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Today is the Feast of St. Antoninus, O.P. (1389-1459), and he lived at the same time as St. Vincent Ferrer, the sedevacantist saint.

St. Antoninus was the Bishop of Florence, Italy. When he died, Pope Pius II conducted his funeral. His body can still be seen in a glass reliquary.

The First Vatican Council quotes this great Dominican on the issue of a pope who becomes a heretic, which is, in my opinion, the best, clearest, and simplest explanation by anyone. St. Antoninus, O.P. (1389-1459) declared, “In the case in which the pope would become a heretic, he would find himself, by that fact alone and without any other sentence, separated from the Church. A head separated from a body cannot, as long as it remains separated, be head of the same body from which it was cut off. ‘A pope who would be separated from the Church by heresy, therefore, would by that very fact itself cease to be head of the Church.  He could not be a heretic and remain pope, because, since he is outside of the Church, he cannot possess the keys of the Church.’”  (Summa Theologica cited in Actes de Vatican I. V. Frond pub.)

St. Michael has appeared several times throughout history.

During a plague that ravaged the city of Rome, Pope St. Gregory the Great saw St. Michael standing on top of the Castle of Crescentius, wiping his bloody sword and sheathing it. The Pope understood that it meant the plague would be over, which it was.

St. Michael appeared to Saint Ausbert, bishop of Avranches in France in the 8th century asking for a church to be built. Saint Ausbert failed to comply and St. Michael pressed his finger into the bishop’s skull to compel him to get started. The construction of Mont-Saint-Michel in the sea is the finished work. The relic of St. Ausbert’s skull with the hole caused by St. Michael can still be seen at Saint-Gervais Basilica in Avranches.

Today’s May 8 feast day is celebrated because of St. Michael’s apparition near Monte Gargano in the Kingdom of Naples in 492. The Catholic Encyclopedia and Fr. Alban Butler tell the story.

In the year 492 a man named Gargan was pasturing his large herds in the countryside. One day a bull fled to the mountain, where at first it could not be found. When its refuge in a cave was discovered, an arrow was shot into the cave, but the arrow returned to wound the one who had sent it. Faced with so mysterious an occurrence, the persons concerned decided to consult the bishop of the region. He ordered three days of fasting and prayers. After three days, the Archangel Saint Michael appeared to the bishop and declared that the cavern where the bull had taken refuge was under his protection, and that God wanted it to be consecrated under his name and in honor of all the Holy Angels.

Accompanied by his clergy and people, the pontiff went to that cavern, which he found already disposed in the form of a church. The divine mysteries were celebrated there, and there arose in this same place a magnificent temple where the divine Power has wrought great miracles. To thank God’s adorable goodness for the protection of the holy Archangel, the effect of His merciful Providence, this feast day was instituted by the Church in his honor.

It is said of this special guardian and protector of the Church that, during the final persecution of Antichrist, he will powerfully defend it: At that time shall Michael rise up, the great prince who protects the children of thy people. (Dan. 12:1) Compare this text with Chapter 10 of the Apocalypse of Saint John.

Reflection. Saint Michael is not only the protector of the Church, but of every faithful soul. By humility he defeated the devil; we who are enlisted in the same warfare must adopt his weapons — humility and ardent love of God. Regarding this Archangel as our leader under God, let us courageously resist the devil in all his assaults with our protector’s famous exclamation: Who is like unto God?

We also have the 18th century apparition to the Portuguese Carmelite nun, Antoia d’ Astonaco. The St. Michael Chaplet was given to her by St. Michael. He told Antonia to honor him by nine salutations to the nine Choirs of Angels. St. Michael promised that whoever practices this devotion in his honor would have, when approaching Holy Communion, an escort of nine angels chosen from each of the nine Choirs. In addition, for those who would recite the Chaplet daily, he promised his continual assistance and that of all the holy angels during life and after death deliverance from purgatory for themselves and their relations. The Chaplet was approved by His Holiness, Pius IX., by a decree of the S. Congr. of Rites, Aug. 8, 1851, granted to all the faithful, every time that, with at least a contrite heart and devotion, they shall say this chaplet:

An indulgence of seven years and seven quarantines.

An indulgence of one hundred days indulgence, ever day, to any one who shall carry this chaplet about him, or kiss the medal, representing the holy angels, appended to it.

A plenary indulgence, once a month, to all who shall say this chaplet every day, on any day when, being truly penitent, after confession and communion, they shall pray especially for the triumph of holy Mother Church, and for the welfare of the Sovereign Pontiff.

A plenary indulgence, on the conditions given above, on: The feast of the Apparition of St. Michael, May 8.

The dedication of St. Michael, September 29.

St. Gabriel the archangel, March 18.

