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Published on November 15th, 2011

Whereas the danger of a.... Coup d'Etat in Greece was spoken about in hushed tones, the possibility of one in Portugal is being spoken "loud and clear" by responsible entities in Portugal, on the printed press and on the televised news. (1) (2)

For openers, last Saturday more than 10,000 members of the armed forces held a peaceful manifestation decrying the imposed austerity measures. In Portugal one cannot talk about "tightening the belt". To tigthen the belt you need to have a belt, and the poor people have even lost their pants - never mind the belts!

Why is this Coup d'Etat possibility (in any European Union country) a major concern? Because a Coup d'Etat in a European Union country will bring down the European Union dream (dream for some, but a nightmare for most) and all associated with it.
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(1) News Report One
(2) News Report Two
 


Did you know that.... the Orthodox Mass Lectionary does not contain any readings from the Book of Revelations?

This is "Denial" taken to the highest possible level.

But, then again, what do we know?

We only know what Jesus Christ has taught and, Blessedly, little of what "religious" men and women have.


Continuing our review.... of the treatment given by the Church Administration to St. John's Book of Revelations (Apocalypse):

Chapter 9 verses 1-21 have been omitted from the Mass readings.

[1] And the fifth angel sounded the trumpet, and I saw a star fall from heaven upon the earth, and there was given to him the key of the bottomless pit. [2] And he opened the bottomless pit: and the smoke of the pit arose, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened with the smoke of the pit. [3] And from the smoke of the pit there came out locusts upon the earth. And power was given to them, as the scorpions of the earth have power: [4] And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, nor any green thing, nor any tree: but only the men who have not the sign of God on their foreheads. [5] And it was given unto them that they should not kill them; but that they should torment them five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion when he striketh a man. [6] And in those days men shall seek death, and shall not find it: and they shall desire to die, and death shall fly from them. [7] And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle: and on their heads were, as it were, crowns like gold: and their faces were as the faces of men. [8] And they had hair as the hair of women; and their teeth were as lions: [9] And they had breastplates as breastplates of iron, and the noise of their wings was as the noise of chariots and many horses running to battle. [10] And they had tails like to scorpions, and there were stings in their tails; and their power was to hurt men five months. And they had over them  [11] A king, the angel of the bottomless pit; whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in Greek Apollyon; in Latin Exterminans, [12] One woe is past, and behold there come yet two woes more hereafter. [13] And the sixth angel sounded the trumpet: and I heard a voice from the four horns of the great altar, which is before the eyes of God, [14] Saying to the sixth angel, who had the trumpet: Loose the four angels, who are bound in the great river Euphrates. [15] And the four angels were loosed, who were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year: for to kill the third part of men. [16] And the number of the army of horsemen was twenty thousand times ten thousand. And I heard the number of them. [17] And thus I saw the horses in the vision: and they that sat on them, had breastplates of fire and of hyacinth and of brimstone, and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions: and from their mouths proceeded fire, and smoke, and brimstone. [18] And by these three plagues was slain the third part of men, by the fire and by the smoke and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths. [19] For the power of the horses is in their mouths, and in their tails. For, their tails are like to serpents, and have heads: and with them they hurt. [20] And the rest of the men, who were not slain by these plagues, did not do penance from the works of their hands, that they should not adore devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and wood, which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: [21] Neither did they penance from their murders, nor from their sorceries, nor from their fornication, nor from their thefts.


Chapter 10 verses 1-7 have been omitted from the Mass readings.

[1] And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud, and a rainbow was on his head, and his face was as the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire. [2] And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot upon the earth. [3] And he cried with a loud voice as when a lion roareth. And when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices. [4] And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying to me: Seal up the things which the seven thunders have spoken; and write them not. [5] And the angel, whom I saw standing upon the sea and upon the earth, lifted up his hand to heaven, [6] And he swore by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things which are therein; and the earth, and the things which are in it; and the sea, and the things which are therein: That time shall be no longer. [7] But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound the trumpet, the mystery of God shall be finished, as he hath declared by his servants the prophets.


Chapter 11 verses 1-3, 13-18 and 19b have been omitted from the Mass readings.

[1] And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and it was said to me: Arise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar and them that adore therein. [2] But the court, which is without the temple, cast out, and measure it not: because it is given unto the Gentiles, and the holy city they shall tread under foot two and forty months: [3] And I will give unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred sixty days, clothed in sackcloth.

[13] And at that hour there was made a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell: and there were slain in the earthquake names of men seven thousand: and the rest were cast into a fear, and gave glory to the God of heaven. [14] The second woe is past: and behold the third woe will come quickly. [15] And the seventh angel sounded the trumpet: and there were great voices in heaven, saying: The kingdom of this world is become our Lord's and his Christ's, and he shall reign for ever and ever. Amen. [16] And the four and twenty ancients, who sit on their seats in the sight of God, fell on their faces and adored God, saying: [17] We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, who art, and who wast, and who art to come: because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and thou hast reigned. [18] And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest render reward to thy servants the prophets and the saints, and to them that fear thy name, little and great, and shouldest destroy them who have corrupted the earth.

[19] ...and the ark of his testament was seen in his temple, and there were lightnings, and voices, and an earthquake, and great hail.



Published on November 14th, 2011

From (Mrs.) JC-K @ US

In reference to your post of November 13th about Medjugorje:

Thank you very much for the warning (1), and also the warning on Medjugorje (2).
 
I just wonder what could have prompted the Vatican exorcist to issue hose statements, when he should be one of the first to discern the "spirit" ?
 
May GOD bless you!

JC-K

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Your kind words Glorify God Whom we strive to serve.

Regarding the position of Fr. Gabriele Amorth, chief exorcist for the Diocese of Rome: We like to think that things are not as bad as we know they are. This is one of the examples as to why I cannot even fool myself thinking that "things are not as bad as we know they are".

May God have Mercy on His Elect!
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(1) Our statement: Consider this part of our last warnings.
(2) See November 13th post.


From (Mrs.) PC @ US

I just want to say, the words of Divine Encouragement (1) are always right on for me.

Thank You <><

PC

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And Thank You! for benefiting from them since that Glorifies the source: God.
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(1) Divine Encouragement page


From (Mr.) IW @ US

I hope you are doing well.  I have been doing an awful job lately.  It seems like I fail every test God throws at me, and I only find out after I have totally messed things completely up.

People are trying to convince me that God is not omnipotent.  For some reason, I have to believe that God is capable of all, sees all, knows all and is ultimately in control of all.   

I am not sure why that is so important to me lately. I have been in the desert again and realizing what a selfish pig I basically have become. 

My scapular is still on, so that is a good sign. I never managed to take that off even in my open rebellion days.

It seems that wherever I go, I am seeing violence and people getting in fights.  A guy attacked me next to the Basilica. I have been feeling stressed, questioning my motives, snapping at people.   It feels like some kind of bad energy is in the air.

Please pray for me!

IW

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Congratulations! Do you think that satan would waste his time mercilessly harassing one of his own? Of course not!  Since he cannot lose a soul which is predestined to Heaven, all he can do is make their lives miserable.

Now then - Why will God allow it? As we have said many times: Even satan must serve God. Therefore here is what God is doing for you:

(a) Giving you an opportunity to prove to Him your loyalty in spite of your self acknowledged shortcomings; and
(b) Helping you see those shortcomings so that you, with His help, can overcome them and serve Him better.

Regarding the Omnipotence of God - Even the creationists, atheists and those who just downright hate God cannot prove that it was not God Who Created the Universe from nothing and continues to sustain it. Even the Big-Bang scientist have to acknowledge the fact that the Universe came from a point so small that is without measure (because, of course, it was from "nothing").

Therefore - from any perspective: Anyone who can accomplish that is as Omnipotent as it could possibly be.

Besides - we know Him, and see Him in action day in and day out and, brother, we can assure you from a very simple and humble mortal perspective: He is not only Omnipotent.... He IS downright Awesome!

We will certainly pray for you and suggest that you add the following personalized prayer to St. Michael the Archangel to your daily prayers:

St. Michael, the Archangel defend me in the day of battle. Be my safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him I humbly pray and do thou o prince of The Heavenly Hosts, by the power of God, cast into hell satan and all evil spirits who prowl around me, seeking the ruin of my soul.

