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Pope Leo XIII

Pope Leo XIII was born Vincenzo Gioacchino Raffaele Luigi Pecci in Carpineto Romano, near Rome in 1810 and was ordained a catholic priest in 1837. He always lived in the real world, as a young priest he had the courage to confront the power of the local mafia in the city of Benevento; and he had the human sentiment to care for the poor and the ill in Perugia. More »

O glorious Archangel Saint Michael

O glorious Archangel Saint Michael, Prince of the heavenly host, be our defense in the terrible warfare which we carry on against principalities and powers, against the rulers of this world of darkness, spirits of evil. Come to the aid of man, whom God created immortal, made in His own image and likeness, and redeemed at a great price from the tyranny of the devil. More »

His Vision

One day (October 13), after celebrating Mass, the aged Pope Leo XIII was in conference with the Cardinals when suddenly he sank to the floor in a deep swoon. Physicians who hastened to his side could find no trace of his pulse and feared that he had expired. However, after a short interval the Holy Father regained consciousness and exclaimed with great emotion:\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\"Oh, what a horrible picture I have been permitted to see!\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\" More »

Prayers

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen. More »

 

Category Archive: Message Board

Exhortation:

COME LORD JESUS!

The month of September, the 9th month of the secular calendar, is so full of important feasts and memorials.

We remember the Triumph of Our Lord Jesus at Golgotha.

And we also remember our mother, Mary, whose soul was pierced with a sword, becoming Our Lady of Sorrows.

September also was special for St. Francis of Assisi. It was during September that he got the holy stigmata of the passion of Christ. This happened during his fasting and preparation for the Michaelmas on the 29th of September, when the Holy Church traditionally honored St. Michael the Archangel (and now also honors on this same day, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael).

This is a good month to commence or renew the noble habit of praying the Chaplet of St. Michael which was revealed to the Portuguese Carmelite nun, Anthonia D’Astonaco in 1751, and approved by Pope Pius IX in 1851.

Let us use the opportunity of this month to reject the spirit of the world which is hedonism. Rather let us embrace the Spirit of Jesus, who is the Spirit of our heavenly Father, and who knows all things and searches all things.

With the Spirit of Truth let us proclaim and spread the Good News of our Lord Jesus, and the Good News of his imminent Final Advent. Which is, of course, Good News to those who call on the holy name of Jesus, and are prepared.

And how do we prepare? The answer is: Prayer, prayer, prayer. Even ten minutes every day goes a long way.

But the Second Advent of Jesus of Nazareth is Bad News to those who don’t believe in Jesus, and who laugh to scorn when told the footsteps of the Word of God can be heard coming, even now. It is also Bad News for the promoters of evil ways and agendas. It is Bad News for promoters of a false image and a false devotion.

But to those who love the Lord Jesus it is the Wisdom of God and the Power of God.

May our Divine Redeemer meet us awake, eager, and ready on the Great Day.

What then is the message?

There are many people living now who will be alive, on this Earth, during the Second and Final Advent of Jesus of Nazareth.

Good News it will be to all of us who turn away from our sins, repent, and believe in him.

The Spirit says come!

Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us
Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us
St. Michael the Archangel, pray for us

COME LORD JESUS!

2nd September, 2014

Category Archive: Message Board

Exhortation:

COME LORD JESUS!

Month of August Recap:

Transfiguration of the Lord Jesus

St. Augustine on sex

Prayers of a Catholic Struggling with Same-sex Attraction and Sodomy

Assumption of Mary

A warning shot from Cordoba

Prophesy to the European Continent and its surroundings

The Sacrifice of St. John the Baptist

In short the theme of the month of August can be described as: “what really is the human body for?”

And in today’s Sunday Mass gospel readings we receive the answer form the Lord Jesus himself, when he said:

If any man would come after me,
let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.

25 For whoever would save his life will lose it,
and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
26 For what will it profit a man, if he gains the whole world
and forfeits his life?
Or what shall a man give in return for his life?
27 For the Son of man is to come with his angels
in the glory of his Father,
and then he will repay every man for what he has done
.”
(Matthew 16 v 24-27)

Therefore, if any Catholic wants the Glory, let him embrace the Pain first. There is no way around this.

And in the First Reading we hear about the pain of Prophet Jeremiah; it burnt him right in his chest and in his heart. Jeremiah was in severe distressed but there was no way out. And therefore he embraced his Cross, which was to proclaim a terrible prophesy of doom and destruction to the people he loved. Let us embrace our trials and pains – wanted or unwanted – as Prophet Jeremiah did.

