Category: Litany

3 Ways to Start Walking With Mary

3 Ways to Start Walking With Mary

My relationship with Mary continues to ebb and flow, just like any other relationship. But, I know that she is fighting for me, protecting me, guiding me, and loving me even when I fall short or get lazy. However, I have found that even the simplest of prayers is heard by the Blessed Virgin.

The Memorare

One of the most beautiful prayers we can say to ask Mary to help us is the memorare. A priest recently gave me a copy in confession and I keep it in my car for particularly long red lights and when I begin and end my workday. The memorare goes like this:

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided.

Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me.

Amen

Not only is the memorare simple but it’s also incredibly powerful. It’s an easy way to start incorporating Momma Mary into your life

The Rosary

It’s especially hard for me to pick up my rosary but also incredibly important. St. Louis de Montfort says, “It would hardly be possible for me to put into words how much Our Lady thinks of the Holy Rosary and of how she vastly prefers it to all other devotions.” and “The Rosary is the most powerful weapon to touch the Heart of Jesus, Our Redeemer, who loves His Mother.” Recitation of the Rosary, with sincere love, has great power to restore us and pull us close to the heart of Jesus.

I found that carrying my rosary with me throughout the day led me to pray it more often. I encourage you to keep a rosary on you as often as you have your cell phone, you’ll be amazed at how often you begin to pray it.

Praying with Mary in Scripture

Lastly, find the heart of Mary in scripture. Though she says little, her words mean much. She is constant in her trust in the Lord and perfect in her surrender and gives us an example of the perfect disciple.Mary doesn’t pick favorites. She is here for all of us as a gift from the Lord.

I encourage you to persevere in your relationship with Mary, even when you feel forgotten or left out. Mary has a love and heart for you because she knows how much Jesus yearns for you. Let your mother help you, she’s just waiting for you to ask.

4 Ways Our Sins are Cleansed?

4 Ways Our Sins are Cleansed?

It all started from the beginning, Man has continuously been falling. Sins, right from Adam and Eve, have also the problem with Man.

Sin is the only thing that separates us from God. The Bible says God hates Sin and not the Sinner. Due to benevolence and faithfulness and Mercy, God has persistently been forgiving us our sins and has not stop cleaning us from our Sins.

Cleaning of Sin by God can come in four (4) different ways:

  • Cleansing by Blood
  • Cleaning by Water,
  • Cleaning by the Word of God,
  • and Cleaning by the Sacrament of Confession

Cleansed by Blood, and washed by Water.

In Psalm 51 you will find the deep need of a soul that has found itself ruined and vile, utterly without power in the hour of temptation. How deep the sense of guilt and sin; and yet the cry for mercy according to what God is! “Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy loving kindness: according to the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquities, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.

Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest. Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash, me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free Spirit.” These are the earnest desires of a sin-burdened soul — the groans of a broken heart that longs for holiness and purity. For cleansing and purging: “Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.” And much more: “Create in me a clean heart, O God.” Guilty, guilty, oh, wash me whiter than snow! Here is full unreserved confession to God and faith looks only to Him. Here is man’s need — your need and mine, as God sees it — our very condition by nature.

Now if we turn to that day when God shall gather His ancient people from all countries, we find an answer to every cry and desire in this psalm. “And I will sanctify my great name which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am the Lord, says the Lord God, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes. For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land. Then, will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols will I cleanse you.

A new heart also will I give you; and a new spirit will I put within you; and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them. And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers, and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God. I will also save you from all your uncleannesses: and I will call for the corn, and will increase it, and lay no famine upon you. And I will multiply the fruit of the tree, and the increase of the field, that ye shall receive no more reproach of famine among the heathen. Then shall ye remember your own evil ways, and your doings that were not good, and shall loathe yourselves in your own sight for your iniquities and for your abominations.

Not for your sakes do I this, says the Lord God, be it known to you: be ashamed and confounded for your own ways, O house of Israel. Thus says the Lord God: In the day that I shall have cleansed you from all your iniquities I will also cause you to dwell in the cities, and the wastes shall be builded.” (Ezek. 36:23-31.) “Then I will sprinkle clean water upon you.” All help comes from God: cleansing, a new heart, and the Holy Ghost.