Amen!

May God Bless and Keep you!



Published on November 13th, 2011

Did you know that.... Medjugorje visionary Ivan Dragicevic's apparition on November 17 in the Cathedral of Vienna will be live-streamed over the Internet? (1)

According to Ivan, the Virgin Mary will bless all online viewers who pray along and follow the apparition, as if they had been physically present. Religious items brought next to the computer will also be blessed.

A six-digit number of people from all over the world will be praying in front of their computers when Medjugorje visionary Ivan Dragicevic's apparition on November 17 in Vienna, Austria, is being live-streamed in English and Spanish by MaryTV, and in German by Kathnet.

The Mass after Ivan’s apparition will be presided over by Cardinal Christoph Schönborn. Last year the Cardinal welcomed the two Medjugorje visionaries:

“Dear Marija, dear Ivan, thank you – first of all – that you came!  Thank you that you came again! Thank you for your service across so many years, for your work, for your service of being messengers of Our Lady.  You bring us – children of this world, children of humanity – her love and her presence and may God pay you back one hundred fold for what you are doing tirelessly!” Cardinal Schönborn said.

then we also read that...

The final result of the Vatican Commission on Medjugorje will certainly be advantageous, says Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna who openly expresses his conviction that the Virgin Mary does appear in Medjugorje.(2)

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna not only believes that the apparitions in Medjugorje are real. He also believes that the final conclusions of the Vatican Commission assigned to investigate the events at Medjugorje will end up serving Medjugorje very well.

and as if that were not enough we read that...

Fr. Gabriele Amorth, chief exorcist for the Diocese of Rome throughout the years has embraced Medjugorje, and he has called the place "a great fortress against Satan". (3)

Ignoring the apparitions in Medjugorje is unforgivable for Christians, says Rome’s leading exorcist who shakes his head at those who wait until the Church has ruled. Speaking of "betrayal" Fr. Gabriele Amorth also lashes out at bishops and priests for being indifferent to the fruits of Medjugorje.

By willingly failing to pay attention to the Virgin Mary's apparitions in Medjugorje, a great number of Christians have proven to be no different from pagans. Within this great number, both bishops and priests are included, the leading Catholic exorcist of the past 20 years said in a September 15 interview given to Radio Maria.


miguel de Portugal comments: As we have said many times before, the Faithful are being set up to be manipulated through the no-longer-valid apparitions of Medjugorje. Following is a reprint of a column we originally published in January 2010.

Just as we stated on today's Divine Encouragement page: Consider this part of our last warnings.

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(1) News Report
(2) News Report
(3) News Report


Published originally on January 2010 and again on July 2011

Regarding Medjugorje:

The Viennese Cardinal Schönborn continues to promote Medjugorje and now compares it to Lourdes, while calling it 'a school of normal Christian life'. (1)
[our highlights]

The cardinal said that the alleged messages of Medjugorje are not as important as the prayer that takes place there, including Eucharistic adoration, the Way of the Cross, Confession, and the daily praying of the entire Psalter. "In order to doubt that into Medjugorje a stream of grace flows, one must shut one's eyes," he added, comparing Medjugorje to Lourdes as a place where hearts are transformed.

Also comparing the Church's caution towards the alleged apparitions to the Church's caution towards St. Faustina, the cardinal stated that the "personal reliability" of the witnesses, the sensus fidelium, and the charitable works associated with Medjugorje are "surely an important element."

"What does one learn from the Mother of God? The faith in everyday life! For me Medjugorje is a school of normal Christian life.".  

The M+G+R Foundation Commented:  This is a reckless outrage. We remind our readers about our position about Medjugorje:

It was from God at the beginning but when it was turned into just another business to be exploited using the Holy Names of Mary and Jesus, it was no more.  That is why we say that we agree with the local Bishops at the beginning - when it was accepted as being from God - and also afterwards - when it was denied as a farce.

The man who became miguel de Portugal visited Medjugorje in the second half of the eighties and it was not until he broke away from the tourist scene which pervaded the whole area that he reestablished contact with the supernatural which could be felt in that once holy village.

But before "we get misty eyed" let us have a reality check about that "stream of graces" which allegedly flows from Medjugorje.

What was one of the first teachings that Mary imparted at the very beginning? On July 21, 1982, She is reported to have said (and repeated frequently thereafter):

"Through fasting and prayer, one can stop wars, one can suspend the laws of nature." (2)

It was in 1987 - six years after the first Marian manifestation there - when the winds of war started to blow in the Federal Republic Of Yugoslavia (3) - where Medjugorje was located. Essentially the Milosevic era started and the rest is history... a bloody war history still being worked out in the World Tribunal at The Hague.

Then we must pose the following: Either Mary lied or the millions upon millions that visited Medjugorje prior to the Milosevic era were no more than religious tourists who took home with them little more than their dirty laundry and a few souvenirs.

Of course Mary did not lie! What She said is true and we know it (not believe it, but know it from much actual practice). Obviously, as we have seen far too many times, once home most the new "converts" were only converted.... to Religious Tourism! Prayer, fasting (if they even tried it!) and sacrifice came to almost a standstill.

The same story with Kibeho, Africa.
(4) Mary appeared there in 1981, it was approved in 1982.

One of the visionaries saw:
"A river of blood, people who killed one another, abandoned bodies with no one to bury them, a tree on fire, an open chasm, a monster and decapitated heads."

This awful vision was the only one of its kind. In the rest of the apparitions, Our Lady, who had dark skin, encouraged the young women to pray, fast, and do penance.

Thirteen years later the world was shocked with the Rwandan genocide.

Why did it happened? After all, obviously Mary had tried to avert it.

It happened for the same reason as with the situation in Yugoslavia/Medjugorje - Talk is cheap and easy and frankly we are tired of it! Fasting, Prayer and Sacrifice, although free, are hard and require devotional discipline.

The bottom line, brethren, is that the Vatican could not care less about what is going on as long as the Faithful have something to entertain themselves with, so that they do not pay attention to the less-than-holy activities of the Church Administration (like the preparation for the False Second Coming).

Let us now rewind all the way to the year 911 AD and let us see what happens when the Faithful truly obey our Heavenly Mother:

In 911 AD, Constantinople was under military threat and the people were praying for God's help in the Blachernae Church in the suburb of the city. It was in this church that the omophor or veil of the Virgin Mary was reserved as a most precious relic.

The church was crowded for an all-night vigil. Andrew, the future Saint known as a fool-for-Christ, was there, along with his disciple Epiphanius. At about four in the morning, Andrew and Epiphanius had a vision of the Virgin Mary: She entered through the church doors, escorted by St. John the Forerunner and St. John the Theologian and preceded by a host of angels.

She stopped at the ambo (the great stair-cased pulpit in the center of the church) and knelt there, praying fervently and with tears. She then entered the altar and prayed again and finally removed Her veil and held it out over the faithful as She ascended from them.

They concluded from Her presence that Her intercession would be the protection to the faithful in this hour of trial. And so it happened that the feared military menace was averted.

This Miraculous Manifestation and happy consequences are celebrated by the Eastern Catholic Church on October 1st. (5)

In conclusion: Cardinal or no Cardinal; Benedict or no Benedict; Church Administration or no Church Administration; Apparitions or no Apparitions - either the Faithful quits talking and starts praying and fasting in earnest, or Divine Mercy will be unattainable for most.

If we are more than fed up with cheap talk, think about how God feels about it.

Do you think our words are harsh? They are not at all when compared with what God will allow (allow, not cause) upon humanity to wake up the few who need to be awakened.

You doubt it? Think again - while you still can!

God allowed World War II because all that would come out of the Church Administration, regarding the Fatima events, was cheap talk - the only thing that they are capable of.

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(0) The "Megaphone" of pain
(1) News Report
(2) "Words From Heaven", 1991, ISBN: 1-878909-01-9, page 101
(3) The breakup of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
(4) Marian Apparitions in Kibeho
(5) The Miracle of The Veil



Published on November 12th, 2011

Have you heard that.... the latest "Evangelization" technique is Beating Babies in the Name of Jesus? (1)

There is a brutal movement in America that legitimizes child abuse in the name of God. Two stories recently converged to make us pay attention. Last week, a video went viral of a Texas judge brutally whipping his disabled daughter.

