Words from God the Father and Jesus

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From the Lord:

“Hope is what my children need..My Mercy and Hope for the future – Hope for their lives and their Souls – Hope for their children.  Speak of my Love and Mercy for all generations – I have not forgotten my children.  I will  never leave them orphans…I am their “Father” who knit them in their Mothers womb.  

I have a purpose for each and every soul, whom I create.  My Mercy endures forever and ever.  Come to My tribunal of Mercy my children, before the day of My justice!

Do not fear Me – I am a Father of pure Love, a Love you cannot fathom or understand.  If I did not love YOU, would I have allowed My Son to be tortured and crucified for YOU!!! to save You – so you can enter into MY presence, here in Heaven and be with ME for all eternity.  Eternity never ends – your joy will be complete.  Come to ME, rend your hearts, not your garments and I will come to you and bind up your wounds.

This week is Holy Week – Ponder the Passion of my Son, Jesus – what He did for you!  It was the sins of mankind that MY Son suffered such a cruel death for – all the sins from the beginning of man until the end of the world.  My mercy is great – My heart is filled with love and compassion for My children.  My children have been led astray – they are dispersed and wandering without a shepherd.  Take My hand this day and I will bring you back into the shelter of My heart.  My Peace I give to you!

Jesus spoke the following to St. Faustina, which are also for us.  These words show His tender love and compassion for all of us and they are meant to bring us His healing Love.

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“When you reflect upon what I tell you in the depths of your heart, you profit more than if you had read many books.  Oh, if souls would only want to listen to My voice when I am speaking in the depths of their hearts, they would reach the peak of holiness in a short time”

“Souls perish in spite of My bitter Passion.  I am giving them the last hope of salvation (Feast of the Divine Mercy); that is the Feast of My Mercy.  If they will not adore My Mercy, they will perish for all eternity.  Secretary of My Mercy, write, tell souls about this great mercy of Mine because the awful day, the day of My justice, is near”

“The flames of Mercy are burning Me.  I desire to pour them out upon human souls.  Oh, what pain they cause Me when they do not want to accept them!

My daughter, do whatever is within your power to spread devotion to My Mercy.  I will make up for what you lack.  Tell aching mankind to snuggle close to My merciful Heart, and I will fill it with peace.

Tell (all people), My daughter, that I am Love and Mercy itself.  When a soul approaches Me with Trust, I fill it with an abundance of graces that it cannot contain them within itself, but radiates them to other souls.

Souls who spread the honor of My mercy I shield through their entire lives as a tender mother her infant, and at the hour of death I will not be a Judge for them, but the Merciful Savior  At that last hour, a soul has nothing with which to defend itself except My mercy.  Happy is the soul that during its lifetime immersed itself in the Fountain of Mercy, because Justice will have no hold on it.

Write this:  Everything that exists is enclosed in the bowels of My mercy, more deeply than an infant in its mother’s womb.  How painfully distrust of My goodness wounds Me!  Sins of distrust wound Me most painfully”

Let the greatest sinners place their trust in My mercy.  They have the right before others to trust in the abyss of My mercy. My daughter, write about My mercy towards tormented souls. Souls that make an appeal to My mercy delight Me.  To such souls I grant even more graces than they ask.  I cannot punish even the greatest sinner if he makes an appeal to My compassion, but on the contrary, I justify him in My unfathomable and inscrutable mercy.  Write:  Before I come as a just Judge, I first open wide the door of My mercy.  He who refuses to pass through the door of My mercy must pass through the door of My justice….

My daughter, do you think you  have written enough about My mercy?  What you have written is but a drop compared to the ocean.  I am LOVE and MERCY itself.  There is no misery that could be a match for MY mercy, neither will misery exhaust it, because as it is being granted – it increases.  The soul that trusts in My mercy is most fortunate, because I myself take care of it.

Write, speak of My mercy.  Tell souls where they are to look for solace; that is, in the Tribunal of Mercy (The sacrament of Reconciliation- confession).  There the greatest miracles take place and are incessantly repeated.  To avail oneself of this miracle, it is  not necessary to go on a great pilgrimage or to carry out some external ceremony; it suffices to come with faith to the feet of My representative and to reveal to him one’s misery, and the miracle of Divine Mercy will be fully demonstrated.  Were a soul like a decaying corpse so that from a human standpoint, there would be no hope of  restoration and everything would already be lost, it is not so with God.  The miracle of Divine Mercy restores that soul in full.  Oh, how miserable are those who do not take advantage of the miracle of God’s mercy!  You will call out in vain, but it will be too late.

My child, know that the greatest obstacles to holiness are discouragement and an exaggerated anxiety.  These will deprive you of the ability to practice virtue.  All temptations united together ought not disturb your interior peace, not even momentarily.  Sensitiveness and discouragement are the fruits of self-love.  You should not become discouraged, but strive to make My love reign in place of your self-love.  Have confidence, My child.  Do not lose heart in coming for pardon, for I am always ready to forgive you.  As often as you beg for it, you glorify My mercy.

“Oh Blood and Water which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fount of Mercy for us, I trust in you”

this is a little prayer to be said  (above) for those who are in need of God’s Mercy.  Just say that little prayer for whomever you are praying for and Jesus will take it from there.

God’s Peace be with You.

Mercy, Love, and Hope- Divine Mercy Sunday

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imageToday, I need to write about God’s greatest attribute:  His Mercy.  It is precisely because of His infinite Love for us, that His Mercy is so great.  He, (God) wants to give you hope, all of us hope.  For that reason, through his servant, St. Faustina, the  great day of Mercy, Divine Mercy Sunday, was established.  This is the image, by the way, that I took down from my wall when I was convicted of my sins and wept upon for 45 minutes.  I felt like I cried an ocean of tears.  It was at this moment, begging God for His mercy that I was interiorly led to call a Priest.  I knew nothing about this image or the Feast of Divine mercy.

My daughter, tell the whole world about My inconceivable mercy. I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. On that day the very depths of My tender mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the fount of My mercy. The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. On that day all the divine floodgates through which graces flow are opened. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet. My mercy is so great that no mind, be it of man or of angel, will be able to fathom it throughout all eternity. Everything that exists has come forth from the very depths of My most tender mercy. Every soul in its relation to Me will contemplate My love and mercy throughout eternity. The Feast of Mercy emerged from My very depths of tenderness. It is My desire that it be solemnly celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter. Mankind will not have peace until it turns to the Fount of My Mercy.

(Diary of St. Faustina Kowalska, # 699)

Divine Mercy Sunday is the Sunday after Easter.

“During his homily, John Paul also made clear that the Image of The Divine Mercy St. Faustina saw, which is to be venerated on Divine Mercy Sunday, represents the Risen Christ bringing mercy to the world (see Diary 49, 88, 299, 341, 570, 742). Pope John Paul II said: “Jesus shows His hands and His side [to the Apostles]. He points, that is, to the wounds of the Passion, especially the wound in His Heart, the source from which flows the great wave of mercy poured out on humanity.

“From that Heart, Sr. Faustina Kowalska, the blessed whom from now on we will call a saint, will see two rays of light shining from that Heart and illuminating the world: ‘The two rays,’ Jesus Himself explained to her one day, ‘represent blood and water’ (Diary, 299).

“Blood and water! We immediately think of the testimony given by the Evangelist John, who, when a soldier on Calvary pierced Christ’s side with his spear, sees blood and water flowing from it (see Jn 19:34). Moreover, if the blood recalls the sacrifice of the cross and the gift of the Eucharist, the water, in Johannine symbolism, represents not only Baptism but also the gift of the Holy Spirit” (see Jn 3:5; 4:14; 7:37-39).” (the divine mercy.org)

What is Divine Mercy:

Be Merciful as Your Father is Merciful
We are not only to receive the mercy of God, but to use it by being merciful to others through our actions, our words, and our prayers; in other words, we are to practice the Corporal and Spiritual Works (Acts) of Mercy.

The Lord wants us to do these works of mercy, because even the strongest faith is of no use without works.

Corporal Works:
Feed the hungry
Give drink to the thirsty
Clothe the naked
Shelter the homeless
Comfort the prisoners
Visit the sick
Bury the dead

Spiritual Works:
Teach the ignorant
Pray for the living & dead
Correct sinners
Counsel those in doubt
Console the sorrowful
Bear wrongs patiently
Forgive wrongs willingly

Jesus’ Call to Mercy
“I demand from you deeds of mercy, which are to arise out of love for Me. You are to show mercy to your neighbors always and everywhere. You must not shrink from this or try to excuse or absolve yourself from it.

I am giving you three ways of exercising mercy toward your neighbor:
the first — by deed, the second — by word, the third — by prayer. In these three degrees is contained the fullness of mercy, and it is an unquestionable proof of love for Me. By this means a soul glorifies and pays reverence to My mercy.” (Diary, 742)

“Many souls … are often worried because they do not have the material means with which to carry out an act of mercy. Yet spiritual mercy, which requires neither permissions nor storehouses, is much more meritorious and is within the grasp of every soul.

If a soul does not exercise mercy somehow or other, it will not obtain My mercy on the day of judgment. Oh, if only souls knew how to gather eternal treasure for themselves, they would not be judged, for they would forestall My judgment with their mercy.” (Diary 1317)

Through St. Faustina, the Merciful Savior has given the aching world new channels for the outpouring of His grace. These new channels include the Image of The Divine Mercy, the Feast of Mercy (Divine Mercy Sunday), the Chaplet, the Novena to The Divine Mercy, and prayer at 3 o’clock in the afternoon, the Hour of Great Mercy.

