Oct. 2nd, 2016
IT IS TIME TO STAND UP FOR OUR CHRISTIAN FAITH AND HERITAGE
From the many questions I get about the future of the Church I would like to answer them in this way and with a prophetic word of what lies ahead unless we act.
Over the past years the Church in western countries has been continuously attacked by governments, politicians and groups who desire that their will or way of life be accepted by Christians even when these are against church teaching.
The last years have been particularly difficult as one major government tries to force its will on the Church. This government has attacked the Church or Christian groups through the use of what are called equal rights but often are wrongs. It is done in various ways including through the targeting of Christian groups by the tax arm of the government to remove charitable exemptions etc. There are attempts to force the Church to accept such things as abortion in Catholic hospitals, paying for those in the Church employ to have contraception, same sex marriage, adoption of children by same sex couples, transgenders lifestyles and much more. Religious groups within the Church have had to fight legal battles just to try and keep to the faith and the teachings of the church (which is to love the person but to reject the sin).
Some of those in power try to take away religious freedom in the name of being progressive or politically correct; try to deny Christians the right to follow their faith and their conscience. This government appears to want to have a country that has little faith and can be manipulated easily to do it's will. Already the consequences of this can be seen by the number of people who no longer go to church or believe in God. The numbers embracing satanism seems to be growing. Secularism reigns supreme in many lives and atheism is on the rise. While all around the morals of society collapse and people suffer from this. It is time now for Catholics and all Christians to stand up and say enough for if this is allowed to continue then disaster surely lies ahead.
Some Christians tell me that they will vote for some one who supports abortion at all stages of the pregnancy even late term and partial birth abortions. Do they not understand to do this is to support the killing of babies and that they become part of this terrible sin and will carry that responsibility with them to be confronted by The Lord on judgement day when He will ask them why they supported the killing of the innocent. Some have responded to me that both choices support abortion but one person to vote for says they are pro life and only support abortion when life of the mother is at risk or for some other very serious problem such as rape or incest. While both choices are not good a Christian must support the one that will save the most lives and will help reduce abortions which in time may influence the country to go further in reducing this terrible act of inhumanity.
Catholics and all Christians who would vote for those who want to suppress the faith, to change the faith, to force Christians to accept sin and to be immoral are attacking the faith themselves. They become part of the forces that want to destroy Christianity, destroy the Church. We must support the ones who say they will protect Christianity and freedom of religion. The ones who understand what is happening to the Judeo/ Christian heritage we have and promise to defend that heritage.
If Christians do not now stand up for their faith and stand firmly in the truth of Christ by rejecting and not supporting those who attack the church, attack the faith, then it may be too late. If the situation we are in now is allowed to continue it will get only worse. In years to come the Catholic Church will have been assailed so much that it will be reduced to a shadow of what it is today. The people attending will drop as people will lose belief in God or will go to more progressive' churches who accept what the government and special interest groups in society say is right. Many will see no reason to go to church for they will see it as a place of bigots and extremists. Many will be drawn away from God and deeper into the darkness of the secular world. It may happen that a church springs up calling itself catholic but is truly not and some will be drawn to that.
If we Christians want the future to be a good one living in the truth of God we need to support our God and our faith. If we do not then be assured the world will get worse. Darkness will envelop your families and friends. Suffering will increase. Hatred will spread and the evil one will have his way in many lives taking many souls from God. A terrible thought and I pray this does not come to be.
This can be stopped but each one of us has to do what God calls us to; reject the worldly ways of immorality and sin and never support someone who shamelessly promotes these evil things.
I normally do not speak in this way but I have been shown how important it is that at this time people of faith stand firm and defend their faith by supporting those who will not attempt to change or destroy their faith. Encourage all you know to think deeply about the future they want. Do they want a Christian based one or one based on the falseness that is in the world? Help all make the right choice.
There was darkness and pain all around giving the appearance evil had won. Yet on the cross all the pain was carried and all the evil confronted with God's gentle steadfast forgiving love. Then in the tomb when many had lost hope and despaired, the hope of the world arose to shine His divine light into the darkness to disperse it and to show that evil was truly weak in the face of pure love.
Today in the world it seems as if there is darkness every where and that the prince of darkness is victorious and is ruling the world inflicting suffering and pain upon mankind as he wills. However, the truth is that the love of Jesus Christ, Our Lord, cannot be overcome by evil and that His love will bring light into the darkness.
While many despair and lose hope as they see the terrible things happening in the world we as followers of The Lord, Jesus, should not. We as His followers should have no doubt in His victory and we should be proclaiming to all that The Lord, has risen and that evil is bound to fail for it is a divine truth that evil that has no hope of victory, that it is defeated. Yes there is and will be many awful events that occur at the hands of evil and evil's servants but we must not let that destroy our trust in the victory of The Lord, Jesus.
We should be the people who rise up to tell the world all will be well in the hands of The Lord. The suffering and evil occurring in the world should strengthen our resolve and trust in The Lord as we come to realise that to trust in mankind is fraught with danger for mankind's will is at times ruled by the will of evil. While to trust in God is never foolish for it brings the assurance that His will can never be overruled, the assurance of safety in His eternal love and and the assurance of eternal life in and with Him.
He rose in love of mankind let us rise up in love of mankind declaring we believe and that we will never accept evil's rule over us. Let us rise up with open hearts to all inviting all to find the victorious love of Christ in our love of them.
We are the victors in Christ let us not cower in fear but stand tall in the certainty that God is with us and that Jesus, Our Lord, is the victor and so is anyone who will live trusting completely in Him.
A HIGHER CALLING
The world is a mess as it goes through this period of upheaval and terrible suffering. History once again repeats itself in the actions of mankind where people are manipulated and led into inflicting hurt upon others. Where people are ruled by their pride, their fears and their seeking to control or subjugate others. There is nothing new in this, sadly this is the history of mankind. The words of The Lord, Jesus, ring so true when He said the prince of darkness rules the world. Or when satan claimed all these kingdoms have been given unto him and to whomever he will give them to. Today it seems so obvious that there are those who satan has given the kingdoms to so that chaos and suffering can spread throughout the world. It seems as if a blanket of darkness is enveloping the world encouraged by some of those who rule. It is like a tinderbox waiting to explode into a far greater orgy of violence and evil. So many are being drawn into feelings of despair, losing hope and seeing little good in the future before them. It is these feelings the evil one and his servants on earth exploit to draw mankind deeper into the darkness and away from the light of God. Others are being deceived by evil through their faith in a belief system that causes many to do the most terrible sins and inflict horrendous suffering on people they see as non believers or who oppose their understanding of what God calls them to.
In these times many wonder where it will end and what can be done to change the world. For those who follow the Lord, Jesus, it should not be a time to despair but a time to hope,hope in The Lord. It should not be a time to give up on the world but a time to trust in The Lord, Jesus, that all will be well. It should not be a time to sit back and say there is nothing I can do it should be a time to say what can I do to change this? Realising it is by living their faith they can change this. It should not be a time for Christians to let the blanket of darkness be laid upon them by others but a time to stand firm in The lord, Jesus, knowing He will remove this blanket. It should not be a time of wondering what will be the spark that will set fire to the world and take it into major conflict but a time to let the spark of Jesus love enkindle a fire in our hearts and souls so that we become the lights through whom God disperses the dark in the world and leads mankind into a time of peace.
If Christians allow the world to trap them in their fears they will find it hard to be open to the grace, power and love of God. If Christians let themselves be lowered into the levels of darkness that satan is laying upon the world then the light of Christ will not find a place in their hearts. Those who follow Jesus have a higher calling, they are called by God to rise up and not be afraid of evil but instead to trust in The Lord completely. They are called not to listen to the deceptions of evil in the world but instead to listen to and live to the truth of THE WORD. They are called to pray intensely for all of mankind to be open to the true peace that is found in Christ, Our Lord. They are called to lift their heads high and not cower before the frequent attacks of others on their faith. The higher calling is to be true followers of Christ, to be saints walking on earth unafraid of what may happen at the hands of evil. Instead believing completely in what will happen in the hands of Our Lord, God and saviour, Jesus Christ. It is when the followers of The Lord, Jesus, do this that not only they but many others by their efforts will be lifted to higher levels of grace and find true peace in the loving heart of our God.
May God strengthen us all in our love of Him and of others so we can hear and answer that higher calling.
Christmas Message 2015
Dear Friends in Christ,
This Christmas it would be so easy to despair looking around the world and seeing the turmoil, the pain and suffering. It seems as if the prince of darkness is ruling the world. However, we should remember in this holy time that the Prince of Peace came to earth and shone His divine light into the darkness overcoming it and exposing truly how weak evil is. In the vulnerable infant Jesus the defeat of evil was assured. In the loving Lamb of Heaven victory was proclaimed. From the beginning of The Lord, Jesus, time on earth evil tried to destroy Him, first recorded through Herod who slaughtered the Holy Innocents. Yet, even though The Holy Child appeared helpless in truth it was evil that was helpless before Him and could do nothing to stop His walk to victory on the cross and in the resurrection.
As we ponder the coming of God to earth as man let us not forget the power of His love, love that He brought for all to overcome evil in their lives with if they so desire. Let us look to the Holy Child, Jesus, and see that in Him the terrible times we go through today will come to an end and His peace will reign supreme.
Christmas is a time where we can find the strength we need to live as the children of God, to live as sacrificial lambs, to live as loving people exposing the vulnerability of our love so that through our weak hearts the divine heart of love that is Jesus heart can be seen. So that in seeing His heart in us others may come to it in love and overcome the darkness in their lives. Let us not despair instead let us celebrate that the little child of Bethlehem came to embrace mankind in His love and that from the cradle He cried out offering mankind the comfort of knowing that in Him all will be well.
In this holy and blessed time let us unite with the angels of heaven singing out how great and glorious is our Lord and how wonderful is His love. Let us not be trapped in the misery of the world but set free in the joy of heaven and let all see that joy in us.
May you all have a Merry Christmas,
IS = It's satan
It's satan lying and murdering... in the name of God. Truly this is an insult to God. However, let us look beyond this and see what is happening in those who are serving satan in his evil work. These people who do this and follow this evil belief system are truly possessed by evil and we should respond to them as if it was a family member possessed by evil. We need to pray fervently for this evil to be removed from their souls and that they are converted to catholicism so they can find peace of heart and soul in the fullness of God's love in Jesus Christ, Our Lord.
I know many will say that prayer seems to be having little effect but in truth it is. Through praying for these poor souls evil is confronted in the spiritual realm by our love for God and for others and that love will defeat the hatred of evil. It is also extremely important we do not let hatred enter our minds and hearts for those who do such terrible and evil things in the name of God. We must focus on the love The Lord, Jesus, has for these people and pray that His love will possess their souls replacing the evil that is there. Remembering also that this evil will continue to be passed from generation to generation if we do not confront it in the right way.
It is essential we also go to adoration when possible and spend time with The Lord, offering this time for those possessed by evil through their belief to be freed from this slavery and to be filled with the presence of Jesus and be at peace in the love of Jesus, Our Lord. It is in adoration that the divine presence and the grace of God when offered by us, can through us, enter into the lives of the possessed. It is in adoration the light of divine love can pass through us to touch those in darkness we make the offering for. I ask all of you to make time, even if only a few minutes, to be in the presence of Our Lord offering this time for those doing the work of the evil one to be freed from this enslavement.
We must consider how their souls are suffering within and how they will suffer eternally if they do not break free from the evil one's grasp. I know that these people do the most disgusting and horrible things. I know they cause immense suffering for others. I know they bring chaos wherever they are. I know many believe they should be condemned to hell. This is understandable because of the evil they do. But we as followers of Christ must look to Our Lord in love and ask Him to be merciful, ask Him to remove the evil ones from the souls and lives of these people. Surely this is our duty? Isn't this what The Lord, Jesus, calls us to?
This is what the evil one tries to stop us doing for he knows this offering is more powerful than anything he can do. The evil one hates us doing this, it makes him howl in anger, scream at the pureness of the love we offer in truly following Christ.
Let us not despair. Let us not cower in the face of evil. Let us stand tall in the love of God. Let us hold our heads high as we pray fervently for these lost souls and let us truly imitate Christ in asking for their forgiveness and for this evil to end.
May God strengthen you all.
Catholic News Herald covered a prayer service by Alan Ames from a visit to Huntersville, NC during November 2015.
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The below link will take you directly to a 4 minute YouTube recorded during the healing service at Mass.
Oct. 13, 2015
Holiness can be achieved by all people who truly seek it. However, this means letting go of the world and holding firmly on to heaven every day and in everything. This for many seems too hard as the comforts of the world and the things they have or the positions they hold seem to fill their lives and hold primary importance to them. Some believe that it is these things of the world that will bring them fullness of life and happiness. How foolish that is for the things of the world are temporary and all a person has can be taken from them in one moment by the world and are of no benefit in death and after death. It is when people seek to live holy lives that are focused not on self or the world but focused on God and heaven that all is put into true perspective and the value of things of the world becomes so much less. It is in the seeking to be holy that peace enters the heart and joy resides within the soul for the holy way opens a person to the eternal presence of God in every moment and the love, joy, peace and security that is within His presence. When people are created they are created by God to be holy and to live lives that will bring them to heaven in the divine love and presence of Jesus, Christ, the Son of God. Some prefer however to ignore or deny this truth and accept the deceptions of evil that say there is no God and no heaven that mankind is nothing more than an evolved animal with no eternal home. Some choose to believe the deception that it does not matter how you live still heaven will be yours that there is no consequences for your actions all are destined for heaven. Some refuse to believe in hell for how could a loving God send people to hell? It is these people who reject what God has created them to be and refuse to answer His call to holiness. In their foolishness they cannot see how living for the world and self, how not believing in the truth of Gods creative love and in His image in mankind, how not living as God created mankind to has brought suffering and pain into the world. Has brought evil to rule in many hearts and lives so that instead of being holy the people by their actions and beliefs become unholy. Yet, when so many look to the lives of holy people living in the world at times among them such as Pope John Paul II and Mother Teresa they find comfort and hope in these people. They see the goodness and are touched by it. The soul within knows and recognizes the sanctity of the person and is touched by it. The goodness they see is seeking a home within them, it is reaching out from the holy ones to bless the hearts and souls of others with Gods grace. That is why they find comfort and hope, that is why they feel happy and peaceful looking upon the lives of the holy. These are the feelings that come with Gods grace and these are the feelings that can stay with people if they so desire. All people can let God into their lives if they choose to or they can deny God in their lives if they choose to. So many make the wrong choice and because they deny God their lives are confused, uncertain, lonely, loveless, sorrowful, fearful, painful and have turmoil within them. If only people would choose God and the holy way He calls people to it would be so different. Lives would be happy, peaceful, secure, loving, caring and certain of the future that awaits them in Gods heavenly kingdom. There would be no fear for people would know God is with them and they would know all is well in their lives. Mankind has a history of turning from God and the results of that are plain to see everywhere with the world that is not a paradise but for many is a form of hell. It is time to turn back to God. To seek to live the holy way of Jesus, Christ, Our Lord. It is time for mankind to live as it was created to live; for God, in God and with God. When mankind does this the world will become holy, it will become the paradise it was meant to be for it will be the home of the holy. The veil will be removed as heaven will be exposed to all and the Lord, Jesus, will reign supreme.
Sept 15, 2015
Once again in Australia an elected leader has been replaced by a party vote while Prime Minister of the country. It seems the will of the people is held in disregard. No matter what party it is whoever led it into and won an election for it should serve the full term without being replaced unless of course due to ill health or willingly resigning. The party was elected under this leader and usually the peoples votes are influenced by who leads a party. If a leader is changed for political reasons then it should be mandatory that a new election is called so that the people can decide who leads not just a few self- centred politicians.
The difficulty now presented is that while Prime Minister Tony Abbott made some unfortunate policy choices he did try to hold onto some Catholic values ie: opposing same sex marriage. His replacement however while professing to be catholic supports same sex marriage. So now there are the two major parties in Australia opposing catholic teaching. How is it possible for me to vote for either of them? In truth I cannot and therefore will not fill out a voting slip at the next election.
This however does not solve the problem facing Christians in many countries where major political parties do not hold any or very few Christian beliefs. Today it is hard to find someone to vote for as nearly all seem to embrace worldly ways and ignore heavenly ways. Even many of those at times who profess to hold dear the true values of Christianity change once they are in power.
What then can we do to change things? If we look at how various interest groups have infiltrated political parties to influence them to favour what they desire and imitate what they have done without sinning and being deceitful we can do as they did and change political parties but for the good not for the worse. It needs a long term approach but Christians should start now. We need to encourage those of true belief to join political parties so that when it comes to selecting who will be candidates in particular areas in time those of good morals can be chosen. It is important that when Christians join the parties the numbers are sufficient to have a major influence that is why it is important to get as many to join as possible. We also need to pray that those who do this do not lose sight of their goal of bringing sanity back into politics. We need to be as cunning as foxes but as gentle as lambs so as to take back the moral ground in politics. It is no good complaining and doing nothing we need to act. Prayer, the Sacraments and following church teaching will strengthen us to endure but endure we must otherwise it will only get worse.
I travel to many countries and see the despair in the hearts of catholics as their governments try to lead them down the wrong path. Let us not despair let us do something. We can change things. It will take hard work and a long time but let us start now for if we do not future generations will suffer at the hands of governments that will enforce anti-Christian laws even more than happens today.
our time is done
This life we lead on earth can be so painful at times when we look around and see the foolishness of mankind and the evil that people embrace. No wonder some of the saints longed for God to take them from this life for the agony within at the offences committed before God in the world and the separation of mankind from God because of them truly hurts the soul that loves God. Yet these same saints knew they had to remain on this planet until Gods will was completed in their lives so that His merciful love could touch the hearts and souls of others and bring others to reject the wrongs in the world in their embrace of God. These saints, through their holiness and acceptance of Gods will that they remain on earth to be the vessels of His divine love, brought many others to sainthood as well.
Today so many of the followers of The Lord, Jesus, live despairing at the evil in the world and long for the day when they can go home to heaven and leave the turmoil and darkness of sin in the world behind. However, we should learn from the example of the holy ones who accepted their crosses, accepted that they were here by Gods grace to help change the world by His divine grace and accepted to persevere serving God on earth until He decided when they should come home to Him in heaven.
The history of mankind is full of pain and suffering because of the sinful ways so many embrace and live to but it is also full of good and holy people sent by God to change the world for the better. In The Lord, Jesus, many are called to be the saints of today that make the world a better place. That through them His grace ease the pain and suffering in the world. That through them His grace confronts the evil in the world so that by His love through them the grasp of evil on mankind will be weakened. As we struggle through this life on earth let us do as the saints before us did by holding firmly onto The Lord, Jesus. By accepting that God has placed us here in this time so that His will can be done in and through our lives at this precise moment. By accepting the crosses that come with confronting evil by never turning away from the crosses or rejecting them but embracing them in the love of God and others.
Today as governments, societies, other belief systems try to force their will, their immorality and their sinful ways upon the followers of Christ let us remember that in the past the same happened to many of the saints and let us imitate them in standing firm in the truth of Christ and never accept the world and its ways before God and His ways. Let us thank God for the opportunity of being here in this time so we can show His love to all and let us ask Him to keep us here on earth until His holy will is completed in our lives.
God love you,
Within The Church May 31, 2015
Mankind contains within it the sinful for we are all sinful. There are those who commit, murders, rape, incest, paedophilia, theft, violence and who are greedy, selfish, immoral and distorters of the truth. Yet within mankind are many good people who try to live lives of goodness, kindness. love, generosity, peace and compassion. Many of the sinners are those who are trying to overcome their weaknesses and failings and trying to be good people. So often this is a lifelong struggle and needs constant vigilance to overcome that which would draw people into the darkness of evil.
It is the same within the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church for the church is made up of people, it is full of mankind and of mankind's weaknesses. So while it is extremely disappointing when those in the church succumb to their weaknesses it should be expected that some at times will not be able to overcome their failings just as many outside the church cannot. Sadly just as in the rest of the world terrible and disgusting crimes will happen within the church and there is no excuse for this and it is impossible to justify. However, to condemn the church for this and to declare that the belief of the church is worthless or hypocritical is truly a misunderstanding and distortion of what is happening.
The Church never accepts or encourages sin it always encourages people to be good, to aspire for holiness. The church tries to inspire people to be better as it wants to raise people up in the grace of God to be people of love, peace, kindness, gentleness and truth. The church reaches out to sinners not condemning them but inviting them to be part of the church so as to find the right way to live in God's love. In that love the church explains what is wrong in the eyes of God and what is the right way to live and tries to lead all to true life. Even when people fail the church does not give up on them it is there reaching out in true love. Some in the world cannot accept the church's right to state what it believes is right and what is wrong yet believe they themselves have the right to say what people should or should not believe or accept. Some try to enforce by law on the church what it should believe or what it can say is right or wrong. That surely in itself is hypocrisy.
The church even though it is full of weak sinners must and should continue to proclaim the truth of Christ and never change it to suit the whims of mankind for if it did then it would no longer be the catholic church. It should continue to reach out to all and invite all to be part of it but this does not mean it should accept the wrongs of the world when in doing so, it should do quite the reverse. The church should also never try to hide the problems of those who have committed heinous crimes while part of the church but should openly confront them and do what is necessary to overcome them. The Holy Spirit within the church guides and leads the faithful to face up to the wrongs committed and to do everything to put right that which is wrong. Thankfully after some painful mistakes the church is coming to terms with this.
While at times the rest of the world may not be happy in the way the church handles these matters (sometimes justifiably) the way the world handles them is often far worse. Governments, police forces, politicians, judges and society at times close their eyes to serious offences before them often hiding these crimes when it suits their agenda, or when they do not want to offend people of a certain belief system, or when they do not want to believe something exposed is true. Mankind also chooses at various times to change what is right and what is wrong, what is sinful and what is not, what is illegal and what is not. How then can there ever be true justice? The truth never changes it is just mankind's understanding of it that does.
Society so often condemns the church for its wrongs but then so easily can justify or ignore its own wrongs. Even those who profess to be part of the church can do this for they are part of society. So many within the church separate themselves from the church and God but do not recognise this because they are too busy following society and its pack of baying wolves. So many who profess to be Catholic openly oppose Catholic teaching and accept that which is so obviously sinful and evil but cannot see that by doing this they are no longer Catholic. Some professed Catholics become enemies of the Catholic church frequently attacking and condemning it. Yet the church always calls out in forgiveness to these people and tries to help where possible. The church opens its arms in love to even those who would destroy it doing so in imitation of Christ. The church does not condemn but offers forgiveness and hopes to bring all to forgive it too for the wrongs done within the church. As it does so often it is ridiculed, condemned and mocked. Yet the church does not and will not stop proclaiming the love of God in His church for mankind. Nothing can stop this and nothing will. Even if in proclaiming the truth of God's love makes the rest of the world uncomfortable the church cannot stop proclaiming the truth as that is what it is here for, that is why The Lord formed the church, to do as He did in proclaiming the truth. Sadly many do not understand this and do not understand that the truth cannot ever be overcome and as the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church contains the truth of God despite the weaknesses and failings of people within it the church cannot ever be overcome. Let us thank God for the church and pray that those of us who are within it do not succumb to our weaknesses.
This Pentecost it would be easy for Catholics to despair as they see a large number of people in Ireland vote in the support of what is intrinsically wrong and support that which opposes the will of the Holy Spirit through the teachings of the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. It is important to see what is happening here in the timing of this vote on the eve of Pentecost. Here is evil trying to distract people from the Holy Spirit and the celebration of the birthday of the church and evil trying to offend God through those people who are unwittingly at times manipulated by evil. The evil one is also trying to sow seeds of doubt in the victory of Our Lord, Jesus, over evil and for people to lose hope in The Lord. However, we should not despair, we should not lose hope for no matter how bad it may seem, no matter how foolish people are and no matter how people reject God and His teachings the victory is assured. All faithful Catholics should hold firmly on to this truth and should never lose hope and never despair for God has all in hand and at the appropriate time in the appropriate way He will show the power of His love in the victory of The Lord, Jesus, on the cross and in the resurrection.
A Resurrected People April 5, 2015
The Lord rose in love so that all people can be raised up in Him to find eternal life in heaven. This is possible for all people and all it takes is the decision to follow The Lord, Jesus, instead of following the world. However, many people find this hard to do because the world has a firm hold on so many. It is an important part of the lives of those who follow Christ to help others make the right decision and help them be open to The Lord. If a person truly wants eternal life in heaven they should pray for the grace to let go of the world and hold onto The Lord. It is impossible to hold onto both and a person must decide what they want to do and should be aware of the results of their decision. That is why it is so important that those who do hold onto Jesus help others to find the grace and the strength to do the same. Help others see the importance of reaching out to God in prayer and asking for the grace and help they need. The world today has brought many not to even consider prayer so many do not pray except when they are in difficult circumstances and they are desperate. Prayer for many is seen as a last resort when it should be the first resort. Prayer is an essential part of life but many do not recognise this and see it as unnecessary and so deny themselves the benefits of opening their hearts and souls to The Lord in love. Prayer is a powerhouse of grace available to all but sadly not all believe this or even think about it. The Lord's followers should be praying for others to start praying. Christ's followers should be explaining to others the benefits they receive in prayer. The Lord's followers should be a living prayer that brings others to pray.
Sometimes people do not follow God in love because the world has led them into lives focused on self and into lives often empty of true love so they do not know what love is. The Lord's followers by being examples of God's love should seek to open the eyes of people to the truth of love and the true joy of love. To show people by their example that living in love of Christ is not a miserable life but a joy filled one. Not a life of denying self but fulfilling self in Him. Not a life of boredom but one of true excitement living in the anticipation of a life far greater than the life on earth, a life in heaven with God. Not a life without its troubles but a life that even though it still has troubles remains at peace throughout any struggle, any cross and any suffering. Not a life of turmoil and confusion but one of clarity and certainty in Him. Not a life of feeling lost and alone but one of always knowing God is with you and that no one who follows The Lord will be lost. Not a life of harshness, strictness and demands but one of tenderness, gentle encouraging advice that asks not demands that people do their best to live to Jesus Christ's way.
It is time for The Lord's followers to rise up to become a wave of love washing over the world as they live lives being examples of Christ. To raise up all they do in life as an offering of love through which those who do not know The Lord can come to know Him. It is time for the world to be lifted out of the darkness that covers it into the light of His love. This may have a heavy price for some but it is a price all who love Our Lord, Jesus, should be willing to pay so that their brothers and sisters on earth can be raised in Him to eternal life in heaven. It may be a life that brings some suffering but then it brings great rewards. It may be a life that at times seems to be achieving little but truly achieves a lot. Many thought that The Lord had failed as He suffered, as He hung on the cross and as He died but in truth The Lord had succeeded in overcoming evil. As He rose from the dead The Lord showed this truth to the world and offered a resurrected life in Him to all. Now is the time for His followers to rise up and show His truth in their lives and succeed in bringing souls to The Lord and to His eternal kingdom of love in heaven.
My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Once more the holiest time of the year is with us and in this time God calls us to reflect on the sacrificial love shown on the cross by His Son, Jesus. Our minds should be focused on the great love shown by The Lord and the great mystery of His love that God would allow His only Son to lower Himself to suffer and die for those The Father has created. That God would allow His creations to abuse, torture and put to death His Son so that His creations could find salvation in and through The Lord, Jesus. This is love beyond human understanding but it is the love that is eternal, heavenly and divine and the love that we can feel and experience by the grace of God. That is why it is important to ask the Holy Spirit to lead each one of us deep into the mystery of divine love in this holy week so that we can become more open to that love, which though we will never fully understand it in this life on earth, we may be filled with that love and become examples of that love.
The grace we need is the grace to look beyond self and the world and to look to the cross where The Lord, Jesus, cries out, This is how much I love you. To look to the cross and see the responsibility we all bear for the crucifixion of Our Lord and accept that responsibility asking the Lord to forgive us for making Him suffer for our sins. Realizing that it was not only those at the time who crucified Christ but us too through our sins for He carried all the sins of mankind from the beginning to the end on the cross with Him. Then in those words of divine love through the enormous pain He carried for us He called out. Father, forgive them for they know not what they do. We in response should be forever giving thanks that The Lord for no other reason than He loves mankind suffered so much and sacrificed His all for us.
This holy week is a time where we should be calling out in imitation of Christ as we see the sin in our lives and in the world, Lord, forgive us even though we know what we do and forgive those who do not know what they do.
We should seek in this holy week the grace to change our lives so that we in imitation of Our Lord, Jesus, can embrace the cross for those who will not, that we can carry some of the burden of the sins of others who do not know what they are doing because they have been blinded by the world, so that in Jesus, Our Divine Lord of love and forgiveness others may find salvation. We have the blessed opportunity to cry out to our families, to all we know and to all of mankind, This is how much I love you, in the crosses we carry for them. So that through us they may find the way to Christ, Our Lord.
This holy week is a time to truly look to the Lord and His supreme sacrifice and ask for the grace that we too may become sacrificial offerings of love to the Father in Heaven for our brothers and sisters who are lost in self and the world. Our Lord is the sacrificial Lord, His way is the way of sacrificial love may it be our way too if we truly want to follow Him to the eternal love that resides in Him in heaven.
May this holy time be a time of grace for you all.
Sometimes fear stops people from seeing the truth of Gods love for their fears can become a barrier between them and God. It may be their fear that God will judge them sternly because of the sins they have and do commit and sins they will not stop committing. The continuing sin clouds their soul and closes it in small and large ways to God. Some people at times believe they know how God will judge them and because of their guilt think it will not be a good judgement. There are those who rather than stop what they do that is wrong instead look away from God thinking that there is little hope for them and they should expect the worst. They forget all they have to do is stop doing what is wrong and turn to God in true repentance and that He will be merciful. Sadly their guilt is a barrier than prevents them from knowing Gods love. Some despair believing hell is their destination and in their despair give up on life and on themselves. This can lead to depression that then blocks the persons vision even more as now mostly what is in their mind is thoughts of self and their situation. Sometimes people become afraid to love as they may have been hurt in love before and do not want to be hurt again or they feel no one would ever truly love them because they see themselves as unlovable. All should know they are loved by God. This denial of love is a denial of God who is love and a denial of the creation of love that each one is. That denial closes the door to the fullness of love in God.
Then there are those who have a belief in God The Father and in The Lord Jesus and in The Holy Spirit, but are afraid to share their belief with others because of fear of rejection, of being made fun of, as being seen as a religious nut or being hurt by others because of their faith. This is seen in the world today where so many Christians do not share their faith with others because society in general seems to be anti-Christian and there are groups or other faiths that might respond violently. So many do not even express their support of those who do stand up for their Christianity and are abused, hurt, enslaved and even killed for their belief in The Lord, Jesus. Often they join in the attacks and agree with the attacks on those with strong faith because their own faith is weak and they have accepted the wrongs of the world into their lives. Some put country, politics, unfair and biased laws and nationalistic pride before their faith and sometimes do so because that is what all their family and friends do.
Some Christians defend other belief systems that oppose what Christ, Our Lord, said to mankind while they do not defend their own faith. One a faith that the book they hold sacred and their founder says women are less than men and are on the same level as domestic animals; kill those who want to leave their faith. Kill, enslave or subjugate those who will not convert and which also wants to convert the world by force of arms; do not tolerate other religions; do not believe in freedom of speech; kill those who blaspheme. Yet, because the followers of this faith Islam speak so often of peace many ignore the truth of what is happening in the world around them before their very eyes. Large parts of the Christian population and other populations in the Middle East and Africa have fled while many have been killed or made slaves and treated very badly. Christian churches are desecrated and destroyed. Sometimes excuses are made for these bad beliefs and behaviors or they are ignored as people are afraid if they offend they might be targeted by some of the followers of this faith or because they are afraid that they might not be politically correct in speaking out or may be called racist. Some say that most people in this belief system are peace loving people. Yes, there are many who are, and thank God for them, they are good people trying to live good lives, trying to live peaceful lives and respecting others but also there are some who are not. Often I hear governments, media outlets and many Christians saying it is only a small minority that are extreme. It is not a small minority but a large minority that sympathize and or support those who do extreme actions in the name of their faith.
This is borne out by some countries like Pakistan, Saudi Arabia where if the prophet is seen as being offended there are mass demonstrations demanding the death of the offenders. Some Muslim countries execute Christians who have been accused of offending the prophet or the faith often with no evidence this has happened. It is written in the law that if you blaspheme the penalty is death. Other countries whose populations support violent Islamic movements which survive because of that support. Afghanistan is an example of that where there is strong support in various parts of the country for the Taliban. After a long war it seems very possible that the Taliban could be governing again in the future.
As followers of Christ, Christians are meant to stand firmly, lovingly and truthfully against that which is so obviously wrong but because of fear many do not. Fear rules the lives of many Christians and yet The Lord, Jesus, said many times do not be afraid.
Sometimes a response to fear is violence in the hope of removing what people are afraid of and this can lead to war between countries. Use of violence never removes fear it just replaces one fear with another. War on earth is not the answer to confronting that which we are afraid wants to destroy us. We as Christians are called to a spiritual war not a physical one. We are called to pray for the conversion of those who do not know the love of Christ. We are supposed to be fighting in the war that goes on beyond the physical where evil in the spiritual realm is trying to infect souls and lead them from God. While it may seem as nothing is happening as we pray and the violence continues in the world there is a lot occurring. Through our prayers evil is being confronted and is being overcome in our love of Christ. The violence in the world is a response to this as the evil one thinks by fear in our lives on earth he can distract us from the spiritual battle. He knows he is defeated but he wants to hurt as many people as he can eternally and he knows our prayers are saving souls by the grace of God. This is what he fears, our persevering in prayer and in trusting in The Lord, Jesus. This is what he wants to stop for he knows the suffering in lives on earth (terrible at times) is temporary while the suffering in hell is eternal. He wants all to suffer eternally in his domain of hell. It is in this spiritual battle where we persevere with our prayers for peace and for the conversion of others that he is losing and this he hates. So his hatred is poured out on the world through those he can get to do his will. Let us not be cowered by evils actions in the world. Let us all stand firm in our love of God and of others as warriors of faith who fight for the eternal souls of our brothers and sisters around the world. Our weapons are the love of God and of others; the Sacraments, Holy Scripture, prayer, forgiveness and obedience to Gods will no matter what the cost.
The battle is hard but the gentleness of our love, the tenderness of our faith and the strength of our hearts united in the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary will be victorious in overcoming all evil and all fear.
In this time of the year as the birth of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, is celebrated around the world, it can be difficult to find joy because of the terrible suffering and events in the world and the misery that comes with them. However bad the world may be, we should try to remember and focus on the fact that God came to earth as man bringing the offer of peace and salvation to all. It is when we focus on this and pray from our hearts and souls that the Prince of Peace will reign supreme in all lives that we will find joy in the certainty that no matter how bad the world may get The Lord, Jesus, will bring the victory of His eternal love to mankind. Let us not despair over the evil in the world instead let us celebrate that God in His divine love came to earth to rescue mankind and that He will save us from the fires of hell. The baby Jesus, so small, so vulnerable, so sweet and so tender looked out upon the world as He lay in the manger and called out to mankind Do not fear, I am, here with you and for you. Today He is still with us and here for us. Today He looks out upon the world and calls out to all mankind to live in peace in Him and He asks all of His followers to bring His message of peace and love into the turmoil of the world so that through them mankind can find sanctuary and salvation in Him. This Christmas let us be the messengers of peace. Let us be the bringers of love. Let us be the wise men bringing the knowledge to all that God is with us, God loves us and God will not let evil triumph. Truly this is the joyful message the world needs to hear and be reminded of.
May you and your families have a Blessed and Holy Christmas full of joy and peace.
In the world today many are looking around for the coming of an anti-Christ and some are looking at other countries and seeing them as evil empires while forgetting to look at their own countries.
There is an evil empire in the world and all the governments, countries and populations who support evil are part of it. The governments, populations and countries that promote or accept abortion, contraception, population control, immorality, homosexual life styles and homosexual marriages, declare certain times of the year as time to celebrate LGBT lives, promote selfishness and self-centeredness, greed and ignore the plight of the needy. The ones, governmental, atheistic or so-called religious, who persecute Christians and others for their beliefs. Those who terrorise and slaughter others because of their different beliefs. Those who say convert or die. Those who believe in slavery or treat one gender as inferior to another. The governments who use their power to subdue others to their will. The ones who take advantage of the poor and weak by exploiting them and their resources for selfish reasons. The ones who ignore the calls for help of those lost and without homes or countries to call their own and to be safe in.
There is an evil empire all around and there are many anti-Christs within it, for anyone who leads others into that which opposes the will of Christ is an anti-Christ. Any governments and peoples who attack those who are trying to live as best they can the way of Christ, they are all anti-Christ. The sad thing is that today many who profess to be Christian, profess to be Catholic are easily blinded into being part of this evil empire. They become so blind at times that they join in the chorus of hatred that spews forth in attacks on those who try to live the Christian way. Whole nations are drawn into the vitriol of evil and led into joining with the darkness of evil in calling for the destruction of leaders of nations and peoples who want to live the right way and reject the immorality of evil. They listen foolishly and follow blindly their own leaders who say they must maintain peace by force of arms, which in itself is a contradiction. The leaders who will attack other countries because they will not bend to their own immoral way of life. Attack those who stand up for Christ in refusing to accept abortion, birth and population control, homosexual life as an acceptable alternative to the heterosexual life refusing to let this be taught in schools and encourage people to live good lives.
These evil ones in the world scream loudly whenever anyone stands firm in Christ and will do anything to stop them. It should be so obvious to all who love Christ as to what is happening in the world but unfortunately it is not because so many have been almost brainwashed into accepting that their societies way of life is right and is the best for all even if it has to be forced upon others.
Of course there are many people living in these nations swamped by evil who are trying to change things, who are trying to live to the way of Christ and who do see the wrong that is happening. It is through these people grace is granted to change lives and souls. However, these good people are in the minority in many countries and are themselves attacked and silenced by those in power. These people are made to seem as if they are intolerant extremists when in fact it is society that is intolerant and extreme in many cases. Evil has covered many with a blanket of confusion that leads away from Christ and into the depths of darkness.
In the world today evil has a firm hand and that is why there are so many conflicts, so much pain and suffering and so much inequality. The world is a mess; just what evil wants.
Instead of looking around and waiting for an anti-Christ to come Christians should see the anti-Christ all around. Instead of waiting for the end times and being fearful of them Christians should be standing up and declaring the love of Christ to all so that the evil empire in the world can be overcome by the love of Christ. Christians should be standing up and calling for true morality to be embraced by societies.
Instead of being silent when other nations and peoples who promote Christs ways and morals are attacked we should be defending them not joining in the attacks because of nationalistic pride or because everyone else is. Christians are meant to be different, we are meant to defend the truth of Christ wherever that may be and not defend the deceit of the world.
We as Christians are meant to be the ones who in the love of Christ overcome the powers of darkness in the world not embrace them. The Lord, Jesus, gives His followers the opportunity to be sacrificial vessels of love through whom He can work to change the world. He calls each one who loves Him to live proclaiming and defending His truth and defending those others who do the same. We must not be blinded by race, ethnicity, country or cultural differences. Christians must stand united as one love in our one Lord. The Lord, Jesus, gives His followers the opportunity to be sanctified by living in Him and for Him just as the apostles and the martyrs did. He calls each one of us to holiness by standing tall in Him not shrinking in the assault of evil in the world. The followers of The Lord, should never forget our Catholic Church is a sacrificial church and we as part of the church in obedience to the Pope and the hierarchy should be prepared to sacrifice our all for Christ and for others. This has always been The Lord, Jesus call and if we respond to it eternal glory in heaven is ours. The gates of hell cannot stand against the church and the one who sits on the throne of St. Peter and holds the keys of heaven in his hands. It cannot stand against us as we are the church. However, we as the church must stand against the hell on earth that exists in the evil empire spreading its darkness. If we do victory is ours, it is assured.
