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The purpose of this Private Forum is to share with members of our Mailing List  the response to and/or comment of correspondence that we may receive from time to time and which is of Universal interest in these very unsettling times. Each List Member, may, at his/her discretion, share this page with others.

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Letters/Questions - Addressed on  December 2007

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From TF @ USA - Published on December 31st, 2007 [Silvester I, Pope [1st Pope after the deliverance of Catholic Church to Emperor Constantine]]

Dear Miguel: 

Since the Second Coming of Our Lord refers to the Final Judgement at the End of Time;

......and since Christ told his disciples that only the Father knows the hour and the day when He (Christ) will return,....

 How is it that you in this past year, have on more than one occasion stipulated the year 2832 as the end of time? 

 TF

A. First addressing "....only the Father knows the hour and the day...":

You may find the quotation you paraphrased in the New Testament:

"Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.  But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.  But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be." [Matthew 24: 35-37]

First - Jesus is speaking about "the state of affairs" - that is: "Who knew what?" - at the time, was speaking to His disciples in the Mt. of Olives and not necessarily in the future.

Secondly, He states:

 "...as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be."

Obviously, Noe had a schedule to follow in building the Ark and a schedule necessitates dates.

Thirdly, in the Lesson of the Fig Tree, just before the above quoted verses, Jesus states:

 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:   So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.   Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.   Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. [Matthew 24: 32-35]

By "this generation" He meant the generation which "...
shall see all these things...." not the generation that they were living through back then. The "things" He describes are clearly listed in Matthew 24: 15-28

He further warns us to be ready through the Parable of the Ten Virgins through Matthew 25:1-13 - lest some are not ready and be lost.

Then we must ask ourselves: If Jesus is so concerned about us being ready and warns us so, would then, God the Father, when the time comes,  not even give a clue to His children, through His chosen ones, so that they wake up from their lethargic sleep of indolence and  become ready?

Secondly - We are now looking at the End of These Times "in the face", and much later, we will face, literally, the End of Time.  The conclusion of These Times, and then, the End of Time are succinctly described in the Book of Revelations Chapter 20.

During the period between End of These Times and End of Time we will live as Adam and Eve did
(1) - in union with God but in Time. At the End of Time, the Elect (2) will live with God in Eternity.

We must keep in mind that the Book of Revelations is not written in a sequential form and that Biblical Prophecies in many cases cover two different epochs as we have illustrated with Paul warnings
(3).

How we are aware of the year 2832 is not to be revealed at this point - but as we understand it - on or about that time the Created Universe ceases to exist, since it only exists in Time.

This is all that we will say about these matters at this time. Not everything miguel is aware of can be expressed in words and some issues are still incomprehensible to him like how are Time and Eternity
(4) connected. He knows that there is "a continuum" connecting them but every time he meditates about the functioning of that continuum he can go so far and then the concept escapes him.

NOTES__________________________________________________

(1)  Creation or Evolution? - It Is Both! * Biblical Literalism or Symbolism? - It Is Both!  
(2)  How God determines the Elect
(3) The warning of St. Paul
(4) About Time and Eternity



From CS @ USA - Published on December 28th, 2007 [The Holy Innocents]

Greetings to our blest friend Miguel!

Your christmas card arrived our home Christmas Eve! The little blessed card for Billy was with the card. We were stunned. It made our holiday the most
holy one of our past.  The card is kept on one of our 'altars' here in the house.
.........
I am also thinking of the Miracle (just thinking, mind you) of 5/8/08 as it too comes on a Thursday and that is the date so it appears in the shoe laces of the miraculous sketch of Billy from 30+ years ago.

Pray for us as we continue to pray for you, dear Miguel.

Blessings always.

CS

A. Your kind words truly Glorify God Who I strive to serve in spite of so many and very human limitations.

As you know, we do not comment on dates; however, we take this opportunity to remind one and all that before the Miracle the world must have the Warning.  As you also probably remember the span of time between the Warning of the Miracle was announced to be 12 months or less.
We take this opportunity to state that we have reviewed the document we issued in 1996 regarding the utilization, by those preaparing to launch the False Christ, of the known dates to manipulate the world. In spite of all that we have learned from God since then and has transpired in the world - the document stands as written eleven years ago.

You and the family may be assured of our prayers.


From IW @ World - Published on December 24th, 2007 [Christmas Eve]

May the Lord have mercy on us all!

I, for one, cannot see how I can be gainfully employed after the upcoming financial catastrophe. Having experienced destitution to some degree before (utilties disconnected due to non-payment, dropping out of college because our family couldn't afford it, having no idea where to get our next meal, had our house not been paid for we would be out on the street...).

I can only hope that somehow my children be spared that fate. But then again, we are living in the End Times.

Pray for me brethren, that God may guide me according to His will.
 
Yours in Christ.

IW

A.
Have you forgotten the following exchange?

And Jesus beholding, said to them: With men this is impossible: but with God all things are possible. [Matthew 19:26]

We must not focus our eyes on  the catastrophes that are manifesting themselves worldwide and how are they going to impact each one of us materially.

What we must focus on is how to strengthen our real relationship with God because....
with God all things are possible!!

Do not forget what we have written in What Can We Do?  and What Can We Do? - Part 2

The question that you, and all, must answer is: Do you really believe in God or not?

Then, act in accordance to your answer, while keeping in mind that Jesus in person worked very few miracles in Nazareth due to their lack of Faith in Him.


From Various @ World - Published on December 22nd, 2007

Q.  Note from The M+G+R Foundation:  From time to time we receive a letter from a Faithful where he/she share with us the results of illumination that they have received as they sought it. Two days ago we received one from someone very dear to us.  Someone who practices the Faith and lives it more and more every day - as God increases His illumination to her/his soul. Thus - we know that his/her intentions are truly golden yet, the letter, raised red flags in our view.

Toward the end of the letter we read:

Love and Fear CANNOT exist together.... very emphatically.  It made me recall another thing I had read when I was doing the brain research about a hormone that acts like a neurotransmitter called oxytocin.  The oxytocin has a lot to do with human birth process, but it also is believed to be the factor in the bonding between the mother and newborn and in mating, such that it is nicknamed the "love hormone."  When it is abused - then it is involved in the date-rape drugs -  the reason, I think, has to do with the manipulation of the user's trust.  Today you said that EVERYTHING in the Bible is truth either literally or figuratively, so I started to wonder if it is possible for this to have a neuro-chemical basis, such that when the love neurotransmitter is active it somehow blocks the stimulation or transmission of the fright one?
 
Also, while I was reading all the drug material, I came across an article about anorexia/severe fasting and how it interferes with serotonin.  The reason I found it, was that it suggested that this had something to do with certain saints and mystics who received the stigmata, and connected it to the severe austerities they performed.  It was sort of chilling to read, and I put it aside because it was not about drugs, but it has stayed in the back of my mind.
 
So, here is my other question or idea... God created the human brain and all its internal chemical systems, and if operating "normally," would assist man as needed:  sleep/wake, calm/fear, love, nurture, reproduce, etc.  He could also - somehow - commandeer these systems on a case-by-case basis, such as when he needed to put someone asleep to remove a rib, or strike fear into whole armies, or make fertile a barren woman, etc.
 
In reading your article on asceticism, and there it says that God created certain human functions for their proper use, and when we mis-use them, then the results are always eventually negative.  This could be another case of man manipulating another one of God's fine creations for the purpose of trying to control his own circumstances.
 
I really hope I am not reducing God to just a scientist with these ideas - I so often accidentally think Him down into my own very human mind level, instead of thinking UP to Him.  But, it is because of Him that I am even thinking about any of this in the first place. 


A. Our response was immediate and swift - as dictated by God. To wit:

It is with a sense of urgency that we give a "stop gap" response to your letter.

You have shown your trust in m de P in the past, and now, we are invoking that trust so that you may follow our directive.

Please - stop "connecting those dots" for now. In world lingo we would metaphorically say - soak your head in a bucket of cold water.

Using a high tech parable:  You are downloading programs for which your current operating system is not ready.  This - just like in a computer - will cause a system crash.

Next to pushing the Faithful to pray more and more with disastrous results - this "active seeking to connect dots" technique is one of satan's favorite techniques to "get to" those whom he cannot harm otherwise. Of that snare trilogy, the third one is when the Faithful starts actively looking for signs to determine a course of action.

Leave all of that behind now and dive into the Glorious celebration of the Birth of the Messiah - Jesus.

Will try to clarify/quantify matters at a later time. Now we are "racing against the clock" to publish one of the best "Damage Control" granted to the Faithful by Heaven, thus, we cannot give a more complete answer at this time.

May God continue to Bless and Keep you!

End of letter sent to the writer.

Here we are now going to
clarify/quantify matters as promised.

Notice that we have used "active seeking" and "actively looking for" because that is the key to the problem. We can, and should, ask for charity; light; faith; patience; love; and all other virtues but, once we ask God for them, He does not need our "active help" to get them.

He knows the state of development of our "operating system" thus He will adjust the dosage of the "downloaded programs" so that our "system" is not overloaded and lead us to a "crash".  We must let Him pace that "download" always and we must never actively seek to accelerate it.  The moment we do - satan steps right in to "give us a hand" in the hopes that he can cause us to crash spiritually.  We have seen that too many times - in some cases with disastrous results.

We should not worry about "missing a sign" or "overlooking a clue".  God knows us all too well and He will see that we "catch on" sooner or later - but always - at the right time!

God has revealed to miguel unimaginable - until then - information but it has always been "downloaded" at the right time. The few times that, due to his humanity, miguel has tried to accelerate - read: "actively seek the information" - the process, the faint signs of an impending "crash" began to be felt and, aware of the problem, he would let go immediately and let God choose the perfect time.

There are a few documents that may assist the Faithful in better understanding, assimilating and applying our response:

(a) The dangers of false ascetic practices
(b) Understanding Time and Eternity and their relationship
(c) The TV parable

As we always say: All Glory is truly God's.  The very best man can do is to, with His Grace, say "Yes" to Him - i.e. always defer to Him, that is the secret of true perfection. ["Be you therefore perfect, as also your heavenly Father is perfect." (Matthew 5:48) - that will take place whenever we defer to God.]
 

From IW @ Somewhere in the World - Published on December 17th, 2007

(A follow up response to the letter published on December 2nd with the intent of addressing the remaining issues.  We have edited the letter to leave the areas we intend to address now.)

Q. I'm working as a software developer. Some time ago I asked myself about software piracy and how it influences my spiritual life.

Here, in my country it is a very common thing, because software costs much more than people can pay for it and if you working professionally you need many programs to help you do your job.

.....

My problem is that I tried to confess it as a sin during my last confession some months ago. Priest to whom I confessed didn't have what to propose me but he said that if my soul tell me that this is wrong I must indeed do something with it...

The problem is that I can't just "clean my shirt" and start a new life in this area. I'm afraid in near future it is not possible, so I decided that I will pay only for software that I use for my work, but, I'm afraid it is a "man made" rule and it is like allow something bad if you can't live the other way.

......

Even more problems arise because of the fact that in my work I must help and support other people so directly or indirectly I also restricting them.

I can say for sure but I think it can be same situation as with fallen alpinist and the rope -  to hear God and cut the rope - i.e. to throw away everything that blocks me, but as I described it is also not a easy choice because I must help other people with work.

The biggest problem is that I can't find solution for this, if it is from God - I think I'm lacking faith to do this "step" in right direction, if it is from satan - it is very
effective "psychological bug" - because I can't go freely to confession despite I have much more serious sins to confess - I can't say to the priest that I corrected my paths in this area - it is even not the case that he will ask me but it is God before Whom I confess my sins.

IW


A.
The fact that it concerns you confirms the reality that taking what is not rightfully yours is wrong.  However, as we understand it when you stated: "...I will pay only for software that I use for my work,...." - if you are paying for what you use, how could that be taking what is not yours?  In English we refer to that as "the honor system" which rests upon the concept of being honest when no one else, but God, will know what you are doing. This carries higher merit before God than "being good because one is being watched."

You also state: "...
in my work I must help and support other people so directly or indirectly I also restricting them"  No, you are not. Your upholding Divine Law is what does it.  In that case, it is up to God to come to their assistance to resolve any problem that you may have caused by upholding His Law - something for which you should pray... and we are sure that you already are doing so.

Regarding "the alpinist and cutting the rope" - we have addressed this issue with you via private communication.  To what we wrote we must add - publicly - the fact that we must make sure that it is God Who is instructing us to "cut the rope".  Let us not forget the experience Jesus had during the satanic temptations, i.e.:

5 Then the devil took him up into the holy city, and set him upon the pinnacle of the temple, 6 And said to him: If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down, for it is written: That he hath given his angels charge over thee, and in their hands shall they bear thee up, lest perhaps thou dash thy foot against a stone. 7 Jesus said to him: It is written again: Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. [Matthew 4]

You further state: '... The biggest problem is that I can't find solution for this, if it is from God - I think I'm lacking faith to do this "step" in right direction, if it is from satan - it is very  effective "psychological bug" ...'

As we have said many times - even satan must serve God, therefore, regardless the source of the dilemma, you must ask God to grant you the faith and light to see the solution to this quandary and God, without fail, will respond.  Did he not say:

7 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, you shall ask whatever you will, and it shall be done unto you. [John 15]


You must rest assured - God will always help those who will go to any ["any"  - remembering that the end does not justify the means] length to uphold His Law.  A reminder of that may be found in Daniel 6: 8-23

We pray that we have now answered your concerns in full.


From V @ USA - Published on December 12th, 2007 [Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe ]

Q.  I just got the following email and thought I should send it to you first before forwarding it to anyone because it names Iran.

Is this trying to make a  bad comment on Iran?

Yes, I know many deny the holocaust, but why is a country named  in this rather than just using the name Muslim again?

Who, exactly, is denying the holocaust?

Thank you for reviewing this.

The e-mail in question: 

It is a matter of history that when  the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces, General Dwight Eisenhower found  the victims of the death camps, he ordered all possible photographs to be  taken and for the German people from the surrounding villages to be ushered through the camps and even made to bury the dead. He did this he said, in words to this effect;  "Get it all on record now - get the films - get the witnesses - because somewhere down the track of history some ******* will get up and say that this never happened.
  
   "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."     Edmund Burke
  
IN MEMORIAL
  
This week, the UK removed the Holocaust from it's school curriculum because it "offended" the Muslim population because they say it never occurred.
  
This is a frightening portent of the fear that is gripping the world and how easily each country is giving into it.
  
It is now more than 60 years since the 2nd. World War in Europe ended.
  
This e-mail is being sent as a memorial chain, in memory of the 6 million Jews, 20 million Russians, 10 million Christians and 1,900 Catholic priests who were
murdered, massacred, raped, starved, burned and humiliated while German and Russian people looked the other way!
  
Now more than ever, with Iran among others, claiming the Holocaust to be a myth, it is imperative to make sure the world never forgets.
  
This e-mail is intended to reach 40 million people worldwide!  Be a link in the memorial chain and help distribute this around the world.
  
Please.   Don't just delete this, it will only take a minute to pass it on . . .   
  
May God Bless

V

A.
This is just another thin veiled info-commercial to seek support for the attack on Iran.  We will comment upon it, but before, let us make our situation clear: We have no doubt that the holocaust took place - that is an undeniable reality.

Now - Commenting upon the info-commercial e-mail:

1. We do not know anything about the UK removing the Holocaust from the curriculum and why - even if they did indeed.

2. This is the first time we hear that the Muslim population denies it.  So far we have only heard neo nazis deny it. Not even the President of Iran denies it.

3. Let us see.... 20 million Russians were murdered, etc. while German and Russian people looked the other way ???? Makes "great sense" , doesn't it?

4. We heard live the translated version of the Iranian President address in Columbia University and obtained the text to carefully review it too. He said that:

(a) He did not deny the holocaust. He just wanted to know why it was a closed issue and why no further study about it was allowed. It seems like a valid question.  We are still studying the crucifixion of Jesus, the Pharaonic legacy from Egypt, the Inquisition but cannot further study the facts an figures of the holocaust?  If that attitude is correct - then it is creating an unnecessary but, logical due to the prohibition, skepticism.

(b) Another of Iran President's points is: If it were Europeans who massacred the Jews - 1900 + years of Christianity to which we must add the crowning blow by Hitler - why did the Europeans banish the Palestinians from their lands to give the Jews the Holy Land territories?  Why punish the Palestinians for the crime committed by Europeans (the persectuion of Jews)  for centuries.  This is a very hard argument to counter - unless one is blind (1) or is a fanatic. (2)

Regarding the Divine Right of the Israelites to the Holy Land...

