House that Stood



Seek the Lord with all your heart, mind and strength, and you will find Him now, and in the time of need. 

Your need will be soon.

Author: Michael Boldea

Hand of Help Ministries

Note from Marianne

I hope this gives some assurance to those believers who are aware of the troubles and dangers ahead, and are struggling to prepare as best they can.

We have to remember that we serve a Mighty God, who knows our needs.


Posted June 2012


Since I heard through the grapevine that a friend’s church was taking a few days of fasting, (and since all of the Hand of Help staff go to this church, and I knew there would be very little risk of them calling and asking if I wanted to go to lunch if they were all fasting), I decided I would join in, and fast along with everyone else.

Maybe it’s just me, but I always feel odd trying to explain the fact that I’m fasting to someone who calls and invites me to lunch or dinner. On the one hand, I feel like I’m bragging about something we ought not to publicly declare we are doing, and on the other hand I feel like I’m making the individual feel bad about not fasting themselves.

I have always found fasting to be a great bringer of clarity, and given the times and the seasons that are upon us, who among us couldn’t use a little more clarity?

The first day of the fast, I had picked my brother Sergiu up from the airport in Chicago, brought him home, and gone to bed, when I had a dream.


I dreamt I was walking down a street, but to the left and the right of me everything was utterly destroyed.

If not for the foundations sticking out of the earth, one would not have known anything had once stood there.

I have seen the aftermath of earthquakes while living in California in the eighties, I have likewise seen the aftermath of tornadoes live and in person, and this looked like neither of the two.

The best way I can describe it, is that the entire street seemed to have been razed.

From trees, to homes, to fences, everything had been flattened and annihilated.

The street curved to the left, and as I followed it turning the corner, I was surprised to see a house standing a couple hundred yards ahead of me on the right.

There was nothing special about the house.

A single story home, with a porch and a porch swing, once painted white by what I could gather, but having taken on a charred look.

I quickened my pace, as even in my dream this seemed odd and surreal, and as I approached the house I heard what could only have been prayer coming from inside.

This was no typical prayer.

It was passionate, and fervent, and the only time I remember having heard prayer like this, is when we would have prayer nights in our home in Romania during the Communist occupation.

This was anything but a restrained prayer gathering, and the voices coming from inside the house were praising God, and giving glory to Him.

I stood just short of the front step, and listened to the prayers coming from within the house, until in my dream, I woke up.

As I awoke from my dream within a dream, the man I have grown accustomed to seeing was standing at the foot of my mattress.

‘Do you understand what you’ve just seen?’ he asked without prelude.

‘I believe I do’ I answered somewhat confidently.

The man gave me a look one might give to a slowwitted individual and said, ‘perhaps in part’, then reached out and touched my shoulder.

Suddenly I was back on the same street, and I realized this only because of the house with the porch swing, now a pristine white.

It was the only thing that was the same as in my previous dream, because now there were trees, and homes, up and down the block.

It looked and sounded like a typical neighborhood, but above the din of chirping birds and barking dogs, I could hear prayer coming from inside the home with the porch swing.

It was the same kind of fervent, passionate prayer I had heard on the previous occasion.

I strained to hear what they were praying for, but I could only hear snippets from time to time.

As I made to climb the first of three steps, I was back in my bed, with the man standing patiently by my mattress.

‘Now you understand’, he said, ‘tell them not to fear, but to draw close to the Father in whom is shelter from the storm, and protection from destruction.’

I then woke up, disoriented, wondering for a while if this was yet another dream within a dream.

Realizing that it was not, I knelt beside my mattress and started to pray.

Prayer and Interpretation after the Dream

I have not released a dream or a vision in two years, and if not for the specific instruction ‘tell them’ I would have been hesitant in releasing this dream as well.

As I explained in a recent radio interview, the reason why I have not released any visions or dreams is because many within the household of faith have become, for lack of a better term, prophecy junkies.

At every gathering, at every meetings, there is always the inevitable ‘what’s the Lord been showing you lately’, as though He hasn’t shown us enough, or as though His word is not clear enough.

I specifically asked permission of God to withhold what He was showing me for a season, and have single-mindedly focused on preaching Christ, and Him crucified wherever I was asked to preach, because our safety, our shelter, and our protection is in Christ Jesus our Lord, Savior and King.

Our refuge, our shelter, our place of safety is not a geographical location; it is in the arms of Jesus, in the will of God, in fellowship and intimacy with Him.

If we are walking in the will of the Father, then we have nothing to fear.

If we are being obedient to His word, His guidance, and His leading, then wherever He will guide us will be a safe place, and wherever He will lead us will be a place of shelter.

Our safety is found in obedience. If God has told you to go to a certain place, then do as He has commanded.

If however God has not spoken, then be at peace where you are, for God is able to protect you in the midst of the storm.

It is time to draw closer to God than ever before, to come before Him in prayer, and fasting, in righteousness, and purity of heart.

The day draws near when we will behold the miracle working power of our God firsthand, when we will see what our God can do, and glory in His omnipotence.

Psalm 18:25-30, “With the merciful You will show Yourself merciful; with a blameless man You will show Yourself blameless; with the pure You will show Yourself pure; and with the devious You will show yourself shrewd.

For You will save the humble people, but will bring down haughty looks.

For You will light my lamp; the Lord my God will enlighten my darkness.

For by You I can run against a troop, and by my God I can leap over a wall. As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.”

Psalm 25:4-5, “Show me Your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day.”

With love in Christ, 
Michael Boldea Jr.

44 Responses to “House that Stood”

  1. This speak so much to me. I am seeking the Lord with all my heart, soul and mind. He will protect us right where we are if He has not led us to “go anywhere”…He is faithful. I am watching for what is soon to come upon us and preparing for mine and others physical needs and praying for all loved ones and friends to seek the Lord now. I pray the Holy Spirit speaks to them every day and draws them nearer.

  2. Yes! Very insightful! We MUST learn to hear God for ourselves and move away from becoming prophetic junkies!

  3. Michael, thank you for that beautiful,. spirit fillled post. Thank you Marianne, for posting it for all of is to read. I cannot add to it, it suffices on it’s own & has blessed me in my time of great need…may we all meet in heaven!! Blessings!

  4. Michael,

    Excellent post.

    You included Psalm 25:4-5 in your post. These two verses, above all others, became my motto two years ago! That is no coincidence.

    Let me share this with you.

    The Lord said for me to read this during Sunday service, when I was to give a 15 minute message. He said the day before, “read the Psalm of the day.” 

    It was Sunday, April 29.

    “Give unto the Lord, O you mighty ones, give unto the Lord glory and strength. Give unto the Lord the glory due to His name; Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness…The voice of the Lord is powerful; The voice of the Lord is full of majesty…And in His temple everyone says, “Glory!”

    …The Lord will give strength to His people; The Lord will bless His people with peace” (Psalm 29:1-4, 9-11,  NKJV).

    Brother, I am in agreement with you.

    “The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?”(Psalm 27:1, NKJV).

    “For God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power and of love and of sound mind” (2nd Timothy 1:7, NKJV).

    Let us be strong in the Lord.

    “And they overcome him by the Blood of the Lamb and the words of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death” (Revelation 12:11, NKJV).

    Blessings to you and your family.

  5. Your dream was for everybody.,..

    The Donner Party crossed the Sierra Nevada too late in Oct. and became stranded and starving. One family survived together eating only their rations…an Irish family that prayed the prayers called the Little Office of Mary…the simple basic Christian prayers.

    I dreamed my family was running through a town like the one you saw. We were in the street and chased by uniformed Nazis, though it was America. Out of the corner of my eye I saw a barn surrounded with trees off the road. “Come on…this way!!” I yelled. We all ran into the barn and shut the door.

    Surrounded with animals we huddled in the straw and manure. I peeked through the door and saw a soldier noticing the barn; but his leader said, “Don’t bother going there…it’s nobody.” So they passed us by.

    I look after a big family, my husband is almost blind. My grown children seldom pray and the grandchildren don’t want to go to church, though I got them Christened. I no longer go to church because everybody needs a good breakfast on Sundays. My daughter is expecting in Oct…so I’ll have even less time!!

    Getting everybody into an emotional state praising God and praying outloud is just not going to happen.
    What I learned in my own dream is that the well traveled road is dangerous. The best way is to seek humility off the thorofare. It was a Bethlehem vision.

    There are creative ways to fast…from fear, anxiety, insecurity, judging, discontent, excess, lecturing 🙂 Have a blessed day!!

  6. I was in a lot of a anguish and distress today. I was full of worry and anxiety.
    I read your blog for the first tine tonite and I can feel a wave of peace flow over me. The Lord is my shelter and my fortress. My life is with Him. I do believe and have faith. I would not want a life full of earthly treasures without Jesus.

    • You go girl! —- in the name of Jesus.

      Read the Word and claim it as yours. He wrote every promise for you too.

      Read Psalm 23 and believe (comprehend) that He is the Good Shepherd over your life. He is now, maybe “making you to lie down” and “leading you beside” for His name sake – putting you in paths of righteousness (that be His Glory, Light).

      Rebuke fear, anxiousness and all those “feelings” not of God.

      Keep reading the Word! Psalm 20 and 84. Blessings to you dear sister-in-Christ.

    • God bless you, Michelle!

  7. so far as I know we do not built houses that stand on a BEDROCK. JW bible NWT says that man kept on diggin untill he reached the BEDROCK and founded his house straigh upon a bedrock. I have been thinking about benefits of this kind of buildings. There may be warmth by heat of underground but there is a danger of Radon and Torium radioactivity. Such a house swallows up too huge mass of concrete. But I read that Torium based nuclear plants are not so dangerous than Uranium based. Uranium lasts 100 000 years but Torium 500 years. There could be many benefits to obey bible in building houses straight upon a bedrock altohough there are many problems too?

    • I wonder how to tell the difference between the nuclear power plants. Maybe if we call, they will tell us. But either way, a nuclear blast is lethal.

  8. Thank you so much for that! I definitely feel that word was for myself, also. I have felt the Holy Spirit telling me to be diligent about following his commandments so as to stay under his protective shelter. I have been getting closer to my Heavenly Father and I know he is pleased. God bless you for sharing the message the Lord gave you.

    • Beautiful comment…nothing mumbo-jumbo about our Lord. He gave us clear advice about how to be true children of our Heavenly Father.

      Does anyone recall the salutation Jesus told us to speak first? That’s our Lord’s own “Have a nice day.” or “Stay cool, y’all.”
      I never hear that, but He said it. Sometimes I wonder if we Christians pay enough attention!!

      To all reading this”’THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS AT HAND!”

  9. Please excuse my frequent posts here as I share one more reply as interpretation to this dream.

    Michael’s dream includes this –

     “This was anything but a restrained prayer gathering, and the voices coming from inside the house were praising God, and giving glory to Him.

    I stood just short of the front step, and listened to the prayers coming from within the house, until in my dream, I woke up.”

    Over the past several months, I’ve sought understanding regarding the wise/foolish virgins and Michael’s dream brings a vivid description of the wise virgins remaining in the house.

    A few weeks ago, I was led to read Isaiah 26:20-21 and  Michael’s dream gives a “dreams/visions” insight to theses verses.

    Those in the house are wise virgins (Matthew 25). Those within the house are worshiping in spirit and truth. I believe they are also praying the Blood of Jesus over their home (protection as in the days of The Passover), and keep the bond of fellowship with like minded believers. 

    Here is Isaiah 26:19-20 in context. 

    If you are familiar with “birth pain” language – you should realize the end time application of the text posted below and that is underscored at the end of this reply.

    “As the pregnant woman approaches the time to give birth, she writhes and cries out in her labor pains, thus were we before You, O Lord. 

    We were pregnant, we writhed in labor, we gave birth, as it seems, only to wind. We could not accomplish deliverance for the earth, nor were inhabitants of the world born. Your dead will live; Their corpses will rise.You who lie in the dust, awake and shout for joy, for your dew is as the dew of the dawn and the earth will give  birth to the departed spirits.

    (Now. here is Michael’s dream, supported by these verses.)

    Come, my people, enter into your rooms and close your doors behind you; Hide for a little while until indignation runs  its course. For behold, the Lord is about to come out from His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity; And the earth will reveal her bloodshed and will no longer cover her slain” (Isaiah 26: 17-21, NASB).

    So then, the wise virgins (“believers”) possess oil in vessels (comprehend the value of the Kingdom: righteousness, peace and joy in the Spirit within their heart), do not sell it (Proverbs 23:23) and remain in the house (worship in spirit/truth and pray).

    Now, considering Michael’s dream and the verses from Isaiah above…please read this segment from 1st Thesselonoans chapter 5.

    “Now as to the times and the epochs, brethren, you have no need of anything to be written to you. For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night. While they are saying, “Peace and safety!” then destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape. 

    But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day would overtake you like a thief; for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of darkness; so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober. For those who sleep do their sleeping at night, and those who get drunk get drunk at night. 

    But since we are of the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation. 

    For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep, we will live together with Him.

    Therefore, encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing…Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not quench the Spirit; do not despise prophetic utterances. But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil.

    Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass”  (NASB).

    In a matter of months – what Michael dreamed, and what Marianne dreamed (posted within Heaven Awaits), will become evident/clear and all the prophetic Scriptures will be made known. 

    I pray we all are preparing vessels more than provisions and possessions. The provisons required many need to last many long months, but He will meet all the needs of those that seek first the Kingdom and His righteousness (wise virgins).

    Psalm 27, 28, 29

  10. Those are beautiful quotes, but hardly inclusive of the teachings of Jesus. What about sharing and kindness and love thy neighbor? Laying up heaps of food sounds like the foolish rich man…

    If I pray and am led, I’ll prepare for, say, a hurricane-like week. But otherwise I will live the same. I do feel called to pay everything off and am nearing that goal…but that’s good stewardship anytime.

    The criminal banks that have ruined our nations will fall. The dollar will devalue. Banks may take a holiday(s). That will mean a time of transition. But there are serious reasons to hope it will be peaceful if people don’t panic.

    I was in Oxford, Miss in 1962 and in Washington DC in 1969 during great turmoil…huge. Tanks, guardsmen, jeeps(!), took up the streets. The government was making a big statement. There was curfew and martial law. But it passed.

    I wanted to visit Georgetown and buy perfume, completely forgetting the demonstration. Our Volkswagon beetle ran into a wall of tanks. My contribution to the anti-war movement. 🙂

  11. There were also times in the Bible Jesus specifically had them store up food…gave them a warning to do so. Yes, He will take care of those that are faithful but He does give clear warnings in my opinion for more than just spiritual reasons.

  12. The Dynamics and the Mechanics:
    Knowing the “Will of God” by knowing the “Word of God” is the mechanics of being a Believer.
    We can know all the “Mysteries” of the mechanics and still miss the Dynamics of His Great Love and Grace.
    So with the Mechanic’s being put together like a Car, is all made by the Mechanics of Wisdom and Knowledge.
    But the Dynamics “come from the FIRE inside that engine” that takes us down the road.
    The Dynamics is the Prayer room. Seeking God with all your heart. Gettiing alone and not quit till God has touched you in the HEART. Then you got what it takes to “Make it Over” and Become a Victor in any battle – even death cannot stop us.
    Because you got both the “Fire the Power of His Spirit” and the Wisdom and knowledge to activate that Power to do Gods will. God less you all

    Something unusual is happening in Israel

  14. I recommend that you read Psalm 49, and Proverbs 1.

  15. Is any of this related to the Garabandal warning? Does anyone know what the lastest news on that is?

  16. (if obama get re-elected )

    I heard many prophecy that Mitt Romney will win, hope so


    check the video if obama get re-elected

  18. I felt very heavy and uneasy in my heart,
    i do not know what will happen to our country.

    if obama re-elected, he will persucate Church for sure,

    Let ‘s us PRAY HARD !!!!! LORD HAVE MERCY on us !!!

    • dear needmercy

      We share your burden and grief for this country. But think of it as the end of man’s error, and the beginning of God’s rule through Jesus, Yeshua.

  19. In the Old Testament, God spoke to us through our dreams, is it really that hard to believe that He is not still using that as a way to speak to us? Personally, I believe He still does.

  20. It is the time of the end. I will be more than happy to go into detail for anyone that wants to know the truth. The Lord has revealed many things to me in the past few weeks. Time is very short. Pray hard. I used to believe that there was not rapture …that I was here to the last day and would be protected in the “wilderness”…well, there is a rapture. He allowed me to know exactly the scripture which is Revelation 12:5…some with be caught up to the “throne of God”…and it won’t be much longer. Scripture says we will not know the day or the hour that the Lord Jesus will return at the very end of this age, but He has allowed me to know the timing of many things to come. Pray you will be worthy to escape all these things. Pray Luke 21:36 like you have never in your life. and…have faith, He WILL answer your pray for your loved ones. He is a God of mercy for those that are faithful and seek him and will answer your prayers.

  21. Yes, ddebvaughn, I too,, believe we are in the end times and that they are soon! All the signs that Jesus said to look for have manifested themselves these past few decades. First sign, That the “Word of the Lord” would be in every corner of the Earth! Until recently, and only with the advancement of satellites, has this really been available. The last sign he said to look for came recently this year…”When you see wonders in the sky…” you will know my time is near!!! (wording not exact) Well…this past June/July? we have seen wonders in the sky! The “Triangle in the Sun” (YouTube) We have been observing the Sun for at least a couple of centuries now, and have never seen a “Triangle in the Sun!” This is truly a “WONDER IN THE SKY!!!” Jesus said, his time would be near!!!

    YES!!! ddebvaughn, Jesus time is near! Thank God!

  22. deb and bobby

    I do believe that some will escape all these things, but many will remain behind because their lamps were not ready. But jesus also said, endure to the end and be saved. so there is hope for both groups.

  23. Yep some will be taken in the “rapture” and some will not. The Lord specifically told me that the “child” are the overcomers he talks about in the message to the churches…but note not even all overcomers are promised the rapture. some are promised “manna”…and will be with those that are left…the “woman” that flees to the wilderness are the lukewarm “Christians” and the overcomers that did not quite overcome enough to be “caught up to the throne of God”…I know it is hard to believe but the Lord did tell me completely what it means in Revelation 12 and He has told me since that the “rapture” to the throne of God is at the 1335 days mentioned in Daniel 12. The Abomination is at 1260…the Abomination is set up at 1290 ( which is before the 1260) and the rapture is at 1335 days ( which is before the abomination is set up) and He specifically told me the Rapture is the 75 day timeframe before the 1260 days. I understand if anyone finds this hard to believe. It is ok if you don’t think the Lord will reveal this but He did . and it is soon. Marianne ….it goes along with the timeframe of what the Lord told you in your spirit…when you will be feeding the “woman”…He told you a year and a few days. Well…I can tell you when the Lord told me the abomination will happen but I am not sure you will believe me so I am not sure if it would do any good to say it. I will say…come the end of January, all will change.

    • hi deb

      the number of days should indicate the time from the end of the tribulation. So 1335 is the longest period. so there is before the 1335 , and then after 1335

      I am wondering if there are not 3 groups… that leaves, one that is left behind…and then one that chooses to remain to help the others through the tribulation.

  24. hmmm??? Interesting, Marianne! I agree with you…perhaps there are those that would choose to remain to help others. As for debvaughn…since you are NOT indicating any dates for certain, it is NOT hard to believe that some of what is to come has been revealed to you and others for that matter.

    As for me…yes! I do agree with you, that by the end of January…ALL will have changed!

  25. Yes there are 3 groups. He did reveal that to me. The “Manchild” in Rev 12:5 is two groups. One (the Man)is left behind to “feed” the ones that flee ( the woman) and the “child” is “caught up to the throne of God”

  26. Al,
    The Noah and rapture page is too full for my computer, I hope you find my comment here.

    Regarding the “false tribulation”, this is what I called it before, when it was revealed to me. I have now come to understand it as the “end of the age” of grace.

    I will give you one witness to this in the way of a question posed. In Genesis 8:6-19 Noah sends out 4 birds, 7 days apart, one a raven and three times a dove. Though the third bird brings back an olive branch, Noah still waited another seven days, and then sent out another dove which did not come back. What was the point of this??

    Curiously, 1998/1999-2026/2027 is 28 years, And from the time of Jesus birth to the ministry of John the baptist is 28 years.

    If you need more witnesses, you must understand the laws of consecration found in the OT. Do a search on strongs on “seven days”, and you will find that seven days are required to consecrate a woman bearing a male child, as well as others that pertain to Israel, Who has rejected their Messiah. They will drink a full measure of the wrath of God for this. There are many who wish to whitewash these prophecies regarding Israel. Yes they will be rescued, and the remnant saved, But first they will be among those who scoff, and fall prey to the “strong delusion” sent by God, and believe what is false. (2 Thess.2:11-12)

    Also note the word “rohab” found in psalm 90:10, as I pointed out to James. This word, though not a true Hapax Legomon, (Masculine noun of “rahab”) is defined as:

    1) arrogance, pride, object of pride

    by strongs. It is this proud rejection of the Word of God (Jesus) that will unite them with the wicked, until the time they say “blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord” Is it 70 years or 80 years depends on this “strength”. 1947 through 2017 or 2027.

    Another interesting parallel is that the Israelites had to deal with all of the plagues in egypt, except one from which they were passed over, locked in their houses. Ironically, my proposed timeline ends on the eighth day of Passover in 2027. From december 10th 2009+1260+1260+1260+1290+1335= April 29th 2027

    What I am saying is that we are IN the millenium now, which began in 1998. It is the time of darkness before we see the bright and morning star. There is now nothing that must occur, before the rapture, as the third bird has been released which will bring back the olive branch. Are we ready? The window for the rapture is 2012/13-2019/2020. Read Matthew 24:45-51 here.

    Romans 11:24
    God bless.

    • hey dru

      you have an extra 1260 in there…and the 1290 is part of the 1335

      • Marianne
        What I am proposing is a 28 year time line with multiple 1260 counts.
        The 1290/1335 from Daniel can be read both ways as there is a break in the writing.

        Here is a fun one for you to ponder. 1335-1260= 75 days. There are seventy five days between Yom Kippur, and Kislev 24. 75 days is 1/48th of of ten Jewish years (3600 days). I wonder if the Half an hour of silence at the beginning of the seventh seal is 75 days? Also During the flood, The flood did not abate until after 150 days, A full hour.?

      • Marianne,
        Here is one other possibility for kislev 24. an errant rocket, destroys the dome of the rock. I could see the conspiracy theorists out there after that one!

        • I really do not have any definite comment on the half hour (75 days) concept.. i do not know.

          rockets fire all the time, but the enemies do love to destroy jewish holidays with conflict and war.

      • Marianne,
        1260 days prior to dec.10th, 2009, BHO gave this speech, 6/28/06.

        This is when the marginalization of the true church began, and the OWR began to take shape. Its amazing how subtle the move was. Most shocking is how the sovereignty of God was placed as second fiddle to the public good (political will).

        • that was a long speech.I read about 1 3/ of it…seems devoid of true content, and shallow, justifying himself, rather than defending a faith he is supposed to have

  27. copied from CNS(catholic news svc.)

    Pope calls for world authority as ‘moral force’

    By Francis X. Rocca
    Catholic News Service

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The world authority envisioned by two popes as a way to ensure global peace and justice would not be a superpower, but primarily a moral force with limited jurisdiction, Pope Benedict XVI said.

    The pope made his remarks Dec. 3 to a plenary session of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, which was scheduled to meet for three days to discuss the theme of “political authority and global governance.”

    In his address, Pope Benedict recalled that Blessed John XXIII had called for the “construction of a world community, with a corresponding authority,” to serve the “common good of the human family.”

    The pope also cited his own 2009 encyclical “Caritas in Veritate,” in which he called for a “true world political authority” to ensure international cooperation, peace and environmental protection.

    The church offers “principles of reflection, criteria of judgment and practical guidelines” for such an organization, but no concrete legal or political recommendations, Pope Benedict said in his address.

    Yet the pope stipulated that the proposed body would not be a “superpower, concentrated in the hands of a few, which would dominate all peoples, exploiting the weakest.” The authority in question, he said, “must be understood, first and foremost, as a moral force, a power to influence in accordance with reason, that is, a participatory authority, limited by law in its jurisdiction.”

    The council’s president, Cardinal Peter Turkson, told Vatican Radio that the agenda for the plenary session would include the topic of global financial governance as a response to the world financial crisis.

    In October 2011, the council called for establishment of a “central world bank” to regulate the global financial industry and the international money supply as a step toward the world authority envisioned by Blessed John and Pope Benedict.

    Pope Benedict’s address also touched on threats to human dignity from different forms of materialism in contemporary culture.

    “The man of today is considered primarily from a biological point of view, or as ‘human capital,’ a ‘resource,’ a cog in a productive and financial machine that dominates him,” the pope said.

    “New ideologies — such as the hedonistic and egoistic one of sexual and reproductive rights, or that of a disorderly financial capitalism that transgresses politics and dismantles the real economy — contribute to make the employee and his work seem ‘minor’ goods and to undermine the natural foundations of society, especially the family,” he said.


  28. Get ready for war, soon.

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