They are watching us all! And if you don’t think so, you have your head in the sand.
Before and during the conclave which elected Pope Francis, they spied on him by listening in to his telephone calls. I’m sure they spied on as many of the Cardinals as they could. They have probably been spying on the Vatican for years. The Vatican should do a search for listening devices. Good thing they sweep the Sistine Chapel before the Conclave. I’m sure Uncle Sam would love to be a fly on the wall in there, and who knows, with satellite technology, they might just be able to listen in.
“The National Security Agency spied on the future Pope Francis before and during(I’m not sure what they mean by “during,” but who know what technology they have up their sleeves.) the Vatican conclave at which he was chosen to succeed Benedict XVI, it was claimed on Wednesday.
The American spy agency monitored telephone calls made to and from the residence in Rome where the then Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio stayed during the conclave, the secret election at which cardinals chose him as pontiff on March 13.”
Yet another reason, not to trust the Obama administration. They feel emboldened to violate one of the most sacred events in the life of the Church. That’s right, Obama does not believe in religious freedom.
Don’t forget this folks! It is yet another sign of Obama’s hatred of the Catholic Church and what lengths he will go to promote and enhance his evil agenda.
The Catholic News Service came out with a video “Seeking Francis of Assisi.” In the about section on Youtube it reads: “An inter-religious group on retreat in Assisi seeks the spirit of St. Francis.”
The group is kind of delusional. They seem to be an aging group of hippies. It’s that attitude that Francis of Assisi was just some wonderful, loving guy who gave up all his possessions and ran around hugging trees.
I’m sure the people in this video are nice people, but that is not what Jesus Christ calls us to be.
Emphasis in bold, my comments in red.
Here are a few quotes from the video:
On of the gentleman said:
“It’s about connecting with the god within. (That’s not Christian theology, no way Catholic. We don’t seek the “god within,” we seek God who lives in us through sanctifying grace) That inner kingdom that kind of meets everyone at that universal place. It’s about love, (Yes, ultimately, but love leads to commitment, not some illusive journey to nowhere or some kind of nirvana) it’s about the inner journey, open heart – kind of all the things it seems St. Francis was all about. (Really? Is that what Francis of Assisi was?)“
“It’s all about love, and that’s what Francis knew (So he’s going to tell us what Francis knew. Let’s listen!). He knew it wasn’t about religion, (WRONG! Francis’ identity was Roman Catholic) it wasn’t about anything complicated. It was about knowing that were loved and forgiven.” (I dare to disagree. To find love and forgiveness, one must know a moral code, repent and live it!)
“Francis was, I mean his whole life was to imitate Christ. To live the life that Jesus lived. (Yes, it was, but there is a context to that life. He wasn’t a 60′s hippie who ran around bear footed taking acid.)
So who was the real St. Francis of Assisi?
Here is a quote in the video from Pope Francis, in which he clarifies things quite a bit:
“Franciscan peace is not a saccharine sentiment! Please! This St. Francis does not exist.Nor is it a kind of pantheistic harmony with the energy of the cosmos. This is not Franciscan either.”
Here are a few quotes from St. Francis himself:
“Blessed is the servant who has faith in the clergy and who live uprightly according to the norms of the Roman Church.” (Admonitions XXVI – 1)
St. Francis had a strong love for the Real Presence of Our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament, not some pantheistic “god” within.
“Let us be careful, we clerics, to avoid great sin and ignorance which certain people have towards the Most Holy Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, and His most holy written words which consecrate the [His] body. We know that it cannot become His Body if the bread is not first consecrated by the [His] Word. For we have and see nothing corporally of the Highest One in this world except the [His] Body and Blood, and the words by which we were created and redeemed from death to life (1 John 3:14).
Let all those, then, who administer such holy mysteries – especially those who administer them carefully – consider how base (dirty, unkept & neglected) the cups, the corporal cloths and the altar cloths are until they are used to consecrate the Body and Blood of Our Lord, Jesus Christ. And many leave the Body and Blood in unworthy places, (Sounds like some parishes today, where the Blessed Sacrament is hidden in some corner.) carry It through the streets in miserable ways, receive It unworthy and administer It to others without reverence.” (Letter to the Clergy 1-5)
He was also very clear about sin and mercy. It’s not just about knowing your “forgiven and loved,” it’s about repentance and change!
“If any brother, at the instigation of the enemy, sin mortally, let him be bound by obedience to have recourse to his guardian. And let all the brothers who know him to have sinned, not cause him shame or slander him, but let them have great mercy on him and keep very secret the sin of their brother, for they that are healthy need not a physician, but they that are ill. And let them be likewise bound by obedience to send him to his custos with a companion. And let the custos himself care for him mercifully as he himself would wish to be cared for by others if he were in a like situation.
And if he should fall into anyvenial sin, let him confess to his brother priest, and if there be no priest there let him confess to his brother, until he shall find a priest who shall absolve him canonically, as has been said, and let them have absolutely no power of enjoining other penance save only this: go and sin no more.” (Letter to a Minister 14-20)
Francis was not some freak, hippie nut. His writing demonstrate that the Poverello of Assisi was an obedient son of the Church. He loved the Church, and the Pope, the Sacraments, and the Blessed Virgin Mary. Francis of Assisi loved everything it means to be Roman Catholic. It was the grace of the Sacraments and his response to that grace, that transformed him and empowered him to love and serve others in poverty and chastity.
