JTM Crusade Prayer Meeting Thursday 14th January 2016

Prayer Theme:  Discipleship

Prayer themes are followed chronologically, but the readings are chosen by volunteers,opening the book at random, after a prayer to the Holy Spirit. Read the commentary (at the bottom of the post) about the impact on us of these readings.

It will only be the brave and courageous amongst you, who love Me the most, who will lead My army towards salvation

28 February 2013 @ 23:50

My dearly beloved daughter, these days, almost upon you, bring with them a terrible darkness and despair, the likes of which has never been witnessed in your lifetimes.
This darkness will be of the spirit and will be caused by the emptiness of those souls who follow the Antichrist and the False Prophet.The pain of the spirit, which they will inflict on Christians, who will refuse to listen to heresy, will be difficult to endure.

I only tell you this, so you will know in your hearts, that the pain of rejection you feel will be because you, by upholding my holy Word, will suffer in My Name.
You must never question the huge demands, which will be made upon you, or lose confidence, for it is I, your king, who has the power to ensure that you can bear this.
Nor, must you ever doubt that this remnant army, of which you will now become part of in order to remain true to me, Jesus Christ, has been foretold.

Do not listen to those who will try to tell you that you must not believe in these, my holy messages for the world, for they are being deceived. You must pray for those who will not have the strength or the spirit of discernment and who will choose the wrong fork in the road.

Many who will follow the False Prophet, will try to drag you down the same road.
Brother will fight brother and sister, Father against son, mother against daughter – all in their quest to follow the truth, but so many will fail to see the errors of the teachings of the False Prophet and will be lost to Me.
It will only be the brave and courageous amongst you, who love Me the most, who will lead my army towards salvation.They will bring with them billions of souls, under My guidance, to safety. This is why you must never give up.
Your Jesus

Mother of Salvation: The True Church will become a Remnant

28 June 2014
My dearest child, the greatest deception, which will descend upon humanity, will come from within My Son’s Church on Earth and it will be instigated by his enemies, who have infiltrated it by devious means. Satan will enter My Son’s Church and the signs will be clearly seen by those who have the spirit of God firmly implanted in their souls.

The faith of My Son’s holy servants will be shattered, as many will feel compelled to desert him through acts of sacrilege. Many poor unfortunate servants will be asked to swear allegiance to a new oath and they will be too frightened to walk away, although many will know, deep within their hearts, that it will be wrong.

Many new rules will be introduced into My Son’s Church on Earth, as thousands of newcomers will be sworn into the Church and they will not be authentic, for they will not have the true spirit of Christ within their hearts.They will enter the Church and will bear witness to a new one world religion, which will not honour My Son, Jesus Christ.
Not only will they not serve Him, their duty will be to serve the needs of humanism, which will, at its very core, deny the existence of the supernatural state of God and all that He stands for.

The clergy, who once pledged their lives to God, will be drawn into this great deceit and as a consequence will lose the true faith. They will not promote the importance of the salvation of souls, which was made possible by My Son’s death on the cross.

The Cross is at the centre of Christianity. There is only one cross and it will be through the cross that the first visible signs of the betrayal of My Son will be seen.
New kinds of crosses will be introduced which will snub the sign of the cross and what it means in the hearts of man.

Non-believers, who up to now, had no interest in Christianity, will be drawn into the so-called new one world Church. Along with all other religions, which do not spring from the truth, they will scoff and sneer at the children of God, who will remain true to the word of God.

The true Church will become a remnant and this army will unite throughout the world to become the latter-day Saints and they will be empowered by the Holy Spirit in order to sustain the truth.They will be spat at; laughed at and accused of being radicals, just as My Son, Jesus Christ, was accused of heresy when he walked the Earth to preach the truth.
It will require tremendous courage to stay true to the word of God, for you will be accused of wrongdoing. Your crime they, the enemies of God, will say is that you spread untruths about this abomination.

Everything, which comes from God, will be declared to be a lie, while the truth, which they will say is represented by the new one world religion, will be a lie. The Holy Spirit will, however, cover those who continue to spread the holy gospels and My Son will cover you and protect you.

The future of the survival of the human race and the right to the eternal life, promised to every man, woman and child, will rest on your shoulders. It will be the remnant, which will keep the light of God aglow in a world, which will be plunged into darkness.

  • Many of you will be challenged and lies planted within your hearts, by the spirit of evil, to turn you away from the truth.Sadly, many of you will find it too difficult to remain true to your convictions and you will be tempted to turn your backs on My Son.
    To ensure that you remain strong, courageous, calm and at peace, as you take up the cross of My Son on your shoulders, you must recite this Crusade Prayer.
    For many of you who find it difficult to accept that these things are to come, there will come a day when you will recite this, Crusade Prayer (158) three times a day, because the pressures, which will be placed upon you to deny My Son, will be overwhelming.
    Crusade Prayer (158) protect me from the one world religion:
    Dear Jesus, protect me from the evil of the new one world religion, which does not come from you.
    Sustain me on my journey to freedom, along the path to your holy Kingdom.
    Keep me in union with you, whenever I am tormented and forced to swallow lies, which are spread by your enemies to destroy souls.
    Help me to withstand persecution, to remain firm to the true word of God against false doctrines and other sacrileges, which I may be forced to accept.
    Through the gift of my free will, take me into the domain of your Kingdom, to enable me to stand up and proclaim the truth, when it will be declared to be a lie.
    Never let me falter, hesitate or run away in fear, in the face of persecution.
    Help me to remain firm and steadfast to the truth for as long as I live.
    Amen.
    Go, my dear children, and accept that these things will happen, but know that if you remain loyal to My Son, you will help to save those souls who will be plunged into error.
    Your Beloved Mother
    Mother of Salvation

Why do you reject My warnings to prepare for My Second Coming?

February 21st, 2012
My dearly beloved daughter how you suffer in My name and that of My beloved Father.
You must be strong as these messages will provoke outrage in some quarters although they will inspire and give strength to other souls.

My Holy Word was rejected by learned men during My time on earth.
I was dismissed as a fraud by the priests and those who claimed to be holy men.
Those of you who say that the treatment meted out to Me was barbaric would be right.
That people who lived in those days were uneducated, coarse and wicked. That they were cruel in their treatment of Me their beloved Saviour.

Some may say that they were ignorant and knew nothing of Holy Scriptures. But this is not true. Because those living in the world today, although they are more educated and knowledgeable, are no different.Those whom you would expect, fully versed in the Holy Bible to be alert to the teachings therein, are blind to the truth.

For all their understanding of My Father’s Holy Book they have failed to prepare for the time when I will come again.When did they think they would be accorded this time?
The time is drawing very close to My Second Coming on earth. Yet, mankind has not prepared themselves for My arrival.Even My sacred servants do not preach of the importance of this most glorious event. Why is this?

Have you learned nothing? What is it that I have to do? When did you think I might come and why do you think that the time is not near? What is it that blinds you and blocks your ears to the sound of My voice? Drop your cloak of gold, silver and riches and accept that you are nothing without Me. Without My graces you cannot prepare your souls for My glorious return.

My beloved Father always sends prophets to prepare His children. He has been doing this since time began. Why then do you reject My warnings to prepare for My Second Coming?
I beg you to listen to Me. I cannot command you to listen for you have been given the gift of free will. I can never force you or give you the command to take action. For this is impossible. My Father will never interfere with your free will. But he will never hesitate to warn you, guide you and flood your souls with graces to make you strong.

For those with open hearts He will give them the gift of the Holy Spirit.Those guilty of pride, religious snobbery and arrogance will find it impossible to open their hearts because they lack the most important quality of all. Humility. Without humility and generosity of heart you cannot come close to My Sacred Heart.

Come to Me children. Let Me take you into My flock so like a good shepherd I can lead you to safety.
Your Jesus
Redeemer of Mankind

 

Bible (Douay Rheims ) Ezekiel 27:1-36

[1] And the word of the Lord came to me, saying: [2] Thou therefore, O son of man, take up a lamentation for Tyre: [3] And say to Tyre that dwelleth at the entry of the sea, being the mart of the people for many islands: Thus saith the Lord God: O Tyre, thou hast said: I am of perfect beauty, [4] And situate in the heart of the sea. Thy neighbours, that built thee, have perfected thy beauty: [5] With fir trees of Sanir they have built thee with all sea planks: they have taken cedars from Libanus to make thee masts.

[6] They have cut thy oars out of the oaks of Basan: and they have made thee benches of Indian ivory and cabins with things brought from the islands of Italy. [7] Fine broidered linen from Egypt was woven for thy sail, to be spread on thy mast: blue and purple from the islands of Elisa, were made thy covering.

[8] The inhabitants of Sidon, and the Arabians were thy rowers: thy wise men, O Tyre, were thy pilots. [9] The ancients of Gebal, and the wise men thereof furnished mariners for the service of thy various furniture: all the ships of the sea, and their mariners were thy factors. [10] The Persians, and Lydians, and the Libyans were thy soldiers in thy army: they hung up the buckler and the helmet in thee for thy ornament.

[11] The men of Arad were with thy army upon thy walls round about: the Pygmeans also that were in thy towers, hung up their quivers on thy walls round about: they perfected thy beauty. [12] The Carthaginians thy merchants supplied thy fairs with a multitude of all kinds of riches, with silver, iron, tin, and lead. [13] Greece, Thubal, and Mosoch, they were thy merchants: they brought to thy people slaves and vessels of brass. [14] From the house of Thogorma they brought horses, and horsemen, and mules to thy market. [15] The men of Dedan were thy merchants: many islands were the traffic of thy hand, they exchanged for thy price teeth of ivory and ebony.

[16] The Syrian was thy merchant: by reason of the multitude of thy works, they set forth precious stones, and purple, and broidered works, and fine linen, and silk, and chodchod in thy market. [17] Juda and the land of Israel, they were thy merchants with the best corn: they set forth balm, and honey, and oil, and rosin in thy fairs. [18] The men of Damascus were thy merchants in the multitude of thy works, in the multitude of divers riches, in rich wine, in wool of the best colour. [19] Dan, and Greece, and Mosel have set forth in thy marts wrought iron: stacte, and calamus were in thy market. [20] The men of Dedan were thy merchants in tapestry for seats.

[21] Arabia, and all the princes of Cedar, they were the merchants of thy hand: thy merchants came to thee with lambs, and rams, and kids. [22] The sellers of Saba, and Reema, they were thy merchants: with all the best spices, and precious stones, and gold, which they set forth in thy market. [23] Haran, and Chene, and Eden were thy merchants; Saba, Assur, and Chelmad sold to thee. [24] They were thy merchants in divers manners, with bales of blue cloth, and of embroidered work, and of precious riches, which were wrapped up and bound with cords: they had cedars also in thy merchandise. [25] The ships of the sea, were thy chief in thy merchandise: and thou wast replenished, and glorified exceedingly in the heart of the sea.

[26] Thy rowers have brought thee into great waters: the south wind hath broken thee in the heart of the sea. [27] Thy riches, and thy treasures, and thy manifold furniture, thy mariners, and thy pilots, who kept thy goods, and were chief over thy people: thy men of war also, that were in thee, with all thy multitude that is in the midst of thee: shall fall in the heart of the sea in the day of thy ruin. [28] Thy fleets shall be troubled at the sound of the cry of thy pilots. [29] And all that handled the oar shall come down from their ships: the mariners, and all the pilots of the sea shall stand upon the land: [30] And they shall mourn over thee with a loud voice, and shall cry bitterly: and they shall cast up dust upon their heads, and shall be sprinkled with ashes.

[31] And they shall shave themselves bald for thee, and shall be girded with haircloth: and they shall weep for thee with bitterness of soul, with most bitter weeping. [32] And they shall take up a mournful song for thee, and shall lament thee: What city is like Tyre, which is become silent in the midst of the sea? [33] Which by thy merchandise that went from thee by sea didst fill many people: which by the multitude of thy riches, and of thy people didst enrich the kings of the earth. [34] Now thou art destroyed by the sea, thy riches are in the bottom of the waters, and all the multitude that was in the midst of thee is fallen. [35] All the inhabitants of the islands are astonished at thee: and all their kings being struck with the storm have changed their countenance.
[36] The merchants of people have hissed at thee: thou art brought to nothing, and thou shalt never be any more.

