Pierre Marchildon, Full-time Pilgrim of St. Michael

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An exceptional misssionary left us for Heaven

Pierre Marchildon, Full-time Pilgrim of St. Michael

passed away on December 17, 2007, at the age of 59

He traveled throughout the world as was the wish of Louis Even

Pierre Marchildon addressing the crowd at our

September, 2007 Congress in Rougemont

In his recent encyclical letter Spe Salvi on

Christian hope, Pope Benedict XVI wrote: “The

true stars of our life are the people who have

lived good lives. They are lights of hope.”

These words fittingly apply to our beloved and

dynamic Full-Time Pilgrim of St. Michael, Pierre

Marchildon, who suddenly passed away on Monday,

December 17, 2007, at the age of 59 years

and 8 months. It is really a great loss our Movement,

for he was truly an exceptional Pilgrim, who

achieved a lot in various countries, as you will read

a little further. We must pray to the Master of the

harvest to send us ten young Full-time Pilgrims to

take his place, because the death of Pierre Marchildon

left us with a great emptiness.

The circumstances of his death

After passing many medical examinations from

which the results were not very alarming, Pierre

Marchildon, accompanied by Jacek Morawa, entered

in the hospital of Mississauga, Toronto at 7

p.m. on December 17. While they were at the reception

desk, he passed out, and so right away the

medical team worked to revive him and brought

him to emergency surgery. They did the necessary

operation but the main artery to the heart was completely

blocked. It was impossible to revive him; all

the small veins around his heart were already dead.

At 10 p.m. the soul of Pierre Marchildon had already

left his body as the doctors finally abandoned the

fight against death. May God’s will be done.

His birth and social credit beginning

Pierre Marchildon was born on April 15, 1948

in Lafontaine, Ontario, in the French-speaking area

of the Shrine of the Canadian Martyrs, towards

whom he had a fervent devotion. His uncle, Fr.

Thomas Marchildon, was a Jesuit and pastor of

the parish, and also one of the first collaborators

of Louis Even, the founder of the Pilgrims of St.

Michael. He received the Pilgrims into his rectory

and organized meetings in the parish hall which

was filled to capacity each month. This is why the

mother and father of Pierre, Mr. and Mrs. Clement

Marchildon, were both solid Social Crediters.

Pierre was the ninth of their ten children.

When his mother, Virginia Hamelin-Marchildon,

became a widow, she did the door-to-door

crusade herself for our Movement. She received

the directors and the Full-time Pilgrims at her

home when they passed through her area. It is in

this climate of charity and justice that Pierre was

raised, he never claimed anything for himself and

was always ready to help whoever needed his services;

it was in this manner that he was formed.

Full-time Pilgrim of St. Michael

consecrated to Mary

On March 8, 1974, at 25 years of age, after

a youth that was a bit frivolous, Pierre Marchildon

joined the Pilgrims of St. Michael full time.

According to his own testimony, he had gone

to pray in front of a statue of the Blessed Virgin.

This statue of the good Mother conquered him

by moving her eyes, and from that moment he

was completely transformed and decided to retire

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Lying in state in the House of the Immaculate in Rougemont


Pierre Marchildon, Full-time Pilgrim of St. Michael

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from the modern world and become an apostle

for the Michael Journal.

His brother Mark told us that his mother was

sad as she saw her Pierre leave on adventure in

the movement of the Pilgrims of St. Michael, but

she received her consolation when she saw the

radical change that came about in the life of her

son. She saw as well his fervent love for God and

the Blessed Virgin and his total devotion in a work

that she loved and served herself.

Her Pierre was consecrated to Mary according

to the spirituality of St. Louis-Marie Grignion

of Montfort on Holy Thursday, April 3, 1980. (See

picture above.) He really lived his consecration; he

was totally Catholic, without measure. He assisted

at daily Mass every morning and took his strength

from the Eucharist. Again on the morning of his

death, he had assisted at the Holy Sacrifice and

received Jesus in his heart.

Total dedication

He gave himself totally for 33 years. He was

responsible for the city of Toronto for the Pilgrims

of St. Michael, and had a group that was as vigilant

as he was. His monthly meetings were always

well attended: by Canadians and other nationalities,

there were always an imposing group of Polish

people present. It is in this ardent home that

was animated by Pierre Marchildon that gave us

Jacek Morawa and Janusz Lewicki, editors of the

Polish version of the journal and Carlos Reyes from

Quito, Ecuador, who is the editor of the Spanish

version. So one can truly say that Pierre was the

initiator of our editions in Polish and Spanish.

Mr. Marchildon spent a lot of time on the telephone

to invite the people to his monthly meetings

and he was always successful. His conferences

were excellent, but according to those who

assisted at his last meeting on December 9, he

surpassed himself. He had decided not to speak

because he was tired, but without any preparation,

as if inspired by the Holy Spirit, he gave a

speech that lasted for two hours. His talk was profoundly

spiritual, according to the testimony of his

collaborators in Toronto. Those who heard him

Contents

Michael”. January-February, 2008

Pages

In memory of Pierre Marchildon 1 to 3

Our vocation as Pilgrims of St. Michael 4-5

Message of Pope Benedict XVI for Lent 6

The Jubilee of the Apparitions of Lourdes 7

A superpower dominates governments 8-9

Pope: globalization means world disorder 9

The subprime crisis. Vic Bridger 10-11

Economy on artificial life support. 11

Bad fruits from a system of debts. L.E. 12-13

North American Union update. M.A.J. 14

Masonic influence and secret clubs. M.B. 15

Adoration for life. M.A. Jacques 16

In vitro fertilization. M. Schooyans 17-18

The miracles of the Scapular 18-19

Our Lady of Ephesus 20

Esotericism or New Age. M.A.J. 21

St. Charbel Maklouf of Lebanon 22-23

Siege of Jericho and weeks of study 24

Pierre Marchildon traveled throughout the world as was the wish of Louis Even. Over the years,

he visited over 15 countries in various continents to spread the light of Social Credit.

were moved. On Wednesday, December 12, four

days before his death, he went to hold a meeting

in his native parish in Lafontaine, Ont. His brothers

Mark and Maurille, two good Social Crediters,

and others from his family and friends saw him

then for the last time.

4000 subscriptions per year

Each year the name of Pierre Marchildon was

always among the first in the list of subscriptions

with an average of 3,000 subscriptions per year;

for many years he went over 4,000 subscriptions

in a year. On the day of his death we received his

report in the mail: 34, 30, 22, 21, 25, and 24 for a

total of 156 subscriptions in 6 days. We can say

that he died on the battlefield of the apostolate.

He never took vacations, his fervor and his dynamism

encouraged many others and he won the

hearts of all those who came in contact with him.

May his example and tenacity rise up a multitude

of souls who are as zealous as he was. He

was a man of the road, of the door to door crusade

and the telephone; he was a great missionary in

many countries of the world. When he was not

going door-to-door or holding a meeting, he was

on the telephone inviting people to his meetings.

Even in the car when he had a driver, he would

bring his cell phone to telephone people as he

was traveling. If he had success, it was because of

his enthusiasm and his great efforts.

He traveled throughout the world

Since he was bilingual he went to all the provinces

of Canada and almost all of the states in the

United States, begging a place to stay and meals,

changing his resting place every night during his

three month tours. He did a tour of 6 months in

California and the surrounding area with Patrick

Tetrault without going home at all.

He went also to spread the good news in a

great number of countries, in Europe; France, Belgium,

Ireland, Italy and Poland; in Poland on top

of his many meetings, he spoke on Radio Maria

which gave him the opportunity to give his message

to 10 million Polish people throughout the

world; in Africa: Ghana, the Ivory Coast, Nigeria,

and Congo (ancient Zaire) where accompanied

by Jean-Pierre Richard, he met the Cardinal, four

archbishops, and 15 bishops; in Oceania: Australia

and New Zealand; in Latin America: Ecuador, Colombia,

Peru and Argentina, etc. And everywhere

that he went, apostles came after him. His conferences

left hope for a better world to the families,

a world of justice, peace and prosperity. He explained

to them in just a few words the cause of

poverty in the world and the people understood

him, were enthusiastic, and wanted to help.

The messages of sympathy that we have received

from all over the world gives testimony to

his life. We will cite only three here that resume in

just a few words the sentiments of many others

around the world:

From Most Rev. Benjamin Almoneda, Bishop

of the Philippines:

“I am very surprised to hear of the death of

Pierre, who was such a zealous Pilgrim of St. Michael.

I was hoping to see him here with us in

the Philippines to propagate the message of the

social doctrine of the Church by the program of

peace and justice of Social Credit. But Our Lord

had better plans for him. In the arms of the Father,

he will do more for us and with us… I will

offer my Mass for him today with all of my seminarians.

I will be close to you, profoundly united

in prayer in front of the Christmas manger. Pierre

has received the most precious gift of all… eternal

rest.”

+ Bishop Benjamin Almoneda, Philippines

Pierre was making friends and Social

Crediters with everyone... even with the

kangaroos in Australia!

From Most Rev. Nestor Ngoy, Bishop of Kolwezi,

Congo:

“I have just learned with consternation of

the death of Mr. Pierre Marchildon. To you and

to all the Pilgrims of St. Michael, as well as the

family, I present my most sincere condolences

and prayers so that his soul may enter into the

Glory of God.

“I see once again this robust man who spoke

with such conviction who held the rapt attention

of his audience. I see once again this apostle of

Social Credit in our country, (20 years ago in 1987)

where the seed finished by growing in me. May the

merciful God receive him as a faithful servant.”

+ Bishop Nestor Ngoy Katahwa

From Bill Daly, New Zealand:

“Thank you for letting me know about dear

Pierre. I am greatly saddened, but am also left

with wonderful memories of his joyful smile and

of the shining Hope of which he shared with

everyone. He has been a wonderful example of

a life lived in the footsteps of Jesus. When he

was in New Zealand three years ago he won the

hearts of everyone he came in contact with. His

generosity, devotion, and love of neighbour easily

came through in his voice and manner. He

was an excellent public speaker, mainly I think

because he spoke from the heart.

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“May he rest in Peace. I have notified those

in New Zealand who met Pierre, at least those of

whom I can presently think of. I know that everyone

he met here will be joining with me in sending

their deepest condolences. God bless.”

Bill Daly

Fr. Boguslaw Jaworowski from Poland will

celebrate thirty Masses for the repose of the soul

of his good friend Pierre. Fr. Tadeusz Bienasz from

Austria, Fr. Joao Pedro Cornado, S.J. from Brazil

and many other priests from different countries

who collaborated with Mr. Marchildon will also

celebrate a Mass for him.

Thirty Masses are to be celebrated at the Cistercians

Monastery in Rougemont, starting on

January 5th .

The funeral was celebrated at the parish

church of St. Michael in Rougemont, on Saturday

December 22, by the Pastor, Fr. Jacques Chaput,

who was accompanied by Fr. Edmond Brouillard,

Oblate of Mary Immaculate and Fr. Pamphile

Akplogan and Fr. Albert. (See picture below.)

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We ask Pierre Marchildon to raise up among

the youth of all the countries where he visited,

convinced, valiant and enthusiastic apostles as he

was, so that our world can live in peace, justice,

and prosperity under the reign of Christ the King

and Mary Immaculate.

Therese Tardif, Directress

Pilgrims of St. Michael

Homily at the memorial Mass for Pierre Marchildon

Three priests and a Bishop concelebrated the memorial Mass in Toronto;

from left to right: Fr. Andrew Chilmon, Fr. Joseph Wasik, Fr. Andrew Glaba,

and Most Rev. Roman Danylak, retired Ukrainian Bishop of Toronto.

Here is the text of the homily at the memorial

Mass for Pierre Marchildon held in Toronto,

Ontario on January 19, 2008, at Christ the King

Church:

Your Excellency, fellow priests, brothers and

sisters in Christ:

There is a tradition which surrounds the crucifixion.

It says that when Jesus was taken down

from the cross, He was placed in the arms of

His mother. The same arms that embraced Him

at birth embraced Him for a final time at death.

It must have been hard for Her to let Him go. He

was not supposed to die. He was too young. Mary

had not prepared Herself for His crucifixion, yet

She had no choice. She had to let others take His

body away and put it in a borrowed tomb.

There is a legend that says that

when the stone was rolled over

the entrance to the tomb, all the

family and friends that were there

cried out together the last words

that Jesus spoke: “It is finished! It

is finished!”

Mary and the few of His disciples

who stood by Jesus in His

suffering, watched Him being

stripped of everything He had:

clothes, family, friends, dignity,

consolation, and finally life itself.

Everything was taken from Him

little by little, hour after hour, until

nothing was left.

I do not think that any of us are

ever truly ready to say good-bye to someone we

love. No matter how it happens — slowly from a

long illness, or suddenly, as it was for Pierre — we

wish we could have held onto our loved one just

a little bit longer. Even when we see death as a

friend who brings an end to pain and suffering,

there is still something in us that wishes it had all

been a bad dream — that our loved one had never

taken ill, and that life could go back to normal.

I know that Pierre’s relatives and friends must

feel the same as Mary and the disciples felt on

that day long ago.

But then, suddenly, without warning and without

any preparation, He was taken from them,

and they had to face what Mary had to face. They

had to let go of this man who was so important in

their lives. They had to let other hands take Him

away. Pierre had finally let go of this life, like they

had to let go. And so today, in this funeral liturgy,

this community, this community of relatives and

friends who also loved Pierre and prayed for him,

must also let him go. But we will not cry that it is

finished, because it is not!

This is not the end of Pierre’s life with us. Even

though we are caught up in grief and mourning,

maybe anger, even though we feel empty and

alone, there is a part of us that knows this is not

the end of the story, because Calvary was not the

end of Jesus` story. It was not over when He died.

He was raised up to a new life.

The love of God for His Son was too strong,

and death could not hold Him in its grasp. God

raised His Son to a new life, and the good news

is that all who believed in Jesus will share in that

Resurrection. Death is not the last word. There is

still life. Our love for Pierre is also stronger than

death because it is tied to our love of Jesus who

has promised to give new life to all those, who like

Pierre, have faith in Him.

Dear friends! I know that his death was not

expected to happen so soon. You were not really

prepared for it. I know it is hard to

suddenly lose so great a friend. But

you have not lost everything. You

still have your memories of Pierre,

how his energy and his determination

showed in everything that he

did. I know that Pierre passed on

that same energy and determination

to his friends of the “Michael

Journal.

Dear friends of Pierre! I hope

you will use your energy and determination

to keep his memory

alive and to share those memories

with each other. Remember how

he smiled, the sound of his laughter,

the way his eyes lit up whenever

he had finished his mission.

Remember all the small ways he showed his love

for you. If you keep those memories alive and

share them with each other, Pierre will always be

with you, sharing your life and strengthening your

love. Remember that the love he shared with you

came from God; it is a part of God`s love for His

people, and God’s love is stronger than death.

We must be strong and continue to have

Faith. God is watching over us. He has us in His

care. Have hope, for God is always near to hear

our every prayer and to see us through this darkness

so that we who believe in the Resurrection

may see Pierre again and enjoy eternal life with

him. The long hard journey that Pierre had to

make is over, his suffering has ended, but his life

is not finished. By the grace of God, it has really

just begun.

I pray that God`s healing presence and peace

may carry you through the difficult days to come,

and may He keep you in Faith so that when you

reach the end of your days, you may feel Pierre’s

hand slip into yours and lead you to his new home

with God.

Father Joseph Wasik

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Our vocation as Pilgrims of St. Michael

Speech of Pierre Marchildon at our 2007 Congress

Here is the translation of the

speech that Mr. Pierre Marchildon

gave at our International

Congress in Rougemont in September,

2007:

Dear Bishops, priests and all

Pilgrims of St. Michael,

Speaking for both houses,

the St. Michael House and the

Immaculate House, I would like

to tell you that we love you all!

We thank you for coming here

for the Congress and the week

of study to encourage us in the

battle so that we may spread the great light of Social

Credit, for social justice and the application of

the Social Doctrine of the Church.

We have a great vocation, we the Pilgrims

of St. Michael. We are lay people; we have an

important apostolate and a great role to play in

the times in which we are living. Our Holy Father

John Paul II said “the time has come for the laity

to evangelize”, and he says also “we must recognize

the signs of the times.”

What is our role, as Pilgrims of St. Michael, as

lay people in the Church and society? We have a

great role to play, we the laity. In 1987, there was

a Synod in Rome on the role and mission of the

laity. But the Pope warned the lay faithful to be

careful because there are great temptations, and

he says that the first temptation is to pre-occupy

ourselves so much in the affairs of the Church that

by doing so, we neglect our primary role. In other

words, we want to take the place of the priests or

to perform functions in the Church that are none

of our business.

And he says the second temptation is to separate

faith from action: we can say that we believe

in Our Lord but we do nothing, we do not act. And

prayer without action is nothing, so we have to

add action to our prayers.

The Pope says that our first role and mission

as lay people is to engage ourselves in temporal

things and to direct them according to God’s will.

This means to put God in the temporal order, in

the laws of the countries, in the financial system

so that all the institutions are at the service of

the people, all of the institutions.

As Pope Benedict XV said, “It is on the economic

ground that the salvation of souls is at

stake.” We must then put order into the financial

system, in the economic system, so that all is at the

service of souls so that they may someday reach

their eternal destiny. This is our objective here.

Spread the social doctrine of the Church

John Paul II also, in his apostolic exhortation of

January 1999 on the Church in America, wrote:

“Faced with the grave social problems

which, with different characteristics, are present

throughout America, Catholics know that

they can find in the Church’s social doctrine an

answer which serves as a starting-point in the

search for practical solutions.” There is a solution

in the Social Doctrine, a solution of principles.

The Pope continues “Spreading this doctrine

is an authentic pastoral priority.” A priority today

because there is an urgency! It is therefore

important “that in America the agents of evangelization

(Bishops, priests, teachers, pastoral

workers, etc.) make their own this treasure which

is the Church’s social teaching.” The teaching of

the Church, the social doctrine of the Church, is a

treasure that was given us because the Church is

inspired by the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Father adds: “And those who are inspired

by it (the Social Doctrine) become capable

of interpreting the present situation and determine

the actions to take.”

And so, it is very important to

know the Social Doctrine of the

Church. The Social Doctrine is the

principle of justice that give us the

right to life. God created me, He

gave me life. I then have the right

to live this life up until death. These

are rights. Also, in the beautiful principles

of justice, there is one who

says that we have the rights over

all the natural riches of the country.

We have rights also over all the

fruits of today’s modern machinery,

of automation. I should have

a part of the fruits of automation.

And so, if everyone knows of these rights, we can

ask for our national dividend. Everyone should receive

nice dividend of 700, 800, 900 dollars every

month! At least!

As a Catholic, I have a right to know what the

Social Doctrine of the Church is. The role of the

clergy, pastoral organizations and the schools is

to teach it to us, and the role of the laity is to put

it into application. We cannot mix up the cards.

The clergy cannot meddle in politics or economics,

this is not their role. As the Pope says, the role

of the clergy is to teach the Social Doctrine and

the role of the lay people is to apply it. We are lay

people, we have families, we live in society, and

we have needs so we must organize ourselves so

that the economic order is at the service of the

family and the individual.

Pope John Paul II said that the Social Doctrine

of the Church is a part of the new evangelization.

This is because there is a world problem. Three

billion people… but, excuse me, now there are

four billion people who live on two dollars per day.

I went to Guayaquil, in Ecuador, and I mentioned

this to the Archbishop of Guayaquil — by the way,

he gave us a nice letter to do the apostolate in

Ecuador — and he told me that the number was

four billion, that my “statistics were old.” So, instead

of three billion, it is four billion people who

live on two dollars a day.

The United Nations came out with a document

that really surprised me because the UN has

always worked to control the population of the

world through abortion, contraception, euthanasia

and other means. So, they admitted, they had to

admit, that because of technology today, even if

the population has grown four times since 1900,

going from 1.5 billion to 6.2 billion, they said “in

spite of the fact that the population has increased

four times, because of technology, the population

has increased the production 20 or 40 times.”

So we can feed the entire world 4 or 5 times if

we want too because of the goods that we have.

So, what is the problem? We can feed the population

5 times and there are 4 billion people who

are living under the poverty level. It is a problem

of distribution. And the problem of distribution

is caused by the lack of money, because without

money the goods cannot meet the needs and so

we have poverty in front of the abundance.

Pope John Paul II also said: “Can works of

charity take care of all the poverty in the world?”

We have to do something, because there are many

people in the world who are starting to say things

like: “How come the Catholic Church does not sell

all of its properties? All of its beautiful paintings?

How come does it not feed the world?”

I met a man one time in Toronto who was very

angry, because he was losing his house. He was

very angry against the Church! He said to me: “I

have stopped practicing.” (He was paying 22% interest

on his house, this was in 1981-82.) I said to

him: “Sir, who will get your house when you lose

it? Will it be the Pope or the banker?”

He thought a bit about it and replied, “Well,

it’s the bank!”

“So, why accuse the Church?” It was because

he did not know how the banking system works.

And so we blame the good people or the Church.

This is why we must apply the Social Doctrine of

the Church, if not the Church will be the one accused.

We have mountains of products and we can

give a dividend to the whole world and feed the

world four times. It is not necessary to sell the

properties of the Church. But we have to teach

the people a bit because they always blame those

who do well because the media makes propaganda

to support these ideas.

Pope John Paul II says that “our Christian

vocation is not only to bring our support to the

works of charity, but we are also called to get

directly involved in changing the laws and unjust

structures that keep people poor and insult and

attack God-given human dignity.”

We have the dignity of a being that is created

in the image of God. It is not only the little works

of charity that can take care of all the poverty in

the world. The Pope continues “Love is over and

above justice, but at the same time, it presupposes

justice.” (Nov. 8, 1978)

Love pushes justice. Our Holy Father, Pope

Benedict XVI, calls for support to “eliminate the

structural causes attached to a system that

governs the world economy, that gives into the

hands of a minority all of the recourses of the

planet.” All of the resources of the planet are now

in the hands of, as he says, “a few people.”

John Paul II said the same thing, “Globalization

means the loss of sovereignty of national

States and leads up to a global system governed

by a few centers in the hands of private individuals.”

(May 17, 2001)

This is where we are going at a hundred miles

an hour. The Pope says to “devote ourselves totally

to vanquish the plague of hunger, to promote

justice and solidarity”.

Also Pope Benedict XVI wrote in his first

encyclical God is Love that we have to love our

neighbor enough “to guarantee to him the necessities

of life today, tomorrow, after tomorrow and

always.”

Guarantee! That is a nice word. The beautiful

dividend of Social Credit would guarantee the necessities

of life to everyone, and it would really be

true love of neighbor. It is more and more urgent

because we are getting closer and closer to a world

system that wants to control the entire world.

The North American Union

We made a new leaflet on the North American

Union. They really want to control all of North

America and South America, in making one country

with Canada, the United States, Mexico, Central

America and South America. They are trying

to sell us this under the false pretence that it will

create jobs for everyone.

This is not true. Just in the United States, since

this has started, about 10 years ago (with NAFTA,

the North American Free Trade Agreement), they

have already lost 1 million jobs. So, it is not to

create jobs but to put all of production and the

means of production in the hands of a few big

multinationals. It is they who will control everything,

everything in the entire world, and here in

North America, they are in the process of merging

all the countries together.

The United Nations are behind all of this, they

want to control all the countries of the world. They

have a world constitution and they have taken God

out of the constitution, and all of the other institutions

of other countries must follow the constitution

of the United Nations that is without God, and

pushes abortion, contraception, euthanasia, and

all the ways to control the population.

At the same time, they want to introduce here

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in the Americas a new money called the “Amero.”

In Europe it is the Euro, in America it will be the

Amero. When they changed the money in Europe

for the Euro, the people who had savings were

penalized because it cost a certain amount to

have one Euro.

I read an article that said that it could cost us,

in Canadian dollars, 8 to 10 dollars per Amero. So,

instead of having 100 Ameros, you would only

have 10. This devalues our savings, and everybody

loses.

Maybe a big part of this money will go to

pay the debts due to the Financiers. You know

the numbers that they have written in red? We

must pay them, we cannot erase them! If we

had listened to our Holy Father, Pope John Paul

II in 2000, the year of the Jubilee, when he asked

to erase the debts of the whole world… instead

we have paid them 50 times with compounded

interest!

At the same time, the United Nations would

very much like that all the world accept the world

government, and so they will introduce a “beautiful

little world religion.” Without God. This will be

mostly about the environment and to protect the

planet earth because there is a big part who believe

that they will come back (reincarnation), we

will come back, maybe…like a snake… So (in that

case) we need a good environment! We need

oxygen!

The environment, the holy environment! The

bankers destroy all the countries, all the riches and

we do not say a word about it! The big multinationals

construct beautiful roads to find the

riches in the deep jungles and other places.

Here they want to do the same thing; they

want to make a super-highway from the city of

Mexico all the way to Canada to transport the

products that will come from China and India.

We are not capable of producing anything; we

left it all to China. It is a way to control, to control

everything.

In the last Michael Journal (July-August,

2007), we have published a beautiful article

“the False Peace of the Antichrist with a world

government”. This is what we are heading for.

They want to make three groups of countries:

Europe, America and Asia. They want to bring

with this, maybe, three types of money, the

Euro, the Amero, and the ECU for Asia.

In a few years, everything will probably be

electronic and in a global system, we will be identified

on a global scale, so we would need a small

gadget such as a chip so we will be completely

controlled. We need Social Credit soon, right

away because we are heading straight towards

this world plan!

Consecrate yourself to Mary

I mentioned today in the intentions of the Rosary,

that it is the 68th anniversary of World War I.

The Blessed Virgin at Fatima asked us to pray, to

say the Rosary, and She asked us to make sacrifices,

to repent, but we did not listen to Her because

we had a second World War, She said that

in 1917.

And now, it is possible that we will have another

war, because we are not converting, we

pass laws like the same-sex marriages and so we

bring ourselves closer to Sodom and Gomorrah.

It is the fire of Heaven that will come to purify us.

Also, in 1917, Major Clifford Hugh Douglas invented

the wonderful philosophy of Social Credit.

We didn’t really listen to him either, because we

did not put Social Credit into application.

It was the same thing with the messages of the

Blessed Virgin, so we are going down more and

more. We must ask the help of Heaven. We must

consecrate ourselves to the Immaculate Heart of

Mary so that we have the strength to continue to

fight against the forces of evil.

The Blessed Virgin gave us a little message;

she gives us messages everywhere throughout

the world. Heaven is concerned because the human

family is living in sin. The Blessed Virgin said

that sin is becoming a way of life, we no longer

see the difference between good and evil! This is

why there is no one who goes to Confession; we

are all “saints”. No more sin.

But the Blessed Virgin has a plan. Oh, it’s a

good thing that we have Heaven to help us, to

wake us up! The Blessed Virgin has a plan; she

says that she has her work of mercy for the final

battle. There is a plan in Heaven. The devil has a

plan, but it is only a little black cloud that is passing.

The Blessed Virgin has a plan. She said “at Fatima,

I will show my Immaculate Heart as the means

of salvation for all of humanity. I have traced the

road to return to God. Prayers, penance, and conversion.

No-one has listened to me.” The Blessed

Virgin said it herself.

“Now, I want to offer you my Immaculate

Heart as your only refuge in the sorrowful moments

that are waiting for you.” She showed us

her Heart at Fatima, but now she tells us: “I offer

you my Heart. So, it is the total consecration

to Jesus by Mary, one hundred percent. We must

consecrate ourselves 100% if we really want her

Immaculate Heart to triumph.

We have to do like Saint Maximilian Kolbe,

consecrate ourselves totally. He would ask the

Blessed Virgin every day; “let me know you

more, good Blessed Virgin, so that I may give

myself to you more each day.” John Paul II was

totally consecrated to the Blessed Virgin. He accomplished

a lot. It is the Blessed Virgin who

brought him all over the world. He was shot at,

he was sick, with all kinds of problems, but he

went forward anyway! He went everywhere. He

was totally consecrated.

Jacek Morawa and Pierre Marchildon

I know another who was totally consecrated,

it was our founder, Louis Even. Totally consecrated

to the Blessed Mother. Major Douglas said

that his greatest apostle for Social Credit was

Louis Even. It was he who went on the road to

teach the beautiful light of Social Credit everywhere.

Here is a message that maybe will help us: the

Blessed Virgin said that “The time has come and I

hope to live in you, and to manifest myself in you.

I want to love with your heart”. The Blessed Virgin

says that if we consecrate ourselves to her one

hundred percent, she will live in our heart and she

will make our hearts like the heart of a mother.

Because the Blessed Virgin is the mother of

humanity, so she will make our hearts like her own

and she wants to save all souls, because they are

all her children. So she wants to live in our hearts,

she says: “I want to see with your eyes, I want to

console and encourage with your lips…”

We must speak with our brothers and sisters

who are going on the road to perdition. We must

say, “Hey, come back, there is a beautiful Heaven

after life.” We do not believe in Heaven, we no

longer believe in Hell to begin with and after we

doubt that there is a heaven, so we live like cats

and dogs. We are simply buried and it finishes

there.

The Blessed Virgin says “I want to walk with

your feet.” This means that we must be apostles,

missionaries. “And suffer with your crucified

body.” She keeps going, the Blessed Virgin, she is

not afraid to tell us to our face.

We must go. We must give ourselves to the

Blessed Virgin and she will ask the Holy Spirit to

enlighten us, to inspire us and make us into apostles

of fire. We must then really live our vocation

every day. It is the Immaculate Heart of Mary that

will triumph and she says, “You the consecrated,

you are the apostles of the last days.”

But, what is it that we can do as Pilgrims of St.

Michael in the times in which we are living? Well,

our apostolate is the visit of the families. We visit

the families to bring the Rosary back into the families,

we pray with them a decade of the Rosary,

we ask them to return to Church. We can do much

good when we visit the families.

We can also spread many leaflets, we are asking

you to cover Canada, the United States and

Mexico with the beautiful leaflet on the North

American Union. We can also do meetings in

prayer groups, and also with our friends. In the

meetings, we can explain our work and we can

give more explanations.

On top of that, we must solicit subscriptions

to the journal, to do all that is possible to see to it

that the journal gets into the families, so that there

is some follow-up, because we cannot go to the

prayer groups every week or every month. The

journal can go in every family, in all the regions of

the world.

I want to give you a small example of what

one leaflet can do, only one leaflet: twenty years

ago, I was in Africa in the Democratic Republic

of Congo, in Lubumbashi. In one village where

Bishop Nestor Ngoy was in those days, in 1987.

He was teaching in the seminary, I didn’t know

him then. My companion and I did the apostolate

where we could and we spread the leaflets,

and after that we came home. But twenty years

later, in 2007, Bishop Ngoy is here among us.

He told me that in 1987 he received a leaflet

in Congo, and after he was subscribed to the

journal, because we send it to all the bishops.

We sow the seeds and God makes them grow,

with the Holy Spirit. But we must sow them.

Our role, like that of all Catholics, is to bear

witness to truth and justice, every one; we are

called to be witnesses.

Now, we are going to pass around a paper

that you can sign to take a certain amount

of subscriptions for the year. We can solicit

them among our friends, those we know, we

can do door-to-door, go to meetings. There

are all kinds of ways to solicit subscriptions

to the journal. Sometimes, instead of talking

about the weather, we can talk about the journal,

about the beautiful things that are written in

it. The leaflets, we can pass them and when you

pass them, there are those who send in their subscription.

We are asking you now to sign your pledge.

We should have 100,000 subscribers next year,

with a journal like we have! And after we’ve attained

the 100,000 subscribers, we only have to

take 10 subscriptions each and we can bring the

total up to one million!

With all the means that we have, with electronic

mail and everything you can send us your

small reports, telling us of your distribution, what

you have done. It encourages us when we see that

the battle is going on, it is encouraging to see that

the movement is spreading all over the world.

More and more we have decided apostles

who are continuing the battle with us. We need

you because alone we cannot do the battle. We do

not do a battle alone; we need a group, an army.

We congratulate you for being here and I ask God

to bless you in the new year (that goes from one

Congress to another). Next year, bring new people

to the Congress and the week of study. Do not

give up the battle, we must leave more than ever

decided to make the year 2007-2008 one of the

most beautiful years.

The Holy Spirit will make us into apostles of

fire, pushing us to the apostolate everywhere,

in all the corners of the world. If there are young

people who would like to give themselves for one

or two years, there are things to do. Put it in your

program to give some time, it is very pleasant;

there are people everywhere who are waiting for

you. I could go in 15 countries if I wanted tomorrow

with all of the invitations that I have received!

Do not give up! May God bless you! Thank you.

Pierre Marchildon

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Here is the full 2008 Lenten Message of the

Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI. The theme of

this year’s Message is: “Christ made Himself

poor for you”. (2 Cor 8,9):

Dear Brothers and Sisters!

Each year, Lent offers us a providential opportunity

to deepen the meaning and value of

our Christian lives, and it stimulates us to rediscover

the mercy of God so that we, in turn,

become more merciful toward our brothers and

sisters. In the Lenten period, the Church makes

it her duty to propose some specific tasks that

accompany the faithful concretely in this process

of interior renewal: these are prayer, fasting and

almsgiving.

For this year’s Lenten Message, I wish to

spend some time reflecting on the practice of

almsgiving, which represents a specific way to

assist those in need and, at the same time, an

exercise in self-denial to free us from attachment

to worldly goods. The force of attraction

to material riches and just how categorical our

decision must be not to make of them an idol,

Jesus confirms in a resolute way: “You cannot

serve God and mammon” (Lk 16,13).

Almsgiving helps us to overcome this constant

temptation, teaching us to respond to our

neighbor’s needs and to share with others whatever

we possess through divine goodness. This

is the aim of the special collections in favor of the

poor, which are promoted during Lent in many

parts of the world. In this way, inward cleansing

is accompanied by a gesture of ecclesial communion,

mirroring what already took place in the

early Church. In his Letters, Saint Paul speaks of

this in regard to the collection for the Jerusalem

community (cf. 2 Cor 8-9; Rm 15, 25-27).

According to the teaching of the Gospel,

we are not owners but rather administrators

of the goods we possess: these, then, are not

to be considered as our exclusive possession,

but means through which the Lord calls each

one of us to act as a steward of His providence

for our neighbor. As the Catechism of the Catholic

Church reminds us, material goods bear a

social value, according to the principle of their

universal destination (cf. n. 2404)

In the Gospel, Jesus explicitly admonishes

the one who possesses and uses earthly riches

only for self. In the face of the multitudes, who,

lacking everything, suffer hunger, the words of

Saint John acquire the tone of a ringing rebuke:

“How does God’s love abide in anyone who has

the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister

in need and yet refuses to help?” (1 Jn 3,17). In

those countries whose population is majority

Christian, the call to share is even more urgent,

since their responsibility toward the many who

suffer poverty and abandonment is even greater.

To come to their aid is a duty of justice even prior

to being an act of charity.

The Gospel highlights a typical feature of

Christian almsgiving: it must be hidden: “Do not

let your left hand know what your right hand is

doing,” Jesus asserts, “so that your alms may be

done in secret” (Mt 6,3-4). Just a short while before,

He said not to boast of one’s own good works

so as not to risk being deprived of the heavenly

reward (cf. Mt 6,1-2). The disciple is to be concerned

with God’s greater glory. Jesus warns: “In

this way, let your light shine before others, so that

they may see your good works and give glory to

your Father in heaven” (Mt 5,16).

Everything, then, must be done for God’s

glory and not our own. This understanding,

dear brothers and sisters, must accompany

every gesture of help to our neighbor, avoiding

that it becomes a means to make ourselves the

center of attention. If, in accomplishing a good

deed, we do not have as our goal God’s glory

and the real well being of our brothers and sisters,

looking rather for a return of personal interest

or simply of applause, we place ourselves

outside of the Gospel vision.

In today’s world of images, attentive vigilance

is required, since this temptation is great.

Almsgiving, according to the Gospel, is not mere

philanthropy: rather it is a concrete expression of

charity, a theological virtue that demands interior

conversion to love of God and neighbor, in imitation

of Jesus Christ, who, dying on the cross,

gave His entire self for us.

How could we not thank God for the many

people who silently, far from the gaze of the

media world, fulfill, with this spirit, generous actions

in support of one’s neighbor in difficulty?

There is little use in giving one’s personal goods

to others if it leads to a heart puffed up in vainglory:

for this reason, the one, who knows that

God “sees in secret” and in secret will reward,

does not seek human recognition for works of

mercy.

In inviting us to consider almsgiving with a

more profound gaze that transcends the purely

material dimension, Scripture teaches us that

there is more joy in giving than in receiving (cf.

Acts 20,35). When we do things out of love, we

express the truth of our being; indeed, we have

been created not for ourselves but for God and

our brothers and sisters (cf. 2 Cor 5,15).

Every time when, for love of God, we share

our goods with our neighbor in need, we discover

that the fullness of life comes from love

and all is returned to us as a blessing in the form

of peace, inner satisfaction and joy. Our Father

in heaven rewards our almsgiving with His joy.

What is more: Saint Peter includes among the

spiritual fruits of almsgiving the forgiveness of

sins: “Charity,” he writes, “covers a multitude

of sins” (1 Pt 4,8).

As the Lenten liturgy frequently repeats, God

offers to us sinners the possibility of being forgiven.

The fact of sharing with the poor what we

possess disposes us to receive such a gift. In this

moment, my thought turns to those who realize

the weight of the evil they have committed and,

precisely for this reason, feel far from God, fearful

and almost incapable of turning to Him. By

drawing close to others through almsgiving, we

draw close to God; it can become an instrument

for authentic conversion and reconciliation with

Him and our brothers.

Almsgiving teaches us the generosity of

love. Saint Joseph Benedict Cottolengo forthrightly

recommends: “Never keep an account

of the coins you give, since this is what I always

say: if, in giving alms, the left hand is not to know

what the right hand is doing, then the right hand,

too, should not know what it does itself” (Detti

e pensieri, Edilibri, n. 201). In this regard, all the

more significant is the Gospel story of the widow

who, out of her poverty, cast into the Temple

treasury “all she had to live on” (Mk 12,44). Her

tiny and insignificant coin becomes an eloquent

symbol: this widow gives to God not out of her

abundance, not so much what she has, but what

she is. Her entire self.

We find this moving passage inserted in the

description of the days that immediately precede

Jesus’ passion and death, who, as Saint

Paul writes, made Himself poor to enrich us out

of His poverty (cf. 2 Cor 8,9); He gave His entire

self for us. Lent, also through the practice of

almsgiving, inspires us to follow His example.

In His school, we can learn to make of our lives

a total gift; imitating Him, we are able to make

ourselves available, not so much in giving a part

of what we possess, but our very selves.

Cannot the entire Gospel be summarized

perhaps in the one commandment of love? The

Lenten practice of almsgiving thus becomes a

means to deepen our Christian vocation. In gratuitously

offering himself, the Christian bears

witness that it is love and not material richness

that determines the laws of his existence. Love,

then, gives almsgiving its value; it inspires various

forms of giving, according to the possibilities

and conditions of each person.

Dear brothers and sisters, Lent invites us

to “train ourselves” spiritually, also through the

practice of almsgiving, in order to grow in charity

and recognize in the poor Christ Himself. In the

Acts of the Apostles, we read that the Apostle

Peter said to the cripple who was begging alms

at the Temple gate: “I have no silver or gold,

but what I have I give you; in the name of Jesus

Christ the Nazarene, walk” (Acts 3,6). In giving

alms, we offer something material, a sign of the

greater gift that we can impart to others through

the announcement and witness of Christ, in

whose name is found true life.

Let this time, then, be marked by a personal

and community effort of attachment to Christ in

order that we may be witnesses of His love. May

Mary, Mother and faithful Servant of the Lord,

help believers to enter the “spiritual battle” of

Lent, armed with prayer, fasting and the practice

of almsgiving, so as to arrive at the celebration of

the Easter Feasts, renewed in spirit. With these

wishes, I willingly impart to all my Apostolic

Blessing.

