The Righteousness of Christ

December 12th, 2014

IMG_7066(From the Motherhouse in Nashua, Montana on December 12th, 2014)

Dear soul, we are called to be the instruments of GOD’’s Righteousness in this world – Lovers of GOD and therefore Lovers of others in GOD’s Mercy-Love extended to a fallen humanity – to BE in Christ Jesus the instruments of His Mercy toward our fellow sinners.

GOD so Loved the world that He gave His only Begotten Son in order that whosoever trusts in Him may not perish, but have everlasting Life.  WE are GOD’s hands and feet and Voice and whatever we do heartily as unto the LORD.

WE are the instruments of His Mercy-Love toward our fellow sinners – we are redeemed through His Blood and Mercy and we are called to BE to the world what the world has rejected – but, Jesus calls us to become His people, the bearers with Him of the Cross – to suffer martyrdom is required – to be raised up to show the world His Grace in the end of days.

I am seeing more and more our solidarity with the sufferings of our brothers and sisters all over the world.  WE are THEM – THEY ad US – we are members of the same BODY – the BODY OF CHRIST.

It is far – far – far more than a mere theology dear soul – it is right down to the where the rubber meets the road – to the last molecule and atom and quark of who and what we are in Jesus!

Abba Anthony the repentant sinner

Sentences on the “feelings” of sickness within

December 3rd, 2014

(from the Mother-house in Nashua, Montana on December 3rd, 2014 at 0030 in the morning)

Within the little soul there is a sense of physical breakdown – a sense of the decline that comes to the whole of humanity – and he is not immune to any of these things.

He knows his time is growing shorter by the minute – this next week some tests are scheduled to be done – he does not really want to do these tests, because he is resolved to Love GOD – and would rather “not know” anything but that GOD Loves him and he wants to be forever with the LORD JESUS who Saves him and Sanctifies him.

My Beloved may dispose of the little soul in any way He desires – I am His alone – and must state that I accept anything that He does with this body and soul.

I do not wish to “hold onto” this world with all of its tragic rebellion against my Beloved.

I desire only to walk with GOD, much like Enoch walked with GOD – and I sense that the holiness of Enoch is far greater than any holiness that I might have – so, I rely entirely on the Holiness that is in GOD alone through our LORD Jesus Christ.

IMG_7061I have in the body been feeling weaker – there are more aches and pains I suppose – there is also a sense of “mellowing” about all the problems that face the world system in rebellion against the LORD and His Messiah.

I am thinking more in penance over my past sins – the sins that remained inside of the mind – the thinking sins – the things I never acted upon openly, but they are still sins that I needed to confess to my Beloved.

They have been confessed – I acknowledged them before my First Love.  He has forgiven me – my tears are still present in His Presence – I will not lift up my head until He tells me to lift my head and look into His Face.

I have written about this in many ways dear soul.

I suppose, it does not matter how I feel physically, mentally and spiritually – but, what does matter is that we all are declining and need to completely rely upon (and that is Trust).

TRUST FULLY the LORD JESUS with all of our heart (our innermost being) that we have, whereby He has given to us to trust Him with in this “present time – space fabric” – trusting in His Word.

I am so out of touch with people – thinking more like a desert owl than a man.  I wish I could just disappear into the grasslands and be absorbed into the snow and grasslands – but I am a human being and it is more complicated than just being absorbed into the environment.

There is a need to be available in the silence and the solitude to admit others into the infinite space of the solitude of GOD.

There is greater space and time there in that “fabric” of His “mantle” than all the space and time of the cosmos.

I am a weak soul – I must be alone in order to be with other people – without being alone in GOD and with GOD walking like Enoch walked – I have nothing to give but aches and pains.

I confess my weakness is needing GOD ALONE – for I have fail GOD ALONE too many times, when this little soul failed to spend time alone in GOD.

Weakness abounds within this “chief of sinners” – I deserve death and dismemberment – I deserve separation from my Beloved GOD, our Beloved First Love, Christ Jesus.

Yes, I deserve this second death – BUT GOD in His Mercy saw fit to reach down and Save and Sanctify this little soul.

I am declining in this stillness – I feel it even now as I write these words.  But, there is no decline in the LOVE I know and sense for GOD and those we pray for in this world.

The people we know do not know the prayer we speak of – but, GOD KNOWS.

The weakness of the fleshly body that we have is a distraction to fervent prayer so often – we do not “feel like praying” – so the Holy Spirit cries out in the words that cannot be uttered by mere human flesh and blood – this weakness – and the prayers are heard by the Beloved One.

O, Jesus teach us to pray without ceasing the prayer of Rest.

My JESUS – Divine Mercy – BE to this little soul and so many others that Love you – BE to us and Become our ALL – our Focus – our Worthiness, where the selfish interests fade into the oblivion of time and space forever to be lost – that we might have union with GOD.

