Friday, June 26, 2015

"My people no longer know the difference between the truth and a lie".

"The Supreme Court Ruling today June 26, 2015, has degraded the Institution of Marriage".  As we continue to legislate the death of our children, our family and our society, Cardinal Sean O'Malley has this to say;

As a citizen of the United States and a Catholic bishop, I am saddened by the Supreme Court decision on same sex marriage.

The institution of marriage understood in its human, moral and legal dimensions is a fundamental building block of any society. The protection of marriage and families is a shared responsibility for all of us.

In a pluralistic society we inevitability face disagreements about important political and legal questions. But our division over this question in its moral, political and legal significance is particularly painful.

Certainly every citizen of this land, regardless of their sexual orientation, deserves to be respected in their personal and civic life. But enshrining same sex marriage in our constitutional system of governance has dangers that may become fully evident only over time.

I can only express my disappointment with the decision and invite members of my own religious community to remember and reaffirm the fundamental truths of our faith about marriage. At the same time, faced with a decision that embodies a quite different understanding of the meaning of marriage than held by the Church, we should as citizens and Catholics both protect our own deeply held values and participate with civility and charity in the continuing national discussion about this decision.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

"And Mary kept all of these things, reflecting on them in her heart."  Luke 2:19

                                  Mercy and Punishment

I have pondered these words and have tried to understand if God really does punish us.  I heard Jesus speak these words, "we have distorted the meaning of Mercy", several months ago. I have passed these words on to others and pondered them myself for several months.  I have a book of readings from Divine Mercy that I read almost daily.  The answer is clear in St. Faustina's Diary.

I was introduced to St. Faustina and the message of Divine Mercy twenty-five years ago. My favorite line was and still is, "The greatest sinner deserves my mercy the most".  For all mankind that promise from Jesus should open the door of the soul and bring about the greatest sigh of relief as well as a purging of sin.  Unfortunately some people believe that there is no need to confess and do penance for our sins, as Jesus says over and over again in his words to St. Faustina, "Trust in my Mercy".  There is however a follow up.  On June 11 in the book I am following by Fr. George W. Kossicki, C. S. B., this is what I read.

"O my God, even in the punishments You send down upon the earth I see the abyss of Your mercy, for by punishing us here on earth You free us from eternal punishment.  Rejoice, all you creatures, for you are closer to God in his infinite mercy than a baby in a mother's heart.  Oh God You are compassion itself, for the greatest sinners, WHO SINCERELY REPENT. (Key to the understanding of Divine Mercy).  The greater the sinner, the greater his right to God's mercy. (423) This also answers the question, does God really send punishment on us?  Yes he does and for good reason. 

We have been given a great and royal priesthood, amazing men have given there lives over to God for our sake, for the sake of our souls and the purpose of purifying us through the sacraments in order that we may have eternal life with Jesus in heaven.  Pray hard for them, they are more necessary to your soul than food and shelter. 

Not long ago I said to Jesus, "My life is such a mess I must need some very well qualified psychiatrist or doctor.  His words to me, "Under every white collar I am the healer".  And so it is true, a courageous priest and a determined person can accomplish the healing necessary for anyone.  

May Gods will be done in all of our lives, Margaret of Souls for Jesus.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Solemnity of the Sacred Heart

As I contemplate the coming Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus I look at this statue that has been in my family since the late 1800' s. I don't know the exact history of how or who brought it into the family but when you entered the dinning room of Uncle David and Aunt Gin there he stood. There were 4 children on my father's side of the family. One boy and 3 girls. Bud, my father, passed away in 1975. His sister Virginia four years ago in her early 90's and now sister, Kathleen will be laid to rest on June 11, 2015. The day before the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart. 

I correlate all of this with the article on marriage and Pope Francis as I ponder what my ancestors are thinking when in the year 2015 we are defending the rights of children to male and female parents. Who purchased this statue? Why was it kept in the family for so many years? It symbolizes faith, mercy, morality, Catholic Christian values. I consider it a great gift as it was passed on to me by Aunt Virginia and her son Peter. I have dozens of cousins.  How many of us darken the doors of the Catholic Church?  My family is the new normal.  One or two church goers, everyone else no longer interested.  What are we trading in our eternal lives for?  What is more freeing than love for God, neighbor and family.  

I imagine my two Aunts, Kathleen with 9 children and Gin with 7 saying, thanks Marg for appreciating who we are and how we lived our lives. Faith and courage are synonymous. How does one have courage without faith?  The women of the past had faith enough to bring forth life. 

