She said yes!
Governor Ivey Issues Statement After Signing the Alabama Human Life Protection Act
As one soul who excommunicated herself, unknowingly, and did come to the realization of how horrific my own sins were through our Lords grace, that had placed me outside, I pray for the conversion of all Catholics, who blatantly disregard the teachings of our Lord, to follow their own designs.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, to Your most Sacred Heart, I ask you please, my Lord and my God, send your Spirit to bring souls to the realization of their own sinfulness, for their salvation, and for the salvation of those who follow them, that they may be open to true repentance and turn back to You completely, You most Merciful and Just Lord of all, that they may give all the praise, glory and honor to Our Father in Heaven, where he lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, for all time and all eternity.
Bishop Daly Bars ALL Pro-Abortion Catholic Politicians From Receiving Communion
The many, many “news” story’s I see today, written by whomever, saying Catholics must love and accept LGBT, or this group, or that group and so on, has caused me to ask our Lord in prayer, and I pray you ask Him also: Who is my accuser that assumes the Church does not love them?
The Catholic Church has always been open to all, as a Father and Mother loves all their children, always open to welcoming life to the family of faith. The disconnect comes when we assume that Love is acceptance of insubordination or defiance. It is not. Love corrects the defiant or insubordinate child and does not allow the child to be disruptive, for the benefit of the child. Love does have rules. When the rules of Love are broken, it is not Love, but less than Love.
“Many gave false witness against him, but their testimony did not agree.” Mark 14:56
Intercession: May those affected by pornography experience the Lord’s mercy and healing.
‘Let your modesty be known to all men. The Lord is nigh.’ –
‘I urge you, therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, your spiritual worship. Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect.’ – Romans 12:1-2
God desires from you the least degree of purity of conscience more than all the works you can perform.
–St. John of the Cross
‘What is it all for? If they only knew what eternity is.’ – Bl. Jacinta Marto of Fatima, age 9, on seeing immodest and fashionably dressed women
‘How beautiful then is modesty and what a gem among virtues it is.’ – St. Bernard of Clairvaux, Doctor of the Church
Catholic Answers chastity speaker Matt Fradd discusses pornography addiction and how to overcome it.
“Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin!” (Psalm 51:2, RSVCE)
Day 6 Reflection and prayers HERE
Intercession: For an end to domestic violence
As I started to ponder this reflection this morning, I though of how our Lord was spat on, punched, hit with a rod, called names, thrown down, kicked and crowned with thorns. How He was mocked and belittled by the soldiers and thought of the many woman and men today, who are treated in such a way today by those who feel they are superior. The reflection of what fueled the heart of St.Mother Teresa comes to mind, in the words “You did it to me”. He is with you now, as He has gone before you in this suffering.
(Learn how to pray the Angelus prayer and consider saying it every day— on awakening, at noon, or at 6 p.m. (or all three times)
The Angel of the Lord declared to Mary:
And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of
our death. Amen.
Behold the handmaid of the Lord: Be it done unto me according to Thy word.
Hail Mary . . .
And the Word was made Flesh: And dwelt among us.
Hail Mary . . .
Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us pray:
Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts; that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection, through the same Christ Our Lord.
Repent and believe in the Good News…
*Because January 22, 2017 falls on a Sunday, the annual “Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children” is observed Monday, January 23 in 2017.
#9DaysforLife with @USCCB Day 2
How to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet via EWTN
If I believe, that in my worst state of life, when our Lord converted my heart, that He would never convert another in that way, that would not be humility speaking, but pride. Pride in the fact that our Lord would only do this for me, and not another. What good is my witness to the Truth for others, in sharing what He has done for me, if it was not for all? “Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do.”
Not everyone loves. What is love? If you love me, you will keep my commandments.
There is a point in being rigid, in which you notice every sin, and see this world and everyone in it, as a “forsaken place.” “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”. Without total joy but only touches of joy within. When that takes place, one must always look deeper within ones self, to see that point where we once were that once hardened sinner, and where our Lord converted our hearts also. KNOWING without a doubt, He loves and seeks to convert the hearts of all, as He has ours. Remember where you came from.