Now we are given this golden opportunity to show how strong our faith is, how strong our love of God is and how strong our desire is for all to be saved. Let us willingly sacrifice and not fear doing so. Let us willingly give our lives for Christ in whatever way He calls us to. Let us not be ruled by fear but by the grace of Gods love. Let us truly be Catholic and be as true as the apostles and martyrs of the church before us have been.
Many people search for the truth and cannot seem to find it. Many are blinded by the deceptions, distortions and deceits of the world, governments and media. People often prefer to accept anything they are told by those in authority or with influence as truth when often it is not. For Catholics the truth should be obvious it is before them in their faith the truth is Jesus, The Lord, and all truth resides in Him and with Him. While it may be difficult to see and understand this at times if a person follows their Catholic faith the truth will become clearer and the deceptions apparent.
To listen to the world before The Lord and His Catholic Church is truly foolish but many have been blinded into putting the deceit of evil in the world before the truth of God. Some clear examples are:
It is not only with these issues of morality that people are deceived, I remember when I lived in England in the seventies and there was an oil crisis, it was boldly declared by governments around the world that oil would run out within 20-30 years. We all listened and believed it and the governments increased the price of fuel saying it was to reduce usage and save the dwindling supply of oil. How foolish we were! Or when we were told that when the computer age arrives people will have more time for leisure. No mention of the jobs that would be lost or people earning less so some need to have 2 jobs to survive and of course so many work harder and longer than ever, if they can find work.
Deceit is rampant in the world and sadly many people just listen to what they are told and accept it as truth without even questioning what they are told. The fruit of this has been lives lost in wars, societies changing for the worse, people paying more for goods and a growing apathy among people. Sometimes in the media I see they state one thing as truth then a short while later state the opposite as truth. I find it hard to believe what I read in newspapers or see on the news because listening carefully to what they say it is clear to see the agenda they have and often the truth is not on the agenda.
The truth when lived to builds lives and societies, increases happiness and gives people a reason for hope. This is what Jesus, Our Lord does, for He is the truth and we must live to His truth and put that before all else if we want the world to improve. We should listen to the words of the Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church before listening to the words of the world, for the truth of the Church is the truth of Christ. Will we do that, I wonder? Because so many prefer to ignore the Church and do not recognise the cost of doing that. To be a true follower of Christ, He must be first in all things and we must listen to Him above all others recognising when the Church speaks it is Christ, Himself speaking to us through the Church.
The foolish put the world first the wise put God first. Be wise.
How sad it is to look around the world today and see so many wars and acts of terrorism. Mankind seems to embrace over and over the shedding of blood and the taking of lives without regard for the wonderful and precious gift God has given in each person. Yes even in the worst sinner who may not live the gift the way God intends but still their life is a gift that is God given and not to be taken by man.
Unfortunately today the world seems so willing to follow the ways of violence which are not the ways of Jesus, Our Lord. People kill one another for political differences, for racial differences, for religious differences, to protect what is theirs, to enforce their will upon others. So many excuses are given for the intentional taking of life...but before God none are valid. Looking at the life of Christ, Our Lord and Saviour it is plain to see how God wants mankind to be. Yet people are so blind to the truth of Christ, even those who profess to follow Him.
At the time He lived on Earth Israel was occupied by the Romans who treated the Jews very badly and even crucified Our Lord. Yet, not once did He call for people to rise up and take the lives of others. He never called people to violence it was the reverse He called people to forgive and to love. With all the power of Heaven in His hands He submitted willingly and without responding in anger to those who abused Him. Instead He called out His forgiveness.
How easily His followers forget this.
He showed in His life no political cause, no religious difference, no racial difference, no oppression was worth taking the life of another. He showed that it was in submitting willingly and lovingly to any cross that God's will is done. He never forced His will upon others and yet many of His so called followers are ready to take the lives of others so that their will reigns supreme.
There is a symphony of evil in the world today so often played by those who profess to love the Prince of Peace. A symphony that the evil one listens to in glee and laughs at how foolish mankind can be in destroying one another.
It is time for a symphony of love and forgiveness to be played in the world. It is time to stop killing one another and to stop slaughtering. What God wants is mercy...let us be merciful. What God wants is love...let us be loving. What God wants is forgiveness...let us be forgiving. What God wants is for people to respect the gift of life...let us do that. If not we do not please God we please the evil one and surely we do not want to do that.
Good triumphs in love. Let us bring love to all we meet so that in turn they may bring love to those they meet and a symphony of love emanates from the world not one of hatred.
May God's peace be in your hearts, minds and souls in every moment of your lives.
God love you,
Let us join in prayer for peace in the Ukraine.
It is a great shame of Christianity that Christian is killing Christian, that a so called Christian government bombards it's own citizens killing men, women and children and that independence fighters kill those who oppose their independence. There is nothing Christian in any of these acts for they are disgraceful.
My heart breaks to see so much suffering, so much hatred and so many remaining quiet to what is happening. How can Christians declare how wonderful is their faith when some behave this way and others do so little to stop it. What example is set before the world? An example that says while Christians declare to follow the Prince of Peace they ignore His call for love, forgiveness and peace.
Let us pray that all involved in this conflict, regardless of politics, open their hearts to The Lord, Jesus, and actually live as He asks; peacefully.
A person who loves God will always do their best to love others even though at times it may be hard to do so because of the bad behaviour of others. However, just as Christ, Our Lord, did and does it is important to love all and in that love forgive bad behaviour, without accepting it.
The Lord, Jesus, loves even the worst of sinners and so must we try to, even though at times the terrible things people do makes it easier to be angry with them, reject them and condemn them. In our human weakness we so easily can forget how God still loves these people and how so must we. The evil in other peoples lives can so easily draw good people into bad thoughts about them and in doing so can lead the good into evil. Evil is infectious and the only way to stop the infection spreading is the way Jesus, Our Lord, showed mankind in His life; it is the way of love and forgiveness. These are powerful weapons against evil which evil fears.
It is in love of God and of fellow man forgiveness becomes an expression of that love and becomes a force for good that stops bad infecting the mind, heart and soul. From the cross Our Suffering Lord, Jesus, set an example of loving and forgiving unto death. This is the example we as His followers must imitate. From the cross, The Lord, Jesus, overcame all evil and defeated every evil throughout time and eternity. No evil could stand before His divine love and forgiveness.
In our lives it is the same even though at times it may not seem so. Sometimes as we love those doing bad nothing seems to change and we can so easily get frustrated and ask why isnt God doing something to change the situation. In truth God is, it is just that we so often do not see or understand what is happening just as the Jews did not understand the victory of Our Lord, Jesus, on the cross at the time. It was only later mankind began to see and understand what happened on the cross and the effect of the loving sacrifice of our Saviour. When we offer love and forgiveness in the most difficult situations what we often do not see is what is happening in the spiritual realm where the love we show confronts the evil ones assailing the person who may be trapped in doing bad. Our love united in the love of God is a sword of light cutting through the darkness weakening and wounding the evil ones. Even though we may not see the immediate effects of this evil experiences it and cowers at the power of our love.
So often in the physical realm the effects are not seen for some time as it may be much later when little changes begin to happen in the lives of those doing wrong. Then those little changes can lead onto much bigger ones. However, even if no change is apparent for many years or at all, be assured that the love shown will be remembered when the people doing wrong face judgement and The Lord takes into account the love and forgiveness we have shown to these people. It will be by our offerings of love and forgiveness united in The Lord, Jesus love and forgiveness that mercy will be shown to many. How could The Lord not take into account the love we have shown to these people and how could He not forgive as He asks us to? So we should persevere in our efforts looking ahead in hope and trust in the Lord that He will right what is wrong in lives. That He will even to the worst sinner be merciful. Evil knows the power of love and fears it that is why the evil one tries to infect minds with thoughts of anger, bitterness, hatred, revenge and unforgiveness. The evil one tries hard to lead people away from loving and forgiving as each time a person does so the evil one sees the victory of Jesus before him in that person's life.
Knowing the power of true love I ask daily for The Lord to help me love and forgive. I often fail as my pride leads me into bad thoughts of others but when it does the Holy Spirit always reminds me of how evil is trying to stop me loving and why. The Holy Spirit gives me the grace to return to good thoughts and to keep focused on Gods love. It is then I feel within me the certainty of the victory of love and forgiveness over evil as I see The Lord, Jesus, on the cross before me crying out to even the worst of sinners in love and forgiveness. I realize then why the evil one is trying to draw me into these thoughts, they are hooks by which evil hopes to catch me and draw my soul into the darkness and be victorious over me. I pray each day with a broken heart that even the most evil people are shown mercy knowing sadly that some will not accept the love and forgiveness of The Lord, Jesus, and will pay a high price in eternity for not doing so.
Let us all unite in prayer that we can truly be loving and forgiving and that through our love of Christ, Our Lord, even the most evil will open their hearts to God and accept the love offered by Him and by those who love and follow The Lord.
Alan visited Kenya February 2nd - 9th, here are photos from his talk in Thika, Kenya.
In this holy time we are reminded by The Lord, that it is life eternal people should focus on and not the temporary life on Earth. While our Earthly life is important, for it is by the way we live this life that we reach the eternal glory of Heaven or not, it should be lived with a focus on the life to come in Christ, Our Lord. What good is this life if we live it in worldly ways, in self and away from God and do not reach heaven? Surely then our lives have been a failure regardless of what we have achieved in the world. Success in life on earth should be measured by whether or not we reach heaven, not by what we achieve on earth. Our lives are meant to be ones pleasing to God even if that means displeasing the world. This is what The Lord, shows to all those who will open their hearts and eyes to see. His focus was on heaven and on pleasing The Father in Heaven. His desire was not to please the world but to help it by gently guiding mankind along the path to heaven even though this would cost His life.
The Lord, gave His all to do this, all of Himself and held nothing back even giving His last breath in love of mankind. The Lord, Jesus, set an example for mankind to follow; the example of true love. We, as His followers, are supposed to be focused on heaven not on the world and self.
We, as His followers, are supposed to be living lives pleasing to God regardless of what that may cost. We, as His followers, are supposed to be prepared to give our all for God and for fellow man in love. In doing this we imitate Our Lord, Jesus, becoming by His grace guiding lights in the dark leading mankind to God in love. If we do not how can we claim to follow Him?
Just as The Lord, Jesus, overcame the powers of darkness by His sacrifice we too can overcome the darkness in our lives by giving ourselves completely to Him and for Him. Many today remain trapped in the tomb, prisoners of the dark, because they hold on to the world and this temporary life in it. Instead of holding on to Christ, Our Lord, and being free in Him. So that in dying to the world and self we can be resurrected in Him and can be rewarded with eternal glory and love in God in heaven.
The Risen Lord, Jesus, calls all to rise in Him, rise above the darkness in the world to be the holy and loving people we were created to be. He reaches out with a heart open to all calling, Rise up. He wants to raise mankind from the darkness into the eternal light of His love. He wants all people to be with Him forever and calls all to Him in love.
He calls out to those who love Him to be the people of Easter who will guide others to know it is life eternal that is most important and that to reach that is possible in and through the love of Our Lord, Jesus, who tenderly wants to embrace all people in the sweetness of His divine love forever.
Here is a message from the book 'Understanding Evil', which I hope will help in focusing on the Lord Jesus this Holy Week.
St. Theresa (The little Flower)
In the garden of Gethsemane The Lord took all of mankinds sins on His heart. He took all the pain and suffering from even the most horrible of sins onto Himself. Because of this He sweated tears of love for mankind as His holy blood poured out through His skin.
In each stroke of the whip the physical sins of mankind cut through the divine flesh exposing the deep love of God.
As the thorns pierced the head of The Holy One all the sinful thoughts of mankind brought forth a trickle of mercy for every- one to share in.
Within the weight of the cross was all the spiritual sins of mankind whose rejection of God would not and could not stop The Lord carrying them in love of man. Yes, the sins were so heavy that He fell but in the divine strength of God, The Lord rose up and continued to carry even the most grievous sins for those He loved.
On the cross as The Lord was lifted on high, He raised up the sins of mankind with Him and in Him, imploring The Father to accept His sacrifice and to forgive mankind for their wrongs. With an open heart He washed the world in His suffering and offered all forgiveness in and through Him.
Then in the glory of the resurrection The Lord showed the truth of His divinity and the truth of His invitation for all to join Him in eternal love in heaven. The truth that all should believe and respond to.
Here are the words of St. Gabriel the Archangel that I like very much and which were given to me one Christmas. They are in the book Heavenly Words for those of you who have it.
In the air was an excitement carried by the wind across the land.
In the air was a feeling that soon something miraculous would happen.
In the air was the knowledge of creation that God was coming to earth.
The people, the animals, the plants, the water, the air, the earth itself waited on the birth of the Saviour, and waited for God's only Son to bring God's glory to earth.
The whole planet waited to share in the first breath God took on earth - a breath of love that would renew this faltering world and would be the beginning of a new paradise for all.
I am so amazed that the Lord blesses me with His love and in that divine love so many people are healed by His grace physically, spiritually and emotionally. I can never stop thanking God for His wonderful mercy to and through me a terrible sinner. However, my pride is a wound on my heart when at times I let the thoughts enter my mind that it is I that heals, This causes me such great pain that I would even let these thoughts in for a moment for surely I am nothing and God is everything. The pain of my pride creates an agony on my soul when at times I judge others for I have no right to do so. When I look around the world and see so much evil; murder, abortion, contraception, immorality, drug abuse, crime, war and so much more, it is easy to condemn the sinner. How dare I a sinner do that? Yes I can condemn the sin but never the sinner for they like me are weak humans who need God's love and help in their lives.
What arrogance I have at times when I see those of other belief's killing and oppressing those who love Jesus, My Lord and God, and I look down upon them because of what their faith brings them to do. Surely I should be praying for them to know the full truth of God in the Holy Trinity and working for this to happen. Or when I complain about society and how there are so many rejecting God and living for self and the world. Isn't it my duty to go to them in love and try to bring them to live good and moral lives in the acceptance of Jesus, The Lord, into their lives. Instead of complaining about them and doing nothing to change the situation? Isn't the world the way it is because of me and my weak faith as well as those who have no faith? I am also to blame for the wrongs of the world growing if I do nothing to stop this happening. Oh, what pride I have as I sit back and complain about the way society is forgetting I am part of society.
How blind I am when I think of myself as superior to others and more deserving than others for to God we are all equally deserving, we are all loved the same by Him. Yet, in my self centerderness I deny this truth and in doing so deny God and His holy will. How my pride weighs heavily in my heart, it is a heavy cross which gets heavier when I am filled with thoughts of self-pity. Self-pity which brings me to believe my crosses are heavier than those of others, my pain is greater than others pain, my suffering is undeserved. How easily I forget how the Lord, Jesus, suffered, how heavy was His cross as he carried mankind on His shoulders, how great was His pain as He carried my pain and the pain of all people to the cross. I, a terrible sinner because of my sins, surely deserve any suffering, any cross and the pain that comes with them. I deserve nothing more and yet the wonderful Lord, Jesus, says I deserve His love. Incredible!
I pray and ask all of you, if you have a moment, to pray for me to overcome my pride by the grace of God. I pray this heart of mine will be healed of this self inflicted wound. I implore the Lord, to forgive me for being such a weak pride-filled person who so often thinks of self before God.
May God bless you all abundantly,
Even though the church does and will face many trials and tribulations it will always remain as a bastion of Gods love and will never be overcome by the world. The world may assail the church with all it has but the One Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church will never be overcome. God resides within His church and all the power of the world does not and cannot compare to the power of Gods love.
We as members of the church, as the new disciples of Christ and as the Apostles of His love must never doubt this and always stand firm in the face of any and all attacks upon the Body of Christ, which we are part of, The Catholic Church. We must stand as Christ, Our Lord, calls us to; firm in the truth, gentle in love and forgiving to all.
Even when it seems as if all are against us remember God is with us encouraging each one of us to truly be His followers. Also remember the world opposed Him, many rejected Him and many were and are against Him. The Lord, is with us in our struggles, He helps us carry our crosses and He give us the grace, the gifts and the strength we need to do as He asks of us.
Our Lord, Jesus, does not leave us alone, He is with us and He sends His Divine Spirit to bless us and fill us with the peace of heart and soul we need.
God is with us who can overcome us? God is in our hearts who can break them? God fills our spirits with His Spirit so who can defeat us?
The truth is clear and we should live to that truth that we are Gods vessels of grace through whom He desires to show His love to the world and to whom He sends His Holy Spirit so that we can show His love to all.
Do not be bowed down by the world. Do not hide your faith. Do not deny your Lord.
Raise your heads high in love, open your hearts in love and let your spirits soar in Gods love.
He is with us and we need to be with Him.
God love you,
Life in Syria has become so dangerous for Christians in Syria, that they are faced with the choice of trying to leave - in itself a very difficult course of action, or being killed. That's the view of the Maronite archbishop of Damascus, Samir Nassar.
The Archbishop said defenceless civilians, both Christians and Muslims, are being killed each day by bombs, car bombs, snipers, lack of medical care (223 hospitals were closed and all doctors are fleeing, explains Mgr Nassar), malnutrition, and lack of adequate food for diabetics, heart patients and nursing staff. The local Church has become a have, a "wall of tears", to which all are turning everyday "for protection and help in finding a visa to leave."
Since 2005, Syrian Christians "have seen the UN organize since the systematic departure of Iraqi refugees towards the West," but they feel abandoned, destined to die without being able to escape. Consulates have been closed for a year and a half, he said. Archbishop Nassar describes heartbroken pastors who witness the plight of the poor Christians "who do not find any reason to have to die in this senseless war". They have seen their wealthier brethren leave Syria, and now look to the Church as the only reality to ask for help in the shipwreck. "Pope Francis' appeal in favour of the beloved Syria resonates in their hearts .... The sister Churches in the whole world pray and show their affection for this little flock, without being able to appease the storm." This situation also poses in front of the pastors problems of conscience: "To advise them to stay could lead to death like a lamb dumb before the butcher. Our martyrology simply gets longer ... Helping them leave means emptying the Biblical Land of its last Christians. " This dilemma can only be resolved by relying on the "heart of God", offering the faithful pastoral closeness that helps them perceive the reality of Jesus' words, which never disappoint: "Do not be afraid ... I am with you ... ".
The following is an except from Experiencing God
In my life before I knew God I was walking blindly through a desert. This desert was one I created in my denial of God. I was alone in my selfishness and sinfulness as I distanced myself from God by thinking only of self and distanced myself from others by not caring about them. Every step I took in this desert was a step further away from the reality of God and deeper into the illusion of self. The sand I walked upon was the people I walked over in life as I used and abused them. The ever-hotter sun was the inferno of hell reaching in through my sins to burn my soul. The increasing thirst was the addictions I had drawing my life from me. Yet, in my blindness of pride I was unaware of the barren world I had created and lived in.
It was only when an oasis of love appeared before me, beckoning me to it, that I started to see the truth. As I changed direction and headed toward the oasis it became clearer and clearer what a world I had created for myself in sin. Then on that glorious day when I reached the oasis of love I was at first hesitant, unsure whether to enter its waters or not. Unsure if the oasis would welcome me or reject me. Tentatively I put my foot into the water not knowing what to expect. As the water touched my skin its coolness comforted my flesh, its gentle touch invited me to enter completely in the waters of love. With great anticipation and excitement I entered up to my waist and as the water engulfed me I felt a love I had never known before. I knew the water loved me. I knew the water wanted to cleanse me and I knew the water would truly wash away the thirst for sin I had.