Benedict XVI

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The 150th anniversary of the Apparitions of Our Lady at Lourdes

The fi nal struggle between the Church and the Anti-Church

Here are excerpts taken from the homily

given by Ivan Cardinal Dias, Prefect of the Congregation

for the Evangelization of People and

legate for the Holy Father, on the occasion of

the beginning of the Jubilee of the 150th anniversary

of the Apparitions of the Blessed Virgin

Mary to St. Bernadette Soubiroux at Lourdes.

The homily was delivered at the underground

St. Pius X Basilica in Lourdes, France, on December

8, 2007:

God’s grace and mercy

As pilgrims assembled in the love of Christ,

we wish to remember with gratitude and affection

the apparitions which took place here in

Lourdes in 1858. Together, we try to feel the palpitations

of the maternal heart of our dear celestial

Mom, to recall her words, and to listen to the

message which she presents to us still today.

We know well the story of these apparitions.

The Blessed Virgin came down from Heaven as

a Mother who is worried about her sons and

daughters living in sin, far from Her Son Jesus.

She appeared at the grotto of Masabielle,

which at the time (1858) was a swamp where

pigs grazed; it is precisely at that place that She

wanted a shrine to be built, to show that God’s

grace and mercy must triumph over the seedy

swamp of human sins.

Nearby the apparition site, the Virgin Mary

had water gush forth in plenty, that pilgrims still

drink and carry with much devotion all over the

world, which represents the wish of our dear

Mother to spread Her love and the salvation

coming from Her Son throughout the world.

Finally, from this blessed Grotto, the Virgin

Mary launched an urgent call to all for prayer

and penance, in order to obtain the conversion

of the poor sinners.

The message of the Virgin today

It may be asked: what significance may the

message of Our Lady of Lourdes have for us

today? I would like to place these apparitions

in the larger context of the permanent and ferocious

fight between the forces of good and evil,

that has taken place since the very beginning of

the history of mankind in the Garden of Eden,

and will last until the end of times.

The apparitions at Lourdes are indeed part

of the long chain of apparitions of Our Lady,

which began 28 years before, in 1830 on the

Rue du Bac in Paris, announcing the decisive

entrance of the Virgin Mary into the heart of

the hostilities between Her and the devil, as it

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is written in the Bible, in the Books of Genesis

and Revelations. The Miraculous Medal that

the Virgin Mary asked to coin on this occasion

showed Her with Her ams opened, from which

rays of light were going forth to all sides, meaning

the graces that She would distribute to the

entire world. Her feet were resting on the globe,

crushing the head of the serpent, the devil,

showing the victory of the Virgin Mary over

the Evil one and his forces. Around the image,

one could read: “O Mary conceived without sin,

pray for us who have recourse to Thee.”

It is remarkable that this great truth of the

Immaculate Conception of Mary was asserted

here 24 years before Pope Pius IX defined it as a

dogma of faith (in 1854); four years later, here in

Lourdes, Our Lady Herself wanted to reveal to

Bernadette that She was the Immaculate Conception.

After her apparitions at Lourdes, the Holy

Virgin has not ceased to manifest her great

maternal concerns for the fate of mankind in

her several apparitions worldwide. She has

everywhere asked for prayers and penance for

the conversion of sinners, for she predicted

the spiritual ruin of certain nations, the sufferings

that the Holy Father would face, the

general weakening of the Christian faith, the

difficulties of the Church, the rise of the Antichrist

and of his attempts to replace God in

the life of men, attempts which, despite their

instant success, would nevertheless be destined

to fail.

An offensive against the forces

of the Evil one

Here, at Lourdes, as everywhere in the

world, the Virgin Mary is weaving a enormous

web of her spiritual sons and daughters in the

whole world in order to launch a strong offensive

against the forces of the Evil one, to lock

him up and thus prepare the final victory of

her divine Son, Jesus Christ.

The Virgin Mary invites us once again today

to be a part of her combat legion against the forces

of evil. As a sign of our participation at her

offensive, she demands, among other things,

the conversion of the heart, a great devotion

to the Holy Eucharist, the daily recitation of the

rosary, unceasing prayer without hypocrisy, the

acceptance of sufferings for the salvation of the

world. Those could seem to be small things, but

they are powerful in the hands of God, to whom

nothing is impossible. As the young David who,

with a small stone and a sling, brought down

the giant Goliath who came to meet him armed

with a sword, a spear, and a shield (cf. 1 Sam

17,4-51), we will also, with the small beads of

our rosary, be able to heroically face the assaults

of our awesome adversary and defeat

him.

The final struggle between the Church

and the Anti-Church

The struggle between God and his enemy

still takes place, even more so today than at the

time of Bernadette, 150 years ago. Because the

world finds itself stuck in the swamp of a secularism

that wishes to create a world without

God; of a relativism that stifles the permanent

and unchangeable values of the Gospel; and

of a religious indifference that remains undisturbed

regarding the higher good of the matters

of God and the Church. This battle makes

innumerable victims within our families and

among our young people. Some months before

becoming Pope John Paul II, Cardinal Karol

Wojtyla said (November 9, 1976):

“We are today before the greatest combat

that mankind has ever seen. I do not believe

that the Christian community has completely

understood it. We are today before the final

struggle between the Church and the Anti-

Church, between the Gospel and the Anti-

Gospel.”

Mary will crush the head of the serpent

But one thing is certain: the final victory

will be God’s, thanks to Mary, the Woman of

the Book of Genesis and of Revelations, who

will fight at the head of the army of her spiritual

sons and daughters against the enemy forces of

Satan and will crush the head of the serpent.

During this Jubilee Year, let us thank the Lord

for all the corporal and spiritual graces granted

to hundreds of thousands of pilgrims in this

holy place, and through the intercession of St.

Bernadette, let us pray to the Virgin Mary and

ask Her to strengthen us in the spiritual battle of

every day, so that we may live in its entirety our

Christian faith, by practising the virtues that distinguished

the Virgin Mary: fiat, magnificat ans

stabat; that is to say, a dauntless faith (fiat), joy

beyound measure (magnificat) and uncompomising

faithfulness (stabat).

O Mary, Our Lady of Lourdes, blessed are

Thou among women, and blessed is the fruit

of Thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of

God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour

of our death. Amen.

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A superpower dominates governments

The superpower resides in the banks

by Louis Even

Textbooks generally distinguish three great

powers belonging to the Government that are

necessary to keep order and stability in the nation,

to protect the lives, goods and rights of

the citizens: the legislative, the executive, and

the judiciary.

The legislative power is the power that

makes laws.

The executive power is the power which administers

the nation in conformity with its laws.

Finally, the judiciary power is the power that

enforces the laws of the country, to prosecute

and condemn those who transgress them, to

pass judgment on the litigation’s between citizens

throughout that country.

It is the Constitution of the nation that defines,

grants and divides the juridiction of these

three powers. These are therefore constitutional

powers.

However, there is another power, which

is not mentioned in textbooks of colleges and

universities, a power that is not establised

or defined by the Constitution, but which is

actually greater than all three official constitutional

powers; a power that dominates the

lives of individuals, families, institutions, even

governments themselves.

This superpower is the monetary power,

the power to control money and credit.

It is this power that was denounced by Pope

Pius XI in his Encyclical Letter Quadragesimo

Anno, in 1931:

“This power is being most forcibly exercised

by those who, because they hold and

control money, are able also to govern credit

and determine its allotment, for that reason

supplying, so to speak, the lifeblood to the entire

economic body, and grasping, as it were,

in their hands the very soul of production, so

that no one dare breathe against their will.”

Everybody knows where the three constituional

powers reside: the legislative power has

its seat in parliaments, the executive power resides

in the offices of ministers, and the judiciary

power resides in the courts.

But where does this superpower, a power

not mentioned in the constitution, the power

that controls money and credit, reside?

It resides in the banking system. It is in the

banks that financial credit is actually created

and cancelled.

Banks create money

It is when a bank grants a loan, either to a

contractor, a retailer, or to a government, that

new financial credit is created. The banker

doesn’t use the depositors’ money, but simply

credits the borrower’s account with the loan

granted, just as if the borrower had deposited

that amount. But the borrower actually neither

brought in nor deposited any money, since he

came to the bank to get money that he did not

have.

The borrower will now be able to issue

checks on this account that he did not have

when he entered the bank, but that he now has

upon leaving.

No account of any other customer of the

bank was reduced. This is therefore a new account,

added to the accounts that already exist.

The total credits in the total accounts of the

banks in the country are therefore increased by

the amount of this new account.

Louis Even (1885-1974)

founder of the “Michael” Journal

There is therefore an increase in financial

credit, modern money, which will be put into

circulation by the checks of the borrower issued

on this new credit.

On the contrary, when a borrower comes to

the bank to repay his loan (credit that had previously

been borrowed), it reduces the quantity

of credit in circulation accordingly. The total

quantity of blood in the economic life is thus

reduced by the same amount.

A simple bookkeeping operation, made

with one stroke of the pen, had created financial

credit. Another simple bookkeeping operation,

when the loan is repaid, cancels, destroys this

credit. This credit disappears the same way it

was created, through a simple bookkeeeping

operation.

It is easy to see that, if during a given period

of time, the total of the loans exceeds the total

repayments, this puts more credit into circulation

than what is cancelled. On the contrary, if

the total of the repayments exceeds the total

of the loans, it causes a period of reduction of

credit from circulation.

If the reduction period persists, the whole

economic body is affected by it: it is called a

crisis — a crisis caused by a restriction of credit.

These periods of increase and reduction

are not due to mere chance, but to the action

of the banks. They are not like the seven fat

and lean cows of Pharaoh’s dream in the Book

of Genesis, but banking cows which are made

fat or lean according to the rate of loans and

repayments.

Whatever the conditions of economic life in

the past centuries, money is nowadays a must

to maintain production that comes from various

sources, goes through various succesive

stages, until the finished goods are thrown on

the market.

However, those who need these goods to

live can obtain them only provided they can

show the money to the suppliers. Money is

basically a licence to live, and those who control

these licences, who allow or refuse them,

who condition their quantity and length in circulation

actually control our lives in such a way, as

Pope Pius XI wrote, that “no one dare breathe

against their will.”

Money would be worthless if there were no

products on the market. Now, it is the population

of the country that makes the products; as

for the controllers of money and credit, they

produce absolutely nothing: they do not cause

a single stalk of wheat to grow, do not produce

one single pair of shoes, do not manufacture

one sole brick, do not dig into a mine shaft, and

do not pave one square inch of road.

It is the country’s population that carries

out these projects. But to be able to produce all

these things, the population needs the approval

of the controllers of money.

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At the bank, the pen that rules the world

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Money is a licence

Money is nothing but a ticket, a licence that

costs nothing to produce but a decision and a

drop of ink. And in order to get this licence, the

population must get into debt for all that they

produce. Can one imagine worst economic tyranny?

The banker’s pen which consents or refuses

to give to individuals, to corporations, to

governments, the right to mobilize the skills of

professionals, the nation’s natural resources,

that pen commands; it grants or refuses; it sets

conditions on the financial permits that it gives;

it gets into debt those individuals or governments

to whom it grants permits. The banker’s

pen has the power of a scepter in the hands of

a superpower — the monetary power.

From 1929 to 1939, we endured ten years

of economic paralysis. Not one government

thought it had the power to put an end to it.

A declaration of war came, and the financial

permits to produce, to draft, to destroy and to

kill, suddenly appeared overnight.

This fact, on its own, should have been an

eye-opener, and made everybody understand

by now that this 10-year Depression was nothing

but a 10-year refusal by the controllers of

money and credit of releasing licences (money).

It only required their decision to put an end to

the depression and money shortage. For example,

the decision came to instigate the war,

when the money-licences were issued by the

billions, to finance six years of the most expensive

war ever.

Yet, you may still hear backward scholars

deny that the volume of credit in circulation

depends upon the action of the banks. These

scholars, who resist the obvious, are an invaluable

support to the superpower through their

ignorance — if it is really ignorance on their

part, or perhaps through vested selfish interests

that bind them, or through their collusion with a

power which can bring them easy promotions.

Upper-class bankers on the other hand,

know very well that financial credit, which

makes up the bulk of modern money, is created

and cancelled in the ledgers of banks.

A distinguished British banker, the Right

Honourable Reginald McKenna, one-time British

Chancellor of the Exchequer (Minister of Finance)

and Chairman of the Midland Bank, one

of the Big Five (five largest banks of England),

addressed an annual general meeting of the

shareholders of the bank on January 25, 1924,

and said (as recorded in his book, Post-War

Banking):

“I am afraid the ordinary citizen will not

like to be told that the banks can, and do, create

and destroy money. The amount of finance

in existence varies only with the action of the

banks in increasing or decreasing deposits and

bank purchases. We know how this is effected.

Every loan, overdraft, or bank purchase creates

a deposit, and every repayment of a loan,

overdraft, or bank sale destroys a deposit.”

Having also been Minister of Finance, Mc-

Kenna knew very well where the bigger of the

two powers — the power of the banks and that

of the sovereign government of the country

— resided. And he was frank enough to state

the following, which is very uncommon among

bankers of his level:

“They (the banks) control the credit of the

nation, direct the policies of governments, and

keep in the palm of their hands the destinies of

the peoples.”

This is a statement which is in complete

agreement with what Pope Pius XI wrote in his

Encyclical Letter Quadragesimo Anno, in 1931,

about “those who, because they hold and control

money, are able also to govern credit and

determine its allotment, for that reason sup-

plying, so to speak, the lifeblood to the entire

economic body, and grasping, as it were,

in their hands the very soul of production, so

that no one dare breathe against their will.”

The solution

The solution is to replace this non-constitutional

superpower with a constitutional monetary

organism, similar to the judiciary system,

staffed with qualified accountants instead of

judges. These accountants would, like judges,

fulfill their duties independently of the powers

that be. They would base their operations —

additions, subtractions, or rules of three — on

statistics which do not depend upon them, but

on the statements of the production and consumption

of the country, resulting from the free

activities of free producers to respond to the orders

freely expressed by free consumers.

The Jan. 7, 2008 issue of the Italian newspaper

Il Messaggero reports:

“The issue of globalization, which has

been one of Pope Benedict XVI’s primary

concerns, will be at the center of his first social

encyclical. It has been leaked from the

Vatican that the encyclical will be made public

on March 19, feast of St. Joseph, patron of

laborers. (It will also be the Pope’s name day.)

Globalization has been a key point in many

Papal documents — from an appeal to the G8

during their June 2007 summit, with a letter

to German Chancellor Angela Merkel asking

her to urge her colleagues to help Africa more

and to forgive debts to poor countries, to his

homily during his pastoral visit to Velletri in

September, when he denounced globalization

carried out only for economic reasons.”

On Sunday, January 6, 2008, the solemnity

of the Epiphany, the Holy Father issued

strong words in his homily:

“Yet, what the prophet (Isaiah) said is

also true today in many senses: ‘thick darkness

covers the peoples’» and our history.

Indeed, it cannot be said that ‘globalization’

is synonymous with ‘world order’ - it

is quite the opposite. Conflicts for economic

supremacy and hoarding resources of energy,

water and raw materials hinder the

work of all who are striving at every level

This means that money and credit would

only be the faithful reflection, the expression in

figures, of economic realities.

If the pen of an usurped superpower can

create or refuse, according to the will of this tyrant,

the financial credit, based on the nation’s

real credit, the pen from a constitutional monetary

power would be as effective to issue the

financial credit, to the service of the population

and all the members of society. This end would

be specified in the law.

There would no longer be a purely financial

hindrance. Getting into debt to foreign bankers

for things that we can produce in our own country

— this idiocy would cease to exist. Prices

that keep going up, when production becomes

easier and more plentiful — such an inconsistency

would cease to exist in a monetary body

that is obligated by law to make the financial

aspects of the economy the exact reflection of

reality.

The seeking of new job creations while the

machine, instead of human labour, supplies

products — such a ridiculous policy would be

relegated to a past history of subjection to a

monster. The astronomical waste, due to the

production of things that are useless to the

normal needs of people, with the sole end of

creating jobs, would be banned as a lack of responsibility

to the generations that must succeed

us.

And thousands of other things as well will

ensue with this establishment of a monetary

power of service, and when this unbearable rule

that links income solely to employment is done

away with, when the first effect of progress

should be a free man. Thhis would allow him to

devote himself freely to activities which are less

materialistic, and to tend towards the blossoming

out of his personality and freedom.

Louis Even

Pope: globalization is synonymous

with world disorder

New social encyclical due by March 19th

to build a just and supportive world. There

is a need for greater hope, which will make

it possible to prefer the common good of

all to the luxury of the few and the poverty

of the many. ‘This great hope can only be

God... not any god, but the God who has a

human face’ (Spe Salvi, n. 31): the God who

showed himself in the Child of Bethlehem

and the Crucified and Risen One.

If there is great hope, it is possible to

persevere in sobriety. If true hope is lacking,

happiness is sought in drunkenness, in the

superfluous, in excesses, and we ruin ourselves

and the world. It is then that moderation

is not only an ascetic rule but also a

path of salvation for humanity. It is already

obvious that only by adopting a sober lifestyle,

accompanied by a serious effort for

a fair distribution of riches, will it be possible

to establish an order of just and sustainable

development. For this reason we

need people who nourish great hope and

thus have great courage: the courage of the

Magi, who made a long journey following a

star and were able to kneel before a Child

and offer him their precious gifts. We all

need this courage, anchored to firm hope.

May Mary obtain it for us, accompanying us

on our earthly pilgrimage with her maternal

protection. Amen!

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The sub-prime crisis in the U.S.A.

Mr. and Mrs Bridger of Australia

with Pierre Marchildon

by Vic Bridger

Most people would have heard by now the

problem that exists and which will continue to

exist regarding the housing collapse in the United

States.

The reason for the collapse and the foreclosures

is basic and should not be a surprise to a

Social Crediter. The reason can be given in one

word: MONEY.

We know that under the current financial accounting

and banking system that people are living

on drafts upon the future. Whether that is in

the form of a bank overdraft, personal loan, credit

card debt or a housing mortgage it makes no difference.

All repayments for debt incurred in the

past have to be repaid out of future income.

We also know that all bank lending is a debt

and that all money that comes into existence

comes in as a result of borrowing from banks

and that means money comes into existence as

a debt.

Banks are businesses and as they deal in

money, which is a debt, it is necessary for them

to be as prudent as possible in their day-to-day

operations. When there were controls in place to

ensure they did not go beyond certain limits there

was some measure of safety. Those regulatory

controls, which have been gradually removed, allowed

the banks to reduce the fiat control from

18% to 12% to what is today a negligible %. When

banks have reached the position of lending nearly

100 to 1, i.e. lending $100 for $1 in their possession

they reach a point where growth is restricted

as well as leaving themselves open to substantial

losses.

Having reached this stage banks resort to borrowing

themselves from other banks and then can

continue to lend on the same basis as before.

Add to this scenario banks lending to other

institutions who in themselves are in the lending

business. Such is the case with the banks putting

together bundles of mortgages and sold as mortgage-backed

securities.

The purchases of these mortgages then use

them as collateral to issue bonds in order to finance

other deals. Such is the growth of what is

called the “sub-prime market”. The money originally

lent homebuyers attracts interest and the idea

is that this interest will cover the interest to be

paid on the bonds issued.

To add to this the sub-prime market institutions

have been lending to homebuyers on a no

deposit and 100% financing of their homes. Sometimes

falsifying records to show the borrower’s

earnings greater than they were and locking them

into low interest rate contracts, which escalated

after the initial period.

As if this was not enough some of these subprime

market forms created new “structured finance

products” referred to as collateralised debt

obligations (CDOs). They are in actual fact “slices”

of the other mortgage securities, issued as bonds.

To put it simply it is operating on the principle that

one debt can be split into two or more and offered

on the market. Many of these CDOs were

picked up by “hedge Funds” who in fact borrowed

money to buy them.

When people have been lent money for the

purchase of a home and do not have the continuing

ability to meet their commitments for whatever

reason foreclosures occur. When interest

rates increase or when people enter into contracts

with an interest rate that converts to a higher rate

at a later date for instance one, two or three years

more problems arise.