I have often thought of why I was so hard on myself. Why I expected so much of myself (in the faith) and never let my self off the hook, so to speak. But in contrast, I give everyone a pass and after suggesting to others, and when they refused the suggestion, loved them anyway. Praying one day our Lord would open their hearts. It goes with we can only inform, not convert. You can lead but you can not make them drink. The best way to evangelize is to live the faith and be the example. You can’t expect others to become the example of what you yourself are not living. You can not force another soul to love our Lord. Love is part of the relationship with Him, that the soul grows to do. By doing this, growing to love Him, we learn through our own faults and His Truth, what Love is in the first place, and THEN make a “Conscious Effort” because we all have “free will”, to adhere to obedience to Him.
Its one thing to be extremely rigid with yourself. Its quite another to be rigid with others.
“the pride of believing in one’s righteousness” – Rigid = Scrupulosity: Scrupulosity: rigid, obsessive adherence to rules, codes of ethics, or guidelines.
I do not believe for a second Pope Francis is speaking about those who are proper in doctrine and liturgy. Rather, rigid in the sence of demanding that others bring themselves up to your level, (Seeing ones self in a higher state or position) rather than accepting we are all on the same level of Love that our Lord has for us. Luke 14: 7-14 When this takes place, everything we feel is not orthodox or practical becomes the law we adhere to, and not our Lord. Its a misplaced attachment to things we all fail at from time to time and in all honestly, we know we do, and we fix it the next time. Others who are suffering from this, will be quick to condemn, and point it out, over & over & over, (Remember that one time in band camp?”) no matter how we have fixed this issue or how much time has passed.
Yes, I am finally able to comment re: Pope: ‘God calls us to be merciful and good, not rigid’
So you won the election…. now what?
Now that you have the victory, and that “feeling” of VE Day, the death camps of Planned Parenthood still need liberating. Lives of the unborn and the elderly, the sick and the infirm, are still at risk in this culture of deaths years of brainwashing schemes which made souls assume that “assisted suicide” along with”abortion on demand”are acceptable. They still need to be stopped and in all future generations to come, must now be unthinkable.
You MUST end it.
Where this madness of the culture of death began to grab society, is in fact, Nazi Germany. When Washington DC passed Assisted Suicide into law this past week, I wondered how lawmakers could do such a thing, with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, located right in Washington, DC. I began to understand that these people who passed this heinous law, couldn’t be bothered to open their eyes to the reality as to why, not one nation on earth, could make such a law as this, without understanding the consequences to future generations.
Repent America. Turn back to God.
Directly from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Nazi Germany’s First Program of Mass Murder
The “euthanasia” program was Nazi Germany’s first program of mass murder. It predated the genocide of European Jewry (the Holocaust) by approximately two years. The program was one of many radical eugenic measures which aimed to restore the racial “integrity” of the German nation. It aimed to eliminate what eugenicists and their supporters considered “life unworthy of life”: those individuals who—they believed—because of severe psychiatric, neurological, or physical disabilities represented both a genetic and a financial burden on German society and the state.
Child “Euthanasia” Program
In the spring and summer months of 1939, a number of planners began to organize a secret killing operation targeting disabled children. They were led by Philipp Bouhler, the director of Hitler’s private chancellery, and Karl Brandt, Hitler’s attending physician.
On August 18, 1939, the Reich Ministry of the Interior circulated a decree requiring all physicians, nurses, and midwives to report newborn infants and children under the age of three who showed signs of severe mental or physical disability.
Beginning in October 1939, public health authorities began to encourage parents of children with disabilities to admit their young children to one of a number of specially designated pediatric clinics throughout Germany and Austria. In reality, the clinics were children’s killing wards. There, specially recruited medical staff murdered their young charges by lethal overdoses of medication or by starvation.
At first, medical professionals and clinic administrators included only infants and toddlers in the operation. As the scope of the measure widened, they included youths up to 17 years of age. Conservative estimates suggest that at least 5,000 physically and mentally disabled German children perished as a result of the child “euthanasia” program during the war years.
I was blessed to be able to spend some time with my children at the zoo this afternoon. As we got loaded onto the sky tram at the zoo, my youngest daughter began to wince and whimper about the noises and the jerky movements of the cab. Before we travel anywhere, we say a little prayer asking for the intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary to pray for us, followed by Sacred Heart of Jesus, I trust in you, three times and we finish up with Abba Father, I love you. We began with this little burst of praying and looked about as we climbed higher and higher. My daughter, still a bit nervous at the trip across the zoo looked at me with a bit of fear.
