Thanks to Emile for the heads-up.
Sunday, 11 May 2014
Baptism breaks the bonds of sin and death, stops a person from being a slave of satan and makes one an adopted child of God and heir of heaven.
Sanctifying grace gives the Life of God to the soul and the Indwelling of the Trinity. The virtues are bestowed on the soul to aid natural law written on the heart.
But, concupiscence and the weakness of family sins remains to be broken, the soul to be purified.
A code-breaker helps remove the old detritus in families from ages of sin and corruption.
Our Blessed Lady is a great aid in the breaking away from sin. If one is faced with addictions or the lack of forgiveness in families, go to Mary. If one is faced with habitual sins seen among family members, such as negativity, go to Mary.
The closer the code-breaker is to Our Lady, the better the fight. D, S, B, M, A, R, P, and others know this truth, of staying close to Mary in order to break the code.
Code-breakers frequently have great devotion and a relationship with their guardian angels.
Sin must be confessed in the confessional, but code-breakers can pray for the realization of sin in a person or family, and the healing of the consequences of those sins.
If you are a single code-breaker, join this group, with the permission of your spiritual director.
One should not fight spiritual battles alone as code-breakers.
To be continued....
The code-breaker, (my term), could be a Catholic who marries into a family steeped in falsity and sin, and begins the work of breaking the codes of error.
I have met several code-breakers. Some, like the latter description, are women who have married into families where there is a long history of Masonry or addictions, and these ladies break the codes so that these are no longer passed down in the families.
Some are women who have prayed against deceit, and even incest in the families, and these sins stop.
Code-breakers work hard in the spiritual world, praying, having Masses said, doing penance to break the code of sin.
Of course, the first code-breaker in the world was Our Lady, Mother Mary, who as the Immaculate Conception, broke the code of Original Sin, allowing Christ to become Incarnate and free us from sin and death.
She suffered for breaking the code of evil, but she teaches all the other code-breakers how to suffer, pray, do penance.
Perhaps because women share more on the spiritual plain than men, with other women, I only know very few male code-breakers. Most of those I know are women.
Sometimes, they experience spiritual warfare increasing as they pray against evil in the families.
Such people are gifts to a family.
Are you the code-breaker in your family? If so, take your role seriously. Do not "grow faint". Keep breaking the code of sin and death by prayer and sacrifice.
Code-breakers remind me of Isaac McCaslin, William Faulkner's character in Go Down, Moses. Isaac moves out of the Manse because of the sins of his ancestors and wants to atone for the horrible evil in the family. He is the code-breaker, literally, finding out the incest of the past through a ledger book of Uncle Buck's. Feeling the land of the plantation is cursed, Isaac gives his inheritance to his second-cousin, McCaslin Edmonds. Years ago, I decided on the term "code-breaker" because of Faulkner's story.
Some code-breakers move out of the Manse.
Some code-breakers move into the Manse from the outside.
Are you a code-breaker? Have you met a code-breaker? Can you sense if the woman or man you are dating is the code-breaker for your family? Usually, the person who is a code-breaker knows this spiritual reality. Let God lead you to the code-breaker for your family.
On this Mother's Day, I salute all the mother-code-breakers I know. May God bless you. May God protect you and keep you in the Palm of His Hand.
I am now rejoicing in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am completing what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church.
He is describing a code-breaker. Christ invites some to enter into His suffering, His Passion, for the sake of others. Such is the call of the code-breaker. Paul's family was the Gentile world. Thankfully, most code-breakers have a smaller sphere in which to break the code.
to be continued later.....
She, like so many mothers who pray to her for perseverance, may be honored for her undying love and faithfulness.
My son became very ill several times in his life. Once, when he was seven, and we had no insurance in the States, he was suffering from acute pneumonia.
I could see that he was slipping away and for days I held his little self in my arms all night so he could breath.
