July’s Archives 2020

It’s Been Such A Long Time (posted July 11, 2020)

For us older ones we can remember this line from the song Long Time by Boston. I decided to use this line from the song as it has been a long time since I have posted a blog. Now I could give you many excuses as to why there has been such a long absence of posting, however, I do not know if any are valid except to say that life was busy.

It seems that excuse can come up a lot in our lives and we use it often with not getting things done around the house, projects put off, keeping in touch with family and friends, I have done it as well, but we also go so far as to get too busy for Christ, His Church and the Sacraments He gave us. Ask yourself when was the last time you read the Bible, prayed to Him, pray to His Mother, went to Church on a regular basis, went to confession on a regular basis, received the Eucharist in the proper spiritual state and received Him reverently. Now I am not judging for I am guilting of all of the above, I am just saying when was the last time did we take a good look at ourselves and the spiritual state that we are in at the moment. I did over the period of time that I have been gone and during that time I took a 4-day mini-retreat going over a couple of rules of discernment by St. Ignatius. During this time of discernment when I was praying on what God wanted me to do next in my life, He showed me where I was lacking in my spiritual life. I had become too busy, although I thought otherwise.

During this time of Antifa, BLM, the Marxist movement among our people, the rioting against our people and our country’s history, the burning of churches, I believe it is a very good time to check our spiritual status and prepare ourselves for a battle that has been going on for some time. I believe that things are going to get worse and that we need to prepare ourselves as spiritual warriors, so pray, read Scriptures, pray the Rosary, and do not be afraid for the war has already been won by Christ.

May God Bless you and your family.

Jim

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Catholics Will You Stand As Well, (posted July 13, 2020)

Below I have a link that will take you to an article with a video. The article is about how the left is trying to make everyone think that all Americans hate each other. The video shows a group from TFP, (Tradition, Family, Property), standing near a statue of King Louis IX, otherwise known as Saint King Louis. TFP participants are trying to pray the rosary while they are being hassled by a large crowd of all races and ages. My question to you is will you when the time comes to stand up for what you believe in no matter how hard it will be. Here is the link. May God Bless you and your family.

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Feast Day of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, (posted July 16, 2020)

Happy Feast Day, for those who are unaware that today is the Feast Day of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, one of the many titles given to Our Lady.

Some do not know the history of this Feast Day, so let us learn together. Mt. Carmel is a biblical place where the prophet Elijah dwelt. It is where this prophet prayed for the salvation of the nation of Israel during a time of drought. He prayed and prayed and sent his servants up to the mountain six days, and on the seventh day, his servants returned and told him that there was a little cloud. From this little cloud came rain that saved the nation of Israel. Elijah recognized this as a sign from the prophet Isaiah that the cloud represented the Virgin mentioned in his prophecies. The Carmelite order can trace its roots back to these times.

Now fast forward to July 16th, 1251, when St. Simon Stock, then the superior-general of the order knelt in prayer when Our Lady appeared to him holding the child Jesus in one arm and the other the Brown Scapular. She uttered the following to St. Simon, “Hoc erit tibi et cunctis Carmelitis privilegium, in hoc habitu moriens salvabitur, (This shall be the privilege to you and for all the Carmelites, that anyone dying in this habit shall be saved.) This visit was an answering to his prayer of persecution that his order was going through at the time.

The Brown Scapular or otherwise called the Scapular of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, is one of the most popular devotions in the Roman Catholic Church. What we wear today is a miniature derivative of the actual garment worn by the Carmelites. Before anyone can wear the scapular, however, one must be properly invested in the scapular by a priest using the properly invested prayer. Once enrolled you do not need to do it again if you get another brown scapular, also three conditions are to be met to merit Our Lady’s promise of this beautiful scapular: 1.) Wear the Brown Scapular, 2.) Observe chastity according to one’s life and 3.) Pray the Rosary, and as mentioned before you must be enrolled by a priest using the proper.

