7/23/2014

PRAYER FOR ALCOHOLICS

AND DRUG ADDICTS


“In the Name of the Father, and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit,
through the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Amen.”

Eternal Father, LORD of hosts,
We confidently cry out to You in the Name of Your Son Jesus,
Who ministered to all who came to Him in faith.
With the powerful intercessions of
The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God,
St. Michael the Archangel, St. Peter and St. Paul (Blessed Apostles),
St. Benedict, St. Teresa of Avila, St. Bernadette of Lourdes,
Venerable Matt Talbot (who triumphed over addiction),
And all the saints and angels of heaven,
We cry out for __________, and for all Your children
Who are bound by the chains of alcoholism or drug addiction.
Enfold them in Your love; restore them to freedom through Your grace.
Give them graces of true repentance and conversion to Your Son Jesus.
Transform them by the power of the Holy Spirit.
And bless them with Your peace.
Amen.

Eternal Father, God of mercy,
Look with compassion on all who have lost health, relationships,
Careers, and freedom due to alcoholism or drug addiction.
Give them the assurance of Your unfailing mercy,
And strengthen them in the work of recovery.
To friends and family who care for them,
Grant patient understanding and a love that perseveres.
We ask this through Jesus Christ Our Lord.
Amen.

Blessed Virgin Mary, Mediatrix of All Graces,
For all who are bound by the chains of alcoholism or drug addiction,
And for the friends and family who care for them,
We ask for all the graces you have to give.
Amen.

“Mother of God,
Spread the effect of grace of Thy Flame of Love over all of humanity,
Now and at the hour of our death.
Amen.”

“In the Name of the Father, and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit,
through the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Amen.”

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7/18/2014

ST. MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL

AND THE FALL OF THE ANGELS

Then war broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels battled against the dragon. The dragon and its angels fought back, but they did not prevail and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. The huge dragon, the ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, who deceived the whole world, was thrown down to earth, and its angels were thrown down with it.
(Revelation 12:7-9)

This does not refer to the beginning of time 
when Lucifer was cast out of Heaven. 
(The Fall of the Angels)

WE ARE NOW LIVING REVELATION 12.



“In the Name of the Father, and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit,
through the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Amen.”

Glorious Prince of the Celestial Host,
St. Michael the Archangel,
defend us in the conflict which we have to sustain
“against principalities and powers,
against the rulers of the world of this darkness,
against the spirits of wickedness in the high places
(Ephesians 6:12).”

Come to the rescue of men,
whom God has created to His image and likeness,
and whom He has redeemed at a great price
from the tyranny of the devil.
It is thou whom Holy Church venerates
as Her guardian and Her protector,
thou whom the Lord has charged
to conduct redeemed souls into Heaven.

Pray, therefore, the God of Peace
to subdue Satan beneath our feet,
that he may no longer retain men captive
nor do injury to the Church.
Present our prayers to the Most High,
that without delay
they may draw His mercy down upon us.

Seize “the dragon, the old serpent,
which is the devil and Satan,”
bind him and cast him into the bottomless pit
“…that he (may) no more seduce the nations
(Revelation 20:2-3).”

Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle; 
be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. 
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; 
and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the Power of God, 
thrust into Hell Satan and all the evil spirits 
who prowl about the world for the ruin of souls. 
Amen.

“In the Name of the Father, and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit,
through the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Amen.”


Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have salvation and power come, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Anointed. For the accuser of our brothers is cast out, who accuses them before our God day and night. They conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; love for life did not deter them from death.

Therefore, rejoice, you heavens, and you who dwell in them. But woe to you, earth and sea, for the Devil has come down to you in great fury, for he knows he has but a short time.” (Revelation 12:10-12)



NOVENA TO ST. MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL


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THE FALL OF THE ANGELS
(BEFORE THE CREATION OF MAN)

Paradise Lost

Behind the disobedient choice of our first parents lurks a seductive voice, opposed to God, which makes them fall into death out of envy. (Genesis 3:1-5; Wisdom 2:24) Scripture and the Church’s Tradition see in this being a fallen angel, called “Satan” or the “devil.” (John 8:44; Revelation 12:9) The Church teaches that Satan was at first a good angel, made by God: “The devil and the other demons were indeed created naturally good by God, but they became evil by their own doing.”

Scripture speaks of a sin of these angels. (2 Peter 2:4) This “fall” consists in the free choice of these created spirits, who radically and irrevocably rejected God and His reign. We find a reflection of that rebellion in the tempter’s words to our first parents: “You will be like God.” (Genesis 3:5) The devil “has sinned from the beginning”; he is “a liar and the father of lies.” (1 John 3:8; John 8:44)

It is the irrevocable character of their choice, and not a defect in the infinite divine mercy, that makes the angels’ sin unforgivable. “There is no repentance for the angels after their fall, just as there is no repentance for men after death.” (St. John Damascene)
[Catechism of the Catholic Church (391-393)]

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7/08/2014

BLACK MASS FOR PUBLIC VIEWING

AND THE CATHOLIC RESPONSE

Satanic Black Mass Poster at Harvard
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In May 2014, thousands of faithful Catholics processed through the streets of Cambridge, MA in protest to a Satanic Black Mass scheduled to occur on the Harvard University campus. 



The Satanic Black Mass was cancelled in response to this overwhelming surge of prayer, procession and protest to the event.



Satanists are rising up,
demanding their “religious” rights.

Oklahoma City is the beleaguered city
where Satanists want to build a 7 ft. tall statue of Satan
next to the Ten Commandments monument
outside the Oklahoma State Capitol building.




A Satanic Black Mass has been scheduled to occur at the Oklahoma City Civic Center on September 21, 2014. 

“The Black Mass being performed at the Oklahoma City Civic Center has been toned down as to allow it to be performed in a public, government building. The authenticity and purpose of the Black Mass will remain intact while allowing for slight changes so that a public viewing can occur without breaking Oklahoma’s laws on nudity, public urination, and other sex acts.” _ The Satanic Temple

Petition to Cancel the Scheduled Black Mass 
at the Oklahoma City Civic Center
 http://3wing.org/?p=709
Click link

“Catholics must organize Eucharistic processions and holy hours; they must fast and pray fervently for the cancellation of this event. We must petition Our Lord (Jesus Christ), His Mother, and all the angels and saints in this fierce battle against the powers of hell. To fail to fight this evil is to abandon souls to hell.” _ a local exorcist

Remember what worked in Cambridge, MA!

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6/25/2014

BEGINNING OF SORROWS

It is the end of an era, and the beginning of sorrows.

Statue of Mary (Our Lady of Grace)
Survives Hurricane Sandy
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At Fatima (1917) and at La Salette (1840s), the Blessed Virgin Mary was sent by God to warn that all humanity will suffer an increase in natural and man-made disasters, a Great Apostasy, God’s Justice and Divine Wrath, due to the increase of sin in the world. Our Lady comes to urgently call us to repentance, conversion, prayer and penance, that some of God’s Justice may be averted. But time is running out.

Cova da Iria, Fatima (July 13, 1917) _ Three shepherd children “saw an Angel with a flaming sword in his left hand; flashing, it gave out flames that looked as though they would set the world on fire; but they died out in contact with the splendor that Our Lady radiated towards him from her right hand: pointing to the earth with his right hand, the Angel cried out in a loud voice: ‘Penance, Penance, Penance!’…”
_ From the third part of the “secret” of Fatima, committed to paper by Sr. Lucia (January 3, 1944)

Question: Is it within God’s permissive will to allow the use of weapons of mass destruction (“man’s inhumanity to man”) to punish mankind?

Answer: “The angel with the flaming sword represents the threat of judgment which looms over the world. Today the prospect that the world might be reduced to ashes by a sea of fire no longer seems pure fantasy: man himself, with his inventions, has forged the flaming sword.” _ Pope Benedict XVI

“And let us not say that it is God Who is punishing us in this way; on the contrary it is people themselves who are preparing their own punishment. In His kindness God warns us and calls us to the right path, while respecting the freedom He has given us; hence people are responsible.” _ Sr. Lucia, Fatima visionary, in a letter to Pope John Paul II (May 12, 1982)

This threat of judgment loomed over the world in 1917. We have been given almost one hundred years -- a century of Divine Mercy. But we now live in the darkest of days. We now live in a world begging for purification…

“I (Jesus) do not want to punish aching mankind, but I desire to heal it, pressing it to My Merciful Heart. I use punishment when they themselves force Me to do so; My hand is reluctant to take hold of the sword of justice. Before the Day of Justice I am sending the Day of Mercy.” (1588) “He who refuses to pass through the door of My mercy must pass through the door of My justice…” (1146) _ From the Diary of St. Faustina, “Divine Mercy in My Soul”

“And so the Church has a profound need to re-learn penance,
to accept purification, to learn on the one hand forgiveness
but also the necessity of justice.
And forgiveness does not substitute justice.”
Pope Benedict XVI, During his flight to Fatima (May 11, 2010)


Very Powerful 7.9 Magnitude Earthquake 
Strikes 24km SE of Little Sitkin Island, Alaska
June 23, 2014

April 2014 Earthquakes (7.1 and Above)

8.2 _ 94km NW of Iquique, Chile (April 1)
7.7 _  53km SW of Iquique, Chile (April 3)
7.6 _ 93km SSE of Kirakira, Solomon Islands (April 12)
7.5 _ 70km SW of Panguna, Papua New Guinea (April 19)
7.4 _ 112km S of Kirakira, Solomon Islands (April 13)
7.2 _ Guerrero, Mexico (April 18)
7.1 _ 56km WSW of Panguna, Papua New Guinea (April 11)
Source: U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Today, the earth groans under the weight of man’s sins and cries out in a loud voice: “Purification, Purification, Purification!” It is now midnight; it is the end of an age; the time of Divine Justice has arrived. The Purification has come, and there is terrible Chastisement on the horizon.

Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that the Antichrist was coming, so now many antichrists have appeared. Thus we know this is the last hour. (1 John 2:18)

The current “global climate of fear” is understandable. For those who do not have faith in Jesus Christ, there is only fear. Fear is all they know. 

It is the beginning of sorrows… a time of trial and tribulation: “Prepare, Prepare, Prepare!”



  • We need to be in a “state of grace” and “Sacramentally” fortified. (We need to be free of mortal sin through frequent Confession and daily/frequent Eucharist.)
  • We need to live according to God’s will. (We need to obey the Ten Commandments, submit to rightful spiritual authority, and follow all the teachings of the Catholic Church.)
  • We need to pray more, and fast. (Prayer changes things, and the Rosary is a Powerful weapon against the enemy.)
  • We need to forgive -- everyone. (Un-forgiveness cuts us off from God’s grace.)

“An age is coming to an end, not just the end of a remarkable century but the end of seventeen hundred years of Christendom. The greatest apostasy since the birth of the Church is clearly far advanced all around us.”
_ Dr. Ralph Martin, Consultor to the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization

Let no one deceive you in any way… the apostasy comes first and (then) the lawless one is revealed… (2 Thessalonians 2:3)

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6/20/2014

GIFT FROM OUR LADY

I attended the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Catholic Charismatic Conference on April 26, 2014. Fr. Ariel Hernandez, the Main Celebrant and Homilist for the Mass, showed us a photograph of Our Lady Appearing on an Icon of The Divine Mercy. And by the Grace of God, I was able to take this photograph using my cell phone.

JESUS, I TRUST IN YOU
MARY, TAKE OVER

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“Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. 
Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. 
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, 
(and) spread the effect of grace of thy Flame of Love over all of humanity, 
now and at the hour of our death. 
Amen.”

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6/03/2014

SPIRIT-FILLED CATHOLICS

AND THE POWER OF PRAISE


On Sunday (June 1, 2014) Pope Francis joined more than 50,000 Catholic Charismatics for a rally at Rome’s Olympic Stadium.


History of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal


When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together (the upper room). And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were. [The Descent of the Holy Spirit (Third Glorious Mystery of the Rosary)] Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit (baptized in the Holy Spirit) and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim. (Acts 2:1-4)



Evangelii Gaudium,
Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis
On the Proclamation of the Gospel in Today’s World

#259) Spirit-filled evangelizers means evangelizers fearlessly open to the working of the Holy Spirit. At Pentecost, the Spirit made the apostles go forth from themselves and turned them into heralds of God’s wondrous deeds, capable of speaking to each person in his or her own language. The Holy Spirit also grants the courage to proclaim the newness of the Gospel with boldness (parrhesía) in every time and place, even when it meets with opposition. Let us call upon him today, firmly rooted in prayer, for without prayer all our activity risks being fruitless and our message empty. Jesus wants evangelizers who proclaim the good news not only with words, but above all by a life transfigured by God’s presence.
#261) Whenever we say that something is “spirited”, it usually refers to some interior impulse which encourages, motivates, nourishes and gives meaning to our individual and communal activity. Spirit-filled evangelization is not the same as a set of tasks dutifully carried out despite one’s own personal inclinations and wishes. How I long to find the right words to stir up enthusiasm for a new chapter of evangelization full of fervour, joy, generosity, courage, boundless love and attraction! Yet I realize that no words of encouragement will be enough unless the fire of the Holy Spirit burns in our hearts. A spirit-filled evangelization is one guided by the Holy Spirit, for he is the soul of the Church called to proclaim the Gospel. Before offering some spiritual motivations and suggestions, I once more invoke the Holy Spirit. I implore him to come and renew the Church, to stir and impel her to go forth boldly to evangelize all peoples.


“In the Name of the Father, and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit,
through the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Amen.”

Eternal Father,
I unconditionally surrender my life to You.
I surrender to Your will.
Help me to love as Your Son Jesus loves.
Amen.

Lord Jesus,
Please renew my Confirmation,
and baptize me in the Holy Spirit.
Please give me the grace to experience
a “personal” Pentecost.
Amen.

O Holy Spirit,
Take possession of my body, Your temple.
Fill my heart,
and inflame me with the fire of Your love.
Amen.

As Mary gave her “Fiat”
and became the Mother of God,
I give my “Fiat”
that I may become
all that God wants me to be.
Amen.

“In the Name of the Father, and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit,
through the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Amen.”


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POWER OF PRAISE



Forgetting ourselves and our circumstances -- our present anxieties and infirmities -- we offer a “sacrifice of praise” to God (Hebrews 13:15).

He that offers praise as a sacrifice glorifies me.
(Psalm 50:23)

PRAISE IS “FAITH IN ACTION.”

I will bless the LORD at all times; praise shall be always in my mouth.
I sought the LORD, Who answered me, delivered me from all my fears.
(Psalm 34:2,5)

PRAISE RELEASES “THE POWER OF GOD” INTO OUR LIVES.
Praising the Lord BREAKS the yoke of bondage!

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But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God (praising the Lord), and the prisoners were listening to them, and suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and every one’s fetters were un-fastened (chains were broken). (Acts 16:25-26)

Praised be Jesus Christ!


Franciscan University of Steubenville

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