It is like a house built out of a stack of playing

cards or those structures built with dominoes.

When one starts to go, the rest follow. When foreclosures

increase and homes have to be sold to

obtain cash the value of the homes decrease,

which exponentially increases the problem.

Because many banks around the world have

been lending money and buying into hedge funds

they eventually feel the crunch when things go

wrong.

Banks in Australia, Canada, and Europe have

been affected by the recent collapse of the subprime

market.

Authorities, particularly the Central Banks

have been attempting to keep the problem under

wraps but finally had to concede that it WAS A

BIG PROBLEM.

The US Federal Reserve, the European Central

Bank, the Central banks of Canada, England,

Switzerland, the Bank of Japan and Sweden’s

Riksbank got together to work out a plan to create

money to inject into commercial banks to starve

off what could develop into a massive collapse of

the world’s financial structure.

In keeping with the usual question that is

put to Social Crediters we can ask, “Where is the

money coming from?”

The answer is quite simple, they create it

out of nothing like the commercial banks do.

The whole exercise in the debt lending game

is for the banks to offload their risks out of the

banking system. It has been estimated by the US

Congress’s Joint Economic Committee that although

there have been 1.7 million foreclosures

in the first eight months of 2007 it is expected that

probably 2 million families will lose their homes

over the next two years.

That statement is sufficient to indicate that the

problem is going to get worse.

It is interesting to note the resort to the idea

of a “Change of Heart” creeping into the debate

on the problem. C.H. Douglas in his book Social

Credit wrote:

“No one, having debated any consideration

to the subject, can fail to feel the exasperation

at the exhortation of the confirmed sentimentalist

forever clamouring after a ‘change of heart’.

What effect on his particular difficulties is it going

to have, if the miner, abandoning self-interest,

goes to his employer and offers to accept half his

present wages? Or the mine-owner, faced with

a loss, who raises his men’s wages? What effect

on the dividends of the shopkeeper already in

debt to his bank, and in doubt as to the source

from which he shall pay his next week’s rent, and

meet the difference on his overdraft does it have,

if smitten with the sudden desire to apply the

golden rule to business, he sells his goods at half

their cost to him, because he knows his clientele,

who are coal-miners, cannot afford more?

The US Treasury Under Secretary for Domestic

Finance has been urging key lenders to take a

more sympathetic approach.

There is, however, one question that has always

baffled Social Crediters. How is it possible

to borrow your way out of debt?

(source: www.deesillustration.com)

Whether or not current efforts by Central

Banks to alleviate the problem are successful,

time will tell. Whether it is next year, the year after,

or the year after there is one thing certain many,

many people are going to be hurt.

What the current problem does illustrate is

the funny money system under which our expert

financiers support, is that it is an illusion and not

based upon reality. It is an illusion to the extent

that the money accounting system is false and

yet whilst accepted by people as being real it

does affect them in a real physical way.

Like the oasis mirage in the desert the physical

reality will express itself in natural terms.

Houses are made from physical properties.

Money is a nothing, yet accepted as being representative

of the physical properties, which it is not.

One economist writing on the sub-prime collapse

unwittingly puts his finger on a very important

factor. He refers to the crisis as a confidence

crisis stating that since the sub-prime crisis intensified

last July major banks have lost confidence in

each other. He says that without trust the system

falls apart. That does sum up the basic problem.

Banks lend, and in this particular case, not on the

basis of something physical but on the thought or

idea that the entity to whom loans are made will

be repaid with more money than they the banks

have lent.

If a financial system is built on nothing more

than trust or confidence it is no different from the

actions of a con man or a counterfeiter. Providing

no one questions the con man or people are

prepared to accept counterfeit money he will get

away with his actions and counterfeit money will

do the same job as the real thing. It all depends on

trust and confidence.

The economist writer also makes valid point

when he commented that we in Australia are

lucky that the banks here “were not heavily into

sub-prime poker and lucky that this gave the Reserve

Bank time to institute major changes in the

way it deals with our banks to give them greater

confidence that they can continue without the risk

of running out of money”.

There is no doubt that it is like a game of poker.

It is pure gambling based on maintaining confidence

both in your own action and the confidence

that others will act accordingly. If we disregard the

occurrence of the sub-prime collapse it is possible

to see the effect of a restriction of bank credit on

industry.

It was stated earlier that all debts have to be

repaid out of future income. This being so it is obvious

that any restriction on the receipt of income

whether in the form of wages and salaries, dividends

or profits means a reduction in the ability

to liquidate or reduce a debt incurred.

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Businesses can continue to operate provided

they are either making a profit or can show their

bank a cash flow statement that will indicate that

future cash will eventuate to be paid into the

bank. A business may have assets, which can be

regarded as being “gilt edged”, and have a cash

flow, which is more than acceptable to their bank

or even investors but the moment that its credit

rating or ability to obtain credit becomes obvious,

the pack of cards can start to fall.

It has been stated more than once in these

columns that if the financial “experts” who oppose

Social Credit and what Douglas has said

about our debt system there is one simple way

to prove the analysis wrong; Stop lending, stop

creating credit! They know that the moment

that happened the system would collapse. That

is why Central Banks were so eager to get together

to prop up the commercial banks.

If any further evidence is required one has

only to look at recent events involving a Company

that was regarded as a shining light in the investment

field.

The Company, Centro Properties Group,

which has investments in at least a dozen countries

around the world including the US, Canada,

Europe, Russia, China, Brazil, India, Japan,

Africa and other Latin American countries has

succumbed to the sub-prime collapse. Centro is

Australia’s second largest shopping centre owner

with a $26.6 billion managed property portfolio.

It owns almost 700 shopping malls in the US and

128 Australian centres.

Centro borrowed heavily to finance a rapid US

expansion, increasing from $11.5 billion to $26.6

billion in about 12 months. Australian banks have

a $4 billion exposure to Centro Properties Group

including $1.5 billion in unsecured loans. On top

of this Centro attempted to refinance $1.3 billion

of its long-term debt in early December but hit a

brick wall. It has announced that it must refinance

its mounting debt by mid-February or it will be in

dire straits.

Perhaps we can look forward to a “change of

heart” by the banks and all will be well but it may

take more than just that to stay off the repercussions

felt by other investors. It may well be that

Superannuation Funds will be affected reducing

the returns to superannuants on the money they

have forgone in wages and salaries.

The banks involved in selling their mortgage

debts have been very shrewd. They create the

debt when they lend to borrowers and as a result

they create the money when the money borrowed

and credited to the borrowers account and is then

used by the borrower to purchase. When the bank

sells off the mortgage debt it relieves itself of any

risk. It receives payment from the entity buying

the debt. The sub-prime entity or whoever may

have bought the debt are not in the position of

creating money in the manner that banks do.

To add salt to the wounds the private banks in

Australia have decided to increase their interest

rates on home mortgages in particular. This action

has been taken because of the effect that the

sub-prime market has had on their borrowings.

In other words they expect the home owner who

has an existing mortgage whether taken out last

year or five years ago to pay more interest to the

banks in order to cover the losses incurred by the

banks on their bad investments and borrowings.

According to the “experts”, interest is the

price of money. Money borrowed is no different

to money bought. Imagine the uproar if all companies

leasing motor vehicles or involved in Hire

Purchase contracts decided that their company

was not doing too well and decided to increase

the lease charge or Hire Purchase fees. Imagine

any company going back to the purchaser of one

of their products and asking for more money because

they had to reduce their losses because

they had a duty to their shareholders.

It is bad enough when the Reserve Bank increases

interest rates and banks pass on the increase

but to simply increase interest rates to

maintain their profit position is, to put it mildly despicable.

Of course this is all done under cover of

using the VARIABLE loan racket.

The action of the banks is little less than

criminal although legal because our politicians

allow it.

Whatever happens it strengthens the claim

by Social Credit that there needs to be a change

in the financial accounting system to reflect facts

and not mirages.

Vic Bridger

by Richard C. Cook

Our economy is on

an artificial life-support

system, a barely-breathing

hostage in a lunatic

asylum. That asylum is the

U.S. and world financial

systems which are on the

verge of collapse.

The inmates are the

world’s central bankers,

Richard C. Cook

along with most of the financial

magnates big and small. The fact is that

the economy of much of the world is in a decisive

downward slide which the financiers cannot

stop because the systems they operate are the

primary cause. As often happens, the inmates

rule the asylum.

In such an environment, crime, warfare, terrorism,

and other forms of violence are endemic.

Only the most naïve, self-centered, and deluded

jingoist could describe such a scenario in terms

of the freedom-loving Western democracies being

besieged by the “bad guys.”

Rather what is happening highlights the growing

failures of Western globalist finance whose impact

on political stability has been so corrosive. As

many responsible commentators are warning, we

are likely to see major financial shocks within the

next few months. The warnings are even coming

from high-flying institutional players like the Bank

of International Settlements and the International

Monetary Fund.

The root cause of the catastrophe

How did today’s looming tragedy come to

pass? Looking for causes is like peeling an onion.

What we are really seeing are the terminal

throes of a failed financial system almost a century

old. It’s happening because, since the creation

of the Federal Reserve System in 1913 —

even during the period of the New Deal with its

Keynesian economics aimed at full employment

— our economy has been based almost entirely

on fractional reserve banking.

This means that under the regime of the

world’s all-powerful central banking systems,

money is brought into existence only as debtbearing

loans. Interest on this lending tends to

grow exponentially unless overtaken by real economic

growth.

The banks, along with the bank-leveraged

equity and hedge funds, are preparing for the biggest

fire sale in at least a generation. Insiders are

going liquid to get ready. If you think Enron was

“the bomb,” you won’t want to miss this one.

What can be done?

There are so many flaws in the system that it’s

time for real change.

As I have been pointing out in articles over

the last several months, the key to a rational

solution would be immediate monetary reform

leading to a fundamental shift in how the world

conducts its financial business. It would mean

taking control of the world’s economy out of the

hands of the private bankers and giving it back to

democratically elected governments.

I spent twenty-one years working for the U.S.

Treasury Department and studying U.S. monetary

history. For much of our history we were a laboratory

for diverse monetary systems.

During and after the Civil War (1861-5) we had five

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Our economy is on an artificial life-support system

different sources of money that fueled our economy.

One was the Greenbacks, an extremely successful

currency which the government spent directly into

circulation. Contrary to financiers’ propaganda, the

Greenbacks were not inflationary. (…)

The banking system which rules the economy

through the Federal Reserve System has produced

the crushing debt pyramid of today. The

system is a travesty. Banks, which can be useful

in facilitating commerce, should never have this

much power. Many intelligent people have called

for the Federal Reserve to be abolished, including

former chairmen of the House banking committee

Wright Patman and Henry Gonzales and current

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul.

Some might call such a program a revolution.

I prefer to call it a restoration — of national sovereignty.

Central to the program would be the elimination

of the Federal Reserve as a bank of issue

and restoration of money-creation to the people’s

representatives in Congress. This is what our Constitution

says too. It’s the system we had before

1913.

The monetary prescription

The fundamental objectives of monetary policy

should be to secure a healthy producing economy

and provide for sufficient individual income.

The objectives should not be to produce massive

profits for the banks, fodder for Wall Street swindles,

and a blank check for out-of-control government

expenditures.

Note I referred to income. I did not say “create

jobs.” That is the Keynesian answer, because

Keynes was a collectivist, and the main thing collectivists

like to come up with is to give everyone

more work to do, even if it’s just grabbing a shovel

and digging ditches like they did with the WPA

during the Depression.

The idea of “income,” as opposed to “jobs,” is

a civilized and humane idea. When are we going

to realize that everyone doesn’t need a paying

job in order for an industrial economy to provide

all with a decent living? When are we going to

realize that the productivity of the modern economy

is part of the heritage of all of us, part of the

social commons?

Why can’t mothers have the choice of staying

home with the kids like they could a generation

ago? Why can’t some people choose to do eldercare?

Why can’t others comfortably go into lowerpaying

occupations like teaching or the arts? Why

can’t some just opt to study or travel for a while or

learn new skills or start a business without facing

financial ruin as they often must today? Why can’t

retirees enjoy their retirement instead of having to

stay in the job market or worrying about Social

Security going broke?

The U.S. and world economies are on the

brink of collapse due to the lunacy of the financial

system, not because we can’t produce enough.

Contrary to so many doomsayers, the mature

world economy is capable of providing a decent

living for everyone on the planet. It cannot

because the monetary equivalent of its bounty is

skimmed by interest-bearing debt.

Fundamental monetary reform implemented

to restore economic democracy is what America’s

real task should be for the twenty-first century.

One thing is for certain. The out-of-control

financial system that has wrecked the U.S. and

world economies over the last generation cannot

be allowed to continue.

(source: www.richardccook.com)

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Bad fruits from a system of unpayble debts

Taxes, income tax, unemployment, poverty

by Louis Even

Rich country, indebted country

What is, materially speaking, the richest

country in the world?

It is, without doubt, the United States of

America. The United States is the country which

is the best equipped, that produces the most,

that has the most products to offer others, and

the one who is the most able to increase its

production even more.

The United States sends more products

to other countries than it receives from them.

Whether it is under the Marshall Plan, or

through aid to the organization for the defense

of the West, the United States puts millions of

American dollars at the disposition of other

countries, who can buy American products for

the value of these millions of dollars.

What is the country that is the most indebted

in the world?

It is the United States of America. Now in

2008, their national debt is over 9,200 billion

dollars.

The trick of a false financial system

Is this not a contradiction? How can the

richest country have the biggest public debt?

Speaking logically, it is certainly contradictory.

But with the actual financial system, this is

what must happen. In reality the more a country

augments its potential for production, the

more it enriches itself; but at the same time, it

indebts itself more financially.

It is not any different in Canada. Compare

on one side, the actual riches of the country

now to what they were 300, 200, 100, 50, or 25

years ago. You will find that the actual riches

have always increased. On the other hand compare

the national debt with what it was in the

beginning, such as 200, 100, 50, 25 years ago;

you will see that the debt has also augmented.

It is the same thing for the debts of the

provinces and the municipalities.

But how can this be?

It is because the more there is production,

the greater the amount of money that is needed

to represent it, to permit the transfer or flow of

products. Therefore the increase of money cannot

be made without an increase in the debt, in

a system where all new money comes under

the form of loans which constitute a debt.

Loans and reimbursements

What do you call “new money”?

All increases in the volume of money in circulation.

If in a country there was 5 billion dollars in

circulation last year and if there are 6 billion in

circulation this year it is evidently because, at

some point, we added one billion. This billion

which did not exist last year and which exists

this year, is a new billion.

This billion did not come by itself, because

there is no money that is created spontaneously.

It did not fall from heaven: there is no money

that falls like rain or snow.

It was not made by the Government: the

Government proclaims to those who want to

The solution: finance without debt

through an honest monetary system

listen that there is no other money than the

money which comes from taxes and loans.

This billion was not manufactured by farmers,

the working class, or by the industrialists.

These people manufacture agricultural and industrial

products but they do not manufacture

money.

This extra billion came about because borrowers

(individual borrowers or public borrowers)

obtained loans from banks amounting to a

billion dollars. (These loans consisted simply of

amounts inscribed by the banker in credit, not

by investors who brought cash, but by a borrower

who came to get some.)

To be more exact, it would be necessary to

say that there was more than a billion dollars in

loans during the year, because during this period

of time there were also reimbursements.

These reimbursements remove money

from circulation, and loans put money into

circulation. If the amount in circulation went

up by one billion, it is because the sum of the

loans surpassed by one billion the sum of ‘the

reimbursements.

Loans constitute debts to be reimbursed,

and these reimbursements discharge debts. If

the loans surpass the reimbursements by one

billion, the debts contracted exceed by one billion

the debts paid off.

And this is how all increases in money create

an increase in debts.

But could it not happen that the sum of

the reimbursements would be greater than

the sum of the loans?

Yes, for a limited time. This is what happens;

for example, when banks make it harder

to lend and are demanding of reimbursements.

When that happens, the money in circulation

decreases and we soon have a depression.

Less money to pay for products and less money

to pay salaries, so it is a true crisis.

But never can the total of the debts disappear

completely: it is impossible to reimburse

them completely, even by taking all the money

which has been put into circulation through

loans. This, for the good reason that he who

borrows indebts himself for more than the

amount of the loan. We call this interest on the

loan.

Since money enters into circulation through

loans and since money disappears through reimbursements

which must be larger than the

loans, this signifies that we would have to globally

reimburse more money than what is in total

circulation. It is a mathematical impossibility.

That is why the total debt is unpayable.

This is why the world becomes more and more

indebted, and as mankind develops; necessitating

loans from the Financiers.

In that case, should not the sum of the

debts be even bigger than it is?

The sum of the debts would be even bigger

in effect; if there would not be debts which are

discharged in other ways than by reimbursements.

There are debts which are discharged

through bankruptcies. The debt therefore, is

not reimbursed or is only partially reimbursed

but the guarantees of the loan are seized.

Bankruptcies, closed factories, abandoned

farms, and all the miseries which ensue for the

deposed owners or for the unemployed workers

are the fruits of the stupidity of a system

which demands reimbursement of more money

than it has created.

A paralyzing load that is not removed

But there are industries which reimburse

their loans, including the interest. There are

others who develop their enterprises without

loans from the banks. There are governments

which in certain years diminish their public

debts.

All this is true because like you say there

are reimbursements, there are some who do it:

but altogether they cannot. Those who succeed

in finding 106 where there is only 100, take the

additional 6 from the sums put into circulation

by the loans of others. These others will only

have more difficulty in trying to make their own

reimbursements.

The success of one makes the plight of the

others more desperate.

As for the industries which finance their

developments without loans, they do so with

money extracted from the public through higher

prices to finance the amount. We call this

auto-financing. But it is not at all an automatic

financing; it is financing at the expense of the

buyers, the result is that buyers are obliged to

deprive themselves of products which are offered

and which they need because the higher

prices are over their budget. This is another

bad fruit of a financial system which is false

and unhealthy.

As for the governments who succeed at

times in diminishing their public debts, it is because

they also extract from the public, through

taxes, more money than they put back into circulation

through their expenses.

What they give in reimbursement of their

debt, the citizens no longer have to buy the

products which are offered to them. The result

is again the same: less purchases, products not

sold, total or partial unemployment for many,

establishments closed because of the bad flow

of their products.

A bad tree can only give bad fruit. And the

fact of passing the weight from one shoulder to

the next does not lessen the load: it only succeeds

in creating conflicts. And we know there

are many conflicts today.

What is true between those in debt in the

same country is true among other countries

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which are in debt. And the source of conflict

among individuals and classes are also the

source of conflict among nations, it always

ends badly.

Is it possible to have a financial system

that does not indebt as we become richer?

Yes there is one, it was proposed to the

world in 1918: Social Credit.

Social Credit does not create un-payable

debts, because it would cause money to be

created to the rhythm of production and to disappear

to that of consumption.

If it is somehow possible in a limited time,

to consume more than we produce, because of

earlier surpluses it is impossible on the whole,

to consume more than that which is produced.

No one can make a loaf of bread, a pair of boots,

or a pin disappear, that was not first produced.

If therefore money would arrive according

to production and disappear according to consumption,

the system of progressive indebtedness

would be inconceivable.

An individual or a group of individuals

could certainly still indebt themselves but on

the whole, the common debt would not exist.

On the contrary real total enrichment would express

itself by a total financial enrichment; and

instead of taxes and surcharges on prices, individuals

would receive dividends and discounts

on prices.

The actual system is a lie; it is a false accounting.

Social Credit would be a just accounting,

an exact financial expression of economic

realities. The first can only give rotten

fruit. The second would produce good fruit, in

abundance for all.

Louis Even

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The role of media: spreading and defending truth

On January 24, 2008, feast day of St.

Francis of Sales, patron of journalists, the

Holy See presented the Pope’s Message for

the 42nd World Day of Social Communications.

Here are important excerpts:

“The media, taken overall, are not only

vehicles for spreading ideas: they can and

should also be instruments at the service

of a world of greater justice and solidarity.

