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The seven 13s. May 13.

May 13th is for me, a date of tremendous significance for a whole host of reasons and I am going to try and tie them all together with this project.

First, it is the first of 7 consecutive 13s of personal significance to me with regards to my trip to Israel.

  • May 13th- 6 months to the day the flight leaves for Israel.

  • June 13th- 5 months to the day the flight leaves for Israel.

  • July 13th- 4 months to the day the flight leaves for Israel.

  • August 13th- 3 months to the day the flight leaves for Israel.

  • September 13th- 2 months to the day the flight leaves for Israel.

  • October 13th- 1 month to the day the flight leaves for Israel.

  • November 13th- The day the flight leaves for Israel.

Second, the first 6 of those days hold significance in our catholic faith.

  • May 13th- The first apparition at Fatima, assassination attempt on JP II, consecration of Russia..

  • June 13th- 2nd apparition at Fatima.

  • July 13th- 3rd apparition at Fatima.

  • August 13th- 4th apparition at Fatima.

  • September 13th- 5th apparition at Fatima.

  • October 13th- Miracle of the Sun at Fatima.

To celebrate and anticipate, I have decided to commemorate these 7 days by dedicating this trip to our blessed lady and focusing on on one of the her 7 sorrows on each date.

  • May 13th- the prophecy of Simeon.

  • June 13th- the flight to Egypt.

  • July 13th- the loss of Jesus for 3 days.

  • August 13th- the carrying of the cross.

  • September 13th- the crucifixion of Jesus.

  • October 13th- Jesus is taken down from the cross.

  • November 13th- Jesus is laid in the tomb.

May 13th- The Prophecy of Simeon.

Luke 2: 22 And after the days of her purification, according to the law of Moses, were accomplished, they carried him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord: 

23 As it is written in the law of the Lord: Every male opening the womb shall be called holy to the Lord: 

24 And to offer a sacrifice, according as it is written in the law of the Lord, a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons: 

25 And behold there was a man in Jerusalem named Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel; and the Holy Ghost was in him. 

26 And he had received an answer from the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Christ of the Lord. 

27 And he came by the Spirit into the temple. And when his parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the law, 

28 He also took him into his arms, and blessed God, and said: 

29 Now thou dost dismiss thy servant, O Lord, according to thy word in peace; 

30 Because my eyes have seen thy salvation, 

31 Which thou hast prepared before the face of all peoples: 

32 A light to the revelation of the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel. 

33 And his father and mother were wondering at those things which were spoken concerning him. 

34 And Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary his mother: Behold this child is set for the fall, and for the resurrection of many in Israel, and for a sign which shall be contradicted; 

35 And thy own soul a sword shall pierce, that, out of many hearts, thoughts may be revealed. 

The prophecy of Simeon shatters the illusion of the faith alone crowd. Simeon put Jesus' mother on notice that she would participate in the mystery of redemption by a sword piercing her soul to reveal the thoughts of many. This is anathema to the faith alone crowd who want desperately to believe the false canard that He did it all so I don't have to do anything.

This ideology is absolute nonsense and runs counter to scripture-

Colossians 1: 22 Yet now he hath reconciled in the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unspotted, and blameless before him: 

23 If so ye continue in the faith, grounded and settled, and immoveable from the hope of the gospel which you have heard, which is preached in all the creation that is under heaven, whereof I Paul am made a minister. 

24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up those things that are wanting of the sufferings of Christ, in my flesh, for his body, which is the church: 

25 Whereof I am made a minister according to the dispensation of God, which is given me towards you, that I may fulfil the word of God: 

26 The mystery which hath been hidden from ages and generations, but now is manifested to his saints, 

This is hard stuff, to be sure. None of us wants to suffer and I'll be the first to admit that I have wimped out more times than I can count. However, Jesus made it clear that there is only 1 way to heaven.

Matthew 16: 24 Then Jesus said to his disciples: If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. 

25 For he that will save his life, shall lose it: and he that shall lose his life for my sake, shall find it. 

26 For what doth it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and suffer the loss of his own soul? Or what exchange shall a man give for his soul? 

27 For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels: and then will he render to every man according to his works. 

The protestants present a false dilemma. They argue that because our human works will never have the power to save us, Christ must superimpose salvation on us like a pile of snow over a pile of dung (their founder, Martin Lucifer actually said that). They are wrong. Salvation is not something Jesus does to us, it is something He does through us. His work becomes our work. Our work is synthesized with His. That is what Paul meant and that is what Simeon meant.

The highest and most perfect model of this synergy is Mary. That is why we call her co-mediatrix and co-redemtrix. Co means ''with'' not equal. Co is the root of Cooperate which literally means to operate with or, if you will, work with.

It is not a contradiction to say that we have one mediator and one redeemer and to also say that we all must cooperate with that work. We also have one advocate before the Father, Jesus, but we are all advocates before the Son. Mary is that Par Excellance.

Mary carried God in her womb. Mary lived with God for 30 years. Mary grieved a grief none of us can imagine. She lost her Son and Her redeemer the same day and watched it happen in full color horror.

No soul, not even a martyr's was pierced like hers. The protestants don't want to acknowledge her great suffering and even less do they want to acknowledge the words of a prophet, in Scripture that her suffering had a value and a purpose.

That the hearts of many will be revealed.

Many is from the greek word Poulos and it means a multitude of people's hearts will be revealed by the suffering of Mary. Protestants will argue that we are putting Mary's suffering on the same level of Jesus. Far from it. We are understanding Why Jesus suffered. Jesus didn't suffer to spare us from suffering but to give power to our suffering when- and only when- we unite it to His.

The good thief understood this. The bad thief did not.

Mary understood it better than anyone and she stood by her son even to death, the sharp soul of grief tearing through her.

Holy Mary, Mother of God. Pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.


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