6/29/2016

OUR LADY OF FATIMA 2016

Fatima Centennial U.S. Tour for Peace
 
Our Lady Help of Christians Roman Catholic Church
Diocese of Allentown, Pennsylvania
June 12, 2016



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Visit to the National Blue Army Shrine

The National Blue Army Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima
Dedicated to The Immaculate Heart of Mary
Washington, New Jersey
June 28, 2016



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6/01/2016

2016 PROBLEMATIC CONCLUSION OF SYNOD


Key Doctrinal Errors and Ambiguities of "Amoris Laetitia"

May 9, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) _ The publication of the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia on 8th April 2016 marked the end of the synodal process that was launched back in October 2013, when Pope Francis announced that two synods would be held to discuss the pastoral challenges facing the family and the role of family in the modern world. This synodal process was increasingly marked by controversy as it become clear that a powerful group of cardinals and bishops were attempting to use the synods to force changes in Catholic teaching across a wide number of areas related to human life, marriage and the family. [...]

Conclusion

When we examine the Apostolic Exhortation in the light of Voice of the Family’s core principles we cannot but be seriously concerned about its content. The document directly contradicts the teachings of the Catholic Church on a number of points and adopts gravely problematic approaches to moral theology.

If we were asked to recommend a document on marriage and family life, perhaps by somebody interested in the Catholic faith, or by a young person exploring the Church’s teaching, would we be able to recommend Amoris Laetitia?

Would we say that the Apostolic Exhortation is a wonderful document, except for the paragraphs in which it encourages reception of the Eucharist by individuals living in public adultery and suggests that adultery might be beneficial for children? Would we say that there was much to be learnt, except when it seems to propose situation ethics, fundamental option and gradualism and attacks the very foundations of the natural law?

Clearly this is not possible. A document which contains doctrinal error cannot be considered an appropriate means for propagating Catholic truth. [...] the grave errors contained within it cannot go unchallenged. _ Matthew McCusker, Deputy International Director of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, at the Rome Life Forum on May 6, 2016
Read more: https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/key-doctrinal-errors-and-ambiguities-of-amoris-laetitia


"Amoris Laetitia" and the Constant Teaching and Practice of the Church

How, then, is the document to be received? First of all, it should be received with the profound respect owed to the Roman pontiff as the Vicar of Christ, in the words of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council: “the perpetual and visible source and foundation of the unity of both the bishops and of the whole company of the faithful” (Lumen Gentium, 23). Certain commentators confuse such respect with a supposed obligation to “believe with divine and Catholic faith” (Canon 750, § 1) everything contained in the document. But the Catholic Church, while insisting on the respect owed to the Petrine office as instituted by Our Lord himself, has never held that every utterance of the Successor of St. Peter should be received as part of her infallible magisterium.

The Church has historically been sensitive to the erroneous tendency to interpret every word of the pope as binding in conscience, which, of course, is absurd... _ Cardinal Raymond Burke, National Catholic Register, April 12th, 2016
Read more: http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/amoris-laetitia-and-the-constant-teaching-and-practice-of-the-church/#ixzz4Blk5jr5i



Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation
Amoris Laetitia
Of the Holy Father
Francis
To Bishops, Priests and Deacons
Consecrated Persons
Christian Married Couples
And All the Lay Faithful
On Love in the Family


2015 SYNOD ON THE FAMILY

2014 CONTROVERSIAL SYNOD


"...the Church, founded on Christ, notwithstanding the many storms and our many sins, remains ever faithful to the deposit of faith... for the Church does not belong to Popes, bishops, priests, nor the lay faithful; the Church in every moment belongs solely to Christ..." _ Homily of Pope Francis, Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Vatican Basilica (June 29, 2015)

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5/18/2016

LIFE IN THE SPIRIT

"A NEW PENTECOST"
 
Catholic Charismatic Renewal
 
 
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
 
"What we learn in the New Testament on charisms, which appeared as visible signs of the coming of the Holy Spirit, is not a historical event of the past, but a reality ever alive. It is the same divine Spirit, soul of the Church, that acts in every age and those mysterious and effective interventions of the Spirit are manifest in our time in a providential way. The Movements and New Communities are like an outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the Church and in contemporary society. We can, therefore, rightly say that one of the positive elements and aspects of the Community of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal is precisely their emphasis on the charisms or gifts of the Holy Spirit and their merit lies in having recalled their topicality in the Church." _ Address of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI to Charismatic Catholics, October 2008
 
