I love opinionated non-PC people. This blog is to vent my opinions on life, the universe and everything. Which is 42 which in gematria is "My Heart" (LBY) according to Rabbi Abulafia. The Divine Heart is the centre of everything.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Brothers in Arms: Popes Benedict XVI and Francis I

How amazing it is to see two Popes together. Twice the prayer power and twice the holiness- the world must really be in need. 

I also note that the Esseff messages may be ending or at least the teaching about the Pope. I am sure the person receiving them and Monsignor Esseff were sincere but I for now believe they were prayer reflections rather than genuine locutions. 

Saturday, March 16, 2013

The Black Pope and the Black AntiPope

The idea of a Black Pope is not a recent idea as the picture above demonstrates. Artists since the Middle Ages (13-14th century) have been depicting their interpretation of what the prophecy of the Black Pope means. It would seem that in a time when Rome is attacked by Muslims and a persecution of white and black priests and laity is underway a Black Pope (which may mean a Jesuit Pope) will lead the Church.

If a visionary in the Middle Ages beheld a Pope dressed in the Black robes of the Jesuits he would describe him as a Black Pope especially if he also beheld another Pope dressed in White alive at the same time. Nostradamus also spoke of a young black cardinal (also possibly a Jesuit or a black man) who would seize the Fisherman's Ring from the valid Pope. Nostradamus does not refer to this young black Cardinal (young red back one) who will seize the leadership of the Church in Rome as a Pope. 

It would seem that Pope Francis is not the famous Pope who flees Rome but this fleeing Pope may be Pope Francis' successor who will be the Sabine Pope called Pius XIII followed eventually by the Great French Pope in the time of the Great Monarch. It is in the time of Pius XIII [the Great Marian Pope who will consecrate Russia] that the British Monarchy will be overthrown (possibly in 2014) and later restored by the Great Monarch in the time of the Great French Pope. 

With the death of Pope John Paul the Great a period of 17 years began in which 5 Popes would reign. There may be another Pope elected between the Sabine Pope and the Great French Pope (elected around 2018-2019). Pius XI reigned for 17 years and then followed 5 Popes (Pius XII to John Paul II), then the second group of 5 Popes (beginning with Benedict XVI) during 17 years (taking us to 2022).

The gap in the manuscript of the prophecy of St Malachy between the Glory of the Olive and the last Roman Pope (but not the last Pope as the Papacy may be transferred back to Jerusalem) may refer to Pope Francis. He is the Pope that fills the small gap between Pope Benedict XVI and Petrus Romanus (Pius XIII).  

This is of course a speculative interpretation of many Prophecies and it may turn out very different to what I expect. If the Esseff "Locutions to the World" are valid then Pope Francis would not seem to be Pope for long and the Conclave will have to reconvene very soon after the first one. I hope that I am wrong and that the locutions are wrong as Pope Francis seems to be a wonderful holy and humble man and Pope. However not my will but the Divine Will reign.

We also must be careful that we didn't interpret the "Locutions to the World" incorrectly possibly helped by Monsignor Esseff headings and comments which are not part of the actual locutions. Heaven may have been speaking of another conclave after this one but we and Monsignor Esseff assumed it was the next one after Benedict XVI. Or these locutions may not have been true locutions but only prayer thoughts and imaginings and we were mistaken that they were locutions. 

Speculation: Benedict XVI 2005-2013 dies 2017, Francis I 2013-2017, Pius XIII 2019-2020, Francis II 2020-2021, John Paul III 2021-2021Followed by the Great French Pope Francis III who will crown the Great Monarch as Emperor. Bergoglio may be read as Ber Goglio (Guglio) -Guglio is a diminutive of William and ber is "son of" in Aramaic- the Bergoglio may be a Catholic family of Jewish ancestry. 

Thursday, March 14, 2013

White Pope and Black Pope: Benedict and Francis?

We have a new Pope. We are all still trying to absorb what the election of this Argentinian Jesuit  Pope Francis I means in the prophetic scheme. Is this the prophesied "Black Pope". There has always been speculation about whether this "Black Pope" would be a Jesuit due to the leader of the Jesuits traditionally being called the Black Pope. Others thought a "Black Pope" meant an African, others that it referred to an antipope. Many thought the "black Pope " must mean that he was an antipope as they could not understand how there could be two Popes alive at the same time- one called the White Pope and the other the Black Pope.

Now with the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and his retaining of the tile Emeritus Pope Benedict we have two Popes- the resigned Pope who is the White Pope and the Jesuit Pope who is the Black Pope. It is now clear that the prophecies about an antipope and a black pope do not refer to the same person. The old prophecies do not call this Black Pope an antipope. As Pope Francis I has been validly elected he is the true Pope. Just like Pope John Paul I he seems to be a humble and holy man and we will continue to pray for him.

However we do know that the old Italian prophecy says: "When the White Pope and the Black Pope shall die during the same night then there will dawn for the Christian nations the Great White Day. Woe unto the City of Philosophers, woe unto Lombardy for thy towers of joy shall be broken down; All the tyrants shall be put out of God's Church, and there shall occur a general conversion to the faith of Christ under the Great Lion."". Is this a prophecy for our day when we have two Popes- one reigning the other in retirement? The Great Lion refers to the Great Monarch who would seem to rise to power sometime after the death of the two Popes. Is the City of Philosophers Paris or Rome or Athens or another city?

What of the "Locutions to the World" that we have been following with interest on this blog? They are either now shown to be only prayer reflections rather than genuine locutions and Monsignor Esseff was mistaken or they are still valid and this present Pope will die (possibly on the same night as Benedict XVI) and the Cardinals will have to gather again to elect the promised Marian Pope. One of the locutions seem to allude to some kind of upset and then the Cardinals having to settle again. Is this the death of their newly elected Pope similar to the events of John Paul I election and death after being Pope for just over a month? Our Lady said on January 1 2012:

"...Now I will come to the central point so there will be no mistake. The Cardinals will meet to elect a pope but an extraordinary intervention of God will occur that will alert the whole world to the special nature of this office. They will seek to discern this intervention, to grasp what is the will of God, but everything will not be clear at first. Some, however, will speak in divine wisdom and the search will begin to find the one whom God wants to raise up. He will not come forward at first, even though he knows that he is chosen by God. He will wait until the discussion is concluded and the Cardinals are settled. Then new manifestations will occur which will signal clearly the one whom the heavenly Father wants as his Pope. This will be a complete surprise to the world and to the Church but not to the one upon whom the mantle falls. This is my chosen son, the one whom I have picked. I want all of this to happen in a startling manner so the world and the Church know that this one was chosen by heaven, by God and not by men. He will be prepared because I will have prepared him. He will be the pope of Fatima and bring to fruition all of the gifts of Fatima, just in time to prepare the Church and the world for the Satanic onslaught...".

Is this extraordinary intervention the death of the Pope who was the Cardinals choice rather than Heavens? Are the locutions referring to the conclave that gathers for a further election? We will have to wait and pray and see what happens in the coming weeks and months. Some associate the death of the two Popes with the coming of the comet.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Jewish Christian Lead Codices, Economist Article and Margaret Baker

I have written in other blog posts about the Jewish Christian lead Codices found in Jordan and Israel. Many have jumped on the band wagon to discredit them but their authenticity is still very much open. It would seem certain quarters are desperate to discredit them at all costs. Phillip Davies writes: "Prince Hussein addressed the Seventh World Archaeological Congress in Amman earlier this month. During a preliminary meeting of government officials and other interested parties, it was proposed that he should announce (a) that lead codices have been found in Jordan and were worthy of study; and (b) that scholars and institutes were invited to come and study them. Barbara Porter, the Director of ACOR (American Center of Oriental Research) urged the government not to make the announcement and so it was abandoned. The reason for this compliance, I understand, is that the government backed down is that it does not want to upset its relationship with ACOR, which has a great deal of influence in Jordan. It funds numerous excavations and bring a lot of money to Jordan.  ACOR became a private institution in 1993. No reason was given by Dr Porter for her veto and no public statements have been made by any party. Any members [of SOTS] with connections to ACOR or senior personnel may like to write and ask the reason for this action, which seems hard to understand."

A recent article (March 1 2013) in the Economist also criticised those who were too quick to condemn the codices as fakes. Daniel O. McClellan one of the critics writes about the article on his website: "The article broadly promotes suspended judgment and urges testing, wagging a finger at those who find the evidence of their forgery to be conclusive. The response of the blogging community to the codices is collectively characterized as “denunciation and ridicule.” I cannot say that I am pleased with the article’s insight or approach. The call to suspended judgment appears to me to be more an axiom than an informed conclusion."

The article in the Economist states: "WHENEVER discoveries are announced that could possibly be of great importance for religious history, there tend to be blazes of publicity followed by periods of mysterious silence. Such has been the fate of the lead codices, apparently found in a cave in Jordan, whose existence was publicised nearly two years ago. So last August some 38 scholars, mostly from Britain but also from as far afield as Romania and South Korea, wrote an open letter to the Times of London, calling on the Jordanian authorities to break their silence and investigate further a collection of objects which have variously been described as the most important find in Biblical archaeology for half a century, as clever fakes or as crude fakes. As the signatories noted, the lack of any news from Amman was "strange" given the excitement they had initially generated. When the objects came to light in 2011, Jordan laid claim to them, and serious Jordanian archaeologists said there were good initial indications of their authenticity and importance. It was widely expected that there would be an announcement about the codices at an international archaeological conference which Jordan hosted in January, but to the disappointment of many participants, no such statement was made...

...One theory, aired in the Jewish Chronicle, drew on one of of the few pieces of metallurgical analysis whose results have been made known, a test by Peter Northover of the Department of Materials at Oxford University. After scrutinizing two lead codices, he found that the material used was consistent with the possibility of it being ancient, and that the construction of the objects appeared not to be recent...

...Sensibly modest as Mr Northover is, those tantalising hints suggest that the scholars were right to call on the Jordanian authorities to examine the codices more carefully (as laboratories in Jordan are well capable of doing) and share the results with the world. Even a set of 19th-century forgeries would be rather intriguing. And given their supreme confidence, the militant sceptics should surely have no problem with further scientific analysis. From their point of view, it must be a pre-ordained certainty that peer-reviewed laboratory tests in Jordan, or anywhere else, will simply confirm their rightness and give them fresh opportunities to wag their fingers at anybody who took the codices seriously. That makes it slightly puzzling that a couple of the most vociferous sceptics declared that they would have refused, if asked, to sign the letter to the Jordanian authorities asking for more information. From their perspective, perhaps, backing such a request would have implied taking the codices too seriously.

It is surely in everybody's interest that the codices be tested properly. Lead is hard to date, but when it is mixed with other materials impurities emerge, at varying paces, as surface deposits; that can provide some clues about the history of a lead object. Perhaps a cold-war sound-bite is relevant here. During disarmament talks, Ronald Reagan used to exasperate Mikhail Gorbachev by quoting at him, in slightly mispronounced Russian, the saying "doverai no proverai"—"trust but verify." An appropriate riposte to the codices sceptics would be a slight variation on that proverb: "mistrust, but verify". If you are as right as you think you are, you surely have nothing to lose."

It would seem that the case for the Codices is not as closed as many would like to see. The Economists challenge would not be refused by any truly open minded person but unfortunately many academics of the establishment today and their followers are some of the most closed minded human beings one will ever meet.

The well-known scholar Margaret Baker has also continued to defend the codices. She says in a recent article ( 15 Feb 2013) titled "The Puzzle of the Codices":

"One of the greatest archaeological controversies of modern times is unfolding, writes Old Testament expert Margaret Barker.

DOZENS of small lead books have been found. That much is certain. The rest of this amazing story is all shrouded in a web of secrecy, half truth and big money.

About five years ago I was shown photographs of small lead books that had been found in north Jordan – or was it in Israel? There were two stories, because wherever they were found determines which Government rightfully owns them.

They had been found a few years earlier – or they had been found long ago by someone’s grandfather? There were two stories again, because when they were found determines who has any claim to own them, the state or the finder.

The little books vary in size from a bit bigger than a bank card to almost the size of a paperback. They were sealed with rings on all four sides, but some are now broken open. They have about seven or eight pages, but it is hard to count because the metal has been compressed. 

There is writing on them. Some is Hebrew lettering, some is Greek, but most is Palaeo-Hebrew lettering that was used in the time of King David. Some of the letters are forms not known elsewhere;so only a few words have so far been deciphered by the distinguished scholars in England who have been working on them. This ancient script was still used in the time of Jesus on coins and in some of the Dead Sea Scrolls. It was considerd sacred. 

The letters are not engraved in the lead. The pages were cast in moulds so the letters stand above the surface. They are decorated with various symbols. Nothing like them has ever been found.

Dating lead is very difficult, but the items tested show that their surface has not been disturbed for about 1,800 years, maybe more. They were made in the time of the first Christians. Despite the story about being found in Israel, their most likely hiding place was caves about 13 miles from Pella, where the Christian refugees fled from Jerusalem in 70 AD. Niches to hold the books had been carved into the walls of one cave. 

This cave was not previously known to the authorities and David Elkington, who first showed me the pictures, persuaded the authorities in Jordan to register it as an archaeological site. It is now guarded. 

There have been huge delays in investigating the site and the finds. For some reason they caused a furious campaign of hostile blogging. There were claims online that the finds were forgeries. In fact those wanting to investigate the finds were trying to make sure the codices were safe and available for scholars to investigate. 

They did not want the story of the Dead Sea Scrolls repeated. It took 50 years to make these available for everyone to study. They were kept by certain institutions and only their members and students were allowed to study them and have the prestige of publishing the results. Even fellow scholars were denied access.

Meanwhile, it seems that items from the cave site have been sold, and for huge sums of money. $95,000 for an item was mentioned recently. 

Members of the Society for Old Testament Study published an open letter in “The Times” last July, requesting that the finds be made available to scholars, but there was no response. No doubt several items of a later date are among the cave finds. There are also modern forgeries in circulation. It is unlikely that the entire collection is forged, since there are very few who have the knowledge of early Christianity needed to make such items. Forgeries imitate something already known, and nothing like these lead books has ever been found. 

No early Christian art has survived, but there are vivid descriptions in the Book of Revelation of the images they used. These were all from the Jerusalem temple and especially from the Feast of Tabernacles. The codices are decorated with these Temple and Tabernacles images: the sevenfold lamp, the willow branches carried by priests at Tabernacles, the citrons carried with palm branches by other pilgrims, and the diagonal cross, which was the earliest form of the baptismal cross. It was the mark of the Name of the Lord.

Most startling of all are the faces. There are several images of the same face – just a shining face and sometimes with rays like the sun – with Palaeo-Hebrew writing. These cannot have been Jewish because an image was forbidden, and a face with ancient sacred letters was unthinkable.

At the Transfiguration, Matthew 17 says Jesus’ face shone like the sun, and Revelation 1 says Jesus was with the sevenfold lamp, dressed as a high priest, and his face was shining like the sun.

With the lead books were found small figurines of a man with the same face and he is dressed as a high priest. Hebrews 4 describes Jesus as our great high priest.

In Revelation 5, the Lamb is worthy to open the book with seven seals. Many translations say it was a scroll, but the Greek has biblion, book. A sealed book was one of the key symbols of Jesus and the Christians, and it seems that many early Christian sealed books have now been found. Due to delays, intrigues and rivalries and other all too human factors, this priceless treasure is in danger from theft and smuggling...". 

Saturday, March 09, 2013

Come Away O Human Child

Some days I feel like running away to the "waters and the wild" as expressed by WB Yeats in his famous poem "Stolen Child". There on some enchanted island to dance and frolick wildly and freely.  Loreena's version is so beautiful and alluring. Especially on those days one becomes conscious of the time we are living in and the approaching of a new Darkness and a false Christ represented by Yeats in his poem "The Second Coming" when the Beast as the Sphinx of Egypt (representing occultism and freemasonry) comes to masquerade as the Christ by being born in Bethlehem. It would seem that Yeats had come to realise later in life the evil behind his earlier interest and involvement in occultism and freemasonry.

The Stolen Child
WHERE dips the rocky highland
Of Sleuth Wood in the lake,
There lies a leafy island
Where flapping herons wake
The drowsy water rats;
There we've hid our faery vats,
Full of berrys
And of reddest stolen cherries.
Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world's more full of weeping than you can understand.

Where the wave of moonlight glosses
The dim gray sands with light,
Far off by furthest Rosses
We foot it all the night,
Weaving olden dances
Mingling hands and mingling glances
Till the moon has taken flight;
To and fro we leap
And chase the frothy bubbles,
While the world is full of troubles
And anxious in its sleep.
Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world's more full of weeping than you can understand.

Where the wandering water gushes
From the hills above Glen-Car,
In pools among the rushes
That scarce could bathe a star,
We seek for slumbering trout
And whispering in their ears
Give them unquiet dreams;
Leaning softly out
From ferns that drop their tears
Over the young streams.
Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world's more full of weeping than you can understand.

Away with us he's going,
The solemn-eyed:
He'll hear no more the lowing
Of the calves on the warm hillside
Or the kettle on the hob
Sing peace into his breast,
Or see the brown mice bob
Round and round the oatmeal chest.
For he comes, the human child,
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world's more full of weeping than he can understand.

    Turning and turning in the widening gyre
    The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
    Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
    Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
    The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
    The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
    The best lack all conviction, while the worst
    Are full of passionate intensity.

    Surely some revelation is at hand;
    Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
    The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
    When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
    Troubles my sight: a waste of desert sand;
    A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
    A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
    Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
    Wind shadows of the indignant desert birds.

    The darkness drops again but now I know
    That twenty centuries of stony sleep
    Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
    And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
    Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

And then on other days I just want to hide in the Dark Night of Our Lady's womb the first Tabernacle of Her Son and enter into the sufferings of her Son so abandoned in all the Tabernacles of the World. Loreena McKennitt sings one of St John of the Cross' spiritual canticles "Dark Night of the Soul".

Dark Night of the Soul
Upon a darkened nightthe flame of love was burning in my breastAnd by a lantern brightI fled my house while all in quiet rest
Shrouded by the nightAnd by the secret stair I quickly fledThe veil concealed my eyeswhile all within lay quiet as the dead
Chorus:Oh night thou was my guideof night more loving than the rising sunOh night that joined the loverto the beloved onetransforming each of them into the other
Upon that misty nightin secrecy, beyond such mortal sightWithout a guide or lightthan that which burned so deeply in my heartThat fire t'was led me onand shone more bright than of the midday sunTo where he waited stillit was a place where no one else could come
Within my pounding heartwhich kept itself entirely for himHe fell into his sleepbeneath the cedars all my love I gaveFrom o'er the fortress wallsthe wind would his hair against his browAnd with its smoothest handcaressed my every sense it would allow
I lost myself to himand laid my face upon my lover's breastAnd care and grief grew dimas in the morning's mist became the lightThere they dimmed amongst the lilies fairthere they dimmed amongst the lilies fairthere they dimmed amongst the lilies fair

Friday, March 01, 2013

St Joseph and Perpetual Adoration

This from the latest edition of "Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament Newsletter"for November 2010

St Joseph and Eucharistic Adoration by Athol Bloomer

Father Doug Harris recently spoke on Perpetual Adoration at all the Masses at the Yangebup Parish and 39 generous souls volunteered to adore Jesus at Christ the King Beaconsfield. These generous people are the apples of God’s eye in an era when even many practicing Catholics have become so much of the modern world of instant satisfaction that they will not sacrifice or put themselves out for Jesus. If they do adoration they want it on their terms when they feel like it. So those generous souls who volunteer to do a set hour each week are the treasures of our time, those who have a heart for Jesus abandoned in so many tabernacles. They sacrifice for him so that others will be blessed and so they may have a chapel to come to 24 hours 7 days a week. Even more blessed are the jewels of the heavenly crown who volunteer for the late night hours- the blessings reserved for them are beyond our earthly understanding.

Our own Father Doug is Joseph-like quietly and patiently persisting in his mission of promoting Perpetual Adoration under the patronage of St Joseph. Our own Father Joseph Remi here at St Bernadette’s lives up to his name of Joseph by volunteering to do a late night hour on two different nights. What graces they win for the people of God! How transformed is this parish of St Bernadettes and the surrounding area since Perpetual adoration began here.

The theme of this newsletter is St Joseph who is always present mystically with Jesus and Mary in every holy hour. In the Old Testament times he was mystically present represented by the Cloud and Our Lady by the fire when the Divine Son as the Divine Word spoke out of the midst of the Divine Manifestation of God in cloud, smoke and fire. The God of Sinai is this Divine Son. The same one that gave us the Torah himself took on flesh and came as a man and then as God and Man he also became the Eucharistic bread and wine for us.

Joseph in eternity was also one of the four cherubim in the Garden of Eden- who were represented in the Temple by the two golden cherubim on the Ark of the Covenant and the two large olive wood cherubim that stood in the holy of holies either side of the Ark. The two on the Ark represent Jesus and Mary. Joseph is represented by the male olive wood cherubim.

