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September 30, 2015  

(Mat 24:11-13) And many false prophets shall rise and shall seduce many. And because iniquity hath abounded, the charity of many shall grow cold. But he that shall persevere to the end, he shall be saved.

MYSTICS OF THE CHURCH: Locutions to the World (LTTW)- A False Visionary

Rev. Joseph Leo Iannuzzi: On Locutions to the World

For years now folks have contacted me asking if they should believe in "Locutions to the World" guided by a monsignor. After I read theses alleged revelations years ago and their alarmist tone, I found them to be utterly false. I had a close friend contact the good Monsignor advising that I (having obtained a STD, PhD in dogmatic and mystical theology from Rome) am encouraging him, a shepherd of souls, to desist in their propagation, as they spiritually harm the readers with false teachings and erroneous messages. He emailed my friend back affirming that he has no intentions of doing so. To those of you who out of ignorance followed these erroneous messages, it would do you well to visit the site at the end of this article that illsutrate the unfulfilled prophecies of the false messages. I write in haste in between flights:

Remember Jesus' words: "If anyone says to you then, 'Look, here is the Messiah!' or, 'There he is!' do not believe it. False messiahs and false prophets will arise, and they will perform signs and wonders so great as to deceive, if that were possible, even the elect. Behold, I have told it to you beforehand. So if they say to you, 'He is in the desert,' do not go out there; if they say, 'He is in the inner rooms,' do not believe it" (Mt. 24:23-); "There will be those who will say to you, 'Look, there he is,' (or) 'Look, here he is.' Do not go off, do not run in pursuit" (Lk.17:23).

Today Satan is sending us many false prophets to distract us from following the true few good ones out there. Today’s false prophets confuse the faithful by claiming to receive knowledge of certain truths (an eventual papal assassination, presence of the freemasons, etc.) while also propagating complete falsehoods that mislead the faithful (Russia not being consecrated, financial collapse during Pope Francis' visit to the USA, etc.).

As a pastor of souls, it is my duty before God to inform you of the truth Christ and the Apostles preached, and also to admonish you when out of ignorance you woefully follow false prophets. In point of fact, I recently composed a 27 pp. apologetic work revealing the doctrinal errors contained in the false revelations of a layperson within an established religious community in northern USA, whose founder imprudently chose to share them with all members of his community.

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ I have kindly put you on your guard time and again over the last several decades against the emergence of end-time false prophets and, if I may add, they are coming out of the wood work today! They have a similar message and it is as follows (remember, they mix falsehoods with truths): Sell everything you have, and move to safe havens, as all paper monies and gold will collapse, the Pope will be killed, the Freemasons will overrun the Church, a flock will have to fend for itself and no hierarchy will be left to guide us.

God is sending us true prophets today – however few in number – but many of you do not know how to discern them. Why? Because instead of seeking the guidance of experts in the fields of mystical and dogmatic theology (whose past pernicious heresies they are familiar with and know how to avoid), you defer to yourselves and consider yourselves the highest judge of what is Catholic and what is not. The lives of the saints reveal that such an approach appeals to pride and, as history has proven time and again, subtly leads into pernicious error; matters that in fact are very small become magnified into large matters and divisions ensue within the Church.

That we are living in “the end times” and awaiting a “new Pentecost” ought not come as a surprise to us, as several modern pontiffs and theologians have used these expressions with increasing intensity in the last few decades. In point of fact, Jesus revealed to the 20th century Polish mystic St. Faustina Kowlaska (1905-1938) that in preparing the world for his coming, “Before the Day of Justice, I am sending the Day of Mercy.” Nevertheless, Church history has demonstrated that the end-time private revelations of most claimants are inauthentic and, for this reason, she wisely exercises prudence when reviewing them. For this reason the decision to publish or distribute private revelations, even privately among others, that are not yet examine by qualified theologians or authenticated by the Church may indeed be an imprudent one. I here recall the words of St. Hannibal di Francia’s sobering caution concerning the printing of St. Veronica's unapproved diary. He writes to a priest in his letter of 1925: “Being taught by the teachings of several mystics, I have always deemed that the teachings and locutions of even holy persons, especially women may contain deceptions.”

In another letter to Fr. Peter Bergamaschi who had published all the writings of a renowned Benedictine mystic, St. M. Cecilia of Montefiascone (1694-1766) before having a qualified theologian examine them, Hannibal criticizes his decision to publish them:

“Conforming to prudence and sacred accuracy, people cannot deal with private revelations as if they were canonical books or decrees of the Holy See. Even the most enlightened persons, especially women, may be greatly mistaken in the visions, revelations, locutions, and inspiration. More than once the divine operation is restrained by human nature… My dear father, to consider any expression of the private revelations as dogma or propositions near of faith is always imprudent! The mistakes could amount to thousands… This is proved by experience, by the mystical theologians, such as St. John of the Cross, St. Teresa, Castrotevere, Poulain, etc. By prudence and reason we cannot accept all the words of revelations as they were propositions near to the faith; still less when they are contrary to the authoritative opinion of renowned writers and to the simple, beneficial devotion of the saints”.

Hannibal’s extremely practical sense is further evident in his response to a community that sought to find the answer to a problem by turning to mystics and to their writings. On this occasion, to reorganize itself, this community was expecting the private revelation of a pious person in whom it confided. But Father Hannibal intervened and wrote: “Do not provoke the Lord. We have faith, trust, counsel, reason, and prayer at our disposal; these are means our Lord gave us to know his Adorable Will, or to follow it without gratifying our selfishness. Therefore, let us pray. Our Lord taught us how effective is the humble, trustful, perseverant prayer when we surrender ourselves to the Divine Will with pure intention.” St. Hannibal’s prudence is accentuated by the mystical doctor of the Church St. Teresa of Avila who is famed for having advised that, if one must choose, it is better to have a learned director than a holy one – since one who is learned will be able to advise the safest course to take in the spiritual life and follow the path of true doctrine, but one who is holy but not learned will not know of any spirituality or doctrine beyond his own.

