Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Chaplet of the Holy Will

The Chaplet of the Holy Will is said on the regular rosary. The only change is the decade Aves are changed to: "Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done on earth as it is in heaven." The 'tail' of the rosary is said as always. Then, at the end; (this came to me the same way as the ending prayer to the USA Chaplet) the words of this graphic.



Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Catholic Conference in Rome to Defend Purity

Catholic conference in Rome to defend purity as ‘antidote against every evil we are up against’ Purity is an antidote to ‘abortion, gender ideology, attacks on marriage, IVF technology, pornography, and sex education,’ said an organizer of the upcoming Rome Life Forum. Mon Feb 17, 2020 - 6:08 pm EST    Featured Image Maria Madise at the 'Handing on the Deposit of the Faith' conference, Sept., 2019, Cardiff, UK.John-Henry Westen / LifeSiteNews By Martin B├╝rger FOLLOW  ROME, Italy, February 17, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Prominent Catholics will champion “authentic purity” at the seventh annual Rome Life Forum in May because it is the “antidote against every evil we are up against in the pro-life and pro-family movement – abortion, gender ideology, attacks on marriage, IVF technology, pornography, and sex education,” an organizer of the event told LifeSiteNews.   Maria Madise, international director at the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC), is convinced that purity “is one of the most important and also one of the most beautiful themes we have chosen for the Rome Life Forum in its seven-year history.”

Taking place in Rome on May 20-21, the event will bring together speakers and participants from a number of countries ahead of the March for Life in the Eternal City on May 23. Among the speakers at the Rome Life Forum are Cardinal Raymond Burke and Cardinal Wim Eijk, the archbishop of Utrecht, Netherlands. Other clergy members that will be speaking include Msgr. Rudolf Michael Schmitz, vicar general of the Institute of Christ the King; Fr. Cassian Folsom, OSB, founder of the Benedictine monastery in Norcia, Italy; and Fr. Linus Clovis, spiritual director of the Population Research Institute and Family Life International.   Other speakers will be John-Henry Westen of LifeSiteNews, historian Roberto de Mattei; John Smeaton, director of SPUC; and Joseph Shaw, chairman of the Latin Mass Society in the United Kingdom.

Madise explained to LifeSiteNews that purity has the capacity to mobilize “the soldiers of the Church militant to fight for her children.” This mobilization, she added, takes place “under the winning banner” of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. “We have the promise of Our Lady that her Immaculate Heart will triumph. Purity wins,” Madise said.  Madise, who hails from Estonia, emphasized the important role of the laity in the battles currently being fought in Church and society.   SUBSCRIBE to LifeSite's daily headlines Email address SUBSCRIBE U.S. Canada World Catholic “As laity, we are only foot soldiers in the Church militant,” she said, “but it is the foot, the heel of the Immaculate that will crush the enemy. Only if we share in the fight can we share in the joy of her triumph.”  Earlier, Smeaton told LifeSiteNews, “The Church must recover her teaching authority to save her children. And at this time of trial, the faithful at all levels of the Church militant must mobilize to fight for her.”  Lamenting the situation in many countries, Madise spoke of “sins against purity are state policy in many of the most powerful nations in the world,” and even in the Church, some voices favor “exceptions that violate Christian purity and God’s law.”

In Our Lady’s apparitions at Fatima in 1917, she presented a “terrifying vision” of hell. “She revealed that it was sins against purity that lead most souls to hell. So it is a crucial and most relevant topic,” Madise elaborated.   Madise, who is involved in the organization of the Rome Life Forum 2020, continued, “We will deal with the chosen topic from a variety of perspectives – in this case, purity in faith and doctrine, holy orders, monastic life, personal and family life.”  The theme is taken from the encyclical Divini Illius Magistri on Christian education. In 1929, Pope Pius XI spoke of “opening the door to the virtue of purity and closing the door upon vice.”  “Such is our misery and inclination to sin, that often in the very things considered to be remedies against sin, we find occasions for and inducements to sin itself.

Hence it is of the highest importance that a good father, while discussing with his son a matter so delicate, should be well on his guard and not descend to details, nor refer to the various ways in which this infernal hydra destroys with its poison so large a portion of the world; otherwise it may happen that instead of extinguishing this fire, he unwittingly stirs or kindles it in the simple and tender heart of the child. Speaking generally, during the period of childhood it suffices to employ those remedies which produce the double effect of opening the door to the virtue of purity and closing the door upon vice,” the Holy Father wrote, quoting from a book by Silvio Antonio on Christian education.

