Pope Benedict Vs. Francis: Part 17 (final)

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The English Denzinger site (which was run by (20) priests, and which (strangely??) has not been active for a few years, was invaluable and priceless in terms of comparing everything Francis claimed to what authentic Church Teaching says.

The following is an example of one article I had saved. It is very long, so I will post just a few bits every day. The following continues from yesterday’s post.

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Benedict XVI…

…judges Francis’ idea that the Church should not be a Point of Reference

  • The Church is always enlightened by the presence of Christ

And since the glory of God is Love, the heavenly Jerusalem is the icon of the Church, utterly holy and glorious, without spot or wrinkle (cf. Eph 5:27), permeated at her heart and in every part of her by the presence of the God who is Love. She is called a ‘bride’, ‘the bride of the Lamb’ (Rev 20:9), […] The City and Bride is the locus of God’s full communion with humanity; She has no need of a temple or of any external source of light, because the indwelling presence of God and of the Lamb illuminates her from within. (Benedict XVI. Holy Mass for the inauguration of the Fifth General Conference of the Bishops of Latin America and the Caribbean, May 13, 2007)

…judges Francis’ idea on the Re-reading of the Gospel

  • The great risk involved in reading the Gospel without the light of faith

Another major theme that emerged during the Synod, to which I would now like to draw attention, is the interpretation of sacred Scripture in the Church. The intrinsic link between the word and faith makes clear that authentic biblical hermeneutics can only be had within the faith of the Church, which has its paradigm in Mary’s fiat. Saint Bonaventure states that without faith there is no key to throw open the sacred text: ‘This is the knowledge of Jesus Christ, from whom, as from a fountain, flow forth the certainty and the understanding of all sacred Scripture. Therefore it is impossible for anyone to attain to knowledge of that truth unless he first have infused faith in Christ, which is the lamp, the gate and the foundation of all Scripture’ (Breviloquium, Prol.). And Saint Thomas Aquinas, citing Saint Augustine, insists that ‘the letter, even that of the Gospel, would kill, were there not the inward grace of healing faith’ (STh, I-II, q.106, a.2). (Benedict XVI, Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Verbum Domini, no. 29, September 30, 2010)

  • Scripture sheds light on human existence

The word of God sheds light on human existence and stirs our conscience to take a deeper look at our lives, inasmuch as all human history stands under God’s judgment. (Benedict XVI, Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Verbum Domini, no. 99, September 30, 2010)

  • The Word of God should be an inspiration for temporal authorities

In the light of the Lord’s words, let us discern the ‘signs of the times’ present in history, and not flee from a commitment to those who suffer and the victims of forms of selfishness. The Synod recalled that a commitment to justice and to changing our world is an essential element of evangelization.[…] For this reason, the Synod Fathers wished to say a special word to all those who take part in political and social life. Evangelization and the spread of God’s word ought to inspire their activity in the world, as they work for the true common good in respecting and promoting the dignity of every person. (Benedict XVI, Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Verbum Domini, no. 100, September 30, 2010)

…judges Francis’ idea on happiness

  • Jesus is the happiness we seek

Dear young people, the happiness you are seeking, the happiness you have a right to enjoy has a name and a face: it is Jesus of Nazareth, hidden in the Eucharist. Only he gives the fullness of life to humanity! […] I repeat today what I said at the beginning of my Pontificate: ‘If we let Christ into our lives, we lose nothing, nothing, absolutely nothing of what makes life free, beautiful and great. No! Only in this friendship are the doors of life opened wide. Only in this friendship is the great potential of human existence truly revealed. Only in this friendship do we experience beauty and liberation’ (Homily at the Mass of Inauguration, 24 April, 2005). Be completely convinced of this: Christ takes from you nothing that is beautiful and great, but brings everything to perfection for the glory of God, the happiness of men and women, and the salvation of the world. (Benedict XVI. Address on the Celebration of welcoming the young people on the occasion of the XX World Youth Day, August 18, 2005)

  • The example of Saint Francis: only the Infinite can fill the human heart

‘Francis was always happy and generous, dedicated to play and song, roaming through the town of Assisi day and night with friends like him, spend-thrifts, dissipating all that they could have or earn on lunches and other things’ (3 LTC 1, 2). Of how many of today’s youth could something similar be said? […] In that way of living there was the desire for happiness that dwells in every human heart. But could that life bring true joy? Francis certainly did not find it. You yourselves, dear young people, can verify this beginning with your experience. The truth is that finite things can give only a faint idea of joy, but only the Infinite can fill the heart.  (Benedict XVI, Speech, Meeting with Youth in Assisi, June 17, 2007)

  • Bishops have the duty to point out the world’s inability to bring true joy

Like the wise householder who brings forth from his treasure ‘what is new and what is old’(Mt 13:52), your people need to view the changes in society with discernment, and here they look to you for leadership. Help them to recognize the inability of the secular, materialist culture to bring true satisfaction and joy. Be bold in speaking to them of the joy that comes from following Christ and living according to his commandments. Remind them that our hearts were made for the Lord and that they find no peace until they rest in him (cf. St. Augustine, Confessions, 1:1). (Benedict XVI, Address to the Bishops of Ireland on their Ad Limina Visit, 28 October, 2006)