O, Divine Grace – what words can express how this little soul feels in these times of rebellion – when death that is Living Face to face with you is better than the life we live in this weakness of mere flesh and blood – where distractions abound that take us away from Beholding your Face?

Yes, dear Savior – it IS more complicated than this – this Loving GOD that must Love one another, as Christ so Loves the mankind He came down to Save and Sanctify one at a time.

There is the Church – the called out ones – for no man is an island.

My GOD – I am weak and weakening – but, my Beloved is Strong and Strengthening this weakness even now – for your Strength is made perfect in my weakness.

O Come, Let us adore HIM.

Abba Anthony the repentant sinner

Late November postings

November 21st, 2014

Lethargy and the walk with GOD

It is easy to wear out in mind and body – we need to pray for endurance and “occupy until He comes” – we work until Jesus comes – we Live for GOD not by sleeping – but through being alive in Christ and functioning as He calls us to BE in Christ Jesus.

“When the holy Abba Antony lived in the desert he was beset by ‘accidie’ – lethargy – , and attacked by many sinful thoughts. He said to God, ‘Lord, I want to be saved, but these thoughts will not leave me alone. What shall I do in my affliction? How can I be saved?’ A short while afterwards, when he got up to go out, Antony saw a man like himself sitting at his work, getting up from his work to pray, then sitting down and plaiting a rope, then getting up again to pray. It was an angel of the Lord sent to correct and reassure him. He heard the angel saying to him, “Do this and you will be saved.” At these words, Antony was filled with joy and courage. He did this, and he was saved.”  (from the Apophthegmata partum)

We think there is some “magical thing” that will free us from these “feelings” that come upon us – not so – Wisdom dictates that we “occupy” – we WORK and we PRAY in that order.  GOD works then through us to accomplish what He has called us to do in HIM.

Recall St. Paul’s letter to the Church at Philippi:

“Wherefore, my dearly beloved, (as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but much more now in my absence,) with fear and trembling work out your salvation. For it is God who works in you, both to will and to accomplish, according to his good will. And do ye all things without murmurings and hesitations; That you may be blameless, and sincere children of God, without reproof, in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation; among whom you shine as lights in the world.”  (The Epistle of St. Paul to the Philippians 2: 12-15)

Notice we work and God works!

The world wants the “free ride” – but those who are truly Christians do not want anything but prayer and work – it saves us from the lethargy dear one… trust GOD and try this approach and watch the accidie (lethargy) lessened!

Abba Anthony the repentant sinner

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Trusting GOD through Christ Jesus

Herein we write as though this might be the final note I am allowed to write while here – for GOD is my Beloved – and I am His – He inhabits the whole of my heart – and my desire is in Jesus alone – for he Loves the little soul – and the little soul Loves Him.

IMG_4614Dear soul, the Holy Spirit directs us in His Comforting ministry to trust in Jesus and come to the Father – Holy Trinity One GOD. The little soul proclaims HIM – and Loves His Church: “I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will show forth all thy marvelous works. I will be glad and rejoice in thee; I will sing praise to thy Name, O thou Most High.” (Psalm 9: 1, 2)

GOD has granted us 37 degrees F today – and it appears we will be getting warmer – perhaps, the LORD will allow the little soul to work some in the outside warmth to complete more of the winter preparations – Bless His Holy Name.

The portion upon my heart is this in Modern English (Psalm 9: 11- 14, Modern English):

“Make songs of praise to the Lord, whose house is in Zion: make his doings clear to the people. When he makes search for blood, he has them in his memory: he is not without thought for the cry of the poor. Have mercy on me, O Lord, and see how I am troubled by my haters; let me be lifted up from the doors of death; So that I may make clear all your praise in the house of the daughter of Zion: I will be glad because of your salvation.”

Dear soul – GOD is fully Trustworthy to consider perfectly the humble – the poor, when He makes Judgment – He remembers His own.

The world system omits and marginalizes as “collateral damage” so many souls that are “too little to matter” – and so many souls fall through the “safety net” – and we see more of this is happening from all sides of the political spectrum in the world’s ways of doing things – even the Church tends to marginalize souls that are “not important enough for her larger plans” – and dear one we are seeing so many lies from mouths speaking great “swelling words” – like it was said in the Holy Scriptures (St. Jude 1: 16) – but the solution is this: “But you, my loved ones, keep in memory the words which were said before by the Apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ, How they said to you, In the last days there will be men who, guided by their evil desires, will make sport of holy things.’

We have been warned ahead of time of all that speaks of the mindset of Babylon – the world system – and we declare openly now that we can only trust GOD alone – for men will fail us – but dear soul GOD never changes His purpose and Grace toward us sinners – He keeps His Word – He has Mercy on sinners – and calls us all to repentance ad Faith to follow Him!

Let us take up our Cross and follow Jesus.

Dear soul, trust in the LORD with all your heart – and lean not to your own understanding…

Today, we sense GOD’s calling back to the hermitage of Mary in the Wilderness, affectionately know as “The Hermitage Camp”. GOD’s Grace has allow this – we are His and He is our Beloved.

