Saturday, October 30, 2010

Obama's Counterfeit Catholics

Grab a cuppa coffee and drink this in along with it ... then take it to the polls on the 2nd!!! -- Oh yeah ... summore info on GEORGE SOROS too.



This program is from RealCatholicTV.com

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Will you Be Alone in the Voting Booth?


St. Therese and Rhoda Wise

St. Therese obtains a miraculous cure for Rhoda Wise

Rhoda Wise lived in Ohio with her husband and daughter. She was a Protestant who was in the last stages 0f stomach cancer when St Therese interceeded for her in a remarkable way.

Through the extraordinary intercession of St Therese, she was miraculously cured of stomach cancer and also a complex lower leg fracture, which caused her to be bedridden. Rhoda also had a remarkable conversion and ended up becoming a Catholic, and through the grace of God she later became a remarkable mystic and stigmatist, and lead countless souls to God. Here is a summary of the extraordinary intercession of St Therese in her life. We will begin with a few of her Diary entries that were written before her miraculous cure:

March 25: "…I feel tonight as if even God has forgotten me. I just cannot bear anymore. I know I am going to be in terrible misery if I go home and do not have someone to do my dressings all the time. [Rhoda had what the doctors believed to be stomach cancer, with an open wound in her abdomen that continuously leaked acidic stomach fluids, which caused her painful burning in this area -editor]. I know I cannot get the care I need, for it takes money to do that and there isn't any ... Oh God, I wonder what the outcome will be. You have never failed me yet dear Jesus, and I know that you won't now. When the clouds were darkest and I was in despair you always showed me a way out, so I'll just trust that you to take me out of this .... "

In April her intense suffering continued, mixed with deep faith and prayer.
April 20: "…I am praying so hard to St. Therese and she is going to help me. She seems so close to me. I am not laughing now, Little Flower, but trusting and praying I may be helped. I could look at your beautiful picture all day. All I do is look at your picture and whisper a prayer for help. I know you are listening to me. Won't you please help me?"

In her diary on May 16 she writes: “…It is awful to be like this. God, if I am not to get well, let me die right now. Each day I wish there would be no tomorrow. I did not think it possible for anyone to suffer so much. This drainage about sets me crazy. If I could go to sleep for just one night it would be heaven for me. Little Flower and Jesus, I am praying so hard for you to make me well, and if that is not to be, let me die at once. These dressings are terrible. No one wants to do them. I can hardly do them anymore either."

Miraculous cure
June 28, 1939: "I guess everyone will say I am dreaming again or seeing things. What happened to me was done by no dream. I saw Jesus again last night standing in my bedroom door. While I looked at Him, He said, 'Here I am as I promised.' St. Therese, the Little Flower, was right by Him. She came to my bedside. She wanted the cover off me. I pushed it off. She then wanted the dressings off, so I pushed them off. She put her hand on my stomach and said, 'You doubted me before. You have been tried in the fire and not found wanting. Faith cures all things.' She walked back to Jesus and when I looked at Him He said, 'I will come again. There is work yet to be done.' They vanished. I looked at my stomach. I was entirely healed. Not one drop of anything had even come out of my stomach. That awful irritation and everything was gone. What my feelings were I can never tell…."

But Rhoda also had another serious health problem. She had severely broken her foot and ankle one night when she inadvertantly stepped into a sewer hole. The doctors tried repairing the damage to her lower leg and ankle by repeatedly putting various leg casts upon it, but could not seem to repair the severe damage to the bones and surrounding ligaments. She was therefore confined to her bed and unable to walk. In her joy of being cured of her stomach cancer wound, she understandably hadn't even thought about asking St. Therese to obtain a cure also for her foot, because the appearence of Jesus and the Saint along with the instantaneous cure of her abdomen completely astounded her, and filled her heart and soul with unimaginable joy!

The Miraculous Cure of Her Foot –The Second Miracle
Rhoda writes again in her Diary:
Aug. 10, 1939: ".....Tomorrow I go in the hospital again. God, may this be the last cast, and if it is Thy Will, may my foot be straight and may I walk."
The cast they applied to Rhoda's foot was to be on until November 10. Rhoda's doctor told her there would be a person ready who would fit her with a brace as soon as the cast came off, and that she would be wearing the brace for the rest of her life. The doctor and everyone else was about to see for a second time that Jesus and St Therese had other plans.
Aug. 15, 1939:[Feast of the Assumption on the Blessed Virgin Mary] "Oh, what a day! I was so happy to begin with because the Little Flower came to me and cured my foot. I was sitting up in bed and crying because my foot hurt me so much. The Little Flower came and said, 'That is a little thing. Stand up and walk.' I stood right on my feet and the cast broke and I stepped right out of it. She then said, 'Go to church now' .... "

Another miracle! Who can imagine the joy of Rhoda, her family and all who knew her! Her husband George nearly fainted when he walked into the room and saw her standing on her own, the cast shattered all over the floor. Needless to say this second miracle drew a flood of persons wanting to see and talk to the woman of the miracle. Her apostolate of leading souls to God began and God increased his grace upon her by giving her the stigmata and other mystical gifts.

Click here for more on the American Mystic, Rhoda Wise

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Fr. Bozada – Divine Mercy Is A Gift

26 Oct 2010 07:34 AM PDT
Divine Mercy

My Dear People,

Beg For Divine Mercy

God’s Divine Mercy is a gift. It flows from the Holy Wounds of Jesus Christ from the Cross. Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity are extended to us so that we might be freed from eternal damnation. When the tax collector begs for Divine Mercy, God the Father lavishly pours it over the sinner. Luke’s Gospel reminds us that God Our Father in Heaven is generous with His Gifts. He asks only for our humility and obedience in return. The tax collector surrenders himself to God. Therefore, God grants the sinner His forgiveness. In the process, the tax collector is lifted up to God with great joy.

Angels and saints rejoice in heaven over repentant sinners. Self-righteousness suffocates Divine Mercy. We must be careful not to compare ourselves to others, otherwise we might fall into the same trap as the Pharisees. Seek the Lord. Call to Him. Pray to remain obedient and humble in God’s eyes. Rejoice in His love for you. He will never abandon you. His Mercy first forever.

St. Rose Phillippine Duchesne – The Saint Who Prayed Always 

St. Rose Phillippine Duchesne was born in Grenoble, France during the French Revolution. She had a great desire to leave France and serve the Native American population in America. As a Madame of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, she came to serve at their academy in St. Charles, MO and in Florissant, MO. It wasn’t until the end of her life that she got her wish to serve the Indian community in Shawnee Mission, Kansas. It was at that mission, that this great Saint and patron of St. Louis, MO became known as the “saint who prays ALWAYS.”

The Indian children would place leaves and sticks upon her feet as she knelt to pray at night, to see if she would stop and to take a break. Eight hours later the next day, they would find the twigs in exactly the same place as they had left them the previous night before, undisturbed. What a great witness for the Church, to have such a dedicated lover of Jesus constantly in prayer. Today’s Gospel from Luke teaches us that we are to be persistent in our prayer. Would anyone accuse you of praying constantly to Our Lord? What a great accusation that would be. Ceaseless prayer should be the goal of all Christians. Ask God for a prayerful heart. He will give you your hearts desire.


Entrusting you to the care of Our Lady,

Fr. Mark Bozada

May we kneel before God everyday, humbly recognizing that everything we have is a gift. May we ask God to guide us in the ways we use and share His gifts to us.

Right Around the Corner (& I don't mean Halloween)

It's getting close folks. Have you studied your ABC's? Do you know which candidates stand with TRUTH (God)? We really need to take a stand on this one and even more strongly in 2012! I'm disabled and I'll be voting ... so, no excuses!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Out of the Mouths of Babes!

Before you hit the play button ... be sure you have a tissue near by!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

György Schwartz AKA George Soros Pulling ALL The STRINGS!?!

Parts of this article were originally posted in Sept. 2009 by Jim O'Neill

Omama's Puppet Master(?)

George Soros, was born August 12, 1930 in Hungary. Soros’ father, Tivadar, was a fervent practitioner of Esperanto—a language invented in 1887, and designed to be the first global language, free of any national identity. He is a Hungarian-American currency speculator, stock investor, businessman, philanthropist, and social activist. He became known as "the Man Who Broke the Bank of England" after he made a reported $1 billion during the 1992 Black Wednesday UK currency crises. Soros had correctly anticipated that the British government would have to devalue the pound.

The Schwartz’s, who were non-practicing Jews, changed the family name to Soros, in order to facilitate assimilation into the gentile population, as the Nazis spread into Hungary during the 1930s. Soros is an Esperanto word meaning “to soar.”

In 1944 Hitler’s henchman Adolf Eichmann arrived in Hungary, to oversee the murder of that country’s Jews. The Soros children were all given fake identity papers, and were shipped out to various Christian families. George Soros ended up with a man whose job was confiscating property from the Jewish population. Soros went with him on his rounds.

During an interview with “Sixty Minute’s” Steve Kroft, Soros was asked about his “best year:”

Soros has repeatedly called 1944 “the best year of his life.”
In an article in the Wall Street Journal, Joshua Muravchik notes that, “70% of Mr. Soros’s fellow Jews in Hungary, nearly a half-million human beings, were annihilated in that year. They were dying and disappearing all around him, and their numbers no doubt included many whom he knew personally. Yet he gives no sign that this put any damper on his elation, either at the time or indeed in retrospect.”


Sweetness and Light

KROFT: My understanding is that you went out with this protector of yours who swore that you were his adopted godson.
SOROS: Yes. Yes.
KROFT: Went out, in fact, and helped in the confiscation of property from the Jews.
SOROS: Yes. That’s right. Yes.
KROFT: I mean, that sounds like an experience that would send lots of people to the psychiatric couch for many, many years. Was it difficult?
SOROS: Not, not at all. Not at all.
KROFT: No feeling of guilt?
SOROS: No.

Of course he didn’t feel guilty. Soros has the moral depth of a clam. Nonetheless, he has said, “my goal is to become the conscience of the world.”

In his article, Muravchik describes how Soros has admitted to having “carried some rather potent messianic fantasies with me from childhood, which I felt I had to control, otherwise they might get me in trouble.”

Be that as it may. After WWII, Soros attended the London School of Economics, where he fell under the thrall of fellow atheist and Hungarian, Karl Popper, one of his professors. Popper was a mentor to Soros until Popper’s death in 1994. Two of Popper’s most influential teachings concerned “the open society,” and Fallibilism.


Fallibilism is the philosophical doctrine that all claims of knowledge could, in principle, be mistaken.
Then again, I could be wrong about that.


The “open society” basically refers to a “test and evaluate” approach to social engineering. Regarding “open society” Roy Childs writes, “Since the Second World War, most of the Western democracies have followed Popper’s advice about piecemeal social engineering and democratic social reform, and it has gotten them into a grand mess.

In 1956 Soros moved to New York City, where he worked on Wall Street, and started amassing his fortune. He specialized in hedge funds and currency speculation.

Soros is absolutely ruthless, amoral, and clever in his business dealings, and quickly made his fortune. By the 1980s he was well on his way to becoming the global powerhouse that he is today.

In an article Kyle-Anne Shiver wrote for “The American Thinker” she says, “Soros made his first billion in 1992 by shorting the British pound with leveraged billions in financial bets, and became known as the man who broke the Bank of England. He broke it on the backs of hard-working British citizens who immediately saw their homes severely devalued and their life savings cut drastically…almost overnight.”


In 1994 Soros crowed in “The New Republic” that “the former Soviet Empire is now called the Soros Empire.” The Russia-gate scandal in 1999, which almost collapsed the Russian economy, was labeled by Rep. Jim Leach, then head of the House Banking Committee, to be “one of the greatest social robberies in human history.” The “Soros Empire” indeed.

In 1997 Soros almost destroyed the economies of Thailand and Malaysia. At the time, Malaysia’s Prime Minister, Mahathir Mohamad, called Soros “a villain, and a moron.” Thai activist Weng Tojirakarn said, “We regard George Soros as a kind of Dracula. He sucks the blood from the people.”


The website Greek national Pride reports, “[Soros] was part of the full court press that dismantled Yugoslavia and caused trouble in Georgia, Ukraine and Myanmar [Burma]. Calling himself a philanthropist, Soros’ role is to tighten the ideological stranglehold of globalization and the New World Order while promoting his own financial gain. He is without conscience; a capitalist who functions with absolute amorality.”

France has upheld an earlier conviction against Soros, for felony insider trading. Soros was fined 2.9 million dollars. (Source)

Recently, his native Hungary fined Soros 2.2 million dollars for “illegal market manipulation.” Elizabeth Crum writes that “The Hungarian economy has been in a state of transition as the country seeks to become more financially stable and westernized. [Soros’] deliberately driving down the share price of its largest bank put Hungary’s economy into a wicked tailspin, one from which it is still trying to recover.”

My point here is that Soros is an EVIL planetary parasite. His grasp, greed, and gluttony have a global reach.


As a related aside *smirks* ... here's an excerpt from TheAmericanJingoist
“Destroying America will be the culmination of my life’s work.”
Friends,
This man György Schwartz AKA George Soros is an evil man…the most vile of human beings; he is a filthy Nazi collaborator! George Soros is the personification of evil on this earth and he controls the Democratic Party in America. Here in his own words are his stated goals; “Destroying America will be the culmination of my life’s work.”
I have stated many times that Barrack Hussein Obama is a Manchurian Candidate…but whose? Well the answer lies in who funded his campaign, directs the democratic minions who promote the ideals of this Marxist/Muslim in the White House…that man is George Soros!
Oh… how far we have sunk in America when we allow this Nazi collaborator, a man who sent half a million Jews to their deaths, to shape, manipulate and destroy America!
And the puppet he uses is Barak Hussein Obama and who better to describe this marionette in the White House than Cicero:

“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague.”

Read Cicero again and when you do remember Cicero’s words…

“The traitor is the plague.” And who is that? Barack Hussein Obama and his puppet master George Soros!


But what about America? Soros told Australia’s national newspaper “The Australian” “America, as the centre of the globalised financial markets, was sucking up the savings of the world.

"Destroying America will be the culmination of my life’s work.”
Soros also told “The Australian” that the world financial crisis was”stimulating” and “in a way, the culmination of my life’s work.”

Stimulating. Have you found the job losses, house foreclosures, and incredible national debt—stimulating? Me neither.


Obama has recently promised 10 billion of our tax dollars to Brazil (yes, billion with a “b”), in order to give them a leg-up in expanding their offshore oil fields. Obama’s largesse towards Brazil, came shortly after Soros invested heavily in Brazilian oil (Petrobras).

Tait Trussel writes, “The Petrobras loan may be a windfall for Soros and Brazil, but it is a bad deal for the U.S. The American Petroleum Institute estimates that oil exploration in the U.S. could create 160,000 new, well-paying jobs, as well as $1.7 trillion in revenues to federal, state, and local governments, all while fostering greater energy security.”


Hard working, honest, American taxpayers, are being treated like gullible suckers!!?!!


Interesting how sin and lack of conscience can make a man so ugly, isn't it? From youth to old age ... sin shows and takes it's toll ... and even SO much more later :-(  



Related Reading:
Koch Brothers vs. George Soros
Trying to SHUT UP FOX NEWS  
Obama's guiding philosophy 
Deportation? 
Soros Slashes Exposure to US Equities 
Financial Crisis Entered "ACT II"
China's a Positive Force 
Politics and Hollywood 
CHANGE: Socialist Change

Friday, October 22, 2010

THANK YOU, Archbishop John Nienstedt!

This is just wonderful .. there are a number of priests that are standing straight with strong backbones and speaking the TRUTH these days ... let's pray that it becomes an epidemic soon!

Archbishop John Nienstedt: No Luke Warm Catholics!
“Oh’ How I Wish You Were Hot or Cold, But Because You Are Luke Warm I Will Spit You Out Of My Mouth”–God
By: Craig Lassig AP

The Catholic archbishop for the Twin Cities defended his right Monday to speak to fellow Catholics on social issues, and said a shrinking Roman Catholic church is no reason to consider a more liberal stance.

Archbishop John Nienstedt sat down with The Associated Press after a weekend in which the St. Paul-Minneapolis Archdiocese announced it would close 21 churches to reflect churchgoers’ move from urban areas to suburbia, declines in regular church attendance and an expectation of fewer new priests to replace those who retire or die.

The archbishop, who recently angered some of the area’s 800,000 Catholics with the mailing of an anti-gay marriage DVD, said he believes spiritual leaders have a duty to talk to their flock about issues they see as important — even if some of those views might be unpopular with prospective churchgoers.

“We’re part and parcel of the culture, so it’s important for us to be involved with those discussions and have our say,” Nienstedt said. He said Jesus Christ directed his followers to “either be hot or cold, but if you’re lukewarm, I don’t want that. So we want people who live their faith.”

Nienstedt called the reorganization, which also will involve dozens more churches sharing priests and some staff and resources, “a reconfiguring of resources to meet our needs and mission.” But he said Catholics need not fear a smaller church, and the threat of one is not a reason to abandon core tenets.

“I believe that it’s important that if you’re going to be Catholic, that you have to be 100% Catholic,” Nienstedt said. “That you stand by the church, you believe what the church believes and you pass that on to your sons and daughters and your grandsons and granddaughters.”

The Rev. Mike Tegeder, lead pastor at St. Edward Catholic Church in Bloomington and a frequent critic of the archbishop, said he was puzzled by the term “100 percent Catholic.”

“The church has always gotten into trouble when it seeks to separate the pure from the impure,” said Tegeder, whose suburban congregation emerged unscathed from the reorganization plans. “Jesus cautions us to be careful in weeding and judging.”

Tegeder and some other priests have argued the Catholic Church could quickly resolve its problem with declining numbers of priests if it allowed married clergy. But “I personally don’t see that happening,” Nienstedt said.

One church on the list of those to be closed and merged with several nearby churches is St. Clement, in Minneapolis. its pastor, the Rev. Earl Simonson, said he’s not sure if the building will actually shut down or still be used for some services, though under the archdiocese’s approach it will at minimum lose its name.

“We just wait for the great archbishop to tell us what we’re doing,” Simonson said. “We’re mere flunkies.”

Still, Simonson did not take issue with Nienstedt’s conviction that smaller isn’t necessarily less desirable for the Catholic Church.

“That’s what I was taught in seminary,” Simonson said. “If you don’t want to be Catholic, then get out. The archbishop is right about that. Human nature being what it is, you’ll always have some who think they can be half in and half out.”

Let us know your thoughts. Is the Archbishop being “judgmental” or faithful to Christ.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

We have THE SPEECH! (Archbishop Burke)

No intro needed .. sit back and enjoy if you LOVE THE TRUTH!

Here is THE SPEECH!

The Laborers are Few ... WILL YOU HELP?

We ALL need to take responsibility for making the Light shine in a world that sorely needs to step out of the darkness!

Laborers Are Few from Mark Mallett on Vimeo.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Why do Muslims only Live on ONE WAY STREETS??

Before I say anything .. have a look at a Muslim DANCING on High Altar at Florence Cathedral!
What do you think would happen if a Christian did something similar at a Mosque?
 
For some time now, I have noticed how one sided things appear from the Muslim world's point of view. Couple things I can remember off the top of my head ... I'm sure you can remember many more and that a search on google will produce even more yet.
What about the Dutch cartoonist that had to practically go into hiding regarding a political cartoon about Mohammad? Then there's the time they were ready to string up the Pope because he quoted a 14th century emperor who simply stated the truth about how violent they were. It's ok for them to shoot rockets at Israel, but when Israel retaliates it's wrong? How DARE Israel attempt to protect itself or stop the attacks on their citizens? They disperse themselves into ALL other countries .. why? Cuz they wanna make NICE? There is an agenda folks. He who has eyes, let them SEE!
I myself, and I venture to bet most of us, would not take up residency in another country and then demand that country to follow the codes and laws of the USA. We would not demand special rights so we could live as we did in our own country THAT WE JUST LEFT. If it's that important to them, why did they leave in the first place? If that's how they want to live, fine .. let them live like that in their OWN COUNTRY. But they want to force THEIR laws on us .. no, not just US ... the WHOLE WORLD. They will not rest till the Islamic flag flies everywhere.
They say they are a peaceful nation. What they don't say is that even the Koran says you will find contradictory statements in this book. When you do, you are to follow the most recently dated to be correct. Problem with this is that all the PEACEFUL stuff in the Koran was in the beginning of the book. The VIOLENT TAKEOVER POLICY comes later, is more recent and therefore is today's law of the land.
We have all heard of the severe old testament type punishments for crimes ... cutting off hands for stealing and certainly the stoning of adulterers, but are folks really aware that ANYONE that doesn't believe as they do is an INFIDEL and by THEIR LAW (which they want IMPOSED IN THE USA AND EVERYWHERE ELSE) it states that all infidels must die unless they convert to Islam.

These are the descendants of Ishmael .. and I believe personally that there will never be peace in the middle east between them and the descendants of Issac in our day. Since Hagar and Ishmael left the camp of Abraham and Sarah, it has been so and will continue to be so until Jesus Himself returns and restores all peace everywhere.
Now, I should say here that I have nothing against any race or creed. I can smile at anyone and mean it wholeheartedly with full sincerity of heart. However, when I know that a nation's set of laws and holy books TELL THEM to LIE and DECEIVE in order to trick or force 'infidels' into converting and if they don't, they can go ahead and kill them for GOD ... I have a problem.

A little info on the MAHDI and why Ahmadinejad spoke the words of the bible: "Let us remove Israel from the face of the earth that her name be no more remembered." 
Shia Muslims, including Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, believe that an Islamic savior known as the Mahdi will return at the end of time. They believe the Mahdi's appearing will be a time of chaos, carnage and confusion.
"Imam al-Mahdi is another name for the 'Twelfth Imam' or the 'Hidden Imam,' as New York Times best-selling author Joel C. Rosenberg explained in one of his recent blogs.
"Shia Muslims believe this Islamic messiah will come at the End of Days to destroy Judeo-Christian civilization as we have known it, force infidels to convert or be executed, and will set up a one-world Islamic government known as the 'caliphate.'
According to Rosenberg, Ahmadinejad believes Allah has chosen him to prepare the world for the coming of the Mahdi and that he can hasten his appearance by creating worldwide chaos. 
In a provocative speech to the U.N. General Assembly on Thursday, Sept. 23, Iran's president prayed God would "hasten the arrival of Imam al-Mahdi and grant him good health and victory and make us his followers and those who attest to his righteousness."
"Ahmadinejad believes the way to 'hasten' the Twelfth Imam's coming is to annihilate the U.S. and Israel," Rosenberg said. "This would bring about the 'victory' that Ahmadinejad prayed for on American soil."
They have (apparently most systematically) spread out in most if not every country of the world all of a sudden, seemingly almost all at once, although it's been over the course of a few years. But WHY? These are folks that pray 5 times a day with foreheads to the ground in stocking feet. Folks that are that fervent, well, WHY do they leave their land? Anyone can believe in anything and they SURELY DO, especially these days .. but when you go intimidating, forcing and KILLING others because of it and then TAKE OFFENSE when others attempt to point it out or STOP YOU ... well folks ... WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE? We are the calm frog in the pot while the heat is being raised ... not just with this but with permissiveness in our own land as well!
We are so afraid of 'offending' anyone that we won't speak up for what we KNOW is RIGHT. Our children pay the price to be certain and we bring hardship on ourselves because of it. It's NOT just up to the priests and clergy ... we are ALL ONE IN THE BODY OF CHRIST ... we are ALL CALLED TO TAKE UP THE CROSS AND FOLLOW HIM ... WE ARE OUR BROTHER'S KEEPERS!
Do we all forget that satan is a liar and the father of lies? That his deal is to trick and deceive the masses? Oh well .. that's right .. nearly forgot .. most INTELLIGENT folks "KNOW" that satan is just a mythological creature that never really existed ... my mistake! Guess I'm just one of those poor sad sheeple that follow a distant calling of what I THINK is RIGHT and Good and Pure. I follow the Voice of JESUS CHRIST, Son of the Living God .. in Him do I move and live and have my being! I beg you all to pray more ... fast, do penance ... Jesus is not delayed because He FORGOT ... He delays so He can bestow more mercy on this thankless generation .. in hopes that even just one more can be saved before the great and terrible day! And make no mistake about it .. the great and terrible DOES APPROACH. How long do you think our Lady can hold back His Hand of Justice? She is gracious and generous and loving in her compassion, but she knows too that Justice must be satisfied and Justice is what will bring us closer to life everlasting the way it was meant to be lived from the beginning.
Pray for the clergy, especially the Bishops; that they take a stronger stand in what they KNOW is TRUTH and not worry so much about their positions and the politics of the day. Pray that all clergy "receive the grace they require to be the servants God desires"!

If you for a moment think that it's just coincidence that Islam is spreading out all over the world, I have oceanfront property in Kansas that I'd like to sell.

So as our Lady says ... PRAY, PRAY, PRAY!!
Your eternal souls DO depend upon it.
Keep your eyes open ... watch for the signs of the times ... keep your wicks trimmed and oil in your lamps!
Pray hard that the TRUTH be shown to all sincere seekers straining to see it through the darkness of the lies we are inundated by.
That all be saved and none be lost ... every soul is worth the cost!

This is not to spread hate, Lord knows there's already an abundance of that in the world .. but folks have to wake up and smell the coffee before we're herded off in freight cars to be 'taken care of' in 'nice camps' for 'our own good'. Our heads have been in the sand for WAAAY too long now. We have swallowed the complacency and relativism pills too many times to our detriment and it's now beginning to wreak havoc with our SYSTEMS. But it's never to late to BEG MERCY with a sincere heart and start following the One Who IS the Way, the Truth and the Life in ALL THINGS. We need to accept and EMBRACE ALL TEACHING from Holy Mother Church who is lead by the Holy Spirit in matters of Faith and Morals!
Can we imagine ourselves standing before Jesus Himself and telling Him that we feel we were JUSTIFIED in following what was CONVENIENT for us down here and tossing aside the other things He said were important??? We cannot pick and choose what we will believe. We believe, as Catholics, ALL that has been revealed by Scripture, Tradition and Magisterium because He Who revealed it is TRUTH HIMSELF and can neither deceive or BE deceived!


REMEMBER: "The Christian says: 'I will die for what I believe.' ... the Muslim says: 'YOU will die for what I believe.'" ~unknown

This article, or raving rant, was prompted by an article by Patrick Madrid, thanks Patrick, you got me thinking! 

It's possible that there may be subsequent additions to this text.

Had a feeling there would be more .. found this this morning (10/20/10): 



[Excerpt:  "In August 1996, al-Qaida declared war on America, the West, Christians and Jews. Nobody important paid much attention to this. Almost exactly five years later, September 11 forced them to notice. Let it be said that in September 2010 the Muslim Brotherhood, a group with one hundred times more activists than al-Qaida, issued its declaration of war. What remains is the history of the future."]

Saturday, October 16, 2010

New Offerings :)

Vintage Look Brass Ruby:


And a Metal Ladder Rosary:

Friday, October 15, 2010

St. Teresa of Avila Feast Day

St. Teresa (1515-1582) was born in Avila and died in Alba, Spain. When only a child of seven, she ran away from home in the hope of being martyred by the Moors; in this way, she said she could come to see God. At the age of eighteen she joined the Carmelite Order and chose Christ as her heavenly Spouse. With the help of St. John of the Cross she reformed most of the Carmelite convents and founded new ones. She reached the highest degree of prayer and through prayer obtained such knowledge of divine things that in 1970 Pope Paul VI named her the first woman Doctor of the Church.



Also well known as St. Teresa of Jesus and honored by the Church as the "seraphic virgin," virgo seraphica, and reformer of the Carmelite Order, ranks first among women for wisdom and learning. She is called doctrix mystica, doctor of mystical theology; in a report to Pope Paul V the Roman Rota declared: "Teresa has been given to the Church by God as a teacher of the spiritual life. The mysteries of the inner mystical life which the holy Fathers propounded unsystematically and without orderly sequence, she has presented with unparalleled clarity." Her writings are still the classic works on mysticism, and from her all later teachers have drawn, e.g., Francis de Sales, Alphonsus Liguori. Characteristic of her mysticism is the subjective-individualistic approach; there is little integration with the liturgy and social piety, and thus she reflects the spirit of the sixteenth and following centuries.
Teresa was born at Avila, Spain, in the year 1515. At the age of seven she set out for Africa to die for Christ, but was brought back by her uncle. When she lost her mother at twelve, she implored Mary for her maternal protection. In 1533 she entered the Carmelite Order; for eighteen years she suffered physical pain and spiritual dryness. Under divine inspiration and with the approval of Pope Pius IV, she began the work of reforming the Carmelite Order. In spite of heavy opposition and constant difficulties, she founded thirty-two reformed convents.
Truly wonderful were the exterior and interior manifestations of her mystical union with God, especially during the last decade of her life. These graces reached a climax when her heart was transfixed (transverberatio cordis), an event that is commemorated in the Carmelite Order by a special feast on August 27. She practiced great devotion to the foster-father of Jesus, whose cult was greatly furthered throughout the Church through her efforts. When dying she often repeated the words: "Lord, I am a daughter of the Church!" Her holy body rests upon the high altar of the Carmelite church in Alba, Spain; her heart with its mysterious wound is reserved in a precious reliquary on the Epistle side of the altar.

St. Teresa composed the following well-known lines:
Let nothing affright thee,
Nothing dismay thee.
All is passing,
God ever remains.
Patience obtains all.
Whoever possesses God
Cannot lack anything
God alone suffices.
Excerpted from The Church's Year of Grace, Pius Parsch.

Teresa lived in an age of exploration as well as political, social and religious upheaval. It was the 16th century, a time of turmoil and reform. She was born before the Protestant Reformation and died almost 20 years after the closing of the Council of Trent. The gift of God to Teresa in and through which she became holy and left her mark on the Church and the world is threefold: She was a woman; she was a contemplative; she was an active reformer.
As a woman, Teresa stood on her own two feet, even in the man's world of her time. She was "her own woman," entering the Carmelites despite strong opposition from her father. She is a person wrapped not so much in silence as in mystery. Beautiful, talented, outgoing, adaptable, affectionate, courageous, enthusiastic, she was totally human. Like Jesus, she was a mystery of paradoxes: wise, yet practical; intelligent, yet much in tune with her experience; a mystic, yet an energetic reformer. A holy woman, a womanly woman.
Teresa was a woman "for God," a woman of prayer, discipline and compassion. Her heart belonged to God. Her ongoing conversion was an arduous lifelong struggle, involving ongoing purification and suffering. She was misunderstood, misjudged, opposed in her efforts at reform. Yet she struggled on, courageous and faithful; she struggled with her own mediocrity, her illness, her opposition. And in the midst of all this she clung to God in life and in prayer. Her writings on prayer and contemplation are drawn from her experience: powerful, practical and graceful. A woman of prayer; a woman for God.
Teresa was a woman "for others." Though a contemplative, she spent much of her time and energy seeking to reform herself and the Carmelites, to lead them back to the full observance of the primitive Rule. She founded over a half-dozen new monasteries. She traveled, wrote, fought—always to renew, to reform. In her self, in her prayer, in her life, in her efforts to reform, in all the people she touched, she was a woman for others, a woman who inspired and gave life.
Her writings, especially the Way of Perfection and The Interior Castle, have helped generations of believers.
In 1970, the Church gave her the title she had long held in the popular mind: doctor of the Church. She and St. Catherine of Siena were the first women so honored.

Patron: sickness; against headaches; against heart disease; lacemakers; loss of parents; opposition of Church authorities; those in need of grace; religious; those ridiculed for their piety; Spain; those named Teresa, Theresa, Teresita, Terry, Tessa, Teresina, and Tracy.
Symbols: nun in habit of a Discalced Carmelite; Carmelite nun with her heart pierced by an arrow held by an angel; Carmelite nun holding a pierced heart, book and crucifix; Carmelite nun with book and quill; Carmelite nun receiving a message from a dove; roses and lilies; inflamed heart; IHS on a heart; flaming arrows; dove; book and pen; crown of thorns; heart transfixed with flaming arrows; scapulary; crucifix and lily.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Perspective? Insight? or In your Face TRUTH?

Easy to point fingers today at the Church isn't it? I mean satan (lower case on purpose) has it all tied up in a neat little package to discredit and malign the Church and her servants, especially the 'servant of the servants'. What many don't realize/understand/want-to-admit is that the RCC is targeted for a REASON. Forget about religion for a moment. If you are trying to take a military position and want to win battles that bring you closer to winning the war, then you pick your targets wisely and with much consternation. Christ is the Foundation, He is truly Present in the Eucharist (this is HOW He is with us till the end of time as He promised). If Christ is the Source and Summit of the Church and the Priest is the one that consecrates the elements bringing about Transubstantiation, what better target than discrediting the priests, thinning the numbers and eventually eliminating the the most Powerful Source of grace Truly Present in this, our most Perfect Sacrifice?
Folks really need to read AA-1025. A very short true paperback novel documenting how one 'priest' was the 1,025th person sent into the priesthood to destroy it from the inside out. VERY ENLIGHTENING with brow raising memories if you were alive like I was during Vatican II. A very easy afternoon read that you will find compelling.
Anyway, this is only the tip of the iceberg of what could be written on this subject. But I will stop now before I get out of hand.
Questions and comments welcomed!




To stop the peace process

 Walla! חדשות News
יום רביעי, 13 באוקטובר 2010, 7:00 Wednesday, 13 October 2010
An article of interest from Walla! News ... 

Absolute indifference of Israeli residents from watching the political process who are trying to sell them Benjamin Netanyahu, Mahmoud Abbas and Barack Obama . לכאורה, אמורים היו הרחובות להתפקע מפעילות פוליטית בעד ונגד. Ostensibly, the streets were supposed to burst from political activity for and against. בכיכרות צריכים להצטופף המאמינים בתהליך מול המתנגדים לו בתוקף. Squares should be pressed against opponents who believe the process has expired. אבל הישראלים אינם פראיירים. But the Israelis are suckers. חוש הריח שלהם, שהוא רגיש וחד לאחר שנים של קשקושי שלום וערימות גופות, יודע לזהות מצוין מתי מתרחש מהלך מדיני של ממש ומתי מדובר ביחסי ציבור של ראש ממשלה שמתחזה למדינאי, נשיא רשות מפוחד למוות ונשיא אמריקאי נחוש ותמים באותה מידה. Their sense of smell, which is sensitive and sharp after years of peace bull$#@t piles of bodies, know a great when going on a real political process when it's public relations masquerading as a statesman prime minister, president and scared to death Authority determined American president equally innocent.

If anyone has better translation of Hebrew, please contribute ... more here on this article

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

New Brass Components Have Arrived!

I am absolutely THRILLED with the new brass components that arrived today! I couldn't be more pleased .. the picture doesn't do them justice! Detail and quality is EXCELLENT! I can't wait to finish up these couple orders I have and pull out my jewelers brass wire and make some vintage look pieces. I think I might even like this better than the sterling silver!~ LOL

 

Holy Father gives thanks for rescue of Chilean miners

Santiago, Chile, Oct 13, 2010 / 12:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI gave thanks for the initial success of efforts to free the first of 33 Chilean copper miners who have been trapped beneath the earth for the more than two months.

At his weekly general audience, Oct. 13, the Pope said that “with hope" he continues to commend the miners to the "divine goodness" of Christ.

The miners have been trapped under a half-mile of rock deep beneath Chile's Atacama Desert since the mine shaft collapsed Aug. 5. Rescue workers originally projected that the miners would be free in late December.

The first of the miners was brought to the surface on Oct. 13 and rescue officials now say it is possible that all will be free within a day.

Pope Benedict XVI has offered prayers for the miners on several occasions during their 69 days underground. He also sent them each of them a rosary, delivered personally by Cardinal Francisco Javier Errazuriz of Santiago, Chile.

Also at his weekly audience, the Pope recalled the anniversary of the final Marian apparition at Fatima, Portugal in 1917. He prayed for the Blessed Mother’s intercession, especially in the lives of young people, the sick and newlyweds.

"To the heavenly Mother of God, I entrust you, dear young people, so that you might generously respond to the call of the Lord," the Pope said. He asked that Mary might be "comfort" for the sorrows of the sick and that she accompany the newly married couples as they begin their families.

via: CNA

Complacency, Relativism and the Church

I am going to hold myself to a sentence or two here, because there is MUCH to say on this most important topic. It's NOT up to the OTHER GUY, it's NOT up to the NEXT GENERATION .. it's NOT up to ONLY the clergy ... it's UP to EACH & EVERY ONE OF US. We all need to do what we can to further the Kingdom and not be so complacent and accommodating of SIN in our midst. We need to immerse ourselves in OUR FAITH, our ETERNAL LIVES depend on it. We need to KNOW what we believe and WHY. PEOPLE: the earth is passing before our very eyes .... ETERNITY IS FOREVER ... please KNOW what you're doing and where you're going. Teach the young ones .... comfort and serve the old ones ... and support and encourage everyone in our Hope Who is Christ Jesus!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

"O Stupid Catholics, who has bewitched you"

Hope you enjoy this letter it was written by a priest and placed in the bulletin.  I thought you might enjoy it.

Please pray for me.

Voting Catholic! Are You Going The
Way of Evil or The Way of Truth

By Fr. Richard Perozich (Written for the Church Bulletin) – Elections are coming up November 2, 2010. Catholics must engage in the political process to form a nation that reflects the values held by Christ’s followers.
Learn who you are and act like a Christian.
1 Peter 2. 9 But you are “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own, so that you may announce the praises” of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
Your job is to announce to the whole world that Jesus is the anointed King of God’s everlasting reign and to offer all men His salvation given by grace and received by faith.
One forum in which you do this is politics. Politics comes from the word pole and polarity. Poles are opposite ends of an idea, of a temporal structure, or of a force.
Catholics Have A Higher Calling
Catholics, even though we live in a country and are citizens of that country, have a higher calling and responsibility to God and to our neighbor to promote God’s truth even when others hate it, reject it, and hate us for proclaiming it.
We are citizens in an earthly realm, but more importantly we are citizens of the new kingdom of heaven with Jesus as the Lord, His laws as our prime way of life, and called to live them and to promote them even to unbelievers.
We live in a society where many people with power, possessions, and prestige are promoting ideas that are not founded in Christ.
In order to promote their ideas over ours, they tell us we must stay in our churches, keep our religion to ourselves, and that their idea of separation of the church from the state (which does not exist in our American constitution as they say it does) trumps any ideas we might have, so we have to shut up. And Catholics sheepishly keep quiet and vote for men and women who promote evil.
In chapter 3 of Galatians, St. Paul, frustrated with the Galatians allowing non believers to silence the truth even to the point of the Galatians returning to pagan or evil ways chastises them saying, “O stupid Galatians. Who has bewitched you?”
“O Stupid Catholics, who has bewitched you?”
It can be said of us in America in the year 2010, “O Stupid Catholics, who has bewitched you?” We easily go over to pagan ideas, putting aside our faith, our truth, in order to accommodate the evil of people who will not accommodate us! To promote their ideas they attack us personally calling us the far right, ultra conservative, bigoted, homophobic, hate mongers, holy rollers, and other epithets. This silences many Catholics. It only emboldens me, and it should embolden you also to promote your faith.
In the fights in politics, all sides cannot win. It is either going to be the way of evil or the way of truth. You must engage it as an ambassador for Christ and not as an agent of the devil.
God is life. Jesus is King. Christians are citizens of the kingdom sharing in life, the mission of God to promote it constantly in every forum.
People are most concerned with their economic power to purchase, to live, to save. Their greatest fear is losing this, evident in how they voted in 2006 and 2008.
Our Greatest Concern Should Be With Life
For Christians our greatest concern should be with life, and we vote for those who promote it. You have heard the mantra, “I’m a fiscal conservative, but a social liberal.” Nonsense. The societal responsibilities come first, and from a sound society built on biblical principles flow the economic concerns.
In a healthy economy there will be rich people. I who earn $20,000.00 a year do not envy their wealth, their homes, their power to shape the economy. The people Americans put into office in 2006 and 2008 DO envy, and are using the economy to tear apart the entire social fabric of society to promote abortion here in our country and abroad; to kill new life in embryos; to kill the elderly and sick; to destroy the nature of gender and marriage; to allow sexually immature people to be predators of others to try to satisfy their lack of psychological development.
Here Are The Fundamental Issues
For us Catholics the basic issues are: Life from conception to natural death, that is protection of the unborn, those with life, and those who are sick; protection of new life in its most nascent form, the embryo; protection from cloning to farm body parts; protection from sexual deviance in the form of pederasty, homosexuality, adultery, fornication, prostitution.
An elite class has assumed power in the United States, transcending political parties. They claim to know more than the people the elites represent. They do not. Their interest is keeping their positions in which they earn upwards of $200,000.00 with a health plan that is not part of the new one passed for the rest of us. They plan the destruction of the military, the silence of the churches and free voices, the destruction of children, embryos. They simply cannot stay in power. I have voted for some of them despite their mixed policies.
Enough!
But enough! I refuse to cast a vote for anyone who supports abortion, sexual confusion to be forced in the military, marriage, school curricula, or any other societal aspect, cloning, embryonic stem cell research, or euthanasia.
A Stand Must Be Made!
I am a Catholic. I am a citizen of the Kingdom of God and will promote that kingdom in all parts of my life.
To you politicians who promote non Catholic values, I will not vote for you just so your opponent will not get into office.
If you do not represent me, you do not have my vote. I don’t want your government money. I don’t want your ideas of equality, fairness, and justice. I don’t want your health care. I am not a prostitute who sells my vote for temporal benefits.
I am checking your voting records through various organizations which monitor your voting. If you do not promote life from the moment of conception to natural death, chastity and sexual distinctions, traditional marriage, respect for embryos in science, then you will not get my vote. You do not belong in political office. Teachers who sheepishly follow their corrupt unions do not belong in the classrooms. Clergy who follow non Christian teaching do not belong in the pulpit.
True Change!
My hope rests in Jesus Christ and His salvation exactly FROM the very things these politicians are promoting. Change is repentance from sin, conversion to God, and reparation of the damage by following the commandments without relativizing them.
Hope and Change did not come in 2008. I’m going to do my part to see that it does in 2010.
Fr. Richard Perozich

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Friday, October 8, 2010

Urgent Prayers Required Please

Tristan Drake Molby was born April 8, 2010 with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome.
He and his family need us to STORM HEAVEN for this little sweetie. Please pray as often as you think of him throughout the day .. MUCH prayer is needed along with supplication.


Please keep this little angel and his family in your daily prayers ... Offer penance too for the most speedy and comfortable recovery to full health according to the Will of our Merciful Lord for this special little one!

Read more of his story and keep updated here:
http://www.molby.us

Peace, strength, encouragement and much love to Tristan and his family!

The Fifteen Prayers of St. Bridget of Sweden

Background

The Fifteen Prayers revealed by Our Lord to St. Bridget of Sweden in the church of St. Paul at Rome are published under sanction of the Decree of November 18, 1966, published in the Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Vol. 58, No. 16 of December 29, 1966.

Approved by Pope Pius IX

Pope Benedict XV expressed himself as follows on the Revelations of St. Bridget: "The approbations of such revelations implies nothing more than, after mature examination, it is permissible to publish them for the unit of the faithful. Though they don't merit the same credence as the truths of religion, one can, however, believe them out of human faith, conforming to the rules of prudence by which they are probably, and supported by sufficient motives that one might believe in them piously." (Les Petits Bollandistes, tome XII)

The 14th of June 1303, at the moment Bridget was born, Benedict, the curate of Rasbo, prayed for the happy deliverance of Ingeborde. Suddenly he found himself enveloped by a luminous cloud out of which Our Lady appeared:

"A child has been born at Birger; her voice will be heard by the entire world." (Sagii, die XXIV Aprilis 1903)

These prayers and these promises have been copied from a book printed in Toulouse in 1740 and published by the P. Adrien Parvilliers of the Company of Jesus, Apostolic Missionary of the Holy Land, with approbation, permission, and recommendation to distribute them.

Parents and teachers who will read them to young infants for at least one year will assure their being preserved for life from any grave accident which would involve the loss of one of their five senses.

Pope Pius IX took cognizance of these prayers with the prologue; he approved them May 31, 1862, recognizing them as true and for the good of souls.

This sentence of Pope Pius IX has been confirmed by the realization of the promises by all persons who have recited the prayers and by numerous supernatural facts by which God wanted to make known their exact truth. A collection of small books, these prayers among them, was approved by the Great Congress of Malines on August 22, 1863.

Must one recite the prayers everyday without interruption to obtain the privileges. One should miss saying them as few times as possible; but if for a serious reason one is obliged to miss them, one doesn't lose the privileges attached to them; as long as one recites the 5,480 prayers during the year. One must say them with devotion and concentrate on the words one pronounces.

These prayers can serve as The Way of the Cross.

Visitors to the Church of St. Paul at Rome can see the crucifix, above the Tabernacle in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, sculptured by Pierre Cavallini, before which St. Bridget knelt when she received these 15 prayers from Our Lord. The following inscription is placed in the church to commemorate the event: "Pendentis, Pendente Dei verba accepit aure accipit et verbum corde Brigitta Deum. Anno Jubilei MCCCL."

As St. Bridget for a long time wanted to know the number of blows our Lord received during His Passion, He one day appeared to her and said, "I received 5,480 blows on My body. If you wish to honor them in some way, say 15 Our Fathers and 15 Hail Marys with the following prayers (which He taught her) for a whole year. When the year is up, you will have honored each one of My wounds."

Promises

Our Lord made the following promises to anyone who recited the 15 St. Bridget Prayers for a whole year:
1. I will deliver 15 souls of his lineage from Purgatory.
2. 15 souls of his lineage will be confirmed and preserved in grace.
3. 15 sinners of his lineage will be converted.
4. Whoever recites these prayers will attain the first degree of perfection.
5. 15 days before his death, I will give My Precious Body in order that he may escape eternal starvation; I will give him My Precious Blood to drink lest he thirst eternally.
6. 15 days before his death, he will feel a deep contrition for all his sins and will have a perfect knowledge of them.
7. I will place before him the sign of My Victorious Cross for his help and defense against the attacks of his enemies.
8. Before his death, I shall come with My Dearest Beloved Mother.
9. I shall graciously receive his soul and will lead it into eternal joys.
10. And having led it there I shall give him a special draught from the fountain of My Deity, something I will not for those who have not recited My prayers.
11. Let it be known that whoever may have been living in a state of mortal sin for 30 years, but who will recite devoutly, or have the intention to recite these prayers, the Lord will forgive him all his sins.
12. I shall protect him from strong temptations.
13. I shall preserve and guard his 5 senses.
14. I shall preserve him from a sudden death.
15. His soul will be delivered from eternal death.
16. He will obtain all he asks for from God and Blessed Virgin.
17. If he has lived all his life doing his own will and he is to die the next day, his life will be prolonged.
18. Every time one recites these prayers, he gains 100 days indulgence.
19. He is assured of being joined to the supreme Choir of Angels.
20. Whoever teaches these prayers to another, will have continuous joy and merit which will endure eternally.
21. There where these prayers are being said or will be said in the future, God is present with His grace.

The 15 Prayers
FIRST PRAYER

Our Father, Hail Mary

O Jesus Christ! Eternal Sweetness to those who love Thee, joy surpassing all joy and all desire, Salvation and Hope of all sinners, Who hast proved that Thou hast no greater desire than to be among men, even assuming human nature at the fullness of time for the love of men, recall all the sufferings Thou hast endured from the instant of Thy conception, and especially during Thy Passion, as it was decreed and ordained from all eternity in the Divine plan.

Remember, O Lord, that during the Last Supper with Thy disciples, having washed their feet, Thou gavest them Thy Most Precious Body and Blood, and while at the same time Thou didst sweetly console them, Thou didst foretell them Thy coming Passion.

Remember the sadness and bitterness which Thou didst experience in Thy Soul as Thou Thyself bore witness saying: "My Soul is sorrowful even unto death."

Remember all the fear, anguish and pain that Thou didst suffer in Thy delicate Body before the torment of the Crucifixion, when, after having prayed three times, bathed in a sweat of blood, Thou wast betrayed by Judas, Thy disciple, arrested by the people of a nation Thou hadst chosen and elevated, accused by false witnesses, unjustly judged by three judges during the flower of Thy youth and during the solemn Paschal season.

Remember that Thou wast despoiled of Your garments and clothed in those of derision; that Thy face and Eyes were veiled, that Thou wast buffeted, crowned with thorns, a reed placed in Thy hands, that Thou wast crushed with blows and overwhelmed with affronts and outrages.

In memory of these pains and sufferings which Thou didst endure before Thy Passion on the Cross, grant me before my death true contrition, a sincere and entire confession, worthy satisfaction and the remission of all my sins. Amen.

SECOND PRAYER

Our Father, Hail Mary

O Jesus! True liberty of angels, Paradise of delights, remember the horror and sadness which Thou didst endure when Thy enemies, like furious lions, surrounded Thee, and by thousands of insults, spits, blows, lacerations and other unheard-of-cruelties, tormented Thee at will. In consideration of these torments, and insulting words, I beseech Thee, O my Savior, to deliver me from all my enemies, visible and invisible, and to bring me, under Thy protection, to the perfection of eternal salvation. Amen.

THIRD PRAYER

Our Father, Hail Mary

O Jesus! Creator of Heaven and earth Whom nothing can encompass or limit, Thou Who dost enfold and hold all under Thy Loving power, remember the very bitter pain Thou didst suffer when the Jews nailed Thy Sacred Hands and Feet to the Cross by blow after blow with big blunt nails, and not finding Thee in a pitiable enough state to satisfy their rage, they enlarged Thy Wounds, and added pain to pain, and with indescribable cruelty stretched Thy Body on the Cross, pulled Thee from all sides, thus dislocating Thy Limbs.

I beg of Thee, O Jesus, by the memory of this most Loving suffering of the Cross, to grant me the grace to fear Thee and to Love Thee. Amen.

FOURTH PRAYER

Our Father, Hail Mary

O Jesus! Heavenly Physician, raised aloft on the Cross to heal our wounds with Thine, remember the bruises which Thou didst suffer and the weakness of all Thy Members which were distended to such a degree that never was there pain like unto Thine. From the crown of Thy Head to the Soles of Thy Feet there was not one spot of Thy Body that was not in torment, and yet, forgetting all Thy sufferings, Thou didst not cease to pray to Thy Heavenly Father for Thy enemies, saying: "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do."

Through this great Mercy, and in memory of this suffering, grant that remembrance of Thy Most Bitter Passion may effect in us a perfect contrition and the remission of all our sins. Amen.

FIFTH PRAYER

Our Father, Hail Mary

O Jesus! Mirror of eternal splendor, remember the sadness which Thou experienced, when contemplating in the light of Thy Divinity the predestination of those who would be saved by the merits of Thy Sacred Passion, Thou didst see at the same time, the great multitude of reprobates who would be damned for their sins, and Thou didst complain bitterly of those hopeless lost and unfortunate sinners.

Through this abyss of compassion and pity, and especially through the goodness which Thou displayed to the good thief when Thou saidst to him: "This day, that shalt be with Me in Paradise." I beg of Thee, O Sweet Jesus, that at the hour of my death, Thou wilt show me mercy. Amen.

SIXTH PRAYER

Our Father, Hail Mary

O Jesus! Beloved and most desirable King, remember the grief Thou didst suffer, when naked and like a common criminal, Thou was fastened and raised on the Cross, when all Thy relatives and friends abandoned Thee, except Thy Beloved Mother, who remained close to Thee during Thy agony and whom Thou didst entrust to Thy faithful disciple when Thou saidst to Mary: "Woman, behold thy son!" and to St. John: "Son, behold thy Mother!"

I beg of Thee O my Savior, by the sword of sorrow which pierced the soul of Thy holy Mother, to have compassion on me in all my affliction and tribulations, both corporal and spiritual, and to assist me in all my trials, and especially at the hour of my death. Amen.

SEVENTH PRAYER

Our Father, Hail Mary

O Jesus! Inexhaustible Fountain of compassion, Who by a profound gesture of Love, said from the Cross: "I thirst!" suffered from the thirst for the salvation of the human race. I beg of Thee O my Savior, to inflame in our hearts the desire to tend toward perfection in all our acts; and to extinguish in us the concupiscence of the flesh and the ardor of worldly desires. Amen.

EIGHTH PRAYER

Our Father, Hail Mary

O Jesus! Sweetness of hearts, delight of the spirit, by the bitterness of the vinegar and gall which Thou didst taste on the Cross for Love of us, grant us the grace to receive worthily Thy Precious Body and Blood during our life and at the hour of our death, that they may serve as a remedy and consolation for our souls. Amen.

NINTH PRAYER

Our Father, Hail Mary

O Jesus! Royal virtue, joy of the mind, recall the pain Thou didst endure when, plunged in an ocean of bitterness at the approach of death, insulted, outraged by the Jews, Thou didst cry out in a loud voice that Thou was abandoned by Thy Father, saying: "My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?"

Through this anguish, I beg of Thee, O my Savior, not to abandon me in the terrors and pains of my death. Amen.

TENTH PRAYER

Our Father, Hail Mary

O Jesus! Who art the beginning and end of all things, life and virtue, remember that for our sakes Thou was plunged in an abyss of suffering from the soles of Thy Feet to the crown of Thy Head. In consideration of the enormity of Thy Wounds, teach me to keep, through pure love, Thy Commandments, whose way is wide and easy for those who love Thee. Amen.

ELEVENTH PRAYER

Our Father, Hail Mary

O Jesus! Deep abyss of mercy, I beg of Thee, in memory of Thy Wounds which penetrated to the very marrow of Thy Bones and to the depth of Thy being, to draw me, a miserable sinner, overwhelmed by my offenses, away from sin and to hide me from Thy Face justly irritated against me, hide me in Thy Wounds, until Thy anger and just indignation shall have passed away. Amen.

TWELFTH PRAYER

Our Father, Hail Mary

O Jesus! Mirror of Truth, symbol of unity, link of Charity, remember the multitude of wounds with which Thou was covered from head to foot, torn and reddened by the spilling of Thy adorable Blood. O Great and Universal Pain which Thou didst suffer in Thy virginal Flesh for Love of us! Sweetest Jesus! What is there that Thou couldst have done for us which Thou has not done! May the fruit of Thy sufferings be renewed in my soul by the faithful remembrance of Thy Passion, and may Thy Love increase in my heart each day, until I see Thee in eternity, Thou Who art the treasury of every real good and every joy, which I beg Thee to grant me, O Sweetest Jesus, in Heaven. Amen.

THIRTEENTH PRAYER

Our Father, Hail Mary

O Jesus! Strong Lion, Immortal and Invincible King, remember the pain which Thou didst endure when all Thy strength, both moral and physical, was entirely exhausted, Thou didst bow Thy Head, saying: "It is consummated!"

Through this anguish and grief, I beg of Thee Lord Jesus, to have mercy on me at the hour of my death when my mind will be greatly troubled and my soul will be in anguish. Amen.

FOURTEENTH PRAYER

Our Father, Hail Mary

O Jesus! Only Son of the Father, Splendor and Figure of His Substance, remember the simple and humble recommendation Thou didst make of Thy Soul to Thy Eternal Father, saying: "Father, into Thy Hands I commend my Spirit!" And with Thy Body all torn, and Thy Heart Broken, and the bowels of Thy Mercy open to redeem us, Thou didst Expire. By this Precious Death, I beg of Thee O King Of Saints, comfort me and help me to resist the devil, the flesh and the world, so that being dead to the world I may live for Thee alone. I beg of Thee at the hour of my death to receive me, a pilgrim and an exile returning to Thee. Amen.

FIFTEENTH PRAYER

Our Father, Hail Mary

O Jesus! True and fruitful Vine. Remember the abundant outpouring of Blood which though didst so generously shed from Thy Sacred Body as juice from grapes in a wine press.

From Thy Side, pierced with a lance by a soldier, blood and water issued forth until there was not left in Thy Body a single drop, and finally, like a bundle of myrrh lifted to the top of the Cross Thy delicate Flesh was destroyed, the very Substance of Thy Body withered, and the Marrow of Thy Bones dried up.

Through this bitter Passion and through the outpouring of Thy Precious Blood, I beg of Thee, O Sweet Jesus, to receive my soul when I am in my death agony. Amen.

Novena to Saint Gerard

Strive each day to practice in the virtue indicated in the petition.

1st Day

Saint Gerard, ever full of faith obtain for me that , believing firmly all that the Church of God proposes to my belief, I may strive to secure through a holy life the joys of eternal happiness.
Then say Nine Hail Marys, with the following Versicle and Prayer.
V. Pray for us, O Saint Gerard.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us Pray
O Almighty and everlasting God, who didst draw to thyself Saint Gerard, even from his tenderest years, making him conformable to the Image of Thy Crucified Son, grant we beseech Thee, that imitating his example, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

2nd Day

Saint Gerard, most generous saint, who from thy tenderest years didst care so little for the goods of earth, grant that I may place all my confidence in Jesus Christ alone, my true Treasure, who alone can make me happy in time and in eternity.
Then say Nine Hail Marys, with the following Versicle and Prayer.
V. Pray for us, O Saint Gerard.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

3rd Day

Saint Gerard, bright seraph of love, who despising all earthly love, didst consecrate thy life to the service of God and thy neighbor, promoting God’s glory in thy lowly state, and ever ready to assist the distressed and console the sorrowful, ob5tain for me, I beseech thee, that loving God the only God and my neighbor for His sake, I may be hereafter united to Him for ever in glory.
Then say Nine Hail Marys, with the following Versicle and Prayer.
V. Pray for us, O Saint Gerard.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

4th Day

Saint Gerard, spotless lily of purity, by the angelic virtue and thy wonderful innocence of life thou didst receive from the Infant Jesus and His Immaculate Mother, sweet pledges of tenderest love, grant, I beseech thee, that I may ever strive in my life-long fight, and thus win the crown that awaits the brave and the true.
Then say Nine Hail Marys, with the following Versicle and Prayer.
V. Pray for us, O Saint Gerard.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

5th Day

Saint Gerard, model of holy obedience, who through thy life didst heroically submit the judgment to those who represent Jesus Christ to thee, thus sanctifying thy lowliest actions, obtain for me from God cheerful admission to His Holy Will and the virtue of perfect obedience, that I may be made comfortable to Jesus, my Model, who was obedient even to death.
Then say Nine Hail Marys, with the following Versicle and Prayer.
V. Pray for us, O Saint Gerard.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

6th Day

Saint Gerard, most perfect imitator of Jesus Christ our Redeemer, do thou whose greatest glory was to be humble and lowly, obtain that I too, knowing my littleness in God’s sight, may be found worthy to enter the kingdom that is promised to the humble and lowly of heart.
Then say Nine Hail Marys, with the following Versicle and Prayer.
V. Pray for us, O Saint Gerard.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

7th Day

Saint Gerard, unconquered hero, most patient in suffering, do thou who didst glory in infirmity, and under slander and most cruel ignominy didst rejoice to suffer with Christ, obtain for me patience and resignation in my sorrows, that I may bravely bear the cross that is to gain for me the crown of everlasting glory.
Then say Nine Hail Marys, with the following Versicle and Prayer.
V. Pray for us, O Saint Gerard.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

8th Day

Saint Gerard, true lover of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar, do thou who didst kneel long hours before the Tabernacle, and there didst taste the joys of the Paradise. Obtain for me, I beseech thee, the spirit of prayer and an undying love for the Most Holy Sacrament, that thus receiving frequently the Body and Blood of Jesus, I may daily grow in His holy love and merit the priceless grace of loving Him even to the end.
Then say Nine Hail Marys, with the following Versicle and Prayer.
V. Pray for us, O Saint Gerard.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

9th Day

Saint Gerard, most favorite child of heaven, to whom Mary gave the Infant Jesus in the day of thy childhood, to whom she sweetly came before thou didst close thine eyes In death, obtain for me I beseech thee, so to seek and love my Blessed Mother during life, that she may be my joy and consolation in this valley of tears, until with thee, before the throne of God, I may praise her goodness for all eternity. Amen.
Then say Nine Hail Marys, with the following Versicle and Prayer.
V. Pray for us, O Saint Gerard.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.