July 31, 2008
SUNDAY SERMON: THE PORTIUNCULA INDULGENCE
VIA SPIRITDAILY: ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI AND GREAT PARDON KNOWN AS THE PORTIUNCULA INDULGENCE by Susan Tassone
The Portiuncula (small portion) refers to the land in Assisi, Italy, that belonged to the Benedictines.
On this land was an old church dedicated to the Virgin Mother of God but abandoned.
The great St. Francis had great devotion to the queen of the world and when he saw that the church was deserted, he began to live there constantly and repair it. He heard that the angels often visited it, so that it was called St. Mary of the Angels.
The Benedictines wanted to give Francis the church but in order to remain faithful to Lady Poverty, Francis rented it from them with the annual compensation of a basket of fish from the Tescio river.
Here is where Francis began his service to Christ and His Church. Here Francis founded his Order, received Clare as his spiritual daughter, and where he died commending this spot above all others to the friars.
St. Francis had great love and compassion for everyone.
On a night of July, 1216, Francis was praying in the little church of the Portiuncula devoured by love for God and a thirst to save souls. He prayed for the forgiveness of sins of mankind.
Suddenly a brilliant light shone all around. In great splendor Jesus and Mary appeared in the midst of a dazzling cloud surrounded by a multitude of radiant angels.
Out of fear and reverence, St. Francis adored Our Lord prostrate upon the ground.
Then Jesus said to him: "Francis you are very zealous for the good of souls. Ask me what you want for their salvation." St. Francis was rapt in ecstasy before Jesus.
When he regained his courage he said:
"Lord, I a miserable sinner beg You to concede an indulgence to all those who enter this church, who are truly contrite and have confessed their sins. And I beg Blessed Mary, your Mother, intercessor of man, that she intercede on behalf of this grace."
Our Lady at once began to beseech her son on behalf of Francis. Jesus answered:
"It is a very great thing that which you ask Me; but you are worthy of even greater things, Friar Francis, and greater things you will have. So I accept your request, but I want you to go to my Vicar, to whom I have given the power to bind and loose in Heaven and on earth, to ask him on my behalf for this indulgence."
With one of his companions, Francis hastened to Pope Honorius III and prostrate implored him to proclaim that every one visiting the church and confessing their sins with a contrite heart would be as pure from all sin and punishments as he was immediately after baptism. The Pope granted this petition. This indulgence has been extended to all parish churches throughout the world.
The date was set from vespers of the first of August until sundown on the second of August, the Feast of Our Lady of the Angels. It is said that St. Francis was given this day by Our Lord because the Feast of the Chains of St. Peter celebrated on August first is the day Peter was released from prison and his chains removed. This is an extraordinary demonstration of God's mercy in removing the chains of sin from those who devoutly and faithfully seek to gain the indulgence by completing its requirements.
The conditions to obtain the Plenary Indulgence of the Forgiveness of Assisi is (for oneself or for a departed soul) as follows:
-- Sacramental Confession to be in God's grace (during eight days before or after.)
-- Participation in the Holy Mass and Eucharist
-- Recitation of The Apostles Creed, Our Father and a prayer for the Pope's Intention.
The Portiuncula Indulgence is a grace not to miss not only for yourself but for the many suffering souls in Purgatory.
Mark your calendar for the Feast of Our Lady of the Angels beginning on the First of August to August 2.
Tell everyone of the magnitude of this gift. Once again, we see the unfathomable Divine Mercy of God.
In the words of St. Francis: O my Brothers and Sisters, I want you all to go to Heaven!
MORE: St. Francis and the Feast of Pardon
Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 7- "On Joy-Making Mourning"21. Let the remembrance of the eternal fire lie down with you every evening, and let it rise up with you too. Then sloth will never overwhelm you at the time of psalmody.
July 30, 2008
BISHOP DEVINE: "Indeed, a nation that condemns to abortion our beautiful and blameless unborn babies betrays itself as morally, ethically and politically untrustworthy and disinclined to give due care and attention to the poorest and weakest members of our society."
IN THE NEWS: Last Abortion Clinic in South Dakota Closes after Law Requires Patients be Informed of Possible Side Effects
SIOUX FALLS, SD, July 24, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - On Monday, July 21, eight women arrived at the Planned Parenthood office in Sioux Falls in South Dakota for abortions, but were instead met with locked doors and a hand-written note indicating the only abortion clinic in South Dakota was closed.
Planned Parenthood closed its doors after their abortionists, who are flown in from other states, refused to work under the new law that went into effect last Friday. The law orders abortionists to inform patients of the humanity of their babies and that the procedure could affect their mental health two hours before the abortion is set to be performed. The law also provides that abortionists can be sued if they do not comply.
This law was the brain-child of attorney Harold Cassidy and passed with the help of determined pro-life leaders Dr. Alan and Leslee Unruh, who pushed for the regulation in the face of opposition, even from some in the pro-life movement. The Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals cleared the way for the law's enactment last week.
It remains unclear if the Planned Parenthood office has permanently ceased the practice of abortion. However, several women who were scheduled for abortions this week went to a pro-life center instead, where some have reportedly changed their minds about having abortions.
"The closing of this clinic is historic in that South Dakota is, for the time being, the first abortion-free state," said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. "It didn't take the overturning of Roe v. Wade, and it didn't take a new President or a new Supreme Court. It took the courageous determination of pro-life heroes like Mr. Cassidy and the Unruhs who saw an opportunity to save lives and pressed on until their dream became victory."
"We applaud their efforts and encourage other states to emulate their campaign," said Newman.
The Unruhs are currently involved in the Vote Yes For Life Campaign, which would effectively ban abortions in South Dakota, putting the finishing nail in the coffin of the abortion industry there.
Text of the new law and links to the court decision can be found at http://www.voteyesforlife.com
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Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 7- "On Joy-Making Mourning"20. The seas wastes with time, as Job says (Job 14:11). And with time and patience, the things of which we have spoken are gradually acquired and perfected in us.
PRESS RELEASE: Vatican Approves New English Translation For The Order Of Mass
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has received approval (recognitio) from the Holy See's Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments for the new English-language translation of the Order of Mass (Ordo Missae).
This is the first section of the translation of the third edition of the Roman Missal. It includes most of the texts used in every celebration of the Mass, including the responses that will be said by the people.
In its letter, the Congregation pointed out that while the texts are binding, the approval "does not intend that these texts are to be put into use immediately."
Cardinal Francis Arinze, Prefect of the Congregation, explained the reasons for providing the text at this time. The purpose is to provide "time for the pastoral preparation of priests, deacons and for appropriate catechesis of the lay faithful. It will likewise facilitate the devising of musical settings for parts of the Mass."
The text is covered by copyright law and the Statutes of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy.
The more significant changes of the people's parts are:
1. et cum spiritu tuo is rendered as "And with your spirit"
2. In the Confiteor, the text "through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault" has been added
3. The Gloria has been translated differently and the structure is different from the present text
4. In the Preface dialogue the translation of "Dignum et justum est" is "It is right and just"
5. The first line of the Sanctus now reads "Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts"
6. The response of the people at the Ecce Agnus Dei is "Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed."
At this time, no date is available as to when the entire translation of the Roman Missal will be released.
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Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 7- "On Joy-Making Mourning"19. When we suffer from the superior honourable dishonour, scolding or punishment, let us remember the fearful sentence of the Judge, and we shall kill with meekness and patience, as with a two-edged sword, the irrational sorrow and bitterness which will certainly be sown in us.
July 28, 2008
(2Pe 3:11-12) Seeing then that all these things are to be dissolved, what manner of people ought you to be in holy conversation and godliness? Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of the Lord, by which the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with the burning heat?
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VIA Kathy: Sermon by Fr. Louis Campbell- Tenth Sunday after Pentecost, July 20, 2008 The Great Tribulation
asked me if, in my opinion, the Great Tribulation would be starting
soon. The Great Tribulation is that time foretold by Our Lord
when His followers would endure great trial and suffering:
“They will deliver you up to tribulation, and will put you to death; and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake. And then many will fall away, and will betray one another, and will hate one another. And many false prophets will arise, and will lead many astray. And because iniquity will abound, the charity of many will grow cold. But whoever perseveres to the end, he shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world, for a witness to all nations; and the will come the end” (Mt.24:8b-14).
If we look around us it is hard not to be convinced that the Tribulation has already begun. A Great Apostasy, also prophesied in Sacred Scripture, has been under way for the past forty or fifty years, and the spiritual devastation in both Church and world is beyond belief.
We must understand that spiritual devastation is a far greater evil than any kind of natural disaster. The whole world was in a state of shock over the great earthquake and accompanying tsunami that occurred in the Indian Ocean on December 26, 2004. The fires in California and the floods in the Midwest have left us all wondering what could happen next, and we fear even a financial tsunami. But even if the whole earth should quake and swallow up half of mankind, if most of the human race should die of famine or plague, or if a huge asteroid should strike the earth and leave the planet devoid of all life, it would not be as great a disaster as one mortal sin.
Yes, sin is the greatest evil. Our life on the earth is limited and must come to an end some day, but, hopefully, we will then enter into eternal joy in Heaven. Earthquakes, hurricanes and floods do not offend God. But mortal sin is an offense against the All Good and Holy God Who deserves only our love and gratitude. Mortal sin strikes against God in an attempt to kill Him. In fact, it did kill Him. Jesus Christ, the God-Man, surrendered His sacred humanity on the Cross as a Victim for the sins of the world.
Sin is the most horrible of all evils. And in these times sin is everywhere. It surrounds us, it threatens us, it haunts us, it attacks us. “The wages of sin is death,” says St. Paul (Rom.6:23). Mortal sin has killed millions, even billions of human beings. If that is not a disaster, what is?
The Most Holy Virgin Mary, venerated in Ecuador as Our Lady of Good Success, appeared in the 1600’s to Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres at the Conceptionist Convent in Quito, Ecuador, and told her that the twentieth century would be a time of great evil and persecution of the good. Millions of people would fall into Hell, including many bishops, priests, and nuns. Innocence in children and modesty in women would hardly be found anymore. Those who should speak out would remain silent, and the Church would lack the one leader who would be able to bring things to order once more. Knowledge of the apparitions would not be widespread until the time of these terrible disasters. Mother Mariana was asked to do penance for the people of our times, and she did.
Our Lady requested of Mother Mariana that a statue be made according to her likeness. Fearing that the bishop would not believe her, Mother Mariana delayed asking his permission. When she finally went to see the bishop he said to her: “What took you so long?” He had had a dream in which Our Lady told him to expect Mother Mariana’s visit. He gave her the necessary permission to have the statue made. This apparition of Our Lady of Good Success has never been doubted or censured by the Church, and every bishop of that diocese since that time has approved and encouraged devotion to Our Lady of Good Success and her miraculous statue (a small replica of which we have in our sanctuary).
How is it possible that the world has fallen so deeply into the mire of serious sin? If we studied the secret societies (which Our Lady also spoke of at Quito) we would find that they have succeeded in seducing many into lives of sin. Priests and bishops have been their direct targets. And when the Church’s leaders stray from the narrow way, the people soon follow them along the broad path that leads to destruction.
But we are responsible for our own sins. The world has no conscience anymore and has lost the sense of sin. We allow our consciences to be deadened by watching things on TV, DVD’s and the internet that are filled with poisonous ideas and seductive images that destroy the soul. Why do we let them do this to us? Those who provide these things couldn’t care less that they are sending us to Hell to cry and lament in horrible punishments for all eternity. They couldn’t care less that they are robbing the young of their innocence and turning them into perverts and slaves of sin. Lets turn the tables on these agents of the devil and refuse to accept any more of their sickening garbage! We were made for better things. Lets choose only what is good and pleasing to God, and follow Christ alone from now on! Long live Christ the King!
The most encouraging thing is that Our Lady told Mother Mariana that these evil times would come to an end, and she would, by the power of God, overcome the devil and initiate a time of great triumph for the Holy Catholic Church. May that time come soon!
In the meantime, we must not fear the devil or sin itself. God’s mercy is everlasting, and there is no sin which He is unable to forgive. Even when we are guilty of the gravest sins, there is joy among the angels of God when we repent. Think of this wonderful passage from St. Paul to the Romans:
“But where the offense has abounded, grace has abounded yet more; so that as sin has reigned unto death, so also grace may reign by justice unto life everlasting through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Rom.5:20b,21).
Our Lady of Good Success, pray for us!
Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 7- "On Joy-Making Mourning"18. Let your reclining in bed be for you an image of your declining into the grave, and you will sleep less. Let your refreshment at table be for you a reminder of the grim table of those worms, and you will be less indulgent. And in drinking water, do not forget the thirst in that flame, and you will certainly do violence to your nature.
(Heb 12:1-2) And therefore we also having so great a cloud of witnesses over our head, laying aside every weight and sin which surrounds us, let us run by patience to the fight proposed to us: Looking on Jesus, the author and finisher of faith, who, having joy set before him, endured the cross, despising the shame, and now sitteth on the right hand of the throne of God.
THE TRIB TIMES WILL RETURN NEXT
WEEK, GOD WILLING (James 4:15).
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Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 7- "On Joy-Making Mourning"17. When they weep, some force themselves unseasonably to think of nothing at all during this blessed time, not realizing that tears without thought are proper only to an irrational nature and not to a rational one. Tears are a product of thought, and the father of thought is a rational mind.
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VIA Charles Fears: Purgatory Here or Hereafter
My Daily Bread, Chapter 24 by Anthony J. Paone, S. J.
My child, do not expect to find peace until you have overcome a variety of troubles and opposition. If you say you cannot bear much suffering now, how will you be able to endure the purifying pains of Purgatory hereafter?
The patient man finds a
cleansing purgatory in this earthly life. When others wrong him he is
more sorry that evil is done than that he had been wronged. He
forgives the evil-doer from the bottom of his heart. He is not slow to
ask pardon when he himself has hurt others. He is more easily moved to
pity than to anger. He frequently disregards his feelings and tries to
live above them, according to his intelligence and My grace.
Either here on earth or hereafter in Purgatory I must make up for each fault I commit. Nothing tainted will be allowed to enter Heaven. I can purify my soul now by following the Words of Christ, my Redeemer. He gained for me the grace to conquer sin and error. Now I must do my part in living a holy life. If I refuse and die in venial sin, IĘll have to make it up in Purgatory. If I die in mortal sin, I shall condemn myself to hell forever.
My Jesus, you fulfilled Your FatherĘs Will largely by Your patience during Your earthly life. Therefore it is only right that I, a miserable sinner, should be patient in my own daily life. Even though this present life may feel like a burden, still, by the help of Your grace, it is a great opportunity to earn heavenly merit. Your holy example and the lives of Your saints, make this life lighter and more bearable for those who take time out each day so as to see more clearly Your way to Heaven. Amen.
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Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 7- "On Joy-Making Mourning"16. It is not to a wedding banquet that we have been called here- certainly not- but He who has called us has called us here to mourn for ourselves.
July 22, 2008
Archbishop Chaput: "Being a Christian is who you are. Period. And being a Christian means your life has a mission. It means striving every day to be a better follower, to become more like Jesus in your thoughts and actions."
EDITORIAL: For secular Australia, World Youth Day was wake-up call
Reflection by Father Ted:
Thank You Jesus, for reminding us during this past week of the
incredible love that You and the Father and Your Holy Spirit have for
each one of us.
During this past week in Australia, You inspired Your chosen vicar Pope Benedict XVI to encourage, to challenge, to inspire many young people who had travelled many miles to be with him during that special time which we have called World Youth Day XXIII.
Through the successor of Saint Peter, You, Jesus, encouraged these young men and women – young adults, youthful adolescents, to begin to live their dignity as Your beloved brothers and sisters.
You have challenged them to begin to become the saints that You created them to be. You have challenged them to be open to the fullness of the power of the Holy Spirit whom he has reminded them is Love.
You have taught them through Pope Benedict about the dangers in the world – which have brought about the misuse of many of the gifts that You have given to us to enable us to love You and to love and serve one another in this life in preparation for eternal life.
You want us to be with You and the Father and the Holy Spirit in Your heavenly home.
You have given to us all that is needed to accept this gift of love and to live this life of love everyday.
He has reminded us of the importance of prayer in our daily lives. He has taught us in the most effective way - by his own example.
He, himself, is truly a man of prayer. And we have been able to see this as we watched him during this past week – many who were present in Sydney for these special days – myself and others through the gift of EWTN which televised all these activities.
