on February 1st, 2008 [First Friday (1)]
Do you ever wonder... why Mary
had to go to the temple for the post birth purification ritual [Feast
of Candlemas on February 2nd] if She was indeed Immaculate (which of
course, She was!)?
Do you ever wonder.... why Jesus, the Word of God Incarnate, had to be
presented to God at the Temple, a ritual which is also part of the
Feast of Candlemas?
For the same reason Jesus had John the Baptist baptize Him.
By example God was: (a) Upholding the Old Law [Purification and
Presentation] into which He was born; and (b) Introducing the key
element of the New Law - Baptism or, as a "techie" would say: "Formatting" the soul of the infant so
that it may be able to "install" the Holy Spirit of God.
As a matter of interest - the Church of the East (2), composed of the
Orthodox Churches, still practice the ritual of Presentation for ever
child born to a family. It is quite a moving experience.
the Sacred Heart
on January 26th, 2008
Did you ever wonder.... why
Jesus was so insistent that the general public not be informed of His
true identity? For example when He stated:
he commanded his disciples, that they should tell no one that he was
Jesus the Christ.
He answered that when speaking at Solomon's Porch in the Temple:
24 The Jews therefore came
about him, and said to him: How long dost thou hold our souls in
suspense? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly.
But you do not believe, because you are not of my sheep.
27 My sheep hear my voice: and I know them,
and they follow me. Jesus
answered them: I speak to you, and you believe not: the
works that I do in the name of my Father, they give testimony of me.
In "matters of Heaven" God demands
character's anonymity so that the message can only be understood, and
thus, believed by God's sheep. Everyone else, will turn
away. It really is that simple.
A mechanism that we are very grateful for.
on January 21st, 2008
Do you ever wonder Monarchies
have seldom - if ever - worked for the benefit of mankind? Much less
Monarchies-Church Alliances? (1)
Because God said they would not! To wit - all from 1 Samuel 8:
4 Then all the ancients of Israel being
assembled, came to Samuel to Ramatha.
5 And they said to him: Behold thou art
old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: make us a king, to judge us, as
all nations have.
6 And the word was displeasing in the eyes
of Samuel, that they
should say: Give us a king, to judge us. And Samuel prayed to the Lord.
7 And the Lord said to Samuel: Hearken to
the voice of the people in all that they say to thee. For they have not
rejected thee, but me, that I should not reign over them.
8 According to all their works, they have
done from the day that
I brought them out of Egypt until this day: as they have forsaken me,
and served strange gods, so do they also unto thee.
Then Samuel, in the Name of God warned them of the consequences. In
spite of that:
19 .... the people would
not hear the voice of Samuel, and they said: Nay: but there shall be a
king over us.
20 And we also will be like all nations: and our king shall judge us,
and go out before us, and tight our battles for us.
So God told Samuel:
22 Hearken to their voice, and make them a
fallacy of Church-State alliances
de Portugal being a pessimist? Think again!
world has been amply warned
Apocalypse - One
Step at a Time
on January 18th, 2008
Do you ever wonder exactly
what John, the Evangelist, meant when he wrote the following in 1 John
6 Whosoever abideth in him, sinneth
not; and whosoever sinneth, hath not seen him, nor known him.
7 Little children, let no man deceive you. He that doth justice
is just, even as he is just.
8 He that committeth sin is of the devil: for the devil sinneth
from the beginning. For this purpose, the Son of God appeared, that he
might destroy the works of the devil.
9 Whosoever is born of God, committeth not sin: for his
seed abideth in him, and he can not sin, because he is born of God.
10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of
the devil. Whosoever is not just, is not of God, nor he that loveth not
If we take the above at face value no one, except Mary, is of God: 8 He that committeth sin is of the devil:
for the devil sinneth
from the beginning. and 9 Whosoever is born of God, committeth not sin: for his seed abideth in him, and he can
not sin, because he is born of God.
10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of
Not only a "casual read" of the above will subconsciously store the
message that the Sacred Scriptures are full of errors, but also
undoubtedly gave rise to the heresy of Catharism (1)
, i.e. That is God
creates the good people and satan creates the bad people - thus raising
satan to a "creator level".
As it turns out, John is speaking of a particular sin. In better
translations of this Epistle that can be clearly understood.
Indeed, not utilizing the traditional Catholic Mortal and Venial sins,
there are some sins that could only be committed by someone who is
possessed by the spirit of satan - they are so hideous that even the
worse sinner, who may, nonetheless, be of God and is scheduled for
Heaven, could not commit.
Once again - the Holy Scriptures are proven correct and any error can
be traced back to copyists or translators.
(1) About Catharism
on January 12th, 2008
Do you ever wonder if it
is only the Roman Catholic Church Adminsitration that tramples on the
Word of God and Civil Law? Wonder no more as you review the
following news report from the Anchorage Daily News....
RUSSIAN ORTHODOX: Criticism
unwarranted in view of crime's circumstances, chancellor says.
registered sex offender who served more than a year in prison for
sexually abusing minors is wearing robes that signal he has taken a
first step toward priesthood in the Russian Orthodox Church.
Dushkin, 26, was installed as a lay reader of the liturgy last month by
Bishop Nikolai, the church's highest-ranking official in Alaska. Church
officials say they did so knowingly.
"This is not a scandal in any way," said
Chancellor Archimandrite Isidore, the church's No. 2 official here.
"The church believes everyone is
redeemable. We don't think people are necessarily damaged goods that
have to be locked away."
But Dushkin's investiture appears to violate the Orthodox Church in
America's policy on such matters,
which states that "no
layperson shall commit, attempt to commit, or engage in any act of
church officials knew about Dushkin's past when they "tonsured" him as
a reader for St. Innocent Cathedral at a ceremony in early December.
2004 -- the year he was charged with 11 sex crimes -- Dushkin was a
student at St. Herman's Theological Seminary in Kodiak, which prepares
students for Orthodox priesthood.
Dushkin could not be reached for comment.
As a reader, he wears robes that identify him as an
official celebrant at church services. That's troublesome, said a
California woman who runs a Web site that tracks sex abuse in Orthodox
"He's not going to be hearing confessions or blessing
houses, but he is going to be wearing a robe during the services, and
that gives him an aura of authority," said Melanie Sakoda, who started www.pokrov.org
several years ago in response to allegations of abuse within the church.
can come to church, he can go to communion," Sakoda said. "But he
doesn't need to be a reader. He doesn't need to go even that far on the
path toward clergy."
A reader "is regarded as one of
the first steps toward priesthood, the first rank or order of
priesthood," said Andrew Jarmus, director of communication for the
Orthodox Church in America in Syosset, N.Y.
Jarmus wouldn't comment on Nikolai's choice to tonsure a convicted sex
Isidore, who said he doesn't think Dushkin has ambitions to become a
priest, said readers are like altar boys. They aren't clerics, he said,
and they function only under the direction and supervision of a priest.
anything, Dushkin is under greater supervision as a reader than as a
regular member of the church, Isidore said. "It keeps him at the altar."
The tonsuring of a convicted sex offender wrapped up a
difficult year for Alaska's Russian Orthodox Church.
summer, national church leaders investigated Isidore on charges of
inappropriate sexual conduct with a former missionary. The allegations
"I don't see this as a continuation of the
regrettable events of this summer," he said of the church's choice to
In a plea agreement
with prosecutors, Dushkin was convicted on two counts of sexual abuse
of a minor and one count of exploitation of a minor, a charge that came
from a sex tape featuring him and two females, one of them 17 years
old. It was filmed with Dushkin's camera and discovered by police at
Dushkin's home in Unalaska, according to court documents.
The rest of the original 11 charges were dismissed.
convictions involve Dushkin having sex on several occasions, from 2002
to 2004, with girls who were 13 and 14 years when the sex started.
may have been a youthful indiscretion on Mr. Dushkin's part has long
since been repented," Isidore said in a written statement.
interview, Isidore claimed Dushkin's crimes weren't predatory in
nature. "From my understanding, it was a situation that could be termed
statutory rape -- which albeit is wrong, but very much different than
molesting a child, for example."
Isidore said church officials consulted an attorney before
said church officials weren't deterred by the sex scandals that have
plagued the Roman Catholic Church recently, some of which unfolded in
Alaska, where scores of youths were abused by priests and other church
"The church doesn't operate
based on public opinion," Isidore said.
article dated January 10th appeared at this link: http://www.adn.com/161/story/260366.html
The story was also
picked up by
where additional cases of sexual abuse within
the Orthodox Church are reported.
on January 9th, 2008
Do you ever wonder what....
triggers persecution of religious institutions?
the institution that lies, and lies (1) ; and
(2) When the institution "gets in
cahoots" with governments to sack and subdue the people. (2) (3)
Why God allows it? Quite simple! (4)
You want proof? The best proof is the reverse: When persecution
of the institution is rampant but one segment of it functions, and
flourishes, essentially untouched. (5)
Why can man learn this simple concept? Because man, without (the spirit
of) God, is
incomplete - and an incomplete man is basically stupid and repeats the
same mistakes over and over again. Proof? Read six-thousand years worth
of history in the Holy Scriptures.
(3) How it has
men will learn
you a way
around my anticlerical laws."
on January 6th, 2008 - [Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord]
Do you ever wonder who were
"The Three Wise Men" or "Three Kings" that, "following a star",
searched for the Messiah?
We read in Matthew 2 that: For we have seen his star in the east, and
are come to adore him.
These men were Astrologers - not Astronomers
- those about whom
your parish priest tells you to stay away from.
Well, we also tell you
to stay away from them.... after all, the last lesson they gave to
mankind was to Adore the Savior of Mankind. Adore the One Who
later said: If you abide in me, and my words abide in
you, you shall ask whatever you will, and it shall be done unto you. [John 15:7]
It logically follows that, if
the wisest Astrologers of that time deferred to and adored the one who
said to us "...ask
whatever you will, and it shall be done unto you."
