Explaining the Faith with Father Chris Alar

There are some subjects discussed today that can get us cancelled. Just as there are some topics discussed that has become embedded within our popular culture that we never question. Father Chris, MIC in the past few weeks has discussed secularism, new age beliefs, yoga, horoscope, and today – The Truth of the Lodge and the Catholic Faith.

These are topics that many Catholics don’t really dwell on as their ideas and icons have become immersed in our secular world. His teachings have helped me make sense of where I am in the world and my Catholic faith.

A must watch and share:


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Garabandal’s Forgotten Message

Hail Mary
Hail Mary,
Full of Grace,
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit
of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary,
Mother of God, (and our mother)
pray for us sinners now,
and at the hour of our death.

Father Luke’s Podcast on Garabandal and Mother Mary:


In Spanish only: David Torbio


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Food For Thought

I have to admit there was a time I use to acted rashly without thinking it through. In fact, my actions often had consequences. Afterwards, I would feel remorseful and terrible for acting without thinking it through. It created a negative environment that always resulted in a heartfelt apology from me.

There was a lot for me to learn about anger management, and it was only when I humbled myself and sought Jesus’ help that I was able to let go of my impulses and think things through.

Through scripture, prayer and reflection, I now have a deeper understanding of taking the time to find a balance, to look at the whole, and think it through before reacting. Our Blessed Mother is our role model as she reflects on God’s words, teachings, and the situation – pondering.

“[Mary] does not remain locked in her initial troubled state at the proximity of God in his angel, but she seeks to understand. So Mary appears as a fearless woman, one who remains composed even in the presence of something utterly unprecedented. At the same time she stands before us as a woman of great interiority, who holds heart and mind in harmony and seeks to understand the context, the overall significance of God’s message. In this way, she becomes an image of the Church as she considers the word of God, tries to understand it in its entirety and guards in her memory the things that have been given to her.”
—Pope Benedict XVI, p. 33


The above quote is from: Jesus of Nazareth the Infancy Narratives by Pope Benedict XVI.

A free online PDF is available:

https://www.pdfdrive.com/jesus-of-nazareth-the-infancy-narratives-e187821768.html


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You Know Me!

“O my God, you and you alone are all wise and all knowing! You know, you have determined everything that will happen to us from first to last. You have ordered things in the wisest way, and you know what will be my lot year by year until I die. You know how long I have to live. You know how I shall die. You have precisely ordained everything, sin excepted. Every event of my life is the best for me that it could be, for it comes from you. You bring me on year by year, by your wonderful Providence, from youth to age, with the most perfect wisdom, and with the most perfect love.”
—St. John Henry Cardinal Newman



I admit it! I have in the past look towards astrology as well as Chinese zodiacs years to try to understand myself, and, to delve into my future, love, career, and life’s purpose. What started out as reading my daily horoscope in the newspaper turned into an obsession.

Looking back, I thank the grace of God, “I have have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

With the guidance and wisdom of the Holy Spirit, I have a new life. It is a life that is Christ centred, and trust in His will for my life and not some quasi soothsayer.

Praise be to God🙏💕


This talk from Father Chris explains clearly why astrology, reiki healing and even yoga is contrary to God.

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Novena Prayer to the Sacred Heart

Today begins the Efficacious Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Start and pray with me today and the following 8 days, or when you can (9 days in total).

I. O my Jesus, you have said: ‘Truly I say to you, ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you. ‘ Behold I knock, I seek and ask for the grace of…… (here name your request)

Our Father… . Hail Mary… . Glory Be to the Father… .

Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.

II. O my Jesus, you have said: ‘Truly I say to you, if you ask anything of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. ‘ Behold, in your name, I ask the Father for the grace of…… . (here name your request)

Our Father… Hail Mary… . Glory Be To the Father… .

Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.

III. O my Jesus, you have said: ‘Truly I say to you, heaven and earth will pass away but my words will not pass away. ‘ Encouraged by your infallible words I now ask for the grace of… . . (here name your request)

Our Father… . Hail Mary… . Glory Be to the Father…

Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.

O Sacred Heart of Jesus, for whom it is impossible not to have compassion on the afflicted, have pity on us miserable sinners and grant us the grace which we ask of you, through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, your tender Mother and ours.


Say the Hail, Holy Queen and add: St. Joseph, foster father of Jesus, pray for us.


— St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

Padre Pio recited this novena every day for all those who requested his prayers.


Optional Litany to the Sacred Heart
By St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

Hail, Heart of Jesus, save me!
Hail, Heart of my Creator, perfect me!
Hail, Heart of my Savior, deliver me!
Hail, Heart of my Judge, grant me pardon!
Hail, Heart of my Father, govern me!
Hail, Heart of my Spouse, grant me love!
Hail, Heart of my Master, teach me!
Hail, Heart of my King, be my crown!
Hail, Heart of my Benefactor, enrich me!
Hail, Heart of my Shepherd, guard me!
Hail, Heart of my Friend, comfort me!
Hail, Heart of my Brother, stay with me!
Hail, Heart of the Child Jesus, draw me to yourself!
Hail, Heart of Jesus dying on the Cross, redeem me!
Hail, Heart of Jesus in all your states, give yourself to me!
Hail, Heart of incomparable goodness, have mercy on me!
Hail, Heart of splendor, shine within me!
Hail, most loving Heart, inflame me!
Hail, most merciful Heart, work within me!
Hail, most humble Heart, dwell within me!
Hail, most patient Heart, support me!
Hail, most faithful Heart, be my reward!
Hail, most admirable and most worthy Heart, bless me!

Lord Jesus,
let my heart never rest until it finds You,
who are its center, its love, and its happiness.
By the wound in Your heart,
pardon the sins that I have committed
whether out of malice or out of evil desires.

Place my weak heart in Your own divine Heart,
continually under Your protection and guidance,

so that I may persevere in doing good
and in fleeing evil until my last breath.

Amen.


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Christ In My Heart

I use to point my fingers up towards the sky when I use to make references about God. It’s a natural reaction when we think of God. He exists outside of time, is all knowing, and all powerful. I no longer point to God as some omnipresent being – God is the Father, Son and Holy Spirit – the Triune. Now I point to my heart when I talk of Him. He is within me and resides in my heart as I draw nearer to Him through Jesus. Through Jesus, I have been given the grace of the Holy Spirit – my Paraclete – counsellor/teacher. Yes, it’s hard to wrap our heads around this. It is one of the mysteries of God.

“Christ is in you”

“But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the spirit is life because of righteousness.”

Romans 8:10

“It is Christ who lives in me”

“I am crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live in faith, the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself up for me.”

Galatians 2:20

“Christ is formed in you”

“My children, with whom I travail again in birth until Christ is formed in you.”

Galatians 4:19

“Christ may make His home in your hearts”

“That Christ may make His home in your hearts through faith, that you, being rooted and grounded in love.”

Ephesians 3:17

“Christ in you”

“To whom God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”

Colossians 1:27

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Powerful Testimonies and Conversion

I sometimes feel I am not doing enough to tell others of our amazing merciful God. I am predominantly home bound and overcoming my own personal challenges. I am not a theologian, a layperson or anyone special. I am simply a wife and mom who loves the triune. Nowadays I’m also spending a lot of time caring Candy – our family Keeshond whose lost the use of her hind legs. It is by the grace of God with the Holy Spirit working in me that I can share with others from where I am.

I came across some incredible conversion stories which I created a page for:

Each story is a gripping and beautiful testament of God’s grace and mercy, as well as their incredible journey to Him.

I hope to add to this page and hope each of you will be inspired, touched and moved by their stories to live a deeper walk with Jesus.

God is there for us, and sometimes He creates situations that leads us to him through others. Each story is unique just as each of us is special and different, and there are elements in each story that teaches us something new and wonderful about God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, our Blessed Mother, saints and angels.

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Novena of the Holy Spirit (Day 9)

Day 9


Goodness

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

Amen.

Let us bow down in humility at the power and grandeur of the Holy Spirit. Let us worship the Holy Trinity and give glory today to the Paraclete, our Advocate.

O Holy Spirit, by Your power, Christ was raised from the dead to save us all. By Your grace, miracles are performed in Jesus’ name. By Your love, we are protected from evil. And so, we ask with humility and a beggar’s heart for Goodness within us.

We want to be like your Saints in heaven. Holy Spirit, renew us by your power with your Goodness that we may bring the Good News to the world.

Holy Spirit we ask for the grace of [Mention your intention here].

Amen.

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth.

O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations, through Christ Our Lord,

Amen.

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

Amen.


Thank you for praying the Novena of the Holy Spirit with me. Praying “Come, Holy Spirit” is an important part of my day. My life, along with my daily walk with Jesus, this blog, as well as all my sketches and art work is only made possible by the inspiration, guidance and love of the Holy Spirit working in me. I am not perfect and often fall, and I am thankful for a merciful God, and pray daily for the Fruits of the Holy Spirit to mold and shape me to be the “me” I am meant to be in Jesus Christ.

Let us rejoice in the Pentecost – Come, Holy Spirit! 🙏💕

God Bless💖