Until God ordains otherwise, a man ought to bear patiently whatever he cannot correct in himself and in others. Imitation of Christ by John Kempis

Liberated Woman

I was young, cowboys and Indians fascinated me.  We had 4 channels pm our black and white t.v. that showed movies about the old west.  My first Woman role model was Anne Oakley a sharp shooter on the road in the late 1800’s.  It is very exciting to me that she is still a great role model after all these years.

For some time now it has troubled me that we women think they can be just like men which is impossible.  Men are stronger and think totally different than women.  Why would anyone want to deny being a woman?  How could a profession and power be that important?  Women’s lib says we can do anything the same as a man.  Well that is a lie.  I feel that they are trying to get respect the easy way by intimidation.  I believe that Anne Oakley (Phoebe Ann Mozee) was able to be a liberated woman in the late 1800’s.  Anne Oakley was top shooter in the Buffalo Bill Wild show. She was a capable marksman, better than the men, with a career showing off her ability.  The men in her life respected her and accepted her shooting ability.  She did not dress or act like a man and never lost her femininity.  She did not have children however, her nieces and nephews had all her love.

Anne Oakley is remembered as one of the leading women of the American West.  Her father and her stepfather died when she was a child, and she went to live at the Dark County Infirmary, where she received schooling and sewing instruction while helping in the care of the orphaned children.  She returned to living with her mother and her second stepfather in her early teens, when she was able to help the family by hunting game for a grocery store.  She earned so much from her skills that by the time she was 15, she was able to pay off the mortgage on her mother’s home.  A young woman so skilled she independently helped her family.  What a testament to true womanhood.  A helpmate who supports to the best of her ability her family.

Frank E. Butler a top vaudeville performer and top shooter, Anne Oakley beat him in 1875 at a Thanksgiving Shooting competition.  They Married the following year.  They were married 50 years.  After Frank’s partner became ill in 1882 Anne Oakley took the partners place in the show.  How amazing is it that she was even considered to take his place at that time in history.  She must have been a competent woman.  Not a threatening domineering person.  This is why I admire so much.  She allowed men to be men and she was not threatened by them.  However continued to be the best at her skill.  For 15 years they traveled with the Wild Bills Wild West Show.  Anne Oakley was the star of the show and her husband worked as her manager.  She amazed the audiences by shooting off the end of a cigarette in her husbands mouth.  She also shot things by looking into a mirror and shoot wholes through cards.  She entertained Queen Victoria and Shot a cigarette out of Kiaser Wilhelm’s mouth.  We are now seeing the courageous accomplishments of a liberated woman.  A woman that never acted and dressed like a man but was equal and was true helpmate.

Anne and Butler were in a railroad accident in 1901, even though she was partially paralyzed, she recovered and continued to work on stage in The Western Girl and also a Buffalo Show.   She shared money that she made with her extended family and giving donations to charities for orphans.  During World War 1, Oakley volunteered to organized a regiment of female sharpshooters, but her petition was ignored so, instead, she helped raise money for the Red Cross with exhibition work at army camps.  She was a generous giving woman, who cared about her family, and community.  Never forgetting to share her knowledge with other women to improve us all.

Anne Oakley’s legacy was captured in the Irving Berlin‘s musical Annie Get Your Gun in 1946, based on her life story, with Ethel Merman and later Broadway incarnations staring Reba McEntire and Bernadette Peters.  In 1935 another film which was historically inaccurate called Annie Oakey.  Finally in 1950 a film was made Annie Get Your Gun staring Betty Hutton.  Many books for kid and adults as well.

My life was impacted by a strong competent woman that Men admired.  Woman do not need to change their feminine and nurturing and become more like men.  We need to do what we do best and change the world with who we are meant to be.

Healing the Soul

Healing the Soul

Heal all the wounds that have blocked me from loving.

Open my blocked heart and heal my wearied soul.

So that your Joy can fill my life with abundant peace.

Give me patience to accept my cross.

Help me to be understanding with myself and others, and give me self control to stop my tongue from evil, so that I may be kind and generous to all.

That my goodness will be an example and my faithfulness will console you Lord.

I am weak and sinful but I love you and trust you completely to heal my soul.

I am weak and sinful but I love you and trust you completely to heal my soul.

Man not only has a living soul but he is a living soul. The Bible says: “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul” (Genesis 2:7)

Ezekel 18:

Behold all souls are mine; the soul of the father as well as the soul of the son is mine: the soul who sins shall die.

We must never take God’s mercy for granted.  He has given us the word to guide us to the truth in our lives.  When we are dead in sin it is easy to be deceived.  We begin to slowly move toward evil.  It does not take long and we are doing all the evil we have worked to hard to quit.  A good example these words came into my mind during prayer.  “I understand your frustration.  Why are you so mean to me?”   I began to feel sorry for myself remembering everyone who had been mean to me. The next day I thought that God may have wanted me to write about understanding those who are mean.  Then today I realized that he was talking to me.  I had been mean to family.  God was telling me. “Why are you upset I am understanding and giving you grace to deal with these frustrations.  So stop being mean to those who upset you.  Now I am ready to repent.

2 Peter 3:9

The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

We should always remember God loves us.  He does not expect us to be perfect only sorry, not ignore our imperfections and allow Satan an open door to punish us.  We must have sincere regret and remorse with sorrow to grieve and lament our sins.

Jonah 3:10

“And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way.  and God repented of evil, that he would do unto them , and He did not.

Be proactive and confess your sins and let God love and forgive you.  We receive mercy from God scripture says we should be merciful in return.  It is not Gods will to turn us over to Satan to torment us.  Pride is our biggest problem in letting go and being merciful.  Pride allows satan to humiliate us.  We are deceived into thinking we are better because of our status, wealth, education, our calling, and Godly acts.  We excuse our bad behavior and even justify our evil actions.  Yet we are not willing to do the same for those we refuse to forgive.

Take a different course of action that causes radical change of moral conscousness.  Which causes us to agree with God.  Directing our emotions to urge to change our will and turn away from sin.

Holding grudges causes us to have bitterness.  Change your thinking of condemnation and guilt, forgive immediately.

Hebrews 12:15 Watch out that no poisoness root of bitterness grows up to trouble corrupting many.

Our daily examination of our attitudes and actions, allows the Holy Spirit to convict us to see our true human nature causing us to be more balanced.

Matthew 6:15 But if you refuse to forgive others your father in heaven will not forgive your sins

Prayer

Holy Spirit as I read your commandments bring to mind any sin I need to ask forgiveness and give me courage to repent.

The Ten Commandments

1. I am the Lord, your God.

2. Thou shall bring no false idols before me.

3. Do not take the name of the Lord in vain.

4. Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy.

5. Honor thy father and thy mother.

6. Thou shall not kill/murder.

7. Thou shall not commit adultery.

8. Thou shall not steal.††

9. Thou shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

10.Thou shall not covet‡ your neighbor’s wife (or anything that belongs to your neighbor).

Sins with the TONGUE

Did I engage in any form of Lying?

Proverbs 8:7-8

” My mouth speaks what is true, for my lips detest wickedness.  All the words of my mouth are just; none of them is crooked or perverse.”

Did I flatter someone?

Job 32:21-22

“I will show partiality to no one, nor will I flatter any man; for if I were skilled in flattery, my maker would soon take me away

Did I manipulate someone for my gain or advantage?

Judges 16:15

Then Delilah pouted, “How can you say you love me when  you don’t confide in me?  You’ve made fun of me three times now, and  you still haven’t told me what makes you so strong.”

Did I speak too hastily?

Proverbs 29:20

Do you see a man hasty in his words?  There is more hope for a fool that for him.

Did my words cause division

Matthew 5:9

Blessed are the peacemakers; for they shall be called the children of God.

Was I argumentative or Contentious?

Proverbs 20:3

Avoiding a fight is a mark of honor, only fools insist on quarreling

Did boast or speak with pride?

Proverbs 27:2

Let another praise you not your own mouth; someone else, and not your own lips.

Did I engage in self putdown?

Exodus 4:10

Moses said to the Lord, “:O Lord, I have never been eloquent,  neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant.  I am slow of speech and tongue.”

Did I slander someone?

Philippians 4:8

whatever things that are true, noble, just , pure, lovely, and of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy about someone, I comment only on these things.

Did I gossip?

Proverbs 18:8

The words of a gossip are like choice morsels they go down to a mans inmost parts.

Did I meddle in anybodys affairs?

2 Thessalonians 3:11

Some of you are living idle lives refusing to work wasting time meddling in other peoples business.

Did I betray someones trust?

Proverbs 11:13

A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy man keeps a secret.

Did I belittle someone?

Ephesians 4:29

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building other up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

Was I cynical, scornful , or sarcastic?

1 Samuel 17 28-29

Now Eliah his oldest brother heard when spoke to the men; and Eliahs anger burned against David and he said

“Why have you come down? and with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness?  I know your insolence and the wickedness of your heart; for you have come down in order to see the battle.” But David said

“What have I done now?”

Did I speak as a Know-It-All?

Proverbs 12:23

A prudent man conceals knowledge.

Did I use harsh abusive words?

Proverbs 15: 1

A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

Did I fail to speak with tact or diplomacy?

Colossians 4:6

Let your conversations be gracious and effective so that you will have the right answer for everyone.

Did I attempt to intimidate with my words?

1 Samuel 17:44

The philistine said to David.  “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field.

Was I rude?

Isaiah 35:8

There will be a highway called the Holy road.  No one rude or rebellious is permitted on the road.  Its for Gods people exclusively.

Was I critical or judgmental?

Matthew 7:1-2

Do not judge, or you too will be judged.  For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged.

Was I self absorbed in my conversations?

Philippians 2:4

Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.

Did I use profanity?

James 3:10

Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing.  My brethren, these things ought not to be so.

Did I complain?

Psalm 142:1-2

I cry aloud with my voice to the Lord; I make supplications with my voice to the lord I pour out my complint before him; I declare my trouble before Him.

Did I retaliate?

1 Peter 3:9

Don’t repay evil for evil.  Don’t retaliate when people say unkind things about you.  Instead, pay them back with a blessing.  That is what God wants you to do, and he will bless you for it.

Did I accuse someone?

Revelation 12:10

The accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.

Was I discouraging?

Job 29:24

When they were discouraged, I smiled at them.  My look of approval was precious to them.

Did I express doubt and unbelief?

Mark 11:23

For assuredly, I say to you whoever says to this mountain, “Be removed and be cast into the seal.”  and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.

Did I talk too much?

Proverbs 10:19

When words are many, sin is not absent but he who holds his tongue is wise.

Was I discreet in my discussions?

Proverbs 2:11

Discretion will protect you and understanding will guard you.

Did I keep silent when I should have communicated?

Ecclesiastes 3:1,7

There is a time for every activity under heaven…. a time to be silent and a time to speak.

I don’t know about you but I did not do well with this list.  I am overwhelmed with my tongue control.  I need self control.  I need self-compassion right now, if I am able to be successful in changing my bad habits with my tongue.  I think that making a gratitude list will be helpful in reminding myself of my many blessings.

Outcast

In My Fathers house, were wolves ready to devour My sheep.  My leaders in the faith were filled with pride.  My shepherd’s were drunk with power and my sheep were being devoured by all forms of evil.  My grief was great as I was not accepted.  There was nowhere or no one that really cared to know me personally.  I was a threat to their perceived power.  They could not see the truth.  They had lost their way.  There was no life in them only death.  How I longed to love them all but their hearts were closed.  I cried out to My Father and He answered me, “Son you must sacrifice all to save them from their sins.”  I said. “Let your will be done.” J.C.

Thanksgiving and Family

THANKSGIVING AND FAMILY

We all go to family functions and Thanksgiving is the most attended.   Sometimes we dread it and sometimes it is really fun.  We are happiest when we are Thankful for everything in our lives.  Trouble starts when we begin to judge and start stinking thinking about something we have not forgiven.  We are always justified in this mental masturbation, of self pity and criticism of our perceived enemy.  This usually happens when our hearts have been hardened with sin.  We are proud and do not turn to God and repent of the negative thinking.  We are in denial of our own participation into the supposed enemy we have imagined.  In our own superiority we will criticize and gossip to cover our own inferiority.  We find those who feel the same way about the enemy, which reassures us that we are ok in our sin.

In my own family, I have 3 boys and 1 girl.  The boys say that I favor the girl and the girl say I favor the boys.  I tell them to tell each other and we all laugh.  We all have unresolved issues with parents and siblings.  Our world is in great need for us all to understand each other better.  First we have to understand ourselves.  It is good to look at your reactions and ask yourself, when did this feeling start.  Ask God to heal your wound so you do not wound others and forgive all.

luke 15: 11-32

11

Then he said, “A man had two sons,

12

and the younger son said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of your estate that should come to me.’ So the father divided the property between them.

13

After a few days, the younger son collected all his belongings and set off to a distant country where he squandered his inheritance on a life of dissipation.g

14

When he had freely spent everything, a severe famine struck that country, and he found himself in dire need.

15

So he hired himself out to one of the local citizens who sent him to his farm to tend the swine.

16

And he longed to eat his fill of the pods on which the swine fed, but nobody gave him any.

17

Coming to his senses he thought, ‘How many of my father’s hired workers have more than enough food to eat, but here am I, dying from hunger.

18

I shall get up and go to my father and I shall say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.

19

I no longer deserve to be called your son; treat me as you would treat one of your hired workers.”’

20

So he got up and went back to his father. While he was still a long way off, his father caught sight of him, and was filled with compassion. He ran to his son, embraced him and kissed him.

21

His son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you; I no longer deserve to be called your son.’

22

But his father ordered his servants, ‘Quickly bring the finest robe and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet.

23

Take the fattened calf and slaughter it. Then let us celebrate with a feast,

24

because this son of mine was dead, and has come to life again; he was lost, and has been found.’ Then the celebration began.

25

Now the older son had been out in the field and, on his way back, as he neared the house, he heard the sound of music and dancing.

26

He called one of the servants and asked what this might mean.

27

The servant said to him, ‘Your brother has returned and your father has slaughtered the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’

28

He became angry, and when he refused to enter the house, his father came out and pleaded with him.

29

He said to his father in reply, ‘Look, all these years I served you and not once did I disobey your orders; yet you never gave me even a young goat to feast on with my friends.

30

But when your son returns who swallowed up your property with prostitutes, for him you slaughter the fattened calf.’

31

He said to him, ‘My son, you are here with me always; everything I have is yours.

32

But now we must celebrate and rejoice, because your brother was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.’

Prophesy

November 13th 2018

I am healing your nation.  Be open to healing in your family.  There is time still to be totally healed.  Pray for the terrible destruction to be avoided by repenting.  Turn from your wicked ways.  Turn away from Pride, Fear, Self Pity, Bitterness and Unforgiveness and being Judgemental.  Confess your sin.  I am a loving god who wishes only your best, repent!  Be healed and delivered.  Then I will heal and deliver your nation.  Give me all y our cares, worries, and hopes.  I am the Lord your God and only I can change things for the better.  Confess and Repent.

Let’s look at the older brother’s resentment for doing what is right.  He has stayed and put up with the father and done what it is right.  Did he do it from the kindness of his heart?  Or was it to be superior?  Did he know how much his father loved him?  I think he thought that He had to earn his fathers favor by doing what was right.  He did not love his brother and want what was best for him.  Pride blinded him so much that was enraged at the prodigals return and did not see the miracle of the his brothers changed heart.  I so relate to this thinking that if I do what is right God will be happy with me.  But God wants my heart to understand His Merciful love.  I do not have to make that happen, God gives it freely.  God makes everything work for good for those who love Him.

In conclusion the Prodigal gets it.  He knew that his father would accept him back.  He was so sorry for his sin and was welcomed with open arms by the father.  This is what God does for us.

Which brings me to Thanks Giving with family.  It is a time to be grateful for each and everyone of our family members.  Look for the good things and ignore the bad.  Go to the family with the same forgiveness of the Father.  The World doesn’t need anymore dissension and anger.  What the World needs now is Love.

This was a message on Facebook the day I wrote this message

Today God wants us to know that love is the opposite of logic.

Logic is argumentative, aggressive upon the mind, splits the world into right and wrong, us and them. Love is generative, compassionate, embracing all creation. Logic pays attention to what is being said. Love pays attention to how things are said. Logic leads to debate. Love leads to communion. Practice love to be closer to God.

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MARY OUR EXAMPLE

MY MARY

Around 61 years ago I was 13 years old.  My mother had attempted  suicide and was taken to a St. Elizabeth Mental Hospital in Washington D.C. .  She had taken car of my grandmother day and night for a year, it cause her to loose her mind.  We were not Catholic at the time.  The Nuns ran the hospital and took care of my mother.  My mother was catatonic and did not talk of move.  One day she saw Mary and began to talk.   She painted a statue of Mary and brought it home to me.  That statue of Mary was in my room until I left home.  I do not know what happened to it.  When I was around 5 years old I walked to school and always passed a Catholic Church on the way.  One day I went inside and there were Nuns teaching children and the gave me cards to take home.  When I went home I told my father that I wanted to be Catholic.  My father had a fit and said no.  I think that it was so interesting that later my mother was healed at a Catholic Hospital.   I became Catholic when I married my husband, who was Catholic and Baptist.  I said I wanted to be Catholic.  Shortly after my husbands mother got cancer and was sick.  She had tubes down her throat and it caused damage to her asophagus.  No food would go down and she was starving.  It was the last attempt to put the string down her throat when we brought her a statue of Mary and the string went down, another miracle.  I never made a big deal about all these miracles.  I just took them for granted.  It took many years for the to be in awe of Mary as my Mother.  I was around 25 years old when I was sitting in church and heard the priest say that Mary was my mother.  I had a very sick mother and she could not be there for me and I took Mary as my mother that day.

Mary’s youth

St. Joachim and St. Anne were Mary’s parents Their feast day is July 26th.  They prayed for many years to have a child and when the were old they conceived Mary.  As so many other wonderful miracles God does them after many many years of prayer.  St. Joachim fasted for 40 days and nights in hopes of having a child. Mary’s birth was announce by an angel, and St. Joachim and St. Anne rejoiced.  Mary was born and raised by her parents.  She was taught her faith.  The story of tradition says that she was consecrated to the Lord and went to live in the temple at age 3.

MARY YOUR MOTHER

Mary from the beginning surrendered with us in mind.  It was a cause that had been promised for a long time that a messiah would come to save us all.  Mary knew this when she accepted the angels announcement and completely surrendered to the Holy Spirit.  Her surrender and trust delivered not just the jews but us all.  She brought us Jesus through her womb in a stable filled with animals.  Jesus was nursed by her, taught his faith, fed and clothed and all his physical needs were met by her service.  His first miracle was at a wedding where he turned water into wine, because of his mothers request.  A good son honors his mother.  Jesus listened and honored her wishes even though it did not concern him.  Her Motherly concern for the needs of the bride and groom inspired the first miracle of Jesus.  We must never underestimate the power of a mother’s influence. Only a mother cares about the details of our lives.  Only a mother would be there through good times and bad times.  Mary cares for all our adversities.  Mary accepted the calling of the Father to bring the Holy Spirit and Jesus into the world.  Jesus called her Woman and we women have a new roll model to follow.  If we love her son Jesus, she will come to us and guide our path.  Let her light your path with Jesus her son.  she is YOUR MOTHER.

My soul magnifies the Lord
And my spirit rejoices in God my Savior;
Because He has regarded the lowliness of His handmaid;
For behold, henceforth all generations shall call me blessed;
Because He who is mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is His name;
And His mercy is from generation to generation
on those who fear Him.
He has shown might with His arm,
He has scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart.
He has put down the mighty from their thrones,
and has exalted the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich He has sent away empty.
He has given help to Israel, his servant, mindful of His mercy
Even as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his posterity forever.

The Magnificat was spoken by a 16 year old, lowly teen, with no formidable degree, however totally filled with the Holy Spirit, the highest of educations.  What a prayer of wisdom from a teenager.  She was only 16 years older than Jesus, and a great Mother.  How was their relationship?  He called her My Mother.  I called my mother MA, and that was special to me and only mine.  Yet Jesus and Mary’s relationship was for us all.  I know that Jesus term for his mother was special also but his message was more important to us all, of God’s love for us.  Mary’s motherly love carried Jesus to the cross.  Our Ladies motherly love is personal for me as MY MOTHER.

John 19:26-27

26 When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman,[a] here is your son,” 27 and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.

“Women behold your son” then he said “John behold your mother”  John immediately accepted Mary as his mother and Mary saw her son in John and mothered him.  Any mother knows how hard it would have been for Mary to loose her only child in such a horrific way.  How hard it would be to mother no more and be a widow.  Jesus knew the bigger picture how his mother would be needed to help John and all the apostles in their grief.  Only a mother would know how to comfort their fears and share wisdom.  Jesus knew that Mary would keep them all together with her care until the Holy Spirit fell on them with tongues of fire.  It is good to accept Mary as your mother.  My Mother Mary has my acceptance and I am grateful for all her prayers and patient love in my life. 

MARY OUR MOTHER

Luke 11:27-28

27 As Jesus was saying these things, a woman in the crowd called out, “Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you.”

28 He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”

“Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”  What a compliment to Mary that she listens and lives the word.  Her pure heart is open to us always.  A pure heart that never closes.  She is always listening to God and caring for our needs.  Mary’s example on listening and acting on Gods word teaches us humility.  Our Mother Mary teaches us how to be attentive to her son Jesus.  We must say the prayer she gave us, the rosary, as often as possible.  A prayer that reminds us of her sons beginning… his ministry… his victory and her own.  Our Mother Mary intercedes for us is ongoing, even when we are far away from God.  Mary is with us always and never gives up on us.  It is good to keep in-touch with our Mother Mary as she wants to hear everything, even our secret needs.

Memorare

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided.

Saints on Mary

God has placed in the hands of Mary all the treasures of the goods which he wishes to dispense to men. -St Bernard

It is impossible for him to be lost who recommends himself to Mary, and is regarded by her with love. -St Anselm

The devotions we practice in honor of the glorious Virgin Mary, however trifling they be, are very pleasing to her divine Son, and He rewards them with eternal glory. -St Teresa

Our Lady of Fatima

“Tell everybody that God gives graces through the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Tell them to ask graces from her, and that the Heart of Jesus wishes to be venerated together with the Immaculate Heart of Mary, for the Lord has confided the peace of the world to her.”

A now-obscure feast day reminds us of the importance of knowing the truth of ourselves and God.

Though not widely celebrated, July 17 is dedicated to Our Lady of Humility.m

Our Blessed Mother, the Mother of God, Queen of the Universe, was chosen as the one to bring the Savior of us all into this world. Yet, among the very first words she speaks are “Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it done to me according to thy word.” From the beginning she placed herself last.

This woman who prevailed upon the Incarnate God to perform his first miracle shows us what humility truly is — how it is not to be confused with self-deprecation, but rather, how it is a firm rooting in truth.

Our Lady of Humility has a rich tradition in art. She is generally depicted sitting on the floor or on a low cushion, often with her little Son in her arms.

One such image, from 1383, is associated with a miracle; witnesses saw drops of sweat pour from the Virgin’s face as they were taking refuge nearby to escape civil strife.

Pope St. John Paul II, in a homily given on November 1, 2000, while celebrating Mass on the 50th anniversary of Pope Pius XII’s pronouncement of the dogma of the Assumption, helps us all to understand how profound this feast day truly is. He calls humility the foundation of Mary’s holiness.

Here, an excerpt:

The depth of the Blessed Virgin’s faith in God’s word appears clearly in the song of the Magnificat: “My soul magnifies the Lord, / and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour, / for he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden” (Lk 1:46-48).

In this song Mary shows what constituted the foundation of her holiness: deep humility. We might ask ourselves in what did her humility consist? Much is said to us by the “trouble” she felt at the Angel’s greeting: “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you” (Lk 1:28). Before the mystery of grace, the experience of a particular presence of God who has rested his gaze upon her, Mary feels a natural impulse of humility (literally, of “abasement”). It is the reaction of someone who is fully aware of her own littleness before the greatness of God. In this truth Mary beholds herself, others and the world.

Q

MARY’S LIFE MENTIONED IN SCRIPTURE

HER PURITY

Matthew 1:18-23

Conception and Birth of Jesus

18 Now the birth of Jesus [a]Christ was as follows: when His mother Mary had been [b]betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit. 19 And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man and not wanting to disgrace her, planned [c]to send her away secretly. 20 But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for [d]the Child who has been [e]conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for [f]He will save His people from their sins.” 22 Now all this [g]took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet: 23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name [h]Immanuel,” which translated means, “God with us.”

Luke 1:27-35

27 to a virgin [a]engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the [b]descendants of David; and the virgin’s name was [c]Mary. 28 And coming in, he said to her, “Greetings, [d]favored one! The Lord [e]is with you.” 29 But she was very perplexed at this statement, and kept pondering what kind of salutation this was. 30 The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; 33 and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.” 34 Mary said to the angel, “How [f]can this be, since I [g]am a virgin?” 35 The angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the [h]holy Child shall be called the Son of God.

Mary found favor with God.  A virgin, pregnant with a child.  I know that was not easy for Mary to understand.  Right from the start persecution was her plight.  How can she be favored with her reputation shattered.  Yet she was obedient.  What a wonderful Godly man Joseph was to accept what the angel told him in a dream.  Notice they both were told not to fear.  What a courageous man to accept the humiliation of a child that was not his own.  Surrender to the will of God for all of us and accept misunderstanding and ridicule.  I am in awe of grace that was present in both of their lives.  Talk about pure hearts.  Mary’s purity is what made this possible for Joseph to accept his roll in being the father of God’s Son.

LUKE 2: 19-51

19 And Mary kept all these things reflecting them in her heart.  20 Then the shepherds, returned, gloryfying and praising God for al lthey had heard and seen, just as it had been told to them.

21 On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived.

22 When the time came for the purification rites required by the Law of Moses,h Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord”b),i 24 and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: “a pair of doves or two young pigeons.”c j

25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout.k He was waiting for the consolation of Israel,l and the Holy Spirit was on him. 26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. 27 Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required,m 28 Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:

29 “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,n

you may now dismissd your servant in peace.o

30 For my eyes have seen your salvation,p

31 which you have prepared in the sight of all nations:

32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles,

and the glory of your people Israel.”q

33 The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him. 34 Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother:r“This child is destined to cause the fallings and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, 35 so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”

36 There was also a prophet,t Anna, the daughter of Penuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, 37 and then was a widow until she was eighty-four.e u She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying.v 38 Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.w

39 When Joseph and Mary had done everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth.x 40 And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on him.y

The Boy Jesus at the Temple

41 Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Festival of the Passover.z 42 When he was twelve years old, they went up to the festival, according to the custom. 43 After the festival was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. 44 Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends. 45 When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him. 46 After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. 47 Everyone who heard him was amazeda at his understanding and his answers. 48 When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His motherb said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your fatherc and I have been anxiously searching for you.”

49 “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?”f d 50 But they did not understand what he was saying to them.e

51 Then he went down to Nazareth with themf and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart.g

MARY’S PRUDENCE

In the catechism it says this;

1806 Prudence is the virtue that disposes practical reason to discern our true good in every circumstance and to choose the right means of achieving it; “the prudent man looks where he is going.”65 “Keep sane and sober for your prayers.”66 Prudence is “right reason in action,” writes St. Thomas Aquinas, following Aristotle.67 It is not to be confused with timidity or fear, nor with duplicity or dissimulation. It is called auriga virtutum (the charioteer of the virtues); it guides the other virtues by setting rule and measure. It is prudence that immediately guides the judgment of conscience. The prudent man determines and directs his conduct in accordance with this judgment. With the help of this virtue we apply moral principles to particular cases without error and overcome doubts about the good to achieve and the evil to avoid.

If Mary was told Jesus was the Son of God, then why did she need to follow Jewish rules in her life.  I believe it is obedience that protected them all from all evil.  Jesus was dedicated, prophesied over by a Prophet and Prophetess.  Mary and Joseph were astonished by the words said over Jesus.  What humility they had.  They were just like anyone else in the Jewish world that followed their religion.  Their actions were just doing how they had been taught by their faith.  Not because of guilt or superstition but out of love for God and his word.  Holiness does not stand out it just does the right thing.  Prudence of Mary and Joseph had no doubts as to what was to be done and they avoided evil with obedience.

MARY’S  humility

LUKE 1;48

for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed,

God who knows all and chose Mary to be Jesus mother.  The Holy Spirit declares through Mary the Magnificat.  Some would say that is not very humble.  However the humility is speaking the truth.  During prayer time this morning I had a vision of something being put on my head like a mantilla veil.  It occured to me that many are beginning to wear the veil again at Mass.   Mary wore a veil as was the custom at the time. The world tells us that we as women do not need to cover our heads, yet maybe God wants me to humble myself.  Because God showed me this in a vision I will do it.  For me this is humble and also a protection for me.

I am sure that we would not have recognized Mary as special.  My guess is that she was unassuming.  She was not overly educated, had no notoriety, and would be found very normal by worldly standards. Normal is a word that says you are the same as the majority.  Mary wasa  normal 16 year old.  However God  chooses her to be the Mother of us all.  At 16 Mary knew who was calling her and surrendered to God’s will, nothing more humble then her acceptance and surrender to the will of God.

HUMILITY

Definition

The moral virtue that keeps a person from reaching beyond himself. It is the virtue that restrains the unruly desire for personal greatness and leads people to an orderly love of themselves based on a true appreciation of their position with respect to God and their neighbors. Religious humility recognizes one’s total dependence on God; moral humility recognizes one’s creaturely equality with others. Yet humility is not only opposed to pride; it is also opposed to immoderate self-abjection, which would fail to recognize God’s gifts and use them according to his will.

MARY’S FAITHFULNESS

Luke 1:45

45 Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”

John 2:5

His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

We know that Mary was a strong believer of God’s word.  Yet her faith is such a good example for us.  It is evident that Mary knew God before the immaculate conception.  Her surrender to the angel’s message.  Faith comes from hearing God’s word and listening to the stories of her ancesters.  We read these scriptures over and over again and they begin to be common and we even accept them.  But do we really hear how Mary never faultered in her trust.  She knew that her son would do as she ask.  We mothers know that our sons will do as we ask.  Yet not without comment back.  I love that Jesus gave a comment back to her.  Jesus was a regular son to Mary and also the son of God.  Mary’s faith encouraged the first miracle before the time.  Jesus honored his mother’s request.  It takes faith to cause God to give us miracles.

“Charity is not the sentiment which makes us give a piece of bread or a few cents to the needy…but charity urges us to give God to souls, to inspire them with faith, love; to make known to them all the treasures to be found in virtue” – Charity was a perfect example of the Blessed Virgin. (Feast of the Holy Rosary – October 5, 1884)

Following your reflection on the reading, take a few moments to bring your prayer intentions before Mary, the Mother of God, then end with the Memorare Prayer:

REMEMBER, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to thee do I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me.

Amen.

There is a difference in going to Mom and going to Dad. Mothers are deeply concerned and caring. Will help no matter how long and how much time it takes. Dads are more protecting and not as concerned with the little details. Mary prays for us like a mother.

MARY’S DEVOTION

Acts 1: 13 – 14

The First Community in Jerusalem.

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When they entered the city they went to the upper room where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James.

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All these devoted themselves with one accord to prayer, together with some women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.l

Luke 1 : 46 – 47

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“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;

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my spirit rejoices in God my savior.

Mary starts everything with a prayer. Holy Spirit inspired prayer. Her devotion is to God, Her Son Jesus and to all who follow her son. Mary continues praying, even now for the Body of Christ. She will not rest until Jesus returns. No complacency only perseverance with love for us all to be of one accord.

MARY’S OBEDIENCE

Luke 1:38

Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.

Luke 2: 21-22 27

The Circumcision and Naming of Jesus.

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When eight days were completed for his circumcision,* he was named Jesus, the name given him by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

The Presentation in the Temple.

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* When the days were completed for their purification* according to the law of Moses, they took him up to Jerusalem

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He came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus to perform the custom of the law in regard to him,

LUCIA REVEALS THE THIRD SECRET OF FATIMA

You may be inspired by this message and perhaps inspire others to change.

LUCIA REVEALS THE THIRD SECRET OF FATIMA

Regardless of whatever Creed or Religion, it is better to be prepared and be in good terms with GOD, who created us; for we never know when we will be leaving this world…..

LAST SECRET OF FATIMA

The Church has given permission to reveal to the people the last part of the message. The Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to three children in Fatima , Portugal in 1917, this is a proven fact; one of these children was Lucia, (died 2-13-2005). She was a cloistered nun, and lived in a monastery in Portugal . Lucia disclosed the message for the first time to Pope Pius Xll, who, after reading, sealed it and stored it away without making it public. Later Pope John XXIII read it and, in the same manner as his predecessor, he kept it out of the public eye because he knew that once revealed; it would bring desperation and panic to mankind.

But now the time has come, and permission has been granted from Pope John Paul II to reveal it to the children of God; not to create panic, but to make God’s people aware of this important message and be prepared.

The Virgin told Lucia:

‘Go, my child, and tell the world what will come to pass during the 1950’s – 2000’s. Men are not practicing the Commandments that God has given us. Evil is governing the world and is harvesting hate and resentment all over. Men will fabricate mortal weapons that will destroy the world in minutes where half of the human race will be destroyed!

The war will begin against Rome and there will be conflicts amongst religious orders. God will allow all natural phenomena like smoke, hail, cold, water, fire, floods, earthquakes, winds and inclement weather to slowly batter the planet. These happenings will come to pass before the year 2012!!!!

“For those who don’t/won’t believe, this is the time. Your beloved mother told you: those lacking charity towards others, in words & deeds and those who do not love their neighbour like my beloved Son has loved you all cannot survive! They will wish to have died. God will punish severely those who do not believe in him, those who despise him and those who did not have time for him.”

‘I call upon all of you to come to my son Jesus Christ. God will help the world, but all of those who do not show fidelity and loyalty will be destroyed!’

Father Agustin, who lives in Fatima , said that Pope Paul VI gave him permission to visit Sister Lucia,a cloistered nun (she did not leave the monastery nor was allowed to receive any visitors). Father Agustin said that she received him greatly overwhelmed and told him:

‘Father, Our Lady is very sad because nobody is interested in her prophecy of 1917, though the righteous are walking through a narrow path, the evil ones are walking through an ample road that is leading them straight to their destruction! Believe me, Father, the punishment will come very soon. ‘Many souls will be lost and many nations will disappear from the earth.

But, in the middle of all these, if men reflect, pray and practice sincerity, good deeds, kindness and respect, the world can be saved. However, if men persist with evil ways, greed, hatred, selfish acts, rivalry, and rif, the world will be lost forever!

The time has come for all to pass on the message of our Blessed Lady to their families, friends, and to the entire world. Continue praying, make penitence and sacrifices. We are close to the last minute of the last day and the catastrophes are near. Due to this, many that were far from the Church will return to the open arms of the Church of Jesus Christ.

The joining of the churches will result in one Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church ; England , Russia , China , Jews, Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus, Protestants, etc. All will return believing and worshipping God our Creator, in his beloved Son and in Blessed Mother Virgin Mary.’

WHAT AWAITS US ???

Everywhere there will be ‘Peace Talks’, but punishment will come.

A MAN IN A VERY IMPORTANT POSITION WILL BE ASSASSINATED AND THIS WILL PROVOKE THE WAR. A POWERFUL ARMY WILL DOMINATE ALL THROUGH EUROPE AND THE NUCLEAR WAR WILL COMMENCE.

This war will destroy everything; darkness will fall over us for 72 hours (3 days) and the one third of humanity that survives this obscurity and sacrifice, will commence to live a new era; they will be good people.

On a very cold night, 10 minutes before midnight, A GREAT QUAKE will shake the earth for 8 hours. This will be the third signal that God Is, who governs the earth. The righteous and those who propagate the faith and the message of the Lady of Fatima is :

‘ONE SHOULD NOT FEAR, DO NOT BE AFRAID’.

WHAT TO DO???: Bow your heads, kneel down and ask God for forgiveness. Because, only what is good and is not under the power of evil will survive the catastrophe. In order for you to prepare and remain alive and safe, I will give you the following signs:

ANGUISH AND IN A SHORT PERIOD THE EARTHQUAKE WILL COMMENCE. THE EARTH WILL SHAKE. The shake will be so violent that will move the earth 23 degrees and then it will return it to its normal position. Then, total and absolute darkness will cover the entire planet. All the evil spirits will be mingling around and free, doing harm to all those souls that did not want to listen to this message and those who did not want to repent. To the faithful souls, remember to light the blessed candles, prepare a sacred altar with a crucifix in order to communicate with GOD and implore for His infinite mercy. All will be dark; and IN THE SKY A GREAT MYSTIC CROSS will appear to remind us the price that his beloved Son had to pay for our redemption.

