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Eleison Comments - Hearts Protection (no. 597)
« on: December 23, 2018, 08:46:04 AM »
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  • Number DXCVII (597)
    December 22, 2018
    Heart’s Protection
    A corner must be kept in every heart
    For the Christmas scene joy always to impart.

    Here is a precious account of how Christmas may have protected the Immaculate Heart of Mary from being overcome by her intimate participation in the Passion of her divine Son –
    “The ecstatic bliss of my giving birth came over me like the essence of a flower, enclosed in the living vase of my heart, for the rest of my life. An indescribable joy. Human, and superhuman. Perfect joy.
    “When my heart was pierced every evening of my Son’s life with the painful reminder, ‘One day less of waiting, one day closer to Calvary,’ and when my soul was smothered in pain as though a wave of torture had swept over it, being a wave in advance from the flood of torment that overwhelmed me on Golgotha, I would in spirit lean over the memory of the bliss of Holy Night that had remained alive in my heart, like one would lean over a narrow mountain gorge to listen to the echo of a song of love, or to see in the distance the home of one’s joy.
    “That was my strength through life, especially in the hour of my mystic death at the foot of the Cross. God was punishing the two of us, me and my gentle Son, for the sins of a whole world, but in order not to tell Him that the punishment was too terrible and that the hand of His Justice was being laid too heavily upon us, I was obliged, through the veil of the bitterest tears that ever woman wept, to fasten my heart on that Holy Night, that memory of light, of bliss, of holiness, which rose up before me on Golgotha as a comforting vision from inside my heart to tell me how much God had loved me – the vision had come to me there on its own without waiting for me to seek it out, because it was a holy joy and everything holy is infused with love, and love gives life even to things seemingly lifeless.
    “Here is what we need to do when God strikes –
    * Recall the times when God gave us joy, so that we can say even amid the torment, “Thank you , God. You are good to me.”
    * Accept to be comforted by remembering a gift from the past, to strengthen us in moments of present suffering, when we are crushed to the point of despair, like plants being crushed in a storm, so that we will not despair of the goodness of God.
    * Make sure that our joys are of God, in other words not just human joys of our own choosing and all too easily not of God, as is everything we do if it is disconnected from God, from His divine Law and Will. We must look for joy from God alone.
    * Keep in mind God’s Law and Will for past joys as well, because recalling a memory that spurs us on to do good and to bless God is not blameworthy, it is to be encouraged and blessed.
    * Shine the light of past joy on present darkness to make the darkness so bright that even in the blackest night we can see the holy Face of God.
    * Sweeten a bitter chalice with a relished memory so as to be able to endure the horrible taste and drink the chalice down to the last drop.
    * Sense by the precious memory that we cherish, the sensation of God’s caress even while the thorns press in on our forehead.
    “There you have the seven sources of happiness opposed to the seven swords, such as they pierced my Immaculate Heart. They form my Christmas lesson for you, and together with yourself I make a present of them to my favourite children. I bless them all.”
    Kyrie eleison.
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    Re: Eleison Comments - Hearts Protection (no. 597)
    « Reply #1 on: December 23, 2018, 05:20:27 PM »
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  • Could this "Perfect Joy" excerpt be from Maria Valtorta's POEM OF THE MAN-GOD ?  :furtive:
    "Some preachers will keep silence about the truth, and others will trample it underfoot and deny it. Sanctity of life will be held in derision even by those who outwardly profess it, for in those days Our Lord Jesus Christ will send them not a true Pastor but a destroyer."  St. Francis of Assisi


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    "Some preachers will keep silence about the truth, and others will trample it underfoot and deny it. Sanctity of life will be held in derision even by those who outwardly profess it, for in those days Our Lord Jesus Christ will send them not a true Pastor but a destroyer."  St. Francis of Assisi

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    Re: Eleison Comments - Hearts Protection (no. 597)
    « Reply #4 on: December 23, 2018, 11:46:08 PM »
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  • Homework...over Christmas break? :facepalm:
    Heaven forbid! I am giving you a dispensation, Incred. :cheers: 


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    Re: Eleison Comments - Hearts Protection (no. 597)
    « Reply #5 on: December 24, 2018, 03:33:17 PM »
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    Incred: Could this "Perfect Joy" excerpt be from Maria Valtorta's POEM OF THE MAN-GOD ?
    Your point being......?

