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Saturday, November 17, 2012

St Therese and Divinization

Recently a book was published demonstrating how St Therese of the Child Jesus sisters edited the writings of their sister in order to obscure the full spiritual doctrine of St Therese. Andrea Tornielli writes: "It is a story of true holiness and manipulated documents that told by Gianni Gennari in his new book “Teresa di Lisieux, il fascino della santità. I segreti di una “dottrina” ritrovata” (Thérèse of Lisieux, The appeal of Sainthood. The secrets of a rediscovered “doctrine” – Lindau publishers, 616 pages, 38 Euros). And one recounted in meticulous detail and inspired by documents that remained unpublished until now. The volume reconstructs the life of an extraordinary woman. Saint Thérèse of the Child of Jesus is remembered by faithful as the “little saint” and is identified with the “spiritual infancy” described in Matthew’s Gospel: “If you do not change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”

And yet Thérèse Françoise Marie Martin who died in the Carmel of Lisieux at the tender age of 24 in September 1897 and was canonised by Pius XI in 1925, never used the expression “spiritual infancy” in her original writings.

The book demonstrates very clearly that the doctrine of “spiritual infancy” was the brainchild of Thérèse’s sisters who were disciples of the Jesuit, Almire Pichon. Gennari writes that for fifty years, the sisters led everyone, including the Popes, to see in her the prefect embodiment of the teachings of their spiritual director. And they managed this on their own.” ...Gennari explains that Thérèse’s true doctrine is not “spiritual infancy” in a minimalist sense: according to her thinking, “Enfant de Dieu”, the Son of God, is the only model, which by divine grace, “deifies” humans by invading them with the love of his Spirit, transforming them into himself, just as Thérèse had explicitly written in a letter to her sister Celine: “we are called to become divine ourselves.” ...".

Thus St Therese's spiritual doctrine on littleness is taken into new depths with the Divinization of the believer as taught by the Eastern saints, the Catechism of the Catholic Church and certain Western saints and mystics like the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta. We are Divinized or made God-like by Grace. Through grace man can become sharers or participators in the Divine Life that comes to us through the Eucharist. We enter into this process of Divinization through the Eucharistic Safrifice and become more God-like with each Mass and each Holy Hour of Adoration that we do.

"Through the power of the Holy Spirit we take part in Christ's Passion by dying to sin, and in His Resurrection by being born to new life; we are members of His Body which is the Church, branches grafted onto the Vine which is Himself: '[God] gave Himself to us through His Spirit. By the participation of the Spirit, we become communicants in the divine nature.   . . . For this reason, those in whom the Spirit dwells are divinized'"   [Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 1988]. 

Blessed Pope John Paul II wrote in Orientale Lumen: “...Everyone knows with what love the Eastern Christians celebrate the sacred liturgy, especially the Eucharistic mystery, source of the Church’s life and pledge of future glory.

“In this mystery the faithful, united with their bishops, have access to God the Father through the Son, the Word made flesh who suffered and was glorified, in the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
“And so, made ‘sharers of the divine nature’ (2 Peter 1:4) they enter into communion with the most holy Trinity” (Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, Decree on Ecumenism Unitatis Redintegratio, 15).
These features describe the Eastern outlook of the Christian. His or her goal is participation in the divine nature through communion with the mystery of the Holy Trinity.
In this view the Father’s “monarchy” is outlined as well as the concept of salvation according to the divine plan, as it is presented by Eastern theology after Saint Irenaeus of Lyons and which spread among the Cappadocian Fathers.
Participation in Trinitarian life takes place through the liturgy and in a special way through the Eucharist, the mystery of communion with the glorified body of Christ, the seed of immortality.
In divinization and particularly in the sacraments, Eastern theology attributes a very special role to the Holy Spirit:
through the power of the Spirit who dwells in man deification already begins on earth; the creature is transfigured and God’s kingdom inaugurated.
The teaching of the Cappadocian Fathers on divinization passed into the tradition of all the Eastern Churches and is part of their common heritage.
This can be summarized in the thought already expressed by Saint Irenaeus at the end of the second century: God passed into man so that man might pass over to God.
This theology of divinization remains one of the achievements particularly dear to Eastern Christian thought.
On this path of divinization, those who have been made “most Christ-like” by grace and by commitment to the way of goodness go before us: the martyrs and the saints.
And the Virgin Mary occupies an altogether special place among them. From her the shoot of Jesse sprang (cf. Isaiah 11:1).
Her figure is not only the Mother who waits for us, but the Most Pure, who – the fulfillment of so many Old Testament prefigurations – is an icon of the Church, the symbol and anticipation of humanity transfigured by grace, the model and the unfailing hope for all those who direct their steps towards the heavenly Jerusalem..."

Friday, November 16, 2012

Israel: War, Bombs and God's Protection

Marney Blom reports on how God works miracles of protection for many people in Israel. This is a sign that Israel should put their faith in the God of Israel not America or its weapons and army. Our Lady and her Son in the "Locutions to the World" have been revealing that God is allowing Satan to strip Israel of all its human protections so that they might turn back with great faith to God and his Messiah. 

This will happen through the heavenly intercession of Hepzibah the One in Whom God Delights who is the Mother of the Messiah and the Woman Prophetess of these Latter Days of the lineage of Nathan Prince of Israel and brother of King Solomon. (see Sefer Zerubbabel and Luke 3). 

  Yekhi haMashiakh haMelekh vayekhi Imma Miriam.

