Sunday, April 29, 2012

Why Pray To The Virgin Mary?


The intercession of Mother Mary is very powerful as Jesus cannot neglect his Mother's commands and wishes. This can be proved by the first miracle at the wedding at Cana (John 2:1-11). Mother Mary told Jesus, "They have no more wine." Jesus turned water to wine. Mother Mary was blessed abundantly with Holy Spirit. Devotion to the Blessed Virgin is a privileged means of "finding Jesus Christ perfectly, of loving Him tenderly, of serving Him faithfully (Treatise on True Devotion, n. 62). 

The relative importance of The Blessed Virgin Mary to Christ and through Him, to the Blessed Trinity, is first experienced in the observation: "You never think of Mary without Mary interceding for you with God. You never praise or honor Mary without Mary's praising and honoring God with you. Mary is altogether relative to God; and indeed, I might well call Her the relation to God. She only exists with reference to God. She is the echo of God that says nothing, repeats nothing, but God. If you say 'Mary', She says "God'. St. Elizabeth praised Mary and called Her blessed because She had believed. Mary, the faithful echo of God, at once intoned: "Magnificat anima mea Dominum"; "My soul magnifies the Lord." (Luke 1:46). What Mary did then, She does daily now. When we praise Her, love Her, honour Her or give anything to Her, it is God who is praised, God who is loved, God who is glorified, and it is God that we give, through Mary and in Mary" (cf. Treatise on True Devotion, n 225).

Jesus Hands Over His Mother to us

When Jesus was on the cross, he asked his disciple to take Mary as his mother and for His mother to accept His disciple as her son (John 19: 25-27). This request from Jesus conveys two messages. Jesus wants us, his friends to take His mother as "Our Mother". He showed us, how much he cared for his mother because he did not want to leave her by herself. Jesus loves His mother. She brought Jesus to the world. She bore the pain watching her son being scourged and crucified. Why, then, shouldn't we honour His loving Mother? We can be assured that The Virgin Mary is always praying for us. We should feel blessed to have Her, Mary Mother of Jesus intercede on behalf of us.

The "Immaculate Heart Of Mary" is a Catholic doctrine that stresses the "perfections which God gave to Mary, The Blessed Virgin, and her holiness which is unique among men..." 

"By the will of God, The Most Blessed Virgin Mary was inseperably joined with Christ in accomplishing the work of man's redemption so that our salvation flows from the love of Jesus Christ and His sufferings, intimately united with the love and sorrows of His Mother".

The Most Holy Rosary

"The most important aspect of the figure of Mary is Her intimate union with Jesus as mother. Jesus' humanity is entirely from Mary. She gave Her son Her mother's heart, surrounding Him with love, care and respect. Mary brought Jesus up by Her work, Her motherly devotion and Her commitment to protect Him. She educated Him with Her life, which was poor and serene, industrious and simple, chaste and full of maternal love. She brought Him up by her trust in the Father and Her willingness to help the needy" (cf Jesus Christ, Word of God, p. 147).

The most special way to grow in love to our Blessed Mother is by praying the Most Holy Rosary - a most powerful weapon against evil.

The Rosary is a beautiful prayer that we should never abandon or underestimate. With its meditations on faith, while a great prayer, is also a powerful teaching tool. The Rosary is a true dialogue that we can have with Mary, our heavenly mother. In the Rosary, we speak to Mary and ask Her intercession on our behalf before her son, Jesus. 


The Hail Mary - The Value of the Rosary. 

Father Gabriel Amorth, chief exorcist of the Vatican writes:

One day a colleague of mine heard the devil say during an exorcism: "Every Hail Mary is like a blow on my head. If Christians knew how powerful the Rosary was, it would be my end." The secret that makes this prayer so effective is that the Rosary is both prayer and meditation. It is addressed to the Father, to the Blessed Virgin, and to the Holy Trinity, and is a meditation centered on Christ. I write in addition to the above: Please enunciate each word of the Rosary clearly and distinctly. Do not trample on the heels' of the words of anyone with your words. Do not speak over the leader, if you are following, or the responders if you are leading the Rosary. Remember that they also are having a conversation with Mary Our Mother and it is not polite to speak when someone else is speaking.

In the case of the public Rosary there are only two people speaking, the Leader and the Responders. Each are speaking to their Mother and listening carefully to her response within their hearts as they meditate on the scene before them in their consideration of the mystery being spoken of and interpreted and translated into their lives. Spread this powerful prayer of exorcism, The Rosary which contains the Our Father, the Perfect Prayer, prayed five times in the recitation of each set of the Rosary's Mysteries, backed up by the powerful prayers of Our Mother who prays with us as we pray 53 Hail Marys. The Eternal Father described to a group of us, through a Visionary Friend of mine, what happens when we pray the Rosary, saying, "When you pray Holy Mary Mother of God, pray for us sinners now....., the Blessed Mother comes instantly to your side to pray with you. And she does not come alone. She brings angels with her. And not just one or two for she is the Queen of Angels, so choirs of angels come with her. And she and Jesus are joined at the heart and cannot be separated so shebrings Jesus with her. And Jesus cannot be separated from the Trinity so He brings the Father and the Holy Spirit with Him.

And where the Holy Trinity is all of creation is and you are surrounded by such beauty and light as you cannot imagine in this life. Your Mother comes as Our Lady of Grace with her hands out-stretched. Rays of light emit from her hands piercing your body, healing you and filling you with graces.
This is your inheritance which was poured out from the heart of Jesus on the Cross, when the centurion pierced His Heart with the spear, into the only pure vessel ready to receive such graces at that time,Your Mother.

Now as you pray the Rosary, or even just recite one Hail Mary, you receive your portion of these graces."He also said at this time, "Anyone who goes to Mary and prays the Rosary cannot be touched by Satan." Is it any wonder that anyone who prays the Rosary from the heart is so blessed and protected and powerful in their prayers for others?" 






Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The Church's Leading Exorcist: Fr. Gabriele Amorth


Father Gabriele Amorth is the Chief Exorcist of Rome. He was ordained a Roman Catholic Priest in 1954 and became an official exorcist in June 1986 under the tutelage of Candido Amantini. He belongs to the Congregation of the Society of St. Paul founded in 1914 by James Alberione.  A priest of 50 years, he is the undisputed leader of the city's six exorcists and honorary president-for-life of the International Association of Exorcists.

An Interview With Fr. Gabriele Amorth - The Church's Leading Exorcist | August 2001 | Gyles Brandreth

On the bumpy flight to Rome I read The Bible all the way. The passenger on my left - a wiry businesswoman from Wisconsin - found this disconcerting. As the turbulence worsened and I moved from Jude to Revelation, she hissed at me, "Do you have to?" "It's only background reading," I murmured. She grimaced. "What for?" I turned to her and whispered: "I'm going to meet the exorcist." "Oh Christ," she gasped, as the plane lurched and hot coffee spilled over us.

Father Gabriele Amorth is indeed the exorcist, the most senior and respected member of his calling. A priest for 50 years, he is the undisputed leader of the city's six exorcists (appointed by the cardinal to whom the Pope delegates the office of Vicar of Rome) and honorary president-for-life of the International Association of Exorcists. He is 75, small, spry, humorous, and wonderfully direct.

"I speak with the Devil every day," he says, grinning like a benevolent gargoyle. "I talk to him in Latin. He answers in Italian. I have been wrestling with him, day in day out, for 14 years."

On cue (God is not worried by clich├ęs) a shaft of October sunlight falls across Father Amorth's pale, round face. We are sitting at a table by the window in a small high-ceilinged meeting room at his Rome headquarters, the offices of the Society of St Paul. Father Amorth has come to exorcism late in life, but with impressive credentials. Born in 1925 in Modena, northern Italy, the son and grandson of lawyers (his brother is a judge), Gabriele Amorth, in his late teens, joined the Italian resistance.

Immediately after the war, he became a member of the fledgling Christian Democratic Party. Giulo Andreotti was president of the Young Christian Democrats, Amorth was his deputy. Andreotti went into politics and was seven times prime minister. Amorth, having studied law at university, went into the Church.

"From the age of 15," be says, "I knew it was my true vocation. My speciality was the Madonna. For many years I edited the magazine Madre di Deo (Mother of God). When I hear people say, 'You Catholics honour Mary too much,' I reply, 'We are never able to honour her enough.'

"I knew nothing of exorcism - I had given it no thought - until June 6, 1986 when Cardinal Poletti, the then Vicar of Rome, asked to see me. There was a famous exorcist in Rome then, the only one, Father Candido, but he was not well, and Cardinal Poletti told me I was to be his assistant. I learnt everything from Father Candido. He was my great master. Quickly I realised how much work there was to be done and how few exorcists there were to do it. From that day, I dropped everything and dedicated myself entirely to exorcism."

Father Amorth smiles continually as he tells his story. His enthusiasm for his subject is infectious and engaging. "Jesus performed exorcisms. He cast out demons. He freed souls from demonic possession and from Him the Church has received the power and office of exorcism. A simple exorcism is performed at every baptism, but major exorcism can be performed only by a priest licensed by the bishop. I have performed over 50,000 exorcisms. Sometimes it takes a few minutes, sometimes many hours. It is hard work multo duro."

How does he recognise someone possessed by evil spirits? "It is not easy. There are many grades of possession. The Devil does not like to be seen, so there are people who are possessed who manage to conceal it. There are other cases where the person possessed is in acute physical pain, such agony that they cannot move. "It is essential not to confuse demonic possession with ordinary illness. The symptoms of  possession often include violent headaches and stomach cramps, but you must always go to the doctor before you go to the exorcist. I have people come to me who are not possessed at all. They are suffering from epilepsy or schizophrenia or other mental problems. Of the thousands of patients I have seen, only a hundred or so have been truly possessed."

"How can you tell?"

"By their aversion to the sacrament and all things sacred. If blessed they become furious. If confronted with the crucifix, they are subdued." "But couldn't an hysteric imitate the symptoms?"

"We can sort out the phoney ones. We look into their eyes. As part of the exorcism, at specific times during the prayers, holding two fingers on the patient's eyes we raise the eyelids. Almost always, in cases of evil presence, the eyes look completely white. Even with the help of both hands, we can barely discern whether the pupils are towards the top or the bottom of the eye. If the pupils are looking up, the demons in possession are scorpions. If looking down, they are serpents."

As I report this now, it sounds absurd. As Father Amorth told it to me, it felt entirely credible.

I had gone to Rome expecting - hoping, even - for a chilling encounter, but instead of a sinister bug-eyed obsessive lurking in the shadows of a Hammer Horror film set, here I was sitting in an airy room facing a kindly old man with an uncanny knack for making the truly bizarre seem wholly rational. He has God on his side and customers at his door. The demand for exorcism is growing as never before. Fifteen years ago there were 20 church-appointed exorcists in Italy. Now there are 300.

I ask Father Amorph to describe the ritual of exorcism.

"Ideally, the exorcist needs another priest to help him and a group nearby who will assist through prayer. The ritual does not specify the stance of the exorcist. Some stand, some sit. The ritual says only that, beginning with the words Ecce crucem Domini ('Behold the Cross of the Lord') the priest should touch the neck of the possessed one with the hem of his stole and hold his hand on his head. The demons will want to hide. Our task is to expose them, and then expel them. There are many ways to goad them into showing themselves. Although the ritual does not mention this, experience has taught us that using oil and holy water and salt can be very effective.

"Demons are wary of talking and must be forced to speak. When demons are voluntarily chatty it's a trick to distract the exorcist. We must never ask useless questions out of curiosity. We but must interrogate with care. We always begin by asking for the demon's name."

"And does he answer?" I ask. Father Amorth nods. "Yes, through the patient, but in a strange, unnatural voice. If it is the Devil himself, he says 'I am Satan, or Lucifer, or Beelzebub. We ask if he is alone or if there are others with him. Usually there are two or five, 20 or 30. We must quantify the number. We ask when and how they entered that particular body. We find out whether their presence is due to a spell and the specifics of that spell.

"During the exorcism the evil may emerge in slow stages or with sudden explosions. He does not want show himself. He will be angry and he is strong. During one exorcism I saw a child of 11 held down by four strong men. The child threw the men aside with ease. I was there when a boy of 10 lifted a huge, heavy table.

"Afterwards I felt the muscles in the boy's arms. He could not have done it on his own. He had the strength of the Devil inside him.

"No two cases are the same. Some patients have to be tied down on a bed. They spit. They vomit. At first the demon will try to demoralise the exorcist, then he will try to terrify him, saying, 'Tonight I'm going to put a serpent between your sheets. Tomorrow I'm going to eat your heart'."

I lean towards Father Amorth. "And are you sometimes frightened?" I ask. He looks incredulous. "Never. I have faith. I laugh at the demon and say to him, 'I've got the Madonna on my side. I am called Gabriel. Go fight the Archangel Gabriel if you will.' That usually shuts them up."

Now he leans towards me and taps my hand confidentially. "The secret is to find your demon's weak spot. Some demons cannot bear to have the Sign of the Cross traced with a stole on an aching part of the body; some cannot stand a puff of breath on the face; others resist with all their strength against blessing with holy water.

"Relief for the patient is always possible, but to completely rid a person of his demons can take many exorcisms over many years. For a demon to leave a body and go back to hell means to die forever and to lose any ability to molest people in the future. He expresses his desperation saying: 'I am dying, I am dying. You are killing me; you have won. All priests are murderers'."

How do people come to be possessed by demons in the first place? "I believe God sometimes singles out certain souls for a special test of spiritual endurance, but more often people lay themselves open to possession by dabbling with black magic. Some are entrapped by a satanic cult. Others are the victims of a curse."

I interrupt. "You mean like Yasser Arafat saying to Ehud Barak, 'Go to Hell' and meaning it?"

"No." Father Amorth gives me a withering look. "That is merely a sudden imprecation. It is very difficult to perform a curse. You need to be a priest of Satan to do it properly. Of course, just as you can hire a killer if you need one, you can hire a male witch to utter a curse on your behalf. Most witches are frauds, but I am afraid some authentic ones do exist."

Father Amorth shakes his head and sighs at the wickedness of the world. At the outset be has told me he is confident he will have an answer to all my questions, but he has a difficulty with the next one. "Why do many more women seem to become possessed than men?"

"Ah, that we do not know. They may be more vulnerable because, as a rule, more women than men are interested in the occult. Or it may be the Devil's way of getting at men, just as he got to Adam through Eve. What we do know is that the problem is getting worse. The Devil is gaining ground. We are living in an age when faith is diminishing. If you abandon God, the Devil will take his place.

"All faiths, all cultures, have exorcists, but only Christianity has the true force to exorcise through Christ's example and authority. We need many more exorcists, but the bishops won't appoint them. In many countries - Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain there are no Catholic exorcists. It is a scandal. In England there are more Anglican exorcists than Catholic ones."

Although the post of exorcist is an official diocesan appointment (there are about 300 attached to the various bishops throughout Italy) and Father Amorth is undisputably the best known in his field, there is some tension between Amorth and the modernising tendencies in the Church hierarchy.

Devil-hunting is not fashionable in senior church circles. The Catholic establishment is happier talking about "the spirit of evil" than evil spirits. The Vatican recently issued a new rite of exorcism which has not met with Father Amorth's approval. "They say we cannot perform an exorcism unless we know for certain that the Evil One is present. That is ridiculous. It is only through exorcism that the demons reveal themselves. An unnecessary exorcism never hurt anybody."

What does the Pope make of all this? "The Holy Father knows that the Devil is still alive and active in the world. He has performed exorcism. In 1982, he performed a solemn exorcism on a girl from Spoletto. She screamed and rolled on the floor. Those who saw it were very frightened. The Pope brought her temporary freedom. "The other day, on September 6, at his weekly audience at St Peter's, a young woman from a village near Monza started to shriek as the Pope was about to bless her. She shouted obscenities at him in a strange voice. The Pope blessed her and brought her relief, but the Devil is still in her. She is exorcised each week in Milan and she is now coming to me once a month. It may take a long time to help her, but we must try. The work of the exorcists is to relieve suffering, to free souls from torment, to bring us closer to God."

Father Amorth has laughed and smiled a good deal during our three-hour discussion. He has pulled sundry rude faces to indicate his contempt for the pusillanimous bishops who have a monopoly on exorcism and refuse to license more practitioners. In his mouth it does not seem like mumbo-jumbo or hocus-pocus. He produces detailed case histories. He quotes scriptural chapter and verse to justify his actions. And he has a large following. His book, An Exorcist Tells his Story, has been reprinted in Italy 17 times.

Given his shining faith and scholarly approach, I hardly dare ask him whether he has seen the notorious 1973 horror film, The Exorcist. It turns out to be his favourite film. "Of course, the special effects are exaggerated. but it is a good film, and substantially exact, based on a respectable novel which mirrored a true story."

The film is held to be so disturbing it has never been shown [until recently] on British terrestrial television and until last year could not even be rented from video shops. None the less, Father Amorth recommends it. "People need to know what we do."

And what about hallowe'en? The American tradition has made no inroads in Italy. "Here it is on Christmas Eve that the Satanists have their orgies. Nothing happens on October 31. But if English and American children like to dress up as witches and devils on one night of the year that is not a problem. If it is just a game, there is no harm in that.''

It is time to go to the chapel where our photographer is waiting. Father Atnorth, used to the ways of the press, raises an eyebrow at us indulgently as he realises the photograph is designed to heighten the drama of his calling. Pictures taken, he potters off to find me of one ot his books.

"What do make of him?'' asks the photographer. "Is he mad?"

"I don't think so,'' I say. The award-winning Daily and Sunday Telegraph Rome correspondent, who has acted as interpreter br the interview, and is both a lapsed Catholic and a hardened hack, is more empathic: "There's not a trace of the charlatan about him. He is quite sane and utterly convincing."

Surprised at myself I add: "He seems to me to be a power for good in the world." With a smirk, the photographer loads his gear into the back of the taxi. ''So he's Peter Cushing then, not Christopher Lee," he says.

Father Amorth reappears with his book and smiles. "Remember, when we jeer at the Devil and tell ourselves that he does not exist, that is when he is happiest."




Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Power Of The Rosary





The intercession of Mother Mary is very powerful as Jesus cannot neglect His mother's command. She was blessed with Holy Spirit abundantly. With her endless sufferings while on earth, one cannot neglect the fact that she shared these sufferings with her only son, Jesus. She may be seen as a plain mother to many but the truth remains that she is one and Holy Mother of our Lord Most High Jesus. Contemplate on the mysteries of the Life and Passion of Jesus. This is how she wants us to share with her son's sufferings while on earth.

St. Dominic received the rosary from the Blessed Virgin in a vision why trying to convert the Albigensians in 1208. In his dream, he was told a great secret that the rosary was "a powerful weapon the Blessed Trinity to use to reform the world." 

Sr. Lucia, one of the children of Fatima said to Fr. Fuentes, (Dec. 26, 1957) regarding the rosary, she said, “The Most Holy Virgin in these last times in which we live has given a new efficacy to recitation of the Rosary to such an extent that there is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, whether temporal or spiritual, in the personal life of each one of us, that cannot be solved by the Rosary. There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the holy Rosary. With the holy Rosary, we will save ourselves; we will sanctify ourselves; we will console our Lord, and obtain the salvation of many souls.”

The power of the Rosary can change families; that power that can change each one of us. Each time we pray the Rosary satan loses ground. Where there is prayer from the heart, satan cannot survive.

When we say "The Power of the Rosary" we speak of the supernatural power that God releases. This power is released when we meditate on the 15 Mysteries of Jesus Christ which makes up the Soul of the Rosary because we look upon the face of Christ Jesus our Savior. We do so in union with the Immaculate Heart of His Mother.



Fifteen Promises of Mary to Christians Who Recite the Rosary

The following are the 15 promises of Mary to Christians who recite the rosary:
(given to St. Dominic and Blessed Alan)

1. Whoever shall faithfully serve me by the recitation of the rosary, shall receive signal graces.

2. I promise my special protection and the greatest graces to all those who shall recite the rosary.

3. The rosary will be a powerful armor against hell.  It will destroy vice, decrease sin and defeat heresies.

4. It will cause virtue and good works to flourish; it will obtain for souls the abundant mercy of God; it will withdraw the hearts of men from the love of the world and its vanities, and will lift them to the desire of eternal things.  Oh, that souls would sanctify themselves by this means.

5. Those who recommend themselves to me by the recitation of the Rosary shall not perish.

6. Whoever shall recite the rosary devoutly, applying himself to the consideration of its sacred mysteries shall never be conquered by misfortune.  God will not chastise him in His justice, he shall not perish by an unprovided death; if he be just, he shall remain in the grace of God, and become worthy of eternal life.

7. Whoever shall have a true devotion for the rosary shall not die without the sacraments of the Church.

8. Those who are faithful to recite the rosary shall have during their life and at their death, the light of God and the plentitude of His graces; at the moment of death they shall participate in the merits of the saints in paradise.

9. I shall deliver from purgatory those who have been devoted to the rosary.

10. The faithful children of the rosary shall merit a high degree of glory in heaven.

11. You shall obtain all you ask of me by the recitation of the rosary.

12. All those who propagate the holy rosary shall be aided by me in their necessities.

13. I have obtained from my Divine Son that all the advocates of the rosary shall have for intercessors the entire celestial court during their life and at the hour of death.

14. All who recite the rosary are my sons, and brothers of my only son, Jesus Christ.

15. Devotion to my rosary is a great sign of predestination.



"If I had an army to say the Rosary, I could conquer the world."
 (Blessed Pope Piux IX)

"The Rosary is a powerful weapon to put the demons to flight and to keep oneself from sin…If you desire peace in your hearts, in your homes, and in your country, assemble each evening to recite the Rosary. Let not even one day pass without saying it, no matter how burdened you may be with many cares and labors." 
(Pope Pius XI)

"If you say the Rosary faithfully until death, I do assure you that, in spite of the gravity of your sins, you shall receive a never fading crown of glory. For even if you are now on the brink of damnation, even if you have one foot in hell, even if you have sold your soul to the devil…sooner or later you will be converted and will amend your life and save your soul. If–you say the Rosary devoutly every day of your life." 
(St. Louis De Montfort)

"The Rosary is the most excellent form of prayer and the most efficacious means of attaining eternal life. It is the remedy for all our evils, the root of all our blessings. There is no more excellent way of praying." 
(Pope Leo XIII)

"The Rosary is the Weapon." 
(St. Pio)

"The Rosary is my favorite prayer." 
(Blessed Pope John Paul II)

“The greatest method of praying is to pray the Rosary.” 
(Saint Francis de Sales)

“When the Holy Rosary is said well, it gives Jesus and Mary more glory and is more meritorious than any other prayer.”
(Saint Louis de Montfort)

“The Holy Rosary is the storehouse of countless blessing.” 
(Blessed Alan de la Roche)

“One day, through the Rosary and the Scapular, Our Lady will save the world.” 
(Saint Dominic)

“Never will anyone who says his Rosary every day be led astray. This is a statement that I would gladly sign with my blood.” 
(Saint Louis de Montfort)

“The Rosary is the most beautiful and the most rich in graces of all prayers; it is the prayer that touches most the Heart of the Mother of God…and if you wish peace to reign in your homes, recite the family Rosary.”
(Pope Saint Pius X)

“When you say your Rosary, the angels rejoice, the Blessed Trinity delights in it, my Son finds joy in it too, and I myself am happier than you can possibly guess. After the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, there is nothing in the Church that I love as much as the Rosary.” 
(Our Lady to Blessed Alan de la Roche)

“‘Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee!’ No creature has ever said anything that was more pleasing to me, nor will anyone ever be able to find or say to me anything that pleases me more.”
(Our Lady to Saint Mechtilde)

One day, St. Dominic prayed to Our Lady that she would force the devils who possessed a man to reveal the truth about devotion to her. The devils were forced by Our Lady to reveal: Listen to what the devils said, "Now that we are forced to speak we must also tell you this: Nobody who perseveres in saying the Rosary will be damned, because she obtains for her servants the grace of true contrition for their sins and by means of this they obtain God's forgiveness and mercy." 









Saturday, January 21, 2012

Edible Microchips, Biometric Identity System

They are here and about to be marketed in the UK before the year ends. Technology is truly advancing faster than anyone can imagine. I think in this age nothing is impossible. And I bet, most of you probably have not heard of "edible microchips" yet. I have no idea about it until recently. Yep, I have read a lot on human microchipping topics around the net and, in fact, I blogged about it last year, September 5, 2011 - The Human Microchipping Agenda. I mostly thought of it as implants and not something to be swallowed.

The "they" in this topic are called edible microchips. They are digestible sensors smaller than a grain of sand that can supposedly  transmit medical information from a patient's body to blue-tooth enabled smartphones or computers. This will aid doctors monitor the health condition of a patient and track in-take of medicines. This works together with a monitoring patch attached to a patient's arm or shoulder and records details of medication programmes to alert individuals when doses are required.

On sale, smart pill with 'edible microchip' that tells you and your doctor when the next dose is due. A patch on the skin will pick up a signal once tablet is swallowed and relay this to a smart phone. The system will be offered to patients taking medication for heart conditions and diabetes. (read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk)

This is all good with all its benefits and all that. But is there really a possibility of using this device other than its intended medical purpose? Another article that aroused my interest, highlighting the probability of a  nefarious scheme raised the question...

But could such edible microchips be used for more nefarious purposes in the future? Of course. And scientists are developing many other new ways for you to be tracked by technology as well. For example, do you remember in the movie "Minority Report" how Tom Cruise had to cover his eyes because he was being tracked by them wherever he went. Well, it won't be too long before that becomes a reality in our world. IBM is aggressively developing new biometric identity systems that could significantly change the way that we live our lives. (read more: http://endoftheamericandream.com)

I cannot say for sure if this is something to be ecstatic about but in addition to all these, IBM's press release in December unveils a list of innovations that have the potential to change the way we work, live and even interact during the next 5 years.
  • People power will come to life. This will allow individuals to collect kinetic energy and use it to power homes, offices and cities. Energy around us comes in all shapes and forms and IBM scientists in Ireland are finding ways to understand and minimize the environmental impact of converting ocean wave energy into electricity.
  • You will never need a password again. It supposed to make you a working password through your unique biological identity. A Biometric Data such as your facial definitions, retinal scans and voice files will be composited through software to build your DNA unique online password.
  • Mind reading is no longer a science fiction. This innovation is supposed to link your brain to your devices such as computers or smartphones. You will make things happen just by thinking and not actually doing it.
  • The digital divide will cease to exist. Access of information will be available through mobile technology. Even illiterates can pass along information through recorded messages on their phones.
  • Junk mail will become priority mail. IBM is developing a technology that uses real time analytics and integrate data from across all facets of your life such as your social networks and personal preference to present and recommend information that is only useful to you.
To know more of what I have enumerated here, you can read the details in their website at IBM.com

When microchipping in human and biometric identity system were only possible in movies, I thought how brilliant the idea were and how creative the person to think of something unimaginable! It's all in the movies, it can't be possible and it will not happen. Surprise! It has!!! Microchipping has become a reality. Not so long ago, when articles on human microchipping started to circulate around the net, various reactions can be read. Those who were vigilant and bold to express their thoughts were ridiculed and derided as delusional and paranoid. Now that the technology has been confirmed and soon to be out in the market, speculations on the hidden agenda can't be easily dismissed. This technology raises not only a big concern to privacy but a violation of human rights for that matter. If abused and used in the most nefarious scenario then we are geared toward world control by a government wormed with greed.

Biometric identity system is also not far from reality. Soon enough this will become ordinary and be used in our lives. Voice analysis is now being used in the call center industry for account authentication. Let us see how fast they can fully develop this technology. Only then we can see how this  is going to affect our lives. A cashless society will  ensue as some speculated.