100th ANNIVERSARY OF THE VISIT OF OUR LADY OF FATIMA

One hundred years ago in a small village in the mountains of Portugal, unknown to any but those who lived on its rocky slopes, the great Mother of God, Mary Most Holy visited three, innocent children.  One year before the apparitions of Our Blessed Mother, the Angel of Peace came to the children.  The Angel said that God has designs of grace and good for them and they were to prepare themselves with prayers and sacrifices for the great gift of receiving her visitations.

It is important to note that wherever Our Lady appears in the world, throughout the ages, she asks for only these things: Prayer of the Holy Rosary and Repentance of life.  The Holy Rosary is a great gift of Almighty God and brings us to Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, without Whose shedding of Blood we can  not be saved.

Many believe that this year will bring about worldwide, political changes, particularly as far as Russia is concerned.  Let us pray deeply and with constancy the Holy Rosary.  One can not pray the Rosary on a regular basis and remain in sin!  Our God has given too many graces to this most Catholic of devotions to have a sinner remain obstinate in the way of sin.  How amazing are the graces of God to His children.

Pray for the tortured; pray for the imprisoned; pray for the homeless; pray for the lonely; pray for the forgotten; pray for those who are in trouble; pray for those who have no one to pray for them; pray for your family and friends; pray for yourself, but PRAY, PRAY AND THEN PRAY SOME MORE!

Let us take this opportunity to forgive all those who have done us wrong.  This is pleasing to God and brings His blessing upon our little lives.  Our Blessed Mother promised that, “In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph and those who do not believe, will believe.  My Immaculate Heart is the way that will lead you to God.”  Holy Scripture tells us that “Mary kept in mind all these things, pondering them in her heart.”  Also, the prophet Simeon said, “Thine own soul a sword shall pierce, that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed!”  How can this prophesy direct from the Holy Gospel, be fulfilled if there is not devotion to Holy Mary?  Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us who have recourse to thee.  Lead us to Jesus now and at the hour of our death.  Amen

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AN ACT OF CONTRITION

Forgive me my sins, O Lord, forgive me my sins;  the sins of my youth, the sins of my age, the sins of my soul, the sins of my body, my idle sins, my serious sins and voluntary sins, the sins I know, the sins I do not know; the sins I have concealed so long and which are now hidden from my memory.

I am truly sorry for every sin, mortal and venial, for all the sins of my childhood up to the present hour.  I know my sins have wounded Thy Tender Heart, O my Saviour.

Let me be freed from the bonds of evil O Heavenly Father, through the most bitter passion and death of my gentle and powerful Redeemer Jesus Christ.  AMEN.

O my Jesus, forget and forgive what I have been.

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Easter Wednesday 2017

THE STARS SHINE OVER THE MOUNTAINS,

THE STARS SHINE OVER THE SEA.

THE STARS LOOK UP TO THE MIGHTY GOD,

THE STARS SHINE DOWN ON ME.

THE STARS SHALL LAST FOR MILLIONS OF YEARS-

MILLIONS OF YEARS AND A DAY

BUT GOD AND I SHALL LIVE AND LOVE

WHEN THE STARS HAVE PASSED AWAY!

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April 18, 2017 in Easter Week

“One just soul can obtain pardon for a thousand sinners.” – St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, Apostle of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

“One day in the service of the Lord can make up for a lifetime of sin.” – Fr. Luke Zimmer, Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

“No one who follows Me will ever walk in darkness.  These words of Our Lord counsel all to walk in His footsteps.  If you want to see clearly and avoid blindness of heart, it is His virtues you must imitate.  Make it your aim to meditate on the life of Jesus Christ.  Christ’s teachings surpasses that of all the saints.  But to find this spiritual nourishment you must seek to have the Spirit of Christ.  It is because we lack this Spirit that so often we listen to the Gospel without really hearing it.  Those who fully understand Christ’s words must labor to make their lives conform to His.”- Thomas a Kempis

“Nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known.  Therefore whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered behind closed doors will be proclaimed from the housetops.”- Luke 12: 2-3

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EASTER SUNDAY, 2017

QUEEN OF HEAVEN, REJOICE, ALLELUIA

FOR HE WHOM YOU WERE WORTHY TO BEAR, ALLELUIA

HAS RISEN, AS HE FORETOLD, ALLELUIA;

REJOICE AND BE GLAD, O VIRGIN MARY, ALLELUIA

FOR THE LORD HAS RISEN INDEED, ALLELUIA!

God Our Father, you give joy to the world by the resurrection of your Son, Our LORD JESUS CHRIST.  Through the prayers of His Blessed Mother, the Virgin Mary, bring us to the HAPPINESS of eternal life.  We ask this through Christ Our Lord.  AMEN.

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GOOD FRIDAY, 2017

WE ADORE THEE O CHRIST AND WE PRAISE THEE, BECAUSE BY THY HOLY CROSS THOU HAST REDEEMED THE WORLD!

God, in His kindness has allowed your humble servant to return to this site after more than a year of chronic illness. All who visit this site are remembered at the altar and in the Holy Rosary.

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Holy Wisdom

“Let each of us accept the truth of the following statement and try to make it our most fundamental principle:  Christ’s teaching will never let us down, while worldly wisdom always will.  Christ Himself said that this sort of wisdom was like a house with nothing but sand as its foundation, while His own was like a building with solid rock as its foundation.”-St. Vincent de Paul

“Since Christ Himself has said, “This is My Body” who shall dare to doubt that It is His Body?”-St. Cyril of Jerusalem

“Teach us to give and not count the cost.”-St. Ignatius of Loyola

“Pray as though everything depended on God.  Work as though everything depended on you.”=St. Augustine

“On the question of relating to our fellowman- our neighbor’s spiritual need transcends every commandment.  Everything else we do is a means to an end.  But LOVE is an end already, since GOD IS LOVE.”- Sr. Teresia Benedicta of the Cross

“If you are what you should be, you will set the whole world ablaze!”-St. Catherine of Sienna

“Charity is certainly greater than any rule.  Moreover, all rules must lead to charity.”- St. Vincent de Paul

“We are to love God for Himself, because of a twofold reason; nothing is more reasonable, nothing more profitable.”-St. Bernard of Clairvaux

“You can not be half a saint; you must be a whole saint or none at all.”-St. Therese of Lisieux

“Let us go forward in peace, our eyes upon Heaven, the only one goal of our labors.”-St. Therese of Lisieux

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CHRISTMAS

Lo, how a Rose e’er blooming from tender stem hath sprung!

Of Jesse’s lineage coming, as men of old have sung.

It came, a floweret bright, amid the cold of winter,

When half spent was the night.

Isaiah ’twas foretold it, the Rose I have in mind

With Mary we behold it, the Virgin Mother kind.

To show God’s LOVE aright, she bore to us a SAVIOUR,

When half-spent was the night!

The shepherds heard the story proclaimed by Angels bright,

How CHRIST, the LORD OF GLORY was born on earth this night.

To Bethlehem they sped and in the manger they found HIM,

As Angel heralds said.

This Flower, whose fragrance tender with sweetness fills the air,

Dispels with glorious splendor the darkness everywhere;

True Man, yet VERY GOD, from sin and death HE saves us,

And lightens every load.

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May the Babe of Bethlehem bless and protect you all.  May His Dearest Mother wrap you in her mantle of Divine Love and through her Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart take you to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, there to be safe and loved forevermore.  Amen.

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Saintly Wisdom

“Men do not fear a powerful, hostile army as the powers of Hell fear the Name and protection of Mary.”- Saint Bonaventure

“I ask you to consider that Our Lord Jesus Christ is your true Head and that you are a member of His Body.  He belongs to you as the head belongs to the body.  All that is His is yours: breath, heart, body, soul and all His faculties.  All of these you must use as if they belonged to you, so that in serving Him you may give Him praise, love and glory.”- Saint John Eudes

“Since Jesus has gone to Heaven now, I can only follow the traces He has left behind.  But how bright these traces are!  How fragrant and divine!  I have only to glance at the Gospels; at once this fragrance from the Life of Jesus reaches me and I know which way to run: to the lowest, not the highest place!”- Saint Therese of Lisieux

“Can there be a more fitting pursuit in youth or a more valuable possession in old age than a knowledge of Holy Scripture?  In the midst of storms it will preserve you from the dangers of shipwreck and guide you to the shore of an enchanting paradise and the ever-lasting bliss of the Angels.”- Saint Boniface

“Know that our faith is strengthened by the resurrection of Christ.  The Passion of Christ represents the misery of our present life, while the resurrection of Christ gives us a brilliant glimpse of the happiness of the future life.  Let us apply ourselves energetically in the present life and hope in the future.  Now is the time for painful struggle; then will come the recompense.  Those who are lazy about carrying out their work will be brazenly impudent if they expect the recompense.”- Saint Agustine

“He will provide the way and the means, such as you could never have imagined.  Leave it all to Him, let go of yourself, lose yourself on the Cross and you will find yourself entirely.”- Saint Catherine of Sienna

“O my God, fill my soul with holy joy, courage and strength to serve You.  Enkindle Your Love in me and then walk with me along the next stretch of road before me.”- Sr. Benedicta of the Cross- Edith Stein

“He who labors as he prays lifts his heart to God with his hands.”- Saint Benedict of Nursia

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The Feast of the Most Holy Rosary

The importance of the Holy Rosary cannot be overstated.  It is a wonderful, most powerful sacramental that brings about many miracles of the natural and supernatural.  It is nothing short of the Ladder to Heaven!

The Triune God through Our Blessed Mother Mary gave the Holy Rosary to Saint Dominic and Blessed Alan de la Roche in a singular privilege of Grace with the intention of having it grow throughout the world for all ages and peoples.

The word Rosary means ‘Crown of Roses’.  Each time we pray a Hail Mary with devotion and love we are giving Our Lady a Heavenly Rose.  Each Holy Rosary makes a Crown of Roses.  Because the rose is the queen of flowers so the Holy Rosary is the Queen of All Devotions.  No other prayer except the Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is more pleasing to God.  You see, the prayers of a mother are the most powerful on earth and the Holy Rosary is the prayer of THE MOTHER!  She is Our Divine Mother who brings us to her Son Jesus Christ, Who alone is worthy of adoration and Who is the Saviour of the World.

When we pray the Holy Rosary we are close to Christ as the mysteries of His Life both on earth and in Heaven are contained in this magnificent prayer.  Praying the Holy Rosary sustains souls that are in areas of persecution.  An example of this is the good Irish people who suffered so greatly at the hands of Protestants during her captivity.  We also see the Hope of God being made manifest through this devotion in China, the Muslim countries and all parts of the world that are under persecution.

There is no more recognizable symbol of the Catholic Faith than the Holy Rosary.  It proclaims to the world that we are CATHOLIC FOREVER.  Just the seeing of the Holy Rosary in the hands of a person is a silent evangelization that shouts the Love of God to all that witness it.

There is no wonder that Satan hates the Holy Rosary and all who are devoted to the Most Blessed Mother of Christ.  During an exorcism that I know about, the exorcist demanded of the demons an answer to this question: “Is any soul that is truly devoted to the Blessed Mother of God lost?”  The demons answered: “NO!- but that doesn’t stop us from trying!”

In all of her true apparitions the Blessed Mother has begged her children to pray the Holy Rosary for peace in the world and in our lives and hearts.  She asks for no other prayer!  This is how important the Holy Rosary is to God and how necessary it is for our perseverance to the end of our days in Grace.

The Rosary has a special place- a hallowed, loving part.  Be not ashamed my Christian friend- it’s roots are in His Heart!

Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, pray for us!

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