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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!

HAPPY FEAST DAY TO YOU ALL!

“Therefore put on the whole armor of God”
(Ephesians 6 v 13a)

St. Michael the Archangel, pray for us
St. Gabriel the Archangel, pray for us
St. Raphael the Archangel, pray for us

1. We thank you, O holy Angels
for your ardent love of God,
and Mary, the Queen of this Choir.
Inflame us and all men
with your purest angelic love
that with you we may love God here on earth
and one day forever in heaven.

2. We thank you, O holy Angels,
for your great zeal for the Glory of God,
As one day you fought against Lucifer and his host,
to defend the honor of the incarnate Word,
and his blessed mother Mary,
so, now defend us, your little helpless brethren,
against the same powerful enemy,
that our hearts may always be pure and undefiled,
real tabernacles of Christ,
sanctuaries of the Holy Spirit,
temples of the Most adorable Trinity.

8. Glory and thanksgiving be to the Father, to the Son, to the Holy Spirit,
for creating you (…) who stand before the throne of God.
We most humbly pray and beseech the holy Archangels,
to teach us and those dear to us,
the science and the wisdom of Saints.

The Spirit says come!

COME LORD JESUS!

29th September, 2014

Category Archive: Message Board

Exhortation:

COME LORD JESUS!

In the Gospel reading of today’s Sunday Mass we read the story of two sons. Our Lord Jesus tells us the parable:

“A man had two sons.
He came to the first and said,
‘Son, go out and work in the vineyard today.’
He said in reply, ‘I will not, ‘
but afterwards changed his mind and went.
The man came to the other son and gave the same order.
He said in reply, ‘Yes, sir,’ but did not go.”
(Matthew 21 v 28-30)

A certain Parish Priest, known to us, adds a third scenario:

“The man told a third son and gave the same order.
He said in reply, ‘Yes, sir,’ and did go to work in the vineyard.”

The simple question then is: which of the three sons are we? Into what category does each and every one of us belong?

Let us begin with the son-C, described by the Parish Priest. This son says yes, and means yes and does what he promised to do; he goes and works in the vineyard to the best of his capability.

Who is this son-C? This son represents faithful Catholics – both laity and clergy – who are struggling to fulfill the will of God in their lives; and who are faithfully following the teachings and traditions of the Church, handed down by our Lord Jesus, to the blessed Apostles and disciples.

These loyal Catholics stay united with the Church of Rome despite all the sex abuse scandals, and the financial scandals, and the doctrinal haziness of the last five decades or so.

These Catholics stay faithful to their baptismal promises, despite their dismay at the rapid unprecedented changes (in the last 50 years) in certain key Church teachings, and the evil fruits that have ripened as a result.

These Catholics have a firm belief that the gates of Hell will never overcome the Church founded by Jesus Christ on the Solid Rock of St. Peter (and his brother Apostles and brother Prophets).

These Catholics firmly believe that Our Savior himself will sooner or later appear to take back his Holy Church from the usurpers who are threatening to ruin it.

That is the son-C. Reminds us of Abel.

Now, who is the son-B? This son said, ‘yes’, to his father, but in his heart he meant ‘no’. This son said, ‘yes’; but he carried out ‘no’.

This son-B represent the majority of the officials of the Roman curia in Rome, who pretend to be serving the Lord Jesus but are in fact working against the Church founded by Jesus Christ.

These are the people who looked the other way while children were being sexually abused, repeatedly

These are the people working hard to legitimize the demonic “homosexual agenda” in the context of the Catholic Church. They are working hard, and hoping to use the forth-coming synod of Bishops, as an avenue to introduce same-sex sex acts into the Catholic Church. These are the people trying to normalize same-sex sex acts under the guise and pretext of Sacramental Infant Baptism.

Furthermore, these are the people who endorsed an evil image, which had been banned previously for 20 years by the Holy Office, under the prefect-ship of late Cardinal Alfredo Ottaviani.

These are the people who rush through the universal acceptance of a doubtful private devotion, to the level of a rival to the Holy Easter Triduum. These are the people who recognized an evil image as something holy. With St. Paul the Apostle we say: “Their end will correspond to their deeds.”

May the Lord Jesus have mercy on all the people (including children, the youth, the ignorant, and the simple) who have been led astray by this evil image. Our prayer is that the relevant people in authority in the Church reconsider, repent, and put this image and its devotion back – once again – under an interdict and a complete ban.

