Journal Entry 2-27-06

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To the right is a link to a Roman Catholic Site Explaining that both the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary are both one and the same, that they are both conductive to salvation, and that they are both to be worshipped.

 

This makes these two images idols, and therefore sin for any true follower of Christ to have anything to do with.

 

Quotes from site:

 

Worship of these images promoted

 

… St. Peter Canisius, Jesuit and Theologian, was devoted to the Heart of Jesus. His knowledge of the devotion came from the writings of Ludolph of Saxony who wrote Vita Christi. It was a resume of the spirituality of the Middle Ages. St. Peter was also greatly influenced by the subprior of St. Barbara's, Lanspergius (1489-1539).

 

… He not only wrote on the Heart of Jesus, but suggested the use of pictures of the Heart of Jesus as an aid to devotion. These pictures were to be small enough to be carried about. He directed the monks of his community to "make certain that you have a picture of the Sacred Heart in order to increase your devotion. Set it so your eyes might fall upon it frequently that, upon beholding it, the flames of divine affection might burn within your soul. Kiss this image with the same devotion with which you would kiss the Heart of Jesus itself."

 

… kiss this picture-I mean of the Heart of Jesus-as if it were the real and Divine Heart of Jesus that you were pressing to your lips, desiring to imprint it on your heart, to plunge therein your spirit, to be absorbed therein, presenting yourself to draw from this gracious Heart into yours His spirit, His graces, His virtues, all that His immensity contains that is salutary for you. For the Heart of the Lord overflows with all this. It is therefore, profitable and very pious to honor devoutly the Heart of the Lord Jesus.

 

The image of the sacred heart is worshipped:

It is during the time of the 1600's that we read of St. John Eudes (1601-1680) and his devoting his life to the spreading of the devotion to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. He founded the Congregation of Jesus and Mary, known today as the Eudists Fathers. Pope St. Pius X of this century called St. John Eudes, "The Author and the apostle of the liturgical worship of the Sacred Heart."

 

 

Connection between the Immaculate Heart of Mary

and the Sacred Heart of Jesus:

 

…"That graces for the Christian family and for the whole human race may flow more abundantly from devotion to the Sacred Heart, let the faithful strive to join it closely with devotion to the Immaculate Heart of the Mother of God.

 

 

Do the scriptures teach that in order to worship the son,

worship must first be given to Mary—

that Jesus receives only worship that is first offer through his mother?

 

…With these words, Our Holy Father shows that the two hearts are one. He united them inseparable in his encyclical, Haurietis Aquas. One point must be remembered, Jesus is adored for His own sake while Mary is honored for the sake of God, the One who is to be adored. To the Heart of Jesus is given the worship of latria; to the human heart of Our Lady is the worship of hyperdulia. All the love and glory we give to Our Heavenly Mother is given back to her Son. With this proper perspective being made, I will continue with the history of devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

 

"Once the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus was established in the Church it was in the order of Providence a natural consequence that a Devotion to the Heart of Mary should also be established ... The devotion to the Heart of Mary really is a natural result of devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Is there not a likeness, after all, in the honors the Church pays to Jesus and to Mary? The same love that has led Jesus Christ to associate His Mother with Himself in all the glory He enjoys in the Church Triumphant, has led Him to associate her in the same way in all the honor He receives from the Church Militant.

 

 

Mary Credited With The Atonement:

…By the will of God, the Most Blessed Virgin Mary was inseparably joined with Christ in accomplishing the work of man's redemption, so that our salvation flows from the love of Jesus Christ and His sufferings, intimately united with the love and sorrows of His mother. It is, then, highly fitting that after due homage has been paid to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Christian people who have obtained divine life from Christ through Mary, manifest similar piety and the love of their grateful souls for the most loving heart of our heavenly Mother ..."

 

 

What role did Mary play in redemption, and what scripture points to the [image of] the immaculate heart of Mary as the source of salvation?

 

…We find the contemporaries of St. Bernard; Hugh of St. Victor and Richard of St. Lawrence writing also on the Heart of Mary. Hugh of St. Victor explains the love of the Blessed Virgin Mary and its role in the Redemption, while Richard of St. Lawrence writes that the Heart of Mary is the source of salvation, the first of all hearts united with Christ in His sufferings.

 

St. Gertrude writes that while at Matins, in the recitation of the Ave Maria, she saw in a vision three streams flowing from the Three Persons of the Blessed Trinity, penetrating the Heart of the Virgin Mother and returning again to their source, signifying Mary to be after the Father the most powerful; after the Son the greatest in wisdom and after the Holy Ghost the most benign of persons.

 

 

Demon posing as Mary and taking credit for redeeming mankind:

 

…Our Lady told St. Bridget of Sweden, "When He suffered, I felt as though my Heart endured the sufferings also...when My Son was scourged and torn with whips, my Heart was scourged and whipped with Him...His Heart was my Heart...so that my beloved Son and myself redeemed the world as with ONE HEART." (Emphasis Author)

 

 

Is the [image of] immaculate heart of Mary

the mediator between God and man?:

 

St. John Eudes wrote, "Jesus lives in her (Mary) soul and body...His Heart abides in her heart, His Soul in her soul ... His virtues, mysteries, and divine attributes are loving in her heart..." These very words were later echoed by St. Margaret Mary, the recipient of the devotion of the Sacred Heart, when she said; "The most efficacious way to obtain devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus was through the Immaculate Heart of Mary." She taught this to her novices and also composed a prayer for them to pray.

 

 

Sin Cleansing Properties of Mary’s Immaculate Heart?

 

This point is further emphasized by Father Croiset, S.J. He had a deep spiritual relationship with St. Margaret Mary. He wrote; "For the Sacred hearts of Jesus and Mary are too much alike and too much united for one to have access to the one and not to the other, with this difference, however, that the Heart of Jesus admits only extremely pure souls, and the [image of] Immaculate Heart of Mary purifies, by the graces which she obtains for them, those that are not pure, and enables them to be received in the Heart of Jesus!"

 

 

Did Mary Share In Christ’s Work of Redemption?

 

…In 1915, The Pope granted an indulgence of 100 days for the recitation of this ejaculation. Finally on July 2, 1940, Berthe heard Our Lord say; "This is the last succor which I give before the end of time: the recourse to My Mother under the title which I desire shall be hers throughout the whole world. It is in co-redemption that My Mother was above great, that is why I ask that the invocation, as I have inspired it, should be approved and diffused throughout the whole Church...It has already obtained grace. It will obtain more; until the hour comes when, by Consecration to the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of My Mother, the Church shall be uplifted and the world renewed."

 

Though we or an angel of Heaven preach an other gospel unto you…

let him be accursed….

 

…the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima on June 13, 1917 and the revelations made to Berthe Petite. Sr. Lucia said that Our Lady appeared on that day showing her Heart, "Surrounded by thorns on every side...the points of these thorns penetrated into the channels of her Heart ... she was all enveloped in light but the expression of her countenance was sorrowful. Our Lady said; 'God wishes to establish in the world devotion to My Immaculate Heart.'" Notice Our Lady said, GOD WISHES not I wish!

 

Do the scriptures teach we attain salvation through devotion

to (the image of) Mary’s immaculate heart?

 

Our Lady said to them; "You have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go. In order to save them God wishes to establish in this world devotion to My Immaculate Heart..

 

 

Do the Scriptures teach that sinners are converted by the teaching and consecration of the immaculate heart of Mary?

A 19th century priest heard these words while praying:

…'If you desire the conversion of sinners, consecrate your parish to the Most Holy and Immaculate Heart of Mary.'

 

 

At the hour of our death, is it the prayers of the immaculate heart of Mary that gives eternal life and keeps us out of hell?

 

…In France, in 1840 Our Lady appeared to another Daughter of St. Vincent de Paul, Sr. Justine. Our Lady appeared to her on January 18, 1840 in a white robe and a blue mantle. In her hands, she held her heart. From the top of her heart issued forth brilliant rays. St. Justine kept crying out because of her great beauty. She appeared to her five times like this. Finally on September 8, 1840, Our Lady appeared again holding in her left hand her green scapular with these words written on it: "Immaculate Heart of Mary pray for us now and at the hour of our Death."

 

Our Lady then held out her thorn-wreathed Heart and said; "See, my daughter, my heart, surrounded by thorns with which ungrateful men wound it at every moment by their blasphemies and ingratitude. Do you at least console me and announce that I promise to assist at the hour of death with all the graces necessary for salvation, to all those who on the first Saturday of five consecutive months, confess, receive Holy Communion, recite 5 decades of the rosary, and keep me company for 15 minutes while mediating on the mysteries of the rosary, with the intention of making reparation to me."

 

 

Do we see anywhere in scripture instruction to practice

any devotion to Mary and to images of her immaculate heart?

 

…Finally there is a deep note of spiritual earnestness in Jacinta's words to Lucia concerning this devotion; "I am going to heaven soon, but you must stay here to make known God's wish to establish devotion to the [image of] Immaculate Heart of Mary. Do not be afraid to tell it. Tell everyone that God gives us all graces through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, so that everyone may ask her. Make it known that the Sacred Heart of Jesus wishes that the [image of] Immaculate Heat of Mary be honored with Him.

 

 

Has the peace of the world been promised through devotion to the images of the immaculate heart of Mary?

 

…People must ask for peace through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, for God has confided the peace of the world to her."

 

Our age has been blessed beyond all understanding, for this sinful generation has been given the knowledge of the Devotion to the [image of] Immaculate Heart of Mary and the [image of] Sacred Heart of Jesus.

 

 

…Console the Hearts of Jesus and Mary by making the first nine Fridays and first five Saturdays of reparation! Our Lady cannot hold back her Son's arm of Justice forever. The repeated apparitions of the past century and this one have already told us that. Have recourse to this gift, possibly God's last gift to mankind!

Quote from priest:

“…our Congregation is the work of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary."17

 

Vision of St. Margaret

(the image of the sacred heart was presented

to St. Margaret by a demon).

 

That was the first apparition. The second took place between 1673 and 1674. St. Margaret wrote, "The Divine Heart was represented to me as upon a throne of fire and flames. It shed rays on every side brighter than the sun and transparent as crystal. The wound which He received on the Cross appeared there visibly. A crown of thorns encircled the Divine Heart, and It was surmounted by a cross.

 

An Idol was given to the people

 

These instruments of His Passion signified, as my divine Master made me understand, that it was the limitless love He had for all men that had been the source of His sufferings and that from the first moment of His Incarnation these torments had been present to Him. From the first moment the Cross, as it were, had been planted in His Heart. From that moment He had accepted all the pains and the humiliations which the sacred Humanity was to experience during the days of His earthly life, and even the outrages to which His love for men exposed him till the end of time in the Blessed Sacrament. He gave me to understand afterwards that it was the great desire He had to be perfectly loved by mankind that had made Him form the design of revealing to them His Heart, and of giving them in these latter times this last effort of His love. This He would do by proposing to them an object and a means calculated to win them to love Him."

 

 

Demon posing as Jesus (visions of St. Margaret):

 

...The fourth apparition, known as the Great Apparition, occurred on June 16, 1675. It was during this apparition that Jesus asked for the great Feast of the Sacred Heart. On that day He revealed His Heart saying:

 

"There were represented to me, as it were, the flames of the throne upon which the loving Heart of Jesus rested and from its sacred Wound shed rays so burning and bright, that all around was warmed and illuminated by them. On one side of the throne was the most holy Virgin, and on the other was our venerable Founder, St. Frances de Sales, with the Holy Father de la Colombiere.

 

 

Holiness achieved through devotion to the [image of] Sacred Heart

 

The devotion (of the sacred heart)flourished and by 1930 there were more than 40 religious communities with the name Sacred Heart. Many saints wrote about and practiced this devotion along with the countless ordinary people, whose holiness in their state of life was reached through this devotion.

 

 

Salvation through devotion to the [image of] Sacred Heart:

"Is there a devotion (the devotion of the sacred heart) more excellent than that to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, one which is more in accord with the real nature of the Catholic faith or which better meets the needs of the Church and the human race today? What act of religion is more noble, more suitable, sweeter and more conducive to salvation, since this devotion is wholly directed to the love of God Himself?

 

 

Devotion to the [image of]  Sacred heart is

the most effective tool in establishing the kingdom of God?

 

"Greatly impelled by the desire to set up a firm defense against the wicked machinations of the enemies of God and His Church, and at the same time to lead back domestic and civil society to the love of God and neighbor, We do not hesitate to state emphatically that devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is the most effective school of divine charity, on which the kingdom of God to be established in the souls of individuals, in families and in nations must rest ...

 

 

 

Salvation through devotion to [images of] Mary’s Immaculate Heart?

 

…Our Lady said to them; "You have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go. In order to save them God wishes to establish in this world devotion to My Immaculate Heart….

 

End of Quotes

 

 

 

One of the primary spirits operative within the Roman Catholic Church is a spirit of idolatry.

 

A primary manifestation of a spirit of idolatry is an attachment to visuals in regards to religion, holiness etc.

 

This spirit of idolatry uses images, icons, pictures etc., as a very effective tool in keeping the Roman Catholic people from the knowledge of the truth which would bring them true salvation.

 

Most protestants do not understand that the images used in the Roman Catholic Church are (most) often objects of worship. These images are prayed to, kissed, adored etc.

 

The most common reason we are given by people for keeping such things in their possession after they find out the real meaning of them is this, “well, it doesn’t mean that to me…. ”

 

Powerful spirits attach themselves to these images in an effort to influence the owners of the images regardless of the reason for possessing such an image.

(see “Point of Contact”

 in spiritual warfare section).

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