Only if the Magisterium receives a private revelation and officially acknowledges it as authentic does it become official in its character. In this way, private revelations can help to bring forth important new aspects of the Church’s one public revelation. The theologian M.J. Scheeben maintains this to have been the case with new spiritual traditions such as devotion to the Sacred Heart and the Feast of Corpus Christi. These spiritual traditions have attained newer expressions through the Feast of the Divine Mercy, initiated through the revelations of Saint Faustina Kowalska, who was canonized in April 2000. Inasmuch as Church-approved private revelations explicate Christ’s one public revelation, they too may be considered part and parcel of her patrimony of spiritual tradition. However, until such Church-approval is forthcoming, one must, as the mystical doctors of the Church teach, exercise much prudence by not distributing them without first seeking out the advice of experts in the fields of theology.

I here recall the words of the Catholic Catechism, 67:  “Christian faith cannot accept ‘revelations’ that claim to surpass or correct the Revelation of which Christ is the fulfillment, as is the case in certain non-Christian religions and also in certain recent sects which base themselves on such ‘revelations’”.

The Desert Fathers: sayings of the Early Christian Monks: Humility

63. A brother asked a hermit, 'What is humility?'  He answered, 'To do good to them that do evil to you.'  The brother said, 'Suppose a man cannot attain that standard, what is he to do?'  The hermit answered, 'He should run away, and choose silence.'

September 29, 2015  

(Rev 12:7-10) And there was a great battle in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon, and the dragon fought, and his angels. And they prevailed not: neither was their place found any more in heaven. And that great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, who seduceth the whole world. And he was cast unto the earth: and his angels were thrown down with him. And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying: Now is come salvation and strength and the kingdom of our God and the power of his Christ: because the accuser of our brethren is cast forth, who accused them before our God day and night.

POPE FRANCIS (2014): Satan, therefore, seeks to destroy humanity, all of us: "So many projects, except for one's own sins, but many, many projects for mankind’s dehumanization are his work, simply because he hates mankind. He is astute: the first page of Genesis tells us so, he is astute. He presents things as if they were a good thing. But his intention is destruction. And the angels defend us. They defend mankind and they defend the God-Man, the superior Man, Jesus Christ who is the perfection of humanity, the most perfect. This is why the Church honors the Angels, because they are the ones who will be in the glory of God – they are in the glory of God - because they defend the great hidden mystery of God, namely, that the Word was made flesh".

ARCHIVES VIA POPE BENEDICT XVI: Throughout his entire discourse the pontiff referred to this similitude, starting with the names of the three Archangels, which contains the suffix “El”,in Hebrew the name of God.  “God – said the pope – is written in their names, in their very nature…. they are His messengers.  They bring God to mankind, they reveal the heavens and thus, they reveal earth….. the Angels speak to man about what constitutes his true being, what is often covered or buried in his life.  They call man to himself, touching him on God’s behalf”.  And he added: “In this way even we humans must become angels for one another – angels who lead one from the wrong path and guide one once again towards God…..A bishop must be a man of prayer, who intercedes on behalf of mankind with God”.

Benedict XVI then went on to highlight the characteristics of the three Archangels of the feast (the only ones named in the Bible), illustrating other aspects of the Bishop’s role.

Michael (“Who is as God?”) “defends the cause of the one God against the dragon’s presumption, the “ancient serpent” as he is called by John.  It is the serpent’s continuous attempts to make men believe that God must disappear, in order for mankind to obtain greatness; that God stands in the way of our freedom and so we must be rid of Him”.

In reality, explains the pontiff, “he who puts God aside, does not make mankind great, rather he denies mankind his dignity.  And thus, man becomes an unsuccessful product of evolution”.

This is why, adds the pope; “it is the Bishop’s duty, as a man of God, to make space in the world for God against those who would negate Him and in doing so defend the greatness of man”.  And again: “Faith in God defends man from all of his weaknesses and inadequacies: God’s radiance shines on every individual”.

 Gabriel (“Man of God”) is the archangel who announces the Good News to Mary.  He said the pope “is the messenger of the incarnation of God.  He knocks on Mary’s door …… repeatedly God knocks on the human heart ….. on the world’s door and on the door to the heart of every individual.  He knocks waiting to enter”. And turning to the candidates the pope added: “Dear friends, it is your duty to knock on the man’s hearts in Christ’s name. By entering in union with Christ, you will be able to take on Gabriel’s role: bringing Christ’s call to men”.

Raphael (“God heals”) is the archangel healer, protagonist of the Book of Tobias.  The pope recalls that Raphael heals the relationship between Tobias and Sarah, marked by the curse of death: “he heals the wounded union between man and woman. He heals their love.  He crushes the demons which tine and time again attempt to destroy their love.  He purifies the atmosphere between the two and gifts them the ability to welcome and accept one another always”. “In the New Testament – recalls the pontiff – the order of marriage, established in creation and threatened in a multifaceted way by sin, is healed by the fact that Christ gathers it into his redeeming love.   He makes marriage a sacrament: His love, which takes on the cross for us, is the saving strength, which in the midst of confusion, gifts us the ability to be reconciled, purifies the atmosphere and heals all wounds”.  The bishop (and indeed every priest) “is entrusted with the duty of guiding men towards the reconciling power of Christ’s love.  He must be the “healing angel” who helps them to anchor their love to the sacrament and live their love with renewed commitment drawn from the sacrament”.

 “The book of Tobias – added the pope – speaks of the healing of blind eyes.  We all know that today we are threatened with blindness to God…… healing this blinded through the message of the faith and witness of love, is Raphael’s service which is entrusted each and every day to priests and in a particular way to bishops.  Thus we are spontaneously led to think of the sacrament of reconciliation and penitence, which in the deepest meaning of the word, is a healing sacrament.  The true wound of the soul, in fact is sin.  And only is a forgiveness in virtue of the power of God, in virtue of the power of Christ’s love exists, can we be healed, can we be redeemed”.


