1945: The Apocalypse of St. John The Apostle


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    1945: The Apocalypse of St. John The Apostle

    Post by Poem on Tue Oct 19, 2010 6:50 am

    Notebook: 1945-50
    Page: 548
    Chp: The Apocalypse of St. John the Beloved

    September-November 1950

    (Revelation 1:4) "He who is" is the ancient Name of God, the one with which God named Himself for Moses on the mountain, the one taught by Moses to his People so that it could call upon God. All of God's eternity, power, and wisdom flashes forth in this name.

    He who is: eternity. God has no past. He will have no future. He is. The eternal present.

    If human intellect, even the most powerful of human intellects, or a powerful person, even the most powerful among human beings, with a pure desire and pure thought devoid of human pride, meditates on this eternity of God, he senses--as no lesson, meditation, or contemplation of God could serve to make him sense--what God is and what he is: the All and nothingness; the Eternal and the transitory; the Immutable and the mutable; the Immense and the limited. Humility arises, along with the worship due the Divine Being to whom adoration should be tributed. Trust arises because man, nothingness, a speck of dust compared to the All and everything created by the All, feels is under the protecting ray of Him who, existing from all eternity, wanted man to exist, to them his infinite love.

    He who is: infinite power.

    What thing or person could be through itself? None. Without combustion or fusion of particles scattered through the firmaments a new star is not formed, just as mold does not form spontaneously. For the star, bigger than the earth, or for microscopic mold, pre-existing matter is needed and special environmental conditions suitable for the formation of a new body, whether it be very large or microscopic. But who gave the star, and mold the chance to be formed? He who created all that is, for He had always been and had always been powerful.

    There was, then, for everything that is creating Principle that either directly created (the first creation) or maintained and fostered the perpetuation and renewal of creation. But who created Him? No one. He is. Through Himself. He does not owe his Being to any person of thing. He is. He did not need another being in order to be, just as no other being hostile to Him, though created by Him--for every spirit of flesh creature in the perceptible non-rational world is created by God--can take Him into non-being. And if all that is, in the spiritual Heaven, in the perceptible Creation, or in the netherworld, is already a witness to his immense power, his being, which has received no beginning from any other being or thing, is the immense witness to his immense power.

    He who is: most perfect wisdom, uncreated, which has not needed self-training or training by teachers in order to be. Wisdom that, in creating the all, which was not, did not commit any error, creating and willing perfectly.

    What inventor or innovator or thinker, even if moved by a proper desire to investigate, know, and explain supreme and natural mysteries, does not fall into some errors and turns his intellect into the cause of harm to himself and others? Doesn't the root of harm to all mankind originate in the First Parents' desire to know and penetrate the domains of God? At once seduced by the Enemy's false promise, they wanted to know...and fell into error, as thinkers, scientists, and men in general fall.

    But He who is, and who is Most Perfect Wisdom, did not commit an error and does not, nor should the evil and pain which have made what was created perfect imperfect ever be said to come from the All-Knowing One, but from those who wanted and want to depart from the orderly law which God has given to all things and living beings. A perfect spiritual, moral, and physical order which, if respected, would have kept the earth in the state of the earthly paradise and the men inhabiting it in the happy condition of Adam and Eve before sin.

    "He who is," the ancient name of God (through excessive veneration, arising spontaneously in the self-hood of men aware of their condition as being fallen from Grace and deserving of God's severity--that was the time when for men God was the terrible God of Sinai, the Judge prepared to avenge) was soon replaced by the other: Adonai. And this one--both because of different pronunciations, as observed in every nation at all times, from one region to another, and because it was used too rarely for the command 'Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain' to be applied integrally--provoked an alteration of the first pronunciation, "Yahweh." But in Galilee, in which Emmanuel would spend almost all his life as God among men, in keeping with his prophetic name of Emmanuel, and from which He would move to spread the Good News--He, who was the Word of God made Man--and to begin his mission as Savior and Redeemer, which would end on Golgotha--that name, taught by the Eternal to Moses, kept its initial sound: Yahweh.

    And in the name of the Son of God made Man, in the name which God Himself imposed on his Incarnate Son and which the Angel of the glad tidings had communicated to the Immaculate Virgin, for those able to read and understand there is an echo of that name, and the Word who bore it taught his followers again the true word--Yahweh--to name God, to name his Most Holy Father, from whom the Son is begotten and from the two of whom the Holy Spirit proceeds. And He proceeded at the proper time to beget Christ the Savior in the womb of the Virgin.

    The Son of God and of the Woman, Jesus. He who, in addition to being the promised Messiah and Redeemer, is the truest witness to the Father and his Will, the witness to Truth, Charity, and the Kingdom of God.

    The Father and the Son--always One, though the Son had temporarily taken on a human Person, without thereby losing his eternal Divine Person, always One through the perfect Love uniting Them--bore witness to one another. The Father witnessed to the Son, in the Baptism at the Jordan, on Tabor, at the Transfiguration, and at the Temple of the last Passover, also in the sight of the Gentiles who had come to meet Jesus (John 12:28). But to this threefold perceptible witness there should be added to the testimony of the greatest miracles worked by Christ almost always after calling upon the Father. It may truly be stated that the invisible presence of the Father, who is eternal, most pure Spirit, shone forth like a ray of uncontainable light which no obstacle could imprison in every manifestation of Christ, whether as a Teacher or as a worker of miracles and divine actions.

    God the Father had created man from dust and had infused into him the breath of life and the spirit, a divine, immortal breath. The Father, whether or not He was manifestly called upon by the Son, along with Him also restored life to mortal flesh and, together with life, the soul and the reconstruction of the flesh, which, by death (Lazarus) or by disease (leprosy), had already been dissolved or destroyed, and, converting the spirit, which had fallen into sin, as far as the great recreation unto Grace, through the sacrifice of Christ, for all those who believe in Him and accept his Doctrine, coming to form part of his Church.

    The Son, moreover--to the world which did not know the Father and also to the little world of Israel, which, though not unaware of Him, did not know the truth of his love, mercy, and justice, tempered by the charity which is his Nature--revealed the Father.  "Whoever sees Me sees the Father. My doctrine is not mine, but of Him who sent Me. You do not know the Truth who sent Me, his Word, but I know Him, for He begot Me. The Father and I are one." And He revealed the Holy Spirit, the eternal mutual love, embrace, and kiss of the Father and the Son, Spirit of the Spirit of God, Spirit of truth, Spirit of consolation, and Spirit of wisdom, who would confirm believers in Faith and teach them in Wisdom--He, the Theologian of theologians, Light of the mystics, Eye of the contemplators, and Fire of the lovers of God.

    All the teaching and all the works of Christ are a witness to the Father and a revelation of the incomprehensible mystery of the Most Holy Trinity. Of that Most Holy Trinity through which the Creation, Redemption, and Sanctification of man was possible. Of that Most Holy Trinity through which, without destroying the first creation, which had become corrupt, there could be a recreation or new creation of a couple within sin: of a new Eve, of a new Adam, the means to recreate unto Grace and thus re-establish the order which had been violated and the final end among and for men proceeding from Adam.

    Peace be with you always

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    By the will of the Father, in prevision of the merits of the Son and by the work of the Holy Spirit, the Son could take human flesh from the Immaculate Woman, the new, faithful Eve, for the Spirit of God covered the Ark not made by the hand of man with his shadow, and there could be the new Adam, the Victor, the Redeemer, the King of the Kingdom of the Heavens, to which those are called who, accepting Him with love and following Him in doctrine, deserve to become the children of God, co-heirs of Heaven.

    From his first words as a Teacher to his last words in the Cenacle, the Synedrium, and the Praetorium and on Golgotha and from these to those preceding the Ascension, Jesus always witnessed to the Father and the Heavenly Kingdom.

    The Kingdom of God. The Kingdom of Christ. Two kingdoms which are a single kingdom, since Christ is One with God and God has given all things which exist to Christ and through Christ, after the Eternal saw them all in his Only-Begotten, Infinite Wisdom, the Origin as God, the End as God, and the Cause, as the God-Man, of the creation, deification, and redemption of man. Two kingdoms which are a single kingdom, the the Kingdom of Christ in us grants possession of the Kingdom of God for us.

    And Christ, saying to the Father, "Thy Kingdom come," as a Founder, as the King of kings, as the Eternal Son and Heir to all the eternal possessions of the Father, established in on earth, established it in us, and made his kingdom and the Father's one; He joined them, uniting the kingdom on earth--as with a mystical bridge, which is, moreover, his long Cross as a Man among men who do not understand Him and as a Martyr by means of men and for the good of men--to the one in heaven; He gave that Kingdom of God the Church as its visible Royal Palace and, as King, Himself, its Eternal Head and Pontiff, and, like every king, He instituted its ministers and clearly described it as a "foretaste" of the Eternal Kingdom and called the Church the "new earthly Jerusalem," which, at the end of time, would be transported and transformed into the "Heavenly Jerusalem," in which the risen would rejoice forever and lead a life known to God alone.

    a visible Kingdom by means of the Church, but also an invisible kingdom, this kingdom of God in us. It has taken on a likeness to its Founder, who, as Man, was and is a visible King and, as God, and invisible King because He is a most pure Spirit, to whom faith is tributed out of pure faith because human sight of any other human sense never saw God before He became Incarnate and cannot physically see the First and Third Persons, but see Them in the works which were or are carried out by Them. A Kingdom, then, which, like man, was made in the image and likeness of its Founder--a true and perfect Man and, as such, a visible prototype of men as the Father had created them, contemplating them in his Eternal Word and in his Incarnate Word, and true and perfect God and, as such, a most pure Spirit, invisible in his spiritual Divine Nature, but living with no possibility of a beginning or end, as the "Living One." Such is the Kingdom of God, represented on earth by the Church, a visible, living Society with no possibility of an end since it was constituted by the Living One. Such is the Kingdom of God in us, invisible because it is spiritual, living in the spiritual part and living since it was created, unless man destroys the Kingdom of God in himself by sin and by persisting therein, killing the Life of the spirit as well.

