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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!

All the readings in today’s Sunday Mass talk of repentance and penance. Indeed this message of repentance and penance is the summary of the Good News of Jesus of Nazareth.

Prophet Isaiah says:

“Seek the LORD while he may be found,
call him while he is near.
Let the scoundrel forsake his way,
and the wicked his thoughts;
let him turn to the LORD for mercy;
to our God, who is generous in forgiving.”
(Isaiah 55 v 6-7)

This mercy of God is poured out by the means of the Blood of his only-Begotten Son. This precious Blood of Jesus washes away all our sins, if only we repent in his name.

Prophet Isaiah continues:

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
nor are your ways my ways, says the LORD.
As high as the heavens are above the earth,
so high are my ways above your ways
and my thoughts above your thoughts.”
(Isaiah 55 v 8-9)

Our God is prepared to forgive us our sins anytime we repent. Even if we sin 70 times in one day, he is prepared and willing to forgive us 70 times that single day; if only we repent and turn back to him in Jesus’ name. His ways are not our ways; his thoughts are not our thoughts.

It is only in the light of God’s readiness to forgive us our sins, that we can fully understand David – the King – when he sings in Psalm 18:

The Lord rewards me because I do what is right;
he blesses me because I am innocent.”

What does King David mean when he says, “I do what is right”?

Is he saying he always does what is right? No. Because we know King David made mistakes and errors and sinned before God.

So why does he say under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, “I do what is right”? What is the right thing that King David does?

The right thing he does is to study and meditate on the laws of God -Day and Night. And by this meditation, he repents of his sins – as many times as he commits these errors – whether sins of ignorance or presumption or willful disobedience.

And because King David repents – sometimes in sackcloth and ashes – God draws him near, and declares him innocent.

In other words the “right thing” King David does is to have a spirit of Repentance; by which he readily says – “I am sorry, it will not happen again”- anytime he becomes aware of having infringe on God’s divine laws.

21 I have obeyed the law of the Lord;
I have not turned away from my God.
22 I have observed all his laws;
I have not disobeyed his commands.”

What is the command of God? To love God with our whole heart, and with your whole soul, and with our whole mind, and with our whole strength; and to love our neighbor as ourselves.

And whenever we fail on these counts, we need to readily repent, turn back to God, make amends; and endeavor to prevent a re-occurrence.

It is because of this constant repentance that King David can say, “I have observed all his laws; I have not disobeyed his commands.”

Any man who constantly confesses and repents of his sins with sincerity and true penitence can say, “I have observed all his laws; I have not disobeyed his commands.”

The reason is that God does not remember the sins for which we have repented. God wipes the slate clean. God gives us a new beginning. And precisely because of this, there is much rejoicing among the Angels of Heaven over one sinner who repents, than over the many who have no need for repentance.

For we have all sin, and fallen short of the Glory of God.

23 He knows that I am faultless,
that I have kept myself from doing wrong.
24 And so he rewards me because I do what is right,
because he knows that I am innocent.”

Every person who repents of his sins in Jesus’ name is declared innocent, just as the repentant thief at Golgotha was declared innocent by our Lord Jesus. And by this means a criminal destined for a very unpleasant place was instead taken by his Redeemer into the blissful Paradise.

May the Lord our God declare all of us innocent, by the Power of the Blood of Jesus. Amen.

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

For many who are first will be last; and many who are last will be first.
(cf Matthew 20 v 16)

In the End-Times that we are in, the first may be the last, and the last may be the first.

He who has ears to hear; let him hear.”

St. Matthew the Evangelist, 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!

21st September, 2014

Category Archive: Message Board

Exhortation:

COME LORD JESUS!

The Last days of Aloysius Gonzaga

Aloysius Gonzaga was born in the castle of Castiglione on the 9th of March 1568, and died on the 21st June 1591, at 23 years of age.

Having taken a personal vow of chastity very early on, he entered the religious life at the age of 17 years.

While still a student at the Roman College, he died as a result of caring for the victims of an epidemic.

It was reported that earlier in the year of his death, he had a vision in which the Archangel Gabriel told him that he would die that very year.

