The Christian Tradition

Rev. Brenda Lee at St. Mary’s Church in Fullerton, California with Father Tim Fryer January 18, 2001
Rev. Brenda Lee at St. Mary’s Church in Fullerton, California with Father Tim Fryer January 18, 2001

Lent starts on Ash Wednesday, and last for 40 days excluding Sundays. Many Christians are given the mark of the cross on their forehead with ashes. The ashes are burnt Palms from the year before which are dried, burnt and mixed with olive oil in some cases. Ash Wednesday was on February 13th this year. It reminds Christians that they come from ashes and that they will return to ashes. It is a time for self-examination, fasting and almsgiving.

In the Bible the number forty seems to be significant. The number is first seen in Genesis 7:4 when GOD caused it to rain for 40 days and 40 nights; HE destroyed all but Noah’s family because the world had become so wicked. In Exodus 34:28 Moses spent 40 days on Mount Sinai where GOD gave him the Ten Commandments. Because of the sins of the Israelites, they wondered in the desert for 40 years. Jonah went to Nineveh and preached that in 40 days that GOD was going to destroy the city because of it wickedness if they did not turn from their sin. (Jonah 3:4)

JESUS went into the desert after HE was baptized by HIS cousin, John the Baptist. After fasting for 40 days, the tempter came unto JESUS three times to tempt HIM to sin. (Matthew 4th Chapter) HE did not sin. Because of HIS sinless state HE triumph over death. JESUS’ threeyear ministry started shortly after this event.

JESUS said of HIMSELF, “Think not that I AM come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I AM not come to destroy, but to fulfill.” Matthew 5:17 JESUS began to preach and to say, “Repent: for the KINGDOM of HEAVEN is at hand.

JESUS chose twelve disciples. Judas betrayed him. JESUS stated, “And I say Peter, unto thee, That thou art Peter and upon this rock I will build MY CHURCH and the gates of hell shall nor prevail against It.”(Matthew 16:18) In John 14:26 JESUS said that THE FATHER would send the HOLY SPIRIT.

On Ash Wednesday, Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation, which became effective March 1st. This has not happened in 600 years. Those who understand, knows that it is a stain on the Papacy. This means that the Papacy is no longer governed by THE HOLY SPIRIT; the vow which Pope Benedict took eight years ago was for life. The Hierarchy of Catholic Church understands that THE HOLY SPIRIT always allows those HE has chosen to finish the job. The “world” is in the Church, but GOD will remove it. In the coming days, much will be said concerning the HOLY SPIRIT as the College of Cardinals meet for the conclave to select another Pope. The will either do a better job than the last time are they will continue to go in the direction they are headed.

Who is the HOLY SPIRIT? HE is GOD, THE SPIRIT. Every Christian knows HIM because HE is the PERSON who speaks to Christians today; HE directs Christians when they have a decision to make. Christians have the right to disobey, just as everyone else does.

In the photo above, GOD orchestrated the procession of a female priestess fully robed into St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Fullerton, California, when Pope John Paul II would not follow through with Pope John Paul I plans to ordain women. This is something that the next Pope will do. Women will be ordained! This is a prophecy.

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