She had never been afraid before, as we had been on this tram several times over the years. This time, was a little different. I reminded her of how she always wanted to fly, and told her to lift her arms out wide, like she was gliding, and she did. She let out a little cry and I said, okay, now bring one arm back in and touch your forehead. She did and held it there. I said, okay now say, in the name of the Father. She smiled. I told her then to bring her hand down and now touch her heart, and she did. I told her, now say, and of the Son. Her smile got larger. Then I told her to touch one shoulder and bring her arm back and touch the other one, and she did. I told her, now say, and of the Holy Spirit. She giggled a bit, and began to fly.
We fly to thy patronage, O holy Mother of God;
despise not our petitions in our necessities,
but deliver us always from all dangers,
O glorious and blessed Virgin.
May the Divine assistance remain always with us!
In a recent story:
Wake up –
She can’t. First off, Religious Freedom first and foremost comes from God. Not the government of the USA, nor any government. We all have the GOD given freedom to worship and live the faith. The problem is, many have placed the state & society above God and live in the illusion as if the state guarantees your right to worship.
A priest facebook friend recently posted: “Just because you don’t pay attention to politics, it doesn’t mean politics won’t pay attention to you.”
The fact is, the government infiltrated by the culture of death, has ROBBED you of that right to pray & worship where and when you desire along with doing what is right and just. For a Catholic today to live what they profess each and every week at Holy Mass, (What We Believe) in today’s world, takes that soul straight into the realm of persecution for living the Truth in every day life. Even in our own homes. Be convicted in the faith and not watered down.
BE NOT AFRAID – Live it! What good is to to profess and not live? BE NOT AFRAID. Marvelous and Miraculous things take shape when you live what we profess, through all society. Thus we answer our Lord when He called that how He had wished that the entire world was a blaze.
Second: If anything she is saying in this article has screamed to me is this, it is a call from our Lord, saying get right with Me and LIVE the faith, love God above all else and your neighbor as yourself, in the coming persecutions. Now is the time to repent. Turn back to Him. We can never be robbed of the right to worship our Lord. We may be beaten for our faith, imprisoned and persecuted, but they can never take away anything, that our Lord Himself has given to us.
If that false notion of separation of Church and State creep into your thoughts, remember as a Catholic that God comes first! I highly suggest reading:
CONGREGATION FOR THE DOCTRINE OF THE FAITH
Last night in prayer, as I looked through the old prayer book given to me from my dad’s “Important Papers” (SEE HERE), I found this one to be simply beautiful. I must share. This particular prayer book has a list of indulgences all over it and I’m not one to post them as I am unsure about them. I just don’t focus on them and believe that when we are in Love, we do what we do in Love for our Lord and not simply for the rewards of that Love of His. Just using discernment, I placed crosses over them. If I was wrong in doing so, they are still there even if you can’t see them.
I’m not sure how old this is, but my dad has been gone for close to twenty years and this book was in with his First Holy Communion document from 1936.
I pray for all of us. Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us all.
You can click on the photo to enlarge it.
Something to ponder…
The heart is the very first organ to develop in every developing child. Is it a shocker that in EVERY Eucharistic Miracle that has come to us, that Heart Cells are found in the blood in the Eucharist? Pro life is at the HEART of Christ. Pro life is in the Heart of Faith in Christ. Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us all.
For today’s Novena please CLICK LINK
The only healing I have found, is through our Lord Jesus Christ and the much needed Sacraments He gave to us to act on and grab hold of the mercy and forgiveness He is offering to each and every soul on earth.
Please read my story here, originally written on JANUARY 23, 2012. Slipping Away – Post Abortion Syndrome
There is a bit of a discussion of late in regards to the graphic images being used of the innocent children taken through abortion. If you have read the link I posted in regards to my story, you will understand that seeing the images of aborted children is horrific. What is more horrific, is not seeing them at all in public, and still seeing them in every day actions. It brings to light the grim reality of what we are doing.
I will post a comment I made yesterday, before I seen what today’s Novena contained. There is a Light in the dark.