A Mother and a Father

Pope Francis:

“Children have a ‘Right’ to a Mother and Father”

                                                                                                                                                                    Photo credit: REUTERS

Pope Francis continues to elicit much strong reaction among orthodox Catholics and liberal Catholics, Protestants and Jews, agnostics and atheists, progressives and conservatives, collectivists and free marketers, tree huggers and polluters, cats and dogs, fish and birds, and everything in between. But one thing is increasingly certain: When it comes to the Church’s position on marriage, Francis has been solid. Sure, many on our side wished he had waded into Ireland’s referendum, using his immense popularity there to perhaps try to sway the gay-marriage vote, but, for whatever reason (wise or ill-advised), he did not.

And just when the world needs an encyclical on, say, natural-traditional-biblical marriage, we’re instead getting one on climate change. And yet, rest assured, the encyclical will be immediately followed by an international meeting on the family in Philadelphia, where this pontiff will surely affirm the Catholic position on male-female marriage—as he has done. So, for those who want papal fireworks on same-sex “marriage,” those sparks are probably—and inevitably—coming.
Pope Francis has been quite good on marriage while also being quite compassionate toward homosexuals. His reaching out to gay people has not deterred him from being passionately dedicated to his Church’s sacred teachings. In my view, looking objectively at the totality of his statements, faithful Catholics need not worry about Francis on this major matter of the moment—on male-female, traditional, natural, biblical marriage and family. And that includes one particular element of the same-sex “marriage” issue that hasn’t received adequate attention: Francis’s statements on every child’s “right” to a mother and a father.
Let us please pause and consider this very important point. It has not received the audience it merits.
Recall the Vatican’s three-day international, interfaith colloquium on “The Complementarity of Man and Woman” held last fall. In his opening remarks on November 17, Francis made a number of wonderful observations, including this one: “It is necessary to insist on the fundamental pillars that govern a nation: its intangible assets. The family is the foundation of co-existence and a guarantee against social fragmentation. Children have a right to grow up in a family with a father and a mother capable of creating a suitable environment for the child’s growth and emotional development.”
Note that crucial assertion from Pope Francis: Children have a “right” to grow up with a mother and a father in their family.
The Holy Father continued: “This is why, in the Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, I stressed the ‘indispensable’ contribution of marriage to society, a contribution which ‘transcends the feelings and momentary needs of the couple.’ And this is why I am grateful to you for the emphasis that your colloquium has placed on the benefits that marriage can provide children, the spouses themselves, and society.”
Marriage between a man and a woman benefits children which, in turn, benefits society. And again: Children have a right to grow up in a family that has a father and a mother.
This is a critical affirmation of marriage and family in the face of relentless gay-marriage advocates who seek to redefine both, and it has gone surprisingly unnoticed and unused by those fighting the culture’s rapid repudiation of the traditional-sacred understanding of these ancient institutions. And it isn’t the first time that Jorge Mario Bergoglio said such a thing. When he was a cardinal in Argentina, he made an even more emphatic statement, declaring same-sex “marriage” a diabolical effort of “the Father of Lies” to “destroy God’s plan … and deceive the children of God.” He said that this completely new form of marital arrangement targets “the lives of many children who will be discriminated against in advance, and deprived of their human development given by a father and a mother and willed by God. At stake is the total rejection of God’s law engraved in our hearts.”
What prompted these words was a 2010 bill in Argentina that proposed giving same-sex couples the opportunity to marry and adopt children. Cardinal Bergoglio saw this as outrageous. The future pope who liberals today fancy as their first Gay Marriage Pope viewed such a configuration as nothing less than Satan at work. In particular, it would “discriminate” against children in advance.
Fast forward to his papacy, to Pope Francis’ insistence that children have a “right” to grow up with a mother and a father. Of course, not all children will get that ideal. We know that. But when they don’t, it hasn’t been because society, culture, and the state are creating a new form of “marriage” that is motherless or fatherless. No, when they’ve grown up without a mother or father it has been historically the result of misfortune, tragedy, or an undesired or undesirable outcome: the premature death of a parent, divorce, an out-of-wedlock birth. Of course, the single parent who survives those circumstances to raise a child without, say, a father, often does so heroically, and should be commended. That’s not at issue. The point is that a fatherless or motherless home has never been what the society, the culture, and the state has strived for, has set out to do as a matter of deliberate policy. That is now changing with this fanatical, no-second-thoughts push for gay “marriage,” which looks to create an entirely new form of marriage and family that is either motherless or fatherless, and that specifically deprives the child of a home with a mother or a father. It indeed, as Bergoglio said, deliberately discriminates against the child in advance.
But what’s especially brilliant about all of this is how Pope Francis is framing this issue as a matter of rights. The secular left is militant about magically conjuring up new forms of “rights” whenever it pushes a new agenda item: “abortion rights,” “marriage rights,” the “right” to taxpayer-funded contraception and abortifacients, and on and on. Progressives are ruthlessly masterful in co-opting the language of “rights.” When they have a new rostrum to peddle their secular wares or fundamentally change this or that, they effortlessly slide it under their ever-widening umbrella (or penumbra) of new “rights.”
Well, Pope Francis has turned it right back at them: he is arguing that children have “rights.” To be sure, he’s not the first to argue for children’s rights. No less than Hillary Rodham Clinton has done that for decades, beginning back in her days as a “children’s rights” advocate. But what Francis is doing is far more basic and level-headed and innately understandable and preferable to anything that the likes of Mrs. Clinton ever did with their radical claims of this or that new “right” of children. Francis is promoting an ancient truth, a natural truth, a fundamental truth: every child has a right to a mother and a father.
What he’s saying is hard to deny. And he’s wise to use that language. It’s less a tactic than a truth that we, in turn, ought to remember and ought to incorporate into this debate over marriage and family. Pope Francis has made a critical point here, and it’s our fault if we neglect to pick it up and use it effectively.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

