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Monday, November 20, 2017
  Where are you leading us Your Grace?




Your Grace,

Let me start off by writing I love the priesthood for whom they represent. I respect it for what it was meant to be and what it should be, period. Over a period of many, many years and through many of later disastrous interpretations of the Jewish thoughts and from the instructions by the God to the Jewish Levis and Aaronites that created and formed them. The priesthood today has developed an entirely wrong concept of what they were meant to be. They claim that the Old Testament must be interpreted to give a description of many positions found  in the Old Law are meant for them alone, The priesthood is the suffering servant, the sentinel, the keys to the kingdom and there are others. As for the laity, we have been made to be more like and I quote from the poem the Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard.

“Full many a gem of purest ray serene, the dark unfathom'd caves of ocean bear: Full many a flower is born to blush unseen, And waste its sweetness on the desert air.” 

Today the gem can certainly be the Laity. So many priests are made saints and so few of the Laity. It strikes my mind to ask, "Why not! Priests are you not doing your job and making us Saints?"
 

The Church to my mind has rapidly become a desert on which a ship cannot sail. The Barque of Peter is full of holes, the actions of many priests are more like woodpeckers pecking away at the Tree upon which are faith is based. It and I say It rather than She is on a dreary arid desert lacking even the early morning Dew we need for the vine to flourish and grow. A case can be made that even though Heaven, from where Divine Providence, sends prophesies, the hierarchy does not want help. Can the case be made and evidence points to, the Holy Ghost, the Divine Eternal Spirit of Supernatural Love and Sanctifying Grace must not interfere with the work of Priests and Bishops. Are their consciences, through their own priestly piquancy, turning the laity, making us, it seems unable to understand what God in charity needs from us to be part of His Divine Contemplation. Faith is confidence and slowly and surely we the laity are losing it in the Priesthood. Who is responsible for what I can only describe as thoughts coming from the same source that gave Peter authority, that is moving the Laity to action. Was it Heaven in some way. What do you answer? Is this voice meant to be very easy to ignore? This ignorance abounds among the ruling class. One could call it the heresy of clericalism and a priest long ago told me, "So many say they know me and say they know what I want and they speak for me". It does happen. I know lame brained receptionists giving pastoral advice while the priest sits in his office watching a golf tournament. 
We see our Bishops will not let the mystical qualities of a Catholic in a state of grace prevail. It no longer can be, as Christ described, a locution, “Blessed are you Simon bar Jonah, it was not flesh and blood that told you  but My Father in Heaven”. The Christ Jesus standing before Peter was the flesh and blood, hearing the voice of the Divine God which on the average is not wanted in the Dioceses of the Church was Peter's privilege for his confidence in God. It was an interior thought or voice that Bishops and Priests so quickly are ready to dismiss and certainly not investigate. I asked a priest one time, “Do you ever pray for help Father?” “Of course I do”. “Then, why when help comes, do you ignore it?” “Is it because you do not like the messenger?” He burst out in tears. There are many unusual happenings that the priest never knows of since the laity has little or no trust, not just in ways, but in any form of help spiritually. So many not using the confessional never discuss sin with a priest. We will all come to know the catechism teaching in the Church today is made useless and there are better ways for it to be taught. But the mystical spiritual life of the laity is dismissed unless you are women or hysterical pentecostal. I know of a quiet woman in a local church who was surprised when I asked her, “How often do you see Jesus?”Every time they open the tabernacle He looks out at me.” She never told her parish priest. Why not? He will laugh at me. How did I know whom she saw?

The Ruling order bound and determined to be the master and not the servant, want none  and will not brook any interference in the administration and quickly jump to talk about sensus fidelium (sense of the faithful). This sense today are the instincts and opinions of unconfessed scoundrels, who a majority of the laity today. This sense cannot be expressions of grace and wisdom, for these people cannot be and are not in a state of the grace that sanctifies, thus their interior voice is almost non existent. They lack the use of the confessional. The true sense is overwhelmed in the west because of the huge number of the so called members of the Church that have spiritually excised themselves from the Mystical Body by not using the confessional. How can God speak through them when He cannot even see them. "Habakkuk 1:3 Thy eyes are too pure to behold evil and thou canst not look upon iniquity." or conversely "Proverbs 30:12 A generation that are so pure in their own eyes and are not yet washed from their filthiness"

I call you, bishops your grace, you priests Father. Are you really deserving of those titles? There are only two people that can know if you are, Jesus and yourself. Like I do of myself, I suspect you may be fooling yourself as so many priests do. You have a title which I hesitate to use for so many of you who call yourselves Apostles. You certainly are not in the same class as many of the great Bishops and Patriarchs of the Catholic Church that have gone on before, those of of yesteryear. You are mainly very weak and without any doubt in my mind lack fortitude. I believe the original Apostles were martyred, one was skinned alive. Is it to much to ask of you when someone skins you alive with their tongue you are not prepared? Is this because of the bi-polar symptoms this Papacy shows which is causing so much trepidation in Rome, or is it as shown in the symptoms of “Pastoral Fear” and you are frightened by an admonition from some Roman in a clown suit. I quote a line from an article on the subject if pastoral fear by a Catholic Priest who wrote, “My hope is that my brother priests would read this article and take it to heart”. Fat chance, I say. Pastoral fear started so long ago and seen confirmed after Vat 2 is now strongly supported by the dastardly vow you faux-apostles make your priests take on that Thursday in Lent. That dreadful day when a priest betrayed Christ by a Kiss? The day when we celebrate the initiation of the First Eucharist. The old vow priests took served the Church so well as it committed priests to the defense of the Church. This vow came to make their Bishops uncomfortable. The price you latter day apostles will pay, may be dreadful in your eyes but will be justified in the eyes of Heaven for stealing "free will" the greatest  gift God thought He could give us. I make this statement and truly believe the majority of you have certainly never read “The Dignity and Duties of a Priest” by St Alphonse Maria Liguori.

I ask you, your grace, how many men do you meet, as a group or as individuals, none I profess and add to my thoughts the phrase, “without a shadow of a doubt on my part”. How many women do you see? A great majority over the number of men, I claim. Most women are  whom, one could consider,  the daughters of the Jezebels of the 2nd chapter of revelations. How many hard luck stories are you hearing and let yourself be be drawn into permitting sins of adulteries rather than absolving them in the confessional and finishing with the admonition, quoting the Man you spiritually represent, "Go and sin no more". You will many of you allow your soul to become part of the accommodating roundabout drawn up in Amoris Laetitia. A roundabout which many of you will not be able to jump off because of fear, not of the Lord but of your sheep's reaction and the tongue lashing you may or may not receive. You will more than likely to receive abuse far worse than what you consider this blog to be. AL recommends a way of sin. many of you want to ease your responsibilities. It says go back and start again following the same errors. Many bishops, many priests will not answer by saying pray the adulterers change, the Church cannot. As I have not seen or heard of many priests and bishops writing or preaching their opinions of the AL errors, perhaps they are deeply involved in destroying their conscience and backing up this heresy and going along with it for some erroneous peace of their minds. It is a heresy to deny the Lord's directives. It is by Gospel standards a lack of "If you Love Me" Let alone not attacking the Lutheran Heresies and defending the Tridentine Defense of the great Council of Trent on the Sacraments. Do you have the fortitude to defend, Christ, the Eucharist and the Sacraments? You must admit the Council of Trent stands foursquare on the path of the foolish ecumenism, the schismatic nonsense now coming out of Rome. Destroy Trent seems to be the rallying cry in the Church today. Accept Luther not Trent is the demand of Rome. How awful is the place Rome will end up if they continue? Priests will agree to the heart breaking stories of mothers. They are heart breaking when the loss of our children is rudely thrust into our view. Yet this happens now with the lack of good catechism.Tell me of anytime Christ changed His narrative to accommodate Peter.
One cannot teach the Catechism if one does not know it and the knowledge in dioceses is abysmal. The teaching is scandalous, truly scandalous and of course Bishops and priests are in denial of all criticisms and facts that prove otherwise. I am thinking of those RCIA courses I have attended given by foolish idiots, useful only to Christ’s enemies. These courses are the ones I attended with converts and can write about Priests giving them who have complained about my questions and presence.  One semi religious get together was more to do with the virtue of religion and piety and when, during the debate, when I challenged the statement that the Church is a house of man, by a feminist, the priest told me he would have to ask me to leave if I was not quiet. I did ask, “You and whose army?” 20 women present and only four men plus what ever the priest was.

I ask you a question and as it calls for a strong defense of our faith you have to declare yourself. It is like the unanswered Dubia. I do expect a comment on your part that defends our faith, our Catholicism but here is the question. How can you or any of your priests bound to you by a scandalous vow ending their free will, support ecumenism as opposed to evangelism as every day you offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and declare a belief in the unity of the Credo, Apostle or Nicene? You say I believe in the Catholic Church. Do you really??? By the way I feel that there is no wisdom in being protestant as there is no wisdom book in their bible.



Many Church events that are rituals or rites I frequent do not have Wisdom present, both uncreated or created and this is why. The book of Wisdom Ch1 tells us this.



Love justice, you that are the judges of the earth. Think of the Lord in goodness, and seek him in simplicity of heart:

For he is found by them that tempt him not: and he sheweth himself to them that have faith in him.

For perverse thoughts separate from God: and his power when it is tried, reproveth the unwise:

For wisdom will not enter into a malicious soul, nor dwell in a body subject to sins.

For the Holy Spirit of discipline will flee from the deceitful, and will withdraw himself from thoughts that are without understanding, and he shall not abide when iniquity cometh in.


Easy to understand is it not?If Christ is right then where He is, is the Father and where they both are, is the Love that flashes, proceeds between the Father and the Son. Therefore it must be that if the Spirit of Love flees from sin then so do They. Am I wrong? It is obvious too that the Hubris the priesthood has developed in their behavior has moved far away from the service that the Laity has been promised by God, in Psalm 22. it is as Haydock explains, “This psalm most beautifully describes the consolations which the just find in God's protection. Where amongst the priesthood do we the laity find these consolations”, especially I ask where is this action carried out by you priests that encompasses, “He has placed my feet on the right path, the path of righteousness” It has long gone. It has vanished. If, as I think, this phrase symbolizes the Catechism, by which you set your children’s feet upon the right path, the path of righteousness, the sanctified way, by your own admittance, you are failures.



Am I wrong in my critique of the Church then so was Malachi, and many of the Old Testament prophets. So was St Gertrude the Great and so was Our Lady of Salette. How the Bishops came to give Salette recognition and approval is amazing.




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Saturday, July 29, 2017
  Defence of Bl Mary part 4


ON MISTRANSLATIONS AND MISCONCEPTIONS

Protestants often use the verse at Luke 11:27-28, in their arguments against the Blessed Mary. In the NIV, the verse reads, "...a woman in the crowd cried out, “Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you”' He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.” The KJV and RSV read, “Yea rather blessed are they that hear the word of God and keep it”.

Are these the actual words of Christ? How should we respond to Protestants who use this verse to challenge us.

This verse is something like the one recording the wedding at Cana, which we discussed above. Let us look at Luke 11:27-28 and see what it actually says. In the Greek original, the key word is "menoun." The primary meaning of this word is "this is quite true" or, "in very truth,". It may also be translated as "yea, verily" "yes, in very truth." Contrary to the sectarian interpretations of this verse, it actually reads:

Luke 11:27,28; “And it came to pass, as he spoke these things, a certain woman from the crowd, lifting up her voice, said to him: Blessed is the womb that bore thee, and the paps that gave thee suck. But he said: Yea rather, blessed are they who hear the word of God, and keep it”.

20`There is, you see, a considerable difference here. Christ does not at all downplay the blessedness of His mother; He affirms and confirms it. Indeed, we see that the Blessed Mary is here seen to be thrice blessed. She is blessed as the one who bore Christ, blessed again as the one who nursed Him, and blessed above all other humans as the one who heard the word of God and kept it more than any other person.

It is obvious that where Protestantism disagrees with Catholic Orthodoxy, one can simply dismiss the Protestant view out of hand.



ON AN IMPORTANT POINT OF SOUND DOCTRINE

As we mentioned before, the Sectarian prejudice against the veneration of the Blessed Mary is based on their false idea of the nature of redemption. Certainly the same is true of the sectarian prejudice against God's saints. They believe all is necessary to cry out in the Name of Jesus to be saved. To admit to Him is to be born again. Where is the Water by which He originated the Sacrament. Is not the Holy Ghost the Divine Eternal Spirit of Supernatural Love and Sanctifying Grace?

Mankind had to make amends to God for the sin of man. The sin and sins of man were overcome by one man’s sacrifice. Mary was the vessel by which Mary and her Son, Jesus Christ were the mediation and reparation between God and man. It is honest to admit without Mary there was neither salvation nor redemption. Redemption entered this world through Mary, whose Redeeming Son came to restore our fallen human nature, to redeem us, and the world, from our bondage to sin, that is called concupiscence and is engrained deep in our nature. We are inclined by this interior movement of our heart and mind to follow the enticements and power of the world, of the flesh and the demon. Therefore to be one with Christ and the Trinity we have to overcome sin and our inclinations as did Christ. Mary is the Mother of the Example or the Way. Can we not therefore look to Her to obtain from her Spouse the Holy Spirit, to become absorbed with Her help into the Spirit of Holiness, that her Son, Christ, died to obtain for us.

Salvation consists in taking on by keeping or making penance and satisfaction the nature, a restored nature, which is in Jesus Christ. It is wrought by our struggle, with God's help, to acquire the Grace of the Holy Ghost, the Indwelling of the Divine Eternal Holy Spirit. This is righteousness that seizes our place in Heaven for us. Not the Lutheran Justness of Abraham, who could not reach heaven until Christ had died and opened the Gates of Heaven. Abraham resided in Limbo a jewish Old Testament place of waiting. Those special people whom we venerate as “saints”, including the Blessed Mary, are venerated precisely because of the fullness of the Holy Spirit dwelling in them. But apart from this, the veneration of saints, understanding their struggles, their penances and sufferings, many of which were self inflicted by fasting, abstinence and mortification, is an essential element in our being penetrated with a deep understanding of the nature and the dreadful price Christ paid for our redemption. Our awareness of the glory of the Blessed Mary and the saints, and our veneration of them, is actually a confession of the true doctrine of redemption. The saints, like the Blessed Mary, have shown us the true path of salvation and, having become truly participants in the perfect nature, indeed, in God Himself, they have become vessels of Divine Grace.

Often we are accused us of “praying to dead saints.” We claim, and rightly so, they are not dead but living an eternal life of grace. They are decidedly not dead. Mat 25:45; “Then he will answer them, 'Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me. And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

John 3:15.16: “That whoever believes in Him may have eternal life.

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life”. Jesus did promise us eternal life and Mary and the saints earned it. Through their merits they are in the eternal light of

These antagonists are in dreadful error as they are in a ‘church’ of errors, for they do not know the Scripture or the power of God. For God is a God of the living and not the dead... Have you not read in the book of Moses how God spoke in the bush to him, saying `I am the God of Abraham, of Isaac and of Jacob'? He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living: you therefore do greatly err" (Mark 12:24, 26-27).

