Marian Shrines

There are many Marian Shrines in the world, including  LOURDES, FATIMA, MEDJUGORJE, KNOCK….

Although, over the years, I was a Pilgrim to The Holy Land, Fatima and Knock, I have yet to visit any other Shrine. Years ago I became interested in MEDJUGORJE  after reading about It  and through returning Pilgrims who brought back little gifts to give me, including  rosary beads, a picture of Our Lady saying:

‘IF YOU KNEW HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU, YOU’D CRY FOR JOY’.

This happened almost twenty years ago.

MEDJUGORJE is an obscure rural village in the little known country of Bosnia-Herzegovina. Our Lady appeared in apparition there in 1981 to six local young people.  Such visits to earth by our Heavenly Mother Mary  brought  great joy to the village and especially to the six young people who actually saw her face and  listened to what she had to say. Even after almost forty years, pilgrims  flock  to Medjugorje, and all other Shrines;  many living in hope of conversion and, with conversion, peace of mind, and freedom from fear.

Each time Our Lady appeared on earth was to bring love and joy to humanity and urge people to pray, as only through prayer could they get closer to God and God’s grace, not forgetting  that prayer can also be manifest in good works.

What inspired me to write about Medjugorje?  As indicated, there are books written about the Shrine and this short account is simply my personal experience. I have been convinced, and firmly believe  that Our Lady works through people  to get her message across. For example:  Approximately two years ago at Christmas, a parishioner in the Church I attend gave me a tiny present as a Christmas gift. To me this was very unusual. When I opened the gift at home, I was astonished to find THE DOLOUR ROSARY BEADS (the seven sorrows of Our Lady). To me this indicated that Our Lady wanted me to say the Dolour Rosary daily, which I do. Attached to the Rosary was instructions and a copy of THE SALUTATIONS TO MARY (A  short litany) I didn’t  pray the litany after the rosary, as I should have,  but about  two weeks later another parishioner in the same Church, approached me and handed me a copy of The Salutation to Mary and said,  in a friendly tone, ‘read this’. I thanked her and off she went. Then I opened her copy of the Salutation to Mary, the exact same as the one I had not been saying.  I had to smile and after that I always pray The Salutation to Mary after praying  the Dolour Rosary. Both parishioners were made aware of where their actions emanated from.  Several weeks later the first parishioner handed me a wrapped gift containing a cross, with Jesus depicted on the cross.   With each gift I stressed to the carrier that it emanated  from  Mary, as the cross is an important part of the seven sorrows of Our Lady.

A year or two before that I was looking out for a book on the life of St Anne, Our Lady’s mother. I wanted to read the book because a false tale had been circulated about the fact that she had married more than once and had more than one daughter.  I didn’t believe the story because  St Anne was known as a ‘barren’ woman, with one only husband, St Joshin. Anne gave birth, miraculously to one only daughter, Mary.  Mary gave birth to one child only, Jesus.  I wanted the book to educate myself. Not long after this, I looked out for the book in a venue for A DAY WITH MARY’ I bought two books but could not find the one I wanted. A couple of days later, in Church, I found the book on St Anne on the seat where I usually sit. I had a good idea who left  it there and after Holy Mass had ended, she approached  where I was sitting and, with a smile, and said she knew I would appreciate  a book on St Anne.  I could hardly find the words as I planted a kiss on her cheek. She didn’t even know that I wanted the book! It turned out that the parishioner was at the same venue for A DAY W ITH MARY, but we didn’t see each other.  She picked up the book I didn’t see and   left it on the seat where I sit in Church.  Upon reflection, I also appreciated that the parishioner was also a witness.  Had I bought the book myself, there would not be a witness.  When Jesus was on earth he set great store on having a witness. A witness to horror or a witness to good.

Just recently, OUR LADY made me a witness, with others, in the following way:

On the 28th June , 2018 I received an unexpected gift from  a returning Pilgrim while we were in Church waiting for Holy Mass to  be celebrated. I had little knowledge about the life of  the parishioner and she had very  little knowledge about  mine.  When I arrived home that day, I opened the gift for the first time and was compelled to write to her straight away, as follows:

28th June, 2018

Dear G

I want to thank you most sincerely for the wonderful gift you brought back for me from  MEDJUGORJE and handed it to me in Church to-day. To me, Our Lady sent the gift, with you as carrier/messenger. This is how I view the gift:

The three little medals represent The Holy Trinity.

The picture of Our Lady, with the words:  IF YOU KNEW HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU, YOU’D CRY FOR JOY, with a phial of HOLY WATER  attached. The Holy Water represents OUR LADY’S TEARS FOR THE WORLD, with a little square of cloth to dry her tears.

The second picture of Our Lady, with the same message, attached to a phial of HOLY SALT. The salt represents those people on earth who do God’s Will.

The little bottle (which looks like perfume) and has not been opened by me, represents the heavenly perfume of hope.  Many people/pilgrims  who visit Medjugorje live in hope of  conversion. Those who find what they hoped for are truly blessed.

The Scapular is for  the protection of the wearer.

The picture of Our Lady with the message: ‘’DEAR CHILDREN I INVITE YOU TO INDIVIDUAL CONVERSION. THIS TIME IS FOR YOU! WITHOUT YOU GOD’S PLAN CANNOT BE REALISED. DEAR CHILDREN, GROW DAY BY DAY CLOSER TO GOD THROUGH PRAYER. I GIVE YOU THE WEAPON AGAINST  YOUR GOLLIATH. HERE ARE YOUR FIVE STONES”

  1. PRAYER WITH THE HEART – ROSARY
  2. EUCHARIST
  3. HOLY BIBLE
  4. FASTING
  5. MONTHLY CONFESSION

This letter ended with a few handwritten words to Our Lady’s messenger/carrier.

PRAYER WITH THE HEART  means we concentrate on the words of the Rosary without letting the mind stray to something else. Not always easy.

THE EUCHARIST means attending  HOLY MASS every day or at least once a week, and be in the state of grace to receive Holy Communion..

HOLY BIBLE  is  where you learn about the life of JESUS CHRIST: Jesus’ many miracles performed ; the time he cast out evil spirits from people; the time he said to Peter ‘GET BEHIND ME SATAN’ Not that Peter had an evil spirit within, but because Jesus knew that the opinion expressed by  Peter emanated from SATAN.  Hence the apostles were learning all the time and enabled to write the Gospels, with the help of The Holy Spirit, after Jesus died.

FASTING  means the obvious: Jesus fasted for forty days and nights in the desert.  He ate to live; He didn’t live to eat.

MONTHLY CONFESSION, with sincere repentance for our sins and acceptance of the penance bestowed by the Priest who represents Jesus, earns us the grace of God each time, thus enabling us to resist temptation to do wrong. Penance is usually in the form of prayer and God knows if we don’t do the penance bestowed!

THE ROSARY is the greatest prayer and starts off with THE  APOSTLES’ CREED:

I BELIEVE IN GOD THE FATHER ALMIGHTY, CREATOR OF HEAVEN AND EARTH. I  BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST, HIS ONLY SON, OUR LORD. HE WAS CONCEIVED BY THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT AND BORN OF THE VIRGIN MARY. HE SUFFERED UNDER PONTIUS PLATE, WAS CRUCIFIED, DIED, AND WAS BURIED. HE DESCENDED TO THE DEAD. ON THE THIRD DAY HE ROSE AGAIN. HE ASCENDED INTO HEAVEN, AND IS SEATED AT THE RIGHT HAND OF THE FATHER. HE WILL COME AGAIN TO JUDGE THE LIVING AND THE DEAD. I BELIEVE IN THE HOLY SPIRIT, THE HOLY CATHOLIC CHURCH, THE COMMUNION OF SAINTS, THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS, THE RESSURECTION OF THE BODY, AND THE LIFE  EVERLASTING, AMEN.

After  praying the APOSTLES’ CREED, we pray the LORD’S PRAYER, followed by three to the HOLY  MARY; next pray THE LORD’S PRAYER again,  followed by ten to the HOLY MARY, Covering five decades of the Rosary. A booklet and Rosary Beads will help those who heed what Our Lady advised…’Here are your five stones’, which includes the HOLY ROSARY. HELP SOURCED FROM ANY CATHOLIC OUTLET.

I had been  praying  The Apostles’ Creed in my sleep. When I woke up I thought and believed God wanted me to add the prayer to his website.

This brings me to the words of John Newton:

‘I am not what I ought to be;  I am not what I would like to be;   I am not what I hope to be;  But I am not what I once was;  And by the grace of God I am what I am’ .

It was a lovely day for me when I received a letter from the Pilgrim G in reply to my letter dated 28th June:

29th June, 2018

‘Dear R,

Your  lovely words touched my heart. There are special people whom Our Lady puts us in contact with and you are one of these to me. Your love and devotion to Mary is a beacon for us all.

Our Lady loves you very much. There is a beautiful statue of the Risen Christ in the grounds of St James’ Church in Medjugorje and he weeps tears from the knees. I saw this myself and felt that Jesus’ heart is breaking for all those who don’t love him. I wiped his tears with ten small tissues and one of those I gave to you. Keep it close to you and always remember how much he loves you and all of us.

I pray that some day you will go to Medjugorje and see for yourself this wonderful place of Peace, graces and blessings. God Bless you, G and K’

G and K are wife and husband. A husband, changed and blessed by his visit to Medjugorje.

Human nature being what it is, a question likely to be on  the  reader’s mind  is:  How does the enemy of truth react to my ongoing writing about God’s truth?  Not good.  For a very long time Satan has targeted me from time to time, doing this mostly through my husband. What I know for certain is that Satan wanted  my  husband to dump  what he called  my ‘religious books’  When my husband told me that he was going to hire a skip to clear out our garage and that he would dump my ‘religious books’ in the skip as well, I told him that the devil would be delighted as he hated the book, and that the book belonged to God. After that, no more was said about dumping the book, with the title THE GOLDEN ROSE. Provocation is the devil’s most frequently used method to inspire something dreadful, including murder. The fact that my husband is still alive is testament to my self  control and my forgiving nature!  Also   the fact that I knew where the aggression emanated from. Imagine the headlines:  ‘ READ ALL ABOUT IT…GOD’S WRITER HAS MURDERED HER HUSBAND’  If true, that would end my writing career,  which the devil was anxious to do. I also believe that Satan was instrumental  in having my first book rejected many times, until I learned the truth, that the book itself had not been rejected, I had been rejected as the writer. Eventually, I published the book myself in 2001 but was unable to get it on the market This time EMBARRASSMENT’ took hold and, no doubt, lack of trust in the writer’s discretion!  I have God to thank for leading me, through a magazine article, as to the truth why my  first book, was rejected so often.  I mention all this because I believe it was and is part of being  targeted by Satan. The mantra being:  If you stop her the first time, she will not carry on and  write a second book.  The second  book  being  THE GOLDEN ROSE, which was also rejected for the same reason.

My husband paid the price for not doing the Satan’s Will. He was brought down several times with different cancers, including to the head, neck, throat and  to one eye: Treatment and short periods of remission followed, but just recently, in July, 2018, he had the worst attack, this time in his eye.  I couldn’t tell him what I was thinking, for fear of adding further trauma  to his life and I didn’t think or believe he would believe me anyway. In the past he didn’t complain about pain, but recently he has suffered a great deal of  pain. On 20th July,  he was admitted to hospital with a chest infection. As soon as possible after the infection has been treated, he will undergo  radiotherapy treatment to his left eye  He keeps optimistic and is a fighter, but not a believer.

Towards the end of June when I was in the process of writing this article and then posting to the website, I returned to the computer and found nothing to post. Despite being ‘saved’,  the  work had disappeared and couldn’t be retrieved, just as happened in 2012. Just as God has His workers on earth, so has Satan.

To explain ‘THE GOLDEN ROSE’ book. This is a book about faith and other things. I started writing it thinking it was my own idea, but half way through I realized it was going to be used as a vehicle for subjects  beyond my imagination, and at this point I realized the book was God’s idea . The story in the book ended at The Knock Marian Shrine, a place I knew little about initially, but subsequently learned a great deal.

