Thursday, June 20, 2019

Prayer


Grant, we beseech Thee, almighty God, that Thy Faithful, calling upon the Name of the Virgin Mary and rejoicing in her protection, may, by her motherly intercession, be delivered from the evils of the earth and advance to the eternal happiness of heaven. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

The Sin of Calumny


Do not believe anything you are not completely sure it is true. Calumny is a grave sin against the Law of God and against the good reputation of our neighbor. Those who commit this sin are obliged to repair the harm caused, but since calumnies tend to spread like wildfire, it is very difficult to fully repair the damage. How many souls have to purge this sin before seeing God, and how many others are eternally condemned for not having repented of the calumnies they spread!

On many occasions, over time, the falsity of the calumny is proved and it becomes like thrown mud: the sun rises, and the mud dries and falls. What remains is the terrible fame and reputation of those who maliciously uttered them. Spreading them is an evil and a vile act. A true Catholic will never use a mean so vile and contrary to the teachings of Jesus Christ, his Master, who preached that the love between Catholics was the genuine hallmark of His true Apostles.

For the love of God and of their neighbor, Christians should never fabricate calumnies, nor take for granted or spread assumptions –rash judgments- against third parties. Neither believe nor repeat the things that others say without even knowing if they are true. The calumniator always has a fertile imagination, let us not fall into their traps. If it is a grave sin to spread, without necessity, the sins and flaws of our neighbor, imagine how grave it is to spread calumnies. We must repair the harm we caused with tlhem if we want to be forgiven by God.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

VANITY


Vanity is searching for transitory riches and  your hope in them.

Vanity is to seek honour and social advancement.

Vanity is following the desires of the flesh and desiring that for which you must later be severely punished.

Vanity is to desire a long life and to have little concern for a good life.

Vanity is to only see the present life and not to provide for the future.

Vanity is to love that which passes quickly and not hasten towards that where eternal joy is to be found.

Thomas Kempis
The Imitation of Christ

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Monday, June 10, 2019

The Heart of Jesus that Has Loved Us so Much Tells Us


Come to Me, all you who are exhausted by labors and crushed with sorrows; only in Me will you find true consolation in this life and eternal happiness after your death, for I am Love.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Let’s not Forget that the Month of June is Dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus



The promotion of the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is due to Saint Margaret Mary of Alacoque, to whom Jesus appeared saying these words: "Behold this Heart which has so loved men that it has spared nothing, even to exhausting and consuming itself, in order to testify its love. In return, I receive from the greater part only ingratitude, by their irreverence and sacrileges, and by the coldness and contempt they have for me in this sacrament of love.”

Our Lord made to Saint Margaret Mary of Alacoque the following promises for all the devotees of His Sacred Heart:

1. I will give them all the graces necessary in their state of life.
2. I will establish peace in their homes.
3. I will comfort them in all their afflictions.
4. I will be their secure refuge during life, and above all, in death.
5. I will bestow abundant blessings upon all their undertakings.
6. Sinners will find in my Heart the source and an infinite ocean of mercy.
7. Lukewarm souls shall become fervent.
8. Fervent souls shall quickly mount to high perfection.
9. I will bless every place in which an image of my Heart is exposed and honored.
10. I will give to priests the gift of touching the most hardened hearts.
11. Those who shall promote this devotion shall have their names written in my Heart.
12. I promise you in the excessive mercy of my Heart that my all-powerful love will grant to all those who receive Holy Communion on the First Fridays in nine consecutive months the grace of final perseverance; they shall not die in my disgrace, nor without receiving their sacraments. My divine Heart shall be their safe refuge in this last moment.

There are three conditions to obtain these Graces:

1. Receive Holy Communion on the First Fridays in nine consecutive months and without interruption.
2. To have the intention of honoring the Sacred Heart of Jesus and of obtaining the grace of final perseverance.
3. Offer each Holy Communion as an act of reparation for the offenses committed against the Blessed Sacrament.