Our Lady told the Esseff Visionary on September 15 2012:  " I do not have words to express what lies ahead. If I were to describe the turmoil and the destruction, the human mind could not conceive of it. It is beyond human telling or human understanding. No one is ready to handle the massacres of human life or the extent to which human life will be subjected to infernal sufferings.

The fires will lap up wood and water, burning the one and drying up the other. Jerusalem will be in tatters and Israel will be shaken. Everywhere, there will be sirens of emergencies. The world will look on in horror. The steps were not taken when all could have been prevented.
Is this scene inevitable? Or, can I send my son, the pope, to save Jerusalem before its total destruction, to save it even before a bomb is dropped, to shed his blood so that many others will not. This is the one whom I hold in my heart, my precious one, who has been with me from the beginning and whom I have never abandoned. He is the one whom I will raise up. He will stay closer to me than ever before, he and the others who are with him."

Even though the main messages from Heaven finished in July Heaven has caused Our Lady to speak again due to the worsening situation in the world. She gave a few more messages in September this year (2012) such as the one above and the one below.

because the great fires are being lit. They will burn a long time and will damage the remaining places of hope in the Middle East. The taunts and the jibes and the demonstrations are everywhere. However, the great violence that is waiting in the wings has not yet been unleashed.
"I must again ascend the pulpit to speak to the world because the great fires are being lit. They will burn a long time and will damage the remaining places of hope in the Middle East. The taunts and the jibes and the demonstrations are everywhere. However, the great violence that is waiting in the wings has not yet been unleashed.
All the diplomats will scurry around and send their statements to one another. The press will comment. The media will give its spin. However, it is too late. The fires of Satan have been building, and I have pinpointed the centers of his strongholds, Cairo, Syria and Iran. These fires are protected by the Muslim radicals and their armor cannot be pierced.
These fires are the next step, the next phase. We are not yet at the center of the fires that Satan has prepared."

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The Three 7's and the Great Tribulation: A Hebrew Catholic Speculation

The Hebrew letter Zayin which is also the number 7 with three tagin on top

Pope John Paul II proclaimed the year 2000 as a "fullness of time" and a Jubilee year. He died on 2 April 2005.  Now let me speculate on one meaning of the triple 7's. The first of the triple 7 years began in 15 September 2004 (Rosh ha Shanah) or 10 April 2005 (Nisan 1). This period of 21 years is the period of the end of the times of special mercy for the Gentiles.

From 2005-2012 was the period of the first seven years represented by the first tag on the number/letter Zayin (which is the number 7). This was a time of lesser tribulation of warning preceded by the destruction of the Twin Towers in September 11 2001- a warning to America and Europe. This period ended with a crash in the markets and the rise of Obama.

This was followed by the second period of seven years from 2012-2019 which is a time of preparation for the Great Tribulation. This is represented by the second tag. This saw the rise of a resurgent Russia under Putin. Extreme Islamist terrorism and the rise of ISIS. Extremist Islam will continue to grow and spread. [It also saw the election of Donald Trump as American president.]

From 2019-2026 may come the period of the Great Tribulation of our times culminating in the appearance of Christ as a Thief in the Night (the Intermediate Coming of Christ spiritually through Eucharistic manifestations) in this fifth era of Sardis. The coming of the Messiah as a thief in the night refers to his hidden invisible coming not his glorious final coming in the flesh at the end of the World. One doesn't see a thief in the Night. This is represented by the third tag.

2019 may see the beginning of the rise of the Great Monarch who is represented by the rider on the White Horse.  He will be a new Arthur, Constantine, King St Louis and Charlemagne rolled into one. The letter Zayin is also seen as a crowned king or man and is also seen as a sword. The Great Monarch (called Henry by Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich and others) is the Ephraimite Messiah who is Anointed for War in Jewish writings. The polo stick is also in the form of a zayin. He is traditionally identified with the messenger in Revelations 10. He is called a knight, warrior, prince and Duke in many prophecies. It is only later that he is crowned as Holy Emperor by the Pope. Blessed Bartholomew Holzhauser alludes to the fact that he will be the son of an assassinated English King. Certain old Irish prophecies state that he will have Red hair (Ruadh) and be a son of the King of Saxon (meaning the Anglo-Saxon or English Kings).

2020 may see the rise of the Russian Communist Leader which will lead Russia to attack Europe. This is represented by the rider on the Red Horse. Zayin also is associated with the penis and sexual intercourse. Europe and the West will be punished by red communism due to its advocacy of inordinate sexuality and the murder of the unborn.

2021 may see the rise of the Muslim Mahdi represented by the rider on the Black Horse during a time of Economic Collapse. He will prepare for the rider on the pale horse who may be the final antichrist figure of this era of Sardis who could rise to public power in 2022. His reign could end at the end of 2025 or before May 2026 with the three days of darkness. After this will come the promised Philadelphian Era of Peace. Zayin can also represent 7000 which is the Sabbath Era of Peace. The Great Monarch will defeat the three other rulers with the support of the Pope. The Great Monarch may not rise to full power until after the Warning in 2022 which may be the cause of his religious conversion. The Miracle may occur on April 13 2023.

Zayin is also associated with the concept of "returning light" (or chozer). This returning light is the manifestation of King Messiah and his Sabbath Queen which is associated with the light of the Divine Will as "the woman of valour is the crown of her husband". Rabbi Ginsburg writes: "..."Who is a good [literally, "kosher"] woman? She who does her husband’s will." Chassidut explains that the word "does" also means "rectifies," as said in the completion of the account of Creation (the seal of the seventh day, Shabbat): "that which God created to do"-- "to do" in the sense of "to rectify" (thus implying that God has given us the task to consummate the rectification of His Creation), as explained by the Sages. Thus the "kosher woman" is she who rectifies her husband’s will by elevating him to ever new awareness of previously superconscious realms of soul..."

Note: (August 31 2016) Today is the anniversary of Princess Diana's death and we have seen the rise to prominence of Prince Harry especially with the Invictus Games in the world's consciousness. However in Judaism there is also another prophetic cycle in which 2017 is a Jubilee year based on 50 years. In this cycle the prophetic Shemitah year as opposed to the agricultural Shemitah year would be from September 2015- October 2016. Thus the Jubilee year would start on the evening of October 2 2016 and go to September 20 2017. It is possible that the cycle of three lots of seven years of tribulation in which the last 7 are the final tribulation years with the final Shemitah year September 2037-September 2038. This would fit with some old prophecies that alludes to the year 2038.There are other possibilities even though at this stage I still think the time scale 2019-2026 to be the correct one.

(September 11 2017 added) Today is the Yartzeit of my Mother according to the Jewish Calendar.  The events in regard to the Great Monarch will occur in the 2018-2019 period though he won't be a monarch then but an exiled Prince, knight and Duke. It is interesting that Prince Harry turns 33 this month. The King is in the Field. Thus it will be the Russian Communist leader that will rise to power in the 2019-2020 Jewish year (probably not Putin but a new leader). Then in 2020-2021 will see the rise of a Muslim Mahdi. Then 2021-2022 the rise of a Third Antichrist (but not Final) who will reign until 2026. In this period in the second half of the reign of Antichrist the Great Monarch now crowned as Holy Roman Emperor by an elderly Pope will throw off the power of the Third Antichrist. Some prophecies speak of a four year war by the Great Monarch and the Pope so that will probably begin in 2022.

Thursday, October 04, 2012

The New Clericalism and Spirit Daily

Today "Spirit Daily" has an excellent article on the Church and where it is going. More and more Catholics who are Orthodox but spiritual, devotional and free in the Spirit rather than the new pseudo-orthodox who are clerical, political, legalistic and rigid control freaks, are saying the same things. 

Many of us are glad that all the structures of the Church are failing as they have become an obstacle to freedom in the Spirit and the mission of the Church to save souls. The Vatican is madly putting in so-called "orthodox" Bishops who are merely administrators and bureaucrats mouthing orthodox platitudes but not loving fathers and shepherds of the flock-they are harsh CEO's and Lords of their domains. They treat their priests as employees. They quench with officious little letters any new movements of the Spirit. They sit like weasels and moles in their offices seeking to control and dishearten those who are trying to be led by the Holy Spirit and Our Lady with these poisoned missives abusing their spiritual authority. They wring their hands in fear that their tax exempt status may be taken from them. They crush anyone that is not a yes man or team player. They loathe the individuals, eccentrics and fools for Christ. They stone the prophets who say Woe to your false structures. They rule by intimidation and a demand of  false obedience. 

Spirit Daily speaks as a prophet of our times: 

"...With all respect, it is urgent that our Church turn away from the snare of parochialism -- a focus that tends to confinement in a small world that blinds us and makes internal matters seem more important than they are (see the "butler" controversy) and that prevents a view of the entire spiritual landscape. Meanwhile, the temptation to be hip and cosmopolitan, along with the snare that causes us to speak in obscure sentences (laden with arcane polysyllabic words that bring our Church into a convoluted world of reflecting more on itself and its instruments -- its legalism, its canon laws, its decrees, its treatises, its motu proprios -- than on Heaven) do not tend toward evangelism. When that happens, the pews empty and the rectory becomes just one more office building. Let us pay attention to those who are most devout more than those who are the wealthiest.

The biggest problem is lack of prayer. Our priests do not have the time, training, or energy to pray enough. Had there been enough prayer, and screening at seminaries, there would not have been such an abuse crisis. When we compromise with worldliness, we emphasize political forays and dinners and awards and bingo and casino trips and press pronouncements and church councils and media appearances (and media watching) more than Adoration..."

Other pearlers are:
"...In our own time is the challenge of intellectualism -- idolatry of the human mind, a different form of worldliness but one that likewise thins the flock and confuses the faithful.

As we have noted before, too many of our diocesan offices present a sterile businesslike environment that not only doesn't encourage devotional spirituality and gifts of the spirit but often discourages them. We plead against it. In the hierarchy, there has been more focus on a tiny group of "Lefebvrites" than on healing...."


"...An important matter to address is how seminarians are formed. Currently, it is an extremely long process, one that in most cases takes eight (too) long years, can be extremely costly, and includes courses that at times seem to have little relationship with devotional Catholicism (particularly onerous: studies in philosophy, getting back to worldliness). In some dioceses a young man has to be close to a martyr in order to survive the process, for not only does he have to pass scrutiny of liberal screeners who often reject young men if they are openly opposed to things like homosexuality but also survive an avalanche of course work that too often is far more cerebral than spiritual. This must change..."

 A good sign of who these people are is that they are always on about money for buildings and structures to prop up rather than building up the flock spiritually. They are also merciless towards their priests and people who cross them. They do nothing about establishing Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration in their parishes and persecute in open and often hidden ways those priests or laity who do promote Perpetual Adoration in accord with the desire of the Pope.

Well done to Michael Brown and Spirit Daily for proclaiming publicly what many devout Catholics are saying privately.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Haredi Jews in Israel

I just watched this really interesting documentary on the Haredi Jews in Israel. It is titled "Haredi: The Ultra Orthodox Society in Israel". One of the women in it was a daughter of Rav Ovadia Yosef who was responsible for starting a college to give Haredi University level education. It also brings out the problem of Haredi men who don't work or have a trade except for studying Torah. This has created real problems for Haredi and Jewish society. I noticed the last time when I was living in Israel in 2008 that many Haredi had taken up handy man jobs etc on the advice of their Rabbi which seems a good step in the right direction.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Apostles of Perpetual Adoration

Father Douglas William Harris: Founder and Moderator of the Apostles of Perpetual Adoration

The Apostles of Perpetual Adoration is an Association of Christ's Faithful that was founded by the Archbishop of Perth and Father Douglas Harris in 2006. I am involved with this apostolate. They have a blog for more information which is linked at the bottom of this post.

The Apostles of Perpetual Adoration believe that the new evangelisation must be Eucharistic Evangelisation. The Hebrew word for good news is biser (bet,shin, resh) and the word for flesh is basar (bet,shin, resh) (used for the sacrifical lambs and for the Eucharistic flesh of John 6). Thus even in the beginning of the Church evangelisation was linked to the Eucharistic mystery. According to St Peter Julian Eymard Our Lady was the first one with her ladies to practice Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration. This practice was one of the most mysterious secrets practiced by the early Jewish Catholics- Adoration of the Divine Presence.

Brother Gilbert of the Divine Presence in the APA habit

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Special Sabbath within Passover: A Hebrew Catholic Insight

There are many opinions about which day Jesus celebrated his Last Supper. I personally believe it was on the second night of Passover (16th Nisan) and it was a Passover Havurah Meal.  I have previously written about it on this blog in an article titled 'Is the 16th of Nisan the Day of the Crucifixion'.  Much discussion is made by theologians and scholars about the differences between the Synoptics and John. This confusion is due to people not understanding that the Sabbath within Passover was an especially holy day. Recently I wrote on the Hebrew Catholic Discussion Board about this Sabbath Within Passover (Shabbat Chol Moed Pesach).

"...At the time of Jesus people came for a whole week of festivities (unlike today) and each day would have had special events and traditions associated with them and the great Sabbath within Passover would be especially holy. Once the Jews were in the Diaspora and couldn't have a whole week off for celebrations the feast was truncated into events on the first two days, the Passover within Shabbat and the last two days.  Of course the Sabbath could overlap with the first two days and the last two days. I also think people forget that there was a lamb sacrificed every day at 3 in the Temple (as well as 9 in the morning). There would also be Passover lamb sacrifices every day of Passover as well as the sacrifice of the Passover Seder lambs (Pesach Korban) on the 14 Nisan from about 1.30-5. The daily sacrifices were called the Korban Tamid which can be translated as Perpetual Sacrifice which I think fits very nicely with the Sacrifice of the Mass and Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration. With the Korban Tamid lambs was also offered bread cakes made of flour and oil and also a wine libation was offered..."

John 19 states that Jesus was crucified on Preparation Day of the Passover. Preparation Day is always on the Friday before the Sabbath. The day before Passover (Pesach) is not Preparation Day. A better translation would be the Preparation Day for the Sabbath within Passover. On this special Sabbath the Song of Songs is chanted with a special cantillation just for this day. It is a High Mystical Day in which one focuses on the mysteries of forgiveness and communion with God through a meditated reading of Parashat Ki Tisa (Exodus 30:11-34:35) and later with the Divine Nuptial Mysteries of the Song of Songs and the mysteries of the Resurrection in the Haftarah reading (Ezekiel 37).

I was pleased to see my point demonstrated by Rabbi Avrohom Gordimer in his article titled "Shabbat Chol HaMoed Pesach." He writes:

"....The morning Torah reading of Shabbos Chol Ha-moed (Sabbath of the Intermediary Days of Passover) consists of selected portions from Parshas Ki Sisa (Parashat Ki Tisa or Portion beginning "when you take" in Exodus 30). The conclusion of the kriah summarily addresses the Shalosh Regalim (Three Pilgrimage Feasts), and this would seem to be the relevance of the reading to the day. However, the first six aliyos (aliyot or readings) have nothing to do with Yom Tov (High Holy Day); rather, they deal with Moshe's (Moses') supplication to Hashem (God) to forgive the Jews for the Chet Ha-egel (sin of the Golden Calf) and the grand rapprochement between God and His people. Is there thus any other connection between the Torah reading and the Moed (Intermediate Days)?

Shabbos Chol Ha-moed (as well as Shabbos which coincides with Yom Tov) is unique, for the character of the day is not just that of Shabbos
(Sabbath) as its own day alongside that of Moed (Intermediary Days), in which the two days and their respective themes exist on their own. On the contrary, when Shabbos and Moed are joined, they fuse to create a new, unparalleled kedushah (holiness or sanctity) and status. Please allow me to explain.

Shabbos is symbolized by its coming to the Jews. We go out to greet the Shabbos Queen, who is already on her way to us, and we welcome malachim to our homes on Friday night. Yom Tov is quite the opposite, for it requires that we ascend to Yerushalayim and enter the realm of the Shechinah. Rather than God sending his kedusha our way, we must go up to it and greet Hashem at His place.

Thus, when Shabbos and Yom Tov coincide, we rise and approach God (in the kedusha
(holiness) of Yom Tov), and He also comes to us (Shabbos). The closeness between Hashem and the Jew which is precipitated is qualitatively different than that which is created by the separate kedushos (holinesses) of Shabbos or Yom Tov on their own. It is, rather, a new closeness, and this closeness is mirrored precisely by the grand rapprochement between God and the Jews in Parshas Ki Sisa, when Hashem agrees to forgive His people and share with them a relationship heretofore unheard of.

It is based on the above that we reserve the public reading of Shir Ha-Shirim
(Song of Songs) for Shabbos-Pesach (Sabbath within Passover) and Koheles (Kohelet or Ecclesiastes) for Shabbos-Sukkos/Shmini Atzeres (Sabbath within the Feast of Tabernacles), for these megillos (texts or books) reflect on our relationship with Hashem and provide deep insight into His avodah (divine service or work) as depicted by each Yom Tov. Thus, it is specifically on these Shabbos/Yom Tov days of special closeness between Hashem and Bnei Yisroel (children of Israel) that we are able to have a greater understanding of our relationship with Hashem and immerse ourselves in the deeper avodah message of the Yom Tov...".

Shabbat Col Ha Moed Pesach (the Sabbath of the Intermediate Days) means the 5 days (or 4 days in the Diaspora) between the two Yom Tov's (literally good day but meaning high holy day) of the first and the last days of Passover. Rabbi Avrohom Gordimer states that whether the Sabbath occurs on one of the High Holidays or on the intermediate days of Passover it is a special day of Sanctity (kedusha). Thus it is no wonder that the Pharisees wanted to avoid ritually becoming impure and wanted to have time to prepare for this Sabbath of Devekut (Cleaving/Nearness/ Closeness to the Divine). On this Sabbath within Passover the Haftarah reading is Ezekiel 37 speaking of the resurrection of the dry bones of Israel. So while the body of Jesus was still in the tomb and about to rise from the dead, his Jewish people are reflecting on the resurrection of Israel in the haftarah reading.

That Jesus' Last Supper or Pesach Havurah (Fellowship/Communion) Meal with his friends (Haverim) comes between the two days of the strict Passover Seder and this Sabbath of  Special Holiness is very appropriate and fitting. It is fascinating that the Holy Spirit guided the Prophet Isaiah in 53:5 to write "with his wound (u-ba-haburah-to) we are healed". The hebrew haburah is in the singular so it should be translated wound or stripe not wounds or stripes. That wound is the one that pierced his Sacred Heart and out flowed his Divine Mercy and Healing in the form of blood and water. The word Havurah for a fellowship group or gathering of friends (haverim) is written the same as haburah for wound in the Hebrew. Jesus' Passover Havurah was the first Sacrifice of the Mass which was mystically united to the sacrifice of his wounded Heart (haburah) on Golgotha. Thus each Mass is a Havurah at which we receive the merits and graces of his Haburah (wound) for our healing and sanctification. Each Eucharistic Holy Hour furthers this communion or fellowship (havurah) allowing his wound (haburah) to remain open flowing forth with Divine Mercy.

The synoptic gospels tell us that on the First day of the Unleavened (bread/matzot) Jesus disciples were preparing for a special Passover celebration (Pascha) .The First day of Unleavened Bread is the 15th of Nisan so it is obvious to me at least that the disciples of Jesus on the afternoon of the 15th of Nisan were about to prepare for a special Passover Havurah meal. The strict Passover Seder of the first night would be prepared by Jesus relatives not his disciples. Many quote Mark 14:12 to conclude that somehow the First Day of Unleavened was on the 14th of Nisan when the Korban Pesach lambs were being sacrificed in the Temple for the first night. However the Greek text of Mark doesn't mention lambs but just one singular Pascha (Passover Lamb). They also assumed that the "they sacrificed" refers to the priests in the Temple when the text mentions nothing about the priests. The only "theys' are Jesus and his disciples. Blessed Anne Emmerich may help us here. In her mystic visions she relates that the lamb used at the Last Supper was not one of the ritual lambs from the Temple but one that Jesus had sacrificed as they did in the first Passover of the Exodus. 

Jesus is about to begin his new Exodus (see the Greek of  Luke 9:31) with its New Passover which doesn't change or alter the traditional Passover but makes it now even more relevant in order to understand its fulfilment in the Eucharist. Thus the "they sacrificed" refers to Jesus and the disciples who are preparing a special Passover Havurah meal which would include a less strict Passover Seder, followed by a washing of feet ritual and then the Eucharistic Liturgy using the Messianic cup of Blessing (later known as the Cup of Elijah that is poured at the time of the third cup) and the Afikomen. One element all these more free Havurot [celebrated on the intermediary days with friends (Haverim)] have in common is they retain the eating of matzah and the drinking of the 4 cups until this day. Jesus and the disciples may have sacrificed this lamb for the Last Supper at three o'clock at the same time that the daily or perpetual lamb sacrifice was occurring in the Temple or they may have waited time after sunset. As the priests of Aaron sacrificed the lambs for the traditional Jewish Passover so Jesus and his disciples who are the priests of the New Covenant sacrifice the lamb used for this New Passover celebrated with his friends(Haverim). This second night became so holy to the early Jewish Christians that when they rejoined Judaism in the 4th century in Babylonia they brought the extra sanctity of this day with them into Judaism.

