Sunday, January 31, 2010
Saturday, January 30, 2010
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Suffer with Joy
June 16, 1994 After Communion 11:50a.m.
A prophet is without honor in his own town. Stay steadfast in Me and accept what I give you. It comes with greatest love. Have nothing but peace in your heart. The world may hate you one minute and love you the next minute. Remain in Me. I am there. I am consistently in love with you. I am all that you are absolutely sure of. I will never abandon you. I will never give you more than you can handle. Surrender your hearts to Me and to My mother. Give yourself entirely to Me and I will sustain you. I love you so, My precious ones.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Study Christ to Become Christ-like
June 16, 1994
R. It is in studying Christ that I learn to be Christ-like. Christ says to study His Passion. It is there He teaches us true love, to lay down our lives for our friends.
To understand His love, I must study how He loved. He loved in silent surrender. He and Our Blessed Lady both suffered such anguish silently and willingly. They did not complain, they did not cry out in pain.
St. Peter: "Quo Vadis?" Jesus answers: "Eo Romam iterum crucifigi"
God alone knows our hearts so well. No human can fully understand our suffering. God fully knows us from when we were born. No human can give us the compassion, love, and understanding as He, since He knows us so well. He knows us far better than we know ourselves. We turn to Him. He knows we don't have to explain.
As Jesus looked at Mary, they didn't have to say a word. To turn to Jesus in suffering, we don't have to say a word. He knows our hearts far better than we. We look, He knows. No human being can share this with us. This creates union.
Mary crushing the serpent, Artist Unknown
First published November 8th, 2007, I have updated this writing with another question on the consecration to Russia, and other very important points.
THE Era of Peace—a heresy? Two more antichrists? Has the "period of peace" promised by Our Lady of Fatima already happened? Was the consecration to Russia requested by her valid? These questions below, plus a comment on Pegasus and the new age as well as the big question: What do I tell my children about what’s coming?
Continue reading here: http://www.markmallett.com/blog/?p=539
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
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POPE BENEDICT XVI: "The communion and the unity of the disciples of Christ is... a particularly important condition for greater credibility and effectiveness in the their witness."
In his homily Benedict XVI explained how the choice of the theme for this year's Week of Prayer - "that is, the invitation to a offer shared witness of the risen Christ in accordance with the mandate He entrusted to His disciples" - is linked "to the hundredth anniversary of the missionary conference in Edinburgh, Scotland, which many consider as a decisive event for the birth of the modern ecumenical movement". "It is precisely the desire to announce Christ to others and to carry His message of reconciliation to the world that makes us aware of the contradiction of division among Christians". he said. "The communion and unity of the disciples of Christ is, then, a particularly important prerequisite for a more credible and effective witness". The Holy Father explained how, "in a world characterised by religious indifference and even by a growing aversion towards the Christian faith, what is needed is new and intense evangelising activity, directed not only at peoples who have never known the Gospel, but also at those among whom Christianity is present and has become part of their history". After then referring to "questions that still separate us from each other, and that we hope may be overcome through prayer and dialogue", the Pope explained how there nonetheless exists "a core content of Christ's message that we can announce together: the paternity of God, Christ's victory over sin and death with His cross and resurrection, and trust in the transforming action of the Spirit. "As we journey towards full communion", he added, "we are called to present a joint witness in the face of the increasingly complex challenges of our time, such as secularisation and indifference, relativism and hedonism, delicate ethical questions concerning the beginning and end of life, the limits of science and technology, and dialogue with other religious traditions". Pope Benedict continued: "There are other fields in which we must already show our joint witness: protecting creation, promoting peace and the common good, defending the centrality of the human person, and the commitment to defeat the poverties of our time such as hunger, indigence, illiteracy and the unequal distribution of wealth". And he concluded: "Commitment to the unity of Christians is not just a task for the few, or an appendage to the life of the Church. Each is called to offer his or her contribution to help take those steps towards the full communion of all Christ's disciples, never forgetting that it is, above all, a gift constantly to be implored from God". EDITORIAL: "The Pope Is the First Among the Patriarchs" by Sandro Magister THE CATHOLIC HERALD: In Russia, the path to unity is defrosting
Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 25- "On the destroyer of the passions, most sublime humility"
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Our Lady of the Cape or “Notre Dame du Cap” in Quebec is the oldest Marian Shrine in Canada. In 1652, the Jesuits established a mission there, and 9 years later the parish of Cap-de-la-Madeleine began. Soon afterwards, a rosary confraternity was started in the parish. The chapel that was constructed in 1720 -- the oldest chapel in Canada still standing today -- became the Shrine of Our Lady of the Cape at the end of the 19th century. For more about Our Lady of the Cape see: http://www.michaeljournal.org/ndcape.htm
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It was at that time that Mary came to visit the people of Quebec. In 1854, the year of the proclamation of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception, a parishioner gave a statue of Our Lady as a gift to the church. A few years later, this Marian devotion increased as a result of two miracles in the parish.
