Our Lady of Fatima – May 13, 1917

In the spring and summer of 1916, nine-year-old Lúcia dos Santos and her cousins Francisco and Jacinta Marto were herding sheep at the Cova da Iria near their home village of Aljustrel in the parish of Fátima, Portugal. They later said they were visited three times by an apparition of an angel. They said the angel, who identified himself as the “Angel of Peace” and “Guardian Angel of Portugal“, taught them prayers, to make sacrifices, and to spend time in adoration of the Lord.[4]

Marian apparitions

Beginning in the spring of 1917, the children reported apparitions of an Angel, and starting in May 1917, apparitions of the Virgin Mary, whom the children described as “the Lady more brilliant than the Sun”. The children reported a prophecy that prayer would lead to an end to the Great War, and that on 13 October that year the Lady would reveal her identity and perform a miracle “so that all may believe.”[5] Newspapers reported the prophecies, and many pilgrims began visiting the area. The children’s accounts were deeply controversial, drawing intense criticism from both local secular and religious authorities. A provincial administrator briefly took the children into custody, believing the prophecies were politically motivated in opposition to the officially secular First Portuguese Republic established in 1910.[6] The events of 13 October became known as the Miracle of the Sun.

Statue dedicated to the apparition.

On 13 May 1917, the children reported seeing a woman “brighter than the sun, shedding rays of light clearer and stronger than a crystal goblet filled with the most sparkling water and pierced by the burning rays of the sun.”[7] The woman wore a white mantle edged with gold and held a rosary in her hand. She asked them to devote themselves to the Holy Trinity and to pray “the Rosary every day, to bring peace to the world and an end to the war”.[7] While the children had never told anyone about seeing the angel, Jacinta told her family about seeing the brightly lit woman. Lúcia had earlier said that the three should keep this experience private. Jacinta’s disbelieving mother told neighbors about it as a joke, and within a day the whole village knew of the children’s vision.[8]

Lúcia dos Santos (left) with her cousins Francisco and Jacinta Marto, 1917

The children said the woman told them to return to the Cova da Iria on 13 June 1917. Lúcia’s mother sought counsel from the parish priest, Father Ferreira, who suggested she allow them to go. He asked to have Lúcia brought to him afterward so that he could question her. The second appearance occurred on 13 June, the feast of Saint Anthony, patron of the local parish church. On this occasion the lady revealed that Francisco and Jacinta would be taken to Heaven soon, but Lúcia would live longer in order to spread her message and devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.[7][9]

During the June visit, the children said the lady told them to say the Holy Rosary daily in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary to obtain peace and the end of the Great War. (Three weeks earlier, on 21 April, the first contingent of Portuguese soldiers had embarked for the front lines of the war.) The lady also purportedly revealed to the children a vision of hell, and entrusted a secret to them, described as “good for some and bad for others”.[9] Fr. Ferreira later stated that Lúcia recounted that the lady told her, “I want you to come back on the thirteenth and to learn to read in order to understand what I want of you. …I don’t want more.”[10]

The Parish Church of Fátima where the three children who saw the apparition were baptized.

In the following months, thousands of people flocked to Fátima and nearby Aljustrel, drawn by reports of visions and miracles. On 13 August 1917, the provincial administrator Artur Santos[11] (no relation to Lúcia dos Santos) intervened, as he believed that these events were politically disruptive in the conservative country. He took the children into custody, jailing them before they could reach the Cova da Iria. Santos interrogated and threatened the children to get them to divulge the contents of the secrets. Lúcia’s mother hoped the officials could persuade the children to end the affair and admit that they had lied.[9] Lúcia told Santos everything short of the secrets, and offered to ask the woman for permission to tell the official the secrets.[12]

That month, instead of the usual apparition in the Cova da Iria on 13 August, the children reported that they saw the Virgin Mary on 19 August, a Sunday, at nearby Valinhos. She asked them again to pray the rosary daily, spoke about the miracle coming in October, and asked them “to pray a lot, a lot for the sinners and sacrifice a lot, as many souls perish in hell because nobody is praying or making sacrifices for them.”[8]

The three children claimed to have seen the Blessed Virgin Mary in a total of six apparitions between 13 May and 13 October 1917. Lúcia also reported a seventh Marian apparition at Cova da Iria. 2017 marked the 100th anniversary of the apparitions.[13]

Miracle of the Sun

Page from Ilustração Portuguesa, 29 October 1917, showing the people looking at the Sun during the Fátima apparitions attributed to the Virgin Mary

After some newspapers reported that the Virgin Mary had promised a miracle for the last of her apparitions on 13 October, a huge crowd, possibly between 30,000 and 100,000,[14][15] including reporters and photographers, gathered at Cova da Iria. What happened then became known as the “Miracle of the Sun”.