Ask yourself, what would happen if we removed the graphic image of our Lord Crucified from our faith because it was to gruesome? What does that image of our Lord invoke? What does the thought of His battered and bruised body cause us to do? Repent. The second we remove Christ Crucified from our worship is the second its no longer Him and He is reduced to a sanitized idea of what He did for us. Its no different for the smallest among us. The reality’s of abortion have been removed from society and its turned into a sanitized idea, no longer seen as the murder of an innocent child. They need to be seen and heard in entirety for the reality to set in. I am post abortive. Before the images came to be used, I would see them anyway as I struggled from time to time with the sin I had committed as I see it now as a way for our Lord to being me to repent deeper and understand the MERCY He is offering through His forgiveness. The images are not doing a disservice nor are they a lack of respect for the children taken. By ending Abortion completely and making it unthinkable to do, they give glory to our Lord for the slaughter of the innocence finally ending.
Lord, I remember You Crucified as I see the children of abortion. May their images bring an end to the slaughter of the least among us. May they bring about repentance to the providers and to all effected by abortion. May these same souls feel the gentleness and compassion in your healing touch and they reach out in need for You. Amen
The USCCB has further links on this Novena for Help and Healing
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne, and all the nations will be assembled before him. And he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.” Matthew 25:31-32
ACT OF DEDICATION OF THE HUMAN RACE TO JESUS CHRIST THE KING MOST SWEET JESUS REDEEMER
Most Sweet Jesus, Redeemer of the human race, look down upon us humbly prostrate before You. We are Yours, and Yours we wish to be; but to be more surely united with You, behold each one of us freely consecrates himself today to Your Most Sacred Heart. Many indeed have never known You; many, too, despising Your precepts, have rejected You. Have mercy on them all, most merciful Jesus, and draw them to Your Sacred Heart.
Be King, O Lord, not only of the faithful who have never forsaken You, but also of the prodigal children who have abandoned You; grant that they may quickly return to their Father’s house, lest they die of wretchedness and hunger. Be King of those who are deceived by erroneous opinions, or whom discord keeps aloof, and call them back to the harbor of Truth and the unity of Faith, so that soon there may be but one flock and one Shepherd.
Grant, O Lord, to Your Church assurance of freedom and immunity from harm; give tranquility of order to all nations; make the earth resound from pole to pole with one cry: Praise to the Divine Heart that wrought our salvation; to It be glory and honor forever. Amen.
Used with permission from Fr. Jacob Bertrand
Assisted Suicide is Euthanasia and the argument I hear lately for it and the reason the Gov. of California signed the legislation today all have the same hopeless banter.
This statement, “We Don’t Want To See People Suffer” or “We don’t want to suffer” <–say that without any compassion and in you lack of any empathy voice, because that is exactly how it is as its meaning is very clear.
This seems to be the argument for the PRO-Euthanasia movement in this country who believe that equating humans too “pets” is sensible.
We are not animals without souls. Our, everything must be simple, I want it now culture can't deal with the fact that suffering is a part of life, and feels the need to enact laws to make things SO much more sanitized and simple for a few, that it does more harm then good for ALL society.
If you are a Christian and support Euthanasia you truly need to look deeper into your soul. If you are not Christian and support it, you also need to look deeper.
Did Jesus Christ suffer? Are we told by Him to pick up “our cross” and follow Him?
EVERYONE suffers at the end of their life and all through life. Does that mean we just kill everyone so no one has to suffer anymore? UTOPIA!
My parents BOTH suffered from Lung Cancer. My grandmother suffered from Ovarian Cancer. My grandfather suffered with brain tumors. My Aunt suffered from Pancreatic Cancer. All naturally life ending. I suffer with MANY health issues that at times are EXTREMELY painful. I also tried to commit suicide years back and I thank GOD DAILY HE allowed me to live, giving me time to repent and WAIT UNTIL He is ready to take me.
NO ONE chooses to suffer. We just do and when we see others suffer, we SHOULD become AWARE of how PRECIOUS the gift of LIFE from God is. How needed compassion and caring is today and always for one another. We SHOULD drop EVERYTHING and tend to THEM, as they teach US what TRUE compassion, mercy and love for neighbor, along with how to nurture and nurse, truly is and how frail and human we are. This is all a part of life. We are not animals that can put to down because we have no worth anymore. We have souls and can reason. The only thing assisted suicide (euthanasia) will do, is euthanize the only dignity and respect for HUMAN LIFE people have left for one another and self.
