Saturday, March 10, 2018

NOVENA TO ST. JOSEPH : March 10-18

This novena to St. Joseph requests divine assistance from someone close to our Lord, quite close indeed: His foster-father! Although he was from royal ancestry, a descendant of King David, St. Joseph has inspired the faithful for generations as a model of humility and service as a carpenter caring for his Holy Family. St. Bernard called him “the faithful and prudent servant whom the Lord appointed master over His household—His foster-father [and] the comfort and support of His Mother.”

Glorious St. Joseph, foster-father and protector of Jesus Christ! To you do I raise my heart and hands to implore your powerful intercession. Please obtain for me from the kind Heart of Jesus the help and graces necessary for my spiritual and temporal welfare. I ask particularly for the grace of a happy death, and the special favor I now implore (name it).
Guardian of the Word Incarnate, I feel animated with confidence that your prayers on my behalf will be graciously heard before the throne of God.
V. O glorious St. Joseph, through the love you bear to Jesus Christ, and for the glory of His Name,
R. Hear my prayers and obtain my petitions.

St. Thomas Aquinas, the preeminent 13th century theologian, and St. Teresa of Avila, the celebrated 16th century Carmelite nun, both praised St. Joseph’s ability to assist us in all our needs before God. Is it any wonder then that he is a patron saint of the Church, workers, families, home buyers and sellers, and, as we read in this novena, the grace of a happy death? Don’t be afraid to ask for his aid! He has two feast days, one is March 19th, for Husband & Father ... St. Joseph the Worker is May 1st.

Monday, March 5, 2018

A Generic Rosary

I thought it would be nice to make a rosary video that could be used every day and any day. The numbers of the mysteries are announced with a short space for you to mention which set of mysteries you're praying.

Also I have incorporated the additional words our Lady of America wishes added to the Hail Mary. After  'pray for us sinners', she asks we add: "and spread the effects of your Flame of Love over all humanity" ... now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

I hope this is found useful. Comments, suggestion very welcomed! Blessings!

Friday, February 2, 2018

Pondering Politics

I'm going to say something that might not be so popular. But I've been doing an awful lot of thinking about the State of the Union Address and the Democrats reaction to it. I know there's been a lot of articles, talk and commentary about how unamerican the Democrats seemed to be after they chose to orchestrate a mostly unified display during the President's address.
Many have said, and I was one of them, that the display was clearly anti-American. Although that was a by-product of their exibit, I believe the main objective there was their hatred of Trump.

I started to really ponder this. Now what kind of people INTEND to DISPLAY hatred? Perhaps they may have thought that a public display of hatred would garner more constituents? But what made me feel very badly was when there was no respect shown to the parents of the murdered children, the police officer and his wife who adopted the heroin-addicted baby, the emotional Korean man holding up his crutches after a harrowing and courageous flight to freedom, and all the rest of the people that were commended for their good and moral actions (that are sorely missing in today's world). These acts could, never in a million years, be construed as lies, even by the most skillful - so what was there to hate with this? The only thing that I can possibly
imagine is it they wanted to drive home the point that that their hate makes them believe; that anything that comes out of Trumps mouth is a lie. This done at the expense of all those good people. And to what end? Did they not realize what this would make them look like? Hatred does that to a person. Hatred thinks that it's a means to an end in and of itself.

Of course it made them look Anti-American!

You know there was a saying when I was growing up; "It takes one, to know one." There's also been strong psychological evidence that in selecting the faults in others, we display our own. Here's just one example. This Russian collusion thing. It's been a year - over a year, and there's been no evidence. The time and money that's been wasted is ridiculous. Now the Dems are claiming that it's been the Republicans that have manufactured false narratives in order to distract from underlying agendas. I really am beginning to think that whatever the Dems accuse the Republicans of doing is actually being done by the Dems themselves TO the Republicans. Now this could open up a can of worms that could end up being an encyclopedia of crap, so I'm not going to go on with it. This article was written merely is an attempt to get folks thinking, and thinking hard about what's really going on behind the scenes here. How can people be so staunch about killing babies even after birth? Science has proven that they can feel pain. Yet abortion is one of the most brutal, vile, unsympathetic, barbaric and intrinsically evil acts that can be perpetrated on a human being. And the Dems congratulated each other and high-fived each other after winning the vote for abortions after 20 weeks. 
Abortion, in and of itself, is abhorrent. To express total GLEE in subjecting defenseless, vulnerable infants to this vile brutality is just incomprehensible. I'm not even going to go into the lucrative sideline of selling baby parts.

Much talk these days about conspiracy theories. There's a lot of talk today about climate control, sustainability, euthanasia, and all the rest. I'll give you two things to think about before I close this. Take a few minutes and Google GEORGIA GUIDESTONES (link above for the lazy lol). This is not a theory! You can go to Georgia today, right now, and TOUCH these stones that were erected through much expense, in eight or nine languages and VERY anonymously. Interesting stuff! There's also the Denver Airport murals that are just a little bit more than passive artwork. Now put this together with what's being said today by the left and elitists and the direction that the media is trying to push the masses into and - I'm sorry, you just got to scratch your head! I believe there is an agenda. I believe there's an Illuminati. I believe that evil exists as an entity and it's name is satan. I believe the division and confusion in our country and the world today has been expressly orchestrated for diabolical purposes. I believe that most people falling into this arena are pawns in a game they actually know very little about, although they present to be experts.

For hatred to run that deep, to display such contempt for moral and good actions, reports of hope and resurgence in the values that really did make America great in the first place, and turn it into something so ugly with division and intended malice is nothing short of diabolical manipulation for the express purpose of control, profit and power to satisfy the narcissistic egos of the accusers. So, let the games begin? Unfortunately, and possibly to our detriment, they already have begun.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Chaplets of The Holy Face, Unity & USA Chaplet

Two chaplets I think are very important for the days in which we live are the Chaplet of Unity and the Chaplet of the Holy Face. I strongly encourage everyone to incorporate them into daily prayer schedules and pass them to all you know.
Additionally, I've finally made a video of the USA Chaplet.

It's been several years since I've done videos, looks like I may be starting up again ... Please keep me in prayer. Blessings!

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Epiphany - (Traditionally on the 6th)

Rise up in splendor, Jerusalem! Your Light has come, the glory of the Lord shines upon you. ~Isaiah 60:1
They were men willing to sacrifice of themselves in
order to find a newborn King.  This is a sign of their wisdom:
their willingness to sacrifice.
Many Christians around the world annually celebrate Epiphany on January 6. It is a public holiday in many countries and marks when the three wise men, or kings, visited infant Jesus. Three Wise men following the star. The three wise men's (or kings) visit to the baby Jesus is remembered on the feast of the Epiphany. (AND WISE MEN *STILL* SEEK HIM!)

The Epiphany is 12 days after Christmas in the Gregorian calendar, it marks not only the end of the Christmas holidays but also the start of the Carnival season, which climaxes with Mardi Gras. In some European countries, such as the Czech Republic and Slovakia, children dress as the three kings and visit houses. In their roles as the kings, or wise men, they sing about the Jesus’ birth and pay homage to the “King of kings”. They are rewarded with praise and cookies. Dia de los Reyes Magos is the Latin American celebration of Epiphany.

In many Latin American countries, it is the three wise men and not Santa Claus who bring gifts for children. Children write letters to the wise men telling them how good they were and what gifts they want. In France Le Jour des Rois (the Day of Kings), sometimes called the FĂȘte des Rois, is celebrated with parties for children and adults. The galette des rois, or “cake of kings”, highlights these celebrations. This cake is round and flat, cut into the pantry, covered with a white napkin and carried into a dining room. Children in Spain fill their shoes with straw or grain for the three kings’ horses to eat and place them on balconies or by the front door on Epiphany Eve. The next day they find cookies, sweets or gifts in their place. The “three kings” make an entry in many cities in Spain on Epiphany Eve, accompanied by military bands and drummers in medieval dress. What's Open or Closed? Epiphany is a public holiday in countries such as Austria, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Poland, Ethiopia (but on different date that varies annually), parts of Germany, Greece, Italy, Slovakia, Spain, and Uruguay. It is not a public holiday in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States (except the US Virgin Islands where it is a public holiday).

The  Epiphany is commonly known as Three Kings’ Day or the Feast of the Epiphany. It means “manifestation” or “showing forth”. It is also called Theophany (“manifestation of God”), especially by Eastern Christians. Epiphany refers not only to the day itself but to the church season that follows it – a season that has a varied length because it ends when Lent begins, and this depends on the date of Easter. It commemorates the first two occasions on which Jesus’ divinity, according to Christian belief, was manifested: when the three kings (also known as wise men or Magi) visited infant Jesus in Bethlehem, and when John the Baptist baptized him in the River Jordan. The Roman Catholic and Protestant churches emphasize the visit of the Magi when they celebrate the Epiphany. The Eastern Orthodox churches focus on Jesus’ baptism. Epiphany is one of the oldest Christian feasts. It was celebrated since the end of the second century, before the Christmas holiday was established. Like other Christian seasons, the church appropriated Epiphany from an old pagan festival. As early as 1996 BC, the Egyptians celebrated the winter solstice (which then occurred on January 6) with a tribute to Aeon, the Virgin. It is important to note that the holiday was established prior to the Gregorian calendar’s introduction. Symbols Various paintings, artworks and sketches show the three wise men and Jesus.

Some paintings artworks show the three wise men on the way to Bethlehem or adoring baby Jesus. The kings are important because their visit illustrates that Jesus was the king of all kings who came for the Jews and the Gentiles.

 The star that guides the wise men to Christ also symbolizes Epiphany, as well as the three gifts they gave to Jesus: Gold (fit for a king). Frankincense (used to worship at a temple). Myrrh (used for embalming, as well as a salve for irritations such as diaper rash). Many Orthodox churches consider Jesus’ baptism to be the first step towards the crucifixion. The liturgical color for the Epiphany season is white.
Epiphany (also known as Twelfth Night, Theophany, or Three Kings Day) marks the occasion of a time-honored Christian tradition of “chalking the doors.” The formula for the ritual — adapted for 2018 — is simple: take chalk of any color and write the following above the entrance of your home: 20 + C + M + B + 18.
The letters have two meanings. First, they represent the initials of the Magi — Caspar, Malchior, and Balthazar — who came to visit Jesus in His first home. They also abbreviate the Latin phrase, Christus mansionem benedicat: “May Christ bless the house.” The “+” signs represent the cross, and the “20” at the beginning and the “18” at the end mark the year. Taken together, this inscription is performed as a request for Christ to bless those homes so marked and that He stay with those who dwell therein throughout the entire year.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Jan 1st Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God / Happy New Year

 On January 1, the Church commemorates the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God - the greatest title of Mary. This feast in the oldest Marian feast of the church of Rome and it celebrates Mary's vocation to be the mother of Jesus Christ. Through Mary, Jesus Christ entered this world, taking on human flesh and a human soul. Jesus is true God and true man. In His person are united both a divine nature and a human nature. Mary is in every history with Jesus and by her intercession we obtain all necessary graces to our life. Besides, being the Mother of God, Mary assumed the mother of all humanity working and helping all those who seek her. So when we look at the image of the Virgin Mary we felt an encouragement in our heart which fortifies our spirituality and comfort our soul. It is the fragrance of the immense and grandiose love.
"So they hurried away and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger. When they saw the child they repeated what they had been told about him, and everyone who heard it was astonished at what the shepherds said to them. As for Mary, she treasured all these things and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds went back glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, just as they had been told. When the eighth day came and the child was to be circumcised, they gave him the name Jesus, the name the angel had given him before his conception."  ~Luke 2,16-21
Meanwhile, January 1 also marks the jubilation of the New Year and every faithful exchanges new years greetings as an expression of hope for a peaceful new year. Along with this, the date has been designated as “World Day of Peace”. As a deep aspiration for peace, this particular day is reserved for intense prayer for peace, education towards peace and those values inextricably linked with it, such as liberty, fraternal solidarity, the dignity of the human person, respect for nature, the right to work, the sacredness of human life, and the denunciation of injustices which trouble the conscience of man and threaten peace. 
Just like the Great Jubilee that Saint Pope John Paul II observed, we have another opportunity not only to celebrate a new year, but an Extraordinary Jubilee Year. John Paul taught that “the Jubilee, ‘a year of the Lord’s favor,’ characterizes all the activity of Jesus; it is not merely the recurrence of an anniversary in time.” Anniversaries are not mere numbers, but a way of making present what we celebrate. This New Year’s Day let us celebrate God’s transformation of history by His coming into the world and then let this celebration continue to mark our observance of ALL JUBILEES in our history ... not only making them PRESENT to us today, but LIVING THEM ALL YEAR THROUGH!! 

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Feast of the Holy Family - 1st Sunday after Christmas

The Feast of the Holy Family is usually celebrated on the Sunday following Christmas, Dec. 31 this year. If there is no Sunday between Christmas and New Year’s Day, it is celebrated Dec. 30. The Holy Family, made up of the Christ Child, the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Joseph, serves as a model for all families.

This feast honors their lives together, beginning in Bethlehem and then moving to Nazareth, Egypt and back to Nazareth. The feast recognizes the humility of Jesus, Mary’s virtue and Joseph’s steadfastness, along with the obedience of all three to God’s plan for them in salvation history.

“Here we can learn to realize who Christ really is. And here we can sense and take account of the conditions and circumstances that surrounded and affected His life on earth …,” reflected Blessed Paul VI while visiting the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth in 1964, adding that from the Holy Family we learn about silence, family life and discipline. “How I would like to return to my childhood and attend the simple yet profound school that is Nazareth! How wonderful to be close to Mary, learning again the lesson of the true meaning of life, learning again God’s truths.”

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph is the model for all Christian families. Beginning in the
17th century, devotion to the Holy Family spread throughout the Church. In 1893, Pope Leo XIII approved the feast of the Holy Family; composing part of the Divine Office observing it. Since ancient times, the Coptic Church has celebrated this memorial in light of the flight into Egypt. Succeeding Pontiffs have affirmed the feast as an efficacious means of reminding Christians of the sanctity of the family and it's essential role in disseminating and preserving the Faith.

The example of the Holy Family at Nazareth is a template for the restoration of family life and a safeguard against diabolical, present-day efforts to redefine or end the institutions of marriage and the "Domestic Church" as ordained by God. For Mary and Joseph, having God Incarnate in their midst was an unrivaled joy.

Looking at the Holy Family, we see the love, the protection, and the diligent care that they gave to the Redeemer. We can not fail to feel uneasiness, perhaps a shameful thought, for the times in which we have not rendered the appropriate care and attention to the Blessed Eucharist. We can only ask for forgiveness and do penance for all the sacrilegious acts and lack of respect that are committed against the Blessed Eucharist. We can only ask the Lord, through the intersession of the Holy Family of Nazareth, for a greater love for their Son Incarnate, who has decided to remain here on earth with us every day until the end of time.

Prayer to the Holy Family
Almighty God and Father, Who was pleased to give us the shining example of the Holy Family, graciously grant that we may imitate them in practicing the virtues of family life and in the bonds of charity, and so, in the joy of Your house, delight one day in eternal rewards. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You and with the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.