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playground player
Member since Oct-01-06 · Last seen Oct-31-14
NJ--no rating. Favorites, Morphy, Marshall, Anderssen. Played a lot as a teen, then let it go for 40 years. Trying to reconstitute myself as a chess player.

Meanwhile, let this forum serve as a refuge from wild-eyed loony leftism. Here there will be no admiration for Hugo Chavez, Castro, or any of the other tin-pot dictators admired by chess players from the safety of freedom-loving Western democracies. Here will be found a premise that most of the nations of the world today are governed by Godless fools. Ours, too, unfortunately.

I was also going to say some uncomplimentary things about Queen Pawn games, the Sicilian and the French Defenses, Semi-Slav games, and a few other chess matters. But as those are purely questions of personal taste, I have chosen to leave them alone.

Since setting up this forum, I have also had several novels published: "Bell Mountain," "The Cellar Beneath the Cellar," and "The Thunder King." For more information about them (and me), visit my website, http://leeduigon.com/

Update, much delayed: my fourth book, "The Last Banquet," came out last year, and my fifth, "The Fugitive Prince," I expect to be published sometime this Spring. For book covers and free sample chapters, visit my blog.

Update again: "The Fugitive Prince" is out now and the next project is "The Palace." Editing is well advanced, but we're still waiting for a cover.

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   Oct-30-14 playground player chessforum (replies)
 
playground player: <optimal play> BTW, on your page you quote the Pope as saying, "God is not a divine being." Do you agree with that statement? And if God is not a divine being, what is He? And what is this Pope worshiping?
 
   Oct-26-14 Shabalov vs Aronian, 2004 (replies)
 
playground player: When you see the enemy King cowering behind a screen of Pawns, tear it away.
 
   Oct-19-14 Phony Benoni chessforum (replies)
 
playground player: I think I'd take the $10,000. My idol is Davy Crockett, and it'd be kind of unnerving to meet him.
 
   Oct-14-14 J Saradjen vs M Perunovic, 2004 (replies)
 
playground player: When I come to grief in the Polish Opening, it's very often because I've allowed Black to establish a Knight on the fourth rank. I have had to learn not to allow that.
 
   Oct-08-14 K Bischoff vs K Mueller, 2004 (replies)
 
playground player: What Black really needs here is just one extra move. Just one.
 
   Oct-07-14 hms123 chessforum (replies)
 
playground player: <hms123> It ain't noir, but it sure is motley. I think you'll love these pictures of simple jobs done hopelessly wrong. http://leeduigon.com/2014/10/07/the... Everything OK with you? Haven't seen much of you lately.
 
   Oct-01-14 M Martinez Romero vs D Gonzales, 2014 (replies)
 
playground player: Bxh7... just like puncturing a tire.
 
   Sep-30-14 H Lehmann vs K Junge, 1942 (replies)
 
playground player: Hmm... A couple of Germans in a German city in 1942, playing the Semi-Slav Defense, Botvinnik System... And the Gestapo didn't grab them?
 
   Sep-26-14 Capablanca vs R T Black, 1911
 
playground player: It looks to me like Capablanca didn't have a lot of respect for this opponent. It seems I'm not the only one who thought so.
 
   Sep-22-14 jessicafischerqueen chessforum (replies)
 
playground player: How Unrealistic Dialogue Can Totally Destroy a Novel: Real Life Example #1 (author's name withheld, title withheld, you'll have to trust me on this one): The setting: Cornwall, circa 470 A.D. Merlin turns to another character and says (cross my heart), "Ya got a problem ...
 
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May-20-12
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  jessicafischerqueen: Good news! I was just leaving a reply to one of the esteemed readers of your website and noticed I've been given an avatar!

It's a blue crustacean of some kind. I'm not an Ichsyschyologist, but it may be the notorious "Deep Sea Dradle"?

At any rate, it's a fine selection.

