24th March 22:42
August 14 - St Maximilian Kolbe (tuberculosis)
Today we commemorate Saint Maximilian Kolbe (1894-1941), a Polish,
Franciscan priest and martyr. Maximilian, during his youth, spent much
time in a sanitarium for tuberculosis and as a result remained in a
frail, sickly condition. After joining the Franciscans at the age of
six****, however, he began to develop new movements, using his
extraordinary talent for organization. His devotion to the Blessed
Virgin Mary inspired his zeal and writings. He founded an organization
called the City of the Immaculate, dedicated to the Immaculate Heart
of Mary, which at that time, formed the largest community of religious
men in the world. He extended this organization to Japan under the
name of Garden of the Immaculate. In 1939 Kolbe found himself back in
Poland where he witnessed the Nazi invasion of his country. It wasn't
long before the authorities arrested him and soon he was on a train to
be interred in the concentration camp of Auschwitz.
In spite of his emaciated, starving condition and the recurrence of
suffering from tuberculosis, Kolbe managed to share his faith and the
strength that resulted from it with the other prisoners. In July of
1941 a prisoner escaped and, as a punishment, the guards chose ten
prisoners to be placed in a death bunker to starve to death.
Maximilian Kolbe offered to take the place of one of those chosen to
die -- a young husband and father -- and his offer was accepted. On
August 14, the four prisoners (one of them Maximilian), still living
were injected with carbolic acid and then cremated.
"These Nazis will not kill our souls, since we prisoners certainly
distinguish ourselves quite definitely from our tormentors; they will
not be able to deprive us of the dignity of our [Catholic] belief. We
will not give up. And when we die, then we die pure and peaceful,
resigned to God in our hearts."--Maximilian Kolbe
(New Revised Standard Version)
Now I am speaking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle to
the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry in order to make some of my own
race jealous, and thus save some of them. For if their rejection means
the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance mean but
life from the dead? For the gifts and the call of God are irrevocable.
Just as you were once disobedient to God but now have received mercy
because of their disobedience, so they have now been disobedient in
order that by the mercy shown to you they also may receive mercy. For
God has consigned all to disobedience, that mercy may be shown to all.
Romans 11:13-15, 29-32
Jesus withdrew to the district of Tyre and Sidon. A Canaanite woman
from the region came out and cried, "Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of
David; my daughter is severely possessed by a demon." But he did not
answer her a word. His disciples came and begged him, saying, "Send
her away, for she is crying after us." He answered, "I was sent only
to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." But she came and knelt
before him, saying, "Lord, help me." He answered, "It is not fair to
take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs." She said, "Yes,
Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters'
table." Then Jesus answered her, "O woman, great is your faith! Be it
done for you as you desire." And her daughter was healed instantly.
Quote of the Day
(Teresa of Avila)
"Although I have often abandoned you, O Lord, you have never abandoned
me. Your hand of love is always outstretched towards me, even when I
stubbornly look the other way. And your gentle voice constantly calls
me, even when I obstinately refuse to listen."
This version taken from:
It is abundantly clear that, already in New Testament times, the Church was
consciously carrying out a definite mission as a formed and organized body
- a community of believers in Jesus Christ possessing the Holy Spirit and
living under appointed leaders dispensing both word and sacrament with an
authority they understood thay had derived from Christ, and which they also
understood they could pass on to others ("they laid their hands on them and
sent them off" [Acts 13:3])
ONE, HOLY, CATHOLIC, AND APOSTOLIC
The Early Church Was the Catholic Church, Page 32
by Kenneth D. Whitehead
The Watchtower Society cannot trace itself back to the apostles. Because the
Holy Spirit is given by laying on of hands there remains NO POSSIBLE WAY
FOR THE WATCHTOWER SOCIETY TO HAVE or to GIVE THE HOLY
No Holy Spirit - NO AUTHORITY TO TEACH.
No Holy Spirit - NO AUTHORITY TO ACCURATELY INTERPRET SCRIPTURE.
No Holy Spirit - NO AUTHORITY TO BAPTIZE.
No Holy Spirit - NO AUTHORITY TO MARRY.
No Holy Spirit - NO AUTHORITY TO ORDAIN.
Jehovah's Witnesses follow the directions of liars that make claims that CANNOT BE
SUBSTANTIATED and they follow these liars to Hell.
NOBODY can storm the gates of Heaven and force their way in no matter how much
they believe what they have been taught!
24th March 22:42
August 14 - St Maximilian Kolbe (down heart exercise)
Rev 15:2 -4 And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them
that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his
mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the
harps of God.
And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the
Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just
and true are thy ways, thou King of saints. Who shall not fear thee, O
Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall
come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.
