Pentecost Reflections

From fear of the Jews to a red hot love for Jesus and the salvation of the world, the apostles  could not contain themselves in that upper room any longer.  They went without fear and  spoke in a variety of languages to let the world know that the King of kings now lived in them.  The tongues of fire proclaimed the greatest love that the world had ever known.God’s greatness and His desire will now be proclaimed by unlettered men infused with the seven gifts of the Holy Ghost.  This same experience finds its matter and form in the oft-overlooked sacrament of Confirmation and it behooves us to meditate upon this holy sacrament.Every sacrament is composed of matter (physical expression) and form (verbal expression).Within the sacrament of Confirmation the matter is the oil known as Chrism and the laying on of hands. While the words to be uttered by the confirming bishop are:  “I sign these with the sign of the Cross;  I confirm thee with the Chrism of salvation; in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost.”  Generally, the bishop will strike the Christian on the cheek indicating the maturing Catholic must be a soldier for Christ.In the sacrament of Confirmation there is a progression according the knowledge and age of the person confirmed.  Many are confirmed at Baptism and do not realize the graces of the Holy Ghost until they mature and study the faith more seriously.  Unfortunately, many go through the motions without any awareness of the gifts that the Holy Ghost places in our lives.  The fruit of the sacrament is realized in an attitude of charity which fosters a joyful spirit and yields peace in the disposition of
the soul confirmed.How does the soul develop the gifts of the Holy Ghost?  The seven-fold gifts of the Holy Ghost are wisdom, understanding, knowledge, counsel, piety, fortitude and fear of the Lord.  These gifts are developed through meditation and the prayer of petition.  Ask the Lord and He will give thee wisdom which contains all the other gifts just as charity encompasses all the other virtues.  Our Confirmation can increase throughout our lives and will come to perfection in the kingdom of God.  Our best preparation for the sacrament is a solid retreat.Though Baptism is the only required sacrament for salvation, all the other sacraments are essential to develop the complete Christ life within us.  Confirmation has proven to be a serious help in conquering the evil one who is so talented in deceiving us.  We need divine wisdom and courage to defeat him.
In the life of St. Maurillus, a mother came up to him with the request that he come quickly and confirm her dying son.  The saint was preparing to offer the holy mass and so he said he would come right after mass was concluded.  Unfortunately, when the bishop arrived to confirm the boy, the mother weeping announced that he was now dead.  The bishop was besides himself with the regret that he failed this boy in his need.  In reparation for this “fault” the good bishop went to the desert to seek God’s guidance and expiate for his negligence.  The people went looking for the bishop and after a month they found him and pleaded for his return.  He came back and went directly to the grave of the young man and there he threw himself on the ground and wept beseeching God for the boy.As the bishop prayed for the boy, the boy came forth from the grave to the astonishment of all.  When the bishop saw him he ran to the church for the oil of Chrism.  Returning he performed the confirmation rite and expected the boy to return to the grave.  The boy spoke to the bishop in gratitude and told the bishop that God wished him (the boy) to remain in this world to promote the power of this sacrament.  The confirmation name given to the boy was Remigius.  The story was documented and the boy became a priest and then became the successor to Bishop Maurillus at the see of Angers.  What a great event for the people, the boy, his mother and his holy bishop.Our holy church has so many saints who exemplify the meaning and the powerof the sacrament of Confirmation.  Today this sacrament in its original form is necessary to encourage our young people to love the faith and to stand up for the dignity of the Catholic life and the sacraments.  Pentecost calls us to challenge the life-styles which are contrary to the life of Jesus.  There can only be one way to the union with the Blessed Trinity.  There cannot be many ways.  God does not will many faith visions but only the faith presented by His only-begotten Son.  We can and must call Popes, Cardinals, bishops and priests back to the fullness of the faith.  We must condemn this false ecumenism which is leading so many to hell.  We cannot tolerate the evil of sin and the errors of those who live in sin.  Fortitudechallenges us today more than ever before.
Yes, the sacraments remain as the living presence of the Savior of the world and they will always be the safest way to the kingdom of God.  Pray the holy rosary daily for the spiritual common sense to return to the faithful and may they call the hierarchy back to the Truth revealed by our Lord.  May the Pope fulfill the request of God the Father Who desires that the Immaculate Heart of Mary receive the honor of all people, of all nations through the public consecration of Russia to the Immaculata.  This must be done throughout the world at the same time with the respective bishops in their basilicas.  Fatima must come to its desire conclusion with our Lady reigning with her Son over a world at peace. May it cometo be.In the hearts of Jesus, Mary and Joseph,Fr. Richard Voigt