Finally, in the middle of the night, I knew instinctively that if I could not get a doctor to prescribe him an antibiotic, he would die. The hospital refused to see us, as we had no insurance. I took my phone and began phoning doctors in the Yellow Pages, A...B...and so on.
In the Bs, a doctor answered. I told him the situation and he said he could not order a prescription as he did not know me and I had no insurance. I replied, strongly, "If this child dies, his life is on your head."
And, the doctor said, "OK, OK, what pharmacy is closest to you?"
Friends picked up the strong antibiotic, and my son got through the night, as I held him upright to enable him to breath properly. I bless that doctor today. Sometimes being a mom takes courage.
How many mothers had to sacrifice nights and days by the side of sick children? How many mothers denied themselves things and comforts for their children? This type of behavior is normal for good moms.
Today, let us honor mothers who suffered for us. Let us honor Mary who suffered for us. Mary could not interfere or stop the suffering of her son. She could only share in that suffering.
Mary is the "Turris Eburnea," the Ivory Tower
A TOWER is a fabric which rises higher and more conspicuous than other objects in its neighbourhood. Thus, when we say a man "towers" over his fellows, we mean to signify that they look small in comparison of him.
This quality of greatness is instanced in the Blessed Virgin. Though she suffered more keen and intimate anguish at our Lord's Passion and Crucifixion than any of the Apostles by reason of her being His Mother, yet consider how much more noble she was amid her deep distress than they were. When our Lord underwent His agony, they slept for sorrow. They could not wrestle with their deep disappointment and despondency; they could not master it; it confused, numbed, and overcame their senses. And soon after, when St. Peter was asked by bystanders whether he was not one of our Lord's disciples, he denied it.
Nor was he alone in this cowardice. The Apostles, one and all, forsook our Lord and fled, though St. John returned. Nay, still further, they even lost faith in Him, and thought all the great expectations which He had raised in them had ended in a failure. How different this even from the brave conduct of St. Mary Magdalen! and still more from that of the Virgin Mother! It is expressly noted of her that shestood by the Cross. She did not grovel in the dust, but stood upright to receive the blows, the stabs, which the long Passion of her Son inflicted upon her every moment.
In this magnanimity and generosity in suffering she is, as compared with the Apostles, fitly imaged as a Tower. But towers, it may be said, are huge, rough, heavy, obtrusive, graceless structures, for the purposes of war, not of peace; with nothing of the beautifulness, refinement, and finish which are conspicuous in Mary. It is true: therefore she is called the Tower of Ivory, to suggest to us, by the brightness, purity, and exquisiteness of that material, how transcendent is the loveliness and the gentleness of the Mother of God.
Home is where the heart is and one of the most grievous parts of my suffering in my life is that I have not been able to provide a home for my son.
When I was younger, I bought a house but could not keep up the payments, working and home schooling. God sold my house in three days after telling me in prayer to sell it. That was a blessing coming out of great hardship.
But, not to have a home for my son is an incredible pain, which most of my readers have not experienced.
Without a place to call home, one must rely totally on God for comfort. And, sometimes, God denies that comfort.
Mary had to live years without Jesus, until He called her to her home on heaven. Of course, she was in union with Him in the unitive state of perfection, as no other saint has been, but she was separated from His entire Being. Only in her death and assumption did she again unite with Christ, the Father and the Spirit totally, experiencing the highest place in heaven given to a human, Imagine, a woman has the highest place after Christ, the God-Man.
Perhaps Mary was the reason for Lucifer's rebellion. Perhaps, this once perfect angel did not want a human woman as the highest of all in the empyrean after the Trinity.
Let us honor today all those good women who made homes for us in our pasts. Some of our mothers are still at home on earth, but some have gone home to heaven. Let us honor the home-makers.
Here is more on the house at Ephesus from the excellent Dayton University site.
Posted in Zenit on 12/8/2006 from Vatican City
Some have had to admit that they must be separated from their physical mothers in order to pursue holiness. But, we all have another Mother given to us by Christ at Calvary.
Mary is Our Mother.
Mary, Our Perfect Mother, wants to comfort those who have suffered through her perfection and grace.
Mary ended up not in Jerusalem or Nazareth, but with St. John in Ephesus. She had to leave some of her own people in order to obey Christ.
Since my son has left, it has been one of my desire's to go to Ephesus and see the house there. I would also love to see the house at Loreto. Mary left all she knew to go to the land of unbelievers. The Perfect One lived among non-Jews and pagans. But, she had John until her death.
Newman writes this:
Mary is the "Consolatrix Afflictorum," the Consoler of the Afflicted
ST. PAUL says that his Lord comforted him in all his tribulations, that he also might be able to comfort them who are in distress, by the encouragement which he received from God. This is the secret of true consolation: those are able to comfort others who, in their own case, have been much tried, and have felt the need of consolation, and have received it. So of our Lord Himself it is said: "In that He Himself hath suffered and been tempted, He is able to succour those also that are tempted."
And this too is why the Blessed Virgin is the comforter of the afflicted. We all know how special a mother's consolation is, and we are allowed to call Mary our Mother from the time that our Lord from the Cross established the relation of mother and son between her and St. John. And she especially can console us because she suffered more than mothers in general. Women, at least delicate women, are commonly shielded from rude experience of the highways of the world; but she, after our Lord's Ascension, was sent out into foreign lands almost as the Apostles were, a sheep among wolves. In spite of all St. John's care of her, which was as great as was St. Joseph's in her younger days, she, more than all the saints of God, was a stranger and a pilgrim upon earth, in proportion to her greater love of Him who had been on earth, and had gone away. As, when our Lord was an Infant, she had to flee across the desert to the heathen Egypt, so, when He had ascended on high, she had to go on shipboard to the heathen Ephesus, where she lived and died.
O ye who are in the midst of rude neighbours or scoffing companions, or of wicked acquaintance, or of spiteful enemies, and are helpless, invoke the aid of Mary by the memory of her own sufferings among the heathen Greeks and the heathen Egyptians.
Mother's Day is an old and venerable day of celebrating Mothers which started in Medieval England. The English celebrated "Lady's Day" on the first Sunday after the Annunciation in order to honor Mother Mary and all mothers.
The celebration indicated the honor which the Church bestowed upon women because of the love and devotion to Our Lady.
In the next five posts, I shall celebrate Mother's Day with a meditation on the Meditations of Newman, already referred to last week.
Mary, Our Mother had the perfect Mother-Son relationship-the perfect Mother loving the Perfect Son in a union joining the Trinity, Father, Son and Spirit on earth.
But, Newman points out that Mary's last intimate moment with her Son, before the Day of the Resurrection, was at the Wedding Feast at Cana. On that day, Mary gave her Son to the world, ending 30 years and nine months of intimacy.
I can only imagine the pain of Mary's sacrifice. She started Christ's public ministry with her request for more wine, ending her own special time with Jesus.
I can feel a bit of this giving my son to the Church so far away and in a distant land. I gave Him to God when He was born and to Mary when he was older. Like the separation of Christ from His Mother, this separation has allowed my son to do what he must for the Kingdom of God to be built on this earth.
Mary had to then endure great suffering, as she had already lost Joseph, just as I lost all comfort of a home.
But, as Mary is perfect and without sin, her suffering was horrible and unjust. It is only because she loved Christ so much and understood His mission that she could give Him up to us.
Newman points out two things-one that Mary may have had to live with unbelievers in Christ, with Jewish relatives who did not believe in Christ as the Messiah, the Savior.
Secondly, Newman points out that Mary only once came to see Jesus, perhaps to see if He was alright, having heard stories of His pain and misery, trying to see Him as any Mother would.
But, He would not allow His Mother to comfort Him, not even on Calvary, where the pain of the world lay on the shoulders of His Mother as well as on Him.
She is the co-redeemer.
Newman notes this: