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Joyful Greetings from another Fool For Christ in the vineyard of this life!

Metropolitan Archbishop +Joseph Thaddeus, O.S.B., SSJt., Ph.D.

"Prejudice Makes Prisoners of the Hated and the Hater"

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How Many Times

 

 

“For he [Jesus] is believed to have been conceived on the 25th of March, upon which day also he suffered; so the womb of the Virgin, in which he was conceived, where no one of mortals was begotten, corresponds to the new grave in which he was buried, wherein was never man laid, neither before him nor since. But he was born, according to tradition, upon December the 25th.” -St. Augustine of Hippo

 

PaschaLenten Season - Easter - a continuing process of heart, mind, soul and body

Quotes From Father +Thaddeus   

Webmaster Note:

 

    In 2007 we stopped providing these Quotes from our Vladyka +Thaddeus as he concentrated his efforts on caring more on those with HIV/AIDS and the Daily News Section.  In July, 2011, we were asked if we would resume these "quotes".  Vladyka +Thaddeus, reluctantly, does so with fear and trembling for reasons that will become more clear in his quotes which are nothing more than what the patristic fathers have often said. The following is a reply from a viewer and those with him in spirit and in truth:

 

    "There are those, over the year or two that the "Quotes from Thaddeus" have been up, who take issue because they feel that a monk, be he Bishop, Metropolitan or Archbishop, or just an ordinary priest, should say little to nothing but let silence be the teacher.  If this was a perfect world, that might be the best approach. 

 

    In prayer, a group of us who are Orthodox Benedictine (OSB) and Thaddean Fathers (SSJt. = Society of St. Jude Thaddeus who is attributed with the shortest Epistle in the New Testament, and being the sainted helper of the hopeless and most impossible of cases) from mainline and non-mainline Orthodox jurisdictions as well as Independent jurisdictions...  have sought answers to questions and find that His Eminence's "Quotes" page is become necessary especially for those who are not true strugglers on the path of "Orthodox Catholic Christianity".  Many who say that he should say nothing are more involved with self-interests and 'politics'. 

 

    Some of us are not even associated with the Jurisdiction under His Eminence but belong to a large prayer group across the North American Continent and come from not just other jurisdictions but various Protestant denominations.  We have unanimously agreed through our various social networking that much that could be posted by His Eminence, has not been posted, even such as we have suggested because we find that he is less imbued with 'politics' and being a Metropolitan Archbishop as he is with prayer and being a spiritual father to many of us who have called on him for guidance.  Thank you!"

December 2013

 

To you who are my spiritual

Brothers, sisters and children

in the vineyard of this life and to

all of you who may view this;

 

Peace! Blessings!

 

    I received the following 3 part Christmas Greeting Card from a woman who is a dear friend of mine.  I was overwhelmed for I told her I can not and do not live up to that which it says and explained much of why.  She still felt that the card was appropriate... I feel that many of you who are clergy in the vineyard of this life and in this Jurisdiction, are more apt to fit that which is declared and thus I give this to you as a thought of hoped for encouragement in your lives and pray that you are blessed and a continued blessing to those who you meet and greet each day...

 

 

 

 

 

"B" is in place of the actual name of the woman who gave it to me, but for the moment, consider "Bishop" ... However, I would ask you, before you read the following "Addendum" to read How Many Times?

 

    Truly wishing you a blessed and wholesome Christ Mass and for the New Year to come, I am;

 

+ Joseph Thaddeus (Stanford), O.S.B., SSJt., PhD.

The most unworthy repentant sinner and fool for Jesus Christ in the vineyard of this life!
Metropolitan Archbishop, Archabbot, Primate

"Prejudice Makes Prisoners of the Hated and the Hater" and... "It is far easier to kill, maim, and destroy another life than it is to heal, affirm, bless, pray for and forgive another no matter who they are or what they have done..." "FACT: Haters don't really hate you! In FACT they hate THEMSELVES because you're a reflection of what they wish to be!"

 

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An Addendum to the above Christmas Greeting:

 

There are a few of you who I have personally known and talked with over the years, a couple of you who feel that given one's past, one should not have taken up that which I have duly been elected to, initially in 1997-1998, having, at the time, gone through three different jurisdictional Synodal courts so that there were no conflict of interests... This was caused by the Metropolitan Archbishop of reposed memory, +Bernard Dawe, who believed, after I returned to civil life and the Church, that I should resume and take over what he then felt was my place as this Jurisdiction's Metropolitan Primate.  After those of a Western Rite Ukrainian Jurisdiction, a Jurisdiction of a Latin Rite Jurisdiction as well as those of this Jurisdiction, having heard testimony and reviewing documents and hearing tape recordings from other persons involved (which was refused by the Trial by Judge in the Civil arena in 1989-1990), declared that I truly opted to protect more than those involved in the Seals of the Confessional, but far more, even though it became known that the Civil Trial by Judge (not Jury) was in two conflicts of interests and should not have handled the case (which was not known for over 2 years since 1989-1990) after my being forced to take the plea bargain offered. 

 

I bring this up at this time so that the new year of 2014 can be known as a clean year, hopefully, so that there are less intimidation and conflicts among clergy of every rank and degree inside and outside this Jurisdiction. 

 

I bring this up because while I have subtly pointed the following out several times in various ways, I also am reminded of it by several clergy both within and outside this Jurisdiction.  I am reminded as to what it means to be a Servant of Jesus Christ... for many have gone to their grave doing similar as result of WWI and WWI, the Iraq conflict and what is happening in many Muslim dominated countries where priests and even nuns, along with their faithful and their temples of worship... are being destroyed.  I am not even close to them in spirit and truth as they make my own past pale in comparison... But, these things should be cause for reflection by the several of you who may still take issue with my being the legitimately elected Primate Metropolitan Archbishop.  We are all CATHOLIC and many of us are ORTHODOX CATHOLIC in spirit and truth according to our individual nature and degree of ability. 

 

As a result we must not allow self-image by associations be a conflict to our work in the vineyard of this life, for to do so and not be upfront with all... degrades and blackens the priesthood altogether.  For many there are who live by material, earthy self designs and not that which is spiritual.  And, as a result, these are the ones who are careful to hide any or all associations with such as my unworthy repentant self and others of similar degree and pasts... For what is in the past is truly in the past... Jesus Christ teaches us...

 

Mammon means more than just monetary things, it includes material, earthy things which includes ecclesiastical self-image and politics... And when we look at the facade of many mainline Orthodox Jurisdictions, the Roman Jurisdiction of the Catholic Church as well as many major and minor Protestant groups or so-called churches... they, as an example, will not renounce their monetary compensations so as to keep that or their congregations from going bankrupt... so too are their imbibing of the many things political as well... which is a part of "Mammon" ...

 

Can we do any better?  Is inter ecclesiastical politics and self image to be the primary forefront of one's priesthood or episcopacy?  Or is our stand for the Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ to be the forefront of one's priesthood and/or episcopacy!  No one can ride two horses but what one will be served more than the other.  There is only one JESUS CHRIST AND IT IS HIS LIFE AND TEACHINGS, ALL OF THEM... no cafeteria selection allowed... and who do you truly serve?  I know for whom I serve and it is Jesus the Christ and all who, according to their nature and degree of ability, whose faith is true.... that I serve! It is for this reason I also repost: How Many Times?

 

+ Joseph Thaddeus (Stanford), O.S.B., SSJt., PhD.

The most unworthy repentant sinner and fool for Jesus Christ in the vineyard of this life!
Metropolitan Archbishop, Archabbot, Primate

"Prejudice Makes Prisoners of the Hated and the Hater" and... "It is far easier to kill, maim, and destroy another life than it is to heal, affirm, bless, pray for and forgive another no matter who they are or what they have done..." "FACT: Haters don't really hate you! In FACT they hate THEMSELVES because you're a reflection of what they wish to be!"

 

 

November 2013

 

To you who view this

and to all my spiritual

Brothers, sisters and children

in the vineyard of this life;

 

    It is somewhat impossible for me to find gladness in the reckless manner with which our Faith, as Christians, is being destroyed and eroded by those who think and believe themselves as leaders of our nation, and those who, more for corporate greed, lead this nation and its people into a false sense of prosperity both spiritually and materially.  For in doing so, it must be admitted that ENTERTAINMENTS in the various so-called "c"hurches and in society is become the God of the people and not the God who sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to give us the Word of God in spirit and in truth!  The perversions going on involve the "Feel Good" gospel of prosperity with less struggle to obtain the prize of great price, which can only be obtained in the next life as a result of what we do in this life!

 

 The summation of this message can be read and heard that comes from Abba Anthony:

 

I believe we are living in the end times and the signs of the times are certainly apocalyptic.  No, I am not setting dates; but, we are aware that it has been the "last hour" since St. John first penned that phrase in the 90's A.D. First Epistle of John.
 
Dear souls, trust in Jesus alone.
 
He alone is our Blessed Hope.
 
Abba Anthoiny the repentant sinner

 

 http://www.greatdanepro.com/Pray%20For%20America/index.htm

 

PS - by the way dear ones, if you tend to be disinterested in Loving God alone and desiring His Parousia, then, I will pray for you that God might change you with a Change you really can believe in... He is coming again in Glory.  Get out of Babylon, as this dirty old sinner that God has saved and sanctifies by His Mercy and Grace has done...

 

We give prayerful thanks to Abba Anthony's words of wisdom! Amen!

 

+ Joseph Thaddeus (Stanford), O.S.B., SSJt., PhD.

The most unworthy repentant sinner and fool for Jesus Christ in the vineyard of this life!
Metropolitan Archbishop, Archabbot, Primate

"Prejudice Makes Prisoners of the Hated and the Hater" and... "It is far easier to kill, maim, and destroy another life than it is to heal, affirm, bless, pray for and forgive another no matter who they are or what they have done..." "FACT: Haters don't really hate you! In FACT they hate THEMSELVES because you're a reflection of what they wish to be!"

 

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October 09, 2013

To you the viewer...

and to all my spiritual children in the vineyard

of this life as fools for the Life and Teachings of

Jesus Christ, I send you my good thoughts and Apostolic

Greetings in the name of the +Father, the +Son (Jesus Christ) and

the +Holy Ghost... Amen!

 

Several issues have come to my attention and one of them involves "Canonical" and "Canonicity" - - - Another is prayer...

 

So, let us take the primary issue of "Prayer" as our first priority...

When making and saying (praying) the Sign of the Cross to begin or end a prayer... You are already saying a prayer.
 

All to often we see priests and other clergy making the sign of the cross in such rushed action that it befits being a sham, and to some a blasphemy as it is not done and said with such reverence that it should be to show from one's heart and soul the reverence of thanksgiving one receives from the source of all life, Abba the Father of all things visible and invisible... and Jesus the Christ or Jesus Christ the Son of Abba and the Holy Ghost (Spirit) …. our Triune God!
 

Yes, it is true... we have lost so very many followers to a false brand of Christianity that there is not enough room in this simple writing to bear witness to these truths of which we speak.
 

Prayer of the heart requires much more than just words... but actions as well which bespeak of the triune character of our being... one body, one spirit, one soul! All three when acting together take form by our thoughts, our words and our actions. When any one of them are not functioning together, our prayers fall far short of the mark and may indeed fall on deaf ears in Heaven...
 

The simplicity of making and saying the SIGN OF THE CROSS along with the Jesus Prayer, mitigates much more than any one can ever fully know!

In the Name of the +Father

And of the +Son, Jesus the Christ (or Jesus Christ)

and the +Holy Ghost (Spirit)

Amen! Amen! Amen!

Be meaningful, not so fast, mentally imaging all that the words suggest as to persons and places... of which they may mean or imply and your soul, with your body in action along with your words will be of such profound worthiness in the sign of God that you will be blessed and be a better blessing in due time... He or She who rushes in prayer should not even be in prayer... until you focus all parts of your being!
 

I say “in due time” only because such actions, thoughts and words take time to penetrate all things within us whereby its meaning becomes the spark that fuels the soul with such awe and beauty whereby God will see and hear the flowering within you in your striving for good, not just for yourself, but more importantly, for others!

The Second and important issue is Canoncity or ARE WE CANONICAL OR NOT?

 

A good man in India, a Sub-Deacon, Sunil, is not being supplied the kind of help and assistance he and his family should have from main line Orthodox Jurisdictions...is bereft of such help and assistance. We have temporarily taken him under our Omophor... He recently sent me an e-mail in which he says, "There are many who talk about the American Orthodox Church that you represent as Not Canonical." What has been said relates primarily to the accuser's misunderstanding of what "Canonical" really means versus not being under a Patriarch such as the Patriarch of Constantinople who is not Canonical due to his being APPOINTED and/or approved for the office by that country's (Turkey) government.

 

Our Toma (Decree) comes from the now Sainted Tikhon in which it flatly states..

 

Read the four Gospels and you will find that the first Disciples, later Apostles... many were MARRIED MEN whose wives were alive and with their husbands... the Apostles... who, as Apostles (First Bishops of the Church) were under Jesus the Christ ... as to not being under a PATRIARCH, the toma (Decree) answers that question as well... as below: (note: highlighted items by Editor of apostle1.com)

"In 1922, Metropolitan Platon (Rozhdestvensky) assumed leadership of the Russian Orthodox Church in North America having received the appointment of Patriarch (now Saint) Tikhon of Moscow and All Russia. In 1923,Metropolitan Platon, with the approval of Patriarch Tikhon elevated Bishop +Aftimios to the position of Archbishop.

An Act of the Synod of Bishops
of the Russian Orthodox Church
in North America

Moscow Patriarchate

"Now we, the Synod of Bishops of the Dioceses of the American Russian Jurisdiction, believing ourselves called of Christ and moved of the Holy Spirit in behalf of Holy Church and Her children in America, and being fully authorized through a Letter (See Note below by he asterisk * and the letter is emphasized by italics as quoted) - - - - by the highest Authority in the Church to which we owe and maintain strict obedient loyalty;

"We hereby, on this 2nd day of February (new style) in the year 1927, charge one of our number, His Eminence, the Most Reverend Aftimios, Archbishop of Brooklyn, with the full responsibility and duty of caring and providing for American Orthodoxy in the especial sense of Orthodox Catholic people born in America and primarily English-speaking or any American residents or parishes of whatever nationality or linguistic character or derivation not satisfactorily provided with proper and canonical Orthodox Catholic care, ecclesiastical authority, teaching and ministrations of the Church or who may wish to attach themselves by the properly and legally provided means to an autonomous, independent, American Orthodox Church. And to that end, that he may discharge the duty and responsibility laid upon the Church and by us on him, we do hereby permit, empower, authorize and direct the said Archbishop of Brooklyn to found, organize, establish, head, conduct, control, and maintain a distinct, independent, and autonomous branch of the Orthodox Catholic Church to be known and legally established and generally recognized as a Holy Eastern Orthodox Catholic and Apostolic Church in North America with the provisions that (1) such newly-established Orthodox Catholic Church shall be and forever remain in all respects truly Orthodox Catholic in the sense of the Fathers, Councils, Canons, and Tradition of the Historic Undivided Church still existing in the several Patriarchates and Autonomous Churches of the one Holy Orthodox Catholic Apostolic Eastern Church, and shall be in full communion and Orthodox Catholic brotherly fellowship with, but only with, Orthodox Catholic Churches, Clergy, and Faithful, maintaining and strictly observing the full content and form of sound, undefiled Eastern Orthodox Catholic Doctrine, Traditions, Canons, Discipline, Order and Sacramental Communion; and (2) in as much as it is derived from and canonically founded by the Church of Russia through the primary and sole Orthodox Catholic Missionary and evangelistic efforts of the Russian Church in America and fully recognizes the primacy and canonical exclusiveness of the Russian Jurisdiction and hierarchy in America throughout the first century of Orthodox existence in the New World, the newly-established Holy Eastern Orthodox Catholic and Apostolic Church in North America, while entirely autonomous and independent in its organization, constitution, administration, jurisdiction, and authority, shall preserve at all times its brotherly and filial relationship to the Orthodox Church of Russia represented in Russia by the Patriarchal Authority of Moscow and All Russia and in America by His Eminence, Metropolitan Platon, and his canonically established and recognized successors as Archbishop of the American Jurisdiction of the Patriarchate of Moscow and All Russia. Further: We do hereby, on this 2nd day of February, 1927 (new style), elect and give order for the Consecration of the Very Reverend Leonid Turkevitch to be Bishop in the newly-founded Holy Eastern Orthodox Catholic and Apostolic Church in North America as assistant to its Governing Head, His Eminence, the Most Reverend Aftimios, Archbishop of Brooklyn, and by him to be appointed to such position or See as the Holy Eastern Orthodox Catholic and Apostolic Church in North America by its Constitution or By-Laws may provide or erect for the first assistant Bishop under its Primate.

"May God prosper and Bless this work in His Name and to His Glory. Amen. Issued under our hands and seals in the City of New York, on the 2nd day of February (new style) in the year of our Lord Nineteen Hundred and Twenty Seven."

Signed by:
Platon, Metropolitan of North America and Canada;
Aftimios, Archbishop of Brooklyn;
Theophilus, Bishop of Chicago;
Amphilohy, Bishop of Alaska;
Arseny, Bishop of Winnipeg;
Alexy, Bishop of San Francisco

* The Letter referred to above is one written by Metropolitan Sergius, Acting Patriarchal Locum Tenens of the Russian Orthodox Church, under date of September 12th, 1926 (new style) addressed to the Russian Bishops outside of Russia.

The other part of this question relates to a Married or UnMarried Episcopate... Read the Gospels and you will find in them that Jesus Christ's First Disciples and later Apostles... many of whom were married and their wives were living and none of them divorced... It does not matter when one marries... except by and according to the traditions of men... not of the Holy Spirit.  A Married state or unmarried (celibate) state are both honorable! 

Yet... The two primary arguments from those of the mainline Orthodox Jurisdictions of today - - - make those one or two claims of our not being Canonical... yet, in the toma (decree) there is nothing to detract from what we believe in first Canon which is the four primary Holy Gospels we refer to... Thus the question of Canonical may well rest in the ball-park of those who have not only raised such questions but who make charges unfounded in spirit and in truth... Why? Because by their adamant stand to find fault of others, they have actually found fault in and with themselves and their various jurisdictions.  To God alone we must trust... and His Son +Jesus the Christ as reported in the primary four Gospels which speaks to us the truth... The actions of the accuser(s) besmirches the honor of Saint Tikhon and all other jurisdictions of the One, Holy, Orthodox, Catholic and Apostolic Church established and founded by Jesus the Christ and His Holy Apostles!  One may ask if their actions is a form of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit?  The answer is in the hands of Our loving, understanding, and forgiving Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ! The accusers, I personally believe, are about self-image of their jurisdiction(s) and their falseness in spirit and truth which rests upon their superiors... their bishops, Archbishops, Metropolitans and Patriarch(s)... We do honor and respect all Orthodox Jurisdictions of every nation who preserve and defend the ancient epitome of the Canons which we sometimes are known to refer to as the DO NOT COUNCILS, being the primary Seven Ecumenical Councils... as all other things are open, we believe, to the creativity instilled in the spirit, heart and minds of the Servants here below in this life...

[NOTE: Please take note that there are many who claim to be the original and only AMERICAN ORTHODOX CHURCH, but the fact of the matter is that there are many AMERICAN ORTHODOX CHURCHES across the United States of America. This particular Jurisdiction is the One and Original AMERICAN ORTHODOX CHURCH incorporated in California in 1971-1972.

It does not take a rocket scientist to realize that some of those who make their claims that the above document was intended, issued and meant only for their particular Church jurisdiction is a slap in the face of true Orthodox Catholic Christianity in America because it disparages the faith of the Church. And, what is more, many of those clerics may be in fact "Bishops" by secular standards of documentation, but have actually left the faith delivered once and for all from Jesus Christ through the Holy Apostles down through time and history to us who are successor apostles (Bishops) who maintain the faith, do not claim to be INDEPENDENT this or INDEPENDENT that, etc. And who, claiming themselves INDEPENDENT ordain or allow to be ordained female clergy as priests and bishops against and in violation of the ancient Seven Ecumenical Councils.

Thus, anyone who claims a nomenclature of their church, jurisdiction or parish with such that equates to a popish name of the Roman Jurisdiction of the Catholic Church, are not truly Orthodox for neither Ethnic Orthodox and Western Rite Orthodoxy do not and never will subscribe to the heresies of the Roman Church who schismed from the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church by her innovative ideas and her violations of the ancient Seven Ecumenical Councils. As to "Liturgies" may it be noted that St. John Maximovitch of Shanghai & San Francisco has, as regards the various Roman Jurisdiction of the Catholic Church's liturgies, "... "Never, never, never let anyone tell you that, in order to be Orthodox, you must also be eastern. The West was Orthodox for a thousand years, and her venerable liturgy is far older than any of her heresies."

May it also be noted and understood that while there are certain ethnic jurisdictions who firmly believe that all who are chosen to become Bishops should be chosen in accordance with Biblical truth. So what is that truth? Do the research! You will find that no where is there any support for all to come from a celibate un-married class or state of monasticism, even though it is an honorable state and a very Holy State; and one that is truly time honored. But never, ever does Holy Scripture support the exclusion of an un-married episcopate.]

Does this also imply and suggest that possibly those mainline jurisdictions fit some aspect, to some degree, of the following?

 

May God have mercy on us, all of us... both the accusers and those who struggle out of pain of heart for the Faith once and for all delivered unto us according to our very nature and degree of ability... To God must praise be given...

 

+ Joseph Thaddeus (Stanford), O.S.B., SSJt., PhD.

The most unworthy repentant sinner and fool for Jesus Christ in the vineyard of this life!
Metropolitan Archbishop, Archabbot, Primate

 

 

"Prejudice Makes Prisoners of the Hated and the Hater" and... "It is far easier to kill, maim, and destroy another life than it is to heal, affirm, bless, pray for and forgive another no matter who they are or what they have done..." "FACT: Haters don't really hate you! In FACT they hate THEMSELVES because you're a reflection of what they wish to be!"

 

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September 02, 2013

 

Beloved spiritual sons

and daughters of the

Life & Teachings of

Jesus the Christ, Greetings:

 

    I cannot tell you how ashamed I am of our governments actions for their incursion on the rights of its citizens, especially religious rights as I, and hopefully you too, witness the gulf that is expanding as a result of ordinances, laws, rules and regulations that have come into effect, violating Constitutional Rights of this Republic.

 

    An organization, The Black Robed Regiment, which is primarily Protestant in its make-up with some "Roman" and "Orthodox" Catholics as members too, is an organization dedicated toward bringing this country as closely back to its original principles, in non-violent ways and means where the Church continues as a moral and cultural compass... The following are but excerpts from their brochures... that we present here and hope you, as faithful and clergy - - - would take a moment, two or more... to meditate on what is being said and then make contact with them at their web site of: http://www.blackrobereg.org/  Otherwise, it is suggested that you feel free to make contact with me, the undersigned...

    The once vibrant freedom of the Church to boldly proclaim spiritual liberty through the Gospel of Jesus Christ – a God-given freedom guaranteed by the First Amendment – is under growing attack from those who would silence any expression of God’s truth.

    Overstatement? Sadly, no!

    The government’s promotion and enforcement of regulations that suppress the Church’s right to free exercise of religion is growing – urged on by anti-Christian groups who seek to muzzle people of faith. Pastors are too often restrained from freely preaching biblical truth.

    What form do these aggressions take? In many cases, they come as attacks on our most basic religious freedoms.

Freedom to exercise religious beliefs: 

*State and Federal governments are interfering with the Church’s application of biblical standards to internal discipline and employment practices.

*Worship services are being disrupted by protestors who trespass or block access to church property.  

Freedom of speech:

*Threats of IRS audits and enforcement are being used to intimidate and restrain pastors who want to speak to their congregations – from a scriptural basis – about the positions of political candidates on moral issues.

 * State governments are implementing state campaign finance laws that attempt to treat churches as political action committees if their leaders encourage participation in political activities such as signing petitions.

Freedom of access:

• Discriminatory policies are being used to deny churches equal access to public venues that other groups and 501(c)3 non-profit groups utilize without restriction or penalty.

• Zoning restrictions and land-use ordinances are being established that specifically discriminate against churches – restricting when and where services may be held, whether in a structure denoted as a Temple or Church building, even in the privacy of one's house and home.

Q Is government interference really that much of a threat in the U.S.?

A More and more, government regulations and court rulings are intruding into the inner workings and ministries of the Church. From coast to coast, pastors and ministry leaders in churches like yours are being told who they can or cannot hire and fire, how much they can discipline church members who violate scriptural standards of morality, and even when and where their church can meet.

What’s more, pastors, lay leaders, and Christian ministry leaders are increasingly being pressured to preach only "politically correct" passages from the Bible, to conform their sermons to culturally accepted norms of what the Church "ought to talk about," and to keep silent about "political" issues and candidates whose positions have profound moral consequences for the nation and their community.

Pastors across America are being told that city regulations or selective zoning restrictions prohibit their churches from using their own facilities and resources to minister to the poor and needy … that public parks aren’t available for church picnics … that the ringing of church bells is "disturbing the peace."

In a land that was founded by people seeking religious liberty, those who try to "mind their own business" and simply minister to their community are being blocked at every turn. Those who try to work with the government are finding it harder and harder to do so, and those who would challenge these intrusions are being intimidated into silence by threats of litigation or prosecution.

Q Does the government have any authority to exert these kinds of controls on my preaching or our church’s ministry efforts?

A No. The First Amendment guarantees your right to hear and speak the Truth, and your church’s freedom to enjoy equal access to public funds and facilities. The government cannot legally tell you what Bible passages are off limits, or limit what prayer or message or Scripture you share in a public forum, or drive you from a public sidewalk, park, or building in which you are respectfully sharing your faith. Nor can government officials arbitrarily enforce zoning laws just to keep your congregation out of places they don’t want you. However, laws like the Hate Crimes bill passed by Congress can lead to silencing anyone who would speak out against immoral behavior, even from the pulpit … and open the doors for other legal persecutions against pastors and church leaders and people of faith.

Q Doesn’t the "separation of church and state" prohibit pastors from addressing issues that might be considered "political"?

A The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution says: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof" – so the Constitution does not require pastors to be silent about political matters in their churches. The so-called "separation of church and state" is merely a rhetorical device that has been used for half a century to browbeat Christians and drive them out of the public square. The IRS Code does limit churches to using an "insubstantial" amount of their resources when lobbying for or against legislation, and prohibits churches from intervening in political campaigns. ADF believes that the ban on campaign participation by churches is unconstitutional and is challenging the restriction through its Pulpit Initiative.

Q What should I do if I believe my church’s rights are being violated?

A Learn the facts. Visit www.SpeakUpMovement.org to find out more about how ADF is successfully defending – at no cost to the client – the right to freely speak, act, and minister in accordance with biblical principles without fear of government censorship, punishment, unlawful regulation, or loss of tax exemption. If you believe that you or your church have been the target of religious discrimination, call 1-800-TELL-ADF to speak with one of our attorneys about the specific circumstances of your situation.

Q What is the Alliance Defense Fund?

A The Alliance Defense Fund is a legal alliance defending the right to hear and speak the Truth through strategy, training, funding, and litigation. We are committed to defending our nation’s First Liberty – religious freedom. By protecting the sanctity of life, preserving marriage and the family, and promoting religious liberty, we are working to keep the door open for the spread of the Gospel.

Be assured, those who oppose the Church and the biblical tenets for which it stands will not hesitate to exploit every opportunity to intimidate, frustrate, and litigate against anyone whose words and actions threaten their worldview.

Reversing this troubling trend requires more than a strong defense. Pastors and church leaders must be willing to stand up, and speak up, to reclaim and secure the right of the Church to be the Church.

"It’s not enough to be an advocate of something … you must be an outward advocate not just for the Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ... but an advocate through one's many talents such as legal advocacy, teaching, helping the homeless, the prisoner coming out and much more. But, we can no longer be silent about the actions being taken against Christian churches and its people of faith. If we don’t speak up as ministers, pastors, priests and faithful, no one is going to speak up."

Inasmuch as we are witnessing in these present times, prophecy being fulfilled we also should be aware of and know that prophecy is a means to warn us, Christians (believers and followers of the LIFE and TEACHINGS of JESUS CHRIST!). 

Therefore it should be understood that while Prophecy will be fulfilled, it is a clear indicator that we can forestall the negative aspects of Prophecy through both action and prayer... through fasting, through meditation, through going to confession, and partaking of that spiritual and material food offered through the Church and her true servants. 

Yes... visit the websites of: http://www.blackrobereg.org/ and www.SpeakUpMovement.org

 

Metropolitan Joseph Thaddeus (Stanford), O.S.B., SSJt., Ph.D. - Primate
A Most Unworthy Repentant Sinner in the vineyard of this life as a fool for Jesus Christ!
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"Prejudice Makes Prisoners of the Hated and the Hater"

"FACT: Haters don't really hate you! In FACT they hate THEMSELVES because you're a reflection of what they wish to be!"

 

 

August 05, 2013

 

To my friends, viewers, my

spiritual children in the vineyard

of this life and to all;

 

Subject: The GLBT people as the example and more!

 

          This is one of those subjects I don't like to bring up! Why? Because I am of the spiritual and personal belief that all people of every persuasion, even those who are "Nonviolent" have fallen short of the mark.  Remember Jesus' statement, "Lest ye be without sin, cast the first stone," and, "Judge not less you be judged by the same judgment," and others.   In Matthew 19, Jesus defines three types of eunuchs;' The disciples said to him, ‘If that is how things are between husband and wife, it is advisable not to marry.’ But he replied, ‘It is not everyone who can accept what I have said, but only those to whom it is granted. There are eunuchs born so from their mother’s womb, there are eunuchs made so by human agency and there are eunuchs who have made themselves so for the sake of the kingdom of Heaven. Let anyone accept this who can.”  In this passage two things are clear; first, Jesus is speaking within the context of marriage and second, Jesus is also clear that he is not speaking about those who have been castrated but clearly those who by choice, by birth, or by command are not procreatively driven.

 

          While, to be sure, Jesus recognizes that some of the above named may be castrated men, he also clearly recognizes that there are a greater number who have consciously chosen, either for themselves or for the sake of the kingdom, to refrain from marriage and the procreative act; and he does so totally without condemnation.   Some may presume the above Scripture passage to refer to homosexuals but, based on the information we know from historical reference and the context in which this is mentioned, that is not necessarily an absolute reference.

 

          What is clear, however, is that throughout its history and as codified within Canon Law, Sexual responsibility for both heterosexuals and homosexuals is what Jesus and the church have held as a primary teaching in these matters. It does not matter if one is, “a eunuch from his mother’s womb,” or a man or woman who is not bound in the state of Holy Matrimony, the rules of sexuality and sexual activity are the same. It is also clear that the church has upheld a, “chastity within marriage,” which would also impose the same rules of sexuality and sexual activity upon the married couple outside of their marriage vows. In short, the law is the same for all Christians, “no sexual activity outside the marriage bond.”

 

          While Islam (Quoran) condemns homosexuals to death, they are proponents of SODOMY of young virgin males who have reached their sexual majority; for it is their belief that their next Holy Prophet will be born through the loins of a young male. But to understand these things, one does need to be able to think as they do... as in having an Eastern mind set, for we in the West have a Western mind-set which is so different from them!

 

          Every time I turn around it seems someone, even our own, beat into the ground the negativity of homosexuals as a whole! Yet forget that many homosexuals don't even like the facade that is given them, especially during their "Gay Pride" celebrations. It is true that the parades are full of antics which many find to be disgusting and that there are actions that should not be allowed in public out of respect. But, as many know, the real intent of those militants in the GLBT community is SHOCK AND AWE, for what you see in their public displays is no different in FACT to that of the heterosexual community although it is in the proverbial closet! I could go on and provide more psych information, but the truth is that your anger becomes a boiling point factor which, truthfully, cannot be dismissed.

 

          However, if we are to provide open doors to the ENTIRE community of mankind  as a means to bring them to the true faith, we ourselves are going to have to make some changes in our approach so that we do not condemn out-rightly but, at the same time, make it clear that we do not condone their actions either, so much as to do that which we have always done for others, use our spiritual understandings of less condemnation and more of that which Jesus Christ's Life and Teachings provide....LOVE.

 

          The shocking truth is that, the continued vociferous condemnation of the GLBT community will bring about more horror stories of  outright violence that will, as history has shown, be done in the name of our Holy Bible. Is this what you want and is that what Jesus himself teaches? If not, then become more Christ-like! Do not fall into the ways of the demons who create division and hatred.

 

          "Prejudice makes prisoners of the hated and the hater!" is no idle statement... IT IS A FACT!

 

          Instead of digging another hole of hatred, fill the holes which already exist with the Love of Jesus Christ. This does not mean we have to be all “lovy-dovy” with the GLTB people, nor condone their activities, nor give approval to their agenda.  It means treating them in the same manner as Jesus Christ treated the woman at the well, the women who touched the hem of His garment, the centurion whose pais was ill and dying!

 

          It is clear that most of the GLBT community are themselves a God loving people, searching for a personal relationship with their creator,  but not as mainline and mainstream churches are.   The truth is, many GLBT people are just as skeptical of those in the mainstream or traditional churches as we are of them! Thus the continuance of hate messages is a continuance of such prejudices that certainly does neither we nor they any good.

 

          It might be a good time to re-evaluate our own self and our own personal views.  Is the outspoken anger and prejudice coming from our spiritual and biblical understanding of human life and relationships or is it coming from some trauma in our own past? Using the bible as a means to vent one's prejudicial hatred does not become the Church as a whole!

 

          Considering what is happening in these times as regards the laws that are changing this country, including such that forbid discrimination; it is opined that our nation's changing way is due to the GLBT communities.  Maybe the GLBT community is being used as but a tool by a greater, more sinister movement, just as race is being used to recarve and deepen racial divides.  The progressive agenda seems to be using individual groups which are known to already have divisive and controversial history with the general population as a tool to bring about distraction and the total destruction  and change of the American culture.

 

          Whether it is promoting the agenda of the GLBT community, magnifying race relations both black and through the guise of illegal immigration, promoting abortion, suggesting euthanasia or uplifting the Islamic propaganda through the infiltration of people and groups with known terrorist ties at our nation's top echelon there is a clear and decisive movement to bring about a new America; one which might in some way resemble the attempts of the Mexican government to remove Catholicism from the national fabric of that nation some 100 years ago. 

 

          The majority of the GLBT community are nonviolent as is the case with the majority of the black community, the Hispanic community, and even many who follow the Islamic system. Is it appropriate to attack these nonviolent people because of the actions of those who are stirred to be more militant and vocal by master manipulators who are seeking their own prestige and power and not the uplifting of humanity as a whole?  The hate that accompanies much of the agenda is but manipulation of those of us in the religious world as is the hate which accompanies the agenda of the GLBT community; the African American community; they Hispanic community and the American population in general.

 

          Hardly are we a part of the Church of Wimps... We must teach, when it comes to sexuality, SEXUAL RESPONSIBILITY.  We are not afraid to speak out against Domestic Violence, fornication, sexual improprieties and more.  Preaching the Word is our obligation!  We do not preach what the people want to hear!  We preach the Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ! Get rid of the preachers and teachers of the false gospels of wealth and prosperity for it is truly FALSE!  Preaching and Teaching does not mean to brow beat the people who have been lead astray by the false preachers and teachers.  Preaching and teaching the Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ, is not a religion for the weak of heart and those looking for entertainments of sound, music, sports, etc. 

 

        Rough, tough and straight to the point... you may wish to view the following video by our Abouna +Gregori of Rochester (Webster), New York:

 

        Some of the following images in the following video may be disturbing... but it goes to stand and prove that our brow beating of the GLBT community only incites more violence... and many of them are non-violent and willing to listen, consider, contemplate and pray.  Yet, far too many violent Christians misuse and abuse the Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ... There is a Christ-like way... It is believed and opined that what you are about to see or view is that both sides are being, more and more incited to violence for a political agenda that reaches to the top of government? All one has to see and hear is the sitting President's statement in the video... "... Not a Christian nation..." True Christians are NOT VIOLENT in and of themselves and do not go out of their way to commit violence, and have the means to control their disgust without resorting to violence! There is something wrong with what you will view... And, the violence in the name of Jesus Christ is not right and not what TRUE CHRISTIANITY is all about! There are violent people in all groups both good and bad... in all jurisdictions of the True Church, but one does not have to bite the proverbial bullet of Violence! The Exhortation of "Prejudice Makes Prisoners of the Hated and the Hater"  and... "It is far easier to kill, maim, and destroy another life than it is to heal, affirm, bless, pray for and forgive another no matter who they are or what they have done..." is less observed in these present times!  Violence comes from and through the Anti-Christ! 

        "And He said to them, When I sent you out without purses and without bags and shoes, did you lack anything? They said to him, Not a thing. He said to them, from now on he who has purses, let him take them, and the bag likewise; and he who has no sword, let him sell his robe and buy for himself a sword. And they said to him, Our Lord, behold here are two swords. He said to them, That is enough...." Luke: 22: 35-38  } is meant for protecting one's own family, loved ones and friends, not to spread violence whatsoever!

 

          After watching the above video, I repeat again: "And He said to them, When I sent you out without purses and without bags and shoes, did you lack anything? They said to him, Not a thing. He said to them, from now on he who has purses, let him take them, and the bag likewise; and he who has no sword, let him sell his robe and buy for himself a sword. And they said to him, Our Lord, behold here are two swords. He said to them, That is enough...." Luke: 22: 35-38  } is meant for protecting one's own family, loved ones and friends, not to spread violence whatsoever!

 

          We cannot say enough but what "Dearly Beloved in Jesus Christ, I urge you, from the bottom of my heart, to reconsider any signs of hatred toward any particular group and to focus instead a Christ-like love on those for whom we may have experienced a deep and emotionally painful hardship in the past. Just as Christ himself showed compassion and mercy upon those who defiled the Temple of God and who later nailed him to a cross we to must show compassion and mercy to those who we find repulsive or unacceptable. Until we can truly learn to love the sinner without such hatreds... while at the same time not condone nor uplift the sin, we can never truly call ourselves Christian!"

 

 

Metropolitan Joseph Thaddeus (Stanford), O.S.B., SSJt., Ph.D. - Primate
A Most Unworthy Repentant Sinner in the vineyard of this life as a fool for Jesus Christ!
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July 21, 2013

To you who are my

spiritual children, friends,

loved ones and to those who

are viewers of this web site;

 

    I beg forgiveness should any one of you take offense for my not writing but provide the following because Abba Anthony's who I believe writes of such things that bespeaks of my own thoughts and sentiments on a variety of subjects.  The following is only one VERY IMPORTANT subject for the dangers of this life are implied by what he says:

When Falsehood replaces Truth
 
Those little souls who have the Mind of Christ cannot look at the world today without coming to the conclusion that: falsehood and the deception of hearts against the truth are sharply on the rise; and that the world of Babylon has infected the minds of many souls. 
 
Even those within the Church have been on the road toward deception and into believing lies against the Creator and God’s natural law. 
 
For men of Truth to speak of such things can get us thrown in jail, if they dare to persist against the flow of offal that comes from the mouth of the beast (Revelation 12 and 13); he stands upon the sea awaiting his time, times and a half a time; awaiting for the minds of the deceived to act in final rebellion against the Law of God and thrust him into power for his final little run before his ultimate Judgment before our True King, the Lord Jesus. 
 
Our lady (Holy Theotokos, ever virgin Mary) helps the remnant of her Seed in the wilderness; let us flee there and become her companions.
 
Dear ones, we care little what people think; we are only little voices from the wilderness; voices preparing God’s Way, who is Christ Jesus and His Pre-Imminence.  What men think of us in Christ is of little consequence; even if the little soul is destroyed by the deceived; I Love all who Love Him who is our True King. 
 
Jesus reigns in the heavens and on the earth; not men; our True King will return in Glory and His Kingdom has no end.
 
Alas, as abbot Martin says:  the Real Power is in the Hand of GOD not ourselves; for we have this Treasure is in earthen vessels; and we raise our hands to heaven (to the Son of GOD); He is our True King.
 
Abba Anthony
 
The Hermitage; (Monastery of Mary in the Wilderness)
(SAR, Inc.)
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Nashua, Montana 59248

See our Wilderness Wind BLOG: 
http://www.maryinwilderness.org/desertwind/

"Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear Him, upon them that hope in His mercy."  Ps. 33: 12,18

    I pray the above enlightens your mind and soul?  I can only pray that it does.

 

 

 

+ Joseph Thaddeus (Stanford), O.S.B., SSJt., PhD.

The most unworthy repentant sinner and fool for Jesus Christ in the vineyard  of this life!
Metropolitan Archbishop, Archabbot, Primate

 

 

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May 2013

 

To you the viewer...

and to all my spiritual children in the vineyard

of this life as fools for the Life and Teachings of

Jesus Christ, I send you my good thoughts and Apostolic

Greetings in the name of the +Father, the +Son (Jesus Christ) and

the +Holy Ghost... Amen!

 

    Orthodox Pascha has just ended, or shall we say, just begun as His Resurrection brings new life and sustenance to the soul of him who abides in spirit and truth to all things given by Jesus Christ.  Yet, while these times appear to be perilous, we our Lord to guide us according to our very nature and degree of ability to understand and grow.

 

    Mother's Day here in the U.S.A. is to be celebrated next Sunday (May 12th) and I can only wonder how many of you recall the Mother of Our Lord and Savior?  As you, hopefully, give a gift of Love to your birth mother or the mother who raised you, what kind of gift of Love can or will you give to Mary, the Mother of God?

 

 

 

+ Joseph Thaddeus (Stanford), O.S.B., SSJt., PhD.

The most unworthy repentant sinner and fool for Jesus Christ in the vineyard  of this life!
Metropolitan Archbishop, Archabbot, Primate

 

 

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April 2013

Addendum - April 25, 2013 - Thursday...

 

There are several things I would like to draw your attention to because you are, as faithful, the strength and weakness of the Church, of the body of Jesus Christ in this life.  So... click on the links provided and learn or refresh your mind, heart and soul... by learning and refreshing your mind, you will understand how all things are connected in both spirit and truth!

 

 

+ Joseph Thaddeus (Stanford), O.S.B., SSJt., PhD.

The most unworthy repentant sinner and fool for Jesus Christ in the vineyard  of this life!
Metropolitan Archbishop, Archabbot, Primate

 

 

"Prejudice Makes Prisoners of the Hated and the Hater"  and... "It is far easier to kill, maim, and destroy another life than it is to heal, affirm, bless, pray for and forgive another no matter who they are or what they have done..."

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To you the viewer...

and to all my spiritual children in the vineyard

of this life as fools for the Life and Teachings of

Jesus Christ, I send you my good thoughts and Apostolic

Greetings in the name of the +Father, the +Son (Jesus Christ) and

the +Holy Ghost... Amen!

 

    Pascha or Easter, that Glorious event in time and history on which all of mankind are able to be set free!  The cost was so very high and so anguishing for Him and for us when we look back and contemplate on all that it means.  However, far too many do not take it as seriously as they should for their thoughts are of such that they can, on their death bed, ask for forgiveness and be automatically forgiven.  Is this a truth?  Or is it a lie by those who have modified, altered and changed biblical truth?

 

    This is very difficult to answer for there are so many today who falsely believe they can go on in this life doing what they want without having to do any thing until they are on their death bed.  WOW!  What pride they have! What envy and much more they have about them.  What shame they should, but do not, have about them!

 

    Each and every day I am ashamed of my unworthy self because I find fault in myself with having said the above.  Wherefore I can only pray "Lord Jesus Christ, son of God and son of man....  Have mercy on me, a sinner that I am!"

 

    Where are you in all of this?  Where are you?

 

    May the joy of celebrating Pascha be a resurrection of true faith within you....

 

 

 

+ Joseph Thaddeus (Stanford), O.S.B., SSJt., PhD.

The most unworthy repentant sinner and fool for Jesus Christ in the vineyard  of this life!
Metropolitan Archbishop, Archabbot, Primate

 

 

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March 2013

Blessings and Greetings

to You who view this message;

 

    With Pascha (Easter) approaching, we must reflect on our inner self and examine our very conscience before we partake of the Holy Mysteries, the Body and Blood of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

 

    I would ask you to click on this link Winter Is Past... as well as New Heresies Today... and reflect on them in your heart.... 

 

    May the joy of celebrating Pascha be a resurrection of true faith within you....

 

 

 

+ Joseph Thaddeus (Stanford), O.S.B., SSJt., PhD. (P.Psych., D.D.) 

The most unworthy repentant sinner and fool for Jesus Christ in the vineyard  of this life!
Metropolitan Archbishop, Archabbot, Primate

 

 

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February 2013

February Addendum

 

    If, what we have seen... is true... as re: Did Pope Benedict Resign to Avoid Arrest?  Then all of the Christian Faithful will be in for harder times ahead. 

 

    As said in our moderated yahoo group:

For whatever is good, bad and even the ugly... what news we post at http://www.apostle1.com is what it is.  The article about the Pope originally came to me thanks to Archbishop +Alexander C. D. Bartholomew, SSB

As said in the previous news posting... this is prophecy being fulfilled and yet, the horrible way it is unfolding affecting Rome and the Roman Jurisdiction will and does have serious horrible consequences upon the root, ground and branch of all things CHRISTIAN being the Orthodox of the East and West. 

I was going to post some of the various comments I had read on another site, but most of them were from those who are of the various Protestant denomination.

I would ask each of you to inform yourselves and your congregations that the Roman Jurisdiction is just that... it is not a denomination and neither is the Eastern and Western Orthodox... In fact they are the root, ground and base of all things CHRISTIAN as time and history show.  Yet, as men being what we are, and they who are at the helm of their various jurisdictions, evil can and does creep in... and it is that which we are witnessiing now... for the good, the bad and even the ugly... The innocent also pay the price of these horrors as many of you, including my unworthy self.... KNOW! From experience both spiritually and materially we KNOW from experience...

When I denote the words JURISDICTION and DENOMINATION... they are two specific words that have different meanings and thus they should be understood...

CATHOLICISM itself IS NOT a denomination... it is, again, the root, ground and base of all things truly CHRISTIAN... but be very careful as to what the fine thin line is between the ancient ways of CATHOLICISM versus the man-made ways (of these present times) that are not wholly BIBLICAL... therein lies the secret of heartfelt understanding.  If I am wrong... someone of you will surely correct me and I hope you do!

    I would truly appreciate any comments you would wish to share be they "Pro" or "Con" - - - good, bad, ugly but not in a confrontational manner to incite division.

 

    I wish all of you would contemplate on these things... Meditate and truly Pray for spiritual guidance.

 

+ Joseph Thaddeus (Stanford), O.S.B., SSJt., PhD. (P.Psych., D.D.) 

The most unworthy repentant sinner and fool for Jesus Christ in the vineyard  of this life!
Metropolitan Archbishop, Archabbot, Primate

"Prejudice Makes Prisoners of the Hated and the Hater"  and... "
It is far easier to kill, maim, and destroy another life than it is to heal, affirm, bless, pray for and forgive another no matter who they are or what they have done..."

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To you the viewer...

and to all my spiritual children in the vineyard

of this life as fools for the Life and Teachings of

Jesus Christ, I send you my good thoughts and Apostolic

Greetings in the name of the +Father, the +Son (Jesus Christ) and

the +Holy Ghost... Amen!

 

    I was recently asked "Why do you add 'Jesus Christ' after 'the +Son'?" as above. 

 

    These are the times in which there are many "christs" - both those who do not necessarily claim such and those who do.  We were warned about these times.  Many of them prance up and down a stage with 'higher power' preaching, getting rich schemes, empowerment ideas and such the like, using Holy Scripture as their basis.  These are not true Christians and most certainly the kind of so-called ministers, pastors and preachers who are, in many instances, seen on television - - - are reinventing the Christian Holy Bible to accommodate the "Feel Good" people who do not wish to struggle out of pain of heart for the faith given us by Jesus Christ, the Holy Apostles, Martyrs and Saints.  Sadly to say, these are the many who Rome has embraced in many instances that follow such practices. 

 

    The Life and teachings of Jesus Christ was never, ever meant to be about "feeling good" or "quantity" of life... but about living this life in a manner, way and form that does not disengage us from true worship, right thinking (about our belief in God the +Father), and right living.  As times go forward from His and the Holy Apostles... to the present, nothing has changed!  In fact, it is all the more important struggle out of pain of heart for the faith.  Are you doing that?  Am I doing that?  Are we doing that?  According to our nature and degree of ability to do so... let us not forget these things and struggle all the more...

 

    As true Orthodox Catholic Christians, we cannot afford to imbibe in such heretical new age teachings for to do so will imperil one's very soul.  

 

    Equally so, many of the newer versions of the Holy Bible are contaminated with ideas and thoughts that do not come from the Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ and His Holy Apostles.  They may sound like such, but are not for these newer versions are altered and modified by many of those who claim to be "christian" but are not truly "Christian" and have fallen away to accommodate societies of the "feel good" and "entertainments" variety

 

    Many of the older versions of 20 years ago or even later are more reliable and trustworthy.

 

    The altering of Christianity is a political move by those who wish to actually destroy the faith from its former standing.  This allows for other religions to move in to fill the proverbial gap, such as the Satanic religion of Islam (Muslim) and other types of religions.

 

    Many of these things were predicted centuries ago but the understandings of those prophecies is now becoming more apparent and succinct. 

 

    I wish all of you would contemplate on these things... Meditate and truly Pray for spiritual guidance.

 

+ Joseph Thaddeus (Stanford), O.S.B., SSJt., PhD. (P.Psych., D.D.) 

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January 12, 2013 - Saturday

HOLY FATHER SABBAS, ARCHBISHOP OF SERBIA,

HOLY VIRGIN MARTYR TATIANA OF ROME - Another Addendum

 

    I am, to say the least, rather perplexed by many of what is coming out of the electronic news media and what is not.  For everything I've seen and heard so far, doe affect and have an effect upon our religious liberties, our Faith and our very Constitutional Freedoms and the Bill of Rights. 

 

    What can be said that would put a proverbial "fire" under many of you to take action to protect not only our rights, but the Faith once and for all delivered unto us?  Is it too late?  It is never too late, but it will become far harder as time goes on for anything to be done!

 

    I do suggest that you visit Abouna +Gregori's Own - Let The Truth Be Known as well as http://pureorthodox.blogspot.com/ because what you may learn might enlighten you in such a way that a "fire" under you may awaken you to the reality of realities?  I hope so!

 

    Many of these things that are being reported by us at our Daily News 2013 Today  section... which just might surprise you in many ways.

 

    Our Faith is surely being attacked!  And those in Congress and in the White House are obfuscating truth!  What are you going to do about that?  You, if you are sincere and true to your faith, cannot just sit idly by and do nothing... but many of you do! 

 

    Abouna +Gregori, Monk Michael, Archbishop Bartholomew and many others have been trying so desperately awaken you, but what are you really doing to take action legitimately? There may, I am advised, come a time in which the message of Jesus Christ will be far more important and require each of us to follow in order to protect hearth and home, loved ones and friends, and may be, even our foes too ... IF people will set aside their differences and even their ill will because of false allegations and convictions... believing and acting in all things according to Jesus Christ's Life and teachings, especially John 35:38 ... !!! .... !!!!

 

    Pray for me a most unworthy repentant one in the vineyard of this life as a fool for Jesus Christ... Will you pray for me?

 

+ Joseph Thaddeus (Stanford), O.S.B., SSJt., PhD. (P.Psych., D.D.) 

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January 6, 2013 - Sunday

HOLY THEOPHANY OF OUR LORD AND GOD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST, ST. SCHOTIN

Another Addendum to the two previous January 2013 Messages...

For those people in our nation and from around the world… for those who are out there somewhere… for people we do not know… would you take a moment of silence and prayer… If someone you love is missing or has died, would you take a moment of silence and prayer…

We take a moment of silence and prayer because we know that every life matters… we have to fight, both materially and spiritually, for every life… even when it seems hopeless…even when we are afraid… because the battle ahead isn’t just for our survival… it is for our humanity…

As a true Christian people of the Faith that was handed down to us through the Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ, by His Holy Apostles, Saints, Martyrs, and Patristic Fathers… we cannot and must not discount the inner and outer struggles we will be facing ahead in these times when the Political elite in our country who sit in Washington, D.C. it is opined, have, by their own actions, failed us, turned a deaf ear upon us… allowed for the stripping of our U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights by making the way clear for the Satanic Religion of Islam (Muslims = Koran) and its Sharia Law to become imbedded into the national fabric… such that is attacking from within the rights of Christians both Orthodox Catholic and Protestant… as such is suspected, believed and opined to be promulgated by the closeted Muslim sitting in the White House and his present Secretary of State… as displayed by their actions and words more especially over these last four years toward the advancing Muslim Brotherhood in Arabic counties, Africa and around the world… People are going missing, found dead and worse; beaten, tortured, robbed, their Christian Temples (Churches) and Jewish Synagogues are destroyed and their clergy being maimed, tortured, raped, and murdered... even here in the U.S.A. much is being done that is killing people, by so-called deranged persons... medications? By those coming out of prison and others falling through the cracks of various government agencies failures to keep abreast to help those who are doing these things? Is it not right to look at the political climate of our times in both our Nation's Capital and our State and County agencies whose funding is being cut while yet our national debt increases due to over spending on things this country should not be involved in? 

Are these things a mass psychological, political activity taking shape to further destroy this nation?

We must take a moment of silence and pray also because various people are gone from our midst and many others have been murdered due to, again… politics and valueless morals …  for by this moment of silence… we ask for strength to physically, mentally, emotionally and most of all spiritually, do that which is right in the sight of God and this country to turn ours around or, at least, stave off the horrors that are about to descend upon us and  become even worse both economically, politically, and spiritually (destruction of Christianity) for whom such has been and is being altered and modified by those we’ve mentioned, in such ways whereby it will eventually be in itself, valueless… and cause, as it is now, more fear, causing disgust in people and their far reaching belief in seeking for entertainments, in their churches... making people and society more of an entertainment mentality. Political manipulation of the populace, is an approach to the whims of people who have become lazy, lax, inordinate… and are willing to take from the hand of Government… that which is a cancer from within this nation… Many of those, it is opined, were fighting against what our government is doing to US... who are disappearing, have disappeared, have died… through school shootings, some people having indulged in things that have affected them mentally as may be brought on by improper psychiatric care and other things, induced a craze of killings which is opined to be the manipulative arm of our present nation’s government in order to produce more fear in the general population, society as whole. National, State and local government agencies have had to tighten their fiscal belts... while our nation goes further into debt due to a crazy White House and Congress.

Yes… these things are believed to be on-going… the incident of 911 is far more than what people have been told, as was the incident in Benghazi where Ambassador Stevens was gang raped and then murdered it was reported, not by the regular electronic news media you see and hear on national television…yet… lest we forget… our history is ripe with incidents where government, including persons in the White House, had to ask forgiveness and another to resign because of lies, lies and more lies… creating an atmosphere of distrust from the people they are supposed to represent… and it has become far worse now… Clinton, then Bush, then the present one and his Secretary of State… such things that are being reported about these purported ‘leaders’ and authorities and incidents which many believed they have lied about… says much about people in themselves… and why we have such an increase in the destruction of life as becoming it would also appear… to be a main diet of national crisis.  Beatings by one ethnic group on Jewish people in some major cities… and on people of non-violent lifestyles.. and the story goes on…

So, it is asked that YES… please, I implore you… take a moment of silence and devote it to honest, from the core of your heart and soul, PRAYER... for the known and unknown lost ones, missing ones, reposed ones… for our very Christian faith is at stake which is OUR HUMANITY!  

Read the messages below for this month please... I pray for you, in spirit and in truth... will you please pray for me?

 

+ Joseph Thaddeus (Stanford), O.S.B., SSJt., PhD. (P.Psych., D.D.) 

The most unworthy repentant sinner and fool for Jesus Christ in the vineyard  of this life!
Metropolitan Archbishop, Archabbot, Primate

"Prejudice Makes Prisoners of the Hated and the Hater"

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January 5, 2013

An Addendum to the previous posting...

 

   Inasmuch as the following item I had posted a week ago prior to the beginning of the New Year, I post this for all of you to consider....

 

    With this New Year having begun... what should we consider for ourselves, our local area, our nation, our Church?  Everything seems to be multi-fractured and falling apart in slow degrees, but speeding up day by day.  You don't see or feel it happening, you say?  Hmmm!  Says much about your keeping your head in the sand.  One cannot necessarily believe everything reported by the news media and there is much that goes unreported which some believe became more intense on, around or just before the Clinton and Bush eras. 

 

    For many of those who have been or are Orthodox Catholic or Old (roman) Catholic - they have been asking questions, in part, and talking to their various congregations as well.  This is a good start!

 

    But for those of us who have reached our very senior years... there is an alarm that keeps going off in our hearts and souls!  An alarm that comes from the Holy Ghost (Spirit) which says we must pray hard!  That says that in banding together, setting aside any and all differences, applying the Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ more formidably than just giving lip service and worshipping on the Seventh Day each week... going further to where we apply the Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ and PRAY every day... Harder than ever before.... talking with others who are of the same belief and understanding, is a true beginning.  Cementing friendships by letting go of differences!  No matter what the distance may be between you and them... and no matter what the differences may be... cement those relations now before it becomes too late to do so!  And, as the history of the Russian Orthodox Church shows when Russia became a communist nation and then.... what clergy went through during World War II ... and what some clergy went through in Korea, Vietnam... and more... Cement relations now before it becomes to late.  Make clear cut strategies now... agree... PRAY ... and agree again... and PRAY HARDER again!

 

    Do those things now while there is the ability to do so! 

 

    I am not usually an alarmist... and I have no desire to scare any one... but the truth of the matter is that the pressure cooker of society has been building up for several or more decades... many of you know this to be true! 

 

    God does help them who try to do those things to correct the damages done and to those who know how, in action and in word, to say: "I forgive you!"  But how many actually do those things and say those things?  Not many in these days. Far too many believe that just by praying alone, without doing any THING to help themselves in various situations, is enough!  Not so true!  One has to do that which they can do to stave off the situation from getting worse.  And, by trying... yes... TRYING... at least it is a beginning.  PRAYER is always needed... that is a true statement... But physical and mental application to come to resolutions to repair a situation or to lessen the burden of another and self... is the means by which God knows our heart, mind and soul even more!  He does know us!  But do we know ourselves?  Do you?

 

    There are two articles that I suggest you might want to read... which brings closer the understandings I am referencing in part... even though there are many others, I find these two articles to be encompassing of what is happening and what should be a warning to you... Click Here to View the first article!     Click Here to View the second article!

 

    I've been watching far too many of our young adults (not all, but a greater majority it would seem to appear) who have become less interested in being 'organized' in matters of environment, in matters of being involved in the true Faith as opposed to the 'New Christianity" which is not of the root, ground and base of all things truly Christian... especially given the so-called "newer" versions of the Holy Bible that has been altered and changed by those who have a religious and political bent!  This too can be corrected, but only in small degrees over a period of time and through intensive and artful crafting of strategies that shows forth the root, ground and base of the life and teachings of Jesus Christ and His Holy Apostles!

 

    I pray for you... I haven't lost my mind... Will you pray for me and contemplate these many things already written about?

 

+ Joseph Thaddeus (Stanford), O.S.B., SSJt., PhD. (P.Psych., D.D.) 

The most unworthy repentant sinner and fool for Jesus Christ in the vineyard  of this life!
Metropolitan Archbishop, Archabbot, Primate

"Prejudice Makes Prisoners of the Hated and the Hater"

 

 

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To you who view this missive

for the new year of 2013

Blessings indeed, especially to

all who are my spiritual children...

In the name of the +Father, the

+Son, Jesus Christ, and the +Holy Ghost... Amen!

 

    I am a man of this world and not enough of the other. 

 

    Yet I have more to apprehend of this spiritual struggle while in this life for the life to come..

 

    Pray with sincerity of heart, mind and soul for the patience, humility and obedience which can only come from and through +Jesus Christ and the +Holy Ghost here below...

 

    Truthfully, dear ones in the vineyard of this life, I am often vexed by the lack of many who, for the most part, are ungracious and unforgiving of others no matter what has or has not, been done in life.  Jesus Christ has taught us to "Forgive" and "Forgive" again and again.  Yet, far too many have imbibed of the very thing(s) that we should not!  Thus their self-image by association is often the cause for what appears to be an "un-forgiving" nature in them.

 

    I am reminded of something that I asked our Webmaster to post in 2011... And it goes this way:

"The following comes to us from a General Confession which the Mother Superior uses for all the sisters at Midnight Services.  I feel such is good for us to learn something important from this for the same may be applied to our own daily prayers for which we seek Forgiveness from the Lord our God who is the Source of all life and abundance.

 

    O my Savior!  I have promised to devote my whole life to Thee, to fill my whole soul with love for Thee alone!  I examine my heart and find myself guilty.

 

    I have sinned through lack of faith, spiritual indifference, feebleness in fasting and prayer, irreverence before holy things, the lack of fear of God....

 

    I do not want anyone or anything to stand in the way of my movement toward Thee, O Jesus Christ!  Now I ask myself is this so?  And, I find that many things have prevailed over me: food, clothing, warmth, the comforts of life, attachments, and every kind of passion...

 

    In loving Thee, O Lord, I wanted to have holy love for my neighbor, but look upon myself and see how I am proud, self-loving, easily offended, envious, jealous, irritable and so on... (here one could name other sins).  And how much complaining, impatience, judging, and every kind of ill will toward others I find in myself.

 

    Forgive, O God, all my sins, enlighten my mind with the light of Thine understanding, strengthen my sluggish, weak soul, which always inclines my will toward evil; cleanse my passionate heart and breathe into it a striving for purity, chastity, humility, meekness, calmness, mildness, simplicity, and, more importantly, love for Thee, O my Most Sweet Jesus, so that I might be with Thee forever.  Amen!

 

    While the service does not end here: the sisters then ask forgiveness of one another, prostrating themselves at each other's feet and being reconciled.  Then, after singing the touching hymn, "O Most Sweet and Most Generous Jesus!" they silently go their own cells. "

 

    Truthfully, the prayer applies to my unworthy self as well!  As it also applies to every clergyman in the vineyard of this life without exception!  The slightest sin of commission and omission is equal to the greatest sin ever except the sin of Blasphemy against the Holy Ghost... Remember that!  It applies to you as much as it applies to me, and probably more me than you in spirit and in truth!

 

    On knowing a bit more of what is happening and taking place both within our borders and outside of them; I am vexed by thoughts that many of you are so unprepared in your spirit, that it is a matter of understanding human nature, whereby the majority of you will respond to forthcoming events and situations in a manner that is... fend for yourself attitudes and actions.  Sounds a bit crazy?  May be!  Yet, the most one can do is to arm themselves with that which may be necessary to keep home and those you care about, together!  No matter what one does, it holds nothing compared to the strength and power of PRAYER!  PRAYER FROM THE HEART!  It is most vital that you understand this! 

 

    Do not blame God for your present or future situations and the events to come... for mankind is responsible!  You are responsible... and thus, what befalls one is that which they have brought on themselves whether intentional or not! As a person, as a group, as a nation.... You have allowed things to take place or which will take place where your situation or event... will be the result of your actions (or lack of them), by your thoughts and your life-styles, not just homosexual but also includes the heterosexual lifestyles as well for all are to blame... whether intentional or unintentional!  Those are the TRUE FACTS!  And PRAYER is the only means by which some of those things can be mitigated... Not saying they will be... but that they CAN BE through PRAYER, SINCERE FROM-THE-HEART PRAYER! 

 

    I am not necessarily an "Alarmist" or "doomsday" type of person.... but, there are many who have viewed our Website with such thoughts that I (and those with me) are (as a result of our DAILY NEWS section)!  Far be it for me to say that we are not!  What we have posted are such that leads you to information to substantiate or negate those things... Yet, as human nature being what it is with mankind, someone has to be blamed in your way of thinking.  Do not blame the messengers for carrying the message... look elsewhere!

 

        The same holds true as regards those of differing religions and doctrines.  The individual is not so much to blame are their leaders.  Many of Islam are, as individuals, very - - - very good people!  But their religion, their doctrines and what they have to abide by or eventually abide by is what I take issue with as do many of the various so-called "CHRISTIAN" groups be they of the Roman Jurisdiction of the Catholic Church as well as the Orthodox jurisdictions of the Catholic Church... and those of the various Protestant persuasions... As an individual, as a person, many are very, very decent and loving people.  Yet, again, their theologies and doctrines are at issue. 

 

    An Orthodox attitude exists which says, according to the teachings: However here, I must warn you about something... Our times, my friends, are attempting to create (and here we must all listen very closely because we are all infected); our times are attempting to create a Christianity with no distress — a Christianity full of compromises and comforts. We refuse to hear about any discomfort or distress in one's spiritual struggles. This is one of the two great dangers that threaten our Church today.

 

    The first danger is secularization, and the second danger is ecumenism, or religious syncretism. These two great dangers threaten the Church as we are speaking. I will repeat. Secularization compromises the Gospel to fit the formulas of this world. It allows the “phronema” or the mindset of the world to enter the Gospel. It offers a politically correct Gospel, so we do not offend those who are in love with their passions and it presents a Gospel that embraces the adulterer, the fornicators, and all the liars without any need for repentance. As John Shelby Spong, [the Episcopal bishop of Newark NJ for 24 years and who retired in 2000] puts it, “Christianity must undergo radical changes if it is to be relevant in the next century.” He proposes a new theological reformation that alters the way we think about God, no more, no less, a new Christianity that fits our rationalism; to recreate God according to our passions (a tremendous danger); a Christianity without Christ, a Christianity without the God-man, a Christianity that will pave the way to worship the Antichrist.

    The second danger is ecumenism, or religious syncretism which is peace at the expense of truth. The disease of ecumenism has infected a number of Metropolitans, Archbishops, Bishops and regular priests and monks. In 1989, the Patriarch of Alexandria affirmed that the Prophet Mohammed is an apostle and a man of god and those that are against Islam, and Buddhism, are not in agreement with God.

 

    A few bishops of Greece and a number of lay theologians protested heavily and spoke out, but only a few, only the remnant. Unfortunately, a retraction was not demanded by any one of the other Patriarchs, as far as we know, and this blasphemy was simply forgotten. All this is because today’s Christian is looking for a Christianity that does not cost anything, a spirituality in opposition to the cross, a spirituality that shuns sacrifice. This ceases to be spirituality because it lacks the presence of the Holy Ghost (Spirit); and it simply becomes a cheap substitute, a bankrupt form of spirituality. Such a spirituality does not have the Holy Ghost (Spirit) of God and it ends up as a humanistic spirituality, the one used by psychologists. They use this term loosely, psychologists use it, fine artists, soloists, poets, opera singers; and this spirituality has nothing to do with the Holy Spirit of God. The Holy Ghost (Spirit) has fled from this sort of spirituality.

 

    I have to agree with Monk Michael in what he has indicated - - - that there will come a time in which we must throw out the door our various differences as a CHRISTIAN people and come to accept them (not their doctrines or false theologies) so that we can help each other no matter who they be as a person!  Not to do so, especially during the END TIMES which many believe has already begun - - - and when the END TIMES does reach its heights the will indeed be disastrous for those people and our very selves unless they accept whatever is required by society, the government, etc.  We must still abide by that which we hold true and dear insofar as abiding by the  Ecumenical Councils, etc.  But the people themselves will need our help as much, and may be even more, as we may need their help too if we do not accept and maintain our very faith against the will of those in power! 

 

     In all these things I am not afraid for myself as I am so for you and those who you hold near and dear in your spirit and in truth!  Take time and meditate on these many things... PRAY hard and out of sincerity!  Sharia law of the Muslim (Satanic Religion of Islam) is not in accord with that of the Christian and Jew because the God of the Muslim (Islam) is a moon god...

 

    Lastly, you may notice that I've modified my motto of "Prejudice Makes Prisoners of the Hated and the Hater" with the addition of "It is far easier to kill, maim, and destroy life than it is to heal, bless, pray for and forgive another no matter who they are or what they have done..."  I firmly believe these two things.  Do you? Let me know by clicking on the e-mail icon scroll below. 

 

    Therefore I can only ask, pray for me as I do pray for you! 

 

                            

+ Joseph Thaddeus (Stanford), O.S.B., SSJt., PhD. (P.Psych., D.D.) 

The most unworthy repentant sinner and fool for Jesus Christ in the vineyard  of this life!
Metropolitan Archbishop, Archabbot, Primate

"Prejudice Makes Prisoners of the Hated and the Hater"

 

 

and:  "It is far easier to kill, maim, and destroy another life than it is to heal, affirm, bless, pray for and forgive another no matter who they are or what they have done..."
 

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DISCLAIMER NOTICE: The views expressed at this website regarding any article not directly connected to religious content is the opinion or commentary of the author which we may not necessarily believe in, accept or support, and some religious articles we may not accept or support either. We take no responsibility or liability for the content of any news item or article presented as any information provided which you rely upon requires that you, the reader/viewer, take action to verify its worthiness on your own.  We have deduced to a minor degree, that the information provided by the author is such that warrants posting for you the viewer/reader only... and that any statements or purported facts, including any news item, is for you to verify as to its authenticity.  We take no liability and no responsibility for its accuracy whatsoever! You who are new visitors, may wish to read a very short article below entitled "The purpose for presenting our Daily News section" Sadly to say, we take no pleasure in stating that some of the items we post are not from what we would call true "Christian" organizations. But we post it because it provides another side of the proverbial story.  The Church, after all, is supposed to be a temple for sick souls (sinners) without distinction between their worse sins or otherwise, but it seems to some organizations that they say much about others, but fail and refuse to upbraid themselves and their members for their own sins...)

 

"Never, never, never let anyone tell you that, in order to be Orthodox, you must also be eastern. The West was Orthodox for a thousand years, and her venerable liturgy is far older than any of her heresies."

 

- Blessed St. John Maximovitch of Shanghai and San Francisco

The purpose for presenting this Daily News section:

Daily News is very important to those who are true Orthodox Catholic Christians.  For without knowing or gaining information for understanding about what is happening in one's local area and around the world, you could  find yourself faced with denied services in the secular area, lack of income, even (although it sounds far-fetched) ability to worship openly for the time is not far off when all will have to decide if they wish to follow the Anti-Christ through the One World Church and One World Government as prophesied by the Apocalypse, the Book of Revelation of St. John or follow the faith delivered once and for all which will cause for many to be denied the abilities to survive under those kind of conditions, causing for one to consider other options. 

 

Many of those who subscribe to, and some who have caused or are the cause for, these things to happen are involved in or with the Roman Jurisdiction of the Catholic Church (which is not the seat of all things "Catholic") as well as its protestant daughters such as the cultic Jehovah's Witnesses, the Pentecostal Churches, the Church of Latter Day Saints also known as the Mormon Church and far too many more to list. 

 

Yet, at this web site we do provide some of the reasons about why they are opined to be the harbingers of that which is prophesied in Holy Scripture for the bringing about of the End Times which we have already entered.  It is not necessarily their individual members or parishioners that should be blamed since they are only the "Sheep" and not the Shepherds... So do not think we castigate individual people of themselves as we castigate those "money changers" who Jesus Christ chased out of His Father's House as the Bible Describes; for they exist in these present times too - - - more as Sanhedrin and Pharisees.

 

Events are already rushing toward that time in which this is beginning to happen and will become more fully wide-spread. In these present times all you need to really do is look around both your local and larger areas as to what is really on-going through.  Things so very little or miniscule that they are barely noticeable except to the more informed observer may become apparent. 

Those little things are the laws of the land, economics, politics, the degrading and erosion of those rights and liberties afforded by the Constitution of these United States of America (we include the Bill of Rights) and many other things such as the manner with which entertainments have taken over much of the populace, entering into and becoming a major focus in worship, and more. 

We ask you, if you don't want to believe us... Have you heard, seen or found what is termed (of the many terms being used) that there are "holding areas" or "camps" or "Closed/Fenced communities" being built by GOVERNMENT? 

Here in North America, especially in the United States of America, we must admit that what Russia has come out of (a communistic, atheist country) we are entering into.  And one last thing that needs also to be understood... Something very important to those of you who are "Catholic" in the Roman sense of its jurisdiction....   And, we believe this also holds true for many who are "Orthodox" whether "Eastern" or "Western"....

[ * Non-Denominational = Synchrestic Ecumenism, Disease of Scholasticism, altering the Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ to accommodate the disease of Political Correctness and CULTIC PROTESTANTISM, and the Roman Jurisdiction (Latin Church = Vatican) of the Catholic Church) breaking of - or failure and refusal to respect and abide by  - the ancient Seven Ecumenical "Do Not" Canons which leaves everything else open to God's gift of creativity... failure & refusal to abide by and have respect for those who diligently protect one of the other Pillars of the Church, the Seals of the Confessional, but "Non-Denominational" also includes worshiping Satan's religion of Muslim, Islam by praying with them and other heretics such as 'Pentecostalism,' 'Jehovah's Witnesses,' 'Mormons,' 'Church of Christ,' any so-called church with "Community Church" in their nomenclature and others who by their false and misleading dogmas and doctrines are actually against the Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ upon whom and for exacting reason we are called "Christian" in both spirit and truth from which non-denominational protestant sectarian claimants have departed from as being so-called Christian] Only a skilled spiritual father can help you!

Remember: You cannot ride two horses or serve two masters for one of them will be harmed by your thoughts, your very words and your actions which is to blaspheme the Holy Ghost (Spirit) who will depart from you.  And when the Holy Spirit departs, the great deceiver (unbeknownst to you) will rush in to fill the void under disguise of being the Holy Spirit!  Testing of the Holy Spirit to insure it is the Holy Spirit does not, for many a Sectarian Protestant and Roman, work because the Great Deceiver (Satan) is most skilled in worming and snaking his charms around your mind and heart to feign being the Holy Spirit.  Remember, Satan has the same gifts similar to the Holy Spirit but Satan's gifts are UN-HOLY and lead all who accept him (unbeknownst to you) to perdition.

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- Blessed St. +John Maximovitch of Shanghai and San Francisco

 

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