Although these means of receiving God’s mercy are new in form, they all proclaim the timeless message of God’s merciful love. They also draw us back to the great Sacrament of Mercy, the Holy Eucharist, where the living Lord, who suffered and died on the Cross and whose Heart was pierced with a lance, pours forth His mercy on all mankind, and grants pardon to all who draw near and honor Him. As Jesus told St. Faustina:

My Heart overflows with great mercy for souls, and especially for poor sinners…[I]t is for them that the Blood and Water flowed from My Heart as from a fount overflowing with mercy. For them I dwell in the tabernacle as King of Mercy. (Diary, 367)(divinemercy.org)

The History of the Chaplet of The Divine Mercy
In 1935, St. Faustina received a vision of an angel sent by God to chastise a certain city. She began to pray for mercy, but her prayers were powerless. Suddenly she saw the Holy Trinity and felt the power of Jesus’ grace within her. At the same time she found herself pleading with God for mercy with words she heard interiorly:

Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world; for the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us. (Diary, 475)

As she continued saying this inspired prayer, the angel became helpless and could not carry out the deserved punishment (see 474). The next day, as she was entering the chapel, she again heard this interior voice, instructing her how to recite the prayer that our Lord later called “the Chaplet.” This time, after “have mercy on us” were added the words “and on the whole world” (476). From then on, she recited this form of prayer almost constantly, offering it especially for the dying.

In subsequent revelations, the Lord made it clear that the Chaplet was not just for her, but for the whole world. He also attached extraordinary promises to its recitation.

Encourage souls to say the Chaplet which I have given you (1541). Whoever will recite it will receive great mercy at the hour of death (687). When they say this Chaplet in the presence of the dying, I will stand between My Father and the dying person, not as the just Judge but as the Merciful Savior (1541). Priests will recommend it to sinners as their last hope of salvation. Even if there were a sinner most hardened, if he were to recite this Chaplet only once, he would receive grace from My infinite mercy (687). I desire to grant unimaginable graces to those souls who trust in My mercy (687). Through the Chaplet you will obtain everything, if what you ask for is compatible with My will. (1731)

Prayed on ordinary rosary beads, The Chaplet of The Divine Mercy is an intercessory prayer that extends the offering of the Eucharist, so it is especially appropriate to use it after having received Holy Communion at Holy Mass. It may be said at any time, but our Lord specifically told St. Faustina to recite it during the nine days before the Feast of Mercy (the first Sunday after Easter). He then added: “By this Novena, [of Chaplets] I will grant every possible grace to souls.” (796)

It is likewise appropriate to pray the Chaplet during the “Hour of Great Mercy” — three o’clock each afternoon (recalling the time of Christ’s death on the cross). In His revelations to St. Faustina, Our Lord asked for a special remembrance of His Passion at that hour.

How to Recite the Chaplet (link)

Divine Mercy Novena (starts Good Friday) can be found here.

Pray the Novena
First Day
Second Day
Third Day
Fourth Day
Fifth Day
Sixth Day
Seventh Day
Eighth Day
Ninth Day

Experience God’s Loving Mercy.  This year, above all years, is extremely IMPORTANT!!!!  This is our time.  Once your sins have been confessed, they are no longer remembered.  It will go much easier on you when you see your souls.  Seeing our souls will be a mini judgment.  Those who have many unconfessed sins, will suffer immensely.  Those who have been cleansed and forgiven, will have great joy.  This is to your great benefit.  If you are to help others during that time, you, yourself, will need to be cleansed first.  Those who are not Catholic and unable to confess their sins in confession, please do your best to confess ALL the sins you remember and beg His forgiveness.  Then do penance, by offering little sacrifices ,in atonement for those sins.

Blessed Faustina’s Book “The Diary: Divine Mercy in my Soul”, can be found in any Catholic Book Store or here.

God Bless!

The Smoke of Satan has entered the Church

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the Church split in two

The Fatima Visionarys were told that “the smoke of satan has entered the church”.  What this means is that the Masons/Communists would infiltrate the Catholic Church, from the inside, to destroy  it, and to bring about their One World Church.  This one world church is a reality and is in the making.  According to Garabandal Sources, we are told that when communism comes back, we are very close to the “Warning”.  And the goal of freemasonry is the triumph of communism. http://www.savethemales.ca/000280.html#sthash.LbaGRQOi.dpuf

One of the clues as to where the Catholic Church is headed is in regard to the  “Synod of the Family”, prompted by Pope Francis, who insists that the Church  include all those on the fringes.  The Church has always included those on the fringes and welcomes all.  What the Synod is trying to do is change the teachings of the Church on who can receive Holy Communion.  So, the Lord has told me that when this Synod reconvenes in October you will see a split in the Church.  (And thats the image I was given, above, of a split church) You will have those who will follow the traditions of the Church and those who will break away from those traditions of the Church.  The ones who follow the false teachings will be led astray and will be the 3/4 of the population that will believe the anti-christ is JESUS.  Don’t believe it, don’t follow that path.

A Catholic School Removes Teacher for Defending Faith– how ironic is this.  This teacher posted her Catholic Views on Facebook and she gets fired.  This is happening all over.  There are so many examples such as this that its overwhelming to say the least.  We need to truly discern the actions of each of our Priests, Bishops, and Cardinals.  If they teach anything other than the Gospel, then “you shall know them by their fruits”.  They are either from God or from satan.

Unfortunately, There are many Priests, Bishops, and Cardinals who are now masons within the Church. They are the new Judas’s who will betray the faithful and change the Church from what we knew it to be in the early 60’s.

Freemasonry has infiltrated our schools, media, government, medical institutions……you name it.  In the book “Behind the Lodge Door”, the Author, an ex-mason, explains that by getting at least 5 masons on the Supreme Court they were able to extinguish prayer from the Public Schools.  This is why we are where we are at today…

Lucifer’s tour de force
“They converse of the secret that I gave at Fatima. It is a simple explanation. It could not be fully revealed because of the drastic nature of My message. How I warned and warned that satan would enter into the highest realms of the hierarchy in Rome. The Third Secret, My child, is that satan would enter into My Son’s Church.”
Our Lady, May 13, 1978

Below is a video of Bella Dodd’s confession of how, she a Communist Leader, personally put over 1000 men into the seminaries.

Manning Johnson, a former Communist Party official and author of “Color, Communism and Common Sense” testified in 1953 to the House un-American Activities Committee regarding the infiltration of the Catholic Church:

“Once the tactic of infiltration of religious organizations was set by the Kremlin … the Communists discovered that the destruction of religion could proceed much faster through infiltration of the (Catholic) Church by Communists operating within the Church itself. The Communist leadership in the United States realized that the infiltration tactic in this country would have to adapt itself to American conditions (Europe also had its cells) and the religious make-up peculiar to this country. In the earliest stages it was determined that with only small forces available to them, it would be necessary to concentrate Communist agents in the seminaries. The practical conclusion drawn by the Red leaders was that these institutions would make it possible for a small Communist minority to influence the ideology of future clergymen in the paths conducive to Communist purposes This policy of infiltrating seminaries was successful beyond even our communist expectations.”

Infiltration of the Catholic Church?

July 28, 2003
By Toby Westerman
Copyright 2003 International News Analysis Today
www.inatoday.com

Clerical abuse against children, charges of Mafia-style cover-ups, and the destruction of Catholic moral teaching are tearing at the Catholic Church, and turning the 2,000 year-old faith into fodder for lowbrow comedy.

An affidavit recently obtained by INA Today attributes the Catholic Church’s present state of collapse to a calculated attack beginning decades ago, with initial successes appearing in the 1960s.

The affidavit affirms that Communist Party organizer and high Party official, Bella Dodd, made public statements during the decade of the 1960s declaring that the Catholic priesthood was infiltrated by numerous Communist agents, whose mission was “to destroy the Catholic Church from within.” More here.

Mrs./Dr. Bella V. Dodd told her friend, Mrs./Dr. Alice von Hildebrand, the theologian, that:

“When she was an active party member, she had dealt with no fewer than four cardinals within the Vatican who were working for us, [i.e. the Communist Party]” (Christian Order magazine, “The Church in Crisis”, reprinted from The Latin Mass magazine).
Mrs./Dr. Bella V. Dodd made a public affidavit which was witnessed by a number of people, including Paul and Johnine Leininger. In her public affidavit, among other things, Mrs./Dr. Bella V. Dodd stated:
“In the late 1920’s and 1930’s, directives were sent from Moscow to all Communist Party organizations. In order to destroy the [Roman] Catholic Church from within, party members were to be planted in seminaries and within diocesan organizations… I, myself, put some 1,200 men in [Roman] Catholic seminaries”.
In a lecture at Fordham University in 1950 Mrs./Dr. Bella V. Dodd stated:
“The idea was for these men to be Ordained and progress to positions of influence and authority as Monsignors and Bishops.”.
Mrs./Dr. Alice von Hildebrand confirmed that Mrs./Dr. Bella V. Dodd had publicly stated the same things to which she attested in her public affidavit.
Mrs. Johnine Leininger confirmed that other people could also verify that Mrs./Dr. Bella V. Dodd had made these statements regarding the infiltration of Communists into Roman Catholic seminaries.

Also in her lecture at Fordham University in 1950, a dozen years before Synod Vatican 2, Mrs./Dr. Bella V. Dodd, speaking as a former high ranking official of the American Communist Party said:

“Right now they [the Communist infiltrators] are in the highest places in the Church”
where they are working to bring about CHANGE in order to weaken the Church’s effectiveness against Communism.
Mrs./Dr. Bella V. Dodd also said that these CHANGES would be so drastic that:

“You will not recognize the Catholic Church.”  More here.