Lets contemplate and commemorate and learn from the Life of Christ instead:
"God With Us"
His name shall be called Immanuel, . . . God with us." "The light of
the knowledge of the glory of God" is seen "in the face of Jesus Christ."
From the days of eternity the Lord Jesus Christ was one with the Father; He
was "the image of God," the image of His greatness and majesty, "the
outshining of His glory." It was to manifest this glory that He came to our
world. To this sin-darkened earth He came to reveal the light of God's
love,--to be "God with us." Therefore it was prophesied of Him, "His name
shall be called Immanuel."
By coming to dwell with us, Jesus was to reveal God both to men and to
angels. He was the Word of God,--God's thought made audible. In His prayer
for His disciples He says, "I have declared unto them Thy name,"--"merciful
and gracious, long-suffering, and abundant in goodness and truth,"--"that
the love wherewith Thou hast loved Me may be in them, and I in them." But
not alone for His earthborn children was this revelation given. Our little
world is the lesson book of the universe. God's wonderful purpose of grace,
the mystery of redeeming love, is the theme into which "angels desire to
look," and it will be their study throughout endless ages. Both the redeemed
and the unfallen beings will find in the cross of Christ their science and
their song. It will be seen that the glory shining in the face of Jesus is
the glory of self-sacrificing love. In the light from Calvary it will be
seen that the law of self-renouncing love is the law of life for earth and
heaven; that the love which "seeketh not her own" has its source in the
heart of God; and that in the meek and lowly One is manifested the character
of Him who dwelleth in the light which no man can approach unto.
In the beginning, God was revealed in all the works of creation. It was
Christ that spread the heavens, and laid the foundations of the earth. It
was His hand that hung the worlds in space, and fashioned the flowers of the
field. "His strength setteth fast the mountains." "The sea is His, and He
made it." Ps. 65:6; 95:5. It was He that filled the earth with beauty, and
the air with song. And upon all things in earth, and air, and sky, He wrote
the message of the Father's love.
Now sin has marred God's perfect work, yet that handwriting remains.
Even now all created things declare the glory of His excellence. There is
nothing, save the selfish heart of man, that lives unto itself. No bird that
cleaves the air, no animal that moves upon the ground, but ministers to some
other life. There is no leaf of the forest, or lowly blade of grass, but has
its ministry. Every tree and shrub and leaf pours forth that element of life
without which neither man nor animal could live; and man and animal, in
turn, minister to the life of tree and shrub and leaf. The flowers breathe
fragrance and unfold their beauty in blessing to the world. The sun sheds
its light to gladden a thousand worlds. The ocean, itself the source of all
our springs and fountains, receives the streams from every land, but takes
to give. The mists ascending from its bosom fall in showers to water the
earth, that it may bring forth and bud.
The angels of glory find their joy in giving,--giving love and tireless
watchcare to souls that are fallen and unholy. Heavenly beings woo the
hearts of men; they bring to this dark world light from the courts above; by
gentle and patient ministry they move upon the human spirit, to bring the
lost into a fellowship with Christ which is even closer than they themselves
But turning from all lesser representations, we behold God in Jesus.
Looking unto Jesus we see that it is the glory of our God to give. "I do
nothing of Myself," said Christ; "the living Father hath sent Me, and I live
by the Father." "I seek not Mine own glory," but the glory of Him that sent
Me. John 8:28; 6:57; 8:50; 7:18. In these words is set forth the great
principle which is the law of life for the universe. All things Christ
received from God, but He took to give. So in the heavenly courts, in His
ministry for all created beings: through the beloved Son, the Father's life
flows out to all; through the Son it returns, in praise and joyous service,
a tide of love, to the great Source of all. And thus through Christ the
circuit of beneficence is complete, representing the character of the great
Giver, the law of life.
In heaven itself this law was broken. Sin originated in self-seeking.
Lucifer, the covering cherub, desired to be first in heaven. He sought to
gain control of heavenly beings, to draw them away from their Creator, and
to win their homage to himself. Therefore he misrepresented God, attributing
to Him the desire for self-exaltation. With his own evil characteristics he
sought to invest the loving Creator. Thus he deceived angels. Thus he
deceived men. He led them to doubt the word of God, and to distrust His
goodness. Because God is a God of justice and terrible majesty, Satan caused
them to look upon Him as severe and unf****ving. Thus he drew men to join
him in rebellion against God, and the night of woe settled down upon the
The earth was dark through misapprehension of God. That the gloomy
shadows might be lightened, that the world might be brought back to God,
Satan's deceptive power was to be broken. This could not be done by force.
