Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Children of the Woman

The Woman Clothed With The Sun In Search Of The Little Ones

During the International Spiritual Exercises, at Collevalenza – Sanctuary of Merciful Love (Madre Speranza), June 29 – July 5, 2003, Don Stefano Gobbi offered to over 200 priests and to over 10 bishops of the Marian Movement of Priests the following meditation. This is the SECOND of four meditations given by Don Stefano Gobbi during this week of Spiritual Exercises.

On can find the FIRST meditation at:
The Woman Clothed With the Sun and the Red Dragon

On can find the THIRD meditation at:
The Rosary: The Prayer of the Little Ones for the Victory

On can find the FOURTH meditation at:
The Victory in the Triumph of Divine Mercy

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Second Meditation: June 30 2003.
The Woman Clothed With the Sun In Search of the Little Ones
(Commitments to belong to the Marian Movement of Priests)

A - The Woman clothed with the sun gathers the little ones.
B - Commitment to live the Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
C - Be strong in the faith.

Praise be Jesus Christ!
This morning we meditated on how in these times as we are in the "mystery of iniquity" and how the Lord is now operating with the "mystery of Mercy". Why? Precisely to destroy with the "mystery of mercy" the "mystery of iniquity". He entrusts this task to a creature, because when Satan appears in the splendor of his power, he will be defeated by a creature. So not only will he be defeated, but he will be humiliated. For this reason the power that Satan has is not ordered for his glory, but for his shame.

A - The Woman clothed with the sun gathers the little ones.

We see why the Book of Revelation does not only speaks of a sign: the great dragon; but about another sign in Heaven: the Woman clothed with the sun.

Here is given the explanation of the birth of the Marian Movement of Priests: "According to the divine plan" (a design that comes from the Most Holy Trinity; we are not the designers, it is not a plan drawn up by one of us, who illuminated by grace, gave birth to this Work, as happens in so many movements of the Church) there came from Heaven a Woman clothed with the sun (behold the Leader of this army that she forms) in the search of the privileged children of the Father" (Homily at Fatima, 13.5.2000).

In this way the Pope begins this homily: "Father, ... to you I offer praise; for what you have hidden from the learned and the clever you have revealed to the merest children" (Mt 11: 25). With these words Jesus praises, enjoys, he rejoices with the Heavenly Father for his designs. He is the eternal Word of the Father. He who is the revelation of his glory and manifestation of his essence, He who is the Word Incarnate, rejoices with the Father for his designs. He knows them from eternity: because He is in the bosom of the Father. He shows us the Father. "He who has seen Me has seen the Father" (Jn 14:9). There is unity of nature between the Son and the Father.

Jesus knows: "No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him" (Jn 6:44). Therefore He praises this His plan and He adheres to it in a filial manner: "Yea, Father, for such was thy gracious will" (Mt 11:26). It pleased You to open the Kingdom to the little ones. If the Father does not open the Kingdom, they can not enter.

The gift of littleness is a special grace that the Father gives to those who He calls to realize His designs. These children are therefore privileged by You: they have the privileged to understand Your design, to enter in this Your plan, because You reveal it to them and You reveal it only because they are small: "I thank thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes" (Mt 11:25).

The woman clothed with the sun appears next to the dragon. The dragon forms his host with the most powerful, the strongest, the greatest, the wisest, with those who occupy the first places. He despises the least because they do not count for anything. He gives value the first ones, the strongest, because he believes to win with this stronger array - strong and intelligent spirit, but proud.

And the strength of this host, do you know which one it is? The Freemasonry. Freemasonry is an evil force against God. Read the messages in the Blue Book (http://our-lady-priests.blogspot.it/) on the black beast, on the beast that is like a lamb, when it speaks of the Ecclesiastical Masonry having entered within the Church and that led her to be in these conditions so difficult.

On May 13, 1917, Our Lady appeared in Fatima as the Woman clothed with the sun, "According to the divine plan, "a woman clothed with the sun" (Rev 12:1) came down from heaven to this earth to visit the privileged children of the Father”. She, because small, forms the host with the smallest all over the world. And she forms this army with the Marian Movement of Priests. You understand immediately that this movement is a movement wanted by Her, that can not be formed by all. It is not a movement for everyone, called to proselytize as do many other movements. Someone asked me, "Don Stefano, what do you do to spread it?". I answered: "Let Our Lady take care of it, do Cenacles, spread the book and not worry about anything, because it is She who forms it."

But why can it not be formed by all? Because she goes in search of the little ones. Understand that if one is not small, she does not seek this one. But greatness, wisdom is a gift of God, which is not to be despised. Jesus said: "I thank thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes" (Mt 11:25): thus He did not condemn the wise and intelligent. No, well, you're good, you're great in wisdom, you are great in science, theological science. But the Father reveals his secrets only to children.

Behold Our Lady goes looking for these privileged children of the Father. If you do not have the Heavenly Father's grace that makes you small, "yea, Father, for such was thy gracious will” to open Your Kingdom to the little ones, if you are not these little ones to whom the Heavenly Father reveals Himself expressing His gracious will, you are not sought out by Our Lady, because She, being small, to win the battle, forms her host with the little ones. If one is not small, he does not understand anything of the Movement.

Brother priests, do not be discouraged! Sometimes you may happen to meet a priest full of holiness, some great professor of theology very good in theological science, and even some members of the hierarchy, some Bishop, a Cardinal. Let us honor them for the place they occupy, let us love them if they are placed to be our fathers, let us pray for them, serve them, obey them always. But do not be surprised if perhaps some of them do not understand anything of the Movement, because the Woman clothed with the sun came in search of the privileged children of the Heavenly Father.

Our Lady makes us to understand that it is her Work, which is not open to receive everyone. It is a Work which can only receive the little ones. It is a Work that can not be accepted by all.

The more one is at the top, the more it is difficult for this person. And here I am not speaking of high hierarchically, because, brother priests, one can be a Cardinal and even Pope and also be little. You do not have today the example of a person who is more little than all, who allows himself to be led with total docility in the arms of our Heavenly Mother? And in the hierarchy it is he who occupies the highest place. Do you not have today the example of the small child in the person and figure of our Pope John Paul II? One can be Cardinal or Pope, and can be small; just as one can be the pastor or associate pastor or chaplain and not be small. You understand, before God it is this smallness that counts, to feel to be those who we really are before Him: nothing, nothing ...

In a message of 1973 one reads: "I chose you because you're worth little; I chose you for your nothingness." Do you understand? Our Lady does not exalt, she praises the truth.

Brother priests: I am a nobody, but before God I think that all of us are a nobody, a nothing. Before God the greatest is the one who feels the smallest, nothing ...

An example of this is the dear Carmelite Miriam of Jesus Crucified, who was a Palestinian. When she was twelve, her Muslim uncle cut her throat because she wanted to remain a Catholic. As if dead they threw her in a hole, but Our Lady arrived, who took her, brought her to a cave, she healed her in a month. Miriam was filled with mystical gifts so great, that she was seen in ecstasy in the treetops. And she felt to herself: "The little nothing".

This is the condition to be part of the Movement: to be small. If you do not ever want to enter into crisis: be small. Do you want to go forward in the midst of so many difficulties? be small. Because, you know, the devil lays traps in a tremendous way for this Work. He knows, I do not know if he sees the design completely (I do not believe that Our Lady shows it to him), but he succeeds in sensing something. Then he rages to destroy this Work.