"...Do not grow weary of turning to Heaven: the world stands in need of prayer. It needs men and women who feel the attraction of Heaven in their life, who make praise to the Lord a new way of life. And may you be joyful Christians! I entrust you all to Mary Most Holy, present in the Upper Room at the event of Pentecost. Persevere with her in prayer, walk guided by the light of the living Holy Spirit, proclaiming the Good News of Christ." _ Address of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI to Charismatic Catholics, May 26, 2012
 
Prepare for a Personal Pentecost!
 
 
Life in the Spirit Seminar - Part 1
 
Life in the Spirit Seminar - Part 2
 
Life in the Spirit Seminar - Part 3
 
Life in the Spirit Seminar - Part 4
 
Life in the Spirit Seminar - Part 5
 
Life in the Spirit Seminar - Part 6
 
Life in the Spirit Seminar - Part 7


Halfhearted Commitment to the Faith is Nauseating to Christ: "I know your works; I know that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either cold or hot. So, because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I will spit (vomit) you out of my mouth." (Revelation 3:15-16)

Do not grow slack in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. (Romans 12:11)

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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 fervor, 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.


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



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Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Father,
send now Your Spirit over the earth.
Let the Holy Spirit live in the hearts
of all nations, that they may be preserved
from degeneration, disaster and war.
May the Lady of All Nations,
the Blessed Virgin Mary,
be our Advocate. Amen.
 
Our Lady of All Nations
 
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5/03/2016

RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH

“Are You Rapture Ready???”


 
Evangelical Christians and Christian Fundamentalists eagerly look forward to the day when they (the elect) will be taken (raptured) from the earth before the Great Tribulation. Only non-believers in Jesus Christ will be “left behind” to suffer the persecutions of the Antichrist.

Although their concept of “a rapture” is Biblical, their interpretation -- and their timing of it -- is erroneous. The elect will be on the earth during the Tribulation. And like the Apostles and the martyrs before them, they will not be spared their trials, pain and suffering.

“I do not ask that You (Father) take them out of the world but that You keep them from the evil one.” (John 17:15)

“Remember the word I spoke to you, ‘No slave is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you.” (John 15:20)

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The doctrine of a “secret rapture” to occur before the Tribulation was first conceived in 1827 by a Fundamentalist minister (Ex-Anglican priest). Known as the father of dispensationalism, John Nelson Darby invented this (heretical) doctrine claiming there were not one, but two “second comings.” 
 
(Matthew 24:29-31,37-42; Romans 8:17-18; 1 Corinthians 15:51-52;
Colossians 1:24; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; 2 Thessalonians 2:1,3,8;
Revelation 3:10)
 

The Rapture of the Church and
The Second Coming of Christ
Are the Same Glorious Event to Occur
After the Tribulation.

For the Lord Himself, with a word of command, with the voice of an archangel and with the trumpet of God, will come down from heaven, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Thus we shall always be with the Lord. (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)

Immediately after the tribulation of those days, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars (or flaming meteors resembling stars) will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then the sign (The Cross of Christ) of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming upon the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He will send out His angels with a trumpet blast, and they will gather His elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other. (Matthew 24:29-31)

For as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. In [those] days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day that Noah entered the ark. They did not know until the flood came and carried them all away. So will it be [also] at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be out in the field; one will be taken, and one will be left. Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken, and one will be left. Therefore, stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come. (Matthew 24:37-42)

Behold, I tell you a mystery. We shall not all fall asleep, but we will all be changed, in an instant, in the blink of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. (1 Corinthians 15:51-52)

“Are You Rapture Ready?”
 
The question should be:
“Are you ready to come before the
Face of God?”

We need to be in a “state of grace” and “Sacramentally” fortified. (We need to be free of mortal sin through frequent Confession and, when possible, daily Mass.) 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 is a block to receiving God’s grace.)

Every moment we must be ready to go to God. 

The storm is here; there is no escaping it. Tribulation is on the horizon, and there will be no rapture -- only purification.

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4/22/2016

ILLUMINATION OF CONSCIENCE

 
"The first three chapters of Revelation
are essentially
an 'illumination of conscience.'"
 
THE GLANCE OF GOD
by Mark Mallett, a prophetic voice in the Catholic Church

While the story of Moses and the parting of the Red Sea has frequently been told in both film and otherwise, a small but significant detail is often left out: the moment when Pharaoh’s army is thrown into chaos -- the moment when they are given the “glance of God.”

In the night watch just before dawn the LORD cast through the column of the fiery cloud upon the Egyptian force a glance that threw it into a panic. (Exodus 14:21-15:1)

What exactly was this “glance”? Since it emerged from the “fiery cloud,” it would seem that it involved a manifestation of light. Indeed, elsewhere in Scripture, we find that the light of God halts the powers of darkness, throwing them into chaos and bewilderment.

Take for example the little army of Gideon who surrounded the enemy’s camp at night holding only horns and jars that contained lit torches inside. [http://www.markmallett.com/blog/the-new-gideon/]

…at the beginning of the middle watch… They blew the horns and broke the jars they were holding… They all remained standing in place around the camp, while the whole camp began to run and shout and flee. (Judges 7:19-21)

Then there is that moment when Saul’s murderous rampage is halted by the light of Christ:

…a light from the sky suddenly flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” (Acts 9:3-4)

But perhaps the most notable “glance of God” is the one given to Peter after he denied the Lord:

And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the saying of the Lord, how he had said to him, “Before the rooster crows today, you will deny me three times.” And he went out and wept bitterly. (Luke 22:61-62)

Notably, this took place also at the third watch in the night, before dawn.

Likewise, brothers and sisters, before the dawn of an “era of peace,” God, who is rich in mercy, is going to glance one last time at this poor world before He purifies it. As Jesus said to St. Faustina,

Write: before I come as a just Judge, I first open wide the door of My mercy. He who refuses to pass through the door of My mercy must pass through the door of My justice… -- Divine Mercy in My Soul, Diary of St. Faustina, #1146

Many of the saints and mystics in modern times have spoken of this coming glance, which depending upon the state of one’s soul, will either instill it with terror (as it did Pharaoh’s army) or with repentance (as it did Peter).

I pronounced a great day… wherein the terrible Judge should reveal all men’s consciences and try every man of each kind of religion. This is the day of change, this is the Great Day which I threatened, comfortable to the well-being, and terrible to all heretics. -- St. Edmund Campion, Cobett’s Complete Collection of State Trials, Vol. I, P. 1063.

We see the coming of this “Great Day” in Revelation 6 when the “Lamb of God” casts His glance upon the earth, causing a “great shaking.”
[http://www.markmallett.com/blog/fatima-and-the-great-shaking/]

They cried out to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of the one who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb, because the great day of their wrath has come and who can withstand it?” (Revelation 6:12-17)

Blessed Anna Maria Taigi (1769-1837), known and respected by popes for her astoundingly accurate visions, also spoke of such an event.

She indicated that this illumination of conscience would result in the saving of many souls because many would repent as a result of this “warning”… this miracle of “self-illumination.” -- from Antichrist and the End Times, Fr. Joseph Iannuzzi, P. 36

[Conchita, an alleged visionary in Garabandal, called it a “warning.” The late Fr. Gobbi called it a “judgment in miniature.”]

Indeed, the late mystic Maria Esperanza said, “The consciences of this beloved people must be violently shaken so that they may 'put their house in order'… A great moment is approaching, a great day of light… it is the hour of decision for mankind.”

It seems, then, that this “glance of God” is a Divine light -- the light of truth -- that pierces the heart revealing the true state of one’s relationship to God, who is Love. That is, revealing how closely or not that we resemble Love. St. Faustina experienced such an “illumination”:

Suddenly I saw the complete condition of my soul as God sees it. I could clearly see all that is displeasing to God. I did not know that even the smallest transgressions will have to be accounted for. What a moment! Who can describe it? To stand before the Thrice-Holy-God! -- Divine Mercy in My Soul, Diary of St. Faustina, #36

Brothers and sisters, once again humanity has become a “people in darkness.” If Christ was preceded by the “light of John the Baptist” calling the people to repentance, will not His second coming [http://www.markmallett.com/blog/dear-holy-father-he-is-coming/] be preceded by a prophetic call to repentance? The Scriptures tell us that God takes “no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live.” (Ezekiel 33:11)

The “glance of God”, then, is His mercy before the dawning of the Day of the Lord -- the Day of Justice. [http://www.markmallett.com/blog/faustina-and-the-day-of-the-lord/] And if we examine the signs of the times around us, we can clearly see that we have entered the night -- and the last watch of this era.

