I cannot express enough the role of Mother Mary in drawing me closer to Jesus. As a mother, she guides me towards her son with gentle nudges and warns me if I fall too far behind him.
In this post, I share Father Chris Alar’s teachings and insights on Marian Apparitions through his series, Explaining The Faith. It is an excellent series as Father Chris takes us on a journey filled with insights from his own seminary training for the priesthood, and it gives a deeper understanding of our faith.
In the following videos, are those on Marian Apparitions. Father Chris gives insights into the role of Marian Apparitions in our world, as well as why Mother Mary has appeared during certain climatic events throughout our history.
This post is offered in thankfulness to the our Blessed Mother Mary, and to a reader for his email on two specific Marian Apparitions.
I just caught up, read and watched the video with Glenn Hudson on the John Henry Weston Show (lifesitenews). For those who are interested in Marian Apparitions in Garabandal, this episode gives a good understanding of the history, the village, the children, and prophetic messages to the children for the world.
I am posting this as I think it is important for all – Catholics, Christians, and skeptics – to prepare our hearts for the coming chastisement. I, for one feel it is coming soon. I also imagine all the gravity of my sins laid before me – it’s not pretty. From my gravest to even the most minuscule in my eyes, I really know in God’s eyes it’s not the same.
Glenn Hudson, an expert on the apparitions of Our Lady of Garabandal, explains our Blessed Mother’s warnings of conditional chastisement, Padre Pio’s belief in the apparitions, and what it all means for Catholics today.
Praying and my quiet time with God is one of the most important part of my day. It is keeping in touch with my beloved, sharing with him my joys, cheers, fears, and angst.
In the past I haven’t always used prayer apps, but now that I am back at work, I use them daily.
Back into the throngs of being governed by a hectic schedule, my quiet time with God has changed. My morning prayer time has changed using the Amen App developed by the St. Augustine Institute. It has transformed my morning in starting the day on a positive note – Holy and Saintly.
I am up at 4:30 am when my family is still sleeping. Alone, a great way to start my day while eating breakfast, is listening to one of the daily meditations in the Amen App. It is a positive start of my day over scrolling and reading the daily news on my device.
This app is free, and one of the best out there. I use this app when praying the rosary while waiting for the bus. On the bus, in the metro, and sometimes during lunch, instead of mindlessly scrolling through Instagram or Facebook, I pray one of the prayers in the Amen app.
It helps me keep Jesus centred and focused throughout my day – especially during the day when I need His help to get me through the challenges of teaching – and life.
This summer I have seen many marriages and relationships fall apart, children being bounced between mom and dad, and couples not able to “work it out”. There is also my own son who broke up with his long time girlfriend.
Although my husband and I are available to sit and talk to our children, I found that living by example is one of the best role models for them. We freely discuss with them the challenges of relationships, the importance of shared values, commitment, and a belief system.
When I started to read Pope John Paul II Theology Of The Body, it was an eye opener. Never has this been discussed when I was a young teen growing up in the 70s. I was happy to come across the writings of John Paul II in a course I was taking on Theology of the Body.
This helped my husband and I discuss with them basic values as well as God’s will in our lives – in our relationships, friendships, and marriage, as well as all the gender issues that has permeated our social sphere.
Based on his Wednesday audiences at the Vatican, Theology of the Body provided the theological framework from which we can look at man and woman as created not only in God’s images, but it what it means to be a true gift to one another. A very dense reading as it is Pope John Paul II’s tour de force.
For my own children I purchased a more age appropriate version by Jason Evert. He also has videos on YouTube which I shared with many young teens and adults since they are more likely willing to watch a video as opposed to my talking about it. Unfortunately that is a reality of our wired world. So I’ll send them the link, or book, and discuss what they thought of it.
Other books I highly recommend are either books or YouTube videos by Edward Sri. His insights into John Paul II’s Love and Responsibility is in the book listed below. He has also written extensively on Theology of the Body.
To understand the craziness of our time and how we got here, Abigail Fatale’s book, The Genesis of Gender is a must read as it not only echos back to Genesis and the creation of man and woman, it also looks specifically at a Christian theory of the body. It also discusses how this sacramental world view has been covered up and abandoned by modernism – and all “ism”.
These Beautiful Bones by Emily Stimpson looks at how we can live the theology of the body in our everyday. Theology of the body is not just about sex, male and femaleness, marriage and relationships, it is about living it every moment in our lives as we walk with Christ in holiness.
The paperback version cost me $50 plus – not a choice since I underline and mark up my books. There is the kindle version which is affordable.
These books have been pivotal in guiding me to be a stronger me in my own walk with Jesus. They also help me address and see the damage/chaos within our secular world as it embraces “me-ism”.
They also provide a good base by which to talk about “Imago Dei” to our youth and young adults fascinated with “me-ism”.
I returned to work today after a long sojourn, and the best part of my day was going to Mary Queen of the World Cathedral to pray and attend the 7:30 am mass.
A wonderful way to start my day as I return to the hectic world of teaching young children. A lot has changed within me the last few years, but the world and the job all remains the same. The staff changes and children changes throughout the years, but the same hectic reality remains the same.
I have changed. My faith has deepened and for those of us who walk in Jesus:
“Three things are necessary to everyone: truth of faith which brings understanding, love of Christ which brings compassion, and endurance of hope which brings perseverance.”
There are times when we need to talk to Jesus and ask for his help. It’s as simple as that, but in our brokenness, our pride gets in the way.
Or we have reached a point in our lives that we no longer believe in the good around us. Yeah, there are lots or reason why in our brokenness we don’t see. A veil of despair and disbelief covers our eyes and psychological mind-frame. There is hope!
Know that Jesus is the way!
A simple prayer for those in need:
“The Book of Psalms is a collection of cries, prayers and praise. The authors of each chapter experienced every struggle, heartache and fear imaginable. This collection of comforting verses will help guide you toward whole and complete healing.”
“Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He sent out his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave. Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind.” ~ Psalm 109:19-21
“LORD my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me.” ~ Psalm 30:2
“The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. The righteous person may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all; he protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken. Evil will slay the wicked; the foes of the righteous will be condemned. The LORD will rescue his servants; no one who takes refuge in him will be condemned.” ~ Psalms 34:17-22
“Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all his benefits – who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion.” ~ Psalms 103:2-4
“Have mercy on me, LORD, for I am faint; heal me, LORD, for my bones are in agony.” ~ Psalms 6:2
“I said, “Have mercy on me, LORD; heal me, for I have sinned against you.” ~ Psalm 41:4
“Hear, LORD, and be merciful to me; LORD, be my help.” You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy” ~ Psalms 30:10-11
“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” ~ Psalms 73:26
I pray Jesus will heal your pains and troubles with his healing embrace. God Bless 🙏💕
When I was a youngster, one of my superhero was Saint Joan of Arc. I loved Medieval French history, and Joan of Arc represented a girl who despite all odds was able to lead an army into battle. She lead a country to victory from it’s enemies without killing a soul. The hand of God was upon her!
Joan of Arc was a pious girl from a peasant family. At 13 years old, she had a vision or visitation (Saint Michael, Saint Catherine, and Saint Margaret) with a message to drive the English from France. Her story was just that, and an incredible journey of God’s divine intervention.
During the cruel days of the medieval Inquisition. She was captured by the English and eventually burned at the stake for heresy.
After a through investigation it was declared that she was accused wrongly, and unjustly so. Joan of Arc after much support from the Catholic Church and community had her beatification in 1909, and on May 16, 1920, Pope Benedict XV canonized her.
As I’m going back to work next week after a year off – I was thinking of St. Joan of Arc for her courage, strength, faith, and commitment to God amidst the chaos and political climate of France and the Church at the time. I am also thankful to God for the time to heal spiritually, mentally and physically.
I found the following prayer written for her:
“Prayer of Thanks and Gratitude to St. Joan of Arc,” written by Andrea Rau:
Dear Patron Saint,
Thank you for accompanying me throughout the day, and in the work that I did. Thank you also for your guidance and your counsel. Please help me to listen to God and to you, dear Saint, that I may do what I am called to do. Please intercede on my behalf and beg God to take all my faults and turn them into virtues. I thank you for all you have done for me, and all the things you have interceded for on my behalf. Please continue to pray for me and for all the souls who need it.
St. Joan of Arc, Pray for us.
Chaplet Prayer for Saint Joan of Arc
The chaplet may be used as a novena (a prayer repeated once every day for nine days) or prayed at any time for any necessity throughout the year. A total number of nineteen beads on this chaplet commemorates each year of Joan’s life.
How to pray: On the medal, make the sign of the Cross, recite: “Incline unto my aid, Oh God! Oh Lord, make haste to help me! Amen.” Follow this with a: Glory Be.
On the first single bead on the strand, pray an: “Our Father”. On the second single bead on the strand, pray an: “Our Father”, and then continue by saying, “Saint Joan of Arc, immolated as a victim of the burning stake, pray that I may also become a victim by the faithful practice of all my duties as they pertain to me during my whole life.”
On the first group of five beads, say a: “Hail Mary” for each bead.
On the next divisional bead, Pray an: “Our Father”, and then recite, “Saint Joan of Arc, with you, I only wish to find my delight in practicing humility, charity, and penance, and all the virtues necessary to gain entrance into Heaven. Saint Joan of Arc, pray for us!”
On the second group of five beads, say a: “Hail Mary” for each bead.
On the next divisional bead, pray an: “Our Father”, and then recite, “Saint Joan of Arc, be with me in all my struggles. Like the strong men of Israel, experienced in warfare, who constantly carry the sword at their side, to guard against unforeseen attacks during the night, may I ever be prepared for the combat. Together with the protection of the angels and saints grant me also your own; inspire my endeavours; be my help and my light to guide me to Jesus, our Chief, and when my earthly mission is accomplished, may I expire like you, repeating with love, Jesus! Jesus! Jesus!’ – Saint Joan of Arc, pray for us!”
On the third group of five beads, pray a: “Hail Mary” for each bead.
Conclude the chaplet on the medal, by reciting the following prayer: “Pray for us, Saint Joan of Arc, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.”
God Bless all those starting anew like I am next week, and, to students starting their new semester this September 🙏💕