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The Angel Who Strengthened Our Lord

“An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him.” Luke 22:43

In the Gosple account of Mark 14 32:34, we hear “They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” He took Peter, James and John along with him, and he began to be deeply distressed and troubled. “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,” he said to them. “Stay here and keep watch.”. Father Jerome Murphy-O’Connor is stating that Jesus had a brief nervous breakdown. As much as the faithful would say NO WAY to such a report, after all He is God and how could our Lord have experienced such a thing, I have to agree with Father Jerome. We have to understand Jesus Christ has two natures which cannot be separated, human nature as well as divine nature. The balance of which is crucial. I have to take into account that our Lord, being Creator, to see ANY soul lost in sin, through His human nature must be the most painful experience. To lose one soul that He created, to see just one soul chose not to love Him in return has to be devastating to His human nature. Imagine then to see that compounded by all the souls in eternity in such a way, who choose not to be with Him? Not to mention the persecutions and sufferings of all Gods children through all time? Could you imagine watching just one of your children starve to death through lack of receiving our Lord?

I often see the Angel who strengthened our Lord as all the prayers for all mankind to come. The way in which our Lord was strengthened was through humility. The Angel must have brought our Lord the news that many were calling to Him for help, who had not yet been born. In a moment when He was distraught at seeing His thirst for those He had been preaching to, to understand Him, he was strengthened by the prayers of the future. Meaning, our prayers and faith in Him not only TODAY but through all time after His rising from the dead, because of His suffering then, through humility, pulled Him out of His moment of distress.

How often do we look to our future with Him, especially while suffering and then it sinks in, our suffering is not long in this world because we know we can rest in Him for all eternity? That is where the basis of my strength comes from. In knowing that no matter where I am, when I join my suffering with His, when I place my full faith in Him, my suffering becomes nothing and His peace, joy and comfort becomes everything.

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Family

Last night, I attended a meeting at my church in regards to upcoming events. My husbands hours changed and I was left without a baby sitter for the hour long meeting. What a blessing. Earlier in the day, I was forced to bring our young children with me to my Legion of Mary meeting and then to dress the Altar. I have been taking them to Mass and to take care of the Adoration Chapel for some time now and their questions about our Lord are asked on a daily basis.

When I ponder all the heartache I have had in regards to my Catholic faith being troublesome to the family I had been born into, the past days events sheds so much light on the Gospel of Mark: “A crowd was sitting around him, and they told him, “Your mother and brothers are outside looking for you. “Who are my mother and my brothers?” he asked. Then he looked at those seated in a circle around him and said, “Here are my mother and my brothers!”

When I look back on my life and miss my Grandparents and Great Aunts & Uncles, Parents and the family functions we used to have, before they passed away, there used to be such a feeling of emptiness because that life and the people in it, had left and I was still here. I have a very small family now that God has blessed me with. I live far away from the brothers and sisters, cousins and other family I grew up with and the children our Lord has given to me, can not have the daily experiences that I had growing up, in regards to going to family’s homes for everything from birthdays and Anniversaries, but more important, Baptisms, Communions and Confirmations.

Last night, at the meeting, a statement was made from a member of our Youth Ministry on the fact that he had no clue about how much his parents used to give to the church. It was something never talked about between him and his parents. As I sat looking around the room, pondering his statement, I became aware that my children being at this meeting was what God wanted me to do that day. It was as if I was at a family function of my youth. The adults were talking and the children were playing. I looked at the Youth Director and around the table and brought up the fact that all our children need to be included in ever aspect of the Church. This way, when they grow up, they will understand how much to give the church when the time comes. I thought, we are to give everything to our Lord. His parents, gave the church him.

