As Pope Francis proclaimed 2015 a ‘Year of Consecrated Life’, we religious and laity all are called to live out the evangelical counsels at whatever levels set by God for each and every vocation. More Marian people (clearly our popes of recent decades, too) strive to live out our Marian consecrations (Montfortian or other) with our relationship to God ‘via Maria.’ Is Mary Mystical Rose as our Mother and Mother of the Church adamant about it? No. Inviting and firm -- yes. Baptized as we are in the Name of the Father, the Son, and the H.S., Mary is so clear, clean, and clever in her messages on poverty, chastity, and obedience. As any truly good mother is, Mary certainly is firm for this threesome, yet mainly with heavenly gentleness. This message for 2014+ will especially be in the spirit of Pope Francis on POVERTY -- with mention first of the other two.
Re: OBEDIENCE. Adam and Eve were not as clever as they could and should have been in maintaining obedience. Yet a ‘spiritual toolbox’ of ‘spiritual tools’ can outwit, outdo, outcast, etc., the enemy who is very clever. One super tool is this one of the patron saint of Poland St. John of Kanty: “Fight all error, but do it with good humor, patience, kindness, and love. Harshness will damage your own soul and spoil the best cause.” Even the serpent was harsh in a way with Eve from the get-go in that he contradicted with exclamatory tone (in Gen. 3:4) what she reported that God had told her: “You certainly will not die!” We don’t want to ‘grieve the H.S.’ by being overbearing with anyone: even anyone from a baptized apostate Catholic to a witch or worse. Nor are we to be faithless to our baptismal calls to the evangelic counsels (of poverty, chastity, and obedience) even when passing through this world of persecutions as ‘fire-tried gold.’ While charity may require holy distance on certain people, it doesn't ever tend toward harshness – though Jesus had to take up a whip and overthrow money-changer tables of iniquity.
Re: CHASTITY. The enemy gravely outsmarted not only Eve but nearly anyone and gravely. Demons never outsmarted Immaculate Mary, Seat of Wisdom, to any degree. Were Joseph, John the Baptist, John the Evangelist (very probably), the Little Flower (according to her spiritual guides), outsmarted? If so, only to a very slight degree, including Faustina, many child martyrs: Bl. Jose Luis Sanchez del Rio of Mexico, etc. Nearly everyone else (especially in these latter days) has had at least one mortal sin. Some may even have ‘tons’ -- like new Jezebels, Diocletians, Hitlers, (Belle) Gunnesses, abortionists (even like Gosnells), etc. After Jesus and Mary, why is Joseph most certainly one who never deliberately sinned? Experts believe that Mary’s most chaste spouse Joseph -- so beloved to our many of our last 10 popes (especially too to Pope Francis) -- at worst did only a semi-deliberate venial sin, if not only an imperfection. What’s the difference? A parallel for elucidation can be made.
Re: POVERTY. Joseph basically hardly never sinned. It can be paralleled to earrings, piercings, tattoos, etc. graftings. As far as God and vanities go, Mary would not likely have worn any earring (though modesty of such is no sin, especially with females), and Joseph definitely would not have. According to Perugian tradition (a reliquary in the Church in Perugia, Italy, on a kind of elevator behind metal bars, too, to guard the ring), avowed too by the revelations of Bl. Catherine Emmerick, Mary did receive an onyx ring from Joseph. No vanity at all in that. The very wearing of a wedding ring can be a kind of virtue as a constant reminder of the call to matrimonial fidelity rather than mere showing off more diamonds or gems than other wives may have. Even a priest in Laredo, Texas, strong devotee of Mary, Mystical Rose has an onyx altar table for a chapel dedicated to Her.
There can be mitigating factors on vanity, so we want to be kind (not overtly and overly judgmental, harsh) even to those who most conspicuously need correction. Amen, a nice blond at a gas station promised me she wouldn’t get the mark of the beast (666) though she had beastly nose rings on and some 10 more all over her face, besides the wildest of horsey hair designs, etc…. Also, a guy working at an airport with earrings on told me that Jesus wore one. Crazy: Jesus would never have worn any earring, even if of a cross. A deacon during his very ordination to the diaconate had an earring on without the Archbishop requiring him to remove it (which I would have, not for the cross, but for how the crafty enemy could play off of such for more than vanity even). Had any Apostle been seen with one on (besides Jesus, of course), it would very likely have been noted in the Bible or in Church tradition, knowledge, style. Has ever the typically most portrayed men in Church history ever had one on? Apostles? Popes? Canonized men? Pope Francis, we can be sure, would not allow such at the Vatican, etc., compassionate though he is.
