Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness and Mother of the Americas

Throughout history Our Blessed King Jesus has sent His holy and dear Mother, Mary Most Holy to certain souls, (mostly children) to reiterate the teachings of the Holy Gospels.  Holy Mother Church, through rigorous and fine judgement has approved of those that are real apparitions and which can be recommended to the Faithful to help them on the way of life to eternal life.

We must always note that we are not obliged to believe in any private revelation.  We are obliged to believe public revelation- Holy Scripture and Holy Tradition, which has been given us unchanged, down through the centuries from Our Blessed Lord and His first apostles.

In 1531, Our Blessed Mother appeared to Juan Diego in December and generated, with her miraculous image on the tilma of Juan Diego and the many, many miracles at her shrine, the great conversion of Mexico and Latin America to the Catholic Faith, (just before the terrible Protestant Deformation which would occur later in that momentous century.)

Indeed, the Blessed Virgin Mary entered into the very lifestream of Central America and became an inextricable part of Mexican life and a central figure in the history of Mexico itself.  The three most important religious celebrations in the Latin world are Christmas, Holy Week and Easter Sunday and December 12th., the feast day of Our Lady.  Here are the actual words of the Holy Virgin to Juan Diego:

“DEAR LITTLE SON, I LOVE YOU.  IWANT YOU TO KNOW WHO I AM.  I AM THE VIRGIN MARY, MOTHER OF THE ONE, TRUE GOD, OF HIM WHO GIVES LIFE.  HE IS LORD AND CREATOR OF HEAVEN AND EARTH.

I DESIRE THAT THERE BE BUILT A TEMPLE AT THIS PLACE WHERE I WANT TO MANIFEST HIM, TO MAKE HIM KNOWN, GIVE HIM TO ALL PEOPLE THROUGH MY LOVE, MY COMPASSION, MY HELP AND MY PROTECTION.  I TRULY AM YOUR MERCIFUL MOTHER, YOUR MOTHER AND THE MOTHER OF ALL WHO DWELL IN THIS LAND, AND OF ALL MANKIND, OF ALL THOSE WHO LOVE ME, OF THOSE WHO CRY TO ME, AND OF THOSE WHO SEEK AND PLACE THEIR TRUST IN ME…

AM I NOT HERE WHO AM YOUR MOTHER?  ARE YOU NOT UNDER MY SHADOW AND PROTECTION?  AM I NOT THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUR JOY?  ARE YOU NOT IN THE VERY FOLD OF MY MANTLE, IN THE CRADLE OF MY ARMS?”

Let us love her and because of her come to JESUS CHRIST, Who is the source and summit of all our longings.

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Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Blessed be the Immaculate Conception of the Great Mother of God, Mary Most Holy!

This marvelous feast day is often confused by non-Catholics and by many Catholics, themselves, (those who do not study their faith- or ‘RINO’S,’ Roman In Name Only!)  They think it refers to the Virgin Birth- the conception of Christ through the action of the Holy Ghost in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  That event is celebrated at the feast of the Annunciation of the Lord, on March 25th., nine months before Christmas.

The Immaculate Conception refers to the condition that the Blessed Virgin Mary was free from Original Sin from the very instant of conception in the womb of her mother, Saint Anne.  Though neither the Greek or Latin Fathers explicitly taught the Immaculate Conception, they professed it implicitly.  This doctrine, held everywhere and by everyone was recognized as such by Pope Pius IX, who on December 8th., 1854, would declare it a dogma of the Faith.

In the Apostolic Constitution Ineffabilis Deus, the Pope wrote:  “WE DECLARE, PRONOUNCE AND DEFINE THAT THE DOCTRINE WHICH HOLDS THAT THE MOST BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, IN THE FIRST INSTANCE OF HER CONCEPTION, BY A SINGULAR GRACE AND PRIVILEGE GRANTED BY ALMIGHTY GOD, IN VIEW OF THE MERITS OF JESUS CHRIST, THE SAVIOUR OF THE HUMAN RACE, WAS PRESERVED FREE FROM ALL STAIN OF ORIGINAL SIN, IS A DOCTRINE REVEALED BY GOD AND THEREFORE TO BE BELIEVED FIRMLY AND CONSTANTLY BY ALL THE FAITHFUL.”

The Blessed Virgin’s freedom from sin was an unmerited gift of God or special Grace and an exception to the law or privilege, which no other created person has received.

Another misconception, (pun intended!) people have is that Our Lady’s Immaculate Conception was necessary to ensure that Original Sin would not be passed on to Christ, her Son.  This has never been a part of the teaching on the Immaculate Conception; rather, the Immaculate Conception represents Christ’s saving grace operating in Mary in anticipation of His redemption of man and in God’s foreknowledge of Mary’s acceptance of His Will for her.

So, the Immaculate Conception was not a precondition for Christ’s act of salvation but the result of it.  It is the concrete expression of God’s LOVE for Mary, who, with her FIAT, gave herself fully and completely to Him without hesitation.

You see, though we are IN TIME, while we are living in our bodies, God is ABOVE AND OUTSIDE OF TIME and indeed HE IS THE LORD OF TIME and can use it for His magnificent plan of salvation and regeneration of the world man has sullied with his sin.  Throughout Holy Writ we read: “in the fulness of time…”  It is another mystery of the Faith which is pondered with awe and humbleness in the face of the Almighty and Ever Living Triune God.

One last thought… The Blessed Virgin Mary is the only creature that is Daughter of the Father, Mother of the Son and Spouse of the Holy Spirit, Three in ONE.  No other person has this unique relationship to God.  Another mystery of the FAITH OF OUR FATHERS.

Oh, God, have mercy on all of us, through the Sacred Heart of Thy well beloved Son, born of the Immaculate Virgin Mary, in time and in the fulfillment of Thine Eternal Plan.  Amen.

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Advent 2014

Advent is a time of preparation and anticipation for the coming celebrations of the Holy Nativity of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus, the Only Christ.  Holy Mother Church, during her liturgical year, symbolically goes through the life of the good Lord and all those beings, (from angels to people, even demons and the Evil One) that are associated with Him.  Also, we celebrate the life of Christ within His Body, the Church.  We are shown the mysteries of salvation and what is past, present and future for us and the whole world.

Purple is used in Advent to symbolize repentance and fasting.  How often we forget the value of fasting in all its forms!  The color purple also is the color of royalty, demonstrating the Kingship of Christ which we receive in our hearts with anticipation and wonder.

It is interesting to note that the Church year uses, but does not conform to the calendar year, (which also was set and promulgated by Holy Mother Church.)  This is important as it shows us that God and the life of the spiritual person is held and lived outside that of the world, but uses the world for greater ends.  All of this is meant to show the great truth and reason of our existence: to know, love and serve God in this life, so that we may ever be happy with Him in the next.

Oh, God of LOVE and MERCY, open our hearts to prepare for the revelation of Thy TRUTH, the Holy Incarnation of Christ Our Lord.  Keep us ever mindful of the sufferings and needs of others, particularly the tortured, and help us to LOVE and have MERCY on all those souls that we encounter on our earthly pilgrimage of FAITH.  In the Name and for the LOVE of Jesus, we pray with Our Blessed Mother, Saint Joseph, and all the Holy Church of God, Militant, Suffering and Triumphant.  Amen.

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Thanksgiving, 2014

“Would that I could exhaust myself in acts of thanksgiving and gratitude toward this Divine Heart, for the great favor He shows us, in deigning to accept our help to make Him known, loved and honored; He reserves infinite blessings for all those who devote themselves to this work.” -St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

Dearest Saviour, keep us safe in motion in every way.  Show us Thy kindness and grant us Thy loving compassion, for we are sinners and need Thee!  Do not leave us to ourselves but take us to Thy Most Sacred Heart in the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Thy Dearest Mother.  On this day and every day we give thanks to Thee for all Thy tender mercies and solicitations.  Keep us mindful of those who suffer this day, especially for Thy Holy Church.  Amen.

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Novena to The Holy Spirit, Day 9- GOODNESS

Let us bow down in humility at the power and grandeur of the Holy Spirit.  Let us worship the Holy Trinity and give glory today to the PARACLETE, Who is Our ADVOCATE.

Oh, Holy Spirit, by Thy power, Christ was raised from the dead to save us all.  By Thy grace, miracles are performed in Jesus’ Holy Name.  By Thy LOVE, we are protected from evil…and so, we ask with humility and a beggar’s heart for GOODNESS within us.

We want to be like your Saints in Heaven.  Holy Spirit, renew us by Thy power with Thy GOODNESS that we may bring the Holy Gospel to the world.  Amen.

(Here make your request known to God, Who loves you.)

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful and kindle in them the fire of Thy LOVE.  Send forth Thy Spirit and they shall be created and Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.

Oh, God, Who by the light of the Holy Spirit, didst instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever rejoice in His consolations, through Jesus Christ, Our Lord.  Amen.

Holy Trinity, ONE GOD- have mercy on us!

Holy Mary, pray for us!

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Novena to The Holy Spirit, Day 8- SELF-CONTROL

Let us bow down in humility at the power and grandeur of the Holy Spirit.  Let us worship the Holy Trinity and give glory today to the PARACLETE, Who is our ADVOCATE.

Oh, Holy Spirit, by Thy power, Christ was raised from the dead to save us all.  By Thy grace, miracles are performed in Jesus’ Holy Name.  By Thy LOVE, we are protected from evil…and so, we ask with humility and a beggar’s heart for Thy gift of SELF-CONTROL within us.