In the Second Reading, St. Paul the Apostle admonishes us that we should offer our bodies to God as living sacrifices. This is what he said:

“I appeal to you therefore, brethren,
by the mercies of God,
to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice,
holy and acceptable to God,
which is your spiritual worship
.
Do not be conformed to this world.”
(Romans 1 v 1-2)

Therefore, brothers and sisters, let us prepare ourselves for the coming of Jesus Christ by our vigilance and acceptance of the words of Sacred Scriptures.

The sexual revolution ravaging the world presently is NOT a culture war, rather it a major part of the Final Battles, to be waged, on the eve of the Second and Final Advent of our Divine Redeemer.

This then is the theology of the sex act: for all Catholics and all Christians, every sexual encounter and every sex act must be in the context of propagation of the family and the human species.

We urge you, if you desire to be as “perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect,” then shun every form of carnal sex act that is outside the context of procreation. With patience and prayers we will all get there.

This is the theology that governs the Christian’s human body. This is the testimony of Sacred Scriptures. This is the testimony of the Fathers. This is the message of the Lord Jesus.

Catholics are special. Indeed every Christian who calls on the Lord Jesus – with sincerity in his heart – is special.

“We are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people set apart.”

And for what purpose?

“To declare the Good News of the One who has called us out of the darkness, into His wonderful Light.”

By presenting to the Lord our perishable bodies, we are transformed on that day so that our bodies become like the imperishable glorified body of the Risen Christ. An excellent deal no doubt. May such be ours to possess.

Let us all heed the warnings of August. May the Lord our God hear our prayers. Amen.
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Petition of the Week:

Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us
Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us
St. Michael the Archangel, pray for us
.
Psalm of the Week:

What is better than this quote from psalm 63 which is in today’s readings?

“Your constant love for me [O Lord] is better than life itself.”

COME LORD JESUS!

31st August, 2014

Category Archive: Message Board

Exhortation;

COME LORD JESUS!

Today we remember the martyrdom of St. John the Baptist. His vocation was to be the forerunner of the Messiah in his First Advent. He fulfilled his vocation completely. He identified the Messiah even while in his mother’s womb.  He identified the Lamb of God at the River Jordan. He proclaimed the Holy Trinity even when most people had not yet come to the full knowledge of this Divine Mystery.

Fellow Christians, and believers in the redeeming blood of Jesus of Nazareth, as we approach the Second and Final Advent of the Messiah, let us – like St. John the Baptist – prepare the way for the Lord Jesus with prayer, sacrifices and penances.

Let us purify ourselves.
Let us shun the image of the Beast
Let us shun homosexuality in all its ramifications
Let us shun sexual excess of every kind
Let us shun greed
Let us shun hypocrisy
Let us shun new ideas of worship; especially those being presently planned.

Let us shun divorce, the Lord Jesus hates it [if you have been previously divorced do penance for it, in reparation]
Let us shun racism of every kind, the Lord Jesus can’t stand it

It was love that moved our heavenly Father to send his only-Begotten Son to save us from the wages of sin, which is Death and Eternal damnation.

Let us embrace this love by fulfilling the will of our heavenly Father. Let us embrace this love just as St. John the Baptist embrace it. And he embraced it even unto death; death by decapitation.

The people who executed the Baptizer thought he was finished, but instead he was given an everlasting reward by the God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, such that the Martyr could say:

O death, where is thy victory?
O death, where is thy sting?”

On this memorial of St. John the Baptist – born of the Tribe of Levi – let us use this opportunity to appeal to our brothers and sisters of the Jewish nation to heed to the testimony of John and embrace their Messiah – who is also our Messiah – Jesus son of Mary.

Soon, Jesus comes on the clouds of heaven in a matter of a few decades. He is the glory of Israel: therefore you sons of Jacob honor him, accept him, exalt him. For he comes to rule the Earth with justice and fairness.

The Lion of the tribe of Judah is his name, as prophesied by the Patriarch Jacob.

We urge our Jewish brothers and sisters to pray earnestly in this End-Times, for the spirit of discernment, so that the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob may reveal his love which is in Jesus of Nazareth. Let us all be prayerful so that the great flood of trouble, and calamities, that is coming may not reach us.

Once, again, we beg our Jewish brethren: accept Jesus of Nazareth – born of Mary – as your Messiah and Lord, while there is still Time. The Time, ladies and gentlemen, is Now.

The Time that is Now has been revealed by the Spirit of God to his servants the Prophets. The Day of the Lord comes. The decades can barely be counted on the fingers of one hand.

Besides, and very importantly, as that Great Day approaches, strife, chaos, anarchy, plagues, wars, and rumors of wars will be the staple food of the sons of men.

Children of Jacob accept your Redeemer while there is still time. And this time, it is for real.

Let us listen to the voice of St. John the Baptist, telling us to prepare for the imminent and final Advent of our Lord Jesus. The coming decades are going to be tough times for faithful Catholics, as they grapple with the realities of our Lord Jesus being betrayed by many at high levels of the Church.

These are unprecedented times. Even now unwholesome changes to liturgy and divine worship are being proposed, and prepared, to be foisted on the innocent people of God.

Let us all be vigilant and stay awake.

Let us be like St. John the Baptist. Let us have focus, even unto death.

How precious in the eyes of the Lord
is the death of his faithful servants.
16 Your servant, O Lord, I am.
Your servant, I am; the son of your handmaid.
You have loosed my bonds.”

Hallelujah!

St. John the Baptist, pray for us.

The Spirit says come!

Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us
Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us
St. Michael the Archangel, pray for us

COME LORD JESUS!

29th August, 2014

Category Archive: Message Board

Exhortation:

COME LORD JESUS!

And now to the case of Marcial Maciel, the Mexican-born Catholic priest and the founder of the Legion of Christ. Here was someone who for many years of lived a double life: namely appearing to be holy and kow-towing to the Church hierarchy at the highest levels; and later found-out and confirmed to be a serial and unrepentant abuser of children and women.

Well, we may ask: what is it about him? We have heard about the scandal – old news; so what is it now?

Now his friends and well-wishers and some members of the organization he founded are trying to rehabilitate his memory. They keep saying his accusers have not been fair in judging him.

The question the friends of Marcial Maciel ask is: why is it that we do not give Marcial Maciel the benefit of the doubt? Afterall many sinners in the past have made great saints (e.g. St. Mary Magdalene; and St. Augustine of Hippo).

Audaciously, the friends of Marcel Marcel are now comparing him with St. Mary Magdalene. What they fail to realize is, St. Mary Magdalene repented; and St. Augustine of Hippo also repented. But did Marcial Maciel repent?

And really this is the point: did Marcial Maciel repent?

Who knows? That is the answer. Who knows if Marcial Maciel ever repented?

This is precisely what angers so many of the victims and victim families. Because none of them knew or knows – for sure – if Marcial Maciel actually ever did repent. All we are told is he was confined to do prayer and penance in such and such a place and that is it. For all that the victims know, he could have been relaxing at that site enjoying his retirement, unrepentant and defiant.

Afterall we have the case of Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski [a Pole who served as nuncio to the Dominican Republic until August 2013] who was indicted for sexually abusing teenage boys in the Dominican Republic, and who is now in Rome awaiting trial. But he has been reported last seen strolling around in Rome, apparently not looking like a man with repentance and penance on his mind.

One would have thought that sins which have come to public knowledge and which have provoked widespread scandal and angst like those of Marcel Maciel, would have required public repentance and penance.

Repentance and penance for grave sins, and for the damage and scandal caused to so many innocent souls. And then public penance as deterrent to all such abominable sins.

In otherwords, penance and justice would have been done; and also penance and justice would have been SEEN to have been done. Such that his repentance and penance would not only have been attested to by those sympathetic to his cause, but also attested to by those hostile to him.

Not only must Justice be done; it must also be SEEN to be done.

The Marcial Maciel case was a complete debacle; a continuing embarrassment to the Universal Church; a disgrace to all the friends of Marcial Maciel, including the leadership of the Legion of Christ and the Papacy that welcomed him with open arms.

It is an insult to compare Marcial Maciel with St. Mary Magdalene or St. Augustine of Hippo. The two saints repented of their sins, and were SEEN to have repented of their sins.

The Catholic public never had the opportunity to SEE the repentance and penance of Marcel Maciel. In his case justice was NOT done and justice was not SEEN to have been done.

May the Lord Jesus have mercy on his soul. May the Lord Jesus have mercy on the souls of all those sexually abused and those scandalized. Amen.

On this feast day of St. Augustine of Hippo, let us always remember to support our parish priests with prayers. These Catholic priests are in the frontline of the battle against Satan and his cohorts, therefore we must give them all the help (spiritual and pecuniary) available to us, despite the various scandals (and indeed because of these scandals) that keep popping out.

Our aim is not to condemn the sinner –for we are all sinners – rather our intention is to proclaim the Good News of the Lord Jesus, which is heartfelt repentance.

I am listening to what the Lord Jesus is saying to us:

2How long will you people insult me?
How long will you love what is worthless
and go after what is false?”

4Tremble with fear and stop sinning;
think deeply about this,
when you lie in silence on your beds.
Offer the right sacrifices to the Lord,
and put your trust in him.”

O Lord our God, grant us the spirit of Repentance.
O Lord our God, grant us the spirit of Penance.
O Lord our God, do not confront us with sudden death.
O Lord our God, give us time to repent.

Let repentance shine forth, brightly, in all the people of God!

St. Mary Magdalene, pray for us
St. Augustine of Hippo, pray for us

Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us
Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us
St. Michael the Archangel, pray for us

COME LORD JESUS!

28th August, 2014