Unfortunately, though, they risk being

transformed into systems aimed at subjecting

humanity to agendas dictated by the

dominant interests of the day. This is what

happens when communication is used for

ideological purposes or for the aggressive

advertising of consumer products. While

claiming to represent reality, it can tend

to legitimise or impose distorted models

of personal, family or social life. Moreover,

in order to attract listeners and increase

the size of audiences, it does not hesitate

at times to have recourse to vulgarity and

violence, and to overstep the mark.

“Humanity today is at a crossroads....

We must ask, therefore, whether it is wise

to allow the instruments of social communication

to be exploited for indiscriminate

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impact on the lives of individuals and on

society is widely acknowledged, yet today

it is necessary to stress the radical shift,

one might even say the complete change

of role, that they are currently undergoing.

Today, communication seems increasingly

to claim not simply to represent reality, but

to determine it, owing to the power and

the force of suggestion that it possesses.

It is clear, for example, that in certain situations

the media are used not for the proper

purpose of disseminating information, but

to ‘create’ events.

“It is essential that social communications

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NORTH AMERICAN UNION UPDATE

Henry Kissinger said in 1993: “NAFTA is the architecture to a greater integration of North America.”

The Security and Prosperity Partnership is really

a conglomeration of the treaties used to create

the European Union. The S.P.P. utilizes the same

undemocratic means to execute policies and laws

without the knowledge or consent of the citizens

they are forced upon. These same tactics will be

used in our continent of the Americas, when these

governments establish the North American Union.

The S.P.P. stands for the integration of the United

States, Canada and Mexico into what equates as

a complete loss of sovereignty for the three nations.

The Montebello Summit Meeting

On August 21, 2007 the leaders of North America

met in Montebello, Canada. Meeting under the

guise of the S.P.P., they discussed the “opportunities

and challenges facing North America and to

establish priorities for further collaboration.” Proponents

of a plan were discussed to make all of

North America a single “competitive player in the

global markets” so that globalization will advance

for the United States, Canada and Mexico. Among

the topics considered was the mass movement

of military personnel deployed in North America.

The S.P.P. requires that procedures be developed

for “managing the movement of goods and people

across our shared borders during and following an

emergency.” Our leaders continue to publicize the

NAFTA trade agreements and the importance of

the Security and Prosperity Partnership, despite the

fact that 18 states in the United States are opposing

both of these measures with legislation.

The Montebello Summit was held in secret with

no press coverage. The protesters, who arrived

from all over Canada and the United States, were

kept away by a large cordon of police and barbed

wire fencing. President George Bush laughed at

concerns that the meeting was not allowed media

coverage, saying “I’m amused by some of the speculation,

some of the old – you can call them political

scare tactics. If you’ve been in politics as long as I

have, you get used to that kind of technique where

you lay out a conspiracy and then force people to

try to prove it doesn’t exist. That’s just the way some

people operate.” Canada’s Prime Minster Stephen

Harper dismissed the demonstration even after he

was told that there were hundreds of protesters involved.

“I’ve heard it’s nothing. A couple hundred?

It’s sad,” he said.

Oklahoma State Senator Randy Brogdon has

established that he will introduce state legislation in

the next session of the House opposing the NAFTA

treaty. Senator Brogdon’s plan is to remove Oklahoma’s

membership in the North America Super

Corridor Coalition. He elucidated that “NAFTA is

not free trade; its managed trade”, and “the S.P.P.

is sold as security! But it’ll have the exact opposite

effect…and the European Union started in the same

way as a trade agreement.” Judging by the number

of states opposing NAFTA and the NAU, there are a

growing number of state offi cials who are beginning

to think the same way as Senator Brogdon.

The United States dollar

The US dollar is sinking very quickly, and if it collapses,

and it seems to be heading in that direction,

then America

would be removed

as a global power.

Now in 2008, gas

is three dollars a

gallon, which is

150% higher than

it was in 1967.

This is not accidental;

the International

Bankers

want the Ameri-

cans to accept a

global currency,

as the countries

of the European

Union now have. South and Central American economies

will be severely affected, as well as the Asian

community which has invested heavily in the United

States.

This chart shows the downward slide of the US dollar,

which went down 30% in fi ve years.

Kenneth Rogoff, former chief economist of the

International Monetary Fund, expounded: “This is all

The preparations for the North American Union are moving

forward. This logo will soon be on every license in the

U.S., and has already been accepted in North Carolina.

pointing to a greatly increased risk of a fast unwinding

of the U.S. current account defi cit and a serious

decline of the dollar.” Economists are now starting

to debate the possibility of another dollar disaster

similar to the Great Depression. The demoralization

of the US dollar is in fact the best excuse that the

Federal Reserve could give the American people to

encourage them to accept the Amero dollar. Indeed,

there hasn’t been much talk of a new currency before

now because the banking conglomerates know that

the American people would never give up the dollar

without a battle, but the equalization of the US dollar

these last few months show that we are heading in

that direction. We have only to compare ourselves

with the already chaotic European Union. When the

EU changed their national currencies to the euro,

those who had large (or even small) savings lost

60% of what they had. They were only allowed a

certain amount of days in which to exchange their

money into euro, otherwise their money would be

devalued and they would get nothing. So they really

had no choice but to accept whatever the EU banks

would give them.

The European Union:

a future North America

The European Union grows more undemocratic

with each closed-door meeting. In Portugal, in October

of 2007, the European leaders met in Lisbon to

revise the European Constitution. There were over

200,000 citizens who protested on the secrecy of the

meeting and the fact that they are no longer allowed

any say in the running of their countries. The protest

was ignored completely by the press, although it was

the largest Portugal had seen in 20 years.

A quote from Thomas Rupp, who is a leader of

the European Referendum Campaign, affi rmed that

“they boasted that they have managed to get over

an international crisis, but in fact they just increased

the EU’s democratic crisis by completely avoiding

the citizens.” (EU Observer, Oct. 3, 2007)

Democracy, according

to the philosophy of the European

Union Commission,

is slighted to be replaced

by imperialism. France’s

president Nicolas Sarkozy

takes it one step further

by stating the benefi ts of a

“new world order” based on

United Nation policies with

a “change of mindset and

behaviour.” The ultimate

goal for all ‘New World Order’

propagandists is the

One World Order. This is

the reason the European

Union was created, and why the elite are pushing

for the North American Union.

Germany terrorizes homeschoolers

German families have been fl eeing the country

in an attempt to have some control over the education

of their children. Germany has outlawed home-

schooling since the time of Hitler, but it’s only now

that the government has started re-enforcing the

policy. This is another sign of the evils of a Germany

that is part of a EU controlled imperialistic

constitution. WorldNetDaily reports that in early

January of 2008, a man from Bavaria sent this

message: “This morning we received a call from

the German ministry of education. Tomorrow they

will send the police to our home and take Josia

(6), Lou Ann (10) and Aileen (13) by force to the

public school.”

Joel Thornton, who is the president of the International

Human Rights Group that advocates

for the homeschoolers in Germany, avowed that

“German government offi cials are willing to violate

their own procedures to take the custody of children

from parents for nothing more than homeschooling.

Were there criminal activity going on

that was being avoided would be understandable,

however the system would probably not be so

quick to act.”

In Communist Russia, the control of the state

over the nations’ children was a perfect way to ensure

that they would be indoctrinated at an early

age in the teachings of Socialist Marxism. This is

the plan of the New World Order followers, and this

policy will soon become the norm in all EU countries.

Trans-Texas Corridor

In the latest news, taken from the website for the

Trans-Texas Corridor www.keeptexasmoving.com,

details are given for the expansion of toll highways

through Texas. As one of the reasons is for this effort

to expand, they say that the Corridor(s) will help to

“increase trade between the U.S., Mexico and Canada,

contributing to a rise in regional mobility and

economic status for all the nations.” Many states are

fi ghting the expansion of the Corridor, although the

media coverage has been non-existent. The Corridor

has been promoted and in process since the

establishment of the Security and Prosperity Partnership

in 2005.

In the “vision statement” issued by the United

States Department of Transportation, it articulates:

“The United States freight transportation system

will ensure the effi cient, reliable, safe and secure

movement of goods and support the nation’s economic

growth while improving environmental quality.”

By having such highways pass through North

America, it would be impossible to control who is

coming in and out of the country. Immigration will

grow on an unprecedented scale with no security or

direction. In Europe, they are already experiencing

this on a huge extent to the great discontent of the

populace.

So the expansion continues, and we as citizens

of North America cannot allow our nations to experience

the loss of sovereignty and global chaos

that the NAU will bring to us. We must take a stand

and inform the people by ordering the leafl et on the

North American Union from our headquarters today,

spreading them everywhere and letting the population

know what is happening and how we can fi ght

against this diabolical plan.

M. A. Jacques

The European Commission

puts pressure on Africa

The European Commission is already casting

a voracious gaze upon the often overlooked

continent of Africa by putting pressure upon the

African Union to sign trade agreements that are

intended to force them to open their markets to

include more goods and services. Alpha Oumar

Konare, who is the chairman of the African commission,

said that “a hasty deal might come at a

tremendous cost to the rural African populations

and to African industry.” EU President Jose Barroso

defended the treaties and said that “some

countries had already agreed to sign.” Eight countries

have already begun interim agreements

with the EU. The enormous natural wealth of

Africa makes it an economically profi table target

for the multinational corporations.

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Once and for all, it’s time to get at the root

of Masonic influence and “secret” clubs

by Michael Brown

www.spiritdaily.com

During the coming months there is bound to

be major hoopla over a new book by Dan Brown,

who wrote the blasphemous DaVinci Code.

This time, hopefully, it will not be such a tirade

against the Church. It may be folly to hope

for that.

But one beneficial thing it could bring into

sharp relief is Freemasonry; any such light into

that darkness is a benefit.

For rumor is that the novel — tentatively entitled

The Solomon Key — focuses on the mysterious

Masons and their secret influence, especially

in Washington, D.C.

The book, claims one report, is “set to lift the

veil on mysterious Freemason symbols carved

into the very fabric of the historic streets and

buildings of the U.S. capital.”

Word is that the new adventure will be based

in the heart of that city, “which could reveal some

astonishing facts for history buffs.”

If that is correct (and his new novel is not just

another attack on Christianity), those “astonishing

facts” may include what many believe is a Masonic

link to the very way that the nation’s capital is

laid out architecturally. An aerial view of Washington,

many point out, shows a perfect square and

the compass -- which are the universal symbols of

Freemasonry. (See picture below.)

Is such simply a coincidence? We really don’t

know. Perhaps no one does. George Washington

is said to have demanded that the capital be laid

out in a symbolic square. The shape of a square

and compass is also formed by drawing a line on

the map between two of the city’s major landmarks,

the Capitol and the Lincoln Memorial, and

along the walls of the White House and the Jefferson

Memorial, notes the AFB news service.

“At the center of these stands the Washington

Monument, a vast brick obelisk whose dimensions

themselves are symbolic: 555 feet high by

55 wide (170 meters by 17).

“The number five is said to refer to the traditional

five orders of architecture — which in turn

relates to the Freemasons’ regard for geometry as

a symbol of order, and of ‘the great geometrician’

— the supreme being,” says the news item.

Inside the Capitol building, it further notes,

“lies a cornerstone laid by George Washington

himself, dressed in his ceremonial apron, in a Masonic

ritual in 1793.”

One could argue that the design of the capital

is based more on neo-classical style -- the

efforts to establish a new republic based on an

ancient Roman republican model rather than

anything that related to Freemasonry. But we are

concerned with any social-spiritual group that excludes

Jesus in the way Masonry does and that

has initiation rituals which can be linked back to

occultic Egyptians, Babylonians, and others.

Are Masons part of a larger scheme?

That’s something backed more with theories

than evidence, but we are concerned with the ob-

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vious trend to build a world government and likewise

are befuddled by the documented existence

of secret groups that like Masons also include major

political leaders.

We’re not prone to conspiracy theories, but

why the secrecy? Why, for example, are there the

Bilderberg Club, the Club of Rome, and the Bohemian

Grove so clandestine? And why do they

sometimes interweave?

It is time for all of this to come aboveboard

and it is remarkable that the media has never

touched it — perhaps until now. Will Dan Brown’s

novel provoke a needed discussion?

It is time for us to understand the influence of

the Bilderbergs, who meet each year in tremendous

secrecy. Those meetings occur in Europe

and the closed-door sessions involve about 120

business, government, and media leaders from

that continent and also North America — including,

often, presidential candidates.

Why the secrecy? This organization not only

has enormous political cloud, but allegedly influences

the Federal Reserve, the European Central

Bank, and the Bank of England.

The goal, fear some, is to create a “world

company” that will morph into a single world

body of governing the masses for the benefit of

a mysterious elite.

There is Bilderberg influence over the World

Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and other

bodies that affect us in ways we don’t understand.

It is time that we understood them. It is time too

that we made our politicians explain this matter.

“The Bilderberg Group is not the end but the

means to a future One World Government,” writes

one author, Daniel Estulin. “This organization has

grown beyond its secretive beginnings to become

a virtual shadow government which decides in

total secrecy at annual meetings how its plans are

to be carried out.”

The ultimate goal, fear such writers, is to

exercise hegemony over the world (starting with

Eurasia) and bring about a globalized market

place that would be controlled by the single government,

policed by a United World Army, and

financially regulated by a World Bank, with a

micro-chipped population that is monitored and

with life needs stripped down to “materialism

and survival work, buy, procreate, sleep — all

connected to a global computer that monitors

our every move.”

This would seem paranoid if there had not

been such strides of late in introducing microchips

(ostensibly to keep medical information),

and if luminaries such as Henry Kissinger and

the Rockefellers had not been attached to that or

groups such as the Trilateral Commission.

It would also seem more paranoid if there

was not such a push — as we clearly see in our

time — for “one unified Europe” and now even

“one unified North America.”

Indeed, besides the curious opening of borders

is the prospect of a super-highway that would

unite Canada, the U.S., and Mexico. The seed of

the union rests in passage of the North American

Free Trade Agreement in the early 1990s under

George Bush Senior (and then Bill Clinton).

Paranoia? Perhaps. We have to be very careful

of these matters. Is it just the domain of “Illuminati”

(and the “black helicopters”)? Or do we

now need to take a closer look at some of these

fears?

Governor Rick Perry of Texas — a strong supporter

of the trans-national highway — recently

fueled such apprehensions by traveling to Turkey

to attend — yes — the secretive Bilderberg conference.

Meanwhile, former Mexican president Vicente

Fox makes no bones about his support for

North American unification.

Folks can go too far with such things (it seems

unfair to proclaim the current President Bush as

using the devil’s sign when he uses a hand signal

that is really a cheer for the Texas Longhorns), and

perhaps folks get overly wrought about another

secret, Masonic-like group: the Skull and Bones

Society, based at Yale, and with a number of leaders,

including the current president, as initiates.

Are we too concerned about the highly secret annual

meeting of government, business, and diplomatic

leaders at Bohemian Grove in California?

Whatever the answer to that question, we can

say that such secrecy is no huge comfort and that

it’s obvious we’re in an era where corporations

are laying down the foundation for a single global

entity, moving even into China (which is atheistic

and who is ostensibly is our enemy).

How much of this is consciously designed,

and how much is simply the momentum of our

times, is subject to debate. There is a spirit, however,

that is moving in the world, and corporations

should be watched more than anything.

Will secret oligarchies and the powerful men

behind the curtain soon see things to fruition?

Our masses have been hypnotized by cell

phones, TV, and media that are owned by corporations

that are becoming multi-national and

often participate in elite organizations (at least

in the case of Bohemian Grove, which like the

Masons has a ritual with occult overtones).

However the Masons figure into all this (they

are often given more credit than they may deserve),

they have had their place as an example

of secret initiate groups that seek to exert — and

have exerted — influence.

The trend is growing. The groups are expanding.

And there is certainly that overlap between

various organizations. Small comfort there.

Whatever the influence of Masons in the

architecture of Washington, it is a fact that a Masonic

temple with its own architecture of sphinxes

and colonnades dominates a corner of 16th Street

near the city center —- one of a number of Masonic

lodges in the capital and just a stone’s throw

from the White House.

Oh, the webs that secrecy weaves.

Brown “had a contact with us but then cut it

short,” said Akram Elias, grand master-elect of

Washington’s Grand Lodge. “We are all sitting

around waiting for his book to come out but nobody

knows what he’s going to say.”

Michael Brown

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On January 22, 2008, a group of Pilgrims of St.

Michael traveled to Washington, D.C. to spread the

message of the Rosary to the Pro-Life marchers on

the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade. The importance

of prayer in the life of every Catholic

is something that cannot be emphasized

enough. With abortion comes grave consequences,

and we must take action

now with prayer and good works.

The death toll rises every day

since the start of legalized abortion.

The effects of abortion on society are

far reaching and devastating. We will

counter this great evil of our times

with adoration for life and the respect

for human life as advocated by the

Roman Catholic Church. The Pilgrims

of St. Michael echo the cry of Blessed

Mother Teresa:

“If a mother can become her children’s

executioner, what can we say about the other

murders and wars raging in the world?”

She also said on another occasion: “I have said

often, and I am sure of it, that the greatest destroyer

of peace in the world today is abortion. If a mother

can kill her own child, what is there to stop you and

me from killing each other?”

The Pilgrims of St. Michael take an active stand

by uniting ourselves in prayer and action to the Divine

Mercy of God, especially through devotion to

Jesus in the Eucharist. The growing popularity of

this devotion is a great hope for our country and

the world. During his pontifi cate, Pope John Paul II

encouraged it, in recognition of the great needs of

our world and the current Pope Benedict XVI continues

the promotion of Eucharistic adoration.

Adoration for Life

The vocation of every Catholic is to follow in the

evangelical footsteps of Our Lord, by bringing the

good news to our brothers and sisters

in Christ.

“The deep unity between

prayer and action is at the

basis of all spiritual renewal.

It is at the basis

of the great enterprises

of evangelization and

construction of the

world according to

God’s plans.” – Pope

John Paul II

We have taken

these words of Pope

John Paul II and incorporated

them into a way

of life. The combination of

Eucharistic adoration and

evangelization is essentially

Christological in nature. Christ’s

mission when He was among us over

two thousand years ago is still continuing today.

With the help of Divine Grace we can succeed in

overcoming this great scandal of our times. We

must co-operate with the Divine Plan as well by seriously

considering the call to discipleship, through

our dedication to apostolic work that truly is the application

of our commitment to God.

The Pilgrims of St. Michael are Roman Catholic

laity in communion with the Magisterium of the

Church and we are in good standing with our local

Bishop. We attend daily Mass and say the Rosary;

Holy Hours of adoration are also part of our

weekly program. We are a movement of the press;

our leafl ets and our Michael Journal (also in French,

The Miracle of Lu, Monferrato _ Italy

The little village of Lu, northern Italy, with

only a few thousand inhabitants, is in a rural

area 90 kilometres east of Turin. It would still

be unknown to this day if, in the year 1881,

the family mothers of Lu had not made a decision

that had “serious consequences”.

The deepest desire of many of these mothers

was for one of their sons to become a

priest or for a daughter to place her life completely

in God’s service. Under the direction of

their parish priest, Msgr. Alessandro Canora,

they gathered every Tuesday for adoration of

the Blessed Sacrament, asking the Lord for

vocations to the priesthood.

Through the trusting prayer of these mothers

and the openness of the other parents, an atmosphere of deep joy and Christian piety developed in

the families, making it much easier for the children to recognize their vocations.

Did the Lord not say, “Many are called, but few are chosen” (Mt 22:14)? In other words, many are

called, but only a few respond to that call. No one expected that God would hear the prayers of these

mothers in such an astounding way.

From the tiny village of Lu came 323 vocations! 152 priests (diocesan and religious), and 171 nuns

belonging to 41 different congregations. As many as three of four vocations came from some of these

families. The most famous example is the Rinaldi family, from whom God called seven children. Two

daughters became Salesian sisters, both of whom were sent to San Domingo as courageous, pioneer

missionaries. Five sons became priests, all joining the Salesians. The most well-known of the Rinaldi

brothers is Blessed Philip Rinaldi, who became the third successor of St. John Bosco as Superior General

of the Salesians. Pope John Paul II beatifi ed him on April 20, 1990. In fact, many of the vocations

from this small town became Salesians. It is certainly not a coincidence, since St. John Bosco visited

Lu four times during his life. The saint attended the fi rst Mass of his spiritual son, Fr. Philip Rinaldi, in

the village where he was born. Philip always fondly recalled the Faith of the families of Lu: “A Faith that

made our fathers and mothers say, ‘The Lord gave us our children, and so if He calls them, we can’t

say no.’”

Fr. Luigi Borghina and Fr. Pietro Rota lived the spirituality of Don Bosco so faithfully that the former

was called the “Brazilian Don Bosco” and the latter the “Don Bosco of Valtellina”. Pope John XXIII once

said the following about another vocation from Lu, His Excellency, Evasion Colli, Archbishop of Parma:

“He should have become Pope, not me. He had everything it takes to become a great Pope.”

Every ten years, the priests and sisters born in Lu come together from all around the world. Fr. Mario

Meda, the long-serving parish priest of Lu, explained that this reunion is a true celebration, a feast of

thanksgiving to God who has done such great things for Lu.

The prayer that the mothers of Lu prayed was short, simple and deep:

“O God, grant that one of my sons may become a priest! I myself want to live as a good Christian

and want to guide my children always to do what is right, so that I may receive the grace, O God, to be

allowed to give you a holy priest! Amen.”

Polish & Spanish) are spread all around the world.

The propagation of the Faith through the work of the

press is our charism, and we evangelize person to

person as well as during meetings given to prayer

groups and our door to door Rosary Crusade. The

ideal given us by our founders is quite simply to inform

the population of the unbiased truth on what is

happening in the world today.

As Pope John Paul II said in his encyclical, The

Gospel of Life: “...a great prayer for life is urgently

needed, a prayer which will rise up throughout the

world. Through special initiatives and in daily prayer,

may an impassioned plea rise to God, the Creator

and lover of life, from every Christian community,

from every group and association, from every family

and from the heart of every believer. Jesus himself

has shown us by his own example that prayer

and fasting are the fi rst and most effective weapons

against the forces of evil (cf. Mt 4:1-11). As he

taught his disciples, some demons cannot be driven

out except in this way (cf. Mk 9:29). Let us therefore

discover anew the humility and the courage to pray

and fast so that power from on high will break down

the walls of lies and deceit: the walls which conceal

from the sight of so many of our brothers and sisters

the evil of practices and laws which are hostile to

life. May this same power turn their hearts to resolutions

and goals inspired by the civilization of life and

love.”

The Church has always had a very steadfast and

unchanging view on the issue of abortion, and we

echo the voice of our late Pope John Paul II, advocating

as he did during his entire pontifi cate the

culture of life.

We organize a week of perpetual adoration once

a year that we call our “Siege of Jericho”, as well as

our holy hours of adoration, and we receive countless

blessings and graces from Heaven because of

it. It is a priceless treasure that we will never fully

understand.

Starting perpetual adoration in your parish is a

very powerful way to help stop abortion. There are

different web-sites and groups who have organizational

plans to help anyone who would like to start

perpetual adoration, especially to stop the evil of

abortion: http://www.acfp2000.com, http://www.perpetualadoration.org/organizing.htm

First ask your local pastor for permission to start

one and he accepts it is up to the head coordinator

to fi nd enough people to cover the hours needed.

Even if at fi rst you start with just an hour of adoration,

after you have enough members you can extend

it. The recommendation is two people per hour,

meaning for perpetual adoration you would need

about 168 people for one week.

One important detail to remember is the Blessed

Sacrament must not be left alone, so it is up to the

coordinator to make sure that each person really

commits to their hour and are able to fi nd replacements

if they cannot make it. It is important to also

note that the organization of this devotion cannot be

left up to your pastor alone, unless he prefers it that

way. He will be needed to take care of the opening

ceremonies and he can provide pastoral support

and encouragement. The parishioners should work

together to organize and operate the continuity of

the adoration. This is essentially a devotion open to

everyone. The many blessings that parishes have

experienced through the Adoration of the Blessed

Sacrament is a great testimony of the living proof of

God’s power working through the Eucharist.

The promotion of the culture of life through the

adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is a precious

means of attaining a life of true discipleship and cooperation

with God’s will.

Let us continue to pray and work towards a

better world through the promotion of a just and

peaceful society that accepts the culture of life as

the Catholic Church teaches it. The Pilgrims of St.

Michael have pledged themselves to the service of

Mary, Our Mother, through the propagation of literature

that is both truthful and urgent for our times. We

must throw ourselves at her feet and through her

intercession beg God for forgiveness and mercy,

and ask for the courage to stand up for what He is

asking of us for the future.

M. A. Jacques

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In vitro fertilization: scientism and ascendant amorality

by Msgr. Michel Schooyans

In the discussion on in vitro fertilization, we keep

hearing that “science is not in a position to decide

the question on the beginning of the human being,

and would be incapable of saying when and if there

is a human person present.”

This affi rmation is both true and

false. It is true to the degree that it falls

outside the scientifi c domain to determine

the nature, quality, and specifi city

of the human per son, just as it does to

affi rm or deny the existence of God and

the immortality of the soul. It is false because

science, while strictly respecting

method, can say something about the

human individual, mark its emergence,

and analyze the genetic identity card or

map that it will retain throughout its life.

When sperm meets ovum, biologists

can declare that an original new being

begins at that moment, a being that has

the genes not of a horse, not of a rabbit,

but of a man, a being who will pursue his

development for seven ty or eighty years

without interruption.

It would thus be sophistry to conclude that since

science can say nothing about the human person as

such, science cannot say anything about the human

individual. As for affi rming that the human individual

necessarily has the ontological status of a person,

this is a philosophical con clusion. It would be a

double sophism to conclude that since science cannot

say anything about the human person as such,

nobody, whether the man in the street, the philosopher

or the theologian, can say anything about it...

It would be a triple sophism to draw the practical

con clusion that since science cannot say anything

about the human person as such, the scientist can

allow the thresh old at which the human being must

be respected to drift at his convenience--or at that of

his patrons or clients. In any case, even assuming

that the scientist must refrain from taking a theoretical

position, he must still prudently con clude on

the practical level that he must conduct himself as

though he were dealing, without any doubt, with a

human being. In the case of landslides, rescuers act

on the hypothesis that there may be survivors, and

they cannot be reproached for relentlessly continuing

the search.

Once science assumes that it cannot decide the

question of a human being’s beginning, and refuge

is sought in the suspension of judgement, practice

becomes normative. Ethics is no longer anything

but the refl ection of an entire ly materialistic practice.

What is done is good because it is done — whence

we have an irresistible spiralling: fi rst abortion, then

orthogenesis, in vitro fertilization, third-party donors,

gestational mothers, eugenics, euthanasia, etc. Utility

(for some) becomes the criterion of truth for all.

Sometimes it is said that this is the price we must

pay for scientifi c progress, and that to take a position

would be to “infringe upon academic freedom”

and to “block the development of science”. This type

of argument does not survive examination.

Jan.-Feb.-March 2008

The most costly war today, in terms of human

lives, does not deploy nuclear or other sophisticated

weapons. No, the most deadly war is the one whose

victims are found in laboratories and clinics, among

millions of human embryos and foetuses. The banalization

of the deliberate killing of human beings

gravely blunts the sen sitivity of humanity’s person-

MONSIGNOR SCHOOYANS is

Professor of Political Philosophy at

the Catholic University of Louvain,

Belgium, and a member of the Pontifical

Academy of Social Sciences.

The ideas expressed in this article

are further developed in his book

Power over Life Leads to Domination

of Mankind. Taken from the

Jan.-Feb. 2008 issue of Social Justice

Review (Central Bureau of the

CCVA, 3835 Westminster Place, St.

Louis, MO 63108 USA; website:

www.socialjusticereview.org).

al and collective moral con science. It cripples the

mechanisms of human reason that are capable of

checking the aggressiveness which is part of man.

Aggressiveness thus becomes unbridled, and we

can foresee that it will lead to an increase in the

kind of behaviour that engenders war. Mother Teresa

often made this point.

The manipulation of human embryos inescapably

accustoms people to complacency in the face

of murder of any kind. If I can dispose of the existence

of a human being just conceived, one whom

I can scarcely imagine, but to whose presence science

attests, why should I refrain from disposing of

the existence of any other human being? ..

The debate on in vitro fertilization looks like a

rehash ing of old discussions about scientism. Yes

or no? — are the experimental methods of physics,

chemistry and biology the only valid methods of

knowledge to which the human mind has recourse?

Yes or no? — should the last word on the dignity

and destiny of man come from these disci plines?

Man will always remain a mystery to himself, a cypher

that he must decode. This mystery has to be

dis cerned and probed by the intellect, employing for

this pur pose convergent and complementary methods.

However, we must denounce the statement

inherited from the tradi tion of scientism: “regarding

the beginning of the human person, somewhat as

in the case of [the existence of] God, science is not

allowed to decide, and as a consequence, we cannot

involve any scientifi c consideration that would

pro vide the basis for a morality superior to experimental

prac tice.” In short, biology can explain what

an organism is, and philosophy will tell us what a

person is. But then, why should it fall only to biologists

to decide in fact that such and such a human

individual has no right to respect?

Finally, it is necessary to avoid the pitfall of

reenthroning an impossible dualism that smacks

On December 12,

2007, feast of Our

Lady of Guadalupe,

four young people

from Paraguay

(three men and a

lady) consecrated

themselves to the

Virgin Mary in our

headquarters in

Rougemont. They

were in Canada for

a six-month training

period, and

three of them have

decided to join us

full time. We invite

other young people

to imitate them!

strongly of Manichaeanism. We must dispute the

pessimist vision that considers matter — particularly

the body — as con temptible, and therefore manipulable

by amoral means. In fact, under the guise of

acting only on the body, the new technocrats touch

the soul. Thus, if man is a substantial unity, then we

can never forget that what defi nes man is precisely

that man rises above the matter that the

biocrats depend on so heavily for their

empire.

The controversy over in vitro fertilization,

like that con cerning abortion, requires

that doctors rethink the speci fi city

of their mission, and weigh the consequences

of this mission on the plane of

moral obligation. Medicine will make a

false turn if, intoxicated by the upward

spiral of performance, it endorses the

scientistic premises of a cer tain kind of

biology. Instead of treating patients with

their own interests fi rst, and in harmony

with medical moral obligation, it will drift

towards a veterinary kind of moral ity. A

veterinarian ordinarily cares for animals

not in their own interest, but in that of their

owners. Dr. P. Simon takes this shift to its ultimate

conclusion by introducing the con cept of “medicine

for the social body”. With perfect logic, the former

Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of France places

research for the good of the species above research

for the good of the individual — the moral worth of

society above that of the person.

Medicine follows an equally false path when it

intro duces discrimination by reserving therapy for

only certain categories of human beings, knowingly

condemning oth ers to experimentation or death.

Medicine takes a false step if, forgetting the common

good, it reserves the fruit of its achievements

to a minority of privileged nations, or if it promotes

research programmes in this direction.

Today’s advanced techniques allow doctors to

trespass bounds they had been forced to surrender

to — until now. This possibility places problems before

doctors that they cannot resolve alone. We have

a right to expect from them a sense of responsibility

suffi cient to recognize their lack of competence and

to accept the principle of self-regula tion and of interdisciplinary

perspective. That is the conditio sine

qua non of healthy discernment in [all] foreseeable

and morally acceptable hypotheses, experi ments,

or achievements, based on the respect due to every

person from the fi rst moment of existence. If the

powers of discernment are not employed, if doctors

persist in resolv ing dilemmas case by case according

to their passing inspiration, they will inevitably

be caught up [on] a ser pentine path which, having

led them from abortion on demand to “liberating”

euthanasia, will lead them from in vitro fertilization

to the State’s takeover of reproduction, via systematic

eugenics. Doctors and Christian hospitals, in

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Jonah and the whale

A little girl was

talking to her teacher

about whales. The

teacher said it was

physically impossible

for a whale to swallow

a human because

even though it was a

very large mammal

its throat was very

small.

The little girl stated that Jonah was swallowed

by a whale.

Irritated, the teacher reiterated that a

whale could not swallow a human; it was

physically impossible.

The little girl said, “When I get to heaven

I will ask Jonah”.

The teacher asked, “What if Jonah went

to hell?”

The little girl replied, “Then you ask

him”.

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Miracles of the Scapular of Mount Carmel

What are sacramentals?

Sacramentals are holy things or actions

of which the Church makes use to

obtain for us from God, through her intercession,

spiritual and temporal favors.

Unlike sacraments which actually deliver

grace, sacramentals prepare us to receive

grace.

The chief kinds of sacramentals are:

first, blessings given by priests and bishops;

second, exorcisms against evil spirits;

third, blessed objects of devotion.

The blessed objects of devotion most

used by Catholics are: holy water, candles,

ashes, palms, crucifixes, medals,

rosaries, scapulars, and images of Our

Lord, the Blessed Virgin, and the saints.

We will talk now about one of the most

extraordinary sacramentals — yet little

known by so many Catholics — the Brown

Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

A scapular is a shoulder width outer

garment. It is worn over the shoulders

front and back as part of a religious habit.

When laypersons wished to share in the

spiritual works of the Order, a much smaller

sized scapular was made with two small

pieces of cloth that are joined by straps or

string so the scapulars could be worn over

the shoulders under their clothes.

The Brown Scapular of Our Lady of

Mt. Carmel was a garment given by Our

Lady herself to St. Simon Stock, General

of the Carmelite Order, at Aylesford in Kent, England,

on July 16, 1251, with this promise: “Who-

In vitro fertilization

(continued from page 17)

particular, must refuse to become involved lest they

lose their specifi c character in short order.

In vitro fertilization, on the philosophical plane

fi rst of all, gives rise to serious problems of an ethical

and politi cal order. It calls into question the basic

principle in all human ethical systems, the foundation

of all civilized soci eties: the Golden Rule. “Do unto

others as you would have them do to you” is a rule

which Kant, among many others, interprets to mean

“always act in such a way as to treat the humanity

within you and others as an end and not imply as a

means.” In vitro fertilization opens the way to the destruction

of the family via reproduction itself, as well

as by means of the socialization of reproduction.

The devel opment of new (existent and anticipated)

biotechnologies will amplify, soon and fantastically,

the political and legal diffi culties already observed in

our examination of the social, political and juridical

risks caused by the liberal ization of abortion.

In vitro fertilization provides a gauge for the

discre tionary powers held by high-ranking technicians

who are caught up in the whirlwind of effi cacy,

while sometimes imprisoned in amorality. These

technicians offer leaders or powerful minorities

unheard of instruments of domination, which will

proceed from complete control over human reproduction,

through eugenics, to end in programmed

dying. Finally, from the point of view of moral theology,

it is urgent to give swift justice to the tiresome

canard that in vitro fertilization is an open question,

one to be decided by each individual, choosing his

own truth in a beautiful “plu ralist” display. All the

necessary principles are at hand in order to solve

this problem, and there is no place whatso ever for a

“new ethic” or a “new morality”.

Conclusion: no to ascendant amorality!

A study of the different implications of in vitro

fertil ization emphasizes the solidity of the moral criteria

we must take into account in order to make

well-founded eth ical judgements about biotechnological

procedures. There should never be any

soever dies wearing this Scapular shall not suffer

eternal fire. It shall be a sign of peace and a

safeguard in times of danger.”

question of regarding the right to free dom in scientifi

c research as an absolute, nor, above all, of using

it as the ultimate criterion for scientifi c morality. Unfortunately,

in following these problems even briefl y,

we soon get the feeling and then the conviction that

the areas of biological research under consideration

here are the headquarters of ascendant amorality.

Only ability, per formance and progress count. “If we

don’t do that, others will beat us to it. If we don’t

try this, we risk letting others get ahead of us.” The

researcher’s freedom is unlimited; whatever is possible

or seems doable is permissible and even desirable

without restriction or condition. The free dom

granted to scientists is absolute, often with the endorsement

of poorly informed pastors or of moralists

who fail in their role. The scientist is consecrated as

unac countable. Pastors and moralists thus contribute

greatly to imprisoning scientists in pure biology,

pure politics, pure positive law.

To the degree that moralists exclude any normative

intervention, they automatically contribute

to the general ized moral positivism that fl oods the

entire fi elds of biolo gy, law and politics. However,

moralists just might remind themselves of what they

should be reminding others, namely, of the primacy

of the human individual, regardless of his or her

stage of development. In this very primordial recognition,

all interpersonal relationships are rooted.

If moralists, out of guilt over the Galileo affair,

choose to sidestep the issue, they become de facto

accomplices in the unbridled and irresponsible folly

that has already invaded laboratories, hospitals and

innumerable dispen saries. Some pastors and moralists,

already intimidated by the noisily reported

facts, fall into an even greater stupor since they

often adopt an inferiority complex before labo ratory

technicians. Nevertheless, they must refuse to worship

the modern Golden Calf whose power rests on

the dominance of new biotechnologies. If not, they

will open wide the way for new Hitlers and Stalins,

whether through ignorance, compromise or failure

in duty.

We see from this that the moralist’s task expands

to new and unsuspected breadth. The attitude

toward human life has become the touchstone

of all morality. It governs both private as well as so-

The privilege was later extended to lay

persons who were duly installed by a priest

into the confraternity of Mt. Carmel. This

promise is called the Sabbatine Privilege because

in it the Blessed Virgin is said to have

promised that She would free any Carmelite

or Confraternity member from Purgatory on

the first Saturday after death.

The Sabbatine Privilege

In his bull “Sacratissimo uti culmine”,

dated March 3, 1322, Pope John XXII claims

that the Blessed Virgin appeared to him on

behalf of the Carmelites and their associates,

asking that he, as Vicar of Christ on

earth, should ratify the indulgences which

Christ had already granted in Heaven. Our

Lady informed the Pope that She Herself

would graciously descend into Purgatory

on the Saturday after their death and bring

to Heaven all Confraternity members She

would find there.

The conditions for the Sabbatine

Privilege are: 1. Wear the Brown Scapular

faithfully; 2. Observe chastity according

to one’s state; 3. Say five decades of

the Rosary daily, when substitution of the

daily Rosary has been granted in place

of the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin

Mary.

The Scapular of Mount Carmel consists

essentially of two quadrilateral panels

of woolen cloth (about two and three-quarter

inches long by two inches wide), connected

with each other by two strings or

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cial morality. The lessening of respect for the human

individual points ipso facto to the disap pearance of

the meaning of personhood. When I impose myself

as the measure of another individual’s existence, the

sense of morality is dissolved and with it, the sense

of sin. When we act as creators and proprietors of

the genet ic patrimony that we solely transport, then

the sense of fi nitude, the sense of creation and the

sense of Providence vanish.

When through his actions and thought man has

extir pated from mind and heart all idea of loving,

parental, fra ternal and existential relationships, he

fi nds himself naked and in the tragic condition of a

solitary individual who is vulnerable and exposed to

the power of his rivals — and at the same time, of a

lord without pity, to the degree that he can wield his

power over others.

Msgr. Michel Schooyans

On Jan. 31, 2008, Pope Benedict XVI invited

the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

to give particular attention to “the difficult and

complex problems of bioethics.” “The two fundamental

criteria for moral discernment in this

field,” he added, “are unconditional respect for

the human being as a person, from conception

to natural death; and respect for the origin of the

transmission of human life through the acts of

the spouses.”

The Pope highlighted new problems associated

with such questions, such as the freezing

of human embryos, pre-implantation diagnosis,

stem cell research and attempts at human cloning.

All these, he said, “clearly show how, with

artificial insemination outside the body, the barrier

protecting human dignity has been broken.

When human beings in the weakest and most

defenseless stage of their existence are selected,

abandoned, killed or used as pure ‘biological matter,’

how can it be denied that they are no longer

being treated as ‘someone’ but as ‘something,’

thus placing the very concept of human dignity

in doubt.”

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ands in such a manner that, when the bands rest

on the shoulders, the front segment rests before

the breast, while the other hangs down an equal

distance at the back.

In the last apparition at Fatima during the

Miracle of the Sun on October 13, 1917, Mary appeared

as Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and held out

the Brown Scapular. Lucia, the eldest of the three

children interpreted it as Our Lady’s desire that

we wear the Brown Scapular. Later on, Lucia was

to state that the Rosary and the Scapular are inseparable.

People are enrolled in the Scapular by a priest

only once. Worn Scapulars are simply replaced.

The Scapular requires us to live as authentic

Christians in line with the teaching of the Gospel,

to receive the sacraments, to profess our special

devotion to the Blessed Virgin, which should be

expressed each day through penance, prayer and

chastity in accordance with one’s state in life.

Two great founders of the Religious Orders,

St. Alphonsus, of the Redemptorists and St. John

Bosco of the Salesians, had a very special devotion

to Our Lady of Mount Carmel and both wore

Her Brown Scapular. When they died, each was

buried in priestly vestments and Scapular. Many

years later their graves were opened, the bodies

and sacred vestments in which they were buried

were decayed-dust! But the Brown Scapular

which each was wearing was intact. The Scapular

of St. Alphonsus is on exhibit in his Monastery in

Rome.

Here are some of the reported miracles due to

the Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel:

Protection against the devil

You will understand why the devil works

against those who promote the Scapular when

you hear the story of Venerable Francis Ypes.

One day his Scapular fell off. As he replaced

it, the devil howled, “Take off the habit which

snatches so many souls from us!” Then and there

Francis made the devil admit that there are three

things which the demons are most afraid of: the

Holy Name of Jesus; the Holy Name of Mary and

the Holy Scapular of Carmel. To that list we could

add the Holy Rosary.

The Great St. Peter Claver was another of God’s

heroes who used the Scapular to good advantage.

Every month a shipment of 1000 slaves would arrive

at Cartegena, Colombia, South America. St.

Peter used to insure the salvation of his converts.

First, he organized catechists to give them instructions.

Then, he saw to it that they were baptized

and clothed with the Scapular. Some ecclesiastics

accused the saint of indiscreet zeal, but St. Peter

was confident that Mary would watch over each

of his more than 300,000 converts!

Our Lady protects a missionary

On day in 1944, a Carmelite missionary in the

Holy Land was called to an internment camp in

order to give the Last Rites. The Arab driver made

the priest get off the bus four miles from the camp

because the road was dangerously muddy. After

two miles, the missionary found his feet sinking

deeper and deeper into the mire. Trying to get solid

footing he slipped into a muddy pool. Sinking

to his death this desolate place, he thought of Our

Lady and Her Scapular.

He kissed his great Scapular — for he was

wearing the full habit — and looked toward the

holy mountain of Carmel, the birthplace of devo-

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(continued from page 18) tion to God’s Mother. He cried out, “Holy Mother became conscious and spoke up: “Father, I am not

of Carmel! Help me! save me!” A moment later, a Catholic.”

he found himself on solid ground. Later he said, “I

know I was saved by the Blessed Virgin through

Her Brown Scapular. My shoes were lost in the

mud, and I was covered with it, but I walked the

remaining two miles praising Mary.”

“Then why are you wearing the Brown Scapular?”

asked the priest. “I promised my friends to

wear it,” the patient explained, “and also to say one

Hail Mary a day.” “You are dying,” the priest told

him. “Do you want to become a Catholic?” “All my

life I wanted to be one,” the dying man replied. He

was baptized, received the Last Rites, and died in

peace. Our Lady took another soul under her Mantle

through the Scapular.

Saved from the sea

Another Scapular story that bears repeating

took place in 1845. In the late summer of that year,

the English ship, “King of the Ocean” found itself

in the middle of a wild hurricane. As wind and sea

mercilessly lashed the ship, a Protestant minister,

together with his wife and children and other

passengers, struggled to the deck to pray for forgiveness

and mercy, as the end seemed at hand.

Among the crew was a young Irishman, John

McAuliffe. On seeing the urgency of the situation,

the youth opened his shirt took off his Scapular,

and, making the sign of the Cross with it over the

raging waves tossed it into the ocean.

At that very moment, the wind calmed. Only

one more wave washed the deck, bringing with

it the Scapular which came to rest at the boy’s

feet. All the while the minister, a Mr. Fisher, had

been carefully observing McAuliffe’s actions

and the miraculous effect of those actions. Upon

questioning the young man, he was told about the

Holy Virgin and Her Scapular.

A home saved from fire

Nearer our own times, in May of 1957, a Carmelite

priest in Germany published the unusual

story of how the Scapular saved a home from fire.

An entire row of homes had caught fire in Westboden,

Germany. The pious inhabitants of a 2-family

home, seeing the fire, immediately fastened a

Scapular to the main door of the house. Sparks

flew over it and around it, but the house remained

unharmed. Within five hours, 22 homes had been

reduced to ashes. The one structure which had

the Scapular attached to its door. The hundreds

of people who came to see the place Our Lady

had saved are eye-witnesses to the power of the

Scapular and the intercession of the Blessed Virgin

Mary.

A train accident

One of the most extraordinary of all Scapular

incidents took place in the United States. It happened

around the turn of the century in the town

of Ashtabula, Ohio, that a man was cut in two

by a train; he was wearing the Scapular. Instead

of dying instantly, as would be expected he remained

alive and conscious for 45 minutes — just

enough time until a priest could arrive to administer

the Last Sacraments. These, and other such

incidents, tell us that Our Blessed Mother will take

personal care of us in the hour of our death. So

great and powerful a Mother is Mary that She will

never fail to keep the Scapular contract, i.e. to see

that we die in God’s grace.

A priest’s life is saved

Still another Scapular miracle concerns a

French priest who had gone on pilgrimage. On

the way to say Mass, he remembered that he had

forgotten his Scapular. He knew he would be late

if he went back to retrieve it, but he could not

envision offering Mass at Our Lady’s altar without

Her Scapular. Later, as he was offering the

Holy Sacrifice, a young man approached the altar,

pulled out a gun, and shot the priest in the

priest in the back. To the amazement of all, the

priest continued to say the prayers of the Mass as

though nothing had occurred. It was at first presumed

that the bullet had miraculously missed

its target. However, upon examination, the bullet

was found adhering to the little Brown Scapular

which the priest had so obstinately refused to be

without.

Conversions

We should even give the Scapular to non-Catholics

for Our Lady will bring conversions to those

who will wear it and say one Hail Mary each day, as

the following true story will show. An old man was

rushed to the St. Simon Stock Hospital in New York

City, unconscious and dying. The nurse, seeing the

Brown Scapular on the patient, called a priest. As

the prayers were being said for the dying man, he

Necessity of wearing the Scapular

During the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s,

Seven Communists were sentenced to death

because of their crimes. A Carmelite priest tried

to prepare the men for death; they refused. As a

last resort, he brought the men cigarettes food

and wine, assuring them that he would not talk

religion, in a short while they were all friendly, so

he asked them for one small favor: “Will you permit

me to place a Scapular on each of you?” Six

agreed, one refused. Soon all Scapular wearers

went to confession. The seventh continues to refuse

— only to please them he put on the Scapular,

he would do nothing more.

Morning came, and as the time of the execution

came near, the seventh man made it clear

that he was not going to ask for a priest. Although

wearing the Scapular he was determined to go to

his death an enemy of God. Finally, the command

was given, the firing squad did its deadly work,

and seven lifeless bodies lay sprawled in the dust.

Mysteriously a Scapular was found approximately

50 paces from the bodies. Six men died with

Mary’s Scapular; the seventh died without the

Scapular.

Further miracles

A Jesuit missionary in Guatemala tells an incident

of Our Lady’s Scapular protection. In November

of 1955 a plane carrying 27 passengers

crashed. All died except one young lady. When

this girl saw that the plane was going down, she

took hold of her Scapular, and called on Mary for

help. She suffered burns, her clothing was reduced

to ashes, but her Scapular was not touched

by the flames.

In the same year of 1955, a similar miracle occurred

in the Midwest. A third-grader stopped in a

gasoline station to put air in his bicycle tires, and

at that moment an explosion occurred. The boy’s

clothing was burned off, but his Brown Scapular

remained unaffected: a symbol of Mary’s protection.

Today, although he still bears a few scars

from the explosion, this young man has special

reason to remember the Blessed Mother’s protection

in time of danger.

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Our Lady of Ephesus

A few years ago while recovering from the

tragedy of September 11, 2001, and subsequently

learning of the life and works of Sister

Marie De Mandat-Grancey, I became convinced

that Sister Marie is a woman for our time. My

husband Anthony and I have lived all our lives

in the New York City area on Long Island where

we met, married in 1981, and have raised six

children. On September 11, Anthony, who has

commuted to work in New York City for twentyfive

years, stood on the street at the foot of the

World Trade Center viewing with unspeakable

horror as two planes attacked our city; our nation.

He had recently left his employment at One

World Trade Center in a career move. Tragically,

in a matter of minutes, among the thousands

who perished, many of Anthony’s previous coworkers

and friends were brutally taken from

this world. He returned to work a few months

later to be haunted daily by the view from his

new office window; a dark and desolate hole.

At this same time, my friend Erin introduced

me to a nun from the 1800’s who had captured

her interest while she had visited Ephesus, Turkey;

Sister Marie, the hidden nun who is Foundress

of Mary’s House in Ephesus. This house is

the once hidden holy place where Mary, Mother

of Jesus, not only spent Her final years on this

earth but was assumed into Heaven. My friend

had been diligently working for the cause of

Sister Marie’s beatification. As we parted, she

pressed Sister Marie’s prayer card into my

hand.

Sister Marie, the Mother Superior of the Sisters

of Charity, is responsible for acquiring and

thereby protecting for all time the House of the

Mother of God at Ephesus, Meryem Ana Evi,

where Our Lady lived with St. John until Her

Dormition and Assumption. Now in this new

millennium she, like her beloved Mary’s house,

is no longer hidden. But why?

Later that year, my friend and I met to discuss

Sister Marie, and a connection formed in

my mind between the recent tragedy of September

11, 2001 and Sister Marie. The few pieces

of Sister Marie’s story with which I had become

familiar and the role of Mary’s House as a gathering

place for Muslims and Christians added up

in my mind to a beautiful

possibility. I recall saying

to Erin that day, “This isn’t

only about recognizing a

woman’s holiness; this is

about world peace!”

Later that evening, the

date being 1/19, thinking

about our discussion, it

occurred to me that our

meeting date of 1/19 was

the exact reverse number

of 9/11, the date of

tragedy. Could the hatred

of 9/11 be reversed with

forgiveness and prayer

through the intercession

of Sister Marie, just like those numbers?

The “Why Now?” question was answered.

The world was ripe for healing in these times

after 9/11, and the need for peace between Muslims

and Christians was all too obvious. But to

unwrap the answer to the “Why Sister Marie?”

question would require some more study and

prayer. What was clear, however, was that Sister

Marie was the reason my friends and I were in

discussion and prayer about the subject at all.

Sister Marie’s love for Our Lady and

Her house at Ephesus is shared with the Muslims.

I was intrigued to learn that Mary’s House

is a common pilgrimage destination for both

faiths where they join in peaceful prayer; a place

Sister Marie de Mandat-Grancey

Our Lady’s House of Ephesus in Turkey is

venerated by Muslims and Catholics alike.

where Christians and Muslims pray together in

their own way to God the Father while honoring

Jesus’ Mother, Mary. Muslims honor Mary

as God’s only creature, along with Jesus Christ,

to be conceived without the stain of sin, just as

we Catholics implore the Mother of God under

the title of the Immaculate Conception.

Muslims visit this house to honor Mary,

Mother of Jesus each August 15; coincidentally

August 15 is the Catholic feast of the Assumption

of Mary. The Assumption of Mary took place

in this very house.

Another beautiful dimension to this story is

that our Greek and Armenian, Orthodox brothers

and sisters also visit this holy house to pray and

honor Her whom they call Theotokos, Mother

of God. The division

between the Eastern

left hand of Christian

Orthodoxy and the

Western right hand

of Christian Catholicism

is an unnatural

continuous rent in the

Body of Christ; but in

Mary’s house, Orthodox

and Catholic

kneel side by side.

Before She was

the Mother of Our

Savior, Mary was a

devout Jewish maiden

who was raised by

Her mother and father,

St. Anne and St. Joachim, to be a devout Jewish

wife and mother. This Mother given to all

God’s children by Our Lord Jesus Christ from

His holy cross calls all God’s children home to

Her house.

Clearly, Our Lady has established a common

ground between different faiths of this

world where She gathers them in a little place

of peace. Even though some in the world may

define different religions as enemies, God Our

Father calls us all His children. The House at

Ephesus can be thought of as an earthly symbol

of Mary’s Heart where She accomplishes

this fraternity; where She fulfills Her mission as

Mother of all.

Sister Marie’s essential contribution to assist

Our Lady by the acquisition and preservation of

this house has been a crucial link in this story

heretofore appreciated by very few. Thankfully,

one such devotee kept a diary.

The Holy Virgin’s House: The True Story of

Its Discovery is the journal of Father Eugene Poulin,

a Lazarist priest and contemporary of Sister

Marie. At the outset of his record, we find Father

Poulin a skeptic of what he calls “women visionaries,”

particularly A.C. Emmerich, the Catholic

mystic whose detailed visions would later lead

to the re-discovery of Mary’s house at Ephesus.

Sister Marie, on the other hand, already had a

lively faith in Emmerich, convincing Father Poulin

to read the mystic’s vivid account of sacred

history, particularly the passages relating to Our

Lady’s life in Ephesus while in the care of the

Apostle John.

Not only was Father Poulin immediately (and

some might say, “miraculously”) impressed by

Emmerich’s compelling and inspired work, he

agreed to assist Sister Marie in her search for

the holy house, conducting an expedition using

A.C. Emmerich’s testimony as a “map.” Within a

few weeks, he had found the house, and Sister

Marie was arranging for its purchase with the

help of her generous family in France.

Father Poulin writes a most profound testimony

to tell the world of Sister Marie’s selfless

generosity, her valiant persistence and dedication,

and his debt of gratitude to her that he entreats

us to share with him and all of Christendom.

He offers us a compelling reason for our

zeal for the cause of Sister Marie and her mission

in these times. He writes:

“The Lord, who sees and organizes things,

had taken care to put before us a soul in love

with beauty and goodness, who was ready to

give herself to everything good. A great soul,

devoted, ardent, pious, and generous; the noble

Sister Marie de Mandat-Grancey. She was, as

God had chosen her to be, the terrestrial Providence,

like Panaghia’s Mother! For twelve years

she has been charged of this valiant religious

enterprise; she has never failed.

“Oh! How happy I am to give her all the

respect she merits! Also, could these writings

make known to posterity, long after us, to whom

France, the Catholic Church are in debt for Panaghia!

The Lord gave me this opportunity to say

loudly what I had in my heart for a long time, to

acquit what I deemed to be a serious debt. It is

done. Praise be to God!

“Sister Marie has opened the door of Mary’s

House so that all God’s children might enter.

Every time we pray with Sister Marie, our hearts

and souls are united and placed inside the Home

of Mary by the Foundress of Mary’s House.

Muslims, Orthodox, and Christians all joined together

in the home of a Jewish Mother.”

Is it any wonder the cause for beatification

of Sister Marie de Mandat-Grancey would be

begun in New York, a city so recently devastated

by murderous aggression cloaked in the

guise of “religion?”

Let us thank God for Sister Marie without

whom this beacon of peace, Mary’s House,

might have been forever lost. Just as the Holy

House at Ephesus is a place of healing, brotherhood

and peace, so will Sister Marie’s intercessory

prayer and rise to beatification bless our

bruised and battered city, country, and indeed

the whole world.

Out of that dark and desolate hole springs

forth a flower of hope for all of God’s children.

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Esotericism or “New Age”

In our world of today, we can fi nd many “alternative”

means of healing and spirituality. We can

be tempted to use these methods because of

our natural inclination to fl ee pain and

suffering. If only we understood that

suffering with Christ also unites

us in a profound way with His

suffering on the Cross, we

would realize that what the

“New Age” religions offer

us is only a false freedom

from suffering. The New

Age belief system hits us

where we are the most

vulnerable, through our

personal pride, because

we believe that we are

able to heal ourselves without

the help of God’s grace.

The Catechism of the

Catholic Church states that:

“All practices of magic or sorcery,

by which one attempts to tame occult

powers, so as to place them at one’s

service and have a supernatural power over others

— even if this were for the sake of restoring their

health — are gravely contrary to the virtue of religion.”

(2117)

Here are some excerpts taken from a Vatican

document on the subject of New Age issued by the

Pontifi cal Council for Culture and Religious Dialogue

entitled: “Jesus Christ, Bearer of the Water

of Life.”

It is useful to distinguish between esotericism, a

search for knowledge, and magic, or the occult: the

latter is a means of obtaining power. Some groups

are both esoteric and occult. At the centre of occultism

is a will to power, based on the dream of

becoming divine. Mind-expanding techniques are

meant to reveal to people their divine power; by using

this power, people prepare the way for the Age

of Enlightenment.

This exaltation of humanity overturns the correct

relationship between Creator and creature, and one

of its extreme forms is Satanism. Satan becomes

the symbol of a rebellion against conventions and

rules, a symbol that often takes aggressive, selfi sh

and violent forms. Some evangelical groups have

expressed concern at the subliminal presence of

what they claim is Satanic symbolism in some varieties

of rock music, which have a powerful infl uence

on young people.

But it is not only something which affects young

people; the basic themes of esoteric culture are

also present in the realms of politics, education and

legislation. It is especially the case with ecology.

Deep ecology’s emphasis on bio-centrism denies

the anthropological vision of the Bible, in which human

beings are at the centre of the world, since they

are considered to be qualitatively superior to other

natural forms. It is very prominent in legislation and

education today, despite the fact that it underrates

humanity in this way. The same esoteric cultural

matrix can be found in the ideological theory underlying

population control policies and experiments

in genetic engineering, which seem to express a

dream human beings have of creating themselves

afresh. How do people hope to do this? By deciphering

the genetic code, altering the natural rules

of sexuality, or defying the limits of death.

In what might be termed a classical New Age

account, people are born with a divine spark, in a

sense which is reminiscent of ancient Gnosticism;

this links them into the unity of the Whole. So they

are seen as essentially divine, although they participate

in this cosmic divinity at different levels of

consciousness. We are co-creators, and we create

our own reality. Many New Age authors maintain

that we choose the circumstances of our lives

(even our own illness and health), in a vision where

every individual is considered the creative source

of the universe.

According to New Age beliefs, the journey is

psychotherapy, and the recognition of universal

consciousness is salvation. There is no sin; there

is only imperfect knowledge. The identity of every

human being is diluted in the universal being and in

the process of successive incarnations. People are

subject to the determining infl uences of the stars,

but can be opened to the divinity which lives within

them, in their continual search (by means of appropriate

techniques) for an ever greater harmony

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between the self and divine cosmic energy. There

is no need for Revelation or Salvation which would

come to people from outside themselves, but

simply a need to experience the salvation

hidden within themselves (self-salvation),

by mastering psycho-physical

techniques which lead to defi

nitive enlightenment.

New Age has a marked

preference for Eastern or

pre-Christian religions,

which are reckoned to be

uncontaminated by Judaeo-Christian

distortions.

Hence great respect is

given to ancient agricultural

rites and to fertility

cults. “Gaia”, Mother Earth,

is offered as an alternative to

God the Father, whose image

is seen to be linked to a patriarchal

conception of male domination

of women. There is talk of God, but it is

not a personal God; the God of which New

Age speaks is neither personal nor transcendent.

Nor is it the Creator and sustainer of the universe,

but an “impersonal energy” immanent in the world,

with which it forms a “cosmic unity”: “All is one”.

This unity is monistic, pantheistic or, more precisely,

panentheistic. God is the “life-principle”, the “spirit

or soul of the world”, the sum total of consciousness

existing in the world. In a sense, everything

is God. God’s presence is clearest in the spiritual

aspects of reality, so every mind/spirit is, in some

sense, God.