The word Pascha (Passover in Greek) seems to mean the Passover Day and Week, the Passover lamb, the Passover Seder and the other Passover Meals. This makes sense to me as my Russian Orthodox step-grandmother referred to Easter as Pascha and she also called a special delicious manna-like food that she prepared from a secret family recipe as Pascha as it was made and eaten only in the Easter (or Pascha) season. So my  Russian grandmother ate Pascha (the delicious treat) on Pascha (Easter Sunday) and also during Pascha (the Easter Season).  Also in some countries an Easter bread is also called Pascha. We also know that the Passover Lamb and the Afikomen (Passover Matzah bread) represented the incorrupt manna kept in a golden vessel in the Ark of the Covenant.

Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich's Account.

"...Jesus and His followers ate the Paschal lamb in the Coenaculum in three separate groups...In one of the side buildings near the entrance into the court of the Coenaculum, the holy women took their meal. Three lambs had been immolated and sprinkled for them in the Temple..." [This was the first Night and now we move on to the Second Night of the Last Supper Havurah with his 12 Apostles] "...But the fourth was slaughtered and sprinkled in the Coenaculum, and it was this that Jesus ate with The Twelve.... The slaughter of the lamb for Jesus and the Apostles presented a scene most touching. It took place in the anteroom of the Coenaculum, Simeon's son, the Levite, assisting at it. The Apostles and disciples were present chanting the 118th Psalm. Jesus spoke of a new period then beginning, and said that the sacrifice of Moses and the signification of the Paschal lamb were about to be fulfilled, that on this account the lamb was to be immolated as formerly in Egypt, and that now in reality were they to go forth from the house of bondage.

All the necessary vessels and instruments were now prepared. Then a beautiful little lamb was brought in, around its neck a garland which was taken off and sent to the Blessed Virgin, who was at some distance with the other women. The lamb was then bound, its back to a little board, with a cord passed around the body. It reminded me of Jesus bound to the pillar. Simeon's son held the lambs head up, and Jesus stuck it in the neck with a knife, which He then handed to Simeon's son that he might complete the slaughter. Jesus appeared timid in wounding the lamb, as if it cost Him pain. His movement was quick, His manner grave. The blood was caught in a basin, and the attendants brought a branch of hyssop, which Jesus dipped into it. Then stepping to the door of the hall, He signed the two posts and the lock with the blood, and stuck the bloody branch above the lintel. He then uttered some solemn words, saying among other things: "The destroying angel shall pass by here. Without fear or anxiety, ye shall adore in this place when I, the true Paschal Lamb, shall have been immolated. A new era, a new sacrifice are now about to begin, and they shall last till the end of the world."

They then proceeded to the Paschal hearth at the end of the hall where formerly the Ark of the Covenant reposed. There they found a fire already lighted. Jesus sprinkled the hearth with blood, and consecrated it as an altar. The rest of the blood, along with the fat, was thrown into the fire under the altar, after which, followed by the Apostles, Jesus walked around the Coenaculum singing Psalms, and consecrated it as a new Temple. During this ceremony, the doors were closed.
Meanwhile Simeon's son had prepared the lamb. It was fixed upon a spit, the forelegs fastened to a crosspiece, and the hind ones to the spit. Ah! It looked so much like Jesus on the Cross! .." ( One can read Anne Catherine Emmerich with profit but must keep in mind that Clemens Brentano who transcribed these messages was a famous poet himself and may have reworked the material to reflect some of his own ideas and perspectives. )

Monday, August 06, 2012

Gezerot and anti-Jewish Translations: A Hebrew Catholic Comment

Recently I did the readings at Mass and I had to control myself from stopping and re-translating the version used in our missals from the New Revised Standard Version. If I could I would burn all these missals and all copies of the New Revised Standard Version. Fancy getting a Jew to read "He has abolished the law with its commandments and ordinances"   in Ephesians 2:15. This is a totally incorrect and anti-Jewish interpretation. The Douay-Rheims  Bible translate this as "Making void the law of commandments contained in decrees".  

These same decrees are mentioned in Colossians 2:14 where St Paul refers to "the handwritings in decrees". Paul uses the Greek word dogmasin to translate the Hebrew gezerot . The average Catholic reads this and gets the impression that the Torah (Law) is abolished by Jesus on the Cross in direct contradiction to the words of Jesus who said "I came not to abolish but to establish the Law". These gezerot are nothing to do with the Biblical Commandments of the Torah but are the Rabbinic 18 gezerot enacted by the House of Shammai to ensure a stricter separation between Jews and Gentiles. It is these man-made decrees of the Sanhedrin by a faction of the Pharisees (they were opposed by the House of Hillel) that Heaven revealed to St Peter had been made void or annulled by the death of Jesus on the Cross (see Acts 10).  St Paul is not making some radical antinomian statements but is following the ruling of St Peter who holds the Keys of the Kingdom. The orthodox Jews themselves annulled these stringent decrees of separation when Heaven spoke to the Sanhedrin that was gathered at Yavneh after the destruction of the Temple which now contained a majority of those from the House of Hillel.

When will our Bishops get rid of these frightful modern translations (which are full of anti-Jewish and incorrect translations), out of the Mass, out of our missals and Breviaries. Give us back the Douay -Rheims or even let us use the King James Version which is much better than most of these modern versions.

The Encyclopaedia of Judaism discusses these gezerot in an article about the House of Shammai and the House of Hillel.  "...For all their differences, the two schools did not hesitate to intermarry, even though they disagreed about several of the marriage laws. This amicable relationship gave way, through external pressures, to acrimonious debate and even physical violence. Such pressures may well have stemmed from the increasingly oppressive Roman rule (c. 65 CE). Among the Shammaites, this evoked a sharp reaction and galvanized their wish to enact 18 prohibitive measures (gezerot) severely limiting contact between Jews and Gentiles. Outnumbering the School of Hillel, Shammai's followers triumphed and the measures were enacted. Some 40 years later, at Jabneh (Yavneh), it was finally resolved that the halakhah should always follow the opinion of Bet Hillel. The Talmud (Er. 13b) expresses the decision in this way: "For three years, the schools of Shammai and Hillel contended, each insisting that its opinion constituted the halakhah. Thereupon, a heavenly voice [Bat Kol] proclaimed: 'Both of them are the words of the living God, but the halakhah is according to Bet Hillel.' Why, then, should the Hillelites have been granted the decision?---Because they were pleasant and humble, teaching the opinion of both sides, and always stated Bet Shammai's view before their own.".." 

This Bat Kol is the feminine voice and is Our Lady in Eternity who hates all harshness and severity and always comes with a message of Divine Mercy and Love. She is the Heavenly voice or Bat Kol mentioned in the Talmud and in Acts 10. Bat Kol is translated into Greek as phone.

Friday, August 03, 2012

Karrakatta Cemetery Deception

Many Western Australians are upset with the authorities who are deceiving the people about their relatives graves. They are planning to redevelop areas of the cemetery by removing the grave stones over people's loved ones. This is of great offense to people in general and to religious people in particular who believe it is a biblical commandment to mark the graves of the dead. People spend years trying to find the bodies of their lost loved one from wars etc in order to at last bury them and mark their graves.

When I today found out that the grave containing my brother Dean who died in 1972, my father (a Korean War veteran) who died in 1994 and my mother who died in 2005 have expired this month I rang the Karrakatta Cemetery. [By the way I was not contacted nor was anyone contacted that the grant was about to expire.] At first I was encouraged to not bother renewing the grant as the grave was not going to be used for any more burials. After getting upset and asking more questions I found out that while the section of my family's graves is not part of the present development, it was alongside the present development (whatever that means) and would probably be included in the next development in a few years time. This section also includes two of my maternal great grandparents and other relatives whose grants have also expired. My cousin asked about her sister and father's grave whose grant expired last year and was talked out of renewing the grant saying that it wasn't necessary because it is not scheduled as part of the present development. She was not told that their grave was most likely part of the next redevelopment.

These people are using deceptive language so that they will control most of the graves and the families will have no say when their loved ones gravestones will be removed and they will lie in unmarked graves.  They state after getting some very bad PR :  "Statements made within the public arena that remains will be disturbed and bodies will be dug-up are after July 2 2012 are incorrect, completely misleading and have caused undue distress to families across the state".  This they state without going on to say that they will be removing the tombstones (which we have paid thousands of dollars erecting) and leaving them without markings.

Those politicians who have let this happen should be ashamed of themselves that they are causing such distress to people. On top of this one has to then pay 1900 odd dollars to renew the grant. Many people can't afford this and so they have to let their family graves fall into the hands of these deceptive people who run our cemeteries. Many others are being assured that it won't affect them at the present time. Ah but in a few years time when you no longer own the plot then watch out. Most people have always believed that the graves of the dead are sacred and should never be disturbed and now all in the name of money and development our government is ready to defile the graves of the dead. Shame on Karrakatta and Shame on our politicians who have allowed this to happen against the wishes of most of the people whose loved ones are buried at Karrakatta.

Note: After checking on the graves of my four great -grandparents (and other relatives) who were buried at Karrakatta on my father's side of the family I find that their graves have already been "renewed" (removed and open for business for new people). It makes me so sad and sick at heart. We are too late to save their graves. I also learnt that the grave that my nephew Zade who tragically died at 24 years of age is also approaching renewal which means ready to be defiled and removed.  All this without anyone in the family being informed. We always imagined that these graves would be there for future generations to visit and pray at just as we do. My paternal grandfather who was a veteran of World War One (and mustard gassed in the trenches of France) with my paternal grandmother is also buried at Karakatta. I just thank God that my maternal grandparents and other relatives are buried at Dumbleyung at the Nippering Cemetery. For those of us from the older families of Western Australia this is a sad day to see our loved ones graves being destroyed to make way for people who most likely have no real attachment to Karrakatta and could have just as easily been buried in a new cemetery.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

The Messiah is the Breath of the Nostrils: A Hebrew Catholic Insight

“The breath of our nostrils, the LORD'S anointed, was captured in their pits, of whom we had said, ‘Under his shadow we shall live among the nations’” (Lamentations 4:20). When read at a literal level in the Hebrew "ruach appenu Mashiach YHVH" means the breath of our nostrils (nose)is the Messiah YHVH. Jewish mystical traditions associate these nostrils with the two cherubim on the ark (male and female) and also with the two poles of the Ark of the Covenant that poke out of the Holy of Holies. Breslov Hasidic tradition also associates them with the two missions of the Messiah- as Messiah son of Joseph and Messiah son of David. That the two nostrils are one nose reveals that these two Messiah's are the one Messiah who has two missions -as Victim High Priest and  Glorious King. 

