Why should we defend ourselves when we are misunderstood and misjudged? Let us leave that aside. Let us not say anything. It is so sweet to let others judge us in any way they like. O blessed silence, which gives so much peace to the soul! ~ St. Therese of Lisieux
Then Mary spoke to Catherine: “Have a medal struck upon this model. Those who wear it will receive great graces, especially if they wear it around the neck.” “Now it must be given to the whole world and to every person.”
The Virgin Mary also told Dominic to “Pray my Psalter and teach it to your people. That prayer will never fail”.
No matter which apparition of the Holy Mother you favor, it is plain to see that she is reaching out and giving very specific instructions. Very simply, talk to Our Virgin Mother. Trust in her, confide in her, rejoice with her and when sorrowful, ask for her graces as she has promised to grant.
The bible says:
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.
Help for every problem you could encounter is there for the asking. These Holy visits seem to be reminders that we are not alone and to ask for help when needed, to open the lines of communication and become closer to our Lord and Holy Mother.
Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Matthew 5:43-44 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Matthew 7:7,8 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
Matthew 7:12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
Matthew 19:14 But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 22:37-40 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
Mark 8:34-37 And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it. For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
Mark 10:45 For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
Luke 5:31, 32 And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
John 4:13, 14 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
John 10:10, 11 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
John 10:27-30 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one.
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
St. Lawrence is one of those saints that we know very little about, other than the fact that he was an early martyr with an interesting twist to the story of his martyrdom.
The story goes that St. Lawrence was one of the Seven deacons of Rome under Pope St. Sixtus II who was executed a few days before St. Lawrence himself. Saint Lawrence was responsible for destributing alms to the poor and for keeping the church materials in order. When St. Lawrence knew that he was close to being arrested (after the Pope was arrested) it is said that St. Lawrence hurried to sell what he could of the churches valuables and distributed them to the poor and suffering before it could be seized.
When Lawrence was approached by a prefect of Rome and told to gather the church’s treasures for confiscation, Lawrence gathered together all of the poor, ailing and suffering parishioners and presented them to the prefect as the “church’s treasures“. Not amused, the prefect had Lawrence arrested and had a special gridiron prepared to kill the deacon slowly by roasting. It’s said that after suffering greatly on the gridiron, that St. Lawrence called out in what would be his last words, “It is well done! Turn me over.”
The twist in the legend is that St. Lawrence is the saint believed to have saved the Holy Grail from being distroyed by the invading forces. The Holy Grail is the cup from which Jesus and the Apostles drank. When Lawrence was ordered to gather the treasures of the church, he was able to send the chalis to his family to hold for the church. Today the Holy Grail is housed in a cathedral in Spain. St. Lawrence is credited with the protection of one of our most sacred holy relics.
Maryshop.com has St. Lawrence medals and rosaries to remind you of the unfailing courage of this faithful servant of the Lord. St. Lawrences Feast Day is Aug 10th.
Jesus took John, Peter, and James with him to the top of Mt. Tabor to pray. As they prayed, Jesus’ face changed and his robes emitted a bright light, brighter than anything the diciples had ever seen. Then Moses and Elijah appeared next to Jesus and began to speak to him of his coming departure. This startled John, Peter and James who could do nothing but watch as Christ transformed before them. Suddenly, a cloud appeared and enveloped them all. Then a voice was heard saying, “This is my son, whom I have chosen; Listen to him.”
When the cloud had dispersed, Jesus stood alone, relieved of his heavenly visitors. He then made the three witnessing apostles promise to remain quiet about what they had seen on the mountain until Christ had died and risen.
The Feast of the Transfiguration is another opportunity to bring your family together to learn of the Light of the World, Jesus Christ, Son of our most holy Lord and of his metamorphesis on Mt. Tabor.
The 5 Luminous Mysteries are:
The Baptism of Jesus - Jesus was baptised by John in the River Jordan. After the baptism, the sky opened up and Jesus was emersed in light. Then a voice was heard from heaven saying, “This is my son, whom I love; With him I am well pleased.”
The Wedding of Cana - On the third day of the wedding of Cana in Galilee Jesus turned water into wine at the request of His Mother. This miracle convinced his disciples to follow him and revealed his glory.
The proclamation of the Kingdom of God - Jesus ministered in Galilee where he said, “The time has come. The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!”
The transfiguration of Jesus - Jesus took Peter, John and James up Mt. Tabor with him to pray. As they prayed, Jesus’ face changed and his robes emitted a bright light, and Moses and Elijah appeared. They spoke to Jesus of his coming departure. A cloud appeared and enveloped them all, then a voice said, “This is my son, whom I have chosen; Listen to him.”
The Last Supper and Holy Eucharist - Jesus offers bread he has just blessed to his disciples saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it around saying, “this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for all for the forgiveness of sins.”
Ruminating on the mysteries daily keeps your faith in the forefront of your mind, as it should be, as all of your thoughts and actions everyday should be done with the Word of God in mind. Many look to the Lord for comfort during trying times but the word of God is meant to be lived. Let every word from your mouth be lit by the light of Jesus Christ and with every action allow The Father to do his good works through you.
When praying the Rosary, Wednesday and Sunday the Glorious Mysteries are meditated upon.
Here are the 5 Glorious Mysteries:
The Resurrection of Jesus Christ—As Mary and Mary Magdalene arrived at the sepulcher, an angel appeared to them and said, “Fear not ye! For I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here. For he has risen, as he said.” (Matthew 28, 1-6)
The Ascension of Jesus Christ—Jesus appeared before the apostles and said, “Peace to you” The apostles became frightened, believing that they were seeing a ghost. Jesus saw this and answered, “Why are ye troubled? And wherefore do reasonings come up in your hearts? See my hands and my feet, that I am he, handle me and see, because a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me having.” He then showed them his hands and feet. “And, lo, I do send the promise of my Father upon you, but ye—abide ye in the city of Jerusalem till ye be clothed with power from on high.” Jesus then led the apostles to Bethany, blessed them and ascended to Heaven to sit at the right hand of his Father. (Quotes from Luke 24, 36-51)
The Descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost—And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. (Act2, 1-4)
The Assumption of the blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven—The blessed joining of Mary with her divine son in Heaven.
The Coronation of Mary as Queen of Heaven and Earth—There appeared a great sign in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. (Rev 12, 1)
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