In 1879 Our Lady appeared at Knock, accompanied by St Joseph and St John the Evangelist, holding a book and dressed as a bishop. Our Lady spoke no words, but her actions said everything.   When you have a picture of the MAJESTY OF HEAVEN, as demonstrated at The Knock Marian Shrine, it is difficult not to be humble, and  it does make you  unafraid of death.

Our Lady appeared with a gold rose in her crown, similar to the one on the cover of THE GOLDEN ROSE book. Did this mean, I asked myself, that the book held by St John the Evangelist represented The Golden Rose book? Above all, was this God’s way of creating a witness between  heaven and earth.  In other words, witness not only for THE GOLDEN ROSE  book, but also for THE LORD’S WEBSITE, which followed in 2012.

As I considered myself paid in a currency I could not put in a  bank, I gave the copyright of the book to the Knock Marian Shrine. With three charities to benefit.

Looking back over the path I travelled since l955 , when I was  twenty years of age and when,  I believe, the mustard seed was planted: I had gone to England to live with my older sister and find  employment.  When I found employment and a modest place to live, this was the start of my short working  life,   until the local health authority tracked me down , with an appointment to   go to a named place to have a chest x-ray. After the x-ray was taken I was told that I had a hole in my lung   where a shadow had been. A programme of X-raying the students in our college before I left at eighteen, showed I had a shadow on one of my lungs,  and I persuaded my mother it was nothing  to worry about and that I was still planning to go to England.

To cut a long story short,   I ended up in a sanatorium in  Leicester  for almost two years.    One day, as I was incarcerated in bed, the daily shopping  cart stopped and I bought a newspaper called The Daily Sketch, likely to be the only time in hospital when I  bought  a newspaper!  The date on the newspaper was and still is  7th March, 1955. I tore the relevant page out of the newspaper and folded it up to keep with my belongings. I still have it to this day, 21st July, 2018.  What caught my eye was a picture of  JESUS in THE HOLY SHROUD. The caption read:   THE WORLD’S GREATEST PICTURE? Group Captain Leonard Cheshire VC wrote the piece and was convinced that the face was/is the Face of Christ as he lay in the tomb. I was also convinced that it is THE FACE OF CHRIST and that is why I kept the newspaper page to this date in 2018.  

 As the years passed and ordinary life of ups and downs had to be lived, I had  forgotten  about  JESUS FACE IN THE HOLY SHROUD  until it emerged in recent years from my archives.   THE FACE OF JESUS, similar to his face in the Shroud, also appeared in September 199O, in the heart of an earthly rose, and this inspired me to later write the book, THE GOLDEN ROSE, just after I published my first book in 200l.

For the benefit of the reader who may not have heard about THE HOLY SHROUD. When Jesus died, his body was placed in a tomb. He was appropriately robed  and then a piece of  linen material was placed over his face. When Jesus rose from the dead on the third day, he lifted the linen from his face, folded it up and put it to one side in the tomb, where it was later found. To me, this was/is the only true picture of JESUS CHRIST, and later, in 199O, became manifest in a  picture of an earthly rose which formed the cover of a book to be written, with the title THE GOLDEN ROSE. This is explained in the book itself. No apologies for repeating myself.       

We can go through life and not know what God has planned for us.  A simple act of faith  led to great events and taught me that we are not alone on this earth and that if we trust in God and are not handicapped by ego, we can do anything, as explained in the parable of the Mustard  Seed. The Mustard Seed  is  the  smallest of all seeds and can grow into the biggest tree of all. In my case, it ended up in the biggest job of all, first writing THE GOLDEN ROSE and then writing for THE LORD’S WEBSITE. Thank you God for the privilege.

Ego is when you get a job to do and say: ‘I can’t do that, people will think I’m crazy’ or, ‘I’m the wrong person  for the job, get somebody else,  Lord’ .

REMEMBER:  When Jesus rose from the dead, he stayed with his people for forty days. He arranged to meet them on the mountain and one of the promises he made was that he was going away but would return again and take them with him, so that where he was, they would be too. His mother Mary knows when Jesus will return to take us with him. The living will have no advantage over those who have already died. Jesus will come in the clouds but his feet will not touch the earth. Those destined for Heaven will rise up to meet him.

Thus, Jesus mother Mary wants us to be prepared, the message from Medjugorje. THIS TIME IS FOR ‘YOU’.  She  has given us the five stones in preparation for Jesus coming back again. She pleads for us because she loves us and so does Jesus. Whether or not we heed Our Lady’s message is up to us.  Don’t take the risk that there will be another chance, no matter what your age. Only God, knows the date and year Jesus will return. Be ready.

May we all merrily meet in Heaven.

THANK YOU TO JESUS, MARY AND JOSEPH, AND TO ST JOHN THE EVANGELIST, AND THANK YOU TO GOD FOR THE PRIVILEGE OF SERVICE TO YOU.  HUMBLY, YOURS.

RMF.

Everywhere I go Lord, you go too!

THE LORD’S PRAYER website went live on 23rd April, 2012.

As I wrote before, it will go viral when The Lord is ready.

In the meantime, I would like to add some more information in the hope that it will help people who have latched on already or will latch on in the future.

A few weeks ago I woke up one morning with a song on my mind. I kept singing it all day, mostly silently, and the following day too. Then it disappeared from my mind. A few weeks later it came back into my mind and I came to the conclusion that God was telling me not to drag my feet but to do some more writing, so now I am going to share the song/lyric with you, as follows:

OH LORD! OH LORD!   My……….MY GOD!

Everywhere you go Lord, I go too! Everywhere you go Lord, I go too!

Oh LORD!  Oh LORD!  My……….MY GOD!

Everywhere I go Lord, you go too!  Everywhere I go Lord, you go too!

OH LORD! OH LORD!  My……….MY GOD!

LORD!  LORD!  Be my guide……….Be  my companion!

OH LORD!  OH LORD!   My………..MY GOD!

A couple of weeks later I added another idea to the above words:   (‘WITH A CROSS IN MY POCKET’), acknowledging that I always carry a cross in my pocket!

Some people find it easier to sing than to pray audibly or in silence.   With the above lyric you can do both.   All Hymns are a prayer to God. My favourite hymn   OH, LORD, HOW GREAT THOU ART.