On Monday, the New York Times published a story about child deaths in homes that have embraced the teachings of To Train Up a Child, a book by Christian preacher Michael Pearl that advocates using a switch on children as young as six months old.

What many people may not realize is that in the evangelical alternative universe of the home school movement, tightly knit church communities and the following of a number of big-time leaders and authors, physical punishment of children has been glorified for years.

As the Times illustrates - "Preaching Virtue of Spanking, Even as Deaths Fuel Debate" - the books of Michael Pearl and his wife Debi have been found in the homes where several children were killed.

miguel de Portugal comments: The decaying of society continues to get worse in all fronts, while most live in total denial (2).

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(1) Full Report
(2) The Sin of Denial


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Published on November 11th, 2011

Have you heard that.... an Eastern European pack of cyber thieves, known as the Rove group, hijacked at least four million computers in over 100 countries, including at least half a million computers in the U.S., to make off with $14 million in "illegitimate income"? (1)  
[our highlights]

The malware allegedly used in the "massive and sophisticated scheme" also managed to infect computers in U.S. government agencies including NASA and targeted the websites for major institutions like iTunes, Netflix and the IRS.

The accused hackers, six Estonian nationals and a Russian national, rerouted the internet traffic illegally on the infected computers for the last four years in order to reap profits from internet advertisement deals, the indictment said.

 "The global reach of these cyber thieves demonstrates that the criminal world is... flat," said Janice Fedarcyk, the FBI Assistant Director in charge of the New York field office. "The Internet is pervasive because it is such a useful tool, but it is a tool that can be exploited by those with bad intentions and a little know-how."


miguel de Portugal comments: Another reminder of the level of "security" that we can count on. How come the "gods" of the Internet - Steve Jobs (MHS-RIP) and Bill Gates - and their respective empires have not solve this techno-scourge yet?

Could it be because, if they had done it, the damage inflicted on the then budding (and now a multi-billion dollar) Internet Security Industry would have been too costly?

There is no doubt, "Crime Pays".... but always to a selected few.
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(1) News Report


Even establishment priests acknowledge.....
the reality of a failed Evangelization effort. A Canadian priest write in his blog (1):
[our highlights]

In general, we [in Canada] are more reserved about putting people in jail here than you are in the US. Indeed, you have one of the highest, if not the highest, percentage of citizens incarcerated in the industrialized world. Perhaps we are too easy going, yet we do have a much lower per capita violent crime rate than the US (something Michael Moore made a little too much about in one of his movies). Pedophilia aside, I wonder how effective prison sentences are in detering crime. Especially when one considers that other industrialized countries with low rates of violent crime do not incarcerate large numbers of people.

That folks in highly secularized societies like the Netherlands, Scandanavia, and Germany (and yes, to a lesser extent, Canada) behave themselves better in terms of crime than those in a more outwardly "religious" one like the US, has always given me pause. These same countries even have lower abortion rates (Holland's is markedly lower). 

Additional comments: In other words, on this evidence, secularists can be, and often are, better "Christians" (in terms of behavior) than the professed Christians.

It is obvious that a failed Evangelization is a concrete reality and not miguel de Portugal's personal opinion.
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Continuing our review.... of the treatment given by the Church Administration to St. John's Book of Revelations (Apocalypse):

Chapters 4 and 5 are covered in full in the Mass Readings at some time during the three year cycle of readings.


Chapter 6 verses 1-17 have been omitted from the Mass readings.

[1] And I saw that the Lamb had opened one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures, as it were the voice of thunder, saying: Come, and see. [2] And I saw: and behold a white horse, and he that sat on him had a bow, and there was a crown given him, and he went forth conquering that he might conquer. [3] And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature, saying: Come, and see. [4] And there went out another horse that was red: and to him that sat thereon, it was given that he should take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another, and a great sword was given to him. [5] And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature saying: Come, and see. And behold a black horse, and he that sat on him had a pair of scales in his hand. [6] And I heard as it were a voice in the midst of the four living creatures, saying: Two pounds of wheat for a penny, and thrice two pounds of barley for a penny, and see thou hurt not the wine and the oil. [7] And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature, saying: Come, and see. [8] And behold a pale horse, and he that sat upon him, his name was Death, and hell followed him. And power was given to him over the four parts of the earth, to kill with sword, with famine, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth. [9] And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held. [10] And they cried with a loud voice, saying: How long, O Lord (holy and true) dost thou not judge and revenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? [11] And white robes were given to every one of them one; and it was said to them, that they should rest for a little time, till their fellow servants, and their brethren, who are to be slain, even as they, should be filled up. [12] And I saw, when he had opened the sixth seal, and behold there was a great earthquake, and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair: and the whole moon became as blood: [13] And the stars from heaven fell upon the earth, as the fig tree casteth its green figs when it is shaken by a great wind: [14] And the heaven departed as a book folded up: and every mountain, and the islands were moved out of their places. [15] And the kings of the earth, and the princes, and tribunes, and the rich, and the strong, and every bondman, and every freeman, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of mountains: [16] And they say to the mountains and the rocks: Fall upon us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth upon the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb: [17] For the great day of their wrath is come, and who shall be able to stand?


Chapter 7
verses 1 and 5-8 have been omitted from the Mass readings.


[1] After these things, I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that they should not blow upon the earth, nor upon the sea, nor on any tree.

[5] Of the tribe of Juda, were twelve thousand signed: Of the tribe of Ruben, twelve thousand signed: Of the tribe of Gad, twelve thousand signed: [6] Of the tribe of Aser, twelve thousand signed: Of the tribe of Nephthali, twelve thousand signed: Of the tribe of Manasses, twelve thousand signed: [7] Of the tribe of Simeon, twelve thousand signed: Of the tribe of Levi, twelve thousand signed: Of the tribe of Issachar, twelve thousand signed: [8] Of the tribe of Zabulon, twelve thousand signed: Of the tribe of Joseph, twelve thousand signed: Of the tribe of Benjamin, twelve thousand signed.


Chapter 8
verses 1-2 and 5-13 have been omitted from the Mass readings.

[1] And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven, as it were for half an hour. [2] And I saw seven angels standing in the presence of God; and there were given to them seven trumpets.

[5] And the angel took the censer, and filled it with the fire of the altar, and cast it on the earth, and there were thunders and voices and lightnings, and a great earthquake. [6] And the seven angels, who had the seven trumpets, prepared themselves to sound the trumpet. [7] And the first angel sounded the trumpet, and there followed hail and fire, mingled with blood, and it was cast on the earth, and the third part of the earth was burnt up, and the third part of the trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up. [8] And the second angel sounded the trumpet: and as it were a great mountain, burning with fire, was cast into the sea, and the third part of the sea became blood: [9] And the third part of those creatures died, which had life in the sea, and the third part of the ships was destroyed. [10] And the third angel sounded the trumpet, and a great star fell from heaven, burning as it were a torch, and it fell on the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters: [11] And the name of the star is called Wormwood. And the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter. [12] And the fourth angel sounded the trumpet, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars, so that the third part of them was darkened, and the day did not shine for a third part of it, and the night in like manner. [13] And I beheld, and heard the voice of one eagle flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice: Woe, woe, woe to the inhabitants of the earth: by reason of the rest of the voices of the three angels, who are yet to sound the trumpet.

miguel de Portugal comments: Some large portions of the Four Gospel do not appear in the Mass Lectionary because the same material appears in several of the Gospels. In the case of the Book of Revelations - it is a unique Book which has been heavily censored.



Published on November 10th, 2011


Believe it or not but.... the most talked about and debated Book in the New Testament, St. John's Book of Revelations (Apocalypse),  is the one which is read the least in Holy Mass. Knowing what we now do about the Roman Catholic Church Administration since the fifth century, we are not surprised.

The ignored readings from the first three chapters follow:

Chapter 1 verses 11b, 14-16 and 20 have been omitted from the Mass readings.

[11] ...to Ephesus, and to Smyrna, and to Pergamus, and to Thyatira, and to Sardis, and to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.

[14] And his head and his hairs were white, as white wool, and as snow, and his eyes were as a flame of fire, [15] And his feet like unto fine brass, as in a burning furnace. And his voice as the sound of many waters. [16] And he had in his right hand seven stars. And from his mouth came out a sharp two edged sword: and his face was as the sun shineth in his power.

[20] The mystery of the seven stars, which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches. And the seven candlesticks are the seven churches.

Chapter 2 verses 5b-7  and 12-28 have been omitted from the Mass readings.

[5] ...Or else I come to thee, and will move thy candlestick out of its place, except thou do penance. [6] But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaites, which I also hate. [7] He, that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches: To him, that overcometh, I will give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of my God.

[12] And to the angel of the church of Pergamus write: These things, saith he, that hath the sharp two edged sword: [13] I know where thou dwellest, where the seat of Satan is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith. Even in those days when Antipas was my faithful witness, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth. [14] But I have against thee a few things: because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat, and to commit fornication: [15] So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaites. [16] In like manner do penance: if not, I will come to thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth. [17] He, that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches: To him that overcometh, I will give the hidden manna, and will give him a white counter, and in the counter, a new name written, which no man knoweth, but he that receiveth it. [18] And to the angel of the church of Thyatira write: These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like to a flame of fire, and his feet like to fine brass. [19] I know thy works, and thy faith, and thy charity, and thy ministry, and thy patience, and thy last works which are more than the former. [20] But I have against thee a few things: because thou sufferest the woman Jezabel, who calleth herself a prophetess, to teach, and to seduce my servants, to commit fornication, and to eat of things sacrificed to idols. [21] And I gave her a time that she might do penance, and she will not repent of her fornication. [22] Behold, I will cast her into a bed: and they that commit adultery with her shall be in very great tribulation, except they do penance from their deeds. [23] And I will kill her children with death, and all the churches shall know that I am he that searcheth the reins and hearts, and I will give to every one of you according to your works. But to you I say, [24] And to the rest who are at Thyatira: Whosoever have not this doctrine, and who have not known the depths of Satan, as they say, I will not put upon you any other burthen. [25] Yet that, which you have, hold fast till I come. [26] And he that shall overcome, and keep my works unto the end, I will give him power over the nations. [27] And he shall rule them with a rod of iron, and as the vessel of a potter they shall be broken, [28] As I also have received of my Father: and I will give him the morning star. [29] He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches.

Chapter 3 verses 7-13 have been omitted from the Mass readings.

[7] And to the angel of the church of Philadelphia, write: These things saith the Holy One and the true one, he that hath the key of David; he that openeth, and no man shutteth; shutteth, and no man openeth: [8] I know thy works. Behold, I have given before thee a door opened, which no man can shut: because thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name. [9] Behold, I will bring of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie. Behold, I will make them to come and adore before thy feet. And they shall know that I have loved thee. [10] Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I will also keep thee from the hour of the temptation, which shall come upon the whole world to try them that dwell upon the earth. [11] Behold, I come quickly: hold fast that which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. [12] He that shall overcome, I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God; and he shall go out no more; and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God, and my new name. [13] He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches.

More of the omitted readings will follow in the coming days.

We wish to take this opportunity to publicly thank Mrs. RM from Puerto Rico for the painstaking labor of extracting from the Holy Scriptures the readings that are, in a passive manner, being kept away from the Faithful.



Published on November 9th, 2011
[Dedication of Basilica of St. John of Lateran]

As it was expected, to bolster the "let's strike Iran" mood, we now hear that... Iran appears to have worked on designing an atomic bomb and may still be conducting relevant research. (1)
[our highlights]

The U.N. nuclear watchdog asserted that in a hard-hitting report on Tehran's nuclear program likely to raise tensions in the Middle East.

Citing what it called "credible" information from member states and elsewhere, the agency listed a series of activities applicable to developing nuclear weapons, such as high explosives testing and development of an atomic bomb trigger.

The hotly anticipated International Atomic Energy Agency report, which was preceded by Israeli media speculation of pre-emptive air strikes on Iranian nuclear sites by Tehran's arch-foe, detailed new evidence apparently showing concerted, covert efforts to acquire the capability to produce atomic bombs.

miguel de portugal comments: Do you remember how "credible" was the information about Saddam Hussein cache of weapons of mass desctruction?
Remember how "credible" was the logic behind the turning Afghanistan into a proverbial parking lot  to defeat the now stonger-than-ever Taliban?
How about how "credible" was the Cuban Missile "Crisis" (2)?
Not to mention how "credible" was the information assuring anyone who would listen about the overwhelming threat a communist Viet-Nam posed to the world?

What is incredible is that there are enough people in the world that believe those "credible" fantasies.
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(1) News Report
(2) About the Cuban Missile "Crisis"




and logically....



....Russia and Iran warned the West against a military strike on the Islamic Republic on Monday, saying an attack targeting its nuclear program would lead to civilian casualties and create new threats to global security. (1)

The separate remarks by foreign ministers Sergei Lavrov of Russia and Ali Akbar Salehi of Iran coincided with speculation about a potential Israeli strike on Iranian nuclear sites ahead of the release of a U.N. watchdog report expected to cast more light on suspected military aspects to Iran's nuclear activity.

"This would be a very serious mistake fraught with unpredictable consequences," Lavrov told a news conference in Moscow when asked about reports that Israel was preparing for a possible pre-emptive military strike.

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(1) News Report



Did you hear that... French President Nicolas Sarkozy branded Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "a liar" in a private conversation with President Barack Obama that was accidentally broadcast to journalists during last week's G20 summit in Cannes? (1)

"I cannot bear Netanyahu, he's a liar," Sarkozy told Obama, unaware that the microphones in their meeting room had been switched on, enabling reporters in a separate location to listen in to a simultaneous translation.

"You're fed up with him, but I have to deal with him even more often than you," Obama replied, according to the French interpreter.

The technical gaffe is likely to cause great embarrassment to all three leaders as they look to work together to intensify international pressure on Iran over its nuclear ambitions.

The conversation was not initially reported by the small group of journalists who overheard it because it was considered private and off-the-record. But the comments have since emerged on French websites and can be confirmed by Reuters.

miguel de portugal comments: When will these, Oh, so awesome! world leaders learn to keep their mouths shut when there is a risk of an open microphone? This happens so often that we rather believe that it is done on purpose instead of having to acknowledge the limited intellectual capacity of the world leaders. Or is it, world dealers?


Don't they know that they cannot even "trust their own mothers" anymore? You do not have to take our word for it - take His!

The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against his father, the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother, the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. [Luke 12:53]

Brethren, let us make sure that we do not find ourselves in the receiving end of the following crystal statement from Our Lord Jesus Christ:
   
When you see a cloud rising from the west, presently you say: A shower is coming: and so it happeneth: And when ye see the south wind blow, you say: There will be heat: and it cometh to pass.

You hypocrites, you know how to discern the face of the heaven and of the earth: but how is it that you do not discern this time? [Luke 12]

Comedian Flip Wilson's Geraldine's cute line: "The devil made me do it" will not suffice when we stand before the Throne of Judgment. As a matter of fact, we do not expect Our Lord to even crack a smile....

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(1) News Report




Published on November 8th, 2011 [Feast of Mary, Our Shelter]

Did you know that.... we have published two new documents since October 23rd?

Posted on November 6th, 2011

The Prophecy of the Popes Attributed to St. Malachy

Our evaluation of them.

and


Posted on October 23rd, 2011

Catholic Shrines Dedicated to the Virgin Mary Draw Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims

Is this a problem?


If you wish to know.... a background history of the new world financial strongman - Mario Draghi, head of the European Central Bank - you may want to review the results of a research conducted by one of our close cooperators - Mrs. RM.

Once again you will witness, in even greater detail, our recent and brief evaluation of Mr. Draghi.


Without a doubt you have not heard that... a Spanish judge ordered a web site to remove 'private' documents revealing the inner workings of Catholic organisation Opus Dei. (1)

The new injunction prohibits the website opuslibros.org – set up by former members – from publishing rules of conduct.

The measure follows a complaint that the site was 'violating intellectual property rights' by using unseen writings of its founder. But the website argues it is a 'fight against censorship and secrecy.'


miguel de Portugal comments:  The web site (2) in question is operated by former Opus Dei members who managed to break away from the cult. Our translation of their masthead is: Thanks be to God - We left! Opus Dei: A way to nowhere?

You may be surprised that we say this but, if the documents were indeed private and the former Opus Dei members only had access to them during their brainwashing period, the ruling of the judge seems balanced and fair.

If they had written about their experiences and about what they were taught - both in great detail - that would have been one thing, but publishing internal documents in full, is another.

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(1) Opus Dei Report
(2) The website in question



Published on November 7th, 2011


Have you heard that.... a huge asteroid will pass closer to Earth than the Moon (1) Tuesday, November 8th (2)? (3)

Earth's close encounter with Asteroid 2005 YU 55 will occur at 6:28 p.m. EST (2328 GMT) Tuesday, as the space rock sails about 201,000 miles from the planet.

"It is the first time since 1976 that an object of this size has passed this closely to the Earth. It gives us a great - and rare - chance to study a near-Earth object like this," astronomer Scott Fisher, a program director with the National Science Foundation, said Thursday during a Web chat with reporters.

The orbit and position of the asteroid, which is about 1,312 feet in diameter, is well known, added senior research scientist Don Yeomans, with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

"There is no chance that this object will collide with the Earth or moon," Yeomans said.

Scientists suspect YU 55 has been visiting Earth for thousands of years, but because gravitational tugs from the planets occasionally tweak its path, they cannot tell for sure how long the asteroid has been in its present orbit.

"These sorts of events have been happening for most of the lifetime of the Earth, about 4.5 billion years," Fisher said.

Computer models showing the asteroid's path for the next 100 years show there is no chance it will hit Earth during that time, added Yeomans.

"We do not think that it will ever impact the Earth or moon (but) we only have its orbit calculated for the next 100 years," he said.


miguel de Portugal comments: We will not lose any sleep over whether it will hit the Earth or not, now or ever, however, we must chuckle when we read their assertions that:

"Computer models showing the asteroid's path for the next 100 years show there is no chance it will hit Earth during that time", added Yeomans; and

"We do not think that it will ever impact the Earth or moon (but) we only have its orbit calculated for the next 100 years," he said.

These are the same people who, just recently, could not even tell where (or when!) the last two non-functional manmade satellites were going to hit the surface of the Earth.

Professional comedians may be heading to the unemployment lines soon. With the class of politicians and astro-scientists that we have in the world today, who needs professional comedians?

One thing that we must take very seriously: On that day, November 8th, we celebrate the Feast of Mary, Our Shelter. We should take this "coincidence" as another reminder that Her Immaculate Heart is the only shelter that we have since, as we have said many times: Her Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, will not deny Her anything that She may request of Him on our behalf.

Call us childish if you will, but, precisely that, will ensure our entrance into the Kingdom of Heaven: Amen I say to you, unless you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. [Matthew 18:3]

And His Word is Truth!
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(1) At its closest point, known as the perihelion, the Moon is only 363,104 km from the Earth.
(2) Feast of Mary, Our Shelter
(3) News Report


Have you heard that.... Researchers from the University of Dallas in Texas have commandeered one of nature's most intriguing phenomena — the mirage — to make an invisibility cloak? (1)

This cloak can hide objects from view, works best underwater and even has a near-instant on/off switch.

To understand how it works, you need to first grasp the basics of the mirage effect. This unusual experience, sometimes seen in the desert or on hot roads during the summer, can trick your brain into seeing objects that aren’t really there.

miguel de Portugal comments: As if we did not have enough lies, deceits and betrayals in the world - now a falsified mirage! Blessedly, it will not last for long.

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(1) News Report


You may be happy to know that..... during just the last week 100,000 four-page equivalent documents have been downloaded from our Domain.

This is certainly "A Feather in the Cap" for those among you who assist us in reaching out to all those who God Wills that we do. May God reward you richly for your efforts and sacrifices.



Published on November 6th, 2011


From (Mr.) WP @ US

I have a question that I have been meaning to ask you for a few years. Recent events have prompted me to ask it now: Are Muslims our brothers and sisters in Christ?

I was trying to deal with the idea that Christians are being put to death for not renouncing their faith and accepting the God of the Koran.

We all share the same God. Would it not be all right for a person to renounce their faith to save his life?

I have read that a Christian man, Youcef Nadarkhani (a pastor in Iran), is subject to the death penalty for not renouncing his Christian faith and accepting Islam.

If he did renounce his Christian faith, he is still accepting the same God of us all, just under a different name.

So, would he not be free of a mortal sin?

Time permitting, I would appreciate your input on this.

WP

A.
First of all, accept our apologies for the delay in responding to these very important questions. Your e-mail was buried under many other e-mails that also needed attention, thus overlooked until two days ago.

A proverbial book could be written in response to your questions, unfortunately we do not even have the time to attend our correspondence as it should. Nonetheless, we will cover the key issues.

In our document "Judaism, Christianity and Islam Are Not Incoherent Amongst Themselves - On The Contrary, There Is Great Coherence Amongst Them!" (1)  we address the fact that:
 There is an undeniable common denominator that links the original teachings of Islam and Christianity and Judaism. To deny this common denominator necessitates the rejection of the teachings of the Torah, the New Testament and Qur'an. The acknowledgment and acceptance of this common denominator should be the foundation of the harmonious coexistence of the children of God. 

To dispel the conveniently perpetuated error of incoherence between Christianity and Islam, let us go directly to the Holy Qur'an and see what they say about Jesus Christ:

[Note: In the Holy Qur'an "Sürah" is the equivalent to "Chapter" in the Judeo-Christian Holy Scriptures. We will simplify by using, for example, S. III. 45, to signify: Sürah III, verse 45] 

The Annunciation

The Archangel Gabriel announces to Mary:

 in S. III. 45

"O Mary! God giveth thee glad tidings of a Word from Him: his name will be Christ Jesus..."
and in S. III. 48
"And God will teach him the Book and Wisdom, the Law and the Gospel."
Let us take a close look at those pronouncements: The Prophet Mohammed reports that God said what we have quoted above. The Prophet does not say that it is he who was taught "the Book and Wisdom, the Law and the Gospel". He says that it was Jesus.

We further read in S.II.45

"a Word from Him (God) ... Will be Christ Jesus..."
This is a firm and clear declaration, through the Prophet Mohammed, that Jesus Christ is the "Word of God made flesh". 

Let us Christians give due credit to the Prophet Mohammed for he is acknowledging here far more than most Christians believe in, if we gauge their belief by how much importance they give to the reality that "...in Jesus resides the Wisdom, the Law and the Gospel."

Spelling out the Mission of Jesus

Mohammed further states in S.III.49 that God said:

"And (appoint him) an apostle (messenger) to the Children of Israel, (with this message): [ In the following statement it is Jesus speaking, according to Prophet Mohammed's account]

"I have come to you, with a Sign from your Lord, in that I make for you out of clay, as it were, the figure of a bird, and breathe into it, and it becomes a bird by God's leave... (I have come to you) to attest the Law which was before me. And to make lawful to you part of what was (before) forbidden to you; I have come to you with a Sign from your Lord. So fear God and obey me."

According to the Gospel, Jesus never claimed to do anything on His own - He always invoked "God's leave" - His Father, His God and our God (paraphrasing His own words). [John 17:1-4]

It seems to even a casual, but objective, observer that the Prophet Mohammed was a staunch supporter and promoter of Jesus Christ and His mission. This is why the wayward Christians and Jews of the time became the enemies of the exhortations of God through the Prophet Mohammed. This enmity resulted in wars and mutual persecutions.

The Greatness of Jesus according to the Qur'an

In S. III 55, God the Father, according to the Prophet Mohammed, said:

'Behold! God said: "O Jesus! I will take thee and raise thee to Myself and clear thee (of the falsehoods) of those who blaspheme; I will make those who follow Thee superior."'
The Prophet Mohammed is not saying that his own followers will be "superior" - he is saying, in the Name of God, that those who follow Jesus will be made superior. Hardly a position to justify the abuses by Christians against the Muslims over the centuries - abuses which are now yielding the horrible fruit of terrorism.

In the same verse we read about Jesus' Resurrection and Glorification: "I will take thee and raise thee to Myself and clear thee (of the falsehoods) of those who blaspheme..."

Summarizing what has been stated about Jesus in the Qur'an

In S. III 60 we read:

"The Truth (comes) from God alone; so be not of those who doubt."

The problem arises with the apparent inconsistencies in the Qur'an....

Now it appears that confusion sets within the Qur'an - or is it that God has chosen not to reveal to Mohammed  the reality of the Trinity?