Are you ready to see Him, or rather, for Him to glance at you?


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4/01/2016

DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY

If your parish does not celebrate the “Feast of Mercy,” find one that does!

 
OUR LORD TOLD ST. FAUSTINA, “My daughter, tell the whole world about My inconceivable Mercy. I desire that the ‘Feast of Mercy’ be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. On that day the very depths of My tender Mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the fount of My Mercy.

THE SOUL THAT WILL GO TO CONFESSION AND RECEIVE HOLY COMMUNION SHALL OBTAIN COMPLETE FORGIVENESS OF SINS ‘AND PUNISHMENT.’

On that day all the divine floodgates through which graces flow are opened. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet. My Mercy is so great that no mind, be it of man or of angel, will be able to fathom it throughout all eternity. Everything that exists has come forth from the very depths of My most tender Mercy. Every soul in its relation to Me will contemplate My Love and Mercy throughout eternity. The ‘Feast of Mercy’ emerged from My very depths of tenderness. It is My desire that it be ‘solemnly celebrated on THE FIRST SUNDAY AFTER EASTER.’ Mankind will not have Peace until it turns to the fount of My Mercy.”
(“Divine Mercy In My Soul,” Diary of St. Faustina, #699)

TO FULLY PARTICIPATE IN 
THE FEAST OF MERCY:

1) Go to Confession.
2) Receive the Eucharist.
3) Offer prayers for 
the intentions of the Pope.
4) Recite the “Divine Mercy Chaplet”
in the Presence of the Blessed Sacrament
Or
In a state of grace, 
practice a work of charity
in honor of The Divine Mercy.

“JESUS, I TRUST IN YOU”
(The more one chooses to trust, 
the more grace one receives.)

THE CHAPLET OF THE DIVINE MERCY is a Powerful prayer that pleads God’s Mercy on the whole world. (3:oo PM is the “Hour of Mercy.”)

“Today I was awakened by a great storm. The wind was raging, and it was raining in torrents, thunderbolts striking again and again. I began to pray that the storm would do no harm, when I heard the words: ‘Say the chaplet I have taught you, and the storm will cease.’
I began immediately to say the chaplet and hadn’t even finished it when the storm suddenly ceased, and I heard the words: ‘Through the chaplet you will obtain everything, if what you ask for is compatible with My Will.’”
(“Divine Mercy In My Soul,” Diary of St. Faustina, #1731)

“When they say this chaplet in the presence of the dying, I will stand between My Father and the dying person, not as the Just Judge but as the Merciful Savior.” (“Divine Mercy In My Soul,” Diary of St. Faustina, #1541)
 
 
 
“JESUS, I TRUST IN YOU”
“MARY, TAKE OVER”

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2/23/2016

A LENTEN MEDITATION

"The Christ of the University Brotherhood of Cordoba"

The result of the work of a team of scientists who are researchers of the Shroud of Turin. It is the only Shroud-based Crucifix in the world. In it, the wounds of Jesus Christ are reproduced exactly.


Shroud-Based Art of Juan Manuel Miñarro Lopez

 
O Sacred Head surrounded
By crown of piercing thorn!
O bleeding Head so wounded,
Reviled and put to scorn!
Death's pallid hue comes o'er Thee,
The glow of life decays,
Yet angel hosts adore Thee,
And tremble as they gaze.
 
In this, Thy bitter passion,
Good shepherd, think of me,
With Thy most sweet compassion,
Unworthy though I be:
Beneath Thy cross abiding,
Forever would I rest;
In Thy dear love confiding,
And with Thy presence blest.
  



HEALING THE SOUL
http://catholicdeliverance.blogspot.com/2011/06/repenting-of-mortal-sin.html

Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper,
but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy. (Proverbs 28:13)

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