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These Ominous Storms Keep Rolling Through

As I write this post, the thunder rumbles in the distance. The lightning illuminates the sky to the south, breaking apart the darkness on this late night. This has been one of many summer thunderstorms that we’ve had this year. The quantity of storms isn’t much different than other summers, but the quality of these storms is more aggressive. These storms have been darker, louder, and scarier. I’m not sure why, whether it’s because I’m getting older and have more responsibilities with a wife and child, but it seems to me that these storms are an ominous sign of things to come. God is not happy.

Lightning Storm

This summer has been the first time I have witnessed lightning storms in which the lightning dances across the sky as if it were a strobe light setting the atmosphere at a club on Saturday night. These storms are not isolated to the area either; they are massive, ranging across several states at once. I fear they will only get worse.

Both the Church and the World are in utter chaos. The World has gone the way of Sodom and Gomorrah, approving homosexual “marriage” and abortion in just about every country. Countries once known for their rich Catholic heritage have been aggressively plummeting into moral chaos as if the world was going to end tomorrow. Unfortunately, the Church is being steered into this direction as well, thanks to a select number of prelates who would love to prove Christ wrong when He said the gates of Hell would not prevail against His Church. Their hatred for God and the Church is so strong that they will stop at nothing to lead as many souls astray.

The Synod on the Family is approaching, now only two months away. I fear that we will see the blasphemy of the divorced, “remarried”, and actively homosexual allowed to receive the Holy Eucharist, without the necessity of conversion. This will anger God greatly.

We must be steadfast in our prayer and always in a state of grace, avoiding any sin, including venial. While our prayer can be strongly effective in begging for Our Lord to intervene, I think He is looking for a fresh start. God will allow these heinous sins to continue through His permissive will, and His justice will rain down upon the Earth, destroying all of His enemies. We must also be humble enough to pray for our own sanctification and salvation during this time, as well as for that of our families, friends, and those we care about. We must always remember that no matter how bad it gets, Jesus Christ is still God and has given us the opportunity to spend eternity with Him. We must follow Him and observe all that He has taught us. Double your efforts to live a holy life. Go to confession, pray the Rosary daily, and avoid the near occasion of sin.

Jeff August 6, 2015 2 Comments Permalink

The Hail Mary is a Scriptural Prayer

Many Protestants and Catholics falsely believe the Hail Mary is a prayer written by men. On the contrary, it is a prayer which has it’s roots in Sacred Scripture. In order to demonstrate this, let’s compare the Hail Mary with it’s biblical counterparts.

Mary Annunciation

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women…”

And the angel being come in, said unto her: Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. Luke 1:28 Douay Rheims

“…Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.”

And she cried out with a loud voice, and said: Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. Luke 1:42 Douay Rheims

Holy Mary, Mother of God

And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? Luke 1:43 Douay Rheims

Pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

The majority of the prayer is taken from the Bible. While the second half is not taken verbatim from the Bible, it represents core theology that must be recognized by anyone who identifies as Christian. Mary was immaculately conceived. Thus, we can call her holy due to her sinless nature. God is three persons in one, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. She is the Mother of God because Jesus is the Son of God, the second person of the Holy Trinity.

Since Mary is in Heaven, she can intercede for us by presenting our prayer requests to Jesus. We read in John 2:3-5, Mary informs Jesus that the wedding hosts have run out of wine. Jesus, at His mother’s request, transforms water into wine, and not just any wine, but wine that was far superior than what they had been drinking.

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Likewise, in John 19:26-27 we read how Jesus gives Mary to the entire world as mother of all. Thus, Mary is our mother. We are baptized into Jesus Christ, and through this baptism into His body, Mary is our mother. And like any good mother who loves her children, she prays unceasingly for her children to abandon their sin, and return to the Lord, her Lord, her Son.

We ask Mary to pray for us now, because we go through temptations, trials and tribulations on a daily basis. When we are dying in our last hour, we are bombarded by Satan and his minions because he knows this time is crucial. If he can get us to fall during this last hour, he will have our soul with him in Hell for all eternity. We beg Mary to ask God to pour forth His graces upon us. that we may not fall into the trap the enemy has set, so that we may instead be granted access to our inheritance in Heaven. For those of us fortunate to know when the hour of our death is near, we would be wise to have a priest near to hear our confession before we die.

The Hail Mary is a prayer which Satan hates as Mary is the remedy to the sin which Eve brought into the world. Mary, by giving her Magnificat, brought forth Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. c.f. Genesis 3:15.

Develop a habit of praying the Hail Mary whenever temptation occurs. Run to your mother when trouble is near. Pray the Rosary daily as Mary has given 15 promises to those who faithfully recite it. And remember; Be sober and watch: because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, goeth about seeking whom he may devour.

Jeff April 14, 2015 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.

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Corona, More Than Just a Beer

To many, Corona is just a brand of beer. A brand of Mexican beer where you put a lime in the bottle and enjoy on a hot day. But did you know that Corona is actually a Catholic term?

Corona

In the Concise Catholic Dictionary of 1943 (seriously, this book is worth its weight in gold) has three different definitions for the term Corona.

  1. Five mysteries of the Rosary.
  2. Candles or vigil lights arranged in a circle.
  3. The circlet of hair on the head of a tonsured cleric.
St. Anthony always had a Corona on him.

St. Anthony always had a Corona on him.

Just too cool if you ask me. Make sure you do a Corona every single day. A Corona of the Rosary that is.

Jeff June 24, 2014 2 Comments Permalink

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