Since the Lord’s website  became live  more than  five years ago, the world has become a cauldron of hatred and killing, thanks to God’s enemy Satan who overlooks it all as he taunts God. As I wrote earlier, only God can restrain Satan and when he does not do that, the world suffers chastisement, which the world brings upon itself by serving Satan by their actions and ignoring God’s grace of conscience and freewill.   Many, many times the Mother of Jesus, the Blessed Virgin Mary, has appeared on earth to warn people and implore them to pray, because it is only through prayer, daily prayer, that one can become close to God and God’s grace.  Without the grace of God, we would all be barbarians!

As many people know, it was 1914/1918 when the FIRST WORLD WAR took place; remembered as all Wars should be remembered.

This year also marks the centenary of the FATIMA APPARITIONS  (1917/2017). Our Lady said: ‘IN THE END MY IMMACULATE HEART WILL TRIUMPH’  Such words bring hope and comfort to a stricken world.

CHRISTMAS is fast approaching. Once again, as we prepare to celebrate the birth of JESUS CHRIST  we can ask GOD to send THE HOLY SPIRIT into our life to help us in the most appropriate way in this very troubled world.                              .

RMF 8TH December, 2017.

Shingles (Herpes Zoster) Update September 2015

It is approximately three months since I was discharged from hospital on the 24th June, 2015, so I am writing this with the benefit of experience since that date.

Earlier I had described being discharged from hospital with anti viral tablets, painkillers, eye drops and ear drops. The EYE DROPS were a precautionary measure because the virus missed entering my eye by a fraction and the evidence of this near miss can be seen from the scar left at the right hand corner of my right eye after the scab fell off. To me, Satan intended as much painful damage as possible and it was God who stopped him. Had Satan not been restrained by God, the result for me does not bear thinking about; I would probably have needed a corneal transplant. I have to thank God for his protection, and the fact that I can still write, bearing in mind I need my glasses to both read and write, with otherwise healthy pain free eyes.

I also have to thank God that I can have pain free sleep at night and pain free times for eating my meals. The rest of the time I can cope with the waves of pain in my ear and on my face. I say ‘waves’ because there are calm periods during the day. This is not the time to disguise the type of pain Satan can administer and when I recently told my doctor how my ear and face felt, he said he would refer me to an ENT Specialist (ear, nose and throat) I had earlier seen an ENT doctor, who looked in my ear with a special camera and then said she could not see a foreign object in my ear (canal). The virus has also rendered me deaf in the right ear.

Satan is very active during my prayer periods, especially during the rosary, and at other times. First of all, I do not know what the inner ear looks like; I can only describe the feeling. Sometimes I feel that a giant mass is building up in my ear waiting to explode; at regular intervals I feel that there is a foreign object in the ear canal rolling about; other times the apple of my cheek feels like it is being stabbed. Painkillers are not effective for me. I usually have to use an ice block from the freezer to get some relief. During July/August I had a few sessions with an Acupuncturist, who stuck needles over the right hand side of my face. A relief from the usual! Eventually, I realised I was wasting my time and money. Not a reflection on the Acupuncturist, who was anxious to achieve success. Needless to say, I didn’t tell him that he was not dealing with Mother Nature!

I’m just glad that in my prayers over a considerable period of time before I got shingles, I had given my Free Will to God to do with as he would. Remember, God would not want me as a witness, under such circumstances, without my free will being involved. I’m in God’s hands now.

Many of us have heard Heaven described as Paradise. How has Hell been described? A young girl called Anneliese, who died many years ago, could describe Hell if she was writing this: ‘Hell is a place of utter despair. The Souls in Hell would gladly kill themselves just to get away from Satan. Alas, they are unable to do this because they are already dead’.

AT YOUR SERVICE, DEAR LORD, NOW AND FOREVER.
RMF 20th September, 2015.

Shingles

What looks like ‘Shingles’ is not necessarily shingles! I had long forgotten that I had shingles when I was approximately seven/eight years of age. Quickly came and just as quickly went. The outbreak started on the small of my back; although unpleasant not pain to remember.

It happened again just recently. I had a stress free life and enjoyed good health and independence. I am just glad I didn’t know the date Satan would take his revenge on me for writing on God’s behalf. It came quickly and I didn’t know what had happened to me until it was all over, apart from the recover, which is still underway.

Right from the start (see sequel number two) I was aware that Satan knew what I was doing and he didn’t like it. I also believed, and still believe, I was and am under God’s protection. This time, however, I believe God wanted me as a witness, with direct experience of knowing how Satan can strike a person down in a most painful way.

We have all witnessed Satan’s methods in cutting people down: Knives, bullets, bombs etc. With me he used a VIRUS to strike me down in a very painful way to the point that I wanted to die.

It all started in a simple innocuous way when I felt that I was developing a toothache in my right lower jaw. On Saturday l3th June I went to see a doctor in the walk-in surgery and asked for an antibiotic, explaining that I believed an infection was building up in a tooth and that if it became necessary to extract the tooth, the infection should be dealt with first. In the meantime I made a dental appointment for Tuesday 16th June.

On the 16th June the dentist x-rayed the tooth and said there was no sign of an infection in the tooth; she tapped the tooth firmly and the one next to it. No pain. A sign the pain was emanating from another source. By this time the pain had shifted to my right inner ear. I decided to continue taking the antibiotic, and painkillers. The pain grew worse over the following three days and nights. I could not sleep and wished for death. I had already made an appointment with my doctor for the following week but couldn’t wait. Instead I went to the walk in surgery on Saturday 20th June. Fortunately, my regular doctor was on duty that day. By this time the right side of my face had swelled up and blistered until my right eye was almost closed. The worst pain was in my inner ear and the doctor said the ear was filled with blisters. He arranged for me to be admitted into hospital straight away.

In the acute assessment ward at the Middlesex Hospital I was put on a drip for antibiotics and painkillers. Visitors were not allowed near my bed. By Sunday morning the pain had reduced considerably, but I was kept on antibiotics until Wednesday morning; that afternoon I was discharged, with a large quantity if anti viral tablets, eye drops and ear drops.

The recovery period is taking longer than I anticipated. The follow up appointment with the ENT unit is awaited within the next week or two or three. My face and ear is still quite painful. There is no truer saying than ‘our good health is our wealth’.