Thus, if the righteous ones of the Old Testament, from before the “age of Grace” are still numbered among the living, how much more are those of the New Testament alive. They are living testimonies to the victory of Christ over death and the certainty of mankind's redemption by Jesus Christ, our God.






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 I have been given warnings many times over the last few years and I did not have a feeling or in retrospect that I should publish them but rather send them out in a way that was acceptable to the ears of those whom the whispers in my mind calls an adulterous nation Jerusalem the Church). I urge you all to take them to heart and as I was told a little later as Our Lady of Salette, dressed in a dress spun from all the gold of Ophir stamped her feet and said, "They will not pick and choose among my prophets I will fog their minds". It comes to my mind as I am writing that I had a friend whom I had a great regard for Lorna Keras for whom I often prayed. Lorna has since died and I certainly did not want her to receive the promise given me and have her mind fogged.
Was the promise and is my claim to have conversations with heaven a truthful one? well let me say this you have have to check with the local parish. One woman whom I prayed with often is placed in a hospice with dementia, the parish priest who told everyone I was crazy. Phoned my wife to tell her of my craziness, left the confessional on me twice and asked me to leave the parish because I knelt for Holy Communion and was not the kind of catholic He wanted of me. The man, the husband, who when I was sent to help her, "There is someone Michael who is crying and saying the rosary Michael go help her". I knew and went her Lou Gehrigs disease left her and a I told her it would cancer that would kill her. It did 12 years give or take a year later. Her husband in now being lead around by a minder as he is now mentally infirm. There are others at this parish and feel free to check out these facts.
So deny me if you like but heavens promises are written in stone. Here is the first of those occasions in my life where I was frightened by the strength of the whisper in my heart and mind.

 I was called me from my sleep last night and told me you are to read Jeremiah Chapter 6 and as I read I knew inside me what it meant. It is a warning for Jerusalem. Set up a place of refuge for  her, She will be surrounded and besieged by those who will tame her rebelliousness and rule over her.
"Be warned Jerusalem you have become wicked and your people are condemned, unless you change, unless you learn I the Lord Thy God will destroy thee. Who will hear me. Those whose ears are deaf and not open to my warning, who do not hear My Words will be an indiction and a punishment for them. I am angry, I am tired of being merciful on those who are deaf. I will pour out my fury upon them, upon their goods and their families I will take everything from them for I will lay my hands upon Jerusalem".
  Form the least to the greatest they are greedy, envious and lack charity. The prophets and the priests are false and lie. They say all is right, nothing is wrong,  they see nothing wrong with the teachings and behaviour in Jerusalem. They offer My children peace of mind  and deny the peace of My Son. return to the old ways, the good ways and your souls will be sanctified. The time of My punishment upon the priests and prophets who have given a false peace to their flocks is at hand. I appointed watchmen to warn you, you have deliberately ignored them. Look to see my justice sent upon them. Your sacrifices are abhorrent, they have no meaning. To whom are these sinful practices made?
  Listen to Me, now I will scatter evils upon these peoples since they no longer obey My Laws. They have deserved this from Me.Your sacrifices are no longer pleasing. No one will be exempt all will experience my wrath. I will send as I have always done a nation to destroy you. Go into mourning and fasting for the sword of the Lord will appear silently and suddenly.

  The Father Almighty and the Choirs of angels call me, "Michael, My beloved I have turned My Face to you and you will turn your face to me and you will tell them My Words. I will place My Words in your mouth and you will speak my words. You will raise your hand and I will make it mighty and I will love you and you will love me. Those who will hear you, will hear me. Your path will grow easier and I wait for you. Call out My Name and I will hear and the might of heaven will answer. Serve Me well My Child and so shall I serve you. Take My peace into your heart and carry it with you. Nothing shall harm you, for he that attacks you attacks me and then revenge will be mine. Have I not shown you? I bless you in My Name and in the Name of My Son and in the name of ourselves, the Holy Ghost. Go now and take your rest Mary awaits you".


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Wednesday, January 25, 2017
  Just another ignoring of history and gnostic opinions.
A Fact or Two about Genesis.

When Adam was lonely and asked for a companion God sent him who??? God's gift for Adams loneliness was Eve. It was certainly not another man. The first marriage and a definite direction or ordinand by God. 
The first three humankind creations by God were the laity. It would seem that the laity were the first and most important creation was not a priest sorry to stamp on your hubris priests. The Community of God cannot exist without the Laity. The priest Abel was an after thought and his vocation was to offer the sacrifice in whatever or for whatever God instructed. Priests serve us by forgiving us and instructing us on loving God and forgiving our sins thru' in those days the sacrifice and since Christ by the sacraments of baptism and confession. Not by the way to spending our money. Giving out our funds to nefarious sinful acts.
The book of genesis at least the opening acts were obviously dreams on a daily basis until the dreamer saw what God considered enough and then he dreamt no more and rested on the seventh day. I would think if we thought about it that Christ rose on the seventh day to rest from the sinful life of the world. He sure needed a rest, for as David wrote it was us who bruised and numbered all His Bones. That is also why we rest from sinfull practices on Sundays and read and recharge our batteries on Sundays. We should be contemplaing God's greatness that is prayer and or meditating on His works.
 
Saturday, January 07, 2017
  ON THE MEANING AND IDENTITY OF THE “BROTHERS OF JESUS” Part 3

Who were the “brethren of the Lord” (Matthew 12:46-47), and if He had brothers, why do we call the Blessed Mary, “ever virgin”? The “brethren” of Jesus are mentioned several times in the New Testament. Four are mentioned by name. To explain who they were is not difficult, because the Scripture itself names four of them and identifies their parentage. We find in Matthew (13:55) and Mark (6:3) list, as brethren of Jesus – James, Judas Thaddeus, Simon and Jude.

We know for certain that James and Judas Thaddeus were not sons of Mary or Joseph, for the Scripture identifies them, as children of a different Mary, who was the wife of Alphaeus (Matthew 27:56; Mark 15:40). James is also referred to as “the son of Alphaeus”, in the listing of the Apostles (Matthew 10:3; Mark 3:18; Luke 6:15; Acts 1:13). Mary of Alphaeus upon the death of her husband obviously following the levirite law returned to her birth family of Clopas or married his older brother. Since there is no mention in any of the Jewish documents of that time, nor in any revelations such as St Catherine Emmereich's, he, Clopas as a brother to Alphaeus it is reasonable to claim must have been a close relative of this other Mary by blood..

These sectarians completely miss the words of Jesus, Himself and confound themselves when He, Christ, expresses His feelings towards the family or Church He was forming. Matthew 12:50: “For whosoever shall do the will of my Father, who is in heaven, he is my brother, and sister, and mother”.

The relationship between these "brethren" (including "sisters") must be seen in the light of Hebrew-Aramaic tradition, according to which even cousins were brothers and sisters. This is the case also in Greek and Slavic languages and cultures to this day, so we do not have to speculate about it. This is a fact we know very well from our own families and lives. We have a perfect example of this in the Old Testament Scripture. Using the Greek Interlinear Bible of the Old Testament we can understand the word used to describe the relationship between Lot and Abraham at Genesis 14:16 is "adelphi", which can only be translated as "brother." Nevertheless, we know that Lot was Abraham's nephew. Of course, since Abraham's father was Lot's grandfather, older cultures in general would consider them brothers. The Greek word, "Asphodels" and "Philadelphia" are only attempts to translate an unknown Aramaic word; and no one has any idea what the actual word was which is rendered in Greek and English as "brothers" or "brethren". Indeed, if we left even the names of these four in their original, most people would not recognize them. Their real names are Jakob, Yoseph, Yehudah and Symeon.

Certainly, James and Judas were the sons of Miriam (Mary) and Alphaeus. Symeon is also called "Simon Kan'an" - The Zealot'.

There could have been no “first blood” brothers of Christ, otherwise He would not have given care of His mother to John the Beloved Apostle (John 19:26). When Alphaeus died Mary of Alphaeus became known later in scriptures as Mary of Clopas, obviously she went back to her birth family or married Alphaeus' older brother.This is speculation based on Jewish law. remember the scribe's question of a woman marrying all those brothers, concerning are our marriages  part of our afterlife in heaven?

The Old Testament prophecies explain the virginal marriage and ever-virginity of Christ's mother, and we also have the testimony of the Holy Spirit speaking through the Church that Mary was “ever-virgin.”

1. Simon (or Symeon) the Zealot was a member of the "zealoti" in Judea. There are a number of purely mythological explanations for the meaning of his title. Evidently, some commentators have been unjustly "embarrassed" by the fact that he was a "zealotis." From a Jewish point of view, this was not a dishonorable title. To be a zealot, to have zeal today is unfashionable and a term of derision.



ON THE MEANING OF THE WORDS “MARY'S SISTER WAS STANDING NEAR THE CROSS”

Our Catholic and Orthodox histories teach us that the Holy Virgin Mary was the only child of Saints Joachim and Ann, but at John 19:25, we read, “Standing near the Cross of Jesus was His mother, and His mother's sister, Mary of Alphaeus, and Mary of Magdala.” If our Church history is correct, how could Mary have had a sister?

The first clue to your answer is that both women are named Mary. No family has two daughters and gives them both the same name. Therefore, it is evident that the relationship between the two women has to be something different than our modern English concept of “sister.”

The second clue to your answer is that the Bible clearly identifies this Mary of Alphaeus as the mother of Jesus' "brothers." The name Alphaeus is the same as Alphaeus in the Aramaic language, which Jesus spoke. The brothers of Jesus mentioned at Mark 6:3 are elsewhere clearly identified as sons of Alphaeus and his wife Mary of Alphaeus the "sister" of the Virgin Mary. Read, for example, Matthew 10:3; Mark 3:18; Luke 6:15 and Acts 1:13. Then read Matthew 27:56; Mark 15:40, 47; 16:1; Luke 24:10 and especially Matthew 13: 55. There is still a further confusion. Mary of Alphaeus the wife of Joseph's brother later became in the scriptures Mary of Clopas. This Mary obviously became a widow and went back to her birth family. Now two things are clear to us from what we have read:

First, Mary of Alphaeus is related to the Virgin Mary in a close way, but if she was a blood “sister”, she could not have the same first name. Mary of Alphaeus was married to Joseph's brother Alphaeus and was the mother of James and Judas

Second, The “brothers” of Jesus do not have the same mother as He had. These “brothers” are children of a woman called the Virgin Mary's sister, they are not children of the Virgin Mary herself but of Mary of Alphaeus was Mary's sister-in-law. Who we pointed out was Joseph's brothers wife.

For a good example of the use of the terms "brother" and "sister" For near relations in Hebrew culture, read Genesis 14:16. Here, Lot is referred to as Abraham's "brother," although we know very well that Lot was the son of Abraham's immediate brother. In other words, even nephews were referred to as "brothers" in many cases. In the Greek Septuagint of the Old Testament, the word used to describe the relationship between Lot and Abraham at Genesis 14:16 is "adelphi-", which can only be translated as "brother." A similar word is used at John 19:25 to describe the relationship between the two Marys.

It is interesting that the reference to Mary of Alphaeus as the Virgin Mary's sister proves the Apostolic Catholic Christian teaching about the ever-virginity of Mary the Blessed Mary. Clearly, the Virgin Mary had a very near relative of the same name who was the mother of Jesus' “brothers”, and therefore, the Virgin Mary bore no other children than Jesus Christ. There is a sentence in St Catherine Emmerich's description of the Crucifixion that claims Blessed Mary's older sister was at the place of the Skull on Calvary. It was not any older sister and could not have been. Bl. Mary was a late baby of older Jewish parents who had no other children. These women were signposts through bearing children at such an old age of what was to come. Bl Mary was a product of the same late prophetic births as were the children of Anna, mother of Samuel, Sarah, mother of Isaac, Elizabeth, mother of John the Baptist and Ann, mother of Mary. The older woman described by St Catherine in her vision of the Passion of Christ was Mary of Alphaeus, nee Clopas and not related by blood to Bl. Mary in any way.



ON THE MEANING OF OUR VENERATION OF THE BLESSED MARY AND OF OUR REQUEST FOR HER PRAYERS

There is only one Lord and Savior of mankind, Jesus Christ, as the Scripture says, “There is salvation in no-one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Nevertheless, we are called upon to be "co-workers with Christ in salvation" (2 Corinthians 6:1), and we can "save" others by leading them to the Source of Salvation, and rescuing them from falling away from salvation, as Apostle Paul says: "I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means and in any way, save them" (1 Corinthians 9:22). And, he wrote to Bishop Timothy, "Look well to yourself and to your teaching; persevere in these things, hold to them; for by so doing you will save both yourself and those who hear you" (I Timothy 4:16). Moreover, in the same context, we often use the expression, "Most Holy Theotokos, save us." Latin Riters pray, “Holy Mother pray for us, now and at the hour of our death”. No one would suggest that we are our own saviors, or that Apostle Paul, the holy Bishop Timothy or the Blessed Mary are saviors in place of Christ, even though the Divine Scripture clearly says that they can “save” others.

Nevertheless, all Catholic and Apostolic Christians of the West and the East are called upon to serve in the process of the salvation of each other and of the world, both through their prayer, the active witness of a life of Christ like love. We struggle to keep in grace, and through the very act of working out our own salvation. The saints, who have become filled with Grace and actively merit the greater gifts of the Holy Spirit, are foremost in this process of mutual salvation. Sectarians who are angered at our Apostolic veneration of the Most Holy and Blessed Mary (and of the saints) and all who spew spiteful malice, so often ignorantly on our pleas for their intercessions are truly lacking knowledge of the ignorant of the true nature of redemption. In reality, however, salvation consists in the union of the faithful with the life of God, through Grace, in the Body of Christ (the Holy Church), where the evil-one and his power are being progressively and really destroyed in the life of charitable love by us for Him and for others. It is a mutual struggle of true believers to keep us and our neighbors free from all sin. Since our redemption from the bondage of death, by the sacraments of Baptism, Reparation or in the end of life by anointing of the sick into a renewed grace filled life of the Church. These acts of Atonement and Reparation are the restoration of the grace into which we were conceived. It is so easy to lose this Grace and such a struggle to reacquire it. Then the help of prayers of for intercessions of the Blessed Mary and all the saints are of obvious value in saving us. They “save” us because theyare our brothers and sisters in a singlefamily of all humanity. It is fallen and enslaved, in bondage to sin, and the liberation and restoration of any unit of this universal nature to perfection, that is a very real union with the perfect nature in Christ through Sanctifying Grace, is part and parcel of the redemption and salvation of the whole. The Holy Virgin Mary, our Blessed Mary, our Mother from the Cross is the very apex of our re-creation and from whence He sprang, is, by us, venerated as such, and as such, serves most greatly in the process of salvation. Thus, we call upon her, the Full of Grace, for her help in our struggle to be saved, and venerate her as the foremost of our race. We cannot deny and woe to him who will, the Most Pure Virgin, as one wholly united with God, as one who has never lost Grace, and has always been in full union with the perfect human nature of Christ. If this logic can be and should be acceptable to these critics who falsely give their interpretation to the Works of Grace, they would not challenge our veneration of the Blessed Mary, the “Mother of God”, but would embrace it also, as being a clear teaching of the Holy Scriptures.

1. We call upon the Blessed Mary for her intercessions for the same reason that we call upon each other and the saints and angels for theirs. The Holy Scripture commands us to intercede for one another (l Timothy 2:1-2) as did Jesus Christ when He proclaimed, “Love God above all things and others as I have loved you”. This applies just as much in Heaven to those who practiced it here on Earth as it does to us for others in the Church temporal.

2. We call upon the Blessed Mary for her help, and prayers for our salvation. "Hail Mary , Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death". We use it in the same context that Apostle Paul and Bishop Timothy are able to save the faithful (1Corinthians 9:22; 1 Timothy 4:16).

3. The Holy Virgin is called “Blessed Mary” (Mother of God) on the basis of Scripture (Luke 1:31-35, and especially verse 43). Moreover, the prophecy of Ezekiel is precise in the matter (Ezekiel 44:2). Few of the Protestant sects would dare to deny that the Child whom Mary bore is truly God and, therefore, they must confess that Mary is the "Blessed Mary" the "Mother of God"), whose womb contained not only Christ but the Most Holy Trinity.

4. Sectarians revile the Blessed Mary and deny her veneration because they have no truly Christian knowledge and understanding of the Holy Scripture, and from sheer, careless mistranslations and in more than a few translations of these translations deliberately changed the scriptures. Works they pridefully persist in. An excellent example is the section concerning the wedding of Susannah at Cana, which so many sectarians twist and seek to turn against the Holy Virgin.

Using the sadly mistranslated passage at John 2:1-11 in the King James Version, Many protestant scriptural translators make the claim that this text demonstrates Christ's own disregard for His mother. In the K.J.V., this passage has Christ responding to His mother's remark about the fact that there was no more wine for the wedding guests with, “Woman, what have I to do with you?” First of all, Christ Himself would have been guilty under the law had he addressed His mother in this fashion, for “to honor the father and mother” was demanded under the Old Law of the Sinai, and it has not changed. He would have lied when He said I came to fulfill the Law not to change it” Most important, however, is the actual text. The correct translation reads:

And when the wine was all gone, the mother of Jesus said to Him,” They have no more wine”. Jesus said to her, “Dear lady, what is that to you and Me? My time is not yet come”.

"His mother said to the servants, "Whatever He says to you, do it.” What it should say is “Woman what is still between you and I”. Gently Jesus was pointing out He must now be about His Father’s business no longer trammeled by obedience to the law but Holy Obedience to His Father. With that we know that he is not now Jesus of Mary of Nazareth but Jesus, the Will of His Father. As we read further on in this chapter, we discover that He does work the miracle. Why? Because of Mary's intercession. And think of it. Because of the intercession of the Blessed Mary, the order of God's plan is set aside. Christ works the miracle before the time has come. How powerful then, are the intercessions of the Blessed Mary shown to be. Moreover, she is shown to be His first apostle, since she instructs the servants, “Whatever He tells you, do it.”
Even at the moment of His death on the Cross, Jesus thought of His mother and gave her special place (John 19:26-27).The Blessed Mary was honored even before the Nativity of our Savior (Luke 1:41-45).If the Holy Scripture proclaims that “all generations” shall call Mary blessed (Luke 1:48), then certainly those who refuse to call her blessed do not belong to the generation of Grace, the generation of the Living. Look at what this prayer is it in the Magnificat and those who pray it “doth magnify the Lord” that is loudly proclaim His Glories.
8. The Virgin is called the "Queen" in prophecy, by David, "At Thy right hand stood the queen, arrayed in vesture of in woven gold, adorned in many colors" (Psalms 44:8), etc. Thus, she is honored occasionally in prayers as the "heavenly queen." Of course, she is the Mother of the King, and the title “heavenly queen” is just another confession of our faith that the Child Jesus born of her is truly God our King. Sectarians will sometimes attempt to apply the words of Jeremiah the prophet (Jeremiah 44:17, 25) to condemn our use of the term “heavenly queen” when referring to Christ's mother. But Jeremy was here condemning the worship of the pagan fertility goddess Easter by the astrology cults, which considered Easter to be an actual deity. Therefore, it is dishonest and immoral of sectarians to use this Scripture in such a false manner to condemn the mother of our Savior. I must point out that for Catholics David's Queen above returned to her Children, dressed in all the Gold of Ophir. We call her Our Lady of Salette

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016
  Part2 of Defense of the Theotokos.

ON THE MEANING OF THE EXPRESSION, “HER FIRSTBORN SON”

If Mary thereafter remained a virgin, and bore no more children, why is Jesus called “her firstborn son” (Matthew 1-25)? Certainly, pseudo-christians, those sectarians trying to apply the ignorance and opinions of their own rationalism have made a point of foolishness in this expression, which therefore demands an answer to this question. The expression “firstborn son” is, however, not merely an indication of the first in a sequence of births, but a specific title under the Old Law. It applies and is carried by the son whether he has younger brothers or not, and special provisions appear in the Law making specific requirements of the “firstborn.” The fact that the title "firstborn" bore a special significance and was not intended to reflect simply "the first child of a series," is clear from the fifth chapter of Chronicles. Jacob invested Joseph (a younger son) with the rights of "firstborn," and Reuben, the eldest son, "was not reckoned as firstborn" (1st. Chronicles: 5).
Under the Levirate law, a woman whose husband died, leaving her childless, married the next younger brother of her late husband. If she bore a son by this second marriage, the son was legally the “firstborn son” of the dead former husband, and he obviously was not considered the father of the child or (Deuteronomy 25:5-10). If we look once more at the “Law and Prophets,” we will understand how the Scripture uses the term "firstborn," and we will understand how this special title applies to Mary and her Child.
God does not distinguish the “first-born” child by whether it is the first child born of a series of children, but by the special spiritual position of that child. In His testimony to Israel, “Sanctify (Consecrate) to Me every firstborn which first opens the womb among the children of Israel, both of people and of animals, for it is Mine” (Genesis 13:2). Thus we see that “firstborn son” is not just a random expression, nor does it signify the first of a series of sons. It is a title, which refers to a special child who has a special significance in Israel's relationship with God. Pharaoh had only one child, his son. This son was slain among the "firstborn" of Egypt. As the firstborn of Egypt were destroyed, even so, the firstborn of Israel were sanctified. This law is prophetic, revealing the coming of the Messiah, the Savior.
Christ, as the “firstborn son” was sanctified to God, and this was the fulfillment prophecy, which the Old Testament law contained. There is more to this matter, however, for not just Christ, but every child who was the first to “open the mother's womb” was sanctified. Let us turn again to the prophetic law and see how we must understand this title of "firstborn son" in relation to Christ, particularly to the verse at Matthew 1:25. Notice that, in this verse, Jesus is not called Joseph's firstborn, but only Mary's firstborn. Evidently, we should look again to the Law and see how the position of the "firstborn son" relates to Mary's special betrothal as "bearer of the inheritance."
We find, again, in the Laws of redemption, evidence of our answer. For, property, which has been sold or “alienated”, must be redeemed to the family of its original owner. This was to be done at any time but, in the Year of Jubilee, it was absolutely required. The obligation of redeeming alienated or sold property fell to the legal “firstborn son”, to the one who bore the position, whether he was the first one born of a sequence or not (Leviticus 25:23-24).
Are we not, in fact, the “inheritance” of the Father, in need of redemption? “Save, O Lord, Thy people and bless Thine inheritance,” the Psalmist sings in the spirit of prophecy. Moreover, are we not all “sold under sin” (Romans 7.14) and "who shall redeem me from the body of this death?" (Romans 7:24) Thus, Christ is the "firstborn son", and as such bears both the right and the responsibility of redeeming for the Father that which had been alienated from the Father, to redeem from the bondage of death and the power of "him who had the power of death, namely Satan" that which was "sold under sin."
We see, therefore, both the nature of Mary’s betrothal, its lawful role in the preservation of the “inheritance of Israel,” and the necessity for the Christ to bear the office and title of “firstborn son.”
Can we see in this the buying back of the children of God from bondage of satan by the Firstborn Son?

