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Sunday 12 October 2014

We can put people on the moon, but....

October 13th, 1917 MIracle of the Sun

Thanks to Wikimedia

On False Seers And Saints, Again

Blessed Jacinta and the other seers of Fatima have been used by false and disobedient groups. Never in the history of the Church have there been so many groups claiming to have the real stories about Fatima, ignoring what the Church has taught or revealed, written by lay people full of innuendo.

Pride is behind these websites and newspapers. These saints are being used for the agendas of certain groups.

Just stick with the official biographies and avoid groups which have been denounced. Avoid Fatima sites which are sede.

Protect your imagination from serious sin.

Excellent Sermon

Today, a priest of the Canons of St. Augustine, gave a great, short sermon. One of his main points was that one must not get so caught up with what is "urgent" so as not to do what is important.

The important, as the priest explained, must be following Christ and becoming holy. The urgent are the many things which impede our lives of prayer and meditation.

He asked us all to remember that there will always be "the urgent", things which seem important but are not. The only important thing is our relationship with Christ.


One Kieran Comment

The news has devolved into gossip.

Let God deal with the priest.

The laity get the leaders we deserve as punishment for our own sins.

A holy laity creates holy priests.

An incomplete list of holy parents who had at least one child as a saint:

Louis and Zelie Martin
Tescelin of Fountains, and Aleth of Montbard
Margaret Bosco
Anna of East Anglia
Margaret Pole, whose son Reginald should be canonized.

There are more....saints produce saints.

Do Not Be Afraid

Do not be afraid of becoming holy.

Do not be afraid of suffering.

At some point, all suffering becomes joy.

God does not use a sledgehammer to purify you.

If you are faithful to stay on the road to perfection. God will see your generous heart.

He will gently lead you to holiness, even if you are suffering.

Humility comes from the recognition of one's failings, sins, tendencies to evil.

God is so patient. But, He does expect one not to be soft on one's self.

You must be hard on yourself, do penance, mortification, fasting.

Then, the doors to renewal open. Be not afraid.

From None today:
Lord God,
  open our hearts to your grace.
Let it go before us and be with us,
  that we may always be intent upon doing your will.
Through Christ our Lord.

Tomorrow and Fatima

Fatima is my favorite apparition. Tomorrow is the memorial of the Miracle of the Sun. That is the day on which Our Dear Lady showed thousands of people that the apparitions were true, and when Jesus, through her intercession, healed many people.

God does not always use magnificent signs in order to convince people something is true and good. But, too many Catholics do not expect miracles, and therefore, do not ask for such.

St. Teresa of Avila states that when we do not ask God for specifics and when we do not believe he will answer, we insult Him.

Recently, I have developed a love and honor of Blessed Jacinta of Fatima. I suggest you read a biography of her, as I did this summer. She experienced horrific pain, both physical and existential. She is one of the modern small saints, who also demonstrates a great capacity for suffering for the souls of others.

Part of my job is to pray for the souls in purgatory, and for some to convert. We need to take intercessory prayer seriously and offer up penances, as well as prayers, for others. Blessed Jacinta was told by Mary, Our Mother, that she would suffer. The little girl accepted this suffering, and it was intense. She was operated on and had ribs removed because of pleurisy and she did not have proper anesthetics.

One cannot imagine pain at this level. Now, she is part of my list of personal patrons. And, for some reason, only God understands why, she intercedes for me.

Choose patrons to pray for you and with you. The three seers of Fatima seem to be good choices for our world. They lived in turbulent times and underwent persecution.

What better patrons can we have today?

God Dealing with The Predominant Fault

When one asks and allows God to enter into one's soul and deal with one's predominant fault or faults, He does. It is hard but once one begins the journey it is not so hard.In fact, one senses the way God breaks up that fault through things which happen in one's life.

It is so interesting. God gently breaks pride, but not harshly. He gently ends anger, by bringing love and forgiveness into one's life. He gently ends doubt and selfishness by creating episodes which break down the ego and replace it with complete trust in Divine Providence.

One senses the love of God in these events and movements of the spirit. God works though other people in love and sometimes, through hate.

However, the triumph of humility over pride is worth all the suffering.

God cannot be put into a box. We cannot determine when and how He will work with us. God is in charge. But, the good angels help us, keep us strong, bring us to pray and thanksgiving.

When one prays for something, one must expect an answer. It will come in God's time.

Praise be to Jesus Christ. Now and forever

God Makes New Doughnuts Every Day

John 5 Douay-Rheims 

After these things was a festival day of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
Now there is at Jerusalem a pond, called Probatica, which in Hebrew is named Bethsaida, having five porches.
In these lay a great multitude of sick, of blind, of lame, of withered; waiting for the moving of the water.
And an angel of the Lord descended at certain times into the pond; and the water was moved. And he that went down first into the pond after the motion of the water, was made whole, of whatsoever infirmity he lay under.
And there was a certain man there, that had been eight and thirty years under his infirmity.
Him when Jesus had seen lying, and knew that he had been now a long time, he saith to him: Wilt thou be made whole?
The infirm man answered him: Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pond. For whilst I am coming, another goeth down before me.
Jesus saith to him: Arise, take up thy bed, and walk.
And immediately the man was made whole: and he took up his bed, and walked. And it was the sabbath that day.
10 The Jews therefore said to him that was healed: It is the sabbath; it is not lawful for thee to take up thy bed.
11 He answered them: He that made me whole, he said to me, Take up thy bed, and walk.
12 They asked him therefore: Who is that man who said to thee, Take up thy bed, and walk?
13 But he who was healed, knew not who it was; for Jesus went aside from the multitude standing in the place.
14 Afterwards, Jesus findeth him in the temple, and saith to him: Behold thou art made whole: sin no more, lest some worse thing happen to thee.
15 The man went his way, and told the Jews, that it was Jesus who had made him whole.
16 Therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, because he did these things on the sabbath.
17 But Jesus answered them: My Father worketh until now; and I work.
18 Hereupon therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he did not only break the sabbath, but also said God was his Father, making himself equal to God.
19 Then Jesus answered, and said to them: Amen, amen, I say unto you, the Son cannot do any thing of himself, but what he seeth the Father doing: for what things soever he doth, these the Son also doth in like manner.
20 For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things which himself doth: and greater works than these will he shew him, that you may wonder.
21 For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and giveth life: so the Son also giveth life to whom he will.
22 For neither doth the Father judge any man, but hath given all judgment to the Son.
23 That all men may honour the Son, as they honour the Father. He who honoureth not the Son, honoureth not the Father, who hath sent him.
24 Amen, amen I say unto you, that he who heareth my word, and believeth him that sent me, hath life everlasting; and cometh not into judgment, but is passed from death to life.
25 Amen, amen I say unto you, that the hour cometh, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God, and they that hear shall live.
26 For as the Father hath life in himself, so he hath given the Son also to have life in himself:
27 And he hath given him power to do judgment, because he is the Son of man.
28 Wonder not at this; for the hour cometh, wherein all that are in the graves shall hear the voice of the Son of God.
29 And they that have done good things, shall come forth unto the resurrection of life; but they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of judgment.
30 I cannot of myself do any thing. As I hear, so I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not my own will, but the will of him that sent me.
31 If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true.
32 There is another that beareth witness of me; and I know that the witness which he witnesseth of me is true.
33 You sent to John, and he gave testimony to the truth.
34 But I receive not testimony from man: but I say these things, that you may be saved.
35 He was a burning and a shining light: and you were willing for a time to rejoice in his light.
36 But I have a greater testimony than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given me to perfect; the works themselves, which I do, give testimony of me, that the Father hath sent me.
37 And the Father himself who hath sent me, hath given testimony of me: neither have you heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape.
38 And you have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him you believe not.
39 Search the scriptures, for you think in them to have life everlasting; and the same are they that give testimony of me.
40 And you will not come to me that you may have life.
41 I receive glory not from men.
42 But I know you, that you have not the love of God in you.
43 I am come in the name of my Father, and you receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him you will receive.
44 How can you believe, who receive glory one from another: and the glory which is from God alone, you do not seek?
45 Think not that I will accuse you to the Father. There is one that accuseth you, Moses, in whom you trust.
46 For if you did believe Moses, you would perhaps believe me also; for he wrote of me.
47 But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?

Never give up on prayer. A person I know for whom I have been praying to God for years has been healed of an illness experienced for exactly 38 years.
With Christ, all things are possible. All.

Tissot's Magnificat

Magnificat anima mea Dominum;
Et exultavit spiritus meus in Deo salutari meo,
Quia respexit humilitatem ancillae suae; ecce enim ex hoc beatam me dicent omnes generationes.
Quia fecit mihi magna qui potens est, et sanctum nomen ejus, Et misericordia ejus a progenie in progenies timentibus eum. 
Fecit potentiam brachio suo; 
Dispersit superbos mente cordis sui.
Deposuit potentes de sede, et exaltavit humiles.
Esurientes implevit bonis, et divites dimisit inanes. 
Sucepit Israel, puerum suum, recordatus misericordiae suae, Sicut locutus est ad patres nostros, Abraham et semeni ejus in saecula.