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See What Jesus Did To This Priest Whom He Visited While Celebrating Mass

See What Jesus Did To This Priest Whom He Visited While Celebrating Mass

Today Jesus scolded me while celebrating Mass

The priest who felt that he was doing badly.

Like all the priests of the world, not a day goes by without searching for Father Sergio to talk and ask him what to do in different situations: “Notice that my mother-in-law is against me, I want to get away from her and stop talking, Do you recommend that I do it ?;

My grandfather left us an inheritance to all, but some do not deserve it, should I do justice? father I can not stand my husband, his insults, his abuse, I want to quit, do you think it is convenient ?; I feel that everything has gone wrong in my life, all my efforts have been in vain, I am tired, what do I do …?

In short, there are many questions how are you doing to me every day. I always try to listen with my heart and enlighten them with some words of hope, inviting them to do good, to ask God for strength to keep going and reminding them that it is better to suffer an injustice than to commit it.

But what I do the most is to pray for them , especially in the Eucharist, when I hold my Lord in my hands, I say to him: “I charge you to that person and also to that person, help them to make the best decisions for Your glory and benefit of their families … ”

But the other day an infinite number of problems came to me in a single afternoon and I felt that my advice was very poor. When I arrived at the Mass it was a sea of anguish , I kept thinking about how I would do it to guide them. And right after the consecration I stuttered several times, and I scolded myself: “You’re saying it wrong.”

And in that moment I reached to listen to my sweet Jesus: “That’s right, you’re saying it wrong, you can not help them, tell them to ask Me what I would do in their place” and I’ll show them the way “.

I had been wrong, not only in the stuttering but in the way I wanted to help. Jesus was right, who better than He to tell us what to do? So I set out for the next one not to worry so much and rather to encourage them to come to God and ask Him for advice.

That same night before leaving the chapel, a man appeared who wanted to talk to me. He told me that his father was very cruel to him all his life; he had practically grown up between insults and blows, and he never wanted to support him and his brothers to go to school, not to mention that his mother only knew how to give orders with shouts, so as soon as he could he walked away from him and he had more 30 years old who did not see it; but a week ago an aunt told him that they are dialyzing him, that he was very weak and that nobody in the family wanted to help him, and finally he asked me:

“Father, thank God I have a family, I am very happy, I know that my wife and my children will gladly receive my dad, but I think it is not fair that now I help him after all that he made me suffer, my mother and my brothers, is not I obliged to help him? ”

I gave him a hug: “Son, I regret everything you have suffered and I understand that it is not fair, I ask you to please me, I am going to open the chapel of the Blessed Sacrament and I want you to ask Our Lord” what would you do he in your place ‘ ” .

After half an hour he came back and said to me in tears: “Father, I will receive it, thanks to my father I have my life, I will receive him in my house and I will help him as much as I can …”.

I went to sleep very happy, I felt that day would rest like never before. God once again showed me that problems are fixed by Him, that I should only bring them closer to Him ; He also reminded me how easy our life would be if we only invited him.

Many things go wrong because we do not think about asking Jesus ‘what He would do in our place’. How much I would like to meet all those who are going through a hardship or need to make a decision to tell them: Do not be afraid, do not get so worn out, God loves you, is with you and will help you, just get on your knees before Him and ask ‘my Good Jesus, what would you do in my place? ‘

Catholic Priests Should Conduct Homosexual Marriage Ceremonies Says Cardinal Marx

Catholic Priests Should Conduct Homosexual Marriage Ceremonies Says Cardinal Marx

The president of the German Bishops’ Conference has declared that, in his view, Catholic priests can conduct blessing ceremonies for homosexual couples.

Cardinal Reinhard Marx told the Bavarian State Broadcasting’s radio service that “there can be no rules” about this question. Rather, the decision of whether a homosexual union should receive the Church’s blessing should be up to “a priest or pastoral worker” and made in each individual case, the German prelate stated.

Speaking on Feb. 3, on the occasion of his 10th anniversary as Archbishop of Munich and Freising, Cardinal Marx was asked why “the Church does not always move forward when it comes to demands from some Catholics about, for instance, the ordination of female deacons, the blessing of homosexual couples, or the abolition of compulsory [priestly] celibacy.”

Marx said that, for him, the important question to be asked regards how “the Church can meet the challenges posed by the new circumstances of life today – but also by new insights, of course,” particularly concerning pastoral care.

Describing this as a “fundamental orientation” emphasized by Pope Francis, Marx called for the Church to take “the situation of the individual, … their life-story, their biography, … their relationships” more seriously and accompany them, as individuals accordingly.

Marx has recently called for an individualized approach to pastoral care, which, he has said, is neither subject to general regulations nor is it relativism.

Such “closer pastoral care” must also apply to homosexuals, Cardinal Marx told the Bavarian State Broadcaster: “And one must also encourage priests and pastoral workers to give people in concrete situations encouragement. I do not really see any problems there.”

The specific liturgical form that blessings ďż˝” or other forms of “encouragement” ďż˝” should take is a quite different question, the Munich archbishop continued, and one that requires further careful consideration.

Asked whether he really was saying that he “could imagine a way to bless homosexual couples in the Catholic Church,” Marx answered, “yes” ďż˝” adding however, that there could be “no general solutions.”

“It’s about pastoral care for individual cases, and that applies in other areas as well, which we can not regulate, where we have no sets of rules.”

The decision should be made by “the pastor on the ground, and the individual under pastoral care” said Marx, reiterating that, in his view, “there are things that can not be regulated.”

AMAZING PICTURES of The World’s Oldest Cathedral

AMAZING PICTURES of The World’s Oldest Cathedral

Built-in 301 by St. Gregory the Illuminator, it is a testament to both Armenian and universal history.

The Etchmiadzin Cathedral, in the city of Vagharshapat, is the main church of the Armenian Apostolic Church. According to both historians and archaeologists, it is the first cathedral built in Armenia. This means Etchmiadzin shares a place of honor with the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran in Rome, the Rotonda of St. George in Thessaloniki, and the Church of Dura-Europos in Syria among the oldest churches in the whole world.

The initial construction of the Etchmiadzin cathedral dates back to the early 4th century, and was ordered by St. Gregory the Illuminator, patron saint of Armenia, after the adoption of Christianity as the official religion of the Armenian kingdom by King Tiridates III, who had been baptized by St. Gregory himself. The church was built on top of the remains of a pagan temple, thus symbolizing the conversion of the entire kingdom to Christianity.

The foundations of the current building, however, were built at the end of the 5th century, after the initial building suffered major damage after a Persian invasion. The person in charge of this second construction was Vahan Mamikonian. Mamikonian was a member of an Armenian noble family, and became governor of Persian Armenia in 485, after recovering several cities that had fallen under the dominion of the Sassanid dynasty.

Thus, plundered and rebuilt over and over for more than 1500 years, and having survived not only the Armenian genocide at the hands of the Ottoman Empire but also the Great Soviet Purge, the Echmiadzin Cathedral is today a monument that incorporates different styles of Armenian architecture. In fact, it has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Its cruciform plan and the intricate decorative designs of its façade, among which inscriptions in Greek (prior to the invention of the Armenian alphabet) justify the seat of honour that this cathedral holds not only in the hearts of the Armenian faithful, but in the history of Christianity.

Source: aleteia.org

See How St. Padre Pio’s Intercession Saved The Soul of My Dying Husband

See How St. Padre Pio’s Intercession Saved The Soul of My Dying Husband

I am convinced the saint was present in my husband’s hospital room, interceding for him.

God alone, I say, can enlighten the soul with his grace and show that soul what it is. — St Pius of Pietrelcina (“Padre Pio”)

St. Pius of Pietrelcina is still fondly known as “Padre Pio” and I gratefully remember the day I was “introduced” to him in the mid-1990s. It happened when my dry cleaner, Curt, dropped off a relic of the deceased Capuchin friar along with our newly cleaned clothes. “He’s a very powerful intercessor,” Curt said as he handed me a brochure with information about the legendary mystic, which also contained prayers for his miraculous intercession.

At the time, having only recently returned to the Catholic Church from evangelical Christianity, I knew very little about saints, and to be honest, I still wasn’t quite sure about the whole “praying to the saints” thing. Noting from the brochure that Padre Pio was the first priest in the Church’s history to bear the visible Stigmata or wounds of Christ, as well as the fact that he shared a May 25 birthday with my then-husband, Bernie, I challenged him to become a special intercessor to secure Bernie’s conversion.

I immediately bought a book about Padre Pio to learn more of his life story. Quite frankly, it scared the heck out of me when I read about the devil throwing him around his bedroom! Nonetheless, I figured Pio was a potent force to contend with and called upon his heavenly help. Next, I did what any good Catholic wife would do—I put the relic Curt had given me under Bernie’s side of the mattress and prayed for Pio’s intercession to awaken my husband spiritually.

This continued for the next two decades.

Fast-forward to 2008: While I tell the whole miraculous story at length in my book, Miracle Man, suffice it to say that we were in serious trouble as a family at the time, and Bernie was in deep trouble personally and spiritually.

Taking a trip to Rome that summer, for a week of bioethics classes, I decided to visit Padre Pio’s shrine in San Giovanni Rotondo to pray for my spouse before the newly exhumed, incorrupt body of the now canonized saint. I arrived there on Father’s Day, which also happened to be the anniversary of Pio’s canonization seven years earlier. I spent the entire day there in prayer for Bernie, having a Mass offered for him and participating in a Marian procession around the grounds of the monastery alongside hundreds of other pilgrims who had gathered to pray. It was an incredibly powerful, holy day, the highlight of which was kneeling before St. Pius’ perfectly beautiful and intact body to beg for Bernie’s conversion, as the Capuchin priest, who had died in 1968, appeared to lay serenely asleep.

Who could have possibly known that mere months later, Bernie would suffer the “widow maker”—a heart attack that generally kills its victim in less than three minutes. Bernie barely survived it, then lay comatose and in multiple organ failure in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit of a nearby hospital for 87 incredibly painful, yet precious, days.

A particular moment one horrific night is seared into my memory—the night doctors shocked Bernie’s heart three times to keep him alive.

During the middle of that night, as doctors fought to save his life, I became convinced of two particular spiritual occurrences: I believed that Bernie had died and met God, and I strongly sensed Padre Pio’s presence in that hospital room, interceding for him.

While I won’t know this side of heaven if my second suspicion was correct, Bernie awoke from a coma six weeks later to tell me that he had indeed “died” and gone to heaven to meet God. He had seen with great clarity the condition of his soul—his self-described divided heart—and was told by God that he was not permitted to enter heaven. He was sent back to “make amends for his life,” and spent the last six weeks of his earthly life indescribably sick, yet peacefully enjoying what he called “fellowship” with the God of unspeakable love and mercy that he had come to know personally on the other side. Bernie’s death was nothing less than majestic and holy, and I carry the relic of St. Pio with me to this day to regularly pray for his intercession.

One of the things I’ve come to treasure most about the Catholic faith is the Communion of Saints, and the daily celebration in the Church’s liturgical life of “so great a cloud of witnesses,” who help us keep “our eyes fixed on Jesus, the leader and perfecter of faith.” (Hebrews 12:1-2)

St. Pio of Pietrelcina, pray for us!

Source: aleteia.org