At the beginning of these holy days of WYDXXIII, Your Pontiff exhorted us to ask for an outpouring of Your Holy Spirit – the very same Holy Spirit that came to the Apostles and the others gathered with Mary in the Upper Room on Pentecost morning.
He reminded us of what happened to these weak men because of their being filled with the fire of the Holy Spirit. They were radically changed.
As we also await the outpouring of the life of the Holy Spirit – in union with Mary, we too can be radically changed.
For You want us, as You wanted Your Apostles, to go and make disciples of others – teaching them all that You taught them.
The world today is still in darkness – but we, as we respond to our Holy Father’s call, can bring Your light into our world.
So, come Holy Spirit, enkindle in us the fire of Your love that we may bring the light of Christ to others and fill our world with His light, life and love.
Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 7- "On Joy-Making Mourning"15. Be concentrated without self-display, withdrawn into your heart. For the demons fear concentration as thieves fear dogs.
(Mat 16:25-26) For he that will save his life, shall lose it: and he that shall lose his life for my sake, shall find it. For what doth it profit a man, if he gain the whole world and suffer the loss of his own soul? Or what exchange shall a man give for his soul?
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Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 7- "On Joy-Making Mourning"14. He who sometimes mourns, and sometimes indulges in luxury and laughter, is like one who stones the dog of sensuality with bread. In appearance he is driving it away, but in fact he is encouraging it to be constantly with him.
July 18, 2008
THE TRIB TIMES WILL RETURN NEXT WEEK, GOD WILLING (James 4:15).
(Heb 10:30-31) For we know him that hath said: Vengeance belongeth to me, and I will repay. And again: The Lord shall judge his people. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.REV. JOHN A. CORAPI, SOLT, STD: DEATH WISH! THE IMPENDING SUICIDE OF A ONCE GREAT NATION
large number of endangered, unwanted, and unborn children held a town
hall meeting on the 4th of July--alarmed at the brutal and untimely
killing of millions of their brothers and sisters in recent
years. That the murderous war waged on them had the full force
and respectability of the law made their plight all the more terrifying.
Their complaint was humble and it was simple. They were not distressed by rising gas prices, or the deteriorating economy in general. They were not even frightened by the exponential increase of natural disasters. The threat of global warming or global terrorism did not greatly disturb them.
They had become an endangered species, and little had been done to answer their terrified and silent screams from the womb. They decided that the barbaric treatment that they and their fellow unwanted unborn human beings have had to endure for perilous decades was unconscionable and unbearable. They cried out to their Creator for inspiration and protection, and then unanimously they put forth a declaration. It began as follows:
When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
WE HOLD THESE TRUTHS TO BE SELF-EVIDENT, THAT ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL, THAT THEY ARE ENDOWED BY THEIR CREATOR WITH CERTAIN UNALIENABLE RIGHTS, THAT AMONG THESE ARE LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS. THAT AMONG THESE IS LIFE; THAT AMONG THESE IS LIFE; THAT AMONG THESE IS LIFE!
The first and pre-eminent right is the right to life. This truth the Founding Fathers were sure of, and anyone with any common sense at all is equally sure of it. 232 years after the Declaration of Independence was signed the amount of common sense that seems to be operative in many spheres of influence most notably the courts and the political arena-can easily be poured into a very small thimble.
The United States of America seems to have a death wish, and we have traveled far down the road to having that wish realized.
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PRIVATE REVELATION to Darrell Bennett: (BVM) My children I love you. It is with great sorrow that I come to you today.
Dear children I beseech you. Hear a mother’s cry. Heed my plea. Pray! Pray! Pray!
My dear children the sins of mankind are great and the cup of Divine Justice is full and overflowing. Many are those who offend God and few there are who do penance in reparation.
My little ones I plead with you with eyes overflowing with tears of blood. Repent and reform your lives. Hear the call to conversion and listen well to my maternal plea to pray and do penance. The hour is late and a portion of Divine Justice is now being poured out upon this unrepentant humanity. Heed the acts of saving justice that His mercy once more be implored and the Hand of God stayed.
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Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 7- "On Joy-Making Mourning"13. Do not be like those who, in burying the dead, first lament over them and then get drunk for their sake. But be like the prisoners in the mines who are flogged every hour by the gaolers.
