Today’s King Herod


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REPENT

I need to share with you today, the O’Carm reflection of Lectio Divina, which is no different then what you see today in the way our government refuses to do what is right an just for all people, and pass laws for their own personal gains, for their own personal agendas, and refuse to do what is right and just. The public outcry against abortion and the need to ban all funding to Planned Parenthood but rather, the secular slanted legal system along with the words directly from the nations leaders, going out of their way to silence the souls who made the videos, rather then doing what needs to be done for the children being slaughtered today. The pushing for homosexual marriage, which does not exist in the first place. The blatant stealing of innocence from children by means of forcing the “teaching” of sex education to the youngest in society and so much more that literally MIRRORS what had taken place in nations that have been crushed through all history.

You see the “faithful” obtaining information from “secular” society on matters of “faith” rather then going to the source of their “faith”, therefore becoming secularized and not growing in faith. I highly advise Catholics NOT to listen to the secular sources for any information concerning our faith, but turn directly to the Church and the Vatican for ALL information. Grown in the faith, not in the Religion of Nationalism.
Repent!

3) Reflection
•Today’s Gospel describes the way in which John the Baptist was the victim of corruption and of the arrogance of the government of Herod. He was killed without a process, during a banquet of the king with the great of the kingdom. The text gives us much information on the time in which Jesus lived and on the manner in which power was used by the powerful of that time.

• Matthew 14,1-2. Who is Jesus for Herod. The text begins by informing about the opinion which Herod had of Jesus: “This is John the Baptist himself, he has risen from the dead, and that is why miraculous powers are at work in him”. Herod tries to understand Jesus starting from the fear which assailed him after murdering John. Herod was very superstitious and hid his fear behind the ostentation of his riches and of his power.

• Matthew 14, 3-5: The hidden cause of the murdering of John. Galilee, the land of Jesus, was governed by Herod Antipas, the son of King Herod, the Great, from the year 4 BC until the year 38 AD, after Christ. Forty-three years in all! During the time of the life of Jesus, there were no changes of government in Galilee! Herod was the absolute Lord of everything, he did not render an account to anyone, he did whatever passed through his mind. Arrogance, lack of ethics, absolute power, without control from the people! But the one, who commanded in Palestine since the year 63 before Christ, was the Roman Empire. Herod, in Galilee, so as not to be dismissed, tried to please Rome in everything. Above all, he insisted on an efficient administration which would bring riches to the Empire. His concern was his own promotion and his security. For this reason, he refrained from any type of subversion. Matthew says that the reason for murdering John was because he had denounced Herod, because he had married Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip. Flavio Joseph, a Jewish writer of that time, says that the true reason for the imprisonment of John the Baptist was the fear of Herod that there would be a popular revolt. Herod like to be called the benefactor of the people, but in reality he was a tyrant (Lk 22, 25). The denunciation of John against Herod was the drop that caused the glass to overflow: “It is against the Law for you to have her”. And John was put in prison.

• Matthew 14, 6-12: The plot of the murderer. An anniversary and a festive banquet, with dances and orgy! Mark says that in the feast were “the great of the court, the officials and the important people of Galilee” (Mk 6, 21). This is the environment in which the murdering of John the Baptist is planned. John, the prophet, was a living denunciation of that corrupt system. This is why, he was eliminated with the pretext of a problem of personal revenge. All this reveals the moral weakness of Herod. So much power accumulated in the hands of one man incapable to control himself! In the enthusiasm of the feast and of the wine, Herod makes a promise by oath to Salome, the young dancer, daughter of Herodias. Superstitious as he was, he thought that he had to maintain this oath, and respond to the caprice of the girl; and because of this he ordered the soldier to bring the head of John on a tray and give it to the dancer, who then gave it to her mother. For Herod, the life of his subjects was worthless. He disposes of them as he disposes of the staircases in his house!
The three characteristics of the government of Herod: the new Capital, large estates, and the class of functionaries:

a) The New Capital. Tiberiade was inaugurated when Jesus was only 20 years old. It was called like that in order to please Tiberius, the emperor of Rome. It was inhabited by the lords of the earth, the soldiers, the policemen, the unscrupulous judges (Lk 18, 1-4). The taxes and the products of the people were channelled toward it. It was there that Herod made his orgy of death (Mk 6, 21-29). Tiberiades was the city of the palaces of the King, where those who wore soft, delicate dresses lived (cf. Mt 11, 8). It is not known by the Gospels that Jesus entered this city.