At its worst, I felt death would be a release. But not at my own hands; this was best left in God’s hands. As Jesus Christ suffered and suffers for us, we can hardly begrudge him a bit of suffering in return. Suffering is purification for the soul, and forgiveness leads to purification for the soul.

The way I see things: If Satan did manage to see me off the planet, I could hardly complain about getting to Heaven sooner than I expected!.

THANK YOU GOD.

RMF July 2015.

The Lord’s Prayer

The Lord's Prayer

OUR FATHER, WHO ART IN HEAVEN,
HALLOWED BE THY NAME; THY KINGDOM COME; THY WILL BE DONE ON
EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN.
GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD; AND FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES
AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO TRESPASS AGAINST US;
AND LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION,
BUT DELIVER US FROM EVIL. AMEN.

THIS ARTICLE IS WRITTEN FOR ALL THOSE PEOPLE IN THE WORLD WHO HAVE SERVED SATAN AND CONTINUE TO SERVE HIM (by the way they live their lives). IT IS ALSO FOR THE EYES OF THE FAITHFUL WHO HAVE SERVED GOD AND CONTINUE TO SERVE HIM IN THE FACE OF GREAT ADVERSITY.

The following can only be written with GOD’S HELP AND APPROVAL – considering that God needs human hands on earth, hence the writer.

Twelve years into the twenty-first century, it must be clear that the world is in turmoil and getting worse. Many people have reached the conclusion, wrongly, that God does not exist. Not only that, many do not even think about Satan. That is the way Satan wants and prefers it, as he does his malign deeds more successfully in the dark and when we are not aware.

Not everybody is aware that SATAN is a malign force and influence in the WORLD WITH AN ARMY OF EVIL SPIRITS AT HIS COMMAND. His work is clearly visible in the world as he attempts to destroy humanity, which is God’s creation.

SATAN IS IN THE WORLD since before our first parents came into the picture. OUR FIRST PARENTS ADAM and EVE, who were God’s creation, were successfully tempted by Satan to disobey God. Why would Satan want to do that, you might wonder? You will have to use your imagination about the date of the following:

ORIGINALLY, SATAN WAS IN HEAVEN. The kingdom described as PARADISE. Alas, Satan was arrogant and greedy, and jealous of God’s power, which he wanted for himself, but not power for the good. SO GOD DISPELLED HIM FROM HEAVEN, with the fallen angels, his supporters.

SATAN was ENRAGED at losing Paradise and he vowed revenge on God.

SATAN HATES GOD AND HE HATES HIMSELF. AND HE HATES ALL THINGS CREATED BY GOD, ESPECIALLY HUMAN BEINGS WHO ARE GOD’S CHILDREN. Hence all the atrocities and killing on earth, when Satan uses human beings to kill human beings. In this way he hurts and taunts God.

When ADAM and EVE disobeyed God, by eating fruit from a tree God had told them not to touch, they lost their sin free status. That means that generations to follow would be born in sin and would have to serve an apprenticeship on earth to prove to God they were worthy of eternal life in Heaven after death. This way, the qualities possessed by Satan would never enter Heaven again; such qualities would be weeded out first on earth. Never again would entry to Heaven be gained unless the qualities possessed by Satan did not exist in God’s children. Satan, however, can and does grow weeds in the world and in God’s garden on earth, God’s Holy Church.

GOD’S CHILDREN ON EARTH, serving their apprenticeship, are very vulnerable. To protect themselves from the machinations of Satan, God bestowed upon them a CONSCIENCE and FREE WILL. Our conscience tells us the difference between right and wrong, and our free will leaves us to decide whether to do right or wrong.

THE MIND CONTROLS THE BODY. SATAN IS A MIND CONTROLLER. He can and does get human beings to commit the most terrible atrocities and murder; human beings who ignore their conscience to commit evil acts, while at the same time giving their free will to Satan. Our conscience and free will, our saving grace from God, is given away, in ignorance, in order to serve Satan.

WHEN WE SERVE SATAN, HE CLAIMS OUR SOUL. WHEN WE SERVE GOD HE CLAIMS OUR SOUL.

GOD does not send anybody to HELL. We do that for ourselves. On the many occasions when Satan tries to claim the soul or souls of those who do not deserve to end up in Hell, God will rescue such souls, even if imperfect and requiring cleansing in purgatory before entering Heaven. GOD IS FAIR AND JUST.

PURGATORY IS A PLACE CREATED BY GOD FOR DEALING WITH SOULS THAT ARE NOT PERFECT ENOUGH TO ENTER HEAVEN STRAIGHT AFTER THEIR DEATH.

THE BODY IS A VESSEL FOR THE SOUL. When we die the soul leaves the body. Some souls go straight to Heaven. Some require cleansing in Purgatory before entering Heaven. Many people give their soul to Satan while they are still alive. In order to be able to commit the most heinous crimes, one has to give one’s soul to Satan first. When you give your soul to Satan, with your free will, he keeps it.

SATAN CREATED HELL FOR HIMSELF and to entice God’s children into Hell with him. Not because he actually wants them in Hell; he just wants to keep them away from God. Satan has been very successful in this respect.

We should NEVER FORGET that our CONSCIENCE AND FREE WILL is our PASSPORT to SALVATION or DAMNATION.

SATAN has many titles/qualities: ‘THE GREAT DECEIVER’ ‘THE HYPOCRITE’ ‘THE LIAR’ ‘THE BULLY’ ‘THE EGOMANIAC’ ‘MASTER OF CUNNING’ ‘POWER FREAK’ All these qualities he imbues in those people who serve HIM, while ignoring their conscience.

SATAN WAS THE FIRST DESPOT. Despots live in the dark and do not like to be thwarted. Untold suffering was and is caused by despotic ‘ leaders’. Hitler and Stalin were just two. There are many more, both living and dead. When Satan decides he wants to kill somebody, he can interfere with that person’s mind, so they kill themselves. That does not mean that he will get their soul, but he never stops trying. Another way is to take control of somebody’s mind and get that person to kill another. For my own part, my trust in God is greater than my fear of the Devil!