As the little soul grows older in Jesus – he senses within the necessity to respond to GOD in Perfect Love – for His Love toward this sinner is Perfect Love – the Divine Mercy is so very deep – it is beyond our ability to comprehend – perhaps, we shall understand a little better when we see Jesus face to Face – our Risen LORD face to Face – and then we shall know as we are known – and we shall be like Him for we shall see Him as He is!

We can trust GOD alone completely.

All the politicians of the world (some perhaps even mean well and are not self-serving liars) – but they all fall so short of GOD dear soul – be not deceived. Deception is everywhere – and trust GOD, for these souls that deceive will stop at nothing to bring about their agendas – GOD alone is the Worthy KING (revelation chapter 4ff) – for He – only Jesus alone with the Holy Trinity One GOD is Worthy to Reign forever and ever – “And He shall judge the world in righteousness, He shall minister judgment to the people in uprightness. The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.” (Psalm 9: 8, 9)

How this is so foreign to men these days – and how it is so True in GOD these days – as we Live in Christ in expectation of the Blessed Hope?

Dear soul, today we leave for Hermitage – trust GOD is with you – pray for this sinner – trust in GOD alone through Christ Jesus – He is our Blessed Hope.

Abba Anthony the repentant sinner

Monastery of Mary in the Wilderness (Motherhouse)
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November 15th, 2014

Befriending the silence

(from the Hermitage of Mary, November 13th, 2014)

We are often uncomfortable with the silence, feeling that we must keep the air coming through our vocal cords in order to dispel the “terrible lull” in the conversation that may be taking place between two friends.  We need not be so uncomfortable with the silence, if we consider “befriending” it, rather than being uncomfortable with it.

You see, GOD dwells in the silence as much as He dwells in the voices we have when we communicate His Mercy and Love toward one another.  I think though that we would do well, if we would simply befriend the silence, as we do the friendships that we appreciate so much in Life.  They are both gifts from GOD – Graces He gives.

Gossip is not better than silence, dear one – it shares what is no ones business, but the one (or few) that GOD intended.  Why do we feel like we need to “mind everyone else’s business” in order to “help them” – when it is our own life that needs the attention over the “help” the gossip seems to make it their business to help others to “fix” in the other person’s life?

I will never understand, except to suggest that such gossip souls have instabilities within that simply must make sure “something is fixed” since not much is “fixed inside of them”?  Who knows?  Too many “do-gooders” seem to want to “fix the faults of others” over their own necessities to fix.

Remember, gossiping is judging another – Jesus told us in St. Matthew’s Gospel chapter 7: 1-5:

“Judge not, that you may not be judged, for with what judgment you judge, you shall be judged: and with what measure you mete, it shall be measured to you again. Any why do you see the mote that is in thy brother’s eye; and do not see the beam that is in thy own eye? Or how do you say to thy brother: Let me cast the mote out of thy eye; and behold a beam is in thy own eye? Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam in thy own eye, and then you will see to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.”

This is dangerous territory for us – when we open our mouths in judgment toward others – we may not know all the circumstances – and we seem to have no problem telling thousands about it, assuming too much, when we do so?

IMG_6719GOD sees and listens to this injustice, dear soul.

All of us – even the folks that cannot seem to stop gossiping – we all need to “befriend the silence” and seek from GOD the grace of keeping our mouths shut – and thereby listening to GOD.  The best counselors are good listeners – the best counselors say little to nothing – saving their best counsel for a few salient sentences that are said in a non-judgmental manner.

Dear one, GOD will hold those who practice malicious gossip accountable.  He will hold accountable the souls that say things, even “innocently”.  To those that much is given, much will be required dear one.  We will give an accounting for what we have been given.  Words can be used to bless or to curse.

Remember, dear soul what St. James chapter 3 said: “…the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is placed among our members, who defiles the whole body, and inflames the wheel of our nativity, being set on fire by hell.”

Remember also, “For in many things we all offend. If any man offends not in word, the same is a perfect man. He is able also with a bridle to lead about the whole body.”

Let us become doers of this word of the LORD and not merely hearers deceiving our own self.

Abba Anthony the repentant sinner

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Confession of a repentant sinner

(from the hermitage of Mary November 15th, 2014)

I confess, dear soul that I am a terrible sinner – and all my past sins are such that those who saw them could probably never forgive them – none perhaps can forgive me but GOD alone.  I sense we are all much like this – but, we all seem to have our distant “observers and admirers” that know of our past sins and they “observe and admire” and perhaps “relish” the excitement of condemning us to the fires of hell – or they wish to marginalize us and tell others we are a “waste of time”.

The tongue is set on fire of hell dear soul.

I must confess with my own tongue they are probably right – for without GOD I am truly a useless piece of garbage – and my life is meaningless without Jesus – and, yes, I am “a waste of time” – merely “taking up space” in the minds of those pharisaic souls that need to feel better about themselves by condemning this little one who knows he is a sinner that has repented and Loves GOD, the one true GOD who Loves – yes, it is this little soul who has repented of his sins.