Our Lady, however, assured: "From the outside nothing can harm this Work." (December 7, 1974). From the outside, that is from religious authority, nothing will be able to harm it ... And so what does he do? He tries to destroy it from within hitting its members. And he strikes them in one way only: by destroying their smallness.

He cannot strike them in a different way, because everything contributes to deepening the sense of our nothingness. He wants to hit you with temptations? We are nothing. He wants to hit you with our errors? These help you to experience that you are nothing. He strikes you on one thing only: destroying in you the smallness. This is the weapon he uses. And for this, unfortunately I have to say with great regret that many of our brothers have moved away from the Movement. Only for this reason.

The destruction of the smallness that is not only in feeling that we are "someone". This is a bit ridiculous, because who feels he is someone? It is hard to convince ourselves of this. But perhaps by beginning with doubting her word, of what Our Lady says, because it is not understandable, because it is not verifiable.

Maybe because it is not feasible in the time that we believe that She had indicated. Many have fallen and have drifted away because of this. For example, many have turned away from the Movement for the fact of the year 2000, in which Our Lady said that she would have fulfilled the triumph of her Immaculate Heart. I tried to make you understand in what sense those words were to be interpreted doing an entire meditation on this topic in the year 2001.

B - Commitment to live the Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

So what are we to do to be faithful to the grace that the Heavenly Father has given us to be small, for whom He opens His Kingdom, the Kingdom of the Heart of His Son, the Kingdom of His designs, the Kingdom of Mary. Even Our Lady today is revealing to her little ones a secret that is her secret: her Immaculate Heart. And she reveals it to the little ones.

Do you see why the Our Lady in order to be part of her Movement, does not requires anything. It is perhaps the only Movement that does not require registration. Of course, we give adherence to the national or regional responsible, because they communicate to us about the Cenacles. But it is not that by giving membership, that you are truly part of it. To join, you must live the spirit. And to live the spirit, you must be small.

Understand, how Our Lady asks only one thing to be a part of this Movement. One thing only that in a certain sense makes one a part of this Movement, in another sense it prevents one from feeling officially members of the Movement. And here it is clear her design from the first pages of the Blue Book.

The priests must understand that to belong to the Movement nothing external nor any juridical act is necessary; what is indispensable, however, is an interior consecration of their whole selves and the total offering of their priesthood to my Immaculate Heart.
Tell them that this is all I ask of them; this is what I want of them. Tell them that this is the first and most important thing they must do to belong to my priestly Movement.
Tell them to entrust themselves to me like children, giving everything to me and renouncing all attachment to anything - however beautiful, honorable or virtuous - that is not my very self.
I want their heart, the heart of my priests.
Oh, then I will be able to be a true Mother for them, and they will be true sons to me!
I will take complete possession of their life; gently, gently, I will transform it and set it on fire with zeal; I will wipe out from it whatever has been imperfect, and I will make it perfect.
I will make them understand how they must be detached from everything and live only for my Jesus; how they must defend Him from every attack, love Him unconditionally, in living out the Gospel to the letter.
I will cause them to experience a great love for the Church and for the Pope, whom I love so dearly and who will be comforted, defended and saved by the cohort of my priests.
I will prepare them for great things, and I will make them invincible in the decisive battles (July 29, 1973)

And why does Our Lady asks of us the act of consecration to her Immaculate Heart? Because with this act we entrust ourselves to Her as children, in as much as we welcome Her as Mama.

Why do I entrust myself to the Heart? The seat of love is the heart. I entrust myself as a child to the Immaculate Heart, because you are Mommy, I entrust myself to your maternal love. But you are Mama immaculate: I entrust myself to your immaculate love. With this act of consecration, I welcome you into my priestly life as a Mom. Behold the value of the consecration.

And She, brother priests, makes herself truly Mama to us in the spiritual order of the life of grace, because it is such, as taught by the Second Vatican Council. She does not replace the task of our teachers, of our educators.

And why does Our Lady asks for this act of consecration? Because with this act we entrust ourselves to Her as children, in as much as we welcome Her as Mama. She is to us Mama, she forms us as Mom and "speaks to us with the voice and the heart of Mother" (John Paul II, Homily at Fatima, May 13, 2000). And so in order to listen to her we must have the heart and ears of children.

She enters our priestly life: she forms it, she orders it, she transforms it, so that we can become priests according to the Heart of Christ. She wants to make us "another Christ", who we have to relive, disseminate, because it will be Jesus in you that will work the great design of the triumph of His merciful love, and with the "mystery of mercy", will destroy the "mystery of iniquity" which in these times works in a manner so grand at the worldwide level, seducing humanity and the Church.

Brother priests, Our Lady forms this array of the Marian Movement of Priests: it is hers, it is hers! She chose us because we are small. If we want that she might use us, we have to be small. But this array She has called and formed in every part of the world. Here this evening and tomorrow, I wish during the "Fraternity" (hour), that some of you might speak of the spread of the Movement around the world. It is spreads everywhere, in some countries more, in others less.

This year I made Cenacles throughout Brazil, in three major cities of Argentina, in Bolivia, in Uruguay and in Paraguay and everywhere I saw the Movement spread. Perhaps the nation, where the movement has exploded, is Brazil. There I did Cenacles in the stadiums: to Cuiabà with eighty thousand people; in Brasilia with thirty thousand people, presided over by Cardinal Falcao and with him Dom Terra auxiliary bishop, who after the murder of Father Nazareno Lanciotti became the head of the M.M.P. in Brazil; in Sao Paulo with three bishops, 50 priests and forty thousand faithful.

You see, Our Lady spreads the movement, but she still keeps it hidden, she does not show it. I said, in a certain sense we are in the Movement, in a certain sense no. But why? Because Our Lady does not want it legally established. If we think of it as a legal organization, we move away from the desire of her Heart.

And when a few years ago, I was actually asked to submit a request to the Holy See for juridical approval (according to some it would favor the Movement), it was not possible for the lack of its own statutes.

When one founds a Work, he makes the statutes. I have always said: the Marian Movement of Priests has three commitments ... Let us go forward without statutes, such as Our Lady wants, according to her design for the Marian Movement of Priests.

We live the three commitments that she asked us:
1) Consecration to her Immaculate Heart.
2) Obedience and unity to the Pope.
3) To help the faithful to live the consecration to Our Lady.

If there are criticisms, we accept them. Once it was asked of an Eminence of the Vatican, what he thought of Don Stefano Gobbi. He replied: "For us, Don Stefano Gobbi does not exist!" I therefore do not exist! I made 1200 plane flights in all the continents as a shadow. I'm glad to be only a shadow: the shadow of Mary!

But look how Our Lady goes in a clever counterattack against her opponent. She attacks him there, where he attacked and where he feels to the winner. For example, in these times he attacked the Church. And in the Church he has attacked especially priests and consecrated souls. And these priests, who are called to be Christ's ministers, ministers of His word, ministers of His life, of His grace, of His love, he attacks them, bringing into the priesthood, within the Church especially a great crisis of faith, affecting particularly the priests.

And precisely about this Paul VI is prophet. A year before his death, in 1977 he said:
"There is a great disturbance at this moment in the world and in the Church, and what is in question is the faith. … It happens that books are published in which important points of the faith are undermined, that the bishops are silent, that these books are not found to be strange. This, according to me, is strange”.

In Slovenia there came out of a Catholic publishing house a book translated from French. This book is sacrilegious, because it writes that Jesus lived in sin. The head of the MMP warned the bishops with a written note, but they have not taken any stand against this book, which is sold in Catholic bookstores and parishes. The bishops have been silent.