"I am the Bread of Life"

As a child I believed every thing I saw on those stained glass windows and beautiful murals around our church of St. John the Baptist in Hopkinton, Massachusetts.  I totally loved going to Mass.  I remember the joy that went through the parishioners as the Priest processed the Blessed Sacrament up and down the isles and blessed us all.  The Priest had a look of joy on his face, as he knew he was giving a very special blessing to each and everyone of us.  I have carried that moment in my mind and in my heart for close to 60 years.

As a young wife of a Baptist husband I joined Christian Bible studies and spent time in the Baptist Church. I remember feeling so disappointed at the worship services. I liked the Vacation Bible School for my children and the wonderful nursery school attended by 4 of my 5 sons. We rarely had a communion service. On that special day when we were listening to the Pastor say the words of Jesus from the "Last Supper discourse", I asked Jesus myself,  "what is this about?" never thinking he would answer, this is what I saw, I saw Jesus at the Last Supper, speaking the same words that the Pastor was saying. I was a little confused but I realized from having been a Catholic most of my life that this vision was not telling me we were receiving the Body and Blood of Christ.  

Very shortly after this I chose to go to the Catholic Mass at St. Mary's in Holliston, Massachusetts. On the second day I received the Body of Christ and then moved to the Precious Blood. As I held the cup, time stood still, I saw the face of Christ with the Crown of Thorns come up out of the wine, His words to me were, "This is my blood given for you". My observation is that there is a distinct difference between a worship service and a Catholic Mass. The real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist makes all the difference. 

If you do not believe or understand the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist, pray for understanding.  Don't just partake in the Mass without acknowledging the sacrifice made for you personally.  Do not line up as if you are grabbing a ticket to heaven.  Be grateful, be thankful, say "AMEN".   The depth of our faith and our union with Jesus centers around the suffering and death of Mary's Son Jesus Christ.  Join her at the foot of the cross and ask questions. Pay attention and the answers will come to you. 

With love and respect for all those searching for the Pure Truth, that is Jesus, I am Margaret of Souls for Christ.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Sacred Heart of Jesus I Trust in You

This is just a quick reminder that the Sacred Heart of Jesus Novena starts on Wednesday - that's tomorrow!

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Saint John Paul II actually named the feast of the Sacred Heart the "World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests" - so in addition to praying the devotion to the Sacred Heart, I ask that you include priests in your prayers.
If you know any priests, you might want to invite them to pray with us as well. They can sign up to pray here:
Thank you for praying with us!

We're praying for you!

God bless you!
John-Paul & Annie -

Monday, June 1, 2015

Divine Mercy message

Satanist of 26 Years Converts Instantly - Read How and Share this Incredible Story of Hope

Well, the end of May is already here, and we didn’t want this month dedicated to the Blessed Mother to end without sharing the experience we had when we met and heard former Satanist of 26 years, Zachary King, speak at the North American Congress on Mercy (NACOM) in Oakland, California last month.
It is an incredible witness to the power of our prayers, especially praying for conversions, and the role of our Lady in leading others back to her son Jesus. The miracle happened instantly when he was handed a Miraculous Medal.

Read more of the excellent article written by our friend Christopher Sparks, a writer at the Marian Helper Center in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, in his NACOM follow-up.

Dave and Joan Maroney
Divine Mercy for America Campaign Directors