Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The Saints of the Carmelite Order

Saint  (noun)
1.any of certain persons of exceptional holiness of life, formally recognized as such by the Christian Church, especially by canonization.
2.a person of great holiness, virtue, or benevolence.
The Carmelite order has a long list of the exceptional people who lead Holy and devout lives. I have highlighted the most Famous of these Saints, which have one thing in common.  They have all taken the name Teresa.  
1.  St. Teresa of Avila

"Oh my Lord! How true it is that whoever works for you is paid in troubles! And what a precious price to those who love you if we understand its value."1

Mystic, reformer and Doctor of the Church, St. Teresa of Avila is undoubtedly one of the greatest mystics the Church has ever known, and the reader will see how immense of an influence she was upon all the daughters of Carmel who came after her.  Her reforms of the Carmelite Order alongside St. John of the Cross ensured that the order was free of all corruption and worldly taint that had crept in.  Along with her most famous work, Interior Castle, she is also wrote Way of Perfection and a rich autobiography. 

2.  St. Teresa Margaret of the Sacred Heart

"Speaking to Father Ildefonse one day, she tried to express to him something of the significance those words God is love now held for her, but she became almost incoherent in her emotion. 'Just as the soul in the state of grace (which is charity) is in God, God is in her. Just as the soul lives the life of God, so does God in a certain way live IN her. And so it is that between them there is but a single life, a single love ... God alone! The difference is that God has all by essence, whereas the creature has it only by participation and grace.' And, adds Father Ildefonse, 'Note that these words came from a simple child who had never studied and knew no theology apart from what her instinct taught her.'"2 

3.  Bl. Teresa Maria of the Cross

"To suffer, to suffer, always suffer. Do what you want with me, it’s enough that I save souls for you."3

Much like St. Teresa of Avila, who was her central inspiration, Bl. Teresa Maria of the Cross met with much opposition in her life.  Beginning as a member of a third order of Carmelites, she became a nun in the Carmelite order only two years later.  Her life was spent in service to the poor, establishing schools, and taking care of children in need.  She is today remembered as the foundress of the Carmelite Sisters of St. Teresa of Florence (named after St. Teresa Margaret of the Sacred Heart, incidentally), an order known for its special charism of teaching and caring for children.

4.  St. Therese of Lisieux

"'I cry like a young swallow' then, a cry which tells You everything, and You remember in Your infinite mercy that 'Thou didst not come to call the just but sinners.'"4

St. Therese needs no introduction - by now, she is probably the most popular and well-known saint next to St. Francis of Assisi.  Surely, it must be a miracle itself that such an unknown Carmelite nun from France who lived such a sheltered life, both at home and in the cloister of Carmel, became so well-known and venerated 

5.  St. Teresa of the Andes

"I live for God alone.  My sole concern is to know Him that I may love Him more.  I have begun the life of heaven here on earth, a life invented and thought of by God through all eternity; a life of love alone and of ceaseless praise.  If you could see but for an instant what’s in the soul of this Carmelite postulant, you’d understand the happiness of living always near the tabernacle.  Alone with Him in His aloneness, I am there at the chapel grates or in my humble cell.  There is nothing between Him and His creature now.  I hear His divine voice always.  I gaze on always and contemplate His infinite beauty.  I feel always the beating of my God’s Heart, begging me for love because He knows that love contains everything; sacrifice and souls."5

Not long, in fact only three years after St. Therese had passed on to heavenly glory to begin her real work from Paradise, the child who would become known as one of South America's most famous saints was born.  In some ways, her life seems like a continuation of St. Therese of Lisieux's - indeed, it was the Little Flower's writings that influenced the young Juanita to join the Carmel at Los Andes.  However, it seems that St. Teresa of the Andes' spiritual life was not so much subject to what is commonly known as the "dark night of the soul", as St. Therese of Lisieux's was.  Instead, she was favored with an intense and constant companionship of our Lord, living a life of complete and total mystical ascent towards God.  To hear her speak of her prayer life is to catch a glimpse of the highest stages of the mystical life.  Like her namesake, she died incredibly young, at the age of only 19 years old, a pure and living flame of love. 

6.  Blessed Teresa of the Child Jesus and St. John of the Cross

"Viva Christo Rey!"6

A Carmelite nun who lived in Spain during the Spanish Civil War, she was one of three nuns in her convent who were martyred by Communists.  When asked to say "Long live Communism!" in exchange for her freedom, she responded with the same words of Bl. Miguel Pro before he too was martyred in Mexico - "Long live Christ the King!".  She was promptly shot and stabbed by the communist mob.

7.  Blessed Maria Teresa of St. Joseph

"I was to pray for the conversion of sinners, and to move the mercy of God for the freedom of Holy Church.  From that morning on my heart was filled with a new hunger and thirst, not only for God’s pleasure or for perfection, but with a burning hunger and thirst to win souls for the Divine Heart.  That crucifix is stamped on my memory, and it not only keeps my zeal for the salvation of souls alive, it increases its fire and creates in me the desire to arrive soon at the throne of God, where my longing for souls may be satisfied."7

Bl. Maria Teresa was not a cradle Catholic, but a convert to the Church from Lutheranism.  After converting to the Catholic faith, she founded the Congregation of the Carmelite Sisters of the Divine Heart of Jesus, and dedicated her life to the service of the poor, of immigrants and to educating children, much in the same manner as Bl. Teresa Maria of the Cross had done earlier.  Her life is marked by intense prayer, and she communicated by correspondence with many concerning the spiritual life.

8.  St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

"God is there in these moments of rest and can give us in a single instant exactly what we need. Then the rest of the day can take its course, under the same effort and strain, perhaps, but in peace. And when night comes, and you look back over the day and see how fragmentary everything has been, and how much you planned that has gone undone, and all the reasons you have to be embarrassed and ashamed: just take everything exactly as it is, put it in God’s hands and leave it with Him. Then you will be able to rest in Him — really rest — and start the next day as a new life."8

St. Teresa Benedicta is generally more popularly known as St. Edith Stein.  Raised in the faith of Judaism, she later became an atheist, before finally converting to the Catholic Church. She was an incredibly adept philosopher in her younger days, able to navigate the world of phenomenology and existentialism with ease - she was well-acquainted with Edmund Husserl and Martin Heidegger, two leading lights of these two schools of thought.  The reading of the autobiography of St. Teresa of Avila changed her life completely - before long, she converted to the Catholic faith.  As soon as the Nazi regime began to gain power, St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross was forced to resign her position at the Institute of Pedagogy in Munster.  Soon after this, she became a Carmelite nun, and finished her work on St. Thomas Aquinas and Husserl called Finite and Eternal Being.  To be sure, her philosophical works are not the stuff of everyday reading - but they should most certainly not be ignored, especially when so much attention is paid nowadays to other theologians of dubious merit.

Her life ended soon enough in martyrdom - arrested for being a Jewish convert, along with many others, she was sent to die in the nightmarish death camp of Auschwitz.  She was an inspiration to those around her to her last breath, and died completely resigned to the will of God.

9.  Ven. Maria Teresa Quevedo

"How beautiful, O Mary, how beautiful you are."

Arguably the most Marian in spirit of the Teresas on this list, Ven. "Teresita" (as she was nicknamed) was a headstrong child, prone to outbursts, and incredibly impatient.  But after her first Holy Communion, a change came over Ven. Teresita that would make itself progressively known throughout her life.  By all accounts a picture-perfect image of the popular high-school girl, she entered the convent at an extremely young age, just like St. Therese of Lisieux and St. Teresa of the Andes before her.  Her spirituality was steeped in Marian devotion, and her decisiveness to become a saint was unstoppable.  She had barely entered Carmel before she succumbed to a slow and painful death due to tubercular meningitis, just as she predicted she would, just before the Dogma of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary was pronounced.

 A Saint is simply someone who loves our FATHER who art in Heaven more then this world.  All Grace is Divinely inspiried and freely given. You need not be a Nun or a Priest to be a Saint.  All you need is to love Almighty GOD with all of your heart mind and Soul and JESUS CHRIST Himself will prepare the road and create the trials which will allow you to one day stand in Heaven and be an eternal Saint.  
I would like to give thanks to Jason who made this post possible 

Monday, July 15, 2013

Yoga is demon worship

Woman experiences real glimpse of hell while practicing high level yoga.The deeper she got into yoga the more she hated Christians.

Then, when she was leaving to go and surrender her life to the yogi in India she began to see demonic manifestations.  She was doing yoga 3-5 hours a day for years.  Her testimony is one of someone who knows the truth behind that yoga is demon worship. 

God spoke these words...
“I, the Lord, am your God, who brought you from the land of Egypt, from the house of slavery.
You shall have no other gods before me.
You shall not make for yourself a carved image or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above or that is on the earth beneath or that is in the water below. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I, the Lord, your God, am a jealous God, responding to the transgression of fathers by dealing with children to the third and fourth generations of those who reject me, and showing covenant faithfulness to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.  Exodus 1-7 NKJ

Monday, July 8, 2013

US Marine Shawn Weed died and Went to HELL

US Marine Shawn Weed was dead for 8 minutes and in Hell. At around (45:00min) as
he is being "handled" by a giant demon, all hope left him. Also, he
speaks about this "lukewarmness" (49:00) that pretty much described
him that he had never done anything REALLY that "bad" prior to his
untimely death. He said a LOT of "good" people are there.

