Guadeloupe, Fatima and a hero
This is something I did not wish to make public but lately it has been ever present in my mind and my prayer life is a dreadful frustration, I know I had better obey the inner voice that holds many conversations with me and publish it.
A Visit to Guadeloupe
One October evening in 1994, very late as late as to be near morning, my prayers were interrupted by a voice, which I recognized and confirmed by scripturally testing the spirits, a voice that asked me, “What does a Queen call a man who defends Her?’ Well I know Elizabeth of England has what is known as the Queen’s hero. I gave that as my answer. Mary then directed me to add ‘of Fatima’ and hold it in your mind. A couple of months later a friend said, “I had this dream last night and you must go to Guadeloupe, for Christmas”. This was pretty well impossible, financially at that time. My wife said yes we can look at this and she gave me a credit card that had arrived in the post for lots of money. It turned out to be valid and so we tried to book airline tickets. Impossible every Mexican Family was returning home for the Christmas holiday. Around that time, Fr Walter Weinrich had a travel agent in Seattle who planned and booked his trips on behalf of the Virgin of Guadeloupe. I had met her once and so we called her. Due to government regulations the company she worked for was no longer operating, but there were three sets of tickets pre-booked on Continental Airlines, Seattle to Mexico City. I phoned and we got the tickets necessary for our trip. We faxed a hotel near the Basilica and we had a room.
We left for Seattle and went to the Airport, no trace of our tickets just one seat available and nothing for days. We were ‘late listed’ for that day. We waited and nothing happened so we decided to come back next morning. The next morning we arrived at the Airport and wonder of wonders we were given seats on the next flight to Houston and expected to have a connection all booked from there. We got to Houston, no one had heard of us, and that included the flight on which we were booked. We were late listed again, and got on the next flight. Travelers from Canada needed neither visa nor passport to enter Mexico. We asked about this and panic set in, during the debate the door behind the booking agent opened, then a woman in a blue uniform came out. A woman who seemed to have nothing to do with anything and obviously was not known to the airline staff. She interrupted the discussion and said they can get a declaration of return from a justice of the peace and it will be in that office over there, go ask for Mr. (I have forgotten the name)
We went over there was no man, no letter. We rushed back quickly and the woman was waiting, the departure doors were closed, the plane had been loaded and was waiting to take off. The woman said the authorization is there now. Back we went to meet a most magnificent Negro very tall and well dressed. Mr. Hurcum here is your letter. We rushed back to the loading door the woman smiled spoke on the intercom phone to the plane already closed and leaving the lounge. It stopped, returned and let us aboard. We arrived in Mexico City, no one asked us for passports, visas or paperwork. We took a cab and went to the hotel.
I spent most of the time in the Basilica and at prayer. This surprised even me. Being human and full of frailties I did not notice until a day or so had passed that a young native Mexican woman with a baby was everywhere as I went to the basilica for Mass. Every time I left the hotel she was waiting at the corner, begging. Every time 100 feet further on she was there again. Every so far, she was there again even when I crossed the boulevard to walk along the middle promenade she was there right and again appeared at the basilica main door, where, by the way, no one was allowed to beg. I never saw anyone else at that door. I asked my wife to come with me one morning and after a little while, she said we saw her back there. I spoiled it one day, the only time I saw people around her, the baby was ill and I did not stop to help.
One evening a man I knew from Enumclaw, Washington State, with a bad eyesight problem, was there. He could only see what was directly in front of his eyes. He could only see through a narrow aperture centered in his eyes. I felt I should and so I asked if I could pray over him. He answered OK and I did. The Hotel shook so violently that people rushed into the lobby to find why. When I had felt I could ask for no more finished my prayer and wife handed him a picture of Guadeloupe upside down which he promptly straightened up. He did not position it where he could see it normally just took it from the side and reversed it. Then he said, “If I really had faith, I would be cured”.
Then on my birthday Mary said, “Come to our place, I wish to speak to you. Come at eight fifteen”. The place where I was to be was at the top of the hill on the steps before the Tilma Chapel at Teyepac. At around five pm Mary said, “Come early, I am lonely”. So at six pm I went to the top of the hill. I arrived there not knowing what was expected or what to expect and I must admit I was happy to go. I have a problem and it will cause great denial and scoffing of what Mary said next. Mary has spoke in her inner voice to me and I can say it took a while to understand what She was teaching me. This was one of those times. Many times, I had waited for her at those times when I said the Rosary and She gave her apology for being late. The reason was as I found God had to give permission and I had to pray properly with both my heart/soul and my mind before He made it His will. Mary said, "I am a woman and I shall be late but say the Rosary I like to hear your voice speak to me." I said the rosary many times. As I prayed, a very unsettling man turned up running around very distractedly, coming nearer and nearer. I told Mary although by a her action the week before I was not to hit anyone, this man I would, as his behavior was threatening in this lonely place at this time in the evening. He gave a sideways leap and ran very speedily down the steps from the Tilma Chapel.
I prayed the Rosary alone at the top of the steps and was completely alone until 8.15 and Mary spoke. Your name is Michael Francis Joseph and the prophecies of your name are fulfilled. Your birth was induced your mother was the only one in the ward and the Doctor wanted Christmas day free. Do you remember the words I gave you? Well now add this and I did Add also the name you trust in “In the name of Jesus of Nazareth, Son of Mary and you should say this too I give you a glimpse of your eternal future. Now Michael, go lay hands on many and say this to many.
The prayer, which I will not give you in its entirety because of the Charisms of false prophets, is as follows.
I am the Hero of Fatima…………. In the Name if Jesus of Nazareth, Son of Mary, I give you a glimpse of your eternal future.
It works and as one priest said, "You will truly be prosecuted." Another cried from relief, another ran rapidly from the confessional before it was finished.
More happened after the prayer Jessus spoke and so did The Father, and more was given to me which was very private and perhaps God Himself will say tell them. 2 hours later all seemed completed the space became filled with people rather than the spirits who occupied it and my wife and two friends came worried about me. Mary said, "Tell your friends to look at the Moon." I did and they saw the Woman clothed with the sun, standing on the moon. All present watched for 5 or 10 minutes and then there was a flash and a shooting star shot out from under her feet travelling across the Night sky going from blue to gold finishing in a blinding white explosion. My wife told me of the colors I only saw the white star and the explosion.
While this was happening to me a woman in Mission BC watched it all at home in her house. She heard no sound but saw it all. The two friends talked to a priest who said it was not true and now at the last conversation two years later they denied any memory of the event after two years. "You know how it is", they said, "later one forgets so easily"
The Prayer as Mary reminds I am not to change or to add my own words. I am to have neither opinions, explanations nor am I to express any feelings about those who receive it. As the second priest I said it over remarked, “It is for real and I thank God I was not given this prayer to say”
A letter to priests
The Hierarchy and the Apostolic Catholic Priests of Yesterday jealously guarded, in a biblical sense, the teachings and dogma of the Apostolic Catholic Church. Today the same Cult protects just as jealously their power, position and pensions.
To the Priests of the Catholic Church
Fathers, this letter is not intended to hurt or offend any of you, just to get your attention. I want you to understand my experienced and heard in the Church today. My intention is to express my intolerance to some of your teachings from the pulpit. Some of your homilies are unsound, and are not well prepared. I have heard priests claim, “The Holy Spirit inspires me”. It is painfully obvious to the listeners in the pew: this claim is often invalid, in fact when a priest makes this claim it indicates pride. I say more often than not your homilies contain protestant teachings, and as I have heard from parisioners in your congregations, "We can hear the same views in any of the local heretic churchs”. This is due to the Vatican 2 fad of ecumenism and can only be considered as a direct result of ecumenism, turned into a false evangelism through indifferentism devaluing the value of Catholic Teachings. Teachings I add you are bound to defend. These false teachings are quietly and insidiously spreading throughout the Church, due to the laxness of the RCIA program. New converts barely cognizant of the Catholic Faith are now taking over the catechesis at many chancery offices and badly informed priests smile smugly at their protégés. You priests form the Catholic Laity, this is why you are appointed as our spiritual guides and confessors. I would suggest that some of you must make more effort to protect the dogma contained in the Magisterium and serve the souls of your parishioners with Catholic Truth.
If what I write is true and I am convinced by events I am, then it is obvious unless we start an evangelization movement inside the Church to re-teach True Catholic Dogma, the Laity and the Church are lost. Before you go into denial or try to hide your agitation concerning my beliefs, claiming I am traditional conservative or perhaps a liberal progressive modernist, remember many of you do not know me enough to critique my faith. I answer to the name of Orthodox Catholic and follow the Truth as the True Church teaches. I answer to true tradition found in the Magisterium not habits of history but the tradition of precedence. I refuse to be touched by formalism, indifferentism, quietism, irenicism, modernism or the mysterious religion cults, which are divisive in the Church today. Ideologies some of you unfortunately embrace, especially the mystery religion cult, that St. Paul was so worried about in Corinth.
I have like others listened to what is undoubtedly schism, that approaches heresy and definitely protestant theology taught from the Pulpit. I write because of my concern for the sheer horror and subjective personal witness of the many homilies that I have heard given. It is unfortunate if you take offense at my criticisms considering them harsh. They are meant to be so. Look upon them as tears for the Church which is no longer the Church Militant on earth and quickly withdrawing from the Communion of Saints. What else can we expect with the slow disappearance of Sacramental Confession? What many priests are is a product of how they are formed, and if you check your consciences each day you will discover if I am correct? Look upon this letter as an expression of my pity for your position.
To be caught in the middle between silly parishioners, plugged toilets, leaky roofs and your vow of obedience to your superiors and the true teachings of Christ must be an awful predicament. Yet you must save your soul and do what is right. I do ask you to be careful of wanting peace and comfort at any cost, the sin of irenicism. I know your parishioners harass many of you after they perceive errant teachings in your homilies, teachings that do not support their lifestyles or they ask for outlandish rites and changes to the Liturgy feeling them appropriate. Indwelt by the spirit of compromise and ignoring Christ's warning statement of yes and no, many priests descend into that place where they try to serve two masters. Rest assured, in the Church today, it is more likely both, priest and parishioner are wrong and more than likely what you hear are errors based on feelings or passions. This kind of sensuality, according to the writings of the Church Fathers, is an error.
I find today in the Church, so many of the priests and Laity are not formed in a Catholic Sense. You may wish to disagree but I have a point? Let me give you a catholic idiom no longer taught, it is still both powerful and true. I use it at this time to pose this question to you. Have any of you at any time in your memory even taught this in your parish? It is, "Free Will, an informed conscience and the burden of choice". Have any of you mentioned or even heard the last phrase in that sentence? Have any of you taught, of the Blessed Trinity, of God's attributes, of evil; of angels and demons, of the fall, of grace, and sin; of the Incarnation, the Redemption, the virtues, of the eight beatitudes, of the sacraments in general, the seven sacraments in particular, especially the benefits of Confession, and finally the four last things, death, judgment heaven and hell. I did not think so.
Do you explain the use of indulgences during November and how efficacious they are for the Poor Souls in Purgatory. I do not think so, some of you perhaps, the majority no. What about the errors we are drifting back into and adopting. I mean the errors of the mystery cults, indifferentism, and irenicism mentioned before. Have you ever taught the seven reasons why Paul wrote First Corinthians? Have you ever taught what the word `rock' meant to twelve Hebrew men? The Jewish faithful at that time knew the Torah taught the `Rock' is the `Power of God'.
Perhaps you might consider what follows as an aid to start a series of homilies yourself. It is for you to decide, but I can assure you a large number of your parishioners do not have a clue about confession, sacramental or spiritual, temporal punishment or why there are Poor Souls in Purgatory, and even as Mary has revealed in Medjugorie `forgotten' souls. Many have not one clue about what constitutes sin. It is indeed possible you might want to use what follows as a starting point for a series of Homilies or articles in your Church Bulletin. I can assure you that 70% of your parishes do not know the Catholic Teaching that follows, especially anyone who entered the Church through the RCIA.
PUNISHMENT, like a shadow, follows all sin, whether mortal or venial, and it is not usually remitted to the full when forgiveness is obtained. Eternal punishment, incurred by mortal sin, is always remitted with the guilt, but some temporary punishment generally remains due to the justice of GOD. GOD inflicts this temporal punishment either in this life or in Purgatory, but a man may anticipate the divine justice by works of penance, or by means of Indulgences.
The guilt, then, of sin is one thing, the punishment another. The guilt is remitted when a man truly repents, especially through the Sacrament of Penance; but though the punishment, or a portion of it, may be remitted with the guilt, some usually remains, as a debt of satisfaction to be paid in this world or the next. This truth is clearly indicated in the sacramental penances which always accompany Absolution. These penances have, in the course of time, under pressure of external circumstances, lost much of the severity, which characterized them in the early ages, but they still testify to the principle that after forgiveness, satisfaction remains due.
The comparative lightness of modern sacramental penances ought to suggest they alone are not sufficient to satisfy the justice of God and that the faithful should supplement them, either by penances, self-inflicted or patiently accepted at the hand of GOD, or by some equivalent. And in the case of sins forgiven either directly in the Sacrament, or by means of contrition alone, the satisfaction remaining due is left altogether to the individual's patience under chastisement from GOD, or to his personal activity in applying himself either to works of penance, or to some equivalent. That equivalent is to be found in Indulgences.
What, then, is an Indulgence? An Indulgence is the remission by the Church, on specified conditions, of the whole or a part of the debt of satisfaction remaining due for sin. The Church has power to absolve from guilt; she has also power to remit the punishment. The one, she exercises in the Sacrament of Penance; the other she exercises when she grants an Indulgence. And it is clear from what has been said that an Indulgence is supplemental to Absolution, and presupposes the forgiveness of the guilt of sin.
Theologically considered, an Indulgence is not a mere exercise of spiritual power and authority on the part of the Church; it is truly a payment of the debt, paid out of her Treasury of satisfactory merit; for in this treasury are stored up the superabundant merits of Jesus Christ and the accumulated merits of our Lady and all the Saints. With this inexhaustible fund at her command, she has the means of satisfying the debts due from her children to the Justice of God. Though the Church has no direct jurisdiction over the souls in Purgatory, she authorizes and encourages, as a work of supreme charity, the application of indulgences to the needs of those afflicted souls.
Fr Ambrose St. John, Oratory of St. Phillip Neri, Birmingham.
Let me say that any Catholic, who does not try to be perfect as Christ told us, is probably guilty of a serious fault, and I mean wanting and accepting Purgatory instead of Heaven. I add Christ said that 3 days of fasting would cast out a devil. If we are in a state of grave sin then as a penance, why not fast for three days? A mortal sin by our Church's stand is the presence of evil and a loss of God's love. God told Ezechiel the soul that sins dies. Why Father am I asking you to teach this? It is certain if you read carefully that I do not demand anything, for you have free will. But you certainly have to inform your conscience on the matters written in this letter and then you will be faced with the burden of choice.
I must also mention spiritual confession. Most of the Laity today say, "I confess my sins to God". This can only be legitimate by an act of perfect contrition and it must still be accompanied by a firm purpose of amendment. That is to make, to mean, to live and fulfill a promise to God not to do it again as far as one can. Can you think of how many really mean to stop sinning, or really put all they have into keeping that promise? Have you ever told your pupils that? For me the act of spiritual confession is to make an act of contrition when I realize I have erred. It must be followed, and I do, as soon as possible, with a Sacramental Confession as commanded by the Church in her six commandments. The Council of Trent (paraphrased) tells us due to concupiscence it is quite likely the average sinner may not be able to be perfectly sorry. Our providential God gave us help with the forgiveness of sins given to the Apostles.
I mention what follows as an opinion formed by the reasons heard for not doing or following an action for what may be the greater good of your parish. I have heard more than a few priests claim obedience to parts of Canon Law, very often at the expense of one's immortal soul. This is not perfect obedience. I do ask you to be very careful of sinning against one's conscience or as priests, you find it is easier to obey rules and regulations, especially fobbing off decisions you should make by quoting Canon Law. Keeping the Peace, that dreadful act of compomise again, at any cost, especially at the expense of one's immortal soul is wrong. Is there truth in that statement? Again that is your choice. One you must make after, thinking, informing and ensuring that whatever you may do is not a slight act of rebellion, a small compromise against what is the good you are meant to do and spread.
Perhaps this will better illustrate what I mean. Vatican 2 says your homilies must be on the Epistles and Gospels of the day, it also said thatthey could address problems the priest perceives in the parish. Some of the Homilies I hear are so far from what Catholic Commentaries say about those scriptures and are so in line with protestant humbug they would have been better not given. Some examples might illustrate my meanings. I heard a priest say, "Once you have been baptized, Jesus Christ lives in you forever." Is that not Faith Alone? Why then do we have the Sacrament of Confession if by this man's teachings God's love never leaves us?
Were David and Samuel wrong? One of these men, Samuel had it straight from God, "I have rejected Saul" David pleads with God in the `Miserere', "Turn not Your Face from me O Lord, take not Your Holy Spirit away." Wisdom states, "Wisdom will not enter a deceitful soul, or dwell in a body enslaved to sin. For a holy and disciplined spirit will flee from deceit, and will leave foolish thoughts behind, and will be ashamed at the approach of unrighteousness. Habbakuk prayed, " Your eyes are too pure to behold evil, and you cannot look on wrongdoing." What can these quotes mean? Compare these words with the teachings of so many of you on the Holy Spirit. Do you ever teach the indwelling of the Holy Spirit , the theosis of the Byzantines andand how it is achieved? Have you ever discussed the phrase "the state of grace"?
I heard a priest make accusations against Catholic Teachings of Grace and merits by calling them formalism. This was against our teachings that we can earn sanctifying grace and merits. Formalism is the protestant accusation against the discipline of the sacramental life of the Church, the Liturgy and the discipline of prayer. It is usually heard in the statement, "I dislike the organized church". Another homily I heard said recently in a homily Baptism and Confirmation empowers us to evangelize; yet the Church teaches evangelization is an obligation. The priest's answer was I could not use `obligated' as it would cause a fuss. This is irenicism, a seeking of comfort rather than telling a truth, and is prevalent in the Church today as peace at any cost. The price we will pay for that is expensive, the loss of our soul and eternal life.
What you have not realized is, we the Laity want to hear the truth, especially the young people. John Paul 2 has shown them what it is to be truly Catholic and they want more. Many of you without exception are good men and that is the basis to be a good priest. It will take fortitude and prayer on your part to succeed. This might help, once during meditation, I knew that priests should dedicate, consecrate themselves to Mary, their mother's, Perpetual Virginity. I mean Her total virginity from sin.
Having written this, I point to the most important fact of your priestly, sacramental life and I hope you are able to accept it? We, the laity are your sacrifice, given to you to make perfect. It does not matter to your salvation if we are not, as long as you make every sincere effort to form us. What is the punishment for anyone who offers an impure sacrifice? That is spelt out strongly in the Old Testament. For us not to listen to your guidance, providing it is a verifiable teaching of the Church is on our part, a personal act of abomination in God's eyes. I pity you, if you offer us as a sacrifice daily as a Parish and do not correct us. I would not think that God enjoys the smell of incensed prayers and certainly not a dead sinful soul.
You see as Jesus said you have to account for every soul you lose. I will not stand by and let you go astray, your soul is precious to me, for through Confession before you I can reach Heaven and an Eternal Life and only you, as the Sacrificial Priesthood, can forgive sins and all temporal punishments due them through the Sacrament of Penance. This is providing your penances are not straight from the Readers Digest. I mean the foolishness of doing a random act of charity. A penance that I, as a practicing catholic, have been given. Charity to the catholic laity cannot be a random act and we are, by Christ's precepts, to practice this virtue through the Spiritual and Corporal works of Mercy. Charity by Paul's definition is the unity in the Church. How can that be random?
Now you want to know the seven reasons St. Paul wrote the First Letter to the Corinthians. The first thing is to establish why he wrote it. He wrote in 1st Cor 4:14, I am not writing this to make you ashamed, but to admonish you as my beloved children. What are the lessons he finds it necessary to give to his children at Corinth? He tells them (1) that they ought to be ashamed of being divided up into parties, as holding by Apollo, or Paul, or Peter (chs.1.4). (2). That when a member of their congregation contracts an incestuous alliance, they ought to excommunicate him instead of manifesting pride over what has happened. (ch. 5). (3) That they must live uncontaminated by the heathen society around them, instead of having quarrels which they fight out at law, and relapsing into habits of fornication (ch.6.) (4) That virginity is not a precept, but a counsel of perfection, with other advice about marriage and widowhood (ch.7). (5) That, for fear of scandal and of relapse into heathenism, it is wrong to join in the sacrificial feasts of their heathen (heretics) neighbors (chs.8.9). (6) That women should have their heads veiled in church; that the love-feast which precedes the celebration of the Divine Mysteries ought to be a real manifestation of unity (ch.11). (7) That the use of preternatural spiritual gifts ought to be regulated and rationed, and that charity is the greatest gift of all (chs.12-14).
The fifteenth chapter, which deals with a denial, by some converts, of the Resurrection, and the concluding chapter, which reminds his readers of the collection to be made for the church at Jerusalem, and adds a series of personal messages, do not belong to our subject. This is from, "The Corinthian's letter to St. Paul", by Msgr. Ronald Knox.
We can also read in, "A handbook of heresies," by M.L. Cozens, imprimatur Can. E. Surmount, this commentary on the mysterious religions that came out of Phrygia and were found in Corinth. "Among the Gentiles it would be precisely those drawn to the Mystery Cults who would be most attracted to the Church; and let us repeat once more they, not less than the converts from Judaism, came to the Church not with empty minds but with minds full of their own conceptions and misconceptions, which the Truth had to judge, to sift, cast out, correct, or complete. So we find that while Paul had so often, among the Jews, to fight the notion of Salvation by legal good works, in writing to his Gentile converts he had to be equally insistent upon the necessity for good works in the regenerate.
Many of the converts were prone to imagine that to be Reborn was enough - to them, as to later heretics, emotion, ecstasy, or "spiritual experience," was all that mattered, and they despised the commandments as savoring of that "old law" or "old man" from which their baptism had freed them. So that we find Paul writing to his beloved converts, exhorting them to find in the remembrance of their baptism the motive for a life of good works and the meet fruit of the new life principle within them. In writing to the Corinthians he corrects the abuse in their celebrations of the Eucharist and in that we seem to catch a hint of fear lest the sexual abuses familiar to the worshippers of Asiatic deities should creep into the Sanctuary and pollute the Mysteries of their Redemption.
Once more the issue was determined by the attitude of each mind to the Faith. Those who made the Act of Faith more sincerely gave up every thought not in accordance therewith, whilst those who sought in the Church their own highest ideals, apart from God's revelation, fell away into one or other of those bewildering nightmarish heresies which haunted the outskirts of Christianity during the end of the first and the whole of the second century".
Can you not see this emotion, ecstasy or spiritual experience in a section of our Church today? Even Cardinal Ratzinger with the support of the Pope, warned about their hysteria last year, when he wrote. "No more healing masses, no more hysteria before the Blessed Sacrament" Complementing exactly the instructions of Paul to Timothy in his first letter to Tim. Does it not also remind you of the total failure of the RCIA program in that many who enter the Church, have not given up the basic tenets of the beliefs they left? This is indifferentism in the worst way, and nothing is done. Here is one final comment on St. Paul's first correction. Can any of you not see the statements, I'm for the Focolare, I'm for the Neocatecumenate, I'm for the Charismatic Renewal as a modern equivalent for Apollo, Paul, Cephas and who is, I ask, for the Mystical Body of Christ these days?
By the way Paul's no 3 for me is avoiding contact with those outside the Church at social, semi liturgical occasions. That is fornication.
Per Crucem ad Lucem et Veritas