The Most Amazing Thing: The Miracle of Hiroshima

August 2014 brings the 69th. anniversary of the terrible dropping of the atom bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which brought about the immediate end of World War II, as Germany had already been vanquished.

The bomb exploded just eight blocks from the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a Jesuit mission.  Fr. Hubert Schiffer, one of the few survivors said: “Suddenly, a terrific explosion filled the air with one bursting thunder stroke.  An invisible force lifted me from the chair, hurled me through the air, shook me, battered me, whirled me ’round and ’round like a leaf in a gust of autumn wind.”

He and three other priests lived in the rectory within the radius of complete atomic destruction.  After the shock of the blast they looked around and saw absolutely nothing; for miles in every direction, thousands of people were dead and every building was destroyed- except for the four priests and their rectory!  Although wounded, they survived and afterwards suffered NO RADIATION SICKNESS.

“It took only a second: a flash- fearfully frightening- and Hiroshima, home of half a million people, was wiped off the earth.  What was left was only darkness, blood, burns, moans, fire and spreading terror.”

Asked why they believe they were spared, when so many others died either from the bomb blast or from the subsequent radiation, Fr. Schiffer spoke for himself and his companions: “We believe that we survived because we were living the message of Fatima.  We lived and prayed the rosary daily in that home.”

This last quote from Fr. Schiffer says it all:  “What we need today is a Crusade of Prayer; the spirit of prayer everywhere; a renewal of our deepest trust and confidence in God’s providence.  Our Blessed Mother promised that when we heeded her plea for prayer and Christian action, the world will have peace.  We may feel that our humble efforts cannot have such a tremendous effect upon the world, but let us think for a moment about the power of a river- sweeping everything before it.  That river is made up of tiny drops of water and because numberless tiny drops of rain have fallen into it, the river has become a force that carries heavy ships and changes deserts into fruitful farms and gardens.  So, too will the Perpetual Rosary Crusade, the recitation of the rosary for peace by countless persons all over the world become an immense and irresistible spiritual force for peace.  In this universe there is nothing else that forms a common ground for the people of the world except the love of God, charity and the spirit of prayer.  Our Blessed Mother’s rosary is a bond which unites the heart strings of the world.”

I believe that the world wants peace; I truly do- but the world wants peace without the Prince of Peace.  People want a Christless peace, therefore PEACE WILL BE DENIED IT.  Let us join in the Perpetual Rosary Crusade and thereby ally ourselves with Christ and His plan for the universe.  We will bring grace into the world and into our own worlds.  We will bring grace into our hearts, thus fulfilling the requests of the Queen of Heaven… and WE WILL HAVE PEACE, the peace that surpasses all understanding- and the understanding that brings peace.

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More Wisdom From The Saints

“Each woman who lives in the light of eternity can fulfill her vocation, no matter if it is in marriage, in a religious order or in a worldly profession.”-Sr. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, (Edith Stein.)

“One can offer himself as a victim for 8-15 days for the conversion of sinners.  One can suffer cold, heat, deprive oneself of looking at something, go visit someone who would appreciate it, make a novena, attend daily Mass for this intention in places where it is possible.  Not only would one contribute to God’s glory by this holy practice of praying for sinners, but one would obtain an abundance of grace.”-St. John Vianney, the Cure of Ars.

“The more we are afflicted in this world, the greater is our assurance in the next; the more sorrow in the present, the greater will be our joy in the future.”-St. Isadore of Seville

“Whenever anything disagreeable or displeasing happens to you, remember Christ crucified and be silent.”-St. John of the Cross

“It would be considered a theft on our part if we didn’t give to someone in greater need than we are.”-St. Francis of Assisi

“The only true riches are those that make us rich in virtue.  Therefore, if you want to be rich, beloved, love true riches.  If you aspire to the heights of real honor, strive to reach the kingdom of Heaven.  If you value rank and renown, hasten to be enrolled in the heavenly court of the Angels.”-Pope St. Gregory the Great

“Beside each believer stands an Angel as protector and shepherd, leading him to life.”-St. Basil the Great

“When tempted, invoke your Angel.  He is more eager to help you than you are to be helped!  Ignore the devil and do not be afraid of him: he trembles and flees at the sight of your Guardian Angel.”-St. John Bosco

“I bind myself today to the power in the love of the Seraphim, in the obedience of the Angels, in the ministration of the Archangels, in the hope of Resurrection unto reward, in the prayers of the Patriarchs, in the predictions of the Prophets, in the preaching of the Apostles, in the faith of the Confessors, in the purity of the holy Virgins, in the deeds of Righteous men.”-St. Patrick of Ireland

“If I had to advise parents, I should tell them to take great care about the people with whom their children associate…Much harm may result from bad company, and we are inclined by nature to follow what is worse than what is better.”-Venerable Elizabeth Ann Seton, founder of the Catholic parochial school system in America, whose convents are closed and whose order is all but gutted following “Vatican II.”

“Never read books you aren’t sure about…even supposing that these bad books are very well written from a literary point of view.  Let me ask you this:  Would you drink something you knew was poisoned, just because it was offered to you in a golden cup?”-St. John Bosco

 

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The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The great feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Mother, like other Marian feasts, highlights God’s wondrous and marvelous deeds in her life and her cooperation in the work of the redemption of man.  By honoring and loving Our Blessed Mother Mary we give honor and glory to God, through Jesus Christ the King of Love.  Our Lord, by granting her more grace than any other creature and elevating her to the status of Queen of Heaven, Queen of Angels, Queen of the Universe and Queen of Peace, enabled her to give her fiat- her YES to the Will of Almighty God in the order of salvation.  We honor with great devotion the Maid of Nazareth who became Our Mother by the express order of Christ from the Cross of Calvary, while we adore and worship the Word made Flesh, Jesus Christ.

So many terrible things are happening in the world today, especially to the House of God.  Teenage martyrs have shed their blood for Christ and His Church, with nary an actual hand of help from the power that resides in the Vatican, but Christ is the Just Judge and his children, less than a month ago living on earth are now reigning with Him in the Kingdom of Heaven.  They are now part of the Church Triumphant.  It is important for those of us who live in free lands sing their praises and help those we can.  What a burden is ours!

O Mary, conceived without sin and assumed into heaven, pray for us sinners!

 

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Wisdom From The Saints

“You must not abandon the ship in a storm because you cannot control the winds…What you cannot turn to good, you must at least make as little bad as you can.” -St. Thomas Moore

“All the good works in the world are not equal to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass because they are the works of men; but the Mass is the work of God.  Martyrdom is nothing in comparison for it is but the sacrifice of man to God; but the Mass is the Sacrifice of God for man.”-St. John Vianney

“I need nothing but God and to lose myself in the Heart of God.”-St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

“Blessed is the servant who loves his brother as much when he is sick and useless as when he is well and can be of service to him; and blessed is he who loves his brother as well when he is afar off as when he is by his side and who would say nothing behind his back he might not, in love, say before his face.”-St. Francis of Assisi

“The things that we love tell us what we are.”-St. Thomas Aquinas

“You should strive in your prayer for a pure conscience, a will that is wholly with God and a mind truly set on Him.”-St. John of the Cross

“Be very faithful to God in your spiritual exercises, acting in such a way as to make yourself ever more pleasing in God’s eyes and loving in the eyes of the poor.”-St. Vincent de Paul

“May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.”-St. Teresa of Avila

“It is time now for us to rise from sleep.”-St. Benedict

“What a comfort is this way of love!  You may stumble upon it, you may fail to correspond to grace given, but always LOVE KNOWS how to make the best of everything; Whatever offends Our Lord is burnt up in its fire and nothing is left but a humble, absorbing peace deep down in the heart.”-St. Therese of Lisieux

“One day lived in love in the service of the Lord can make up for an entire lifetime of sin.”- Fr. Luke Zimmer, ss.cc

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My Daily Prayer For The Tortured

ALMIGHTY AND EVER LIVING GOD, look with pity upon all Your children who suffer under the terrible burden of torture.  Be merciful to them and give them many miracles of escape and hope.  In the very midst of their trials do not them lose sight of Your Divine Love and compassion, but send upon them Your Holy Spirit, that they may have whatever grace they need in whatever form they did it.  Visit them with Your Holy Angels and encompass round about them Your Loving Presence.

Have mercy, too upon their tormentors and change their hearts to repentance and reparation; Help them see the awful error of their ways.  For those who blaspheme by torturing in Your Name, help those on the side of righteousness to repair the horrible damage due this disgusting sin.

Finally, Dear and Blessed Lord, keep us in continual remembrance of the tortured, especially those who suffer for Your Name’s sake and for Your Holy Church, but also for any soul who is tortured in any way, body, mind, spirit or circumstance, and for those who are in trouble of any kind.

We pray in the Holy Name of Jesus, He Who was tortured for our sakes, with Our Blessed Mother Mary, great Saint Joseph, our Holy Patrons and all the angels and saints.  AMEN.

 

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CATHOLICSAGAINSTTORTURE.ORG

I know that the last two posts were shocking.  Our Blessed Lord Jesus came not only to give comfort to the afflicted, but to afflict the comfortable!  It is important to speak for those who can not speak for themselves: the children, the tortured, the martyred and animals;  “Bless the beasts and the children, for in this world they have no voice, they have no choice.  Light their way when the darkness surrounds them.  Bring them love, let it shine all around them!”

We have started a prayer apostolate for the tortured- catholicsagainsttorture.org  Please feel free to e-mail and  ask for prayer cards;  They are free of charge.  Please visit our website and pray and mention the tortured.  It is so sad, but we have been circulating literature about the tortured, from churches to Catholic gift stores- and there are people, supposedly believers, who refuse to even learn about their tortured brothers and sisters in Christ!  They don’t want to even know about them.  This is not of God.  Pray for these deluded souls, as well, for they are in for a big shock when Our Divine Lord reminds them of their apathy on the Day of Judgement.  He will bring out everything about all of us.  Let us surrender now to His grace, while there is still time!  “The night comes when no man can work.”  “He will come as a thief in the night!”  Pray while you can and love while you may, so that when we meet Him, we meet Him in the air with our sins forgiven,  and so shall we ever be with the Lord!

“When you did it to the least of these, you did it to Me.”

This image is real, not manipulated.  It appeared over Sussex in England.

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OUTRAGE IN SYRIA- You will NEVER hear this on American Media!

A Croatian Catholic website has reported that two Christian teenagers in Syria were CRUCIFIED on April 29, 2014 for refusing to convert to Islam, where countless others have also been put to death by Muslims.

The Christian youths were first given the choice of “Islam or death,” said Sister Raghida, former head of a Christian school in Damascus.  Muslims came to the two teenagers and said, “So you want to die as a teacher in whom you trust?  Please choose: either to renounce your faith in Jesus or you will be crucified!”  When BOTH BOYS REFUSED, they were put to death.  One of them was crucified in front of his father, who was then murdered, as well.

The nun said that the Jihadists entered the city of Maaloula and started killing men, women and children.  They beheaded many and then kicked their heads around like soccer balls.  Even pregnant women were killed, their unborn babies cut from their wombs and hung from trees.

Many of the Christians remaining in Syria either do not have the money to leave or have been denied visas.  Yet Sister Raghida says they are remaining strong throughout all the hopelessness and said that after the massacre, “We celebrated Mass for the dead and our prayer was even stronger… The Lord will not abandon us…”

No, the righteous Lord will NOT abandon you!  The boys and those who were also martyred for Jesus are now reigning in heaven!  However, anti-pope Francis cry for you, but will not lift a finger to help!  He won’t even say the name of the country or say that it was Muslims that did this!  He is a coward.  We must always trust in the Lord and not in men.  The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church!

O God, have mercy upon Your suffering children!

 

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A Comment On Current “Catholic” Education

It’s terrible and about as far from Catholic as you can get.  Is that provocative enough?!  I remember the wonderful Catholic education I was blessed to receive when I was young.  My dear, late Aunt Patty, (whom I believe to be a saint+) paid the tuition  for myself and my siblings to go to Catholic schools.  I never knew that she did this till after she died.  Her gift giving was prodigious to Catholic causes and charities, her family being the first to benefit from her generous heart.

My older sister and brother and I were fortunate to be taught before Vatican II.  In other words, we were actually taught the Catholic religion by nuns in full habit and full faith.  The children being taught now in current Catholic schools are not being taught the Catholic religion.  This is evident in something that shows on the outside- their uniforms. The uniforms that current parochial schools require the girls to wear are a scandal.  They are short enough and revealing enough to look like costumes in a pornographic film.  I say this with a scandalized heart and with great sadness.  The fact that the parents allow their children to be dressed like street walkers is another sign that the true Catholic Faith is rare and no longer found in the Vatican II Newchurch.  Of course, there are no more nuns to teach the real faith.  All we have left are “NONES.” not nuns.

I live in an Orthodox Jewish neighborhood and the children of the Jews here are always dressed most modestly.  Their skirts go to the ankles and they wear leggings.  Their blouses are buttoned at the neck and go to their wrists and they wear sweaters or jumpers over these.  The Jewish parents are leaving no doubt to themselves and the world that their children are respected and loved and are being taught Godly values.  They are walking testaments to their faith and their tradition.

Vatican II “Catholics” leave no doubt that their children’s purity and innocence is NOT valued.  They are allowed to dress immodestly and it is a scandal to the True Church and to the world, which is begging to be evangelized.  In the future, these children will look back on their uniforms and if they have become true believers they will be ashamed of how they were permitted to be dressed.  Probably they won’t care because they won’t be Catholic and they will pass their unbelief and scandal to yet another generation.  It is a sad truth that if you want your children to NOT be Catholic, you will send them to Vatican II parochial schools.  That is the surest way to kill any faith they may have.

“Young people need the light of watchful guides to lead them on the path of salvation.”- St. John Baptist de la Salle.  We can say without any doubt that the popes, bishops, priests, nuns and all our Catholic forebears would be, (and from Heaven are) most scandalized by the current state of so-called Catholic education.

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A Fourth of July Memory

I went into the seminary right out of high school.  I had been a (proud) member of The Young Americans and had the great opportunity to sing and dance as a youth ambassador for the U.S.A.  all over the world, as well as on television, (The Julie Andrews Show.)  I credit this magnificent group as part of the reason I was kept free of the influence of drugs, so prevalent among other teen-agers.  The other, and more important reason was that I had just acquired a deep devotion to Our Lady, through the influence of my dear sister, who introduced me to the apparitions of the Blessed Mother at Garabandal in Spain.

While in Rome I attended the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, (the Angelicum.)  Being so close to Africa, I spent a summer in Algeria visiting a cousin, now deceased, God rest her immortal soul+  I believe her to have been a saint.  She was a Little Sister of the Poor and their charism is to house, clothe and feed and nurture the poverty stricken aged.  What a wonderful example she gave me!  Her name was Sr. Therese Lucienne de St. Joseph and she gave everything to the Lord.  She gave up America, (her order sent her to their Motherhouse in France.)  She never returned to the U.S.A., but was sent to Belgium at first, then Kenya, then Algeria, where she served so unselfishly for many decades.

