We need to pray the Angelus

July 22, 2016

We need to pray the Angelus

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The Angelus is a prayer said in honor of the Incarnation of Jesus Christ.

Its name comes from the first line of the prayer: “The Angel of the Lord declared to Mary…”

Or, in Latin: “Angelus Domini nuntiavit Mariæ…”

It is repeated three times each day – morning , noon, and night – at the sound of a bell.


Bob and Penny prayed the Angelus at
Morning Noon and Night, which has been in the Catholic Tradition for centuries.

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Prophetic words of Pope Leo XIII about our times!

July 18, 2016

“In as much as the enemies of Christianity are so stubborn in their aims, its defenders must be equally staunch, especially as the Heavenly help and the benefits  which are bestowed on us by God are more usually the fruits of our perseverance.” Pope Leo XIII

These are again prophetic words  of Pope Leo XIII.  How accurately Pope Leo analyzed the spirit of those who are opposed to Christianity.  They have one object: to destroy Christianity, to destroy morality,to blot out religion and all that it teaches. Nothing is an obstacle. They never rest.

The defenders of Christianity must prepare for battle.

The Rosary is our special weapon.  If we look at the Rosary it is seen as more than a private devotion – it become a source against the forces of Paganism.

May it please God that all will know the Rosary and love the Rosary and say the Rosary daily!

Most Rev. John Carberry

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We want you to have your own copy of Bob and Penny’s favorite prayer card free

July 17, 2016

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The front of the card is the beautiful image
of the Chalice that is on their books about Miracles of the Eucharist

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their good friend Msgr. Tom O’Connell
said at the end of every mass.

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This prayer was precious to Bob and Penny and
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Words of Saint Louis de Montfort about the Secret of Mary

July 14, 2016

58. As it was through Mary that God came into the world the first time in a state of self-abasement and privation, may we not say that it will be again through Mary that he will come the second time? For does not the whole Church expect him to come and reign over all the earth and to judge the living and the dead? No one knows how and when this will come to pass, but we do know that God, whose thoughts are further from ours than heaven is from earth, will come at a time and in a manner least expected, even by the most scholarly of men and those most versed in Holy Scripture, which gives no clear guidance on this subject.

59. We are given reason to believe that, towards the end of time and perhaps sooner than we expect, God will raise up great men filled with the Holy Spirit and imbued with the spirit of Mary. Through them Mary, Queen most powerful, will work great wonders in the world, destroying sin and setting up the kingdom of Jesus her Son upon the ruins of the corrupt kingdom of the world. These holy men will accomplish this by means of the devotion of which I only trace the main outlines and which suffers from my incompetence.

Source  https://www.ewtn.com/library/Montfort/SECRET.HTM#2. Perfect

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Saint Kateri Tekakwitha – Lily of the Mohawks –

July 13, 2016

The move by these French priests was spearheaded by an observation made by Samuel Champlain as he traveled the breadth of the St. Lawrence River, which then broadened out to Lake Ontario. He noticed as he sailed past all the Indian villages, there were so many children of God who knew nothing about Our Lord Jesus, our Savior. He wrote, in his journal, how sad it was that most of these people would live their entire lives never having heard the name of Jesus and would die without the grace of having known Him or being a part of His Church through Baptism.

When this word came back to the Church of France, an avalanche of fervor swept across the country. But it was the newly-formed army of Ignatius Loyola, the Company of Jesus, the Jesuits,1 who took it as a call to spiritual arms. The French contingency of that order accepted the challenge put to them. They embraced St. Paul’s plea to the Christians of another time, the early days of the Church, as a call to arms. They used his words as their battle cry.

“For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

But how can they call on Him in whom they have not believed?

And how can they believe in Him whom they have not heard?

And how can they hear without someone to preach?