  • The secret of happiness consists in putting God in first place

God loves us: this is the source of true joy. Even if one has all he or she wants, one can sometimes be unhappy; on the other hand, one can be deprived of everything, even freedom or health, and be in peace and joy if God is in his or her heart. Thus, the secret is this: God must always have first place in our life. (Benedict XVI. Speech on the visit to Rome’s prison for minors Casal del Marmo, March 18, 2007)

  • The Eucharist is the source of Christian joy

Where is the source of Christian joy to be found if not in the Eucharist, which Christ left us as spiritual Food while we are pilgrims on this earth? The Eucharist nurtures in believers of every epoch that deep joy which makes us one with love and peace and originates from communion with God and with our brothers and sisters. (Benedict XVI. Angelus, March 18, 2007)

  • True joy comes from Christ’s Cross

True joy is something different from pleasure; joy grows and continues to mature in suffering, in communion with the Cross of Christ. It is here alone that the true joy of faith is born. (Benedict XVI. Address to the priests of the Diocese of Aosta, 25, July 2005)

  • Observing the Commandments is the path to happiness

God wants us to be happy. That is why he gave us specific directions for the journey of life: the commandments. If we observe them, we will find the path to life and happiness. At first glance, they might seem to be a list of prohibitions and an obstacle to our freedom. But if we study them more closely, we see in the light of Christ’s message that the commandments are a set of essential and valuable rules leading to a happy life in accordance with God’s plan. (Benedict XVI. Message for the Twenty-Seventh World Youth Day, no. 5, March 15, 2012)

  • Blessed are they who obey the word of God

This close relationship between God’s word and joy is evident in the Mother of God. Let us recall the words of Saint Elizabeth: ‘Blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord’ (Lk 1:45). Mary is blessed because she has faith, because she believed, and in this faith she received the Word of God into her womb in order to give him to the world. The joy born of the Word can now expand to all those who, by faith, let themselves be changed by God’s word. The Gospel of Luke presents this mystery of hearing and joy in two texts. Jesus says: ‘My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it’ (Lk 8:21). And in reply to a woman from the crowd who blesses the womb that bore him and the breasts that nursed him, Jesus reveals the secret of true joy: ‘Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it!’ (Lk 11:28). (Benedict XVI. Apostolic Exhortation Verbum Domini, no. 124, September 30, 2010)

…judges Francis’ idea on Ascetism and silence in the Spiritual Exercises

  •  It is necessary to educate the faithful in the value of silence and recollection

Ours is not an age which fosters recollection; at times one has the impression that people are afraid of detaching themselves, even for a moment, from the mass media. For this reason, it is necessary nowadays that the People of God be educated in the value of silence. Rediscovering the centrality of God’s word in the life of the Church also means rediscovering a sense of recollection and inner repose. (Benedict XVI, Apostolic Exhortation Verbum Domini, no. 66, September 30, 2010)

…judges Francis’ idea of fraternal love

  • Fraternal correction heals wounds

The Gospel text […] tells us that brotherly love also involves a sense of mutual responsibility. For this reason if my brother commits a sin against me I must treat him charitably and first of all, speak to him privately, pointing out that what he has said or done is wrong. This approach is known as ‘fraternal correction’: it is not a reaction to the offence suffered but is motivated by love for one’s brethren. St Augustine comments: ‘Whoever has offended you, in offending you, has inflicted a serious injury upon himself; and would you not care for a brother’s injury?… You must forget the offence you have received but not the injury of one of your brethren’ (Discourse 82, 7). And what if my brother does not listen to me? In today’s Gospel Jesus points to a gradual approach: first, speak to him again with two or three others, the better to help him realize what he has done; if, in spite of this, he still refuses to listen, it is necessary to tell the community; and if he refuses to listen even to the community, he must be made to perceive that he has cut himself off by separating himself from the communion of the Church. All this demonstrates that we are responsible for each other in the journey of Christian life; each person, aware of his own limitations and shortcomings, is called to accept fraternal correction and to help others with this specific service. (Benedict XVI. Angelus, September 4, 2011)

  • When faced with evil we should not keep silence, since correction is a work of mercy

The Scriptures tell us: ‘Rebuke the wise and he will love you for it. Be open with the wise, he grows wiser still, teach the upright, he will gain yet more’ (Prov 9:8). Christ himself commands us to admonish a brother who is committing a sin (cf. Mt 18:15). The Church’s tradition has included ‘admonishing sinners’ among the spiritual works of mercy. It is important to recover this dimension of Christian charity. We must not remain silent before evil. I am thinking of all those Christians who, out of human regard or purely personal convenience, adapt to the prevailing mentality, rather than warning their brothers and sisters against ways of thinking and acting that are contrary to the truth and that do not follow the path of goodness. Christian admonishment, for its part, is never motivated by a spirit of accusation or recrimination. It is always moved by love and mercy, and springs from genuine concern for the good of the other. As the Apostle Paul says: ‘If one of you is caught doing something wrong, those of you who are spiritual should set that person right in a spirit of gentleness; and watch yourselves that you are not put to the test in the same way’ (Gal 6:1).
In a world pervaded by individualism, it is essential to rediscover the importance of fraternal correction, so that together we may journey towards holiness. […] Apostle Paul encourages us to seek ‘the ways which lead to peace and the ways in which we can support one another’ (Rom 14:19) for our neighbour’s good, ‘so that we support one another’ (Rom 15:2), seeking not personal gain but rather ‘the advantage of everybody else, so that they may be saved’ (1 Cor 10:33). This mutual correction and encouragement in a spirit of humility and charity must be part of the life of the Christian community. (Benedict XVI, Message for Lent 2012, November 3, 2011)

