CATHOLIC SPIRITUALITY + DEVOTIONS & FEASTS with added Commentary by Vincent T. Bemowski, Website Editor
THE HOLY TRINITY: "But the Paraclete, the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and bring all things to your mind, whatsoever I shall have said to you."
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FEATURED SPIRITUAL DEVOTIONS
- "I ADORE THEE, O MY SAVIOR, PRESENT HERE AS GOD AND MAN, IN SOUL AND BODY, IN TRUE FLESH AND BLOOD."
-----St. JOHN HENRY NEWMAN
Please note: If you are not able to go to a place that provides for Adoration, it is also beneficial to use the above online link. The following is an excellent little book that will help you understand Adoration, and also includes some beautiful prayers:
MANUAL for EUCHARISTIC ADORATION
It is from the Saint Joseph Adoration Monastery and used by The Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration. It is available through Amazon and costs around $20.
"The Sacred Heart (also known as the Sacred Heart of Jesus) has one of the deepest meanings in the Roman Catholic practice. The symbol represents Jesus Christ’s actual heart as His love for all of humanity. The Sacred Heart can be depicted a few different ways. The most common depiction is of the heart has a circle of thorns that represent the crown of thorns that was placed on Jesus’ head. It also may have a cross, which represents the Crucifixion. Other symbols may have a flame or light surrounding it, which signifies the divine light of love. You will mostly see the Sacred Heart in a portrait of Jesus Christ. - Also included in website is: History of the Sacred Heart..."
COMMENTARY: Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, is the best way to counter the grave sins that exist in today's corrupt world.
"Our Lord Jesus Christ appeared to St. Margaret Mary - between 1673-1675. Among the words spoken to her, she heard Jesus make 12 promises to those who would respond to the pleading of His Heart and make an effort to return His love. St. Margaret Mary once said,
"I do not know of any other exercise in the spiritual life that is more calculated to raise a soul in a short amount of time to the height of perfection and to make it taste the true sweetness to be found in the service of Jesus Christ.'”
How to Observe First Fridays and First Saturdays - "In the thirteenth century, a devotion to Jesus and Mary began under the titles of the “Sacred Heart of Jesus” and the “Immaculate Heart of Mary.” The heart is the source and center of life, and life flows out to the faithful from the hearts of Jesus and Mary. St. Bonaventure focused in particular on the wound to the heart that Jesus received from the spear of the Roman centurion. From that wound, blood and water flowed — a sign that Jesus gave everything for us (see Jn 19:34). Devotion to the heart of Mary draws from the Gospel of Luke (2:35), in which Simeon tells Mary,“A sword will pierce through your own soul.” Simeon prophesied that Mary would share in the sufferings of her Son and Redeemer, Jesus."
THE SPIRIT OF GOD VERSUS THE SPIRIT OF THE ANTICHRIST
"This is how you can know the Spirit of God: every spirit that acknowledges JESUS CHRIST came in the flesh belongs to GOD, and every spirit that does not acknowledge JESUS CHRIST does not belong to to GOD. This is the spirit of the anti-christ who, as you have heard, is to come, but in fact is already in the world.
You belong to GOD, children, and you have conquered them, for the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. They belong to the world: accordingly, their teachings belongs to the world, and the world listens to them.
We belong to GOD, and anyone who knows GOD listens to us, while anyone who does not belong to GOD refuses to hear us. This is how we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of deceit."
1 John 4: 2-6
JESUS said to him, "I am the WAY, and the TRUTH, and the LIFE; no one comes to the FATHER, but by me." (John 14:6)
GRAVE WARNINGS "And they shed INNOCENT BLOOD; the blood of their SONS and OF THEIR DAUGHTERS... And the land was POLLUTED WITH BLOOD...And the Lord was EXCEEDINGLY ANGRY with his people" (Psalms 105: 38-40). "Woe to you that call evil good, and good evil: that put darkness for light, and light for darkness: that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter." Isaias (Isaiah) 5:20
EVIDENCE FROM THE SACRED SCRIPTURES ABOUT ABORTION
"Let HER not be as one DEAD, and as an ABORTIVE that is cast forth from the MOTHER'S WOMB"(Numbers 12:12).
"The most High hath SANCTIFIED HIS OWN TABERNACLE" (Psalm 45:5). (God made holy the womb of Mary because He (Jesus) would live within her womb for nine months).
"And they shed INNOCENT BLOOD; the blood of their SONS AND OF THEIR DAUGHTERS (abortion)... And the land was POLLUTED WITH BLOOD...And the Lord was EXCEEDINGLY ANGRY with his people" (Psalms 105:38-40).
"And now saith the Lord, that FORMED ME FROM THE WOMB to be his servant..." (Isaias 49:5).
"BEFORE thou camest forth out of the womb, I SANCTIFIED thee, and made thee a prophet unto the nations"(Jeremias 1:5).
“Now the generation of CHRIST was in this wise. When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, (before they were married) she was found WITH CHILD OF THE HOLY GHOST... Behold a virgin shall be WITH CHILD and bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us” (Matthew 1:18,23).
“Behold thou shalt CONCEIVE IN THY WOMB, and shalt bring forth a son; and thou shalt call his name JESUS. And behold thy cousin Elizabeth, she also hath CONCEIVED A SON in her old age; and this is the SIXTH MONTH with her... And it came to pass, that when Elizabeth heard the salutation of MARY, the INFANT LEAPED IN HER WOMB. And she cried out with a loud voice, and said: Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the FRUIT OF THY WOMB. And whence is this to me, that the MOTHER OF MY LORD should come to me? Because he hath regarded the humility of his handmaid, for behold from henceforth all generations SHALL CALL ME BLESSED” (Luke 1:31,36,41-43,48).
“And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David... To be enrolled with Mary his espoused wife, who was WITH CHILD” (Luke 2:4-5).
The taking of human life is expressly forbidden. Jesus elaborates on this commandment in the Sermon on the Mount, revealing that the sin of murder begins in the heart (Matt. 5:21-22).
"A Catholic would be guilty of FORMAL COOPERATION IN EVIL, and so unworthy to present himself for Holy Communion, if he were to deliberately vote for a candidate precisely because of the candidate’s permissive stand on abortion and/or euthanasia."
---Cardinal Ratzinger on Worthiness to receive Holy Communion
COMMENTARY: It is impossible for a voter to separate his vote based on issues. When you vote for a politician, you are voting for ALL his beliefs and political actions. Therefore, if he approves of abortion, you are approving of abortion by voting for him. It is far better to pray, let the Hand of Almighty God decide the outcome, and not vote at all if you do not agree with either political party's candidate. It is God who rewards the Just, and punishes the guilty.
We must first strive to be a good Christian, rather than striving to be a "good American." It also must never be viewed as selecting the lessor of two evils. Evil is evil, and voting for someone whom you believe is the lessor of two evils makes you an accomplice or cooperating with EVIL.
A GRAVE WARNING TO U.S. DEMOCRATIC POLITICIANS & THOSE WHO WITH FULL KNOWLEDGE OF THEIR EVIL DEEDS, VOTE FOR THEM
"For if we sin DELIBERATELY after receiving knowledge of the TRUTH, (about our Catholic or Christian Faith) there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful prospect of judgement, and a fury of fire which will consume the adversaries... How much worse PUNISHMENT do you think will be deserved by the man who has spurned the SON OF GOD, and profaned the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and outraged the SPIRIT OF GRACE?...It is a fearful thing to fall into the HANDS OF THE LIVING GOD."
