary was filled with grace even before her birth. As we are all conceived in sin, being children of a sinful ancestor, we are, therefore, burdened by sin before our birth. Mary was free by the privilege of the Immaculate Conception from all sin; her soul, pure and adorned with sanctifying grace, came forth from the hands of the Creator, and without the least prejudice to its purity and sanctity was united to her most pure body, from which the Saviour was to take His humanity. She could not from the first instant of her existence be wanting in that original sanctity and justice, which were the most beautiful adornments of our natural ancestress, Eve.
But Mary from the first moment of her conception was not only in grace but full of grace, because God appointed her for the highest dignity, of being the Mother of His only-begotten Son, and had consequently endowed her with the full measure of corresponding plenitude of graces and gifts of the Holy Ghost; according to the opinion of many learned men, the measure of grace which the Blessed Virgin received at her Immaculate Conception, was greater than that which all the angels and blessed possess now in glory. Mary ever increased in grace: But the path of the just, as a shining light, goeth forward and increaseth even to perfect day. (Prov. iv. 18.) These words of the Holy Ghost are verified especially in the life of the Blessed Virgin. What abundance of grace did she not receive, when the Holy Ghost overshadowed her, and the divine Son, who is Himself the infinite plenitude of grace, was conceived in her most pure body! Above all this, there yet came that rich supply of grace by which her zealous, constant, perfect and faithful cooperation made Mary increase every moment in grace. Thus St. Bonaventure says: "As all the waters meet in the sea, so all the graces were united in Mary."
Why did the angel say to Mary: The Lord is with thee?
Because God is with the Blessed Virgin in an extraordinary manner. It is well to notice particularly, that the archangel Gabriel did not say to Mary as the angel did to Gideon: The Lord be with thee, (Judges vi. 12.) but: The Lord is with thee. These words are not, therefore, the wish that the favor, the blessing, the protection of God may be with Mary, but the positive declaration that the Lord really is with her, not simply because of His omnipotence and omnipresence by which He is with all His creatures, nor merely because of His goodness, love and intimacy by which He is with all the just. He is with her in a peculiar manner, since she by her dignity of being the Mother of God came into such close relationship with the Triune God that our intellect can conceive nothing nearer. She became the chosen Mother of the Son of God, the dearest, the most favored daughter of the Heavenly Father, and the pure, beloved bride of the Holy Ghost. "God the Father was with her," says St. Bonaventure, "as with His most noble Daughter; God the Son was with her as with His most worthy Mother; God the Holy Ghost was with her as with His most pure Bride."
Why did the angel say to Mary: Blessed art thou amongst women?
Because he desired to honor her as the most blessed of her sex, since she alone was chosen of all the others to be the Mother of God; because the first woman brought the curse, but Mary, the salvation of the world.
Mary, Mother of God! An honor, indeed, which in its exaltation is second only to divinity. Mary, the Virgin Mother of God! Mother and Virgin at the same time, what a wonderful prerogative! Though the greatest and most glorious of all mothers, she is the purest and most spotless of virgins, the queen of virgins.
But not only on account of her double glory as Mother of God and as a Virgin, Mary is the most blessed of her sex, but because it was given to her to mediate for us and for the whole world. She is that woman, promised to our first and sinful parents in Paradise, who would crush the serpent's head; she gave to her Son the body with which He, by His death on the cross, accomplished the great work of salvation.
ACT OF PRAISE "Praised and blessed be the holy and Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary!"
(Pope Pius VI. granted an indulgence of one hundred days to those who, with contrition and devotion repeat the above act of praise.)