  • God grants pardon so that in future one ceases to sin

St Augustine in his Commentary observed:  ‘The Lord did also condemn, but condemned sins, not man. For if he were a patron of sin, he would say, ‘neither will I condemn you; go, live as you will; be secure in my deliverance; however much you sin, I will deliver you from all punishment’. He said not this (Io Ev. tract. 33, 6). […] Therefore, we understand that our real enemy is attachment to sin, which can lead us to failure in our lives. Jesus sent the adulterous woman away with this recommendation:  ‘Go, and do not sin again’. He forgives her so that ‘from now on’ she will sin no more. (Benedict XVI. Visit to the Roman Parish of Saint Felicity and her Children, Martyrs, March 25, 2007)

  • Habits linked to sin do not create a new world

Saint Luke remarks first of all that the people ‘were in expectation’ (Lk 3: 15). In this way he emphasizes the expectation of Israel and, in those people who had left their homes and their usual tasks, the profound desire for a different world and new words that seem to find an answer precisely in the Precursor’s words that may be severe and demanding and yet are full of hope. The baptism John offers is one of repentance, a sign that is an invitation to conversion, to a change of life, because One is coming who will ‘baptize with the Holy Spirit and with fire’ (Lk 3:16). Indeed it is impossible to aspire to a new world while remaining immersed in selfishness and habits linked to sin. (Benedict XVI. Homily on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, January 10, 2010)

…judges Francis’ idea of the Roman Curia

  • Valuable contribution to the Petrine Ministry

 Our community, as you emphasized, Your Eminence, is truly a “working community”, bound by bonds of fraternal love which the Christmas festivities help to reinforce. In this spirit, you did not omit an appropriate mention of the former members of our Curial family who crossed the threshold of time in recent months and have entered into God’s peace. On such an occasion it does our hearts good to feel close to those who shared the service to the Church with us and who now intercede for us at God’s throne. I therefore thank you for your words, Your Eminence, Dean of the College of Cardinals, and I thank everyone present for the contribution that each one makes to the fulfilment of the ministry entrusted to me by the Lord. (Benedict XVI. Address to the Members of the Roman Curia, December 21, 2007)

  • Appreciated collaboration

 This morning, the family of the Roman Curia also comes together, following a fine custom which gives us the joy of meeting and exchanging greetings in this special spiritual milieu. To each of you I offer a cordial greeting, full of gratitude for your valued collaboration with the ministry of the Successor of Peter. (Benedict XVI. Address to the Members of the Roman Curia, December 22, 2008)

  • Superior service rendered to the successor of Peter

This meeting gives me the opportunity to reaffirm my esteem and respect for your lofty service to the Successor of Peter and to the whole Church, while for you it is an incentive to ever greater commitment in a context that is indeed arduous, but invaluable for the salvation of souls. The principle that the salus animarum is the supreme law in the Church (cf. CIC, can. 1752) must indeed be borne in mind and every day must find in your work the strict respect that it merits. (Benedict XVI. Address for the Inauguration of the Judicial Year of the Roman Rota, January 26, 2013)

  • The Church of Rome has a special privilege due to the blood of the Apostles

It is a symbol of the special mission of Peter and his Successors to tend Christ’s flock, keeping it united in faith and in charity. At the beginning of the second century St Ignatius of Antioch attributed a special primacy to the Church which is in Rome, greeting her in his Letter to the Romans as the one which ‘presides in charity’. It is because the Apostles Peter and Paul, together with many other martyrs, poured out their blood in this City, that this special task of service depends on the Community of Rome and on its Bishop. Let us, thus, return to the witness of blood and of charity. The Chair of Peter is therefore the sign of authority, but of Christ’s authority, based on faith and on love. (Benedict XVI. Angelus, February 19, 2012)

…judges Francis’ ideas on Peace

  • Without an Acceptance of God There Will Be No Peace for Humanity

 Consequently, it is essential that we should all be committed to living our lives in an attitude of responsibility before God, acknowledging him as the deepest source of our own existence and that of others. By going back to this supreme principle we are able to perceive the unconditional worth of each human being, and thus to lay the premises for building a humanity at peace. Without this transcendent foundation society is a mere aggregation of neighbours, not a community of brothers and sisters called to form one great family. (Benedict XVI, Message for the Celebration of the World Day of Peace, January 1, 2008)

  • Peace is a Gift of God that Demands a Personal Response Consistent with God’s Plan

