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Category Archive: Message Board

Exhortation:

COME LORD JESUS!

Here below are the prayers for prevailing, daily, against the temptations and inclinations towards Sodomy and Same-sex sex acts:

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father,
Who art in heaven,
Hallowed be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy Will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
Amen.

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Prayer St. Michael (shorter version)
St. Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray,
and do thou,
O Prince of the heavenly hosts,
by the power of God,
thrust into hell Satan,
and all the evil spirits,
who prowl about the world
seeking the ruin of souls.
Amen.
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Prayer to St. Gabriel:
O Blessed Archangel Gabriel, we beseech thee,
do thou intercede for us at the throne of divine Mercy in our present necessities,
that as thou didst announce to Mary the mystery of the Incarnation,
so through thy prayers and patronage in heaven
we may obtain the benefits of the same,
and sing the praise of God forever in the land of the living.
Amen.

Prayer to St. Raphael:
St. Raphael the Archangel, glorious prince of the heavenly court
Illustrious by your gifts of wisdom and grace
Guide of travelers by land, sea and (air)
Consoler of the unfortunate and refuge of sinners
I entreat you to please help me in all needs and in all trials of this life as you once assisted young Tobias in his life’s journey.
And since you are the physician of God please heal my soul of its many infirmities and my body of every ill that afflicts it, if this favor is for my greater good.
I ask especially for angelic purity that I may be made fit to be a living temple of the Holy Spirit. Amen

 

Prayer to my Guardian Angel (traditional version):
Angel of God,
my guardian dear,

To whom God’s love commits me here,
Ever this day be at my side,
To light and guard, rule and guide.
Amen.

OR

Prayer to my Guardian Angel   (another version)
O, most holy Angel of God,
Appointed by God to be my guardian,
I give you thanks for all the benefits you have ever bestowed on me in body and soul,
I praise and glorify you that you did condescend to assist me with such patient fidelity,
and to defend me against all the assaults of my enemies.
Blessed be the hour in the world thou was appointed as my guardian, my defender and my patron,
In acknowledgement and in return for all your loving ministries to me from my youth up,
I offer you the infinitely precious and noble heart of Jesus,
and I firmly propose to obey you henceforth
and most faithfully to serve my God.
Amen

All these prayers, together, can be recited in less than ten (10) minutes. Let us embrace these prayers. And may the Lord our God be pleased with our prayers. Amen.

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!

26th August, 2014

Category Archive: Message Board

Exhortation:

COME LORD JESUS!

Today we conclude the Final part of our reflections on the Struggle with Same-sex Attractions and the Psalms.

The nature of these attractions and temptations is so subtle for many facing these trials, that these temptations appear to come from within the depths of the afflicted. These temptations are so intimate that many say, “I was born with it. How then can it be a sin to act on it?”

Let us consider what Psalm 36 says to us and to them.

“Sin speaks to the wicked
deep in his heart”
(Psalm 36 v 1)

And who is the wicked? All of us who have descended from Adam and Eve. Because of Original Sin, our nature is wounded and scarred such that sin arises within us so easily, it is almost second nature to us.

Effortlessly does sin raise its head, that it is – many times – near to impossible, to separate the man from his sin. And when God is absent, the sin of the sinner becomes so intimate with the sinner.

Precisely because of this, so many people struggling with same-sex attractions, and so many seeking to embrace same-sex attractions often say, “I was born that way”, “I was born with these feelings”.

You may feel you were born with same-sex attraction, but you were not created with same-sex attraction. Same-sex attraction comes from a fallen human nature, living in a fallen world, constantly being harassed by fallen angels.

The role of these fallen angels is grossly underestimated in these sins.  What many people don’t realize is that the demons and the devils are well equipped to spread and maintain these abominable acts.

The following examples are what the demons can do to an unsuspecting individual:

1. A demon can make an individual wake up suddenly in the night, and feel an irrepressible urge to masturbate. The urge can apparently come from nowhere; and often will appear to come from within the person himself.

But in actual fact, this particular urge can many times be totally and completely engineered by an evil spirit. The unsuspecting Christian feels like he cannot help himself; the temptation appears to be part and parcel of his human constitution, but many times they are in fact demonic in origin.

2. A demon can make a person feel the sexual urge towards someone of the same sex and gender. They have the ability to do such. This urge can come on whether wanted or unwanted by the individual.

3 A demon can make a person have dreams in which sex acts apparently take place; and these incidents can lead to “wet dreams” all engineered by evil demons with the cooperation of our rebellious bodies and our imperfect wills.

According to St. Thomas Aquinas (Summa theological -2nd part of 2nd part – Question 154; article 5): “The third cause [of wet dreams] is spiritual and external; for instance when by the work of a devil the sleeper’s phantasms are disturbed so as to induce the aforesaid result. Sometimes this is associated with a previous sin, namely the neglect to guard against the wiles of the devil. Hence the words of the hymn at even: “Our enemy repress, that so our bodies no uncleanness know” [Literal translation: "Let dreams and nocturnal fantasies run far away; suppress our enemy, lest our bodies be polluted."]

The unsuspecting Christian thinks it is him or her that is at fault, not knowing that there is “someone pulling his chain.” And that someone is a devil.

In all these our bodies cooperate because of our fallen human nature. And therefore the lust that has no master rises and declares its presence.

The demon starts the process; the rebellious body cooperates with the demon; and the Christian is left embarrassed.

And ofcourse the world does not help the Christian; it tells him – “sodomy is okay; same-sex sex acts are okay.”

But “sodomy is NOT okay; same-sex acts are NOT okay.”

Indeed, often in each and every instance, in a particular person, the sexual urge for same-sex sex acts is of demonic origin.

And that is why one of the most effective ways to prevent and resist these temptations is to  invoke daily the holy Angels of Jesus Christ. For example Prayer to St. Michael, Prayer to St. Gabriel, Prayer to St. Raphael, Prayer to Guardian Angel; these coupled with the Lord’s Prayer are very effective daily weapons in the battle against Same-sex sex acts and Sodomy.

Thus sin – instigated by the demons – often come so silently it appears to have been there forever.

Indeed a sinner can become not just a sinner, but the personification of sin-in-action; for without divine help the sinner can become a living embodiment of this abominable sin.

What then is the solution?

Let us reflect on Psalm 51:

Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
blot out my offences.
O wash me more and more from my sin
and cleanse me from my guilt.”

If any man wants to be close to God, let him develop the spirit of repentance, because all of us have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God. And therefore the only way back is to repent, repent, and repent again – daily.

My offences truly I know them,
my sin is always before me.
Against you, you alone, have I sinned
what is evil in your sight I have done;
That you may be justified when you give sentence
and be without reproach when you judge.”

The psalmist acknowledges his sins. He does not seek to apportion to God, part of the blame for his sins. He accepts that his sin is his own fault, and not God’s fault.

Surely in sin I was born,
a sinner was I conceived by my mother.”

The psalmist says he was born in sin and he says he was a sinner from birth. This is the case because of Original Sin. This is also the case because of the lust that almost invariably accompanies the sex act even in valid, sacramental marriages between a man and a woman.

And this is the case because the psalmist accepts that even if one is born with sinful inclinations and temptations; the fact of being born with them does not stop them from being sinful.

In otherwords – even if the person says he was born with sin or if he says he was not born with sin – all sins must be resisted, and rejected, and repented of.

To reiterate, all temptations – wanted or unwanted – must be resisted and rejected.

Indeed you love truth in the heart;
then in the secret of my heart teach me wisdom.”

O Lord our God, may we know your will, may we do your will, may we love your will. This is true wisdom.

Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.”

Man cannot save himself. This is why Jesus of Nazareth [the Word of God who became flesh] decided to come down to earth to save us.

Let me hear rejoicing and gladness;
that the bones you have crushed may rejoice.”
From my sins turn away your face
and blot out all my guilt.”

Dismas (or Demas), the penitent thief on the Cross had his bones broken, but he did not lose faith in the promise made to him by our Lord Jesus, that he – an erstwhile criminal – will be with Jesus in Paradise.

10 A pure heart create for me, O God;
Put a steadfast spirit within me.”

It is the heart that our Lord judges. Because, it is out of the heart of a man that all sorts of evil come forth. God is the true judge of men, since He sees what is in our hearts. And His judgments He has delivered into the hands of His only-begotten Son.

11 Do not cast me away from your presence
nor take your Holy Spirit from me.”

The greatest gift is the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Not money, not earthly power, not sex, not fame, but the Holy Spirit. How wonderful it would be if all Catholics and all Christians prayed for this gift as often as possible?

12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation
with a spirit of favor sustain me”

Salvation is the free gift of God. May the Lord God call us; and may the Lord God choose us.

13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
so that sinners will turn back to you.”

Out of gratitude for God’s saving help, we spread the Good News to others, far and wide.

14 Rescue me (from the guilt of bloodshed), O God, my Savior,
and my tongue will ring out your goodness.
15 O Lord Open my lips,
and my mouth will declare your praise.”

Who is our savior? His name is Jesus which means God who saves.

16 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would have offered them;
you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings
.”

This is another instance of what we meditated about earlier.

“17 My sacrifice, O God, is a contrite spirit;
a humble and contrite heart
you, God, will not spurn.”

Again what we all need is the spirit of repentance and the spirit of penance. And there is more joy in Heaven over a sinner that repents than over those who have no need for repentance.

18 In your goodness show favor to Zion;
Rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then you will delight in the sacrifices of the righteous,
in burnt offerings wholly consumed;
then you will be offered bulls on your altar.”
(Psalm 51)

Brethren, we urge you to admonish the brothers and sisters who say, “I was born with abominable sin.” Without mincing words these sins must NOT be cuddled, rather they must be rejected and confessed to the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world.

This is the end of the End-Times. Same attraction and same-sex sex acts are major weapons in the arsenal of Satan as he seeks to drag as many people as possible down with into the Lake of Fire.

So it has been prophesied by the Prophets of God.

Let us remain vigilant, so that the Lord Jesus may find us, on that Day, awake, eager and ready to meet him.

The Time has come.

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!

25th August, 2014

Category Archive: Message Board

 

Exhortation:

COME LORD JESUS!

In today’s Sunday Mass Gospel reading, our Lord Jesus Christ promises that his Church will prevail in the battle against the forces of evil. Let us take comfort from these words, in these difficult final phases in the life of the Church founded by Jesus of Nazareth.

“Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jona! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. 18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it.”
(Matthew 16 v 17-18)

May we all – the people of God, together with the successors to the Apostles, Prophets, and Patriarchs – rise up to the challenge, and be docile instruments in the hands of the Holy Spirit.

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Petition of the Week:

St. Nathaniel, in whom there is no guile, pray for us
St. Nathaniel, witness to the theophany of Christ, pray for us
St. Nathaniel, Apostle of Christ, pray for us
St. Nathaniel, Martyr, 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

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Psalm of the Week:

Psalm 39 and Psalm 40

COME LORD JESUS!

24th August, 2014

Category Archive: Message Board

Exhortation:

COME LORD JESUS!

In our last post, we began our meditation on the Psalms with reference to the struggle of Christians to maintain sexual purity. In particular we have been concentrating on the travails of our friend, Demas, who suffers temptations of same-sex attractions.

What is the answer when we feel the pressure of lust in our everyday lives? What is the answer where we feel the pressure to wish for a change in God’s laws for the sake of the gratification of our sexual appetites?

What is the answer when we feel the rebellion of our bodies (which St. Augustine of Hippo talks so eloquently about)? What is the answer when our bodies rebel against the good of our souls? What is the answer when the human generative organs rebel against the human will?

And what is the answer when sinful desires and appetites lurk in recesses of our hearts?

Indeed, ever since the fall of man in the Garden of Eden, lust has no master but itself; but with God all things are possible

To obtain the answer for Demas, and all of us, let us meditate with the psalmist on Psalm 40:

I waited patiently for the Lord’s help;
then he listened to me and heard my cry.”

Patience is so important in our spiritual life. This is patience that seeks to improve gradually every day. Improvement by small bits at a time. By your patience and endurance you will win your souls, said our Lord Jesus .

This patience is crucial, because often we think that our temptations and lust will disappear in one day. For the majority of us, we will achieve chastity by a daily struggle which knows that the day’s own troubles should be sufficient for the day.

This patience must be calm and must wait on the Lord.

He pulled me out of a dangerous pit,
out of the deadly quicksand.”

When we wait for the Lord Jesus, he comes and pulls us out of the evil place we many times find ourselves.

How do we wait for the Lord?

We wait with daily simple prayers, starting with the one he taught us directly and the one the Holy Spirit taught us and the ones the Holy Church of Jesus Christ teaches us. Keep them ever so simple and within easily achievable limits.

Praying the ones we have chosen, out of the so many that are available. Praying them daily without fail; and keeping them simple, [but stay away from  the divine mercy devotion revealed to Sr. Faustina; that devotion is fraudulent and dangerous].

“He set me safely on a rock
and made me secure.
He taught me to sing a new song,
a song of praise to our God.
Many who see this will take warning
and will put their trust in the Lord.”

Let us put our trust in the Lord Jesus; only he can save us.

Happy are those who trust the Lord,
who do not turn to idols
or join those who worship false gods.”

Let us stay away from false gods called: money, power and lustful sex. Let us also stay away from mind-bending drugs and addictions of all kinds – including addictions to various types of entertainment. These are the scourges of mankind. This is particularly important as we move ahead in this final century of man’s existence on Earth, as we know it.

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You have done many things for us, O Lord our God;
there is no one like you!”

The Lord our God is unique. Someone could engage in any form of fantasy about how good it will be to be in God’s presence in Heaven, and that person would still fall dreadfully short of what will actually take place.

“You have made many wonderful plans for us.
I could never speak of them all—
their number is so great!”

The Psalmist is absolutely right about that one.

But in the next verse he considers what God expects from us.

What does God expect from sinful Man?

We have been driven out of the Garden of Eden; the question is, does that close the matter?

The answer is, God wants to reconcile us to himself. And he wants to do that by a means which goes against the grain of the consequences of Original Sin.

After Adam and Eve sinned, their bodies rebelled against their wills, and lust became part and parcel of their lives.

And it is by the means of that body that God wants to reconcile us to Himself. And that is why the author of the Letter to the Hebrews (10 v 5-7) – wrote (quoting the Septuagint ):

“Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said,

“Sacrifices and offerings you do not desired,
but a body you have prepared for me;
in burnt offerings and sin offerings you have taken no pleasure.
Then I said, ‘Here I am, I have come to do your will, O God,’
as it is written of me in the book of the Law”

In other words that body which Adam and Eve have bequeathed to us is what Our Heavenly Father prepared for his only-Begotten Son, Jesus of Nazareth, so that instead of bulls, goats and sheep, Jesus offered his body up on the Cross at Golgotha, and thereby removed Original Sin and the personal sins of every single human being –past, present, future.

As Christians we must join the Lord Jesus in his sacrifice on the Cross; and also offer our own bodies up to God.

This is then what our bodies are for. They are meant to be offered to God – instead of bulls and sheep of the Old Testament Temple.

Let us look at the Hebrew version of this quotation:

You do not want sacrifices and offerings;
you do not ask for animals burned whole on the altar
or for sacrifices to take away sins.
Instead, you have given me ears to hear you,
7 and so I answered, “Here I am;
your instructions for me are in the book of the Law.”

Here, this version says ‘you have given me ears to hear you’.

Precisely, God instructs us through Sacred Scriptures so that we may know his will, do His will and love His will. And to do these even when to do His will is painful, as it was painful for the Lord Jesus in the Agony in the Garden.

The only way to do God’s will is to follow the instructions in the Book of the Law (i.e. Sacred Scriptures). The way to please God is in the Scriptures; and if we have issues with interpretations, we have the writings of the Church Fathers to guide us, and the Teaching Authority of the Church.

If the Book of Leviticus and the Letter to the Romans say don’t do the same-sex thing; then don’t do the same-sex thing, come what may.

When we do this; when we embrace the Cross of Christ, then we also inherit his glorious body which he resurrected with on Paschal Sunday. We become true sons of God. And if we are sons of God then we are gods sharing in the divine attributes of the Most High God.

[“You are gods, all of you sons of the Most High”]

This is it. We are playing for high stakes.

What does it matter to forego a few years of fruitless sexual lusts, when in return for our sexual discipline, we receive everlasting life to go anywhere we wish? And when in return we receive everlasting life to live our dreams.

How I love to do your will, my God!
I keep your teaching in my heart.””

Like the Psalmist, may we love the will of our Triune God, who loves us so much and wants the best for us.

In the assembly of all your people, Lord,
I told the good news that you save us.
You know that I will never stop telling it.”

Let us spread the Good News of the Lord Jesus everywhere.

10 I have not kept the news of salvation to myself;
I have always spoken of your faithfulness and help.”

Let us imbibe the love that wells up in the heart of the Psalmist

“In the assembly of all your people I have not been silent
about your loyalty and constant love.”

Let us sing praises to God in the presence of both Angels and Men.

11 Lord, I know you will never stop being merciful to me.
Your love and loyalty will always keep me safe.”
(Psalm 40 v 1-11)

What a wonderful psalm which encompasses the vocation of our Lord Jesus, and beckons on us to follow in his divine footsteps

Here then is a prayer for everyone of us struggling to discipline our bodies; struggling to resist sexual temptations of all kinds; struggling with our rebellious bodies in so many different ways:

Animal sacrifices, O Lord God, you do not want,
(otherwise, I would have offered them),
Instead you have prepared a body for me,
Therefore I say, here I am, O Lord,
I have come to do your will,
as it is required of me in the Scriptures.

Animal sacrifices, O Lord God, you do not want,
Instead you have given me ears to hear you,
Therefore I say, here I am, O Lord,
I have come to do your will,
your instructions for me are in the Book of the Law.

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!

24th August, 2014