“The Lord of the World”

A short book review

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Before we come close to Pentecost and after the Ascension of the Lord, wich prepare ourselves in a novena for the most holy feast of Pentecost, I would like to present a book shortly after our broadcasts on St. Joan of Arc. It was written by Robert Hugh Benson, an English Catholic priest in 1907, with the title “Lord of the World”. Read More

The Maid of Orleans

Part 3: Passion and martyrdom

Joan of Arc burning at the stake in Rouen (Painting in the Basilica of Domrémy)

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For Joan, the hardest part of her mission now came. Now she was to bear the whole burden of the cross, to taste the suffering that no one who is fully at the service of his Lord is spared.

It would not have been enough for the English to simply take Joan captive and then execute her, knowing full well that the French people would have considered her a martyr. This could have even encouraged them in their efforts to continue the liberation of the country! Their aim was therefore to prove publicly that Joan was a heretic and a witch who had achieved her victories through an alliance with the devil. Read More

The Maid of Orleans

Part 2: Joan’s mission

Joan of Arc enters Orléans (Painting in the Basilica of Domrémy)

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Now begins the mission of Saint Joan of Arc at the head of the French troops.

Her very presence showed the soldiers and officers that God would intervene concretely in the situation of France. Thus, the population and the combatants regained their courage and bravery, and believed in the mission of the Maiden.

Her presence was so impressive that many people saw her as an angel of God. Read More

The Maid of Orleans

Part 1: The Call

Joan recognizes the king (Painting in the Basilica of Domrémy)

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Today, 16 May, we celebrate the centenary of the canonization of Saint Joan of Arc. For us, who prepare these daily meditations, this is a great feast, because we are very united to this saint in many ways. Therefore, we want to dedicate the meditations of the next three days to her. There will be a lot to tell, because Saint Joan, the Maid of Orleans, is the best documented person of the Middle Ages. Her mission is more than extraordinary! We also hope to glorify in this way God, our Father, who so gifted this saint, who, unfortunately, is often misunderstood. Furthermore, we are convinced that the mission of St. Joan of Arc is of great importance, especially in our difficult times. Read More

Questions and Answers, Part 2

The Massacre of the Innocents in Bethlehem

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  1. How can we offer spiritual resistance to the evil spirit of Herod and those who promote abortion? I wonder if it’s the same spirit that causes suicides?

Let us begin by saying that, on an objective level, it is always the same spirit that induces a person to kill, whether it be to kill another person (and in this case, an innocent child); whether it be to take his own life. Read More

Questions and Answers, Part 1

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As I usually do once a month, I would like these days to answer some questions of common interest that have arisen among the listeners of the meditations. Since we had had the series of meditations with Roy Schoeman’s testimony at the end of January, this time the questions were postponed until this date, and they were not at the end of the month as usually. So, I would like to begin today by answering two questions…

  1. What can you do if you want to follow God, but your family doesn’t agree? Read More

Reflection on the testimony of Roy Schoeman

The Western Wall

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It is a great consolation to hear that, also in our time, God intervenes in an extraordinary way in the life of a person, just as it happened with Roy Schoemann. God is free to enter at any time into a person’s life, even of a non-believer, and to lead him to faith! This may inspire our prayers, because certainly behind Roy’s conversion were also the prayers of the faithful! Read More

Questions to Mr. Schoeman

Jerusalem view from Dominus Flevit Church

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After having heard the testimony of Roy Schoemann, we want to add two questions that we posed to him in the framework of the interview, which was recorded in Jerusalem.

Tomorrow we will then reflect about what we have heard during the last three days. Hopefully the Lord will let us receive good fruits and spiritual benefit from this theme!

Mr. Schoeman, I would like to ask you a question. You are Jew and a member of the Catholic Church. Are you still looking to yourself as a Jew?

I consider myself as a Jew in the Catholic Church. I was Jewish before I became a follower of the Jewish Messiah. Why would I no longer be a Jew by following the Jewish Messiah? On the contrary, this makes me more Jewish than ever!

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The conversion of Roy Schoeman, Part 2

“Suddenly, I was left alone with the most beautiful young lady I could have imagined“ (Testimony of Roy Schoeman)

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In yesterday’s meditation, Roy told us about the decisive experience of his life, when, in a moment of profound anguish and without finding the meaning of existence, God granted him a supernatural grace. It was the light of the Lord which illuminated him and gave him now inner certainty about the great questions of faith. Let us remember that, in that light, Roy recognized the most loving God, who, in His goodness, had accompanied him throughout his life; he understood the value or worthlessness of every action; he knew with certainty that eternal life exists. Read More

Conversion of Roy Schoeman, Part 1

 

Roy Schoeman

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Having heard St. Paul’s testimony of his wonderful conversion, I would like to introduce Roy Schoeman to all our listeners. Roy also experienced the grace of conversion and enlightenment.

As we have heard from St. Paul, such a testimony is very important, which is why he told it again and again, also as a legitimation for his ministry. He was sent by the Lord. Read More