Dodd gave voluminous testimony on communist infiltration of Church and state before the House UnAmerican Activities Committee in the 1950s. In a lecture at Fordham University during that time, Dodd unveiled what would seem to be an uncanny prophecy of future chaos in the Church. The lecture was attended by a monk whose account of the talk is presented in Christian Order:

I listened to that woman for four hours and she had my hair standing on end. Everything she said has been fulfilled to the letter. You would think she was the world’s greatest prophet, but she was no prophet. She was merely exposing the step-by-step battle plan of Communist subversion of the Catholic Church. She explained that of all the world’s religions, the Catholic Church was the only one feared by the Communists, for it was its only effective opponent. The whole idea was to destroy, not the institution of the Church, but rather the Faith of the people, and even use the institution of the Church, if possible, to destroy the Faith through the promotion of a pseudo-religion: something that resembled Catholicism but was not the real thing. Once the Faith was destroyed, she explained that there would be a guilt complex introduced into the Church…. to label the ‘Church of the past’ as being oppressive, authoritarian, full of prejudices, arrogant in claiming to be the sole possessor of truth, and responsible for the divisions of religious bodies throughout the centuries. This would be necessary in order to shame Church leaders into an ‘openness to the world,’ and to a more flexible attitude toward all religions and philosophies. The Communists would then exploit this openness in order to undermine the Church.  More here.

Visions and Prophecies of Marie-Julie Jahenny

Marie-Julie Jahenny was favored with frequent visions of Jesus and Mary, as well as many prophecies. The Truth of the Heavenly warnings of which she was to be the humble messenger was vindicated by her characteristic simplicity and honesty, her exemplary obedience to her Spiritual Directors and her Bishop, and of course, by the fulfillment of what she prophecized during her long life.

For example, with unfailing accuracy she foretold the two World Wars, the election of Infallible Roman Catholic Pope, Saint Pius X, Giuseppe Melchiorre Sarto [Tuesday, August 4, 1903 – Thursday, August 20, 1914], the various persecutions of the Roman Catholic Church, the chastisements and the fate of apostate France. But, more remains to unfold in the future.

Blind, deaf, dumb and crippled, she had subsisted miraculously on the Blessed Sacrament alone, for many of the last years of her life. Surely then, we will not pass over lightly what God has confided to her for the benefit of our own sad days.

Prophecies About the Church

During a Locution, she heard Lucifer tell Jesus Christ:

  • “I will attack the Church. I will overthrow the Cross, I will decimate the people, I will deposit a great weakness of Faith in hearts. There will also be a great denial of Religion. For a time I will be master of all things, everything will be under my control, even Your temple and all Your people.”
    Marie-Julie has said:
  • “Saint Michael says that Satan will have possession of everything for some time and that he will reign completely over everything; that all goodness, Faith, Religion will be buried in the tomb… Satan and his own will triumph with joy, but after this triumph, the Lord will, in His turn, gather His own people and will reign and triumph over evil and will raise up from the tomb the buried Church, the prostrated cross. . .”
    Marie-Julie Jahenny [June 1881]:
  • “In their [priests] aberration, they will break their oaths. The Book of Life contains a list of names that ‘rends the heart.’ Because of the little respect it has for the Apostles of God, the flock grows careless and ceases to observe the laws. The Priest himself is responsible for the lack of respect because he does not respect enough his Holy Ministry, and the place which he occupies in his Sacred functions. The flock follows in the footsteps of its Pastors; this is a great tragedy.”
  • “The Clergy will be severely punished on account of their inconceivable fickleness and great cowardice which is incompatible with their functions. A terrible chastisement has been provided for those who ascend every morning the steps of the Holy Sacrifice. I have not come on your altars to be tortured. I suffer a hundredfold more from such hearts than any of the others. I absolve you from your great sins, My children, but I cannot grant any pardon to these Priests.”
  • Marie-Julie Jahenny said: “Those who govern the Flock” (i.e. the Prelates – this includes Bishops, Archbishops, Cardinals, and Popes) will be responsible for the coming crisis.  She mentioned the growing freedom enjoyed by Priests and Bishops and how badly they would use it. Marie-Julie then went on to say the “Red Revolution” (Communism) would break out.

To conclude, I just ask that you do your own research.  Pray and ask the Lord for His guidance through these tempestuous times.  We need all the help we can get as we begin our journey through these rough waters.  It is not going to be easy, but, God will never forsake His own.

Blessed (Exorcism) Salt

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Fr. John Hampsch wrote a wonderful explanation of Blessed Salt…how to use it, why, and the Biblical references for how it came to be so important.

In the ancient world salt was a precious commodity and Roman soldiers were often paid (partially) with packets of salt. “this was the origin of our word “salary” and of the phrase, “worth his salt”.   Because salt was costly it was considered an appropriate offering to God and was used in sacrifices by the Israelites (Ezekiel 3:24), and for the sacrificial meal (Genesis 31:54). (Fr. John Hampsch)

Salt has healing and preservative properties.  “The Blessing promised by God on food and water as well as the prevention of miscarriages and agricultural catastrophes (Exodus 23:35-36) was extended by God through Elisha (2 Kings 2:20-21), when he was inspired to put salt into contaminated water.  Adding salt to already brackish water to purify it, made the miracle more impressive.   This miracle is the primary Scriptural basis for the sacramental use of Blessed Salt today.

These sacramentals sanctify us by the power flowing from the redemptive act of Jesus, elicited by the Church’s intercession to be directed through those external signs and elements.  Hence Sacramentals like blessed salt, holy water, medals are not to be used superstitiously as having power, but as a “focus point” funneling one’s eyes toward Jesus.

Blessed salt used non-superstitiously, can be used in ones home to prevent burglaries, cars for safety, etc.  A few grains in drinking water and in our food as seasoning often bring astonishing spiritual and physical benefits, as I have personally witnessed (Fr. John Hampsch).  This faith must be in Jesus, just as was the faith of the blind man in Johns Gospel.  He had faith in Jesus, not in the mud and spittle used by Jesus to heal him.

Excorcism salt is intended to be an instrument of grace to preserve one from the corruption of evil occurring as sin sickness, demonic influence, etc. 

I purchase the morton salt boxes and bring them to the Priest for the blessing.  You can use any kind of salt.  I myself have been instructed to sprinkle the blessed salt around the perimeter of our property and inside our home.  This is something you may wish to do for the protection of your home during these times.

I have a non-catholic friend, whom I gave some of this blessed salt to one day.  She didn’t have a clue what to do with it or how to use it.  I gave her a bit of info. and left it at that.  Last summer, her and her husband were in Texas camping when a horrific storm was coming upon them.  She said her husband didn’t want to go into town and so she remembered my little “spiritual” packet I gave her.  She went and sprinkled the salt on their camper, vehicle and around the campsite.  The storm was headed straight for them, and this was a major storm.

The next morning they got up and everything was intact.  Nothing had hit them.  Her husband went into the town of waco a couple of miles away, and it was devastated.  The storm had veered away from them.  They were totally untouched.  She now believes.  Praise God.

 

EXORCISM BLESSING FOR SACRAMENTALS

Prayers for Priests to bless sacramentals
(Taken from old Roman Ritual prayer books, unless otherwise noted)

EXORCISM BLESSING FOR WATER AND SALT
(Priest vests in surplice and purple stole)
P: Our help is in the Name of the Lord. R: Who made heaven and earth.

EXORCISM OF SALT (necessary for Exorcism of Water)
P: O salt, creature of God, I exorcise you by the living (+) God, by the true (+) God, by the holy (+) God, by the God who ordered you to be poured into the water by Elisha the prophet, so that its life-giving powers might be restored. I exorcise you so that you may become a means of salvation for believers, that you may bring health of soul and body to all who make use of you, and that you may put to flight and drive away from the places where you are sprinkled; every apparition, villainy, turn of devilish deceit, and every unclean spirit; adjured by him who will come to judge the living and the dead and the world by fire.
R: Amen.

P: Let us pray. Almighty and everlasting God, we humbly implore You, in Your immeasurable kindness and love, to bless (+) this salt which You created and gave to the use of mankind, so that it may become a source of health for the minds and bodies of all who make use of it. May it rid whatever it touches or sprinkles of all uncleanness, and protect it from every assault of evil spirits. Through Christ our Lord.
R: Amen.

EXORCISM OF WATER
P: O water, creature of God, I exorcise you in the Name of God the Father (+) Almighty, and in the Name of Jesus (+) Christ His Son, our Lord, and in the power of the Holy (+) Spirit. I exorcise you so that you may put to flight all the power of the enemy, and be able to root out and supplant that enemy with his apostate angels, through the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will come to judge the living and the dead and the world by fire. R: Amen.

P: Let us pray. O God, for the salvation of mankind, You built Your greatest mysteries on this substance, water. In Your kindness, hear our prayers and pour down the power of Your blessing (+) into this element, made ready for many kinds of purifications. May this, your creature, become an agent of divine grace in the service of Your mysteries, to drive away evil spirits and dispel sickness, so that everything in the homes and other buildings of the faithful that is sprinkled with this water, may be rid of all uncleanness and freed from every harm. Let no breath of infection and no disease-bearing air remain in these places. May the wiles of the lurking enemy prove of no avail. Let whatever might menace the safety and peace of those who live here be put to flight by the sprinkling of this water, so that the health obtained by calling upon Your Holy Name, may be made secure against all attack. Through Christ our Lord. R: Amen.
(Priest pours exorcised salt into the water, in the form of a cross.)

P: May a mixture of salt and water now be made, in the Name of the Father, and of the (+) Son, and of the Holy Spirit. R: Amen.
P: The Lord be with you. R: And with your spirit.

P: Let us pray. O God, Creator unconquerable, invincible King, Victor ever-glorious, You hold in check the forces bent on dominating us. You overcome the cruelty of the raging enemy, and in Your power You beat down the wicked foe. Humbly and fearfully do we pray to You, O Lord, and we ask You to look with favor on this salt and water which You created. Shine on it with the light of Your kindness. Sanctify it by the dew of Your love, so that, through the invocation of Your Holy Name, wherever this water and salt is sprinkled, it may turn aside every attack of the unclean spirit, and dispel the terrors of the poisonous serpent. And wherever we may be, make the Holy Spirit present to us, who now implore Your mercy. Through Christ our Lord. R: Amen.

