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The purpose of this Public Forum - Part II is to publish communications sent to us, communications which require no response from us, yet, we feel that their content is beneficial for the spiritual health of the Faithful.

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From Americans For Peace @ USA [Published on May 31st]

The war that broke out on June 5, 1967 radically changed the Arab-Israeli conflict: It introduced the concept of “land for peace;” It marked the beginning of the occupation; It led to the rise of the PLO; It energized the messianic settlement movement.

As we approach the 40th anniversary of the Six Day War, Americans for Peace Now presents a mosaic of opinions on the meaning of this anniversary.

TALLIE LIPKIN-SHAHAK is the former war correspondent for the daily Davar, where she covered the first war in Lebanon and the first Intifada. She is a radio personality and a regular contributor to Ma'ariv, writing on social issues, the arts, and politics. Read Essay >

MAJOR GENERAL SHLOMO GAZIT (retired) served for 33 years in the Israel Defense Forces. Following the Six Day War, Gazit served as Coordinator of Israeli Government Operations in the Administered Territories, in this capacity, he was the first Israeli ruler of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. He later served as the head of IDF Military Intelligence. General Gazit has written extensively on Israeli and Middle Eastern military affairs, including a book, Trapped, which reviews Israel's administration of the West Bank and Gaza. Read Essay >

SENATOR LINCOLN CHAFEE represented Rhode Island in the U.S. Senate for seven years. He is the former Chairman of the Middle East Subcommittee of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Read Essay >

LEONARD FEIN is a passionate and gifted writer, teacher, and veteran social activist. Mr. Fein served as director of the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism, and is the founder of Moment magazine; Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger; and the National Jewish Coalition for Literacy. A Board Member of APN, Mr. Fein facilitates an online conversation which can be found at conversation.peacenow.org. Read Essay >

YOSSI ALPHER is a former senior official in the Mossad and the former director of the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University. He currently coedits the bitterlemons family of Internet publications and writes a weekly Q & A on security issues for APN. Read Essay >

IAD J. ASALI, M.D. is the President and founder of the American Task Force on Palestine, a non-profit, non-partisan organization based in Washington, DC. Born and raised in Jerusalem, Dr. Asali is a sought-after voice on Middle East issues in both the media and on Capitol Hill, where he has testified before both chambers of Congress. Read Essay >

AMBASSADOR PHILIP WILCOX is the former U.S. Consul General in Jerusalem and former Ambassador at Large for Counter Terrorism. A retired Foreign Service officer, Ambassador Wilcox also served as the State Department's Director for Israeli and Arab-Israeli Affairs and as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Middle Eastern Affairs, among other roles. Today he is President of the Foundation for Middle East Peace, a Washington D.C.-based foundation devoted to fostering peace between Israelis and Palestinians. Read Essay >

DR. MENACHEM KLEIN is a political scientist at Bar-Ilan University, Israel. In 2000, Dr. Klein served as adviser for Jerusalem affairs and final status talks to Israel’s Foreign Minister. He later joined prominent Israeli and Palestinian figures in signing the Geneva Initiative—a detailed proposal for a comprehensive Israeli-Palestinian peace accord. His book, A Possible Peace an Insiders’ Account of the Geneva Initiative, is forthcoming in September by Columbia University Press. He is active in Peace Now. Read Essay >

(C) 2007. Americans For Peace Now, 1101 14th Street NW, Sixth Floor, Washington, DC 20005.


From JM @ USA [Published on May 28th]

Greetings to you In Christ's Name:

About personalizing prayers....

Hail Mary Full of Grace
the Lord is with Thee
blessed art thou among women
And blessed is the Fruit of thy womb Jesus

Holy Mary, Mother Of God pray for me
now and at the hour of my death

AMEN

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Dear Father Who art in Heaven
hallowed be Thy Name
may Thy kingdom come
may Thy Will be done on earth as it is in Heaven

Give me this day my daily bread
forgive my sins as I forgive those who trespass against me
and do not let me fall prey to temptation and deliver me from the evil one

AMEN  
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Hail Holy Queen Mother Of Mercy
my life, my sweetness and my hope

to thee do we cry poor banished children of Eve
to thee do I send up my sighs, mourning and weeping
in this valley of tears
send, thou, most gracious advocate
thine eyes of mercy toward me
and, after this, my exile,
show to me the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus

oh clement, oh loving, oh sweet Virgin Mary
pray for me Oh Holy Mother Of God
that I may be made worthy of the Promises of Christ

           -------------------------------

If you will permit my self-indulgent act of personalizing the language of the formal Catholic wording of these familiar prayers to something that becomes a personal act of reverence and worship distinct from the seeming generalized recitations we learned as children...

I am not "we".... "for us" does not carry the  same personal urgency as does "for me"  and, by making my prayers in the  "first person singular"  rather than in "third person plural"  I feel like it is I who reach out to Our Lord and to His Mother ...

...worship should be a uniquely personal experience and the language of worship should reflect that personal nature... while we may pray as a group it ultimately comes down to each of us alone...

sincerely

JM


From K @ USA [Published on May 24th]

I am taking your message (1) and its subject as the confirmation that I was looking for to write to you about this.  I will try to make it short, because I know how busy you are.
 
For a little while now, I am simply overwhelmed with information from different sources about spirituality (2), specifically about spirit-sharing/charism.  At first I just happened onto this information, and then I did a little research, now I am back to just happening onto it again, but seemingly everywhere.

It is becoming so much so that I started to get a little anxious. 
  I am almost to the point of distraction over this subject.  Today I was thinking about LaSalette (3) and how Mary talked about the dead and righteous being apparently resurrected.... but really being evil spirits.  Then, just coincidentally, today I re-read your article on the Book of Enoch (4) that ends with the appearances of evil spirits that you witnessed.
 
Finally today, in desperation that I am loosing my sense, I just asked God, straight out, if I am supposed to know about these matters, do something with it, or if it is just a temptation to get me off track.  Then comes this message (1) and article, and I feel absolutely urged to sit down and do this e-mail.
 
Can you talk in your articles at all about the good or "holy" spirit-sharing?  Maybe people who are priests and religious or long-time faithful know about it, but I must say, I had never heard about it before.  Maybe I am calling it the wrong thing, too.  I guess what I mean is different charism, or, would it be okay to call it, manifestations (?), of the One Holy Spirit.  If you can address it (5), I think it would help in future discernment.
 
Thank you for listening.

K

Notes                                

(1) Peace!

We are glad that you asked.  We will publish your letter with the answer for our entire audience later on but, for now.....

Review http://www.sacred-destinations.com/france/la-salette-shrine-of-our-lady.htm

and in French - the Official Site: http://www.nd-la-salette.com/

Take note - A Basilica was built by the Roman Catholic Church in the 19th century honoring the Apparition.

"The Basilica of Our Lady of La Salette was begun in 1852, completed in 1865, and designated a basilica in 1879. It is a large, rather austere church, with a facade flanked by two strong towers."

Many Blessings!

The M+G+R Foundation



(2) The New Age Movement and all its spin-offs
(3) Message of Our Lady of La Salette
(4) The Book of Enoch
(5) On the Discernment of the Will of God


From JS @ USA [Published on May 16th]

I must tell you that I am shocked by the vitriolic response I get from Protestants when I tell them that I am now a Catholic, so I rarely mention it.  I live the Love Life, period.  They can draw their own conclusions.  On the other hand, many Catholics propound fervid Exclusivity, which is also unfortunate.  My own priest never fails to make a subtle point that only Catholics have true salvation.  No wonder the Family of God is at war.  That's why I am lonely:  Protestants write me off, and I don't swallow all the Catholic teachings.  I am a hybrid, loving both sides but no one to walk with me except the Lord.

 

So I've stopped ‘discussions’ with my protestant friend who wanted to talk about Mary's role, because they too quickly turned into defensive arguments, which are to no avail.    I've passed that point.  I have given her a Catechism, and told her to consider it prayerfully, not for ‘conversion’ (she has a legitimate walk with God) but just for “expansion”.  She must take it up with God.  I see my primary job is to keep her feeling loved, not to fix her.  In my own experience, God will lead the open-hearted and He is patient with others, as long as they truly love Him, regardless of the details they get hung up on. 