Today, my parents, Mickey and I took a ride to view the foliage along the Mohawk Trail. This was not the first time. My parents actually have gone to the Mohawk Trail with their parents since they were kids, and I have gone with my parents since I was a kid. The last time we went was 10 years ago, just a few days after I got Mickey. So much has changed, but the beauty remains. Here are a few pictures from our day.
This is a view from the French King Bridge. Built in 1932, to cross the French King Gorge over the Connecticut River. The bridge is 742′ long, and 141′ high gives a spectacular (although spookey) view of the foliage and the area.
Shelburne Falls, MA is home to the beautiful Bridge of Flowers. The bridge was originally built in 1908 for a street railway to carry people and goods to and from the local mills. The railway went bankrupt in 1927 and became a bridge of weeds. However, in 1929 a local women’s club turned it into a garden and it continues as such to this day.
For those who don’t like cold and snow, this is not the place to be in the winter.
View from the Eastern Summit Gift Shop
We stopped for lunch at the Freight Yard Pub in North Adams, MA. The pub sits on the main line of the Norfolk Southern Railroad. This is one of the historic rail lines in the USA. Just west is the famous Hossac Tunnel. Built in days without our modern technology. The tunnel opened in 1875. It is 25,000′ (4.75 miles long) in a straight line. The tunnel is still in use today.
Only those who are spiritually blind cannot see the dangerous situation we are in today. When Our Lady warned the world in 1917, it was nothing like it is today. She told the children: “ My requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace; if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, various nations will be annihilated.”
Have Our Lady’s requests been fulfilled? Most Catholics do not pray the Rosary every day, nor do they do penance for their sins and the sins of the world. The rule of the day is entertainment. God created everything for good, but most of these gifts have been perverted and are used for the spread of evil. Television, which has been a great source of good is filled with impure images and stories that water down the consciences of good people. The internet, another great tool for teaching and learning the faith is filled with smut. You can barely visit a website today that doesn’t have a suggestive advertisement. People go to Mass dressed as if they were going to the beach. Who would have imagined how much evil would have spread since 1917?
Not only has immorality and impurity spread like wild fire, the persecution of the church and the Holy Father’s sufferings have been imaginable. When Blessed John Paul, II visited the Netherlands, he was greeted with people throwing stones and bricks. Pope Benedict, XVI suffered the betrayal of insiders revealing private documents from the desk in his office.
The Faith is divided and attacked, not only by outsiders, but those who claim to love the very Church they attack. “Nuns on a Bus” go about our nation pushing for abortion, contraception and woman’s ordination. Priests who are not happy with the new translation of the Roman Missal outrightly call for disobedience.
The one thing we have not yet seen is nations annihilated. We have come close on so many occasions, but thank God, we have not yet reached that point. How long will the hand of God be held back from chastising a rebellious people?
There is one consolation in all of this. Our Lady does promise that she will bring about the greatest victory for her Son. ”In the end, My Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to Me, and she will be converted, and a period of peace will be granted to the world.”
Yes, the world will convert through our Lady’s action and there will be a time of peace. What we must do in the mean time is continue to respond to her messages and await with trusting hope in the care and love of our heavenly mother.
Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, pray for us and speedily bring about the promised Triumph of Your Immaculate Heart and the time of peace.
Today, the Holy Father did the Consecration of the World to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. It seems that every time one of the Popes does a consecration to Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart something happens. Keep your eyes on the news. Look carefully at the events of today and the next few weeks. I always expect Our Lady to respond to the cries of her children.
However, it takes much more than the consecration of the world. Each one of us has to be consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. We need to make a proper preparation, either through the traditional preparation of St. Louis De Montfort, the for of Consecration to the Immaculate by St. Maximilian Kolbe or the new “33 Days to Morning Glory” by Fr. Michael Gaitley. You can also do all of them at different times in your life.
Whatever form of preparation and consecration you choose, it can’t just end there. Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary has to become a lifestyle. When you consecrate your life to Our Lady, it means that you are reaffirming your baptismal consecration and going deeper. Consecration isn’t something that you do once and leave aside. Once you consecrate your life to Our Lady, you need to renew it daily and redo it formally annually. If you think that the Holy Father’s consecration is enough, your looking for magic. It will take all of us making our own consecration and living it daily to change the world.
Some are probably saying, “Why do I have to go to Mary, can I just go directly to Jesus?” Of course you can go right to Jesus, but St. Louis De Montfort says that Mary is “the quickest, surest and easiest way” to Jesus.
When you learns to ride a bike, you really don’t need anyone to help. You can pick up a bike and try to ride it on your own. There will be times that you pick up the bike and ride quite a way without help. Other times, you will be going along well and take a good dump. You’ll get a scraped knee, a few bruises here and there and maybe even bang your head. But if your smart, you’ll take the help of someone else, someone who will hold the bike from falling until your ready to ride on your own. Check this out.
That is what consecration to Mary is. Our Lady spiritually holds our bike. We are not going to her. She is helping us peddle to her Son and to our heavenly Father. She will push us along, we might not even know that she is there, but she keeps us from having big falls. And when we are ready, she’ll take the bike and give it a big push toward her Son. She will keep doing this throughout our life, but when the day comes that we close our eyes to this life, she will give us that pus and say, “go child, my Son is waiting.”
This is the power of consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Let us go with the saints who wish us to climb the ladder to the kingdom as did they, who held the hand of their mother as they ran to the Kingdom.