Hebrews 10: 26, 29, 31
These verses of Scripture are especially directed at imitation "Catholics" like Nancy Pelosi, (Speaker of House of Representatives) & Joe Biden, (former Vice President).
See more on this grave moral issue and the irresponsible actions of the U.S. BISHOPS at: Blood On Their Hands
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ADVICE FROM THE HOLY BIBLE TO HELP US THROUGH OUR SPIRITUAL JOURNEY
"Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with thy whole strength."
"And all the days of thy life have God in thy mind: and take heed thou never consent to sin, nor transgress the commandments of the Lord our God."
[Tobias (Tobit) 4:6]
"Let nothing hinder thee from praying always, and be not afraid to be justified even to death: for the reward of God continueth for ever."
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THE HOLY FACE DEVOTION - "Revelations - Chaplet - Images - Prayers. The Holy Face of Jesus is from the image of Veronica's veil. (The veil is kept in St. Peters Basilica, Rome) - In 1885, to bring attention to the importance of this devotion, Pope Leo XIII established this special devotion as an Archconfraternity; and contrary to custom, He immediately established it for the ENTIRE WORLD. Note that numerous indulgences have been granted from several Popes, including Pope Pius IX and Pope Leo XIII, to those devoted to Devotion to the Holy Face of Jesus. Here are copies of the actual papal briefs by Pope Leo XIII in 1885..." BEAUTIFUL NOVENA THAT CAN BE STARTED ANYTIME - Novena to the Holy Ghost - "The novena in honor of the Holy Ghost is the oldest of all novenas since it was first made at the directions of Our Lord Himself when He sent His Apostles back to Jerusalem to await the coming of the Holy Ghost on the first PENTECOST.
It is still the only novena prescribed by the Church. Addressed to the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity, it is a powerful plea for the light and strength and love so sorely needed by every Christian. To encourage devotion to the Holy Spirit, the Church has enriched this novena with the following indulgences. The faithful who devoutely assist at the public novena in honor of the Holy Ghost immediately preceding the Feast of Pentecost may gain: An indulgence of 10 years on any day of the novena. A plenary indulgence if they take part in at least five of the exercises, and moreover, go to confession, and receive Holy Communion."
COMMENTARY: The above link shows in graphic detail how Our Lord suffered. Racist, violent organizations like Black Lives Matter, our spiritually weak bishops, lukewarm Catholics, & the morally corrupt U.S. Democrat Party members are a large part of the reasons for His sufferings.
An Obscure But Powerful Shrine - "On the 22nd June 1883, Karmni Grima, a forty-five year-old spinster and great devotee of the Blessed Virgin, heard a “call” while passing by the chapel in Malta on her return home from the fields around 10.30 a.m. The mysterious voice calling here said simply: “Come, come.” Having entered the chapel and recited her usual prayers, she heard the voice, from the painting of the Blessed Virgin, ask her to recite three Ave Marias in honor of the three days her body remained in the tomb before Her Assumption to Heaven. Karmni revealed her secret to a friend, Franġisk Portelli, who in turn told her that about the time he also heard a mysterious voice asking him to say prayers in honor of the Hidden Shoulder Wound which Jesus incurred whilst carrying the cross. A short time later, Francesco’s mother was miraculously healed by the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Ta’ Pinu. Eventually the lonely chapel became a place of pilgrimage for many people on the island and beyond."
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"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."
COMMENTARY: Therese Neumann speaks of a SERIES of natural disasters, not just a few, because many people will remain unrepentant or show no sorrow for their sins. They will not even recognize that they are SINNERS and/or be indifferent to the fact they are LIVING IN SIN.
It is therefore not good enough for us just to pray for the virus to END, we must above all, first be SORRY for our sins. For Catholics, that means going to Confession when possible.
The chastisements in the form of natural disasters, will continue in our country until we are brought to our knees and pray for God's forgiveness and again strive to become "one nation under God, with liberty and justice for all."
CHRISTIAN SPIRITUALITY IN THE CATHOLIC TRADITION by Jordan Aumann, O. P. - "The history of spirituality serves not only to acquaint one with the origins and development of Christian spirituality but, equally important, it projects into our contemporary scene the lives and teachings of men and women who have reached a high degree of sanctity throughout the ages. It likewise demonstrates the marvelous variety among the saints and the fact that the perfection of charity can be attained by any Christian in any state of life." A GREAT PUNISHMENT IS COMING FOR ALL OF MANKIND - Medjugorje: “On the day Marija was given the ninth secret we saw fiery rays from the sun burst through the black clouds…A storm began. It was so strong that the Church seemed to tremble.”
“The ninth and tenth secrets are serious. They concern chastisement for the sins of the world. Punishment is inevitable, for we cannot expect the whole world to be converted. The punishment can be diminished by prayer and penance, but it cannot be eliminated. Mirjana says that one of the evils that threatened the world, the one contained in the seventh secret, has been averted thanks to prayer and fasting. That is why the Blessed Virgin continues to encourage prayer and fasting..."
THE ABOVE LINK IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT - INCLUDES FATIMA MESSAGE: Two excellent videos, also includes many other great beneficial spiritual videos.
One of the consuls in Rome at that time was called Lentulus; he was an ancestor of the priest and martyr Moses, of whom I possess a relic here, and who lived at the time of St. Cyprian. The Lentulus who was a friend of St. Peter in Rome also descended from him. Christ was born in the forty-fifth year of the Emperor Augustus. Herod reigned forty years in all until his death. He was, it is true, only a vassal-king for seven years, but harassed the country grievously, and committed many cruelties. He died about the time of Christ's sixth year.
I think that his death was kept a secret for some time. His end was dreadful, and in the last days of his life he was responsible for many murders and much misery. I saw him crawling about in a room padded with cushions. He had a spear, and stabbed at anyone who came near him. Jesus must have been born about the thirty-fourth year of Herod's reign. Two years before the entry of Mary into the Temple, just seventeen years before the Birth of Christ, Herod ordered that work should be done in the Temple. It was not a rebuilding of the Temple, but alterations and embellishments were made here and there. The Flight into Egypt took place when Christ was nine months old, and the Massacre of the Innocents was in His second year."
COMMENTARY: To my knowledge, there have been no studies made on the true time of Our Lord's birth combined with the age of the earth. The reason this is so important, is because many have left the Church because they no longer believe the writings in the Bible as they believe they conflict with what scientists have found in regard to prehistoric man. Therefore, they regard the Bible as just a "bunch of stories" with no relationship to actual events. They even cast doubts on the existence of Christ.
The Church should be defending the writings and detailed testimonies of people like Anne Catherine Emmerich since she was 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.
Instead, many, if not all members if today's hierarchy go along the atheists and non-believers and cast doubts on her writings. This is a form of scandal and reveals a lack of faith.
In Terry Mortenson's book: "When Was Adam Created?" He details, with a great amount of proof from the Bible, confirmations that mankind is not as old as many scientist's claim.
