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Monday, March 31, 2014

March 31, 2014 - Update from Denis - Mirjana's apparition


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March 31, 2014
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Mary TV Daily Reflection 3/31/2014


           
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Go to Confession and decide for holiness.  


J.M.J
March 31, 2014

Dear Family of Mary!

Day 6 of our Novena to St. Isidore and St. Faustina for the grace to understand and love Confession!

Day 6
Obedience.

From St. Faustina: 
 
Third word - obedience. A disobedient soul will win no victory, even if the Lord Jesus himself, in person, were to hear its confession. The most experienced confessor will be of no help whatsoever to such a soul. The disobedient soul exposes itself to great misfortunes; it will make no progress toward perfection, nor will it succeed in the spiritual life. God lavishes His graces most generously upon the soul, but it must be an obedient soul. [113]

Satan can even clothe himself in a cloak of humility, but he does not know how to wear the cloak of obedience and thus his evil designs will be disclosed. [939]

When I began to prepare for confession, strong temptations against confessors assaulted me. I did not see Satan, but I could sense him, his terrible anger. - "Yes, he's an ordinary man." - "Not ordinary, because he has the power of God." - Yes, it is not difficult for me to accuse myself of my sins. But to uncover the most secret depths of my heart, to give an account of the action of God's grace, to speak about God's every demand, about all that goes on between God and myself.... To tell that to a man is beyond my strength. I felt I was fighting against the powers and I cried out: "O Christ, You and the priest are one; I will approach confession as if I were approaching, not a man, but You." When I entered the confessional, I began by disclosing my difficulties. The priest replied that the best thing I could have done was to disclose these temptations from the outset. However, after the confession, they took flight, and my soul is enjoying peace. [1715]

From Our Lady, Queen of Peace: 

"Dear children, I am coming to you as a mother and I desire that in me, as in a mother, you may find your abode, consolation and rest. Therefore, my children, apostles of my love, pray. Pray with humble devotion, obedience and complete trust in the Heavenly Father. Trust as I have trusted when it was said to me that I will bring the blessing of the promise. May out of your hearts, from your lips, always come forth 'May your will be done!' Therefore, trust and pray so that I can intercede for you before the Lord, for him to give you the Heavenly Blessing and fill you with the Holy Spirit. Then he will be able to help all those who do not know the Lord - you, apostles of my love, will help them to call him 'Father' with complete trust. Pray for your shepherds and place your trust in their blessed hands. Thank you." 03/02/2014

From Fr. Alfred Wilson: 

Sorrow for sin has two aspects, two slants as it were, one backwards and one forward. Looking back, the penitent regrets and detests sin; looking forward, he determines to avoid it.

Determination to avoid both sin and its occasions, in other words, firm purpose of amendment, is the crucial test of the reality of contrition. He who is determined to do his best to avoid sin, undoubtedly has true repentance, even though he feels spiritually dry as a desert and indevout as an iceberg...

If we truly hate sin, we shall do all in our power to avoid it. If, however, we are unwilling to use the means, we deceive ourselves if we fancy that we will the end. Pilate wished to release Our Divine Savior; and he willed it, he could have released Him at once.

The firm purpose of amendment is the most difficult act of the penitent. It is easy enough to have remorse for sin; in fact, unless our conscience has become completely atrophied, remorse is inevitable. It is not so easy to have effective repentance. St. Alphonsus says that most bad confessions are bad through lack of practical amendment; and authorities and citations to confirm his opinion could be multiplied.  (Fr. Alfred Wilson. "Pardon and Peace") 

If we are determined to avoid our sins, we will obey the Lord and His Word. We will place His desire for us above our own desire, and try our best to obey Him. We may not succeed all the time but our attempt to obey Him will keep our heart connected to Him. Our confessions will do us good, not harm, if we are determined to obey.   We also know that the enemy will try to dissuade us from confessing, and from a firm purpose of amendment, but if we resist him, he will flee.  Our trusting and humble prayer and desire to do God's will will disarm him. 

As Our Lady taught us: "Pray with humble devotion, obedience and complete trust in the Heavenly Father. Trust as I have trusted when it was said to me that I will bring the blessing of the promise. May out of your hearts, from your lips, always come forth 'May your will be done!'"

Let us pray:

Dear Lord Jesus, we ask you to give us a true understanding of the necessity and grandeur of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Help us to recognize You in the confessional, waiting for us, waiting to forgive us and embrace us with Your love and mercy. We need forgiveness. Help us to find our way into Your arms.

St. Isidore, pray for us.
St. Faustina Kowalska, pray for us
St. Augustine, pray for us.
St. Padre Pio, pray for us.
Blessed John Paul II, pray for us.
St. Therese of Lisieux, pray for us.
St. Leopold Mandic, pray for us.
St. John Vianney, pray for us.
Father Slavko Barbaric, pray for us. 
Our Lady, Queen of Peace, pray for us.
In Jesus' name we pray, amen.


In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Mary TV Daily Reflection 3/30/2014


         
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J.M.J
March 30, 2014

Dear Family of Mary!

Day 5 of our Novena to St. Isidore and St. Faustina for the grace to understand and love Confession!

From Saint Faustina:

Humility

Second word - humility. A soul does not benefit as it should from the sacrament of confession if it is not humble. Pride keeps it in darkness. The soul neither knows how, nor is it willing, to probe with precision the depths of its own misery. It puts on a mask and avoids everything that might bring it recovery. [113]

Concerning Holy Confession. We should derive two kinds of profit from Holy Confession:
1. We come to confession to be healed;
2. We come to be educated - like a small child, our soul has constant need of education.
O my Jesus, I understand these words to their very depths, and I know from my own experience that, on its own strength, the soul will not go far; it will exert itself greatly and will do nothing for the glory of God; it will err continually, because our mind is darkened and does not know how to discern its own affairs. [377]

Satan wants just this: to have the person who is aspiring for sanctity direct himself because then, without doubt, he will never attain it. [938].

Our Lady speaks:

"Dear children! In the great love of God, I come to you today to lead you on the way of humility and meekness. The first station on that way, my children, is confession. Reject your arrogance and kneel down before my Son. Comprehend, my children, that you have nothing and you can do nothing. The only thing that you have and that you possess is sin. Be cleansed and accept meekness and humility. My Son could have won with strength, but He chose meekness, humility and love. Follow my Son and give me your hands so that, together, we may climb the mountain* and win. Thank you." (July 2, 2007)
    

Fr. Wilson writes:

Pride
Has my spirituality been merely a quest for personal excellence?
Am I seeking a reputation for humility rather than the reality of humility?
Have I failed to take leadership or strong action for fear of being thought proud or ambitious? In other words, do I prefer to be proud rather than to be thought proud?
Have I fished for praise with the bait of false modesty?
Have I refused responsibility for fear that prominence might reveal my limitations?
Are the main causes of my joys and sorrows the gratification or frustration of vanity?
When anyone is praised, is my first impulse always to belittle; in other words, do I suffer from jealousy based on pride?
Have I boasted of my achievements, wealth, et cetera? Dressed ostentatiously?
Have I been too proud to accept well-merited correction, even from my confessor/ When I have been corrected have I sulked and adopted the pose of the misunderstood injured- innocent? Have I dispensed myself from heeding a correction by presuming that my superior or confessor was merely depressed or liverish and that he will get over it?
Is my neighbor a darling when he agrees with me, and a pig-headed egoist when he doesn't?
Am I something of a "private pontiff"?
(Fr. Alfred Wilson. "Pardon and Peace.")  
   
Again, the remedy for this lamentable frame of mind is to love God more than we love ourselves. It is to take the unholy trinity of "Me, Myself and I" out of the center and put God in the center of our lives. Humility is loving God to distraction and seeing ourselves in the light of day, with all our limitations and weaknesses, existing only and always because of God's love for us.

Let us pray:

Dear Lord Jesus, we ask you to give us a true understanding of the necessity and grandeur of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Help us to recognize you in the confessional, waiting for us, waiting to forgive us and embrace us with your love and mercy. We need forgiveness. Help us to find our way into your arms.

St. Isidore, pray for us.
St. Faustina Kowalska, pray for us
St. Augustine, pray for us.
St. Padre Pio, pray for us.
Blessed John Paul II, pray for us.
St. Therese of Lisieux, pray for us.
St. Leopold Mandic, pray for us.
St. John Vianney, pray for us.
Father Slavko Barbaric
Our Lady, Queen of Peace, pray for us.
In Jesus' name we pray, amen.


In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Everything the Devil Said Was a Lie



Courageous Priest



Uncovering Satan’s Three Lies
by Fr. Stephen Hellman –Anybody here play poker? Here’s a great quote I came across last week:
“If you’ve been playing poker for half an hour and you still don’t know who the patsy is, you’re the patsy.”
The more I think about it, the more I’m thinking… maybe that explains why I never win at poker.
Sometimes people are targeted… Sometimes they are targeted fairly by others when they play games, and sometimes they are targeted unfairly by con men.
Adam and EveAdam and Eve
And that’s what we see in the account of Adam and Eve.  The biggest con man of all, the devil, Satan, targeted Adam and Eve.
He lied to them and they accepted his lie and hence we heard the story of … the Fall.
The Church does not claim that there were two historical persons named Adam and Eve, but it is a tenet of our faith that humanity can trace its lineage back to one pair of human beings who were our First Parents, and that through their act of disobedience sin entered the world.
And by the way, science bears out this ancient teaching that we had one pair of first parents: it is pretty well established that the human race is truly one human family and that the DNA of every human person does lead back to the union of one man and one woman, a single pair of human beings… our two “first parents”.
Isn’t that funny how the world always eventually catches up to the teachings of the Church?
 The devil and targeting today.
You know, many people hear the scripture that we heard and they actually kind of believe that what happened is that Adam and Eve were kind of in a vague pre-moral state, and that it was only after they ate the apple, after they had committed the first sin, that they came to recognize the difference between right and wrong, good and evil…
But this just shows that many of us even today fail to clearly see what the devil had done. In point of fact, everything that Satan said to Adam and Eve was a lie.
And whether we believe this account to be literal or not, it is valuable to treat the story as literal when analyzing its parts due to the important truths that it conveys. This is not fundamentalism, this is valuable biblical exploration, for God’s Word has much to say to us.

So, let’s look at the account…

Satan got Adam and Eve to question what God had told them… God told them them they would die if they ate of the tree, and the devil told them that they would not die.
In fact, God was correct. Through their disobedience they did die — through the disobedience of our First Parents sin and death entered the world.
In the intimacy of their original state of Holiness, Adam and Eve had been destined to live forever with God in Paradise. But once they disobeyed God, they were expelled from Paradise and condemned to eventual death. This is described as the loss of their natural integrity.
And worse than that, their sin killed their perfect connection with God, destroying the state of their harmony within themselves, and bringing the stain of Original Sin to all of humankind… And this is described as their loss of sanctifying grace.
Later in the Genesis narrative, if you look carefully, you will see that there are the elements of Confession, where Adam and Eve admit to God what they’ve done.
And besides his lying to Adam and Eve about death, the devil told them two other things: if they ate of the tree they would be like gods, and they would know what is good and what is evil.
Now here’s the interesting trick the devil played on them, and if you remember nothing else today remember this: everything the devil said was a lie.
The fact is, Adam and Eve were already like God, and they already knew what was good and what was evil.
There was nothing new that came to them through the devil. What the devil succeeded in doing was make them question God and question themselves.
The devil never adds anything new. That’s because the devil never has anything of his own to work with. All the devil can work with is reality, which is created by God and belongs to God. So, the devil has to take the stuff of reality and twist it to attempt to trick us into making decisions that turn us away from reality and against God.
How were Adam and Eve already like God?
Well, in Paradise they were in the image and the likeness of God. Adam and Eve were in God’s image and likeness in their ability to feel, to love, to reason, and to know God in their hearts, and especially in the perfect intimacy they shared with Him and with one another.
The Fall took away their perfect intimacy, and the effect was that human beings became corrupted. And, while the ability to be the image of God remained, it no longer was clear and beautiful but was forever stained by sin…
The human intellect was darkened, the human will weakened, and from that moment forward, the human being, having lost his inner harmony, became separated from God and at war within himself…
So, Original Sin degrades the ability of men and women to have the true and full intimacy with God and with one another that they have been created for.
Let me say that again…Original Sin degrades the ability of men and women to have the true and full intimacy with God and with one another that they have been created for.
Adam and Eve had been like God already but the devil deceived them into not recognizing what they had, and so they threw it all away.
And what else? The devil told them also that they would learn the difference between good and evil.
But the thing is, Adam and Eve already knew the difference between good and evil! God had already told them what was good and what was evil: it was good to obey God, and it was evil to disobey God and the one rule He had established for their happiness… to not eat of the tree.
So they already knew right from wrong… they knew what was good and what was evil, for God had told them.
So, in summary, the devil somehow deceived our First Parents into believing:
* that God had not told them the truth,
* that they could receive a greater divine life than they already had,
* and that the fruit of the tree would give them a knowledge that they did not already possess.
Three lies…
And if you look at the scripture passage, you see in Eve’s action of eating the apple that actually the act itself was based on three reasons.
“The woman saw that the tree was good for food, pleasing to the eyes, and desirable for gaining wisdom.
So she took some of its fruit and ate it; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.”
So, three lies from the devil, and a three-fold action on the part of the woman followed by the man, and thus occurs the Fall of the human race and all of creation along with it.

The Three Sins of Eve

This action of Eve is understood as expressing what the Jews called the three-fold concupiscence, which consisted of: the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and pride of life.
Today we call these three lust, greed, and pride — or maybe sensuality, vanity, and pride are good terms — and all the sins of humanity fall under one of these three categories.
… and you know, some people have trouble with this whole concept of Original Sin, but, actually, isn’t sin the one indisputable fact? Consider G.K. Chesterton’s famous observation: “[it] is the only part of Christian theology which can really be proved.”
Now, I know this is a long homily today, but please bear with me, this is important… just a little more.
– let’s look briefly at today’s gospel  where Jesus is tempted by Satan in the desert. Anything interesting there?
Jesus encountered in the desert the same three temptations to which Eve succumbed –
…lust of the flesh in the temptation to turn the stone into bread,
…lust of the eyes in the temptation to possess kingdoms of the world, and
…pride of life in the temptation to prove that he is the Messiah by throwing himself down from the temple.
So, we see in these powerful readings today that where Adam and Eve fell to sin, Jesus withstood the universal temptations of lust, greed and pride…
Jesus is showing at the beginning of his public ministry that where Adam fell, he will succeed.
Jesus thus is the New Adam, the one who brings the New Creation, restoring what our First Parents lost.
And so, Holy Mother Church gives us these readings this First Sunday of Lent because during Lent, we focus on coming to Christ to seek restoration of what has been lost in our own lives.

What needs restoring in our lives?

With Jesus’ help and the three practices of fasting, good works and prayer which are our weapons against sin and temptation, we can ask God for the restoration we need.
May Lent bring us special blessings this year.
With God’s help, let us undo the work of the con artist, let us engage in the difficult work of rooting out any lies that we’ve allowed ourselves to believe, that all of us in our parish community may grow in holiness in these coming days. Amen.
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Spiritual Gems-The Desire of Jesus for Our Reparation for Others-March 29, 2014

 
The Desire of Jesus for Our Reparation for Others

I await sacrifices from many but only a few respond....I have called many souls to follow me on the road of reparation,  but few understand....These souls will counterbalance My just anger....My eyes watch over those who work for me and My heart suffers for those who don't. ...Many do not see My hand begging for help.

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Where is justice? A terrible day for Christians in Pakistan


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Lahore (Agenzia Fides) - "Pakistani Christians are already persecuted and they feel very insecure and vulnerable, especially after so many false blasphemy cases registered against them. The verdict sentencing Sawan Masih, a poor Christian worker, to death is another blow for Pakistani Christians. March 27, will be remembered as yet another 'terrible day' in which injustice against Christians was committed". This is what was said by Fr. James Channan OP, Director of the "Peace Center" in Lahore, research center involved in interreligious dialogue.
The Director confirms to Fides: "the circumstances of the dispute that took place between two friends, one Muslim and the other Christian, Sawan are well known. It was a dispute over a matter concerning property. But the Muslim took advantage, finding a shortcut and accused Sawan of blasphemy. The whole world knows what happened next. Over 100 Christian homes of Joseph Colony, a Christian neighborhood in Lahore, were destroyed, 2 churches burned, Bibles desecrated and Crosses destroyed by an angry mob of more than 3,000 fanatics. The Christians of Joseph Colony still live in danger and fear that the mob might attack again at any time".
Fr. Channan concludes: "After Sawan’s death sentence, I ask myself: where is justice? Why is nothing done against these innocent Christians who have been attacked and have lost their possessions? What about the churches which were desecrated, Bibles burned and crosses destroyed? Is this not blasphemy? Why was no culprit punished after the horrendous attacks against Christian villages and neighborhoods such as in Shanti Nagar, Sangla Hill, Gojra (where seven Christians were burned alive)? Where is justice and where is the rule of law? I hope the government takes measures to ensure justice to all citizens, and takes note of the serious injustice perpetrated against Christians in their homeland". (PA) (Agenzia Fides 29/03/2014)

Mary TV Daily Reflection 3/29/2014


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Go to Confession and decide for holiness.  