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    Re: Eleison Comments - Hearts Protection (no. 597)
    « Reply #6 on: December 26, 2018, 11:25:13 AM »
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  • Your point being......?

    Let's see, what could the points be behind my question?  


    1. Why didn't HE make direct reference to his literary source?

    2. That Valtorta's works being banned and quite controversial, lacking (1950's) Church nihil obstat and imprimatur approvals are
        questionable sources.

    3. That any mystic literary works promoted by Cardinal Bea in the 1950s are suspect.

    4. That maybe we should have a Cathinfo poll and a debate on Maria Valtorta's works?

    You asketh and I answereth you. :popcorn:

    "Some preachers will keep silence about the truth, and others will trample it underfoot and deny it. Sanctity of life will be held in derision even by those who outwardly profess it, for in those days Our Lord Jesus Christ will send them not a true Pastor but a destroyer."  St. Francis of Assisi

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    Re: Eleison Comments - Hearts Protection (no. 597)
    « Reply #7 on: December 26, 2018, 01:13:31 PM »
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  • That Valtorta's works being banned and quite controversial, lacking (1950's) Church nihil obstat and imprimatur approvals are
         questionable sources.

    What a joke, Incred. Obviously, Bishop Williamson cares little or nothing about an alleged imprimatur approval of the 1950s. And I probably care less. Maybe it’s because you and I belong to two different Catholic denominations. Yours is heavy into imprimatur approvals, and mine ignores them. I don’t know.
    Anyway, Merry Christmas….( And please get a life). This particular passage, shared with us by the good bishop was very touching and lovely, even should it have come from the pen of Martin Luther himself.


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    Re: Eleison Comments - Hearts Protection (no. 597)
    « Reply #8 on: December 26, 2018, 01:47:17 PM »
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  • We'll never win hollingsworth over on this issue, since the homoerotic passages in Valtorta just have too strong of a hold on him.

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    Re: Eleison Comments - Hearts Protection (no. 597)
    « Reply #9 on: December 26, 2018, 01:54:41 PM »
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  • Theologically incorrect to say that God was punishing Jesus and Mary for the sins of the world.  This makes God into some bizarre caricature which has this insatiable lust to punish someone, anyone, for having been offended.  Jesus, along with Our Lady's cooperation, made satisfaction for these offenses as explained by St. Anselm contrary to the legalistic view of punishment-transfer promoted later by the heretical Prots ... and evidently Valtorta.

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    Re: Eleison Comments - Hearts Protection (no. 597)
    « Reply #10 on: December 26, 2018, 02:04:16 PM »
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  • Penal substitution:
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    While penal substitution shares themes present in many other theories of the atonement, penal substitution is a distinctively Protestant understanding of the atonement that differs from both Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox understandings of the atonement. Many trace its origin to Calvin, but it was more concretely formulated by the Reformed theologian Charles Hodge. Traditionally a belief in penal substitution is often regarded as a hallmark of the evangelical faith and is included as an article of faith by many (but not all) evangelical organizations today.




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    Re: Eleison Comments - Hearts Protection (no. 597)
    « Reply #11 on: December 26, 2018, 02:25:00 PM »
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  • That Valtorta's works being banned and quite controversial, lacking (1950's) Church nihil obstat and imprimatur approvals are
        questionable sources.