[NB: Archangel Gabriel also in the Book of Daniel told Prophet Daniel he would eventual die and then obtain reward for his service to God]

It was in 1591, when the fateful plague broke out in Rome. The Jesuits opened a hospital for the sick, and Aloysius volunteered to work there. He was allowed to work in a ward where there were no plague victims, as they were afraid to lose him.

Despite the precautions, a man on his ward was already infected, and on March 3, 1591 (six days before his 23rd birthday), Aloysius showed the first symptoms of being infected. It seemed certain that he would die in a short time, and he was given the Last Rites.

To everyone’s surprise, however, he recovered, but his health – which had never been good on account of a kidney ailment – was left worse than ever.

While he was ill, he spoke several times with his spiritual director, the cardinal and later saint, Robert Bellarmine. Aloysius subsequently had another vision, and told the cardinal that he would die on the Octave of the feast of Corpus Christi.

On that very day, which fell on June 21 that year, he seemed well in the morning, but insisted that he would die before the day was over. And as he began to grow weak, he was again given the last rites, and recited the prayers for the dying. He died just before midnight.

He was beatified by Pope Gregory XV in 1621 and canonized by Pope Benedict XIII in 1726.

His remains are in the church of St. Ignazio in Rome.

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

“The angel wearing linen clothes said, “At that time Michael will appear, the great prince who guards your people. Then there will be a time of troubles, the worst since nations first came into existence. When that time comes, all the people of your nation whose names are written in God’s book will be saved. Many of those who have already died will live again: some will enjoy eternal life, and some will suffer eternal disgrace. The wise leaders will shine with all the brightness of the sky. And those who have taught many people to do what is right will shine like the stars forever.
(Daniel 12 v 1-3)

St. Aloysius Gonzaga, pray for us
St. Gabriel the Archangel, 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!

19th September, 2014

Category Archive: Message Board

Exhortation:

COME LORD JESUS!

A Call to Repentance and Penance

When the Lord our God sends his prophets to warn the people, it is because of his love for them that he does this. God has no wish for anyone to perish. He has nothing to gain from the death of the sinner. Rather God sends his prophets to warn the people so that they may repent and turn away from their sins. God sends his prophets so that the people may live.

Indeed our God desires that all men be saved and come to the knowledge of the Truth.

Therefore every single warning posted on this website has only one intention to get Catholics (and all Christians) to repent of their sins and errors and turn to the Lord Jesus.

Every single prophesy of doom on this website is written so that the people of God (and the strangers living in their midst) may wake up to the fact that we are now living in the End-Times, prophesied by Sacred Scriptures; and after waking up to become aware of what is necessary to avoid the prophesied calamities.

All the warnings and prophesies on this website are designed to save souls for Christ. The intention is not to cause paralysis; rather the intention is that we will all be galvanized into action. The action of repentance, prayer and penance.

Nevertheless, every single warning and prophesy posted on this website will come to pass if we disregard the warnings and if we refuse to repent.

The admonitions therefore represent God, who in his divine mercy, is reaching down to earth to save us.

Let us meditate on two examples of such warnings in the Sacred Scriptures, in order that, perhaps, we will be stimulated and inspired to equally repent.

Not just to repent for a while, but to repent and bear the fruits of repentance: fruits that will last.
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The case of King Ahab:

Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying, 18 “Arise, go down to meet Ahab king of Israel, who is in Samaria; behold, he is in the vineyard of Naboth, where he has gone to take possession. 19 And you shall say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord, “Have you killed, and also taken possession?”’ And you shall say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord: “In the place where dogs licked up the blood of Naboth shall dogs lick your own blood.”’”

20 Ahab said to Elijah, “Have you found me, O my enemy?” He answered, “I have found you, because you have sold yourself to do what is evil in the sight of the Lord. 21 Behold, I will bring evil upon you; I will utterly sweep you away, and will cut off from Ahab every male, bond or free, in Israel; 22 and I will make your house like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, and like the house of Baasha the son of Ahijah, for the anger to which you have provoked me, and because you have made Israel to sin. 23 And of Jezebel the Lord also said, ‘The dogs shall eat Jezebel within the bounds of Jezreel.’ 24 Any one belonging to Ahab who dies in the city the dogs shall eat; and any one of his who dies in the open country the birds of the air shall eat.”

25 (There was none who sold himself to do what was evil in the sight of the Lord like Ahab, whom Jezebel his wife incited. 26 He did very abominably in going after idols, as the Amorites had done, whom the Lord cast out before the people of Israel.)

27 And when Ahab heard those words, he rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his flesh, and fasted and lay in sackcloth, and went about dejectedly. 28 And the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying, 29 “Have you seen how Ahab has humbled himself before me? Because he has humbled himself before me, I will not bring the evil in his days; but in his son’s days I will bring the evil upon his house.”
(1 Kings 21 v 17-29)

King Ahab repented of his abominations and God forgave him. God gave him a fresh start.

Unfortunately his fruits did not last, as King Ahab (together with his wife Jezebel) subsequently went back to the same abominable sins and he perished as prophesied.
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The case of King Hezekiah

About this time King Hezekiah became sick and almost died. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to see him and said to him, “The Lord tells you that you are to put everything in order because you will not recover. Get ready to die.”

Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed: 3 “Remember, Lord, that I have served you faithfully and loyally, and that I have always tried to do what you wanted me to.” And he began to cry bitterly.

Then the Lord commanded Isaiah to go back to Hezekiah and say to him, “I, the Lord, the God of your ancestor David, have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will let you live fifteen years longer. 6 I will rescue you and this city of Jerusalem from the emperor of Assyria, and I will continue to protect the city.”

[…21 Isaiah told the king to put a paste made of figs on his boil, and he would get well. 22 Then King Hezekiah asked, “What is the sign to prove that I will be able to go to the Temple?”…]

Isaiah replied, “The Lord will give you a sign to prove that he will keep his promise. On the stairway built by King Ahaz, the Lord will make the shadow go back ten steps.” And the shadow moved back ten steps.

After Hezekiah recovered from his illness, he wrote this song of praise:

10 I thought that in the prime of life
I was going to the world of the dead,
Never to live out my life.
11 I thought that in this world of the living
I would never again see the Lord
Or any living person.
12 My life was cut off and ended,
Like a tent that is taken down,
Like cloth that is cut from a loom.
I thought that God was ending my life.
13 All night I cried out with pain,
As if a lion were breaking my bones.
I thought that God was ending my life.
14 My voice was thin and weak,
And I moaned like a dove.
My eyes grew tired from looking to heaven.
Lord, rescue me from all this trouble.
15 What can I say? The Lord has done this.
My heart is bitter, and I cannot sleep.

16 Lord, I will live for you, for you alone;
Heal me and let me live.
17 My bitterness will turn into peace.
You save my life from all danger;
You forgive all my sins.
18 No one in the world of the dead can praise you;
The dead cannot trust in your faithfulness.
19 It is the living who praise you,
As I praise you now.
Parents tell their children how faithful you are.
20 Lord, you have healed me.
We will play harps and sing your praise,
(Isaiah 38)

King Hezekiah was warned by the Prophet Isaiah to prepare to die on account of his sins (including that of ingratitude). King Hezekiah repented with true heartfelt remorse and God forgave him; giving him 15 extra years to live.

Let us all endeavor to develop the spirit of repentance and the spirit of penance. That is the greatest lesson of all these posts and messages. If we do not heed them we will have nobody to blame but ourselves. The time is short.

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!

17th September, 2014

Category Archive: Message Board

Exhortation:

COME LORD JESUS!

Today is the memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows. Today we want to console Mother Mary for her many sorrows in the work of Salvation. Today we wish to unite with the Immaculate Heart of Mother Mary. A pure heart that loves us so much. A pure heart that has suffered so much from ignorant  attacks as well as malicious calumnies down the centuries. A pure heart that will eventually triumph over the ancient serpent, the dragon who is called the Devil and Satan.

As we contemplate the Seven Sorrows of Mary, find two great reflections on Our Lady here and here.

HAPPY FEAST DAY!

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!

15th September, 2014