"For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed... And his mercy is on those who fear him from generation to generation. ... he has put down the mighty from their thrones, and exalted those of low degree."Today I am inspired by the words of Michael Voris -- and of course Our Lord Jesus Christ and Our Lady the Blessed Virgin Mary. I invite you to watch the latest ChurchMilitant video and contemplate what Michael V. has to say.
-- Luke 1:48,50,52
I want to go even farther than Michael V. I want to suggest to you that what we need is a whole saintly generation. We cannot depend on a handful of saintly people to turn this world around from the immoral path that it has chosen. Not even hundreds of thousands of saints could accomplish this task. It will take all of us praying and working in "the field" to make any significant impact.
We are a generation that must choose between martyrdom and perdition. Do you know what perdition is? Do you remember? Were you ever taught the meaning of this word?
Perdition -- (in Christian theology) a state of eternal punishment and damnation into which a sinful and unpenitent person passes after death.
In other words we can either choose the path to Heaven through martyrdom or the path that leads to Hell. These are the choices we are faced with.
I don't mean martyrdom in the sense of dying for the faith -- although it may come to that -- but a sort of "white martyrdom" in which we are constantly subject to persecution and ridicule for practicing our faith in all its fullness. What a glorious time to be alive! Any saint from the past would revel at the opportunity to face the slings and arrows that the evil one casts at Christians living in the modern world.
We need to be burning with the fire of the Holy Spirit so that we can be the spark -- the flame -- that enkindles those around us. Every day must be Pentecost. We must let the light of Christ be our guide; we must surrender totally and completely to His will. Ask the Blessed Virgin Mary to show you the way. Send her your prayers and petitions.
The world will not change because of us, but because of Christ acting through us. It will change as much because of our prayers as our actions and words. It will change to the degree that we have faith in God.
The United States has an enormous national debt which it will one day have to repay. In addition it has an enormous "sin debt". We can either repay that debt which will be like living in the days of Noah and the flood or we can ask Jesus Christ for forgiveness -- and He will wipe away our debt and make us whole again.
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"Oh my Jesus, forgive us our sins. Save us from the fires of Hell. Lead all souls to Heaven -- especially those in most need of Thy Mercy."This is the Fatima Prayer. Tomorrow, September 13, is the anniversary of the Blessed Virgin Mary's second to last appearance in Portugal to the three children -- Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta -- in 1917.
From the Memoirs of Sister Lucia:
As the hour approached, I set out with Jacinta and Francisco, but owing to the crowds around us we could only advance with difficulty. The roads were packed with people, and everyone wanted to see us and speak to us. There was no human respect whatsoever. Simple folk, and even ladies and gentlemen, struggled to break through the crowd that pressed around us. No sooner had they reached us than they threw themselves on their knees before us, begging us to place their petitions before Our Lady. Others who could not get close to us shouted from a distance:+ + +
“For the love of God, ask Our Lady to cure my son who is a cripple!” Yet another cried out: “And to cure mine who is blind!… To cure mine who is deaf!… To bring back my husband, my son, who has gone to the war!… To convert a sinner!… To give me back my health as I have tuberculosis!” and so on.
All the afflictions of poor humanity were assembled there. Some climbed up to the tops of trees and walls to see us go by, and shouted down to us. Saying yes to some, giving a hand to others and helping them from the dusty ground, we managed to move forward, thanks to some gentlemen who went ahead and opened a passage for us through the multitude.
...If these people so humbled themselves before three poor children, just because they were mercifully granted the grace to speak to the Mother of God, what would they not do if they saw Our Lord Himself in person before them?
At last, we arrived at the Cova da Iria, and on reaching the holmoak we began to say the Rosary with the people. Shortly afterwards, we saw the flash of light, and then Our Lady appeared on the holmoak.
“Continue to pray the Rosary in order to obtain the end of the war. In October Our Lord will come, as well as Our Lady of Dolors and Our Lady of Carmel. Saint Joseph will appear with the Child Jesus to bless the world. God is pleased with your sacrifices. He does not want you to sleep with the rope on, but only to wear it during the daytime.”
“I was told to ask you many things, the cure of some sick people, of a deaf-mute…”
“Yes, I will cure some, but not others. In October I will perform a miracle so that all may believe.”
Then Our Lady began to rise as usual, and disappeared.
Today, September 12, is the Feast of the Holy Name of Mary.
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The Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary
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