We have addressed that before: That was part of a covenant between God and His People. A covenant is a two way street and the Israelites have not kept theirs. Without even going into the New Testament - most of the Old Testament is composed of  (a) God complaining to His people for going down the wrong path; (b) The warnings given by God;. (c) The ignored warnings; and the logical (d) Divine punishment.

Therefore, just because, at some time, thousands of years ago, God said that He was giving the Israelites that land does not mean that they are Divinely entitled to it - the Israelites have to give something to God in return - like obedience and fidelity.  We are not keeping score - we are just saying that it is not the Western World business to determine if the score between the Israelites and God is settled or not.


5.  The greatest Memorial we can offer to the dead (3) is to obey God - in word and deed - so that what has happened for the last 6,000 years does not happen again.  Unfortunately, most "people of God" just give lip service to God and that is why He will soon step in and settle the score once and for all.

If these disoriented info-commercial senders want to reach 40 million people, it should be with the encouragement to Live the Scriptures and not to continue the destructive hate-mongering that the religious type have been fostering for far too long. (4)

Every day that goes by, the bumper sticker depicting a man speaking to Jesus and saying: "Lord, protect me from Your followers" makes more sense.  We would place it in our car but, if we do, His "followers" would probably fire bomb it with the driver and passengers inside. It would be much easier than "burning the car and passengers at the stake"!

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(1) Who are the blind?
(2) Who are the fanatics?
(3) The Victims of Rome's Holocaust
(4) What Went Wrong? Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4


From WO @ USA - Published on December 10th, 2007 [Feast of Our Lady of Loretto (1) ]

Q. 
Regarding your announcement regarding financial matters - One thing which I am sure you have considered and which I am sure that other good souls who are on your "family" here may have noted, is that the fact that you are now asking for contributions will likely be used against you at some point by your enemies.

Of course circumstances have forced you to do this - which I 100% understand. Yet, they surely will use this against you...... because in their inverted (translation: demonized) way of thinking, money belongs only to them (Church Administrators & their cronies).

The inverted logic at work is that they are allowed to have $$$ in abundance to spend and misuse as they please.......... while you and are lucky if we have a can of beans!

You remain in my daily prayers...... Christ be with you always!

WO

A. We appreciate your concern because we know it is sincere. Therefore, we will address the points you raised publicly for the benefit of all.

First - Although miguel indeed eats beans out of a can (saves time!) he certainly eats much better than earlier in his journey when a three egg omelet, a bit of boiled rice or french fries, two slices of tomato and a lettuce leaf, well shredded, constituted a seldom enjoyed banquet.

Along the same lines, someone, who we thought should know better, wrote to us reminding him that Jesus lived in poverty. Obviously the writer had no knowledge about the winter miguel spent in northern Portugal at freezing temperatures in a little house without heating and only being able to take a shower
once a week with just five gallons of hot water. He had to sleep with his parka and his boots on and while returning from evening Mass he would have to stop at coffee shops and ask for a free glass of hot water (could not afford the coffee) to warm himself enough to make it home.

Before and after those episodes miguel found himself literally peniless three times.  Not even enough for coffee.  No, it was not a problem then - actually - it was part of the "refining process" (2) we hear about in the Holy Scriptures and, as Faith sustained him,  God always came through.

The difference today
(3) is that miguel is in the next to the final stage (4) of the work God called him to fulfill. Now we must reach - behind the scenes (5) and on the scene (cyberspace) - all those who God Wills we do with the information needed to correct the course and safely sail through the End of These Times. He also must conduct certain spiritual exercises (6) or make pronouncements (7) in certain key spiritual locations (8) (9), etc.

To do this - miguel needs certain basic conditions and the tools to do so - without - overt or covert - strings attached

Second - Enemies will fabricate whatever lies they need to smear with; in addition, whomever believe such lies certainly has no Eyes to See nor Ears to Hear
(10) - thus, they are not of our concern.  Jesus warned us about the dogs and the swine (11), therefore, if miguel did not have enemies at the highest of places, that would mean that he was serving man and not God.

Third - We added a footnote in miguel's brief biography
(12) which explains that it is not a change of intent but the correction of a misinterpretation. In said document you may read:

Regarding financial support, considering that all was left behind - God required total dependence on Divine Providence without asking any one individual nor group for assistance. miguel must always make the request privately to God Who, in turn, moves whomever He Wills to extend the assistance (*). Simply and unadulterated Divine Providence. Thus, what miguel writes and is published through The M+G+R Foundation has no master other than God. It is God Whom miguel has to please.

(*)  This practice  works well for the very few who may meet miguel personally - except for the serious problems encountered:  strings attached/sense of ownership.

God used said problems to call to our attention the fact that we were not making available, to those who spiritually benefited from these pages, the means to assist this Ministry if they wanted to do so.   What we were doing, in effect, was blocking the action of Divine Providence.  We finally realized our mistake therefore....

You are invited to be an instrument in keeping this Ministry active.
 
It is now in your hands to do so and we are not about to block Divine Providence any more!


We trust that the above and the prior individual letters regarding this issue clarify all questions and concerns.  Any attention on miguel must always be minimized so that all attention is focused on God and His Saving Word - Jesus Christ.

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(1) About Our Lady of Loreto

The title Our Lady of Loreto refers to the Holy House of Loreto, the house in which Mary was born, and where the Annunciation occurred, and to an ancient statue of Our Lady which is found there. Tradition says that a band of angels scooped up the little house from the Holy Land, and transported it first to Tersato, Dalmatia in 1291, Reananti in 1294, and finally to Loreto, Italy where it has been for centuries. It was this flight that led to her patronage of people involved in aviation, and the long life of the house that has led to the patronage of builders, construction workers, etc. It is the first shrine of international renown dedicated to the Blessed Virgin, and has been known as a Marian center for centuries. Popes have always held the Shrine of Loreto in special esteem, and it is under their direct authority and protection. [Source: http://www.catholic-forum.com/saints/mary0011.htm]

(2) Zacharias 13:9
(3)  It's About that time!
(4) Our Function
(5) As just one example
(6) For example, First trip to Rome
(7) A Pronouncement
(8) For example, Second trip to Rome
(9) For example, Ephesus
(10) Who are the Elect?
(11) Matthew 7:6
(12)  Who is miguel de Portugal?


From TF @ USA - Published on December 7th, 2007 [First Friday of Reparation and Pearl Harbor Day]

Q.  Dear Miguel:

Once before I offered to contribute whatever I could to help you in this ministry and you declined such help.  Am I misinterpreting this message?

What can I or anyone else do to support this mission, aside from our prayers?

Please advise as your recent message, as I interpret it, conveys frustration and I don't understand the basis for that since most of this world is not living in the will of God and your efforts reach such a minute percentage of the population.

If you need or want the assistance of those who appreciate your mission, please tell us how we can assist you?

TF

A. To answer your first question  - we originally declined by mistake.  We were trying so hard to simplify the already complex life we must lead that we actually blocked God's action through those who were willing to assist. We requested prayers but no means to channel in financial assistance.  God did the best He could and, as you will read in our Participation of the Faithful page, we had a measure of support, but in every case, the "strings attached" were unacceptable to us.

The lack of understanding mentioned in your second statement:
"....as I interpret it, conveys frustration and I don't understand the basis for that since most of this world is not living in the will of God and your efforts reach such a minute percentage of the population." is logical.

That message was not intended to address the assistance issue, but obviously God had other plans. The frustration that bubbled over was due to the lack of assistance since we know, good and well, that, as you correctly stated: "....
most of this world is not living in the will of God and your efforts reach such a minute percentage of the population."

miguel takes refuge in his claim to non infallibility and to his humanity for his error (as opposed to those who claim the opposite). The errors which God allows him to make are for some good purpose indeed.

We have erred, we have heard.... and we have acted!

We sincerely thank all those who wrote as the result of our referred to communication.


You are invited to be an instrument in keeping this Ministry active. It is now in your hands to do so!


From WS @ Somewhere in the World - Published on December 4th, 2007 [Memorial of St. Barbara]

Q. I came across this proposed Middle East map (1) a few weeks ago. It was developed by an Army major and was presented at the US National War College.

Could it be that his is the "New Middle East" that Condoleeza Rice and the Bush Administration are hammering out beginning with the Israeli-Lebanon conflict and now the Annapolis Conference?

Even Syria is there; unbelievable! "Hegemony" now is the word being used for the US's influence (read control) over the Middle East.

With the Vatican wishing to have a hand in who controls Jerusalem, are we seeing the playing field marked up and lined for the big battle? God forbid it!

But who can hold it back? It seems that the hooks have been placed in Magog's mouth and we are all being dragged into the fray. All that remains is for the "Kings of the East" to appear.

Peace and Safety? I think not.

WS

A.
Certainly! There will be no Peace and Safety until God intervenes.  Man has proven, without a doubt, that is incapable of governing itself unless it receives a Divine Electroshock - and that - we assure you - man will! (2) (3)

Regarding the proposed Middle East Map - We have not heard of it, however, your "Could it be that..." may be right on target. After all, there was a Phase III
(4) all set up to handle the 9-11 which providentially took place almost nine months after its embargo was rescinded.

May all that have Eyes, See; and Ears, Hear!
(5)

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(1) Proposed Middle East Map
(2) A Wake Up Call
(3) A "What part of the Wake Up Call did you not understand?"
(4) Road Map for National Security
(5) Who are they?


From IW @ Somewhere in the World - Published on December 2nd, 2007 [First Sunday of Advent]

Q. I'm working as a software developer. Some time ago I asked myself about software piracy and how it influences my spiritual life.

Here, in my country it is a very common thing, because software costs much more than people can pay for it and if you working professionally you need many programs to help you do your job.

Unfortunately this issue is not addressed directly in Bible probably it doesn't existed 2 thousands years ago and it can't be judged by any of Ten Commandments. In fact software piracy is not a stealing - to steal it means to get something from some one but software piracy
is only infringement of someone intellectual rights.

I can apply only following comparison from Bible: Do others same that you want that they did to you,  i.e. if you want the software that you develop is sold you must buy other people software... I'm not sure if I correctly applied Bible teaching but this is how I see it regarding this issue.

The problem is both psychological and material. Actually I was raised with piracy as a every day thing and as I do not see how it can be done in past in other way.

Software developers here have higher and some even has much higher salaries than average workers but even such salary is not enough to be free in buying software and books from USA.

My problem is that I tried to confess it as a sin during my last confession some months ago. Priest to whom I confessed didn't have what to propose me but he said that if my soul tell me that this is wrong I must indeed do something with it...

The problem is that I can't just "clean my shirt" and start a new life in this area. I'm afraid in near future it is not possible, so I decided that I will pay only for software that I use for my work, but, I'm afraid it is a "man made" rule and it is like allow something bad if you can't live the other way.

Even more problems arise because of the fact that in my work I must help and support other people so directly or indirectly I also restricting them.

From the other hand as I can see God made my cross less heavy - my current job in comparing to last one do not require so much paid tools and for the most tasks I can use free tools.

And I already bought few software packages but I still need to buy a many...

I can say for sure but I think it can be same situation as with fallen alpinist and the rope -  to hear God and cut the rope - i.e. to throw away everything that blocks me, but as I described it is also not a easy choice because I must help other people with work...

The biggest problem is that I can't find solution for this, if it is from God - I think I'm lacking faith to do this "step" in right direction, if it is from satan - it is very
effective "psychological bug" - because I can't go freely to confession despite I have much more serious sins to confess - I can't say to the priest that I corrected my paths in this area - it is even not the case that he will ask me but it is God before Whom I confess my sins...

I tried to find some answers over Internet but there is almost no information about theological and cultural aspect of software piracy.

I found an answer on a local church site from one priest on this subject and he says that it is OK to do - in general the fact of piracy is not good but we do not have other way to work/live and if we will not do this we'll simply be thrown away from other civilized world.

IW


A.  First of all, we wish to ask your forgiveness before the thousands of readers that visit our pages because, through an oversight, we just realized that we had not address this very serious issue which you brought to your attention on  January 15, 2007 - nearly a year ago.

Secondly, we wish to inform our readers that this writer is one of the very, very few individuals who have give us a hand and helped us our presence in cyberspace - therefore, as the saying goes "we owe him one" yet, the truth has no price.

The overall answer will be provided through an actual experience that miguel de Portugal (m de P) (1) had. At another time soon, we will address individual points which need addressing for the benefit of all - thus the Glory of God.

The experience....

