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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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Discipleship Comes With Persecution

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Regarding:

If We Reject Trump, We May Be Inviting Persecution

The election is not Constantine VS Diocletian.

Discipleship and persecution in this world are in union. Although bitter at times, sweetness soon follows. It is what we do with this persecution, that can make or break us. When we see our persecution from the view of our Lord, mounted on the Cross, our vantage point changes and our vision becomes further, our faith in Him becomes stronger, and we come to see the great vastness of the souls who have not yet come to understand the beautiful love of our Lords passion. “Enter through the narrow gate”.

No matter who you vote for, discipleship comes with persecution to those who live and breath the faith. When we vote, we are voting for a political leader. We are not giving them our heart, mind and soul so to worship them. We are called to vote, we are not called to   worship them, nor the political party they belong to.. “No slave is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours.” But, this persecution also comes with the JOY of our Lord. “And they will do all these things to you on account of my name, because they do not know the one who sent me.”.

In this moment, when we are Crucified with Him,  we come to the full realization that the “world” lost its moral compass long ago and everything we, while attached to it, had done, had been for vanity. In this moment, we can choose to let go of the attachment to it, no matter what this attachment may be,  and grasp the absolute love and peace of Christ, freely pulling closer to Him, placing all our hope and trust in Him and not the things of this world. Then, we can as He asks, set the world on fire with Him. “Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.”

What this election has become, is the choice between worldly illusions, or discipleship. If you choose discipleship, keep in mind, His name is not on the voting ballot, as He is already our King, our Lord and our Savior, Jesus Christ. Follow Him.

See:

Religious Freedom Today

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More Facebook Troubles – UPDATE 3 -Victory in Christ

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It seems the folks at Facebook are at it again, blocking & locking accounts that contain any Religious information in names. I had opened my account in 2009 and had never had a problem until today, when I was booted out and had to log back in as the information had stated that I changed my password  month ago. To which I had not. As I try to log back in, Facebook now requires me to submit federal issued ID’s that prove who I am,  to which I took a picture of my US Military ID, California Issued DL and a photo of my Lay Carmelite Order ID Card.  About two months ago, I added TOC (Third Order Carmelite) after my name, witch BTW is Margaret, but since birth I have been called Peggy..  I will be 50 years old in December.  I do not have any ID with Peggy on it. Its a known Nickname for the name Margaret just a Mark is for Marcus.

So I complied, and received an email back stating:

Hi,

According to the Facebook Terms, you must be at least 13 years old to use Facebook. Please wait while we review your ID and confirm that you are eligible to use Facebook.

If you haven’t provided an ID that meets our requirements, please reply to this email and attach a copy of your ID. You can review what types of ID we accept and how to send your attachments over a secure connection here:

I am still unable to log into my Facebook account which I had opened in 2009, 7 years ago, without having to provide ANY ID using the exact information I have always used. For the past few years, religious have been targeted UNJUSTLY by this “Social Media” site and it is notorious for unfair treatment to Priests and Religious Sisters refusing them to use their Religious IDENTITY.  I guess its the Third Orders turn. May our Lord bless them and our Lord have mercy on them.

Funny really, as I had been pondering deleting the account as I am leaving on Retreat this coming weekend. It would have been nice to retrieve seven years of personal photos of my children before hand. After pondering this deeply, I don’t mind being kicked out of social media hell and I truly now can do more work for our Lord at hand as the chain that has been attached to my wrist, chained to the computer, has been cut. Peace. Its not to say there are not a lot of wonderful souls on Facebook that I have gotten to know as I love you very much, but the reality of Life, is not being confined to a smart phone, computer screen or any other electronic gadget that only permits you to talk about things needing to be done. Our Lord’s Kingdom is much bigger and He needs hands to do some work away from what we have adapted to mean “social”.  Social is face to face. I will keep everyone in my prayers, always. The only change is that our Lord has removed the chaos that I obviously did not need, in order for me to do the work He truly needs me to do. I obviously don’t need Facebook. We only need our Lord.

Thank you Lord.

Edit to add: Just returned from Holy Mass and after the events of not just today, but this entire week, and since I became aware of what our Lord is doing to my heart,  with my ENTIRE heart, mind, strength and soul, I shout out, YES LORD I love you more than anything.

