Saturday, June 24, 2017

Michael H. Brown's Talk: The Current Prophetic Pulse

Michael H. Brown at the Marian Day Retreat on May 20, at Canada Christian College
Michael H. Brown during the Marian Day Retreat at Canada Christian College on May 20, 2017.

Michael H. Brown's talk, The Current Prophetic Pulse, was the third of four talks given during the Marian Day Retreat in Toronto on May 20; a retreat hosted by Canada Christian College and organized by Ave Maria Centre of Peace.

Having known about Brown's talks for many years, I attended this retreat with great enthusiasm and high expectations that it would be an exceptionally beneficial time for me. Brown certainly did not disappoint and there was no doubt in my mind, that it was a shared experience by many, if not all, in attendance that day, especially by those who knew of Brown from his web site, Spirit Daily.com.

If you are new to Michael H. Brown, he is an American Catholic writer whose own conversion in the early 80s led him to focus on writing about the Catholic faith. Since then he has written several books, and published numerous articles and blog posts at Spirit Daily on: the truth, knowledge, and understanding of the Catholic faith journey; current, real, and relevant news; information on the events and signs of our times; and resources on spiritual warfare, healing, and the afterlife.

The other three talks Brown gave at the retreat were: Heaven, Hell and Purgatory; Spiritual Warfare and Family Healing; and Reclaiming North America's Christianity.

Brown's talk on The Current Prophet Pulse was intriguing and perhaps the most thought-provoking of all four talks. It included historical events from the Catholic Church that certainly challenged the audience to consider: are we here, in North America, disobedient to God; is society in conformity with God's plan for humanity; are there prophetic warnings we should be paying heed to regarding God's chastisements; and what can we do to appease God and avoid His punishments.

The Current Prophetic Pulse

LIke at all of the Marian Day Retreats, prayer is a common thread that runs throughout the entire day: group recitation of the Rosary before each talk; the Divine Mercy Chaplet just after 3:00pm, before the last talk; and the Saturday Vigil Mass, a perfect ending to a grace-filled retreat. Add to this the availability of confession throughout the entire day and Brown's own selected prayers, that together with his talks, made attending this retreat time well spent.

Brown began this talk by leading the audience in the recitation of the Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be, and a prayer to St. Michael the Archangel, after which he added a few important details from the previous two talks before segueing into the "prophetic pulse" content.

Referring to his morning talk on Heaven, Hell and Purgatory, Brown stressed that the first person we will meet in Heaven is ourselves: we will see who we really are. Life on earth is a challenge, one that entails that we strive to be that person who God made, who we really are: ourselves at our best, ourselves at the height. Brown elaborated on why this is so necessary, "...Because that's what Heaven is, the peak of the best we have ever been and we need to get to that level and maintain it through discipline, like I said, and through prayerful discipline, through circumspection; getting rid of the impatience of life."

From his second talk, Spiritual Warfare and Family HealingBrown went on to remind everyone that "love reverses the curse." He referred to the scriptural passage of Love for Enemies, "But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you..." (Luke 6: 27-28) As Brown stated, many times, this gets rid of the Evil One. 

Loving your enemies is not all that one needs to do. With everyones' situation being uniquedifferent challenges and circumstances to deal with—Brown stressed how important it is for prayer to the Holy Spirit for answers as to how to fight the Evil One. There are certain things that help us in all circumstances, but the Holy Spirit—who knows you better than yourself—will best address your personal situation.


A panoramic photo of the Hollywood sign in Los Angeles, California
The Hollywood sign located on Mount Lee, Los Angeles, California. Photo: Hikespeak/Griffith Observatory to the
Hollywood Sign in Griffith Park

Continuing with spiritual warfare in an effort to highlight how there is so much around us that we don't realize is connected to the demonic, Brown provided the example of the well known "Hollywood" sign in the hills of Los Angeles, California.

At first, many may assume that the sign means or refers to "holy wood," but the reality is quite different. In fact, the term "hollywood" derives its meaning or purpose from the pagan Norse god of Odin. Hollywood is actually is a type of wood that wizards would use for their wands.

Brown then referred to how just south of Hollywood at Disneyland, the magic wand is normalized as part of their attractions. Should we consider the glorification and propagation of the occult (magic wands, spells, witchcraft) as "coincidences." Brown made it crystal clear that the existence of occult elements in society is anything but a coincidence!

One of the most interesting points of this talk, that resonated very well with me, was with respect to "never accepting the "evil report." It is in reference to a medical report given by doctors to their patients about how long they may live. Brown went on to make the point that doctors are not God and can't really know how long someone will live or when they will die.

Further reinforcing the point that God is in charge, Brown referred to afterlife accounts of individuals who went through an out-of-body experience, and could watch surgeons operate on them, assisted and guided by angels, who in fact were the ones conducting much of the delicate part of the surgery. It is any wonder why surgeries go so well when we pray enough for them? Brown asked that very question and reiterated the importance of prayer when he stated, "...There are some great Christian doctors, prayerful doctors, but only if they all prayed, if only they gave more credit to God, if only they invoked angels more, oh how much better off we would be."

Michael H. Brown from the screens during his talk at Canada Christian College
A closer look at Michael H. Brown from the screens.
It was around the ten minute mark of the talk that Brown actually began to talk about the prophetic pulse, which started with a look back to the 60s, a time when, as Brown put it, "A lot of evil entered Canada, entered the United States, entered the world, the West...a very mysterious decade." Much of the evil that we have to contend with today (the moral disorder, especially abortion, euthanasia, assisted suicide, and sexual immorality) had its origins in the 60s—Canada's 1969 Omnibus Bill that allowed "therapeutic abortion" in hospitals is a prime example—a dark decade of confusion, deception and rebellion.

As to some of the events from the 60s that has brought many evils upon today's society, Brown listed the following: 1966 was the foundation, in San Francisco, of the "Church of Satan" in the west; 1969, saw the first "satanic bible" published; rock music beats, reminiscent of voodoo beats, opened many souls to drug use or pharmakeia which was used for centuries by witches; the spirit of rebellion which in scripture tell us is equivalent to the spirit of witchcraft; free sex and orgies (what pagans refer to as Saturnalia); monogamy fell out of fashion with many of the younger generation that led some to sodomy and homosexuality; fornication; and contraception which helped perpetuate "free sex." 

