Storm Heaven with Prayers to Luisa


Storm Heaven with Prayers to Luisa.

         If we wish the Servant of God to continue, and even hasten, her ascent to the glory of the altar, let us give her a chance to perform first class miracles.

       Luisa’s holiness and the favors as the little daughter of the Divine Will already granted should impregnate our supplications with unquenchable confidence.  

         It is certainly permissible to pray to Luisa in our daily needs, but let us not be afraid to implore real miracles from her.  

         Let us invoke Luisa or have her invoked in cases of fatal maladies, wherein science has to declare itself powerless.  

         That is when Luisa Piccarreta will be able to display the prodigious power of her intercession.


For the glory of God and of Luisa Piccarreta, kindly write out the favors obtained, sign them, with two witnesses, if possible, and send to:

 Postulation for the Cause of Beatification Luisa Piccarreta

Palazzo Arcivescoville

70059 Trani (BA) Italy

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Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children – January 22

In a recent statement of Fr. Bucci, he made known that after Luisa’s death, in addition to beginning the spread of devotion to Luisa, and having read all of her Writings, Aunt Rosaria had an earnest devotion to the protection and sanctification of the unborn. To honor Rosaria Bucci in this earnest intention, and to thank her for her forty years of dedication and care of the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta, with the following Writing of Luisa from Volume 36, we echo this same desire, linked with Luisa in the Holy Divine Will, praying for the Salvation and Sanctification of all unborn babies, past, present and future. May this be for the Glory of God and the Good of all souls, and hasten the Establishment of the Kingdom of the Divine Will on earth as It is in Heaven.

V36 – 4.12.38 – “My Blessed daughter of My Will, how many Wonders My Will can make in the creature, as long as she gives It the First Place and All the Freedom to Operate. My Will takes the will, the word, the act that the creature wants to do, as part of Itself – Covers it with Its Creative Virtue, Pronounces Its Fiat in it, and Forms as many Lives for as many existing creatures. You were asking in My Will for the Baptism of All newborn babies that will come to the light of the day – and then, for Its Life to Reign in them. My Will did not hesitate for one instant; soon It Pronounced Its Fiat and Formed as many Lives from Itself for as many newborn babies coming to the Light – Baptizing them, as you wanted, with Its First Light, and then Giving each one of them Its Life…”

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Traditional Feast of the Epiphany – January 6 – House Blessing



20  C + M + B  18

May Christ bless this House…

All who dwell and pray in it…

And All Whom they Welcome in His Name


V.  On entering the house the Magi found the child Jesus with Mary his mother

R.  They did him homage and presented to Jesus symbolic gifts:

gold to the great king, incense to the true God, and myrrh as a foreshadowing of his suffering and death.

Let us pray,

         God, our Father, by the guidance of a star, you revealed your only Son as the Savior of all nations.

Grant that we who already know you by faith, may be brought to the contemplation of your glory in our heavenly home.

We ask this through Christ your Son Our Lord.  Amen.     

All may recite the Canticle of the Blessed Virgin Mary (The MAGNIFICAT) by which Mary praised God

at the time of her Visitation to the house of Elizabeth.  St. Luke’s Gospel Chapter 1, verses 46-55.

V.  Be enlightened, O Jerusalem, and shine forth for your light has come.

R And upon you is risen the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ born of the Virgin Mary.

V.  All nations shall walk in your light and kings in the splendor of your birth.

R.  And upon you is risen the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ born of the Virgin Mary.

Reading of the Gospel for the Solemnity of the Epiphany of Our Lord.

 St. Matthew’s Gospel, Chapter 2, verses 1 to 12

V.  Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world, has appeared and been revealed to the nations.

R.  The prophets foretold his coming, and the angels and shepherds adored him.

V.  The Magi rejoiced to find him and they lay their treasures before him.

R.  All you nations and peoples, come and adore him.

All recite the OUR FATHER as the rooms of the house are sprinkled with holy water.

Let us pray.

            Blessed are you, Lord, God of all creation.  Through your goodness we have received all benefits.