The exercise of force is contrary to the principles of God's government; He
desires only the service of love; and love cannot be commanded; it cannot be
won by force or authority. Only by love is love awakened. To know God is to
love Him; His character must be manifested in contrast to the character of
Satan. This work only one Being in all the universe could do. Only He who
knew the height and depth of the love of God could make it known. Upon the
world's dark night the Sun of Righteousness must rise, "with healing in His
wings." Mal. 4:2.
The plan for our redemption was not an afterthought, a plan formulated
after the fall of Adam. It was a revelation of "the mystery which hath been
kept in silence through times eternal." Rom. 16:25, R. V. It was an
unfolding of the principles that from eternal ages have been the foundation
of God's throne. From the beginning, God and Christ knew of the apostasy of
Satan, and of the fall of man through the deceptive power of the apostate.
God did not ordain that sin should exist, but He foresaw its existence, and
made provision to meet the terrible emergency. So great was His love for the
world, that He covenanted to give His only-begotten Son, "that whosoever
believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16.
Lucifer had said, "I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; . . .
I will be like the Most High." Isa. 14:13, 14. But Christ, "being in the
form of God, counted it not a thing to be grasped to be on an equality with
God, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the
likeness of men." Phil. 2:6, 7, R. V., margin.
This was a voluntary sacrifice. Jesus might have remained at the
Father's side. He might have retained the glory of heaven, and the homage of
the angels. But He chose to give back the scepter intothe Father's hands,
and to step down from the throne of the universe, that He might bring light
to the benighted, and life to the perishing.
Nearly two thousand years ago, a voice of mysterious import was heard
in heaven, from the throne of God, "Lo, I come." "Sacrifice and offering
Thou wouldest not, but a body hast Thou prepared Me. . . . Lo, I come (in
the volume of the Book it is written of Me,) to do Thy will, O God." Heb.
10:5-7. In these words is announced the fulfillment of the purpose that had
been hidden from eternal ages. Christ was about to visit our world, and to
become incarnate. He says, "A body hast Thou prepared Me." Had He appeared
with the glory that was His with the Father before the world was, we could
not have endured the light of His presence. That we might behold it and not
be destroyed, the manifestation of His glory was shrouded. His divinity was
veiled with humanity,--the invisible glory in the visible human form.
This great purpose had been shadowed forth in types and symbols. The
burning bush, in which Christ appeared to Moses, revealed God. The symbol
chosen for the representation of the Deity was a lowly shrub, that seemingly
had no attractions. This enshrined the Infinite. The all-merciful God
shrouded His glory in a most humble type, that Moses could look upon it and
live. So in the pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night, God
communicated with Israel, revealing to men His will, and imparting to them
His grace. God's glory was subdued, and His majesty veiled, that the weak
vision of finite men might behold it. So Christ was to come in "the body of
our humiliation" (Phil. 3:21, R. V.), "in the likeness of men." In the eyes
of the world He possessed no beauty that they should desire Him; yet He was
the incarnate God, the light of heaven and earth. His glory was veiled, His
greatness and majesty were hidden, that He might draw near to sorrowful,
God commanded Moses for Israel, "Let them make Me a sanctuary; that I
may dwell among them" (Ex. 25:8), and He abode in the sanctuary, in the
midst of His people. Through all their weary wandering in the desert, the
symbol of His presence was with them. So Christ set up His tabernacle in the
midst of our human encampment. He pitched His tent by the side of the tents
of men, that He might dwell among us, and make us familiar with His divine
character and life. "The Word became flesh, and tabernacled among us (and we
beheld His glory, glory as of the Only Begotten from the Father), full of
grace and truth." John 1:14, R. V., margin.
Since Jesus came to dwell with us, we know that God is acquainted with
our trials, and sympathizes with our griefs. Every son and daughter of Adam
may understand that our Creator is the friend of sinners. For in every
doctrine of grace, every promise of joy, every deed of love, every divine
attraction presented in the Saviour's life on earth, we see
"God with us."
Satan represents God's law of love as a law of selfishness. He declares
that it is impossible for us to obey its precepts. The fall of our first
parents, with all the woe that has resulted, he charges upon the Creator,
leading men to look upon God as the author of sin, and suffering, and death.
Jesus was to unveil this deception. As one of us He was to give an example
of obedience. For this He took upon Himself our nature, and passed through
our experiences. "In all things it behooved Him to be made like unto His
brethren." Heb. 2:17. If we had to bear anything which Jesus did not endure,
then upon this point Satan would represent the power of God as insufficient
for us. Therefore Jesus was "in all points tempted like as we are." Heb.
4:15. He endured every trial to which we are subject. And He exercised in
His own behalf no power that is not freely offered to us. As man, He met
temptation, and overcame in the strength given Him from God. He says, "I
delight to do Thy will, O My God: yea, Thy law is within My heart." Ps.
