Category Archives: tradition

HOW TO STOP HOME-GROWN TERRORISM

ONLY THE HOLY CATHOLIC CHURCH CAN DEFEAT RADICAL ISLAM

The Captive Daughter of Zion, from Pinterest.com by Robert Lentz, OFM, “Mother Mary pray for us.”

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From Trinity Stores crew, I found this wonderful iconic design to express this week’s inspiration. I had an unusual song break into my conscience as I was getting out of bed yesterday. I looked it up and found the lyrics. “Blow the trumpet of Zion, Zion; sound the alarm on the holy mountain. . .” You know the tune, right? It’s powerful enough to get us going!

SOUND THE ALARM!

Isaiah 52:1-2 NIV, by Andrea Howey, (Pinterest.com)

An image of Mary, as Pope Francis says in homily, The beautiful image of Mary by Esteban Murillo, is for the “solemnity of our holy Mother of God.”(Wikipedia)


A MELODY IS DROPPED INTO MY CONSCIENCE AGAIN

We went out in the rain for a Friday tour through the Historic District around downtown. Springtime is so pronounced that life practically hit us in the face with it’s beauty. We had just bought our lunch, and heading for the park on California, when I heard the faint melody in my heart (conscience). I looked it up as a lyric of Karen Carpenter, and it was first.

Let me see, it was Monday morning, getting out of bed, that I heard the Israeli melody for Sound the Alarm. And today, a melodious theme song. This doesn’t happen all the time. And, it happens the same way that I hear from God. What is happening here? My prayers for Holy Spirit fellowship are being answered. . .or there is an important message here!

MEANWHILE, BACK TO THE CAPTIVITY OF ZION’S DAUGHTER

My search for appearances of our Holy Mother Mary found a total of 295 sightings reported, and only twelve of which are approved. The latest was in May 2008, for of 17th and 18th century apparitions. (CatholicOnline) The list goes on — The Mary app shows fourteen by date, from Guadalupe, Mexaco in 1531, to Medjugorje, Bosnia-Hercegovina in 1981.

“Mary’s whole task is to lead people closer to Jesus. The more we get to know her and have a fervent devotion to her, the better she can lead us to her Son. For this reason, the Second Vatican Council states, ‘Everyone should have a genuine devotion to [Mary] and entrust his life to her motherly care.'”

 (See the The Mary app)

The bottom line here, is the Blessed Virgin appearance to the Jewish people in the Nazi concentration camps, to the Nazi captors, and to all persons present at several locations, at several times. (See dates, places and times) Banneux, Belgium; there were so many unapproved appearances, that we might hear what the artist says about his painting design.

THE ARK OF THE COVENANT

“For centuries Christians have called Mary the Ark of the Covenant. As they used other Jewish titles for her, seldom have they accepted the fact that she was a Jew. If Mary had lived in Nazi Germany, Mary would have been thrown into a concentration camp with other members of her race. 

“Jewish Mary is the archetype of the Christian church, a church that stood by silently while her people were being exterminated. This icon is an act of repentance for Christian indifference, then and now. 

“We shudder at what the Nazis did, but 1,000 years of forced conversions and violent persecutions by Christians paved the way for the Nazi Holocaust. When the exterminations began, most Christian leaders followed the example of Pius XII and kept silent, fearing that Hitler might attack Christian institutions if they spoke out.”

DO SILENT PROTESTS WORK?

“While their leaders kept silent, a handful of Christians did risk their lives to help Jews. One of these was a Russian nun in Paris, named Maria Skobtsova. ‘If we were Christians we would all wear the Star,’ she said. ‘If the Germans come looking for Jews, I’ll show them an icon of the Mother of God!’ She said.

“In this icon Mary wears a large yellow Star of David with the word “Jew” on her left shoulder. The Nuremberg Laws forced all Jews in Nazi territories to wear this badge. Jesus is wearing a prayer shawl over his Byzantine garments and is holding the Torah. The Hebrew inscription at the bottom of the icon reads: Captive Daughter of Zion, and is taken from Isaiah 52:2.”

JUDEO-CHRISTIAN ANTI-SEMITISM

“Anti-semitism is again growing in “Christian” countries, because it is easier to look for a scapegoat than it is to work for justice. The Madonna and Child stand before us as a challenge. We must never again stand by in silence. Never again can we claim not to know.” Said Fr Robert Lentz OFM.


HAS AMERICA LOST ITS LEADERSHIP PLACE AMONG CHRISTIAN NATIONS?

Can citizens of the free world arm themselves with God’s armor, willing to die for Christ in the Holy Spirit of The Son of God, and stand up to all false religions, especially redical Islam, then a few more of us become saints while our nation begins to see to declare full-scale war — and deny juris prudence to enemy combatants. . .Sending them to an early grave!

As a praying Christian, I may be hearing from God about what to write weekly, interceding for hundreds of church leaders, and reminding all my family and friends that the last days are here, but no one will listen. If we can’t go back in time, at least we can take a lesson of history with us. 

“Wake up!” Isaiah the prophet calls with God’s voice. We have got to wake up!

Does any of this make sense to you? You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to see that the enemy has a somewhat successful word-of-mouth ad campaign — the Enemy has control of all rebellious persons. Rebellion to the Truth means acceptance of the Enemy’s lies. The ideology of evil is against the ideology of good. Satan is Islam’s god, called Allah.

How do we wage a holy war with Islam? We already are. Here is the Catholic Church’s plan. Start at ground zero. Call a meeting of all Islam’s leaders. Explain there is a new rule in our “free country“, that if you want to live here , you must abide by our laws. The choice is clear, go back to school, learn principles of being an American. America is not Islam!

If Muslims cannot choose to become American citizens and let their evil Islamic practices of false peace go, then they must be exported to their own homeland. It can’t be made any clearer. The seeds of radical Islam exist in the nest of holy Muslim  hearts. They teach their children to believe the lies of Muhammed, and to hate America. This is common worldwide.

NO ONE CAN BE FORCED TO BELIEVE THIS, BUT EVIL MUST BE DESTROYED!

Pray for enforcable peace! The world’s system is corrupt, and always will be. The god of the world must yield to our Creator. Human beings are not gods, but can wisely choose to align with our God, yet only according to His plan. Believe the Gospel, and be baptized in your local Catholic Church. Having done this, by faith, you can put on the full armor of God, and join the family for freedom from fear of evil terrorism.

May the LORD bless and keep you,

Charles Bundschu

@wordlifejournal (Tweet me!)

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Grafting Church

Available symbols on my desk that tell my story

CAN THE CHURCH TODAY FOCUS UPON ITS WARRIOR KING?

A wonderful opportunity is presenting itself for this issue: The Tomtato plant which is framed over my desk is figuratively jumping up and down crying out to write about it, so I acknowledge to honor our Tomtato. . . This post has also gotten some good direction to explore further the continuing vision about the future of our Christian family — grafting two plants.

The above illustration was taken in spring as the sun was brighter, and the pet rock was so eager to be immortalized. A faithful paperweight to be sure, but it also reminds me of our function to love. It was a gift given to a small grandson because he said he wanted it. Represented a family relationship, the rock was worth telling about our love for children. 

My story today involves three points; the bullet, the pointer, and the shadow. All three can be found in the Grafting of the tomato plant with the potato plant. And of course this is a very humble representation of our Church today. But God is revealing all this to me to show us how He is alive and in complete control of human, current events. 

THE BULLET

Bullets are proud symbols, but this one is humble aluminum made to contain electronic storage, as you can see the screw top line and the small hole in the bottom. The size of storage is two whole gigabytes, and it contains the long outline of the complete explanation of the Jewish Feasts. It was given me for attending the church interest group. It has some history.

The calibre of such a bullet size is about that of a 30-06 shell in length, but enlarged in diameter (there is no weapon for this size bullet). The function here is to point. To direct our eye down range from the bright stagelight that shows some unity with a direction. It appears to to be leaning back while it is mysteriously pointing down to the target center. 

THE POINTER

This symbolic bullet-pointer is placed to cast a shadow upon the target center, if only to draw our eye to the rock paperweight that is bringing a message. The one-word message is what I originally thought made the photo meaningful, but now, the means of this objective carries more weight. The contrast of light and shadow is less noticed by design.

The environment of full daylight and dark shadow speaks of something else that our lives require more time and investment. A child knows nothing of light nor darkness, but accepts their existance and learns to follow its direction. We are hunting for a greater significance for the sunlight, the bullet, and the rock paperweight. We find it in the shadow. 

THE SHADOW

The bullet focuses our attention by directing its shadow into the center of a target-like letter of a word written on a granite stone. Without the shadow, without the sunlight, we might just miss the bullet’s function altogether. The bullet is made for killing, and for defense from killers — a weapon. The shadow its existence casts is a passive but assertive function.

Like the steeple of the local church that peacefully points to the heavens, our bullet points to the very message of our church. The message of power beyond our weapons . . . love transcends every evil darkness. Evil darkness is able only to speak to all men who choose to walk in darkness, but ‘All the power of darkness is unable to blow out a single candle’.

Now to the grafting of the tomato and potato plants. The Pomato Tomatoes  grow above ground in full sunlight, while the potatos grow below the surface of the ground in total absence of light or in shadow. They are easily grafted together at the ground level and both feed each other of necessary nutrients. I Googled it because of our print of a potted Tomtato plant. 

OUR CHURCH IS ALSO CAPABLE OF GRAFTING TO INCREASE PRODUCTION

The future of church unity is detailed in a document called Vatican II. You may read about it here or go directly to the document itself which is openly posted online. Reading it is not difficult because it is documented like you’d think a church constitution should read. (taken from Grace Communion International, https://www.gci.org/history/vatican)

“On October 11, 1962, twenty-four hundred Roman Catholic bishops marched phalanx-style in rows of six through St. Peter’s Square. Behind them strode the College of Cardinals, followed by Pope John XXIII, seated in a massive chair and carried by attendants. The entourage went into the splendid basilica, and the prelates took their seats. Across the aisle sat observers from other Christian faiths, invited by the Pope to attend the proceedings. The Second Vatican Council — the 21st ecumenical council recognized by the Roman Catholic Church — was about to begin.(link shows all churches)

“Vatican II was the largest council gathering in the church’s history. The Council held 178 meetings in four successive years, adjourning Dec. 8, 1965. It produced 16 official documents. Several focused on ecumenism and unity with non-Catholic Christians. Pope John XXIII died in 1963, after the first session. The newly elected Pope Paul VI continued Vatican II with the same goals John had proclaimed.”

The above cgi article reads into the following areas of objection that seem to be common reasons nondenominational fellowships deny communion with Catholicism. If you agree with these objections, you are certainly not alone. But these points describe a wall between the Christian institutions and the Universal Church. The grafting process begins here.

CHURCH GRAFTING MEANS RESOLVING DISAGREEMENT TO UNDERSTAND COMMON TRUTH

“Papal authority and infallibility.

“Means of grace and role of the church’s sacraments.

“Relationship between Scripture and Roman Catholic tradition.

“Purgatory and devotions to the saints.

“Devotion to the Virgin Mary, her immaculate conception and bodily assumption.

“The real presence of Christ in the Eucharist.

“Identity of the Church as perceived by Catholic dogma.”

THE ANSWER IS FOUND IN THESE PRINCIPLES OF CHURCH ONENESS: 

I. THE CHURCH IS ONE “The sacred mystery of the Church’s unity” (Catechism Part One, Profession of faith, section 2, chapter 3, article 9, paragraph 3)  [www.Vatican.va]

813 The Church is one because of her source: “the highest exemplar and source of this mystery is the unity, in the Trinity of Persons, of one God, the Father and the Son in the Holy Spirit.”259 

The Church is one because of her founder: for “the Word made flesh, the prince of peace, reconciled all men to God by the cross, . . . restoring the unity of all in one people and one body.”260 

The Church is one because of her “soul”: “It is the Holy Spirit, dwelling in those who believe and pervading and ruling over the entire Church, who brings about that wonderful communion of the faithful and joins them together so intimately in Christ that he is the principle of the Church’s unity.”261 

Unity is of the essence of the Church:

CHURCH UNITY IS NOT OPPOSED TO DIVERSITY

“What an astonishing mystery! There is one Father of the universe, one Logos of the universe, and also one Holy Spirit, everywhere one and the same; there is also one virgin become mother, and I should like to call her “Church.”262

“814 From the beginning, this one Church has been marked by a great diversity which comes from both the variety of God’s gifts and the diversity of those who receive them. Within the unity of the People of God, a multiplicity of peoples and cultures is gathered together. Among the Church’s members, there are different gifts, offices, conditions, and ways of life. 

“Holding a rightful place in the communion of the Church there are also particular Churches that retain their own traditions.”263 

The great richness of such diversity is not opposed to the Church’s unity. Yet sin and the burden of its consequences constantly threaten the gift of unity. And so the Apostle has to exhort Christians to “maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”264 

CHARITY BINDS EVERYTHING TOGETHER IN PERFECT HARMONY

815 “What are these bonds of unity? Above all, charity “binds everything together in perfect harmony.”265 But the unity of the pilgrim Church is also assured by visible bonds of communion:

    • profession of one faith received from the Apostles;
    • common celebration of divine worship, especially of the sacraments;
    • apostolic succession through the sacrament of Holy Orders, maintaining the fraternal concord of God’s family.266

        816 “The sole Church of Christ [is that] which our Savior, after his Resurrection, entrusted to Peter’s pastoral care, commissioning him and the other apostles to extend and rule it. . . . This Church, constituted and organized as a society in the present world, subsists in (subsistit in) the Catholic Church, which is governed by the successor of Peter and by the bishops in communion with him.”267

        THE SECOND VATICAN COUNCIL’S DECREE ON ECUMENISM EXPLAINS

        “For it is through Christ’s Catholic Church alone, which is the universal help toward salvation, that the fullness of the means of salvation can be obtained. It was to the apostolic college alone, of which Peter is the head, that we believe that our Lord entrusted all the blessings of the New Covenant, in order to establish on earth the one Body of Christ into which all those should be fully incorporated who belong in any way to the People of God.”268.

        Let me conclude here and now with these summary thoughts. . .

        Let’s say the bullet is our heart, the sunlight is God’s grace, and the shadow is the Holy Spirit focused upon the message of the Rock. The Rock then, has to be both Peter and the foundation of the church.(Mt. 16:18, 1Cor. 3:11, Eph. 2:20, 1Pe. 2:5,6; Rev. 21:14) [“Five different metaphors for the foundation of the church.” Bishop Robert H. Brom]

        The process of grafting two plants (or churches) together successfully, requires they are the same size in diameter. . .meaning, although their environment differs, the teachings, the nutrients, the sustenance are understood as easily appling to both organisms. In other words, when the conditions of the process are fulfilled, the desired result will happen.

        Finally, our viewpoint reverses. We are the Rock with the brand of love upon us, and are looking into the grace (sunlight) of God. God is revealing the one common denominator among all our fractured or dysfunctional bodies. The bullet. Remember how it represents our weapon for killing. . . and the grace of God is featuring it. But our weapons aren’t carnal.

        If all Christian Churches have our enemy in common, and the enemy is undefeated because we are not united against him, we will then acknowledge that our common enemy is keeping us in strife and unable to realize the reality of church unity. The defeat of our enemy is revealed in the dark side of the bullet. We can all agree to be obediently grafted together, and,

        THE GATES OF HELL WILL NOT PREVAIL AGAINST US!

        Blessings of the second Advent,

        Charles

        @wordlifejournal

        Holy Wind

        THE WIND BLOWS WHERE IT CAN BREATHE – HUB

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        (Stained glass image taken from an apse of the St Peter’s Basilica by Gian Lorenzo Bernini circa 1660, Wikipedia)

        Last night I feel like I was given a treat. The Fox Movie Channel was showing GRAVITY back to back. Have you seen it? It’s the full length cinema staring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney that I had not seen. What a marvelous story!

        What can such a film and our study of prayer have to do with that? Well, without giving away anything of the plot, let me just say, Science Specialist Dr. Ryan Stone, admitted she never was told how to pray, but when back, she whispered, Thank you!

        PRAYING SINCERELY

        According to theologian Rudolf Bultmann, “There are two ways to think about the Holy Spirit: ‘animistic’ and ‘dynamistic’. In animistic thinking, it is ‘an independent agent, a personal power which like a demon can fall upon a man and take possession of him, enabling him or compelling him to perform manifestations of power’ while in dynamistic thought it ‘appears as an impersonal force which fills a man or woman like a fluid’. Both kinds of thought appear in Jewish and Christian scripture, but animistic is more typical of the Old Testament whereas dynamistic is more common in the New Testament. The distinction coincides with the Holy Spirit as either a temporary or permanent gift. In the Old Testament and Jewish thought, it is primarily temporary with a specific situation or task in mind, whereas in the Christian concept the gift resides in man permanently.”(From ‘Jesus and the Word’, London, 1952)

        Prayer then, is sincere Holy-Spirit conscience giving place and showing detracting or revealing thoughts that draw or repell awareness of His presence. We learn by practice. And eventually we catch on. Our space capsule is the Church.

        OVERCOMING IMPOSSIBLE DEMANDS – Youth granted wisdom to be saved. (8-26-16)

        Imagine, we are alone somewhere orbiting the earth, in the Russian Soyuz capsule, going 17,000 MPH, some 250 miles up. Having had only 2 weeks training with reentry, and are about to panic. A simple whisper about never learning prayer brought help.

        image

        (gravitymovie.wikipedia.com)

        TEAM PRAYER – Social media church. (8-31-16)

        The lost mission commander, George Clooney, appeared at the hatch, tapping to come in. He is allowed in with nonchalant instructions that comforted as well as motivated.  As if an angelic visitation, he is gone. The mystery enables the glorious climax.

        ETERNAL REST‘ – Video. (9-19-16)

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        (scifi.stackexchange.com)

        She swims to the shore, kisses the mud, says Thank you, and slowly stands up. Oh, the wonderful firmament of earth’s gravity! Having been even months without it, the mere effort of standing up is a struggle — we get this, but she prayed! (Thank You)

        WORLDVIEW TWEEK – Our nation’s future depends on this. (10-2-16)

        After the movie, the news media had to wow me with its stupid sexual allegations . . . and now our helpmate called a meeting about the family plans for Thanksgiving, which thankfully won’t include us. And that is a worldview tweek we are okay with.

        CONTEMPLATING AMERICA – How to pray for America. (10-10-16)

        Fall weather is stimulating. It’s quiet, it’s cool, and the stress from neighbors is relaxed (with leaves all over the bad looking grass, the yard is peaceful). Our focus is on spring cleaning — the fall weather is permitting us to so struggle gently here.

        I have given the national news a break. Only our loving Father can be trusted. All our prayers prayed, we can now trust heaven to come down. All of the above titles represent the most recent posts from my other, older website. Prayer is the theme.

        How can we ultimately discern the truth? Only Jesus said how. He, himself is Truth. And his word is true Covenant. Can we learn the truth? Yes, by dedicating ourself to him and his agency, the Church. The Church, having both Scriptures and tradition, is the believer’s authority. (Jn 14:6; Is 46:19; 65:16; Jn 5:39, 40)

        Prayer then, is sincere Holy-Spirit conscience giving place and showing detracting or revealing thoughts that draw or repell awareness of God’s presence. We learn by practice. And eventually we catch on. Our space capsule is the Church . . . put yourself in Dr. Ryan Stone’s place. (This may be easier for some, if not all.)

        But relate to God in even the most distant way . . . he is still right there for you. Just greet him. Your heart will catch his present closeness . . . stop denying him. Accept Him and seek his benefits for you: love, joy, peace is yours in him. Just believe, just trust. You can have his personal revelation even now.

        Charles Bundschu

        @wordlifejournal

        (If you read this before I link the prayer-hub for your convenience, you can just go to this link: http://doingjourneytogether.wordpress.com/about  and scroll down to the last five articles.

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        Crosswalking

        SOMETHING BELIEVERS SOMETIMES COMMIT TO DO

        Yesterday, I was invited to begin a discussion on the website I had to join in order to comment about another blog. It’s called Disqus.com, have you heard of it? So, anyway, I quickly rethought my original comment, which, honestly, was not that good. But since it was a newly posted article that featured the photo of the newly launched US Navy Destroyer Ship and video, my opinion about it, as a classified government issue, and, well, I guess I helped stimulate some activity.

        imageHere is the crosswalk I found to post with disqus.com. Located in Hawaii in two locations, someone thought a crosswalk modification might create some interest. But for only eight short paint stripes, the ‘ALOHA’ crosswalk cost their community $4,000 to fix. (kron2.com)

        The reason that ‘crosswalks’ came up, was how during our errand-running, we drove through a newly popular business section of our city [Providence] that has had some crosswalks newly installed which we drove over making bumpity-bumpity sounds and made an impression in my conscience. And the theme of my Disqus.com post was appropriate.

        ANOTHER IMAGE OF CROSSWALKING

        from Christianitymalaysia.com

        from Christianitymalaysia.com

        MALAYSIA’S MOST COMPREHENSIVE CHRISTIAN

        “Christian suffering has to do with the cross you and I take and heave on our backs. As John White states,

        “It is a suffering because of a deliberate choice. The kind of cross to which Christ refers in Luke 9:23 is not a cross of rheumatism or of the petty annoyances in life. It is the badge of a true follower of Jesus. It may take any form, sickness, loneliness, persecution or even death.

         (John White, Magnificent Obsession, rev. ed (Downers Grove, Ill:Inter Varsity Press, 1990), 75.

        I cannot actually find an example of “deliberate choice suffering” just mentioned . . . except possibly one. When St. Paul told of his thorn in the flesh, which he wanted to be healed of, and asked three times for relief. You remember that. (2 Cor. 12:7-9) God told him, no. “No, my grace is sufficient for you, your strength is made perfect in weakness.” . . . Which helps my faith to understand, somewhat.

        So I have had to go deeper. (Even while the Presidential debates are broadcasting, listen to this!)

        OUR PARTICIPATION IN CHRIST’S SACRIFICE

        The cross is the unique sacrifice of Christ, the one mediator between God and man. (1Tim.2:5) But because of his incarnate divine person, he has in some way united himself to every man, ‘the possibility of being made partners in a way known to God, in the paschal mystery.’ is offered to all men ” (GS 22 5 cf 2: ref. to Gaudium et spec > [Second Vatican Council paragraph])

        “He called his disciples to take up their cross and follow him.” (Mt.16:24)

        “For Christ also suffered for us leaving us an example so that we should follow in his steps.” (1 Pe.2:21) 

        In fact, Jesus desires to associate with his redeeming sacrifice, those who were to be his first beneficiaries. (Mk. 10:39; Jn. 21:15-19; Col.1:24)

        “This is achieved supremely in the case of his mother, who was associated more intimately than any other person in the mystery of his redemptive suffering.” (Lk. 2:35). 

        [“Apart from the cross, there is no other ladder by which we may get to heaven.” – St. Rose of Lima, vita mirabilis (“A Wonderful Life”), Louvain 1668]

        CARRYING THE CROSS – OIL ON CANVAS

        The Crucifixion by Fra Angelico (Guido di Pietro) Metropolitan Museum of Art

        JESUS ACTUALLY DIED NAILED TO A ROMAN CROSS

        Listening to a sermon or homily taken from the Catechism of the Catholic Church tells that Jesus died by crucifiction. And his cross-carrying walk happened after a beating that exceeded the maximum stripes. Can we even imagine the severity of pain his skin cried out to him? Then add the pain of muscles lifting to exhaustion!

        But, being the Son of God he was, he had to know the depths of suffering he was still willing and able to endure — if only to please his Father in heaven. After all, he had only one life to give, but only his singular, sinless life could pay the huge price needed to redeem all mankind from original sin. [This plan could only be devised by Father and Son.]

        ALL MANKIND IS REDEEMED FROM THE ORIGINAL SIN INHERITED FROM ADAM AND EVE 

        The wonderful news of this truth is glorious! And history confirms it. But if someone hears and believes this, he still must come into the Church to receive the effected cleansing. The sacrement of baptism is what cleanses a soul from original sin. Did you know this? Hope of being saved is here. Joining the Body of Christ bears entrance to holiness.

        The point of crosswalking is simple. Look both ways, up and down, before you decide to cross the street to enter the church. Everyone needs faith to do this, but not understanding the eternal benefits, that are true, and for everyone, might just keep some from desiring to enter. The enemy is smarter than we think, HE can close someone’s mind here.

        I learned something about the crucifixion today. I was requested to drive Miss Daisy to a craft store across county lines while the clouds darkened and a wonderful series of cooling showers came all around us. At the store, I walked right to the book display. And there was a new book that caught my eye. The Book of Mysteries by Jonathan Cahn. I asked to have it.

        “How much?” She asked. 

        “Twenty dollars.” I said, having looked at the back jacket. 

        Then she turned to the front cover, after admitting “we’ll just have to get it then.” 

        And then, we both looked at the discount price, which was fifty percent. (That to my mind is a gift of grace!) 

        Now let me share what I found what Rabbi Jonathan Cahn said in his book about the crucifixion:

        “If the death of the Messiah was ordained by God, an event of the highest holiness, why did it happen through such unholy means?” I asked the teacher. (page 77, The Priests of the Offering)

        “The key people who delivered Messiah to his death were the high priests, Sanhedrin, sons of Aaron. They were the regular officials who made offerings of sacrifices, while Yeshua (Jesus) was the Lamb of God, as prophecy tells us. So they killed him because they were anointed to kill God’s Lamb, and he was anointed to die by their authority.”

        “So they killed him because they were priests, and he was the sacrifice?” I asked.

        “Not because they knew what they were doing, but nevertheless, because they were the ones ordained to do so.” Teacher said.

        “But they were evil,” I said, “And their motives and actions were corrupt.”

        “And yet through their actions came deliverance,” his teacher said. “The world is filled with evil, with the imperfect and the wrong. But causes all these things, the wrong, the imperfect, and the evil, to work together for the good, the holy, and the perfect. . .in this world and in your life. . .

        “The tears, the crises, the heartbreaks, the evil, and all the wrong, will in the end, become the priests of the offering, to fulfill the sacred purposes and blessings God has ordained for your life.” (The Good Friday Sacrifice Mysteries, Charismahouse.com, Lake Mary, Florida, 2016. Used under fair-use provision of the US Copyright laws as permitted.)

        IS THERE ANYTHING OR ANYONE IN THIS WORLD WORKING FOR EVIL?

        Such revelation of the mystery of how and why our Savior willingly carried his cross to die is understanding my faith can benefit for having. I can even apply this to our national Presidential election even two to three weeks away. The enemy gets me down to think horrible thoughts about a humanist-liberal, atheist woman, cousin Hillary, becoming President.

        Having some more understanding about Jesus Christ’s work on the cross that he gloriously finished for us, it seems to me we can find comfort that he humbly knew what he was doing, and by God’s grace he did it! And by God’s grace we receive it! Satan has someplace in our homes, our schools, and our courts. We recommit to carrying the cross he gives us to carry.

        My cross is now praying to learn more comforting, mystery-revelations to share with your suffering hearts. 

        Charles Bundschu

        @wordlifejournal

        WHAT DOES A PROTEST ACCOMPLISH?

        ACLU Rhode Island, ‘Know Your Rights’ pamphlet (riaclu.org)

        HOW CAN ONE RACE SAY THEIR LIVES MATTER TO ALL OTHERS AS MUCH AS THEIRS?

        BY THE NEWS MEDIA . . .

        We are robbed of our dignified livelihood by protests-gone-bad or terrorism, and the media demands steal time and coverage that supersedes routine daily life. Part of the problem is individuals can use the media to sacrifice their own lives for their cause which is not godly, and no one can stop it.  Not the government, not the president, and not God.

        There is something dreadfully wrong when the movement stops the news media world and nothing can be done. I got a Facebook post that explains how our freedom is allowing vulnerability to violent people who are willing to let the enemy take over their soul by destroying others indiscriminately. This is a spiritually wicked phenomenon.

        Our world was perfectly created by our Father God, but he gave a single rule to follow and that enabled the wicked god-of-this-world to lie and bring about willing disobedience. Hense, civil disobedience was created. And all rule-of-laws is a poor foundation to base our country upon. Our inalienable rights are vested with God—not our US Constitution.

        WHAT IS GOD’S PROTEST SAYING?

        6-8 God continued: “Preach all this in the towns of Judah and the streets of Jerusalem. Say, ‘Listen to the terms of this covenant and carry them out! I warned your ancestors when I delivered them from Egypt and I’ve kept up the warnings. I haven’t quit warning them for a moment. I warned them from morning to night: “Obey me or else!” But they didn’t obey. They paid no attention to me. They did whatever they wanted to do, whenever they wanted to do it, until finally I stepped in and ordered the punishments set out in the covenant, which, despite all my warnings, they had ignored.’”

        9-10 Then God said, “There’s a conspiracy among the people of Judah and the citizens of Jerusalem. They’ve plotted to reenact the sins of their ancestors—the ones who disobeyed me and decided to go after other gods and worship them. Israel and Judah are in this together, mindlessly breaking the covenant I made with their ancestors.”

        11-13 “Well, your God has something to say about this: Watch out! I’m about to visit doom on you, and no one will get out of it. You’re going to cry for help but I won’t listen. Then all the people in Judah and Jerusalem will start praying to the gods you’ve been sacrificing to all these years, but it won’t do a bit of good. You’ve got as many gods as you have villages, Judah! And you’ve got enough altars for sacrifices to that impotent sex god Baal to put one on every street corner in Jerusalem!” (Jeremiah 11:6-13 MSG)

        HOW OUR COUNTRY CAN STILL HAVE HOPE . . .