“Then the LORD asked Cain, Where is your brother Abel? He answered, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?” God then said: What have you done? Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground!”
Unlike taking the position of Cain’s response to God when he took the life of his brother, WE ARE RESPONSIBLE for our Bothers & Sisters. We are RESPONSIBLE for all creation and creatures. The fact we are Human Beings we know we have been given the gift to THINK and REASON.
Join your suffering to His. There is no place or state in this life we can ever be, that He has not been, or is. The little amount of suffering we have today, is not worth the risk of spending eternity in suffering.
For the argument that we all have the right to choose what we do with it? You are correct. But you don’t have a right legalize your choice to die, which would brainwash an entire society a generation from now into thinking murdering someone who is suffering is okay. We already know where the Abortion culture has lead us and we also know we all will die one day, naturally.
The Way of the Cross <–click
As they led him away they took hold of a certain Simon, a Cyrenian, who was coming in from the country; and after laying the cross on him, they made him carry it behind Jesus. A large crowd of people followed Jesus, including many women who mourned and lamented him. Jesus turned to them and said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep instead for yourselves and for your children, for indeed, the days are coming when people will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed.’
The split second a life is conceived, its eternally there. You can not go back and make it any different. Life is alive and growing. Abortion can NEVER un conceive a life. It only ends it senselessly. Abortion is not a magical pill that makes everything never have exist in the first place. Having one, it adds 10 fold to the suffering the woman is already experiencing.
A message for ANYONE who STILL supports Abortion:
In a post Titled:
I Had a Secret Abortion at 18, and the Baby Parts Selling Scandal is Crushing Me
A “comment” was made by a woman that hits to the very heart of how women who support abortion today have lost their compassion.
EDITING OUT her name: “I’m not in your shoes, but I do t think you should despair. The scandal isn’t really a scandal – and any tissues donated from any source help save and improve countless future lives. You are also worth much more than a frail piece of tissue that separates “virgins” from “non-virgins.”” END QUOTE
To which I NEEDED to share and know needs to be shared here: – You stated: “I’m not in your shoes”. EXACTLY You are not. But I am in her shoes. Women like you should be ashamed of yourselves. If you don’t have a heart to understand the loss, realize you also don’t have the heart, nor the experience to give ANY advise to women who do. You prove you support something you don’t understand. Understand this. A women who has an abortion is always a mother. Will always be a mother. The second a life is conceived, it just doesn’t disappear and go away. One SPLIT SECOND of life in the womb of a woman, is eternal and nothing can change that. You can go back to your false concerns and false ideology that if I kill my child it never existed. To a women who realized this child will always be alive, that will never work. Nothing makes a life, never exist. For women who HAVE had an abortion, who now realize the ramifications of their decision, I offer you:
If you or someone you know is suffering after abortion, confidential non-judgmental help is available. Call Project Rachel’s national toll-free number: 888-456-HOPE (-4673) or visit HopeAfterAbortion.org.
Spanish-speakers may visit EsperanzaPosaborto.org
This is the mentality of the pro abortion culture. Its all about me, me, me. If I kill it, no one will ever know. If I have an abortion, it will just all go away. Wake up time. It doesn’t. That child is always the answer to the question gnawing at the soul: What am I missing?
#StMichaelFastforLife begins today. If you missed it, its okay, start now. See HERE
Tomorrow – Protest Planned Parenthood
WHAT: Protest PP’s harvesting and selling of aborted baby parts
WHERE: Over 300 Planned Parenthood facilities across America
WHEN: August 22, 2015 from 9:00am-11:00am
CONTACT: Email or call 773-777-2900
Find a Planned Parenthood in your area tomorrow, and JOIN the protest.
CLICK HERE to find the protest near you.
St. Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray,
and do thou,
O Prince of the heavenly hosts,
by the power of God,
thrust into hell Satan,
and all the evil spirits,
who prowl about the world
seeking the ruin of souls. Amen
O glorious prince St. Michael,
chief and commander of the heavenly hosts,
guardian of souls, vanquisher of rebel spirits,
servant in the house of the Divine King
and our admirable conductor,
you who shine with excellence
and superhuman virtue deliver us from all evil,
who turn to you with confidence
and enable us by your gracious protection
to serve God more and more faithfully every day. Amen
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
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.
Taken from Mary Pages
Our Lord has shown me great mercy since my Conversion of Heart began. I pray for the ENTIRE CHURCH to take advantage of the Year of Mercy and “Return to your First Love”, that being our Lord. COMPLETELY!
Be not afraid.
“The Lord does not delay his promise, as some regard “delay,” but he is patient with you, not wishing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” – 2 Peter 3:9
Pope Francis: homily with announcement of Year of Mercy
This year as last, as we head into of the Fourth Sunday of Lent, we are gathered to celebrate the penitential liturgy. We are united with so many Christians, who, in every part of the world, have accepted the invitation to live this moment as a sign of the goodness of the Lord. The Sacrament of Reconciliation, in fact, allows us with confidence to draw near to the Father, in order to be certain of His pardon. He really is “rich in mercy” and extends His mercy with abundance over those who turn to Him with a sincere heart.
To be here in order to experience His love, however, is first of all the fruit of His grace. As the Apostle Paul reminds us, God never ceases to show the richness of His mercy throughout the ages. The transformation of the heart that leads us to confess our sins is “God’s gift”, it is “His work” (cf. Eph 2:8-10). To be touched with tenderness by His hand and shaped by His grace allows us, therefore, to approach the priest without fear for our sins, but with the certainty of being welcomed by him in the name of God, and understood notwithstanding our miseries. Coming out of the confessional, we will feel God’s strength, which restores life and returns the enthusiasm of faith.
The Gospel we have heard (cf. Lk 7:36-50) opens for us a path of hope and comfort. It is good that we should feel that same compassionate gaze of Jesus upon us, as when he perceived the sinful woman in the house of the Pharisee. In this passage two words return before us with great insistence: love and judgment.
There is the love of the sinful woman, who humbles herself before the Lord; but first there is the merciful love of Jesus for her, which pushes her to approach. Her cry of repentance and joy washes the feet of the Master, and her hair dries them with gratitude; her kisses are pure expression of her affection; and the fragrant ointment poured out with abundance attests how precious He is to her eyes. This woman’s every gesture speaks of love and expresses her desire to have an unshakable certainty in her life: that of being forgiven. And Jesus gives this assurance: welcoming her, He demonstrates God’s love for her, just for her! Love and forgiveness are simultaneous: God forgives her much, everything, because “she loved much” (Luke 7:47); and she adores Jesus because she feels that in Him there is mercy and not condemnation. Thanks to Jesus, God casts her many sins away behind Him, He remembers them no more (cf. Is 43:25). For her, a new season now begins; she is reborn in love, to a new life.
This woman has really met the Lord. In silence, she opened her heart to Him; in pain, she showed repentance for her sins; with her tears, she appealed to the goodness of God for forgiveness. For her, there will be no judgment except that which comes from God, and this is the judgment of mercy. The protagonist of this meeting is certainly the love that goes beyond justice.
Simon the Pharisee, on the contrary, cannot find the path of love. He stands firm upon the threshold of formality. He is not capable of taking the next step to go meet Jesus, who brings him salvation. Simon limited himself to inviting Jesus to dinner, but did not really welcome Him. In his thoughts, he invokes only justice, and in so doing, he errs. His judgment on the woman distances him from the truth and does not allow him even to understand who guest is. He stopped at the surface, he was not able to look to the heart. Before Jesus’ parable and the question of which a servant would love his master most, the Pharisee answered correctly, “The one, to whom the master forgave most.” And Jesus does not fail to make him observe: “Thou hast judged rightly. (Lk 7:43)” Only when the judgment of Simon is turned toward love: then is he in the right.
The call of Jesus pushes each of us never to stop at the surface of things, especially when we are dealing with a person. We are called to look beyond, to focus on the heart to see how much generosity everyone is capable. No one can be excluded from the mercy of God; everyone knows the way to access it and the Church is the house that welcomes all and refuses no one. Its doors remain wide open, so that those who are touched by grace can find the certainty of forgiveness. The greater the sin, so much the greater must be the love that the Church expresses toward those who convert.
Dear brothers and sisters, I have often thought about how the Church might make clear its mission of being a witness to mercy. It is journey that begins with a spiritual conversion. For this reason, I have decided to call an extraordinary Jubilee that is to have the mercy of God at its center. It shall be a Holy Year of Mercy. We want to live this Year in the light of the Lord’s words: “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. (cf. Lk 6:36)”
This Holy Year will begin on this coming Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and will end on November 20, 2016, the Sunday dedicated to Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe – and living face of the Father’s mercy. I entrust the organization of this Jubilee to the Pontifical Council for Promotion of the New Evangelization, that [the dicastery] might animate it as a new stage in the journey of the Church on its mission to bring to every person the Gospel of mercy.
I am convinced that the whole Church will find in this Jubilee the joy needed to rediscover and make fruitful the mercy of God, with which all of us are called to give consolation to every man and woman of our time. From this moment, we entrust this Holy Year to the Mother of Mercy, that she might turn her gaze upon us and watch over our journey. – Pope Francis
Come back to me with all your heart.
Don’t let fear keep us apart.
Trees do bend, though straight and tall;
so must we to others’ call.
Long have I waited for your coming home to me
and living deeply our new life.
The wilderness will lead you to your heart where I will speak.
Integrity and justice with tenderness you shall know.
Long have I waited for your coming home to me
and living deeply our new life.
You shall sleep secure with peace;
faithfulness will be your joy.
Long have I waited for your coming home to me
and living deeply our new life.
With the Resurrection of our Lord….
The only problem in this world we have ever had, was solved and rectified over 2000 years ago. Like so many who doubt, the world continues to state “I don’t believe it”, either with awe or doubt, BELIEVE it..
With pride, its always said, “I can do that better”. Always trying to “build a better mouse trap”, creating problems for himself, where there no longer exists any.
Jesus Christ fixed the ONLY problem we truly ever had, but man continues to believe he can fix it better.
Just STOP! “Do whatever he tells you.”
Great Uncle Msgr. Mikulas Misik, pray for us! Intercede for us! May all the nations in this world see the importance of protecting the Sanctity of Marriage, between one man and one woman.
Please read “Faith of our Fathers”
Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us. Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my faith, hope, trust and love in You.
Today is First Friday. Tomorrow is First Saturday
On Saturday, the people of Slovakia will vote in a nationwide referendum once more to define marriage as between one man and one woman—and also to deny same-sex couples the ability to adopt. The referendum would also give parents the right to keep their children from sex education classes in school.
Paul VI Hall
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Pope Francis: Pozdravujem slovenských pútnikov to prostredníctvom nich, chcem vyjadriť moju podporu Cirkvi na Slovensku, povzbudiac všetkých pokračovať v zápase na obranu rodiny, životodarnej bunky spoločnosti.
[Greet the pilgrims from Slovakia and, through them, I wish to express my appreciation to the entire Church Slovak, encouraging everyone to continue their efforts in defense of the family, the vital cell of society.]
Infant of Prague, have mercy on us all. Glory to God
“For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. “For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be”
Slovak conservatives fail to (homosexual) marriage ban in referendum
Music Found on Our Lady of Guadalupe’s Mantle
A recent story came out regarding the words of the Imam who was present in the Vatican garden for the “Prayers for Peace”: What Did the Imam Really Say? Revisited
I’m reminded of the faith of the Prophet Elijah. Being Catholic we KNOW there is only One God. The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Remember those who worshiped the false idols:
25 Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, “Choose one of the bulls and prepare it first, since there are so many of you. Call on the name of your god, but do not light the fire.” 26 So they took the bull given them and prepared it.
Then they called on the name of Baal from morning till noon. “Baal, answer us!” they shouted. But there was no response; no one answered. And they danced around the altar they had made.
27 At noon Elijah began to taunt them. “Shout louder!” he said. “Surely he is a god! Perhaps he is deep in thought, or busy, or traveling. Maybe he is sleeping and must be awakened.” 28 So they shouted louder and slashed themselves with swords and spears, as was their custom, until their blood flowed. 29 Midday passed, and they continued their frantic prophesying until the time for the evening sacrifice. But there was no response, no one answered, no one paid attention.
