The Catholic Defender: The Totus Tuus Show.

Posted by Donald Hartley - January 30th, 2014

greg 3Totus Tuus is a Latin phrase meaning “totally yours” that the late great Pope John Paul II offered to Jesus through His devotion to the Virgin Mary, the Mother of God. Totus Tuus, “totally yours” is the name of our Thursday evening show on Deepertruth and I am so thankful to announce that Dr. Gregory Thompson is my co-host for this show. We will focus on all things Catholic with a heavy emphasis on our relationship with God through the Virgin Mary, the Saints and Heaven.

You can go to all kinds of anti-Catholic Facebook sites and get all kinds of false misrepresentations, this show will be an opportunity for the faithful Catholic to be enriched in the truths of the Catholic Faith. We are not ashamed to recognize that the Virgin Mary and the Saints do intercede on our behalf and we are thankful.

The Deepertruth show, “Totus Tuus” begins today and each Thursday evening at 8:00 Eastern, 7:00 Central, 6:00 Mountain, 5:00 Pacific. You can always hit the archives as well. Pray for America!

To catch the show please hit the link below this announcement (Totus Tuus Show).

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The Catholic Defender: Mike Gendron On The Warpath

Posted by Donald Hartley - January 30th, 2014

Proclaiming the Gospel with Mike Gendron: “Nine Roman Catholics came from all over Texas to be “evangelized” in the church in Dallas where Mike Gendron is a member. They came because they heard that Mike and 8 other members of his church were evangelizing Catholics at their church on Christmas Eve. The nine Catholics were all part of a nationwide ministry called St. Paul Street Evangelization which spreads the Catholic faith and hands out rosaries. They called in all their “big guns” from Houston, Austin and Tyler. Although we quickly found out their motives were not really to be evangelized, Mike was able to give a complete Gospel presentation before we opened the meeting for questions.”

spseWow, Mike Gendron thought of us Catholics who wanted to respond to his attack upon St. Elizabeth Ann Seton as “big guns” was a great honor! The Radio show that we recently responded to Mike Gendron really speaks volumes.

From the outset, in that “open forum” where Catholic Christians were given the opportunity to respond only if we did not utilize the whole word of God. Mike Gendron made it clear that we were not to bring up the Church Fathers, history, Tradition in context. It is very obvious as to why! They have no church fathers, history, or tradition. Their response using the bible only through the lenses of Martin Luther, John Calvin, and Grace Life church provides a very Calvinistic (reformed) view.

So, at the end of the day, we will be responsible and accountable to Our Lord Jesus Christ in our response to your open or private attacks on Catholics. What you did at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton unprovoked and unwelcomed was a disgrace. There is no comparison from what St. Paul did in going to the Jews from what you did at the Catholic Church. Likewise, there is no comparison between the response of the Jews from our rightful response against you.

We are to contend for the Faith of the holy ones, against those “who pervert the grace of our God into licentiousness and who deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ (Jude 3-4).

vatican 1Acts 9:31 “Then the church throughout all* Judea, Galilee and Samaria enjoyed a time of peace. It was strengthened; and encouraged by the Holy Spirit, it grew in numbers, living in the fear of the Lord. “

*In the original Greek, it is:

Acts 9:31 ἡ μεν ουν εκκλησια καθ᾽ ὁλης της ιουδαιας και γαλιλαιας και σαμαρειας ειχεν ειρηνην οικοδομουμενη και πορευομενη τω φοβω του κυριου, και τη παρακλησει του ἁγιου πνευματος επληθυνοντο.

The term in bold commonly translated as ‘church throughout all’ is in Greek ‘”εκκλησια καθ᾽ ὁλης”—pronounced “Ekklesia Kath olos” or the Church Universal or some might say The Catholic Church, since Kath olos is the same term used by St Ignatius for the Church in his letter. So is it valid to say that the Catholic Church is indeed identified as Christ’s Church in the 9th chapter of Acts?

CD 2Isaiah 66:18-21 states, “Thus says the Lord: I know their works and their thoughts, and I come to gather nations of every language; they shall come and see my glory. I will set a sign among them; from them I will send fugitives to the nations: to Tarshish, Put and Lud, Mosoch, Tubal and Javan, to the distant coastlands that have never heard of my fame, or seen my glory; and they shall proclaim my glory among the nations.”

So, as Catholics, we must be able to withstand the fiery darts of Gendren who is on the warpath. St. Peter said, “Be sober and vigilant. Your opponent the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, steadfast in faith, knowing that your fellow believers throughout the world undergo the same sufferings.”

Notice that the devil is attacking the Church throughout the world? This is the same Church that St. Paul wrote to the Roman Church, “First, I give thanks to my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is heralded throughout the world.” In other words, the devil is attacking it, but he will not win! So Mike Gendron really is Dr. Jekyll Mr Christian! He is not who he seems. He clearly uses religion to deceive.

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*BEST OF DTB #279* Satanism at the Grammys?

Posted by Christie Martin - January 30th, 2014

Katy Perry may simply be milking the shock value of claiming to have sold her soul to Satan. It’s so hard to offend these days, you know what I’m saying? Or she may simply be rebelling against her Christian upbringing by slapping her fame in her family’s faces in this way. Her father is a preacher, after all. What could hurt more than to have a daughter claiming to have sold her soul to the Devil? A bit of the, “Oh yeah, Dad, be proud of THAT!” So, there is every chance that everything about her is simply a gimmick or a goad. At any rate, I’d advise Christians to steer clear.

For one, she’s crude. For two, she’s insulting you by implying your religion would burn her at the stake if it weren’t for all these pesky laws around nowadays. For three, she’s not performing well. Sure, the song and dance is a big showy number, but the singing is mediocre. It’s just not all that interesting. No wonder she’s trying to shock you. Otherwise, would you even be entertained?

See for yourself. Without the creepy stuff…forgettable.
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In fact, I wouldn’t even bother writing about such mediocrity and you would probably not be here reading it if it were not for the whole titillation of evil about her performance. Is she a witch? Is she a Satanist? Were there secret clues hidden in her performance?

It’s very likely you could take her at the entertainer’s face value. Her performance is centered around a dark, witchy looking set with all kinds of creepy images. You could dismiss it as simply the kind of spooky stuff you see at Halloween. You could take it all for just a song and dance.

Except for the song itself. It’s foul. It’s like a warning for anyone who is trucking with evil and magic. Once you start, you had better not stop…or else.

I knew you were
You were gonna come to me
And here you are
But you better choose carefully
‘Cause I, I’m capable of anything
Of anything and everything.

That’s still not too bad, right? Still it could be anything. Then you get this refrain

So you wanna play with magic
Boy, you should know what you’re falling for
Baby do you dare to do this?
Cause I’m coming at you like a dark horse
Are you ready for, ready for
A perfect storm, perfect storm
Cause once you’re mine, once you’re mine
There’s no going back.

All through the lyrics there’s  an allure. A promise. Sex will be great. You’ll have special powers. But still there’s the thinly veiled threat.

She eats your heart out
Like Jeffrey Dahmer (woo)
Be careful.

Satan always pulls at your Pride. Not everyone can handle this, but you can. You’re special. Think you can handle it? You’d better be careful! It’s terrible! But it’s the best thing you’re ever gonna see…

What really got me was that Jeffrey Dahmer reference. That’s a subtle little thing, right there. The song puts him out there as evil. What he did was evil, indeed, but did you know that he converted before he died? I first found this out from a nun. One of her fellow sisters had corresponded with Dahmer and had prayed for his conversion fervently. Later I confirmed that he had, indeed, been Baptized.

He repented so much that he even struggled with obedience to the justice system for keeping him alive. He worried, a little scrupulously I think, that he was sinning against God by continuing to live when his life had been claimed by the state.

Satan is so subtle. He worried a man on death row into thinking that he was sinning by living between his sentence and his execution. Can you not hear the Beast whispering in his ear trying to entice him to the sin of suicide?

And then, knowing that, can you not hear that Beast again? He worms a repentant sinner into lyrics that seem designed to entice others to evil. Using the one that got away as a lure!

What kind of game does Satan play?

God, help us.

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The Catholic Defender: Tonight On Deepertruth

Posted by Donald Hartley - January 29th, 2014

keplar 2Our guest star tonight is Shane P. Kapler, he has been involved in the Catholic Community the past 20 years. He participates with the local Catholic Charismatic and RCIA. Shane Kapler is currently serving in the St. Louis Catholic Community focusing on prayer and the RCIA. Shane has a powerful story as he returns to the Catholic faith after being part of a Non-Denomination Protestant Church. You can catch the show live tonight at 8:00 Eastern, 7:00 Central, 6:00 Mountain, and 5:00 Pacific.

It was the fulness of truth and the Sacred Scriptures that helped lead Shane back to the Catholic Faith. Shane Kapler has appeared on EWTN’s “The Journey Home” and “Deep In Scripture” both by Host Marcus Grodi.

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James 5:19-20 states, "“My brethren, if any one among you wanders from the truth and some one brings him back, let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins”.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA1 Corinthians 16:13 says, “Be on your guard, STAND FIRM in the FAITH, be courageous, be strong. Your every act should be done with love”.

Philippians 1:27 states, “Only, conduct yourselves in a way worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that, whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear news of you, that you are STANDING FIRM in one spirit, with one mind struggling together for the faith of the gospel, not intimidated in any way by your opponents”.

One of my favorite verses, 2 Thessalonians 2:15 states, “Therefore, brothers, STAND FIRM and hold fast to the traditions that you were taught, either by an oral statement or a letter of ours”.

Revelation 2:13 states, “I know that you live where Satan’s throne is, and yet you hold fast (STAND FIRM) to my name and have not denied your faith in me, not even in the days of Antipas, my faithful witness, who was martyred among you, where Satan lives”.

The more you read the scripture from Catholic eyes the more the scriptures open up to the deep richness and kernels of truth.

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*BEST OF DTB #278* Marriage Won’t Fulfill You, It Transforms You

Posted by Christie Martin - January 29th, 2014

My great grandmother gave me the greatest piece of advice I ever received about marriage when I was 14. She said, “You don’t start being married until you threaten to go home and he threatens to let you. Then you settle in.” From that I learned that it’s tough, but that it’s also doable. I also learned that a sense of humor about it all never hurt either.

 

Nowadays, we have many silly ideas about marriage. We think that it is going to fulfill us, complete us, make us happy, and if it doesn’t we’re free to go. It may surprise you to learn marriage isn’t designed for fulfillment. Marriage is a vocation, not a hobby or a real life version of a feel good summer movie.

Marriage is designed to tear down all your imperfections and build you into a new being: a married person. Marriage was meant to completely transform your heart from its self centered, self serving existence into a heart who loves and serves Christ first and Christ completely via service to a spouse and then via service to the children that come of the union.

We modern thinkers have forgotten that heart surgery always hurts. Always.

The good news is that you can and will find all that fulfillment and happiness you are looking for. The bad news is that you won’t find that person who meets your every need and completes you in your spouse. You’ll find that in the Eucharist Lord and in prayer and nowhere else.

What you will find in your spouse is a flawed human person. If this person is willing to hold your hand when you get that 3 a.m. phone call (those are never good) or who will scrape the ice off your windshield each and every winter, you’ve got something pretty good. So what if the trash never makes it to the curb on time on trash day?

If you take your marriage as the gift that it is rather than the ideal that you want, you just might discover you have something everyone else is longing for: a person committed to a life with you. You are loved and you love. That in itself is a miracle. The vows you took ensure that two flawed people can manage to pull the rabbit out of the hat day after day. That’s really the magic of a life long marriage: the ancient art of never ever stopping being married.

My advice might not be as good as my great grandmother’s, but it’s this: don’t expect so much from your marriage. Expect the best from God and make room for all the rest. You’re a flawed person married to another flawed person. This is a person you can love and honor and serve all the days of your life because you love God so much that you’ll keep your promise to Him through him.

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Messing with Evil: Lessons from an Exorcism

Posted by Christie Martin - January 28th, 2014

Weather disasters are a form of natural evil.

I know, I know. We don’t talk about evil anymore. If you’re made uncomfortable by it, fine and dandy. Move along. Nothing to see here. But those of us who have looked in the eyes of a sociopath will tell you…evil exists and must be contended with. No question.

Evil men, indeed.


Evil comes in many forms. There are plenty of examples of evil incarnate, the actual embodiment of evil, in the likes of Pol Pot, Hitler, or Stalin. Then there are the disembodied evils to account for as well like the impersonal evils of natural disasters. Then there are the disembodied evils that are persons: the demonic.

Most people will never come into direct contact with those, thank God, but some do. With the uptick in the ghost chasing hobby, more and more people will. I want to share with you a story of a family, an actual Protestant family no less, who had members become possessed. They moved into a house where bad things were going on, were uneducated about dealing with these sorts of things, and got themselves so deep into a terrible mess that the Catholic Church intervened with an exorcism.

Let me simply pass along a bit of information to you that would have helped them.

First of all, remember always the good news that possession is not something that just suddenly happens to a person. There are plenty of stages and steps all along the way to put an end to it. The better news is that each of these are handled very well by prayer, repentance, and frequent Confession of sins. In fact, living a Sacramental life is the best medicine for such ills. It’s preventative medicine. But here are some of the stages of interaction with that disembodied and very personal evil that this particular family went through…

Infestation
The family moved into a house that for reasons in its history was infested with evil. Infestations affect houses, animals, or objects (Fr. Gabriele Amorth, An Exorcist Tells His Story). In their attempts to rid themselves of the infestation, they took the advice of spiritualists and performed some occult practices and made matters much worse.