Various claims have been made as to what actually happened during the event. The three children who originally claimed to have seen Our Lady of Fátima reported seeing a panorama of visions during the event, including those of Jesus, Our Lady of Sorrows, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, and of Saint Joseph blessing the people.[16] Father John De Marchi, an Italian Catholic priest and researcher wrote several books on the subject, which included descriptions by witnesses who believed they had seen a miracle created by Mary, Mother of God.[12] According to accounts, after a period of rain, the dark clouds broke and the Sun appeared as an opaque, spinning disc in the sky. It was said to be significantly duller than normal, and to cast multicolored lights across the landscape, the people, and the surrounding clouds. The Sun was then reported to have careened towards the Earth before zig-zagging back to its normal position.[9] Witnesses reported that their previously wet clothes became “suddenly and completely dry, as well as the wet and muddy ground that had been previously soaked because of the rain that had been falling”.[17]

Not all witnesses reported seeing the Sun “dance”. Some people only saw the radiant colors, and others, including some believers, saw nothing at all.[18][19][20][21] The only known picture of the Sun taken during the event does not show anything unusual.[22] No unusual phenomenon of the Sun was observed by scientists at the time.[8] A number of theologians, scientists, and skeptics have offered alternative explanations that include psychological suggestibility of the witnesses, temporary retinal distortion caused by staring at the intense light of the Sun, and optical effects caused by natural meteorological phenomena.[23]

Later years of the children

Lúcia dos Santos (standing) with her cousin, Jacinta Marto, 1917

Francisco and Jacinta Marto died in the international flu pandemic that began in 1918 and swept the world. Francisco Marto died at home on 4 April 1919, at the age of ten. Jacinta died at the age of nine in Queen Stephanie’s Children’s Hospital in Lisbon on 20 February 1920. They are buried at the Sanctuary of Fátima. They were beatified by Pope John Paul II on 13 May 2000 and canonized by Pope Francis on 13 May 2017.[24] Their mother Olímpia Marto said that her children predicted their deaths many times to her and to curious pilgrims in the brief period of time after the Marian apparitions.[25]

At the age of fourteen, Lúcia was sent to the school of the Sisters of St. Dorothy (Dorothean) in Vilar, a suburb of Porto, Portugal. In 1928 she became a postulant at the convent of the Sisters of St. Dorothy in Tui, Spain, near the border with Portugal. Lúcia continued to report private visions periodically throughout her life. She reported seeing the Virgin Mary again in 1925 in the convent. This time she said she was asked to convey the message of the First Saturdays Devotion. She said that a subsequent vision of Christ as a child reiterated this request. In 1929, Lúcia reported that Mary returned and repeated her request for the Consecration of Russia to her Immaculate Heart. She also reported an apparition in Rianxo, Galicia, in 1931, in which she said that Jesus visited her, taught her two prayers, and delivered a message to give to the church’s hierarchy.

In 1936 and again in 1941, Sister Lúcia said that the Virgin Mary had predicted the deaths of her two friends during the second apparition on 13 June 1917. According to Lúcia’s 1941 account, on 13 June, Lúcia asked the Virgin if the three children would go to heaven when they died. She said that she heard Mary reply, “Yes, I shall take Francisco and Jacinta soon, but you will remain a little longer, since Jesus wishes you to make me known and loved on Earth. He wishes also for you to establish devotion in the world to my Immaculate Heart.”[26]

In 1947, Sister Lúcia left the Dorothean order. She joined the Discalced Carmelite Order in a monastery in Coimbra, Portugal. Lúcia died on 13 February 2005, at the age of 97.

From:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Our_Lady_of_F%C3%A1tima

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OUR LADY OF FATIMA  – October 13

OUR LADY OF FATIMA  – October 13

Miracle of the sun; OUR LADY OF AKITA – continuation of Fatima messages and 101 times Weeping; POPE LEO XIII remarkable vision, then he composes the St. Michael prayer and promulgated it worldwide; HEBREW CELEBRATION OF THE FALL HARVEST

  • The Mercy and Generosity of God allowed that this day be the last of the 101 years of the great tribulation as revealed to Pope Leo XIII in the vision of October 13, 1884. It was Our Lady of Fatima, October 13, 1917, Who Alerted Her children of the beginning of this great tribulation period of 100 years. In Her messages and 101 times weeping, Our Lady of Akita Warned Her children of this ongoing period and imminent Chastisements, with an added year. How are we to know of this added year? Holy Mother Church gave us the Year of Mercy in 2016. Between October 13, 1917 and October 12, 2019 is 101 years. This makes October 13, 2019 the beginning of the NEW DAY.
  • Genesis 1:5 – “And he called the light Day, and the darkness Night; and there was evening and morning, one day.”
  • On October 13, 1956, Our Lady of America Appeared again to Sister Mary Ephrem. Sister writes:
    “Today the Holy Virgin Appeared to me as I was working in my room. Our Lady was So Beautiful, and She was again Smiling in Her Heavenly Way. She was dressed in the same manner as when I first saw her (Our Lady of America, The Immaculate Virgin) except that the Immaculate Heart did not appear, and instead of the lily, Our Lady held with both hands, a small replica of the finished Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. She then began to speak. Her Presence overwhelmed me with its Holiness. I was compelled to stop my work. It was impossible to go on. I knelt down then and wrote Our Lady’s Words as She Desired: “This is My Shrine, My daughter. I am Very Pleased with it. Tell My children I Thank them. Let them finish it quickly and make it a place of pilgrimage. It will be a place of Wonders. I Promise this. I will Bless all those who, either by their prayers, labor, or material aid, help to erect this Shrine.” This is the Shrine of which Our Lady made Her 1956 Request for Her loyal Sons, the Bishops of the United States, to process Her statue in and permanently honor Her there, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC.

