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SUMMONED TO COURAGE
A society increasingly disengaged from the Divine Life has no place to go but down. Definitely not progress, but a radical descent away from our greatest potential. “Tens of millions of unborn babies have been slaughtered; illegitimacy rates have soared; divorce has skyrocketed; pornography is rampant; drug use has exploded; sexually transmitted diseases such as AIDS have killed millions; birth control is a way of life; sex outside of wedlock has become the norm; countless children have been permanently damaged – their innocence lost forever – because of the proliferation of broken homes; and sodomy and homosexuality are celebrated openly. America has become the new Babylon” (Jeffrey Kuhner, Washington Times).

Summoning us to courage, a popular saying challenges us to fight: “Hope has two beautiful daughters: their names are anger and courage. Anger that things are the way they are. Courage to make them the way they ought to be.”

St. Cyril of Jerusalem in his Mystagogical Catechesis insists, “Just as the Savior, after his baptism and the coming of the Holy Spirit, went forth to vanquish the Enemy (in the wilderness), so you too, after Holy Baptism and Mystical Chrismation, having put on the whole armor of the Holy Spirit, are to resist the power of the Adversary and to vanquish him, saying, ‘I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me’ (Phil. 4:13).”

“Let us be filled with confidence,” St. John Chrysostom exhorts, “and let us discard everything so as to be able to meet this onslaught. Christ has equipped us with weapons more splendid than gold, more resistant than steel, weapons more fiery than any flame and lighter than the slightest breeze … These are weapons of a totally new kind, for they have been forged for a previously unheard-of type of combat. I, who am a mere man, find myself called upon to deal blows to demons; I, who am clothed in flesh, find myself at war with incorporeal powers.” (Excerpt from Church Militant Field Manual).
request, see below) which thou in thy love hast obtained for me. Hail, Mary, etc.

 

 

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GOD’S WORD
“The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.” (Psalm 119:130)

“Having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints …” (Ephesians 1:18)

HEROES’ WORDS

“Understanding is the reward of faith. Therefore seek not to understand that thou mayest believe, but believe that thou mayest understand.” -St. Augustine

“Understanding is the sure and clear knowledge of some invisible thing.” -St. Bernard

“Thus understanding and love, that is, the knowledge of and delight in the truth, are, as it were, the two arms of the soul, with which it embraces and comprehends with all the saints the length and breath, the height and depth, that is the eternity, the love, the goodness, and the wisdom of God.” -St. Bernard
MEDITATION
The Gift of Understanding: The infused gift of the Holy Spirit given to the mind for grasping revealed truths easily and profoundly. It differs from faith because it gives insight into the meaning of what a person believes, whereas faith, as such, merely assents to what God has revealed. This gift produces three principal effects in those who possess it. They are enabled to penetrate to the very core of revealed truths, without ever fully understanding their meaning; they are confirmed in their belief by acquiring great certitude in the revealed word of God; and they are brought to the knowledge of a greater number of truths by drawing numerous conclusions from revealed principles. (Fr. John Hardon, Modern Catholic Dictionary)

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Published on Jan 1, 2017

In lots of other areas of life as well.

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Ven. Mary Agreda

Mystical City of Refuge

“I have not revealed these mysteries in the primitive Church, because they are so great, that the faithful would have been lost in the contemplation and admiration of them at a time when it was more necessary to establish firmly the law of grace and of the Gospel. Although all mysteries of religion are in perfect harmony with each other, yet human ignorance might have suffered recoil and doubt at their magnitude, when faith in the Incarnation and Redemption and the precepts of the new law of the Gospel were yet in their beginnings.

On this same account the person of the incarnate Word said to his disciples at the last supper: “Many things have I to say to you; but you are not yet disposed to recieve them” (John 6, 12). These words He addressed to all the world, for it was not yet capable of giving full obedience to the law of grace and full assent to the faith in the Son, much less was it prepared to be introduced into the mysteries of his Mother. But now, mankind has greater need for this manifestation, and this necessity urges Me to disregard their evil disposition. And if men would now seek to please Me by reverencing, by living, and studying the wonders, which are intimately connected with this Mother of Piety, and if they would all begin to solicit her intercession from their whole heart, the world would find some relief. I will not longer withhold from men this mystical City of refuge; describe and delineate it to them, as far as thy shortcomings allow. I do not intend that thy descriptions and declarations of the life of the Blessed Virgin shall be mere opinions or contemplations, but reliable truth. They that have ears to hear, let them hear. Let those who thirst come to the living waters and leave the dried-out cisterns; let those that are seeking for the light, follow it to the end. Thus speaks the Lord God Almighty!” (Vo1 1., The Mystical City of God: Life of the Virgin Mother of God, manifested to Sister Mary of Jesus of Agreda)”

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‘Mystical City of God’ is the most Church-approved work outside of the Bible

Source: Stunning Insights Into the Life of Our Lord and Our Lady

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Published on Dec 4, 2016

Akita and the Fatima Secret

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Source:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Our_Lady_of_F%C3%A1tima

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Published on Oct 13, 2016

The 99th Anniversary of the Fatima apparitions brings with it some potentially severe implications for 2017. Here, I break down the reason that so many Catholics are on the edge of their seat for the 100th Anniversary next year.

An additional element to consider: Prior to WW2, the bishops of Portugal collectively consecrated their nation by name to the Immaculate Heart. Sr. Lucia revealed that because of this consecration, Portugal was spared from the horrors of WW2. As a gesture of gratitude, the bishops consecrated Portugal again after the war ended. Immediately afterward, there took place a dramatic revival of Catholic life in the country. Portugal had previously been a scene of intense religious persecution and decadence. Within a few short years of this consecration, the secular government was completely transformed by the staunchly Catholic Antonio Salazar, the persecution ceased, and religious vocations skyrocketed. Divorce was outlawed, and almost the entire country converted overnight.

The point being that many Catholics take this example as a preview of what will happen in Russia if only it were consecrated by name as Portugal was.

I’m not one to entertain traditionalist conspiracy theories but this is one instance where I’m afraid the evidence speaks for itself.

(And yes, I know it’s Thursday, not Tuesday.)

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Editor’s note: The following talk, originally titled “Remembering Who We Are and the Story We Belong To,” was delivered October 19, 2016 at the 2016 Bishops’ Symposium co-sponsored by the USCCB Committee on Doctrine and the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame and is published here with permission of the author.

BLOGGER’S NOTE:  As our friend Father John Corapi used to say, “Our Blessed Mother wears combat boots and her favorite weapon is The Rosary.”

“As I sat down to write my talk last week, a friend emailed me a copy of a manuscript illustration from the thirteenth century. It’s a picture of Mary punching the devil in the nose. She doesn’t rebuke him. She doesn’t enter into a dialogue with him. She punches the devil in the nose. So I think that’s the perfect place to start our discussion.”

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Source:  http://www.crisismagazine.com/2016/time-christians-unplug-secularculture#.WAi72zyk2r8.facebook

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The interior of the Holy House of Mary, Mother of God, as it is today in Loreto, Italy.

 

“Prof. Giorgio Nicolini, who devoted his life of study and research to the case, spoke at this conference. Based on these scientific evidences, he proved indisputably the veracity of the miraculous transfer.

During his lecture, Professor Nicolini demonstrated the existence of many documents and eyewitness accounts of the transfer, which science and human method cannot explain. He also established a chronology of the change of location.

1.  On May 9, 1291, the Holy House was still in Nazareth.

2.  On the night of May 9 to 10, 1291, it traveled nearly 2,000 miles and reached Tersatto (now Trsat), in the region of Dalmatia, in what is now a suburb of Rijeka, Croatia.

On that occasion, Nicolò Frangipane, feudal lord of Tersatto personally sent a delegation to Nazareth to ascertain whether the Holy House had indeed disappeared from its original place. The emissaries not only verified its disappearance but found the foundation on which the house was built and from which the walls had been taken away as a block.

Around these foundations in Nazareth, the Basilica of the Annunciation was built. In Loreto, the Holy House stands firmly, without its foundation, directly on the ground.

3.  On the night of December 9 to 10, 1294, the Holy House disappeared from Tersatto and landed “in various places” of Italy. For nine months it stayed on a hillside overlooking the port of Ancona, which thus came to be called “Posatora,” from the Latin “posat et ora” (to set down, or land, and pray).

A church was built on the site as a memorial, as was recorded at the time and signed by a priest “Don Matteo,” probably an eyewitness.

Two tombstones also commemorate this occurrence. One is from the same time period of the event and is written in old Vulgar Latin. The other, from the sixteenth century, is written in vernacular and is a copy of the older.

Posatora’s oldest tombstone already mentioned “Our Lady of Loreto,” making it clear that the inscription was done after the House’s departure from the site.”

For Article: http://www.tfp.org/tfp-home/about-our-lady/science-confirms-angels-took-the-house-of-our-lady-of-nazareth-to-loreto.html?utm_source=sm-tfp&utm_medium=email&utm_content=TFP160812&utm_campaign=tfp_newsletter

 

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“We get scared… we are really struggling.”

Dear friends,

I am writing to you from Malawi where, right now, a terrible situation is rapidly unfolding.

Southern Africa is facing its worst food crisis in many years. A horrible combination of floods and drought has devastated crops, leaving millions on the brink of starvation. None of the people we’ve spoken to know for sure how they will survive the coming months.

One of them is Yamikani who, at just 14, has been orphaned and left to look after her two younger brothers – Amos, 12, and Promise, three – alone.

Sitting outside the family’s mud brick home, Yamikani whispers: “It’s painful not to have our parents and grandparents here with us. We get scared at night time and we are really struggling with hunger. We planted some maize but it died with too much sun. I go into other people’s fields to look for any left-over maize, but find very little.”

And yet, amid such worry and fear, there is hope. Yamikani and her brothers are guaranteed at least one good meal every day – simply because your continued support of Mary’s Meals makes it possible for us to go on working at their local school, Chigona Primary.

During this time of crisis, our daily meals are not just a powerful incentive to come to school, but a vital lifeline for vulnerable children in desperate need of nourishment.

Even now, our work and your generosity allows children to set their sights on brighter futures. Yamikani tells us: “Exams are the most important thing. I would like to be a nurse – a midwife!”

We are determined to continue feeding the 1,101,206 children who already depend on our school feeding program – and we are desperate to, as funds allow, expand to reach even more. Please help us if you can.

Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow
Founder and CEO, Mary’s Meals

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Published on Dec 15, 2013

This is an extraordinary talk given by Bishop Sheen on EWTN in the 1950’s. The topic is Our Lady of Fatima apparition, and other issues of the day. It contains a clip of the movie on Fatima at the end. This wonderful talk is relevant to us even 60 years later: Trust in God always.

NOTE:  Just hit the youtube logo in right hand side of this video and it will take you to youtube to watch it.

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Published on Jan 27, 2016

Incredible cloud formation above Portugal looks like a fist from Heaven,
Is this the hand of God? Incredible cloud formation above Portugal looks like a fist from Heaven The incredible cloud formation dubbed the ‘Hand of God’ was spotted over the Portuguese island of Madeira It was snapped by weather blogger Rogerio Pacheco who saw the unusual clouds out of his bedroom window Amazed onlookers have compared the bright orange cloud from everything from a fist from heaven to a cometIF

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