How did that make it worse?
When you involve yourself with the occult, you are aligning your will with practices directly opposed to God’s will. Both the Bible and the Catholic Church warn against dealing with any occult practices: future telling, summoning the dead, or practicing sorcery. Even on a simple level, seeking out the advice of a medium or a spiritualist is problematic for a Christian. Obedience to God is an act of the will toward God and doing something expressly forbidden by Him is an act of the will away from God. Demons love that. In fact, perverting your will away from God is practically what the whole point of their interaction with humans is all about. When you are attempting to fight something like an infestation and then take your will and put it in opposition to God’s will that very act will act like a reward for the demon’s efforts. Thus rewarded, the demon will increase its behavior that produced the desired result.

On a less simple level, God and His Church have very good reason to warn us away from occult practices. Certain actions, like prayer, strengthen our connection with God. Certain actions, like blasphemy, break our connection with God completely. There are many other actions or sins that merely weaken it. Dealing with the occult in a purposeful and knowing opposition to God’s command will break your connection with Him. Dealing with the occult in ignorance makes that connection weak. Let me explain it this way. God is continually broadcasting grace to us like a giant, holy radio transmitter. He has given us the settings to tune into it via His commands and injunctions. We have a choice to tune in or not. When we begin the process of sin we experience “station drift” and instead of tuning into Grace, we start to hear static. Trucking with the occult seriously hits that tuner so that we are in danger of losing our station completely.

Consider the commands and strictures of Christian life as simply the frequencies needed to tune into Grace.


This family, Christian or not, was ignorant of their faith. They sought out their church for advice, which was good, but then they sought out the advice of spiritualists. They didn’t seem to know any better. I wanted to be sure that you did.

At any rate, here is their story.

The Exorcisms of Latoya Ammons
By Marisa Kwiatkowski

A woman and three children who claimed to be possessed by demons. A 9-year-old boy walking backward up a wall in the presence of a family case manager and hospital nurse.

Gary police Capt. Charles Austin said it was the strangest story he had ever heard.

Austin, a 36-year veteran of the Gary Police Department, said he initially thought Indianapolis resident Latoya Ammons and her family concocted an elaborate tale as a way to make money. But after several visits to their home and interviews with witnesses, Austin said simply, “I am a believer.”

Not everyone involved with the family was inclined to believe its incredible story. And many readers will find Ammons’ supernatural claims impossible to accept.

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The Catholic Defender: Operation Lone Survivor

Posted by Donald Hartley - January 28th, 2014

Film Title: Lone SurvivorTonight (1-27-2014) I went to see the movie “Lone Survivor”, based from the true story of SEAL TEAM 10 who were given a special mission called “Operation Red Wing”. On June 28, 2005 the mission was to kill or capture Ahmad Shah who was a high ranking member of the Taliban responsible for the killings of civilians in eastern Afghanistan. This continues to be a battle that is taking place even to this day between the Taliban and local Afghan tribes. I watched the movie almost in an empty theater because I came during the day after a class at Texas A&M.

AxelsonI was watching on Fox & Friends, 14 January, 2014, one of the Mothers, Donna Axelson, (Mother of Matthew Axelson) appeared for a interview. Fox News Reporter Peter Doocy struggles through the interview as he clearly was struck by the story and what happened. I remember really being touched by Mrs. Axelson’s courage and strength as she recalled the movie. I remember first hand what it is like watching a mother in this situation. My Mother had two Son’s who were Marines, both depicted in great danger. My Brother Randy, was in Lebanon, Beirut when the 1983 bomb went off. He had been in that building moments before the blast.

Peter Doocy explains that the Navy Seals were in place when a herd of goats stumbled upon them and the herders were quickly captured by the Navy Seals. The leader of the group of four Navy Seals, Michael Murphy decided to let them go. It was about an hour later when all hell broke loose as the Navy Seals found themselves surrounded by enemy forces.

Mike_Durant_Time_coverAs I watched the movie, I was brought back to some of our experiences, people who have been there can certainly relate. A MH-47 Chinook helicoper was dispatched to support the Navy Seals but in the process was shot down. There were 16 members of the Navy Seals and 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment “Nightstalkers” who were all killed in this battle. The Nightstalkers you might recall was also the same group that Micheal Durant of “Black Hawk Down” was a part of.

I have a hard back Catechism of the Catholic Church that I bought that Michael Durant signed for me, “To SFC Donald T Hartley, “The Catholic Defender”: Best Wishes NSDQ (Nightstalkers Don’t Quit)!
Michael Durant (signature) “Super G4″

About the Movie, Mrs. Axelson said of Ben Foster, who played her son, Matthew, “”He did an amazing job of bringing Matthew to the screen. And after I saw the rough cut in May, I texted Ben and I said, ‘Thank you for bringing my son back to me for a few hours…”

Lone-Survivor2Continuing with the interview with Mrs. Donna Axelson, Peter Doocy asked her what she thought of some of the criticism of the movie calling it a political propaganda. Mrs. Axelson responded, “”Hogwash. Marcus [Luttrell] has been very careful about not bringing politics into this at all. This is just a story about what our military men do. Because as an all-volunteer military, these are men and women who want to do this, who believe in America and want to protect us from additional 9/11 kinds of attacks. It has nothing to do with politics. It has to do with the courage and bravery of our military men and women…”

At the end of the movie, I sat there alone watching the screen go black as I remembered that 5 of my own Soldiers were wounded in battle. Three of them were medevaced back to the United States for higher care. I also spoke with family members of Soldiers who died, friends of mine who gave the highest sacrifice for their country.