J.M.J
March 29, 2014

Dear Family of Mary!

Day 4 of the Novena to St. Isidore and St. Faustina for the grace to understand and love Confession!

Sincerity and openness

And again, I would like to say three words to the soul that is determined to strive for sanctity and to derive fruit; that is to say, benefit from confession.
First [word] - complete sincerity and openness. Even the holiest and wisest confessor cannot forcibly pour into the soul what he desires if it is not sincere and open. An insincere, secretive soul risks great dangers in the spiritual life, and even the Lord Jesus Himself does not give Himself to such a soul on a higher level, because He knows it would derive no benefit from these special graces. [113 - Diary]

Our Lady speaks of sincerity: 

"Dear children! Today I call you to look into your hearts sincerely and for a long time. What will you see in them? Where is my Son in them and where is the desire to follow me to Him? My children, may this time of renunciation be a time when you will ask yourself: 'What does my God desire of me personally? What am I to do?' Pray, fast and have a heart full of mercy. Do not forget your shepherds. Pray that they may not get lost, that they may remain in my Son so as to be good shepherds to their flock." March 18, 2009

Fr. Alfred Wilson:

The merit and value of our actions consists in our real purity of intention. It is of little avail to delude ourselves that we are acting solely for the love of God, if the real motivation of our actions springs from self-love. God is not deceived by our make-belief. "You are they who justify yourselves before men, but God knoweth your hearts." (Lk 16:15) What is essential is that we should be justified before God. Whilst our motives are a polyglot of vaguely recognized, instinctive, selfish urges, we cannot act solely for God. And until we act solely for God, we cannot become saints nor make the best effective use of our time.

To control and subordinate our natural and inevitably selfish urges, we must first have the honesty and courage to admit and face up to them. Until we face the facts, our love of God is bound to be, in part at least, more fictitious than real. (Fr. Alfred Wilson. "Pardon and Peace.")

Sincerity, like contrition, can only grow in us as we grow more in love with God, and less concerned for ourselves. The more we desire God, long for Him, love Him, the more we will see ourselves honestly and forthrightly, the more we will want to come clean before the Lord. May we set our hearts on our most adorable and loving Lord the more open they will become and the more sincere they will be.

Let us pray:

Dear Lord Jesus, we ask you to give us a true understanding of the necessity and grandeur of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Help us to recognize you in the confessional, waiting for us, waiting to forgive us and embrace us with your love and mercy. We need forgiveness. Help us to find our way into your arms.

St. Isidore, pray for us.
St. Faustina Kowalska, pray for us
St. Augustine, pray for us.
St. Padre Pio, pray for us.
Blessed John Paul II, pray for us.
St. Therese of Lisieux, pray for us.
St. Leopold Mandic, pray for us.
St. John Vianney, pray for us.
Father Slavko Barbaric
Our Lady, Queen of Peace, pray for us.
In Jesus' name we pray, amen.


In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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Friday, March 28, 2014

Missionaries... to Where?

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March 28, 2014 A.D.

 

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March 28, 2014 A.D.

Our Lady's March 25, 2014 message tells us that the love of God will flow through us to the world:
 
"...The love of God will begin to flow through you into the world, peace will begin to rule in your hearts and God’s blessing will fill you..."

Filled with peace, Our Lady calls us to be missionaries of Her messages, and She tells us the "world" that we are to bring peace to.
 
July 31, 1986
"...I call you always to bring harmony and peace. Especially, dear children, in the place where you live, act with love..."

Medjugorje visionary Marija said in November 2006:

"...I‘m standing with my life before these words that I am saying to you. To tell you-convert yourselves. Because Our Lady has been calling us to be Her extended hands. But where should we do that? I‘m not calling you now, to leave your homes and to go to Africa, but to be conscious and to be missionaries in your own families and the places where you live..."

So, as we reflect on Our Lady's March 25, 2014 message this month, we remember the first place the message should be lived. A Friend of Medjugorje often says about the Caritas Community:

"...Our mission is to first live the messages ourselves personally and within our community, and then to transmit it to the world in writing..."


For every child of Our Lady, it is the same: If our homes and families be converted, then the world will be converted, because our "world", is our homes.

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Today fasting and prayer for Asia Bibi and for Sawan Masih

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Lahore (Agenzia Fides) - Christians are united in Lahore today, March 28, in a day of fasting and prayer for Asia Bibi and for Sawan Masih, both Christians and unjustly condemned to death on charges of blasphemy. An intense prayer meeting was organized by the Catholic community at the Santa Maria Minor Seminary, in Lahore. It was attended by priests, religious, seminarians and lay faithful. "Although we are the most vulnerable citizens of Pakistan, we pray for justice and human rights for all minorities, as guaranteed by the founder of Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah", said Fr. Inayat Bernard to those present.
During the Day, prayers, invocations and hymns were carried out as well as Bible passages alternated with direct testimony, such as that of pastor of the "Joseph Colony", the Christian area attacked a year ago by Islamic extremists. A catechist present, Pervez Paulus, remarked that the faithful in the area are still waiting for justice and are "saddened". All expressed confidence in the Lahore High Court, so that justice is done. Christians believe that, in order to avoid abuse of the blasphemy law, a rule could be introduced on the basis of which if false accusations are proven, the same penalty is imposed on the accused. (IB -PA) (Agenzia Fides 28/03/2014)

Mary TV Daily Reflection 3/28/2014


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J.M.J
March 28, 2014

Dear Family of Mary!

Novena to St. Isidore and St. Faustina to understand and love Confession!

Day 3
Praying for the confessor

Today, the Lord has been teaching me, once again, how I am to approach the Sacrament of Penance: My daughter, just as you prepare in My presence, so also you make your confession before Me. The person of the priest is, for Me, only a screen. Never analyze what sort of a priest it is that I am making use of; open your soul in confession as you would to Me, and I will fill it with My light. [1725- St. Faustina's Dairy]

From this, I came to understand one thing: that I must pray much for each of my confessors, that he might obtain the light of the Holy Spirit, for when I approach the confessional without first praying fervently, the confessor does not understand me very well. [647- Dairy]

As usual, I unveiled my whole soul. Father gave a reply to each little detail. I felt unusually happy to be able to say everything as I did. (...) He rose and began to give me absolution. Suddenly his figure became diffused with a great light, and I saw that it was not Father A., but Jesus. His garments were bright as snow, and He disappeared immediately. [817 - Diary]

Our Lady has told us through Mirjana Soldo: 

"...I am with you and I will remain with you. I am especially praying for the shepherds that they may be worthy representatives of my Son and may lead you with love on the way of truth. Thank you. (September 2, 2011)

"I am especially praying for the shepherds (priests), for God to help them to be alongside you with a fullness of heart." (May 2, 2011)

"Do not forget your shepherds. Pray that in their thoughts they may always be with my Son who called them to witness Him. Thank you." April 2, 2012

Fr. Alfred Wilson writes:

We shall never approach Confession properly unless we have the right attitude towards the Divine Confessor. We must not allow Father John or Father Tom to obscure the Great High Priest, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in who Name and by Whose power alone he is able to forgive sin. "Who can forgive sins but God only?" The priest is only the instrumental cause of forgiveness; the efficient cause is Jesus. "Christus absolvit, " says St. Augustine - "Christ absolves." Forgetfulness of this truth is the main cause of most of the worries and scruples of penitents. If they went to Jesus in person, they would have neither doubts nor fears. "Why are ye fearful, o ye of little faith?" Do we note always go to Confession to Jesus in person? By whose power do we imagine that we are forgiven? (Fr. Alfred Wilson. "Pardon and Peace.")

Let us pray:

Dear Lord Jesus, we ask you to give us a true understanding of the necessity and grandeur of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Help us to recognize you in the confessional, waiting for us, waiting to forgive us and embrace us with your love and mercy. We need forgiveness. Help us to find our way into your arms.

St. Isidore, pray for us.
St. Faustina Kowalska, pray for us
St. Augustine, pray for us.
St. Padre Pio, pray for us.
Blessed John Paul II, pray for us.
St. Therese of Lisieux, pray for us.
St. Leopold Mandic, pray for us.
St. John Vianney, pray for us.
Father Slavko Barbaric
Our Lady, Queen of Peace, pray for us.
In Jesus' name we pray, amen.