May-20-12
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  jessicafischerqueen: <pgp> I find <YouRang's> posts go down well with a decanted "Matted Elk '58" and some triscuits with melted gouda on them.
May-21-12
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  playground player: <Jessicafischerqueen> By what arcane process my blog assigns avatars is unknown to me. But it means... you're one of us now... the few, the proud...

<YouRang> Not that I'm convinced you're actually doing this, but let me post the question--

Do you think that close enough study of Revelation will yield a kind of road map or schedule of the End Times? And if you had one, what would you do with it? What rational plans can anyone make for coping with God's wrath poured out on the earth?

In the famous (or infamous) "Left Behind" novels, most of the prophecies of Revelation are fulfilled literally--so, for instance, we have a scene of one of the characters using a tennis racket to fend off a demonic human-faced grasshopper from the pit of Hell... You wouldn't suggest actually preparing for something like that, would you?

People who have the same Bible prophecies in front of them, who are equipped with a reasonable amount of native intelligence, and who live in the same world as everybody else, with the same current events going on around them... reach radically different interpretations of those prophecies. I suppose I could say, as easily as anybody else, "Well, my interpretation is the right one--those others are a bunch of Pharisees who just don't get it."

I think we have to dig deeper than that.

Consider the first chapter of Ezekiel: what do you make of that? Did he really see those "living creatures" he describes, or was he using them as symbols for something else?

May-21-12
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  YouRang: <playground player><<YouRang> Not that I'm convinced you're actually doing this, but let me post the question--

Do you think that close enough study of Revelation will yield a kind of road map or schedule of the End Times?>

More or less, yes.

<And if you had one, what would you do with it? What rational plans can anyone make for coping with God's wrath poured out on the earth?>

God's wrath comes toward the end, and I think believers who endure will be spared from that. However, before that will come a time characterized by great deception, and most people -- even many professing Christians -- will succumb to it. However, Christians who recognize that prophecy being fulfilled will be able to stand.

Matt 24: <10 And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another. 11 And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. 12 And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.>

Matt 24: <21 For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be. 22 And if those days had not been cut short, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short. 23 Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. 24 For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.>

2 Thes 2: <9 The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, 10 and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 11 Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, 12 in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.>

Rev 13 <13 It performs great signs, even making fire come down from heaven to earth in front of people, 14 and by the signs that it is allowed to work in the presence of the beast it deceives those who dwell on earth>

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<In the famous (or infamous) "Left Behind" novels, most of the prophecies of Revelation are fulfilled literally--so, for instance, we have a scene of one of the characters using a tennis racket to fend off a demonic human-faced grasshopper from the pit of Hell...>

Infamous. I disagree with the Left Behind series on many points.

<You wouldn't suggest actually preparing for something like that, would you?>

No, practically all of the prophecies of Revelation are written using figurative language. I think they will be fulfilled in a manner similar to other prophecies that were written in figurative language (e.g. Zech 11 prophecy about a Shepherd asking for his wages).

<People who have the same Bible prophecies in front of them, who are equipped with a reasonable amount of native intelligence, and who live in the same world as everybody else, with the same current events going on around them... reach radically different interpretations of those prophecies. I suppose I could say, as easily as anybody else, "Well, my interpretation is the right one--those others are a bunch of Pharisees who just don't get it."

I think we have to dig deeper than that. >

I don't think anyone should be dogmatic about Revelation, and disagreements among sincere interpreters is to be expected.

So sure, dig deeper! But I don't think that dismissing Revelation as "too difficult" counts as digging deeper. Digging deeper means prayerfully spending the time to seek an understanding that uses sound rules of interpretation and is consistent with the rest of scripture. I never said it was easy -- but I do think that an understanding that makes sense is possible.

<Consider the first chapter of Ezekiel: what do you make of that? Did he really see those "living creatures" he describes, or was he using them as symbols for something else?>

I think symbolic. Generally, think such visions use elements that a human can relate to in order to describe things that in reality are beyond our comprehension. For example, even the visions of God on a throne, IMO, are symbolic. Does God really sit on a throne? Or is Bible conveying the authority of God using the humanly familiar image of a throne? I lean toward the latter.