In the early years of seminary, we were free to go home for vacation in the summer, but most of us went on missions.  Mine was to Algeria, to meet and stay with my cousin, Sr. Therese.  What an eye opener that was!  To see how those in third world countries lived is an enlightening experience.  I was staying with missionaries who had so little, because their charges had almost nothing.  What they had they gave.  What they gave, they gave with joy and love.  I remember visiting a long closed Cathedral, (the Muslims were just beginning their persecutions.  In the end, the good sisters were forced out of the country.)  In this Cathedral that was dedicated to great St. Joseph, I saw boxes and boxes and piles and piles of food and medicine and clothing that were gifts from America to the people of Algeria.  They had the symbol of the arm and hand of Uncle Sam grasping in handshake the hand of the foreigner.  The boxes said: “A Gift from the American People.”  I was proud, (once again) of my country.

Because all mail of non Algerians was opened and scrutinized by the authorities, my cousin had to write in code to me.  She called the priest the “baker,” and the church the “bakery.”  Their foundation was in Annaba, which is the ancient seat of St. Agustine, (Hippone.)  I was able to see the shrine to this great saint, before they had to close it and send the relic of his forearm away.

The Algerians were very proud of their country, though the war for independence with France had taken its toll.  They had so few hospitals and they were in bad shape.  I visited the sick and there was little to alleviate their suffering.

When I left Algeria and flew back to Marseilles, I noticed that I was the only Anglo on the plane.  The flight was full of workers heading from North Africa to Europe.  They were all looking at me and smiling.  I didn’t know what to think.  The stewardess came up to me, (I was sitting near the door hatch at the front.)  She looked down at me and said, in French, “I hope you’re ready for this!”  I had no idea what she was talking about!  She then handed me the required landing questionnaire, which all passengers must fill out and hand in to the custom’s officer when they are processed.  I took out my pen and passport and started to fill it out.  Then it happened…  All of a sudden I was bombarded by every migrant Algerian on that plane!  None of them knew how to read or write!  They were all begging me to fill out their forms, in French, of course.  After a plaintive look at the stewardess, who had come back to the front of the plane, (she just smiled and put her hands up and said, “We pretend they do it themselves.  They won’t be allowed in unless you do it for them.  You won’t get into trouble, don’t worry.”)

It was in that moment that I was most proud and humbled and grateful for the immense privilege of being an educated American.  I blessed the dear nuns of Elizabeth Bailey Seaton, who taught me to read and write and the tradition of literacy in my family that brought me to the point of being able to accomplish the task of filling out over one hundred forms on that short flight over the Mediterranean.  My eyes were being opened, sometimes slowly, sometimes quickly, by the education of the traveler.  Some things must just be experienced.  No amount of arm chair traveling or reading or watching media can replace actual experience.  I was and am so grateful to be an American.  God bless this country.  How sad I am at her fall and coming demise.  It was, and still is in many ways, a beacon of light, a shining house on a hill…  Can she be saved?  Only God knows.  Have we gone too far to come back?  Only God knows.  What I know is this- gratitude and concern for my nation.  Let us pray.  The United States is the only country in the history of the world to be consecrated to the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

O MARY, CONCEIVED WITHOUT SIN, PRAY FOR U.S. WHO HAVE RECOURSE TO THEE!

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A Wise Observation

“I am worried by the Blessed Virgin’s messages to Lucy of Fatima.  This persistence of Mary about the dangers which menace the Church is a divine warning against the suicide of altering the Faith in her liturgy, her theology and her soul.  I hear all around me innovators who wish to dismantle the sacred chapel, destroy the universal flame of the Church, reject her ornaments and make her feel remorse for her historical past.”

“A day will come when the civilized world will deny its God, when the Church will doubt as Peter doubted; she will be tempted to believe that man has become God.  In our churches, Christians will search in vain for the red lamp where God awaits them.  Like Mary Magdalen weeping before the empty tomb, they will ask where have they taken Him?”

-Pope Pius XII, when he was Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli, in conversation with Count Enrico Galeazzi, (30 years prior to the Vatican II Council,) regarding Progressivist and Communist infiltration into the Roman Catholic Church with particular emphasis on the Third Secret of Fatima, which, based upon this conversation, he probable had read since Sister Lucy never, prior to 1933, said anything about the Church committing “suicide” in her Faith, liturgy, theology or soul.

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