(Olga suggests praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet as part of the Novena!)

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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Thursday, March 27, 2014

NEWS ALERT - A Push Back – Billboard Asks, “Air Force Cadets, Are You Free to Say So Help Me God?”

Thomas More Law Center - NEWS ALERT


A Push Back – Billboard Asks,
“Air Force Cadets, Are You Free
to Say So Help Me God?”


In response to recent attacks on the religious freedom of Christian cadets at the Air Force Academy, the Restore Military Religious Freedom Coalition, of which the Thomas More Law Center is a member, has posted a billboard near the Academy supporting the religious freedom of Christian cadets.

The billboard asks, Air Force cadets, “Are you free to say so help me God? They did” against a background of the four presidents carved on Mount Rushmore.

 

The sign’s message relates to the removal of the phrase "so help me God" from the official cadet handbook as well as the recent removal of a Bible verse from a cadet’s personal whiteboard.

Concerning the recent affronts to religious freedom, Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jerry Boykin, Executive Vice President of the Family Research Council (FRC), stated: "Christian cadets at the Air Force Academy have the constitutional right to express their individual faith. If such faith scares faculty at the Academy, then it is unlikely they will be very effective when confronted by a committed enemy who is willing to die for his or her beliefs.”

Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of The Thomas More Law Center added, “We’ve all heard the adage, ‘There are no atheists in foxholes.’  That’s because the history of our nation evidences the fact that in the end victory depends on the spirit of our soldiers, not on the sophistication of our war machines.  As General George S. Patton, one of America’s greatest battlefield generals once declared, ‘Wars might be fought with weapons, but they are won by men.  It is the spirit of the men who leads that gains the victory.’”

 

Other events at the Air Force Academy have also indicated a hostile attitude toward Christians in the Air Force Academy including preferred treatment of an event sponsored by an Academy Atheists club, which led conservative commentator Todd Starnes to wonder, “if those in charge of the Air Force Academy believe the only good cadets are godless cadets.”

Unfortunately, the anti-Christian hostilities at the Air Force Academy are part of what Rev. Franklin Graham called a move “to completely secularize our military.” The Military Religious Freedom Coalition listed a series of affronts to Christian Religious Freedom in the Military in their report “A Clear and Present Danger.” 

'Jesus Is Muslim' Billboards Draw Protest in Columbus



'Jesus Is Muslim' Billboards Draw Protest in Columbus
 
Contact: Coach Dave Daubemire, 740-507-3211ptsalt@gmail.com

COLUMBUS, March 27, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Billboards reading "Jesus is Muslim," "Mohammed is in the bible," and "Muslims love Jesus too" are currently dotting the landscape in central Ohio. The messages, paid for by ask-a-muslim.com, have prompted Coach Dave Daubenmire of Pass the Salt Ministries to organize a "Jesus Is Lord" prayer vigil/rally this Saturday morning.

Watch the video of the billboard HERE.
    "Jesus Is Lord" Prayer Vigil    

    Who: Coach Dave Daubenmire, Rev. Rusty Thomas of Operation Save America, Pastor Bill Dunfee of New Beginnings Church in Warsaw, OH and other Christians. 

    What: Speaking, prayer, sign holding

    Where: 6221 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43231 (just south of the Cleveland-Schrock intersection behind the McDonalds).

    When: Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 10:00AM - 12:00PM
English: Jesus Christ - detail from Deesis mos...
English: Jesus Christ - detail from Deesis mosaic, Hagia Sophia, Istanbul (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
"Although we support the Islamic community's right to free speech, as well as their right to post messages on billboards, we do not support the hi-jacking of the name of Jesus Christ in their attempt to lure uninformed Christians into their religion," Coach Dave Daubenmire said.

Daubenmire continued, "Jesus Christ was crucified, died, and resurrected over 600 years before the birth of Mohammed.  Although Islam honors Jesus as a prophet, they do not believe that He is the risen Son of God.  During this most Holy Lenten Season we find the messages on the billboards to be insensitive, dishonest and deserving of a response from concerned Christians. We will be on the streets to proclaim Jesus is NOT Muslim but Jesus is Lord!!"
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