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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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Liberty Prayer



Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mother of the Americas, pray for us. Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us all.

Issued Prayer for the Protection of Liberty from the US Catholic Bishops responding to HHS Mandate

O God our Creator, from your provident hand we have received our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

You have called us as your people and given us the right and the duty to worship you, the only true God, and your Son, Jesus Christ.

Through the power and working of your Holy Spirit, you call us to live out our faith in the midst of the world, bringing the light and the saving truth of the Gospel to every corner of society.

We ask you to bless us in our vigilance for the gift of religious liberty. Give us the strength of mind and heart to readily defend our freedoms when they are threatened; give us courage in making our voices heard on behalf of the rights of your Church and the freedom of conscience of all people of faith.

Grant, we pray, O heavenly Father, a clear and united voice to all your sons and daughters gathered in your Church in this decisive hour in the history of our nation, so that, with every trial withstood and every danger overcome—for the sake of our children, our grandchildren, and all who come after us—this great land will always be “one nation, under God,indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Most Precious Blood Of Christ

“The Precious Blood is a flowing Fountain of spiritual gifts that will never run dry.”

Taken from Devotion for the Dying
MARY’S CALL TO HER LOVING CHILDREN
By Ven. Mother Mary Potter
FOUNDRESS OF THE LITTLE COMPANY OF MARY

Precious Blood Offering

ETERNAL Father, I offer Thee the most Precious Blood of Jesus Christ, in satisfaction for my sins, in supplication for the holy souls in Purgatory and for the needs of Holy Church [especially for the soul of (Name)].
——-The Raccolta, 188

In order to obtain special graces through the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ, let us ask the Blessed Virgin Mary to offer It in our stead. This advice is given us by many devout servants of God, in particular by St. John Vianney [the Cure of Ars] who says that this is the best method of prayer. He furthermore adds, “My children, mark this well: whenever I obtained some grace, it was obtained in this manner, which I never found to fail.”

We can make this offering many times a day. We can use these words:

Marian Offering of the Precious Blood

IMMACULATE Heart of Mary, do thou offer to the Eternal Father the Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, for the conversion of sinners, especially [Name].

In the life of St. Dominic we read that on one occasion when he was preaching about the veneration of Mary, he saw the Blessed Virgin sprinkling his devout hearers with the Blood of her Divine Son. Once while the Saint was celebrating Mass, three hundred persons, among them the king and queen, saw the Mother of God, at the elevation of the chalice, pouring the Precious Blood over all present and over the whole Church.

Let us, particularly during Holy Mass, beseech Mary to offer to the Eternal Father the Blood of her Son in the chalice, for the holy Catholic Church, for the conversion of sinners, for the souls in Purgatory and for our various needs. We may enumerate them to her with full confidence, and the greater their number, the better will she be pleased. That which we offer to God in Holy Mass is of infinitely greater value than the gifts for which we ask. God remains our debtor, as it were, so great is the value of the Precious Blood.

St. Gertrude’s writings are replete with most beautiful sentiments concerning the Precious Blood. To St. Mechtilde Our Lord once revealed Himself on the altar, with hands extended and Blood streaming from His Wounds:

“I show these bleeding Wounds to My Father,” He said, “to appease His wrath. He pardons when He sees the Blood.”

Another prayer found online:

~SEALING IN THE PRECIOUS BLOOD OF JESUS~

WE INVOKE THE PRECIOUS BLOOD OF JESUS UPON ____________ MENTALLY, PHYSICALLY, SPIRITUALLY, CONSCIOUSLY, SUBCONSCIOUSLY, IN THE AREA OF MEMORY, IMAGINATION, DREAMS, SIGHT, HEARING, AND THOUGHT PATTERNS. WE PLACE A WALL OF THE PRECIOUS BLOOD OF JESUS PROTECTING THE MIND FROM THOUGHTS OF ERROR AND NEGATIVE THOUGHTS, ANY CURSES, HEXES, IMPROPER PRAYERS, REJECTION, FAILURE, FEAR OF FAILURE, MISUNDERSTANDING AND ANY FROM OF WITCHCRAFT. WE PLEAD THE BLOOD OF JESUS, AGAINST ANY DECEPTION, AND ALL FEARS, FOOD AND ANY MEDICATION WILL BE CLEANSED BY THE PRECIOUS BLOOD.