This is the purpose of God for His name’s sake. How precious the “I wills” of God! “I will take you.” Yes, from His own heart’s free grace He will do all this for Israel. And is He not the same blessed God now? Poor helpless, sin-burdened soul, He says, I will cleanse thee, and thou shalt be clean. How very striking are the words of Jesus to Nicodemus: “Verily, verily, I say to thee, Except a man be born again [or wholly afresh] he cannot see the kingdom of God.” And again, “Verily, verily, I say to thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” There must be a pure and holy new creation.

And this is the work of God, entirely of God. “I will cleanse,” “I will give a new heart.” There must be a holy new nature. Only, mark, this does not alter the flesh. “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” This solemn distinction of the two natures is our blessed Lord’s first elementary lesson. If this lesson is not learnt, nothing can be clearly known. Truly the new quickening birth is by the Holy Ghost — “born of the Spirit.” And the thing signified by water is the word: “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which lives and abides for ever.” (1 Pet. 1:23.)

But it is important to inquire why our blessed Lord used the term ‘water.’ ” Except a man be born of water.” Does it not express the holy requirements of God? There must be a nature suited to Himself.

Now let us look at a few of the types, where water was used for cleansing: indeed, let us notice the relative place in these figures of water, the blood, and oil. Suppose we look at Christ and believers, in the figures of Aaron and his sons in the day of their consecration. In Leviticus 8:6: “Moses brought Aaron and his sons and washed them with water.” Then from verse 7-12 it is all Aaron alone. And he put upon him the coat and girded him. And he poured of the anointing oil upon Aaron’s head, and anointed him, to sanctify him.

Thus, if we look at Jesus alone in this type, it is the water and the oil; the washing in water, then the anointing of the Holy Ghost. He was the sinless One, the washing with water marked His intrinsic purity. He needed no atoning blood. It was this that so surprised John — that the Holy One should come to be baptized. “Then comes Jesus from Galilee to Jordan to John to be baptized of him. And John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? And Jesus answering, said to him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becomes us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him. And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water, and lo, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: and lo, a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.” (Matt. 3:13-17.) He fulfilled this beautiful type of the law. He was baptized with water: and at this John might well marvel. But immediately he was anointed with the Holy Ghost.

And God bore witness that He was the Holy One: “my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.” From His pierced side there flowed blood and water — blood to atone, and water to cleanse. But you notice He was in His own essential being all that God could require — the Beloved Son. This gives great force to the expression, “Except a man be born of water.” He must have a wholly new nature — the very nature of the Beloved Son, the second Adam.

Cleansing by the Word and by Confession

Matthew 8:3 God’s Word is obvious in this miracle. If something requires cleansing, “the washing of water by the word” must be actively present (Ephesians 5:26). God does not work apart from His Word. From the creation of the world to the present, the place of God’s Word in His work has been essential: “In the beginning was the Word [the One who became Jesus Christ], and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made” (John 1:1-3).

In addition, the phrase “God said” is found ten times in the creation account (Genesis 1).The Bible is God’s written Word, as the Father had the Word (Jesus Christ, the Spokesman) inspire and reveal it. Many professing Christian churches have pushed Scripture to the back burner, into irrelevance, taking an a la carte spiritual meal from it as if they have the authority to choose which doctrines to swallow and which to refuse. If the true church is to do a work for God, it must be established and built on God’s Word rather than on tradition.Martin G. Collins 

The Miracles of Jesus Christ: Healing a Leper
 
Matthew 8:32 There is great power in the Word of God (Proverbs 30:5). It can transform a person dramatically (Luke 4:4), working mightily in those who have faith in Christ (I Thessalonians 2:13). No one could have as big a problem as these men possessed by a legion of demons. Nevertheless, it took only a few words from Jesus to deliver them. In Luke 4:35-36 is another example of Jesus using the power of God’s Word to exorcise demons:But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be quiet, and come out of him!” And when the demon had thrown him in their midst, it came out of him and did not hurt him.

Then they were all amazed and spoke among themselves, saying, “What a word this is! For with authority and power He commands the unclean spirits, and they come out.”The world tried many ways to restrain and control the two demon-possessed men in Gadara, but the only effective solution was God’s power through Christ. Man’s idea was to start on the outside with chains and other bonds, but Jesus began on the inside with the Word of God, which is not chained (II Timothy 2:9). Using their various “programs” to deal with evil, people only treat the symptoms. The best they can do is whitewash the outside. Christ corrects the problem at the source. So Christ is the solution, the remedy for the sin.