ON THE TRADITION THAT MARY WAS RAISED AND EDUCATED IN THE TEMPLE
The Jewish tradition was that all the virgins of the House of David were taken into the Temple to be taught. The Jews believed or at least the Temple did, the Mother of the Messiah was to be from the House of David and therefore must be adequately instructed to be the Mother of the Messiah. Again this was Jewish Custom and we have to accept it as Catholics for it was a law we inherited. In the Catholic Apostolic Church, it has always been held, on the basis of Sacred Tradition, that Mary was raised and educated in the Temple, as a consecrated virgin. The story of her entry into the temple was recounted every year on the feast day of commemorating the event. It seems worthwhile noting here, certain circumstances that make the idea of her being educated and serving in the temple not only plausible but likely. In fact I heard growing up how when Mary was of age for marriage that is. The temple chose a suitor for her. Those eligible bachelors of the House of David were assembled and told to bring an almond branch. The season was before the trees of Jerusalem had budded. Joseph turned up and his branch was flowering. The Temple accepted the sign. Some stories claim it was his staff. But that could not be true because all these men would not have had staffs of this wood.
According to the traditional story, Mary was the daughter of the priest Joachim and his wife Anna. In the Gospel of Luke we learn that Elizabeth, Mary's kinswoman was married to Zacharias, a serving Temple Priest, a member of the house of Aaron (Lk. 1: 5-36), and therefore she was of the priestly class, and related by marriage to the priests who served in temple. This means that Mary was not only the daughter of a priest, Joachim, but related to other branches of the priestly families. Her uncle, her father’s brother Zachary was a priest (Lk. 1: 5). Aunt Elizabeth was, therefore, doubly related to the priestly house: both through birth and through marriage. Mary must have been just as closely related, and if her mother was also marriage related to the house of Aaron and the priesthood, then Mary was well connected to the temple and it certainly would not have been unusual for her to have both served in the temple in some capacity and been educated in the temple. We have, established that there is no reason to doubt that she could have been educated and served in some womanly capacity in the temple.

ON THE MEANING OF THE WORDS “HE KNEW HER NOT UNTIL AFTER” HER SON WAS BORN
Understanding all this, we hardly need to entertain the question. Why then does Matthew say of Joseph, `and he knew her not up to her having brought forth her firstborn son' (Matthew 1:25;)." Opinion among those who are followers of a gnostic faith, often translate this verse as “he knew her not until after...” This is not, however, a required connotation, because the Greek original, Eos, indicates the meaning, "he had no sexual relations with her prior to her giving birth."
GRK: ἐγίνωσκεν αὐτὴν ἕως οὗ ἔτεκεν
NAS: her a virgin until she gave birth
KJV: her not till she had brought forth her
INT: knew her until that she brought forth

St Matthew the Evangelist makes this statement in order to assure us that Joseph had no part in the conception of Jesus. The term (Eos ou) does not require the understanding that he certainly had relations with her after Christ was born. It merely indicates that, as regards the birth of Jesus, Joseph had not had relations with Mary prior to the birth; thus, he was not the father of Jesus. This is merely a usual turn of phrase, the use of a standard and familiar form of expression. This same term is used elsewhere in the Bible as a standard expression, and it clearly does not indicate what sectarians claim it does. At 2 Samuel 6:23, for instance, we read, "And Milchal, the daughter of Saul, had no child until [eos] her death. Did she, then, have children after her death? No, and neither did Joseph "know" Mary after the birth of Jesus.
The Orthodox Archbishop from whom I have permission to change this into a Latin Catholic Document had written confirming what all Catholics know, nothing is accidental in the Scriptures and we must acclaim Its accuracy when translated by the Early Christian Church. Scriptures for us is inspired, written, by the Holy Spirit, therefore we can consider it God's autobiography and God does not lie. We, as or if, we are truly His People should not translate this, His autobiography, in manner that makes Scriptures lie. A Church having nothing to hide does not need to misappropriate, or change her founder's life to suit the Church's opinions or change the Autobiography of God to meet its needs. I mean does not need to to quantify its own beliefs, as do so many sectarians today. We can also look elsewhere in the Holy Scriptures to see how strong a meaning was put upon the word ‘wife’.
The first mention of wife is where one would expect it, in the beginning, Genesis2:24 “Wherefore a man shall leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they shall be two in one flesh”. Up to this verse Eve was Adam’s companion. All through scriptures the word wife is qualified
1 Kings1:19: And they rose in the morning, and worshiped before the Lord: and they returned, and came into their house at Ramatha. And Elcana knew Anna his wife: And the Lord remembered her.
Tobias 1:20; “Then all my property was confiscated; nothing was left to me, that was not taken into the royal treasury, except my wife Anna and my son Tobias”.
I remind you of Bathesba the wife of Uriah the Hittite, Sarah the wife of Abraham, Lot, take your wife and two daughters. The Apostles would well know the difference between wife and companion
We must admit, Mary and Joseph were married according to Jewish Law. First in Matthew1: 20, we read. “But while he thought on these things, behold the angel of the Lord appeared to him in his sleep, saying: Joseph, son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary as thy wife, for that which is conceived in her, is of the Holy Ghost.
Matthew 1:24; “And Joseph rising up from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him, and took unto him his wife”. As in all marriages Mary and Joseph’s souls were united. Catholics should understand this from Genesis as, What God has joined together as the souls of man and wife made in the Image of God becomes one. We also know the Child was not Joseph’s in Matthew1: 18; “Now the generation of Christ was in this wise. When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child, of the Holy Ghost”. Also in another place it is written in Matthew 2: 14; “Who arose, and took the child and his mother by night, and retired into Egypt: and he was there until the death of Herod”
Matthew was no fool. He was by our standards an excise man, a tax collector, who would not be easily taken in by strange stories. He was liable for execution if he did not hand over enough revenue to the Romans, and what we know from scriptures of his whole background and training must tell us he was a record keeper. Not only that, he must have had confirmation from both Mary and Christ’s cousins. They could not have allowed it to be a lie for the honor of their family name demanded the truth.
At Genesis 8:7, we read that Noah "sent forth a raven; and it went forth and did not return 'till [eos] after the water had gone from off the face of the earth." We know from Scripture that in fact, the raven never returned to the ark. It says that it did not return "until after," but in fact, it never returned at all. The Scripture says that "Joseph knew her not till after...” but in fact, he never "knew" her at all. The Bible says, "The Lord said to my Lord, `Sit at my right hand until [eos] I make thine enemies Thy footstool" (Mark 12:36). Does this mean that Christ will cease to sit at the right hand of the glory of the Father once His enemies have been overcome? The answer is of course not. Another word could have been used had the Evangelist specifically meant to say that Joseph did not have relations with Mary until after Christ was born. The Bible does not say "Joseph knew her not until after she brought forth her first born, but then he did." The Bible says, "He did not know her before (up until) she had brought forth her firstborn," meaning simply and clearly, "Joseph was not the father. He had not come together to know her so aptly put by scriptures, her before her pregnancy, thus he was not involved in the conception of Jesus." This is a proper understanding of the Greek original of this Scripture, for it is in full accord with the Scriptural prophecy and with the nature of Jesus Christ, in whom "the fullness of the Godhead dwelt bodily" (Colossians 2:9).
The Sacred Tradition concerning these matters is certainly derived from Mary’s own testimony and, like all things in the Church, it is guided and guarded by the indwelling Holy Spirit.
Mary was, in fulfillment of the Law, betrothed to her own family relative (as the Holy Spirit guided Sacred Tradition tells us), a marriage which, according to the Law did not allow for sexual intercourse between them, because she was the bearer of the inheritance, the Messiah. Christ is called the “firstborn son” because it is the title given to the one responsible for the redemption of that which has become alienated or fallen into bondage, namely, mankind which was alienated from the Father, having been of its own deeds “sold under sin.”

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Saturday, November 19, 2016
  I must catch up.
Jesus charges me to write and to write the truth and he has shown me the destiny for liars. Sorry not shown me but early one morning dumped me down in the middle of it.
There was a priest from Kerala who showed up at my door and we lived in a very secluded place north of Mission BC. He claimed Jesus had sent him to be my spiritual guide. I said OK we will try it out. When the gift of compunction hit me at a mass he was offering, he jumped of the altar and ordered me to be quiet well I could not and I thought then, Well! Well! That is not how it works. If he was my guide and confessor I should have been silent. He could never understand why I cried so much in the Confessional. What he wanted from me was something I could not do but I had to, out of charity, help him. So I did but it was not quick enough for him and he did not want to. He knew better. He certainly would not listen to what I told him so he interfered and the deal vanished. He was so angry and frightened at the time for he said the people in his sister’s village would kill his family. I asked that this would not happen.
While all this was happening, his supporter in Federal Way came home and his soon to be son in law came after his about to be father-in-law and was going to attack and kill him with a shotgun. The police were called and took him to St Joseph’s hospital, in Tacoma I think. The priest knowing of some of my history phoned me at about 7 pm in the evening to ask me to pray for this young man. A Swiss I believe.
Let me give you all that went on before. This very good and charitable doctor, a world famous pediatrician, took young men off the streets and ha them live in his basement apartment. He had two living there and he started to be uncomfortable so he took the Keralan priest and went into their apartment. He found they were running girls on the street and selling guns. He called the police, I believe, and threw them out. The priest then blessed the apartment with Holy Water and one of the Church’s blessings to get rid of anything evil and then gave the place over to his erstwhile son-in-law, and went out somewhere. When they came back that is when the young man chased them with a gun and thence carted of to hospital in a strait jacket.
To pray over this boy was a conundrum for me. Bl Mary had already told me to lay hands on people when I prayed. I was in Canada and he was a couple of hundred miles south in Washington State. At that time when Bl Mary, my mother and my love, told me about my hands I answered, “No I can’t. It is too hard, I am English I don’t do touching other people”. Swiftly she said and I paraphrase her answer, “Do as your Mother says”. Hard again, I asked, “how can I? He’s too far away”. “Use your friends one of them can be a proxy”. So one woman offered and I did pray over her as his “proxy”. When I finished praying, I mean when I could think of no more to ask we sat down only to jump up as the proxy woman was in mental anguish the chattering in her head was like a very loud buzz saw. We said the Divine Mercy for a while, nothing changed. So she said take me home, so I did. The next day she said it took a long time and many Divine Mercies to get rid of the voices.
The priest phone a couple of days later to finish of the story. The young man had got out of bed and had no further problems and went home where he told my doctor friend of what he saw while in an ill charged mental state. He was in the house several feet fathoms below water and the water was raging. I have many times since been told of the mouth of the Fraser river rising up by several feet and flooding the Fraser Valley. Although I have asked several times when it was on this evening I heard, “in a little while”. Some of the other events I know of I have been unfaithful to Jesus and not mentioned them. If you read my back blogs you will see one day He asked me, “Just who do you think you are. I lead you follow I died for you, read the scriptures”. This evening he said, Come on you were in such a hurry before, now I have to wait for you”.

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Thursday, November 17, 2016
  Scriptural defense of Bl Mary ever Virgin. Part 1
The reason for this defense.
I will make a statement about the Status of The Holy Ghost, the Divine Eternal Spirit of Supernatural Love and Sanctifying Grace and His Spouse Bl. Mary the Mother of God. The Church, the Catholic Church the original Christian Church which changed her name to Universal (Catholic) in AD 122 due to the Gnostic (pagan) heresies and its denial and unwillingness to see any divinity in Jesus or that any woman could be the Mother of God. The Catholic Church today for all its claim to love both the Spirit and the Spouse goes out of her way to deny These two items of our faith have any right to speak to Their Children or even visit with them. Here goes my firm belief in both first secularly and the spiritually.

The Correctness of Scriptures
Ch.1 The Title Theotokos
Ch.2 Scriptural Proof
Ch.3 Scriptural Law of Inheritance 
Ch.4 The meaning of the expression “Her Firstborn Son”
CH.5 The Tradition that Mary was raised and educated in the Temple.
Ch.6 The meaning of the Words “He knew her not until after her Son was born”
Ch.7 The meaning of the words and the identities of the brothers of Jesus
Ch.8 The Meaning of the words “Mary’s sister was standing near the Cross.
Ch.9 The meaning of our veneration of the Theotokos and our request for her prayers.

The Correctness of Scriptures
One has to be careful in the world of religion today of what Bible one trusts. Catholics, who are truly Apostolic most as an exercise in Faith, Conscience and Free Will must and can only use if they are Latin Rite the Latin Vulgate or the Douai Rheims translation with Bishop Challoner’s footnotes. There are of course other Catholic Versions, one of which I favour Fr Haydock's 1859 version.s The Byzantine Apostolic Church must sincerely believe and trust in the early Slavonic (St Cyril and Methodius translations or the Origen Greek Version called the St. James Version.
Why the St Jerome version of the Latin Vulgate? The Apostolic Church in 380AD chose St Jerome for his linguistic ability to collect the books of the bible together. Why was this needed? Well a book of manuscripts used regularly, wears out. and in reality there were no books just papyrus and wax tablets. The oral teachings become confused by the world and other’s versions. So the Apostolic Church sent Jerome out to correct the Truth. Jerome had the help of all the known church. Hand copying can lead to errors and we can assume that the errors were known but not corrected in hand written illuminated scriptures although footnotes did exist. Jerome collected these together. Jerome was born close to the Adriatic and was Greek by birth and was a well respected linguist.