Then, we ask one and all - Why
should man be chasing Astrologers of today and being ruled by
horoscopes when we have a direct connection to the Ruler of the
Universe who has made us such promise?
As a full fledged scientist - and recognizing the influence the
celestial bodies may have on living organisms - I still say: I place my full trust in God and what He
has taught (and continues to teach) us by Word and Deed. If the wisest
Astrologers of the time sought Him - He is the One I want to seek and not the astrologers.
on January 2nd, 2008
Do you still wonder what went
wrong with Christianity (1) - or for that matter - do you question if anything
at all (2) did go wrong with Christianity?
If so..... What "part of that question" is so hard to understand and/or
The New Year dawns with the following news headline: Prime Minister Ehud Olmert signaled on
Tuesday Israel might have no choice but to share Jerusalem with the
Palestinians in a peace deal, citing international pressure for
compromise over the holy city. (3)
Would the world be the same today if Christendom had not "set up shop"
at the Imperial capital - Rome - and instead had claimed the city
soaked with our Savior's Blood, Jerusalem, for its capital? And then...
living the teachings of the One Whose Holy Name is liberally used by
many institutions to claim undeserving
affiliation with Him.... invite our elder brothers, Jews, and younger
brothers, Muslims, to share it with us?
Oh, but the tinkling of Constantine's coins (4) was just too much to resist.... and it seems that
it still is. (5)
(1) What Went Wrong? Part
I - Part II
Let's go back
"good ol' days"!
how sweet it
is!....Serving Mammon to serve God.... and other Fables.
on December 31st, 2007 [Silvester
I, Pope [1st Pope after the
Church to Emperor Constantine]]
(a) Do you ever wonder why God
continues to allow the misery man brings upon man - apparently without care?
(b) Do you ever wonder what
will take for Him to stop it?
Such truly momentous questions have quite simple and coherent answers -
as all that is of God.
First we will deal with (a).
We read in Genesis 1:26 : And he said: Let us make man to our image
and likeness: and let
him have dominion over the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the air,
and the beasts, and the whole earth, and every creeping creature that
moveth upon the earth.
Now, God has placed the
creation under the management of man.
God also made clear that man had a free will - after all, man was
created in His Image. This attribute was demonstrated when God forbade
man to eat the fruit of certain trees. If man would not have had a free
will, all God had to do is block man from eating from certain trees and
not allowing him the freedom of obeying Him or not.
Since then, as we read throughout the entire Old Testament, God has
tried to guide mankind to the right path; the right way. Through
prophets He communicated the "Why?" of the catastrophes which fell upon
mankind as well as the "Why?" of the Blessings He bestowed upon mankind
from time to time. All, to no avail.
Since mankind was getting worse - and not better - He sent His Son -
Jesus Christ. The Word of God made Flesh; that is, the Living
Way. To try to get across mankind - face to face - what He tried
before through the Prophets: How to live with justice, thus harmony and
The Word made Flesh was killed; a group sprung from said Word with the
intent of, by example and word, taking up where the Master left off and
continue to demonstrate the true Way - the Way of God.
Man, exercising His free and
inviolable Will, continued to pillage and plunder Creation -
Earth, animals and humans. This time, using the Holy Name of Jesus and
that of the Prophet Mohammed, as a justification. The offenses to God
were then multiplied.
In a last ditch effort - and we are speaking literally - God starts
Mary (1) to remind one and all to get back to the pre
Constantine Gospel (2)
. As we recently wrote (3) - through Fatima She warned:
has sinned and trampled
upon the Grace granted upon it. Order reigns nowhere. satan has
reached the highest positions and determines how things are to
evolve. He will succeed in introducing himself in the highest echelons
of the Church. He will succeed in seducing the spirit of the great wise
men who will invent weapons with which half of humanity can be
destroyed in just a few minutes. He will have powerful nations
within his empire and will move them to mass produce those weapons.
If humanity does not take the steps
necessary to stop it, I will be
forced to let go of My Son's Arm. Then, God will punish mankind
in a much more severe manner than He did with the Great
Flood. The great and powerful will succumb just as the weak and
This brings us to the answer
to question (b)....
Now that we have "...invented weapons
with which half of humanity can be destroyed in just a few minutes..."
we are capable of annihilating not only half of humanity but all of
humanity plus render the planet uninhabitable.
This is where God "drew the line". The only way He has left to deal
with humanity - without
violating our free will - is to allow so much destruction and
pain (4) upon it that, at least a small group will
This group (5) will now "toe God's line" - so much was the suffering
they had to endure.
Welcome to the first part
of the Apocalypse! (6) or The Good News - Part II
The New Year celebration's
fireworks" are just around the corner.
powers - assume the leadership of Jesus' Church
Divine Hearing Aid
Elect and how
does God choose them?
That Will Lead to the End of These Times