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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Sunday Prayers for Patriots - God Have Mercy on our Country

The coming conflict is not as much about "freedom and liberty" or material wealth as it is about the ETERNAL SALVATION OF IMMORTAL SOULS!

Please pray with me the ancient prayers of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass on this special 9th Sunday after Pentecost which are perfectly gifted to us by the Holy Ghost for conflicts just such as these that our country faces now.

Pray that what happened to the city of Jerusalem does not happen to America, and that the people of America wake up and see this before it's too late.

INTROIT Behold, God is my helper, and the Lord is the protector of my soul: turn back the evils upon my enemies, and cut them off in thy truth, O Lord, my protector. (Ps. LIII.) Save me, O God, by thy name, and deliver me in thy strength. Glory be to the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end, Amen.
COLLECT Let the ears of Thy mercy, O Lord, be open to the prayers of Thy suppliants: and that Thou mayest grant them their desires, make them to ask such things as please Thee.Through Our Lord Jesus Christ thy Son, who livest and reignest with Thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God world without end, Amen.
EPISTLE (I Cor. X. 6-13.) Brethren, Let us not covet evil things, as they also coveted. Neither become ye idolaters, as some of them: as it is written: The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed fornication, and there fell in one day three and twenty thousand. Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them tempted, and perished by the serpents. Neither do you murmur, as some of them murmured, and were destroyed by the destroyer. Now all these things happened to them in figure, and they are written for our correction, upon whom the ends of the world are come. Wherefore he that thinketh himself to stand, let him take heed lest he fall. Let no temptation take hold on you, but such as is human: and God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that which you are able but will make also with temptation issue that you may be able to bear it.
Can we sin by thought and desire?
Yes, if we desire evil and forbidden things, or voluntarily think of them with pleasure, for God prohibits not only evil deeds, but evil thoughts and desires inregard to our neighbor's wife or goods. (Exod. XX. 17.) Christ says, (Matt. V. 28.) that he who looks upon a woman with evil desire, has already committed adultery. But wicked thoughts and imagination are sinful only when a person consents to, or entertains them deliberately. They become, however, an occasion of gaining merit, if we earnestly strive against them. For this reason God sometimes permits even the just to be tempted by them.
What is meant by tempting God?
Demanding presumptuously a mark or sign of divine omnipotence, goodness or justice. This sin is committed when without cause we desire that articles of faith should be demonstrated and confirmed by a new miracle; when we throw ourselves needlessly into danger of body or soul expecting God to deliver us; when in dangerous illness the ordinary and, natural remedies are rejected, and God's immediate assistance expected.
Is it a great sin to murmur against God?
That it is such may be learned from the punishment which God inflicted on the murmuring Israelites; for besides Kore, Dathan, and Abiron whom the earth devoured, many thousands of them were consumed by fire; and yet these had not murmured against God directly, but only against Moses and Aaron whom God had placed over them as their leaders. From this it is seen that God looks upon murmuring against spiritual and civil authority, instituted by Him, as murmuring against Himself. Hence Moses said to the Israelites: Your. murmuring is not against us, but against the Lord. (Exod. XVI. 8.)
ASPIRATION Purify my heart, I beseech. Thee; O Lord, from all evil thoughts and desires. Let it never enter my mind to tempt Thee, or to be dissatisfied with Thy fatherly dispensations. Suffer me not to be tempted beyond my strength, but grant me so much fortitude, that I may overcome all temptations, and even derive benefit from them for my soul's salvation.
Nineth Sunday After PentecostGOSPEL (Luke XIX. 41-47.) At that time, when Jesus drew near Jerusalem, seeing the city, he wept over it, saying: If thou also hadst known, and that in this thy day, the things that are to thy peace: but now they are hidden from thy eyes. For the days shall come upon thee, and thy enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and straiten thee on every side, and beat thee flat to the ground, and thy children who are in thee: and they shall not leave in thee a stone upon a stone, because thou hast not known the time of thy visitation. And entering into the temple, he began to cast out them that sold therein, and them that bought, saying to them: It is written, My house is the house of, prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves. And he was teaching daily in the temple.
Why did our Saviour weep over the city of Jerusalem?
Because of the ingratitude and obduracy of its inhabitants who would not receive Him as their Redeemer, and who through impenitence were hastening to destruction.
When was the time of visitation?
The period in which God sent them one prophet after another who urged them to penance, and whom they persecuted, stoned, and killed. (Matt. XXIII. 34.) It was especially the time of Christ's ministry, when He so often announced His salutary doctrine in the temple of Jersualem, confirmed it by miracles, proving Himself to be the Messiah, the Saviour of the world, but was despised and rejected by this hardened and impenitent city.
Who are prefigured by this hardened and impenitent city?
The hard-hearted, unrepenting sinners who will not recognize the time of God's visitation, in which He urges them by the mouth of His preachers, confessors, and superiors, and by inward inspiration to reform their lives and seek the salvation of their soul, but who give no ear to these admonitions, and defer conversion to the end of their lives. Their end will be like to that of this impious city; then the enemy, that is, the evil spirit, will surround their soul, tempt, terrify, and drag it into the abyss of ruin. Oh, how foolish it is to squander so lightly, the time of grace, the days of salvation! Oh, how would the damned do penance, could they but return to earth! Oh, how industriously would they employ the time to save their soul! Use, then, my dear Christian, the time of grace which God designs for you, and which, when it is run out or carelessly thrown away, will not be lengthened for a moment.
Will God conceal from the wicked that which serves for their salvation?
No; but while they are running after the pleasures of this life, as St. Gregory says, they see not the misfortunes treading in their footsteps, and as consideration of the future makes them uncomfortable in the midst of their worldly pleasures, they remove the terrible thought far from them, and thus run with eyes blindfolded in the midst of their pleasure into eternal flames. Not God, but they themselves hide the knowledge of all that is for their peace, and thus they perish.
ASPIRATION. I beseech Thee, O Lord, who didst weep over the city of Jerusalem, because it knew not the time of its visitation, to enlighten my heart, that I may know and profit by the season of grace.

THE DESTRUCTION OF THE CITY AND TEMPLE OF JERUSALEM
Has our divine Savior's prophecy concerning, the city of Jerusalem been fulfilled?
Yes, and in the most terrible manner. The Jews, oppressed by the Romans their cruel masters, revolted, killed many of their enemies, and drove them out of Jerusalem. Knowing well that this would not be permitted to pass unavenged, the Jews armed themselves for a desperate resistance. The Emperor Nero sent a powerful army under the command of Vespasian against the city of Jerusalem, which first captured the smaller fortresses of Judea, and then laid siege to the city. The want and misery of the inhabitants had already reached the highest pitch; for within the city ambitious men had caused conflicts; factions had been formed, daily fighting each other, and reddening the streets with blood, while the angry Romans stormed outside. Then a short time of respite was granted to the unfortunate Jews. The Emperor Nero was murdered at Rome in the year of our Lord 68; his successor Galba soon died, and the soldiers placed their beloved commander Vespasian upon the imperial throne. He then left Jerusalem with his army, but in the year he sent his son Titus with a new army to Judea, with orders to capture the city at any price, and to punish its inhabitants.
It was the time of Easter, and a multitude of Jews had assembled from all provinces of the land, when Titus appeared with his army before the gates of Jerusalem, and surrounded the city. The supply of food was soon exhausted, famine and pestilence came upon the city and raged terribly. The leader of the savage revolutionists, John of Gischala, caused the houses to be searched, and the remaining food to be torn from the starving, or to be forced from them by terrible tortures: To save themselves from this outrageous tyrant, the Jews took the leader of a band of robbers, named Simon, with his whole gang into the city. John and Simon with their followers now sought to annihilate each other. John took possession of the temple. Simon besieged him; blood was streaming in the temple and in the streets. Only when the battle-din of the Romans was heard from without, did the hostile factions unite, go to meet the enemy, and resist his attack. As the famine increased, many Jews secretly left the city to seek for herbs. But Titus captured them with his cavalry, and crucified those who were armed. Nearly five hundred men, and sometimes more, were every day crucified in sight of the city, so that there could not be found enough of crosses and places of execution; but even this terrible sight did not move the Jews to submission. Incited by their leaders to frenzy, they obstinately resisted, and Titus finding it impossible to take the city by storm, concluded to surround it by walls in order to starve the inhabitants. In three days his soldiers built a wall of about ten miles in circumference, and thus the Saviour's prediction was fulfilled: Thy enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and straiten thee on every side.
The famine in this unfortunate city now reached its most terrific height; the wretched inhabitants searched the very gutters for food, and ate the most disgusting things. A woman, ravenous from hunger, strangled her own child, roasted it, and ate half of it; the leaders smelling the horrible meal, forced a way into the house, and by terrible threats compelled the woman to show them what she had eaten; she handed them the remaining part of the roasted child, saying.: "Eat it, it is my child; I presume you are not more dainty than a woman, or more tender than a mother." Stricken with horror they rushed from the house. Death now carried away thousands daily, the streets and the houses were full of corpses: From the fourteenth of April when the siege commenced. to the first of July, there were counted one hundred and fifty-eight thousand dead bodies; six hundred thousand others were thrown over the walls into the trenches to save the city from infection. All who could flee, fled; some reached the camp of the Romans in safety; Titus spared the helpless, but all who fell into his hands armed, were crucified. Flight offered no better security. The Roman soldiers had learned that many Jews had swallowed, gold to secure it from the avarice of the robbers, and therefore the stomachs of many were cut open. Two thousand such corpses were found one morning in the camp of the Romans. The attempts of Titus to prevent this cruelty were unavailing. Finally, when misery had reached its height, Titus succeeded in carrying the fort, Antonia, and with his army forced a passage as far as the temple which had been held by John of Gischala with his famous band. Desirous of saving the temple, Titus offered the revolutionists free passage from it, but his proposition was rejected, and the most violent contest then raged; the Romans trying to enter the temple, and being continually repulsed, at last, one of the soldiers seized a firebrand, and threw it into one of the rooms attached to the temple. The flames in an instant caught the whole of the inner temple, and totally consumed it, so that this prediction of our Lord was also fulfilled. The Romans butchered all the inhabitants whom they met, and Titus having razed the ruins of the temple and city, ploughed it over, to indicate that this city was never to be rebuilt. During the siege one million one hundred thousand Jews lost their lives; ninety-seven thousand were sold as slaves, and the rest of the people dispersed over the whole earth.
Thus God punished the impenitent city and nation, over whose wretchedness the Saviour wept so bitterly, and thus was fulfilled the prediction made by Him long before.
What do we learn from this?
That as this prediction so also all other threats and promises of the Saviour will be fulfilled. The destruction of the city and temple of Jerusalem, the dispersion of the Jews, are historical facts which cannot be denied, and testify through all centuries to the truth of our Lord's word: Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. (Matt. XXIV. 35.)