        This week I learned something I have never heard before. When I was five years old, on August 6th, 1945, a date that will live in infamy, an atomic bomb, called ‘Little boy’, was dropped on the large city of Hiroshima, Japan. Everybody knows that, but what I learned today was that eight priests survived despite being close to ground zero. God’s provision saved them miraculously.

        (The story is linked here.)

        How could I have lived over 70 years and not ever heard about this supernatural fact? It is well documented. And God has educated me by working his plan into my life so that now I can accept such an unusual reality. But now I have to explain to you that I have learned a principle of prayer that all of the eight priests were practicing in their mission. You can too.

        Let me digress here. Months ago, I was attacked with ingesting some tree spores, by sneezing , bending over, while tying my shoelaces. My sinuses were immediately infected. I had been fasting two meals a day for a month. My blood thinned without supplementation by vitamin-mineral fortification, and my nose began to bleed . . .

        One of the TV Catholic brothers had said he was fasting two meals by having bread and water. I thought I can do that with the high protein bread we buy at the local organic market with large gallon bottles of pure water. It was easy enough, and I lost ten pounds. But I had let lapse the vitamin suppliments we were accustomed to taking, and anemia resulted.

        MY AFFLICTION LED ME TO SEEK HELP AND IN TIME LEARNED TO PRAY BETTER . . .

        It was seven weeks or more that led me through the treatment process of doctoring my sinusitus. I had begun to think this healing needed more devotion to God. First my morning prayer had to be updated. That story is linked here–my wife had encouraged me with gift crosses from our favorite Hobby Lobby. And I learned how to pray the rosary crossing myself.

        The practical point of prayer is to intercede for others, so I began to lengthen my prayer list to include over a thousand names–including family, cousins, pastors, churches, evangelical events, and journalists and government officials who needed prayer. That meant prayer two times a day. Then I learned about novena prayers, and did that mid-day.

        All this, made my wife more demanding because she kept me busy doing yard work, wearing mask, and I learned this routine is what monks do, they only pray and work. Now she is happy living with a monk. But one monk doesn’t make a monestery . . .

        MEANWHILE BACK TO OUR COUNTRY BEING ATTACKED BY VIOLENT PROTESTS . . .

        The answer to our country, if you haven’t figured this already, is the church. Oh, I know that’s hard to accept. But not just any church. We are talking the Holy Catholic Church. Oh, alright, I am not a Catholic, and I am not planning to become one any time soon. (Too many obstacles) But our only conclusion is this, all things are possible with God.

        Our nation needs a miracle to survive the coming catestrophic events caused by deranged individuals. Only Christianity has the corporate church; the spiritual body of Christ is able to provide the steps we need to take to withstand an atomic bombing. The explanation is in the power of prayer, one prayer, the Rosary. It is scripturally powerful. Takes 30 minutes.

        So you think our enemies are not smart enough to attack with atomic bombs? Well, think again. The salvation of our country is in our faith in our Deliverer. Be forewarned and look up some of my research concerning how bloody smart Satan actually is. But God, our Father, provides for his own people as we are doing what pleases him. (WordPress.com)

        AMEN!

        [Editor note: This post is written in sincere remorse for the plight of honest protestors, who are openly willing to sacrifice their time and privacy to benefit the cause they believe in. The author is expressing here objective thoughts without malice or forethought to gain any self aggrandizement in light of the sorrowful loss of dedicated public servants. CB3]

        May the Lord bless and keep you,

        Charles

        @wordlifejournal

        “Forming your conscience”

        (taken from morethings.com)


        IS YOUR CONSCIENCE FORMED YET?

        Recently, my darling wife has been stuck in her design mode of trying to create a silk purse out of the sow’s ear with her patio furniture and potted plants. She has great taste for comfortable chairs, and a marvelous selection of flowers and ivy. However, her daily occupation has been to change what she arranged the day before. Again and over again. I am neutral, but began to think, something is wrong here.

        My prayer for her, along with the thousand other individuals, has produced the title for today’s post. When I Googled the short phrase, the offerings seemed only to be Catholic teaching. I read this out loud and concluded easily the principle here can apply with Vivian, but also with our country, politics, party platforms, and presumptive candidate at large.(adw.org)

        And speaking openly about the biased media reports lately, no one has any answer closer than this than our Catholic Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan. I Just heard him say on MSNBC, he would recommend that every citizen vote according to his conscience. Of course, he has learned the meaning of our conscience, being Catholic. But we don’t have this yet.

