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Exciting times…no?… Yes, exciting times…

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on January 27, 2018

Be not afraid! Jesus we TRUST in you!

I begin today’s offering with a beautiful reminder:

If My people, who are called by My name, HUMBLE THEMSELVES, and PRAY and SEEK My face, and TURN from their WICKED WAYS, then I will hear from Heaven, and I will FORGIVE their sin and HEAL their land. ~2 Chron 7:14, emphasis added by me.

May I recommend that ya’ll write that down multiple times and place this verse throughout your home as it will encourage you during the difficult days ahead. For as the LORD said through His servant, Joshua:

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; be not frightened, neither dismayed, for the LORD, your GOD, is with you wherever you go. ~Joshua 1:9, emphasis added by me.

PRAYER…Prayer…prayer

What the Church teaches…

It’s all about PRAYER, folks. Why? Because it’s THAT IMPORTANT. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states:

[Prayer is] the elevation of the mind and heart to God in praise of His GLORY; 

But that’s not all… there’s more!

[Prayer is also] a petition made to God for some desired good, OR in thanksgiving for a good received, OR in intercession for others before GOD.

You see, we not only give praise to God, give thanks to God, make petitions to God, BUT we also INTERCEED for one another before God – that is pray for each other in our needs and times of struggle. The Catechism concludes:

Through prayer the Christian experiences a communion with God through Christ in the Church. ~Glossary of Terms, emphasis added by me.

So it’s an all-inclusive practice that benefits everyone and makes us more aware of the goodness and generosity of our Creator in His GLORY. Did you know that PART FOUR of the catechism is all about PRAYER? Doesn’t that suggest that PRAYER is IMPORTANT???

Wake up! The time has come, the time is NOW.

More so now than ever before!  In my last post I gave more than adequate scripture support to suggest that we are now entering into a time of purification.

To be sure, it won’t be easy or pleasant. Like whenever we work on purifying ourselves – be it a detox regiment or reflection on where our particular life is headed – there are moments of absolute discomfort, agony, and in some cases a need for a 180-turnaround! Right?

So, too, should we expect the same for the purification of mankind. Take a look at Salvation History, replete with purifications!

Even when Moses was told to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt, there had to be some purification of the Egyptians before they could leave Egypt (10 plagues); and even of Israel before she was able to cross into the Promise Land (golden calf; biting serpents; 40 years of wandering when it should have only taken a couple of weeks…etc…etc)… So this ain’t going to be “a piece of cake”, and we need all the help we can get to make the necessary changes within ourselves to “cross over the Jordon into the Promise Land” – aka the Era of Peace.

Our Lady, Queen of Peace, as painted by description from the visionaries…

Now, I’m not ashamed to admit that, just before I remembered that yesterday was the 25th, I was having a “moaning moment” with Jesus about this calling to fulltime Prayer and Fasting. I asked for something so OBVIOUS that I couldn’t argue my way out of it OR make any more excuses for not following through with what He’s asking me to do.

Here’s what He gave to me… and to the World… Medjugorje, Jan 25th, 2018, emphasis added by moi:

Dear Children! May this time be for YOU a time of PRAYER, so that the Holy Spirit, through prayer, may descend upon you and give YOU conversion

Golly, does that sound familiar?!?! Last week’s post is listed below this one. 😉

Hey, guess what’s even coooler???

When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place… All these with one accord DEVOTED THEMSELVES to PRAYER… And suddenly a SOUND came from Heaven like the rush of a mighty wind, and it filled the house where they were…and there appeared to them tongues of fire… resting on each one of them. And they were filled with the Holy Spirit… ~Acts 1:14a; 2:1-4a

On that day, the Apostles became true Apostles! They spoke boldly and clearly of the TRUTH of Jesus Christ. Do you know that the great Marian Saint, St Louis de Montfort – who gave us the first consecration formula to the Sacred Heart through the Immaculate Heart that all others are based on (St Mother Teresa’s, St Maximilian Kolbe, 33 Days to Morning Glory), wrote in his devotion this very event as given to Marjia:

The Holy Spirit, finding His dear spouse present [Mary, Mother of God], again in souls, will come down INTO THEM with GREAT POWER. He will fill them with His Gifts, ESPECIALLY WISDOM, by which THEY will produce wonders of GRACE… [they] will hide themselves completely in the depths of her soul… those richest in GRACE and VIRTUE will be the most assiduous [consistent with commitment] in praying to the Blessed Virgin Mary…as a powerful helper to assist them…  True Devotion to Mary, #217 and #46

Which is an echo from Jan 2nd’s message to Mirjana:

I, the mother, am coming to help you to come to know TRUE FAITH – living and profound – so as to help you to truly love.

So back to January 25th Message. Mom tells us plainly what we NEED to DO at this time:

Open your hearts AND read the SACRED SCRIPTURES, that through the testimonies you also may be closer to God.

 Anyone doing any bible study? May I highly recommend doing one on Prayer. As noted in my last post, the book Battle Plan for Prayer is an excellent resource! Because Our Lady continues:

Above EVERYTHING, little Children, SEEK GOD and the THINGS OF GOD and leave earthly ones to the earth…

 Like mindless entertainment – video games, TV, wasting vast amounts of time in social media platforms, gambling on the internet, viewing inappropriate sites that lead to infidelity, etc, etc…

because satan IS ATTRACTING YOU to the dust and sin…

This world and all the pleasures it offers IS temporary, meaningless in eternity ’cause it’s passing away…

All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of the field… The grass withers, and the flower fades, but the Word of the LORD abides forever. ~Is 40:6b, 8

For if God did not spare the angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to pits of nether gloom to be kept until the judgment;

If He did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a herald of righteousness, with seven other persons, when He brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly;

If by turning the cities of Sodom and Gomor’ah to ashes He condemned them to extinction and made them an example to those who were to be ungodly; and He rescued righteous Lot, greatly distressed by the licentiousness of the wicked…

THEN the LORD knows how to rescue the godly from trial (see Rev 3:10-11), and to keep the unrighteous under punishment until the day of judgment, and especially those who indulge in the lust of defiling passion and despise authority~2Peter 2:4-10 

Because Mom reminds us of this TRUTH that can apply to ALL those who REPENT and RETURN to God with their whole hearts – even at the last minute (Read Mt 20: 1-16):

YOU ARE CALLED to HOLINESS and CREATED for HEAVEN; therefore, SEEK HEAVEN and the things of Heaven. Thank you for having responded to my call. ~Monthly Message, Medjugorje, January 25, 2018, to Marjia, emphasis added by me.

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My final offering comes from my favorite fellow blogger:

Medjugorje is becoming the center of attention even more these days as the Vatican has recently permitted “official” pilgrimages to the apparition site. As well, a report of the papal Commission studying Medjugorje was leaked to the press revealing not only that the first apparitions are deemed supernatural, but that there is a fairly positive outlook on the remaining. At the same time as the Vatican seemingly moves toward a positive position, some Catholic apologists are strangely attacking (with tired old arguments) what is arguably the greatest site for conversions since the Acts of the Apostles.

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Reconciliation & the Eucharist…Part III

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on September 23, 2008

A Brief Recap:

Confession to a priest is an essential part of the sacrament of Penance: “All mortal sins of which penitents after a diligent self-examination are conscious must be recounted by them in confession, even if they are most secret and have been committed against the last two precepts of the Decalogue; for these sins sometimes wound the soul more grievously and are more dangerous than those which are committed openly.” ~ CCC§1456; Council of Trent; cf Ex 20:17; Mt 5:28 (emphasis added).

Matthew 5:23-26

23 So if you are offering your gift at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. 25 Make friends quickly with your accuser, while you are going with him to court, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you be put in prison; 26 truly, I say to you, you will never get out till you have paid the last penny.

When Christ’s faithful strive to confess all the sins that they can remember, they undoubtedly place all of them before the divine mercy for pardon. But those who fail to do so and knowingly withhold some, place nothing before the divine goodness for remission through the mediation of the priest, for if the sick person is too ashamed to show his wound to the doctor, the medicine cannot heal what it does not know.” ~ CCC§1456; St. Jerome, In Eccl. 10, 11(emphasis added).

It is precisely in the Passion, when the mercy of Christ is about to vanquish it, that sin most clearly manifests its violence and its many forms: unbelief, murderous hatred, shunning and mockery by the leaders and the people, Pilate’s cowardice and the cruelty of the soldiers, Judas’ betrayal – so bitter to Jesus, Peter’s denial and the disciples’ flight. However, at the very hour of darkness, the hour of the prince of this world, the sacrifice of Christ secretly becomes the source from which the forgiveness of our sins will pour forth inexhaustibly. ~ CCC§1851; cf Jn 14:30

Instituted by Christ, the Sacrament of Reconciliation works very closely with Christ.  As we said in the last Post, the priest/bishop stands in for the person of Christ – He works through His minister.  So, if Christ is directly connected to this Sacrament just by those two established TRUTHS, how much more so is He connected to His very Eucharistic Presence?

Eucharist and Penance. Daily conversion and penance find their source and nourishment in the Eucharist, for in it is made present the sacrifice of Christ which has reconciled us with God. Through the Eucharist those who live from the life of Christ are fed and strengthened. It is a remedy to free us from our daily faults and to preserve us from mortal sins. ~ CCC§1436; Council of Trent

This is why St. Paul teaches in 1 Cor 11:27-32, Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of profaning the body and blood of the Lord. Let a man examine himself, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For any one who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment upon himself. That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died.  But if we judged ourselves truly, we should not be judged. But when we are judged by the Lord, we are chastened so that we may not be condemned along with the world. (emphasis added)

This is for all you out there who have questioned the rational of Bishops refusing communion to politicians who support the Killing of Children in the womb.  Murder is a mortal sin, and therefore, unless that person has truly repented, and no longer supports this type of murder, they are eating and drinking judgment on themselves. Would it not be better for them to repent instead of being condemned along with the world ?

The Church further teaches: According to the Church’s command, after having attained the age of discretion, each of the faithful is bound by an obligation faithfully to confess serious sins at least once a year. Anyone who is aware of having committed a mortal sin must not receive Holy Communion, even if he experiences deep contrition, without having first received sacramental absolution, unless he has a grave reason for receiving Communion and there is no possibility of going to confession. Children must go to the sacrament of Penance before receiving Holy Communion for the first time. ~ CCC§1457; Council of Trent

Actually, this pertains to all of us, not just politicians.  If you’ve given money to Planned Parenthood and other organizations that promote and support the murder of children in the womb (let’s call it was is), then you too are in need of repentanceEspecially if you’ve been receiving our Lord in the Eucharist!

For the Eucharist – which IS the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Our crucified AND risen Lord, Jesus Christ – can have a very powerful affect on the life of the person whose soul is receptive to the efficacious grace that comes from the Sacrament.  We are told that:

The Gospel is the revelation in Jesus Christ of God’s mercy to sinners.  The angel announced to Joseph: You shall call [His] name Jesus, for [He] will save [His] people from their sins. The same is true of the Eucharist, the sacrament of redemption: This is my  blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. ~ CCC§1846; cf Lk 15; Mt 1:21; Mt 26:28

And so:

Holy Communion separates us from sin. The body of Christ we receive in Holy Communion is given up for us, and the blood we drink shed for the many for the forgiveness of sins. For this reason the Eucharist cannot unite us to Christ without at the same time cleansing us from past sins and preserving us from future sins:

For as often as we eat this bread and drink the cup, we proclaim the death of the Lord. If we proclaim the Lord’s death, we proclaim the forgiveness of sins. If, as often as his blood is poured out, it is poured for the forgiveness of sins, I should always receive it, so that it may always forgive my sins. Because I always sin, I should always have a remedy. ~ St. Ambrose, De Sacr. 4, 6, 28; cf 1Cor11:26

Yet none of this will be possible if we are already separated from God by our sins!

Sin is an offense against God: Against you, you alone, have I sinned, and done that which is evil in your sight. Sin sets itself against God’s love for us and turns our hearts away from it.  Like the first sin, it is disobedience, a revolt against God through the will to become like gods, knowing and determining good and evil. Sin is thus love of oneself even to contempt of God. In this proud self-exaltation, sin is diametrically opposed to the obedience of Jesus, which achieves our salvation. ~CCC§1850; Ps 51:4 ; Gen 3:5; St. Augustine, De civ. Dei 14, 28: PL 41, 436; Phil 2:6-9

It is to be rightly understood:

The Eucharist is not ordered to the forgiveness of mortal sins – that is proper to the sacrament of Reconciliation…

It is only…

By the same charity that it enkindles in us, the Eucharist preserves us from future mortal sins.

So long as…

…we share the life of Christ and progress in [His] friendship,…

Then…

the more difficult it is [for each of us] to break away from [Him] by mortal sin.

This is why…

The Eucharist is properly the sacrament of those who are in full communion with the Church. ~CCC§1395 (emphasis added).

Any questions?  Have you attended to your insides lately?

Food for Thought: When you are dead in life and you die in that state, you will plant yourself in the land of the dead.

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