Why – March 25?

Our Lady of Fatima

I have linked Vatican and Catholic News sources on the Consecration of Ukraine and Russia. I am also linking information by Father Chris, MIC and Father Goring to give readers insights into the importance of the upcoming March 25, 2022 – Consecration of Ukraine and Russia.

I won’t be able explain in this short post the importance of this. I have discussed in earlier posting about our Immaculate Mothers’ apparitions, especially to the children in Fatima and her dire warnings of war and the human suffering. In our Holy mothers message to the children in Fatima, she specifically requested for the Consecration of Russia, which was done in the past – but without bishops participation.

Below I have embedded two videos that will help with understanding the significance of March 25th:

Father Goring on his YouTube channel often discusses the many apparitions of our Immaculate Mother. The most recent is today:

Understanding Fatima:

Today’s (March 18, 2020) homily by Father Chris – please take the time to watch:

Up to date Vatican news:

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2022-03/pope-invites-bishops-to-join-him-in-consecration-of-russia.html

For the latest on Catholic News: https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/

We can help by raising our voices in heartfelt prayers. Let us take the time to pray the rosary and the Divine Mercy Chaplet for Russia and the Ukraine, and ask God for His blessings upon all mankind.

We can also give our soulful silent groans and moans to God to let Him know we need His intervention.

God Bless 💖

A Mother’s Love

Through our prayers, we can help avert the dangers that befalls our world. Marian apparitions throughout history has always come with grave warnings of impending danger to our humanity. At all times, they are warnings and calls to return to God. They are request by Mother Mary to pray daily on our own, as country, or as a community for God’s Divine Mercy.

It is easy to feel a sense of doom especially in light of the many events that has happened within the last two years. It is just as easy to fall into a depression, and take on an attitude that one can do nothing.

A mother’s love is great, and Mother Mary has come time and time again to warn us to ask for the diversion of impeding disasters through prayer, and turning back from our sins. She reminds us to embrace the Divine Mercy of God. Pray the Rosary daily. Pray for love and peace as a community, with a friend, with your family, or on your own:

The Hail Mary

Hail, Mary, full of grace,
the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou amongst women
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death. 
Amen.

We must denied ourselves and take up the cross of Jesus Christ.  

33 But strive first for the kingdom of God and his[righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33

To deny our disorders, laziness, our distractedness and inordinate comforts. Denying all those things that keep us from prayer, worship and time with God. The temptation is there, and we need overrun the evil one with God’s help by taking up the cross (Ralph Martin – Run: You Can!)

Choose God, choose faith, choose to take up the cross and pray unceasingly.

Times like these will tempt our faith. They will make us doubt. There is a battle going on between good and evil. Run to Jesus with every breathe and with every step. I always imagine within my mind’s eye of stomping on the serpent’s head – with God’s help (Genesis 3:15, Revelation 12:1-6).

Be open to receiving God’s grace to that we can let go of all the burdens that weights us down.

Hope, Faith, and Charity.

Jesus, I trust in you.


Posted below are a few videos by Mark Goring, Father Chris Alar and Ralph Martin that I compiled in the hope of easing your fears, anxieties and stress for present world events. They are a reminder that Mother Mary loves her children, and needs our help in prayer. They remind us to take up the cross for Jesus. This means denying the secularism that has pushed God and all sense of spirituality into the back burners of our lives.

God Bless 💖Let us all cone together in prayer.

Mark Goring on Prophesy and Marian Apparition in Kiev

Father Chris – Explaining the Faith – Ukraine, Russia, Fatima: What Heaven is Telling Us

Ralph Martin – Run: You Can!

Thank you Jesus.

Our Father

I was preparing a pdf for my RCIA meet tomorrow night, and I wanted to share a song I remember from my childhood. It was a spunky and lively song, filled with joy and happiness. After some digging I finally found it.

The song version of The Lord’s Pray. I recall the joy I felt when I first heard it, and this was back in the 70s – a time of peace and love. The prayer was sung by Sister Janet Mead (1938–2022). She sung with joy and passion, and her voice just grabs at my heart and fills it with adoration and inspiration.



