I hope it has been a restful summer for most. If you have missed my last post, it is below this one. Please consider giving to this family in need. The mother is suffering from cancer and it looks very serious for her. Her heart is taking a toll from all the chemo and she has already suffered two strokes but thanks be to God she is a fighter. She has a two, four and six year old to care for and is in need of financial assistance as well. (please check out my post below this article - thank you)
I am posting today about the spiritual battle that all of us know is going on all around us. Almost a year ago, we had Pope Francis telling the Chinese underground Catholic Church to trust their government and attend the controlled Chinese Catholic Church. (link below)
Our Lady of Fatima told us that this would happen. Communism is spreading and will soon cover the planet (before the Reign of Her Immaculate Heart). We could have avoided this if our Popes did the Consecration - but it was never done. We would rather dialogue than trust the Mother of God. (See my post under Consecration to Jesus through Mary about the silencing of her instruments on earth - just posted)
NOW - we have the Chinese government persecuting all Christians in a more aggressive way. With all the technology and surveillance apparatus that is installed (not ONLY in China) - they have been successful in the persecution of Christians. Read the article below that was posted just today on Newsmax. It is ramping up. It is soon to spread throughout the world in a very short time under the New World Order through the United Nations. (link below)
Don't think China has control of the United Nations??? Think again! (link below)
What to do about all of this - spiritually prepare - Pray the Rosary and offer penance - especially on Fridays. Do not eat meat on Fridays - offer up sacrifices and please pray the reparation prayers taught at Fatima. God bless all of you and may Our Lady of Fatima pray for all of us to be true soldiers of Jesus Christ!
Please share with all those you love!
I am sorry for not posting anything on July 20th - Feast of the Prophet Elijah. I was traveling out of the state to be at a wedding that day in Milwaukee. May we pray for the youth getting married today - actually we need to pray for all married couples! The attack on marriage and the family is unprecedented in history! It is only by a miracle that anyone can weather this storm against the family today.
We can turn in need always to Our Blessed Mother. This brings to our minds the Memorare - the prayer to Our Lady to help us in need. She will never abandon us and no matter what, she will guide us to her Son Jesus. May we always have recourse to her and may we pray to her for our loved ones in need.
I wish to bring to the attention of all those dear souls who frequent this site that there is a family in need. The mother of a family with three small children has been suffering from cancer for quite a while. She lives in the Detroit area and needs our prayers and financial support to help with all that she and her family are suffering through.
I have included below a GoFundMe account for anyone feeling called to give to this family in need. Please remember that we are truly giving to Jesus when we give to others. Thank you so much in advance for considering to help in this cause.
May God bless you through the prayers and intercession of our good Queen and Mother.
Here we are July 18th. How fast time flies. Yesterday was the feast day of the 16 French Carmelite Nuns who offered their lives to end the French Revolution. They would have been executed anyway for being Catholics but they offered their lives for the purpose of ending the chaos occurring in France at the hands of the Freemasons.
I also posted at the bottom of yesterday's article, a presentation on what looks like our own fate someday soon in America (and possibly the world). No one likes to think outside the comfort zone of our little world. Reality will hit all of us and it looks like it will be very soon. There is more on this subject on our own government websites - have you read some of the executive orders? Are we ready - spiritually?
Tied into our looming chastisement is the lose of our Catholic Faith over the past 60 years in particular. Michael Matt from The Remnant has spent these last few days in Japan. I have included an interview he made with a Japanese priest who offers the Latin Mass in Tokyo and Osaka. He is a member of SSPX and had the privilege to personally know Archbishop Lefebrve, the bishop who remained Catholic at a time when a "French Revolution" happened in the Church. (Cardinal Suenens, a Freemason, and one of the four moderators of the Second Vatican Council was quoted as saying that the Second Vatican Council was the "French Revolution in the Church" - Google it!) We know a tree by its fruits - the fruits are ripening, rotting and falling to the ground right now.
Please listen to this priest interview, pray to St. Therese and St. Francis Xavier for the missions of the world. Without Archbishop Lefebrve's bravery - we would not have a Traditional Latin Mass right now. The other traditional orders that offer a Latin Mass spawned off from SSPX or were allowed by Rome to keep people from the SSPX (in order to keep them Novus Ordo).
St. Athanasius spoke against the Arian heresy when Pope, cardinals, bishops and priests were believing it. Archbishop Lefebrve spoke against Modernism which is the synthesis of ALL HERESIES according to Pope Pius X. I would call that a greater feat which will be recognized when the Novus Ordo churches are no more. My old parish is gone - Detroit is decimated. What will it look like 10 years from now - it is already hanging on by a thread. All we will have left are the Traditional Orders with the Latin Mass just like Archbishop Lefebrve said we would - an amazing soldier of Christ, defending the Truths of the Catholic Faith and refused to trample on them under the guise of obedience.
Here is the interview - God bless your day through the prayers and intercession of our good Queen and Mother!
Today is the feast day of the Carmelite Martyrs of Compiegne. If you do not know of these sisters, a great summer read would be "Song at the Scaffold" by Gertrude Von Le Fort. They were the last martyrs of the French Revolution (The Reign of Terror - against GOD) that gave their lives and before they died, they prayed that their sacrifice would end the French Revolution - it did - and religious liberty was not destroyed although it could have been.
Below is an article written by one of my favorite authors - Professor Plinio Correa de Oliveira found on Tradition in Action site - enjoy!
"On July 17, 1794, the sixteen Carmelite nuns of Compiègne were guillotined in Paris, convicted of crimes against the state by the tribunal of the French Revolution. On this day they were born to eternal life.
Mother Henriette de Jesus, renowned for her great beauty and strong personality, stood up to represent the other Carmelite sisters before the revolutionary tribunal and was remarkable for her heroic resolution. Since the prosecutor accused the Carmelites of being fanatics and counter-revolutionaries, she asked him to explain the meaning of those words. The irritated judge vomited a torrent of offenses against her, and then said: “It is your attachment to your Religion and the King.”
Hearing these words, she replied, “I thank you for the explanation.” Then, addressing her companion Carmelites, she said: “My dear Mother and my Sisters, we must rejoice and give thanks to God for we die for our Religion, our Faith, and for being members of the Holy Roman Catholic Church.”
She was the last one before the Prioress to mount the scaffold to die. To the end, she encouraged her Sisters to persevere. When a charitable person offered a glass of water to one of the Sisters, Mother Henriette told her: “In Heaven, my Sister, in Heaven we will soon have water aplenty to drink.”
Comments of Prof. Plinio:
These Sisters knew that they were being put to death for their fidelity to the Catholic Church and the King, but they wanted the prosecutor to admit it out loud, because this would be a public witness of their martyrdom and an encouragement for them in face of the dangers of apostasy. This is why Mother Henriette was charged with asking that question.
When the answer came, she was happy and transmitted it to her Mother and Sisters in religion. All of them shared that joy and went forward to die. Mother Henriette, who was very resolute, offered assistance to each of them until the end. Only the Prioress, Mother Teresa of St. Augustine, died after her, because she was the superior, and the Captain must always be the last one to leave the sinking ship.
The episode with the glass of water is beautiful. Certainly there were some Carmelites who were nervous facing the trauma of such a violent death. To drink a glass of water could give them some relief. When Mother Henriette saw that one Carmelite Sister was inclined to accept the offer, she was probably thinking: “This small sacrifice can be yet another pearl for her crown in Heaven.” So, she advised her to not take it, and gave this magnificent reason: “My Sister, in Heaven soon we will have water aplenty to drink.”
She was clearly referring to Our Lord, Who is the source of all living waters, to the face-to-face contemplation of God that gives eternal happiness. The thirsty Sister understood that when she would receive her crown of martyrdom, it would have an additional star because she made that sacrifice.
You can contrast Mother Henriette de Jesus with an imaginary personage in a popular novel, The Dialogue of the Carmelites by George Bernanos. The character was called Blanche de la Force and was presented as a weak and timid Carmelite Sister. She is an imaginary personage, but it is worthwhile considering her, because she represents a common character type.
In his novel, Bernanos presented her as a Sister who had panicked when the other Sisters were taken by the revolutionary soldiers and sentenced, and for this reason had apostatized from the Order. She was no longer living inside the Carmelite community, but she went to see the execution of her former companions who would suffer martyrdom that day. The Sisters were chanting the Veni Creator in chorus and, one by one, they walked up the steps to the scaffold to be guillotined. When she saw this, she was moved by a grace, stepped out of the mob and, singing, joined the cortege to be executed along with them.
The two attitudes of both religious – Mother Henriette and Sister Blanche – express well the different paths of Divine Providence for different souls - the different marvels God works with His chosen ones. For some He chooses the glory of repentance – this is one of the glories attributed to the Apostles who fled during His Passion. For others He gives the strength that he gave to Mother Henriette of Jesus, that is, to view death from a distance and face it bravely, walking toward it joyfully. This was what He did with Mother Henriette, who helped all the others face their martyrdoms. These are two different paths God chooses to lead and direct souls.
Seeing these two contrasting paths, you can admire the infinite beauty of God in the unity and variety of His ways. This is why the Saints are different from one another and why there are different schools of spirituality in the Catholic Church. It serves to show the beauty and richness of Holy Mother Church, a reflection of the beauty of the Heavenly Jerusalem. "
May we too be prepared to suffer such martyrdom - if need be. The way the persecutions are going and the real presence of such means of death present in our world does incline one to get ready for what is to come - it may be death for God and country like these sweet sisters.
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel - pray for us to be brave for Jesus.
So sorry to post this in the middle of the day. I did go to early Latin Mass in Detroit to celebrate the day! Blessed Feast day to all!! This is a great feast as it gives testimony to the maternal affection Mary has for her children. Contrary to modern Carmelite intelligentsia - the Brown Scapular is for ALL! May we pray for Our Lady to guide the current leaders of the Church and of the Carmelite Order. May they see we need her now more than ever before in history!
Below is an article I posted last year, which was taken from the book - "Take This Scapular". I highly recommend this book which was written in 1949 for the preparation of the lay Carmelites to help promote the use of the SMALL Brown Scapular in 1951 - in celebration of the 700 year anniversary of the vision of St. Simon Stock which again the intelligentsia say never happened.
Here is the article taken from the book - "Take This Scapular" pages. 17-19 and was written by Fr. Wilfrid A. Smith, O Carm. but it is a presentation of various talks by various priests on subjects pertaining to the Scapular.
"A holy Carmelite, St. Simon Stock, humbly knelt in prayer in the midst of the storm, with thunderous words of protest resounding in his ears, and lightening flashes of criticism striking about him.
O beautiful Flower of Carmel,
Most fruitful vine,
Splendor of Heaven,
Holy and singular
Who brought forth the Son of God,
Still ever remaining a pure virgin,
Assist us in this necessity.
O Star of the Sea,
Help and protect us.
Show us that You are our Mother.
Suddenly, the storm clouds parted. In the clearing, surrounded by a heavenly light and a host of angels, Mary, the Queen of Heaven, appeared. In the crook of her left arm the Divine Child rested. In her right hand she held a garment which she extended towards the kneeling monk. In tones of motherly tenderness she spoke: "Receive my beloved son, this habit of thy Order. It shall be to you and to all Carmelites a privilege, that whosoever dies clothed in this shall never suffer eternal fire." Gradually the vision grew dim and Simon Stock found himself again alone, holding in his own hand the pledge of Mary's protection and the sign of salvation, Heaven's own gift to Carmel - the Scapular.
As abruptly as they fell and inundated the Order, so abruptly did the waters of criticism subside, and once more the Order of Carmel prospered and grew. What the rainbow was to Noah, a sign of peace with God, that the Scapular became for Simon Stock and Carmel: a sign of eternal alliance between the Order and its Queen.