    A Kingdom which is served and won. It is served on earth and won beyond the earth, during all the events of daily life. Every year, month, day, hour, and minute, from the use of reason until death, it is service of God by the subject through doing his Will, obeying his Law, and living as a "son" and not an enemy or a beast preferring a life of small, transitory animal enjoyment to living in such as way as to deserve heavenly joy. Every year, month, day, hour, and minute is a means to win the Heavenly Kingdom.

    "My Kingdom is not of this world," the Incarnate Truth on different occasions told his chosen ones, friends, and faithful, as well as those who reject Him and hated Him out of fear of losing their base power.

    "My Kingdom is not of this world," Christ testified, when, realizing they wanted to make Him king, He fled to the mountain, alone (John 6:15).

    "My Kingdom is not of this world," He said once more--the last time--to his Apostles, before ascending; and regarding the time of its reconstruction, still awaited in human terms by his chosen once, He replied, "Only the Father knows the times and seasons, which He established by his own authority" (Acts 1:7).

    Christ always bore witness to the Kingdom, then, this twofold Kingdom, which, moreover, is one single Kingdom--that of Christ-God in us and that of us in God and with God, which will become the Perfect Kingdom, immutable, no longer subject to the snares and corruption when "He, the King of Kings, comes on the clouds, and every eye will see Him (Revelation 1:7), to take possession of his Kingdom (Revelation 19), to triumph over his enemies, to judge and give each what each has deserved and carry the chosen ones into the new world, the new heaven, and the new earth, the new Jerusalem, where there is no corruption, weeping or death (Revelation 19, 20, 21)."

    And to testify with means more forceful than words that He is the visible King of the Kingdom of God--that is, of a kingdom where charity, justice, and power are exercised in supernatural ways--He did such powerful things that no other king can do them, restoring freedom to members and consciences bound by diseases, possession, or serious sins, dominating the very forces of nature and the elements, as well as men, when it was appropriate to do so (Luke 4:30; John 8:59; and 11:39), and also overcoming death (the daughter of Jairus, the son of the widow from Naim, and Lazarus), always showing perfect and impartial charity and justice and instructing with wisdom possessing teaching for every material, moral, or spiritual case, to the point that his enemies themselves had to confess, "No one has ever spoken as He does."

    To those who decreed, "We do not want him to rule," He replied with miraculous deeds over which human will could exercise no power. With His Resurrection and Ascension He responded, thereby showing that if they were able to kill Him, it was because He so permitted for a purpose of infinite love, but that He was King of a Kingdom where power is infinite, for by Himself He could restore life to Himself and ascend by Himself to Heaven, to His Father's side, even as a Man of true flesh.

    From Page 555:
    Subtitle: Firstborn Among the Dead
    Revelation 1:5

    When this sentence is read, a certain confusion takes shape in the thought of readers with little training; a kind of doubt arises, and a question is posed as a result: "But isn't there an error here or a contradiction, since the Firstborn is Adam, the firstborn in the life of Grace, to the point where Christ is called the "new Adam or second Adam," and since, even if the first man is excluded because he fell from supernatural life and remained that way until the thirty-third year of Christ, Mary, his mother, both by the word of Wisdom and because She was conceived and born before Christ, her Son, in the fullness of Grace, is called the Firstborn Woman?

    There is no error or contradiction.

    Adam in the first man, but not the firstborn, since he was not begotten by any father or any mother, but created directly by God.

    Jesus is the Only-Begotten of the Father, whose Firstborn He also is. From Divine Thought, which had no beginning, the Word was begotten--He, too, having no beginning. He, as God, is thus the absolute Firstborn. And He is also the Firstborn as a Man, though born to Mary--in turn, called the "Firstborn Woman" by Wisdom and by the Church, for, by virtue of the paternity of God the Father in relation to Him, He is the true Firstborn among the children of God, not by participation, but by direct generation: "The Holy Spirit will descend into you, and the power of the Most High will over shadow you, and the Holy One who will be born to you will thus be called the Son of God" (Luke 1:35).

    The Firstborn, then, even if before Him his Mother was acclaimed as the "Firstborn Daughter of the Most High" (Sirach 24:5) and Wisdom, whose Seat She is, says regarding Her, "The Lord possessed me from the beginning, before He made all things. I was established from eternity" (Proverbs 8:22-23). And, in addition, "He who created me rested in my tabernacle" (Sirach 24:12).  The Firstborn because, if his Mother is most holy and most pure through a singular privilege, the Son is infinitely holy and infinitely pure and superior, infinitely superior, to his Mother because He is God.

    She, the firstborn Daughter by the choice of the Father, who possessed Her, his holy Ark, from the moment his Thought conceived Her and established that through Her Grace would come to restore grace to men, and from the moment when, after creating Her full of grace, He always rested in Her, before, during, and after her Maternity. She was truly full of Grace because She was immaculate, always full of Grace, and by Grace She was made fertile, and incarnate, infinite Grace in Her and from Her took on the flesh and blood of Man, being formed in her virginal womb, with her blood, formed exclusively by her action and the action of the Holy Spirit.

    He, the Firstborn Son by external generation. In Him the Father saw all future things, which were not yet made, both material and spiritual, for in His Word the Father saw creation and redemption, both effected by the Word and through the Word.

    The admirable mystery of God! The Immense One loves Himself, not with a selfish love, but with an active, most powerful--indeed, infinite--love, and by this act alone, which is most perfect, He begets his Word, in all respects equal to Him, the Father, except in the difference of his Person. For if God is Triune--that is, an admirable unity, so to speak--with three faces, in order to make the explanation clear to the uninstructed, it is also a truth of faith that the individual faces are quite different--that is, in the theological terms there is one single God and there are Three Persons, equal in all respects as regards Divinity, Eternity, Immensity, and Omnipotence, but not confused in relation to one another, but, rather, quite, distinct, and One is not the Other, and yet there are not three gods, but a single God, who in and of Himself has given being to the individual Divine Persons in generating the Son and, by that very act, originating the procession of the Holy Spirit.

    Power sees and does all through Wisdom, and through Charity, who is the Holy Spirit, He carries out his greatest works: the Generation and Incarnation of the Word, the creation and deification of man, the preservation of Mary from original sin, her divine Motherhood, and the Redemption of fallen humanity. He sees and does all through Wisdom--that is, through Him who existed before all things existed and who, consequently, is fully entitled to be called the "Firstborn."

    When Creation--which has existed and lived its life for millennia, in the individual forms and natures which God wished to introduce into Creation--did not exist, He, the Word of the Father, already existed. And by means of Him all the things which did not exist and which, then, in not possessing life, were dead, were made and thus received "life." The Divine Word brought them into being from the chaos in which all the elements tossed and turned in a disorderly and useless manner. The Divine Word ordered all things, and all became useful and vital, and the visible, perceptible Creation thus existed and did so through laws of perfect wisdom and with a loving purpose.

    For nothing was made without a loving end or wise law. From the drops of water gathered in basins to the molecules collecting to form stars emitting light and heat, from the planet lives predestined to nourish animal lives, foreordained to serve and bring joy to man, the masterpiece of creation, who, because of his animal and rational perfection and, above all, the immortal part enclosed in him, a breath of the Eternal Himself, is predestined to return to his Origin to rejoice in God and be the cause of God's rejoicing--for God rejoices at the sight of his children--everything was made through love. A love which, if it had been faithfully returned, would not have allowed death and pain to prompt man to doubt God's love for him.

    Death. Among the many things made by God, death had not been made. And pain had not been made, or sin, the cause of death and pain. The Enemy introduced them into the marvelous Creation. And through man, the perfection of Creation, who had let himself be corrupted by the Enemy, by Hatred, death came, first of Grace and then of the flesh; and there came all the sorrows and troubles following upon the death of Grace in Adam and his life companion and in all the descendants of the First Parents.

    How, then, is Jesus said to be the "Firstborn from among the dead" if He was born to a woman descending from Adam? Even if, through the act of divine fecundation, the Mother begot Him, and the Mother had clearly been born to two who were certainly just, but stained with the hereditary sin coming from Adam to every man, the sin which deprives us of supernatural life? These are the objections of many.

    Christ was doubly the "firstborn" from the time of his birth. For He was born as a man had not yet been born, since when the first child was born to Adam, Adam could no longer beget children who were supernaturally alive. Conceived when the first parents were already corrupted and had fallen into the threefold concupiscence, their children were born dead to supernatural life. And every father and mother from Adam and Eve on procreated that way.