The phrase "was captured in their pits" alludes to the nostril or v shaped pits in the Temple that gathered the dew and thus forms as an atmospheric spring. One article on the Temple states: "...There was, however, another minor (though important) water source within the enclosure of Herod’s Temple where sanctified water of the purest kind could be collected and then used. It could be designated an "atmospheric spring." The later Rabbis of the Talmudic period mention this "spring" in the Temple (and they accepted its designation as being properly called a "spring"). This is recorded in the Babylonian Talmud. A reference to this "water source" is also mentioned in the Mishnah (compiled about 200 C.E.). Where did the water originate? It came from a manufactured "spring" that brought forth very pure sanctified water. This type of "water source" for the Temple was situated in the area of the Holy of Holies. The source can be shown to be an engineering device manufactured within the architectural design of the Temple in order to create water from the evening and morning dew that is prominent in the Judean hill country in the late spring and early summer....This dew originated at an apparatus called an "atmospheric spring." This was created by chiseling out of the stones on the outer sides of the northern, western and southern walls of the Inner Shrine a water channel that was shaped like the letter "V" (but lying on its side ninety degrees from being upright and with its tip pointing inward). The top part of this concave groove was a little over two feet high and its interior dimension was probably about two feet away from the outer face of the wall. A catchment area in the shape of a "U" was further cut into the bottom of this channel to receive water from dripping dew. The channel was designed with a slight decline westward to allow the trickles of water to flow toward a particular drainage area located on the backside (the west side) of the Inner Shrine...". This again alludes to the concept of the breath or air in the nostrils becoming water. The dew of course is also linked to the concept of the Manna and thus to the Messiah as the Living Bread from Heaven. This water symbolises God's mercy which is linked to the dew that manifests as the waters of mercy. Our Lady as the Well of Miriam is the Woman and Vessel of Mercy.

This drainage system is also linked as nostrils with the outflow of blood and water. The middot states in 3:2: "...In the south-western angle were two apertures, like small nostrils, and the blood, poured on the base to the west, and on the base to the south, descended through them, and co-mingled in the canal, and flowed out into the brook Kedron...". This also makes us think of blood and water that flowed forth from the pierced heart of Jesus on the Cross under whose shadow stood the Mother of Mercy. The blood and water of the Virgin's womb encompassed the Messiah in his Mother's womb. The darkness that came over the land was the mystical darkness of the Mother's mystical Womb seeking and desiring to protect her Son by hiding him once again in her womb. Jesus crossed the Kedron on his way to the suffering of blood and sweat in Gethsemane and according to the Hours of the Passion given by Jesus to the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta Jesus was plunged in to the Kedron brook into their waters mixed with blood. His precious blood now uniting with the blood and water of the Kedron and sanctifying mystically the whole bloody sacrificial system of the Temple.

The concept of the pits also alludes to the concept of Joseph who was captured in a pit and the mention of the Shadow also alludes to the concept of Joseph as discussed by Rebbe Nachman of Breslov in the Likutey Moharan. This Messiah is found among the nations (the goyim) and at the gates of Rome/Edom. The verse (Lamentations 4:20) says literally that  "In His Shadow shall live the nations". Just as the Patriarch Joseph ruled over the Egyptian Gentiles so will the Messiah who is also YHVH and son of Joseph rule over the Gentiles. The Jewish account of Rabbi Yehoshua ben Levi refers to the Leper Messiah who dwells at the gates of Edom/Rome. Lamentations 4:21-22 also refers to Edom. "...Rejoice and be glad, O Daughter of Edom, you who live in the land of Uz. But to you also the cup will be passed; you will be drunk and stripped naked. O Daughter of Zion, your punishment will end; he will not prolong your exile. But, O Daughter of Edom, he will punish your sin and expose your wickedness...".  Read prophetically Lamentations seems to say that it is the Daughter of Edom/Rome who will be punished and enter a time of great purification and suffering due to its wickednesses especially among its priests and rulers. At this same time the punishment of the Jews will end when they are restored thus bringing the Daughter of Zion who is Our Lady out of her exile with her Jewish people, the people belonging to her own earthly blood. 

Thus it would seem that not only was the Temple seen as a image of the Divine Man (Adam Kadmon) but it is also seen as the Divine Face. The Kabbalah associates the 10 sefirot with the image of the Divine Man and also the Divine Face. The nose of the Divine Face parallels the heart of the Divine Man. This nose with two nostrils is associated with the Ark of the Covenant and its poles in the Holy of Holies under which in the Subterranean Temple (which symbolises the Female who is the Mother) is the nostils or v shaped water system. While the v -shaped part of this spring represents the nostrils, the u shaped catchment area represents the tongue and the breath of the mouth is linked to the Holy Spirit.  The tongue of the Divine Face parallels the phallus of the Divine Man. The Divine Word who is the Messiah YHVH is also the Divine Seed of the Promise in Genesis 3:15. 

Zeir Anpin (the Male Presence or Face) associated with God in his attributes can also means short breath and is associated with the concepts of Ben (Son) and Heaven (Shamayim). Rabbi Ginsburg writes: "...The term Arich Anpin, "the Long Face," derives from the Biblical phrase Erech Apaim, literally "long nose," implying "long breath." While the idiom "short breath" implies a state of anger due to impatience, "long breath" implies a state of infinite patience and mercy."

Friday, June 29, 2012

Pamela Geller and the Jewish Crisis

This bold opinionated Jewish woman speaks alot of sense in my opinion. Both Jews and Catholics are under attack. The worst traitors are those in our own camps who are working with the enemies of truth and freedom.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Gad El Baz and some of my favourite Jewish clips

Gad El Baz is really popular among the Haredi Jews. Here are a few Jewish music clips to enjoy.

This clip is from my favourite movie Ushpizin.