Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Lady Gaga to "Birth a New Race" (Caution; some of her images are sacreligious and pornographic))



Lady Gaga is known for her penchant for appearing bizarre both in costume and in music video's. This past week Lady Gaga showed up at the Grammy's in an egg. Yup, an egg. When her publicist was interviewed on the red carpet about what statement Lady Gaga was making by arriving in an egg, her publicist shared that Lady Gaga was "birthing a new race". Her inspiration for this came from her song "Born this way". The "vessel" as referred to by the publicist, is so that Lady Gaga can incubate for a certain point of time because "we" are birthing a new race tonight.

She went on to describe this new race as having no ability to hate or judge within their DNA and that Lady Gaga herself was undergoing a change to her DNA by staying in this vessel for 72 hours so that her DNA could undergo this transformation.


The person's carrying in the womb like vessel or egg, were said to be in a "transitional stage" because their DNA needed to be desaturated and filled and would themselves be incubated back stage before the performance. It is interesting to note that they had what appeared to be bones protruding from their foreheads. What we would call horns. Yes, you heard me right, horns. You can not make this stuff up. Lady Gaga actually kept her own horns on for the entire night. Does anyone but me see that horns on your head are what the Church Lady on Saturday Night Live would say "Oh, I don't know, could it be....Satan?!"

Now I am not saying that Lady Gaga is Satan, but even her publicist denounced this as a mere "publicity stunt" and said in fact that "This is about our design and our destiny, this message is bigger than the both of us." So what is Lady Gaga's message?

I have found that in reading and studying the Theology of The Body that I have a new lens from which to view the world through. When I view Lady Gaga through this lens then I must ask myself, if the body speaks a language and the body reveals or makes visible the invisible (thus revealing the "person" to us) then what does Lady Gaga's body language tell us? What do her words tell us?


It seems since studying Theology of The Body that I have a new lens from which to view the world through. If the body speaks a language that reveals or makes visible the invisible thus revealing the "person" to us, then what does Lady Gaga's body language tell us? What do her words tell us?

I would say that her body language to us is that she rejects God, she rejects what it means to be woman and in fact does not embrace her gift of femininity and call to motherhood but desecrates it. Even the world around her makes visible the invisible. We see the occult in her videos but even more readily it can be seen right in the 60 Minutes interview with Anderson Cooper. The back drop for Gaga's interview was a black room in which an alter was set behind her with candles and a skull upon it much like the one we saw at the home of Jared Loughner, the young man that attempted to kill the Gifford woman and succeeding in killing many bystanders. Why is there a skull on the altar behind her?

I would say that her body language to us is that she rejects God, she rejects what it means to be woman and in facts instead of embracing her gift of femininity and call to motherhood. When the film crew came to tape the 60 Minutes segment, behind Gaga was a small altar with candles and a skull.

When the crew showed us the area in which her sound board for cutting the master track for her new record with the song "Born this Way" was cut, a large picture of the fallen angel on the Led Zeplin album was hanging above it. They symbols on the poster written in the cipher's created by Aleister Crowley revealing the number of the beast.

In fact, Lady Gaga typifies the culture in which we live today in regard to belief systems. Just as there have been pagan god in our past, she too seems to manifest many of the inherent traits of pagan gods and their rituals. One such example is the Aztec godess Tlazolteotl. This Aztec goddess of sex and of witches and witchcraft had power over all forms of unclean behavior, usually sexual. She was a devourer of filth and required the sacrifice of children. Now we see our own children being led to this modern day false goddess that uses her own body as an altar on which to offer sacrifices to whom and to what?

I have seen many websites speculate as to that who or what. On one website there was references to the demonic entity as "Lam". The myth of Lamia is that this demon feasts on the young, sucking their blood but also preying on young men. If in fact she is some how invoking the demonic entity of "lam" or "lamia" then we would not be surprised at all since this specific demon is based on Ancient Greek mythology containing several precursors to modern vampires. As a culture, we have in fact begun to enter into a fascination with Vampires and have been doing so for the past several years. In Lady Gaga's video's we see she even seems to try and change her bone structure and appearance to resemble that of a bat or bird of some kind, by itself it would not mean anything, but in light of her work as a whole, I would venture to say that it does.

