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October 24th

From miguel de Portugal

On Saturday Mass' Gospel [Luke 12:8-12] we read:

I tell you, everyone who acknowledges me before others the Son of Man will acknowledge before the angels of God. But whoever denies me before others will be denied before the angels of God. [Luke 12:8-9]

The "acknowledgment" as well as the "denial" refers to 'by deed' and not necessarily 'by word'. As we do not tire of pointing out: "Talk is so cheap that is has no value."

If only a small percentage of those who claim to be Christian (of all denominations) acknowledged Him by deed and not just by word, the world would be close to a paradisiacal state.  What will be left of the world population will provide the final confirmation to our words.


Did you know that..... robots are being passed for humans in the 'social media' world and influencing real humans? (1)

A social bot - a social robot - is a particular type of chatterbot that is employed in social media networks to automatically generate messages (e.g. tweets) or in general advocate certain ideas, support campaigns, and public relations either by acting as a "follower" or even as a fake account that gathers followers itself.

Social bots appear to have played a significant role in the United States presidential election, 2016 and their history appears to go back at least to the United States midterm elections, 2010. It is estimated that 15% of the total Twitter population active in the US Presidential election discussion were bots. At least 400,000 thousand bots were responsible for about 3.8 million tweets, roughly 19% of the total volume.

Twitterbots are already well-known examples, but corresponding autonomous agents on Facebook and elsewhere have also been observed. Nowadays, social bots can generate convincing internet personas that are well capable of influencing real people, although they are not always reliable.

Comment: Paraphrasing the famous communication from Astronauts to NASA in Houston: People, we have a very real problem. Just what the disoriented zombie like world population needed!
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With that said....

From miguel de Portugal


As you know, there are many technological non-human assistants that people can talk to in the Smart Phones, Tablets, etc., etc.

That has been made possible by algorithms that can perform calculation, data processing and automated reasoning tasks. That is, created Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Now then, we are waiting for the debut of  the AJ - the Artificial Jesus. There is enough logic and reasoning in the New Testament pages to create a very believable Artificial Jesus.  We have no doubt whatsoever that it has been done already and it will be launched at the same time or just before the False Christ makes his debut.

As the saying goes - forewarned is forearmed.

It seems that.... ultra non-nuclear Japan has seen the proverbial light... which means that said 'light' must be very bright!

Japanese defense minister sounds alarm on North Korea (1)

Japan's defense minister asserted Monday that North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile capabilities have grown to an "unprecedented, critical and imminent" level, requiring "different responses" to the threat.

The minister, Itsunori Odonera, said that this rising threat compels his country to endorse the U.S. view that "all options" must be considered, which President Donald Trump says includes possible military action. Japan was alarmed by North Korea twice launching missiles over Japanese territory, in August and in September.
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and again....


From miguel de Portugal


The Sunday Mass Gospel [Mt 22:15-21] ended as follows:

Tell us, then, what is your opinion: Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not?" Knowing their malice, Jesus said, "Why are you testing me, you hypocrites? Show me the coin that pays the census tax."

Then they handed him the Roman coin. He said to them, "Whose image is this and whose inscription?" They replied, "Caesar's." At that he said to them, "Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God."

What does that really mean? It is quite simple....

When one's judgment and decisions are based the financial outcome of such decision, that individual is not of God - no matter what he/she may claim.

On the other hand, when the judgment is based on the teachings of the Word of God, that individual is of God - even if he/she claims to ba an atheist as the result of their revulsion towards the "Evangelizers".

You see? All is so incredibly simple!

While composing/meditating the above I realized that for the following to manifest itself in our lives....

 Seek ye therefore first the kingdom of God, and his justice, and all these things shall be added unto you. [Mat 6:33]

...we have to prove to God, without a shred of a doubt, that our judgments are based by the Word of God and not by the financial outcome.

This is the first time that I have consciously realized the connection even though I have been experiencing it for 32 years.

Amazing! Simply amazing!


October 21st

From miguel de Portugal

In the first reading [Rom. 4:1-8] of  yesterday's Mass we hear again the often repeated comparison of being saved (justified) by the works versus being saved (justified) by the faith. Allow us to bring this comparison into today's realities.

The "works" today should be seen as  "going through the 'Christian' motions" by those who consider themselves Christians; the "faith" should be seen as "behaving as a Christian" simply because one has faith in the Words and Teachings of Jesus Christ.

The Gospel [Luke 12:1-7] of that same Mass again reminds us not to be afraid of those who kill the body, but to, instead, be afraid of the one who after killing the body has the power to cast the soul into Gehenna.

Let us deliver the core message in simple and easily understand words in today's world: Do not sell your soul to save your body or, in even better understood terms in the light of frequently read news: Do not sell your soul (by selling your body) to save/promote your career.

We know that the world, who mostly lives in denial, likes to forget that Jesus said in very clear terms....

How narrow is the gate, and strait is the way that leadeth to life: and few there are that find it! [Matthew 7:14]

....and that is exactly what He meant.

Brethren, the first step in reducing one's suffering at either side of the veil (assuming one is counted among the Elect) is to abandon the state of denial, acknowledge all that one has done that is contrary to the Word of God and appeal to His Mercy. God will not reject a sorrowful and contrite heart; however, He will summarily reject a hypocritical and ritualistic (going through the motions) heart.

Remember....

The worst sin that man may have ever committed is but a grain of sand when compared to the Oceans of His Mercy!

and that

The more we need His Mercy the more He wants to grant it to us.

Call me obsessive-compulsive but I just want to make absolutely sure that ....I am innocent of the blood of any.... For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God.  [Acts 20:26]

I do not want anyone in the Purgatory telling me: If you had only told (warned) me about 'this' or 'that'.....!


...meanwhile, back to the world....


Have you heard that.... New York City is getting serious about prepping its five boroughs for a high-tech future? (1)

The city announced on Thursday a program called NYCx to help the city better prepare for and shape the future.

NYCx will focus on coming innovations such as 5G connectivity, self-driving cars or artificial intelligence, and how they can make the city equitable and sustainable. NYCx will do this through moonshot challenges, which encourage entrepreneurs to tackle the city's biggest problems. Anyone can apply.

In an unlikely move for a city, New York is also hiring a senior futurist to gather insights on possible cultural, economic and environmental changes ahead. Futurists say that good forecasting can save cities billion of dollars by making prescient policies and decisions that can have an impact for 40 or 50 years.

Comments: Dream on! 

They should instead read the Sequence of Events and compare the fulfillment of its contents in the world since it was written and then.... start praying. It is all for free!
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 (1) CNN Reports


Last week we heard that.... Fox business reported that Washington Post will run an ad from  Larry Flynt and Hustler Magazine announcing a cash offer of up to 10 million dollars for information leading to the impeachment and removal from office of Donald J. Trump.
 
The New York times rejected the ad.

Comment: What an opportunity the White House missed! By identifying Mr. Flynt and Hustler Magazine as Mr. Trump enemies, citing their below sewer standards and invoking the Bible, Mr. Trump would have come out smelling as the proverbial rose.

He hath Beelzebub, and by the prince of devils he casteth out devils. And after He  had called them together, He said to them in parables: How can Satan cast out Satan? And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand. And if Satan be risen up against himself, he is divided, and cannot stand, but hath an end. [Mark 3: 22-26]

Just an observation and not "Trump promotion".

Now, as far as what that means to the general public: The difference between the New York Times and the Washington Post has become crystal clear.


October 19th

From miguel de Portugal

We recently found out that when Card. Ratzinger was elected as Benedict XVI, Card. Jorge Maria Bergoglio, who eight years later became Francis, was a very close first runner up.

What struck us was the parallel with the Presidency of Mr. Clinton - a two term Presidency lasting eight years - which was blamed by Mr. Gorbachev for the delay (1) of the establishment of the New World Order (2).

Amazingly enough - but in keeping with Divine Designs - having God delayed the efforts to establish a New World Order by electing and keeping Mr. Clinton eight years in office, He also had to delay the efforts to establish the One World Religion by eight years. That He did by causing Ratzinger to be elected over Bergoglio and, when the eight years were up, Benedict XVI resigned.

Can anyone imagine where the world would be now if Francis had been "Pope" since 2005?

God in His infinite Mercy compressed that period so that ....those days had been shortened, no flesh should be saved: but for the sake of the elect those days shall be shortened. [Matthew 24:22]

When will puny man will ever learn that God will always have the Last Word?

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(1) God confirms through Mr. Gorbachev that the pre Tribulation and Tribulation periods had been shortened
(2) New World Order
(3) One World Religion


From John McLaughlin @ Ambiente Design Corp - Russian Federation (1)

Hello,

My mother is a Garabandal enthusiast.

I would like to know more about your organization. For instance, unless your very life is in danger, why do you make so hard to find out who you actually are?

Seems suspicious. Just as suspicious as those you wish to impugn who live and breathe by the “warning, etc.”.

So, who are you, where are you, how many people in your organization, etc.

Secrecy is NOT a Christian virtue.

I believe that you are a fraud.

Thank you,

John  McLaughlin

A. Peace!

There is much information available about miguel de Portugal through http://www.mgr.org/bio.html

Secondly, regarding "Secrecy is NOT a Christian virtue".... You seem to be more than a little confused:
[11] And the unclean spirits, when they saw him, fell down before him: and they cried, saying: [12] Thou art the Son of God. And he strictly charged them that they should not make him known. [Mark 3]

[13] Then he saith to the man: Stretch forth thy hand; and he stretched it forth, and it was restored to health even as the other. [14] And the Pharisees going out made a consultation against him, how they might destroy him. [15] But Jesus knowing it, retired from thence: and many followed him, and he healed them all. [16] And he charged them that they should not make him known. [Matthew 12]

[9] And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying: Tell the vision to no man, till the Son of man be risen from the dead. [Matthew 17]

Thirdly, regarding "I believe that you are a fraud." Thanks be to God that you think that!... because (paraphrasing Mark 4:12) ....seeing you may see, and not perceive; and hearing you may hear, and not understand: lest at any time you should be converted, and your sins should be forgiven.

We would appreciate no further communication from. You obviously do not belong with us.

May God have Mercy on you!

miguel de Portugal
+ by the Grace of God

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(1) In keeping with our policy...

Ambiente Design Corp - Kamennostrovskii pr. 26-28, Saint Peterburg, Russia
Company e-mail: info@ambientedesigncorp.com
John McLaughlin e-mai: jj@ambientedesigncorp.com


Should anyone celebrate.... the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima 100 years ago?

On October 13th we received a mailing from a traditional Catholic author with the following Subject: Happy Fatima Day

The text in the message read:  The Big Day: What Actually Happened on October 13, 1917: A Post on the Full Truth of Fatima
 
To prevent uncharitable thoughts we avoided accessing the recommended text because, when we think about that - unsurpassed in confirmed recorded history - magnificent Miracle my emotions explode with mixture of Thanksgiving,  Rage and Sorrow.

Allow us to briefly explain why I feel that way and believe that that date should be observed as day of mourning....

1. God performed a miracle without parallel in confirmed recorded history. A miracle that even the atheists who were running Portugal at the time had to acknowledge.
2. A miracle which was the Divine seal of legitimacy on the requests God made to the leadership of the Roman Catholic Church through Mary at Fatima. There should have been no doubt that "God was behind Fatima" and what He requested had to be obeyed.
3. God gave 12 years to the RCC bureaucrats to ponder His requests and then, informed them that it was time to obey His requests.
4. The leaders of the Roman Catholic Church summarily ignored the confirmed-by-the-miracle requests from God.
5. The bloodiest and most miserable century of recorded human history ensued with World War II and the spread of Communism.

Do you have any idea how God and Mary must have felt as they witnessed the slaughter and misery of their children because those who claim to represent Him, once again, disobeyed God?

Now we ask again: Is the 100th Anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima a day to celebrate or a day of mourning and reparation to the Sacred Heart and Immaculate Heart of Jesus?

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(1) The Chronology of Fatima using the RCC official texts condemn them!


October 17th


From miguel de Portugal

The following is an excerpt from a letter received from a close collaborator.
[Name has been changed to protect the privacy of all concerned]:

What I'm understanding/interpreting from your response, is this:  We, whom Joe considered to be his “real” family, somehow along the way, switched from being his supporters to becoming his enablers.  And that this transition happened without any of us even realizing it.

I have difficulty grasping how we could not be aware of this, as well as accepting the “blanket” conclusion that “no one” ever notices the difference between charity and enabling.

As we stated in our original communication to our collaborator - this is one of the most used - and effective - tricks used by satan since he has the possibility of "hitting" both sides in every interaction. Indeed we must exercise great charity towards those who are truly struggling to escape their dysfunctional behavior, however, we must be quite firm with the others. The question is: How can we tell one from the other?

Instead of using complex theological terms, we will use simple examples.

Example No. 1

Our best contact in Salamanca was a good friend who was well placed in the local legal and military systems. Whenever I visited Salamanca, all I had to do, upon arrival, was to call on the phone and they would roll out the proverbial red carpet and prepare a sumptuous dinner for me - without any prior notice.

His problem - a foul mouth. I gently, but firmly, asked him not to use such language. At times he would struggle to avoid such language, therefore, I would go the extra mile and tolerated the few words that escaped him. Then, one day, he decided that "enough was enough" and out of his mouth started to pour foul and sacrilegious language again. I terminated the relationship immediately  making sure he knew why; while at the same time leaving the door open in case that he wanted to clean up his language and restart our friendship.

You see, I knew perfectly well that in discharging his professions he was in contact with many professionals, and appeared in many courtrooms, yet he would not use that kind of unacceptable language. He had the intellect and will to eliminate such language if he wanted to, but he consciously chose to stain my ears and brain with foul and sacrilegious language. That was more than enough reason to cut off the (very advantageous to me) friendship.

Years later, he spotted me in Salamanca.... rushed to me, embraced and kissed me (that is customary here among male close friends) and all is well now.

Example No. 2

A symbolic way to convey the same message:

(a) You see someone drowning.
(b) You jump in the water and try to save him/her.
(c) They put up a great resistance which will not allow you to save him/her and will end in causing the drowning of both.
(d) You turn around and, alone, swim back to safety and let him/her drown.

While on this subject, let us now talk about forgiveness.

In response to Peter's question: Lord, how often shall my brother offend against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?
Jesus said to him: I say not to thee, till seven times; but till seventy times seven times. [Matthew 18:21-22]

Of course, that is indeed true unless by doing so we are becoming enablers to the offender.

How can we tell if we are becoming enablers or not through our repeated forgiveness?

If the offender recognizes his/her wrongdoing and makes a sustained effort to improve his/her behavior, then we must keep on forgiving and helping him/her just as the Father helped the prodigal son on his journey back home.

I will arise, and will go to my father, and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee: I am not worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. And rising up he came to his father. And when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and was moved with compassion, and running to him fell upon his neck, and kissed him.

And the son said to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, I am not now worthy to be called thy son.
[Luke 15:18-21]

Regarding the writer's statement: "I have difficulty.... accepting the 'blanket' conclusion that 'no one' ever notices the difference between charity and enabling."

Correction - instead of writing 'no one' we should have written 'most' to be coherent with the beginning of our paragraph which we now quote, in its original and incorrect from, below:

Tragically, all of you fell for another of satan's favorite tricks: Your family became Joe's enablers. There is a fine distinction between providing support and feeding the dysfunction. Without, first, Divine Illumination, and second, psychiatric help, most humans fall for it. As we have said many times - "satan was not born yesterday!" he disguises enabling with charity and no one  notices it.

Unfortunately we do not have a physical staff to provide all of the support that we need to fulfill God's Will, and such errors in syntax escape us once in a while.

That is why we have the following standing request to our readers: If you read something that seems incoherent or makes no sense, let us know right away. Just as the above quoted collaborator did and for which we are thankful.

As always.... if we have failed to transmit the message clear enough, please ask and we will try again.


October 14th

Yesterday's Mass reading [Joel 1:13-15; 2:1-2]..... could not have been more accurate and timely!

Gird yourselves and weep, O priests!wail, O ministers of the altar!

Come, spend the night in sackcloth, O ministers of my God!

The house of your God is deprived of offering and libation.

Proclaim a fast, call an assembly; Gather the elders, all who dwell
in the land, into the house of the LORD, your God, and cry to the LORD!

Alas, the day! for near is the day of the LORD, and it comes as ruin
from the Almighty.

Blow the trumpet in Zion, sound the alarm on my holy mountain!

Let all who dwell in the land tremble, for the day of the LORD is coming;
Yes, it is near, a day of darkness and of gloom, a day of clouds and somberness!

Like dawn spreading over the mountains, a people numerous and mighty!

Their like has not been from of old, nor will it be after them, even to the
 years of distant generations.

...and the Psalm Response was just made to order!

The Lord will judge the world with justice.

Considering the increasing nuclear volatility of the geopolitical situation of the last nine months, the recent weather caused disasters and the fact that in the first nine months of the year 2017 we have had 90 % more (or 190 times more) of over 5.0 earthquakes than in the average of the three previous full years, we simply could not have come up with a better, and more timely, announcement.


From Mr. RB @ Spain

In the document "The Harnessing Of Prophesied Supernatural Events To Gain Manipulative Control Worldwide" (1), you showed that Cardinal Christoph Schönborn (2) was promoting [in 2010] - by facts and words - the Apparitions of Medjugorje.

I have just become aware now that said Cardinal is in the "Listing of Cardinals in the Opus Dei Orbit" (3), an inclusion supported by the following quote from an Opus Dei site:  (4)

The centennial [2002] of ... Josemaría’s birth on January 9th was the occasion for numerous commemorative events throughout the world. ...... In the Viennese Cathedral of Saint Stephen, Cardinal Schönborn concelebrated with two other bishops before a congregation of about three thousand. In other cities of Austria such as Innsbruck, Graz and Salzburg, the respective bishops or archbishops celebrated a Mass in honor of ... Josemaría.

With no room for doubt, he supported publicly the Canonization of Josemaría Escrivá. (5)

Just another confirmation (in case someone needed it) of the Opus Dei - Medjugorje connection, totally coherent with what you said in the mentioned document: (1)

When an Opus Dei penetrated group [referring here to ETWN] "throws itself" into Marian Apocalyptic Messages - even controversial ones like Medjugorje - it brings to mind what we alerted the clergy and the Faithful over twenty years ago - The commandeering of the Marian Messages.

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(1) The Harnessing Of Prophesied Supernatural Events To Gain Manipulative Control Worldwide
(2) Already today (October 2017), Cardinal Christoph Schönborn is Archbishop of Wien, Austria.
(3) Listing of Cardinals, Bishops and Priests in the Opus Dei Orbit
(4) http://en.romana.org/art/34_4.2_1
(5) Some declarations made after the announcement of ... Josemaria Escriva's canonization

RB

A. Thank you! for sharing this confirming information with our readership.



From miguel de Portugal

Have you ever pondered why God allowed the slaughter of all the .... infants that were in Bethlehem, and in all the borders thereof, from two years old and under? [Matthew 2:16]

Did those children have worthy - by Divine standards -  people praying on their behalf? Most likely not - thus their vulnerability.

We must never, ever, forget that God gave us ....dominion over the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the air, and the beasts, and the whole earth, and every creeping creature that moveth upon the earth [Genesis 1:26] That is, we are responsible for whatever goes wrong in Creation if we did not use the "tools" He placed in our hands to correct whatever needed correcting in it.

Conversely, He showers us with Blessings to take care of Creation, and also as the result of doing so.

If most people would realize how real is the scene of each one of us standing before God while accounting for our deeds during our journey through Time, they would behave quite differently.

With that said - Can you imagine the scene of each one entrusted in Evangelizing the children of God standing before God accounting for their deeds during their journey through Time? Not "a pretty picture"!

That is why we must pray much for all who were originally entrusted with such sublime task and yet failed it.


October 12th


From miguel de Portugal


Recent Mass readings have dealt with Jonas and Ninive.

There are some gems hidden in the Jonas-Ninive saga that seldom see the light. We would like to bring them to your attention now in case you may not be aware of them.

We all know that finally Jonas marched through Ninive announcing its impending destruction (Jonas 3) and that even the animals had to do penance and fast. The King said: [9]Who can tell if God will turn, and forgive: and will turn away from his fierce anger, and we shall not perish?

First gem: Notice that Ninive's King did not barter with God - as most Christians do - and he offered the sacrifice upfront hoping that God would have Mercy on them. That IS the way it should be done and not as most Christians do who promise God some sacrifice only if He does this or that. Yes, we are referring to those typically Catholic "promises" that are made to God. (*)

(*) This is not the fault of the Faithful. This is the fault of the alleged Evangelizers.

We are to always offer the sacrifice "up front" and then, abandoning ourselves to His Mercy, pray that He accepts it and grant whatever we seek.

Second gem: God relented and did not destroy Ninive (Jonas 4) and Jonas, instead of rejoicing was mad at God for He was Merciful.

Let us take a look at what God said to Jonas about His actions: [11]And shall not I spare Ninive, that great city, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand persons that know not how to distinguish between their right hand and their left, and many beasts?

Fast forward to the time of Jesus. Didn't He say: But he that knew not, and did things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes [Luke 12:48 A] ? There you have it - the Ninivites did  know not how to distinguish between their right hand and their left  but did what they could, without bartering with God, and the consequences of their past actions were blotted out: Divine Justice overturned by Divine Mercy.

As you may know, eventually Ninive was destroyed.... but why after having been spared once?

Well, by then, having been saved by the Mercy of God, they now knew well  how to distinguish between their right hand and their left, yet they went back to their sinful ways. Perfectly coherent with what Jesus also said: And unto whomsoever much is given, of him much shall be required: and to whom they have committed much, of him they will demand the more. [Luke 12:48 B]

Among the Divine Perfections we can certainly count His Perfect Coherence.

As a matter of theo-political interest.... the original Ninive was in the outskirts of today's Mosul in Iraq.


In yesterday's Forwarded News....
miguel de Portugal closed his comments with:

In spite of the tens of millions of documents downloaded from our servers over the last 19 years, many people still say: "What does that miguel de Portugal know?"..... and they are right!

miguel de Portugal knows little outside of God's toll free telephone number..... since all the credit, and certainly all the Glory, is His!

Notice that he did not say that it was a "private number"; he said it was a "toll free number" which carries the implication that is free to all.

As we have said in the past, the only functions of  religious institutions in their effort to Evangelize are to: (a) help the budding faithful understand the existence of such  "a number"; (b) help him/her discern it and dial it; and (b) be of assistance should there be difficulty in establishing the communication or there is interference or "poor coverage".... and nothing else!

It is God the One Who has all the answers; answers which are expressed differently to each one of us depending on our situation - spiritual, psychological and material.

Let's get out of His Way and allow Him to use us as He sees fit. That IS the only real service that we can provide Him - serving others just as the Samaritan did  [Luke 10:33].


Did you hear that....

Google admitted its new smart speaker was eavesdropping on users? (1)

A major flaw has been detected in the newly-unveiled Google Home Mini speaker that allows it to secretly record conversations without users knowing.

Last week, Google showed off its next-generation smart speakers at an event in San Francisco. Following the event, it sent members of the press home with a review unit of the Google Home Mini, expected to launch on October 19.

Android Police tech blogger and founder Artem Russakovskii was the first to discover a bug in the software used by those devices. After using the gadget, he went to his Google activity account page and noticed it was populated with audio clips recorded in his home.

Comments: A "flaw" or was it a conscious effort to eavesdrop which was renamed "flaw" once it was exposed?
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and that.....

North Korea says Trump has "lit the wick of war" (1)

U.S. President Donald Trump has “lit the wick of war” with North Korea and his country will be made to pay with “a hail of fire”, a Russian news agency quoted North Korea's foreign minister as saying on Wednesday (Oct. 11th).
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(1) Reuters Reports


October 10th

From miguel de Portugal

The Gospel that we read last Sunday was from Luke 17:5-10. The second part of the gospel sounds quite rough and perhaps, to many, the message gets lost as the result of such roughness. To wit:

7 Suppose one of you has a servant plowing or looking after the sheep. Will he say to the servant when he comes in from the field, ‘Come along now and sit down to eat’? 8 Won't he rather say, ‘Prepare my supper, get yourself ready and wait on me while I eat and drink; after that you may eat and drink’? 9 Will he thank the servant because he did what he was told to do? 10 So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.’

If we look at it objectively under the light of: (a) the real Creation story; and (b) our frequent complaints to God for everything an anything, the message may become crystal clear.

Allow us to explain....

1. God creates man in His image and places Creation in his hands. The only requirement was not to try to take His place.
2. Man try to take God's place and gets summarily kicked out of a paradisiacal state.
[The Adam and Eve is a symbolic, but very accurate, representation of what really happened.]
3. God allows man to tumble and stumble paying for his arrogance, then, He calls Abraham into action.
4. Abraham, Moses, the prophets, etc. come and go and man continues tumble and stumble, now paying for his stupidity.
5. Finally God manifests Himself in a human body - Jesus - with a message that can be summarized as: "What is what you, blockheads, do not understand about the Law and the Prophets?" In an effort to help us see what we are blind to.
6. God is even willing to pay for the return-to-paradise ticket for us blockheads with only one condition.... we must serve Him by serving one another - by striving to be like Him - as we journey through Time.

Now, review the above quoted Gospel reading again. Does it look that rough now?

We are unworthy servants - unworthy of God manifesting Himself in a human body and suffer the unspeakable for our benefit.

Do we expect to be thanked by Him for our "generosity" in accepting the return-to-paradise ticket?

We are not even worthy of the crumbs that fall off His table [Mat. 15:27], yet we complain about everything!

Perhaps we should start wearing our shoes on our knees as we "walk" about on them making reparation for the continued offenses that we do not seem to stop "gifting" God with!

Let us take the Publican's attitude and forego that of the Pharisee [Luke 18:11-14] - our favorite one! - and maybe He will have Mercy on us - a Mercy that we do not deserve, but will humbly and full of gratitude accept!

....which brings us to.....

 Monday's Gospel [Luke 10:25-37] and the Second Law: "....(love) thy neighbour as thyself."

We strongly suggest that we all clearly understand what God means by "loving thy neighbor". It is not our convenient version of it.

When we show Mercy for someone - known or unknown (1) to us - we are fulfilling the Second Law. This action, in turn, greatly benefits us since He said "Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy." [Matthew 5:7] -  a promise which I believe without the slightest doubt!

Brethren - it is all that simple !!!!

Think about all of that as you see the world collapsing unto itself. How simple it would have been to avoid all of it! ....and the next Nobel Prize winner is.....
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Have you heard that..... Francis and Orthodox leader make climate change appeal to 'heal wounded creation'? (1)

Pope Francis and Orthodox Christian leader Patriarch Bartholomew called on Friday for a collective response from world leaders to climate change, saying the planet was deteriorating and vulnerable people were the first to be affected.

The appeal comes three months after U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from a global agreement, struck in Paris, to limit greenhouse gas emissions.

“We urgently appeal to those in positions of social and economic, as well as political and cultural, responsibility to hear the cry of the earth and to attend to the needs of the marginalized,” Francis and Bartholomew said in a joint statement.


Comment: They still do not get it! A wounded creation is the product of wounded souls who - after 2,000 years of make-me-rich "Evangelization" - are still severely wounded, ignorant and disoriented.

Of course, they have managed to transfer the responsibility of a failed Evangelization to Mr. Trump. [Remember! We are no 'Trump lovers'. We are just illustrating the level of the pass-the-buck mentality of "Their Holinesses".]

Why should we be surprised - the "crown jewel" of the Spanish Cardinals - Rouco Varela - in a personal letter to miguel de Portugal (2) - squarely placed the responsibility of the failed Evangelization effort on the faithful.

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(2) Cardinal Rouco-Varela's letter to miguel de Portugal


October 7th

From miguel de Portugal

In the past - more than once - we have spoken about the disproportionate importance given to relics. A situation which is even made worse by the multitude of obviously fake and supposedly "highly important" relics as, for example, the multitude of foreskin samples allegedly from Jesus, considerable amount of samples of maternal milk for Mary, enough wood from Jesus' cross to almost build the famed bridge over the River Kwai, and on and on.

It is quite understandable why so many Europeans have lost the Faith and kept the rituals as just another social event.

 However, that does not mean that legitimate relics should not be appreciated - not adored nor used as talismans, but appreciated. We try to see them as Holy Souvenirs which certainly have a place in the practicing of any faith.

Because of the bad press relics have been given by their inappropriate usage in the Roman Catholic Church, is why we have not mentioned to you that we have some very special, and legitimate, Relics that were given to us by a local family in Fatima. A family of very humble beginnings, like all Fatima locals, and who became very wealthy as the result of tourism. They had lost their way but God used me to bring them back to Him. In appreciation they helped me while I was in Fatima (1992 - 1993) and gave me their two prized Relics: (a) a bit of the root, with dirt included, of the holm oak upon which Mary used to appear to the children; and (b) a baseball size rock/stone that was part of St. Joseph's house in Nazareth.


They picked up the root and associated dirt as the builders were preparing the place where Our Lady of Fatima statue is placed in the Chapel of the Apparitions today - which is exactly where the original holm oak stood. The part of St. Joseph's house wall was taken when they visited Nazareth many years ago.... while the guides and guards were not looking.... No; this is not a joke. It was forbidden to take anything from there.

We also have a second category relic which is a small branch off the particular pine tree upon which Mary appeared at The Pines in Garabandal. Of course, those are still available if one travels to Garabandal... assuming that the pines are still standing.

A tiny sample of each have been built into the crucifix we use during Mass. The rest are just stored.

Moral of the story: Legitimate relics have a place in practicing the faith, but never to be placed above the Absolute Reality of the Eucharistc Presence of Jesus or used as talismans.


The last two posts.... in  our Board are:

Published on October 5th, 2017

Changes within the Roman Catholic Church....

These are the ones acceptable to God.... and female priesthood is not one of them.


Published on October 2nd, 2017

In no uncertain terms now, the US has....

Declared War on North Korea 

It may be a good idea to carefully review them if you had not done so already.


October 4th

From miguel de Portugal

Now that the month of September has been completed, we can report the Year-to-Date State of the World - greater-than-5.0 - Earthquakes including the first nine months of the year.

Year      Number of Reports (earthquakes over 5.0)

2014                                        665
2015                                        552
2016                                        509

Average for above three years    575

2017 (the first 9 full months)     1,093


In the first nine months of the year 2017 we have had 90 % more (or 190 times more) of over 5.0 earthquakes than in the average of the three previous full years.


From Mrs. LC @ US

Thank you! for the much appreciated God's "Consolation Wink" you just mailed to the Focused Prayer Group.

What struck me Monday morning upon watching live coverage of the Las Vegas massacre, was a sign with huge letters that read "PRAY FOR LAS VEGAS!".

Considering the nickname this city has had for a long time -- Sin City -- I considered this to be quite significant.

Prayers and sacrifices continue…

In His Holy Name,

LC

A. Thank you for your kind feedback, prayers and sacrifices since the silence from out List Members usually is deafening, and most discouraging.

The sign at Las Vegas connected and viewed, as you did, with Las Vegas' nickname of Sin City should be taken as another "Consolation Wink" for the Focused Prayer Group.

Thank you! for bringing it to our attention.


Did you hear that... On Yom Kippur, Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook creator, publicly apologized for his social media creation on Saturday.  (1)

In the Jewish tradition of asking for forgiveness around the High Holidays, Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg publicly apologized for his social media creation on Saturday.

“Tonight concludes Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year for Jews when we reflect on the past year and ask forgiveness for our mistakes,” wrote Zuckerberg, who is Jewish. After asking for personal forgiveness, he continued on to address a more global issue.

“For the ways my work was used to divide people rather than bring us together, I ask forgiveness and I will work to do better.”

Comments: Mark Zuckerberg, a 'good' Jew, as most Christians are 'good' Christians - just pure and adulterated lip service.

If he were really sorry, he would shut Facebook down until it was completely changed and then launched it again. That is, of course, after donating to worthwhile charities the billions he has stolen by stealing his clients privacy. It looks liket he would make a good Francis-style Catholic.
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Japan is considering.... killing cash by launching own cryptocurrency? (1)

Authorities in Japan are considering starting a digital currency to be called the J-Coin. By doing so, Tokyo will reduce cash circulation in the country.

The project has the support of the central bank and regulators. The J-Coin will allow Japanese consumers to pay for goods and services with their smart phones.

The government's goal is to cut dependence on cash, which represents 70 percent of all transactions by value in Japan. The J-Coin will be exchanged at a one-to-one rate with the yen.

Comments: Have the Japanese been reading the Book of Revelations....?
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From miguel de Portugal

The First Reading from las Sunday's Mass - Ez 18:25-28 - should serve as an Old Testament reminder of the reason for which we are conduction the latest group Focused Prayer.

You say, "The LORD's way is not fair!" Hear now, house of Israel: Is it my way that is unfair, or rather, are not your ways unfair?

When someone virtuous turns away from virtue to commit iniquity, and dies, it is because of the iniquity he committed that he must die. But if he turns from the wickedness he has committed, and does what is right and just, he shall preserve his life; since he has turned away from all the sins that he has committed, he shall surely live, he shall not die.

God is counting on us to help those who need to turn from wickedness and embrace what is right.

Let us make sure that when we cross the veil, we do so with full hands and not tired lips.... from so much lip service.


October 3rd
Have you heard that.... a high-tech millionaire has founded a new religion based on the belief that artificial intelligence will surpass man, and proclaims that in the future, man will worship a divine supercomputer? (1)

Anthony Levandowski, the key engineer behind much of the technology used by the multi-billion dollar self-driving car industry, filed paperwork in California two years ago creating a new religious organization called Way of the Future. Levandowski is currently between projects and is using his time to pursue his religion more seriously.

Way of the Future is dedicated to “develop and promote the realization of a Godhead based on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and through understanding and worship of the Godhead contribute to the betterment of society.”

Comments: Read post below.
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It is obviously His Will that.... we now bring the following matter to the world's attention again....

Isn't it interesting that man will again attempt to build a "new and improved" society, a modern day Tower of Babel, when we know, from the beginning, that it was not acceptable to God? Thus:

And they said: Come, let us make a city and a tower, the top whereof may reach to heaven: and let us make our name famous before we be scattered abroad into all lands.  And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of Adam were building.  And he said: Behold, it is one people, and all have one tongue: and they have begun to do this, neither will they leave off from their designs, till they accomplish them in deed.  Come ye, therefore, let us go down, and there confound their tongue, that they may not understand one another's speech.  And so the Lord scattered them from that place into all lands, and they ceased to build the city. 9 And therefore the name thereof was called Babel, because there the language of the whole earth was confounded: and from thence the Lord scattered them abroad upon the face of all countries.  [Genesis 11: 4-9]

Man does it for the same reason he wants to play God again (genetic manipulation, reproductive manipulation, artificial intelligence, etc.), considering that, from the very, very beginning God showed immense displeasure at such tendency. Thus:

Of the fruit of the trees that are in paradise we do eat:  But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of paradise, God hath commanded us that we should not eat; and that we should not touch it, lest perhaps we die.  And the serpent said to the woman: No, you shall not die the death.  For God doth know that in what day soever you shall eat thereof, your eyes shall be opened: and you shall be as Gods, knowing good and evil. [Genesis 3: 2-5]

The reason is quite simple -  man, without God, is basically very stupid and when man wants to upstage God, God is certainly not with him nor will allow it in the end. No matter if they claim to be doing the Work of God - as Opus Dei claims - or improving humanity's quality via artificial intelligence - as Silicon Valley proclaims.

As you see the world crumble into a heap of ruins always keep in mind that God is allowing it for our own good, otherwise, ... no flesh should be saved: but for the sake of the elect those days shall be shortened. [Matthew 24:22]

Only that certainty, which is built on a solid faith in the absolute reality and perfect Wisdom of God, will help all of us navigate through the End of These Times while retaining our sanity.


Below we are reproducing.... the Liturgical and Astronomical calendar for the month of October.

We have added two more dates associated with Judaism and one with Catholicism - they seem to fit just right. To avoid confusion, we have also changed the Jewish custom that "the next day starts at sundown". Henceforth, the day starts at midnight and ends 24 hours later, period! If we were going to use the Sun to establish the beginning of day it would be at Dawn AND NOT at Sundown.

OCTOBER

1st     Feast of the Veil of Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos [Celebrated by the Orthodox Church]

2nd    Feast of Guardian Angels

4th    St. Francis of Assisi - Patron of Catholic Action [The namesake of inspiration for the one who will introduce the False Christ]

5th   The first calendar day of the Jewish celebration of Sukkot.

[Sukkot, also known as Feast of Tabernacles, is a biblical Jewish holiday commemorating the Exodus and the dependence of the People of Israel on the Will of God.]

6th   First Friday of the Month

7th   First Saturday of the Month and  Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary

11th   Feast of the Motherhood of Mary  

12th   Asteroid 2012 TC4 to flyby Earth at a distance of 4.200 miles and the calendar day when the Jewish celebration of Sukkot ends, and the calendar day when the - one day - Jewish feast of Shemini Atzeret is celebrated.

[We could not find a crystal clear justification for the feast of Shemini Atzeret other than the celebration of the end of the Sukkot period.]

13th    The Miracle at Fatima  and calendar day for the Jewish feast Simchat Torah [Day of Celebrating the Torah]

15th    St. Teresa of Jesus (Avila)

16th   Feast of Mary's Purity

18th   St. Luke - Evangelist

20th   Mary, Wonderful Mother

22nd  Mary, Mother of the Dying [4th Sunday in October]

28th   Sts. Simon and Jude - Apostles

Related Document: Key Dates of World Wars I and II and how they relate to the Roman Catholic Liturgical Calendar

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