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Twenty-Fourth Sunday After Pentecost

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


INTROIT The Lord saith: I think thoughts of peace, and not of affliction: you shall call upon me, and I will hear you: and I will bring back your captivity from all places. (Fer. XXIX. 11. 12. 14.) Lord, thou hast blessed thy land: thou hast turned away the captivity of Jacob. (Ps. LXXXIV.) 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 Quicken, we beseech Thee, 0 Lord, the wills of Thy faithful: that they, more earnestly seeking after the fruit of divine grace, may more abundantly receive the healing gifts of Thy mercy. Through our Lord Jesus Christ Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee, in the Unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end, Amen.
EPISTLE (Col. I. 9—14.) Brethren, We cease not to pray for you, and to beg that you may be filled with the knowledge of the will of God, in all wisdom and spiritual understanding: that you may walk worthy of God, in all things pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God: strengthened with all might according to the; power of his glory, in all patience and long-suffering with joy, giving thanks to God the Father, who hath made us worthy to be partakers of the lot of the saints in light; who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of the Son of his love, in whom we have redemption through his blood, the remission of sins.
EXPLANATION In this epistle St. Paul teaches us to pray for our neighbor, and to thank God especially for the light of the true, only saving faith. Let us endeavor to imitate St. Paul in his love and zeal for the salvation of souls, then we shall also one day partake of his glorious reward in heaven.
Nineth Sunday After PentecostGOSPEL (Matt. XXIV. 15—35.) At that time, Jesus said to his disciples: When you shall see the abomination of desolation, which was spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place: he that readeth, let him understand: then they that are in Judea, let them flee to the mountains: and he that is on the house-top, let him not come down to take anything out of his house: and he that is in the field, let him not go back to take his coat. And woe to them that are with child, and that give suck, in those days. But pray that your flight be not in the winter, or on the Sabbath. For there shall be then great tribulation, such as hath not been from the beginning of the world until now, neither shall be: and unless those days had been shortened, no flesh should be saved: but for the   sake of the elect, those days shall be shortened. Then, if any  man  shall  say  to you: Lo, here is Christ, or there: do not believe him: for there shall arise false Christs  and  false  prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders, insomuch as to deceive (if possible) even the elect.   Behold, I have told it to you before hand: if therefore they shall say to you:  Behold, he is in the desert, go ye not out; Behold, he is  in the  closets, believe it not.    For as lightning cometh out of the east, and appeareth even into the west, so shall also the coming- of the Son of man be.    Wheresoever the body shall be, there shall the  eagles   also  be gathered  together.   And immediately after the tribulation of those days, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven,   and  the powers of the heavens shall be moved: and then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven, and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with much power  and  majesty:   and he shall  send his angels with a trumpet and a great voice, and they shall gather together  his   elect  from   the four winds, from the farthest   parts   of   the   heavens   to   the   utmost bounds of them.   And from the fig-tree learn a parable: when the branch thereof is now tender, and the leaves come forth, you know that summer is nigh.    So   you also, when   you shall see all these things, know ye that it is nigh, even at the doors.  Amen I say to you, that this generation shall not pass till all these things be done. Heaven and  earth   shall  pass, but my words shall not pass.
EXPLANATION When you shall see the abomination of desolation. The abomination of desolation of which Daniel (IX. 27.) and Christ here speak, is the desecration of the temple and the city of Jerusalem by the rebellious Jews by perpetrating the most abominable vices, injustices and robberies, &c., but principally by the pagan Romans by putting up their idols. This destruction which was accomplished in the most fearful manner about forty years after the death of Christ, was foretold by Him according to the testimony of St. Luke. (XXI. 20.) At the same time He speaks of the end of the world and of His coming to judgment, of which the desolation of Jerusalem was a figure.
Pray that your flight be not in the winter or on the Sabbath. Because, as St. Jerome says, the severe cold which reigns in the deserts and mountains would prevent the people from going thither to seek security, and because it was forbidden by the law for the Jews to travel on the Sabbath.
There shall rise false Christs and false prophets. According to the testimony of the Jewish historian Josephus, who was an eyewitness of the destruction of Jerusalem, Eleazar, John, Simon, &c., were such false prophets who under the pretense of helping the Jews, brought them into still greater misfortunes; before the end of the world it will be Antichrist with his followers, whom St. Paul calls the man of sin and the son of perdition, (II Thess. II. 3.) on account of his diabolical malice and cruelty. He will rise up, sit in the temple, proclaim himself God, and kill all who will not recognize him as such. His splendor, his promises and his false miracles will be such that even the holy and just will be in danger of being seduced, but for their sake God will shorten these days of persecution.
Wheresoever the body shall be, there shall the eagles also be gathered together. That is, where the wicked are, who have aimed at spiritual corruption, there punishment will overtake and destroy them.
This generation shall not pass till all these things be done. By these words Christ defines the time of the destruction of Jerusalem, and says that many of His hearers would live to see it, which also happened. But when the end of the world will come, He says, not even the angels in heaven know. (Matt. XXIV. 36.) Let us endeavor to be always ready by leading a holy life, for the coming of the divine Judge, and meditate often on the words of our divine Lord: Heaven and earth shall pass, but my words shall not pass.
(See the account of the Destruction of Jerusalem on the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost.)
PRAYER Remove from us, O Lord, all that is calculated to rob us of Thy love. Break the bonds with which we are tied to the world, that we may not be lost with it. Give us the wings of eagles that we may soar above all worldly things by the contemplation of Thy sufferings, life and death, that we may hasten towards Thee now, and gather about Thee, that we may not become a prey to the rapacious enemy on the day of judgment. Amen.
INSTRUCTION CONCERNING PERJURYAmen, I say to you.(Matt. XXIV. 34.)
The Son of God here, and elsewhere in the gospel, confirms His word by an oath, as it were, for swearing is nothing else than to call upon God, His divine veracity, His justice, or upon His creatures in the name of God, as witness of the truth of our words. — Is swearing, then, lawful, and when? — It is lawful when justice or necessity or an important advantage requires it, and the cause is true and equitable. (Jer. IV. 2.) Those sin grievously, therefore, who swear to that which is false and unjust, because they call upon God as witness of falsehood and injustice, by which His eternal truthfulness and justice is desecrated; those sin who swear in a truthful cause without necessity and sufficient reason, because it is disrespectful to call upon God as witness for every trivial thing. In like manner, those sin grievously and constantly who are so accustomed to swearing as to break out into oaths, without knowing or considering whether the thing is true or false, whether they will keep their promise or not, or even if they will be able to keep it; such expose themselves to the danger of swearing falsely. "There is no one," says St. Chrysostom, "who swears often, who does not sometimes swear falsely, just as he who speaks much, sometimes says unbecoming and false things." Therefore Christ tells those who seek perfection, not to swear at all, (Matt. V. 34.) that they might not fall into the habit of swearing and from that into perjury. He who has the habit of swearing should, therefore, take the greatest pains to eradicate it; to accomplish which it will be very useful to reflect that if we have to render an account for every idle word we speak, (Matt. XII. 36.) how much more strictly will we be judged for unnecessary false oaths! God's curse accompanies him who commits perjury, in all his ways, as proved by daily experience. He who commits perjury in court, robs himself of the merits of Christ's death and will be consumed in the fire of hell, which is represented by the crucifix and burning tapers, in presence of which the oath (in some places) is taken. If you have had the misfortune to be guilty of perjury, at once be truly sorry, weep for this terrible sin which you have committed, frankly confess it, repair the injury you may have caused by it, and chastise yourself for it by rigorous penance.