St. Raphael the archangel, October 24.

Holy guardian angels, October 2.

Lastly, we have the following powerful story of a marine during the Korean War.

Darrin McBreen

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IMPORTANT INTERVIEW – MUST SEE

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Greg Reese

An urgent message from American farmers

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Two doctors present real science and real figures. Time to wake up and resist the pandemic hoax spread by the antichrists of our day.

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Many Protestants believe in a once-saved-always-saved doctrine. They believe a true Christian can never lose his salvation. They will point to verses such as Heb. 10:14:

For by one oblation he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.

Rom: 8:38-39:

For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor might, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

and John 10:28:

And I give them life everlasting; and they shall not perish for ever, and no man shall pluck them out of my hand.

We can answer the Hebrews quote by saying that the sacrifice of Christ does prefect forever those that are sanctified provided we never sin again. Each time we sin, we turn to Christ and His sacrifice, which once again perfects us forever unless we sin again. A few verses later, we are told that Christians can lose salvation.

We answer the Romans quote by noting that it’s true that no one and no thing can make us cease or even hinder our love for Christ. However, we can choose by our own free will to stop loving Christ. God doesn’t make us love Him.

We answer the St. John quote by noting that God is speaking about His elect of whom only He knows. We don’t know who belongs in the group. I’m sure many damned individuals believed themselves to be part of the elect. Even St. Paul was not sure for he told us in I Cor. 9:27:

But I chastise my body, and bring it into subjection: lest perhaps, when I have preached to others, I myself should become a castaway.

These proof-text Bible verses do not support eternal security for all Christians. The fact remains that true Christians can lose their salvation as the Bible clearly tells us.

He who endures to the end will be saved. (Matt. 24:13, Mark 13:13, James 1:12, Matt. 10:22)

We must endure to the end or else we will not be saved.

John 15: 6:

If any one abide not in me, he shall be cast forth as a branch, and shall wither, and they shall gather him up, and cast him into the fire, and he burneth.

To be cast off as a branch, one must first be a member of the tree. This verse implies that a member of Christ can be cut off to be burned.

Rom 11: 22-23:

See then the goodness and the severity of God: towards them indeed that are fallen, the severity; but towards thee, the goodness of God, if thou abide in goodness, otherwise thou also shalt be cut off. And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be grafted in: for God is able to graft them in again.

Again, to be cut off implies that one was a member first. Thus, salvation can be lost.

I Cor. 6: 9-11:

Know you not that the unjust shall not possess the kingdom of God? Do not err: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, Nor the effeminate, nor liers with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor railers, nor extortioners, shall possess the kingdom of God. And such some of you were; but you are washed, but you are sanctified, but you are justified in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Spirit of our God.

St. Paul is warning those who have been sanctified and justified that they could be deceived and go back to their old ways for such people will not be saved. Period!

I Cor. 15: 1-2:

Now I make known unto you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you have received, and wherein you stand; By which also you are saved, if you hold fast after what manner I preached unto you, unless you have believed in vain.

St. Paul qualifies his teaching with an “if” or else.

Heb. 3:12-14:

Take heed, brethren, lest perhaps there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, to depart from the living God. But exhort one another every day, whilst it is called to day, that none of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we are made partakers of Christ: yet so, if we hold the beginning of his substance firm unto the end.

This is another warning to those in Christ that they could possibly lose their salvation.

Heb. 6:4-6:

For it is impossible for those who were once illuminated, have tasted also the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, Have moreover tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, And are fallen away: to be renewed again to penance, crucifying again to themselves the Son of God, and making him a mockery.

Only a Christian can be made a partaker of the Holy Ghost. He can lose his salvation.

Heb. 10:26-29:

For if we sin wilfully after having the knowledge of the truth, there is now left no sacrifice for sins But a certain dreadful expectation of judgment, and the rage of a fire which shall consume the adversaries. A man making void the law of Moses, dieth without any mercy under two or three witnesses: How much more, do you think he deserveth worse punishments, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath esteemed the blood of the testament unclean, by which he was sanctified, and hath offered an affront to the Spirit of grace?

II Peter 2:20-21:

For if, flying from the pollutions of the world, through the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they be again entangled in them and overcome: their latter state is become unto them worse than the former. 21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of justice, than after they have known it, to turn back from that holy commandment which was delivered to them.

These two verses are echoing each other. It’s better to never be a Christian than to stop being Christian.

 

 

 

 

In the book of the Apocalypse, we see reference made about a mark or character of the beast (aka Antichrist). The Bible tells us that either Antichrist or the second beast (false prophet) will make the mark on “both little and great, rich and poor, freemen and bondmen…in their right hand, or on their foreheads. And that no man might buy or sell, but he that hath the character, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name (Ap 13:16-17).”

There is a conspiracy theory that the mark of the beast will be a microchip or tattoo id forced upon citizens of the world by a world government. This microchip or id will be used in place of a cashless society where men will not be able to buy and sell, drive, fly, etc. without the microchip/id.

The main problem with this theory is that the Bible also tells us that the reception of the mark of the beast is connected to “adoring the beast and his image (Ap 14:9).” Those who receive the mark will be damned (Ap 14:11, 16:2, 19:20, 20:4).

If such a mark is forced upon mankind without their consent, they will not be damned. God is just and will not damn an individual for being forced into doing something against his will. It appears that a voluntary slavery is necessary to accomplish the feat.

The mark of the beast could be a microchip or id, but St. John’s hearers wouldn’t know anything about microchips and tattoo id’s encoded with all our information. However, we should fight against a world government, a universal microchip/id, and a cashless society. Government tyranny should not be tolerated! No doubt, a world government that enslaves men fits Antichrist. But there’s another type of slavery and it’s been around for a long time. Antichrist’s slavery is sin, particularly abominable sin.

When St. John wrote the Apocalypse, his hearers would probably have a better understanding what he meant by mark or character of the beast. The literary genre of the Apocalypse, common among the ancient Semites, is filled with illusions, images, and other symbols.

Christians are baptized and anointed with oil on the head. The hands of priests are anointed. Christians believe and think rightly with their heads and work with their hands. The foreheads represent what man believes and thinks, and the hands represent what man does in action through work. Since Antichrist is the antithesis of Christ and Christianity, the mark of the beast on the head and hand is symbolic to believing and working contrary to Christ and Christianity. To “buy and sell” in Ap. 13:17 is a figurative way of saying that Antichrist controls all aspects of the economy to the degree that the whole world will have to interact with the beast in different ways to survive civilization.

The mark of the beast is the name of Antichrist or his number, which is 666. Numbers have symbolic meanings in the Apocalypse. In the Apocalypse 4:8 four living creatures in heaven (Apostles or angels) praise God, saying, “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, who was, and who is, and who is to come.” The four living creatures repeat holy 3 times to emphasize perfect holiness. The number 7 also represents perfection and the number six represents imperfection. In repeating 6 three times, St. John might be telling us that Antichrist (666) is the perfect antithesis of perfection (or 7). Note also that God’s last day of creation was on the sixth day as He rested on the seventh. Heaven is the day of peace and rest, but hell is eternal chaos and unrest. The beast never rests. He operates on the seventh day, because he is stuck in the sixth day.

On the Lord’s Day, men do unnecessary work, which is a mark of the beast.

666 was also the weight of gold that came to Solomon every year (III Kings 10:14). This gold Solomon kept receiving ties from men working on the Sabbath to make money.

“For they that will become rich, fall into temptation, and into the snare of the devil, and into many unprofitable and hurtful desires, which drown men into destruction and perdition. For the desire of money is the root of all evils; which some coveting have erred from the faith, and have entangled themselves in many sorrows (I Tim. 6:9-10).”

When Jesus told the rich man to obey the Commandments to have eternal life, the rich man said, “All these I have kept from my youth, what is yet wanting to me? Jesus saith to him: If thou wilt be perfect, go sell what thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come follow me. And when the young man had heard this word, he went away sad: for he had great possessions. Then Jesus said to his disciples: Amen, I say to you, that a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven (Matt. 19:20-23).”

Christ was pointing out how the rich man did not keep the Commandments, because he broke the very first one:

“Thou shalt not have strange gods before me. Thou shalt not make to thyself a graven thing, nor the likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or in the earth beneath, nor of those things that are in the waters under the earth. Thou shalt not adore them, nor serve them (Ex. 20:3-5).”

The rich man had money for his god, but the love of money can ultimately lead man to think of himself as god who serves himself with a life of wealth, pleasure, and power.

Antichrist makes himself out to be a god in the same way. He worships himself.

In the first several centuries, Christians were martyred because they refused to give up on Christ, worship idols, and adore the emperor. In other words, they refused what might be called the mark of the beast in their day. St. John tells us, “And every spirit that dissolveth Jesus, is not of God: and this is Antichrist, of whom you have heard that he cometh, and he is now already in the world (I John 4:3).”

Throughout history, Christians had an option to follow Christ or believe and work contrary to Christ.

St. John also had in mind a final Antichrist, who would have his own particular marks. We live in a world where the spirit of Antichrist is everywhere in society. Not every wicked thing will constitute the mark of the beast, but it will have the same damning effect on souls. Receiving or not receiving the mark of the beast will affect our lives in society. In some cases, it will be difficult to get along without accepting Antichrist’s mark.

Antichrist involves society as a whole. Since Antichrist is the perfect antithesis of Christ, I would look for the sins of abomination and which cry to heaven for vengeance.

Idolatry, blasphemy, and rejecting the Lord’s Day would be at the top of the list as these are against the first of the 10 Commandments. Then again, all abominations are part and parcel with the idolatry of self.

Abortion, for instance, is wicked, but being against it will not prevent you from getting along in society. We can continue to buy and sell (i.e. live normally). Half of society is against abortion. However, vaccines are made by the tissue of aborted babies. Knowing this fact will not keep people from getting vaccines. They will scream against the evil of abortion and then happily receive vaccines they know come from the aborted children. Rejecting vaccines makes people outcasts and it may prevent them from attending schools or other parts of society. Since many people are unaware or don’t believe that vaccines are made by aborted children, receiving a vaccine would probably not constitute as a mark of the beast.

There are two abominable sins that everybody knows in their hearts to be against God, because they are against the natural law. These two sins affect society and rejecting these sins will hamper citizens from living normally. Homosexuality and feminism are two abominations that are contrary to the creation of mankind. These two abominations are forced upon mankind by law. Taxes are paid in support of both. Government, military, law and order throughout the world support and practice one or both and then force these abominations upon man.

When you accept homosexuality as an acceptable part of society even though it’s contrary to nature (Rom. 1, Jude 1:7), you accept the mark of the beast in your head. If you vote to make it so, you accept the mark on your hand.

When you say women are men’s authoritative equal, which is contrary to nature (I Tim. 2:12-13), you receive the mark of the beast on the head. When you put them in charge of government, military, police, etc., you accept the mark of the beast on the hand. When men give in to women as authoritative equals for a paycheck, they receive the mark of the beast on their hands.

So while “Christians” are looking at the future microchip/id as the mark of the beast, these same people will have already received the mark of the beast when they decided to do unnecessary work on the Lord’s Day for a paycheck, when they contributed to homosexuality and feminism by believing, deceiving, promoting, and voting, and when they give in and voluntarily go along with these and other abominations of Antichrist.

When man acknowledges these abominations as the accepted norm, he ultimately has placed himself in the place of God, raising himself above all that is called God; in such wise that although he cannot utterly extinguish in himself all knowledge of God, he has contemned God’s majesty and, as it were, made of the universe a temple wherein he himself is to be adored. “He sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself as if he were God” (II. Thess. Ii., 2). Man becomes Antichrist. He creates his own false religions, ideologies, and evil governments, which promotes himself as if he were God. He marks and idolizes himself.

When I think of the most wicked and notorious humans who’ve ever lived, Nero, Caligula, Diocletian, Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, Mao, and Pol Pot all come to mind. However, I would rank Martin Luther at the top of the list right behind Arius and Judas Iscariot.

Judas is #1 because he knew Christ, betrayed him, killed himself, and Christ told us that it would have been better had he never been born. He’s also the only person the Catholic Church has ever taught went to hell. [1] Luther taught that Judas was operating under God’s positive Will. This is just one of Luther’s many blasphemous heresies.

Arius argued against Christ’s divinity and it shook up the Church. Many bishops fell into Arianism throughout Christendom. St. John warned against those like Arius, “And every spirit that dissolveth Jesus is not of God. And this is Antichrist, of whom you have heard that he cometh: and he is now already in the world (I John 4:3).”

Then we come to Martin Luther, the ex-Catholic German Augustinian priest. He was a narcissistic, foul-mouthed, blaspheming glutton and drunk. Luther sinned boldly. With striking parallels with Hitler, Luther led a German campaign against the Catholic Church and Jews. Like Hitler, his death is also controversial. It’s related by several different documented sources that Luther committed suicide. [2]

Luther was no reformer or savior of Christianity. The Church never needs to be reformed in doctrine or else the Church would not be pillar and ground of the truth (I Tim. 3:15). Luther essentially argued that the gates of hell prevailed against the Church for hundreds of years. He stood against all of Christendom with his own personal doctrines to fit his own personal religion.

Luther left his convent, broke all his solemn vows to God, married a nun, and began a revolution, which has led countless souls astray from the true Faith, the sacraments, and ultimately Christ. His revolt is felt heavily today, since most all so-called Bible Christians of Protestantism, Fundamentalism, and Evangelicalism follow Luther’s sola scriptura doctrine, which is the very foundation for the mess we see in today’s secular society. Every man for himself on what constitutes the Word of God and how it’s to be applied. Therefore, man becomes the final arbiter of truth and the Christian nation is ultimately destroyed. Christ is no longer recognized as the King of all nations. Man rules himself as he feigns love and devotion to God. Man ends up worshiping himself. Luther’s defection with the backing of the German princes has led the world down a path of destruction and the forming of the final Antichrist.

Luther, himself, was an anti-Christ who denied the Word of God of Sacred Tradition and the authority that gave us the Holy Bible. What pride Luther had and what folly by those that follow him or his doctrines.

That person, pride, and folly are praised by the Vatican 2 popes.

Following the Second Vatican Council, the Vatican began cozying up to the followers of Luther’s doctrines. It first acknowledged that these heretics are true Christians and their religions make up part of the Church of Christ. [3]

Rome issued a new mass devoid of nearly all of the prayers used in the ancient Latin Rite. In concocting this new mass, Rome allowed the collaboration of six Protestants, in order that the new rite would please Lutherans and Anglicans. Keep in mind the Catholic maxim, Lex orandi, lex credendi, the law for prayer is the law for faith.

On Nov. 6, 1983, John Paul II issued a letter, which praised Martin Luther. The letter was to mark the anniversary of Martin Luther’s 500th birthday. [4] On Dec. 11, 1983, John Paul II participated in a Lutheran religious celebration of Martin Luther’s legacy, again praising him.

In 1999, John Paul II approved the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, which acknowledges the Lutheran religion as part of the Church of Christ, which necessarily rejects the formal unity of the Church, a complete heresy.

John Paul II continued his ecumenical relationship with the Lutherans through joint prayer celebrations and events. His successor, Benedict XVI, would follow in his footsteps.

On March 14, 2010, in a Lutheran temple in Rome, Benedict XVI preached on the anniversary of the joint declaration on justification.

On September 23, 2011, Benedict XVI met with the Lutheran council in Erfurt and celebrated an ecumenical service in the chapel of the Lutheran monastery of St. Augustine. There, Benedict XVI would bow towards the Lutheran altar devoid of sacrifice and prayed alongside a woman bishop. [5]

Apparently in Lutheranism (as with the rest of the world), women are seen as authoritative equals to men. At the 500th anniversary of Luther’s posting his 95 theses (Oct. 31, 2017 Halloween or Protestant Day) German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Frank-Walter Steinmeier attended several ceremonies in Wittenberg, starting with a service at All Saints’ Church (Schlosskirche), the church Luther posted his gripes. Merkel’s father was a Lutheran pastor.

“Pope” Francis has taken the veneration of Luther to a whole new level. On Oct. 16, 2016, Francis held a papal audience with a group of Protestants. However, he first ordered a relatively large statue of Luther to be placed in the Vatican for the event (see above picture). The Protestants would later give Francis a copy of the 95 theses, which he happily accepted. [6]

On Halloween, 2016, the joint Lutheran and “Catholic” common prayer in Lund, Sweden, was concelebrated by Francis and Bishop Munib A. Younan, the President of the Lutheran World Federation. They signed a joint statement with the commitment to continue the ecumenical journey together towards the unity Christ prayed for, (cf. John 17:21). [7] Apparently, they believe that Christ’s prayer for unity has failed for 500 years.

On Nov. 23, 2017, the Vatican issued a postage stamp featuring Martin Luther and Philip Melanchthon, marking the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Revolution. [8] The stamp presents the heretics at the foot of the Cross as symbol of their faithful witness of Christ. I can easily see Chancellor Merkel involved in issuing such a stamp, but the Vatican? Why not? After all, they’ve been venerating Luther for over 30 years.

What’s next from ole “Pope” Francis and the Vatican? Perhaps, it will be the beatification and canonization of Luther. [9] A priest told me that in his seminary days, there was talk about canonizing Luther.

It is beyond my comprehension how anyone claiming to be Catholic can’t see how praising Luther and Protestantism is 100% proof that the Vatican 2 popes are not Catholic popes of the Catholic Church. The Vatican 2 popes are not just feeding people with the poisonous food of error of history, doctrine, and practice, but they become the very gates of hell that Christ guarantees will not prevail against His Catholic Church. [10]

Now that I think about it, I probably should list the Vatican 2 popes in front of Luther, Arius, and even Judas as the most wicked and notorious men in all of history. They have done more damage to the Catholic Church than all the heretics, heathens, and infidels put together.

 

Footnotes:

[1] Twice this Catechism teaches that Judas Iscariot went to hell by implication.

“Such certainly was the condition of Judas, who, repenting, hanged himself, and thus lost soul and body.”  (p. 264 Catechism of the Council of Trent, TAN Books.)

“they derive no other fruit from their priesthood than was derived by Judas from the Apostleship, which only brought him everlasting destruction. (p. 319)

[2]  http://www.catholicityblog.com/2016/11/the-death-of-luther.html

Monday, November 28, 2016

How did Luther Die?

The official Protestant version narrates that the greatest architect of the Christian rupture died of a natural death on February 15, 1546, after a trip to Eisleben and suffering from angina pectoris; Was it really like this?

A contemporary German scholar, Dietrich Emme, offers a very different version in a review of events. In his book “Martin Luther, Seine Jugend und Studienzeit 1483-1505. Eine dokumentarische Darstelleng “[1] (“Martin Luther: Youth and Years of Study from 1483 to 1505. Bonn 1983”) points out that Luther committed suicide, and he is not alone in pointing this out.

Likewise, a Freudian psychoanalyst, M. Roland Dalbiez, in his study Luther’s Anguish [2], attributes him “… a very serious neurosis of anguish, so grave that one may wonder whether it has not been due to a border-state between neurosis on the one hand and “suicide raptus” on the other, a teleological anti-suicidal automatism”[3].

Indeed, Luther had suicidal tendencies, as it can be corroborated in his own “Tischreden” (“Table Talk”), where one of his conversations with Pastor Güben Leonhard Beyer, in 1551 is documented:

“He told us that when he was a prisoner the devil had wickedly tormented him and that he had laughed heartily when he (Luther) took a knife in his hand, saying:” Go ahead! Kill yourself! “(…). This has happened to me very often, so much as to put a knife in my hand … and what evil thoughts came to mind in this way, so evil that I could no longer pray “[4].

In 1606, Franciscan Heinrich Sedulius in his “Preaescriptiones adversus haereses”, narrates something analogous bringing up the valuable testimony of Ambrosio Kudtfeld, a witness and man of confidence of the “reformer” who, far from accounting a death from angina , says:

“On the night before his death, Martin Luther let himself be overcome by his habitual intemperance and in such excess that we were obliged to take him, completely drunk, and place him in his bed. Then, we retired to our bedroom, without sensing anything unpleasant! The next morning, we went back to our lord to help him get dressed, as usual. Then – oh, what a pain! – we saw our master Martin hanging from the bed and strangled miserably! His mouth was crooked, th right part of his face was black, his neck was red and deformed.”[5]

Indeed, at that time raised beds supported by columns were used.

“In the face of this horrible spectacle, we felt great fear! We ran, without delay, to the princes, his guests of the day before, to announce to them the execrable end of Luther! They, full of terror like us, immediately promised us, with a thousand promises and the most solemn oaths, to observe, with respect to that event, an eternal silence. Then they ordered us to remove the rope from Luther’s hideous corpse, lay him on his bed, and then report to the people that “Master Luther” had suddenly abandoned this life!”[6]

Maritain himself points out that Dr. De Coster, who examined Luther, explained that the deceased’s mouth was crooked with the face black and the neck red and deformed [7].

Likewise, Oratorian priest Bozio, in his book “De Signis Ecclesiae”, published in 1592 [8], points out that one of the reformer’s household indicated that his lord was found hanged from the columns of his bed; Dr. Géorges Claudin says the same: [9].

As Villa points out, “Luther, then, did not die a natural death, as has been falsely written in all the history books of Protestantism, but died as a suicidal, hanged from his bed after a splendid dinner,  in which, as usual, he had drunk too much and was satisfied with food beyond all bounds!”[10].

Paradoxically, that February 15, 1546, feast of the Chair of St. Peter, he, who had railed against the Church, the Papacy, and the Catholic doctrine, voluntarily abandoned his mortal life at three in the morning, the anti-hour of Redemption that Our Lord Jesus Christ brought to us on Calvary.

It’s sad: but that’s the end of those who live in a bad way.

Don’t let them deceive you…

  1. Javier Olivera Ravasi

SOURCE. Translated from Spanish by Catholicity blog.

[1] It is worth saying that the two most competent historians in Germany on Luther’s life: Dr. Theobald Beer and Prof. Remigius Baumer, have corroborated both the material and the documents cited by Emme.

[2] Roland Dalbiez, L’angoisse de Luther, Tequi, Paris 1974.

[3] Luigi Villa, Martin Lutero, Homicidal and Suicidal, Civilta, Brescia s/f, 5 (http://www.chiesaviva.com/lutero%20omicida%20e%20suicida/lutero%20homicida%20y%20suicida.pdf),

[4] Luigi Villa, op. cit., 12 13.

[5] Ibídem, 16. The text in Latin can be seen in Heinrici Seduli ex Ordine Minorum, Praescriptiones adversus haereses, Officina Plantiniana, Antwerp 1606, 257 pp. (online version here: http://bajarlibros.co/libro/f.-heinrici-seduli-ex-ordine-minorum-praescriptiones-adversus-haereses/bwjIJTfTtzjt2o2G/)

[6] Ibídem.  An interesting coincidence is that Maritain narrates in his book “Three Reformers” that several friends, companions and first disciples of Luther also committed suicide.

[7] Maritain’s information is contained in the French edition, not the Spanish one.

[8] Tomás Bozio, De signis Ecclesiae, Pedro Landry, Lyon 1593-1594, 3 vols.

[9] Géorges Claudin, La mort de Luther, Noisy-Le-Sec, Paris 1900, 99 ( http://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/bpt6k9323938.r).

[10] Luigi Villa, op. Cit., 17.

[3] https://stevensperay.wordpress.com/2011/12/26/fathers-of-mercy-priest-enters-subsists-debate/

Also,

JOINT DECLARATION ON THE DOCTRINE OF JUSTIFICATION  by the Lutheran World Federation and the Catholic Church

Nov. 1, 1999

  1. We give thanks to the Lord for this decisive step forward on the way to overcoming the division of the church. We ask the Holy Spirit to lead us further toward that visible unity which is Christ’s will.

Comment:  It’s saying Lutherans are part of the Body of Christ the Church and that the Church of Christ is not even visibly unified. Edward Cardinal Cassidy (President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity) informed us that John Paul II approved and blessed the Joint Declaration.

[4] https://www.nytimes.com/1983/11/06/world/pope-praises-luther-in-an-appeal-for-unity-on-protest-anniversary.html

[5]

https://www.traditioninaction.org/RevolutionPhotos/A357rcRatzLuther.html

and https://www.traditioninaction.org/RevolutionPhotos/A438-Erfurt.html

[6] https://www.traditioninaction.org/RevolutionPhotos/A700-Luther.html

[7] https://zenit.org/articles/joint-statement-for-end-of-commemoration-of-reformation/

[8] https://cruxnow.com/vatican/2017/11/vatican-issues-stamp-featuring-martin-luther-reformation-anniversary/

[9] https://www.traditioninaction.org/bev/195bev09_30_2016.htm

[10] https://stevensperay.wordpress.com/2020/02/12/the-gates-of-hell-and-the-gates-of-the-church-revisited/

 

St. Isidore and his wife, St. Mary de la Cabeza

Today is the Feast Day of St. Isidore, the Farmer. He is the patron saint of my business, which is named after him, St. Isidore Landscape. His feast day on March 22 lands about the time my landscape and lawn service begins. I’m getting very excited to work again after the winter months of cold and hard work of chopping wood by hand to warm my home. I want to honor him by posting Rev. Alban Butler’s writing about him.

ST. ISIDORE OF MADRID, LABORER, PATRON OF MADRID

It is a misfortune which deserves to be lamented with floods of tears, that ignorance, obstinacy, and vice should so often taint a country life, the state which of all others is most necessary and important to the world; the most conformable to a human condition and to nature; the state which was sanctified by the example of the primitive holy patriarchs, and which affords the most favorable opportunities for the perfect practice of every virtue and Christian duty. What advantageous helps to piety did the ancient hermits seek in the deserts, which the circumstances of a country laborer do not offer? The life of St. Isidore is a most sensible proof of this assertion. He was born at Madrid, of poor but very devout parents, and was christened Isidore from the name of their patron, St. Isidore of Seville. They had not the means to procure him learning or a polite education; but, both by word and example, they infused into his tender soul the utmost horror and dread of all sin, and the most vehement ardor for every virtue, and especially for prayer. Good books are a great help to holy meditation; but not indispensably requisite. St. Irenaeus mentions whole nations which believed in Christ, and abounded in exemplary livers, without knowing the use of ink or paper. Many illustrious anchorets knew no other alphabet than that of humility and divine charity. The great St. Antony himself could not so much as read the Greek or Latin languages: nay, from the words of St. Austin, some doubt whether he could read even his own barbarous Egyptian dialect. Yet in the science of the saints, what philosopher or orator ever attained to the A B C of that great man? Learning, if it puffs up the mind, or inspires any secret self-sufficiency, is an impediment to the communications of the Holy Ghost: simplicity and sincere humility being the dispositions which invite him into the soul. By these was Isidore prepared to find him an interior instructor and comforter. His earnestness in seeking lessons and instructions of piety made him neglect no opportunity of hearing them; and so much the more tender and the deeper were the impressions which they left in his soul, as his desire was the stronger and the more pure. His patience in bearing all injuries and in overcoming the envy of fellow-servants by cordial kindnesses, his readiness to obey his masters, and in indifferent things to comply with the inclinations of others, and humbly to serve every one, gave him the most complete victory over himself and his passions. Labor he considered as enjoined him by God in punishment of sin, and for a remedy against it. And he performed his work in a spirit of compunction and penance. Many object that their labors and fatigues leave them little time for the exercises of religion. But Isidore, by directing his attention according to the most holy motives of faith, made his work a most perfect act of religion. He considered it as a duty to God. Therefore he applied himself to it with great diligence and care, in imitation of the angels in heaven, who in all things fulfil the will of God with the greatest readiness and alacrity of devotion. The more humbling and the more painful the labor was, the dearer it was to the saint, being a means the more suitable to tame his flesh, and a more noble part of his penance. With the same spirit that the saints subdued their bodies by toils in their deserts, Isidore embraced his task. He moreover sanctioned it by continual prayer. While his hand held the plough, he in his heart conversed with God, with his angel guardian, and the other blessed spirits; sometimes deploring the sins of the world, and his own spiritual miseries, at other times in the melting words of the royal prophet, raising his desires to the glory of the heavenly Jerusalem. It was chiefly by this perfect spirit of prayer, joined with, or rather engrafted upon a most profound humility and spirit of mortification, that St. Isidore arrived at so eminent a degree of sanctity as rendered him the admiration of all Spain. In his youth he was retained servant by a gentleman named John de Vargas of Madrid, to till his land and do his husbandry work. The saint afterwards took a most virtuous woman to wife, named Mary Toribia. Those who call her de la Cabeza were deceived by a chapel to which that name is given, because her head is kept in it. After the birth of one child, which died young, the parents, by mutual consent, served God in perfect continency.

St. Isidore continued always in the service of the same master. On account of his fidelity, he could say to him as Jacob did to Laban, [1] that, to guard and improve his stock, he had often watched the nights, and had suffered the scorching heats of summer, and the cold of winter; and that the stock, which he found small, had been exceedingly increased in his hands. Don John de Vargas, after long experience of the treasure he possessed in this faithful ploughman, treated him as a brother, according to the advice of Ecclesiasticus, [2] Let a wise servant be dear to thee as thy own soul. He allowed him the liberty of assisting daily at the public office of the church. On the other side, Isidore was careful by rising very early, to make his devotions no impediment to his business, nor any encroachment upon what he owed to his master. This being a duty of justice, it would have been a false devotion to have pretended to please God by a neglect of such an obligation; much less did the good servant indulge his compassionate charity to the poor, by relieving them otherwise than out of his own salary. The saint was sensible that in his fidelity, diligence, and assiduous labor consisted, in great part, the sanctification of his soul; and that his duty to his master was his duty to God. He also inspired his wife with the same confidence in God, the same love of the poor, and the same disengagement from the things of this world: he made her the faithful imitatrix of his virtues, and a partner in his good works. She died in 1175, and is honored in Spain among the saints. Her immemorial veneration was approved by pope Innocent XII. in 1697. See Benedict XIV., de Canoniz. 1. 2, c. 24, p. 246.

St. Isidore being seized with the sickness of which he died, foretold his last hour, and prepared himself for it with redoubled fervor, and with the most tender devotion, patience, and cheerfulness. The piety with which he received the last sacraments drew tears from all that were present. Repeating inflamed acts of divine love, he expired on the 15th of May, 1170, being near sixty years of age. His death was glorified by miracles. After forty years, his body was removed out of the churchyard into the church of St. Andrew. It has been since placed in the bishop’s chapel, and during these five hundred years remains entire and fresh, being honored by a succession of frequent miracles down to this time. The following, among others, is very well attested. Philip III., in his return from Lisbon, was taken so ill at Casarubios del Monte, that his life was despaired of by his physicians. Whereupon the shrine of St. Isidore was ordered to be carried in a solemn procession of the clergy, court, and people, from Madrid to the chamber of the sick king. The joint prayers of many prevailed. At the same time the shrine was taken out of the church, the fever left the king; and upon its being brought into his chamber, he was perfectly cured. The year following the body of the saint was put into a new rich shrine, which cost one thousand six hundred ducats of gold. St. Isidore had been beatified a little before by Paul V., in 1619, at the solicitation of the same king. His solemn canonization was performed, at the request of king Philip IV., on the 12th of March, 1622; though the bull was only made public by Benedict XIII. See the life of St. Isidore, written by John of Madrid, one hundred and forty years after his death; and Card. Lambertini, de Canoniz. SS. t. 3.

Endnotes

1 Gen. xxxi. 40; xxx 30.

2 Eccles. vii. 28.

(Taken from Vol. V of “The Lives or the Fathers, Martyrs and Other Principal Saints” by the Rev. Alban Butler, the 1864 edition published by D. & J. Sadlier, & Company)