EXORCISM BLESSING FOR OIL (Use regular, 100% pure olive oil)
(Priest vests in surplice and purple stole)
P: Our help is in the Name of the Lord. R: Who made heaven and earth.

P: O oil, creature of God, I exorcise you by God the Father (+) almighty, who made heaven and earth and sea, and all that they contain. Let the adversary’s power, the devil’s legions, and all of Satan’s attacks and machinations be dispelled and driven far from this creature, oil. Let it bring health in body and mind to all who use it, in the name of God (+) the Father almighty, and of our Lord Jesus (+) Christ, His Son, and of the Holy (+) Spirit, as well as in the love of the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who is coming to judge both the living and the dead and the world by fire. R: Amen.
P: O Lord hear my prayer. R: And let my cry come unto thee.
P: May the Lord be with you. R: And with your spirit.

P: Let us pray. Lord God almighty, before whom the hosts of angels stand in awe, and whose heavenly service we acknowledge; may it please You to regard favorably and to bless (+) and hallow (+) this creature, oil, which by Your power has been pressed from the juice of olives. You have ordained it for anointing the sick, so that, when they are made well, they may give thanks to You, the living and true God. Grant we pray, that those who will use this oil, which we are blessing (+) in Your Name, may be protected from every attack of the unclean spirit, and be delivered from all suffering, all infirmity, and all wiles of the enemy. Let it be a means of averting any kind of adversity from man, redeemed by the Precious Blood of Your Son, so that he may never again suffer the sting of the ancient serpent. Through Christ our Lord. R: Amen. (Priest sprinkles the oil with holy water)

THE BLESSING OF CANDLES

P: Our help is in the Name of the Lord. Who made heaven and earth. The Lord be with you.

R: And also with you.

P: Let us pray. Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, bless these candles at our lowly request. Endow them, Lord, by the power of the holy + cross, with a blessing from on high, You who gave them to mankind in order to dispel darkness. Let the blessing that they receive from the sign of the holy + cross be so effectual that, wherever they are lighted or placed, the princes of darkness may depart in trembling from all these places, and flee in fear, along with all their legions, and never more dare to disturb or molest those who serve You.”

Amen!

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God’s Divine Will vs His Permissive Will

 

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There are two dimensions to God’s Will.  One is His Divine Will and the other is His Permissive Will.

God’s Divine Will is something that He has ordained for our lives such as following the Commandments, and “what He expects us to believe, hope, fear, love, and do.  Our parents and siblings as well as what we look like would be God’s divine Will. The permissive will of God, also known as the will of God’s good pleasure, is shown to us in the events, facts, and the circumstances of the present moment in our lives.

Job, who was a good man, was allowed to be tested by the imagedevil.  What Job said after he was told all his children had been killed was really an eye opener for me.  He said, “Naked I came from my Mothers womb, Naked shall I return; the Lord gave, and the Lord taketh away, Blessed be the name of the Lord (Job 1:21)   And again, once he was stricken with sores all over his body, “Shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil?” (2:10).  Job accepted and resigned himself to God’s permissive will in this instance.  By doing so, he was rewarded greatly with double of what he had from the beginning.

“We must never think that God SENDS us pain and suffering; He only ALLOWS us to experience the consequences of our own actions or those of others that have repercussions in our lives. God does not interfere with the natural laws He decreed at the beginning of time. If we or others break any of these laws, we reap the fruits of our actions.” (The two wills of God)

Therefore, Suffering comes from Sin.  Our sin and the sins of others.  The sufferings we go through are the consequences of those sins.  However, when we are the victims of another person’s evil choices, God can bring good out of all situations.  He can change our misfortunes into opportunities that will benefit us, depending on how we respond to each of our challenging situations, such as the example of Job.

The following story illustrates this : An old farmer had an old horse for tilling his fields. One day the horse escaped into the hills and when all the farmer’s neighbors sympathized with the old man over his bad luck, the farmer replied, “Bad luck? Good luck? Who knows?” A week later the horse returned with a herd of wild horses from the hills and this time the neighbors congratulated the farmer on his good luck. His reply was, “Good luck? Bad luck? Who knows?” Then when the farmer’s son was attempting to tame one of the wild horses, he fell off its back and broke his leg. Everyone thought this very bad luck. Not the farmer, whose only reaction was, “Bad luck? Good luck? Who knows?” Some weeks later the army marched into the village and drafted every able-bodied youth they found there. When they saw the farmer’s son with his broken leg they let him off. Now was that good luck? Bad luck? Who knows?

 Whatever is happening  in our lives is the providence of God.  If we can wrap our heads around this truth we will be so much happier and content.  We will have more joy and peace because we know God ALLOWED it to be.  He allowed it for a very important reason; perhaps it is to show us something about ourselves, teach us something, or to purify us from our attachments to other things and people.  All things DO work together unto good for those who love God, (Romans 8:28).

God is interested in getting us to Heaven.  He cares about our souls and our happiness.  Can you imagine if everyone strived to do the will of God, we would not have the kind of suffering that we have now.

God is asking us to accept our trials and tribulations; all of our sicknesses and bad situations with patience.  According to St. Francis de Sales “Greater love motivates the submission imagecharacterized by DISINTERESTEDNESS. Here we are attracted lovingly to something because we see in it God’s Will, which is the only thing in the whole universe that has meaning for us. Health or sickness, strength or weakness, wealth or poverty, consolation or desolation — we embrace whatever happens as God’s will and desire nothing else. We need time to grow into such total detachment. And we probably will spend most of our lives cooperating with God in the stripping process required to attain it. The culmination of this process will be the death of our self-will. As Francis says in the Treatise, “The will then neither knows nor cares what it wants; it surrenders itself utterly and unreservedly to the permissive will of providence, becoming so blended with this sweet will that it can say with St. Paul, I live now, no longer I, but Christ lives in me!”

And again, “The indifferent heart is like a ball of wax in the hand of God, receiving every impression of the divine pleasure. It is a heart empty of desires and ready for anything. It focuses on the will of God. and yearns not for the things that God wills but only for the will of God who wills them. In short, God’s will is the only desire of the truly indifferent soul. As if chained to this divine will, she willingly follows wherever it leads.”

We also need to be patient with ourselves and our failures.  The best thing we can do is humbly acknowledge our weakness, repent and get back up again.  God looks at our hearts, and if He sees that we are trying our best, He will do the rest.  He knows we are weak and imperfect.  He is not expecting us to be perfect “out of the box”.  This is our journey through the desert, like the Israelites.  We are all journeying towards the same place but on different paths.  Some more rocky than others.  Some have more suffering than others.  But this is all relative to the designs God has on that particular soul.   The Serenity Prayer. “God, please give me the strength to change what I can change, the courage to accept what I cannot, and the wisdom to know the difference.  We need courage to accept what we cannot change and wisdom to know how to change what we can change.  This is a prayer we probably all need to say at some point in our lives.  I know I certainly have.

Usually, when God is going to expect greater things from someone, that person will have heavier trials placed upon him to prepare him for the mission God has in mind.  We will be tested in many things.  We learn through trials and sufferings.  We reach out to God in our sufferings….this is part of God’s plan.  If life were perfect we would not have need of God.  In this very imperfect life, we need to depend on God and God alone to travel safely to our homeland….Heaven.

“St. Francis says the one who truly loves God, loves the divine permissive will when things go badly no less than if they go well. We have no problem when God’s permissive will coincides with our natural preferences. It is no test of our love for God to accept His will when things are going our way. But to welcome suffering and distress simply because of God’s permissive will — this is the highest degree of love, according to Francis de Sales.”

from St. Francis De sales: The Two Wills of God

Protection Prayers

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Here are a couple of prayers which I pray every morning.  I received these from a Priest, Fr. Altier,  who does deliverance prayer on others and is writing a book on the names of “Evil Spirits” for Exorcism Priests.

Protection Prayer:

Jesus, I plead your Precious Blood over my body, mind, and spirit; my past healing; my conscious and my sub-conscious; my family, friends, and possessions; my intellect and my will; my feelings, thoughts, and emotions; my words and actions; my vocation (marriage), relationships, and sexuality.  Protect with your Precious Blood my work, finances, ministries, all other activities — all that I am and all that I do  (add any specifics here).  Lord, I dedicate all of these things to You, and I acknowledge You as Lord and Master of all.

In your Name, Lord, Jesus Christ, I ask You to bind, silence, and separate satan, and all his evil spirits that are coming against me, any of my loved ones, or any of my possessions  Lord Jesus, I as you to command satan and all of his companion spirits to depart from me and go directly to the foot of Your Cross, never to return to us again.

Father, I ask that our bodies, minds, souls, and spirits be washed clean and healed by the Holy Spirit, and I ask the Holy Spirit to dwell in us forever.

I ask you, Blessed Mother, through the grace of your Immaculate Conception, to intercede for our protection.  I ask You, Eternal Father, to release St. Michael the Archangel, and all the angels to surround us, protect us, and minister to us.

Father, Jesus, Holy Spirit, and Blessed Mother, I thank You, I praise you, and I love You.  Amen.

Perimeter Prayer:

Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, I ask You to establish a perimeter of Your love and Protection around us and all of our loved ones, and all of our possessions, including our house, our pets, our cars, our computers, our phone lines, gas lines, water pipes, sewer pipes and electrical lines.  I ask that no demonic bondage, door, portron, demonic entity, portal, astral projection or disembodied human spirit may enter this space of 100 yards in all directions.  I ask that any demons that are there or should try to come immediately be rendered deaf, dumb, and blind; that You would strip them of all weapons, illusions, armor, power, and authority; that You would bind them, rebuke them, and disable them from communicating or interacting in any way.  Remove them, sending them directly to the foot of Your Cross.  I ask this in Your Name, Lord Jesus. Amen

Prayer against Storms  (at each cross make the sign of the cross.

“Jesus Christ a King of Glory has come in peace. (+)God became Man, (+) and the Word was made flesh. (+) Christ was born of a Virgin. (+)Christ suffered.(+) Christ was crucified. (+)Christ died. (+)Christ rose from the dead. (+)Christ ascended into Heaven. (+)Christ conquers. (+)Christ reigns.(+) Christ orders. (+)May Christ protect us from all storms and lightning.(+) Christ went through their midst in peace,(+) and the Word was made flesh.(+) Christ is with us with Mary. (+)Flee you enemy spirits because the Lion of the Generation of Juda, the Root David, has won. (+)Holy God! (+)Holy Powerful God!(+) Holy Immortal God!(+) Have mercy on us. Amen!”

I can personally say I have said this prayer whenever we are being hit with a storm in the area.  One night in fact, a tornado was headed straight towards us.  My husband and I were watching the radar, and minutes before we would have been hit by this tornado, it all of a sudden split in two.  Part of the storm went above us, and the other half went beneath us.  We were totally protected.  This prayer has never, ever, ever failed.

Stop Fat Storage “trick”

I read this article and I found it very interesting, and if it works, then great.  Apparently there has been research on this method.  I myself have tried this by checking my glucose levels, after eating,  and it did indeed bring it down right after a meal. I did not check it immediately, but maybe 45 minutes later.  High glucose levels makes it pretty tough to lose weight, so if your blood sugars are down after a meal, that means there isn’t any fat storage going on.  Your muscles and liver have taken in the glucose.

I will be reposting this article from Shaun Hadsall from getleanin12.com

“What if you could use a silly little trick, which takes only
90 seconds, that will ensure ALL your cheat food (or extra
carbs) gets “re-directed” straight into muscle and liver tissue…

… INSTEAD of being stored as fat?

Well it is possible if you understand how to activate a
metabolic glucose transporter called GLUT 4, which can
help you beat meal-induced insulin release to the punch.

All you have to do is perform short bouts of a few simple
exercises, lasting at least 90 seconds, and you’ll instantly
bring glucose transporter type 4 (GLUT 4) to the surface
of muscle cells.

In conclusion, GLUT4 is a member of glucose transport proteins family. It is found in skeletal muscles, adipose tissue, and heart muscle. GLUT4 is responsible for insulin-regulated glucose disposal. In type 2 diabetes mellitus (NIDDM), insulin-resistance is developed as a result of impairment of GLUT4 trafficking and translocation in the skeletal muscle. Because GLUT4 content is not deteriorated, some researchers are targeting GLUT4 for pharmacological therapy by enhancing glucose disposal in the skeletal muscle. GLUT4-deficient mice developed cardiac hypertrophy; thus, GLUT4 is essential for energy production in heart tissues. Some researchers were able to activate GLUT4 gene expression by using PPARg alone or in combination with C/EBPb and C/EBPd. Many researchers have shown that physical exercise has an effective role in the treatment of NIDDM patients. Physical exercise increases the rate of glucose uptake into the contracting skeletal muscles, which is regulated by GLUT4. see more here.

These super short bouts of muscular contractions will open
the flood gates of your muscle cells for extra carbs and cheat
food calories to flow into, while preventing fat “spillover”.

In other words, you can literally “flip the metabolic switch” so
all these extra calories are siphoned into muscle tissue when
you eat too many carbs or cheat food.

Example: Perform bodyweight movements like:

Body weight squats, burpees, lunges, jump squats, push-ups,
pull-ups, wall push-ups, mountain climbers, etc. for 90 seconds
straight about 15 to 30 min. before eating cheat food, or a
high carb meal.

You’ll wind up with somewhere between 50 to 100 reps total,
but focus mainly on time.

Bonus Tip: Research shows you can also use this same trick
within 90 minutes AFTER a cheat meal or high carb meal to
help get even better results.

WHY is this so important?

Because it’s the weekend and that’s when you’re probably
going to indulge more than you should.

It’s just built into our society.

However, there is a silver lining to all your weekend binges.

This Breakthrough Cornell University Study shows that
people who focus on eating healthier Monday thru Friday,
while letting loose on the weekends stay LEANER.

So, believe it or not, your weekend food benders could hold
the secret to your EASIEST diet ever.”

Get all the details on this new research at this link:

How Weekend Food Binges Hold The Secret To LASTING Fat Loss

Your friend and coach,

Shaun

 

The letter from Beyond…

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I have been asking the Lord to send me stuff that He wants me to post…and this is what I received the other day from America Needs Fatima. I read this and I knew that I was supposed to post it. Please don’t delay your conversion…if you know of someone who is, maybe you could show them this.

This letter recounts the tragic story of the eternal damnation of a young woman named Ani. Both the narrative and the letter transcribed below were found among the papers of a deceased nun, who in the world was known as Claire and worked with the condemned woman. This letter was revealed to Claire in a dream shortly after Ani was killed in a car accident.
The narrative received an Imprimatur from the diocese of Treves, Germany in 1953, authorizing its publication as highly instructive. While an Imprimatur is not an affirmation of authenticity, it guarantees that the text is free from doctrinal error. The letter first appeared in a book of revelations and prophecies. Fr. Bernhardin Krempel, Doctor of Theology, published it separately and lent it more authority with his footnotes showing the letter’s absolute concordance with Catholic Doctrine. We publish these footnotes here and in the PDF.

The Letter from Beyond:

I had a friend. That is, we shared a mutual closeness as friends and neighbors while we worked in the same office.
Later, when Ani got married, I never saw her again. From the moment we met, we had between us more amiability than real friendship. So when she moved to the elegant neighborhood of villas far from my home after her marriage, I didn’t miss her very much.
In mid-September of 1937, while I was vacationing at Lake Garda, my mother wrote to me: “Imagine, Ani N. died. She lost her life in an automobile accident. She was buried yesterday in the cemetery of Woodstock.”
The news shocked me. I knew that Ani had never been truly religious. Was she prepared when God suddenly called her? The next morning I attended Holy Mass, which was said for her, in the chapel of the nun’s boarding house where I stayed. I prayed fervently for her eternal repose and also offered my Holy Communion for that intention.
I felt increasingly ill at ease throughout the day, and that night I slept restlessly. I awoke suddenly, hearing something like the door of my room being shaken. As I turned the light on, the clock on my nightstand showed ten minutes after midnight. I could see nothing. The house was silent. The waves of Lake Garda could be heard breaking monotonously on the wall of the boarding house garden. I did not hear the wind at all.
Still, on waking, I had had the impression of having heard something else besides the door shaking. It was a sound similar to when my former boss ill-naturedly tossed a letter on my desk–swish, thump…
I considered for a moment whether or not I should get up. Ah! It was nothing but a figment of my imagination brought on by the news of her death, I assured myself. Rolling over, I prayed a few Our Fathers for the souls in Purgatory, and again fell asleep.
LetterI then dreamed that I rose at six o’clock to go to the chapel. On opening the door to my room, I stepped on a parcel containing the pages of a letter. Picking it up and recognizing Ani’s handwriting, I screamed.
Trembling as I held the pages in my hands, I was, I must confess, so shaken that I could not even utter an Our Father. I was almost suffocating. There was nothing better to do than flee that spot and go into the open air. I hastily arranged my hair, put the letter in my purse, and rushed from the house.
Outside, I followed a winding path up through the hills, passing olive and laurel trees and the neighboring farms, and going beyond the renowned “Gardesana” highway.
The morning broke radiantly. On other days, I would stop every hundred paces, enchanted by the magnificent view of the lake and Garda Island. The soft blue of the water refreshed me and, like a child admiringly gazing at her grandfather, I would gaze upon ashen-colored Mount Baldo rising 7200 feet above the opposite shore of the lake. That day, however, I did not have eyes for any of that. After walking a quarter of an hour, I mechanically let myself sink to the bank and leaned against two cypress trees where the day before I had taken such pleasure in reading “The Damsel Teresa.” For the first time I regarded the cypress trees as symbols of death, something I had taken no notice of in the south, where these trees are common.
I took up the letter. It lacked a signature, but it was, beyond a doubt, in Ani’s handwriting. There was no mistaking the large S nor the French T that used to irritate Mr. G. at the office.
The style was not hers, at least not her usual style of speaking. She conversed and laughed so amiably, with her blue eyes and her graceful nose. Only when we discussed religious topics did she become sarcastic and fall into a rude tone like that in the letter, whose agitated cadence I now entered.

Here, word for word, is the “Letter from Beyond” of Ani V. as I read it in the dream.

Reading the LetterClaire!