 

There are several points I like to use, in speaking with Protestants, which I hope may help bring about better understanding:

 

1     Until fairly recently, there was only one church.  Amazingly, this comes as a surprise to many Protestants!   They have become so completely disconnected that they have forgotten that they have common roots.

2     Believers are all catholic (= universal), by definition.  Protestants are usually stunned when I point this out.

3     We ALL must learn to look more closely at Scripture as Living Patterns, not just historical information and rules.  None of us get enough training in doing this for ourselves; EVERY church tells us what they want us to think it says.   They are afraid for us to read it outside of their perspective, and we have become afraid to do so.  There is a difference between healthy skepticism and loving the comfort of ignorance.  Local church leaders foster selective ignorance, however subtle the message, because they may lose power.

 

Most important of all is that we must focus on the Basics that bind us, not on the differences within the details.  God loves us. Jesus died for our salvation, we must forgive and love.  We are Brothers and Sisters in today's Body of Christ.  Please continue to focus on basics and to soften us to one another.  You have addressed this before, but it bears frequent repetition.  This is much more important than talking about  Mary's role, for example.  No one has all the Truth except God, so if one becomes just a little more open to their brothers’-in-the-Body’s views, God Himself can lead them to new understanding, and keep them away from danger.   That is their only hope for growth in this life. 

 
JS


From RH @ USA [Published on May 13th]

If at this point no one still knows or understand what those in charge at the Vatican represent, and there's nothing left anymore to get their hands on after they commandeer the original messages from Heaven though Medjugorje by sending Cantalamessa to "counsel" them, don't you think it's about time and imminent of the start of the "pain" to befall on humanity?

Personally, I notice from being around a lot of individuals that it is: Life continues on as usual except that now the "bad" of before is "good" or what should not be done, it is OK to do.  Maybe this is the meaning of "when most least expect it" it will happen.  I just hope and pray that it will be a green apocalypse - more chastisement due to natural causes like earthquakes and fire from the sky than from nuclear weapons.

RH

From Initials Withheld @ USA [Published on May 10th]

I feel very fortunate to have had enough direct experience of God's love and presence in my life to establish and bolster my faith, and to remind me that my salvation is through Him alone, and not through any religious establishment.  The more I learn of the activities of religious leaders in politics, the worse their track record looks.  If I were to go solely on the activities and track record of organized religion, I would revert to atheism in a heartbeat - or at the least, would give the Unitarians a try. 

Yes, it was via "organized religion" that I had access to Scriptures, the Sacraments, and some wonderful, edifying writings ... and some Church communities where I found loving people.  But the activities of the hierarchs and political activists are something else entirely.


Initials Withheld


From Initials Withheld @ USA [Published on May 9th]

Having just read the Public Forum Part I letter dated May 8th, what the writer says plus your commentary truly hits home.......... very "up close & personal" !
 
Now I have always 100% accepted that which you spoke of in obedience to God in regard the Eucharist. And I have known it to be true, exactly as you say, for many years. But now it "hits home" in a very frightening manner. Previously I realized that it was possible for many faithful, including myself, to have unknowingly received what we thought was the Eucharist........ but which may in fact have merely been bread...... as the officiating "priest" was either not properly ordained and/or did not have the correct and validating intention to say a valid mass & effect Transubstantiation. However I did not consider what was in the Tabernacle!!!
 
I had long ago realized that in all too many churches that I might be praying before a Tabernacle filled with unconcsecrated bread. But I had not considered the "bait & switch" concept which you alluded to. Now I do, on a personal level. How many times have I or others actually received a consecrated host which was actually consecrated on the altar before me at THIS mass??? Many if not most times I (and countless other Catholics) have received whatever was in the Tabernacle....... "consecrated" at previous dubious or nonexistent masses! I simply did not consider this! Your example of the huge masses at Fatima made me think of numerous "Papal Masses", masses in huge Cathedrals or larger parish churches.
 
In St. Patrick's Cathedral in NYC (which seats some 3500) in both daily & Sunday masses, several assistant priests appear "from the wings" bearing Ciboria to Communicate the faithful, having presumably obtained them from the Tabernacle (not from the altar!). Yet I have almost never seen enough Ciboria on the altar at any mass to account for all those "consecrated hosts". Where do they come from? Your words have opened my mind to think and do the simple math - which leads to the horrifying conclusion that the faithful are merely being fed unconsecrated bread. In such a setting, if you distribute 500 hosts per daily mass, you need to have 3000 consecrated hosts on hand, daily. Even if only half that number, you need: a) a huge Tabernacle, b) many, many Ciboria, and c) at each mass you need to consecrate more then is needed to have this excess. In lesser numbers this applies to many parish churches.
 
What is occurring is the Sacramental equivalent of filling a Holy Water font..... with non blessed tap water every day!
 
You remain in my daily prayers.
 
Initials Withheld


From VR @ Dubai [Published on May 8th]

Please note the Unesco connection in the following news report (*). And also note that the "three largest religions" includes Judaism even though the present day Jewish population is 14,596,217  (the total number of Jews in the world).


Doha: Representatives of the world's three largest religions Islam, Christianity and Judaism, will meet here today to take part in a conference on inter-faith dialogue.

The fifth edition of the three-day event will see the participation of about 150 religious leaders from across the world.

The gathering will follow up on the recommendations of the last conference in 2006 which had announced the foundation of the first ever centre for religious dialogue in the Gulf region to be based in Doha.

The centre would bring together representatives of the three main religions, Islam, Christianity and Judaism and become a focus for religious experts, academicians and preachers from across the world.

Today's gathering may kick off the establishment of the centre and its activation.

Prof Aisha Al Mannai, Dean of the College of Sharia and Islamic Studies at Qatar University and the conference's organiser, will inaugurate the event. Among the speakers of the opening ceremony will be Prof Ahmad Mohammad Al Tayeb, President of Al Azhar University, Egypt, George Saliba, Archbishop of Mount Lebanon and Rabbi Rene S. Sirat, Unesco's Chair of the Knowledge Exchange between Religions, France.

Shaikh Mohammad Al Habib Belkhoja of Saudi Arabia will kick off a session on Common spiritual values and their impact on peaceful co-existence.

Prof Saed Harib, from UAE, will moderate a debate on Mysticism.

  Also note that Qatar is the host of Al Jazeera Television,  the tacit champion of the Islamic cause. We indeed need to pray all the more.

Love,

VR

(*)  Original News report


From Initials Withheld @ USA  [Published on May 5th]
 
For Your Information -  A columnist in an on-line conservative magazine (*)  rises to the defense of Opus Dei. 

And he mentions The M+G+R Foundation :
 
"Another resolute critic of Opus Dei is Miguel de Portugal, a self-proclaimed visionary who makes it his life work to spread apocalyptic warnings over the Internet. Among his claims is that Opus Dei is at once backing pro-life neo-Nazis in Argentina and selling abortifacients in Spain, infiltrating the FBI to cover up its involvement in the Anthrax attacks and smuggling massive quantities of ganja. And one more thing: Remember when Pope John Paul II canonized Opus Dei founder Rev. Josemaria Escriva? To most of us, that was like all such canonizations an exercise of papal infallibility. To Miguel de Portugal it was in fact the “abomination of desolation” warned of in the Apocalypse. Just in case, you know, you were wondering.

(Okay, the FBI part might be true: Two O.D. members include former FBI director Louis Freeh, and current jailbird Robert Hansen—who used the money he got from his Soviet spymasters to pay tuition for his daughters at the Opus Dei school Oakcrest in Virginia. I used to date a graduate who knew the Hansen family. She assured me that Oakcrest no longer gives discounts to parents who pay in rubles.) "

I found this story via Mark Shea's blog.  Although Shea is strongly anti-war and opposed to US torture policy, he is friendly to Opus Dei ... hence his link to this like-minded columnist.


(*) Taki's Top Drawer: The Rothschilds, Opus One, and Opus Dei

From AS @ UK  [Published on May 4th]

Someone appears to be desperate to control a major slice of the media market....

Form CBS

From Reuters


From The M+G+R Foundation  [Published on April 27th]
Since we continue to lack the physical support necessary to function in an appropriate manner and fulfill our God given Charter, we are cutting back in the areas that we are able to do so. Attending correspondence is one of those areas.

Any correspondence addressed to us will be looked at eventually, although an individual response will no longer be possible except in very rare occasions.

We invoke upon you many Blessings from on High!

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