Monday, 14 August 2017

Mary as Co-Redeemer. What is the difficulty?

The writer of Genesis lived thousands of years after the creation of man.   He believed in a God who was loving and meant everything to be good and yet looking around he saw so much evil.  Now evil could not be created by God so he reasoned that man himself was responsible for what he saw around  him.   Man himself must have rebelled against God.   He prayed for guidance and what he wrote was inspired by the Holy Spirit.

A Messia would come, born of a woman who would reconcile mankind to God.    This is indeed what happened when Jesus appeared.   Born of the Virgin Mary he was the promised Saviour.    But let us look more closely at what God said in Genesis 3:15.   Talking to the serpent, the devil, he said "I will put enmity between thee and the woman and between thy seed and her seed, it will crush your head and you will lie in wait for its  heel"   This is an extraordinary saying and could only have been inspired by the Holy Spirit, it was the first prophecy in the bible     There would be enmity that is hostility and opposition between the serpent and this future mother who would give birth to the Messiah, her seed.

So this tells us that the work of Redemption would be carried out by two people, a mother and son, Mary and Jesus.    So this future mother was going to be extraordinary.    To give birth to God, would be certainly take a special woman, a woman specially created who could overcome sin so that the fallen human nature would not be passed on to Jesus.    So the Church has taught and Our Lady verified this at Lourdes, that she was the Immaculate Conception.  Now we know nothing about the early life of Mary.    The Immaculate Conception means that Mary was born with all the graces and gifts of the soul that Eve had, but unlike Eve who fell in temptation, Mary did not.   And yes, Mary must have been tempted for she was not a robot,  she had free will.   The serpent would have been aware of her holy state and furiously battled to destroy her.   But he found only enmity coming from her.

It was at the Annunciation the the Angel Gabriel would have informed her why she was so special.   Although the reading in the Gospel last for about three minutes it is accepted by scholars that Gabriel would have said much more and indeed toll her of the cost of bearing this child.   How she would have such joy for their years and then she would have to prepare him for his death on the Cross.   Mary was always aware of his mission and at the marriage feast of Canna when he worked his first miracle for his mother it was her way of telling him that his mission had indeed begun.   But his mission was also hers, she had  to be there supporting him in his mission, and offering him back to the |Father with her own pain and sufferings on Calvary.    Now let us be clear on this.   Mary could not redeem the world only the sufferings of Jesus could do that for he was the Son of the Father making a divine offering.   But Mary added the sufferings of humanity to the Father, not just the sufferings but the sorrow of her spiritual children.  And without her fiat, thy will be done, the Father could never have accomplished the birth of Jesus.     She is therefore quite rightly called the Co-Redeemer.    

Saturday, 12 August 2017

First we had Fatima, then we had Akita. The message was the same. Both were accompanied by miracles.

My dear daughter, listen well to what I have to say to you. You will inform your superior. As I told you, if men do not repent and better themselves, the Father will inflict a terrible punishment on all humanity. It will be a punishment greater than the deluge, such as one will never have seen before. Fire will fall from the sky and will wipe out a great part of humanity...the good as well as the bad, sparing neither priests nor faithful. The survivors will find themselves so desolate that they will envy the dead. The only arms which will remain for you will be the Rosary and the Sign left by My Son. Each day recite the prayer of the Rosary. With the Rosary pray for the Pope, bishops and the priests. The work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church in such a way that one will see cardinals opposing cardinals, and bishops against other bishops. The priests who venerate me will be scorned and opposed by their confreres...churches and altars sacked; the Church will be full of those who accept compromises and the demon will press many priests and consecrated souls to leave the service of the Lord. The demon will be especially implacable against souls consecrated to God. The thought of the loss of so many souls is the cause of my sadness. If sins increase in number and gravity, there will be no longer pardon for them. With courage, speak to your superior. He will know how to encourage each one of you to pray and to accomplish works of reparation. It is Bishop Ito, who directs your community. You have still something to ask? Today is the last time that I will speak to you in living voice. From now on you will obey the one sent to you and your superior. Pray very much the prayers of the Rosary. I alone am able still to save you from the calamities which approach. Those who place their confidence in me will be saved.[7].  

The above are the words of our Lady of Akita.  

Objection 1.   These are private revelations we do not have to believe.   Answer....Now ins so far as belief in the Catholic Faith is concerned there is nothing here which adds to or takes away from Church teachings.   But there is a matter of prudence here.   If God made a vision of the sun dancing and almost crashing to earth for over 70,000 people then He is serious.   He expects us to notice.

Objection 2   I am a good Christian and I do not believe in such a God.   Answer... A Christian is one who follows Christ    Christ is theWord made flesh, God Himself who lived amongst us     If he said "Depart from me ye cursed into everlasting fire prepared for the Devil and his Angels"  So thee is  a Hell and souls go there.   Further you are following a false Christ and destroying the message of Salvation in the Catholic Church.

Objection 3  This is all gloom and doom, I am an adult and I do not want such a religion.  No I am happy as I am.   Answer......There is only doom and gloom for those who will not follow Christ and his teachings.   This is actually a message of hope.   You can actually change the world and save souls by saying the Rosary, and doing small acts of Penance and Reparation.   "If anyone will come after me, let him take up his Cross daily and follow me" said Jesus.  No we are not called to Christ in order live cosy lives where the only call upon us is to meet with nice people and have nice chats on a Sunday morning.  And every day in the Our Father we say ".....Thy Kingdom come...."  But has it?   We are tho ones who have failed Christ, we talk about evangelisation, we talk about changing the world, we talk about many things but it is all talk.  Conversion to the teachings of Christ, the true teachings of Christ we are too scared to even think of..   The rejection of Fatima and Akita is a rejection of Christ, we are actually salt that has lost its flavour.

Objection 4.  But we are in an ecumenical age.   How can we be an inclusive Church, how can we build up Christianity unless we are silent on Devotion to Mary, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and all those childish devotions.    Answer.......Is that what Christ wanted, an inclusive Church, where it did not matter what you believed.   If it does not matter what you believe then it does not matter what you do and this is demonstrated by our approach to young people where we excuse the lack of chastitiy, the breakdown of marriage and a pagan philosophy that sin does not matter.   Sin has destroyed lives and has destroyed our society.   And those whom Christ called will be the first at the day of judgement to be called forward to explain.

Objection 5.   In the rosary we just babble like children, it is not for adults.     Answer......The rosary and scripture go together.  The Mysteries go through special events in the life of Jesus from the announcement of his coming at the Annunciation to His Death and Resurrection.   To meditate on these events on a daily basis surely enriches our understanding of him and advances our spirituals life.   It is a practice that has been in the Church for hundreds of years and participated in by every class of person from peasant to Pope.   But when Our Lady asks us to say the rosary for the conversion of sinners she draws our attention to another important point and that is that the Rosary is not just for our personal profit but a practice in which we embrace the whole world.    The Our Father and the Hail Mary is always about us and not me.   Concentration is difficult, yes, but we should help children by not overloading them.   Perhaps one decade per day is a means of beginning the practice which means that in one week then one decade is said and Mother Mary will pray with the children.   For all my words here I find concentration difficult but remember that Mary is always praying with you, as she did with Bernadette at Lourdes and with the children at Fatima.  








Wednesday, 9 August 2017

HOW CAN CATHOLICS IGNORE OUR LADY OF FATIMA?

                                                        FATIMA  The facts and photos

Friday, 4 August 2017

The Miracle of Fatima.

"On the 13th of October to prove to you that what I write in my blog comes from God, there will be a great miracle worked outside my parish Church on that day at 12 o'clock"   If I made such a statement seriously I am sure that the majority of people would laugh and some would come on the day to have a good laugh at me.    Others who read my blog and agree with much of what I say would perhaps be sceptical but wish me luck though their common sense would keep them away.   But there are always those who will be ready to believe and though sceptical will turn up out of curiosity.

That was how things were in Fatima in 1917.   Three little children, the oldest of whom was ten, told people that the lady they were seeing in visions had promised a great miracle.   At least I was an adult and could argue the point but three uneducated little peasant children - surely it was a joke.

Over 70,000 people turned up many to sneer and jeer and others to witness the shame of the children when nothing happened.    But something did.   A miracle which had been foretold and could not possibly have been seen happened that day at Fatima.    The sun was seen dancing in the sky, shedding different coloured light on the people, and then falling to earth at such speed there people thought it was the end of the world.   But it was not just a visible miracle , the earth had been soaked by rain which had fallen for over 24 hours and when the miracle was over the earth was bone dry.    A newspaper reporter for the Lisbon newspaper  El Seculo who had been sent to dismiss the miraculous  wrote what he had actually seen.   He was of course criticised.    

But what about us?   Where do we stand on there story of Fatima.    The Miracle has happened, the facts are all there, but even after the event are we still saying it could not happen?    Maybe we do not want Marian devotion in the Church.   Maybe we do not want our friends laughing at us.    Maybe it is not 'ecumenical  to believe.    I will only remind you of what Our Lord said  "If Sodom and Gommorha had seen the things that you have seen, they would long ago have turned to Penance"  

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

MORE ON GIRLS AS ALTAR SERVERS

When I wrote my last blog I received a couple of comments.  One was on a point which I had painstakingly covered, the question of women as deacons.  The other was an objection I have heard often that when all the altar servers become girls then boys do not apply.   There is some truth in this but the point I made about boy altar servers going on to be priests still applies.     A priest has a responsibility to foster vocations in his parish and one of the steps he can take is to encourage young men to serve at Mass.   It is a responsibility he must take seriously.     I think many priests have lost the vision of this part of their vocation and altar servers are just like Eucharisitic Ministers, Readers, or those passing the plate around.   They are just doing a job or helping the Community.   We seem to have lost the spiritual dimension to these tasks.  We are primarily serving God and whatever we do in Church must be seen as part of our getting closer to God in our Spiritual lives.

This leaves the priest in one of his most important roles, the role of spiritual director.    Helping people in their tasks to see them as wonderful gifts from God and using their tasks to draw closer God.

