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Friday, 17 May 2013

The turn of the tide...

I correct my fellow Catholics to move away from two things. One, looking at the evils of others and, two, not keeping your eyes on Christ.

The age of prophecy is coming to an end. What do I mean about this?

Many of us who have been writing against modernism for even 40 years or in the past years of blogging have to realize that the world has turned a corner. The world is being sifted, as God is allowing suffering to bring people to His Truth, as prosperity and calm has not done this. Prophets are necessary.

But, the reality is that one cannot keep up the lamentations without falling into a negativity wherein the demons attack the messengers, who are mostly isolated.

Do not remain isolated. John the Baptist is the greatest man who ever lived who was not the God-Man, called the greatest by Christ Himself because the Baptist held out against the entire culture of his day. His purity and keenness of vision, as the Holy Spirit showed him the Christ, is a model for us.

He kept his eyes on Christ. We must do so. We must concentrate on God and God allowing us to change us daily, make us into a new creation. The charismatics got this wrong.

The new creation is a person who is totally new in God, without any of the past hanging on him, holding him back.

Only God can do this with the willingness of the individual.

Let God make you new so that you can be purified.

Now is that time of purification. Go before Him in Adoration weekly. Ask Him to change you entirely.

You will need the power given to those who are purified in the days of sifting to come.

Those who compromise will end up "sleeping with the enemies."

We must not continue as if the tide has not turned.

You are the vanguard of the age of the martyrs. The nuns at Tyburn discuss martyrdom. We need to discuss martyrdom.

No more same old, same old....

Weep for the Eldest Daughter of the Church

From Vatican Radio

Let the Pope say what I want to say today...

“Peter was a sinner, but not corrupt, eh? Sinners, yes, everyone: corrupt, no. I once knew of a priest, a good parish pastor who worked well. He was appointed bishop, and he was ashamed because he did not feel worthy, he had a spiritual torment. And he went to the confessor. The confessor heard him and said, ‘But do not worry. If after the [mess Peter made of things], they made him Pope, then you go ahead! .’ The point is that this is how the Lord is. That’s the way He is. The Lord makes us mature with many meetings with Him, even with our weaknesses, when we recognize [them], with our sins.”

Pope Francis went on to say that Peter let himself be shaped by his many encounters with Jesus, and that this, he said, “is something we all need to do as well, for we are on the same road.” The Holy Father stressed that Peter is great, not because he is good, but because he has a nobility of heart, which brings him to tears, leads him to this pain, this shame - and also to take up his work of shepherding the flock”:

Text from page
of the Vatican Radio website 

No more letters from the monastery

Well, as Mother Prioress told me, sometimes God allows a series of events to happen to newbies in order to show His Will.

I am out and at a friend's house, resting with severe back pains. I could not discern with such pain, but took the allowance of God to endure such as a huge sign to leave. These pains are not ordinary.

I am heartbroken and humbled. Such humility is good for me, of course.

One must face one's limitations.

I am going to start working on two plays which are in my head, and have permission from Mother General to write a play on the Foundress of Tyburn.

I can write in bed.

God bless, and hello again from the world.....

Letters from the Monastery Eight- "Seven times a day I praise you, for your righteous ordinances," (Psalm 119:164)

At the hour for the divine office, as soon as the bell has been heard, let them leave whatever they have in hand and hasten with all speed, though in orderly fashion… Indeed, nothing is to be preferred to the Opus Dei.”  - Rule of Benedict, Chapter 4

Oh dear, I have hurt my back in the Pantry after two weeks of bending, lifting and such, including prayer times. Mother General has ordered me to lie in until Mass and to skip Compline, but the Mother Novice Mistress thinks it is the bed. All actions have contributed, and I am upstairs in the Novitiate, which means six or seven flights of stairs. I lost count. I am humiliated by the need to get off my feet, but the pain is real and like knives in my lower and upper back, continuing around the side and under the arms. TMI.

I hope this goes away after some rest. I am thinking of the young student in 1940 who may have slept in this bed and what she was thinking of the future of Britain....I am begging Mother Marie Adele for a miracle of health for me to stay here. If I cannot keep up, I am going to be heartbroken....I love it here, but at Tyburn, there is no slacking, as we all must work for the common good. Mother General is so kind and loving and gives me attention. She is a true Mother.