Wednesday is the traditional Catholic day in honour of St Joseph which is linked to the fourth day of the Creation week where the two great lights appear. This of course makes us think of the vision of the Patriarch Joseph of the sun, moon and stars. There are of course many valid interpretations at the mystical level of reading scriptures. For example the Sun can represent the Divine Will. It can also represent the Messiah son of Joseph who is “the sun of righteousness who rises with healing in his wings”. Symbolised as a created mystical Sun it can represent Joseph himself. Joseph is so surrounded by the rays of the uncreated Mystical Sun that he becomes the created mystical Sun or icon of the Divine Sun. As Abba (Daddy/Father) to Jesus he is the created icon of the Father. It is in this manner that joseph is referred to as the Shadow of the Father.

The wonderful little prayer book entitled “The Holy Cloak in honour of St Joseph” has a beautiful prayer that says:

“O Glorious Patriarch St Joseph, prostrate, before you and your Divine Son, Jesus, I offer you with heartfelt devotion, this precious treasury of prayers, being ever mindful of the numerous virtues which adorned your sacred person. In you, O glorious patriarch, was fulfilled the dream of your precursor the first Joseph, who indeed seemed to have been sent by god to prepare the way for your presence on this Earth. In fact, not only were you surrounded by the shining splendour of the rays of the Divine Sun, but you were splendidly reflected in the brilliant light of the mystic moon, the Blessed Virgin Mary. O glorious Patriarch, if the example of the ancient Jacob, who personally went to congratulate his favourite son, who was exalted on the throne of Egypt, served to bring all his progeny there, should not the example of Jesus and Mary, who honoured you with their greatest respect and trust, serve to bring me, your devoted servant, to present you with this precious cloak in your honour...”

The full glories of St Joseph were not to be fully unveiled until the latter days according to St Isadore of Seville in the 8th century. St Joseph is the hidden saint. The new Testament calls him a Tzadik (A righteous man)- he is the hidden Tzadik who is the foster-father of the ultimate Tzadik the Messiah son of Joseph who would come riding on a donkey. The concept of Joseph ha Tzadik and the Hidden Tzadik as well as the Messiah son of Joseph is rich in Jewish mystical tradition. Joseph is present with us in each holy hour leading us in adoration with Our Lady to their Divine Son.

When I became a Catholic in 1987 I took the name Joseph in honour of St Joseph of Arimathea. At that time I had no interest or devotion to what I then thought of as the ‘boring’ Joseph married to Mary (may heaven forgive me). In 1994 the Vicar General of Manila in the Philippines- Monsignor Josefino (Pepe) Ramirez wrote a book entitled “Letters to a Brother Priest” to promote Perpetual Adoration.

In one of those letters he linked me (Athol now a layman assisting Father Doug with PEA), Doug Harris (now Father Doug), Patrick Barry (now a priest who has started PEA chapels all over the world mentioned in last month’s newsletter) and Adam Hayward (now Father Charbel the superior of the Franciscans of the Immaculate in Perth) with St Joseph. It is interesting that the letter also mentions Bethlehem as Father Patrick went to Bethlehem when he was still a seminarian in the 1990’s to see if he could find a place there for PEA (Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration). Each religious house said they had no room and to try elsewhere. Patrick couldn’t help but think of St Joseph trying to find a room for Jesus and here 2000 years later Patrick (whose middle name is Joseph) was getting the same response for the Eucharistic Christ Child. I was also in Bethlehem in 2003 with two future priests (Father Robert Rindos and Father Patricio Hileman) trying to find a place for Jesus to be adored perpetually with the same response after we had been forced to close down Perpetual Adoration in Jerusalem. While Perpetual Adoration occurred all the bombing stopped in Israel. The last time I was in Israel in 2008 I learnt that finally a chapel of PEA had been established in Bethlehem and the decreased bombings of recent years I believe is due to this chapel. When I arrived in Israel in 2002 there were bombings in Jerusalem every day or two and I was almost a victim of one of them. When we began Perpetual Adoration at the Armenian Catholic church of Our Lady of the Spasm on the Via Dolorosa in the Muslim Quarter all the bombs stopped and did so for the next few months, so much so that the unusualness of it was commented on in the media.

“Letters to a Brother Priest” by Monsignor Pepe

A Room In The Inn –Feast Day of St Joseph, husband of Mary- March 19 1994 JMJ

Dear Fr. Thomas,

Today is the feast of St Joseph. There is not much said about St Joseph in scripture. He was a just and faithful servant, and a quiet figure in the history of salvation. St Joseph reminds me of the vast majority of Catholic priests in the world today. They are just, faithful and totally dedicated to god and service of the Church.

Because they are not disruptive, they do not get any publicity. They are so pastorally oriented, busy taking care of the people in their parish, that nothing is ever said or written about how much they do for God and his people. Like St Joseph, they quietly go about their life working for the glory of God. Look to St Joseph, Thomas, as your model. He represents spiritual and apostolic maturity. By maturity, I mean he was dedicated to the interest of Christ. He put the interest of Christ ahead of his own.

In his love for Jesus and Mary, his thought process focused on their needs, rather than his own. In theory, every priest would agree to this. In practice, however, it may be a different matter. For example, I have asked many priests to consider having perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Many of them say that they cannot find a place for a prayer room. Did not St Joseph search until he found a place for Christ to be born? “There was no room for them in the inn.”(LK 2:7). But St Joseph kept searching until he found a place. And this place he found in Bethlehem became the first chapel of perpetual adoration where even the shepherds in the region, living in the fields, came to adore Him.

A priest whose mind is primarily on the interest of Christ would give up his own bedroom, if there was no other place available, if it meant finding a place where the Blessed Sacrament would be adored day and night. I know such a priest. He came to Manila for the ordination of Fr. Brian Morgan. His name is Fr. Brian Ahern. Fr. Ahern is pastor of St Gerard’s Catholic Church in Geraldton, Western Australia. Fr. Ahern wanted perpetual adoration in his parish, but there was no room anywhere for a prayer chapel. Fr. Ahern did what St Joseph would have done. He gave Jesus his bedroom. It makes an ideal chapel because it has a separate, outside entrance. One does not have to go through the rectory to come into the chapel. The privacy of the rectory is maintained as the people use the outside entrance to come into the chapel, which was formerly Fr. Ahern’s bedroom...Fr Ahern’s prayer chapel inspired brian morgan to become a priest and to dedicate his priesthood to spreading perpetual adoration. Brian Morgan is now a priest. His holiness and love for the Eucharist has already attracted six other vocations to the priesthood. Five of them are now studying here in Manila at St Vincent’s in Tandang Sora for a new community of priests, missionaries of the Blessed Sacrament, founded to spread perpetual adoration. These young men are Patrick Barry, Douglas Harris, Vincent Cherry, Athol Bloomer and Adam Hayward. .. I am writing you this letter, dear Thomas, so that you may be the next one; the next St Joseph priest to find a room in the inn for the Lord...Msgr Pepe”

This weekend Father Doug will be visiting Father Ahern’s new parish in Dongara to speak on Perpetual Adoration. Accompanying him will be Brian Milne who in the past was one of the pillars of late night adoration at the chapel in Mirrabooka. This was the church that Father Patrick Barry, Father Charbel and I first heard the preaching of Father Brian Morgan and learnt of PEA. Brian Milne is now assisting us with the late night adoration at Highgate for a number of hours on two late night shifts. Another hero of mine is also from the late night hours at Highgate and that is Patrick Galway who has been doing many late night hours for many years while working and rearing a family. Another wonderful example is Gerry Evangelista from the Glendalough chapel who has faithfully done late night hours twice a week for many years.

Recently I was told of a Eucharistic miracle that occurred in the Highgate chapel where two ladies who didn’t know each other saw Jesus appear from the host and waved at them. One of the ladies thought she must be imagining things until the other lady started to cry out that she could see Jesus.

The other week Anthony Treanor (a young man who does two late night hours each week) was driving me to Adoration at Highgate before he went to do his adoration at Glendalough. On the way a car pulled out when we where almost on top of them and somehow our car seemed to leap to the right and smoothly go round the end of the car and back onto the lane. As another car was coming from the other direction we would have been hit if we had gone too far right. It was a strange experience as time seemed to speed up and slow down at the same time. Anthony and I both remained very calm through the whole experience and felt that we had been spared from death by a God moment. Jesus knew he couldn’t take us both out when we were due to do adoration at two chapels.

I am sure there are other wonderful stories to be shared from all the chapels. So please feel free to contact me at the Glendalough parish to share your story or send me an email on atholbloomer13@hotmail.com so we can share them in future newsletters.