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Christmas 2010 Online Issue #7
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From My Pew
Satan conceals; but God reveals
We are on a giant high! Praise God! As we
have often said, we asked for
a cookie and God sent us a bake shop! We are back in the
United States reporting on our trip in September where we taped yet more
segments on the Super Saints, our precious Mother Mary and St. Joseph.
Our Church is like one great gift box filled
with endless surprises. Like a good mother, Mother Mary, our general,
does not allow us to discover all the gifts she has in store for us.
Just when we think we have hit the bottom of the box and there are no
more surprises, she tells us to dig deeper. We are so in love with
Jesus and Mary, so in love with our Church! We could spend another
lifetime and not run out of history of our Church! We, the mystical
body of Christ, are so rich! We have a Treasure! We Catholics, are the
most blessed people in the world. But we have an obligation to spread
that blessing that the Good News that Jesus is alive and He loves us,
and He wants us to tell the world, but first our beloved country.
Thanks to our
Production Angels, we were able to tape Shrines,
heretofore precious gems hidden away for as much as 400 years. We
landed in Toulouse, France and quickly, excitedly drove to the small
town of Pibrac, never dreaming the treasure we would find there. We
became so in love with the town, and the Shrine, and the people, we
included it and shared the whole experience with our pilgrims journeying
on our Many Faces of Mary Pilgrimage. We have never done that before!
But that will give you an idea how touched we were. We met people in
France, who are descendants of family and friends, who, following in the
tradition of those who came before, have kept this Shrine and the story
of this Saint alive for 400 years. How would we describe our
experience? Something Divine
happened there, and is happening, and it will not be buried.
We are praying as it has been the best story hidden (with the exception
of pilgrims in the neighboring villages of southern France), that it
will not only touch the rest of France and then Europe, but most
importantly, the United States of America.
This is only one of the Shrines and stories
we will be sharing with you on EWTN. And for those of you who would
like to share this story with others, we are making DVD’s of the
programs we made, beginning with St. Germaine of Pibrac.
enemy conceals; but God reveals!
How many times have we recognized that
truism in our lifetime? Sometimes, as in the instance of our trip to
France to tape shrines, we discover a hidden gift of brothers and
sisters, passionate over their Saint and the Blessed Mother and
stoically faithful to Mother Church. As we dug deeper into our
appointed task, we not only fell in love with these brothers and sisters
through Jesus and Mary, once again we discovered all that the liberal
media has been feeding us that the Faith is dead in Europe is not true;
and the news that same media is telling our brothers and sisters in
Europe about us Americans is not true.
We have said, over and over again, after we
have visited Lourdes, that if what the propaganda machine (called the
media) says is true, about the French and the Italians to mention a few
Europeans, no longer practicing their Faith, then they are all here at
the Shrines petitioning and/or offering thanksgiving to Our Lord through
the intercession of Mother Mary (and/or the Saints). We give Lourdes as
an example, but this is no less true at other shrines we have visited.
family in Europe believes in their Faith in Jesus and our
brothers and sisters in Europe are banking their lives on that belief!
They now know the promise that was given them of a new, unified Europe
with all its great perks was either not true or does not show any
promise of happening in the immediate future. All the gifts given to
the different countries, they now find were not gifts, and now they are
discovering the bill they owe. All the special programs (for instance
Health Care) have a greater price tag than they are willing to pay.
And if that is the greatest problem and they
cannot see an end to it, it is because as we have repeatedly told them,
we Americans, are a free
our nation founded under God!
We have not allowed anyone to take God out of our lives and
we will not. We are powerful because God is our King and we have no
other. We have been battling to keep God in our country against great
odds for many years. It is an ongoing battle, but if we keep our focus,
God will be triumphant. We’ve allowed the agents of the devil to try to
take God out of our lives, little by little. First it was the schools,
with liberal elements twisting our beliefs. At the same time, these
interests were trying to take God out of our text books, and teach our
children that we were not a great country, but a very flawed country,
not founded under God. But we have awakened. I will admit, for a time,
it appeared as if we were drugged – we couldn’t see – we believed in an
impossible dream. We have come to realize these utopian promises were
just so much pie in the sky. We should have known, because the goals
presented to us were
not God-centered. But we do know now.
We have a great deal of faith in our
brothers and sisters here in the United States. We have never fought a
battle we have not won. As God is our Judge and there is no other, we
are prepared to follow Him, with Mother Mary and defend our dear
country, founded under Him.
We love you
A special note of thanks to our
As soon as we finish our first new
Super Saint production,
you will be the first to receive a DVD of our program,
St. Germaine of Pibrac.
and sisters in Jesus and Mary,
Won’t you join us as a
Production Angel, by
To help offset the cost of going overseas to make
these programs as we continue to bring you more Shrines of the Blessed
latest one at a four hundred year old Shrine in the Alps) and
Saints well known and heretofore unknown here in the United States, some
dating back to before we were founded in 1776.
with us in your living room or if God permits come away with us on
as we seek more and more history about our family,
the Blessed Mother, the Angels and the Saints.
We have a treasure!
Remember always, we have nothing to fear.
The Lord told us to fear not; He is with us.