Grandma


By Anna Von Reitz

It seems there is a picture in everyone's mind when you say the word, "Grandma". 

My own Grandmother was tall and lean, with bright green eyes, and a wicked smile.  She had her own sense of humor.  When we'd fall down and scrape our knees (as long as it wasn't broken and only a temporary end of the world) she'd shake her head and say, "Come here, I'll pick you up." 

Pretty soon, she'd have us laughing in spite of ourselves. Wincing and sobbing and laughing all at the same time.  Mad at her.  Loving her.  

She loved rocks and minerals and was an inveterate observer of the landscape in all its detail.  Give her a piece of beach and she happily walked along the strand for hours, peering bird-like at every bit of detritus, every shell.  She had a fine eye for every nuance, and whether she was scanning the sand or the horizon, I always had the sense that she was seeing all of it.  

And I do mean---- all of it.  

Sometimes we'd hold hands and wade out into the surf for no reason, other than to feel the sea tugging and swirling around our bare feet.  Her eyes would go unfocused then, thinking of other times and places, of young men who went away to sea and never came back again, and very quietly, almost to herself, she'd sing songs in a surprisingly melodious voice.  

Over the Sea to Skye.  The Marine Hymn.  Eternal Father. 

It seems strange looking back that the sea had so much to do with our lives, considering that we lived most of the time in the middle of the continent, where the only seas were seas of grass.  

My Father asked me to sing "Eternal Father" at his funeral, too, which I know must have sent a shock wave in all directions.  Whoever heard of a daughter singing at her Father's funeral service?  And such a song, at a graveside in the middle of Wisconsin?  

