6/28/20

Our Lady's Message to Marija 
on June 25, 2020
"Dear children! 
I am listening to your cries and prayers, and am interceding for you before my Son Jesus, who is the Way, the Truth and the Life. 
Return, little children, to prayer and open your hearts in this time of grace and set out on the way of conversion. Your life is passing and, without God, does not have meaning. This is why I am with you to lead you towards holiness of life, so that each of you may discover the joy of living. 
I love you all, little children, and am blessing you with my motherly blessing. 
Thank you for having responded to my call."

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6/1/20

Come, Holy Spirit

“Come Holy Spirit. Come Holy Spirit.” 
We can never repeat that enough. It’s the most fundamental of prayers. You can even ask the Holy Spirit to tell you what you need and how to pray for it!
“Peace does not come from you, but from God,” the Blessed Virgin said in 1984 at Medjugorje.
“I call you always to bring harmony and peace.”
“Raise your hands, yearn for Jesus, because in His Resurrection He wants to fill you with graces. Be enthusiastic about the Resurrection. All of us in Heaven are happy, but we seek the joy of your hearts.”
The most important thing in the spiritual life is to ask for the gift of the Holy Spirit. When the Holy Spirit comes, the peace will be established. When that occurs, everything changes around you.”
“I have come to call the world to conversion for the last time” (1982).
“Let the Holy Mass be your life.”
For it is the Holy Spirit Who grants guidance, heals sickness, strengthens our bodies, and protects us against all untoward events. It’s the Holy Spirit Who imbues Mass with Christ’s Presence. When there are miracles or revelations, these are accomplished through the Holy Spirit. During Mass He is especially strong. He is especially willing to pervade our spirits.
And we should invite that. We should beg for His arrival. We should beg Him to pray through our minds and lips. Again, we should ask Him to reveal to us what it is we should be praying about.
He is the Spirit of Truth. He is the Spirit of prayerfulness.
When the priest gives us the opportunity to reflect upon our sins, we should ask the Holy Spirit to tell us what sins we most need to purge. We should ask Him to reach deep into our pasts and expunge any evil. We should ask the Holy Spirit to enlighten us as to what we need for spiritual development.
And we should cover ourselves with the whiteness of His protection.
Such is crucial in our time, when evil spirits (which we’ll be discussing more this week) are more numerous than ever– when they continue to climb in a horde from the pit, when they antagonize and anger and divide us. We need special protection, and that protection is given by the Holy Spirit. He draws us to the Father. He draws us to Jesus. As part of the Holy Trinity, He has the power to grant us health (if such is the Will of God) and shield us from demonism.
At Mass we should ask the Holy Spirit to protect us and our loved ones from accidents and disease. We should ask for protection from any unfortunate events. We should ask the Spirit to send special angels and further empower those angels we have. We should ask Him to guide our every thought and action. We should ask for a long, healthy life, a holy death, and the sure route to Heaven.
Come Holy Spirit of truth. Come Holy Spirit of Health. Come Holy Spirit of holiness. Come Holy Spirit of purity. Come Holy Spirit of discernment. Come Holy Spirit of peace.
Nothing brings the Holy Spirit like the Eucharist, and with God, anything is possible. Anything can change. Anything can be accomplished. As the Virgin of Medjugorje said, “The most important thing in the spiritual life is to ask for the gift of the Holy Spirit. When the Holy Spirit comes, then peace will be established. When that occurs, everything around you changes. Pray for the Holy Spirit for enlightenment. Ask the Holy Spirit to renew your souls, to renew the entire world. Raise your hands, yearn for Jesus because in His Resurrection He wants to fill you with graces.”
When that happens, when we have the Holy Spirit, then, according to Our Blessed Mother, we have everything.

5/29/20

HAPPY PENTECOST SUNDAY


Happy Penecost Sunday. After Jesus rose from the dead, he appeared to the apostles and, breath­ing on them, said, “Receive the Holy Spirit” (John 20:22).

“Lord Jesus, breathe on me and make me more alive to God. Come, Holy Spirit, and fill me with your life!”

The Holy Spirit is POWER

The Holy Spirit Has Been Given To Us

“God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us” (Romans 5:5)

In his great Epistle on justification, Saint Paul presents the Holy Spirit as the hero of the Christian life, whose full power has been unleashed by Jesus’ death and resurrection! The overarching theme of Paul’s letter to the Romans (chapters 1-8) is POWER leading to LIFE. Thus Paul says at Romans 1:16:
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.”
This POWER flows from Christ’s resurrection:
“[Jesus] who through the Spirit of holiness was appointed the Son of God in power by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 1:4).
The general condition of humanity before the Gospel is powerlessness, both for Jew and Gentile. “We have already brought the charge against Jew and Greek alike that they are under the domination of sin” (Romans 3:9). Even compliance with the “works of the law” in the Old Testament economy is insufficient for justification: “a man is justified by faith apart from the works of the law” (Romans 3:28).
Our reconciliation and justification comes from faith in Jesus Christ (chapters 4-5). “At the appointed time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for us godless men” (Romans 5:6). This justification by faith flows not only from Jesus’ sacrificial, atoning death, but also from the power flowing from his resurrection! “Jesus who was handed over to death for our sins and raised for our justification” (Romans 4:25).
Moreover, flowing from this gift of justifying faith is HOLY SPIRIT POWER! “We have gained access by faith to the grace in which we now stand, and we boast of our hope for the glory of God….And this hope will not leave us disappointed, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us” (Romans 5:5).
Paul then asks: does this grace of justification give us immunity from sin?, to which he essentially answers: absolutely not! “Are we to say, ‘Let us continue in sin that grace may abound?’ Certainly not!” (Romans 6:1-2). Why is this? Because through faith we have been baptized into the sin-forgiving death of Jesus and the new life giving resurrection of Jesus. “Through baptism into his death we were buried with him, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might live a new life” (Romans 6:4). “Do not, therefore, let sin rule your mortal body” (Romans 6:12).
We then come to chapter seven of Romans where we encounter this mysterious, representative man who is struggling so mightily with the power of sin in his flesh. He cries out: “For I do not what I want, but the very thing I hate (7:15), and, “when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand” (7: 21). Is Paul speaking of himself here, or of Israel, or of the “universal plight of all men” (ICSB)? Whichever the case may be, the powerlessness this man feels in the flesh (in his human weakness) has a solution: it is the HOLY SPIRIT who will give him – give us – victory over sin through our new life in the Spirit!
The flesh may be weak, but the Holy Spirit is POWER! And as Paul foreshadowed at Romans 5:5, the Holy Spirit has been given to us! We are not on our own in our fight against sin. We have a most powerful ally: the indwelling Holy Spirit. Here is the solution to the man’s problem in Romans 7: through faith in Jesus Christ, received in baptism, we have access to the Holy Spirit.
“Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin” (7:24-25). “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death” (8:1-2).
And if you think Paul is being subtle in pointing out the Holy Spirit as the solution to this man’s problem, think again! In chapter 8 of Romans, Paul makes reference to the Holy Spirit some 18 times! He uses the didactic method of repetition in order to drill into our minds that we have victory over sin in the power of the Holy Spirit! The following verses are representative:

“Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.

You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life  because of righteousness. And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of  his Spirit who lives in you.

Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it. For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.

For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God” (Romans 8: 5-14).

Conclusion: Do you know why St. Paul never allows even a shade of unethical conduct in his Epistles? Because the Holy Spirit empowers you to lead a holy life. Paul is utterly taken up by the reality of the Christian life. He is ablaze to the core with the Holy Spirit. The hero of the Christian life is the Holy Spirit. His full power has been unleashed, as Paul points out, by Jesus’ death and resurrection. This is a radical quality of Christian morality. God has given you the Holy Spirit! This is a supernatural reality made possible by Jesus’ death and resurrection. It is a reality perceived by faith, and received in baptism. Holiness is a POWER. The Gospel has come to you in POWER! You are justified, you are set right with God, because Jesus has given you access to the full power of the Holy Spirit, who gives you victory over sin, because of His indwelling, sanctifying presence in your soul. The power of the Holy Spirit is the principle of LIFE! The death and resurrection of Jesus is therefore the engine which carries us along to the state of justification. “Romans 8 unveils the solution to the problem laid out in Romans 7. It is a divine solution orchestrated by the Trinity. The Father sent the Son to redeem the world from sin (8:3) and sent the Spirit to raise the world from death to new life (8:9-13)” (ICSB). See the source for this conclusion under References below.
Thomas L. Mulcahy, M.A.
References: As you can see, I am relying on the notes in the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible. But primarily I am relying on notes I typed up years ago from a class on the Epistles of Saint Paul. I don’t even remember the name of the professor, but the entire conclusion above, and the whole theme of power leading to life, and of the Holy Spirit being the hero of the Christian life, comes directly from his lectures, and the notes I took. He was a Jewish convert, teaching at the St. Mary’s Campus in Orchard Lake Village, MI. Finally, I have also relied extensively on Dr. Scott Hahn’s excellent audio series on Romans.
From the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
“The grace of the Holy Spirit has the power to justify us, that is, to cleanse us from our sins and to communicate to us “the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ” and through Baptism:
‘But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him. For we know that Christ being raised from the dead will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. The death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves as dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus’ [Romans 6: 8-11].
Through the power of the Holy Spirit we take part in Christ’s Passion by dying to sin, and in his Resurrection by being born to a new life; we are members of his Body which is the Church, branches grafted onto the vine which is himself:
‘[God] gave himself to us through his Spirit. By the participation of the Spirit, we become communicants in the divine nature. . . . For this reason, those in whom the Spirit dwells are divinized’ [Saint Athanasius].”   (nos. 1987-1988)

5/25/20

May 25, 2020 Message from Our Lady of Medjugorje:




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May 25, 2020

Dear Family of Mary!

Here is the May 25, 2020 Message from Our Lady of Medjugorje:

"Dear children! Pray with me for a new life for all of you. In your hearts, little children, you know what needs to be changed. Return to God and His Commandments, so that the Holy Spirit may change your lives and the face of this earth, which is in need of renewal in the Spirit.

Little children be prayer for all those who do not pray; be joy for all those who do not see the way out; be carriers of light in the darkness of this peaceless time.

Pray and seek the help and protection of the saints so that you also could yearn for Heaven and Heavenly realities. I am with you and am protecting and blessing all of you with my motherly blessing. Thank you for having responded to my call."
 (May 25, 2020)

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
Mary TV

5/11/20

Healing Oil --Fr. Joe Whalen

Healing Oil


We all like stories of the inexplicable and miraculous, and when it came to that, the late Father Joseph Whalen of St. James Church in Danielson, Connecticut, was not so much a font as a geyser. Ordained at the age of sixty-six, the marvelous followed him everywhere. His amazing story is below this article.
And though he died four years ago, the miracles have persisted, or so it is indicated to us.
He used to bless oil (with the patronage of Saint Raphael) by the hundreds of gallons, and many reported effects with it. It is still available. It has been sent to more than a hundred countries.
At any rate, his loyal assistant, Mary Ann Wichmann, reminds us of one such happening around Father Whalen.
“Do you remember Bill Baril?” she asked in a recent note. “He passed on this past January. He had been a bad alcoholic and was sitting on a park bench in the early 1990’s at his lowest point, asking God for a sign one cold winter day.+
“All of a sudden there was a gust of wind and a crumpled-up newspaper blew across the snowy park and stopped at his feet. He picked it up and uncrumpled it and it had an advertisement for a pilgrimage to Medjugorje with Father Whalen (a recovered alcoholic). He took it as a sign, called Father Joe, and the rest was history! He went on the pilgrimage, made a full conversion back to his faith, and Father Joe became his sponsor and spiritual director. He worked very hard for many years for Our Lord and Our Lady [in the oil ministry] until he died of cancer this year.”
According to Bill, who lived in Wakefield, Massachusetts, the priest blessed 300 five-gallon jugs of oil a year, each of them touched by the priest; the oil was then put into smaller, many of them half-ounce bottles (100,000 to 200,000). It took a crew of twenty-five volunteers to make the oil (which was heated and contained crushed rose petals) as the prayers were recited and the entire Book of Tobit read. (Blessing bottles en masse was first suggested by Father Whalen’s bishop.)
Mary Ann once related how oil was found exuding from a statue of the Archangel Michael in father’s office. “Just a side note,” she had said at the time. “I was cleaning Fr. Joe’s office yesterday and got to the table with his statue of St. Michael (about 24 inches high, between Saint Gabriel and Saint Raphael and I placed my hands on either side of him to lift him up and move him so I could dust the table and my hands became covered with oil! The statue is exuding oil and a lot of it. I had to put him in a tray to catch the overflow. Father Joe and Father John say that oil has always been a sign of healing in the Bible but it is also a sign and consolation for us that He is with us and helping us, especially now.”
Born in Quincy, Massachusetts, he had been married and divorced before the priesthood (he baptized all his grandchildren and presided at his former wife’s funeral as well as those of seven siblings!). Father’s two credos were: “God writes straight with crooked lines” and “It’s never too late to live.”
[The following is his prayer that Mary Ann posted in Bill’s honor. It’s called, “For Help and Protection against Pestilence”:
[“Holy St. Raphael allow this healing balm, healing oil that was blessed in Heaven to flow through my  entire body and touch every organ and heal me of any known and unknown ailments, then + bless yourself with the oil +, St. Raphael protect us from any diseases, plagues, chastisements, flus coming upon the earth. Amen.”]
(Blessed oil is still available here or ask your priest)

4/30/20

Send your guardian angel

Send your guardian angel to Mass with this prayer

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When you can’t make it to Mass and are stuck at home, send your guardian angel to church to intercede for you!

Our daily life, whether we realize it or not, is surrounded by the protecting presence of angels!
As the Catechism of the Catholic Church affirms“From its beginning until death, human life is surrounded by their watchful care and intercession. ‘Beside each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd leading him to life.’ Already here on earth the Christian life shares by faith in the blessed company of angels and men united in God” (CCC 336)
Angels are here to help us and above all, guide us to eternal life.
Many saints would send their guardian angels on various errands, such as praying at a church for them when they were physically unable to do so. This works because angels are spiritual beings and are able to move about our world with relative ease, going from one place to another in less than a second.
This means that when we ask our guardian angel to attend Mass for us, being stuck at home, they will go instantly!
To attend Mass for them is a great joy, as “Christ is the center of the angelic world. They are his angels” (CCC 331). They love God and will gladly pray for us at Mass anywhere in the world!
The angelic world is mysterious, but we are encouraged to pray to them in faith and trust that they will do what they can to lead us closer to God.
Here is a beautiful prayer, often printed on prayer cards, that dates to the 1920s and sends your guardian angel to Mass when you are unable to attend the Holy Sacrifice.
O HOLY ANGEL at my side,
Go to Church for me,
Kneel in my place, at Holy Mass,
Where I desire to be.
At Offertory, in my stead,
Take all I am and own,
And place it as a sacrifice
Upon the Altar Throne.
At Holy Consecration’s bell,
Adore with Seraph’s love,
My Jesus hidden in the Host,
Come down from Heaven above.
Then pray for those I dearly love,
And those who cause me grief,
That Jesus’ Blood may cleanse all hearts,
And suff’ring souls relieve.
And when the priest Communion takes,
Oh, bring my Lord to me,
That His sweet Heart may rest on mine,
And I His temple be.
Pray that this Sacrifice Divine,
May mankind’s sins efface;
Then bring me Jesus’ blessing home,
The pledge of every grace. Amen