Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Marriage is What Brings Us Together Today


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Mawwage is what bwings us togeva today.
Mawwage, that bwessed awwangement
that dweam wivin a dweam.

Princess Bride's marriage scene is one that always makes me laugh. I think I like how the priest who is officiating is so lost in the ceremony that he is missing what is so obvious to the audience. It is clear that neither the bride nor the groom desire to be married and what is actually taking place is sham. I think about this because the Archbishop of Cantebury that married Prince Charles and Princess Diana sounded just like the actor on Princess Bride in the wedding scene.



Fast forward to present day. We are now anticipating the royal marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton which is to take place this week. On every station is a reminder of how many days remain before the marriage takes place. However, rather than get caught up in their excitement, I can not help but reminisce upon his mother's wedding day. I was 10 years old when Princess Di, as many of us affectionately referred to her, married her prince. The entire ceremony was broadcast on ever station and I watched it on the television in my living room. As a ten year old, I was transported into a wonderland as I imagined that perhaps there would be a prince for me if royalty still existed in the world.

I watched the horse draw carriage pull up to the large church lined with red carpet and marveled at the sparkling diamond tiara on her head, the veil that covered her face and the long flowing dress with it's yards and yards of material that stretched out behind her as she walked with her father down the aisle towards her prince charming.

The music inspired my mind heavenward, it transported me into the television and I felt that I was in the church with them along with the thousands of others there. The words spoken were of the mystical union of Christ and His Church, of marriage being God given, of children being brought into the marriage and then the Arch Bishop moved onto center stage and asked Prince Charles for his consent to have this woman as his wife and all that the marriage stood for, which of course was to love, comfort and honor her in sickness and health and to forsake all others as long as they both shall live. Only after they both were asked this and then said the words "I will" did the father of Diana take her hand and place it into the Archbishop's hand who then gave it to Prince Charles. What a beautiful gesture it was, I had no idea what it meant. Then the formal vows were made.

The rings were blessed and then exchanged and the words "with this ring, I thee wed". Then, the next vow "with my body, I thee honor and all my worldly goods I share in the Name of the Father, in the name of the Son and in the name of the Holy Spirit, Amen" solidified the vows. How beautiful and fitting to pledge not only their "troth" which is a vow of truthfulness, faithfulness and loyalty of person, but to also pledge their bodies. After all, if we are body and soul, then the marriage vows should include a pledge of both. The trinitarian relationship of God, who is love in it's perfection, sealed the vows. I am picturing in my mind the scene from Cinderella in which the swirls of light surround her and Prince Charming after they are married. I am sure if we could see the spiritual realm, we would see this same thing encircle our bodies upon the exchanging of our marital vows to one another.


I do not remember any of the readings or even what the Archbishop gave for his comments during the marriage. However, I have YouTubed it and I encourage all of you to do the same. For those of you who are interested, I have summarized his words so that we may be reminded that we are all called to be Kings and Queens of love so that through our marriages (even Holy Orders since that is participation in the Celestial Marriage) we can transform ourselves and the world into God's own image.

The Archbishop begins with a commentary on fairytales. How fitting this was since the marriage of Prince Charles and Diana was so much like a fairytale adventure for me. He likened the idea of marriage as being somewhat of an anti-climax since many people who read fairytales see marriage as then end. We grow up thinking of marriage as the "arrival" or the destination upon which everything culminates and then it is finished and the two ride off into the sunset. The words of a fairytale ending are "and they lived happily ever after". This is neither reality nor the truth of what marriage is. The christian view sees the wedding day as the beginning of a two persons lives together and not a place of arrival.


Every bride and groom are a royal couple on their wedding day. In the Eastern Orthodox Church, crowns are held over the heads of the couple being married to express the conviction that as husbands and wives they are Kings and Queens of creation. We are not just robots or puppets, but God has chosen to work through our yes, our lives, our marriages to create the future. We are God's crowning creation and we are sons and daughters of the most high God who is our King, therefore by virtue of our baptism, we are all royalty through our kinship with God.

Marriage is a transformation and a journey where each awakens within the other what never would have been if not for the marriage. In a good marriage, where the two live out their vows and living through the splendor as well as the sorrows this is achieved only through gift of self and the living of ones life for the other. The family is the place where the future is formed in love or formed in deformity. The hope of the world lies within the family and the family will not succeed if love is not present. The call should be to create the world more and more in His image, but the only way that will happen is when we embrace the call to be Kings and Queens of love. The challenge is that whatever burdens we lay upon one another, that it be matched by the love in which we support each other throughout our marriage.

If you do not have time to watch the wedding of Princess Diana and Prince Charles, then just listen perhaps you will just listen to the bells of the church on youtube at this link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMsMglDhfdw&feature=related


When you listen, imagine that this is the sound that is heard in Heaven whenever a soul enters heaven because it represents the celebration of all of the angels and Saints when an immortal soul is united to God forever in union and communion with Him. It is in this light that we begin to catch a glimpse of how beautiful the sacrament of Marriage is. It is not merely a "blessed arrangement" nor is it a "dream within a dream" but it is a union of man and woman pointing us to the truths within the mystery of the divine union between Christ, who is the Bridegroom and with His Church, His Bride (each one of us). When we give ourselves as a free gift of self to one another in marriage, in totality, in a faithful covenant which is open to children then our marriages become a sacrament. Our marriage can be a conduit of grace that helps husband and wife to grow in holiness.