God Bless 💖

A Little Gem

I received a little booklet entitled: Treasure in Heaven by Fr. Mark Goring (Ottawa, Ontario), and want to share this little gem with my readers. It is a wonderful booklet for those wanting to know Jesus. It also offers a comprehensive 40 day journey in prayer and scripture in getting to know and draw closer to Jesus.

The pdf version is on the link:

https://companionscross.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/TreasureinHeaven_PrayerGuide.pdf

If there is difficulties with the link, please Google Treasure in Heaven Fr. Mark Goring

I also love the Freedom Prayer, a topic that has lead to much meditation on my part as I journey in my own understanding – true freedom only comes from God.

Freedom Prayer


Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner.

You promised Lord that You would set the captives free.

I confess Jesus that I am a slave and only You can break the chains that bind me.

I repent of relying on my own strength.

Without You Jesus I can do nothing.

I ask You Lord Jesus to set me free from (name area in your life where you need freedom).

Come now Holy Spirit and clothe me with power from on high. (take a moment and allow the Holy Spirit to empower you)

Give me the grace Lord Jesus to walk in faith today, confident in Your love and mercy.

Amen.

Download the Treasure in Heaven, or purchase this little gem for you prayer group, RCIA or parish. It is a beautiful gem in getting to know Jesus through prayer and scripture.

May God Bless your journey in Christ Jesus💖

The Angelus Prayer

During my morning prayer on the Amen: Calm Catholic Meditation App (available on Apple and Google), I came across this lovely prayer. For those looking for a good app to supplement their daily prayer, I suggest this one: https://amenapp.org

The Angelus is a beautiful prayer that reminds us of God’s love and the gift of His son, Jesus. It reminds us of Mary’s yes, and our yes to God.

The Angelus – Jean-François Millet (1857-1859)

The Angelus Prayer

℣. The Angel of the LORD declared unto Mary,

℟. And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.

Hail Mary, full of grace; the LORD is with thee: blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the Fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.

℣. Behold the handmaid of the LORD.

℟. Be it done unto me according to thy word.

Hail Mary, full of grace; the LORD is with thee: blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the Fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.

℣. And the Word was made flesh.

℟. And dwelt among us.

Hail Mary, full of grace; the LORD is with thee: blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the Fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.

℣. Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God.

℟. That we might be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray, Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O LORD, Thy grace into our hearts; that, we, to whom the Incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection. Through the same Christ our Lord.

℟. Amen.

More information:

https://www.ourcatholicprayers.com/the-angelus.html

https://wedaretosay.com/what-is-the-angelus-prayer/

I wasn’t planning to post today, but I was moved by the simple depth and truth of this prayer, and was inspired to share it. God Bless 💖

Saint Valentine

Ok, call me “stupid”, but I never associated St. Valentine’s Day to a saint. The first clue should have been the Saint in front of Valentine. Alas, I live in a secular world, and hence influenced by all the hoopla of the day – the excitement surround this day – roses, flowers, chocolate and all the things associated with “love”.

I can now embarrassingly attest to all the silly things I expected on St. Valentine’s Day from my husband, and the disappoint if he forgot – “Where are the flowers?” I think of all the material things I expected on February 14th! When our own children were growing up, my husband and I would always prepare gift bags of chocolates and little cute stuff animals holding hearts as a symbol of our love for them. I got the love part partially right, but was not mindful of what St. Valentine’s Day really means.

From https://novenaprayer.com/2022/02/05/st-valentine-novena-2/

It is a special and historic day named after a very real and holy saint. San Valentino (St. Valentine) was a Third Century Roman priest and martyr during the reign of Claudius II, known as Claudius the Goth. He was arrested for helping Christians who were being persecuted by Claudius in Rome and for performing marriage ceremonies between young Christian couples in love. While imprisoned and under threat, Saint Valentine would not sway from answering questions of the Emperor regarding his beliefs.
The emperor tried to no avail to convert Saint Valentine. Regardless of what was asked however, Valentine would not renounce his faith so Claudius had him sent away to prison. The guard where Valentine was imprisoned listened as he preached day in and day out. As the legend goes, the guard, Asterius, had a daughter who was blind. He asked Valentine to hear her confession in which he did. Afterwards, Valentine put his hands over the girl’s eyes and chanted: “Lord Jesus Christ, enlighten your handmaid, because You are God, the True Light.” Immediately the little girl regained her eyesight. Because of this miracle, the guard and many of his family members converted to Christianity and were baptized. Upon hearing of the conversions, Emperor Claudius condemned all of The night before his execution, Valentine wrote the young girl a note and signed it, “From your Valentine.” Valentine was then beaten with clubs and stoned and finally beheaded on February 14th, around the year 269. He was buried on the Flaminian Way and a chapel was later built over his remains. On the same day, another Valentine, bishop of Terni, was imprisoned and beheaded by Placidus, prefect of Terni, about sixty miles outside of Rome. Many believe mysteriously that the two are one in the same priest — the same Valentine who was earlier brought to Rome for execution and buried on the Flaminian Way.

Novena to Saint Valentine

Patron saint of courtship, engagement, marriage, Beekeepers, Fainting, Epilepsy, Happy Marriages, Love, Lovers, Young people.

Facts about St Valentine Novena

Novena Starts:February 5th
Feastday:February 14th
Birth:3rd century AD
Death:270 AD
from https://catholicnovenaapp.com/novenas/st-valentine-novena/

The Novena to Saint Valentine

O glorious advocate and protector, Saint Valentine, look with pity upon our wants, hear our requests, attend to our prayers, relieve by your intercession the miseries under which we labor, and obtain for us the Divine blessing, that we may be found worthy to join thee in praising the Almighty for all eternity; through the merits of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Pray, then, O holy Martyr, for the faithful, who are so persevering in celebrating thy memory. The day of Judgment will reveal to us all thy glorious merits. Oh! intercede for us, that we may then be made thy companions at the right hand of the Great Judge, and be united with thee eternally in heaven.

Let us pray: Grant, we beseech thee, O Almighty God, that we who solemnize the festival of blessed Valentine, Thy Martyr, may, by his intercession, be delivered from all the evils that threaten us. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

(Mention your intentions here)

Saint Valentine, advocate and protector, pray for us.

Concluding Prayer

Our Father
Hail Mary
Glory Be


A shorter version of the same novena can be found: https://novenaprayer.com/2022/02/05/st-valentine-novena-2/

St. Valentine Novena

Let us begin, In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. 

O glorious advocate and protector, St. Valentine, Look with pity upon our wants, hear our prayers, relieve by your intercession the miseries under which we labor, and obtain for us the divine blessing, that we may be found worthy to join you in praising the Almighty for all eternity: through the merits of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Amen

 (Mention your request here…)  

St. Valentine, pray for us   

Say 1: Our Father…  Say 1: Hail Mary… Say 1: Glory Be


A shorter version of the Prayer to St. Valentine from http://thedivinemercy.org

There are so many beautiful prayers and novena in the Catholic faith. The St. Valentine Novena is particularly special to me, especially now that I know that Valentine’s Day is not some festival secular day, but deeply rooted in faith and commitment to God. It’s meaning is deeper than all the flowers, chocolate and fancy dinners that I once knew.

God Bless as we all reflect on the meaning of St. Valentine’s Day 💖

Why Pray, AND, Prayer To Our Lady of Lourdes

I know I have been posting many prayers lately, and it comes from a sincere desire to share with all – prayers that I pray. Prayers have been very healing for my soul, especially in light of all the craziness the past few years have ushered in with government restrictions and mandates. Not only have they been very healing, prayer has also changed “me”! Prayer allows me to draw closer to God. It is my intimate conversation with Him – sometimes full of praise and joy, at others times full of complains and sad moans (crying), and at others, full of adoration and love.

These days, I am also praying for God’s light to shine into the world, even in the darkest of cervices. To be an active participant with Him, and He with me.

God needs our help!

God wants to be an active participant in our lives, to guide us to make changes in our own lives and in the world. Our prayers can lead to God’s Divine Mercy moving on those around us, and, our prayers lifted up in sincerity can lead to healing in not only ourselves, but in others – those we love, friends, and strangers.

Father Mike’s short message inspired me today. Oh the more! This morning, I got out of bed late (hmm, I was a sloth and stayed in bed for another hour), and rushed my morning prayer. Urgh, yes, a confession of my soul!


The Feast Day for Our Lady of Lourdes

The Feast Day for Our Lady of Lourdes is on February 11th, 2022. “On Feb. 11, the Catholic Church celebrates the liturgical memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes, recalling a series of 18 appearances that the Blessed Virgin Mary made to a 14-year-old French peasant girl, Saint Bernadette Soubirous”. For more information on St. Bernadette and the History of Our Lady of Lourdes: https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/saint/our-lady-of-lourdes-144.

At https://www.thedivinemercy.org/articles/our-lady-lourdes-pray-us you can also send in your prayer intentions (I am sorry it started yesterday Feb. 2-10), but you can still participate and add an extra day.

Here is the Prayer to Our Lady of Lourdes:

God Bless, and keep praying! 💖

Saint Michael Archangel Novena

I pray the short version of this novena daily at the end of my holy hour. It is asking for protection against the darkness that reigns in our world. People often ask, how do I have time to pray? It’s easy – I make time for God by giving Him a block of time (20 min to an hour) daily to pray (morning/night) and enjoy drawing closer to God.

A novena for February 💕

From: https://www.praymorenovenas.com/st-michael-archangel-novena

St. Michael the Archangel is mentioned a few times in the Bible and is venerated as the ‘Prince of Angels.’

He is known for interceding for us for protection from evil and for healing.

In Christian art, he is often depicted wearing armor, wielding a sword or spear and slaying a dragon, a serpent or satan.

More About St. Michael the Archangel

The Catholic church refers to Michael the Archangel as St. Michael even though he is an angel, and not a saint whose recognition resulted from canonization. He is believed to be the prince of all of God’s angels, and the protector of the church.

There were several instances when St. Michael is believed to have appeared in the Bible, among them:

  • In the Book of Daniel, St. Michael is referenced as the “Great Prince and defender of your people”
  • As a sword-wielding angel who introduced himself to Joshua just before the fall of Jericho, as commander of the army of the Lord.
  • As the leader of the Angels who banished Satan and his minions according to the Book of Revelations
  • As an Archangel in the Epistle of Jude
  • In the Epistle to the Thessalonians, mention is made of an archangel who will announce the second coming of Christ. Though not identified, it is believed to be referring to St. Michael.

St. Michael is venerated as a healer, and protector of the Catholic Church. His feast day is celebrated on Sept. 29 but we are praying the novena in February.

Saint Michael the Archangel Novena: 9 day prayer

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen

St. Michael the Archangel, we honor you as a powerful protector of the Church and guardian of our souls. Inspire us with your humility, courage and strength that we may reject sin and perfect our love for our Heavenly Father.

In your strength and humility, slay the evil and pride in our hearts so that nothing will keep us from God.

St. Michael the Archangel, pray that we may have the grace to see the image of God in the least of our brothers and sisters.

St. Michael the Archangel, you are the prince of angels but in your humility you recognized that God is God and you are but His servant. Unlike satan, you were not overcome with pride but were steadfast in humility. Pray that we will have this same humility.

It is in the spirit of that humility that we ask for your intercession for our petitions…

(state your petitions)

“Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly host, by the power of God, cast into hell satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls.”

Amen.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen

Read more at: https://www.praymorenovenas.com/st-michael-archangel-novena

God Bless and May Saint Michael The Archangel protect our walk with Jesus 💖