Commentary:

We were very animated today at our prayer meeting. The readings all – definitely – spoke of “discipleship” and our role in the fall of our beloved Church. The first message mentioned “new crosses” and we remembered the recent cross presented to Francis with communist emblems of hammer and sickle. We felt very grateful to Jesus for warning about the darkness of spirit which we will endure, so that we are ready for it. We felt a great responsibility – a huge load to carry on our shoulders – for to whom much is given, much is expected. We said, that if any of us (and our prayer group ranges from 14-20+ on any given day) ever dared to feel that it was all too much and that we couldn’t continue (or go to the wrong side) we all run to their aid  and bring them through and not let them give in. We discussed how we felt as a family – even though we were such a varied group – and how we found it very difficult not to come to a prayer meeting, or other things that were organized – even though we are all very busy. But we can’t say :”no” to God. (I mean, there are times when some can’t come due to various family commitments – but it is difficult for us.)

The bible reading was about a rich city and ship– but the meaning was obviously the Catholic Church – it was of perfect beauty and rich, and been built up by wise men (who were the pilots), and soldiers. These represent the good popes, saints and early Church Fathers who guided, fought, and guarded the Church.It speaks of the south wind which blew and “brought great waters” and eventually broke the ship. “all that handled the oar shall come down from their ships: the mariners, and all the pilots of the sea shall stand upon the land” – the leaders will desert the ship. There were those who were lamenting, and who wore “haircloth” (did penance and mourned).

The message of the day was very clear to us. Get ready Remnant army!!!

 

 

 

What You Need To Know about Angels

I wanted to write a piece about angels and what Jesus (and the bible) has taught us. But I knew I had to be careful not to offend anyone. My intention would not be to lead anyone away from belief in these divine beings! But there are things you need to know…

Not every one knows the difference between a holy angel and a fallen one. For instance did you know that fallen angels may appear as very beautiful and make what appear to be ‘harmless’ or cajoling or consoling suggestions? They rarely show their true nature initially! They can appear as deceased loved ones, or as kindly, old men or women, as well dressed gentlemen or as priests, or even saints!! There are many stories about this that you could read. You might want to start with the experiences of Padre Pio with the devil.

What people may forget is that what looks or sounds good, may be the source of evil.  Remember the serpent and the apple. You must listen carefully to what they ‘say’ or ‘suggest’ to work out where they are “leading you”. Holy angels lead you to faith in God because they know that He is Supreme over all. They know He created them, as He did you! They serve Him with Endless Love and holy praises and both desire and GIVE all glory to Him alone! ALL spirits should be tested first.

Each group of angels has a different mission. Our guardian angel’s mission is to ultimately help our soul to reach heaven. We make them very sad when we sin or ask for selfish things, such as worldly comforts. They want us to desire heaven! They want us to keep our heart focused on spiritual things!

The Catechism of the Catholic Church  says

“336 From its beginning until death, human life is surrounded by their watchful care and intercession.202 “Beside each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd leading him to life.”203 Already here on earth the Christian life shares by faith in the blessed company of angels and men united in God. (1020) (Taken from: http://www.usccb.org)

Secondly, in order to know the difference between a holy angel and a fallen one (which is actually a demon or devil- which is what ALL fallen angels are…) we have to remain in a state of * grace and to be knowledgeable about what God truly desires of us. True angels do NOT desire worship of themselves. They would rebuke this. If you continue to do this, you will cause them anguish, grief and misery. (Unless they are actually fallen angels in disguise)…Why?
Because they know that all glory belongs to God alone and that angel worship is FORBIDDEN in the Bible!

