The Name above all names

March 5th, 2016

(MH – March 5th, 2016)

Dear one,

There is a Name that is above all other names in the heavens and the earth – no other Name matters – even the Blessed Mother Mary – she bows and honors that Blessed Name – the Name of JESUS – Yahweh is Salvation – for she has said in her Magnificat:  My soul magnifies the Lord, my spirit rejoices in GOD my Savior!

The Apostle Peter has said with the Apostle John in Acts of the Apostles, chapter 4:

“Be it known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God hath raised from the dead, even by him this man stands here before you whole.  This is the stone which was rejected by you the builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other. For there is no other name under heaven given to men, whereby we must be saved.”

Are we listening to the Voice of the Most High speaking from Sts. Peter and Mary the (Theotokos) Mother of God?

It is in Jesus that our FAITH resides – for Jesus brings us to the FATHER and the HOLY SPIRIT declares this Word through these two Saints, among so many other witnesses that have come since.

What is it with men that keeps us from trusting fully in this Savior who gave Himself for us?Woman-Rev-12

I will tell you what it is; it is the stubborn and ugly sinful self-centered Pride that distracts and discourages us from total commitment to JESUS CHRIST AND HIM CRUCIFIED.

Dear one, my fervent prayer of Rest (hesychia) for this world and our nation and the Church is this: that we come fully to the Lord Jesus Christ as the Church, as a nation; and as the world – but that begins one at a time.

I will tell you though – look at the prophetic Scriptures; we do not seem to be headed that Way of Jesus, because man prefers himself to GOD.  May God have Mercy upon us sinners.

Shame on the leaders of the world, this nation, and even within the Churches; for we seem to be going the ways of Balaam; even as St. Jude says we are?

He says:  “Dearly beloved, taking all care to write unto you concerning your common salvation, I was under a necessity to write unto you: to beseech you to contend earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints. For certain men are secretly entered in, (who were written of long ago unto this judgment,) ungodly men, turning the grace of our Lord God into riotousness, and denying the only sovereign Ruler, and our Lord Jesus Christ.”

He also says of the Church and the world:  “But these men blaspheme whatever things they know not: and what things soever they naturally know, like dumb beasts, in these they are corrupted. Woe unto them, for they have gone in the way of Cain: and after the error of Balaam they have for reward poured out themselves, and have perished in the contradiction of Core. These are spots in their banquets, feasting together without fear, feeding themselves, clouds without water, which are carried about by winds, trees of the autumn, unfruitful, twice dead, plucked up by the roots, Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own confusion; wandering stars, to whom the storm of darkness is reserved for ever.”

Dear souls, do we see a pattern here?

There is much that is FALSE that people profess, when inside there is no LOVE for JESUS – there is self-loving, yes, much of that dead love – but GOD CALLS ALL OF US TO PERFECT LOVE through our Beloved Perfect Love, Jesus.

With Blessed Mary, “ponder these things” in your heart of hearts.

Abba Anthony the repentant sinner

Coming Home to Zion

March 5th, 2016

(MH – March 5th, 2016)

We are coming Home to Zion – to the City of God – we can hear the angels singing the praises of the Most High God – and what happens in the here and the now is of little importance to the little soul any longer – why do we worry so much about the things that are impossible to fix or correct; when human beings are hell bent on killing themselves with their own self-worship – the Pride that goes before the fall?

I do not “Live here” any longer – I hear the apostle speaking to the Church at Galatia, chapter 2: 19-21 –

IMG_5844“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. I cast not away the grace of God. For if justice be by the law, then Christ died in vain.”

How many think in these terms, where we are nailed to the Cross with Jesus?

Are we not too busy with our self-interests to be aware of this being “crucified” – that is “nailed” to the CROSS where Jesus was nailed?

Dear souls, I am no longer going to think of elections and the “political” – frankly, it is all hopeless – we will never ever build anything down here that will ever stand – the best we can hope for is to HELP people in need – but even then, the poor we will have with us forever down here – we must care for these people, for we are also one of them.

Love must dominate our Life in Christ.

Perfect Love must cast out the fear.

Fear is a snare for us.

GOD must be our FOCUS, not the stupid fears we have that we can do nothing to fix and make right in such a world that is on a collision course with Armageddon.  God Reigns, not mankind – mankind is a colossal failures – yes, I said it – a colossal failure, destined to self-destruction.  And the only Hope for the Christian is to Live for God as the new creatures in Christ we are; and help our brothers and sisters through the chaos that will come quickly with the self-will of men!

