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PROPHECIES AND INTRIGUES WEAVE IN AND OUT OF EXTRAORDINARY DECISION BY POPE TO VACATE SEAT OF PETER

  The retirement or abdication of Pope Benedict XVI has brought us to a place where there’s a combination of bewilderment, hope, and speculation.

Many are the theories that can be floated and many the ways of looking at it.

If there is danger, it’s in how the papacy suddenly or temporarily takes on more the look of a job than a calling — one that is or was anointed unto passage into the afterlife.

Will the “retirement” permanently affect the mystical power or perception of the papacy? Does it take away the mystery? Is it modernistic (which would be an irony, coming from a man who fought so hard for tradition)? Was the Pope “forced” out? Is there hidden illness?

At the moment what it seems like is simply the humble act of a human being who had grown too fragile and weary (perhaps even blind in one eye) and who may fear that further infirmity or even incapacitation would invite more turmoil in a Vatican where there are clearly factions (he has referred to this himself in the past week) and mismanagement. It is curious in retrospect to recall how in his first homily as Pope, Benedict had said, “Pray for me, that I may not flee for fear of the wolves.” There is no evidence that he was “chased” out. But he was obviously plagued by inner Vatican upheaval.

At one extreme are media types who see it all as another sign of religion and particularly Roman Catholicism in decline (it is wishful thinking; the Church will survive beyond any other institutions on earth) while at the other end are Church hierarchies at both Vatican and local levels that may be too distanced from the flock and insulated by the trappings of prelature to realize how deeply their influence has diminished with the general public due to the scandals and bureaucracy and in fact other trends of de-mystification. So immersed are we in theological theories and “banks” that we have strayed dramatically from the simplicity of Jesus. 

If there is one over-arching emotion,it is thus, at this time, a feeling of unsettlement.

That was emphasized on the very day of abdication when now-famous lightning struck St. Peter’s Basilica.

When we see lightning, when we hear thunder, we are on the lookout. We make sure we know where to seek shelter. It certainly draws attention. It has drawn our attention to what transpires in Rome, as if to say that this new development has a different quality about it, beyond simple historical precedent.

Saint John Bosco once had a prophetic vision in which the Lord said, “Will you be the rod of My power?”

He also saw a Pope who safely brought a ship (the Church) to port between two pillars (the Eucharist and Blessed Mother) in tossed seas.

It now seems that we have not yet seen that pontiff.

How two lightning bolts can strike the Vatican on the very day of the Pope’s announcement and then a meteorite that same week — one that actually injures people (hundreds) — and two days later a quake shakes Rome itself could all be ignored including by Catholics or dismissed as mere happenstance shows how far indeed so many have wandered from belief that the supernatural functions today in the same way as it did in Scripture.

Instead, if there is any heed paid to the mystical angle at all, by the media, it is to the alleged prophecies of Saint Malachy — alleged because there is not even any proof that the Irish monk, who lived in the twelfth century, even wrote them.

These are phrases describing the final 112 popes from A.D. 1159 on and while there are certainly some curious and at times astonishing qualities to them (for example, the way they described John Paul II as from the “labor of the sun,” this a Pope who was born during an eclipse and buried during another, while Benedict’s papacy seems to have been what Malachy foresaw as “the glory of the olives” in perfect line with how the Pope took the name associated with an order — Benedictines — who have a branch called “Olivetans”), it would be unprecedented for a major public prophecy to quite so loudly and specifically describe the next one (allegedly called “Peter the Roman”) and turn out right.

If nothing else, the College of Cardinals (if they have given the Malachy prophecies ear) might consciously stay away from picking a “Peter” who could be associated with “Rome” because it would fuel belief in the reputed prophecies, which say that Peter the Roman (Petrus Romanus)  will be the last Pope, at least of this age (one who will nourish the flock amid great tribulation).

All our prophecy is imperfect (1 Corinthians 13:9). Usually, it operates more subtly. In approved apparitions, there can be specificity, but usually in a way that is more sweeping (see the secrets of Fatima). In addition, some say there is an ellipsis (“…”) in the Malachy description (“In the extreme persecution of the Holy Roman Church, there will sit … Peter the Roman,” it says), leaving room for something before Peter. (In a manner of speaking, all popes are “Peter.”)

Yet, it is not to discount the prophetic potential, and certainly not the fact that Benedict’s decision seems very much characteristic of a time during which we face all forms of major events, and will face even greater ones in the future, whether or not they are all specified beforehand.

The meteorites that struck Siberia recall prophecies of “two stars that will clash in the sky” as a warning. Was it a coincidence that earth experienced the greatest recorded encounter with an asteroid the very same day as the meteorites? And happenstance that fireballs were seen last weekend from Kazakistan to northern California, Cuba, and Florida?

Something will come.

From RIA Novosti news: “A meteorite which injured hundreds of people in Russia’s Chelyabinsk Region on Friday was ‘the Lord’s message to humanity,’ a senior local clergyman said. From the Scriptures, we know that the Lord often sends people signs and warnings via natural forces,’ Metropolitan of Chelyabinsk and Zlatoust Feofan said in a statement released on Friday. ‘I think that not only for the Ural [regions] residents, but for the whole of humanity, the meteorite is a reminder that we live in a fragile and unpredictable world,’ the clergyman said. He called on people to support each other and pray to God in thanks for saving the world from a devastating disaster.”

Meanwhile, the very same week (all of it the week of Benedict’s announcement) it became known that the Pope had sent a letter to an emissary to a shrine known as “the Lourdes of Germany” that invoked Mary as “mediatrix of all graces.” This too is unusual, and may have caused excitement among those who believe that a papal proclamation or fifth dogma of Mary as “Co-Redemptrix and Mediatrix of all Graces” will herald the end of our age.

The one hitch, of course, was that the Pope did not use the term “co-redemptrix.”

Still, the language was interesting, and the Pope’s  resignation, to take this a step further, came on the feast day of Lourdes.

Those who believe all these things were coincidence will believe anything — but the mystical. Meanwhile, with deep respect, let us pray that the leaders of our Church forsake at this time in history and this time of the year any royal robes and instead lead us in donning sackcloth and ashes.

[Further note: At LaSalette, France, one of the two seers, Maximin Giraud, allegedly said (on July 3, 1851, in predicting huge world events, and with some error, “Before all that arrives, great disorders will arrive, in the Church, and everywhere. Then, after [that], our Holy Father the Pope will be persecuted. His successor will be a pontiff that nobody expects. Then, after [that], a great peace will come, but it will not last a long time. A monster will come to disturb it. All that I tell you here will arrive in the other century, at the latest in the year two thousand.”] 

[And, In the annals of prophecy, in the apocrypha, perhaps in the mythology, is an Austrian monk who reportedly lived between 1204 and 1257. His name was Johannes Friede. And, it is said, he left the following enthralling prophetic word: “When the great time will come, in which mankind will face its last, hard trial, it will be foreshadowed by striking changes in nature. “The alteration between cold and heat will become more intensive, storms will have more catastrophic effects, earthquakes will destroy great regions, and the seas will overflow many lowlands. “Not all of it will be the result of natural causes, but mankind will penetrate into the bowels of the earth and will reach into the clouds, gambling with its own existence. “Before the powers of destruction will succeed in their design, the universe will be thrown into disorder, and the age of iron will plunge into nothingness. “When nights will be filled with more intensive cold and days with heat, a new life will begin in nature. The heat means radiation from the earth, the cold the waning light of the sun. Only a few years more and you will become aware that sunlight has grown perceptibly weaker. When even your artificial light will cease to give service, the great event in the heavens will be near.”]

[resources: The Final Hour and Medjugorje pilgrimage: purification, future, self-illumination]

[see also: Did John Bosco see a Pope leaving Rome?, In last Mass Pope preaches on humility, religious unity, and ‘The time of testing is here’

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Posted by on February 19, 2013 in Church, Clergy, comets, Jesus, Pope, Prophecy, Religious

 

PAPAL MYSTERY: WHY DID BENEDICT XVI CHOOSE TO MAKE HIS STUNNING, HISTORIC ANNOUNCEMENT ON FEAST OF LOURDES?

There are the mysteries. When something happens in Rome, they multiply. Why did Pope Benedict XVI choose now to leave the papacy? Is there is a hidden illness? Did he know exactly what he was going to do — way back in 2009 — when he left his pallium at the tomb of another pontiff, Celestine V, who abdicated in the thirteenth century? Why so many “Benedicts” on the short list of those who have left the papacy before death? That lightning strike: Satan or Heaven? There were actually two bolts that reportedly struck the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica around six p.m., just hours after the shock announcement. Was it a punctuation from Heaven? If so, an exclamation point? An underscore? A sign of simple electrical charge, or of disturbance, turmoil? What about prophecies that speak of one Pope remaining (and what to do with others that had called for just three more popes after John XXIII, or associate a coming warning to the world with something such as a comet; one is expected next month, during the conclave to choose a new pontiff)?

Among the mysteries we can address is why the Pope may have chosen a major Marian feast day — Our Lady of Lourdes — to make his announcement. Was he saying he needed healing? Or simply planting an important event on the feast day of a place that is important to his pontificate?

And for this we can go to one of his own books, God and the World (a conversation with journalist Peter Seewald, when, as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, back in 2000, asked about a solemn vow by a Jewish writer, Franz Werfel, to dedicate a novel to Saint Bernadette if he was saved from the Nazis, which he was, the future Pontiff said):

“Nowadays especially, with the complexity of all our problems, Christianity often becomes so complicated for us that we can no longer see the forest for the trees.

“It is a matter of being led back to the simple heart of it, not to anything else, but to the essentials, to conversion, to faith, hope, and love.

“The story of Lourdes is for me personally a particularly moving story.

Pope Benedict XVI torchlight procession, Lourdes, France“And by the agency of Werfel, as probably for many other people, it has come really very close to me, for he tells it from the standpoint of sharing it at a profound inner level.

“This simple girl [Bernadette], who brought nothing for her part but a great inward purity, surrounded in the century of rationalism by a very crude and anti-clerical rationalism, but also confronted by skeptical Church authorities who at first, quite rightly, acted only with great caution, in this somewhat cold spiritual climate, in fact almost freezing, she was able to introduce the face of the Mother of God. And in the sign of the living, healing water she also shows us a sign of Mary for the saving power of creation, which is awakened by Mary herself. That Christianity is made comprehensible as a religion of the heart, and as a healing reality, deliberately or precisely in this rationalistic context, in which the simple soul becomes the seeing soul, remains for us a great sign.

“In this healing water they are referred back to the great and healing waters of baptism, which is the real new wellspring, a gift to us from Christ.”

“The older I am, the more the Mother of God is important to me and close to me,” added the Pope.

thanks to Spirit Daily

 
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Posted by on February 12, 2013 in Church, Clergy, Magesterium, Mary, Pope, Religious, World

 

Citing health reasons, Pope Benedict announces he will resign

 


Pope Benedict XVI greets the crowd as the arrives to make remarks at the end of a Mass for the Knights of Malta in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican Feb. 9. The pope announced Feb. 11 that he will resign at the end of the month. (CNS/Paul Haring) 

By Carol Glatz and Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Saying he no longer has the strength to exercise ministry over the universal church, Pope Benedict XVI announced Feb. 11 that he would be resigning at the end of the month after an eight-year pontificate.

“After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry,” the pope told cardinals gathered for an ordinary public consistory to approve the canonization of new saints.

Pope Benedict, who was elected in April 2005, will be the first pope to resign in more than 600 years.

He told the cardinals, “In today’s world, subject to so many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith, in order to govern the bark of St. Peter and proclaim the Gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me.”

Jesuit Father Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, told journalists at a briefing that the pope’s decision was not prompted by any medical illness, but was due to a natural “decline of strength” associated with old age.

Even though the announcement had caught almost everybody by surprise, it was not a snap decision, but rather one that “had matured over the past few months,” Father Lombardi said.

The pope made his announcement in Latin from a pre-written text during a morning ordinary public consistory where a large number of cardinals were present.

When he delivered his announcement, the pope seemed very “composed, concentrated” and read “in a solemn manner” in keeping with the importance of what he was saying, Father Lombardi said.

Fulfilling the canonical requirement, Pope Benedict solemnly declared to the cardinals, “Well aware of the seriousness of this act, with full freedom I declare that I renounce the ministry of Bishop of Rome, Successor of St. Peter, entrusted to me by the cardinals on 19 April 2005, in such a way, that as from 28 February 2013, at 20:00 hours, the See of Rome, the See of St. Peter, will be vacant and a conclave to elect the new supreme pontiff will have to be convoked by those whose competence it is.”

It is up to the dean of the College of Cardinals, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, to make preparations for a conclave to elect a new pope.

Father Lombardi said after the pope steps down, he will move to the papal villa in Castel Gandolfo outside of Rome. He will stay there until the renovation is completed of a cloister, set up by Blessed John Paul II, which is located inside the Vatican Gardens, he said.

The pope will then live in the cloister, called the Mater Ecclesia monastery, and dedicate his time to prayer and reflection, the Vatican spokesman said.

It was likely the pope would keep writing, he added, since the pope has mentioned many times that he has wanted to spend more time dedicated to study and prayer.

When asked if there would be any confusion over leadership or a schism were a possibility, Father Lombardi said he believes the pope “had no fear of this” happening because he clearly demonstrated his desire to step down and no longer be pope or retain any papal authority.

“I think in no way is there any risk of confusion or division” in this respect, he said.

The pope, who is past the age allowed a cardinal to vote for a new pope, will obviously not be part of the conclave that will convene to elect his successor, he added.

He is not likely to play any role in the “interregnum” or time between popes because “there is no role for a predecessor pope” during this period, the priest said.

The Jesuit priest said a “sede vacante” usually lasts less than a month, and that it was more than likely a new pope would be elected in time to lead the full schedule of Holy Week and Easter liturgies.

Cardinal Sodano, who was one of the many cardinals present during the pope’s announcement, addressed the pope, telling him the news left them with “a sense of loss, almost completely incredulous.”

However, it was obvious that his decision was based on a “great affection” for the well-being of the church, the cardinal said.

Father Lombardi said being a pope today is “much more fast-moving, more demanding” than it was in the past with an almost nonstop full schedule of public and private events and liturgical celebrations.

When asked why the pope chose Feb. 11, the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, as the day to announce his stepping down, Father Lombardi said most likely the date was a coincidence, and that the pope instead chose an event — the ordinary public consistory — where a large number of cardinals would be present.

“The pope chose this significant occasion with the gathered cardinals” as the best moment to announce his plans, the Vatican spokesman said.

When asked whether the pope had any medical illnesses or bouts of depression that may have prompted his resignation, Father Lombardi said the pope was “absolutely not” depressed and possessed a remarkable “spiritual serenity” and composure despite the many difficult moments he has had to face as pope.

The Vatican spokesman also said he was not aware of any medical illness that would have caused the pope to step down, rather it was due to a “normal” deterioration of physical and mental strength that comes with old age.

The pope has increasingly had trouble walking in the past year, often using a cane and always being assisted getting up and down steps. However, the Vatican has never released medical information that would make it appear the pope suffers from anything other than joint pain connected to his age.

The option of a pope to resign is explicitly written into the Code of Canon Law. It says a pope may step down, but stipulates that the decision must be made freely and “duly manifested.” No one needs to formally accept a pope’s resignation for it to be valid.

The last pope to resign was Pope Gregory XII in 1415.

Pope Benedict had long said it would be appropriate for a pope to resign for the good of the church if the pontiff felt he were unable to physically bear the burden of the papacy.

In his book-length interview, “The Light of the World,” with German journalist Peter Seewald, the pope said, “If a pope clearly realizes that he is no longer physically, psychologically and spiritually capable of handling the duties of his office, then he has a right and, under some circumstances, also an obligation to resign.”

The pope told the author that it was important, however, that the pope “must not run away” and “must stand fast and endure” any difficult situations that are facing the church. For that reason, he was not thinking of resigning in 2010 — the year the interviews were conducted.

“One can resign at a peaceful moment or when one simply cannot go on,” the pope had said.

Before ending his remarks during the consistory, Pope Benedict told the cardinals: “I thank you most sincerely for all the love and work with which you have supported me in my ministry and I ask pardon for all my defects. And now, let us entrust the holy church to the care of our supreme pastor, our Lord Jesus Christ, and implore his holy Mother Mary, so that she may assist the cardinal fathers with her maternal solicitude, in electing a new supreme pontiff.”

The pope said, “I wish to also devotedly serve the holy church of God in the future through a life dedicated to prayer.”

Father Lombardi said he felt “great admiration” for the pope’s “great courage” and “freedom of spirit” in making this decision. The spokesman said it shows the pope is not only fully aware of the great responsibilities involved in leading the universal church, but his hopes that “the ministry of the church be carried out the best way” possible.

 
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Posted by on February 11, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Pope Benedict XVI To Resign at End of Month, Vatican Says

image: Pope Benedict XVI uses an iPad at the Vatican, June 28, 2011.

Pope Benedict XVI uses an iPad at the Vatican, June 28, 2011.

(VATICAN CITY) — Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday he would resign Feb. 28, the first pontiff to do so in nearly 600 years. The decision sets the stage for a conclave to elect a new pope before the end of March.The 85-year-old pope announced his decision in Latin during a meeting of Vatican cardinals Monday morning.

“After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths due to an advanced age are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry,” he told the cardinals. “I am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiriual nature, must be carried out not only by words and deeds but no less with prayer and suffering.

However, in today’s world, subject to so many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith, in order to govern the bark of St. Peter and proclaim the Gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary — strengths which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately the ministry entrusted to me.”

The AP was also reporting the following: Brother says Pope’s doctor told him not to take transatlantic trips for health reasons.

The last pope to resign was Pope Gregory XII, who stepped down in 1415 in a deal to end the Great Western Schism among competing papal claimants.

Benedict called his choice “a decision of great importance for the life of the church.”

The move sets the stage for the Vatican to hold a conclave to elect a new pope by mid-March, since the traditional mourning time that would follow the death of a pope doesn’t have to be observed.

There are several papal contenders in the wings, but no obvious front-runner as was the case when Benedict was elected pontiff in 2005 after the death of Pope John Paul II.

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We are hoping this is not true. If so, we are fearful that there are pressures from within that have forced issues that in time will bring the false prophet to the seat of Peter. Pray like you have never prayed before!

 
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Posted by on February 11, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

LENT IS SPECIAL TIME TO CLEANSE AND PROTECT AGAINST SPIRITS THAT CAN TRANSFER THROUGH PEOPLE AND SIN

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Though society and even the Church often turn a blind eye to the workings of spirits, the fact is that they exist and the fact is also that — among their repertoire — is what might be called “spiritual transference”: spiritual energies can be transmitted through people, communication, and things, including at a distance. A person can walk right in with a spirit attached to her or him.

Did you ever receive an e-mail that had a special, persistent “poison” or sting — beyond psychological? A communication — via phone, via regular letter, in person — that left an acute, almost tangible oppression or tension (or both)? Have strange things occurred after connecting with someone who may have spiritual baggage?

When someone is involved in an illicit activity — especially sexual, drug-wise, or the occult — it has repercussions.

It can be a spiritual “virus.”

Or parasitic. We offer this for your discernment: You may feel anxious. Suddenly, you may be “drained.” It comes like lightning. Or, it is blizzard cold. The atmosphere shifts.

 Hostilities erupt even though the house had been tranquil.

Statue of Our Lady of Lourdes, in the grotto of apparitionsThis can and must be cast out. For a “power train” can move between people, says Father Yozefu-B. Ssemakula, author of the blockbuster book, The Healing of Families. There can be telegraphing.

“There is an analogy here between what happens with an illicit sexual relationship and our relationship with the occult,” points out the priest. “With God alone on top and nothing being equal to Him, when we get into the occult we equate Satan with God. Satan promptly sets in motion this ‘electric shock’ to contaminate not only that person but as many as he can who are also those attached to the person (i.e., the family). He can do this because of the sheer negative power inherent in the sin.”

Of course, blaming everything on such things can go to an extreme — a damaging one. We can become paranoid. Many of the same emotions can be explained “rationally.” Meanwhile, a splash of Holy Water often dispels unwanted visitors from invisible realms. Monthly Confession is invaluable. So is praying with feeling. “Do not be afraid of Satan,” the Virgin Mary once said at a major apparition. “That isn’t worth the trouble, because with humble prayer and an ardent love, one can disarm him.”

But at certain unprotected times, it may be a case whereby the spirit or spirits around a person have been able to electrify or attach to you, even if — spatially, in our dimension — the person with whom you communicated is at a distance.

As we approach Lent, we come to a time of year when we should consider fasting — an especially powerful tool of protection. It is the time of year to cleanse. When we have inner darkness, outer darkness conveyed through others can connect with that. Meanwhile, humility offers a tremendous buffer. When we are humble, we hardly have to worry about a “chink” in our armor (if our humility is deep).

Detach yourself from those who are in darkness; offer advise and pray for them, but don’t get trapped in their orbit (let them orbit around your Savior).

“Honesty, love, humility, and sincerity will lead you to me,” the Blessed Mother said in the 1980s. “Fervent prayer, humility, reciprocal love will prevent Satan from approaching you.” Note this year how the feast of Lourdes (Immaculate Conception) flows into Lent.

“My children, I wish that the Holy Mass be for you the gift of the day. Attend it, wish for it to begin. Jesus gives Himself to you during the Mass. Thus, look forward to that moment when you are cleansed.”

Here again we appreciate the power of sacramentals (and more so, the Eucharist). Daily Mass is a potent shield.

Make this Lent the one of your special inner cleansing. Make it also the one during which you experience the power of fasting. Sacrifice sets evil at a distance. Abandon your heart to Jesus. “Do not go to Confession through habit, then remain the same after it,” says the Blessed Mother. “No, this is not good. Confession should give an impulse to your faith. It should stimulate you and bring you closer to Jesus.”

If “transference” happens more than once, it makes sense to use the Holy Water before such communication (while not excluding those who may need our contact).

Spirits can come through telephones. They can come through television screens. They can enter via computer or books or magazines. For evil has certain “legal” rights. When a person watches an occult show or surfs for pornography or indulges in viewing something that is violent or filthy, there is a sullying in the spirit as well; a “grit” rubs off on them. This can hover like a cloud; others “breathe” it. It causes a “rip” in our spiritual buffer. There are cases whereby spirits entered homes because the residents were watching “ghost-hunter” shows or ones that were sexual.

Not all of it is demonic. Often, we on earth are plagued by spirits of the deceased. They attempt to relive their sin. Saint Padre Pio said he ministered to more souls doing their purgatory on earth than he did to living humans!

Many deny these phenomena — until they are bothered by them.

Too often, problems persist because the source is unrecognized.

Pray for whoever may have a problem. Praying for a person’s deliverance is a special hedge of protection. Plead His Blood. Seek refuge in His wounds.

There is also transference from places. Use blessed salt. Use all forms of sacramentals.

“Holy Water is available freely at almost every church,” points out Father Yozefu. “Get into the habit of keeping some in your home for periodic cleansing and blessing of your home. Already you may not know the history of your house. You may not know who lived there before you and what they did in the house. And if you know, and nothing catches your attention, you will not know the history of the grounds on which your house was built. Extremely negative things that have happened in locations in the past seem to leave behind negative spiritual residues.” But there is nothing that prayer and fasting, with humility, and love, from a cleansed Lenten heart, cannot dispel. Purge Mardi Gras! Live the sacrifice of Jesus!

[resources: The Healing of the Families, The Medjugorje Fast, and Michael Brown retreats: Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Seattle, Portland]

 
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Posted by on February 9, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Father Jose Maniyangat – Life After Death Experience

I was born on July 16, 1949 in Kerala, India to my parents, Joseph and Theresa Maniyangat. I am the eldest of seven children: Jose, Mary, Theresa, Lissama, Zachariah, Valsa and Tom.

At the age of fourteen, I entered St. Mary’s minor seminary in Thiruvalla to begin my studies for the priesthood. Four years later I went to St. Joseph’s Pontifical Major Seminary in Alwaye, Kerala to continue my priestly formation. After completing the seven years of Philosophy and Theology I was ordained a priest on January 1, 1975 to serve as a missionary at the Diocese of Thiruvalla.

In 1978 while teaching at the St. Thomas minor seminary in Bathery, I became an active member of the Charismatic Renewal movement and began conducting charismatic retreats and conferences in Kerala.

On Sunday April 14, 1985, the Feast of the Divine Mercy, I was going to celebrate Mass at a mission church in the north part of Kerala, and I had a fatal accident. I was riding a motorcycle when I was hit head-on by a jeep driven by a man who was intoxicated after a Hindu festival. I was rushed to a hospital about 35 miles away. On the way my soul came out from my body and I experienced death. Immediately I met my Guardian angel. I saw my body and the people who were carrying me to the hospital. I heard them crying and praying for me. At this time my angel told me: “I am going to take you to Heaven, the Lord wants to meet you and talk with you”. He also said that on the way he wanted to show me hell and purgatory.

First, the angel escorted me to hell. It was an awful sight! I saw Satan and the devils, an unquenchable fire of about 2,000 Fahrenheit degrees, worms crawling, people screaming and fighting, others being tortured by demons. The angel told me that all these sufferings were due to unrepented mortal sins. Then, I understood that there are seven degrees of suffering or levels according to the number and kinds of mortal sins committed in their earthly lives. The souls looked very ugly, cruel and horrific. It was a fearful experience. I saw people whom I knew but I am not allowed to reveal their identities. The sins that convicted them were mainly abortion, homosexuality, euthanasia, hatefulness, unforgiveness and sacrilege. The angel told me that if they had repented they would have avoided hell and gone instead to purgatory. I also understood that some people who repent from these sins might be purified on earth through their sufferings. This way they can avoid purgatory and go straight to heaven.

I was surprised when I saw in hell even Priests and Bishops, some of whom I never expected to see. Many of them were there because they had misled the people with false teaching and bad example.

After the visit to hell, my Guardian angel escorted me to Purgatory. Here too, there are seven degrees of suffering and unquenchable fire. But it is far less intense than hell and there was neither quarreling nor fighting. The main suffering of these souls is their separation from God. Some of those who are in Purgatory committed numerous mortal sins; but they were reconciled with God before their death. Even though these souls are suffering, they enjoy peace and the knowledge that one day they will see God face to face.

I had a chance to communicate with the souls in Purgatory. They asked me to pray for them and to tell the people to pray for them as well, so they can go to heaven quickly. When we pray for these souls we will receive their gratitude through their prayers and once they enter heaven their prayers become even more meritorious.

It is difficult for me to describe how beautiful my Guardian angel is. He is radiant and bright. He is my constant companion and helps me in all my ministries, especially my healing ministry. I experience his presence everywhere I go and I am grateful for his protection in my daily life.

Next, my angel escorted me to heaven passing through a big dazzling white tunnel. I never experienced this much peace and joy in my life. Then immediately the heaven opened up and I heard the most delightful music, which I never heard before. The angels were singing and praising God. I saw all the saints, especially the Blessed Mother and St. Joseph, and many dedicated holy Bishops and Priests who were shining like stars. And when I appeared before the Lord, Jesus told me: “I want you to go back to the world. In your second life you will be an instrument of peace and healing to my people. You will walk in a foreign land and you will speak in a foreign tongue. Everything is possible for you with my grace”. After these words, the Blessed Mother told me: “Do whatever He tells you. I will help you in your ministries”.

Words can not express the beauty of heaven. There we find so much peace and happiness, which exceed a million times our imagination. Our Lord is far more beautiful than any image can convey. His face is radiant and luminous and more beautiful than a thousand rising suns. The pictures we see in the world are only a shadow of His magnificence. The Blessed Mother was next to Jesus; she was so beautiful and radiant. None of the images we see in this world can compare with her real beauty. Heaven is our real home, we are all created to reach heaven and enjoy God forever. Then, I came back to the world with my angel.

While my body was at the hospital, the doctor completed all examinations and I was pronounced dead. The cause of death was bleeding. My family was notified and since they were far away, the hospital staff decided to move my dead body to the morgue. Because the hospital did not have air conditioners they were concerned that the body would decompose quickly. As they were moving my dead body to the morgue, my soul came back to the body. I felt an excruciating pain because of so many wounds and broken bones. I began to scream and then the people became frightened and ran away screaming. One of them approached the doctor and said: “the dead body is screaming”. The doctor came to examine the body and found that I was alive. So he said: “Father is alive, it is a miracle, take him back to the hospital”.

Now, back at the hospital, they gave me blood transfusions and I was taken to surgery to repair the broken bones. They worked on my lower jaw, ribs, pelvic bone, wrists, and right leg. After two months, I was released from the hospital, but my orthopedic doctor said that I would never walk again. I then said to him: “ the Lord who gave me my life back and sent me back to the world will heal me”. Once at home we were all praying for a miracle. Still after a month and with the casts removed I was not able to move. But one day while praying I felt an extraordinary pain in my pelvic area. After a short while the pain disappeared completely and I heard a voice saying: “You are healed. Get up and walk”. I felt the peace and healing power on my body. I immediately got up and walked. I praised and thanked God for the miracle.

I reached my doctor with the news of my healing and he was amazed. He said: “your God is the true God. I must follow your God”. The doctor was Hindu and he asked me to teach him about our Church. After studying the faith, I baptized him and he became Catholic.

Following the message from my Guardian angel, I came to the United States on November 10, 1986 as a missionary Priest. First, I worked in the Diocese of Boise, Idaho from 1987 to 1989 and then became the Director of Prison Ministry in the Diocese of Orlando, Florida from 1989 to 1992.

In 1992, I came to the Diocese of St. Augustine where I was first assigned to St. Matthew’s Parish in Jacksonville for two years. I was then appointed Parochial Vicar of Assumption Church from 1994 to 1999. In 1997 I was incardinated as a permanent member of the Diocese. Since June 1999, I have been pastor of St. Mary’s Mother of Mercy Catholic Church in Macclenny, Florida. I also serve as the Catholic Chaplain for Florida State Prison in Starke, Union Correctional Institution in Raiford and Northeast Florida State Hospital in Macclenny. I am also the Diocesan Spiritual Director of the Legion of Mary.

On the first Saturday of each month I conduct an Eucharistic and charismatic-healing ministry in my Parish, St. Mary Mother of Mercy. People come from all over the diocese, many parts of Florida and even from out of the state. I have been invited to conduct the healing ministry in other major cities of the United States including: New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC, San Jose, Dallas, Chicago, Birmingham, Denver, Boise, Idaho Falls, Ontario, Miami, Ft Lauderdale, Poolsville; and many other countries: Ireland, Spain, Czech Republic, India, France, Portugal, Yugoslavia, Italy, Canada, Mexico, Cayman Island, Hawaiian Islands.

Through this Eucharistic-healing ministry I have seen many people healed physically, spiritually, mentally and emotionally. People with various illnesses such as: cancer, AIDs, arthritis, heart conditions, eye problems, emphysema, asthma, back pains, bad hearing and many others have been healed completely. In addition, several times during the year I conduct a special healing service for the healing of the family tree, in which the effects from ancestral sins are blocked and the person receives complete healing. Scripture says that the effects from family sins can linger around for three to five generations (Exodus Chapter 34 verse 7). So, in many cases we need generational healing. Doctors and medicines do not help to heal certain sicknesses caused by our family tree.

During the Healing ministry, many people rest in the spirit before the Blessed Sacrament and some experience renewal of the soul and healing of the body.

 
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Posted by on February 2, 2013 in Angels, Clergy, Hell, MIRACLES, PRAYER, Religious