Act of Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus by Saint Margaret Mary

I (N.), give and consecrate to the Sacred Heart of our Lord Jesus Christ, my person, my life, my actions, my pains and sufferings, so that I may be unwilling to make use of any part of my being save to honor, love, and glorify the Sacred Heart. It is my unchanging intention to be all His and to do all for love of Him. I renounce at the same time with all my heart whatever can displease Him.

I, therefore, take You, O Sacred Heart, for the only object of my love, the protector of my life, the pledge of my salvation, the remedy of my weakness and inconstancy, the atonement for the faults of my life, and the secure refuge at the hour of my death.

Be then, O Heart of goodness, my justification before God the Father, and turn away from me the punishment of His just anger. O Heart of love, I put my confidence in You, because I fear everything from my own sinfulness and weakness. I hope for all things from Your mercy and generosity.

Destroy in me all that can displease or resist Your holy Will. Let Your pure love impress You so deeply upon my heart that I may never forget You or be separated from You. May my name, by your loving kindness, be written In You, because in You I desire to place all my happiness and all my glory in living and dying in very bondage to you.

Amen.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, I trust in You!
Sweet Heart of Mary, be my salvation!

Saturday, June 1, 2019

"We Shall Have within Us the Strength of the Paraclete"


"One thing alone I know,—that according to our need, so will be our strength. One thing I am sure of, that the more the enemy rages against us, so much the more will the Saints in Heaven plead for us; the more fearful are our trials from the world, the more present to us will be our Mother Mary, and our good Patrons and Angel Guardians; the more malicious are the devices of men against us, the louder cry of supplication will ascend from the bosom of the whole Church to God for us. We shall not be left orphans; we shall have within us the strength of the Paraclete, promised to the Church and to every member of it."

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

BRAZIL WAS OFICIALLY CONSECRATED TODAY TO THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY


Brazilian President, Jair Bolsonaro, took part today, Tuesday, May 21, 2019, in the act of consecration of Brazil to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The event was held at 2:00 pm at the Planalto Palace, with the participation of several Catholic leaders and religious associations such as “Marian Congregation”, among others.

The ceremony was planned and promoted by Deputy Eros Biondini (PROS MG).

When the Blessed Virgin appeared in Fatima (Portugal), in 1917, she urged that this gesture be made in order to obtain the blessings of the Almighty, prevent communism from spreading and achieve peace.

The hashtag #OrePeloBrasil has been, since yesterday, one of the most popular trending topics.

No doubt this act will bring many blessings to that country.

On the link below you can watch the video of the ceremony:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-4QewRdUaME&feature=youtu.be#menu

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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Blessed Wounds


The most incredible thing of all is that it was not enough for Him to endure the worst sufferings and wounds, but that, after having risen, after having prevented His body from decaying, He kept in it His wounds and scars. And He appears with them before the angels, He considers them as an adornment and He rejoices in showing what tremendous suffering He has endured.

Of His body He did not keep anything else, because His body is spiritual, weightless and subtle, free of all corporal affliction; but He has not rejected His scars at all, He has not erased His wounds. On the contrary, He wanted to preserve them because of His love of man, because thanks to them He has been able to find the lost sheep, and with those wounds He has won over us.

What other love can be equal to that one? What object has been loved by man to that extreme? Has there ever been such a tender mother, or such an affectionate father? Or who has ever had such a great love that, in the name of that love, accepts to be wounded by the one he loves, and not only does he endures it, not only does he keep loving the ungrateful one, but he puts his wounds above all?

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Saint Peter of Verona Dixit


"All saints die a holy death, because they have lived holy lives; the wicked persevere in their wickedness at the moment of death because they have persevered in it during their lives. Do you want to know how you will die? Look at how you live your life”.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Leo XIII dixit


"We exhort and urge everyone to insist piously and assiduously on the habit of praying the Rosary daily".

H.H. Leo XIII, Encyclical Salutaris ille spiritus, December 25, 1883.

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Saturday, May 11, 2019

A few beautiful words from Cardinal Pie on motherhood


“Let us remember these words of Christ: ‘And for them do I sanctify myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth.’ Every Catholic mother should say these same words.

Only God knows the influence that the sanctity of a mother has on the soul of her children. Almost all the great saints have had very pious mothers. The first grace that is given to a man is to have a mother according to the heart of God.

Dear mothers, your motherhood does not end until you have formed Jesus Christ in the heart of your children. Baptism is only a seed and the baptized is nothing but a newborn. After planting the seed, it is necessary to make it grow. That is your mission, and you will not be able to carry it out unless you yourselves are holy.”

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

Remarkable


At the Athos Monastery in Greece, a beehive installed in an empty church and began to create a hive with honey cells on a sacred icon. They covered it almost completely, preserving uniquely and exactly, the part where the Blessed Virgin is represented. Something to think about…

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Friday, May 3, 2019

PROPHECY FULFILLED

Sometimes, one of the qualities of genius is the "Gift of Prophecy."


Wednesday, May 1, 2019

God


What is God?

- Say, what is God, oh beautiful lights?
Order! - The stars answered me.

- Say, what is God, oh beautiful flowers?
- Beauty! - The roses answered me.

- Say, what is God, oh Blessed Mother. And, looking at the Crucifix, she said:
- Love is God. A love purer than the light of day.

Fr. Leonardo Castellani

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Those Who Refuse to Come Out of the Manure Pile, Will Probably Die in it


"To sin is terrible, but much more terrible, is to reject the graces that God sends us to repent and give us his forgiveness."

Saint John Mary Vianney

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

“Only Animals Act that Way”: Cardinal Ranjith


By INFOVATICANA / April 22, 2019
(Religion in Freedom) - Following the attacks that have caused 207 dead and 500 wounded in Sri Lanka, with explosions in three churches and three hotels, the archbishop of Colombo, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith (secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship between 2005 and 2009 addressed the government and society in a very calm but firm way: "It is a sad day for all of us. I condemn, as much as I am capable, this act that has caused so much death and suffering to the people. I would also like to ask the government for a rigorous and impartial investigation to find out who is behind this act, and punish them without mercy, because only animals act like that. And I ask all the people of Sri Lanka not to take justice into their own hands and maintain peace and harmony in the nation."

Last Easter Sunday, a wave of terrorist attacks devastated the island of Sri Lanka, with Catholics being one of its main targets. There were explosions in six different places: three churches, two Catholic and one Evangelical, and three luxury hotels. Subsequently, there were more attacks in other parts of the country. The number of deaths is devastating. The figure to date is 207 dead and 450 injured.

According to different news agencies, the bombs exploded at around 8:45 am local time, both in the three hotels in Colombo and in three churches where the Resurrection of Christ was being celebrated.

At least 62 people died in one of the explosions, which occurred in the church of Saint Sebastian, in the city of Negombo, north of the capital, as confirmed by official sources. Another 27 people died in the Evangelical Church of Sion, in Batticaloa (Eastern province of the country). The third explosion occurred in Saint Anthony's church in the Kotahena district of the capital, Colombo, and left 49 dead.

The emergency services in Sri Lanka said that the churches were full of faithful at that time. In the church of Saint Sebastian, in Negombo, a spokesman told Reuters that there were at least fifty people dead.

The attackers chose their objectives with special care. The church of Saint Anthony in Colombo is one of the most emblematic buildings in Sri Lanka. A national sanctuary that tens of thousands of people attend to during the commemoration of the saint to whom it is dedicated, Saint Anthony of Padua.

The police have asked citizens for calm. "Please remain calm and inside your houses. There are many victims, including foreigners”, Sri Lankan Minister for Economic Reforms and Public Distribution, Harsha de Silva, said on Twitter, after visiting several of the sites attacked.

