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Father Corapi Is Back

The news is spreading around the internet that Father John Corapi has returned to the priesthood. He is currently living his life in seclusion.

This is good to hear as it comes at a time when there is much conflict and bad news within the Church. It is uncertain whether Fr. Corapi will be returning to TV or giving talks like he used to. Though wouldn’t it be awesome to see him come back on full fire and start lambasting the Synod, it’s key players and their biggest supporters? That’d be pretty awesome.

I know Fr. Corapi has been influential in many people’s faith, whether they were coming into or back to the Church, or even learning more about Catholicism. His fire and brimstone preaching was much needed during a time where the average preacher talked about the niceness of being Catholic and how we should be “good people”.

It’s also unclear whether or not his mistress is returning to practicing the faith either. I would continue to offer up prayers for her as well seeing as she is also in need of them. Continue to pray for Fr. Corapi.

Jeff September 2, 2015 3 Comments Permalink

COMING SOON – The Holy League

I was sent this video by several of my good friends from the Madison area. There is a movement growing around the Holy League. Watch the video here:

It’s incredibly well done and put together well. I’m excited to see what more this movement has to offer.

We need to be constantly in a state of grace. Go to confession as often as you need to. Go monthly at an absolute minimum. Go weekly if you can. Pray the Rosary daily. Stay close to the Scriptures. Visit Jesus in the Eucharist, both at Mass and in Adoration. Most importantly, pray, fast, and do penance.

Looks like an all-out spiritual warfare offensive is brewing. Join forces over at the Holy League on Facebook.

Holy League

Jeff October 7, 2014 Leave A Comment Permalink

Purgatory is Real and Those Poor Souls Need Prayers

The Church teaches that those unfortunate souls who do not go straight to Heaven, but are fortunate enough to avoid the fires of Hell, are in Purgatory. In Purgatory, they will suffer for their past transgressions until their souls have been purified, perfected, and made worthy to enter into Heaven. For some souls, Purgatory is a pit-stop, for others a temporary home.

Purgatory

While in Purgatory, souls rely on the prayers of the faithful here on Earth to help guide them along in their purification. Without these prayers, they become stuck.

Eventually what will happen is a soul who is in Purgatory will have no living relatives on Earth who remember them due to decades passing by and generational gaps. They become forgotten and are left in the torments of Purgatory, waiting…

Because we are able to pray for the repose of their souls, we should pray for them as often as we can. In addition to praying for those souls by name, we should include all deceased relatives in our blood line in our prayers. You can be certain your deceased relatives are prayed for, even the ones who you have never met.

Many of us are far from perfect and by the grace of God will depend on Purgatory. Ending up in Purgatory is why we must stand vigilant in our prayer and stay strong in the face of temptation. Only one mortal sin is enough to send us to Hell.

Attend confession as often as needed. Confess your sins, both mortal and venial in type and number regularly. Make frequent confession a habit.

Make prayer a daily habit. Pray the rosary daily and invest yourself in the Brown Scapular. Our Lady of Mt. Carmel mentions she will assist you and guide you out of Purgatory if you are devoted to her Brown Scapular.

Our Lady of Carmel Saving Souls From Purgatory

Remember, our time on Earth is short. Pray for souls in Purgatory and teach your children to do the same. If you are fortunate enough to end up in Purgatory, you will need all the prayers you can get. Unlike the souls in Hell, the hope you will have is Heaven is on the other side.

Jeff August 23, 2014 Leave A Comment Permalink

Discerning God’s Will In Difficult Decisions

For the Catholic who is attempting to discern God’s Will, it is difficult to determine when we are going after our will and not God’s.

Ultimately, every decision we make should be in accordance to God’s Will. Now, sometimes our will matches that of God’s, but many times it doesn’t.

From what I have discovered along my journey through the Catholic faith, there are times when I know that God wants me to do something and it is obvious. I simply put my options before God during some time of silence, and it becomes ever apparent what God’s Will is. This practice eventually becomes so easy that you don’t even have to ask, you just know. This occurs when you have a regular prayer life with God and are obedient to Him. The signs become apparent.

