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 frustration, I know I had better obey the inner voice that holds many conversations with me and publish it. As ordered, at last I will obey her.
A Visit to Guadeloupe.
One October evening in 1995, 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, and shortage of 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 emigrant was returning home for the Christmas holiday, every seat as boo.ked and double booked . Around that time, I knew Fr Walter Weinrich used 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 a disagreement with government regulations the company she worked for was no longer operating, but there were three tickets still, as far as she knew, 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 small 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 as directed to the door, 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 magnificently dressed Negro very tall. “Mr. Hurcum, here is your letter”. How did he know our name? 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 during our visit, 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 appeared on each corner and each shop doorway as I walked to the basilica for Mass. Every time I left the hotel she was waiting at the corner, begging. Every time 100 feet or so 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 up to 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, “That woman was back there”. She watched and as I did saw her repeatedly on the way to the Church. each day, 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 sight problem, was there he could only see what was directly in front of his eyes. He could only see through a narrow aperture in his eyes. I believe from our previous conversations, he had no or very little peripheral vision. I felt I should do something that evening 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, I finished my prayer and wife handed him a picture of Guadeloupe upside down and from his left side. He promptly straightened and turned it. 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 ”. The place where I was to be, was at the top of the hill on the top of the steps leading to the Tilma Chapel at Teyepac. At around Mary said, “Come early, I am lonely”. Why I thought would Mary be lonely and yet there is an answer, which would of course be condemned by the Churchmen. This is long enough, I will continue tomorrow.
Often we see the argument and sometimes it comes as viciousness in a velvet glove about the statement, "There is no salvation outside the Church". This meandering and somewhat meaningless discussion is posited on behalf of those whose pride does not allow them to be wrong or as liberals say, "You must keep an open mind on the subject", which is often the furthest idea from their minds. First what is the Church? No one can deny it is the community instituted by Christ with a covenant witnessed by a fiery agreement with God. This is the Descent of the Holy Spirit in tongues or as tongues of fire upon Mary and the Apostles at Pentecost. To say there is a new Pentecost is the submission to the idea we have a new church different than the Apostles, a heresy and a breaking of the old covenant. Is this the form of ecumenism existing today? Ask yourselves this question seriously. The Church is an institution of this world set up and acts within the parameters that Christ gave it. That is with a worldly head, a sacrificial priesthood, sacrifice and sacraments that make us worthy to offer the sacrifice. This is what Christ gave us and left us with. Anything else although we make the claim it is, is not the community Christ, the Living Word of God left us with. To be outside those parameters is outside the Ministry of the Church, our spiritual legality. Forget all the high flown definitions, that is the Church, period! Now what is salvation? We earn it by believing in and following the Word of God in all His actions, commandments, directives and Life. What is the reward? The reward is what our Church calls the Beatific Vision, which I believe we all receive at the moment we are conceived in as a thought or a spark of God's paternal mind, yet for those of us who are thoughts conceived after Adam's this vision is clouded and hidden from our view by the concupiscence due to Adam's sin of pride and disobedience. The original sin that weakens our innocence to the point where we abuse it regularly. We are all created according to God's will. So salvation is regaining that Vision receiving it in eternity. When we die or pass over into eternity, after we close our eyes in repose in this world, we should be able to open our eyes in our new life to see and share in this vision . That is salvation, entering directly into heaven. Very few outside the Church gain this advantage. although the Church does maintain their are others that do. The rest of us if not seriously encumbered by grave sin, that is outright refusal to obey the Word of God and all He taught, lived and showed us in His life on Earth end up in Purgatory (another temporal place like this world) where we "Pay as the Parable says. every cent of our debt". Jesus as we know died for pagans, gentiles and jews as far as I know this has not changed, but He made it quite clear we have to believe in what is the Kingdom of Heaven here on earth. Once we have the knowledge of the Name of Jesus we are bound to examine all it means. Not to do so is perilous to our eternal life
The Laity watches their example and acts in the same way.Further to the last blog, I wish to make known another observation which I find disturbing. It is the number of men who stroll into our churches with hands in their pockets and the number of children who genuflect on their left knee and bless-cross themselves with their left hand. In a conversation with a man sincere by his beliefs over the blog before this, he, I found is caught up in the minimalism of the priests. This minimalism I have written before I feel comes from the avoidance of suffering, looking for an easy life of ease and contentment. The parish priest I was very attached to as friend and I was his altar boy 6 days a week at the early morning mass taught me a great deal. He did everything he could to lead me into the priesthood. His name of my blessed memory was Canon William Percival Hayes, Vicar General of the Diocese of Clifton. The Sisters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul one Sr Joseph taught me the catechism and Sr Anthony taught me to lay out the vestments for mass and other liturgical events. I thank them just about everyday. Before every mass I knelt with the priest and prayed for the celebration of the mass and for all present. These many years later I still do. This canon then washed his hands thoroughly explaining he was about to handle the Body of Christ and I was not to forget it. He was a clever priest, very intuitive; often when some old woman (to me at 7 to 13) came and said (often) "Wouldn't it be lovely Canon if we did this during the Mass?". He had a stock answer, "Martha", he would say, "I will pray about it and if the Holy Spirit moves me, then we shall". I watched by learning from a priest who was stern and good, never severe just as all fathers should be. Here then is the crux of what I have written in this blog and the one before.
"WE WATCH YOU FATHERS AND LEARN FROM YOU. FROM YOU COMES OUR KNOWLEDGE AND ACTIONS TOWARDS THE HOLY EUCHARIST AND THE TRINITY. LOOK AT YOUR CHILDREN AND ASK YOURSELF HAVE THEY LEARNT ANYTHING FROM ME".
What if you find most of the above and the one before is lacking in your flock? Will you as is a habit dismiss it as not neccessary and then learn from the liberals who claim an open mind and follow their path and yours of minimalism
¶ 10:14 AM
Monday, January 12, 2009
Reverence, giving Christ His dueA few blogs ago I talked about my thoughts on bending one's knee to Christ or bowing the the mention of the Holy Name. Well I was at a mass where the majority of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops were present, including one Byzantine. During the mass not one, from my vantage point bowed their head at His Most Holy Name. Furthermore it is as the Byzantine Bishop knows during the Mass Liturgy it is a good traditional habit to cross oneself at any mention of the Trinity. If I have not made my feelings clear let me take it a step further, catholics used to "beat their breast" when saying "Lord have mercy" or during the I confess when we say "through my most grievous fault" Oh well taking these Bishops as an example means so much for tradition.
I am also reminded of the horror pseudo Christians rale on and on over. I mean about Pictures of God and Holy Icons. I, as a catholic, see Jesus Christ everyday at Mass. When the priests hold Him up for our adoration, I do not think I am the only one or am I. JP2 said "So many communions, so few confessions, are they all in a state of grace, you do the maths" This he said to the American Bishops in New York.
The Jews would never give the Bread of the sacrifice to those who were dead. Contaminated by death, they received the bread of mourning. It is entirely likely and I wait from the screams of denial and the abuse that will follow. Look at this way and ask, if JP2 was right then many catholics fallen into the state of "Dead to Christ" receive the bread of mourning. Let's hear it from the Hiearchial Churchmen.
¶ 12:14 PM
Memories of the habits and the teachings of the Catholic Church