On the miraculous survival of Virgin Mary’s picture amidst the destruction of Bohol’s churches: A reply to Filipino Freethinkers

Image of the Blessed Virgin Mary amidst the destruction of a Bohol Church (photo from Megan Young's Facebook page, dated Oct. 15, 2013)

Image of the Blessed Virgin Mary amidst the destruction of a Bohol Church (photo from Megan Young’s Facebook page, dated Oct. 15, 2013)

The Filipino Freethinkers made a video questioning the sudden focus on the miraculous survival of the image of the Blessed Virgin Mary during the 7.2 magnitude earthquake the destroyed Bohol’s ancient churches.  Because I am afraid of misquoting them, I tried my best to transcribe (though not perfectly) their thoughts based on their video entitled, “FF Podcast 018: Iglesia ni Cristo’s Medical Mission and the Bohol Earthquake“….(transcript)… I shall only focus on their five main comments…

Read more at Monk’s Hobbit: On the miraculous survival of Virgin Mary’s picture amidst the destruction of Bohol’s churches: A reply to Filipino Freethinkers

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Why does God allow good people to suffer under the power of demons?

"Job mocked by his wife" by Georges de la Tour

“Job mocked by his wife” by Georges de la Tour

Question:

Post help me my doter has long been suffering wid evil disturbance her facial looks sometimes very innocent then turn to very mabagsik wid fiercing eyes please help us

me and my husband are both in the government service we have 3 children my eldest a registered medtech n nurse working at d hospital n my 2nd doter s  took up nursing but was not able to finish coz of dis unknown ilness. My doter fr s very religious n very prayerful she can memorize all d mysterys including d litany she’s very mabait n very generous to friends n never into any drugs but how come nangyari eto sa kanya. Me n my husband are members in d family apostolate n I was also member recently in d brotherhood of businessmen n professional n initiated ko d praying of d 3′clock prayer in our ofis going d mass everyday novena

Response:

Were you able to contact the office of Fr. Syquia using the contact info I posted in my reply?

If you read the Book of Job in the Bible, you will see that God allows good people to suffer. You may like to meditate on the conversation between Satan and God:

FIRST TRIAL: The LORD said to the satan, “Have you noticed my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him, blameless and upright, fearing God and avoiding evil.”9The satan answered the LORD and said, “Is it for nothing that Job is God-fearing? 10 Have you not surrounded him and his family and all that he has with your protection? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his livestock are spread over the land.11e But now put forth your hand and touch all that he has, and surely he will curse you to your face.”12The LORD said to the satan, “Very well, all that he has is in your power; only do not lay a hand on him.” So the satan went forth from the presence of the LORD. (Job 1:8-12)

SECOND TRIAL: The LORD said to the satan, “Have you noticed my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him, blameless and upright, fearing God and avoiding evil.b He still holds fast to his innocence although you incited me against him to ruin him for nothing.”4 The satan answered the LORD and said, “Skin for skin!* All that a man has he will give for his life.5c But put forth your hand and touch his bone and his flesh. Then surely he will curse you to your face.”6And the LORD said to the satan, “He is in your power; only spare his life.” So the satan went forth from the presence of the LORD and struck Job with severe boils from the soles of his feet to the crown of his head.(Job 2:3-7)

Suffering is a mystery that can only be answered by gazing at Christ, the Son of God, crucified on the Cross. Christ shows us the way to suffering–to accept suffering and offer it to God, turning suffering into a path to holiness, in the same way as Christ turned the cross, the symbol of suffering and death, into the symbol of our salvation. Your family is not anymore just praying the Sorrowful Mystery and the Three O’Clock Habit. God allowed you to suffer with Christ on the Cross, so that you may also share in His glory–the Glorious Mysteries.

Here is Job’s prayer:

“Naked I came forth from my mother’s womb,f
and naked shall I go back there.*
The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away;
blessed be the name of the LORD!” (Job 1:21)

Again, I strongly recommend that you contact the office of Fr. Syquia.

Continue praying the rosary, the 3 o’clock habit, and the mass, but more fervently than before. Read the parable of the persistent widow (Mt 18:1-8). As Christ said:

“Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen ones who call out to him day and night? Will he be slow to answer them?8 I tell you, he will see to it that justice is done for them speedily. But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”” (Lk 18:7-8)

The Book of Job: a Prophecy on the Catholic Church in the 20th Century?

The Book of Job is a story about an upright man who was blessed by God with good health, many children, and lots of possessions.  Every day, Job offers a holocaust for her children for the forgiveness of their sins.  One day Satan asked God’s permission to test Job’s faith, for Satan believes that Job only believes in God because of his many blessings.  God gave Satan the permission.  Then Job’s oxens and asses were taken away by Sabeans and Chaldeans, his servants were put to the sword, fire from heaven burned his sheep and shepherds, his sons and daughters were killed by a gale, and Job himself was struck with malignant ulcers from head to foot.

Is the story of Job a prophecy for the church in the 20th century?  I think it is.

Job represents the Catholic church.

As Job offers holocaust for the forgiveness of the sins of his children, so does every priest of the Catholic Church offer the Body and Blood of Christ in every mass for the forgiveness of sins of many.

Satan asking God to test the faith of Job corresponds to the year 1880, when Pope Leo XIII overheard near the tabernacle the conversation between Our Lord and Satan:

The guttural voice, the voice of Satan in his pride, boasted to Our Lord: “I can destroy your Church.”

The gentle voice of Our Lord: “You can? Then go ahead and do so.”

Satan: “To do so, I need more time and more power.”

Our Lord: “How much time? How much power?”

Satan: “75 to 100 years, and a greater power over those who will give themselves over to my service.”

Our Lord: “You have the time, you will have the power. Do with them what you will.

The oxens and asses represent the Papal States

Papal States were the gifts of Constantine and the donations of Pepin the Short.   In 1870 the Papal States were captured and annexed to the Kingdom of Italy.  The Pope never accepted the indemnity for the lost Papal States and he considered himself as the prisoner of Vatican City.  In 1929 the Lateran treaty was signed between Vatican and Italy, making Vatican City an independent sovereign state.

With the loss of Papal States, Pope Pius IX, in his encyclical Saepe Venerabilis (1871), institutionalized the Peter’s Pence, which is an ancient Anglo-Saxon custom of giving tithes to Pope.  Every year, on the Sunday closest to June 29, the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, the church collections for the Sunday mass are sent to the Vatican for the Pope’s financial support.

The sword that killed Job servants represents persecution of the Church

This persecution is against the Christians in general and the Catholic priests and friars in particular:  Philippine Revolution (1898), French Secularization (1905), Mexican Revolution (1917), Bolshevik Revolution (1917),  Spanish Civil War (1930’s), Chinese Communism (1949 to the present), Hindu Fanaticism (2008), Islamic Jihad (Jihad Watch), and the present Obama Administration (Georgetown IHS, Notre Dame Scandal, and FOCA).

The fire from heaven that burned Job’s sheep and shepherds corresponds to the first World War I and World War II

Sheep corresponds to the Christian faithful and the Shepherds are the priests and bishops, because Peter, as the head of the church, was commanded by Christ to feed and care for His sheep.

The fire from heaven recalls the fire which burned the offering of Elijah, in the presence of the priests of Baal and the people of Israel, as proof that there is no other God but the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  Fire also means war: World War I and II, which raged in Europe and throughout the world, killing millions of men and women.  World War I started in the assassination of Ferdinand, the Archduke of Austria, the last Holy Roman Emperor.  World War II ended with Cold War between the West  and Communist Russia.

Bur fire also gives light.  This is the prophecy of Our Lady of Fatima:

This war will end [WWI], but if men do not refrain from offending God, another and more terrible war will begin during the pontificate of Pius XI.

When you see a night that is lit by a strange and unknown light [this occurred on January 28, 1938], you will know it is the sign God gives you that He is about to punish the world with war and with hunger, and by the persecution of the Church and the Holy Father.

The gale that destroyed the house where the sons and daughters of Job feasted represents the tempest that followed after Vatican II.

There is a new spirit blowing in the church after its windows were opened to the fresh air of the modern world.  It is not the Holy Spirit.  It is the Spirit of Modernism.  The Spirit of Vatican II.  Pope Paul VI calls it the Smoke of Satan.

After Vatican II, the people of God walked in the darkness and found themselves no longer in Rome, according to the Prophecy of 200-Day March of Don Bosco.  The Catholic Church cracked from forces within as the Dragon swept a third of the stars : the priests, bishops, and cardinals who defy the pope, calling for women ordination, political correctness, collegiality,  inculturation (liturgy), contraception, ecumenism, modernism, homosexuality, and liberation (theology).

The result? The church attendance and vocations dwindled worldwide.  The 40,000 strong Jesuits, the Church’s greatest missionaries, halved.  Europe, once dotted by churches, are now emptied and converted to  mosques.  And the U.S., whose dollars are marked with  “In God we trust”, became a godless abomination.

Job’s malignant ulcers is the Sexual Abuse Scandal

Sexual abuse is a sin of the flesh, and worse if the abuse was made by priests and bishops, the epitome of Catholic sanctity.  The homosexual subculture persisted for decades, with homosexual bishops transferring erring priests to another diocese to cover the priests crime.  One by one, as sexual abuse litigations arose, Catholic dioceses went bankrupt, as they sold their buildings and lands to pay for the victims of sexual abuse.

Homosexuality is sexual sin and many homosexuals, because of their multiple sexual partners, acquired AIDS.  If you wish to imagine what Job looks like, look at the picture of an AIDS patient.