JtM Crusade Prayer Meeting on Fri. 27th April, 2018

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Prayer Group Theme: Salvation of Souls

Prayers are Groups A & B: (See https://remnantdisciples.wordpress.com/crusade-prayer-group-format/ for details).

Reading from the Book of Truth

 November 2011 @ 10:40am

Virgin Mary: Time for my Son to deliver His Gift of Divine Mercy

2 Nov. 2011

My child, the time for my Son to deliver His Gift of Divine Mercy is drawing close. As such, you must concentrate on your Mission to save souls. You must not allow distractions, which take your eye off the most important task of spreading conversion.

The Heavens rejoice, as this divine Gift will soon be presented with the pure Love that my Son holds in His Heart for all souls. My child, as this work escalates in its intensity, the evil one will continue to torment you through different people at every opportunity. You have been instructed to keep silent and focus only on my Son.

You, my child, are the appointed one to convey in great detail the desire of my Son to speak with mankind in these times. Be brave and courageous, for this Holy Mission will succeed. It has been foretold so very long ago and you have been accorded every kind of direction from the Heavens. The saints all guide you, for they have been gathered in full force to ensure that this Mission will not fail. Nor can it. You must stop worrying when things seem hopeless, for that is the deceit you will be confronted with through the work of the deceiver.

I, your beloved Mother, work with you all the time. It was through me that you were prepared to come before my Precious Son. The graces granted were to enable your soul to be purified, so that you were fit to work for the Saviour of mankind.

It was through my precious Son that you have been brought before the Blessed Trinity. This is one of the most important Missions since my Son was sent to redeem the world from sin.

Never allow yourself to deviate from this Mission. Nor must you give in to the temptation to walk away. Pray to me, your Mother, at all times, for protection.

Your beloved Mother
Queen of Heaven
Mother of Mercy

The Incorruptible Prophets of the End-Times

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It is interesting how our angels prepare us to realize things… I had been reading about incorrupt Catholic saints a few weeks ago, and was reminded of a few key ones on the same afternoon that I sat down to read mum’s booklet on Prophecies about the End Times: from Our Lady, the Saints and from the Bible.

In the previous weeks, I had read about little St. Jacinta’s body remaining incorrupt and I had wondered how any Catholic can reject the prophesies and events of Fatima, or declare that they ‘don’t have to believe’, which while being true, does not benefit their soul, and when God Himself testifies as to the authenticity. Rather, I would be afraid ‘not to believe!’

Additionally, while reading about the variety of saints whose bodies are incorrupt, it crossed my mind (fleetingly) that these were, many of them, saints whom I knew and loved: whose messages and devotions I/we have always held dear. What beautiful confirmation from God as to their authenticity, their sincerity, their purity of heart, I thought!

Sometimes people don’t want to accept or listen to the prophecies about the end times. They especially get scared when they consider that the events prophesied are coming true. I think that they even think that some of the saints were liars! Well, it suddenly occurred to me,  when I read mum’s booklet, in close proximity to my other readings: that many of the end-times saints she referenced, have a miraculous incorrupt body or had received the stigmata!

So how then can you ignore what God makes clear, even to this very day?

And why is this sign given to so many of the saints who were given prophecies and visions about the End-times?

Let’s have a look at the actual list and marvel at God’s miracle. And then, if you are not already familiar with them, read the actual prophecies which God gave them to speak; do so with awe and reverence, thanking Him that He has deigned to enlighten us at this time.

The Saints and the Signs:

St Francis of Assisi:             stigmata

Francis of Assisi

Mother Mariana De Jesus Torres (c.17th ) Our Lady of Good Success: incorrupt body

Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres

Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich 1820: not incorrupt, but received the stigmata, formally investigated by the Church & and declared an authentic sign

Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich

Blessed Anna-Maria Taigi: incorrupt body

Blessed Anna Maria Taigi

St. John Bosco 1800’s: incorrupt body

St John Bosco

Pope Pius IX 1878 (whose reign and particulars were prophesied by Our Lady of Good Success): incorrupt body

Pope Pius IX

Pope Pius X: incorrupt body

Pope Pius X

St Jacinta Marto (1910- 1920): Our Lady of Fatima: incorrupt body

St Jacinta

St Padre Pio (died 1968): incorrupt body and stigmata

St Padre Pio

A summary of their important and relevant prophecies of these incorruptible and holy saints, can be found in “Handbook of the End Times: Prophecies of Our Lady and the Saints.” which is a downloadable booklet, posted on the “Tools for Evangelization” page. (See the menu on the Home page or click on the link:  https://remnantdisciples.wordpress.com/tools-for-evangelization/

Read these prophecies then, with a sense of awe and awareness of their credibility; because God Himself seems to testify to their importance, authenticity and supernatural  nature, by suspending the physical laws of nature.

The website (http://overcomeproblems.com/incorruptables.htm) that I was reading today when looking for further evidence, also observes a similar thing. It notes that:

“It is also interesting to note that while only a small number of devout Catholics have been given the gift of incorruptibility, it does appear that some Saints have been specifically chosen to have this miraculous phenomena so as to help confirm significant events involved with them.

For example, the supernatural preservation of Jacinta Marto helps confirm the authenticity of the Miracle at Fatima, the incorrupt state of Saint Bernadette Soubirous gives credence to the Miracles at Lourdes, and the incorruptibility of Venerable Mary of Agreda gives credence to her revelations she wrote in the “Mystical City of God”. Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque’s revelations about the Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is also given credence along with Saint Catherine Laboure’s apparitions of the Virgin Mary, and Pope St. Pius X’s fight against modernism.”

The bodies of these saints remain with us as silent witnesses until the time of the  Resurrection of the Dead. The timing and circumstance are no accident.

Are you paying attention?

Pilgrimage Part 7: Rome

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Rome: Wed 8th July

Today was a hectic day. Yesterday we travelled from San Giovanni Rotundo via car and then 3 hours by train. Needless to say it was a hot day (about 38°C). The train was an hour late arriving so we waited in the heat. More for us to offer up. This time, however, there was food that we could buy on the station platform.

Our poor driver was waiting at Rome for us for an hour, all dressed up in a suit. He must have been so hot. However we had a great time talking with him on the way to the hotel. It was so pleasant to be able to converse and he gave us a wonderful introduction to Rome- like a mini tour – explaining all the landmarks as we went. So you see, Jesus is good to us – with every downside there is an upside.

The next morning we were picked up for our tour by our official driver and our guide. His name was Vincenzo.

The Colosseum:

The Colosseum
The Colosseum

First stop was the Colosseum. This really put us in touch with our Christian roots, with the guide explaining the pagan society and the entertainment with gladiators, lions and Christians. He told us how St. Ignatius of Loyola died this way.

He told us how each Good Friday, the popes throughout history would always say 4 Stations of the Cross there. Also, how there is a little altar in one of the arches in which a priest says Mass every day, for all those martyred. He also mentioned Pope Innocent VIII in the 15th Century who commemorated the passion of Christians in the Colosseum and Pope Clement X who dedicated the Colosseum to God. We said a little prayer for all those who had died.

St. John Lateran:

This churcP1010385h is actually the church (seat) of the Bishop of Rome. There is a depiction of the Last Supper and behind this picture are relics from the Last Supper table.The main altar is built within an apse which holds (at the top) the heads of Saints Peter and Paul. We prayed through these saints for the Church and its bishops, priests and cardinals and also the Church remnant. We presented our petitions so that they would pray for us. Reverently, we got our handkerchiefs out and touched the base of the apse which housed these precious relics.

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St Mary Major:

This church haP1010397s relics of the manger in which Jesus was laid.  It is in a silver frame and surrounded by glass. You can see the wooden slats through the glass.

There was a chapel dedicated to Our Lady of the Snows. The chapel has a painting which shows the pope (Liberius) drawing the line in the snow to outline where the chapel should be built. Our guide told us how the pope had dreamed of snow falling and that he was to build a basilica there. Our Lady gave him the sign. Snow fell on August 5th, 352 AD – in the middle of Summer!

Around the walls were 3 rows of paintings which depicted the prophets, and people of Old Testament such as Moses, Jacob and Joshua and God’s promise of a Saviour.

St John Lateran Church with frescoe

St. Paul (outside the Walls)

Here we saw the actual chains that bound St Paul in prison, as well as his bones which are in Inside Churchthe sarcophagus. Inside we saw a huge Paschal Candle stand from the 12th century.

The guide tells us that when Paul was beheaded, his head bounced 3 times and that where it bounced, 3 springs of water sprung up. (I hadn’t heard this before).

Goodbye Vincenzo.

This was where our English speaking guide left us. We were very grateful. He taught us and showed us so much about our Faith. We promised to pray for him.

The Catacombs: 8th July
This afternoon we did a tour of St. Sebastien catacombs. There was a church where we could pray and light candles before Our Lady for our Prayer Group intentions.

Prayers and Petitions Virgin and Child
Prayers and Petitions Virgin and Child

We had to wait for an English tour guide. It was very touching to see these places where the early Christians lived and gathered and prayed and were buried. It was moving to touch the walls that these early persecuted Christians had touched and to say a prayer for them.

Catacomb walls
Catacomb walls

There were many young children and babies who died. We could see the names and Christian symbols on their graves. St Sebastian was buried there and his place was marked but his body was later moved to the Church (at the catacombs site). His relics are part of the altar.

St Sebastien relics and altar
St Sebastien relics and altar

9th July: Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel

This morning 4 of us went on a pre-booked tour of the Vatican Museum/ Sistine chapel. We were split up among a number of guides – each with a smaller group of about 20.

At first he seemed ok. He was very animated and enthusiastic in his descriptions of objects and history of various things. He seemed to waste a lot of time talking about trivial things.

Tapestry of the AscensionThe huge tapestries were amazing. He proceeded to take us to see various objects in the Museum. A lot were pagan gods such as Apollo, Atlas etc. He pointed out how some of these provided the basis for certain paintings and carvings of holy things. I began to be not impressed.

We came to a reconstruction in miniature of the pantheon with all the various gods in each archway. He said in his usual jovial voice (and I don’t know if it’s true) that there was Mass held there every Sunday at a certain time. I called out “What? Here? In the Pantheon?” He said “yes”. There was no sign of any kind of altar – only a huge sort of shallow bowl.

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View of Vatican gardens and Pope Benedict’s residence

By this time I was really mad and sad and couldn’t wait to get out of there. Finally, at the end of the tour – after a whole hour- we came to the Sistine Chapel- which is why we came.  He (the tour guide) didn’t enter the chapel. The chapel was big and the paintings beautiful. We stayed a while to ponder.

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When we returned to our hotel, we spoke to others in the group who had been 20 years previously. They said that the Vatican Museum had lots of beautiful, holy things but all we saw were the tapestries and a view of the Vatican gardens and Pope Benedict’s residence.
Our Hotel in Rome:

Once again, we felt so blessed. Our hotel rooms each had a holy picture on top of our beds and a Bible (but in Italian). And there was a chapel with an altar and the Blessed Sacrament present, where we could pray as a group, and attend Mass when there was a Mass being offered.

Picture in Rome hotel rooms
Picture in hotel room