"In this way, sacramental marriage is more than a union of a man and a woman; it is, in fact, a type and symbol of the divine union between Christ, the Bridegroom, and His Church, the Bride. As married Christians, open to the creation of new life and committed to our mutual salvation, we participate not only in God's creative act but in the redemptive act of Christ." Fr. John Hardon

My prayer for Prince William and his new bride, is that he model his life after that of Christ and give himself freely, fully, faithfully and fruitfully to her alone until death and they she receive his gift and open herself fully so that she can embrace her own call to greatness in loving her bridegroom with the love that Mary modeled to the world. I pray that Kate loves her husband, gives her full self to him and that their love brings forth spiritual and physical life to them both.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Our Lady of Guadalupe: Our Lady of Divine Mercy

Our Lady of Guadalupe was a gift from heaven to earth revealing the truth of God's love for His people through a series of events leading up to it's miraculous image appearing on the tilma of a simple man by the name of Juan Diego. The culture that surrounded him in what is now known as central mexico, was the place of demonic worship of false gods that demanded the ritualistic sacrifice and cannibalism of hundreds of thousands of human beings on the altars made to deity's that the Aztec people believed controlled everything from the success of crops to even the sun coming up in the sky day to day.



It is interesting that one of them, a goddess by the name of Tonatzin or Cihuacoatl. The relevant point is that this "goddess" that had occupied the hill in which OL Guadalupe would later appear once Bishop Zummaraga destroyed the altar's previously occupying it, was in fact a goddess of that herself had been murdered by her children, her head being severed and two serpents heads grew back in it's place. Her breasts, flaccid, convey that there is no life here, but that she is devoid of life. Her sacrifices, babies, preferably male, smeared in maize (corn) in which she also was believed to be controller of (fertility and crops of corn which was the food that they depended upon for survival) were killed upon her altars, it was said that the more the child screamed or suffered before death was pleasing to this goddess and therefore it made the offering even more efficacious.

This is important for two reasons. One, it shows the parallels to the Aztec culture of 1531 and the culture of 21st century modern man. We too have embraced false gods of materialism, technology and more. There are even false gods, of the demonic kind wherein persons like Aleister Crowley, developed formal acts of worship and invoking of demons, along with black masses and sacrificial murder of infants, preferably male and the child was tortured first for optimal suffering. The second reason is that we are in need of evangelization by means of a simple catechism because many of us have lost our understanding or even our belief in the supernatural, much less of the Divine Creator and His plan for mankind's salvation, this was true for the Aztec people as well.

Our Lady of Guadalupe spoke the language of God through pictures, more precisely through a codex of His divine making, comprised of glyphs used by the Nahuatl Indians in recording and conveying information or documenting history were used by God to reveal the truth of His existence, the means of which they could receive Him (sacraments of the Catholic Church) so that they could be in union and communion with the one true God in which they had prophesied would one day come to them. The Aztec people saw the tilma, the read the language, they heard His voice and they believed! Over 10 million Aztec people entered into the Catholic Church through the rite of baptism in less than 7 years time. This was the greatest mass influx of Christians in the shortest period of time ever recorded in history. They came not only for baptism, but to have their marriages blessed. Today, once again, God is revealing His existence through Our Lady of Guadalupe but this time, not as a codex, but as an icon.


I am currently working on a project in which I believe the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe has a message from God to the people of this particular time in history. The proof I offer to this is that two major discoveries have been made within this image that were present in 1531 but never could have been discovered then, because the technology did not exist until present day.

Why would there be two miraculous themes within this image of such tremendous magnitude unless they were very important. If they were important, but not able to be discovered until present day, then does that mean the information and truths revealed in these discoveries are meant for the century in which they would be discovered? I declare unequivocally, YES, and I believe I can prove it with objective, well documented evidence of scholars on the subject in union with the lens of Iconography. When Our Lady of Guadalupe is discerned as an Icon rather than a divine codex, old truths become alive with new meaning for the people of the 21st century.


There are two discoveries found in the image in the 20th century that were not part of God's plan for conversion of the Aztec people of Mexico so why would he have put them there unless the generation that would discover these things were to be evangelized by them. Truly the culture of death we live corresponds in many ways to the culture of death of the people of Mexico in 1531. Just as they worshipped false God's we worship the gods of materialism, narcissism, and all the other "ism's" out there.

We even offer ritualistic sacrifices of innocents on the altars of these false gods through abortion, euthanasia and the like. I contend that the enemy is up to his same old tricks and it is business as usual. Abigail Seidman was interviewed on LifeSiteNews.com saying that "The account according to Seidman, her mother’s descent into the abortion culture was not motivated by the usual social talking points - to save women from dangerous back-alley abortions, or to “help” women in difficult situations - or even for the money. It was a religion – literally. Seidman described her mother’s abortion clinic as “pervaded with occult imagery and practices.” The workers considered “abortion to be a form of sacrifice,” would perform the procedure as a sort of ritual, and worshipped deities embodying death, she said. Pro-lifers must acknowledge abortion’s connection with the occult - and recognize it as a key part of pulling out the abortion industry by the roots."

Seidman says that there was ritual drug use, “sacred prostitution,” and ritual abortions performed after-hours, involving clinic staff who had intentionally become pregnant.

