Elevation Address

To the Glory of this Office
Rev Mario’s address at the Elevation of Rev Antoinette
to the Office of Meritus
6th August 1995

You then, my daughter, be strong in the grace that is in Jesus Christ, and what you have heard from me before many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. Share in suffering as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No soldier on service gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to satisfy the one who enlisted him. Think over what I say, for the Lord will grant you understanding in everything. Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, descended from David, as preached in my Gospel, but the word of God is not fettered. Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain salvation in Christ Jesus with its eternal glory. The saying is sure: If we have died with him, we shall also live with him; if we endure, we shall also reign with him; if we deny him, he also will deny us; if we are faithless, he remains faithful for he cannot deny himself.  (2 Timothy 2:1-4, 7-13)

Chosen to be Meritus
Fraters and Sorores, friends and invited guests, and the Meritus-Elect Antoinette Schoenmaker; I took the liberty of changing somewhat the reading of St Paul to Timothy. He said that he wrote to a son, I made it a daughter for, in effect, you, Antoinette, are my daughter to the flesh and to the spirit. And as I was the only one from a large family to be called to be a priest of the Most High, so you, of our family, small though it was here in Australia, have been called as from childhood to be a priest and a worthy successor of the work both the Rev Colin and myself have begun here in this beautiful country. And may I add you were not chosen to be a Meritus to safeguard our inheritance or our work rather, you were chosen because, first, the Brotherhood made it clear but, secondly, because of your talents, your gifts and your full dedication. You are chosen from the many worthy priests we have because of the spirit that lives within you and because of the love that shines through you at all times. 

Advice passed on
There are certain advices which St Paul gave to his spiritual child and I would like to take some of those and pass them onto you. 

1. Be Strong in the Grace of Jesus Christ
The first one, my dear daughter, is be strong in the grace of Jesus Christ. Strength and perseverance are the hallmark of an anointed person. Strength is to be observed in the life of Jesus Christ himself who could pray for his enemies and those who crucified him and he even forgave them. Strength, spiritual strength, is also to be observed within the life of the apostles who were called by him and who went to the uttermost parts of the world to bring the message of freedom and love to everyone who needed that strength and liberty for themselves. 

Our motto, as you know and all of us know, is to make the able more able, to make the strong stronger, to make the healthy more healthy, and to make the one who loves more lovely. 

Strength in mind, character and leadership, strength in letting your yes be yes and your no be no, strength in grace and forgiveness, strength in accepting and rejecting. Remember that not all who confess the name of Jesus are true followers of the path; you will need strength to realise that truth and act accordingly. An esoteric person knows values and knows also what can be accepted and what needs to be left alone. But, above all, be strong to be alone. A Meritus stands apart and cannot be part of the mob no matter how you, Colin and I may want and like to be part of the mob. It needs strength to stand alone and go against opposition, negative comments, conservative thinking and acting. It needs strength not to listen to advice which has the ring of ego in it. And it needs strength to listen to the grace of Christ who has filled you with his power and courage. 

2. The Task − Teach the Worthy What you have Heard from me
The second thing I would like to advise: What you have heard from me teach others who are worthy to be taught. The task is always to lead others to the point of initiation. It is your task, my daughter, to take the teachings given through me to this country and southern hemisphere and teach others the matchless power and love of Christ. Do not be afraid of teaching the things which have flown from my lips. It is in fact very biblical and St Paul himself encouraged his pupils to be like him. It’s seems today a sin to request others to follow the teacher. If you have been properly instructed over the years in the esoteric teachings of our Lord you will always be your own person and not a clone of the Rev Mario or for that matter, Colin. You will be yourself but in being yourself you will also be true to the charge given to you and follow the spirit which flows from our hearts and consciousness. St Paul was not afraid to call the gospel his gospel and I’m not afraid to call the spiritual teachings my teachings. Your task is to make these teachings your very own, let them live and burn within you, and then pass them on as a good servant of Jesus Christ. 

3. Be Willing to Share in Suffering
The third one, be willing to share in suffering. Like St Paul I have banned from The Centre the political side of life. What did it say in the reading that was read a moment ago? 

Share in suffering as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No soldier on service gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to satisfy the one who enlists him. 

Do not be manipulated or used by other parties. Of course listen to good advice, to the good ideas and creative intents of others but, in the finality, you make the decisions and follow them through. 

Over the years, we shall confess, Colin and I have suffered much mainly from the tongues of others and the pens of those who know no truth. But on the battlefield for Christ the eyes should always be towards the goal, towards the prize, towards the finality. 

The Burden of the Office
No one, let me say, has ever been trained or prepared for suffering, but realise the strength when pain and tears come and flow through you, for to be a Meritus is to take the burden of the whole Centre upon you. 

Tonight you are applauded and no doubt you are very, very much beloved by many, many people but the honeymoon is soon over and the reality of the office and of the task will follow you wherever you are and will not leave you alone. You have to be priest to the members of our Centre wherever they are. You have to release, to heal and to anoint, to counsel and give strength but you also now have to be a priest and a guide and the leader to our priests who work with and for you. 

The burden of the office lies in the silence of your study or your office and in relating to people’s problems pains and fears. The burden of the office lies often in the betrayal of those who made you to believe that they were your friends − and the main burden of the Office of a Meritus lies in the constant renewal of your own mind and beingness. 

The Glory of the Office
You are the teacher now. You have to give the riches of the Christ in simple language to those who want it and who want to hear it. It is in that sense Antoinette that the glory of the office will overshadow the darkness of the pain, aloneness and grieving for those who have left you on the path. In that sense you will be more than conqueror through him who has called you. May I repeat what was read earlier in this service: 

Therefore, St Paul says, I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain salvation in Christ Jesus with its eternal glory. 

For the sake of those called to that eternal glory, for the sake of those who are not as yet aware that they are elected to be initiates of the Most High God, you must endure, stand fast and be strong in the spirit. 

I Shall Be with You
 beloved Antoinette, my daughter to the flesh and spirit, I promise that I shall be with you for quite a while. As I have often said, and perhaps is not appropriate here but I will say it anyway, I have to be shot by a jealous husband when I’m ninety-five. And so I shall assist you and help you so that you can fully occupy the Office of a Meritus, and I know that Colin also, will give you from his strength and wisdom as far as that is possible but, in the finality, you will wear the mantle of authority, insight, power and perception. As Elijah left his mantle to his successor so we leave you ours. This mantle is signified and symbolised in the cope that shall be given and which you will wear at all official services. 

I want to close and quote again from the wise and inspired words of St Paul to his spiritual son in Christ: 

If we have died with him, we shall also live with him; if we endure, we shall also reign with him; if we deny him, he also will deny us; if we are faithful, he remains faithful for he cannot deny himself. 

So shall it be.  

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