For Madise, this shows “the true wisdom of the Church in nurturing souls, especially young souls, and their love for purity, which is in such tragic contrast with what is happening in countless classrooms today.”  Shaw indicated the importance of the Rome Life Forum by pointing out that Catholics need to “rediscover our love of the truth, and a true commitment to it, because it is in the truth that we find God, who is Truth, and not in some sordid intellectual compromise.”

Participants in the Rome Life Forum 2020 will not only get the chance to listen to academic and thought-provoking presentations by the speakers, but they have a unique opportunity to network with leaders and representatives of pro-life and pro-family movements from over the world.  The full price of the Rome Life Forum registration is £110/€130 (approx. $143 US). A one-day ticket is £65/€75 (approx. $84 US). To register and see the complete schedule, please visit voiceofthefamily.com.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Our Lady of Lourdes Conquers Scientism

                                                                                                                                                  Dan Lynch
                                                                                                                                        February 10, 2020

February 11th is the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. Through her mediation of the graces of miraculous healings, she conquered Scientism.

On December 8, 1854, Pope Pius IX proclaimed the dogma of the Immaculate Conception in the apostolic constitution Ineffabilis Deus. A little more than three years later, on February 11, 1858, Our Lady appeared to 14-year-old St. Bernadette Soubirous just outside the village of Lourdes, France. This began a series of 18 visions.

During the apparition on March 25, Our Lady identified herself with the words, “I am the Immaculate Conception.” In this way she confirmed the dogma proclaimed by Pope Pius IX that she was free from original sin from the first moment of her conception.

During and after the period of the apparitions, many miracles occurred at Lourdes. However, because of Scientism, most of the people of France did not believe in them.

By the 1850s, during the Second Empire under Napoleon III (1852–1870), the secularist fruits of the French revolutions led many French people to believe in Scientism and to disbelieve in miracles, especially miraculous healings. The secularist believers in Scientism believed that only natural science could explain the world and that only science would be necessary for humanity’s progress. They disbelieved in God, his revelations, the supernatural and especially in his miracles. So, God sent his mother to disprove their false beliefs.

Scientism is the ideology and belief that only science can explain the truth and reality of creation. This statement is a self-refutation of itself. Science cannot prove the statement. This judgment in no way undermines real science, but helps to keep it within the boundaries of its own field of knowledge.

Science can only explain the “how” of material creation through the scientific method of investigation, observation, experimentation, testing, analysis and conclusions. Science cannot explain anything that transcends the material world such as the supernatural realities of God, angels, saints and miracles nor the natural realities that are not material such as goodness, truth, beauty and love.
 

On January 18, 1862, Bishop Laurence, the Bishop of Tarbes, approved the Lourdes apparitions and declared,
We have also called on science, and we remain convinced that the apparitions are supernatural and divine, and that by consequence, what Soubirous saw was the Most Blessed Virgin. Our convictions are based on the testimony of Soubirous, but above all on the things that have happened, things which can be nothing other than divine intervention.
God had used his mother to disprove the prevalence in France of disbelief in God, his revelations, the supernatural and especially his miracles. In spite of that, some people will always disbelieve and will never believe in these supernatural realities.

Emile Zola, the late nineteenth-century French novelist, erroneously believed that science had cleared up all the mysteries of the world. In August 1892, Zola went to Lourdes to gather evidence that no miracles had occurred there. However, by God’s providence he actually witnessed two miracles.

18-year-old Marie Lemarchand was afflicted with three seemingly incurable diseases. She had an advanced stage of lupus, pulmonary tuberculosis, and leg ulcerations the size of an adult’s hand. Zola described the girl’s face as being eaten away by the lupus. He wrote, “The whole was a frightful distorted mass of matter and oozing blood.” Marie entered the baths of water at Lourdes and came out completely cured.

Zola was there when she came out and said, “I only want to see a cut finger dipped in water and come out healed.” The President of the Medical Bureau, Dr. Boissarie, was standing beside him and said, “Ah, Monsieur Zola, behold the case of your dreams!”