    What a joke, Incred. Obviously, Bishop Williamson cares little or nothing about an alleged imprimatur approval of the 1950s. And I probably care less. Maybe it’s because you and I belong to two different Catholic denominations. Yours is heavy into imprimatur approvals, and mine ignores them. I don’t know.
    Anyway, Merry Christmas….( And please get a life). This particular passage, shared with us by the good bishop was very touching and lovely, even should it have come from the pen of Martin Luther himself.
    :o
    If any one saith, that the ceremonies, vestments, and outward signs, which the Catholic Church makes use of in the celebration of masses, are incentives to impiety, rather than offices of piety; let him be anathema. - Council of Trent

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    Re: Eleison Comments - Hearts Protection (no. 597)
    « Reply #12 on: December 26, 2018, 02:30:46 PM »
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  • :o
    Maybe if he finds some "precious account" from ML he'll publish that.

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    Re: Eleison Comments - Hearts Protection (no. 597)
    « Reply #13 on: December 26, 2018, 02:52:38 PM »
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  • Since searches for phrases in the text yield nothing, it's highly unlikely to be from any work available on the internet as a text file, which includes Valtorta.

    It might be from an old book never scanned to text, or something relatively recent, never before published.

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    Re: Eleison Comments - Hearts Protection (no. 597)
    « Reply #14 on: December 26, 2018, 04:29:19 PM »
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  • We'll never win hollingsworth over on this issue, since the homoerotic passages in Valtorta just have too strong of a hold on him.

    My impression is that Valtorta's poem impacts people similar to a Medjugorje conversion?

    Have you ever noticed that most Conciliar Catholics who visited Medjugorje become zealous converts in the cult?

    TIA provides some good argumentation against the Valtorta cult:


    Valtorta’s Poem of the Man-God

     Marian T. Horvat, Ph.D.
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    Book review of Peom of the Man-God by Maria Valtorta, 10 volumes, online edition

    A friend recently sent me an e-mail asking about Maria Valtorta and her Poem of the Man-God. She received a recent issue of Kyrie Eleison comments of Bishop Richard Williamson titled “Home Reading” (October 20, 2012). In it, he recommends parents read selected chapters of the Poem of the Man-God to children every night.

     He admits the Poem is controversial and has many enemies, but he defends Valtorta’s massive tome (4,000 pages in 10 volumes of supposed visions she received of the life of Christ). The Bishop supports it, despite the objections he lists: that it is riddled with doctrinal errors, that it humanizes Our Lord Jesus Christ, and that the work was placed on the Church’s Index of Forbidden Books in the 1950s.

     He lightly dismisses all the arguments against it and concludes children will learn much about Our Lord and Our Lady from the Poem, which “will fortify a home.”

     “I have not read this book,” my friend continues, “but, for Heaven’s sake, why didn’t Bishop W. recommend reading the wonderful, approved, written-by-a-canonized saint 4-volume City of God by Mother Mary of Agreda? But that is beside the point. I really do wish to know if you approve of the Poem of the Man-God. Even the title upsets my Catholic sensibilities.”

     A humanized Christ

     I believe my friend should follow her good Catholic sense. The very title, the Man-God , expresses the spirit of the work. It is Jesus as a man that Valtorta presents: a babe suckling greedily at his Mother’s breasts, a youth hardly aware of Who He is, a Man who laughs and jokes with His Apostles and is constantly kissing them on the mouth and embracing them closely. Yes, at the least, it is difficult not to suspect this showy Jesus pictured in such way as having homosexual tendencies.

     Valtorta’s natural approach is supposed to attract the modern man to the Life of Christ. It is in tune with the progressivist doctrine that tries to deny the supernatural and instead presents Our Lady as a simple Jewish woman and focuses on Our Lord as being a man “like us.” As Atila Guimaraes points out in Animus Injuriandi I, the progressivist Church aims to de-mythify and de-supernaturalize Christ and His Mother under the guise of presenting a natural “historical” Christ and Mary.” I believe Valtorta’s Jesus and Mary fit this mold.