Do not pray for me. I am damned. As I tell you this and relate to you certain circumstances and details about my condemnation, do not think that I do so out of friendship. Here we no longer love anyone. I do it as “a part of that power that always desires evil but always produces good.”
In truth, I would like to see you here where I will remain forever.1
Do not be surprised at my intent. Here we all think the same way. Our will is petrified in evil—in what you call “evil.” Even when we do something “good,” as I do now in opening your eyes about Hell, we don’t do it with good intentions.2
Remember that we knew each other for four years in M. You were 23 and had already worked in the office for six months when I arrived. You kept me out of trouble many times, and frequently gave me good advice while I worked as your trainee. But, what is that which is referred to as “good”? At the time I praised your “charity.” Ridiculous! Your help arose from pure vainglory, as I had already suspected.
Here we don’t acknowledge good in anyone!
You knew me in my youth, but I will fill in certain details.
According to my parents’ plans, I should never have existed. In their carelessness, I was conceived in disgrace. When I came into the light, my two sisters were already 14 and 15 years of age.
I wish that I had never been born! I wish I could annihilate myself at this moment and escape these torments! There could be no pleasure comparable to being able to end my existence, like a piece of clothing reduced to ashes.3 But I must exist; I must be as I have made myself, with the entire blame of my end upon my own shoulders.
When my parents, still unmarried, moved from the countryside to the city, they drifted away from the Church, and they kept company with people who had fallen away from religion. Having met each other at a dance, they were “obliged” to get married six months later. During the wedding ceremony a few drops of holy water fell upon them, just sufficient to draw my mother to Sunday Mass a few times a year. She never taught me to pray correctly. She wore herself out in daily concerns, even when our situation was not difficult.
It is only with deep repugnance and unspeakable disgust that I write words such as pray, Mass, holy water, and church. I profoundly detest those who go to church, as well as everyone and everything in general.
For us, everything is a torment. Everything we come to understand at death, every recollection of life and of what we know, becomes a burning flame.4
And all of these memories serve to show us the horrible aspect of the graces we rejected. How this torments us! We do not eat, we do not sleep, nor do we walk with our legs. Being spiritually enchained, we reprobates gaze in terror at our misspent lives, howling and gnashing our teeth, tormented and filled with hatred.
Are you listening? Here we drink hatred as if it were water. We all hate one another.5
More than anything else, we hate God. I will try to make you understand how this is.
The blessed in Heaven must necessarily love God, for they constantly behold Him in His awe-inspiring beauty. That makes them ineffably happy. We know this, and the knowledge infuriates us.6
On earth, men know God through Creation and Revelation and are able to love Him, but they are not forced to do so.
The believer—I say this seething—who contemplates and meditates upon Christ stretched upon the Cross will love Him.

But the soul whom God approaches and surrounds, and rejects as Avenger and Judge, that soul hates God as we hate Him.7 This soul hates Him with all the strength of its perverse will. It hates Him eternally, in virtue of the deliberate resolution to reject God in which it ended its earthly life. This perverse act of the will can never be rescinded, nor would we ever want to do so.
Do you now understand why Hell must be eternal? It is because our obstinacy never diminishes and never ends.
Being compelled to do so, I add that God is still merciful towards you. I say “compelled” because even though I write this letter, I cannot lie as I would like to do. I put on the paper much that goes against my will. I also have to choke down the torrent of insults I would like to spew forth.
God showed mercy towards us in that He did not allow us to do all the evil we wanted to do while on earth. Had He permitted us to do so, we would have greatly added to our guilt and chastisement. He allowed us to die prematurely—as is my case—or permitted attenuating circumstances.
Even now He is merciful towards us, for He does not oblige us to draw near to Him. He allows us to remain in this distant place of Hell, thus diminishing our torment.8 Every step closer to God would torment me more than every step you might take toward a fire.
You were astonished one day when I told you in passing what my father had told me some days prior to my First Communion: “Take care, little Ani, that you get a beautiful dress; the rest is nothing but a sham.” I was almost ashamed for having shocked you so, but now I laugh about it. The best part of this sham was that Communion was only allowed at twelve years of age. By then, I had already amply sampled the world’s pleasures and had easily left everything religious aside, so I didn’t take Communion seriously.
The new custom of allowing children to receive Holy Communion at seven years of age infuriates us. We strive in every possible way to frustrate this, making people believe that in order to receive Communion there must be comprehension, that it is necessary for children to have committed mortal sins before receiving. The “white God” [that is, the Sacred Host] will then be less prejudicial than if He were received with faith, hope, and love, the fruits of Baptism—I spit upon all this!—which are still alive in a child’s heart. Do you recall that I already had this same point of view on earth?
I return now to my father. He fought a lot with my mother. I rarely told you this because I was ashamed of it. Ah! What is shame? Something ridiculous! We are indifferent to everything. My parents no longer slept in the same room. I slept in my mother’s room, and my father slept in the adjoining room, to which he would retire at any hour of the night. He drank heavily and exhausted all our wealth. My sisters were employed and needed the money they made, so Mother began to work. In the last year of her bitter life, Father often beat her when she refused to give him money.
He was always very kind to me. I told you about this one day and you were scandalized with my capriciousness—but what was there about me that didn’t scandalize you?—such as when I twice returned new pairs of shoes one day because the style of the heel wasn’t modern enough for me.
On the night in which a mortal stroke took my father, something happened that I never told you, because I feared a disagreeable interpretation on your part. Today, however, you ought to know it. The fact is memorable, for it is the first time that my true spirit, like that of a cruel executioner, revealed itself.
In BedI was asleep in my mother’s bedroom. She was sleeping deeply, as her regular breathing indicated. Suddenly, I heard someone utter my name. An unfamiliar voice murmured, “What would happen if your father were to die?”
I no longer loved my father, since he had begun to mistreat my mother. Properly speaking, I no longer loved anyone; I only clung to certain people who were still kind to me. Love without a natural motive scarcely exists except in souls that live in the state of grace, which I did not.
I responded to that mysterious questioner, “Surely he is not dying.”
After a brief interval, I heard the same well-understood question, without troubling myself as to where it came from.
“Whatever! He’s not dying,” was the sullen reply that escaped me.
For the third time I was questioned: “What would happen were your father to die?”
In a flash it passed through my mind how Father often came home somewhat drunk, scolding and fighting with Mother, and how often he embarrassed us in front of our neighbors and acquaintances!
I then cried out stubbornly: “All right, then, it’s what he deserves. Let him die!”
Afterwards, everything became still.
The following morning, when mother went upstairs to tidy up Father’s room, she found the door locked. Around noon they forced it open. Father was lying half-dressed on his bed—dead, a corpse. He probably caught a cold while looking for a beer in the cellar. He had been sick for a long time.
[Could it be that God had depended upon the will of a child, to whom this man had shown some goodness, to grant him more time and an opportunity to convert?]
You and Marta made me enroll in the association of young ladies. I never told you that I found the instructions of the two directors to be quite conniving. I found the games amusing enough. As you know, I quickly came to hold a preponderant role in them, which flattered me. I also found the outings pleasant, sometimes even allowing myself to be taken to Confession and receive Holy Communion. I really had nothing to confess, for I never took account of my thoughts and sentiments. I was still not ready for worse things.
One day you admonished me: “Ani, you will be lost if you don’t pray more.” In truth I prayed very little, and always reluctantly and with annoyance.
You were undoubtedly right. All those who burn in Hell either did not pray, or did not pray enough. Prayer is the first step toward God. It is always decisive, especially prayer to her who is the Mother of God, whose name we are not permitted to say. Devotion to her draws innumerable souls away from the devil, souls whose sins would otherwise have cast them into his hands.
I continue, furious at being obliged to do so…
Praying is the easiest thing on earth, and justly so, for God linked salvation to this simplest of actions.
To those who pray assiduously, God grants, bit by bit, so much light and strength that even a drowning sinner is able to raise himself up definitively through prayer, even though he be immersed in mud up to his chest.
In fact, in my last years of life I no longer prayed, and thus deprived myself of the graces without which no one can be saved.

