10 September 2011
Fatherly Advice - Extracted from Ecclesiasticus / Sirach Chapter 15:
Wisdom as a mother
1 Whoever fears the Lord will act like this, and whoever grasps the Law will obtain wisdom.
2 She will come to meet him like a mother, and receive him like a virgin bride.
3 She will give him the bread of understanding to eat, and the water of wisdom to drink.
4 He will lean on her and will not fall, he will rely on her and not be put to shame.
5 She will raise him high above his neighbours, and in full assembly she will open his mouth.
6 He will find happiness and a crown of joy, he will inherit an everlasting name.
7 Fools will not gain possession of her, nor will sinners set eyes on her.
8 She stands remote from pride, and liars cannot call her to mind.
9 Praise is unseemly in a sinner's mouth, since it has not been put there by the Lord.
10 For praise should be uttered only in wisdom, and the Lord himself then prompts it.
Man is free
11 Do not say, 'The Lord was responsible for my sinning,' for he does not do what he hates.
12 Do not say, 'It was he who led me astray,' for he has no use for a sinner.
13 The Lord hates all that is foul, and no one who fears him will love it either.
14 He himself made human beings in the beginning, and then left them free to make their own decisions.
15 If you choose, you will keep the commandments and so be faithful to his will.
16 He has set fire and water before you; put out your hand to whichever you prefer.
17 A human being has life and death before him; whichever he prefers will be given him.
18 For vast is the wisdom of the Lord; he is almighty and all-seeing.
19 His eyes are on those who fear him, he notes every human action.
20 He never commanded anyone to be godless, he has given no one permission to sin.
10 September 2011
17 September 2011
The glory of the Davidic dynasty - Extracted from Micah 5: 1-8a
But you, (Bethlehem) Ephrathah, the least of the clans of Judah, out of you will be born for me the one who is to rule over Israel (referred to “Jesus Christ”); his origin goes back to the distant past to the days of old.
Yahweh is therefore going to abandon them till the time when she (referred to the “Blessed Virgin Mary”) who is to give birth gives birth.
Then the remnant of his brothers will come back to the sons of Israel.
He will stand and feed his flock with the power of Yahweh, with the majesty of the names of his God.
They will live secure, for from then on he will extend his power to the ends of the land.
He himself will be peace.
He will deliver us from Assyria should it invade our country, should it set foot inside our frontiers.
The confidence of the people of Judah
As for Assyria, should it invade our country, should it set foot on our soil, we will raise 7 shepherds against it, 8 leaders of men; they will shepherd Assyria with the sword, and the land of Nimrod with the sword blade.
The future role of the remnant among the nations
Then among the many peoples, the remnant of Jacob will be like a dew from Yahweh, like raindrops on the grass, putting no hope in men, expecting nothing from mankind.
Then among the many peoples, the remnant of Jacob will be like a lion among beasts of the forest, like a young lion among flocks of sheep trampling as he goes, mangling his prey which no one takes from him.
Can one blind man guide another? - Extracted from Luke 6: 39-42
Jesus told a parable to the disciples,
‘Can one blind man guide another? Surely both will fall into a pit?
The disciple is not superior to his teacher; the fully trained disciple will always be like his teacher.
Why do you observe the splinter in your brother’s eye and never notice the plank in your own?
How can you say to your brother, “Brother, let me take out the splinter that is in your eye”, when you cannot see the plank in your own?
Hypocrite! Take the plank out of your own eye first, and then you will see clearly enough to take out the splinter that is in your brother’s eye.’
8-) Getting rich could be good?? But beware of avarice of any kind – Extracted from Luke, Chapter 12:
13 A man in the crowd said to Jesus, 'Master, tell my brother to give me a share of our inheritance.'
14 He said to him, 'My friend, who appointed me your judge, or the arbitrator of your claims?'
15 Then Jesus said to them, 'Watch, and be on your guard against avarice of any kind, for a man’s life is not made secure by what he owns, even when he has more than he needs'.
16 Then he told them a parable, 'There was once a rich man who, having had a good harvest from his land,
17 thought to himself, "What am I to do? I have not enough room to store my crops."
18 Then he said, "This is what I will do: I will pull down my barns and build bigger ones, and store all my grain and my goods in them,
19 and I will say to my soul: My soul, you have plenty of good things laid by for many years to come; take things easy, eat, drink, have a good time."
20 But God said to him, "Fool! This very night the demand will be made for your soul; and this hoard of yours, whose will it be then?"
21 So it is when someone stores up treasure for himself instead of becoming rich in the sight of God.'
Below is extracted from “The Poem of the Man-God” (see imprimatur) Volume Three”, chapter 275, pages 8-9, by the visionary Maria Valtorta, who gave an account of what she saw & heard & as dictated by Jesus Christ: