Learning to discern that which comes from God, and that which comes from Satan is something I am still learning to do.
Our world is full of Satan’s influence – it’s in our music, media, games, television programs, novels (even romance novels), as well as in our social media. It is everywhere in our world.
We walk and battle Satan’s din daily. I have been working with a St. Ignatius Spiritual Director for the past year learning to walk in the path of God’s Divine will, and above all discern. Sharing with all a great summary by Br. Alexis Bugnolo on St. Ignatius’ Discernment of Spirit.
God Bless, and I pray we can discern between the good and bad influences in our lives to walk with Christ the path of righteousness 💖
For me, this path meant giving up romance novels and my addictions (to name a few) to K-drama and Chinese drama (binge reading or binge watching). I didn’t do it alone, but with the help of the Holy Spirit working in me. One bad influence at a time.
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:
Today’s (March 18, 2020) homily by Father Chris – please take the time to watch:
Milo Yiannopoulos an “investigative reporter, reformed sodomite, free-speech martyr, hair icon & to the annoyance of many, a happy person.”
I first came across Milo Yiannopoulos’ work a few years ago and thought his writings were both provocative and insightful, especially in his critical response to leftist ideology.
Although his straight talk can be offensive at times, he is always true to his views which are surprisingly always an accurate study of society and our cancel culture. His poignant testimony about his gay lifestyle and conversion is touching. He also talks about God’s love for him, and his conversion from a homosexual lifestyle back to God.
He gives an insight into the importance of parenting, and how their failure as parents can lead their own children into a homosexual lifestyle.
I would like to share with you Milos’ talk about his return to the roots of his Catholic Faith, and his views on homosexuality and parenting – Repost From Lifesitenews:
Through no fault of his own, Milo’s first-ever appearance at the convention did not proceed according to plan. A weather-induced flight delay in New York put him behind schedule, and upon landing in Cleveland he rode in the back of a squad car to make it to the hotel ballroom as quickly as he could.
Speaking with no notes after leaving his luggage behind, Milo gave an impromptu account of his turning away from homosexuality and the challenges he’s now facing.
The conservative provocateur specifically raised his struggles with anhedonia, defined as the inability to feel pleasure, and implied that it is much more difficult to deal with than celibacy.
“When I was unknowingly choosing to live that [homosexual] life, I was condemned to loneliness, addictions, and a variety of other things,” Milo said in reference to the “endless pursuit of dopamine and pleasure” which colored that life.
“I have permanently fried the reward circuits in my brain … Once you fry those circuits, they don’t come back without decades of recalibration,” he added.
Milo also articulated his new twofold mission after returning to the Catholic faith: to establish a Florida-based clinic to help gay men leave the homosexual lifestyle, and to protect the lives of the unborn.
“I’ve never changed on the gay thing, but I guess I’ve stopped being a hypocrite,” he said. “Without Christ, I am fairly sure that I would be dead.”
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.
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.
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.”
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
When we surround ourselves with bad thoughts, it begets negative energy. It leads us towards the path of looking at the world from a standpoint that can lead to disparity and depression – acedia.
What is acedia?
Acedia is a word that defies easy definition while being a phenomenon all too familiar to us. The term refers to spiritual sloth — a state whose symptoms include moroseness, weariness, fatigue, melancholy, gloominess, feeling overworked, discouragement, dejection, instability, activism, boredom, disenchantment, depression, languor, torpor, mediocrity, laziness, loss of interest, lack of fervor, compromise, a repulsion to the things of God, a deprivation of the meaning of life, despair of attaining salvation, and, above all, an overall compelling absence of joy and hope.
It’s that moment during our day when the Noon Day Demon” strikes us:
Assurance of God’s Protection
91 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High, who abides in the shadow of the Almighty, 2 will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust.” 3 For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence; 4 he will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. 5 You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, 6 nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.
I know from personal experience that it’s when I am not in the moment and I take my eyes off God – when I feel bored, listless, restless – that the noon day demon attacks and all of a sudden I feel a sense of hopelessness. I feel a sense of loss – futility sets in.
To combat the noon day demon is to know that little trials produce endurance, strength and hope in God. It is to live in the present bathe in the joy of God, and not get dragged down by life.
Father Goring in his short message inspires us to develop the habit of having good thoughts:
This is a good start on battling the noon day demon – that time of the day when we feel tired, listless, futile and a little sad for reasons we can’t phantom.
May each of us keep our eyes focused on God in our daily walk. The noon day demon is sneaky and ready to attack us when we are bored or listless, or on a spiritual low. With the joy of God in the centre of our lives – we will win the battle against acedia.
At the beginning of the Catholic Church’s day of prayer for peace in Ukraine, Pope Francis made an earnest appeal to those in power: “Please, no more war.”
“I invite you to pray for peace in Ukraine and to do so often throughout this day,” the pope said at the end of his general audience on Jan. 26.
“Let us ask the Lord insistently that this land may see fraternity flourish and overcome wounds, fears, and divisions.”
The pope urged people not to forget the more than five million people who died in Ukraine during World War II.
“Think that more than five million were annihilated during the time of the last war. They are a suffering people; they have suffered hunger, they have suffered so much cruelty and they deserve peace,” Francis said.
“May the prayers and invocations that are being raised to heaven today touch the minds and hearts of those in positions of authority on earth, so that dialogue may prevail and the good of all be put before the interests of one side. Please, no more war.”
Pope Francis called for Jan. 26 to be a day of prayer for peace in Ukraine during his Angelus address last Sunday amid fears of a potential deeper Russian incursion into the Eastern European country.
Let each of us take the time today to pray and fast (giving up something today) for world peace . Let us each especially pray for the situation in the Ukraine.
Looking within without being self indulgent and being honest with myself is a humbling experience.
SIN – not my favourite topic, but necessary as I lay bare my soul to God – it is because I don’t like it that I must look at my sin and the impact it has to those around me – because sin has consequences.
SIN – the realization that my sinful acts have consequences not only in my relationship with God, but it also impacts those around me – “Sins of the Father” – is a huge responsibility that I never thought deeply about.
My sins sets a bad example for my own children to follow – a bad role model. It may inadvertently lead others astray. Hence my very action – negative thoughts or anger acted upon influences those around me – creating a snowball effect of negativity.
God doesn’t want to punish me – He is all about love. Instead, God want me to be aware of my sinfulness through the grace of inward reflection and examen of my conscience. My loving God gives me freedom to chose – to sin or not to sin!
Here is where I deeply need the help of the Holy Spirit to help me battle my inner demons – sin. Here is when I need decide is it worth it to commit the sin and be eternally damned, or I seek God’s help to walk sin free.
I sin, you sin, we all sin – it is the reality of our human condition – our fallen nature. God’s gift of His son, Jesus Christ – whose death freed us from our sins:
Eternal Father, I offer you the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your Dearly Beloved Son, Our Lord, Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.
For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion — inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself.
O Greatly Merciful God, Infinite Goodness, today all mankind calls out from the abyss of its misery to Your mercy — to Your compassion, O God; and it is with its mighty voice of misery that it cries out. Gracious God, do not reject the prayer of this earth’s exiles! O Lord, Goodness beyond our understanding, Who are acquainted with our misery through and through, and know that by our own power we cannot ascend to You, we implore You: anticipate us with Your grace and keep on increasing Your mercy in us, that we may faithfully do Your holy will all through our life and at death’s hour. Let the omnipotence of Your mercy shield us from the darts of our salvation’s enemies, that we may with confidence, as Your children, await Your [Son’s] final coming — that day known to You alone. And we expect to obtain everything promised us by Jesus in spite of all our wretchedness. For Jesus is our Hope: through His merciful Heart, as through an open gate, we pass through to heaven (St Faustina Diary, 1570).
From personal experience, praying the rosary is my spiritual weapon. This is especially needed, for the closer I draw near to God’s embrace, the more sneaky the evil one is in attacking me. Think Eve in the garden of Eden, especially upon how the serpent seduced her with tricky words:
Being on guard to how my wandering thoughts, words and heart can betray God through Satan’s tricky is something I need to be aware off. This is why praying the rosary (“Hail Mary”) stops me before a sinful desire or a licentious thought can entrap or take hold of me. When I want to read a trashy romance, I ask myself – is it worth it to give up heaven for temporal pleasure? Is it worth giving up heaven for my addiction to my devices and spending hours on end on social social media (time once past is gone forever). It’s easy to fall into Satans grasp! That’s why the rosary (a mother’s fighting stance) and verses from the Bible are my spiritual weapon.
Genesis 3:1-5 Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition
The First Sin and Its Punishment
3 Now the serpent was more subtle than any other wild creature that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree of the garden’?” 2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden; 3 but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” 4 But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not die. 5 For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
When we invite Holy Mary into our lives through the rosary, we are using a weapon given to us by God – for she will crush Satan’s head with her feet:
Genesis 3:15 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition
15 I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.”
We have the Immaculate Heart of Mary battling for us! I want to share with all my readers a must watch video with Fr. Luke: