Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Saturday, February 22, 2014
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
Please make this a devotion of yours. It has made a big difference in my life and will yours.
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
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.
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
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
God loves you!