MIKHA’EL coming for Christmas

MIKHA’EL (2021) is the first award-winning and historically-accurate feature documentary about the Archangel Michael in cinema. Featuring a large ensemble cast with multiple story lines, the film explores Mikha’El’s ongoing and jaw-dropping exploits around the world particularly as Taxiarchis Panormitis, the Angel of Mount Zion and the Archangel of Monte Gargano. It also looks at the unusual discovery of the Panormitis icon by a hearing-impaired Greek Jew. Languages include English, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, and Latin. MIKHA’EL was shot on location in France, Greece, Italy, Jerusalem, Malta, Poland, Ukraine, and the USA.

The film will be available for the Christmas season. Learn more here.

  1. Winner European Best Documentary Award | Brittany International Film Festival
  2. Winner Best Director | L’Age D’Or International Arthouse Film Festival
  3. Winner Best Director | Great Message International Film Festival
  4. Winner Best Score | 2021 Tracks Music Awards
  5. Award of Recognition Original Film Score | The Impact Docs Awards
  6. Winner Bronze Medal Original Score | Global Music Awards
  7. Outstanding Achievement Award Best Documentary / Best Film Score | L’Age D’Or International Arthouse Film Festival
  8. Honorable Mention Feature Documentary | New York Movie Awards
  9. Nominee Best Original Score | International Sound and Film Music Festival
  10. Nominee Best Composer | Paris Art and Movie Awards
  11. Nominee Best Director | Pigeon D’Or Awards.

About the plague

From God the Father to Barbara Centilli:

“The spiritual contamination will affect the mind and body as well. Many will become ill with a disorder that can only be cured by conversion. For some, the conversion will come too late. This plague will be unleashed soon so that the weeding process can begin. It is not by bombs or war that man’s demise will come, but rather through his own spiritual corruption. Mary’s children will have immunity to this disease. I tell you this so that you may prepare: prayer, fasting and penance . . . Pray for your brother and sisters. Pray that they will listen when the chastisement of My mercy comes. And it comes soon. Remember, conversion to Me . . . The wave is coming; the plague is coming – one of power and one of pain.

“My children will cry out, but there will be no one to hear their cries, for I am turning My back on My children so that they may experience the absence of My goodness and love. They need to see so that they can make the choice. Then the plague will overcome those that are set in their rejection and hate for Me. And the light from My little ones shall blind them in their despair and they will beg to see again. But ONLY after they convert” (Seeing With the Eyes of the Soul, 2006).

The reasons for three punishments

Many, even in the Church itself, have forgotten these or they will say that God no longer punishes in such a manner. But if you know Scripture, you will find that God the Father has always punished lust and sins of the flesh with plagues when people remain unrepentant; He punishes gluttony and sins of greed with famine, and He punishes sins of pride with war and bloodshed. Man may change, but the Father never changes because He Is Who He Is.

The reality of our times

“In many countries, the practice of Christian worship is disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic. The faithful cannot meet in the churches, they cannot participate sacramentally in the Eucharistic sacrifice. This situation is a source of great suffering. It is also an opportunity that God gives us to better understand the necessity and the value of liturgical worship. As Cardinal Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, but above all in deep communion in the humble service of God and His Church, I [Robert, Cardinal Sarah] wish to offer this meditation to my brothers in the episcopate and the priesthood and to the people of God, to try and learn some lessons from this situation.

“It has sometimes been said that, because of the epidemic and the confinement ordered by the civil authorities, public worship was suspended. This is not correct. Public worship is the worship rendered to God by the whole Mystical Body, Head and members, as the Second Vatican Council recalls: “Indeed, for the accomplishment of this great work by which God is perfectly glorified and men sanctified, Christ always associates with the Church, his beloved Bride, who invokes her as his Lord and who passes through him to render his worship to the Eternal Father.” The liturgy is therefore rightly regarded as the exercise of the priestly function of Jesus Christ, an exercise in which the sanctification of man is signified by sensitive signs, is carried out in a manner specific to each person . . . Thus, each time a priest celebrates the mass or the liturgy of the hours, even if he is alone, he offers public and official worship of the Church in union with its Head, Christ and on behalf of the whole Body.

“Of course, to find its full and manifest expression, it is fortunate that this worship can be celebrated with the participation of a community of the faithful of the people of God. But it may happen that this is not possible. The physical absence of the community does not prevent the realization of public worship even if it cuts off part of its realization . . . Thus, it would be wrong to pretend that a priest should abstain from the celebration of Mass in the absence of the faithful. On the contrary, in the present circumstances where the people of God are prevented from uniting sacramentally with this worship, the priest is more bound to the daily celebration. Indeed, in the liturgy, the priest acts in persona Ecclesiae, in the name of the whole Church and in persona Christi, in the name of Christ, Head of the Body to worship the Father; he is the ambassador, the delegate of all those who cannot be there.

“It is therefore understandable that no secular authority can suspend the public worship of the Church. This worship is a spiritual reality over which temporal authority has no control. This worship continues wherever a mass is celebrated, even without the assistance of the people gathered. It is up to this civil authority, on the other hand, to ban gatherings that would be dangerous for the common good in view of the health situation. It is also the responsibility of the bishops to collaborate with these civil authorities in the most perfect frankness. Continue reading “The reality of our times”

Churches declared ‘essential’ in America

The daily miracle so many are trying to extinguish

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The visible destruction of the Catholic Faith

From invalid absolutions to clergy that do not believe people go to Hell “because God does not punish,” through the ‘blessing’ of same-sex marriages, to counseling abortion in cases of “danger to the health of the mother,” to pushing syncretism and idol worship in the name of “diversity,” to mocking the confession of mortal sins in kind and number, to more mocking of the necessary valid matter for the consecration of the Precious Blood of Christ, the institutional destruction of the Catholic Faith by a significant proportion of its own clergy – most, of a certain age, with many bent on justifying their personal sins – is well underway.

The Faith, however, will not die. The Catholic Faith and the fullness of its truths will persist in the hearts and minds of those who remain loyal to the Church, even though many of these will suffer not just for their personal sins, but more importantly for the sins of the betrayers. The Faith shall emerge again in all its glory for all to see and embrace, once the purification and tribulation of these times are over.

Invalid absolutions

Some Catholic priests have taken to ‘granting absolution’ for sins via livestream in these times of lockdown, especially during televised Masses. Such absolutions are invalid and do not result in the remission of sins, no matter how much these priests may use fancy language – such as, e.g., “by the special power granted to me by the Church in these times” – to convince people otherwise.

 

 

Christ is risen

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It has begun

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The Mystical Body of Christ is being broken. Like the Bridegroom before her, the Church is now entering into her passion and crucifixion, only to rise even more resplendent than ever before in the coming era of peace and holiness.

It has begun.

Fear is never from God

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Fear not them that kill the body and are not able to kill the soul, but rather fear him that can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? Not one of them shall fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered (Mt 10:28-30).

A spirit of service or a spirit of fear?

Remember the basic fact that fear is never from God whenever you hear others exponentially increase the fear-mongering in these days of near-chaos, no matter who they may be and what role/status they might hold in either society or the Church, or both.

Prudence is wise; employ it. That is why God gave you reason. But catastrophizing beyond any basis for it is not.

Whenever doubts start to assail you, go back in time and remember one man who not only was unafraid of the other, especially “the diseased other,” but unafraid also of what might happen to him: Saint Damien of Molokai.

Behold I send you as sheep in the midst of wolves. Be therefore wise as serpents and simple as doves. But beware of men. For they will deliver you up in councils and they will scourge you in their synagogues. And you shall be brought before governors and before kings for my sake, for a testimony to them and to the Gentiles: But when they shall deliver you up, take no thought how or what to speak, for it shall be given you in that hour what to speak. For it is not you that speak, but the Spirit of your Father that speaks in you (Mt 10:16-20).

 

Relics of the Passion – 9 – The Stone of the Anointing and the Holy Sepulcher

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From the Stone of the Anointing and the Holy Sepulcher

The Stone of the Anointing

The Stone of the Anointing can be found inside the main entrance to the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher,[1] Jerusalem. It was placed there after the reconstruction of the church had been finished in 1810 (Murphy-O’Connor, 1998).

According to tradition, the slab of reddish Stone is located in commemoration on the spot where Saint Joseph of Arimathea had prepared the Body of Jesus Christ for burial (See the Holy Land, 2017). It belongs conjointly to the Armenian Orthodox,[2] the Roman Catholics[3] and the Greek Orthodox[4] that are at the Sepulcher, all of whom were indicated as primary custodians of the church in the firman[5] of the Ottoman Sultan, Osman III, in 1863[6] (ibid.; Morio, 2014). Above is a photograph of a relic from the Stone of the Anointing in a sealed hand-carved, gilt-bronze reliquary that comes from the Custodian Franciscans serving the Holy Land.

The Holy Sepulcher

The Holy Sepulcher is the tomb where Christ was buried for three days before His Resurrection. It is located 295 feet (90 meters) northwest of Golgotha.[7] The tomb had been provided for the burial of Christ by Saint Joseph of Arimathea, a member of the Sanhedrin who had quietly disagreed with their condemnation of the Savior.

The tomb, which has a bed of limestone (Romey, 2016; Pells, 2016) upon which the Body of Christ had been placed, is enclosed inside the Kouvouklion, a small chapel that is located in the Aedicule of the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher. The bed had been covered for centuries by a marble slab with a cross on it, which had been reportedly engraved by the Crusaders. Above is a photograph of a small stone from the Holy Sepulcher in the same sealed bronze reliquary that comes from the Custodian Franciscans in Jerusalem.

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[1] Also known as the Church of the Resurrection.

[2] The Armenian (Saint James Brotherhood; 2011).

[3] The Franciscans of the Order of Friars Minor (Custodia Terrae Sanctae, 2019). Known locally as ‘Latins.’

[4] The Jerusalem Patriarchate (Brotherhood of the All-Holy Sepulcher; 2012).

[5] A firman was a royal decree issued during the time of the Ottoman empire. The 1863 firman confirmed that which had been decreed in the firman of 1749.

[6] The Status Quo (United Nations Conciliation Commission, 1949).

[7] The place of the skull.