Monday, November 28, 2016

The Death of Luther

How did Luther Die?

The official Protestant version narrates that the greatest architect of the Christian rupture died of a natural death on February 15, 1546, after a trip to Eisleben and suffering from angina pectoris; Was it really like this?

A contemporary German scholar, Dietrich Emme, offers a very different version in a review of events. In his book "Martin Luther, Seine Jugend und Studienzeit 1483-1505. Eine dokumentarische Darstelleng "[1] ("Martin Luther: Youth and Years of Study from 1483 to 1505. Bonn 1983") points out that Luther committed suicide, and he is not alone in pointing this out.

Likewise, a Freudian psychoanalyst, M. Roland Dalbiez, in his study Luther's Anguish [2], attributes him "... a very serious neurosis of anguish, so grave that one may wonder whether it has not been due to a border-state between neurosis on the one hand and “suicide raptus” on the other, a teleological anti-suicidal automatism"[3].

Indeed, Luther had suicidal tendencies, as it can be corroborated in his own "Tischreden" ("Table Talk"), where one of his conversations with Pastor Güben Leonhard Beyer, in 1551 is documented:

"He told us that when he was a prisoner the devil had wickedly tormented him and that he had laughed heartily when he (Luther) took a knife in his hand, saying:" Go ahead! Kill yourself! "(...). This has happened to me very often, so much as to put a knife in my hand ... and what evil thoughts came to mind in this way, so evil that I could no longer pray "[4].

In 1606, Franciscan Heinrich Sedulius in his "Preaescriptiones adversus haereses", narrates something analogous bringing up the valuable testimony of Ambrosio Kudtfeld, a witness and man of confidence of the "reformer" who, far from accounting a death from angina , says:

"On the night before his death, Martin Luther let himself be overcome by his habitual intemperance and in such excess that we were obliged to take him, completely drunk, and place him in his bed. Then, we retired to our bedroom, without sensing anything unpleasant! The next morning, we went back to our lord to help him get dressed, as usual. Then - oh, what a pain! - we saw our master Martin hanging from the bed and strangled miserably! His mouth was crooked, th right part of his face was black, his neck was red and deformed."[5]

Indeed, at that time raised beds supported by columns were used.

"In the face of this horrible spectacle, we felt great fear! We ran, without delay, to the princes, his guests of the day before, to announce to them the execrable end of Luther! They, full of terror like us, immediately promised us, with a thousand promises and the most solemn oaths, to observe, with respect to that event, an eternal silence. Then they ordered us to remove the rope from Luther's hideous corpse, lay him on his bed, and then report to the people that "Master Luther" had suddenly abandoned this life!"[6]

Maritain himself points out that Dr. De Coster, who examined Luther, explained that the deceased's mouth was crooked with the face black and the neck red and deformed [7].

Likewise, Oratorian priest Bozio, in his book "De Signis Ecclesiae", published in 1592 [8], points out that one of the reformer's household indicated that his lord was found hanged from the columns of his bed; Dr. Géorges Claudin says the same: [9].

As Villa points out, "Luther, then, did not die a natural death, as has been falsely written in all the history books of Protestantism, but died as a suicidal, hanged from his bed after a splendid dinner,  in which, as usual, he had drunk too much and was satisfied with food beyond all bounds!"[10].

Paradoxically, that February 15, 1546, feast of the Chair of St. Peter, he, who had railed against the Church, the Papacy, and the Catholic doctrine, voluntarily abandoned his mortal life at three in the morning, the anti-hour of Redemption that Our Lord Jesus Christ brought to us on Calvary.

It's sad: but that's the end of those who live in a bad way.

Don’t let them deceive you…

P. Javier Olivera Ravasi

SOURCETranslated from Spanish by Catholicity blog.

1] It is worth saying that the two most competent historians in Germany on Luther’s life: Dr. Theobald Beer and Prof. Remigius Baumer, have corroborated both the material and the documents cited by Emme.
[2] Roland Dalbiez, L’angoisse de Luther, Tequi, Paris 1974.
[3] Luigi Villa, Martin Lutero, Homicidal and Suicidal, Civilta, Brescia s/f, 5 (,
[4] Luigi Villa, op. cit., 12 13.
[5] Ibídem, 16. The text in Latin can be seen in Heinrici Seduli ex Ordine Minorum, Praescriptiones adversus haereses, Officina Plantiniana, Antwerp 1606, 257 pp. (online version here:
[6] Ibídem.  An interesting coincidence is that Maritain narrates in his book “Three Reformers” that several friends, companions and first disciples of Luther also committed suicide.
[7] Maritain’s information is contained in the French edition, not the Spanish one.
[8] Tomás Bozio, De signis Ecclesiae, Pedro Landry, Lyon 1593-1594, 3 vols.
[9] Géorges Claudin, La mort de Luther, Noisy-Le-Sec, Paris 1900, 99 (
[10] Luigi Villa, op. Cit., 17.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Christ Enthroned King in Poland By Religious and Civil Authorities

President Andrzej Duda and multiple members of the Executive and the ruling party Law and Justice attended the ceremony this past weekend.

Jesus Christ has become King of Poland, and has done so with the approval of the President, Andrzej Duda, who attended this weekend the ceremony of enthronement accompanied by several members of the Executive and deputies of the ruling party Law and Justice.

This is not the first time that Jesus has been granted the throne of Poland, since in previous occasions (the most recent ones in Jasna Góra, 1997, and Sagiewnikim, in 2000) similar ceremonies took place, although the President had never attended them before.

Polish President (at the front left) next to his mother (right) during the ceremony. (President’s Facebook picture).

Around 6,000 faithful attended the Enthronement Mass, according to local media, which was held at the Sanctuary of Lagiewniki, near Krakow, who fulfilled their longing to see Jesus Christ on the
Polish throne, seven months after the Catholic hierarchy approved of the enthronement.

In addition to Duda, linked to the ruling party Law and Justice, who presided over the act accompanied by his mother, Jadwiga, were also present the ministers of Justice and Environment, Zbigniew Ziobro and Jan Szyszko, as well as many deputies of this assemble.

The presence in the ceremony of high representatives of Law and Justice demonstrates the closeness between the Catholic Church and the government of this party, which has never denied its identification with the postulates of Catholicism.

There are many examples of the weight of Catholic values in the Polish high politics, the last one being the struggle that Law and Justice maintains to achieve the restriction of abortion.

The government's relationship is particularly close with the more conservative sectors of the Polish Church, including the controversial Redemptorist priest Tadeusz Rydyk, founder of the Radio Maryja network, Trwam Television and the Torun University of Social and Media Sciences (located in the center of Poland).

Manifestation to Proclaim Jesus King

In March 2010, several thousand people demonstrated in Warsaw with crosses, banners and national flags to request a joint declaration between the State and the Church to name Jesus Christ honorary king of Poland.

Before that, in 2006, 46 Polish MPs (10% of the chamber), including members of Law and Justice, raised a bill to proclaim Jesus King.

These parliamentarians argued that the son of God should be made king theological and historical reasons, as was the Virgin Mary, who was declared honorary queen of Poland by King John II Casimiro Vasa, 350 years ago.

PICTURES OF THE CEREMONY (taken from the President’s Facebook account)

Source of information: ABC and Blog CATOLICIDAD. Translated from Spanish by Catholicity blog

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Christ left us a very special Message in his Tomb

Why Did Christ Fold Up the Linen Shroud After His Resurrection?

The Gospel of John tells us that the Shroud, which was placed over Jesus’ face, was not lying together with the linen cloths.

The Bible devotes an entire verse to tell us that the Shroud was folded up, and that it was placed apart from the other linen cloths (maybe where He had laid).

On Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and found that the stone had been removed from the entrance.

She ran and met with Simon Peter and the other disciple, whom Jesus loved. She said to them: “They have taken away the body of the Lord, and I know not where they have laid him!”

Peter and the other disciple ran toward the tomb of Jesus. The other disciple arrived before Peter. He stopped and looked inside and saw the linen lying on the floor, but he did not enter.

Then Simon Peter arrived and went in. He also noticed the linen lying on the floor, while the shroud that had been over Jesus’ face was folded up and placed aside.

Was that important? Of course! Is it still very important today? Absolutely!

To understand the meaning of the folded napkin, it is necessary to first know a little about the Hebrew Tradition of that time.

The folded napkin had to do with the Master and the Servant, and every Jewish child knew that Tradition.

When the servant set the table for the dinner of the Master, he made sure to do it in the exact way that the Master wanted.

Once the table was perfectly decorated, the servant waited, out of sight, until the Master had finished eating. The servant did not dare to touch the table until the Master had finished.

If the Master had finished eating, he would get up from the table; clean his fingers, mouth, and beard, knot the napkin and place it on the table.

This is how the servant knew it was time to clean the table, because in those days, the knotted napkin meant, “I have finished eating.”

But if the Master got up from the table, folded up the napkin and placed it next to his plate, the servant would not dare to touch the table, because the folded napkin meant…


How amazing! How beautiful!

Christ left us a message in His tomb to say He is coming back…

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

“Devastated, Heartbroken, Outraged”: Planned Parenthood, the Merchants of Death, Mourn the Defeat of Hillary Clinton

The words of the President of the abortion giant, which has provided funding for the failed campaign of Hillary Clinton, show the disappointment of the multinational company, which is furious for having lost such enormous amounts of money and afraid because of the possible closing of its doors.

The reaction of Planned Parenthood, the abortion multinational in the United States which funded Hillary’s failed electoral campaign, was immediately unleashed. On the morning of last Wednesday, the President of the company sent an email in which she showed her displeasure due to the “inconceivable” election results.

“Devastated, Angry, Heartbroken, Outraged, Shocked, Sad, Disgusted, Ashamed, Discouraged, Exhausted, Shattered.” This is how the email of the president of Planned Parenthood started, which is the multinational that traffics body parts of aborted babies and make profits with public funds.

“And now, four more words – the most important ones: THESE DOORS STAY OPEN. I know that you and I can’t possibly have enough words to describe our feelings about what happened in this election and what lies ahead,” thus lamented the woman who has become one of the main disciples of the Democrat candidate.

“If you want to stay in bed or hide from the world, I can’t blame you. But I hope you won’t. Instead, I hope you’ll join me in focusing on those important four words: These Doors Stay Open. These doors will stay open because our voices get louder. We will continue to stand and fight for health care, reproductive services, and abortion,” promised Richards to her employees and clients.

“Together, we have made history, helping the first female presidential candidate to get very close to the White House. We were so close. And that day will come,” assured Cecile Richards, who funded Hillary Clinton’s campaign with millions of dollars.

“The fight begins now. The work begins today. Your support will help us one more time,” concluded the President of Planned Parenthood, whose words full of shock and dismay, show the disappointment of the multinational, furious for having lost such enormous amounts of money and afraid because of the possible closing of its doors.

Clinton, Advocate for Abortion

Let us remember that Hillary Clinton has become one of the main advocates of this business in the United States. Instead of condemning the fact of making a profit with tissues and organs of the unborn children, Clinton stated that “it is regrettable” that Planned Parenthood has been the subject of “an attack that was prepared for so many years.”

The Democrat has targeted repeatedly pro-life associations, which according to her, have been planning for years an attack against the abortion giant. It should be noted that Planned Parenthood performs more than 320,000 abortions in the U.S. every year, a practice that it is financed with about 554 million dollars coming from taxpayers.

Almúdena Martínez-Bordiú
Source: Infovaticana

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Prayer reminder for the thirteenth day of each month

We remind you that today, as every 13th day of each month, we will join together in prayer for five minutes, for the intentions that are explained in the following link:

Friday, November 11, 2016

The Church Infallibly Condemned Martin Luther: Bishop Athanasius Schneider

“To put on the same level the religion of divine origin and the religions invented by men is the blasphemy which calls down chastisement on society far more than the sins of individuals and families.”
Désiré Felicien Francois Joseph Cardinal Mercier (1851-1926).

Are the blasphemies of Luther spiritual gifts? His heresies against the Divine Revelation are theological gifts? Did Luther find God while being an apostate of the true Church? Why does Pope Francis contradicts everything that the Church has infallibly taught us about the errors of this heresiarch? Why does he celebrate the anniversary of Luther’s rebellion in a Lutheran temple with false “bishops” and “women bishops” who are supportive of homosexuality, and who are the most distant from the Gospel, the most liberal and the least representative of Lutheranism, because they are rejected by all the other Lutherans who are less liberal?

Padre Pio also claimed that Luther had been condemned, how is it possible then to celebrate what they called the “Reform”, which really was a whole deformation of the Catholic doctrine carried out by the heresiarch whose errors, as Bishop Schneider points out, were condemned ex cathedra by the Church, that is, infallibly and irrevocably?

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Biblical Foundations of Purgatory

The doctrine of the Church on purgatory is based on the Bible, when it is correctly interpreted:

The text of 2 Maccabees 12, 43-46, assumes that there is purification after death.

Judah Maccabee organized a collection among his soldiers… in order to offer a sacrifice for sin… They firmly believed in a valuable reward for those who died in the grace of God… He offered this sacrifice for the dead; so that they were forgiven for their sins.

Protestants do not recognize that this book is part of the Bible, because Luther removed it from his Bible precisely because he knew it referred to purgatory.

However, the New Testament makes a reference to 2 Maccabees. For example, in Hebrews 11, 35:

“Others were racked, not accepting deliverance, that they might find a better resurrection.”

The only ones in the Old Testament to whom this passage is applied are the martyrs of the Maccabees, who were tortured in order to attain resurrection (2 Maccabees 7:11, 14, 23, 29, 36).

Likewise the words of Our Lord:

“And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but he that shall speak against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him neither in this world, nor in the world to come.” (Mt. 12, 32).

“And when thou goest with thy adversary to the prince, whilst thou art in the way, endeavour to be delivered from him: lest perhaps he draw thee to he judge, and the judge deliver thee to the exacter, and the exacter cast thee into prison. I say to thee, thou shalt not go out thence until thou pay the very last mite.” (Lk. 12: 58-59).

In these passages, Jesus talks about a temporal punishment which cannot be Hell nor Heaven.

This conclusion follows from the letter of Saint Paul, 1 Corinthians 3, 12-13:

“For no one can lay a foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay or straw, his workmanship will be evident, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will prove the quality of each man’s work. And they, whose works cannot abide the fire, shall suffer loss; yet they themselves, having built upon the right foundation, shall be saved yet so as by fire; being liable to this punishment, by reason of the wood, hay, and stubble, which was mixed with their building.

Hence, there is a fire after death which, unlike that from Hell, is temporal. The soul that passes through it will be saved. We call this state of purgation “purgatory”.

1 Cor. 15, 29: “Otherwise, what shall they do that are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not again at all? Why are they then baptized for them?”

The word “baptism” is used here as a metaphor to express suffering or penance (Mk. 10, 38-39; Lk. 3, 16; 12, 50). Saint Paul writes about a practice among Christians, which consisted in being “baptized” for the dead. He does not condemn it, on the contrary, he praises it as valid because it shows faith in resurrection.

Compare 1 Cor. 15, 29 with Maccabees 12, 44 and you will see the similarity.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Let Us Remember Our Dear Departed!

An indulgence consists in this: when we commit a sin and repent, God forgives us, but there is still something that needs to be paid. This obligation or debt that is pending can be totally or partially eliminated through the practice of indulgences.

On the day of the Faithful Departed, there is the possibility of gaining a PLENARY INDULGENCE, which can be applied to the blessed souls in purgatory. We can only gain one plenary indulgence per day.

1. On November 2: Visit a Church or public oratory, and pray there an Our Father.
2. From November 1 to November 8: We can gain a plenary indulgence every day visiting a Cemetery and praying there for the faithful departed.

1. Must be baptized and must not be excommunicated.
2. Having the intention, at least in general, of gaining the indulgence.
3. Confession: It can be made within eight days before or after the day in question.
4. Receiving Communion on the day in question.
5. Praying for the Pope’s intentions: an Our Father, a Hail Mary and a Glory Be. These intentions are the following ones (they were predetermined by the Church, and they are not the Pope’s personal intentions):
a) The exaltation of the Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church.
b) The eradication of heresies.
c) The propagation of Catholic Faith.
d) The conversion of sinners.
e) Peace and concord among Christian princes.
f) All other goods of Christian community.
6. Having no attachment to sin, not even venial sins.
7. Observing that to which the Indulgence was granted.

NOTE: If the conditions are not entirely fulfilled, there is still the possibility of gaining a partial Indulgence.

What the souls in purgatory need are indulgences and Masses, many Masses! Order Masses for your relatives and for all the faithful departed in general, God will know who to apply them to.