For those not familiar with Islam: Muslims claim that they do not believe in the Trinity, yet, one may read about it in the Qur'an.

In S. IV. 171 we read:

O People of the Book! Commit no excesses in your religion; nor say of God ought but the truth. Christ Jesus the son of Mary was (no more than) an apostle of God, and His Word, which He bestowed on Mary, and a Spirit proceeding from Him: so believe in God and His apostles. Say not "Trinity".
It is crystal clear: In the same paragraph where the Trinity is denied they speak of God the Father ("He bestowed on Mary"), the Holy Spirit ( "a spirit proceeding from Him") and Christ Jesus ("His Word") Actually, the Trinity is more clearly illustrated in the Qur'an than in the New Testament. Odd isn't it?

This dichotomy of word and understanding can only be possible if God does not wish the children of Islam to understand the Trinitarian concept as of yet, and that is God's prerogative. This obvious inconsistency, as should be expected, does not diminish the importance the Qur'an ascribes to Jesus and Mary and their mission as the Qur'an continues to uphold and defend them.

Another apparent major problem is a matter of terminology and lack of information.

Muslims do not believe that Jesus is the Son of God... And He is not, if one defines "son" or "daughter" as the product of the union of a male and a female of the human species.

In the Qur'an [S.IV. 171] we also read:

"For God is One God; Glory be to Him: (Far exalted is He) above having a son."
Of course - God is The Uncreated Pure Spirit from Whom all  issue. Obviously He did not "father" Jesus as a man would father a son. The incarnation of Jesus took place as quoted above which is the same that we find in any translation of the New Testament, i.e.
"Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary... For it is through the Holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her." [Matthew 1: 20]
and
"And the angel said to her in reply: 'The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the holy child to be born will be called the Son of God'" [Luke 1: 35]
But why does this serious challenge appear in the Qur'an who speaks so highly of Jesus, and place Mary on a pedestal which not even the Christians have been able to match in the New Testament? Simply because by the time God entrusted Mohammed to communicate His displeasure to the then known world, the Catholic Church was well into the road of corruption and self service, and not in the service of God. In essence: normally functioning in direct contradiction to what Jesus taught through Matthew 6:24-34.

As you can see, the big difference lies in the fact that, although they describe the Trinity without calling it so,  they do not understand it (some Muslims do now as the result of our document explaining the Secret Concept of the Trinity (2)) thus they cannot accept Jesus as God, yet the Qur'an places Jesus above all.

Therefore, if the individual in question denied his Christian faith, in deference to Islam, to save his life, what he is denying is the belief that Jesus is the Second Person of the Most Holy Trinity but he is certainly not denying God.

Jesus answered your question: "...would he not be free of a mortal sin?" almost two thousand years ago:
And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but he that shall speak against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, nor in the world to come. [Matthew 12:32]
Some may ask: What about the following statement from Jesus: Every one therefore that shall confess me before men, I will also confess him before my Father who is in heaven. But he that shall deny me before men, I will also deny him before my Father who is in heaven? [Matthew 10: 32-33]  Isn't it contradictory with what you have just said?

It is obvious from all the quotes presented above, and many others in the Holy Qur'an, that Islam does not deny Jesus before men. On the contrary, Jesus is exalted above all men in the Holy Qur'an.

In reference to your other question: "Are Muslims our brothers and sisters in Christ?"  Considering the exalted positions occupied by Jesus and Mary in the Holy Qur'an, the only possible answer is: Yes!

Our prayers seek that we have answered your question in full.

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(1) Judaism, Christianity and Islam Are Not Incoherent Amongst Themselves
(2) The Concept of the Most Holy Trinity



Published on November 5th, 2011 [First Saturday of the Month]

From (Mr.) PB @ US

I have not been receiving your e-mails since October 17th.

Could you change my e-mail address to "XYZ"@yahoo.com?
 
Thank you.

PB


From (Mrs.) KT @ US

My Dear MGR Family: Where are you?

It was on September 18th that I heard last from you. The last post I received was Miguel's note regarding his birthday.

Happy birthday, my dear Miguel, but please come back!!

In His Holy Name......

KT


A. To all who are having difficulties receiving our correspondence...

We have been sending our postings via e-mail almost daily since the time we sent that letter on September 18th.

To make sure they would get through we have sent them to you and a few others with the individual addresses after the "To:" and not as part of the group "Bcc" list.

We simply do not know what else to do except to recommend that those who are not getting our correspondence and do not have a Yahoo! or GMail mail account (which are free), to get one so that all are able to receive our correspondence.

At this point we can truly say that we have done all we know to do to break through the barriers at @cox.net, @comcast.net, @suddenlink.net and @q.com, and have failed.

Unless you get the Yahoo or GMail account and let us know about it, most likely you will not be able to receive mail from us.

May God Bless and Keep you!



Published on November 4th, 2011 [First Friday of the Month]


From (Mr.) WO @ US

Is Mario Draghi, the new head of the European Central Bank a member of, or at least 'friendly' to Opus Dei?

A preliminary look shows that Draghi replaced Antonio Fazio, a member of Opus Dei (OD) and currently under house arrest for a corruption conviction, at the Bank of Italy (as president of the bank). Logically, one would suppose that "they" would insert a new OD man to replace the one who got caught. Or at least with one 'friendly' to OD. (1)

Mr. Draghi's tenure at Goldman-Sachs is of considerable interest:

A controversy existed on his duties while employed at Goldman Sachs. Pascal Canfin (MEP) asserted Draghi was involved in swaps for European governments, namely Greece, trying to disguise their countries' economic status. Draghi responded that the deals were "undertaken before my joining Goldman Sachs [and] I had nothing to do with them", in the 2011 European Parliament nomination hearings. (2)

By the time Mr. Draghi earned his Ph. D. in economics from MIT in 1976, Opus Dei had been a strong presence on its campus for 20 years. (3)

When we add together his meteoric rise in the world of the "Obergruppenfurhers" of Mammon, and his constant contact via his positions with members/Cooperators of Opus Dei we must ponder the following principle:

If it walks, quacks, looks like a duck, and exclusively fraternizes with ducks, it is probably a duck.

WO

A.
Thank you for your contribution.

It is indeed interesting that another European citizen associated with high finance (4) and a prime suspect of strong associations with the Opus Dei studied in a prestigious US university. Indeed we have outstanding universities in the US, but so does Europe.

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(1) Source
(2) Source
(3) Source
(4) IMF's Christine Lagarde being one of the other ones.


It seems that.... people appear to be more inclined to believe in aliens than in demons. (1)
[ highlights by contributor]
  
A new documentary about Mayan civilization will provide evidence of extraterrestrial contact with the ancient culture, according to a Mexican government official and the film's producer.
 
Revelations of the Mayans 2012 and Beyond, currently in production, will claim the Mayans had contact with extra terrestrials, producer Raul Julia-Levy revealed to TheWrap.

"Mexico will release codices, artifacts and significant documents with evidence of Mayan and extraterrestrial contact, and all of their information will be corroborated by archaeologists," said Julia-Levy, son of actor Raul Julia.

In a release to TheWrap, Luis Augusto Garcia Rosado, the minister of tourism for the Mexican state of Campeche, said new evidence has emerged "of contact between the Mayans and extra terrestrials, supported by translations of certain codices, which the government has kept secure in underground vaults for some time."
 
"Raul-Julia claims there is proof that the Mayans had intended to lead the planet for thousands of years, but were forced to escape after an invasion by 'men of dark intentions,' leaving behind evidence of an advanced race". 
 
"The Mexican government is not making this statement on their own - everything we say, we're going to back it up," he said.
 
And yes, they expect people to take this seriously, because the messages he plans to impart are crucial to human survival, Julia-Levy insisted.
 
When Julia-Levy, producer Ed Elbert and co-producer Sheila McCarthy announced the Mexican cooperation with their documentary to The Wrap in August, they were circumspect about claims of alien contact, with Julia-Levy admitting he'd been ordered not to say anything about it.
 
Now, not only has Rosado changed his tune, but the Guatemalan government has joined the project, as well, giving access to artifacts and newly discovered prophecies.
 
Raul-Julia claims that the order to cooperate came directly from the country's president, Alvaro Colom Caballero.
 