De Silva reported that a Crisis Cabinet had been called and he spoke emotionally after the "horrible scenes" he had seen. "I've seen amputated limbs spread all over the place. Emergency teams are deployed in full at all points. (...) We have taken many victims to the hospital, we hope we can save many lives", he said through his Twitter account.

In Sri Lanka, the Christian population represents 7%, while Buddhists account for 70%, Hindus for 15% and Muslims 11%.
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Sunday, April 21, 2019

Happy and Blessed Easter to all our friends/readers!


If we have died to sin this Lent, are we still going to live in it? If he have felt grief for our sins, are we still going to commit them? 

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Monday, April 15, 2019

What They Actually Promote


When people say "I do not promote abortion, but free choice," it's like they’re saying "I do not advocate for someone taking your life, only that they kill you freely".
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Saturday, April 13, 2019

Testimony of a Gynecologist


In the last months, I have read in social networks some arguments related to the unborn baby that I want to comment on. I have read that they are just a bunch of cells. I have read that they are not human beings. I have read that they are not living beings. I have read that they are not beings with conscience. And that therefore, those cells do not have any right that should be respected. In view of all this, I want to give my testimony:

I have been a gynecologist for 30 years. Since 1988 I have treated many women who have placed their trust in me. I have taken care of their pregnancies. I have delivered their children. Many of those babies are grown now and are parents themselves, and in some cases I have delivered their own children.

In all these years, I have done ultrasounds on many of my patients from the very early stages of their pregnancies, as part of the medical care I provide them. But along the way, I have witnessed many other things that go beyond the mere medical assessment, and I wish to comment on them:

I have seen the hearts of babies beating very early, strongly, with such force that it is not unusual for us to see first the beat, and then the baby himself.

I have seen them at 7 weeks old do small jumps on their backs.

I have seen them at 9 weeks old move their arms and legs, move their whole body, do flips, jump, turn their faces, get on their sides, open their mouths and make so many gestures that are common and familiar to any human being.

I have seen them complete, with brain and heart, with eyes, ears and mouth. I have seen them with hands and feet, with liquid inside their stomach, with urine in their bladder. I have seen the cavities of their heart pumping blood to their entire body. I have seen how they touch their hands, how they bend their knees, how they extend and stretch them as if they were on a swing.

I have seen them grow inside the womb, I have seen them when they yawn and I have seen them have hiccups. I’ve seen them move their respiratory muscles. I've seen them make fists with their hands and I've seen them move their eyes. Waiting for the moment of birth.

And seeing them inside the womb, I have been able to recognize that they are more than just cells, I have recognized a living being, with its own physiology, with its own structure. I have seen a human being. I have seen a being of my species, only younger than me, a being that is a continuum in time with the being that will be in the future. A being that is not only a prospective, but it is a reality there in the womb of his mother, just like the little child who, although he is a prospective for the future, is already a reality in his present childhood. True, he is not a human being aware of his environment, just as a newborn is not aware either, or a child who is a few days or weeks old, or as the adult who has lost some of his cognitive functions. But he is a human being, as much as them, just like them, he is just a human being.

I have seen those embryos become fetuses, and those fetuses being born, and I have seen them then come with their parents, as little children, to my practice, witnessing the miracle of having one, two or more little brothers. And I have seen them grow up and become good men and women. And I have seen them become mothers and fathers who love the life that was given to them and the life they now give.

I have seen many parents weep with joy when they see their child for the first time on a screen, and I have seen them immensely happy when they are born. And many times I have heard them say how that baby has changed their lives, and how they are now willing to give their lives for the love of their little one. It is not rhetoric. Any father knows this, any mother understands it. Willing, willing to die for the love of their baby.