    An illustration of Valtorta's Jesus, a somewhat occult figure with a magnetic gaze
    Valtorta’s Man-God depiction is the opposite of the God-Man portrayed by Anne Catherine Emmerich and Ven. Mary of Agreda, whose life of Christ is presented from an elevated, supernatural vantage point. One cannot help but wonder why the traditionalist Bishop would not recommend these works, instead of the Valtorta tomes, which were officially condemned by the Holy Office and placed on the Index in December 1959 and defined by L’Osservatore Romano of January 6,1960 as “a badly fictionalized life of Jesus.”

     After Vatican II, Paul VI abolished the Index of Forbidden Books, and Valtorta’s supporters claim this nullifies the suppression of 1959. Unfortunately, the official position of the Church today is less than clear, with important Prelates and Catholic figures on both sides of the issue. Obviously, the progressivists, almost to the man, defend it.

     The Poem of the Man-God, I believe, is riddled with banalities, vulgarities, blasphemies and even doctrinal errors. There are endless idle conversations between Our Lord, Our Lady and the Apostles, all on a natural level. I think the best way to confirm these points is simply to cite some texts, which are so revolting that they speak for themselves.

     The quotes that follow are taken from an online edition of The Poem of the Man-God. A 48-page critique written in the 1980s – when the Poem’s popularity surged for a period, as it seems to be resurging now – by a Salesian, Brother James, S.D.B., can be read in its entirety here (Vol. 1, Vol. 2, Vol. 3, Vol. 4, Vol. 5) .

     An Infant conceived with original sin

     Valtorta portrays the Christ Child as a greedy infant of a sentimental Mother. It is difficult to find the respect we owe to Our Lord Jesus Christ in this imaginary immodest description of a nursing scene:


    The Man-God presents a naturalistic view of Our Lady and the Christ Child
    “Jesus opens His eyes, sees His Mother and smiles and stretches His little hands toward Her breast.

     “[Mary] ‘Yes, love of Your Mummy. Yes. Your milk. Before the usual time. But You are always ready to suck Your Mummy's breast, My little holy Lamb!’

     “Jesus laughs and plays, kicking His feet out of the blankets, moving His arms happily in a typical childish style, so beautiful to see. He pushes His feet against His Mummy's stomach. He arches His back leaning His fair head on Her breast, and then throws Himself back and laughs, holding with His hands the laces that tie Mary's dress to Her neck, endeavoring to open it. …

     “Mary nurses Him and Jesus avidly sucks His Mother's good milk, and when He feels that only a little is coming from Her right breast, He looks for the left one, laughing while doing so and looking up at His Mother. Then He falls asleep again on Her breast, His rosy round little cheek resting against Her white round breast.” (Vol 1, n. 35, p. 106).

     An Adult with homosexual tendencies

     Valtorta’s Jesus suspiciously displays homosexual tendencies since he is constantly kissing and embracing the Apostles. When Jesus tells James of His approaching Passion, James reacts with great emotion. Jesus comforts him thus:

     “’Come, I will kiss you thus, to help you forget the burden of My fate as Man. Here, I kiss your lips that will have to repeat My words to the people of Israel and your heart that will have to love as I told you, and there, on your temple, where life will cease.’ … They remain embraced for a long time and James seems to doze off in the joy of God's kisses that make him forget his suffering.”


    Recently beatified Gabriel Allegra, a Teilhard de Chardin colleague, was a promoter of the Man-God Poem
    When Valtorta describes the “favorite” Apostle John as having the face of a young girl with the “gaze of a lover,” we can hardly avoid having the impression that they have a homosexual relationship. Here Jesus is kissing John to awaken him:

     “Jesus bends and kisses the cheek of John, who opens his eyes and is dumbfounded at seeing Jesus. He sits up and says, ‘Do you need me? Here I am.’ …

     “John, half naked in his under-tunic, because he used his tunic and mantle as bed covers, clasps Jesus’ neck and lays his head between Jesus’ shoulder and cheek.”

     After John professes his belief and love in Jesus as Son of God, “he smiles and weeps, panting, inflamed by his love, relaxing on Jesus’ chest, as if he were exhausted by his ardor. And Jesus caresses him, burning with love Himself.”