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Live Perpetual Adoration

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Pope Leo XIII on the Holy Rosary

October 7, 2021

Editorial: Pope Leo XIII's Rerum Novarum message from 1891 ...

In the course of his Papacy, the fourth longest in history, Pope Leo XIII (1878-1903) issued eleven encyclicals on the Rosary, in the years 1883, ’84 and ’87, and then each year from 1891-98. All of them were published in September (except one, at the very end of August), looking forward to the feast of the Holy Rosary, which in his time was kept on the first Sunday of October. The feast was later fixed by Pope St Pius X to October 7, the date of the famous Battle of Lepanto which it commemorates, inter alia. Much of what Pope Leo writes is every bit as germane to the condition of the Church and society as it was when it was written over a century ago. In keeping with our custom of several years’ standing, we mark this great feast with an excerpt from one of them, the 1891 Encyclical Octobri mense adventante, in my own corrected translation. (On the Vatican’s website you can read the full text in Latin, and a rather sadly bowdlerized English version of it.)

At the coming of the month of October, which is consecrated and dedicated to the most Blessed Virgin of the Rosary, we are greatly pleased to recall how greatly in preceding years We have commended to you, venerable brethren, our wish that the faithful throughout the world, urged by your authority and by your zeal, should redouble their piety towards the great Mother of God, the mighty helper of the Christian people, and should pray to her throughout the month, and invoke Her by that most holy rite of the Rosary, which the Church, especially in uncertain and most difficult times, has ever used and celebrated for the accomplishment of all desires.

This year once again do We take care to publish Our wishes, once again to encourage you by the same exhortations. We are urged and persuaded to this in love for the Church, whose sufferings, far from being mitigated, increase daily in number and in gravity. Well-known to all are the evils we deplore: war made upon the sacred dogmas which the Church holds and transmits; derision cast upon the integrity of that Christian virtue which she has in keeping; … attack made, with most impudent audacity and criminal malice against Christ Himself, as if to utterly abolish or destroy from its foundation the Divine work of His Redemption – that work which, indeed, no adverse power shall ever destroy.

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The Battle of Lepanto, by Paolo Veronese, ca. 1572, now in the Academy Gallery in Venice

No new events are these for the Church militant. Jesus foretold to His disciples that She must enter upon a daily battle and struggle in order to teach men the truth and guide them to eternal salvation. And indeed, throughout the course of ages She fights undaunted, even to martyrdom, rejoicing and glorying in nothing more than the fact that She can dedicate Her own blood along with her Founder’s, wherein She holds the most certain hope of the victory promised to Her. …

Through this storm of evils, in the midst of which the Church struggles so fiercely, all her devout children see by how holy a duty they are bound to pray to God with greater instance, and especially the reason for which they must strive to give to their prayers the greatest possible efficacy. Faithful to the example of our most religious fathers and elders, let us have recourse to Mary, our holy Sovereign. Let us call upon Mary, the Mother of Christ and our own, and with one heart beseech Her, “Show thyself to be a mother; through Thee, may He accept our prayers Who, born for us, consented to be Thine.” (from the Vesper hymn of the Office of the Virgin Mary Ave, Maris Stella) …

Now, among the several rites and manners of paying honor to the Divine Mother, since some are to be preferred, inasmuch as we know them to be more powerful and more pleasing to Her, for this reason We specially mention by name and recommend the Rosary … which recalls to our minds the great mysteries of Jesus and His Mother, their joys, sorrows, and triumphs… As the faithful devoutly call to mind and contemplate these august mysteries, it is wondrous to see how great is the aid they receive in the nourishment of their faith, in defense against ignorance and the disease of error, and in the lifting up and supporting of the mind towards virtue.

Indeed, the thought and memory of him who thus prays, enlightened by the light of the Faith, are drawn towards these mysteries with the greatest joy and zeal, are fixed and absorbed therein, and cannot sufficiently wonder at the ineffable work of the Redemption of mankind, achieved at such a price and by events so great. Then the mind is filled with gratitude and love before these proofs of Divine love; its hope is strengthened and increased; its desire is increased for the heavenly rewards which Christ has prepared for those who have united themselves to Him by the imitation of His example and the sharing of His sufferings. Prayer is poured forth in the midst of these things by words coming from God Himself, from the Archangel Gabriel, and from the Church; full of praise and of saving petitions, it is renewed and continued in an order at once fixed and various, and the fruits of its devotion are ever new and sweet.