Come, visit and bless + this house so that it may be a shelter of health, chastity, self-conquest, humility, goodness, mildness, obedience to the Commandments, – and thanksgiving to God, + The Father, +The Son, and +The Holy Spirit.

            May the love and blessings of God, + The Father, and + The Son, and + The Holy Spirit, descend upon this house,

all those who reside within it, and upon all those whom they welcome in the Name of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

And may God’s grace and peace remain with all of them forever.  Amen.

The initials of the names ascribed by tradition to the Magi (Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar), and the numerals of the current year are written with the blessed chalk upon the entry doors of the house in the following manner:

20 C + M + B  18

Some interpret the letters to stand for

Christus Mansioni Benedicat! 

May Christ bless this house!


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Feast of the Presentation of Christ / Purification of the Blessed Virgin (Greek Hypapante) / Candlemas

Today is the anniversary of when photocopies of the Thirty-Six Volumes of the Writings
of the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta were made on February 2, 1996


Also called:

Purification of the Blessed Virgin (Greek Hypapante)


Observed 2 February in the Latin Rite.

Today is a day of purification, renewal, and hope. On this day, exactly 40 days after Christmas, we commemorate Mary’s obedience to the Mosaic law by submitting herself to the Temple for the ritual purification, as commanded in Leviticus:

Leviticus 12:2-8
Speak to the children of Israel, and thou shalt say to them: If a woman having received seed shall bear a man child, she shall be unclean seven days, according to the days of separation of her flowers. And on the eighth day the infant shall be circumcised: But she shall remain three and thirty days in the blood of her purification. She shall touch no holy thing: neither shall she enter into the sanctuary, until the days of her purification, be fulfilled. But if she shall bear a maid child, she shall be unclean two weeks, according to the custom of her monthly courses, and she shall remain in the blood of her purification sixty-six days.

And when the days of her purification are expired, for a son, or for a daughter, she shall bring to the door of the tabernacle of the testimony, a lamb of a year old for a holocaust, and a young pigeon or a turtle dove for sin, and shall deliver them to the priest: Who shall offer them before the Lord, and shall pray for her, and so she shall be cleansed from the issue of her blood. This is the law for her that beareth a man child or a maid child.

And if her hand find not sufficiency, and she is not able to offer a lamb, she shall take two turtles, or two young pigeons, one for a holocaust, and another for sin: and the priest shall pray for her, and so she shall be cleansed.

Luke 2:22-24
And after the days of her purification, according to the law of Moses, were accomplished, they carried him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord: As it is written in the law of the Lord: Every male opening the womb shall be called holy to the Lord: And to offer a sacrifice, according as it is written in the law of the Lord, a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons:

Mary, of course, didn’t need this purification — which Catholic women imitate, in a sense, with the rite of the Churching of Women — but she submitted out of obedience to the Law. Also, as the Lukan verses revealed, Our Lady and St. Joseph presented Jesus to the Temple for His “redemption,” also per the Law:

Exodus 13:2, 12-13:
Sanctify unto me every firstborn that openeth the womb among the children of Israel, as well of men as of beasts: for they are all mine…Thou shalt set apart all that openeth the womb for the Lord, and all that is first brought forth of thy cattle: whatsoever thou shalt have of the male sex, thou shalt consecrate to the Lord. The firstborn of an ass thou shalt change for a sheep: and if thou do not redeem it, thou shalt kill it. And every firstborn of men thou shalt redeem with a price.

Numbers 18:15-16
Whatsoever is firstborn of all flesh, which they offer to the Lord, whether it be of men, or of beasts, shall belong to thee: only for the firstborn of man thou shalt take a price, and every beast that is unclean thou shalt cause to be redeemed, And the redemption of it shall be after one month, for five sicles of silver, by the weight of the sanctuary. A sicle hath twenty obols.