To break this down I will give you the raw data and some pictorial examples:Lady Gaga typifies the culture in which we live today. Just as there have been pagan gods, she too seems to manifest many of the inherent traits of pagan gods such as the Aztec godess Tlazolteotl. This Aztec goddess of sex and of witches and witchcraft had power over all forms of unclean behavior, usually sexual. She was a devourer of filth and required the sacrifice of children. Now we see our own children being led to this modern day false goddess that uses her own body as an altar on which to offer sacrifices to whom and to what? If in fact she is some how invoking the demonic entity of "lam" or "lamia" then we would not be suprised at all since this specific demon is based on Ancient Greek mythology containing several precursors to modern vampires. In her video's we see that she even uses technology to morph or change her appearance to that resembling a bat or bird of some kind.

The myth of Lamia is that this demon feasts on the young, sucking their blood but also preying on young men.




To break this down I will give you the raw data and some pictorial examples:

HER LYRICS;

In regard to her lyrics, they are but chants and language with hidden and infused occultic meaning. From her “Rah...Rah” chant of the Egyptian god to the lyrics in “Alejandro” being an actual renunciation of her baptismal vows when she rejects the Holy Trinity. I would not allow my kids to listen to this music. The fact that this woman announces that with this new song, in fact that very night that she comes out of her "egg" she is going to "birth" a new race, tells me a couple of things that we as Christians should take very seriously. If Aleister Crowley was a known Satanist and developed occult practices to "open portals to our world from which the demonic to enter" and if some of those practices actually include the invoking of the demon "lam" which uses an egg to purposefully conjure demons then it seems to me this publicity stunt is not a stunt but rather an invoking of something demonic into her music. She admitted in her 60 Minutes Interview to smoking pot on a regular basis and always when she is writing her music. I have heard many good exorcist priests say that smoking pot is an opening of the soul to the demonic.
Having been raised Catholic, she should have learned that we are actually created to love Him and one another.






HER VIDEOS: They are filled with Masonic, Satanic and New Age themes as well as pornographic themes involving ritualistic sacrifices as well as sexual-magick (spelled this way to differentiate cult practices as taught by Aleister Crowley, a master Satanist, 33rd degree and 97th Degree Freemason).

While many of her video has images of famous Masons, images and ciphors used by Masons and other occultic images throughout her video's I find it especially disturbing how she uses her video's to desecrate that which is historically deemed Holy. For Catholics, the Rosary, the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Religious Sisters and even the Nuptial Union, are deemed sacred. This woman goes out of her way to scandalize it all.

In this above image is the Sacred Heart of Jesus stabbed with hypodermic needles. Gaga carries this heart on a pillow as she leads a coffin into a church. The entire song Alejandro, Fernando, Roberto, the trinity of names is actually a video of her rejection of her Catholic faith in the trinitarian God, even her fingers showing the sign Jesus makes for having 2 natures, divine and human is made in this video in case you missed the point of the lyrics or images of her swallowing a rosary and wearing a satanic priest outfit. She herself, becomes the ritualistic sacrifice, the woman altar that most satanic rituals want to desecrate because Mary, "the woman" is what the enemy desires to desecrate. So this woman, Gaga becomes the means by which to accomplish this unholy desecration.






HER CLOTHING: Most of her clothing seems to have the reoccurring theme of desecration and sacrilegious. She likes to dress like a pornographic nun, a satanic priestess wearing a robe with an inverted cross on her crotch or her clothes reveal the desecration of innocence or she wears Hello Kitty, as a display of child like innocence confused by the fact that she is in a sexually explicit outfit. Why would one want to blur the lines between a little girl's fashion including Hello Kitty and a pornographic, sexually explicit image of this woman? etc...




MARTYR OR MONSTER: By her own admission she says she is a martyr and has acted out her own bloody death on stage and in video's. She has shown herself being burned, raped, stabbed and hanged in her video's but as she herself said in her 60 minutes interview she would die on stage for her fans. She would not deny them anything.
What has now occurred in her making herself a "Martyr" is that her little mosters (what she calls her fans) have elevated her to icon or goddess status. From images of Lady Gaga crowned with thorns appearing on beaches

to having her image put on candles as if they were holy and on t-shirts offering others to reject God as she has...

Perhaps the most disturbing event to date is that it seems no one is noticing that their children are being exposed to the messages in this woman's music and most probably the demonic entities she seems to have deliberately and purposefully invoked upon her music. In the 60 Minutes interview we see her screaming her indoctrination of values or lack thereof to the multitudes and masses of youth who come to consume her and be consumed by her.

Make no mistake about it, this woman has been screaming her message to us through her images and her music. She is revealing to us that this new race she is desiring to "birth" into the world will be of DNA that is foreign to our own. Those are her words, not mine. If the horns she sported at the Grammy's are any indication of what kind of race that is going to be, then I would suggest she change "birth" to "conjure" because only a mother can birth something and because this woman has rejected what it means to be a mother and instead has turned her self into a "fame monster" it would seem that she is about conjuring up little monsters or demons for the enemy. These little monsters as she affectionately calls them are our children, or perhaps ourselves for many listen only because they “like the beat”.



I pray that Our Lady of Guadalupe envelope Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta (Lady Gaga's birth name), in her mantle, that Mary the Blessed Mother hold her in her arms and that the precious blood of Jesus washes over her wounds so that she can be healed of what afflicts her and open her to her true calling which is to know, love and serve God with her gifts so that she can set the world on fire with Christ's love through her own yes. Amen.

Friday, February 11, 2011

A Valentines Card for My Husband; Healing our Wounds

My Valentine To My Broken Husband


What we all need to be aware of in any of our relationships is that it is going to involve pain. The world wants us to think that if our marriage is painful, we must have made a mistake and should find someone else who appreciates us or can make us happy so that we do not have to experience pain. What a joke. Ya, how is that working out for us?

The quote from princess bride that says "Life is pain highness, anyone telling you different is trying to sell you something" is a profound truth for everyone on earth.  But just as Wesley was willing to offer himself to help Princess Buttercup be saved, so can we offer ourselves to our spouse in their own journey. So armed with knowledge, I realize that to be a loving and committed wife, mother sister and friend, I have to carry my cross. My cross, my suffering will be shaped formed by what I have brought to the table, my own inadequacies, my own shortcomings and my own past experiences from my childhood experiences and relatives that perhaps shaped me. Whatever the shape, it will always lead to sanctification if I faithfully carry it and follow Christ. However, God brings all of us a Simon. That person who helps us carry our Cross. In the vocation of marriage, it is our spouse.


I dearly love my husband and I need him to live out my life and in fact he is was given to me by God for this reason, to help me carry my cross so that I can grow in holiness. My husband is uniquely qualified to help me heal my wounds and grow in holiness. God makes no mistakes. Have you ever noticed that you tend to pick a spouse that seems to bring out the worst in you at times? That is actually a mercy. What? Let me explain. If you read my article on Healing the Whole person you will remember that the devil is so clever that he often hides himself in old wounds and we, of our own free will bind him there which does not allow for healing. Well, our spouse can be a bright florescent light and it can shine deep into our most secret places and expose those wounds. It is a mercy because without being aware of them, they fester and make us sick and infect us.

So God gives us a spouse that can help us to see the places God desires to heal. God knew that our spouse would be the person who could best help me carry my cross. Just like Simon, they might night really want to do it at first and resist, but just as Simon realized what he was carrying and the importance of it, so too will our spouse when we let God open our eyes to it. Let me help you to see.


My husband really is perfectly suited to help me become sanctified.  In fact in the Summa written by St. Thomas Aquinas he speaks of grace that flows within the sacrament of marriage that sanctifies us. In the case of my own husband, where I am weak, he is my strength and vice versa but also, he shines lights into the places that I am most wounded, not because we are bad for one another, but in Christ's mercy, God desires for us to find healing and so we are given a person that may bring to light the shortcomings we run away from. It is not that we are mismatched but the reality is we are perfectly matched and Christ wants us to have the courage to go into the wounds so that we can bring Christ into them and turn them inside out. Our wounds, when we allow Christ in, become our greatest glory just as Christ's wounds from our sin became the greatest glory. Why? Because there is victory after the suffering.  I think that is why we have the bible story of Thomas asking to put his fingers into Christs hands and side.  It is to show us, that the wounds do not go away, they become transformed, they become a "sign" of victory and glory, perhaps our greatest asset.  The devil wants us to stay away from our wounds because he wants us to remain in the suffering, the blame and the shame. 