Todays Readings & Gospel Saturday, April 9, 2016 (For Sunday April 10th)

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Update –

Emal received this morning from Facebook from Email address: privacy+jjlgglaq.aearamnaxy@support.facebook.com :

Hi,

Thanks for reaching out to us, but unfortunately we can’t confirm you’re the owner of this account.

Please reply with a scan or photo of your government-issued identification that has your name and photo or name and date of birth.

If you’re unable to provide your government-issued ID, please visit the Help Center to learn about the other types of ID we accept

No. I forgive you. God bless you. Shaking the dust from my shoes

“Let us not stay imprisoned within ourselves, but let us break open our sealed tombs to the Lord that He may enter and give us life.” – Pope Francis (Easter Vigil Mass in Rome – 2016)

 

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ACTIVITY

What you submitted
Yesterday
First name

Peg

Last name

Drebena Demetris Toc

Email address or mobile phone number

XXXXXXXXXX

Date of birth

December 7, 1966

Attachments

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We sent you a message
Yesterday

Hi,

According to the Facebook Terms, you must be at least 13 years old to use Facebook. Please wait while we review your ID and confirm that you are eligible to use Facebook.

If you haven’t provided an ID that meets our requirements, please reply to this email and attach a copy of your ID. You can review what types of ID we accept and how to send your attachments over a secure connection here:

https://www.facebook.com/help/?page=148993491850191

Note that we won’t be able to take any action on this account without a copy of an ID that meets these requirements. Sorry for the inconvenience.

In the meantime, we encourage you to review our Statement of Rights and Responsibilities for more information:

http://www.facebook.com/terms.php

View updates from your Support Inbox: https://fb.me/2arASDeJeY6mOzq

Thanks,
The Facebook Team

What you submitted
Yesterday
I will be 50 December 7th of this year
We sent you a message
Today

Hi,

Thanks for reaching out to us, but unfortunately we can’t confirm you’re the owner of this account.

Please reply with a scan or photo of your government-issued identification that has your name and photo or name and date of birth.

If you’re unable to provide your government-issued ID, please visit the Help Center to learn about the other types of ID we accept:

https://www.facebook.com/help/159096464162185/?ref=cr

Keep in mind that the information on the ID you provide must match the information on the account.

Please cover up any personal information we don’t need to confirm your identity (ex: address, Social Security number) and save the image(s) as a JPEG.

We hope to hear from you so we can help.

View updates from your Support Inbox: https://fb.me/axXCMPYELFeX9d

Thanks,

Facebook

I received another email from the folks at Facebook….

Yesterday

Hi,

Thanks for your response. It looks like your name on Facebook doesn’t match the name on the ID(s) you submitted.

To help us confirm that you’re using your authentic name:

1. Log into your Facebook account
2. Follow the on-screen instructions
3. If you still can’t update your name, you’ll be able to fill out a contact form

View updates from your Support Inbox:

Thanks,

Jesse
Community Operations
Facebook

Apparently Jesse doesn’t understand that Peg and Margaret are the same name and many souls have their madden name on their accounts along with married names….
I sent them the link to Wikipedia : Peggy Peggy is most commonly a diminutive of the female given name Margaret. It is sometimes spelled Peggie

 

What I found out during the ban. If you log into ANY Social Media Site with your FB account – If you are Banned from FB – You are in FACT CENCORED from speaking on ANY board who only uses FB logins to register. Fox News, Huff Post, etc., included. You are forced not only out of FB, but forced to create a new email address in order to comment anywhere OUTSIDE of FB as your email address looks as if it has already registered on other sites, due to Facebook holding your information. This is CENSORSHIP and its best NEVER to use your FB account to log into any Social Media site but to use some other form. Not only does FB take possession of your photos, videos and email, but your ability to speak anywhere else on Social Media – This is what is coming. You will not be able to voice anything if you use this site to log on other places outside of Facebook.

This is no different than that of the censorship the Apostles had to deal with from the beginning. Another thing to take into consideration is if you have Credit Card info on Facebook, if a fraud charge is made during your ban, you can NOT log in to dispute it and must go directly to the bank in order to take care of the situation.   Just before I was banned, I purchases some tokens for a game I had played, and was unable to use them and was told I needed to log in to dispute the charges, but could not as I was blocked from dong so. . I also received several updates about birthdays etc, which was silly. If it’s not me, why send updates?