... No pact with men or nations will send Satan groveling in the dust. The weapons which will conquer him transcend the powers of man to make. They must be made in Heaven. God gave us the Commandments. His Divine Son gave us the Sacraments. With the Commandments as our guide and the Sacraments as our weapons, we fight the mighty battle of life. God, our Father, and Christ, our Brother, are with us in the great struggle.
The Scapular is Mary's own guarantee to us of Her protection against the darts of the evil one. It is the armoured mail which will turn aside evil's strongest weapons.
But, as earthly weapons are of no avail to him who will not use them, so the Scapular is of no avail to him who will not love it and appreciate its value. If we profess to love Mary and to value Her protection, we will love and treasure what She has given to us as a mark of Her love for us. We cannot think that Mary's alliance is unilateral. She loves us, and she expects us to love Her. We can best manifest that love by endeavoring to live as She would have us live, by fighting as She would have us fight. It is only thus that the Scapular which She has given and which we wear will prove itself as She, the giver, has promised: a sure Sign of Salvation. "Because of the alliance which Mary contracts with us and which we contract with Her," says Blessed Claude de la Colombiere, "no other devotion renders our salvation so certain!"
July 13th is the Feast day in the Carmelite Calendar of St. Teresa of the Andes. I also would like to share with you that my dear friend Eddie (Edmonia) died on July 12th at 4:45 AM. She died in the Novena to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and on the vigil of St. Teresa of the Andes, whom she had a great devotion to. It is a true blessing from God that she was favored at this time. I pray that most, if not all, of her purgatory has been done here on earth. I will have the Gregorian Masses said for her soul in the Tradition Latin Rite. Thank you all for your prayers! They are certainly greatly appreciated!
Below is the biography of this great saint who died so very young but with the true love of a Carmelite in love with Jesus! A great inspiration for a world grown cold! This is taken from the website http://www.carmelitaniscalzi.com. Enjoy and God bless!
"Juanita Fernández Solar was born on 13th July 1900 in Santiago, Chile. Educated in the faith by her parents from an early age, she had a precocious inclination towards prayer and doing good. In 1907 she became an external student at the school run by the Sisters of the Sacred Heart. On 11th September 1910 she made her first communion. This was a decisive day for her, which caused her to live in an increasingly deeper friendship with Jesus.
From a wealthy family, she treated the employees of the home with unusual affection, worrying about teaching them catechism and the material needs of the poor of their lands. Her father managed his property with little success, losing a large part of his fortune, which created not a little tension in his marriage. In addition, her brother Lucho gave up his faith and Miguel led a rather Bohemian life. In the midst of these family difficulties, she was the angel who watched over all.
When she was 15 years old, she declared that Christ captivated her. Shortly after, she became a boarder in college, something which caused great pain: she ended up saying, “boarding would reduce me to ashes.” She came to the decision to be faithful to her life as a student as a way of surrendering herself to God’s will and she made an effort to be an exemplary pupil. Not long after her entry, as a result of conversation with one of her teachers, she began discerning a possible vocation.
When she was 17, she read Saint Teresa of Jesus, which moved her to live her prayer as friendship and commitment to others. She also got to know the writings of Saint Therese and Bl. Elizabeth of the Trinity, with whom she felt a great affinity. She desired also to be God’s house and the praise of his glory. She began writing to Mother Angelica, the prioress of the Carmelite nuns in Los Andes and raised with the prioress her concerns about a vocation.
A year later, when her sister Lucia married, she left boarding school in order to learn household management and to come out in society. She was a happy young sportswoman who loved the outdoors. She also taught catechism and gave classes to the children from disadvantaged families and helped the missions. She had no doubt about her vocation, but she was not sure if she should become a Sister of the Sacred Heart or a Discalced Carmelite. When her mother learned of her vocation, she tried to test it in various ways to dissuade her, but was surprised at the sweetness and equilibrium with which she reacted. On 11th January she met the Carmelite nuns’ community and all her doubts disappeared, as she was captivated by the sisters’ simplicity, familiarity in relating, and spontaneity.
