Sunday, August 31, 2014

How can I express how REAL He is?

How can the work of God in the Catholic Church's Sacrements be described? To what can compare His action?

It is the difference between being told your broken arm will heal, and the physician actually mending it.
It is the difference between giving money to the poor, and the actually feeding the food to them.
It is the difference between saying you are sorry and being forgiven, versus being embraced with friendship restored.

There is no other Christian Church on this earth that actually carries in it the ACTUAL action of God in its fullness than the Catholic Church. When a Catholic goes to confession, he is not just listing the sins he is aware of, but he is REALLY mended by God, fed His strength of grace, and embraced with joy and love. A REAL interior healing takes place that forges the way to be able to strive harder to live His Way, in spite of our failings and brokenness. When a Catholic then goes to Holy Communion, he finds himself being fed Christ, consuming Him, and being restored. A restoration takes place that our soul needs, but is found in no other place on earth. Yes, there is the potential meeting of God with any person, in any place, and in any time, but no where so pristine, so eloquent, so sublime, and so consistently, so REAL as in the Eucharist. 

Why should you stay away? What keeps you away? Realize this: He heals if you desire and seek; if you seek to meet Him, go to the Sacraments, frequently. Be restored and Believe I like never before.

If we have desire, we cannot stay away, for He is the reason of our desire to be holy, and the source of that holiness. 

Dear Women of Christ and your loved ones,
            He stops to console us on the Way of the Cross, let Him heal you, too. Amen.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Hope for Peace

              "To live with Jesus is an endless hope; to live without Him...a hopeless end." -anonymous

Hello, it sure has been some time. I got a-little off track, but by God's grace I have hope to get back on again. And what a great day to recommit to Christ than on the Feast of St. Mary Magdalene! She must have understood what the above quote meant from the bottom of her heart. So much so, she literally clung to Jesus when he revealed Himself to her outside the tomb. She knew she needed Him more than anything. She must have been confused when He had to do the Will of the Father and leave her sight, but I am sure the Holy Spirit taught her the meaning of Christ's words, "Whoever does the will of my Father is my brother and sister and mother." To live so close to Him just by doing His will!? To be family, not just friend!? 

With her we are asked to learn that all things are nothing compared to Christ and to live with Him, so He is literally with us, can happen in our daily lives. She knew it meant only to live His Way, day after day. How Brilliant! How Simple! And NOT impossible for us, but yes, difficult. But we are not alone in it. God's grace is always helping and showing us how. Sure, it can be humanly painful to change our lives, our priorities, and attitudes in order to follow His Way, yet when we do (day after day) the peace given is "not of this world." Mary Magdalene most certainly knew the mocking and advancements that came even after she committed to follow Christ, even after she gave up her previous living in order to learn the Way to live right. She shows us that no matter the sorrow or sin in our lives, no matter the hopes we have had broken, and no matter the earthly enjoyments we experience....no sin or sadness is too great to be removed by God's mercy; and no human joy so deep as to be compared to the peaceful joy of Living the Will of the Father and becoming the "sister and mother" of Christ with Him and to everyone we meet. How many women she must have comforted and given hope to in her travels beside Christ! And how many she models a holy life for today.

Here is part of a silent prayer offered for us to use right before receiving Holy Communion: "And like St. Mary's Magdalene, may I be delivered from all my evils and embrace Thee, my only Good." 

Mary Magdalene knew how worthwhile the confessions, efforts and sacrifices were in order to put her life back on track with Christ and to become His, whole and entire. I encourage you and myself to persevere in following her example and receive the same peace of Christ. May she pray for us. And if you found this post uplifting, please share it with someone who needs to hear it today. Thank you.



Saturday, February 22, 2014

What colors!

Today's calm morning air has the inviting sense of spring immersed through it. As I was driving, the early sky showed hues of rose and pearl and baby blue laid out gently. "Lord, you put such beautiful colors into nature. I love you so much, You are so wise."

Even the iceless parking lot brought a prayer of joy! But as I entered the Church for morning Mass, a very different, distinct enveloping silent joy was present. Everyone was motionless and seemed to be absorbed in Christ's caressing love. The peaceful landscape of people before Our Lord revealed He had each person held intimately, knowingly or unknowingly, by Himself. It gave me a peaceful joy and desire to be part of the community that is not given by any of natures pristine gifts to the senses. This delight proceeds from the soul, not the senses. What joy! For the inner room of the Church this morning revealed that God does not leave anyone who seeks Him untouched by His blanket of grace.

Today is the feast of the Chair of Saint Peter. The position which Jesus, under the Father's direction, set up to be a sign and unifying character of His True Church. In His wisdom He knew we would need a guide and protector of the precious gifts that lay tangible only through His Church. There are many Christians that live wonderful lives! striving to do right; but the Catholic Church presents, through Christ what no other church can. She gives the means for God to Color our Souls, refreshing our bodies and minds from within. No where else on earth is this found. Hence, the reason we each need the Church.

Remember every time we visit the Sacraments of the Church, Christ brings springtime to our cold souls. He melts away the ice that hardens our hearts, He gives fresh air to the busy mind, and this meeting between our souls and His creates a palette for God to color our lives from within. This inner meeting fashions the soul so it may live fully here, then forever.

We are blessed. The Catholic Church is the only means on earth for the souls of human beings to be free from their "winter." Only She preserves the means for our souls to be blanketed in grace and brushed by the Painter with the Color of True Life. May more Christians discover where their souls are fed, and may we live the Sacraments with gratitude and fruitfulness.

Praise God, His mercy endures forever.




Wednesday, January 29, 2014

First Saturday invitation

Please make this a devotion of yours. It has made a big difference in my life and will yours.


First Saturday Devotion Requirements

1.  Go to Confession—eight (8) days before or after First Saturday with the intention in your heart of making reparation and consoling Our Blessed Mother.

(When Lucia asked Jesus if it might be valid to go to Confession within 8 days, He told her yes, and that it could be even longer still as long as they are in the state of grace when they receive Him and have the intention of making reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  So, if you cannot confess on the First Saturday itself, do so when you can. Heaven is looking for dispositions of mind and heart and at least monthly Confession.)

2. Receive Holy Communion on First Saturday in a spirit of reparation—a spiritual communion will not suffice.

3. Pray five decades of the Holy Rosary with the intention of making reparation for offenses made against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

4.  Keep Mary company by meditating for fifteen minutes on the mysteries of the Rosary.  This meditation entails thinking or reading meditatively (frequently pausing to reflect on the material read), in order to dwell on one or more of the mysteries in Our Lady’s life.  The fifteen-minute meditation and the praying of the Holy Rosary are to be performed separately.

 

First Saturday Promises

God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace.

 

I promise to assist at the hour of death with the graces necessary for salvation all those who practice the First Saturday devotion for five consecutive months.

 

Why five consecutive First Saturdays of reparation?

The five consecutive First Saturdays of reparation were requested by Our Lady of Fatima to atone for the five ways in which people offend her Immaculate Heart:

1. Attacks upon Mary’s Immaculate Conception;

2. Attacks against her Perpetual Virginity;

3. Attacks upon her Divine Maternity and the refusal to accept her as the Mother of all mankind.

4. For those who try to publicly implant in children’s hearts indifference, contempt and even hatred of this Immaculate Mother;

5. For those who insult her directly in her sacred images.

 

(The First Saturday devotion was revealed to Sister Lucia while she was in prayer in the convent chapel at Pontevedra, Spain. Appearing with the Queen of Heaven in that apparition was the Infant Jesus, Who said to Lucia: “Have pity on the Heart of your Most Holy Mother. It is covered with thorns with which ungrateful men pierce it at every moment, and there is no one to remove them with an act of reparation.”  Our Lady then spoke: “See, my daughter, my Heart encircled by thorns with which ungrateful men pierce it at every moment by their blasphemies and ingratitude.” ) Obtain more information from: World Apostolate of Fatima, www.wafusa.org 

 

Sunday, January 19, 2014

A letter.