We are of Christ. Our task is to defend the Church and we cannot remain silent. The foresaid book is being spread and it was not condemned.

The Church today is shaken by the greatest crisis of faith that has ever been known.

I read again every once in a while the Gospel of the end times and I realize that in this moment there is emerging some signs of the end times. Are we near the end? This we will never know. It is necessary to always be ready... What strikes me, when I consider the Catholic world, is that a non-Catholic type of thought seems to predominate sometimes within Catholicism, and this non-Catholic thought might become the stronger one within Catholicism in the future” (Paul VI).

German brothers tell me: the Church in Germany is now a Protestant Church, in some places even more protestant than the Protestant Church. And in France? And in the US?

This non-Catholic thought might become the stronger one within Catholicism in the future. But it will never represent the thought of the Church. A small flock must remain, however small it may be." (Paul VI)

Our Lady with the MMP prepares and forms this little flock. Why should we be surprised if Mary, Mother of the Church, intervenes today in a very strong way in order to form the small flock which remains faithful to Christ and to the Church?

La Madonna con il MSM prepara e forma questo piccolo gregge. Perché meravigliarci se Maria, Madre della Chiesa, interviene oggi in maniera molto forte per formarsi il piccolo gregge che resta fedele a Cristo ed alla Chiesa?

C - Be strong in the faith.

Brother priests the first action of Mary that is in us is at the level of the mind in order to open to it the gift of divine wisdom. The Holy Spirit communicates to us this gift, so that we become today courageous witnesses of faith, proclaiming the Gospel to the letter as did Jesus. He is God, unchanging and is the same yesterday, today and forever (cfr. also the emblem of the Jubilee); His word is always the same.

Today we must totally believe in the word of God, in the word of the Gospel, we must live it and proclaim it boldly touching especially those truths that today are not preached anymore. Speak about Paradise, about Hell, about the judgment of God, about sin: these are the truths that our people must hear today!

If Jesus were here today, do you would believe that He would speak differently? Complying perhaps with the way of politics, with the social ways, with all the fuss? He would repeat the Gospel exactly as He said it 2000 years ago.

Our Lady today forms the priests who have this courage: be the Gospel lived to the letter, be the preached Gospel to the letter. Brother priests, why should we be concerned about how one or another might judge us? We know in Whom we have believed. Let us go forward, carrying the cross that becomes increasingly heavier, but being faithful to the word of God, faithful to Jesus, He alone will be our reward.

I confide with you that many times I feel exhausted. And I thought about those dear brothers who told me that at the beginning of the Movement, "Don Stefano, you were clever! You invented the Movement so as to travel around the world. "Now I would say: "I'm so crafty, that I would enjoy sitting and I would make the world travel to you." Now there is sickness, the fatigue of age, (I am 73 years old) which weighs so much that sometimes I think: I would not do this for any creature ... But dear Jesus, to give a little joy to Your heart, to the Immaculate Heart Mary, I go on as long as I can, maybe I'll fall on the way, if I give my life, I'll give it to You!

Brother priests, do also the same to give joy to the Heart of Jesus and to the Heart of Our Lady. Do not look at anyone, do not look at what others are saying! What does praise avail you, what harm is done to you by criticism? Look at Jesus and go forward!

Be true to her word, because the victory between us and her opponent is played out especially in the area of faith. Because there will come the times when apostasy will spread even more, in an ever increasing manner, after which the splendid divine light of this great Pope will be turned off. Be strong in the faith!

Brother priests, relive Jesus by living in grace, which is His same life. Jesus wants to be lived by you. Today the suffering of the Heart of Jesus is caused by many priestly lives which no longer reflect His life, who live according to the spirit of the world, they let themselves be influenced by it, and so turn away more and more from Him. Their lives no longer transmits the His life, but is a life overshadowed by this secular spirit, by the spirit of this world, having entered into the hearts and lives of so many priests.

One day, when we will appears before Jesus, He will ask us only one thing: "Did you remain faithful to Me, did you live as a minister of the Church? We save ourselves or we loose ourselves depending on one thing only: the measure of our fidelity or infidelity to Him."

And so you understand how in these times of the Immaculate Heart of Mary - while her opponent works in the lives of so many priests, causing them to think, to love, to act and to dress like the world – Our Lady leads us to think, to live, to love, as Jesus and also to give an external sign of this our dignity, always wearing - as the Pope repeatedly asks us - our priestly garb.

Our Lady forms these priests (and here she obtains her victory perhaps silently) in every part of the world. And here is the point where She passes to the counterattack. Satan darkens the soul with sin, She makes the soul live in Grace. If these children fall, She is ready immediately to pick them back up, she never leaves them even for a moment under the cursed slavery of Satan. Because they are her children, She snatches them from him, she brings them to repentance, to confession, to communion with Jesus, so that the love of Jesus grows in them and they become so beautiful, gracious, lived, offered expression of this His divine mercy.

Brother priests, Our Lady leads us to holiness. But this holiness we do not see, because she does not show it to us. So in this life you will see your shortcomings, your limits, your faults. But in heaven you will contemplate, amazed, the sanctity that the Immaculate Heart of Mary has built in your priestly life.

Brothers, then you see: in the period of the crisis of faith, Our Lady leads us to the witness of faith; at a time when many priests live according to the world, she makes you live according to Christ. Then she takes you to the perfection of love. How our love should be, I will develop in the meditations on Friday.

For now I gather myself in prayer. These days are days of great prayer and of great silence! In her Immaculate Heart you will solve all your problems, you will find an answer to your difficulties. In her Immaculate Heart you will find comfort, strength to renew your priesthood and give trust, hope in the difficult times that we live.

We have taken up the walk with Her on the road to Calvary, following our first priest, the Holy Father, who is going up slowly until he reaches his personal immolation. Let us entrust ourselves with the momentum of children in the arms of our Heavenly Mother, and let us experience the joy of becoming smaller and smaller to the point of disappearing in her Heart.

She came looking for the little ones, so that in this way God obtains His victory. "By the mouth of babes and infants, thou hast founded a bulwark because of thy foes, to still the enemy and the avenger” (Sal 8:2)

The great host, that Satan has formed, will be defeated and destroyed by the voice of babes and infants. That is, the voice of children, those who have no voice, who know only to cry, when they are hungry, when they are tired. It will be our prayer done with Mary. She needs this prayer. For this reason, the Pope urged the Church in the Year of the Rosary to pray with Mary with this prayer, so that it might become strong and powerful the voice of these little children which rises to God, being strengthened by the voice of our Heavenly Mother.

“ “Father, to you I offer praise, for what you have hidden from the learned and the clever you have revealed to the merest children" (Mt 11:25). Father, to you I offer praise for all your children, from the Virgin Mary, your humble Servant, to the little shepherds, Francisco and Jacinta” (John Paul II, Homily at Fatima, May 13, 2000).

Father, to you I offer praise, for these very dear priestly brothers of mine who are here today, because they are your little ones privileged by You. So be it.

Praise be Jesus Christ.

Don Stefano Gobbi

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Dear friends,

As always, it is very important in these times of great confusion, when even Catholic bishops are no longer in agreement about the fundamentals of our faith and morals, to not only pray much and to study the Catechism of the Catholic Church for adults, but to keep our eyes open so as not to fall into the beautiful lies of Satan presented as if they were the Truth!!!