“I don’t want to look at her,” replied Zola. “To me she is still ugly.” And he walked away. He denied the very reality of her miraculous cure that appeared before his very eyes. So, God gave him a second chance.

Zola witnessed a second miracle of the healing of a woman in the final stages of tuberculosis. Nevertheless, he told Dr. Boissarie, “Were I to see all the sick at Lourdes cured, I would not believe in a miracle.”

That’s not science, that’s disbelief with a blind faith in only science in spite of the miraculous reality that was shown to him.

The truth is that science is the study of nature. It has nothing to teach us about the supernatural, such as miracles, that are outside of nature, but nevertheless real.

Over the years, almost 7000 pilgrims to Lourdes have sought to have their case confirmed as a miracle. 69 of them have been declared a scientifically inexplicable miracle by the Catholic Church.

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Our Lady of Lourdes Novena

About Our Lady of Lourdes

“Mercy is the tangible expression of God's love in the world.-
Saint Bernadette was a young girl gathering firewood in the French town of Lourdes with her sister and a friend when the Virgin Mary appeared to her and spoke to her.
Our Lady appeared to Saint Bernadette a total of 18 times! During these apparitions, Bernadette asked her name and Mary replied: “I am the Immaculate Conception.” Another time, Our lady told Bernadette where to dig to find a miraculous spring. And another time, Mary told Bernadette to build a church at the grotto where she had appeared to her.
The image of Mary at Lourdes is known as Our Lady of Lourdes, Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception and Our Lady of the Rosary.
The water from the miraculous spring has cured and healed many people ever since. Millions of pilgrims go to Lourdes to see the place where Mary appeared and to bathe in the spring to be healed and blessed.

Our Lady of Lourdes Novena Prayers



Our Lady of Lourdes, we come to you like little Bernadette at the grotto. We pray with childlike trust in you. Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, when you appeared in Lourdes, you made it a holy sanctuary where many have obtained the cure of their infirmities, both spiritual and corporal. We pray  with confidence for your holy intercession.
(State your intentions here)
Holy Mother of the Rosary, we feel confident that your prayers on our behalf with be graciously heard by God.

Day 1: Immaculate Mother, show us your mercy, O Mother of God.
Day 2: Immaculate Mother, comfort us in our affliction.
Day 3: Immaculate Mother, pray that we may have hope in times of trial.
Day 4: Immaculate Mother, pray for the grace of God to be our strength.
Day 5: Immaculate Mother, pray that we may reach the consolation of heaven.
Day 6: Immaculate Mother, manifest in us your sweetness and beauty.
Day 7: Immaculate Mother, shower us with the love of your pure heart.
Day 8: Immaculate Mother, fill our hearts with love for Jesus and for you.
Day 9: Immaculate Mother, give us what your motherly heart sees we need at this moment.

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence, we fly unto you, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to you do we come, before you we stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not our petitions, but in your mercy hear and answer us.
Amen

Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us!
Saint Bernadette, pray for us!

Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

“The Lord will come with mighty power, and give light to the eyes of all who serve him, alleluia.” Antiphon for lighting of candles.   February 2 is the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord. On this Feast, candles are lit as a symbolic representation of the words of the prophet Simeon concerning Christ as a “light of revelation to the Gentiles.” (Lk. 2:32).  St. John Paul II referred to the Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe and  prophesied, “The light of the Gospel of Christ will shine out over the whole world by means of the miraculous image of His Mother.”    Please help us to realize the fulfillment of his prophecy by your support of Visitations of the Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe  to bring the light of the Gospel of Christ to the whole world.  Visitation Consoles Abortive Mother  A mother wrote to me and said that her girlfriend dragged her to see the Missionary Image. She was raised Catholic, but wasn’t following the Church’s teachings on faith or morals. She thought her friend was a religious fanatic but she went along.  Her friend brought her to see the Missionary Image at a Planned Parenthood abortion center in San Jose, California. This was the very place where the mother had aborted two of her children.  She said, I stood there at that place and looked at the Missionary Image. Mary and I had a moment together. She consoled me and told me interiorly that I was to be a mother and have more children.  Unbelievably, at the age of 35 I went on to have three more children! Thanks be to God for your apostolate. I am in the pro-life apostolate and I know how discouraging it can be. I just wanted to take a moment to tell you that your yeast has grown and bubbled into my life and I am forever grateful.