And I have seen cases of women who suddenly found themselves in a reality they did not expect, with an unplanned pregnancy, with a baby they did not think would come. Sometimes they are alone, and because of that they are braver. But when they have become aware of the transcendence of what they are living, and have accepted the arrival of the baby, and have continued under my care, I have not ever seen a single woman regret it, I have never seen one, that after a few years, does not see her son or her daughter as the most valuable thing in their lives. Never, I have never heard one of them saying: "I would have preferred not to have this child".

After giving this testimony, I only hope that those who think differently do so out of ignorance, hopefully out of lack of information.

Do not argue that they are just cells, do not argue that it is not a living being, do not argue that it is not a human being or that it has no conscience. Do not insult your own intelligence with those arguments, which are so false and empty that it is incredible that a human being with conscience even takes them into account.

Dr. Sergio Villareal

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Pius XI dixit


“The Rosary is a powerful weapon to put the demons to flight and to keep oneself from sin…If you desire peace in your hearts, in your homes, and in your country, assemble each evening to recite the Rosary. Let not even one day pass without saying it, no matter how burdened you may be with many cares and labors.”

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Saturday, April 6, 2019

Despite all Obstacles, Pro-life Film “Unplanned” is in Fifth Place in the Box Office in United States


The film tells the story of Abby Johnson, director of a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic, until she became an advocate of the pro-life cause in 2009. Despite the boycott of several media outlets, there are already more than 1,700 theaters where the film is being shown in the United States.

The pro-life film “Unplanned” has raised $ 6.1 million in the first weekend in the United States, despite the fact that Twitter temporarily blocked its official account and the limited media coverage.

In a statement, Pureflix CEO Michael Scott claimed, “We are very happy for the success of this film. To bring the story of Abby Johnson to audiences and have them show up in such large numbers shows how the topic of abortion is so important to bring to audiences.”

The film, which was released on March 29, has overcome media censorship, as well as MPAA "R" rating, received last month, which means that minors under 17 must watch the film in the company of an adult.

Co-directors Cary Solomon and Chuck Konzelman said in a statement, “We are thrilled, gratified and humbled. We are so pleased that the American people have responded with such an enormous outpouring of support at the box office.”

The initial success of Unplanned means that it will also be adding another 600 screens for its second week run, putting the total at around 1700 screens.

It should be noted that several cable television channels refused to broadcast promotional advertisements of "Unplanned". According to Hollywood Reporter, Lifetime, Hallmark, HGTV, among others, are part of the list.

"This film can be that spark to attract more hearts and minds to the understanding of the value of life," he said.

Michael Scott also said trailer views hovered at around 250,000. That stat swelled to 1.7 million views by Saturday morning.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

False Church


"The great movement of apostasy being organized in every country for the establishment of a One-World Church which shall have neither dogmas, nor hierarchy, neither discipline for the mind, nor curb for the passions…"

Saint Pius X, Encyclical Letter, Notre Charge Apostolique

Monday, April 1, 2019

The Cowardice of Those Who Are Good


However, let us not exaggerate the difficulties of practicing what faith imposes on us to fulfill our duties and to exercise the fruitful apostolate of giving good example, which the Lord expects of each of us: unicuique mandavit de proximo sua. Difficulties come from those who create and exaggerate them, from those who trust in themselves without the help of heaven, from those who give in vilely, fearful of the mocking and derision of the world, for whom it must be concluded, that in our days more than ever the main strength of evil men is the cowardice and weakness of those who are good, and all the backbone of the kingdom of Satan lies in the weakness of Christians.
[Speech given by Pope Pius X on December 13, 1908 after reading the beatification decrees of Joan of Arc, John Eudes, Francisco de Capillas, Teophane Vénard and their companions.]

Sunday, March 31, 2019

About Renounce


"Those who devote themselves to the study of wisdom must live in such a way that they abstain from erotic matters, from the pleasures of gluttony, from the debauchery of the body, from idle recreations, from defamation and envy, from wishing to be honored, and from the desire of power. Be aware that love of money is like a poison for all your hope. Never act hastily. [...] Do not hate anyone; do not wish to eradicate all evil. […] Avoid friendships with all concern, do not lose your time with the proud and in no way be like them; live an orderly life and in harmony, serve God, think of Him, seek Faith, Hope and Charity. Wish for a good mind and a quiet life for yourself and for all others.