Despite my husbands faults, I believe him to be a loving and generous father.  If not for the love he has demonstrated to me over the past 17 years, I would not have had the courage to go into my own wounds and do the things that I have done.  Instead, I fear for where I would be now if not for him. It is interesting that because of my past abuse in childhood, that the most healing quality of my husband attributes is his quick humor and whit. I truly believe that his humor is another mercy given to me by God. In fact, when I decided to marry my husband I said to him “I am going to laugh so much in our marriage that when we are old and living in an old folks home I am going to be sitting in a rocking chair laughing, just remembering all the funny things from our life together”. Guess what he said then? He said “Ya, and I will be saying; Why do you keep putting me in a room with that lady I told you I don't know her”. It was this humor and joy that very early on convinced me that I needed to be with him my whole life long if I was going to make it through this world which can be anything but joyful. This reminds me of another quote from a movie. It's a kids movie called “Surfs Up” and it is about a penguin that wants to compete in a surfing contest and meets his hero and is being given surfing lessons. The Big Z, the hero, says to him “No joy man, no joy...fail.” He said this because the reason the penguin wanted to compete in the contest was to prove to his family he was valuable, but in doing so was missing the whole point of life. How many times do I do that myself. I get so caught up proving myself, defending myself or fighting everyone that I forget to find joy in my life.

No joy, that would be me without my husband, in fact, that is why my mother is so angry and unhappy, her life has no joy.  He makes me laugh when my first instinct is to complain or judge or get angry because of my temperament (choleric) and this always diffuses my anger.




However, many people find that they are on the verge of divorce or are dealing with selfishness and addictions. Let me tell you, that I know first hand how devastating this can be to a marriage. However, we must realize who we are fighting and it is not each other. “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Eph 6:12

When we realize the fight is not against our spouse but FOR our spouse then we can allow love to overcome our anger. The rest of this article is a letter , a Valentine if you wish, that I wrote to my husband in a time of trial. I pray that it reveals to you how powerful you can be in aiding your spouse in overcoming trials that threaten your marriage. Then I ask you to say a prayer and then write your own spouse a Valentine that will encourage and inspire him to greatness.





Shawn,

You have worth and value that you did not earn or merit, it was a gift, you are not a dung heap covered with snow, you are snow covered with dung.  The dung is what the enemy keeps trying to heap on you, but through confession it is removed.  The sacraments give us the grace, we CAN NOT do it ourselves.  You are a unique and unrepeatable human being made in the image and likeness of God and where made for union and communion with Him.  Through your vocation of husband and father you are given a foretaste of heaven and paradise with your family.  Our marriage is meant to be an icon, pointing you to what awaits us, here we experience union and communion with each other as a foreshadowing of true union and communion. 

As much as you love me and I love you, Christ the divine lover, loves and desires you more.  He thirsts for you, he aches for you, to hold you and comfort you.  The enemy will try and keep you in the bowels and stench of self loathing.  He will lead you to believe that the way you feel about yourself is the way that God feels about you, or your children, or me.  THE DEVIL IS THE ENEMY AND THE LIER.  God loves us, you are his child.  When our children defy us or act like their utmost chaotic and self destructive worst, as their father, do you hate them? Do you loath them? Is your first emotion and desire one of disgust and desire to repudiate them or punish them or to wish they never existed? No! Your first reaction, if it is like mine, is sorrow.  Deep grief and sorrow.  This is God's heart for you and for me.  He sees how we act like animals and his heart is grieved as any father would and He does everything in His power to reveal His love to us so that we might turn to Him and believe that He knows best. 

The world is a very cruel place and Satan desires to sneak in and make you believe that you have no worth, he desires to keep you weak in faith so that he can manipulate you.  Why?  Prov 23:7 - For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he. 

The devil is clever, but God is even more so.  When you think this is too hard...tell yourself I can not do this, but God can.   Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

I believe that God gave you me because God knew how very much I would love you and since He understood how very far removed your family would take you in believing or every knowing what God's grace and love could be, perhaps God knew that through my love that you would see God's love and that this would give you the courage to believe He exists.  