SATAN TARGETS THE SEAT OF POWER where most harm is done to both God and mankind, through Satanic Legislation:

State sanctioned futile war (although some wars are just and necessary) State sanctioned elimination of the unborn through abortion (depriving the unborn of what was freely given to others as a gift from God – not a gift from Satan) State sanctioned corruption of children under the guise of ‘sex education’( A description that delights Satan – stealing a child’s innocence) Satanic legislation denying children their right to have a father and a mother. State sanctioned abuse of God’s creatures (experimenting on animals) under the guise of ‘helping humanity’. Satan hates humanity! What wrongdoing the State does not stop, the State sanctions. The State can and does make it easy for wrongdoers.

Satan is clever enough to hide behind ‘good’ excuses .

INJUSTICE is a great provocation used by Satan, to start a WAR, or in ordinary circumstances. In ordinary circumstances, one person provokes another to do something awful, even murder. Guilty are those who provoke and those who react violently. ‘Turn the other cheek’ advised Jesus when he was on earth. Such reaction thwarts Satan; he is deprived of satisfaction.

HOW HUMAN BEINGS ARE TEMPTED BY SATAN

Greed for money comes top of the list for enticement. Human beings who gain by helping Satan to corrupt and destroy the lives of other human beings through addiction to DRUGS, ALCOHOL, GAMBLING, FOOD, SMOKING to name just a few. Anything that will help to destroy a person’s life is Satan’s aim. He does not like it when you are aware of how he operates; he operates in human clothing. Those who go to Hell when they die, see Satan’s real face for the first time.

THE CORE OF ONE’S HUMANITY: OUR SEXUALITY. This is Satan’s favourite target to hurt God. Again, using money as an enticement for human beings to help Satan spread the most vile Adult and Child pornography – child abuse on a gigantic scale, and promiscuity, to name just a few.

THE INTERNET has been referred to as a great scientific achievement. It is also known as the ‘DEVIL’S TOOL’. Used by Satan for corrupting the world and spreading the vile pornography mentioned.

When he was on earth, Jesus Christ said:

WHAT SHALL IT PROFIT A MAN IF HE SHOULD GAIN THE WHOLE WORLD BUT SUFFER THE LOSS OF HIS SOUL?

If we each lived for a thousand years, this time would not even register as a blink of an eye on the scales of eternity, yet many people sell their soul for the blink of an eye!

WHAT IS BAD AND WHAT IS EVIL. There is a fine line to be drawn between what is bad and what is evil. Step over the line to embrace evil and you become evil. NOBODY IS BORN EVIL! Evil is isolation from humanity. The Holocaust which took place during the Second World War is just one atrocious event in the history of the world. People asked: ‘Where is God?’ God had given man a free will and a conscience and this is man’s passport to salvation or damnation, and this free will lasts until we die. (Victims of violence and subsequent death are deprived of their free will by Satan). This does not mean Satan will have their souls. It is wrong to blame God for the consequences when human beings , of their own free will, give their conscience/soul to Satan, in order to serve him, in ignorance, by ignoring their conscience. Also, what people did not realise was that the victims of the holocaust were fast tracked to Heaven. The real Paradise their executioners would never see. GOD’S POWER AND JUSTICE PREVAILS.

Many people do not believe in God, probably because of man’s inhumanity to man. It does not mean that such people are bad or lacking in intelligence; it does mean that Satan is a powerful mind controller. If they otherwise live a good life they will have a nice surprise one day!

IF GOD DID NOT EXIST, SATAN WOULD NOT EXIST EITHER. We would then wonder about the purpose of our life on earth. Having read this far, you now know the answer! Don’t forget to thank God.

WE ARE ALL SINNERS, but many are Mortal sinners. SAINTS are in Heaven, well out of range for Satan’s machinations! The rest of us have to TRY. ‘Trying’ is a burden for many people, but what is the alternative? A dead conscience becomes manifest in a person who commits evil deeds and has no feelings for the suffering of their victim or victims; no remorse displayed; just a desire to evade justice. They might or might not escape justice in life. They will not escape justice in death.

A person suffering from a bad but alive Conscience, could think of The Prodigal Son in scripture. Such people can and do change their lives for the good and look for the right path to take. Scripture says there is: GREAT CELEBRATION IN HEAVEN over one truly repentant sinner.

WHEN JESUS WAS ON EARTH, he forgave many sins and then said:

‘Go, and sin no more’.

GOD IS OUR LOVING FATHER WHO CARES DEEPLY FOR US.

One of the commandments requires us to: LOVE GOD ABOVE ALL THINGS AND OUR NEIGHBOUR AS OURSELVES. In other words: Do not do to others what you would not like done to you. This is the blueprint for keeping Satan at bay, because no wall is high enough to contain such a malign being.

GOD CAN SEE FOR HIMSELF WHAT AN ENORMOUS HOLD SATAN HAS ON THE WORLD at this time because much of mankind has turned its back on God in pursuit of the hedonistic lifestyle, more money, more possessions, POWER and too much concentration on ‘SELF’. Much to Satan’s delight, people have stopped going to Church; evidently they do not pray either. Do they think they will live forever? Do they doubt God exists? Not now surely! These are people who have had all the advantages, with knowledge of scripture; still they stay away from Church, except on occasions for weddings, funerals, etc. On the other side, many people do not have the advantage of hearing about God other than as a fleeting mention indicating that God is seen as a ‘thing’ instead of a person. Many children do not learn scripture at school or in their home.

Would anybody be surprised if God decided to end the world as it now stands? God created the world for the purpose explained and he has the power to destroy what he created. Would God be justified in ending the world? Who would be the first to say NO? Not I, for sure.

When Jesus was on earth over two thousand years ago, he said many things, including:

HEAVEN AND EARTH WILL PASS AWAY BUT MY WORDS WILL NEVER PASS AWAY.

What did Jesus mean by that? I could only answer such a question with God’s help, which means I will have to go back to the beginning when earth was created by God.

WHEN GOD CREATED THE EARTH for HIS PEOPLE, he created a most beautiful place for them to live/serve their apprenticeship: Think of all the beautiful birds of every glorious colour; the beautiful flowers; the sea populated with the most glorious colours of fish and vegetation; the honey bees; animals of all sizes; the lush green grass; the majestic trees. The SEA and the TREES for oxygen; the SUN to warm up the earth; the MOON to light up the earth in the dark; the STARS to ignite our imagination on the ground and on the high seas. What a wonderful world God created for us. HOW HAS MANKIND REPAID GOD?

