“Satanists could be lurking anywhere: a personal testimony “

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A Brush with a Satanist

We can’t always recognize Satanists, but they can certainly identify us!

I was shocked and appalled to read of the Black Mass being planned publicly and openly in Noosa, Australia, with the support given by council and politicians. Noosa is a beautiful beach-town and popular East Coast holiday destination- blessed with natural beauty. However, all that glitters is not gold.

While discussing this atrocity with like-minded Catholic mums, (who all signed the Life-Site petition), and after hearing Council ignored the petition, I called for friends to buoycott Noosa and my mind recalled the last time I was there…

It was a secular ‘wedding’ in 2006 that we attended, at a little privately hired resort. My youngest was then 5 months old and my eldest 12 and we attended a ‘wedding’ in Noosa at a resort.

The reception was outdoors in the evening. Alcohol abounded and exotic looking decorations, which from memory included totem pole like structures, flowers and fairy lights.

During the reception, a short, sturdy, dark-skinned man, of ordinary appearance, became friendly talking to my husband and asking him for a smoke. He completely ignored me, not even casting a glance in my direction. I hadn’t been talking to many people (they were all a bit strange to be honest); I was just watching and listening to conversations, keeping an eye on my husband in unknown company. The man may not have known, at that stage, that we were together. I thought nothing much of him until he came up to me.

I  noticed a peculiarity when, after my husband momentarily walked away, this same man suddenly came up to me.  I had been just standing quietly listening, sipping a drink, and trying to stay fairly inconspicuous. He walked straight up to me and said, “You’re a Catholic”. He didn’t even ask; just stated it.. “Yes,” I said, surprised, wondering how he knew. He then turned around and directly left the party; walking away into the dark night (beyond the limit of the fairy lights) and disappeared.  He greeted no-one as he left…He was also not at the after breakfast next day… neither of us saw him again. We don’t know who he was even connected to.

I felt a strange chill when he said to me  what he did , and then immediately went to check on my baby- sleeping in a room nearby.. I felt scared. I hovered nearby protectively and prayed. I was not dressed any differently to anyone else and was not wearing any visible Catholic insignia at the time. I don’t know how he knew I was Catholic. I was likely wearing my crucifix and miraculous medal underneath my dress. My husband knows the story because feeling concerned, I told him, of course! We both discussed how weird it was. The man being a Satanist definitely crossed my mind. A few strange things occurred that night, that being the highlight… but now it seems connected to, what I have been told is, rampant Satanism in the town- scary!

In my recent discussion with Catholic friends, someone said said that Satanists can sense Catholics. I said that I thought it was more than him sensing something.

I actually thought nothing in particular of him, until he approached me with that. I also wonder why he then suddenly left. I think, from memory, that I had participated in a lot of Eucharistic adoration at that time. I regularly attended a prayer group. I assume that’s how he knew. I hope he fled from fear or thinking that he’d get nowhere in that place that night. We must trust God in us, is stronger than us– the same as I imagine my angel is. I have heard that the Eucharistic light is visible to angels and demons.

A friend of mine assists priests in our diocese with exorcisms. He said that they can smell a Catholic. Another friend said, it’s probably the fact that if you’re Catholic and in a state of grace, they can sense that... after all the Holy Spirit is dwelling in your soul! They hate Christ, therefore can’t stand being near you. Darkness hates the Light and cannot abide it.

Upon recalling this event, I was sobered at thinking of all the times that my guardian angel and St. Michael have probably protected or delivered me and my loved ones from evil. It is what we pray daily in the Our Father. I spent time thanking them in prayer now, even though the event was years ago. We don’t always know the significance of events happening around us.

Therefore, no-one should ignore reports of Black Masses occurring.

When it is not fought, it spreads. Join us in combating this infestation. Many concerned people are running initiatives, including Eucharistic Adoration and the Rosary throughout October. Our suggestion is to pray these 3 Crusade prayers daily to help combat Satan and prevent this Black Mass. Crusade Prayers (incl. the Rosary) are 30 x more powerful than other prayers, according to messages in the Book of Truth.

Offer a Novena of these 3 prayers:

(69) Prayer to accept the Divine Will of my Father

Thursday, July 26th, 2012 @ 23:55

God the Almighty Father, I accept your Divine Will. Help your children to accept it.
Stop satan from denying your children’s right to their Father’s inheritance.
Never let us give up the fight for our inheritance in paradise.
Hear our pleas to banish satan and his fallen angels.
I ask you, dear Father, to cleanse the earth with your mercy and to cover us with your Holy Spirit. Lead us to form your most Holy army, laden with the power to banish the beast forever. Amen.

(99) For the salvation of Australia and New Zealand

Sunday, February 10th, 2013 @ 02:18

O God the Almighty Father, in the name of your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on all of your children in Australia and New Zealand. Forgive us our rejection of your Holy Word.