Here is just one of several passages that emphasise this:

Colossians 2:18-20
[18] Let no man seduce you, willing in humility, and religion (worship) of angels, walking in the things which he hath not seen, in vain puffed up by the sense of his flesh, [19] And not holding the head, from which the whole body, by joints and bands, being supplied with nourishment and compacted, groweth unto the increase of God! [20] If then you be dead with Christ from the elements of this world, why do you yet decree as though living in the world?

And to help understand what this means, read below from the footnotes (Douay-Rheims Bible):

[18] Willing: That is, by a self willed, self invented, superstitious worship, falsely pretending humility, but really proceeding from pride. Such was the worship, that many of the philosophers (against whom St. Paul speaks, ver. 8) paid to angels or demons, by sacrificing to them, as carriers of intelligence betwixt God and men; pretending humility in so doing, as if God was too great to be addressed by men; and setting aside the mediatorship of Jesus Christ, who is the head both of angels and men. Such also was the worship paid by the ancient heretics, disciples of Simon and Menander, to the angels, whom they believed to be makers and lords of this lower world. This is certain, that they whom the apostle here condemns, did not hold the head, (ver. 19,) that is, Jesus Christ, and his mediatorship; and therefore what he writes here no way touches the Catholic doctrine and practice, of desiring our good angels to pray to God for us, through Jesus Christ. St. Jerome [Epist. ad Algas.] understands by the religion or service of angels, the Jewish teachers, who sought to subject the new Christians to the observance of the Mosaic law.

It is equally forbidden to consult mediums, psychics, magicians (demonic) hypnotists, and fortune-tellers who have NO place in the kingdom of heaven. It is not disputed that some of these people obtain other worldly knowledge or power! No, many have it alright…but this power is from evil spirits and fallen angels! Although they aren’t necessarily aware of this themselves. They will lead you to hell. They will speak of love and light and nice stuff- but not of God. They will use flattery on you too. They will not worship the One True Triune God or lead you ever to do so.

It is very dangerous to ever invite or enter into any encounter with an evil angel deliberately. You are playing with fire! They are cunning too. I know a young woman who consulted a “bible quoting medium” and within about 2 weeks ended up in a psychiatric hospital. She continues to appear to be badly affected by evil spirits (1 or more, we aren’t sure) and the only thing which brings her any relief are Sacramentals and a priestly blessing and anointing. She knows exactly what started it.

We therefore must not seek to encounter or see angels for the sake of titillation either. We MAY however ask the holy angels which serve God to intercede (pray) for us and to help us to know, love and serve Him! We should be grateful when they do so.

I had a friend who engaged in angel worship, and as she read books about the topic, she thought she desired to know everything she could to use them- mainly to gain power for herself. But her information was all twisted and back to front-even calling the archangels feminine spirits! She was unknowingly reading a book written by demons. Not all inspired knowledge is from God. When her sister became gravely ill, she told me she was praying to the angels. She was heart-broken and felt desperate; I wanted to tell her (and regret not doing so) that only God could help her sister!

Forget praying to angels- go to the Man at the Top! He alone can save the body and the soul!

If you are worried any of these descriptions describe you, do not despair. But do sincerely ask  yourself: Do you really even know the Creator of ALL things? Have you prayed to angels and ignored the Head of All the Angels? Did you know it offends God? If so, you need to talk to God and beg for forgiveness with sincerity of heart. You need to ask Him to help you to know, love and serve Him better. Ask Him to guide you in starting a new relationship with Him through Jesus. It’s what’s been missing in your life- I promise! And pray for Protection from Deceptions*

All power is in Him alone and He is infinitely more powerful than any fallen angel/devil.

Knowing God will fill you with joy and bring you to a place where you’ll always see angels!

Here is a Message from The Mother of God about Angels: (Taken from mdmlastprophet.com)

Mother of Salvation: God’s angels can be asked to pray for you but never to grant you powers

Sunday, 30 November 2014 @ 17:20 Message 1279
My dear children, you must never pray to God’s angels, for they are His servants and strive only to give glory to God and to do His Most Holy Will.  Prayer is an act of worship and when you call on God’s angels, within His Heavenly Hierarchy, it must always be with the intention of asking them to pray for you.  If you try to communicate with the Heavenly Hierarchy of Angels, then it must only be to ask for their assistance and guidance so that you can do God’s Most Holy Will.
To those of you who believe that you will receive powers from God’s angels then you are mistaken.
The power given to angels can come only from God and you must never use them as a substitute for praying to Him.
So many souls try to communicate with angels today for selfish reasons and to obtain powers that have nothing to do with God. An obsession with angels can lead to a terrible discontent because this can attract the spirit of evil if you are not careful.
When calling on God’s angels to help you, you must always bless yourself first with Holy Water and then ask them for assistance, in the name of Jesus Christ. If you do not do this and use any object, which is not associated with Christianity, when calling on angels for their help, then this could invite the spirit of evil into your life. Once this happens you will find it almost impossible to eradicate it.
A pre-occupation with communicating with angels can lead to dabbling in the occult. Once this happens, you will attract those angels who were cast out of Heaven by my Heavenly Father. They now roam the Earth in the hundreds of thousands, seeking a home. Souls who leave themselves open to their influence can quickly become entangled in a spiritual world that is not of God. Once you embrace the underworld you will have no peace. These fallen angels will entice you into a web of deceit.
First of all you will feel a sense of hope and then a belief that you can control all aspects of your life, with the help of such angels. Eventually you will, mistakenly, believe that you are in full control of your own destiny. Every false notion of peace will fill your minds but, soon afterwards, you will feel a terrible wretchedness.
Dabbling with such spirits that you believe to be angels of God, but who do not belong in His Kingdom, will lead you into engaging with the occult, which will blind you to the Truth and destroy your soul.
God does not grant His angels permission to give you gifts because these can only come from Him. God’s angels can be asked to pray for you but never to grant you worldly goods or spiritual powers. When you idolize angels and seek out these things you are guilty of breaking the First Commandment of God.
Your beloved Mother
Mother of Salvation

*Crusade Prayer (146) Protection against deception

Dear Mother of Salvation, protect me with the Grace of protection against deceptions, created by Satan to destroy the faith of Christians. Protect us against those who are the enemies of God. Keep us safe from lies and heresy, used to weaken our love for your Son. Open our eyes to untruths, deception and every attempt we may encounter to encourage us to deny the Truth. Amen.

*A state of grace is when the soul is united to God- without any serious, grave/mortal sins on its soul.

Padre Pio and his Guardian Angel.

We all have a guardian angel, to protect us and guide us.
St Padre Pio had a great devotion to his guardian angel, and he encouraged his “spiritual children” to do the same.

Father Alessio, (Padre Pio’s attendant), told Padre Pio about a woman who had just written with a question about her job. He was surprised at his response. “I am very busy right now,” Padre Pio replied. “I cannot answer your question at this time.”

Father Alessio was confused. It was obvious to him that Padre
Pio was not busy. He was sitting alone with his Rosary in his hand.
He always had his Rosary in hand. Father Alessio remained silent.
“There have been many guardian angels here today,” Padre Pio
explained to Father Alessio. “They were bringing me messages
from my spiritual children. Did you see them?”

One day, Father Alessio was sitting by Padre Pio’s side, thinking
about his problem with oversleeping. He felt ashamed of
himself for being so unreliable. He told Padre Pio that he could
not understand why his alarm clock failed to wake him up. “You
must buy yourself another alarm clock,” Padre Pio said. “I am
not going to continue to send my guardian angel to you each
day to wake you up!” It was then that Father Alessio realized for
the first time who had been knocking on his door and calling to
him in his sleep.

On one occasion, when a man was making his confession to
Padre Pio, it became apparent to him that Padre Pio was aware
of his needs, even before he had a chance to verbalize them.
“The angel told me about your problems,” Padre Pio explained.

Read more at : http://www.saintpio.org

(Fr Alessio Parente wrote a book “Send me your guardian angel” which is very easy and light reading and which tells more stories of Padre Pio and his guardian angel).

A Tribute to our Guardian Angels Part II: A Car, A Bus, and a Voice

Testimony from a prayer group member

A Giant Angel’s Protection in a Car Accident

One day, when my granddaughter was 6 years old, she had a dream which she related to me. It entailed a “giant” angel on the window of her mum’s car, of which she was a passenger. A few weeks later, she was being driven home from school by her mother. At the time I was also driving home from work and saying the Rosary.

I received a call to say that my daughter had driven into a telegraph pole. Both were okay, but the car was a write-off. My granddaughter was sitting in the front seat (this was before laws which now do not allow children this young in the front). Her schoolbag was under the dashboard, which had been pushed right up to the seat. The bag could not be retrieved from under the dashboard, but my granddaughter was unharmed, as was my daughter. Their escape was miraculous. The only explanation was my granddaughter’s dream – that an angel had lain across the windscreen and protected them from harm.

My future husband’s time had not yet come.

My husband had just started work as a 16 year old in the city. He had an errand to go to the Post Office. He caught the bus, which was an old style double-decker with a door at the back as well as the front. The bus was in the middle lane, and cars were parked in the left lane. Traffic was slow and he was eager to get off. He could see the bus stop up ahead, where he knew the bus had to pull into. There were now no more cars parked in the left lane. He went to quickly jump off the slow-moving bus, but he couldn’t move! Just at that second, a sports car zoomed past the bus. It had come out of an underground carpark beneath one of the buildings and was racing to get past the bus before it reached the bus stop. He would not have survived. God still had plans for him!!! He didn’t tell anyone of this story till decades later.

Me and my angel

I love my Guardian angel. I have always, since I was little prayed the Guardian Angel Prayer every morning. I try to have a devotion to my dear Guardian angel. I talk to him at times, and ask him for favours – like trying to get me safely across a difficult intersection in the car. Sometimes I send him to someone whom I urgently need to contact who is not answering their phone. Whenever I have to get up early, I just ask my angel to wake me up in the morning at a certain time. He never fails. I don’t use an alarm clock. When I am at Mass, and find that my mind wanders, I ask my guardian angel to shield my mind so that I can focus on Jesus and the Mass. It works every time.

Recently I was with our Crusade Prayer Group and during the Rosary (5th decade – the Crucifixion), I heard someone behind my shoulder say my name. I turned my head slightly, on a natural impulse, but realised there was no-one there – only the usual prayer group members on either side, who were praying. I thought immediately it was my angel. I pondered for a few seconds, the reason for this, and came to the conclusion that my prayers needed more intensity – that perhaps I was distracted (although I couldn’t remember the fact that I was being distracted). As it turned out, all our prayer were needed that day for a special intention, which we found out afterwards.

A Tribute to our Guardian Angels – Part I: Angels and the Eucharist

The following is my personal account of what my daughter (about 8 yrs old at the time) relayed to me at Mass one Sunday evening, at St Patrick’s Catholic Church, Guildford.

We frequently attended this church in approx 2002-03.  St Pat's Church GuildfordWe lived much closer to another church, but travelled the extra distance to this little old church on most Sundays, as the priest and congregation seemed to me, on a whole, fervent and reverent. The Parish priest was Fr. Lou Breslan; a lovely, old priest with thick white hair, an often reddish face and a slight Irish accent. He always chose traditional hymns and, although lacking a formal choir, there were plenty of people who sang them beautifully. Although they cannot be seen in the photo, there were also traditional statues and Stations of the Cross in the church and an old choir loft up some steep steps, where my daughter and I chose to sit. Both levels were crowded, although the choir loft was not uncomfortably so, and we had a good view of the altar and sanctuary from up there.

Just after Holy Communion, my daughter pulled my sleeve and wanted to tell me something but I motioned to her to remain quiet while I finished my prayers of Thanksgiving after Holy Communion. She was really patient and waited without further interruption until I sat down again. Then she whispered to me that she wanted to tell me something but I was not allowed to tell ‘anyone’! She said that during the Consecration on the altar, she had seen lots and lots of angels! I guess you could describe it as a ‘multitude of angels’! They were all around the priest and the Eucharist; on the altar, all around the altar and above it, seemingly intent on the Eucharist. I’m sure they were adoring Our Beloved Saviour, maybe assisting the priest at the Consecration.

I was  amazed and awe-struck, but we didn’t converse further in Church, waiting until we got into the car to go home. I had immediately known that she wasn’t making this up; at least partly by her quiet, serious and almost ‘dutiful’ attitude. Also she had never spoken of seeing anything ‘holy’, or like this, before and has also not experienced any visions like it, in the 15 yrs since.

I couldn’t contain my awe and soon shared this with my mum who also told her brother, my uncle. (They are both believers) My uncle, who was an acolyte, asked her a few theoretical questions, wanting to know what the angels looked like; in particular I recall him asking her whether they had wings or not. She answered that some did and some did not. Her description was somewhat difficult to imagine for someone who has not seen them; she couldn’t really describe the colour of their robes; she said that they appeared to be made of ‘light’.

Anyway, she was very upset with me, unfortunately, for ‘telling nanna and uncle’- although I really didn’t think she would mind me telling nanna and strictly speaking I didn’t actually tell uncle; my mum did! Because she was mad at me for betraying her confidence, I wasn’t supposed to bring it up and mainly just kept the account and pondered it in my heart. I was dismayed to find out that recently, when I brought it up, that she had completely forgotten the experience and can’t remember it at all! She certainly did remember it for a few years, as I did occasionally refer to it, especially when seeking to emphasize the importance of reverence at Mass, but sadly, she seems to have lost the memory sometime, in her teenage years.

Angels at our Grandmother’s House.

I admit that I faintly remember that, as a young child myself (under age 5), I also saw angels, as did my younger sister, at my grandmother’s house, on a regular basis. We took the fact for granted and never spoke of it: the silence was an unwritten rule. I think this was because we  knew, instinctively, that adults wouldn’t believe us anyway, that they couldn’t see them and that we’d probably get spanked for making up stories. We didn’t pay much attention to the angels; we just played in their presence. My grandmother did pray a lot, including the Holy Rosary, and I’m sure her simple but devout faith, and her constant prayers, are the reason that most of her family have Faith today.

Thank You, our Good Lord God for these wonderful creatures that were created to serve You and Your Will (as were we). Holy guardian angels, Holy Arch-angels and Holy Mary, Queen of the Angels, pray for us and for our children!

Prayer to Our Lady Queen of the Angels to help fight the demons

August Queen of Heaven,sovereign Mistress of the Angels,

who didst receive from the beginning the mission and the power to crush the Serpent’s head,

we beseech thee to send thy holy Angels, that under thy command and by thy power,

they may pursue the evil spirits, encounter them on every side, resist their bold attacks, and drive them hence into the abyss of woe.

Most holy Mother, send thy Angels to defend us and to drive the cruel enemy from us.

All ye holy Angels and Archangels help and defend us. “

This prayer has a partial indulgence attached to it.

Note: See also post under Catholic church Doctrine and Teachings dated 10th August, 2015

Pilgrimage Part 4: Lanciano (Finding ‘Food’)

Further trials and difficulties:

Sat. night (July 4) after we arrived, we had difficulty finding something to eat besides pasta or pizza, and we hadn’t had a proper lunch. There was an awful trip on the train but the second part of our journey, with the private driver in an air conditioned taxi/car made up for it. A bonus was that we had a very pleasant conversation with him in English!

We craved salads and meat. We ended up at a copycat McDonald’s and there was salad but we didn’t enjoy the food at all. More to offer up.

By Sunday (July 5), after Mass, we were hoping for a nice meal. The temperature was 37°C. Nothing much was open (being a Sunday), except for quite a few ice cream and coffee places. We should have been happy… because it was the Lord’s day and back home everything would have been open, just like any other day.

We walked around in the heat and one of us prayed to St Anthony and another to our Guardian angels. We finally asked someone in an ice-cream bar. Luckily, the lady could speak English. After checking with her husband, she gave us two choices of what might be open. We chose the destination that was just a bit past the church that we had attended in the morning. It was self-serve and there was lots of choice – salads, pasta, meat and vegies, dessert, fruit and cold drinks. After each difficulty we have, there is always a nice surprise.

The next surprise was the best of all…