Wednesday, September 28, 2016

NOVENA TO ST. THERESA - DAY 7



Peace be with you!
Today, let's pray for a greater dependence on God. Our culture is constantly pushing us to rely on ourselves, to be totally self-sufficient.
 
But, we are not, we belong to God -- we must rely on Him for everything just like St. Therese.

Here are the prayers for today: 
Day 7 - The St. Therese Novena
Audio/Video Version
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. 

Dearest Saint Therese of Lisieux, you said that you would spend your time in heaven doing good on earth.
Your trust in God was complete. Pray that He may increase my trust in His goodness and mercy as I ask for the following petitions…
(State your intentions)
Pray for me that I, like you, may have great and innocent confidence in the loving promises of our God. Pray that I may live my life in union with God’s plan for me, and one day see the Face of God whom you loved so deeply.
Saint Therese, you were faithful to God even unto the moment of your death. Pray for me that I may be faithful to our loving God. May my life bring peace and love to the world through faithful endurance in love for God our savior.
Loving God, St. Therese offered to You her weakness. Help me to see in my weakness an opportunity to rely completely on you.
I rely on you, Lord. Help me to rely on you more!
I accept your will, Lord. Help me to accept your will every day!
I try to forgive, Lord. Help me to forgive 70 times 7 times!
I am humble, Lord. Give me more humility!
I see you, Lord. Help me to see you more!
I trust you, Lord. Help me to trust you more!
I love you, Lord. Help me to love you more!
Glory be to the Father, to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. 

Amen.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. 
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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

MIRJANA'S MESSAGE FROM OUR LADY - SEPTEMBER 2, 2016 WITH COMMENTS

The following is Our Lady of Medjugorje's September 2, 2016 monthly message on the day for nonbelievers through Mirjana:

“Dear children, according to the will of my Son and my motherly love, I am coming to you, my children, but especially to those who have not yet come to know the love of my Son. I am coming to you who think of me and who invoke me. To you, I am giving my motherly love and I am carrying the blessing of my Son. Do you have pure and open hearts, and do you see the gifts, the signs of my presence and love? My children, in your earthly life, be led by my example. My life was pain, silence and immeasurable faith and trust in the Heavenly Father. Nothing is by chance: neither pain, nor joy, nor suffering, nor love. All of these are graces which my Son grants to you and which lead you to eternal life. Of you, my Son asks for love and prayer in Him. As a mother I will teach you: to love and to pray in Him means to pray in the silence of your soul and not only reciting with your lips; it is even the least beautiful gesture done in the name of my Son - it is patience, mercy, the acceptance of pain and sacrifice done for the sake of another. My children, my Son is looking at you. Pray that you also may see His face and that it may be revealed to you. My children, I am revealing to you the only and real truth. Pray that you may comprehend it and be able to spread love and hope; that you may be able to be apostles of my love. In a special way, my motherly heart loves the shepherds. Pray for their blessed hands. Thank you.”
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This month's message from Our Lady to Mirjana speaks to what brought me to my apostleship for her and her son, Jesus. She reveals so much on behalf of Jesus that we all need to put into practice. Praying unceasingly is praying without moving your lips, but through the connection that your mind has with Jesus.
 
In accepting the pain and sacrafice, no matter how much the hurt, your dependence upon Jesus is crucial, and I cannot express that enough. Our Lady went through much pain at the sight of her son when he appeared dragging his cross to Calvary. She saw how he had been beaten to a pulp, all the blood and the crown of thorns upon his head. It was in this place that Jesus had, months earlier, been cheered and palms laid beneath where he rode his donkey through the crowds. How can people be so cruel and change their minds about the Grace of Jesus that had been preached to them for three years?

I cannot answer, but suffice to say that God was there with his Son and it was He who led Jesus through his Passion for us. I'm not sure Jesus realized the gravity of what was to come, only that he would die in the name of his Father, God.

Turn to the most tender part of your heart, and pray to Jesus daily. Also revere his mother, Our Lady, for she is the champion of the salvation for so many who have yet to come to her Son. 

Jesus told us that the only way to God and heaven was through Him (Jesus). You must give up your wants for beautiful things, money, prestige and power and give your entire self to Jesus.

Allow me to tell you what happened to me yesterday. Many of you know that I was having a CT and an MRI on my spine. It is in bad shape and I am sure that I will have to have surgery. My heart was down and I felt so sad at the prospect of this surgery. As I laid on the table with my hands above my head, waiting for the test to begin, in my mind I said, "I am not afraid. I know you are here with me, Jesus, and because you are here, all fear is taken away. I love you so much!" As soon as I had said all this in my mind, I felt something on my hands, and I KNOW that it was Jesus holding my hands so that I would not be afraid. This is a first, and I KNOW it to be true. Jesus was soothing me and I felt him.

Once your faith reaches such heights, you will fully experience the miracles of Jesus, the Son of God. To me, feeling his touch sent me over the moon. I had to be very still during the test and it was so difficult because I had just experienced Jesus holding my hands, soothing away my fears.

Come now, all you peoples, and embrace the Son of God. It is through Him, and Him only, that you will one day see the face of God. How powerful! What Amazing Grace!

Lovingly in Christ Jesus,
ABBEY

ST. THERESA NOVENA - DAY 6

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Peace be with you!
Despite great suffering during her life, St. Therese still trusted deeply in God.

She lost her mother when she was only four. She was picked on at school. She lost her second mother, her older sister Pauline, when Pauline entered Carmel, the convent. So Therese went through a period of depression and years of extreme sensitivity.