     John begs Jesus not to tell the others of what has passed between them. Jesus replies, “Do not worry, John. No one will be aware of your wedding with the Love. Get dressed, come. We must leave.” (Vol. 2, n. 165, pp. 57-58)

     Jesus suggests a love-affair between St. Peter and Our Lady

     Jesus even jokes with impropriety with his apostles. Here, Jesus stands up and calls out loudly and angrily to Peter:

     “‘Come here, you usurper and corrupter!’
     “‘Me? Why? What have I done, Lord?’
     “‘You have corrupted My Mother. That is why you wanted to be alone. What shall I do with you?’
     “Jesus smiles and Peter recovers his confidence. ‘You really frightened me! Now You are laughing.” (Vol. II, n. 199, p. 185)

     Like Luther, Mary thinks: Let us sin to be forgiven

     Some passages are tantamount to heresy. For example, Valtorta presents the child Mary as expressing her desire to be a big sinner in order to merit the grace of Redemption:

     “[Mary]: ‘Tell Me, mummy, can one be a sinner out of love of God?
     “[Anne]: ‘What are you saying, my dear? I don't understand you.’
     “[Mary]:’I mean: to commit a sin in order to be loved by God, Who becomes the Savior. Who is lost, is saved. Isn’t that so? I would like to be saved by the Savior to receive His loving look." (Vol. 1, n. 7, p. 23).

     A sensual Eve tending toward bestiality

     The work is also not without doctrinal errors, such as when Valtorta asserts the sin of Eve was not disobedience, but a sexual act. There is also an insinuation of a tendency toward bestiality in Eve. This erotic description was supposedly made by Jesus:

     “With his venomous tongue Satan blandished and caressed Eve’s limbs and eyes… Her flesh was aroused … The sensation is a sweet one for her. And ‘she understood.’ Now Malice was inside her and was gnawing at her intestines. She saw with new eyes and heard with new ears the habits and voices of beasts. And she craved for them with insane greed. “She began the sin by herself. She accomplished it with her companion.” (Vol. 1, n. 17, p. 49)

     These are some excerpts I offer to my readers to evaluate Valtorta’s work. I believe they are sufficient for the reader to make a judgment of the whole.

     It is thus understandable that the Holy Office placed the work on the Index of Forbidden Books, which is reproduced below. It is also understandable that the Salesian Brother James concluded his critique of the first two volumes with these words: “Poem of the Man-Godis so demonic that without a special grace from Our Lord Jesus, we could be deceived by the seemingly harmless statements by Valtorta’s Jesus, but they enclose lies and heresy, contrary to the teachings of One, Holy Catholic Church.”


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    Supreme Congregation of
     the Holy Office


     Decree
     Proscription of Books
     Wednesday, December 16, 1959

     The Most Eminent and Reverend Cardinals of the Supreme Congregation of the Holy Office, to whom the safeguarding of things of the Faith and Moral is confided, after receiving the previous opinions of the Consultors, have unanimously condemned and ordered that the books by an anonymous author, in four volumes, be inscribed in the Index of Forbidden Books, the first of those books being:

     Il Poema di Gesù [The Poem of Jesus] (Tipografia Editrice M. Pisani);

     followed by,

     Il Poema dell'Uomo-Dio [The Poem of the Man-God], (Ibidem).

     On Friday of that same month and year, the Most Holy and Dignified Lord John XXIII, Pope by the grace of Divine Providence, in an audience given to the Most Eminent and Reverend Cardinal Secretary of the Holy Office, after hearing the report of the Most Reverend Fathers, approved this resolution and commanded that it be published.

     Given in Rome, in the seat of the
     Holy Office on January 5, 1960.
     Sebastian Masala, Notary

    "Some preachers will keep silence about the truth, and others will trample it underfoot and deny it. Sanctity of life will be held in derision even by those who outwardly profess it, for in those days Our Lord Jesus Christ will send them not a true Pastor but a destroyer."  St. Francis of Assisi

     

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