WE PLACE A WALL OF THE BLOOD OF JESUS AGAINST ALL INFLUENCE OF PAST GENERATIONS, CLOSING ALL DOORS OPEN TO ANY EVIL. WE PLEAD THE BLOOD AGAINST ANY ACTIVITY IN THE OCCULT, ANY UN-REPENTED SINS, ALL FORMS OF UNGODLINESS. LORD WE PRAY YOU WILL SEND BACK THROUGH TIME, ANGELS TO COVER ALL EVIL, THAT IT WILL STOP ALL THE CROSS AND PLACED UNDER THE BLOOD OF JESUS, COVERING PARENTS OF BOTH SIDES.

WE INVOKE THE PRECIOUS BLOOD OF JESUS UPON THE AREA OF CONSCIENCE: UPON THE FLESH OF ____________, ALL THOUGHTS AND INFLUENCE OF THE FLESH. WE PRAY ARTERY, CAPILLARY, DISC, VERTEBRAE, MUSCLES, LIGAMENTS, TENDONS, BONES, LUNGS, (name personal ailments), ALL VITAL ORGANS, HEART, BACK AND BRAIN, ETC… COVERING FROM THE TIP OF HIS/HER HEAD TO THE BOTTOM OF HIS/HER SOLES. WE BATHE EACH CELL ALL THE PROCESSES OF THE BODY, THEIR IMMUNE SYSTEM, IN JESUS’ PRECIOUS BLOOD, TO FUNCTION IN THE PERFECT BALANCE AND HARMONY AS GOD INTENDED, GOD’S TIMING.

WE CLAIM THE PROTECTING, PRESERVING, RESTORATIVE AND CLEANSING POWER OF THE PRECIOUS BLOOD OF JESUS FOR ____________, OURSELVES, HOME PROPERTY, CARS, AND POSSESSIONS. WHEREVER THERE IS AN OUTPOURING OF THE BLOOD OF JESUS, IT IS FOLLOWED BY AN OUTPOURING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.

WE ASK A FRESH ANOINTING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT UPON ____________, ANYWHERE THE PRECIOUS BLOOD HAS NOT BEEN APPLIED UPON ____________ AND THE ENEMY MAY ATTACK HE WILL BE MET WITH THE BLOOD OF CHRIST AND CAST DOWN.

TRAVELING MERCIES: WE INVOKE THE BLOOD OF JESUS UPON ANY VEHICLE, ALL FUNCTIONING PARTS, THE PATH IT WILL GO, AGAINST ANY SPIRIT OF DESTRUCTION OF ACCIDENT THAT ____________ WILL BE IN TODAY.

THE PRECIOUS BLOOD CONTINUES TO PROTECT FROM ALL EVIL. CLAIM THE PRECIOUS WOUNDS, CLAIM THE VICTORY OF THE CROSS, CLAIM AND USE THE POWER OF THE NAME OF JESUS, CLAIM THE PRECIOUS BLOOD OF JESUS.

RESIST THE DEVIL, AND HE WILL TAKE FLIGHT.

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Tour to the Seven Churches 2012 – “Fortnight for Freedom” Event

If you are in the San Diego area, or are planning on visiting San Diego June 30th and July 1, please join us for “Tour To The Seven Churches”.

From The Brothers of the Little Oratory in San Diego

This year the Brothers of the Little Oratory will be holding the “Tour to the Seven Churches,” timed to coincide with the USCCB’s (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) “Fortnight for Freedom,” a period dedicated to manifestations of Catholic presence in the public square. The Pilgrimage will open with Holy Mass on Saturday, 30 June at 7:00pm in St. Augustine’s Monastery Chapel, South Park. Fr. Harry Neely, O.S.A. will sing the mass. Confessions will be heard, the Pilgrimage songs will be sung, and a spiritual conference will be offered. Meeting once again on Sunday morning, we will depart St. Augustine’s Monastery at 7:30am on foot, visiting St. Patrick’s, St. John the Evangelist, St. Vincent de Paul, Immaculate Conception, Our Lady of the Rosary, and finishing at St. Joseph’s Cathedral. This year, the “Tour” has been granted a Solemn Entrance to St. Joseph’s Cathedral, and the opportunity to conclude with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. This year’s event is replete with significance, spiritual and secular, and we hope you can join us for the “Tour to the Seven Churches.”

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The Woman’s Voice

I recently started reading Saint Louis Marie de Montfort’s book, God Alone. Its funny really, because I have been putting it off for a while. I have been afraid to read it, because of my fear of my attention being taken away from our Lord and placed on our Holy Mother Mary. I’m not that far into the book, only a few pages really, and have to admit, I found it amazing that I share the same fear that our Holy Father, Blessed John Paul II had.

“the reading of the treatise of the True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin was a turning point in my life (at a time when he was secretly studying for the priesthood). Whereas I had initially been afraid lest devotion to Mary might detract from that due to Jesus instead of giving Him his rightful place, I realized, when reading the treatise of Grignion de Montfort, that such was not the case. Our interior relationship with the Mother of God is a result of our association with the mystery of Christ.” Blessed John Paul II

Funny really, as I am a member of the Legion of Mary and have spent the past year doing our Mothers work, be it in Nursing Homes or with the elderly, the dying and sick. Also, in the past few days, I have started the daily consecration to the Immaculate Hart of Mary. I have seen my devotion to her blossom and my understanding of her grow. I can’t help but protect her when she is put down by others who don’t know her and yet I fear her. This truly humble woman who totally gave up her life and will to God. I have pondered deeply Mama Mary’s devotion to her true Spouse, the Holy Spirit along with her devotion and love to her Son, our Lord in so many ways learning more and more about the humility she had and how it made way for God to entire fully into her life. Simply by saying yes, she shared in the divine plan of my redemption and the redemption of all mankind. I don’t know what I am doing or how I am doing it, in my faith, but there is a constant reminder that Mama Mary is the model for me to follow.

Yesterday, I was given a day to spend with my children and husband at the fair. It was a long day of carnival rides, eating good junk food but also, spent in deep solitude, in prayer. Although we spent the day at the fair as a family, my husband barely said any words to me. At times I feel as if I am an empty shell to him, and serve him no purpose to even be a part of this family. Every suggestion to do something, fell on deaf ears with little response from him. While standing in line with the girls for rides or shows, he would walk away and not even tell me to come with to wait with him for the girls to get off rides. I pondered deeply Mama Mary and what would she do? I didn’t argue. I didn’t lose my temper. I just said yes. Yes to being ignored, and my husband and children being placed first. The day that was set aside for the family, became the day of understanding for me, that my faith and hope will rest in God, no matter what tries to upset me. With this faith comes great suffering in this life but my hope is not in this world but rather in the next. Amazing reality is and quite ironic that the theme for the fair this year is “Out Of This World“. I have never in my life felt more out of this world. More out of communion with the world and IN communion with God.

When we arrived home last night, it was rather late and I laid down to say my prayers. I began to fall asleep while reciting the Rosary and someplace between sleep and wake, I heard a distinct woman’s voice call my name. Not just once, but twice. I had never heard this voice before and truly thought it was Mama Mary waking me up to finish my prayers. I awoke and finished to the sound of water rushing. For some reason, at 11:15 PM, our sprinklers turned on and refused to shut off. I can only hope it is the flood gate of grace that has broken wide open, that Mama Mary is now sharing with me.

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Who You Are

Be who you are in Christ Jesus

If your not sure who you are in Christ, the list below of scripture should give you a good idea. Kudos to the St. Padre Pio Center for Deliverance Counseling for the list. When the evil one tries to make you think you are nothing and God cares nothing for you, this list read each and every morning will remind him that he is the liar.

Every morning without fail I would recite this list out loud. Some days, shouting them. In this world, it is so easy to forget who we are and every morning, after or before prayers, its a good idea to remind ones self that no matter how lost we think we are, God knows exactly where and who we are. We need to remind ourselves daily, who we are. Outside of Mass, this is the best way I have learned.

Exodus
I am not the great “I am” (Exodus 3:14; John 8:24,28,58, but by the grace of God, I am what I am (1 Corinthians 15:10).

Matthew
I am the salt of the earth (v5:13)
I am the light of the world (v5:14)

John
I am a child of God (v1:12)
I am part of the true vine, a channel of Christ’s life (v15:1,5)
I am Christ’s friend (v15:15)
I am chosen and appointed by Christ to bear His fruit (v15:16)

Romans
I am a slave of righteousness (v6:18)
I am enslaved to God (v6:22)
I am I am a child of God; God is spiritually my Father (v8:14, 15; Galatians 3:26; 4:6).
I am a joint heir with Christ, sharing His inheritance with Him (v.8:17)

I Corinthians
I am a temple-a dwelling place-of God. His Spirit and His life dwell in me (v3:16; v6:19).
I am united to the Lord and am one spirit with Him (v6:17).
I am a member of Christ’s body (v12:27; Ephesians 5:30).

2 Corinthians
I am a new creation (v5:17).
I am reconciled to God and am a minister of reconciliation (v5:18,19).

Galatians
I am a son of God and one in Christ (v3:26,28).
I am an heir of God since I am a child of God (v4:6,7).

Ephesians
I am a saint (v1:1; 1 Corinthians 1:2; Philippians 1: 1. Colossians 1:2).
I am God’s workmanship-His handiwork-born anew in Christ to do His work v(2: 10).
I am a fellow citizen with the rest of God’s family (v2:19).
I am a prisoner of Christ (v3:1; v4:1).
I am righteous and holy (v4:24).

Philippians
I am a citizen of heaven, seated in heaven right now (v3:20; Ephesians 2:6).

Colossians
I am hidden with Christ in God (v3:3).
I am an expression of the life of Christ because He is my life (v3:4).
I am chosen of God, holy and dearly loved (v3:12; 1 Thessalonians 1:4).

I Thessalonians
I am a child of light and not of darkness (v5:5).

Hebrews
I am a holy partaker of a heavenly calling (v3: 1).
I am a partaker of Christ; I share in His life (v3:14).

1 Peter
I am one of God’s living stones, being built up in Christ as a spiritual house (v2:5).
I am a member of a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession (v2:9, 10).
I am an alien and stranger to this world in which I temporarily live (v2:11)
I am an enemy of the devil (v5:8)

1 John
I am a child of God and I will resemble Christ when He returns (v3:1,2).
I am born of God, and the evil one—the devil—cannot touch me (unless I let him or unless God allows it) (v5:18)

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The Suffering World

All the pain and suffering in this world is not caused by God but by a lack of belief in Him. Lack of trust in Him. Lack of faith in Him. Lack of love for Him.

He taught me this personally today. I spent most of today, after Mass, with friends who are not Catholic and most who downright do not believe in God. Every time I go into the world, I find myself withdrawn. I become very uncomfortable and spend most of the time, even surrounded by friends, in silent prayer. I’m with them in their homes, in body, but I’m not there. In every conversation, I find myself watching every word spoken, every gesture, every movement, looking for an opportune time to stand up for the faith or to stand up for our Lord. I see things from a point of view that comes from a place of security in our Lord. I am always on guard. There is no time for rest in the world. It’s a dark, miserable place and souls don’t even know they are there.

Since 1998 I have been surrounded by so many souls who do not believe in God, the pain has been unbearable at times. Some say they do, but continue to hurt Him by living as the world lives. I thought for the longest time God was mad at me and I was serving some sort of punishment. WRONG! Although I have cried many tears and suffered greatly for hurting our Lord through my sins, He is showing me how my total trust in Him, total LOVE for Him is SAVING me! His love is NEVER punishment. He is showing me how much He loves ME! How much he LOVES every soul! How much MERCY He has for EVERY soul on earth! Seriously! All the pain I have and it is DEEP hurting pain, utter anguish at times, is not caused by Him. Its caused by the souls around me who don’t know Him.

While pondering a conversation today with a friend I was with, that I had with earlier about her children and the reason they were not baptized, mind you, she brought up the topic, although surrounded by friends at a party, I walked by myself and came to stop under a tree. I looked up, feeling the pain of my surroundings and the gentle Voice came to my heart telling me exactly where my pain and suffering had been coming from this entire time. Its the lack of faith in God. Lack of belief in Him that is causing me all my pain. When I see the disregard for Him everywhere, it is like a thousand cuts to my soul. God isn’t doing this to me. The world is doing this to me. God is taking away my pain and replacing it with His love. I know this because the peace and tranquility when I am with Him can never be described in words. Its pure ecstasy and every time I suffer like this, He is with me to see me through. All the time!

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Abba, Father

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth….

Children of God through Adoption

“For those who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received a spirit of adoption, through which we cry, “Abba,* Father!” The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if only we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.”

Papa, as I often refer to Abba, Father, loves each of His children as if we are His only children. It is an indivisible, individual love, as He is love itself. No arms are bigger. No mercy greater then His. No Love stronger then His. No forgiveness more needed. Not only at difficult moments of my life, but at every moment. I reach up to Him, if only for a touch of His mighty hand. I seek His loving gaze in moments of joy, sorrow, torment and security. I long for His praise in doing His will, not for me but for Him. I accept His justice. I seek to be obedient to Him. He is my Creator. He knows my heart as He gave it to me. My heart is His as it is joined to His Son, my Lord.

The moments I have in His arms are priceless. The world dissipates and His world manifests. At times I am but an infant, others a toddler always in need of guidance. In both cases, I could never survive without Him. When I lay in His arms, time stands still and all the peace and tranquility imaginable takes hold of my soul. What lasts for a split second, leaves me with a lifetime of pondering that one second in His arms, placing nothing in this world above Him. That split second is all my soul desires.

All His creation glorify Him. From the rocks, trees, streams, mountains, oceans, birds and all animals. You can pick up a rock, and it is exactly what God created it to be, perfect. You can see the birds flying, feeding their young in the nests, building nests and they are being exactly what God called them to be. I seek only what Papa created me to be, so I to can glorify Him for eternity.

Happy Fathers Day Papa. You Father, moved heaven and earth not just for me, for all Your children, so we can love You more and spend eternity with You again. Thank you for adopting me out of the world and into Your loving arms. Although I ran away once, I am on my way back home to You. I love you Papa.

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The Sacred Heart Bouquet

Tomorrow, June 15, is the feast of The Sacred Heart of Jesus. This afternoon, I had dressed the Altar in preparation for Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament for the feast of The Sacred Heart of Jesus. I noticed the flowers we had we not exactly perky and had spent way to much time on the Altar. Taking into account, Friday is payday, I knew I couldn’t just run out to buy flowers, so I left the Altar as it was, knowing I would run out in the morning to pick up flowers that were presentable to be placed in front of the statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. I left for home.

While at home, I thought about how I was going to get to the store before the first Mass. I thought about how I couldn’t really afford to place flowers I had dreamed of presenting. I love our Lord’s Sacred Heart and I always want to do the best for Him. I received a call from my Pastor who told me he was just in the church and noticed the flowers were a little expired. I giggled a bit and told him I knew and explained to him that I couldn’t provide anything until the morning as my finances were very low and I had hoped to place red and white roses at the foot of the statue, which was placed closer to the Altar. He was very happy to hear we were on the same page and we ended our conversation on a very happy note. I sat for a few moments and thought where am I going to go to find the flowers at that hour? I prayed to the Immaculate Heart of Mary for help once again, to ensure the feast would be beautiful and for help with finding the flowers and getting them there on time. Every time, she comes through. Mama Mary help me, has become a regular short prayer in dealing with situations like this, that often come up more then I like to admit.

After the call with my Pastor and pondering the problems that might become bigger, I asked my husband if we had any money. We were down to our last $30.00. I asked him if it would be okay for me to spend it on flowers for the feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and he said yes. I ran to the store, hoping to find just a few red and white roses, with maybe a sprig of green. It wasn’t going to be much, but at least it would be something! I prayed in the car for Mama Mary’s help in finding just the right ones to place at my Lords feet. I started looking through numerous bouquets of flowers and came across the red roses I was looking for. Looking and looking again, no white roses to be found. After a little sigh, I was grateful they had the red ones and this was not a florist or a specialty store, but they had them and it was something to present with the little amount of money I had.

After purchasing a little over a dozen roses, drove straight to the church. As I was walking in with the red roses in hand, I passed by the Blessed Sacrament Chapel. I peeked in to bow to our Lord and couldn’t believe what I was seeing. On the floor, in front of the tabernacle, were two dozen white roses. It had only been less then a half hour since speaking to my Pastor on the phone and no one heard my conversation with him. I know he didn’t get them. I walked in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel and approached the tabernacle in awe. I had been there earlier in the day, not much more then two hours before this time and the flowers were not there. I didn’t know what to say to our Lord at first, but as soon as the thank you came to mind, the tears came to my eyes.

I took the white roses with me and prepared them with the red roses, exactly as I had hoped to do and placed them at the foot of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It was 5:00 PM as I finished, and the church bells began to chime. I sat in awe and prayer and the love I had for the Most Sacred Heart of our Lord, grew even more.

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Fortnight for Freedom

From: Our First, Most Cherished Liberty

Here is the link for Fortnight For Freedom Diocesan Activities

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty

We are Catholics. We are Americans. We are proud to be both, grateful for the gift of faith which is ours as Christian disciples, and grateful for the gift of liberty which is ours as American citizens. To be Catholic and American should mean not having to choose one over the other. Our allegiances are distinct, but they need not be contradictory, and should instead be complementary. That is the teaching of our Catholic faith, which obliges us to work together with fellow citizens for the common good of all who live in this land. That is the vision of our founding and our Constitution, which guarantees citizens of all religious faiths the right to contribute to our common life together.

Freedom is not only for Americans, but we think of it as something of our special inheritance, fought for at a great price, and a heritage to be guarded now. We are stewards of this gift, not only for ourselves but for all nations and peoples who yearn to be free. Catholics in America have discharged this duty of guarding freedom admirably for many generations.

CONTINUED at the USCCB Site for the FULL article. CLICK HERE! It is a must read for every Christian!

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That Dangerous Catholic Church

“But the Pharisees went out and plotted how they might kill Jesus.” Matthew 12:14

I can’t help but wonder if those who are writing the articles lately about how “Dangerous” the Catholic Church is, understand that Jesus Christ was considered to be just as dangerous, if not more, by the “Media” in His time. So much so, even an assassination attempt was made on Him in which He “slipped away”. (John 8:59 At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds.) How dare she (Catholic Church) speak the truth! How dare she teach morals! Yes. The Catholic Church is VERY dangerous to this world. As dangerous as the Queen of this Church, “terrible as an army set in battle array”.

This is how the evil one sees faith. Horrable! Miserable! Dangerous! Because, she is the ice breaker, barrling through frozen hearts. Breaking up any doubt of God that society tries to bury. Bringing peace where only chaos was. Teaching truth where self deception runs a muck.

Faith without knowledge is the true danger. This game is played to often in today’s society, and though history, that results in a false god being created because it makes us feel good, rather then admitting our errors in the life we are leading, that are in fact separating us from the love of the true God. The Catholic Church is here, not only as a moral voice for society, but the very TEACHER of the truth of Christ.

When I hear people say the Catholic Church is so outdated and needs to change, I can’t help to ask the question, who exactly do you worship because God never changes. Its silly to think I worship the Catholic Church or any catholic does. We worship God. If we worshiped the Catholic Church we would be worshiping ourselves as WE ARE the Catholic Church.

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Weight

“I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh.” Romans 9:3

When I see my family members, my friends, new and old, when I look into the face of anyone, I beg God to give me the grace to tell them what He wants me to say. Sometimes He does, and sometimes, I just look at them with so much anguish in my heart, I don’t know what to say. Living the faith can be excruciatingly painful at times. Especially when you see people you love, those you know and those you do not, living in such a way you know is wrong. When you continually search your own heart first, you grasp a better understanding as to why they do what they do, because you yourself have done these things, before you knew God. Its a love for neighbor over self, but not above the love you have for God.

At every turn lately, its seems this love is unwanted by those I share it with. Its as if they are to busy with the world to want anything God is offering. The only joy I find anymore, is the joy given to me by God. I have never asked anyone to believe in me, but rather to believe in God. The cross is a heavy one, often dragging on the ground, tilling the ground behind as I walk. I don’t know why our Lord shares this with me.

God knows and I will share it to the end, even in times when they don’t want it.

This must be the valley of tears I heard so much about…

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Trinity Sunday

When no one cares, They do
When no one loves, They do
When no one hears, They do
When no one sees, They do
When no one knows, They do

My God, My Lord, Most Holy Ghost
Three in one eternally

When no one cares, I do
When no one loves, I do
When no one hears, I do
When no one sees, I do
When no one knows, I do
When no one believes, I do

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Contemplative Prayer

The symphony of dialogue between the soul and God, so deep in love, that can only be described as unstoppable grace. It is the music of action, word and joy passing between Creator and instrument. A blasting trumpet in pristine silence. Similar to the sound of thousand dog whistles in which no man can hear, but that his soul can never miss. Its harmony written by God. As light traveling faster then sound. His music in union with my song of praise.

“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.”

His music carry’s me through day and night. Bringing me to Holy Mass, where His music comes together in the perfect orchestrated ballet of sense and knowing, sound and silence, symbol and sign, devotion and devotee are joined as one, through His orchestra of instruments. The bells ring to announce His presence. He becomes flesh and blood and consumes my very being as I consume Him. Enabling me to carry His tune, day and night, as the Tuner continually prepares His instrument. Following only His lead.

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