What Is Trust? Week 1 Day 1

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I have received profound healing in my relationship with God through the Hearts A Fire retreat’s written by Fr. Michael Gaitley. 33 Days to Merciful Love is proving to be a beautiful and wonderful book that I believe is a gift to the Church for these times. We are now in a time where so many of us have been wounded by people and sometimes even by the Church herself.

hurt churchWhen the Church is who hurts us, we may be tempted to believe that God is not Good or that we are not good or deserving of anything good. I have met many people deeply and profoundly wounded by the Church. This has created a huge division in our world. I believe this book/retreat is a tool that can begin to heal division and bring all Christian souls together with one uniting purpose; to receive the merciful love of Jesus Christ and then to bring it to hurting souls in our broken world.

In the Catechism of the Catholic Church (397) it says that “Man, tempted by the devil, let his trust in his creator die in his heart…” lets talk about what this means. First of all we are all created in the image and likeness of God. Male or female we are icons of the truth, life and love of God walking around on earth and we are supposed to be making visible the invisible reality of God through the living our of our lives in union with God. However, when the devil comes and whispers his lies, we can in a sense, divorce ourselves from God and accept the proposal of the evil one.devil liar

Why do we do that? Because the father of lies wants us to believe that God is not trustworthy and does not want to honor our desires.  He begins by planting seeds of doubt. We doubt that God loves us, doubt that He desires to bless us, doubt that he will honor our desires. This doubt leads us to fear. In our fear, we may respond by grasping or taking instead of remaining in a place of trust.  Doubt means to be uncertain, to fear, to be afraid. Why do we plan and strive for what we think will bless us rather than wait for God’s timing or say on the matter? Because we are afraid and we hide ourselves. We turn away from God. Fear-is-a-Liar

Now that we understand that the evil one uses doubt to tempt us to believe his lies, we need to identify what our desires are and where we may have doubts so that we can invite the Holy Spirit it shine his flashlight of truth there and help us to come back into union with God.light

Dr. Phil says “you can’t change what you won’t acknowledge.” This is so true! We must first see where we are being lied to before we can divorce ourselves from the liar and come into union with God and his truth and will for our lives. If we pretend that we don’t need God or that what we are doing is God’s will when it isn’t we will remain miserable, lost and afraid.

By inviting the Holy Spirit in, we expose where the enemy of our soul (Satan) has put fear into our hearts. Adam and Eve were afraid and so they hid themselves. God desires for us to take off the fig leafs we hide behind. He wants us to not be afraid because He promises us that He will always show up. He wants to honor our desires and he wants to heap a double portion of blessings upon each of us. The question is, do we believe Him and what, if any, lies are obstacles to His truth coming alive in our hearts? One way to discover the answer to these questions is to journal. journalWhen we journal we contemplate, we meditate, we hold truth in our hearts and ponder it thus allowing it to be birthed within us. It is in this secret place where the Holy Spirit begins to speak to us. It is as if the Holy Spirit is a flashlight that illuminates things that we cannot see in the darkness. When we journal, our thoughts and emotions as well as our will is engaged and in this sacred place and time the Holy Spirit shines His healing light on the broken places in our hearts, minds and souls. He speaks to us gently there telling us what it is he wants us to know about his love for us.

After reading through “What is Trust” (Week 1 Day 1) I have put together some thoughts and questions to ponder and journal through.

Do we believe God is trustworthy? Are you afraid that God cannot be trusted to honor your heart’s desires?  Why or Why not?

Where have you felt God has not shown up in your life or where do you feel you are still waiting for him to bless you?

Think of one memory in which God did show up or bless you?

What is it that you desire God to do in your life?

Now quietly pray to the Holy Spirit to come and shine a light on this desire and ask Him to show you what He wants you to know about this desire of your heart.

 

Prayer: Come, Holy Spirit, fire of mercy, Help me better to know the great and unsurpassable goodness of God. Amen

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Hell Is Proof That God Loves Us

sign heaven hellThe fact that hell exists is proof of God’s love.  Without a choice to go to hell there is no free will, there are no choices, there is no love.  If there was not a hell, then God could not honor our choice to reject Him.  Hell makes choosing God possible, without there is no choice.  If there were not a choice to go to hell we would be animals, without choice, relying on our instincts to dictate our lives.

Does God pre-destine a soul to go to hell? The short answer is no.   According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church Predestined means that we are selected for divine adoption by an eternal decree of God (Eph 1:4). “Predestination is a mystery revealed but not fully understood; what we know for certain is that God is free to act as he chooses (Ps 135:6) and man is free to accept or reject his blessings (Rom 2:6-8; Sir 15:11-13). No one is predestined by God for eternal damnation” (CCC 1037).

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Predestined and predetermined are two different things.  We are in fact predestined for heaven.  The old Baltimore Catechism says this about why God created us: “God made me to know Him, to love Him, and to serve Him in this world, and to be happy with Him for ever in heaven.”  This goes against the argument that some protestants have used to say God predestines some people to go to hell and there is nothing they can do to change it.  They believe that some people are  chosen and brought into existence for this purpose, to go to hell.  This is false.  God does not desire it nor does He bring into being a person so he can then “send” them to hell.

It is a person’s free will that destines a person for hell.  God’s gift of free will allows each person to choose heaven or hell.  There are two choices really.  “I am a handmaid of the Lord, be it done unto me according to they word” as Mary said or “Not my will but thine be done” as Jesus said.  The alternative is  “I will not serve” which was the response of Lucifer.

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So how is one to understand how a person is “predetermined” to go to hell? When we understand the immaculate conception we understand predetermined. Why is this? Because the Immaculate Conception reveals the very timelessness of God.  God is outside of time and space.  God applied the graces merited by Jesus Christ on the cross and applied it to Mary at the moment of her conception.

How could He do that? Because God knew Mary would say yes.  This did not mean she did not get to chose it, it just means that because He is God He exists outside of space and time.  He is past present and future.  God knows no boundaries.  He knew she would say yes it happened already outside of time and he preemptively applied the grace.  This is of course my laymen terms for such a complex theology that only a theologian (which I am not) could explain it concisely.

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You could say that Mary was predetermined to say yes and be the mother of God.  Bl Anne Catherine Emerich talks about this in her 4 volumes that Mel Gibson used to write the screen play for “The Passion”.  She said in her writings that God desired to bring about the salvation of the world sooner but it was not until St. Anne and St. Joachim that two loved like the trinity into which Mary was brought and in which she would say yes to being the mother of God that God could then move forward with His divine plan.  That shows you how much God honors our free will.  He won’t even save us unless we allow Him to, that is how much He respects our free will.

It is hard to understand how the graces merited on the cross by Jesus Christ were given to His mother before she was even born.  Another way to wrap ones head around this mystery is to contemplate the Eucharist.   At mass we experience Calvary.  It is because the Holy Sacrifice of the mass is able to pass outside of space and time, literally making present the body of Jesus Christ, that this is possible.  We are not re-creating Christ’s death and crucifixion, nor are we re-sacrificing Him, rather we step through a mystical veil of time and space and Calvary is made present.  We are at the foot of the Cross.

This is why we pray for the dead or why we ask for the Communion of Saints to pray for us.  Our prayers can bestow graces to them before their deaths.  We can pray for those who died and our prayers can merit graces that outside of time can be given to them before they died to help perfect their nature.  It is this mystery of timelessness that many of us cannot understand because we are temporal beings. We are bound by space and time but God is not.  The spiritual is not.  Angels pass through this veil easily because they are not bound time space as we are.  Perhaps this is why some Saints could bi-locate.  They could pass through the veil because it is a reality created by God to govern the physical realm.  However, we are spiritual and physical beings.  Therefore, we too are able to pass through the veil in ways known only to God and in our Glorified bodies we will move as fast as our thoughts and will pass through walls much like Christ did when manifested into the upper room.  He passed through the veil, the dimension that separates us.

At the moment of conception God creates a holy immortal soul and infuses it into the body of that child.  At that moment God knows all of the choices that person will make before they make them, never diminishing their free will.

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It is the choices they will make that will determine their final destination.  All souls are destined for heaven.  This is the the truth of the trinity because every person is created in the image and likeness of God who is Love.  God is love poured out and overflowing and in that excess of love He creates Holy immortal souls.  This means we are all created to love and be loved.  If we do not chose enter into that love we reject God (who is Love) and chose the alternative.

The fact that hell exists is another proof of God’s love.  Without a choice to go to hell there is no free will, there are no choices, there is no love.  If there was not a hell, then God could not honor our choice to reject Him.  Hell makes choosing God possible, without there is no choice.  If there were not a choice to go to hell we would be animals, without choice, relying on our instincts to dictate our lives.

God does not force himself on us but rather allows us to decide if we will be with Him forever in Heaven or if we will reject Him and spend eternity in Hell.  We will exist for all eternity, where we do it is up to us.

So if we are not predestined to go to hell are we predetermined to go to hell? What does predetermined mean? In this context predetermined means that before it happens it is already known to happen.   Souls are predetermined for hell because their choice of hell is known by God before they live it out.

James 1:13-15, “Let know one say when he is tempted, ‘I am tempted by God’; for God cannot be tempted with evil and he himself tempts no one; but each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin; and sin when it is full-grown brings forth death.”

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It is our choice to sin that determines whether or not we spend eternity in hell.  When a soul is pre-determined to go to hell it means that God knows that they would reject Him regardless of His invitations or intersessions.   He knows it because He sees their decisions, sees into their personhood, knows their hearts and understands all of their choices and gives them the freedom to choose.

Free will is a very powerful thing.  Even the devil has no real power other than what our free will gives him.  When we submit our will to evil and enflesh it, that is when the devil is able to oppress us.  Free will is something we should all contemplate more.  It transcends space and time and can condemn a person before they are born (because a birthday is a time and God is outside time).  On a positive note, it can also save the entire human race.  Jesus and Mary are proof of that.

Jesus is the answer, but what’s the question?

Have you ever noticed street preachers holding us signs that say “Jesus Is the Answer!” Perhaps, like me you wonder how effective that is. I have encountered many people in my travels and it seems to me that this sort of thing has the opposite effect from its intended purpose.

Many people have been hurt by “religious” people or perhaps “religious” beliefs that were in fact not religious at all. As a result they do not see an answer they see a subjective belief system filled with hate, judgment, condemnation and persecution. We are all told that “God is Love”. However, some how our society sees street preachers as preachers of hate and oppression.

It is as if we speak another language entirely. If we truly want to bring the mercy of Jesus Christ to our broken humanity then we need to know the question, not just the answer. We need to know how to speak the language of those we encounter. If I were in China I would speak Chinese. If I were in France I would speak French. If I am to evangelize in a world that worships status, fame, wealth, good looks or even being counter-cultural, then I need to know how to talk about these things in a way in which will identify what a person is seeking so that I can then speak a language that reveals that Jesus Christ is the answer.

We must first begin with; DESIRE. What is it that the person in front of desires? What is “their” question?

What do I mean by when I say we must know their question? What I mean is that we must get in touch with what people desire. What is it that they are hungry and longing for most in their lives? Usually people are afraid to come to Jesus because that means they must expose all of their brokeness as well as allow Him to break them open further. No one wants to be broken when they don’t have the graces to bear their inadequacies. Do you? I sure don’t.

So how do we begin? We must get in touch with the ache and longing inside of ourselves and learn to see it in others before we can ever effectively bring the Mercy and love of Jesus Christ to the world. Mercy is best understood when it is encountered rather than preached.

How Does Jesus Treat Sinners? With Mercy

How Does Jesus Treat Sinners? With Mercy

The basic human desire is to love and to be loved, to find meaning and truth in our lives. Why? Because God, Himself, put it there. It is what keeps them open and seeking the “answer” to this God given question.

When we tell others that God is infinite love and desires our union with Him for eternity, do they understand eternity as an endless succession of days or as a plunging into the infinite ocean of love in which we are simply overjoyed to be submerged?

We must learn the language that other people are speaking. We must listen to those we encounter and hear their ache, hear their longing and then we will know their question, without it we can not give them the answer.

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What I have noticed is that there is a debilitating communication problem between those who have found the answer and those who are seeking it. If we do not overcome this barrier then we will be sound like the parents on the Charlie Brown cartoon. We will sound like patronizing blurs of sound that makes no sense to anyone but ourselves.

When we begin to understand the desires stirring inside of every person we meet, then and only then can we begin to speak a language they can receive. What do they really want? Do they want purpose? Do they want friendship? Do they want food? Do they want someone to just listen to them?

How did Jesus treat people? How? He was harsh with the religious Pharisees, the ones that placed rules and laws over mercy but he was not harsh with sinners. He was quite the opposite. He was merciful and loving and he spoke in a language they could receive.

We need to stop thinking that there is only one way to evangelize. God speaks many languages and we must learn them. He wants us to go into the streets and bring Jesus to those who are lost and wandering in the desert.

He wants us to evangelize in the supermarket; he wants us to evangelize on the sidewalk, he wants us to evangelize everyday and everywhere we go and if necessary use words.

We can bring Jesus Christ to someone in a bar. I recently met a lesbian woman that came up to my daughter and me. I did not know she was a lesbian at first. She was so delightfully friendly and wonderful and as the conversation went on it became apparent that she was actually trying to pick me up. I asked her if she was married and she told me she was in a same sex relationship. I told her that while I affirm her desire to be loved as good, I believed that marriage is only between a man and a woman. I asked her if she ever ached or longed to hold life in her womb or suckle a child at her breast? I reminded her of what an honor and privilege it is to be a woman, that men, no matter how much they desired or fought for the “right” to have children, could never ever be pregnant with life inside them nor could their breasts ever produce the perfect milk from which to nourish their own child.

Macierzyństwo, 1905 – Stanisław WyspiańskiMother Theresa

God put the desire to be mother in all women. Some are called to physical motherhood and some to spiritual motherhood but you cannot be a woman and not desire on some level to bring life into the world in some capacity. I taped into that desire because that is God’s truth. No matter of argument or discussion could ever tap into the ache that God planted into her being but God’s truth could. I knew that by touching upon that ache, I could awaken or perhaps bring to life that small seed planted within in her and perhaps with a new awareness of God, He could sprout it forth and bring it to life.

We discussed God, faith and so much more. She was upset at first that I did not agree with same sex marriage and she even tried to sell me on her belief that we can “choose” whether we are a man or woman telling me that it is just a “state of mind”.

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This is when I began to talk to her about Theology of The Body. She agreed with me that the body and mind and spirit are one. She then tried to justify her choosing to be male or masculine as proof of how our minds determine our sexuality. When I reminded her that she said her body and mind where one and that her body was intrinsically female and it is a contradiction to say your mind can chose something that is opposite of your body when the two are supposed to be one, she became confused.

Remember, many people have lost the ability to critically thing through information separate from their emotions or feelings or beliefs on a subject. If you try to challenge their beliefs, they see only judgment or condemnation, not an invitation to rationally discuss the theological implications of sexuality. I told this woman that if we took cheek cells of hers and put it onto a slide any scientist would determine she is a woman because she does not carry an Y chromosome. She can fight for her right to be a man, she can cut off her breasts or take hormones to make her facial hair grow, but she cannot become a male because she is female.

She had been raised Catholic and was told she was going to hell (her words not mine) and was condemned by her mother and her siblings and her faith community. She was raised here in the midwest but because she was persecuted she moved to California where she was loved and accepted. She was thoroughly confused that I could be both Catholic and yet still loving and affirming her. Several times she asked me if I was a “real” Catholic. To her, I could not be a “real” Catholic because they would never go to a bar, they would never talk to a lesbian, they would never have a discussion but would instead force a rhetoric down her throat.

Our time together was like a complicated dance in which I allowed her to lead. I listened to the meanings behind her words so I could understand her beliefs, her judgments, her questions. I then allowed her to lead the conversation and I followed her answering the questions she asked using her own language, her own words so that their meanings would be understood.

By the end of the conversation, my hope was that she saw I was not giving an opinion or judgment that a woman cannot be a man and vice versa but that she was a created by God as a woman and that it is very good and God has a plan for her life and her being a woman is intimately tied to that truth.

My only intention was to get her to see the beauty of being woman and that her call to love and be loved is stamped into her body. I tried to love her, right where she was and only talked about the what she desired to talk about but gave her Jesus over and over.

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Why did I let her lead? Because this is where she was “open”. This is where the Holy Spirit had plowed her open like a field in preparation to receive the divine seed of truth. To cast seeds elsewhere would be in vain. She showed me where she was ready to receive and I prayed to the Holy Spirit to guide me so that He could enter into her heart and begin to grow where He had made her ready. It was no coincidence that we met and that this conversation took place in the most unlikely of places. This was divine providence. She was led to me and I to her so that Jesus could woo her to himself.

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We are like the footman in the movie Cinderella. Jesus Christ goes to the ends of the earth to find us, he turns no person away. We are to help invite people to try on the glass slipper which is a sign of our dignity and our inheritance and deliverance from the evils of the world. The difference is that the slipper fits everyone. It conforms to the person that is trying it on. We bring the invitation and when they see it fits them despite their sins, they too will see they are called to be crowned bride to the prince.

So are you ready? Are you ready to find out the questions on the hearts of so many souls wandering in the desert? We are all longing for something and though Jesus is the answer, sometimes we must begin with the question. Mercy must be encountered not preached. If you want to teach Jesus Christ as the answer, then begin by becoming Jesus Christ to those people God places in your life. Once you know the question, it will be your own growth and transformation in Christ that will enable you to share the answer. Go out and invite people to the marriage feast of the lamb!

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We must answer the question ourselves first. We must say yes to the marriage proposal before we can invite others to do the same. We must become transformed ourselves. We must receive Jesus; conceive His love deep in our own hearts, minds and souls. We must grieve the places we have failed and in this place where we are broken, we must birth Him forth into the world. It is from our places of brokeness that He will most perfectly triumph over evil and with prayer He will sustain us. When the enemy comes to tell you that you cannot do this, remember, “You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.” Philippians 4:13

Treasure In Earthen Vessels; God Works Through Cracked Pots (UPDATED 10-28-2012)

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The story of the woman at the well is a marriage proposal and is a great place to begin in sharing how we are treasures in earthen vessels. It is strangely reminiscent of the song we sang as children “first comes love then comes marriage then comes the baby in the baby carriage”. First there was God who is love. Then the word was made flesh. Jesus is the Bridegroom.

That childhood song was a song about the holy Trinity and the call of our God into the marriage relationship of the bride and bridegroom and how we will be transformed into new creations. Theology of the Body gives us a beautiful lens from which to fully understand what the old Baltimore catechism said when it said we were created to know love and serve God to give you him forever in heaven.

The woman at the well is symbolic of all of our brokenness because of the sin in our lives, all of the inadequacies and all of the ways in which we fall short and yet God comes to us and seeks us out.

This is the marriage proposal. We are made for connection we are made for relationship.

Where we struggle in this is when SHAME gets in the way of allowing others to truly see who we are or to allow others to truly see us.

That’s where vulnerability comes in.

VULNERABILITY IS NOT WEAKNESS. How many think it takes vulnerability to speak in front of an audience of 800 people? It is true that vulnerability involves emotional risk and uncertainty but what vulnerability really means is to have courage.

Vulnerability is birthplace of creation and transformation. To create is to make something that never existed before like the unique and unrepeatable person. When we have the courage to really open ourselves to look into our hearts and even more importantly let others really and truly “see” us, we become transformed. “ Grace perfects our nature”.

In the garden, we were naked without shame.

“Naked without shame” is about knowing who we were as persons made in Gods image and likeness and our nature was perfect. When we fell from Grace due to original sin shame entered into the world.

Shame is the devil’s proposal about who God is and who we are.

Shame says one of two things; “you will never be good enough” or “who do you think you are”.

Adam and Eve covered themselves because they said yes to the devil’s proposal. Because they were unwilling to be vulnerable enough to go to God and trust in who He said we are, they fell and the consequence was sin.

A very basic understanding of sin is separation from God. In the Old Testament sin is described as a transgression. It is not just a violation of the law, but because the law was meant to protect as persons and to protect our world and our environment and God’s creation it is also a violation of God and violation of us so every time we separate from God and transgress upon his will we transgress upon ourselves and of all of creation. Sin, missing the mark and falling short of the glory of God. So with three

Sin has its effects always in wounding. Sin always wounds. There is no sin that doesn’t wound. It wounds us and it wounds others around us. We have no possibility of living in this world without being wounded.

What SHAME does is it takes the guilt we feel and turns the belief of “What I did was bad” into the belief that “I am bad”.

SHAME then makes us feel that we are unworthy of connection. It is in believing we are not thin enough, beautiful enough, successful enough or smart enough that SHAME turns our focus from who we are as unique and unrepeatable persons into who we think we “should be” or “should be doing”.

Shame makes us feel we are not good enough and that we will never be good enough.

The story of the woman at the well reminds us of whom we truly are which is the beloved of the Bridegroom and that God desires to marry us.

God knows all the places we have failed him and will fail him and yet he created us anyways. Out of all of the potential people God could’ve created we were chosen to be created and to come into the world to exist in fact of this very particular time in history.

But it gets better than this! God is calling all of us to enter into the redemption of the world! God could have chose to redeem the world anyway he liked. What he decided was that he wanted all of us to enter into this great work with him.

He does this by transforming our wounds much like his own were from the power of the cross. His “cracks” were in fact the greatest gift given to the entire world. Our wounds, our cracks, our inadequacies become the very place, once transformed like a firing kiln to a clay pot, becomes the very form from which God can best shine through, pour out of and be given to others. He is magnified by our smallness and our weakness.

God is calling you and is issuing a marriage proposal in which He desires to transform you and touch the lives of those around you through your fiat.

A treasure in earthen vessels is about our unique and unrepeatable personhood, it is about our immortal soul chosen by God to be called into existence. The earthen vessel reveals that the person we are is feminine or masculine and also is a sign that we are called to love like the trinity. But the earthen vessel also speaks to us about form.

Form, and the material from which it is made reveal its purpose. If I held up a cup and asked, “What is it?” unless we were from another world where they do not use cups, we would know it is a cup and that it holds liquid. We know understand what it is because of its form

Our form is meant to be a visible sign of Christ to the world. It is not just our masculine or feminine person that our form reveals but it tells a story of the Bride and the Bridegroom.

In Caryll Houselander’s book “The Reed of God” she uses three forms to reveal how Christ “shines” through our cracks”, The reed, the chalice, and the birds nest.

The Reed grows on the riverbanks and must be cut with a knife and then hallowed out with notches cut into it to create its form. Some of our stories include this kind of shaping. We are cut and hallowed out. We may think that we have nothing to give, our brokenness, or even our sinfulness might make us believe that God could never possibly choose us. The woman at the well is a reminder that God does chose us and when we allow him to redeem us, it is as if we are pressed to the lips of the master and when His Spirit blows through the reed, lyrical music is created because of the hallowing out and the notches that had been cut.

Some of our stories are like a chalice. A chalice is made from gold that has to be first hewn from the mud, then forged in fire before it can be poured into it’s mold. It then has to be pounded by a mallet to create its form. For those whose forming came from the succession of blows or from the purification of fire, they may understand that they are like Gold, that they are good, but they may not believe themselves worthy of greatness. It is the age-old question “Who do you think you are? If we remember that we are the beloveds of Christ, that He called us into being that we are His, then we remember who we are. A chalice is used to offer the great sacrifice of the mass. For those whose form is like the chalice, God desires to fill you with the water and blood that gushed from His sacred heart so that through your form you can pour Him out to a thirsting world.

Finally, for those who are shaped like the nest of a bird, the soft downy feathers of a tender mother bird’s breast create the form. For those who may have been formed by loving parents, in a prayerful home and have no painful formation as part of their story the temptation could be to say that they do not have a unique or inspiring story. Those whose story includes love, fidelity and affirmation are not only hope and inspiration for the world but it also creates a person more fully capable of revealing Christ. This story is an example of how each of us is called to become tabernacles.

We are to bring Christ to the world with our own hands and feet, with our own stories.

Each of our stories is as unique as our fingertips, as unique as our personhood.

We are the vessel and form helps us to tell the story of who Christ is and who we are in Christ. We should never underestimate the power of conversion to work through even the most broken of vessels.

Lazarus is an example of just such a vessel. He was dead. A rotting corpse and according to chief mourners “stinking” and yet when Christ shone through Lazarus, an entire city and now every generation to come, was converted through his story and through his form.

For me, my form is the reed. I have been hallowed out, whittled and cut into. The story I have to tell is of being transformed through my children and my husband.

I’ve been able to identify specific attributes or virtues that God has helped to develop in me for each one of my children.

For Maegan it was vulnerability, for Sara it was selfless love, for Elisha it was the need of affirmation, for Gabriel it was submission, for Annamarie it was long-suffering, for Mercedes it was Mercy, for Christopher it was joy, for Jonah it was perseverance.

For each child I have received a healing of a major wound, crack, or notch cut into me. God transformed it and the grace He has given to me in each of these areas have brought me freedom to love more rightly

Each time I was cracked, wounded or cut into because of my sin or the sin of others, the enemy proposed a lie so to enter into my heart and bring me to a place of shame.

Christ helps to expose the lies and bring healing to our wounded hearts and when we become vulnerable and allow Him in to truly see us, Christ transforms our wounds and they become like stained glass windows illuminating and radiating God’s beauty, God’s light, God’s truth to the world.

They will know us by our joy they will know us by our love. In this year of faith we are called to transformation. The new evangelization is about allowing Christ to permeate us. We embrace our greatness when we dare to take what we know in our heads and connect it to our hearts. When we move from knowing God, to being in an intimate relationship with Him.

When we allow ourselves to truly be seen and to really see the person God puts in front of us everyday is when we enter into one another’s story of redemption. God works through cracked pots, because His greatness is magnified in our weakness. The truth is that the enemy puts salt in our wounds because he is terrified that if we actually go into the wounds and bring Christ there with us, we would discover that when Christ redeems them, they become like jewels in the Crown of the creator.

You are a treasure in an earthly vessel and your form reveals a call to love and to be loved from the bridegroom to His bride. All it takes is your “fiat” which is the greatest “I DO” you can ever utter.

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THE POWER OF VULNERABILITY

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Amazing Slideshow on Our Lady of Guadalupe’s Message To The Church of 21st Century!

 I do not claim to be an expert on Our Lady of Guadalupe.  I claim to be a woman with an Amazon account who has read the scholars and done research as well as sought out those considered to be experts (The writings of Mnsgr Eduardo Chavez, Fr. Mario Sanchez and original documents as well as Cardinal Burke, Fr Peter Damian Fehlner, Fr Thomas Loya on Iconography and many more).

(Listen Here For the Will Goodman’s talk on Our Lady of Guadalupe and the original meaning within the image of 1531)

(LISTEN Here For Christina King’s talk on Our Lady of Guadalupe and the Message to the Church of the 21st Century)

I have talked with some, met with others and I have read their books for the past 3 years.   Using their work, their writings and their discoveries I simply connect the dots.  While the experts see the miracle of 1531, I seek to point out the Miracle of the 21st century.  Our Lady of Guadalupe has been providentially chosen by God to re-evanglize the world, to offer healing, protection and deliverance.  She is also declaring that she is Co-Redemptrix, or rather God is declaring it in the Tilma.  All of things things are not subjective but objective proves that I can show using the Nahuatl Glyphs, the language of Iconography, theology, scripture and of course the writings of Mnsgr. Eduardo Chavez and others. I hope you enter into this great Miracle for she is the ark upon which we must board.

I would also like to share that I personally hand delivered my research to the Secretary of Cardinal Burke when we was visiting the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse.  He was the Bishop of the Diocese I grew up in and he helped me to become a speaker by allowing me to speak throughout his Diocese and writing me a letter of recommendation.  He reviewed my work and wrote to me from Rome asking me to go see Fr. Peter Damian Fehlner at the Shrine.  Fr. Fehlner reviewed my work and offered me two of the books you see below to help me continue my research.

Here are some slide shows on Our Lady of Guadalupe.  Did you know she was predestined to be the intercessor of the America’s? Did you know the Shroud of Turin perfectly aligns with the tilma and the image of Divine Mercy? Did you know that there are new discoveries within the image proving that Heaven is re-issuing an invitation to listen to a message within it for the Church of the 21st Century, the time when the technology was invented to discover the secrets contained within it until we were ready to see, hear and act upon on it.  God is good.

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Here is the descriptions of each slide:

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Our Lady of Guadalupe was predestined to be the protector of the faithful, the remnant Church and the America’s.  The Icon was carved using Mary herself as a model by St. Joseph, “written” not painted as it is an icon, by St. Luke and then given and used as a means of protection and healing throughout the centuries.  Protection from the uprising of Radical Islam/Muslims and protection from the plague.  She is tied to Our Lady of Fatima through protecting the area from Muslims, to Our Lady of Lourdes in that the Franciscan’s formulated the dogma of the Immaculate Conception before it was formerly declared by St. Bernadette and she is tied to Our Lady of Kibeho through the 7 sorrows of the Icon of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico.

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The Icon of Our Lady of Guadalupe-Spain was carried over the head of St. Gregory when the plague took the life of the Pope; St. Gregory became Pope and carried the icon over his head as he fled the city saving many of the faithful with him as they went.  He later gave the image to Bishop Leander in Spain that was enduring persecution by the moors (Radical Muslims which beheaded Catholic Christians).  I believe we will see major conversions of the Muslim faith through Mary, particularly that of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

See next slide

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Bishop Leander pleaded for the intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe-Spain the icon (she was not named yet and would be named after being discovered by a farmer upon Mary’s personal direction) next slide

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It should be said that the area now known as Fatima was named such after Mohammad’s own daughter converted to Catholicism after falling in love with a Catholic that remained in that area under the protection of the buried Icon of Our Lady of Guadalupe-Spain.  Her husband renamed the area “Fatima” after his wife (yes the once Muslim daughter of Mohammad that converted to Catholicism) Fatima is the 2nd most frequented pilgrimage to this day for Muslims in honor of Fatima.

In 1326 a little known farmer Gil Cordero saw Mary appear to him telling him where to go to find the buried Icon.  He brought with him men from the church to the spot pointed out. It was discovered along with documents authenticating it.  Our Lady asked for a Church to be built in honor of her and the icon.  There was a river that ran near the location and so the name of the Church and the Icon became “Our Lady of Guadalupe” because Guadalupe means water that runs through/within/between the black rocks. Mnsgr. Eduardo Chavez, the world-renowned scholar on all things Our Lady of Guadalupe, has authenticated this.

1340 King Alfonso made a pilgrimage to her Church to consecrate his Land to Our Lady of Guadalupe.

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1464 King Alfonso’s daughter, Queen Isabella went on pilgrimage with her husband King Ferdinand and consecrated herself and her reign to OLG.  She would meet Christopher Columbus at a gathering.  He told her that the Holy Spirit came to him in a dream telling him that he was to go to distant lands and bring the faith to those who did not know the true God.  She had the same dream the night before and so it would seem providence brought them together.  She would become the personal benefactor and supporter of Christopher Columbus, Cortez and Bishop Zummaraga.

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Before departing Christopher Columbus made a pilgrimage to OLG-Spain to consecrate himself, his vessels and his discoveries to OLG-Spain.  Ironically he would name the boats Saint Mary the little painted lady, almost 60 years before she would be painted in Mexico.

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In 1519 Cortez went to the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe and consecrated his voyage and his future work of bringing the faith to the new lands discovered by Columbus.  Cortez landed on the exact day of the Aztec prophesy telling of the return of the one true God and King, the sister of Montezuma also dreamed and prophesized the landing of the men and even described the image that would be on the sail of the ships (a large cross).  This is why Cortez was able to not only land without incident but it laid the grown work for him to enter into the very powerfully guarded cities.  The first thing Montezuma set to work at was to bring an end to the demonic sacrifices upon the altars.  He destroyed them the altars, held Holy Mass there to consecrate these places to God and destroy the hold the devil had claimed on this ground and their people and placed a statue of Mary on them begging her intercession.

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So we see that Mary, particularly OLG had a unique and providential role in claiming the America’s for her son. She brought protection, guidance, deliverance, evangelization and intercession.  I will show how she is declaring once again that God has a providential message and role that she in particular is called to fill right now in this time of World History.  Once again we are entering into a demonic culture of death and need a supernatural intercessor. Once again, OLG is the answer.

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It is no mistake that Blessed Scot Duns, a Franciscan way before Our Lady of Lourdes declared it, developed the doctrine of the “Immaculate Conception”.  The Franciscans were preaching this theology for some time.  The Franciscans were chosen to be the order to teach the faith to the America’s because this doctrine would we central to understanding the mysteries within the incarnation, the new eve and the new Adam and God’s call to union and communion with a love that is divine and free from concupiscence.

Bishop Zumarraga felt unworthy to be the Bishop of the new lands and so guessed it! He went on pilgrimage to OLG-Spain to consecrate himself and all of his work to her.  Every single one of the involved in establishing the United States of America went to OLG-Spain.  Coincidence or providence?

St. Juan Diego is significant because he is laity, simply formed and not at all a theologian and yet he was chosen to be part of God’s plan of imparting the faith in the New World.  The place where it would be protected and nurtured while Europe would later be in turmoil.  When Bishop Zumarraga struggled to share the faith he begged for OLG-Spain to intercede and asked for a sign. He asked for Castilian roses because they were from the part of Spain he was from.  She would answer that call and more. The miracle of Tepayac hill consisted of her messages, the roses he asked for as well as MANY OTHER FLOWERS that were gathered and have significance, although we only hear of the roses.

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This is a codex.  A codex is the way in which Ancient Nahuatl Indians recorded history.  They used images and glyphs because they did not use an alphabet.  They could “read” what was “written” on a codex because every picture spoke to them as a language.  This is the original codex created by the Nahuatl Indians to record the appearance of OLG.  It was created in 1548 and further proves the miracle of Olg was not something fabricated but less than 17 years after the event they were recording it as history.

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While almost 10 million Nahuatl Indians were converted in less than 7 years through this image it was because of the language God spoke to them that this miracle of faith was able to speak.  Not only that but the Bishop received the sign He asked for.  It was not until later however that it was understood what exactly that language was.  It was Fr. Mario Rojas Sanchez that first realized the pictures were Nahunta Glyphs and began to study them for their meanings and significance.  It should be noted that he also believed that this image was the very image spoken of in Revelations that St. John saw during mass in a mystical vision.  “And I saw the woman clothed in the sun with the moon at her feet”.  It is believed that the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe was what St. John saw in the sky and then wrote of in Revelations.  This is significant because there is evidence to prove this using the constellations that are aligned on the tilma that prove in fact that it seems to miss the very stars spoken of in that passage that were “cast out of heaven by the serpents tail”.

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A=Greater Than The Sun God (she stands in front of the sun rays to show this is greater)

B=Greater Than The Moon God (she stands on it)

C=her skin color reveals a Mix of Spanish and Nahuatl Indian (the colors of her skin is mixed)

D=Dressed like a Jewish Woman and colors are of Indian princess (she dressed both in Israelite garb but the colors where of Indian royalty)

E=Prayerful posture/ Maraca in hands with the combination of bent knee she is in posture of worship (dancing and music were part of highest worship)

F=Cincture for chaste and virginity but worn high on the woman is indicating pregnancy (revealing a virgin and mother, note there are 7 tassels)

G=Nahuii Ollin, the crossing of sticks for new fire, the N,S,E,W, the true God over the womb which is known to contain a child( in her pregnant womb is the God being proclaimed)

H=The Stars indicating outside of this world the 8 points symbolizing baptism and eschatological grace (heavenly, messenger with power from the heavens)

I=Brownish pink robe color of the earth (also a calendar, map and dignity of body expressed)

J=Flower Glyphs (Jasmine flowers significant, clusters where language for form of prayer through poetry and song)

Water glyph=they would be receive new water rooted with power from in the heavens, hill glyph combined with water=, new civilization

Wise Man Glyph=(looks like a mans face with eyes, nose and mouth, known as Shaman or man with wisdom outside of his own comprehension. This told them the knowledge of the faith being proclaimed in this codex would come from a wise man with a head shaped like a MITRE. This would be Bishop Z

Bishop MITRE=Bishop Zumaraga as having truth so they opened up and sought out the Franciscans that wore these pointed hats.

The Glyph of hill and water come together meaning “civilization” and spoke of an end to human sacrifice (it is Upside down heart) and a new civilization would be built upon this God’s truths as revealed since the water way is rooted or flows out of the outer mantle piece which they understood as divine and from the heavens because of coloring and the 8 pointed Gold Stars.

K=Broach of Franciscan Cross (the same as the Franciscans boats and symbols)

L=White Fur cuffs for purity &amp; royal (for Aztecs this again connoted great royalty)

M=Mexican Magnolia flower of flesh (understood as food so Eucharistic message within this image, not to mention the overall shape which is corn shaped, a staple of their diet.  In fact St. Juan Diego proclaimed, “Is this the land of the flesh the land of my people” when he went to the Hill and spoke with OLG there).

N=Aztec Fold precious cargo (This is the place children or food were carried.  Since the tilma was a part of everyday attire.

O=Topographical Map of Mexico revealing water ways mountains and volcano’s revealing location of the apparition and the flowers clusters are calendar represents the end of an age.  There were signs in the heaven at this time, storms, earthquakes and volcanoes. Their calendar based on Mayan calendars used “reeds” to understand time.  This image revealed a calendar within the flower glyphs so in this image the year of the 13 reeds was upon them signifying an end to an age and beginning of another age.  That age is the end to demonic human sacrifice and the beginning of the age of Faith.  We too are being invited into this image because we are leaving the age of Mercy and the age of Justice is upon us.  St. Faustina’s messages from Jesus declared this.

P=Gold lined convey godlike or royalty

Q=the angel holds the mantle and the robe

R=Clouds convey outside of this world/God

S=Crown originally present on her head but disappeared

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There is a new message being heralded to the Church of the 21st century in the image on the tilma.  The invitation was made when the technology was created in the world to discover that hidden within the image were undiscovered meaning.

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In an image where everything means something, we discover using high-powered microscopes that there are images in the eyes of those gathered in the room when the tilma was presented to Bishop Zummaraga.  14 people including St. Juan Diego himself and Bishop Zummaraga as well as a family and a black servant freed from slavery by the Bishop that decided to stay in His service.  This was only investigated AFTER seeing the servant in the eye but was confirmed using eyewitness testimony that was documented.  The eye also had the components of a living eye. The (Samson-Purkinje effect is a scientific term for the way the cornea reflects incoming images and inverts one of the three created reflections onto the back of a living eye.  Using microscopes it was discovered that this effect is present in the image of the eye of OLG.

Using advanced Kepler’s mathematics as well as NASA computer software, a computer image of the morning sky of 1531 was created and discovered to align perfectly with the stars laid out on the mantle of OLG.  More significantly they are inverted, the North and south and east and west are turned.  This is the way the Nahuatl Indians created their own maps so that would be significant by itself but perhaps more importantly it signifies that was what up (remember the nahuii ollin reveals that the Indians see the 4 directions of the world signifying God) that the God who is up has come down (incarnation) and for us it reminds us that was down (the enemy) is up and roaming about the world.  We are being invited into a message about what this spiritual battle is all about.  Who it is we are fighting, his battle plan and how we are to defeat him.  This was all discovered now because the message is for us now.  Using the original message and meanings of the glyphs as well as the language of Iconography (an approved and ancient means of teaching theology in color as well as the constellations and their Christian roots) we see clearly that God providentially chose Mary to bring us Jesus, she is the intercessor from which we will board the ark of the new covenant and with her the Gates of Hell will not prevail against us.

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Behold I make all things new! Why would it surprise us that if God created man and out of his side he would create woman, immaculately conceived and free from sin much like that of Adam before the fall and make all things new by taking Man from the flesh of Mary? Her immaculate conception gave the hands and feet upon which the savior of the world would be formed.  With no biological father, Mary is the only flesh upon which Jesus was created.  It is taking from her side, man.  The new Adam and the new eve.  Most of us who understand science know that men and women share different chromosomes.  You can split a twin from one flesh but you will get the same sex not a male and female.  However, God created us in His image and likeness, Male and female he created them so the supernatural component of the immortal soul into the flesh is somehow inexplicably tied to our sexuality as well as our intellect and biology.

One of the messages being heralded in the image of OLG is that of the New Adam and The New Eve.  It is an invitation to understand His mother and her unique role in salvation history as well as our own.  She was creature yet able to do what Mary could not or would not revealing she is our hope because as mere mortal creature it is possible to live out the will of God despite living in a broken world. It also heralds a call that all of us are to enter into the redemption of the world since God is the one who decided to work through human beings.

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She perfectly participated even in eschatological man, she has received her Glorified body and so paves the way for us.  God came to redeem man and woman and there is something very important about the relationship of man and woman and the call to love.  The love He desires to share with the world is love perfected, free from concupiscence and it heals and restores.  He is also revealing who He is, whom God Himself is through this call to love.  The incarnation and the message of the New Adam and New Even are a theology of love and He desires we share it with the world.

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The first pilgrimage the New Pope took was to Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico to consecrate his entire pontificate to her.  He also took the writings of St. Faustina out of the obscurity, (they were deemed unworthy of belief) and launched a full investigation, cleared the writings, gave them to the world and pronounced Divine Mercy Sunday and the Chaplet.  Mary’s pope understood, perhaps mystically that his particular role, that of Our Lady of Guadalupe was part of God’s plan to heal, protect and evangelize the world once again.

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Within the inner robes of the tilma lies the torso of the crucified Jesus Christ with his heart pierced and the blood and water running down the side.  It is not subjective but can be proved in several ways.  One way is the nahuatl glyphs themselves another is that the dimensions of the tilma and the shroud are in exact proportion with one another.  The divine mercy image is also proportionate with the shroud.  They not only align over one another but they tell the same story when you do it.  Right where the pierced heart of Jesus pours out blood and water we see the line of deep red pigment (which Guadeloupian scholars have all described as the color of blood) flowing down the side of the three folds that extend just under the Nahuii Ollin and pooling into the Aztec Fold.  The same scholars say that the shadows of pooling are not consistent with the lighting so they are unsure why it pools in this way, but if we acknowledge it is blood and water it pools exactly the way this liquid would.  The glyphs within this segment shout the truth of what is revealed.  The stream of water and blood, which many of us understand as the pierced heart of Jesus, the font of Mercy described by St. Faustina, were given to us by Pope John Paul II, without His approval we would not be venerating the image nor sharing the message of Divine Mercy in the world.  Right in the Wise Man glyph, at the very corner of his mouth is where the blood and water begin their flow as if to say Out of the mouth of the wise man, the man you know as Bishop with the MITRE hat (again all approved understandings and translation by experts) that this Pope spewing out of his mouth the font of Divine Mercy to the world.

It should be noted that the there are many more glyphs within the tilma that back up this claim.  So we see an image of the love of the trinity and who God is through that sign.  If God so loved the world he gave us his son, we see now with the crucified torso of Jesus with his heart pierced and flowing out unto the precious treasure of the world, we see Jesus loving the father in that he gives himself as a free, total and full gift, faithfully and fruitfully back to the father.  The trinity is revealed here in this and for anyone having problems with Mary seeing the torso of Jesus in this way may be a means of drawing him or her into the fold.  This part of the Icon has as if an inner light that shines and radiates from the image.  Anyone who lays eyes on the image would see that there seems to be a light that illuminates from within this one area making it to appear to be more radiant than the rest of the image.

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The First Icons were in fact created using the Shroud of Turn as the template so why would not God Himself speak through the language of Iconography.  It should be noted the flower shaped glyph shapes on the shroud image in red.  Some scholars have wondered why they look “child like” but if you understand the Nahunta Glyphs and the connection of the icon of the new eve (tilma) and the icon of the new Adam (shroud) it makes perfect sense.  Just as a man’s body makes no sense by itself but only when understood in light of the complementarity of a woman’s body and equal in dignity do we see an expression of complementarity and that “male and female” he created them in His own image.

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There even seems to appear beams of light that come of the area on the surrounding area.  This is visible in most of the print images but even more so from Fr. Tim’s images.  He was granted special permission to capture the image in an unprecedented way.  Given full access to the image, to control the lighting and to use high power digital photography, Fr. Tim as created over 40 detailed tiles that he then spliced together to create one very precise image.  It is said to be the most accurate and detailed “photograph” of the image in existence and can be viewed one tile at a time to see detailing within the image almost never seen before. Just as an icon is written to reveal the Heavenly message and doorway that it is, so too is this icon of OLG revealing that this is an icon, a doorway, theology in color, a poor mans catechism. In a world where people seem to no longer be able intellectually reason out faith, perhaps once more Heaven will speak through an image but are we listening? This is not just a historical document.  This is an ongoing miracle that is declaring itself to have a message for the Church in the age in which the technology to discover the message would find it.  Why, in an image where every detail means something is no one asking why these details are being discovered using modern technology? Why is no one asking, “Do you think Heaven is trying to tell us something” I say yes, in fact it is being heralded.

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The tilma is significant for many reasons.  One it was simple cloth, made of cactus fiber, a plant.  It was traditional covering for the Indians. It was a covering of the body that signified family affiliations and sometimes-rank dependent upon its splendor.  This material was used in marriage ceremonies.  The two would be tied together to signify union between man and woman.  It seems this being chosen as the canvas is revealing that every person is significant, that marriage is significant, that laity will be playing a significant role and that that ceremony/ritual is significant and that God wants to tell us something about all of these things.

TILMA; Tilma worn during marriage ceremonies, worn on the body as a covering. Bridegroom and Bride are tied together as a symbol of their union during ceremony of wedding. It also is used to carry children later, in the fold, which is then tied around the waist of the person. The Tilma is worn by average people therefore revealing that ALL are called to Union and Communion. Two pieces of cloth were sewn together; in fact the center of this cloth is the exact middle of the image. It is where two have become one. Two pieces of cloth become one garment. This also brings dignity to male and female he created them as marriage is only between a man and a woman. In the image, I content the exact center of the tilma is also where the divine mercy image is in the robe.

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3. The Redemption of Man and Woman; The New Adam and The New Eve

TILMA; Not only do the constellation’s placed precisely over her image where theological truths are conveyed, but she reveals that her immaculate conception is woman fully participating in the redemption of man. Just as Eve took of the apple and ate, so did Adam and so BOTH fell from the glory of what God had intended for them. In God’s plan for the redemption of man, He could have done it by any means He saw fit, yet, He chose for the participation of mankind, and begun so through a woman. Male and female He created them, so would not God make it known that male and female they are redeemed? If we are made in his image, male and female, then we see how beautiful it is that before Christ takes His flesh from her; the merits of His sacrifice are applied to her at the very moment of her conception. OLGuadalupe appears to St. Juan Diego on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, linking this truth to the image.

This truth is “written” in the constellation of Gemini over her womb on the tilma.  The twin constellation reveals the splitting of flesh, the two coming from one as Adam and Eve so too Mary and Jesus come from one flesh with His divine nature coming from God alone.  In Song of Songs the love we are to have for one another is to be able to call our spouse our sister and our bride.  How does one love this way? We love this way when the two become one flesh.  We desire to love them for their own sake not ours, we are family we are intimately connected and this is a foreshadowing of our call to union and communion with God.  We were made by love, to love and for love and our destiny is to be with God forever in Heaven.

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The most used analogy of the bible is a wedding.  It is the teaching of the relationship between the bride and bridegroom that most accurately describes the relationship God is calling us to.  He is calling us to the wedding feast.  The first miracle Jesus Performed was the Wedding Feast of Cana. This was for many reasons one of which was to show us that He was giving us new wine.  This new wine is the love of God poured out for many.  The sacred vessels used, the water that was contained in them and the fact that the quality of the wine was mentioned all point to God showing us that He is coming to restore and to make New by giving us His love free from sin.  In the incarnation is a language of Love. In every faith that exists EXCEPT Christianity the person must do something for God.  IN Christianity, God came to us.  Mary had it done unto her.  She did nothing other than open herself in love.  The Song of Songs is the language of the bride and the bridegroom when loving as sister my bride.  The invitation of a gentle lover that Woo’s his bride and does not force.  The love that remains faithful and gentle and merciful is shared with a world desperate to understand what love is.  The message of the Song of Songs is in the tilma.  The flower glyphs even create a re-occurring melody when a pin is placed within the flower’s center.  The Indians used flower clusters as poetry, music and prayer so of course once again, now that we have technology to discover the music found within the image, we are being re-invited to listen the message within the Song of Songs, the call to marriage.  Not just any marriage, the call to union and communion with our almighty God in the wedding feast of land.  Will we be like the virgins that prepared by gathering oil or will God say he does not know us? Knowing of course is about intimacy and relationship (Mary knew not man).  God of course knows all of us but we are called to be in relationship.  Mary is reminding us of this.

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She healed.  She is revealing a unique healing she desires to be a font of that will pour out onto the world and from that font will be the Mercy of Jesus Christ.  She is Our Lady of Mercy because she heralds it in the glyphs, the iconography and the message.  She is revealing that we are being attacked and wounded in a threefold attack.  What is this attack? It is a demonic trinity.

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She even stares into the eyes of the dragon as if to show us she is going to do battle and that in her eyes she holds the family and the Church.  The truth to see will come from being within her as if an ark to protect us from the coming siege.  I believe Consecration to Mary through St. Louis DE Montfort accomplishes this as a first step.

She then reveals that the dragon brings lies, division, schism and confusion.  It is important to note that the big bear constellation and little bear constellation are under the influence of the lies and divisions.

The Scorpion is an ancient evil force at work in the world since the very beginning.  In the bible the serpent is referred to the great perverter and wounder.  It wounds through perversion of sexuality.  It emasculates, it controls, it is Jezebel, it is Lilith it is isis, Osiris and horis and it’s one desire is to work with the liar to confuse our understanding of what it means to be a man and woman and to create great woundedness so that we can not enter into God’s plan of love and salvation.

The Serpent is the enemy that brings death.  Spiritual death and physical death.  Many Theologians and scholars of the Church understand the great sacredness of blood.  God himself has made blood part of how he enters into sacred covenant with His people and this has been done since the beginning of time. The enemy, having no real power of his own, and uses what he knows as truth and follows, in a legalistic way?  The enemy presents a lie “Did God really say you can’t eat from the tree of knowledge?” to bring division, schism, distrust and doubt as to what is true.  The next step is to pervert being made in the image and likeness of God.  The best way to do this is through wounds. The enemy enters in through wounds.  The most intimate to wound is through our sexuality because it is intimately tied to our personhood.  It is not just our bodies that are man and woman, masculine or feminine it is also our very personhood.  Physical abuse, mental abuse and verbal abuse are all means to create wounds but sexual abuse is the most intimate and deep cutting wound because is creates a chasm between us and our creator because our purpose and identity becomes distorted. Not to mention the sacrementality of the body.  The enemy realizes this and desires to create his own demonic sacraments using blood.  Sexual abuse and abortion, prostitution, murder all spill blood and so they create a contract and a means of gaining a toehold, a foothold a stronghold in our lives.  When we agree with the lies and submit our will saying “I am unloved, no one will ever love me, I am alone, I will always be alone” we of our own free will turn from God inwards making false idols that are presented to us. This creates a network of wounding that Mary desires to reveal so that we can be made fully whole. She is coming to restore the Church. She is revealing and shining light on the darkness and she is bringing a grace of supernatural healing, protection and perhaps an even “hiding” from the evil one as we work.  She is receptivity and so being in the presence of this image painted by the finger of God of Mary onto the tilma is a divinely “written” and created image.  If she is pure receptivity, openness fertile ground then perhaps a grace of receptivity flows from the image and touches all in its presence through the doorway of the icon.  The teachings of the church are that Icons are spiritual doorways.  Doors move two ways.  We can both enter in and God can come to us.  She is coming to expose the enemy so that we can be healed.  Like St. Ignatius says, we are to be filled not for our sakes but so that we can overflow onto those around us. We have been leaking out the graces we are receiving through the cracks and crevices the evil one has made in the form that God created us into being. Some of us are chalices called to be a life of sacrifice, some of us are Reeds, hallowed out and emptied so the Holy Spirit can play lyrically through our lives some of us are like a birds nest hallowed out by the loving tenderness of family life and love.  In each of the forms we are it is our perfect form.  When we embrace the emptiness through vulnerability and turning outwards toward God and away from the lies and false idols, she will pour a healing salve into our form and seal the places we are leaking.  We then will be able to be filled to overflowing so that we may bring a drink to others who thirst. We are called to be tabernacles, to the hands and feet upon which to bring Christ to a wounded world and she is showing us the way and the how.   If you have anger issues, your issue is not anger it is an idolatry of control as a means to protect the root of the wound, which is usually an abandonment wound.  If you have lust issues, the issue is not the lust in fact it is called a distress symptom.  It is the neon sign and God’s mercy is trying to get your attention to point you to a place you may have come in agreement with the enemy with a lie that is of your own free will preventing you from finding freedom in this area in your life.  The idolatry found connected to lust is relationship.  When we distrust God we turn to others or a relationship to make us feel whole.  Why? Because we are protecting the real root of the wound which is a rejection issue.  “No one loves me, I am ugly, disgusting, repulsive” If we agree with the lie the enemy proposes he has permission to infest or perhaps even oppress us.  He stirs up our fears and emotions and presents more lies (distorted thoughts).  Some may turn to pornography, promiscuity, a spouse or other to fill the void to quiet the voice of feeling unworthy and unloved because they do not see they have turned inward instead of outward.  We, all of us are failing to see that the first commandment is the one the enemy is using over and over to attack us.  He proposes that we must turn to ourselves.  He proposes we are only animals, He proposes there is no God.  Mary comes expose the liar, bring truth, healing and once again evangelize the world as to who God is and what the incarnation means to us as well as prepare the world for Jesus once again.  She is the ark.

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It begins with consecration.  It continues with you placing this image in your own home, perhaps next to an image of Divine Mercy.  Through the image, she seems to be saying she will pour out a gift of receptivity so that as the Holy Spirit is pouring out Graces upon the world in preparation for Jesus to come again, we will not only be able to retain them and utilize them we will be able to bring a portion to others.  Her mantle is often referred to as a protection for the faithful, to hide us there in the crossing of her arms, within her mantle.  She seems to be inviting us to step into the folds and hide from the enemy and to allow her to do the battle with the dragon as she will crush the serpent.

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