    Joachim and Anna would also have procreated that way, though both were most just, both because they, too, were wounded by original sin and because Mary's conception took place in a simply human and common manner. The only extraordinary element in the birth of Mary, the predestined Mother of God, was the infusion, through a singular divine privilege granted in view of the Virgin's future mission, of a soul preserved from original sin--a unique soul among those of all born to man and woman--which was immaculate.

    Christ, however, born to Mary, is the firstborn from a spiritually inviolate womb, since Mary, faithful to Grace as no other woman was able to be from Eve on, did not experience I won't say the smallest venial sin, but even the smallest turbulence capable of upsetting her state of perfect innocence and her perfect balance, whereby her intellect always ruled over her inferior part, and her soul, over her intellect, as happened in Adam and Eve as long as they did not allow themselves to be seduced by the Tempter; and the firstborn from a materially inviolate womb because, since God is both He who made Her a Mother and He who was born to Her and was thus endowed with the gift proper to spirits of penetrating and emerging without opening any door or removing any stone, God entered Her to take on human nature and emerged from Her to begin his mission as the Savior without harming organs and tissues.

    The Firstborn and Only-Begotten was born in this way, from the Woman Full of Grace--the Living One par excellence, He who would restore Life to all those dead to Grace. He was born not from the hunger of two bodies, but in the way in which the children of men would have received life if they had maintained themselves alive to Grace. Not a sensual appetite, but a holy love for God, to whom they could consecrate those born in Grace, and a love devoid of malice towards woman, should have guided the increase and multiplication commanded by God--only love, not corrupted by animality.

    When this order had been violated, God, to create the new Adam, had to form Him from an Immaculate Woman, no longer from the mud which, having risen up in pride, had wanted to be like God, but with elements which were indispensable for forming a new man, provided exclusively by the Most Pure and Most Humble Woman--humble to the point where for this reason alone She would already have deserved to become the Mother of the Word.

    And the Firstborn from among the dead saw the light of day to bring light to those lying in darkness, Life for those dead to Grace, whether still on earth or already gathered into the netherworld, waiting for Redemption to open the gates of Heaven for them. And He was also the Firstborn of those who are to return alive to Heaven in the flesh as well. For Him it is true to the full, but since He was born to an Immaculate Woman faithful to the Grace received, who did not leave this treasure inactive, but, rather, always used it actively, with a constant increase of Grace because of Mary's perfect response to all motions or divine inspirations, for this reason alone as well, the condemnation common to all the sinners in Adam and on account of Adam and his life companion--"You shall return to dust"--would not have been applied.

    The Mother of God, too, did not return to dust, since She was exempt, in being sinless, from the common condemnation and because it was not appropriate for her flesh, which had been the ark and terrain to contain the Word and to give the Divine Seed all the elements needed for it to become the God-Man, to become putrefaction and dust. But the Mother passed from the earth to Heaven many years after her Son. The Firstborn of those risen from the dead, in the flesh as well, is and remains Jesus alone, who, after his supreme humiliation and total immolation through complete obedience to the Father's desires, received supreme glorification with his undeniable resurrection. For many--and not all them his friends--saw his glorified Body and even more saw Him ascend in the midst of the worshiping Angels and later remained to testify to these two truths. "Why do you seek the Living One among the dead? He is no longer here. He has risen" (Luke 24:5-6 and also Matthew and Mark). He rose so transfigured in beauty that Mary Magdalene did not recognize Him until He did allow Himself to be recognized. And, in addition: "Why are you standing there looking towards Heaven? Jesus, who has been taken away form you, has ascended into Heaven, and He will return just as He has risen" (Acts 1:11).

    In this way, the Word of Truth; and the angels, who cannot lie; and the Mother, whose perfection in all respects was inferior only to that of God, her Father, her Son, and her Spouse; and the Apostles, who saw Him ascend; and Stephen, the first martyr, and,after him, many others confirmed that Jesus is the Firstborn from among the dead because He was the first Man to enter Heaven in His Flesh. The day when a just man rises with his spirit liberated from the flesh to form part of the people of the blessed spirits is called a birthday. Jesus, on His birthday as a Most Holy Man, took up his dwelling with all his qualities as the God-Man: in flesh, blood, soul, and divinity, for He was the Perfect Innocent.

    But there is a second death: that of the spirit devoid of Grace. A great number of the just had been waiting for centuries and millennia for the Redemption, in purifying them from sin, to allow them to come to form a part of the Kingdom of God, where only those who have supernatural Life in themselves can enter. An even greater number of men who have come after Christ are waiting to enter when their purification from serious voluntary sins is completed or when Most Perfect Justice opens the Heavens to all who lived and acted with charity and justice, according to the law of conscience, to serve and honor thereby the Being who they felt existed, thus forming part of the soul of the Church.

    It is unthinkable that God, Perfect Charity who has created all souls, predestining them to Grace, should exclude from his Kingdom those who, through no fault of their own, have not received Baptism. What sin have they committed? Did they spontaneously wish to be born in places which were not Catholic? Are the newborn who die at birth responsible for not being baptized? Can God act cruelly towards all of these, who are not the "church" in the strict sense of the word, but are such in having received their souls from God and having died as innocents because they died at birth or lived as just people through their natural tendency to good in order, in that way, to honor them bore witness. No, and a convincing indication that such is not the case is the inexorable, very severe judgment of God regarding those who suppress a life, even an embryonic one, or one just born, keeping it from receiving the Sacrament which removes original sin. Why this severity, if not because for centuries and millennia those souls of innocence are separated from God, in a state which is not punishment, but not joyful, either? Can it be thought that the Most Good, who has predestined all men to Grace, would deprive those who by no spontaneous choice are not Catholics of it?

    "My Father has many mansions in Heaven," Christ said. When this world is no more, but there is a new world, a new heaven, and the new tabernacles of the Eternal Jerusalem, and all the rational creation receives its glorification with the exaltation of the Risen Ones, who were the just, possess the Eternal Kingdom of God, those were united only to the soul of the Church will also have their dwelling in Heaven, for only Heaven and Hell will remain eternally, and it cannot be thought that Charity would damn to eternal torment creatures undeserving of it.

    Jesus Christ, having returned his spirit to the hands of the Father, was the first to enter with his Most Holy Spirit into the Kingdom of Life, going to the place of Adam, who should have been the first man entering to form part of the heavenly people and who, because of his abuse of power, had to wait for millennia to enter with his spirit and has to wait many more millennia to enter with his flesh reunited to his spirit. Jesus did not. At the very instant in which "with a loud cry" He offered up his spirit, his most just soul--which, because of infinite charity of his nature as the God-Man, had burdened itself with all the past, present, and future sins of mankind, but not with the sin which takes away Grace, which is the life of the spirit, and He had burdened Himself with them to consume them all through his complete immolation--was, like every human soul, judged by the Father, who, as before consummation of the Sacrifice, "treated Him who did not know sin as if He were sin itself" (Paul 2 Corinthians 5:21), in the same way, after everything had been accomplished, "exalted Him and gave Him a name above every other name, so that at the Name of Jesus every knee must bend in Heaven, on earth, and in the netherworld, and every tongue must confess that the Lord Jesus Christ is in the glory of God the Father" (Paul to the Philippians 2:9-11). And, having been judged, his human soul, a soul that had reached perfection, at once rejoiced in the Lord and found rest in Him until the moment when, rejoined to His Body, it made the Living One, who had been slain, the glorious Risen One, the first to rise gloriously with his flesh as well, the first Man born to Heaven in body and soul, the first fruits of the risen, the promise of resurrection of the just, and the pledge of possession of the Kingdom whose King and firstborn heir He is.

    It is always the firstborn that the Father's inheritance is given, that inheritance which He has established for his children. And so that all the brothers and sisters of Christ would have a share in this eternal, holy, regal inheritance, He bound it to them with a holy testament, written with his own Blood; and so that men would take their share in the Kingdom, which the Father gave to Him and He accepted in order to give ti to men, his brothers and sisters, He let Himself be slain, for only the death of the testator gives value to a testament (Paul, Hebrews 9:16-19).

    Jesus, the Firstborn with many primogeniture's, was thus the first to take possession of the Kingdom where He is the King of Kings and Lord of the eternal age, according to the Will of the Father, of Him who is the Almighty, the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning, the End, the Power, Wisdom, and Charity, of Him who knows everything about what He does and does all that He does with perfection and a good purpose, and for this reason He begot his Word, and, when the time came, gave Him flesh and then immolated Him and afterwards raised and exalted Him and placed in his pierced hands all power to judge, whereby all who see Him from among those who see Him from among those who either materially of by the offense of their sins pierced Him will beat their breasts once and once again: at the private judgment and at the final appearance of Christ the Judge. For so it has been established and so it will be.

    Peace be with you always

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    Re: 1945: The Apocalypse of St. John The Apostle

    Post by Poem on Tue Oct 19, 2010 6:51 am

    Notebook 1945-1950
    Page 563
    Subtitle: He Who Is to come
    Revelations 1:8

    "In what way? Certainly not by taking on flesh again. If his return is certain, equally certain is the fact that He will never take on different flesh, since He possesses perfect flesh--eternal, glorified by the Father--from the first time He robed Himself therewith.