For a number of years, we have sensed many who hold in the their minds the attitude that is antagonistic toward this monastic soul (who lives alone most of the time) – these have expressed they feel he is unworthy of the graces GOD has poured forth upon the little soul.  Dear soul, yes, they may be right – and they do me a blessed favor by teaching me to trust more in GOD alone than to trust in the souls who say evil things about this sinner.

I forgive them.

It is all our Beloved LORD GOD’s matter to handle in His Mercy and Perfect Love and His Righteousness.

The owl of the desert hoots quietly in his cell – he is comforted by the warmth here tonight – it is a cold night outside tonight – perhaps, it will get as low as 10 degrees below zero.  But, it is warm in the hermitage cell here – the propane heater is working well – seems to be lasting a lot longer than I expected it to last – these things happen without explanation – thanks be to GOD.

Kitty Marie is sleeping over by the cove heater.  These creatures GOD gives to us as little “friends” are unconditional in their Love – they are good examples for humans – we can learn from them a thing or two about something called, “trusting GOD”.

What thrills my heart most is the entry into the Advent and Christmas season – I am pleased that our Blessed Immanuel came down to be with us – (GOD with us) – to Live out the Incarnation – to show us Him who is in reality: the Way, the Truth and the Life – to show us that GOD CARES and does not condemn and gossip about those He Loves.  You see, when we Love one another, we say little to nothing about others, for we have so many sins of our own that GOD has forgiven, and like Abba Moses who carried an old basket filled with sand that was leaking from it to the council – the sand poured out from the basket, as he declared like his sins are poured out for all to see – therefore, how can he judge another?

I cannot judge another soul, because my sins are too great for me to judge anyone.

I can see and call sin what it is – but I cannot say about anyone they are a “waste of time.”

No, I can only cry out and say to all who see me as an enemy – I can say this, “I Love you, even though I keep a distance from you” – and I know that GOD has a wonderful plan and purpose for your Life as well, and am thankful dear soul that you are a far less miserable sinner than I myself am before our Savior and LORD Jesus Christ.

IMG_6870I long for the Day of Christ, when these things will be distant memories to be forever forgotten, when we shall sin no more in thought, word or deed – O, Perfect Love come.

Abba Anthony the repentant sinner

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Confession of a repentant sinner

(from the hermitage of Mary November 15th, 2014)

I confess, dear soul that I am a terrible sinner – and all my past sins are such that those who saw them could probably never forgive them – none perhaps can forgive me but GOD alone.  I sense we are all much like this – but, we all seem to have our distant “observers and admirers” that know of our past sins and they “observe and admire” and perhaps “relish” the excitement of condemning us to the fires of hell – or they wish to marginalize us and tell others we are a “waste of time”.

The tongue is set on fire of hell dear soul.

I must confess with my own tongue they are probably right – for without GOD I am truly a useless piece of garbage – and my life is meaningless without Jesus – and, yes, I am “a waste of time” – merely “taking up space” in the minds of those pharisaic souls that need to feel better about themselves by condemning this little one who knows he is a sinner that has repented and Loves GOD, the one true GOD who Loves – yes, it is this little soul who has repented of his sins.

For a number of years, we have sensed many who hold in the their minds the attitude that is antagonistic toward this monastic soul (who lives alone most of the time) – these have expressed they feel he is unworthy of the graces GOD has poured forth upon the little soul.  Dear soul, yes, they may be right – and they do me a blessed favor by teaching me to trust more in GOD alone than to trust in the souls who say evil things about this sinner.

I forgive them.

It is all our Beloved LORD GOD’s matter to handle in His Mercy and Perfect Love and His Righteousness.

The owl of the desert hoots quietly in his cell – he is comforted by the warmth here tonight – it is a cold night outside tonight – perhaps, it will get as low as 10 degrees below zero.  But, it is warm in the hermitage cell here – the propane heater is working well – seems to be lasting a lot longer than I expected it to last – these things happen without explanation – thanks be to GOD.

IMG_6954Kitty Marie is sleeping over by the cove heater.  These creatures GOD gives to us as little “friends” are unconditional in their Love – they are good examples for humans – we can learn from them a thing or two about something called, “trusting GOD”.

What thrills my heart most is the entry into the Advent and Christmas season – I am pleased that our Blessed Immanuel came down to be with us – (GOD with us) – to Live out the Incarnation – to show us Him who is in reality: the Way, the Truth and the Life – to show us that GOD CARES and does not condemn and gossip about those He Loves.  You see, when we Love one another, we say little to nothing about others, for we have so many sins of our own that GOD has forgiven, and like Abba Moses who carried an old basket filled with sand that was leaking from it to the council – the sand poured out from the basket, as he declared like his sins are poured out for all to see – therefore, how can he judge another?