b) The large estates. Scholars say that during the long government of Herod, the large estates grew causing harm to community property. The Book of Henoch denounces the lords of the land and expresses the hope of the little ones: “And then the powerful and the great will no longer be the lords of the land”. (Hen 38,4). The ideal of ancient times was the following: “Each one will peacefully sit under his vine and nobody will frighten them” (1 Mac 14,12; Mi 4,4; Zc 3,10). But the politics of the government of Herod made this ideal impossible.

c) The class of functionaries. Herod created a whole class of functionaries faithful to the project of the King: the Scribes, the merchants, the lords of the land, the officers of the market, the tax collectors, the militia, the policemen, the judges, the local heads,. In every village there was a group of persons which supported the government. In the Gospels, some Pharisees appear together with the Herodians (Mk 3, 6; 8, 15; 12, 13), and that shows the alliance between the religious power and the civil power. The life of the people in the villages was very controlled, both by the government and by the religion. Much courage was necessary to begin anything new, as John and Jesus did! It was the same thing as attracting to self the anger of the privileged ones, both from the religious and the civil powers.

Repent and BELIEVE

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The Message To America From St. John Paul II


“Woe to you if you do not succeed in defending life” – St. John Paul II

I hear these words today and shudder at what they bring.

From CNS News – January 22, 2015

I remember vividly the August of 1993. I was part of a massive gathering of over half a million youth from all over North America in Denver, Colorado with Pope John Paul II. The saintly old Pope’s message was electrifying for us, but it held a rather startling prediction for America which many of us missed until we read it later: “Woe to you if you do not succeed in defending life” said the pontiff.

Also, from Fr. Dwight Longenecker: America the Murderous: A Solemn Prophetic Warning

EVANGELIUM VITAE can be found by clicking here 

March of 1993 was the year that I had lost my child to abortion due to my own uneducated stupidity, after I had changed my mind and wanted to keep my child, as I didn’t know what was taking place. I will not try to justify it. It was my fault. (see here- as I have written about it back in 2011) I don’t believe in coincidences. I do believe our Lord has a plan and when we follow Him, it becomes very apparent to the repenting soul who has turned away from sins turns back towards Him and follows Him, dies to self, and lives for Him. I know I sound like a broken record when I say this, but it is true. For many years, far to many, my life had been a living hell because I had made it that way by following the world and not Him. Its not that I didn’t want to hear our Lord, or follow Him. I did! I forgot how to hear Him. When you follow the “world” you forget everything that matters most. I was so lost in sin. I was caked in my own filth of self. When I reflect back, I pray to our Lord to never let anyone go that way.

“To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.” – St. Thomas Aquinas

I have always held St. John Paul II in a special place in my heart, in a very special place, as I had the pleasure of being blessed by him in Chicago during his visit in 1979. Please see – Reflection On Blessed Pope John Paul II Which, once again, as I am writing this, was originally posted on May 4th, 2011. May 4th 2013, after close to four years as living as brother & sister, with my husband, as we were going through the annulment process, we were finally married in the Catholic Church. Which, while planning, we had found out was the exact same day as my First Holy Communion in 1975, along with my Great Uncles Ordination into the Priesthood in 1930, who survived the Nazis, followed by the Communist occupation of Slovakia.

Our Lord has shown me great mercy. I can never fully place into words how He has strengthened me with His grace, teaching me it is not my strength, but His. Teaching me that nothing is mine and everything is His. Teaching me to see Him as much as I can, in all souls, although hidden. Even in the most hardened hearts, teaching me that I too, was that hardened heart. Seeing my own sins being committed by others, and repenting for committing exactly what they were doing. Seeing His face in every soul on earth, as easy as seeing the Artists signature on a masterpiece. Hidden behind the blacked over paint of sin.

I know I am getting carried away in the words here, but there is great mercy of our Lord in repenting. The country we live in, the one my dad, US Navy Veteran from 1946 defended, the one my husband served 23.5 years in the US Marines for and defended, has become a country of the culture of death. Its sickening to see what this country has become and is becoming. She is in desperate need of a “heart transplant” through replacing the broken moral compass she has been using for the past 45 years. I pray to God, she receives it soon.

The only way to fix her, is for each soul to look in the mirror, look deep within your own hearts and and turn your back on selfishness,turn away from the mentality that has brainwashed so many, and to the needs of others, placing yourself last. Starting with the smallest in the womb. Repent. The toss away culture we currently live in, has caused us to toss away our own hearts. Defend and protect all human life first. In one another, and your own. Take time to learn the meaning of Love. Its not anything you can remotely associate with what is taking place in today’s culture. What is Love? <<<SEE HERE>>>

For a few years, after my conversion back home really started to take shape, I would look at different pictures of parishes and the beauty within them. Before understanding, it was our Lord’s presence in the tabernacle that is the true Beauty I was seeking. One particular parish caught my attention and I thought it was so beautiful. The Chapel on the Rock (officially, Saint Catherine of Siena Chapel) in Allenspark, Colorado, considered St. Malo St. John Paul II had been in this particular parish and I could only image how beautiful that day must have been.

I had forgotten about it until a week ago when a friend had posted a photo of the parish that had captivated me, as it had been closed in 2011 due to a fire in the area, but the church was spared. During the rock slides of September 2013 the Chapel on the Rock survived, though much of the surrounding terrain was destroyed. How much that beautiful church endured speaks something wonderful to the soul.

My oldest daughter, just graduated from College, whom my sister took in at the age of 12, due to something I have yet to write about, is now living not far from that area. We have not seen each other for close to 2 years. I found it beautiful that the picture had been posted only a week ago, as I had forgotten about it, and all in our Lord’s time, His grace, His will, my family will be there soon for our family vacation. It will be the first time we take a family vacation like this. We will ALL be together. We are planning on spending time hiking this area of Saint Catherine of Siena Chapel and praying for the end of abortion and the destruction of human life in this country, along with the protection of the family and the conversion of hearts. God willing.

I am eternally grateful to our Lord for blessing me with the faith in Him that He has rekindled in me, along with my husband, my children and the gift of a life I could have never imagined not very long ago. My suffering may be painful and extremely excruciating at times, to see the lack of love in souls, but its so easy when its joined to His as the joy our Lord has allowed me to have in my heart, in knowing Him and not just of Him, is a degree of His mercy, that no one can imagine.

Pull closer to our Lord. Turn back to Him. “Return to your first Love”. Never forgetting, God first and foremost above all else.

St. John Paul II, intercede for all of us. Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us. Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on us all.

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Bring This Soldier Home


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A well-preserved silver box, thought to be a Roman Catholic reliquary, rested atop the coffin of a man believed to be Capt. Gabriel Archer. The box was an unexpected find at the site of the 1608 Anglican church, suggesting the colonist retained his Roman Catholic faith, perhaps in secret. (Photo Courtesy of Donald E. Hurlbert/Smithsonian Institution )

I am wondering if the Catholic Church can PLEASE get this Soldier of our Lord back home. First class relics are property of the Catholic Church and must be handled with care and love as they are the bodily remains of a human being. I beg our Bishops to please investigate this.

Via Msgr. Florian Kolfhaus – “I guess, M means martyr. The relics don’t have to be brought to Rome, but they should be venerated..”. via Msgr. Florian Kolfhaus during a twitter conversation I was having with him. Monsignor Florian Kolfhaus serves at the Secretariat of State’s Section for the Relation with States at the Holy See (Vatican).

From NPR

“A well-preserved silver box, thought to be a Roman Catholic reliquary, rested atop the coffin of a man believed to be Capt. Gabriel Archer. The box was an unexpected find at the site of the 1608 Anglican church, suggesting the colonist retained his Roman Catholic faith, perhaps in secret.”

Also:

“Kelso says the capsule is “a lead vessel that would hold holy water, oil or blood; and the bone would be that of a saint. Put together, this is a very holy object.” There’s a letter “M” scratched into the surface of the box that holds the capsule. Kelso smiles: “That stands for ‘mystery,’ ” he says. No one knows what the “M” stands for.”

