For His Glory and His Alone
Where are you leading us 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.
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?"
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.
and I say It rather than She is on
arid desert lacking even the early
we need for the vine to flourish
be made that
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
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,
seems unable to understand what God in charity needs from us to be
part of His
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
from the same source that
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
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?”
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?
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
of the faithful).
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
sense is overwhelmed in the west because
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"
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Labels: bishops, Grace, Habakkuk, Holy Spirit, iniquity, priests, righteousness, Wisdom
Defence of Bl Mary part 4
MISTRANSLATIONS AND MISCONCEPTIONS
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”.
these the actual words of Christ? How should we respond to
Protestants who use this verse to challenge us.
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:
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
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
is obvious that where Protestantism disagrees with Catholic
Orthodoxy, one can simply dismiss the Protestant view out of hand.
AN IMPORTANT POINT OF SOUND DOCTRINE
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
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.
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
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.”
3:15.16: “That whoever believes in Him may have eternal life.
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
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).
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.
Labels: Blessed Mary, KJV scriptures, RSV bible
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.
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.
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".
Labels: Holy Spirit, locutions, Miracle Cures, visions
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.
ON THE MEANING AND IDENTITY OF THE “BROTHERS OF JESUS” Part 3
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.
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
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”.
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,
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
James and Judas were the sons of Miriam (Mary) and Alphaeus. Symeon
is also called "Simon Kan'an" - The Zealot'.
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?
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
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.
THE MEANING OF THE WORDS
“MARY'S SISTER WAS STANDING
NEAR THE CROSS”
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?
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
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:
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
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.
a good example of the use of the terms "brother" and
"sister" For near relations in Hebrew culture, read Genesis
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
which can only be
translated as "brother." A similar word is used at John
19:25 to describe the
relationship between the two Marys.
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.
THE MEANING OF OUR
VENERATION OF THE BLESSED MARY AND
OF OUR REQUEST FOR HER
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”
Nevertheless, we are called upon to be "co-workers with Christ
in salvation" (2
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
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
Moreover, in the same context, we often use the expression, "Most
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
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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
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”.
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
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
Labels: Bl. Mary, Catherine Emmerich, Crucifixion, Magnificat, Ophir, Salette, Theotokos
Part2 of Defense of the Theotokos.
THE MEANING OF THE EXPRESSION, “HER FIRSTBORN SON”
Mary thereafter remained a virgin, and bore no more children, why is
Jesus called “her firstborn son”
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.
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
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
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.
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."
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
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
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
we see in this the buying back of the children of God from bondage of
satan by the Firstborn Son?
THE TRADITION THAT MARY WAS RAISED AND EDUCATED IN THE TEMPLE
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.
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.
THE MEANING OF THE WORDS
“HE KNEW HER NOT UNTIL AFTER” HER SON WAS BORN
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
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."
ἐγίνωσκεν αὐτὴν ἕως
her a virgin until she gave birth
her not till she had brought forth her
knew her until that she brought forth
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.
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’.
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
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
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”.
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
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
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
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.
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
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).
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.
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.”
Labels: firstborn son, Gnostic, Hurcum, sacred tradition, satan, Scriptures
I must catch up.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
Labels: Blessed Mary, Divine Mercy, flood, fraser valley, Jesus, mike hurcum
Scriptural defense of Bl Mary ever Virgin. Part 1
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.
Correctness of Scriptures
The Title Theotokos
Law of Inheritance
The meaning of the
expression “Her Firstborn Son”
The Tradition that Mary was raised and educated in the Temple.
meaning of the Words “He knew her not until after her Son was born”
meaning of the words and the identities of the brothers of Jesus
Meaning of the words “Mary’s sister was standing near the Cross.
meaning of our veneration of the Theotokos and our request for her
Correctness of Scriptures
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.
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.
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.
is the "mother of God." The title "Theotokos"
means literally, "the one who gave birth to God."
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,
Jesus Christ Himself. The
actual question is this:
Jesus only a special, anointed, Grace filled servant of God, or
is He, in very truth, God incarnate?"
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
SCRIPTURAL, PROPHETIC REASONS FOR MARY'S
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.
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."
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".
Scriptural Law of Inheritance
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.
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
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
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"
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
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
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.
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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