In the United States, this all culminated in the legalization and normalization of abortion on demand with the 1973 Supreme Court case, Roe vs. Wade, which Brown referred to as a "blood sacrifice." Elaborating further on this Brown stated, "So you have rituals leading up to a blood sacrifice. And then, we wonder why the world, the west, Canada, the United States, which of course has not only abortion, but is moving sometimes dangerously to euthanasia up here. We wonder where the evil came from that we now contend with, the darkness, the dark cloud."

Brown went on to share some important historical facts: how North America was established by Catholics a few centuries ago; the story of the Pope Gregory the Great and the statue of Our Lady in Guadalupe, Spain; and the end to the chastisements of the Roman Empire.

As a matter of historical record, native Indians have been living in what we now refer to as North America for centuries, but America and Canada were established by Christians, specifically Catholics. North America came into being as a Catholic territory.

It is the understanding by some that the first Mass was celebrated in North America as earlier as the sixth century by Saint Brendan, who came over from Scandinavia; an occurrence that was not documented.

The first documented Mass was celebrated in St. Augustine, Florida, in 1565. In Canada, Brown pointed to the Shrine of St. Anne, in Quebec, built in 1658. These two facts point to North America's Catholic foundations.

As to the historical events and times of Saint Pope Gregory the Great (540-604), Brown explained why God had punished the Roman Empire and how the pope, through the intercession of Our Lady, appeased God's wrath and ended the chastisements.

During Pope Gregory's time, Rome was under attack by barbarians and suffering a plague that took many lives including Pope Pelagius II (Pope Gregory's predecessor) that made Pope Gregory wonder if it was apart of the final judgement; a judgement that Rome incurred on itself due to its disobedience to God that manifested itself in many ways: orgies, materialism, gluttony, and all that the emperors, and their subordinates, have been guilty of over the centuries. 

To illustrate the seriousness of Rome's situation, Brown read and provided commentary on a letter written by Pope Gregory to King Ethelbert of Kent describing God's punishments upon man kind for its actions:
...Pope Gregory speculated, this is a direct quote from the Doctor of the Church, that quote, 'The unending kingdom of the saints is approaching,' and he predicted that there would be many unusual signs including, quote, 'Changes in climate, terrors from Heaven, unseasonal tempest, wars, famines, pestilences and earthquakes. As he wrote, 'Everywhere death, everywhere morning in Rome, everywhere desolation...cities are destroyed, armed camps overturned, districts emptied of peoples, the earth reduced to solitude, nothing remains in the countryside, nor scarcely inhabited in the cities, nevertheless, these small remains of human kind are still being slaughtered daily and without cease. The scourges of heavenly justice have no end because even in their midst, there is no correction of the faults of our actions.' The sixth century, Rome being destroyed by what a great pope said was a punishment for its evil; evil that a lot of people are comparing to our own time.
Perhaps the most salient point of this entire talk—what in my view is a historical lesson to draw upon, that is most relevant for the current time in which we live—was when Brown continued with St. Pope Gregory the Great and his response to Rome's decimation: an appeal to the Blessed Mother's intercession by a procession throughout Rome with a statue of Our Lady (believed to be carved by the Apostle Luke himself) together with a faithful following of prayer warriors.

Pope Gregory believed that the statue would be powerful against evil and so he led a procession from the Vatican throughout Rome's many streets. Upon the return to the Vatican, there was an apparition of St. Michael the Archangel putting his sword back in its sheath, which Brown described as a "Sword of punishment, a sword of judgement." This is precisely what that sword was; soon afterward the plagues had ended, as did the barbarian invasions. The great chastisements of the Roman Empire came to an end.

Pope Gregory eventually gave the statue to the Bishop of Seville and it proved to be effective against the invasion of Muslims, who were destroying Catholic statues, crucifixes, and persecuting Christians without mercy in their attempts to eradicate the Christian roots of Spain.

Other Muslim invasions were launched in their quest for Spain, and much in the same manner as other Christian statues, paintings, artifacts and so forth, that had to be buried in order to preserve them, the Bishop of Seville had the statue of Our Lady buried in a remote cave, under a church bell in a part of Spain called Estremadura, in an area referred to as "hidden channel," which in the local dialect is "Guadalupe."

The statue remained hidden in that cave for 600 years, until one day Our Lady appeared to Gil Cordero, a humble shepherd in 1326. Cordero who was searching for a lost cow, eventually found the animal, motionless and dead on the ground. Preparing to take the hide, Cordero made a sign of the cross—which was customary before such a procedure—and all of a sudden the cow stood up, alive and well.

It was at this moment that Our Lady appeared to Cordero, and requested at the very spot where she was standing, that it be dug up and a shrine built on top. Cordero told the bishop, who eventually led a procession to the apparition location, where they began to dig and soon found the statue from Pope Gregory. The shrine was built and through the years it became a bigger and popular shrine; a place of pilgrimage for many.

This shrine became such an important location that it even attracted the King and Queen of Spain in the fifteenth century, who prayed about whether or not they should send ships to discover a new world, which would later be called America.

It was at this shrine that another well known pilgrim prayed many times, Christopher Columbus, who had a great devotion to Our Lady, and desired to explore the new world to conquer it for Christ. So great was Columbus's devotion that he had a replica of Our Lady's statue made to accompany him on his voyage, which he placed on his ship named, Santa Maria. It is known that Columbus and his crew prayed the Hail Mary together, and upon reaching land, they recited the Salve Regina.

Columbus discovered America. The Blessed Mother aided other voyages and missions as well. Many of the Spanish explorations had up to thirty priests on board an individual ship, as they had the same mission as Columbus: devout Catholics that set out to establish Catholic territories in the new world.

This encompasses the bulk of the prophetic pulse, which I captured on video and is available for viewing at my YouTube channel, The Current Prophetic Pulse

Those interested in reading more about the prophetic pulse—including current events of our time—may want to consider purchasing Brown's book, Where The Cross Stands.
















Friday, June 9, 2017

Michael H. Brown's Talk: Spiritual Warfare and Family Healing

Michael H. Brown's book, Prayer of The Warrior and Fr. Amorth's Prayer For Deliverance
Prayer for Deliverance from Father Gabriele Amorth's book, An Exorcist Tells His Story and Michael H. Brown's
book, Prayer of the Warrior.


Today's post is the second in a series of posts on the recent talks given by Michael H. Brown during the Marian Day Retreat here in Toronto on May 20, that was hosted by Canada Christian College and organized by Ave Maria Centre of Peace.

It was a grace-filled day that proved to be time well spent with Brown's four well-delivered, intriguing talks: Heaven, Hell and Purgatory; Spiritual Warfare and Family Healing; The Current Prophetic Pulse; and Reclaiming North America's Christianity.

I attended these talks with great anticipation having known about them for many years—Brown gives many retreat talks throughout the year mostly in the United States and some in Canada—and being fully aware of how qualitative and beneficial they would be. This was no doubt a shared feeling by many in attendance that day, especially by those who knew of Michael H. Brown from his web site Spirit Daily.com, where since 2000, he has published numerous articles and provided many books on: the truth, knowledge, and understanding of the Catholic faith journey; current, real, and relevant news; information on the events and signs of our times; and resources on spiritual warfare, healing, and the afterlife.

In typical fashion at the Marian Day Retreats, each talk was preceded a by a group recitation of the Rosary, except for the last talk which was preceded by the Divine Mercy Chaplet.

Brown added to those prayers with his own selection that implored God's mercy, blessings, healing, and the deliverance and protection from the Evil One.

I found Brown's talk on Spiritual Warfare and Family Healing particularly interesting and it certainly put the spiritual battle, that we are all in, into perspective. Much of what he talked about that day was "familiar territory," as I have been reading about spiritual warfare for almost twenty years.

That is not to say that there wasn't something new to discover or learn anew. Brown certainly did not disappoint in this regard as his talk included: deliverance and healing prayers; his own personal experiences with the demonic; how to recognize the presence of the Evil One and his demons; the importance of casting out evil spirits from our lives; warnings on how the demonic can enter into our lives; the importance of faith, the Holy Mass, the recitation of the Rosary, and fasting for the cleansing and protection from all evil spirits; and the use of sacramentals (water, oil, and salt) to effectively protect ourselves and our our homes, cars, places of work, and other locations from the Evil One and his demons.

Spiritual Warfare and Family Healing

Brown began this talk with a set of deliverance and healing prayers: Prayer Against MaleficeAnima ChristiPrayer Against Every EvilPrayer For Inner Healing, and a Prayer for Deliverance.

These prayers were recited in that order which coincidentally happen to be the exact prayers provided in Father Gabriele Amorth's book, An Exorcist Tells His Story, a book that I purchased almost two decades ago from SpiritDaily.com, and blogged about in a post entitled, The Expulsion of The Devils From Arezzo: The Spiritual Battle.

Giotto di Bondone's fresco: The Expulsion of the Devils From Arezzo.
Giotto di Bondone's fresco, The Expulsion
of the 
Devils From Arezzo, the front cover
image of Fr. 
Gabriele Amorth's book, An
Exorcist Tells His Story.
Referring to the last prayer he recited, the Prayer for Deliverance, Brown made particular mention of how important it is to specifically recognize when the Evil One is present, trying to negatively influence us in a variety of ways. This prayer (see the first photo) implores God the Father, through the intercession of the archangels Michael, Raphael, and Gabriel, and invokes the aid of all the saints in heaven, to deliver those enslaved by evil from: anxiety, depression, sadness, hatred, fornication, jealousy, rage, suicide, abortion, sinful sexuality, division in our families, harmful friendships, spells, malefice, witchcraft and every form of the occult. The prayer concludes with a plea to be liberated from such influences through the added intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the granting of peace in the name of Christ, our Lord.

Brown explained that by specifically recognizing the many ways in which the Evil One can influence us, it renders the Evil One ineffective and ensures that he doesn't expand his power by operating in the dark, which is exactly what he likes to do.

At the same time, Brown warned that it is also important to avoid the extremes of obsession and ignorance. Here is what he had to say about it:
And so we need to recognize where evil is, not to become paranoid, not to go in the extreme of seeing him constantly, becoming obsessed with him, but the other extreme is being ignorant. We have to find a balance that the Blessed Mother will help us gain during the Rosary and that we gain also during the Liturgy, during the Mass, especially when that chalice with the wine is raised, the Precious Blood that brakes the hold of the Evil One. When that chalice is raised, elevated during Mass, that's the time we can break things that may be holding us in bondage. That is the time when we can cast out darkness because often we cannot make the break through, we cannot get our prayers answered, we can't be cleansed until we cast out inner darkness, until we cast out darkness that may have attached to us through curses of other people...We can't get where we want to go because first we have to cast out these things that are holding us back, and we have to make sure we are not giving the devil a foothold by being obsessed, or oppressed, or depressed...or regressed, because what is the eventuality of all this? All this obsession, all this oppression can lead to possession.
Another benefit of casting out darkness from our lives is the healing of our physical maladies. Brown made an important point with respect to the source of our sufferings: God sends us physical suffering for the purpose of sanctification of ourselves or others, but a lot of sufferings may also be caused by the Evil One. So what we want to do is command it out. Here is how Brown put it:
We cast out darkness from our lives and often not only does this help purify our spirits, but when the spirit around us and in us is purified, a lot of times we are healed of physical malady. Yes, a lot of physical illnesses are given to us by God as sufferings for sanctification for ourselves or others. Yes a lot of that is sent by the Lord, but also a lot of it is caused by the Evil One. Jesus said he is a killer from the beginning and so we want to command it out because a lot times darkness in the robe, in the spirit, translates into physical illnesses.
Drawing from the life of Jesus, Brown reinforced how demons can cause us physical illness, referring to when Jesus healed people, he first cast out demons, which points to the reality that the demonic can be the source of major illnesses.

Further highlighting the connection of illnesses to the demonic, Brown asked a series of questions for the audience to ponder, "If he [Jesus] did it, if he was showing us that, why are we not doing it? Why are we not following him? Why are we not doing what he said to do, which is to lay hands on people and cast out demons in his name, only in his name? Until we do we will not be the full Church we want to be, we will not be the clean spirits we want to be."

Brown singled out another important aspect of the Prayer for Deliverance; that is, the specific mention of the Evil One, which is located in the first few lines of the prayer (see the first photo). It actually compliments old translations of the Lord's prayer which specifically stated, "Evil One," as opposed to the generic "evil." The relevance of which points to what Brown had mentioned earlier in the talk, the need for specificity. Here is what Brown had to say about that, "...When we are specific, when we specifically cite Satan as a personal, destructive, dark force, we gain power over that."

Elaborating on the "gaining of power," Brown mentioned a few examples of prayer that are effective when we specifically mention the type of demons that are afflicting us, "Same thing in our lives, if we have depression, 'I command you out spirit of depression or anxiety, I command you out spirit of anxiety in Jesus's name, and in the name of Jesus, I command you to the foot of the Cross to be disposed according to the will of the Father, in Jesus's name and never to return', sealed against its return. Amen. "

Brown reinforced how important it is to cast all types of demons from us, including jealousy which as he went on to further point out is very powerful. He warned that if we are jealous of others, we need to "work" on that. Jealousy is synonymous to a curse; not wanting the best for someone to put it mildly. Like all other darkness in our lives, we need to cast it out.

During the next segment of the talk, Brown emphasized the many different ways that evil spirits can enter into our lives: through our transgressions; the movies and television shows we watch; pictures posters in our homes; heavy metal and other types of music that we listen to; and what we are looking at on the internet.

If you are asking yourself how is this possible, Brown answered that question with the example of what we watch on television or the computer. Here is what he had to say, "Spirits can come right through a computer, no problem! Come right through a television set! All they need is the opening. All they need is to see that you allowed it through your free will and boom, they're there."

Citing the "ghost hunter" shows on television—individuals who have no idea that they are dealing with the demonic—Brown made what was in my view, one of the most salient points of the talk; that is, we need to avoid reading or watching such shows or reading about such things. He also referred to Stephen King novels and the Harry Potter series.

It was interesting that Brown mentioned the Harry Potter series because not only am I completely familiar with the dangers of it from my own readings—that spawned an extensive blog post in October 2013, entitled, The Dangers of Harry Potter: The Occult Controversybut it was through Spirit Daily that I first read Father Gabriele Amorth's warning about it in 2002; a warning that Brown referred to.


Harry Potter warning from Fr. Amorth on SpiritDaily.com
Fr. Gabriele Amorth's warning about the dangers of Harry Potter from January 3, 2002.
Image: Spirit Daily.com/Rome's Chief Exorcist Warns Parents Against Harry Potter

Elaborating on his experiences in dealing with skeptics about the dangers of Harry Potter, Brown mentioned how some simply dismissed it as a children's story, claiming that "It is just a book." But as Brown aptly pointed out, it is much more than "just a book," as the Harry Potter series contain actual witchcraft spells. In response to the claim that it is just a book, Brown asked the audience, "Is it? Then why does it have real spells, actual spells of witchcraft? Do you think it is healthy for young people to be reading actual witchcraft spells?"

More to the point about such novels, Brown stated that, "Things can attach to us when we allow them in, and never mind something like the ouija board. Once they are around, they are really hard to get rid of sometimes, especially if we don't recognize their presence."

Expanding on that point, Brown pointed out that a lot times, we don't recognize the presence of the demonic or earth-bound spirits, even though they may be negatively affecting us consistently. To illustrate this point, Brown provided the example of how when you are having a great day, everything is going well, but all of a sudden, when you enter someone's home, office, or some other location, tensions arise, there may even be a certain flash-point with someone, a spontaneous eruption; often this is due to the presence of the Evil One.

As to what we can do about it, Brown stressed that we should discipline ourselves so that every time we feel that tension we should begin to pray, especially to the Blessed Virgin Mary for her help and to Jesus in a personal way. Here is how Brown explained it:
You know in life when this happens, if we would only discipline ourselves. Discipline is a key to happiness. If we would only discipline ourselves to step back every time we feel that tension, every time we start to succumb to that energy, step back and pray, especially to the Blessed Mother for her help, and of course to Jesus in a personal way. If we would just step back, we would avoid so much strife, we would avoid so much divorce, we would avoid so much pressure and stress and tension in our lives. Just step back, just step back, and nothing, insults don't matter. Somebody insults you, step back, step back. You will be real happy during your life review [see Brown's first talk, Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory] in eternity that you did, and you will be happier here on earth.
Brown also spoke of earthbound spirits, which are not demonic, but spirits (deceased souls) for one reason or another, that remain on earth. As to why they remain on earth, Brown provided a few examples: souls that are overly attached to a house, to someone, and even to an addiction in which they refuse to go on because they keep on wanting to experiencing that addiction.

Certain earthbound spirits remain because they are doing their Purgatory on earth. Brown cited an example from Saint Pio of Petrelcina (Padre Pio) and the Capuchins, the Franciscan Order that he belonged to. Here is how Brown unfolded this incident:
Padre Pio once encountered the "ghost" of a monk. One night he was praying in a choir, and he looked down and saw this young monk who was cleaning the altar...who made a lot of noise. Padre Pio went down, didn't recognize him. Padre Pio lived there for twenty or thirty months...Padre Pio said, 'Who are you, I haven't seen you hear before?' The young monk turned to him and said, 'I was hear before you came, I died here and the Lord is letting me do my Purgatory here. When I was a noviciate here, I failed to fulfill my duties, clearing the altar'...obeying his superior, and so he was doing his Purgatory.

Brown offered his thoughts for the audience's discernment, that these earthbound spirits, bound here for negative reasons, can be extremely negative and can cause us negativity and illness, similar to the demonic.

Earthbound spirits have been written about from bishops in England as far back as the 1700s, but as Brown pointed out, they are not discussed anymore these days.


Michael H. Brown at his talk on May 20 at Canada Christian College
Michael H. Brown during the Marian Day Retreat at Canada Christian College

Coming back to the subject of the demonic, Brown pointed out that we can identify the presence of an evil spirit when we experience anxiety and confusion, "The evil spirit, one of the first thing he does, very consistently, is cause confusion. So any time we see confusion, all of sudden something doesn't make sense, we need to sit back and ask the Holy Spirit for His help."

We want to be fully protected from the Evil One and his demons, which we have been warned about throughout the history of the Church from mystics to saints to the accounts of near-death experiences. How do we go about doing this? Brown answered this question in a most passionate way:
We want to be fully protected. We want to realize like these saints, and mystics tell us, and other people that have had experiences on the other side. They tell us we are surrounded by spiritual entities, we want to be protected every single day, so the very first thing in the morning...we need to pray the Rosary. We need to pray, if we can get to Mass, get to Mass. It is the most powerful prayer, it is so powerful against the enemy. It is so cleansing, so healing if we put our hearts into it and don't just sit there. With real prayers; we need to feel the prayers; we need to pray sincerely; we need to pray from the heart. We need to talk to Jesus in a very personal way...we need to have faith.
Brown added his own warning that the Evil One can do many things, and part of his goal is to take life from us, to remove its spiritual abundance and bring us down to Hell.

This part of the talk can be viewed at my YouTube channel: Spiritual Warfare and Family Healing.

Reinforcing the need to have strong faith in our lives, Brown mentioned how important this is especially when experiencing an assault by the Evil One. To illustrate the point further, Brown provided his own testimonial of an incident with the demonic that was remedied through his faith and the power of the Rosary.

The incident with the demonic (infestation) occurred at a Catholic convent in Chicago; the location where Brown slept one night after having given a talk to a local Catholic church. At the time of Brown's talk, the entire convent was uninhabited due to the fact that the nuns that previously lived there were involved in occult practices. Brown was made aware of this fact and it not only led him to suspect a demonic presence, but it prompted him to inquire about it with one of the sisters who had helped him with his talk. That sister informed Brown that he was sleeping there that night, all by himself.

Brown settled for bed, he heard noises that led him to wonder if mice or rats had taken up residence at the second floor, but as time went on the noises took on a different sound: footsteps of "someone" ascending the staircase.

At first he thought about opening the window, jumping out and finding some other location to sleep at, but it dawned on him that he should practice what he just preached that night at a local Chicago church, "...Never fear the Devil, never fear the Devil because as soon as you fear the Devil, that is showing you have faith in his power, and when you have faith in his power, he is allowed to exercise more. Just like when we have faith in Jesus, Heaven responds."

From that inspiration, Brown took his Rosary and began to recite it faithfully and wholeheartedly; it proved to be exactly what he needed to do, as not only were there no more incidences of demonic infestation, but Brown had a wonderful sleep.

Elaborating a little further, Brown talked about how evil spirits can exist within entire neighbourhoods and cities, and he even provided a few examples of entire locations, that by his estimation, have "dark clouds" over them: Greenich Village, New York, San Francisco, and New Orleans.

Adding to this, Brown stated that evil spirits are also attracted to places where there is prostitution, tattoo parlours, strip clubs and so forth.

Brown then went on to highlight how blessed salt is an effective sacramental in cleansing and protecting cars, homes, neighbourhoods and entire cities, any area from the demonic. He encouraged the audience to purchase salt and obtain the prayer of blessing, that any priest can recite, which can be found at Spirit Daily: Exorcism Blessing for Sacramentals

This is entirely consistent with what Fr. Gabriele Amorth states in his book, An Exorcist Tells His Story, at the chapter on Water, Oil, Salt, where he states:
Exorcising salt too is beneficial for expelling demons and for healing soul and body. The specific function of this salt is to protect places from an evil presence or influence. Where there is suspicion of evil infestation, I usually advise people to place exorcised salt across the threshold and in the four corners of the room or rooms that are affected.
...It is certain that sacramentals are most efficacious when they are used in faith; without faith, they are ineffective...(119) 
At the next segment of the talk, Brown highlighted how powerful and important fasting is against the Evil One and his demons. To further reinforce this point, Brown referred to the following message from Our Lady in Medjugorje on fasting, "The best fast is on bread and water. Through fasting and prayer one can stop wars, one can suspend the natural laws of nature. Works of charity cannot replace fasting. Everyone except the sick, has to fast." (July 21, 1982) Brown asked the audience to think about how powerful that message is, in particular the part about "suspending the laws of nature." Elaborating a little further on fasting, Brown stated that:
When we fast, we are far more powerful against the Evil One. I don't come and do these retreats without several days of fasting because you are too exposed to the Evil One. When we fast, we are beyond his reach because we are indicating that we are not bound to just physical appetite, we are not just bound to the material things of this world, we are not bound to his domain because like Jesus said, 'He is the prince of the power of air, he is the prince of this world.' And while we are in this world, we are always going to have spiritual conflict.
Fasting is one of Our Lady's "Little Stones," one of five stones or spiritual weapons that she has given to us in Medjugorje. The reference to fasting as a "stone," stems from the biblical story of David and Goliath. As God gave David stones to hurl at Goliath, Our Lady has done likewise for our spiritual battle against the Goliath of our times, the Evil One.

You can read more about the importance of fasting and Our Lady's message from Medjugorje from my post, Our Lady's Little Stone: Fasting on Bread and Water

Brown went on to provide two other personal experiences: his brief time with a mafia hitman, researching for a book on the mafia in New Jersey, and the dream he had many years ago while living in New York City of seeing St. Michael and other angels, and how he was shown that the Evil One was after him, literally at his front door.

You can watch Brown explain these experiences and the second half of this blog post at my YouTube channel, Spiritual Warfare and Family Healing Part 2

For those who want to read more about such experiences and further details about Brown's faith journey, insights, and life, you may want to consider purchasing, Prayer of The Warrior.

Brown's talk concluded with what proved to be a standard fixture throughout all four talks, a couple of jokes that helped lighten up the mood from all the serious details.









Monday, May 29, 2017

Marian Day Retreat With Michael H. Brown

An image of the Marian Day Retreat 2017 flyer.
Marian Day Retreat 2017 flyer

On Saturday, May 20, I attended the talks given by Michael H. Brown at the Marian Day Retreat, an event hosted by Canada Christian College and organized by Ave Maria Centre of Peace.

It was a grace-filled day that had a particular relevance for me in that I finally attended one of the well known talks of Michael H. Brown; a man who I greatly admire and who has been—and continues to be—a great source of inspiration for my personal faith journey.

Michael H. Brown has also been a great source of information and clarity, not only from the writing of his many books, but from the numerous articles published at his web site, SpiritDaily.com: a web site that I highly recommend for anyone who is serious about acquiring the truth, knowledge, and understanding of the Catholic faith journey; current, real, and relevant news; information on the events and signs of our times; and resources on spiritual warfare, healing, and the afterlife.

Part of what is so inspirational about Michael H. Brown are his talks: putting faith into action; being a soldier for Christ; strengthening and encouraging fellow devout Catholics; and injecting Catholicism into a secular North American culture that has seen so many Catholics wane in or altogether lose their faith.

Brown certainly accomplished this in fine fashion with his four talks: Heaven, Hell and Purgatory; Spiritual Warfare and Family Healing; The Current Prophetic Pulse; and Reclaiming North America's Christianity.

All four of his talks were preceded by a group recitation of the Rosary, with the only exception of the last talk, which began at 3:15, after the recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet

In addition, Brown preceded his talks with his own selected prayers of deliverance, and other prayers imploring God's mercy, blessings, and healing upon all in attendance.

Today's post is the first in a series of blog posts dedicated to each one of Michael H. Brown's talks beginning with, Heaven, Hell and Purgatory. Throughout, I have included links from my YouTube channel of videos that I took during the talk should you desire to watch it.

Heaven

Prior to the first talk all in attendance recited the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary after which Brown came to the podium and opened up his talk with what proved to be a standard fixture throughout the day, a couple of jokes, helping to lighten the mood from all the serious details.

In addition to mentioning that he has written a couple of books on the after life, Brown stressed the seriousness of this subject matter by asking the audience, "What could be more important than what happens when we die?"

To help explain the answer to that question, Brown cited a few examples of near-death experiences from people who have clinically died, but came back to life and described what they experienced in another realm; all of which are entirely consistently with millions of other accounts.

An image of Dr. Theillier's book on near-death experiences from Lourdes
Patrick Theillier's book on near-death
experiences. Image: Amazon/
One such cited example was from a book, Near-Death Experiences Examined: Medical Findings and Testimonies from LOURDRES, by Doctor Patrick Theillier, M.D.—chief medical examiner at the Marian Shrine of Lourdes—about an abbot named Jean Derobert, who in his certified testimony, recalled a crossover into the eternal during the Algerian War of Independence (1954-1962) where he was stationed as a member of the French army’s health corps.

Brown highlighted the well made point by Dr. Theillier; that is, these near-death experiences have a lot to tell us about life and the afterlife, that we need to pay attention to them. Add to this the mention that the book was endorsed by Dr. Theillier's local bishop—who also wrote the introduction to the book—and Brown set the stage for an intriguing glimpse into the afterlife.

The case began one morning in August 1958, when Abott Derobert received a card from St. Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio)—who adopted Derobert as a "spiritual son"—that had two handwritten lines on it, “Life is a constant struggle, but it leads to the light,” which was underlined two or three times. 

That very night Derobert and everyone at the village he was staying at were attacked and killed. At his "death," Derobert experienced a disembodiment, where he observed his own body next to other fallen comrades, and then began an ascension through a "tunnel."

As he travelled through the tunnel, he saw many familiar and unfamiliar faces with a fog that surrounded him. At first these faces were somber, of people who did not have such a good reputation, sinners lacking in virtue. As he ascended, the faces he saw became more luminous. He was astonished to discover that he could see everything around him without turning and move about without having to walk. To top it all off, he wasn't feeling his wounds anymore.

During this time Derobert thought of his parents who lived with him at his home back in France, and he soon found himself amongst them; both of whom were sleeping. He noticed a piece of furniture that had been moved, and left soon afterwards.

When he eventually came back to life and returned to his home several weeks later, he mentioned the furniture to his parents, who were baffled as to how he could have possibly known that. 

While in the other realm Derobert also thought of Pope Pius XII, after which he found himself in the Pope's room. The Pope was asleep, but Derobert stated that, "He spoke through the exchange of thoughts since the Pope was spiritually attuned."

Brown stated that he included these details because of what Derobert further shared about his time in Heaven. Quoting him at length, Brown read directly from Theillier's book: 
I saw thousands of people all about thirty years old, and a few of them I had known when I was alive. I left this paradise with many extraordinary flowers that I had never known down below. I went even higher. There I lost all human nature and I became a drop of light. I saw many other drops of light and I knew one of them was St. Peter, another one was Paul or John, an apostle or a saint. Then I saw Mary in full radiance and beauty; She met me with Her ineffable smile. Jesus was behind Her looking spectacularly beautiful, and behind them was an area of light that I knew was the Father and I dove head on, into it. There I felt total fulfillment of everything I could ever desire. I experienced perfect happiness and briskly I felt myself back on earth with my face in the earth and in the middle of my comrades. 
Some time after this experience, Derobert went to see Padre Pio who after motioning him to approach him stated, "Oh, you really took me for a ride this time, but what you saw was really beautiful wasn't it?" Derobert did not reply; nor, did Padre Pio say anything else.

During the next segment of the talk, Brown elaborated on the significance of the afterlife, which I thought was particularly noteworthy:
We live forever. In light of that fact, nothing on earth, no challenge, no problem, no tragedy, no tragedy can stand up to the vastness of what comes afterwards. When people have these near-death experiences they come back and they will tell you that all these major things, the greatest of tragedies: losing a child, having a terrible illness, what ever it might be, in light of the light, in light of what they see, in light of what they now know for sure, all that seems minor. And life on earth seems like it was, just a very momentary flash and then there is eternity.
Brown went on to stress that every second, every minute on earth counts; life is so short! Elaborating further he stated that we need to grasp every single minute and thing in life because it is a "precious opportunity to gain upward in the afterlife." 

One of the most salient points that Brown made was with respect to the coincidences in our lives; that they have a purpose whether we realize it or not! It reminded me of Saint Pope John Paul II's words, "In the designs of Providence there are no mere coincidences." Here is what Brown had to further say about this:
God is perfect, He doesn't waste a second of your life. There are no coincidences. Everybody who you ever met, everybody you will meet was there for some reason, however fleeting. We won't understand these things until we are on the other side and that's one of the consistencies of people that have these experiences. They say that the first emotions, like the abbot, was this total sense of well being, this feeling of I'm home. This is my home. Earth wasn't my home, this is my home. Now I see, now I understand, now I can comprehend why I met this person or that person, why I had this problem. Everything suddenly comes together.
Brown compared this with our lives on earth, full of knots, but when viewed from Heaven, it all makes sense. That is why we should ask for the intercession of Our Lady Undoer of Knots to help us because life is difficult, just as Padre Pio told the abbot, life is a constant struggle.

I found the next point Brown made to be a much needed friendly reminder: no matter how much we try to make life on earth a paradise, it won't work because it is not supposed to work, "It is supposed to be a place of testing and purification."

Near-death experiences are nothing new in the Catholic Church; the first recorded account goes back to the sixth century with official cases documented by Pope Gregory the Great, who logged the details of such experiences.

Brown then went on to share other modern day accounts with descriptions that were for the most part, challenging to grasp; there was hardly any reality here on earth that could compare to what Brown referred to as, "truly awesome."

Elaborating upon that awesomeness, Brown tried to explain it in a manner that we might be able to understand: being in the light of Heaven's love is synonymous to all the love you have experienced in your life, multiplied by infinity; or citing from another near-death experience, "If you took all the love that every mother, in history, has ever had for their children, put all this love together since the beginning of time, billions of mothers, it wouldn't be a fraction of what she felt when she went into that light into God." 

Further highlighting just how awesome God's love is and the experience of that felt love in the after life, Brown reiterated that a consistent aspect of all these modern day accounts is the fact that, it is simply impossible to describe it in human terms.

Apparently one of the additional benefits of Heaven is actually getting to meet your guardian angel who has been with you since the very beginning, as well as your deceased love ones, and those who you were closest to on earth.

If all this seems to good to be true, Brown explains that with God and His vastness, "It is too good not to be true."

To view this part of the talk, please visit my YouTube video: Michael H. Brown: Heaven, Hell and Purgatory.

Purgatory

An image of Canada Christian College with Michael H. Brown.
Michael H. Brown during one of his talks at Canada Christian College.

Brown segued into a talk about Purgatory through the account of another near-death experience where the individual described it as a place that is "dim as dusk" and where people were dressed in dreary clothing with "duller colours" in comparison to those that exist in Heaven.

Those in Purgatory were content because they knew they were going to Heaven, but in the interim, they were separated from that "light" for a period of time; a time of great suffering that had to be endured.

Those who have had such near-death experiences no longer fear death, but actually look forward to dying! What they had seen in Heaven is something they want to get back to, but at the same time they know they must remain on earth because they have a mission in life, which was only finally understood during their near-death experiences.

We all have a mission in life, one that we too will fully understand in the after life. Each individual's mission is equal in God's eyes, no matter how trivial it may be. Brown elaborated on this with the following details:
...Just like we will understand it because each person here on earth, each person here in this convocation hall, every person you have ever known and ever will, has a mission in life, has an equal mission in life. Everyone is equal in the eyes of God, everybody is made equally, everybody...you may not be able to understand until you are on the other side because what you are doing here may seem to you trivial, what other people are doing may seem trivial to you; there is no such thing as a trivial mission.
There are great souls at all stations of life...there are great people who aren't leaders...there are people who are janitors or who have cleaned the room I slept in the hotel last night, and they seem by worldly standards, to be trivial and unimportant, but somehow what they are doing has eternal effects, has a ripple effect.
We won't understand until we die and go through what they call a life review where our entire lives will be shown to us in every detail and every moment, and like I said because there is no moment on earth that is wasted by God. 
Every moment of life will be shown to us, and not only will we see it, but we will re-experience it, and we will not only re-experience as we did, but as everyone else around us did also.
That is why there is nothing I can tell you today that is more important that this, and this is the most insistent thing that I hear of all these near-death experiences: the first thing God wanted to know is how much they had loved...When we love no matter what we are doing throughout the day, when we love, we are sending forth light into His creation, and when we die we will see it.

Brown went on to refer to a simple example of an individual who smiles at everyone; a smile that makes others feel better. By sending out that love, that individual may have earned a high place in Heaven because of that smile; that individual used his/her gift.

We may not have the same gift, but we do have gifts. Whatever those gifts are, we are to use them to complete our mission of love on earth. Brown stressed how important this is!

As to why we must go to Purgatory, Brown explained that when we die, if we still have attached to us any: anger, impatience, resentment, lack of forgiveness, anxieties and so forth, these will have to be cleansed in Purgatory.

Brown also stressed that there are many levels of Purgatory for this cleansing process, where each individual will go to the appropriate level before arriving at the "light" or Heaven.

Elaborating further on what Purgatory is like, Brown stated that when we reach the other side, we see all those who we knew and loved. In some cases, those who have gone through near-death experiences will say that, they not only encountered deceased love ones, but thousands who welcomed them and cheered when they arrived, embracing them with much love. At first they could not figure out who these people were, but eventually found out that they were their ancestors from the very beginning.

As to the significance of all this, Brown suggested that perhaps family is our mission; that is, cleansing the family line. Here is how Brown put it, "I submit for your consideration, maybe family. Maybe, cleansing the family line. Maybe, making sure that whatever perhaps was passed on to you spiritually, whatever darkness may have been in the past in your ancestry, is not passed on to the next generation, and generations after that."

Brown went on to mention that, what we know about Purgatory comes to us not only from the near-death experience accounts, but from Catholic mystics throughout the ages.

If and when we go to Purgatory, we will go where we need to go, to the appropriate level. Brown stated that it may be "Middle-Purgatory" where most people go, where it is "kind of foggy" like a grey day, where there is loneliness, not huge amounts of suffering, but the loneliness is the suffering.

Others may go to a lower part of Purgatory that is closer to Hell; a level that very much resembles Hell. It may be painful as an ice cold experience or the opposite, very hot.

Then there is the possibility of arriving at the top level of Purgatory, a location that is very much like Heaven. Brown stated that this location has been revealed to us through a mystical revelation from the Unpublished Manuscript on Purgatory, which Brown has also written about in his book, What You Take To Heaven. This level of Purgatory has been referred to as the "threshold to Heaven."

Brown's talk on Purgatory is available for viewing, during the first twelve minutes, at my second video: Michael H. Brown: Heaven, Hell and Purgatory Part Two.

As an aside to Brown's talk on Purgatory, I thought it fitting to mention that those who wish to shorten their time in Purgatory, can strive do so through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Brown Scapular Devotion.

Hell

Brown began his talk about Hell by first stating that, "Hell is very, very real!"

He then asked for a show of hands of those who have heard of the account of Howard Storm: an atheist who had a near-death experience in Hell. Only a handful of individuals seemed to know of Storm's account, one that Brown dedicated four articles to at Spirit Daily. The complete details are available at the afterlife section of Spirit Daily's bookstore, My Descent Into Hell.

Although Brown elaborated on Storm's near-death experience with some detail, I would like to refer readers, who may be interested in reading about it, to Brown's web site. The reason being, Brown went on to discuss two other near-death experiences that I found particularly interesting: a man named Alan who was shown where he deserved to go upon his death, and the second about Doctor Gloria Polo, a dentist from Bogota, Colombia, who was struck by lightening.

Alan's near-death experience was a journey into the depths of hell; the place where he would have gone for good if he died! During his near-death experience, St. Michael the Archangel escorted Alan down to what Brown described as a dark mountain, surrounded by other dark mountains and valleys on a narrow path where demons were trying to snatch Alan, but could not do so with St. Michael present. 

Saint Michael showed Alan several levels of Hell where he saw incredible suffering. At one location was a vault that St. Michael opened and revealed to Alan something to the effect of countless cubes or cells, one after another stacked up, going on as far as the eyes could see. In each one of these small cells was a person who was constantly reliving and watching the events of their lives that got them sent to Hell.

Although Alan wasn't taken down to the worst level of Hell, he was taken down further from the level of the "vault." At this lower level, he saw an awful entity that could have been Satan or a demon, sitting upon a filthy throne on top of tarnished gold coins and money.

Brown clarified what was to be understood by that experience: money and materialism can get us into a lot of trouble! Elaborating further he stated, "We should be extremely cautious about going after money and focussing on it."

Of all the cases Brown cited, Dr. Gloria Polo's near-death experience seemed to resonate with me the most. Polo was extremely materialistic, self-conscious of her body, a sensual, lustful woman. She had paid for the abortions and birth control of other women, thinking all along that she was doing a good deed.

Polo's near-death experience began at the moment she was struck by lightening. Immediately she found herself in Hell, where she described it as a dark place of tunnels, so gloomy that it would make the darkness part of earth seem like day light.

Polo was given a "life review" by Jesus, and was shown everything about her life. 

Gloria was shown how selfish, self-centered and uncaring she was with respect to her neglect to pray for a fellow Colombian woman whose husband had been murdered.

One day Gloria was in front of the television set watching the news and there had been a report about a woman who was weeping because her husband was assassinated by hired killers of the woman's landlord. The husband was killed due to the refusal of the family to move away from their apartment, which the landlord was insisting upon, so he could charge higher rent.

Although Polo was saddened by the news, knowing that this poor woman had no place to stay, she responded to it with indifference and changed the channel to a fitness program, which she was quite interested in. Jesus showed Polo that instead of doing that, if she would have gotten down on her knees and prayed for that poor woman, everything would have been different.

Jesus illustrated this point to Polo in such a manner that it is a lesson for all of us to learn from and employ in our own lives. Polo was driving around Bogota with her son, and they happened to go through the "red light district" and at one point, the son noticed a prostitute and mentioned it to her, "Mommy, what is that woman doing over there? Why is she dressed that way?" Polo responded something to the effect of a rebuke of the prostitute, directing her son to not even so much as look in the prostitute's direction.

Polo was shown that the prostitute was that same woman she saw on television whose husband was murdered. Jesus informed Polo that had she gone down on her knees and prayed for that woman, the Holy Spirit would have come upon her and inspired her to contact a local priest that she knew. The priest would have taken care of that woman and she would have never become a prostitute!

Brown pointed out the relevance of Polo's near-death experience for our own lives; that is, we too will go through a life review and will be shown not only what we have done, but also what we haven't done. This will include our words, thoughts and actions during our lives. For this reason, Brown recommended that we need to purify every thought we have and try imbue them with love.

Brown went on to state that love is a double protection: it protects us on earth from the Evil One and brings us to Heaven, as does humility and not being worldly.

Brown's talk about Hell is available for viewing at my YouTube video from the twelfth minute and on, that also includes the case of Howard Storm: Michael H. Brown: Heaven, Hell and Purgatory Part Two. For those interested in watching the concluding segment of Howard Storm's near-death experience, please watch my third video: Michael H. Brown: Heaven, Hell and Purgatory Part Three.