St. Therese also suffered from tuberculosis. It was this illness that claimed her life. She spent over a year suffering from it slowly. 

And even then, she fought the temptation to fall into despair, and she united her heart to Jesus Christ. 

Today, let's pray to have the same trust and strength when we suffer through hard times.
 
The suffering can come in many forms, but none of us are immune to it. Jesus carried His cross and asked us to take up ours and follow Him.
 
Since that is what He asks, He will give us the grace and strength to endure the suffering of this life as long as we continue to trust and hope in Him.
 
St. Therese, pray for us!

Let's particularly pray for those suffering with anxiety or depression. 

Here are the prayers for today: 
Day 6 - The St. Therese Novena
Audio/Video Version
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. 

Dearest Saint Therese of Lisieux, you said that you would spend your time in heaven doing good on earth.
Your trust in God was complete. Pray that He may increase my trust in His goodness and mercy as I ask for the following petitions…
(State your intentions)
Pray for me that I, like you, may have great and innocent confidence in the loving promises of our God. Pray that I may live my life in union with God’s plan for me, and one day see the Face of God whom you loved so deeply.
Saint Therese, you were faithful to God even unto the moment of your death. Pray for me that I may be faithful to our loving God. May my life bring peace and love to the world through faithful endurance in love for God our savior.
Loving God, St. Therese experienced every day as a gift from You. She saw it as a time to love You through other people. May I, too, see every day as an opportunity to say yes to You.
I accept your will, Lord. Help me to accept your will every day!
I try to forgive, Lord. Help me to forgive 70 times 7 times!
I am humble, Lord. Give me more humility!
I see you, Lord. Help me to see you more!
I trust you, Lord. Help me to trust you more!
I love you, Lord. Help me to love you more!

Glory be to the Father, to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. 

Amen.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
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God bless you!
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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

1 EPHEESIANS 4:1-7, 11-13

Ephesians  4:1-7, 11-13

Brothers and sisters:
I, a prisoner for the Lord,
urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received,
with all humility and gentleness, with patience,
bearing with one another through love,
striving to preserve the unity of the Spirit
through the bond of peace:
one Body and one Spirit,
as you were also called to the one hope of your call;
one Lord, one faith, one baptism;
one God and Father of all,
who is over all and through all and in all.

But grace was given to each of us
according to the measure of Christ’s gift. 

And he gave some as Apostles, others as prophets,
others as evangelists, others as pastors and teachers,
to equip the holy ones for the work of ministry,
for building up the Body of Christ,
until we all attain to the unity of faith
and knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood,
to the extent of the full stature of Christ
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These passages really spoke to my heart. Mainly because I felt a calling by Our Lady several years ago. She said, "go and be an apostle for my son and bring as many souls as possible to the foot of the cross." This blog has been my mission. Some things I've written have seemed quite poor in hindsight, but it is the purpose of which I write that is central - "sharing through love the bond of peace, one Body and one Spirit."

I have been humbled by Our Lady's calling, and at times, I felt trepid when trying to find a topic of which to speak. The Bible is huge and full of very important things. But my favorite is The New Testament because it is here that we find the bounty of Jesus Christ's sermons, stories of how he came to choose his Disciples, and finally, His Passion.

I strive to bring into the hearts of those who are half-heartedly into their faith, and to those who have no faith at all.  It is a very special Grace that God has laid upon me, and again, I am so very humbled to be chosen. I'm afraid at times that I am not worthy because I have "dry spells" when I beg The Holy Spirit to place something on my heart that will emphasize each of your salvation. Do you know how very crucial this is to your everlasting life, your eternal reward, your life in God's Kingdom? I feel it more crucial every day of my life, because when Jesus comes, if he comes in my llifetime, I want to be ready to reach high for him to take me up with him.  Stop and ponder the last passage and think of your possible role in spreading the Gospel of Jesus.
And he gave some as Apostles, others as prophets,
others as evangelists, others as pastors and teachers,
to equip the holy ones for the work of ministry,
for building up the Body of Christ,
until we all attain to the unity of faith
and knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood,
to the extent of the full stature of Christ.
I am quite certain that there are many, many, perhaps thousands and thousands of people who have not paid much attention to whether or not they have been called to further the Gospel to others and those others to more others. This passage is one of the most beautiful in the Bible. I have read and re-read it so many times.

It is so POSITIVE! God is calling us all to do our part "to attain the unity of faith and knowledge of the Son of God", and then to use the Good News as your tool to bring yourself into an alignment of sorts with the Son of God as a man. Jesus lived as a human being on the same planet where we are. And now, he sits at the right hand of HIS FATHER, the one God, the alpha and the omega. It's awesomely mind-blowing! Oh how I love my Jesus and my God!

This is so beautiful that I cannot wrap my brain around terror, violence, petty laws broken, any of it. When you fully know Jesus and you are fully aware that your salvation is up to you, but it is there for the taking, why would anyone choose otherwise. It is very perplexing. Food for Thought, my dear friends.

May You Be Blessed,
ABBEY

Monday, September 19, 2016

THE END TIME PROPHECY - REFLECT

I dont feel that the article on theEnd Time was taken very well at all. It was just one article of many out there and I found it interesting. I never said I believed it exactly, but there are many things to me that make sense in the article. I do believe that people, many people, are in denial. But I have many friends who agree that we will see the end times in our generation. I don't know about that, but at least in our children's generation. God can work his will quickly or slowly; thus far it has been very slow. We shall see, won't we?

Lovingly,
ABBEY