    "Nor will He come for a second redemption.  There will not be a second redemption, for the first was sufficient and perfect.  Since then men have had all the elements and supernatural assistance to remain in the people of the recreated children of God and to move from recreation to supercreation, if only they want to do so.  For if, as has been stated, and wisely stated, "man is a capacity which God fills with Himself," and if, in addition, "grace is a seed which God places in the soul," or also, "a ray descending to illuminate and fecundate," it is logical that, if man seconds divine desires and inspirations, his capacity to contain God grows and expands the more the whole man grows in age and in the capacity to understand and will.  To understand the spiritual words of God--that is, the motions God prompts in evey man to lead him to ever-greater justice and a desire to reach the end for which he was created.  And in the same way the seed of Grace, if man seconds its growth with faithfulness to it and the practice of the Law and virtues, changes from a little seed to a large plant, yeilding fruits of eternal life, and the ray, the more the soul grows in grace and rises on the way of perfection, increases the brightness of its lights, as happens with anyone rising from a valley towards the summit of a mountain."

    "This capacity which expands to contain God increasingly, this plant growing as the sovereign in the garden of the soul, this ray of the Eternal Sun changing from a ray into an ocean of lights, the more man rises towards the Father of Lights, takes man, re-created by means of the Grace obtained through the merits of Christ, to his supercreation--that is, to identification with Christ--by taking on a new humanity, following his example and model, a new humanity transforming man, a rational creature, into a divinized creature who thinks, speaks, and acts in a manner as similar as possible to that of his Eternal Master in mortal time--the manner He commanded his faithful to adopt.  "The disciple, to be perfect, must be 'like' his Master." (Luke 6:40)

    "Since for twenty centuries there has been everything necessary for man to possess the Eternal Kingdom and reach the end for which he was created, there will not be a second redemption by the God-Man. The man who loses Grace through weakness has the means to recover it and be redeemed.  As he falls on his own, so on his own he can be redeemed by using the perpetual gifts which Christ instituted for all men who wish to draw from them.

    "And the Word of the Father will not come for a second Evangelization.  He will not come personally.  And yet He will evangelize.  He will instead, raise up new evangelizers who will evangelize in his Name.  They will evangelize in a new way in keeping with the times, a new way which will not substantially change the eternal Gospel or the great Revelation, but will broaden, complete, and make them understandable and acceptable even to those who, on account of their atheism and their incredulity regarding the Last Things and many other revealed truths, cite the reason that "they cannot believe things which they do not understand or love beings about whom too little is known, and that little is such as to cause fear and sorrow instead of attracting and encouraging."

    "New evangelizers. In reality, there already are, even if the world partly is aware of them and partly attacks them. But they will be more and more numerous, and the world--after having overlooked or mocked or opposed them, when terror takes hold of the foolish who now deride the new evangelizers--will turn to them so that they will be strength, hope, and light in the darkness, horror, and tempest of ongoing persecution by the antichrists.  For, if it is true that before the end of time more and more false prophets, servants of the Antichrist, will rise, it is equally true that Christ the Lord will set more and more of his servants against them, raising up new apostles in places where they are least expected.

    "And since Infinite Mercy, taking pity on distressed men overwhelmed by the storm of blood, fire, persecution, and death, will have Mary, the pure Star of the Sea, shine upon the sea of blood and horror, and She will be the forerunner of Christ in his final coming, these new evangelizers will bear the Gospel of Mary, who was truly left in the shadow by all the Evangelists and Apostles, and Disciples, whereas vaster knowledge of Her would have instructed many, preventing many falls.  For She is the Co-Redemptrix and Teacher.  The Teacher of pure, humble, faithful, prudent, and devout life in her home and among the people of her time. She is always a Teacher, down through the centuries, worthy to be all the better known, the more the world sinks towards the mire and darkness, so as to be all the more imitated in order to lead the world back to what is not darkness and mire.

    "The times ahead will be times of war--not only materially, but, above all, the war between materiality and spirituality.  The Antichrist will seek to drag rational creatures into the swamp of a beastly life.  Christ will seek to prevent this repudiation not only of religion, but also of reason by opening up new horizons and ways illuminated by spiritual lights, prompting a powerful awakening of the spirit of whoever does not openly reject it, an awakening assisted by the evangelizers, bearing not only Christ, but the Mother of God.  They will uplift the standard of Mary.  They will lead people to Mary. And Mary, who was already, once before, the cause and source--indirect, but still powerful--of man's redemption, will continue to be such.  For She is the holy Adversary of the wicked Enemy, and her heal is destined to crush the infernal dragon perpetually, as Wisdom, which has found its seat in Her, is destined to defeat the heresies corrupting souls and intellects.

    "At that time--which will inevitably come, in which the darkness will fight with the light, beastiality with the spirit, the Satanic with the surviving children of God, Babylon with the Heavenly Jerusalem, and the lusts of Babylon, the threefold lusts, will overflow like stinking, uncontainable waters, seeping everywhere, even into the House of God, as already occured and is to happen again, as has been said, in that time of open separation between the children of God and Satan, in which the children of God will reach a spiritual power never before attained, and those of Satan, an evil power so vast that no mind can imagine what it will really be like--the new evangelization will come, the full new evangelization, which for the time being is going through its initial awakening, exposed to opposition.

    "And it will work great miracles of conversion and perfection.  And there will be great efforts by Satanic hatred for Christ and the Woman.  But the two will be unreachable for their enemies.  It would not be appropriate or useful for them to be reached.  A supreme offense against God may not be committed by striking the Two who are dearest to Him--his Son and the Mother--who in their time already suffered all the most hateful and painful offenses, but now, having been glorified for centuries, could not be offended without an immediate, horrendous divine punishment of the offenders.

    "For this reason, with new means, in the right way and at the right time, the final evangelization will be carried out, and those who yearn for the Light and Life will have them--full, perfect, and provided through a means known only the two Givers, by Jesus and Mary. Only those who choose darkness and mire, heresy and hatred for God and Mary--that is, those already dead before dying, the putrid spirits, the spirits sold to Satan and his servants, the forerunners of the Antichrist and the Antichrist himself--will have darkness and mire and torment and eternal hatred, as is proper for it to be, when He who is to come does come.

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    Post by Poem on Tue Oct 19, 2010 6:52 am

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    Jesus says:

    "Jesus, in his glorified Body, of inconceivable beauty, is and is not different from the way He was on earth. He is different because every glorified body takes on a majesty and perfection which no mortal, no matter how good-looking, majestic, and perfect they are, can have; but He is not different because the glorification of the flesh does not alter the traits of the person. Consequently, in the resurrection of bodies, those who were tall will be tall, those who were thin will be thin, those who were robust will be robust, and those who were blond, blond, and those who were dark, dark, and so on. The imperfections will disappear, though, for in the Kingdom of God all is Beauty, Purity, Health, and Life, just as was established for the earthly Paradise, too, and such it would have been if man had not introduced into it sin, death, and pain of every kind, from illnesses to hatred between one man and another."

    "The earthly Paradise was the material figure of what will be the Heavenly Paradise inhabited by glorified bodies. The natural aspects of the earthly Paradise will also exist in the heavenly one--that is, in the Eternal Kingdom--but they will exist in super-naturalized manner. Accordingly, the sun, the moon, and the stars, which were lights of varying brightness created by God to illuminate the dwelling of Adam, will be replaced by the Eternal Sun (Revelation 21:23), by the most lovely and pure Moon, and by numberless stars--that is, by God the Light, who robes Mary in his light (Revelation 12:1), and her foundation is the moon, and her crown, the most beautiful stars in Heaven; by Mary, the Woman with a stellar name, who by her immaculate purity defeated Satan; by the saints, who are the stars of the new sky, the splendor of God being communicated to the just (Matthew 13:43). And the river watering the earthly Paradise, which--since it symbolized the means by which humanity would be sprinkled with waters that would cleanse it of its sins and make it fertile for the birth and growth of virtues and worthy of pleasing its Creator--had four arms, like the Cross, from which the river of Divine Blood issued forth to wash, fertilize, and make fallen humanity pleasing to God, will be replaced by the river of living water flowing from the Throne of God and the Lamb, which streams through the City of God (Revelation 22:1). And the tree of life, also a symbol of the Tree which would have restored true Life to those who had lost it--the Cross, from which the Most Holy Life-Giving Fruit hung and the Medicine came for all the diseases of the self, which can cause true death--will be replaced by the trees "on both sides of the river," of which Revelation speaks (22:2).

    "I said all imperfections would disappear. The inhabitants of the Heavenly Jerusalem, now having reached perfection and no longer subject to falls--for in the City of God, just as still impure sinners, cannot enter, nothing capable of producing impurity, abomination, or deceit can enter--will be without any imperfections at all. The great seducer, who was able to penetrate into the physical Paradise, will be unable to slip into the Heavenly Paradise. Lucifer, who plunged from Heaven to the netherworld because of his rebellion (Isaiah 14:12-15), will be buried and "nullified" at the end of time, before the new heaven and the new earth come, so that he can no longer act, do harm, and bring pain to those who have overcome every trial and every purification, and they will live in the Lord.

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    Post by Poem on Tue Oct 19, 2010 6:53 am

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    Chapter Two

    Jesus says:

    "The Apocalypse is a book of revelation, certainly. Indeed, it concludes the great Revelation.  But it is also a prophetic book.

    Both revelation and prophecy come from God.  For only God inspires them.  Only God can inspire them because only He knows the Truth, in being the Truth, and is familiar with future events.

    Prophecy is like a projection of future events, seen by God alone, and illuminated for those living in the mists of their temporary present.  To enable the great illiterates in religion to understand--and there are so many, even among those who limit being Catholics to receiving the Sacraments, obeying the precept to observe the days of obligation, taking part in processions, and going--yes, this, too--to talks, but who are unable to respond, when questioned, on so many matters and the meaning of certain words, for one thing is the expression "prophecy and prophets," and another, "apostle," and still others, and they get something good, involving light, mixed up with what is not good, not made of light, because they do not know--to make these religious illiterates understand what religion is and what prophecy is, just as elsewhere, they explain the Unity and Trinity of God, the comparison was used of the three sides of a polyhedron, in the same way let the same comparison be now used--and perhaps they will understand--of a projection based on real events, but happening in another place and in a previous time, or a projection of events which will certainly take place, but are not yet present, and one single Minds knows them, one single Eye sees them, and one single Word can set them forth.

    "Man, over the ages, has made many inventions and discoveries, some good, and some bad, and others which could have been good, because they could have been a means for training, instruction, and even elevation and instead have become not good because they have served to excite the base appetites of the inferior part, corrupt the intellect, and harm the soul as a result.  One of these things which could have been good and which have become not good, in serving to disseminate vice, crime, and sin, is cinematography; another is the press. But the former is of use to get our idea across.  Cinematography, with its films, can depict events and persons of the past.  More or less competently in historical terms, for man rarely does what he does well and even more rarely does so according to the truth of things. But, in any case, by means of this invention, it is possible to show the living persons, events, traditions, and customs of past centuries and even millennia.  The film flows by and man sees.

    "God takes a man--a prophet or one inspired by Him, certainly chosen by Him for this purpose--and for his spiritual eyes and ears depicts and relates past events whose truth has been altered, because of the passage of centuries or an involuntary alteration which may easily arise in oral revelation or a voluntary alteration caused by religious schisms, heresies, or scientific investigation detached from religious wisdom.  Or He illuminates and reveals future events which only He knows in his eternal Present.  And they see and hear, as if a film with sound were being projected in front of them.  And God commissions them to manifest what He reveals to them, to become his hand and mouth to write and say what God has been pleased to reveal.

    "This comparison--Jesus, too, made use of comparisons to enable his followers to understand his lessons--will enable many to grasp what prophecy is and what the prophets are, what the inspired person or seer is, and how one must believe in them, who manifest what is good to know so as to proceed along sure paths, provided they do not say things incompatible with Faith and the Great Revelation.

    "To some, prophecies seem to be something not only incomprehensible, because they are to obscure, but obsolete, in speaking of events that took place centuries ago.  Yes, many things mentioned in them have already happened and will not be repeated.  But many will be repeated, as they already have been every time humanity has returned to the condition for which the prophecy was given.  Accordingly, whereas the Incarnation of the Word and the founding of the Church will not be repeated, since the Church founded by Jesus, its Pontiff and Eternal Head, cannot perish because of his divine promise and there can thus be no need to found another, it is just as true that the punishments permitted by God as a result of the abomination entering the holy place and human injustice will be repeated, as they already have been repeated.  And in regard to many other things it will be that way.

    "Humanity, with alternate cycles of justice and injustice, of real faith and merely external faith--"the letter and not the spirit of faith"--or even of non-faith, for half the world's population, also undergoes alternate cycles of punishment and forgiveness--already suffered and obtained, respectively--without being made better by this.  And prophecies, because they are given by those seeing "Time" with no limit in time, in many points serve as a light and guide, a voice of truth, and a merciful counsel for every time.

    "The Apocalypse, the prophecy of the Apostle of Light and Charity, illuminates--and does so through Charity--times, every time, until the last time.  Nineteen centuries have passed since John received the revelation called "the Apocalypse," whose time of fulfillment, when measuring it solely against eternity, could be termed "near." But if the time waiting, when measured against earthly time, was and is long, as regards references to the state of the seven churches it is as current now as it was then.

    "John, on seeing the seven churches at that time, the seven more or less luminous lights at that time, saw not only those, but the other churches which would be formed over the centuries, just as he foresaw what has happened and will happen on earth, in Heaven, and in the netherworld.

    "He saw.  The lights of holiness.  The shadows of injustice.  The growth of spirituality. The growth of humanity, or, rather of materiality.  The blazing of charity and of wisdom nourished by it, a blazing rising up to Heaven.  And the misty smoke of science devoid of wisdom, crawling on the ground, when man attempts to explain himself and so many other things in creation with his own knowledge alone.  The sickening smoke of the lusts of the self, of all the lusts.  The blameworthy smoke of selfishness and ferocity.  Smoke, smoke, nothing more than smoke, and harmful smoke, crawling on the ground, seeping in, sullying poisoning, and killing.  Killing the "best" things in the sense which God gives to this world and which we would call the most "beautiful" things. The three and four virtues, social relations, consciences, intellects, peace in the family.... All of them things which the smoke, which is found where there is no blazing charity, kills, poisons, sullies, and penetrates.  The forming of the new world--the world of Jesus, of his Kingdom.  And the forming of a new world in the new one--the world of the Antichrist, of his kingdom."

    "The triumphs of the Christianity. The defeats of Christianity. The admirable unity of Christ's Sheepfold. The rebellious separation of parts of the Flock. John saw it all. And his vision was so intense that fulfillment of all seemed to him to be immediate. But it was not! Centuries and centuries had to pass before everything viewed by the seer on Patmos was fulfilled. But, everything will be fulfilled, as stated, as partially, and at different times, it has always been fulfilled, though without reaching the completeness of the things which are not good foreseen by John.

    "A human matter, which is not readily perfect, and even less readily not repeated.  Belonging to the People of God did not keep the Jews from falling again into the same sins on different occasions.  The example of Adam and the divine punishments--with such means as a flood, the dispersion of peoples after the arrogance of Babel, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorra, and the oppression of Egypt did not keep the people from sinning.  The mercy of God, who freed them from the oppression of the Pharaoh and wanted to give them a select homeland and law, did not lead men not to sin out of gratitude to God.  And they sinned during the very journey towards the Promise land, while God, as a true Father, covered them with his gifts.

    Man is always man.  In the old and new religion, both of them divine.  Whether he belongs to the old or new church. "You seek Me not only because you have seen that I work miracles, but also because you ate those loaves of bread and were filled."  (John 6:26).  Mankind is always like that.  It is attracted by external, prodigious things, by what represents a novelty or even material enjoyment by human hopes and promises which are thought to be attainable more than internal, supernatural things which are no less certain--indeed, much more prodigious, much more joyful, much more secure, and, above all, much more enduring, for they are eternal."

    Judas is the perfect prototype of those who are seduced by material wonders and the hope of human honors capable of satisfying intellectual and visual covetousness. A perfect prototype not susceptible to conversion.

    The other apostles and disciples, though, were not free, either, from this human weakness, not complete in them, of which they stripped themselves more and more to the point of being so detached from it that they could endure all that was humiliation and persecution, going so far as to be able to strip themselves of life itself to obtain eternal Life. And, when confirmed in Faith, Hope, and Charity, in Grace and Wisdom, and in Piety, Strength, and the holy Fear of God--in all the gifts of the Paraclete--they became as many other "teachers" and "founders," not of a new doctrine and new churches--for there is one perfect doctrine and Church--but "of the doctrine and the Church" among new peoples and in new regions.

    "Twenty centuries have passed. New apostles have succeeded the first apostles, and new churches, other churches, in ever-new areas of the earth. Apostolic work knows no interruption or pause, even if, because of the faults of men, though proceeding, it recedes in the extent of its domain, and not only in this. The continuation of work, the propagation of the Gospel, the expansion of the Mystical Body--undeniable truths and logical consequences, since Christ nourishes his Church, guides it, and spurs it on, and Jesus is eternal, powerful, and holy. His Holiness descends and circulates in the whole Body. His Power provides mysterious strength to his servants. His Eternity keeps the Church from dying.

    But because of the sin and ill will of men, while it has been proceeding and expanding for twenty centuries in new lands, it has been halting, retroceding, and, indeed, dying in others. A sin of these times alone? No, of all times. More or less totally and profoundly, while there were deviations, interruptions, separations, and even "death" in the shoots constituting the whole mystical Vine. They were of different kinds, and the more the centuries passed, the more serious were the deviation and defection of the shoots of the Vine. Now is the time of Negation.

    But John saw all of these things. He foresaw them. He saw them in the seven churches at that time. He foresaw them in the churches now, of which the seven churches at the that time were not only a truth, but a figure. And he also foresaw the present horror, that of Negation in too many places and in too many spirits. And he foresaw the final horror: the time of the Antichrist.

    He saw everything through the first vision. The final consequence is the result of the first consequence. Through cycles of ages it is repeated, growing more and more, the more the Church grows. It is also painfully logical for this to occur. For the more Christ's affirmation and triumph grows in the saints, the more He is hated and opposed by the Antichrist. Is the Mystical Body winning its battles? The Antichrist increases his power and unleashes more atrocious ones. For if Christ wants to triumph, as is only right, the Antichrist also wants to triumph, and his violence grows, the more Christ triumphs, to defeat Him and destroy Him. Oh, he cannot! Christ is the Victor. But he hopes to and tries to. And since he cannot have a collective victory over the whole people of God, he seizes his individual or national victories, leading intellects astray and possessing spirits, tearing peoples away from the Church.

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    Post by Poem on Tue Oct 19, 2010 6:53 am

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    Jesus says:

    "The seven churches.  They had been founded only shortly before and founded by those who had been sent by God to found them: "Go and teach all peoples" (Matthew 28:19), after, in keeping with divine promise, they had received the Holy Spirit, who "would remind them of everything and teach them all truth" (John 14:26), in such a way as to be understood--that is, making them capable of understanding the highest things, so that "'robed' in power from on high" (Luke 24:49), they would be capable of being the founders of such a lofty thing as the Kingdom of God among men.  And, in spite of this, imperfection--and even more than imperfection--had formed in many of the churches, for the Adversary or Antichrist was already active spiritually and was already working to corrupt and destroy the spiritual fortress of the Kingdom of God. To created discord among the members; to introduce subtle heresies; to arouse foolish pride; to counsel vile compromises between conscience and the law of the flesh, and mental restrictions, which are hateful to God, whose language is "Yes to mean yes, and no to mean no," and He wants the language of his children and faithful ones to be this way, to make charity grow cold; to increase love for earthly existence and wealth and material honors.

    "This is the work of the Adversary, tireless in working to try and defeat God and destroy what He has created, taking advantage of all that can help him, provided by men themselves, because of their own imperfection or a reaction provoked by unjust actions by the strongest members towards the weakest ones.

    What is right to say should be said. Committing sins against justice and charity--which, like heavenly honey, draw souls to the mystical beehive and keep them faithful--provokes reactions by the stricken members, pain, scandal, and even distrust and separation.

    "The Church was founded by Charity, and it should always have been perfect charity.  The Church is nourished by Charity and should give perfect charity to all its members, also and above all to the least and the weak ones to nourish them and keep them alive.  The Church received the command to teach charity.  But woe if the teaching is limited to the letter instead of being practiced in its spirit!

    "To live in charity to make the lambs live therein.  This is the duty of the pastors. For if the lambs see that charity is expected by the pastors--and woe to the lamb who does not offer reverential love spurred to the point of renunciation of free judgment and free action in good things, which God Himself leaves man (indeed, He leaves all freedom, limiting Himself to saying what is good and not good)--while that charity is refused the lambs by the pastors, what happens?  Because of a heart that does not open itself to the limitless needs of souls--I am speaking of the hearts of pastors--souls turn elsewhere and go knocking on other doors, and sometimes they are doors opening to material needs, and they give bread, clothing, medicine, advice, and help to find a job, not to be thrown out of one's house by a hard-hearted rich man, but they also remove religion and justice from hearts. For this is what happens.  And because of bread, clothing, a roof, or help to re-establish justice towards the persecuted, one soul or several souls leave the sheepfold, the pasture, the way of God, and go to other pastures--former, to material ways; the latter, to anti-Christian ones.

    During the centuries long development of the Mystical Vine, separations even of mains shoots have taken place. There have been many causes, and not all of them derive from spontaneous rebellion by members, but also from rebellion provoked by rigorism without charity, which requires others to carry the weights one does not carry. For this reason Israel experienced internecine battles and schisms. For this reason the humble folk followed Christ. For this reason today, too, some members separate or at least remain bewildered or fall into scandal.

    "Let us observe the seven churches at that time, as John saw them and as he heard them being judged by the Eternal Judge. We shall see that what later, and to an even-vaster degree, was and is active in the churches or religions called "Christian," but which are not Catholic Christian, was already active in them. The separated churches.

    They gave themselves a human constitution, preserving, as regards the true Church, only what they liked to preserve to call themselves "Christian." But to be Christian does not mean just to pray to Christ and preach Him in some way or other; it does not mean to be even more rigorist than true Catholics in certain matters. To pray to God, to preach God, and to be rigid in the formalistic service of God--such was also done by the priests, scribes, and Pharisees of Jesus' time among men. And yet that did not make them-aside from rare exceptions--"Christians," but, on the contrary, made them "anti-Christians."

    To be Christian means to form part of the Mystical Body by belonging to the Church of Rome as Catholics and belonging to Christ by truly living as He taught and commanded us to live. Otherwise one is not a Christian in reality, not even if one is Catholic because one has received Baptism according to the rite of the Church of Rome and the other sacraments. Even if one has not fallen into and remained in serious sin, even if one has not gone so far as to deny the Faith, form part of sects condemned by the Church, or belong to political parties which are also condemned because they are rightly condemnable, one is not a true Catholic and real Christian when a Christian life is not led, when God is not honored with intense, continuous worship, even in the intimacy of one's home, always present even the intellectual or manual work which must be carried out, and always active even in the social relations which must be continuously maintained with all of our neighbors, whether more or less linked to us by bonds of blood or social relationships.

    One is not a true Catholic and real Christian when one practices only external, formal worship in order to be praised or only inner worship so as not to be derided as sanctimonious or perhaps suffer mental loss. One is not a true Catholic and real Christian when one does not seek to practice virtues as perfectly as possible, to the point of heroism, if necessary; when one does not exercise what is called "completion of the law: charity," of which the works of mercy are as many other branches; when one does not seek to suppress a vicious habit which is the cause of sin; when one sins against the Holy Spirit by doubting Divine Mercy, which forgives those who repent, by presuming one can save oneself alone, by mocking or denying the luminous truths of Faith, not only the primary and principal truths, but everything contained in the Creed and defined by the ancient and recent dogmas, by harboring envy towards the just, by obstinately remaining a sinner and impenitent; when one harms the life of one's neighbor or just the neighbors physical health or honor; when one tramples on the order of nature by carrying out abominable acts which animals do not carry out in blameworthy fashion because they lack reason and conscience; by oppressing the poor; by practicing usury for illicit gain; and by limitlessly exploiting those who work and denying them a just wage.

    "When one lives that way, Jesus' severe judgments of the scribes, Pharisees, and merchants in the Temple are deserved. How appropriate it would be for the points in the Gospel--which ought to be the book read every day by every Christian, sentence by sentence, meditating on the truths which yield Life--where Jesus distinguishes between the truth of religious life and the appearance or falsification of religious life to be very frequently read, reread, and meditated on! And for one to examine oneself. Compare oneself to the Pharisee and the publican, the Pharisee and the sinful woman, the Levite and the Good Samaritan, and the rich who tossed their excess wealth into the treasury and the widow who tossed "all she had to live on" and see to which category one belongs. And repent and become a true disciple of the Master, a true child of God, and a true brother and sister of Christ--that is, be called a Christian and, even more, be one in reality--if one sees one belongs ot the category with only external worship.

    For otherwise people will be called Christians, but not be shoots nourished by Him. They will be detached shoots which, even if they are not completely dry because a natural tendency towards Goodness makes them act as just ones, are nevertheless branches that have replanted themselves on their own, in a proud way and have produced a plant standing apart which yields foxgrapes and not good ones. To go back to being such they must again be grafted onto the Vine, the only true Vine enabling the shoots to bear abundant, holy fruit."

    "This is valid for both the individual shoots and for those forming a life apart, the separated churches, which, because they are separated and have given themselves their own constitution, conceived by their founder--a man, and not the God-Man--cannot have the totality of spiritual life which only belonging to the Mystical Body maintains and which protects against ever-greater separations, not only from the Body in itself, but from the Truth and Light which render secure the way leading from the earthly Church to the heavenly one.

    "And the fact that not belonging to the Mystical Body produces a falling away from justice as well is seen more clearly than ever today. Separation is growing deeper. For some of the separated churches not only limit themselves to not offering veneration and obedience to the Supreme Pastor; not only do they take the liberty of raising their protests when the Pontiff speaks with divine light, defining new truths; not only, though saying they want to serve Christ, do they tear away from Him--or try to--the creatures that belong to Him, who are part of his Sheepfold and whom they, the separated ones, attempt to take to their own, to other pastures where not everything--and especially the main part--is good; but, and this is monstrous, they set about celebrating the Beast, the Antichrist, and approving his ideologies.