Shawn Weed is a Marine vet who has an incredible testimony about HELL.   Shawn was in the Marines and was clowning around with a bunch of friends when tragedy struck.  One of Shawn’s friends in the Marines had convinced Shawn to pretend he was hanging by a noose for a picture.  What Shawn didn’t realize was that another friend had snuck up from behind and suddenly tightened the noose as a joke!   Shawn quickly passed out and found himself outside of his body while his friends thought he was only pretending to be dead!   For over 8 minutes Shawn’s body was clinically dead and that’s when his incredible journey to hell took place.

Shawn is a good ole southern boy from Louisiana and his story will make you laugh and cry too because he’s a great storyteller with an amazing level of detail that I really enjoyed.  He’s the kind of guy you would like to get to know!  In fact, I went to college in Louisiana with a guy very much like Shawn.

Shawn put out this amazing video because he doesn’t care if anybody ridicules him.  He knows his trip to hell and back were absolutely true and it changed his life forever.  This world we live on is really just a test to see where you go when you die.  Just because you say you’re a Christian or even if you believe in Jesus Christ does not get you to heaven.  Average people who live in the world will not go to heaven.  As Shawn states, there are a lot of good people in hell that rejected living a truly Christian life for God. 

I hope that it will impact you as it did me.  If so, please share it with as many others as possible so others may know the truth!  Start a chain reaction of Love and Concern for our Brothers and Sisters who NEED JESUS CHRIST!  Interceded for the lost and pray for the Holy Spirit to save more souls!

Thank you Almighty GOD

For sending your Only Begotten Son to Die For my Sins.  I give thanks to you JESUS CHRIST because I could NOT have saved myself. I have not the strength, fortitude, nor the understanding of what love truly is.  Thank you Almighty Father who Art in Heaven, Hollowed be thy name Forever and Ever!

There is no other way to Heaven, our Home, where Our Divine Father waits for us ALL.  JESUS thank you for doing the impossible at Calvary.  No earthly man could have endured the suffering, the shame, the sorrow, the Cross.  Only GOD incarnate could have accomplished such an impossible feat.  Thank you JESUS CHRIST for giving Salvation as a FREE Gift.  I could NEVER have earned it.  Thank you Holy Father who Art in Heaven for loving me so much that you gave your Holy and sinless Son to die for a wretch such as me.

I am a sinner and I thank GOD that my Creator is so Perfectly Divine that HE made a way for me to be redeemed, to be cleansed, to be washed spotless, made HOLY by the selfless Sacrifice of HIS Divine Son JESUS CHRIST who knew NO sin. 

No man could ever have dreamed up such an PERFECT act of LOVE.  This is why I know beyond a shadow of a doubt, with perfect clarity. That JESUS CHRIST is the Only Begotten SON of Almighty GOD my FATHER and CREATOR.

I am a Sinner, I Repent, and I ask Forgiveness for ALL my sin.  JESUS please be my Savior. I beg you to Deliver me from the Fires of Hell.   I also lift up the rest of the world and intercede for the lost, so that they too might be saved!


Friday, July 5, 2013

From Jihad to Jesus a Muslim's Journey

Jerry Rassamni was a devote Muslim who was raised to hate Christians and despise Jews.  Jerry spent his youth fighting an endless civil war in Lebanon.  He and his brother fought daily on the streets just to survive. After all the fighting, killing, and death Jerry had become a fierce enemy of Christians, fighting with the Lebanese Army. His mother made a way for Jerry and his brother to escape Lebanon and move to America. It was in the land of the Free that Jerry finally met Jesus

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Miss America Runner-Up and strong Atheist surrenders to JESUS

The Internet series "The Journey Home" hosts   Kelly Nieto  a life long  Atheist. In her search for GOD Kelly left atheism and headed down the dark path of the New Age movement.  She had seances in her home while her 2 young children looked on.  It wasn't until a cleaning lady, a Born Again Christian, came to clean her house one day that her life would change.  

This is a eye-opening testimony that no matter how lost you are JESUS CHRIST can and will save you if you just ask.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Abortion is MURDER

They even sacrificed their own sons and daughters in the fire. They consulted fortune-tellers and practiced sorcery and sold themselves to evil, arousing the LORD's anger. 2 KINGS 17:17


Tensions in Texas ratcheted a bit higher Tuesday as activists on both sides of the abortion issue squared off at the  Capitol in Austin for a somewhat odd religious-themed shout-down.

Gov. Rick Perry has called for a second special session to pass an abortion law that would prohibit the procedure past the 20th week of pregnancy.

Pro-ABORTION protesters chanted “Hail Satan!” 

While pro-lifers’ held strong and sang the Christian Hymn “Amazing Grace.”

A Texas blogger, Adam Cahm, captured the scene on video: “It’s been a very eye-opening day at the Texas State Capitol. 

Even after the Pro-Life crowd stopped singing...

The pro-ABORTION crowd shouted repeated chants of ‘Hail Satan.’

Monday, July 1, 2013

Why Pray?

I saw the Lord sitting on a large white throne.  A long long line of people were gathered before Him.  I was bewildered by the fact that all of these people had no face.  Where their face should have been, there was just a blank.  
Each time a person came before the Lord, He would open up a book and read out of it all the things this person had done.  Everything was recorded; and the Lord read the whole book from beginning to end.  Every person in this particular line was being judged, and condemned to Hell.  Each time the Lord would tell each person they were condemned, the person would begin to scream, and cry, and beg the Lord for just one more chance.  The Lord had tears rolling down His own cheeks, but would shake His head, telling each person they had had plenty of opportunities to repent and live for Him.  This went on for quite some time.  

Finally, the Lord looked over at me, and asked me, "Why aren't you doing anything?" I was confused.  "What would you have me to do, Lord?" I replied.  "Pray," the Lord replied.  So, I began to pray, but not fervently.  After a short time of this, the Lord turned to me with concern and said, "Look at these people.  Really look at them." As I did so, their faces came into focus.  They became people I knew vaguely.  They were acquaintances.  I began to pray a bit more fervently for them.  After a time, the Lord turned to me again with stronger sternness, and said, "Look at these people once again." Now the people became friends.  "You must pray harder, " the Lord admonished me.  I began to pray a bit harder.  But still, the long line of people would come before the Lord, He would read them their life's story from their own personal book, and then be condemned.
Once again the Lord turned to me, this time in anger.  He was still weeping over the souls who were being condemned.  "Do you really understand and comprehend what is happening here?" the Lord asked me.  "Behold !!" Then, a hole opened up behind the long line of people.  I glanced towards the hole.  There was an awful darkness coming from it.  I heard screams, and shouts, and wails, and moans coming from the hole.  "Go and look," the Lord commanded me.  I didn't want to.  I was scared, but it was as if a hand were at my back forcing me to the edge of this black hole. 
When I reached the edge of this black hole, I glanced down in it.  Then, I drew back in terror and horror.  I could see down the black hole.  It appeared to be a long, descending tunnel.  I could see a seething, roiling mass of people at the bottom of this hole.  They were so crowded together they appeared to have no space between them at all.  There were flames, and a red orange glow coming from the bottom of this black hole.  I smelled sulfur.  I saw fire and flames.  I felt the intense heat of the fire.  I saw maggots crawling all over the bodies of the people at the bottom of the black hole.  The people were on fire, yet were not being consumed by the fire.  But, they were screaming out in agony and pain from the fire.  They were looking up towards the opening of the black hole.  Their hands and arms were raised upwards.  They were shifting and moving restlessly like huge waves.  And they were screaming.  Screaming for deliverance, for mercy.  But there was no mercy.  There was no deliverance

I drew back from the edge of the black hole in terror and horror and despair.  I turned back towards the Lord sitting on His throne.  He was still reading from the books.  Now I saw a large, endless stack of books piled next to His throne.  And I knew that every one of the people who those books were written about, were going to be condemned.  I looked at the long, endless line of people gathered before the Lord, waiting to be judged.  Now, I saw every face clearly.  They were my friends, my family, my relatives.  And they were being condemned.  And I saw them being cast into the black hole, and I heard them as they screamed as they fell down the long tunnel.  
The Lord turned to me, with tears streaming down His cheeks, and said, "Now pray." I began to weep and scream out to God to have mercy on these people.  As each person was condemned, I ran to the edge of the black hole and tried to pull them back out of the black hole.  I would grab their hands and arms, and try to hold onto them.  But they would slip from my grasp.  I was beside myself, trying desperately to keep these people I loved from going down the black hole.  I reached out and grasped onto the Lord, then reached down with my other arm into the black hole to try and grab people out of the black hole.  
"Let go," the Lord told me.  "If I let go of you, I'll go into the hole myself," I protested.  "Let go," the Lord said again.  I let go.  It was as if unseen hands were holding onto me.  I laid down next to the edge of the black hole, reached down inside of it, trying to grab hold of and grasp onto the people who were falling down into the black hole.  I felt like I myself was being burned from the fire and the flames.  At times, I felt as if "claws" reached out from the black hole and struck at me.  I felt burns on my arms, and saw scratches appear on my arms.  
I was weeping, and calling out to God for the deliverance of these, my loved ones.  I was begging God to have mercy on my loved ones, and to not condemn them to the black hole.  "It's easier to pray for the lost when they are your own loved ones," the Lord said to me.  "Remember, all the lost are My loved ones.  I want My children to begin to pray for these, My lost children, as you are praying for them now.  I would raise up a generation of intercessors to stand in the gap for My lost children.  These intercessors will feel the heat of the battle, and be burned by it.  The forces of hell will come against them, and attack them.  Yet, I will be with them, and will hold onto them.  Now will you pray?"