And how can people preach unless they are sent?”2

They came over to New France, as Canada was called at that time. They came with hearts burning to spread the word of God to the Indians and to die as Martyrs for Evangelization to the New World. By the thousands they came. They set up missions, worked in the wilderness, learned the language and customs of the Indians and gently, very gently taught them about Jesus. Their progress ranged from slow to full stop. But they persevered! They had many obstacles to overcome, many of which were caused by their own people. Before the Blackrobes ever got to Canada and upper New York State, they were preceded by trappers and fur traders who cared little or nothing for the people who lived on the lands, the natives of our country. They represented nothing but a way to satisfy their greed.

These were followed by the Military, whose only purpose was to obtain and maintain control and keep the Indians in their grip. Neither group would have won any popularity contests among the Indians. What they did manage to accomplish was to create an atmosphere of suspicion and distrust for any white men. The Blackrobes became victims because of the iniquities their countrymen and others3 had inflicted upon the natives of America.

Add to that the Indians’ own culture, which was so completely different from the French settlers. Both the French and the Indians focused on the things which separated them, rather than try to find a common denominator- those qualities which could unite them. The Iroquois, who were the strongest of the Indian tribes, hated the Hurons, who traded with the French; therefore, the Iroquois hated the French. They were friendly with the Dutch and the British who were at odds and sometimes at war with the French. That could account for a great deal of the hostility between the Iroquois and the French.

But the real victims had to be the Blackrobes, the Jesuit Evangelists. They were blamed for everything. If the Iroquois attacked the Hurons, it was the fault of the Blackrobes. If the Hurons suffered drought, it was the fault of the Blackrobes. If the

crops failed, it was because of the black magic of the Blackrobes. If illness were to take its toll on the Indian population, because of strains of bacteria, brought into the continent by the French, Dutch and British, it became strangely enough the fault of the Blackrobes. To this day, there are those in Canada who blame the Jesuits for the rampant disease to which the Indian population was subjected, and because of which they died in great numbers.

But what was the justification to blame the Jesuits? They were no more responsible for spreading the viruses than any other foreigner who emigrated to the country. However, they were the most vulnerable. They were the easiest to attack and the least able to defend themselves. There came a time in 1649, after the torturous execution of John de Brebuf, Gabriel Lalemant, and others in Huronia, when the wholesale slaughter of the Blackrobes became too much for the Superiors in Quebec to accept, and so they closed down the missions, burned to the ground Saint Marie of the Hurons, the settlement which they had built as a headquarters for the missionaries, and left to go back to Quebec. The mission venture to Huronia was a failure. The wilderness reclaimed the lands in which the Blackrobes had labored and died, their blood left as fertilizer for the growth of the new missions, the fruit of the Martyrs.

In Ossernenon, which is modern-day Auriesville, New York, the first of the North American Martyrs René Goupil was martyred in 1642, tomahawked for making the Sign of the Cross on a young Indian’s forehead. At that same place, St. Isaac Jogues and St. Jean Lalande, a lay Donné,4 were martyred also. The Missionaries left and the cause seemed lost. But on that soil, in that place, the Lord was to plant the seeds of Evangelization into the blood-soaked earth, which would grow into what would be the first Native American Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, the Lily of the Mohawks, the Mystic of the Wilderness. And when she is canonized, finally brought into the Communion of Saints, she will be the first Native American, first fruit of the North American Martyrs.

Kateri is born – the Seed Bears Fruit
The Lord moves in great sweeping motions when He wants to accomplish something. The fruit of the Martyrs had to be a strong focus of the Lord from before the death of the Martyrs.

In Trois-Rivieres, today a part of French Canada, in the province of Quebec, a young Indian Maiden of the Algonquin tribe was raised under the mantle of the French Jesuits.

She was baptized in Trois-Rivieres and lived with French settlers for a time.

When the Jesuits pulled their missions back to Quebec in 1649, as a result of violent raids by the Iroquois and the outrageous executions of the Blackrobe missionaries, the Algonquins were left on their own and came under the domination of the Iroquois.

Kateri’s mother was taken prisoner and brought down the Mohawk river with the rest of the Indian captives.

