Johnny the Grocery Store Bagger.

Johnny, the grocery store bagger. Please watch the following video clip. It is a story of Johnny, the grocery store bagger. It is very short, but it will remind you of why and how we make an impact in what we do. You may even want to share it with others, and I hope you will. It's amazing how one young Down's Syndrome bagger made such a wonderful impact on those customers lucky enough to have Johnny bag their groceries! Click Here To View The Movie http://www.simpletruths.com/simpletruths/a.aspx?af=219&mo=stsr

Patrick and Nancy Latta of Medjugorje.

In 1991, Patrick Latta, a successful businessman and car dealer in Canada, and his wife Nancy, a commercial lawyer, received a great grace of conversion through the messages of Our Lady of Medjugorje. Leaving behind everything they had created in their material world, they moved to Medjugorje in 1993, during the height of the war. With Fr. Slavko Barbaric, OFM as their spiritual guide and confessor until his death in Nov. of 2000.
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Retreat House was born, with a specific desire to support, renew, and foster vocations to the priesthood and regligious life.
Now after 15 years of living in Medjugorje and 12 years construction, streams of pilgrims from around the world come to Our Lady's Retreat House to honor her as the Queen of Peace.-- Click onto their story. http://www.homeofthesacredheart.org/MedjMagArticle.pdf


Expect to be Persecuted.

PRAISE IN PERSECUTION-People "will manhandle and persecute you." —Luke 21:12"

Anyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus can expect to be persecuted.

The Lord wants us to expect persecution. This expectation prepares and arms us for spiritual warfare. To help us expect persecution, the Lord has told us we will be manhandled, persecuted, arrested, and brought to trial because of our love for Him .

We will "be delivered up" even by our "parents, brothers, relatives and friends," and some of us will be put to death (Lk 21:16). We often react to the "good news" of persecution with denial, fear, or sadness. However, the Lord wants us to stand erect and hold our heads high.

He wants us to be like Paul and Silas, who prayed and sang hymns in the midst of suffering persecution. Even at the time of the mass apostasy and as the seven final plagues are poured out on this earth we should be "full of joy" for having "been judged worthy of ill-treatment for the sake of the Name.

Under any conditions, we can sing: "Mighty and wonderful are Your works, Lord God Almighty! Righteous and true are Your ways, O King of the nations!" In persecution, we will shout with all the angels and saints: "Alleluia! The Lord is King, our God, the Almighty! Let us rejoice and be glad, and give Him glory! For this is the wedding day of the Lamb

Praise Him always and with special enthusiasm when you're privileged to be persecuted.

Father, judge me worthy to be persecuted.


Our Lady's Medjugorje to Marija of November 25, 2008

Dear children!

Also today I call you, in this time of grace, to pray for little Jesus to be born in your heart. May He, who is peace itself, give peace to the entire world through you. Therefore, little children, pray without ceasing for this turbulent world without hope, so that you may become witnesses of peace for all. May hope begin to flow through your hearts as a river of grace. Thank you for having responded to my call. November 25, 2008


The Holy Mass-Holy,holy,holy.

HOLY MASS: A HEAVENLY EXPERIENCE--"Holy, holy, holy..." —Revelation 4:8

The book of Revelation gives us a vision that lifts our minds and our spirit from an earthly to a heavenly perspective. St. John's vision helps us to set our hearts on heaven rather than earth (Col 3:1-2). More than anything else on earth, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass enables us to have not only a heavenly perspective, but even a heavenly experience. In the Mass, Jesus is present in the Eucharist. Jesus Himself said: "I Myself am the Living Bread come down from heaven" for us to eat and never die. (Jn 6:50, 51).

In the Person of the eucharistic Jesus, "heaven is wedded to earth" (Easter Vigil Exultet). In the Mass, we join with the angels and saints as they sing, "Holy, holy, holy" (Rv 4:8). In the Mass, we spend our lives in heavenly worship and earthly charity until Jesus returns. At Mass, we "praise the Lord in His sanctuary. We wait in joyful hope for Jesus to come again and bring us with Him to heaven. In the Mass, we have "an open door to heaven as we join in the heavenly worship "around the throne" of God.

In the Mass, "the Eucharist is celebrated in communion with the whole Church in heaven and on earth. At Mass, "we have our citizenship in heaven; it is from there that we eagerly await the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Participation in the Holy Sacrifice [of the Mass]...unites us even now to the Church in heaven. Go to Mass as often as possible, even daily. Experience heaven on earth.

Prayer: Jesus, I invest my life in taking up the cup of salvation, the Bread of Life, and calling upon Your name at Mass. "Whoever has, will be given more, but the one who has not will lose the little he has." —Lk 19:26


Medjugorje: Remembering Fr. Philip Pavich's after Confession Prayer.

