‘And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age’ (Mt 28:20).
These words of Jesus are consoling. But this promise of Jesus is always CONTINGENT UPON OUR FREE CHOICE, to decide to put ourselves under the easy yoke and the light burden (Mt 11:30) of the law of God. God Who is love, respects our great dignity and thus our free choice.
Continuing from the last two or three months, THE FUNDAMENTAL BATTLE OF ALL TIMES is who establishes the truth, God or the world, God or Satan, God or each person? This battle will increase even more in the next few years before the second coming or Jesus Christ. Lucifer said, I am God, I decide the Truth, and Saint Michael the Archangel replied with his name: “Who is like unto God?” Original Sin was the same deception: “But the serpent said to the woman, "You will not die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil".” Many modern philosophers led us into the “COPERNICAN REVOLUTION” of not seeking anymore reality and the truth outside of ourselves by way of our five senses but inside of ourselves, as if each one of us “will be like God”. “Abandoning the investigation of being, modern philosophical research has concentrated instead upon human knowing. …” (No. 5; Encyclical Letter: Fides et Ratio; John Paul II; 09-14-1998). In this fierce and underhanded battle, it is very important to be “wise as serpents” and not just “innocent as doves” (Mt 10:16)!
“I DO NOT IDENTIFY WITH the expressionless faces of those who recite the Rosary outside the clinics who practice interruption of pregnancy” [“l’interruzione della gravidanza”] (an interview published by “Quotidiano Nazionale”, May 12, 2014). IT IS UNBELIEVABLE that these words were pronounced by the new (12-30-2013) GENERAL SECRETARY OF THE ITALIAN EPISCOPAL CONFERENCE, MONSIGNOR NUNZIO GALANTINO!
It would be nice if the secretary of the CEI might try to reflect on the words of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta: “I feel the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a direct war, a direct killing - direct murder by the mother herself. … Because if a mother can kill her own child - what is left for me to kill you and you to kill me - there is nothing between”.
But Galantino did not limit himself to a critique of the pro-life movement. Asked, “What is your wish for the Italian Church,” GALANTINO RESPONDED, “That we can talk without taboo about any subject, of married priests, of giving the Eucharist to divorced persons, homosexuality, starting with the Gospel and giving reasons for their positions.”
If we allow to be able to change a doctrine of the Church, in principle, we open the door to change all the infallible doctrines of the Church. BEHOLD THE MORTAL HIDDEN POISON in the name of charity (false)!
To recall the context of this situation, visit the recent “Spiritual Food”:
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Dear brothers and sisters, in these difficult times full of confusion, remember that this presence of Jesus “always, to the end of the age” is above all in the Eucharist.
“THE EUCHARIST IS “THE SOURCE AND SUMMIT OF THE CHRISTIAN LIFE”.” (CCC 1324).
Did you know that after BLESSED FRANCIS (Francesco) OF FATIMA received the Eucharist from the Angel of Portugal, Francis understood the greatness of the reality of Jesus present in the Eucharist and he spent three hours everyday before the Tabernacle up to his death about a year later.
SAINT JOHN OF KENTY: “Each day, when he had finished his work, he would go straight from the college to the church. There before Christ present in the Eucharist he would spend long hours in prayer and contemplation. The God of whom he spoke was the same God who was in his heart.” (Breviary; Dicember 23).
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An Experience of Life:
One night while leaving the house to go and pray the Rosary, I met a couple of immigrants: they appeared to be worn out (they had walked all day in vain in the city in search of work and help, and they had not eaten anything). He, Romanian, declares that he is an orthodox believer, while she, Ukrainian, with some faith, not specified.
I understood immediately that I could not make them wait, or delegate to others the intervention. The Word of the Gospel: "I have come to bring fire ...", at that moment became to me an inspiration to act decisively. I brought them in my car to the reception house, "The Samaritan", not far away, but we were told that it was not equipped for the reception of women. So, respecting the desire of the couple to stay together, I thought of a solution with a family in the parish. And immediately I thought of Rita, a widowed friend of ours who, being alone, gives time and even logging to the brothers in difficulty.
I telephoned her, and quickly I heard the response: “"It's okay: we welcome Jesus in these brothers." Also for her it is the Word which suggests every gesture. Beautiful, affectionate welcome in her house: a bit of relaxation and rest, at last, and then a dinner, improvised as much as appreciated and consumed without reservations or concerns ...
Leaving then those brothers for the night in a comfortable and tidy double bed, I arranged with Rita for the following morning. And so, already before 8 in the morning I went to pick them up to do what was possible to find work in the seasonal jobs. After a few phone calls we had to give up. Nothing doing.
They too realized the situation and, resigned, then asked me to take them to the station for the return trip. They were disappointed but more serene and grateful for the concrete love received. I gave them an offering (in order to ... love as much as possible) and I greeted them, sorry for not being able to do more. They responded to me, moved, with a big hug, which told me how much the lived Word reaches the truth of the people.
N. F., Verona, Italy