40:8. As He went about doing good, and healing all who were afflicted by
Satan, He made plain to men the character of God's law and the nature of His
service. His life testifies that it is possible for us also to obey the law
By His humanity, Christ touched humanity; by His divinity, He lays hold
upon the throne of God. As the Son of man, He gave us an example of
obedience; as the Son of God, He gives us power to obey. It was Christ who
from the bush on Mount Horeb spoke to Moses saying, "I AM THAT I AM. . . .
Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto
you." Ex. 3:14. This was the pledge of Israel's deliverance. So when He came
"in the likeness of men," He declared Himself the I AM. The Child of
Bethlehem, the meek and lowly Saviour, is God "manifest in the flesh." 1
Tim. 3:16. And to us He says: "I AM the Good Shepherd." "I AM the living
Bread." "I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life." "All power is given
unto Me in heaven and in earth." John 10:11; 6:51; 14:6; Matt. 28:18. I AM
the assurance of every promise. I AM; be not afraid. "God with us" is the
surety of our deliverance from sin, the assurance of our power to obey the
law of heaven.
In stooping to take upon Himself humanity, Christ revealed a character
the opposite of the character of Satan. But He stepped still lower in the
path of humiliation. "Being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself,
and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross." Phil. 2:8. As
the high priest laid aside his gorgeous pontifical robes, and officiated in
the white linen dress of the common priest, so Christ took the form of a
servant, and offered sacrifice, Himself the priest, Himself the victim. "He
was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the
chasti*****t of our peace was upon Him." Isa. 53:5.
Christ was treated as we deserve, that we might be treated as He
deserves. He was condemned for our sins, in which He had no share, that we
might be justified by His righteousness, in which we had no share. He
suffered the death which was ours, that we might receive the life which was
His. "With His stripes we are healed."
By His life and His death, Christ has achieved even more than recovery
from the ruin wrought through sin. It was Satan's purpose to bring about an
eternal separation between God and man; but in Christ we become more closely
united to God than if we had never fallen. In taking our nature, the Saviour
has bound Himself to humanity by a tie that is never to be broken. Through
the eternal ages He is linked with us. "God so loved the world, that He gave
His only-begotten Son." John 3:16. He gave Him not only to bear our sins,
and to die as our sacrifice; He gave Him to the fallen race. To assure us of
His immutable counsel of peace, God gave His only-begotten Son to become one
of the human family, forever to retain His human nature. This is the pledge
that God will fulfill His word. "Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is
given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder." God has adopted human
nature in the person of His Son, and has carried the same into the highest
heaven. It is the "Son of man" who shares the throne of the universe. It is
the "Son of man" whose name shall be called, "Wonderful, Counselor, The
mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." Isa. 9:6. The I AM
is the Daysman between God and humanity, laying His hand upon both. He who
is "holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners," is not ashamed to
call us brethren. Heb. 7:26; 2:11. In Christ the family of earth and the
family of heaven are bound together. Christ glorified is our brother. Heaven
is enshrined in humanity, and humanity is enfolded in the bosom of Infinite
Of His people God says, "They shall be as the stones of a crown, lifted
up as an ensign upon His land. For how great is His goodness, and how great
is His beauty!" Zech. 9:16, 17. The exaltation of the redeemed will be an
eternal testimony to God's mercy. "In the ages to come," He will "show the
exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ
Jesus." "To the intent that . . . unto the principalities and the powers in
the heavenly places might be made known . . . the manifold wisdom of God,
according to the eternal purpose which He purposed in Christ Jesus our
Lord." Eph. 2:7; 3:10, 11, R. V.
Through Christ's redeeming work the government of God stands justified.
The Omnipotent One is made known as the God of love. Satan's charges are
refuted, and his character unveiled. Rebellion can never again arise. Sin
can never again enter the universe. Through eternal ages all are secure from
apostasy. By love's self-sacrifice, the inhabitants of earth and heaven are
bound to their Creator in bonds of indissoluble union.
The work of redemption will be complete. In the place where sin
abounded, God's grace much more abounds. The earth itself, the very field
that Satan claims as his, is to be not only ransomed but exalted. Our little
world, under the curse of sin the one dark blot in His glorious creation,
will be honored above all other worlds in the universe of God. Here, where
the Son of God tabernacled in humanity; where the King of glory lived and
suffered and died,--here, when He shall make all things new, the tabernacle
of God shall be with men, "and He will dwell with them, and they shall be
His people, and God Himself shall be with them, and be their God." And
through endless ages as the redeemed walk in the light of the Lord, they
will praise Him for His unspeakable Gift,-- Immanuel, "God with us.
The Desire of Ages, chapter 1 by E.G. White