Wisdom

“Since love completes all, makes all hard things soft and the difficult easy, let us strive to make all our acts proceed from love.” – Ven. Arnold Janssen

“The sacraments, which are the channels by which grace and Divine Life reach our souls have their value only through Jesus’ sacrifice.  If we are today in a state of grace to what do we owe it?  To our baptism; and our baptism- what has merited it’s fruits?  The death of Christ Jesus.  It is the same with the sacrament of penance; we are washed clean in the Blood of the Saviour.  The power of the sacraments is drawn from the Cross; they have efficacy only in continuity with the Holy Passion of Christ.”- Ven. Columba Marmion

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Aquinas and Lewis

“To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary.  To one without faith, no explanation is possible.”

-St. Thomas Aquinas

“I think all Christians would agree with me if I said that though Christianity seems at first to be all about morality, all about duties and rules and guilt and virtue, yet it leads you on, out of all that, into something beyond.  One has a glimpse of a country where they do not talk of those things… Every one there is filled full with what we should call goodness as a mirror is filled with light.”

-C.S. Lewis

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Stars

The stars shine down on the mountains;

The stars shine down on the sea;

The stars look up to the Mighty God;

The stars look down on me.

The stars shall last for millions of years;

millions of years and a day-

But God and I shall live and love

when the stars have passed away!

-Emerson

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Great Saint Anthony

O Holy Saint Anthony, gentlest of saints, your love for God and charity for His creatures made you worthy when on earth to possess miraculous powers.

Miracles waited on your word, which you were ever ready to speak for those in trouble or anxiety.  Encouraged by this thought, I implore you to obtain for me…( here make your request known to Saint Anthony.)

The answer to my prayer may require a miracle; Even so, you are the saint of miracles!  O gentle and loving Saint Anthony, whose heart was ever full of human sympathy, whisper my petition into the ear of the Sweet Infant Jesus, Who loved to be folded in your arms, and the gratitude of my heart will ever be yours.

Great Saint Anthony, pray for us!th

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The Amazing Promises of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

1. I will give them all the graces necessary for their state of life.

2. I will give peace in their families and will unite families that are divided.

3. I will console them in all their troubles.

4. I will be their refuge in life and above all in death.

5. I will bestow the blessings of Heaven upon all their enterprises.

6. Sinners shall find in MY HEART the source and infinite OCEAN OF MERCY.

7. Tepid souls shall become fervent.

8. Fervent souls shall rise quickly to great perfection.

9. I will bless those places wherein the image of MY HEART shall be exposed and honored and will IMPRINT MY LOVE on the hearts of those who would wear this image on their person.  I will also destroy in them all disordered movements.

10. I will give to priests who are animated by a tender devotion to MY DIVINE HEART the gift of touching the most hardened hearts.

11. Those who promote this devotion shall have their names written in MY HEART, never to be effaced.

12. I promise you in the excessive mercy of MY HEART that MY ALL-POWERFUL LOVE will grant to all those who receive HOLY COMMUNION on the First Friday of nine consecutive months, the grace of final penitence: they will not die in my disgrace, nor without receiving their sacraments.  MY DIVINE HEART shall be their safe refuge in this last moment.

We are faithless, He is faithful.  We are frightened, He is the Rock.  We are confused, He is steadfast.  We are changeable, He is the same- yesterday, today and forever.

All readers of this site are blessed on this Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus with the Holy Relics of the True Cross and the Veil of the Blessed Virgin Mary+th

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The Secret

I will tell you a secret…  You and I and all who are called to live the life of Love have a special name known only to God.  “I know My sheep and mine know Me and I call each by name…”

When it is time for us to pass from this life, this pilgrimage in the vale of tears, God whispers this name to the soul and the soul, unable to withstand the call, leaves the body to meet the Ineffable and Eternal Creator, there in His presence to give an account.  May it be the great and magnificent homecoming it is meant to be and not a terror of judgement.

“Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom…”  Now, in this moment, while we can we make our plea to God in the Holy Name of Jesus, not just for ourselves, but for everyone we love and do not love.  For each person that we know and do not know.  For our family and friends, our benefactors and our enemies.  For every one whose path we cross from the moment we are born to the day we die.  We fly to the Sacred Heart of Jesus where all manner of sin and imperfection is forgiven and forgotten.  Where the merits of Him Who alone loves us eternally, imparts these merits to us by grace and inexpressible kindness.

United to His sacrifice, even the most minute actions become salvific and meritorious.  The very breaths we breath, the steps we take, the blinking of an eye, the thoughts we think- everything is transformed for our benefit by the One Who made us.  How marvelous and humbling is the Catholic Faith, however and in whatever tradition it is made manifest!

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Prayer For The Persecuted Church

Blessed Lord, have mercy on all those persecuted and imprisoned for their faith in oppressive regimes;  Accept their sufferings in reparation for the sins of all the world;

Enlighten with Thy LOVE the souls of the persecutors that they may see the evil of their ways;

We pray also for the confused, the uncertain; those who compromise; for the false shepherds;

Free us, in the West, from the sins of indifference, selfishness and fear;

That Thy sacrifice on Calvary may become more real for us each day.

Amen.

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Prayer Of Priests

To live in the midst of the world without craving its pleasures; to be a member of every family yet confined to none; to share all sufferings; to be trusted custodianth-1 of all secrets; to heal all wounds; to go from men to God and offer Him their prayers; to return from God to man and bring pardon and hope; to have a heart of fire for charity and a will of bronze for vows; to teach and pardon, to console and bless always!

What a Christlike life!- and it is yours O priest of God!

-Pere Lacordaire, O.P.

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Grateful Easter

We are grateful that our numerous hacking attacks seem to be over.  We unite all of this suffering to the sacrifice of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ upon the cross of Calvary in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass being offered this day and every day until the end of time.

We pray for all the victims of torture around the world and join with the chorus of martyrs who this week and in these days give their lives in surety of HEAVEN by proclaiming their faith in the Risen Lord.  They have remained faithful till the end and are reigning now with Christ in glory everlasting.

Queen of Heaven, rejoice, Alleluia, For He Whom you did merit to bear, Alleluia, Has risen as He said, Alleluia!  Pray for us to God, Alleluia!

Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, Alleluia

For the Lord is truly risen, Alleluia!

O God, Who gave joy to the world through the Resurrection of Thy Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, grant we beseech Thee, that through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, His Mother, we may obtain the joys of everlasting life.  Through the same Christ, Our Lord.  Amen.

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Hacking and Breaching News

Dearly Beloved,

This site and that of Catholics Against Torture: catholicsagainsttorture.org have been hacked into in the last few days.  Mischief was done and files raided.  We believe this was a spiritual attack.  We offer this sacrifice to God through the sufferings of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Many thank yous go to our webmaster, who is amazing in his expertise and acumen.

In the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary,

Fr. Jamie

 

 

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