Do not let Christianity disappear
The European Union, which is supposed to be
fashioned after the United States of America, decided to write a history
of Europe, but leaving the Catholic Church out altogether. That would
seem like an impossibility, but we recall the words of Joseph Pulitzer,
who at the time was publisher of the New York World. He wrote
“If I don’t write about it, it
never happened!” Scary, but it could be true. If the
children of Europe grow up without any knowledge of the history of the
Catholic Church, very possibly they will forget about it. Or their
children and grandchildren will forget about it.
Without knowing about the plot of the
European Union to exclude Catholicism from their history, we made a vow
early on that we would write about Jesus and His Mother, and His best
friends, the Angels and Saints, in an effort to glorify the name of
Jesus, so that it would never be forgotten. When we began this Good
Newsletter, with our first Lenten issue, January of 1989 we didn’t know
the full import of the standard we had chosen to go across the banner of
our newspaper: One Heart, One
Mind, One Spirit, with One Vision.
When we founded our Community, that same
year, we adopted this teaching as the life we would live for the Kingdom
and the Glory of God. This became our ongoing prayer and battle cry
from the inception of our Community. It has strengthened us, as we have
walked through the deepest valleys and climbed the highest mountains.
When it seemed we might be called to walk through the shadows of death,
we became more One – in heart, mind, and Spirit, fortified by our daily
prayer: “Lord, make us one in You, as You are One in the Father.”
When we wrote our Mission Statement, in
1986, we spoke of books, videos, a newspaper, a fund for needy priests
and religious and a Communication Center as a means to glorify the Name
Our Father has such a grand sense of humor!
When we included books in our Mission Statement, we had no idea that we
would write books, but the Father knew! We thought we were called to
distribute other people’s books. We are kept so busy, we find we can
only carry and distribute books written by our founders Bob and Penny
Lord who continue writing books and making programs.
When we included videos, we had no
professional video cameras, no editing studio or plans to set up one.
Our idea had been to distribute other people’s videos. Our Ministry
only carries videos that we have made or been involved in. At this
writing, we have 200 videos; most of them Documentaries filmed overseas,
all produced by our Ministry.
By the Grace of God and your generous
acceptance of our books and videos as well as your contributions, we
have been able to supply priests, seminarians and religious with books
and videos, and aid some to go on Pilgrimage.
The next step in our Mission Statement was
to open our Evangelization through Communication Resource Center.
What did we envision this center
It would be a Munitions Factory. We were at
war then; we are at war now! About that, there is no question. We are
fighting for our children, our grandchildren and great-grandchildren,
for our Church, for our country, for the souls of God’s children. We
want, no we must
give the Lord the gift of souls, the souls He came to save, the souls He
died for! With our books and videos, we believe the Faithful will be
able to put on the armor of God and fight the enemy who would, with his
subtleties, rob us, and those who follow us, of all that we hold dear,
all that has been passed down to us by Our Lord, His Mother, the
Apostles, and our family the Saints.
We envisioned a Retreat Center. The Center
would have a place where brothers and sisters could come and stay,
sharing with people who felt the way they did, who spoke the same
language, where one can unashamedly speak about his/her love for the
Lord, His Mother and His Church. This would be a place, a quiet place
where it’s you and the Lord together, where you can listen to the Lord,
spend time on Pilgrimage here in the United States, away from home but
not far from home. A place to be silent and hear the Lord. “Your
servant is listening, Lord.”
We would have Seminars on the Eucharist and
the part that the Miracles of the Eucharist have played in the Defense
of the Church fighting heresies. You would view the videos on the
Miracles of the Eucharist and learn how you can facilitate action at
home where family and friends would gather and not only watch these
Documentaries but learn how to conduct an open discussion, getting them
involved, encouraging them to show the videos and share the Good News of
our Catholic Faith, bringing them to a deeper awareness of Who it is Who
comes to life on the Altar during the Liturgy of the Eucharist after the
We would teach about Mother Mary from the
Annunciation, through the Crucifixion, up to the Coronation, on to the
2000 years of her reaching out to her children by her apparitions.
Saints and other Powerful Men and Women of the Church – Pope Benedict
XVI has been preaching about our family of Saints who the Lord used to
save His Church, who loved Him so, they willingly carried the Cross.
We have been blessed many times over in that
the Lord has allowed us to see most of the Mission Statement come to
fruition. We have here in Arkansas, the Holy Family Mission, where we
continue to write books and make television programs. We have retreats
and days of recollection, which our neighbors from near and far
participate in. What goes on at the Holy Family Mission has become like
the social event of the season. Whatever goes on here, everybody wants
to be involved in. We built a replica of the Holy House of Nazareth,
which is in Loreto, Italy. We have special prayer times in the Holy
House. We have an annual Conference, and a St. Joseph’s Table in March.
Family, Pope Benedict XVI is pleading with
Christians all over the world to
“Spread the Christian
Culture.” He is desperately trying to combat the already
strong movement to eliminate Christianity and all things Christian,
especially Jesus, from the face of the earth. Christmas is the most
obvious time of the year when this battle becomes apparent. All year
long, we let the anti-Christian movements out there beat up on
Christianity in general and Catholicism in particular, and we don’t
complain much. We let Bill Donohue of the Catholic League do it for
us. But at Christmas time, oh no, don’t touch Christmas time. Christ
has to be in Christmas. But why does He have to be sacred at Christmas,
and not worth fighting for the rest of the year? Brothers and sisters,
we cannot let Jesus disappear from the face of the earth. We cannot let
our Christian culture be eliminated from the pages of our text books all
over the world. Spread the Christian Culture. Bring Jesus to the
forefront of our lives. Give Christian books and videos for Christmas.