Jesus, I really believe that you are the son of God and the son of Mary.
You came into the world to save sinners and I need you.
Without you I would have been lost under Satan's power of guilt and shame and condemnation.
But you came to set me free by forgiving all of my sins. You and Mary both defeated Satan and I want to share in your victories.
Satan I renounce you, you are defeated in my life and I belong to Jesus and Mary.
All my sins are forgiven by the blood of Jesus. I claim my victory in Jesus name.
Thank you Jesus, Thank you Mary, Amen

Message from Purgatory

Holy souls in Purgatory, is there anything you regret when you think of your life on earth? I deeply regret wasted time.... I did not consider it so precious, so fleeting, so irretrievable. For this reason my life is worth only half of what it might have been. Oh, had I but realized it then! Would that I could return to earth, how differently I would use the time given to me! Precious time! . . .

Today I know how to appreciate you. You were purchased with the blood of Christ; you were given me for the sole purpose of loving God, sanctifying myself and edifying my neighbor. But alas! I have abused you by committing sin; I have craved vanity, pleasures and trifles; I have been dreaming dreams which now cause me bitter reproaches and remorse. Precious time . . . Wasted time . . . How heavily you weigh upon me now! How it grieves me to have lost you through my own fault! Fleeting time . . . . Time which passes so quickly on earth, but which drags so slowly in this prison of fire, in this place of excruciating torments!

Formerly, years seamed like days to me. My whole life vanished like a dream. Hours now seem like years, days like centuries. I must now suffer, weep, and wait until the last minute of wasted time is redeemed. Oh, how long shall my exile last! Irretrievable time! On earth I relied on my last years to do penance; but the thread of my life was severed as a moment when I expected least! Oh precious time! You were given me to acquire treasures and graces without number, but now you are lost for me forever.

You, who still live on earth, do not waste the gift of time, which has cost Jesus such a high price, and for which you too will have to suffer in Purgatory if you imitate our carelessness. You, who are privileged to live during a time which is preeminently devoted to the Sacred Heart, during these last centuries when He has revealed to the world His love in its fullness: intercede for us that we may obtain the merits of at least one of these days, in which His grace is so freely and abundantly offered you.

**This letter I believe was written by Saint Margret from a conversation she had with the Poor Souls in Purgatory, but the page I have has no name upon it. - Spiritdaily


Dr. Alveda King Says--Obama Doesn't Fulfill the Dream.

Steven Ertelt,Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) --

The niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. says Barack Obama doesn't fulfill her uncle's dream despite his election last week as president. Dr. Alveda King says Obama's pro-abortion position makes it so the civil rights struggle is not complete because unborn children are killed in abortion.
Alveda King told LifeNews.com on Tuesday that the civil rights struggle for unborn children continues and noted that abortion adversely affects the black community.
"The election of an African American president sends a powerful and historic message that what was previously unthinkable can become reality," King said.
"The battle for equal rights has reached a major milestone, but Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s dream of full equality remains just a dream as long as unborn children continue to be treated no better than property," she added.
While Obama has talked about reducing abortions and entering into common ground discussions about abortions involving both sides of the debate, King says his rhetoric and record don't match and that Obama will increase abortions as president.
"President-elect Obama has promised actions that will only increase the number of abortions," she said and added that pro-life advocates "must promise to redouble our efforts to resist anti-life proposals, speak up for the babies, and, above all, pray."
"We must pray with persistence and love that, in God's time, what is now deemed unthinkable will become reality - that all our brothers in sisters, from conception to natural death, will be protected in law and welcomed in society," King concluded.
"The elections are over. The pro-life battle begins anew."


Words of a Prophet

Words of a prophet..."The world is rapidly being divided into two camps, the comradeship of anti-Christ and the brotherhood of Christ. The lines between these two are being drawn. How long the battle will be we know not; whether swords will have to be unsheathed we know not; whether blood will have to be shed we know not; whether it will be an armed conflict we know not. But in a conflict between truth and darkness, truth cannot lose." ~Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
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My Child Joseph-Posted by Easter of Mostly Prayers

My Child Joseph by Easter.
I see my 5 children, such beatiful children that hold the life of God... and think to myself: If I didn't have them all or a single one of them, how would life have been? There is no answer because deep inside of me, I know, there would have been no other way. I thought I'd share with you that during the mild recession in the early 90's both my husband and I lost our jobs. In that period of great material loss, the Lord told us to raise a 3rd child. My husband and I joyfully came together to procreate life in obedience to our God of Life. In no time at all, our precious 3rd child, Joseph, was born.Today, Joseph is 11 years of age and teeming with God's life. He serves at daily Mass, plays tennis with passion, happily directs little skits in the home, loves to imitate characters in good movies and animations such as Larry Boy in the Veggie Tale series, takes care of his siblings, throws the trash for me, prefers to go to Adoration to going to malls, eats ice cream with a smile on his face, takes the time to help his dad cook, rides his bike and Ripstick with much glee, washes dishes without complaining and leaves my sink clean, joyfully sings Christian music with his siblings, a true gentleman... Need I say more? God is life. We preserve life, not destroy it!

