Monthly Archives: January 2013

St Thomas Aquinas

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All that I have written seems like straw compared to what has now been revealed to me. – Saint Thomas Aquinas

Saint Thomas Aquinas never finished his writings. I can relate. If all he has written O Lord is straw, then what I have done is mud. May they mingle and become bricks for You’re great glory O Lord.

For everything we can ever know about God, regarding all the inner workings of His way, the simplest and easiest is through Love. Love is simplicity. If we complicate all that is true with what we feel we need to know then we are taking away room for love. To simply love, is to understand the Divinity.

Does a wife love her Spouse any more upon learning what His business is or how He runs His business? Or does a loving wife just continue to love her Spouse? Our Lord shares everything with His wife. All she has to do is ask. But it should never come between or hinder in any way, the love she has for Him. She knows He is in control and all He does is for the good of all.

To read more about this wonderful Saint, see here

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Our Wedding Day

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I have often said that our Lord proposes to me every day and every day I say yes. Today He surprised me in a very special way. For as many years as I have been saying yes, today is the day…

At Mass this morning, our priest celebrated the entire Mass as a wedding. Every part of the Mass was described in detail, as the “Wedding Feast”. Every Catholic Mass is a “Wedding”. The Bridegroom is our Lord. We the “Church”, each one of us are His bride. Our priest even had the organist play the “Wedding March” at one point to remind us, He is the lover of our souls. The only one to give His life for His bride. He is always faithful and He is our King waiting for us to say yes to his proposal to live in Him. To become one with Him. As “Communion” with Him is the “honeymoon”.

Every Mass I attend, I know this, but oh how special today was, to have the entire church understand exactly how much He loves them. Last night I was called in to the church to put away some decorations and brought the rose from “The Heavy Rose” story, and placed it at the feet of our Holy Mother Mary. When I was reminded of this, I asked her to help me to be the faithful spouse our Lord intended me to be, to Him, completing this day in total JOY!

Since it is our “Wedding Day” as Catholics, I am going to spend this day with the ♥ Spouse ♥ of my soul 🙂
Have a blessed day ♥. I pray every Catholic understands the beauty of the Mass and never forget, but grows in love, to love Him more.

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Water Into Wine

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“The mother of Jesus said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.’ Jesus ordered the jars to be filled with water, and it turned into wine.”

I awoke this morning, pondering the Wedding at Cana. Just pondering….

We are baptized with water. Just as our Lord commanded that the empty jars be filled with water. The empty jar is our body. The water and wine, our souls. Over the course of our life, we become like wine. If we lead a life of bitterness and sin, it affects the taste of the wine that is produced. If we lead a life in Christ, we continue on His path, we become sweeter with His word. “Joy”.

The world is a bitter place. If we are left in our bitterness, it adheres to our souls and if you have ever tasted very bitter or dry wine, then you know what I am talking about. “The soldiers gave him wine mixed with bitter gall, but when he had tasted it, he refused to drink it” Matthew 27:34

When we adhere to the faith, we receive the sacraments and truly live a holy life, we feed on the Word of God, we consume Him and become obedient to Him, our lives become sweeter and the bitterness of the world simply dissolves. Remember the old saying, you can catch more bees with honey than vinegar? When wine turns to vinegar it becomes tart, sour, acidic, harsh.

When wine becomes wine, tasty and palatable, it is corked and saved to be enjoyed at a later date. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5 Through confession, the impurities or the bitterness is removed, cleansing the wine into a fragrant bouquet again. Only our Lord can do that… “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” Matthew 26:28

“I shall pour clean water over you and you will be cleansed; I shall cleanse you of all your defilement and all your idols. I shall give you a new heart, and put a new spirit in you; I shall remove the heart of stone from your bodies and give you a heart of flesh instead. I shall put my spirit in you, and make you keep my laws and sincerely respect my observances.” Ezekiel 36:25-27

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Shroud of Turin

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Yesterday a friend posted some photos of the bronze statue of our Lord that was cast from 3D images of the Shroud of Turin, on his Facebook page from his trip to Israel.

Had to share his and a few I found online.

From his trip. The full body.

Shroud Of Turin Statue

You can see where the scourges inflicted wounds on His body.

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Who is the Man of the Shroud?

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“What matters for the believer, is that the Shroud is a mirror of the Gospel. The image it presents has such a profound relationship with what the Gospels tell of Jesus’ passion and death that every sensitive person feels inwardly touched and moved at beholding it” (John Paul II, Address given in Turin on May 24, 1998).

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Beauty is in the eye of the believer.

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The Heavy Rose

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“My beloved is white and ruddy, the chiefest among ten thousand”

While in Adoration of our Lord yesterday, I prayed.

Lord, more than often, I ponder my weakness and understand I am to weak to lift anyone up to you. I ask You O Lord, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, with my entire heart, to bring Your Hand down to those who seek you in their needs, and scoop them up with Your strength, with Your Almighty Hand and please hear them, heal them and answer them. Amen

As I walked out to my garden this morning, I noticed a rose hanging down on one of my favorite rose bushes. I couldn’t figure out why it was hanging so low, almost upside down. I grabbed my cutters and while I snipped it off the bush, I seen why. It is VERY heavy. I noticed at the base of the rose there were two flowers that had developed and became one flower. One receptacle with two blooms that became one. The bloom is so fragrant and heavy, I could only remember the prayer from yesterday. You can click on the photo below to enlarge it to see what I am talking about.

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Ephesians 6 : 10-18 –
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day and having done all to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the equipment of the gospel of peace; besides all these, taking the shield of faith, with which you can quench all the flaming darts of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the word of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.”

“Thou art fairer than the children of men”, “the chiefest among ten thousand,” Psalms 45:2, Song of Solomon 5:10

“Thy name is as ointment poured forth,” Song of Solomon 1:3

“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever,” Hebrews 13:8

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The Pope

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A post for my Protestant friends as to why the “Pope” is so important. Catholics too! Who do not understand why the Pope is the “Voice” and not the vice.

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The BEST explanation I have ever heard, outside of the Holy Bible was given by Father Robert Barron in the video below. I ask my readers to watch this and understand how important the Pope is in this world.

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Pray For The Dying

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Of all human evils death is the most grievous, by which human life is destroyed…”. — St. Thomas Aquinas, Compendium theologiae, lib. 1 cap. 227

Pray for the dying. We are all going to die, it’s all part of life. The biggest day of our life is the day we die. The day we enter into Eternal Life. The death bed is the front lines of the war of good VS evil. Stand with our Lord and His Holy Army.

When I lost my parents, I can look back now and say with all sincerity, I waisted so much time while they were dying, on myself. I cried, and spent most of the last hours with them thinking about what I was going to do now that they were leaving. I became lost in the selfishness rather than in the joy of their eternity. I didn’t pray much. I didn’t know how important it was. I “Assumed” God had it all under control and I was just there so they wouldn’t be alone. I can now see the role of the people left behind is to place their “feelings’ last and to place the soul on the dying person first. I was wrong. I can only see now and I beg my readers to understand a very important fact I am about to mention. Do not think I am being cold when I say this. When a person is dying, we have to remember they and WE are on the front lines of the battle of good and evil. Prayer is essential! We have to toss our worry and ourselves to the side and think ONLY of the soul leaving this world. Yes it is traumatic to lose a loved one, but it is more devastating to the person entering into eternal life, not to pray for them. Leave the painful feelings you have somplace for a later date, another time.

In all cases, we must stand with the soul leaving us, to banish the evil one who does come to confuse them. We pray and pray and never stop, until they are safe and sound, in the arms of our Lord.

A good place to start is with the Rosary, along with The Chaplet of The Divine Mercy. Pray not in silence, but in a voice the departing can hear you. Even though it may seem as if the person can not hear or understand, they most certainly can. They need protection and praying out loud is the best way.

The website Fish Eaters has a great page of prayers called “The Catholic Way of Dying”. Print it off and take it with you to the bedside of your loved ones. Never stop praying for them. Never give Satan a chance to sway them, or you over through confusion. Stay FOCUSED. Eternal life depends upon it.

One crucial point to remember is to call a Priest BEFORE the person slips into a unconcious state. That way they are able to receive the Holy Sacrament, our Lord in the Eucharist before the time comes when they no longer can eat. Far to many family’s wait until the last moment and miss this opportunity of the biggest part of Last Rites, or Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. Dont wait to long.

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Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

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Waiting For You

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Our Lord is present in the tabernacles throughout the entire world, waiting for you! Come back home.

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Spiritual

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How many times do you hear: I never go to Mass, I’m a good person, but I don’t follow any faith or “religion” but I’m “Spiritual”.

The bigger question is, what “Spirit” are you following? If you’re not following Jesus Christ, then you need to ask yourself this question. The reason we are Christian is the fact we follow Jesus Christ. We do what He tells us to do. Especially in regards to “obedience”.

Todays gospel reminds us that the devil, who is also “Spiritual” knows Jesus Christ to be the Son of God. All “Spirits” know Him. The evil ones are the ones who refuse to follow Him. They do everything in their power not to follow Him. They do not believe Him. To “Believe” means to have confidence in the truth, the existence, or the reliability of something, although without absolute proof that one is right in doing so. Thus we “Listen” to what He tells us to do, because we know it to be the correct path. We do it because we love Him.

Ask yourself again, what “spirit” am I following if I am not following Jesus Christ?

At the end of the gospels, all of them, by the end of our Lords ministry, all the Disciples of Christ, know who He is. “Who do you say that I am?”.

When we seek Him, we can find Him. We desire only to stay with Him. In “Communion” with Him. To receive Him and for Him to receive us. To love and serve Him. In all that we do. He makes it known, He is with us, in love. Without a doubt. His presence we encounter in the Holy Eucharist, becomes His presence in us, that we may share Him with all we encounter.

“Gospel, Mark 1:21-28

21 They went as far as Capernaum, and at once on the Sabbath he went into the synagogue and began to teach.

22 And his teaching made a deep impression on them because, unlike the scribes, he taught them with authority.

23 And at once in their synagogue there was a man with an unclean spirit, and he shouted,

24 ‘What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are: the Holy One of God.’

25 But Jesus rebuked it saying, ‘Be quiet! Come out of him!’

26 And the unclean spirit threw the man into convulsions and with a loud cry went out of him.

27 The people were so astonished that they started asking one another what it all meant, saying, ‘Here is a teaching that is new, and with authority behind it: he gives orders even to unclean spirits and they obey him.’

28 And his reputation at once spread everywhere, through all the surrounding Galilean countryside.

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Answer The Call

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Calling ALL Catholics! Answer The Call! Bishops Call for Nine Days of Prayer, Penance and Pilgrimage for Life

From the USCCB –

On January 22nd and January 25th our nation will remember the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

Since that tragic decision, more than 55 million children’s lives have been lost to abortion, and the lives of millions of their parents have been shattered.

As part of the bishops’ recent call to prayer, “Nine Days of Prayer, Penance and Pilgrimage” will take place January 19-27, 2013.

This time period, focusing on the theme of pilgrimage, includes:
Blessings of pro-life pilgrims (en español)
(See page 10, 2012 Respect Life Program Liturgy Guide)

Novena – Sign up for daily emails below, or text “9days” to 99000 to receive it through daily text messages!

■Youth and young adult activities (“Pro-Life Profiles” and a high school age video contest)

■Closing Eucharistic Holy Hour

Please go to the link HERE to the USCCB Page and Sign Up to receive daily email messages during the novena!

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Unorthodox Ways

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Only God can use “unorthodox” ways to pull a soul closer to Him, that they may seek Him where He truly is.

Ponder this…

I’m on my way home from the grocery store, and I hear a rock song on the radio. Bad Company’s “Burning Sky”.

The opening lyrics are: (Blast of “Thunder”) The sky is burnin’ I believe my soul’s on fire, You are, I’m learning, the key to my desire.

All I think of is our Lord. My soul is on fire with desire for Him. I look forward to Holy Mass tonight as I could not make it to an early Mass.

The song itself is very “Unorthodox”. But the lyrics are very biblical. Reigniting my soul into a state of burning for Him in a much greater way to seek Him where He is.

How many times do we look at how our Lord, and how He became “Man” and think how “unorthodox” it was for Him, God, to do this for us.

Unorthodox meaning, contrary to what is usual, traditional, or accepted; not orthodox.

How many times do you hear that Vatican II was so Unorthodox, but YET it is another way our Lord SEEN how much the world was drifting away from Him and needed to come down closer again to the level of “Thought” once again to bring souls closer to Him. It’s not to say that the soul should stay in this condition, but rather seek the higher planes where He truly is. To never stop searching in HIGHER places where He can be found. What is unorthodox to some, is a calling to others. A calling to pull closer to Him.

When we think of how our Lord called the first Apostles, the “Orthodox” thought, how unorthodox. Who is this man who eats with sinners? They did not stay in their state of sin but rather grew in faith to love and serve Him, in proper form.

Just pondering…

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The Adoration Of The Magi

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A few days ago, I read a post over at Patheos, No Room for God in this “Adoration of the Magi”

I have to disagree with the assessment of the painting…

What this painting does reveal, is the look on the “kings” of the world today, who, for the first time, are realizing Jesus Christ truly is King. Psalms 72:11, “May all kings fall down before him, all nations serve him!.” We are all kings in our own right, and in His, we are only children. Ask yourself, honestly, what will be the frist thing I do, when I see His face for the first time. Yes, you will be amazed, but the moment you realize He is Lord, the soul is thrown into a deep state of “Repentance”. Purgatory on earth for those who find Him now, Purgatory for those who did not, after death of the body, do. The moment begins with the understanding that you hurt Him through your sins and lack of love. You sought the things of this world rather than Him first. In every moment in your past, in everything you have done and didn’t do, you missed His love. You didn’t listen to Him. You didn’t do everything He told you to do. The reflection of yourself, in the Son of God on the Cross who became sin but had no sin in Him. Seeing yourself as you truly are. A sinner. Seeing Him as He truly is. THEE same Innocent Child who when we see Him, we understand as the centurion “Surely he was the Son of God!”. This is the beginning of Fear of the Lord. I feel the painting captures the “look”, quite honestly.

“Do not think that your present state is a punishment from Heaven, because you would be wrong, but be certain that your present state is willed by God for the salvation of your soul.” ~St.Padre Pio

Remember the scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark, when the Ark is opened for the first time. The “Bad Guys” were captivated in Wonder and Awe at first, but then “melted”. Yeah, it’s just like that. Our hearts “Melt” from being frozen in sin and we realize the answer to the question God asks, “What have you done”. Genesis 4:10 The answer: Psalm 51:4 “Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight.”

I had that look on my face for many years and at times even now, still do. He has taught me through repentance, that He is still with me and joy and hope overtakes the “look” every time. In His time. In His suffering. In His forgivness.

Reminds me of the opening song in Les Miserables; “Look Down”. As many do need to “”Look Down” from their personal thrones on high, they have placed themselves in.

Take into account not what the The Kings brought Him, but what they walked away with after seeing Him. They ( The Wise Men) didn’t go back to King Herod (the sinful way). No. They took a different route.

Where did Judas run back to after seeing His Face? “So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself.” Matthew 27:5

Turn to me and be saved, all the ends of the earth, for I am God unrivalled. By my own self I swear it, what comes from my mouth is truth, a word irrevocable: before me every knee shall bend, by me every tongue shall swear. – Isaiah 45:22-23

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Our Lord’s Shoulder

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Our Lord’s precious shoulder that carries the weight not just of our sins, but of the entire world in love. How strong He is.

2 Corinthians 12:9-10

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Last night I was in a lot of physical pain. I have osteoarthritis along with degenerative disks in my back and neck. Add a pinched nerve and well, it’s just painful at times to do basic things. As I prayed last night, I focused on the our Lord’s painful shoulder wound. How could I not join my suffering with His when His is the only suffering there truly is. I offered it up to Him.

It is related in the annals of Clairvaux that St. Bernard asked our Lord which was His greatest unrecorded suffering, and Our Lord answered: “I had on My Shoulder, while I bore My Cross on the Way of Sorrows, a grievous Wound, which was more painful than the others, and which is not recorded by men. Honor this wound with thy devotion, and I will grant thee whatsoever thou dost ask through its virtue and merit. And in regard to all those who shall venerate this Wound, I will remit to them all their venial sins, and will no longer remember their mortal sins.”

When I awoke this morning, I had no pain what so ever. I hadn’t taken any medication before heading to bed. My bed is not what you would call comfortable in any way. I was full of joy and my husband even asked me what I was so happy about. HA! All I could say was, God is Wonderful and He just does that.

The pain I have is much less intense today, especially when I focus on Him and the weight His precious shoulder continues to carry today. When I feel the physical pain, I am reminded of the mental anguish and physical pain my sins have caused Him. I never want to be the cause of that pain to anyone ever again.

The prayer:

O Loving Jesus, meek Lamb of God, I miserable sinner, salute and worship the most Sacred Wound of Thy Shoulder on which Thou didst bear Thy heavy Cross, which so tore Thy flesh and laid bare Thy Bones as to inflict on Thee an anguish greater than any other wound of Thy Most Blessed Body. I adore Thee, O Jesus most sorrowful; I praise and glorify Thee, and give Thee thanks for this most sacred and painful Wound, beseeching Thee by that exceeding pain, and by the crushing burden of Thy heavy Cross to be merciful to me, a sinner, to forgive me all my mortal and venial sins, and to lead me on towards Heaven along the Way of Thy Cross. Amen

One Our Father and three Hail Marys following the above paryer.

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O Say, Can You See? Repent

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“If my requests are not answered, there will be wars and rumors of wars, entire nations will be destroyed, Russia will scatter her errors throughout the world, thousands of the good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, but…
“IN THE END MY IMMACULATE HEART WILL TRIUMPH.” – Our Lady of Fatima

Can you see now, where this nation, USA, is heading? Repent! Do you worship God or do you worship the nation? You know “homosexual marriage” is wrong. You know abortion is wrong. How can you back them? By doing so, your backing away from God.

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THE REVELATIONS OF THE TWO HEARTS IN MODERN TIMES

The Revelation of the Immaculate Heart at Fatima in 1917
The First Apparition occurred just eight days after the entreaty of Pope Benedict XV that the Mother of God intercede for the end of WW I. Our Lady came to the Cova da Iria, just outside the little village of Fatima, Portugal, and appeared on top of a small holm-oak to three little children: Lucia, Jacinta, and Francesco.

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Lukewarm

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“The greatest romance one can find, is to fall in love with God. The greatest journey one could embark on, is to seek Him. The greatest achievement one can obtain, is to find Him.”~ St. Augustine

When we set off on a journey, even one as simple as a walk around the block, we don’t take the first step saying, when I get back home, I’m going to do something else. If we do, our heart isn’t in the journey to begin with. When we take that first step out of the house, we should be focusing on how beautiful the fresh air is that kisses our face. It is a kiss from God. It is Him brushing away the staleness we had been cooped up in. We should be grateful for the ability to take the walk in the first place. This goes for attending Holy Mass. When we are truly IN Communion with Him, our eyes are opened large enough to hold all His treasures pouring into our hearts in the form of grace and joy for all eternity.

We should never “feel” as if it is an OBLIGATION to attend Mass but rather a blessing to attend Holy Mass. If we look at Holy Mass as an obligation, it becomes a chore and done because we “feel” we have to go. When we attend Mass in love, our love for God, it’s no longer an obligation, but rather done IN love. We seek Him everywhere we can find Him. Or we freely go to where we know He is present. Without even so much as a single thought of what we are doing after we spend time with Him. The entire world we know outside of Mass, disappears and He appears in us, to love Him and life in Him. To love our neighbor as He loved us. To attend to the needs of those He placed in our lives and overlook self-interest.

The most amazing journey the soul can be on isn’t a perpetual journey, but rather reaching the end. No matter how long the journey is, we know in our hearts, it’s not forever. Only God is forever. If we chose not to bring Him with us on this journey of life, we have to ask, what is it I am seeking at Mass if it is not Him?

I hear all the time, we need a miracle! We need to see a miracle! No matter how many “Miracles” appear in your life, the only one that will ever matter, takes place on the Holy Altar at every Catholic Mass celebrated throughout the world. When our Lord is present, in a form most can not understand. When our Lord becomes the Holy Meal between friends. For a soul looking for miracles, you will never see them. You can’t. For the soul seeking God, He is visible once we understand where He resides. In the Truth. If I were to tell you that “Someone” came to me and told me about every sin I had committed, about how my entire life was going to be, about every event takeing place right now, would you believe in God anymore then you did before you read this? Would you seek Him in everything you do? Would you set out to believe in Him more today? Because “Someone” did come to me. “Someone” who knew every sin I had committed. “Someone” who knew my past, present and future. “Someone” who knew me more than I knew myself. I didn’t believe in the beginning either. When this occurred, it was just a random conversation. I was lukewarm if not frozen in a life of sin. At this time I too was looking for a miracle. I did not see one because my heart was not open to Him. Everything, now after the fact and everything I see, is a miracle. I might not know who it was, I did ask him is he was God and he said no, but the glory and honor belongs to God. Only God can change a heart to love and serve Him. For me, the journey to find out who that was, is over and has been over for some time. It no longer matters. God does. He does not create chaos in our lives, but He does allow it to happen and when we seek Him and only Him, He calms the storm simply as we stretch our hands to Him.

Lukewarm might be a good place to be in a bathtub, but in the faith, when we become “comfortable” in what we are doing, we lose the understanding of how UNCOMFORTABLE the world is with faith in Christ. The world contradicts what our Lord has done and is doing now, along with what He has promised for eternity. The lukewarm find comfort among the thorns in the Crown of our Lord, rather than in the heart of the Love in His heart. The lukewarm find comfort in the thrust of the spear into His side on the Cross rather than in the water and blood that came from His suffering to comfort, wash us and cleanse us of the world which seeks to do the same to us. The lukewarm find comfort among those who persecute Him rather than those who suffer within Him, together with Him in truth. It is very visible to see this in the way we treat our neighbors. Do we love them as our Lord loves us or do we just sit back and let them fall when they fall because it’s just “the way it is”. It is easy to see this in the way the lukewarm in all they do.

If the heart is not inflamed with love for Him, and only Him, we overlook the first commandment completely. “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself a graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them or serve them. It is written: “You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.”

The more love that is given to Him, the more love that is poured out onto you from Him, stoking the flames in your heart to do EVERYTHING for Him, because of Him. You no longer go looking, you just accept what He is giving you and in return, you give everything you have back to Him not because it is right and just, but because you love Him, which is right and just.

I. “YOU SHALL WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD AND HIM ONLY SHALL YOU SERVE”

2084 God makes himself known by recalling his all-powerful loving, and liberating action in the history of the one he addresses: “I brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.” The first word contains the first commandment of the Law: “You shall fear the LORD your God; you shall serve him. . . . You shall not go after other gods.”5 God’s first call and just demand is that man accept him and worship him.

2085 The one and true God first reveals his glory to Israel.6 The revelation of the vocation and truth of man is linked to the revelation of God. Man’s vocation is to make God manifest by acting in conformity with his creation “in the image and likeness of God”:

There will never be another God, Trypho, and there has been no other since the world began . . . than he who made and ordered the universe. We do not think that our God is different from yours. He is the same who brought your fathers out of Egypt “by his powerful hand and his outstretched arm.” We do not place our hope in some other god, for there is none, but in the same God as you do: the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.7
2086 “The first commandment embraces faith, hope, and charity. When we say ‘God’ we confess a constant, unchangeable being, always the same, faithful and just, without any evil. It follows that we must necessarily accept his words and have complete faith in him and acknowledge his authority. He is almighty, merciful, and infinitely beneficent. Who could not place all hope in him? Who could not love him when contemplating the treasures of goodness and love he has poured out on us? Hence the formula God employs in the Scripture at the beginning and end of his commandments: ‘I am the LORD.'”8 Catechism of the Catholic Church

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Through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I ask You O Lord, to inflame the hearts of the lukewarm and increase their faith and love for You that they may serve You Lord in all they do, and give all the glory and honor to God the Father. I beg, have mercy on us all Lord. Amen

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Sex, Love And God

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I have been waiting for this commentary for a long time. Couldn’t have said it better:

When you say God placed us together, mean it. Live it. If you love someone, love them enough to ensure them a ticket to heaven. Love the soul first.

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Holy Name Of Jesus

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“That in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those that are in heaven, on earth, and under the earth” (Philippians 2:10).

Iēsous! Iēsous! How I love Thee!
Yeshūa! Yeshūa! To You I give all!
Jesus! Jesus! My God, my King!

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Rotten Apple Of Homosexual Marriage

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1 Now Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that he was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John— 2 although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples. 3 So he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee.

4 Now he had to go through Samaria. 5 So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.

7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” 8 (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)

9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.[a])

10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”

11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”

13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”

16 He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.”

17 “I have no husband,” she replied.

Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. 18 The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.”

19 “Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. 20 Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”

21 “Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

25 The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”

26 Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.”

27 Just then his disciples returned and were surprised to find him talking with a woman. But no one asked, “What do you want?” or “Why are you talking with her?”

28 Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, 29 “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?” 30 They came out of the town and made their way toward him.
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I grew up in a home with seven brothers and sisters. Before I reached the age of dating, TRUTH was written on my heart. My older sisters, who were much older than I, were dating and I had asked one of them, Is it true that whoever you date, your married to?. Of course the answer was NO! But the truth is, whoever you commit the Marital Act with, you most certainly are.

The very idea of Gay Marriage, or Homosexual Marriage is completely void. Ineffective; useless. Two man can not create offspring, nor can two women. It’s not to say that the children are God’s blessing to the union of two souls, but children are a gift from God. The UNION itself is the blessing! When the union occurs outside of the vow of Marriage, it becomes an act of self-gratification. Homosexual Marriage has never existed, nor can it. The very “Marital Act” of a one man and one woman coming together to form one body IS Marriage. One man and one woman becoming one flesh.

We are all called to understand our vocations. Vocations are what God calls you to do with your life. Single, Married, and Called to the religious Life. We must ALL start to realize that without living as a chaste soul first for the love of God, we are living for our own self-gratification and not in communion with our Lord.

Our Lord said it Himself: ‘But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Matthew 5:28

When the argument comes up about how single straight people are allowed, we must always remember, ALL sex outside of the Vow, is a mortal sin and separates us from the love of God, therefore rotten to the core.

(Catechism of the Catholic Church)
Fornication is carnal union between an unmarried man and an unmarried woman. It is gravely contrary to the dignity of persons and of human sexuality which is naturally ordered to the good of spouses and the generation and education of children. Moreover, it is a grave scandal when there is corruption of the young.

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Jesus Christ Is God

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22 Who is the liar, if not one who claims that Jesus is not the Christ? This is the Antichrist, who denies both the Father and the Son.

23 Whoever denies the Son cannot have the Father either; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father too.

24 Let what you heard in the beginning remain in you; as long as what you heard in the beginning remains in you, you will remain in the Son and in the Father.

25 And the promise he made you himself is eternal life.

26 So much have I written to you about those who are trying to lead you astray.

27 But as for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you; since the anointing he gave you teaches you everything, and since it is true, not false, remain in him just as he has taught you.

28 Therefore remain in him now, children, so that when he appears we may be fearless, and not shrink from him in shame at his coming. Reading 1, First John 2:22-28

In my conversion back home to Him, I remember my childhood. Innocence. What I heard in the “Beginning” of my life. Jesus Christ is God. On the path to adulthood this “Truth” was compromised by the evil that sought my soul through lack of faith, lack of practicing my faith and through all sources away from the Truth. I remember a time when He, our Lord, came first. Christmas Eve as a three or four-year old, I was so excited that I would be receiving gifts but had so much love for our Lord that took over my soul, I needed to find something to give back to our Lord. I wondered so much what He would receive from me for His birthday. My presence didn’t mean much. The present I could give to Him ment so much more. I looked around the house and found two pieces of candy. I didn’t take into account He being an infant couldn’t eat it. I just knew I had to give Him something. How could we be celebrating His birthday and yet give Him nothing. I didn’t have any wrapping paper nor anything to place the candy in to present to Him. I took a paper towel roll and put the candy inside. I bent both ends down and wrote His name on it and placed it on the table. I thought about the Holy Family so much that night and who they would be with Santa Clause and I KNEW He would take what I had given to Him. Time came and presents were packed under the tree. I didn’t care about the presents. All I wanted to see was the present to our Lord was gone. It was still there, on the table where I placed it. I thought it wasn’t accepted. My heart was broken.

“Sometimes the only way the good Lord can get into some hearts is to break them.”
― Fulton J. Sheen

Our Lord did not refuse that candy I gave Him, although it was still on the table. He took what it represented, all I had to give at the time and by my heart breaking, never left my side and gave me something much greater than anyone else could. He gave me faith in Him. He gave me joy in the midst of the destruction of self. He gave me everything I could need to make it through life in exile. Love. It wasn’t about the physical candy that I offered to Him, it was the love I had in my heart to offer all I had to Him. ALthough I lost sight of that, He didn’t. And that is what makes Him God. No matter how bad we mess up or pull away from Him, He allows us to understand He is with us FOREVER. The reason the present was still there is because what we place on His table, is always accepted in faith, without any physical need of the candy. The candy does not bring Him anything. We do by our simple faith and love in Him.

“You must remember to love people and use things, rather than to love things and use people.”
― Fulton J. Sheen

“Live in the world, as if God and your soul only were in it; so shall your heart be never made captive by any earthly thing.” – St. John of the Cross

St. Gregory Nazianzen, pray for us.

“God accepts our desires as though they were a great value. He longs ardently for us to desire and love him. He accepts our petitions for benefits as though we were doing him a favor. His joy in giving is greater than ours in receiving. So let us not be apathetic in our asking, nor set too narrow bounds to our requests; nor ask for frivolous things unworthy of God’s greatness.”
– St. Gregory Nazianzen

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Kiss At Midnight

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I was blessed with spending one hour in adoration with our Lord last night. After thanking Him for the blessings of 2012 and for the coming year, I prayed for the soul of Frank Duff and began The Legion of Mary Tessera and Divine Mercy. Just after praying for Frank Duff, a knock came on the door. I don’t normally get up to see who i is, but this time was different. I opened the exterior door and a young man was there. He thanked me for opening the door and told me he was from out-of-town and just wanted to spend some time with our Lord. I smiled and said “Come on in” and lead him to Adoration. It was funny really. The man was young and had a bright red-head of hair and very pale skin. You could see the Irish everywhere. After showing him the way, I began praying Tessera and became lost in the Holy Rosary.

After about and hour, I was left alone in the chapel with our Lord. I was full of joy and got down to my knees just adoring Him. As I came up, I kissed my hand then placed it on the tabernacle. Not realizing what I had done at the exact hour, it was Midnight in NY State. 2013 had arrived and I found myself kissing our Lord, through the Holy Tabernacle.

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