As the water gently caressed me I turned to look back at the desert I had left behind and sadness came upon me as I saw how foolish I had been. Now I knew the oasis of love had always been there for me, as it is for all people, and that there had been no need for me to be alone thirsting in the desert.
As the water refreshed my being within it I could feel and hear the words
Stay with Me forever.
My heart beat with excitement at the thought of never leaving the water of love that was surrounding and comforting me. Deep in my soul the words exploded forth, Yes, I want to stay with You forever.
As the words left my mouth I felt for the first time true peace knowing this is where I am meant to be. Then in that realization I also understood that it was only myself that had kept me from my true destiny. Once more then the great pride I have reared its ugly head as it allowed evil to call me back to the desert offering all the delights the world can give. However, now I saw these delights would not and could not last and that in the end the desert awaited. Now these delights held nothing for me as they had become valueless. Now I cried in sorrow at how I had been so easily seduced by them before. Now tears of sorrow ran down my face and dripped into the water. My sadness increased as I thought my tears would pollute the water with the stain of my sins.
Yet, the water cried out, Your sins can be washed away in Me if only you ask. Then the hand of despair came upon me as I thought of how unworthy I was and thought, surely my sin is so great I do not deserve to be washed clean.
Yet, the water called me into it, it called me to come deeper and deeper.
My mind was still lost in thoughts of despair and self-pity but my soul drove me on. Then I was submerged in the water of love and my whole being felt refreshed, renewed, cleansed and pure. As I looked up through the water I could see a fountain flowing into the oasis and filling it. I followed the fountain with my gaze to its source and there was the One who loves me, high upon a cross with His arms open wide. Flowing from His side from His open heart was the source of the water. Forgive me, Lord, I cried as I knew His love and knew He cared for me. The One who loves me raised His head and smiled at me as He said, Of course, My friend, of course. Then I saw there was another fountain flowing from His side, a fountain of blood. Come to Me, the One who loves me called. With uncertainty in myself but not in Him I stepped forth to stand under the fountain of blood.
As the blood washed over me I knew then I loved Him. I knew then this is what I was created to do. I knew then that never again would I stop loving Him and I knew I just wanted to be His. As I looked at the blood washing over me I saw another within it, (a man dressed in black wearing a white collar). He invited me towards him as the One who loves me and the one I love gently encouraged me saying, Go. As I went to the man and fell to my knees all of my wrongs came from my heart and soul and I called from the depth of my being, Forgive me. With a comforting tone the man replied, By the grace of the One who loves you, you are forgiven. As he said these words and raised his hand to make the sign of love I fell backwards into the water. Deeper and deeper I fell but I had no fear for all around me I could feel tenderness, mercy, compassion and love. The deeper I fell the brighter the water became and the stronger the feeling of love grew.
The words, Into the depths of My love, came from the One who loves me.
Now I just wanted to remain there forever, sinking ever deep into the eternal oasis of love. Now my entire being, mind, body, soul and humanity resounded with love. Now no longer did I desire anything except the water of love. Then the One who loves me spoke, saying, Many do not drink of this water and do not know of this water. Go tell them. Inside me a desire began to grow, a desire that all should come and bathe in the oasis of love so that they could also find the love, the peace, the joy and the security that I have found. The deeper into the water I went the stronger this desire became because the more you are immersed in the water of love and of life the more you desire to share it.
The photo below shows a bright light in Alan's hand during a healing service.
photo supplied by Mike Boyd Sr., SFO
photograph taken while Alan spoke at a church in Melbourne Australia March 2012
Here is an excerpt from Alan's new book 'The Battle for Lives and Souls'.
There is a great risk in the embracing of the immoral cultural changes that have been introduced to mankind through those who sought a better world but sought it in the wrong way. The risk is that there will be a counter movement that will take society further in the opposite direction. It is certain that there are those who do not like the extreme liberalism that many try to impose on society and desire for it to be halted.
The pendulum has swung so far into immorality that it is almost certain there will be a correction. The problem is that instead of having a correction that brings society to its senses and to living as mankind is meant to there could be a correction that brings evil in other forms into society through extreme conservative and nationalistic views.
There are those who because they can find no meaning in life now, as they are not taught or shown true values, look for something to bring sense and order into life and so are open to manipulation by extreme ideologies. There are those who because they do not know the truth of Gods love as revealed in Jesus Christ, have turmoil and no peace within and so may accept some other belief in God as truth, a belief which may be extreme and authoritarian.
There is already an authoritarian political system, which under the name of religion seeks to completely control peoples lives using the name of God to do so. A faith which denies the divinity of Jesus. A faith which forces its will upon people through threats and fear. A faith which says convert or die. A faith which says if a person changes beliefs they are to be killed. A faith that states if a person blasphemes they are to be killed. A faith that does not see all as equal but sees females as less than men. A faith that believes in polygamy. A faith that marries young women to old men and if the girl refuses she can be killed. A religion that allows honour killings for those women who dare to fall in love with a non-believer and want to marry him. A religious system which in various countries that does not want women to be educated. A faith that accepts slavery. A faith that believes in magical spirits such as Gins or Genies. A faith that states it is acceptable to lie to your enemies and to kill those who do not believe. A faith that stones people to death (the devil is in the detail as it is prescribed that only certain sized stones may be used). A faith where the founder said never make friends with a Christian or a Jew.
Some are foolishly turning to this belief system in their unhappiness with the way society is. It is interesting that numbers of African Americans join this faith as they are angry or upset with the way they have been and are treated in the U.S.A. Some, justifiably at times, complain about the slavery of the past and bad treatment that may be still happening but are blind to the fact that in the world today under the faith they have joined slavery is alive and active, that many people are treated the same if not far worse than the African Americans were and are. Is slavery only wrong when it happens to your own people but acceptable when it is others being enslaved? How many do we hear speaking out against this evil wherever it is and whoever is doing it? Some see Christianity is to blame for the bad that has happened to them but while Christians may have behaved in terrible ways and treated others badly, the faith Jesus Christ gave to mankind is one that sees all as equal and demands respect for all. It is the faith of peace, love and forgiveness. It is the faith that offers freedom of choice to all as this Holy Catholic faith understands that God has given each person free will and that free will is to be respected even when the people may make the wrong choices.
It is also interesting as I meet many Africans around the world that some claim that this authoritarian belief system is part of their African heritage. How can that be for Christianity was in Africa long before this religion ever existed? As this faith is spreading throughout the world through migration and conversion of those disillusioned with the liberal societies it is possible that in the future those who reject Christ and His gentle and tender love will find themselves forced to do what they do not want to. They will find themselves living under strict laws with little compassion or mercy. The immorality many accept today will be crushed with an iron fist. Womens equality will disappear. There will be no respect for an individuals free will.
Jesus, Christ, in His One Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church offers mankind true freedom in Him. Yet many reject this offer and are at risk of becoming unwilling subjects of an authoritarian system that allows little freedom and forces all to live in ways that truly are ways of enslavement.
I once more visited the Holy Land to give talks and pray for healing. While there I stayed for a couple of nights in Bethlehem and once more was saddened by the situation there. Many of the local people despair as they see little hope for the future. The Christians continue to leave the place of Jesus birth as they are treated badly by their oppressors. It is sad to see so little support for our brethren in the Holy Land. It is a great sorrow that a large wall of separation has been erected and continues to be built . A wall that destroys lives, families and communities. It seems nothing has been learned from the fall of the Iron Curtain which eventually fell because of the peoples will. The walls go down in Europe and are erected in the Holy Land!
I attach photos of Our Blessed Mother, Mary, which has been painted on the wall by Christians from Bethlehem. Each morning a group of Christians go to this icon of the Mother of the Church and pray for the wall to come down. I ask we join them praying that the wall comes down in peace and not in hatred. However all is not bad, It was very pleasing to see so many pilgrims coming to the Holy Land from Eastern Europe and Russia. Their devotions at the holy sites was an inspiration and a reminder that no wall or no government can suppress forever the love of Jesus in peoples hearts and that the walls of division can be destroyed in the love of Christ, Our Lord and the love of His Blessed Mother, Mary.
God love you all,
photos taken May 17, 2012
This is an amazing Story.
Maria Geldenhuys flat where she lived was incinerated to the ground on the 14 April 2012, a week after Easter. Nothing was recovered only a book, that was given to her by a friend three years ago.
Maria had lost all her material possessions with no insurance, the walls and floor of the flat have to be replaced as the concrete could not withhold the intensity of the heat from the fire. But her faith was restored a week later when a friend only found this remarkable spiritual book. Through the Eyes of Jesus.
May God Bless her with the Fruits of Love, Faith, Purpose and Healing.
Submission of Will
Gentle Spirit is given by the Holy Spirit and contains within it a look behind the veil to see what is really happening in the spiritual realm. The battle between good and evil in the unseen world is exposed and the effect of this on human lives. There are also daily messages from the Holy Spirit and interviews given by Alan.
This is an extract from the book 'Gentle Spirit'
Just as The Lord Jesus, submitted completely to the will of The Father all who follow Him are meant to submit to the will of God in imitation of Him. It is in the total abandonment of self into God and into His holy will that a person opens themselves by their free will to becoming vessels of His love. In this submission to Gods holy will a person removes all barriers between them and God by Gods grace and permits God to possess them completely and to use them completely for His glory and for the salvation of mankind. It is also in this complete submission of will that a person overcomes the great sin of pride which first caused Adam and Eve to sin as they put their desire and their will before the will of God. In this humble giving of a persons will to God evil is rejected and overcome as Gods grace fills the person with the holiness of His love. Now in every moment Gods will reigns supreme and so there is no room for evil to enter into the life of the person.
It is in this replacing of ones own will with the will of God that a person reflects the life of Mary, the mother of God. Mary completely gave herself to God and accepted His will over her own regardless of what it may cost her, even if it cost her life. Mary knew in her heart and soul that no price was too high for living to Gods will as she knew that it is for God, in God and with God we are created to exist. So to deny His will in life would be to deny the eternal truth of existence. Mary knew that in the total giving of self to God that she pleased God and because she truly loved Him this was a consequence of that love. Mary held nothing back from God and gave back to Him what he had first given to her; herself. The world could do nothing to stop Mary for she desired only for Gods will to be done and she knew His will was far greater than anything of the world. She also knew that no matter what happened to her if it was Gods will it would bring only love, grace and goodness into the world. In the total giving of her life to God and the total submission of her will to God, Mary showed all humans it is possible to live completely for God. Mary, the greatest human created by God, created to be the vessel through which God would come to earth but still created with free will which she freely returned to God.
Anyone who will submit themselves to Gods will as Mary did will find holiness as Mary did. While it will not be the same level of holiness that Mary achieved still it will be a holiness that lifts the person to eternal love in heaven. This lifting can occur in life as well as after death as in the total submission to Gods holy will a person resides as the citizens of heaven reside and so a touch of heaven is in the heart and soul and the kingdom of heaven has a home in the life of the person. Just as in Marys case this then becomes obvious in the way the person lives, avoiding and rejecting evil at all times and exuding true love and holiness where ever they go.
A persons will becomes a holy will when they freely and in love give their will to God and ask Him to replace their will with His holy will. It is in doing this that a person can become a saint of today on earth and can join the Holy Ones in heaven as an eternal saint.
It was at the Holy time of Easter that the Lord, Jesus, showed how merciful and tender was His love for mankind. Even though He suffered terribly all He asked of The Father was mercy for mankind. Even though The Lord, Jesus, had all the power of God, he did not use that power to destroy those who abused Him. Instead, The Lord looked with tender love through His pain and saw the weakness of mankind and reached out to help people overcome their failings. With His gentle and divine heart open to all, The Lord accepted the suffering put upon Him so as to carry mankinds suffering through sin into the tomb with Him and raise mankind up in His resurrection offering them the grace to overcome sin in His divine sacrifice.
The Lord, Jesus, revealed to mankind the true nature of God, that which is love and mercy, that which is tenderness and forgiveness.
Many are blind to this and see God as an authoritarian God who demands from mankind and punishes severely those who do not obey His divine will on earth. Some see God as distant and to be feared. Yet, Jesus, in His life and in His death, showed this is not how God is. He reminded mankind with His Sacrifice that God is love. That God loves mankind and is prepared to give His all to save mankind. That God is merciful and forgiving. That God does not want mankind to suffer but wants mankind to be free of pain in Him. The Lord as a prisoner on the cross, exposed to all the way to true freedom from sin and evil so that mankind could live in the light of His love and be happy in life.
God did this because He loves mankind and wants to lift mankind up in His divine glory. Not because it makes God any greater but because it makes mankind greater.
The message of the cross is there for all to see and if all ask the Holy Spirit to truly see it then all will come to know the truth of Gods love. The message of forgiving love, merciful love, suffering love, tender love and love that says to all I am here for each one of you.
May you all have a blessed Easter,
In recent times certain governments try to force Catholics to deny their faith and beliefs and to go against their consciences. Our faith cannot be subject to the will of a government as then it would be nothing more than secularism cloaked in the name of faith. Also, when the governments change then could come a change of faith.
Our Catholic faith is supposed to be a relationship of love between God and man. A relationship where people try their best to live as Our Lord, Jesus, calls us to. A relationship that puts God before all else and above all else where we are obedient to His holy will in all things. With the eyes of heavenly love that come with trying to live as Catholics, a rejection of the worlds ways that oppose the will of God, is born within us and grows within us as we seek to live for God.
Our conscience guides us by the grace of God to know what is right and what is wrong. Our conscience is an expression of our souls desire to be close to God and filled with His divine love. Our conscience works to keep us on the right path and to avoid error and sin. Our conscience is a treasure of grace but sadly we do not always listen to it and listen to the graceless, and what seems to be the clever, arguments of the world instead.
It is our conscience that exposes who we truly are, the person we are and if we listen to it helps us know who we are. It is a great blessing from God that we have this within us; a blessing that all have but not all respect. In the history of the church so many have given every thing to live to the conscience bestowed upon them by God. Many have made the ultimate sacrifice so as to keep faith with God and their conscience. Communism, fascism, dictatorships and religions that say convert or die have been unable to overcome the true believers and their relationship of love with the one true God, The Holy Trinity. Rivers of holy martyrs blood have been shed in the love of Our Lord, Jesus, and the faith He gave to us; rivers that wash over the world soaking it in the sacrificial love of God.
Today, secularist, socialist and sinful leaders try to force Catholics to deny their faith and their conscience. It is done with a smile and the arguments that it benefits people if Christians would give up their faith, give up the morals by which they are called by God to live to. If Christians accept these arguments and bow to the will of their leaders the world becomes worse not better. A person cannot be a Christian and follow the world instead of following Christ.
It is by following the will of Christ, that each individual makes the world better, as His grace pours out through them to bless the world. It is by standing firm in the faith and not denying their faith and their God that Christians can be Christ-like. It is by understanding and accepting that to live to Gods way might at times call for sacrifice, suffering and persecution that each one can confront evil and overcome it.
Just as the brave and holy martyrs of the past stood firm in their faith and love of God regardless of the cost, let us stand firm. Just as the martyrs raised their eyes to heaven and cried Your will not mine, let us do the same. Just as the martyrs confronted in love the evil the world tried to force upon mankind. Let us do the same.
Now is the time for all Christians to stand up and be counted for Christ. Now is the time for all Christians to say Enough. Now is the time for all Christians to support those leaders who are truly Christian, not those who claim to be Christian but show by their words and action they are anti-Christian.
Let your voices be heard. Let your God smile upon you as He sees how strong your love for Him is as you raise your voice in love of Him.
It was in 1994 that God came into my life and lifted me out of the self-imposed prison of sin and worldliness. From the beginning as I began to meet people in my new life for God until today there has been a constant flow of information and messages about the end times that I hear from others. At first I was assured by many Catholics that the world was going to end or a warning would be given to mankind in 1998, it did not and was not. Then it was the year 2000; again nothing happened.Various dates since then have been given the most recent being 2012. This date is taken from the interpretation of an old Mayan calendar which predicts the year as 2012. Until now nothing has happened and I am confident 2012 will pass without the world ending. I certainly am looking beyond that in serving God on Earth if it is His will I do so.
How sad it is that so many Catholics are eager to hear of the end times and cling to the messages of doom that are spread around the world. As Catholics we should be clinging only to The Lord and hope for a better future in Him. We should be trusting in and believing in His words that NO ONE except The Father knows the time the world will end. If some one declares they know the time and date then they are rejecting and denying Christs words. Some today are drawn into what goes against Christs word, it seems as if they find some excitement in thoughts of the world ending and disasters happening. The disasters today are claimed by some as signs the end is near. Yet there have always been disasters, they are part of the history of mankind since we first sinned and they will continue until the end of time. Some live in fear that the worlds end is near. However, we should have no fear and as Christ said we should stand tall and hold our heads high in His love waiting for His eternal embrace.
To me it seems this excitement people find in the end times or the fear some have of the end times shows that there is a weakness of faith. If a person lives a sacramental life and lives for Christ by completely embracing the One Holy, Catholic and Apostolic faith then there should be no room for fear or the need for this type of excitement. Living completely in the faith removes these fears. Living in and for the sacraments fills one with the excitement of Gods love.
As a people who trust completely in God each one of us is meant to live each day as an example of Jesus, Our Lord. Jesus, who never showed fear. Jesus, who opened His heart to all so that each one could find security in His love. Jesus, in whom all the excitement we need can be found. How can we be an example to others if we are afraid? How can we be an example to others if we focus on the world ending? How can we show the heart of Christ to others if we believe in a Mayan pagan prophecy and ignore the words of Christ?
Some think that by telling people the world is about to end it will bring others back to God. People brought back by fear soon leave if they see nothing has happened or some prophecy did not come true. People brought back in and by love tend to stay. People who come back in love have a true faith. Whereas people who come back in fear often do so in self-interest and maybe with thoughts of self-preservation. What sort of faith is that?
As followers of Jesus Christ, The Lord, we should live each day as if this is our last day. We generally never know when our last breath will be taken. So instead of worrying about what may or may not happen in the future, we should be concerned about living today in the right way, for today may be the day we face Christ in death.
Remember Jesus Christ, Our Lord, calls each one of us to be a loving, joyful and fearless person. Let us be that way so in us others can see the peace of heart that Christ offers to all in His love.
I encourage all of you to live each day as if it is your last day, stop worrying about the future and take care of today. Live each day as a Catholic day and know if you do so eternal life with God is yours.
May God bless you with His love and peace.
There are politicians in Australia and Ireland calling for priests to be forced by law to break the confessional seal. This is in response to the shocking and terrible crimes of child abuse and some cover-ups of it within the Church.
While it is right and proper that anyone guilty of these crimes against man and God should face justice and receive the punishment they deserve it is not right to try and enforce the breaking of the confessional seal.
The sanctity of the confessional is a vow between a priest and God, which for no reason, no matter how vile, cannot be broken. Since the beginning of the Church under many different empires and ideologies priests have kept this sacred vow some even giving their lives for it. Fascism, communism, dictatorships, secular and non - Catholic groups have been unable to force or persuade priests and the Church to break this vow and if politicians today think they can do it then truly they do not know Catholicism and its history which has many a brave priest holding firm to their promise to God. This vow before God is greater than the human vows doctors take in refusing to make medical matters such as HIV status of patients available to others or lawyers refusing to make known their clients admissions to crimes.
For me the sadness is that there is a silence from many Catholics on this matter. Some even believe that the politicians are right. This shows there are those who do not know their faith or some who do not care about the sacred truths of their faith. It is not surprising with so few Catholics going to the sacrament of reconciliation that there is not a great outcry against these politicians. People should see this for what it is, an attack on the faith, and should stand up and defend the Holy Catholic faith. That does not mean ignoring the offenses against the young committed or the at times inadequate responses. Surely we should expect and demand that the Church protects the young and reports anyone guilty of such abhorrent sins. We also should expect the Church to keep its sacred vows to God including the seal of confession. If the Church accepted what these politicians are calling for who would go to confession? Who would trust a priest with their most personal matters? If the confessional seal could be broken for this over time the governments could demand more and more sins should be reported. Authoritarian regimes could use it to spy on and control the people.