We work so hard in order to praise God seven times a day. That is the reason we are here. I am studying the Rule and reading the life of the Foundress, who is an obvious saint. She lived a life of pain, but I am no saint and this recent problem is a debilitation I did not anticipate.

BTW, I love the silence and the reading at meals. Love it! It is easier to be good in gossip, no silly talk, no stupid interruptions of trivia. Praise God for monastic silence. The long silence if from after Vespers to after Mass, although we are quiet all day except for necessities. Sigh, I love it, but staying in my room and resting my back is tormenting me, as I want to be about the work of the community. There are so few, so mantra...

Letters from the Monastery Nine, May 14th (put on by blog carer on May 17)

The three nuns, including Mother General, are leaving for Nigeria today. I have been humbled by not being able to help with the work. Mother took me off all duties temporarily. I am praying and waiting for "orders". A new Mother Prioress, who I know well, has been elected and will take over in Mother's three week absence.

All are excited, but subdued as well, at the immense responsibility of taking on the challenge to pray for peace in Nigeria.

I have finished reading three books on the Holy Foundress, and want to start another. As I am not doing physical labor, I am catching up on the reading demanded of a novice...all good stuff. Mother General has encouraged my poetry writing, but admits there is no time in the novitiate training for writing.

I have had a great insight into the life of St. Martha. She, too, was called to contemplative life, and like these good nuns, had to spend her day both working and praying...she forgot, temporarily, about the prayer, that is, listening to God, which was the whole point of Christ's admonition.

The nuns at Tyburn are both Marthas and Marys....Pray for my back to healed, please.

And, the blog carer wants you to read this

Telegraph, May 15 
A local council decided against flying the flag of St George after concerns were raised that it would offend the town’s 16 Muslim residents.
Eleanor Jackson, a university lecturer, said the red and white symbol could cause upset in Radstock, Somerset, because it was used during the Crusades 1,000 years ago.
The Labour councillor voiced her concerns at a meeting called to discuss which flag should be purchased to fly atop the town's repaired civic flagpole.
She said: “My big problem is that it is offensive to some Muslims, but even more so that it has been hijacked by the far right.
"My thoughts are we ought to drop it for 20 years."
Radstock Town Council, which serves a local population of more than 5,600 residents, eventually decided to purchase a Union flag to fly on Armistice Day.
The rainbow flag of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender pride movement will be flown at “appropriate” times of the year while an In Bloom flag will celebrate the town's achievements in the gardening competition.
The objections raised about the flag of St George were branded “oversensitive” by the local Muslim community while the Muslim Council of Britain said England's patron saint should not be associated with “any hatred of Muslims”.
Spokeswoman Nasima Begum said: "St George needs to take his rightful place as a national symbol of inclusivity rather than a symbol of hatred.”
Rizwan Ahmed, spokesman for the Bristol Muslim Cultural Society said: "I think they are going a bit far here.
"It is political correctness going a bit too far.
"Use by the far right is one thing, but to say that Muslims are offended I don't think is correct. We understand the flag is part of this country's heritage, and in fact many many Muslims will identify as being British themselves.
"In actual fact we are normal people. We have a sense of humour and have the same concerns as everyone else – we are not just some single group."...
So we're constantly told, until there comes the next time to take offense over some ridiculous thing. And "we are not just some single group," and yet there is still no significant anti-jihad or anti-terror movement among Muslims in the U.K. or U.S. Now, why is that?

Persecution Watch in America

Letters from the Monastery Seven

One must ask several questions of one's self.

First, do I have a religious vocation? This is NOT the same as being called to be a Spouse of Christ, a call of all baptized Catholics. To be a Spouse of Christ is to enter into the road to perfection by and in and through suffering. God chooses our way, which always involves suffering.

Second, do I have the gifts for the community? I have been told that I am a community person. But, that is balanced by the need for solitude and intense prayer. I am learning how hard this balance is.

Third, what is the charism of the community? I love the Tyburn charism of adoring the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus.

(By the way, these fragments are part of longer letters...)

As at Buckfast, there are so few nuns to do so many types of work. There is a huge need for more vocations from Great Britain....huge. The monastic houses of Great Britain are shrinking but the size of the buildings and the need to minister to the laity form great outreaches, barely met by so few, so few....

Letters from the Monastery Six

Being here is like eating spiritual Death by Chocolate Cake daily.....