And be sure to put Christ back into Christmas. We love you.
Have a blessed Christmas.
Today’s ebook offer is Saint Anthony of Padua
Baby Jesus Brings Gifts
There are so
many stories and traditions surrounding the giving of gifts at
Christmas, as many as there are countries in the world.
Christmas is the only birthday I know of that the One Whose
Birth we are celebrating
the gifts rather than
receives them. For
all we receive comes from Our Lord. It is He Who moves and
molds men’s hearts. Through a Little Child, God comes to us to
bring out the best in us. Who can resist a Baby, no less the
For those of
you who do not know our story, Bob was born in the Bronx and I
in Brooklyn. We were city children who lived in a small town
called a neighborhood. Customs from different parts of the
world filled and permeated our little world. Often a
neighborhood became like a little country unto itself, as
members of families and friends from the
country” moved close
to each other. My family was originally from Sicily, Italy, as
were most the people on our
Many of our neighbors did not even know the English language, so
out of necessity we were a multi-lingual society. But we were
more like a big family, our traditions making us one.
like all holidays and Feast Days was a neighborhood thing, a
shared experience, what with doors open, the fragrance of sauce
and pizza filling the air, the freshly baked Italian cookies on
a plate by an open door for one to bring home to share with the
family. We were all poor, but I never felt poor. I always felt
like a princess in wonderful wonderland. Christmas in my life
was filled with, you might say, two days of gift giving and
receiving. I opened gifts on the morning of
Christmas and again on the
of the Epiphany. My
parents striving to be American, adopted all the customs of
their new land and gifts were placed under the tree, Christmas
Eve. But my grandmother, clinging to the customs of her people,
exchanged gifts on the Feast of the Epiphany.
Early in the
evening, Christmas Eve, we were told we had to go to sleep or
Santa Claus would not stop at our apartment and bring us gifts.
I never questioned why the Santa who visited us, early in the
evening, looked different each year. I believed in Santa Claus
and that was enough for me. Now, one of my brothers, a
sophisticated giant, who was tall while I was
petite, with six years
on me, decided he would burst my balloon and expose Santa Claus
as a myth. Needless to say, this brought about much wailing and
torrents of tears in its wake. My mother, who plainly adored
him, gently challenged him,
you don’t believe in Santa Claus. Well let’s see what he brings
you!” Now, although
there was no question about my mother’s open affection and
preference toward her little boy, a lesson had to be given and
brother received coal in his stocking and nothing else.
Needless to say, the subject of Santa was never brought up
questioned why my Nana (grandmother) brought gifts on the
twelfth day of Christmas, the sixth day of January, rather than
on Christmas Day. No one told me about the Magi; they got
shoved out of the way by Christmas Trees and Santa Claus coming
down the chimney bearing gifts in his sack. Although in our
cold-water flat, we had only a coal stove in the kitchen to warm
us in the daytime and a kerosene space heater in the front room
to provide heat in the bedrooms in the evening, I never
questioned which chimney he was going to climb down.
To those of
us who grew up in the North, Christmas and snow were
synonymous. When I think about it now, how awesome and
wonderful is our Father, to place that Bundle of Joy in our
midst amid the gloom of winter. We speak of Spring as new
beginnings and it is, especially with the new hope of Easter.
But the new beginnings began at Christmas with the Baby Jesus.
Our Hope was born into the world. Do you ever meditate on why
God chose to come as a Little Baby into the world? Why not a
grown Man? What was God trying to tell us? Was the Omnipotent
God showing us the way, through His Son Who is the Way, the
Truth and the Life, that the way to know eternal happiness is in
becoming as innocent and vulnerable as a little child fully
dependent on the Father’s Will?
The Feast of
the Child Jesus
It was not
till I returned to Jesus and Mother Church that I learned about
the Magi and the reason my ancestors gave gifts during the Feast
of the Epiphany.
were truly reliving the days of the first Christmas!
It was then that Bob and I began
our long journey to understand the full meaning of Christmas.
As we got closer to understanding the Treasures of our Church,
Christmas became to us the Feast of the Christ Child, the Babe
born to die for our sins, the Feast of our Heavenly Mother who
said Yes and brought Our Little Savior into the world. The awe
and wonder of that much love alone brought a touch of sadness
mixed with great joy. We knew we were loved and we would never
be alone again. This was a truth no one could take away from
us. Jesus chose to be born a Helpless Little Child, He became
One with us His creation in all things but sin. All for us, for
you and me.
We knew we were loved
and we would never be alone again.
between Christmas and Easter seems to fly faster and faster, as
we grow older. No sooner have the Christmas decorations been
safely stored away, than the days swiftly pass till Ash
Wednesday begins our forty days of Lent. I remember one year,
at our parish, the children enacted a Passion Play on Good
Friday in our church hall. The curtain opened up to the
Crucifixion scene, which showed our little ten year old grandson
playing Jesus dying on the Cross. Our eyes, fixed on this
little boy, bleeding and wounded, were filled with tears. But
it wasn’t until our eyes followed a dim light off to the side –
Mother Mary and the newly born Infant Jesus – that the stark
truth came to us that Our Lord, the Baby Jesus began His walk to
Calvary the night He was born. Or was it the day Mother Mary
said Yes to the Angel Gabriel and Incarnation came about!
rainy days of Lent pass and the sun comes out on Easter Sunday
and with it new hope, new life and new beginnings. And if we
are not careful we soon forget the price paid for our new
springtime, by the One born in the cold of winter, the One Who
would die on the Cross. Those who plant harvests and flowers
know that in order to have new growth, a plant must die and
produce a seed for life to go on. With our change of climate,
the cold and rainy weather changing to sunny and balmy, we
forget the One Who died that we might live.
And what has
this to do with the Child Jesus and Christmas? If we meditate
on why He was born, and contemplate the price He paid, alone
having to witness His dear Mother’s suffering at the foot of the
Cross, we look at Christmas and we think of what the word means,
Christ – Mass, the same Mass that is the ongoing Sacrifice of
the Cross, the reenactment of the Birth, Death and Resurrection
of Our Savior Jesus Christ.
We go full
cycle. At the Annunciation, it all began and on the Cross it
was finished. At Christmas, a Baby was born, Who would be the
God-Man Who came to save the world, and at Easter we celebrate
the hope He left us that we too would rise – Christmas and
Easter interwoven – the ongoing circle of life eternal.
something about Christmas that changes men’s hearts, even for a
day. It is truly a time of Joy to the world and Peace to all
mankind. For a short time, out of our busy lives, we pause and
think of others. We take time to try to bring happiness into
the world. During war time, even battles cease during Christmas
Day. Even those who do not believe in Our Lord Jesus respect
the solemnity of Christmas. Or is it that our love and more
importantly the Love of Our Savior somehow breaks through the
tough, hard shell the world has formed on our hearts, and we
take time to love, to care. And think of it, it is in the Form
of a Baby that such
metanoia comes about.
out of Christmas
anti-Christ movements have been insidiously polluting our
society and sadly at times our parish churches:
Take Christ off the Cross and
Remove the Creche and the Baby Jesus. Why has the enemy of God
been so dedicated to removing these two life-giving symbols? It
is said that one of the reasons Lucifer said He would not obey
and took One third of the Angels with him, was that God was
going to become One of us, One with those He had created – a
Creature. And insults of all insults, he, Lucifer, top Angel,
would have to have as his Queen another creature – Mary. His
pride could not handle it and he left. But he was not satisfied
with having taken one third of the Angels with him, to spend an
eternity in the nether world. He has spent the rest of his time
on earth trying to woo God’s beloved creatures away from Him.
One way: The
one who would fill our heads with Pride, would take away any
reference to the Birth of our Savior, remove any evidence of
Jesus choosing to be born under humble circumstances.
still remember parking on Pacific Coast Highway in Santa Monica
and walking past the living scenes of the Birth of Jesus, with
live animals keeping watch with Joseph and Mary. Here in a town
not far from downtown Los Angeles and Hollywood, Christ was
remembered, Creche and all. On every corner where there was a
church, the Nativity scene was there, more often than not, a
living enactment. Families made elaborate Nativity scenes on
their front lawns. Then the enemy of God was able to use a few
(it’s always a few) to end this awesome tribute to the Child
Jesus. Now, it may be only where we now live. I don’t know
what came first, but it appears after September 11th and that
disaster, that there is barely a church or a home that does not
have a Nativity scene on the front lawn. Along with our
American flag that had been at best put away and worse burned,
the Baby Jesus returned and became the Reason for the Season!
After September 11th, you could not see one home or car without
an American flag flying bravely for all to see. And so it was
with the Creche and the Nativity Scene. God was back for all to
see, as was our love for our country.
second movement Lucifer was hell-bent on eradicating was the
Price Jesus paid for sinful man, His weak creation – take Jesus
off the Cross. As we recall, Lucifer, right up to the last
seven words Jesus uttered, did all he could to get Jesus to come
down off the Cross. Why was this so important to him? He
promised Jesus anything, he would do anything if He would only
come down off the Cross. Why?
Lucifer knew that the only way man could be redeemed was through
the Cross. No Cross, no suffering, the Gates of Heaven would
not be opened and we would be lost. Another reason Lucifer did
not want Jesus to die on the Cross is that this One Act showed
man how very loved he was, how very precious he was.
But man has
forgotten how precious he is in the Eyes and Heart of Jesus. In
the lunacy of the topsy turvy world we live in, where one can
barely tell a man from a woman, at times; where often confusion
reigns and sin spreads like the lava of an exploding volcano, a
battle rages between God and Lucifer, all for our souls. That’s
how very important we are to God and His enemy. There is
nothing as angry as a person who has lost his soul. He will do
anything to make you lose yours. He needs the company; he
doesn’t want to go to Hell alone.
But man has forgotten how precious he is
in the Eyes and Heart of Jesus.
We saw a
movie the other evening, and at the end, the soldier died
because he wouldn’t allow someone to take the flag from him.
His words were:
one can take the flag away from us; it is our flag.”
And with that he hoisted the
flag on high, as bullets ripped through his body. No one can
take our flag from us. It is our flag, the red stripes
signifying passionately the price the generations have paid for
that flag and the right to fly that flag over our land.
Likewise, no one can take God away from us; He is our God. The
Father sent His only Begotten Son to the world as a tiny Baby.
They can take our Nativity Scenes from us; they can take Our
Lord off the Cross; but they cannot take Him from us. He dwells
in the deepest caverns of our hearts, His Love permeating our
entire existence, crying out
a communist country without Christ
In many of
our European countries, gift-giving happens twice in December –
once on December 5th, when St. Nicholas (who resembles Santa
Claus), comes the night before his Feast Day; and then on
Christmas Eve, when the Child Jesus comes bearing gifts.
Because of the many pictures depicting Santa Claus and his
reindeer landing on roofs, climbing down chimneys, it is only
natural that the children would accept St. Nicholas as the one
who would bring them gifts on Christmas; but with the Baby Jesus
it is another story. Although that is true, no one has ever
questioned how the Baby Jesus, lying in a Creche, manages to
fulfill his Christmas mission.
And so it was
for the Czech people. This tradition of gift-giving was passed
down from one generation to the next. That is until the Soviet
Union marched in and took over in 1948. With the Communist
takeover, the Czech people not only lost their liberties as a
nation, they lost their right to worship God. And along with
God went their Christmas tradition of gift-giving. Instead of
St. Nicholas or The Infant Jesus bringing gifts, all Christmas
cards sported the Russian
Deduska Moroz (or
of sight, out of mind,
the plan was that
with each passing
generation, the old traditions would get lost and Grandfather
Frost would take over.
in and occupied their country. But the Communists could not
occupy the hearts and souls of the Czech people. How to solve
this real problem? The Czech people had a holy obstinance,
faithful to God and His Church. How could the Communists take
over with this pervading attitude and loyalty? Do as they have
done in countries all over the world:
away Jesus and the Church!
Without the Sacraments and the Word being extolled, right would
become wrong and wrong become right. If they could rob them of
their Lord and King, they could reduce them into becoming
dependent puppets doing their will and not that of their Lord
of reverence cost the Czech people in one way or the other.
They dared not show any sign of religious affiliation with the
Church. The new regime frowned harshly on any outward show of
worshipping the Lord. Those who dared to go to church found, if
they were spotted going into church, they lost their jobs along
with other benefits.
Any chance their
children had of entering a university went out the window. By
offering special dispensations to those loyal to the new regime,
many lost their souls, as they traded in their loved ones and
Loved One for these
false gods and their promises.
who sing well, pray twice.
No more Christmas Carols
announcing the Birth of Jesus, no more praying. The heart went
out of Christmas, as the Baby Jesus was cast aside. December
25th was just a day to receive gifts, but not for those who
dared to silently remember. Mundane shopping tried to fill the
void in their lives. Secular socialism took Jesus’ place! But
as always, the temporary pleasure of gift exchanging soon could
not fill the emptiness their hearts felt. There was no longer
the joy they once knew, the growing anticipation of the Advent
Season leading up to that Eve when the world was changed. The
Czech people longed for the sounds of traditional Christmas
Carols filling the air, streaming forth from the Catholic
churches, bringing joy and peace to all, promising a new
beginning and an end to the oppression that permeated their
lives. As a soul longs to be free, so the souls of the Czech
people longed for all that represented life as they had known
it. They longed for the Baby Jesus and all Christmas once meant
finally came! They were no longer under the yoke of Communism.
Their hearts no longer needing to wait, Baby Jesus returned to
their homes bearing gifts. The world outside could forget, but
they had been through that and they would not chance sacrificing
their traditions and the Baby Jesus, ever again. Not even the
new threat, Santa Claus of the West, Ho Ho Ho, reindeer and
sled, and the pervasive publicity emphasizing gift-giving and
gift-exchanging, could woo them away from Baby Jesus. Christmas
Eve, a Tiny Baby will come, His little Arms laden down with
gifts of the heart. Santa Claus will continue to be relegated
mostly to stores and newspapers. Their country was taken from
them and, along with her, their Lord, the Baby Jesus. Will this
new attack eventually pose a threat to all they had known? Will
they get swallowed up by the lures of clever merchandising?
they allow someone again to take away from them, their Treasure,
the Baby Jesus? We pray not!
This article is taken from Bob and
Penny Lord’s book,
“Miracles of the Child Jesus.”
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At some point in our lives when all seems
lost and we feel helpless, we have to surrender.
We are talking about surrendering to God’s
Will not surrendering to anything else.
Saint Teresa of the Child Jesus was a master
at surrendering to the Will of God at the age of 5.
It seems that God loves a soul totally
committed to His Will. In reading about the lives of the Saints
throughout the centuries, God has been using surrendered souls to
accomplish His Will on earth.
Saint Louis Marie de Montfort insisted that
surrender to the Will of God was part of the equation to get to Heaven.
For example, he would receive a letter from a Nun and she would list a
litany of trials and tribulations and he would write back to her and
tell her that he praised God for her situation and it revealed God loved
Furthermore, Saint Paul writes that God
wants us to do His Will for us and that is for us to become Saints.
There it is in a nutshell. God may use what
is happening in our lives to allow us to become fertile ground for a
total surrender to His Will.
If that is so, with all that is happening
these days, God must be raising up an army of Saints. Everyday, we come
in contact with someone that is literally at their wits end and they do
not know how they can go another day. We receive reports of financial
disasters, family disasters, relationship disasters and natural
disasters wreaking havoc on the people involved.
Thank God these disasters are not the end of
the story but possibly the beginning of a new relationships with our
In conclusion, we highly recommend studying
the Saints to really understand how to deal with trials and
tribulations. They have already been through a lot of this and they are
certainly the light in the darkness for us now.
Christmas is an excellent time to put
surrender into practice. Let us rely on Our Lord Jesus to guide us
through these times.
Think about what God may want from you and
us this Christmas. What gift can we give Him considering what he has
given us – eternal life with Him in Heaven?
Maybe it is time for us to reflect on what
Christmas is really all about. Do we celebrate the birthday of Jesus or
what have we turned Christmas into.
At Holy Family Mission we accept the
challenge of these times and offer ourselves surrendered to the Will of
God. May He simply use us to do His Divine Will in all things most
especially with regard to what He want done here at the Mission.
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The Catholic Experience:
Mother Angelica We Salute You!
“My only fear is that I may have passed up an opportunitythe
Lord has presented me.”
just see God wants me to do something,or God permits something
in my life,
and it doesn’t enter my mind to say, `Why?’”
Family, what you
are reading is an excerpt from a biography Bob and Penny Lord
wrote on Mother Angelica, which began in 1989, and has been
adjusted and added to, as Mother has added to the Network, the
habits of the sister, and the Shrine in Hanceville. Most of it
comes from interviews with Mother Angelica, Mother Raphael, and
various priests and nuns who have known her intimately. To read
the entire biography, get our book, Saints and Other Powerful
Women in the Church. Ordering information is on page 18
Angelica of the Annunciation
In the eyes of the world, the power
behind Eternal Word Television Network in Birmingham, Alabama,
is a huge white satellite dish in back of the studios. Large
white pipes contain the cables which send the message from the
studio to the satellite dish, beaming it up into the sky, to a
satellite in space, spreading the Word of God all over the
world. It has an awesome look of power about it.
But the energy force which
feeds life into the studio, the cables, indeed, into everything
that lives and breathes at EWTN is another White Sphere, much
smaller in size, but much more powerful, located inside the
Chapel. It is Our Lord Jesus in the Eucharist.
Mother Angelica maintains
that the overpowering force that has made things happen in
Birmingham since 1962, the Monastery, the Community of
cloistered Sisters, their printing press operation, WEWN Radio,
and on a much grander scale, the only Catholic Cable Television
Network in the world, is the Eucharist, the Lifeblood of
While the world knows this
woman as a down-home, straight-shooting, tell it like it is,
caring but outspoken television personality, who bucked all the
odds to create a Catholic television Network in the suburbs of
Baptist Belt Birmingham, the Sisters in the cloister know her as
their spiritual mother, their teacher, their friend, their role
model. And although Convents are closing all over America, the
Sisters of Our Lady of the Angels Monastery are alive and well
and growing under the tutelage of this powerful woman in our
Everyone who has touched and
been touched by this lady has their own story to tell. How I
met Mother Angelica; what Mother Angelica said to me; how Mother
Angelica has been a part of my life. Our story is no
different. The Lord has worked in our lives through Mother
Angelica, and we will never be the same.
The Mother Angelica we
know and love
Our first encounter with
Mother Angelica was a good friend making the suggestion, “Why
don’t you go on `Mother Angelica Live!’ with your book, `This is
My Body, This is My Blood, Miracles of the Eucharist’?”
We had never seen Mother
Angelica or EWTN as we were not privileged to receive her on our
cable, but we had heard many good things about her. We also had
no idea how we would go about getting on Mother Angelica’s
One day we just happened to
see a copy of a book order that had been sent to Mother
Angelica’s Nuns at Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in
Birmingham. We called and who should we speak to but Sister
Antoinette. The patron Saint of our book ministry is St.
Anthony (her patron Saint.) We asked her if Mother Angelica had
read our book, to which she replied, “Yes, Mother has read your
book and made it available to the Nuns.”
“Do you think there might be
a possibility we might be able to go on Mother Angelica’s TV
program?” we asked Sister, not daring to hope. Sister told us
Our prayer was answered at a
time when we thought our world was coming to an end. It was
late 1986. Terrorism struck! Nobody was going on pilgrimages,
and we were broke. All we had left was our house, and it was in
jeopardy. Through the grace of God and some of His earthly
Angels, we had published that first book, “This is My Body, This
is My Blood, Miracles of the Eucharist.” We were receiving just
enough orders to keep us afloat day by day, but just day by day.
As part of our ongoing
financial crisis, the phone was turned off because we had failed
to get our payment in on time. Penny called the Telephone
Company, and actually convinced them the check was in the mail
at which point they promised they would turn the phone back on
at 1 P.M. The minutes ticked away slowly into hours. The
sounds of silence were deafening. Finally, at noon, the phone
“Hi! This is Lori Andrews of
EWTN. Would y’all like to appear on Mother Angelica Live! and
talk about your book?”
Sometimes we judge God waits
until the eleventh hour, but He is there for those who trust in
Him! The whole idea of living on faith was fairly new to us.
We weren’t used to it.
EWTN sent us our plane
tickets and we were on our way! A slight, freckle-faced,
red-haired girl, filled with the Holy Spirit, met us at the
Birmingham airport. When the beaming smile spoke with a
familiar Southern accent, we knew this was Lori Andrews. After
we unpacked at the guest house we were going to stay in, Madonna
House (our Mother Mary telling us she was there with us), the
three of us started out for the Network.
The grounds proclaimed
Church! In front of the Network, was a statue of Our Lady
surrounded by Angels.
I shared with Bob, “We’re
home! Mother Angelica feels the way we do about Jesus and His
“Don’t get excited,” he
answered in his inimitable Irish way, “statues don’t mean
anything, just as buildings don’t a Church make. Let’s wait and
“Would you like to stop in
the Chapel before going to the Network?” It was that Southern
As we entered the Blessed
Sacrament Chapel, Bob and I went down on our knees and as if a
powerful hand pressed us downward; we were prostrate before our
God, our King. There He was, our Lord Jesus in His Blessed
Sacrament in a shining, gold-plated Monstrance. He was here and
we were home! We were in love with God and His people and they
were here at EWTN.
And here we were, Bob and me, on
live television, not only telling our brothers and sisters who
were not Catholic about the Heart of our Church, the Living
Jesus, but our brothers and sisters of the Roman Catholic Faith,
some of whom have had doubts in the Real Presence of Jesus in
the Holy Eucharist.
God bless Mother
Angelica! Before we were two minutes into our
interview, she was generously asking us back to do a television
series based on our book, “This is My Body, This is My Blood,
Miracles of the Eucharist.”
Mother Angelica is a voice bringing
Christ’s Love to a world starving for love, proclaiming His Word
to the hopeless giving them hope, calling God’s children by a
new name, lovable and loved. When Mother opens her programs,
you are reminded of St. Paul. She speaks to her family, to the
family she never had. She tells them she is so glad to be back
with them and how much she missed them, her smile radiating her
love for them. We have compared her to Mother Teresa. Mother
Teresa’s work was to provide a happy death for the poor in
body. Mother Angelica’s is to provide a happy life to the poor
in spirit. Here is a woman in our time, faithful to the promise
she made to her Spouse Jesus, to love His children as He loves
Bob and I feel so blessed to know,
to love and to be loved by a Saint in our time. We have been
touched by Mother Angelica, and we and the world will never be
the same. We love you, Mother Angelica. Thank you for your
ongoing “Yes” to the Father.
“Someday the whole
world’s going to know this woman,
because she has such a
deep knowledge and relationship with Our Lord.”
Angels Bridge the Gap
In the history of the world, there
have always been great gaps, separators which isolate one land
mass from another. As a result of these natural boundary lines,
countries have been formed; ethnic cultures have developed;
physical and social separation were created. Whether mountains
or rivers, or lava from a volcano spewing out a separating line
of black rock, or a crack in the earth severing the terra firma
deep into its core, from an ancient earthquake too violent to be
measured on the Richter scale, the bottom line results have
always been the same, complete and utter division.
The religions of the world have not
been spared from this inundation of separativeness. The
earthquake that occurred on that first Good Friday, after Jesus
had uttered His last cry, “Father, into Thy Hands I commend My
Spirit”, tore apart the curtain in the temple, and fractured the
temple area. The rumble from that outrageous act of murder
against the Body of the Son of God could be felt around the
world. It caused a split high up on a mountain in Italy, called
Alverna, at the moment of Jesus’ death. This same mountain is
where St. Francis of Assisi received the wounds of the Stigmata,
some twelve hundred years later.
Perhaps a worse crack formed when
the Christians split from the Jews. Granted, it was a spiritual
or emotional fissure, but a devastating break nevertheless.
Originally, it was clean; deep, but clean. The Jews would not
accept Our Lord Jesus as their Messiah. That was it, pure and
simple, the only line of separation. Other than that,
everything about the new way of Jesus was on a parallel with
Judaism. Christians even went to the temple to worship; then
they would gather together at someone’s home to break bread, and
share about the Messiah. This is the ancient beginnings of our
But when the Jews refused to accept
Jesus as their Messiah, the Gentiles were evangelized and
converted. Changes began to work their way into the Christian
religion, and away from the Mosaic laws, (i.e. circumcision and
some Kosher dietary laws) causing the gap to widen and deepen,
until eventually, it became too wide and too deep, too
impossible for humans to cross without help. As time went on,
it took more than accepting Jesus as the Messiah for a Jew to
join the Christian movement. There were Jewish laws which had
nothing to do with the teachings of Jesus, and so they were not
observed. This was something Jews who had joined the church,
could not obey; at first they fought and then they left.
And so separation came about! This
separation was obviously a plan of the evil one to form a deep
and permanent gap between Jews and Christians, which was never
meant to be. Jesus had come for His chosen people the Jews,
dying for them as well as those who would come later, the
Gentiles. Lucifer’s plot was designed for Jews and Christians
to kill one another, eventually destroying the Church.
But it does seem strange that the
perpetrators of the plot, the fallen angels, should have failed
to consider the one entity, God had made strong enough to foil
that plot, to bridge that gap, to cross that great chasm
separating the old and the new, without fear of falling deep
into the ravine, was their brothers, the good Angels. This
bridge would stand for all time, as Jesus stood on the other
side of the water, waiting for His beloved people to cross over
to Him and His Church.
Angels have been a major factor in
the Judaeo-Christian tradition, from the very beginning. While
Bible Scholars of different Christian denominational persuasions
disagree on just about everything in Scripture, as do our
brothers and sisters of the Hebrew belief, there has always been
one area where there has never been a disagreement, and that is
the Biblical recognition of the authenticity and role of the
That Angels bridge the gap between
the Old Testament and the New Testament is a well-known fact.
