God Helps Those Who ask

I think it says in the bible somewhere that you have not because you ask not.

Mother Mary told one of the saints that there are many graces that can be given, but people don’t ask for them, so she can’t give them.

Power of the ROsary

“Realize the power in your hand with the Rosary, for in your hands you hold the power of God. If you do not recognize the Rosary, can you expect to be recognized by My Son? How much can you expect? Why do you hide My Rosary? It was with a Mother’s loving heart that I chose to give you these pearls of Heaven that you reject. “Woe to all dedicated who seek to remove these from the little ones’ hands, for their punishment will be metered in

accordance to it! Why has sophisticated man cast aside these Regína sacratissimi Rosárii, ora pro nobis!

tokens of My love? Those who remain true to My Rosary will not be

touched by the fires. Gather these treasures, My children, for the time will come that you will not find them on the counters of your stores.” – From private revelations of Our Lady of the Roses, October 6, 1970.

True Charity

The seven corporal works of mercy

  1. Feed the hungry.
  2. Give drink to the thirsty.
  3. Clothe the naked.
  4. Shelter the homeless.
  5. Visit the sick.
  6. Visit the imprisoned/Ransom the captive.
  7. Bury the Dead.

The seven spiritual works of mercy

  1. Counsel the doubtful.
  2. Instruct the ignorant.
  3. Admonish sinners.
  4. Comfort the afflicted.
  5. Forgive offences.
  6. Bear wrongs patiently.
  7. Pray for the living and the dead.

St. Francis Rosary Chronicle

The chronicles of St. Francis tell of a young friar who had the praiseworthy habit of saying this crown of our Lady every day before dinner. One day, for some reason or other, he did not manage to say it. The refectory bell had already been rung when he asked the Superior to allow him to say it before coming to the table, and, having obtained permission, he withdrew to his cell to pray. After he had been gone a long time, the Superior sent another friar to fetch him, and he found him in his room bathed in a heavenly light in the presence of our Lady and two angels. Beautiful roses kept issuing from his mouth at each Hail Mary, and the two angels were taking them one by one and placing them on our Lady’s head, while she smilingly accepted them. Finally, two other friars who had been sent to find out what had happened to the first two saw the same scene, and our Lady did not leave until the whole Rosary had been said.

Rosary Story

It was a cold, wintry night in Ohio when homes used coal for fuel. One home had only enough to make it till dawn. Young Mary, who writes this story, tells us her family was going through hard times as her Dad had lost his job.

As she sat around the kitchen table with her parents, there was talk that she and her eight siblings might have to go to the Children’s Home on the morrow. They could only hope the relief truck would come in the morning. But there was no guarantee. It was then they decided to say a Rosary.

As they finished, there was the rumble of a motor in the lane. The coal truck! Mary’s Dad ran out to help unload. Back in, he remarked, “Funny, I’ve never seen that man, and he didn’t give me a paper to sign or anything.”

That night they slept warm, and worriless. But next morning there was the coal truck again. Mary’s Mom informed the driver, a cousin, that they had a delivery the night before.

The cousin chuckled, “Mine is the only relief truck in the area…If you got a load last night, St. Joseph must have brought it!”

Mary’s family never knew who the delivery man was…It didn’t help that they never got a bill.

Sacred Heart

How to enthrone the Sacred Heart in your home
Catholic Herald: Jane Stannus

On May 31, 1985, one of the deadliest tornado outbreaks in North American history swept through parts of Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania and Ontario, Canada. Eighty-nine people died, and more than 1,000 were injured; the damage was estimated at over $600 million. “A bombed-out battlefield” was how one local weather service described the borough of Wheatland, PA.An hour north of Wheatland, the tiny community of Albion was among the hardest hit, with 12 residents killed, 80 injured and a corridor of devastation two blocks wide.

St Lawrence’s Catholic Church was ripped in half, and the parish priest, Fr Robert Reilly, escaped being sucked out of the rectory window only by bracing himself against the window frame. The rectory was totally destroyed.Against all odds, a number of homes directly in the path cut by the tornado remained standing, untouched amid the debris. There was something unusual about these homes, and it wasn’t storm-proof windows or heavy-duty framing. What set these houses apart was that in each one the family had formally enthroned the Sacred Heart and consecrated their homes and family members to Him.

Among the 12 promises that the Sacred Heart of Jesus made to St Margaret Mary is the following: “I will bless every place in which an image of my Heart is exposed and honoured.” As part of the ceremony of enthronement, each of these families would have placed an image of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus in a place of honour in their homes. In return He kept His word in a manner bearing His unmistakable signature. As St Peter once pointed out, there is only one Man whom the winds and the sea obey.

The Albion incident was investigated by Mgr John T Carter for Soul magazine. He telephoned Fr Reilly. “Yes, Ted, it’s true,”Fr Reilly confirmed, adding, perhaps a little ruefully: “I guess I should have had the rectory enthroned too!”Enthronement of the Sacred Heart is a ceremony in which the family solemnly and publicly acknowledges the Sacred Heart as King of the home. This is done by formally enthroning an image of the Sacred Heart – the most beautiful that can be obtained – in a place of honour in the home. The family then consecrates themselves to the Sacred Heart. The ceremony is usually led by a priest, and is often the occasion for a family feast with friends and relations.Literature about the devotion points out that those who affirm the sovereign rights of Christ as king of their home place the interests of His divine royalty before their own. Not to be outdone in love, He in turn makes their interests His, and protects them in a special way in accordance with the 12 promises He made to St Margaret Mary Alacoque.“I will give them all the graces necessary in their state of life. I will establish peace in their homes,” He told St Margaret. These promises have been borne out in a multitude of ways among the millions who have carried out the enthronement in their homes. Protection from natural disasters is only the beginning; countless stories exist of spouses reconciled, troubled children calmed, addictions healed, family unity restored, and painful situations resolved thanks to the clear intervention of the Sacred Heart.“I will comfort them in all their afflictions,” the Sacred Heart promised. Indeed, a foretaste of His consolation is present in the consecration prayer the family recites together at the enthronement ceremony: “When the hour of separation shall sound, and death shall plunge our home into mourning, then shall we all, and every one of us, be resigned to Thy eternal decrees, and seek consolation in the thought that we shall one day be reunited in heaven …”Not only families, but also businesses, schools, hospitals, parishes and dioceses can enthrone the Sacred Heart, thus formally recognising His Kingship over social institutions and defending His empire against the inroads of secularism. “Do not fear,” the Sacred Heart told St Margaret Mary, “I shall reign in spite of all my enemies and all those who would oppose it.”In announcing his consecration of the world to the Sacred Heart, Pope Leo XIII wrote movingly of the cross seen in the heavens by the young emperor Constantine, which became “at once the happy omen and cause of the glorious victory which soon followed”.“Today, behold,” Leo XIII wrote, “another blessed and heavenly token is offered to our sight – the most Sacred Heart of Jesus, with a cross rising from it and shining forth with dazzling splendour amid flames of love.”

It is the same glorious image that illuminates the closing words of Leo’s Act of Consecration: “… and make the earth resound from pole to pole with one cry: Praise to the Divine Heart that wrought our salvation; to it be glory and honour forever!”

Enthronement of the Sacred Heart in the Home

Irresistible Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Prayer for the Conversion of a Child To the Heart of Jesus

Breath of Life

After forming man from the clay of the earth God breathed into man a life giving

soul.  This breath promotes the life of the body and the life of the spirit.  We know

how essential breathing is and we know that one day we will take our final breath

and then the door to eternity opens up our eyes to a new reality.  In this eternal

reality we begin to evaluate all that we said and did while struggling in this

finite world. We will all admit to the importance of the breathing but what about

the breathing that promotes the everlasting life.

In the eternal life the physical act of breathing is replaced by the eternal breath of

the Spirit which is our prayer life. 

 “Ask whatever you desire in my Name and it shall be granted unto thee.”  Prayer

is the act of breathing in the presence of God.  Prayer can take place in three ways

which ultimately prepares us for the divine life in the Holy Trinity.  We need to consider

the three acts of prayer and how they prepare us for our death and resurrection.

In the first act of prayer the soul is initiated through the vocal prayers that are

common for the family.  We learn from our Lord to pray the Our Father and we

learn from scripture the Hail Mary.  Our Parents and teachers seek to develop within

us a love for prayer so that it becomes as important to us as our breathing.  It is

the development of the union with our Creator.  We learn through vocal prayer how to

relate to the Lord Who ransomed us.  This oral prayer is only the beginning of the

relationship that our Lord wishes to have with us.  Oral prayer is useful when praying

with others in a social gathering such as holy mass.

Oral prayer possesses importance and will lead us to the act of meditation.  In our oral

prayer we may come to the word “full of grace” and we stop and we chew on this

reality of our Blessed Mother.  We seek to delve into the depths of the mystery of

grace itself, of friendship with God.  Meditation guides us in a systematic way to

know our faith and the doctrines which touch our lives.  Through this prayer we

develop a deeper communion with the Lord.  All people, places and events can lead

us to meditate upon the mystery of God’s fertile imagination. 

This act of meditation will urge us on to the great and most beautiful prayer of

contemplation.  Like the Rosary game where the kids chant “Ring around the Rosie

pocket full of posies, ashes, ashes all fall down.”  In praying the rosary we repeat the words

in loving contemplation of the divine mysteries and we “fall down” in reverence for the

love of God.  Contemplation tends to take the soul into a peaceful sleep which

focuses one word or one act of Jesus.  Our entire being is immersed in this mystery

which seems to bring our faith and the doctrines into a unity. 

We breath in the presence of God and whether we are in desolation or consolation we

know that all is meant for the good of our souls.  Pray always just as you breath

always.  Our contemplation of the act of breathing can open the door to the untold

mystery of God.  It is recorded in the Paradiso of Dante that when the soul comes

into the light of the Beatific Vision the poet loses all ability to communicate that

which is infinite and so far beyond us.  We can only stand in awe of this Breath

supporting all breaths. 

Prayer then is to be treasured and practiced by seeking the will of God in all that

occurs in our daily lives.  This breath of eternal life develops within the soul a

“taste for God”.  Never give up on prayer but continue to press on and the reward

will come without force.  In His peace do our souls find the rest they desire.

Let us reflect upon the prayer life that opens the soul to the Love of God and

begets in the soul the very breath of our Savior.  Mary is our greatest model for

her life was spent in contemplating her Son Who remains her Creator.  Turn to

our Lady’s holy rosary and all prayer becomes a delight and a power.

Let us storm heaven with many holy rosaries then we can take the world by

storm.  Heaven knows this is the only way we can achieve a peace that is

beyond vaccines and beyond politics.  May our Lady guide us into the

deepest union of love with her Son Jesus. 

In the hearts of Jesus, Mary and Joseph,

Fr. Voigt

Obedience to the King

True or False Obedience to the King

Robin Hood and his men kneel to the king with quote "If obedience causes us to go against what we know to be true by the virtue of faith, then we have a very grave problem."

by Kennedy Hall

An Unjust Law Is No Law At All

In the first part of this article, we learned that the virtue of obedience is grouped as one of the virtues which falls under the cardinal virtue of justice. In fact, St. Thomas quoting St. Augustine famously stated, lex injusta non est lex (an unjust law is no law at all).

We also explained how there are some situations in which one is not obligated to obey his superior. This, of course, includes unjust laws which do not carry the moral force of true law. Furthermore, there are some situations in which one is obligated not to obey a superior. The most obvious case is when the superior commands something sinful. No one may ever justly command another person to disobey God. And one may never justify his sin before God by claiming ‘I was just being obedient.’

We all recognize this truth in the following simple example. If a father commanded his son to help him steal cars and murder innocent people, the son would actually have to refuse. While he may appear disobedient to his father, the son is actually exercising the true virtue of obedience because he is obeying God and faithfully following the Natural Law. The father might rant and rave, might accuse the son of disobedience, and might even punish him, but the truly obedient son would endure this unjust persecution for the sake of truth, goodness and His love of God.

What Is True Obedience?

This does not mean that we seek “disobedience” as an end, but rather that we must be careful as to the true end of our obedience, while employing the necessary virtues in their correct measure. In addition, the natural virtues must be enlightened by the supernatural virtues of Faith, Hope, and Charity. None of the cardinal, or natural, virtues are ever being employed correctly if they lead one to go against supernatural faith, hope or charity.

If obedience causes us to go against what we know to be true by the virtue of faith, then we have a very grave problem.

Supernatural Faith, obedience to God, must always come before obedience to any man, even a priestly representative of God. St. Peter, inspired by the Holy Ghost, teaches, “We ought to obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29). He told this to the religious authorities of his day and he also lived this principle out with respect to the secular authorities of his day. Granted, he and the Apostles suffered greatly for this truth, but they rejoiced “that they were accounted worthy to suffer reproach for the name of Jesus” (Acts 5:41).

Duty and Obedience

Now, situations that may require obedience to a higher authority and go against the commands of a lower superior should be, and frankly are, rare. Our first instinct should be to seek a way to obey while also fulfilling our duties. And for certain people, like religious who make a special vow of obedience, accepting an unjust command may even help to merit great graces through the carrying of an undeserved Cross.

However, for those of us entrusted with the care of others as a primary duty, either natural or spiritual children, we owe as a matter of justice what is necessary for the physical and spiritual wellbeing of our dependents. For example, a father of children may have to seek ways around an unjust law or command from an authority, if this command impedes his duty to feed his children. Analogously, a pastor of souls is bound by true obedience to God and the welfare of souls to confer sanctifying grace to his flock, even if unjustly told not to do so by his bishop. This must be done even at the risk of the priest himself becoming sick or dying. We must not seek to calumniate or detract our prelates, but we are not “disobedient” if we voice our well-formed opinion based upon the truths of the Faith and request that which Holy Mother Church herself teaches is our right, i.e. the ordinary means of sanctifying grace.

The Kingly Obedience of Robin Hood

We are all familiar with the Legend of Robin Hood. There are many versions, and unfortunately Hollywood and Disney have done their best to ruin a good story from the Christian Era. Now, there are at least two ways to interpret the epic tale: one is to see it as a tale of “the ends justifying the means” as Robin Hood breaks the law, even if for a good purpose, while the other is to view Robin Hood as a Chivalric hero who obeys the true King Richard the Lionheart instead of the usurping King John. Of course, this is not a matter of faith and morals, therefore reasonable minds can differ. Nonetheless, it is an exciting story to contemplate, as we perhaps find ourselves in an analogous situation.[1]

Without pointing to any specific authority figure, we are living through an age wherein our true Christian Kingdom has been unjustly usurped. Those charged with our care are often far too willing to exploit the loyalty and poverty of spirit of their subjects. We find ourselves in an epic moment in Christian history, and we have to ask ourselves a question: Are we willing to take up true obedience and serve the rightful King in absentia? What if it means forging a colony of loyalty to His Majesty in the wilderness?

The King Shall Return

This is a daunting concept, and I do not pretend to have a blueprint. But, I do know that we are in unique times, and that things will never go back to “normal.” We assume our churches will reopen in some capacity, and our day to day lives will resemble what they did before. Nevertheless, we will always remember what many shepherds did when we needed them the most. We now clearly see that for many in high Church offices, the True Kingship of Jesus Christ is, at best, an afterthought.

Let us use this time as a moment of spiritual and moral training for the Return of The King. As we venture further into the dark forest of abandonment, let us sharpen our swords, and refine our marksmanship in preparation for what is the battle of our lifetime: the Battle for the Church. And, in all things employ “the shield of faith, wherewith you may be able to extinguish all the fiery darts of the most wicked one.” Eph 6:16

[1] It is certainly a clear moral teaching of the Church that the ends do not justify the means. Thus, stealing is wrong and can never be promoted as just. If one views Robin Hood as a stealing thief, then his actions are wrong no matter his good intent. However, if Robin Hood only returned belongings to their rightful owners, then it may be incorrect to consider him a thief. Say, for example, your car is stolen. A day later you come upon your car in a parking lot; you can certainly use your key to drive your car home and no moral law would call you a thief. The historical question as to what Robin Hood actually did remains shrouded. Yet the issue primarily being considered in this essay is: Should Robin Hood obey the unjust laws of the usurping ‘king’ John or the rightful though absent King Richard?

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