Monthly Archives: May 2013

Everything


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Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty,
my memory, my understanding
and my entire will,
All I have and call my own.

You have given all to me.
To you, Lord, I return it.

Everything is yours; do with it what you will.
Give me only your love and your grace.
That is enough for me.

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Corpus Christi


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“I would like to encourage those associations of the faithful and confraternity specifically devoted to Eucharistic adoration; they serve as a leaven of contemplation for the whole church and a summons to individuals and communities to place Christ at the center of their lives.” (Pope Benedict XVI, Sacramentum Caritatis, 2007)
“…the secret of their sanctification lies precisely in the Eucharist. (…) The priest must be first and foremost an adorer who contemplates the Eucharist” (Pope Benedict XVI, Angelus, September 18, 2005)

With the feast of Corpus Christi next week, I ask my readers to please consider spending one hour in Adoration of our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. He is calling you. Do not leave Him alone. He is truly there waiting for you! I can not live without Him. My Lord and my God. After a wonderful confession in 2008, my penance was to spend time with Him in Adoration. At that time I broke down like a repentant sinner should. I looked up to Him in the monstrance and recognized His beautiful face. Literally. From that moment on, it solidified my faith in Him and the beauty of His words “”This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” He is present in ALL the Tabernacle’s of the world. Please do not leave Him alone. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?”

“Christ held Himself in His hands when He gave His Body to His disciples saying: ‘This is My Body.’ No one partakes of this Flesh before he has adored it.”
– St. Augustine

“I throw myself at the foot of the Tabernacle like a dog at the foot of his Master.”
– St. John Vianney

“God dwells in our midst, in the Blessed Sacrament of the altar.”
– St. Maximilian Kolbe

“To reach something good it is very useful to have gone astray, and thus acquire experience.” St. Teresa of Avila

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Our Lady of Sheshan


Our Lady of Sheshan

Call to prayer for the Church in China

Virgin Most Holy, Mother of the Incarnate Word and our Mother,
venerated in the Shrine of Sheshan under the title “Help of Christians”,
the entire Church in China looks to you with devout affection.
We come before you today to implore your protection.
Look upon the People of God and, with a mother’s care, guide them
along the paths of truth and love, so that they may always be
a leaven of harmonious coexistence among all citizens.
When you obediently said “yes” in the house of Nazareth,
you allowed God’s eternal Son to take flesh in your virginal womb
and thus to begin in history the work of our redemption.
You willingly and generously cooperated in that work,
allowing the sword of pain to pierce your soul,
until the supreme hour of the Cross, when you kept watch on Calvary,
standing beside your Son, who died that we might live.
From that moment, you became, in a new way,
the Mother of all those who receive your Son Jesus in faith
and choose to follow in his footsteps by taking up his Cross.
Mother of hope, in the darkness of Holy Saturday you journeyed
with unfailing trust towards the dawn of Easter.
Grant that your children may discern at all times,
even those that are darkest, the signs of God’s loving presence.
Our Lady of Sheshan, sustain all those in China,
who, amid their daily trials, continue to believe, to hope, to love.
May they never be afraid to speak of Jesus to the world,
and of the world to Jesus.
In the statue overlooking the Shrine you lift your Son on high,
offering him to the world with open arms in a gesture of love.
Help Catholics always to be credible witnesses to this love,
ever clinging to the rock of Peter on which the Church is built.
Mother of China and all Asia, pray for us, now and for ever. Amen!

Text from page http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/05/22/pope_francis:_call_to_prayer_for_the_church_in_china/en1-694330
of the Vatican Radio website

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Astrology – The Path To Destruction


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“All forms of divination are to be rejected: recourse to Satan or demons, conjuring up the dead or other practices falsely supposed to ‘unveil’ the future. Consulting horoscopes, astrology, palm reading, interpretation of omens and lots, the phenomena of clairvoyance, and recourse to mediums all conceal a desire for power over time, history, and, in the last analysis, other human beings, as well as a wish to conciliate hidden powers. They contradict the honor, respect, and loving fear that we owe to God alone” (CCC 2116).

The first commandment forbids honoring gods other than the one Lord who has revealed himself to his people. It proscribes superstition and irreligion. Superstition in some sense represents a perverse excess of religion; irreligion is the vice contrary by defect to the virtue of religion (CCC 2110).

Superstition is the deviation of religious feeling and of the practices this feeling imposes. It can even affect the worship we offer the true God, e.g., when one attributes an importance in some way magical to certain practices otherwise lawful or necessary. To attribute the efficacy of prayers or of sacramental signs to their mere external performance, apart from the interior dispositions that they demand, is to fall into superstition (CCC 2111).

Our Lord shook the “Rafters” yesterday…

Astrology and all things in that way of entertainment are most assuredly, a porthole directly into hell, for many demons to enter into a life and do as they please to a soul.

I entered my daughters classroom and she was finishing up with her teacher. My other daughter was looking arround and seen a calendar of birthdays. She mentioned to the teacher, her birthday and the teacher replied “Oh you are a scorpion, I mean Scorpio. My birthday is in November too but I am a Sagittarius”. I said “So am I.”

I gathered up my girls and walked out of the class, the door closing behind us. I stopped DEAD in my tracks as I heard in my heart, “You are a child of God.” In that instant I realized I denied our Lord His sovereignty with my response to that teacher. A door was open to evangelize to her and was slammed shut with the answer I had given. A flood of memories came in of how such things that we take as just simple innocent pleasures such as tarot cards and numerology & horoscopes are no big deal. These “simple pleasures” of entertainment had taken me so far away from our Lord and His love, driving me directly into a world not that of our Lords.. Superstition had me by the throat, God, through His son our Lord, released me.

When I was very young, about the age of 6, my daughter’s age, my dad brought tarot cards into the home. He laid them out before my two brothers and I and began to teach us what they were. Keep in mind, he did not know the destruction he was bringing and also had said to us this in not real stuff to believe in. We believe in God. Even with his words of comfort, a seed from that horror was planted in me and began to grow, taking over a huge portion of my life, strangling the Truth growing along side it. I looked to evil as an escape and became a nasty angry child, turning into an angry selfish adult, dabbling in drugs and the occult, but thinking to myself, this still wasn’t real and still hanging on to God, falling headlong into the deadly “sin of presumption”. I turned to the things of the world seeking comfort, where none was found, and away from my faith in God. I forgive my dad and beg for mercy on his soul to our Lord and those who read this must understand, it was at the second of my dad’s death, that I cried out to our Lord to change my life. It was loosing him and the love I had for him that God was able to step into my life again and begin the clean up process. I must also say, I do not blame my dad at all. I do believe that all things happen for a reason we will never understand, but in the end, through repentance, everything works for the greater glory of God. On a personal note, the cards didn’t last long in the home. When my dad found out it was a sin, he promptly tossed them out. As everyone should!

I understand only now, that when that door closed yesterday, our Lord gave me time to understand what I had done, and why, so I can go back to her today and let her know in His love, with His mercy and kindness that we both messed up.

Run away as fast as you can from this stuff. Its bad news.

“To whom then must we make an answer first—to the heretics or to the astrologers? For both come from the serpent, and desire to corrupt the Church’s virginity of heart, which she holds in undefiled faith” (Homilies on John 8:10 [A.D. 416]). St. Augustine of Hippo

John 8:10-11
10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”
11 “No one, sir,” she said.
“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

EDIT to add: Just found this on the subject…
The History of Tarot Cards by FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS

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Comfort From Heaven


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A few weeks ago, while I was praying in Adoration, I noticed a vase of different types of flowers sitting below our Lord. Looking down into it was hidden a little flower so intricate and dense with petals so beautiful in its coloring, I couldn’t help but move closer to it to take a better look and smell it.

I took in a huge whiff of this beauty and laughed out loud, really hard. It didn’t smell very nice at all and I remembered this sent from childhood. Immediately I was transported into my mother’s garden. I was a small child laying in the grass with my face deep in looking at the flowers that were plated by my mom and dad. This little beautiful flower was there and I was comforted by the memory of being secure in my mothers care. I was reminded of the memories of innocence of my childhood and my mom who has passed many years ago, was smiling along with me in this little comforting backyard garden memory, brought to me from our Lord in Adoration.

I miss her today. May we all find comfort, even if it is just one special memory we have, of the love our deceased mothers had for us when they were with us here. Even when they are gone many years, they are still here through the memories our Lord brings to us, long ago forgotten. The flower so beautiful, but the scent not so pleasing is just as we are in this life. Suffering comes with the beauty of life.

O God, Who has commanded us
to honour our father and mother,
have compassion in Thy mercy,
on the souls of my father and mother;
forgive them their sins,
and grant that I may see them
in the joy of eternal brightness.
Through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

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Mothers Day


Love Mama

Holy Mary,
help those in need,
give strength to the weak,
comfort the sorrowful,
pray for God’s people,
assist the clergy,
intercede for religious.

Mary, all who seek your help
experience your unfailing protection.
Amen.

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Hail, you Star of Ocean!
Portal of the sky,
Ever Virgin Mother,
Of the Lord most high.

O! by Gabriel’s Ave,
Uttered long ago,
Eva’s name reversing,
Establish peace below.

Break the captive’s fetters;
Light on blindness pour;
All our ills expelling,
Ev’ry bliss implore.

Show yourself a mother;
Offer him our sighs,
Who for us Incarnate
Did not you despise.

Virgin of all virgins!
To your shelter take us;
Gentlest of the gentle!
Chaste and gentle make us.

Still as on we journey,
Help our weak endeavor,
Till with you and Jesus
We rejoice forever.

Through the highest heaven,
To the Almighty Three,
Father, Son, and Spirit,
One same glory be.

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Gift Of Marriage


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After a long spiritual battle, going further back then I can remember, my husband and I have finally married in the Catholic Church, May 4, 2013. We had been living as brother and sister for many years so I could continue on in the journey home to the Catholic Church. After several years of uncertainty, rumors of divorce and other daggers spit at us from Satan, we have, only by the grace of God, finished this race. Many miracles occurred on this road. I am forever grateful to our Lord.

After all the ups and downs, I was given a beautiful spiritual gift I will not soon forget. On our way home from our wedding celebration, close to our home, I looked arround as my husband was driving and sence of being in friendly surroundings had overtaken me.. It was a peace I had not had for some time. I can ony describe this as a soldier coming home from war to a waiting family. I could breath. I could relax and it was as if our Lord had taken a creat crushing weight off of my soul. It truly has been a daily battle of intense fighting for freedom. Our Lord had allowed me R & R. There is nothing in this world more precious than KNOWING, God’s will have been done, the battle won and now, I could sit back and breath on this front of the war I know for fact, I am now fighting on the side of God and for good.

The gift from God below, (at the link) is the greatest gift I have ever received. I live to give this gift back to Him. With His grace, His will be done. Always.

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Thank you Lord, your servant is listening…..

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