In the house the only thing that can give light will be the HOLY CANDLES. Once lit, nothing will put them off until the three days of darkness are over. Also, you should have holy water that should be sprinkled abundantly on windows and doors. The Lord will protect the property of the chosen ones. .Kneel down before the powerful cross of my beloved Son, pray the Rosary and after each Hail Mary you must pray the following:

‘Oh God forgive us our sins, preserve us from the fires of hell, take all souls to heaven, especially those who are in more need of thy mercy. Blessed Virgin Mary, protect us, we love you, save us and save the world’.

Pray 5 Creeds and the Rosary which is the secret to my immaculate Heart. All those who believe in my words go and take the message to everyone, DO NOT FEAR! FEAR NOTHING DURING THE LORD’S GREAT DAY. Talk to all, now that there is time. Those who keep quiet will be responsible for all those souls who will perish in ignorance. All those who pray humbly the rosary will have the protection of heaven. Those who are bound to die, I will help them die in peace, and they will be holy when they enter the other world.

I wish all my children to attend mass every first Friday and every first Saturday of each month; to confess and receive Holy Communion; and in doing so, save the world from its TOTAL DESTRUCTION!! When the earth shakes no more, those who still do not believe in our Lord will perish in a horrible way:- The wind will bring gas and it will disperse it everywhere, then the sun will rise. Maybe you will survive this catastrophe. Do not forget that God’s punishment is holy and ONCE IT HAS STARTED YOU SHOULD NOT LOOK OUTSIDE, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE!!!! GOD DOES NOT WANT ANY OF HIS GOOD CHILDREN TO SEE WHEN HE PUNISHES THE SINNERS.

All this encompasses with the writings of the Holy Scriptures. Read on the New Testament: Lucas 21 – 5:121, 12:19, 20:20, 29:33 Letters of St Paul 3 – 8 – 14 Isaiah 40, 1:5:9.

You must understand that God allows all this to happen. The Pope and Bishops are now awaiting another message that speaks about repentance and prayer. Please remember that God’s words are not a threat, but good news. Please reproduce these pages and send them to all you know so we all can have the opportunity to repent and be saved. We do not know if those receiving this message believe or not in GOD, but just think that, if you are receiving this message it is for a good reason from God who created us and loves us so much! Our Creator is giving us the chance to be saved, no matter what religion or creed we may be.

Miraculous Medal

The Miraculous Medal and Claude Newman

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Claude Newman was a twenty-year-old African-American who, in 1943, awaited execution in a prison in Mississippi. His crime was that of ambushing and shooting a man named Sid Cook, his beloved grandmother’s abusive second husband. One day, noticing a medal hanging around the neck of a fellow prisoner, Claude asked the young man what it was. The latter responded by casting the medal to the ground with a curse saying, “Take it.”

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The medal was a Miraculous Medal of Our Lady of Graces, and though knowing nothing about it or who it represented, Claude picked up the oval trinket and hung it around his neck.

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The Miraculous Medal

of Our Lady of Graces

During the night, Claude was awakened by a touch on his wrist to behold a glowing vision whom he later described as “the most beautiful woman that God ever created.”

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The lady calmed the frightened man and said, “If you would like me to be your mother, and you my child, send for a Priest of the Catholic Church.” And she disappeared.

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“A ghost, a ghost!” screamed Claude, at the same time clamoring for a Catholic Priest.

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The next morning Father Robert O’Leary, SVD, (who later wrote the story) was summoned. After listening to the extraordinary account, he found that Claude was illiterate, and knew nearly nothing about religion. So he proceeded to carefully catechize not only him but four other inmates who were deeply impressed by Claude’s account. Occasionally, two sisters from Father O’Leary’s church joined the catechetical team. Several weeks later, when Father introduced the sacrament of confession, Claude volunteered, “Oh, I know about that! The Lady told me that when we go to confession we are kneeling down not before a priest, but before the cross of her Son. And that when we are truly sorry for our sins, and we confess our sins, the Blood He shed flows down over us and washes us free from all sins.”

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The priest and nuns were stunned at this new revelation. Seeing their surprise, Claude heartily apologized, “O, don’t be angry, don’t be angry. I didn’t mean to blurt it out!”

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“The Lady told me that when we go to confession we are kneeling down not before a priest, but before the cross of her Son.”

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But assuring him that he was far from angry, Father O’Leary asked Claude if he had seen the Lady again. Taking the priest aside, the young man said, “She told me that if you doubted me or showed hesitancy, I was to remind you that lying in a ditch in Holland in 1940, you made a vow to her which she’s still waiting for you to keep.”

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This revelation convinced Father of Claude’s claim. In fact, during the war, O’Leary had promised to build a church in honor of the Immaculate Conception, a promise he fulfilled in 1947. This church stands to this day in Clarksdale, Mississippi. As Father and Claude returned to the class on confession, Claude told his classmates, “You should not be afraid of confession. You’re really telling God your sins, not the priest. You know, the Lady said that confession is something like a telephone. We talk through the priest to God, and God talks back to us through the priest.”

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When about a week later Father O’Leary and the sisters were preparing to teach on the Blessed Sacrament, Claude asked if he could share what the Lady had told him about the Eucharist. The catechist joyfully acquiesced, and Claude related, “The Lady told me that in Communion, I will only see what looks like a piece of bread. But she told me that It is really and truly her Son, and that He will be with me just as He was with her Father O’Leary testified: “I’ve never seen anyone go to his death as joyfully and as happily.”

Before He was born in Bethlehem. She told me that I should spend my time like she did during her lifetime with Him, in loving Him, adoring Him, thanking Him, praising Him, and asking Him for blessings. I shouldn’t be distracted or bothered by anybody else or anything else, but I should spend those few minutes in my thoughts alone with Him.”

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Finally, the catechumens were received into the Church. The baptismal records of St. Mary’s parish (Vicksburg) record Claude’s baptismal day as January 16, 1944. He was scheduled for execution on January 20th.

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As Sheriff Williamson asked Claude if he had a last request, he couldn’t believe the answer:

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“Well, all my friends are all shook up. The jailer is all shook up. But you don’t understand. I’m not going to die; only this body is. I’m going to be with Her. So, then, I would like to have a party.”

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And so, he had his party with cake and ice cream and his fellow inmates were allowed to attend. On the morning of execution, Claude was full of joy. As he prepared with Father O’Leary, Sheriff Williamson rushed in shouting that the governor had granted a two-week reprieve. To his amazement, Claude broke down in sobs, inconsolable, crying:

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“But you don’t understand! If you ever saw her face, and looked into her eyes, you wouldn’t want to live another day! What have I done wrong these past weeks that God would refuse me my going home? Why, Father? Why must I still remain here for two weeks?”

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Then Father O’Leary had an inspiration. There was a prisoner, James Hughs, who, despite having been raised Catholic, had led a horribly immoral life, and was also on death row for murder. James had a particular hatred for Claude, and all priests as well. Father O’Leary then proposed that Claude offer his disappointment on not being executed that day for Hughs’ conversion, which Claude did, generously offering his prayers and last two weeks for the salvation of his fellow inmate.

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Finally, Claude was executed on February 4, 1944.

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Father O’Leary testified: “I’ve never seen anyone go to his death as joyfully and as happily. Even the official witnesses and the newspaper reporters were amazed. They said they couldn’t understand how anyone could sit in the electric chair beaming with happiness.”

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Claude had obtained from Our Lady that James have a glimpse of his place in hell. This glimpse had horrified him and, full of fear of God, he had asked to go to Confession. When the time came for James Hughs to be executed, he violently refused all spiritual assistance, cursing and blaspheming even while seated on the electric chair. He was asked if he had a last word.

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Suddenly, looking to a corner of the room, there was a surprised, then horrified, look on his face, and he shouted, “Get me a priest!”

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Father O’Leary, who was in the room, approached and heard the man’s full confession.

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Then Sheriff Williamson, who could not bear his curiosity, asked the condemned man what was in the corner. James explained that he had seen Claude Newman and the Blessed Virgin behind him, her hands on his shoulders. Then, Claude had obtained from Our Lady that he, James, have a glimpse of his place in hell. That’s when, filled with horror, he demanded a priest. Once again the simple wearing of the Miraculous Medal of Our Lady of Graces called down Our Lady’s maternal gaze, and saved not only one, but many souls in that Mississippi prison.

(Photo©Michael Seagriff)

Mother Mary:…You receive in Communion the all-holy God, yet you yourself are far from holy.

A single Communion should be enough to fill you with all the fervor of the saints, yet all your Communions leave you as cold as you were before You are always to some degree reserved in dealing with Jesus, though He does not hold back at all in heaping His blessings upon you.

His presence when you have received Him indeed inspires in you great desires of virtue, and you promise Him much. But the desires and the promises soon fade.

You would certainly not deal in this way with an important man of this world if he honored you with a visit.

How aware you are of the gifts a friend gives you! How ready to thank him! Love cannot rest until it has found a way of expressing its gratitude.

Can it be, my child, that you lack occasions for practicing virtue, such as the saints made use of after Communion when they wanted to show Jesus how sensible they were of the graces they received?

What He asks for more than anything else is that you keep careful watch over your affections so that they are directed too Him.

If you were to keep careful watch over yourself after receiving Communion, you would retain the devotion you had at the time of Communion. Such watchfulness after every Communion is the best means you have of preparing for the next.

I wrote this for a Catholic daily reading. It was rejected because it was poorly written and no way for them fix it, to put it on their website. I am putting it on my blog because I think it is prophetic, considering it was written last November. The other reason it is prophetic, is the news of the leadership in Catholic Church has just been put into the light. They were afraid of upsetting leadership. SO SAD. My proof FEAR is ruining our Catholic Church.

September 11, 2018

Luke 6: 6-11

On another sabbath he went into the synagogue and taught, and there was a man whose right hand withered.  The scribes and the Pharasees watched him closely to see if he would cure on the sabbath so that they might discover a reason to accuse him.  But he realized their intentions and said to the man with the withered hand.  “Come up and stand before us.”  And he rose and stood there.  Then Jesus said to them, “I ask you, is it lawful to do good on the sabbath rather than do evil, to save life rather than to destroy it?”  looking around at him, “Stretch out your hand.”  He did so and his hand was restored.  But they became enraged and discussed together what they might do to Jesus.

Where do you stand when someone is using religious law to condemn others?  Are you an accuser or a courageous lover towards all?   Fear causes us to lose sight of real love and compassion. We look for reasons to argue with those who threaten our rigid traditions and even chase them off.  Is it religious jealousy that enraged the Pharisees or Jealous Pride? Was Jesus a threat? Even though Jesus knew he would be plotted against he still restored the mans withered hand.  He knew and we also know when leaders are looking to falsely accuse us.  Goodness always threatens those who are blinded with envy and hate.  How do we feel about those who are filled with goodness?  Maybe threatened that we are not good enough?  Maybe we like power and control?  Do we save life or destroy it?  Our hardhearted sin never makes sense after the fact.  Now in this case, Jesus’ perfect love, courage, and compassion brought life to a withered hand.  Help us repent of all religious competition and fear and help us choose life instead of death.

Prayer

Lord help me to be courageous and ignore the majorities prejudiced religious accusations. Help me to be loving and compassionate and bring healing to this sick world. May the church leaders and congregations repent and bring back the lost sheep who are wounded and need healing.

Ponder

September 11th 2001, is our reminder of what Religious hatred and prejudice can do, at its very worst. Do you pray for peace?  Our Lady of Fatima warned us in 1917!  Did you listen? Pray the Rosary.

What Do You Accept

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WHAT DO YOU ACCEPT?

What you do matters but not much?  What you are matters tremendously.  Catherine Doherty

In these extraordinary times.  So many are believing what they admire and revere allows them to ignore sin in their lives.  We have a false sense of superiority.  I believe that is why God is not needed in so many of our lives as Christians.  We think we are God and we are above sin

Not too long ago I was going to my High School reunion of 50 years.  I had reconnected with some old High School friends on facebook. It was so much fun to see and hear from them.  Yet I saw a bragging and comparing that shocked me.  It occurred to me that some were comparing how old others looked compared to them.  Everyone looking for a way to be better that the other.  Look at my status.  How sad that they were not looking for the Godliness of each other especially at this age.  I met one women from school in Sams Club and she said it made her sick the way we were talking about God all the time on facebook,  She was referring to me.  It was sad to see that she was still very unkind and rude and had not changed after all these years.

Who do you accept as part of your inner circle?  Do you accept them if they have a title.  Or do you make sure that you have titles so that you can lord it over others?

I saw a really cool picture of a brown egg and a white egg used to explain the differences in skin color.  When they cracked the egg open, they both were the same.  I loved that it showed we are the same even though we appear different on outside

That is the message of this article, we are all the same and hurt inside the same.  I write for my own healing.  It helps me to explain my thoughts and feelings.  I then have inner healing.  My hope is that you are healed also.

Here is a list of examples where we exclude others;

Only accept your nationality and exclude everyone else

Only accept those of your religion

Only accept those who are your political party

No accepting your spouses mother by making fun or pointing out faults to embarrass your partner.

Leaving out Older or younger people out because of their age

Teachers that work hard are ridiculed and feared by those that don’t do their jobs

Exclude those who are new

When someone has goodness exclude them

When you think someone is smarter or not at smart as you

Looking down on poor, or anyone you perceive to be less affluent.

Thinking you are responsible for what God has done for you, and judging others with bad luck as lesser

Bully’s try to bring down the good because of there own feelings of fear and anger.  No one likes a bully and they also do not want them to hurt them.  ,We see bullying in Church leadership.  It has no place but we see it. When we see Aggressivenes,Scowling and critical attitude in our relations, with our friends or subordinates, it is bullying.

On facebook , a Teacher showed the class 6 shiny apples, all looked good.  She earlier had taken one of the apples and thrown it on the floor many times.  When class started she started passing 5 of the apples around and told the kids to say nice things to the apples.  Then she took the one she had thrown on floor, they did not know this , and told them to say mean things to the apple.  When they had finished she cut all the apples open.  The one they said bad things to was all bruised inside.  She then told them that is what bullying does to our insides.  No one could see that the apple was bruised from the outside.  She then said it hurts on inside but we cannot see it on the outside.

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1John 4: 18

There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear because fear has to do with punishment, and so one who fears is not yet perfect in love.

If we are hurt over and over again we begin to fear everyone.  We react negatively. We allow others to control our lives because of fear.  We loose ourselves and our self esteem along with it.  It is not good to let self pity take over our thoughts.  I go to confession if I see myself being controlled by negative thoughts and fearing what others think about me.   Winston Churchill said “ You have enemies?  Good that means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.  A lot of people are afraid to tell the truth, to say no.  That’s where toughness comes into play.  Toughness is not being a bully.  It’s having a backbone.

Philippians 4:8

8 Finally, brothers, let your minds be filled with everything that is true, everything that is honorable, everything that is upright and pure, everything that we love and admire — with whatever is good and praiseworthy.

We are all insecure some way or another.  The devil has known you from birth and knows how to push your buttons.  We must resist the devil and he will flee.  So the above scripture is for you to remember about yourself.  Here is what you say,

I am worthy and a success because I am smart.  Even if others reject me I will not believe them.  I am confident and will not compare myself to anyone.  I am good enough for everything and everyone in my life.  I will no longer listen to other’s words with the wounded child that lives in me, who needs acceptance and love.  I am a Saint, Chosen, Holy, Dearly Loved by God.

THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE!

Self-deprecating is often disguised as humility and that is a lie.  God’s word say “I do all things through God who strengthens me” Philippians 4:13.  What do you tell yourself, this is more important than what others call you.  Are you too young like Jeremiah?  Do you have a speech impediment like Moses, How about too old, too stupid without degree and the self deprecating can go on and on.  How long will you continue to accept your own self abuse.  Who is the accuser?  Who loves us just as we are flaws and all?  Do not believe you are not good enough.  You are Worthy, Intelligent, Competent, Confident and totally sufficient in everyway.  Does that make you feel uncomfortable?  Accept that you are perfect for what God has chosen you to do for him.  However, do not get overly full of yourself and forget that God has done it all and you need to continue to turn to Him.

“By the grace of God I am what I am.” 1 Corinthians 15:10

Everything you have is for Gods Glory.

If you are different GOOD, it has a very important purpose.

Who makes you different from anyone else?  What do you have that you did not receive?  And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not? 1 Corinthians 4:7

So do not get puffed up if you are in favor and do not get discouraged if your being persecuted.  Stay balanced and know where everything you have comes.  Success comes in many different ways.  God is a God of surprises.m

DISCONNECTED CHURCH

DISCONNECTED CHURCH

Prophesy

My church is not listening to me.  They have their own agenda and it is not to do with me.  It is to do with the world and its agenda. Where are my shepherds?  Why have they abandoned me with the agenda of the world.  I will destroy all that has been built.  My waiting is over!  If you think you are above persecution, read my word.  I am allowing all to fall it is over.  Repent before it is too late.  You do evil where you think no one sees.  I see and my patience has run out.  I have waited so long and you have continued in your evil.  Now is the time for sorrow and painful regrets.  Stop before it is too late and all is lost.

CONFESSIONS OF A CHURCH REJECT

I am disconnected from the church community.  I am liked every where but church community.  I am excluded from the community of believers.  I know that God is showing me how others feel when they enter a church.  I do have many prayer partners and have my blog www.woundedinourmidst.com , WOW women of wisdom podcast with Ellen Mongan do 2 hours of prayer a day and mentor and I am mentored by them.

I have just returned from my vacation to visit my daughter.  On my way home there was 12 hours to think and plan my days.  I have been going downtown to a church that is beautiful and has priests that give good sermons.  My husband and I believe in being friendly with everyone around us and we have such good conversations with the young couples. We also pray for everyone of them. The church has mass at 12:00 noon for daily mass.  It is hard to go to daily mass because the of parking is a problem and can be costly.  We have a church close to us, we do not feel welcome.  I made the mistake of going in and introducing myself, when we moved there 5 years ago.  I took a video of a Christian t.v. program that I had made earlier in the year to show the priest.  The priest is from Poland and he said to give it to the church secretary and she would tell him about it.  I then was ignored and my husband was too.  Not sure what happened but I guess I was not humble enough.  Anyway this is a pattern everywhere.  I call it a DISCONNECT. The priests at the other church even wrote a article about people who nag, because I had been excited and tried to tell him about a great book called, the friendship project.  When I finished telling him he walk away and said nothing.  I got the message that I am an aggravation.  He then let me know in his article ,he writes in bulletin , that I was a nag.  He mentioned about someone telling him about a book, who was nagging.   So back to coming home and making plans for my spiritual life.  I decided that daily mass was important to go everyday.  So I made the decision to go to the church that is close to my home for daily mass no matter how we were treated.  So my husband and I went today.   They did not remember us and that was good.  I would have loved to finish my prayers after mass but they were going to say the rosary.  So I decided to leave and go home and finish my prayers.  I got a sarcastic remark “God Bless you”, for not staying.  It hurts me deeply to receive such rejection, but contrary to what they think of me, I know God loves me.

I am writing this with total forgiveness.  Please do not think that I am angry.  I am in great pain about those who are hurting and not returning to the church because of the Disconnect.  I am a firm believer in THE TRUTH SETS YOU FREE.  Jesus said FORGIVE THEM FOR THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY DO.

Everyday I meet many who are unchurched.  My family members also, who have left because of how I was treated through the years.  They just do not want the drama and are turned off by the disconnect.

This pains my heart for all those whose families believe as mine and do not go to church.

DISCONNECTS

I have written about hardened hearts in my previous blogs but now I am writing about DISCONNECT.  So here are some of the disconnects I see in the body of Christ.

The people in church come and go and do not feel the need to know anyone, do anything,  give more than $1.00 or even give nothing .

One ministry in the church does not interact with another ministry only to compete.

Religious education for children does not include parents at same time.

Older members not connected with the younger members.

Parishioners only take and are not expected to give.  When they give and it is not accepted.

Do not upset anyone with the truth!    FEAR

Only the perfect are accepted in church.  All others are rejected.

Present Leadership does not prepare the young for leadership and the ministry dies on the vine.

Priests fear of new people so only the click stays and runs anyone new off.

Leadership taken for granted no gratitude just criticism, causing discouragement. Priests and Laity

I have been praying for 2 seminarians for over a year and I wrote and told them.  Never heard back. Why?

No one likes to be taken for granted even our priests.  We must try harder as a church to be more welcoming and not so fearful.  I was baptized in the Holy Spirit 40 years ago by a exorcist priest.  I then was called Charismatic. After moving then mistreated and judged.  I was thrown out to the wolves without a shepherd to help me. No spiritual direction to tell me about my prophetic gifts, and God took care of me.  God is still leading me.  I will continue to write how I feel and do as God calls me.  After all these years I finally have been given a spiritual director.  Pray for Sr. Nancy Christopher, to help me.  This has helped me feel apart of the church.

CONNECTED.

Body of Christ

The upper cervical holds the head onto the body and if it is disconnected from the head, all of the body is totally out of whack.  All types of illness occurs.   The Body of Christ needs healing.  We should never take for granted our leadership and let them go astray.  We should connect to them and say how we feel.  We should not let them go astray and believe the worlds teachings.  We should encourage them to be strong and fight for the truth.  We should fight for the truth.  The ten commandments should be their law not intellectual mumbo jumbo.  Encourage them to have common sense.  Scriptures says that in end times even the elect will become deceived.  We must be prayerful people and not be deceived.  We should not get a big head if we are called to lead in the church and stay there forever.  We should always look for ones to encourage to be able to take our place in leadership and support them forever.

Why I am writing, is to encourage change in the BAD attitude of disconnect into HEALTHY CONNECTEDNESS with everyone no matter who they are, just like Jesus did.

Proverbs 13:12  Hope deferred makes the heart sick but a longing fulfilled is the tree of life.”

When leadership loses hope for any reason the Body of Christ is sick.  It is all about perspective.  When we rise above the storm, all is bright and sunny.  Let the eyes of Christ body show you the truth.  Ask Mary to heal your heart and replace it with her immaculate heart.

Jeremiah 29:11  For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil to give you a future and hope.

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