What do you notice about these pictures I took about a week ago? Do you see the AURA, a sort of light or mist, around the lilies? When I took the pictures, I saw this “mist" in the camera lens, but I thought is was my eyes or imagination. (I have not been able to duplicate this.)
And this image below? No aura. We surmise that it is because Our Lady is back in her “summer home" - her place of honor near the fence and flowers where she is placed when winter has passed ~ now, she replaces the cloud. Perhaps there is a natural explanation, but one thing is for sure: Divine Providence is at work!! It is undoubtedly a sign. This glow is a manifestation of Our Lady - that wherever she visits, Her holy fragrance permeates the area and she always leaves special graces. It's up to us to accept them and respond.
In researching Our Lady and light - I stumbled upon an approved apparition Of Our Lady to a pious lady in Italy in 1722. “The Virgin appeared in a glorious light, surrounded by a host of seraphim and was extremely beautiful. She wore an imperial crown and had a girdle adorned with jewels that surpassed the beauty of the stars. On her shoulders was a blue mantle. On her left arm, she carried the Child Jesus. With her right hand, she lifted a sinful soul from the horrible throat of Hell, keeping it from falling back in. On the other side, a kneeling angel held up a basket filled with hearts, which he presented to the Divine Child in His mother's arms. He took the hearts one at a time and inflamed them with his love. The Virgin Mary said she wished to be called Maria Madre Santissima del Lume (Mary Most Holy Mother of Light), and repeated it three times, and said not to forget that." To make a long story short, an artist painted the vision which was guided by Our Lady herself, and this painting was carried by Father Genovesi, SJ missionary priest wherever he preached. “According to tradition, the visitation of the picture would always result in great love and devotion to the Virgin, thereby making it very difficult for the people to part with the picture. This started the practice of leaving a faithful copy of the picture in the chapel or church of the place visited by Father Genovesi." For the rest of the story, see:
JUST WHAT IS THE CATECHESIS OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD?
“If we want to help the child grow near to God, we should, with patience and courage...seek to go always closer to the vital nucleus of things. This requires study and prayer. The child himself will be our teacher if we know how to observe him.” - Sofia Cavalletti
In Catechesis of The Good Shepherd, the method used is designed to assist the involvement of children and adults in a common religious experience in which the religious values of childhood, primarily those values of contemplation and enjoyment of God, are predominant.
We believe that God and the child have a unique relationship with one another particularly before the age of six and that the growth of this relationship should be assisted by the adult, but is actually directed by the Holy Spirit within the child. Children need their own place to foster the growth of that relationship.
Sofia Cavalletti, along with her colleague Gianna Gobbi, began to work with children in 1954 in the area of children’s religious formation. She was first inspired to understand children’s spirituality, following a discussion over a passage of scripture with several children. The children’s engagement with and response to the discussion caused her to seek a deeper understanding of the relationship between God and the child and, after much study, she developed a program to help the children to “experience God."
We have been blessed to share in these experiences with the little children and witness their awe and their joy as they grow in their spiritual journey.
For a three minute video explanation see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwO_CWLKwOE
Flowers are shining jewels in God's creation - dazzling the eye and uplifting the soul with their beauty. Ahhh, to be an elegant and fragrant rose, filling the air with sweet aroma - much like a soul in the state of grace. We can't all be roses, but we have to be what we were created to be; holy and blameless in His sight and in joyful exultation and thanksgiving for his magnificent gifts.
In her autobiography, “Story of a Soul,” St. Therese Lisieux wrote:
“Jesus set before me the book of nature. I understand how all the flowers God had created are beautiful, how the splendor of the rose and the whiteness of the lily do not take away the perfume of the violet or the delightful simplicity of the daisy. I understand that if all flowers wanted to be roses, nature would lose her springtime beauty, and the fields would no longer be decked out with little wild flowers. So it is in the worlds of souls, Jesus’ garden. He has created smaller ones and those must be content to be daisies or violets destined to give joy to God’s glances when he looks down at his feet. Perfection consists in doing his will, in being what he wills us to be.”
HELL IS HOTTER! REPENT AND RETURN TO GOD! LIFE IS SHORT, ETERNITY FOREVER.
Sin is turning away from God . By mortal sin we turn away from God completely and we oppose Him. When we are in a state of grace, we are in the friendship of God. If we die opposed to God, we will live our eternity away from Him, in hell. Truly, there is no greater horror than final impenitence, which causes that eternal chasm. It is the “great chaos” Abraham spoke to Dives, who was “buried in hell” — “And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us.'” (Luke 16:26)."
Sister Faustina's Vision of Hell
"I, Sister Faustina Kowalska, by the order of God, have visited the Abysses of Hell so that I might tell souls about it and testify to its existence...the devils were full of hatred for me, but they had to obey me at the command of God, What I have written is but a pale shadow of the things I saw. But I noticed one thing: That most of the souls there are those who disbelieved that there is a hell." (Diary 741)
“Today, I was led by an angel to the Chasms of Hell. It is a place of great torture; how awesomely large and extensive it is! The kinds of tortures I saw:
I would have died
There are caverns and pits of torture where one form of agony differs from another. I would have died at the very sight of these tortures if the omnipotence of God had not supported me.
No One Can Say There is No Hell
Let the sinner know that he will be tortured throughout all eternity, in those senses which he made use of to sin. I am writing this at the command of God, so that no soul may find an excuse by saying there is no hell, or that nobody has ever been there, and so no one can say what it is like...how terribly souls suffer there! Consequently, I pray even more fervently for the conversion of sinners. I incessantly plead God's mercy upon them. O My Jesus, I would rather be in agony until the end of the world, amidst the greatest sufferings, than offend you by the least sin." (Diary 741)
On July 13, 1917, the three children of Fatima had a vision of hell:
After they saw the vision, terrified and as if to plead for succor, we looked up at Our Lady, who said to us, so kindly and so sadly: “You have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace."
In the end, we will go to either Heaven or Hell.
Our lives here on earth are but a pilgrimage to our everlasting destination - we were created to be forever united with God, who is LOVE, in heaven! But, if we choose to oppose God, we will be forever separated from Him in hell.
LET US LIVE AS CHILDREN OF THE LIGHT, CLOSE TO OUR SAVIOR, UNDER THE PROTECTIVE MANTLE OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN. SHE WILL KEEP US SAFE FROM THE EVIL ONE. LET US PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER.
With the sound of music! Getting ready to make our annual retreat. We usually go to the Benedictine Still River Abbey... We'll see what this year brings.
How to make a good retreat:
SILENCE: We need to hear what the Lord is saying to us. Abide in the deep peace of Christ, love and adore Him ~ and listen.
Holy Mass - daily receive Holy Communion. We need to be intimately close to Him and there is no closer way on earth than to receive Him into our hearts, into our souls.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament - spend time before the Lord. Adoration is an act of faith ~ Faith in The Real Presence of Christ is the Pearl of Great Price.
CONFESSION: - Retreats are about growing closer to the Lord, examining where we could improve, where we have failed. Pray that the Holy Spirit will assist you in your confession. Pray that your examination of conscience will lead you to true repentance and total trust in Divine Mercy.
SPIRITUAL READING: Scripture and other holy books. The beauty and peace of the early morning are an ideal time to enter into the immense riches found in the Holy Bible.
BLESSED MOTHER: grow closer to the Blessed Mother. Learn from the apostles who gathered around her after Jesus ascended into heaven. The apostles learned from her as She manifested her devotion with ardent prayer at Pentecost. She is our Mother too and she wishes to draw us close to her. She wants us to pray the rosary ... it is a special means she uses to attach the soul to her and to help the soul to grow in holiness. Everywhere she appears she exhorts her children to pray the rosary. Pray the rosary during your retreat, and she will draw you closer to Her Son ~ that is her role. “To Jesus, through Mary." And she will shower you with an abundance of grace.
Last year, Fr. Gabriel wrote of his great need for reliable transportation:
"In your patience you shall possess your souls." - Luke 21:19
“Let nothing disturb you, Let nothing frighten you, All things are passing away: God never changes. Patience obtains all things. Whoever has God lacks nothing; God alone suffices” (St. Teresa of Avila).
The F.I. Nigerian Mission has begun its new farming project ~~ Raising pigs which they will sell to help support themselves and assist the payment of the teachers' salaries. They have also begun a project growing palm trees - they have procured 150 palm seedlings from which they will make palm oil - a popular commodity. We are grateful to Our Blessed Mother for all her help.
On Sunday, 6/10/18, Family Rosary Center in Easton, MA held a splendid celebration in honor of Fr. Patrick Peyton who was declared "Venerable" by Holy Father Francis in December of 2017. It was such a grace for us to be part of this special event. We eagerly look forward to new miracles through the intercession of Venerable Patrick Peyton as he begins his path to beatification. May God be praised through the intercession of The Blessed Virgin Mary.
Fr. Peyton was born In Ireland of very devout Catholic Parents. Fr. Peyton's father, who led the family rosary every night, allowed him to go to America at the age of 18 with his brother under one condition. He said, "Go down on your knees and make me a promise here before the picture of the Sacred Heart. From now on there will be nobody but yourself to advise you and to decide for you. But your first responsibility will always be to save your soul, and so I want you to promise to be faithful to Our Lord in America."
When he came to America, his dream to become a priest was aroused in his soul but he didn't have the necessary education. His brother also wanted to become a priest ~ and that's when Msgr. Kelly stepped in to help both of the boys achieve their calling. They both were called to the Order of the Holy Cross and began their studies at Catholic University in Washington, DC. Patrick contracted TB and was ailing for about a year at the Notre Dame infirmary. It was at this time that Rev. Cornelius Hagerty, CSC told him to pray to Our Lady, with great faith. Patrick prayed a rosary novena and at the completion of the novena, proclaimed that the was cured through Our Lady's intercession. And he was!! and the doctors finally confirmed the miraculous healing.
Together, the boys were both ordained as priests of the Holy Cross on June 15, 1941. To thank Our Lady for this great grace of the priesthood and of the healing, Fr. Peyton dedicated his life to spreading the practice of the family rosary. He embarked on his missionary call and traveled around the world hosting Rosary Rallies. He always preached about the rosary and drew people to a closer relationship with the Blessed Mother. He preceded Bishop Sheen is harnessing the power of the media, producing over 600 TV and radio shows and mingled with celebrities.
Words from Jesus~taken from In Sinu Jesu ~ the journal of a priest at prayer.
"Consecrate yourself to My Mother, and lift your eyes to her all-pure countenance. She is that star who I have set in the darkness of the firmament, lest those who belong to Me lose hope and perish in the tempest that threatens the very survival of all that I have done and of the works of My saints. Those who flee to My Immaculate Mother and cling to her mantle of protection will emerge from the sorrows of this time and, after the raging tempest, will rejoice in a peace that the world cannot give." From In Sinu Jesu on April 14, 2016
"Entrust all things, great and small, to my Immaculate Mother. She will provide for you even as she provided for John My beloved disciple, by drawing out of her Heart the graces reserved there for you and for her priest sons. Live your consecration to My Mother in the practical details of your life. Allow her to form you and instruct you. You will begin to experience the peace and joy of the Holy Spirit in ways that you have never known before. Where My Mother is welcomed and allowed to do her work, the Holy Spirit is poured out in the greatest abundance, and the graces and charisms of the Holy Spirit flourish for the up-building of the Church... My Mother will be your Perpetual Help. I have made her the Mediatrix of all My graces. She is all-powerful over My Heart"- From In Sinu Jesu June 12, 2008
"And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that those who believe in him may not perish, but may have life everlasting." - John 3:14
It was a cool, sunny day for our Corpus Christi celebration at St. Brendan's - perfect weather for a procession. This Solemnity is always so very special to us ~ as to all the Holy Angels, Saints and members of our Catholic family. St. John Vianney used to weep as he adored the Holy Eucharist when he processed with the Monstrance on this feast day. We thank God for His Real Presence among us~~His Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity truly present in the Most Blessed Sacrament. What a great gift is Faith! How blessed it is to believe! How Good is our God!
"What magnificence in the processions as they pass by! What reverence in the faithful as they kneel down! The Church shows to everyone her Bridegroom in the radiant monstrance. Ah! Who today will presume to say she is widowed? Her friends are in adoration and her enemies tremble. Jesus shows Himself to all men; He gives His blessing to the good; He looks on sinners with compassion; He calls them and draws them to Himself. The Council of Trent calls this feast the triumph of faith, and rightly so. It is also the triumph of the Church through her divine Bridegroom." - St. Peter Julian Eymard on the Feast of Corpus Christi
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