May-21-12  cormier: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings...
May-21-12
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  Deus Ex Alekhina: Let's not forget that some of the "prophets" were decidedly bizarre: running around naked for three years, eating food cooked over dung, lying on one side for a year, eating locusts. Now as to clarity, the mentioning of Gog and Magog, and little horns, etc.; why not just spell it out, who and what are they refering to? This style of writing is known as "roman a clef", if I'm not mistaken.
May-21-12  MORPHYEUS: I have a feeling God deliberately made the prophecies hard to decipher (and even some of the timings are top secret), to hide it from the enemy.

If the struggle between good and bad is a chess game, you wouldn't want to show your prep.

Although God has already foretold, it's going to be a checkmate against his opponent. :)

May-21-12
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  YouRang: <Deus Ex Alekhina: Let's not forget that some of the "prophets" were decidedly bizarre: running around naked for three years, eating food cooked over dung, lying on one side for a year, eating locusts.>

Some bizarreness perhaps, but not without purpose.

BTW, regarding those prophets:

Naked -- The purpose was to be a sign of things to come against Egypt -- and things that did come. I don't think Isaiah actually went about completely naked. His instructions were to remove his outer garment of sackcloth and his sandals -- he would still have his undergarment. Also, I understand that the Hebrew allows the interpretation that the 3 years refers to the time of captivity -- not the duration for which Isaiah was stripped down.

Dung -- Again, done as a sign of punishment that would come to Israel. It sounds bad, but cooking with cow dung (which Ezekiel used) is not uncommon -- it's mostly undigested grass.

Locusts -- Are actually quite edible, even considered a delicacy in some parts. There's no accounting for taste. Are they any worse than snails?

<Now as to clarity, the mentioning of Gog and Magog, and little horns, etc.; why not just spell it out, who and what are they refering to?>

We discussed reasons for obscureness earlier (for example, see Jesus' explanation for speaking in parables in Matt 13). God has his purposes.

May-21-12
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  OhioChessFan: <dea: Let's not forget that some of the "prophets" were decidedly bizarre: >

Okay, we won't forget. Do you have some sort of conclusion you have drawn from their behavior?

May-22-12
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  jessicafischerqueen: I had no idea my avatar entitled me to membership in the US Marines!

That's quite a website you have there.

May-22-12
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  playground player: <Jessicafischerqueen> Not only that--you may have already won an all-expense-paid trip to beautiful Afghanistan. Check your mailbox today!

<YouRang> Please don't suggest that I have dismissed Revelation.

Meanwhile, I think we might discuss the extent to which Bible prophecies are written in figurative language instead of "just spelling it out." A few reasons immediately suggest themselves.

1. The imagery used by the prophet was once well-understood by much of his audience, and only seems obscure to us now--as if someone, thousands of years from now, looked at American political cartoons and said, "What's all this with the elephant and the donkey? What in the world does that mean?"

2. God may have desired to protect the prophet from reprisals by stating his message in symbolic language. Granted, many of the prophets did suffer reprisals, and some were killed outright. But I think if St. John had ever said, outright, something like, "Emperor Vespasian is the Beast," he might not have lived long enough to write the rest of Revelation.

3. As you have pointed out, Jesus sometimes spoke in parables because He didn't want the ungodly to understand His message.

The topic here is by no means exhausted--but I'm behind in my work today and must get back to it.

May-22-12
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  YouRang: <playground player><Please don't suggest that I have dismissed Revelation. >

Very well. It's just that from my perspective, you've been proposing reasons to NOT try to understand Revelation.

For example, you quoted R.J. Rushdooney:

<for too many people, the purpose of any reading of Revelation is to enable them to walk by sight. They demand a chart telling them what to expect and how to walk in full and open sight. But the calling of the Christian is to walk by faith, and the purpose of Revelation is to strengthen us against the enemy, prepare us to do battle, and to walk in the faith that our Lord will triumph, that the great work He has begun, He will accomplish. As a book for sight, Revelation becomes a frustration; as a book for faith, it becomes a joy and a comfort.>

IMO, Rushdooney has a twisted perspective on this. Since when is making a sincere effort to understand Biblical prophecy called "walking by sight and not by faith"? Would the OT Jews have been guilty of lacking faith had they tried to understand the prophecies related to the first coming of Christ? I don't think so. As I posted earlier, Christ criticized them for not recognizing the fulfillment of those prophecies.

And why would we need a lengthy book with so much detail and admonitions if it's only purpose is so that we can "walk in faith that the Lord will triumph"? I would hope that any Christian would already know that. The purpose of any prophecy is to inform and test the hearers.

This isn't about walking by faith vs. walking by sight. We've been *given* the sight through scripture. It's about seeking to understand that sight -- and having the faith to believe it.

Later, it seemed that you suggested that seeking an understanding of Revelation was problematic because that understanding is sure to disagree with the views of many theologians. IMO, disagreement among theologians is no reason to abandon efforts to understand it. In the case of future prophecy, disagreements must be expected.

Note: Disagreements are not a bad thing. If someone disagrees with me, I do not need to regard that person as an opponent or attack his views. We can compare notes and discuss which understanding is more defensible.

But, if you agree that studying and trying to understand Revelation is a desirable objective and worthy of pursuit, then my apologies for suggesting otherwise.

<1. The imagery used by the prophet was once well-understood by much of his audience, and only seems obscure to us now>

This is possible. It does help to understand the context in which the prophet spoke. But I tend to discount the idea that prophecies that we need to know are dependent on long lost details of terminology or history.

<2. God may have desired to protect the prophet from reprisals by stating his message in symbolic language. Granted, many of the prophets did suffer reprisals, and some were killed outright. But I think if St. John had ever said, outright, something like, "Emperor Vespasian is the Beast," he might not have lived long enough to write the rest of Revelation.>

Maybe, but it seems to me that God generally was not reluctant to have the prophets speak boldly -- even though it often got them into trouble.

May-22-12
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  Deus Ex Alekhina: It has been pointed out that some of the prophecies were concerned with the very near (in their time) future - the second coming was supposedly to come within the lifetime of the apostles. Irenaeus and Jerome believed that the apostle John was still alive in the second and third century! They also believed that he had been put into a vat of boiling oil by Domition and was found alive and singing after the oil boiled away. In an unrelated story, St Denys, after being beheaded, supposedly walked 6 miles to his church while carrying his head in his hands. Now, if the 2nd coming is going to end abortions, then what is the wait? There are 1.3 million abortions a year in the USA and 43 million worldwide. How many is too many?? If YHWH considers abortion a sin, then one abortion is one too many.
May-22-12  cormier: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings...
May-22-12  MORPHYEUS: Ok, study the Revelations.

But, I think one should not be obsessed with it or with prophecies in general.

Working for your salvation is more important. The end of you life is your personal end-times and armageddon, i think. :)

May-23-12
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  playground player: <YouRang> Now we come to the question of what it means to "understand" Revelation. You can bet it means different things to different people!

If you want to study the book in hopes of discovering an actual schedule of specific events, good luck. <But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night>, says the Bible (II Peter 3:10)--which does suggest that you won't be able to derive from the text an advance knowledge of these events. And of course, Jesus Himself said, <But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only> (Matthew 24:36). So it would seem from these words--at least it seems to me--that to "understand" Revelation does not mean to be able to put together a timetable or a road map. If it could be done, someone would have done it long before you came along.

Can I, personally, tell you what it means to "understand" Revelation? No, I cannot. If I could, I would be one of history's great Christian teachers.

But I do believe that continued study of Revelation is bound to yield a deeper understanding of many things, and not necessarily the things you expect. I also believe it is a mistake to focus too tightly on one portion of the Bible while ignoring the rest. (For instance, as I'm sure you know, Revelation symbols and motifs appear throughout the Old Testament in books as far apart as Joshua and Ezekiel.)

So, if Revelation is not in the Bible to provide us with an End Times road map, then why is it there?

I am not able to give you an authoritative answer.

May-23-12  cormier: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings...
May-23-12
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  YouRang: <playground player: <YouRang> Now we come to the question of what it means to "understand" Revelation. You can bet it means different things to different people!>

Certainly.

<If you want to study the book in hopes of discovering an actual schedule of specific events, good luck. <But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night>, says the Bible (II Peter 3:10)--which does suggest that you won't be able to derive from the text an advance knowledge of these events.>

I believe that the "thief in the night" metaphor describes how Christ's return will seem to unbelievers.

1 Thes 5 = <2 For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3 While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. <4 But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief.>>

~~~

<PGP: And of course, Jesus Himself said, <But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only> (Matthew 24:36). So it would seem from these words--at least it seems to me--that to "understand" Revelation does not mean to be able to put together a timetable or a road map. If it could be done, someone would have done it long before you came along.>

That quote from Jesus suggests to me that we don't know the *day and hour* when these events will take place. It doesn't mean that we can't know anything about what those events will be. In fact, the Bible says quite a lot about what will take place, and admonishes us to be alert and prepared for those things.

~~~

<PGP: Can I, personally, tell you what it means to "understand" Revelation? No, I cannot. If I could, I would be one of history's great Christian teachers.

But I do believe that continued study of Revelation is bound to yield a deeper understanding of many things, and not necessarily the things you expect.>

Sure, and all I am suggesting is that Christians should seek that deeper understanding.

You say "not necessarily the things you expect" -- I agree, but I would say: "don't start with any specific expectations".

This means that when one should not go into Revelation with preconceived positions about pre-mil or post-mil, pre-trib or post-trib or mid-trib, or any such view. Rather, just read Revelation and let it (along with other prophetic scriptures) tell you which view seems most defensible.

~~~

<PGP: I also believe it is a mistake to focus too tightly on one portion of the Bible while ignoring the rest.>

I'm certainly not advocating that one should ignore the rest. IMO, the problem is that most Christians tend to ignore Revelation.

~~~

<PGP: (For instance, as I'm sure you know, Revelation symbols and motifs appear throughout the Old Testament in books as far apart as Joshua and Ezekiel.)>

Yes -- Revelation makes many references to the OT. You should ask yourself, "what is the purpose?". I think you'll find that often when the NT refers to the OT, it's a typology -- using the OT reference as a type or analogy for the NT situation. A primary example of this is the Passover, used by Jesus as a metaphor for the sacrifice he was about to make. Also, the OT rebellion against Moses is used as a metaphor for the rejection of Christ.

I believe it's reasonable to think that the OT references in Revelation are of this nature -- they use OT events as analogies for future events. History repeats itself in fascinating ways.

BTW, for this reason, I think that having a good working knowledge of the OT is a prerequisite for developing a sound understanding of Revelation.

Revelation uses many symbols that link back to the OT without reference or explanation. For example the reference to the "two olive trees and the two lampstands" in Rev 11 would be a mystery apart from going back to understand that imagery as presented in Zech 4. The reference to the lion, leopard and bear in Rev 13 is incomprehensible without understanding its meaning from Dan 7.

~~~

<PGP: So, if Revelation is not in the Bible to provide us with an End Times road map, then why is it there?>

Well, I think Revelation, when augmented by the other prophecies and OT knowledge, does provide us with something you might call a "road map". It has other purposes as well.

May-23-12
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  YouRang: <Deus Ex Alekhina: It has been pointed out that some of the prophecies were concerned with the very near (in their time) future - the second coming was supposedly to come within the lifetime of the apostles.>

Some may have thought that for a while, although Jesus was adamant that it was not for them to know the time.

<Irenaeus and Jerome believed that the apostle John was still alive in the second and third century! They also believed that he had been put into a vat of boiling oil by Domition and was found alive and singing after the oil boiled away.>

Sources?

<In an unrelated story, St Denys, after being beheaded, supposedly walked 6 miles to his church while carrying his head in his hands.>

Possibly someone came up with a silly old legend?

<Now, if the 2nd coming is going to end abortions, then what is the wait? There are 1.3 million abortions a year in the USA and 43 million worldwide. How many is too many?? If YHWH considers abortion a sin, then one abortion is one too many.>

There are lots of sins. We may assume that God has his purposes in delaying judgement.

<But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief...>

May-23-12  cormier: <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<lot of works to accomplish <jls>> .... Gospel> ..... Jn 17:11b-19> Lifting up his eyes to heaven, Jesus prayed, saying: "Holy Father, keep them in your name that you have given me,
so that they may be one just as we are one.>
When I was with them I protected them in your name that you gave me, and I guarded them, and none of them was lost except the son of destruction,
in order that the Scripture might be fulfilled.>
But now I am coming to you.>
I speak this in the world
so that they may share my joy completely.>
I gave them your word, and the world hated them,
because they do not belong to the world
any more than I belong to the world.>

I do not ask that you take them out of the world
but that you keep them from the Evil One.>
They do not belong to the world
any more than I belong to the world.>

Consecrate them in the truth.>

Your word is truth.>

As you sent me into the world,
so I sent them into the world.>

And I consecrate myself for them,
so that they also may be consecrated in truth.">
, tks G>
May-23-12  cormier: Call Me Mother

Virgin of Revelation Invites Us to Her Son

ROME, MAY 22, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is a reflection written by Mother Rebecca Nazzaro of the Missionaries of Divine Revelation in celebration of May as Our Lady's month.

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In this month of May we recall the words of the Virgin of Revelation who, with her maternal goodness, came to recall a lost son, and therefore all of us, to conduct ourselves in a way that does not deviate towards “strange doctrines” (Heb 13:9) but is conduct that is worthy of a Christian.

On 12th April 1947, the Virgin Mary appeared to an anti-clerical Protestant, Bruno Cornacchiola, who had the primary intention of killing Pope Pius XII. Bruno held an important role in the Seventh Adventist Sect and had been called upon to host a conference to discredit Catholic Doctrine with regard to belief in the Virgin Mary, and in particular her Immaculate Conception and Assumption into heaven.

Bruno and his three children travelled to Tre Fontane (Three Fountains) in Rome on 12th April 1947, and rested on a hill that was covered in eucalyptus trees opposite the place where St Paul was martyred. Bruno was preparing an important speech whilst his children played ball.

It seemed like a day just like any other, but after a while Bruno could no longer hear the sound of his children playing ball. He searched for them and eventually found them on their knees before a grotto, praying and repeating, “Beautiful Lady, Beautiful Lady”. Bruno was annoyed by their behaviour and tried to move them, only to find that they were like marble. In that very moment Bruno cried out, “God, save us”! After these words, Bruno also saw a beautiful woman holding the Holy Scriptures to her breast, wearing a white dress tied with a rose coloured belt, and was covered with a green mantle that flowed from her head to her feet. It was the “Beautiful Lady”.