Around the year 1870, the Church that had been built in 1720 was not big enough to accommodate all the faithful; and so the construction of a new place of worship began. By 1879, the stones that would be used to build the new Church had already been hewn and pilled up on the other side of the river. Since it had been a mild winter, the river was not frozen over and so the stones could not be brought over to the construction site. Under the advice of Father Luc Désilets, the people began to pray; and on March 16th a sheet of ice began to form between the banks of the river, which was almost 2 kilometers wide. The parishioners call it the “Rosary Bridge.” Mary interceded on behalf of that small church so that it would not be destroyed.
It was in this same place that Mary performed a second miracle. On June 22nd, 1888, the tiny church dedicated to Mary became the Shrine of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary and the statue given in 1854 was placed above the central altar. One night, before three eyewitnesses -- Father Désilets, Frédéric Jansoone y Pierre Lacroix -- the statue of Mary opened its eyes. Father Jansoone described this extraordinary event: “The statue of Our Lady, whose gaze is fixed on the ground, had its eyes wide open; Our Lady was staring… her gaze was that of a living person, and she had a stern expression, with a certain sadness.”
The Canadian people recognized this miracle as a sign from heaven and pilgrimages soon began. In 1904 Pope Pius X sent a delegate to crown the statue -- the second statue in the New World, after Our Lady of Guadalupe, to receive this honor. Mary became the Queen of Canada, “The National Patroness of Canada!” The prophetic words of Father Frédéric Jansoone during the opening ceremony of the shrine in 1888 were ultimately fulfilled: “From now on, this shrine belongs to Mary. And pilgrims will come from among all the families of the parish, from among all the faithful of the diocese, and from all the dioceses of Canada.”
Gentle Mother and Mighty Queen,
humbly prostrated at your feet,
we offer you our tribute of respect and affection.
With our gaze fixed on your holy Shrine
-- the very place that you have chosen --
we turn to you with filial confidence,
certain that we will receive the graces we ask of you.
Our Lady of the Cape or “Notre Dame du Cap” in Quebec is the oldest Marian Shrine in Canada. In 1652, the Jesuits established a mission there, and 9 years later the parish of Cap-de-la-Madeleine began. Soon afterwards, a rosary confraternity was started in the parish. The chapel that was constructed in 1720 -- the oldest chapel in Canada still standing today -- became the Shrine of Our Lady of the Cape at the end of the 19th century.
For more about Our Lady of the Cape see: http://www.michaeljournal.org/ndcape.htm
23-Year-Old Ball Player Retires to Priesthood
The call, Desme announced Friday, came in the form of priesthood in the Catholic church.
"Last year before the season started, I really had a strong feeling of a calling and a real strong desire to follow it," the 23-year-old said. "I just fought it." Thus, Desme chose to play out the season as a test of sorts, "just hoping and praying about it."
"As the year went on," he said, "God blessed me. I had a better year than I could have imagined, but that reconfirmed my desire because I wasn't at peace with where I was at. I love the game, but I aspire to higher things. "I thought, I'm doing well in baseball, but I really had to get down to the bottom of things -- what was good in my life, what I wanted to do with my life. And I felt that while baseball is a good thing and I love playing, I thought it was selfish of me to be doing that when I really felt that God was calling me more, which took me awhile in my life to really trust and open up to it and aim full steam toward Him."
* * * So now, the brave Desme faces what he says is a 10-year path to becoming a priest while studying at St. Michael's Abbey in Orange County beginning in August.
"It's like I'm re-entering the Minor Leagues," he said. To read entire story, Click here.
He Asks Us to Fast
June 16, 1994
R. Pleasure and pain. Animals seek pleasure. They want to eat and be satisfied. We are created in the image of God to understand so much more than momentary pleasure.
See their eyes meet. His Heart was lanced, her Heart was pierced. Sorrow between them was so intense, more so than joy between two people. There is unity in that gaze between them, a joining. There is a unity with us when we join our hearts to their Hearts in quiet acceptance of all that they send us, whether it be pain or joy. They ponder the ways of our hearts. They know the true hearts that beat within us.
Jesus: Such sorrow, such joy, joy to be united, sorrow to suffer the pain. It is in sweet surrender you are joined to Our Hearts. You accept all I have given you, you consecrate yourselves to our hearts, a total surrender of yourself to the Hearts of Mary and Jesus.
