God Works Through the Most High Motherhood of Mary

Jesus Christ elevates His Mother Mary to a most high place in His Life and ours.  For from her flesh and from her motherhood, He came into this world to heal us and to give us the Light of Love.  Also, in a way similar to how He gives us Himself from the Father, He gives us Himself through His Mother, Mary.  And so, in Mary we recognize the pure goodness of Jesus Christ ever so clearly.

"I AM all Love for you Mama."Mother Mary with Child Jesus

“I AM all Love for you Mama.”
Mother Mary with Child Jesus

In drawing close to Mary, we draw close to Jesus the Christ.  In becoming as a child of Mary, we recognize that we have already become adopted brothers and sisters of Jesus Christ in His glorified humanity where Love rules every aspect of our lives.  We find rest in her pure, joyful and grace-filled compassion and mercy.  In her smile, we see the Love and Mercy of God shining through, for she is very near to Him.  He calls us through His Mother to Himself. She says, “I take you as my baby child, for the love of God works through me, and I am all “Yes” to Him who is all Love for you and for me. I love you so very much.”But, the unfathomable Love and Beauty of God is far beyond even that which we are able to see in our Mother Mary.  Oh Loving Lord – you are the ultimate Essence of Beauty.  For you, may our hearts also resonate like Mary’s “Yes!” and be filled with JOY.

For the Love of God

Originally posted on Mother Thecla Merlo:

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Do things for the love of God. Then you will have peace and serenity in your heart.

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Be Reconciled to the Lord – the Sacrament of Healing

Francis Philip:

Come to Jesus in the Sacrament of Healing. Tell the Lord you are sorry and love Him.

Originally posted on Theo-Logis:

Be reconciled to Me. I love you. Sin no more.
Be reconciled to Me. I love you. Sin no more.

Come to Me.  Be one with Me again.  Touch My Holy Wounds and place your sins inside my Holy Wounds and be healed.

When we sin, it is as if Christ’s wounds open anew for us.  His Precious Blood heals, but we are distant – far from His reach and are not healed.  We must approach Him, face His Holy Wounds and our own wounds in the Sacrament of Reconciliation in order to be healed.

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Come to Me. Place your sins inside my Holy Wounds and be healed.

When we sin, we should relate that sin to those wounds inflicted upon Jesus Christ and take full responsibility for our actions. If there is no greater love and compassion than that Love and Compassion which come from your Lord in His Forgiveness, then consider just how tender and sensitive your Lord, our Living…

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In Mortally Sinning, We Crucify Anew the Lord Within Us

Francis Philip:

The Lord, Jesus Christ reminds you, “My heart bleeds for you.” He does this for YOU because He loves you and desires to cleanse you and make you whole for eternal life with Him in Heaven.

Originally posted on Theo-Logis:

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Roman crucifixion spikes

Consider the harm.  Choose instead to kiss, caress and heal His Holy Wounds.  You don’t know what you do, but you do.  To your caresses, your heart-felt confession, He will respond with grace and peace.  He will love you and ask you, “Will you love me now?  Will you not sin again?”  Return to Him to bandage His Wound.  He will help you grow stronger.

“Nor did demons crucify him; it is you who have crucified him and crucify him still, when you delight in your vices and sins.”

– St. Francis of Assisi (cf, Catechism of the Catholic Church #598.)

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Serenity

Francis Philip:

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Originally posted on Mother Thecla Merlo:

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Do not fear. God is with us! Be serene, joyful and happy.

Carry serenity, joy and a smile everywhere you go.

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Childhood Awaits Us in Heaven

Children ad the Feet of Mother Mary

Children at the Feet of Mother Mary

A Trance about Heaven

In the Fall of 2008, I had a trance while sitting at table before the Crucifix in my dining room where I found myself in another place in Springtime playing joyfully with many other children, all of us around the age of 11 or 12.  I was holding hands with a girl who had blue eyes and red hair who was pulling me toward the other children, and my heart and theirs were full of ecstatic joy, a joy which was without blemish or worry, one which was based on complete faith.  We were all smiling and laughing ecstatically  – so very happy – it did not matter why – we just were.

Happy, happy, happy!