Do you wish to speak to me of politics?

Please forget me – it is far too depressing – just remind me to PRAY and seek GOD and not the folly of man!  What a mess we are in – but for the Grace and Mercy of God the whole mess will implode – the sooner the better – then, dear soul, the Kingdom of God will openly descend, as the Beloved One, the Sun of Righteousness with healing in its wings – then, the earth will be filled with the Glory of Yahweh as the waters cover the seas.

I do not speak of man’s doing through revolutions or great political movements; or even anything man can do in the flesh; for he is weak.

No, I speak of the revelation of Jesus Christ in chapters 19 through 22 – where all things will be changed by the Blessed hope in the person of the Son of the Living God – not the phony “gods” we hear of today – no, the Lord Himself will come with His Holy angels in Great Glory, as spoken by the Word of God Himself, when He walked the earth before His Passion.

My God and my All – please lessen me and BE forever glorified!

Abba Anthony the repentant sinner

Awakened to follow Jesus

March 5th, 2016

(MH – March 5th, 2016)

St. Mark’s Gospel, chapter 8: 27-39 speaks of the great confession of St. Peter; but more specially, it speaks of the great confession we much come to as to: Who it is for us is JESUS?

“And Jesus went out, and his disciples, into the towns of Caesarea Philippi. And in the way, he asked his disciples, saying to them: Whom do men say that I am? Who answered him, saying: John the Baptist; but some Elias, and others as one of the prophets. Then he saith to them: But whom do you say that I am? Peter answering said to him: Thou art the Christ. And he strictly charged them that they should not tell any man of him. And he began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the ancients and by the high priests, and the scribes, and be killed: and after three days rise again. And he spoke the word openly.  And Peter taking him, began to rebuke him. Who turning about and seeing his disciples, threatened Peter, saying: Go behind me, Satan, because thou savorest not the things that are of God, but that are of men. And calling the multitude together with his disciples, he said to them: If any man will follow me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life, shall lose it: and whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel, shall save it. For what shall it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and suffer the loss of his soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? For he that shall be ashamed of me, and of my words, in this adulterous and sinful generation: the Son of man also will be ashamed of him, when he shall come in the glory of his Father with the holy angels. And he said to them: Amen I say to you, that there are some of them that stand here, who shall not taste death, till they see the kingdom of God coming in power.”

IMG_4614I was awakened tonight, early this morning with this spiritual sense upon my Life.

Who is Jesus?

What claim does He have upon my Life?

What is the cost of discipleship?

What is the cost to be a child of my King?

I remember, when I was with the Navy, as a young enlisted man stationed in Washington, DC, after I returned from Viet Nam combat duty.  I had seen a little action; not as much as many veterans in those days; but enough action to last me a lifetime.  This passage of Holy Scripture was much on my heart in those days; as it is in the present; because then, I was discerning my vocation in Christ; and this was a passage that was quoted by those I spoke to; a passage that some Navigator friends told me of; when I was considering where I would spend my Life in Christ for Christ?

Tonight – I was again awakened with this message:  following Jesus – laying aside everything for Him; my everything – and simply following Him.

Then, I was not able to do this; because I was too fearful of following anyone and entrusting anyone with “my future” – because then it was, “I know what is best for me.”

You see, dear soul, we seem to forget that GOD always knows best what is the best Rest for you and me – but, we cannot set aside what we consider is the best Rest for us; for we have so many ideas as to who and what we want to be and become – and we cannot listen to God; but, instead, we listen to the voices of friends, relatives, our inner desires; what we think; rather than listening to Jesus’ Voice and following Him into the desert places, where He calls us to certain death in order that we might have Abundant Life.

When we follow Jesus – we are following Him to Calvary.

When we follow Jesus to Calvary – we are crucified – but, we rise with Him to newness of Life – and ultimately to Eternity in the Resurrected Body that we will be forever and forever, amen.

The Blessed Hope of Titus 2: 13 speaks of this Promise; and in context it says this in verses 11-15:

“For the grace of God our Savior hath appeared to all men; Instructing us, that, denying ungodliness and worldly desires, we should live soberly, and justly, and godly in this world, Looking for the blessed hope and coming of the glory of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ, Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and might cleanse to himself a people acceptable, a pursuer of good works. These things speak, and exhort and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.”

You see, when we are called to follow Jesus, we are called to follow Him all the Way; no matter what is the cost of that discipleship.

Dear one; God calls all of us to follow Him.