Shawn, if I could wave a magic wand and make it better I most certainly would, but God's ways are not our ways and through these trials and tribulations our marriage will blossom beyond all expectations and our spirits will be renewed and we will find more love for each other than we possibly knew we had.  Our hearts must be stretched if we are to love more, God is stretching our hearts, which is very painful, but it is a glorious gift for us!  If we did not experience this painful stretching, our hearts would not be open or big enough to fit inside of it all that God desires to pour into us.  He is giving us more! A larger portion, because he favor's us, be brave and remain steadfast because  Romans 8:28 "in all things God works together with those who love him to bring about what is good"

I am only quoting scripture because I want to combat those voices that keep lying to you.  Those voices will try to get you to believe that I am somehow mistaken, that any words I use to convince you of worth are because I am somehow blinded by love and so can not see or "know" the real you.  But if I use the words of God, those voices must be silent!  God knows all, He sees all and knows everything, even your deepest darkest secrets, even the most evil thing that you have done and yet, God still loves you.  Do not depend on my love to get you through this because the enemy will use this weakness against you.  Use the love God has for you, because He loves you as you love your own children, regardless of faults and failures.  You are his son and he knew what he was getting when He created you, you are no surprise to God, yet....He wanted you and created you despite His knowledge that you would fail Him. Isn't that great!!!  I tell myself that all the time when I am feeling miserable.  God knew  what He was getting when He made me, I am no surprise to God and He created me anyways. 




Just know I love you.  This is doable.  I will continue to show you that I love you and that we can do this together. May the blessed mother wrap you in her arms and kiss your forehead for me, may Christ's tender mercy flow and spill out as a salve on your heart through the healing power of the Holy Spirit, May God the Father, embrace the man that he created revealing to you that you are a great joy and consolation to Him regardless of your faults. 

Loving you now and forever,
Your Wife,
Christina KING

Please pray for us, we really need it right now.

Friday, February 4, 2011

"Why I call myself a socialist" My commentary of Wallace Shawn's Article

Inconceivable!


I did not realize what a philosophe­r he is. I must say that he has missed the major point of his brilliant insight. In his recent article entitled "Why I call myself a socialist; Is the world really a stage?" published on Huffington Post.
The reason he felt that he "caught a glimpse" of a hidden and mysterious insight was that he did!!! The reason why it was gone just as quickly was because he failed to follow it in the direction it was leading him in. The inspiration was from the Holy Spirit and it was revealing the Dignity of the human person to him. This is the innate value indelible to each and every human being from the pimp and the prostitute to the leper, the Queen of England, the Pope and the Dalai Lama.

What Wallace Shawn missed saw was that the "costume" each of us wears is our free will. It is what we "choose" to do with our God given abilities and talents. Yes, each of us are born into specifics that can either impede or propagate our "choices" however, the costumes we wear are put on one leg at a time, meaning, we of our own free will must choose to put it on.



I think the ache inside of Mr. Shawn's heart was that in seeing the dignity of the human person, while at the same time knowing that we live in a world in which that dignity is trampled upon, filled him with grief because he was connecting to the mystical body of Christ in which we are all a part of. Every action has a reaction therefore, we are all actors upon a common stage. The hustler in the street, has a dignity and value, his free will chose to use that life for himself. It may be true that he was born into a life of poverty or less privileged but that does not predetermine our outcomes as demonstrated by many successful athletes that grew up in slums yet become great athletes. In fact, in a world where American Idol and Youtube creates celebrities overnight, it seems as if the walls of opportunity are being knocked down. The possibilities become endless. At the same time, many of us do not realize the greatness of someone until after their death. This is a reality of many artists. So it seems, dignity and greatness are not something that can be distributed fairly or passed around so we all get our equal share. Rather is has already been given by and exists as an objective reality within each of us.
Inconceiva­ble!