Meet my Joseph here (first 3 pictures)
Posted by Easter A. at 8:06 AM

Be a Light for Christ.

We live in a time of moral darkness. God is calling each of us to shine the Light of Christ in this current darkness to provide a bright moral compass for the lost.

In times of great darkness, we who have been set on fire with Jesus' light cannot give in to discouragement When you feel you're burning out like a smoldering wick know that "Christ will give you light.


A Thankful Pilgrim

The picture enclosed was given to me while I was praying for my daughter’s healing by a priest whose friend went to Medjugorje in 1988. He decided to take a picture of a beautiful rose bush located in front of St. James Church and when he developed the film this is what he found: the Virgin Mother with the Baby Jesus in Her arms!
Editor’s note: The author prefers to use a pen name because of the personal information. On the same day that she called me to see if I had received the copy of this picture she sent me, another subscriber in a different state sent me 4 copies of the same picture! I think I was being prompted to share this picture with our readers.

Miracle picture - A Thankful Pilgram

Father Jozo's Commentary on Our Lady's Message of October 25, 2008

Message of October 25, 2008

„Dear children! In a special way I call you all to pray for my intentions so that, with your prayers, you could stop the satanic plan for this world, which is further from God every day, which puts itself in God’s place and destroys all the beautiful and good in the soul of each of you. So, little children, arm yourselves with prayer and fasting so that you may become aware of how much God loves you, and do God's will. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