He cleans out the inside, which is the best way to correct the problem on the outside.When we study and accept the Word of God, we draw closer to the One who can give us access to the knowledge and power to conquer our spiritual enemy. Hebrews 4:12-13 reads:For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.The day of accountability is coming—at Christ’s return with power and authority—when all people, as well as Satan and all his demons, will be forced to submit to the Word of God (Revelation 19:11-16).
3 Most Powerful Prayer for the Catholic Faithful

3 Most Powerful Prayer for the Catholic Faithful

Every catholic faithful especially those that know their faith will tell you Catholics are deep rooted in prayers. According to the Most Read Book in the world,‘’The BiBle’’.

Jesus Says through Saint Paul in His word That we should:

‘’Pray at all time that Ye may overcome the Evil days or perilous time’’

Every thing the Catholics do is towards Prayer. Every gathering involves at least one of the three most fervent and powerful prayer in the World.

They are the simplest of all prayers though.

They Include the following:

  1. The Holy Mass
  2. The Rosary
  3. The Angelus

The Holy Mass

The holy Mass summarizes the meaning of the coming of Jesus to the world, Death. His death was to redeem Man from Sin and reconciliation of the world back to His Father in Heaven. The Holy sacrifice of the Mass reminds God that His Son died For the Sinful World on the Cross. However, the Mass in itself though is the repetition of the death of Christ on the Cross which involves Blood as in the actual crucifixion, the Mass is Bloodless. Notwithstanding, it carries the same efficacy of the death of Christ on the Cross.

The Holy Mass is the highest form of Prayer. Catholics know this and would love to participate in this sacrifice of the mass daily as perfunctory.

The Holy Rosary:

The holy rosary is the second highest form of prayer after the holy mass. The rosary is also the summary of the coming of Jesus when the Angel Gabriel visited Mary with greetings from God to the death and Resurrection of Jesus after Three days in the Grave.The Prayer taught by Jesus, ‘’Our Father’’ is recited in it. The Apostles Creed of proclaiming their faith In God is recited as well as the The Angel greetings to Mary. WOW!!!This is indeed reminding God that he should have Mercy through his Son’s Death on the world

The Angelus

The Angelus is an angelic prayer via Angel Gabriel to Mary. The prayer announces Mary to the World through the benevolence of God to redeem Mankind through a woman’s acceptance of the will of God…

“May it be done as you have said onto me… the same version of Let your will be done “

All the three prayers is reminding God That He Sent His Son to die for US and to redeem US on the Cross. This is believing on the One God Sent That is Son; Jesus Christ. Any one who believes is already Gods adopted Sons and Daughter.Pray these prayers daily and attend Mass as much as you can and God will definitely answer US. Amen

The Story of Our Lady of Fatima, Detailed to Lucia Sainthood.

The Story of Our Lady of Fatima, Detailed to Lucia Sainthood.

Our Lady of Fatima

Our Lady of Fatima Feast Day May 13

On May 13, 1917, in Portugal, Our Lady of Fatima appeared to three children in a place called Cova da Iria.

It was at noon, and the children were shepherding sheep. Suddenly there was lightening, and the children, thinking that it was going to rain, began to run. Then, just above a holm oak tree, they saw a beautiful lady made of light, holding a rosary in her hand.

Our Lady of Fatima  Jacinta Lucia Francisco

Our Lady of Fatima spoke to the children and told them not to be afraid. “I come from Heaven,” she said. The oldest of the children was Lucía who was ten years old. She asked Our Lady of Fatima, “Will I go to Heaven?” “Yes,” Our Lady of Fatima answered. “And Jacinta,” who was her seven-year-old cousin, “Will she go to heaven too?” “Yes,” answered Our Lady of Fatima. “And Francisco,” the brother of Jacinta who was nine years old, “Will he go to Heaven?”  “Yes,” answered Our Lady of Fatima, but he will have to say many rosaries.”

Our Lady of Fatima Birthplace of Lucia

Our Lady of Fatima asked the children if they would pray and make sacrifice for sinners, and if they would come to this same place on the thirteenth of each month for five months. The children agreed and Lucía said “Yes.”  Only Lucía spoke to Our Lady of Fatima, the others listened.

This was the beginning of a new life for the children, for their sole purpose in life was to pray and make sacrifices for sinners. They would give their lunch to the sheep as a sacrifice, and perform other acts of mortification.

Our Lady of Fatima Home Of Jacina and Francisco

The children noted that the beautiful Our Lady of Fatima was sad, and they were sad also because of Our Lady of Fatima’s sadness.

On June 13, Our Lady of Fatima appeared again to the children. The conversation was to pray and make sacrifices and to pray the Rosary.

On July 13, Our Lady of Fatima appeared again and conveyed a secret to the children composed of three parts. The first two parts were revealed by Lucía in her memoirs in 1941 and the third part was released by Pope John Paul II in May 2000.

Regarding the first part, the vision of hell, Sister Lucía writes:

Our Lady of Fatima Jacinta Francisco Lucia

“Our Lady showed us a great sea of fire which seemed to be under the earth. Plunged in this fire were demons and souls in human form, like transparent burning embers, all blackened or burnished bronze, floating about in the conflagration, now raised into the air by the flames that issued from within themselves together with great clouds of smoke, now falling back on every side like sparks in a huge fire, without weight or equilibrium and amid shrieks and groans of pain and despair, which horrified us and made us tremble with fear. The demons could be distinguished by their terrifying and repulsive likeness to frightful and unknown animals, all black and transparent. This vision lasted but an instant.

Our Lady of Fatima Francisco's Bedroom

“How can we ever be grateful enough to our kind heavenly Mother who had already prepared us by promising, in the first apparition, to take us to heaven? Otherwise, I think we would have died of fear and terror.

“The beautiful Lady proceeded to reveal the second part of the secret. We then looked up at Our Lady who said to us so kindly and so sadly: ‘You have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace. The war is going to end, but if people do not cease offending God, a worse one will break out during the pontificate of Pius XI.

Our Lady of Fatima Jacinta's Bedroom

‘When you see a night illuminated by an unknown light, know that this is the great sign given you by God that he is about to punish the world for its crimes, by means of war, famine and persecutions of the Church and the Holy Father. To prevent this, I shall come to ask for the consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart and the Communion of reparation on the First Saturdays.

‘If my requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace; if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred; the Holy Father will have much to suffer; various nations will be annihilated.

‘In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me, and she shall be converted, and a period of peace will be granted to the world. In Portugal, the dogma of the Faith will always be preserved.’

“After Our Lady had revealed the secret to the children, she asked them to include a special prayer at the end of each decade of the Rosary.

‘Oh my Jesus, forgive us ours sins, save us from the fires of Hell. Lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who are in most need of Thy mercy.”

Our Lady of Fatima 1917 Apparition

On August 13, 1917, the three children were kidnapped by the mayor of Villa Nova de Ourem to whose district Fatima belonged.

The mayor was atheistic as were many in Portugal. In separate conversations with each of the three children, the mayor threatened death if they did not confess everything as a lie. However, the children did not give in to the mayor and professed the truth of Our  Lady of Fatima. As a result, the children could not meet Our Lady of Fatima because they were held in jail with common criminals for the night.

But according to witnesses, the children converted the men in the jail, and they all prayed in the cell.

In a previous apparition, Our Lady of Fatima had promised the children that on October 13, 1917, the final apparition, she would reveal her name and perform a great miracle to vindicate the truth of her apparitions.

Our Lady of Fatima Cova da Iria at Night

On August 19, 1917, when Our Lady of Fatima appeared unexpectedly, she told the children that on account of the behavior of the mayor, the miracle would not be as great as was her original intention. However, as we will see, it was truly spectacular.

On September 13, 1917, Our  Lady of Fatima appeared over the holm oak tree, the site of the first apparition.

Now, in the final apparition at Fatima, which took place on October 13, 1917, Lucía had publicly announced that Our Lady of Fatima would perform a great miracle to testify to the truth of the apparitions.

