Friday, May 20, 2022

HOW WE SHOULD PRAY


In this world we must always pray, because we are always in need of divine help to be consoled in our afflictions and to be assisted in our temporal and spiritual needs before our visible and invisible enemies. You say that you cannot pray continuously: pray as often as you can, at the beginning of your main actions and, above all, in the temptations that the enemy of salvation devises against you.

Pray with such respect and modesty that your prayer edifies others. God demands from you, while you pray, the attention of the spirit and the modesty of the body. That recollection and modesty will help you a lot to attain inner modesty. Would you dare to speak to an important person in the way that you often do with God? With what haste you say your vocal prayers! When you start praying think of the majesty of God before whom the cherubim tremble, and you will speak to Him with more respect, humility, and modesty. Prayer itself can become sin (St. Augustine).

Mindfulness should always accompany your prayers. God is spirit and he wants you to worship Him in spirit. Your mouth speaks to God, but your heart is far from Him, it is occupied with riches, absorbed in the love of creatures. It is your heart what God asks of you, and not the words of your lips.  How can you ask God to listen to you when you don't even listen to yourself? (Saint Cyprian).

Small Compendium of Meditations

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

CHILDREN ARE BEGOTTEN TO TAKE THEM TO HEAVEN

A MOTHER SHOULD...

1. TEACH HER CHILDREN ABOUT THE PRESENCE OF GOD

Like Margherita Occhiena, mother of Saint John Bosco, who took advantage of every opportunity to teach her children about God.

When the sun rose over the snowy Alps, she would say: “What wonders God has made for us, my children!"

Or when the hail had devastated her family's humble vineyard, she would resignedly say: “Let us bow our heads, my children; God had given us those beautiful things. God has taken them away from us. He is the Owner. For us it is a test, for the evil, a punishment.”

On beautiful starry nights, she would go outside the house, point to the sky and say: – “God is the one who created the world and placed the stars up there. If the sky is so beautiful, what will Paradise be like?”

2. TEACH HER CHILDREN TO HATE SIN

Like Blanche of Castile, mother of Saint Louis. 

Queen and mother, she was concerned to make her son, Saint Louis, a Crusader King, a fervent Christian and an irreproachable ruler. Since he was a child, she would say to her son over and over again: 

“I love you, my dear son, as much as a mother can love her child; but I would rather see you dead at my feet than that you should ever commit a mortal sin.”

You have no idea how much the soul of the priest suffers when, in the confessional, he hears certain sins that could have been avoided with a little diligence on the part of the parents of a child!

A mother must explain to her children why certain tv shows or movies are bad, why such music damages the soul, why such "innocent" games or Internet sites destroy not only the imagination of children but their path to sainthood.

It would even seem that some mothers say: "I would rather see you commit a thousand mortal sins than see you dead!”

Father Javier Olivera Ravasi

Note of Catholicity: How necessary are those mothers who above all seek the salvation of their children's souls! Blessed are those mothers. Parents will give account to God of the formation given to their children, because children are begotten to take them to Heaven.


 

Sunday, May 15, 2022

LET’S RENEW THE ACT OF CONSECRATION TO THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY


O Most Holy Virgin Mary, who at Fatima manifested yourself to the three little shepherds, and who in your maternal goodness revealed to them the greatness of your Immaculate Heart, to prevent souls from being eternally lost. 

Relying on your promise that your Immaculate Heart will be our safe refuge and the path that will lead us to God; I ………………………………………… consecrate myself freely to your Immaculate Heart.

From now on, I want to be your son/daugther so that you teach me to live the commandments of God, which are the way to holiness. 

I consecrate my body, my soul, my spirit to you, so that in the future I will not stray from God.

Take me, Holy Virgin, from now on, to make me an apostle of your Immaculate Heart. Amen.


Friday, May 13, 2022

OBEDIENCE TO GOD COMES BEFORE OBEDIENCE TO MEN, REGARDLESS OF THE HIERARCHY THEY MAY HAVE


“He, who by obedience, submits to evil, is attached to rebellion against God and not to submission to Him.” 

