Monthly Archives: October 2020

All Hallows’ Eve, All Hallows’ Day and All Souls Day’s

As we enter into this very celebrated weekend, I would like to point out three very important things that take place.

“Na Dušičky” by Jože Uprek
  1. Halloween – All Hallows’ Eve – The most beautiful All Hallows’ Eve I have ever participated in, was a few years ago, in Old Town San Diego. Friends of mine held a Requiem Mass for everyone who had died that year. Not just in the parish in which this Mass was celebrated, but through the entire world. All who were unknown to us, were offered Holy Mass. This took place at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Old Town San Diego. It was in Old Town, San Diego, that Saint Junípero Serra celebrated his First Holy Mass in California on July 2, 1769, near the site of the present Immaculate Conception Church. At the same time we were celebrating Mass, Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos preparations were being made just outside of the Church, in streets outside. At the very moment the moment of Consecration, we rang the church bells, which echoed through the town. When Mass ended, we had a candlelight procession through the streets, singing the hymn Dies Irae, and praying for the dead, as we walked to the Old Adobe Chapel on Conde Street and then to Old Town Cemetery to bless the graves. All the people who were celebrating Day of the Dead early, stopped what they were doing, as we passed them in prayer. This is what Halloween is. All Hallows’ Eve, “a day when Catholics celebrate the triumph of the Church in heaven, and the lives of the saints on earth”. Catholic Answers has a beautiful reflection in regards to the day, “Putting the ‘Hallows’ Back in Halloween

2. All Saints Day – All Hallows’ Day – See how it all goes together? Just as Christmas Eve is celebrated in anticipation of Christmas, so to is All Hallows’ Eve celebrated in anticipation of All Saints Day, or All Hallows’ Day. This is the day we commemorate all the Saints in Heaven, known and unknown, who strove to enter through the narrow gate and win the crown of Victory in Christ. Please read: What’s the Point of All Saints Day?

All Souls Day – Joža Uprka

3. All Souls Day – “The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed” is a day of prayer and remembrance for the souls of those who have died. The Roman Catholic celebration is associated with the doctrine that the souls of the faithful who at death have not been cleansed from the temporal punishment due to venial sins and from attachment to mortal sins cannot immediately attain the beatific vision in heaven, and that they may be helped to do so by prayer and by the sacrifice of the Mass. In other words, when they died, they had not yet attained full sanctification and moral perfection, a requirement for entrance into Heaven. This sanctification is carried out posthumously in Purgatory. In this year of Covid, where so many of us have lost loved ones due to this virus, please see Decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary regarding plenary indulgences for the faithful deceased in the current situation of pandemic, 23.10.2020

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen

So you see, this is a very special weekend, in which we place our thought’s and prayers, in the direction of the souls in most need, who’s earthy life has already ended and eternal life has officially begun. It’s a reminder that we too, shall die.

Memento mori is a Latin phrase meaning ‘remember you must die’.  All of us need to remember that our time here in exile, this life, is not long but forever is eternity. How we spend eternity depends on how we have lived here. It is wise to prepare for this moment through repentance and heeding the words of our Lord: “Strive to enter through the narrow gate , for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter but will not be strong enough.” Luke 13:24

Lord convert our hearts.

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Prayers For Nice

O Lord, our God, we know it is You who are the Just Judge at the moment of our death and it is You, whom we should fear. You have said that not a sparrow falls to the ground without our Father’s knowing. You, Lord Jesus Christ, know all things, and Your mercy is endless. Have mercy on the souls today, who seek to enter into Your Kingdome. Grant them eternal rest in You. Grant their family’s the comfort of Your peace through Your most Holy Spirit and wipe away the tears we shed for those whom we have lost and You have gained, for the glory of God our Father.

Son of Justice, convert the hearts of those who plan and carryout attacks on Your children, that they may come to acknowledge You are Lord and God of all. For this is justice, that they should not perish, but come to know, love and serve You, most Holy Trinity and proclaim Your mercy forever and to our Father, be the praise, glory and honor. Amen

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

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An Unjust Law Is No Law At All – UPDATE

 “an unjust law is no law at all” St. Augustine. 

As Catholics, we are ORDERED to treat everyone with dignity, mercy and love. We are not ordered to embrace sin and in no way can anyone change the Dogma of the Church.

An unjust law, is no law at all. If ONE unjust law, is accepted, that would mean ALL unjust laws would have to be embraced and accepted. It’s not an option.

Watch and see that the EDITING of this “movie” in which Pope Francis was “quoted”, was edited to cut out the full quote and the proper context in which Pope Francis had actually spoken on this subject.

No different than ALL the other times our Holy Father was taken out of context and misquoted.

Trust in our Lord, love one another anyway and be at peace.

What did Pope Francis say about civil unions? A CNA Explainer

10/23/2020 UPDATE: Mexican broadcaster: Vatican held back Pope Francis’ words on same-sex civil unions in 2019 interview footage

Father Agustino Torres has a great explanation that he posted on Instagram too, HERE

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Render Unto God

“The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it.” Psalm 24

“Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar
and to God what belongs to God.” Every created thing and everyone, is His.

I share with you today, a beautiful reflection via Elijah’s Breeze, of the Homily from Bishop Silvio José Báez O.C.D. – No Caesar is God — Silvio José Báez, O.C.D.

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Casting Out

Satan Being Cast Out by Carl Heinrich Bloch (1834-1890)

I must share this beautiful reflection from today’s Lectio Divina, through today’s Gospel.

“Jesus overcame the power of evil, Satan, who causes so much fear to people, He dominated him, seized him, conquered him, cast him out, eliminated him, exterminated him, destroyed him and killed him!” By this the Gospel wants to tell us: “It is forbidden to the Christian to fear Satan!” By his Resurrection and by his liberating action, Jesus drives away from us the fear of Satan, He gives freedom to the heart, firmness in our actions and causes hope to emerge in the horizon! We should walk along the path of Jesus savoring the victory over the power of evil!

Be not afraid to do the same. Fear nothing but our Lord. Have the courage that strengthens in Love, to conquer all that is holding you back from loving as you have been called to love.

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ENCYCLICAL: “FRATELLI TUTTI”

Please take the time to read Pope Francis’s new Encyclical to fraternity and social friendship. I pray you read it.

You can find the link by CLICKING HERE

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