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Day 4 Divine Mercy Novena

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Today bring to Me those who do not believe in God and those who do not know Me, 

I was thinking also of them during My bitter Passion, and their future zeal comforted My Heart. Immerse them in the ocean of My mercy.”  

Most compassionate Jesus, You are the Light of the whole world. Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who do not believe in God and of those who as yet do not know You. Let the rays of Your grace enlighten them that they, too, together with us, may extol Your wonderful mercy; and do not let them escape from the abode which is Your Most Compassionate Heart.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls of those who do not believe in You, and of those who as yet do not know You, but who are enclosed in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. Draw them to the light of the Gospel. These souls do not know what great happiness it is to love You. Grant that they, too, may extol the generosity of Your mercy for endless ages. Amen.

*Our Lord’s original words here were “the pagans.” Since the pontificate of Pope John XXIII, the Church has seen fit to replace this term with clearer and more appropriate terminology.

If you are a Christian NOT being persecuted, you are doing Christianity wrong.

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April 4, 2016 · 8:17 pm

Destruction Of St. Elijah’s Monastery Of Mosul

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U.S. Army, soldiers celebrate Catholic Easter Mass inside St. Elijah’s Monastery in April, 2010 (AP photo)

Through all the history of our Catholic faith, physical buildings to worship our Lord, have come and gone. Our faith and our Lord Jesus Christ remain. The physical building of St. Elijah’s Monastery of Mosul may no longer stand, but we do in Jesus Christ and with Jesus Christ. One day, in His time, God willing, worship of our Lord may resume in that exact spot, just as it has time and time again through all the world, time and time again.

In listening to Bishop Robert Barron’s podcast Homily for this weekend, as Catholics, we are called to remember where we came from. We are to never forget that it is our Lord who has built the wall and is the bridge in our faith. Remember that not only was are Lord persecuted and put to death but He also resurrected!

Praying for my brothers and sisters all over the world, facing the same persecution as did our brothers and sisters through all history. Along with the conversion of hearts of those responsible. Finding myself pondering our Lords words, with that of St. John Paul II: “Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up.” Along with do not abandon yourselves to despair. “We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.” – St. Pope John Paul II

Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

 

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For The Love Of Mary

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To love the Holy Virgin Mary does not equate to worshiping her. You can love someone very deeply, but it does not mean that you worship them. I can not say how many times I have said to our Lord, I love you. Tonight, pondering, and praying in front of Him in the Blessed Sacrament, the words fell from my lips, I worship You.

“Never be afraid of loving the Blessed Virgin too much. You can never love her more than Jesus did.” –Saint Maximilian Kolbe

I was drawn into the Wedding at Cana in which our Lords public ministry began, (John 2:11) by the intercession of our Holy Mother Mary, approaching our Lord to inform Him, “They have no wine”. In other words, Please Help! How can we not ask of her, for that same help today for the times that we do not have wine. When there is no cause for celebration in our lives. When we are presented with the injection of chaos in our daily lives that are the cause of personal struggles and storms. When trouble arrives and conflict is eminent. In all our trials. In the dark trenches of misery we face from time to time. When we have no wine. She, as all our Holy Angels and Saints, are here to help.

in·ter·ces·sion
ˌin(t)ərˈseSHən/
noun
the action of intervening on behalf of another

CCC 2647 Prayer of intercession consists in asking on behalf of another. It knows no boundaries and extends to one’s enemies.

A prayer from St. Don Bosco

Most Holy Virgin Mary, Help of Christian,
how sweet it is to come to your feet
imploring your perpetual help.
If earthly mothers cease not to remember their children,
how can you, the most loving of all mothers forget me?
Grant then to me, I implore you,
your perpetual help in all my necessities,
in every sorrow, and especially in all my temptations.
I ask for your unceasing help for all who are now suffering.
Help the weak, cure the sick, convert sinners.
Grant through your intercessions many vocations to the religious life.
Obtain for us, O Mary, Help of Christians,
that having invoked you on earth we may love and eternally thank you in heaven.

Amen

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Mary’s Peace Prayer

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Mary, Mother of God my mother, Queen of Peace, ask your Son Jesus to
give me the gift of peace. Pray for me for peace; peace in my heart, peace
of mind and of soul, peace in my family, peace with all whom I meet, the
peace of Jesus.

Jesus, my Lord and Savior, my Brother, King of Peace, I come to you
with Mary, Queen of Peace, to ask you humbly for a new outpouring of the
gift of peace. Pour out on me your Holy Spirit of Peace.
Give me peace, Jesus, peace within myself, peace in my family, peace in
my everyday life. Give peace to my nation, and to all nations, peace among
all peoples, peace in the world.

Jesus, my mediator with the Father, take me to the Father to pray for
peace.

Father, Father of Jesus, our Father, my Father, I come to you with your
Son Jesus. In Him and with Him and through Him I pray for peace.

Amen

Taken from Mary Pages

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Persecution: Fearing God Alone

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We need NOT to get sucked into war, but rather stay the humanitarian course SENDING FOOD, WATER, SHELTER & MEDICINE BUT ABOVE ALL, PRAYERS! The evil one would LOVE to suck us in to war just to say to the world, see what they are doing, because its his design to kill. We can’t fall for the evil ones designs. We must understand FORTITUDE in the faith, bombard the entire situation with LOVE and unite our suffering and theirs with our Lords, Fearing God Alone.

“What I tell you in the darkness, speak in the light; and what you hear whispered in your ear, proclaim upon the housetops. “Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. “Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.”

Knights of Columbus will match donations to aid persecuted Iraqis

Donations may be made through the webpage www.kofc.org/Iraq or via check or money orders sent to K of C Christian Refugee Relief, Knights of Columbus Charities, P.O. Box 1966, New Haven, CT 06509-1966.

The Knights of Columbus said that 100 percent of all donations will be used for humanitarian assistance.

Knights of Columbus Charities, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization and donations are tax-deductible.

God protect us.

If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.” John 15:18

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Prayer For The Conversion Of The World

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Lord Jesus Christ, most merciful Saviour of the world, we humbly beseech You, by Your most Sacred Heart, that all the sheep who stray out of Your fold may in one days be converted to You, the Shepherd and Bishop of their souls, who lives and reigns with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, world without end.
Amen.

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Religious Persecution

On the road to Calvary, Jesus fell for us three times. He tells us all the time, I fell for you because I love you! Will we fall away from our sins and our worldly ways and desires for Him? This is a time to choose.

Back in July of last year, as I was attending Mass, at the exact second of the consecration of the wine into His blood, I looked down and in my engagement ring was the reflection of the face of our Lord from this stained glass window. I could not see the diamond at all, just His face looking up at me, telling me in my heart and in person, I fell for you.

A friend had told me yesterday that her mother said that since the US has been consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of our Holy Mother Mary, that she believed the US would NEVER fall. I told her in so many words, the consecration in itself to Mary is a gift from God. Just as all gifts from God are given freely, we have the choice to receive them and “Nurture” them, or send them back. Just because EVERY nation on earth has been consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary is not a guarantee of not failing. The Nations then must accept or deny the gift! Do you see the nation “Repenting” from her ways and doing God’s will?

It doesn’t take much to look back on the last 40 years of American history to see the major decline of morals and values in this nation. Not only in her culture but also in her laws that trample over the very simple right to life that is the gift from God.

What is Religious Persecution?

Persecution may be defined in general as the unlawful coercion of another’s liberty or his unlawful punishment, for not every kind of punishment can be regarded as persecution. For our purpose it must be still further limited to the sphere of religion, and in that sense persecution means unlawful coercion or punishment for religion’s sake.

The word “martyr” means “witness.” White martyrdom consists in a total offering to God, dying to self, the world, and its allurements. God calls us as followers of Christ, to be just that! To seek Him in all things. To do His will and to abandon self. We are all called to be Saints.

In the slightest amounts, Religious Persecution can be a spouse or family member, friends, and so on, refusing to speak to you because you attended a church function. Be it Mass, Adoration, attending to the homeless or the sick, rather then staying home with him or her, or going to a sporting event on a given day. Constant criticism of you because of your faith and even in the more extreme cases, a spouse divorcing you, because you refuse to abandon your faith in Christ. Christ tells us to bare these crosses with patience, love and fortitude. The virtue of fortitude enables one to conquer fear, even fear of death, and to face trials and persecutions, through our love for Christ. I often ponder when this is the case with me, “Forgive them Father, they know not what they do”.

Today we can see it prevalent in our our US Government in regards to forcing Catholic Hospitals to perform Abortions, hand out contraceptives and also the government stepping in and telling Christian organisations how and what they can do, such as forcing Catholic orphanages to agree to adopt children to openly gay couples, when the reality is, there are many other outlets for such people to go to who do not share then beliefs as the organization they could obviously patronize.

On the other side of the spectrum, it is being put to death because of your faith. This is called “Red Martyrdom”. The spilling of your blood for the sake of our Lord.

In either case, we all must face making the choice to follow Christ, or to abandon Him and our faith and chose to follow the world. I can not chose the world. I do however, have to live in it. To do so is to have a strong need and want to do His will and abandon mine. To be obedient to Him. This day, He calls to all of us, to use our voices, to speak His words and live as He lives. To BELIEVE in Him, is to accept His way.

I can not abandon my Lord. I love Him. I am in love with Him. He chose me before I was born. Today, I freely choose Him.

“Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

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St. Cyril of Jerusalem

“Make your fold with the sheep; flee from the wolves: depart not from the Church,”

St. Cyril of Jerusalem, pray for us. Lord Jesus Christ have mercy on us all. Amen

St. Cyril’s teaching about the Blessed Sacrament is of the first importance, for he was speaking freely, untrammelled by the “discipline of the secret”. On the Real Presence he is unambiguous: “Since He Himself has declared and said of the bread: This is My Body, who shall dare to doubt any more? And when He asserts and says: This is My Blood, who shall ever hesitate and say it is not His Blood?” Of the Transformation, he argues, if Christ could change water into wine, can He not change wine into His own Blood? The bread and wine are symbols: “In the type of bread is given thee the Body, in the type of wine the Blood is given thee”; but they do not remain in their original condition, they have been changed, though the senses cannot tell us this: “Do not think it mere bread and wine, for it is the Body and Blood of Christ, according to the Lord’s declaration”. “Having learned this and being assured of it, that appears to be bread is not bread, though perceived by the taste, but the Body of Christ, and what appears to be wine is not wine, though the taste says so, but the Blood of Christ . . . strengthen thy heart, partaking of it as spiritual (food), and rejoice the face of thy soul”. It is difficult not to see the whole doctrine of Transubstantiation in these explicit words. Confirmation is with blessed chrism: “As the bread of the Eucharist after the invocation of the Holy Ghost is not bread, but the Body of Christ, so this holy myrrh is no longer simple, as one might say, after the invocation, but a gift of Christ and capable by the presence of the Holy Ghost of giving His divinity” (ii, 4).

Taken from New Advent

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