Here we no longer receive any grace at all. Even if we did receive a grace, we would reject it with disdain. All the vacillations of earthly life end in the beyond.
In earthly life, man can pass from a state of sin to a state of grace. From grace he can fall into sin. I often fell out of weakness, rarely out of malice. With death, this inconstant “yes” and “no,” this rising and falling, comes to an end. Through death, every individual enters into his final state, fixed and unalterable.
As one advances in age, these rises and falls become smaller. True, until one dies one can either convert or turn one’s back upon God. In death, however, one decides mechanically, with the last tremors of his will, in the same way he did throughout his life.
A good or bad habit becomes second nature, and this is what moves a person one way or another in his final moments. So it was with me. For years I had lived apart from God. Consequently, when I received that final call of grace, I decided against Him. It was fatal not because I had sinned so many times, but rather because I had so often refused to repent and amend my life.
You repeatedly admonished me to hear sermons and to read pious books, but I regularly excused myself, citing a lack of time. Could I have done anything more to increase my inner uncertainty?
By the time I reached this critical point, shortly before I left the association of young ladies, it would have been difficult for me to follow any other path. I felt unhappy and insecure. I had erected a huge wall against my conversion, which you must not have perceived. You must have thought my conversion easy when once you said to me: “Ani, make a good confession and everything will be all right.”
I suspected that what you said was true, but the world, the flesh, and the devil already had me securely in their clutches, such as I was then. I never believed in the action of the devil, but now I attest that the devil powerfully influences people such as I was then.9 Only many prayers on the part of others and my own prayers, together with sacrifices and sufferings, would have managed to wrench me away from him. And this only slowly.
There are very few people who are physically possessed, but many who are possessed interiorly. The devil cannot suppress the free will of those who give themselves over to his influence, yet, as a chastisement for the person’s almost total apostasy, God permits the person to be dominated by “evil.”
Although I hate the devil, I like him because he and his helpers, the angels that fell with him at the beginning of time, strive to cause the loss of the people on earth. There are myriad demons. Uncountable numbers of them wander through the world, like a swarm of flies, without their presence even being suspected.
It does not fall to us who have been condemned to tempt you; this is left to the fallen spirits.10 Our torments increase every time they bring another soul to Hell, but hatred is capable of anything!11
Even though I trod tortuous byways, God sought me out. I prepared the way for grace by means of works of natural charity I often did by the natural inclination of my character. At times, too, God beckoned me to a church. When, despite work at the office during the day, I took care of my sick mother, no small sacrifice for me, I strongly felt these attractions of God.
Once, in the hospital chapel where you used to take me during our free time at mid-day, I was so moved that I found myself but one step away from conversion. And I cried.
The pleasures of the world, however, flowed over this grace like a torrent. The thorns choked out the wheat. Rationalizing that religion is sentimentalism, according to the manner it was discussed in the office, I cast this grace to the ground, like so many others.
In Church Once you reprimanded me because in church, rather than genuflecting, I made only a hasty nod of my head. You thought it was laziness, not suspecting that I already no longer believed in the presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. I now believe it, though only naturally, in the manner that one believes in a storm, the signs and effects of which one perceives.
In the interim, I had arranged a religion for myself. The general opinion in the office, that after death souls would return to this world in other beings and would pass through yet other beings in an endless succession, pleased me. With this, I banished the distressing problem of the hereafter to the point that it no longer troubled me.
Why did you not remind me of the parable of the rich man and poor Lazarus, in which the narrator, Christ, immediately after their deaths, sent one to Hell and the other to Paradise? But, what would this reminder have accomplished? Nothing more than your pious advice.
Bit by bit I found a god, one privileged enough to be called a god, and distant enough that I didn’t have to deal with him. I was even confused enough to make of myself, at will and without changing my religion, a pantheistic god or even a proud deity.
This “god” had neither a heaven to console me nor a hell to frighten me. I left him in peace. This is what my adoration of him consisted of.
One easily believes in what one loves. With the passing of years, I became sufficiently convinced of my religion. I lived well with it, without its causing me any inconvenience.
Only one thing would have been able to bring me to my senses: a profound and prolonged suffering. But this suffering never came. Do you now understand that “Whom God loves, God chastises”?
The association of young ladies organized an outing one July day. Yes, I liked those outings, but not the sweetly pious women who went on them.
Recently, an image far different from that one of Our Lady of Graces had been placed upon the altar of my heart. Beside that of Our Lady there stood the gentlemanly figure of Max N., who worked in the warehouse. A short time prior to this we had conversed several times. On this occasion, he asked me out on the very Sunday of the ladies’ outing. Another woman whom he had been dating was in the hospital.
He noticed, of course, that I had my eyes on him, but I had never thought of marrying him. He was well-to-do, but too friendly toward any and every young lady. Up to that time I had wanted a man who belonged to me alone, and I alone to him. Thus, I had always kept a certain distance.
[This is true. There was something noble about Ani, notwithstanding all her religious indifference. It astonishes me that “honest” people are also capable of falling into Hell if they are dishonest enough to flee from encountering God.]
Max heaped every kindness upon me on the day of that outing. Our conversation, of course, was certainly not that of your pious women.
On the following day in the office, you reprimanded me for not having gone with you. I then told you of my Sunday amusements.

Your first question was: “Did you go to Mass?” Crazy! How could I have gone to Mass when we had agreed to leave at six in the morning? Do you still remember that I added excitedly, “The good God is not so mean as your little priests!” Now it falls to me to confess to you that, His infinite goodness notwithstanding, God takes everything much more seriously than any priest.
After this first outing with Max, I attended just one more meeting of the young ladies’ association. Certain things attracted me at Christmastime, but I had already dissociated myself from you interiorly.
Movies, dances, and outings followed. At times Max and I argued, but I knew how to keep him interested in me.
My rival, upon being released from the hospital, was furious, and I found her very disagreeable. Her anger worked in my favor, though, for my discreet calm made a great impression upon Max and, ultimately, led him to choose me over her.
I knew just how to denigrate her. I would speak calmly, seeming to be entirely objective, but spewing venom from within. Sentiments and insinuations such as these rapidly lead one to Hell. They are diabolical, in the true sense of the word.
Why am I telling you this? To show you how I came to separate myself entirely from God.
To be so distant from God, it was not necessary to be entirely familiar with Max. I knew that if I lowered myself to that before the time, he would look down on me, so I restrained myself and refused. In truth, I was ready to do anything I thought useful. Determined to win Max, I would stop at nothing.
Little by little we fell in love, for both of us possessed estimable qualities that we could mutually appreciate. I was talented and made of myself an able conversationalist, and so I eventually had Max in my hands, assured that I alone possessed him, at least in those last months before our wedding.
This is what constituted my apostasy from God: I made a mere creature into my god. In no other way is this more fully realized than in the relationship between two creatures of the opposite sex; love is stifled in matter. This becomes the allure, the sting, and the venom of the object that is loved. The “adoration” I rendered Max became an ardent religion.
Church towerAt this stage of my life I would hypocritically run off to church during the office lunch hour, to the good-for-nothing priests, the mumbling of the Rosary, and other foolishness.
You strove to encourage this, with some intelligence but apparently without suspecting that, in final analysis, I no longer had anything to do with these things. I sought only to set my conscience at ease—I still needed that—in order to justify my apostasy.
In the depth of my soul I lived in revolt against God. You did not perceive that. You always thought I was still Catholic. I wanted to be seen as such, even going so far as giving a donation to the church, thinking that a little bit of “insurance” couldn’t hurt.
As certain as you were about your answers, they always went in one ear and out the other. I was sure that you could not be right. Taking into consideration our strained relationship, when my marriage put some distance between us, the pain of our separation was slight.
I went to Confession and Holy Communion one more time before my wedding, but it was a mere formality. My husband felt the same way. But why not? We fulfilled those formalities just like any others.
You would call that “unworthy.” But after that unworthy Communion I had greater peace of mind. It was the last of my life.
Our married life was generally harmonious. We had the same opinion on just about everything. That included our shared opinion regarding children: We didn’t want the burden. Deep down, my husband wanted one, naturally, but no more. Ultimately, I was able to banish the idea. I preferred fine clothing and furniture, tea with the ladies, rides in our car, and like amusements.
There passed a year of earthly pleasure from our wedding day until my sudden death.
Every Sunday we went for a drive or visited my husband’s relatives—I was ashamed of mine. My husband’s relatives, like us, swam well on the surface of life.
Inside, however, I never felt truly happy. Something always gnawed at my soul. I hoped that death, certainly far in the future, would end everything.
When still a child, I once heard in a sermon that God rewards the good one does. If He cannot do this in the next life, He will do it on earth. Thus, without my expecting it, I received an inheritance from my Aunt, and my husband had the good fortune of seeing his salary raised considerably. With this, we were able to decorate our new house very well.
My religion was in its last agony, like daylight’s last glimmer in the distant sky. The clubs and cafes of the city and the restaurants where we ate when traveling did not draw us any closer to God. Everyone who frequented them lived as we did, concerned about externals, not essences or things of the soul.
While on vacation we visited a famous cathedral, seeking only to savor the artistic value of the masterpieces it contained. I counteracted the religious air it radiated, chiefly that of the Middle Ages, seizing every opportunity for ridicule. Thus, I criticized a lay brother who served as our guide for being a bit unkempt and awkward; I criticized the trade of the pious monks who made and sold liqueur; I disparaged the eternal pealing of the bells calling people to churches that care only for money. I was thereby able to reject every grace that came knocking at my door.
In particular, I let my ill humor flow profusely over every old depiction of Hell in books, cemeteries, and elsewhere, showing devils roasting souls in red or yellow fire while their long-tailed associates continually bring more victims.
Claire, while Hell might be poorly drawn, it can never be exaggerated.
Above all, I always scoffed at the fire of Hell. Do you recall our conversation on the fire of Hell when I jokingly put a lit match under your nose and asked, “Does it smell like this?”
You quickly blew out the match, but here the fire is never extinguished. Moreover, the fire of which the Bible speaks is not the torment of conscience. Fire means fire. One must understand Our Lord’s declaration in its literal sense: “Depart from Me, ye accursed, into everlasting fire.” Literally!

One might ask how it is that the spirit can be affected by material fire.
How then, on earth, does the soul suffer when one’s finger is held in a fire? The soul itself does not burn, but what pain the whole person endures!
In like manner, here we are imprisoned by the fire in our beings and faculties. Our souls are deprived of their natural movements; we can neither think nor want what we want.12
Do not try to comprehend the mystery that, contrary to the laws of material nature, the fire of Hell burns without consuming.
Our greatest torment consists in knowing with certainty that we will never see God.
Oh, everything which we purposely ignored on earth tortures us here!—When the knife but lies on the table, it gives one only a cold feeling. One can see its keen edge, but not feel it. But the moment it enters one’s flesh, he screams with pain.
Before, we only saw the loss of God; now we feel it.13
All souls do not suffer equally. The more frivolous, malicious, and determined someone was in sin, the more the loss of God weighs upon him, and the more torture he feels due to the creation he has abused.
Catholics who are damned suffer more than those of other beliefs because, in general, they received more lights and graces without taking advantage of them.
He who knows more suffers more than those who had lesser knowledge.
He who sinned out of malice suffers more than those who fell from weakness.
No one, however, suffers more than he deserves. Would that this were not true, so that I might have some reason to hate!
You once told me that no one falls into Hell without knowing that that is his destination, as was revealed to a saint. Though I laughed at that, I yet entrenched myself behind the thought that there was still time for me to convert—that is how I thought in my heart.
What you said is true. Certainly, before my sudden end, I did not know Hell as it truly is. No human being does. But of this I had no doubt: were I to die, I would enter into eternity in a state of revolt against God, and I would suffer the consequences.
As I already declared, I didn’t turn back but persevered along the same path, impelled by habit, whereby people act with greater deliberation and regularity as they grow older.
My death occurred in the following way:
Car AccidentA week ago—I speak to you in terms of the way in which you measure time; judging by the pain I have endured, I should already have been burning in Hell for ten years—on a Sunday, my husband and I went for a drive, my last one.
The day broke radiantly. I felt well, as I rarely did, but a sinister feeling came over me.
On our way home my husband and I were unexpectedly blinded by the lights of a car rapidly approaching from the opposite direction. My husband lost control of our car.
“Jesus!” I shouted, not as a prayer, but as a scream. I felt a crushing pain—a trifle in comparison with my present pain. I then lost consciousness.
Strange! On that very morning, the idea that I could, after all, go to Mass again came to me unexpectedly. It sounded to me like a supplication. Clear and determined, my “No!” nipped the thought in the bud. I must finish with this once and for all, and I assumed all the consequences.
And now I endure them.
You know what happened after my death. The fate of my husband, my mother, of my body and burial, all of this you know down to the last details, as do I through a natural intuition we have here. We have only a confused knowledge of what transpires in the world, but we know what closely concerned us.
At the moment of my death I awoke from darkness. I found myself suddenly enveloped by a blinding light. It was at the same place where my body lay. It seemed almost like a theater, where the lights suddenly go out, the curtain noisily opens, and a tragically illuminated scene appears: the scene of my life.
I saw my soul as if in a mirror. I saw the graces I had trampled underfoot from the time I was young until that final “No!” to God. I felt like an assassin brought to trial with my inanimate victim before me.—Repent? Never!14 Was I ashamed of myself? Not at all!
Notwithstanding, it was impossible for me to remain in the presence of the God I had denied and rejected. Only one thing remained for me: the fire.
Thus, as Cain fled from the body of Abel, so did my soul flee far away from this overwhelming sight.
That was my private judgment.
The invisible Judge spoke: “Depart from Me!” and my soul swiftly fell, like a sulfurous shadow, into the place of eternal torment!15

