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Are We All Mystics? Are We Not? ;)

The Church will make you a mystic!

Yes indeed. For the deeds we are called to perform do indeed bring Heaven upon earth.
Deeds like sharing the message of the Gospel and charitable work; assisting in the healing of broken hearts…various forms of annointing the sick…and reconciliation weather by the Sacrament of Holy Orders or the reparation of broken relationships…
Even a well lived protestant-Christian faith causes a man or woman to appear mystical and otherworldly to most pilgrims here on earth. For their actions inspire us to higher ideals and reality and their charity carries with it the very aroma of Heaven here where the odor of selfishness often fights to prevail.
But for us who have been blessed to find the true center of the World in the True Faith
we can hope to experience the most marvelous and the most awesome of mysticism…for
Among the most other-worldly seeming deeds are prayer with Angels and Saints.
It is all too easily forgotten that as with all other Catholic tradition, our Blessed Lord practiced this Catholic-Christian custom even before us setting Himself apart often to pray and be ministered to by His Angels and even in the marvelous Transfiguration conversing with Moses the giver of the Law and Elijah the great prophet.
Nowaday the scoff at Christians is heard louder and louder with the growing roar of relativism, atheism and so-called realism…You may have witnessed the popularity of shows like Bill Mahr’s “Real Time” where He often pokes fun at and even flat out condescends Christians calling even protestant prayer which is thought of being in Conversation with God alone akin to schizophrenia.
But for us lovers of the true faith we know and believe shamelessly in the presence of the Angels of God whom the Christ assures us are with us, and we rest assured in the intercession of His Saints who are no doubt mystically there for us with the Angels as Moses and Elijah were for our Lord’s glorification at the incredible Transfiguration; their simultaneous existence before the Lord our God in Heaven and powerful help here on earth, though contested by some protestant sects is reassured by our Lord Jesus Christ Himself as He states, “their Angels in Heaven always look upon the Face of My Heavenly Father…as the Angel Gabriel who made His Annunciation to the Blessed Virgin Mary states, “I am Gabriel who stand in the presence of God! (Galatians 1:19), and as again our Lord Himself stated with His dying breath to the “Good Thief” Saint Dismus on the Cross at Calvary, “Today you shall be WITH ME in paradise,” and as we therefore say to our Holy Mother in the “Hail Mary,” …”The Lord is WITH THEE!”
We know the presence of the mystical is true as we continue our Christian pilgramage as the mystical Body of Christ called to be His Hands and Feet here on earth in solidarity with His/our Lord’s answer to the protestant question, “How can the bread and wine of the Mass be the true food and real drink—the actual Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ and not a mere symbol but True and truly present in the most Blessed Sacrament whom we receive in Holy Communion at Mass,” and we know and hold fast with increasing faith to this the supernatural and mystical experience of His One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic answer to the so-called realist question, “How can they be visible here whilst standing before God in Heaven,” as we pray at every Mass in the Lord’s prayer, “on earth as it is in Heaven!”
So may we rejoice in and share the good news of the mystical encounters of our Blessed Lord delivering the message of His Sacred Heart to the ever-seeking Saint Margaret Mary; the message of His Divine Mercy to His precious Messenger of Mercy, Saint Faustina; the infinitely mystical Saint Clare and His mystical reign in His and Her gift of the Interior Castle and the words of the Blessed Virgin Mary to the three shepherd children at Fatima, “I am from Heaven.” =)
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Going to see the King.

He has shown His (Sacred & Holy) Face.

It’s all over — I forget all my gripes.
All My strivings cease-
-before his true Highness in His presence beyond ALL manner-before His Holy Face.
The Sun has risen (Indeed).
In ALL His (Heavenly) Glory!
Though your sins be as scarlett,
they shall surely be as white as snow.

I felt like Simeon.

He does exist indeed. I have swallowed Truth with mine own eyes–through them I have consumed the Holy Sacrifice – the bread of Angels with my whole heart.
All the truth of his Holy Church has been confirmed for me.
All She proclaims is Truth–Is Him-Her/our Bridegroom
who indeed has come to redeem us and marry us–clean us up and make us His own.

It’s not even been a half-hour, and already
I am overwhelmed with His Grace.
Already I am twice risen from the dead having been first upon sight of Him- slain in the Spirit as protestants say but can only allude to in my opinion –having experienced their exclamation as a convert myself which describes being finished with life of sin, and then having been filled with joy, and life and vitality being in His presence. I am feeling the difference between the Wise Men guided by the Star on their way to Him and the Wise Men arrived THERE Before His Mother & the King–ever Newborn. The difference between being On their way their and being THERE before Him the Saviour of the world. I am so glad to have arrived.