If Mr. Shawn, could understand, that when each of us give our yes, and live out our destinies, that call for greatness, we set the world ablaze with who we are and what we can do. A girl living in a third world country working 16 hours in a day in a factory making it's owner rich, may have less choices or opportunities than a girl living in the United States whose father is a Plastic Surgeon yet both can make a profound statement with their lives. The girl in the factory can invoke compassion in others, she can be a sister, a friend, a wife, a mother and through those relationships can bring great joy and love into the world, even the darkest places. The fact that she is not growing wealthy does not determine her life's value. The girl who is born rich, can through acts of mercy and love, be filled with compassion and realize that through corporal works of mercy she can use her gifts and financial resources to bring hope to the world by feeding the poor, giving clothing to the naked etc.



A great movie to watch is "The Human Experience". It shares the dignity of the human person with the viewer. The purpose of life is not success, wealth and quality of life. The purpose is love. Love that gives itself away as a free gift to others. It is a free gift and faithful and it bears much fruit. It desires to enter into union and communion with others because it knows that this is a foretaste of heaven right here on earth. Suffering is not something to be avoided because often, it is the very mold in which a beautiful treasure takes it form.


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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The Devil Shows No Mercy

I do not watch horror movies. I used to, when I was younger. The ones that scared me the most were the ones that could “actually” happen. The move “The Shining” was filmed at a hotel that I visited as a child. When I saw the movie, I had specific memories of being in some of the places that were in the movie. In fact, the movie scared me to such an extreme, that to this day I will not watch it. It also involved demons. I do not watch movies with demons in them. Why? Because I believe the devil exists. Movies that involve possession scare me more than those involving some guy in a mask stalking teenagers because to me, the enemy is prowling about the world seeking the ruin of souls and that includes in my own home.

That being said, I decided to go to the movie “The Rite” which opened this past weekend. The reason I went was so that I could evangelize my husband. You see, my husband was raised Jehovah Witness. He was baptized catholic in 1997 when our 2nd child was born. Although he was baptised and attends church regularly, he really has not embraced this faith as his own. As a Jehovah Witness, he was taught that Jehovah is God. Jesus Christ was His son, but not God and certainly not a gift to mankind for the atonement of sin. So the version of God that my husband grew up with was that of a God that judges, gives rules and laws governing everything including how many hours a week must be logged in service to prove their faith. For those who did not put in enough hours or “measure up”, they were publicly denounced as “bad association” or dis-fellowshipped. Many times, this also involved being shunned by their own family members.

These experiences that were devoid of God's mercy or love were what convinced my husband from a very early age that if there was a God, he did not want any part of tHim if He could be so harsh and the members of the Kingdom Hall taught him that God would not want the likes of him either. It is ironic that the devil made more of a believer out of my husband then their Jehovah God. When he was very young, he heard about backward masking and so he played a Queen Album backward on his record player. What he heard scared him enough to decide to burn the album. When he took the album outside and set it to flame, he heard what he to this day believes, were the screeches of demons and he saw what he believed were their faces within the flames. It scared him, but it also planted a seed that if the devil was real, perhaps God was too.

Fast forward to this past weekend. I decided to ask my husband if we could go see this movie. My reasoning was to water the seed, which was his belief in the supernatural realm. My hopes were that it would strengthen his faith. My husband is always willing to please me and so agreed. As we left the movie my husband commented on how the people around us were clearly unaffected by what we all just saw. I have to admit, I also noticed that many of the audience members (even during the movie) made off hand comments about how ridiculous it all was. Many of their offhand comments were made during shots that referred to the Vatican or about the priesthood or that anyone could exert power over the demonic by simply using a crucifix because of the symbol of Christ's love and sacrifice and victory over sin.
Among other things, I heard comments revealing that many of the audience members did not believe in God, much less the Devil. One gentlemen with a shaved head, 10 earrings in one ear and a leather jacket with a skull and references to Anarchy, expressed his disappointment that there was not enough violence and it was not a "horror" movie at all. I guess he expected more gore or pea soup, of which their was none.

I was surprised that I did not expect the audiences reaction. I guess I expected people to have their eyes opened. I expected them to walk out and see a new world around them. I guess I had hoped that the movie would make the audience suddenly aware that the world was one of which demons constantly prowl about seeking the ruin of souls. What I really had hoped for was that movie goers would recognize that the Catholic Church had demonstrated to the world that the enemy is real and the church has the tools to defeat the evil one.