Maybe it was out of sympathy I wrote my post.    Everyone now has 'something to do' except girls.  But on the other hand girls aren the most vulnerable in our society and many girls may have little to look forward to in our society which has destroyed marriage, made sex a recreation, and divorce just a normal thing.   So many will have heartache and the trials of a single mother ahead of them.    Most of them are crying out for a spiritual mother who will love them unconditionally, and when they fall in life be there to pick them up and help them carry on.   And when they are drawn to the transient pleasures which they know can never fulfil them they will want that mother beside them who is not judging but giving them the strength to resist.  They desperately need their mother Mary and there is no better way than to identify with her on the altar and atto at the foot of the Cross.

Were I the Pope I would command that all altar servers, boys and girls, become members of something called the Society of Our Lady and St John.   The girls would then have Mary as their model and the boys  the beloved disciple St john who also served Jesus from the foot of the Cross.    And not only Jesus but Mary also.  

But let us pray for our altar servers that through their generous service they may receive every grace they need to live a happy and a holy life.

  

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

The Leonine Prayers

On the 13th October, 1884 Pope Leo XIII having celebrated Mass heard a conversation Between God and the Devil.    The Devil said that if he had power over the priests of the Church he would destroy the Church within 100 years.   The reply came "You have it"   Pope Leo then composed the Prayer to St Michael which he said at the foot of the altar in the vernacular with the congregation after every Mass until after Vatican II  

When this prayer was stopped the devil seemed to roar in triumph and queenly modernists and feminists were let lose not only in the Church but in the seminaries and young priests came into the parishes who were ill prepared to uphold the Catholic Faith.   We saw Mass attendances fall and the teachings of Christ and His Church being ignored on the grounds that people could now follow 'their conscience'.   Things did not look good for the future.   But towards the end of the eighties and nineties some kind of miracle happened for suddenly the seminaries began to change and the power of the4 feminists especially was broken.   Now we are seeing the return of good Catholic young men into the priesthood who are guided not by the ambition to serve the poor but also to serve God.  

Remember the conversation that Pope Leo heard was in 1884 and the devil was to destroy the Church in 100 years.   But he has failed.   And look again at the date 13th October.   This was also the day and the month of the Miracle at Fatima.    Perhaps on the centenary of that day the Immaculate Heart Mary will start her triumphant return.  


Sunday, 30 July 2017

On Girls as Altar Servers

I am, as my readers know, very faithful to the traditions of the Catholic Church.   I did not like the changes brought in by the Spirit of Vatican II, and since I was never allowed to discuss them in the parish I resorted to the pen which is mightier than the sword and upset many.

There is one thing that I did not openly criticise and that was the use of girls as altar servers.    Listening to the objections of other traditionalists I was never quite convinced of their arguments.    Yes parents were enthusiastic about their sons being on the altar for being an altar server was seen as the first step towards the priesthood.    Yes, and in many cases it worked.   It helped the boys discern their vocation and move on, but what about the possible religious vocation of the girls?   Then there was the argument that the sanctuary was a male only place.    Yes, I have some sympathy with this one since I am totally in agreement that priests and deacons are 'in persona Christi', and should represent Christ and the Fatherhood of God, but is there no place for a woman?

It must be about 15 years since I went back to Scotland after my sister died in order to arrange her funeral.   I had word with the organist in the local parish about the hymns during the Mass.   When I chose a hymn to Our Lady she replied that the Liturgy Committee in the parish would not allow it.  I was shocked but as a guest in the parish I accepted her comment.     Since then I have been thinking over the whole thing.   Is there really no place for Mary in the Mass?   I have been drawing closer to Mary recently and understanding more clearly her vital role in our Salvation.    Of course the Son was the most perfect Sacrifice to the Father and no human could have won our salvation, but then Christ could not have been there to sacrifice Himself without Mary accepting her role as his mother.   She was the bridge that made possible the reconciliation of the Son with the Father.   She is therefore more than just a woman.    All through His Ministry Mary was there in the background and someone would tell him during his preaching that his Mother and his brethren had arrived.    She was responsible fort causing him to change the water into wine at the Marriage in Cana.    Then at his Passion she walked with him to Calvary, knelt at the foot of his Cross, and she was the face that gave the human Jesus the strength to endure to the end.    She too made an offering of her Son to the Father and joined her sufferings His.   So if the Mass is Calvary made present in our day the offering of Mary will also be present    Until someone comes back to me and shows this is heresy then I will stand by my conviction.

An altar server is someone who prepares the altar, who assists the priest in the Sacrifice, and in sound liturgies helps the priest give Christ to the people.    He or she does all the background work but remains almost invisible like Mary.     So why should an altar server not be a girl?    And let me go further and ass why and Altar Server in a Parish cannot be a woman?   Now I know there are many dangers in this.    The last thing I would want is for someone to demand a right to be a woman altar server to further women power or so called equality.     No, the altar server must be MARY on the altar who completely understands her role as Mary and is a member of some kind of Marian society or sodality.  

So am I stupid, am I a heretic, am I a danger to the Church.   What do you think?