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Wednesday 12 February 2014

Example of One Soul

in the Unitive State--not all have the stigmata.

"He asked me if I loved Him. I wept, for you know, Father, whom I have loved more than Jesus. I have loved myself, and oftentimes creatures and pleasures. What could I answer to Jesus? I wept for a long time, and that was my reply. It is Jesus alone whom I should love, and I have never loved Him as I should."
-St Gemma Galgani
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Note on financial future

Memorare Pledge Update

The Memorare Pledge Challenge is going around twitter. I shall keep track. Also, tell me in comments how many you will say for this college. TAC grads, please join in as there is a connection. I think they want 3.5 Million Memorares. If you are on twitter, pass on and use #IrishMemorare. But, I need numbers to keep track, please. So use EITHER poll, comment box, or twitter to tell me the numbers. Thanks so much.

plus the ones of the poll

Keep them coming and let me know the number. Thanks everyone, we need a lot more.

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me.

Huge prayer request for a reader

B. is going through a horrible time. No details. Please pray seriously for her.

LAST Post on Community-Podding

Beech Grove Community in Kent

I have written a series on community which you all can find through the labels and tags. The reason this is the LAST post on community is this.

After a long talk with a friend yesterday and some thoughtful moments of discernment afterwards, I have come to these conclusions.

1) Now is the time for action.

2) Action must be taken from contacts made on social networking, but move OFF of social networking.

3) What do I mean? My friend came up with the idea that those on twitter, facebook and even blogs who agree that networking and community must begin now form the basic groupings of community. But, one must, absolutely, move away from social networking into personal community building.

4) This means that meetings with people,  letters, not phone calls or emails, must become the norm.

Communities should become what I label "pods" after discussing this with my friend who came up with the idea.

Thanks to wiki

"Podding" means that very soon, like NOW, people who can take others into their homes in the event of persecution and chaos, must be identified and these places known to people within driving distance.

These "pods" could be small places which could take one or two, or larger places.

Monasteries and convents will NOT be "safe havens" as those will be the first to be persecuted.

Therefore, the laity must plan these "pods" and get the word around that "podding" could happen in such and such an area.

If you are not thinking of this now and working on this now, you will not be able to move quickly.

The entire point of survival is passing on the Faith to the next generation.

Those of you who can take people and can prepare for such, even having people sleeping on sofas, etc. should think now how you can communicate "podding" in your areas.

Catholic Men of the West. You must take a lead in this.

I shall not write anymore on community. You all have enough information with which to work from this blog and other places.

If you are caught unaware, it is because you did not "pod". Thanks!

God bless you all for seriously thinking of these things. By the way, six people were told in prayer where to move; and a seventh one who was in the same family as one of the others, but years before, were all told to move west of the Mississippi. Now, these are not infallible statements, but I find it interesting that women aged 24, 52, 59, and 40, and men aged 45, 52 and 25, all heard this separately in very diverse circumstances and in different states. Because of this blog and conversations, these were related to me.

I am moving again on Friday, which is very hard for me at my age. This is the ninth move in six months. I cannot continue like this, so please, dear readers, storm heaven for a permanent place for me.

I am simply too old for this.

God has a place, but it has not been shown to me yet.

Why Tribulation? Perfection Series II: xxvii

A friend of mine this evening told me that in the two weeks following 9/11, there were no abortions in New York City.

Think about this..........think, pray, reflect.

We are so full of ourselves and our own thoughts that we miss what God is trying to say to us in the quiet of our hearts and in the purity of the imagination.

If we choose silence, instead of noise, we shall hear God. Sometimes God has to intervene and make us stop before our egos will settle down enough to allow a time of listening.

Read my last February 24, 303 post.

Why tribulation? Here is Garrigou-Lagrange on the final stage of purification just before the Illuminative State.