Mine is not to reason why.  That's what he asked of me.  So, that's what I did.  

Maybe it's because his Grand-Uncles were Admirals in the German Navy?  Men who trained on the last of the Tall Ships, and who knew every sail and splice and knot, every kind of rope? 

Their lives were supremely odd, too.  

After the First World War, there wasn't much for a German Admiral to do.  So they came to America and used their Midshipman skills learned on the Tall Ships, as trapeze artists traveling around with Barnum and Bailey's Circus.  

When we went to visit them at their winter camp in Delavan, Wisconsin, they were so tall I barely came up to their knee caps, and very handsome and fit, despite being at least seventy years old by then.  They had a merry gleam in their eyes despite all of it, and a small Fox Terrier named Bailey that knew every trick in any dog book ever written. 

So my Grandmother, who loved the sea, and my Great-Granduncles, who were all about the same age, came to sit around the campfire in Wisconsin with snow all around, and more snow filtering down among the caravans parked there for the winter, and they wrapped her in a fur blanket and talked quietly about a world that was no more.  

And I listened, quiet as a mouse in a room full of cats, hoping to catch a glimpse of it. 

It was a gilded, glorious, hopeless age, the vanished Belle Epoque.  The men went to sea and learned to fly stunt planes for fun.  Grandma went to France and learned to play concert piano.  

How could they ever dream that they'd wind up in Wisconsin?  She, the matron of a dairy and herb farm, they, wearing funny costumes and flying on trapezes around the Big Top, a thousand miles from the sea?    

Their lives seemed so tragic, yet, they all smiled about it just the same.  

Come here, I'll pick you up.  

They would never give up, so they could never taste defeat.  Any of them.  Not for any reason.  Ever.  That's just the way they were.  Bon chance, mon ami. 

And come the springtime when the apple trees were in bloom again, the two old knights rode up to her farmhouse on horseback just as the late afternoon sun touched the windows upstairs; I saw them and ran to the dooryard, staring in disbelief.  

They were riding two of the biggest, shiniest, blackest horses I could even imagine, at least seventeen hands high at the shoulder.  I suppose they borrowed them from the circus. 

It was as if the past had come alive again, or as if it had never died. They swung easily down out of their saddles, attired in elegant gray tunics and trousers, wide, black leather belts and black leather riding boots. They were two figures out of a dream, stepped out of the old black and white tin-type photographs, and onto my Grandmother's doorstep.  

Just in time for dinner, they said, and grinned like two school-boys up to a prank. 

Come here, I'll pick you up.  

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By Anna Von Reitz

Whatever law you stand under, you subject yourselves unto.  

Repeat: whatever law you stand under, you subject yourselves unto.  

Repeat:  whatever law you stand under, you subject yourselves unto.

How many times do I have to repeat this simple fact?  

If you occupy your proper birthright political status, you can act in one of two possible capacities:  (1) State National; (2) State Citizen. 

A State Citizen takes up the responsibilities of self-governance at the State and Local Level.  He or she agrees to serve as a Juror and may or may not be elected to various offices serving the actual State or County Government.  

Our States and Counties are all unincorporated.  

Our States and Counties do not recognize Dual Citizenship and do not allow Dual Citizens to participate in State Assemblies; our Forefathers considered Dual Citizenship a source of conflict of interest according to the Biblical injunction: no man can serve two masters. 

I know many patriots who spend huge amounts of time arguing about Federal Codes.  This only makes sense if you are a British Territorial Federal Employee, that is, a United States Citizen.  If you are a British Territorial United States Citizen, you stand under Federal Code.  

Otherwise, the only possible reason to study or know Federal Code is to hold British Territorial United States Citizens accountable to their own "law".  

But you don't do that by arguing with them about their duties in court.  If you are standing in their Court, arguing their Law, what is the Judge supposed to think?  Answer: they are going to think you are standing under that law, too, which means you are subjecting yourself as a Federal Citizen.  

Why on Earth would any American do that? 

If you are an American, and you are owed your Constitutional guarantees, say so.  Correct your political status. Place your declarations and re-conveyances in the public record.  

And the only purpose you ever have in learning or reciting any Federal Code is to spell back to THEM what their obligations are.  So what do you have to do when you tell them THEIR law so as to hold them to it?  You owe them full disclosure of the facts. 

And what are the facts?  

(1) You are not a Federal Employee or Dependent; (2) You do not stand under the Federal Code; (3) You are telling them their own obligations under their own law--not offering to stand under Federal Code; (4) You are not a member of a political party or any religious cult and are addressing them as one of the people of ____________.  (Your State, not any "State of State".) 

The Municipal Government is mis-characterizing you as the members of a :"federal" religious cult under "voluntary" contract to donate everything you are and own to them, including income taxes every April 15th.  Such a "citizen of the United States" is a slave by definition. 

The Territorial Government is mis-characterizing you as a British Territorial United States Citizen --- Federal Employee or Dependent, a member of a political party, "voter", "resident", ---a foreigner in your own country.  

None of these Courts deal in any kind of law that "generally" applies to you. 

These foreign courts are designed to deal in international and global contract law and proceed on the basis of legal presumptions to the effect that: (1) you are a corporation; or (2) you are a franchise of a corporation, or (3) you are an officer, either elected or appointed, of a corporation; and (4) you are a Party to a contract involving subject matter within the jurisdiction of their court.  

You must clearly state the capacity in which you are acting, and in which you are NOT acting, and when you walk into one of their courts, it's best to have evidence on the public record supporting your claim to be an American having the standing to act as an American already established.  

Otherwise, it looks like you are just evading and dodging consequences of foreign citizenship obligations.  

This is not rocket science.  It's just common sense once you step back and look at it.  They are they and we are we, and never the twain shall meet.  You cannot stand on the dry land and at the same time, be adrift on the sea.  

So.  Think about it.  Think about what you are doing.  Who you are.  And how you are presenting yourself.  

When THEY have controversies THEY take refuge in THEIR courts.  When we have controversies, we give them Notice in the Court and in the Administrative and in the Legislative and Executive Forums.  

As Americans we do not "generally" recognize their legislatures at the State of State level, nor do we recognize their Congresses.  Why?  Because we are on the land and they are on the sea.  So we don't address their congresses and legislatures the same way that their own "persons" do.  

We can issue Notice of Infringement, Violation of Contract, Breach of Trust or any number of other offenses.  We can issue Declarations of Protest and we can issue Declarations of Remonstrance, both, but Writs do not "generally" appear in their courts or legislatures at all.   

Most of those who contact me are in trouble of some kind.  While I sympathize, the help that I can offer is limited to sharing information that numerous people can take advantage of.   I have too much work to do to provide counsel to individuals, and the members of The Living Law Firm are equally overwhelmed. 

Likewise, unless you have something that you really feel is of importance on a broader scale, please don't write and send me details of individual cases.  There is no way that we can help at the individual level.  

What we aim to do is force systemic change affecting everyone for the better: end the foreclosure frauds --- all of them; recoup the assets and credit owed to Americans --- all of it, for everyone.  

Or as my friend said, "We are after the arsonists.  We can't stop to fight brush fires." 

Not only that, we are after the arsonists on an international level, so, that is yet another step beyond the normal fight.  

The United States of America [Unincorporated] is your Federation of sovereign and unincorporated States, the lawful government of this country, and the only entity that can step up and as a Lawful Person, reclaim the land, the gold, the silver, and all else that is owed to the American States and People.  

Please help in any and all ways that you can.  With prayers, with love, with forbearance for all the things we can't do with a wave of our hands, with faith and with generosity, with determination, and with time, with volunteer work, with efforts to educate others and spread the word, with might and with main, with pennies and with dollars, with ideas and with hours ---- this is our country and our government of the people, for the people, and by the people.  

There is no other --- no other State Citizens properly declared and "returned" and able to act as "People", having the standing to claim and demand the return of all American assets, able to enforce the Constitutions, and able to stand before the nations of the world with sovereignty equal to any.  

Please, look around you, think of what you can contribute, what you can do, to help yourself and others.  

There are times when I get thousands of emails in a single day, hundreds of cards and letters, packages, court filings, copies of records, books, publications from decades and centuries past ---- it's often a mad house trying to sort through it all, and though I try to read everything and respond as I can, the response time is slow due to the sheer volume of mail and the work load.  

My advice to everyone is --- don't wait.  Don't think that you can ride the fence. Almost every day I get communications from people who are desperately trying to resolve problems that arose because they didn't take action to reclaim their correct political status sooner.   As a result they are being prosecuted as Federal Citizens, and have to fight from inside the box ---- a much tougher proposition than would be possible if they had acted to reclaim their correct political status earlier.  

Are you an American?  Or a Federal Employee or Dependent?  

It's really a pretty easy question to answer, once you understand that Federal Retirees, both Military and Civil Service, are NOT "Federal Dependents" just because they get health care or pensions.  Neither are people receiving Social Security.  If you are getting payments or services that you worked for, contributed to, and earned --- you are NOT a "Federal Dependent" or "welfare recipient" ---- you are an American Retiree receiving Earned Program Dividends, not welfare "benefits" ---- and you are free to live where you like and adopt the law and the political status you are owed.  

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