Closing information from Claire
Thus ended the letter from Ani about Hell. The last words were so twisted as to be almost illegible. When I finished reading the last word, the entire letter turned to ashes.Holding letter
What is that I hear? Amidst the harsh tones of the lines I imagined reading there resounded the sweet sound of a bell. I awoke suddenly to find myself still in bed in my room. The morning light of daybreak found its way in. From the parish church came the sound of the bells ringing the Angelus.
Had it all been but a dream?
I had never felt such consolation in the Angelic Salutation as I did after this dream. Pausing, I prayed three Ave Marias. It then became clear, most clear to me: One must always cling to Our Lord’s blessed Mother, venerate Mary as her own child, if one does not want to suffer the same fate told you—albeit in a dream—by a soul that will never see God.
Still frightened and shaking due to that night-time revelation, I got up, dressed myself hastily, and rushed to the chapel of the house.
My heart beat violently. The guests kneeling closest to me looked at me with concern. Perhaps they thought that I was so excited and flushed because I had run down the stairway.
That afternoon in the garden I encountered a kindly, nearsighted lady from Budapest, frail as a child, suffering greatly, yet of lofty spirit and fervent in the service of God. She said to me, “Miss, Our Lord does not want to be served in haste.” But she then perceived that something else had upset and preoccupied me. She added kindly: “Let nothing distress you—you know the advice of Saint Teresa—let nothing alarm you. Everything passes. He who possesses God lacks nothing. God alone suffices.”
While she humbly whispered these words to me she seemed to be reading my soul.
“God alone suffices.” Yes, He has to be enough for me, in this life and in the next. I want to possess Him there one day, as numerous as may be the sacrifices I have to make here in order to triumph. I do not want to fall into Hell.

Notes:
1. Saint Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica, Supplement (New York: Benziger Brothers, Inc., 1948), Q. 98, art. 4—”Therefore, they [the damned] will wish all the good were damned.” [back to text]
2. Ibid., art. 1—The determined will“is in them always evil; and this because they are completely turned away from the last end of a right will…. Hence even though they will some good,they do not will it well so that one e able to call their will good on that account.”[back to text]
3. Ibid., art. 3, ad. 3—”Although not to be is very evil in so far as it removes being, it is very good in so far as it removes unhappiness, which is the greatest if evils, and thus it is preferred not to be.”[back to text]
4.Ibid., art. 7—”In the damned there will be actual consideration of the things they knew heretofore as matters of sorrow, but not as a cause of pleasure. For they will consider both the evil they have done, and for which they were damned, and the delightful goods they have lost, and on both counts they will suffertorments.”[back to text]
5. Ibid., art. 4—”Even as in the blessed in heaven there will be most perfect charity, so in the damned there will be the most perfect hate.”[back to text]
6. Ibid., art. 9—”The damned, before the judgment day, will see the blessed in glory, in such a way as to know, not what that glory is like, but only that they are in a state of glory that surpasses all thought.”[back to text]
7. Ibid., art. 8—”The damned do not hate God except because He punishes and forbids what is agreeable to their evil will: and consequently they will think of Him only as punishing and forbidding.”[back to text]
8. Summa, I, Q. 21, art. 4, ad. 1—”Even in the damnation of the reprobate mercy is seen, which, though it does not totally remit, yet somewhat alleviates, in punishing short of what is deserved.”[back to text]
9. “Be sober and watch, because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, goes about seeking whom he may devour”(I Peter 5:8).“Put you on the armor of God, that you may be able to stand againstthe deceits of the devil. For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood; but against principalities and powers, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places” (Ephes. 6:11-12).[back to text]
10. Summa, Suppl., Q. 98, art. 6, ad. 2— “Men who are damned are not occupied in drawing other to damnation, as the demons are.”[back to text]
11. Ibid., art. 4, ad. 3—”Although an increase in the number of the damned results in an increase of each one’s punishment, so much the more will their hatred and envy increase that they will prefer to be more tormented with many rather than less tormented alone.”[back to text]
12. Summa, Suppl., Q.70, art. 3—”The fire of its nature is able to have an incorporeal spirit united to it as a thing placed is united to a place; that as the instrument of Divine justice it is enabled to detain it enchained as it were, and in this respect this fire is really hurtful to the spirit, and thus the soul seeing the fire as something hurtful to it is tormented by the fire.”[back to text]
13.“The separation from God is a torment as great as God.” Phrase attributed to Saint Augustine.[back to text]
14.Q. 98, art. 2—”The wicked will not repent of their sins directly [that is, out of hatred of sin], because consent in the malice of sin will remain in them; but they will repent indirectly [that is, because of the consequent suffering].[back to text]
15. That the punishment of Hell is eternal is a dogma, certainly the most terrible of all, rooted in Sacred Scripture. “Then he shall say to them also that shall be on his left hand: Depart from me, you cursed, into everlasting fire which was prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matt. 25:41). See also Judith 16:21; Matt. 25:46; II Thess. 1:9; Jude 1:13; Apoc. 14:11 and 20:10; and others. That the word eternal is not to be understood or interpreted as long is clear by such expressions as “unquenchable fire” (Matt. 3:12; Mark 9:43) and “…the fire is not extinguished” (Mark 9:45). If illustration of this dogma were not appropriate, then Our Lord would not have told the parable of poor Lazarus and the rich man. [back to text]

reprinted from America Needs Fatima

Gardening Tips

IMG_0654Its that time of year again.  Yeah!  I think what I am going to do is categorize the tips on this page.  So, whenever I think of something I will just add to it.  You will have to check back and see if I have added anything new since you last visited.  The above picture by the way are William Baffin climbing roses with the blue catmint in front.

Soil Tips

  • First thing is to wait until the ground thaws before you uncover your plants.  Once it is thawed, then you can remove your straw/leaves/burlap so that the plants can get some sunshine.
  • One thing I try to encourage others to do is use organic compost.  If you have not used it before, dig it in around your plants.  They will thrive.
  • You can make your own compost by piling up dry green plant material, brown leaves and straw,  fruit and vegetables, etc.  you would layer it, then water it a bit, stir it and hopefully put it in a spot where it will get some sun.
  • do not ever add fats or meats to your compost pile
  • Something I really like to do every spring and fall is add a layer of chopped leaves around my plants.  Why, because worms love them.  and Worms are great for the soil.  They not only break up the soil, but  worm droppings are super, super powerful fertilizer.  And, if you were to purchase worm dropping fertilizer it would cost you a bundle.

Plant care

  • Usually first thing in the Spring I look over all the plants, such as the roses and prune them.  You should remove all the dead canes as well as canes that are criss-crossing each other.  I also trim the canes back now, if you haven’t already done so.  Especially, if there is any dieback on them.  (black parts).
  • When you prune your roses you should always cut 1/4 inch above an outside facing node.
  • Another tip for generating more roses is to tie the canes back horizontally on your trellis, rather than letting them grow vertically.  This will produce more roses.  The picture above, you can see the roses growing horizontally along the fence.  I tied them to go along the length of it.
  • Water the Roses really well.  They need at least one inch of water per week.

Fertilizing:

  • Fertilize your plants in the Spring – I always use organic fertilizer.  the popular fertilizers such as miracle gro removes the nitrogen from the soil.  This isn’t so bad if you are growing plants in pots, because annuals are only growing for one season.  But for perennials, you don’t want to be leaching your valuable nitrogen out of the soil.
  •  Epsom salts are great for your plants and your lawn.  high in magnesium.  I usually mix 2 tablespoons of epsom salts to a gallon of water, add a drop of dish soap and pour around the base of the plants.  You can spray this on your lawn as well.  Sometimes I will also add a little fish emulsion fertilizer to the epsom salt and water.
  • the organic plant fertilizer I use is called Spray N Grow.  Really, really good stuff.  find it  here.
  •  Did you know banana peels are great for roses too.  just put the banana peel an inch or so under the soil next to the plant.  Has lots of potassium.

Vegetable Garden 

  • I don’t know much of anything about vegetable gardening, but, since I will have to do so in the near future I have been doing some research on this subject.  What I found is kind of cool.  Those who have very little space for gardens can do so with a method of either growing them vertically or in a square foot method.  I will give you a link here to do your research.  Square foot gardening here.
  • vertical gardening here.