Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Consecration to Jesus through Mary



CONSECRATION TO JESUS THROUGH MARY

  Fr. Richard Heilman

"St. Louis De Montfort in his famed Treatise on True Devotion to Mary, begins his explanation of the nature of perfect consecration to Jesus through Mary with the following words:
“All our perfection consists in being conformed, united, and consecrated to Jesus Christ; and therefore the most perfect of all devotions is, without any doubt, that which the most perfectly conforms, unites, and consecrates us to Jesus Christ. Now, Mary, being the most conformed of all creatures to Jesus Christ, it follows that, of all devotions, that which most consecrates and conforms the soul to our Lord is devotion to his holy mother, and that the more a soul is consecrated to Mary, the more it is consecrated to Jesus… Hence it comes to pass that the most perfect consecration to Jesus Christ is nothing else but a perfect and entire consecration of ourselves to the Blessed Virgin …”
St. Louis De Montfort claims that this devotion of total consecration to Mary “is an easy, short, perfect and secure way of attaining union with our Lord, in which union the perfection of a Christian consists.” How is it that this is an “easy” way? De Montfort explains that it is true that there are other roads by which to reach transforming union with Christ, but that these roads are much more difficult. In his own words: “It is an easy way. It is the way in which Jesus Christ himself trod in coming to us, and in which there is no obstacle in reaching him. It is true that we can attain divine union by other roads; but it is by many more crosses and strange deaths, and with many more difficulties which we shall find it hard to overcome. We must pass through obscure nights, through combats, through strange agonies, over craggy mountains, through cruel thorns, and over frightful deserts. But, by the path of Mary, we pass more gently and more tranquilly.”
In Poland, just prior to World War II, St. Maximilian Kolbe led one of the largest pushes for Marian consecration in the history of the world. The one going on right now is the second largest. There is a sense of urgency right now. We recognize it, we participate in it and we bring others to it.
Now is the perfect time to consecrate ourselves to Jesus through Mary. The culture of death is strangling our country, and traditional marriage – the bedrock of civilization - is threatened in our times. Just as St Maximilian Kolbe knew something is happening, something is moving, something is ahead … many people, today, believe something is ahead. Our Lady wants to embrace us all and lead us to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

BY THY HOLY AND IMMACULATE CONCEPTION, OH MARY, DELIVER US FROM EVIL. AMEN - OUR LADY OF AMERICA"

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"The reality of the visible Church goes beyond our control, beyond our strength, and it is a mysterious reality because it comes from God."

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Are you Catholic? Then stay in the Church, Pope says

Pope Francis celebrates the opening Mass of the 2014 Extraordinary Synod on the Family in St. Peter's Basilica, Oct. 5, 2014. Credit: Lauren Cater/CNA.

Are you Catholic? Then stay in the Church, Pope says :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Our Lady of America



Fr. Richard Heilman

PRAYER INTENTIONS: For peace, the family, human life, marriage, religious freedom (and your intentions).

 Today, we ask you to pray for a special prayer intention, with the intercession of Our Lady of America, and Sts. Jude and Simon on this their feast day.

OUR LADY OF AMERICA
Beginning on September 26, 1956, the Blessed Virgin Mary, under a specific appearance as "Our Lady of America," manifested Herself to Sister Mary Ephrem in the Convent of the Precious Blood Sisters at Rome City, Indiana. Our Lady indicated to Sister that She had come in response to the United States having recognized Her privilege of The Immaculate Conception, especially through The Shrine of The Immaculate Conception at Washington, D.C., and Our Lady of America came with a message for the United States to focus on the virtue of purity. Our Lady spoke about the recognition of The Indwelling Most Holy Trinity in the Christian Family, with The Holy Family (Jesus, Mary & Joseph) as a model.
On October 7, 1957, Our Lady spoke these words. “Making the rosary a family prayer is very pleasing to me. I ask that all families strive to do so. But be careful to say it with great devotion, meditating on each mystery and striving to imitate in your daily lives the virtues depicted therein. Live the mysteries of the rosary as I lived them, and it will become a chain binding you to me forever. They who are found in the circle of my rosary will never be lost. I myself will lead them at death to the throne of my Son, to be eternally united to Him.”
Be reassured by the Church's approval of Mary's message, and be moved by Our Lady's plea for purity. In 2007, Cardinal Burke wrote to all the bishops of America, "In a particular way, Our Lady of America expressed her desire that the United States of America, through her intercession, be devoted to the purity of love … She calls the people of our nation to the new evangelization through a renewed dedication to the purity of love."

For more information on this approved message and devotion, go to: http://www.ourladyofamerica.org

BY THY HOLY AND IMMACULATE CONCEPTION, OH MARY, DELIVER US FROM EVIL. AMEN - OUR LADY OF AMERICA

Monday, October 27, 2014

The Renewal of Faith




Fr. Richard Heilman

"PRAYER INTENTIONS: For peace, the family, human life, marriage, religious freedom (and your intentions).


MEDITATION
“In vast areas of the earth the faith risks being extinguished, like a flame without fuel,” Pope Benedict XVI warned, “We are facing a profound crisis of faith, a loss of a religious sense which represents one of the greatest challenges for the Church today … The renewal of faith must, then, be a priority for the entire Church in our time.”
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. Jeffrey Kuhner of the Washington times wrote, “For the past 50 years, every major institution has been captured by the radical secular left. The media, Hollywood, TV, universities, public schools, theater, the arts, literature — they relentlessly promote the false gods of sexual hedonism and radical individualism. Conservatives have ceded the culture to the enemy. 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.”
Summoning us to courage, St. Augustine 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.”

BY THY HOLY AND IMMACULATE CONCEPTION, OH MARY, DELIVER US FROM EVIL. AMEN - OUR LADY OF AMERICA"

Why God Leaves Some Things Unresolved

"One of the great mysteries of God’s providence is that He often leaves things unresolved or unattended to for a very long time. Often, despite our fervent prayers, He doesn’t rush to fix everything, and He has His reasons for this."

God leaves many things unresolved. Here are some reasons why...

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Feminism is Poison


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"Feminism has nothing to say but it still won't shut up." 

 Feminism is Poison

Matt Walsh

Sunday, October 26, 2014

What Next for Catholics

 
What Next for Catholics? 

The Holy Father’s remarks give hope that fundamental teachings on marriage will endure.

Church Militant

 

Fr. Richard Heilman

RISE UP, CHURCH MILITANT!

MARY, TOWER OF DAVID, PRAY FOR US!

PRAYER INTENTIONS: For peace, the family, human life, marriage, religious freedom (and your intentions). Begin praying in thanksgiving today.

ROSARY – Glorious

MEDITATION
We belong to the Church Militant; and she is militant because on earth the powers of darkness are ever restless to encompass her destruction.” - Venerable Pius XII
Pope Benedict XVI stated that we are facing a critical moment. “In vast areas of the earth the faith risks being extinguished, like a flame without fuel,” the pope warned, “We are facing a profound crisis of faith, a loss of a religious sense which represents one of the greatest challenges for the Church today … The renewal of faith must, then, be a priority for the entire Church in our time.”

BY THY HOLY AND IMMACULATE CONCEPTION, OH MARY, DELIVER US FROM EVIL. AMEN - OUR LADY OF AMERICA

Saturday, October 25, 2014

"Agnus Dei" from "Catholicism" Soundtrack




From the "Catholicism" Soundtrack (2012)

 Music by Steve Mullen & Choir of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

The Fruit of Chastity



Fr. Richard Heilman

GOD’S WORD
The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light. (Matthew 6:22)
Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and that temple you are. (1 Corinthians 3:16)

HEROES’ WORDS
Do not say that you have chaste minds if you have unchaste eyes, because an unchaste eye is the messenger of an unchaste heart. –St. Augustine
Now, though the era of persecution is gone, yet our peace has its martyrdom, because though we bend not the neck to the sword, yet with a spiritual weapon we slay fleshly desires in our hearts. –Pope St. Gregory I

MEDITATION
Chastity means the successful integration of sexuality within the person and thus the inner unity of man in his bodily and spiritual being. Sexuality, in which man's belonging to the bodily and biological world is expressed, becomes personal and truly human when it is integrated into the relationship of one person to another, in the complete and lifelong mutual gift of a man and a woman. The virtue of chastity therefore involves the integrity of the person and the integrality of the gift. (CCC 2337)
The chaste person maintains the integrity of the powers of life and love placed in him. This integrity ensures the unity of the person; it is opposed to any behavior that would impair it. It tolerates neither a double life nor duplicity in speech. (CCC 2338)
Chastity includes an apprenticeship in self-mastery, which is training in human freedom. The alternative is clear: either man governs his passions and finds peace, or he lets himself be dominated by them and becomes unhappy. "Man's dignity therefore requires him to act out of conscious and free choice, as moved and drawn in a personal way from within, and not by blind impulses in himself or by mere external constraint. Man gains such dignity when, ridding himself of all slavery to the passions, he presses forward to his goal by freely choosing what is good and, by his diligence and skill, effectively secures for himself the means suited to this end." (CCC 2339)

BY THY HOLY AND IMMACULATE CONCEPTION, OH MARY, DELIVER US FROM EVIL. AMEN - OUR LADY OF AMERICA