R. The gaze between them is enough to write volumes. The suffering that exists between them! How tenderly she had looked upon her infant baby and then beheld His lifeless body on her lap after He was taken down from the cross!
Union between the Two Hearts of mother and Son, union between our hearts and Theirs. It is in being detached regarding the things of this world that we are joined with them. Total consecration to Their Hearts, our hearts merging with Theirs in total fusion! It is in this oneness that I can put on Christ and preach the gospel in my very being, to be joined as one with Mary and Jesus!
SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 27 /Christian Newswire/ -- In a remarkable new book just released by Ignatius Press, "The Grace of Ars," readers are given the incredible opportunity to experience the life of St. John Vianney, the patron saint of all parish priests and the role model to follow in the recently declared Year for Priests (2009-2010).Author Fr. Frederick Miller has taken many groups of priests and seminarians on pilgrimage to Ars, France, where he leads retreats based on the life and ministry of St. John Vianney. Based on his years of personal experience at Ars, and the impact that the holy Curé has had on men who go there to learn from his inspiring life and work, this book is the distillation of wisdom and grace that St. John Vianney has passed on to his brother priests. But this is not a book only for priests. Laymen will find in this reflection on St. John Vianney a model parish priest who will inspire all to love the priesthood. Through his holy example the Curé of Ars will help all understand that the priesthood is the love of the Heart of Jesus. Including eight pages of color illustrations, this is a treasury of spiritual wisdom that will take you along on a pilgrimage to the very place where St. John Vianney labored so long and so heroically for the good of souls and the love of God, often in direct battle with Satan. The reader will have the experience of making a retreat in the presence of the saintly Curé, and be able to ponder the Grace of Ars, in particular what he has to say to his fellow priests of the twenty-first century; another difficult time for those who seek to be faithful to their promises to God and build up the Church of Christ. Fr. Frederick L. Miller, a priest of the Archdiocese of Newark, NJ, is the Chairman of the Department of Systematic Theology at Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland. He has extensive parish experience and has spent nearly twenty years as a seminary professor and spiritual director. Fr. Miller is an author and a well-known retreat master. To request a review copy or an interview with author Fr. Frederick Miller, please contact: Rose Trabbic, Publicist, Ignatius Press, (239)877-3034 or email@example.com.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
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Iran is serious about developing a nuclear bomb and has the ability to produce a primitive, truck-sized bomb this year, the German magazine, Der Spiegel, reported on Monday, citing secret intelligence information handed over to the International Atomic Energy Agency. According to the report, Iran now needs to work on compressing such a bomb so that it can be fitted on a ballistic missile. Experts said Tehran could reach that stage by sometime between 2012 and 2014. An intelligence dossier, portions of which were obtained by Der Spiegel, shows that there is a secret military branch of Iran’s nuclear research program that answers to the country’s Defense Ministry. Officials who read the document, which is currently under review by the United States, Germany, Israel and the IAEA, claim that it shows that Iran’s nuclear program is aimed at producing a nuclear bomb and that its plans are well advanced, said the report.
WORLD REACTION China says still time for diplomacy on Iran nuclear row
Iran nuclear negotiator postpones Russia visit
Israel says Iran using nuclear talks “to buy time”
Iranian Spokesman Reiterates Peaceful Nature of Iran's N. Program
Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 26- "On discernment of thoughts, passions, and virtues"39. What are the particular offspring of the eight deadly sins? Or which of the three chief sins is the father of the other five (minor sins)? I learnt from the holy men the following: 'The mother of lust is gluttony, and the mother of despondency is vainglory; sorrow and also anger are the offspring of those three (i.e. cupidity, sensuality, ambition); and the mother of pride is vainglory.'
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Suffer with Jesus and Mary
June 16, 1994
Look, child, at Us as We suffer all through this Passion. Quiet acceptance, a sharing in our eyes meeting! I ask you to suffer in silence. Carry your cross. Do not give your burdens to others. You are this light that shines in the darkened world. If I give you sufferings and you complain, your light does not shine.
You can accept your cross or reject it. If you accept your cross, you should carry it, not give the burden to others. This is sainthood. This develops intimacy with Me and our eyes meet and we know the suffering, as the suffering between My mother and Me!
The way to Me is to pick up your cross and follow Me as I trod in silent surrender.
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R. Their eyes meeting is the key. This is how our eyes meet with theirs. This is intimacy. This is union in their Hearts. His Heart was lanced, her Heart was pierced.
Jesus: Bring your suffering to Our Hearts and be united to Us. In suffering there is pain, sometimes physical pain, sometimes pain in the heart. There is a bearing down with pain, the carrying of a load.
R. If He went out in such suffering, why do we think we should not have to suffer?
Jesus: Life is a bittersweet symphony, My child. You have a mixture of suffering and pleasure. The way to Me is the cross, to relinquish your life here and live it totally for Me.
Suffering suffered for Me lasts forever. It is the crown I wore that won your salvation. It is in your suffering you will help to save souls.
You are not here for momentary pleasures. I ask you to carry crosses, to carry the burdens that I place on you. It is through these burdens you are drawn closer to Me.
Accept your suffering with joy. It is in this joy that you will find the true joy of everlasting happiness.
I love you so. I am your Jesus and I will make more teachings clear to you in your life. Live My Passion with Me and come closer to the Hearts of Me and My mother.
Monday, January 25, 2010
Love God, Love One Another: "In Your Suffering, Become Intimate with Me" by Rita Ring, June 16, 1994
In Your Suffering, Become Intimate with Me
June 16, 1994 3:15a.m.
Ed. Note: The following occurred during the praying of a rosary at home.
R. (Agony). You, Jesus, did not lose Your focus on the Father, and You still had peace in Your Heart, but You sweat blood, so I think about my mental anguish. Such anguish, to sweat blood! Do You know mental anguish? You were a human and You knew You were going to die this brutal death. How I anguish over doing what You tell me to do. How ashamed I feel when You ask so little!
Jesus: (Scourging). They beat Me. I held nothing back. They tore My beloved flesh. I bled. They took My body, tied Me to a pole and beat Me. I could not move. I was bound. I give you freedom to choose to do little things and you say no. I could have broken the cords, I was God. I stayed bound, and subject to this awful violation of Me, for love of you. I love you. Don't ever say no to little acts I ask you to do to prove your love for Me. This offends Me so! I gave so much for you, little one. The acts I ask you to do are for your own good.
Accept suffering, accept it as your life with Me. I ask you to suffer. You miss My lessons I so sweetly teach. Quit complaining, suffer in silence, suffer with joy. Love your children, do not be glum around them. I call you to hard tasks. Do the hard things. Watch the results! Strive to be a saint. Saints never complain. Suffer My scourging by joyful acceptance of suffering. It is My way. It will save souls!
R. His Passion has meaning in how He suffered. How little He asks of us, yet we cannot even do it!
(Carrying of the Cross). Their eyes met, both in acceptance, both suffering, both silent, both knowing they had to accept it and He could stop it at any moment. He did it totally. They wept inside. How do we weep when we are offended? Did they holler from the housetops or weep softly? With such pain inside, her Heart pierced with such sorrow, as she beheld her beloved Son! Both weeping in silent surrender in such brutality.
Is this a lesson in silence? Silent acceptance! This is my lesson. I am complaining. Where am I? Certainly not a light that shines in the darkness! Doing His Will is silent acceptance. "She did it, He did it? It is so hard." How blind we are to so much!
(Crucifixion). She stood under the cross and cried to herself. Silent acceptance. She didn't protest.
How the body wants all to know how we suffer. Take away the pain. Did she take pain medicine or did He? They accepted in silence this horror. And We complain and complain!
Jesus: Suffer, My child, with joy. This is a key to sainthood. Pull your phones from the walls and take your complaints to My Heart. You are missing such rewards and I have to give you more suffering to learn the lesson.
R. Sweet surrender! It is as if I have a secret with Jesus and it binds me to Him. It is hard, but then I feel such unity with Him. He and I know, as Mary and Jesus felt when they looked into each other's eyes, such oneness to share the suffering. Such oneness, to share My intimate suffering with Jesus alone! What a treasure I lose, to miss such an intimate connection with Jesus! We have a secret. This creates such intimacy! He knows my heart. I mature in My relationship with Him.
Intimacy is sharing with the exclusion of others. To be intimate with Him, I share things with Him and not others. Suffering is such intimacy!
Jesus: To suffer and carry it and be glum casts a shadow on your fellows. To suffer and share only with Me creates a love, a bond and a trust that cements our hearts together.
R. The deepest suffering was shared between Jesus and Mary, looking at each other in total silence. Silence is the key to receiving benefits from suffering. "Suffer for Me with joy! Receive such a reward!"
Jesus: Do you wear your problems on your chest? "Oh," you say, "I have so much to learn and I fail so miserably," and I say you are blind and you must come to Me to be taught! Suffer with joy and in silence!
R. He is showing us constantly how we can have a deeper union with Him. It is I who keep myself away from Him.
Suffering is a bearing down. When you suffer, there is a weight you carry on your back. He asks us to suffer, to carry this cross with joy. As He carried His cross, He asks us to carry ours with greatest joy.
“Dear children! May this time be a time of personal prayer for you, so that the seed of faith may grow in your hearts; and may it grow into a joyful witness to others. I am with you and I desire to inspire you all: grow and rejoice in the Lord Who has created you. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
Mary Vitamin for January 25th
Topic: The Apostle Paul
(Conversion of St. Paul January 25)
"[I]n the order of sanctifying grace, the office of Apostles is the most sublime; but [the theologians] recognize in the Mother of God, and in St. Joseph, an order, a hierarchy apart superior in dignity to the first. The apostles, as we said above, are only the servants of Jesus Christ; Mary and Joseph are His mother and His father."
Pere Binet, The Divine Favors Granted to St. Joseph, (Tan Books)21.
Ponder the depth of St. Paul's theology. Contemplate his interpretation of Christ's life in Scripture. Consider St. Paul's impact on the development of the Church (he contributed 14 of the 27 books comprising the New Testament). Bear in mind his ability to suffer (three shipwrecks, numerous stonings, imprisonments, and finally martyrdom). Despite all these talents and accomplishments, St. Paul would be the first to acknowledge that his theology, his witness, his zeal, his love for Christ, pales in comparison to that of the Lord's Blessed Mother.
Today, I will call upon Our Lady as Queen of the Apostles. I will think of Our Lady as the greatest Apostle as she continues to bring the message of Her Son to every age. She scours the earth looking for the most needy and with her motherly care she brings them to her Son.
One of the seven main biblical passages for study of Mary, the Mother of God is found in The Acts of the Apostles. (Acts 1:14)
"It is the mission of the Mother of the Church, of the Spouse of the Holy Spirit, of the Queen of the Apostles in prayer at the Cenacle. The Eucharist, the Holy Spirit, our Lady, the Church: the Immaculate is at the center with her mission of gathering all her children into the Church animated by the Holy Spirit at the foot of the Tabernacle."
Marian Seraphic Pathways
I give this resolution to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Thanks be to God for graces received.
Lahore (Agenzia Fides) – Profound emotion, anger, and protests have been taking place among Christians in Pakistan after the murder of a Catholic girl, 12-year-old Shazia Bashir, who was tortured, raped, and killed by her employer, a wealthy Muslim lawyer in Lahore. As Agenzia Fides has learned from the Church in Pakistan, the girl was from a very poor Catholic family and had worked for eight months as a maid at the home of prominent lawyer in Lahore, named Chaudhry Muhammad Neem. The girl was beaten, raped, and murdered on January 22.
As a local source told Fides, the girl's funeral, held today in Lahore, was attended by a crowd of thousands, visibly moved by the event. The funeral was also attended by Bishops of all the Christian denominations, who have launched messages of solidarity and urged the faithful to pray. Many Christians were in tears, and even many Muslims showed affection and solidarity.
This is one of many incidents of torture and mistreatment that Christians suffer, especially poorer ones, when they are employed as workers (for often very humble services) in the homes of Muslims.
Shazia was working for 1,000 rupees a month (about 12 U.S. dollars) to procure a livelihood for her family: her parents, two married sisters, and an 8-year-old brother.
The girl's parents have said that for days they were forbidden to see their daughter. After asking several times, they found her in serious conditions, with obvious signs of violence and torture. They immediately took her to Jinnah Hospital in Lahore, where Shazia died.
The lawyer tried to buy their silence by offering 20,000 rupees (around $ 250), but the parents refused and reported the story.
Police resisted and at first did not want to record what had happened, but protests of Christians brought the case to public attention. On January 23, a crowd gathered in front of the palace of the Regional Parliament of Punjab (of which Lahore is the capital), demanding justice. Only after over 18 hours, did the police finally register the case.
Six people were arrested after the intervention of the Federal Government yesterday, January 24. The President of Pakistan, Ali Zardari, immediately allocated 500,000 rupees ($6,000) in “compensation” to the family of Shazia. The Minister for Minority Affairs, Shahbaz Bhatti, has assured that "those guilty will be brought to justice." (PA)
(Agenzia Fides 25/01/2010)
A Leader Emerges
(3) Brief clip on freedom and moral values:
The music is a completely new composition by a young Russian Orthodox Archbishop, Hilarion Alfeyev, 43. At the time, he was the Russian Orthodox bishop for all of central Europe, based in Vienna, Austria. He is now the head of the External Relations Department of the Russian Orthodox Church.
— Is this the start of the Benedictine Reform?
— The mind of Pope Benedict: How can the Church restore the sense of the presence of God in the liturgy?