There is hope for every single one of us

The other day I was pondering how God had mercy on me even though I felt I did not deserve it.  I was and will be forever grateful.

This got me thinking about all the people out there who feel like they can never be forgiven because their sins are too numerous or bad or perhaps they have been away from God for a long time.

I, myself, had been away from God for at least 18 years.  That’s a long time.  Some have been away from God much longer than that and some much less….but it doesn’t matter.

Satan wants us to feel despair and not have any hope whatsoever.  He wants us to feel like no matter what we do, we will never get to heaven and there are no second chances.  That is a lie.  On the other hand, he will convince others that no matter what they do, God will forgive them even if they never ask for forgiveness or stay in their sin thinking all will be well.  this is the sin of Presumption.

So, one sin is Despair  and the other Presumption.  I have experienced both of these scenarios.

Once I was old enough to start “partying”  I began the stage of becoming lukewarm in my faith and love for God.   God no longer played an important role in my life….all I thought about were my friends and where we were going to go on the weekends.  Once I left home and went to college I decided I no longer had to go to Mass every Sunday.  First mistake.   Now, I was in mortal sin.  I was becoming dead to grace.  I then decided I no longer had to go to confession.  Second mistake.

These two big mistakes led to many other wayward choices I made in my young life.  Choices I would never have made had I kept God in my life and obeyed His commandments.  I no longer had His “light” or strength to stay on the straight and narrow path.  There were brief instances during those years where I would think I needed to get back to God but they were quickly dispelled.

I married in my early twenties and continued to think that “I was a good person” so I would get to Heaven eventually, even though, I admitted I would probably be in purgatory for awhile before getting there.  I never even thought that I could go to Hell.   My sin of Presumption.  I had to justify my behavior and we all justify our wrong behavior because that is the only way we would be able to live with ourselves.  Otherwise we would go mad.

After our daughter was born I went to Graduate School….it was during this time that I began to feel a deep sadness.  I couldn’t figure it out…I had everything I ever wanted.  A wonderful Husband and beautiful daughter and life was good.  But, it was not.  I would sit on the floor feeling darkness envelop me and I thought I was becoming depressed.  I didn’t know why but the darkness kept getting darker.  I could not escape it.

I decided I would go to confession.  I did, but it wasn’t a good confession.  I didn’t know my sins and I didn’t even know how to pray anymore.  There was no feeling or emotion left in me.  I was so distant from God.  I went from lukewarm to ice cold. I went to Mass a few times and then went back to my old way of life.

I do believe that even though I was in the sin of presumption,  thinking that I was ok, I knew deep down that if I would die at that particular moment, things would not be good.  I had a great fear of dying;  of getting into a car accident or something like that.  I  must have known deep down that dying without God, not loving God, or being in the State of Grace at death would and could be Hell for all eternity for me.   I did not voice those thoughts or even think those thoughts because if I had I would have changed my life.  Rather, I kept pushing it deeper and deeper within me not wanting to admit this scenario, but my conscious was trying to reveal this truth to me and I knew it.   Now, if you are in the state of grace or have enough reason within you, you will know that there is no fear in dying if you are right with God.  I knew I wasn’t right with God.

By the grace of God our daughter was going to a Catholic School and she would bring home prayers for me to say….she would tape them to the wall by our bed and ask me to say them.  They were prayers to the Holy Spirit.  I said them a few times and then forgot about them.  However, after a few years of this, and my seeing how virtuous she was, my heart began to melt.  I couldn’t figure out how I could be so bad and have a daughter who was so good.

By the time she was 12, I was becoming more and more open to God.  God used my parents, husband and daughter to bring me back to Him.  My father was having heart surgery and when I asked him what kind of books he would like me to get him to read during his recuperation phase, he gave me a list of religious books from Tan Books.  While going over his list, I decided to get some myself.  That was a true beginning for me.  Years before that, my parents bought my husband and I a painting of the Divine Mercy Image.  I stuck it upstairs on some obscure wall, not knowing what to do with it, and our daughter continued the mission God had in store for her.  She would make me angels, a crucifix, and give me prayers which she framed,  all wrapped up as gifts.  I was also forced by my husband to be the one to teach her about the Eucharist when she was to make her First Communion (which really made me irritated).

God’s plans are so mysterious in how He reaches out to us and brings us back.  He knows all of our pains and woundedness.  He knows how to soften our hearts like no one else ever could.  He knew why I left Him and He knew that one day, with the help of those whom I loved,  their love and patience would bring me back.  No one forced me to come back; I came back out of my own free will.

But, God allowed something to happen to me that hurried me along.   I hurt my back pretty bad so I was immobile for a long time.  I immediately ran to the Blessed Mother and began praying the rosary once again, which led me back to Jesus.  One day, I heard a Priest speaking about sin on EWTN.  I immediately was crushed with the deepest sorrow and soaked with my own tears.  I remembered the Painting of the Divine Mercy Image…ran to take it off the wall and held it in my hands and cried out to God to please give me a second chance.  I begged Him to not let me go to Hell but to please give me another chance.

You see, Satan was now tempting me with the sin of despair.  I was in the deepest state of despair believing that no matter what – I was now going to Hell and nothing could stop this from happening.   God was in control, I was bad and I basically made my choice.  I could not believe there was any hope for me.  After about 45 minutes of intense begging and tears that would not stop flowing,  I renounced my sinful life and began to bargain with God…telling Him I would change everything about my life; come back to Him;  learn about Him once again; and obey His commandments.  I wanted to love Him and get right with Him again.  At that moment, I began to get thoughts that I needed to call a Priest immediately and go to confession.  I did this and this Priest reassured me that once I repented and gave up my sinful life, God’s mercy was able to banish satans lies which told me there is no hope.  He told me that no matter what my sins were, no matter how bad they are, we can all be forgiven, if and only if, we are willing to repent and ask for forgiveness.

Afterall, look at the prophets of old.  Moses killed a man and look how God used him.  King David committed adultery and had the woman’s husband killed….yet God used him in a powerful way.   Trust me, God uses all of our weaknesses to help fulfill the mission each one of us has while on this earth.   The Apostles were commen men who were not saintly when Jesus chose them to lead the Church.

The only time one cannot be saved is when they are in the sin of despair because they won’t accept God’s forgiveness.  God will always forgive, but we must accept His forgiveness.  Judas could not believe he could be forgiven and hanged himself.  He was in the sin of despair.  Jesus so badly wanted to forgive him, but he (Judas) just couldn’t accept what he had done to Jesus and therefore felt as though Jesus could not forgive him.  What a terrible lie.

God Bless all of you and may you all have hope.  God will always be there for you and be there waiting for you to return to the fold.  But remember one thing…..none of us know the day or hour that we will be taken.  We don’t know if we have an hour left or 50 years….so don’t delay.

 

 

 

 

Satanists are casting spells on our President

I feel very compelled to repost this posting from Dan Lynch Apostolates.  I know this sounds so crazy, but I guess you can go to their websites ( the witches website) which is listed at the bottom of this article.

These past few months have been so bizarre.  No matter what President Trump says or does the left goes absolutely crazy and turns everything into huge scandals.  They are so blood-thirsty and want him impeached and have been talking about impeaching him since his inauguration.   Really there has never been anything like this, that I know of.

Remember the Scripture passage of Exodus 17:10

The Defeat of the Amalekites
…9So Moses said to Joshua, “Choose men for us and go out, fight against Amalek. Tomorrow I will station myself on the top of the hill with the staff of God in my hand.” 10Joshua did as Moses told him, and fought against Amalek; and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. 11So it came about when Moses held his hand up, that Israel prevailed, and when he let his hand down, Amalek prevailed.…

What I am saying here is that WE must pray for our President.  We are fighting evil.  We are not fighting flesh and blood, but rather Satan and all his cronies.  This fight is our fight.  We must fight for the good of our Country.  The left is doing everything within their power to destroy President Trump because of His Godly agenda.  God, I believe, is calling for us to pray and fast for our Country.   You see how when Moses was interceding for his people they were winning, but when he grew tired and could no longer hold up his hands, the enemy prevailed.    This should speak to our hearts.

Satanists are promoting a movement to “Bind Trump” with “Magic Resistance”. They are regularly casting spells “to bind Donald Trump and all those who abet him every waning crescent moon at midnight ending when he is driven from office.” The spells began on February 24.

The witches’ spells involve lengthy incantations, calling on spirits and “demons of the infernal realms” to bind our President so that “he may fail utterly, that he may do no harm.”

Satanists are called to cast spells next Tuesday, May 23, at 11:59 PM. We are called to pray and fast against them, as Jesus said these are the weapons to defeat Satan. (See Matthew 17:21). “For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:10).

This is very serious. Satan has power to wreak havoc and those who invoke him empower him. Perhaps these spells are having their effect and we are seeing their results played out in the daily media attacks upon our President and his own apparent disorientation and confusing statements and actions.

However, we have the greater power with Jesus Christ who conquered Satan by his passion, suffering, death and resurrection.

St. Paul said to pray “for all in authority, that we may lead a quiet and tranquil life in all devotion and dignity. This is good and pleasing to God our savior, who wills everyone to be saved and to come to knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:1-4).

So let us pray for America and our President by invoking our Patroness and our Queen, Our Lady of America, through the Novena to Our Lady of America for True Change and Hope for America.

You may see the Satanists’ websites here:

https://www.facebook.com/bindtrump/

https://www.facebook.c to “bind Trump” with “magic resistance” begin the spells on February 24.Om/groups/OfficialBindTrump/?fref=mentions

Once a Catholic, Always a Catholic??

“If you were able to stir your heart a little more deeply to the practice of meekness and true humility, you would be courageous. But you must frequently think of it. Prepare yourself to do so first thing each morning, and God will send you a thousand consolations.”

St. Francis de Sales, Roses Among Thorns

For some reason, as I was writing to someone the other day— an ex-Catholic who was looking for some information— the thought that came to me was “If Priests who leave the Church are still Priests forever, would it also mean that if Catholics leave the Church, are they Catholics forever?

This young man lives down the street and I hired him to do some work for me.  He noticed my “Stations of the Cross” stations  which I have outside among the Pine Trees and he commented how beautiful they were.  I was taken aback.  I never would have expected this from him.

He began to tell me his story.  He is a fallen away Catholic but is now going to his Uncle’s church (Baptist).  He was here on Good Friday and when he saw the stations he began to cry.  The Lords Passion meant that much to him.  He told me what a great sinner he was and how the Lord’s death never meant anything to him before, but now it moves him so much that he becomes very emotional just thinking about how Christ died for him.  I was moved and was like “wow”,  God certainly touched his heart.

He was moved to repentance and conversion when he had listened to a talk given by his Pastor Uncle and decided to stay in that Church because of that.  But, he said something that really made me think.  He said two things actually.  First, that if I could prove that St. Paul was Catholic he would come back to the Church immediately (He loves the writings of St. Paul and believes they are contrary to what the Catholic Church Teaches);   The second thing he said to me was that when he is at the Baptist Church he feels so light and he no longer has bad dreams.  When he walks into the Catholic Church he feels this heaviness and darkness.

Soooooo, I began to wonder about this heaviness and darkness he was talking about in regard to the Catholic Church.  The only thing I know for certain is that when we are in mortal sin we are in deep darkness and there is a real heaviness within us (without us even knowing it sometimes).  I also know from experience that when I was away from the Church and in mortal sin, I could walk into a Catholic Church and it meant nothing to me – there was no light whatsoever.  I also knew the feeling of being in darkness and feelings of complete emptiness.  A huge void in my life.

I told him that even though he repented and confessed his sins to God while in the Baptist Church – perhaps what he really needs to do, as a Catholic, is confess his sins to a Priest and receive absolution in order for the darkness to be totally gone – for then and only then would the mortal sins be removed and he would be back in the graces of God.   Darkness would have to leave and he would be inundated with the light of Christ.

Baptism in the Catholic Church, along with the other 6 Sacraments, are binding upon us just as a Priests vow is binding, unless they are officially “loosed”.  Remember, Jesus gave the Apostles the power to bind and to loose:

Matthew 16:19 

I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

Matthew 18:18

Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

John 20:23

If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.”

So I began to do some research and this is what I found:

However, all that said, just because the Church recognizes people’s attempts to defect, it does not mean that the Church considers defectors to be non-Catholics. Perhaps they are not qualified to fill certain Church offices or join certain Catholic groups. Perhaps they are not required to get married in the Catholic Church for their marriage to be valid. But they are still considered Catholics and still bound by all of the laws of the Catholic Church, except the law that requires them to get married in the Catholic Church.

This is important for reconciliation. If a person has defect from the Catholic Church and goes over to the practice of another religion, then after a few years realizes that he or she has abandoned the truth faith and wants to return to the Catholic faith, that person does not need to go through the RCIA program to become Catholic again. That person is still Catholic and merely needs to go to confession.

If the person went into formal schism and met the requirements of an excommunication, then maybe he or she would also need to have the excommunication remitted. But if a person is excommunicated and is sorry, the excommunication must be remitted. But remember that even an excommunicated Catholic is still a Catholic, just one not permitted to receive the sacraments, fulfill offices in the Church, or derive other benefits from the Church. (EWTN Catholic Q&A)

So the bottom line: Once you are baptized into the Catholic Church or received into the full communion of the Catholic Church, then you are forever bound by canon law — with the only exception being the requirement of getting married in the Church if you leave by a formal act.

So there you have it.  So if you know of any fallen away Catholics you can let them know that all they need to do is go to Confession.  They are still Catholic unless they have formally defected from the Catholic Church.

As for St. Paul not being Catholic…..well I now realize that this is something that is floating around in the Protestant circle, but this can not be.  Jesus is not confusion or chaos – that would come from satan himself.  Also, as the Apostles were teaching they stated that  if any one teaches anything contrary to what they are teaching, be it Anathema to them (cursed). They never would have allowed St. Paul to be  among the twelve if he was teaching anything contrary to what Jesus gave them to teach.  Besides which, how and why would Jesus select 11 to teach one thing and one other to teach something totally different.  doesn’t make sense.  but here is an article on that too.

Catholic Bible 101 – The Early Church Fathers

God Bless

 

A Hermits Prophecy about Donald J. Trump…(that came true)

Hello again – Unfortunately I have been under the weather for the past month – lots of sick people around here this time of year.  Hope all of you are faring better, and if not, hope you will be out of the woods soon.  I think I am on my way out.