Twelve years into the twenty-first century, mankind’s greed and lust for power has and is destroying the once beautiful earth. Not only that, humanity is destroying itself, as SATAN overseas it all as he mocks and hurts God. The shortest sentence in the bible is: JESUS WEPT.

To go back to Jesus’ words about Heaven and Earth passing away: At the end of the world the earth will be destroyed and Heaven will have passed away for the wicked. The words spoken by Jesus while he was on earth will be recorded in Heaven.

ALMIGHTY GOD took pity on mankind and formed a plan to send Jesus Christ into the world to help us. First he laid the FOUNDATION STONES.

ANNE and JOACHIM; MARY and JOSEPH.

Joachim and Joseph, held in high esteem by God, were the supporting stones

Anne and Joachim were a devout married couple who longed to have a family or even one child. Their life was centred in the temple where they prayed continually to be blessed with a family. It was not to be and Anne was referred to as a ‘barren’ woman. When she was past child bearing age, Anne was amazed and delighted to find she was with child. Eventually Anne gave birth to a baby girl and named her Mary. Her parents realized Mary was a miracle child and took her to the temple to be dedicated to God.

As Mary grew up, she herself wanted to dedicate her life to God and remain a virgin.

When Mary was at child bearing age, the Angel Gabriel appeared to her and told her not to be afraid and that she had found favour with God, who wanted Mary to conceive and bear a son and name him Jesus. Mary asked how this would be possible since she was a virgin, whereupon the angel told her that she would be overshadowed by the Holy Spirit. To this, Mary said: ‘BEHOLD THE HANDMAID OF THE LORD; BE IT DONE TO ME ACCORDING TO YOUR WORD’. With these words, Mary gave her consent to become the mother of Jesus, and then the angel left her.

God knew that Mary would need somebody strong to look after her and the child Jesus and his choice was Joseph.

Joseph, like Mary, had also decided to dedicate his life to God and remain celibate. Mary and Joseph knew each other well as they frequented the same temple. They held each other in high regard and liked each other.

Having chosen Joseph as a protector for Mary and her child, God sent an angel to see him and put him in the picture about Mary’s condition. God wanted Joseph to take Mary under his roof as his wife and wait for the birth of Jesus.

Mary and Joseph realized they had been highly honoured by God, and they were happy to do as God wanted, knowing they could also continue to dedicate their life to God, and to the yet to be born Jesus, while at the same time remaining celibate.

In due course Mary gave birth to Jesus. This glorious event is celebrated at Christmas.

THE LIFE OF JESUS CHRIST CAN BE READ IN THE SCRIPTURES: The following refers to his passion and death.

In his early days Jesus helped Joseph in his carpentry business. Eventually, at the age of thirty, Jesus commenced his three year ministry. He had been baptised in the River Jordan by John and he had performed his first miracle at the Marriage Feast at Cana when he turned water into wine after the host ran out of wine. As his fame spread he had a large following, but as the pace became very strenuous, many fell away until he was left with the twelve he needed.

JESUS’ TWELVE APOSTLES BECAME WITNESSES TO JESUS’ WORDS, ACTIONS AND MIRACLES.

Approximately seven years after the death of Jesus, four of the witnesses, MATTHEW, MARK, LUKE and JOHN wrote the Gospels.

As his passion and death approached, Jesus rode on a donkey into the city of Jerusalem. The crowds cheered him and scattered palm branches in his path. Jealousy had not yet reared its ugly head!

That evening, in a previously selected venue, Jesus prepared a final meal with his twelve apostles, now referred to as THE LAST SUPPER. Taking bread, Jesus broke it and handed it to his apostles, saying: ‘TAKE THIS AND EAT IT, FOR THIS IS MY BODY THAT WILL BE GIVEN UP FOR YOU; DO THIS IN MEMORY OF ME’. Wine was also offered to his apostles, with the words: ‘TAKE THIS AND DRINK IT, FOR THIS IS MY BLOOD THAT WILL BE SHED FOR YOU; DO THIS IN MEMORY OF ME’.

The Last Supper is enacted daily in all Catholic Churches throughout the world, as THE HOLY SACRIFICE OF THE MASS, when bread and wine is blessed and turned into the body and blood of Jesus Christ. This is the miracle of the Eucharist, when bread and wine is turned into the body and blood of Christ, but still ‘tastes’ like bread and wine.

In Jesus first miracle at the wedding feast at Cana, he turned water into wine. Jesus’ final miracle at the last supper also involved wine.

After supper, Judas left the room and was not seen again until dawn the following morning, when he turned up in the Garden of Gethsemane, accompanied by soldiers who would arrest Jesus. Judas identified Jesus to the soldiers by kissing him on the cheek.

After the last supper Jesus had gone into the Garden of Gethsemane, taking some of the apostles with him for company and as witnesses. During his agony in the garden, Jesus prayed to his Heavenly Father: ‘FATHER IF IT IS POSSIBLE, LET THIS CHALICE PASS FROM ME, NOT MY WILL BUT THY WILL BE DONE’. Jesus was human and afraid as he waited to be arrested. He knew that the next day he would be in the hands of SATAN in disguise, as he got human beings to do his work.

IN THE JAIL COMPOUND: Jesus is condemned to death. This day is now referred to as GOOD FRIDAY. HE WAS AN INNOCENT AND BLAMELESS MAN. He was dragged away to be flogged first.

Jesus was stripped naked and tied to a post, with his feet off the ground. Six men jailers, monsters in the employ of Satan, whipped him for three quarters of an hour – two at a time for fifteen minutes, using the most fearsome weapons that tore the flesh from Jesus’ body, until his blood ran on the ground. By the time the monsters had finished flogging, Jesus was as weak as a baby. His tormentors only stopped flogging him because they feared he would die before they had the pleasure of nailing him to a cross.