I would like to offer a few interesting things I recently ran across as well as a recent experience in my diocese so as to help us to continue to scratch our heads without falling asleep spiritually as so many in the Catholic Church have done today. It is much easier to embrace the philosophy of life, “Ignorance is bliss”, than to struggle everyday to be aware of the wolf, disguised as a lamb, who leads us astray in the most hidden and subtle and alluring ways. If we do not persevere in this fatigue of trying to unmask the disguised traps of our enemy, we will surely fall into them even while believing that all is OK and fine, without looking back to see if all is really OK and fine according to the true teachings of the Magisterium of the Church.

This struggle is especially important today if the ones who should help us in this endeavor according to their God-given vocation, the fathers of the families, the priests and bishops, are negligent in their duties, in warning the souls entrusted to them of the wolf in sheep’s clothing. So many Catholic wives have followed the nice lies of secular feminism in concentrating on the faults of their husbands instead of nurturing life in their husbands, in giving the proper place to their husbands in the family according to the designs of God, inspiring their husbands in their God-given vocation, so as to be not only the provider for the family, but especially the protector of the family especially at the spiritual level in a time when Satan sows more beautiful lies than ever before, especially by way of the TV. How many husbands have such a wife who patiently inspires him in his vocation so that he has the help and strength to persevere in such a contaminated world so as to have the courage to say: let us turn off the TV and let us pray the Rosary, the “spiritual television”?

The Rosary is a popular prayer that we offer in a filial way to Our Lady, as ‘Janua Caeli’ (= gate of heaven), turning to her, almost in familiar conversation, our repeated invocation, we allow ourselves to be introduces into the contemplation of the ‘mysteries’, that is into the images of the history of salvation, meditated in the light of her presence; and she has us pass before the great scenes of the life of Jesus as if they were superimposed on the humble events of our existence. It is a type of spiritual television” (Pope Paul VI; Angelus, October 3, 1976; https://w2.vatican.va/content/paul-vi/it/angelus/1976/documents/hf_p-vi_ang_19761003.html).

One of the greatest forces working to DESTROY THE FAMILY and society is radical feminism. The goals of feminism are: the destruction of patriarchy; control of reproduction including contraception, abortion, and reproductive technologies; destruction of the fatherheaded family with divorce and illegitimacy made normal; all women in the workforce, no man able to support his family and free 24 hour day care; destruction of all-male institutions; total sexual liberation including sex for children, homosexuality, and bisexuality; destruction of worship of God as father.
(“Catholic Prophecy Today”; http://markbeast.blogspot.com).
(In Italian: “Femminismo Secolare – l’Eliminazione dei Padri delle Famiglie”; http://cibo-spir.blogspot.it/2016/02/eliminazione-dei-padri.html).

The father is the head of the family and the mother is the heart of the family. The heart is fundamentally important but the decisions must be made with the head while listening to the heart. The father must distinguish objective truth from truth according to our feelings or sentiments. The same God who created us also gave us objective truth and laws for our true good, the Ten Commandments, not Ten Suggestions! “Christ said “I am the truth”; He did not say, “I am the custom”.” – St. Toribio. When each father, priest or bishop dies, god will ask each of them if they did everything they could to bring not only themselves but each soul entrusted to them, according to their state in life (the vocation given to them by God), to heaven!

If someone did a great service for us but we did not witness this great sacrifice, how many of us do not appreciate very much this great act of love for us? Behold the wisdom of the saint who tell us to meditate everyday on the passion of Jesus Christ!

When each father, priest or bishop dies, God will ask each of them if they did everything they could to lead not only themselves but every soul entrusted to them, by their state in life (their God-given vocation), to heaven.

I might start off with a very recent experience of the annual spiritual exercises of my diocese of Perugia (January 18-22, 2016). At this retreat there was one cardinal present, three bishops, and over 50 priests from the dioceses of Perugia and of Città di Castello. The priest who offered us the meditations, two or three times a day for 4 days, was Padre Amedeo Cencini, who is much sought after here in Italy in the formation of priests. Just about everyone was in admiration of his intelligence and capacity to speak well. The theme of the spiritual exercises was: “The pardoned thief (on the cross): from penitent priest to priest confessor”.

Without going into detail or any critical analysis, I only want to indicate a couple of very fundamental lackings which occurred to me, that no other priest seemed to realize. One was the fact that in four days of meditations, Padre Amedeo did not mention even once the need or at least the great help that can be obtained if one has a childlike and trusting relationship with Mary, the Mother of God. I do not recall hearing Mary mentioned even once in the meditations.

Another observation of mine was that in the evening, from 19:00 to 19:40 before Vespers, there was adoration of the cross, without the corpse of Christ on the cross, as is common in the protestant churches, with the cross placed in front of the altar with a spot light on it, and the tabernacle behind in darkness. During these four days, there was never a moment of Eucharistic adoration together as a group, outside of the normal daily Mass. After having made a daily holy hour before the Tabernacle in church for more than 15 years, I was very surprised that they left the Tabernacle in the dark where there is the Body, the Blood, the Soul and the Divinity of Jesus Christ in Person!

For me also there was lacking the explanation and help and encouragement to develop a greater personal relationship with Christ by way of meditating often on the passion of Christ. At one point, Padre Amedeo said that the main suffering of Christ was due to the possible loss of salvation of the thief; no other words or explanation was given in the meditations about the nature of the suffering of Christ on the cross. It seems to me that the saints tell us that the main suffering of Christ is understood in the fact that Christ loves immensely and thus suffers immensely due to the lack of response of our love, just as anyone of us would suffer if someone we love very much does not reciprocate our love. Christ loves infinitely more than any of us are capable and thus suffers more than we can possibly imagine due to our great indifference. In the meditations there was no indication or reference or explanation of what the saints try to tell us about the need to console and make reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Without this compassion of true heartfelt love of the One Who suffers immensely on the cross for each of us, due to our objective sins (which is what truly does us harm), not just sins based on a psychological or a sentimental or a feeling for sin, what kind of relationship do we have with Jesus Christ?

During the retreat, there was no mention or explanation of sin according to Divine Revelation explained by the Church, but more of a psychological explanation presented in an intelligent and elegant way. The Servant of God, Archbishop Fulton Sheen, was also a very good psychologist, but always maintained the proper priorities of the fundamentals of our faith first and foremost. 70 years ago Fulton Sheen was on all the TV stations in America. He wrote over a hundred books and gave hundreds of retreats for priests and bishops, encouraging them to do as he did everyday, a holy hour before the Most Blessed Sacrament in church everyday. It is well know how Fulton Sheen explained very well, according to the teachings of the Magisterium of the Church, the importance of the Mother of God in God’s design for our salvation.

Archbishop Fulton Sheen was very capable of explaining the true fundamentals of our faith in a clear and yet simple way so that just about everyone could understand these saving truths in a very applicable way while making the proper distinctions so as to not slide into false truth, false love, false mercy or misguided compassion, or even the Catholic faith based on psychology instead of the teachings of the Son of God, Jesus Christ, explained by His Church, the Catholic Church. It is rather interesting that Pope Francis has stopped the beatification process of Archbishop Fulton Sheen!

But in the end, my basic thought was how can I imitate the pardoned thief – from penitent priest to priest confessor – without frequent time spent in meditation on the passion of Christ, and spending much time with Jesus in the Eucharist beyond just the Mass, and with the help of Mary at the foot of the cross, as all of the saints have shown to us by their examples and lives. I did not come away from this retreat more in love for Jesus and Mary, nor did I feel more encouraged to keep more and more my gaze on Jesus and Mary as all the saints encourage us by their example and their writings (Ps 42:2; 27:4). Without this fundamental guidance and encouragement of the retreat master, how easy it is for us priests to end up in doing what most Catholics do today in regard to confession!?!

The secretary of the Congregation for Clergy, Archbishop Mauro Piacenza, has lamented that many faithful no longer confess their sins. Archbishop Piacenza told Vatican Radio (June 5, 2009) the sacrament of penance has been experiencing a "deep crisis" for decades. Piacenza, an official for the Vatican office on clergy, says FEWER PEOPLE DISTINGUISH BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL, and as a result do not go to confession. The archbishop said in an interview that if faithful do not have a sense of sin, they might "confuse" confession with "the couch of a psychologist or a psychiatrist." He says the Vatican plans to publish this year (2009) a “vademecum for confessors and spiritual directors” (An Open Letter To A Fellow Priest”; http://testimony-polo.blogspot.com/2009/11/open-letter-to-fellow-priest.html).

You might find very enlightening “To the Priests, Our Lady's Beloved Sons” (http://our-lady-priests.blogspot.it/).
Almost twenty Cardinal and more than 150 Bishops, more than 50,000 priests and religious, have followed the Marian Movement for Priests, receiving by way of the book which contains the messages, precious teaching from the Mother of God, in this devastating attack of the ecclesiastical Masonry on the sound doctrine of the Church and the Sacraments, especially the Most Holy Eucharist.
Many bishops have given their Imprimatur to this book. You will find in these messages of Our Lady revealed through Don Stefano Gobbi a resemblance to the writings of Saint Louis de Montfort, Saint Therese of the Child Jesus and to the messages of Our Lady of Fatima, with the sweetness that only the Mother of God, and the Mother of each us, could communicate to those open to the caresses of Our Lady!
The Polish Pope had indicated to Don Stefano Gobbi the way to contact him directly, by way of his Secretary Mons. Stanislaw Dziwisz, in his name. … One day Pope John Paul II said to Don Stefano Gobbi, pointing his finger at him: “You are pastor of the whole world”.” “July 1 (2011), solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Cardinal Ivan Dias being with the Holy Father, informed him of the death of Don Stefano and of the Holy Mass celebrated the day before at Collevalenza. Pope Benedict XVI, after a brief pause of silence, pronounced these words: “He went straight to heaven”. (“Pastor of the Whole World – Biography of Don Stefano Gobbi” (“Parroco di Tutto il Mondo – Biografia di Don Stefano Gobbi”, di Mariadele Tavazzi; Edizioni San Paolo, 2015; pp. 181, 200).

In the appendix, I offer other interesting information so as to help us keep scratching our heads with our eyes open in a world, and in particular in a Church (Catholic!?!), filled with more hidden temptations and subtle and alluring deceptions, that seem good and OK, than ever before.


Just as Jesus was crucified and buried 2000 years ago, so too in this period the Body of Christ, the Church, will be crucified and buried in this period of the “great tribulation” (Mt 24:21). Afterwards there will be the resurrection, that is, after the “Woman clothed with the sun” (Rev 12:1) will crush the head of the serpent (Gen 3:15). Jesus was the high priest crucified for the redemption of the world. A great number of the few priests who will remain faithful to the immutable Truth in this period will undergo what Jesus, the Redeemer, underwent for the purification of the Spouse of Christ, His Church.

In the messages of Our Lady to Don Stefano Gobbi one finds:

I am especially close to the Church in these last times, when she must live through the bloody hour of her purification and of the great tribulation. For her also, the plan of the Heavenly Father must be carried out, and thus she is being called to climb the Calvary of her immolation. This most beloved Daughter of mine will be stricken and wounded, betrayed and despoiled, abandoned and led to the gibbet, where she will be crucified.” (January 1, 1994).

You are called to be the new Johns, who remain with me beneath the cross upon which the Church is again being crucified and immolated for the salvation of the world.” (December 31, 1994).

A dark and cold sepulcher molds this poor humanity, which is walking in the darkness of the rejection of God, is worn out by the impetuous wind of the passions, and is slain by sin, by egoism, by hatred and by impurity… A little while yet and the door of this immense sepulcher, in which lies all humanity.” (April 15, 1990).

Assisted and comforted by her Mother, the Church is now climbing the arduous road to Calvary, where she must again be crucified and immolated for the good of many of my children.” (August 5, 1978).

I have pointed out to you the signs of the cruel winter through which the Church is now passing, by way of a purification which has now reached its most painful peak. The Spouse of my Jesus appears again covered with wounds and obscured by my Adversary, who appears to be celebrating his complete victory. He is certain that he has won the victory in the Church, by the confusion which has subverted many of her truths, by the lack of discipline which has caused disorder to spread, by the division which has attacked her internal unity and by the insidious and hidden persecution which has crucified her anew.” (March 9, 1979).

His sorrowful passion is being renewed by the Church, his Mystical Body. She too is called to enter into the Gethsemane of his agony. She too knows the kiss of betrayal, the denial and the abandonment on the part of her own. She too must taste all the bitterness of his chalice. She is likewise mocked, scourged and crowned with thorns. She likewise experiences the condemnation and abuse of many. Indeed, she is crucified and immolated so that the plan of the Heavenly Father may be fulfilled”. (April 9, 1993).

Let it be the sepulcher of your slavery, where the Church dies, the Church which is sick and divided, pervaded with the spirit of the world, darkened in its loyalty and holiness, assailed by the loss of faith and apostasy; and where the new Church is born, holy, faithful, enlightened, evangelical, poor and chaste, reflecting solely the light of its Christ upon the world.” (April 18, 1992).

At the present time, the tenebrous forces of evil are laying snares for her on all sides. The dark conspiracies woven by Masonry, by means of its many followers who have insinuated themselves at the summit of the Church, have succeeded in paralyzing her activity and in extinguishing her apostolic ardor.” (August 15, 1988).

This Masonic infiltration, in the interior of the Church, was already foretold to you by me at Fatima, when I announced to you that Satan would enter in even to the summit of the Church.” (June 13, 1989).

It will be a cause of amazement even to the angels of God, a joy to the saints in heaven, a consolation and great comfort for all the just on earth, mercy and salvation for a great number of my straying children, a severe and definitive condemnation of Satan and his many followers. In fact at the very moment when Satan will be enthroned as lord of the world and will think himself now the sure victor, I myself will snatch the prey from his hands. In a trice he will find himself empty-handed, and in the end the victory will be exclusively my Son's and mine. This will be the triumph of my Immaculate Heart in the world.” (December 19, 1973).

Upon this humanity which has again become pagan, enveloped in the coldness of the denial of God and of rebellion against his Law of love, corrupted by sin and evil, and over whom Satan reigns as a sure victor, I am causing the rays of love and of light from my Immaculate Heart to come down…
Because only in my Immaculate Heart will you find refuge in the moment of the chastisement, comfort in the hour of suffering, relief in the midst of unspeakable afflictions, light in the days of densest darkness, refreshment amidst the flames of the fire which consumes, confidence and hope in a now general despair.” (May 13, 1994).

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A friend of mine here in Italy told me recently that about five years ago she heard on “Radio Maria” here in Italia, that Pope John Paul II had confided to a close friend a few years before his death that if he died at that point, the Masonic Pope would be elected immediately. Thank God we had the blessing of several years of the pontificate of Benedict XVI. But very recently there has come to light articles and documents which substantiate what my friend heard on the radio.

“October 17, 2015
Cardinal Danneels Admits: “Mafia Club” Opposed to Benedict XVI Plotted Pope Francis Election
Cardinal Danneels: The election of Pope Francis was the fruit of secret meetings that radically liberal cardinals and bishops, organized by Carlo Maria Martini, held for years at St. Gall in Switzerland. This is what is claimed by Jürgen Mettepenningen and Karim Shelkens, the authors of a just published biography of the Belgian Cardinal Godfried Danneels.
The book reveals that the Cardinal was a regular member of a secret pressure group of Churchmen that opposed Pope Benedict XVI. Danneels said that what was officially but discreetly labeled “the Sankt-Gallen group” was referred to by its members as “the Mafia”. Its self-imposed aim was to achieve a drastic reform of the Church, to make it “much more modern”, and for Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio to head it.
The group met every year since 1996, and together they organized the secret “resistance” against Cardinal Ratzinger, who at that time was the right-hand man of John Paul II. Their goal at the time was to elect a “reformer” pope to eventually replace John Paul II, in view of his nearing death, and to prevent at all costs the election of Cardinal Ratzinger as Pope. The question that was put more and more emphatically by the group was: “What after John Paul II? How can we avoid Ratzinger as Pope?’”
When Pope John Paul II died in 2005, the group already pushed the present Pope to the fore, although in the end, Cardinal Ratzinger still got elected despite their efforts. Eight years later, in 2013, they finally got what they wanted, with Pope Francis re-shaping the Church according to their original vision.
The group counts amongst its members the most radically liberal bishops and cardinals of the Church, such as Cardinal Walter Kasper, Cardinal Karl Lehmann from Germany, Cardinal Achille Silvestrini from Italy, Dutch Cardinal Adriann Van Luyn, Cardinal Basil Hume from England, and the late Jesuit Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini.
Said Schelkens in an interview this week: “The election of Cardinal Bergoglio was prepared in Sankt-Gallen, without doubt. And the main lines of the program the Pope is carrying out are those that Danneels and Co were starting to discuss more than ten years ago.”
Pope Benedict XVI: “Pray for me, that I may not flee for fear of the wolves.” – Pope Benedict XVI homily during papal inauguration mass) (April 24 2005; http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/homilies/2005/documents/hf_ben-xvi_hom_20050424_inizio-pontificato_en.html).

IN VIOLATION OF PAPAL LAW: Saint John Paul II’s Apostolic Constitution Universi Domini Gregis clearly forbids under pain of automatic excommunication (i.e. immediately imposed, without necessity of declaration) the canvassing for votes:
81. The Cardinal electors shall further abstain from any form of pact, agreement, promise or other commitment of any kind which could oblige them to give or deny their vote to a person or persons. If this were in fact done, even under oath, I decree that such a commitment shall be null and void and that no one shall be bound to observe it; and I hereby impose the penalty of excommunication latae sententiae upon those who violate this prohibition. It is not my intention however to forbid, during the period in which the See is vacant, the exchange of views concerning the election.
82. I likewise forbid the Cardinals before the election to enter into any stipulations, committing themselves of common accord to a certain course of action should one of them be elevated to the Pontificate. These promises too, should any in fact be made, even under oath, I also declare null and void.
83. With the same insistence shown by my Predecessors, I earnestly exhort the Cardinal electors not to allow themselves to be guided, in choosing the Pope, by friendship or aversion, or to be influenced by favour or personal relationships towards anyone, or to be constrained by the interference of persons in authority or by pressure groups, by the suggestions of the mass media, or by force, fear or the pursuit of popularity. Rather, having before their eyes solely the glory of God and the good of the Church, and having prayed for divine assistance, they shall give their vote to the person, even outside the College of Cardinals, who in their judgment is most suited to govern the universal Church in a fruitful and beneficial way.”

The constitution of a “Mafia” like the Sankt-Gallen group is in clear violation of that papal order. In another section Universi Domini Gregis, St. John Paul II expounded further on this:
79. Confirming the prescriptions of my Predecessors, I likewise forbid anyone, even if he is a Cardinal, during the Pope's lifetime and without having consulted him, to make plans concerning the election of his successor, or to promise votes, or to make decisions in this regard in private gatherings.”

It must be noted that St. John Paul II published the above papal law in February 1996, the very year that the Sankt-Gallen group was formed.

Is the vote of a cardinal, who is automatically excommunicated, canonically valid at a conclave?

The above revelations reinforce the shocking claims of Dr. Austen Ivereigh (author of the book, “The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope”) who wrote that a group of Cardinals actively “campaigned” for the election of Pope Francis, in violation of the papal law.
The Vatican listed Danneels second in importance out of 45 delegates personally chosen by Pope Francis to participate in the upcoming meeting.”

Other references including, “The National Catholic Register”:
“Cardinal Danneels Admits to Being Part of 'Mafia' Club Opposed to Benedict XVI”
“New authorised biography also reveals papal delegate at upcoming synod wrote letter to Belgium government supporting same-sex "marriage" legislation because it ended discrimination against LGBT groups.”
by Edward Pentin 09/24/2015

Advocate of Same-Sex “Marriage”
Cardinal Danneels is recognized as one of the most radically liberal prelates of the Church.
He once advised the king of Belgium to sign an abortion law in 1990. He has refused to forbid pornographic, “educational” materials being used in Belgian Catholic schools.
He once said same-sex “marriage” was a “positive development”. The cardinal also wrote a letter to Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt praising him for “the approval of a legal statute for a stable relationship between partners of the same sex.” Verhofstadt’s government introduced same sex-‘marriage’ into Belgium in 2003.
The Vatican listed Danneels second in importance out of 45 delegates personally chosen by Pope Francis to participate in the upcoming meeting.”

Other references including The National Catholic Register:
“Cardinal Danneels Admits to Being Part of 'Mafia' Club Opposed to Benedict XVI”
“New authorised biography also reveals papal delegate at upcoming synod wrote letter to Belgium government supporting same-sex "marriage" legislation because it ended discrimination against LGBT groups.”
by Edward Pentin 09/24/2015

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Contrast the motives of the above Mafia club with:
Cardinal Burke urges Catholics to ‘storm heaven’ with monthly Rosary to lift Church from confusion” (https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/cardinal-burke-promotes-campaign-to-storm-heaven-with-monthly-rosary-to-lif).

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A year ago when I participated at a Cenacle of the MMP at Loreto, Italy, a man, who takes care of an old saintly bishop, Msgr. Savino Bernardo Cazzaro, O.S.M., came to me and gave me a book written by this bishop who served his Church well: “Faith Adrift – Do not be deceived (1Cor 15:33) – Modern Ideas compared to the Catechism of the Catholic Church” (2013) (“Fede alla Deriva – Non Lasciatevi Ingannare (1Cor 15,33) – Idee moderne a confronto con il Catechismo della Chiesa Cattolica”). This bishop tried to warn the sheep of the great dangers today!

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What kind of men are they who, fearing to hurt those they speak to, not only do not prepare them for imminent temptations, but even promise the happiness of this world, which God did not promise to the world itself?...” (Sermon of St. Augustine on the Shepherds; Office of Readings; Sunday, Week 24 of OT, Friday).

Negligent religious leaders are often afraid to speak freely and say what needs to be said – for fear of losing favor with people. As Truth himself says, they are certainly not guarding their flock with the care expected of a shepherd but are acting like hirelings, because hiding behind a wall of silence is like taking flight at the approach of the wolf. These are the people whom the Lord is reproaching through the prophet, when he says: ‘THEY ARE ALL DUMB DOGS, THEY CANNOT BARK’ (Is 56:10) … If a religious leader is afraid to say what is right, what else can his silence mean but that he has taken flight? Whereas, if he stand firm in defense of his flock, he is building up a wall for the house of Israel against its enemies. And so again the sinful people are told: ‘Your prophets have seen false and foolish visions for you; they have not exposed your iniquity in order to provoke you to repentance.’ …” (Pope St. Gregory the Great; Office of Readings; Sunday, Week 27 of OT).

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When we reflect on the division among prelates at the Synod, Our Lady of Akita comes to mind:
The work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church in such a way that one will see cardinals opposing cardinals, bishops against bishops. … the Church will be full of those who accept compromises and the demon will press many priests and consecrated souls to leave the service of the Lord.”

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The cardinal of my diocese, the President of the Episcopal Conference, His Eminence Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti, who was made a cardinal by Pope Francis even though the diocese of Perugia was never a diocese of a cardinal, was awarded the XXII “Rotary Award of Umbria” on May 14, 2015 in the Cathedral of Perugia (http://www.skipintro.it/rotaryperugiaest/consegna-dai-parte-dei-rotary-club-umbri-del-xxii-premio-rotary-umbria-al-presidente-della-conferenza-episcopale-umbra-s-em-cardinale-gualtiero-bassetti/)!
A couple of friends of mine who live in Perugia told me that the cathedral of Perugia on that day (May 14, 2015) was full of Freemasons!

Several people told me, one very reliable, that Perugia has one of the highest concentrations of Freemasons in all of Italy. At least two different people told me that when someone they knew from Perugia went to see Padre Pio, Padre Pio told each of them that Perugia will end up without even one stone upon another stone!

You might find it very interesting, using Google, to find very high ranking members of the Rotary Club in the Catholic Church. Another member of the Rotary Club in Buenos Aires since 1999 was Cardinal BERGOGLIO. “The Rotary is of the Masonic inspiration in that it carries forth the Masonic ideals and has ties with the Freemasonry. This is the reason for which Rotary is known as – together with other clubs such as for example the Lions Club International – “White Masonry” ” (Antechamber) (In Italian: http://umanitasvegliati.blogspot.it/2014_04_01_archive.html; see also in Italian: http://giacintobutindaro.org/tag/cardinali-massoni/). The Rotary clubs and the Lions clubs are seed beds for future members of the Freemasons.

In the United States “the Lions Club, the Rotary Club, the Elks Club, the Loyal Order of Moose, the Oddfellows, the Eagles, the Knights of Pythias, the Optimist Club, The Grange... the list goes on and on and on. Nearly all of these have at least their inspiration, if not even a basis in Freemasonry, … Interestingly enough, Freemasons were founding members of both the Lions Club and the Rotary Club. Gustave E. Loehr, a Mason, was a charter member of the Rotary Club (though it was founded by Paul P. Harris, who was not a Mason to my knowledge), and Melvin Jones, the founder of the Lions Club, was actually a Mason. … Furthermore, until about 1929 (in the USA) the Rotary Club recruited exclusively from Masonc Lodges…” (http://www.quora.com/Are-the-Rotary-Club-and-Lions-Club-part-of-the-Freemasonry).

The Dissipation of the Darkness, the Origin of Masonry”, by G.S. Lawrence, tells us that the original name of the ancient Masonry was “The Mysterious Force”. Hiram Abiud, the king’s adviser, who was the real founder of ancient Masonry, proposed the name of the association, as the “Mysterious Force”…
The terrible oath of the nine founding members:
I bind myself to work for an increase in the number of its members. I bind myself to attack whoever follows the teachings of the impostor Jesus and to combat his men until death. I bind myself not to divulge any of the secrets preserved among us, the nine; either among outsiders or among the affiliated members.” (http://www.thechristianidentityforum.net/downloads/Dissipation-Masonry.pdf).

Why does Freemasonry – an organization condemned by the Catholic Church – openly support Pope Francis?” (http://veritas-vincit-international.org/2015/08/08/why-does-freemasonry-openly-support-pope-francis/). Why does the secular media, highly controlled by Masonry, which has always been against the Catholic Church in the past, now present as its number one idol, Pope Francis?

See also: “Are Lions Clubs Connected to Masonry?” (http://www.womenofgrace.com/blog/?p=11840).

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The Masonic Plan For The Destruction Of The Catholic Church

Eight popes have condemned Masonry since 1738 (https://www.ewtn.com/library/NEWAGE/PACONDEM.TXT).
Most recently:
Congregation For The Doctrine Of The Faith: Declaration On Masonic Associations:
Therefore the Church’s negative judgment in regard to Masonic association remains unchanged since their principles have always been considered irreconcilable with the doctrine of the Church and therefore membership in them remains forbidden. The faithful who enroll in Masonic associations are in a state of grave sin and may not receive Holy Communion.” (November 26, 1983; http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_19831126_declaration-masonic_en.html).

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It is also very interesting what Cardinal Burke said after the Synod in October 2014: “Many have expressed their concerns to me. At this very critical moment, there is a strong sense that the Church is like a ship without a rudder.” This was reported by Religion News Service (http://www.religionnews.com/2014/10/31/cardinal-catholic-church-pope-francis-ship-without-rudder/). But what Cardinal Burke actually said was: “like a ship without a helm.” That’s very different from a rudder. (Report abuse in reporting!). How many men in their various God-given vocations “fall silent” when the souls entrusted to them are in great spiritual danger?!?

Nothing is heard from the Mass Media about the important book written by five cardinals last September 2014: “Remaining in the Truth of Christ”!

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After observing the lack of a guide (rudder, as Cardinal Burke put it), in the Church, in particular during the two Synods on the Family, as well as the bewilderment about most of the appointments to very important positions in the Church by Pope Francis, Matthew Bunson, on Ewtn News Nightly expressed this concern and anxieties by many Catholics about the upcoming Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis, which will be released at the end of March. When Bunson was asked the question: “Why do you think people are so upset?” Bunson replied: “There’s concern, as there was leading into the Synod last year, and throughout the Synod last year, about what was happening in some of the areas of Church teaching especially in the area of Communion for the divorced and remarried…” (“EWTN News Nightly - 2016-01-29”; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STu8Oy4USzQ).

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Abby Johnson, who had herself two abortions, worked for Planned Parenthood for 8 years; she was a clinic director at a facility in Texas; during my time with Planned Parenthood she participated in more than 20,000 abortions. When Abby witnessed a live ultrasound guided abortion procedure where she saw a 13 week old baby fight and struggle for his life during that abortion, she left the Planned Parenthood in 2009. Now Abby is helping many Planned Parenthood workers to do as she did in order to find true freedom and to fight for life. (Abby Johnson; http://www.abbyjohnson.org/).

Abby Johnson said on Life On The Rock - 2016-01-22” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FtTbaij7jc):
There was a lot of healing that had to be done in my marriage because I had so emasculated him through my work of Planned Parenthood. Neutered him. I did not give him the role that he was supposed to have, that was God-given, to have in our home. If it had not been for the teachings of the Catholic Church on the role of men, on the role of women, the sacrament of marriage, we do not know if our marriage would have made it, because we needed that very intimate healing, so that I could give him his rightful place inside of our marriage… Women are life givers and life bearers. And part of giving life is also giving that life to our husbands and to our families.
Before leaving Planned Parenthood, I went into a breakout workshop called “Anti-choice harassment”. I walked away from that remembering one thing that I was so glad that I took this away. They did some analysis on no show rates. So when a woman has an appointment for an abortion but she just doesn’t show up. They found that the no-show rate is about 20%. But they said that when there are people outside praying in front of these clinics, the no-show rate goes up to 75%!”

