Posted in The HOLY ROSARY/ROSARY CRUSADE

Rosary Crusade for South Africa and for Venezuela

Dear Friends

The peoples of South Africa and Venezuela are suffering under corrupt leadership.   Both countries are in great need of prayer.   A Venezuelan friend, Carlos and I, are praying the Holy Rosary every day for a year with the special intention of requesting divine assistance for our countries.  We believe, that with the Help of our Blessed Mother, most especially in this year of the 100th Anniversary of the Fatima Apparitions, our Father will come to the assistance of these two beautiful countries.

Please join us in prayer and help spread the word.

God bless South Africa and Venezuela and us all!

 

Posted in LENT

ASH WEDNESDAY (March 1, 2017. Fasting and Abstinence*). WHY THE IMPOSITION OF ASHES? WHAT IS LENT?

Catholics Striving for Holiness

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ASH WEDNESDAY
(March 1, 2017. Fasting and Abstinence*).
 

WHY THE IMPOSITION OF ASHES? WHAT IS LENT? 

OUTLINE

  1. WHAT IS LENT?
  2. THE IMPOSITION OF ASHES: SYMBOL OF PENANCE
  3. WHAT ARE THE MEANS TO HAVE A FRUITFUL LENTEN JOURNEY?
  4. IMPORTANT FACTS: WHAT IS CONSIDERED FASTING? WHO HAS THE DISPENSATION FROM FASTING AND ABSTINENCE

 

“Return to me with your whole heart, with fasting, and weeping, and mourning; rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the Lord, your God. For gracious and merciful is he, slow to anger, rich in kindness, and relenting in punishment (Joel 2:12).”

These are the words we read in the liturgical rite of the imposition of ashes during this day which marks the beginning of the Lent.

1. WHAT IS LENT?

“Lent” (from Latin word “Quadragesima” meaning 40th) denotes the 40 weekdays of spiritual preparation for Our Lord’s Paschal Mystery (Passion, Death and Resurrection) which…

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Posted in Purgatory

HOW TO AVOID PURGATORY By Fr. Paul O’Sullivan O.P.

HOW TO AVOID PURGATORY By Fr. Paul O’Sullivan O.P.

For those who have not read this little book and to refresh myself, I will be posting the entire book in daily doses.  (To read later find in the Purgatory Category).

Chapter 12

THOSE WHO EARNESTLY HELP THE HOLY SOULS MAY WELL HOPE TO AVOID PURGATORY

The Holy Souls whom we relieve or release by our Masses and good works pray
for us with such indescribable fervour that God cannot refuse to hear their
prayers.   One of the principal graces they ask for their friends is that
these shall have little or no Purgatory.   No one knows better than they the
awful intensity of the Purgatorial flames; no one, therefore, can pray for
us as they do.   Let us remember that:

a) God thanks as done to Himself what we do to others.   When we relieve or
release any of the Holy Souls, we relieve or release, as it were, God
Himself.   How ready, therefore, will He not be to hear the prayers offered
by these souls for us.

b) Our Blessed Lord lays down clearly the great law: “By that measure by
which you measure, it will be measured to you again” In proportion,
consequently, to our generosity towards the Holy Souls will God’s mercy and
generosity be towards us.   Those who work heart and soul for the relief of
the Holy Souls may thus well hope that their Purgatory will be entirely
remitted, or notably lessened.   On the other hand, those who neglect the
Holy Souls may justly fear a severe judgment and a long Purgatory.

RESOLUTION

Let everyone without fail join the Association of the Holy Souls.   All the
members of the family should do so.   The conditions are very easy.   If the
Association is not established in your Parish, write to: Association of the
Holy Souls, Dominican Nuns of the Perpetual Rosary, Pius XII Monastery, Rua
do Rosario 1, 2495 Fatima, Portugal, which is one of the centres of the
devotion.

St. James the Apostle gives another very effectual method of avoiding or
lessening our stay in Purgatory. He says: “He who saves a soul, saves his
own, and satisfies for a multitude of sins”

If someone were fortunate enough to save the life of a King’s only son, the
heir to his throne, from a horrible death, what reward might he not expect
to receive from the grateful monarch?   No King, however, could be as
grateful to and anxious to reward the person who saved his son as God is
grateful and ready to reward the person who saves one soul from Hell.

All of us may, in a thousand different ways, save not one but many souls
from Hell. For instance :

1. We can do so by praying earnestly for them.   How often does not a mother
save her son’s soul by her fervent prayers.   We can save souls by giving
good advice and also by our good example.   How many boys owe their sterling
qualities to the wise counsels of a good Father or friend!

2. Another efficacious method of saving souls is by propagating the Faith,
viz., Catholic Action.

The incredible ignorance, apathy and indifference of Catholics is the evil
of the day!

It is the bounden duty of Catholics to spread about thousands and thousands
of pamphlets of all kinds, full of life, vigour and burning interest,
crisp, incisive, clear and strong.   Otherwise, these are useless.

Each pamphlet or leaflet must carry a message straight to the heart of the
reader, rousing him, convincing him, galvanising him into action.

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Posted in DOCTORS of the Church, LENT, Morning Prayers, Uncategorized

Thought for the Day – 1 March 2017- Ash Wednesday

“And so we begin a new spiritual journey today – a journey of preparation to rise with the Risen Lord on the day of Easter.   As part of our preparation, the Gospel sets before us reflections on three cardinal works necessary for our spiritual life: prayer, fasting and almsgiving.   These three works deal with three important areas of our life.   Prayer is our relationship with God;  fasting aims at our personal growth and almsgiving reveals our relationship with our neighbour and our responsibilities toward them.

During the Eucharistic celebration today we will be marked with ashes.   By imposing ashes on our foreheads, we are reminded to repent of our sins, to believe in the Gospel and to aim at what is permanent – life with the Risen Lord.” Fr Devasia Joseph SSP

“What the Christian should be doing at all times
should be done now (during Lent) with greater care and devotion,
so that the Lenten fast enjoined by the apostles
may be fulfilled, not simply by abstinence from food
but above all by the renunciation of sin.” – St Pope Leo the Great

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Posted in LENT, Morning Prayers, Quotes of the Saints

Quote of the Day – 1 March

Quote of the Day – 1 March

“There is still time for endurance, for patience, time for healing, time for change.   Have you slipped?   Rise up.   Have you sinned?   Cease.   Do not stand among sinners but leap aside.   For when you turn away and weep, then you will be saved.”

St Basil the Great

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Posted in LENT, Morning Prayers, Quotes of the Saints, The Word

One Minute Reflection – 1 March

One Minute Reflection – 1 March

“Whoever is not with me is against me and whoever does not gather with me
scatters”………Luke 11:23

REFLECTION – “The devil desires to keep souls prisones but the Lord desires to set them free.   The devil incites us to evil but the Saviour invites us to practise good.   What accord is there between works that are so contrary?”…………..St Jerome

PRAYER – My Lord and my Saviour let me never give up the freedom from sin which You won for me. Help me to cling to You and shun all contact with evil. Help me Lord to renew my zeal and ambition to attain holiness in my Lenten journey. May my daily striving be because I love You, Lord Jesus, my love above all things! Amen

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Posted in LENT, Morning Prayers, Prayers of the Saints

Our Morning Offering – 1 March

Our Morning Offering – 1 March

St Augustine’s Penitential Prayer

O Lord,
The house of my soul is narrow;
enlarge it that You may enter in.
It is ruinous, O repair it!
It displeases Your sight.
I confess it, I know.
But who shall cleanse it,
to whom shall I cry but to you?
Cleanse me from my secret faults, O Lord,
and spare Your servant from strange sins.

St. Augustine of Hippo (AD 354-430)

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