Lone-Survivor-Ben-Foster-Matt-Axe-AxelsonWhen Mrs. Axelson was asked about the criticism of the movie as if it was “political propaganda”, that just makes my blood boil! I want to publicly thank actor Mark Wahlberg who thanked the United States Military and the real-life heroes who inspired “Lone Survivor” in his acceptance speech, “I wanna thank my wife and my kids for allowing me to pretend to be as important as a soldier fighting in Afghanistan.”

The movie was honored as “Best Action Movie”, and “Best Actor”. I couldn’t help but have tears here and I sat there getting myself together. As I was walking our of the dark room, a young lady was there cleaning up and I stopped to talk to her. I asked her if she had seen the movie. She responded that she had not yet, but was planning to see it very soon. I told her that I would not ruin the story for her, but I encouraged her to thank a Soldier if she had the chance of meeting them. I gave her some of my background, this was all too real for me.

CD 10Sometimes I am asked about the impact of a film, should young children see this movie? There is a lot of violence that gives a realism to it, I would not recommend it for the very young. I remember growing up with John Wayne, but this is a bit more life like and it is not the same. I think this is good for anyone over 12 years of age. Anything under than that definitely should be with their parents. There is some vulgar language which is something I do not like, but it probably is a real scenario.

As always, it is important to remember that freedom isn’t free, there are enemies who hate America. We need to pray for America, and our Troops. There is much sacrifice given by our Military, some of which gave the highest sacrifice. Jesus said,”No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

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The Catholic Defender: SPSE Big At Ministry Weekend

Posted by Donald Hartley - January 27th, 2014

IMG_1444This past weekend, our Parish, Copperas Cove Holy Family Catholic Church, held it’s annual Ministry Weekend where parishioners were invited to see all that the Church is doing in the Parish. This began Saturday afternoon after the 17:30 Mass. This would end on Sunday after the 12:30 Mass. We had hundreds of people come through and looked at all the various ministries taking place. We had Marriage Encounter, Eucharistic Adoration, the Knights of Columbus and many other organizations. The RCIA, the Youth Groups, Alter Serving, just a lot of good things.

I was holding a booth for two positions. I lead the Bible Study here at Copperas Cove and I am the Team Leader for the St. Paul’s Street Evangelization and Deepertruth. Many people had not heard of SPSE before this weekend, but now, the word is getting out. There is a lot of interest in what we are doing out on the street. Granted, I was on a home court and I played before a home crowd, but, when I see the energy of people that is really rewarding. I will have to think about getting copies of many of the pamphlets as people love them and were taking them.

IMG_1442I am seeing a lot of interest in our area and I know that many other people across the country is finding the same thing. I had children coming up to me for rosaries and what a joy it is to have them on hand.

SPSE as an organization, is becoming more and more known as we continue to stand before others.

As SPSE continues to grow getting involved in Apologetics, Prison Ministry, and many other areas of operation which can be endless, prayer is at the heart of all of it.

1 Timothy 4:7-9 states, “Avoid profane and silly myths. Train yourself for devotion, for, while physical training is of limited value, devotion is valuable in every respect, since it holds a promise of life both for the present and for the future.”

IMG_1401I was raised an athlete most of my life, even as a Soldier I was very much an athlete leading my troops preparing them for battle. We spent a lot of time at the tip of the spear.

St. Paul writes, “Do you not know that the runners in the stadium all run in the race, but only one wins the prize? Run so as to win. Every athlete exercises discipline in every way. They do it to win a perishable crown, but we an imperishable one. Thus I do not run aimlessly; I do not fight as if I were shadowboxing. No, I drive my body and train it, for fear that, after having preached to others, I myself should be disqualified.” (1 Corinthians 9:24-27)

Along with the interest for SPSE, was for the Deepertruth radio show, the website (www.deepertruthblog.com) and the Rosary Patrol. What a blessing this is!
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The Catholic Defender: Victor Ajluni VS Mike Gendron

Posted by Donald Hartley - January 26th, 2014

debateLadies and Gentlemen, it simply does not get any better than this! You just can’t make it up! The following is about as close to a debate with Mike Gendron as I have seen on Facebook. Victor Ajluni, part of our Catholic Defenders on Facebook, was able challenge Mike Gendron who responded to a very important question. When a number of us Catholics met over at the Grace Life Church to meet with Mike Gentron, he spoke for nearly 30 minutes challenging us to forsake our Catholic Faith, to forsake our Baptism, to forsake the Catholic priesthood, and to forsake Jesus in the Eucharist.

