Tuesday, October 30, 2012

33 Day Consecration; A preparation for battle

"In the end my immaculate heart will triumph".  


Those consecrated to Our Lady will become the heal that crushes the head of serpent.  The way in which we will be able to do this great task? By allowing her immaculate heart to empty us and form us in the perfect mold from which Jesus' Sacred Heart to pour Himself into.  

This is because her immaculate heart is the first step necessary in transforming our hearts more perfectly into Christ's own heart so that we can be christ's to others.  We, like Mary, are called to become tabernacles.  We are to become the hands and feet from which to bring Christ to a world that thirsts! When we are more perfectly formed, we will bring Christ in the tabernacle of our hearts and as our eyes are the window to the soul, we will see them in their nakedness and they will not feel shame.  Their own hearts will leap for joy like St. John in Elizabeth's womb in the presence of the living God. 

Each of us usually have a particular feast that calls to us and this is her choosing because it entails the graces and formation and a special seal, agreement or participation that will flow through us in our living out of that consecration.

Once we can identity the graces and messages, teachings and plan of each day through tradition, it becomes easy to "see" which feast day we are called or attracted to.  This is part of the new evangelization as much as we should go to college to learn the skills for a job we are called to do, not just any old job.  To be truly effective we must ask God to help us discern our calling.  St. Catherine of Siena said that we will set the world ablaze when we are doing what we were called and created for.  This is no different.

The 33 Day Consecration program enables those who have been "recruited" into Mary's army to begin their basic training.  The way you will know which National Guard, Army, Navy, Air-Force or Marine's you are called is to identify which Marian Feast day you feel drawn to consecrate yourself on.  

Just as there are unique and specific specialities in the military, so to are there in the New Evangelization.  Each of her feast days are unique and with it a grace flows to uniquely form the person who enlists on that day.

I am currently discerning all of the implications of what each feast day and what it will give or ready the person to carry out as the "Knights of the Immaculata",   "Church Militant" or "Slave Of Mary" but be assured, it seems that each of these days has united to it, a specific purpose.

I would speculate that the Marian Apparition Feast days are for those who are called to be part of the New Evangelization in a more public way either through an apostolate or ministry.  The other days are about personal transformation and sharing that particular charism and grace for the propagation of the kingdom to sow the seeds of receptivity into the hearts of the faithful who will then, hopefully, be called and select their own day and thus enlist as well.  

The only Marian Feast days I am confident in defining so far are the following.  As we prayerfully discern together (and you share in the comments) the Holy Spirit will open our eyes to see and our ears to hear the truth in this even more).

May 13, Our Lady of Fatima

The Call: To bring restoration to families.  To enable men to become the fathers they are called to be and the mothers to embrace motherhood. Devotions to the Holy Father.  Those promoting "offering it up" and offering themselves as a living sacrifice.  Those called to promote fasting and prayer as a means of uniting the body and the soul, our entire person to prayer.  The body makes visible the invisible so the fasting component enfleshes the spiritual prayer and enables the grace to become a reality in our physical world. Those who are called to free souls from purgatory. Martyrdom

Sept 15 Our Lady of Sorrows

The Call: Re-establish the dignity of the human person, assist those who have fallen slave to their passions particularly that of addictions.  A call to defend Humanae Vitae and all that it teaches.  Those who are promoting a deeper understanding of suffering and forgiveness as a means to heal and open their hearts more fully to Jesus and Mary. 

Dec 8th Feast of The Immaculate Conception

The Call: Co-Redemptrix and all that this truth brings.   Restoring the understanding of personhood. 

Dec 12th Our Lady of Guadalupe

The Call: This feast day and the Immaculate Conception feast day will be united in purpose and will cooperating together in their living out of their unique call.  The focus of this army will be to bring Inner healing through the lens of Divine Mercy, Theology of The Body and will be engaged in Spiritual battle using deliverance and sacramentals to bring freedom to souls that are infested and oppressed.  


St. Joseph Terror of Demons & Our Lady of Gudalupe

Why is St. Joseph CRUCIAL to the victory of the 

Immaculate Heart of Mary
Sacred Heart of Jesus?

St. Joseph, Terror of Demons, pave the way for Mary as she paves the way for her son, Jesus Christ into the world, our families and our hearts.  You protected Mary, your most chaste spouse and in doing so, did what Adam did not do in the garden. Therefore, St. Joseph, Terror of Demons, bestow upon all men the grace of authentic masculinity and purity of heart so that they too can be defenders of the faith and of the family.  Prepare the way for Mary by driving out all demons that might prevent our hearts from being receptive and open to the will of Our Father.   St. Joseph, Prepare us for Mary so that she, who IS receptivity, may pour her graces into our hearts enabling us to receive, retain and radiate the merciful love of our Lord and savior,  Jesus Christ.  St. Joseph, Terror of Demons, Intercede For Us and for the whole Church.  Amen

Using advanced technological equipment, The Universal Church, represented in the by the finding of Bishop Zummaraga in them using, and the domestic church, represented by the family have been found in the eyes of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  She is revealing that she holds the key to how the enemy will be defeated and the Universal Church will be protected. 

How will this be accomplished? Our Lady of Guadalupe is revealing the natures of the demons we are fighting against and how we will be victorious through her particular intercession.  The first thing an exorcist asks a demon he is casting out is “What is Your Name?” so should it surprise us she is revealing the names and the operations of the demons we are at war with? She does this so we know how to take authority over, be delivered from and how to call upon the weapons of the Church to defend us in this battle.  Secondly, an exorcist priest asks, “How Many are you?”  Our Lady of Guadalupe reveals through the constellations present, how many they are?  When you draw a line between them, it creates an upside down triangle, a mockery of the trinity.  It is made up of many or a legion, each identifiable by a name but together making up three larger entitles.  They are The Dragon, The Scorpion and the Serpent.

The Demonic trinity is what she is revealing we are to battle with her direct intercession.  The first “operational entity” is the Dragon, is the liar, the divider, the one that brings division and schism and she holds the Bishop in her eyes because she is going to defend us against the Dragon.  The second “entity” is the Scorpion and is spoken of in the bible as the one that brings woundedness and perversion through sexuality. It is Jezebel, it is Lilith, and it is Ashtoreth.  It is the demon goddess on Tepeyac hill in Mexico that demanded the sacrifice of women and children.  The Third “entity” is the serpent.  It brings death both spiritually and physically.

These three, the demonic trinity work together as a mockery and blasphemy of the trinity, a blasphemy of the Father because where God says we are made in His image and likeness and our bodies have dignity, the Dragon and liar says we are nothing but animals and it does not matter what we do to and with our bodies. 

The second person of the trinity, the Son, first reveals the receptivity of Mary to receive and submit perfectly her will To God as a gift of love through a truly feminine heart Secondly, it is Jesus, true God and True Man, God enfleshed.  This is significant because it is demonstration of love.  God is love and Jesus reveals this in His life giving sacrifice poured out on the cross for the sins of the world as a gift, unto death that He Freely laid down.  The Scorpion closes the womb and does not accept but it denies the gift.  The breast would be flaccid, without sustenance.  The role of Mary is blasphemed, as it desires to emasculate men and stand in the place where on man is called to stand.  The serpent does not submit but consumes, rapes and forces itself.  It rejects femininity and counterfeits it with feminism.  The Scorpion then never allows the Word to be planted into the hearts of men.  Conception is never to take place and thus it paves the way for the serpent to bring death to humanity both spiritually and physically.

The Third “entity” is the serpent.  It brings death both spiritually and physically.  It is the spirit behind abortion because the blood sacrifice is a means of manifesting a spiritual reality and power in the physical.  God is the one that has made blood sacred as well as a means of bonding the spiritual and the physical and the enemy knows this “truth” and counterfeits it for his own dark purposes.  The serpent is also the kundalini spirit in that it works with the liar that first lies to humanity so as to bring wounding, the wounding then takes place and then the serpent who first infests the wound then can enter more deeply to oppress.  If the serpent has it’s way it then can attempt to possess the person. 

If we want to make way for Jesus Christ, we must first have receptivity, which comes through Mary.  To have receptivity we must first have freedom from the operational demons that are blinding us spiritually, deafening our ears to truth and numbing our conscience. 

This is E.W. Bullinger, biblical scholar's writings about how the bible is played out in the constellations.  If you have seen the movie "The Star of Bethlehem" then you know this is not only true, it is beautiful because it provides scientific evidence to the legitimacy of the bible (Using Kemplers advanced mathematics and advanced NASA software they show what constellations were in the sky the night of Jesus birth and so much more fulfilled in skies through the constellations). 

This is to me, the proves that the new findings within the tilma, in the age of technology able to discover it, would be shown the battle plan ordained by God, pre-destined to be given to us through Our Lady of Guadalupe during the age in which her Army foreshadowed by St. Louis De Montfort, would need it to defeat the scorpion that wounds mankind through perversion.  


We come now right into the heart of the conflict. The star-picture brings before us a gigantic scorpion endeavouring to sting in the heel a mighty man who is struggling with a serpent, but is crushed by the man, who has his foot placed right on the scorpion's heart.
The Hebrew name is Akrab, which is the name of a scorpion, but also means the conflict, or war. It is this that is referred to in Psalm 91:13--

"Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder.
The young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet."
David uses the very word in Psalm 144:1, where he blesses God for teaching his hands to war.
The Coptic name is Isidis, which means the attack of the enemy, or oppression: referring to "the wicked that oppress me, my deadly enemies who compass me about" (Psa 17:9).
The Arabic name is Al Akrab, which means wounding him that cometh.
There are 44 stars altogether in this sign. One is of the 1st magnitude, one of the 2nd, eleven of the 3rd, eight of the 4th, etc.
The brightest star, a (in the heart), bears the ancient Arabic name of Antares, which means the wounding. It is called by the Latins Cor Scorpii, because it marks the scorpion's heart. It shines ominously with a deep red light. The sting is called in Hebrew Lesath (Chaldee, Lesha), which means the perverse. The stars in the tail are also known as Leshaa, or Leshat. (Antares seems also to have been known as Lesath).
The scorpion is a deadly enemy (as we learn from Revelation 9), with poison in its sting, and all the names associated with the sign combine to set forth the malignant enmity which is "set" between the serpent and the woman's Seed.
That enmity is shown more fully in the written Word, where we see the attempt of the enemy (in Exodus 1) to destroy every male of the seed of Abraham, and how it was defeated.
We see his effort repeated when he used Athaliah to destroy "all the seed royal" (2 Kings 11), and how "the king's son" was rescued "from among" the slain.
We see his hand again instigating Haman, "the Jews' enemy," to compass the destruction of the whole nation, but defeated in his designs.
When the woman's Seed, the virgin's Son, was born, we are shown the same great enemy inciting Herod to slay all the babes in Bethlehem (Matt 2), but again he is defeated.
In the wilderness of Judea, and in the Garden of Gethsemane the great conflict is renewed. "This is your hour and the power of darkness," He said to His enemies.
The real wounding in the heel was received at the Cross. It was there the scorpion struck the woman's seed. He died, but was raised again from the dead "to destroy the works of the devil."
To show us this; to prevent any mistake; to set forth the fact that this conflict only apparently ended in defeat, and that it did not really so end, we have the first two constellations belonging to this sign presented in one picture! Indeed, the picture is threefold, for it includes the sign itself!
If these pictures had been separated, then the conflict would have been separated from the victory; the deadly wound of the serpent's head from the temporary wound in the Victor's heel. Hence, three pictures are required, in which the scorpion, the serpent, and the man, are all involved, in order to present at the same time the triumphant issue of the conflict.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Treasure In Earthen Vessels; God works through cracked pots UPDATED 10/28/2012)


The story of the woman at the well is a marriage proposal and is a great place to begin in sharing how we are treasures in earthen vessels.  It is strangely reminiscent of the song we sang as children “first comes love then comes marriage then comes the baby in the baby carriage”.  First there was God who is love.  Then the word was made flesh.  Jesus is the Bridegroom. 

That childhood song was a song about the holy Trinity and the call of our God into the marriage relationship of the bride and bridegroom and how we will be transformed into new creations.  Theology of the Body gives us a beautiful lens from which to fully understand what the old Baltimore catechism said when it said we were created to know love and serve God to give you him forever in heaven.

The woman at the well is symbolic of all of our brokenness because of the sin in our lives, all of the inadequacies and all of the ways in which we fall short and yet God comes to us and seeks us out.

This is the marriage proposal. We are made for connection we are made for relationship.

Where we struggle in this is when SHAME gets in the way of allowing others to truly see who we are or to allow others to truly see us.

 That’s where vulnerability comes in.

VULNERABILITY IS NOT WEAKNESS. How many think it takes vulnerability to speak in front of an audience of 800 people?  It is true that vulnerability involves emotional risk and uncertainty but what vulnerability really means is to have courage.

Vulnerability is birthplace of creation and transformation.  To create is to make something that never existed before like the unique and unrepeatable person.  When we have the courage to really open ourselves to look into our hearts and even more importantly let others really and truly “see” us, we become transformed.  “ Grace perfects our nature”.  

In the garden, we were naked without shame. 

“Naked without shame” is about knowing who we were as persons made in Gods image and likeness and our nature was perfect.  When we fell from Grace due to original sin shame entered into the world.

Shame is the devil’s proposal about who God is and who we are.

Shame says one of two things; “you will never be good enough” or “who do you think you are”.

Adam and Eve covered themselves because they said yes to the devil’s proposal.  Because they were unwilling to be vulnerable enough to go to God and trust in who He said we are, they fell and the consequence was sin.

A very basic understanding of sin is separation from God.  In the Old Testament sin is described as a transgression. It is not just a violation of the law, but because the law was meant to protect as persons and to protect our world and our environment and God’s creation it is also a violation of God and violation of us so every time we separate from God and transgress upon his will we transgress upon ourselves and of all of creation.  Sin, missing the mark and falling short of the glory of God.  So with three

Sin has its effects always in wounding.  Sin always wounds. There is no sin that doesn’t wound.  It wounds us and it wounds others around us.  We have no possibility of living in this world without being wounded.

What SHAME does is it takes the guilt we feel and turns the belief of “What I did was bad” into the belief that “I am bad”. 

SHAME then makes us feel that we are unworthy of connection. It is in believing we are not thin enough, beautiful enough, successful enough or smart enough that SHAME turns our focus from who we are as unique and unrepeatable persons into who we think we “should be” or “should be doing”.

Shame makes us feel we are not good enough and that we will never be good enough.   

 The story of the woman at the well reminds us of whom we truly are which is the beloved of the Bridegroom and that God desires to marry us. 

God knows all the places we have failed him and will fail him and yet he created us anyways.  Out of all of the potential people God could've created we were chosen to be created and to come into the world to exist in fact of this very particular time in history. 

But it gets better than this!  God is calling all of us to enter into the redemption of the world!  God could have chose to redeem the world anyway he liked.  What he decided was that he wanted all of us to enter into this great work with him.

He does this by transforming our wounds much like his own were from the power of the cross. His “cracks” were in fact the greatest gift given to the entire world.  Our wounds, our cracks, our inadequacies become the very place, once transformed like a firing kiln to a clay pot, becomes the very form from which God can best shine through, pour out of and be given to others.  He is magnified by our smallness and our weakness.

God is calling you and is issuing a marriage proposal in which He desires to transform you and touch the lives of those around you through your fiat.

A treasure in earthen vessels is about our unique and unrepeatable personhood, it is about our immortal soul chosen by God to be called into existence.  The earthen vessel reveals that the person we are is feminine or masculine and also is a sign that we are called to love like the trinity.  But the earthen vessel also speaks to us about form. 

Form, and the material from which it is made reveal its purpose.  If I held up a cup and asked, “What is it?” unless we were from another world where they do not use cups, we would know it is a cup and that it holds liquid.  We know understand what it is because of its form

Our form is meant to be a visible sign of Christ to the world.   It is not just our masculine or feminine person that our form reveals but it tells a story of the Bride and the Bridegroom.

In Caryll Houselander’s book “The Reed of God” she uses three forms to reveal how Christ “shines” through our cracks”, The reed, the chalice, and the birds nest.

The Reed grows on the riverbanks and must be cut with a knife and then hallowed out with notches cut into it to create its form.  Some of our stories include this kind of shaping.  We are cut and hallowed out. We may think that we have nothing to give, our brokenness, or even our sinfulness might make us believe that God could never possibly choose us. The woman at the well is a reminder that God does chose us and when we allow him to redeem us, it is as if we are pressed to the lips of the master and when His Spirit blows through the reed, lyrical music is created because of the hallowing out and the notches that had been cut. 

Some of our stories are like a chalice.  A chalice is made from gold that has to be first hewn from the mud, then forged in fire before it can be poured into it’s mold.  It then has to be pounded by a mallet to create its form.  For those whose forming came from the succession of blows or from the purification of fire, they may understand that they are like Gold, that they are good, but they may not believe themselves worthy of greatness.  It is the age-old question “Who do you think you are?  If we remember that we are the beloveds of Christ, that He called us into being that we are His, then we remember who we are.  A chalice is used to offer the great sacrifice of the mass.  For those whose form is like the chalice, God desires to fill you with the water and blood that gushed from His sacred heart so that through your form you can pour Him out to a thirsting world. 

Finally, for those who are shaped like the nest of a bird, the soft downy feathers of a tender mother bird’s breast create the form.  For those who may have been formed by loving parents, in a prayerful home and have no painful formation as part of their story the temptation could be to say that they do not have a unique or inspiring story. Those whose story includes love, fidelity and affirmation are not only hope and inspiration for the world but it also creates a person more fully capable of revealing Christ.  This story is an example of how each of us is called to become tabernacles. 

We are to bring Christ to the world with our own hands and feet, with our own stories.

Each of our stories is as unique as our fingertips, as unique as our personhood. 

We are the vessel and form helps us to tell the story of who Christ is and who we are in Christ. We should never underestimate the power of conversion to work through even the most broken of vessels. 

Lazarus is an example of just such a vessel.   He was dead.  A rotting corpse and according to chief mourners “stinking” and yet when Christ shone through Lazarus, an entire city and now every generation to come, was converted through his story and through his form.

For me, my form is the reed.  I have been hallowed out, whittled and cut into.  The story I have to tell is of being transformed through my children and my husband.

I've been able to identify specific attributes or virtues that God has helped to develop in me for each one of my children.

For Maegan it was vulnerability, for Sara it was selfless love, for Elisha it was the need of affirmation, for Gabriel it was submission, for Annamarie it was long-suffering, for Mercedes it was Mercy, for Christopher it was joy, for Jonah it was perseverance.

For each child I have received a healing of a major wound, crack, or notch cut into me.  God transformed it and the grace He has given to me in each of these areas have brought me freedom to love more rightly

Each time I was cracked, wounded or cut into because of my sin or the sin of others, the enemy proposed a lie so to enter into my heart and bring me to a place of shame. 

Christ helps to expose the lies and bring healing to our wounded hearts and when we become vulnerable and allow Him in to truly see us, Christ transforms our wounds and they become like stained glass windows illuminating and radiating God’s beauty, God’s light, God’s truth to the world.

They will know us by our joy they will know us by our love. In this year of faith we are called to transformation.  The new evangelization is about allowing Christ to permeate us.  We embrace our greatness when we dare to take what we know in our heads and connect it to our hearts.  When we move from knowing God, to being in an intimate relationship with Him. 

When we allow ourselves to truly be seen and to really see the person God puts in front of us everyday is when we enter into one another’s story of redemption.  God works through cracked pots, because His greatness is magnified in our weakness.  The truth is that the enemy puts salt in our wounds because he is terrified that if we actually go into the wounds and bring Christ there with us, we would discover that when Christ redeems them, they become like jewels in the Crown of the creator.

You are a treasure in an earthly vessel and your form reveals a call to love and to be loved from the bridegroom to His bride.  All it takes is your “fiat” which is the greatest “I DO” you can ever utter. HERE is more on this:
Healing The Whole Person- Reprint AND A TALK TO GO WITH IT.