“I always had a ‘feeling’ that there was something ‘wrong’ or ‘dangerous’ there - almost a feeling of a presence, which I now recognize as being the exact opposite of the Presence that I feel in a church,” she said. The workers worshipped a Goddess whose “truest form” was recognized as “the Great Dragon” - a name she was later surprised to discover in the Bible.
In satanic ritualistic practices developed by Aleister Crowley,included the murdering of infant's or sexual magick along with black masses. Truly, we have the makings of a death culture like that of the Aztec's to their demonic "gods" that they would kill for.

God has a reason for everything, why would he have put these images in the tilma unless they were meant to be discovered when the veil thinned enough so to as reveal another message in an age that is in desperate need for conversion.

The first discovery is that of the stars on the mantle of Our Lady of Guadalupe. They have been proven to be in the exact positions of the constellations of the morning sky of 1531 by astronomers. The second discovery is that within her eyes, there exists the images of a family, Juan Diego, Bishop Zummaraga, the interpreter and a few others who were present in the room at the time the tilma was presented to the Bishop, as if Our Lady of Guadalupe was present in the room. Her eyes also respond as if they had living cornea's, this has been confirmed by over 10 ophthalmologists.

It was this premise that convinced me to look at this icon, this codex, this pictorial catechism to see if there was a message for the generation that would discover these truths. I believe that I have found MANY other interesting coincidences that lead to the conclusion that this is an ongoing miraculous image. I hope after reading my research that the reader can see that this is not a subjective experience but is an objective truth demonstrated by using the published materials from some of the foremost scholars on Our Lady of Guadalupe. I will also tie in Church Doctrine, tradition, writings from the saints and works from several Popes including Venerable Pope John Paul II and Benedict XVI. In fact, I believe that the Venerable Pope John Paul II is playing a large part in this message and perhaps through his intercession, the necessary graces will be given to world so that they can receive God's message of love, life and mercy as revealed through this image. The fact that he will become “Blessed” on the feast of Divine Mercy, has in my own mind, provided me affirmation that what I see and understand through this icon is indeed, inspired by God.

While this article does not provide all of my research, it has enough information so that those in which whom the Holy Spirit has touched already or are ready to see, will in fact see and perhaps do their own research to see what part God is asking them to play in what I believe is showing the way in the largest Evangelization is going to take place in the shortest amount of time since 9 million Aztec's were baptized within a 7 year period. That way is through Christ's Divine Mercy as revealed through this image and explained by the Ven. Pope John Paul II in his many writings. May Our Lady of Guadalupe give you the receptivity in your heart to hear and see how Christ's Divine Mercy desires to be revealed through your gifts, your apostolate and your life.

On this universal level, if victory comes it will be brought by Mary. Christ will conquer through her because He wants the Church’s victories now and in the future to be linked to her… —POPE JOHN PAUL II, Crossing the Threshold of Hope, p. 221

Our Lady of Guadalupe; An Icon For Life, Love and the New Evangelization

"On this universal level, if victory comes it will be brought by Mary. Christ will conquer through her because He wants the Church’s victories now and in the future to be linked to her…" —POPE JOHN PAUL II, Crossing the Threshold of Hope, p. 221

If you want to read more of the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe as an Icon and what is there, then please check out other articles on her.

Mercy is flowing like a river, out to you and me.


What does Mercy mean to you?

I have heard people in movies cry out for mercy just before they are about to taken by a pirate, have their village pummeled or be convicted or killed for a crime they committed. Perhaps Mercy is to overlook something or maybe to show some kind of favoritism.

Whatever Mercy means to you, there is a good chance that you have not yet been introduced to perhaps one of the highest forms of love that exists known to man and in a world obsessed with judgment, violence, anger, crime and lack of forgiveness, we are desperate for mercy or at least, we should be.

St. Therese the little flower said that Mercy is a Heart which gives itself to the miserable. St. Therese the little flower or of the "Little Way" wrote: “When we keep little we recognise our own nothingness, and expect everything from God just as a little child expects everything from its father. Nothing worries us.”

She heard the call and understood the same message we are hearing today. That our heavenly Father’s love (which is usually hidden from the wise and prudent, and revealed only to little ones) that the love of God flows out from Him to those who are little. The Saints, Our Lady, the only-begotten Son, on earth, and to those whom most would concede are the farthest off – the weak, the outcast, the sinful.


Saint Augustine interprets the word “misericordia” as meaning miseris cor dare –to give oneself to, or to pour one’s heart out over the weak, the outcast, and the fallen. I have heard others define it as "one who gives itself in love to those in misery". I think I like this one the best.

So many of us are in misery, suffering under the weight of our own weaknesses. Some describe this as our cross, but I think that our cross is not the same as our weaknesses. Our cross is that holy and divine purpose for which we have been called in service to bring the love of Christ to others, we are all called to know, love and serve God and the cross, although can be difficult to bear will ultimately be the vehicle of which we will not only grow in holiness, but is required for those wishing to travel upon the road of salvation. Our weakness, do not in and of themselves help us to grow in holiness, rather it is in overcoming them that we grow and strengthen or fortitude and faith. One would never say that overcoming the crosses is what leads us to holiness, so you see weaknesses are not the same as a cross.


However, our weaknesses can incapacitate us to such an extent that many of us fall under the weight of the cross and that is when we are to call upon the mercy of God that He come to us and help us carry the weight of our weaknesses, just as Simon came to Jesus when He became physically weak and could not carry the cross, so too does Christ desire to come to us in our many weaknesses physical and otherwise.

