We cannot calmly accept the rest of humanity falling back again into paganism. —Cardinal Ratzinger (POPE BENEDICT XVI), The New Evangelization, Building the Civilization of Love; Address to Catechists and Religion Teachers, December 12, 2000
How could the idea have developed that Jesus’ message is narrowly individualistic and aimed only at each person singly? How did we arrive at this interpretation of the “salvation of the soul” as a flight from responsibility for the whole, and how did we come to conceive the Christian project as a selfish search for salvation which rejects the idea of serving others? —POPE BENEDICT XVI, Spe Salvi (Saved In Hope), n. 16
…bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. (1 Cor 13:7)
…wills everyone to be saved and to come to knowledge of the truth. (1 Tim 2:4)
Before you can receive My blessings and the ocean of graces I have to give you, you must forgive your neighbour. For if you do not forgive, then neither will your Heavenly Father forgive you.
Imagine your father as he was when he was a little baby. Imagine him lying there in his crib sleeping, his little hands curled in tight fists, his soft, downy hair across his tiny head. See that little baby sleeping peacefully, breathing quietly, innocent and pure. Now, at some point, someone hurt that baby. Someone caused pain to that child who in turn has hurt you. Can you forgive that little baby?
Father, forgive them, they know not what they do. (Luke 23:34)
For if you live according to the flesh, you will die, but if by the spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. (Rom 8:13)
It is from God’s love for all men that the Church in every age receives both the obligation and the vigor of her missionary dynamism, "for the love of Christ urges us on." Indeed, God "desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth"; that is, God wills the salvation of everyone through the knowledge of the truth. Salvation is found in the truth. Those who obey the prompting of the Spirit of truth are already on the way of salvation. But the Church, to whom this truth has been entrusted, must go out to meet their desire, so as to bring them the truth. —Catechism of the Catholic Church, 851
All nations form but one community. This is so because all stem from the one stock which God created to people the entire earth, and also because all share a common destiny, namely God. His providence, evident goodness, and saving designs extend to all against the day when the elect are gathered together in the holy city… —Catechism of the Catholic Church, 842
…[the Father] has made known to us the mystery of his will in accord with his favor that he set forth in him as a plan for the fullness of times, to sum up all things in Christ, in heaven and on earth. (Eph 1:9-10)
I saw enlightened Protestants, plans formed for the blending of religious creeds, the suppression of papal authority… I saw no Pope, but a bishop prostrate before the High Altar. In this vision I saw the church bombarded by other vessels… It was threatened on all sides… They built a large, extravagant church which was to embrace all creeds with equal rights… but in place of an altar were only abomination and desolation. Such was the new church to be… —Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich (1774-1824 A.D.), The Life and Revelations of Anne Catherine Emmerich, April 12th, 1820
All nations must honor the Lord…all people should pray for the True and Holy Spirit… The world is not saved by force, the world will be saved by the Holy Spirit… Now the Father and the Son want to be asked to send the Spirit… the Spirit of Truth, Who alone can bring Peace!…All nations groan under the yoke of Satan…Time is serious and pressing… Now the Spirit is to descend upon the world and this is why I want people to pray for His coming. I am standing upon the globe because this message concerns the whole world… Listen, mankind! You will preserve peace if you believe in Him!… Let all men return to the Cross…Take your place at the foot of the Cross and draw strength from the Sacrifice; the pagans will not overwhelm you… If you practice Love in all its refinement among yourselves, the ‘big ones’ of this world will no longer have a chance to harm you… say the prayer I have taught you and the Son will grant your request… As the carpet of snow melts into the ground, so will the fruit [Peace] which is the Holy Spirit come into the hearts of all nations who say this prayer everyday!…You cannot estimate the value this prayer will have… Say the prayer…It has been given for the benefit of all nations… for the conversion of the world… Do your work and see to it that it is made known everywhere…The Son demands obedience!…The Blessed Trinity will reign over the world again!" —From the 1951 messages of The Lady of All Nations to Ida Peerdman,www.ladyofallnations.org
SON OF THE FATHER,
SEND NOW YOUR SPIRIT
OVER THE EARTH.
LET THE HOLY SPIRIT LIVE
IN THE HEARTS OF ALL NATIONS,
THAT THEY MAY BE PRESERVED
FROM DEGENERATION, DISASTER AND WAR.
MAY THE LADY OF ALL NATIONS,
THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY,*
BE OUR ADVOCATE.
- cf. www.ewtn.com [↩]
- "We could use the simple analogies, "Pope John Paul II, who once was Karol" or "Pope Benedict XVI, who once was Joseph," or even the scriptural examples, "St. Peter, who once was Simon," or "St. Paul who once was Saul." Another analogous example would be the following. Ann, a young woman, marries John Smith, and becomes a wife and mother of many children with the new title of "Mrs. Smith." In this case, you would have a new title with a new role of wife and mother of many, but the same woman. So it is with the "Lady of All Nations, who once was Mary"—new title, new role, same woman." —excerpt frommotherofallpeoples.com [↩]