From the Wreck We Rise To Take possession of our own souls!

From: The Most Rev. Joseph Thaddeus, O.S.B, SSJt., Ph.D.

Metropolitan Archbishop, Archabbot, Primate

          After writing to several different inmates in prison as well as a worthy Monk in Michigan and reading words of wisdom, I have come to writing this which is nothing more than what those before me have attempted to say in various ways.  If it greets your mental molecules with some semblance of spiritual and material (earthy or earthly) understanding; use it to grow within for the life to come after this life!

Who shall separate us from the Love of (Jesus) Christ?” (Romans 8:35)

By your patience possess your souls” (Luke 21:19)

          God does not keep His children immune from troubles; He promises, “I will be with him in trouble…” (Psalm 91:15).  It doesn’t matter how real or intense the adversities may be; nothing can ever separate you from your relationship to God if you are honest and sincere in your struggle to be a true “follower” of the Life and Teachings of His Son, Jesus Christ!

          “In all these things we are more than conquerors… (Romans 8:37).  Paul was not referring here to imaginary things, but to things that are dangerously real.  And, he said that we are “super-victors” in the midst of them, not because of our own ingenuity, nor because of our courage, but because none of them affects our essential relationship with God in Jesus Christ. 

          We must feel sorry and pray for them who do not have something in the circumstances of his or her life that s/he wishes were not there.

          “Shall tribulation . . . ?” Tribulation is never a grand, highly welcomed event; but whatever it may be --- whether exhausting, irritating, or simply causing some weakness --- it is not able to “separate us from the love of Jesus Christ.” Never allow tribulations or the “cares of this world” to separate you from remembering that God loves you (Matthew 13:22).

          “Shall . . . distress . . . .? Can God’s love continue to hold fast, even when everyone and everything around us seems to be saying that His love is a lie, and that there is no such thing as justice?

          “Shall . . . famine . . .? Can we not only believe in the love of God but also be “more than conquerors,” even while we are being starved?  And what if that “starving” is such for spiritual food more than material or earthly food?

          Either Jesus Christ is a deceiver, having deceived even Paul, or else some extraordinary thing happens to someone who holds on to the love of God when the odds are totally against him or her.  Logic is silenced in the face of each of these things which come against him.  Only one thing can account for it - - -  the love of God in Jesus Christ.  Out of the wreck we find ourselves, we can rise every time!

          When we rise, we can take possession of our own souls. 

          We are born in this physical reality, this materiality or earthly existence.  But when we are baptized, we are born again. And, when a person is born again, there is a period of time when he or she does not have the same vitality in his or her thinking or reasoning that previously existed, if they are true, honest, and sincere. 

          We must learn to express this new life within us, which comes by forming the mind of Jesus Christ (see Philippians 2:5).

          Luke 21:19 means that we take possession of our souls through patience, through sincere and honest prayer, through meditation, contemplation and right or true worship of God, even in our actions of haste, we must mentally and physically take control and let God do the work when we mortal humans have done what we could to the best of our ability… then let God, through honest and sincere prayer, step in!  If your prayer is truly of your own heart and mind, then from the depths of your soul, God will Step in!  Jesus Christ will aide and assist.  It may not be an easy thing for you to understand the “how” – but He will!  With patience!

          But far too many prefer to stay at the entrance to the true Christian life instead of going on to create and build our soul in accordance with the new life God has placed within us. .

          We fail because we are ignorant of the way God has made us, and we blame things on the devil or other people, even blaming God Himself…  that are actually the result of our own undisciplined natures.  Just think what we could be when we are awakened to the truth!

          There are certain things in life that we need not pray about - - - moods, for instance.  We will never get rid of moodiness by praying, but we will be kicking it out of our lives.  Moods nearly always are rooted in some physical circumstance, not in our true inner self.  It is a continual struggle not to listen to the moods which arise as a result of our physical condition, but we must never submit to them for a second. 

          We have to pick ourselves up by the back of the proverbial “spiritual” neck and shake ourselves; then we will find that we can do what we believed we were able to do. 

          The problem that most of us are cursed with is simply that we won’t! The true Christian life is one of spiritual courage and determination lived out in our flesh, by our thoughts, our very words and actions.  This means going to confession, doing penance, Honest and sincere prayer from the heart.  Nothing else can abrogate this!

          “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you(Matthew 6:33).

           May this be worthy of your deepest contemplations, meditations and considerations for daily needs..

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

Metropolitan Archbishop, Archabbot, Primate


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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.

 

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 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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