Sep 19

Novena to St. Michael the Archangel Begins Sept. 19

Novena to St. Michael the Archangel

Saint Michael the Archangel, loyal champion of God and His People. I/we turn to you with confidence and seek your powerful intercession. For the love of God, Who made you so glorious in grace and power, and for the love of the Mother of Jesus, the Queen of the Angels, be pleased to hear my/our prayer. You know the value of my/our souls in the eyes of God. May no stain of evil ever disfigure it beauty. Help me/us to conquer the evil spirit who tempts me/us. I/We desire to imitate your loyalty to God and Holy Mother Church and your great love for God and people. And since you are God’s messenger for the care of His people, I/we entrust to you these special intentions:  …specific intentions need only be recited on the 1st day….Mention your requests

Lord, hear and grant my/our special intentions for this Novena that I/we bring before You.

Pray for me/us, St. Michael, and also for those I/we love. Protect me/us in all dangers of body and soul. Help me/us in my/ our daily needs. Through your powerful intercession, may I/we live a holy life, die a happy death and reach Heaven where I/we may praise and love God with you forever. Amen.

Our Father … Hail Mary … Glory be …

Instructions: Pray this prayer daily for nine days.

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Jul 20

Cardinal Burke Calls Our Nation to Pray 54 Day Rosary Novena Begins August 15, 2016

Cardinal Burke Calls Our Nation to Pray 54 Day Rosary Novena

Cardinal Burke Calls Our Nation to Pray 54 Day Rosary Novena

This is the official endorsement of “Novena for Our Nation” by His Eminence, Cardinal Raymond Burke:

“There is no doubt that our beloved nation is in one of the worst crises which it has ever HolyLeagueLogowhiteexperienced, a profound moral crisis which generates division on all levels and results in an ever-greater more pervasive violence and killing. For Roman Catholics, who have always been known for their faith-filled patriotism, the first response to this crisis is fervent prayer and, in particular, prayer through the intercession of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, Mary Immaculate who is also the patroness of our nation.

One of the most powerful prayers which is ours in the Church is, in fact, the Holy Rosary. I think, for instance, of the Battle of Lepanto and the victory which was won on October 7, 1571, over the Saracens who were bent on conquering Christian Europe. Let us now turn to the powerful prayer of the Holy Rosary, asking Mary Immaculate to intercede with Our Lord to bring healing to our nation and to inspire in her citizens the holiness of life which alone can transform our nation.

I wholeheartedly endorse the Novena for Our Nation (Starting August 15) and the Rosary Rally on October 7th next, the 445th anniversary of the Battle of Lepanto. I urge as many as are able to participate in these great spiritual works for the sake of our entire nation. In a special way, as the spiritual advisor to the Holy League, I urge all members of the Holy League to give strong leadership in this great campaign of prayer for our nation.”

For all information, go to novenaforournation.com

 

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Sep 27

Gospel Reading – Sept. 27, 2016 with Divine Will Meditation

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Sep 26

Our Lady of America Newsletter September 26, 2016

Newsletter 9.26.2016

60th Anniversary

Sixty years ago today the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to Sister Mary Ephrem and proclaimed these words:

I am Our Lady of America. I desire that my children honor me, especially by the purity of their lives.”

By these words she acknowledged our nation’s long and historical dedication to her as the Immaculate Conception, manifested by our nation’s consecration to her and our response to that Dogma which proclaims that she is without sin.   With these  words she invites all of us to imitate her as the perfect model of purity.

Just the day before (September 25, 1956) she had appeared to Sr. Mary Ephrem as Our Lady of Lourdes.  You may recall the apparition of Our Lady at Lourdes was Heavenly confirmation of the dogma of Mary’s immaculate nature proclaimed by Pope Pius IX in 1854.  When she appeared to Sr. Ephrem as Our Lady of Lourdes she said:

“I am pleased, my child, with the love and honor my children in America give to me, especially through my glorious and unique privilege of the Immaculate Conception. I promise to reward their love by working through the power of my Son’s Heart and my Immaculate Heart miracles of grace among them. I do not promise miracles of the body, but of the soul… For it is mainly through these miracles of grace that the Holy Trinity is glorified among men and nations. Let America continue and grow in its love for me, and I in return, in union with the Heart of my Son, promise to work wonders in her. My child, I desire that this be known.”

As Our Lady of Lourdes she promises the graces necessary to follow her towards a life of purity.   As Our Lady of America she teaches us to seek purity and live life in a state of sanctifying grace through openness to grace,  prayer, works and the Sacraments.

Please pray that our bishops will soon fulfill her request and  acknowledge her as Our Lady of America, the Immaculate Virgin.  By their acts Our Lady promises an outpouring of graces for America and the world.

“By thy Holy and Immaculate Conception, oh Mary, deliver us from evil.

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Sep 25

Era of Love – Era of the Third Fiat

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Sep 25

XXVI Sunday in Ordinary Time

XXVI Sunday in Ordinary Time

The rich, the poor and the life that continues

9/23/2016

The following is from: http://en.luisapiccarretaofficial.org/gospels/xxvi-sunday-in-ordinary-time/33

Dear brothers and sisters, Fiat!

The parable faithfully portrays a reality to which we have become accustomed: a large part of humanity lives in a carefree state of wealth, next to another part  that even hasn’t the means of subsistence. We must not get moralistic reliefs from the text: we cannot deduct that the rich man was spotted with nefarious deeds, nor the poor is morally irreproachable. Simply, the  rich man enjoys considerable wealth, and doesn’t take care of the poor knocking at his door, whereas the poor man is consumed by his misery. Where the sensitivity of men does not arrive, there is the company of animals that try to alleviate the suffering of the poor as nature taught them.

The scene changes drastically with the death of both. For the poor, it is the beginning of a new life (“bosom of Abraham” means the fullness of life after death), whereas for the rich there is the lapidary seal (“buried”) of a life dissipated in secondary things. At that point everything is clear to the rich man who wasn’t fully converted yet, so much so that he twice asks Abraham to use Lazarus as his personal slave (first to bring a drop of water, and then to go to his brothers). In the rich man there is our opulent society consecrated to material goods, we are there. Moses, the prophets, Jesus, in short, the Bible, remind us  the meaning of our path in this world, we must be close to those who have received less than us and be solicitous over charity and justice.

One day Jesus said to Luisa that there is no order without subjection; the rich have subtracted themselves from God, and the peoples rebel against God, against the rich, and against everyone. The scale of God’s Justice is full, and He can no longer contain it.

The gospel gives us a strong message as we encounter in everyday life situations of poverty, marginalization and misery. Indeed, we can say that if the word of God is always valid, it describes in detail the reality of today’s world, where a small part of humanity lives in consumerism and waste whereas  the greater part  of humanity lives in poverty.

For a long time now, the social doctrine of the Church has invited us to become aware of the real problems of the world and to realize a Christian commitment, which is not limited to some charity, but tries to go to the causes of inequality, injustice, exploitation, through works of sharing and solidarity. A situation which is already so  serious is compounded now by the worrying problems of these days.

The Word of God shows us the way for our conversion. Paul urges us to become truly men and women of God, people who are believers that follow the path of justice and tend, with the desire and concrete choices, toward piety, faith, love, patience, clemency. These attitudes certainly contrast with the position of those who, bolstered by their wealth, consider themselves “upright” and faultless.

We must follow what the Bible tells us, “People who have wealth but lack understanding are like the beasts that perish….. Though your riches increase, do not set your heart on them..”

The warning that the Lord Jesus addresses to us through the parable of the rich man and Lazarus, is not only a matter of social justice, purely human. It is a reality that touches the depths of our faith and our destiny in eternity. “… For whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.“, Saint Paul reminds us in his letter to the Galatians. We will deserve Paradise  to the extent that we have shared our things and our lives with our brothers and sisters in need: “I was an hungred, I was thirsty… Come, you who are blessed by my Father; “(Mt. 25). On the contrary, the Bible says that the lot of the wicked will be terrible.

This is an invitation for us to strive for justice, as men and believers, knowing that the common good, solidarity and peace are the dream of God the Father for humanity. It is an invitation to become men and women of hope who truly believe in the power of the Word of the Lord, the one Word that will decide the lot of the world.

The love for the poor, as Jesus taught to Luisa, is the sign to recognize those who experience the true charity.

Who loves the rich and is available for them, he may do so because he hopes for something or obtains something, or because he is in sympathy with them, or because of their nobility, intelligence, eloquence, and even out of fear. But if he loves the poor, helps them, supports them, it is because he sees in them the image of God, therefore he does not look at roughness, ignorance, rudeness, misery.

Through those miseries, as though through a glass, he sees God, from whom he hopes for everything; and so he loves them, helps them, consoles them as if he were doing it to God Himself. This is the good kind of true virtue, which begins from God and ends in God. On the other hand, that which begins from matter, produces matter and ends in matter. As bright and virtuous as charity may appear, if the divine touch is not felt, both the one who does it and the one who receives it become bothered, annoyed and tired, and if necessary, they even use it to commit defects.”

don Marco

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Sep 24

Love of God in Suffering

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Sep 24

Jesus and Luisa’s Imprisonment

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Sep 23

Luisa and the Full Day of the Divine Will

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Sep 22

Holy Fear of God – Holy Desires

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Sep 21

The Word, the Gospel is Greater than the Miracles

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Sep 20

Clear Eye of the Soul Who Lives in the Divine Will

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