Dear brothers and sisters, this message found me in Italy, near the City of Bari, where a large crowd of the faithful had gathered for a whole-day prayer. It served as an outline for my preaching and for the course of the day’s programme, which started at eight o'clock in the morning and finished at nine in the evening.
To me this message is a strong call of Our Lady in these hard times for the Church so similar to those in the Middle Ages, when the dignity of man was sinking, when people were divided into three estates or ranks. The Lord was not enthusiastic over nobility or any other class. He enlightened a rich man to show a new way, and a new image of man and his dignity.
– Francis, my Church is crumbling down – said the living Lord from the crucifix. – Lord, what do you want me to do? – Help me renew the Church. – How? – Read – the Lord said to him. Francis took the Bible in his youthful hands, opened it three times and found the answer: leave everything, give up everything, and follow Jesus.
The living Jesus was speaking from the cross, the living Jesus was speaking from the Bible. The man was listening with an open heart and realised that there was no other and more exalted way. He responded to the call. – Lord – said the pauper of Assisi – since I came to know and to love you my money, my business, my horses, the knightly prestige, friends, girls have become nothing. All that is nothing but dust. You are my God and my everything!
And he entered a school of prayer. The Crucified was the only Teacher and the Book from which he learnt all wisdom and drew all the love for all creatures. Everything led him to the Creator. The happiest man walking on this earth is the man set free from the slavery to things.
Taking the helm of Peter’s ship, Pope Benedict XVI, enlightened by the Holy Spirit, exclaimed to all: “This ship is leaking on all sides.”
Many interpreted this as a piece of humour of an eighty-year-old man and a wise teacher of the Church. No, I did not see or hear it that way. I understood him as the disciples and apostles understood Peter near Caesarea Philippi when he, answering Jesus’ question – Who do you say that I am? – said: – You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.
The only full answer at that moment and for all times.
And today our Peter answers in what condition the Church is.
Every divorce destroys the sacrament of love and makes a hole in the body of the Church. Every Christian who does not live his faith, that is, who lives without Mass and Sunday, without prayer and sacraments, in one word, without God, creates with his life and public sins a huge crack on the body of the Church. Young people who have fallen victim to video games and obscene programmes, victims to night time and night spots, are ruining their own selves and their families. A family that does not pray and does not bring up their children in the spirit of the Gospel is a big and always scandalous hole in the ship of the Church. Blasphemers, drug addicts, alcoholics as well as pseudo-theologians and scholars without holiness and holy life in the Church are destroying the Church.
Therefore we are called in a special way – all of us – to pray for Her intentions. The Queen of Peace is telling us again what the Church can do with her hopeful and joint prayers – stop Satan’s plan. It is him who destroys, divides, who sows weeds in the hearts of the Sons of God. He is the tempter who never sleeps. He is the destroyer of man, the Church and every God’s plan. He manages to take away more and more people every day from God or to cause them to oppose God and His plan. He puts himself first instead of God. This haughtiness manifests itself in the decadence and erosion of morals, which is best evident in the programmes of television and other media. They want to misuse everything. An immoral man has a better chance and greater support than a moral one, a spineless person more than a man of principle, especially more than a parent.
These false greats and false idols, who are put on the pedestal of pagan goddesses and gods, every day brainwash and mislead even little ones trying to convince them that the way they offer is the only way.
Pornography, drugs and the modern addiction to electronic games are mighty weapons for enslavement of today’s man. People of all ages are slaves to these vices. At a large gathering in Paris scientists reported devastating facts that pornography was a more murderous and widespread destroyer of man than drugs. That is how – through violence to life, slavery to pleasures and false entertainments – a family remains without children, and children without a family and family upbringing. In a very short time a large number of young people have abandoned every influence of religious life and education. Everything that exists, everything that is offered is permitted. Seminaries are being daily closed down, and the interest in God, the Church, the Revelation is dwindling.
Let us go back to the history of the Old Testament for a moment. The Philistines with Goliath are before Jerusalem. Professional soldiers with Goliath at the head are planning to destroy Jerusalem and subjugate Israel. The king Saul learns through reconnaissance patrols of thousands of warriors in the enemy’s camp. He is too week to resist them. He does not even count on God and His help any more. He thinks only in human terms, and pure mathematics tells him that he is going to lose the battle to the stronger enemy.
God forsakes the king who does not count on Him. He calls the young David, a shepherd. The prophet anointed him king, too. – You are going to win in my name – said the Lord to David – with your sling and the five stones. Have no fear. Face Goliath in my name. – And it was so. David believed the Lord and His word, His name. David prevails over and kills the invincible Goliath.
How to arm ourselves today? – With prayer and fasting – the Queen of Peace said to us. Our Lord also mentioned this weapon to his disciples when they had not been able to expel the devil from a possessed man. How did the prophets and the saints of the New Testament manage to be victorious? – With prayer and fasting. How did Francis renew the Church? – With prayer and fasting. What is our strength today, that Our Lady is speaking about, to stop the power of Satan? – Fasting and prayer. There is no other weapon. If you want to help your people, your family and the Church, listen to the Mother. Take up this weapon.
Let us remember the apostle Paul, too, who at the very beginning of the Church wrote to Christians: “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armour of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil… Therefore, take up the full armour of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.” (Eph 6:10)
Dear Mother, exalted are your words and precious your advice. You who are bruising our enemy on the head with your heel, you know best how to overpower him. Thank you for this strong message in which you call everybody.
Brothers and sisters, do not take this message as a mere piece of information. It is the only programme for our survival and our peace as believing and holy people. Do you not feel a deep gratitude that it reconfirms your calling and your vow, that it tells you again how important our praying and fasting family is for: Living Our Lady’s messages! At this moment nothing is so urgent. Respond to the call!

This month we are going to pray for the following intentions:
For the gift of the spirit of wisdom and fortitude, the gift of fasting and prayer, the gift of persistency in this consumerist environment so that our Lord may always remain in the first place: Our God and our everything!
For all those who have lost the gifts of: faith, love and hope, beauty and joy in prayer and sacrifice, that they may discover and live these graces again.
For all pilgrims, visionaries and parishioners that we may responsibly and literally live this message.
For all bishops and priests accompanying the pilgrims, that they may always be a model and good shepherds to them, who with the greatest love help them to conversion through sacraments of confession and Eucharist.

Dear brothers and sisters! This message first shocked me, then it encouraged me, because this sickness unto death – that is, multifarious apostasies and immense deviations from the path of faith, especially of our families and the young – has a remedy after all: fasting and prayer. This medicine we can administer. Luckily this gift is in our heart. Let us courageously respond to the call of the Queen of Peace.
Fasting and praying for you all, that we may succeed, is you brother fra Jozo.

30.10.2008., Široki Brijeg


Gianna Jessen- Abortion Survivor-Part-1

A Wonderful and Powerful Witness. Don't miss seeing Part #2.

Gianna Jessen-Abortion Survivor-Part # 2

Part# 2

Our Lady's November message to Mirjana

November message to Mirjana
Dear children, today I call you to a complete union with God. Your body is on earth, but I ask you for your soul to be all the more often in God’s nearness. You will achieve this through prayer, prayer with an open heart. In that way you will thank God for the immeasurable goodness which He gives to you through me and, with a sincere heart, you will receive the obligation to treat the souls whom you meet with equal goodness. Thank you, my children. November 2, 2008
Our Lady added: With the heart I pray to God to give strength and love to your shepherds to help you in this and to lead you.