When her family became aware of the news, her brothers tried to dissuade her, but her parents gave their permission. She entered Carmel on 7th May 1919, changing her name to Teresa of Jesus. There she came to know the writings of Saint John of the Cross, which assisted her prayer to mature.
She carried on a real apostolate with her letters to family members and friends, urging them to become friends with God, to be happy and have gratitude. They are letters written with a great deal of affection and understanding. These and her Diaries remain as legacies of her spirituality.
In Holy Week, 1920, she became seriously ill. Confined to bed, she made her religious profession with happiness and emotion. She died on 12th April.
Her life and her spirituality are like a light radiating God in Chile and throughout Latin America. Her sanctuary is a place of pilgrimage where many people are once more united with God and their faith."
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, pray for us!
St. Teresa of the Andes, pray for us!
I hope all is well with all of you! Today is already the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost and since the Epistle is on suffering – I am going to address the message of St. Paul to the Romans. My sweet friend Eddie is still suffering as she is being taken care of in Hospice Care. She has congestive heart failure and COPD coupled with a long time illness similar to bi-polar. These words in today’s epistle speak volumes to all of us but truly for souls such as Eddie who is suffering in her last days.
St. Paul speaks of the glorious fruits of justification through Christ, of the happiness of sanctification, of the riches of being a child of God. If we are to live a life in imitation of Our Savior, Jesus Christ, we must undergo sufferings. St. Paul presents two thoughts which should keep us from losing our faith in God’s fatherly love in time of suffering. The first is that earthly suffering is as nothing when measured against the bliss and glory of Heaven. “Brethren! I reckon that the sufferings of the present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory to come that will be revealed in us” (Rom. 8:16). Compared with the glory and happiness which “surpasses all understanding”, which will never end, what are suffering and sorrow, labor and privation, which last at most only a few years? Even now, looking back on our lives, the sufferings of the past seem to have lasted only a few fleeting moments. How much more when we view them some day from eternity!
The second thought is that the sufferings of this life are the birthpains of eternal glory. As I see my friend Eddie dying, I am reminded of my long labors when I was giving birth to my children. It seemed as though it would not end but suddenly did and there was a beautiful child for this labor. I feel the same with my friend. She is suffering her purgatory on earth. Soon she will be with Our Lord in Heaven for eternity even if there is still time for her in purgatory!!
“We know,” continues St. Paul, “that all creation groans and travails in pain until now. And not only it, but we ourselves also who have the first-fruits of the Spirit – we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption of sons, the redemption of our body.” (8:22) As the birthpangs are the price of a mother’s joy and happiness, so our earthly sufferings are the price of the bliss of Heaven. Through them we ripen unto our eternal perfection, and together with us all creation, which groans with us under the curse of sin. Nature too, as a “new earth and a new heaven” (2 Pet. 3:13) will then share this blessed consummation with us. Never, therefore, should we doubt God’s goodness; despite all sufferings we must trustfully surrender to His holy and loving plans.
Also, in today’s Gospel, we learn to put our trust in God with not only our sufferings but also our work – our labors. Sitting in Peter’s boat, Jesus had taught the crowds who pressed upon Him. When He had finished speaking, He said to Simon Peter: “Put out into the deep and lower your nets for a catch” (Luke 5:4) Simon Peter could not believe his ears. As an experienced fisherman he knew that during the day the fish seek the deep spots which his nets could not reach. Now he was to go far out on the sea in the heat of the day and cast his nets! He had just come back from a futile attempt but despite all this - Peter placed his trust in his Master. Peter therefore said with determination: “At Thy word I will lower the net.” His confidence was rewarded beyond all expectation. A great lesson for all of us – always! After the miracle of broken nets with so many fish, Simon Peter gives up all and follows Jesus. May we also learn from this and not trust in ourselves or man but follow Jesus and go to Jesus for all things. How consoling and heartening is this truth for us! Even if our work appears, humanly speaking, to lack all prospect of success – when we feel it is doomed to fail – TURN TO JESUS! And even if God decides not to give us overflowing nets from our works, we can be assured that it is blessed because it was done for God and God alone. Earthly success may never be ours, but Heaven’s reward is assured if we are always faithful to Him!
This should be a day to celebrate and I hate to burst everyone's bubble as they plan picnics, beach parties and fireworks but today should be declared a day of fast and prayer as we look to the future of this country. Actually, since I began to realized a few years ago that we are losing this nation, I could not watch the fireworks --- it was too painful --- knowing the facts.
We can be in denial all we want but the reality is - Russia has been able to spread her errors - yes - even to the U S of A. Quite sad and so pathetic. Pathetic knowing that our own bishops have betrayed us along with our politicians that we voted in.
Below is a couple of recent posts on what we are to expect very shortly in the United States so when you are done partying and watching the fireworks - you may consider a day of fast and prayer --- EVERY WEEK --- for the sake of our children.
Also - one video on Bella Dodd who was part of the first days of Communism in the USA. I suggest you buy the book "School of Darkness". She converted but she gives DETAILS of the destruction of America by the Communism Party in the 30's and 40's. EYE OPENING!! It is amazing that we do not have full blown communism at this moment but we are almost there with the Democratic Party not hiding it anymore and running as Democratic Socialists! Catholics will vote for them with the endorsement of our treasonous bishops as they did Obama- God help us!
God bless you and God bless America! Holy Mother of God -- pray for us and lead us back to God!
I hope all are well. I thank all of you for your prayers for my dear friend in Washington DC - Eddie (Edmonia). She is 90 and is in hospice care. I went out to her last week and it was a beautiful visit of praying and just being with her in these last days of her life. She has been a dear spiritual sister to me - even though we are 30 years apart. It looks like she may have another week or two. She is so strong. Please keep her in your prayers as she is being tempted each day by Satan to doubts of the promises of God.
I believe that since she is refusing morphine, her days will be longer and filled with suffering. She is doing her purgatory on earth. She does have pain killers and oxygen when she is having difficulty but she is not "unconscious" like she would be with increased doses of morphine. She would be gone now if she had elected this. Something we all need to think about. I believe there are scenarios where this is absolutely needed but clearly not always.
I felt this article on death was important for all of us. We are living in a time when even in the Catholic Church, talk of a better life for those who die is for all of us. If that is the case then why are we here?
I found this article (resource written below) on a doctor's experience. It is always the same story for people who die and are found at the lip of hell but suddenly and miraculously come back to earth to do it better. These are people who are guilty of adoring a new trinity -- Me, Myself and I. This deception of adoring ourselves is so widespread in the world today but it will not get us to Heaven. We all must examine ourselves and/or alert our loved ones about the true reality of death and how we need to obey the commandments of loving God above all things with our whole heart, mind and soul and loving our neighbor as ourselves. In the end, it is our gift of LOVE that will matter! Each day, may we focus on loving God first and loving all those who we meet in our quickly passing day(s)!
Enjoy this article and the youtube below it. Do not be afraid to share it - better that your loved ones learn it now and not when it is too late. God bless all of you!!
Doctor Had Vision of Netherworld
"Those who profit from the health of others will find their reward in the jewels of hell."
If that "word of knowledge" bears credence, there are some in the medical industry (pharmaceutical companies, insurance conglomerates, hospitals, surgeons, specialists) who may want to pay heed.
For those who claim to have glimpsed sheol have been known to describe precisely this: mounds of tainted gold, filthy rubies, diamonds, and money under the throne of a beastly creature. Not pleasant. More than one has so testified. But perhaps necessary to consider.
Or one may want to listen to an anesthesiologist named Rajiv Parti, who says he was taken to the cusp of the netherworld precisely for this reason: due to his greed.
"Feeling like a master of the universe is easy in the world of modern medicine," he writes (in Dying To Wake Up"). "In my specialty alone, heart surgery anesthesia, the medical world had made so many advances in technology and techniques that we could literally bring patients back from the dead by doing everything from unclogging an artery with a balloon to replacing it or even dropping in a transplanted heart."
But Dr. Parti relates how he grew to view patients not as individuals but as numbers and dollar signs. His preoccupation: a huge house, luxury cars, and day-trading on the stock market. Then he "died."
Two days before Christmas in 2010, he was rushed to a hospital with a severe infection and resultant fever that shot his temperature to 104 degrees. Emergency surgery was initiated as the infection, caused by a recent procedure in the area of his pelvis, spread through his blood. Ironically, he "died" -- left his body -- due to the anesthesia.
"I was a mechanistic medical doctor, and this event represented new physical laws that I didn't understand," he said. "How can I be hovering? Where is my brain, and what am I seeing with? Am I breathing? Why can I hear?"
"My world turned dark, and for a moment I was relieved. I'm returning to my body, I thought.
"But that relief was replaced by fear as I saw a distant lightning storm off to my right, one that seemed to draw me in very quickly and soon became loud with the sound of thunder and... What is that?... screams and moans of pain and anguish as wildfire moved over burned souls that withered from the intense heat. I was made to lie on a bed of nails, where their needle sharpness tortured my flesh.
"I was drawn in as if on a moving sidewalk that took me to the edge of this flaming canyon. Smoke filled my nostrils and with it the sickening odor of burning flesh. I was on the lip of hell.
"I tried to turn and I couldn't. I tried to move back but couldn't. Every time I took a step back, an unseen force moved me forward, leaving me with a horrific view of the most agonizing place one could ever imagine."
"You have clearly not been making love," Dr. Parti heard a voice say, telepathic but as clear as if spoken in his ears, "so powerful," he writes, "that it may well have been spoken by God." Added the voice: "You have led a materialistic and selfish life."
He knew that was only too true and felt ashamed.
"I saw my patients as profit centers, people who could give me the wealth and prestige I wanted in exchange for my services as an anesthesiologist," he bravely says, unconcerned with how others in the medical profession might view his otherworldly experience. "I was a doctor who did his job well but cared very little that he was working on a human being."
Now, standing on the rim of hell, he recalled a woman with arthritis who had come to him for pain medication (Dr. Parti, in addition to his hospital work, owned a pain clinic) and weeping, sought his counsel about her husband, who was suffering from lung cancer. "'I would love to talk to you,' I said, writing out a prescription for her pain and sleeping pills and handing them to her. 'But I have several patients waiting.' And I left."
This he saw in the review of his life.
It is not just sins like adultery and murder.
It's how we treat people. We are all subject to the temptation of selfishness. It's certainly not just the medical profession.
Many are the good and caring doctors. We've met many personally. And who can begrudge a comfortable living to those plugged through long years of medical school and then strenuous internships and residencies; who now find themselves on call, with long hours.
But are some -- too many -- in it for the money?
It is certainly a time of unrestrained health-care costs. And within that field -- whether hospital CEOs or laboratory owners -- are indeed those motivated far too strongly by profit.
That may go unaddressed in our current society, but apparently not after life on earth.
[resources: afterlife books, especially What You Take To Heaven]
[Luke 16: "'Now there was a rich man, and he habitually dressed in purple and fine linen, joyously living in splendor every day. 20 And a poor man named Lazarus was laid at his gate, covered with sores, 21 and longing to be fed with the crumbs which were falling from the rich man's table; besides, even the dogs were coming and licking his sores. 22 Now the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to Abraham's bosom; and the rich man also died and was buried. 23 In Hades he lifted up his eyes, being in torment, and saw Abraham far away and Lazarus in his bosom. 24 And he cried out and said, "Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus so that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool off my tongue, for I am in agony in this flame." 25 But Abraham said, "Child, remember that during your life you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus bad things; but now he is being comforted here, and you are in agony. And besides all this, between us and you there is a great chasm fixed, so that those who wish to come over from here to you will not be able, and that none may cross over from there to us.'"]
Bernadette Porter is a Traditional Catholic, a wife of 41 years with 6 adult home-schooled children and 6 grandchildren. A sincere devotion to Mary, the Mother of God leads me to want to share "The Church's best kept secret" - Mary!