…37″Answer me, O LORD, answer me, that this people may know that You, O LORD, are God, and that You have turned their heart back again.” 38 Then the fire of the LORD fell and consumed the burnt offering and the wood and the stones and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. 39 When all the people saw it, they fell on their faces; and they said, “The LORD, He is God; the LORD, He is God.”…
Place your trust in our Lord.
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.”
I reached that point in my conversion back home to where our Lord has told me to go and LIVE. Its been 17 years on this road to this point.. (no, its not over, Its a lifelong process until He takes me home)
For a while, I began to feel like a pill bug, turned in on myself afraid to move, for a VERY long time. I can only assume it needed to be, in order for me to see myself, in every direction, for who I was and for who God created me to be. But more to see God for who He is. I take His words to heart now: “Be not afraid”. Rather than taking them in fear and trembling… Thank you Lord. Glory to God.
I TRUST in You O Lord.
EDIT TO ADD:
We can’t all have that metamorphosis in such a grand way as the worms changing to butterflies. Sometimes, all the changes that need to take place are simply in direction…
Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for me. Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on me, a sinner…
Hello my wonderful readers (Brothers & Sisters in Christ). I have a personal prayer request. We all need prayers and I am no different. I am asking for your prayers for me, as I am going in for gallbladder surgery in the next few days. I have had some other health issues including a partially collapsed lung and some nodules found on my thyroid along with a hiatal hernia that is producing an over abundance of acid so much so that it is finding its way into my lungs. Yup! I’m a mess but I have for many years been offering up all my suffering to our Lord. If it is Gods will that this is my time, let it be known that I join all my suffering to His, including my death. In that case, please pray for my soul. I trust in our Lord as He is the spouse of my soul. The foundation of my faith has always been rooted in the fact, He said so. No matter how frightening things have been or can be the simple fact our Lord has said and done everything already, is consolation enough for me to understand, His will be done, not mine. I have received Anointing of the Sick and if any of my readers are in the same health way as I am, please go and be anointed before any medical procedure like surgery.. Its best to be prepared.
Please pray for my healing and for my children and husband to pull closer to our Lord during this time . God bless you and thank you. I love you.
EDIT TO ADD: I received my Surgery date and it seems its going to be held off until March 13th, 2014 at 11:00 AM. Glory to God.
I came across the story while walking through my family’s past, reminiscing about my Great Uncle in Slovakia who survived the Nazis and the Communists. Some days I am just overwhelmed by not being able to stop thinking about what took place in that time. How so many souls went to their death in Nazi Camps. How souls living near the camps allowed it as if it was nothing. Because they just didn’t care and it didn’t affect them. I would be willing to bet the justifications by so many today FOR Abortion, and pro Choice are exactly the same as the justifications by those who did NOTHING to stop the slaughter of millions back then. Today, truly is no different. With great understanding, nothing has changed.
While the Nazis nurtured the illusion of limitless technological and social progress and a racially purified utopian worker/agricultural paradise…they created the archetypal “culture of death”
The Germans murdered over a million Jewish children. Like the sick and the old, they were viewed as useless mouths to feed and often among the first killed. Some were used in medical experiments, but newborns were typically murdered at birth. – Sound familiar today? Tell me what has changed? Nothing. Evil always hides behind a name. Nazi was that name in the 30’s & 40’s. But the evil is still here. Hiding behind another name. The key is not to stamp out the name, but the evil itself. As long as we continue to feed the “culture of death”, by way of complicity, lackadaisical caring, or just not giving a damn, we are doomed to repeat the past. And we are repeating it today. How many children today are murdered daily through Abortion because we view them as less than human? How about post birth abortion? Aborted children used in stem cell research? How can they be less then human when we ourselves we that little once. They are no less human than you or I.
This is not just the “culture of death” mentality but evil itself. The pro death (Pro Abortion) argument today is no different than the pro Nazi argument of the past. Its LEGAL. Just because man creates a law that goes against what is right, does not make it okay.
This story here needs to be read: The Dachau Seven: The Nameless Pro Life Hero who Saved Seven Pregnant Concentration Camp Prisoners
This one also: