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"But when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will teach you all truth. For he shall not speak of himself; but what things soever he shall hear, he shall speak; and the things that are to come, he shall show you."  (John 16:13)
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Pope St John Paul II: The Spark from Poland - "'As I was praying for Poland, I heard the words:' 'I bear a special love for Poland, and if she will be obedient to My will, I will exalt her in might and holiness. From her will come forth the spark that will prepare the world for My final coming.' (The Diary of St. Faustina, 1732)."


"We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has gone through.   I do not think that wide circles of American society or wide circles of the Christian community realize this fully.  We are now facing the FINAL confrontation between the Church and the anti-Church, of the Gospel versus the anti-Gospel."

---Karol Cardinal Wojtyla (Pope John Paul II), November 9, 1976

"He who rebels against the Church is a rotten member, and what is done to His Vicar on earth, (the Pope) be it reverence or insult, is done to God in Heaven.  Think not that God is sleeping over the injuries that have been done to His Spouse" (the Church)."

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Moses with the Ten Commandments are throughout the US Supreme Court - "As you walk up the building which houses the US Supreme Court, near the top of the building you can see a row of the world's law givers and each one is facing one man in the middle, who is facing forward with a full frontal view... it is Moses and he is holding the Ten Commandments!"
Commentary:  The above information is a powerful testimony and evidence that faith in God and Christianity, as well as belief in our Jewish heritage was present in our Founding Fathers and in the vast majority of our political leaders that followed them.  It has only been put aside since the 1960's by various Supreme Court rulings and especially by the morally corrupt "leadership" of President Obama, with the approval of the majority of the members of the US Democratic Party!

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What ‘America’s Ratzinger’ (Cardinal George) would like to ask Pope Francis - "To begin, George said he’d like to ask Francis if he fully grasps that in some quarters, he’s created the impression Catholic doctrine is up for grabs.  Does Francis realize, for example, “what has happened just by that phrase, ‘Who am I to judge?

Francis’ signature sound-bite, George said, 'has been very misused … because he was talking about someone who has already asked for mercy and been given absolution, whom he knows well,' George said.  (Francis uttered the line in 2013, in response to a question about a Vatican cleric accused of gay relationships earlier in his career.) 

'That’s entirely different than talking to somebody who demands acceptance rather than asking for forgiveness,' George said.  He said he also wonders if Francis realizes how his rhetoric has created expectations 'he can’t possibly meet.' 

'I don’t know whether he’s conscious of all the consequences of some of the things he’s said and done that raise doubts in people’s minds.”

'That’s what worries me,' George said. 'At a certain moment, people who have painted him as a player in their own scenarios about changes in the Church will discover that’s not who he is.'  At that stage, George warned, 'He’ll get not only disillusionment, but opposition, which could be harmful to his effectiveness.' 

'The question is why he doesn’t he clarify these ambiguous statements,' George said. 'Why is it necessary that apologists have to bear the burden of trying to put the best possible face on it?'"

Pope demotes outspoken American conservative cardinal - "It was the second time in less than a year that the pope had sidelined (Cardinal) Burke, the former archbishop of St. Louis. Last December he removed Burke from the board of the influential Vatican department that handles the appointment of bishops."

Commentary:  Why Pope Francis demoted Cardinal Burke is a mystery.  He was admired and respected by St. Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI.  Perhaps it is because Pope Francis wants changes in the Church that may require a redefinition of some moral issues that are currently under the title of "Church Doctrine."  Until the Holy Father clarifies his reasons as to exactly what he wants changed, his actions regarding Cardinal Burke and perhaps other conservatives in the hierarchy of the Church will continue to remain a mystery.  vtb

THIRD SECRET OF FATIMA EXPLAINED: "There shall be bishop against bishop and cardinal against cardinal, as Satan has set himself in their midst."

“Your sufferings are not punishment, but rather ways of earning merit that the Lord is giving you, and the shadows that weigh on your soul are generated by the devil, who wants to harm you. The closer God draws a soul, the more the enemy troubles him."

The Sacred Heart: Fire of Love, Refuge from Evil - "Do you sometimes feel that  God has abandoned or rejected you or your family?  Is your home an environment of fear, anxiety, confusion, bitterness, unhappiness, or spiritual desolation?  Monsignor Esseff  advises, 'There is a simple but effective way to make your home a  Gibraltar in the midst of the evils that threaten to destroy the last stronghold of our Church and country—the family. Enthrone Christ as King of your home! Turn your family over to His Sacred Heart.'"

The first of the visionaries to see Our Lady - "Ivanka Ivankovic  was the first of the six visionaries to see Our Lady when the Medjugorje phenomenon began 33 years ago on June 24, 1981."   

15 Reasons You Should Be Drinking Lemon Water Every Morning - "If you are looking for an easy trick to improve your life and overall health, than look no further. Drinking lemon water first thing in the morning is a pretty simple routine to get into and will have tremendous effects on your overall health."
CHURCH OF ENGLAND SAYS YES TO WOMEN BISHOPS - "The Church of England was established by King Henry VIII who appointed himself as its head in 1534. The government still formally appoints the Archbishop of Canterbury, the spiritual leader of the church, and Queen Elizabeth II serves as its supreme governor. Parliament maintains a role in church affairs, and will be called upon to  ratify the female bishop legislation. Some  26 bishops are allocated seats in the House of Lords."
Commentary:  The ex-Catholic & madman  King Henry VIII was a murderer.  He had 2 of his 6 wives executed (murdered).  Who in their right mind would follow such a  man or religion?  vtb
ALLEGED PROPHECY FROM SAINT PIO CAUSES REFLECTION ON FOODS THAT MAY PREVENT SCOURGE OF CANCER - St. Pio:  "There will be a cure for cancer, and it will be so simple the medical experts will all wonder why they never thought of it earlier." ..."Note the word "simple." It was used five times in the article and comments. And somehow, it feels like it makes sense. Many foods that are alkaline are the ones cited as anti-cancer. We are focusing on this issue because cancer is taking so many lives, in many cases is preventable (and curable), and because the body is the temple of the Holy Spirit (ravaged these days by our society's straying from God)."
What Should America Do in Iraq Now? (Also see reader's comments) - "The ultimate question about Iraq is not what we have done or not done, who is to blame for where we are, where the Iraqis are, or how we got to this miserable place, but what is morally right – at this time.  Our losses are enormous, and so are the Iraqi losses.  Our commitment has seemed interminable, the horror and insecurity with which the average Iraqi lives equally unending.  But to make the right choices now, we must also see how the road wound to bring us here."
Commentary:  The only opinions that really count are those of our veterans who served in Iraq, especially those who were injured and/or disabled.  Sadly, according to the Obama Administration our soldiers who were killed in Iraq "died in vain."  As more & more people are finding out, the spiritually shallow Obama is a disgrace to the office of the Presidency - our worst president ever.  I too am a veteran, but from another war in our history, therefore I have great sympathy for all of our veterans many sacrifices.  They are my "brothers" and will always be heroes in my eyes.  They deserve to be treated with honor.  I pray that the Lord will bless them and their families and give them His comfort and peace.  vtb
Syria's Chemical Weapons Came From Saddam's Iraq - "As the regime of Bashar Assad disintegrates, the security of his chemical arsenal is in jeopardy. The No. 2 general in Saddam Hussein's air force says they were the WMDs we didn't find in Iraq."
Worldly Diocese Bishop Ricken of the Green Bay Diocese refuses to study and address the causes of grave moral issues that exist in his diocese.  You will find that many of these issues reflect the spiritual state of the average diocese in the USA and other nations of the West.  Therefore this letter is just as timely today as the day it was written.

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The beginning of the end of the death penalty - "The death penalty is still legal in most states, but little by little, the laws that allow executions are being chipped away."
Commentary:  It is true that to receive the death penalty is a horrible, and perhaps cruel way to die.  However, I do not believe it wise to remove it from the options prosecutors have to punish criminals who commit horrible & cruel crimes.  This is because it is often used as an incentive to convince criminals to confess to additional crimes, and/or give out more information and reveal the location of the bodies of people they have murdered.  This helps the relatives and friends of their victims receive "closure" and brings them a measure of  peace
Most criminals would rather receive a life sentence and would easily give out more information to law enforcement personal rather than face the death penalty.  Pope Pius XII did not object to the use of the death penalty and he was a very holy pope. I believe it should be used rarely, but not taken off the books.  vtb

Jerusalem - Miracle during visit Papa Francesco - Double Sun (Photo) - "Visit to the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem to Pope Francis. Final day of the historic trip to the Holy Land to the Pope that he stopped for a moment of prayer between the stones of the wall. As predecessors Pope John Paul II and Benedict XVI left a prayer card between the large stones. After this ritual is a very strange phenomenon appeared in the skies of Jerusalem. A double sun remained in the sky for 2 minutes at around 14:30 pm and was filmed and photographed by thousands in attendance."
CNN: West Point Gave Obama ‘Icy’ Reception - "Clancy said it was 'not really a great speech to give at the U.S. Military Academy,' and the address has drawn  bipartisan criticism.  'It was a  philosophical speech,' he said. 'It was not a Commander-in-Chief speaking to his troops. And you heard the reception. I mean, it was pretty icy."”
Commentary: Obama, being a permissive liberal, will never understand what it is to be a true Commander-In-Chief.  He is always giving "political" speeches and military personal don't appreciate that.  He has never been popular with our troops because he is a selfish, shallow man who only cares about his image and his so-called "legacy."   What Obama fails to realize is that the only "legacy" that will follow him (and the Democratic Party is his giving approval to the killing of millions of innocent unborn human beings through  brutal abortions.   vtb    

8 Scary Things Abortion Activists Have Said - “The toughest part of a D&E abortion is extracting the baby’s head. The head of a baby that age is about the size of a plum and is now free-floating inside the uterine cavity. You can be pretty sure you have hold of it if the Sopher clamp is spread about as far as your fingers will allow. You will know you have it right when you crush down on the clamp and see a  pure white gelatinous material  issue from the cervix. That was the baby’s brains. You can then extract the skull pieces. If you have a really bad day like I often did, a little face may come out and stare back at you.” ~ Dr. Anthony Levatino, M.D.  (performed abortions for eight years)."
Commentary:  His statement gives you the  creeps.  Are we living in Nazi Germany or the USA?   vtb
Also see:  Pro-life Links
Does Obama Care About the Troops? - "He wasn't in Afghanistan out of mere  pride for the troops. As usual, Obama was using the troops for political purposes. Whether he's taking credit for their successful missions ('Today, at my direction, the United States launched a targeted operation against that compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan') or portraying them as victims of brutal, hawkish  foreign policy  (we 'have seen over 3,000 lives of the bravest young Americans wasted' in Iraq), the troops are but implements in Obama's quest for political victory."
Commentary:  The men & women who were injured, disabled, or died in Iraq did not become so in vain!  They will always be "heroes" in the eyes of millions of patriotic Americans! "Insurgents" don't kill their own people.  Based on the number of suicides and other bombings, the greatest number of terrorists are in Iraq, and not in Afghanistan.    George W. Bush, whom our troops loved, was right, and the  immature and unqualified Obama was wrong.  vtb
Also see:  US Military Links
Pope Francis Says 'Door Is Always Open' to Rethink Priestly Celibacy - "'Pope Francis is clearly open to discussing  anything,' Sr. Mary Ann Walsh,  spokeswoman  for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, said. 'The man is very open to discussing any ideas  and coming to a greater understanding.  I think his idea is that this brings people to understanding.'”
Commentary:  The key point is that by being "open" to discussing celibacy, this will bring people to a "greater understanding" of the  need FOR celibacy in the priesthood. vtb 
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Will Married Priests Solve the Vocations Problem? - Testimony of a married priest:  "Yes, there are problems with celibacy for priests. Believe me, there will be equal or greater problems if we have married clergy."
5 Ways the Eucharist Erases the Effects of Original Sin - "St. Ignatius of Antioch—as he was heading to his impending martyrdom—called the Eucharist the 'medicine of immortality' and the 'antidote to prevent us from dying.'  St. Gregory of Nyssa described it as the 'antidote' to the 'poison.'  Whoever tastes the Eucharist, added St. Ambrose, 'shall not be able to feel corruption.'  Likewise, Theodore of Mopsuestia referred to it as 'immortal nourishment.'”

 Also see:  Jesus, our Hope
The Chemical That’s Found in 40% of Your Food and Poses a Cancer Risk - "The primary use of acrylamide is in certain industries, such as paper and plastic, food packaging and dyes. But according to  the Grocery Manufacturers Association, acrylamide is also found in about 40 percent of the calories consumed in a standard American diet. According to the  American Cancer Society, exposure to high levels of acrylamide at the workplace has been shown to cause nerve damage, leading to numbness and weakness in the arms and legs."
Catholic Church's Position On Immigration Reform - "The U.S. Catholic Bishops accept the legitimate role of the U.S. government in  intercepting unauthorized migrants  who attempt to travel to the United States. The Bishops also believe that by increasing lawful means  for migrants to enter, live, and work in the United States, law enforcement will be better able to focus upon those who truly threaten public safety: drug and human traffickers, smugglers, and would-be terrorists.  Any enforcement measures must be targeted,  proportional, and humane."
Prayer to the Immaculate Conception - "O God, who by the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, did prepare a worthy dwelling place for Your Son, we beseech You that, as by the  foreseen death of this, Your Son, You did preserve her from all stain, so too You would permit us, purified through her  intercession, to come unto You.  Through the same Lord Jesus ChristYour Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end. Amen."   Also see:  Blessed Virgin Mary Links
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DEATH OF LONG ISLAND MAN TIED TO ALLEGED SPANISH APPARITIONS PUTS ACCENT ON A HOST OF MYSTERIES - "Garabandal has always been a supreme mystery.  I visited there in the early 1990s, staying at a bed-and-breakfast owned by the uncle of reputed seer Conchita Gonzalez -- a wonderful man in this exquisitely beautiful, towering spot in the Cantabrian Mountains of north-central Spain. At one point during the day, I was the only pilgrim there (later joined by an American). Something surely happened here."
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"Now the Spirit manifestly saith, that in the last times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to spirits of error and doctrines of devils.  Speaking lies in hypocrisy, and having their conscience seared" 
(1 Timothy 4:1-2).
Journey to heaven, hell, purgatory After a near-fatal motorcycle crash 30 years ago, priest said guardian angel showed him the afterlife - "'In HELL: They had seemed very holy on Earth, but it was  hypocrisy.  It was sad; I felt sorry for them,' he said. Numbered among the lost souls were priests and bishops who were not faithful to their calling as shepherds. He also noted a great deal of hatred  and in-fighting that occurred between the eternally condemned.'"
Saving Catholic Culture from Destruction - "In centuries past, those seeking to level or confiscate sacred edifices were the Church’s sworn adversaries, who tried to storm her fortresses and attack her from without.  In this, our own day, however, there are Catholics in many places whose biggest perennial fear is not savage invasion, but the euthanizing of their parish at the hands of their very own bishops and pastors. Is it not time for an honest  recognition and acknowledgement of the deep spiritual and psychological harm caused by this phenomenon?"
Fatima Still Matters - "In Fatima, two anti-Catholic socialist newspapers sent reporters to witness how foolish it was that so many people came out believing there would be a miracle. Instead, the papers carried reports of an amazing miracle  witnessed by all who were there."
9 truths about purgatory - "What Catholics need to know about the ‘anteroom of heaven.’" 
WHILE MOST PASSAGES TO THE OTHER SIDE ARE FILLED WITH A SENSE OF PEACE, THERE ARE DARK, EVEN SCARY EXCEPTIONS - "I felt some type of dark cloud present in the room.  The lights grew dimmer, and the temperature plummeted. The room was  freezing cold as though the temperature had instantly dropped a hundred degrees. The warmth I'd come to expect when Heaven's door  opened seemed to have been replaced by the opening of a liquid nitrogen canister. The room appeared dark and shadowy, as if it were being swallowed by a  black abyss."
THE "SMOKE OF SATAN" IS BECOMING A RAGING FIRE! - "For the good of the Catholic faithful and all people, the Church provides clear teaching concerning  Satanic worship. This activity separates people from God and the human community, it is  contrary to charity and goodness, and it places participants dangerously close to destructive works of evil."
When sufferings come, offer them up as a sacrifice to God. (03/29/1984)
By means of the cross God is glorified through every person. (11/29/1984)
Dear children, during these days my Lord is allowing me to intercede for more graces for you... With these graces, dear children, I want your sufferings to be joy. (06/19/1986)
I desire also that your cross be a joy for you.  Especially, dear children, pray that you may be able to accept sickness, and sufferings with love - the way Jesus accepted them [sufferings]. Only in that way will I be able, with joy, to give to you the graces and healings which Jesus permits me. (09/11/1986)
Today I invite you to offer your crosses and sufferings for my intentions... Little children, offer your sufferings as a gift to God so that they may become a most beautiful flower of joy. Therefore, little children, pray that you may understand that suffering can become joy, and the cross a way of joy. (09/25/1996)
When you are tired and sick and you do not know the meaning of your life, take the rosary and pray; pray until prayer becomes for you a joyful meeting with your Savour. I am with you, little children, and I intercede and pray for you. (04/25/2001)
Courage, little children!... Through each of your tribulations and sufferings, God will find the way of joy for you. Therefore, little children, pray. We are close to you with our love. (03/25/2006)
Let your suffering be united in his [Jesus'] suffering and love will win. (03/25/2013)."
Devil is working hard on securing end times - "Pope Francis is not shy about preaching on how the battle between good and evil has already begun."
Commentary: Some believe we are at the BEGINNING of the end times and a Great Chastisement awaits us if we do not turn back to the Lord. The intensity of that Chastisement depends upon the number who repent and try to live by God's Word and the teachings of His Church, rather than living by man's word and the teachings of the world.  I share their belief.  vtb 
Pope Benedict XVI stated: "The attacks on the Pope and the Church do not just come from  outside, but the sufferings of the Church come precisely from within the Church, from the sin that is in the Church.  This has always been known, but today we see it in a really  terrifying way:

The greatest persecution of the Church does not come from external  enemies, but is born from the sin in the Church.  
The Church, therefore, has the profound need to learn penance again, to accept purification, to learn on one hand forgiveness, as well as the need for justice.  Forgiveness does not replace  justice."
 Lisbon, Portugal, MAY 11, 2010 (
CommentaryPope Benedict's  statement regarding sins committed by members of the Church  especially pertains to the poor example being set by our bishops and priests, many of whom have become very worldly and lukewarm in the practice of their faith.  This is a great scandal and the main reason  for the existence of this website. 
Of course, although there are many good Protestants, this does not excuse the gravely sinful behavior of many other Protestants who are guilty of bigotry and  prejudice  against the Roman Catholic Church.  They forget this powerful warning given by Our Lord JESUS CHRIST:
"And if he will not hear them: tell the church.   And if he will not hear the church, let him be to thee as the heathen and publican.  Amen I say to you, whatsoever you shall  bind upon earth, shall be bound also in  heaven; and whatsoever you shall loose upon earth, shall be loosed also in heaven." (Matthew 18:17-18).
In addition, many Protestants, because of their pride which has blinded them from accepting the Truth (not accepting all that JESUS and His Church teaches, although He has also told us that He is "the Way, the Truth, and the Life"), refuse to believe that JESUS  directed these words to the first Pope of His Church.  In addition, they choose to ignore the fact that their attacks come from the  devil: 
"And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it"  (Matthew 16:18).  vtb
"Love not the world, nor the things which are in the world. If any man love the world, the charity of the Father is not in him.  For all that is in the world, is the concupiscence of the flesh, & the concupiscence of the eyes, and the pride of life, which is not of the Father, but is of the world." 
(1 John 2:15)
 "We adore Thee, we bless Thee, & we thank Thee O Christ, because by Thy Holy Cross & Thy great sufferings, Thou has redeemed  the world!"
"Who changed the truth of God into a lie; and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
For this cause God delivered them up to shameful affections. For their women have changed the natural use into that use which is against nature.  And, in like manner, the men also, leaving the natural use of the women, have burned in their lusts one towards another, men with men working that which is filthy, and receiving in themselves the recompense which was due to their error.  
And as they liked not to have God in their knowledge, God delivered them up to a reprobate sense, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all iniquity, malice, fornication, avarice, wickedness, full of envy, murder, contention, deceit, malignity, whisperers, Detractors, hateful to God, contumelious, proud, haughty,  inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents.
God delivered them up: Not by being author of their sins, but by withdrawing his grace, and so permitting them, in punishment of their pride, to fall into those shameful sins.
Foolish, dissolute, without affection, without fidelity, without mercy.  Who, having known the justice of God, did not understand that they who do such things, are worthy of death; and not only they that do them, but they also that consent (approve of their actions) to them that do them." 
(Romans 1:25-32)
 "O how good an sweet is thy spirit, O Lord, in all things!  And therefore thou chastisest  them that err, by little and little; and  admonish them, and speakest to them, concerning the things wherein they offend; that leaving their wickedness, they may believe in thee, O Lord...
Because they did works hateful to thee...  merciless MURDERERS OF THEIR OWN CHILDREN... (ABORTION).  Wherefore thou hast also greatly tormented them who in their life have lived foolishly and unjustly, by the same things which they worshiped.  For they went astray for a long time in the  ways of error, holding those things for gods (material things) which are the most worthless among beasts, living after the manner of children without understanding
Therefore thou hast sent a judgment upon them... they suffered by those very things which they took for gods..." (the loss of material things).
(Wisdom 12:1-2,4-5,23-25,27)
"Know also this, that, in the LAST DAYS, shall come dangerous  times.  Men shall be lovers of themselves, covetous,  haughty, proudblasphemers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, wicked, Without affection, without peace, slanderers, incontinent,  unmerciful, without kindness. Traitors, stubborn, puffed up, and lovers of pleasures more than of GodHaving an appearance indeed of godliness, (like President Obama) but denying the power thereof.  Now these (people) AVOID."
(2 Timothy 3:1-5)
I feel it very important that I share this spiritual information and I hope that you will not be offended by my efforts.  No matter what the level of your faith or your religion, please take the time to listen to this man whether you believe all that he says or not.  As it did mine, It will greatly benefit your soul and make it much easier to understand the holy path we all must take to be worthy of Heaven.  Thank you and God bless you!  
Vincent T. Bemowski
Editor - Catholic Messages
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Four common tactics of the devil - Deception - Division - Diversion - Discouragement - "The devil deceives us with many false and empty promises. Most of these relate to the lie  that we will be happier and more fulfilled if we  sin, or deny aspects of the truth.  
Whatever passing pleasures  come with sin, they are in fact passing. Great and accumulated  suffering eventually comes with almost all sinful activity. Yet, despite this experience, we human beings remain very  gullible, we seem to love empty promises and put all sorts of false hopes of them.... 
So many things help drive this division, and the devil surely taps into them all: anger, past hurts, resentments, fears, misunderstandings, greed, pride, and arrogance. There is also the impatience that we so easily develop regarding those we love, and the flawed notion that somehow, other more perfect and desirable people should be sought. 
And thus many abandon their marriages, family, churches and communities, always in search of the elusive goal of finding better and more perfect people and situations...  
The devil causes us to fixate on fears about passing things, and thereby not to have a proper fear of the judgment which awaits us. 
Jesus says:  "Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell."  (Matt 10:28) 
Satan temps us to impatience with our self or others. And, in our aspirations, expected in unreasonably quick time, there comes a lack of charity toward our self or others. Some grow discouraged with themselves or others and give up on the pursuit of holiness. Others give up on the  Church because of the imperfections found there."
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* Prophecy given for "Saint" Loretta ("A fragile flower loved by the Lord") & I - Nov. 13, 1988 (I believe It is meant to be shared with as many people as possible). 
* Warning from Our Lady at Akita, Japan.
* Garabandal - The Warning - Punishment - Messages of Hope - Interview with Bishop Del Val Gallo.
* Prophecy of Therese Neumann for the USA in 1946, just after the end of World War II.
* The Message and Secret of La Salette - Includes end times  prophecy.
HEALINGS, POWERFUL PROPHECY, WHAT IS COMING FOR THE JUST AND FOR SINNERS. Please note: Many favors have already been granted to those who have prayed to this great saint.  If you have been healed through her intercession, or granted a special favor, please contact me with the details.  vtb 
The following are not my original thoughts. They are based upon prophecies and revelations that I have read over a period of many years and they are offered here for your discernment:
Our once great nation will continue it's moral decline, destroy itself  economically, and lose the respect of many other nations throughout the world.  True wisdom will continue to disappear from the mouths of our leaders. Moral corruption will be everywhere - a great number of our citizens will be looking for a free hand-out.  
Promises will be broken - with the exception of those who place their trust in the Lord, fear and confusion, rather than love and peace, will dominate the hearts and minds of men and women. 
Those who possess  true faith will become rare, even among those who call themselves "Christians."  But through the intercession of the  Blessed Virgin Mary and the power of the Holy RosaryAlmighty God will act, and after a period of wide-spread  immorality,  people throughout the world will be cleansed and again be made  pleasing to God.  vtb 
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THE PROPHETIC PULSE: STUNNING ANNOUNCEMENT THAT POPE WILL RESIGN COMES DURING TENSE, DRAMATIC TIMES - "As so many now know, St. Malachy foresaw that after a pope associated with the sun (John Paul II was born and his funeral was on the day of an eclipse, and he was closely tied to Fatima, where there was the famous sun miracle) there would be just two popes left; one would come as a pope de gloria olivae,  'from the glory of the olive.'  
St. Benedict and the popes who took his name have often been associated with peace-making (the olive branch) and St. Benedict's very order, the Benedictines, are also known as 'Olivetans' and has an olive branch as its symbol."
Booklet: Part 2 ("The Messages to the Churches")  Although these Messages are primarily intended for those of the Catholic Faith, they of course apply equally to  Shepherds & people of every Faith.  vtb
Therese Neumann was a German stigmatist and mystic, who for many years did not sleep and lived without food or liquids except for the daily Eucharist.
When asked by an American GI if the United States would ever be destroyed or invaded in a war, her answer was: "No, but at the end of this century America will be destroyed economically by a series of NATURAL DISASTERS."
"Told by Our Lord  that her gift of seeing the past, present, and future in mystic visions was greater than that possessed by anyone else in history."
 The Servant of God - Luisa Piccarreta, Little Daughter of The Divine Will - The highest spiritual state you can achieve here on earth.  "Everything is in the Divine Will; therefore It wants to love together with you, and if you call It, It gives you Its Love in your power in order to be loved; It gives you Its sanctity to make yourself a saint, Its light to make Itself  known and to eclipse your weaknesses, miseries and passions, so that they may no longer have life in you, but only Its Willlaying and forming Its Life in your little act…"
(From the Letters of Luisa – January, 2, 1939)
Center for the Divine Will - "Information on the writings of  Luisa Piccarreta - We pray, dear pilgrim, that whatever benefits are received from reading the information contained in this site will redound to the greater glory of the Most Holy Trinity and hasten the coming of the Kingdom of the Divine Will to Reign on earth as in Heaven."
Collection of Letters sent by Saint Hannibal Mary Di Francia - "To the Servant of God, Luisa Piccarreta, The Little Daughter of the Divine Will."
Luisa Piccarreta being Slandered - Commentary: There is some controversy  concerning the promotion and/or spiritual practices connected with the Luisa Piccarreta's writings about the Kingdom of the Divine Will.  Luisa's Cause for Beatification is now being investigated through the Magisterium of the Church.  Unfortunately, her good name is being slandered and her "Cause"  being scandalized by numbers of "Catholics" through various means, such as  websites and articles in Catholic magazines or other news sources. vtb
Feeling down, discouraged, or depressed?  Turn on your sound & see: Four Candles
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Jackie Evancho - To Believe - Very beautiful and inspirational song!
God Doesn't Make Mistakes - Affectionate dog  interacting with a beautiful young child  with Down Syndrome.
Healing Messages - Designed to bring you encouragement and increase your self-esteem and hope
THE EXISTENCE AND PERSON OF JESUS - EVIDENCE IN THE OLD TESTAMENT CONFIRMED IN THE NEW TESTAMENT. - His birth, life, sufferings, Resurrection, Second Coming.  Plus Scripture for those going through difficult trials and sufferings. 
 OUR HEAVENLY MOTHER - THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY.  The Holy Rosary, Fatima, Association of the Miraculous Medal, Doctors of the Church, St. Maximilian Kolbe, Queen of the Divine Will, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Garabandal, Apparitions, La Salette.
Spiritual Guide For Daily Living Due to your current state of health, daily duties, or your other responsibilities, you may not be able to accomplish all of these things each day, but it is good to set daily goals that will not only spiritually benefit your own soul  and the souls of those in your care, but the entire Church.
Pope Francis tells Benedict: 'We are brothers' - "Pope Francis and Benedict XVI came face-to-face Saturday (March 23, 2013) for the first time since Francis' election."
Commentary: Knowing the mental and physical condition of Pope John Paul II in the months preceding his death, it appears that Pope Benedict XVI drew a comparison to his own mental and physical condition.  
This does not mean he felt Pope John was not efficiently carrying out his duties because his illness was of a different nature.  It means that although Pope John Paul II may have assumed he had little time left, Pope Benedict  feels his remaining time on this earth is  unknown.  
Therefore he feels he can best  serve the Church in a different capacity  while allowing another, who is in a far better state of health, to assume the heavy responsibilities of his Holy Office
We owe it to this humble man  (Pope Benedict XVI) to pray for him so he will have peace and strength in his remaining days on earth.  
However, we are especially grateful that God has granted us another  holy Pope to continue to bring about the renewal of His Church in these dangerous times where the light of true faith is growing dimmer and dimmer.   vtb
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Benedict XVI prays penultimate Angelus: “The time of testing is here, let us focus on God again” - "'The time of testing is here. We must not use God for our own ends. Resignation is a testimony of faith.  Don’t be afraid to fight the evil spirit, what is important is that we do it alongside Christ the Victor,' the Pope said during today’s Angelus before a crowd of 50 thousand faithful, urging them to turn to 'the Mother Mary.'  
'Let us trust in the intercession of the Virgin Mary in this time of testing,' he added.  'Through her we will feel the powerful presence of  His Divine Son, so we may ward off temptation with the Word of Christ  and place God at the centre of our lives.  
We must reject the false images of the Messiah as Jesus did when faced with the temptations the Temptor presented him with, the most serious of which is using God for one’s own ends,' Benedict XVI said during the course of the Angelus prayer."

Padre Pio Foundation of America - "Padre Pio's Early Life - The Stigmata - The Sacraments - His Teachings - His Life - People Who Knew Padre Pio - The Padre Pio Foundation of America - Fr. Bob's Stories of Mercy - Everyday Intercessions."

 Saint Padre Pio Devotions - "Contains the  prayers of Padre Pio, his voice, 35 testimonials, 45 of his spiritual maxims, 50 photographs, and more."
Please give what you can to one or more of these aid organizations: 
American Red Cross - "The Red Cross  continues to focus on reaching as many people as possible who need our help. Your help is urgently needed to continue to support relief efforts. Getting supplies and meals and water into affected areas is the top priority."
Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) - "Each year local  Catholic Charities agencies  serve more than 10 million  people regardless of their religious, social, or economic  backgrounds.  The mission of Catholic Charities agencies is to provide  service to people in need, to advocate for justice in social structures, and to call the entire church and other people of good will to do the same."
Catholic Relief Services - "Giving Hope to a World of Need" - "Provides humanitarian relief and development assistance to the poor and marginalized in over 100 countries and territories around the world.  Overseas, we work through CRS offices located in the regions of Africa, AsiaEurope, the Middle East and Latin America and the Caribbean.
CRS also works through regional offices within the United States to support Catholic individuals, parishes and dioceses as they strive to live their faith in solidarity with the poor and make decisions as consumers, voters and advocates to promote more just and peaceful societies."
Catholic World Mission - "Disaster Relief - Philippines - North America - Central America - South America - Child Sponsorship Program - Change for Change Program - Evangelizer Newsletter - Annual Fund Drive - Glory Stories."
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Liturgical Calendar - Women for Faith & Family - Prayers & Devotions.
Saint by Date - Monthly listing - "Most saints and holy people have specially designated feast days.  On those days we remember these holy men and women in a special way."
Also see category: Devotions & Feast Days
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"We adore Thee, we bless Thee, & we thank Thee O Christ, because by Thy Holy Cross, Thou has redeemed the world!"
Charismatic Gifts - Spiritual value of Charismatic Gifts and how they benefit the Church.  
Devotions & Feast Days - Christmas, Epiphany, Holy Week, Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday, First Friday Devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Feast of the Ascension, the Shroud of Turin, Stations of the Cross, First Saturday Devotions to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, The Marian Movement of Priests, Spiritual Guide for Daily Living, Holy Relics.
Miracles in Catholic Church - Although they are to us, "miracles" to Almighty God are of course not extraordinary, for "With God, all things are possible" (Matthew 19:26).  
Shown & explained here are of some of the thousands of great miracles that have occurred in, and through members of the Catholic Church. 
However, as you may be aware, miracles can, and do occur through members of other Churches, primarily in the way of healings, although other forms of miracles also take place.  All believers are aware that a solid faith and sincere prayers are the main ingredients that allow great and little miracles to happen in our daily lives.  vtb
Spiritual Advice - "Spiritual resources designed to offer prayer, encouragement, & personal support for those suffering from spiritual confusion, the loss of a loved one, a bad relationship, health problems, abuse, abandonment, a divorce, a physical or mental illness, suicidal tendencies, or from depression."
Testimonials - Some of the responses I have received from those who needed spiritual advice or just needed someone to listen while they shared their burdens.

Designed to bring you encouragement and increase your self-esteem and hope. 
* Difficult Trials and Sufferings
* Encouragement and Lessons of Christian Virtues
* An Army Is Needed To Help The "Poor In Spirit"
* God Is Love
* The Glory of Heaven
* We Need Christ In Our Lives
* Comfort for those who Mourn
* Possessed, Morally Corrupted, or Mentally Ill?
* A Poem for those who are Suffering
* Giving Thanks and Giving to Others
* Becoming More Like Jesus
* Random Acts of Kindness
* Christ is "The Way, The Truth, and The Life"
* "Voices"
* The Power Of Our Word
* Crying In My Heart
* After the Rain
* Measure Everything in Relation to Heaven
* A Dream We Can Believe In
* The Fear of Death
* Random Thoughts
* The Tragedy of Suicide (Sadness, Discouragement, and Depression)
* Remember When....
* Do you live in an Oasis or the Desert?
* Forgiveness
* Sometimes You Just Need Someone To Talk To
Spiritual Links - Recap - Includes beautiful picture of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and additional spiritual advice.
Spiritual State of Catholic Church - "Thou therefore gird up thy loins and arise, and speak to them all that I command thee.  Be not afraid at their presence, for I will make thee not to fear their countenance... And they shall fight against thee and shall not prevail, for I am with thee saith the Lord, to deliver thee."  (Jeremias 1:17,19).
The Catholic Man - This is a spiritually beautiful letter that should be read by all Catholic men & their families.
Worldly Diocese - Bishop Ricken of the Green Bay Diocese refuses to study and address the causes of these grave moral issues.  You will find that many of these issues reflect the spiritual state of the average diocese in the USA and other nations of the West.  Therefore this letter is just as timely today as the day it was written. 
Aid Organizations & Missionaries - Catholic aid organizations & missionaries. 
Angels & Saints - A variety of information about great saints & the activity of angels.
Bride of Christ - WHEN GOD CALLS A WOMAN TO THE CONSECRATED LIFE - Mother Assumpta Long on Divine Courtship.
Catechisms & Church Laws - Catholic Church Canon Law - Catechisms - Catholic Encyclopedias

Church Communities - Spiritual Communities & Movements in the Catholic Church
Church Societies - Spiritual Societiesin the Catholic Church
Foreign Countries (Catholic Spirituality) - CATHOLIC SPIRITUAL ACTIVITY IN FOREIGN COUNTRIES - General Information - Australia - China - England & Wales - Italy - Papua New Guinea & Solomon Islands - Russia - Ukraine - United Kingdom
Holy Priests? - IS THE AVERAGE PRIEST IN TODAY'S CATHOLIC CHURCH TRULY HOLY? - It is essential that for the good of the Church the clergy become more aware of the reasons why the laity have a right to expect that their priests are truly seeking  holiness.
Letters - I have received & written many letters over the years and I believe it would be beneficial to you if I shared some of them.  You may not agree with all of the conclusions I have arrived at, but hopefully they will provide you with some "food for thought."
Lukewarm Priests - Do you love the Church?  Or are you among the lukewarm who defend those who create scandal in the Church?  Catholic Messages contains letters and a booklet sent to Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI that reveal the lukewarm spiritual state of today's Church in America and the West.
Ministry & Life of Priests - "In order to be a good guide of his People, the priest must also be attentive to the signs of the times: those larger and deeper ones which concern the universal Church and Its sojourn in the history of man, and those which more closely affect the specific situation of a particular community."
Motherhood - Choices About Child Rearing & Careers by Helen Alvare - How John Paul II Helped Women Understand Their Vocations
Pregnancy - INCLUDES RESOURCES FOR WOMEN & THE GREAT NEED FOR PRAYER - SPIRITUALITY FOR PREGNANT MOTHERS by AGNES PENNY - Pregnant Pause: Spirituality for Expectant Moms - Agnes Penny Pens a Guide to Help With the Joys and Trials
Spiritual Inspirations - Some thoughts I felt inspired to write down.  I hope to add to them from time to time.  I also hope they will be of benefit to you and someone you love.
Webmaster's Mission - It is part of my Mission to "awaken" our shepherds and their sheep as to the Lord's Word for today's Church, for the good of their souls and for the good of the Church from which all mankind benefits.
Woman of God - THE JOY OF BEING A WOMAN OF GOD by RONDA CHERVIN - A Divine Plan for Happiness.
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Cancer Updates - Cancer treatments can be very expensive and complicated and I am not an expert on these matters.  Therefore I cannot endorse every type of treatment.  However, I believe it is very beneficial to present a variety of traditional and non-traditional treatments so that we are better able to make correct decisions regarding the various types of cancer treatments now available.
Catholic & Non-Catholic Movie Reviews - Very few movies made today in Hollywood and elsewhere are pleasing to God.  However, since most movie critics have become "accustomed" to many forms of immorality, they often view immoral portions of a film as "art" or as "necessary" elements that enhance the "quality" of the film.
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