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REFLECTION: Sept. 29 is the Feast of Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael. In remembering them, we honor and thank God who, out of His love for us, sent us His angels to guide, protect and enlighten us. Angels are real. Let us make them more real by constantly becoming aware of and acknowledging their presence in our lives. Also, by praying to them often, especially when we travel, when we are in need or in trouble, or when our hearts are filled with gratitude and joy. “Angel of God, my guardian dear…”

The Desert Fathers: sayings of the Early Christian Monks: Humility

61. A hermit said, 'In every trial do not blame other people but blame yourself, saying, "This has happened to me because of my sins."'

September 25, 2015

(1Co 9:22-24) To the weak I became weak, that I might gain the weak. I became all things to all men, that I might save all. And I do all things for the gospel's sake, that I may be made partaker thereof. Know you not that they that run in the race, all run indeed, but one receiveth the prize. So run that you may obtain.


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Rejoice in the Lord always!  I say it again, rejoice!  These are striking words, words which ‎impact our ‎lives.  Paul tells us to rejoice; he practically orders us to rejoice.  This command resonates ‎with the ‎desire we all have for a fulfilling life, a meaningful life, a joyful life.  It is as if Paul could ‎hear what ‎each one of us is thinking in his or her heart and to voice what we are feeling, what we ‎are experiencing.  ‎Something deep within us invites us to rejoice and tells us not to settle for ‎placebos which simply keep ‎us comfortable.‎

            At the same time, though, we all know the struggles of everyday life.  So much seems to ‎stand ‎in the way of this invitation to rejoice.  Our daily routine can often lead us to a kind of glum ‎apathy ‎which gradually becomes a habit, with a fatal consequence: our hearts grow numb.‎

            We don’t want apathy to guide our lives… or do we?  We don’t want the force of habit to ‎rule ‎our life… or do we?  So we ought to ask ourselves: What can we do to keep our heart from ‎growing ‎numb, becoming anesthetized?  How do we make the joy of the Gospel increase and take ‎deeper root in ‎our lives?‎

            Jesus gives the answer.  He said to his disciples then and he says it to us now: Go ‎forth!  ‎Proclaim!  The joy of the Gospel is something to be experienced, something to be known and ‎lived ‎only through giving it away, through giving ourselves away.‎

            The spirit of the world tells us to be like everyone else, to settle for what comes easy.  ‎Faced ‎with this human way of thinking, “we must regain the conviction that we need one another, that ‎we ‎have a shared responsibility for others and for the world” (Laudato Si’, 229).  It is the ‎responsibility ‎to proclaim the message of Jesus.  For the source of our joy is “an endless desire to show ‎mercy, the ‎fruit of our own experience of the power of the Father’s infinite mercy” (Evangelii Gaudium, ‎‎24).  ‎Go out to all, proclaim by anointing and anoint by proclaiming.  This is what the Lord tells us ‎today.  ‎He tells us:‎

            A Christian finds joy in mission: Go out to people of every nation!‎

            A Christian experiences joy in following a command: Go forth and proclaim the good news!‎

            A Christian finds ever new joy in answering a call: Go forth and anoint!‎

            Jesus sends his disciples out to all nations.  To every people.  We too were part of all ‎those ‎people of two thousand years ago.  Jesus did not provide a short list of who is, or is not, worthy ‎of ‎receiving his message, his presence.  Instead, he always embraced life as he saw it.  In faces of ‎pain, ‎hunger, sickness and sin.  In faces of wounds, of thirst, of weariness, doubt and pity.  Far ‎from ‎expecting a pretty life, smartly-dressed and neatly groomed, he embraced life as he found it.  ‎It ‎made no difference whether it was dirty, unkempt, broken.  Jesus said: Go out and tell the ‎good ‎news to everyone.  Go out and in my name embrace life as it is, and not as you think it should ‎be.  ‎Go out to the highways and byways, go out to tell the good news fearlessly, without ‎prejudice, ‎without superiority, without condescension, to all those who have lost the joy of living.  Go ‎out to ‎proclaim the merciful embrace of the Father.  Go out to those who are burdened by pain and ‎failure, ‎who feel that their lives are empty, and proclaim the folly of a loving Father who wants to ‎anoint ‎them with the oil of hope, the oil of salvation.  Go out to proclaim the good news that ‎error, ‎deceitful illusions and falsehoods do not have the last word in a person’s life.  Go out with ‎the ‎ointment which soothes wounds and heals hearts.‎

            Mission is never the fruit of a perfectly planned program or a well-organized manual.  ‎Mission is ‎always the fruit of a life which knows what it is to be found and healed, encountered and ‎forgiven.  ‎Mission is born of a constant experience of God’s merciful anointing.‎

            The Church, the holy People of God, treads the dust-laden paths of history, so often ‎traversed ‎by conflict, injustice and violence, in order to encounter her children, our brothers and ‎sisters.  The holy ‎and faithful People of God are not afraid of losing their way; they are afraid of ‎becoming self-enclosed, ‎frozen into élites, clinging to their own security.  They know that self-‎enclosure, in all the many forms it ‎takes, is the cause of so much apathy.‎

            So let us go out, let us go forth to offer everyone the life of Jesus Christ (Evangelii ‎Gaudium, ‎‎49).  The People of God can embrace everyone because we are the disciples of the One ‎who knelt ‎before his own to wash their feet (ibid., 24).‎

            The reason we are here today is that many other people wanted to respond to that call.  ‎They ‎believed that “life grows by being given away, and it weakens in isolation and comfort” ‎‎(Aparecida ‎Document, 360).  We are heirs to the bold missionary spirit of so many men and women ‎who ‎preferred not to be “shut up within structures which give us a false sense of security… within ‎habits ‎which make us feel safe, while at our door people are starving” (Evangelii Gaudium, 49).  We ‎are ‎indebted to a tradition, a chain of witnesses who have made it possible for the good news of ‎the ‎Gospel to be, in every generation, both “good” and “news”.‎

            Today we remember one of those witnesses who testified to the joy of the Gospel in these ‎lands, ‎Father Junípero Serra.  He was the embodiment of “a Church which goes forth”, a Church ‎which sets ‎out to bring everywhere the reconciling tenderness of God.  Junípero Serra left his native ‎land and its ‎way of life.  He was excited about blazing trails, going forth to meet many people, ‎learning and valuing ‎their particular customs and ways of life.  He learned how to bring to birth and ‎nurture God’s life in the ‎faces of everyone he met; he made them his brothers and sisters.  Junípero ‎sought to defend the dignity ‎of the native community, to protect it from those who had mistreated ‎and abused it.  Mistreatment and ‎wrongs which today still trouble us, especially because of the hurt ‎which they cause in the lives of many ‎people.‎

            Father Serra had a motto which inspired his life and work, a saying he lived his life by: ‎siempre ‎adelante!  Keep moving forward!  For him, this was the way to continue experiencing the ‎joy of the ‎Gospel, to keep his heart from growing numb, from being anesthetized.  He kept moving ‎forward, ‎because the Lord was waiting.  He kept going, because his brothers and sisters were ‎waiting.  He kept ‎going forward to the end of his life.  Today, like him, may we be able to say: ‎Forward!  Let’s keep ‎moving forward!‎

The Desert Fathers: sayings of the Early Christian Monks: Humility

60. A hermit was asked, 'What is humility?' He said, 'It is if you forgive a brother who has wronged you before he is sorry.'

September 23, 2015

(Luk 8:20-21) And it was told him: Thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to see thee. Who answering, said to them: My mother and my brethren are they who hear the word of God and do it.

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Counsels and Exhortations By Saint Padre Pio

: St Padre Pio and the Rosary

St Padre Pio is one of the greatest saints of all times. He is well known in the world for the spiritual gifts he had: Stigmata, healing, prophecy, reading of hearts, levitation, bilocation, apparition, and “odour of sanctity”. He is a great miracle-worker and a powerful intercessor. Often he has been referred to as “the greatest mystic of the 20th Century.”

St Padre Pio called the rosary a weapon because that’s exactly what it is. It’s not just some fuzzy-feeling meditation – the very gates of hell tremble when the rosary is prayed fervently. As Catholics, we know that the prayers of the rosary are more than just vain repetitious words. Saint Padre Pio said: “The rosary is the ‘weapon’ for these times.” If we truly focus on the meditations of the mysteries, we examine deep into the heart of the Gospel of truth. Some might still be thinking “Why the rosary?” The simple answer is because it’s powerful. Because it fosters a love for the Immaculate and asks for her powerful intercession. Padre Pio always wore the rosary around his arm at night. Concerning the rosary, Our Lady herself said to Padre Pio: “With this weapon you will win.” Convinced of the power of the rosary, Padre Pio always held the rosary in his hands. When his death was approaching, he recommended the rosary to his spiritual children saying: “Love Our Lady and make her loved. Always recite the rosary.” Padre Pio had an astonishingly unconditional, total, perennial, unwavering love for the Virgin Mary. He used to tell a story: “One day Our Lord making rounds of Paradise saw some strange faces. He asked Peter: ‘Who let these people in?’ Peter replied: ‘There is nothing I can do.’ The Lord said, ‘But you have the key.’ Peter said: ‘There is nothing I can do, and you can’t do either.’ The Lord said: ‘What do you mean?’  ‘It’s your mother. She has another key. She lets them in.’”

The secular culture is also powerful and is built on lies and the twisting of good and evil. If we are ever going to shake the very foundation of falsehood that secularism is built on, we must arm ourselves with the truth. Praying the rosary is such a powerful way in which we will begin to take down the secret walls of hidden shame in our homes; praying the rosary for those nailed down by addictions of this world is the silent prescription for this disease.

The rosary is the Gospel on a chain. The prayers of the rosary help us gain insight into the One who is the Divine Truth and Truth Giver. Not only do we arm ourselves with the truth, but we also implore the one who is the Mother of Truth to act with us. In the rosary we ask the model of purity herself, Mary, to pray for our purity. We have a Goliath to take down and just as David had five stones in his arsenal, we have five decades in ours. The rosary has been the chain or the seat belt that we need in these times of turbulence.

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The Desert Fathers: sayings of the Early Christian Monks: Humility

58. A hermit was asked why we are troubled by demons and he answered, 'Because we throw away our armour, that is, humility, poverty, patience and men's scorn.

September 22, 2015

(Mat 28:18-20) And Jesus coming, spoke to them, saying: All power is given to me in heaven and in earth. Going therefore, teach ye all nations: baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you. And behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world.

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This city, everyone will tell you, has never seen anything like it.

Pope Francis has begun celebration of Mass at Plaza de la Revolución in Holguín on Monday morning, the last full day of the pontiff’s visit to Cuba.
Dressed in red vestments, representing Monday’s designation as the Feast of Saint Matthew, Pope Francis opened Mass from an outdoor altar with the traditional prayers, followed by a Cuban chorus singing a series of hymns.

Prior to Mass, residents of Holguín were anticipating a special moment.

“A pope has never been here before,” said Marta Betancourt, 61. “May he bless us, and continue to proclaim peace through the world. I am very Chrisitian. My faith in God brought me here.’’

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VIA Holy Souls: Just thought to write you today so that you could get in on the 900 Mass Novena being said by Capuchin missonary priests beginning on Sept 23rd in honor of St Padre Pio's feast day. The Mass stipend is already paid for "all the souls enrolled in the Purgatory Project at & for Padre Pio's intentions".

This is the Novena:{EF2B9A3E-8704-4877-8A04-3C5FCF59117A}.  All souls, both living and deceased that you have entered in the past are already enrolled - since all entries are permanent - so you do not need to enter them again (but you can if you wish too).

But you may have new souls or prayer requests to enter. If so, pls do feel free at:


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The Desert Fathers: sayings of the Early Christian Monks: Humility

57. A brother asked a hermit, 'Is it good to be always repenting?' He answered, 'We have seen Joshua the son of Nun; it was when he was lying prostrate on his face that God appeared to him' (cf. Josh. 5:14).

September 18, 2015

(Mat 7:9-12) Or what man is there among you, of whom if his son shall ask bread, will he reach him a stone? Or if he shall ask him a fish, will he reach him a serpent? If you then being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children: how much more will your Father who is in heaven, give good things to them that ask him? All things therefore whatsoever you would that men should do to you, do you also to them. For this is the law and the prophets.

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The Director of the Holy See’s Press office, Father Federico Lombardi, described the upcoming visit by Pope Francis to Cuba and the United States as a long, complex but wonderful journey.  His remarks came at a briefing for journalists on the papal visit which runs from the 19th to the 28th of September.

Father Lombardi noted that Pope Francis will be the third Pope to visit Cuba, following those made to the Caribbean island by his two predecessors, Popes Benedict and Saint John Paul II.  Pope Francis’ engagements in Cuba include an open-air mass in Havana during which he will give first communion to five children in a move symbolizing hope and growth for the Catholic Church there.  Father Lombardi said although it was not included in the papal programme, he could not rule out a possible meeting between the Pope and Cuba’s former long-time leader Fidel Castro. Other highlights of the papal visit to Cuba include a meeting with young people in the capital, a visit to the Shrine of Our Lady of Charity of Cobre and an encounter with families. 

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NEWS REPORT: Since John Paul’s visit in 1998 and Benedict’s 2012 trip, the church has been consolidating its strength on the island and building on those papal visits to gain more space for its activities, which range from educating Cuba’s budding private entrepreneurs in its Cuba Emprende program to running soup kitchens for the elderly and after-school programs for children.

“The Catholic Church has recovered tremendous strength since the previous papal visits,” said Enrique Lopez Oliva, a retired University of Havana religion professor. “It is the most important non-government organization.”

The years after the 1959 Revolution were difficult ones for the church. Cuba became an atheist state, priests were booted out and religious schools were shut down. Cuba remained officially atheist for 30 years until 1992 and since then, tolerance for religious expression has gradually grown.

Analysts say the papal visits accelerated that process. The December after John Paul visited, Fidel Castro made Christmas a permanent public holiday. It had been an ordinary work day since 1969. Easter became an official holiday after Benedict’s visit.

Two new churches are under construction in Havana and Pinar del Rio — something that hasn’t happened since before the revolution. Some churches and religious facilities taken over by the state are now being returned to the Catholic Church. “The church, of course, needs funds from abroad to reconstruct them,” said Lopez Oliva.

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Oh God, the good Father, and rich in mercy:
through the intercession of the Virgin of Charity,
Mother of your Son and our Mother,
turn your loving gaze
and pour out your grace
upon your servant Pope Francis,
whom you have made pastor of the universal Church

Grant that his words and witness of love
be received into the hearts of the Cuban people
whom he is coming to visit
as a Missionary of Mercy.

We ask this of you who live and reign with Jesus Christ, your Son,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Desert Fathers: sayings of the Early Christian Monks: Humility

56. A hermit said, 'He who is praised and honoured above what he deserves suffers grievous loss. He who receives no honour at all among men, shall be glorified hereafter.'

September 15, 2015

(John 19:25) So the soldiers did this. But standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Mag'dalene.

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: Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows

Today’s is the liturgical feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. This liturgical remembrance, traditionally established in honor of the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin was set for the Sunday after September 14, the Feast of the Triumph of the Holy Cross. The feast was inserted into the calendar of the Catholic Church in 1814, and Pope Pius X fixed the permanent date of September 15 for the Feast of the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary (now officially called the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows).

The seven sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary are: At the prophecy of Simeon: “You yourself shall be pierced with a sword – so that the thoughts of many hearts may be laid bare.” (Luke 2:35). At the flight into Egypt: “Get up, take the child and His mother, flee to Egypt.” (Mt 2:13). Having lost the Holy child  at Jerusalem: “You see that your father and I have been searching for You in sorrow.” (Luke 2:48). Meeting Jesus carrying his cross on his way to Calvary. Standing at the foot of the Cross: “Near the cross of Jesus there stood His mother” (John 19:25). Jesus being taken from the Cross. And at the burial of Christ.

Mary must have been a woman of great strength and courage. She stood by her Son’s side in times of joy and difficulty. She accompanied her Son in the Way of the Cross. She remained at the foot of the cross in spite of the possible threats to her very own life. She gives us a perfect example of what it takes to be a faithful disciple of Jesus. We are Christians who follow Jesus not only in times of joy and abundance, but we must always be ready to carry our own crosses.

Part of Christian life is suffering and pain. We cannot evade these realities in our life. Yet, we can be sure that Jesus will be with us in these difficult moments. He also underwent suffering and trials. He knows our miseries and pain.

Our Blessed Mother, too, will also stand by our side. She went through sorrowful moments in her life as well. But she will also accompany us in our journey from sorrow to glory. For a Christian, sorrow and pain are but steps to glory. May the Blessed Mother be our constant companion in our journey of life. Amen.

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Our Lady of the Rosary Library: Now, owing doubtless to the sad times we are going through, Christian souls turn instinctively to Mary, the sorrowful Mother. Their pains are so like an echo to Mary's pains.

In meditating on her sorrow, they find much relief and strength. The contemplation of the Passion of Christ is a fruitful source of spiritual help, nor can we ever know or understand His sufferings, as when we meditate on them in the company of His most Holy Mother. For no one in this world ever entered so deeply into those sorrowful mysteries. Houses of the Servite Order being established in England and America are so many means to help the development of that so Christian devotion to the Mother of Christ in English speaking countries.

O sweet Virgin, made sad by our sins and former ingratitude to Jesus and to thee, to thee we turn, humbled and contrite that thou mayest show thy mercy towards us, as thou didst upon the seven glorious Saints called by thee to establish the Order of thy Servants.

Yes make us thy true servants, make us serve Jesus faithfully, increase the number of thy faithful ones and their fidelity, that even as thy pains merited for thee the queenly diadem, so our affection for thee may entitle us to be thy happy subjects forever. Amen.

The Desert Fathers: sayings of the Early Christian Monks: Humility

53. 'A demoniac, frothing terribly at the mouth, struck an old hermit on the jaw, and he turned the other cheek.  This humility tortured the demon like flames, and drove him out there and then.

September 11, 2015

(2Th 2:13-15) But we ought to give thanks to God always for you, brethren, beloved of God, for that God hath chosen you firstfruits unto salvation, in sanctification of the spirit and faith of the truth: Whereunto also he hath called you by our gospel, unto the purchasing of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, brethren, stand fast: and hold the traditions, which you have learned, whether by word or by our epistle.

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: Message from Cardinal Burke

The recent release of videos documenting the atrocities perpetrated by Planned Parenthood has brought to the forefront of our minds the depth of the darkness and evil that permeates today’s culture of death.

It is of utmost importance, however, that we do not forget the real issue at hand. As unspeakably evil is the harvesting and selling of body parts of unborn children, the fundamental issue remains abortion itself.

Abortion, the deliberate and direct killing, by whatever means, of an innocent and totally defenseless human being in the initial stages of his or her existence – extending from conception to birth – has opened the way to the horrible atrocities which have recently been made known to us.

The culture of death manifests more and more its true nature: the complete and total disregard for the sanctity of human life.

It behooves all Catholics to stand up for our innocent and defenseless unborn brothers and sisters. The Catholic Church has never wavered in her teaching on abortion. It has been and continues to be our obligation to do everything in our power, always through peaceful means, to stop the contemporary and daily massacre of the unborn.

Today, as never before, a general mobilization of all Catholic faithful is needed to activate a great campaign in support of life and truth as Pope Saint John Paul II so comprehensively and powerfully stated in his Encyclical Letter Evangelium Vitae, the Gospel of Life. He clearly defined what the Catholic Church has always and everywhere taught and practiced regarding the goodness and inviolability of human life, and he called us to action for the sake of the littlest of our brethren.

Catholic Action for Faith and Family responds tirelessly to the call of Pope Saint John Paul II to live the Gospel of Life amidst the encircling culture of death. Its efforts to spread the light of truth in a world immersed in the lies of evil and sin are so needed and so commendable, and they merit the enthusiastic support of all Catholics.

I encourage you to join with Catholic Action for Faith and Family in its efforts to stop the great evil of abortion as the irreplaceable way to overcome all crimes against human life in our society.

I encourage you to sign the petition to defund Planned Parenthood; a crucial step toward ending the modern day massacre of the innocents.

I urge all Catholics to rally, to make their voices heard. Let us, as Catholics, heed and respond with all our heart to Pope Saint John Paul II’s call “to work to ensure that a new culture of human life will lead to the building of an authentic civilization of Truth and Love.”

As Catholics, our spirit must always be guided by the light of Truth! The Truth that guides us is God Himself Who, through His Church, always forgives the humble and contrite sinner, regardless of the gravity of his or her sin, and receives the sinner with open arms as the father in the Gospel Parable of the Prodigal Son, and leads the sinner, through penance and reparation, to live the truth in love.

May God help each and every one of us to continue to fight the good fight. It is my fervent prayer that the mercy and grace of God come down upon all the faithful and their loved ones, and bring them lasting joy and peace, and unfailing trust in the victory which is already ours in Jesus Christ, God the Son incarnate!

May Mary, the great Mother of God and our mother, guide us along the path to Her Divine Son, the Lord of Life, and may she intercede always for our intentions in the great struggle to restore the respect of the inviolable dignity of human life in our society!

Raymond Leo Cardinal BURKE
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The Desert Fathers: sayings of the Early Christian Monks: Humility

50. He also said, 'Imitate the publican, to prevent yourself being condemned with the Pharisee.  Follow the gentleness of Moses, and hollow out the rocky places of your heart, so that you turn them into springs of water.

September 9, 2015

(1Ti 2:1-4) I desire therefore, first of all, that supplications, prayers, intercessions and thanksgivings be made for all men: For kings and for all that are in high station: that we may lead a quiet and a peaceable life in all piety and chastity. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour, Who will have all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

REPORT: Pope Francis streamlines Roman Catholic marriage annulment process

Pope Francis radically reformed the Catholic Church’s process for annulling marriages Tuesday, allowing for fast-track decisions and removing automatic appeals in a bid to speed up and simplify the procedure.  Francis issued a new law regulating how bishops around the world determine when a fundamental flaw has made a marriage invalid. Catholics must get this church annulment if they want to remarry in the church.  But the process has long been criticized for being complicated, costly and out of reach for many Catholics, especially in poor countries where dioceses don’t have marriage tribunals.

In the document, Francis insisted that marriage remains an indissoluble union and that the new regulations aren’t meant to help to end them. Rather, he said, the reform is aimed at speeding up and simplifying the process so that the faithful can find justice.

The overall aim of the reform, he said, “is the salvation of souls.”

The biggest reform involves a new fast-track procedure, handled by a bishop, that can be used when both spouses request an annulment or don’t oppose it. It can also be used when other proof makes a more drawn out investigation unnecessary.  It calls for the process to be completed within 45 days.

Another reform is the removal of the automatic appeal after the first decision is made. Appeals are still possible, but they are no longer automatic — a simplification that has been used in the United States for many years.
The reform also allows the local bishop, in places where a three-judge tribunal isn’t available, to be the judge himself or to delegate the handling of the cases to a single priest-judge with two assistants.

Austen Ivereigh, a papal biographer and commentator on the Vatican, called it “revolutionary” that Pope Francis has granted bishops the power to nullify a marriage — a power that has rested with church courts. Bishops, he said, could also delegate that power to priests. This will make annulments more accessible, especially in much of the developing world, where Ivereigh said many areas have no church courts.

“This is the most far-reaching reform to the Church’s nullity process in 300 years,” he added.

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The Desert Fathers: sayings of the Early Christian Monks: Humility

49. Hyperichius said, 'The tree of life is high, and humility climbs it.

September 5, 2015

(Rev 12:5-6) And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with an iron rod. And her son was taken up to God and to his throne. And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she had a place prepared by God, that there they should feed her, a thousand two hundred sixty days.

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EXCERPT TODAY'S CATHOLIC NEWS: Mary's Hand in the Journey of Faith

“One of the titles of our Blessed Mother is ‘spes nostra,’ ‘our hope,’” he said. “The beautiful mystery of Mary’s Assumption into heaven, the title of this church and patroness of this parish, is a great mystery of hope. The Blessed Virgin Mary, our mother, at the end of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heaven. The hope of humanity became a reality, entered the world and its history, many years earlier when Mary said ‘yes’ at the Annunciation. ‘She opened the door of our world to God Himself’ (Spe salvi 49). In her, God took flesh and became one of us. Through her, the Lord of life came into the world.”

“… The Virgin Mary is, therefore, for us a consoling sign of our hope,” Bishop Rhoades continued. “We can experience so much peace and consolation and hope when we are close to the Blessed Virgin Mary, when we take hold of her motherly hand as we journey through life. She will never let go. How many of the faithful, your ancestors in the faith here at Saint Mary’s Parish, grasped Mary’s hand in their journey of faith. They passed on to you the most beautiful gift, the gift of our Catholic faith. They taught you to follow Christ and to love Him and His holy mother. We all need Mary’s help and comfort to face the trials and challenges of daily life. We live in hope, that one day we will share in her same destiny. May Our Lady, who was assumed body and soul into heaven, assist us so that we may follow her into our Father’s house, the Kingdom of her Son!”

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Let us always remember with humble and grateful hearts the great and selfless love which the Mother of Our Rdeemer - and our Mother - Our Dear Mary - has for each one of us !


VIA A MOMENT WITH MARY: "The Blessed Virgin has given a new efficacy to the recitation of the Rosary"

Many think that the Rosary is essentially a weapon for the spiritual realm. This is a serious mistake. The Rosary is also an effective weapon to solve temporal problems of any kind, especially problems of political or military nature.

Sister Lucia (visionary of Our Lady of Fatima) confided to Father Fuentes on December 26, 1957: "The Most Holy Virgin in these last times in which we live has given a new efficacy to the recitation of the Rosary to such an extent that there is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, whether temporal or above all spiritual, in the personal life of each one of us, of our families... that cannot be solved by the Rosary. There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary."

History gives us many examples of military or political victories won by the Rosary. They were won against various opponents: the Cathars, Islam, the Protestants and the Communists.

VIA A MOMENT WITH MARY: Mary’s tears are true signs

A bas-relief of painted plaster representing the Virgin Mary and her Immaculate Heart crowned with thorns and inflamed (as in Fatima), was displayed in a humble home, at the head of the bed of the Lannuso spouses. From August 29, 1953, to September 1, 1953, this framed image shed real tears, which were tested in scientific labs.

The Sicilian bishops recognized the supernatural origin of the phenomenon and began building a church. At its dedication, Saint John Paul II said:

"Mary wept in La Salette, in the second half of the last century... at a time when Christianity in France was facing increasing hostility. She is weeping again here, in Syracuse, at the conclusion of the Second World War. We can interpret this in the context of these tragic events—the immense carnage caused by the conflict; the extermination of the sons and daughters of Israel; and the threat to Eastern Europe from openly atheistic Communism.

Mary’s tears are true signs—they indicate the presence of the Mother in the Church and in the world. A mother cries when she sees her sons threatened by an evil, whether spiritual or physical."

VIA A MOMENT WITH MARY: The Rosary saved Brazil

In the 1960s in Brazil, the farmers were suffering and some people were pushing for a redistribution of the land. It was the Cold War, and Communist committees, taking advantage of the people’s poverty, were forming everywhere, concealing arms depots to perpetrate an imminent coup and seize power.

Around the same time, a priest named Father Patrick Peyton gathered a crowd of nearly two million faithful in Rio de Janeiro for a Rosary crusade. When a Communist congress, which was to decide on a coup to seize power, opened in Belo Horizonte (one of the largest cities in the country), tens of thousands of women poured into the city streets, Rosary in hand that they recited aloud, and went to occupy the congress hall just before the session, preventing the Communists from entering.

The news of the fiasco spread as similar scenes were repeated elsewhere, prompting the Communists to flee abroad. It was the Rosary that saved Brazil from the takeover. This momentous episode was compared to a 'new Lepanto.'

The Desert Fathers: sayings of the Early Christian Monks: Humility

48. Syncletica of blessed memory said, 'A ship cannot be built without nails and no one can be saved without humility.

September 2, 2015

(Joh 20:21-23) He said therefore to them again: Peace be to you. As the Father hath sent me, I also send you. When he had said this, he breathed on them; and he said to them: Receive ye the Holy Ghost. Whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them: and whose sins you shall retain, they are retained.

HEADLINE: Abortion amnesty for Holy Year

Pope Francis will give all priests discretion during the Roman Catholic Church's upcoming Holy Year to formally forgive women who have had abortions, in the Argentine pontiff's latest move towards a more open and inclusive church.

In Church teaching, abortion is such a grave sin that those who procure or perform it incur an automatic excommunication, which can only be lifted by designated church officials.

However, from Dec. 8 to Nov. 26, during an extraordinary Holy Year or “Jubilee” on the theme of mercy, all priests will be able to do so if the women repent “with a contrite heart”, the pope said in a letter published by the Vatican on Tuesday.

Francis described the “existential and moral ordeal” faced by women who have terminated pregnancies and said he had “met so many women who bear in their heart the scar of this agonizing and painful decision”.

The pope's letter did not mention those who perform abortions.

Francis is the first non-European pope in 1,300 years and has marked himself out for tolerance on taboo topics. Although he has shown no intention of retracting the Church's opposition to abortion, he has alarmed conservatives by taking a less forceful tone than his predecessors.

“This is by no means an attempt to minimize the gravity of this sin, but to widen the possibility of showing mercy,” Vatican chief spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told reporters.

Deputy Vatican spokesman Father Ciro Benedettini said that “for now” the change would apply only during the Holy Year.

Usually only a bishop, missionary or the chief confessor of a diocese can offer absolution for an abortion, Benedettini said, although bishops in countries such as the United States and Britain, have delegated this authority to parish priests.

Boston College theology professor James Bretzke said the Pope was “emphasizing mercy and not retribution ... embracing reconciliation and not excommunication”.


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The Desert Fathers: sayings of the Early Christian Monks: Humility

45. The same brother asked him, 'Do you think Satan persecuted the men of old as he persecutes us?' Sisois said, 'More, for now his doom has drawn nearer, and he is weakened.

September 1, 2015

(Luk 6:22-23) Blessed shall you be when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you and shall reproach you and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake. Be glad in that day and rejoice: for behold, your reward is great in heaven, For according to these things did their fathers to the prophets.

POPE FRANCIS:  “Let it also be a stimulus to legislators and government leaders to guarantee religious freedom everywhere, and to the international community to put an end to the violence and oppression.”

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CHRISTIAN TODAY: Iraqi archbishop: 'I quarrel with God daily' over Islamic State crisis

An Iraqi archbishop has said his faith has been challenged by the ongoing crisis in the Middle East.

Archbishop Bashar Warda of Irbil, Iraq, has admitted that while he would outwardly encourage the scores of Christians arriving in Irbil, in his heart he wrestles with why God has allowed such terrible things to happen.

"I don't understand what he is doing when I look at what has happened in the region," Archbishop Warda said.

"I quarrel with him every day."

According to the Catholic Herald, he said the arguments take place within his intimate relationship with God and, with the help of grace, his relationship withstands even the unimaginable challenges that he has faced over the past year.

"Before going to sleep, I usually hand all my crises, wishes, thoughts and sadness to him, so I can at least have some rest," Archbishop Warda told The Criterion, newspaper of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.

"The next day, I usually wake up with his providence that I would never dream about."

More than 100,000 Christians and other persecuted minorities have sought refuge in Irbil in northern Iraq as they flee ISIS. With the threat of the extremist group now only 25 miles away, however, many Christians who fled to Irbil are moving on to refugee camps in Jordon, Lebanon and Turkey.

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EXCERPT DEBKA.COM: ISIS declares war on the US dollar with the “gold dinar”

The Islamic State on Sunday, Aug. 30, launched a new campaign to destabilize the US Dollar with a 54-minute video tape, produced to the professional standards of New York Madison Avenue. for general distribution.

The ISIS tape calls on world markets to stop using the dollar and revert to the financial system of the medieval Muslim caliphates. It offers the following currency substitutes:

1. A dinar coin weighing 4.25 grams of 21-carat gold, worth $139 at current gold prices;
2. A silver “dirham” coin, currently in use in some Muslim countries such as Morocco, the United Arab Emirates, and parts of Libya, where ISIS is snapping up oil fields and installations.
3.  Two copper coins known as “fulus,” which are handy currency for small transactions and daily use.
4.  The jihadis also accept gold trinkets in lieu of coins.

The tape shows details of the coins’ production process at a plant in Mosul, ISIS’s Iraq headquarters. While the Islamists’ plan for war on the dollar may recall a bygone age in history, it is worth noting that just two years ago, Iran was paid for its oil sales to India in gold and gold ornaments, to beat the Western oil embargo.
Most financial circles have greeted the ISIS reach for world domination by the gold dinar as a stunt. They maintain that ISIS itself uses American dollars to buy arms on the black market and pay its fighters.

All the same, DEBKAfile’s counterterrorism experts disclose that the jihadis are deadly serious about their plan to wage a war of terror on the Western economy and financial system with four goals in view:

a) ISIS is not a run-of-the-mill terrorist organization, it is a movement seriously determined to forge an Islamic state and world order governed by its fundamentalist values.
b) Their territorial expansion and conquest of land has been accompanied by the pirating of natural resources, in their reach for affluence and control of the world’s economic levers.
ISIS’s consistent drive for terrain rich in oil, uranium, gold, silver and other natural resources, shows up in their grab for dominance in places like Libya, Iraq, Syria and the Sinai Peninsula. In Afghanistan, the Islamists have of late seized and ousted the Taliban from areas rich in precious metals.
c) The Islamic State is gaining a strong hand in the arms and oil black markets in the Middle East, Africa and parts of Europe. It is also gaining leverage for forcing traders to accept payment in gold dinars.
And there is no reason why they should refuse. Some of them already trade in bitcoins, a virtual currency with no national, economic or banking backing.
d)  Like Al Qaeda in its heyday of the 90s, ISIS has many secret sympathizers among the rich and powerful of the Gulf emirates. If a hundred of them could be persuaded that the jihadist cause required them to start trading in gold dinars in their international business transactions, including the halawa (word of mouth system), Islamist gold would soon start infiltrating the world’s financial system.

The first response came Monday, Aug. 31, from the radical Hizb ut-Tahrir of Britain. It advised examining the benefits of returning to the old Gold Standard for resolving the sovereign debt crisis threatening the Eurozone, instead of “printing counterfeit money on keyboards.”

The ISIS video was not released merely as a provocative propaganda thrust against the likes of Wall Street and Western financiers. The jihadis seriously believe that financial terrorism can be a destructive weapon for destabilizing the US-dominated global economy at least as devastating as a raging horde of suicide bombers.

The Desert Fathers: sayings of the Early Christian Monks: Humility

44. 'A brother once came to Sisois on the mountain of Antony, and as they were talking he said to Sisois, 'Have you reached the stature of Antony yet, abba?' He answered, 'If I had a single thought like Antony, I should leap toward heaven like a flame. But I know myself to be someone who can only with an effort keep his thoughts in check.'
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