One of his statements that makes their view foolish, is: "If so many people existed tens of thousands or millions of years ago, where are all the skeletons? They should be all over the earth, but only a scant few have been found and it is doubtful they were even human, or as old as science claims."
However, the Lord is not looking the other way, and He is aware of the lack of faith shown by the many prideful people in the Church who place their own opinions (based upon the "findings" of non-believers), before what is revealed by saintly people like Anne Catherine Emmerich.
The above link are very important and therefore it is worth our time to deeply study the truths offered to us by good people in the Church, and not the lies and distortions promoted by those who have little or no faith - those who love the attractions the world offers more than they love Christ and His Church.
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CHRISTUS VINCIT - Christ's Triumph Over the Darkness of the Age by Bishop Athanasius Schneider in conservation with Diane Montagna (321 pages) -
"In this absorbing interview, Bishop Athanasius Schneider offers a candid, incisive examination of controversies raging in the Church and the most pressing issues of our times, providing clarity and hope for beleaguered Catholics. He addresses such topics as widespread doctrinal confusion, the limits of papal authority, the documents of Vatican II, the Society of St. Pius X, anti-Christian ideologies and political threats, the third secret of Fatima, the traditional Roman rite, and the Amazon Synod, among many others...Reminiscent of The Ratzinger Report of 1985, Christus Vincit will be a key point of reference for years to come."
“At this critical moment in the life of the Church we must reflect carefully on all that confronts us and discern what is true, good, and beautiful from what is evil. We cannot but be grateful to a faithful apostle such as Bishop Athanasius Schneider for his clear and courageous analysis of the state of the Church in our day. May this book assist all who read it in living their particular vocation with greater fidelity and zeal, for the glory of Almighty God and the salvation of souls.”
—ROBERT CARDINAL SARAH
“No other bishop in recent memory has so tirelessly given of himself in the service of the truths of the Catholic Faith. In this wide-ranging interview, Bishop Schneider, through the account of his life and ministry and through his responses to the crucial questions of the day, gives powerful witness to his profound love of Our Lord and of His Mystical Body, the Church. This book will be of great help to the faithful, and to all people of good will, in navigating the grave confusion, division, and error prevalent in our times. It reveals the heart of a true shepherd of souls, after the Heart of Christ, the Good Shepherd.”
—RAYMOND LEO CARDINAL BURKE
COMMENTARY: This book should be a "must read" for any person who desires to grow in his or her love for Christ and His Church.
"Many people have suggested approaches at how the Church can address this issue. I’d like to offer my own thoughts, especially in light of Mary’s apparition in Champion, Wisconsin to Adele Brise in 1859. Other apparitions of Our Lady also emphasize Eucharistic belief, from the request to build a church in Guadalupe or Lourdes (in which Mass will be celebrated and the Blessed Sacrament housed) to prayers for reparation in Fatima. The circumstances of the Champion apparition and the message seem pertinent to this part of the Church’s history."
PHOTOS OF OUR LADY OF GOOD HELP SHRINE - THE ONLY MARIAN APPROVED APPARITION IN THE UNITED STATES - "In October, 1859, apparitions of the Virgin Mary occurred to Adele (In Wisconsin) as she was walking through the woods. Mary instructed Adele to teach local children in the faith. Adele devoted the rest of her life to that charge."
“In a detailed, his top athological research, under a microscope, a fragment of the heart muscle in agony was found...“A fragment of the DNA sequence was found, but to tell whose DNA it could be, it still needs further research,” the Polish priest explained. The Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith approved veneration of the Host in Legnica in 2016. But the Church continues to monitor studies and examine whether the alleged miracle will bear spiritual fruit....The parish priest has been surprised at the number of people who have already come to his town in southwest Poland, near the German and Czech borders, to venerate the host, which is displayed in a reliquary in St. Hyacinth’s.
“People from all over the world are making their pilgrimage to Legnica,” he said before the coronavirus pandemic impeded travel. “For me, [it] was a kind of an absolute surprise, because, for example, there were pilgrimages from countries in far Asia, or even from North America, from such countries that people had to travel many thousands [of] kilometres to this place.” “All this is also a signal for me, a confirmation that God sent this impulse to the whole world, so that the whole world would meditate [on] the Eucharistic miracle in Legnica and ask: ‘what is God going to tell me through this sign?’” he said.
CONGREGATION FOR THE DOCTRINE OF THE FAITH - THE MESSAGE OF FATIMA - "The twentieth century was one of the most crucial in human history, with its tragic and cruel events culminating in the assassination attempt on the “sweet Christ on earth”. Now a veil is drawn back on a series of events which make history and interpret it in depth, in a spiritual perspective alien to present-day attitudes, often tainted with rationalism.
These manifestations can never contradict the content of faith, and must therefore have their focus in the core of Christ's proclamation: the Father's love which leads men and women to conversion and bestows the grace required to abandon oneself to him with filial devotion. This too is the message of Fatima which, with its urgent call to conversion and penance, draws us to the heart of the Gospel."
Fatima seer Lucia believed USA would become Communist without Marian consecration of Russia - ‘Looking into the official agenda of Black Lives Matter, one can easily detect the Marxist anti-family and LGBT ideology of this movement’ - “What Our Lady wants is that the Pope and all the bishops in the world shall consecrate Russia to her Immaculate Heart on one special day. If this is done, she will convert Russia and there will be peace. If it is not done, the errors of Russia will spread through every country in the world.” “Does this mean,” Walsh then asked, “in your opinion, that every country, without exception, will be overcome by Communism?” And Sister Lucia answered: “Yes.”
‘If my requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace; ‘If not, [Russia] will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred; the Holy Father will have much to suffer; various nations will be annihilated.’
"PRUDENCE" OR A LACK OF FAITH?
COMMENTARY: Our Blessed Mother appeared to three Portuguese children, Francisco and Jacinta Marto, and their cousin Lucia dos Santos between May 13 and October 13, 1917. The Miracle of the Sun took place on October 13, 1917. However, not until October 13, 1930 did Bishop José Alves Correia da Silva of the Diocese of Leiria approve the Apparition. So why did it take so long before this approval came, and how much spiritual damage was done in regard to people's faith and the remembrance of this great spiritual event?
Why do people with a simple faith come to believe so quickly, but those who should have a strong faith take so long to approve powerful spiritual events that contain huge amounts of evidence confirming its authenticity? Is it truly "prudence" on the part of certain bishops who investigate it, or a lack of faith that results in such long delays?
There is no higher "Authority" than the Word of God when used in connection with the teachings of His Church. Click on "Search" and use key words to find verses from Sacred Scripture to help you in your spiritual life.
The Sacred Scriptures contain the greatest works of theology, apologetics, philosophy, and psychology known to man, and They should be the foundation of every discussion and teaching in everyday life, at every level of education. A DAILY reading of a few pages of Sacred Scripture (especially the New Testament) is critical to your spiritual life as Our Lord speaks to us through His Word. Other useful spiritual tools are Papal Encyclicals, Church Writings, Canon Laws, The Catholic Encyclopedia, and The Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Spiritually, to truly grow into the person Christ desires you to be, it is necessary to set these additional DAILY GOALS:
Participation in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, praying the Holy Rosary and meditating on at least a portion of the Stations of the Cross.
Frequently confessing your sins (at least monthly) and finding a good spiritual director are also extremely important if you wish to advance in your spiritual life and truly come to know JESUS.
Please remember that if you avoid reading the Holy Bible and place the things of this world before your Faith, you will be lead by the DEVIL and not the HOLY SPIRIT:
JESUS: "I will not now speak many things with you. For the PRINCE OF THIS WORLD cometh, (Satan) and in me he hath not anything."
THEY NEED OUR PRAYERS & WE NEED THEIR PRAYERS
Help Souls in Purgatory and be Helped by Them - "God gives us more than we deserve and more than we can earn on our own. Praying for the souls in Purgatory is one of those opportunities to give, grow in holiness, and receive help in return. Biblical Reasons - Scripture supports praying for the dead. In 2 Maccabeus, Judas Maccabees and his men came across the bodies of their fallen comrades. Judas immediately “turned to prayer, beseeching that the sin which had been committed might be wholly blotted out.”
The New Testament echoes this devotion in the second letter of Timothy when Paul prays for someone named Onesiphorus who died, saying: “May the Lord grant him to find mercy from the Lord on that day.”
The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches: “All who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven” (CCC 1030). We are encouraged to pray for them: “Our prayer for them is capable of not only helping them, but also of making their intercession for us effective,” (CCC 958). Writings on the tombs of early Christians buried in the Roman catacombs also attest that the dead were prayed for...
Be a Releaser - One way to be devoted to the souls in purgatory is to join The Releasers, a group created by Dr. Brian Kiczek, a man devoted to helping the souls in Purgatory. Kiczek has also just published the book: Please Pray for Us! Suffering Souls in Purgatory. “In writing this book,” he explained, “I wish to kindle a fire in everyone’s hearts to empty Purgatory now.” It includes prayers and inspirations to help develop a devotion to the souls in purgatory. Imagine a soul’s euphoria when they leave the prison of purgatory, a place of reparation for sin, to enter heaven. We cannot comprehend such a moment, but we can have the joy of partaking in God’s mercy. They will not forget us or cease praying for us in return."
"She wrote in her Diary on March 1942: The Virgin Mary appeared to me with tears in her eyes. I approached her and said, ‘Why are you crying?’
‘I am crying because I cannot appease the anger of my Son against the human race. If men don’t do penance, the war will not end and much blood will be spilled. My daughter, immodest fashions and dishonesty have enraged God. Pray and do penance. Pray the Rosary frequently. It is the only powerful weapon to attract the blessings."
"Sheen told all Catholics, Jews, and Protestants “that the world is serving your souls with an awful summons — the summons to heroic efforts at spiritualization. Catholics ought to stir up their faith, hang a crucifix in their homes to remind them that we too have to carry a cross, gather the family together every night to recite the Rosary that through corporate prayer there might be intercession for the world; go to daily Mass that the spirit of love and sacrifice might be sprinkled in our business, our social life and our duties. More heroic souls might undertake the Holy Hour daily, particularly in parishes conscious of the needs of prayers of reparation as well as petition, conducting such devotions in their churches.”
"Miracle of Mother Mary's Statue Crying Blood tears at St. Philip Neri's Church, Katukurunda, Kalutara, Sri Lanka on Good Friday.. When Our Lady is crying there is a reason behind it.. She knew about the bomb attacks.. Heaven allowed her to give us a warning to pray with her so that this attack fails but we didn't understand.. Lets pray fervently asking for God's mercy whenever we see these kind of miracles which are warnings from heaven.. Praying for those who died in the bomb attacks in Sri Lanka."
"Archbishop Viganò tells of a “project” that “goes back centuries”—“in particular, to the creation in the middle of the 1700s of Freemasonry.” This “very deceptive” plot against the Church included some of her own senior members. “This is described in the book Infiltration by Dr. Taylor Marshall, so you may find some indication of this process there,” says the Archbishop.
He is referring to the bestselling book which argues that, “for over a century, the organizers of Freemasonry, Liberalism, and Modernism infiltrated the Catholic Church in order to change her doctrine, her liturgy, and her mission from something supernatural to something secular.” Viganò believes that this process of infiltration “became strikingly evident in modern times,” and that we are now witnessing the “triumph of a 60-year-old plan” to revolutionize the Church with “a Jesuit on the See of Peter.”
As Viganò recalls, many key Vatican II revolutionaries were Jesuits who maneuvered to replace the council’s prepared schemas with ones they had drawn up. Most prominent among them was Fr. Karl Rahner, S.J., frequently touted as the council’s most important ideologue."
"WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH OF EXHORTATIONS TO BE SILENT. CRY OUT WITH A HUNDRED THOUSAND TONGUES. I SEE THAT THE WORLD IS ROTTEN BECAUSE OF SILENCE." -
---ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA -
THE VISION OF ST. BRIDGET OF SWEDEN TO POPE GREGORY XI
"Rise up manfully, put on thy strength, and begin to renovate My Church which I acquired with My own Blood .... If thou dost not obey My Will, I will cast thee down from the Court of Heaven, and all the devils of hell shall divide thy soul, and for benediction thou shalt be filled with malediction -- eternally.... If thou dost obey me in this way, I will be merciful to thee, and will bless thee, and will clothe thee with Myself, so that thou wilt be in Me and I in thee, and thou shalt possess eternal glory.
"For I am not ashamed of the gospel. For it is the power of GOD unto salvation to every one that believeth, to the Jew first, and to the Greek. For the justice of God is revealed therein, from faith unto faith, as it is written: The just man liveth by FAITH."
"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 which are the most worthless among beasts, living after the manner of children without understanding. Therefore thou hast sent a judgment upon them as senseless children to mock them."
"We are of God. He that knoweth God, heareth us. He that is not of God, heareth us not. By this we know the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error."
[1 John 4:6]
"This video recounts the tragic story of the eternal damnation of a young woman named Ani. Both the narrative and the letter in this video were found among the papers of a deceased nun, who in the world was known as Claire and worked with the condemned woman. This letter was revealed to Claire in a dream shortly after Ani was killed in a car accident."
“Pope Francis is saying that because he knows the Amazon Synod may provoke a schism,” Viganò allegedly told Moynihan. “He is ready to say others are making the schism, but (by his actions in continuing to support the Amazon Synod) he is provoking it himself... Is this the attitude of a pastor who cares for the faithful? It is his own duty to prevent a schism.”
"I have seen scandal come from Pope Francis’ actions too many times and it hurts me to see Holy Mother Church in the state it is today, divided, broken and bleeding, and I will be open about that with people because I believe it is important to talk about. But as much as I dislike Pope Francis, I still pray for him for the sake of our Church and I hope you will, too."
"Wherefore, God gave them up to the desires of their heart, unto uncleanness; to dishonor their own bodies among themselves. 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 (withdrew His Grace) 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."
(INTERNAL LINK, BACKSPACE TO RETURN)
CONFUSED ABOUT WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE WORLD AND IN THE CHURCH? FEELING BURDENED AND DISCOURAGED? READ SOME PASSAGES EACH DAY FROM THE NEW TESTAMENT & GET TO KNOW JESUS BETTER & YOU WILL FIND PEACE. ONLY HE IS:
"THE WAY, THE TRUTH, & THE LIFE." (JOHN 14:6)
"WE ADORE THEE, WE BLESS THEE, & WE THANK THEE O CHRIST, BECAUSE BY THY HOLY CROSS & THY GREAT & IMMENSE SUFFERINGS, THOU HAS REDEEMED THE WORLD, & RECONCILED US TO THE FATHER."
"BE STRONG AND OF GOOD COURAGE; BE NOT AFRAID, NEITHER BE THOU DISMAYED; FOR THE LORD THY GOD IS WITH THEE WHEREVER THOU GOEST."
"His modesty and humility have made him a popular figure around the world. But inside the church, his reforms have infuriated conservatives and sparked a revolt."
Commentary: While I admire much of what Pope Francis says about spiritual things and many of his writings and works involving compassion and mercy, I cannot give my approval to the divisions and confusion he is causing. Therefore, within some of the News Reports on this website that I have brought to the attention of the public and especially those within the Church, I have included some of the scandal he has created, and continues to create, knowingly or unknowingly.
However, also following God's Holy Will, he continues to remain in my daily prayers, along with all the clergy and members of religious orders in the Church, so that it will again become One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. vtb
"IF MY DEATH ON THE CROSS DOES NOT CONVINCE YOU OF MY LOVE, WHAT WILL CONVINCE YOU?"
---JESUS TO SISTER FAUSTINA
"Therefore, brethren, stand fast; and hold the TRADITIONS which you have learned, whether by word, or by our epistle." 2 Thessalonians 2:14
"Know also this, that, in the last days, shall come DANGEROUS times. Men shall be lovers of themselves, covetous, haughty, proud, blasphemers, 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 God: Having an APPEARANCE indeed of godliness, but denying the power thereof. Now these AVOID." 2 Timothy 3:1-5
MANKIND'S DARKEST OR FINEST HOUR?
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, (unwilling or unable to believe something) it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way (Hell)—in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest (Church & political) authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil..."
---Charles Dickens (A Tale of Two Cities)
"It is a characteristic of any decaying civilization that the great masses of the people are unaware of the tragedy. Humanity in a crises is generally insensitive to the gravity of the times in which it lives. Men do not want to believe their own times are wicked, partly because they have no standard outside of themselves by which to measure their times. If there is no fixed concept of justice, how shall men know it is violated?
Only those who live by faith really know what is happening in the world; the great masses without faith are unconscious of the destructive processes going on, because they have lost the vision of the heights from which they have fallen."
---Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
15 DRAMATIC EVENTS NEAR & AT THE END OF THE WORLD
“Before Christ’s second coming the Church must pass through a final trial that will shake the faith of many believers… in the form of a religious deception which will be one of apostasy.”
― Catechism of the Catholic Church #675
"We are now in a cold one — the Cold Civil War of 2018. Never before, not during the protests over Viet Nam, not during the race riots, even the hippie-music-drug rebellion of the Sixties, has the United States (“one nation, indivisible”) been so divided. On both sides of the cultural and political aisles, the attitude is no longer compromise, in the tradition of Adams, Jefferson, of the Founding Fathers, but battles over every aspect of modern life, with the taking of no prisoners."
PROPHECY OF POPE JOHN PAUL II
The Catholic Church and the anti-Church currently co-exist in the same sacramental, liturgical and juridical space” - "We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-Church, of the Gospel versus the anti-Gospel. We must be prepared to undergo great trials in the not-too-distant future; trials that will require us to be ready to give up even our lives, and a total gift of self to Christ and for Christ. Through your prayers and mine, it is possible to alleviate this tribulation, but it is no longer possible to avert it. . . .How many times has the renewal of the Church been brought about in blood! It will not be different this time."
----Pope John Paul II
"'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)."
"Padre Pio told Father Amorth: "Satan has been introduced into the bosom of the Church and he will within a very short time come to rule a false Church." Amorth says that Padre Pio was "really tormented" by one issue that is "the great apostasy within the Church."
Commentary: This does not mean that the current pope, (Pope Francis) is the Anti-Christ in disguise. It appears to be very likely that because Francis has opened the door to a vastly more confused, liberal Church where all kinds of divisions are taking place, he has set the stage for Satan's rule at some point in the future. vtb
"The work of the devil will creep even into the Church in such a way that cardinals will be opposed to other cardinals, and bishops against bishops. The priests who venerate me, will be despised and hindered by their brethren...the Church will be full of those who accept compromises."
"Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want. This is why THE GREATEST DESTROYER OF LOVE AND PEACE IS ABORTION."
Commentary: When you give your approval to murder an unborn human being through an abortion (as those in the Democratic Party do), you are approving of using VIOLENCE to destroy a human life (Bill & Hillary Clinton were present at this prayer meeting and ignored what Mother Teresa said about abortion). Therefore, they, and the vast majority of Democrats are greatly contributing to the climate of violence we are experiencing in the United States. vtb
"Today I have set before you life and prosperity, death and doom … I call heaven and earth today to witness against you. I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse"
(Dt 30:15, 20).
WHAT IS YOUR MISSION IN LIFE?
“God has created me to do Him some definite service. He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission. I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons.
He has not created me for naught. I shall do good; I shall do His work. I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place, while not intending it if I do but keep His commandments.
Therefore, I will trust Him, whatever I am, I can never be thrown away. If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him, in perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him. If I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him. He does nothing in vain. He knows what He is about. He may take away my friends. He may throw me among strangers. He may make me feel desolate, make my spirits sink, hide my future from me. Still, He knows what He is about.”
---John Henry Newman
A Must See Video!! - "We are living the Book of Revelation."
"This the novel that Pope Francis recommends -- as a warning.
A final attack occurs just as the last of the faithful, having taken vows to die in the name of faith, are singing the Tantum Ergo. The last words of the novel: 'Then the world passed, and the glory of it.'
"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)."
----ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA
What does Our Lady say about Purgatory? - "There are many souls in Purgatory. There are also persons who have been consecrated to God – some priests, some religious. Pray for their intentions, at least the Lord’s Prayer, the Hail Mary and the Glory Be, seven times each, and the Creed. I recommend it to you. There is a large number of souls who have been in Purgatory a long time because no one prays for them."
THE FALSE TEACHINGS OF THE WORLD VERSUS THE TRUTH
"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."
"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)
"Cardinal Robert Sarah, the Vatican’s most senior liturgical official, has accused some senior Catholic prelates from rich countries of trying to dilute Christian morality by changing teaching on abortion, euthanasia and “other problematic family situations."
"When did Sunday go from being the Day of the Lord to an hour for the Lord…maybe…unless…you know….there is something more interesting or important in my life?"
Commentary: Notice that these insults and his immoral conduct were not brought to light or corrected by Francis. vtb
Commentary: Pope Francis again fails to tell the truth. The so-called "evil" is being done against Cardinal Burke, and not Cardinal Maradiaga as confirmed in the above related article. For a Pope to defend those who slander and attack people like Cardinal Burke in such a rude manner is disgraceful. vtb
Don't be afraid, she added, because whoever works for the sanctity of Marriage and the Family will always be fought against and opposed in every way, because this is the decisive issue. Then she concluded: ‘nevertheless, Our Lady has already crushed his head’.” -
---Sister Lucia of Fatima
At Fatima, Our Lady asks:"Do you want to offer yourselves to God, to endure all the sufferings which He will send you, in an act of reparation for the sins by which He is offended and of supplication for the conversion of sinners?" (Memoirs of Sister Lucia, I, 162).
DAILY MORNING PRAYER
My Lord Jesus, I offer you all my sufferings of this day, to be used in union with yours, for the good of my soul, the good of the Church, the conversion of sinners & of Russia, relief for the poor souls, & the favors I ask of you....
"Augustine says in his Rule: ‘Show mercy not only to yourselves, but also to him who, being in the higher position among you, is therefore in greater danger.’ But fraternal correction is a work of mercy. Therefore even prelates ought to be corrected.”
---St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica II, II, q. 33, a. 4, Sed Contra."
“Every pain has its end and then life in freedom begins there where all of my children come – where everything is returned. My children, your battle is difficult. It will be even more difficult, but you follow my example. Pray for the strength of faith; trust in the love of the Heavenly Father. I am with you. I am manifesting myself to you. I am encouraging you. With immeasurable motherly love I am caressing your souls."
"Woe to you that call evil good, and good evil: that put darkness for light, and light for darkness: that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter." Isaias (Isaiah) 5:20
MARY, QUEEN OF HEAVEN & EARTH, PRAY FOR US
"Montfort explains that in the days leading to the Antichrist, a powerful group will emerge from among the clergy which, through their devotion to Mary, will be granted special powers to fight Satan..."
"Our Lady (said) that we are called to practice (these things) during this “final battle” against Satan. These are devotion to: Her Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart, the Holy Rosary, the Brown Scapular. However it is of the greatest importance to note that the final apparition of Fatima also directs us towards the intercession of St Joseph, whom Our Lord intimately associated with Himself in his blessing of the world."
"BE NOT AFRAID"
"Of what should we be afraid?
Our captain on this battlefield is Christ Jesus.
We have discovered what we have to do.
Christ has bound our enemies for us and weakened them that they cannot overcome us unless we so choose to let them.
So we must fight courageously and mark ourselves with the sign of the most Holy Cross."
---St Catherine of Siena
COMMENTARY: It may not all be true, but there is a significant amount of information and testimonies that provide ample evidence of the true character of Pope Francis. vtb
"If one is called to be Catholic, one follows what the Church teaches; that is the correct understanding of conscience (as upheld also by Vatican II). And if one really cannot follow what the Church teaches, then one’s conscience requires that one leave the Church."
---His Excellency, The Most Reverend Robert C. Morlino. Bishop of Madison, Wisconsin (Deceased)
COMMENTARY: Within the news stories and commentaries on this website you will find many reasons why the Church has fallen so low in true spirituality. We are being strongly called to prayer and participating at Holy Mass as often as possible to strengthen our relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ. We must go to Him. This is how we will receive His Peace, a Peace the world cannot give us. vtb
"Young people are drawn to the Traditional Latin Mass by its “beauty," “sense of mystery” and “transcendence”, Archbishop Alexander K Sample has said. Speaking during a Pontifical High Mass in the Extraordinary Form at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC, Archbishop Sample praised Pope Benedict XVI for the “great gift” of Summorum Pontificum – the document that allowed the traditional Mass to be more widely celebrated – and said the “reverence and sacredness” of the old Mass would enrich the Novus Ordo."
"According to legend, the line represents the blow with which St. Michael sent the devil to hell - In any case, it is surprising how well these sanctuaries are, in fact, aligned.
"This grace-filled place has been attracting visitors from all over the world."
"Fr. Thomas Weinandy, a prolific author and highly accomplished theologian and member of the Vatican’s International Theological Commission sent a letter to Pope Francis on July 31, in which he expressed deep concerns about the present pontificate."
COMMENTARY: This priest speaks the truth, but will he be listened to by the many spiritually lukewarm cardinals & bishops, or other priests? What Pope Francis has done, and continues to do, (as noted in Father Weinandy's letter) is gravely sinful and this must also be addressed by the clergy. vtb
"He basically gave God an ultimatum. “If you want me to write something, you have to give me a clear sign... There was no longer any doubt in my mind that Jesus wanted me to write something,” Weinandy said. “I also think it significant that it was an Archbishop that Jesus used. I considered it an apostolic mandate.”
"Because the Pope does not want to answer we do not know. We seem to remember that a Jesuit near him said that the reason was that the questions were ideological. Sorry, but it sounds a bit weak. The task of authority is to clarify their thinking: and thus making it evident..."
COMMENTARY: Pope Francis should be "corrected" by most of cardinals and bishops so a unified front may be in place. But we know that will never happen because Francis has a certain fearful presence that prevents them from acting. Therefore they remain cowards while the Church splits apart into an "to each his own" state. vtb
IMPORTANT TWO PART BOOKLET ON STATE OF CHURCH WRITTEN BY VINCENT T. BEMOWSKI & BLESSED BY CARDINAL STICKLER -
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COMMENTARY: A much needed clear definition of accepting Almighty God's Holy Will concerning how He has created us, and not following the desire of Satan to have us change our sexual identity and bring about an immoral state of existence that could cause us to lose our soul. vtb
"What are, in particular, the duties of our Guardian Angels? Analyzing these duties, Saint Bernard says that the Angels constantly surround the souls of the faithful in their charge with the most tender care and love. They have but one great desire, that of leading us safely through life till we attain the glory and peace which they themselves possess and fully enjoy while in our company here on earth.
They protect both our spiritual and our corporal life. They defend and protect our immortal soul from the seduction of the world and the wiles of Satan. They often shield us from sudden dangers that threaten our life, or come to our rescue when some harm has befallen us. This becomes often manifest with little children who quite often come out of serious accidents without any injury. The mind of the little children cannot be reached with warnings and inspirations, because it is not yet functioning; and thus the Guardian Angel must take direct action in case of danger. Adult persons, in the full use of reason, are warned and cautioned by their Angel, but because they remain free to heed or to ignore such warnings of their Angel, many unfortunate things happen to them in spite of their Heavenly protector."
"What is this day called? The day is called both "Palm Sunday" and "Passion Sunday." The first name comes from the fact that it commemorates Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem, when the crowd had palm branches (John 12:13).
"Holy Week History, Information, Prayers, Resources, Traditions... Holy Week is the last week of Lent before Easter, beginning on Palm Sunday and ending on Holy Saturday. In an older nomenclature, Holy Week is the second Sunday of Passiontide (Passiontide begins on the fifth Sunday of Lent). Holy Week is the part of the Church Year where Jesus' final moments are commemorated. The final three days of Holy week are part of the Paschal Triduum.
"A cancer-stricken woman was given no hope of recovery, but a friend gave her a rosary. For three months she recited the “Our Father” and “Hail Mary” prayers. Upon returning to her doctor, she was found cancer-free. The physician was astonished."
"According to Matthew 21:10-17, Mark 11:15-17, and Luke 19:45-46, Jesus returns to Jerusalem today. Seeing shameful practices in the Temple area, He cleanses it. The Gospels also recount His weeping over Jerusalem and His cursing of the fig tree. Matthew and Mark relate that He returned to Bethany that night."
"Jesus likely arises early, as did all the ancients. Days both ended and started early, at dusk and dawn, prior to the advent of electric lighting. They leave Bethany and head back to Jerusalem. Perhaps a few converts can be made before the transcendent events of the Passion begin."
"THE CHIEF PRIESTS and the Ancients of the people are met today, in one of the rooms adjoining the Temple, for the purpose of deliberating on the best means of putting Jesus to death."
"Jesus knows that His hour has come; this will be His last meal. Judas has already conspired and been paid to hand Him over. Scripture says, Before the feast of Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come. He always loved those who were his own, and now he would show them the depths of his love. The devil had already induced Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot, to hand him over (John 13:1). Thus in the gathering storm Jesus plans His last meal, which will also be the first Holy Mass."
"Jesus told the crowd that the Eucharist is “food that endures for eternal life” (Jn 6:27).
Jesus himself is the Bread of Life (Jn 6:35, 48), the bread that came down from heaven (Jn 6:41,51).
Jesus further explained, “My flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink” (Jn 6:55), and that “whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life (Jn 6:54)."
"If he gives his life as an offering for sin, he shall see his descendants in a long life, and the will of the LORD shall be accomplished through him.
Because of his affliction he shall see the light in fullness of days; through his suffering, my servant shall justify many, and their guilt he shall bear. Therefore I will give him his portion among the great, and he shall divide the spoils with the mighty, because he surrendered himself to death and was counted among the wicked; and he shall take away the sins of many, and win pardon for their offenses."
"This link between Good Friday and the Church is woven throughout our Christian tradition. St. Augustine wrote, “There it was that the gate of life was opened, from there the sacraments of the Church flow; without these one does not enter true life.”
"A crossroads is a call to change: from where we’ve been to where we’re going; from what we’re leaving behind to what we’re striving for; from whom we are to who we’re becoming."
"The Mother of Christ is given into the care of the Beloved Disciple. On the surface, it seems that Jesus is merely ensuring His Mother’s well-being after His death. A closer look, however, suggests that the disciple is the one who is really being cared for."
"There are four reasons why Christ together with His soul descended into hell. First, He wished to take upon Himself the entire punishment for our sin, and thus atone for its entire guilt. The punishment for the sin of man was not alone death of the body, but there was also a punishment of the soul, since the soul had its share in sin; and it was punished by being deprived of the beatific vision; and as yet no atonement had been offered whereby this punishment would be taken away. Therefore, before the coming of Christ all men, even the holy fathers after their death, descended into hell. Accordingly in order to take upon."
"The second reading from the Office of Readings for Holy Saturday is taken from an ancient homily on Christ’s descent into hell. It begins: “Something strange is happening—there is a great silence on earth today, a great silence and stillness. The whole earth keeps silence because the King is asleep.” The King fell asleep when His soul was separated from His body on Good Friday afternoon. He remained asleep until His soul reanimated His body on Easter morning. But during the silence and stillness of the King’s sleep, He harrowed hell."
EASTER - THE FEAST - "Easter is the principal feast of the ecclesiastical year. Leo I (Sermo xlvii in Exodum) calls it the greatest feast (festum festorum), and says that Christmas is celebrated only in preparation for Easter."
"This Easter take a moment to pause and consider the GOOD NEWS that death and sin were conquered by the very real Jesus who will soon return - just as He promised. Lost and fallen mankind,in collusion with a bunch of social clubs masquerading as churches, have allowed Easter bunnies, eggs and candies to overshadow the real reason real Christians are real happy about what happened at the Resurrection. All the unstoppable hatred and insane madness happening around us today are rapidly bringing this world to a close - just as the Jewish carpenter and Savior, Jesus, said that it would. (Matthew chapter 24, etc.) Say a prayer in your heart, and ask Jesus to be in you, forgive you, and to show you the real meaning and celebration of Easter."
"Of all the religions of the world, only Christianity claims an empty tomb for its founder. The physical resurrection of Jesus is the cornerstone of Christianity."
"The suffering was far more than most imagine — so severe even before He reached Calvary," she (Anne Catherine Emmerich) says, that "only supernatural ministering kept Him from expiring previous to making His way to the Cross."
COMMENTARY: The immense sufferings of JESUS cannot be explained in words. The sins of mankind since Adam to the very last man on earth He took upon Himself to redeem us and reconcile us to the Father. We, however, having knowledge of His great sufferings should not add to them any more than we already have. We must re-establish our relationship with Our Savior and make every effort to keep a good relationship with JESUS through frequent Confessions, the Holy Rosary, and receiving Him through the Eucharist at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass as often as possible. vtb
"In her book called The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ, mystic Anne Catherine Emmerich asserted that what Jesus suffered at Gethsemane, in the famous instance the night before His Crucifixion, was far greater than what’s described in Scripture — that beyond mere anticipation of His own death, the Lord was forced to enter into fierce spiritual combat with the devil."
COMMENTARY: Satan is always at work trying to tempt us to do things that cause us to sin. If those sins are very serious and we are indifferent to changing our life and confessing them, we could lose our soul and spend eternity in Hell. Not a very pleasant thought, but something we should be thinking about from time to time. vtb
SPECIAL INFORMATION FOR THE SEASON OF CHRISTMAS
How can families better live the spirit of Advent and Christmas in their homes?
"It is more than a rhapsody of strange and delightful nonsense. It is a song of Catholic instruction. Dating back to the 16th or 17th century, it was created as a memory aid to help children learn their Faith. The “true love” is no earthly suitor, but God Himself, Who gives His wondrous gifts to “me,” every baptized person."
"January 1 is a Holy Day of Obligation for Roman Catholics. Not because it is New Year’s day, but because it is the octave (8th day) of Christmas. This feast of Mary, the Mother of God, brings home the reality of the incarnation. In Jesus, the Creator truly became man. And that man had, and still has, a mother. So affirmed the Ecumenical Council of Ephesus in AD 431."
Epiphany, or the Manifestation of the Lord - "The feast of manifestation, or Epiphany, is traditionally celebrated the 12th day after Christmas, January 6th. In the dioceses of the United States this feast has been moved to the Sunday between January 2 and January 8... The Epiphany is the high point of Christmas and the fulfillment of Advent. It is the ancient Feast of Christ the King. Its dignity in the liturgy is superior to that of Christmas. Because the feast commemorates the baptism of Jesus, its vigil has long been a day for solemn Baptism. In the present division of the Church year, the baptism of our Lord in the Jordan is commemorated on the octave day of the Epiphany."
"A common thread ties together the Mass readings from Christmas till the end of January. On Christmas, of course, we have Jesus’ debut to the world at Bethlehem. On Jan. 1, we hear about Jesus being seen by the shepherds. On the following Sunday, we see him being revealed to the Magi. After that, we see him being revealed to John the Baptist, and the following Sunday he is revealed through John to us as the beloved Son of God. The Sunday after that, Jesus begins his mission and the people who were in darkness see a great light. See the connection? It’s all about Jesus manifesting himself to the world."
"This brings to an end the season of Christmas. The Church recalls Our Lord's second manifestation or epiphany which occurred on the occasion of His baptism in the Jordan. Jesus descended into the River to sanctify its waters and to give them the power to beget sons of God. The event takes on the importance of a second creation in which the entire Trinity intervenes."
HOLY WEEK REMEMBRANCES
"Although Ash Wednesday is not a Catholic holy day of obligation, it is an important part of the season of Lent. The first clear evidence of Ash Wednesday is around 960, and in the 12th century people began using palm branches from the previous Palm Sunday for ashes.
One "very, very clear vision of Him was quite breathtaking," recalls the retired nurse. "All of a sudden there are these three beings behind me. And all of a sudden JESUS appeared before me, walked right in front of me, raised His thumb -- there was Blood on it -- and blessed me with it. He placed a mantle on me and gave me a shepherd's staff and He said, 'Becki, you are mine.'"
“Notice how each hand holds up the other,” Jaybird told us. Then, dropping one hand, he continued. “Without the support of the other hand, this hand tires and falls.” He let the remaining hand go limp. “Now the hands are apart, unable to depend upon each other for support.” He brought his hands together once again. “This is what JESUS does for you every day. He holds you up.”
"According to (Saint) Jerome, in his commentary on Matthew 27:33, someone explained “the place of Calvary” as being the place where Adam was buried; and that it was so called because the skull of the first man was buried there. A pleasing interpretation indeed, and one suited to catch the ear of the people, but, still, not the true one."
COMMENTARY: Actually, Jerome is correct. The skull of Adam is beneath the Cross where JESUS was crucified according to Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich, and this makes a for a solid reason to believe. vtb
"From the descent of Christ to hell we may learn, for our instruction, four things...
"The Feast of Mercy is an annual celebration, (weekend after Easter) which, as Jesus revealed, also has the promise of the total forgiveness of sins and punishment. Our Lord Jesus said,
'The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain the complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. On that day all the divine floodgates through which graces flow are opened.'"
THE DIVINE MERCY - "This message and devotion to Jesus as The Divine Mercy is based on the writings of Saint Faustina Kowalska, an uneducated Polish nun who, in obedience to her spiritual director, wrote a diary of about 600 pages recording the revelations she received about God's Mercy." DIVINE MERCY NOVENA - "Jesus further asked that this Feast of the Divine Mercy be preceded by a Novena of Chaplets to the Divine Mercy which would begin on Good Friday. Say one chaplet each day following the novena intention. In her diary, St. Faustina wrote that Jesus told her:"
"On each day of the novena you will bring to My Heart a different group of souls and you will immerse them in this ocean of My mercy... On each day you will beg My Father, on the strength of My passion, for the graces for these souls. By this novena I will grant every possible grace to souls." (Diary 1209, 796)
"Briefly, here are the other main differences between the "special graces" promised by Jesus for Divine Mercy Sunday, and the plenary indulgence offered by the Church for special devotions to The Divine Mercyon Mercy Sunday:
1) The special graces that our Lord promised for Mercy Sunday come solely through the reception of Holy Communion on that day, in a state of grace, with trust in The Divine Mercy. Any plenary indulgence granted by the Church, on the other hand, involves the fulfillment of a number of conditions, including prayer for the pope's intentions, confession and Holy Eucharist, and the carrying out of the special indulgence work (in this case: participating in public devotions to The Divine Mercy on Mercy Sunday itself).
2) The special graces promised by our Lord for Mercy Sunday can be received by a soul in a state of grace, but with imperfect love for God, and imperfect contrition for sin—as long as the soul merely trusts in the Mercy of God, and clings to Him because of His promised benefits.
A plenary indulgence, however, can only be obtained through the performance of an indulgence work as an expression of pure love for God. If the intentions of one's indulgenced work are not pure (say, the work is done in part out of fear of hell or purgatory, and loathing for oneself — or the desire to impress one's friends and relatives! — rather than purely out of love for God) then the indulgence obtained will be only partial, not plenary."
"The Church celebrates Pentecost, one of the most important feast days of the year that concludes the Easter season and celebrates the beginning of the Church. Here’s what you need to know about the feast day: The timing and origins of Pentecost Pentecost always occurs 50 days after the death and resurrection of Jesus, and ten days after his ascension into heaven. Because Easter is a moveable feast without a fixed date, and Pentecost depends on the timing of Easter, Pentecost can fall anywhere between May 10 and June 13."
SPECIAL FEAST DAY
Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary - "On November 1, 1950, Pope Pius XII defined the Assumption of Mary to be a dogma of faith: “We pronounce, declare and define it to be a divinely revealed dogma that the immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul to heavenly glory.” The pope proclaimed this dogma only after a broad consultation of bishops, theologians and laity. There were few dissenting voices. What the pope solemnly declared was already a common belief in the Catholic Church."
FIRST FRIDAY DEVOTION TO THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS - "The First Friday of each month was designated by our Savior Himself as a day to be consecrated to honoring His Sacred Heart…. As the object of this devotion is to make our Savior Jesus Christ ardently and perfectly loved, and to make reparation for the outrages offered to Him in the past, as well as for those which he daily receives in the Blessed Eucharist."
Explanation of the Holy Mass, prayers, saints, music, religious artwork. Very inspiring - includes Act of Consecration to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and other beautiful 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."
The Feast of the Ascension of the Lord - "This Holy day of Obligation, 40th day of Easter, commemorates Christ's Ascension into Heaven from Mount Olivet 40 days after He rose from the dead (Mark 16:14-20). After the Gospel is sung, the Paschal Candle, lit from the New Fire of the Easter Vigil, is extinguished to symbolize the departure of Christ (if you use a Paschal candle at home, it should be put away today, too)."
THE SHROUD OF TURIN - I believe the Shroud of Turin to be authentic, and a very holy relic which is left to us as a remembrance of the sufferings Our Savior experienced in His Passion - but for many, continued study is recommended: "This website will keep you abreast of current research, provide you with accurate data from the previous research and let you interact with the researchers themselves. We believe that if you have access to the facts, you can make up your own mind about the Shroud."
FIRST SATURDAY DEVOTION TO THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY - "The observance of the first Saturday in honor of the Immaculate Heart of Mary is intended to make reparation to it for the sins of mankind. This devotion was revealed by the Blessed Virgin to three children, Francisco, Jacinta and Lucia to whom she appeared at Fatima, Portugal, in 1917. On June 13, 1917, Our Lady specifically stated in speaking to Lucia: "Jesus wants to make use of you to make me known and loved. He wants to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart."
THE MARIAN MOVEMENT OF PRIESTS - "It is my work, which I myself am now carrying out, in order to gather from all sides the little remnant which will remain faithful to Jesus and to His Gospel, to the Pope and to the Church united with Him...If indeed His return is close at hand, then my motherly action becomes more concerned and vigorous, in order to assist all my children to remain ever in the truth of the faith. This is why I have asked you to consecrate yourselves to my Immaculate Heart. This is why, in these times of yours, I have spread everywhere my Marian Movement of Priests."
- Messages to Fr. Gobbi from our Blessed Mother.
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Ten points to help you truly practice your holy Faith and bring you peace during your spiritual journey.