When the opportunity for a Catholic to respond was given, we were quickly interrupted by Mike Gendron even though members of his own group became interested in hearing the Catholic response. Mike Gendron intended to muzzle our voices, but he lost control when we took it to small groups. Jon Smiddy and I would hang there until about 8:00 talking to members of Grace Life Church. There is a lot of interest for the truth even in that assembly!

radioThen Catholic Radio invited Mike Gendron to give a 30 minute interview in which Oscar Cavazos, Paul Mathers, and I were able to come on and respond. Plus, this week we were responding to Jason Hauser and others and they seem to be on the run. Wes Hunt wrote an accellent article and he too was largely ignored. All this over on Mike Gendron’s Facebook page, “Proclaiming The Gospel”.

The following is the communication between Victor Ajluni and Mike Gendron:

After asking Mike Gendron about the gentile priesthood prophesied by Isaiah and Malachi, along with the world wide sacrifice of Malachi, the following conversation ensued:

7:43am (2 hours ago)

Mike G: What is your point?

Me: Where is your priesthood Mike? Isaiah and Malachi predict it. Malachi tells us of a clean sacrifice offered in every place among the gentiles. That excludes Calvary. Even Paul speaks of a Christian altar whose sacrifice belongs ONLY to Christians. Finally Paul tells us we must eat the LAMB. When do you eat the Lamb?

Mike G: Where does Paul say that?

vatican11Me: Heb. 10:25 We should not stay away from our assembly,* as is the custom of some, but encourage one another, and this all the more as you see the day drawing near.

Heb. 10:26 * If we sin deliberately after receiving knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains sacrifice for sins 27 but a fearful prospect of judgment and a flaming fire that is going to consume the adversaries.

Heb. 13:10 We have an altar* from which those who serve the tabernacle have no right to eat.

What sacrifice is no longer available if we sin deliberately by abandoning the true Church?Where is your world wide, clean oblation among the Gentile nations?1 Cor 5 says: . 7 For Christ, our paschal lamb, has been sacrificed. 8 Let us, therefore, celebrate the festival

When do you eat the Lamb?

Mike G: Where does it say they ate the lamb?

Me: Are you really that dishonest? Where is your perfect sacrifice among the gentile nations? Where is your altar for said sacrifice? Don’t you know what we do with the sacrificed passover lamb?

K105049Ex. 12:5 The lamb must be a year-old male and without blemish. You may take it from either the sheep or the goats.

Ex. 12:6 You shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month, and then, with the whole assembly of Israel present, it shall be slaughtered during the evening twilight.

Ex. 12:7 They shall take some of its blood and apply it to the two doorposts and the lintel of every house in which they partake of the lamb.

Ex. 12:8 That same night they shall EAT its roasted flesh with unleavened bread and bitter herbs.

Ex. 12:11 “This is how you are to eat it: with your loins girt, sandals on your feet and your staff in hand, you shall eat like those who are in flight. It is the Passover of the LORD.

Ex. 12:14 “This day shall be a memorial feast for you, which all your generations shall celebrate with pilgrimage to the LORD, as a PERPETUAL institution.

1491668_10152131540201041_1133838760_nIn 1 Corinthians chapter ten, St. Paul is rebuking the Greek Christians in Corinth because they were not only coming to the Lord’s Supper, they were also still going to their pagan sacrifices! To summarize, St. Paul is evidently roaring — What are you doing?! Are you trying to provoke the Lord to jealousy? Don’t you Corinthians know that when the gentiles offer sacrifices to their gods they are not simply offering a sacrifice to a dead idol, they are offering sacrifices to demons! They are entering into a spiritual bond, a spiritual communion, with demons!

1 CORINTHIANS 10:14 “For this reason, my dearly beloved, flee from the service of idols. (15) I speak as to wise men: judge for yourselves what I say. (16) The cup of blessing which we bless, is it …

not the communion of the blood of Christ? And the bread which we break, is it not the partaking of the body of the Lord?”

Mass 2St. Paul doesn’t say it’s a symbol of the blood of Christ. He doesn’t say it’s a communion in the representation of the blood of Christ. St. Paul says it is a “communion of the blood of Christ”. He continues by exhorting the people:

1 CORINTHIANS 10:19 “What then? Do I say that what is offered in sacrifice to idols is anything? Or that the idol is anything? (20) But the things which the heathens sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons, and not to God. And I would not that you should be made partakers with demons. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of demons (21) You cannot be partakers of the table of the Lord, and of the table of demons. (22) Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than he?”

Notice the direct equivalency St. Paul establishes between the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons, the table of the Lord and the table of demons. This equivalency extends to the fact that both the offerings made to these first century demons as well as the offerings made to Yahweh through the Lord’s Supper are sacrificial in nature:

1 CORINTHIANS 10:20 “…they sacrifice to demons, and not to God. …(21) You cannot be partakers of the table of the Lord, and of the table of demons.”

tableThe apostle could not have made this analogy unless he plainly understood there to be a proper sacrifice intrinsic to Christian worship. The “table of the Lord” is a familiar term in the Old Testament that refers to the altar of sacrifice (Lev 24:6-7; Ezek 41:22; 44:15; Mal 1:7, 12) and this association would have immediately been understood by St. Paul’s intended readers. St. Paul draws these parallels in order to say to the church at Corinth — You are God’s bride and you are engaging in spiritual adultery. You are to be exclusively devoted to God. You are not to be dividing your favors between Yahweh, your heavenly husband, and these spiritual surrogate husbands, these demons! Choose which sacrifice you will attend (Christian or pagan) — because you can’t attend both!

He abandoned the conversation for now. As you can see, for a man with all the answers, he has nothing but questions… End communication

lion_of_judahLadies and Gentlemen, the Catholic Church is like a roaring lion in a cage! Protestants like Mike Gendron think they can cage the Lion of Judah, but instead, he may have just grabbed the tiger by the tail!

The Eucharist is the sign of the Covenant!

“Jesus answered them and said, ‘Amen. amen, I say to you, you are looking for me not because you saw SIGNS but because you ate the loaves and were filled. Do not work for food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him the Father, God, has set his seal.” So they said to him, ‘What can we do to accomplish the works of God?’ Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in the one he sent.” So they said to him, ‘WHAT SIGN CAN YOU DO, THAT WE MAY SEE AND BELIEVE IN YOU?”

It is interesting that the crowd was asking for a sign that they might believe in Jesus and follow him. At this point they were ready to make Jesus King. Jesus is King, but not over the temporal realm of Israel, but over the hearts and minds of those seeking the fullness of truth. At the elevation of the Eucharist in Mass, I exclaim in exultation in my heart and soul, “The Sign, the sign, my Lord and my God”! I love the prayer we say, “Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.” The Jews continued:

manna“What can you do? Our ancestors ate manna in the desert, as it is written: ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’ So Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave the bread from heaven; my Father gives you the TRUE BREAD from heaven.” For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”

The bread that God gave the people in the desert was temporal, it sustained life for their earthly needs. The Bread that we receive at Mass is heavenly food that nurtures our souls. It is far more than satisfying the flesh, the bread of life we receive brings us close to the one the Father sent. Jesus promises, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, then I will ENTER HIS HOUSE and dine with him, and he with me. I will give the victor the right to sit with me on my throne, as I myself first won the victory and sit with my Father on his throne. Whoever has ears ought to hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” At the Mass, we are called to participate with the worship of heaven, we receive the Lord of hosts at the Altar of the Lord.

bread-and-cup-2“So they said to him, ‘Sir, give us this bread always’. Jesus said to them, ‘I AM THE BREAD OF LIFE; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in will will never thirst. But I told you that although you have seen me, you do not believe. Everything that the Father gives me will come to me, and I will not reject anyone who comes to me, because I came down from heaven not to do my own will but the will of the one who sent me. And this is the will of the one who sent me, that I should not lose anything of what he gave me, but that I should raise it on the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have eternal life and I shall raise him on the last day”.

CommunionJesus said, “While they were eating, Jesus took bread, said the blessing, broke, and giving it to his disciples said, take and eat; this is my body. Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink from it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed on behalf of many for the forgiveness of sins”. This action Jesus uses to introduce the new and everlasting Covenant so that all of us would have the opportunity to receive Christ in the Mass. Regardless of time and space, Jesus is present in all the Catholic Churches around the world. He is being offered through His Church to all the nations, “For from the rising of the sun, even to its setting, my name is great among the nations; And everywhere they bring sacrifice to my name, and a pure offering; For great is my name among the nations, says the Lord of hosts (Malachi 1:11).

“The Jews murmured about him because he said, ‘I am the bread that came down from heaven,’ and they said, “Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph? Do we not know his Father and Mother? Then how can he say, ‘I have come down from heaven?’ Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Stop murmuring among yourselves. No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draw him, and I will raise him on the last day. It is written in the prophets: THEY SHALL ALL BE TAUGHT BY GOD.”

jesus-break-breadJust as people hearing Jesus murmured against what Jesus was telling them, today, many continue to show their lack of faith rejecting the teaching of Jesus for new gospels of symbolism. Man made denominations built on symbolism due to their own lack of faith putting faith in their own destructive doctrines. Jesus never spoke symbolically especially in this text where he was clear on what he is saying. When you walk up towards the Altar and you see the Minister elevate the host and say, “The body of Christ”, what is your response? Yes, we say “Amen“, but do we really believe? Does this Sign bring about conversion each time you receive? We are challenged by St. Paul as he writes, “You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and also the cup of demons, You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons. Or are we provoking the Lord to jealous anger? Are we stronger than he?” We cannot compromise the truth of the Lord for our own lack of faith. We are called to believe in this Sign.