St. Catherine of Siena shows in this passage that the imperfect soul which loves the Lord with a love that is still mercenary, ought to follow Peter's example after his denial of Christ. Not infrequently at this time Providence permits us also to fall into some visible fault to humiliate us and oblige us to enter into ourselves, as Peter did, when immediately after his fall, seeing that Jesus looked at him, he "wept bitterly." (1)
In connection with Peter's second conversion, we should recall that St. Thomas teaches (2) that even after a serious sin, if a man has a truly fervent contrition proportionate to the degree of grace lost, he recovers this degree of grace; he may even receive a higher degree if he has a still more fervent contrition. He is, therefore, not obliged to recommence his ascent from the very beginning, but continues it, taking it up again at the point he had reached when he fell. A mountain climber who stumbles halfway up, rises immediately, and continues the ascent. The same is true in the spiritual order. Everything leads us to think that by the fervor of his repentance Peter not only recovered the degree of grace that he had lost, but was raised to a higher degree of the supernatural life. The Lord permitted this fall only to cure him of his presumption so that he might become more humble and thereafter place his confidence, not in himself, but in God. Thus, the humiliated Peter on his knees weeping over his sin is greater than the Peter on Thabor, who did not as yet sufficiently know his frailty.
The second conversion may also take place, though we have no grave sin to expiate, for example, at a time when we are suffering from an injustice, or a calumny, which, under divine grace, awakens in us not sentiments of vengeance, but hunger and thirst for the justice of God. In such a case, the generous forgiving of a grave injury sometimes draws down on the soul of the one who pardons, a great grace, which makes him enter a higher region of the spiritual life. The soul then receives a new insight into divine things and an impulse which it did not know before. David received such a grace when he pardoned Semei who had outraged and cursed him, while throwing stones at him.(3)
A more profound insight into the life of the soul may originate also on the occasion of the death of a dear one, or of a disaster, or of a great rebuff, when anything occurs which is of a nature to reveal the vanity of earthly things and by contrast the importance of the one thing necessary, union with God, the prelude of the life of heaven.
In her Dialogue St. Catherine also speaks often of the necessity of leaving the imperfect state in which a person serves God more or less through interest and for his own satisfaction, and in which he wishes to go to God the Father without passing through Jesus crucified.(4) To leave this imperfect state, the soul which still seeks itself must be converted that it may cease to seek itself and may truly go in search of God by the way of abnegation, which is that of profound peace.

Bankers and God

New Salem, Illinois

Lincoln spent six years of his young life at New Salem, Illinois. My family visited the historical site several times when I was a child and teen. What impressed me the most was the fact that Lincoln, a very tall man, managed to study for his law degree in a very small room, and by candlelight.

I thought, even as a child, that a poor person with discipline, energy and talent could become someone who could do something good for the world. He was the first president to be born in a log cabin, in Kentucky, as well as the first president to be born outside the original thirteen states. These facts impressed me as a child.

Ideals in a child are built upon examples. From a small settlement in Illinois to the White House and into the tragic times of the Civil War, Lincoln remains one of the most fascinating presidents. Whether one agrees with all his decisions or not, one can state that his real stand against slavery marks him as an extraordinary man for his time.

We Americans have lost the ideal of the "self-made-man", an ideal many of my generation valued.

All parents have a duty to introduce their children to the heroes of the times or of history. New Salem, a car drive away, was part of the fabric of my childhood, just as were the lives of the saints.

Are you, parents, showing your children good role models, or are you letting them be sucked down into the sewer of the false gods of entertainment and music?

Today would be a good day to look at Lincoln.

On June 16, 1858 Lincoln accepted the Republican nomination to run against Douglas and delivered his famous "House Divided Speech" in the Illinois state house. "A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure, permanently half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved---I do not expect the house to fall---but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing, or all the other. Either the opponents of slavery, will arrest the further spread of it, and place it where the public mind shall rest in the belief that it is in course of ultimate extinction; or its advocates will push it forward, till it shall become alike lawful in all the States, old as well as new---North as well as South."

For Those Who Trust Russia

Satan does not care how the Church falls, just that it falls. So, we have enemies within, on the eastern borders and on the western borders, merely separated by two oceans and Broke Big Brother, who is Europe.

Thanks to two readers who sent this in...........

Thank God for Other Voices in The Wilderness

Just in case you missed it....

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I hope this one hold out. I may also need a new charger....ah, computers.