Our faith would be weakened as who would truly confess their sins and in not doing so people would hold onto sin and the problems that come with it. Part of our relationship with God is to open our hearts and recognize our sins and weaknesses asking for His forgiveness and the grace to overcome our weaknesses. Because of our humanity it is often not possible to see the answers to our weaknesses by ourselves and so God through the priest gives the grace, advice and encouragement we need in the Holy Sacrament of Reconciliation. The divine grace received in a true confession is grace that forgives, heals, comforts and strengthens. It is also a grace that when fully accepted would lead a person to admit to the serious crimes they have done and face the consequences for them. What people also need to realise is that a priest can, and most likely would, withhold absolution in the case of a heinous crime until the person gives themselves up to the appropriate authorities.
Confession of sins is a pillar of the Catholic faith and all Catholics should stand up and defend this holy gift from God.
No Catholic should in any way support those who call for the breaking of the confessional seal as in doing so they support those who seek to weaken the faith. While the arguments for doing so may seem justified they are not. As Catholics we must put what is holy and sacred before what is the will of man even when mans will seems to be the answer to a problem.
Remember too that the Pope and the hierarchy of the Church are working hard to ensure these things do not happen again. Often the Church is presented as doing little or nothing or as being full of people trying to protect evil doers. This of course is not the truth as anyone who would take the time to read the guidelines for dealing with these matters would see. Yes there have been serious mistakes made but they were made by individuals not the Church. Listening to the media it would seem the Church is an evil empire and not the Holy Church that it truly is. We should consider who would want people to think this way and why and of course the prince of deceit springs to mind.
Let us stand up and be counted. Let us cry out for true justice and let us say firmly to the politicians, governments and the world that NEVER will we accept the confessional seal be broken.
May God bless you all,
Dear Friends in Christ,
Looking around the world today we can see there is much suffering and pain. So many unhappy people, people who are confused, people who are lost in life and people who are empty within. In all of this we should not despair, in all of this we should not lose hope and in all of this we should not fear. It is easy to be drawn into thoughts and feelings of hopelessness and into apathy believing there is nothing to be done and so accept the state of the world as that is the way things are there is nothing I can do.
The media places before us daily in the news such sadness, suffering and evil that a wearing down effect seems to occur where people become almost numb to what is happening and no longer care about the plight of others. The deceptions of those in power decay people's trust in others. As people start to lose hope, trust and caring about others hearts become closed to God and opened to darkness. This darkness is enveloping the world and few recognize this.
We however as followers of The Lord, Jesus, should not lose heart. We should recognize that God calls us to be lights of His joyful love that bring hope to all. Disciples that bring the glorious truth of Jesus to all, knowing that in doing so, by God's grace, we can change lives and yes, even change the world for the better. We can be the ones who help people to trust in Jesus, Our Lord, by showing people they can trust in us. We are here to lift others up to The Lord in love so that the confusion clears, the emptiness is filled and the lost find their way in Him. For this to happen the followers of The Lord, must themselves be the breath of truth that blows away the deceits of the world. We must show people the good in the world by letting them see the good of God in us. Sadly some Catholics do not do this as they themselves have been led to despair over the state of the world. Some fear the world will end and spend more time focusing on that than on sharing the love of Our Lord, Jesus. Our faith calls us not to despair, not to fear and not to worry about self but to be like Christ. To be lights in the dark, to bring hope where there is none, to bring happiness to the unhappy, to replace fear with trust in God, to lift people out of despair and up to The Lord, to fill empty lives with the love of God.
Let not people look at Catholics and say they are people just like us. Let them say here are fearless, joyful, loving people who I want to be like. Let us set the standard for Christ in the World, the standard that attracts all to Christ so that all can be at peace in Him and find salvation in His Divine love.
This is an excerpt from Alan's next book which will be published in about 2-3 months
Evil has brought the focus of many people onto self so as to take the focus from God.
Simple things that may sound to some as if they are right but in truth are very wrong have been used to create a selfcentred society. Do what you like as long as it hurts no one, to some sounds reasonable because they do not understand in doing what you want often means embracing sin in various forms. It suggests do what you want and anything is justified as long as others are not injured. Yet when people do what they want sexually people are hurt emotionally, sometimes physically and spiritually. How many wives or husbands are hurt by adultery? How many people are hurt when they are taken advantage of sexually and then discarded, when the person they may love but does not love them, no longer has a desire for them?
Do what you want also has led many people to experiment with illegal drugs. Some say they take drugs and it only affects them, it has nothing to do with anyone else. They say that drugs bring them wonderful experiences that are pleasurable. They should be free to use drugs as they like. Who has the right to say they should not? Of course this is all about self and the truth is that when people are drawn into the darkness of drugs of addiction many are hurt, many are affected. The rights of others are never truly considered by those who take drugs of addiction. The drug addicts often lose any respect they have for others. The rights of the families that they come from which so often are broken because of the drug users actions. The parents whose children become different people and treat their mothers and fathers terribly, often stealing from the family and friends to get the money to feed their need for drugs. The pain of parents whose children die from or are killed because of illegal drugs. The cost to society with the violence and crime associated with drugs and drug use. The cost of medical treatment for drug addicts.
Then there is the effect on the person themselves with health problems. The loss of self respect as so many think little of themselves after a while and at times are prepared to do anything to get the drugs they desire. So many become prostitutes, thieves, liars, manipulators or beggars on the street with no home to go to. So many commit suicide or die of accidental overdoses or from the diseases associated with drug taking. I wonder at times how people can be so blind and so foolish. A person only has to look and see does anyone who is addicted to drugs really benefit from it. All have problems rich and poor alike. Drugs do not improve life except for some of those evil people making money from selling and distributing them. Drugs of addiction make life worse for those who use them yet still so many experiment with drugs. Who can you look at and say it was drugs that made them successful, healthy and a good person? Who can you look at and say thank God they took heroin or cocaine it really helped them be a better person, it helped them have better morals and to behave better? While you can see many using drugs and glorifying drug use you cannot truly see any benefit from drugs of addiction. But then isnt this the way of evil; use something that at first may bring some pleasure but in the end always has a high price attached to it and for some that price is their very soul. Most of the drug addicts and the drug users truly are selfish people who put their own pleasure, their desires before anything or anyone else. Many know what they do is wrong but they try to hide or deny this truth using all sorts of foolish justifications for their weakness. To help ease their consciences or to make what they do more acceptable or even legal not only drug users but also homosexuals, abortionists and many others doing wrong try to persuade or even force society to approve of their actions. For once accepted by society then those doing wrong feel vindicated. That they were right and their bad actions are not bad at all, it is just that some bigots or religious fanatics opposed their way of life. Those who live in a bad way also tsry to draw other people into their way of life for they seem to think the more people doing what they do the more justified it is. Also beneath this is the action of evil working through the weaknesses of those living in a bad way to lead others into a bad life. Evil wants as many people to suffer as possible so the evil one gives the warped desire to some to draw others into their suffering; some believing their suffering shared is their suffering lessened. It is like a cancer spreading through society.
He is risen from the grave! Let all those who truly love The Lord, Jesus, rise up in love and proclaim to the world this divine truth. This is what The Lord asked the apostles to do and it is the same that He asks us to do. Let us go out to the world each day of our lives and share in our words and actions the truth of Easter and the joyful love this divine truth brings to life.
With so much misery in the world today people, regardless if they understand it or not, need to hear of the eternal love of The Lord, Jesus, and the eternal life He offers to all in His love.
With so much suffering in the world today people should know The Lord, Jesus suffered for them and shares in their suffering. That The Lord, Jesus is there to help and comfort people in their painful times, that He will give people the grace and strength needed to endure anything and that, yes, when it is for the best He will lift the crosses from the shoulders of people.
With so many in need in the world today people should be reminded in The Lord, Jesus, is all they need. Those with plenty should be reminded that The Lord, Jesus calls them to share in love with the needy. Reminded that this is a duty that brings us to imitate Christ in His total giving of self for those in need; a duty that needs to be fulfilled.
With so many troubled hearts in the world today the peace of Christ should be proclaimed to all people. The peace that never left Him through His suffering and that will remain in the hearts of those who embrace Christ in love.
The peace that soothes the troubled heart.
The peace that brings an end to conflicts.
The peace that mankind was created to live in.
The peace all should know and experience.
With so many lives lost in darkness and sin the light of Christ has to be shone upon those who are lost along the way so that they can find the right path to walk in life. We, the followers of The Lord, Jesus, are meant to be the vessels of His Divine Light that illuminate the darkest recesses. We are called to be beacons of love leading others to a resurrected life in Christ, Our Lord.
There is a world out there waiting to hear the full truth of our resurrected Lord and we are called to be the heralds of the good news of Gods eternal love in His risen Son, Jesus.
Let us rise up in love and be the bringers of the eternal light of salvation to all, unconcerned of what the world may think of us, may say about us, and may do to us. As true followers of Christ, Our Lord, it is our duty to declare His glorious love to all and to share the way to heaven in Him with all. Let us not remain trapped in the tomb by our fears, selfishness or pride. In humble love of God and of others let us put self aside and go out fearlessly to proclaim the love of Christ to all by the way we live, by the way we love and by sharing our lives and love with others as the people who have died in Christ and have been resurrected in Him as the people of love.
A blessed Easter to all,
In this most joyful season of the celebration of the birth of The Lord, Jesus, we are presented with the great opportunity of spreading His love joyfully by reminding everyone what this time truly means. Today for some Christmas is no more than a holiday, a break from work to spend with family or friends or a time to party. Others see it as a time to shop and a time to give and receive presents. Some businesses see Christmas as nothing more than the chance to sell more and to make more profits.
However, we as followers and lovers of Christ, Our Lord, have a duty to let all see and hear the true meaning of Christmas. Sadly many of us do not fulfill our duty as so often we get drawn into the worldly and secular ways of the time instead of reveling in the spiritual ways of this glorious celebration of divine love. We shop, we party, we enjoy family, we relax, we socialize and yet so often we only give The Lord little thought, we pay Him scant attention. Yes, we may send Christmas cards, go to carol services and to the Christmas Mass but for many that is it. The Christ child is put aside as we think we have done our duty, we have paid our respects, we believe we have done enough.
It is interesting that many Christians complain about the commercialization of Christmas. Complain about Christmas being changed by society to be just another holiday. Yet, that is what so many of us make it. Can we expect any different if we do not behave in a different way than others? How can Christians call for Christmas to be respected if in truth many do not do this themselves? If those who love Christ, The Lord, superficially celebrate Christmas, how can we expect others to find the truth of the birth of baby Jesus?
This Christmas and every Christmas let us first and foremost think of the great gift of love that God gave to mankind in His only Son, Jesus. Let us think of how we can bring Jesus to others in joyful love, for this is how Jesus came to earth; in joyful love. Let us reach out to everyone we meet with a loving heart and truly say, Merry Christmas and God bless you. Not just saying the words but praying them from within the depths of our souls. Let us ask God to give each one of us the opportunities to spread His love to those we come in contact with.
Let us not be afraid to call out joyfully that the Lord has come and that he has come in love to save all mankind. Let us even to those who deny Christmas and Christ, Our Lord, offer Gods blessings to them in our prayerful words. Let us be the ones to lead others to the Holy Child of Bethlehem so that in Him they may find holiness. Let us not be afraid and cower in fear of ridicule or rejection. Instead let us stand tall in love and joyfully proclaim to the world that this is the time to remember the greatest gift that has and ever will be given to mankind, Gods only Son, Jesus.
May each one of you and your families have a blessed Christmas.
God love you,
Having lived an extremely sinful life myself I have some awareness of how people so easily can accept sin or what is obviously wrong in life. We are bombarded with sin in what we watch, what we read and what we hear from others. In this environment people can become more open to sin and to be led into believing what is wrong is right. It is like a subtle and sometimes not so subtle brainwashing.
Self interest groups promote their own agenda which maybe at first most would disagree with but as time goes on and more publicity and attention is given to these agendas the public opinion can and so often is changed. What in the past would have been rejected by most can so easily become accepted as normal and right by many. The voices that stand up for true values then are seen as the extremists and may be ridiculed, demonised or even prosecuted for their holding on to what is right. Society now decides what is morally correct and what is not regardless of the truth. Those who disagree with societys moral view can become villains in the eyes of some.
I am amazed as my life unfolds how I see people so easily led, how the majority can be manipulated by the few to suit their own ends. There are similarities in the way people are led usually a good thing that many would support is promoted by an interest group but hidden underneath this is the other agenda.
The major environmental party is an example. Most people agree that the planet, the animals, the trees and the environment around us needs to be respected and taken care of, so in these areas many would have sympathy with the major environmental party. However, who looks beyond this to see the other agenda? Euthanasia, gay marriage, abortion, legalization of drugs, these are just some of the hidden bad. If the environmental party stood up and proclaimed their true and full agenda I am sure many who support them would not. Of course it is not only this party and their leaders who do this but many other political and public groups also. It seems to be the common practice to tell the people the good they want to hear to get support but hide the bad away from them. Then as some of these groups get influence slowly but surely they start using their positions to change public opinion so as to accept what in the beginning would never have been accepted by society.
It saddens me to see how in many countries morals have almost collapsed and sin reigns in a great number of lives. One of the shames of the modern world is how parents now teach their children few if any morals and so a large number of the new generation grow up not knowing what is right or wrong. It is becoming an immoral and an amoral world. The price of this is that so many are lost in life. So many cannot find true love for they do not know what true love is. What hope for the young is there in knowing how to have a full and proper relationship when a person running for the prime ministership of one country is living with her partner in a de facto relationship and not married to him? What sort of example does that set? Yet many in that country have voted for this person. Are we blind to sin or do we just do not care anymore?
As a Catholic I am particularly unhappy with the political and society leaders who profess to be Catholic yet support and promote that which is anti-Catholic. These people do not seem to understand by their words and actions that they may be leading others into sin and away from God. I have heard some declare that they are strong Catholics but that they support abortion, gay marriage, same sex relationship adoption, condoms and drugs of addiction legalization. Do they not understand that in accepting and supporting these wrongs they deny their faith and their God?
Today the world sinks into the confusion and suffering that sin brings. Many lives are hurt, destroyed or devalued. Many do not know the true happiness of life and struggle along not knowing what is wrong with the world and why. Now is the time for all those who love God and truly try to live as He asks to stand up and profess their faith openly and unafraid. Now is the time for the light of Christ, Our Lord, in our hearts to illuminate the dark. Now is the time to say enough is enough.
How do we do this? We do it by being the examples of love and compassion that Jesus, The Lord, calls us to be. We do it by standing firmly in the truth at all times and never accepting sin or the wrongs that society may try to force upon us. We do it by gently reaching out to all explaining the truth of God and of life to them. We do it by being the people who imitate the early church where so many stood for Christ, Our Lord, no matter what the cost. Let us be the ones who stop the advance of evil and its immorality in the world by living the moral life we were created to live and letting all know that we do and why.
May God strengthen us all with the grace we need to truly be His Son, Jesus followers.
God love you,
In this holy time we are reminded of the majesty, wonder and power of The Lords merciful and forgiving love. We are reminded how in His divine sacrifice Our Lord, Jesus, cried out to the Father for the forgiveness of mankind and how through His merciful heart that forgiveness was poured out in His blood and water as it washed over the world.
The Lord offered and continues to offer His forgiveness to all people, even the worst of sinners, and this is a great message of Easter and of our Catholic faith. How sad it is that there are many Catholics who cannot or will not forgive. Some have forgotten forgiveness is an essential part of our faith and that we have to be prepared to forgive all people if we are truly to live as Christ, Our Lord, calls us to. If a person cannot or will not forgive then they truly cannot know Christ.
Unforgiveness is a barrier between not only people but between God and man, for some in not forgiving through anger may be drawn into sin through actions of revenge. If a person will not forgive they may hold onto bitterness, resentment and even hatred, all of which are rejections of Our Lords teachings. Sometimes people cannot forgive because their pride has been hurt and not forgiving seems to soothe their hurt. Some do not forgive because in holding on to the wrongs others have done takes their focus away from their own wrongs. Surely a sign of pride is the sinner who cannot forgive the sinner. If we do not forgive we deny Christ full entry into our lives as we refuse to listen to His words. In not forgiving we say that while Christ may forgive all, I will not, or that maybe my judgement is better than Christs. In not forgiving also we forget that we ask the Father to forgive us as we forgive others so if we do not forgive others how then can we expect forgiveness for ourselves from the Father?
Yes, it is true that many people have been hurt terribly by others, physically, mentally or emotionally. Yes, it is true that many have been taken advantage of unfairly. However, Christ surely knew this when He called us to forgive. He did not say forgive some but not others, He said to forgive all no matter what they have done. Our Lord, Who suffered more than any human can with His last words still called out in love, forgive them Father for they know not what they do. He lived and died the words He spoke and then The Lord rose to show the power and truth of those words. Are we going to remain imprisoned in the tomb of unforgiveness, or are we with loving and forgiving hearts going to rise in Christ to the heights of holiness He calls us to? The choice is ours.
May God bless you all abundantly,
In these times the Church is coming under a furious assault on its holiness as some highlight a number of the sinful events that have happened within it. First of course we must admit that there have been terrible abuses within the Church which sometimes have been handled badly. However, even when handled badly the intent was never to let the abuse continue. While some times the Church did try to deal with the problems within the Church rather than inviting outside help this is not an evil thing but unfortunately bad judgement which did have serious consequences. These consequences were borne heavily by the abused and every effort to help those affected should be made.
No one should be surprised at the intensity of the attacks on the Church and His Holiness Pope Benedict XV1 this is to be expected. Those who oppose the Church will always use every means possible to try and destroy it and today highlighting and exaggerating claims of abuse are the weapons they use. Of course the Church will be hurt by these attacks but remember it will never be overcome. It is also obvious by the timing of these attacks that some are trying to disturb this, the holiest time for Christians, and to distract people from the celebrations of Our Lords suffering, death and resurrection.
If we look at what is happening with a clear mind and not one influenced by the popular attacks a different understanding emerges.
The Pope of course has been trying to stop further abuse and trying to help the victims with his apologies, his removal of some priests and Bishops and by stating a zero tolerance for these shameful acts. The response by some is to attack the Pope with misrepresentations of the facts.
An instance is the priest who sadly abused deaf children in the U.S. Some call for the Pope to be removed as they claim he knew of it. The facts are that the Vatican was informed decades (20 years) after the event at which time the priest involved was dying. The priest had begged forgiveness and so Cardinal Ratzinger decided that it would serve no purpose to pursue this as it may cause more pain to those involved if their abuse was made public. The priest died some months later. I think any compassionate person in this situation would have done the same.
Another attack on the Pope was that his brother George, a priest (and a rector of a famous church choir) had slapped a choir boy in 1960 and this was called abuse. In those days it was the norm to use corporal punishment in schools and throughout society and it was not seen as abuse. (Immediately after a law came out not to apply corporal punishment, George Ratzinger gladly consented and said, for him this new law was "a relief" Also, one of the former choir boys said they had respect and love for him, he wanted discipline but was like a grandfather for them, with a warm heart.) Should we now start actions against all schoolteachers or parents who physically punished children? To look back and impose today's values selectively on others is truly unjust.
In another attempt to hurt the Pope it is claimed he did not respond correctly to a priest behaving badly in Munich where he was Archbishop at the time.
The priest was from another German diocese and was removed from that diocese. Consent was asked from Munich archdiocese to send the priest there for psychological therapy. Archbishop Ratzinger agreed the priest could come and was to stay in a presbytery. The then vicar general, without consulting Archbishop Ratzinger or asking his permission, decided that the priest should do parish work during his stay. The Archbishop left the diocese shortly afterwards and was not informed of this.
None of these attacks have truly any real substance to them in regard to the Pope but this does not stop the distortion of the facts by some. It should also be remembered that in society until recently abuse was often kept hidden from the public gaze as it was believed this was the best course of action to take. Families, victims, organisations both governmental and private did not want it known that abuse occurred and so swept it under the carpet. Why then should we expect that this way of thinking would not enter the Church as the Church is full of people who come from society?
Today many cast the first stone without thinking of their own mistakes or of the mistakes of society in general which they and their families past and present bear some responsibility for as part of society. How sad it is that the wonderful work the Church does worldwide is ignored. The largest charity in the world is the Catholic Church which feeds the poor, treats the sick and helps the needy in many countries. So many religious devote their lives to doing good often sacrificing for the love of others. How easily the world ignores the priests and religious who are murdered, tortured or raped as they go out to help those in need. The vast majority of priests who are good and serve mankind are forgotten while the very few priests who offend are highlighted for their wrongs.
(A German professor for forensic psychiatry, Prof. Hans-Ludwig Kröber from Berlin, did a statistic on child abuse. From 1995 till now, there have been 210,000 cases of child abuse in Germany reported to the police. This makes some 14 000 cases per year. The number of clergy involved in these is 94 in this period of 15 years. The professor states that the probability that men living in celibacy do such crimes is 36 times smaller than that of "normal" men.)
The Church will survive this feeding frenzy as some try to eat away its holiness and as it has in the past will come out of this difficult time a stronger Church. Let us not lose heart but instead stand firm in our faith responding to the assaults on the Church not only with a forgiving love but with a love that proclaims the truth and defends the Church in its time of trial.
As I reflect on our faith and how in the past many great saints went out to the world to share the love of Christ with the peoples of the world regardless of what may happen to them I am reminded that I and many Catholics do not do enough to share the love of Christ with others. There seems to be either a fear or apathy about spreading the faith or maybe it is part of a weakness of ones own faith that stops a person doing so.
Today we Catholics are blessed to have many opportunities before us where we can bring the love of Christ into the lives of others because so many today do not know Christ and His Divine love. However, instead of taking hold of these opportunities we so often do nothing and let them slip by and so may let a soul miss the opportunity of knowing the fullness of Gods love in Christ, Our Lord.
Secularism is increasingly attacking Catholicism trying to draw people into believing in no God at all and only to believe in the here and now and what the world offers. In Europe, the European Court ruled Crucifixes should not be on display in Italian schools. In Switzerland the churches are controlled by the government and the lay people and not the priests or Bishops.
Many tread very carefully so as not to offend Muslims but when it comes to Catholics governments, the media and people freely attack the Catholic Church with no regard to the peoples belief or feelings. It seems because Catholics do not respond with violence or in anger but with a forgiving love that makes us easy targets for those who would not speak out against Islam because of fear. This makes these people no more than bullies attacking those who appear weak but avoiding offending those who would respond violently.
Protestants openly attack Catholics and try to draw Catholics away from the truth of Christ into the acceptance of whatever is mans belief and not what Christ, Our Lord taught and asked of us. With the belief that anyone can interpret Holy Scripture it is easy for the protesting denominations to embrace homosexuality, gay marriage, contraception and female ministers and bishops.
Muslims openly attack both physically and with force of law the Catholic faith. In some Muslim countries it is an offence to wear a crucifix, to speak of Jesus, to celebrate Mass or to pray in a prayer group. Catholic Bishops, priests and religious are subjected to murder, rape and torture. I was in England several years ago in Bradford speaking in the Catholic Church. The church was surrounded by high walls with barbed wire on top. Security cameras and security gates had to be installed. This was because Muslims in the area attacked the priest several times and often try to damage the church and abuse people going into it. Their claim is that Bradford is a Muslim town and no Catholic church should be in the area even though the church has been there long before the Muslim population and England is a not a Muslim country. There also have been approaches to the council to close the church because it offends Muslims.
However, we Catholics should not despair as Christ is with us and it is in times of persecution that the Church is graced and strengthened by God who brings up people to boldly profess the faith to all.
Today we are all called by God to be these people, to be the saints who stand firmly but gently in the truth of Christ. It is through us God will show His loving power and touch many in the world with His Holy Spirit to convert their hearts to the full truth of God.
We are called to live our faith openly so that all can see Christ in us.
We are called to stand against all wrong so that the truth of God can be seen through us.
We are called to reach out to all in the name of Christ so that all can come to know His Divine love.
We are called to share without fear the faith we know and love as the true faith.
Let us be the ones who show the world that secularism and political correctness is the cause of so many of the worlds wrongs.
Let us be the ones who reach out to our protesting brothers and sisters inviting them to the full truth of Christ.
Let us be the ones who take to our Muslim cousins the knowledge of the Divinity of Christ so that they can truly come to know the Trinitarian God of love and peace.
I encourage each person to begin today and to continue every day praying for Muslim hearts to be open to Christ, Our Lord. I hope each person would pray three Our Fathers for Muslims to know The Father and The Son and the Holy Spirit. Pray in love and in the desire that they come to know the love of Christ which leads people deep into the heart of The Father by the grace of The Holy Spirit. Ask all those you know to pray for them, ask your prayer groups, your friends...everyone. Let us create a mountain of loving prayer that reaches up to heaven in a chorus of love for our Muslim cousins.
Please join me in this and persevere even when nothing seems to be happening as in time God will pour out the blessings needed to change hearts and souls and to open them to the full truth of God.
God love you,
Alan in Jaffa Nazareth (May 2009) - in Arabic
In love evil was defeated, in love death was overcome, in love The Lord rose from the dead.
In His passion, death and resurrection The Lord, Jesus, showed all what life as a follower of His is meant to be and what it can be. His followers are supposed to be examples to all others of this truth He exposed.
The truth that if a person continues to love, regardless of what evil may do to them, in and with Jesus they will be victorious over evil.
The truth that death is not to be feared as in Our Lord, Jesus, death is but the doorway to heaven. Death not a curse but truly a blessing for those who love God.
The truth that if we live a life of love as best we can in the way The Lord asks then each person can rise in Him to live in His eternal glory with The Father and The Holy Spirit.
The Easter message is the message of victorious love and it is the message each of The Lord Jesus followers is meant to be sharing with all others unafraid of what the world may do to them.
When fear enters our hearts we should turn to The Lord and find strength in His enduring love, the strength to overcome our fears.
When we confront evil in life we should confront it in gentle love just as The Lord did. While at times it may seem that evil is insurmountable we should look to The Lord and see that it is His love that is insurmountable and with His love in us so are we.
When gentle love appears so weak, know in truth it is more powerful than all evil can throw at us when it is the gentle love that imitates Our Lords love. Living in this way of Easter each day we can rise in Our Lord Jesus divine glory and become the sacrificial lambs of love we are meant to be, lambs that truly follow Christ in bringing the truth of His love to all.
He is risen so let us arise in Him and change the world by His grace and love seen in our lives.
Many Catholics are concerned over the anti-Christian stances of governments, politicians and organisations which promote opposing lifestyles to that which Christians try to live.
A growing intolerance by those who claim to be tolerant is raising its' ugly head. Those who call for freedom of speech often only want that free speech if it agrees with what they say. Those who speak out against the wrongs promoted openly in the world today are attacked in an effort to silence them and are called bigots, narrow minded, homophobic etc. and maybe are threatened with legal action if they will not stop professing the truth of their faith.
When Christians speak out against same sex marriages because they understand the sacredness of marriage, it is claimed that they are trying to deny the rights of homosexuals but what is forgotten is that it is not a right that homosexuals can marry it is a grievous wrong. Marriage is between a man and a woman. NO ONE else.
When Christians object to children being adopted by same sex couples some say they are heartless and are denying those who cannot have children the opportunity to have a family. The child of course is forgotten and so are the bad moral and spiritual effects that will be placed upon the child by being put in such an abnormal situation. The institutions that refuse to give children for adoption to same sex couples are given the choice by some governments to obey or to close their adoption agencies.
When a Catholic speaks out against abortion they may be painted as extremists or people who are ignorant to the truth of when life begins. The rights of the woman become the only consideration and the rights of the baby are completely ignored and no one has the right, according to some, to say anything different. Christian hospitals may be forced to either perform abortions against their faith belief or face legal consequences. Health workers who oppose abortion may have their right of a conscience taken from them and forced to perform or assist with abortions or forced to recommend abortions. The freedom of the Christian to believe is ignored or denied.
When a Christian speaks out against fetal stem cell use they are sometimes looked upon as those who do not care about people with serious diseases that may be helped by the stem cells. Of course what is denied is the fact that babies are being killed so that it might help someone overcome an illness and that it is those who love Christ that are defending the innocents who cannot defend themselves.
When Christians speak of abstinence they are mocked and thought of those who are not living in the real world. Those who want to save themselves for marriage are often ridiculed. Yet, promiscuity is promoted openly as a natural and good expression of a persons humanity and all the terrible consequences of it are ignored.
Christian schools in some countries are forced to accept programmes opposed to Christian belief. Prayer or religious symbols are frowned upon and may not be worn in some public schools.
Employees in some instances are forced not to wear crucifixes or crosses.
With all this and more happening many Christians naturally feel under attack. However, what should be remembered is that it is in times of persecution the Catholic Church grows in strength and the faithful come closer to God. Persecution has been with the Catholic Church from the beginning and it is to be expected.
All Catholics should in these times be asking the Holy Spirit for the grace to live and proclaim their faith unafraid of the consequences. It is in these times Catholics can show the depth of their love for God by refusing anything that is in opposition to the law of God and by placing Gods law and Gods love before that of the world.
We have been given a glorious opportunity by God to show that we can be like the early church which, regardless of what the world did, held firm to the love of Christ. If we do we can be sure that because of our actions the future will be one where many will find full lives in Christ because of us.
Let us not fear persecution instead let us stand tall holding our faith up as a beacon that will draw many to it and let us thank God for the opportunity to do so.
God love you,
It has been asked several times about Catholics who support abortion and the receiving by them of The Lord in the Eucharist and if this is permissible or appropriate. Of course the first point of reference to this for all Catholics should be Church teachings and statements on this.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church states:
1385: to respond to this invitation we must prepare ourselves for so great and so holy a moment. St Paul urges us to examine our conscience: Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of The Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of profaning the body and the blood of the Lord. Let a man examine himself and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drink s judgement upon himself. Anyone conscious of a grave sin must receive the sacrament of Reconciliation before coming to communion.
1415: Anyone who desires to receive Christ in Eucharistic communion must be in a state of grace. Anyone aware of having sinned mortally must not receive communion without having received absolution in the sacrament of penance.
Pope Benedict XV1 wrote a letter in June 2004 to the US bishops when he was still Cardinal Ratzinger stating the principles of being worthy to receive The Lord in Communion. Cardinal Ratzinger, the head of the congregation for the doctrine of the faith at that time, said that strong and open supporters of abortion should be denied Eucharistic communion for being guilty of a grave sin.
Some of the Bishops comments:
(Zenit) - New York prelates are urging citizens to get informed about
the platforms of Congressional and state candidates, since they
say many moral issues are decided at the state level. This was one
of the points highlighted in a statement released last week called
"Our Cherished Right, Our Solemn Duty."
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
It would be refreshing if we could find candidates whose records, party platforms, and personal commitments embody the full range of the Churchs social teaching, reasonable as that teaching is. Unfortunately that seldom happens. That is why we must have a well-formed conscience capable of giving each issue its proper moral weight and making other important distinctions and judgments. For example, a Catholic may never vote for candidates precisely because they advocate and advance intrinsic moral evils like abortion; to do so is to cooperate formally (intentionally) with a grave evil. And while Faithful Citizenship acknowledges that one may vote for a politician who supports pro-abortion policies only for truly grave moral reasons, a conscientious voter must question what grave moral issue rises to the level of nearly 49 million lives lost to the evil of abortion.
In Scranton, Pa., every Catholic attending Mass this weekend will hear a special homily about the election next month: Bishop Joseph Martino has ordered every priest in the diocese to read a letter warning that voting for a supporter of abortion rights amounts to endorsing homicide. Being right on taxes, education, health care, immigration and the economy fails to make up for the error of disregarding the value of a human life, the bishop wrote. It is a tragic irony that pro-choice candidates have come to support homicide the gravest injustice a society can tolerate in the name of social justice. --- 5/Oct/2008
So, from Holy Scripture and from church statements it is apparent that those who promote, support or vote for a politician who is pro- abortion are in a state of grave sin and should not receive the Lord in the Eucharist. Some Catholics however disagree with this and do not accept what the church says or what is said in the Holy Word of God. Some say it is their right to receive communion, however receiving The Lord is not a right but a privilege that God offers people in His love. This privilege should not be abused for as St. Paul states there are serious consequences for doing so. Those who are in a state of grave sin must have a good confession before receiving The Lord and must, after that confession, not return to their old ways. To go to confession with the intention of once having confessed to continue the bad behaviour or beliefs does not make the confession valid. Some cannot accept this and in their pride believe they know better than the church and the Word of God not seeing that this arrogance is a serious sin in itself as the person is placing their will before that of the will of God and the will of His holy church. The person is saying that their knowledge is greater than that of the church and the person is rejecting the commandment of God Thou shalt not kill and saying that they or those they support or follow can decide if life is valuable or not and that God has no say in this. Today many Catholics demand their rights which in truth are their wrongs but they are so blind they cannot see this as they believe more in the word of the world instead of The Word of God.
To come to communion in a state of grave sin makes true union with God impossible as the person holds on to a barrier between them and God which blocks unity with Christ, Our Lord. To be one with Him means to be one in the truth of His love, to be obedient to His will and to reject all sin. While the world and peoples pride may make many arguments against this none of them change this eternal truth. People should think about how it hurts Our Lord, that those who profess to love Him, come with that on their hearts which is of the dark and not of the light of His love. No Catholic in a state of grave sin should ever consider partaking of The Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of The Lord, Jesus, in the Eucharist for doing so in itself is an insult to God and to all those who live or have lived as God asks. It is time for those who support abortion in any way to realize the wrong they embrace excludes them from receiving The Divine Lord, Jesus, in the Eucharist and in humility confess their wrong and reject it from then on and in true love come and be one with and in Him in communion in the state of grace they are supposed to be in.
So often Catholics change their beliefs to suit themselves and the world because their catholic faith opposes what they want or what they think should happen in life. These changes may be little or large but they all have the same result and that is to make what the person believes no longer Catholic and just another worldly way.
To be truly Catholic is to live to what the Church teaches and not to put ones own personal preferences before that. Some have forgotten that when the Church speaks on faith, morals and life that it is Gods Holy Spirit speaking. Some have forgotten or reject the authority that Christ, Our Lord, gave to St. Peter and through him to all the popes. Instead, they put their own authority and judgement before that of the Church. This is fraught with danger for surely human desires will influence peoples judgement and may lead people into the acceptance of what is wrong. This too is a reflection of mankinds pride where people often believe they know better than God. The same pride that Lucifer has!
To live as a Catholic means to live humbly in obedience to the will of God as it is shown by God through His Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. Anything less diminishes a persons faith and opens the person to serious error and misunderstandings of Gods will. True faith is defined by a complete acceptance of Gods will as explained by The Commandments and the teachings of the Church even when a person does not understand the reasons for them. To follow and accept only what a person understands leaves a great void in faith as the pride that says, I will only accept what I know to be true, closes the heart to God. What arrogance it is to accept only what can be proven or what fits in with what a person perceives to be true, for surely our human minds do not know everything and do not understand everything. There is so much in existence that we know so little about and have still to unravel. Yet mankind so easily denies God and His eternal truth. Many Catholics are guilty of this by putting self before God and changing their faith so that it fits in comfortably with their life.
Our faith is meant to define us in the way that our lives are lived with the faith as given by God and explained by His Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. Every decision we make, every action we do and every word we speak are meant to be expressions of Gods will so that those who look upon us see the truth of Gods love and are drawn to His love through us and away from the bitterness of evil.
Let us reflect on the early Church and its obedience to Gods will even until death and how by the grace of God the sacrifices made then defined the Church in the world and showed the beauty of Gods love to all.
The light went into the darkness of death and illuminated that dark so that captives could be set free. Death was overcome by the light and the light shone brightly and the light was not diminished by the darkness.
The light was and is Jesus Christ, the eternal light of God. The light which can shine brightly in every life. The Divine Light that is there for all. The Divine Light who waits in love and hope for people to invite the light within.
This invitation should be a genuine one where the person is prepared to help overcome and remove the darkness within their life. Where the person is prepared to sweep clean their heart and soul, by the grace of God, so that there will be nothing in their life to block the light. It is then when the light comes into the life of a person that the dark in their life is illuminated and sometimes for the first time the person sees how the dark has overshadowed them and taken them away from the light of life.
Now it becomes clear how even the smallest sin brings the shadow of evil into a life, a bad thought, a bad word or a bad action. Now it becomes clear how these small sins lead a person further and further away from the light and deeper into the dark. The dark which is infectious, because one persons sins can lead others to sin, which in turn can lead others to do the same. This is how the dark has spread around the world to cover mankind with a shroud of sin which tries to hide and deny the light.
This Holy Week is a time to reflect on how each one of us has allowed the dark to enter into our lives. Then in humility see, by Gods grace, where we have gone wrong and ask The Lord to help each one of us to truly accept The Light within, The Light which will burn away our pride and help us to be the humble people we are meant to be. It is then through this humble love of God that The Divine Light is allowed, by our free will, to shine brightly in our lives, so that when we live, we live in The Light of Christ and let His Divine Light shine through us to touch others and bring them into His Light.
This is the time to let the Light of Christ lift us out of the life that leads to death in sin so that we can truly live and be free in Him, becoming the beacons of His love we are created to be.
He is risen now let us rise in The Divine Light of His love.
Just as the Magi came bearing gifts of love for Our Lord, Jesus, and came in adoration of Him we too are called to come to Him in a similar way. Our gifts of love offered to Him in love should be our lives, our hearts and our souls. This offering should be one of complete submission to His will asking only that He does with us as He desires. In doing so realizing that the Holy Child of Bethlehem, The Son of God, will bring our lives to shine brightly in Him so that we can be the new star that leads all to Him. Knowing that by His Divine grace our hearts will become the hearts of love they were created to be. Hearts that will show the tender love of The Lord to all we meet. Being aware also that in the giving of our souls to Him that The Spirit of Divine Love, that The Son of God gifted His followers with, will fill our souls and set fire to them with a deeper love of God and of fellow man.
Today most look to Christmas as a time to give gifts to family and friends but forget to give gifts to The One who is the reason for Christmas. It is essential that we as Catholics return to the true meaning of Christmas which is more than ensuring the holiday is not changed or that the media and stores do not deny Christmas. The true meaning of Christmas is that in love of man, God came to Earth for all people, so that all can find eternal life and joy in Him.
We as followers of Christ must then try to do the same with the offering of ourselves to God. We should be going out reminding people of the love God has for all by living as God calls us to, living as examples of love that turns away from no one, that rejects no one and that condemns no one.
This Christmas is a time where Christians can show more than self to the world, it is a time where they can show The Child Jesus to all by taking the focus from worldly things and bringing it on to heavenly things.
While it is important for families and friends to get together over this blessed time it is essential they remember why they are together and bring the Child Jesus into their celebrations making Him the centre of their celebrations. Thinking also of how all of mankind are family and how we should be friends to all reaching out to everyone in love. With a helping hand where needed, with loving words for all and with an open heart radiating the love of Christ that is unafraid to express that love to all.
Let this sacred time lead us to sacred lives and away from the materialism the world draws us into. Instead of looking to the material looking to the spiritual and mystical contained within this Divine gift we celebrate at Christmas. Each one of us who professes to love God and to live to His Sons Jesus way, should turn to God and ask Him to help us see beyond the physical and the temporal. So that we can see with eyes of faith the full gift given in the birth of Our Saviour. The gift that is eternal, heavenly and that is for all.