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According to the Mosaic law a mother who had given birth to a man-child was considered unclean for seven days; moreover she was to remain three and thirty days “in the blood of her purification”; for a maid-child the time which excluded the mother from sanctuary was even doubled. When the time (forty or eighty days) was over the mother was to “bring to the temple a lamb for a holocaust and a young pigeon or turtle dove for sin“; if she was not able to offer a lamb, she was to take two turtle doves or two pigeons; the priest prayed for her and so she was cleansed. (Leviticus 12:2-8)

Forty days after the birth of Christ Mary complied with this precept of the law, she redeemed her first-born from the temple (Numbers 18:15), and was purified by the prayer of Simeon the just, in the presence of Anna the prophetess (Luke 2:22 sqq.). No doubt this event, the first solemn introduction of Christ into the house of God, was in the earliest times celebrated in the Church of Jerusalem. We find it attested for the first half of the fourth century by the pilgrim of Bordeaux, Egeria or Silvia. The day (14 February) was solemnly kept by a procession to the Constantinian basilica of the Resurrection, a homily on Luke 2:22 sqq., and the Holy Sacrifice. But the feast then had no proper name; it was simply called the fortieth day after Epiphany. This latter circumstance proves that in Jerusalem Epiphany was then the feast of Christ’s birth.

From the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Kingdom of the Divine Will

Day 23

A Prophet Reveals the Sorrows of the Sovereign Queen.

My dear child, do not move from my side; follow Me everywhere. Forty days from the Birth of little King Jesus are about to sound when the Divine Fiat calls Us to the temple in order to fulfill the Law of the Presentation of My Son. So, we went to the temple. It was the first time that we went out together with My sweet Baby. A vein of sorrow opened in My Heart: I was going to offer Him as Victim for the salvation of all. We entered the temple, and first we adored the Divine Majesty; then we called the priest, and placing Him in his arms, I made the offering of the Celestial Baby to the Eternal Father – offering Him in Sacrifice for the salvation of all. The priest was Simeon, and as I placed Him in his arms, he recognized that He was the Divine Word and exulted with immense joy; and after the offering, assuming the attitude of prophet, he prophesied all My Sorrows. Oh, how the Supreme Fiat sounded over My Maternal Heart – thoroughly, with vibrating sound, the cruel tragedy of all the Pains of My Little Son! But what pierced Me the most were the words that the holy prophet spoke to Me: “This Dear Baby will be the salvation and the ruin of many, and will be the target of contradictions.”

If the Divine Will had not sustained Me, I would have died instantly of pure pain. But It gave Me Life, and used it to form in Me the Kingdom of Sorrows, within the Kingdom of Its Will. Therefore, in addition to the Right of Mother which I had over all, I acquired the Right of Mother and Queen of all Sorrows. Ah, yes, with My Sorrows, I acquired the little Coin to pay the debts of My children, and also those of the ungrateful children.

Now, My child, you must know that in the Light of the Divine Will I already knew all the Sorrows I was to suffer – and even more than that which the holy prophet had told Me. But in that Act, so Solemn, of offering My Own Son, in hearing it being repeated to Me, I felt so pierced that My Heart bled, and deep lacerations opened in My soul.

Now, listen to your Mama: in your sufferings, in the painful encounters which are not lacking for you, never lose heart; but with Heroic Love let the Divine Will take Its Royal Place in your pains, that It may convert them into little Coins of infinite Value, with which you will be able to pay the debts of your brothers – to ransom them from the slavery of the human will, and make them enter again, as free children, into the Kingdom of the Divine Fiat.

The soul:

Holy Mama, in your pierced Heart do I place all my pains; and You know how they pierce my heart. O please, be my Mama, and pour the Balm of Your Sorrows into my heart, that I may share in your same Destiny of using my pains as little Coins in order to Conquer the Kingdom of the Divine Will.

Little Sacrifice:

Today, to honor Me, you will come into My arms, that I may pour in you the First Blood that the Celestial Baby shed in order to heal the wounds caused by your human will; and you will recite three acts of love in order to mitigate the spasm of the Wound of Baby Jesus.

Ejaculatory Prayer:

My Mama, pour your sorrow into my soul, and convert all my pains into Will of God.


Presentation of the Lord

The feast was first observed in the Eastern Church as “The Encounter.” In the sixth century, it began to be observed in the West: in Rome with a more penitential character and in Gaul (France) with solemn blessings and processions of candles, popularly known as “Candlemas.” The Presentation of the Lord concludes the celebration of the Nativity and with the offerings of the Virgin Mother and the prophecy of Simeon, the events now point toward Easter.

“In obedience to the Old Law, the Lord Jesus, the first-born, was presented in the Temple by his Blessed Mother and his foster father. This is another ‘epiphany’ celebration insofar as the Christ Child is revealed as the Messiah through the canticle and words of Simeon and the testimony of Anna the prophetess. Christ is the light of the nations, hence the blessing and procession of candles on this day. In the Middle Ages this feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, or ‘Candlemas,’ was of great importance.

“The specific liturgy of this Candlemas feast, the blessing of candles, is not as widely celebrated as it should be, except of course whenever February 2 falls on a Sunday and thus takes precedence. There are two ways of celebrating the ceremony, either the Procession, which begins at a ‘gathering place’ outside the church, or the Solemn Entrance, celebrated within the church.”

— From Ceremonies of the Liturgical Year

Simeon's Song of Praise, by Aert De Gelder, c. 1700 (detail)

The Canticle of Simeon

(Luke 2:29-32)

 Now dismiss Thy servant, O Lord,
In peace, according to Thy word:
For mine own eyes hath seen Thy salvation,
Which Thou hast prepared in the sight of all the peoples,
A light to reveal Thee to the nations
And the glory of Thy people Israel.

Latin Version: Nunc Dimittis
Nunc dimittis servum tuum, Domine
Secundum verbum tuum in pace:
Quia viderunt oculi mei salutare tuum
Quod parasti ante faciem omnium populorum:
Lumen ad revelationem gentium,
Et gloriam plebis tuae Israel.

Feast of the Presentation of the Lord
Lectionary: 524

Reading 1 Mal 3:1-4

Thus says the Lord God:
Lo, I am sending my messenger
to prepare the way before me;
And suddenly there will come to the temple
the LORD whom you seek,
And the messenger of the covenant whom you desire.
Yes, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts.
But who will endure the day of his coming?
And who can stand when he appears?
For he is like the refiner’s fire,
or like the fuller’s lye.
He will sit refining and purifying silver,
and he will purify the sons of Levi,
Refining them like gold or like silver
that they may offer due sacrifice to the LORD.
Then the sacrifice of Judah and Jerusalem
will please the LORD,
as in the days of old, as in years gone by.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 24:7, 8, 9, 10

R. (8) Who is this king of glory? It is the Lord!
Lift up, O gates, your lintels;
reach up, you ancient portals,
that the king of glory may come in!
R. Who is this king of glory? It is the Lord!
Who is this king of glory?
The LORD, strong and mighty,
the LORD, mighty in battle.
R. Who is this king of glory? It is the Lord!
Lift up, O gates, your lintels;
reach up, you ancient portals,
that the king of glory may come in!
R. Who is this king of glory? It is the Lord!
Who is this king of glory?
The LORD of hosts; he is the king of glory.
R. Who is this king of glory? It is the Lord!

Reading 2 Heb 2:14-18

Since the children share in blood and flesh,
Jesus likewise shared in them,
that through death he might destroy the one
who has the power of death, that is, the Devil,
and free those who through fear of death
had been subject to slavery all their life.
Surely he did not help angels
but rather the descendants of Abraham;
therefore, he had to become like his brothers and sisters
in every way,
that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest before God
to expiate the sins of the people.
Because he himself was tested through what he suffered,
he is able to help those who are being tested.

Alleluia Lk 2:32

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
A light of revelation to the Gentiles,
and glory for your people Israel.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Lk 2:22-40

When the days were completed for their purification
according to the law of Moses,
Mary and Joseph took Jesus up to Jerusalem
to present him to the Lord,
just as it is written in the law of the Lord,
Every male that opens the womb shall be consecrated to the Lord,
and to offer the sacrifice of
a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons,
in accordance with the dictate in the law of the Lord.

Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon.
This man was righteous and devout,
awaiting the consolation of Israel,
and the Holy Spirit was upon him.
It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit
that he should not see death
before he had seen the Christ of the Lord.
He came in the Spirit into the temple;
and when the parents brought in the child Jesus
to perform the custom of the law in regard to him,
he took him into his arms and blessed God, saying:

“Now, Master, you may let your servant go
in peace, according to your word,
for my eyes have seen your salvation,
which you prepared in the sight of all the peoples:
a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and glory for your people Israel.”

The child’s father and mother were amazed at what was said about him;
and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother,
“Behold, this child is destined
for the fall and rise of many in Israel,
and to be a sign that will be contradicted
—and you yourself a sword will pierce—
so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”
There was also a prophetess, Anna,
the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher.
She was advanced in years,
having lived seven years with her husband after her marriage,
and then as a widow until she was eighty-four.
She never left the temple,
but worshiped night and day with fasting and prayer.
And coming forward at that very time,
she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child
to all who were awaiting the redemption of Jerusalem.

When they had fulfilled all the prescriptions
of the law of the Lord,
they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth.
The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom;
and the favor of God was upon him.

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Enter into the “I Love You” of the Divine Will

Orchestrated by God

for the Glory of God

and for the Great Love of His Little Children


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December 31, 2022 – Pope Benedict XVI Enters into Eternal Rest

 Pope Benedict XVI

Enters into Eternal Rest

December 31, 2022 

Pope Benedict XVI words as he prepared for Final Judgment:

Preparing for Final Judgment

In a separate letter responding to the Munich investigation that served as a profound and memorable coda for his ministry as a priest, archbishop, and pontiff, the Pope Emeritus asked for the forgiveness of abuse survivors, noting that he had “borne great responsibility in the Catholic Church.”

Concluding his letter, Benedict looked toward his judgment before God.

“Quite soon, I shall find myself before the final judge of my life. Even though, as I look back on my long life, I can have great reason for fear and trembling, I am nonetheless of good cheer, for I trust firmly that the Lord is not only the Just Judge, but also the Friend and Brother Who Himself has already Suffered for my shortcomings, and is thus also my Advocate, my ‘Paraclete,’” he wrote.

“In light of the hour of judgment, the grace of being a Christian becomes all the more clear to me. It grants me knowledge, and indeed friendship, with the judge of my life, and thus allows me to pass confidently through the dark door of death.”

“In this regard,” he concluded, “I am constantly reminded of what John tells us at the beginning of the Apocalypse: he sees the Son of Man in all His Grandeur and falls at His Feet as though dead. Yet He, placing His Right Hand on him, says to him: ‘Do not be afraid! It is I…’”

From the Book of Heaven: 

Volume 1 – Jesus’ Words to Luisa as she confessed her sins: –  “This time I Myself want to do the office of Confessor.  You will confess all your sins to Me, and in the act in which you do this, I shall make you comprehend, one by one, the Sorrows you have given to My Heart in offending Me, so that, by comprehending what sin is, as much as it is possible for a creature, you may be Resolved to die rather than to offend Me.  You, in the meantime, enter into your nothingness, and recite the Confiteor.”

On entering into myself, I could see all my misery and my wicked deeds, and I trembled like a leaf before His Presence.  I lacked the Strength to pronounce the Words of the Confiteor, and if the Lord had not Infused New Strength in me, by Telling me:  “Do not fear – if I AM the Judge, I AM also your Father.  Courage, let us proceed”, I would have remained there, without uttering one word.

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Honoring Sports gods Mostly after Luisa



American Football  1892 

AFL Wheelchair Handball November 8, 2015 

Air Hockey  1962 

Air Racing  1947 

Alpine Skiing  1936 

Auto Racing  1894 

Autocross  1944 

Badminton  Popular in the mid 1800 

Basketball  1891 

Body building  began in earnest in 1890’s 

Bowling  modernized in 1930 

Cycling  19th century 

Dog Racing  18th century 

Handball  traced back to the baths of Rome, current version first played in Olympics in 1936 

Hocky  Current game 19th century  

Kickball    1917 

Lacrosse  French Jesuit missionaries – first Lacrosse Club founded in Canada in 1856 

Motorcycle Racing  First motorcycle sold in 1894; first race was in France a few years later. 

Polo  Beginning in 1876 informal games were played in New York City 

Powerlifting  Modern sport of Power Lifting originated in United Kingdom and USA in 1950’s. 

Roller Skating  Roller Derby started in 1935. 

Rugby First reference to the game as played now 1823;  

Skating  Popular in North America during first part of the 20th century 

Soccer  A few centuries BC, in 1951 a white ball was permitted to help spectators see the ball. 

Softball  Developed from an indoor baseball game first played in 1887. Name “softball” dates to 1926, in 1930’s the name became official. 

Sport fishing  Competitive casting Sport founded in 1955 

Swimming  Competitive Swimming first introduced in early 1800’s 

Tennis  First US Open played in America in 1881. 

Track and Field (Cross Country Running, Road Running and Racewalking) Popular in the 1860’s, and the Amateur Athletic Union was founded in the US in 1887, and is its governing body. 

Volleyball  Invented in 1895 by William Morgan 

Water Polo  Began in mid 19th century England and Scotland; it was demonstrated in the Olympic games in 1900 and 1904; has a reputation as a brutal sport but is way less violent than the original games. 

Wrestling  A rise in popularity in the 19th century. 

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Honoring the Wound of Jesus’ Shoulder

Wound of Jesus' Shoulder

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Eucharistic Miracle – Betania

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Novena to Christ the King – begins Nov. 11, 2022

Novena to Christ the King

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Heavenly Help for Difficulties

Heavenly Help for Difficulties: 

Three Holy Masses 10/6, 10/7 – Our Lady of the Rosary, 

10/8– Our Lady of Good Remedy 

When faced with hardships, financial challenges and encounter difficulties in obtaining help, we can invoke Our Lady of Good Remedy, a title given to the Blessed Virgin Mary by St. John Matha, Founder of the Trinitarians – the Order of the Most Holy Trinity.

Over 820 years ago, Christians were being captured by Muslims and sold in slave markets. St. John of Matha and other Trinitarians went to slave markets to pay for the freedom of Christian slaves, in order to set them free in the name of the Holy Trinity. The Trinitarians needed large sums of money to carry out this task, so they called upon Mary, the Mother of God, to help them raise funds. Countless Christians were freed, so St. John of Matha honored Mary with the title of “Our Lady of Good Remedy.”

Invoke the powerful intercession of Our Lady of Good Remedy – for three Holy Masses: October 6, October 7, Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary and October 8, Feast of Our Lady of Good Remedy. Please pray all three days; include petitions for your loved ones (and anyone you know) who are carrying heavy crosses, facing difficulties and hardships. Please include a petition for the continued good health of His Eminence, Cardinal Burke and the protection of you know who…

Our Lady of Good Remedy can powerfully intercede for us, as she is the source of unfailing help and will never abandon her children in their great needs.

To the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, through the intercession of the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta


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Our Lady of Sorrows – September 15


1. Presentation in the Temple

2. Flight into Egypt

3. Loss in the Temple

4. Way of the Cross

5. Jesus dying on the Cross

6. Jesus laid in Her Arms

7. Jesus laid in the Tomb

Our Lady, Mother of Sorrows Appeared to Sister Mary Ephrem – letter to her confessor +Archbishop Leibold April 25, 1957 – “I am indeed the Mother of Sorrows, and it is My children who pierce My Heart.”

Jewish Feast of Atonement – Yom Kippur – through nightfall September 16 – Holiest day of the year on the Hebrew calendar

(Our Lady of Sorrows appeared to Sister Mary Ephrem) It is the Day of Atonement – “For on this day He will forgive you, to purify you, that you be cleansed from all your sins before God,” Leviticus 16:30. It is the Holy Humanity and Divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ that Atones for sins and makes possible the salvation and sanctification of souls. We are Forgiven and Restored through Him.

Our Lady of Sorrows to Sister Mary Ephrem – date not recorded, only date of Sister’s letter to her confessor, Archbishop Paul F. Leibold, noted – 4/25/57) – “I am indeed the Mother of Sorrows, and it is My children who pierce My Heart. Their lives are filled with vanity and selfishness. They love My Son with their lips but not in their hearts. They refuse to follow Me and My Son along the Way of the Cross, because they have no love. 4 Love gives, love does not count the cost. But for most souls, love asks too much. They are willing to receive, in abundance, but they will not give. A full heart cannot receive love. It must first be emptied. It must give all, then it will receive all. Oh My children, give Me your hearts, emptied of all self-seeking and sinful pleasures, and I will fill it with Divine Love. I will give you Jesus, to hold in your hearts. He will fill it and then, Jesus will Live in you and Work through you for the Glory of His Father. Oh My children turn your Mother’s Sorrow into Joy. Take the Sword out of My Wounded Heart by doing what I Ask. I Seek only the Glory of My Son and your greater good. Listen to your Mother’s Voice and be the Consolation of My Immaculate Heart” (Letter from Sist Mary Ephrem to her confessor Archbishop +Leibold, 04/25/57)

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What the Catholic Church says about Luisa Piccarreta

What the Catholic Church says about Luisa Piccarreta

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Portiuncula Indulgence – Plenary Indulgence – – from the sunset of August 1 to that of August 2

From the sunset of August 1 to that of August 2

In the Most Holy Divine Will make this special plenary indulgence known to those on your email list!

Please make plans on August 2, to attend Holy Mass, receive Communion, and then go to the Sacrament of Confession –  eight days before or after Aug. 2

The conditions to obtain the Plenary Indulgence of the Forgiveness of Assisi is (for oneself or for a departed soul) is as follows:

          The Portiuncula Indulgence is a grace not to be missed—not only for yourself but for the many suffering souls in Purgatory. …

          Sacramental Confession to be in God’s grace (during eight days before or after.) …

          Participation in the Holy Mass and Eucharist …

          Recitation of The Apostles Creed, Our Father and also a prayer for the Pope’s Intention (such as an Our Father, Hail Mary, etc.).

Mark your calendar for the Feast of Our Lady of the Angels beginning at Vespers (Noon) on the First of August to August 2nd at Midnight.

Tell everyone of the magnitude of this gift.

Once again, we see the unfathomable Divine Mercy of God.

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The plenary indulgence granted by the Pope in 1216 to the Portiuncula, a lowly Franciscan chapel outside Assisi — the so-called Portiuncula Indulgence — is remarkable in church history. As with most things associated with the life of St. Francis of Assisi (c.1181-1226), the episode turned the church’s indulgence system on its head. The new pope, Honorius III (1150-1227, reign 1216-1227), who followed the powerful and influential Pope Innocent III (reign, 1198-1216), was asked by St. Francis himself for the plenary indulgence linked to the Portiuncula, the one-room chapel given to the Franciscans and the central place for many of their founder’s most profound religious experiences.

The Portiuncula (or “Little Portion”) is a 9th century chapel given to the Franciscans by local Benedictine monks. It was here that St. Francis of Assisi received his calling to be a mendicant or beggar following in the footsteps of Jesus Christ. Since the mid-17th century it has been enshrined within a massive basilica in Assisi called Santa Maria degli Angeli (“Our Lady of the Angels”).

Honorius III listened to the little poor man Francis and expressed extreme reluctance to grant his request. How could the mighty church bestow its fullest plenary indulgence on an obscure, rundown 180 square foot chapel when a holy place such as that might normally receive only a partial indulgence? Churches, usually at their dedication, would gain a partial indulgence of days or perhaps a year or two. The Portiuncula Indulgence which begins each year at sunset on the evening of August 1 and extends until sunset of the following day, is a plenary (or lifetime) indulgence that was approved at the highest levels of the church by virtue of St. Francis of Assisi’s bold request. The saint always insisted it was not he, but Jesus Christ Himself who was asking for the plenary Portiuncula Indulgence.

Francis’s request to the pope who was holding court in Perugia was a bold one. The pope greatly hesitated; then assented. The cardinals and the Curia—as well as the local bishops—were opposed to the idea of a plenary indulgence for the Portiuncula. Francis’s “Little Portion” was just that and unworthy of the church’s fullest indulgence especially as an international banking system was watching and to which the church had become increasingly aligned. Unable to quash outright the Poverello’s request with its papal approbation, the cardinals and Curia worked successfully to limit its temporal parameters– allowing the plenary indulgence for the Little Portion to work for the littlest of time -– namely, one day a year, from the sunset of August 1 to that of August 2. This has remained its arrangement for more than 800 years.

St. Francis Receiving Confirmation of the Franciscan Order from Pope Honorious III, by Domenico Ghirlandaio (1449-1494), originally in a central position in the Santa Trinita, Florence, Italy. It is housed today at the Piazza della Signoria. The approval of the Franciscan order by Honorius III depicted in this fresco occurred in 1223 which was about 7 years after the Portiuncula Indulgence, This late 15th-century art work provides insight into the almost public event that any papal encounter entailed.

To acquire any plenary indulgence including the Portiuncula Indulgence requires taking action regarding the work to which the indulgence is attached -– in this case, it began with pilgrimage to the Portiuncula in Assisi. It also means fulfilling three more conditions. The applicant must (1) make a sacramental confession, (2) receive holy communion, and (3) pray for the intentions of the pope. To acquire a plenary indulgence also means that not even the smallest attachment to any sin is permitted.

After their meeting in 1216 the pope offered Francis the appropriate paperwork for his extraordinary indulgence but like many times before and on integral events in the life of the Franciscan Order, Francis waved it off. This great saint concluded that even church documents could be superfluous to the actual manifestation of God’s work.

Simone Martini (c. 1285-1344), St. Francis with the Stigmata, Basilica di San Francesco, Assisi, Italy.

After St. Francis died on October 3, 1226 at the Portiuncula, its plenary indulgence’s lack of a contemporary document and continued animosity from grandiose church figures led early Franciscans to not highlight the privilege. By the 1270’s with the last of the Franciscans who personally knew Francis dying off, those brothers who had been at Perugia in 1216 to witness the Portiuncula indulgence set about making notarized statements attesting to its veracity.

In this first quarter of the 21st century Franciscans and other pilgrims continue to arrive to Assisi in a constant stream as they have since the 13th century. Their visits often include traveling the short distance to the Portiuncula which is the spiritual home of St. Francis and the Franciscan movement, all of which has made a noteworthy impact on world history. But not every visit– especially among 13th century Franciscans– provides easy historical documentation of their witness to the Portiuncula’s plenary indulgence in August. In a certain way, the origin of the Portiuncula indulgence attributed to St. Francis is shrouded in history as much as possibly legend. In 2019 the Portiuncula indulgence is in effect from the evening of August 1-2. In addition to the sacramental requirements, its plenary indulgence may be received by visiting any Franciscan church in the world and that the pilgrim in the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi has that tiny terra sancta called the Portiuncula uppermost in mind so that from that place its graces may flow.

From New Advent:

The Portiucula

A town and parish situated about three-quarters of a mile from Assisi. The town, numbering about 2000 inhabitants and officially known as Santa Maria degli Angeli, has grown up around the church (basilica) of Our Lady of the Angels and the adjoining Franciscan monastery. It was here that on 24 Feb., 1208, St. Francis of Assisi recognized his vocation; here was for the most part his permanent abode, after the Benedictines (of the Cluny Congregation from about 1200) had presented him (about 1211) with the little chapel Portiuncula, i.e. a little portion (of land); here also he died on Saturday, 3 October, 1226. According to a legend, the existence of which can be traced back with certainty only to 1645, the little chapel of Portiuncula was erected under Pope Liberius (352-66) by hermits from the Valley of Josaphat, who had brought thither relics from the grave of the Blessed Virgin.

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