As Catholic Family’s, we need to understand that the very act of giving our children back to God through baptism, needs to constantly reinforced with teaching them how to work for the greater good of God. How wonderful would it be, if every Catholic brought all their children to all the functions of the Church, in order that they learn what our Lord was saying when he referred to those around Him as his family. How wonderful it would be to teach our children that when they leave the family they were born into, or the family leaves them, that through the Holy Church, they have millions of aunts, uncles and cousins, brothers and sisters, who are waiting for them and their children to be welcomed. Celebrating together in our Lord.

Sts. Peter and Paul, pray for us.

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Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen

Archbishop Fulton Sheen has been declared “venerable,” and may now be beatified if a miracle is attributed to his intercession. From CatholicCulture.org

I am so happy to hear this. Archbishop Fulton Sheen was a regular in my grandparents home. Back in the day, he was a regular in most everyone’s homes. Last year, I wrote a post about an experience I had in Adoration titled Lovely Lady Dressed In Blue . At the time I knew it was something, now I understand exactly what that something is. Its our Lord reaching out telling each of us, I am here.

Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen, pray for us. Pray for us to listen to Him and do everything according to the will of God. Pray for us to pull our Catholic family together, to pray together, to work together and to accomplish all our Lord is asking of us. Lovely Lady dressed in blue, Mama Mary, you inspired Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen in the simplest of ways through the heart of a child to answer the call. Call us all to seek the innocence and humility that brings us closer to your Son, our Lord. Amen

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Semper Fi

Always Faithful

“And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give to thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose upon earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven.”Matt.16:18-19.

There is a new website to pledge fidelity to Pope Benedict XVI, called Semper Fidelis International. How absolutely fitting! From the site:

Semper Fidelis International’, a new website and initiative of a small group of Irish catholics, was officially launched this day, Sunday June 17th 2012, to mark the closing ceremony of the 50th jubilee International Eucharistic Congress, Croke Park, Dublin Ireland. This, with the deepest gratitude to and affection for Our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI, for granting Ireland this unique privilege. May the fruits be immense!

This initiative is consecrated to the united hearts of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and to Our Blessed Lady, Mary our Mother and Queen. The Latin, ‘Semper Fidelis, refers to the final words spoken by Pope John Paul II as he left Ireland in 1979: “Ireland semper fidelis” or “Ireland, always faithful”, which were said three times.

A preliminary letter from Irish catholics in particular, either as individuals, prayer groups or apostolates, pledging our fidelity to the Holy Father and Magisterium is to be sent to the Pope Benedict XVI, for the feast of SS Peter and Paul June 29th this year. Mindful that this landmark occasion in the renewal of our Irish Church, was equally an International Eucharistic Congress and to give our fellow catholics all over the world, an opportunity to also pledge their fidelity, ‘Semper Fidelis International’ was born. We have translated this simple message: ‘Letter from the International Catholic Community’, into ten languages (and counting) for a global campaign to: ‘Send Pope Benedict XVI Your Pledge of Fidelity!’

The feast of Christ the King, November 25th 2012 is the final date set for submission of all final signatures and pledges to this holy Pope, on whom we invoke God’s special protection and Our Lady’s tender and loving care. It is envisaged that on significant feast days each month until then, we will update this website to focus on and call for a great unity of prayer worldwide for the Holy Father’s protection, consolation and intentions. In particular, all are strongly encouraged to follow the links on the Home Page: ‘Invitation to join with the Holy Father as he prays the Rosary each evening at 6.45pm Rome time (5.45 pm GMT or whenever possible) as well as the ‘Papal Intention’ tab and to meditate on the reflections.
Let us pray Our Lady’s most powerful Rosary, not only for, but actually spiritually united with Our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI

Happy birthday “Chesty” Puller!

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St. John The Baptist

Acts 13:23-25 – To keep his promise, God has raised up for Israel one of David’s descendants, Jesus, as Saviour, whose coming was heralded by John when he proclaimed a baptism of repentance for the whole people of Israel. Before John ended his career he said, ‘I am not the one you imagine me to be; that one is coming after me and I am not fit to undo his sandal.’

Hymn
Hail, O thou of woman born,
Highest rank attaining,
Saint of whom an Angel spoke,
‘John’ thy name ordaining:
Hallowed from thy mother’s womb,
Lamp divinely lighted
To enlighten them that sit
In death’s shade benighted.
Hail to thee, with herald voice
God in flesh revering,
With thy finger pointing out
Christ, the Lamb, appearing:
At the Jordan thou didst cry,
Sinner’s doom declaring,
And, by water’s cleansing sign,
Way for God preparing.
Hail, who, over mortals all,
Rightly wast appointed
To baptize the sacred head
Of the Lord’s Anointed:
Who didst hear the Father’s voice,
That blest rite attending,
And didst see the Holy Ghost,
As a dove descending.

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Sheep And Goats

“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.”

Last night before attending Adoration, I learned a very valuable lesson. Although my time here in this life after my conversion began, has mostly been spent in contemplation and deep repentance, and I have gone through sever suffering in many forms, all of which I have learned through the Holy Spirit, Mama Mary and the Saints, to unite with our Lords. The hardest part has been the feeling of isolation. Its an isolation of sorts that keeps me protected in many ways from committing the same sins that got me into trouble in the first place. It is seeing the people I love and people I don’t know, committing the exact sins that I to have committed. When this happens, I try to correct them, if I can, or if it is something on TV where sin is being glorified, I change the channel or turn it off completely. Most of the time, I internalize it and understand that I to have done these things and I remember the exact moments in MY life when I did not believe as strongly in the mercy and love of our Lord, or didn’t even THINK about our Lord. When this occurs, the repentance becomes deeper and the source of the sin that was committed is realized, which teaches me to stay away from it in the first place, so the sin can never be committed again.

With this deep repentance came a phase of judging others. I don’t mean judging them and banishing them to hell but rather seeing them in the state that I was once in, before my conversion and begging God to have mercy on them, to convert them so they can understand exactly how much they are hurting our Lord. Pleading with God to let them see as I could see. And with that, came the isolation I was speaking about. It was as if it was me verses the entire world. Sort of seeing my own idea of my righteousness, without understanding why God was allowing me to see things in this way. Living in total fear that we were all doomed, but praying even harder, attending Adoration more and pulling as close to our Lord as I could. This wasn’t something that just came overnight. Not at all. Its been the progress of my entire conversion for the past 14 years had brought me through in Christ.

A few weeks ago, I had written a post called Psalm 23 In Pictures. A few days ago, I was looking through it and noticed one picture in particular above the passage: “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures”. When I originally posted this I placed a photo of what I thought were baby lambs lying in the grass just under the passage. A few days ago, I studded the picture and I couldn’t tell if they were lambs or goats. I worried a bit about it because I didn’t want anyone to think I was promoting “The Goats”. So I changed the photo to older sheep, lying in the grass.

Now keep in mind, I try to ponder every action I commit, to try and make sure that what I do, is done with wisdom and not knee jerk response, and pray about it to see if our Lord is pleased. Everything I do, I do for Him. On my way to Adoration last night, in gathering my thoughts about the days events and the souls I had come across, and how it was a good day, I pondered how no matter who God places in my life, I am to love them as He has loved us. As I was driving to see our Lord, it dawned on me, regarding the post, I can’t tell the goats from the sheep! Immediately in my heart, I heard the words, There is only One who’s job it is, to separate the goats from the sheep. Its not me. My job is simply saying yes to God. Always.

This isolation stage of my conversion has been filled with so much turmoil but a turmoil replaced very quickly with consolation from the Holy Spirit. Turmoil as to fear of what shall I do Lord? Where do I go from here? Who then Lord do I speak to about what I am experiencing? What I am seeing? Who do I trust enough to tell these things to? Every answer came to be the same: I am WHO Am. The most beautiful invitation to talk to Him all the time.

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