Now, any lady with modest earrings may only have an imperfection regarding holy modesty (depending upon how many earrings and other factors), and even a Carmelite Church near the Vatican has a large statue of Mary with earrings. When I worked at the Vatican, one lady secretary had to comment about it to me. We both agreed that it was allowable given that the earrings were modest and since Mary is the Queen in Heaven’s majesty. Especially any guys with earrings and gages (in the earlobes) and swine-looking metal inserts, etc. hooks and horns and all, can obviously be of grave vanity against the temple of the H.S. (the body). Indeed, official Church teaching is that mutilation of the flesh is a sin; though a gal with a modest earlobe hole for an earring is not in sin. What would our Jesuit Pope and us say of Jesuits who branded the name of Jesus into their flesh with no motive of popularity, showing off, or mere vanity? Such branding was neither any imperfection or sin, and was of holy zeal: as Joseph had also by never having anything vain on him.
Again, St. John Kanty would not want us to be harsh toward any neighbor steeped into vanity. While we can plant a seed with the most vain people, we have to be careful if, say, even one’s own daughter or son goes about with a giant nose ring on. Mainly, such persons are not often very open to the spiritual work of mercy called ‘fraternal correction,’ which Pope Benedict XVI admitted is not a very common work as much as in the past, and due to so much relativism. Yet our Emeritus Pope surely welcomed the recovery of that spiritual work, especially per the supernatural gift of the good counsel of the H.S.
As this ’13 year comes to a close now, loyalty to the POVERTY we are called to from Baptism is about to be more crucial than ever. Such is a lot as to why God set up our Pope Francis the 1st! We even found a pen-named Enoch insisting upon reading Chapter 13 of the Book of Apocalypse. He refers to the mandatory 666 mark of the beast (via microchips or other, and soon) as content of that 13th Chapter. He notes that ‘better medical coverage’ will be had by the mark but to the loss of the soul: better to die than to favor greater quality of life (hoax of the adversary) per that mark. Indeed, we can add here that it’d be better to die a billion deaths than to have the mark (just read that Book by John). Enoch prophesies a new World Order with plastic money and the microchip instead of paper money: and of a single currency, religion, govt., and army to persecute those without the mark. Truly, anyone without the beast’s mark will neither be able to buy or sell, eventually. He also adds that we will have angels marking good people with the Tau sign of the Cross. Even in O.T. days God had people wiped out with the exception of “do not touch anyone who has the mark” (Ezekiel 9. 4, 5.6) that God wanted.
As both Jesus and Joseph were carpenters, spiritual ‘tools’ of a spiritual ‘toolbox’ can be goodly and very godly for victory. Some authors have this expression -- spiritual ‘tools.’ Christ spoke of building a tower (Lk 14) but neglecting getting beyond the foundation as a kind of foolish failure. While success in many spheres is good to go for, Jesus told St. Faustina that “it’s not the success I reward but the suffering.” This didn’t refer to stupidity or cleverlessness or lack of “love God with your whole…. mind….” It did refer to St. Faustina’s efforts ‘up against the walls’ (of Superiors, Sisters, etc.) that eventually brought tremendous fruits into the Church: yet only officially recognized with ecclesial approval almost a century after she died. She had many ‘tools,’ including a daily checklist of how she was faring with her 3 vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. She saw imprimatur for her God-given Chaplet but only one year before she died at Jesus’ age of 33, too.
My favorite ‘tool’ and motto is this expression, which I believe manifests the very center of Jesus’ whole life from eternity to time (on earth) to eternity – “All the BEST for ABBA.” We can use that, too, and it will be saliently placed in the booklet of John 6:66. Indeed, we must be very careful not to get the (666) mark of the beast, even as the mystic Enoch of Columbia insists upon lately. Certainly, chastity and obedience can serve as spiritual tools also for Christ-like poverty. How? Typically lives of purity spend less, waste less, and lives of obedience avoid breaking the 7th Commandment (and all others) of not stealing, especially too any money. Thereby our treasures can be all the more of God. Pope Francis is likely the best example today of such.
Have a great 2014 Year toward the one of Consecrated Life in 2015 and via detachment from this world, its snares, seductions, and future New World system (possibly already being fully forged, and for worse here, too). Together with the holy spirit of St. Paul, may all we do be in the name of Jesus.
Have a Blessed & Holy January month of the Holy Name of Jesus Christ!
Glory to the Holy Name of Jesus and the Whole Trinity. TRINITAS!