Power of the Rosary

“Realize the power in your hand with the Rosary, for in your hands you hold the power of God. If you do not recognize the Rosary, can you expect to be recognized by My Son? How much can you expect? Why do you hide My Rosary? It was with a Mother’s loving heart that I chose to give you these pearls of Heaven that you reject. “Woe to all dedicated who seek to remove these from the little ones’ hands, for their punishment will be metered in

accordance to it! Why has sophisticated man cast aside these Regína sacratissimi Rosárii, ora pro nobis!

tokens of My love? Those who remain true to My Rosary will not be

touched by the fires. Gather these treasures, My children, for the time will come that you will not find them on the counters of your stores.” – From private revelations of Our Lady of the Roses, October 6, 1970.

Rosary Story

It was a cold, wintry night in Ohio when homes used coal for fuel. One home had only enough to make it till dawn. Young Mary, who writes this story, tells us her family was going through hard times as her Dad had lost his job.

As she sat around the kitchen table with her parents, there was talk that she and her eight siblings might have to go to the Children’s Home on the morrow. They could only hope the relief truck would come in the morning. But there was no guarantee. It was then they decided to say a Rosary.

As they finished, there was the rumble of a motor in the lane. The coal truck! Mary’s Dad ran out to help unload. Back in, he remarked, “Funny, I’ve never seen that man, and he didn’t give me a paper to sign or anything.”

That night they slept warm, and worriless. But next morning there was the coal truck again. Mary’s Mom informed the driver, a cousin, that they had a delivery the night before.

The cousin chuckled, “Mine is the only relief truck in the area…If you got a load last night, St. Joseph must have brought it!”

Mary’s family never knew who the delivery man was…It didn’t help that they never got a bill.

PRAYER TO ST. JOSEPH THE WORKMAN

Composed by Pope St. Pius X

O Glorious St. Joseph, model of all those who are devoted to labor, obtain for me the grace to work conscientiously, putting the call of duty above my natural inclinations, to work with gratitude and joy, in a spirit of penance for the remission of my sins, considering it an honor to employ and develop by means of labor the gifts received from God, to work with order, peace, moderation and patience, without ever shrinking from weariness and difficulties, to work above all with purity of intention and detachment from self, having always death before my eyes and the account that I must render of time lost, of talents wasted, of good omitted, of vain complacency in success, so fatal to the work of God. All for Jesus, all through Mary, all after thine example, O Patriarch, St. Joseph. Such shall be my watch-word in life and in death. Amen.

Sorrows of Mary

Father Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen tells us,

“The sacrifice of Jesus became Mary’s sacrifice not only because Mary offered it together with Jesus, and in Him, offered her own Son, but also because by this offering she completed the most profound holocaust of herself, since Jesus was the center of her affections and of her whole life. God, Who had given her this Divine Son, asked on Calvary for a return of His gift, and Mary offered Jesus to the Father with all the love of her Immaculate Heart in complete adherence to the divine will.”  …

“Let us contemplate Mary’s sorrows, sympathise with her and ask her for the invaluable grace of sharing with her in the Passion of Jesus. Let us remember that this participation is not meant to be merely sentimental — even though this sentiment is good and holy — but it must lead us to real compassion, that is, to suffering with Jesus and Mary. The sufferings God sends us have no other purpose.

“The sight of Mary at the foot of the Cross makes the lesson of the Cross less hard and less bitter; her maternal example encourages us to suffer (with her) and makes the road to Calvary easier. Let us go then with Mary, to join Jesus on Golgotha; let us go with her to meet our own cross, and sustained by her, let us embrace it willingly, uniting it with her Son’s Cross.” (Divine Intimacy)

The Breath of Life

After forming man from the clay of the earth God breathed into man a life giving

soul.  This breath promotes the life of the body and the life of the spirit.  We know

how essential breathing is and we know that one day we will take our final breath

and then the door to eternity opens up our eyes to a new reality.  In this eternal

reality we begin to evaluate all that we said and did while struggling in this

finite world. We will all admit to the importance of the breathing but what about

the breathing that promotes the everlasting life.

In the eternal life the physical act of breathing is replaced by the eternal breath of

the Spirit which is our prayer life. 

 “Ask whatever you desire in my Name and it shall be granted unto thee.”  Prayer

is the act of breathing in the presence of God.  Prayer can take place in three ways

which ultimately prepares us for the divine life in the Holy Trinity.  We need to consider

the three acts of prayer and how they prepare us for our death and resurrection.

In the first act of prayer the soul is initiated through the vocal prayers that are

common for the family.  We learn from our Lord to pray the Our Father and we

learn from scripture the Hail Mary.  Our Parents and teachers seek to develop within

us a love for prayer so that it becomes as important to us as our breathing.  It is

the development of the union with our Creator.  We learn through vocal prayer how to

relate to the Lord Who ransomed us.  This oral prayer is only the beginning of the

relationship that our Lord wishes to have with us.  Oral prayer is useful when praying

with others in a social gathering such as holy mass.

Oral prayer possesses importance and will lead us to the act of meditation.  In our oral

prayer we may come to the word “full of grace” and we stop and we chew on this

reality of our Blessed Mother.  We seek to delve into the depths of the mystery of

grace itself, of friendship with God.  Meditation guides us in a systematic way to

know our faith and the doctrines which touch our lives.  Through this prayer we

develop a deeper communion with the Lord.  All people, places and events can lead

us to meditate upon the mystery of God’s fertile imagination. 

This act of meditation will urge us on to the great and most beautiful prayer of

contemplation.  Like the Rosary game where the kids chant “Ring around the Rosie

pocket full of posies, ashes, ashes all fall down.”  In praying the rosary we repeat the words

in loving contemplation of the divine mysteries and we “fall down” in reverence for the

love of God.  Contemplation tends to take the soul into a peaceful sleep which

focuses one word or one act of Jesus.  Our entire being is immersed in this mystery

which seems to bring our faith and the doctrines into a unity. 

We breath in the presence of God and whether we are in desolation or consolation we

know that all is meant for the good of our souls.  Pray always just as you breath

always.  Our contemplation of the act of breathing can open the door to the untold

mystery of God.  It is recorded in the Paradiso of Dante that when the soul comes

into the light of the Beatific Vision the poet loses all ability to communicate that

which is infinite and so far beyond us.  We can only stand in awe of this Breath

supporting all breaths. 

Prayer then is to be treasured and practiced by seeking the will of God in all that

occurs in our daily lives.  This breath of eternal life develops within the soul a

“taste for God”.  Never give up on prayer but continue to press on and the reward

will come without force.  In His peace do our souls find the rest they desire.

Let us reflect upon the prayer life that opens the soul to the Love of God and

begets in the soul the very breath of our Savior.  Mary is our greatest model for

her life was spent in contemplating her Son Who remains her Creator.  Turn to

our Lady’s holy rosary and all prayer becomes a delight and a power.

Let us storm heaven with many holy rosaries then we can take the world by

storm.  Heaven knows this is the only way we can achieve a peace that is

beyond vaccines and beyond politics.  May our Lady guide us into the

deepest union of love with her Son Jesus. 

In the hearts of Jesus, Mary and Joseph,

Fr. Voigt

Leadership

Always ask yourself: what is the best you can do in any given situation with the tools at your disposal to help serve the Kingdom of God? And pray to Heaven for help.

“Act as if everything depended on you, trust as if everything depended on God” – Saint Ignatius of Loyola

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In these current times of crisis in the Church and the world, it is a ripe time for leaders to be formed who can take the information at their disposal and use it to lead their families, communities, and organizations, ultimately into the fold of the Immaculate and Sacred Hearts. We have been blessed with the information we understand of tradition and also the information we understand of the current demonic attacks on our media, nation, and the world at large. I believe, I read somewhere that Saint Louis de Monfort (and others) prophesied that the saints of our times would be great saints, possibly the greatest. One key to this leadership quality of the saints of these days would be devotion to Our Lady.

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Obedience To The King

True or False Obedience to the King

Robin Hood and his men kneel to the king with quote "If obedience causes us to go against what we know to be true by the virtue of faith, then we have a very grave problem."

by Kennedy Hall

An Unjust Law Is No Law At All

In the first part of this article, we learned that the virtue of obedience is grouped as one of the virtues which falls under the cardinal virtue of justice. In fact, St. Thomas quoting St. Augustine famously stated, lex injusta non est lex (an unjust law is no law at all).

We also explained how there are some situations in which one is not obligated to obey his superior. This, of course, includes unjust laws which do not carry the moral force of true law. Furthermore, there are some situations in which one is obligated not to obey a superior. The most obvious case is when the superior commands something sinful. No one may ever justly command another person to disobey God. And one may never justify his sin before God by claiming ‘I was just being obedient.’

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“Gather up the fragments that remain.”

“Gather up the fragments that remain.”  Broken things can be mighty precious.

Broken hearts need to be mended; broken bones need to be set; broken promises

call for repentance.  We live in a broken world which lives in fear of a simple virus

that can break the bank; break the churches; break free speech and free assembly.

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The Greatest Commandment

Mathew 22:

36 Master, which is the greatest commandment in the law?

37 Jesus said to him: Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with thy whole mind.

38 This is the greatest and the first commandment.

39 And the second is like to this: Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

What Soil Do You Come From?

Tell me who your friends are and I will tell you who you are. This very true
statement delves more deeply into our emotions and attitudes that we mightwish to admit. Parents develop their children’s attitudes before the marriage even took place. When one comes to realize the importance of the soil of lifethen one will take seriously which friends I unite with and the friends I want
my children to have. So let us study the four soils that our Blessed Lord
presents and what makes these soils helpful or dangerous.
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Christmas Works of Charity

The seven corporal works of mercy

  1. Feed the hungry.
  2. Give drink to the thirsty.
  3. Clothe the naked.
  4. Shelter the homeless.
  5. Visit the sick.
  6. Visit the imprisoned/Ransom the captive.
  7. Bury the Dead.

The seven spiritual works of mercy

  1. Counsel the doubtful.
  2. Instruct the ignorant.
  3. Admonish sinners.
  4. Comfort the afflicted.
  5. Forgive offences.
  6. Bear wrongs patiently.
  7. Pray for the living and the dead.

The Beatitudes

(Matthew 5:3-12)

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure of heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 
Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.



Confession

St. Antoninus on How a Devout Catholic Lost His Soul due to Concealment of Sin in Confession

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Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

One Church

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I believe in God, The Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; he descended to hell; on the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting.

Amen.

If you or someone you know has doubts about the one True Church being the Holy Catholic Church, follow Cardinal Newman’s example:

Before becoming Catholic, for many years he sought earnestly to discover the True Church by reading history and studying works of the Fathers and discussing the subject with learned friends. At last he exclaimed, “What have I been doing? I have sought by study and discussion to find the truth, but I have not given sufficient time and attention to asking the gift of faith from God.” He at once changed his method and began to ask God earnestly to help him to find the True Church.

His prayers were speedily answered and not only saw the light himself, but became a shinning example to hundreds of others, who followed him.

Complex Problems?

“When you want to resolve a complex problem, seek God’s will in the matter, and you will find a constructive solution.” – St. Mark the Ascetic

Pray often.

God’s Existence

Borrowed from the https://www.magiscenter.com/

If you or someone you know has any doubt of God’s existence a recommended prayer by Cardinal Gibbons, which he gave to a soul, which helped him gain the gift of faith is:

“Oh God, if You exist, make me know You.”

In the story, the freethinking soul said this prayer conscientiously and repeatedly over some time then gained the gift of faith in God.

God helps those who ask.

Some Words On Prayer

“Prayer is the place of refuge for every worry, a foundation for cheerfulness, a source of constant happiness, a protection against sadness” -St. John Chrysostom

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“Ardent prayer addressed to God: this is man’s greatest happiness on earth!” – St. John Vianney

A Good Daily Resolution Prayer

I resolve this day:

To do all in my power to resist evil and to do good.

To fulfill all the responsibilities of my state in life faithfully.

To observe kindness and honesty in all contacts with my fellowmen.

To preserve complete purity of soul.

If I should be tempted to evil, I will repeat in my heart the words, “Do what is right;Be right; Be cheerful!”

That I may be able to keep this resolution, I ask the help of God, my Creator.

(above prayer taken from book: The Seven Capital Sins, by TAN publishing.)

Leadership

Always ask yourself what is the best you can do in any given situation with the tools at your disposal to help serve the Kingdom of God and pray to Heaven for help.

“Act as if everything depended on you, trust as if everything depended on God” – Saint Ignatius of Loyola

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Some More Great Saint Quotes:

“If you are what you should be, you will set the whole world on fire!” -St. Catherine of Siena

“We should abandon ourselves entirely into the hands of God, and believe that His providence disposes everything that He wishes or permits to happen to us for our greater good.” -St. Vincent de Paul

A Great Thanksgiving Prayer

Act of Thanksgiving

From the depths of my heart
I thank You, Dear Lord, 
For Your infinite kindness in coming to me.
How good You are to me!
With Your most holy Mother and all the angels,
I praise Your mercy and generosity toward me,
A poor sinner.
I thank You for nourishing my soul
With Your Sacred Body and Precious Blood.
I will try (…with the help of your grace) to show my gratitude to You
In the Sacrament of Your love,
By obedience to Your holy commandments,
By fidelity to my duties,
By kindness to my neighbour 
And by an earnest endeavour 
To become more like You in my daily conduct.

Another Great Daily Prayer

Novena To The Sacred Heart Of Jesus

This novena prayer was recited every day by Padre Pio for all those who asked his prayers:

O my Jesus, You have said, ‘Truly I say to you, ask and it will be given you, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you.’ Behold, I knock, I seek and ask for the grace of…

Our Father… Hail Mary… Glory be to the Father… Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.

II. O my Jesus, You have said, ‘Truly I say to you, if you ask anything of the Father in my name, He will give it to you.’ Behold, in Your name, I ask the Father for the grace of…

Our Father… Hail Mary… Glory be to the Father… Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.

III. O my Jesus, You have said, ‘Truly I say to you, heaven and earth will pass away but my words will not pass away.’ Encouraged by Your infallible words, I now ask for the grace of…

Our Father… Hail Mary… Glory be to the Father… Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.

O Sacred Heart of Jesus, for whom it is impossible not to have compassion on the afflicted, have pity on us poor sinners and grant us the grace which we ask of You, through the Sorrowful and Immaculate heart of Mary, Your tender mother and ours.

Hail, Holy Queen… St. Joseph, foster father of Jesus, pray for us

Great subjects of Meditation

The seven corporal works of mercy

  1. Feed the hungry.
  2. Give drink to the thirsty.
  3. Clothe the naked.
  4. Shelter the homeless.
  5. Visit the sick.
  6. Visit the imprisoned/Ransom the captive.
  7. Bury the Dead.

The seven spiritual works of mercy

  1. Counsel the doubtful.
  2. Instruct the ignorant.
  3. Admonish sinners.
  4. Comfort the afflicted.
  5. Forgive offences.
  6. Bear wrongs patiently.
  7. Pray for the living and the dead.

The Beatitudes

(Matthew 5:3-12)

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure of heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 
Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.

Some Great Saint Quotes

“Know that the greatest service that man can offer to God is to help convert souls.” -St. Rose of Lima

“Act as if everything depended on you; trust as if everything depended on God.” -St. Ignatius of Loyola

A great prayer to say once a day:

Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
St. Louis De Montfort’s Consecration

I, (Name), a faithless sinner – renew and ratify today in thy hands, O Immaculate Mother, the vows of my Baptism; I renounce forever Satan, his pomps and works; and I give myself entirely to Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Wisdom, to carry my cross after Him all the days of my life, and to be more faihful to Him than I have ever been before. In the presence of all the heavenly court I choose thee this day, for my Mother and Mistress. I deliver and consecrate to thee, as thy slave, my body and soul, my goods, both interior and exterior, and even the value of all my good actions, past, present and future; leaving to thee the entire and full right of disposing of me, and all that belongs to me, without exception, according to thy good pleasure, for the greater glory of God, in time and in eternity. Amen.