Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Ash Wednesday Feb. 14th, 2018

For years our culture has been plagued by all sorts of addictions that enslave those who are addicted and those who love them. At this point in our history it would surprise me very much if anyone can say they are not affected by drugs, alcohol, anorexia, gambling or any one of the hundreds of life threatening addictions that plague our times our families or our loved ones. I thought the Lent of 2018 would be a good time to invoke Venerable Matt Talbot to give aid to all of our souls as we attempt to make crooked lines straight and bring some of this madness to an end. I have posted many times the words Jesus spoke to me about the legalization of Marijuana. In desperation he cried out to me, "They are legalizing the death of my children." And we are loosing thousands of children and adults. Marijuana is a gateway drug being legalized for money, money money.

Back in Matt Talbot's time as a raging alcoholic in Ireland the only antidote to the addiction problem was to kneel before the tabernacle in the Catholic Church and pledge to Jesus that you would never take a drink again. Given the numbers of people in need of saving this could be the only way to get the ball rolling. We must all get on our knees and beg for our selves, our loved ones , our neighbors and our friends.

So we put before Matt Talbot and God through the Catholic Church, (because Matt lived the Sacramental life and went to Mass daily, three times on Sunday.) this urgent need to save lives and souls. You can click on the bar above for more info on Matt Talbot. I expect the prayer to be included at the end of our daily prayers.

May this be a Hope filled Lent for all !!!

Margaret of Souls for Jesus

Novena Prayer

God of mercy, we bless You in the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ, who ministered to all who come to Him. Give Your strength to N., Your servant, bound by the chains of addiction. Enfold him/her in Your love and restore him/her to the freedom of God's children. Lord, look with compassion on all those who have lost their health and freedom. Restore to them the assurance of Your unfailing mercy, and strengthen them in the work of recovery. To those who care for them, grant patient understanding and a love that perseveres. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Official Prayer for the Canonization of Blessed Matt Talbot

"Lord, in your servant, Matt Talbot you have given us a wonderful example of triumph over addiction, of devotion to duty, and of lifelong reverence of the Holy Sacrament. May his life of prayer and penance give us courage to take up our crosses and follow in the footsteps of Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Father, if it be your will that your beloved servant should be glorified by your Church, make known by your heavenly favours the power he enjoys in your sight. We ask this through the same Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen."

Sunday, February 11, 2018

February 10th 2018 FAITH HOPE LOVE

My sister and her husband visited Montana a few years ago and brought back a book about, " Our Lady of the Rockies. " The story is true, I just came across this video on another blog and wanted to share it.

I hope you enjoy it.

Margaret of souls for Jesus


On The Mountain from Shawn Newton on Vimeo.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Feb. 2nd 2018, Feast of the Presentation

World Youth Day 2016, Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati and life in the present day.

I attended W Y D 2016 with my youngest son. There was so much to take in and so much to keep up with as a 65 year old mother trying to keep sight of the youth. It is embarrassing to admit that the importance of this young man, Blessed Pier Giorgio kind of escaped me. I knew who he was and went to Mass in the Cathedral were his banner was flying but I did not venerate his incorrupt body. As I read about him now I believe he was there in person so to speak. W Y D had a major effect on myself and my son, to this day things happen that put me in awe of the opportunity we had and how it unfolds in our lives, even as time goes on.

Last week I found a number of prayer cards with the picture and the story of the priest from France who was beheaded when we were in Poland. Rev. Jacques Hamel. The Pilgrims were not told about the murder but I looked up that morning as over a million of us were heading into the Museum of Pope John Paul II. There were military helicopters circling us. As a parent, I knew something wasn't right so I called my husband knowing it was 4 am in New Hampshire. I thought maybe I would never hear his voice again. I can still hear the gentle tone of his voice. These prayer cards are another of the wonderful surprises I have found in our new church home of the Sacred Heart of Jesus South Port, North Carolina.

Another very beautiful surprise happened yesterday while talking to a parishioner about
the Secular Carmelites.  She pulls out a prayer card for Blessed Giorgio and asked me to pray to him for her son Blaze who has cancer. He has a miracle of healing a young man named Kevin of a head injury that was to claim his life but didn't. Of course I said yes and took a few cards. I thought about my son Justin who is living in North Carolina with us now. He just came a few days ago. He is a bit lost as to were to begin his life again and like most 23 year old doesn't want to be listening to Ma!!!! I showed him the picture of Giorgio and he remembered him. He said he didn't want to talk about a guy who died so young. Strange comment but there is that, "generation gap." I prayed the prayer and kept the card with me. In short order I found that my sons attitude made a 180 change. He was nice and normal as he should be, rather than dismal and angry. I layed the card on my night stand and began to pray my way to sleep when I felt and heard the name Pier Giorgio. It was sweet, soft and beautiful. So I share this with anyone who is looking to sweeten the soul of a young man or in fact as we are really trying to do, save the lives of our youth and bring them into the will of God.

It is so amazing to me the impact these young Saints have on our world, St. Elizabeth of the Trinity, St. Therese and now young Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati. I will pray for miracles for our youth and look forward to the Beautification of this young man, I hope you will join me.

Most Sincerely,
Margaret of Souls for Jesus

P.S.
His mother was born on my birthday, so perhaps she will help us as well.
For more info: WIKI

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Love & Fear

I just watched the Mass on EWTN. One of the most important and fruit filled homilies I have ever heard. Well worth listening to over and over.

Margaret of Souls for Jesus

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Medjugorje Message for the World January 25, 2018

“Dear children! May this time be for you a time of prayer, so that the Holy Spirit, through prayer, may descend upon you and give you conversion.
Open your hearts and read the Sacred Scripture, that through the testimonies you also may be closer to God.
Above everything, little children, seek God and the things of God and leave earthly ones to the earth, because Satan is attracting you to the dust and sin.
You are called to holiness and created for Heaven; therefore, seek Heaven and the things of Heaven. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Encouragement from Helene

Wisdom for spiritual practicality from the writings of
St. Francis de Sales to the laity...


St. Francis, pray for us!
"Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset. If you find that you have wandered away from the shelter of God, lead your heart to Him quietly and simply."

"There is nothing small in the service of God."

"While I am busy with little things, I am not required to do greater things."

"Reputation is rarely proportioned to virtue."

"Half an hour's meditation each day is essential, except when you are busy, then a full hour is needed."

"Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and try to be that perfectly."

"When you encounter difficulties and contradictions, do not try to break them, but bend them with gentleness and time."

God bless you,
Helene đź’ž

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Let Your Heart Beat

"Let your heart beat" by Maggie Eisenbarth (CatholicMom.com)
"Let your heart beat" by Maggie Eisenbarth (CatholicMom.com)
Photo by Cathal Mac an Bheatha on Unsplash (2017), CC0 Public Domain
Photo by Cathal Mac an Bheatha on Unsplash (2017), CC0 Public Domain

I believe we are all called to the small duties within our vocation but we are all called to greatness within them. Listen to God’s inspiration, right where you are. There is a seed planted in your heart that longs to take root. There is a longing there, your heart beats for you and as a gift for others. I have seen the heart of a saint: it lives. My heart pounded in its presence.

Mesmerized by Saint AndrĂ© Bessette’s heart I learned a forever lesson; one I have always been inclined to believe, yet doubted, the greatness of smallness. How can I have great faith in God moving mountains and yet lack the faith to build something from nothing?

I wondered these things as I returned home from Vermont, where I had retreated for months, putting our family’s life into perspective from afar, (our responsibilities, finances, health and faith) in addition to spending a few days researching purchasing a Vermont fishing lodge. Maybe the answer to relieving my husband of some of his hard work was a new business. Yet that heart in Montreal begged me to answer. How could I have faith that God would sell our house in Montana to buy a business on an island, yet lacked the same trust that God would finish what he started, what he planted in my heart so many years ago in Montana?