Let us look to Mary and see in her how she lived a holy life by giving herself completely to God. Then just as Mary, The Mother of God, cradled and nurtured the Divine Child in her love try our best to go out to all the children of God and cradle them in our hearts, with love reaching out gently to nurture the true faith in the lives of others. Just as Mary and Joseph were filled with Joy as their family was made complete with the birth of The Lord, let us be joyful as we try to make the lives of all the family of man complete in The Lord, Jesus, too.
My hope is that all who say, Merry Christmas, ask the Holy Spirit to make the Christ in Christmas touch the souls of all who hear the joyful words they speak and in the loving actions they do.
May your Christmas be truly holy and filled with many blessings and graces for you and all you meet.
These are photographs from Alan's visit to Madagascar in July 2007
Structure of Church
This is an extract from the book 'What is Truth':
How then, has it come to be that more than one church exists in His name when this is not what Our Lord wanted?
It is important to look at how the Lord built the Church and how He asks us to live obediently within His Church which has His authority.
Our Lord, in His divine wisdom and love, a wisdom and love that is far greater than any other, a wisdom and love where all other true wisdom and love comes from, chose His apostles upon which to build His Church (Eph 3:20 Built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets. Jn 15:16 It was not you who chose me but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain).
So it must follow that His Church must be an apostolic one given by Christ through His apostles for all people. Our Lord appointed the apostles to carry on His mission of love (Jn 20:21 As the Father has sent me, so I send you) to build His body of love, His Church for all people so all can become one in His love, one in His Church, one in His kingdom.
From amongst the apostles, in His divine wisdom, Our Lord chose Peter to lead His Church. Peter was the God-given rock upon which the Church would be built
(Mt 16:18 So I say to you, you are Peter and upon this rock I will build my church). Peter, chosen by God and accepted by the apostles as the Lords appointed leader. Peter, appointed to strengthen his brothers faith (Luke 22:32 You must strengthen your brothers). Our Lord Jesus said to all that there will be one shepherd to lead the flock (Jn 10:16 There will be one flock, one shepherd) and in His choosing of Peter as the rock upon which His Church is to be built and the leader to strengthen the faith, Our Lord said to all, here is My chosen shepherd (Jn 21:17 (Jesus) said to him: "Feed my sheep").
With these acts the Lord was putting in place the hierarchical structure of His Church. Peter as the leader, the apostles, brothers of Peter and leaders in their own right, but they themselves led, strengthened, and fed by Peter. St Paul in his letter to the Ephesians gave an insight into the hierarchical structure of the Church (Eph 4:11 And he gave some as apostles, others as prophets, others as evangelists, others as pastors and teachers). In his letter to Timothy, St Paul identifies the role of bishops, priests and deacons (1 Tim 3:1 Whoever aspires to the office of bishop desires a noble task. 1 Tim 3:8 Similarly, deacons must be dignified. 1 Tim 5:17 Presbyters who preside well deserve double honour; especially those who toil in preaching and teaching). While in the letter to Titus is the commission for bishops to ordain priests(Titus 1:5 And appoint presbyters in every town).
God gave mankind the Church in this way because God knows mankinds weaknesses and He knows that unless guided correctly, in the way God wants, that mankinds pride will lead it astray. So Our Lord set in place the structure of love, the structure of faith, the structure of hope which is to be His Holy Apostolic Church to lead mankind into His glorious and eternal kingdom of Heaven
(Eph 3:21 Through him the whole structure is held together and grows into a temple sacred in the Lord).
Authority of the Church
It follows as Our Lord placed St Peter in charge of His Church, then the authority of Christ was given to St Peter and also to the apostles who were there to help form the Church and help the Church grow. In His own words Our Lord gives this authority to the apostles (Mt 18:18 Amen, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven). With these divine words the Lord was saying to all who would listen that everyone must follow the teachings of the Apostolic Church, accept the God-given authority of the Church and be obedient to the Church.
Not doing so brings people to reject and deny the word of God in Holy Scripture and also the word of God through His Holy Apostolic Church (Luke 10:16 Whoever listens to you, listens to me. Whoever rejects you, rejects me and whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me). The giving of authority to the Apostolic Church is also confirmed in the way the Lord sent the apostles out to the world (Mt 28:18-20 All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Teaching them to observe all I have commanded you. Jn 20:21 As the Father has sent me so I send you).
At this the Holiest time of the year it is good for people to reflect on what The Lord Jesus showed in His Passion, Death and Resurrection.
No matter how much He suffered He loved and forgave.
No matter how much pain He endured He served God and Man.
Nothing could turn The Lord Jesus from the path of sacrificial love as He knew this is the way that mankind would be offered reconciliation with God and that those who would choose to accept this reconciliation would find life eternal in the Lord Jesus divine, forgiving and glorious love.
In this Holy act mankind was shown the depth of Gods love for them, a love that knows no end but lives on through and beyond even death. Mankind was also shown that life is not meant to be self centered but God centered. That in life each person is meant to put others before themselves and become sacrificial and loving servants of God and of others, just as the Lord Jesus was in His life, death and resurrection. That in doing so each person would be resurrected in the eternal and divine love of Christ.
Sadly today this is a message that many do not want to hear as many prefer to live lives centered on self and seek to find their pleasure in the world, so often with others serving them instead of them serving others.
Many who profess to love Christ love Him only after self and refuse to live as He showed and asked of those who would follow Him.
Looking at the world today shows what living this way costs it costs great suffering through the darkness and confusion that covers the world. Darkness and confusion that causes many to starve, to live in need, to live sad and depressed lives, to live lives of addictions, to live lives of slavery to the world. Yet, still so many Christians embrace this way of life as if there is no other way.
How foolish this is, for there is another way, the right way, the way of sacrificial love, the way mankind is meant to live, the way that is Christs way. When people start to serve as Christ did, to love as Christ does and to truly follow what Christ said then the new covenant between God and Man will bring the peace, joy, love and happiness to all that Christ has promised. This Holy Week is a time to reflect on that covenant and to live it as a new people in Christ, Our Lord and no longer be slaves of the world but be servants of Our loving God.
This is an extract from the book 'What is Truth'.
Homosexuality has already had some discussion in the chapters on the priesthood and marriage, but it is important to look a little more closely at it because many people see nothing wrong with homosexuality and see it as an acceptable choice or a right.
Anyone living the Christian faith should not accept homosexuality as right or natural, not even if the whole world accepts this. It is clear in the Holy Word of God, Holy Scripture, that God created man and woman to be united in love so that, amongst other reasons, children could come into the world. If homosexuality were a natural relationship that all can live to if they so desire, eventually mankind as a species would cease to exist as there would be no or not enough children for the species to continue.
The partner God made for man was the flesh of his flesh (Gn 2:23 This one, at last, is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; this one shall be called woman) Eve, a woman, so from the beginning of mankind God set in place the relationship, the union of love that He wanted.
In the world today there are those who try to change this and sometimes use the excuse that homosexuality has been around for thousands of years so it cannot be wrong. It is true that throughout the history of mankind there have been homosexuals but this way of living came because of mans original sin which deteriorated mankinds morals so as to accept almost anything. God reminded the world of this when He destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah ( Gn 18 & 19 ). This excuse also is not valid because people could then say the same about any sin. Murder, stealing, lying, all would become acceptable because of their historical background. It is also claimed it is a right to be a homosexual, a right which is even taught in some schools! In Holy Scripture it is clear homosexuality is not right but wrong (Lev 18:22 You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; such a thing is an abomination. Lev 20:13 If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them shall be put to death for their abominable deed. Rom 1:26 Their females exchanged natural relations for unnatural and the males likewise gave up natural relations with females and burned with lust for one another. Males did shameful things with males. 1Corin 6:9 Active homosexuals will not inherit the kingdom of heaven. 1Tim 1:9-10 The Godless and sinful, the unholy and profane - practising homosexuals).
Homosexuality directly opposes the will of God and degrades the true love that is meant to be between people. It is extremely important to remember that no one should condemn another if the other is a homosexual. No person has the right to condemn another, only God has that right. It should also be remembered not to discriminate against homosexuals, that they too deserve to be treated with love, compassion and respect. It is also the duty of every Christian to reach out to those with this disorder offering them help to come to terms with their unnatural desires so that a person who is homosexual can find a way to control their desires. If a Christian is homosexual it is essential they do not live a homosexual life but abstain from such a practice.
All those who love God and wish to follow Gods way, Christs way, should be praying for those afflicted with homosexuality to be cured of their disorder. As well as this all Christians should be standing up and proclaiming to their governments and to the world that homosexuality is not acceptable as a legal and binding relationship within society, that homosexuality should not be part of educational instructions on sex in schools. Also that homosexuality should not be paraded before the public in entertainment because this lowers the resistance in society to what is wrong and what is immoral, especially in the young people who can be so easily influenced by movie, t.v. and music stars. This proclamation of Gods truth must always though be done in love, in truth, in gentleness and in compassion but done with a firm grip onto Gods will for mankind in its truly loving relationships.
This is an extract from the book 'A better way'. In this book The Lord Jesus explains where and how evil has led mankind away from God and how mankind has been frequently blinded to the mistakes it makes.
The evil one attempts to enlarge little disagreements so as to create anger and resentment in the Church. An example of this are those who have broken away from the Church because they believe only one language, Latin, should be used in the Holy Mass. Yet, the Holy Spirit, through the Church has directed that any language can be used. Foolish people seem to think that the language is holy when in fact it is the Eucharist that is holy and as long as the Holy Mass is said in the correct form, it does not matter what language is used. The important thing is the Sacrament not in which language it is said. If this were not so then I would have spoken the Holy Words at the Last Supper in Latin and told all to do the same. I did not. I used the language of the people making each word holy as I spoke it. In the Eucharist it is the same, each word, regardless of which language it is, becomes holy in the Sacrament. So, as long as the Eucharist is celebrated in the right way all languages are acceptable. Those who disagree with this or deny this in doing so deny that all the Holy Masses said in other languages are valid and so deny My Father and Myself and My Holy Spirit in these Masses. This truly is a grievous error.
Dear friends in Christ,
With the Holy time of the birth of Our Saviour, Lord and Master, with us again I would like to thank you all for your support and your prayers which I always need in doing Gods Holy will.
As all who follow the Lord know it is a difficult time to live the faith as the world tries to lead people away from God and into self. Even in this Holy time people are encouraged by the world to think more about their enjoyment, shopping and what they will receive instead of focusing on the true message of Christmas.
As Catholics, which is the fullness of Christianity, we are called in this time to think about why God came to earth. What He offered and continues to offer to mankind. How much He loves mankind and how His life showed His love. How as Catholics we are called to a full imitation of Him in offering ourselves in love to all so that His love can be seen in our lives.
In this Holy time it is good to reflect on how God came to those of whom many would reject Him, seek to harm Him and finally take His life. Through this reflection it should then be apparent that if we are to live as He calls us to, at all times not just in this time, we too have to be prepared to go out to those who reject The Lord and in our lives for Him show them the truth of His love.
Just as the Lord came into the world as a sweet innocent child, we too should go out to the world with a sweet innocent child-like love of God and others.
Just as the Lord was not afraid to show His love neither should we be.
Just as the Lord prayed for the people of the world to accept His Divine truth so should we by making our lives prayers of love unafraid of the consequences of doing so.
Today so many Catholics are afraid to spread their faith, afraid to speak of Jesus, The Lord, and afraid to truly follow in the footsteps of The Son of God.
Let our gift to The Lord on this celebration of His birthday be our commitment to do His Holy will, taking His love out to all in actions, in prayers and in a total devotion to Him.
Let us pray for all to be converted be they Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Protestants, Atheists, Agnostics and yes even those who follow the Evil one. Let us pray for everyone.
Let us show in our actions to all people we are totally committed to The Lord and in love of Him that we are unafraid of the world and those who would seek to stop us.
Let us show how devoted to Him we are by devoting our lives to serving Him and serving others so as to bring them to the fullness of Gods love.
This Christmas we should now seek to give ourselves as gifts to God and to others instead of expecting gifts from Him and from others. It is when we truly do this then we can be confident that God will, by the power of His Holy Spirit, give us all the gifts and graces we need to live as He asks.
My hope this Christmas is that I, like all of you, can do this and in doing so can be a true follower of The Lord Jesus, Gods only Son, who with the Father and The Holy Spirit is truly one.
God love you,
The following is an excerpt from the book A Better Way . In this book The Lord Jesus explains where and how evil has led mankind away from God and how mankind has been frequently blinded to the mistakes it makes.
There are a number of those who profess to love Me and to follow Me who deny Me, but because they are not truly focused on Me cannot see this. Some who call themselves Christian deny Me and accept what opposes Me and My loving will. These people often do not understand how they deny Me and that in their denial of Me they deny themselves, deny their children, deny the future of mankind and may even deny themselves salvation.
Some deny Me by celebrating the unholy day of evil which is known as Halloween. My followers throw parties with evil themes joyfully portraying the servants of evil, the witches, the warlocks and the evil ones. Some encourage their children to embrace this evil feast day oblivious to the fact that they are helping lower not only their own but also the young ones' resistance to evil. This unholy celebration opens many to the influence of the evil spirits which can reach through the open doors of these foolish people to manipulate them so as to bring more suffering and confusion into the world. It should be clear to all what Halloween is, it is evil as it openly promotes what is evil and blinds people to see no wrong in evil. Yet, many of those who say they reject evil look forward to and embrace this evil feast day, seeing it as a day of fun.
However, the great, good and holy feast day that follows where the saints of heaven are remembered for their holy and loving lives gets so little attention! Surely those who say they love Me should be celebrating this day, encouraging the young to look to the saints and their lives. Having parties in honour of the saints, portraying and imitating the saints and exploring the goodness of the saints. How sad it is that those who have done and continue to do so much good for mankind are ignored by many while those who have done and continue to do so much bad for mankind are honoured, celebrated and given so much attention. It seems many of those who claim to love Me enjoy celebrating evil instead of good.
In some countries as the sacred time of lent begins many begin it in evil's ways. Mardi Gras parade through the streets with great displays of immorality. Whole families young and old, join together seeking some excitement and fun. Many are blinded to what it is they are enjoying; they are enjoying and encouraging sin and so become part of that sin. Parents bring their young children to see scantily clad or semi - naked men and women behaving in immodest ways. The children are influenced and encouraged to accept the sinful ways of homosexuality, of lustfulness and of immorality.
What hope for the future is there if the young are educated in this way? Will future Mardi Gras parade paedophilia or bestiality as acceptable behaviour? For as the morals of the young are corrupted it is certain that more and more sinful ways will be accepted as normal and will be gradually seen as a choice that people have the right to make. (On March 23rd 2005 the television programme, 'Dateline' in Australia screened a report on the abuse of Orang-utans in Indonesia, part of the report was about a young female Orang-utan who had been shaved of all the hair from her body and was chained to the floor. The woman who owned her rented the Orangutan out as a prostitute to the villagers of a logging town. When the army came to free the primate many of the villagers tried to prevent the soldiers and came out brandishing weapons. The villagers wanted the primate to remain as a prostitute, as they saw nothing wrong in this and believed it was their right to use the animal in this way! It was thankfully freed by the army and given to an animal refuge.) The path of Sodom and Gommorah is being walked by many, being embraced by many and being encouraged by many who say they love Me. How foolish these people are for the love of evil ways denies and destroys the love of Me and in their blind pride these people cannot see that to love Me is to hate evil and all of evil's ways.
This is an extract from the book 'A better way' which I thought people might like to read because of all the controversies between faiths today:
The claim in various powerful and democratic countries is that theocracy is dangerous and must be avoided at all costs. The finger is pointed to the theocratic nations that rule with rods of iron.
The theocracies that only accept one belief and persecute and kill those who have different beliefs or oppose the official theocratic line.
The theocracies that force people to believe through intimidation and fear.
The theocracies that declare war on others in the name of God. The theocracies who brainwash whole generations to believe and giving those generations no opportunity to question what they are ordered to believe.
The theocracies that say if you stop believing, if you become an apostate you will die.
The theocracies that say one gender is superior to the other.
These theocracies in truth are not theocracies but dictatorships.
A true theocracy is where Gods love and Gods laws come first in all to do with life. The laws of My Father are not commands that are forced upon people but commands given for people to freely follow in love. The laws of a theocracy would be the laws based on the commandments, based on mercy and based on love. A true theocracy would love God first, then love every person, respect every person equally and as My Father does, give every person the freedom to choose. In a true theocracy there would be no rod of iron but the gentle embrace of love. While a true theocracy would believe in the one God it would allow others their beliefs while gently encouraging and guiding those of other beliefs to come to know the one true God of all. There would be no intimidation, no persecution, no brainwashing and no punishment for not believing, only prayers, hope and a strong desire for the non believers to convert freely of their own will.
No true theocracy would call its people to war in the name of God for all would know that I am the God of peace not war. A true theocracy is the best system of government for all people, for it is the system of love, of mercy, of respect, of equality and of peace. However, because of mans desire for power, mans greed and selfishness a true theocracy has not been known or seen in the world outside of My Church. How pleased satan is with this, for in denying what is right and what is best for it mankind turns back into self, back into humanism, back into paganism and back into the arms of the evil one.
In this time of bloodshed in the Middle East the Holy Father has called for all Christians and all people to unite in prayers for peace. The Holy Father in this call re - emphasizes the power of prayer, which today so many have forgotten or do not believe in.
Sadly today many see force of arms, the killing of others and the inflicting of violence upon others as the way to achieve peace. How foolish this is for true peace will not come from these ways. To support these ways is to support what goes against the teachings of Our Lord and Saviour, The Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ. As Catholics, as Christians we should be embracing only the ways of Christ and not the ways of the world or the ways of other faiths. As Christians we are meant to be emissaries of peace in the world. Talking of and showing peace in all situations, so as to bring the peace of Christ into the world through our faith. Our support in all situations should be the support of peace and the rejection of violence, not the support of one or another cause or nation that embraces violence. When a true Christian sees others suffering their hearts should be yearning for that suffering to cease, not making excuses to justify it continuing. A true Christian would not see one race of peoples lives as less valuable than others but they would recognize in all the wonderful gift of Gods creative love and would see all lives as equal in value.
In many countries today Christians have forgotten or been blinded to what it is to be a Christian and in this blindness no longer follow the peaceful ways of Christ, Our Lord, but instead follow the warlike ways of the world. If this were not so then the nations would be filled with Christian voices calling out for this bloodshed to end but sadly their is a great silence instead.
Let our prayers be for peace in the Middle East and that all Christians can make their whole lives living prayers of peace for the whole world.
May Gods peace be with you,
Dear Friends in Christ,
I was going to write a message about Easter myself to you but I thought it of course would be much better coming from heaven so I would like to share one from St. John the Apostle and one from Our Blessed Mother.
May God bless you all,
From STORIES OF LOVE
St John the Apostle 4/16/00
THE GREATEST LOVE OF ALL
"Do you think its true?" asked the man of his friend. "Do you think its Him?" he continued.
"I dont know. Some say He is while others say He is not," answered the friend.
"If it was Him surely He would not let them do this to Him?" wondered the man.
"Who knows what Gods plan is for anyone," said the friend as he shrugged his shoulders.
"Why are so many people abusing Him and making fun of Him? I heard He only did good things; healing the sick, feeding the hungry and given to the needy. Why are they so angry at Him, it doesnt make sense?" inquired the man.
"You know how it is. If you threaten the power and authority of some in Israel today you risk your very life. That is what He has done and now He pays the price," stated the friend.
"It doesnt seem right that a good man should be treated so," said the man, as he shook his head from side to side in disgust at what was happening.
"He said He was the Messiah and He said He was the Son of God. That is why they are crucifying him," cut in another man from the crowd around him.
"We were just talking about that. Do you think He is?" asked the first man.
"I dont know, but as I look at Him on the cross I feel as if my heart is breaking and I feel as if He is reaching out putting it back together again," answered the man in the crowd.
"If he was the Messiah wouldnt He come down from the cross and show us?" inquired the first man.