But will these people repent? Or will they continue to say, ‘yes’ and mean ‘no’?

The signs are not good. Even now, changes to liturgy are being considered and proposed, which would further take the Church away from the traditions and teachings of the holy Apostles of Christ.

Brethren, be prayerful, but have the hope, because all these events have been prophesied by St. John the Evangelist and Prophet Daniel, and St. Matthew the Evangelist. All sorts of contradictions must occur in the days leading to the Second and Final Advent of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Finally, who is the son-A? Who is the son who initially said, ‘no’ to his father, and then thought better of it, and changed his response to ‘yes’.

Who is the son who said, ‘no’ but repented and said, ‘yes’?

Perhaps we should rather say, who do we hope that this son-A will represent?

Our hope is that son-A represents those who are estranged from the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church, and who will reconsider and seek unity with the Bride of Christ.

Will it not be wonderful to have all Christians united under one roof just as our Lord Jesus prayed when he said:

“that they may all be one; even as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you sent me.”
(John 17 v 21)

Would not be wonderful if all the Churches and all ecclesial communities and all Christian ministries all united as one body under one roof?

This surely will be pleasing to the Lord Jesus, who desires that all Christians be one body.

Therefore we appeal to every Christian and every Christian denomination that have turned away from the Church – to be found in the city of St. Peter and St. Paul – to reconsider. We appeal to all Christians (who call on the Lord Jesus with sincerity in their hearts) to find ways and means to bring about unity among us all.

As we have said previously the unity we seek can not wait and linger around for one excuse of the other; rather the unity we seek should start immediately with each and every one of us.

For starters we all need to do penance in reparation for this sin of disunity and express to our Lord Jesus in our prayers, our genuine desire for Christian unity. Indeed for every one of us to have a certain day or two in the year – set aside for prayer and fasting – for this purpose will be an admirable step.

Let us remind ourselves of seven essentials points and paths to unity:

Unity with the Lamb of God
Unity with Mary ever-Virgin
Unity with the holy Angels and the holy Saints
Unity with the Sacred Scriptures (including the Deuterocanon)
Unity with the Church Fathers
Unity against the Devil and his cohorts
Unity of Prayer and Penance.

What remains? The possibility of a fourth scenario: a son that says, ‘no’ and means ‘no’ in his heart. The son-D.

These are all those who having heard the Good News of the Lord Jesus and still insist on rejecting him.

What can we say to them? “Taste and see that the Lord is God”. Call on Jesus, with humility, and he will reveal himself to you. This is not fiction but reality.

To son-A, we say change your ‘no’ to ‘yes’; like the first son in the parable of the Lord Jesus.

To son-B, we say end your duplicity and let your ‘yes’ mean ‘yes’; unlike the second son in the parable of the Lord Jesus.

To son-C, we say C for Christ, C for Catholic: keep the flag flying.

To son-D we say: the greatest misfortune that can befall a man is to hear about Jesus of Nazareth, and still reject him.

If we heed all these admonitions and warnings, when the Lord Jesus appears on the clouds of Heaven, he will meet us awake, ready, and eager to see him.

He comes soon, within a generation and half a generation. Many of the people alive today will witness this momentous event in their lifetime on this earth.

We can barely wait.

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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
St. Gabriel the Archangel, pray for us
St. Raphael the Archangel, pray for us

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Psalm of the Week:

Teach me your ways, O Lord;
make them known to me.
Teach me to live according to your truth,
for you are my God, who saves me.
I always trust in you.

Remember, O Lord, your kindness and constant love
which you have shown from long ago.
Forgive the sins and errors of my youth.
In your constant love and goodness,
remember me, Lord!
(Psalm 25 v 4-7)

Hallelujah!

COME LORD JESUS!

28th September, 2014

Category Archive: Message Board

Exhortation:

COME LORD JESUS!

We all know about St. Gabriel the Archangel. No Christian of any sect or denomination can deny that he exists. We read about him in the Book of Daniel and in the Gospel according to St. Luke.

St. Gabriel was the one chosen by God to announce the Good News of our Lord Jesus to the Blessed Virgin Mary. And this is where we need to learn something crucial, for all times, but even more indispensable in the End-Times that we live in.

When the Blessed Virgin Mary first heard the greetings of the Archangel, she did not grab it immediately. Instead she was restrained and thought in her mind, “What type of greeting might this be?”

In other words at the first instance of this angelic apparition, Mother Mary was reserved; it was important for her to know what type of greeting this was.

What questions would flow through the mind of a Christian in similar circumstances?

Is this a vision or a mere dream?
Is this a human or an angel?
Is this a holy greeting or an evil greeting?
Is this a truthful greeting or a deceitful greeting?
Is this a heavenly message or a satanic manipulation?
Is this angelic praise or demonic flattery?
How can I know the will of my God, presently? My God who loves me so much.

The Evangelist tells us that Mary was deeply troubled in her mind. We can see here that our Mother Mary is doing what all saintly servants of God do when faced with an apparition. Which is: to be sure of the kind of spirit that is communicating with them.

That is why St. John the Evangelist wrote, under inspiration of the Holy Spirit:

“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are of God; for many false prophets have gone out into the world.” (1 John 4 v 1)

And that is why the Lord Jesus told St. Margaret Mary Alacoque:

“My daughter, believe not lightly and trust not every spirit, for Satan is enraged and will seek to deceive you.”

The Blessed Virgin Mary like all of us had the right to test the spirit that was speaking with her, in order to be sure what type of spirit it was. Because as St. Paul the Apostle says: “even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.” (2 Corinthians 11 v 14)

Therefore St. Gabriel the Archangel was not in any way surprised that Mary was troubled at his greetings. And that was why he did not hesitate to call another witness, in the person of St. Elizabeth; who herself was expecting a baby with her husband, St. Zechariah, having before been adjured barren-for-life.

And when the Blessed Virgin Mary got to St. Elizabeth’s house she was received by a third witness, in the person of St. John the Baptist, who leapt in his mother’s womb, on hearing the voice of the mother of the Messiah.

And so the Blessed Virgin Mary got, at least, three witnesses to the Good News: St. Gabriel the Archangel, St. Elizabeth, and St. John the Baptist. Rejoicing in the Spirit she broke forth in a wonderful song, because she was the first human being to hear and believe the Good News – that the long sought for Savior had at last arrived:

“My soul magnifies the Lord.
And my spirit  rejoices in God my Savior.
Because he has regarded the lowliness of his handmaid;
for behold from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
Because he that is mighty has done great things for me; and holy is his name.
And his mercy is from generation unto generations, on them that fear him.
He has showed might in his arm: he has scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart.
He has put down the mighty from their seat, and has exalted the humble.
He has filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he has sent empty away.
He has received Israel his servant, being mindful of his mercy:
According to the promise he made to our fathers; to Abraham and his seed forever.”
(Luke 1 v 46-55)

Now, the situation of Mother Mary was different to that of the St. Zechariah in the Temple. Because in the case of Zechariah he already believed that St. Gabriel was an angel of the Lord, but after many years, and instances, of frustrations he had had with the search for a child with his wife Elizabeth, he was reluctant to raise his expectations based simply on the words of an angel. Rather he sought assurances and signs from the Archangel before he would commit whole-heartedly to the message from God.

St. Zechariah had no doubts that Archangel Gabriel was a holy angel (helped obviously by his long experience as a priest of God, serving in the Jerusalem Temple); his problem was getting assurances of no further disappointments, in what he had prayed so much for, in the past.

Mother Mary was initially not sure of the identity of the messenger sent to her; and she was not sure how she would become pregnant when she was still a virgin living under the authority of her parents.

St. Zechariah was sure who was speaking with him; but he wanted to be sure his hopes would not be dashed again, if he raised them up. He did not want any more tests from God; he wanted assurances.

The lesson is, when we are confronted with an unknown spirit, we should emulate the Blessed Virgin Mary and other saints, and do as they did. Namely:

1. Do not to rush and accept the spirit as holy.
2. Compare what the spirit says with revealed truths in the Sacred Scriptures and the experiences. of servants of God in times past. Make sure the spirit does not contradict previously revealed  truths of the faith as taught by God’s Holy Church.
3. Confirm that the facts and the predictions of the spirit are true and prove to be true.
4. Use holy water frequently. The evil spirits hate holy water; precisely because holy water reduces, significantly, their ability to pretend to be good spirits.
5. Be patient in your judgments and conclusions about the revelation received. Time always proves what is true. While falsehood, and lies are usually in a hurry to get away with their “loot”.

All these are important when dealing with an unknown spirit.

Our Lord Jesus himself warns us that in the last days there will be plenty of false prophets.

Therefore we urge you all, if anybody brings forward an image, and claims it is that of the Lord Jesus in the period of his passion, please check for the marks of his passion before accepting the image.

If anyone is unsure of the spirit appearing to him, let him use holy water. This is what St. Theresa of Avila often did.

If any prelate seeks to incorporate a private devotion into the liturgy of the Holy Catholic Church, without allowing for sufficient time, for discernment by the faithful, ask him: why the hurry? Why the rush?

It is on some of these counts that we declare and beg you, in the name of Jesus of Nazareth, stay away from the image revealed to Sr. Faustina Kowalska. This image fails the tests that are aforementioned without any shadow of doubt.

This is a difficult period for faithful Catholics, we all need to pray and be watchful. May we not fall into the traps the father of lies, and the human agents who work for him – within the Church and outside the Church.

May St. Gabriel the Archangel help us to recognize the true images of Jesus Christ. May St. Gabriel the Archangel help us to reject all false images claiming to be holy.

Let us remember to say often the Fatima prayer: “O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell, lead all souls into heaven, especially those most in need of your mercy.”

St. Elizabeth, pray for us
St. Theresa of Avila, pray for us
St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, 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
St. Gabriel the Archangel, pray for us
St. Raphael the Archangel, pray for us

St. Vincent de Paul, pray for us

COME LORD JESUS!

27th September, 2014

Category Archive: Message Board

Exhortation:

COME LORD JESUS!

Brethren, let us use the opportunity of the coming celebrations – the Feast of the three Archangels – to reflect on St. Raphael.

The name Raphael means “healer of God” or “God heals.” The Archangel Raphael is mentioned by name in the Sacred Scriptures only in the Book of Tobias, where he assisted the young Tobias to find his way in the recovery of his family fortune, and in his bid to win the hand of his bride.

Crucially St. Raphael’s role was pivotal in the young Tobias’ triumph over the demon, Asmodeus, who specialized in wrecking marriages by killing the Bridegrooms on the wedding nights.

Also Archangel Raphael was able to heal the older Tobias of his blindness which was caused by bird-droppings accidentally falling into his eyes.

Apart from the Book of Tobias, there is this account in the Gospel of John:

“Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Hebrew called Bethesda, which has five porticoes. In these lay a multitude of invalids – blind, lame, paralyzed - waiting for the moving of the water; for an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool, and stirred the water: whoever stepped in first after the moving of the water was healed of whatever disease he had One man was there, who had been ill for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him and knew that he had been lying there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am going another steps down before me.”
(John 5 v 2-7)

This angel of the Lord, stirring up the pool, can be no other than St. Raphael the Archangel. This inference is based both on the significance of the name and on the healing role attributed to him in the Book of Tobias

Because St. Raphael is directly mentioned, only, in the deuterocanonical Book of Tobias – which is rejected by many protestant denominations – some people ask:

“Does Angel Raphael even exist?”

Of course he exists. St. Raphael the Archangel is one of the seven Archangels who stand before the throne of God. Over the centuries he has appeared to many Christians and made his presence felt. Prominent examples include St. Mary Frances of the Five Wounds from the city of Naples, as well as numerous instances in the Cordoba region of Spain.

What do we say to those who insist St. Raphael the Archangel does not exist? Precisely these words of our Lord Jesus:

“Do you want to be healed?”

Really, that is the question for the Protestant or any other  Christian who doubts the existence of St. Raphael the Archangel – one of the Seven standing before the throne of the Most High God.

“Do you want to be healed?”

No wonder that it is recorded in the Sacred Scriptures: “My people perish from lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4 v 6)

And what great sufferings many Christians suffer from, because they have refused to let the servants of God do their jobs. The holy Angels are servants of God sent to help those of us who are to receive the salvation of the Lord Jesus.

Unfortunately, we Christians many times out of ignorance block-off these servants of God from doing their jobs. What better way to block-off a holy angel, sent to help you, than to say you don’t even believe he exists?

And what large amounts of sufferings arise as a result of this impertinence? Physical sufferings of needless ill-health; psychological sufferings initiated by demonic spirits or worsened by them; unexplainable and uncontrollable sufferings of sexual urges, masquerading as innate, while all along are due to the workings of the evil spirits; sufferings of desire for same-sex sex acts and other abominations of the flesh.

All of these sufferings require healing by God; healing of which he has entrusted a large part to the holy Angels – and especially the Archangels – of whom it is the specially assigned task of St. Raphael the Archangel.

So when you see a Catholic or any Christian suffering beyond what he can cope with, ask him or her:

“Do you want to be healed?”

Because, if the Believer in Jesus wants to be healed, then he should call upon the servants of the Lord Jesus to come and heal him. All Christians need to learn to allow the holy Angels to do their jobs, and not hinder them with unbelief and disrespect.

The Catholic should approach the holy Angels and the holy Saints with humility and faith, asking for their intervention in his suffering and his issues, for the sake of the Holy Name of Jesus.

How fast the crisis of same-sex attraction and sodomy would disappear from the Holy Church if only we embrace the holy Archangels and entrust ourselves to their care. For it is the duty of the holy Angels to oppose the fallen angels, who actively initiate and promote these abominations.

We ourselves have benefited many times from the intervention of St. Raphael the Archangel in our health issues. We urge you all to do the same.

So when someone says: “where is God with so much suffering here and there?”

Our response should be:  “Do you want to be healed?”

If you want to be healed, invoke St. Michael, St. Gabriel, and St. Raphael, and give the glory to our Lord and Master Jesus Christ, who has given the task of assisting us to the holy Angels and to  the holy Saints.

Let us therefore with all humility allow the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Heavenly Host, and the Holy Saints to accomplish the task of accompanying us on our journey to the Kingdom of God.

We cannot over-emphasize it, if we Catholics (and Christians) lift up the banner of St. Raphael the Archangel in the battle against sexual sins, including sodomy and the Sodomy Agenda, then the victory of the Church of Christ will all the sooner be resoundingly assured.

Since the Book of Tobias is the only book that has the name of St. Raphael the Archangel, and based on the above testimonies including those of St. Mary Frances of the five wounds, any devout Catholic will hold-on tightly to the Book of Tobias (and the other Deuterocanonicals).

We therefore urge all Christians who do not accept the Book of Tobias to seriously reconsider; in particular the Anglican Church when they say,” the Deuterocanonical books as suitable to be read for ‘example of life and instruction of manners, but yet do(th) not apply them to establish any doctrine’.”

The Book of Tobias expresses among other things, how a Christian should respond in moments of severe depression. It also establishes the foundations for the use of sex in valid marriages. The Book of Tobias supports Church doctrine taught since the time of S.S. Peter and Paul.

And now, O Lord, I am not taking this sister of mine because of lust, but with sincerity. Grant that I may find mercy and may grow old together with her.”
(Tobias 8 v 7)

And we therefore urge the Church of Scotland and the Presbyterian Church to seriously reconsider when they say,”..(the books) not being of divine inspiration, are no part of the Canon of Scripture; and therefore are of no authority in the Church of God, nor to be any otherwise approved, or made use of, than other human writings.”

The Book of Tobit is not human writing, it is Divine Revelation.

Indeed it is with a great sense of responsibility that we implore you all to receive as sacred and canonical, the said books entire with all their parts, as they have been used to be read in the Catholic Church –” as declared in previous councils and synods” – and as they are contained in the old Latin vulgate edition.

And we urge you all to encourage all your Protestant friends to embrace the deuterocanonicals, which have always being part of the Septuagint Old Testament. This Septuagint was used by the early Christians and quoted repeatedly by the Apostles of Christ in the New Testament writings.

Consequently, let every Christian embrace and respect the deuterocanonicals (Tobit, Judith , 1 Maccabees, 2 Maccabees, Sirach, Wisdom, Baruch; and additions to Daniel, and Ester) as a sign of love for the testimony of the Apostles, and a sign of Christian Unity which our Lord Jesus prayed for, and cherishes so much.

Let all Christians embrace St. Raphael the Archangel; it is for our own good.

The Spirit says come!

Lord Jesus heal us; send your holy servants to heal us.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us

Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us

St. Michael the Archangel, pray for us
St. Gabriel the Archangel, pray for us
St. Raphael the Archangel, pray for us

COME LORD JESUS!

26th September, 2014