After being diagnosed with epilepsy it seemed that so much of what my husband and I had been working towards ( land, simplicity, farming, and a retreat for others) became a thorn rather than a bud waiting to blossom. If you already read A Small Offering and 18 Years to the Farm, you know how we did give it to God and how I did wrap my brain around a little neuro-malfunction and took a deep breath in Vermont, where I rested under my mother’s quilts, safe, nestled (with 6 of my little ones) for two months. Sounds kinda dreamy? Yes and no.

Our lives are part of a bigger story, one waiting for an ending. Let me remind you, life is a journey, a path toward heaven, the way of the cross, a long and rugged road to sainthood. As grateful as I am to have had the time to reflect in Vermont, I must not romanticize the reality of motherhood: the chores never cease, the evening wails never mellow, the daily struggles remain. On this road there are moments of gold and many more potholes than one wants to dwell on. But you know this; you too live in this world and you too are called to be a saint, in your little ways and in your capacity for greatness.

My heart is always torn when I go home. I stand on the shore of shale, the waves lap towards me, rolling in memories. My heart longs to breath new life into this little place, Alburgh Springs, into the sad little church where I was baptized and first received Jesus; it sits as it was 30 years ago, and the collection brings in $148. I want to inspire the town, to rouse them, to paint it in hope.

I daydreamed while I was in Vermont (always do) what it would be like to live near my parents, my best friend and of another means of employment for my husband. What if his hands didn’t have to be caked with callouses and his hours endlessly long, building on a dream — would it really ever happen? Maybe we should just sell it all, the real estate is hot in the Flathead Valley, maybe we could build something new? I know not to answer these questions with a simple pros and cons list; they must be sent to heaven.

So I took a trip to Saint Joseph’s Oratory in Montreal, not only to show my boys what man can create for the glory of God, but also to pray. To pray from from the wells of my longing to do God’s will, to pray to the Saint who has always heard us. I have prayed to St. Joseph to guide my husband at work. He has always helped us with our homes and property sales; he has always been a steadfast comfort and presence. I visited Saint Joseph’s many times as a child and never understood the connection between St. Joseph and Brother AndrĂ©. I never understood that the massive shrine exists because of him: a fatherless, motherless, and rejected man.

I read Brother AndrĂ© the Saint of Saint Joseph’s Oratory to the boys as we drove to Montreal. He was a small man, puny they say, an orphan without enough stamina or endurance to be accepted into the religious life. Eventually, he became Brother AndrĂ©, porter for the College of Notre-Dame-du-SacrĂ©-Coeur in CĂ´te-des-Neiges. There he stared daily at what was right in front of him, Mount Royal. There he dreamed and was inspired to build a a cathedral in honor of his heavenly father, Saint Joseph.  Saint Joseph’s now proudly stands taller than St. Patrick’s and Notre Dame in Paris at three hundred and sixty-one feet.

I took all my prayers with me that day. I prayed for healing (Brother AndrĂ© performed miraculous healings). I prayed for my husband and his work to St Joseph the Worker. I prayed for my friends’ business to sell. I prayed for God to take away the wrong desires and strongly plant his will, his desires, in my heart.

I didn’t know that the heart of a saint, of Brother AndrĂ© was at Saint Joseph’s, preserved, his love so great it could not decay. I sat in awe, in front of it, entombed love. I wrote:

My heart beats in rhythm to the words, “poor and humble servant.” You were inspired by higher ground believed the impossible was possible. Your heart, full of love and charity preserved for us all to see it. Simple, prayerful, joyful, little, weak, humble … the way of the cross inspired you, your great vision became reality. Here I sit, where I needed to. Thank you.

I prayed if God did not want me in Vermont to take the desire from me and firmly place it where it belonged. He heard every whisper and plea. God took away the desire to sell it all and move and replaced it with a greater desire to finish what we started. To live where my children can freely romp, forage, run, hoot, and holler. To build and to serve the needs of others on our land, to offer a retreat for families. My heart was reinvigorated to keep focused. Yes, Cory and I would have to forge on, work instead of vacation, but the way of the cross reminds us that the future and what we are working towards is glorious. C.S. Lewis wrote, “Aim at Heaven and you will get earth ‘thrown in’: aim at earth and you with get neither.” We have to hold true to what we know, that the saints know God because they work for him and do not stray from the target.

Joan of Arc said, “Act and God will act.” So today, I write this as a first act to remind myself that our land is a refuge for others, a home to the spiritually lonely and undernourished. I am reminding myself and therefore inspiring you as well, that you must act on your deepest desires even when they seem impossible, because our faith tells us nothing is impossible with God. Brother AndrĂ©’s work was hard and he was belittled yet he focused on a mountain and built the impossible. I share so we both can remember that what is in front of us is where we start.

“The duty of the moment is what you should be doing at any given time, in whatever place God has put you. You may not have Christ in a homeless person at your door, but you may have a little child. If you have a child, your duty of the moment may be to change a dirty diaper. So you do it. But you don’t just change that diaper, you change it to the best of your ability, with great love for both God and that child. … Doing the duty of the moment means focusing our whole person — heart, soul, body, emotions, intellect, memory, imagination — on the job at hand. And it must be done, because the duty of the moment is the duty of God.” –Catherine Doherty

Friday, January 19, 2018

Important Chaplets to Incorporate into Daily Prayer

Margaret has asked me to introduce myself by posting a few videos I made of chaplets that I feel are extremely important to pray in today's world. My name is Mary and I help Margaret with the mechanics of this blog.

 I haven't made any videos in nearly 10 years, and have been home bound for double that. In an attempt to stay productive, I also make Rosaries, Chaplets and jewelry. I refer to BattleBeads as my hobby that sometimes sells. My main focus now, while living "Mary's Myriad of Medical Maladies", is prayer.
The world has gone beyond madness ... beyond what I could have ever imagined even just 20 years ago. We are certainly living during the time when good is called evil, and evil is called good. In the sixties and seventies and eighties I couldn't even imagine what this would be like. I would think to myself if you know something is good how can you call it evil and if you know something's bad how can you ever call it good? And here we are living it; God help us!

At any rate, this is why I believe that these Chaplets are just so important today. The USA Chaplet came to me piece by piece in 2009, after a bout with cancer. It received the Nihl Obstat the next year. If you would like to know more about me or connect with me on social media I will leave some links on the bottom. The last thing I would like to say, and impress very strongly, is we must have at least a daily prayer schedule. I like to keep my afternoon prayer time around the 3 hour of Mercy. At that time, I also beg the Lord to empty purgatory into heaven. Jesus told St. Faustina that whatever is asked during the special hour of Divine Mercy at 3 p.m. Will be granted if not against the Divine Will.

 Here's the prayer that I say for this purpose: "Eternal Father please take all the pain and suffering of the holy souls in purgatory & unite it to the perfect and holy passion of Jesus, His true Presence in the Eucharist, and the benefits and Graces of all the Masses said this day, and please empty purgatory into heaven daily during this special hour of Divine Mercy."

Well, here are the videos, if you like them, please leave a LIKE or comment on youtube .... please keep me in your kind prayers as I will all who read this. Blessings!




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Monday, January 8, 2018

Dr. Marc Siegel: Smoking pot routinely may seem harmless but don’t be fooled (even if it’s legal)

Fox News Medical A-Team member breaks down the stats after California legalizes recreational marijuana.VideoDr. Siegel on the health risks of more people smoking pot
Fox News Medical A-Team member breaks down the stats after California legalizes recreational marijuana.


Attorney General Jeff Sessions ended an Obama-era policy Thursday that discouraged federal prosecutions of marijuana use and sales in states where it has been legalized. Sessions is instead leaving it up to U.S. attorneys to decide to what extent they will enforce federal anti-marijuana laws.

As a physician, I am caught between wanting marijuana users and addicts to be treated as patients – and not criminals – while at the same time being very aware that regular marijuana use carries significant health risks. I believe we should treat habitual users and warn them of the associated risks – not punish them.

My job is to let you know that there is no free lunch medically with marijuana or any drug. Even if a state or a society decides that it is wise economically and politically to make marijuana legal, at the same time we must be prepared for the health consequences even more than the legal ones.

For reasons I elaborate on below, it’s clear to me that there is enough scientific evidence out there for me to discourage regular marijuana use for most people.

The new action by Sessions comes on the heels of California becoming the seventh and largest state (plus the District of Columbia) on Monday to legalize recreational marijuana. About 90 businesses received state licenses to begin legal marijuana sales in California at the start of 2018 and sales are booming. In addition, 29 states allow the sale and use of medical marijuana.

My job is to let you know that there is no free lunch medically with marijuana or any drug. Even if a state or a society decides that it is wise economically and politically to make marijuana legal, at the same time we must be prepared for the health consequences even more than the legal ones.

I am concerned that California will follow the precedent established by Colorado, which has seen an increase in both usage and overlooked side effects since marijuana legalization in 2014.

Legal marijuana (both medical and recreational) is turning into a multibillion-dollar industry. Sales were expected to hit $10 billion nationwide in 2017 and grow with the legalization of marijuana in California at the start of this year.

In a report issued before Sessions’ announcement of a change in federal policy – the effect of which is not yet determined – BDS Analytics forecast that marijuana sales in California alone could total $3.7 billion this year and $5.1 billion next year.

In addition, states stand to collect billions of dollars in tax revenue from legalized marijuana sales, and much governmental money will be saved by not prosecuting sales and use of the drug. Colorado has already collected over $500 million from taxing legal marijuana.

But what about the associated medical risks from increasing usage? This is a critical question we must not ignore.

My first concern is traffic accidents, since marijuana is known to impair judgement. Statistics from Colorado since recreational marijuana was legalized show a doubling of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – the substance in marijuana that gets users high – in the blood of those involved in fatal car accidents.

This is concerning. And though alcohol impairs a driver much more, THC stays in the bloodstream longer.  If the two are combined, as they sometimes are, the risk is magnified.

A recent study from the Columbia University School of Public Health found that while alcohol increased the risk of causing a fatal car crash five times, testing positive for pot increased it by 62 percent. Those drivers who had both pot and alcohol in their blood at the time of a fatal crash were six times more likely to have caused the accident.

Another area of concern is pregnancy. Many pregnant women suffer from morning sickness. But the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommends against using marijuana while pregnant – no matter what.

And the Centers for Disease Control warns that “marijuana use during pregnancy can be harmful to your baby’s health.” Why? The CDC points to research showing low birth weight in infants, along with developmental and attention problems in children born to mothers who smoke pot regularly during pregnancy.

Unfortunately, pot smoking among pregnant women is on the rise and it is bound to rise even more. A study just released from Kaiser Permanente in California and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association revealed that 7 percent of pregnant women surveyed smoked pot, including almost 20 percent of those below the age of 24. The number of pregnant women using marijuana will only increase now that recreational marijuana is legal in California.

When it comes to adolescents and adults, long-term marijuana use has been associated with decreased school and job performance, memory loss, and psychiatric disorders including anxiety and depression.

With the increase in edible marijuana comes a dramatic increase in Emergency Room visits from overuse, especially among adolescents, who may be getting more THC than they realize. Symptoms include acute anxiety, rapid heart rate and paranoia.

When it comes to the heart, studies show that patients with known heart disease are more likely to have chest pain and that heart attacks are more likely to occur in the hour following smoking pot. Pot smoke is also known to cause wheezing and airway inflammation, though more studies on the long-term effects of regular marijuana smoking on both the heart and lungs need to be done. 

Don’t get me wrong. I must emphasize that I am not intending to weigh in here on the politics and economics of legalization. In fact, I have never favored punishing users of any chemical substance and advocate instead for rehab programs and peer-to-peer assistance for substance abuse of all kinds.

But it’s important to note that there is evidence that marijuana is a gateway drug to other drugs, both licit and illicit, including nicotine. This evidence must concern us even as we try to gain control over the opioid epidemic.

Here’s the bottom line: Marijuana is a useful drug medically when it comes to treating chronic pain, as well as the debilitating pain of cancer and the nausea of cancer treatments. But it should not be used to treat morning sickness, and recreational use of any kind should include consideration of potential side effects.

Truth

"He was still speaking when, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.”
~Matthew 17:5

January 5, 2017

Isaiah 55: 8-9 "For your thoughts are not my thoughts nor are your ways my ways. As high as the heavens are above the earth, so high are my ways above your ways and my thoughts above your thoughts."

I awoke this morning pondering why it is that truth is so difficult for man to understand and implement. Before I put my feet on the floor the above scripture came to mind. Yes!!! that is it, we try so hard to fit our very tiny lives and thoughts into the mind of God. "Nothing is new under the sun." Or, "I am the Alpha and Omega." God said to Moses, "I am who am." God is absolutely sure of himself, for us God is a mystery. We must pay close attention to the way he works in the world and in our lives in order to know the truth.

Humanity continually goes astray from the word of God but our going astray does not change God or his words given to us by the Holy Spirit in the Bible. Every century, every decade and every minute of the day we try to change it up in order to justify our infidelity to Jesus but God never changes. Right now we are at war with ourselves. For money, power, sexual pleasure. We are killing each other off in the name of who???

January 8, 2017 "The Baptism if Our Lord Jesus Christ.

I did not post this on the 5th of January, I just wasn't ready. I am a contemplative, for many years I have been asking questions of God and for many years I have been answered. I believe that God initiates both the questions and the answers. All my questions are not answered just the ones God is ready to answer. Sometimes he simply states facts that I am not expecting.

One of the issues has to do with abortion, I was at Mass and the priest was preaching on abortion, this was told to me, "Tell the priest that as long as Planned Parenthood and the federal government are teaching sex education in the schools the abortion problem will not change." Makes perfect sense, we have been marching and praying and advising against abortion for over forty years, we have put out film after film about the way a child is treated in the womb of its mother. Horrifying to the eye and ear of the congress and the world yet the USA isn't getting anywhere with this very serious problem. We continue to herd our children into the slaughter house that is perverted sex education.

Another issue is adoption, many times Jesus has spoken to me about the harm caused to both Mother and child. He says it is cruelty to all involved. We define orphan as, " one who has been left due to the death of both parents," yet we have found it to be a dirty bandage solution for unwanted pregnancy.
The most recent conversation I have had with Jesus as I ask him often about adoption is, " We are all adopted sons and daughters of God," "We are called to love one and other as he loved us, and adoption as we see it in today's world is nothing but paperwork and money for other people."

Another very serious situation is the legalization of Marijuana. Out of no were one evening Jesus came to me in a furry and said, "They are legalizing the death of my children." Hundreds of thousands if not millions of people know this is true yet we can't seem to stop the train. There was an article on the news this morning called, "Pot is dangerous not funny." Had I not picked up my husband's phone and red it I would not be able to read it. The article will not open on my phone or my tablet and I put it on Facebook and can't find it. Is big brother watching me?? Probably. It is the same old facts from a doctor who says the same thing the doctors all over the country are saying. Not good!! Maybe I can get it on the blog.

Why does God bring us back to the simple answers found in his word, the bible?? Because society comes up with new and different ways of annihilating themselves and God has to stop the engines and turn us around. He doesn't need a new book, he doesn't need new answers but he does need to purify the human race or we will put our own lights out.

Women and Motherhood are the key to keeping the world connected to God. Women used to pray and beg for the lives of their children but we have been taught differently in this century. The pendulum is swinging back a little but only when millions of Mothers and Fathers get on their knees and beg God to open the eyes of those who still are buying the lies of this general society will our children be safe.

Please Jesus, open the eyes of our minds, our hearts and our souls to the sacredness of our bodies and the truth you have so clearly taught us for thousands of years. Amen

Most sincerely,
Margaret of Souls for Jesus