To my sister,

I believe when we are having hardships, I mean great ones like you are experiencing, it is the most difficult thing to be open, share and hear words from others. We try to survive on our own. And anyways, it hurts too much to explain to anyone and it reopens the wounds to answer questions from honest caring people, particularly family. We are in survival mode and want to protect ourselves from more sorrow. This is normal for the sorrows we experience have opened up a part of us that words cannot reach nor be used to describe. The pain at this point has reached the depths of our souls. The problem is if we keep closed there, it may burst at any moment; and if we let it out, we may not only scare ourselves, but we may loose terribly. It takes every effort to manage one day. So what to do?

Our human body and mind is a gift. It is very powerful in working through life's sorrows. We move on, we benefit from creative activities, but there is more essential things to do too.

Even though it hurts, we are human and we need human help; we need human advice; we need to learn and listen from others who have survived hardships like our own. So first we must let others encourage us and advise us. But essentially in order to reach the center of our being which is in agony and which needs particular healing, we are wise to seek the only other who dwells simultaneously there and in Heaven. For this healing...Seek God.

See, God "knit you in your mother's womb," He knows you "through and through." If there was no God, we would never be able to feel pain and joy so deeply. It is one more proof that there is more to you and me than merely our frames. So, start small...seek Him in just your breath or sigh. Seek Him and ask for help. You are Greatly Loved! And He wants to heal you from the inside out. Please let Him.

With love,
Your sister.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

To those who say, "I can go right to Jesus."

 The mystery of the role of Mary in redemption is not easily understood by any of us. But one fact is certain, Jesus is our brother and to be a brother we would share a mother...and what mother does not know her son?! 
You and I do not live in a separated realm where it is Jesus and you, or Jesus and me. If that was the case, Jesus would not have chose to have a mother, he would have just appeared. But no, Wisdom saw different. He saw that we are called into a family when we enter into living for God's will. And that family is not lacking in its siblings nor parentage. We go to God, never by ourselves, always with each other, for each other, and through each other. And by others, I mean those that are already sharing the beatific vision in Heaven. We are united by Christ and in Him we are One. Together we make up His body and contribute our part.....Mary's part did not finish at the birth, nor at His ministry, nor at His Suffering or Death, nor when she was taken at her time from earth. Her role continues for all Gods children. And so will our roles continue when we pass on. 

As mothers, we cannot neglect the pivotal role of the Best Mother...Mary. See, Jesus is more than love, He is real, alive, and with us, hopefully in us...and where He is, He honors His mother and she cares for His own "who know Him." As you know and all mothers know...we never cease to care for our children even in our death. So, next time you reflect on baptism know for certain not only has the child become a child of God, but it has become our brother or sister, Jesus has become it's brother, and all that belongs to Christ he shares with the child: The trusts of all His work! And even His Mother Mary! Therefore, we are not wrong in calling her mother, because Jesus in us calls her such.

Recall this too: if you read Lukes account of the angel Gabriel announcing to Mary the coming birth of Jesus. She asks how this will be. He tells her the power of the Holy Spirit will overshadow her and she will conceive and bear a Son...God with us.  Look close at these words because in it you will see that the Holy Spirit is now Mary's Spouse. Still today He flies to wherever and whomever honors her to work in building up Christ is each of us. Mary's example of complete humility to allow God to transform her life so mankind could be saved is her example to us...allow God to work and you will 
witness Christ with you indeed. 

You don't just go to Jesus. Actually, We do not GO to Him. He has come and continues to come to us...and he chose to come to us through Mary and the work of the Holy Spirit. A mystery indeed! The 
absolute Truth revealed for 2000 years. You and I are family, not only because We have Jesus in common, but because He chose to be born of Woman, Mary, the Mother of God.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Courageous Priest website

I have been reading posts from this website for some months now. They collect articles put out by priests, the Pope, and bishops that are talking straight truth. Here is an article on Marriage that is interesting. It surely would encourage each of us in passing on the real meaning of marriage in word and action to our children.

Enjoy!

God loves you!