She landed in Ossernenon, a beautiful Mohawk village in what is today, Auriesville, in upstate New York.

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Saint Benedict leaves decadent Rome for Solitude

July 11, 2016


The Fifth Century brings us not one but two future Saints. 
It is 480 A.D. and a little voice cries out, Here I am world! But no sooner heard, than another tiny cry fills the air.  Not one, but two babies will be born to the parents of the future Saint Benedict and his twin sister Saint Scholastica.

Now, Norcia is not easy to get to, as we well know. We often wonder why God chooses the most remote places in the world for apparitions by Mother Mary, by the Archangel Michael, for Miracles of the Eucharist and the birth of great Saints. Could it be, because we are too busy to hear or see God working in our midst? I don’t know.

What do you think?

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Born of the nobility, Saint Benedict would have every advantage enabling him to receive the best education and preparation for life.  It is believed that when he was no more than in his teens, his parents sent Saint Benedict and his nurse to Rome, to pursue a higher education, more than likely majoring in law.  As they had been blessed to be born of the nobility, it was the custom of people of their station to send their sons to acquire an education preparing them for a career as public magistrates or judges, in this way fulfilling their God-given obligations to serve.

Now Rome of his day had become nothing but a barbaric cesspool, filled with pagan tribes, who had invaded her shores, spreading heresy and immoral behavior the likes of which was leading to a widespread depraved and decadent culture infecting all, but especially the intelligentsia, as usual the students.

As goes the world, sadly, often follows the Church. Poor Mother Church was reeling from the attacks within and without – with schisms threatening to tear down all that the Early Church Fathers had built. Immoral and amoral behavior soon became the accepted norm of the day with Christians accepting and adopting the culture of the hordes of heathens who had stormed their land. With permissiveness, war and rampant widespread plundering are sure to follow. There was not a ruler or king who was not either a pagan, or an atheist, or a heretic.

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Holiness begets holiness, as well as sin begets sin. As sheep willingly follow a goat to slaughter, so it was with this scourge which covered society. It was such a deadly epidemic no one was exempt from its poisonous infection. The wholesale evil and totally immoral behavior of the parents soon cascaded down to the youth, who willing followed and consequently mimicked their example. By the grace of God, the young Benedict was repulsed by all the evil and scandalous behavior he could see permeating not only Rome, but the schools. Not prideful, and totally devoid of the brash opinion of youth, and society as well, that they can handle anything, Benedict made the decision to leave Rome. The only one he told was his nurse, who accompanied him.

The path was clear for him. Having completed all that higher education of his day could offer, he left behind his books; and rejecting all the trappings of the world, his parents’ wealth and comforts of home and estate, departed for a life centered in God. It is fairly certain Benedict left Rome at age twenty, as he was mature enough to discern the decadency and immorality of his friends and class mates.

First small step to a holy life

Benedict and his nurse made their way to Affile, a small town deep into the mountains, about thirty miles from Rome. There he would start a new life, with possibly others who desired a life centered in God. This was not to be. Try as he may, he soon realized he could not achieve here the closeness with God he so dearly desired. Leaving the temptations of Rome had not been enough. If he was to know God, he would have to lead a solitary life – away from the world.

The anonymity he so desperately sought was not to be his in this small village, especially once he miraculously mended an earthenware vessel, which his nurse had borrowed and broken. He pleaded with her to not share the miraculous happenings. Did she comply? No! She went about the village broadcasting the miracle that had come about. The locals even put up a sign on the church, detailing the miracle and the young man who had brought it about. Enough said, that was to be the end of any possible inner peace and quiet meditative reflection he could hope for. The only way was to leave Affile and any friends he had made there, sympatico as they might have been. He found he could no longer have the comfort of having his pious nurse with him. He made the decision to make it alone, with only God as his Comfort and Shield.

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From Bob and Penny Lord’s Chapter on Saint Benedict.