We never know why our Lord leads us to places we just can’t understand, but we do know that in His time, He brings His Light to the entire situation…

I am now back on Facebook (for at short time anyway,  as I leave Friday for my Carmelite silent retreat), under the name that appears on my IDs that no one in the past 50 years of life have ever called me by,  unless they were official documents, police, or I was paying some bill. Social Media trying to make itself OFFICIAL Media. Which is very alarming for the reasons I just posted.

Although, what gives me hope, all my documents with the Catholic Church can be found under Margaret.

Thank you Lord Jesus Christ for the name You have for me. That is the one I look forward answering to.

Peace always.

 

UPDATE: Victory in Christ – FB has issues with Catholic Religious Identities

Today 4/13./2016

Hi Peg Drebena,

Thanks for verifying your identity. We’ve changed the name on your account to the name that you requested.

If you‘d like to add another name to your account (ex: nickname, maiden name), follow the steps in the Help Center:

(REMOVED)
View updates from your Support Inbox: (REMOVED)

Thanks,

Jesse
Community Operations
Facebook

Father, forgive them, they know not what they do.”

Lord have mercy on us all.

Praise, glory and honor to our Lord Jesus Christ, for all time and all eternity.

 

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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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Persecution In All Forms

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“Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so men persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

Persecution of Christians takes place in many forms. In Iraq, we see the destruction that men do with the sword. In the US we see what takes place with the pen. Both equal in hate for anything sacred. Both being bough forth through not loving God above all else.

There is a spectrum of persecution taking place across the globe. One is not greater than the other. They all stem from hate. A hatred that comes from fear. A fear of self. The self that holds on to everything other than God. Fear of letting go of prejudiced and conviction not from God. The self-justification that somehow if I am not physically killing someone, but rather pushing for them to change their “belief” is killing. Killing the fundamental base for all faith. That being, we are not God. As Christians, when our Lord calls us to die to self, we freely give up the sinfulness of self, and follow him. When the government says “Convert or Die”, it is following its own design and not that of our Lord. When persecution comes by the pen, its screaming to the world, WE ARE GOD! When persecution comes at the hand of a sword, it screams WE ARE GOD! There is no difference. The pen may be mightier then the sword, but it can be used as a weapon and is, more than not when the truth is trying to be suppressed.

“Remember the word that I said to you, `A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you”

EDIT TO ADD:

USCCB Chairmen Respond To ‘Unprecedented And Extreme’ Executive Order

July 21, 2014
WASHINGTON–The bishop-Chairmen of two USCCB Committees responded with great concern to President Obama’s July 21 executive order to prohibit federal government contractors from what the Administration deems “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” discrimination and to forbid “gender identity” discrimination in the employment of federal employees. The problems the bishops identify in the order relate both to the flaws in its core prohibitions, and to its lack of religious freedom protection.

Two USCCB Chairmen – Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, Chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty and Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo, Chairman of the Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth – together issued the following statement.

Today’s executive order is unprecedented and extreme and should be opposed.

In the name of forbidding discrimination, this order implements discrimination. With the stroke of a pen, it lends the economic power of the federal government to a deeply flawed understanding of human sexuality, to which faithful Catholics and many other people of faith will not assent. As a result, the order will exclude federal contractors precisely on the basis of their religious beliefs.

More specifically, the Church strongly opposes both unjust discrimination against those who experience a homosexual inclination and sexual conduct outside of marriage, which is the union of one man and one woman. But the executive order, as it regards federal government contractors, ignores the inclination/conduct distinction in the undefined term “sexual orientation.” As a result, even contractors that disregard sexual inclination in employment face the possibility of exclusion from federal contracting if their employment policies or practices reflect religious or moral objections to extramarital sexual conduct.

The executive order prohibits “gender identity” discrimination, a prohibition that is previously unknown at the federal level, and that is predicated on the false idea that “gender” is nothing more than a social construct or psychological reality that can be chosen at variance from one’s biological sex. This is a problem not only of principle but of practice, as it will jeopardize the privacy and associational rights of both federal contractor employees and federal employees. For example, a biological male employee may be allowed to use the women’s restroom or locker room provided by the employer because the male employee identifies as a female.

In an attempt to avoid these needless conflicts, states that have passed “sexual orientation” or “gender identity” prohibitions have overwhelmingly included protections for religious employers. When the U.S. Senate, which is controlled by the President’s own party, passed the similar Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) last year, it included religious liberty protections as well. Indeed, all prior versions of ENDA had at least some religious liberty protections. But the executive order is an anomaly in this regard, containing no religious liberty protections. In this way, the order, which is fundamentally flawed in itself, also needlessly prefers conflict and exclusion over coexistence and cooperation.

Regarding federal contractors, the Executive Order will take effect after rules to be promulgated by the Department of Labor implementing the Executive Order become final. Regarding federal employment, the Executive Order is effective immediately.

Keywords: Employment Non-Discrimination Act, ENDA, Archbishop William E. Lori, Bishop Richard Malone, gender identity, sexual identity
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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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Ichthys

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On my way into work this morning, I was praying the Rosary as I always do, as it is so pleasant to focus on our Lord and Mama Mary, rather than the stress that comes with a long bumper to bumper commute. I noticed a pick up truck with the “Jesus Fish”. As I was praying, in my heart I felt the presence of our Lord. Not in a way that He was driving the truck or anything even remotely close to that. In a way He was with me and my eyes catching that icon, drew me into His presence, along with praying the Rosary. During the prayers it made me smile to see it. Just as soon as the smile came, a bigger cargo truck pulled in between the two of us and I lost sight of the “Ichthys” icon. I panicked a bit and I don’t know why. It didn’t mean anything but I just wanted to see. I got into the next lane over and instantly in my heart, still as I was praying the Rosary, I heard; “Just because you can’t see Him, know He is still there”. There was something in the back of the pickup that bothered me a little and I’m not sure I want to say why because it was just an everyday shop vac. But a though had come to me that as quickly as it came to bother me, our Lord took it away from me. It had to do with abortion.

The smile returned and instantly I remembered my lack of faith for many years past. It had truly blossomed into just KNOWING He is always with us, even when we lose sight of Him. Even though I am no longer doing as much as I was in years past for my Church in activities due to having to go back to work, He is still here. “His love endures forever”.

Further up the road, someplace where, I do not know, I was no longer focused on the “icon” but rather on the fact of our Lords word; “And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” – MATT 28:20 I don’t know where the truck turned off or where he went, but it no longer mattered. It and the shop vac were gone. I arrived at work and started my day. As I was going about my work, my thoughts were still focused on our Lord. I experienced something so profound as I was working. I remembered how my mom used to call me at my work, years ago and it was so vivid. I could see her so full of life and she was so joyful and at peace. It was as if she was calling me right that second and all she wanted to do was say hello. My mother passed away in 2002 and I hadn’t had much thought about her in such a way as she had been ill for many years and in a very fragile sickly state. Today? She was beautiful! I heard in my heart, call me, and I began to pray the Hail Mary. The image of my mother was quickly changed into that of our Holy Mother Mary and there was such joy and elation in my soul that words could never describe the feeling that I had. I then began to pray the Divine Mercy and have been in a state of peace ever since.

I don’t know was any of this means. All I know is it has been a fantastic day in which I am eternally grateful to our Lord and Mama Mary.

Ichthys:

Iota (i) is the first letter of Iēsous (Ἰησοῦς), Greek for “Jesus”.
Chi (ch) is the first letter of Christos (Χριστός), Greek for “anointed”.
Theta (th) is the first letter of Theou (Θεου), Greek for “God’s”, the genitive case of Θεóς, Theos, Greek for “God”.
Ypsilon (y) is the first letter of (h)yios[4] (Υἱός), Greek for “Son”.
Sigma (s) is the first letter of sōtēr (Σωτήρ), Greek for “Savior”.

CLICK HERE: Symbolism of the Fish

EDIT TO ADD:

The picture of Mama Mary I seen in my heart this morning was one that is now stuck with me. I can’t remember if I had ever seen this particular painting of our Holy Mother or not, but the “picture” that I seen of her today in my heart was of almost a side profile of her, wearing a blue and gold veil. Brilliant blue with a gold edge, our Lord was under a year old, clinging to her chest with His head resting upon her. In total, pure Contentment. If anyone has seen this before, please share a link.

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This is VERY close but the both had their eyes open with almost the same expression and Mama Mary’s veil was trimmed in a thick ribbon of gold.

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