Final thoughts are that the scapular must be made of 100% wool. If you are allergic to wool in can be encased in plastic. Recent popes have allowed the use of metal scapulars, but this is only for tropical regions where the cloth cannot withstand the weather. Lastly, one must wear the scapular of the head where one side is in front and one side on the back. If you pin it, it must be pinned to your undergarment.

I hope you enjoyed the little history of the brown scapular. If you have one great, just keep on meeting those conditions and if you do not have one, then please do so for you and your children. May God Bless you and your family.

Jim

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A Cry to God, (posted July 17, 2020)

When you sin against God, whether it is a venial, (lesser grievous sin) sin or a mortal (a sin that separates you from God and can lead to damnation), one should feel remorse for either one. One should want to confess their sins and “walk with the Lord” again. I feel especially during these times that we need to be ever vigilant in our relationship with God. These are dark times and the signs are there, one only needs to wake up and accept what is going on.

During these times I find that when you are upset or down on yourself for sinning or just down that the following Psalm helps. Psalm 51 was a Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came to him, after he had gone into Bathsheba. This Psalm is a Prayer for Cleansing and Pardon. This Psalm was found in one of my many bibles. I hope it helps.

Psalm 51

Have mercy on me, God, in your kindness. In your compassion blot out my offense. O wash me more and more from my guilt and cleanse me from my sin.

My offenses truly I know them; my sin is always before me. Against you, you alone, have I sinned; what is evil in your sight I have done.

That you may be justified when you give sentence and be without reproach when you judge, O see, in guilt I was born, a sinner was I conceived.

Indeed you love truth in the heart; then in the secret of my heart teach me wisdom. O purify me, then I shall be clean; O wash me, I shall be whiter than snow.

Make me hear rejoicing and gladness, that the bones you have crushed may revive. From my sins turn away your face and blot out all my guilt.

A pure heart create for me, O God, put a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from your presence, nor deprive me of your holy spirit.

Give me again the joy of your help; with a spirit of fervor sustain me, that I may teach transgressors your ways and sinners may return to you.

For in sacrifice you take no delight, burnt offering from me you would refuse, my sacrifice, a contrite spirit. A humbled, contrite heart you will not spurn.

In your goodness, show favor to Zion; rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. Then you will be pleased with lawful sacrifice, holocausts offered on your altar.

May God Bless you and your family,

Jim

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The Church Needs Our Prayers (posted July 18, 2020)

During these times or at least since the early 1970s, our church has been in trouble in one way or another. I believe that in the past 5 plus years you can see where Satan has become prevalent in our church with the misguided actions of some of our church leaders. Leaning in favoritism of the LGBTQ+ agenda, allowing the reception of communion by those who stand for abortion, by those who practice a known gay lifestyle, etc. Now we are all sinners and we are all responsible to meet Our Lord in the Eucharist in a state of grace, at least not with mortal sin. (Venial Sins are wiped with the reception of communion.) However, when the priest, bishop, cardinal knows of the situation and the continuing of the mortal sin, it is their responsibility to say no to the reception of communion. When our church leaders know something is wrong it is their duty to stand and preach Catholic Truth to the world. The following is a prayer that I found for the Lord’s Church, pray it, mean it. May God Bless you and your family.

Jim

Lord, have mercy on us.

Christ, have mercy on us.

Christ, Divine Founder of the Church, hear us.

Christ, Who didst warn of false prophets, graciously hear us.

God, the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.

God the Son, Redeemer of the World, have mercy on us.

God the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us.

Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us.

St. Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church, pray for us.

St. Michael, Defender in Battle…

St. Peter, the Rock upon which Christ built His Church…

St. Paul, Protector of the Faithful Remnant…

St. Francis of Assisi, Re-builder of the Church…

St. Anthony, Hammer of Heretics…

St. Pius V, Restorer of the beauty of the Sacred Liturgy…

St. Pius X, Foe of Modernism, pray for us…

All ye Holy Angels and Archangels, pray that we may resist the snares of the Devil.

St. Catherine of Siena, pray that Christ’s Vicar may oppose the spirit of the world.

St. John Fisher, pray that bishops may have the courage to combat heresy and irreverence.

St. Francis Xavier, pray that zeal for souls may be re-enkindled in the clergy.

St. Charles Borromeo, pray that seminaries may be protected from false teachings.

St. Vincent de Paul, pray that seminarians may return to a life of prayer and meditation.

St. Therese of the Child of Jesus, pray that religious may rediscover their vocation of love and sacrifice.

St. Thomas More, pray that the laity may not succumb to the Great Apostasy.

St. Francis de Sales, pray that the Catholic press may again become a vehicle of Truth.

St. John Bosco, pray that our children may be protected from immoral and heretical instruction.

St. Pascal, pray that profound reverence for the Most Blessed Sacrament may be restored.

St. Dominic, pray that we may ever treasure the Holy Rosary.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, graciously hear us.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

Christ, hear us.

Christ, graciously hear us.

Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let Us Pray.

Jesus, Our God, in these dark hours when Thy Mystical Body is undergoing its own Crucifixion, and when it would almost seem to be abandoned by God the Father, have mercy, we beg of Thee, on Thy suffering Church. 

Send down upon us the Divine Consoler, to enlighten our minds and strengthen our wills. Thou, O Second Person of the Most Holy Trinity, Who canst neither deceive nor be deceived, has promised to be with Thy Church until the end of time. 

Give us a mighty Faith that we may not falter; help us to do Thy Holy Will always, especially during these hours of grief and uncertainty. 

May Thy Most Sacred Heart and the Immaculate and Sorrowful Heart of Thy Holy Mother be our sure refuge in time and in eternity. 

Amen.

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The Church Entering Into A New Time? Posted July 20, 2020

Since the fall of man, we have been hurtling towards the end times. Since Christ’s Resurrection and The Descent of The Holy Spirit, (the birth of the Catholic Church), we entered into a new time. Lately, however, with everything that has been going on, especially here in America, I believe that we are getting much closer to our “New Time.” Attached you will find a priest out of Florida that gives a sermon that I wish all priests would give and give more sermons like this one. It was refreshing to hear the “Truth.” Now do not get me wrong, I know our God is merciful, however, that is all I have heard since the 1970s, and I know that there is more to God than His Mercy, there is His Judgment. There will be a chastisement coming and maybe we are closer to it, maybe not, but people need to start thinking about eternity and this video talks about it. Bravo for this priest. May more of our priests, bishops, cardinals become like him. Here is the link:

May God Bless you and your family,

Jim

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A Prophecy for our Times? Posted July 21, 2020

Below is a link to a YouTube video of Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen in what some are calling to a be a prophecy of our times. Although he was speaking of his times, isn’t it strange how the times are aligned. His words spoke the truth then and they do now. Heed what he states at the end and let’s get it right.

May God Bless you and your family.

Jim

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Freedom (Posted July 22, 2020)

Freedom is the power, rooted in reason and will, to act or not to act, to do this or that, and so to perform deliberate actions on one’s own responsibility. By free will one shape’s one own life. Human freedom is a force for growth and maturity in truth and goodness; attains its perfection when directed toward God, our beatitude. (1731 Catechism of the Catholic Church)

Imputability and responsibility for an action can be diminished or even nullified by ignorance, inadvertence, duress, fear, habit, inordinate attachments, and other psychological or social factors. (1735 Catechism of the Catholic Church)

Now I am still learning my faith, but I think what I typed is telling us that we have free will with the freedom to make choices that will help us mature, either good or bad. We are responsible for our choices, but in the second paragraph your responsibility is diminished or nullified for the listed actions.

I will attach a link to a story from LifeSite News about a woman who was forced to wear an ankle monitoring bracelet for not signing some paperwork because she was asymptomatic with COVID-19. There is more to the story so please read and then take what I put down from the Catechism of the Catholic Church and see how it applies. Give me your thoughts.

May God Bless you and your family,

Jim

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The Holy Spirit (Posted July 27, 2020)

The Holy Spirit, one part of the Holy Trinity, is one that I think a lot people don’t think about or pray to in relation to the other persons of the the Trinity. We pray to God, we pray to Christ, we work on our relationship with God or Christ, but do we work on our relationship with the Holy Spirit from whom comes Wisdom.

Wonder-Counselor, Spirit of God, Spirit of Truth, Comforter, Spirit of Knowledge, Spirit of Counsel and Might, these are a few of the titles that are given to the Holy Spirit, and looking at these names given to the Holy Spirit one can tell what part the Holy Spirit plays in the Trinity and in creation yet, the Holy Spirit is the least known and understood part of the Trinity.

The Holy Spirit plays such an important part in our lives and we are most of the time not even aware of it. The small inspirations, the whisperings of our heart to do something good, to aspire to do better in prayer, to come closer to God, to go deeper in our relationship and knowledge of Christ all come from the Holy Spirit.

It is so imperative that we form a relationship with the Holy Spirit, to understand our faith better through the Holy Spirit, to fall more in love with Christ through the Holy Spirit, to become saints through the Holy Spirit. To truly cry out in prayer we need the Holy Spirit. A relationship with the Holy Spirit cannot be stressed enough, as we need all of the Trinity in our lives.

In the Sacrament of Confirmation we receive and indelible mark upon our soul with the seal of the Holy Spirit. Confirmation is the fulfillment of Baptism. We receive twelve fruits of the Holy Spirit; charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness, modesty, self-control and chastity. These fruits are perfections that the Holy Spirit forms in us as the first fruits of eternal glory. (CCC 1832)

The 7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit are wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord. The gifts complete and perfect the virtues of those who receive them. They make the docile in readily obeying divine inspirations. (CCC 1831)

Here is a prayer to the Holy Spirit by Saint Augustine. “Breathe in me O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be Holy. Act in me, O Holy Spirit, that my work too, may be Holy. Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit, that I love but what is Holy. Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit, to defend all that is Holy. Guard me then, O Holy Spirit, that I may always be Holy. Amen.”

May God Bless you and your family.

Jim

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Persecution (Posted July 30, 2020)

As I was doing my Liturgy of the Hours this morning, in the Office of Readings, something stood out to me. In the first reading, which was a letter of Paul to the Corinthians, to be more specific 2 Corinthians 11:16-30. In these verses Paul talks about his sufferings as an Apostle. In this portion of the letter he is warning of false prophets and how they are to be careful as they are disguised as apostles but are not, for “even Satan can disguise himself as an angel of light.”

Saint Paul then goes onto to state how the false prophets boast of themselves, so he says that he as a fool will do the same and compares himself with them, “Are they Hebrews? So am I, Are the Israelites? So am I, Are the descendants of Abraham? So am I. This is as far as the comparisons go for St. Paul goes on to show that he has suffered, truly suffered for Christ. He talks of the beatings, shipwrecks, imprisonments, stoning, adrift at sea, hunger, danger from robbers, Gentiles, his own people, sleepless nights. In the end St. Paul was crucified upside down.

Are you ready to go to such lengths for Christ our one true King and Savior? Are you willing to go hungry, sleepless nights, be betrayed by your friends, family, to be imprisoned for being a Catholic, tortured for being a Catholic.

Here in the United States we have not faced such persecutions as Catholics. We have had internal persecutions with the priests, sex abuse, our Church leaders straying from the path, but unlike our early church brethren, our brethren of today in China, North Korea, Syria, other socialist or communist countries, we have not gone through what I call true persecution for our faith. We are soft, yet look at the times. The burning of our churches, the desecration of our altars and statues, the lack of response from our leadership in the church points to bad times coming. If we are so ignorant to think that our country won’t change or our church won’t be persecuted like of old or what is going on in the Middle East, than we are fools. We should, we need to strengthen ourselves spiritually, become prayer warriors, pray the Rosary, go to Adoration, go to Confession and receive the Eucharist as often as possible for there will come a time when we will not have these things. Wake up and prepare.

May God Bless you and your families.

Jim

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