Saint Augustine, Order

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Atheists and Religion


“Even those who hate religion have never really lost it; if they had, they would not hate it so much.

The intensity of their hate is the proof of the reality of that which they hate. If they really lost religion, they would not spend all their energy attempting to make everyone else lose theirs; a man who has lost a watch does not go about persuading others to lose their watches.”

Bishop Fulton J. Sheen

P.S. Dear atheists, I am sorry to tell you that you have never stopped being religious.

Monday, March 25, 2019

General Rule


"When a Catholic stops going to Confession and is abandoned to himself, he walks from abyss to abyss and as a weak plant without protection, exposed to the force of the winds, falls into the most terrible excesses. Generally, the best Christians and most honest men are those who frequent Confession."

Saint John Bosco.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Pain


Pain puts on an equal footing all who suffer, which is to put all men on an equal footing, because all men suffer; happiness separates us, suffering unites us with fraternal bonds. Pain takes away what we have plenty of and gives us what we lack, giving man a perfect balance: the proud does not suffer without losing some of his pride, nor the ambitious without losing some of his ambition, nor the angry without losing some of his anger, or the lustful without losing some of his lust. Sorrow puts out the fires of passion; at the same time that it takes away what harms us, it gives us what ennobles us; the hard-hearted never suffer without feeling more inclined to compassion, nor the haughty without being more humble, nor the lustful without becoming more chaste; the violent is tamed, the weak is strengthened. No one comes out from that great forge of pain worse than he went in; most come out of it with great virtues that they never knew before: he who enters impious comes out religious; he who enters greedy comes out as a beggar; he who enters without ever having cried comes out with the gift of tears; he who enters hard-hearted comes out full of mercy. Pain has something fortifying, virile and profound, that is the origin of all heroism and all greatness; none have felt its mysterious contact without growing; pain gives the child the virility of the young men, it gives the young men the maturity and seriousness of the grown men, it gives the grown men the strength of the heroes, and it gives the heroes the holiness of the saints.

Juan Donoso Cortés

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Do Not Give in to Weariness


Oppose vigorously any inclinations to sadness, and although it may seem that all you do at that time is done coldly, without relish, and languidly, nevertheless do not fail to do it; for the enemy seeks by sadness to make us weary of good works; and when he sees that we cease not to do them, and that being done in spite of opposition they are the more meritorious, he will cease to trouble us.

Saint Francis of Sales

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

The Story of a Sinner Saved by the Virgin Mary



We read in the life of sister Catherine, an Augustinian nun, that in the place where that servant of God lived, there lived also a woman named Mary, who, in her youth, was a sinner, and obstinately persevered in her evil courses, even to extreme old age. For this she was banished by her fellow citizens, forced to live in a cave beyond the limits of the place, and died in a state of loathsome corruption, abandoned by all, and without the sacraments; and on this account was buried in a field, like a beast.

Now sister Catherine, who was accustomed to recommend very affectionately to God the souls of those who had departed this life, after learning the miserable death of this poor old woman, did not think of praying for her, as she and every one else believed her already among the damned.

Four years having past, a soul from purgatory one day appeared to her, and said,

"Sister Catherine, how unhappy is my fate! You commend to God the souls of all those who die, and for my soul alone you have had no pity." "Who are you?" said the servant of God. "I am," answered she, "that poor Mary who died in the cave." "How! are you saved?" exclaimed sister Catherine. "Yes, I am saved," she said, "by the mercy of the Virgin Mary”.

When I saw death drawing near, finding myself laden with sins, and abandoned by all, I turned to the mother of God and said to her, Lady, thou art the refuge of the abandoned, behold me at this hour deserted by all; thou art my only hope, thou alone canst help me; have pity on me. The holy Virgin obtained for me the grace of making an act of contrition; I died and am saved.

