You can’t miss seeing the signs. These are some of the ones you might remember. (They are all in some of our past posts).
Families are under attack today in so many ways – spiritually, morally and temporally. The law mandates now that there are all sorts of families eg. co-parented families, same sex parent families, three parent families, broken families, families created through surrogates, families of co-habiting, unmarried couples and families of couples with ‘open’ marriages. Large families are discriminated against. Abortion and euthanasia laws are slaughtering millions of true family members; divorce laws are tearing families apart; transgender laws are destroying our children’s true identities and laws make it easy to live together without permanent commitment thereby eroding the base and security of the family. The family and the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony are no longer revered. And since chastity is also no longer revered either, is it any wonder that The Holy Family Itself is not given the reverence and wonder which is its due?
Today, in the Traditional Rite (Latin Mass) – we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family. The Holy Family had to struggle from the very beginning.
Joseph and Mary had to undertake quite a journey – they had no choice – it was the law – they had to register for a census. Mary, with her Babe almost due, rode a donkey – imagine the bumpy ride and the discomfort – and Joseph’s concern.The journey was long and arduous and over rough terrain.
They finally reached Bethlehem, but so had thousands of other people. It was crowded and the inns were full. No-one seemed to have any compassion. Finally they found a stable – a cold, dark, damp and probably smelly (due to the animals) place. But there was nowhere else to stay. I imagine Joseph tried his best to make it comfortable, spreading dry straw around and perhaps using his cloak as a blanket on the straw.
Some poor and lowly shepherds were the first to visit their new-born King. Finally, the Three Kings arrived to pay him homage. But they couldn’t relax.
An angel told Joseph he had to leave – immediately – during the night – because Jesus’ life was in danger. They had to go to Egypt. Imagine trying to face this journey – with not much notice – gathering a few meagre supplies for this long journey through the desert.
When they got there, they were in a strange land. Joseph had to somehow work and provide for his family. But he trusted in God and finally was told – 7 years later, that it was safe to return.
The Book of Truth describes some of these difficulties:
“When my time approached, every obstacle, planted by the spirit of evil, was placed before us, every step we took. Doors were slammed in our faces; people we knew shunned us and we were cast out into the wilderness. And so we ended up without a roof over our heads and in a shelter fit only for animals, while the Holy Messiah came into the world as a pauper. There were no ceremonies, no coronation, no acknowledgements. There were only a few people left to comfort me in my loneliness. But then, when my Son was born, all feelings of anxiety left me. All I felt was a love of the most Divine Presence. Peace finally reigned in my Heart. …
When it was made known that Jesus Christ, the Messiah promised to humanity, was born, the opposition began to mount. The vicious attack by Herod and all his servants, demonstrated how much the Presence of God puts fear into the hearts of evil men.
From that day forward, I became the protector of my Son and my beloved spouse, Joseph, organized our safety on many occasions after that. We spent many years fleeing from one place to another. So much opposition we faced – so much fear, so much hatred. That was our lot…
And now that His Second Coming is imminent, every obstacle will be placed before His Arrival. Every Word out of the mouth of His prophet will be torn asunder and mocked. Only a handful of people will be privy to the Truth surrounding this Mission and many doors will be slammed in the faces of those who follow His instructions. This Mission is a lonely one for you, my child, and you are instructed to remain obedient in all things made known to you by God. …”
Read the complete message at: https://missionofsalvation.com/message-1010/
So for us, too, in the face of all difficulties, the presence of Jesus brings us peace.
We are all part of God’s family – the Christian family. They still want to kill Jesus (Head of our family) – to get rid of God in the world. They have introduced paganism, changed and questioned church teachings, blasphemed against Jesus and our Holy Mother Mary. Some do not want to recognise the True Father of Jesus or to recognise Him as His Son.
Let’s not forget the power of the Holy Rosary. It is our weapon. It will bind the evil one. We need to do this now, more than ever. We need it for protection. Remember the miracles of Lepanto, Vienna, Hiroshima, Brazil …? There are many other amazing miracles. It is the prayer that Our lady asked us to pray in many of her apparitions.
To pray this together in our families today, and everyday, is a must!
We have to safeguard our own immediate families and keep them true to God and to their Faith, and in so doing, we can help to keep the True Faith, and God, present in the world today, in order to defeat evil.
“O Jesus, our most loving Redeemer, who having come to enlighten the world with Thy teaching and example, didst will to pass the greater part of Thy life in humility and subjection to Mary and Joseph in the poor home of Nazareth, thus sanctifying the Family that was to be an example for all Christian families, graciously receive our family as it dedicates and consecrates itself to Thee this day. Do Thou defend us, guard us and establish amongst us The holy fear, true peace, and concord in Christian love: in order that, by conforming ourselves to the divine pattern of Thy family, we may be able, all of us without exception, to attain to eternal happiness.