 Saint Bernard of Clairvaux

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

CHRIST IS ENTIRELY PRESENT IN EVERY PARTICLE OF THE CONSECRATED HOST, THEREFORE LET’S AVOID RECEIVING COMMUNION ON THE HAND


"Just like the sun cannot be divided, neither can God and Man be separated (that is, Christ, true God and true Man, cannot be divided) in the whiteness of the Holy Host. Let us suppose that the Sacred Host could be divided: even if it would be possible to fragment the Holy Eucharist into thousands of tiny Particles, in each one of the tiny Particles there is the presence of Christ, the whole God and the whole Man (that is, the whole Christ with His Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity). In the same manner that a mirror would shatter into thousands of pieces, the Sacred Host will not shatter or divide the image of God and Man that you see in the Host; the image of God and Man is in each fragmented part."

Saint Catherine of Siena


Sunday, May 8, 2022

DON'T FORGET YOUR LOVED ONES WHO HAVE PASSED AWAY. THERE IS A DUTY OF JUSTICE OR CHARITY TO PRAY FOR THEM



 Let us never stop praying for the holy souls in Purgatory, perhaps tomorrow, we will be the ones waiting for a pious prayer.

Sometimes we believe this wrong idea that when a loved one dies, it causes us a lot of pain and sorrow... but that's it. And we hear things like:

- Finally, he/she is resting with Our Lord.

- Now we have little angel in heaven.

-He/she was very good, they are already at peace.

No brethern, only God knows in what state that soul arrived in His presence, but good wishes are not enough to save a soul, however dear it may be to us. Furthermore, human beings never become angels: they obtain the beatific vision if they reach eternal glory.

Let us never stop offering prayers and Masses for the souls of our loved ones and acquaintances, and for the souls in Purgatory in general. They may still need us. Most likely, one day we will be the ones who need the prayers of those left in this valley of tears. Out of gratitude, the souls that have come out of Purgatory through our prayers and indulgences will surely also intercede in Heaven for us.

Let us always pray for them!

Prayer for the holy souls in Purgatory:

Merciful God, who forgives us and wants the salvation of all men, we implore your mercy so that, through the intercession of Mary Most Holy and of all the saints, You grant the souls of our parents, brothers, sisters, relatives, friends and benefactors, that have left this world, the grace of eternal happiness.

Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Purgatory; I have come to deposit in your Immaculate Heart a prayer on behalf of the holy souls who suffer in the place of atonement. Deign to listen my prayer, most merciful Lady, if this is your will and that of your merciful Son.

Amen.

Mary, Queen of Purgatory, I pray for those souls towards whom I have or may have some obligation, be it charity or justice.

Amen. 


Friday, May 6, 2022

THE ROLE OF THE MOTHER


 “Who shall find a valiant woman? far, and from the uttermost coasts is the price of her (…). Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: the woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised” (Proverbs 31).

"Beget children for Heaven."

Cows have offspring, dogs and hares too, but while these animals of God raise children for earth, the Christian mother must do so for Heaven. Because before feeding the body, we must think about feeding the soul. Before thinking about what the children will wear, we must think if they are clothed in grace. That is why the role of the mother is fundamental, so much so that Our Lord lived without a father in the flesh, but not without a mother.

"Beget children for Heaven...". Practicing the virtues, above all; that is why Saint John Mary Vianney used to say that "virtue passes smoothly from the heart of a mother to the hearts of her children”.

From the mother the child learns the first prayer or the first insult.

From the mother, the child will first know how to distinguish the good from the bad, which is why the ideological current which states that "you must not set limits", "you must not correct", "you must never raise your hand" is so disastrous.  

"Hast thou children? Instruct them, and bow down their neck from their childhood." (Ecclesiasticus, 7-23) because “a horse not broken becometh stubborn, and a child left to himself will become headstrong". (Ecclesiasticus, 30- 8).

The obligation of the Catholic mother is to take her children to Heaven. And if, despite a good formation, the son or daughter goes astray, there is always the resource of constant prayer for him or her. A bishop told Saint Monica, who insistently prayed for her sinful son: "The child of those tears shall never perish." And that son became a great saint: Saint Augustine.


Wednesday, May 4, 2022

REMEMBER, by Friar Louis of Granada


NOBODY KNOWS WHEN OR WHY

Remember, now, my brother, that you are a Christian and that you are a man. Since you are a man, you know for sure that you will have to die, and since you are a Christian, you also know that you will have to account for your life, after you die. In this, the faith we profess leaves no room for doubt; nor in the other, the experience of what we see. So, no one can escape from this, let him be king, let him be Pope.

Sinners Guide. Friar Louis of Granada


Friday, April 29, 2022

THE CUNNING OF HERETICS


Words of His Holiness Pius VI, who denounces the cunning of heretics to cover up their heresies with ambiguities and half-measures. Today, Modernists are once again employing the same diabolical tactic to implement their innovations and heresies.

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Pope Pius VI, condemnation of the Synod of Pistoia, in the bull Auctorem fidei, August 28, 1794:

“[The Doctors of the Church] knew the capacity of innovators in the art of deception. In order not to shock the ears of Catholics, the innovators sought to hide the subtleties of their tortuous maneuvers by the use of seemingly innocuous words such as would allow them to insinuate error into souls in the most gentle manner. Once the truth had been compromised, they could, by means of slight changes or additions in phraseology, distort the confession of the faith that is necessary for our salvation, and lead the faithful by subtle errors to their eternal damnation. This manner of dissimulating and lying is vicious, regardless of the circumstances under which it is used. For very good reasons it can never be tolerated in a synod of which the principal glory consists above all in teaching the truth with clarity and excluding all danger of error.

“Moreover, if all this is sinful, it cannot be excused in the way that one sees it being done, under the erroneous pretext that the seemingly shocking affirmations in one place are further developed along orthodox lines in other places, and even in yet other places corrected; as if allowing for the possibility of either affirming or denying the statement, or of leaving it up the personal inclinations of the individual — such has always been the fraudulent and daring method used by innovators to establish error. It allows for both the possibility of promoting error and of excusing it.

“It is as if the innovators pretended that they always intended to present the alternative passages, especially to those of simple faith who eventually come to know only some part of the conclusions of such discussions, which are published in the common language for everyone’s use. Or again, as if the same faithful had the ability on examining such documents to judge such matters for themselves without getting confused and avoiding all risk of error. It is a most reprehensible technique for the insinuation of doctrinal errors and one condemned long ago by our predecessor St. Celestine who found it used in the writings of Nestorius, bishop of Constantinople, and which he exposed in order to condemn it with the greatest possible severity. Once these texts were examined carefully, the impostor was exposed and confounded, for he expressed himself in a plethora of words, mixing true things with others that were obscure; mixing at times one with the other in such a way that he was also able to confess those things which were denied while at the same time possessing a basis for denying those very sentences which he confessed.

“In order to expose such snares, something which becomes necessary with a certain frequency in every century, no other method is required than the following: Whenever it becomes necessary to EXPOSE STATEMENTS THAT DISGUISE SOME SUSPECTED ERROR OR DANGER UNDER THE VEIL OF AMBIGUITY, ONE MUST DENOUNCE THE PERVERSE MEANING UNDER WHICH THE ERROR OPPOSED TO CATHOLIC TRUTH IS CAMOUFLAGED".


Wednesday, April 27, 2022

TRUE DEVOTION TO OUR LADY


True devotion to Our Lady is tender; that is to say, full of confidence in her, like a child’s confidence in his loving mother. This confidence makes the soul have recourse to her in all its bodily or mental spiritual necessities, with much simplicity, trust, and tenderness. It implores the aid of its good Mother, at all times, in all places, and about all things; in its doubts, that it may be enlightened; in its wanderings, that it may be brought into the right path; in its temptations, that it may be supported; in its weaknesses, that it may be strengthened; in its falls, that it may be lifted up; in its discouragements, that it may be cheered; in its scruples, that they may be taken away; in its crosses, toils, and disappointments of life, that it may be consoled under them. In a word, in all its evils of body and mind, the soul’s ordinary refuge is in Mary, without fearing to be importunate to her or to displease Jesus Christ.

Saint Louis Marie de Montfort – “True Devotion to Mary”.

Friday, April 22, 2022

MARY TOOK CARE WITH LOVE THAT NOT EVEN A DROP OF JESUS' BLOOD WAS LOST, WHEREAS NOW PRIESTS GIVE COMMUNION IN THE HAND AND CONSECRATED PARTICLES FALL TO THE GROUND


THE VIRGIN MARY DURING THE SCOURGING OF HER SON JESUS CHRIST, ACCORDING TO THE VISIONS AND REVELATIONS OF BLESSED ANNE CATHERINE EMMERICH:

"I saw the Blessed Virgin, during the scourging of our Redeemer, in a state of uninterrupted ecstasy. Mary saw her lacerated Son driven past her by the executioners. With His garment He wiped the blood from His eyes in order to see His Mother. She raised her hands in agony toward Him and gazed upon His bloodstained footprints. Then, as the mob moved over to another side, I saw the Blessed Vir¬gin and Magdalen approaching the place of the scourg¬ing. Surrounded and hidden by the other holy women and some well-disposed people standing by, they cast themselves on their knees and soaked up the sacred Blood of Jesus with the linens until not a trace of it could be found."

This scene was represented by Mel Gibson in his film THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST. 

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

SWEET MOTHER


Sweet Mother, do not part from me. Keep me in your sight. Accompany me everywhere, and never leave me alone. Because you protect me like a true mother, obtain from me the blessing of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.
 Amen.

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

BISHOPS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD ARE INVITED TO JOIN IN THE CONSECRATION OF RUSSIA AND UKRAINE TO THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY BY THE POPE ON FRIDAY, MARCH 25

See the note

Catholic News Agency. The Vatican has confirmed that Pope Francis is inviting the world’s bishops to join him in consecrating Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Matteo Bruni, director of the Holy See press office, issued the confirmation on March 18.“I confirm that Pope Francis has invited the bishops of the whole world and their priests to join him in praying for peace and in consecrating and entrusting Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary,” he said.

CNA reported on March 17 that the pope intended to invite all Catholic bishops and priests around the world to join in the act of consecration.

In a letter sent urgently on Mar. 17 to all U.S. bishops, the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, revealed that Pope Francis intends to invite all Catholic bishops and priests around the world to join the Act of Consecration of Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

The letter, sent by Reverend Michael J.K. Fuller, General Secretary of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and signed by Archbishop Pierre, reveals that "(t)he Holy Father intends to invite each Bishop, or equivalent in law, together with his priests, to join in this act of consecration, if possible, at an hour corresponding to 5:00 pm Rome time."

"In the coming days," adds the letter, “the Holy Father will address a letter of invitation to the Bishops, enclosing the text of the Prayer of Consecration in the various languages."

Catholic bishops in Latin America and the Caribbean have already indicated that they will take part. The Catholic bishops of the Philippines have also signaled their intention to join in the act of consecration, as have the bishops of England and Wales.

On the same day that the pope carries out the consecration in Rome, Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, the papal almoner, will recite the act of consecration at the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal.

NOTE FROM THIS BLOG:

Today (22‐III‐22) the Pope has said that it will be a solemn Act of Consecration OF HUMANITY, and Russia and Ukraine in particular, to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. 

It was not the consecration of humanity, although Russia and Ukraine are especially mentioned, that was requested at Fatima.

We have no doubt that this consecration will certainly be valid and will have some good effect, but again it will be incomplete as the previous ones have been. The grace of Russia's conversion to the Catholic faith -promised by the Virgin of Fatima if her request were fulfilled- will not yet be given, at least not completely.

The fulfillment of what Our Lady asked in Fatima so that her Immaculate Heart finally triumphs, is still pending.


Saturday, March 19, 2022

FEAST OF SAINT JOSEPH (the saint to whom all the other saints prayed)


In those days, the Carpenter taught God how to pray. And he talked with God face to face. And he looked with his eyes at the eyes of God. And with God he laughed. And God fell asleep in his arms. And God woke up with his kisses. And God ate out of his hand. And he prayed to God and sang to Him while holding Him on his knees. With his hands he touched God and took God by the hand. He played with God and God was happy with him. 

 And not even in the Glory was there more glory than in the house of Joseph. 

 PRAYER TO SAINT JOSEPH:

 Saint Joseph, guardian and father of virgins, to whose safekeeping were entrusted Innocence Itself, Christ Jesus, with Mary the Virgin of virgins; by these dear pledges, Jesus and Mary, I pray and beseech you to keep me free from all uncleanness, and make me with spotless mind, pure heart and chaste body, ever to serve Jesus and Mary most chastely all the days of my life. Amen.

 Jesus, Joseph and Mary, I give you my heart and my soul. 
Jesus, Joseph and Mary, assist me now and in my last agony. 
Jesus, Joseph and Mary, may my soul rest in peace with you. 

 Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory.

 Ora pro nobis, Joseph Sanctissime. Et pro Ecclesia Sancta ora 

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

FEAR THOSE WHO KILL THE SOUL, FEAR THOSE WHO LEAD YOU ON THE PATH OF SIN TO ETERNAL DAMNATION


“Do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after your body has been killed, has authority to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him” (Lk. 12, 4-5).

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

LET THE LITTLE CHILDREN COME TO ME

“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: Let the little children come to me and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God” (Mk. 10, 13-16).

How many things can we learn from children: their simplicity, their joy, their enthusiasm, their innocence, their purity, but especially we can learn their calm confidence. Children know very well that their parents love them and that is why they blindly trust them. They don’t question things, they simply abandon themselves to the will of their parents. It is precisely this trust that is most pleasing to Christ and therefore He invites us to imitate them in our relationship with the Heavenly Father.

God is an infinitely good Father and He always seeks to show us His love, but He asks us to be like children, that we accept His designs for us with simplicity 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 distinctive of the Christian faith, so today let us strive to spread it to all those who approach us, knowing that our joy is a silent but eloquent word that speaks of God's love and of our trust in Him.

Purpose: Show a cheerful face despite the difficulties knowing that I will never lack God's help and protection.


Tuesday, March 1, 2022

THE WORST GENOCIDE


Have you looked into the statistics of how many annual murders are caused by abortions in your country and in the world? 

 “How many nations like ours today look horrified at the war, forgetting that they fought and are fighting with painstaking determination for the murder of the unborn called abortion. For a hypocritical world used to shows, of course a missile will cause its reaction: but a pair of pliers or a vacuum aspiration machine, which are regularly used a short distance from our homes against our own unborn brothers, cause many more deaths than war. Didn't anyone tell you that those killer suction machines could take more lives than the worst of bombs?"

 Tomás Gonzalez Pondal 

Friday, February 18, 2022

RENEWAL OF THE CONDEMNATION OF THE MODERNIST HERESY


“… Hence arose the monstrous errors of "Modernism," which Our Predecessor rightly declared to be "the synthesis of all heresies," and solemnly condemned. We hereby renew that condemnation in all its fulness, Venerable Brethren, and as the plague is not yet entirely stamped out, but lurks here and there in hidden places, We exhort all to be carefully here and there in hidden places, We exhort all to be carefully on their guard against any contagion of the evil […] Nor do We merely desire that Catholics should shrink from the errors of Modernism, but also from the tendencies or what is called the spirit of Modernism. Those who are infected by that spirit develop a keen dislike for all that savours of antiquity and become eager searchers after novelties in everything: in the way in which they carry out religious functions, in the ruling of Catholic institutions, and even in private exercises of piety. Therefore it is Our will that the law of our forefathers should still be held sacred: "Let there be no innovation; keep to what has been handed down." In matters of faith that must be inviolably adhered to as the law; it may however also serve as a guide even in matters subject to change, but even in such cases the rule would hold: "Old things, but in a new way." 

 Benedict XV, Ad Beatissimi, 1-11-1914

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

THE SWORD THAT PIERCED HER HEART


In the light of that sinister prophecy of Simeon, the sorrowful Mother saw the somber picture of her Son's passion. She bowed her head gently, as a reed bends in the wind of a storm, and she felt a double-edged sword plunge into her womb. From that moment, all happiness ended for her, and accepting the divine disposition without complaint, she brought her lips close to the chalice that she would drink during her entire life. 

 When she held her Son in her arms; Simeon's words shed drops of gall... Mary was not granted what is given to all mothers: to enjoy in peace the love of her child and to indemnify herself from the rigors of fate with a smile on her lips ajar by innocence. She saw written on Jesus' forehead at all hours the sentence of death that men would carry out against Him as a reward for His benefits. That gloomy idea surprised her in her sleep, bothered her when she was awake, haunted her during work, and disturbed her during her few hours of rest. Jesus' robe, woven by her own hands, before being dyed with the blood of her Son, was soaked in the tears of the Mother. 

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

LETTER WRITTEN BY SAINT PHILIP OF JESUS ONE NIGHT BEFORE HE DIED


Nagasaki, Japan, February 4, 1597

 Dear parents and friends,

 The night passes quickly. 

 Tomorrow I will be executed on the cross, but I have no fear.

 My thoughts turn to you and my beloved country.

 Now that I am to receive the baptism of blood, I remember that I was baptized in the Cathedral of Mexico, and the times that I attended Mass in San Francisco de los Plateros.

 I regret the years I lost going after my desires, selfish and dissipated. Blessed be God who came to my aid, and helped me realize that it was not worth living for that. I wanted to be a missionary, but now God rewards me before the work granting me to give my life to prove my love. 

 I regret not having returned to Mexico, even for just one day, but I will return. I am sure I will return to tell everyone that true life, which is worth living, is eternal life. 

 Peace and All Good 

 Philip of Jesus

 Prayer:

 "For the cross on which you expired, Saint Philip of Jesus, make the Mexican people find their glory on the Cross!" 

Sunday, February 6, 2022

VANITY

“It is vanity, then, to seek after perishable riches, and to put your trust in them. It is vanity, too, to aspire to honors, and to push yourself into high positions. It is vanity to follow the desires of the flesh, and to desire those pleasures for which heavy punishment will one day be exacted. It is vanity to wish for a long life, and to care little about a good life. It is vanity to attend only to the present life, and not to provide for that which is to come. It is vanity to cling to what is passing so swiftly by, and not to long rather to be where endless joy abides." 

 Thomas A Kempis 

Friday, February 4, 2022

IN THE LAST HOUR


“Oh, my Lord and Savior, support me in that hour in the strong arms of Your Sacraments, and by the fresh fragrance of Your consolations. Let the absolving words be said over me, and the holy oil sign and seal me, and Your own Body be my food, and Your Blood my sprinkling; and let my sweet Mother, Mary, breathe on me, and my Angel whisper peace to me, and my glorious Saints smile upon me; that in them all, and through them all, I may receive the gift of perseverance, and die, as I desire to live, in Your faith, in Your Church, in Your service, and in Your love. Amen.” 

 John Henry Newman 

Monday, January 31, 2022

BAD CHRISTIANS

"Nor will we say anything about those Christians who are such only in name; who practice their duty as Christians in such a miserable way, that that we could die of compassion for them. You see them praying with annoyance, dissipated, without respect. You see them in the church without devotion; the Holy Mass always begins too early for them and ends too late; the priest has not yet come down from the altar, and they are already outside the church. Of the frequency of the sacraments, let us not speak; if they ever approach to receive them, their air of indifference proclaims that they absolutely do not know what they are doing. Everything that concerns the service of God they practice with a dreadful tedium. Good God! Hoy many souls lost for eternity! How little the number of those who enter the Kingdom of Heaven, when so few do what they should to deserve it!" 

 Book "Sermons of Saint John Maria Vianney, the Curé of Ars".