A friend of mine sent me a really interesting link to a Priests story about this hermit who prophesized in the early 80’s about Donald J. Trump.  I think you will find this interesting and also a confirmation that God is using him in a very special way.  No wonder all of hell is going crazy and wreaking so much havoc in our Beautiful U.S.A.  But not to worry, God is in control here.

You can find it here – Hermit of Loreto 1980’s Premonition

Another thing that I found most interesting is what Thomas Aquinas had to say about a Nation without walls.  We need that wall and it is biblical.  Do you wonder why there is so much anger against a wall that everyone wanted a few years back?  Just par for the course – satan is working everyone up and making up all kinds of false stories…but, again, this was President Trumps vow to the people and he is making good on it.  God, for sure is leading him.  Did you notice that Melania opened up the rally in Florida with a Prayer – the Our Father, and some of those same leftwingers went crazy…..

Why Saint Thomas Aquinas Opposed Open Borders  (Reprinted from Catholic Family News)

by THOMAS D. WILLIAMS, PH.D., Breitbart

Every nation has the right to distinguish, by country of origin, who can migrate to it and apply appropriate immigration policies, according to the great medieval scholar and saint Thomas Aquinas.

In a surprisingly contemporary passage of his Summa Theologica, Aquinas noted that the Jewish people of Old Testament times did not admit visitors from all nations equally, since those peoples closer to them were more quickly integrated into the population than those who were not as close.

Some antagonistic peoples were not admitted at all into Israel due to their hostility toward the Jewish people.

The Law “prescribed in respect of certain nations that had close relations with the Jews,” the scholar noted, such as the Egyptians and the Idumeans, “that they should be admitted to the fellowship of the people after the third generation.”

Citizens of other nations “with whom their relations had been hostile,” such as the Ammonites and Moabites, “were never to be admitted to citizenship.”

“The Amalekites, who were yet more hostile to them, and had no fellowship of kindred with them, were to be held as foes in perpetuity,” Aquinas observed.

For the scholar, it seemed sensible to treat nations differently, depending on the affinity of their cultures with that of Israel as well as their historic relations with the Jewish people.

In his remarkably nuanced commentary, Aquinas also distinguished among three types of immigrants in the Israel of the Old Testament.

First were “the foreigners who passed through their land as travelers,” much like modern day visitors with a travel visa.

Second were those who “came to dwell in their land as newcomers,” seemingly corresponding to resident aliens, perhaps with a green card, living in the land but not with the full benefits of citizenship.

A third case involved those foreigners who wished “to be admitted entirely to their fellowship and mode of worship.” Even here, dealing with those who wished to integrate fully into the life and worship of Israel required a certain order, Aquinas observed. “For they were not at once admitted to citizenship: just as it was law with some nations that no one was deemed a citizen except after two or three generations.”

“The reason for this was that if foreigners were allowed to meddle with the affairs of a nation as soon as they settled down in its midst,” Aquinas logically reasoned, “many dangers might occur, since the foreigners not yet having the common good firmly at heart might attempt something hurtful to the people.”

In other words, Aquinas taught that total integration of immigrants into the life, language, customs and culture (including worship, in this case) was necessary for full citizenship.

It requires time for someone to learn which issues affect the nation and to make them their own, Aquinas argued. Those who know the history of their nation and have lived in it, working for the common good, are best suited to participate in decision-making about its future.

It would be dangerous and unjust to place the future of a nation in the hands of recent arrivals who do not fully understand the needs and concerns of their adoptive home.

When facing contemporary problems, modern policy makers can often benefit from the wisdom of the great saints and scholars who have dealt with versions of the same issues in ages past.

Aquinas’ reflections reveal that similar problems have existed for centuries—indeed, millennia—and that distinguishing prudently between nations and cultures doesn’t automatically imply prejudice or unfair discrimination.

Sometimes, it’s just the right thing to do.

Now isn’t that cool.  Sounds like the same type of problem they had back then and we are just acting with justice and prudence.

There is so much prayer and fasting going on for our Country,  our President and his cabinet right now.  I have never seen the likes of it.  Truly this is God’s design and His Will.  Who would have thought that God specifically chose Donald Trump – a little rough around the edges, but one very strong man.  The cabinet he chose is awesome – better than I ever could have hoped.  President Trump is definitely being humbled to the nth degree.   Once the Lord is done with him, I am sure he will be quite a bit more humble.  The Lord’s ways are definitely not our ways and He is doing what He said He would do – confound those who think they are wise.

This gives me a real sense of hope and I hope it gives you the same.  God is leading and has been leading so we need not be frightened or worried.   God  truly has come to save His people from destruction.

God Bless

The Promise of Jesus

This has truly been on my heart in a huge way these past few days…..to write about Jesus King of all Nations and His Promise to us.

The reason being is that since Fathers Day our area has been hit with some pretty big, devastating storms.  In fact it was on Fathers Day when the tornado warning sirens went off.  We all headed to the basement, but 15 minutes later, when we walked outside, you would not have known that anything even close to a storm just blew in  – we had a few pieces of hail land in our front lawn, but other than that – nothing.  Others around the area got nailed.

Last week, another big storm blew in and the sirens went off, around 3 am.  I didn’t hear it, but my husband did.   Friends of mine had horrible damage – lots of big, beautiful trees uprooted, trees on their homes, boats tipped upside down….  In fact three of my friends had this type of damage.  In our yard, I noticed a chair tipped over and some of the plants looking a little ragged from all the rain, but nothing else.

The other day, a storm was headed right towards us.  I was looking at the radar and it was a big blob of red….I waited for it to come and it never did.  We received a few sprinkles.  No wind, nothing.  And this blob of red was outside our door, it was that close.  Apparently a town north of us got hit instead with some pretty severe winds, hail and rain.

Today, another great big blob was coming towards us, and in fact, when I looked at the radar, we were in the red.  I couldn’t understand it….all we were getting was a gentle rain.

When speaking to my neighbor about the storm I was expecting a few days ago, the one that was on top of us, he told me that this whole area has been so blessed and protected.  That what we were supposed to get, someone else did.  Thats when I thought wow, what is going on here.  Why are we being so protected.  It was then that I began to reread the promises of Jesus King of All Nations and here is what He has to say:

Jesus said, “My daughter, It is My Most Holy Will and desire that there be a medal struck according to the likeness of Me you have seen. I promise tooffer the precious grace of final perseverance to every soul who will faithfully embrace this devotion.” (Journal 75). Jesus also gave us the great gift of His medal for our protection.

Jesus showed His Secretary the medal. On the front was the image of Jesus King of All Nations. He desired that the prayer on the front read, “O Jesus, King of All Nations, May Your Reign Be Recognized on Earth.” (Journal 192).
Jesus told His Secretary, “My child, you have been wondering whether or not the promise I once made to you for the praying of the prayers to Me as ‘Jesus, King of All Nations’ (that of My protection from severe storms and all forms of My Justice,) is also to be granted to those who faithfully wear My medal. My child, I tell you, that I do extend this promise of Mine to the devotional wearing of My medal. I promise to the souls who will faithfully wear My medal, the grace of protection from harm from all forms of My Justice. This will especially be true of danger coming from natural disasters.” (Journal 188,189). (Dan Lynch Apostolate)  For more info. go here. 

I then remembered that I had been wearing this medal for maybe 2-3 weeks now, but have had His image of the “Jesus King of All Nations” in my prayer area for the past year.

I had to give you this information so you can order yourselves up some medals and information on this devotion which is for these times.  The link I gave above is the place to go.

God Bless

Born Again??? Links should be included this time.

An article, which you can read below, speaks about being Born Again.  This article jumped out at me simply because I and other Catholics are bombarded with this statement – “Are you born again”.

At first, I couldn’t understand what they were talking about – what does that mean?   I checked Scripture and there is a Scripture Passage that talks about being born again–but I don’t understand how they are interpreting this passage to what they are saying.  They say if you are born again you have accepted Christ.  I have to admit, this really kind of irks the heck out of me when they ask this.  It just seems so demeaning,  irresponsible and judgmental to assume that even though we love God and follow Him they still think we haven’t accepted Christ into our lives.  What do you have to do to accept Christ I wonder?  They tell me,” just ask Him, Then you will be saved.”  Now, this too is overly simplified and erroneous.

It seems to me three very important themes throughout Scripture are being forgotten. One- Repentance of one’s sins; second- Loving one another;  and third – doing the will of God.  Anyone can say, Lord, I love you,  I accept you into my life, then turn around and commit sinful deeds without ever repenting.   The good thief who died on the cross repented at the last moment, and that is what got him into heaven.. And, “Repent for the kingdom of God is at hand”, were the words of John the Baptist, a very important Prophet who was preparing the way for Jesus.   If I love God, pray,  obey His commandments, try my very best to work on being Christ-like, and repent daily of my sinful ways I would say I have accepted Christ into my life—wouldn’t you?

All Christians must stop judging each other.  We must treat each other with love and respect and stop this nonsense.  I am not going to give up my faith for anyone or anything.  I have great respect and love for my non-catholic friends and I believe, for the most part, they respect me and my beliefs as well.  But, there are far too many out there who simply do not have any respect for other peoples beliefs – They are like the Pharisees who have no love in their hearts.

Without love we will not get into heaven.  A heathen would stand a greater chance of entering heaven than a self-righteous Christian who has no love in his heart.

Did the Lord not say:

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven,* but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.
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Many will say to me on that day,o ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name? Did we not drive out demons in your name? Did we not do mighty deeds in your name?’
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Then I will declare to them solemnly, ‘I never knew you.* Depart from me, you evildoers.’ (Matthew 7:21-23)

The True Meaning of ‘Born Again’ Isn’t What You Think
STEPHEN BEALE

Most of us have heard the phrase ‘born again Christian.’ It is usually employed by evangelical Christians to refer to those who are viewed as authentically Christian—usually defined as involved as making some sort of personal commitment to Christ.

This definition isn’t actually too far off the mark. But ‘born again’ actually has meaning both a more specific and also deeper meaning than this when considered in its context. In case you didn’t know, the phrase comes from John 3, where it is sometimes also translated as ‘from above’ instead of ‘again.’ Here is some of the important context:

Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. He came to Jesus at night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God, for no one can do these signs that you are doing unless God is with him.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Amen, amen, I say to you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can a person once grown old be born again? Surely he cannot reenter his mother’s womb and be born again, can he?” Jesus answered, “Amen, amen, I say to you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. What is born of flesh is flesh and what is born of spirit is spirit (John 3:1-6; NABRE). Read rest of article here.

I also want to share  a special testimony – life after death experienced by an African Priest.

Father Jose’s Life After Death Experience
by FR. JOSE MANIYANGAT | JULY 28, 2016
FrJoseManiyangat

On Sunday April 14, 1985, the Feast of the Divine Mercy, I was going to celebrate Mass at a mission church in the north part of Kerala, and I had a fatal accident. I was riding a motorcycle when I was hit head-on by a jeep driven by a man who was intoxicated after a Hindu festival. I was rushed to a hospital about 35 miles away. On the way my soul came out from my body and I experienced death. Immediately I met my Guardian angel. I saw my body and the people who were carrying me to the hospital. I heard them crying and praying for me. At this time my angel told me: “I am going to take you to Heaven, the Lord wants to meet you and talk with you.” He also said that on the way he wanted to show me hell and purgatory. Entire article here. 

Will we have a Miracle????

I spoke to you a few times about my brother, Dan, who has throat cancer.  I also told you that he had decided to try the “natural” route to healing.  I said I would get back to you and let you know if it worked.  Well, today as I was driving I was convicted that I needed to be bold and let people know what I was really thinking about my brother – that in spite of the fact that Medical Science can do no more, I am still hopeful for a miracle.  Just saying that is scary for me, because I don’t want to give him false hope and I guess I am putting myself out there and on the line for my convictions.

Well, nothing has worked so far.  He had tried naturals for 6 months and the tumor only got bigger.  He never did make it down to Florida to one of those places that claim healings for cancer.  Now, its not that I don’t believe in “naturals”, but after seeing my father die after using the traditional methods of chemo and radiation, and seeing my brother not fare well with the Naturals, I am convinced that dog poop would heal cancer if God willed that person to live.

From the first moment my brother told me had cancer I was convicted of one thought and one thought only.  God could use him as a powerful witness.  He could have a miracle if he changed his life and came back to God and would witness to the Truth of God and His Mercy and Love.  He could bring many souls back to God.

My brother has been away from the Church and God for more than half his life.  But, soon thereafter, he did start coming back, little by little, to God.

He spent most of his time searching for “cures”, which wasn’t the best thing to do when you have little time left and when really the only way he was going to be cured was through God’s intervention.   He was sorely disappointed when he didn’t get the healing in Medjugorje….but, as the visionary said, there was a block to his healing.  This told me that God, indeed, wanted to heal him.  I told Dan, get back to confession and forgive the one person you have not been able to forgive for the majority of your life.  He did.   Lack of forgiveness on our part is the one thing that will block healings.

Last month, his tumor began to grow quite vigorously and he could barely breathe and could no longer eat anything.   He ended up at the VA where they put in a tracheotomy  (sic)and a feeding tube.  The Dr’s could not believe he was still alive.  He had only 10 percent of space left for breathing.  He was getting terribly thin for lack of food and nutrition.  He has been in stage  4 since he found out in early December.  They gave him a couple of months back then.image

My husband and I drove down to see him ( 9 hour drive) and he was looking pretty good.  I was still convinced he could have a miracle if he would just give himself totally to God, but he really wasn’t quite there yet.  I watched him pour liquids down his feeding tube and he was in pretty decent spirits.  He was feeling hopeful and so were we, although the Dr’s told him he would never work again and that there was nothing that could be done for him.  The tumor had already wound its way around major arteries and the brain stem with only a sliver of space left for breathing.  They didn’t think they would even have room to get the breathing tube in, but they did.  They could not believe he was still alive and they kept telling him this.

So, My husband and I just get back home and a few days later he ends up in the hospital with horrific pain and a feeding tube that is leaking.  That same day I receive a call from the Nurse telling me that Dan has only a few hours to a few days left to live.  That he is “actively dying”.  I couldn’t believe my ears.  I thought this can’t be true.  I had way too much peace within me, even though I was crying and thinking I must be nuts for believing he is going to be healed.     A number of family members drove down to be with him and rallying him.    My sister calls me the next day and says the nurse is again saying that he had declined over the night and it is only a matter of hours.  So, I decided I needed to go down once again and be with him and say my goodbyes.  My sorrow was great, yet I still had peace within me.  I told myself I am either in real deep denial or God is giving me a peace about this whole thing.  A peace I couldn’t understand, and still don’t understand.

I drive down the next morning and when I get to the hospital, my brother is wide awake and looking quite well.  Apparently, he came out of his non-responsive state and was now alert.  But, they said he is dying and they are treating him as though he is dying.  They will only give comfort to him which means lots of meds to ease his pain.  No more food.  The feeding tube isn’t working and if he regurgitates anything it would block his tracheotomy which would mean he would die of suffocation.   He is  too weak  to have surgery to fix the feeding tube.   While there we had lots of laughs and gave him new hope.   All of us have this belief that he is ripe for a miracle.  He was even  hooking up his computer to the T.V.  that day.   This is a guy who had only hours to live.

Dan has been without food for 12 days now.  He is getting weaker and in the last few days has been sleeping quite a bit more.  However, when I was there this past thursday I saw something that really gave me even more hope and conviction.  My brother and his friend prayed with Dan and they asked if he was ready to give himself totally to the Lord.  Dan opened the door by jubilantly raising his fist in the air, mouthing yes, yes yes.  Next, in comes the janitor, who happens to be Reverand  Kevin Smith.  He told one of us in the hallway that God can heal and miracles do happen.  He wanted to know if he could pray with Dan.  We all were yes, of course, please do.  He is convicted that God is going to heal Dan.  Even today, when Dan is getting worse and worse, he walks in and talks to Dan and begins praying with him.  Then, Fr. Mike, the Priest that Dan really likes, walks in and he starts praying over Dan.  All these individuals, different denominations, coming in and praying over Dan for a healing and all three of them are convinced that God would heal Dan if Dan would work for God and His Church.

Then yesterday, Some woman from the Church came to give Dan the Eucharist.  She told Dan that God wants to heal.  She gave him a prayer to say for inner healing and then she told him to speak to God and ask for a healing and tell God what He would do for him in exchange.  I was like wow, people off the street who don’t even know Dan or love Dan are all acting and thinking like He is going to receive a miracle.  They are all praying for a miracle for Him.  They all say that Dan could be a great witness for God.  So,  Here again, someone in the hospital coming by and praying with him and letting him know that God wants to heal and that He can be used to witness for God.  Just when everyone was beginning to think, oh I don’t think we are going to get our miracle after all.

I spoke with someone who is with Dan today and they told me that everyone on that floor is praying for Dan and they keep wondering if there is going to be a miracle happening.  The Dr’s have been unbelievably patient and gracious to us, the nursing staff is phenomenal and so so so kind.  Doing everything possible to make Dan and us comfortable.  They even found rooms for a few of us, bringing food for everyone, etc.  This is the VA by the way.

I was exhausted and had only about 5-6 hours sleep in the past 48 hours and I was not feeling particularly happy this morning with all the problems going on.  I decided to take a nap and when I awoke a few minutes to 3 pm, I felt refreshed and light as air.  I felt like all was good with the world again and my hope was gaining momentum once again.

It was at this point that I felt the Lord telling me I needed to express my beliefs.  Not hide them for fear of being ridiculed for thinking he will receive a miracle.  When I spoke with the Dr’s about his condition on tuesday they said that yes, only a miracle will save his life.  He is receiving nothing more than meds and some fluids.  Today, after a few quiet days, he woke up and opened his eyes when Kevin (the pastor) walked into the room;  Dan smiled and motioned for him to come over and talk to him.  Apparently this has been the first response from Dan in a few days.  He has been unresponsive for the past 3 days.  Then, in comes Angie, who gave Him Holy Communion once again and she too is reiterating to Dan that God wants to heal.   I have no fear of him dying from starvation for the Eucharist will sustain Him if that be God’s Holy Will.  Many Saints have lived on just the Eucharist for years.

Time will tell, but I will be sure to let you know the outcome of this situation.  I may be in tears of sorrow or joy….I don’t know which at this point, but I still believe with my heart that something beautiful is going on here.  Something out of the ordinary for sure.  We don’t know God’s ways and that is an understatement.  But, now God can work.  No one can say that Dans healing was because of Medical Science.  God is stretching all of us and is really asking us to Trust in HIM.  This is more difficult than we think.  Right before our eyes we are seeing one thing, but God is asking us to believe something else that we do not see. Hope, is after all, something that we cannot know or see.  I mean, when you think about it, can you imagine yourself going into someone’s room, someone you don’t know and telling them you believe God wants to heal them — even though the Dr’s say they are only hours away from dying???  It seems to me God is trying to rally us on and encourage us to keep on trusting and hoping in Him.  So we are.

God is also asking our family to come together united.  To repent.  This isn’t just about Dan repenting.  There is so much division because half the family has left the Faith and they do not like Catholicism one little bit.  They think we are basically from the devil himself.  lots of tension because of this.  They really dislike the Virgin Mary and so I told Dan…you have got to choose Dan.  Will you believe as they believe or will you witness to the truth of Catholicism, the Blessed Mother and the Eucharist if you are healed.  You can not ride the fence on this one.  I said it is the Blessed Mother who will be interceding for you and so you can be sure, if you are healed, you will need to witness to her intercession.  God knows what you will do or say so make your choice now.

Yet, the beautiful part is that I am seeing the Protestants and Catholics coming together because of  Dan.  Both praying for him, praying over him, believing in His Miracle.  We have one God.  we pray to one God.  We must all love and respect each other.  Will we have a Miracle….I don’t know for sure, but the VA hospital staff sure seems to think so and my heart tells me yes, but, I surrendered it all to God.  He gets to decide.  He knows what is best.  We will know soon.

I do believe that because of the times we are living in right now, God can use all the witnesses He can muster up.  Plus, we are all being challenged in a huge way to trust God like never before.  When things get really rough, that is all we will have….Trust in God when things look like evil has won.  This situation, I believe, is part of our training ground for what is to come.  Perhaps you are going through the same thing.  If so, lets all hang in there and not give up.  Trust in God is the only thing that will protect and sustain us.

 

Blessings to all

 

 

 

 

More Miracles

Its nice to know God is still about His business – miracles are a reality even though many do not really believe that God does work that way – but, He doesn’t perform miracles just for our pleasure, it is for a reason.  I came across a video the other day where a woman in Fresno, California has a statue of the Blessed Mother crying tears.  You can actually see it on this video.  ABC News did a story on it here.  It has been occurring for the past 1 1/2 years.  Some news outlets are suggesting that it is because of the Synod on the Family which began 1 1/2 years ago.  I don’t know, but she is crying for a serious reason, I am sure.

As long as we are on this subject, I am happy to report a few other miracles that occurred in Medjugorje with my family.  They were there over Divine Mercy Sunday.  There is a statue of Jesus – the Risen Christ about 30 feet high.  This statue has been exuding a liquid of either water, oil or blood for approx 15 years now.  It flows from His knees and many miracles have been reported when this liquid is applied to the persons area of infirmity.

It just so happens that both my mother and sister applied this substance on themselves imageand they both had a miraculous healing.   Many blessings have come from their trip and one such blessing was the fact that one of the women, who sees the Blessed Mother, and is friends with the Visionarys, saw our Dad, who passed away a few months ago, with the Blessed Mother walking up Cross Mountain with them.  Apparently, he was there the whole time that they were there.  While in the Visionarys home praying,  dad and the Blessed Mother walked in and gave mom a kiss.  She said she didn’t feel anything, but each time she wanted to cry.  So, she then asked if she could at least “feel him” next time.  At Mass, she felt someone put their hand on her shoulder and their fingers kind of like messaged her neck area.  She turned around to see who would be doing that to her, and there was no one.  She then realized, it was most likely Dad.

Upon returning home she went to Target to get her pictures taken off her digital camera.  On the screen, showing all the pictures, their appeared a huge image in the center of all of the other pictures.  This image was the Blessed Mother with her arms outstretched, dressed in blue with 12 stars around her head.  The clerk turned and looked at mom like “what the heck”.  They were both stunned.  This image was not on moms camera.   Another image, the first picture that was developed was another image not taken by mom.  This was of the Blessed Mother and Baby Jesus covering our brother, Dan, who has the cancer.  imageThis was the exact image that was seen by the tour guide, who sees the Blessed Mother, when she was praying for Dan.  My mother was in the visionary’s home taking pictures (you see those pictures on the wall), but that picture never came through.  This did instead.

We, of course, are still fasting and praying for Dan with hopes that God will heal him.  Of Course, we never know God’s plan and we just accept His will in this matter.   Its probably a miracle that he is still alive.  Some people have said this is a reflection.  But that is impossible.  Dan was in the room with my mother taking pictures and never sat down.  There also was not a candle in the room.  and the bench he is sitting on here is outside, not in the home.  We have great peace knowing that Jesus and Mary are taking care of Dan.

If you ever get a chance to go to Medjugorje you should go.  No one ever leaves empty handed.  They all receive graces.  It is a beautiful, peaceful sanctuary where everyone is so kind and loving.

God Bless all of you

Eucharistic Miracle in Poland

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Eucharistic Miracles also reveal that the Price or Cost to merit the Eucharist for us, WAS THE MOST BLOODY AND TERRIBLE SUFFERING OF OUR LORD IN HIS SACRED PASSION, a suffering which HE HAD TO UNDERGO out of Divine Justice on account of the Mortal Sins of mankind. For even if only 1 of us had committed 1 mortal sin, Our Lord in justice would have had to suffer the Passion and die, to make atonement for it! Thus, how horrible it is, when a Pope de facto authorizes the concession of Communion to those in mortal sin to the scandal of the whole world. Note that this miracle took place just before Pope Francis allowed Cardinal Kasper, in a Consistory of Cardinals, to propose his vile heresy, that claims the Eucharist can be given to those living in adultery. Read article here.