However, there comes that time, when decisions are no longer obvious. The gut reaction is to think “God has abandoned me, what do I do?” This is just what happens within our fallen nature as humans. Keep your chin up, it isn’t as bad as you think.

Generally when this happens, it is a sign that you have matured in your faith. God has shown you His Will up to this point and based on what He has shown you, it is now up to you to determine what is His Will and what is not.

Let’s look at it in another light. A young child is in constant need of their father to point out good and bad. Yes, you can have this, no you can’t have this. Don’t do this, do this. The child may or may not come to his father for this guidance, but the father is there nonetheless to ensure that he is not getting himself in trouble. When he gets older, his father isn’t always going to stand over him to make sure that he is doing everything that he needs to do. Now, depending on what is going to occur, he may intervene, but he will gradually let go in order to let him decide what is right and wrong based on what he has taught him.

This is exactly how Our Father in Heaven operates. When we are immature in our faith, we need constant guidance in order to ensure we aren’t getting ourselves in trouble. Similarly, when we have matured, He will be watching us (as God always does), but we have to make the tough decisions ourselves.

We will make poor decisions in our life, but ultimately God will still love us and be there for us in those times. It is critical to note that God never wants us to choose any action that is evil or sinful. Sinful amusements are never in tune with God’s Will simply because God never wants us to sin, as sin cuts us off from Him. If the choice you do make is a sinful choice, go to confession.

There will be times too that God will allow an opportunity in which it appears to have a lot of pros and very few cons, but He wants us to stay either where we at, or take the option that isn’t obvious. Time in prayer will help alleviate this. If you are having difficulty, talk to a trusted spiritual director.

Prayer: How to do it!

Spend much time in prayer, and get a trusted spiritual adviser. Having someone who is more experienced in the faith and closer to God will help you in figuring out those situations where there is no easy answer. Pray, fast and always stand vigilant.

Jeff June 17, 2014 1 Comment Permalink

St. Anthony’s Intercession and the Rosary

The other night when it was time to pray the Rosary with my wife, I reached into my pocket only to discover that my Rosary was not in there! I could not remember taking it out and had no clue where it was.

I quickly remembered that I should pray to St. Anthony as this is my favorite Rosary having the St. Benedict medal and the St. Benedict crucifix. I said a quick prayer “Please, St. Anthony, help me find my Rosary.” I went to the office looked over at my desk and next to my mouse and keyboard, was my Rosary. Immediately, I prayed “Thank you St. Anthony for helping me.” I’ve actually misplaced another favorite Rosary of mine a few months ago and have yet to find it. So, I tackled on to my thanks the request “If you could please help me in finding this other Rosary, I’d be super happy, but, it doesn’t have to be now, but over time.”

I went upstairs to pray the Rosary with my wife in the bedroom and about halfway through, I noticed my “man box” on top of my dresser. I felt called to it and I just couldn’t resist and had to get up, mid-Rosary while reciting the Hail Mary’s, and started opening up all the little drawers on it. Much to my disappointment, the Rosary I was looking for was not in there. I turned around to head back to my bed and noticed the drawers on my side table.

Immediately and without hesitation, I walked over to the side table and opened the bottom drawer. Nothing at all in there. Opened the middle drawer, shoveled some papers around, and there it was in its little pouch! Immediately I thanked St. Anthony again for interceding for me. I hadn’t seen this Rosary in some time and proceeded to open up the pouch and pour the Rosary onto the bed.

A surge of memories came flooding through of why I loved the Rosary so much and how much Our Lady of Fatima had inspired me to start praying the Rosary, even as someone who knew nothing about Catholicism. This Rosary has blue beads with bits of green on it, and to me makes it appear to be the Earth. Our Lady of Fatima talked about how we can pray for people in the world and through our prayers can help them convert.

St. Anthony is a great saint to pray to when you have misplaced or lost something. The Rosary is a powerful devotion that can help combat heresy and give you numerous graces.

Jeff April 25, 2014 Leave A Comment Permalink

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