Happy, happy, happy!

I think this was Heaven, because it was a feeling which does not seem possible here, except for slight glimpses during early childhood perhaps.  But, it was of God because the Source of this joy was infinite and we felt it to its fullest potential, such that there was no worry or concern, but only love truly in our hearts for each other, such that we desired nothing more, because nothing more could possibly be greater than what we have.

And our Mother Mary is there, and I have imagined her in my prayers before as a loving Mother watching over us, her children, as we play games at her feet, and she smiles and laughs with us, encouraging us with her Motherly kindness.  How can this not be Heaven?

Desire To be Born of Mary

Jesus, born of the sinless flesh of Mary

Jesus, born of the sinless flesh of Mary

On 24 May 2009, I prayed that I might be born again, physically, through our Blessed Mother and be her child completely with a body from her body, free of original sin and stain of personal sin.  In this way, I would be like unto Jesus – compatible with Him in truth and pleasing to the Father and lovingly attached to my Mother as her child, and humble and faithful and charitable and pure.  [Not that I wanted equality with Jesus - no, but that I would be a true child free of sin and all that displeases the Lord our God, and follow my new Parents unreservedly and with complete trust.]

Sacred Scripture shows how the Lord favors little children.  Here are several verses which came to mind:

“Jesus said, ‘Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.’” [Matthew, 19:13-14, RSVCE Holy Bible]

“‘Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter into it.’  And he took them [little children] in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands upon them.” [Mark 10:13-16, RSVCE Holy Bible]

“At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, ‘Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’  And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them, and said, ‘Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.  Whoever humbles himself like this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.’” [Matthew, 18:1-4, RSVCE Holy Bible]

“‘Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me; but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened round his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.’” [Matthew 18:5-6, RSVCE Holy Bible]

Sacred Scripture also shows how the Lord invites us to be members of his family:

“Jesus answered, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.’” [John 3:5, RSVCE Holy Bible]

“When Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing near, he said to his mother, ‘Woman, behold your son!’  Then he said to the disciple, ‘Behold your mother!’  And from that hour, the disciple took her to his own home.  [John 19:26-27, RSVCE Holy Bible]

“But he said to them, ‘My mother and my brethren are those who hear the word of God and do it.’” [Luke 8:21 with ref. to Psalm 87:5-7,  RSVCE Holy Bible]

“Jesus said to her [Mary Magdalene], ‘Do not hold me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brethren and say to them, I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” [John 20:17, RSVCE Holy Bible]

LGBT is not the “new black” or the “new woman”

Francis Philip:

A very good and convincing analysis. The author states “Yet, let us suppose that such a gene was found. Such discovery would still be irrelevant, because there is the element of free-will. LGBT, ipso facto, is a behaviour unless you believe that human beings are slaves to their genes. However, such deterministic worldview is more dismal than the worldview presented by the alternative side that says those who face this orientation can and do overcome it and live normal lives. I would much rather believe that I am the master of my own destiny than the slave of my genes.”

Originally posted on The Lucas Critique:

Something I have noticed during debates surrounding LGBT issues is how LGBT advocates never actually defend why they have a right to force their beliefs on society, but instead always substitute race or sex. For example, suppose a person were to say he disagrees with gay “marriage”. LGBT advocates do not actually address why this person is wrong in-kind, but instead say something like: “Oh, I guess you are against interracial marriage too”, or, “You probably would have hated women getting the right to vote”. In effect, LGBT advocates employ red herrings to throw the debate off-course. It’s a diversionary tactic. Some may fall for it, but I would like to imagine that many people are intelligent enough to see this sleight of hand for what it is.

Arguments like this show just how flimsy the LGBT position is, that they have to run behind the historical backdrop of black…

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Some Food for Thought

Francis Philip:

The Bread of Life from the House of Bread, for you.

Originally posted on Contemplating Our Catholic Faith:

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Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst” (John 6:35).

Recently I learned—and this just blows my mind—that the translation of “Bethlehem” in Hebrew means “house of bread.” The name of the town, and its meaning, far predates the birth of Jesus; and as we know, it was foretold in the Old Testament that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem. So this connection between the “bread of life” coming forth from the “house of bread” was no mere coincidence, it’s just one more piece of a divine mystery unraveled.

“Give us this day, our daily bread…” Jesus is that daily bread. This bread is food for our souls, our minds, and our bodies. They say you are what you eat, so if that’s the case, who wouldn’t want to receive—and consume—Jesus? The Eucharist

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The Pleasure Seekers: Users of Artificial Contra-nutritives and Contra-ceptives

My friends, we are born with strong urges which are good for us.  We become hungry because we need nutrition in order to be healthy and live good lives.  We become sexually potent because male and female, together, need to bring forth new human life to replace us and to continue to support human life as we know it.  But, we often get lured away by pleasure (which is accidental and passing) and lose our focus on life (which is essential and eternal).

For want of more pleasure, the pleasure seekers devise diet pills (which I will term as “artificial contra-nutritives” ) which allow other pleasure seekers to taste and eat large, rich portions without getting obese.  Artificial contra-nutritives enable eating disorders which starve our bodies of life-giving nutrition.  They rob us of a healthy and vibrant life and expose us to diseases which normal nutrition and normal eating habits would prevent.  The pleasure seekers kill themselves for the sake of worshipping the god of pleasure instead of loving and worshipping the God of Life.

For want of more pleasure, the pleasure seekers devise birth control pills (which are called “artificial contraceptives”) which allow other pleasure seekers to have sexual relations often without getting pregnant.  Artificial contraceptives enable sexual disorders which prevent or kill new human life.  They rob us of the familial dignity of trusting, natural spousal relationships and of virtuous motherhood and fatherhood and the joy of nurturing and experiencing new human life.  Artificial contraceptives expose us to a licentious attitude of “sex anywhere with anybody simply for pleasure” which leads to the degrading of persons into sexual objects and the brutally unbiased transmission of sexually-transmitted diseases which would never appear in a virtue-based, sexually-monogamous, caring spousal relationship.  The pleasure seekers kill their offspring for the sake of worshipping the god of pleasure instead of loving and worshipping the God of Life.

Here are the “Pleasure Seekers,” co-architects of the “culture of death” who worshipped the god of pleasure and who taught others to do so in the 20th Century.  It would be a mistake to follow their teachings.  [see De Marco and Wiker, Architects of the Culture of Death (San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press, 2004) for more on the Pleasure Seekers and other types / lives of the architects of the Culture of Death (as defined by Pope Bl. John Paul II)].  Follow instead the architects of the Culture of Life, who worship the God of Life.

May the only God, the God of Life look upon their ignorance and their very poor family situations and have mercy on their souls:

Sigmund Freud - Psychoanalyst and co-architect of the Culture of Death
Sigmund Freud – Psychoanalyst and co-architect of the Culture of Death
William Reich - Psychoanalyst and co-architect of the Culture of Death

William Reich – Psychoanalyst and co-architect of the Culture of Death

Helen Gurley Brown - editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine and co-architect of the Culture of Death
Helen Gurley Brown – editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine and co-architect of the Culture of Death

Re-Telling the Story of God’s Love

Francis Philip:

The Daughters of St. Paul are wonderful – seek them out and purchase their music and books.

Originally posted on Windows to the Soul Blog:

Christmas Concert from the Choir Loft! (taken by novice Sr. Chelsea)

Christmas Concert from the Choir Loft! (taken by novice Sr. Chelsea)

Every Christmas, the Daughters of St. Paul Choir go on tour with a beautiful concert that is much more than just a musical experience. The photos  can’t capture what it’s like to be sung to by this group of talented women dedicated to Christ and to communicating Christ.

It’s been ten years since I’ve been to one of their concerts, and, as always, I am profoundly touched by how the sisters’ singing becomes a channel or opening for the grace of Christ. You can feel the presence of God as the sisters sing.

I know these sisters personally and have lived in community with many of them. They are wonderful, talented women truly dedicated to their vocation to living and communicating Christ. They are also really normal, human, flawed women who struggle with the same things that you and…

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Learn from the Flowers of God

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Sister Tracey, Flower of God, Daughters of St. Paul, March 2, 2014.

Jesus said, “Learn from the way the wild flowers grow.  They do not work or spin.  But I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was clothed like one of them.  If God so clothes the grass of the field, which grows today and is thrown into the oven tomorrow, will he not much more provide for you, O you of little faith?  So do not worry and say, ‘What are we to eat?’ or ‘What are we to drink? ‘or ‘What are we to wear?’ All these things the pagans seek.  Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.  But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides” [Gospel of Matthew, 6:28-33, NAB].

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The Little Flower, St. Therese Liseux

Hear what the “Little Flower” had to say and compare:

“Yes, when a soul has allowed herself to be captivated by the inebriating fragrance of Thy perfumes, she could not run alone, all the souls whom she loves are drawn after her; this is a natural consequence of her attractions towards Thee.”

Flower of God, "crazy" for Jesus.  St. Tracey will be face-paining on March 4th, 2014 in Metairie, LA.  Please go and make a donation.

Flower of God, “crazy” for Jesus. Sister Tracey will be face-painting on March 4th, 2014 in Metairie, LA. Please go and make a donation for the missions.

“My only desire now is to love Jesus even to folly.”

“You know well enough that Our Lord does not look so much at the greatness of our actions, nor even at their difficulty, but at the love at which we do them.”

“For me to love you, Jesus, as you love me, I would have to borrow your own love and then only would I be at rest.”

~ St. Therese Liseux, the Little Flower

My Christian Cycle of Religious Conversion to God

Be not afraid to draw close to your Creator Who loves you and cares for you and knows what is truly good for you. If you have wandered from Him, be not afraid to turn back and be reconciled in His Peace.

In my personal experience, this is how it works for those who are wayward like lost sheep who hear the Good Shepherd, though not intelligibly, and begin the process of returning to the fold:

1. Awareness…waking up.

2. Calling…listening more to God.

3. Reorientation…getting in line with God’s Holy Will.

4. Wounding…sometimes the Doctor has to reset a broken leg to make it right again.

5. Ingratiation…God filling us with Grace.

6. Healing…God fixing our persons, body and soul.

7. Instruction…putting new wine into new wine skins.

8. Intimacy with God…getting much closer and much more personal now to God.

9. Understanding God…sort of like being married and finding the likeness of God in your spouse and visa versa.

All of the above happened and happens still gradually. We only need to be docile to this calling and embrace it. There is no rush; allow God to move you at His pace. Be open to His inspirations which He sends in the Holy Spirit, and comply lovingly and trustingly. Be not afraid to draw very close to your Creator who calls you for your own good.

In Mortally Sinning, We Crucify Anew the Lord Within Us

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Roman crucifixion spikes

Consider the harm.  Choose instead to kiss, caress and heal His Holy Wounds.  You don’t know what you do, but you do.  To your caresses, your heart-felt confession, He will respond with grace and peace.  He will love you and ask you, “Will you love me now?  Will you not sin again?”  Return to Him to bandage His Wound.  He will help you grow stronger.

“Nor did demons crucify him; it is you who have crucified him and crucify him still, when you delight in your vices and sins.”

– St. Francis of Assisi (cf, Catechism of the Catholic Church #598.)

Beauty of Spiritual Motherhood

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Sister Tracey of the Daughters of St. Paul.

The barren has borne seven,
but she who has many children is forlorn.

~ 1 Samuel 2:5, RSV Holy Bible

Growing up, I found that my Godmother had such a powerful effect on me.  She, a woman of faith, smiled at me and she listened to me, and that was the love that I needed.  She was a good Godmother.

Likewise, religious sisters like Sister Tracey and Sister Julia of the Daughters of St. Paul offer such wonderful kindness and care, loving and serving as the Lord loves and serves.  Who would not want such a Godmother?

The little baby succumbs to Sister Julia's tender care.

The little baby succumbs to Sister Julia’s tender care.

Be Reconciled to the Lord – the Sacrament of Healing

Be reconciled to Me. I love you. Sin no more.
Be reconciled to Me. I love you. Sin no more.

Come to Me.  Be one with Me again.  Touch My Holy Wounds and place your sins inside my Holy Wounds and be healed.

When we sin, it is as if Christ’s wounds open anew for us.  His Precious Blood heals, but we are distant – far from His reach and are not healed.  We must approach Him, face His Holy Wounds and our own wounds in the Sacrament of Reconciliation in order to be healed.

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Come to Me. Place your sins inside my Holy Wounds and be healed.

When we sin, we should relate that sin to those wounds inflicted upon Jesus Christ and take full responsibility for our actions. If there is no greater love and compassion than that Love and Compassion which come from your Lord in His Forgiveness, then consider just how tender and sensitive your Lord, our Living Sacrifice, is to your sins. Do you think He does not notice? Do you think He is not wounded? Do you think YOU are not wounded by your own sins? Consider that when you yell at your spouse (or best friend), your spouse is emotionally wounded. And now overlay your spouse (or best friend) onto your Lord whose capacity for love and compassion are even greater. Is not your relationship with your Lord personal and intimate? Then, if it is, go to the Sacrament of Reconciliation and say you’re sorry, be reconciled and commit to never committing the sin again.

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Your contrition and compassion are like a perfumed ointment on My Holy Wounds.

Doing so will be like a soothing and perfumed ointment upon His Most Holy Wounds and, as a result, your own wounds. “I did this to my spouse. In doing so, I did this to You, my Lord, Who are all good and loving. I’m sorry. Heal my shame. Heal my sorrow. I love you. Let me anoint your Wounds. Let us be reconciled in love that I may be open again to your Love and then love truly as You love.”

Kiss the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

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Kiss the Wound of His Most Sacred Heart

If you rely upon the Lord’s great Mercy in His Most Sacred Heart, then desire ardently to heal the Wound of His Heart.  Heal His Sacred Heart through your love and obedience and affectionate response to His merciful Love.  Consider Him often in all that you do, and kiss the Scar of His Sacred Heart, this kiss bringing Him delight and giving you knowledge of His delight in your affection and true gratitude for His Infinite Love for you.  Amen.

Soothe the Wounds of Christ

See these wounds?  They come from your sin.  Choose to soothe and heal them by your virtue.   Apply holy ointment and caresses by your love.

See these wounds? They come from your sin. Choose to soothe and heal them by your virtue. Apply holy ointment and caresses by your love.

Christ was resurrected with His Wounds.  Do you understand why?  As long as there is sin in the world, Christ is still wounded by our sins because we are incorporated into His Body, the Body of Christ.  He accepts this joyfully for your sake, but we are hurting Him in our sins, are we not?

Realize that even in the Lord’s masterful joy of taking on your wounds in order to keep your soul alive, He is in pain for you.  He bleeds.  His Sacred Heart bleeds most especially for your mortal sins – your sins of impurity and hatred.  Realize that you are also wounded by your own sins, but you do not see your wounds; you do not see them in Christ’s Body either.  But they are there – festering because you don’t know what you do.

His Precious Blood brings healing, but that is because there is first a wounding and a wounding and a wounding.  “My Heart bleeds for you because I love you.”

At times the pain is too much to bear; it overflows into us.  Do you understand?  Meditate on what St. Paul meant in this statement in his Letter to the Colossians 1:24, which he wrote from his imprisonment:

“Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I complete what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body…”

Help Jesus the Christ to heal His Wounds.  At least be reconciled in the Sacrament of Penance.  Love returned to the Body heals His Wounds and yours.  Receive also Precious Body and Blood of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament and allow God’s Love through you to be converted into works whereby God’s Love is transmitted to the rest of the Body of Christ like a Divine Medicine for healing.

Be a tender, loving healer to your Lord and His Body.  Do not inflict wounds; choose to soothe and dress His Wounds instead.  He will bless you as He and the rest of the Body are comforted when you do so.

I Love Because I am Loved through Mary the Mother of God

virgin-mary-MedjugorieWhat is it about Mother Mary? I see her in my thoughts and she is loving and kind and fills my heart with calm and confidence. She adorns my heart like a sweet embrace.  She is mine and she is with me. How is this? I know when she is present. How is this? She consoles me. I love her because she is present in me – with me – loving me. How is this?  I believe that she and the Holy Spirit are somehow together – matrimonially one – and they love me.  They love you, too.

Loving Bond: A Vine of Roses

Sweet blossoming of our Blessed Mother Mary

Sweet blossoming of our Blessed Mother Mary

As I walked and meditated on the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary yesterday, my heart was grateful for the wonderful gifts which God has given to me, especially in the gift of our Blessed Mother Mary.

I envisioned giving her a bouquet of roses in gratitude. She smiled joyfully. When I gave her the bouquet, the roses became like a Vine and wrapped around her hands and mine, and around our wrists.

I was embarrassed because this was too much for me. I had no choice but to stand there and gaze into Mother Mary’s eyes and be loved in her gaze; the Vine of Roses, Jesus our Lord bound us together.

A Dream of the Intoxicating Love of God

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We have thought on thy steadfast love, O God,
in the midst of thy temple.
– Psalm 48:9, RSV

I dreamed last week that my wife and I had desired to go to a far off place – a very important place – to receive Holy Communion, the Blessed Sacrament. This reception would be very special however because the experience would be unique and tangible.In my dream, we were there on the steps leading up to the entrance waiting to go up. Father Terry was there as the very serious gatekeeper, only allowing certain people to enter in. He had a beard and a traditional Franciscan brown robe on…No smile – looking very diligent and serious in his service. We walked by him, and he did not concern himself with us.

We entered into what seemed to be an old stone temple, a dark hallway barely lit with candles. I was excited with anticipation of receiving the Lord!

We finally arrived at the head of the line where 3 persons were standing, but I could only see the beautiful young person standing in the center and holding the ciborium. I thought the person, because of the apparent youth (20′s), fair complexion, absence of facial hair, and thick, dark hair cropped flat about 3 inches above the shoulders, and thin frame, to be a young lady, but it was not Instituation of the Eucharistclear. The person wore what appeared to be a black, floor-length, silk-like robe or cassock with shiny, silver-like strips and adornments attached from the shoulders downward and from side to side across the chest as if sewn in. I could only see by candle-light.

The person held up a Host:  “The Body of Christ” is what I expected to hear.  I bowed down dramatically in accordance with the promptings of the Spirit and received the Precious Body and Blood of the Lord.

I immediately became intoxicated and refreshed.

I was given a large container of water to carry out with me.  The 3 persons helped me out , with my wife following closely.  I held the water up high above my head.  The water was important.

At the entrance of the temple, I looked to the young person carrying the ciborium.  I immediately knew the person to be royalty.  With all of my Spirit I said, “Thank you Princess!”  My wife immediately chastised me and said, “He is a man.”  She sensed the masculinity of this person; I sensed the femininity and all that is good there in this person.  We were both being complemented.

God complements humanity.  In the Son, all of humanity is unified.  From Adam came out the woman, Eve.  And so Adam and Eve became complements to each other.  Before Eve, Adam was not yet divided.

In the Son, Jesus Christ, He is whole — fully all — fully complementary to all of humanity.  This is a great mystery.  The Church, like Eve, came out of Him.  Yes.  That is it.  The Church was formed from that Blood and Water that gushed from His side.  Jesus is also fully complementary with His Bride, the Church.  This is not on account of His flesh alone, but on account of His divinity as well, and therefore, on account of who we will become at the Resurrection — like Him.

His Spirit constantly calls us to succumb to Him, that is, to be one with Him in true complementary fashion, in a way which we do not yet fully understand.  “Succumb to Me!” He insists.  “Marry Me!” He insists.  We are chosen; we must prepare for that day.  How must we prepare?  We ask and do not yet see fully the way.

Yet He nourishes us along the Way.  He helps us to become ready for Him, and so many deny His help — not being receptive!  He sends disciples to lead and to distribute life-giving Water to soften, wash, purify, so that we may receive True Nourishment, the Eucharist, which gives us True Life and makes us ready for Divine Marriage.

He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.   He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the first-born from the dead, that in everything he might be pre-eminent.  For in him all the fulness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.  [St. Paul, Letter to the Colossians, 1:17-20, RSV]

My Dream of the Lion of Judah

Then one of the elders said to me, “Weep not; lo, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.” — The Book of Revelation, 5:5.

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The gentle Paschal Lamb is the Lion of Judah

I dreamed Saturday night, 31 October of that year, the night of the day that I took my comprehensive oral exam for my Master of Art (MA) degree in Theological Studies at Christendom College, that a large male lion approached me as I was walking with a friend.  I was afraid but stood my ground.

This lion then leapt up and hugged me affectionately.  I experienced peace and a knowledge of his love in this embrace.

Lion hugs Man

This dream reminded me of the Lion of Judah (our Lord, Jesus Christ) who, after many had lost hope, stood his ground and conquered and was found worthy to open the seven seals – against all odds – because with God, nothing will be impossible.

I, myself, in my unworthiness for this Degree, did not want to take the comprehensive written and oral exams, the successful completion of which was required for the award of the MA degree.  I feared failure.  I had considered forfeiting the Degree for certificates instead.  But, God gave me courage, and I chose to trust in God, and God has been my help and encouragement in the face of probable failure.  I passed!

We are all subject to tribulations and struggles.  We must trust in the Lord and persevere, even in fear of failure.

Thank You, Lord, for Your gracious help.  I called on You, and You heard my cry, and You helped me.  You saved me from destruction, and I am Yours, and You are mine forever.

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I love You, and I praise You.  Amen.

I Devote Myself to God Today

I devote myself to God today to faithfully receive His eternal Love, in fact, His very Body and Blood which is Love, at every Eucharist, and to realize that His Love is always pure and active and seeking a fruitful return, and to be a channel for His Majestic Love such that the Holy Will of the Father may be done through me, His humble and undeserving creation, that this act of submission and faith will be, in fact, my act of true love for my dear God Who is pure, simple Spirit and Who is eternally capable of all things visible and invisible, but doing all things in the Light of True Love which is always Good.  And in all these things, I depend upon the merciful Love of Jesus Christ, the  intercession of my eternally Blessed Mother Mary, the Communion of Saints in Heaven, and the gifts and helps of the most Holy Spirit.  So help me, please God, to be your most faithful and adorable servant forever more, caressing and healing your wounds which are thrust upon you constantly, and which you receive lovingly and patiently. 

So help me, God. 

So help me, God. 

So help me, God.

Amen.

Catholic Nuns: Bearing Fruit That Will Last – Joy!

Sister Tracy, Daughter of St. Paul, 13 April 2013.  She went out weeping; she came back with shouts of joy, bringing her fruit with her. [cf, Psalm 126:6]

Sister Tracey, Daughter of St. Paul, 13 April 2013. She went out weeping; she came back with shouts of joy, bringing her fruit with her. [cf, Psalm 126:6]
What a lovely smile. :-)

This is a tribute to my wonderful Catholic Christian religious Sisters in the world who give their entire life to Christ and who “bear fruit that will last.”  Shout out to Sister Tracy and the Daughters of St. Paul!

Jesus Christ said:  “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide; so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.   This I command you, to love one another.”  [Gospel of John, 15:16-17, RSV Holy Bible]

The following is from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah chapter 54, RSV Holy Bible:

“Sing, O barren one, who did not bear;  break forth into singing and cry aloud,  you who have not been in travail!

For the children of the desolate one will be more  than the children of her that is married, says the LORD.

Enlarge the place of your tent,  and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out;  hold not back, lengthen your cords  and strengthen your stakes.

For you will spread abroad to the right and to the left,  and your descendants will possess the nations  and will people the desolate cities.

“Fear not, for you will not be ashamed;  be not confounded, for you will not be put to shame;  for you will forget the shame of your youth,  and the reproach of your widowhood you will remember no more.

For your Maker is your husband,  the LORD of hosts is his name;  and the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer,  the God of the whole earth he is called.

For the LORD has called you  like a wife forsaken and grieved in spirit, like a wife of youth when she is cast off,  says your God.

For a brief moment I forsook you,  but with great compassion I will gather you.

In overflowing wrath for a moment  I hid my face from you,  but with everlasting love I will have compassion on you,  says the LORD, your Redeemer.”