I am suspended.

No wonder they say people (the Saints) levitate or have levitated — (Leviticus) — I feel as though I am–or I might or I will eventually sitting here barely able to stay in my chair and soon to be on my knees in adoration.

Now I am content to just close my eyes and breathe–
inhale through my nose the air –the sweet air that surrounds Him and us here in the chapel.
Here is life.

Oh I am (usually/all too often) Saint Martha—worried about many things…Lord…not now of course but all too often–before You have strengthened my faith with Your Holy Presence-which assures me nothing is wrong–all is well–for You have or will fix Everything.

The last half-hour has disappeared…in the Presence of the King. He gives us here before Him the strength to -carry our cross- do our mission whatever it may be.
The strength to reach out of ourselves to others either in prayer or in loving action.
All we have to do is come before Him.

Yes, I can do all (whatever) that You ask of me Lord-If you Send me, then How could I not? For the devil himself would have to stop me and Saint Michael and your Angels would fight for me as they did for Moses and even if my mortal life ended my mission from Heaven would be as a grain of wheat that falls to the floor and bears much fruit-accomplished.

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The trials of Farver Phil

yamanknyse:

Hilarious…genius.

Originally posted on All Along the Watchtower:

Farver Phil has had a rethink about his theological position, in so far as he can determine one as being definitive, and wishes to share his “thoughts” with us.

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Well, there really is no gratitude, and I know Jesus said we would have to carry the odd cross or two, but can he have had any idea of how hard it is to deal with people when you are a bishop? It was OK for him, he was just an itinerant preacher – good bloke, don’t get me wrong, but he never had to put up with ingratitude from his closest followers now, did he?  OK, I know that Judas bloke was tempted by the devil, but you know, modern theologians say we can’t blame him, so that’s no parallel to the betrayal I have suffered.

If you have been keeping up with me, you’ll know that I am a…

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Advice to the Pope

yamanknyse:

Clever, crafty little snake starts out as a serpent in the beginning of the Bible….cursed to eat dust all his days….(and God made man from dust-from dust you came to dust you shall return)…by the end of the Bible he is seen as the great dragon. This is why. #TheTowerOfBabel #AuthorOfConfusion #TheGreatDeceiver #DivideAndCounquer #Genesis11:7 #Leviticus26:33 #Ezekiel22:15. “I am with whoever stands with the Bishop of Rome.” S.t Robert Bellarmine.

Originally posted on All Along the Watchtower:

Now that he is a Catholic, the Rev Phil Cringeworthy has released the following communication to the Pope:

Dear Frank,

You seem an OK kinda guy, so let’s shove all this Pope stuff shall we, like one of your faves here in the UK, old Bazza (Lofty) Loftus, I’m sure you want to dispense with all the flummery – hey, I hear you even kept your own shoes – which is groovy with me.

Maybe Bazza and Vinny have sent you the good news that I’m now a Catholic – yes, Farver Phil (good way of avoiding the patriarchal stuff, and as it isn’t technically ‘Father’, it gets us round that stuff about not calling any man that) has brought his vast experience of kissing Korans and dancing round trees to your good self; you lucky, luck bishop of Rome.

Now, you’ll agree with old Justin (you know the funny…

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I’ll Be Back.

In November I became a truck-driver. In the addition to the cross-country life, the 14hour days and life in session i’ve failed my commitment to shout from the mountaintops here on the blogosphere and have been doing so more conveniently on facebook (http://www.facebook.com/knyse). However, having a bit of time off from work to deal with a medical issue (please pray for me), i’d like to renew my commitment to get here at least once a month.

If there is one thing i’d like to blog about right now,which keeps my eye always on the prize, it would be the necessity of the Blessed Mother’s role in our Salvation in Christ Jesus our Lord and our God which of course always leads us to perfect Communion with God. And so The greatest thing I can think to share right now, which most consumes my mind currently is the most marvelous message of Fatima. And here are some links. If they aren’t accessible please copy and paste into your browser. =)

Our Lady of Fatima on Fox News.

http://youtu.be/u3mmdDo_oV4

Our Lady of Akita Japan.

http://www.michaeljournal.org/akita.htm

Beautiful Prayer from the link above:

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, truly present in the Holy Eucharist, I consecrate my body and soul to be entirely one with Your Heart, being sacrificed at every instant on all the altars of the world and giving praise to the Father, pleading for the coming of His Kingdom. Please receive this humble offering of myself. Use me as You will for the glory of the Father and the salvation of souls.

Most Holy Mother of God. Never let me be separated from Your Divine Son. Please defend and protect me as Your special child. Amen.”

Here’s a beautiful true story and the Most Spectacular Poem i’ve ever seen.

https://www.facebook.com/notes/taif-harris/greatest-poem-ive-ever-read/10150214663247339

And here’s some hope for the future from a rising “star” in music–

http://youtu.be/204RpkonU-s

If you can’t catch me warming in my barrio
I’m with my litas praying the Rosario!!!!!!!!!! Wuuuuuht !!!! =D Amen ;)  Check out how she reps Our Lady! She rocks a shirt with the Virgin on it! Praise Jesus. Thank God for the few and the proud who keep God alive in a world that drifts steadily toward Godlessness and the few who know our Blessed Mother-the World’s Last hope to turn Hearts to the Lord. Praise Jesus.

yamanknyse:

Very intriguing and very helpful towards Christian Unity. :)

Originally posted on All Along the Watchtower:

BarHebraeusWriting about Mar Isaac over the last few days reminded me of another little-known (in the West) writer whose words I quoted back in August – Jacob bar Hebraeus (1226-1286):

When I had given much thought and pondered on the matter, I became convinced that these quarrels of Christians among themselves are not a matter of factual substance, but rather one of words and terms. For they all confess Christ Our Lord to be perfect God and perfect human, without any commingling, mixing, or confusion of the natures. This bipinnate ‘likeness’ ( Phil. 2:6-7) is termed by one party a ‘nature’, by another ‘a hypostasis’ and by yet another a ‘person’. Thus I saw all the Christian communities, with their different Christological positions, as possessing a single common ground that is without any difference. Accordingly I totally eradicated any hatred from the depths of my heart, and I completely renounced disputing…

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NOT just a vessel.

As we stare at the Holy Manger scene and begin to recollect with all of human history before us how awesome and Blessed (Luke 1:48) was the Virgin, we give thanks for our salvation, and we can thank God and Her in the face of the trials wherewith She underwent much trouble of Heart (“She was greatly troubled….Joseph sought to divorce Her quietly”), that there was one among us worthy to bear the Messiah.
She IS the door through which the fullness of God entered into human history, became flesh and dwelt among us.
Protestantism would have you to believe contrary to Church teaching (and contrary to the Gospel), that Mary is no greater or different than you and I or any other human being whilst the Church teaches and has taught for centuries the common sense that Mary, the New Eve, was like Eve, created without sin and that God/the Lord Jesus preserved Her from all sin and from the stain of original sin which is removed in our Trinitarian Baptism; that She is God’s greatest creation (remember the Lord Jesus Her Son who chose to be born of the Sinless Virgin is not created but begotten God from God) and the crown and champion of Humanity, God’s crowning achievement…His Mother…according to history and not preceeding Him of course for the sake of those Christians who yell “blaspheme, how can God have a mother!?”
But indeed this is how He chose to come into our lives AND our hearts…through the Immaculate Virgin who IS the Immaculate Conception the only HUMAN BEING born free of sin by nature of Her Holy mission to right where our first parents erred causing us to inherit sin and instead pave the way to accepting Christ over the fears and seduction of the world.
It is fitting therefore, mindful of what lies hidden in the pregnant womb of the Virgin that the Church call Her the Gate of Heaven since Him who is Her fruit is all of Heaven the Word of God made flesh, and also to know Her as the “Mother of all the living who keep the Commandments and bear the testimony of Her Son

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Jesus Christ (Rev.12:17),” as Eve was known as the Mother of sinners with Adam- our first parents.
Christ the 2nd Adam as St. Paul mentions is accompanied in the world by none other than the first to receive Him, the New Eve who said “Yes” to God where Eve said “NO” and brought humility and life through Her yes where Eve had brought the curse of sin and death.
Protestantism, however supposes that Mary, rather than having found favor with God as the Scripture states, was merely used as a means to the Greater End as though She had No choice in the matter…as though God knows not how to reward His servants. Countless times in the Gospel however it is revealed to us that the Lord promises us power and glory AND honor who overcome the world in Him and give up our lives for His sake …and even more…for “each will receive His (or Her) reward due Him according to his deeds done in the body” and we do indeed believe in the resurrection of the Body.
Christ declared to the lowly thief who converted “on His deathbed,” if you will,”Today, you shall be WITH ME In Paradise!” So where do we suppose is His Mother and what of Her reward? Is it so absurd that the Church believes what has been revealed to Her by Christ Her Bridegroom, that Mary, as Elijah and Moses appeared with Jesus at the transfiguration- thought dead long before Christ had come revealing God as “not the God of the dead but of the Living,” more alive than you and I, or “in a better place as we say at the loss of a loved one, is present with the Lord as spoken in Luke’s “Hail Mary” and can do the same as She did in the Gospel of John, on earth as it is in Heaven, interceeding on behalf of our worldly comcerns and moving omnipotence, if you will? …getting God to act, though it be NOT HIS TIME or seemingly Against His will as Moses was able to divert the Lord’s Holy and Just Will on behalf of those He sought pity for who knew God NOT as he knew Him?
Even upon understanding what a powerful position was Mary’s on earth (John 2:5 it was good and helpful to know the Queen), you might still ask as is often asked from the protestant perspective, “why the need for intercession when I CAN truly go to the King directly? To which I must ask “why did God command Job’s accusers to “go to Job and to ASK Him to pray for them that they might be forgiven?” Or why do you ask each other’s prayers and well wishes and lack reverence for those more alive than us if “the prayer of a righteous hath great power in it’s effect?” Do we suppose that scripture only includes prayers from those alive on earth? And moreover does your direct link to a person in the world of “who you know” make ineffective or cause the greatest most direct door in salvation history to be of no effect or use any longer? Or does it cause another of His channels or emmisaries to no longer be or have a way to the King? Mother Teresa’s special attention for the poor would be of no avail to us or St. Damian’s special care for the sick and their classic example and strength for those who strive for the grand prize in the Communion of the Saints???
On the opposite end of Christendom with us who receive Christ with Church teaching as inseparable from the Word much as Mary is from our redemption which we cannot mention without Her since She verifies Christs humanity which verifies  our salvation, Mary is even called the Queen of Heaven as the Davidic King beginning with Solomon prepared a throne for His/the Queen Mother to rule with and beside him presenting the needs of the people before him and having the ear of the King and being ABLE to interceed on behalf of the people who attained Her Service and knew Her Maternal care; they honored and loved the place of the Queen Mother.
Of course as protestantism supposes we can go straight and directly to the King, but not as though the Queen was not in appearance arrayed in Gold for it is Her Holy human humility you must imitate…even if you did not speak a word to Her or acknowledge Her presence…Her heavenly purity you must desire to approach Him which He bestows on us as He did first Her.
You’ll often hear of protestants’ discouraging of the honor and devotion to Mary the Mother of the Christ/Mother of the Crucifed, Mother of the Messiah which is confused with worship, with the statement, She was “just a vessell” -a sinner like you and I- which is indeed the equivalent of calling the Ark of the Covenant “just a box” and moreover a discounting of God’s masterpiece in sinless Mary the Mother of humanity redeemed.
This reason alone, this beautiful Christmas season should be enough to honor Her and this receove Him as did She and to contemplate Her place in Heaven (as our’s) and human history as the Church and God sees fit but most of all as we stare at the Manger and sing Noel, we see in Holy Communion, and Christ truly, fully and substantially present there, the pinnacle of our Christian faith, that Mary Is also THERE and in our Hearts …just as She was at the Sacred scene of the Manger in the Nativity, inseparable, tender and mild having welcomed the Christ Child ….and therefore for that glorious opportunity to be profoundly, most intimately united with our God beyond all other manner, receiving what we worship in Christ’s Mass, that Wise Men STILL find Him WITH His Mother.
Oh Mother of the King, speak to God for us as you did when He changed water to wine at your request though He stated it was not yet His time, as we continue to pray for Christian unity that together we might with ONE voice for the world, as ONE Body in Christ acclaim your Son Whom you testified to the world was truly and indeed conceived of the Holy Spirit, God with us. Show us and our loved ones how to receive Him the Word of God made flesh as you did in the face of fear and welcomed ridicule and persecution, and to behold Him  always with profound gaze Crucified for our sins and making possible our redemption. Show us also how to choose His Will over our own which we so often do not want to do. Amen.

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