July 17, 2008
(Mat 21:28-31) But what think you? A certain man had two sons: and coming to the first, he said: Son, go work to day in my vineyard. And he answering, said: I will not. But afterwards, being moved with repentance, he went. And coming to the other, he said in like manner. And he answering said: I go, Sir. And he went not. Which of the two did the father's will? They say to him: The first.
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Via Frank Rega: The Greatest Catholic President
Garcia Moreno of Ecuador 1821-1875
Catholics today know the story of Gabriel Garcia Moreno, the devout,
saintly leader who briefly reestablished the shining light of
Christendom in a small corner of the world during the nineteenth
century. Garcia Moreno’s role in Catholic history is so
significant that the Blessed Virgin Mary specifically foretold his
presidency more than two centuries before his birth.
Reflection by Father Ted: My dearest Lord Jesus, help me to want to listen to You, not merely to hear You.
For when I simply hear You, I do not do what it is that You want me to do.
What you want of me is to pay attention to what You say.
You sometimes speak to me directly.
You sometimes speak to me through others.
You sometimes speak to me through the Scriptures.
Yesterday, You tried to speak to me through Your Mother.
Yesterday was the 91st anniversary of her 3rd apparition to the 3 children of Fatima.
She reminded me of the importance of praying the Rosary every day.
She also reminded me of the reality of hell; and that there are people in hell – even bishops, priests and religious.
They did not listen to You as You spoke to them – like You did to the Apostles on Ascension Thursday when You exhorted them to go and teach all nations everything that You commanded them.
Today, You speak to us – sometimes directly; more often through others, like our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI.
When he was here in the United States You spoke to our bishops through him, and also to us. Through him You told them and us how important Eucharistic Adoration is.
Hopefully our bishops didn’t simply hear him. Hopefully they listened to him.
Hopefully we too will listen to this request of Yours as well.
Through him You also spoke to them about the importance of praying the Rosary daily.
Hopefully our bishops didn’t simply hear him. Hopefully they listened to him.
Hopefully we will listen to this request of Yours as well.
Yesterday on this 91st anniversary Your Mother also reminded us of how important praying the Rosary daily is. Once again she made this request to the 3 children.
Because they listened to her, look what happened – peace came to the world.
Lord Jesus, help me to listen. Help all of us to listen – to her, to our Holy Father, and to You. Because we listen, may Your peace come to our world as well.
Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 7- "On Joy-Making Mourning"12. He who has obtained heartfelt tears will find any place convenient for mourning. But he whose weeping is only outward show will spend endless time discussing places and manners. Hidden treasure is safer from robbery than that exposed in the market; let us apply this to what we have just said.
July 16, 2008
"I know I talk with God and God replies - people prefer to speak about
the force of circumstances, rather than miracles, but I think miracles
happen to everyone all the time."
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THE FEAST OF OUR LADY OF MT. CARMEL
It was to St. Simon Stock that Our Blessed Mother gave the Scapular promise in 1251, saying, "Whosoever dies wearing this Scapular shall not suffer eternal fire."
One of the great mysteries of our time is that the majority of Catholics either ignore, or have entirely forgotten this Heavenly promise of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Our Lady further says: "Wear the Scapular devoutly and perseveringly. It is My garment. To be clothed in it means you are continually thinking of Me, and I in turn, am always thinking of you and helping you to secure eternal life."
St. Claude de la Colombiere, the renowned Jesuit and spiritual director of St. Margaret Mary, says "Because all the forms of our love for the Blessed Virgin and all its various modes of expression cannot be equally pleasing to Her, and therefore do not assist us in the same degree to reach Heaven, I say, without a moment's hesitation, that the BROWN SCAPULAR IS THE MOST FAVORED OF ALL!" He adds, "No devotion has been confirmed by more numerous authentic miracles than the Brown Scapular."
OUR LADY APPEARS TO ST SIMON STOCK
In the year 1241, the Baron de Grey of England was returning from the Crusades in Palestine: he brought back with him a group of religious from the holy mountain of Carmel. Upon arrival, the baron generously presented the monks with a manor house in the town of Aylesford. Ten years later, in the very place, there occurred the now famous apparition of Our Lady to St.
Simon Stock. As the Holy Virgin handed St. Simon the Brown Woolen Scapular she spoke these words: "This shall be the privilege for you and all Carmelites, that anyone dying in this habit shall not suffer eternal fire." In time, the Church extended this magnificent privilege to all the laity who are willing to be invested in the Brown Scapular of the Carmelites, and who perpetually wear it.
VIA THE CARMELITES: Carmelites see in the Virgin Mary, Mother of God and archetype of the Church, the perfect image of all that they want and hope to be. For this reason, Carmelites have always thought of Mary as the Patron of the Order, its Mother and Splendour; she is constantly before their eyes and in their hearts as "the Virgin Most Pure." Looking to her, and living in spiritual intimacy with her, we learn to stand before God, and with one another, as the Lord's brothers. Mary lives among us, as mother and sister, attentive to our needs; along with us she waits and hopes, suffers and rejoices. The scapular is a sign of Mary's permanent and constant motherly love for Carmelite brothers and sisters. By their devotion to the scapular, faithful to a tradition in the Order, especially since the 16th century, Carmelites express the loving closeness of Mary to the people of God; it is a sign of consecration to Mary, a means of uniting the faithful to the Order, and an effective and popular means of evangelisation.
LINK: Litanies of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
EWTN: Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 7- "On Joy-Making Mourning"11. During prayer and supplication, stand with trembling like a convict standing before a judge, so that, both by your outward appearance as well as by your inner disposition, you may extinguish the wrath of the just Judge; for He will not despise a widow soul standing before Him burdened with sorrow and wearying the Unwearying One (cf. Luke 18:5).
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Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 7- "On Joy-Making Mourning"10. Do not cease to picture and scrutinize the dark abyss of external fire, and the merciless servants, the uncompassionate and inexorable Judge, the bottomless pit of subterranean flame, the narrow descents to the awful underground chambers and yawning gulfs, and all such things, so that the sensuality of our soul may be checked by great terror and give place to incorruptible chasitity, and itself receive the shining of the immaterial Light which radiates more than any fire.
July 14, 2008
Family Research Council Statement on the Passing of Tony Snow
"In Washington one meets a handful of people who are almost universally liked and respected. So much is at stake in the partisan battles in the capital that having the admiration of political friend and foe alike is unusual. Tim Russert achieved that and so did Tony Snow. Tony spoke at the FRC Action Values Voter Summit in 2006 and described with relish his experience at the White House with a mix of professionalism and amazement that was endearing and all-American. He knew, appreciated, and communicated how lucky he was to have been born in the U.S. of A., grown up in the Midwest, and been given a chance to work in hallways and places he had dreamed of as a kid. That youthfulness, and the bedrock values that fueled him, never faded, whether at the peak of his success or in the throes of his illness. The proximity of those two things, the peak and the throes coming at once, and the way he handled both with wit and verve only underscored how grounded he was. He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family."
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VIA Jim Bramlett: Former White House spokesman Tony Snow dies at age 53. See http://www.cnn.com/2008/
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Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 7- "On Joy-Making Mourning"9. Keep a firm hold of the blessed gladdening sorrow of holy compunction, and do not stop working at it until it raises you high above the things of this world, and presents you pure to Christ.
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(Luke 10:2-3) And he said to them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. Go your way; behold, I send you out as lambs in the midst of wolves.A MOMENT WITH MARY
church being born in France due to shortage of priests
Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 7- "On Joy-Making Mourning"8. If nothing goes so well with humility as mourning, certainly nothing is so opposed to it as laughter.
Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 7- "On Joy-Making Mourning"7. Groanings and sorrows cry to the Lord. Tears shed from fear intercede for us; but tears of all-holy love show us that our prayer has been accepted.
June 10, 2008
(Mat 5:11-12) "Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so men persecuted the prophets who were before you.
ASSYRIAN BISHOPS ASK FOR PROTECTION FOR IRAQI CHRISTIANS
The numbers are stark, and the situation is getting worse. Before the U.S. invasion of Iraq, there were 1.2 million Christians living there. Over 400,000 Christians have left the country since the war started. Many others have been kidnapped and killed; some have been crucified; a priest was beheaded, and an archbishop was kidnapped and killed.