THERE IS A STRONG CONTRAST between what Abby Johnson tells us and that which two bishops, nominated by Pope Francis, say:
I DO NOT IDENTIFY WITH the expressionless faces of those who recite the Rosary outside the clinics who practice interruption of pregnancy” [“l’interruzione della gravidanza”] (an interview published by “Quotidiano Nazionale”, May 12, 2014). IT IS UNBELIEVABLE that these words were pronounced by the new (12-30-2013) GENERAL SECRETARY OF THE ITALIAN EPISCOPAL CONFERENCE, MONSIGNOR NUNZIO GALANTINO!
It would be nice if the secretary of the CEI might try to reflect on the words of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta: “I feel the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a direct war, a direct killing - direct murder by the mother herself. … Because if a mother can kill her own child - what is left for me to kill you and you to kill me - there is nothing between”.

Dating from 2011, we see Bishop Blase Cupich banning Adoration throughout the Diocese of Spokane, Washington, and implementing a complete and total ban on priests in the Diocese from taking part in public pro-life activities. Bishop Cupich, the newly nominated archbishop of Chicago (September 22, 2014), said: “Pope Francis doesn’t want cultural warriors; he doesn’t want ideologues.”

In a short video clip broadcasted often on EWTN TV, we see a man running fast toward a cliff, while one hears the message:
This year America will give birth to 4 million children. 260 children will die from pneumonia. 1500 will die from abuse. 1.3 million children will die by abortion.” Then written at the end of the video clip after the man stops just short of falling over the cliff: “WHERE IS THE HUMAN RACE HEADED?”

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We hear very often from the mouth of Pope Francis variations on the phrase: “You must not exclude anyone”. How has the Magisterium of the Church always conveyed this phrase to the faithful?

The Magisterium of the Church has always done as St Thomas summarizes it: “Rarely affirm, seldom deny, always distinguish.” Thus we must “always distinguish”, in particular the understanding and the application of the phrase: “You must not exclude anyone”.

Just about all of the bishops promoted by Pope Francis in the last 2 to 3 years have interpreted this phrase that you must not exclude any Catholic from receiving Holy Communion, including the divorced and remarried (without an annulment, and thus with a possible valid first marriage) and those who are living in a homosexual lifestyle. But the Church has always remained faithful to the Words of Christ and the laws of God which are given to us for our true good by a God who loves each of us. “What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder” (Mk 10:9; Mt 19:6). “And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for unchastity, and marries another, commits adultery; and he who marries a divorced woman, commits adultery” (Mt 19:9; 5:32; Lk 16:18; 1Cor 7:10-13). The Church has always been faithful to Divine Revelation that sex outside of marriage does great harm to those involved, and to the whole of the Body of Christ, the Church.

The Church has always rightly taught that each person has the free will TO EXCLUDE HIMSELF from the saving graces of God by not living what we as Catholics say in the Act of Contrition: “I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace, to sin no more, and to avoid the near occasion of sin” (sin according to God explained by His Church, the Magisterium of the Church, not according to the disguised egoism of relativism of each person or of the world!). Since God is love, God respects our choice, and will not force anyone to pass eternity in the presence of the Absolute Truth Who is God!

As pointed out above, with the great lack of the presence of fathers of families who live their God-given vocations according to God, we now have several generations of people who have grown up without the fundamental formation and example, from age 0 to 12, from such a good Christian father, who showed by his example that we cannot follow our feelings and sentiments in regard to God’s laws, but we must pray to have the strength to follow the objective law as God gave us his laws for our true and long lasting good. Without having acquired self-discipline from the example of our fathers, it is extremely easy to go along with the culture of relativism today and to justify just about any behavior according to our feelings, sentiments and the people around us who do likewise.

In this atmosphere of relativism all around us, and with very few voices from good Christian fathers or pastors to show us the true way to true happiness with the cross of Christ and much prayer, we automatically embrace the easy way of false love, false mercy and misguided compassion under the bombardment of the main tool of Satan today, the television.

By now, with the great majority of Catholics brainwashed in subjectivism and relativism, those who proclaim with their true Christian examples and their words the true teachings of the Church, are more and more treated badly, even though the authentic teachings and example of Christ is what offers us true happiness and freedom (Jn 8:32). The true fathers and pastors of Christ are accused of excluding sinners, when in fact, these true followers of Christ love the sinner but hate the sin which is what does the most harm to us and to all of society. Thus when we hear from the highest ranking Church leaders say, “Who am I to judge?” without “always distinguishing”, there is great damage done in confirming the very destructive atmosphere of relativism instead of warning the souls of the powerful and hidden poison of the wolf disguised as a lamb.

If people are not used to “distinguishing always” according to the revealed Truth of God, they do not understand the difference between true ecumenism and false ecumenism. True ecumenism, which is based on true Christian love, respects the beliefs of others. False ecumenism, which is not based on true Christian love, does not respect the beliefs of others, and encourages each person or group to put aside that which the majority are not comfortable with, to arrive at reductionism to the lowest common denominator of truths and sources of grace which is accepted by everyone. Thus, above all, the Catholics must get rid of the Sacraments, the guidance of the Magisterium of the Church and the Mother of God! But these are our most powerful helps to discern God’s holy will and to live God’s holy will, exactly what the world and the Church need most today!

It is no longer politically correct to say what we proclaim at Baptism or during the liturgy on Easter Sunday: “Do you reject Satan, and all his works, and all his empty promises?” This would be interpreted today as bigotry as if TO EXCLUDE ones right to choose sin and to choose Satan. Why is it not considered bigotry today to not allow true Christian the right to choose to live and to proclaim the Ten Commandments, which are for our true good?

With so many fatherless homes, children are used to mercy without any obligation to shape up, to man up, to change their lives after the example of a good father. Now these children are older but have remained immature. Satan is now ready to push society and the Church over the cliff and approve at the highest levels, even in the Catholic Church, false love, false mercy and misguided compassion, with no more obligation to live the saving Ten Commandments.

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OUR LADY OF GOOD SUCCESS; Quito, Ecuador (January 20, 1610), warned us:
Thus I make it known to you that from the end of the 19th century and shortly after the middle of the 20th century…the passions will erupt and there will be a total corruption of morals… As for the Sacrament of Matrimony, which symbolizes the union of Christ with His Church, it will be attacked and deeply profaned. FREEMASONRY, which will then be in power, will enact iniquitous laws with the aim of doing away with this Sacrament, making it easy for everyone to live in sin and encouraging procreation of illegitimate children born without the blessing of the Church… in this supreme moment of need for the Church, the ONE who should speak will fall silent.”

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There is less prayer than ever before, more sin than ever before, even worse, indifference as if sin no longer exists, and so we have given much greater power to “the father of lies”, Satan (Jn 8:44). In particular Satan has more power to “disguise himself as an angel of light” (2Cor 11:14), to offer his very deadly beautiful lies as if they were the “truth that sets us free” (Jn 8:32)!
Thus it is very important in these times of great confusion, when even Catholic bishops are no longer in agreement about the fundamentals of our faith and morals, to not only pray much and to study the Catechism of the Catholic Church for adults, but to keep our eyes open so as not to fall into the beautiful lies of Satan presented as if they were the Truth!
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Father Joseph Dwight

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