USEFUL LESSONS CONCERNING DEATH-BED REPENTANCE
Can a sinner rely upon his being converted at the end of his life?
By no means, for this would be a sin against the mercy of God which is much the same as the sin against the Holy Ghost. "God," says St. Augustine, "generally so punishes such negligent sinners, that in the end they forget themselves, as in health they forgot Him." He says: They have turned their back to me, and not their face: and in the time of their affliction they will say: Arise, and deliver us! Where are the gods whom thou hast made thee? Let them arise and deliver thee in the time of thy affliction. (Jer. II. 27-28.) And although we have a consoling example in the case of the penitent thief, yet this, as St. Augustine says, is only one, that the sinner may not despair: and it is only one, so that the sinner may have no excuse for his temerity in putting off his repentance unto the end.
What may we hope of those who are converted at the close of life?
Everything that is good if they be truly converted, but this is a very rare thing, as St. Augustine says: "It cannot be asserted with any security, that he who repents at the end has forgiveness;" and St. Jerome writes: "Scarcely one out of thousands whose life was impious, will truly repent at death and obtain forgiveness of sin;" and St. Vincent Ferrer says, "For a man who has lived an impious life to die a good death is a greater miracle than the raising of the dead to life." We need not be surprised at this, for repentance at the end of life is extorted by the fear of death and the coming judgment. St. Augustine says, that it is not he who abandons sin, but sin abandons him, for he would not cease to offend God, if life were granted him. What can we expect from such a conversion?
When should we repent?
While we are in health, in possession of our senses and strength, for according to the words of St. Augustine, the repentance of the sick is a sickly repentance. As experience proves, man while ill is so tormented and bewildered by the pains of sickness and the fear of death, by remorse of conscience, and the temptations of the devil as well as by anxiety for those whom he leaves, that he can scarcely collect his thoughts, much less fit himself for true repentance. Since it is so hard for many to do penance while they are in health, and have nothing to prevent them from elevating their mind to God, how much more difficult will it be for them, when the body is weakened and tortured by the pains of sickness. It has been made known by many persons when convalescent, that they retained not the slightest recollection of anything which occurred during their illness, and although they confessed and received the last Sacraments, they did not remember it. If then you have committed a grievous sin, do not delay to be reconciled as soon as possible by contrition and a sacramental confession. Do not put off repentance from day to day, for thereby conversion becomes more difficult, so much so that without extraordinary grace from God, you cannot repent God does not give His grace to the presumptuous scoffer.