From the previous day, many people were traveling toward the area. There were not only those with faith but also the atheistic communists and the secular newspaper reporters who were convinced that they would write a story discrediting the entire event as a hoax. Suddenly, it began to rain. The field where people were gathering turned into a field of mud. Seventy thousand people were present to see the miracle.

Our Lady of Fatima Cova da Iria at Night

At 12 o’clock noon, Lucía pointed up at the sky. “The sun appeared as a disc that gave off various colors and could be looked at without difficulty; it spun like a fireball and looked as if it would fall to the earth.” Suddenly, the sun broke free of its orbit and began to plunge to the earth. All seventy thousand people were in panic. Many were heard to say, “God have mercy on me.”

Then the sun stopped and returned to its place in the sky, and it turned into a beautiful day. People become aware that their clothes were dry.

In addition to those present at the event, others far away also saw the prodigal in the sky. Newspapers reported the sun falling from the sky as, “The Sun Danced.”

Lucía says that during this event, Our  Lady of Fatima appeared in the sky with Saint Joseph. Our Lady of Fatima was holding a brown scapular, and
Saint Joseph was holding the Child Jesus. Our Lady of Fatima said, “I am the Lady of the Rosary.”

During one of the apparitions, Our Lady of Fatima foretold that Jacinta and Francisco would die soon but that Lucía would remain longer to spread devotion to her Immaculate Heart. After the events at Fatima, Our Lady of Fatima continued to appear discretely to each child individually from time to time.

Our Lady of Fatima Early Burial Place of Jacinta and Francisco

Francisco died in 1919 and Jacinta in 1920, both from disease. When Our Lady of Fatima appeared to Jacinta, she gave her information about her death. “You will die in a hospital, away from your family, alone.”   Jacinta’s death was as Our Lady of Fatima said.

Jacinta and Francisco were saints from the first day Our Lady of Fatima appeared to them on May 13, 1917. They gave themselves up to prayer and sacrifice for sinners and prayer for the pope. Once the beautiful Our Lady of Fatima had appeared to them, they lost all interest in the worldly life.

Lucía took the name Sister Maria Lucía of the Immaculate Heart of Mary when she became a Carmelite nun.

In 2000, on May 13 in Fatima, Pope John Paul II beatified Jacinta and Francisco as Blesseds of Heaven.  Sister Lucía was present.

The third part of the secret given to the children on July 13, 1917, was written by Sister Lucía in 1944, but the text was not revealed until 2000.

On May 13, 1981, there was an assassination attempt on the life of Pope John Paul II. Shortly afterward His Holiness read the third part of the secret of Fatima but chose not to reveal it at that time. Coinciding with the May 13, 2000, Beatification of Jacinta and Francisco, The Holy Father released the third part of the secret.

This part refers to violent hands being laid on a pope and others as well – bishops, priests, men and women religious and various lay people.

Sister Lucía recently said that it now appears ever more clear that the purpose of all the apparitions was to help people to grow more and more in faith, hope and love.

Our Lady of Fatima recalls frequently forgotten values. She reminds us that the future of humankind is in God, and that we are active and responsible partners in creating that future. Our Lady of Fatima wants all of us to stop offending God; the same message as at Lourdes to Saint Bernadette. She reminds us that hell exists.

Ultimately, Our Lady of Fatima asks us to fervently pray the Rosaryevery day, pray for sinners and the pope, and perform sacrifices in reparation for our sins.

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Sister María Lúcia of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (nee Lucía de Jesús dos Santos), the oldest of the three children to whom Our Lady of Fatima appeared, died on Sunday, February 13, 2005, at 5:25 P. M. at the age of 97, at the Carmelite Convent of Saint Teresa at Coimbra in Portugal where she was buried for a year at her request so that the nuns could mourn privately.  In February, 2006, Sister María Lúcia was reinterred at Fatima.

Pope John Paul II sent a condolence message read at Sister María Lúcia’s funeral attended by hundreds of mourners which said he “…always felt lifted by the daily gift of her prayers, especially in difficult and testing moments of suffering.”

Mel Gibson visited Sister María Lúcia in July of 2004 and gave her a DVD of his movie The Passion of the Christ

Pope Benedict XVI has fast-tracked Sister Lúcia’s road to sainthood by eliminating the five-year waiting period to start the canonization process.