Thy Martyrs had the overwhelming SELF-CONTROL to go joyfully to a painful death without shrinking from the opportunity to join Thee in Heaven.  Give us the SELF-CONTROL to have command over our emotions and desires that we may serve Thee more fully.  Amen.

(Here make your request know to God, Who loves you.)

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful and kindle in them the fire of Thy LOVE.  Send forth Thy Spirit and they shall be created and Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.

Oh, God, Who by the light of the Holy Spirit, didst instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever rejoice in His consolations.  Through Jesus Christ, Our Lord.  Amen.

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Novena to The Holy Spirit, Day 7- GENTLENESS

Let us bow down in humility at the power and grandeur of the Holy Spirit.  Let us worship the Holy Trinity and give glory today to the PARACLETE, Who is our ADVOCATE.

Oh, Holy Spirit, by Thy power, Christ was raised from the dead to save us all.  By Thy grace, miracles were performed in Jesus’ Holy Name.  By Thy LOVE, we are protected from evil…and so, we ask with humility and a beggar’s heart for Thy gift of GENTLENESS within us.

Despite the gravity of our sins, Oh Lord, Thou are gentle with us.  Dear Holy Spirit, give us Thy power to treat all in our lives with the GENTLENESS of the Saints.  Amen.

(Here make your request known to God, Who loves you.)

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful and kindle in them the fire of Thy LOVE.  Send forth Thy Spirit and they shall be created and Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.

Oh, God, Who by the light of the Holy Spirit, didst instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever rejoice in His consolations, through Jesus Christ, Our Lord.  Amen.

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Novena to The Holy Spirit, Day 6- FAITHFULNESS

Let us bow down in humility at the power and grandeur of the Holy Spirit.  Let us worship the Holy Trinity and give glory today the the PARACLETE, Who is our ADVOCATE.

Oh, Holy Spirit, by Thy power, Christ was raised from the dead to save us all.  By Thy grace, miracles are performed in Jesus’ Holy Name.  By Thy LOVE, we are protected from evil…and so, we ask with humility and a beggar’s heart for Thy gift of FAITHFULNESS within us.

Thou, Oh Lord, art forever FAITHFUL.  Thou art FAITHFUL till the end.  Though we are weak and distracted, please give us the grace to be FAITHFUL to Thee as Thou art to us.  Amen.

(Here make your request known to God, Who loves you.)

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful and kindle in them the fire of Thy LOVE.  Send forth Thy Spirit and they shall be created and Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.

Oh, God, Who by the light of the Holy Spirit didst instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever rejoice in His consolations, through Jesus Christ, Our Lord.  Amen.

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Novena to The Holy Spirit, Day 5- KINDNESS

Let us bow down in humility at the power and grandeur of the Holy Spirit.  Let us worship the Holy Trinity and give glory today to the PARACLETE, Who is our ADVOCATE.

Oh, Holy Spirit, by Thy power, Christ was raised from the dead to save us all.  By Thy grace, miracles are performed in Jesus’ Holy Name.  By Thy LOVE, we are protected from evil…and so, we ask with humility and a beggar’s heart for Thy gift of KINDNESS within us.

Jesus Our Saviour approached sinners with immense KINDNESS.  Holy Paraclete, please treat us humble sinners with the same KINDNESS and give us the ability to treat all others with that kindness as well.  Amen.

(Here make your request known to God, Who loves you.)

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful and kindle in them the fire of Thy LOVE.  Send forth Thy Spirit and they shall be created and Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.

Oh, God, Who by the light of the Holy Spirit, didst instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever rejoice in His consolations, through Jesus Christ, Our Lord.  Amen.

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Novena to The Holy Spirit, Day Four- PATIENCE

Let us bow down in humility at the power and grandeur of the Holy Spirit.  Let us worship the Holy Trinity and give glory today to the Paraclete, Who is our ADVOCATE.

Oh, Holy Spirit, by Thy power, Christ was raised from the dead to save us all.  By Thy grace, miracles are performed in Jesus’ Holy Name.  By Thy LOVE, we are protected from evil…and so, we ask with humility and a beggar’s heart for Thy gift of PATIENCE within us.

Oh, Holy Spirit, Thou givest lavishly to those who ask.  Please be so kind as to give us the PATIENCE of the Saints who are now with Thee in Heaven.  Help us to endure everything with an eternal PATIENCE that is only possible with Thy help.  Amen.

(Here make your request known to God, Who loves you.)

Come, Holy Spirit and fill the hearts of Thy faithful and kindle in them the fire of Thy LOVE.  Send forth Thy Spirit and they shall be created and Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.

Oh, God, Who by the light of the Holy Spirit, didst instruct the hearts of the faithful.  Grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever rejoice in His consolations, through Jesus Christ, Our Lord.  Amen.

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