Revelations of the Mayans 2012 and Beyond begins shooting on November 15 and is due for a theatrical release in late 2012, before the end of the Mayan calendar.


miguel de Portugal comments: There is no doubt whatsoever: the number of lost souls will be staggering. Between being grossly under Evangelized and being gullible, they really do not stand a chance.

May God have Mercy on His Elect and wake up those who are still in a deep slumber so that the 'volume of their megaphone' does not have to be increased too much.

We recommend a review of our document (2) addressing the Maya issue.
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(1) News Report
(2) The Maya Issue




Published on November 3rd, 2011

Have you heard that.... the UK prepares for a conflict with Iran? (1)

British military planners have begun assessing the best places to deploy Royal Navy ships and submarines as they step up a contingency plan for a potential attack against Iran.
 
The Ministry of Defence says the US may decide to accelerate plans for strikes against key Iranian facilities, and they will receive UK military help for any mission.

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(1) News Source

and that....

.....according to government sources Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is reportedly trying to rally support (1) for an attack on Iran? (2)

Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman are said to be among those backing a pre-emptive strike to neutralize Iran's nuclear ambitions, Sky News reports. A "narrow majority" of ministers currently oppose the move, which could lead to retaliation.

In response to reports of an effort to gain cabinet approval on Netanyahu's proposal, Lieberman said: "Iran poses the most dangerous threat to world order."

Lieberman added that Israel's military options should not be a matter for public discussion.


miguel de Portugal comments:
What can we say other than "Right on schedule!"?

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(1) Read: Convince the US to "Just do it!"
(2) Source


From (Mr.) WS @ US

We should have listened to these verses more often:

From: The Star Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key

O! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war’s desolation.
Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the Heav’n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust."
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

From: America, The Beautiful by Katherine Lee Bates

America! America!
God mend thine ev'ry flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law.
O beautiful for heroes prov'd
In liberating strife,
Who more than self their country lov'd,
And mercy more than life.
America! America!
May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness,
And ev'ry gain divine.

The Stars have dimmed and the Stripes are now crimson.

WS


A.
Why should we expect the above lines to have been heard and heeded when the Lord's Prayer, which has been mostly mouthed (not prayed) billions of times has not? (1)

Let us continue to pray since, believe me, there is nothing else left to do.

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(1) Are we really aware of what we are committing to when we pray the Lord's Prayer?



From (Mr.) KD @ US

About two months ago, you wrote that sometime in the near future, God will rescue His people in a most surprising or unexpected way.

At this time are you free to elaborate on that statement?

Even though I've said this many times in the past, I can't thank you enough for transmitting The "Divine Encouragement" messages.

KD

A.
We did not even have time to prepare the answer to your kind letter. He answered it through our comments associated with the Divine Encouragement He chose for today:

miguel de Portugal comments:  I beg of you - Believe! It IS true!  Every single word and promise is true! How He answers us should not be our concern. Our concern should only be to believe!

What more could we possibly ask for? With Him - one with the Creator of the Universe - we have it ALL!

Frankly, He never ceases to amaze me!



Published on November 2nd, 2011  [All Souls Day]



From miguel de Portugal

As most of you may have noticed, the world markets are crashing as the result of the Greek Prime Minister George Papandreu's unilateral decision to hold a referendum so that the Greek electorate decide whether they wish to submit to the conditions set by the IMF, the European Central Bank and European Union in order to be rescued financially.

Allow us to share with you some background on this matter; a background that may help you understand why the world is in an apparently uncontrolled free fall.

It is practically impossible to be in Europe and to avoid hearing, several times a day, the details of the Greek Tragedy which has been unfolding since the Greek "Party now and pay later" attitude caught up with them. Therefore, even though we are on a strict "news diet", we can give you some pertinent and tell-tale details.

1. Since the proverbial Day One, most of the Greek people - of all walks of life - were unhappy with the conditions imposed upon them by those who were going to financially bail them out and they made a very clear point of showing their displeasure. We have lost track of the number of strikes, marches, violent demonstrations, etc. that have taken place in Greece since Day One.

Conclusion: There was no doubt whatsoever what the feelings of the Greek populace were regarding the austerity measures associated with the bail out programs.

2. Mr. Papandreu was very cooperative with the European Union, European Central Bank and the IMF on all matters regarding the Greek bail out and the conditions imposed.

3. Mr. Sarkozy (France) and Mrs. Merkel (Germany) did the unimaginable to work out a plan that would be acceptable to all European Union members and that would, in effect, save Greece from default.

Although many claim that it was for France's and Germany's best interest that Greek did not default, the truth of the matter is that they would have been ahead if Greece defaulted and then be swallowed by a Financial Black Hole never to be heard of again. Greece was/is a liability.

Through the latest agreement, Greece was going to have its debt reduced (forgiven) by 140 billion US Dollars - at the expense of the lending banks. Therefore, the loss to France and Germany, if Greece defaulted, was not going to be greater than the loss by their banks for forgiving their debt.

4. After "miracles were worked" at the last European summit held to find a solution for the Greek problem, everyone gave a sigh of relief. Granted, the Greek people were incensed, but they have been incensed since Day One; therefore, there was nothing new at the home front. Actually, we noticed less demonstrations and unrest than before, after the last agreement was reached..

Then...

5. Mr. Papandreu surprises his own government, as well as all of his European Union partners, by unilaterally announcing that he would hold a referendum to see if the Greek electorate approved of the bail out terms. The referendum is to be held two months down the road.

This has caused the markets to plummet and reduced the credibility of the Greek government to zero.

One would have to be completely insane to do what Mr. Papandreu did or have been visited by one of those mysterious visitors who make world leaders change their minds in the time it takes them to wink.

We are sure that it is a coincidence that Mr. Papandreu made his U-turn the same day that  the Italian Mario Draghi, the former Governor of the Bank of Italy and a suspected Opus Dei man, took over European Central Bank.

This should not be surprising. The sooner the world financial system crashes down, the sooner the Vatican's proposed supranational authority to oversee the global economy can be established.  On October 25th we published the following:

Now that the Opus Dei friendly (if not outright member) Christine Legarde (1) has taken full control of the all powerful IMF (at the expense of D. Strauss-Kahn)...

The Vatican called on Monday for an overhaul of the world's financial systems, and once again proposed the establishment of a supranational authority to oversee the global economy, saying it was needed to bring more democratic and ethical principles to a marketplace run amok.

In a report issued by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, the Vatican argued that "politics - which is responsible for the common good" must be given primacy over the economy and finance, and that existing multinational institutions like the International Monetary Fund have not been responding adequately to global economic problems.

The cardinal noted that the document was timed to "make a contribution which might be useful to the deliberations of the G-20 meeting" next week, but was also directed "to the entire world." (2)

and

(The report) condemned what it called "the idolatry of the market" as well as a "neo-liberal thinking" that it said looked exclusively at technical solutions to economic problems.

"In fact, the crisis has revealed behaviors like selfishness, collective greed and hoarding of goods on a great scale," it said, adding that world economics needed an "ethic of solidarity" among rich and poor nations.

It called for the establishment of "a supranational authority" with worldwide scope and "universal jurisdiction" to guide economic policies and decisions.

Such an authority should start with the United Nations as its reference point but later become independent and be endowed with the power to see to it that developed countries were not allowed to wield "excessive power over the weaker countries."

In fact, one can see an emerging requirement for a body that will carry out the functions of a kind of 'central world bank' that regulates the flow and system of monetary exchanges similar to the national central banks," it said.

"Of course, this transformation will be made at the cost of a gradual, balanced transfer of a part of each nation's powers to a world authority and to regional authorities, but this is necessary at a time when the dynamism of human society and the economy and the progress of technology are transcending borders, which are in fact already very eroded in a globalizes world." (3)


miguel de Portugal comments: Please, do notice - The Vatican is not talking about the financial problems Europe is going through because of having established a common currency without the logical (even to me!) political framework,. The Vatican is talking about the whole world!

Once again we thank the Vatican for making our function easier to discharge. For those who still cannot see, read and understand the proverbial handwriting on the wall, there is nothing else we can do.