Two or three years (2) after m de P's conversion, he decided to join the priesthood associated with a certain order which is greatly involved in the education field. He had already been told by God - through credible individuals - a Bishop and a priest of said order - that there were other plans for him. At that time m de P still had difficulty in discerning if it was God speaking or just an individual opinion. As his function became more and more defined, looking back, he could see that God was speaking through those two individuals.

Since m de P took those statements as individual opinions, about a year later he started proceedings to join the order - to the joy of all. It all went quite well.  Part of the procedure required very extensive and comprehensive psychological testing. All went exceedingly well during the initial meetings with the psychologist who eventually would administer the test.  Then, on the appointed day, m de P took the test. It was lengthy but very easy for him.

A week later he came back for the results. When the psychologist ushered him in, she was livid. Furious is the word!  Everything was perfect except....

There was a question that was posed to the candidate: "If your wife is ill and the only medication that will prevent her from dying is at your local pharmacy but you simply could not afford it nor obtain the money to buy it, what would you do?"

Miguel did not even have to spend a second thinking it over. His answer was that he would pray to God for a solution since God loved "his wife" more than he did and He would certainly resolve it by: (1) Moving the pharmacist to give the medication on credit; (2) Healing the wife; (3) Unexpectedly bringing in some money so that he could purchase the medication at the pharmacy; or any other way God deemed to resolve the issue.

The problem was that their "right" answer was to steal the medicine and make reparation afterwards. She told m de P that most priest candidates answered that way and that he was wrong!  As a matter of fact - he was so off track that he should not go into the priesthood.  "They will accept you because they are desperate, but this is enough to void your candidacy." To wash her hands off the whole affair she sent m de P to a priest/counselor/psychologist so that the decision would be his.

As incredible as that sounds that was exactly what happened. The priest/counselor/psychologist tried to convince m de P that his answer was wrong - actually, bordering on deranged.
 
Still, the  local head of the order and many of their local priests knew m de P well and just ignored the psychologist's negative evaluation (because of that one single point.)

Soon after, miguel started "seeing through" these people and their "Faith" and informed them officially, via letter, that he was no longer interested in joining their order.

As it turned out - the Bishop and priest mentioned earlier were indeed delivering a Divine, and not so cryptic, message to miguel. God indeed had other plans for him and He will always be Praised for that gift.

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(1) About miguel de Portugal
(2)
m de P has files of all of this wherein exact dates, names and places could be cited, however, that would not add to the message being delivered and would consume time of which we have not much.



From YdM @ USA - Published on November 29th, 2007


Q. Please read the following announcement for your discernment and comments.

Oprah Winfrey will be letting out all the stops on her XM Satellite Radio program this coming year. Beginning January 1, 2008, Oprah & Friends will offer a year-long course on the New Age teachings of A Course in Miracles. A lesson a day throughout the year will completely cover the 365 lessons from the Course in Miracles Workbook

YdM


A.  As we have stated before (1), the spiritual/supernatural domain has laws just as the physical domain does.  [We are referring to natural laws like the law of gravity and not civil laws.]

If one gains knowledge of certain
spiritual/supernatural laws one can start working miracles (2) - how else do you think the practitioners of the occult work their miracles? [Remember that Pharaoh's magicians could turn their staffs into snakes.- Exodus 7:11]

The problem lies in the fact that if we attempt to work miracles "outside God", that is, not in accordance to His Will, there will be a high price to be paid.


Why? First, we are trying to "play God". Second, we infer that we know what, and when, is really best and God does not. In either case - we drift away from God's Protective Wing
(3) and when we do so we become easy pray for satan and his minions.

We ask two questions to illustrate one example: Which is the reputed center of voodoo practitioners? Haiti. What is the condition of Haiti - financially, political and socially? The worse in the Americas and even rivaling the other poorest nations of the world.

miguel knows well many of those spiritual/supernatural laws and, many years ago, God tested him regarding what he would do with that knowledge. Through His Grace miguel would not take advantage of them for, through that same Grace, miguel knew that whatever we ask of God with a sincere heart and truly defer to His Will it would be granted - or a better equivalent - at the perfect time and at no cost.

We think that the above have clarified our position regarding A Course of Miracles and any other New Age
(5) gimmick.

We thank you for the opportunity.

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(1)  About Parapsychology
(2) The dangers of false religious asceticism
(3) Remaining under God's Protective Wing
(4) The New Age movement is not just a harmless fad





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