"Maybe God wants this to happen. Maybe God wants His Son to die for a reason we dont understand yet," suggested the friend.
"What reason could that be?" asked the first man.
"I dont know but if it is Gods reason then it will be a very good one," answered the man from the crowd who had spoken before.
"He is looking at me," said the first man.
"No, He is looking at me," insisted the friend.
"No, its me He is looking at," said the man in the crowd.
"Maybe He is looking at all of us," said the first man and the other two nodded in agreement.
"His face is full of pain. Lets say a prayer for Him that His suffering will end soon," suggested the friend.
"His eyes seem to be penetrating my soul," said the first man as he began to cry.
"And mine," said the friend, and the man in the crowd almost in unison, and then they too began to cry.
"Lets pray for Him," sobbed the first man and then the three crying men offered their tear-filled prayers for the suffering Jesus on the cross.
As they prayed their eyes were fixed on the eyes of Jesus and each one of them felt as if Jesus love was reaching inside of them and touching their inner being. In unison the three fell to their knees and called out softly to Jesus, "Forgive me, I am sorry. Forgive me."
At that moment Jesus lifted His head and called out, "Father forgive them, they know not what they do."
The first man said, with his eyes still fixed on Jesus, to the other two, "It is Him. I know He is the Messiah."
The other two still crying sobbed, "We know, we know."
They remained there crying and staring at Jesus on the cross, then with all the others present they heard Jesus call out, "Father into Your hands I commend My spirit."
As Jesus head dropped and his last breath filled the air there was silence until the earth shook and the centurion, who was by the cross, called out in one voice with these three men, "Truly this was the Son of God!"
A short while later the first man said to the other two, as they waited near the cross looking at Jesus who still hung there, "I feel inside me a knowledge that He did this because He loved me. I cant explain it. I just know it is true."
"So do I," agreed the friend. "I know He died for me because He loved me. I feel this is written on my heart, that it is an eternal truth."
The man from the crowd nodded his head saying, "Yes, I feel He died for all of us. How great a love that is. Surely it is the greatest love of all!"
From OUR MOTHER'S HEART
OUR LADY 4/3/99
At this time the Apostles were confused and wondering what their future would hold. Soon, however, their questions would be answered as they came to see the truth in the resurrection of my Son, Jesus.
It is the same for all mankind, if they too look to the resurrection of Jesus they will find the answers to all of their questions there also.
Job 31:13 When God rose up.
My Father created My mother Mary in His pure love giving her the choice to remain pure or not. In her love of God she decided to accept My Fathers will and My Holy Spirits Grace so that I could come into the world for the salvation of mankind. This however does not mean My Fathers love was greater for Mary, My mother, than His other children on earth. Father loves all His children the same and it is because of this same love He offers all salvation in Me, who came to earth through Mary.
My mothers love of God is the reason such greatness and mercy was bestowed upon her. My mother, Mary, completely and without reservation gave herself to God, accepting, even though it may cost her life, My Fathers will. Her total giving of self to God was her free choice of love, a choice that lifts her to the highest realm of heaven, where she sits in glory as queen. It is because of her denial of sin in every moment of her life, from beginning to end she remained immaculate as My Father created her to be. My Fathers love for Mary, My mother, is the same love He has for all but the love Mary has for God was and is greater than all others. It is because of this, her total embracing of Gods love, that she is lifted on high.
Here is a mystery that mankind cannot understand. The mystery of Mary, created pure and remaining pure so that I could come to earth to bring the same love of God she enjoyed to all mankind. Doing so by Gods grace and by her never denying that grace. Mary, My mother, chosen by God and favoured by God to be the one through whom Gods equal love in Me, could be brought to all.
Mary, My mother, never claiming more of Gods love for herself as in her humility she knows Gods love is there for all to share in and that there is more than enough love for all in God.
In life today so many walk away from the one true God, many who were brought up as Christian embrace the world instead of embracing Christ. While others who were brought up as Christian, but with little example of Christ before them in the lives of those around, turn to other religions that seem to give a clear spiritual and moral code by which to live.
Often those who remain Christian are quick to condemn and judge such people forgetting that the reasons many of these behave in such a way is because of the bad examples of faith some of those in the church have been.
In the past and still today Church members have embraced the worldly ways over the ways of Christ.
Church members have remained silent as great wrongs such as homosexuality, adultery and divorce, promiscuity, the death penalty, war, contraception and abortion are promoted in the world as being right and because of this silence these great wrongs have been allowed to infect society.
As wrong infects society it is an inevitable response that with time there are people who will come to see how empty the way of life is, how hope seems to have left life, how meaningless life has become, how self centered life is. Also how those who profess to love Christ in many cases have allowed this to happen.
No wonder so many are confused, no wonder they often look elsewhere for some meaning to life. As people look for something else the religions with strict moral and spiritual codes appeal because within the person is an emptiness they do not want to have and they believe that these strong faiths may help them fill this inner void.
Because these people have not had at times a clear guidance to the Christian and Catholic faith it is unknown to them that within Catholicism is all they need in the love of Christ. That within the Catholic Church resides the true, the best and the clearest instructions from God Himself on how to live a good and truly peaceful life. Also as some may not have had the examples of sacramental lives set before them by their family and friends these unfortunates are blinded to the fact that on earth a person can come no closer to God than in the Holy Sacraments of the Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church.
Now in the sadness and confusion of the evil that has permeated society these poor souls, for that is what they are, turn from the true faith of God and embrace faiths that do not have the fullness of Gods truth within them. Embrace faiths that are confused or mixed up interpretations of what God has really said and what God really wants from mankind.
Faiths that place what seems like good moral standards before people but which have limited morality in themselves. Which is evident by their denial of Christs teachings, their denial of Christ as the only Son of God, of His Death and Resurrection, as the Saviour of mankind and as Divinity and Man. Faiths which rule by fear and not by love. Faiths that demand total obedience even condemning those who would leave them to death.
What a shame it is that by the pride, blindness, weakness, selfishness and apathy of some Christians others are opened to accept that which opposes Christ. Now is the time for all Catholics to reflect on how they have and are living their faith and what effect this is having not only on their family members but also on those around them and those they meet in every day life. Now is the time to start living as Christ asks and to let His gentle and compassionate love be seen in our Catholic hearts. Let us turn no more people away from Christ by our weakness. Instead let us start to bring those who have turned away back into the loving embrace of Our Lord Jesus by the strength of our living faith in all we do. Let us stand up boldly proclaiming Gods love for all and invite all to find true life, true peace and true love in Him and in His good news.
The blessed time of Christmas is upon us once more and once more in this time we are called to remember the great act of humility by God where he lowered himself to come into this world as a man child.
In this glorious time The Lord united heaven and earth in His Divine being and His Divine love, bringing reconciliation to mankind in Himself.
At His birth when He was placed in a manger, where the animals eat from, in this act the Lord was showing that He is the food for mankind to eat of so as to find full and eternal life in Him.
Already from the beginning of His life on earth He was showing us how we should live if we want to be imitators of Him as a Christian, humble lives full of the love of God and the love of all mankind.
How our Christian lives need to be ones of reconciliation bringing people together in His love and how we to need to be reconciled with God in the Sacrament of Reconciliation where God Himself waits to forgive us.
How to live in Him we must eat of Him in the Eucharist and in doing so find our souls fed with what they truly need which is the food of heaven and not the things of the world.
The message of Christmas is a message for all and all need to hear it. Today sadly many of Christ, Our Lords, followers do not share this message because so many have little interest in it and instead embrace the ways of the world making this sacred time nothing more than a holiday, where they focus on pleasing themselves in having a good time. A good time that leaves Christ truly on the outside.
This holy time has become devoid of holiness for many and has become just another vacation that is seen of equal value as such things as Thanksgiving or Halloween.
This Christmas let us all begin to celebrate this great time focusing on the baby Jesus and on bringing His good news to others.
Let us turn from the frivolity of the worldly ways of gluttony, greed, selfishness and waste and turn to living and celebrating this time in holy ways.
Let us also in imitating Christ turn to those in need; the lonely, the poor, the beggars on the street, the hungry and the suffering and help them as much as we can. It is in this giving to the needy that a person truly gives in the spirit of Christ, Our Lord.
Let us all enjoy Christmas but enjoy it in the right way, the way that is Christ centered and not self centered.
The way that puts others before self.
The way that cries out joyfully to the world, The Saviour has come and let no one stop us doing so.
I would like to share a beautiful message from the Archangel Gabriel about Christmas. This is found in the book Heavenly Words.
Archangel Gabriel 12/23/97
In the air was an excitement carried by the wind across the land.
In the air was a feeling that soon something miraculous would happen.
In the air was the knowledge of creation that God was coming to earth.
The people, the animals, the plants, the water, the air, the earth itself waited on the birth of the Saviour, and waited for Gods only Son to bring Gods glory to earth.
The whole planet waited to share in the first breath God took on earth a breath of love that would renew this faltering world and would be the beginning of a new paradise for all.
Let us all join in prayer for all those suffering where the disaster has hit in America and let us pray that the help they need comes soon and is delayed no longer.
It is sad to see web sites claiming this is the hand of God at work. Let all understand that it is mankind's foolish treatment of the planet that is part of the reason for this. Let us remember too that in the disaster area there are no more sinners than anywhere else in the USA or in other parts the world and there are many good people residing there. Instead of looking with eyes of judgement all should be looking with eyes of sadness at such disasters and doing all they can to help those in need at this time.
So many people are saying that the Hurricane Katrina was a chastisement from God. If this was so why then was the French Quarter virtually untouched? It is in the French Quarter that many Voodoo houses, clairvoyants, psychics, strip tease clubs, sex shops, prostitution and other immoral activities are found. Surely if God was chastising wouldn't He destroy this area?
In August I was once again blessed to speak in the Holy Land. By the grace of God talks and healing prayers were given in The Basilica of the Annunciation Nazareth, The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem and Churches in Jerusalem and Ramallah. I thank God for the oppurtunity to talk to our brothers and sisters there who are suffering for their faith as they are oppressed by those who control their country and are so often ignored by their fellow Christians in other countries. Sadly because of this some towns which were 90% Christian now only have Christian populations of 30% or less. Let us all pray that those who remain have the strength of spirit to stay otherwise we risk having a Holy Land with virtually no Christians residing in it! The talks were attended by not only Christians of different denominations but by Muslims also looking for healing and comfort. My wife Kathryn travelled with me and we were both warmly welcomed by the people of the Holy Land and were under no fear of attack at any time and this is why I can recommend to all Christians to have no fear in visiting the Holy Land. I actually encourage all to do this so as to support our Christian family there who are in desperate need of help both spiritualy and financially. It is through the pilgrims who visit that many find their source of income and find the means to survive. I thank God once again for allowing me to visit the Holy sites and for strengthening me at each of those sites and I thank Him for the great love He showed for all by the life, death and resurrection of His only Son and our Saviour, Jesus Christ Our Lord.
Importantly those who wish to go on pilgrimage to the Holy Land should contact their diocese and see if there are any church sponsored or approved pilgrimages they can go on and NOT go on tours with private organisations or foundations.
God love you,
where the Lord was born
Kathryn and I at site of The Lord's birth in Bethlehem
placing my hand in the hand print of Jesus
praying over in Ramallah
talking in Ramallah
praying over in Bethlehem
In life today many are confused and struggle with the way to live a good life. The world pressurizes people to live in ways they would not want to and in ways which are not good for them, or for all of mankind.
There are very few living as examples of goodness and very few encouraging people to live good lives. So it becomes easy for the wrong ways to take hold and to grow in the world.
Many Christians, who want to be the examples of goodness they are meant to be, try for a while but then give up in frustration as so little seems to be achieved and wrong seems to continue to strangle the world.
Many Christians do not even try being the example they are meant to be yet often these same people are the first to complain about the wrong in the world.
Many Christians seem to embrace the ways of the world before the ways of God and in doing so do not see that they are denying God and denying mankind of the blessing they are meant to be in this world.
Now is the time for all who love Our Lord, Jesus, to remember their profession of faith, their creed and the promises they have made in the Sacraments to God and to start to live as examples of His love.
Every Catholic is meant to be to be the light burning brightly in the world that disperses the darkness and brings the Son to all mankind.
Every Catholic should commit themselves to serving God and to serving Him in the way God wants and not in the way they want. The way that is truly the Catholic way.
Every Catholic needs to look back at the early church and say I will live as they did, fully committed to the Lord Jesus.
Every Catholic needs to turn to the Lord and ask for His help in living this way and His strength to endure any trials that will surely come their way.
Every Catholic needs to ask the Holy Spirit to set their souls on fire so that the fire of Gods love can be spread and once more burn brightly in the world.
Every Catholic needs to say Here I am Lord, I will do as you want me to.
Catholics should remember they are meant to spread the faith by living it and by not being afraid to share the wonderful treasure of God that we have in our faith. The treasure which is meant to bring richness of life to all people.
When every Catholic does this, then that is when each one can truly say they are Christian and that is when each one can know that through them God is changing the world for the better.
When Catholics do this is when the world will see Christ, Our Lord, in every Catholic life and will be touched by Him reaching out through every Catholic living to His way and imitating Him.
Remember it begins with you, not someone else!
Witchcraft brings people back to the old pagan ways, the old magical ways and the old evil ways.
Anyone who believes this is not so should look carefully at what these books contain for in them are the actual words of spells which are words calling upon evil. People should also think carefully who would know these words and write them down and why!
Now I am sure many people will say these books are harmless and that my comments are to be ignored as foolish and uninformed but isnt it those who read of the dark and see no wrong in it that are foolish and uninformed?
Evil uses what appears to be good to spread its ways for if it came out in the open and showed its true self most would reject o
Reflecting on conversations with Jesus
there seems to be a lot of uncertainty and confusion amongst Christians
and especially Catholics as to the Iraqi War and whether or not
to support peace or war. As Christians it is important that we place
Christ Our Lord and His teachings above all else, even our human
loyalties just as the early church did and just as the saints and
To Russia in May - With a British Diversion
T E R R O R I S M
ATTACK ON AMERICA
Interview with Alan Ames
Alan, by all accounts, the United States government and NATO are
preparing for war in retaliation for the attack of September 11,
2001. What is the appropriate Christian response -- or in other
words -- what would Jesus have us do?
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, It is some time since the last newsletter and a great amount has happened in that time. Alan has continued to visit many countries proclaiming Gods love for all and proclaiming the truth of Catholicism.
Recently he spoke in the Holy Land by the Grace of God and by invitation and with permission of the Catholic Church. Alan was blessed to speak at two of the holiest sites in Christendom; the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth and the Church of the Nativity, St. Catherines in Bethlehem. He was also blessed to speak at St. Saviour in Jerusalem.
During his time there Alan saw clearly the despair and suffering of the Christians in the Holy Land who feel deserted and ignored by their Christian family in the west . Many are living in poverty and struggle to survive and because of this the number of Christians in Nazareth and Bethlehem has fallen from approximately 70% of the population to 30% as many have left for other countries. The church is doing what it can to encourage Christians to stay but needs help in this. The Catholic Church in the Holy Land asked Alan to encourage Catholics in the west to come on pilgrimage as in doing so this helps and strengthens the local Christian population. Of course this helps financially too, as when Holy items are bought in Nazareth, Bethlehem and in Jerusalem at Christian sites it supports employment for Christian families. Alan strongly encourages all Christians to visit the Holy Land, believing there is nothing to fear in doing so, as God will take care of His children. That all who can should make the effort and sacrifice to go to where Our Lord Jesus walked the earth and give their support to the suffering church there in its time of need.
Alan was also blessed in 2002 to speak with approval to speak at World Youth Day in Toronto where he gave three talks on Living the Faith and Reconciliation and prayed for healing. WYD is a Papal event that attracts many young people; in Toronto it was estimated approximately 1,000,000 people attended the Papal Mass.
Two new books are available and they are Brought to Life which is a compilation of several inspiring talks given by Alan around the world. It also includes some details of his life before and after his conversion experience. If ever you have heard Alan speak you will know this is a must, as it contains many deep but simple explanations on the spiritual and worldly life.
What is Truth is a handbook to defend the faith with and with which people can come to know the Catholic faith better. It is given by the Holy Spirit and covers many controversial subjects such as married priests, women priests, homosexuality, I.V.F., contraception, divorce .
Also it faces squarely the Protestant misunderstandings and challenges (ie Faith Alone) to Catholicism and answers them with many Holy Scripture references and explanations that confirm Gods truth.
A new Eucharistic Rosary containing the Luminous Mysteries visions given by Our Lord to Alan has been printed with new artwork for all the mysteries.
Through the Eyes of Jesus under the title Jesus Speaks to Me (which is used in some countries) has received the imprimatur.
Many wonderful healings continue to occur and we put some on the website for all to see. Alan asks that everyone prays for the healings to continue by the Grace of God, as your prayers are as important as his, because God listens to you as He listens to Alan.
Please keep Alan in your prayers that he will keep doing only Gods will and we ask also that you pray for the conversion of Jews and Muslims to Catholicism.
May God bless each one of you abundantly.
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
It has been some time since my last letter and for this I apologize.
But I have been busy writing and traveling for The Lord.
Two new books have been published, the first is 'Manna from heaven' which is all messages on the Eucharist from heaven. This book has many beautiful and deep messages, which can lead a person into the mysteries of Our Lord Jesus. presence in the Eucharist. These messages are some of those that have brought me into a closer relationship with God through the Eucharist and I hope they will do the same for others. The cover has a photograph of an altar at the site of Our Blessed mother's Dormition in the Holy Land.
The other book is called 'A Better Way'. This book is given by Our Lord Jesus and opens up the web of evil that permeates societies and governments worldwide. It is a book that will truly open the eyes to what is wrong in the world and what needs to be done to overcome it. Those who read this book may be surprised at the extent that evil has taken hold of the world.
How evil is trying to change the world's perception of what is right and what is wrong.
How even many of those who believe in The Lord Jesus have had their belief clouded with some of the deceptions of evil.
How evil manipulates governments, organizations and even churches at times to spread its confusion, uncertainty and suffering.
Sadly, the shadow of terrorism continues to fall over the world and sadly the approach of many to overcoming terrorism remains the same and remains ineffective. In this book God shows some of the causes of terrorism and once more gives an insight on what to do to overcome this evil. However, no one should be surprised at the answer to overcoming this evil and all evil is found in the Lord Jesus Himself and in the better way He calls all to live to.
God has and continues to call mankind to live to His Son Jesus. way, so that evil can be overcome in the lives of all and so that the world can find peace in Him. Let us all pray that the time is near when all will listen to our ever loving Lord's call and answer it.
In the past year some of the books have been printed in two new languages which are Dutch and Slovenian, so by God's grace many more are given the opportunity to share in the beautiful words He has given.
The book 'Salaam Shalom' has been distributed in the 'Middle East' and Christians, Jews and Muslims alike have found it helpful. One comment from a resident there was 'This book truly shows the heart of the people here'.
At the beginning of the year I visited Brazil, where by God's grace, I was able to give seven one-hour talks live on television into 25 million homes. As I prayed over the television many people phoned in to report healings!
I am always grateful to the Lord for the healings that occur and remind all that every healing comes from God and not from me. There will be some new healings posted on the webpage but these are just a few of the many that have been reported worldwide in the last months.
I put them there so that all can see how loving Our Lord is and how He wants to heal all in the way that is best for them. I also ask that every one joins in prayer with me for the healing of others for truly your prayers are as important as mine and are listened to by God just as mine are.
Please also continue to pray for the ministry so that the message of God's love can touch many more hearts and bring them to a full life in Him.
May God continue to bless you all abundantly.
God love you,
pictures from Nazareth, Bethlehem and Jerusalem follow
The Way of Life - the People
Trinity Sunday, June 10, 2001, Alan gave a talk at the Lourdes Grotto
in San Antonio, Texas U.S.A. during which there was a marvelous
occurrence - three white doves came to visit and stayed for some
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