Anything Is Possible

These arms must appear on our banners and at all costs we must keep this rule as regards our house, our clothes, our speech, and (which is much more important) our thoughts. So long as this is done, there need be no fear, with the help of God, that religious observances in this house will decline, for, as Saint Claire said, the walls of poverty are very strong. It was with these walls she said, and with those of humility, that she wished to surround her convents, and assuredly, if the rule of poverty is truly kept, both chastity and all the other virtues are fortified much better than by the most sumptuous edifices. Have a care to this, for the love of God; and this I beg of you by His Blood.

From the book: The Way Of Perfection

Saint Teresa of Avila

Many Remain Fixed in Misleading, Historically Conditioned Interpretations of Our Lady’s Words

Many Remain Fixed in Misleading, Historically Conditioned Interpretations of Our Lady’s Words

Interpreting the Message in this fashion has led to the tendentious and dogmatized belief that the matters dealt with in the Message and most specifically what is dealt with in the July 13 Secret are matters that, as Cardinal Sodano maintained, “seem to pertain to the past.“ One wonders if he was gazing into a crystal ball when the thought struck him, since such a blunt statement at that would require definite knowledge of future events, yet Cardinal Sodano has never claimed any special prophetic gift. This sort of arbitrary and overly simplistic understanding of the terms and the false conclusion they led to, might have been justified if the errors of Marxist- Leninist Russia had somehow risen from a pipe directly from the pit of Hell straight up into the Bolshevist headquarters in Moscow, only to be brought to an abrupt end with the implosion of the Soviet Union in 1991.

But the Soviet. It did not come into being and subsequently end in such a simple manner.

The Fatima Crusader

Summer 2011

Our Lady Spoke Of “Russia’s Errors” Not Just One Error

Our Lady Spoke Of “Russia’s Errors” Not Just One Error

On Friday, July 13, 1917, Our Lady Fatima revealed that if Her requests are fufilled then Russia will be converted and there will be peace. On the other hand, if Her requests are not fulfilled, then there will be war, famine and persecution of the Church – there will be martyrdom, persecution of the Pope and the annihilation of nations. It is especially important that the words spoken by Our Lady be understood in a manner that is not circumscribed according to a historically restricted frame of mind that existed during the Soviet period of the Twentieth Century. Our Lady never spoke of `atheistic Communism’ or the `Soviet Union’; yet since during the Soviet period and especially during the Cold War the expression ‘errors of Russia’ was narrowly interpreted to mean ‘atheistic Communism’ and `Russia’ was interpreted as strictly denoting do union of Soviet Socialist Republics, these historically conditioned interpretations continue to stubbornly remain fixed in the minds of many who have attempted to understand what Our Lady meant by the term ‘errors of Russia’.

The Fatima Crusader

Issue 99

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Two Footprints Will Carry You

There are times in our Walk with God that we see only Two Footprints.

The older we get, looking back, we wonder how is it that we got through the tumultuous times. Some of those times, for some of us, feels like closing the book after the last page, clicking the off button on the remote control when the movie has ended. Thinking to yourself, “That is a crazy story, or we say, “I cannot imagine having to go through what it is that he/she went through.”

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6

Prayer

Dear Lord Jesus, thank You for those times in my life where I made the decision to see only Two Foot Prints. By choosing to acknowledge only Two Footprints, I have knowledge of Your Presence in my life and the ability to want You to instruct me in all that I say and all that do. Amen.

Last Trumpet

You remember the lovely story of Saint Charles Borromeo, who loved to play cards. One day he was observed in his game of cards when someone nearby said to him, “What would you do if Gabriel were to sound the last trumpet now? “He said, “I would go on playing cards, “because he was playing cards with the Lord. Is there something in your day or mine from which He is excluded?

From the Book: Reflections With Father Leo Clifford O.F.M.

Being Roman Catholic, I have experienced criticism, hateful words, questions, and quizzical looks.

In a day and age where everyone is supposed to be accepting, tolerant and to let one live their life, why is it that when it comes to Catholicism many have a disgust look? Is it because of the scandals? The presumption that Roman Catholics are stuck up? Too rigid?

The Mother Church – the only One True Church of Jesus Christ has been under fire for decades.

As a Roman Catholic, I am not in agreement with what has happened in the Church with the sex abuse scandal and other wrongdoings. I believe that whoever has committed crimes, should be brought to justice.

The Roman Catholic Church, as a whole, should not be condemned due to the acts of some very selfish people who decided to commit some of the most erroneous acts.

God did not to do this, Jesus Christ did not do this, the Blessed Mother Mary did not to do this, the Saints did not do this and, the parishioners and the all the Roman Catholic Priests did not commit these unspeakable crimes.

If a father molests his children that does not mean that all fathers in the world are sexual abusers. If a mother beats her child, does that mean that every single mother in the world is going to beat their child? Because a teacher loses patience with students and decides to physically harm them, does that mean that every single educator in the world will have a finger pointed at them for being possibly abusive?

One bad cop means that all cops are bad? A Doctor who goes into the operating room under the influence, does that mean that every single doctor is going to be performing surgeries intoxicated?

The point being made is this, not everyone should be put into the same category because someone has done something wrong. We are all individuals, and there are more good Priests and religious people in the world than there are corrupt.

Let’s remember that the reason the Roman Catholic Church is the only True Church of Jesus Christ is due to the True Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.

How About You and Me?

How about you and me? As we go on our unremembered way down here in this valley of tears, how real has the Lord become for you and me? Have we discovered Him to be what He is – Our changeless friend, the companion of our exile, the lover of our soul, Our Father and Our God? Surely, if you and I believe what we say we believe, we cannot begin a day without some thought of Him. The new day, freshly minted from His Hand, in love, to you and me, given us so that we may discover Him. And He’s in us, wanting to share all the trivia of our waking hours, wanting to be part of everything. Is there something in your day or mine from which He is to be excluded?

From the book: Reflections With Father Leo Clifford