10 comments:

  1. Part of the conspiracy to disgrace, and defile The LORD, was the change from ending a prayer with: "and so it is, or ...and so shall it be." The use of amen, at the end of a prayer is like the evil ones coordinating a "____ lives matter," public gathering, in front of a giant phallic symbol, like the Washington monument. This was done on Sat. 7-7-16 (777...again?) That is a gross and disgusting slap in the face to all Christians and Christianity, as a hole. The use of amen, is an homage to amen ra, the Egyptian sun god, which leads us right back to the worship of horace, isis and osiris. Gee the spell checker wants them all capitalized...so what. GOD Bless you and your entire team and followers. The truth will set us free, but only if we are willing to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous brainwashed, victim's narrow views of our collective reality. Real change can only happen, when we believe that it can. Please stop betting against your own success, and making bets that you don't want to win. The obligation that you incur once you take a concrete position on any issue, is the need to have to defend it. This programmed behavior really does get in the way of true progress, as well as needlessly using up resources that can be better applied toward real, community growth.

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    1. What exactly does amen mean?
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      Amen is a word that came to English from Latin, which got it from Greek, which got it from Aramaic, which got it from Hebrew (technically, Aramaic may have had it anyway, before it became the standard language of the Jewish people a few centuries before the time of Christ).

      It is difficult to translate this word directly, which is often a reason that words are borrowed from other languages (i.e., if there’s no direct way to translate this foreign word, just borrow it).

      The specific Hebrew word amen (’amen ) appears to be derived from a related verb--’aman , which means "he confirmed, supported, or upheld." This verb is also associated with the Hebrew word for truth (’emet ), which carries the idea of certainty or dependability (i.e., that which is true is that which is certain or dependable).

      ’Amen itself is an interjection used to agree with, affirm, approve, or emphasize something else that has been said. Thus when Jesus begins certain sayings by declaring "Amen, amen, I say to you . . . " various Bible translations often render the "amen, amen" different ways. Because of the word’s association with the Hebrew terms for truth, the double amen is sometimes rendered "truly, truly" or "verily, verily." Because of its association with the Hebrew terms for confirmation or dependability, one might also translate it "certainly, certainly" or "most assuredly."

      When one says "amen" in response to a prayer, it serves as an affirmation of agreement with the content of the prayer (cf. 1 Cor 14:16)—in which case it is sometimes translated "So be it" (cf. CCC 2856)—or as an expression of faith that God will hear and act on the prayer.

      Bottom line: Amen is an interjection associated with the Hebrew words for truth and dependability, it conveys the idea of agreement or emphasis, and its meaning can be translated different ways depending on the context.

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  2. I am not really interested in the "religious" interpretation of the Bible. I consider my self a very spiritual person but I have had very negative experiences in religious organizations and will support none of them in any way. It is time to move away from religious doctrines since they have caused so much war and destruction in the world. I'm sure I'm not the only person that reds your web page that is not interested in religious views. I believe in a prime creator but I don't think Jesus or anyone else is going to save our collective a--sses. That is up to us individually and collectively. PLEASE look up Bill Donahue's many videos on youtube or www.hiddenmeanings.com, to find out what the bible really says. His videos certainly opened my eyes to truth. Just because we base our truth on an antiquated "belief system" is no reason to continue to do so. Keep up the good work on the: political, money, and government issues but some of us are not interested in religious views that you will find out from Bill D. that don't hold water.