Mary firstly reproached Bruno for his behaviour saying, “You persecute me. Enough now! Return to the Holy Fold on earth (the Catholic Church),” then she added, “The true Church of my Son was founded on three white loves: the Eucharist, the Immaculate Virgin Mary and the Holy Father!” In response to Bruno’s intentions to discredit Her, She said, “My body could not decay and did not decay I was taken to heaven by My Son and His Angels.” Following Mary’s words, Pope Pius XII proclaimed the Dogma of the Assumption in 1950.

If the Lord found a place for the good thief on the left side of Jesus, where would one expect to find Mary? She is in the very heart of the Trinity because with her ‘yes’ she became the greatest collaborator. In fact, She said to Bruno, “I am who I am in the Divine Trinity: I am the Daughter of the Father, the Mother of the Son and the Spouse of the Holy Spirit.” These words indicate Mary’s confidence with the Word of God, and therefore the Word made Flesh who is her Son, Divine Revelation and this relationship is exemplified expressly by Pope Benedict XVI who wrote: “how completely at home Mary is with the Word of God, with ease she moves in and out of it. She speaks and thinks with the Word of God. Here we see how her thoughts are attuned to the thoughts of God, how her will is one with the Will of God” ( Deus Caritas Est No 41).

We may say that the topicality of this Marian message is almost astounding. In a world in which pseudo religious movements are born that take beloved souls away from the Church of her Son, the Virgin Mary intervenes to call us, and to show us, that there is only one road to Salvation: Her Son and the Church that He instituted on Peter.

The Virgin of Revelation, the mother of He who revealed the road for Salvation, asks us to recite the Holy Rosary every day for the unity of Christians, the conversion of the incredulous and sinners. Mary teaches us how to “contemplate … the face of Christ.” (Blessed John Paul II, Encyclical Letter, Rosarium Virginis Maria) The reason that the Virgin Mary gives us this prayer again is because it teaches, has taught and will teach us humility, obedience and love and will defend us from all that tempts us to retreat from Christian moral values.

We hope that the month of May continues for you in Mary’s embrace, we conclude this reflection with the Virgin of Revelation’s invite to, “Call me Mother, because I am your Mother.”

God Bless Us

And The Virgin Protect Us

[Translated by Sr Emanuela Edwards]

May-24-12  cormier: <<<<<<<<Ps 16:1-2a and 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11> Keep me, O God, for in you I take refuge;
I say to the LORD, "My Lord are you.">

O LORD, my allotted portion and my cup,
you it is who hold fast my lot.>

I bless the LORD who counsels me;
even in the night my heart exhorts me.>

I set the LORD ever before me;
with him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed.>

Therefore my heart is glad and my soul rejoices,
my body, too, abides in confidence;
Because you will not abandon my soul to the nether world, nor will you suffer your faithful one to undergo corruption.>

You will show me the path to life,
fullness of joys in your presence,
the delights at your right hand forever.>

R. Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope.
or:
R. Alleluia.>

May-24-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  playground player: <cormier> You and I need to have a talk about Mariolatry sometime.

<Steamed Colleagues> Duty calls, so I don't have much time to spend on this forum today. But before I leave, let me post my column for the week:

http://www.newswithviews.com/Duigon...

May-24-12  cormier: <<<<<<<Jn 17:20-26> Lifting up his eyes to heaven, Jesus prayed saying: "I pray not only for these,
but also for those who will believe in me through their word, so that they may all be one,
as you, Father, are in me and I in you,
that they also may be in us,
that the world may believe that you sent me.>
And I have given them the glory you gave me,
so that they may be one, as we are one,
I in them and you in me,
that they may be brought to perfection as one,
that the world may know that you sent me,
and that you loved them even as you loved me.>
Father, they are your gift to me.>

I wish that where I am they also may be with me,
that they may see my glory that you gave me,
because you loved me before the foundation of the world.>
Righteous Father, the world also does not know you,
but I know you, and they know that you sent me.>
I made known to them your name and I will make it known, that the love with which you loved me
may be in them and I in them.">
May-24-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  YouRang: <playground player> I thought I would let you know that this weekend, I'm going to be traveling abroad for about 18 days (vacation to Europe!), so I'll finally be forced to leave you in peace for a while. ;-)

<<cormier> You and I need to have a talk about Mariolatry sometime. >

Indeed.

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