I cannot judge another soul, because my sins are too great for me to judge anyone.

I can see and call sin what it is – but I cannot say about anyone they are a “waste of time.”

No, I can only cry out and say to all who see me as an enemy – I can say this, “I Love you, even though I keep a distance from you” – and I know that GOD has a wonderful plan and purpose for your Life as well, and am thankful dear soul that you are a far less miserable sinner than I myself am before our Savior and LORD Jesus Christ.

I long for the Day of Christ, when these things will be distant memories to be forever forgotten, when we shall sin no more in thought, word or deed – O, Perfect Love come.

Abba Anthony the repentant sinner

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A few sentences on Veterans Day

(from the hermitage of Mary 11 November 2014)

Solitude is the place where GOD re-models you and me – to spend all your time with people only tends to tear down what GOD’s re-modeling program is doing.

When someone says something about you that is negative – it is best to remain silent and return into solitude alone with GOD – unceasing prayer is the only Pathway to true Peace in GOD alone.

Have GOD before your eyes always – and not the opinions of sinful men.

Trust in God alone – trust the Holy Scriptures – in doing so, you will find Peace.  If you trust in men – trust well that you will have nothing but misery!

Finally, the goal of Life is GOD – not people – for it is only in GOD that we are enabled to minister to other people.  When we minister – it is best never to tell any others about it – but, Just see to it that only GOD and the angels know of your ministries.

Abba Anthony the repentant sinner

 

 

WHO are you, LORD?

October 16th, 2014

WHO are you, LORD?

Who are you, my Beloved that I may know you – and understand you?

If we understand suggests St. Augustine, we are not seeing HIM…

O, dear, I am off to a bad start already – for we cannot know Him perfectly, nor can we understand GOD with these limited minds that we have in the present fabric of space and time – we have been shown the Light in Christ Jesus – the Eternal Word of the Father through the Holy Spirit – and herein we know GOD, but understand Him only in a limited manner.  This does not mean that GOD is limited, but it means that you and I are limited – infinitely limited, like little nothing who will have His Glory to see in the Day of our meeting the Son Face to our face.

Saint Paul said this:

pantocrator“Furthermore I count all things to be but loss for the excellent knowledge of Jesus Christ my Lord; for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but as dung, that I may gain Christ: And may be found in him, not having my justice, which is of the law, but that which is of the faith of Christ Jesus, which is of God, justice in faith: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable to his death, If by any means I may attain to the resurrection which is from the dead.”  (Philippians 3: 8-11)

That we might be known of GOD and that we might know Him – how?  Through the Mercy-filled Love of GOD who reveals Himself that we might know Him through Faith in Christ Jesus!

You see, dear soul – GOD desires that we come into fellowship with Him and with one another “in Christ” – for the world system is passing away quickly – and the nothingness we are in this present system is not worthy to be considered for a second of time and space – but rather – that we might know GOD through Faith.  All else, listen – all else is “as dung”, when we compare knowing Jesus Christ to everything that glitters and shines in this dying Babylon that we call – “the world, the flesh and the devil.”

O, my, the little has become a true “radical” in that he sees only JESUS as the ONE who saves and sanctifies with the Holy Trinity, One GOD!

LORD, give me the silence and the solitude and unceasing prayer of the heart within the desert places, where we hear you best and have your Rest!

Again,

“Furthermore I count all things to be but loss for the excellent knowledge of Jesus Christ my Lord; for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but as dung, that I may gain Christ: And may be found in him, not having my justice, which is of the law, but that which is of the faith of Christ Jesus, which is of God, justice in faith: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable to his death, If by any means I may attain to the resurrection which is from the dead.”

Who are you, LORD?

You are my Friend, my King, my LORD, my GOD – my Enough – the only One who is Beloved – the Son of the Father – the Promise of GOD to Abraham and David – the Messiah of Israel – the Christ who is Emmanuel (GOD with us).

Dear Sovereign and Majestic GOD – Come Quickly LORD Jesus Christ – receive this terrible sinner who has repented – that I may know you and the Power of your Resurrection – O, my Resurrection, my Life, the Way, the Truth – my Greater Brother.

Abba Anthony the repentant sinner

No matter what

October 16th, 2014

No matter what happens – no matter what circumstances present in the present realm of possibilities – no matter what losses we sustain – be it friend, family, our own health – perhaps, our very life – no matter what happens dear one – GOD Loves you and you will come to understand it all when you see Him face to face in the Day where you will stand before Him, bowing low in perfect Loving Adoration before His Majesty!

IMG_5843O, my GOD and my All, I understand only in part – seeing through a glass darkly – now, dear LORD, seeing things only imperfectly – now, I see that the pains – the sufferings we sense in this present time is not worthy to be compared to the Glory that is coming, when we see your Lovely Face in that Day.