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  3. The Supreme Being is all powerful and entirely in charge. The creation is not broken it's working just fine. The regions of matter exist to polish off imperfections in the individual spiritual entities. By grace we sense change coming and imagine we accomplish the task. We do nothing but out part in resolving imperfections. The Supreme Being does everything and knows what is best for all. We need the Supreme Being the Supreme Being doesn't need us. It's disrespectful to image we can call upon the Supreme Being to fulfill out ignorant understandings. The purpose of prayer is to request an amelioration for our suffering when we can not bare any more. Not to change the creation to suite ourselves. The worst think for anyone is to wallow in material and insipid indulgence.

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    1. You correctly stated it. Your understandings are truly ignorant. If and when you are awakened to the truth, you will hang your head in shame at buying anything presented in the name of religion. Until then, keep up the good work of spreading untruth's and illusions!

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  4. Paul,

    I have a problem with your religion. I think that you have been misinformed. The Catholic Church seceded from the Christian Church in 755 AD. It is an Apostate church. The fruit of it proves which god it serves. Even the Christian Church as a lot of explaining to do.

    Who sent us here and who/what is it that gives each of us or commission? That is a questing that each of us must ask and search out the answers for ourselves.

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    1. So what did Christ mean when he said to Peter, "I have prayed for thee Peter that thy faith fail not" or when he said "Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I shall build my Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it, and I give to thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth, shall be loosed in heaven."?

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  5. Paul...
    I for one truly appreciate what you have posted above. I don't know if you wrote it or borrowed it, but nevertheless, it is very good and touches on a lot of areas that are virtually ignored by most. It seems from the responses, if they are representative of this country as a whole, that judgment IS forthcoming as not one of them seems to be written by a Christian. In all that you have ever written, I've seen nothing that indicates you are associated with Catholicism at all, and even here, you merely use quotes from St. Augustine, who lived before most of the decadence began. I'm with you...the Bible IS the word of God, and it is infallible. God did create the world and everything in it, and He knows how many he created that will be His, so there is no question as to who is called and who isn't. If it hasn't been foreordained that one is called, he won't be inclined to repent and turn to Him...simple as that. That's why what is said above adds up to salvation for some, but not for most. Some believe they choose God, but it's the other way around. We don't suddenly decide to "get right by God" on our own, He does it for us, and makes Himself so irresistible that we can't turn away, and don't want to. I especially liked the part about tempting God, which members of my own family have accused me of doing by resisting tyranny, and depending on His grace to prevail if it is His will, and instead taking the easy way out and "realizing" we can't beat "them". Once we have acquired truth, and as all knowledge comes from God, it would be disobedient to not use it so as to help my neighbor. Not enough room to expound further, but thanks for the post.

    M

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    1. Thank you margy,
      Just so the record is clear, I am a cradle Catholic, but I don't think that you can find Christ's true Church in Rome today. They have now started their own new order religion, heaping to themselves teachers having itching ears, so as to believe fables, rather than the truth. I am paraphrasing. To further clarify, none of us who believe in the 20 centuries on teachings of the universal Church left the Church by continuing to believe those truths after the second Vatican Council in 1963 and 64. At that point gradually the hierarchy of the Catholic Church had abandoned the faithful and took over the buildings and the offices for their own ends. Don't tell me otherwise, because I lived through it. I will tell you why some time when I have lots more time than I do right now.

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  6. Here is a question to you all. Arm God's arms too short to save his entire creation? Has he given men "free will" or "limited free will", a contradiction of grammer. Who's St. Agustine, St. Jerome? Who made them Saints? The Catholic Pontiff who sits down on his throne just like me in the rest room.
    Is the Creator managing a damage control situation from His Throne? Did He create this being Satan "PERFECT" and then perfection went bad; and so he tries it with men and he goes bad; what is wrong with the Creator that he can't seem to get it right????

    Are you are reading and getting it?

    The world of Satan is being expose so that you HUMANITY can see the errors of you ways and change. The entire world system, politic and religion comes from the father of lies. SOO, we are beginning to see the tree of GOOD AND EVIL at these last days. And the bible is NOT infallible and i challenge anyone on this.

    AND the Creator WILL HAVE ALL MEN TO BE SAVED when His JUDGEMENT are on the earth and its right around the corner so to speak.

    Come out of her my people.

    BenELyon
    Theflamingword.com




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