Mary, dear Mother of Jesus and Mother of us, by thy kindly intercession make this our humble offering acceptable in the sight of Jesus, and obtain for us His graces and blessings.
O Saint Joseph, most holy guardian of Jesus and Mary, assist us by thy prayers in all our spiritual and temporal necessities, that so we may be enabled to praise our divine Saviour Jesus, together with Mary and thee, for all eternity. Amen.”
Last night (Tuesday 20th Aug.) was the day that abhorrent bill to decriminalise abortion was to be debated and decided. They tried to rush it through, but they didn’t expect the fight and the back lash.
In the previous week – parishes throughout the Sydney and Parramatta dioceses were getting ready. Various Christian organizations and lobby groups conducted petitions and letters to Members of Parliament; also submissions regarding the bill itself. Parishes were booking buses for the rally, which was to coincide on the night that members were debating and hoping to pass the bill- after all, its passage through the Lower House was easy (because we had no warning). See the run up to this post at: https://remnantdisciples.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=12815&action=edit
People were told to be at Martin Place at 6pm to begin. Parliament House was literally just around the corner. The site of so many people must have scared the MLC (Upper House) because at the last minute, the Premier had announced that they would delay the debate for 3 weeks to enable more ”community consultation.”
But the MP’s would not have been able to ignore the noise just outside. Within a half hour there was a Right to Life NSW.com video with the speaker announcing that there were 10,000 people. Bishop Richard Umbers had a video on his facebook, showing a Melkite bishop speaking, as well as Bishop Anthony Fisher.
A Federal MP (Federal Govt. not State) decided to come and give a helping hand.
See Bishop Richard Umbers (facebook listed below) for videos.
(Book of Truth 19 January 2013)
Please pray for us and every country which is fighting this battle.
There is smoke on the horizon. When the winter is dry, and followed by a hot summer (often the case here), the earth is parched, the vegetation wilted and/or tinder dry, it can be ignited easily.
We can’t see the fire behind the trees, but we can see the smoke which covers the heavens and is spreading fast. The grass is green, the sun is overshadowed the haze, and the trees are still standing. But for how long? Some will survive. The fire is needed though, because without it there will be no new growth. In our Australian landscape with its eucalypt trees, the fire is needed to burst open the seeds from the trees so that there can be a new, thicker, more lush vegetation.
So it is with the Church. The smoke is on the horizon. The fire started before we could see the smoke. Soon the fire will be at our doorstep. The fires of hell are burning in the background. The target of the fire is the trees – the Church foundations – the Commandments, Christ’s teachings, the shepherds – many of which are turning out to be wolves in sheep’s clothing.
The smoke slowly envelops us – new teachings – contrary to the Gospel and new morals and standards which slowly invade and take over a society that once belonged to God.
We rely on a few very sturdy trees – tall and strong – who can resist the fire of hell and the smoke of satan. We hope that these trees will provide some shelter from this fire storm. We are blessed to have some tall trees amongst us – who are strong and sturdy, and who try to give us protection from the fire, which is fast approaching and destroying all in its path.
We have Cardinal Burke, Bishop Athanasius Schneider, Cardinal Mueller, Cardinal Walter Brandmüller, Archbishop Vigano, and we have Cardinal Pell. During the past 2 years we have posted quite a few articles about this very strong and courageous cardinal. From his many deeds (here in his home country) and also way back to the synod of 2014 we took note of how he fought. He was one of the 11 Cardinals who dared to write and present a letter to the (pope) about the synod; he announced in a big voice and banged his fist on the table “you will not manipulate this synod” when they cut off his microphone. We all know about his false arrest, trial and imprisonment, but he has just spoken out again – this time from prison.
Then there’s us – who unite and join together to fight this fire the best way we can. We try to put out little spot fires: collecting and signing petitions against diabolical laws being imposed on our countries; we unite with other Christians and Christian lobby groups to fight against the evil that is raining down upon us – like cinders and ashes from the fire. This fire storm includes the acceptance of adultery, sodomy, abortion, and euthanasia not to mention the many heresies, blasphemies, twisted teachings and changes to the Sacraments, and the holy rituals which are meant to honour God which have been, or will be imposed upon us.
The fire is advancing!
Tomorrow’s post: The smoke on the horizon Part 2: Abortion Extremism and the Amazon Synod