And my queen has also obtained for me the grace that my pains should be abridged, and that I should, by suffering intensely for a short time, pass through that purification which otherwise would have lasted many years. A few masses only are needed to obtain my release from purgatory. I pray thee cause them to be offered for me, and I promise to pray God and Mary for thee."

Sister Catherine immediately caused those masses to be said for her, and that soul, after a few days, appeared to her again, more brilliant than the sun, and said to her, "I thank thee, sister Catherine: behold I am now going to paradise to sing the mercy of God and pray for thee."

Saint Alphonsus Maria de Liguori, The Glories of Mary, Ch. 1.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Vatican Council I


“For the doctrine of faith which God has revealed has not been proposed, like a philosophical invention, to be perfected by human ingenuity; but has been delivered as a divine deposit to the Spouse of Christ, to be faithfully kept and infallibly declared. Hence, also, that meaning of the sacred dogmas is perpetually to be retained which our holy Mother the Church has once declared; nor is that meaning ever to be departed from, under the pretence or pretext of a deeper comprehension of them.” (D, 1800).

(VATICAN COUNCIL I).

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Receive Communion in the State of Grace, Kneeling and on the Tongue


The modernists rebuked Pope Pius X, so that he would allow them to receive Holy Communion standing, on the grounds that the Israelites had eaten the paschal lamb, symbol and promise of the Eucharist, standing.

The answer of the Pope was:

“One waits for symbols and promises standing, but the Reality, one receives with love and on one's knees”

H.H. Pope St. Pius X

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Approach Jesus with the Confidence of a Child


“And they brought to him young children, that he might touch them. And the disciples rebuked them that brought them. Whom when Jesus saw, he was much displeased and saith to them: Suffer the little children to come unto me and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God” (Mk. 10, 13-16).

How many things we can learn from children: their simplicity, their joy, their enthusiasm, their innocence, their purity, but especially we can learn their serene confidence. A child knows very well that his parents love him and that is why he trusts blindly in them. He does not question things; he simply abandons himself to the will of his parents. It is precisely that trust that pleases Christ the most and He invites us to imitate children in our relationship with the Heavenly Father.

God is an infinitely good Father and He is always trying to show us His love, but He asks us to be like children, to accept with simplicity His plans and abandon ourselves in His arms, with the full confidence that His love for us is greater and more powerful than any setback.

Joy is the reflection of a soul that trusts in God and is the clearest and most eloquent hallmark of Christian faith, that is why we should strive to spread it to all those who come to us, knowing that our joy is a silent but eloquent word that speaks of God's love and trust in Him.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Love’s Captive


Taken from the book “Holy Hours” by Father Mateo Crawley-Boevey

Have you ever reflected on these words unfathomable in the mystery of charity that they imply: "Jesus captive, Jesus imprisoned for love in the Tabernacle"? Look at Him through that door, behind the walls of the Tabernacle, there is Jesus prisoner, overcome by his own Heart... Twenty centuries ago, on Maundy Thursday, towards the middle of the night, He allowed Himself to be led bound, from the Garden of the Agony to the dungeon to which He was condemned by a wicked judge… And that night of ignominy and horror, of deadly loneliness caused by the abandonment of all those who loved His Heart, yes, that night is prolonged in all the Tabernacles of the world…

Blasphemy, denials, indifference, impurity, pride , sacrileges… all the outcries of deicides, and all the torrent of vileness and ignominy have the awful privilege of reaching Jesus' feet, of rising to His face and profaning it as it was profaned by Judas' kiss… And Jesus Christ does not go away!... He is love's captive, betrayed by His own Heart… He is there, crushed by the outrages of men… He is there, seated on the criminal's bench… He has committed a great crime, the sublime crime of loving man with divine passion…. And see how man repays Him— with neglect and loneliness!...