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First and foremost, this is about you. How can I help you? I am an author and speaker that helps faithful but overwhelmed Catholics understand the richness of the Faith, so they can light the world on fire, starting with their own friends and families.


Biography

I recently published The Catholic ManBook as a handbook for Catholic men who want to become Saints. I also recently created a new translation of St. Louis de Montfort's Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary along with a journal edition for self-guided retreats (journal pictured on the far right):


These are some of the many fruits of the Men of the Immaculata (MOTI), an organization I co-founded with a number of laymen and priests from the Diocese of Baton Rouge. The MOTI host an annual men's conference and sponsor opportunities for men's intellectual formation throughout the year.

My first novel, The Seventh Word, which is available on Amazon and Kindle. The Seventh Word is a horror novel, and the first pro-life horror novel.
I graduated from Texas A & M University in 2006 with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, from LSU's Paul M. Hebert Law Center in 2013 with a Juris Doctor and DCL, and from Notre Dame Seminary in 2016 with a Masters in Theology. I am a former Jesuit seminarian and taught ministry and theology courses for many years at Angola Prison, the nation's largest maximum security prison.

In 2014, my wife and I founded the Pointe Coupee Chapter of Louisiana Right to Life. I also serve my home parish of St. Mary's of False River as the Grand Knight of the local Knights of Columbus Council #1998. 

About this Blog, "All Roads Lead to Rome"

I'm writing this Catholic blog to help, in my own small way, prepare Catholics to make a defense of their faith. As St. Peter wrote, "Always be prepared to make a defense [apologia] to any one who calls you to account for the hope that is in you, yet do it with gentleness and reverence" (1 Peter 3:15).

I invite readers to share in the wonders of the Catholic Church and the Incarnate Word, particularly in the Catholic convergence we can see all around us -- that ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME. To this end, I write articles on pro-life issues, defending Church teaching, and movie+theology reviews to show, not just the Christian and Biblical allusions, but that man has only ever told ONE story: the Christ story. My end game is showing that all of mankind's heroes indelibly bear the imprint of Christ, no matter how secular or atheistic the source.

I invite you to read all this and comment, whether you agree or disagree. God bless!

Our Lady Immaculate, Pray for Us!
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  1. Scott wrote: "...I invite you to read all this and comment, whether you agree or disagree." I disagree. Here are the reasons why: I understand that Jesus is not the Messiah. Why? According to Haggai and Zechariah, God has chosen Zerubbabel to be his Messiah, not Jesus. How so? Zechariah informs us that He who rebuilds the Temple at Jerusalem will reign and the crown will be kept in the Temple, then Zechariah informs us that Zerubbabel is to build the Temple (Zechr 4:9-10, 6:12-14) "The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house, his hands shall also complete it." "Behold the man whose name is the Branch...he shall build the temple of the Lord...and shall bear royal honor and shall sit and rule upon his throne...and the crown shall be in the temple of the Lord..." Jesus cannot be the Messiah because he did not rebuild the Temple, Zerubbabel did. For a more in depth presentation of all this I highly reccommend the following book by a Jewish scholar, Rabbi Hayyim Angel. _Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi, Prophecy in an Age of Uncertainty._ Jerusalem. Maggid Books. First Edition. 2016. Hayyim understands that after God has destroyed the Persian Empire, then Zerubbabel will reign as God's Signet Ring. The Messianic Age will begin shortly after the Temple's completion (completed by circa 515 BC). I purchased my copy at Amazon.com on the internet.

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    1. Zerubbabel may have been a messiah ("annointed") as were all the Davidic kings, but he is not the Messiah. Jesus rebuilds the Temple, the Temple of His Body, when He resurrects. How do you reconcile Zerubbabel being the Messiah with Daniel 9 and the Prophesy of the Seventy Weeks. The Messiah was to come 490 years from the going forth of the word to rebuild the temple, i.e. long past Zerubabbel's time. Have you uncovered in your studies how, as alluded to in John 1, Jesus also fulfills the prophesy of the branch? All the prophesies need to coincide in one man, one time.

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  2. In regards to my foregoing comment on Haggai and Zechariah identifying the Messiah as to be Zerubbabel: History reveals that Zerubbabel was never made a Messiah-King. Apparently he was recalled back to Babylon, by his Persian overlords, shortly after completing the Temple, thereby nipping in the bud, his chances at being crowned THE MESSIAH. The Jewish scholars were embarrassed by this turn of events. How to explain that Zerubbabel was not made THE MESSIAH? After all, he had rebuilt the Temple, and God had said he who rebuilds the Temple will reign. The explanation that the Rabbis came up was brilliant: The nation of Israel (including Judah) were not yet fully repentant. Only after a full repentance was in place would God then allow a Messiah to appear. The Books of Ezra and Nehemiah show a still unrepentant nation at Jerusalem, still marrying foreign women and violating the Sabbath. To this day (2019) many Jews still await the arrival of THE MESSIAH, expecting him to rebuild the Temple and defeat their enemies. Meanwhile, Christians await a second coming of their Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth, to reappear and assume the Messiahship. By turning a blind eye to Haggai and Zechariah, both Jews and Christian were able to excuse God of his failure to provide a Messiahship to Zerubbabel, for having rebuilt the Temple. Haggai and Zechariah portray God as summoning all the kings of the earth to Jerusalem to oppose God and his intended Messiah. God will descend from heaven with a heavenly host and smite the client kings of the Persian Empire. With their defeat God will rule the whole earth with Zerubbabel as his Signet Ring (a euphemism for a Messiah). The event never happened. Persia never besieged Jerusalem. The Throne of Kingdoms which was a euphemism for the Persian Throne (Haggai 2:20-23) was eventually overthrown circa 332 BC by Alexander the Great of Persia, who transformed the Persian Empire into a Hellenistic Greek Empire mentioned in the Book of Daniel.

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  3. A typo correction: Read Alexander the Great of Macedonia (Greece), not Persia.

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  4. Scott Smith wrote: "All the prophecies need to coincide in one man, one time." That is an interesting statement. Jews, who deny Jesus is the Messiah, note that all the prophecies about the Messiah did not occur at one time, during Jesus' ministry. The common Christian apologia is that Jesus will fulfill the rest of the prophecies regarding the Messiah is the second coming. In other words, you notion that "at one time," doesn't fly with Christian apologia, their Messiah will need TWO TIMES to fulfill all the prophecies. If you have no idea what I am talking about I suggest you go to YouTube and look up the many Jewish explanations for why Jesus is not the Messiah because he did not fulfill all the prophecies at one time.

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  5. The following url explains, from a Jewish point of view, why Jesus cannot be the Messiah:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSxi2eZwMno&list=FLdZdh6ePECk5XsAI5uu8TiA&index=195&t=0s

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  6. Can you please add a contact form?

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    1. I am assuming that Amicus is addressing his query to me (Walter R. Mattfeld)? If not, my apologies, and please disregard. The procedure for accesssing the Jewish Point of View: Google YouTube via your browser. When the YouTube search window appears, type in the following: Jewish Messiah+ Why He's not Jesus (Reply 2 one for Israel maoz messianic jews for jesus Jewish voice. Jews for Judaism, Keeping Jews Jewish. The presenter is Daniel Ventesca, a member of Canada's Jews for Judaism. In my 50 years of research on the Bible (since 1970) this is the finest, most succinct presentation I have ever encountered, from a Jewish perspective, as to why Jews understand Jesus cannot be the Messiah.

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    2. Sure, I'll add a contact form. Thanks for asking!

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