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(1) Quoting from our FYI&R post of June 25th:

At this time, Mrs. Christine Legarde is the most likely replacement to the disgraced Mr. Dominique Strauss-Kahn (who is Jewish) as head of the all-powerful International Monetary Fund (IMF). If, as we suspect, she is "heavily influenced" by Opus Dei (if not an outright "card carrying" member), the remaining Jews in positions of power have their days in office numbered. That would indeed be something to worry about..... if there were enough time ahead of us.... which is not the case.

(2) News Report 1 and News Report 2
(3) News Report


You see? What appears to be a series of disconnected events perfectly fit together to reveal the future.



Published on November 1st, 2011


Religious Days of Note For - NOVEMBER 2011

1st    All Saints Day

2nd   All Souls Day

4th   First Friday of the Month

5th    First Saturday of the Month and [Our Lady of All Graces] (1st Saturday after All Saints Day)

6th   Eid al-Adha - Feast of Sacrifice or Day of Sacrifice - (In North America starts on November 17th) . (It recalls the day when Abraham intended to follow the instructions of God, and sacrifice his son Ishmael.)

8th [Feast of Mary, Our Shelter]

9th   Dedication of Basilica of St. John of Lateran

18th  Consecration of the two Basilicas honoring St. Peter and St. Paul

19th  [Mary, Mother of Divine Providence] (Saturday before 3rd Sunday in November)

20th Christ the King

21st  Mary's Presentation 

25th  Thanksgiving Day in the U.S

26th  Al-Hijra/Muharram is the Muslim New Year 1432 (The beginning of the first lunar month.)

27th  [Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal (Paris)] and First Sunday of Advent

30th St. Andrew - Apostle


Be informed that... IBM has created a prototype chip that could mimic brain-like functions. (1)

The company called an "unprecedented" step toward creating intelligent computers that collect, process and understand data quickly.

The prototype chips will help computers make decisions by collating and analyzing immense amounts of data, similar to the way humans understand a series of events, said Dharmendra Modha, project leader at IBM Research. The experimental chips, which contain "digital neurons," use silicon circuitry and advanced algorithms to mimic the brain's structure and operation. They consume very little power.

The chips were developed as part of a multiyear research cognitive computing project called Systems of Neuromorphic Adaptive Plastic Scalable Electronics, or Synapse.

Like the brain, IBM's prototype chips can dynamically rewire to sense, understand and act on information from sensors, as well as discover patterns based on probabilities and associations, Modha said.

miguel de Portugal comments: Were they given more time, they would eventually come up with a Digital God. Blessedly, they will not have the time.

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(1) News Report


Have you heard that....
U.N. investigators have identified a previously unknown complex in Syria that bolsters suspicions that the Syrian government worked with A.Q. Khan, the father of Pakistan's atomic bomb, to acquire technology that could make nuclear arms? (1)

The buildings in northwest Syria closely match the design of a uranium enrichment plant provided to Libya when Moammar Gadhafi was trying to build nuclear weapons under Khan's guidance, officials told The Associated Press.

The U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency also has obtained correspondence between Khan and a Syrian government official, Muhidin Issa, who proposed scientific cooperation and a visit to Khan's laboratories following Pakistan's successful nuclear test in 1998.

The complex, in the city of Al-Hasakah, now appears to be a cotton-spinning plant, and investigators have found no sign that it was ever used for nuclear production. But given that Israeli warplanes destroyed a suspected plutonium production reactor in Syria in 2007, the unlikely coincidence in design suggests Syria may have been pursuing two routes to an atomic bomb: uranium as well as plutonium.

miguel de Portugal comments: Not surprising considering the recent threats by the Syrian President should there be a direct international intervention to assist the recent dissident movement in Syria.

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(1) Last Minute News Report


Published on October 31st, 2011


Have you heard that...
scientists now claim that if the students believe that God controls their destiny, trying to be better isn't going to help them actually be better, resulting in less effort?  That is: Thoughts of God make us slackers. (1)

"This is the first empirical evidence that simple reminders of God can diminish some types of self-regulation, such as pursuing one's goals, yet can improve others, such as resisting temptation" study researcher Kristin Laurin of the University of Waterloo in Canada, said in a statement.

Even for those without a personal belief in God, U.S. culture is saturated with religious references and imagery that could impact them, Laurin said. The study's results were independent of the participants' religious beliefs. Even without knowing it, these signs and signals can have a psychological effect.

A Gallup poll in May found that more than nine out of 10 Americans believe in God. These numbers drop for groups of younger Americans, liberals, those living in the Eastern United States, those with postgraduate education and political independents. However, belief in God is nearly universal among Republicans and conservatives and, to a slightly lesser degree, in the South.

The researchers think the lack of effort in the "religious-primed" group could be dictated by a belief that fate is in God's hands. If the students believe that God controls their destiny, trying to be better isn't going to help them actually be better, resulting in less effort. This entire thought process seems to be unconscious, but just the presence of these God-conjuring words or images could alter behavior.

A second study tempted participants with cookies after they had read one of two passages - one about God and the other on a non-religious topic. Participants who read the God passage not only reported a greater willingness to resist temptation, but also were less likely to help themselves to the cookies.

This effect, however, was found only among participants who had previously said they believe an omniscient entity watches over them and notices when they misbehave, though the strength of their devotion to that God didn't come into play in any of the experiments, the researchers found.


miguel de Portugal comments: What Ms. Laurin just did was to clearly identify the reason why Europe was plunged into the Dark Ages.

"Dark Ages" is a historical periodization emphasizing the cultural and economic deterioration that supposedly occurred in Europe following the decline of the Roman Empire. The label employs traditional light-versus-darkness imagery to contrast the "darkness" of the period with earlier and later periods of "light". The period was characterized by a paucity of historical and other written records for much of the period, rendering it obscure to historians.

Originally, the term characterized the bulk of the Middle Ages, or roughly the 6th to 13th centuries, as a period of intellectual darkness between the extinguishing of the "light of Rome" after the end of Late Antiquity, and the rise of the Italian Renaissance in the 14th century. (2)

Do notice that the Dark Ages covers the period right after Christianity became the Imperial Religion (3) as well as the official "Boogey Man" to keep humanity under control.

What the Renaissance did was to counteract the worst parts of the failed Evangelization of post Constantine Christianity and allowed the advancement of civilization. Unfortunately, man could not use such freedom well and we have ended up in a Hi-Tech, chrome plated sewer, with virtual brilliant lights but, in realty, in greater darkness than Europe found itself from the 6th to the 13th centuries.

Unfortunately, the results from Ms. Laurin research will not be used to admit and to correct the wrongs of the past (the failed Evangelization). Instead, they will be used to further demonize religion.

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(1) News Article
(2) Dark Ages
(3) Christianity abandons Christ's Fundamental Teachings

  
and now from Alice's Wonderland we hear that...

....Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia defended his pro-death penalty position during a speech at Duquesne University School of Law. (1)
[our highlights]

According to John Gehring's blog on the Faith in Public Life Web site, Scalia's lecture was met with protesters who oppose the death penalty. The lecture took place just days after the controversial execution of Troy Davis.

During the speech, Scalia noted the presence of the protests, and said that he found no contradiction between his Catholic faith and his support of the death penalty. He added,

    "If I thought that Catholic doctrine held the death penalty to be immoral, I would resign," he said. "I could not be a part of a system that imposes it."

It is moments like these that I would love to hear the voice of Archbishop Chaput, who is as passionate about the pro-life movement as he is about making his voice heard in government and the public square. Chaput is most famous for denying communion to Catholic politicians who are pro-choice.

A few weeks ago when Chaput was installed in Philadelphia, he proudly reasserted his belief that "cafeteria Catholics" have no place in the Roman Catholic church. "If they don't believe what the church teaches, they're not really Catholic."

If Chaput is to maintain the consistency that he holds so dear, should he not subject Scalia (and, perhaps, the other four Catholic Supreme Court Justices who let Davis' life slip through their hands during a last minute appeal) to the denial of Holy Communion?


miguel de Portugal comments: If it were not part of the function that I must fulfill, I would block all my senses to any and all input that may be related with the Roman Catholic Church (not the Faith but the Church which has become synonymous with Administration). Since I cannot, then I offer my disgust and revulsion as a sacrifice for the consolation of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. After all, if I feel the way I do as we witness how every effort that They have made to help us avoid what now is unavoidable, has been trampled upon, how must They feel?

Let us continue to pray and console Them. It is the least we can do.
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