Mercy is a beautiful form of love and St. Faustina tells us in her diary that Jesus Christ appeared to her and told her that His Mercy is larger than the any ocean, it's depths unfathomable. He desires to love us right now, regardless of our weaknesses, regardless of what we have done, regardless of how unworthy we feel or even are. All of us are invited to come and enter into the Wedding Feast! That includes those of us who feel so burdened so unworthy. Remember that Jesus hung out with a woman who as a prostitute, He touched lepers, He ate with tax collectors in fact, it was those who were the littlest that were able to see Him and hear Him as He invites us through His Divine Mercy to accept the invitation. Just as the prodical son was lovingly embraced and celebrated upon his return so to will of us who allow Christ's Merciful love flow out of the font of His pierced heart and wash us clean, heal our wounds and quench our thirst for love from God. I invite you to look into Divine Mercy and discover what God's plan is for your life. "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

Open my eyes lord, help me to see your face, open my eyes lord, help to see.
Open my ears lord, help to hear your voice, open my ears lord, help me to hear.
Open my heart lord, help to love like you, open my heart lord, help to love.

First image :
“I Cried For You”
Acrylic on Canvas, 80cmx120cm
2008 Nicole Helbig
This is a painting of Jesus and Mary Magdalene, depicting the scene when she sobs at His feet in sorrow for her sinful life. Jesus lays a gentle hand on her hair, gives her a blessing and sends her off to His Mother, Mary.

Notice that Jesus utilizes Mary to help others grow in faith. This is because she understands our suffering and mothers help heal our wounds. She holds us in her arms while Christ makes it better. Thats what moms are for.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Lady Gaga Is In Love With Judas

Lady Gaga's new song entitled "I'm in love with Judas" should dispel any doubts one might of had about whether or not Stefani Germanotti has abandoned her faith, clearly, she has.

When we repeat words to ourselves, they slowly become our own truth, our own realities. If I were to say to myself, "I am so ugly, or I am never going to be happy" then, over time, I would come to believe these things. We learn these things in modern psychology textbooks, yet, it seems society wants to believe they can listen and sing along to the words of songs on the radio and think they will not effect us.

I am sorry, but that simply is just not the case. Modern psychology uses the very techniques of self fulfilling prophecy in therapeutic techniques. We put post it notes on our mirrors with words so that everyday we read them, hear them in our brain, commit them to memory all in hopes of absorbing them into our psyche and finally, believing in them. Some people write down "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" others quote famous poets or authors with words like "Don't let your dreams remain dreams" or "Actions speak louder than words, but not nearly as often" Mark Twain or "Experience has shown, and a true philosophy will always show, that a vast, perhaps the larger portion of the truth arises from the seemingly irrelevant." Edgar Allan Poe

This last quote is the point of this commentary on Ms. Germanotti's latest song entitled "I'm in love with Judas". I think we must consider that although the words seem irrelevant to some, after all, many will say they enjoy the music because of the beat and not the words, a larger portion of the truth arises upon review of the lyrics.

Oh-oh-oh-ohoo
I’m in love with Juda-as, Juda-as
Oh-oh-oh-ohoo
I’m in love with Juda-as, Juda-as
Judas Juda-a-a, Judas Juda-a-a, Judas Juda-a-a, Judas GaGa
Judas Juda-a-a, Judas Juda-a-a, Judas Juda-a-a, Judas GaGa

[Lady Gaga - Verse 1]

When he comes to me, I am ready
I’ll wash his feet with my hair if he needs
Forgive him when his tongue lies through his brain
Even after three times, he betrays me
I’ll bring him down, bring him down, down
A king with no crown, king with no crown

[Chorus]

I’m just a holy fool, oh baby he’s so cruel
But I’m still in love with Judas, baby
I’m just a holy fool, oh baby he’s so cruel
But I’m still in love with Judas, baby
Oh-oh-oh-ohoo
I’m in love with Juda-as, Juda-as
Oh-oh-oh-ohoo
I’m in love with Juda-as, Juda-as
Judas Juda-a-a, Judas Juda-a-a, Judas Juda-a-a, Judas GaGa

[Lady Gaga - Verse 2]

I couldn’t love a man so purely
Even darkness forgave his crooked way
I’ve learned love is like a brick, you can
Build a house or sink a dead body
I’ll bring him down, bring him down, down
A king with no crown, king with no crown

[Chorus]

I’m just a holy fool, oh baby he’s so cruel
But I’m still in love with Judas, baby
I’m just a holy fool, oh baby he’s so cruel
But I’m still in love with Judas, baby
Oh-oh-oh-ohoo
I’m in love with Juda-as, Juda-as
Oh-oh-oh-ohoo
I’m in love with Juda-as, Juda-as

[Bridge]

In the most Biblical sense,
I am beyond repentance

Fame hooker, prostitute wench, vomits her mind
But in the cultural sense
I just speak in future tense
Judas kiss me if offensed,
Or wear ear condom next time
I wanna love you,
But something’s pulling me away from you
Jesus is my virtue,
Judas is the demon I cling to

I cling to

[Chorus]

I’m just a holy fool, oh baby he’s so cruel
But I’m still in love with Judas, baby
I’m just a holy fool, oh baby he’s so cruel
But I’m still in love with Judas, baby
Oh-oh-oh-ohoo
I’m in love with Juda-as, Juda-as
Oh-oh-oh-ohoo
I’m in love with Juda-as, Juda-as
Judas Juda-a-a, Judas Juda-a-a, Judas Juda-a-a, Judas GAGA
Judas Juda-a-a, Judas Juda-a-a, Judas Juda-a-a, Judas GAGA

The above bolded lines are the most dangerous words in which one could repeat to themselves. It despairs on God's mercy, it blasphemes God, it embraces the devil. To vomit your mind, means to let out the sickness. The sense she means here, is that her philosophies are free to flow without pause, there is not contemplation or discernment, just a vomitous mass of glorification of her choice to prostitute herself to the world, for use (the opposite of love).

In fact, she continues to find new ways to profane all that is only, and in our new age of "tolerance" anything goes. I shudder when thinking of what this video is going to look like. I am sure, it will set a new standard of blasphemy even for her.


To call Judas a King without a crown, is further proof of the Fame Monster vomiting out sickness to the masses of people who are desperate for love, acceptance and purpose. Do not be deceived, while this woman has been given gifts, she has clearly chosen to use them for her own purpose and has been deceived by the great deceiver, the master of Judas even, whose is as ancient as time itself.

She has chosen to sink dead bodies with this "love" of hers, not to build a civilization of love, which was clearly what she and all of us are invited to do with our gifts. I recommend that a person not sing these words to themselves because as you speak is how you believe and once you open yourself to repeating these words mindlessly, our brains are wired for receiving information that we commit to memory and repeat often. So we believe is how we come to live our lives.

It seems that even Disney world has come to embrace the self proclaimed fame hooker and prostitute wench as someone they feel should be a part of their theme parks for children. As easter approaches, I pray that we remember who to the true King is. He is one that deserves our love, who is Himself love. He never uses anyone, He never forces anyone against their will, He is never Cruel, He is the Lover and we are His beloved. He is a gentle Bridegroom who loves tenderly and all are called to wedding feast of the lamb. I pray you accept His invitation;
"Do not be afraid I am with you, I have called you each by name. Come and follow me, I will bring you home. "I love you and you are mine".

Learn to Discern!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

JCrew Ad teaches emasculation of a boy's body



I find it interesting that a paradigm shift has taken place in our country.

After reading the critique of Jenna Lyon's JCrew Ad in which she painted her son's toes bubble gum pink on Huffington Post as well as the comments to the article, it seems clear that society has changed from one that would find this ad disconcerting to one that embraces it as proof that she is a modern parent, nay a healthy parent encouraging her son to be open to...well, I guess to anything and everything.

Ad's like this, in which all lines are dropped and there are no distinctions between boys and girls have come to be considered as "healthier parenting" because it embraces the teaching of gender neutral concepts. If I say that a boy should not have his toes painted, and to have his nails painted pink is even worse, then I become seen as a repressed, patriarchal, homophobic , close minded right winged, agenda seeking bigot.

Do you want to know why more and more men run away from marriage, commitment , their kids and responsibilities of family life? Because they have been emasculated by our culture. Feminism has and is seeking to strip masculinity from men. The goal of our society and the culture in which we live seems to be determined to make everything gender neutral. From naming babies that can go either way, to hair cuts and clothing design, more and more we have crossed into a time and place in which we can see someone walking down the street and our kids will say "Mommy? Is that a boy or a girl?" Our society says the "healthy" answer would be "It doesn't matter Johnny, cause that person can be whatever they want to be". But that folks, would be a lie.

We cannot be whatever we want to be. We are made male and female. Not only is this deliberate and for a reason, but it is not a choice. It is a God given reality. Now, there are men who take hormones, grow their hair out, have surgery to remove their male defining genitalia and can even have breast implants making it harder to see the "person" that they were created to be, but they are still male. They still have a Y chromosome and they still do not have a womb or ovaries, the very part of a woman's body that is a physical sign of her being made female.


By the same token, a woman can take testosterone hormones, cut her hair, cut off her breasts and grow out facial hair, but still to her very genetic core, she does not have a Y chromosome nor does she have functioning testicles. The body makes visible the invisible. While outward signs such as painting toenails can express femininity it does not make a person feminine. However, our bodies speak a language. We can tell the truth with our bodies or we can lie with our bodies.

If I dress my son up as a girl, I am telling a lie with his body by dressing it up in such a way to deceive others as to whom and what he is and has been made. Perhaps the temptation is to think that this is all just blowing up an insignificant gesture of a mother who was having some fun. But I beg to differ because this Mother took pictures of her son and printed them into magazines for all to see. The reason this is a big deal, is that our society has not only accepted the practice of lying with and through our bodies but this picture is the propagation of this very mentality that is tearing at the fabric of the sacredness of the body.



Our bodies speak a language. When I pout, when wink, when I blow a kiss, when I wave my hand, these are all expressions conveying a language to others. If I as a woman reject my femininity and try to become like a man, I loose my vulnerability and I loose the very aspects of woman that reveal the tender mercy and love of God through my beauty. Beauty inspires the world to greatness. It inspired Mozart's music, Van Gough's paintings and Leonardo Da Vinci's nudes. If I try and to embody masculinity, I do not become strong, powerful and protective, I instead am seen as a "ball breaker, a bitch, demeaning to men and controlling". This is not a double standard, rather it is just the plain truth!


When I teach my son to embrace femininity rather than masculinity, the lie he is taught through these actions, does not give him beauty that inspires one to believe in the creator, which is what a woman would achieve through femininity, but on a man it wears itself as nothing more than emasculating weakness. The reason why the men in Braveheart and Gladiator are so attractive to women is they are strong in spirit and body, they fight for a woman's honor and fight for what is right. The reason a lot of girls who read the Twilight Series fall in love with Edward is because on multiple occasions, he saves her life by putting her needs before his own. He jumps in front of a moving car to save her life at risk of being discovered as a Vampire. Now, I am not advocating the Twilight series here, that is for another article, but there is something to be learned about why certain movies and books are successful with women. It is because as fast as the world and the Gay seeking agenda can spin the lies, women are running to find a man that embodies the very masculinity that ad's like this is seeking to strip away from the world for the sake of openness and tolerance and no judgment forms of parenting.


Well, sorry folks but there is a difference in boys and girls and frankly, I like the difference. The reason we women see men in BraveHeart and Gladiator as sexy, is because they not DON'T have their toenails painted pink, they NEVER would paint them pink. I like men who are manly not kinda sorta like a man. You will not catch me painting my boys toenails pink. This culture that wants us to believe that anything goes, is speaking a lie and the language it is using is the body.

To overcome this lie and to untwist this confusion check out Theology of The Body.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Gift (reprinted with permission from Mark Mallett)


IMAGINE a small child, who has just learned to walk, being taken into a busy shopping mall. He is there with his mother, but does not want to take her hand. Every time he begins to wander, she gently reaches for his hand. Just as quickly, he pulls it away and continues to dart in any direction he wants. But he is oblivious to the dangers: the throngs of hurried shoppers who barely notice him; the exits that lead to traffic; the pretty but deep water fountains, and all the other unknown dangers that keep parents awake at night. Occasionally, the mother—who is always a step behind—reaches down and grabs a little hand to keep him from going into this store or that, from running into this person or that door. When he wants to go the other direction, she turns him around, but still, he wants to walk on his own.

Now, imagine another child who, upon entering the mall, senses the dangers of the unknown. She willingly lets the mother take her hand and lead her. The mother knows just when to turn, where to stop, where to wait, for she can see the dangers and obstacles ahead, and takes the safest path for her little one. And when the child is willing to be picked up, the mother walks straight ahead, taking the quickest and easiest path to her destination.

Now, imagine that you are a child, and Mary is your mother. Whether you are a Protestant or a Catholic, a believer or an unbeliever, she is always walking with you… but are you walking with her?





DO I NEED HER?

In Why Mary? I shared a bit of my own journey as to how I struggled many years ago with the prominent role Mary has in the Catholic Church. Really, I just wanted to walk on my own, without the need to hold her hand, or as those "marian" Catholics would put it, "consecrate" myself to her. I just wanted to hold Jesus’ hand, and that was enough.

The thing is, few of us actually know how to hold Jesus’ hand. He Himself said:

Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and that of the gospel will save it. (Mark 8:34-35)

Many of us are quick to speak about Jesus as "personal Lord and Savior," but when it comes to actually denying ourselves? To embracing suffering with joy and resignation? To following His commandments without compromise? Well, the truth is, we are so busy dancing with the devil or fighting with the flesh, that we have barely begun to take His nail-scarred hand. We are like that little boy who wants to explore… but the blend of our curiosity, rebellion, and ignorance of true spiritual dangers puts our souls at great risk. How often have we turned around only to discover that we have gotten lost!1

In a word, we need a Mother.




THE GREAT GIFT

This isn’t my idea. It’s not even the Church’s idea. It was Christ’s. It was His Great Gift to humanity given in the last moments of His life.

Woman, behold, your son… Behold, your mother. And from that hour the disciple took her into his home. (John 19:26-27)

That is, from that moment, he took her hand. The entire Church took her hand, in whom John is symbolized, and has never let go—though individual members often don’t know their Mother.2

It is Christ’s will that we too take this Mother’s hand. Why? Because He knows how difficult it is for us to walk on our own… how stormy and treacherous the waves can be in our efforts to sail to the Safe Harbour of His love.




TAKING HER HAND…

What will happen if you take her hand? Like a good Mother, she will lead you upon the safest paths, past dangers, and into the safety of her Son’s Heart. How do I know this?

Firstly, because the history of Mary’s providential presence in the Church is no secret. This role, prophesied in Genesis 3:15, birthed in the Gospels, and accentuated in Revelation 12:1, has been experienced powerfully throughout the history of the Church, most especially in our times through her apparitions across the world.

At times when Christianity itself seemed under threat, its deliverance was attributed to the power of [the Rosary], and Our Lady of the Rosary was acclaimed as the one whose intercession brought salvation. —JOHN PAUL II, Rosarium Virginis Mariae, 40

But I personally know the Great Gift this Woman is because, like John, I have "taken her into my own home."

I have been a strong-willed man. I was that first child described above, a man fiercely independent, curious, rebellious, and stubborn. I felt that I was doing just fine "holding on to Jesus’ hand." In the meantime, I struggled with an appetite for food and alcohol and other temptations in "the shopping mall" of life that constantly led me astray. While I seemed to be making some progress in my spiritual life, it was inconsistent, and my passions seemed to get the best of me at will.

Then, one year, I felt a stirring to "consecrate" myself to Mary. I’d read that since she is the Mother of Jesus, she has but one goal, and that is to bring me safely to her Son. She does this when I let her take my hand. That’s really what "consecration" is. And so I let her (read what happened on that day in True Tales of Our Lady). I noticed in the weeks and months ahead something wonderful beginning to happen. Some of the areas in my life where I was struggling, there was suddenly new grace and strength to conquer. All my years of wandering on my own, thinking I was moving forward in the spiritual life, got me only so far. But when I took this Woman’s hand, my spiritual life began to take off…



IN THE ARMS OF MARY

In more recent times, I felt compelled to renew my consecration to Mary. This time, something happened I did not expect. God was suddenly asking me for more, to give myself totally and completely to Him (I thought I was!). And the way to do this was to give myself totally and completely to my Mother. She wanted to carry me now in her arms. When I said "yes" to this, something began to happen, and happen fast. She would no longer permit me to drag her toward the compromises of the past; she would no longer let me rest in the unncessary stops, comforts, and self-indulgences of before. She was now bringing me quickly and expediently into the very heart of the Holy Trinity. It is as though her fiat, her Great Yes to God, was now becoming my own. Yes, she is a loving Mother, but a firm one too. She was helping me to do something I was never able to do very well before: deny myself, take up my cross, and follow her Son.

I am just beginning, it seems, and yet, I must be honest: the things of this world are fading fast for me. Pleasures I thought I could not live without are now months behind me. And an interior desire and love for my God is growing everyday—at least, every day that I let this Woman continue to carry me deeper into the mystery of God, a mystery that she lived and continues to live perfectly. It is precisely through this Woman who is "full of grace" that I am finding the grace to say with all my heart now, "Jesus, I trust in You!" In another writing, I want to explain how exactly Mary achieves this grace in souls.

BOARDING THE ARK: CONSECRATION

There is something else I want to tell you about this Woman, and it is this: she is an "ark" that sails us safely and quickly to the Great Refuge and Safe Harbour, who is Jesus. I cannot tell you how urgent I have felt this "word" to be. There is no time to waste. There is a Great Storm that has been unleashed upon the earth. The flood waters of fear, uncertainty, and confusion are beginning to rise. A spiritual tsunami of apocalyptic proportions is, and is going to sweep across the world, and many, many souls are simply unprepared. But there is one way to get prepared, and that is to quickly enter into the safe refuge of the Immaculate Heart of Mary—the Great Ark of our times.

My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the way that will lead you to God. —second apparition to the children of Fatima, June 13th, 1917, www.ewtn.com

You can do this by doing what a host of beautiful saints have done, and that is entrust your spiritual life completely to this Mother. You don’t need to completely understand it. In fact, it is by consecrating yourself to Mary that you will begin to understand why Jesus left you this Mother.

A wonderful new website has been launched to help you make this step to reach out toward your Mother: www.myconsecration.org They will send you free information further explaining what it means to consecrate yourself to Mary and how to do it. They will include a free copy of the classic guidebook, Preparation for Total Consecration According to St. Louis Marie de Montfort. This is the same consecration that John Paul II made, and upon which his pontifical motto: "totus tuus" was based.

I have more to write you regarding this Great Ark, of which our Mother forms a part. I strongly urge you to send this writing to as many friends and family as possible and allow the Holy Spirit to make this invitation of consecration to others.

It is time for us to board the Ark.

Just as the Immaculata herself belongs to Jesus and to the Trinity, so too every soul through her and in her will belong to Jesus and to the Trinity in a much more perfect way than would have been possible without her. Such souls will come to love the Sacred Heart of Jesus much better than they would have ever done up to now…. Through her, Divine love will set the world on fire and will consume it; then will the “assumption of souls” in love take place. —St. Maximillian Kolbe, Immaculate Conception and the Holy Spirit, H.M. Manteau-Bonamy, p. 117
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Thursday, April 7, 2011

The Magnificat, Mercy and Miracles


Have you seen it? The Magnificat is revealing something to us through the inspired words of God in scripture set up by the Holy Mother Church so that we can all be on the same "page" through out the liturgical year.

We are being invited into seeing the miracle of mercy being poured out. A veil is being lifted so that the prisoners can "Come Out" of their tombs. Caryll Houselander called people in mortal sin examples how Christ is living out His life through all of us, for them, they are in mortal sin and awaiting the resurrection.

When I saw the magnificat for February as the Ark, I knew that the message within was a bringing together in anticipation of a flood that is coming. The words every day, spoke to me. I altered even my talks to include the themes that God seemed to speak through the readings of the Magnificat.

March had the cover of the Magnificat as the annunciation and reminded me that their are angels, both good and bad that are amongst us and we are to call upon them to fight the enemies, to bring us the word (notice how the focus was on the word and how powerful the word, even the name of Christ is, we need to bless our food, our homes and ourselves because there is power in the word, studies have proven this with water changing on a molecular level when spoken too positively or negatively). I felt like March was a calling for us to call upon the Holy Spirit and the angels to bring us the word so we can receive it, conceive it and bear it into the world.