    "But this, too, has been said: "And the whole earth followed the beast in wonder" (Revelation 13:3). Even though one sees that the beast, out of obedience to the dragon, that gives it all power, "is waging war on the saints and defeating them" materially (Revelation 13:7). War on the saints--that is, on all who worship the true God and remain faithful to Him, loving the Son of Man and of the Woman with all their strength and loving the Woman who was God's Tabernacle and sempiternal Praise, the perfect Image and Likeness of God. Not as we are since the tragic inheritance of Adams disfigured and weakened the divine likeness in us. Not as Adam and Eve were before sin--two innocents, two children of God, with whom the Creator had conversations whose true nature is a mystery, but which should not for this reason be placed in doubt (Genesis 1:28-30; 2:16; 3:9,11,13,16-19,21), two persons predestined to live by and in the blessedness of the vision of God forever. No, Mary, shaped by the Divine Hand to be the "form of God Incarnate," who was the most perfect Image of the Father: "Whoever sees Me also sees the Father" (John 14:9); Mary, with whom the Triune God always had conversations such as were proper to a true Daughter, Spouse, and Mother; Mary, who, with all her faculties, was constantly attentive to her Lord; was and is the Most Pure Mirror wherein the Image of God appears, supreme Beauty and Perfection, and whoever contemplates Mary thus sees what constitutes the indescribable Beauty immersing the eternal citizens of Heaven in the abysses of blessedness.

    Mary: the creature, our sister through human birth. Mary: the divinized creature whose lesser spiritual sisters we can be, if only we want to. Mary: the masterpiece of God, the Creator of men. Mary: the sign, measure, and perceptible form of what God has always destined for the human beings who live as children of God.

    Man, imperfect in believing in the resurrection of the flesh and in risen flesh's sharing in the joy of the blessed spirit; man, who, because he is unable to believe in this truth or at least is in doubt about it, who is not yet convinced by the Resurrection of Christ because he says, "He was God and so..."; in the face of the established truth of the Assumption of Mary in body and soul into Heaven, can no longer doubt. His mind has a means which powerfully leads him to believe in the resurrection of the flesh and its sharing in the eternal joy of the spirit.

    Jesus is the He who reveals God the Father to us. Mary is She who reveals to us the blessed destiny of the children of God. Jesus is He who taught us as a Master how to live as children of God. Mary is She who has shown us in practice how to live as children of God. And the men who find it difficult to follow the Gospel and say, "He could even do so because He was God, and some of his chosen ones can do so because the God Jesus gives them special gifts," on seeing the life, the way of life, of Mary from the time She opened her eyes to the light--for in Her, full of grace, there never was that state of nescience common to all the other newborn, who are thus described as not responsible for their acts before the use of reason--can be convinced that living as children of God is possible for all those born to woman--indeed, for all created by God--provided they want to live as divinized creatures.

    Nor should the following objection be made to this assertion: "Mary was free from sin and its causes." Eve was, too. Indeed, she was innocent in an innocent world, a queen in a world subject to her, the only higher creature, along with her man, endowed with intellect, grace, and knowledge, the mistress of the physical universe, guided by the Voice of God. And yet she yielded to the first temptation, whereas numberless souls, though stained with sin, and many creatures, though having the causes in themselves--that terrible "law of the flesh" which made Paul, Augustine, and many others who are now men and women saints in Heaven moan--did not yield.

    Mary, like Jesus, never sinned, in any way, in any respect, not even with the logical, natural, proper reaction of a mother seeing her Son being tortured and killed, in regard to charity or any other virtue. She did not want to sin. And She did not. God certainly worked in a mysterious way in Her so that not even the slightest imperfection--I mean the shadow or seed of an imperfection--altered the purity and sanctity of the Entirely Beautiful Woman. But it is also true that Mary seconded with all her faculties and will the Will which God had for Her.

    God did not make Mary as slave who can only obey the Master commanding her, but a Queen, his Queen, to whom He sent an archangel as an ambassador to tell Her about God's design. A design which is fulfilled only when Mary spontaneously says, "Let it be done according to your word."

    The same archangel had manifested to the priest Zechariah another prodigious case of maternity, because it was outside of natural laws, given the age of the spouses and the sterility of the future mother. But, though a priest and in the fullness of his priestly functions before the Holy of Holies, he doubted the power and mercy of God and the truth of the angel's words and was punished for this.

    This is the difference between justice and the perfection of justice. In Mary there is faith, and complete obedience, though the miracle was measurelessly greater. In Zechariah there is not. Why? Because Mary was, indeed, the Woman, for the Word of the Father needed the Woman to take on human Flesh; but She was the Woman who had become so divested of natural humanity and so rich in supernatural nature that She could no longer possess any of those ties and obstacles by which a creature's faculties are impeded and weighed down in following the will of God, who, in a certain terrain, in a self stripped of impediments to divine actions, can carry out the greatest works of his Omnipotence.

    "The earth will follow the beast and put to death the saints who do no worship the beast of the earth" (Revelations 13). The first of the manifestations of the Antichrist, who is "of the earth," for he denies God and all that is of God because he falls into the idolatry of what is not God, but, on the contrary, is against God, and suppresses the divine law and replaces it with his own, which is not even the natural moral law, and even tries to cancel out the memory of it in creatures and oppresses and kill whoever does not want to become wicked, unbelieving, and opposed to God.

    The beast that devours the lambs to tear away from God as many children as he can. And yet this time sees the horror of ministers of separated churches, which also want to be called "Christian," offer the veneration of adherence to the words and desires of the beast of the earth, this monstrosity that combats Christ--to offer veneration to this ideological idol, corrupting and merciless, without being forced to, like those who are subjects where it reigns, and without reflecting that, if it were to hold sway everywhere, they, too, sooner or later, would be devoured, tortured, and deprived of the most sacred freedoms of the free individual, even of freedom of thought. But for twenty centuries Christ has been pointing out these deviations and their causes.

    Peace be with you always

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    Re: 1945: The Apocalypse of St. John The Apostle

    Post by Poem on Tue Oct 19, 2010 6:54 am

    Page 585, 1950 Sept./Nov.

    Jesus continues to speak:

    "Here there are good works and patience, but "initial charity has been abandoned," and life in God has thus become weaker or died entirely, for where there is no charity, God is not present, nor is God's life in the person or person's life in God. Instead, there is love for life's riches--that is, health and life--whereas those who wish to serve Jesus Christ must not have love for material life and must not fear and flee from persecutions, but consummate them, when necessary to the point of death, for Christ did so and those who lose their lives to serve Him will possess Him in a special way in Heaven.

    "In other places there are some who show weakness towards those guilty of heresy or of imperfect doctrine and living.  And that is in order not to make enemies.  No, when in the garden of the militant Church wicked or sick plants or those giving a bad example to others are seen to arise, they must be cleansed of the diseased parts and provided with in-grafting, and, if they reject the in grafting which would make them good, one must be able to cut them off at the root.  One plant less is better than poison for all!  It is better to be persecuted and be left without friends than to allow enemies and useless servants to ruin other souls and have God withdraw because He sees that a pastor of his prefers friendship with the little goats to his own, which is most holy.

    "Elsewhere there are some who believe more in the false prophets, impure voices stirred up to speak by Satan and condemned by the law of the Church, and it is condemnation for all who, as Catholics, listen to them--these Satanic voices speaking by means of mediumistic tables and spiritualists, voices speaking to deceive, seduce, lead astray, and separate people from the Church.

    "Only the spirits of light are truthful and good guides.  But they never come--I repeat, never--by human imposition and do not need any special apparatus to manifest themselves.  God sends them whenever He wants to whomever He wants.  And they are the only ones who tell the truth.  The others, in all of their manifestations, are a lie.  Because they are manifestations of Satanism, and Satan is only deceit.  Everything proceeding form these voices, even if they appear to say good words, is always contaminated with error in a subtle manner.  They speak to separate people from the Church by saying it is not necessary to communicate with God.  They speak to sneak in false theories on reincarnation, on a system of evolution of souls, and on successive lives--all of which is absolutely false.  They speak to suggest scientific solutions to the most luminous manifestations of Divine Omnipotence, which created everything from nothing.

    "Poor science wanting to be only "science" and rejecting Wisdom! Science can confirm Wisdom, but it cannot abolish it.  Where it abolishes it, it extinguishes an ocean of comforting light for human souls and intellects.

    "Woe to whoever puts out the light! Like the gesture of a mad tyrant who, out of hatred or delirium, places mines in a city or temple and blows it to smithereens is the gesture of those who, out of excessive love for science, nearly a form of worship--whereas it is Wisdom that should be loved, listened to, and believed in because it comes from the "Father of Lights, in whom there is no variation or shadow of change" (James 1:17), who is the Spirit of Truth and Love and wants us to be nourished with truth to love more and more perfectly and wants us to see so as to know better, serve better, and love better--blow the building of simple, innocent Faith to smithereens, or at least many parts of it. The main ones.

    "But when the foundations and walls are undermined, can a building stand any longer?  It cannot.  And when, out of human thirst to appear learned and modern, advanced for one's time, the cornerstones are removed from the foundations of the building of faith--declared to be no longer in keeping with the present moment, childish, and inadmissible, fables which can no longer be accepted--what happens? A great deal collapses, causing victims; a great deal remains ruined and disfigured; a great deal which was luminously beautiful becomes darkly and smokily adorned with poor human lights which with their smoke obscure the heavenly lights and prompt questions in bewildered souls, questions which science does not satisfy and which Wisdom can no longer destroy, and voids are created which nothing manages to fill.  A world of pure faith collapses.  And the ruins of the syllogisms, deductions, and research do not fill the void which has arisen.

    "To contest known truth is a sin against the Holy Spirit.  And it has been stated that "the Holy Spirit as a teacher flees from pretense and keeps away from senseless thoughts and withdraws when iniquity appears" (Wisdom 1:5).  And what iniquity is greater than deducing that God, the Almighty, had to wait for spontaneous evolution to create his masterpiece, which is man?  What thought is more senseless than that of someone thinking that God was powerless to create the most beautiful work of his creation directly?

    "The truth about everything is in the Book. For it is the word written through the inspiration of Wisdom--that is, of God.  Everything else is pretense, imagination, and human deduction.  Only one never errs:  God.  Man, even the holiest or the most learned in human culture, can always err when speaking or acting as "man"--that is, when not moved by the Holy Spirit, when not illuminated by the Light-Jesus, when his gaze is turned away from the Father-God, no longer seeing Him in all his works.

    "Science, too, can be good and useful.  God has given man the intellect with a good purpose and in order for him to use it.  But ninety percent of men do not use it for a good purpose.  And more than ninety percent of scientists do not use it for a good purpose.  

    Why? Because they  lose sight of God and his laws in order to follow and chase after human ways and chimeras. Yes, even if they apparently serve Him and offer Him external worship and even, indeed, relative internal worship and are convinced they honor Him, in reality they no longer see Him luminously or luminously see the eternal precepts of love.  They no longer live in the life of God, which is a life of love.  If they lived this life, if they saw God and his Law luminously, how could they use their intellect to destroy the simple faith of the "least ones" with their scientific deductions and, with their scientific discoveries, the existence of so many human lives, of whole cities, and even undermine the entire globe by disturbing the equilibrium, the order of elements, of the cosmic laws, established by God, which for millennia has been making the earth live and produce vegetable and animal lives without emerging from its orbit, without shifting from its axis, thereby avoiding apocalyptic cataclysms?

    But it is a greater crime to destroy the simple faith of the "least ones," destroy the conviction in the masses that God is the loving Father who takes care of even the birds and the flowers in the field and listens to and grants the requests which his children present to Him with prayer filled with faith.

    How can man simply believe any longer if, in the name of science and with the support of uncertain scientific evidence, you upset the foundations of the Revelation contained in the Book? How can man believe any longer that God is powerful and loving, a Father who takes care of his children, if, on account of your discoveries, man is stricken b punishments--no, not punishments, for the wicked are punished by all human laws, whereas your means of destruction strike an enormous number of the non-wicked--if man is tortured to the point of going mad or dying of terror and wounds, reduced to not having even the lair God grants to even ferocious animals, the food and clothing granted to the birds and flowers in the field?

    The greatest crime! To destroy faith and trust. Faith in the truth of Revelation. Trust in divine goodness and omnipotence. The first destruction brings about the collapse of a whole world of beliefs which were a powerful incentive to live as children of God; it cancels out all the luminous poetry of celebration of the infinite goodness of the Lord. The second makes man, discouraged by what he has experienced, wonder, "What is the use of praying, sacrificing, and living as just people if we are stricken all the same in this way? It is doubt that arises! It is the consequent relaxation of faith and customs! It is the abandonment of prayer! Sometimes, it is despair! These are the fruits of science when separated from Wisdom.

    The fruits of the accursed tree of knowledge when not rendered good by the ingrafting of Wisdom. You want to know everything, investigate everything, and explain everything. But man's intellect, especially fallen man, an intellect wounded by original sin, an intellect wounded by mental concupiscence, cannot know everything. Even Adam, though having been made the "king" of all creation, had received a prohibition: "Do not eat of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, for the day you eat thereof you shall die" (Genesis 2:17). He did not obey, he wanted to know everything, and he died, first to Grace and then in the flesh. Now as well too many, when faced with the two trees--the one giving Life (that is, Jesus the Redeemer-Savior-Word, who gives eternal Life) and the tree of knowledge, which yields fruits which are generally of death--reach out to the latter and not the former, taste the latter and not the former, and bring about their death and cause death.

    Is science to blame for everything? No, as no man is totally and perennially wicked, so science is not always and is all respects wicked and blameworthy. There are scientists who use their knowledge for good works. Others who, having discovered means for killing, destroy them, preferring to renounce the human glory they would obtain from such a discovery provided they can spare humanity new scourges. Others for whom, since they are truly Christians, scientific study augments religion and supernatural and moral values.

    They are blessed by God and are beneficiaries of mankind. And they should be imitated by all the others. But that is not the case. Listened to and caught up with the support of their deductions are the other scientists, the ones who scrutinize and explain every thing in human terms, seeing it all with their human, material sight, which looks downwards, at the earth and its secrets, as animals do, and worse than they do. For in reality animals, many of them, may be said to praise things--at least the beautiful things in creation, the good things, and are grateful to the sun warming them, to the water quenching their thirst, to the fruits of the earth feeding them, to man loving them--much better than man does.

    Man, a rational creature, endowed with a spirit and supernatural life, ought to be able to look on high, to Heaven, to God. To purify his sight and knowledge through contemplation of divine works, through the belief that He has made them, and to see the indelible sign impressed upon all of them, testifying to their being made by God.

    Religion and faith, religion and charity, make human research actively good. When deprived of these spiritual forces or possessing them to an imperfect degree, human research falls into error or draws others into error and into weakening or death of faith.

    In order to appear up-to-date, in keeping with the times, which in reality are certainly not times to be applauded, do not reject the lights, all the lights coming to you directly from Revelation and Wisdom and indirectly from the wise investigation of Christian scientists who have elevated themselves to God to be able to penetrate into the mysteries of the world as well, but who do so in a good spirit in order to know their truth, a truth which confirms God's work and gives Him praise for it. But, for the sake of appearing up-to-date and in keeping with the times, do not pursue those "depths of Satan," as they are called in Revelation 2:24, or at least "of the world," which are not consonant with Revelation, to explain what exists and exists only through divine omnipotence and action.

    Peace be with you always

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    Re: 1945: The Apocalypse of St. John The Apostle

    Post by Poem on Tue Oct 19, 2010 6:55 am

    Page 620-621 last page of the Notebook
    Chapter on 'The Apocalypse of St. John the Apostle"

    Jesus continues:

    "How many sacred numbers there were in Israel! And each with its symbol, which was later transferred to the new Church.  Three.(3) Seven.(7) Twelve.(12) Seventy-two.(72) And, in the future times, there will shine fourth the truth about the numbers which are still obscure that are contained in Apocalypse, numbers which stand for Infinite Perfection and Holiness, and Impiety, which is also without measure.

    Jehoshua = Perfection, Holiness, Salvation, a name with eight letters.
    Satana = Impiety, the enemy of the human race, the perfection of evil, a name with six-letters.

    And since the former is the name of the most perfect Goodness, and the latter, of most perfect Evil--that is, measureless--each of them multiplies by three, the number of perfection, the number of its letters, and the former becomes 888, and the later becomes 666. And woe, woe four times over, to those days when Infinite Goodness and unlimited Evil will fight their final battle before the definitive victory of Goodness and those who are Good and the definitive defeat of Evil and his Servants!"

    "All the horror and blood there have been on earth since the Creator made it will be nothing in comparison to the horror of the ultimate struggle.  For this reason Jesus the Master spoke so clearly to his followers when he predicted the last times.  To prepare men for the final struggles, in which only those with intrepid faith, burning charity, and unshakable hope will be able to persevere without falling into damnation and merit Heaven.

    "For this reason--since the world is descending deeper and deeper into the abyss, into non-faith or excessively weak faith, and charity and hope languish in too many and in many are already dead--through every means an effort should be made for God to be more greatly known, loved, and followed.  What the Priest--avoided or not heeded by too many--cannot obtain, can be gained by the press and books in which the Word of God is again presented to the multitudes.

    "A word sometimes suffices to lift up the fallen spirit, lead a straying person back onto the right path, and prevent the definitive suicide of a soul.

    "For this reason God, who sees and knows everything about men, with the means of his Infinite Charity reveals his thoughts and his desire to souls chosen by Him for this mission and does not want his help to remain inactive and suffers on seeing that what would be the bread of salvation for many is not given to them.

    "Languishing souls' need for spiritual food is constantly growing.  But the choice grain given by God remains locked up and useless, and weakness is increasing, and the number of those perishing, not so much in this life as in the other, goes on growing."

    "When, through truer, vaster, and deeper knowledge of Christ, when, through final removal of the seals over that which is a source of life, holiness, and eternal salvation, will a multitude of souls be able to sing the hymns of joy, blessing, and glory to God, who helped them to be saved and to form part of the People of the Saints?

    "With what words and looks will the Eternal Judge speak and gaze at those who by their will prevented many from being saved?  In what manner will He demand from them an accounting of those who failed to possess Heaven because they, like the scribes and pharisees of old, closed off in the face of people the way that could have led them to the Kingdom of Heaven (Matthew 23:13), and, in both voluntarily blinding their eyes and hardening their hearts (Isaiah 6:10), they did not want to see or understand?

    "Too late and to no avail they will beat their breasts and ask for forgiveness for the way they acted.

    "Judgment will by then have been given and will be irrevocable, and they will have to expiate their guilt and also pay for those whom, by their way of acting, they kept them from finding God and being saved."

    Peace be with you always

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