Likewise, peace is both gift and task. If it is true that peace between individuals and peoples—the ability to live together and to build relationships of justice and solidarity—calls for unfailing commitment on our part, it is also true, and indeed more so, that peace is a gift from God. Peace is an aspect of God’s activity, made manifest both in the creation of an orderly and harmonious universe and also in the redemption of humanity that needs to be rescued from the disorder of sin. Creation and Redemption thus provide a key that helps us begin to understand the meaning of our life on earth. My venerable predecessor Pope John Paul II, addressing the General Assembly of the United Nations on October 5, 1995, stated that “we do not live in an irrational or meaningless world… there is a moral logic which is built into human life and which makes possible dialogue between individuals and peoples.” The transcendent “grammar”, that is to say the body of rules for individual action and the reciprocal relationships of persons in accordance with justice and solidarity, is inscribed on human consciences, in which the wise plan of God is reflected. As I recently had occasion to reaffirm: “we believe that at the beginning of everything is the Eternal Word, Reason and not Unreason.” Peace is thus also a task demanding of everyone a personal response consistent with God’s plan. The criterion inspiring this response can only be respect for the “grammar” written on human hearts by the divine Creator. (Benedict XVI. Message for the Celebration of the World Day of Peace, January 1, 2007)

…judges Francis’ idea on whether the Lord always Pardons…

  • The certainty of God’s pardon is not an excuse to fail to seek sanctity

Even when we have to struggle continually with the same failings, it is important to resist the coarsening of our souls and the indifference which would simply accept that this is the way we are. It is important to keep pressing forward, without scrupulosity, in the grateful awareness that God forgives us ever anew – yet also without the indifference that might lead us to abandon altogether the struggle for holiness and self-improvement. (Benedict XVI. Letter to Seminarians, n.3, October 18, 2010)

  • Priests should educate the faithful about the radical requirements of the Gospel

The discussed “crisis” of the Sacrament of Penance, frequently calls into question priests first of all and their great responsibility to teach the People of God the radical requirements of the Gospel. In particular, it asks them to dedicate themselves generously to hearing sacramental confessions; to guide the flock courageously so that it does not conform to the mindset of this world (cf. Rom 12:2) but may even be able to make decisions that run counter to the tide, avoiding adjustments and compromises. (Benedict XVI. Speech to Participants in the Internal Forum Course Organized by the Apostolic Penitentiary, March 11, 2010)

  • He who repents, receives pardon and the strength to sin no more

Jesus sent the adulterous woman away with this recommendation: ‘Go, and do not sin again’. He forgives her so that ‘from now on’ she will sin no more. In a similar episode, that of the repentant woman, a former sinner whom we come across in Luke’s Gospel (cf. Lk 7:36-50), he welcomed a woman who had repented and sent her peacefully on her way. Here, instead, the adulterous woman simply receives an unconditional pardon. In both cases – for the repentant woman sinner and for the adulterous woman – the message is the same. In one case it is stressed that there is no forgiveness without the desire for forgiveness, without opening the heart to forgiveness; here it is highlighted that only divine forgiveness and divine love received with an open and sincere heart give us the strength to resist evil and ‘to sin no more’, to let ourselves be struck by God’s love so that it becomes our strength. (Benedict XVI. Homily, visit to the Roman Parish of St. Felicity and her children, Martyrs, Sunday, 25 March 2007)

  • Confession is not only an instrument of pardon, but also of sanctification

Then there is a close connection between holiness and the Sacrament of Reconciliation, witnessed by all the saints of history. The real conversion of our hearts, which means opening ourselves to God’s transforming and renewing action, is the “driving force” of every reform and is expressed in a real evangelizing effort. In confession, through the freely bestowed action of divine Mercy, repentant sinners are justified, pardoned and sanctified and abandon their former selves to be reclothed in the new.(Benedict XVI. To participants in a course organized by the Apostolic Penitentiary, 9 March 2012)

From : https://en.denzingerbergoglio.com/who-judges-francis/benedict-xvi/

This is the final part of this series.

 

I am not sure if the link above still works, but the site itself is still accessible (see link below), but without some of these articles.

This was only a tiny example of the immense work these priests did. The original website, was very comprehensive and for each wrong step of Francis, the article they wrote would include  information from Church teachings, previous popes and saints, etc

You can still find the website at: https://en-denzingerbergoglio.com/

However, some links no longer work (e.g.”160 queries about Bergoglio”) but much information is still archived on it.

 

 

Lenten Program Instructions from the Book of Truth

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“Lent is a time of quiet reflection, of personal sacrifice and an opportunity to pray for the mitigation of war in the world. These few weeks of Lent must be used to prepare your souls and those of your brothers and sisters.” (2-22-12)

 Every week of the Lenten period

  • Fasting once a week. Make small sacrifices according to your desire. Use this time to help Jesus battle for souls. Reflect on Jesus’ life on earth and His Gift of Dying on the Cross to give us Eternal Life. (22-2-12)
  • Pray the NOVENA OF SALVATION (CP130: 3x) in one of those Lenten weeks so that all souls will be granted immunity from the fires of Hell and be granted salvation. (12-01-13)
  • Recite the Holy Rosary every day with every Fridays of Lent to saying the four mysteries of the Holy Rosary between now and Easter to mitigate destruction in the world. (9-3-12)
  • Fasting on Good Friday. Intention: to prevent One World Currency and bring freedom to nations. Pray CP 42 (prayed at time of fasting) (27-3-12)
  • During Holy WEEK, conduct a time of fasting from Monday until 15:30 hours (03:30 PM) on Good Friday. Pray CP103 (22-3-13)

Receive the Sacrament of Confession (for non Catholics and for those unable to go to confession**, recite CP 24 – Plenary Indulgence for Absolution for 7 days) to be given the gift of Total Absolution and the Power of the Holy Spirit. (22-3-13)

“If you can accept this, you will, in atonement for the sins of mortal man, save millions of souls. I will grant Mercy to the most hardened sinners, in return for your gift of suffering.”

NOTES:
* By fasting you are requested to eat only one main meal during the day and then bread and water only at the other two meal times. (12-1-13)

** For those unable to go to confessions are circumstances where there are no priests available or out of reach.

CRUSADE PRAYERS FOR LENT

Crusade Prayer (34) My Gift of Fasting to Jesus
(Prayer to prepare for Holy Week and Easter)

O My Jesus, help me in my own small way, to imitate Your life of Sacrifice, in order to save mankind. Allow me to offer You the gift of fasting one day a week, throughout Lent, to save all of humanity so that they can enter the Gates of the New Paradise on Earth. I offer You, dear Jesus, my sacrifice with love and joy in my heart. To show You the extent of my love through this sacrifice, I beg You for the salvation of every soul who may have fallen from Grace. Amen

Crusade Prayer (42) Prayer of fasting to stop One World Currency
(Prayer on Good Friday during Fasting)

O God Most High, I offer you my gift of fasting, so that You will stop the grip of evil in the world, being planned to starve my country of food, including the Bread of Life. Accept my offering and listen to my pleas for other nations to prevent them from the suffering being planned by the antichrist. Save us, dear Lord, from this wickedness and protect our Faith, so that we can honour You with the freedom we need to love and adore You forever and ever. Amen

Crusade Prayer (103) To share the Cup of Suffering with Christ
(Prayer for Holy Week and any time of fasting (recite 3X) to atone for the sins of mankind to enable Jesus to pour His Great Mercy over the whole world.)

I lay before You, dear Jesus, and at Your Feet to do what You will with me for the good of all. Let me share Your Cup of Suffering. Take this gift from me, so that You can save those poor souls who are lost and without hope. Take me, in body, so I can share Your Pain. Hold my heart in Your Sacred Hands and bring my soul in union with You. Through my gift of suffering, I allow Your Divine Presence to embrace my soul, so that You can redeem all sinners and unite all God’s children forever and ever. Amen.

Crusade Prayer (130) Novena of Salvation
(Prayer in any week of your choice during the Lenten Period. Starts on a Monday, recited 3x in the morning for 7 days with one day of fasting. This is an extra day of fasting.)

My beloved Mother of Salvation, please gain for all souls the Gift of Eternal Salvation through the Mercy of your Son, Jesus Christ Through your intercession, I plead that you will pray to release all souls from bondage to Satan. Please ask your Son to show Mercy and forgiveness for those souls who reject Him, hurt Him with their indifference, and who adore false doctrine and false gods. We beseech you, dear Mother, to beg for the graces to open the hearts of those souls who are most in need of your help. Amen.

Note: The Crusade Prayers above are in addition to the usual crusade prayers and litanies, and other grouped crusade prayers you may wish to add during the Lenten season.

 

Courtesy of our State co-ordinator of JtM prayer groups.

The Greatest Miracles will be Conversions: Monica’s Story

Monica’s Conversion Story

(Translated and disseminated by Jesus to Mankind Crusade Prayer Warrior- Paul M. The subheadings have been inserted by managers of this site as well as the highlighting).

My name is Monica Stancu and I live in Romania. This is a true story about how Jesus changed my life. I now believe that every conversion is, in fact, a miracle ! The best decision I have ever made was to follow Jesus. To begin, I would like to share with you about the ‘old’ Monica.

The ‘Old  Monica’

I was baptized into the Orthodox Church and as a young girl I would sometimes accompany my mother to Mass because she is a Catholic. As a family we did not practice our faith and we attended church very rarely ! Looking back on my thirty-four years of life to date, it’s been a disaster. I’ve broken all of the Ten Commandments; living a care-free life as though God didn’t exist. Unbeknown to me during this time, I was being blinded by Satan. I was not aware that in my sinfulness, I was offending God. One thing I did know is that life for me had become miserable !

During 2012, I was experiencing a crisis with professional and financial problems. I felt trapped. Things were going from bad to worse. My friend in Germany was experiencing similar problems to me and we had discussions about how we could solve our problems. In June 2013, I made a decision to begin attending Mass on most Sundays. It was a comfort for me, although I understood very little about the Catholic faith. During this time, I continued with my worldly and sinful ways because I didn’t know any better. Most of my friends were Protestant and one was Catholic; although later even he became Protestant. When we were together, God became our main topic of conversation and we had many long discussions. At that time I had begun searching for the truth. I probed my friends with many questions and as you know Protestants have many optimistic views about Christianity and this captured my attention. They invited me to their church and I obliged. They offered me many books and literature for me to read, including one written by Joel Osteen, and I knew that they were trying to convert me to Protestantism.

The search

Deep in my heart I knew something wasn’t right, so I began reading the Bible but I understood very little and I had a strange feeling in my stomach, which made me feel bad. I continued opening the Bible at random although the feelings continued and I would often close it again after a matter of minutes. I was searching for a story about someone like me and I couldn’t find it. Everything seemed ‘too deep’ for me to understand. Things took a turn for the better when, one day, I began reading the Book of Revelation. It was very confusing for me and I may as well have been trying to read Chinese.

Then my imagination was sparked to look on the internet for interpretations about what I had been reading. Scrolling down the various web pages, I came across some beautiful prayers and I downloaded them for later. Accompanying these prayers was information about a certain ‘Book of Truth. I began reading; one message after another… I couldn’t stop. I was absorbing everything like a sponge and I couldn’t get enough of everything. The prayers too, were so beautiful.

A book changed everything!

For the first time I knew that my heart had be touched by something BIG. I couldn’t resist staying away from the messages, even for one day. With this new-found prophecy, I began sharing everything about the Book of Truth with my good friend in Germany, and I asked him if it was possible for us to change our lives and to live as God wanted. His answer was that I should beware of becoming ‘extreme’ in my faith. I continued reading every message in the Book of Truth, as I believed every word was coming from Heaven. I began praying the prayers which I love. I was learning my Catholic faith from the Book of Truth and not from the usual formation that one would expect. I began to learn about the Rosary, Confession, the Mass, Holy Communion, Divine Mercy, God’s unconditional love for every one of His children regardless of faith or creed. I felt like I’d struck it rich and inherited a goldmine! I wanted to shout to the world the Book of Truth!!  

The new Monica

Daily Mass became the norm for me. I began making lists of all the sins of my life and bringing them to Confession. I was now praying the Rosary and Crusade Prayers daily. I was learning about Sister Faustina and the wonderful gift of Divine Mercy and the prayer of the Divine Mercy Chaplet. I also began reading about the lives of the saints and I learned a lot from this. Although my heart had begun to flower, I also felt a tremendous sorrow for how I had lived my life prior to my conversion. I was ashamed beyond words. I knew that Jesus’ love and forgiveness had conquered all of my sins at His great Sacrifice on Calvary. I would tell anyone and everyone about what the Book of Truth had done for me and especially my own mother.

Fighting for conversions in the Remnant Army

I’ve shared this Mission of Salvation with all the priests that I know. Actually I think that many people listen to me out of common courtesy, but often it has been like talking to a wall. I continued to read the messages over the phone to my good friend, in the hope that one day he would experience what I’ve encountered. I’m happy to say that since this time he too has received a conversion and he made a long list of the sins of his entire life and brought them to his first confession in twenty-two years! Upon hearing this good news, I became very emotional and tearfully happy for him. He told me that after his Confession, he felt so free!

Our Lord is working in a way that we cannot understand. I have found the internet to be a marvelous way of becoming an active part of the Mission of Salvation by sharing my conversion story and encouraging others in this mission. God has formed His Remnant Army to rise-up and be prayer warriors for the conversion of mankind, hence the name of the Crusade of Prayer groups- Jesus to Mankind.

Although this is the Lord’s work, He needs us to be praying, participating in The Mass, Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet, The Seal of the Living God, The Crusade and Litany prayers, time before the Blessed Sacrament, confessing our sins to a priest. We are in a war for souls. The war is fought in the heavens between God and Satan – Angels vs devils. There are no aircraft, tanks, warships and guns…only Prayer.

The Way Forward

This June, 2017, will be the third anniversary of my conversion. Year by year, my Faith in God has continued to evolve and deepen. I now love praying the Rosary and I’ve even started to make Rosary beads as a way of giving something back to Our Lady.

I truly believe that we are on a Mission for God that cannot fail. I believe that the Book of Truth is God preparing us for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ in Glory. And I now wish to make a very big pointI have tried my best to tell people about the Book of Truth. There have been many instances where the same people come back to me and say that others convinced them that Maria Divine Mercy is false. People believe all of the lies written about her on the internet. People think that if a priest or theologian who they like, does not believe in revelations, and tell you not to follow something, that they are right. But I believe that people should pray first and then be guided by the Holy Spirit and then follow their own hearts concerning this prophecy. Pray for the Gift of Discernment; pray as you never have before! How can it be that two solid priests beg to differ on the same authentic prophecy ?

I can tell you that God is speaking to His people through Maria Divine Mercy and I feel that no priest, no bishop and no cardinal could change my mind regarding the Book of Truth. I hear Jesus’s Voice in these messages and they are giving me huge consolation. Finally, I testify truthfully that my Conversion has come about solely through my discovery of the Book of Truth. I have attained knowledge and wisdom through reading the messages and I’ve received huge graces through the prayers, which I continue to pray daily. I have changed from living a depressing life of sin, to feeling every moment the hope and joy of living for Jesus and Mary. I look forward to the Second Coming of Jesus and to meeting you all in the New Paradise.

There, by the grace of God, go I.

Sincerely in Christ,

Monica.

Second stage of Schism – Prophecy Fulfilled

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Are we at the second stage of the schism?

 “The schism in My Church will be broken into different stages.B of T

The first stage will be when only those who truly know Me, and understand the Truth of the Holy Gospels, will decide that they cannot accept lies in My Name….”

The second stage will come about when people are denied the Holy Sacraments, as they are meant to be.” 

 (Prophecy from the Book of Truth 20th October, 2013)

See article on First Stage of schism fulfilled at : https://remnantdisciples.wordpress.com/2016/11/29/the-dubia-schism-and-prophecy/

The Holy Sacraments of Eucharist, Holy Orders, Extreme Unction (Last Rites) are DEFINITELY NOT being administered in the way “they are meant to be.” (see prophecy above).

In the latter case,, while still excluding men with deep-seated tendencies, the rules have been  relaxed so that men with “transitory homosexual tendencies”. See fullarticle at the above link.

Would these examples below also count?

  • Pf emphasizes that “unjust discrimination” against gays and lesbians is unacceptable, and he downplays the idea of “living in sin” and suggests that priests should use their own discretion on whether divorced Catholics in new marriages can take Communion. See CNN news at: http://edition.cnn.com/2016/04/08/europe/vatican-pope-family

In fact, because of his many (unofficial) utterances, many take it that those living in adulterous relationships can approach the Most Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist, if they want to.

AND WHAT ABOUT CONFESSION?

  • “And here I recommend that you understand not only the language of the word, but also that of gestures. If someone comes to you and feels something must be removed from him, but perhaps he is unable to say it, but you understand … it’s all right, he says it this way, with the gesture of coming. First condition. Second, he is repentant. If someone comes to you it is because he doesn’t want to fall into these situations, but he doesn’t dare say it, he is afraid to say it and then not be able to do it. But if he cannot do it, ad impossibila nemo tenetur [no one is obliged to do the impossible]. And the Lord understands these things, the language of gestures. Have open arms, to understand what is inside that heart that cannot be said or said this way … somewhat because of shame … you understand me….. Often shame makes one mute and … The gesture, the language of the gesture. (Meeting with priests and deacons of Rome, February 11, 2016)  See  full article at: https://en.denzingerbergoglio.com/if-someone-comes-to-you-and-feels-something-must-be-removed-from-him-but-perhaps-he-is-unable-to-say-it-but-you-understand-its-all-right-he-says-it-this-way-with-the-ge/#Francis

Can we receive absolution without confessing? That is not a true administration of the Sacrament.

The Holy Sacraments will never be the same again, and this is only the beginning.

Are we at the second  stage of the schism?

St Faustina on Spiritual Directors

Diary of St. Faustina, 937

+ I will say a word more about my spiritual director [Father Andrasz or Father Sopocko [169]]. It is strange that there are so few priests who know how to pour power, strength and courage into a soul so that it can make constant progress without getting tired. Under such direction a soul, even of lesser strength, can do much for the glory of God. And here I discovered a secret; namely, that the confessor, or rather the spiritual director, does not make light of the trifles that the soul brings to him. And when the soul notices that it is being controlled in this, it begins to exert itself and does not omit the slightest opportunity to practice virtue and also avoids the smallest faults. And from these efforts, as with little stones, there rises within the soul a most beautiful temple. On the contrary, if the soul notices that the confessor neglects these little things, it likewise neglects them and ceases to give an account of them to the confessor and, worse still, will begin to grow negligent in little things. Thus, instead of going forward, it gradually retreats backward and becomes aware of the situation only when it has already fallen into some serious trouble. Here, a serious question poses itself: who is at fault, the soul in question or the confessor; that is to say, the director? It seems to me that all the blame should be put on the imprudent director; the soul’s only fault is to have taken upon itself the choice of a director. ! The director could well have led the soul along the road of God’s will to sanctity.

A Dream of ‘The Warning’

The Bible tells us not to disregard dreams or visions, but rather to expect them, in the latter days:

Acts Of Apostles 2:17
And it shall come to pass, in the last days, (saith the Lord,) I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams

Joel 2:28

[28] And it shall come to pass after this, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy: your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions[29]Moreover upon my servants and handmaids in those days I will pour forth my spirit. [30] And I will shew wonders in heaven; and in earth, blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke. [31] The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood: before the great and dreadful day of the Lord doth come. [32] And it shall come to pass, that every one that shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved: for in Mount Sion, and in Jerusalem shall be salvation, as the Lord hath said, and in the residue whom the Lord shall call.

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It is unusual for my daughter, K, (aged 22) to have a spiritual dream. During the early hours of Thursday morning 21st April, she had a significant dream which she relayed to me in the early hours of the day as this:

“Me, dad, J.(my fiancé), and mum were sitting on J’s bed talking about stuff. Suddenly, this strange vibrating noisy feeling starts – soft and increasing. Everyone starts groaning and being confused. Mum says ‘this is The Illumination’. I turn to J. and say: “Quick; pray! Pray!

Vibrating surrounds and engulfs and puts us all into our own experience. I look at J. because he screams in pain and I grab his hand tight.

When it ends, he says ‘I didn’t think it was going to be that bad/like that’ (as in his sins/experience). I saw nothing, hence why I was able to look at J. and grab his hand. I didn’t experience anything. Just the same sound/isolation that everyone else did.”

Later that same day I related the dream exactly as she described it in her text message, to the prayer group.

Interpretation by another Prayer group member (and others agreed):

  1. K was not in the dream (as part of it) but was watching the effects. She could only warn and feel compassion. It is still to be expected that on the real day, she will experience and see, as all of us will, the state of our souls before God.

I felt this dream was confirmation of my thought to start systematically and quietly warning people in earnest now about the “Illumination of Conscience”. As you can see, I already posted an article on The Warning, earlier this same week- before this dream occurred. We must follow the inspirations of the Holy Spirit. If we have a year at most, how many letterbox drops can we do in that time? 5 streets nearby? 2 neighbourhoods? Or more? Obviously the more we reach the better, but we need to work little by little, regularly, not all at once and then run out of steam!  Let us not be the lazy servant! Nor the bridesmaid who ran out of oil!

To have strength and guidance we have to be right with God first. Do not neglect this or you will fall and it will cost you souls. My own conscience has been pricked more keenly and more often and I’ve been going to Confession more frequently now, as was result. This gives me great relief as I feel God’s Mercy descend upon me.

Examine yourselves, every thought, word and deed in earnest. Confess your sins now while you can and amend your lives. I received confirmation of this also tonight as I opened on this passage Revelations: 16: 15-16.

[15] Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.

We identify with this garment as a description of “Sanctifying Grace”. We will not be able to hide our shame during the Warning if we are in Mortal sin. All our deeds will be laid bare before our own eyes and God. The pure white garment of our Baptism is lost when we choose to gravely sin against God’s Commandments.

All bible quotations were taken from: http://www.drbo.org/

Crusade Prayer (131) The Mercy Prayer

O my dear Mother of Salvation, please ask your Son, Jesus Christ, to grant Mercy to (name all here…) during The Warning and again on the final Day, before they come before your Son. Please pray that each of them will be saved and enjoy the fruits of Eternal Life. Protect them, every day, and take them to your Son, so that His Presence will be shown to them and that they will be granted peace of the spirit and attain great Graces. Amen.

Preparation and prayer for this event is important. Many of the Crusade Prayers we have been given by Jesus are directly  to assist with, or additionally mention, souls in relation to The Warning. But this is not all, of course…

The full written version of all the Crusade Prayers and Litanies can be found at: http://mdmlastprophet.com/prayers-page/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Age Practices and the Grip of Satan – a personal testimony.

We received an email through the “Contact us” on our website.

It was from a lady who had discovered our website and invited us to share her story.

The amazing thing was that one of our Prayer group members had listened to Fabienne’s story while she was on a speaking tour in this country last year.

She describes the New Age practices she was drawn into and the demons which afflicted her. She describes her illumination of conscience, how she saw demons from hell and how Jesus saves her.

Her story of a civil marriage to a divorced man and going to Holy Communion in this state rings bells of alarm for what is being proposed right now in “Amoris Laetitia”

The issues which she raises are so indicative and widespread in our society.

She tells of her pilgrimage to Medjugorje and how the devil said to the Virgin Mary : “Mary, you have won”….”

Read it all here:

https://newagedangers.wordpress.com/my-illumination-of-conscience-2/

Excerpts from Fabienne’s story.

 “Brought up as a Catholic, Fabienne lost her way in the modern world and found herself in the grip of Satan….

Gradually this led on into involvement with much of the paraphernalia of the New Age Movement – numerology, astrology, spiritualism and all manner of the occult. Satan was closing his trap around Fabienne’s soul: “I did not know that I was a victim of a serious haunting of impure spirits because of my ill-chosen paths in life, fortune telling, pendulum, astrology, horoscope, palm reading, initiation into yoga, esoteric meditation, opening of shakras, etc…”

“And now came a bolt of grace in my life! While looking at a poster of the Sacred Heart of Jesus I heard His voice telling me: “My holy wounds will save you!” Through this, Jesus was coming to warn me that he was going to help me find the way to salvation.” God gave me my first supernatural experience in the illumination of conscience: “(Jesus) showed me my soul enclosed within the Beast…I saw the demons that surrounded me and were ready to take me to the place of darkness…”

““So I went to a priest who received me with great love but who was quite surprised to see me come with 5 or 6 pages of sins every time. … What I did not know is that the demons who had penetrated me because of New Age techniques returned to hell during confession....”

“You know, dear brothers and sisters, no sin will exhaust the great mercy of God and the more we draw from it, the more it grows! Let none of you fear to approach Jesus of love, because the flames of his mercy burn in him and he wants to pour them out on you…  it is in the Catholic Church of Rome, the only one founded by Jesus of love on Saint Peter, that I encountered a God of tenderness whose heart melts with love for each one among us.

Fabienne’s website:

https://newagedangers.wordpress.com/