“Everyone who listens to my Father and learns from him comes to me. Not that anyone has seen the Father except the one who is from God; HE HAS SEEN THE FATHER. Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life. I AM THE BREAD OF LIFE. Your ancesters ate the manna in the desert, but they died; this is the bread that comes down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.”

miracleeucharistJesus has given us many miracles and signs throughout the centuries of his real presence in the Eucharist. He has given us everything but a neon sign pointing to the truth of the Catholic Church. Enemies of Christ will call this a “Pagan” ritual, they will call it a symbol, their rejection is seen clearly in their denial of the Eucharist. To deny this SIGN is to deny the Father’s will. Jesus said that if you believe in Him and receive this great SIGN, He will raise you up on that last day. St. Paul writes, “A person should examine himself, and so eat the bread and drink the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body, eats and drinks judgment on himself” (1 Corinthians 11:28-29).

“The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying, ‘How can this man give us his flesh to eat?’ Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, YOU DO NOT HAVE LIFE WITHIN YOU. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him. Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Unlike your ancesters who ate and still died, whoever eats this bread will live forever”.

We need to stop quarreling and start believing.

Let us be like the grateful Father who cried, “I do believe, help my unbelief!” Let us come to the Lord with our hearts full of joy and anticipation knowing that we are receiving the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.

Let our “Amen” please the Lord who is the summit and founder of our Faith!
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The crisis of Super Bowl ticket prices.

Posted by John Benko - January 25th, 2014

letthemeatsmokeOnce in a while,  you discover something online that so perfectly illustrates the madness our society finds itself in. While I have shown very little restraint in hammering the leftist police state we now find ourselves in- where Czar Obama openly and brazenly uses the power of government to punish and persecute any political foe, some sober reflection needs to be made on how we got here.

That is a conversation that the Rush Limbaughs, Donald Trumps and Mitt Romneys of the world do not want to have. So, I will have it.

In a recent article I found online (by no less a prestigious source than Forbes), was the claim that half of all the world’s people own the same amount of wealth as the richest 85 people in the world.  85 people own the same as 3.5 billion people. Yes, it is true that most of the uber rich on Forbes list of Billionaires are avowed leftists.  Bill Gates is #2.  Warren Buffett #4,  Michael Bloomberg is at #13, George Soros at #30.  (source). Nevertheless, here in America, the party that openly celebrates unbridled greed like it is a religious right, are the Republicans. The egos of Rush Limbaugh and Donald Trump alone could fill Giants Stadium, the site of next weekend’s Super Bowl.

Forgive me for the awkward segue but this is just too priceless of an example to be missed.

As I mentioned before, next weekend’s Super Bowl will be played at Giants stadium in the shadow of New York City. You remember New York? That’s the city and state that bans big sodas, crisis pregnancy centers and pro-lifers. Yea.

Well, it seems that not all is well with greater-Gotham’s Super Bowl plans because the big game is only fetching $1,779 a ticket. It’s being called a catastrophe.

That is what we have become as a society. A catastrophe is not the worst cyclone on record devastating the Philippines last year. A catastrophe is not 56 million children dead from abortion in America alone. A Catastrophe isn’t even that thousands are homeless and hungry in that very city of New York. No, a catastrophe is when the cost of a Super Bowl ticket dips below $2,000.

The worship-like celebration of gaudy wealth and avarice, by the right is what has chased people to the left. Oh, the left has been more than happy to enslave them, victimize them and exploit them but the right chased them there. Can it be any wonder that the poor feel that they do not have an advocate? The truth is that they don’t.

If the poor act desperate, it is because they are desperate. The Pimp and the drug pusher could not exist if a poor person had some means of survival. The left offers that means at the terrible price of slavery. The right doesn’t offer it at all. The right does nothing for the poor but tell them they can make it if they work hard enough.

The poor people in the inner cities are just waiting to be rescued because no real path exists for them to break free. A few lucky ones, maybe. The ones who are fortunate enough to become a professional athlete or a politician. The rest? The right could care less.

A luxury box at next week’s Super Bowl will go for between $400,000 and $500,000. How many sandwiches and blankets would that buy? Will Rush be delivering these items to them or puffing his cigar in a luxury box while they freeze outside?

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