He never forces Himself on anyone; but, His Calling is just as powerful as it was for Peter at Caesarea Philippi.  There, Peter heard the Call of the LORD; but, he started to look at his Life over the Call of Jesus on his Life; and he started to rebuke the LORD.

We start this as well with Jesus; and we think He is being “unfair” to us – and we also rebuke Him, because He certainly could not be Calling us to the Cross?

The Cross is exactly where he Calls us – in it the REST of GOD is His Presence.

In this Cross is the REST (hesychia) of the LORD we Love; the Lord Himself who Loves you and me.  Here is the Prayer of Rest – of JESUS.

I have no regrets for listening later to this Calling where I now walk with Jesus in the Calling He has Called me to in Life as a semi-eremitical monastic.

My family and friends were convinced that I was “crazy” – and I confess to the whole world of men, “YES, I am a madman for Jesus.”

But, you know what?  I could not care less what men thought, think or will think about my Calling in Jesus – God alone!

I do not care any longer about what this costs – because it cost God’s Son EVERYTHING for you and me – and I cannot think of anything more ungracious on my part than to not follow Jesus completely; even though I have followed Him so imperfectly all my Life dear one.

Nevertheless, I will follow you, my Beloved, because you have followed the will of your Father to the Cross you have Called me to take up and here follow you.  I see my Beloved seated at my Father’s Right Hand – and my Beloved will come again in Glory to receive me to Himself.

Abba Anthony the repentant sinner

Many souls

March 5th, 2016

(March 4th, 2016)

MH — There are many souls who believe very sincerely it is OK for them to murder, rape and destroy anything in the name of the “gods” — because their “gods” tell them it is okay to do all of that and they are serving their “gods” by doing these evil things, which are not “really evil at all” in st-john-the-dwarftheir minds, because the whole of humanity is evil, not them!

their logic is that of Satan dear souls — Satan comes to seek out and destroy and kill, maim and cause destruction — JESUS CAME TO GIVE LIFE AND THAT MORE ABUNDANTLY.

Do you not see what is going on in the world system right now?

Satan is pouring out the ultimate DECEPTIONS upon humanity — deceptions so great that he has everyone (even Christians) fighting amongst each other about what deception is the better deception over the other deception!

I am through with arguing.

the little soul will present the Word of God; and if people want to listen and heed IT, not me; then, no more argumentation…just proclaiming IT — that is JESUS CHRIST AND HIM CRUCIFIED AND RISEN AND COMING IN GLORY. (I Cor., chapters 2 and 15)

Dear friends, the LORD is speaking to His Churches — I suggest we should read and digest carefully the Revelation, chapters 1, 2 and 3 — and see clearly what the Holy Spirit is saying to the Churches!

If we fail in this, we are heading to the Judgment Seat anyway and we’ll find out there what is up and down and left and right and in between?

Our FAITH must be focused on JESUS and our True King and not the nonsense we are hearing from the “PC” police… smiling.

We must DISCERN truth from error — and make decisions accordingly.

Be on the side of RIGHTEOUSNESS … avoid the EVIL.

Abba Anthony said, ‘Whoever hammers a lump of iron, first decides what he is going to make of it, a scythe, a sword, or an ax. Even so we ought to make up our minds what kind of virtue we want to forge or we labor in vain.’

abba anthony the repentant sinner

Crying out in the night

March 5th, 2016

(MH – March 5th, 2016)

There is no cry so deep – so in pain and sorrow, as the cry of the heart in the dark night of the soul and sense; when Jesus seems so far away – and yet, He is touched and touching the little souls we are all the time; showing us His Presence in our present in and with Him; as we await His Parousia.

Abba Elias said, An old man was living in a temple and the demons came to say to him, “Leave this place which belongs to us,” and the old man said, “No place belongs to you.” Then they began to scatter his palm leaves about, one by one, and the old man went on gathering them together with perseverance. A little later the devil took his hand and pulled him to the door. When the old man reached the door, he seized the lintel with the other hand crying out, “Jesus, save me.” Immediately the devil fled away. Then the old man began to weep. Then the Lord said to him, “Why are you weeping?” and the old man said, “Because the devils have dared to seize a man and treat him like this.” The Lord said to him, “You had been careless. As soon as you turned to me again, you see I was beside you.” I say this, because it is necessary to take great pains, and anyone who does not do so, cannot come to his God. For he himself was crucified for our sake.’

The Prayer of Rest (hesychia) is the best Rest we might have; when we are seemingly alone in God; for it helps us in the night to understand we are Never Alone – he is with us and does not ever forsake us; even to the end of this present evil age.

Abba Anthony the repentant sinner

Convinced by Love’s Embrace

March 4th, 2016

(MH – March 4th, 2016)

I am convinced by the Embrace of Him who is my Perfect Love – the Love that does not let me go – Him who embraces me from high above this pitiful span of space and time – the fabric so disjointed and melancholy.

I cannot come to love this present time and space, as the world system would seek for me to love it without reservation – the tyranny of the world system would have me render all allegiance to it and him who claims to be God; the “Antichrist” – the one whose claim is for all mankind, “instead of Christ”.

I cannot bow to him, nor bend the knee to such an one who claims to be the one True God.

quovadisI see so many nauseating men and women who seek the fame of being this “one” who is destined for the Lake of Fire; the “fires” created for Satan and his angels – those who masquerade as “angels of Life” – when they are only deceivers – false and puerile little falsities called, “christs” – those small things that were spoken of by Christ Jesus.

With this thought, I hear the psalmist’s written words in song:

“Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sits in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel. Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.”

Kiss the SON – that desired embrace of chaste Love – the Love that does not let us go our own way for too long – but brings us into Him who is the Way, the truth and the Life – the ONE who brings us to our FATHER.

Dear God, how long before we awaken to the Blessed Hope the Father’s Greatest Truth to men?

So weary, so weary am I dear God with the idiots that spew forth their drivel before the cameras – answering nothing – but, dear God, we see the signs of the times, when madness has taken hold of men – and these very souls so taken by this madness from the deceiver – now call us who see it: “madmen”; for we cannot follow their madness.

We look to God the Father alone, through our Lord JESUS Christ – for this is the Holy Spirit’s Guidance.

Abba Anthony the repentant sinner

LOOK UP, LOOK UP!

March 4th, 2016

(MH – March 4th, 2016)

Look up dear souls; Look Up!  Our Redeemer draws near – and His Name is Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father; and the Prince of Peace!

If you look to men on this earth – sinners all – you are simply “nuts” dear ones – GOD is OUR ONLY HOPE – He is returning to put down the Antichrist who is coming – the spirit of that Beast is already present – and the False prophet is not far away either – the spirit of falsehood is running amok in this world, where humans are biting like fish after anything “shiny” in the waters.

O GOD, COME TO OUR ASSISTANCE – MAKE HASTE TO HELP US…

For one minute, I wish that we would all at once FALL DOWN AND REPENT before God and turn from our wickedness and return to GOD as individuals, as the Church; and as a nation and, perhaps, even as a whole world!

It starts with one; so, be that one who returns to God – He awaits your return.

Abba Anthony the repentant sinner

When we forgive

March 4th, 2016

(MH – March 4th, 2016)

We are the truest servants of God through Christ Jesus, when we forgive others and seek reconciliation – even though some things can never be reconciled perfectly in this Life we have in Christ.  Sometimes, we must be “reconciled” for a “distance” – because we are too divided in our understanding of what is the Truth we have in Jesus.

Dear one, we cannot be fully ONE in God in all ways it seems, when we are so “hampered” in what we understand or can comprehend in this world, for we see through a glass darkly.  However, when we see Jesus, we will see things in the Light of His Countenance – face to face; we will know things better and be reconciled completely in the Light of God.

471816_detail3_maxIt would be good to have this reconciliation now – but even if we cannot have it perfectly – we can FORGIVE NOW – not desiring judgments or condemnations against others – people we Love in God and desire God’s Best Rest for!  We desire Rest for all souls, because all souls belong to God – and he desires Redemption and Sanctification and the Perfect Love – the Perfect Rest for each soul who Loves Him.

It is written in the desert fathers:

“The brethren also asked abba Agathon,  ‘Amongst all good works, which is the virtue which requires the greatest effort?’ He answered, ‘Forgive me, but I think there is no labor greater than that of prayer to God. For every time a man wants to pray, his enemies, the demons, want to prevent him, for they know that it is only by turning him from prayer that they can hinder his journey. Whatever good work a man undertakes, if he perseveres in it, he will attain rest. But prayer is warfare to the last breath.’ “

It is so, dear soul; for we cannot enter into the Perfect Rest of God fully until we are with Jesus face to face – though there are some who have entered into that Rest – but, they are few in number.

Dear one, we enter into God alone – yet, we are with others all the while in this present age.  As long as we are with others, we ought to FORGIVE – and thus await that final reconciliation that brings us all together perfectly in the Greater Rest and Perfect Love that comes, when we see Jesus face to face.

Abba Anthony the repentant sinner

Communicating Discord

March 3rd, 2016

(MH – March 3rd, 2016)

We are troubled by many who claim to be “peacemakers” that communicate instead “discord”.

We are reminded of  passage in the Holy Scriptures that stands alone in the eyes of the LORD as a Judgment against those who sow discord.

We are warned in the proverbs, chapter 6: 12-19 of the matter of those who sow  discord:

“A man that is an apostate, an unprofitable man, walks with a perverse mouth, He winks with the eyes, presses with the foot, speaks with the finger. With a wicked heart he devises evil, and at all times he sows discord. To such a one his destruction shall presently come, and he shall suddenly be destroyed, and shall no longer have any remedy. Six things there are, which the Lord hates, and the seventh his soul detests: Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, A heart that devises wicked plots, feet that are swift to run into mischief, A deceitful witness that utters lies, and him that sows discord among brethren.”

In this political season, we can see clearly there is a lot of folks sowing discord amongst brethren – some more than others – many lies “flowing like a river from the mouth of the dragon” – many claims that are false – many statements on all side that are clearly inaccurate; but the politicians are not alone dear souls.

IMG_4601Look into your own heart – see that even there your own selfish interests often are sought over what is the will of God clearly for your Life.

I have witnessed too many vacillations in my short Life – so many people have in the past contacted us; claiming to have a call from God – and suddenly – we hear from them no more; when the Rule of Benedict is read and understood by them.  Many come with an agenda – few come surrendered to Jesus in their Life in Christ – too much “self-seeking” and very little “self-sacrificed on the altar of surrender” in the Love of God.

We recall that Perfect Love casts out fear.

That means, when we come to a religious Life, we come no longer fearing, because when we follow Jesus in Perfect love – He casts out fear.

Listening to St. Benedict in a chapter close to the last we hear much:

“As there is a harsh and evil zeal which separates from God and leads to hell, so there is a virtuous zeal which separates from vice and leads to God and life everlasting. Let the monks, therefore, practice this zeal with most ardent love; namely, that in honor they forerun one another (Rom 12:10). Let them bear their infirmities, whether of body or mind, with the utmost patience; let them vie with one another in obedience. Let no one follow what he thinks useful to himself, but rather to another. Let them practice fraternal charity with a chaste love. Let them fear God and love their Abbot with sincere and humble affection; let them prefer nothing whatever to Christ, and my He lead us all together to life everlasting.”

Are we listening to the first words of the Rule of Benedict?  Listen!

We are called to the obedience of Faith – and this calling is to listen to the LOVE of God toward God and one another… it is not about (finding our vocation) so much as it is about (finding God’s vocation) for you and me IN HIM!

I am weary of souls who are seeking “their vocation” – pursuing all the “externalities” of religion and forgetting the weightier things of the Law – LOVE GOD and LOVE ONE ANOTHER.

Let’s start there – Loving God; for if we really Love God – we will Love our neighbor and not act like pompous asses toward one another by depriving all of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness in the Liberty we find in JESUS CHRIST – for the Christian it means being allowed to BE ALIVE IN THE LIBERTY OF CHRIST JESUS – freed from the bondage of Satan’s tyranny – Living in the Gospel sense OF Loving God and one another in God.

There is much to say here – St. Benedict and the Holy Scripture speaks to the issue well enough and so – the little soul leaves it to “sink into our hearts” through entering into the silence we enjoy here.

Abba Anthony the repentant sinner

When the Truth is infinitely more important

March 3rd, 2016

(MH – March 3rd, 2016)

It is still Lent – and we continue to examine our Life in Jesus daily (dear friends) – and we sense this morning that when people become offended by our Faith in Jesus; well, they can just go IMG_2931somewhere and “get a Life” – for this little soul is not going to change to stop them from being offended – so, if they do not feel “comfortable” around the little soul, then, perhaps, they might want to go somewhere where they do not have to listen to his “foolish talk”?

You see, this little soul is going to proclaim JESUS CHRIST AND HIM CRUCIFIED AND RESURRECTED AND COMING AGAIN IN GLORY until the “snails sprout legs and walk”!

(Smiling)

And, he is going to proclaim it with the Love of God for all sinners like himself until the end of this age and as long as God commissions and allows him to do so.

Amen…

Abba Anthony the repentant sinner who Loves God and you dear one