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Friday, April 30, 2010

From Mark Mallett: The Prophecy at Rome - Part VIII Video:

The Prophecy at Rome – Part VIII

 

 

WATCH the hope-filled conclusion to this line by line examination of the Prophecy given at Rome in 1975 in the presence of Pope Paul VI. Referring to Tradition, Mark explains why we are about to cross the "threshold of hope" into a new era of peace. It is an urgent call to watch and pray and to be prepared.

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“With Mary, building a homeland for all people”; Argentina prepares to celebrate Bicentennial Anniversary

AMERICA/ARGENTINA -

Buenos Aires (Agenzia Fides) – The Department of Laity of the Argentinean Bishops' Conference (DEPLAI) has called for a national movement for May 8, feast of the Virgin of Luján, the patron saint of Argentina, with which the laity begin the celebrations for the Bicentennial Anniversary of the country, which will last for six years. This is the period of time from after the formation of the first national government to the Declaration of Independence. The slogan is "With Mary, building a homeland for all people" and the campaign consists in lighting a candle and praying the Prayer for the Nation, an Our Father, and Hail Mary. There will be a central event in Lujan and other large gatherings in the different pastoral regions, but there is also an invitation to carry this out in all the streets, squares, and houses.
In the Archdiocese of Rosario, the meeting point, where there will be a main act for the bicentenary celebration, will be the National Monument to the Flag. The act of celebration will begin at 4:30pm with the participation of music groups. At 6:30pm, there will be a "Hymn to the Virgin of Luján" entitled "Mary and the Homeland," written and directed by Juanjo Cura, with the participation of choirs, orchestras, and theater groups from all over the city. At 7pm, Archbishop Jose Luis Mollaghan of Rosario will conduct a tribute to the Virgin from the Nation.
In Neuquén, the ecclesial movements have, in the capital of this province, organized the main event to be held at 2:30pm at the monument “San Martín.” There, they will light candles, pray, and sing the national anthem. Later, at the Cathedral, Mass will be celebrated.
Also, in Cordoba, there will be an official event to celebrate the Bicentennial. It will take place at the Basilica of Santo Domingo at 7:30pm, where people will pray to Our Lady of the Rosary of the Miracle, asking for her blessing upon all Argentineans and lighting a new light with the 2010-2012 slogan: "In Jesus we are all children. We become brothers and committed citizens."

(CE) (Agenzia Fides 30/04/2010)

Links:
DEPLAI site “Prayer for the Homeland”
http://www.oracionporlapatria.org.ar/

http://www.marypages.com/LadyLujan.htm

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Fr. Thomas Euteneuer: Fatherless

 
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Human Life International e-Newsletter
Volume 05, Number 16 | Friday, April 30, 2010
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Fatherless

As the Year of the Priest slowly draws to a close, I am very happy to announce that HLI is now the exclusive publisher for the widely acclaimed Catholic novel by Brian J. Gail, Fatherless - "a book dedicated to priests in the Year of the Priest".

But this book was not written just for priests: There is something to be found in this book for everyone, in every walk of life. Why? Because it takes on the pervasive moral issues of our day....contraception, adultery, pornography, demonic influence and more. This book provides a realistic and up-close look at what happens to a culture that is left spiritually "Fatherless". I am especially encouraged by the way it is being received by college students and young married couples.

Fatherless is the first volume of what the author has dubbed the "American Tragedy in Trilogy". It will be followed later this year by the highly anticipated sequel, Motherless, and finally (next year) Childless.

What is so special about Fatherless? This novel is the first of its kind. Upon reviewing Fatherless, the Catholic News Agency described Brian J. Gail as a "Catholic author writing to change a generation." With the impact of this book, he is doing just that.

As a cradle Catholic, the author brings his profound grasp of the Faith along with his experience as a former semi-pro athlete, Fortune 500 senior executive, and entrepreneur to this Catholic novel, pulling the reader in while informing and catechizing through the lives and dialogue of its characters.

In life, we cannot always understand what God is preparing us to do in order to further His Kingdom. At age 20, Brian Gail was viewed as a top baseball prospect for the Major Leagues. It was said that he had a natural release that produced an exceptional "power and velocity" rarely seen in pitching. An unfortunate injury ended his hopes for the draft and permanently altered his course in life. Yet today, with hindsight one can now see how the experience he gained in the life God laid before him is drawing more souls to a closer understanding of God's perfect plan for us. The fruits of Fatherless reveal that God has also blessed Brian Gail with a "natural release" of storytelling in his unique style that carries a "power and velocity" to move hearts that is rarely seen in catechesis.

I was honored to endorse Fatherless as soon as I finished reading it:

"In the Catholic novel Fatherless, author Brian J. Gail takes dead aim at the pervasive denials and chronic weaknesses that afflict men of every age, but especially men of the post-Pill generation. I think the greatest contribution of Mr. Gail's book is the honest presentation of real-life scenarios of how much damage the Pill has caused men and their relationships with women. No one thinks that the Pill is a man's issue, but Gail shatters that denial with his insightful rendering of the accounts of woe that follow in the train of the poison Pill. All men, not just Christians, need to read this and weep (in repentance) and then get up and make a difference in the world by taking on themselves once again the role of the virtuous man, father and warrior."
Dr. Janet Smith, renowned speaker about the destructive effects of the Pill, had this to say about Fatherless:
"...The research alone that went into Fatherless is phenomenal....This fast pace thriller provides amazing insight into the struggles of a young priest challenged by laity to deepen his commitment to the Lord...as well as the difficulties experienced by young families trying to live their faith in a hostile culture....I enjoyed it immensely."
Other endorsements from Judie Brown, Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted, Christopher West, the late Fr. Richard John Neuhaus, and others can be found here.

Fatherless is a unique new tool and a perfect fit in HLI's mission to carry out the evangelization of the Gospel of Life. Reading this book enlightens the reader to both the physical damage to the body and the spiritual harm to souls wrought by the Pill.

