What are the heights to which God ascends and to what depths will He subject Himself to, for us??
I maintain that Catholics in the majority do not know and in fact have ever considered just how much The Son will do bring us to Eternal Grace. The bigotry of many Catholics is amazing when they dismiss other Catholics of the Apostolic Tradition. I find the manner of the dismissal of orthodox priests, almost slanderous. Can any of us say that the schism of the Orthodox is in any way, in our Papal Church any more schismatic than the dismissal of Papal instructions by many priests and laity in today's church. Be honest and bow your head in shame for the truthfulness in that statement.
I have written before on the prayer I use. Although "instructed to do so" would be a more appropriate way to describe why I say it. It has been, can I say successful, yet on at least two occasions it was frightening to whom I said it. I am not a sign seeker but one cannot miss the absolute fright in two priests' eyes and in their actions. One could not run away fast enough. The prayer's second statement says, I am the third warning. This brings to mind the question, Who are the other two, and why are a warning of such a magnitude deemed necessary? Of course today's catholic hubris is such any reason would be at once denied. The bishops would hotly deny any necessity, quickly their priests would follow and no one in the Laity wants the feeling of fright I have noted among the priesthood or in some cases the absolute relief upon their faces. The majority never the less are satisfied immensely when in their opinion nothing happens. They are happy to be able to say poor mad Mike.
The second warning was St Francis of Assisi. In one translation of “The Flowers” one of his close followers with a great reputation for his piety and Divine Contemplation was told Francis was the second warning. This is obvious by his success, Francis was a victim soul and a mystical Priest that is a sacrifice. A sacrifice to God by Jesus and His Mother. This was confirmed in a revelation to the Italian Nobleman, a Baron, that Francis was the second warning. Now before you start off with your opinions of how Francis was all love, I remember from the Flowers that Francis when tempted to sin by one of his truly faithful followers, he threw him on the ground and really pummeled him. By the way the Oremus in the Litany of St Francis says, “ When all the world was growing cold”.
The first warning was of course John the Baptism, anointed in Elizabeth's womb by the presence of Jesus in Mary's womb, he was born sinless. Why else would the scriptures write,
“And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
For behold as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy.”
John was not noted for his expressions of merciful love but more for a tough love,
“And seeing many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them: Ye brood of vipers, who hath shewed you to flee from the wrath to come?
Bring forth therefore fruit worthy of penance.”
John was noted for His Holiness and Christ said
“Amen I say to you, there hath not risen among them that are born of women a greater than John the Baptist: yet he that is the lesser in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he”.
In comparison with John or Francis, “I am not holy but I need to do penance for what I have been and therefore I do as I asked and Jesus does the rest.
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