April I see has an image of Peter being pulled up by Jesus. I believe that Christ is going to strengthen our faith, help our unbelief with supernatural intercession just as He did for Peter when he walked on water and then began to sink when he was overwhelmed with the fearful storm around him. Christ is going to pour out a gift of strengthening our faith for what lies before us. The Easter portion of Magnificat reminded me that the reason for this is that once we have been strengthened, we are to be the donkey we see in the magnificat picture. We are to bring Christ to others in the Arse of what we are in preparation for what God is going to do in the month of May.

Have you seen it? May's picture is the resurrected Christ with his exposed wounds being held by Mary in a loving embrace. I truly believe that Christ is going to glorify the wounded body of Christ through our wounds. We have been sold a bag of lies by the devil that our wounds are inhibiting us from sharing the love of Christ, that our wounds hinder us, impede us and must be "healed and overcome" BEFORE we can effectively serve God. WRONG, LIE, DECEPTION! What I see in the image for the month of May, is that Christ shows us that it is our VERY WOUNDS that HE USES to bring people to Christ. The reason a recovering drug addict can counsel a person who is using is because they know the ache, the pain, the hole and longing within them because they lived it, felt it, know it profoundly. The enemy keeps our wounds before us because in doing so he blinds us from seeing that when we enter into our wounds, (imagine looking at the wounds of Christ's hands as our sin, imagine the devil keeps the wounds in front of our eyes palms to face blinding us, preventing us from seeing). When we see that on the other side of our hands is a shining diamond, we realize as St. Thomas did when he put his fingers into the nail holes of Christ redeemed, that our wounds become our greatest victory when Christ is allowed to shine through them onto the world. Our greatest weakness is God greatest tool to bring HIM to others with once we have the courage to allow Him into the wound so it can be healed. We do not need to be "fixed" before Christ works through us, often it is through our brokeness that God is made manifest in His glory and people can more beautifully receive HIM.

May, I bet is a month of Mercy. Pope John Paul II is going to work miracles, St. Faustina is going to work miracles, Divine Mercy of Christ is going to work miracles, Our Lady of Guadalupe is going to work miracles of healing in May through Mercy, because it is Mercy that speaks to our wounds.

During Holy Week, let us prepare to a donkey. Yes, a donkey. Fr. John Corapi said once "If Jesus road into Jerusalem on a JackAss then surely He can use me." Well, I know that if Christ can use a donkey as a vehicle and if St. Francis called the body an arse, then surely Christ can use our own hands and feet in which to bring Christ to others. Pray to be healed, to be converted come to receive healing through the sacrament of confession and drink and eat of the life saving food of Christ in the Eucharist.

On a website I came across I saw this:
http://vultus.stblogs.org/2010/04/my-lord-and-my-god.html

An Infusion of Divine Mercy

The wounds of disbelief are healed when we touch the glorious body of the Risen Christ in the Most Holy Eucharist. The Eucharist is the healing of doubt, of fear, and of hopelessness. The Most Holy Eucharist, like the sacrament of Penance that is wonderfully ordered to it, is an infusion of Divine Mercy.


Saint Faustina

This was the experience of Saint Faustina. A humble woman, she was chosen by the Risen Christ in the 1930's to recall the Church to trust in Divine Mercy. The icon of the merciful Christ by which Saint Faustina sought to draw the wounded, the doubting and the fearful to Divine Mercy is, in fact, a depiction of today's gospel, a way of expressing exactly what Saint Benedict enjoins on us in Chapter Four of the Holy Rule: "Never to despair of the Mercy of God" (RB 4:74).

Drink deeply today of the Water and the Blood; like Thomas, stretch out our hands to probe Christ's glorious wounds, to penetrate even to His Sacred Heart. In response, the consecrated hands of the priest, acting in the person of Christ the Bridegroom and Head, will offer you the mysteries of His Sacred Body and Blood. Then, will the prayer of Saint Faustina -- Jesus, I trust in you! -- well up from deep within all of us. Then will the cry of Thomas become our own: "My Lord and my God!" (Jn 20:28).

Open your eyes and listen with your ears to the invitation to Come Out!!!

God is inviting all to not only "Come Out" but are being asked "Do you want to be well?" The fountain and wellspring of life flows from Christ's pierced heart in which the blood and water are flowing so that it has become a river that flows into an ocean of unfathomable depths and along it's shores are trees bearing fruit upon which to feed us and the leaves have healing medicine. Divine Mercy heals us, feeds us, quenches our thirst and the readings are all saying this.

We are being invited in to the plan and asked to be Peter, to step out of the safe boat and to walk on water. Be prepared for a storm and for all distractions to occur this month both in prayer and in your personal struggles. Jesus is inviting all of us to enter into trust, with our eyes on Him and He tells us, we will not drown.


A miracle is coming in May, many are going to come into the church through the healing of wounds that only Christ's Divine Mercy uniquely speaks to those who are overwhelmed by their wounds and through His Mercy they believe it is possible to be loved by God.


Our Lady of Guadalupe is the mother of Mercy. She herself called herself the mother of mercy. She is the mother of Divine Mercy. The prayers of the seven sorrows are filled with truth that she desires to fill you with so as to stretch our hearts to make room for an understanding of mercy that is beyond our comprehension. The seven sorrows help us to see with her eyes and her heart the wounded around us who are desperate for love. I pray this lent, you enter into the stretching and the trust because come Easter those who have made room for it will receive a special gift meant to fill the vessel in which you have been formed (nest, chalice, reed etc...) so that through your gifts, Christ love will pour out onto the world through you and tombs will be opened and the dead will rise!