Fatherless is now being read in seminaries, book clubs, schools, and by young couples! This is why we are so excited about Fatherless, and why it is now close to becoming a Catholic Best Seller.

I am making this special outreach to you, our supporters, asking you to help us to spread the word: Fatherless is a wonderful book to share with your spouse, your friends, your grown children, and your parish priest.

Letter after letter from inspired readers reveal a consistent theme: that Fatherless helps those in the dark to better understand their Faith, and those who already understand it, to fall more in love with it.

Find out more about Fatherless, including how to purchase it, here.

And please join me in asking for the intercession of our Blessed Mother in converting hearts away from the contraception mentality and toward opening hearts and minds to the Truth.

Sincerely,


Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer,
President, Human Life International

 
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The Love of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary: "Reach Out With the Hands of Love" by Rita Ring

July 28, 1994 - 4:30am  - Reach Out With the Hands of Love

Messenger: To love You this way! Jesus wants me to realize the dignity that He bestows on me. "With dignity and honor, I have clothed you, My sweet one."


Jesus speaks: Reach out with the hands of love. Be heart-centered, filled deep within with My most ardent love. You will love others proportionate to your love affair with Me. From the depth of My Heart I cry unto you to realize this love that is outpoured to you. You are My beloved. You are My sweet and faithful one. You, I ask to come and be in love with Me. Pray from your heart. Be in love with Me.


Messenger: He would do what He did because He knew the love of the Father. All love that comes through Jesus comes from the Father. He loved when they hated because He knew the Father's love. When the world is cold, jump into His Heart. He puts us in a little pocket. Little lambs, caressed by His Heart!

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National Day of Prayer Observance on the Steps of the U.S. Capitol


WASHINGTON, April 30 /Christian Newswire/ -- This year, the first Thursday in May, which each year is the National Day of Prayer, is on May 6, 2010. 

The idea for the law which established the National Day of Prayer came in 1952, at the end of Billy Graham's six week Washington, D.C. revival. 

Rev. Graham had been invited by House Speaker Sam Rayburn to conclude his series of messages by leading a worship service on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. Speaking there to a crowd that observers claimed was bigger than for most inaugurations, Billy Graham said, "What a thrilling, glorious thing it would be to see the leaders of our country today kneeling before Almighty God in prayer. What a thrill would sweep this country. What renewed hope and courage would grip the Americans at this hour of peril." 

The very next day, Representative Percy Priest introduced the bill which established a National Day of Prayer, noting that the country had been "challenged yesterday by the suggestion made on the east steps of the Capitol by Billy Graham that the Congress call on the President for the proclamation of a day of prayer." 

This year, Billy Graham's son, Franklin Graham, is the honorary chair of the National Day of Prayer Task Force. The year's theme is "Prayer: For such a time as this." 

This year, for the first time, there will be a National Day of Prayer observance on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. On May 6, 2010, beginning at 11:30 a.m. when the Bible Reading Marathon concludes, and continuing until 1:00 p.m., there will be a Solemn Assembly of Prayer. 

Don't expect music or speeches, and don't bring any banners or signs. 

For such a time as this, the prayer time on the Capitol steps will have no pomp, just prayer. No protest, just prayer. No personalities, just prayer. No party division, just prayer. Communion will be offered at the end of the time of prayer. That's what we all need right now, for such a time as this.


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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Respect For Christ I

Respect For Christ In The Eucharist – One Priest’s Perspective http://htxt.it/5KZT

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From Mark Mallett: Measuring God

Mark

MARK MALLETT

—SPIRITUAL FOOD FOR THOUGHT—

Measuring God

 

IN a recent letter exchange, an atheist said to me,

If sufficient evidence was shown to me, I would start witnessing for Jesus tomorrow. I don’t know what that evidence would be, but I’m sure an all-powerful, all-knowing deity such as Yahweh would know what it would take to get me to believe. So that means Yahweh must not want me to believe (at least at this time), otherwise Yahweh could show me the evidence.

Is it that God does not want this atheist to believe at this time, or is it that this atheist is not prepared to believe in God? That is, is he applying the principles of the "scientific method" to the Creator Himself?

 

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A Prayer to the Holy Spirit from Medjugorje

 

A Prayer to the Holy Spirit from Medjugorje

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God, our Father, we thank You for Your love, we recognize You today as Our God, our Creator. We thank You for our life, for the lives of our parents and all the people whom we have met, and those whom we have yet to meet. Along with Mary we ask You, give us the grace that we may, through prayer and sacrifice, prepare ourselves for the Coming of Your Holy Spirit.

Give the strength that we may be freed of all that which at this moment hinders us from being open to Him, Your Holy Spirit. Lord, we bring before You our entire life, all that which is deformed inside us, all that is bad within us, all that is dark and injured, and we beg You, come and heal us, through You Holy Spirit. And we beg You forgiveness that we were often fearful of You, that we often distrusted You, and did not allow You to transform and to change us. Prepare our heart so that we may recognize Your plan through the Holy Spirit, that we may listen for Your word, and that we may then live it. Send into our heart your Spirit of Truth, that we may recognize You, our true God, and that we may allow ourselves to be led by the Holy Spirit on Your path to Eternal Life.

Lord, we beg You, send Your Spirit of Truth and Love into the hearts of all those who are responsible in the Holy Church, and in the world. Send Your Holy Spirit into the hearts of those who, at this moment, are resisting You, who still distrust You, and change their hearts. Send the Spirit of Love into the hearts of those who hate, send the Spirit of Strength into the hearts of those who have become enslaved by sin, so that we, as Your Children, may come to be able to love in freedom and in love. Give us the grace that we may come to understand the message that the Mother of Your Son Jesus Christ has given us through Her, and that we all may come to live better lives with the strength of Your Spirit. Bless us and heal us, and bless all those who have ever asked for our prayers, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Fr. Slavko of Medjugorje.......Medjugorje; May 28, 1998

Hat tip to Ed at In God's Company 2 for this beautiful prayer!

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The Love of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary: "Jesus Loves You this Day" by Rita Ring

July 28, 1994 - Jesus Loves You this Day

Jesus speaks: I am Jesus, child. I love you this way, no matter where you go. Pray the rosary and be with your children. It is My love you must pour out to others. My Heart beats like this for love of all. Respect your brothers and love them as My Father's dear creation, as the temple of the Lord, of My love. They are your brothers. Love them, sweet one, love all for Me. You are My Heart beating in this cold world.


Messenger: How can I leave You after this?

Jesus speaks: I don't leave you. I go with you as you love and serve your Lord. You must share My love with all. You are My temple in this world. Love your brothers for Me.

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[MaryVitamin] sanctification of work

 
Mary Vitamin for April 29th
 
Topic: Our Lady's perfect example of sanctification of work
 
Quote:
Sr. Maria Francesca Perillo, FI
In serving St. Joseph, and later Her Son Jesus, She was never guilty of neglect or of an oversight. But such perfect accomplishment of Her daily work did not in any way compromise Her interior recollection: She was always absorbed in the thought of God and His perfections.
Sr. Maria Francesca Perillo, FI, "The Life of the Mother of God"
January 2006 edition
 
Meditation:
Fr. Boylan
If we pause occasionally between our acts and just kneel before God in a state of sincere resignation to His will, it will often happen that we find it possible and profitable to remain in this disposition for a short while. It this be the case, let us be assured that then we are really praying, for we are making acts of faith, of hope, and of charity, we are pleasing God, and silently begging His grace and mercy. …One advantage of this [type] of prayer is that it becomes easier to extend it into one’s working hours. This is a tremendous advance towards the solution of perhaps the most important problem in our sanctification: the sanctification of our day’s work. If we have sanctified our work we have sanctified ourselves.
Fr. Boylan, 
Difficulties in Mental Prayer, (Roman Catholic Books), 38.
 
Resolution:
I will try this today. One time, I will pause in my day's work, unobserved and kneel before God in a state of sincere resignation to His will.  I will also pray to be like Our Lady in Nazareth attending her duties yet all the while recollected in the thoughts of God.
 
Marian Vow:
From the Marian Seraphic Pathways,
Plan of Marian Life for FTI
On Prayer
An evangelical life organized according to the holy Gospel and totally animated by seraphic love for God and neighbor, after the example of the Seraphic Father and the Franciscan Saints, has to be constantly sustained by “vigilance and prayer” (cf. Mt 26,41), centered daily about the Eucharist and the rosary, committed to the Liturgy of the Hours and meditation, absorbed in recollection and prayer of intercession for the Church and for souls, ever one with the Virgin at Prayer.
 
I give this resolution to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
 
Thanks be to God for graces received.
 
 

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Our Lady of America Newsletter

Our Lady of America Newsletter
April 29, 2010
Feast of Saint Catherine of Siena, Virgin and Doctor


As we approach the Month of May, dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, we ask that you join with us in a period of intense prayer of the Most Holy Rosary throughout the entire Month, beginning on the Feast of Saint Joseph, The Worker, May 1st, for the Bishops of the United States to commit to a solemn procession of the statue of Our Lady of America into the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception at Washington, D.C., very soon. As we approach the Feast of The Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ [May 13, 2010] followed by the Descent of The Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and the Blessed Virgin Mary on Pentecost [May 23, 2010], we are reminded that: "All these devoted themselves with one accord to prayer, together with some women, and Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and his brothers." [Acts 1:14 (NAB)]

What better way to join into this solemn time of prayer, than The Most Holy Rosary: "One thing is clear: although the repeated Hail Mary is addressed directly to Mary, it is to Jesus that the act of love is ultimately directed, with her and through her." [His Holiness, Pope John Paul II, Apostolic Letter of October 16, 2002, Rosarium Virginis Mariae, #26]

We are also reminded of what Saint Peter said immediately after Pentecost: "Peter (said) to them, 'Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in The Name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.'" [Acts 2:38 (NAB)]

As we honor The Holy Name of Jesus and look forward to the celebration of His Most Sacred Heart (in June) and His Most Precious Blood (in July), we consider that: "To pray the Rosary is to hand over our burdens to the merciful Hearts of Christ and His Mother." [His Holiness, Pope John Paul II, Apostolic Letter of October 16, 2002, Rosarium Virginis Mariae, #25]

Thus, The Rosary leads us through invoking Mary, to the contemplation of Our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and that reflection focuses on the highest objects of human thought: The Name, The Heart & The Blood. As Pope John XXIII said in his last major letter before the Second Council of The Vatican: "It would be fitting at this point to recall to you that practice, repeated on many occasions, of the three devotions which We consider fundamental also for the simple faithful of the laity: 'Nothing is better for enlightening and encouraging the adoration of Jesus than to meditate upon Him and invoke Him in the threefold light of the Name, the Heart and the Blood'". [His Holiness, Pope John XXIII, Letter of July 2, 1962 to Women Religious, Il Tempio Massimo]

This we can do most effectively through The Most Holy Rosary, and we respectfully ask that you do this suchwise that the Bishops of the United States of America will soon, very soon, have that Solemn Procession of the statue of Our Lady of America into the National Shrine of The Immaculate Conception at Washington. Please dedicate the prayer of The Rosary throughout the 31 days of the Month of May to this intention. Then, let us hope and trust that on The Feast of The Visitation (May 31), Our Lady will bring Her Divine Son, Jesus, to the Bishops in a most special way.

In The Name, The Heart, The Blood and The Divine Will of Jesus, through
The Sorrowful & Immaculate Heart of His Mother, The Blessed Virgin Mary,
All the best,
Kevin B. McCarthy
For Our Lady of America

P.S.: Whenever in the Washington Metropolitan area, you may wish to visit the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center and venerate that statue of Our Lady of America originally displayed at the 2006 Baltimore Meeting of the United States Catholic Bishops which His Excellency, Raymond Leo Burke, Archbishop of Saint Louis, did bless on November 15, 2006. The Pope John Paul II Cultural Center is located nearby to the Basilica of the National Shrine of The Immaculate Conception and the Catholic University of America. For directions see: www.jp2cc.org


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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

"MADONNA OF THE TEAR" (painting attached here) and devotion to The Divine Mercy


Theme of this painting:

"Your own heart a sword shall pierce."

Angel Gabriel to Mary: "You will be covered by the Power of The
Most High, and you will bear a Son, whom you will name Jesus."

Prophesy of St. Simeon, at time of the Presentation of Jesus in
the temple: "He will be cause for the rise and fall of many, and
will be a sign that will be opposed. And your own heart a sword
shall pierce."

I had obtained post card size copies (magazine page glossy
quality) many years back from a group called "Catholics United
for Life" based in New Hope, Kentucky.   Parallel to their work
is a small group founded by one Father Klyber (very elderly, I
am sure he is now deceased.  Fr. Klyber was a religious Jew,
later converted to Catholicism and Catholic priesthood.  He made
it a life mission to try and convert Jews into practicing,
devoted Catholics.  How this painting fits in scripturally?
Well, when Christ came into the world, the Jews received him
not.  And with this Epiphany, it was instead the Gentiles who
brought His message throughout the world to total strangers.

Here in America, where we see the dearth of Catholic religious
vocations, the above scene strikes a tender chord.  Christ was a
sign that was opposed, both by His own people, the Jewish
clerics, and by the political authorities.

In theory, anyway, the Jews still await the God-inspired
"Messiah."  But let's face it, the Messiah could land here right
in front of everybody's eyes and still they would not recognize
Him.  They would consider it to be all a hoax, or "high tech"
film and camera tricks, even when emerging down to earth from
the clear blue skies.

As Christ said, when the mob taunted him to come down from His
Cross and save Himself, "Father, forgive them, for they know not
what they do."   And He told the weeping, holy women of
Jerusalem who were present at the cruel and ghastly scene, "Do
not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children."

And during the final scene on the Cross before He gave up His
spirit to death, he forgave the criminal on the cross next to
Him, assuring him that he would be with Him in Paradise, free at
last from all earthly sufferings and persecutions, and in the
eternal presence of His Savior, to worry no more about his
social status.

This is where we turn to St. Faustina and the Divine Mercy
devotion.  When a centurion pierced the side of Jesus with a
lance to make certain that He was dead, there gushed forth both
blood and water, symbolizing the life and cleansing that He
brought to our souls through His infinite Sacrifice.

And how repeatedly, through the course of His earthly life, was
the heart of His mother Mary pierced with sorrow.  Yet she
persevered in faith and fortitude, becoming the spiritual mother
of the entire Christian Church, the spiritual mother of all
mankind, Queen of Heaven and earth, Queen of all the angels and
Saints, Mother of Perpetual Help, Seat of Wisdom, and known to
all nations under many different titles.

Take notice, and by all means "Take Heart."

From
John A. Renshaw


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Victory -- Virginia Governor Restores Jesus-Prayers by Police Chaplains


MEDIA ADVISORY, April 28 /Christian Newswire/ -- The Governor of Virginia Bob McDonnell has restored the rights of six State Police Chaplains to pray publicly "in Jesus name," reversing the policy of his predecessor Governor Tim Kaine who forced the chaplains to deny Christ or resign from their jobs. 

"This victory comes after our two-year campaign for Jesus name," said Chaplain Klingenschmitt, who led a 1,000 person rally outside the Governor's mansion in 2008, then submitted up to 15,000 petitions to reinstate the chaplains jobs and free speech. 

"We faxed voter guides to 2300+ Virginia pastors last summer, comparing Bob McDonnell, who campaigned for chaplains rights to pray in Jesus name, to his opponent Creigh Deeds who voted against Jesus prayers in the Senate. Those pastors helped us move the polls from 47-44% before our faxes, to the 59-41% victory for McDonnell on election day, because of this issue." 

Now that McDonnell has fulfilled his campaign pledge, the six chaplain heroes including Rex Carter and Mike Honaker, who had turned in their badges rather than deny Christ, will be invited back to their chaplain jobs, and given free speech to pray "in Jesus name." 

Chaplain Klingenschmitt will hold a press conference at noon on Monday, 3 May near the corner of 12th and Broad in Richmond Virginia (outside the Patrick Henry Building), to display the 15,000 petitions that helped Gov. McDonnell restore chaplains rights. Police chaplains are invited to come meet the media. For interviews now or then, call or email Chaplain Klingenschmitt at 719-360-5132 cell,chaplaingate@yahoo.com or Don Blake of the Virginia Christian Alliance, at 804-651-1700.

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[MaryVitamin] silence

 

Mary Vitamin for April 28th
 
Topic: The Silence of the Blessed Virgin Mary
 
Quote:
Father Faber
Tradition says that the three hardly ever spoke in the Holy House at Nazareth.A deeper silence than that of a Carmelite desert reigned there. The words of Jesus were very few. That was the reason Mary laid them up in her heart, because like treasures, they were rare as well as precious.
Father Faber, The Foot of the Cross, 179.

 

Meditation:
Our Lady's silence was the vehicle which allowed her to "ponder all these things in her heart."