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Our Lady of Lourdes Appearance to Sr. Mary Ephrem

9/25 – Our Lady of Lourdes Appearance to Sister Mary Ephrem (1956) Rome City, Indiana –

Our Lady promised that greater
Miracles than those Granted at Lourdes and Fatima would be Granted here in America, the United States in
particular, if we do as She Desires.

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St. Michael the Archangel – Appears at Monte Gargano, Italy (490

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Padre Pio, Luisa, and Aunt Rosaria

 ST. PIO OF PIETRELCINA

 Luisa said to my aunt Rosaria, (Fr. Bernardino Giuseppe Bucci, O.F.M. referring to his Aunt Rosaria Bucci) “You will be my witness.”

One day Padre Pio told Rosaria
point-blank in his Benevento dialect: “Rosa’, va nanz, va nanz ca Luisa iè gran e u munn sarà chin di Luisa”
(Rosaria, go ahead, go ahead for Luisa is great and the world will be full of Luisa)

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Saint Padre Pio – Feast Day – September 23

A PENITENT WOMAN AND ST. PADRE PIO

Before giving the woman absolution Padre Pio said, “Try to remember the other sin.” The woman said, “Padre, I think I gave you all the sins I know and I think this is it,” Padre Pio said, “Then for your penance, go to the cross to say 15 Ave Marias and 15 Our Fathers.”
Now the cross was at the top of the mountain. The penance was not the Aves or the Our Fathers, it was a journey to get there, as it was a very bad road.
So she did that and said the prayers and went back to Padre Pio for a second confession and Padre Pio asked, “Do you remember all your sins?” She said, “Padre Pio, I’ve confessed everything.”
Padre Pio said, “No, you still don’t remember all. You’ve go to go to the cross at the top of the mountain again.”
She went for the second time and when she still did not remember he sent her for the third time to the cross on the mountaintop. When she returned for the third time for confession, Padre Pio asked, “So, do you remember everything now?” She replied, “No, Padre, I don’t have anything more to confess.” Then padre Pio said in a loud voice, “What do you mean, you don’t remember anything? Don’t you know he could have been a Priest, a bishop, even a cardinal?” She started to think and then began to cry. “Father,” she said, “I never knew abortion was a sin.” “What do you mean,” he said, “you didn’t know this was a sin? That’s killing.”
Then she said nobody knows about this, only me and my mother. How could you say it could have been a priest or a cardinal?” Padre Pio simply responded saying, “but it’s a great sin.”
Source: Padre Pio: The True Story by C Bernard Ruffin, Pages 296-297
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Statements Made by Padre Pio, and His Answers to Questions by Cleonice Morcaldi
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Cleonice Morcaldi a Spiritual Daughter of Padre Pio and close Friend was born on January 22, 1904. From a numerous family, she lived in dire poverty childhood, adolescence, and study life, until she became a teacher. She met Padre Pio in 1920. Padre Pio showed a singular predilection for her. Her strong faith in God enlightened her life, and let her stick to what her eyes saw and what her ears heard. She relentlessly pursued the quest to know more and more of the flood of love that God had versed on Padre Pio. She made the wows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, and renewed them every year on December 8, feast of the Immaculate Conception. Through direct verbal interaction, and by question in writing usually passed to Padre Pio by Pietruccio the blind, – who also brought back the answers handwritten by Padre Pio, her unshaken persistence gave us a fascinating glimpse of the afterlife, and let us know some of what our eye couldn’t see of the gigantic battle going on between good and evil. Her fearless faith made her unique, and we are grateful for what she did. After the death of Padre Pio in 1968 she spent her life helping the poor and spreading Padre Pio’s message of unconditional love for God and the neighbor. Cleonice died on February 23, 1987.
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1.Padre Pio told some spiritual children gathered after confession: “I can forget myself, but not my children; I tell you that when the Lord will call me, I will stay at the door of paradise and I will tell Him: ‘Lord, I do not enter before I see that all my children have entered.’ ”
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Did you really say that? “I made this proposal to the Lord. I don’t know if He accepts it.” “I can forget myself, but not the children that cost me blood: I promise you that I will stay at the door of paradise until I will see in the last of my children.”
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2. There is a prophecy that a friar of Saint Francis will bring to God a third of the world. Padre Pio remarked “More, more.”
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3. Say something about Ascension. Padre Pio: “There are two ascensions, one to the Calvary, and the other to heaven.”
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4. Did Jesus cry in Bethlehem? “Yes. He suffered like any other child.”
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5. “God doesn’t send souls to hell; they want to go.”
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6. Did the prophet Elijah die? “He disappeared in a chariot of fire. Maybe he is in paradise. He will come at the end of times to fight the Antichrist.”
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7. In Paradise, with all that multitude of angels and saints won’t be difficult to have one to one conversations?“We will be alone, even if we will be in company. Nobody will prevent us to communicate with whomever we want.”
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8. Was the serpent tempting Eve an animal? “It was the devil talking through him”.
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9. Where were the Angels before the test? “They were in another world.
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And After the test? “They went to Paradise.
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10. Why Jesus said to Mary: Don’t touch me. “To let her live of faith.” Didn’t she have faith? “No. Because she said: “Lord, if you were here my brother wouldn’t have died.’ “The centurion had faith when he said: You don’t need to come to the house. Just say a word and my servant will be healed.”
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11. Why did Judas betray Jesus? “For wickedness.” Peter disowned Jesus. “And that was a mortal sin.” John did run away too. “Yes but he didn’t disown.”
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12. Did they overturn the cross with Jesus on it to clinch the nails? “Yes.”
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13. Is there a shortcut to get fast to God? “The shortcut is Mary. Jesus comes to us through Mary”
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They say that the rosary is outmoded. “Let’s do the way we have always done. Let’s love the Madonna. Let’s make people love the Madonna.
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Let’s pray the holy rosary that She Herself thought us.”
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“He who prays a lot will be saved. He who prays a little is in danger. He who doesn’t pray is condemned.”
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“He who prays a lot saves himself and saves others.”
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SAINT PIO ON HIS CELEBRATION OF THE MASS
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Father, what is your Mass?
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– A sacred accomplishment of the Passion of Jesus.
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– What should I comprehend in your Holy Mass?
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– All of Calvary.
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– Father, tell me all that you suffer at the Holy Mass.
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– All what Jesus suffered in his Passion, I inadequately suffer to the extent a human creature can possibly suffer. All of it at no merit of my own and only because of His Goodness.
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– Father, how could we know about your passion?
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– In knowing the Passion of Jesus, you will also know mine.
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– Do you have the agony of death, Father, like Jesus in the Garden?
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– Probably.
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– Does the angel also come to comfort you?
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– Yes.
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– What FIAT do you say?
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– The one of suffering, and always to suffer for the brothers in exile and for His Divine Kingdom.
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– You also said…”and they will shout: Crucify him, crucify him!” Who will shout?
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– The children of men… more precisely the beneficiaries of His death.
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– How was Jesus after being scourged?
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– The prophet says: “He became as a whole sore. He became like a leper”
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– So, you also are like a sore from head to foot?
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– And is not this our glory? If there is no place left for more sores, we will make sores on top of sores.
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– My God, this is too much! You are, dear Father, a real executioner of yourself!
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– Do not be afraid. On the contrary rejoice in it. I do not want the suffering in itself, no, but the fruits it gives me. It praises God and saves our brothers. What else could I wish for?
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– Father. When at night you are scourged, are you alone or does somebody assist you.
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– The Holy Virgin assists me, all of Paradise is present.
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– Jesus has made me feel that you suffer the crown of thorns.
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– Otherwise the immolation would not be complete.
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– What sins did Jesus pay for with the crowning of thorns?
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– For all, especially those regarding thoughts, not excluding the vain and useless ones.
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– Father, do you have the thorns on your forehead or around your head?
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– Around the whole head.
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– Father, how many thorns does your crown have…Thirty?
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– Ah…yes!
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– Father, I think that your crown does not have 30, but 300 thorns.
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– You get impressed because of a zero! Anyway, is not thirty contained in three hundred?
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– Father, is it true that you suffer the torment of the crowning of thorns during the Holy Mass?
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– And you doubt it?
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– During the whole Mass?
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– And also before and after it. The crown is never taken away.
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– Father, do you also suffer what Jesus suffered during the Way of the Cross?
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– Yes. But I wish to do so, in order to arrive at the point of suffering to which the Divine Master arrived.
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– Who are your Simon of Cyrene and Veronica?
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– Jesus Himself.
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– Father, at the Divine Sacrifice, do you take our iniquities on yourself?
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– It is impossible to do it differently, as it is part of the Divine Sacrifice.
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– So, does the Lord consider you a sinner?
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– I do not know. But I am afraid to be so.
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– I have seen you trembling when going up the stairs to the altar. Why? Was it because of what you were going to suffer?
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– No, not because of what I am supposed to suffer, but because of what I should offer.
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– Father, what time during the day do you suffer the most?
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– During the celebration of the Holy Mass.
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– Father, do you also suffer during the day what Jesus allows you to suffer during the Holy Mass?
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– I would not feel well! How could I work? How could I do my ministry?
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– At which part of the Divine Sacrifice do you suffer the most?
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– From the Consecration to the Communion.
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– At which moment of the Mass do you suffer the scourging?
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– From the beginning to the end, but more intensely after the Consecration.
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– Father, why do you almost always cry when you read the Gospel in the Holy Mass?
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– And do you find it little thing that a God talks to His creatures, and they react against Him? That he is injured constantly by their ingratitude and incredulity?
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Why do you suffer so much during the Consecration?
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– Revealing the secrets of the Supreme King is desecrating them. You ask me why I suffer. I would like to shed not a few tears but abundant tears. Are you not conscious of the tremendous mystery? God, Victim of our sins! And we are His executioners!
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The awesome mystery of the Consecration contains the last hours that Christ spent on the Cross. The crucified of Gargano now relives at the altar, one after the other, each of the last moments of the Crucified of Golgotha. Let us keep in mind what the Gospel says about Jesus. Especially at the introduction of the Crucifixion.
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Did the executioners turn the Cross around to clinch the nails?
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– Naturally!
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– Do they also clinch the nails for you?
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– I think so!
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– Do they also turn around your cross?
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– Yes, but do not be afraid.
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Father, do you also speak during Holy Mass the “seven words” that Jesus stated on the Cross?
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– Yes, although unworthily, I also speak them.
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– And to whom do you say: Woman, there is your Son?
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– I tell her: Here are the children of your Son.
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– Do you suffer the thirst and rejection Jesus suffered?
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– Yes.
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– When do you experience thirst and rejection?
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– After the Consecration.
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– Until when do you suffer thirst and rejection?
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– Normally up to the Communion.
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– Did the Crucified Jesus have His innermost Being consummated?
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– You should rather say burnt.
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– For what did the Crucified Jesus thirst?
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– For God’s Kingdom.
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You told me you were ashamed of pronouncing this phrase: “I looked for someone to comfort me, but found none.” Why?
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– Because our suffering is insignificant compared to the real suffering Jesus experienced.
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– In front of whom do you feel ashamed?
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– In front of God and in front of my conscience.
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What did the Virgin do at the feet of the Crucified Jesus?
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– She suffered watching her Son suffer. She offered to the Eternal Father her pain and the sufferings of Jesus for our salvation.
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What is the Sacred Communion?
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– It is interior and exterior Mercy. A total Embrace. Do not stop begging Jesus to make Himself sensibly noticed.
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– Where does Jesus kiss you?
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– He kisses me all over.
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– When Jesus comes, does he visit only the soul?
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– The entire being.
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– What does Jesus do at Communion?
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– He delights in His creatures.
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– Is Communion an incorporation?
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– It is a fusion. Like two candles that fuse together and cannot be distinguished one from the other.
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– When you join Jesus in Holy Communion, what should we request the Lord for you?
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– To let me be another Jesus, all Jesus, always Jesus.
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Where did the dying Jesus look in His last gaze?
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– Towards His Holy Mother.
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How will our meeting with Jesus in Heaven be?
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– Oh!… The Eucharistic could give us an idea.
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Such was Padre Pio`s Mass, and not only men attended it:
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– Does the Most Blessed Virgin Mary attend your Mass?
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– Do you think the Mother is not interested in Her Son?
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– Do angels attend your Mass?
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– In legions!
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– What do they do?
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– Adore and praise.
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– Father, who is closest to your altar?
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– All of Paradise.
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Father, does the Lord love the Sacrifice?
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– Yes, because with It He has regenerated the world.
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– How much glory to God does the Mass give?
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– An infinite glory.
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– What should we do during the Mass?
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– Be compassionate and love.
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– Father, how are we supposed to listen to the Mass?
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– The way the Blessed Virgin and pious women attended to the tragedy of Calvary. The same way John attended the Eucharistic Sacrifice and the bloody Sacrifice of the Cross.
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– What kind of fruits do we receive when we hear the Mass?
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– They cannot be enumerated. You will know it only in Paradise.

From:  https://gloria.tv/post/SNunXKLUCmfn4KPZrXfygtNVL

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The Vigano Tapes – The Current Situation

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How one can Participate in the Sorrows of the Queen Mama

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V6 – 9.17.05 – Having been in Much Suffering because of the Privation of my Most Sweet Jesus, this morning, the Day of the Sorrows of Mary Most Holy, after I struggled in some way, He came and told me:  “My daughter, what do you want, that you So Much Yearn for Me?”

And I:  ‘Lord, what You have for Yourself – that is what I yearn for myself.’  And He:  “My daughter, for Myself I have Thorns, Nails and Cross.”  And I:  ‘Well then, that is what I want for myself.’  So He gave me His Crown of Thorns and shared with me the Pains of the Cross.

Then He added:  “Everyone can share in the Merits and in the Goods Produced by the Sorrows of My Mother.  One who, in advance, places herself in the Hands of Providence, offering herself to Suffer any kind of pains, miseries, illnesses, calumnies, and everything which the Lord shall Dispose upon her, comes to Participate in the First Sorrow of the Prophecy of Simeon.  One who actually finds herself amid Sufferings, and is Resigned, clings more tightly to Me and does not offend Me, it is as if she were saving Me from the hands of Herod, keeping Me Safe and Sound within the Egypt of her heart – and she Participates in the Second Sorrow.  One who feels downhearted, dry and deprived of My Presence, and remains yet Firm and Faithful to her usual practices – Even More, she takes the opportunity to Love Me and to search for Me More, without tiring – comes to Participate in the Merits and Goods that My Mother Acquired when I was lost. (Third Sorrow).  One who, in any circumstance she encounters, especially in seeing Me gravely offended, despised, trampled upon, tries to Repair Me, to Compassionate Me, and to Pray for the very ones who offend Me – it is as if I Encountered in that soul My own Mother Who, if She could have done it, would have freed Me from My enemies; and she Participates in the Fourth Sorrow.  One who Crucifies her senses for Love of My Crucifixion, and tries to Copy the Virtues of My Crucifixion within herself, Participates in the Fifth One.  One who is in a Continuous Attitude of Adoring, of Kissing My Wounds, of Repairing, of Thanking etc., in the name of all mankind, it is as if she were holding Me in her arms, just as My Mother held Me when I was Deposed from the Cross – and she Participates in the Sixth Sorrow.  One who remains in My Grace and Corresponds to It, giving a place to no one else but Me within her heart, it is as if she Buried Me in the center of her heart – and she Participates in the Seventh One.

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Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Sermon for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross ...Click for readings

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Vow of Victim for the 13th of each month

As we did on May 13, 2021, also Feast of Our Lady of Fatima and Feast of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, we Now make the Vow of Victim in the Holy Divine Will, on the 13th of each month until October (and/or beyond)

The little children of the Divine Will, Fusing ourselves in  +Jesus +Mary and +Luisa Continue to celebrate the New Baptism, the New Birth in the Divine Will with The Command Prayer as Vow of Victim for the Kingdom to be Established on earth as It is in Heaven:

COMMAND PRAYER

Abba Father,

In the Name of Jesus, our Savior and Spouse,

in the Unity and Love of the Holy Spirit, our Sanctifier,

Under the Mantle of Mary, our Mother and Queen

with all the Holy Angels and Saints,

through the Intercession of

the little daughter of the Divine Will Luisa Piccarreta,

we pray:

O Most Holy Trinity, Fused in Jesus, Mary and Luisa,

we Now make this Vow as a Victim soul with Luisa.

Let the Love of Jesus, His Sighs and also His Tears for Desire that His Will Reign in us as Life

be Accomplished, that He Himself Mold us, Strengthen us, Purify us, Prepare us,

and Do all that we do, Together with us.

Let us Feel all the Good of the Divine Will Operating in us and Lay Its Acts in us,

so that His little children become the Residence of the Divine Will,

Giving You the Freedom to Dominate and Do whatever You Want.

Jesus, Our Savior and Our King, Make us Ascend in the Divine Will.

May Your Throne be in our hearts,

that we may Love You with Your Divine Love.

As the First children of the Divine Will, may we begin to Live

in the Kingdom of Your Divine Will on earth.

Give us the Grace to never give life to our human wills

and Live only in the Divine Will

in order to call everyone to Live in this Kingdom So Holy.

Let the Beauty, the Enchantment, the Peace of the Divine Fiat be given to everyone.

May this Fulfill the Missions of Jesus, Mary and Luisa, as we Enter into the Image and Likeness of the New Adam and the New Eve, through the Intercession of Luisa,

Possessing the Divine Inheritance of Jesus and Mary

by being Linked with the Third Eve, the little daughter of the Divine Will Luisa Piccarreta.

May this be for the Glory and Honor of all, Past, Present and Future.

We make this Vow as a Victim soul in the Divine Will on this Ascension Thursday,

(or 13th of the month)

Where You Jesus will take our human will to Heaven and in Exchange

You will Give us Your Divine Will,

so that the Kingdom of God

be Established on earth as It is in Heaven.

Please take our humble prayer

and make it Your Command!

May All be Accomplished and

Completed in the Most Holy Divine Will!

WE BELIEVE! WE RECEIVE!

Fiat!  Amen!

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Father Joseph Ratzinger’s Prophecy of the Future Church

In 2009, Ignatius Press released Father Ratzinger’s speech “What Will the Church Look Like in 2000” in full, in a book titled Faith and the Future along with a collection of his other teachings from the time.

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The transcription the 1969 radio broadcast in full is below:

“The future of the Church can and will issue from those whose roots are deep and who live from the pure fullness of their faith. It will not issue from those who accommodate themselves merely to the passing moment or from those who merely criticize others and assume that they themselves are infallible measuring rods; nor will it issue from those who take the easier road, who sidestep the passion of faith, declaring false and obsolete, tyrannous and legalistic, all that makes demands upon men, that hurts them and compels them to sacrifice themselves.

To put this more positively: The future of the Church, once again as always, will be reshaped by saints, by men, that is, whose minds probe deeper than the slogans of the day, who see more than others see, because their lives embrace a wider reality. Unselfishness, which makes men free, is attained only through the patience of small daily acts of self-denial. By this daily passion, which alone reveals to a man in how many ways he is enslaved by his own ego, by this daily passion and by it alone, a man’s eyes are slowly opened. He sees only to the extent that he has lived and suffered.

If today we are scarcely able any longer to become aware of God, that is because we find it so easy to evade ourselves, to flee from the depths of our being by means of the narcotic of some pleasure or other. Thus our own interior depths remain closed to us. If it is true that a man can see only with his heart, then how blind we are!

How does all this affect the problem we are examining? It means that the big talk of those who prophesy a Church without God and without faith is all empty chatter. We have no need of a Church that celebrates the cult of action in political prayers. It is utterly superfluous. Therefore, it will destroy itself. What will remain is the Church of Jesus Christ, the Church that believes in the God who has become man and promises us life beyond death. The kind of priest who is no more than a social worker can be replaced by the psychotherapist and other specialists; but the priest who is no specialist, who does not stand on the [sidelines], watching the game, giving official advice, but in the name of God places himself at the disposal of man, who is beside them in their sorrows, in their joys, in their hope and in their fear, such a priest will certainly be needed in the future.

Let us go a step farther. From the crisis of today the Church of tomorrow will emerge — a Church that has lost much. She will become small and will have to start afresh more or less from the beginning. She will no longer be able to inhabit many of the edifices she built in prosperity. As the number of her adherents diminishes, so it will lose many of her social privileges. In contrast to an earlier age, it will be seen much more as a voluntary society, entered only by free decision. As a small society, it will make much bigger demands on the initiative of her individual members. Undoubtedly it will discover new forms of ministry and will ordain to the priesthood approved Christians who pursue some profession. In many smaller congregations or in self-contained social groups, pastoral care will normally be provided in this fashion. Along-side this, the full-time ministry of the priesthood will be indispensable as formerly. But in all of the changes at which one might guess, the Church will find her essence afresh and with full conviction in that which was always at her center: faith in the triune God, in Jesus Christ, the Son of God made man, in the presence of the Spirit until the end of the world. In faith and prayer she will again recognize the sacraments as the worship of God and not as a subject for liturgical scholarship.

The Church will be a more spiritual Church, not presuming upon a political mandate, flirting as little with the Left as with the Right. It will be hard going for the Church, for the process of crystallization and clarification will cost her much valuable energy. It will make her poor and cause her to become the Church of the meek. The process will be all the more arduous, for sectarian narrow-mindedness as well as pompous self-will will have to be shed. One may predict that all of this will take time. The process will be long and wearisome as was the road from the false progressivism on the eve of the French Revolution — when a bishop might be thought smart if he made fun of dogmas and even insinuated that the existence of God was by no means certain — to the renewal of the nineteenth century.

But when the trial of this sifting is past, a great power will flow from a more spiritualized and simplified Church. Men in a totally planned world will find themselves unspeakably lonely. If they have completely lost sight of God, they will feel the whole horror of their poverty. Then they will discover the little flock of believers as something wholly new. They will discover it as a hope that is meant for them, an answer for which they have always been searching in secret.

And so it seems certain to me that the Church is facing very hard times. The real crisis has scarcely begun. We will have to count on terrific upheavals. But I am equally certain about what will remain at the end: not the Church of the political cult, which is dead already, but the Church of faith. It may well no longer be the dominant social power to the extent that she was until recently; but it will enjoy a fresh blossoming and be seen as man’s home, where he will find life and hope beyond death.”

From: https://ucatholic.com/blog/the-lost-prophecy-of-father-joseph-ratzinger-on-the-future-of-the-church/

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St. Jane de Chantal – Feast Day – August 12

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Prayer of Abandonment -by St. Jane de Chantal

O sovereign goodness of the sovereign Providence of my God!
I abandon myself forever to Thy arms.
Whether gentle or severe,
lead me henceforth whither Thou wilt;
I will not regard the way through which Thou wilt have me pass, 
but keep my eyes fixed upon Thee,
my God, who guidest me. 
My soul finds no rest without the arms
and the bosom of this heavenly Providence,
my true Mother, my strength and my rampart.

Therefore I resolve with Thy Divine assistance,
0 my Saviour,
to follow Thy desires and Thy ordinances,
without regarding or examining why Thou dost this rather than that;
but I will blindly follow Thee 
according to Thy Divine will, 
without seeking my own inclinations.

Hence I am determined to leave all to Thee,
taking no part therein save by keeping myself in peace in Thy arms,
desiring nothing except as Thou incitest me to desire, 
to will, to wish. 
I offer Thee this desire, 0 my God,
beseeching Thee to bless it;
I undertake all it includes,
relying on Thy goodness,
liberality, and mercy,
with entire confidence in Thee,
distrust of myself,
and knowledge of my infinite misery and infirmity.

Amen!

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