Advisory Via Ephesus

Filipinos, especially those in Batangas should not feel so bad about how church authorities handled the Lipa Apparitions in 1948. In fact, in India, there is the case of Our Lady’s apparitions which were neither authenticated nor decided upon either by the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith or under its new name, Dicastery of the Doctrine of Faith. When Paul III established the original Sacred Congregation of Universal Inquisition in 1547, the events in the small town on Coromandel Coast by the Bay of Bengal, Tamil Nadu state, should have been investigated but we do know how limited communication was during the advent of Renaissance was. In fact, the 1948 apparition in Lipa which happened already in modern times and the authorities still failed in dialogue and transparency which led to confusion of the Filipino faithful. But the lessons of faith in Velankanni eludes intrigues and politicking by church officials and we are only happy to explore them in spite of the fact that they only involved legends which lent to credibility and therefore, faith. Not that we are espousing belief in Medjugorje, as it was found to teach heresy but this is a matter of how we discern spiritual fruits.

During the start of the EDSA (Epifanio de los Santos Avenue) revolution, February 22, 1986, the forces under Fidel Ramos and Juan Ponce Enrile gravitated in Camp Rafael Crame with the Commander in Chief’s forces ready to pounce on them. During that time Enrile, the Secretary of national defense was divulging that the alleged ambush attempt on his life was just staged in order to justify the imposition of martial law just as in the case of the so-called “Light a Fire” Movement. On the night of the break-up as Ramos and Enrile did not want being arrested, Jaime Cardinal Sin asked the people to bring food to the soldiers in Crame and if possibly protect Ramos’ group. On the next day multitudes of people came to answer the archbishop of Manila’s call.

It must have been a very charitable stance for the Catholic Church when its Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith came down with Fiducia Supplicans signed by its prefect, Victor Manuel Fernandez and fully-approved by Pope Francis. This doctrine presupposes that couples, even when living in sin, have the right to be blessed by any willing priest and that the priest concerned is doing them an act of charity short of the sacrament. We however, find this doctrine, although their lame excuse is that it is only pastoral, to be very dangerous as it has made sacramental blessing quite a simple commodity. Perhaps, it has somehow made the priest licentious in a “bless all you can” stance.

The Holy Spirit has given an insightful lesson on the practice of humility through nature. The Jordan River in Israel is the lowest body of water in the world. It is also the site where St. John, the Baptist baptized his cousin, Jesus Christ, our Lord during the start of His messianic ministry.

Each civilization or culture is endowed with examples of feminine supernatural powers. Egyptian and Greek civilizations are replete with goddesses of different shapes and orientations from where the people get their inspiration. In fact, some of them have crossed cultural currents in order to continue with the next set of people or generation. For instance, The Greek goddesses from Olympus simply acquired new names when they were adopted by pagan Rome such that Aphrodite simply became Venus, the goddess of love.

The anecdote on Bishop John Shojiro Ito’s meeting with the then Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger concerning the Akita apparitions while the latter was still Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith had a compelling message, in itself. Bishop Ito, Bishop of Niigata was the one who pronounced that the apparitions were worthy of belief and was seeking for higher approval from the Congregation. Even as he was just approaching, the future Pope Benedict XVI had to stop him curtly because he said there was no need any more to discuss the matter concerning the Akita apparitions. Even before he could protest being stopped however, the Cardinal told him that the apparitions were already approved because the messages from Akita were essentially the same as those of Fatima.

"In Athens, Socrates was a victim of a pure democracy, a passive submission to a pagan authority; In Russia, the family of Czar Nicholas II, was a victim of pure communism, an explosive subjugation from a godless revolution. Which is a better ideology? Any political entity would fail the people it serves when it is without God. And yet, perhaps one would ask, why in Jerusalem, under the Roman puppet kingdom of the Herod Agrippa, Jesus Christ was crucified or why in the Hejaz, in the Arab wasteland of the Nomads; Mohamed, the greatest prophet of Allah and his band were killing tribesmen; both in the name of God."

Ricardo B de los Santos
Principal, SAID, -July,1984
“Leadership Training”, LPMHS

Among the most amazing miracles associated with Jesus is His multiplication of loaves of bread and fish. Among Islamic scholars, Mohammed seemed to have replicated this in the battle of the trench during the siege of Medina. However Islamic accounts are usually confabulated and are partially covert, akin to the works of a magician unlike those of Jesus which are done openly; sometimes, in witness of thousands, and this is no exception. These miracles seemed to have happened, at least, twice according to the accounts made by the evangelists St. Matthew and St. Mark.

It could have started with just a certain unwillingness to obey a pastoral instruction. One which tried to protect them from undue influence of evil but ignored for devotional friendship which was unknowingly unreciprocated to be equal. And one for a feeling of oppression and indignity to lack of privacy at the moment of distress. And lastly, to a feeling of indignity too, when one replaced by another due to sloth and lack of action due to preconceived personal conditions.

About AVE

Advisory Via Ephesus is a page dedicated to problematic truth seekers. It provides expert advice concerning Christian ethics, Catholic apologetics and insights on Neo-Judaism. It evaluates behaviour not from a limited scientific viewpoint but on a metaphysical Judeo-Christian foundation which defies a godless modernism. It does not worry about the feel good requirements of modern day guidance and counseling but finds conscience as a built-in spiritual mechanism that allows the soul to reason the gravity of sin and therefore allows the free will to liberate a human person from systematic deception.

Therefore, it does not offer any guidance and counseling format which is only existential in its nature and does not recognize the feelings of guilt just so it can render the seeker to feel good. AVE operates on the definition that faith in the oneness of mind and heart. Simply stated, it defines too much use of mind or reason as not faith, but a fake, and too much use of the heart or emotion as not faith, but a fake. Only True Faith can set the truth-seeker free and only True Faith can provide real Hope so that one can have Sincere Love.

AVE recognizes the true worth of guidance advocates tasked by school authorities to direct wary ward teeners. AVE discerns the value of the sincere attempts to help and therefore provides an avenue for discussions on how to effect positive discipline. AVE opens the forum to genuine ecumenical discussions on matters of faith rather than close possible means at arriving at the truth because of too much care for rational philosophy and systematic censure.

AVE Therefore believes in sincere applications of the spiritual works of mercy as tangible proofs of the Real Presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

The Sanhedrin was the forum for the pharisees, who believed in the resurrection and in angels, and the saducees, who are akin to new theories and philosophies. All beliefs and philosophies concerning God and His creation are allowed to be expressed here.
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