How fragile we are – we are willing to throw all away, when it does not meet our “specifications” – those things and ideas we conjure up that we call “god” – when it is GOD our revealed LORD and Savior that presents Himself in Self-revelation that shows us the wounds in His hands and His feet – the Sacred Head wounded – the spear that the soldier thrust into His side (the wound felt by St. Thomas, when he also doubted) – the lacerations innumerable!

O, my GOD – where is the man that stands with GOD alone?

Where is the heart that seeks Him alone who is Perfect Love?

Where are the soldiers that are armed and protected by the armor of Salvation – the whole armor of GOD?

We must prepare to meet them who will utter lies against the Truth, as He is revealed – the holy Church must stand in GOD alone – the danger approaches and the lies will be uttered – and the man of GOD will stand for Truth – standing in the Truth, who is the Way and the Life!

The waters and the floods come from the mouth of the dragon that waited as the woman was in travail – and He is seated at the Right Hand of the Father – He will come again in Glory – but, in the present He is with us – the remnant of her Seed stands true to GOD alone – fleeing with the woman into the wilderness – the flood of waters – those lies from the dragon’s mouth – they are swallowed by the earth – for the earth protects her in the desert places.

O, Beloved GOD – we pray for a great awakening to come and heal the lands where your people suffer at the hand of the evil one – we flee to the patronage of Mary your mother – looking always to Jesus our only Savior and LORD – we ponder these things in our heart – the day of GOD draws closer by the day.

We trust in you, LORD Jesus Christ.

Abba Anthony the repentant sinner

GOD’s Peace

October 6th, 2014

St. Paul wrote:

“For the wisdom of the flesh is death; but the wisdom of the spirit is life and peace. Because the wisdom of the flesh is an enemy to God; for it is not subject to the law of God, neither can it be. And they, who are in the flesh, cannot please God. But you are not in the flesh, but in the spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man has not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.” (St. Paul’s Epistle to the Church at Rome 8: 6-9)

IMG_5844Many souls speak of serenity – but, serenity is the by-product of walking with GOD in the Spirit and having in Christ that Peace with GOD through the newness of Life that St. Paul speaks of to us here in this passage to the Romans.  So many dear souls do not listen to the Voice of the Holy Spirit – and I was also one of these lost souls – then, the Spirit of the LORD persuaded the little soul to forsake the wisdom of the flesh, the world and the devil – embracing rather the wisdom of the spirit of life and peace.

You see, dear one – many lies abound in the world of Babylon – and they tell us things that are contrary to the Law of GOD – for the wisdom of the flesh is not subject to the Law of GOD.

Dear one, we are not speaking here of an-made “sharia law” – we are speaking of the Spirit of GOD who lives in us in the Person of Christ – He frees us from the Law and brings us to the newness of Life that embraces the Law of Love – the Law of Christ Jesus – even the Mind of Christ as St. Paul also spoke of to the Church at Philippi (cf. Phil. 2).

This reflection is not a long one – but, briefly expresses to my own heart the necessity of Loving GOD above all things – even my own little life – for what is important is the Life we have in GOD through Christ Jesus!

Truly, the laws of men apply to us for good order.  But, as new creations in Christ Jesus – we do not obey the laws of men (that are not contrary to the Law of Love we have in GOD first) – we obey GOD’s Law of Love by living in a peaceable manner with all, for the Holy Scripture also says:

“If it be possible, as much as is in you, have peace with all men. Revenge not yourselves, my dearly beloved; but give place unto wrath, for it is written: Revenge is mine, I will repay, saith the Lord.”  (Romans 12: 18, 19)

Love dictates this peace – if you please it dictates a serenity that comes from walking with GOD and Living in GOD through the Spirit of Christ Jesus.

It is not ignorant submission to a horrific “god” that demands our blood and the blood of others – no dear one, it is coming to know our Loving and Merciful GOD as our Savior, our truest Friend and our good LORD and our true coming King.

He shows Himself to BE who HE says that HE IS!

He reveals Himself in Love and in Mercy – as very Love and very Mercy – and calls us to repentance, Faith and following Him in Love, because GOD is Love.

GOD’s Peace dear one – it is the Peace that passes all understanding at the human level – but is demonstrated through the work and merits of Christ Jesus – it says – Com to Me all you that labor and are burdened with sins – come for I AM meek and lowly – I will give to you My Rest!

This Rest dear soul is GOD’s Peace – the Peace with GOD and the Peace of GOD the surrounds our heart in Perfect Love – for such LOVE casts out fear.

Abba Anthony the repentant sinner

 

Coming to humility slowly

September 22nd, 2014

Dear one, GOD is gracious to little souls – sinners all – souls that seek Him alone – souls that are sorry for their past sins – souls that wish to die to the past – to forget the evils that made them slaves – to begin again in Christ as new creations – yes, dear one – “in Christ Jesus” – our Blessed Hope.

IMG_4600The desert owl is hooting this evening – the quiet of the stars shimmer in the night skies – the clouds do not cover – the skies are open – they show us our smallness.  They show us the humility that we are – the grandiose is past – the past is merely prologue to the Present – the Presence of the Present One – the “being something” has faded into the nothingness of space and time – folded into the fabric of space and time – someday to be no more – we are a little nothing and that nothingness satisfies the little soul – he no longer wishes to be and to become something grand in Babylon – but, he remains a nothing before His Master – GOD is our All in all – our Present One that brings us newness of Life in and through the Beloved Son.

For years I longed to become a “someone” in the world – even in the ecclesiastic realm – but, the little soul found Jesus – that is, Jesus found the little soul as he is – and changed the little soul – the sinner into the nothing that satisfies – as we see Jesus close and in the Reality that is Him who is, who was, and who is to come in Glory – with St. John in a less dramatic Way – we sense what he saw:

“And in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks, one like to the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the feet, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. And his head and his hairs were white, as white wool, and as snow, and his eyes were as a flame of fire, And his feet like unto fine brass, as in a burning furnace. And his voice as the sound of many waters.” (Revelation 1: 13-15)

Ah, the Divine Vision that sees Him – Who are you Blessed LORD and Savior? – you are our All – our Sufficiency – the only Hope of mankind – the Son of GOD – GOD who became Man, very Man – GOD, very GOD – forever and ever the Great I AM.

O, Water of Life speak – you who hold the seven stars in your Right Hand – I see the billions of stars of the night – and I see that you hold all the stars as well – O, Voice of many waters.

How Excellent is our Excellency – the Divine Majesty – we are little nothings – but, GOD has chosen to come down as Man and save the sinners so lost – and make us His very own children through Faith in Christ Jesus – O, Blessed Savior and LORD!

I am a pelican in the wilderness – an owl of the desert places – I am yours my GOD and my All – all of my nothingness is yours to dispose of as you please, Beloved Savior – My Jesus I trust in you – in you alone.

I am His alone – a nothing that is someone in Jesus alone.

Abba Anthony the repentant sinner

 

 

The Cross that we carry

September 20th, 2014

This is a long post, but I feel this with my whole heart… abba

The Cross that we carry

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St. Paul wrote:

“For I, through the law, am dead to the law, that I may live to God: with Christ I am nailed to the cross. And I live, now not I; but Christ lives in me. And that I live now in the flesh: I live in the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and delivered himself for me.”  (Galatians 2: 19, 20, Douay-Rheims)

For many years I have sought to know the meaning of this for me personally.  I am beginning (just beginning) to understand it a little better in my little soul.

These are not passages of Scripture to simply memorize and forget to Live – they are emblematic of the LIFE we are suppose to LIVE!

There is a crucifix that I wear that lost from its the top insert area the insertion that has the “INRI” proclamation placed there by Pontius Pilate – “Jesus  King of the Jews”.  For the little soul, this has also become symbolic – this loss from this crucifix – symbolic of the Cross that he also carries for Christ in the statement of St. Paul – “For I, through the law, am dead to the law, that I may live to God: with Christ I am nailed to the cross. And I live, now not I; but Christ lives in me. And that I live now in the flesh: I live in the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and delivered himself for me.”

You see, dear soul, we are surrounded by every distraction imaginable – distractions that take us from the crucifixion that we are called to become for Jesus – and we think we serve GOD alone – but we are merely deceiving ourselves into a mutual self-deception that thinks it walks the Way of the Cross – but, follows rather that way of deception and illusion of a “lukewarm form of godliness”.

In my heart of hearts – I know I follow HIM – but the distractions abound that would draw the little soul away from his First Love that is JESUS.  St. Paul knew of these distractions, even as the desert fathers and mothers knew them – even as all who would truly follow Christ in holiness know them – for the world is filled with things to complain about – distracting us from our First Love – who ought to BE JESUS!

You see, we are dead to the law that condemns us – and we are called to BE ALIVE to Christ who saves us and sanctifies that which He saved!  We are then NAILED TO THE CROSS WITH CHRIST dear soul, if we really do know HIM!  WE Live because (and only because) it is Christ who Lives in us!  We are in the flesh dear one – and we are walking and Living that we might also say in Reality – “I live in the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and delivered himself for me.”

IMG_5378This is the Cross that we carry dear soul.

If we do not carry this Cross that we are commanded (not a suggestion) to take up and follow Him – then, we are only “church goers” that have a form of godliness, but we are denying the Power of GOD’s Grace and Mercy through the Cross.

“Un popular message, this is, no?” – said master Yoda to Luke Skywalker.

I am becoming so weary of life in this world – weary of being distracted from the fullest call of the Cross of Jesus, my Beloved.  I feel that I would be more at home in a cave away from all of the distractions – alone with GOD in prayer – rather than trying to proclaim the Gospel of GOD’s Grace through the Cross, when no one is really interested in listening to such a Gospel, for the distractions that surround most people are impossible to penetrate with the simplicity that is Faith in GOD through the Cross all are called to carry in Jesus alone.

Life is so discouraging – things never seem to work out in life to bring us to the Cross and the holiness that we are called to be unto GOD alone in Christ Jesus.  Just ponder for a few moments (if you are able to take the time to ponder GOD away from the distractions) what passes for religion in our day – can you honestly tell the little soul that you and I are that we are really totally His?

Few will ever take any time to ponder GOD alone.

We are all too focused upon our little selfish interests and have forsaken the Cross for worldly pleasures – and these dear one are passing away before our eyes.

Few see the reality – for distractions abound and we become blinded by them to the Truth – society – the world-system – Babylon – it is a shipwreck – and the world, the flesh and the devil are going to become things of the past – passing away forever in separation from the GOD who is making all things new!

It seems dear one the spiritual memory is so short that one can be “on top of it” spiritually in one moment and completely “without Faith” the next moment, based upon this or that distracting feeling that draws a soul away from the Gospel Truth – our First Lover!  Christ is our FIRST LOVE – and if He is not, then, we are deceived by something other than Him who is the Way, the Truth and the Life – the WAY to the Father.

I am weary – so weary – weary of the deceptions of the enemy of my own soul.

However, the little soul senses these things test us all – and we all must come to total surrender to GOD alone for the sake of the Cross that we ought to carry with Jesus.

The missing part of the insertion on my own Cross has identified my own calling – and I wear it with this in mind – I am not “Jesus Christ the King of the Jews” – I am a soul that has his own Cross, as all who follow Christ – carrying this Cross silently and solitary in unceasing prayer – seeing JESUS alone – following in holiness Him who is our HOLINESS.

For we Live in HIM alone in the desert place of the heart – an owl of the desert.

So, we ask our self – we ask others dear soul – “What is your intention?”  Is your intention to completely surrender to Christ Jesus – or is it to follow Him afar and remain in a distraction filled “Babylonian captivity” – trying to fulfill the demands of the world system, giving Christ “part time” service according to the “time we can allow for Him” between our busy – so very busy lives?

Ponder it – is this “true religion”?

I am weary dear one – so weary.  O GOD, let me find your Majesty in the desert places with St. Paul – for you have called in the night the weary souls to come and see.

Abba another the repentant sinner

Seeking GOD alone

September 16th, 2014

“In Him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of Him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of His will, in order that we, who were the first to Hope in Christ, might be for the praise of His glory.”  (Ephesians 1: 11, 12, NIV)

Dear soul, GOD has sought us out – and our seeking GOD alone is the result of being sought out by GOD.  He first moved upon us in order that we might move toward Him who seeks us – O, glorious thought of Perfect Love – the Divine Mercy Himself seeks out those who seek Him.

One cannot understand these things with the natural mind – we must have the Mind of Christ to know His plan and purposes that cannot even be fully known by finite beings as we are – even if we know Him and have the Mind of Christ.  Dear one, this little soul knows so very little of what it is that GOD does in this little Life we have in Him – and we multiply this by all those born, being born – those dying and those that will die – and the GOD who is Present in all the fabric of space and time – GOD knows us and seeks us out – and we seek Him, because He first cried out within our heart to desire Him in His Perfect Love!

IMG_5837I am so little – such a nothing – such a finite thing – such a creature to be ignored in such a large and hefty world system as is Babylon.  O, wretched man that I am – but GOD has saved such an one as I am as well as so many others who have been sought out by GOD – those who come seeking the GOD who is calling us to our true vocation – the calling of the children of GOD through Faith in the Son of GOD!

Who am I and what difference does it make?

Who is GOD and what difference He doth make!

He does all things well – “In Him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of Him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of His will, in order that we, who were the first to Hope in Christ, might be for the praise of His glory.”  So it is in Christ – we have nothing that we can boast of – but, if we do boast in anything it is GOD alone – knowing HIM who is our Perfect Love – the One whose Word brings Life eternal – our Best Love – our Rest – our Hope and Peace and true Quietude.

O, Blessed Silence and Solitude with unceasing prayer – the prayer of the heart – the prayer that never ends – the union of the heart with that Sacred Heart of GOD in Christ Jesus – the Mind of Christ that comes and gives that Hope – that Perfect Love that we cannot find in man and things! We cannot comprehend the depth of this Mercy – this Love that is GOD alone.

O, my – how shall the little soul explain what cannot be explained with feeble tongues of men or angels.  I am an owl of the desert places that hoots in the dark night of the soul – no one listens – for I am a nothing – made of nothing; and speaking to my fellow nothings in an earth that just as well might be a nothing – for it is so small – but, for the Grace and the Mercy of GOD we would all fall into the great black hole and become nothing whatsoever – becoming darkness itself – but GOD sending His own Beloved Son made us to be the Light that shines in the darkness – that He might bring “many sons Home to Glory,” for He became the “Captain of our Salvation” – bless His Holy Name.

“O, Captain my Captain.”

He sought me out – and I am seeking Him.

Abba Anthony the repentant sinner