When it is consciously received by men and

women, “divine energy” is often described as

“Christic energy”. There is also talk of Christ, but

this does not mean Jesus of Nazareth. “Christ” is a

title applied to someone who has arrived at a state

of consciousness where he or she perceives himself

or herself to be divine and can thus claim to

be a “universal Master.” Jesus of Nazareth was not

the Christ, but simply one among many historical

fi gures in whom this “Christic” nature is revealed,

as is the case with Buddha and others. Every historical

realization of the Christ shows clearly that all

human beings are heavenly and divine, and leads

them towards this realization.

Basically, the appeal of the New Age has to do

with the culturally stimulated interest in the self, its

value, capacities and problems. Whereas traditionalized

religiosity, with its hierarchical organization,

is well-suited for the community, detraditionalized

spirituality is well-suited for the individual. The New

Age is ‘of’ the self in that it facilitates celebration

of what it is to be and to become; and ‘for’ the self

in that by differing from much of the mainstream, it

is positioned to handle identity problems generated

by conventional forms of life.

New Age “spirituality”

New Age spirituality consists of two distinct elements,

one metaphysical, the other psychological.

The metaphysical component

comes from New Age’s

esoteric and theosophical

roots, and is basically a new

form of gnosis. Access to the

divine is by knowledge of

hidden mysteries, in each individual’s

search for “the real

behind what is only apparent,

the origin beyond time, the

transcendent beyond what is

merely fl eeting, the primordial

tradition behind merely

ephemeral tradition, the other

behind the self, the cosmic

divinity beyond the incarnate

individual.” Esoteric spirituality

“is an investigation of Being

beyond the separateness of beings, a sort of

nostalgia for lost unity”. They somehow deny history

and will not accept that spirituality can be rooted

in time or in any institution. Jesus of Nazareth is not

God, but one of the many historical manifestations

of the cosmic and universal Christ”.

New Age comes in many different forms.

Some of them are: witchcraft, palmistry,

fortune-telling, and astrology.

Is there just one Jesus Christ, or are

there thousands of Christs?

Jesus Christ is often presented in New Age literature

as one among many wise men, or initiates,

or avatars, whereas in Christian tradition He is the

Son of God. Here are some common points in New

Age approaches:

The personal and individual historical Jesus

is distinct from the eternal, impersonal universal

Christ; Jesus is not considered to be the only

Christ; the death of Jesus on the cross is either denied

or re-interpreted to exclude the idea that He,

as Christ, could have suffered; for Christians, conversion

is turning back to the Father, through the

Son, in docility to the power of the Holy Spirit. The

more people progress in their relationship with God

– which is always and in every way a free gift – the

more acute is the need to be converted from sin,

spiritual myopia and self-infatuation, all of which

obstruct a trusting self-abandonment to God and

openness to other men and women.

Our problem, in a New Age perspective, is our

inability to recognize our own divinity, an inability

which can be overcome with the help of guidance

and the use of a whole variety of techniques for

unlocking our hidden (divine) potential. The fundamental

idea is that ‘God’ is deep within ourselves.

We are gods, and we discover the unlimited power

within us by peeling off layers of inauthenticity.

The more this potential is recognized, the more

it is realized, and in this sense the New Age has

its own idea of theosis, becoming divine or, more

precisely, recognizing and accepting that we are divine.

We are said by some to be living in “an age in

which our understanding of God has to be interiorised:

from the Almighty God out there to God the

dynamic, creative power within the very centre of all

being: God as Spirit”.

The Church’s one foundation is Jesus Christ. He

is at the heart of every Christian action and every

Christian message. So the Church constantly returns

to meet her Lord. The Gospels tell of many

meetings with Jesus, from the shepherds in Bethlehem

to the two thieves crucifi ed with Him, from the

wise elders who listened to Him in the Temple to

the disciples walking miserably towards Emmaus.

But one episode that speaks really clearly about

what He offers us is the story of His encounter

with the Samaritan woman by Jacob’s well in the

fourth chapter of John’s Gospel; it has even been

described as “a paradigm for our engagement with

truth.” The experience of meeting the stranger who

offers us the water of life is a key to the way Christians

can and should engage in dialogue with anyone

who does not know Jesus.

The success of New Age offers the Church a

challenge. People feel the Christian religion no longer

offers them — or perhaps never gave them —

something they really need. The search which often

leads people to the New Age is a genuine yearning:

for a deeper spirituality, for something which will

touch their hearts, and for a way of making sense

of a confusing and often alienating world.

The heart of genuine Christian mysticism is not

technique: it is always a gift of God; and the one

who benefi ts from it knows himself to be unworthy.

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For Christians, conversion

is turning back to the Father,

through the Son, in docility to

the power of the Holy Spirit. The

more people progress in their

relationship with God — which

is always and in every way a

free gift — the more acute is

the need to be converted from

sin, spiritual myopia and selfinfatuation,

all of which obstruct

a trusting self-abandonment to

God and openness to other men

and women.

God is not identifi ed with the

Life-principle understood as the

“Spirit” or “basic energy” of the

cosmos, but is that love which

is absolutely different from the world, and yet creatively

present in everything, and leading human

beings to salvation.

To those shopping around in the world’s fair of

religious proposals, the appeal of Christianity will be

felt fi rst of all in the witness of the members of the

Church, in their trust, calm, patience and cheerfulness,

and in their concrete love of neighbour, all the

fruit of their faith nourished in authentic personal

prayer.

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The holy hermit of Lebanon

The life of St. Charbel Makhlouf

God chooses certain

people to remind the

world in an extraordinary

way of His existence,

His all-powerful love, and

unbounded mercy. Saint

Charbel Makhlouf is one of

the best known saints in

the Middle East. He arouses

admiration and universal

awe because of the

extraordinary miracles and

signs wrought through the

power of his intercession.

He was born on April 8, 1828,

the fifth child of impoverished parents,

Antuna and Brigida Makhlouf,

who lived in the small hilltop town

of Beqaakafra, 140 kilometers north

of Beirut. He was christened Joseph,

his parents being Catholics

of the Maronite Rite. Their children

grew up in a joyful atmosphere of

mutual love which flowed from a

life of daily prayer and hard work

on the land. During this time Lebanon

was under the rule of the Ottoman

Empire.

When Joseph was three years

old, his father died. To ensure her

children’s keep and education, Joseph’s

mother decided to remarry.

She took as her husband an upright

and devout deacon by the name of Ibrahim.

At the age of fourteen, Joseph felt the first

stirrings of a call to the monastic way of life;

but it was only in 1851 that he decided to enter

the monastery in Maifug. He applied for

admission and there spent the first year of his

novitiate. In his second year he moved to the

monastery in Annaya, where, on November 1,

1853, he took his preliminary vows and took

the name of Charbel — after the Antiochian

martyr of 107 AD. He finished his theological

studies and was ordained to the priesthood

on July 23, 1859.

As a young priest in 1860, he was witness

to the appalling massacre of over 20,000

Christians by Muslims and members of the

Druse sect. Muslim troops murdered entire

families of Christians without mercy, looting,

plundering, and burning churches, convents,

farms, and homes. Hundreds of refugees,

hungry, wounded, and terrified by what had

happened and might yet happen, sought

shelter in the monastery of Annaya. Father

Charbel rendered every possible assistance

to the refugees, all the while praying, fasting,

imposing severe penances upon himself, offering

himself to God in a spirit of expiation

for the crimes committed, and begging for

God’s mercy on persecutor and persecuted

alike.

When someone, who is totally devoted

to God, prays, he makes God’s all-powerful

love present in the world. It is Christ Himself

who then speaks through him, conquering

evil with good, lies with truth, and hatred with

love. No more effective means of struggling

against evil in the world exists.

This is how Father Charbel fought evil, for

he knew that the surest way of changing the

world for the better was to change oneself,

to become holy by uniting oneself with God.

This was the main aim of his monastic life.

Only those who sincerely seek after holiness

make the world a better place.

On February 15, 1875, after spending

seventeen years in the monastic community

in Annaya, Father Charbel received permission

to move to the hermitage of Saint Peter

and Saint Paul, there to unite himself with

Christ, through prayer, manual labor, and even

stricter acts of self-denial. This tiny, isolated

hermitage (home to but three monks) stood

1,350 meters above sea-level. Charbel’s cell

was only six meters square. He always wore

a hair-shirt under his habit and slept only a

few hours every day. Once a day he ate very

meager meals without meat. The Eucharist

was the focal point of his life. After long

preparation, he would say Holy Mass in the

hermitage chapel, then remain there

for two more hours of thanksgiving.

His cherished form of prayer was

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

His daily round consisted of meditating

on Holy Scripture, praying

without cease, and working. In this

way Charbel offered himself up to

God, that God might purify his heart

and free him of all evil inclinations

and selfishness; in other words, He

made him into a saint, such as Jesus

desired. His fellow monks considered

him a saint during his lifetime,

for they knew just how heroically he

strove to imitate Jesus.

Only certain people are called to

a way of life as rigorous as Charbel’s;

but Christ calls every one of us to

holiness. Our purpose on earth is to

grow in love — to attain heaven; that

is, to love as Christ loves us, and to

realize in our daily lives His greatest

commandment “that you love one

another even as I have loved you,

that you also love one another” (In

13:34).

So closely was Father Charbel

united to Christ that he would radiate

the joy of his pure love to everyone

he met; and that is why Jesus

could work all kinds of miracles and

signs through him. One of the many

miracles wrought by this Lebanese

monk took place in 1885 in the fields

of the poor villagers who lived in the

vicinity of the monastery of Annaya. A vast

cloud of locusts descended on the farmers’

fields and began to ravage the harvest.

For the people it was a terrible plague that

promised widespread famine. The monastery

Prior asked Father Charbel to go at once

to the infested fields, to pray over them and

bless them with holy water. The locusts disappeared

from every field the monk blessed,

and the harvest was saved.

In 1873 Father Charbel’s superior sent him

to the palace of Prince Rachid Beik Al-Khoury,

to pray for his son Nagibem who was dying

of typhus. The doctors held out little hope for

him. Father Charbel administered the Sacrament

of the Sick to the boy and blessed him

with holy water. An instant later, to the great

joy of all present, Nagibem recovered. After

finishing his medical studies, he went on to

become one of the most famous physicians

in Lebanon.

(continued on page 23)

Father Charbel knew that the surest

way of changing the world for the

better was to change oneself, to become

holy by: uniting oneself with God. This

was the main aim of his monastic life.

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In the small town of Ehme

there lived a mentally ill person

who was a great danger to

himself and others. With great

difficulty, several men brough

him to the monastery in Annaya,

but they were unable to

bring him into the church, for

he resisted with superhuman

strength. Father Charbel approached

and asked him to

go in with him and kneel before

the tabernacle. The man

calmed down and humbly did

as the monk asked. After praying

in accordance with the

eastern custom, Father Charbel

read to him from the Gospel.

Then a miracle occurred: the

man regained his sanity. Later

he married, had a large family,

and moved to the United States. There are

many other accounts of miracles associated

with Father Charbel, but most occurred after

his death.

Father Charbel died on Christmas Eve of

1898, while adoring before the Blessed Sacrament.

His fellow monks found him on the

chapel floor. Flooding the body was a strange

light radiating from the tabernacle. The monks

saw this as a visible sign from heaven. Outside,

it was snowing hard, and a chill wind

was blowing. All the roads to the hermitage

were snowbound, and no one from the monastery

could inform the local villagers of the

hermit’s death. Yet a strange thing happened.

That very day every local villager experienced

an inner conviction that Father Charbel

had been called to heaven. Young men set

out with shovels to clear the snow, that they

might reach the hermitage and carry the body

to the monastery in Annaya. “We have lost

a brilliant star that protected our Order, the

Church, and all of Lebanon with its holiness”

wrote the Prior. “Let us pray that God make

Charbel our patron, who will watch over us

and be our guide through the darkness of our

earthly life.”

On Christmas Day, Father Charbel was laid

to rest in a communal grave in the monastery.

The following night a mysterious brilliant light

became visible across the entire valley. It continued

to shine for forty-five nights. The event

caused a great stir throughout the whole district.

Thousands of Christians and Muslims

came to the tomb to see this extraordinary

phenomenon. Some managed to dig up the

grave and help themselves to scraps of the

saint’s clothing and locks of his hair as relics.

For reasons of safety the Maronite Patriarch

decided to have the body brought to the

monastery. The grave was opened in the presence

of a doctor and other official witnesses.

Though covered with wet mud, the exhumed

body was perfectly preserved. The body was

then subjected to medical tests, which confirmed

that it was free of any signs of decay;

moreover, it gave off a wonderful aroma and

a fluid of unknown origin (a mixture of plasma

and blood). To this day, the fluid continues

to seep out of the Saint’s body as a sign of

Christ’s healing power. Father Charbel’s body

was washed, dressed in fresh robes, laid in

an open coffin, and interred in a chamber of

the monastery closed to the public. Owing to

the fluid constantly seeping out of the body,

the monks had to change the Saint’s robes

every two weeks.

It was only on July 24, 1927 that the mortal

remains of the hermit were laid in a metal

coffin and removed to a marble tomb in the

monastery church. In 1950, a mysterious flu-

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Pope Paul VI before a beatificatory picture of Fr. Charbel

id began to flow in profusion from the tomb.

The Maronite Patriarch had the tomb opened

and the body, exhumed. This was performed

in the presence of a medical commission,

church representatives, and city officials. An

extraordinary sight greeted their eyes. The

Saint looked just as he had at the moment

of death — in a state if perfect preservation.

In fact, the mysterious fluid that constantly

seeped from the Saint’s body had corroded

the metal coffin and eaten its way through the

marble of the tomb. Again the body of Saint

Charbel was washed and dressed in new

robes and, after being shown to the public for

several days, laid in a new coffin, and placed

in a tomb sealed with cement. That year a

record number of miraculous healings and

conversions was noted in Annaya. The monastery

became the focal point of pilgrimages,

not only for Christians but also Muslims and

those of other faiths.

Another exhumation took place on August

7, 1952, this time in the presence of the

Syriac-Catholic Patriarch, bishops, five professors

of medicine, the Minister of Health,

and other observers. The remains of the hermit

saint were incorrupt but submersed in

the same mysterious fluid which continued

to seep out. Saint Charbel was put on public

display from August seventh to the twentyfifth

of that year. Various attempts to stop

the emission of the fluid were made, among

others, by removing the stomach and intestines,

but all to no avail. Human efforts could

not stop the power of God acting on the body

of the holy hermit.

The renowned Lebanese professor of

medicine, Georgio Sciukrallah, has closely

examined the body thirty-four times over a

period of seventeen years. This is how he

summed up his many years of study: “No

matter how many times I examined the body

of Saint Charbel, I always found to my amazement

that it was intact, free of any decay, and

supple as though death had just occurred.

What amazed me in particular was the fluid

constantly seeping from the body. In my travels

I have consulted with professors of medicine

in Beirut and in various cities across

Europe, but none have been able to account

for this phenomenon. The phenomenon is

truly unique in all of history. If the body were

to secrete only three grams of fluid daily (in

fact it secretes several times more than that),

then in the space of sixty-six years the total

weight of the fluid would be 72 kilograms,

which is considerably more than the weight

of the body itself. ... From a scientific standpoint,

this phenomenon admits of no explanation,

for the human body contains five liters

of blood and other fluids. Based on studies I

made so far, I conclude that the body of Saint

Charbel remains in a state of

perfect preservation, while secreting

a mysterious fluid, which

I attribute to the intervention of

God Himself.”

Father Charbel was beatified

in 1965 and canonized on October

9, 1977 in St Peter’s Square

in Rome by the Holy Father, Paul

VI. No one ever photographed

Saint Charbel, neither did anyone

paint a portrait of him in his

lifetime. On May 8, 1950, still

another extraordinary event occurred.

Several Maronite missionaries

took a photo of themselves

before the Saint’s grave.

After the photo was developed,

it turned out that there was another

unknown figure — that

of a monk — standing among

them. Some of the elderly monks recognized

that figure as Father Charbel himself, and

from that time on this photo has been the

prototype of all subsequent portraits of the

saint hermit. (See picture on opposite page.)

By the example of his life and constant

intercession before God, Saint Charbel calls

on us to aspire to eternal happiness in heaven

— daily, courageously, and without compromise.

One road only leads to heaven, and

that is the one that Jesus invites us to take: “If

anyone would come after me, he must deny

himself and take up his cross and follow me.

For whoever wants to save his life will lose it,

but whoever loses his life for my sake and for

the gospel will save it” (Mk 8:34-35).

Taking Saint Charbel as our example, let

us not fear the way of mortification, self-denial,

and dying to sin. Let us unite ourselves

with Christ — the Source of Love — through

constant prayer, the reception of the Sacraments

of Penance and Holy Communion, and

sacrificial love of neighbor.

Fr. Mieczyslaw Piotrowski SChr

Reprinted with permission. This article is taken

from the excellent Catholic magazine Love One

Another (n. 8), published by the Society of Christ.

Website: www.loveoneanothermagazine.org

God’s cake

Sometimes we wonder, “What did I do to deserve

this?” or “Why did God have to do this to

me?”

Here is a wonderful explanation! A daughter is

telling her mother how everything is going wrong:

she’s failing algebra, her boyfriend broke up with

her and her best friend is moving away.

Meanwhile, her mother is baking a cake and

asks her daughter if she would like a snack, and the

daughter says, “Absolutely Mom, I love your cake”.

“Here, have some cooking oil,” her mother offers.

“Yuck” says her daughter. “How about a couple

raw eggs?” “Gross, Mom!”

“Would you like some fl our then? Or maybe

baking soda?” “Mom, those are all yucky!”

To which the mother replies: “Yes, all those

things seem bad all by themselves. But when they

are put together in the right way, they make a wonderfully

delicious cake!

God works the same way. Many times we wonder

why He would let us go through such bad and

diffi cult times. But God knows that when He puts

these things all in His order, they always work for

good! We just have to trust Him and, eventually,

they will all make something wonderful!

God is crazy about you. He sends you flowers

every spring and a sunrise every morning. Whenever

you want to talk, He’ll listen. He can live anywhere

in the universe, and He chose your heart.

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A great Siege of Jericho in Rougemont

From Easter Sunday, March 23, 2008

To Divine Mercy Sunday, March 30, 2008

Seven days and six nights of adoration and Rosaries

in front of the Blessed Sacrament exposed in the Monstrance

In our chapel of the House of the Immaculate, 1101 Principale St.

Opening: March 23, 10 a.m. Mass at 5 p.m. on Sundays, and 7 p.m. on weekdays.

Confessions before each Mass. Lectures at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Adoration day and night.

March 30: monthly meeting (Divine Mercy Sunday) Opening at 10 a.m., Mass at 5 p.m.

All are invited to come for the days and nights that are convenient for them. They will be lodged free of charge in

our two houses. And they will be able to prepare their own meals in our dining room.

June, 2008: Eucharistic Congress in Quebec City

and week of study in Rougemont

on the Social Doctrine of the Church and its application

The next International Eucharistic Congress will be held in Quebec City, Canada, from

June 5th to June 22nd, 2008, with the theme: “The Eucharist, gift of God for the life of

the world”. Bishops, priests, and faithful from all over the world will come to Canada on

this occasion and many will take advantage of it and also attend our week of study in

Rougemont. Chartered buses will leave Rougemont for Quebec City on Sunday, June

22, to attend the final Mass with the pontifical Legate. (Official website of the Eucharistic

Congress: www.cei2008.ca)

As we expect many people, there will be one week of study in French in Rougemont

June 6-13 (before the Eucharistic Congress in Quebec City), and one week of study in English

and Spanish in Rougemont June 24-30. The main lectures will be

on the 10 lessons on Social Credit (which were recently published in

Michael”.) There will be also reports from various guests.

There will be also another week of study in Rougemont August

22-29, before our annual Congress in Rougemont August 30-31 and

Sept. 1, 2008. Cardinal Agré of Ivory Coast will also attend this week

of study and our Congress, and there will be simultaneous translation in English, French, Spanish

and Polish. Those who want to attend this week of study and our Congress should contact

us before August 1, to make sure we can accommodate everyone. For the week of study and

Congress in Rougemont, night’s lodgings are free, and meals will be offered in a hall next to

Bernard Cardinal Agré

our house: $20 per day for three meals. All are welcome!

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