 

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Saints Peter and Paul – Tribute to these Martyrs for the Faith

June 29, 2016

I think it’s important for all of us, just once in our lives, to go to the places of the Saints, so that we can soak up their spirit, which never leaves these areas.  There is such a strong sense of the Saints at their shrines.  It permeates your skin, and goes deep into your soul.

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That’s what happened when we went to the Church of St. Paul Outside the Walls, in Rome.  Paul was martyred in this area. After the Church was legitimized by Constantine, his bones were brought back to this spot, to be his final resting place.  When we walked through the gates of the courtyard, a formidable statue of St. Paul loomed high above us.  He wielded a huge sword; he stared deep into our souls.  He was so strong!  We asked our guide why he was buried outside the city walls.  The guide raised himself to his full five feet, two inches, and proclaimed, “It was his right as a Roman citizen, Signor.  The Christians were fed to the lions in the Colosseum during the persecution.  But Paul was allowed to die outside the city walls with dignity, as was his birthright.”  That didn’t make any sense.  He was a Pharisee from the Holy Land, as best we knew.  He was converted in Damascus, knocked down off his high horse, so to speak.  How did he get to be a Roman citizen?

Then we went to the Mamertine Prison in Rome.  This was Paul’s home prior to his death.  We walked down, deep into the dark, damp hole of the cave,  There was a dim light from a bare 30 watt bulb, dangling from the ceiling.  An exhaust fan made a feeble attempt to suck out the foul-smelling, humid air, which permeated the prison.  It was damp and gloomy, a very depressing scene.  And that was now, in the twentieth century!  We could not begin to imagine how it had been when Paul was imprisoned here.  Our priest was well-versed in Scripture, and the historical background of the Gospel.  He shared with us the ending of Paul’s letter to the Philippians.  He shared Paul’s last testimony to Timothy.  They are the most touching, uplifting, beautiful letters Paul wrote.  And they were written here, in the stinking bowels of the earth.  We had never known much about this pioneer and martyr for our Faith, but here in this cell, we came to love him very much.

That’s how they get you, these Saints.  You ask a little question; you discover something that doesn’t quite fit in, and the next thing you know, you’re deeply engrossed in the life of the Saint.  This is how we began to learn about Paul.  We didn’t do it to share with anyone.  We were in love with Church.  This man was our Church!  We had to know more about him.  Who was he?  What made him turn so completely towards Jesus and the Gospel message, at the height of his persecution of the Church?  We know now, why the Lord gave us the gift of being able to search out and study this man.  Jesus wants us to know about those who struggled and died for us; He wants us to be proud of our ancestors, and never forget them!  He wants us to follow in their footsteps.  On that note, we invite you to join us as we share the life of one of the most powerful men our Church has ever known, St. Paul the Apostle.

 

Paul was born in Tarsus, a port city in the southeastern part of Turkey.  He was from a Jewish family, who traced their roots back to the tribe of Benjamin.  This Jewish community had been sent to Tarsus during the Diaspora.  Pompey had made Tarsus the capital of the province of Cilicia.  Mark Anthony gave the people of Tarsus freedom, immunity, and the right to become Roman citizens, which accounts for Paul’s reference to, and pride in, his Roman citizenship.  He invoked his rights as a Roman citizen many times during his ministry to get out of some serious scrapes with the Jews.

Paul was originally named Saul, after the first king of the Jews.  But the Jews in Tarsus had assimilated so greatly with the Romans that he was probably given the Roman equivalent of Saul, which is Paul, at birth.  He was called Paul in public, and Saul among Jewish gatherings.  It was not unusual for Jews who had integrated into foreign cultures to take on a Hebrew name, and an ethnic name.  He grew up under two cultures, that of his Hebrew ancestors, and the Greco-Roman customs of his adopted country.  He was greatly influenced by the Greek background; Greek was a second language to him; he studied Greek philosophers.

Nothing is certain as to when he came to Jerusalem.  His whole family moved there when he was a young man.  The year 30 A.D. is as good a barometer as it gets.  Scripture scholars claim there was little possibility that he ever saw Jesus during His lifetime.  There are others who believe that, while he may never have spoken to the Lord, he may have seen Him before His death.  Remember, they really frequented the same circles.  They were at different ends of the spectrum, but they were both religious men.

Paul was a Pharisee.  He studied under Gamaliel for three or four years.  This would have been during the time of Jesus’ ministry, 30 to 33 AD.  Jesus became very prominent after the arrest and murder of John the Baptist, probably about a year or so into His ministry.  The temple area of Jerusalem was always abuzz with rumors about this new Prophet.  The personality of Paul was that of a zealot, a nosy body, who had to know everything that was going on, all the time.  Also, he was a defender of the Jewish law, which he believed Jesus was breaking.  Paul would have agreed with those who considered Jesus a blasphemer and lawbreaker, who should be dealt with accordingly.

We don’t mean to imply for a minute that Paul was ever a vindictive person.  He was a passionate person.  The Lord can work with people like Paul.  His passion was for God.  He had committed himself to the service of God.  He truly believed he was doing the Lord’s will in stamping out these blasphemers (Christians).  The same firebrand fervor he employed in defending God against the Christians, was put to use in proclaiming our Lord Jesus Christ, after Paul’s conversion.  It’s so exciting to see God in action!  He chooses His people so carefully.  We believe, Paul was part of the Divine Plan from before the beginning of time.  He was groomed so well for his part in Salvation history.  The area of the world in which he was born, his knowledge of the Greek and Roman languages and cultures, his schooling in Jerusalem, all of this was necessary for his role in proclaiming the Gospel throughout the Roman Empire.  We can’t help but see the Lord’s Hand in Paul’s development.

All of the above is just to give us a feeling for this man specially chosen by God.  We have to see him as a very human, very touchable role model.  He had all the shortcomings of man: ambition, impulsiveness, pride, anger, bullheadedness and a sharp tongue.  However, when used for the glory of God, they were turned into selflessness, determination, durability, suffering, poverty, fearlessness, humiliation and persecution besides.  He could get extremely hot in defense of his converts, and the next moment, he could be as tender as a lamb.  He ran the gamut of emotions, and offered all to his God.  You have to know who this “Great Lion of God” was, and what made him tick.peterandpaul

The first mention of Paul in the Gospel is as the young man who piled coats of those who stoned St. Stephen to death.  After the stoning of Stephen, the Christians scattered all over the area.  Saul became the dread of the Christians as he received permission to hunt them down and crush the movement.  He began in Jerusalem, tracking down Christians, going into house after house, dragging men and women out and throwing them into jail.  His reputation spread throughout Judea and Syria, very quickly.  His very name brought fear to Christians.

Saul was not a vindictive or vengeful person, but he had a mission.  He contended, he was ridding the Hebrew community of a plague that threatened its very existence.  And as we mentioned before, he was very ambitious.  Once given a job, he went at it tooth and nail.  He believed, the Lord had called him to do this.  It was towards this end that Paul went to Damascus.  He was on a roll!  He had begun a momentum, which could not stop until all these offenders who had adopted this “new way,” had been stamped out.  It was about this time Jesus decided that He and Saul should have a talk.  This confrontation took place on the road to Damascus.

Saul and his cohorts were traveling at breakneck speed to get to Damascus.  A brilliant flash of light streaked across the sky.  Saul was thrown to the ground.  He tried to see what had happened, but the strong beam blinded him.  He heard a voice; his head turned quickly in the direction of the sound.  He could make out a figure, but it was hazy.  “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”  Who could this be, he wondered.  “Who are you, sir?”  The voice responded, “I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting.”  Jesus?  How could this be Jesus?  He was dead!  Then Saul could see more clearly through the haze.  The figure of a man became visible to him.  It was Jesus!  Saul could actually make out the figure of Jesus.  The voice continued, “Get up and go into the city, where you will be told what to do.”  The figure of Jesus faded slowly, and then all went black.  Saul could see nothing.  He got up, groped around, completely blind, though his eyes were wide open.

 

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