Their existence and activities can be traced as far back as
Genesis, and continue up through the Book of Revelation, the
last book of the Bible, where they play a major part in the
prophecy of the endtimes. Through Scripture, we see their roles
as varied, as are their powers and charisms. Because of these
special qualities of leadership, we believe the Angels have
distinct personalities, to perform individual tasks. But no
matter how we view the Angels personally, they are always there
in Scripture, at crucial times, and they play important roles.
They are right up there standing in attendance with God.
The Angels themselves are mentioned
no less than 320 times in the Old and New Testaments, as well
as, in every main event in the Life of Jesus. The Angels are
mentioned in the Garden of Eden. After the expulsion of Adam
and Eve, God put Cherubim as guards of the gates of Eden. “He
drove out the man; and at the east of Eden He placed the
Cherubim, and the flaming sword, which turned every way, to
guard the way to the tree of life.”
By the time Adam and Eve were thrown
out of the Garden of Eden, the battle between the good Angels
and the followers of Lucifer, had already been fought and
decided. Lucifer was given the form of the serpent. So even
then, before what we humans consider the dawn of creation,
battle lines had been drawn. Sides had been taken; roles had
been allocated; the good Angels trying to help man; the fallen
angels trying to destroy man. But even that early in the game,
it was very obvious that man was just a tool, a scorecard in the
hands of Satan, to show God how powerful he was, and what a
waste of God’s time mankind was.
The Angels were appointed right from
the beginning, by God Himself, to watch over us, to guide and
“For to His Angels He has given
command about you, that they guard you in all your ways.
“Upon their hands they shall bear
you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.
“You shall tread upon the asp and
the viper; you shall trample down the lion and the dragon.”
Although these words from the
Psalms, are prophecy of the Angels’ protection first and
foremost to our Lord Jesus, they are no less meant for us, His
Our Faithful God promised His chosen
people protection for their long journey from Egypt to the
“See, I am sending My Angel before
you, to guard you on the way and bring you to the place I have
But Loving and All-Wise Father, He
also warned them:
“Be attentive to him and heed his
voice. Do not rebel against him, for he will not forgive your
sin. My authority resides in him. If you heed his voice and
carry out all I tell you, I will be an enemy to all your enemies
and a foe to all your foes.”
“My authority resides in him.” The
Lord’s authority resides in His Angels! When we know that our
Angel is guiding us to go one way and we choose the other path,
we are not only defying him, but God Himself! Defy God
Himself? When I believed with the mind of a child, I used to
think the God of the Old Testament was an angry, punishing God
who wasn’t very loving. As I began to grow up spiritually, I
began to recognize how involved He has always been in His
people’s lives, always faithful even in their unfaithfulness.
He was always with them, never leaving them alone, even when
they rejected Him and tried to block Him out of their lives.
Always loving, He was ready to take them back, like the father
of the prodigal son. That’s when I realized the God of the Old
and the New Testament were of One Heart and one Mind. Father
and Son and Holy Spirit in One God, One Love.
God, our Father, the One Who created
us, knows us perfectly; He knows what makes us happy, what is
best for us. He does not punish us here on earth; we punish
ourselves. We suffer because we go against His Will; His Plan
for us is peace and joy. Throughout Salvation History, God sent
His Messengers to help us live in this world.
In the Old Testament, Angels
appeared to humans seventeen times. Although the Old Testament
does not refer specifically to Guardian Angels, there is no
doubt who accompanied Jacob on his journey: “While Jacob was
going on his way, Angels of God encountered him, and on seeing
them he said, `This is God’s Camp…’” Travel was perilous in
those days. Terrorism is not a new thing, but a very demonic
and old horror. It was especially necessary then, as it is now,
to have the protection of the Angels.
As the Lord sent His Angels to
accompany and lead His people out of Egypt, freeing them from
slavery, so He did once more with Judith, a Jewish woman who
would free her people once again from captivity, only now from
another tyrant. She definitely needed the strength and the
cover of the Angels to be able to subdue and slay the powerful
and dreaded Holfernes, general of King Nebuchadnezzar’s army.
In the New Testament, Angels appear
thirteen times, the first one to Zechariah, announcing the birth
of John the Baptist, and the last in the Book of Revelation, as
the Angels of the seven churches of Asia Minor. Angels are
described as Spiritual beings, created beings, a Heavenly Army,
immortal, holy, innumerable, wise, powerful, of the elect,
obedient, possessing emotions, invisible. Peter tells us they
are concerned with human affairs; we know that, at times, Angels
have taken human form, as when they visited Sara and Abraham,
and predicted the birth of their son Isaac, just before they
destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.
Angels have very definite roles,
where it concerns the children of God, in that they are supposed
to guide us, direct us, provide for us, protect us, deliver us,
direct our activities, comfort us in time of sorrow, and
minister to us in time of need. They have been known to be the
voice of our consciences. They also have very clearly defined
jobs with regard to the enemies of God. They destroy, curse,
persecute, kill, cause pestilence and sudden death. This could
all be put under the category of “Smite”. God used Angels often
to smite. And while it’s true that most of this took place in
the Old Testament, there are some accounts in the New Testament,
especially in the Book of Revelations, where the Angels put on
their heavy armor to do battle with the enemies of God.
from our Book Heavenly Army of Angels
Staff at Bob and Penny Lord Ministries