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"GOD"  

PERSONAL, CARING                                ...OR BLIND ENERGY?   (excerpts from a thesis)                                                                    
                            Sister Jean Marie of the Sacred Heart, OCD  

 
 

 YAHWEH (meaning)

     "I AM, WHO AM WITH YOU"

          is My Name" (Exodus 3:14)

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Part III.   EXPERIMENTAL 

 

   KNOWLEDGE OF GOD: 
 

"He that loves Me, shall be loved by My Father: and I will love him and will manifest myself to Him"   (John 14:21)

GOD'S MANIFESTATIONS ARE MANY AND VARIED.  But once a person has been touched by God, he/she knows the Presence of a Personal Loving Father.  The Scripture connotation of a just man is one that "walks with God" (Gen.5:22;6:9) that takes Yahwey as his Friend and constant companion in life; who knows 'God loves me' and seeks in truth to please and love Him in return.

"If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word, and My Father will lovehim, and we will come to him and make our home in him" (John 14:23) There is an experimental knowledge of God that is the peace of a Presence accompanied by inner joy.  Sometimes this is predominantly an experience of intellectual light, sometimes of love and sometimes of both.  God becomes a constant Presence in our lives giving clarity of understanding, strength in the  midst of weakness, and serenity in the time of sorrow. 

Christ says,: "I no longer call you servants because the servant does not know what his Master does.  I call you friends because all that I have heard of the Father I have made known to you"  (John 15:15).   The following writings are signs of God's living work in souls.

 

WRITINGS OF HOLY SOULS ENLIGHTENED BY GOD'S SPIRIT:
                        (What follows is an unfinished work that shall more and more be added to as time allows)

 

 

   JULIAN OF NORWICH, Anchoress of 13th Century England: "All Shall Be Well"

              

"Our Lord showed that a deed shall be done, and He shall do it, and mankind shall do nothing but sin, and sin shall not prevent his Goodness from working...God has ordained two great works, this one shall be known sooner ("appointed time").  And the time shall be when we come to heaven (2nd Coming). It is known that I have done miracles before, many, most high, He showed that I should take it wisely, faithfully, and trustingly.  But what this deed should be was kept secret from me.  And I saw that He wills not that we dread to know the things He shows.  He shows them because He would have us know them.  By which knowing He would have us love Him and have endless joy in Him.  And so as I have done, I do now continually, and shall do in coming of time.  It is known that before miracles come sorrow and anquish and tribulation, that we should know our own weakness and feebleness, to make us meek and to cry to God for help and grace.  Miracles come after that, and they come of the high Might, Wisdom and Goodness of God.  Then means He thus:  He will that we be not borne over low for sorrow and tempests that fall to us; for it has ever been so before miracle-coming."  (Writings, Chap.36)

 

"Our Lord said: 'All things shall be well' (2nd work).  There are evil deeds and so great harms taken, that it seems to us that it were impossible that ever it should come to a good end.  And thus in these five words, "I make all things well" ('End Time'), I understand a mighty comfort of all the works of our Lord God that are yet to come.  There is a Deed the which the Blessed Trinity shall do in the last Days and when the Deed shall be and how it shall be done is unknown to all creatures that are beneath Christ and shall be till when it is done.  (The Goodness and the Love of our Lord God wills that we learn that it shall be.  And the Might and the Wisdom of Him by the same Love will hide it.)  And the cause why He wills that we know this Deed shall be, is that he would have us more eased in our soul and peaced in love.  This is that Great Deed ordained of our Lord God from without beginning, treasured and hid in His Blessed Breast, only known to Himself; by which Deed He shall make all things well.  For as the Blissful Trinity made all things of naught, right so the same Blessed Trinity shall make well all that is not well.  Our Faith is grounded in God's word, and it belongs to our Faith that we believe that God's word shall be saved in all things.  This this is the Great Deed that our Lord shall do, in which Deed He shall save His word in all things and He shall make all well that is not well." (Chap.32)

 

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 

CHRIST'S CHURCH

 

ST. JOHN BOSCO,

Priest,  Vision of

the Bark of

Peter in Storm:

 

 

 
THE VISION OF THE TWO COLUMNS:  On May 30, 1862  Don Bosco recounted that, in a dream, he had seen an immense sea, on which a great many ships were arranged for battle, against a larger and taller ship.  He also saw others which were defending the tall ship.  Here are his words:
"In the midst of this endless sea, two solid columns, a short distance apart, soar  high into the sky.  One is surmounted by a statue of the Immaculate Virgin, at whose feet a large inscription reads:  "Help of Christians".  The other, far loftier and sturdier, supports a Host (Holy Eucharist) of proportionate size, and bears beneath it the inscription,  "Salvation of Believers".
 

The flagship commander - the Roman Pontiff - standing at the helm, strains every muscle to steer his ship between the two columns, from whose summit hang many anchors, and strong hooks linked to chains.  The entire enemy fleet closes in, to intercept and sink the flagship at all costs.  They bombard it with everything they

have:  books and pamphlets, incendiary bombs, firearms, cannons.  The battle rages ever more furious.  Beaked prows ram the flagship again and again, but to no avail, as, unscathed and undaunted, it keeps on its course.  At times, a formidable ram splinters a gaping hole into its hull, but, immediately, a breeze from the two columns

seals the gash.

 

Meanwhile, enemy cannons blow up; firearms and beaks fall to pieces; ships crack up and sink to the bottom.  In blind fury, the enemy takes to hand-to-hand combat, cursing and blaspheming.  Suddenly the Pope falls, seriously wounded.  He is instantly helped up, but struck a second time, dies.  A shout of victory rises from the enemy, and wild rejoicing sweeps their ships.  But no sooner is the Pope dead, than another takes his place.  The captains of the auxiliary ships elected him so quickly, that the news of the Pope's death coincides with that of his successor's election.  The enemy's self-assurance wanes.

 
Breaking through all resistance, the new Pope steers his ship safely between the two columns; first, to the one surmounted by the Host, and then to the other, topped by the statue of the Virgin.  At this point, something unexpected happens.  The enemy ships panic and disperse, colliding with and scuttling each other.
 

Some auxiliary ships, which had gallantly fought alongside their flagship, are the first to tie up at the two columns.  Many others, which had fearfully kept far away from the fight, stand still, cautiously waiting until the wrecked enemy ships vanish under the waves.  Then they, too, head for the two columns, tie up at the swinging hooks, and ride safe and tranquil beside the flagship. 

"A great calm now covers the sea".

 

 
THE PROCESSION (St. John Bosco):  "And to you, Rome, what will happen? You admire nothing else in your Sovereign except luxury, forgetting that you and your glory stands upon Golgotha.  Now he is old, defenseless, and despoiled; and yet at his word, the word of one who was in bondage, the whole world trembles.  The Sin will have its end.  And before two full moons of the month of the flowers will have run their course, the rainbow of peace will rise above the earth...There shall come a great warrior from the North carrying a banner and on the right hand that supports it is written:  "THE IRRESISTIBLE HAND OF THE LORD" At that very moment there went out to meet him the Venerable Old Man of Lazio (Pope) with a brilliantly glowing torch.  The banner then increased in size and turned from black to snow white.  In the middle of the banner, in letters of gold, there was written THE NAME OF HIM WHO IS ABLE TO DO ALL THINGS.  The warrior with his men bowed and shook hands with the Venerable Old Man power of the Lord is in His hands.  He scatters His enemies as a cloud.  The Venerable Old Man attires himself in all his ancient raiment.  There will come again a violent hurricane.  Iniquity is consummated.   
 
PROPHECY OF

PREMOL - 5th Century

War, war, war! Civil and foreign wars! Mourning and death everywhere! Famine over the whole world.  Why, O Lord, dost Thou not stop all this with Thy arm?  The cities are destroyed , the natural elements are set loose, the earth quakes everywhere.  But mercy, mercy for Rome! 

 
But Thou hearest not my entreaties, and Rome also collapses in tumult.  And I see the King of Rome with his Cross and his tiara, shaking the dust off his shoes, and hastening in his flight to other shores. 
 

Thy Church, O Lord, is torn apart by her own children.  One camp is faithful to the fleeing Pontiff, the other is subject to the new government of Rome which has broken the Tiara.  But Almigbty God will, in His mercy, put an end to this confusion and a new age will begin.  Then, said the Spirit, this is the beginning of the End of Time"

 

 

 

 

MARY LATASTE - 1847

 

       During three years and a little more, this city (Rome) shall appear overcome.  But my Mother will come down to that city: She will take the hand of the old man sitting on the throne, and will say to him:  Lo! the hour is come; rise up; behold thy enemies! I make them disappear, one after the other, and they shall disappear forevermore.  Thou hast given me glory both on earth and in heaven.  Behold, men venerate thy name, venerate thy courage, venerate thy power; thou shall live, and I will live with thee.  Dry up thy tears, old man; I bless thee!"

 

 

BLESSED SISTER KATARINA EMMERICK - 1774-1824

 

"I saw a strange church being built against every rule...No angels were supervising the building operations. There was only division and chaos. There was something proud, presumptuous, and violent about it, and they seemed to be very successful.  I did not see a single Angel nor a single saint helping in the work.  I saw also the relationship between the two popes...I saw how baleful would be the consequences of this false Church.  I saw it increase in size; heretics of every kind came into the  city.  The local clergy grew lukewarm, and I saw a great darkness ...Then the vision seemed to extend on every side.  Whole Catholic communities were being oppressed, harassed, confined, and deprived of their freedom.  I saw many churches close down, great miseries everywhere, wars and bloodshed.  A wild and ignorant mob took to violent action.  But it did not last long.  I saw again the Blessed Virgin ascend on the Church and spread her mantle.  I saw a Pope who was at once gentle, and very firm...I saw a great renewal, and the Church rose high in the sky."

 

 

ST TERESA OF AVILA

 

Once in prayer, with much recollection, sweetness, and repose, I saw myself, as it seemed to me, surrounded by angels, and was close unto God...I began to intercede with His Majesty on behalf of the Church.  I was given to understand the great services which a particular Order would render in the latter days, and the courage with which its members would maintain the faith (Blessed Anne of St. Bartholomew, Carmelite & St Teresa's traveling companion says "The Order is Ours" -  National Library of Madrid)

 

(The following visions are all part of the above but under different variations.  The "Large Book" is always Scripture;

Elijah is the spiritual father of the Carmelite Order, founded by the early hermits on Mt Carmel in Palestine.)

 

"I had a vision of a Saint, whose Order was in some degree fallen.  In his hands he held a LARGE BOOK which he opened.  And then told me, "In times to come this Order will flourish; it will have many martyrs".  

On another occasion, when I was at Matins in choir, six or seven persons (apocalyptic symbol - 7 angels), who seemed to me to be of this Oder, appeared and stood before me with swords in their hands.  The meaning of that, as I think, is that they are to be defenders of the faith, for at another time, when I was in prayer, I fell into a trance, and stood in spirit on a wide plain, where many persons were fighting; and the members of this Order were fighting with great zeal. Their faces were beautiful, and as it were on fire.  Many they laid low on the ground defeated, others they killed.  It seemed to me to be a battle with heretics."

 

 

CARMEN GENESIS

Francis Thompson (excerpts)

 

Sing how the uncreated Light  Moved first upon the deep and night…Creation’s primal plot…:

And what thy Maker in the whole Worked, little maker, in thy soul Thou work’st, and men know not….

Elias, when thou comest! Yea, Mak’st straight the intelligential way For God to pace into…I start, Thy secrets lie so bare!

 
 

 

 

 

LILY OF THE KING

Poem by Francis Thompson

 

O Lily of the King!  low lies thy silver wing,
And long has been the hour of thine unqueening;

AND THY SCENT OF PARADISE
           ON THE NIGHT-WIND SPILLS ITS SIGHS,

NOR ANY TAKE THE SECRETS OF ITS MEANING.

O Lily of the King, I speak a heavy thing,
O patience, most sorrowful of daughters! 
Lo, the hour is at had for the troubling of the land,
And red shall be the breaking of the waters.

Sit fast upon thy stalk, when the blast with thee shall talk,

With the mercies of the King for thine awning; AND THE JUST UNDERSTAND THAT THINE HOUR IS AT HAND,  THINE HOUR IS AT HAND WITH POWER IN THE DAWNING.  When nations lie in blood, and their kings a broken brood,  Look up, O most sorrowful of daughters!  Lift up thy head and hark what sounds are in the dark, For His feet are coming to thee on the waters.                                                                                   

                           

 

O Lily of the King! I shall not see, that sing, I shall not see the hour of thy queening!

BUT MY SONG SHALL SEE, AND WAKE like a flower that dawn-winds shake,

AND SIGH WITH JOY THE ODORS OF ITS MEANING. 
O Lily of the King,
REMEMBER THEN THE THING
THAT THIS DEAD MOUTH SANG;
And thy daughters,
as they dance before HIS WAY... Sing there on The Day
WHAT I SANG WHEN THE NIGHT WAS ON THE WATERS!
 

 

 

THE LITTLE BLACK ROSE

Aubrey De Vere

 

The little black rose shall be red at last ;
What made it black but the march wind dry, And the tear of the widow that fell on it fast? It shall redden the hills when June is nigh.

 

The silk of the Kine shall rest at last;

What drove her forth but the dragon-fly?
In the golden vale she shall feed full fast

 
With her mild gold horn and slow dark eye. 

The wounded wood-dove lies dead at last! 
The pine long bleeding it shall not die!
This song is secretmine ear it passed In a wind on the plains at Athenry.

 

THE AFTER WOMAN (excerpts)

   Francis Thompson

 

Daughter of the newer Eve… The celestial traitress play,  And all mankind to bliss betray…Give me song, as She is, new…

FAIR, I HAD A DREAM OF THEE, When

When my young heart beat prophecy..

How my desire desired your day, …Then EDEN’S LOPPED TREE SHALL SHOOT AGAIN, For who Christ’s eyes shall miss, with those Eyes for evident nuncios…WHO SHALL NOT FEEL THE HEAVENS HID IMPEND, at the tremble of your lid…YEA, ’FORE THE SILVER APOCALYPSE FAIL, AT THE UNSEALING OF YOUR LIPS...When to love you is (O Christ’s spouse!)  To love the beauty of His house; 

THEN COME THE ISAIAN DAYS; the old Shall dream; and our young men behold Vision—yea, the vision of Thabor-mount…BECAUSE IN ALL MEN'S HEARTS SHALL BE THE SEEING AND THE PROPHECY...When Egypt’s spoils are Israel’s right And Day fulfils the ma arms of Night.  BUT HERE MY LIPS ARE STILL, UNTIL YOU AND  THE HOUR SHALL BE REVEALED,  THIS SONG IS SUNG, AND SUNG NOT, AND ITS WORDS ARE SEALED.

 

HUDSON VALLEY (excerpts)  - America

by Dag Hammarskjold  - First Secretary to the U.N.                   

 

 A warm autumn night...Far away a heart stops.

 On the drawing-room table  The BOOK became soiled,  And the text was lost.

 When the God's play They look for a string That has never been touched by men.

 May I be offered To that in the offering Which will be offered...

 Be pure and dare-- In this fight with the mountain, With myself against me...

 FOR HIM WHO HAS FAITH, THE LAST MIRACLE SHALL BE GREATER THAN THE FIRST.

 


 

  

                                                                               

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