"All writers on the spiritual life uniformly recommend, nay, command under penalty of total failure, the practice of silence. And yet, despite this there is perhaps no rule for spiritual advancement more inveighed against, by those who have not even mastered its rudiments, than that of silence. Even under the old Dispensation its value was known, taught, and practised. Holy Scripture warns us of the perils of the tongue, as "Death and life are in the power of the tongue" (Proverbs 18:21). Nor is this advice less insisted on in the New Testament; witness: "If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man" (St. James 3:2 sq.). The same doctrine is inculcated in innumerable other places of the inspired writings. The pagans themselves understood the dangers arising from unguarded speech. Pythagoras imposed a strict rule of silence on his disciples; the vestal virgins also were bound to severe silence for long years. Many similar examples could be quoted.
Silence may be viewed from a threefold standpoint:
  • As an aid to the practice of good, for we keep silence with man, in order the better to speak with God, because an unguarded tongue dissipates the soul, rendering the mind almost, if not quite, incapable of prayer. The mere abstaining from speech, without this purpose, would be that "idle silence" which St. Ambrose so strongly condemns.
  • As a preventative of evil. Senica, quoted by Thomas à Kempis complains that "As often as I have been amongst men, I have returned less a man" (Imitation, Book I, c. 20).
  • The practice of silence involves much self-denial and restraint, and is therefore a wholesome penance, and as such is needed by all. "
From the article on "Silence" from the Catholic Encyclopedia (see link above).

 
Resolution:
Today I will repeat the Gospel phrase "she pondered all these things in her heart," when I am trying to say something I should not.
 
Marian Vow:
When I hear the Gospel today, I will remember to renew my vow.
Marian Seraphic Pathways:
After examining at the end of the day and finding one had never or hardly ever, thought and worked in terms of unlimited consecration to the Immaculate, as indicated in the preceding number, means having spent a day without Marian character, to wit, a day without meaning,
Statutes, #41
 
I give this resolution to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
 
Thanks be to God for graces received.
 

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Messages of St. Louis de Montfort on Marian Consecration: Day Two


 

Mrs. Janie Garza is a visionary located in Austin, Texas. For over twenty years, she has received messages and visions from Our Lady under the title, “Mother of Compassion and Love”, with special emphasis on the restoration of family life through the model of the Holy Family, as well as messages from St. Joseph, St. Philomena, the Three Archangels, and several other saints. She has also received numerous messages and suffered extensively as a victim soul for the proclamation of the Dogma of Mary, Co-redemptrix, Mediatrix of all graces and Advocate. Mrs. Garza has received permission from her local bishop to spread her messages and relay her experiences, not only locally, but also internationally, as communicated to her spiritual director, Fr. Henry Bordeaux, ocd.

From July 13, 1999 to August 15, 1999, Mrs. Garza received the following set of 33 messages from St. Louis Marie de Montfort regarding the power and efficacy of Marian consecration. On the eve of his feast permission has been granted to publicly promulgate these messages for the first time.

The Marian consecration preparation can begin on the feast of St. Louis de Montfort, today April 28th. May the distribution of these messages lead to a greater understanding and participation of individuals consecrating ourselves to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the crowning of Marian devotion, which always leads to a more committed and joy-filled living of our baptismal promises to Jesus Christ. –Ed.

DAY 2    July 14, 1999

Little daughter of Mary, rejoice with thy heavenly Mother as she embraces thee as her little child. Allow this sweet heavenly Mother to teach thee about the virtue of humility, for she is the perfect model of humility. She will prepare thy heart and soul so that her Spouse the Holy Ghost will fly to thy soul and give thee His light. The Holy Ghost will communicate to thee all the heavenly treasures and love of thy heavenly Mother. The Holy Ghost will give thee light to embrace all the teachings of thy heavenly Mother during these times as thou prepares to make thy Total Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Little daughter of Mary, during this time as thou allows thy heavenly Mother to help thee, thou will suffer much, for dying to the things of the world is most painful. Do not worry. Thy heavenly Mother is a sweet and gentle Mother, and she will carry thee in the bosom of her Immaculate Heart during these spiritual exercises. 


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Fr. Slavko's Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Fr. Slavko's Prayer to the Holy Spirit


God, our Father, we thank You for Your love, we recognize You today as Our God, our Creator. We thank You for our life, for the lives of our parents and all the people whom we have met, and those whom we have yet to meet. Along with Mary we ask You, give us the grace that we may, through prayer and sacrifice, prepare ourselves for the Coming of Your Holy Spirit.



Give the strength that we may be freed of all that which at this moment hinders us from being open to Him, Your Holy Spirit. Lord, we bring before You our entire life, all that which is deformed inside us, all that is bad within us, all that is dark and injured, and we beg You, come and heal us, through You Holy Spirit. And we beg You forgiveness that we were often fearful of You, that we often distrusted You, and did not allow You to transform and to change us. Prepare our heart so that we may recognize Your plan through the Holy Spirit, that we may listen for Your word, and that we may then live it. Send into our heart your Spirit of Truth, that we may recognize You, our true God, and that we may allow ourselves to be led by the Holy Spirit on Your path to Eternal Life.


Lord, we beg You, send Your Spirit of Truth and Love into the hearts of all those who are responsible in the Holy Church, and in the world. Send Your Holy Spirit into the hearts of those who, at this moment, are resisting You, who still distrust You, and change their hearts. Send the Spirit of Love into the hearts of those who hate, send the Spirit of Strength into the hearts of those who have become enslaved by sin, so that we, as Your Children, may come to be able to love in freedom and in love. Give us the grace that we may come to understand the message that the Mother of Your Son Jesus Christ has given us through Her, and that we all may come to live better lives with the strength of Your Spirit. Bless us and heal us, and bless all those who have ever asked for our prayers, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Fr. Slavko of Medjugorje.......Medjugorje; May 28, 1998

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The Love of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary: "Pounding Heart" by Rita Ring

July 28, 1994 - Pounding Heart

Messenger: To embrace you, my Lord! I want to be united as one in my soul. I want to be united as one in my heart. My heart beats with ardent love for my Savior. Such an honor! I cannot even fathom my heart being united to Yours. If You would but tuck me in a little part, a little pocket, and let me be there, let me hear the beating of Your most tender Heart. Let me feel the warmth of Your love, poured out for me!


Jesus speaks: Oh, my precious one, do you know this is reality? The reality of My Heart and that of My Mother’s joined to your heart in such union? This is reality. My Heart beats as one with you in such love!

Meditate on the abyss of My most Sacred Heart, it is a mighty furnace burning with such a roaring fire for love of you. Think of this union. My Heart gives the fire that burns in the hearts of those who open themselves up to Me. It is this fire that burns with love in your eyes, that is emitted from you when you are with others.

Your oneness with Me is of importance to your life on this earth and the life hereafter. Strive for deepest union with Me in the burning furnace of My Heart. I am the Sacred Heart of Jesus, ablaze with love on fire for you. Be so intimate with Me, My precious child. This intimacy I crave with every soul. Speak of My Heart ablaze for love of each soul. I want their love. Tell them I wait for them with such yearning!


Messenger: I saw a heart that looked like it was a furnace inside. It was bright yellow, white in the center. I am experiencing pounding in my heart.

His Heart is truly beating for love of us. I felt my heart beating so hard in my chest. I knew it was from Him. Hearts don’t do what the mind is doing. This morning my heart was pounding, heart racing, I got this letter:

Jesus speaks: This is My love for you. The pounding in your heart is from Me. Every second My Heart is beating with  intense love of you. Even when you forget about Me, I am loving you with My intense love. I love you with a beating Heart, on fire for love of you. When you are lonely think of My Heart beating so strongly for love of you.

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A Victory! Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Desert Cross


WASHINGTON, April 28 /Christian Newswire/ -- In a 5 - 4 majority opinion filed today, the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of the continued display of a lone cross in the Mojave Desert memorializing veterans of World War I. 

Photo: Rev. Rob Schenck of Faith & Action at US Supreme Court holding decision in favor of Mojave Desert Cross

Faith and Action, a Washington, DC-based Christian mission to government officials, had joined with other groups in support of the display located in a lonely stretch of desert near Barstow, California. In a legal brief filed with the Supreme Court, Faith and Action argued that the cross did not violate the First Amendment, as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals had found. 

Rev. Rob Schenck, president of Faith and Action, had visited the cross last year. he was at the Supreme Court this morning when the decision was announced by Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy who authored the opinion. Rev. Schenck said,

    "This is a victory for the First Amendment and for the rights of citizens, including veterans, to use meaningful symbols like the cross in public displays. It's not just common sense, it's in keeping with our most cherished beliefs, customs and values. This is a day to thank God for our freedoms in this country and for judges that have the integrity to uphold them." Joining in the majority were Justices Kennedy, Roberts, Alito, Scalia and Thomas. Justices Stevens, Ginsburg, Sotomayor and Breyer filed dissenting opinions.

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

From Mark Mallett: A Painful Irony

Mark

MARK MALLETT

—SPIRITUAL FOOD FOR THOUGHT—

A Painful Irony

 

have spent several weeks dialoguing with an atheist. There’s perhaps no better exercise to build one’s faith. The reason being is that irrationality is a sign itself of the supernatural, for confusion and spiritual blindness are hallmarks of the prince of darkness. There are some mysteries the atheist cannot solve, questions he cannot answer, and some aspects of human life and the origins of the universe that cannot be explained by science alone. But this he will deny by either ignoring the subject, minimizing the question at hand, or ignoring scientists who refute his position and only quoting those who do. He leaves many painful ironies in the wake of his "reasoning."

 

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[MaryVitamin] heroic patience

 

Mary Vitamin for April 27th
 
Topic: Heroic Patience* of the Blessed Virgin Mary
 
Quote:
St. Alphonsus di Liguori
Mary's whole life was a continual exercise of her patience; for, as the angel revealed to St. Bridget, "as a rose grows up amongst thorns, so did the Blessed Virgin grow up amongst tribulations."
St. Alphonsus di Liguori, TheGlories of Mary, (Tan Books), 582.
 
Meditation:
St. Alphonsus di Liguori
If we, then, wish to be children of Mary, we must endeavor to imitate her in her patience; "For what" says St. Cyprian, "can enrich us with greater merit in this life, and greater glory in the next, than the patient enduring of sufferings? "Rejoice then" exclaims St. Gregory, "We can be martyrs, without the executioner's sword, if we only preserve patience."
St. Alphonsus di Liguori, TheGlories of Mary, (Tan Books),  582 & 583.
  
Resolution:
Today, I can share in a small way the martyrdom of the Blessed Virgin Mary by persevering in patience. I beg to be able to remember her unbloody, yet true martyrdom at the foot of the Cross. I will try to remember the Seven Dolors and do my utmost to preserve patience by keeping my mind on her.

 
Marian Vow:
I have the martyred Soul of patience always with me by virtue of my Marian Vow. I must allow Her to be the guiding breath within me. Be the instrument! Call on the vow to persevere in patience. 
 
I give this resolution to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
 
Thanks be to God for graces received.
 
 
*Heroic Patience is one of the virtues of the Blessed Virgin Mary listed by St. Louis de Montfort, the other 9 are:
 
Profound humility
Living faith
Burning charity
Universal mortification
Angelic sweetness
Divine wisdom
Continuous prayer
Blind obedience
Divine purity
 
Father Stefano Maria Manelli FI adds the Franciscan virtues of:
Seraphic poverty
Perfect joy
 
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The devil, like a roaring lion goes about seeking those whom he can destroy. (Peter 1)


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April 28, 2010 

(Col 1:23-24) If so ye continue in the faith, grounded and settled, and immoveable from the hope of the gospel which you have heard, which is preached in all the creation that is under heaven: whereof I Paul am made a minister. Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you and fill up those things that are wanting of the sufferings of Christ, in my flesh, for his body, which is the church:

HOMILY: Bishop Slattery delivered at Solemn Pontifical Mass, Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, D.C.



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Reflection by Father Ted – April 25, 2010:  For many many months now we have heard and read about the sexual abuse problems among the clergy. We have been offered diverse reasons for this situation. Many have been blamed for this situation.

What has amazed me – and this for many years now – is that no one, to my knowledge – or very few – have mentioned who has been the cause of this situation, how he has caused this, and why he has caused this.

Of course, one of the reasons why he has not been mentioned is because it is not politically correct to mention him influencing us today.

For many years now, very very few people talk or even write about him and how he has been striving to destroy the Church – since the very beginning.

We have, almost deliberately ignored the fact that the devil, like a roaring lion, as saint Peter declares in his first letter, goes about seeking those whom he can destroy.

I remember many years ago, hearing about the mystical experience of Pope Leo XIII had after he had celebrated Holy Mass – overhearing the dialogue between Lucifer and Jesus; and how, as a result of this experience the Holy Father composed the powerful prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel – which prayer he exhorted us to pray at the end of each Mass, with the exception of the Solemn High Mass on Sunday.

No one has declared that Satan has been behind this scandal. No one has declared how he did this; nor why.

I became aware of how he was working nearly forty years ago. I realized what he was doing and how he was doing this activity – because I, like many of my brothers who were priests were duped by him.

What he was doing was simply attempting to destroy the Church of Jesus Christ.

How he began to do it was also quite simple.

For he is quite subtle and quite sneaky.

I was brought up by the Benedictines during my high school years – during the late 40s and the early 50s.

I was taught the motto of Saint Benedict – “To Pray and to work”. I learned that both work and prayer are important. But pray is more important.

When I looked back on my upbringing, I observed that in the late 1940s and in the early 1950s, this motto of Saint Benedict had been altered. What was being emphasized during that time was work – work being more important that prayer.

Shortly after I was ordained to the priesthood in June of 1961, while I was beginning my work as a priest who was assigned to teach in a Catholic High School, I was informed that “work was my prayer”.

I recall that I and many of my confreres were delighted to accept this new teaching that had filtered down to us within the Church. We thought “Wow – my work is my prayer.” Now my classroom preparations were my prayers.

When we bought this teaching, we dropped one of the mandatory prayers that we had promised to fulfill when we were ordained to Major Orders.

We believed that we were justified in doing so. But it was that justification that was part of the blindness that Lucifer had given us.

We did not abandon prayer. But we diminished our prayer life.

The result was imperceptible, and yet significant.

For in 1968, when the Holy Father, Pope Paul VI published his encyclical “Humanae Vitae” we rejected it – as many others had done. We believed that he was wrong.

But that was due to our blindness caused by Satan.

As I later learned, when one reduces his/her prayer life, one is not able to discern truth easily.

For me, it took several years, to recognize my blindness. This occurred because of the prayers of others for me.

Spiritual blindness was the first effect of my diminishing my prayer life.

What also happened was that I, and my other brothers, who had dropped praying the Divine Office, were not able to resist our temptations.

I know now that I need a strong prayer life to overcome my temptations. I know now that many of my temptations are activated by the devil. He knows me; he knows my weaknesses. He prods me to given into these weaknesses.

Those of my brothers, who had sexual weaknesses, were tempted by him. And, without the deep prayer life, they were not able to resist.

What Lucifer was doing, of course, was striving to destroy the Church by weakening the priests within the Church and injuring members of their flocks.

The third effect of a diminished prayer life is that we began to see the flaws and imperfections within the Church magnified immensely. With the result being that we want to leave such an imperfect – corrupt – Church.

Many of my brothers did. I almost did too. But there were profoundly holy lay people that I knew, who prayed for me – though I did not realize this at that time. And their prayers, their powerful and merciful prayer, kept me from leaving.

Their prayers enabled me to see the light of truth.

And as a result I was able to confess my blindness. I was able to admit my wrong-doings. I was able to profess my faith in the teachings of the Holy Roman Catholic Church. I was able to recognize once again the importance of a deep fervent prayer life.

I admit, like Pope Benedict XVI has declared, that “Prayer is the number one responsibility of the priest”.

But isn’t this just was our first pope declared in dealing with the first recording ecclesial problem in the Jerusalem Church? We read about this during the Mass on the 2nd Saturday of Easter.

Satan is still trying to weaken and to destroy our Church.

And isn’t that why we have not taken seriously the call that our Holy Father Pope John Paul II gave to a group of American Bishops in May of 1998 when he exhorted them to encourage their priests to offer Mass daily, whether there is a congregation present or not?

Isn’t that why we have not taken seriously the call that our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI gave to the American Bishops two years ago in Washington, DC when he exhorted them to daily visit our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament, to pray the Rosary daily, and to daily pray the Divine Office?

Like in the early Church we need to become men filled with the Holy Spirit and endowed with wisdom, as was the requirement for the first deacons. Like in the early Church we need to become men whose primary tasks are prayer and proclaiming the Gospel.

We are called to become saints. We are called to encourage our lay brothers and sisters to become saints. We are called to evangelize the world.

Lord help us 

Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 26- "On discernment of thoughts, passions, and virtues"

26. I have seen an unskilled physician who, by subjecting to dishonour a sick man who was contrite in spirit, only drove him to despair. And I have seen a skilled physician who operated on an arrogant heart with the knife of dishonour, and drained it of all its evil-smelling pus.    

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Messages of St. Louis de Montfort on Marian Consecration: Day One


 

Mrs. Janie Garza is a visionary located in Austin, Texas. For over twenty years, she has received messages and visions from Our Lady under the title, “Mother of Compassion and Love”, with special emphasis on the restoration of family life through the model of the Holy Family, as well as messages from St. Joseph, St. Philomena, the Three Archangels, and several other saints. She has also received numerous messages and suffered extensively as a victim soul for the proclamation of the Dogma of Mary, Co-redemptrix, Mediatrix of all graces and Advocate. Mrs. Garza has received permission from her local bishop to spread her messages and relay her experiences, not only locally, but also internationally, as communicated to her spiritual director, Fr. Henry Bordeaux, ocd.

From July 13, 1999 to August 15, 1999, Mrs. Garza received the following set of 33 messages from St. Louis Marie de Montfort regarding the power and efficacy of Marian consecration. On the eve of his feast permission has been granted to publicly promulgate these messages for the first time.

The Marian consecration preparation can begin on the feast of St. Louis de Montfort, tomorrow April 28th. May the distribution of these messages lead to a greater understanding and participation of individuals consecrating ourselves to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the crowning of Marian devotion, which always leads to a more committed and joy-filled living of our baptismal promises to Jesus Christ. –Ed.

 

DAY 1    July 13, 1999

Little daughter of Mary, today thou begins thy walk with thy heavenly Mother. The heavens are rejoicing at thy decision to truly take Mary as thy Mother. This sweet and good Mother is the Mother of All Creation, and she loves and accepts her role as a Mother with such love and charity. She, however, is not loved or acknowledged by many as their heavenly Mother. Oh, if only these poor wretched souls would give themselves to Mary, they would give themselves to her Son! Thou, little daughter of Mary, has begun thy journey into the love and sweetness of thy heavenly Mother. She will carry thee in the womb of her Immaculate Heart as thou prepares for this total consecration. She will assist thee with thy prayers to abandon the ways of the world and to give thyself more perfectly to her Son. She will assist thee to pray for light from her Spouse the Holy Ghost, to assist thee to see thy sins and to have true contrition for all that thou hast done to offend God. She will teach thee how to pray well. She will assist thee in stripping thyself of thy old garments, and she will clothe thee with her own garments of grace and of humility. Give thyself totally to thy heavenly Mother and be nourished by her sweet and maternal love. Spend thy day in quiet prayer so that the Spouse of thy heavenly Mother will give thee light in everything.

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Monday, April 26, 2010

[MaryVitamin] praying with Our Lady

 
Mary Vitamin for April 26th

Topic:
 Praying with Our Lady


Quote:
St. Maximilian Kolbe
"Someone truly in love with Mary finds time to turn to her as often as possible, to stay as long as possible at her feet. We would entrust our troubles and worries, and our whole life to her."
 

Meditation:
St. Edith Stein writes about meditative prayer:
"Here the spirit moves more freely without being bound to specific words. It immerses itself, for example, in the mystery of the birth of Jesus. The spirit's imagination [Phantasie] transports it to the grotto in Bethlehem, seeing the child in the manger, the holy parents, the shepherds, and the kings. The intellect ponders the greatness of divine mercy, the emotions are seized by divine love. This is how meditative prayer involves all the soul's powers and, when practiced with faithful persistence, can gradually remake the whole person."
The Hidden Life, Volume IV of the Collected Works of Edith Stein
(ICS Publications: 1992), 39.


Resolution:
Today, I will make more opportunities to speak to the Blessed Virgin Mary. A simple "good morning" or "good afternoon" is an excellent way to begin. Today, my holy pictures will remind me to greet Our Lady. If my duties permit a lengthier conversation, I will pause to speak to her at greater length.
 

Marian Vow:

The Marian Seraphic Pathways suggests beginning the day in this way:

"[R]ising each day in the morning early (around 6 o'clock), promptly without delay, asking the Blessing of the Madonna, followed by morning prayer and possibly meditation (about thirty minutes) on a spiritual text, for instance the Gospel, the Scriptures and the life of a saint, or other spiritual texts especially Marian and Franciscan."

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I give this resolution to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Thanks be to God for graces received.


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The Love of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary: "Study His Passion" by Rita Ring

July 28, 1994

Title:  Study His Passion

R.  Think of how we ponder and look at our wounds. Oh, a splinter in my finger! Look what they did to our Savior during the scourging: raw flesh, unexamined. Such harsh treatment to our Savior God! Does my brother hurt my feelings with a word? What a baby I am to hold on to it forever and months later to still be harboring the hurt!

    Christ showed us the way, He was brutally beaten and not a whimper. He was led away, His head and eyes cast low, His crown of thorns penetrating His head, with the trickling of blood surrounding His face and head. He went as the innocent lamb, led to the slaughter. He showed us the way to accept our crosses. He carried His, even when He fell under it. He did not throw it back or try to relieve Himself, He collapsed under it, still holding on.


     How do I carry my cross? Do I complain and try to alleviate the pain by giving it to you, do I try to get out of it completely, or do I realize that He is allowing me to experience this and accept it as He did?

    He left with each of us the story of His passion. It is in meditating on this I learn about my beloved Master, and how to be more like Him. Study His passion and death. No one gave Him bandages for His wounds. I am receiving the fruits for meditating on His wounds. One wound, what a story, what a lesson for my life: He was battered from head to toe, not to mention the mental suffering, the heartache. So much to meditate on, to learn more about my precious lover. This is His love given for us, each wound graciously accepted out of such love for me.

     No little love does He have that He, my precious Savior, my most ardent lover, suffered every wound, every slander, every heartache, everything done to Him to His death on the cross for love of ME!

    How does He love me? He loves me this way: He loves me in His aching shoulder. He loves me as He carried His cross. He loves me so much He carried the cross until He literally collapsed under its weight. His love is undying. His love is enduring. His love is the love of God, beyond all human comprehension. His love is. He showed us during His life and resurrection His undying love. His life, given for love of me!

Jesus:  To My very death, I loved you, My sweet and faithful child. This is not a myth, this is reality. Tell them. Tell them all, for love of them I died so they would rise to new life and be forever with Me in heaven!

    The battle is done, the victory is won. Your life lived for love of Me gives you pass into My kingdom. Spread the good news. Shout it from the rooftops. Hold not back one word from your lips that Jesus is Lord and He is truly risen!  You will rise to new life if you love and serve the Lord. It is in your preaching of this Gospel, you will help others to go to heaven. By My death and resurrection, you will live forever.

    I am the Good Shepherd. I know mine and mine know Me. Follow Me. Meditate on My ways. My ways are the ways to peace and love in your hearts. My ways are the ways that lead to everlasting life.

    It is in meditating on My passion you realize more fully My immense love given for you. I Love You, Child, to My Very Own Death! Ponder My life, My ways, pray the rosary, meditate on My passion, My life given for love of you!

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