Forgive us the sin of indifference. Rid us of our pagan culture and cover us with the graces we need to inspire hope, faith, and charity among our brothers and sisters.

We beg you for the gift of discernment and ask that you grant all of us the blessings we need to ensure that only the truth of your Holy Word can be heard and that all souls are granted the keys to eternal life.  Amen.

(113) To defeat evil in our land

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013 @ 15:26

O Mother of Salvation, come into our midst and cover our land with your protection.  Crush the head of the beast and stamp out his wicked influence amongst us.  Help your poor lost children to stand up and speak the truth when we are surrounded by lies.  Please, O Mother of God, protect our land and keep us strong so that we can remain loyal to your Son in our time of persecution. Amen.

Feast of St Michael the Archangel

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Today is the Feast of St Michael, whether you honour him in the traditional liturgical calendar or in the Novus ordo liturgical calendar. St Michael is very important for these times. His name means “Who is like unto God?” When the rebellious angels in heaven rebelled, he led the battle with the catchcry against them “Who is like unto God?

In these times of evil in the world, when the Church of Christ has been infiltrated, and the sheep and the shepherds  scattered by wolves in sheep’s clothing, let that also be our battle cry:

Who is like unto God?

St Michael is also one of the patron saints of the Jesus to Mankind movement. In the many seminars that have been held around the world, many miraculous, unexplained happenings have occurred. Read about them in the “Official miracles” in the menu on our Home Page.

We need St Michael to lead us in this battle against the evil forces which seek to capture us and to destroy Christ’s Church!

Let us make this prayer to St Michael in these times our own, and implore him each day for protection for us and our families, for the good bishops and priests and for our dearly beloved Church:

Prayer to St Michael the Archangel

Glorious Saint Michael,
guardian and defender of the Church of Jesus Christ,
come to the assistance of His followers, against Whom the powers of hell are unchained.
Guard with special care our Holy Father, the Pope,
and our bishops, priests, all our religious and lay people,
and especially our children.

Saint Michael, watch over us during life,
defend us against the assaults of the demon,
and assist us especially at the hour of death.

Help us achieve the happiness of beholding God face to face for all eternity. Saint Michael, intercede for me with God in all my necessities, especially (petition).

Mighty prince of the heavenly hosts,
and victor over rebellious spirits,
remember me for I am weak and sinful and also prone to pride and ambition. Be for me, I ask, my powerful aid in temptation and cruelty,
and above all do not forsake me in my time of struggle with the powers of evil. Amen.

 

The following titles are taken from The Litany of St Michael the Archangel”

St Michael the Archangel                                  …                     Pray for us
Glorious Prince of the Heavenly armies,
Leader of the Angelic Hosts,
Strength of God
Invincible Prince and warrior,
Angel of peace,
Guide of Christ, Guardian of the catholic faith,
Champion of God’s people,
Guardian angel of the Eucharist, Defender of the Church,
Victorious in the battle against evil,
Guardian and Patron of the Universal Church

Note: The above prayer and Litany are published in a little booklet “St Michael Novena and Prayers”- Imprimatur Francis Cardinal Spellman Abp. N.Y.

 

 

Feastday of La Salette, 19th September, 1846: Remembering the prophecies

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Today, iS A WONDERFUL FEASTDAY!!!

Messages from Our Lady at La Salette (1846) include:

  • Rome will lose the faith and become the seat of the antichrist.’
  • ‘The Church will be eclipsed, the world will be in consternation..” [Abbé Combe, the editor of the 1904 edition, adds the following note after this paragraph. ‘I have from Melanie that the Church will be eclipsed in this sense, that 1) one will not know which is the true pope; 2) for a time: the holy Sacrifice will cease to be offered in churches, and also in houses: so there will be no more public worship. But she saw that yet the holy  Sacrifice would not cease: it would be offered in caves, in tunnels, in barns and in alcoves.’]• “There will be a series of wars until the last war which will then be fought by the kings of the anti-Christ, all of whom will have one and the same plan and will be the only rulers of the world…All civil governments will have one and the same plan: abolish and do away with every religious principal to make way for materialism, atheism, spiritualism and vice of all kinds”.
    • “The Holy Father will suffer a great deal because for a while the Church will yield to large persecution, a time of darkness and the Church will witness a frightful crisis”
  • “Several religious institutions will lose all faith and will lose many souls…A great number of priests and members of religious orders will break away from the true religion. Among these people, there will even be bishops”
    • “Italy will be punished for her ambition in wanting to shake off the yoke of the Lord of lords”

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Jesus tells us that the Prophecies of La Salette and Fatima are now being witnessed.

(Crusader Chris):” I just found this message in the Book of Truth from 6 years ago which is SO relevant to what’s happening now, it was posted on 10 March 2014 exactly six years before the lockdown:

‘The sacraments will become fewer and the number of Masses will be slowly withdrawn until they are rarely held. Every excuse will be made, but all of this will hide the real reason behind their motives. You, My beloved followers, are witnessing everything which My beloved Mother foretold at La Salette and Fatima...’

That’s the part of the message which now registers and makes sense today.”

In another part of the message, something that is very relevant to Parramatta diocese is happening at this very time, where a new RE Curriculum is being proposed for  our Catholic Schools.

See the details in our post at:
https://remnantdisciplesjtm.com/2020/08/31/bp-vincent-long-and-the-revolt-in-his-diocese/

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The following message, given by Jesus on 10th March, 2014 is as follows:

“To demand the rights of Christians will be tantamount to breaking the law

My dearly beloved daughter, very soon you will hear a number of announcements by impostors, who have infiltrated My House on Earth. The heresies which will come tumbling out of their mouths and by their acts will result in new laws, which defile the Word of God and which will be forced upon all those who are faithful to the Word.

The Sacraments will become fewer and the number of Masses will slowly be withdrawn until they are rarely held. Every excuse will be made, but all of this will hide the real reason behind their motives. You, My beloved followers, are witnessing everything which My beloved Mother foretold at La Salette and Fatima. You must understand that the plan is to desecrate every Church of God, before the antichrist sits on the throne in My Temple, in all his vile glory. Those who demand answers will be ignored and later ridiculed for daring to question those who claim to lead My Church on Earth.

Every sin in the Eyes of God will eventually be dismissed. Not only will sin be rejected, but will be presented in every vile form upon My Altar. The abolition of sin will be seen in the indoctrination of children’s education. Children, especially, will be force-fed heresies. They will be told that if they do not accept these teachings that they will be guilty of judging harshly those, who declare sin to be a good thing. Children will be instructed to never openly proclaim the Word of God in the presence of others for fear of being accused of being anti-human rights.

Any attempt to promote morality, in any way, amongst the young, will be violently opposed and condemned. Christians, and those who publicly declare their right to implement Christian Teachings will be beaten down and silenced. Their words will become whispers and people will be ashamed to admit they are Christians. And while the rights of non-Christians will be upheld, it will be the rights of atheists, which will be declared to be of paramount importance.

As I have told you, hatred against Christians will mount on the outside of My Church. Then, on the inside, it will be taken apart piece-by-piece until nothing is left but a shell. The bricks and mortar will still be in place, but My Church on Earth, as you know it, will have changed beyond your understanding.

My people are My people – those who will uphold the Holy Word of God and who continue to avail of the Holy Sacraments, which will be made available to you by My brave and courageous sacred servants, who will never desert Me. 

When you hear My Word – contained in the written Word and passed down for centuries in My Father’s Book – being questioned and analysed, with a desire to rewrite It, then you must know this. I do not authorize such heresy. I condemn these traitors because of the souls they will lead astray. You, too, must never listen to anyone who tells you to deny My Word.

Soon, you will see every law in your countries and churches change, to welcome every kind of sin and legislate for this. Both sets of laws will blend together as one until, eventually, the Word of God will not be discussed or adhered to. To demand the rights of Christians will be tantamount to breaking the law and will be punishable in many ways. For those of you who do not believe that these things are possible, then, you will, sadly, witness these things in your own lifetime and as foretold.

How many of you will remain true to My Word? My Teachings? Not many. Yet, it is those who say that they honour Me now and who are dedicated to My Church, who will be the first ones to turn their backs on the Truth.

Your Jesus”

 

 

 

 

Happy Birthday, Dearest Mother!

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Full of Grace

Ark of the Covenant

Morning Star
Mother of God

Help of Christians
                              Cause of our Joy
Queen of Angels

The Memorare

Remember, O Most Loving Virgin Mary,
That never was it known in any age –
that anyone who implored thy help,
fled to thy protection,
or sought thy intercession, was abandoned.
Inspired with confidence, therefor, I fly to thee
O Virgin of Virgins my Mother.
To thee do I come,
Before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful!
Do not, O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise my prayers
But graciously hear and grant them. Amen.

Prayer written by St John Bosco:

O Mary, powerful Virgin, Thou art the mighty and glorious protector of the Church; Thou art the marvellousHelp of Christians’;
Thou art terrible as an army in battle array; Thou alone hast destroyed every heresy in the whole world. In the midst of our struggles, our anguish, and our distress, defend us from the power of the enemy and at the hour of death, receive our souls into Paradise. Amen.

“In the end, my Immaculate Heart will Triumph”.

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We must consecrate ourselves to our Mother’s protection!

Our Lady at Fatima told us that Russia must be consecrated to her Immaculate Heart. Her request has not yet been carried out as she requested it be. She also told us that it would be late.

These are the End Times. Not only Russia, but we, individually, must consecrate ourselves and our families to her Immaculate Heart. Difficult times are upon us.

Difficult times that affect our liberty, our Faith, our clergy, our nations, our health. Now is the time to call on our dearly beloved Blessed Mother for her protection and intercession.

It is up to us to start the ball rolling. We must consecrate ourselves and our families; priests should consecrate their parishes. Some governments have even consecrated their individual nations. Abp. Anthony Fisher consecrated his diocese on the Feast of the Assumption. Another priest in another state had already consecrated his parish a few years ago, but he renewed this consecration last week.

The following prayers are beautifully worded and express our petitions with heartfelt fervour.

Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Queen of the Holy Rosary,
Help of the Christians,
Refuge of the human race,
Conqueress in God’s battlefields,
To You and to Your Immaculate Heart
In this tragic hour of human history
We entrust and consecrate ourselves,
And the Holy Church.

She is the Mystical Body of Your Jesus,
Suffering and bleeding in so many parts
And tormented in so many ways,
We consecrate to You the whole world torn by bitter strife
And consumed by the fire of hatred
The victim of its own wickedness.

Look with compassion to all material and moral destruction
To the suffering and fears of fathers and mothers
Of husbands and wives, of brother and sisters and innocent children.
Look at the many lives cut down in the flower of youth
So many bodies torn to pieces in brutal slaughter
So many souls tortured and troubled
And in danger of being lost eternally.

Oh, Mother of Mercy, obtain peace for us from God!
Obtain especially those graces, which can convert human hearts quickly.
Those graces, which can prepare, establish and insure peace.
Queen of Peace, pray for us;
Give the world at war the peace for which all are longing,
Peace in Truth, Justice and the Charity of Christ.
Give them peace of the arms and peace of mind,
That in tranquillity and order
The Kingdom of God may expand.

Grant Your protection to infidels
And to those still walking in the shadow of death;
Give them peace and permit that the sun of truth may raise upon them;
And that together with us
They may repeat before the Only Saviour of the World:
Glory to God in the highest
And peace on earth among men of good will (Lk2.14)

Give peace to the people separated by error and schism,
Particularly those, who have special devotion to You
And among whom there was no home,
Where Your venerable Icon was not honoured,
Though at present it may be hidden
In the hope for better days.
Bring them back to the One Fold of Christ,
Under the One True Shepherd.

Obtain peace and complete liberty for the Holy Church of God,
Check the spreading flood of neo-paganism,
Arouse within the faithful love of purity
The practice of Christian life and apostolic zeal,
So that the people who serve God,
May increase in merit and number.

All of humanity were once consecrated to the Heart of Your Son.
All our hopes rest in Him, Who is in all times
Sign and pledge of victory and salvation.
Forever we consecrate ourselves to You
And to Your Immaculate Heart,
Oh, Mother and Queen of the World!

May Your love and patronage hasten the victory of the Kingdom of God,
May all nations, at peace with each other and with God, proclaim You Blessed
And sing with You from one end of the earth to the other,
The eternal Magnificat of glory, love and gratitude
To the Heart of Jesus, in which alone,
They can find Truth, Life and Peace
Amen 🙏🏻

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Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Blessed Mary ever Virgin,
Holy Mother of God, Our Lady of Fatima,
We wish today to renew the consecration of ourselves and our Parish of ———————– to Thy Immaculate and Maternal Heart.

We consecrate to Thy Immaculate Heart the clergy and all the lay faithful of the ______________ Parish. We entrust to Thee our married couples and families, the unborn, the young and the elderly, the single and widowed, engaged couples, those who have been and will be called forth from our Parish to serve God in the priestly or religious life, the ill and those burdened by any suffering, and the faithful departed.

Mary, God’s Mother and ours, do not tire of visiting us,consoling us, sustaining us.

Queen, adorned with the sun and crowned with the stars, come to our aid and deliver us from every danger that threatens us.

With this act of entrustment and consecration,we place ourselves totally and forever in Thy royal service, and under Thy sovereign protection.

In this decisive hour for humanity, protect us and deliver us from the enemies of God and man, from the “ powers and principalities” of this world of darkness, and from their minions on earth.

Free the Holy Church of God from all that oppresses Her, and obscures Her Divine origin and life.

Mary, our model in Reparation, grant that we ourselves may repair, by fidelity to our station in life, and through special acts of homage and penance, for the offences committed against Thy Immaculate Heart.

Through Thy Immaculate Heart, Mary, deliver us.

From sins against the life of man especially from its very beginning

at Conception, and at its most vulnerable moments, deliver us.

From the perversion of marriage and of the family, deliver us.

From lust and degradation, deliver us.

From blasphemy and sacrilege, deliver us.

From apostasy, heresy and schism, deliver us.

From the profanation of Sundays and Holy Days, deliver us.

From the obstruction of the worship of God in spirit and in truth, deliver us.

From hatred and from the demeaning of the dignity of the children of God, deliver us.

From every kind of injustice in the life of society, both national and international, deliver us.

From the abuse of authority in Church and State, deliver us.

From totalitarian and diabolical oppression, deliver us.

From the loss of the freedom of the Church, deliver us.

From the treachery of false brethren, deliver us.

From all plagues, deliver us.

From the threat of war, deliver us.

From readiness to trample on the commandments of God, deliver us.

From attempts to stifle in human hearts the very truth of God, deliver us.

From the loss of awareness of good and evil, deliver us.

From the deceptions and seductions of the Devil, deliver us.

From sins against the Holy Spirit, deliver us.

From the fires of hell, and from everlasting loss, deliver us.

Through Thy Immaculate Heart, Mary, triumph and reign.

The unexpected profundity of the First Fatima Prayer

This is so important: The English version of the prayers are beautiful, but so different in meaning, to what God intended. This is so much more relevant to these times. For myself, I am going to say this version from now on.

 

FromRome.Info

by Br. Alexis Bugnolo

If you know anything about the approved apparitions of Our Lady and Saint Michael the Archangel at Fatima, Portugal, in the years 1916-1917, then you probably have heard of this prayer, which Saint Michael — the Angel of Peace — taught the three children, on his first Mission to meet them.

O My God, I believe in Thee, I adore Thee, I hope in Thee and I love Thee!  And I ask pardon for those who do not believe in Thee, adore Thee, hope in Thee and love Thee!

However, that is NOT, what the Angel of Peace said. The original Portuguese, in fact, reads thus:

Meu Deus! Eu creio, adoro, espero e amo-Vos. Peço-Vos perdão para os que não crêem, não adoram, não esperam e Vos não amam.

Which in English is this:

My God! I believe, adore, await and love Thee. I ask Thee…

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Pentecost Sunday: Traditional Prayer (Sequence)

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Come, O Holy Spirit, come!
From Your bright and blissful Home
Rays of healing light impart.

Come, Father of the poor,
Source of gifts that will endure
Light of ev’ry human heart.
You of all consolers best,
Of the soul most kindly Guest,
Quick’ning courage do bestow.
In hard labor You are rest,
In the heat You refresh best,
And solace give in our woe.
O most blessed Light divine,
Let Your radiance in us shine,
And our inmost being fill.
Nothing good by man is thought,
Nothing right by him is wrought,
When he spurns Your gracious Will.
Cleanse our souls from sinful stain,
Lave our dryness with Your rain,
Heal our wounds and mend our way.
Bend the stubborn heart and will,
Melt the frozen, warm the chill,
Guide the steps that go astray.
On the faithful who humbly.
Trust in Your Divinity,
Deign Your sevenfold gift to send.
Give them virtue’s rich increase,
Saving grace to die in peace,
Give them joys that never end.
Amen. Alleluia.

(In honour of the Most Holy Trinity, Spirit of God Himself, most Gracious and Most Holy. If any one has been touched by Him, or felt His Presence, words cannot describe Him-only tears; of great love, thanksgiving and repentance. May He touch all those in most need of His Guidance and Mercy right now, especially those for whom God’s will us to pray, and fill us all with His Love.)

The traditional Latin  Mass today ,had in the Propers Scripture quotes which are part of  a prayer many of us say every day. It is so meaningful especially  for the times today:

The prayer:

“Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful. Enkindle in them the fire of Thy Love. Send forth Thy Spirit, and they shall be created , and Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.”

What we definitely need is a new Pentecost.The faithful have dwindled, but we know that you will renew the face of the earth. We are just waiting for the day. The Mass Propers today give us a lot to think about.

The Mass Propers today:

The Introit: (Wisdom 1:7)

The Spirit of the Lord hath filled the whole world, alleluia;
and that which containeth all things hath knowledge of the voice.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
Psalm:. Let God arise, and let His enemies be scattered: and let them that hate Him flee from before His face. …

The Collect:

O God, who on this day hadst taught the hearts of Thy faithful by the light of the Holy Ghost, grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgment in all things and ever to rejoice in His consolation.  …

The Epistle: (Acts of the Apostles 2. 1-11 )

When the days of the Pentecost were accomplished, they were all together in one place; and suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a mighty wind coming,and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them parted tongues as it were of fire, and it sat upon every one of them; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they began to speak with diverse tongues, according as the Holy Ghost gave them to speak. Now there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews,devout men, out of every nation under heaven. And when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded in mind, because that every man heard them speak in his own tongue. And they were all amazed, and wondered,saying: Behold, are not all these that speak Galileans? And how have we heard every man our own tongue wherein we were born? Parthians and Medes, and Elamites, and inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia, and Pamphylia, Egypt, and the parts of Lybia about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews also, and Proselytes, Cretes and Arabians; we have heard them speak in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.

Alleluia verse: (Ps 103:3)  “Alleluia, alleluia. V. Send forth Thy Spirit, and they shall be created, and Thou shalt renew the face of earth.”

GOSPEL Jn 14:23-31

At that time Jesus said to His disciples If any one love Me, he will keep My word, and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and will make Our abode in him: he that loveth Me not keepeth not My words. And the word which you have heard is not Mine; but the Father’s who sent Me. These things have I spoken to you, abiding with you. But the Paraclete,the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, whatsoever I shall have said to you. Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, do I give unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid. You have heard that I said to you: I go away, and I come unto you. If you loved Me, you would indeed be glad,because I go to the Father: for the Father is greater than I. And now I have told you before it come to pass: that when it shall come to pass you may believe. I will not now speak many things with you. For the prince of this world cometh, and in Me he hath not any thing. But that the Father hath given Me commandment so do I.

POSTCOMMUNION: “May the outpouring of the Holy Ghost purify our hearts, O Lord, and by the inward sprinkling of His heavenly dew may they be made fruitful.  …”

Mary, Help of Christians: A special Feast Day

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Today is the feast of Mary Help of Christians.

In Australia, it is a first Class Feast. Our Cathedral in Sydney is named after her. Her image is displayed there. Most importantly, she is Patroness of Australia. We are so fortunate to have her as our Protectress.

In Masses today, ( live-streamed and in small Masses of 10 people at a time), there will be the words of the hymn that I like to think was especially written for us. It was written by academic, poet, journalist, literary critic and hymn writer James McAuley (1917-1976). and set to a tune by composer Richard Connolly (b 1927).   

The words are like a National Anthem – indeed it raises and inflames our hearts with love: to our Blessed Mother and for our country. It is sung with full voice. There were only 10 at Mass today, but it sounded like a battle hymn. Indeed,m what comes to mind is a verse from Song of Songs ( or Canticle of Canticles /Song of Solomon in Douay Rheims version) , which is used in the Legion of Mary as an introduction to the Magnificat:

Who is she that cometh forth as the morning rising, fair as the moon, bright as the sun, terrible as an army set in array?” (Ch. 6:9)

“Terrible as an army in battle array” – Our Lady is the army General, ready for battle. The enemy flees at her sight and her Name. She is Queen of Heaven and Earth, and Co-Redemptrix. In the image, both she and her Son, Jesus, wear a Crown. She holds the sceptre of authority; Jesus holds the “orb” – the globe with the Cross on top of it indicating that Christ rules the world.

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The best news is that today, the Bishops of Australia are to consecrate Australia to the  Immaculate Heart of Mary Help of Christians!

It is a great shame, though, that not many faithful will be able to be at Masses to celebrate this. In fact, it has not been advertised. I guess,” No Mass, no bulletins”

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Our Lady – Mary Help of Christians- , as Patroness of Australia is placed with Australia at her feet.  The words of our hymn are heartfelt and strong:

“Help of Christians, guard this land,
From assault or inward stain,
Let it be what Christ has planned,
His new Eden where you roam.

Teach us that in Christ your Son
Lies the wisdom to be free;
For the Cross, which we would shun,
Is man’s Tree of Liberty.”

Other stanzas mention:
“powers of hell’; “coward heart”;
“our peace be trampled down”;

and the final line’
“Draw us to your victory”

 

Mary, our Queen and our Mother and “Help of Christians” has always been fighting for her children, in the worst times of our history: at the Battle of Lepanto, and others.

When Napoleon took over France. Pope Pius VII was kidnapped by Napoleon  and imprisoned and subjected to trials and humiliations for 5 years. In the Battle of Leipzig, a coalition of armies from Russia, Prussia, Austria, and Sweden defeated the army of Napoleon. When the pope was released, he attributed the victory to Mary’s intercession. After Napoleon’s defeat, the pope gave thanks to God and Mary by declaring May 24 as the Feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians in Jan.1814

“The Feast Day of Our Lady Mary Help of Christians has been celebrated in Australia since 1844. …

The infant church in Australia had a special reason for turning to Mary. No priests were sent to the colony in its early days and Mass was not allowed except for one brief year until 1820. It was largely the Rosary in those early days that kept the faith alive.

The Australian Catholic community remained faithful to Mary and Australia was the first nation to choose her under the title, ‘Mary Help of Christians’ as principle Patroness.

Australia also became the first country to have a cathedral dedicated in Our Lady, Mary’s name. St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney was dedicated in her honour by the Irish pioneer priest, Fr John Therry who arrived in Sydney in 1820.”

https://www.columban.org.au/media-and-publications/articles/features/2012/feast-day-24-may-our-lady-mary-help-of-christians

Australian Prayers to Mary, Help of Christians

Prayer to Our Lady Help of Christians  for Australia

Lord, You place deep in our hearts,the love of Mary, Help of Christians.
Through her prayers grant wisdom to our leaders and integrity to our citizens.Under her protection may Australia be granted harmony, justice and peace. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Crusade of Prayer for the Safety of Australia as a Christian Nation

(Imprimatur T. F. Little 13th November, 1975)

Almighty God, we thy people cry out in our affliction. Do not scorn us, but for the glory of Thy name, come to our rescue. Look mercifully upon us in our tribulation, and, though we have justly deserved punishment, turn away Thy wrath. Through Jesus Christ, Our lord, Amen.

Mary, Help of Christians,

bring succour and peace to Australia.

Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary Help of Christians, Patroness of Australia.

O Mary, Help of Christians,Patroness of Australia, Mother of mercy, 
Queen of Heaven and earth, refuge of sinners, we consecrate ourselves to your Immaculate  Heart.To you we consecrate our country, our families, our hearts, our souls and all that we have.
And in order that this consecration may be truly effective and lasting, we renew today the promises of our Baptism and Confirmation; and we undertake to live as good Christians – faithful to God,the Church and the Holy father. 
We desire to pray the rosary, partake in the Holy Eucharist,attach special importance to the first Saturday of the month and work for the conversion of sinners.
Furthermore, we promise, O most holy Virgin,that we will zealously spread devotion to you, so that through our consecration to your Immaculate Heart 
and through your own intercession,the coming of the Kingdom of Christ in the world may be hastened. Amen.      

 

 

 

 

 

Mary, Queen of Heaven and Earth

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The month of May is traditionally dedicated to our blessed Mother.

I love the words of some of our timeless hymns to Our Lady:

The chorus of “Bring flowers of the fairest”

“O Mary we crown thee with blessings today
Queen of the Angels
And Queen of the May.”

 

The words of these hymns, the titles with which we address Our Blessed Mother, are heart-rending and inspire us to so much love and devotion:

“On this day, I beautiful Mother
On this day we give thee our love.
Near thee Madonna, fondly we hover,
Trusting thy gentle care to prove.”

“…Our full hearts are swelling..

“Queen of angels, deign to hear,
Lisping children’s humble pray’r….
“Rose of Sharon, lovely flow’r,.... Cherished lily of the vale… Tower of strength in that dread hour…”

We express our trust:

Daily, daily, sing to Mary
Sing my soul, her praises due…….
Call her Mother, call her Virgin,
Happy Mother, Virgin blest”

                   ” Jesus will give if thou wilt plead…”

We ask for her help:

O teach me Holy Mary,…”;  “Get me the grace to love thee more…”
                       “Bless dearest Lady, the land of our birth..”
” O Mother of Sorrows, hail!
We mourn for our evil done
O soften our selfish hearts
And lead us back to thy Son.”

“Queen of the world and Queen of Peace,
Help us in sorrow and pain
By penance and prayer
For sin to atone…”

Our Lady is a powerful Intercessor:

“For this is the month during which Christians, in their churches and their homes, offer the Virgin Mother more fervent and loving acts of homage and veneration; and it is the month in which a greater abundance of God’s merciful gifts comes down to us from our Mother’s throne”
Pope Paul VI, Mense Maio, Encyclical on Prayers During May for Preservation of Peace.

Georgette Bechara  on  May 1, 2020, in an article wrote:
“Just as though perpetual darkness would engulf the earth if the sun ceased to rise, so too would desolation overshadow the world if no one implored Our Lady’s aid in times of need.

She is our powerful mother, queen, protectress, hope, refuge and the Mediatrix of All Graces.

She is the “woman clothed in the sun, with the moon under her feet” (Revelation 12:1), who by giving birth to Christ, the Source of Life, has also given humanity the gift of new life.

In the words of St Bernard of Clairvaux, Take away the sun, and where will be the day? Take away Mary, and what will be left but the darkest night?”

“Remember that in this world you are tossed about on a stormy sea; you are not walking on solid ground. Remember that if you don’t want to be lost at sea, you must keep your eyes fixed on this bright star and call on Mary.”   …

“To obtain the efficacious favor of Our Lady so that she is moved to pray for us and receive us under her mantle, we must also seek to imitate her example by practicing the virtues that she perfectly and heroically practiced in her own life.

These virtues include humility, charity towards God and our neighbor, faith, hope, chastity, poverty, obedience, patience and a spirit of prayer.”
From:  https://churchpop.com/2020/05/01/marys-secret-to-sanctity-supernatural-revelations-of-heavens-most-powerful-intercessor

We must run to our Mother:

At all times, we need our dear Mother. What would we do without her? Jesus gave her to us on the Cross. We must run to her and turn to her for all our needs. Jesus is sharing His Mother with us. “To Jesus, through Mary”

In this time of plague, we must turn to her to help us. We must increase our devotion to her. The Rosary, especially; the Regina Caeli (in lieu of the Angelus at this time); Litanies, Novenas.

The Miraculous image of Our Lady was used in times of Plague

The Shrine of Our Lady (Salus Populi Romani),is at Santa Maria Maggiore. The original basilica of the Blessed Virgin was built about A.D. 350. The location of the church was determined by the appearance of snow on the Esquiline Hill on a summer day.

This  miraculous image of the Madonna with the Infant Jesus is traditionally said to have been painted by St. Luke – the same painter who painted the image of our Lady of Perpetual Succour.

In 597, Pope Gregory I carried the painting in solemn procession to St. Peter’s when Rome was being decimated by the Black Plague;

Pope Pius XII said his first Mass before Mary’s altar in this cathedral,

“The Greek initials ΜΡ ΘΥ on the two corners of the image indicate “Mother of God,” which was bestowed by the Council of Ephesus in 431.

The Salus Populi Romani, meaning the “Salvation of the Roman People,” is venerated for such crises that we face in the most recent days.  …

 In the year 590, a great plague took many lives of the Romans, including the bishop of Rome Pelagius II. Gregory the Great (Pope from 590-604), who was still a deacon, succeeded Pelagius II. In the midst of the battle with the epidemic, he organised a procession with the Salus Populi Romani image with groups of people. Historical accounts tell us that this was probably unusual at the time as the people of Rome believed in St Peter’s protection over the city. In the year 593, Pope Gregory again carried out a procession with this icon in the streets of Rome.”

The prayers were answered and the plague ceased.

From: https://www.oclarim.com.mo/en/2020/03/20/salus-populi-romani-a-needful-sons-pilgrimage/

“The image became important for the whole city of Rome at the height of World War II. Afraid that the war would reach the city, the Roman people begged the priests and the pope to take the image from its sanctuary to the Church of St. Ignatius in the middle of Rome. When the Allies liberated the city on June 4, 1944, Pope Pius XII declared the Mother of Divine Love as Rome’s savior. “https://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2020/03/22/our-lady-coronavirus

Since then, other popes have taken this image in procession against other mass illnesses like cholera.

There is a special Rosary with a prayer before each decade which was especially designed for this time:

This is the normal Rosary, but before each decade a special prayer is said, which has been designed for this time, we are going through:

Before the 1st decade: Prayer for the Suffering and Dying
Before the 2nd  decade: Prayer for the Workers
Before the 3rd  decade: Prayer for Gratitude
Before the 4th  decade: Prayer for Understanding
Before the 5th decade: Prayer for Courage

See details at: https://churchpop.com/2020/04/27/the-pandemic-rosary-5-powerful-rosary-devotions-against-the-coronavirus-pandemic/

Some inspiring images of Our Lady to meditate upon:

Our Lady Help of Christians

Our Lady of Guadalupe:

Our Lady of Perpetual Succour

Our Lady of Pompeii

Our Lady of La Salette

Our Lady of Pompeii gives us the means of Victory!

“O Mary conceived without sin,

pray for us who have recourse to thee,’

and for those who do not have recourse to thee,

especially the enemies of Holy Church.

Amen.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In times of darkness, let your light shine

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I opened up my daily Missal today on the Common of  a Doctor of the Church. The readings seemed so relevant to us today and good to meditate upon. The epistle from St Paul describes the darkness that is in the Church today: the Gospel tells us that we are “the light of the world”.

We have to let out light shine in the darkness!

2 Timothy 4: 1-8

I charge thee, before God and Jesus Christ, who shall judge the living and the dead, by his coming, and his kingdom:

[2] Preach the word: be instant in season, out of season: reprove, entreat, rebuke in all patience and doctrine.

[3] For there shall be a time, when they will not endure sound doctrine; but, according to their own desires, they will heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears: [4] And will indeed turn away their hearing from the truth, but will be turned unto fables. [5] But be thou vigilant, labour in all things, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill thy ministry. Be sober.

[6] For I am even now ready to be sacrificed: and the time of my dissolution is at hand. [7] I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. [8] As to the rest, there is laid up for me a crown of justice, which the Lord the just judge will render to me in that day: and not only to me, but to them also that love his coming.

Thought: Are we ready to preach the Word?  Are we vigilant?

 Can we fulfill our mission?  Are we ready “to be sacrificed”?

Matt. 5: 13-19

You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt lose its savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is good for nothing any more but to be cast out, and to be trodden on by men. [14] You are the light of the world. A city seated on a mountain cannot be hid. [15] Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel, but upon a candlestick, that it may shine to all that are in the house.

[16] So let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. [17] Do not think that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets. I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. [18] For amen I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass, one jot, or one tittle shall not pass of the law, till all be fulfilled. [19] He therefore that shall break one of these least commandments, and shall so teach men, shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven. But he that shall do and teach, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven

Thought: We have to be the “salt”, otherwise we are useless. We have to be the light and let Jesus’ Light shine. We have to stay in the state of Sanctifying Grace and close to Jesus in order to do this.  Every prophecy will be fulfilled. If we filfil, we shall reapthe reward promised to us. our Mission and teach God’s Holy Word