Return Prodigal Children

Divine Mercy TOR_April 2013

This Divine Mercy statue belongs to the Franciscan Sisters, T.O.R. of Penance of the Sorrowful Mother and was installed on the feast of Bl. John Paul II, October 22, 2011. They have a special devotion to Divine Mercy and St. Faustina.

My dear brethren who have left the Catholic Church: When you were a child, you left the Church with the fullness of pride. Now, please return in the emptiness of your humility that you may be filled once again with the rich Grace of Jesus Christ from His Font of Mercy. For His Divine Mercy endures forever for those who love Him through obedience to Him, Who is All Love for you.

My dear brethren who have not yet entered the Catholic Church: The Father calls you to His humble kingdom of everlasting truth and salvific hope. For His Divine Mercy endures forever for those who seek Him in truth and who yearn to love Him in their obedience to His Divine Will, Which is All Love for you.

A Dream of an Asian Majestic Highness and the Church

Last Saturday night, I had 3 dreams – the last one being the most special dream.Mary and Tower

THE FIRST DREAM – NEWLYWEDS

In the first dream, I was with my wife, and we were being a naturally-loving married couple.

THE SECOND DREAM – CALL TO ARMS

In my second dream, I was a soldier again, and I felt an intense anxiety as I was called to prepare to deploy for an unanticipated war. I actually felt a tearing anxiety in my body – a feeling of intense worry, mostly about being sure to take the right things with me. When I awoke, I calmed down and then I prayed and asked the Lord why I needed to feel such pain in my dream. And then I thought, “Perhaps I am taking on someone else’s burden – for their sake – for love of them.” I accepted this, and then I knew that the dream was good.  I felt I had somehow done a good deed.

THE THIRD DREAM – ASIAN MAJESTY, THE CHURCH

In the third dream, I was relaxed and with a few other men sitting at table in an enclosed room.  There were no walls but everything beyond the table was blackness – nothing. But, there was a square opening in the darkness through which light poured in from a bright blue, clean sky – the vision through the window was more real then the dream in which I was dreaming.  I glanced out through the window and saw a very tall white building – a huge and lofty tower, and behind the building was a white cloud.  I looked down and then up and out again and the cloud had become a beautifully-chiselled, smiling Face, like that of a beautiful Asian woman (because of the eyes and beautiful Face and Asian-styled attire).  But I am not sure if it was a woman or not.  The Face was beautiful – like perfect white marble – and finely detailed.  I called my companions at table to also look.  And they agreed with what I was seeing.  Then, a mist formed before my eyes along the length of that huge, tall white building, and an Enrobed Body began to form – from the Head all the way down to the base where I could see the Feet which were adorned in special shoes.  The Enrobed Majesty stood, a giant beautiful Column, like a Royal Highness in front of the towering Building. This Majestic Highness seemed to be coming from the Building or mysteriously  joined with the building but forming from a gently-appearing mist.

My first thought was that I was seeing this vision in a land like China because of the Face and clothing.  I do not yet know what to make of the dream except that perhaps I was seeing a spiritual vision of the Catholic Church in China or Mongolia.

The Majestic Highness could be like the pure spirit or pure soul of that Building, the Church, and the Church could be the People who are the spiritual building blocks of that great white Building.

The Majestic Highness could be like a Princess or a Daughter.

The Majestic Highness could also be like a companion to that Building.

But I did not know for sure.

But one thing I do know for sure:  the Majestic Highness is greater than the Building.

During Morning Prayer, Psalm 93 began with these words:

“The Lord is king, with majesty enrobed;
the Lord has robed himself with might,
he has girded himself with power.

The world you made firm, not to be moved;
your throne has stood firm from of old.
From all eternity, O Lord, you are.

The waters have lifted up, O Lord,
the waters have lifted up their voice,
the waters have lifted up their thunder.

Greater than the roar of mighty waters,
more glorious than the surgings of the sea,
the Lord is glorious on high.

Truly your decrees are to be trusted.
Holiness is fitting to your house,
O Lord, until the end of time.

This beautiful psalm reminded me of my dream, and confirmed to me that I may have had a dream from God about Himself and His relationship with the Church.  What do you think?