        THE CONSCIENCE ACCORDING TO CATECHISM

        “1776, Deep within his conscience, man discovers a law which he has not laid upon himself but which he must obey. Its voice, ever calling to love and to do what is good and to avoid evil, sounds in his heart at the right moment … for man has in his heart a law inscribed by God … his conscience is man’s most secret core and his sanctuary. There he is alone with God whose voice echoes in his depths.” (www.vatican.va)

        “THE FORMATION OF CONSCIENCE”

        “1783, Concience must be informed and moral judgment enlightened. A well-formed conscience is upright and truthful. It formulates its judgments according to reason, in conformity with the true good willed by the wisdom of the Creator. The education of conscience is indispensable for human beings who are subjected to negative influences and tempted by sin to prefer his own judgment and to reject authoritative teaching.”

        THE CERTAIN JUDGMENT

        “1800, A human being must always obey the certain judgment of his conscience. And 1802, The Word of God is a light for our path. We must assimilate it in faith and prayer and put it in practice. This is how moral conscience is formed.”

        “THE IDEAL CONSCIENCE: CORRECT AND CERTAIN”

        Fr. Kenneth Baker in his work for Fundamentals of Catholicism (Ignatius Press, 1983), tells us; “A person may think he is justified in perpetuating an act of terrorism, he might even be sincere. But that doesn’t make terror and murder good. Today, due to philosophical currents of subjectivism and relativism, many persons tend to absolutize the individual conscience. . .

        “They neglect the objective principles of morality and claim that an action is good or bad simply because they think it is good or bad. Some of the results of this mentality are a breakdown in public morality, increased violence in the streets, premarital sex, shoplifting, and so forth. . .

        “We should cultivate not only a good moral conscience, but also a Christian conscience — which is something much more. In addition to reason, we have the added advantage of grace — personal grace, revelation, the teaching of the Church and good examples of the saints.

        “We should learn to judge all things in the light of salvation offered to us in Jesus Christ. He is the model and examplar, for He is the Way and the Truth and the Life.”

        CURRENT EVENTS INCLUDED WITH LOVE

        We can know in our conscience (heart of hearts), that we will come to positive solutions. Whether with my wife’s patio, porch designs, the presidential conventions, laws for moderate gun-control measures, immigration or terrorism, our consciences being properly formed not by social media, cable networks, but family, Church and proper allegiances.

        I am being shown to live according to my conscience. I hope this post is helpful for you too. Even if it does take a lifetime to form our conscience, knowing it can be done, that our Savior, his Mother, and all the saints will help us; and the increased years of living to do this, is far worth all our efforts. But that’s not all!

        I am now consoled that my wife is in this lifetime process, right along with me. And all we are doing over and over again is more than recreation. It is only our consciences striving for the perfection we were created to achieve. How we will vote come November, is another matter. But I now believe the collective conscience of our party will be well formed by then.

        May the Lord bless and keep you,

        Charles

        RECONCILIATION — Prayers for RNC confession

         

        This morning as I made my bed, the words, ‘ministry of reconciliation’ were impressed in my conscience. This gave me thoughts of how this week I have become truly disappointed with what the Republican candidate said not presidentially.

        You have heard them. That’s not the point. How can he recover from it? The dear cable media has made him to be a clown in Trump clothing, but worse, my personal opinion has changed to agree with the media — Clinton is presidential!

        Right, I need to confess this. Can somebody help me go to confession, and can anyone help Donald Trump go to public confession? (He needs desperately to change his heart and get back into some semblance of Evangelical centrality, or RNC is over.)

        THANK GOD FOR THE MINISTRY OF RECONCILIATION

        “The Catholic sacrement of reconciliation (also known as penance) has three elements: Conversion, confession, and celebration.”[Americancatholic.org]

        Is it any wonder that the Speaker of the House, Congressman Paul Ryan, who is a faithful Catholic, having finally endorsed Donald Trump one day, had to censure his remarks on the very next day? The media has unleashed the monster political sin.

        Thinking about this, my conscience has come up with the only solution of hope for our families, our nation, and our world. Lately, I have expanded my prayer ministry, by offering what the Church calls novenas, nine prayers for nine days, to canonized Saints. [Nine days represents the period from the Ascention to the Pentacost.]

        ONLY THE PATRON SAINT FOR STATESMEN CAN HELP TRUMP

        Here is how I found this. I have been praying several targeted prayers for certain complaints, like digestive ailments, the liver, runaway child, and each have a patron saint assigned by the church. So I search for who they are and find their novena.

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        Saint Thomas More canonized in 1935 for his martyrdom in 1535. (Wikipedia.com)

        Saint Thomas More is who I found for our devout followers to pray his novena. If God the Father hears such prayers, and we know he does, the Donald Trump will have to wake up and fly right! We cannot afford to allow liberals to run our nation godlessly.

        (Read the words of the specific prayer here) Pray to God and use the matchless name of Yeshua-Jesus, and his ministry of reconciliation (meaning, going to confession, taking communion, and adoring the Eucharistic Covenant . . . signifying holiness.)

        Having just read the above novena, notice how speaking to the Saint, is most complementary and descriptive of his character as history recorded. Fill in the blank with: For Donald Trump to see, hear and feel blessed Thomas’ character to live it.

        Together we can realize the miracle of our nation’s salvation on Election Day.

        Charles

        @wordlifejournal