Unfortunately that did not happen. I am consoled by the fact that God uses any opportunity to plant a seed and that includes this movie. Arch Bishop Fulton Sheen said that the greatest accomplishment of the Devil was to convince people he did not exist. He was right. The Devil hides in plain sight. What I liked best about this movie was the the enemies tactics were exposed. The enemy showed us how he likes to regurgitate our faults back to us without mercy or love but rather with accusation and disgust. The enemy disguises himself as just a thought or just a voice in our minds that continually leads us back to our past wrongs or failures and then he magnifies them in such a way that we, in pride, believe our sins are to big for God's forgiveness.

I was no longer filled with grief but realized that this movie could be a catalyst for conversions. My husband solidified this when he said something very profound to me. He asked me if I thought that perhaps the enemy revealed his existence to him as a youth because as a Jehovah Witness, the enemy knew that he had no place to go and no resources to protect him. The enemy knew that by revealing himself to my husband, that he would only be scared, despair and feel that the God he knew could never be greater or stronger, since the God that my husband had been introduced to was not one of love and mercy, but of wrath and judgement.

We began to discuss how in the movie the enemy would use many tactics. One was that the devil would accuse the seminarian of many past indiscretions or sins. That is important to note because he does that to every one of us on a daily basis only he does it while hiding himself. The devil hides himself by convincing us he does not exist and then comes to us in what seems to be our own "voice" in our minds. This voice is one that is an accuser that is quick to point out our flaws, our shortcomings and our failures to be “good”. Here is a good piece of advice, if the voice you hear is accusing you without mercy, then chances are this is not of God. It is not that God does not reveal our shortcomings or failures to us, but rather it is in the “way” God reveals them to us. I believe my husband was very insightful. It is true, that as a Catholic we know that God is a triune God and this relationship of three persons reveals a God of love and mercy.

God reveals and shows us our shortcomings and failures in such a way as to encourage us to grow. An example is that recently at a retreat, God revealed to me that there was a “door” in which I did not even know existed in my life. This door was a place I was hiding some very stinking and smelly shortcomings. I could smell it, I just did not know where the smell was coming from. While in adoration one day, it was like He said “Psst..Over here”. It was so gentle and so loving that even though I knew that what was behind the door smelled really bad, I was ready to see the source. Then, Jesus and Mary took me by both of my hands and the door creaked open just a sliver and then he shut the door quickly. I knew in that moment that God truly is loving father and merciful Saviour. He wanted me to address my issues, but He also understood that I needed to be led gently so that I would not despair or doubt His love for me. The enemy wants to dump the stink and filth on us so that we are consumed and overwhelmed in it. He wants us to feel like we are drowning in our filth and failures and to believe that we are unworthy to call out for help. He wants us to believe that our sins are too great. But as this amazing movie pointed out, the devil is a liar. The only thing he is great at is being a great deceiver!

St. Faustina revealed to us that Christ's mercy is an ocean of unimaginable depths and the invitation is extended to all, especially the one who has committed the most horrific of sins.

What a beautiful gift I received when I realized that the audience did in fact receive a gift even if they did not realize it. The gift was that a seed was planted. That seed was the seed of Divine Mercy and I heard it in the lines “God chooses us! We do not choose Him, He chooses us”. It is so amazing to me that God can use any means and any circumstance to evangelize, even a horror movie. Just as I had hoped, the seed of faith growing in my husbands heart was nurtured and awakened through our discussion that transpired from the movie. What I did not expect, was to see that God could use the devil to reveal not only His own existence as God, but to reveal His mercy.

The moment I realized this was when I heard the words John 15:16 “You didn't choose me. I chose you.” for about the third or fourth time. It was these words that truly exemplify the love and mercy of God because these words reveal that it is only in the Christian faith that we see God coming to us, seeking to reveal Himself and to enter into a relationship with us. As Christians our faith differs from every other religion in that God comes to us! He seeks us out as St. Augustine shares with us in the words we hear every Easter:
“What good would life have been to us,
had Christ not come as our Redeemer?
Father, how wonderful your care for us!
How boundless your merciful love!
To ransom a slave you gave away your Son.

O happy fault,
O necessary sin of Adam,
which gained for us so great a Redeemer!”

There is no limit to God's ability to demonstrate His Mercy and love, even a horror movie. I don't know about you, but to quote another movie, He had me at “Hello...”