August 30, 2018 A.D.
During the days of the celebration of Our Lady’s birthday, August 4-5, 2018, pilgrims came to Caritas of Birmingham for a few days of retreat—prayer, penance and fellowship with the Community of Caritas. They also came to be fed with Our Lady’s words. On August 4, 2018, a Friend of Medjugorje addressed the pilgrims with thoughts that were inspired by Our Lady’s recent messages which is what follows. It is important to understand that this came before the recent scandal in the Church broke, revealing a great truth about what is necessary to correct the Church.
Are You a Dot or a Line?
What are you living for? Are you living just for the moment? Or are you living for Eternity? Our Lady’s apparitions are timing down. The time God has given, as far as the gas in the tank, that Our Lady has received to come down to the earth is running out. BOOM. Just like that it will stop. Are you living like a dot? If you look at your life, and you are thinking and living for this life, you are just a dot.
When I was in school, we learned about lines. If you drew a line and you were able to keep it going, throughout the universe, it would eventually come back and meet itself. Do you remember learning that? A straight line. We all are living our own lives, but are we living a life of a whiner or a warrior? If you are living for the line, which is Eternity, which is non-ending, you’ll be living as a warrior. But, we have too many people living as whiners.
Our Lady is here for a dot of man’s time, but with Eternal ramifications. Many people following Medjugorje are looking at it from the perspective of a dot. Recently, a woman came into the Caritas Mission House in Medjugorje and she said she felt sorry for all the villagers in Medjugorje because once the secrets happen, it will all be over. No one will be coming to Medjugorje anymore. The community member speaking with her told the woman that she had no understanding of Medjugorje if she thought the secrets were the end of Medjugorje. When the secrets happen, it will be the beginning of Medjugorje. Medjugorje is not a dot; it is linear, a line that goes through the universe coming back and meeting itself; it is non-ending, like Eternity. It’s strange that physics and science tells us a straight line will come back to itself and connect. Where does a circle end? It doesn’t. It has no beginning and no end. So, Our Lady is asking us to incorporate something into our life that will affect us for Eternity. She just told us in more than one message, “… be ready …”
April 2, 2010
More recently, She said:
June 2, 2017
We are in the midst of something so beyond our capacity to understand. Even us here at Caritas, who are immersed in the messages every day, all day, still don’t get it. We don’t have a clue as to how far or how great the magnitude of what it is that we are working towards. But, Our Lady just told us that we will have all the answers in the hereafter. What we must do is strive to apply the messages, not in a “dot life,” but a “linear life.”
Too many people live in a dot. They want to acquire “things.” They want to have things. If you are living for the world, you are getting things you don’t need. They are not necessary. People horde things. If you live linearly, on a “line life” into Eternity, you are going to think of everything in a different way.
Everything we do here is to propagate our way of life, passing it on to the next soul for Eternity, to show people how to live, living in such a way as to go into Eternity. Our Lady said in 1986:
The life of Heaven on earth is a new way of life. Our Lady is coming here to bring something completely new for us, something we have never seen before. But how will we achieve this way of life? Scripture states:
“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land.” * Matthew 5:5
What does meek mean? In the Book of Numbers, Aaron and Miriam, the brother and sister of Moses, became jealous of him. They needed an excuse to form a plot to put themselves on the same level Moses held before God. Moses had married a heathen and they attacked him on that issue because the woman was from a race of people that they didn’t agree with. But they were not sincere. They had to have an issue. Aaron and Miriam used that as an excuse to complain against Moses. But Scripture reveals what their real issue with Moses was and what made them discontent. Aaron and Miriam said:
“Is it through Moses alone that the LORD speaks? Does he not speak to us also?” Numbers 12:2
So, this was their complaint against Moses because he was in an exalted position. They wanted to be in the same position. But look at what God thought of their complaint. It gives an incredible insight. Scripture states:
“The LORD heard this [what Aaron & Miriam said].” And then Scripture states of Moses: “Moses himself was by far the meekest man on the face of the earth.” Numbers 12:3
Who was Moses? Moses was the man God had chosen to receive His Law on behalf of the people, the Ten Commandments. After receiving them on stone Tablets, Moses came down from the mountain and saw the debauchery God’s people had fallen into. Filled with righteous anger, Moses threw down and busted the Tablets. Moses talked to God, face to face. He met face to face with the Pharaoh, yet God says of Moses that he was the meekest man on earth.
So again, what does meek mean? It means to be humble. Then what does humble mean? Does it mean we just go along with everything, we just allow ourselves to be run over? We just let ourselves get beat up constantly? Scripture reveals something else about meekness. Meekness means to be in agreement with God. In a private message given to me by Our Lady on October 6, 1986, She said, “… live in humility …” In another message, Our Lady said:
April 2, 2013
That doesn’t sound humble. The message of April 2, 2013 goes on:
“…glorify yourself in ‘accordance to His will.’ [Then] Show humility…”
Glorify yourself and meekness seems like a contradiction. It is not. God’s will is to exalt you. To the degree you are in His will is how much you will glorify yourself. And because you are glorified according to His will, pride can come upon you. Therefore, you must “show” humility, as well as having it in your heart. Moses was much more than a firecracker. Seeing that God’s people had adopted pagan practices, he threw down and broke the Tablets on which the Commandments were written that God had just given to him, so scandalized was he over the people’s degraded behavior. That doesn’t sound meek, unless you interpret meek in the wrong way. We are to be a meek people. But we are to be in agreement with God. Again, meekness is shown in the Bible as one who is in agreement with God. Our Lady continued in the same above message:
We misinterpret who we are, that we’re just supposed to hang back, be quiet, not speak out. Yet, Our Lady says right here, speak out! How? Speak out, She says, “… with your life …” Words that you use must be backed up by the witness of your life.
We have to become a stronger people. The meek, God says, will inherit the land. The Israelites, after forty years, went into Palestine and fought for the land, conquering the Philistines through many bold battles. Does that sound “unmeek,” as most interpret meekness? Moses was the one who led them to the Promised Land. But before he could do that, they had to learn how to become meek—be in agreement with God. Our Lady is leading us these 40 years out of the desert the world is in now. She is here these many years to teach us what it means to be meek so that we can inherit, not only the land, but the whole world for Her Son.
Our Lady is asking something of us that we don’t understand. Meek means, “mild of temper; soft; gentle; not easily provoked or irritated; yielding; giving forbearance.” So, meekness has all these attributes underneath it. At the same time, we are to be a strong people. Jesus was as meek as a lamb, but He still overturned the money changers’ tables in the Temple and with the whip that He had braided, he whipped the people and animals out of the Temple! Our Lady is here to make us stronger than the enemy, and satan is very active in our culture today.
So, again, it is important that we understand and remind ourselves that meekness means to be in agreement. Moses being “the meekest man on the face of the earth,” contradicts what we have in our mentalities about Moses because we know he was very forward. He was very confrontational. Can you imagine going in front of the Pharaoh, the most powerful man in the world and demand him to free the Israelites who were the workforce behind the Egyptian’s economy? We are called to reason through Scripture, to meditate on the events and to change our mentality to understand and apply the lessons of Scripture. This is true also in following Our Lady. Our Lady is showing us who we are to become.
In the Acts of the Apostles, Peter and the apostles were witnessing in the Temple area, on behalf of Jesus who recently had risen from the dead. Seeing this, members of the Sanhedrin became angry and had the apostles hauled into jail. God sent angels to open the jail cell. The apostles returned to the Temple and continued evangelizing. Discovering them, the Sanhedrin became furious, but they knew they couldn’t kill the apostles because they feared the people would rebel and stone them. They tried, once more, to order them not to speak of Jesus anymore. Yet the apostles did not stop. Confronted and threatened again by the Sanhedrin, the apostles responded, “We must obey God, not men.” Acts 5:29
That is where we are today in the condition of our society. Peter and the Apostles made a declaration. They declared, “We do not obey man when man contradict’s God.” They declared, “God has our hearts, and that’s Who we obey.” Our Forefathers who founded this nation made a Declaration. Those who, today, fight against the Christian foundation of this nation, in their arguments, always refer only to the U.S. Constitution. You hear all of them saying everything is sourced in the Constitution. They never, never mention the Declaration. Why? Because the Declaration of Independence says:
“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God ‘entitle’ them…”
They don’t want you to know that. They don’t want you to hear that. They only want to talk about the Constitution. What is stated above from our Declaration of Independence is in the Bible. What they are saying here in this Declaration is exactly what Peter said, “We don’t owe our allegiance to you when you are against God. We are binded to God, and we separate from you, Sanhedrin. You have no authority over us. We, by the authority of God, follow Him.”
The Declaration of Independence continues:
“…a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes…”
Peter and the Apostles declared the cause, saying, “We know Jesus Christ died on the Cross. We will preach Him. That is our God, and we will obey Him above man.” So, the cause from the Declaration states:
“… declare the causes which impel them to the separation …”
We are in a moment of separation. That is why Our Lady is coming. It is not for the unity that everybody thinks will come about. Pressure is being placed on Christians to “unify” with other people by submitting ourselves to them and to their beliefs. To be meek does not mean one is to be weak. In fact, to be truly meek is to have great strength—by doing so you will have strength to the same degree as your meekness. Meek people will not submit themselves to other people who are against God’s ways and His Laws.
So, Peter and the apostles made their declaration concerning God, and this same principle was applied by the Forefathers of the United States when they wrote the Declaration of Independence. Note that the Founders of the United States put God the Creator as the means by which they declared that man has been endowed with certain unalienable rights, not rights from man or from the king, but rights from God the Creator.
“…We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…”
Scan the Globe
You will not find a Parallel
We give power to the people who govern over us by our consent, and when they start following godless doctrines, when government and leaders start passing laws that are against God’s Law, then “we the people” have the right and obligation to separate, just as Peter and the others separated from the Sanhedrin because they were demanding obedience to the Sanhedrin rather than to God. We are in a moment of great separation, a purposeful separation that Our Lady is bringing about through Her apparitions so that we can be connected and conformed to God and His Natural Law and not man’s law that rejects God. All this relates to our Church and Christianity today. The Church is weak today because its members are not meek. We agree with man rather than being in agreement with God. So, ask yourself: why is Our Lady here for such a long time? She is here to instill meekness in those who wish to grow in living their lives in agreement with God and in this way, She is raising up Her own apostles.
There is bureaucracy in the Church today that is causing much confusion. We see things in the Church that are not correct. And yes, we obey the Magisterium, but when something or someone contradicts the Moral teachings and Doctrine of the Faith, we have to go God’s way. Yes, the Church declares on earth what is declared in Heaven, but today, there are many in the Church who have gone AWOL (Absent With Out Leave) having abandoned their position as guardians and protectors of the True Faith, just as Timothy warned 2,000 years ago.
“In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is coming to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingly power, I charge you to preach the word, to stay with this task whether convenient or inconvenient—correcting, reproving, appealing—constantly teaching and never losing patience. For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine, but, following their own desires, will surround themselves with teachers who tickle their ears. They will stop listening to the truth and will wander off to fables. As for you, be steady and self-possessed; put up with hardship, perform your work as an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.” 2 Timothy 4:1-5
Do believers abandon sound doctrine on their own, or do they abandon sound doctrine because of the weak and stagnant delivery of these truths from the pulpits? And often times it is our own Shepherds who are leading their sheep away from sound doctrine to follow fables. We have things going wrong in the Church to such a degree that Our Lady has been here for 37 years. One only needs to contemplate “why” She has been here for such a long time and the answer will come to you—which is what has been told to you.
We, at Caritas, are in a good position to speak out freely, because we are free. Don’t think you have to go running to the church to get approval, or to ask, “Can I do this?” We are free! God gave us that freedom. We have unalienable rights. I’m saying “un-a-lien-able,” not “inalienable.” These two words are radically different. One begins with “un”, the other with “in.” There can be no “lien” put against me. I have confronted those in the Church who have tried to stop what I am doing. I’m not talking about rebellion. But those in the Church must follow the same rules as is required by all members of the Church. They cannot arbitrarily choose to stop anyone because they personally do not like what someone is doing. Their authority only goes so far. I will be obedient to anything that has jurisdiction over me. Where there is no jurisdiction, you and I are free. Many people in the Church are stopped by simply being told “no.” I was told by my first bishop, Bishop Vath, in 1986, not to start Caritas. I already knew Canon Law allowed me to do so without the need of permission. I went to my Bishop as a curtesy and out of respect for his position. I left his office, down-hearted, but not with any less resolve to answer God’s call to begin Caritas, than when I walked into his office. So, like Peter and the apostles, I must obey what God has commanded me to do, rather than bend to the wish or opinion of a bishop who had no jurisdiction over what I was going to do as a layman. The same applies to “man” in government.
Saying all this, we have to understand how strong the Church is. It can never be destroyed. We know the Church is indestructible because Jesus promised that it will never be destroyed. The gates of hell cannot prevail against it. But the gates are pressed up to the Church in our time. This is exactly why Our Lady is here, so that the gates of hell will not prevail. That’s why we have apparitions for 37 years (as of June 25, 2018). You have to enter into this and see how serious this situation is. Had Our Lady not come, what would have happened? She has already told us the world would not exist today had She not come. She told Ivan, flat out, “The world would have ended had My apparitions not come.” You can add a new revelation said for the first time. I have said it. “If the world had ended, the Church itself would have ended.” But it is not yet time because it is Our Lady’s time with dealing with the world AND the Church. She has come to “clean up the place”—both the world and the Church. Studying present and recent history, we can see the truth of Her statement.
The point I’m making is we have to follow God. We have to follow the Church in all matters of authority, but one must be aware, God gave us freedom in many areas. While we must obey the doctrines of the Church, it cannot be negated that a principle exists of being governed, by our consent, in the context of matters of Sensus Fidelium—meaning by the belief of the people. And through Sensus Fidelium, a recognized and legitimate application of approval for Medjugorje can be claimed. Medjugorje is real, is legitimate. After 37 years with daily apparitions, we are no longer to be falsely meek and weak. We are to be truthfully meek and strong! As followers of Our Lady, the Queen of Peace, we will not be hushed and pushed and told to be silent. However, do not mistake what is being said here. Sensus Fidelium does not mean the Church is a democracy. Rather, I am speaking about recognizing where the Spirit of God is moving in the Church through the apparitions of the Queen of Peace of Medjugorje. The move of direction is clearly the raising up of apostles of love of Our Lady to heal the Church and the whole world. Our Lady said:
March 2, 2017
Our Lady is here to be your spiritual director. A lot of people and scholars would object to that, shouting, “Anathema!” Let it be as they think. Our Lady says, “I am here to educate you.” “I am here to teach you.” “As a mother, I want to teach you.” Why is She saying that? Are you getting fed from the pulpit on Sundays? Most would say, no. Yes, there are some very good priests who feed their people and are leading them to deeper conversion, but this is not the experience of the majority of Catholics and those of other Christian denominations. Much more often, at the homily, I feel like it is a sleeping pill. In boredom, one falls asleep.
Our Lady has to go outside of those circles in the church to spread Her messages and Medjugorje. That is why She has raised up something that even caused me problems, saying we’re apostles. She literally means it. She is calling you to apostleship, not figuratively like what we know of the Blue Army and Fatima groups or various other kinds of Rosary and prayer groups–good and valuable as they are. But Our Lady literally and repeatedly says, “You are my apostles,” because it’s on your shoulders to rebuild the Church and renew it. It’s not going to come from the top down. The rebuilding and renewal of the Church is going to come from the people.
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