Sunday, August 25, 2019

The Practice of the Divine Indwelling

Dan Lynch
Feast of the Queenship of Mary
August 22, 2019

Sister Mildred, the mystic of the devotion to Our Lady of America, wrote that on the evening of August 5, 1957, “Our Lady spoke to me about the Divine Indwelling. It was her life and she lived it perfectly always conscious of His presence, never forgetting that all her greatness came from within, from Him who dwelt there, working, loving, and doing good through her. This is what Our Lady means when she speaks of reformation, renewal. It is this about which she is so concerned, namely sanctification from within. . . . She seemed anxious to impress me with some idea of the greatness of this gift of God to us, namely, His Divine Presence within our souls through sanctifying grace.”

On March 18, 1958, St. Joseph appeared to Sister Mildred and said, “Through you, small one, the Trinity desires to make known to souls Its desire to be adored, honored, and loved within the kingdom, the interior kingdom of their hearts.”

This is the first of six articles on the Practice of the Divine Indwelling. They will be published each Thursday from the Feast of the Queenship of Mary to the 63rd Anniversary of Our Lady of America’s first apparition on September 26.

On November 23, 1957, Our Lady revealed herself to Sister Mildred “as she really and truly was, the Immaculate Tabernacle of the Indwelling God.” She wrote that Our Lady wore “on her breast, as through a veil, the Triangle and the Eye, which is often depicted as the symbol of the Divine Indwelling.” This image is now on the reverse side of the medal of Our Lady of America so that we can wear the image as she did. She revealed her title, “I am Our Lady of the Divine Indwelling, handmaid of Him who dwells within.”

On February 11, 1958, Our Lady said, “There is only one true way to the Father, my child, only one way to eternal union. It is the way of the divine humanity. It is through my Son, the only-begotten of the Father, that souls attain perfect union with the divinity, as perfect as human nature is capable of, aided by divine grace.” Towards evening Our Lady said, “I am the Mother of the sacred humanity, and it is my special work as Co-Redemptrix of the human race to help souls reach the sanctity of the Father in eternal union by showing them how to put on Christ, to imbibe His Spirit, and thus become one with Him.”

Our Lady made known to Sister “that she is particularly interested in the youth of our nation. It is they who are to be the leaders of this movement of renewal on the face of the earth. . . . But the youth must be prepared, and this must be done by instilling into them, not only the knowledge of the Divine Indwelling, but a serious study of It, living It in such a way that the Divine Presence becomes, as it were, an intimate and necessary part of their life and daily living. From this will flow a great love, a conflagration that will envelop the world in the flames of divine charity.”

What is this Divine Indwelling of which Our Lady of America speaks? God lives in us! The Holy Trinity, God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, three persons in one God, dwell in us by their free gift of grace of which we are not worthy. “Grace is favor, the free and undeserved help that God gives us to respond to His call to become children of God, adoptive sons, partakers of the divine nature and of eternal life.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, hereafter CCC, 1996). The Fathers of the early Church said that “the Son of God became a man, in order that men might become sons of God.”
The Divine Indwelling in Sacred Scripture

“In Him we live and move and have our being.” (Acts 17:26-28). “God is love and he who lives in love lives in God and God [lives] in him.” (1 John 4:16). “Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in Him and he in God.” (1 John 4:15, 16). “All who keep His commandments live in Him, and He in them.” (1 John 3:24).

Jesus said, “If anyone loves me he will keep my word and my Father will come to him and make His home in him.” (John 14:23). God really makes His home within us. (See also 1 Corinthians 3:16; John 14:23; Revelations 3:20).

Since God makes His home in us, we are then, as St. Peter tells us, “partakers of the divine nature” (2 Peter 1:4) and, as St. Paul says, “partakers of Christ” (Hebrews 3:14) and “partakers of the Holy Spirit.” (Hebrews 6:4). We are God-like, in fellowship with the Father and the Son (see 1 John 1:3) by the power of the Holy Spirit. This is recognized in the Mass when the priest prays, “By the mixing of this water and wine, may we share in the divinity of Him who humbled Himself to share in our humanity.”

St. Paul is very clear about the reality of the Divine Indwelling. This is the mystery of the Gospel, he says, “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” (Colossians 1:27). “It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me,” he tells the Galatians. (Galatians 2:20). He asked the Corinthians, incredulously, “Do you not recognize that Jesus Christ is in you – unless indeed you fail the test?” (2 Corinthians 13:5). Likewise, he says, the Holy Spirit dwells in us. (2 Timothy 1:14). “God gave us the Spirit in our hearts as a pledge” (2 Corinthians 1:22), and has “sent the Spirit into our hearts, crying, ‘Abba, Father.’ ” (Galatians 4:6). Of course, Father-union, Christ-union and Holy Spirit-union is the same as the Divine Indwelling of the Holy Trinity since you can’t have one person without the others.

So, let us learn and study the Divine Indwelling! It is not a new teaching by Our Lady of America. The Church has always taught it and Our Lady of America is reminding us of it. The teaching has its source in Sacred Scripture and is taught in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. You may learn and study by reading the remaining five articles in this series that will be published each Thursday until September 26.

Catholic Mass Hour at Corpus Christi Parish Church Portsmouth NH August 25, 2019


Sunday, August 18, 2019

Catholic Mass Hour at Corpus Christi Parish Church Portsmouth NH August 18, 2019


Saint Monica Novena

Saint Monica Novena Prayers
Daily from 8/18-8/26/16


Dear Saint Monica, you were once the mournful mother of a prodigal son. Your faithfulness to prayer brought you and your son so close to God that you are now with Him in eternity. By your intercession and God’s grace, your son St. Augustine became a great and venerable Saint of the Church. Please take my request to God with the same fervor and persistence with which you prayed for your own son.

(Mention your intentions here)

With your needs, worries and anxieties, you threw yourself on the mercy and providence of God. Through sorrow and pain, you constantly devoted yourself to God. Pray for me that I might join you in such a deep faith in God’s goodness and mercy.

Above all, dear Saint Monica, pray for me that I may, like your son, turn from my sin and become a great saint for the glory of God.

Saint Monica Novena Prayer August 18-26

Same prayer said each day


Dear Saint Monica, you were once the mournful mother of a prodigal son. Your faithfulness to prayer brought you and your son so close to God that you are now with him in eternity. By your intercession and God’s grace, your son St. Augustine became a great and venerable Saint of the Church. Please take my request to God with the same fervor and persistence with which you prayed for your own son.

(Mention your intentions here)

With your needs, worries and anxieties, you threw yourself on the mercy and providence of God. Through sorrow and pain, you constantly devoted yourself to God. Pray for me that I might join you in such a deep faith in God’s goodness and mercy.

Above all, dear Saint Monica, pray for me that I may, like your son, turn from my sin and become a great saint for the glory of God.

St. Monica is the Patron Saint of…
Alcoholics
Married women
Mothers
Wives
Difficult Marriages

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Amazing Discovery Found Deep Down in the Indian Ocean

Large Statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary  A statue of the holy Virgin Mary was discovered by chance deep in the Indian Ocean by a number of divers who had been searching for the remains of a plane that had disappeared in the area.

At her feet  were rose petals that through the law of gravity should have been floating on the surface of the water.  The statue is enormous. As can be seen in the video, it is at least double the size of a man.  It is a mystery how the statue ended up there, standing upright deep down on the ocean seabed. If it had fallen from a ship it should have broken into two, or be lying horizontally on the bottom.
However, it stands perfectly erect as though placed on an altar, and with no sign of chipping or cracks. Another interesting detail is that by standing in the depth of the ocean (no one knows for how long) it should have been covered by seaweed and barnacles, but instead it is totally intact and shiny clean.  See how the surprised divers treat the statue of Mary with great awe and loving faith!
Our Lady of the Seas, pray for us and protect all seafarers from harm. 



Saturday, August 3, 2019

Archbishop Sheen’s Beatification Miracle

                                                                                                Dan Lynch
                                                                                                August 1, 2019

Bonnie Engstrom asked for help from Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen as she watched lifesaving measures being taken for her son, who had been born at home just moments before without a pulse or drawing breath.

After 61 minutes, just as emergency room personnel were about to pronounce him dead, he began to breathe and his heart rate shot up to a normal level for a newborn. Despite a dire prognosis for his future, the boy has thrived and is now a healthy 8-year-old who likes chicken nuggets, Star Wars and riding his bicycle.

On July 5, Pope Francis formally approved this as a miracle attributed to the intercession of American Archbishop Sheen. (May 8, 1895 – December 9, 1979).


Bonnie Engstrom said that she had a "beautifully easy" pregnancy and that both she and her baby had been healthy. As they prepared to welcome her baby into their family, Bonnie said, "I started asking, basically on a daily basis, for Fulton Sheen's prayers, for his intercession in the life of my child and in our marriage -- to walk with us and to walk with my son, that he would be a lifelong Catholic who would love God and love his faith, that he would be a man of integrity. I was asking him to intercede every day while I was pregnant."

Bonnie said that she and her husband Travis had been “watching YouTube videos of Bishop Sheen preaching. We were so impressed -- he's funny, he's smart, and he's just so approachable and warm. We were just so engaged with him."

In the 1950s, Archbishop Fulton Sheen was a world-famous television pioneer who hosted his own show, Life Is Worth Living. The Engstroms knew that his cause for canonization as a saint was being sponsored by the Diocese of Peoria where they lived, so they decided that if their unborn child was a boy, they would name him James Fulton in honor of the Archbishop.

During Bonnie’s labor, a rare true knot formed in James Fulton's umbilical cord and tightened. He was born blue and lifeless on September 16, 2010.

Bonnie said, "I remember sitting on my bedroom floor and watching them do CPR and in my head repeating over and over and over again, 'Fulton Sheen, Fulton Sheen, Fulton Sheen, Fulton Sheen.’ I really think it was the Holy Spirit giving me the words I needed to say in that moment, because I had no words." She said that it was the most natural thing in the world to turn to him again and ask him to pray for her son. The medical personnel determined that he couldn't be revived. However, after 61 minutes, his little heart started to beat.

The Engstroms were told James Fulton would probably be blind and never walk, talk or be able to feed himself. However, in the days and weeks that followed he defied them all and continued to make progress.

In September 2011, the Diocese of Peoria initiated an investigation into the events of James Fulton's recovery. They heard testimony from family members, first responders, doctors, nurses and others present at his birth. Each testified that there was no medical explanation for the infant's recovery. Seven medical experts advising the Vatican Congregation unanimously approved the miracle.

This miracle has paved the way for Archbishop Sheen’s beatification ceremony in the near future. He needs one more approved miracle attributed to his intercession for his canonization as a saint.

Friday, August 2, 2019

Medjugorje: Message of August 2, 2019

“Everything that happens to you, beautiful, painful
and joyful, all that makes you grow spiritually, let my Son
grow in you”
He is always alive with you in the Eucharist, because the Eucharist is His Heart, the Eucharist is the heart of faith. He never abandoned you: even when you tried to get away from Him, He never did.

Therefore, my maternal heart is happy when it sees how full of love you return to Him, when it sees that you return to Him through the path of reconciliation, love and hope. My maternal heart knows that if you walk on the path of faith, you would be like buds, and through prayer and fasting you would be like fruit, like flowers, apostles of my love, you would be the bearer of light and light with love and wisdom all around you.

My children, as a mother, I pray that you: pray, think and contemplate. Everything that happens to you, beautiful, painful and joyful, all that makes you grow spiritually, let my Son grow in you. My children, abandon yourselves to Him. Believe Him and trust in His Love. May He guide you. May the Eucharist be the place where you will nourish your souls and then spread love and truth. Witness my Son. Thank you”