The flogging had stopped and Jesus was dragged away to have a crown of sharp thorns inserted viciously into his injured head, with blood still trickling down his face. His tormentors taunted and slapped him on the face, saying: ‘HAIL, KING OF THE JEWS’

Pushing and shoving Jesus on to the path he had to take to the crucifixion site, the soldiers laid a heavy cross on his weakened frame. When he fell, he was abused and pulled to his feet. On the way to the crucifixion site he fell three times. Shortly after his first fall, he met his distraught mother Mary, who was afraid to even touch him, for fear of causing more pain. Then a man called Simon was ordered to help Jesus carry the cross, not out of compassion, but because they did not want Jesus to die before they had had the pleasure of crucifying him. Staggering along the path, Jesus met a woman called Veronica, and she wiped his blood splattered face on a towel. Jesus had fallen a second time, when he met the women and children of Jerusalem, who wept at his pitiful state. Jesus acknowledged them by saying: ‘WEEP NOT FOR ME BUT FOR YOURSELVES AND FOR YOUR CHILDREN’

JESUS CHRIST REACHES THE SITE OF HIS CRUCIFIXION: Jesus had fallen for the third time and his cross was lying on the ground. His tormentors ripped off his garment, taking his skin with it. They roughly threw him down on the cross, dislocated his arms and legs and viciously rammed nails into his hands and feet. Next they hauled the cross upright with Jesus’ nailed body and dropped him on his face. His agony can only be imagined. The cross was then lifted and put in place.

forgivenessJesus hung on the cross for three hours before he died. During these last three hours, Jesus looked up to Heaven and said: ‘ FATHER FORGIVE THEM FOR THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY DO’ This means that while human hands carried out the atrocity described, SATAN was invisibly pulling the strings.

Before he died, Jesus handed his mother Mary into the care of the apostle John (who witnessed Jesus passion and death, along with Mary Magdalene, who had also stayed close to Jesus mother Mary to help and support her in her ordeal) Jesus said to John: ‘SON BEHOLD YOUR MOTHER’ and to Mary: ‘MOTHER BEHOLD YOUR SON’. Thus Jesus gave his mother to the world as our Heavenly Mother.

By now and earlier Jesus was gasping for a drink of water. His executioners put a sponge on a long stick, dipped it in vinegar and held it up to his mouth.

In the final throes of his agony, Jesus looked up to Heaven and said: ‘FATHER, WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?’ His executioners laughed and mocked him

FINALLY, JESUS BREATHED HIS SPIRIT TO HIS FATHER AS HE BOWED HIS HEAD AND DIED.

To check that Jesus was really dead, he was lanced in the side. His last drop of blood came out, followed by water. Thus, in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, a little water is added to the wine.

WITH THE SUFFERING AND DEATH OF JESUS , Almighty God had and has shown the world how SATAN DEALT WITH THE SON OF GOD WHEN HE WAS ‘ GIVEN ‘ THE CHANCE BY GOD.

THE WORLD ALSO LEARNS ABOUT SATAN’S CRUELTY TO GOD’S PEOPLE ON EARTH WHEN HE IS ‘GIVEN’ THE CHANCE BY HUMAN BEINGS. Think of the Holocaust!

SATAN IS GIVEN THE ‘CHANCE’ WHEN WE IGNORE OUR CONSCIENCE AND GIVE OUR FREE WILL TO HIM.

JESUS HAD GIVEN HIS FREE WILL TO HIS FATHER AND LAID DOWN HIS LIFE FOR LOVE OF US AND SO THAT OUR SINS WOULD BE FORGIVEN. ‘ There is no greater love than that when a man lays down his life for others’

Jesus was taken down from the cross and laid in his mother’s arms.

As Jesus body was laid in the tomb, the authorities were afraid that friends of Jesus would come and take his body away elsewhere, so they put a large boulder in front of the tomb entrance and posted two guards outside.

JESUS’ GLORIOUS RESURRECTION FROM THE DEAD happened on the third day after his death. This glorious event brought hope to the world, showing that death was not the end but the beginning of ETERNAL LIFE. After more than two thousand years, this hope has kept alive the Christian Faith in the face of great adversity. The resurrection of Jesus is celebrated on EASTER SUNDAY.

Not surprisingly, and as an independent witness, Mary Magdalene was the first to see Jesus after he rose from the dead. The Apostle John and Mary Magdalene had stayed at Jesus’ mother’s side during her great ordeal, thus both were honoured by Jesus. John by having Jesus’ mother Mary placed in his care; and Mary Magdalene by being the first to see the risen Jesus.

Before I conclude this article on God’s behalf, I am aware that many people do not know what or how to pray. A quiet place to pray is best, but you can also pray when taking the dog for a walk; on the bus; on an aeroplane; just out for a walk. You can start by saying the LORD’D PRAYER, not as a one off prayer, but a daily prayer.

Satan does not like people who are close to God, so he causes them distress by targeting their children or grandchildren or others close to them who do not have the same relationship with God they have. A person’s life would be made miserable if they were constantly worried about the way their children or grandchildren lived. Satan gets great satisfaction from such worry or distress. Better by far to LEAVE ONE’S TROUBLES IN GOD’S HANDS and say the following prayer, daily.

PLEASE GOD , SEND THE HOLY SPIRIT INTO MY LIFE TO HELP ME LIVE ACCORDING TO YOUR HOLY WILL, AND PLEASE GOD HAVE MERCY ON MY SOUL. And/or

PLEASE GOD, SEND THE HOLY SPIRIT INTO THE LIVES OF MY CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN TO HELP THEM LIVE ACCORDING TO YOUR HOLY WILL, AND PLEASE GOD HAVE MERCY ON THEIR SOULS.

Remember, GOD IS OUR LOVING HEAVENLY FATHER WHO CARES DEEPLY FOR US. But, not surprisingly, and with good reason, he is VERY ANGRY with the world. He has now taken us out of the darkness into the light of God’s truth, mercy and justice.

WE CAN ALL THANK GOD FROM THE BOTTOM OF OUR HEARTS FOR MAKING IT POSSIBLE FOR THIS ARTICLE TO BE WRITTEN. IT CLEARLY DEMONSTRATES HIS LOVE FOR US.

For my own part, I humbly thank God for the privilege granted for using ‘my hands’ to do his work, writing on his behalf. I might add that this is not the first time God has employed me to write something. THANK YOU GOD.

@ RMF

February/March, 2012