One Chaldean and one Assyrian Catholic bishop from California presented a plan for protecting the Iraqi Christians who stay in spite of the danger and the ongoing discrimination and persecution. "The Iraqi constitution recognizes liberty of worship rather than freedom of religion," says Bishop Sarhad Jammo of El Cajon, CA.
The bishops told me it was "a make or break moment" for Iraqi Christians, and it is up to the United States -- and particularly to American Christians -- to help find a solution.
My interview with Mar Sarhad Jammo and Mar Bawai Soro took place just after their meeting at the White House with members of the National Security Council. Jammo and Soro want the United States to support the establishment of an "Autonomous Area" in northern Iraq where Iraqi Christians could hold the main governmental positions.
The area they recommend is on the plains of Nineveh, a loaf-shaped area of land between the Mosul province and Kurdistan. There is already a majority of Aramaic-speaking Christians living there, as they have been for thousands of years. Aramaic is the language of Jesus, which has been spoken there up to the present day.
Of the remaining 800,000 Christians, 65 percent are Chaldeans, 25 percent Syriacs, and 10 percent Assyrians. Many Assyrian Christians are not in communion with the Catholic Church, but Bishop Soro, who is Assyrian, recently united with the Chaldean Catholic Diocese in California along with thousands of fellow Assyrians.
Bishop Jammo, whose family originates from the Nineveh plains, sees this plan as the best way to put an end to the bloodshed and persecution and provide equality of rights to the Christian inhabitants, including the rights of religious freedom and cultural expression and activity.
Bishop Soro predicted thousands of Iraqi Christians, who fled Iraq in the last few years, would return if they were not subject to discrimination on a daily basis, especially if they would have full freedom and an autonomous area of their own. "In Iraq right now Christians are second-class citizens." Not only would the creation of this area defend and restore the Christian community, it also would provide a "stabilizing factor" in the entire region.
EDITORIAL: Saving Iraq's Christians- Asking, "Who is my Neighbor?"
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Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 7- "On Joy-Making Mourning"6. Greater than baptism itself is the fountain of tears after baptism, even though it is somewhat audacious to say so. For baptism is the washing away of evils that were in us before, but sins commited after baptism are washed away by tears. As baptism is received in infancy, we have all defiled it, but we cleanse it anew with tears. And if God in His love for mankind had not given us tears, those being saved would be few indeed and hard to find.
July 9, 2008
1:17-21) But you must remember, beloved, the predictions of the
apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; they said to you, "In the last time
there will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions." It is
these who set up divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit. But
you, beloved, build yourselves up on your most holy faith; pray in the
Holy Spirit; keep yourselves in the love of God; wait for the mercy of
our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
VATICAN 'REGRETS' ANGLICAN VOTE TO ALLOW WOMEN BISHOPS
The Vatican has said it regrets a decision by the Church of England to allow women bishops, saying that the ruling would present a "new obstacle" to reconciliation between the Holy See and the Anglican communion.
"We learned with regret the news of the vote of the Church of England that opens the way to the introduction of legislation that would lead to the ordination of women bishops," the Vatican said in a statement.
The decision will be "a new obstacle to reconciliation between the Catholic Church and the Church of England," it added.
The Church of England voted late Monday in the city of York in northern England to allow women bishops despite fears the move would prompt a major split after more than 1,300 clergy threatened to leave if it was passed.
The General Synod, the church's legislative body, held the crunch vote following a passionate eight-hour debate pitting conservatives against liberals.
Roman Catholic clergy - priests and bishops - are all male, which the Church believes obeys the directives of Jesus Christ, whose 12 apostles were all men.
A decision by branches of the Anglican Communion to allow the ordination of woman priests was already a source of friction with the Vatican.
Several conservative Anglican priests defected to Catholicism because of the move, adopted from 1984 in various branches and by the Church of England in 1992.
"ECUMENISM" IN THE HEADLINES
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Anglican bishops in secret Vatican talks
Russian church in "positive dialogue" with Vatican
A Love for 'Orthodox - Catholic Unity'
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Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 7- "On Joy-Making Mourning"5. If you possess the gift of mourning, hold on to it with all your might. For it is easily lost when it is not firmly established. And just as wax melts in the presence of fire, so it is easily dissolved by noise and bodily cares, and by luxury, and especially by talkativeness and levity.
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