An Affirmation of Protection

The Light of God surrounds me

The Love of God enfolds me

The Power of God protects me

The Presence of God watches over me

The Angels of God guide me

The Saints of God befriend me

The Church of God teaches me

The Sacraments of God nourish me

The Word of God inspires me

The Spirit of God enlightens me

The Son of God redeems me

and

The Mother of God loves me

Wherever I am, God is and all is well.

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Coptic Martyrs

The Coptic Pope has quickly moved to canonize the 21 Martyrs of the Coptic Faith who were tortured and murdered by radical Islam.  This is in stark contrast to Francis, who has done nothing about the Roman Catholic Martyrs, mostly teenagers, who were crucified because they refused to deny Jesus Christ, Our Lord, King and Saviour.  “When the shepherd is struck, the sheep will scatter.”

The Coptic Pope is courageous.  Would that all churchmen had this quality.  Francis acts more like a cheerleader that Universal Pastor.  He curries the favor of the world while Catholics shed their blood.  Pray for him as his culpability is great.

We are living in momentous times and must not shrink from our duty to Christ and His Mystical Body.

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We Are Dust

“Remember, Man, that thou art dust and unto dust thou shalt return.”  With this simple but profound statement, Holy Mother Church reminds her children that this earthly life is not our goal.  We are destined for eternity and how we will spend it is the most momentous of subjects.

This LENT, this “Losing Every Negative Thought,” let us offer our fasting and sacrifices for those Christians who are being persecuted to death by radical Islam around the world.  Let us not forget that there are more slaves TODAY that there have ever been in history!  Though evil and neglectful churchmen choose not even to talk about the modern martyrs of today, WE must always talk about them and pray for them.  Though the Vatican does not even name the countries in which these terrible things happen, WE will not join in contemptible silence.  WE speak truth to power.  We say ‘shame’ and ‘have pity, O Lord, have pity on our brothers and sisters suffering for love of Thee!’

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Lesley Gore, Requiescat In Pace

God have mercy on the music makers, the artists, the poets, the creative among mankind; on those who take the gifts given and return them with increase, that inspire and make better the lives of others.

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Saint Valentine, Martyr

Saint Valentine lived at the time of the early church in Rome and is listed in the official martyrology of Holy Mother Church.  He is the patron of romantic love, which is a holy and beautiful gift of God for those to whom it is intended.  Saint Valentine gave his life for his One, True Love- Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.  He was a priest.  As all priests know, Jesus is our True Love and He compensates magnificently for any sacrifice made for love of Him.

Anti-pope Paul VI, removed Saint Valentine from the official list of saints of the Newchurch, known as Vatican II- the Anti-church.  This act has no basis in authority or effect in the True Church.

Pray for those of your friends who are married and need the grace and consolation of romantic love to generate proper feelings of affection for their partners in salvation.  How wonderful is the Lord!

Saint Valentine, Martyr of Our Blessed Lord Jesus, pray for us to Him Who is Eternal Love.  Amen.

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What Will Happen In 2015?

What will this year hold for us?  We know that God foresees everything before it happens.  He is the Lord of Time and is it’s Master.  From before the foundation of the world He knew that you would be reading these words at this moment.  He wants to give you the strength to succeed in this life.  Our reason for living is simple but profound.  Why was I born and why did I come into the world?  I came into this world in order to know God, to love God and to serve God, so that I may forever be happy with Him in Heaven.

Every person who lived, lives or will live on earth is given all the graces necessary for salvation.  All we must do is correspond to these graces.  That’s all.  It is very simple though it is not easy.  Because God is infinitely just and infinitely merciful, He sent His Own Son to live the life we can not live and to die the death we can not die, in order to obtain His free gift of redemption.  Trust Him.  Know that He loves you more than it is possible for you to imagine and that He goes before you to lead, guide and protect.  He gives us His Most Blessed Mother and all the angels and saints in Heaven as our friends and helpers and the teachings and sacraments of Holy Mother Church to nourish us and inspire.th  Do not neglect them but ask for all that you need and it will be done for you.

Here is one of my favorite poems…

WHEN STARS ARE GONE…

The stars shine over the mountains,

The stars shine over 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 will live and love

When the stars have passed away!-

Robert Lewis Stevenson

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A Prayer For The New Year

O Sacred and Adorable Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Ghost, hear our prayers on behalf of all true Catholics and Catholic hierarchy and clergy and for all that are in authority over Thy People.  Bless, we beseech Thee, during the coming year, the whole Catholic Church; convert heretics and apostates and all unbelievers; soften the hearts of sinners so that they may return to Thy friendship; give prosperity to our country and peace among the nations; pour down Thy blessings upon our friends, relatives and acquaintances and upon our enemies; assist the poor and the weak and the ailing; have pity on the souls of those whom this past year Thou wilt take from us; and do Thou be merciful to those who during this coming year will be summoned before Thy judgement seat.  May our actions be preceded by Thy inspirations and carried on by Thy help, so that all our prayers and works, having been begun in Thee, may likewise be ended in Thee.  Through the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, in Whose Holy Name we pray, with Our Blessed Mother Mary, Most Holy, Saint Joseph, protector of the Universal Church, Blessed Michael the Archangel, Blessed John the Baptist, the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul and all the saints in the Church Suffering, the Church Militant and the Church Triumphant.  Amen and Amen.

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Mary Christ Mass! 2014

LOVE came down at Christmas

LOVE all lovely, LOVE DIVINE

LOVE was born at Christmas

Star and angels gave the sign!

Worship we the Godhead

LOVE INCARNATE, LOVE DIVINE

Worship we our JESUS

But wherewith for sacred sign?

LOVE shall be our token

LOVE shall be yours and LOVE be mine

LOVE TO GOD and to all men

LOVE for plea and gift and sign…

May the King of Love and Goodness, Kindness and Gentleness, Power and Justice, Freedom and Mercy fill your heart with Himself this Christmas and for ever more!

BENEDICAT VOS OMNIPOTENS DEUS…+

Father Jamie

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Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness and Mother of the Americas

Throughout history Our Blessed King Jesus has sent His holy and dear Mother, Mary Most Holy to certain souls, (mostly children) to reiterate the teachings of the Holy Gospels.  Holy Mother Church, through rigorous and fine judgement has approved of those that are real apparitions and which can be recommended to the Faithful to help them on the way of life to eternal life.

We must always note that we are not obliged to believe in any private revelation.  We are obliged to believe public revelation- Holy Scripture and Holy Tradition, which has been given us unchanged, down through the centuries from Our Blessed Lord and His first apostles.

In 1531, Our Blessed Mother appeared to Juan Diego in December and generated, with her miraculous image on the tilma of Juan Diego and the many, many miracles at her shrine, the great conversion of Mexico and Latin America to the Catholic Faith, (just before the terrible Protestant Deformation which would occur later in that momentous century.)

Indeed, the Blessed Virgin Mary entered into the very lifestream of Central America and became an inextricable part of Mexican life and a central figure in the history of Mexico itself.  The three most important religious celebrations in the Latin world are Christmas, Holy Week and Easter Sunday and December 12th., the feast day of Our Lady.  Here are the actual words of the Holy Virgin to Juan Diego:

“DEAR LITTLE SON, I LOVE YOU.  IWANT YOU TO KNOW WHO I AM.  I AM THE VIRGIN MARY, MOTHER OF THE ONE, TRUE GOD, OF HIM WHO GIVES LIFE.  HE IS LORD AND CREATOR OF HEAVEN AND EARTH.

I DESIRE THAT THERE BE BUILT A TEMPLE AT THIS PLACE WHERE I WANT TO MANIFEST HIM, TO MAKE HIM KNOWN, GIVE HIM TO ALL PEOPLE THROUGH MY LOVE, MY COMPASSION, MY HELP AND MY PROTECTION.  I TRULY AM YOUR MERCIFUL MOTHER, YOUR MOTHER AND THE MOTHER OF ALL WHO DWELL IN THIS LAND, AND OF ALL MANKIND, OF ALL THOSE WHO LOVE ME, OF THOSE WHO CRY TO ME, AND OF THOSE WHO SEEK AND PLACE THEIR TRUST IN ME…

AM I NOT HERE WHO AM YOUR MOTHER?  ARE YOU NOT UNDER MY SHADOW AND PROTECTION?  AM I NOT THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUR JOY?  ARE YOU NOT IN THE VERY FOLD OF MY MANTLE, IN THE CRADLE OF MY ARMS?”

Let us love her and because of her come to JESUS CHRIST, Who is the source and summit of all our longings.

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Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Blessed be the Immaculate Conception of the Great Mother of God, Mary Most Holy!

This marvelous feast day is often confused by non-Catholics and by many Catholics, themselves, (those who do not study their faith- or ‘RINO’S,’ Roman In Name Only!)  They think it refers to the Virgin Birth- the conception of Christ through the action of the Holy Ghost in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  That event is celebrated at the feast of the Annunciation of the Lord, on March 25th., nine months before Christmas.

The Immaculate Conception refers to the condition that the Blessed Virgin Mary was free from Original Sin from the very instant of conception in the womb of her mother, Saint Anne.  Though neither the Greek or Latin Fathers explicitly taught the Immaculate Conception, they professed it implicitly.  This doctrine, held everywhere and by everyone was recognized as such by Pope Pius IX, who on December 8th., 1854, would declare it a dogma of the Faith.

In the Apostolic Constitution Ineffabilis Deus, the Pope wrote:  “WE DECLARE, PRONOUNCE AND DEFINE THAT THE DOCTRINE WHICH HOLDS THAT THE MOST BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, IN THE FIRST INSTANCE OF HER CONCEPTION, BY A SINGULAR GRACE AND PRIVILEGE GRANTED BY ALMIGHTY GOD, IN VIEW OF THE MERITS OF JESUS CHRIST, THE SAVIOUR OF THE HUMAN RACE, WAS PRESERVED FREE FROM ALL STAIN OF ORIGINAL SIN, IS A DOCTRINE REVEALED BY GOD AND THEREFORE TO BE BELIEVED FIRMLY AND CONSTANTLY BY ALL THE FAITHFUL.”

The Blessed Virgin’s freedom from sin was an unmerited gift of God or special Grace and an exception to the law or privilege, which no other created person has received.

Another misconception, (pun intended!) people have is that Our Lady’s Immaculate Conception was necessary to ensure that Original Sin would not be passed on to Christ, her Son.  This has never been a part of the teaching on the Immaculate Conception; rather, the Immaculate Conception represents Christ’s saving grace operating in Mary in anticipation of His redemption of man and in God’s foreknowledge of Mary’s acceptance of His Will for her.

So, the Immaculate Conception was not a precondition for Christ’s act of salvation but the result of it.  It is the concrete expression of God’s LOVE for Mary, who, with her FIAT, gave herself fully and completely to Him without hesitation.

You see, though we are IN TIME, while we are living in our bodies, God is ABOVE AND OUTSIDE OF TIME and indeed HE IS THE LORD OF TIME and can use it for His magnificent plan of salvation and regeneration of the world man has sullied with his sin.  Throughout Holy Writ we read: “in the fulness of time…”  It is another mystery of the Faith which is pondered with awe and humbleness in the face of the Almighty and Ever Living Triune God.

One last thought… The Blessed Virgin Mary is the only creature that is Daughter of the Father, Mother of the Son and Spouse of the Holy Spirit, Three in ONE.  No other person has this unique relationship to God.  Another mystery of the FAITH OF OUR FATHERS.

Oh, God, have mercy on all of us, through the Sacred Heart of Thy well beloved Son, born of the Immaculate Virgin Mary, in time and in the fulfillment of Thine Eternal Plan.  Amen.

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