Also:

“But the object itself is clearly a reliquary — a container for holy relics in the Roman Catholic Church. And that is puzzling. The colonists were Anglicans — members of the Church of England. Many Anglicans at the time considered Roman Catholics their spiritual enemies.”

Please bring this Saint home.

1st Class Relic:

a part of the Saint (bone, hair, etc.) and the instruments of Christ’s passion

Canon Law 1190
§1 It is absolutely wrong to sell sacred relics.
§2 Distinguished relics, and others which are held in great veneration by the people, may not validly be in any way alienated nor transferred on a permanent basis, without the permission of the Apostolic See.

ADDING from the article from NPR: “It’s a 10,” she says. “It’s unique; nothing else like it.” That’s because of what’s inside the silver box, she says: a tiny lead capsule and some bone fragments (seen only via a CT scanner, after researchers decided the box was too fragile to open).

Eternal rest grant unto Gabriel Archer, and the others unknown to us, O Lord and let your perpetual light shine upon them. May they and all the holy souls in purgatory, rest in peace. Amen

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Planned Parenthood and the Loss of Human Dignity


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Remember when they didn’t care about this Child and you will understand why they don’t care about the one in the womb.

‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

Must watch and listen from Bishop elect Robert Barron

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Ending The American Holocaust


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I can’t help but ponder the day President Obama said: “God bless Planned Parenthood”.

Well Mr. President, and anyone else who can not see the grace of God at work here, and still can’t see the mercy of God, I offer you a few thoughts.

I believe He is doing just that with the revelations of what Abortion is in this country. That being the murder of a child by a BOOMING business of abortion. The Big Business of Abortion being given BILLIONS of tax payer money. The basic media blackout of any information on more news outlets that SHOULD be covering it and the twisting of facts and data to reflect back on the people who shot the videos to look like the bad guys, rather then the organization who has logged over 57 MILLION murders under its belt, who now are trying to justify the selling of aborted children organs. The pushing for “Fetal Stem Cell” research in Congress bringing to light the reason there has been so much push for federal funding for Planned Parenthood to me. The push for post birth abortions because as we know now, organ trafficking is big business. MILLIONS of woman regretting their abortions, being told that there baby was nothing but a blob of tissue in reality its a fully developed human child. The absolute all out destruction of the family, all being seen,and pushed for at the exact same time…..

The time is now to repent America. Can it be the grace of God that has revealed all this, all now regarding Abortion? About the callousness of our hearts in regards to the unborn and not caring enough for them? OR for ourselves to think we as human beings can be equated to dogs when created in the image of God? Acting like animals without ANY regard or responsibility for our actions?

About how a conversion of heart is needed for this entire nation that claims to be one UNDER God? I believe so. I believe its very blatant grace at work here. I believe its a time to repent for EVERYONE. How anyone can look at the dismembered smashed remains of a child and not see the evil behind it that caused its murder, is mind blowing. It reveals the total lack of compassion we have for one another.

Its not about “Health Care” or “Reproductive Rights”. This is about the time to end mans twisted justification of murdering children for greed and selfish ambition. The time is now to stop the blood bath of the American Holocaust that has taken the lives of over 57 MILLION children under the demonic name Abortion. The time is now to stop the EXPORTING of this murder business to every nation on earth.

God’s answer to your prayers? God’s grace? I believe so. With my ENTIRE converted heart.

Repent America. Now is the time.

For another look at the grace of God for us all, see: A Moment Of Grace For……Planned Parenthood

And this FANTASTIC truth: The Pity of Christ by FR. GEORGE W. RUTLER
Just a snip:

“General Patton was thought by some not to have much pity. But he had a chest. When he entered Ohrdruf, the sub-camp of Buchenwald, his reaction to the corpses and crematoria surprised his soldiers. He did not say the lurid scene was “inappropriate” or “unacceptable” or “heartbreaking.” He bent over and vomited. And the medals on his chest rattled. When the people who lived outside the camps protested that they did not know what had been going on, General Eisenhower ordered them to walk through the fetid buildings and look at the corpses. Perhaps there will be a day when remnants of our sheepish generation are dragged through the moral carnage of our land and feel some of the pity that Christ feels for us.”

Keeping this entire nation and those who seek to destroy children in the womb, in my prayers.
Lord have mercy on us all.

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Just Because


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