ON THE TITLE THEOTOKOS OR "MOTHER OF GOD"
Let us come now, with reverence and awe, to the greatest mystery of all - the virgin birth of Him Who pre-existed all existence, of Him Who is Existence itself. We do not propose to explain the mystery, to tell how the womb of a woman born in a manner like us could "contain Him Whom the whole universe cannot contain." Rather, we hope merely to clear up some of the questions arising from the facts.
Mary is the "mother of God." The title "Theotokos" means literally, "the one who gave birth to God."
At first consideration, and without some prayerful and scriptural thought about these titles, they may sound shocking. How can a human, born under the fallen nature, be "the Mother of God?” Surely we should call her only, "the mother of Jesus," or, "the Mother of Christ." When we ask the question, "should we call Mary `mother of God,' or only `mother of Christ', we suddenly realize that this question is not about Mary, but about Jesus Christ Himself. The actual question is this:
"Is Jesus only a special, anointed, Grace­ filled servant of God, or is He, in very truth, God incarnate?"
In other words, "Do we believe in the Holy Trinity or not?" If we believe in the Holy Trinity, and Christ is truly God incarnate, then, of course, Mary is the "mother of God," the "Theotokos. If we reject the dogma of the Trinity and we 'believe that Jesus is only a specially anointed prophet, then we would refuse to call Mary "Theotokos," or "mother of God." We cannot have it both ways without playing blasphemous word games with the nature of our Savior, Jesus Christ, thus forcing our beliefs and personal opinions on history.
We will not pause to discuss this point at length, for it is simply resolved by the question, "Do you believe in Jesus Christ as your God and Savior, or do you consider Him to be only a extraordinary human prophet?" We will take time only to repeat that this mystery cannot be grasped without prayerful, scriptural contemplation of the matter.
Some sectarians suggest that it would be better to think of Mary as the mother of only the human side of Jesus, the man. Such a suggestion is made from a weak humanity, an emotive reasoning that contains no logic or without thought or any form of scriptural­ consciousness. If we said that the child in Mary's womb was not the complete Person, the incarnate God, then we are faced with several problems. First, it would mean that, for a time, Jesus was not God, and then later He became God. This is what some of the Gnostic heretics taught, and it is really Theosophy to say this. In the case of most sectarians, how­ever, it is said only from ignorance and lack of serious thought about the matter. The other problem is that in Christian arguments against legalized "cosmetic" abortions, we argue that the fetus is a complete person, body and soul at conception. The teaching that only part of Jesus' nature was present in Mary's womb, and that His nature was completed later, after His birth, would seem to help justify random abortion, for it means that the fetus is not the complete person. Moreover, if we accept two "births" of Jesus, one in which He was born only as a human, then Jesus was also under the fallen human nature, and Himself in need of redemption. His second "birth" in which God entered Him and made Him half God and half man, would be a totally occult, "new age" type of concept.
Thus, to be an actual Christian, and not a neo-Gnostic who only borrows the name "Christian," one must accept that Mary is truly the Theotokos, the mother of God.

THE SCRIPTURAL, PROPHETIC REASONS FOR MARY'S EVER VIRGINITY

The history of the Church, guided and inspired by the Holy Spirit, has given us a fullness of understanding about the Nativity of Christ and the holy virgin. We know that the virgin birth was foretold by the Prophet Isaiah (7:14), and that Mary was betrothed to the aged Joseph, a close relative of hers. We know how she was raised in the temple itself, in a consecrated manner. Since every aspect of the New Testament, the plan of our redemption is foreshadowed and indicated in the Old Testa­ment, we ought to find some reason for these things, some explanation for them in the Law and the Prophets - as indeed we do. For, the Law itself is only a revelation about man's condition and a revelation of, and preparation for, the redemption of mankind. Apart from those things spoken of directly by the Prophets, as Isaiah says, "A virgin shall bear a child," or as the Greek version of the Septuagint proclaims, “The Virgin shall bear a Child”. The Law itself also contains less clear, but no less profound revelations. There is nothing re­corded in the Scripture "accidentally," every incident has meaning and purpose. The Law reveals the nature of our redemption.
Sacred Tradition has given us certain aspects of the life of Mary and Joseph, which seem to confuse and even anger many sectarians: This includes the familial relationship of Joseph to Mary. In doing so, they in their way condemn virginity by not admitting to the physical relationship between them after marriage. They say that an old relative committed incest with a young woman relative. In fact they Judge the Lord’s Parents by themselves making them as ordinary people, thus denying God chose them specially. Then once again they condemn virginity itself and blas­pheme the Nativity of Christ. They demand, "Show us some precedent for this in Scripture, for we do not accept the guidance of the Holy Spirit dwelling in the Church."
Catholics might well stare in shock at the blasphemy of people who, while professing to believe in Christ, assert that the womb which was the palace, the chalice and the resting place of the Most High God, the pre-eternal Source of all being, might later have experienced penetration, yielding to the passions of fallen humanity. And what other babe could have dwelt in that awesome womb which the very God of holiness and purity Himself had inhabited? What else can we ask other than; “Would God put His seed in a dirty, spoiled cup?” Even as we find in the old testament, "a woman's womb contained the whole of creation".

The Scriptural Law of Inheritance
The question which must be considered is, “Was the marriage of Joseph and Mary legal in the eyes of the Jewish faith?” Nothing else concerns us. They were under the Old Law and it is only that rule which can condemn them not us. This marriage which is for us, is a contract not usually made between family members" First for virgin births, there is no precedent, nor was there a precedent for the creation of universes before God did it. The will of God is its own precedent and if God is the eternal being, the ‘I AM’ then how could there be a precedence? Never the less in this world ‘the community of God’s people’ there is not only precedent, but also a law for the preservation of inheritances. No one dare deny surely, Christ, the Messiah was the hope and inheritance of Israel. Let us look at the Law, then, and see what this precedent is and what it reveals to us about the nature of our redemption.
The promise of the Messiah was the hope and inheritance of Israel and, very specifically, of the tribe of Judah, the house of David. This inheritance, clearly, was to come forth from a woman who was yet a maiden, without the involvement of a man, as the Prophet Isaiah so clearly testifies. Now, the law concerning inheritances falling upon a woman is clearly prophetic, the more so since all such laws of the Old Testament make God the ultimate owner and source of authority over all prop­erty. According to the law, if an Israelite had no son then his daughter would receive the inheritance (Numbers 27:8:11). However, it was considered vital that the inheritance not pass out of the family and especially that it not pass out of the tribe. To prevent this from happening, if a woman was the bearer of the inheritance, she was required to marry a man of her father’s house (Numbers 36.6-8). The case of the daughters of Zelophehad makes this clearer, for they were betrothed to their own first cousins in order to preserve the inheri­tance in their own tribe and in their father's "house" (Numbers 36:11). Yet, God specific­ally forbade all marriages with near relatives, and not only with blood relations, but even with relations of affinity, as we read in Leviti­cus and elsewhere (Leviticus 18:6, etc). What was the reason for this great contradiction? A contradiction, that women were instructed to betroth themselves to men too closely related to them for lawful intercourse and childbearing – this is sheer incest. It could only mean the daughters were expected to remain virgins even after their marriage. How hard it is to accept, believe and follow such an ordinance in today’s world, with its lack of discipline.
Quite simply, the sanctity and preservation of inheritance stood above, or rather, as a special provision to, the former law, and the woman was expected, it would seem, to make this sacrifice for the sake of the inheritance. It did not abolish the former law or set it aside, and so the woman was, if the whole law was to be fulfilled, expected to spend her life as a virgin.
In the case of Mary, who bore the ultimate inheritance of the holy nation, the law itself came into its fullest meaning, and she was betrothed to an elderly family member of very close kin. Both were of the house of David, as must certainly have been the case since she had no brothers and was, therefore, also the bearer of her father's inheritance. But she, having been dedicated to God and having a vow of virginity already, remained within the bounds of the other law also.
So the betrothal of Mary to an elderly relative of the same tribe and house, who could be by consideration, even in the paucity of information of his life he lived must be because of Jewish traditional demands that all men must marry, Joseph could be reckoned to be a Nazirite, (Numbers 6:5) There could be two reasons for Mary’s virginity to be acknowledged, one is a marriage to a relative much too close for intercourse to be lawful, and two his vow to be a Nazirite. All this is provided for provided for in the Jewish Law and traditions. This law and tradition is in itself prophetic of Mary’s special mission as bearer of the Messiah, the heritage of Israel.



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