Thursday, 26 September 2013

Series on the Sacraments Part 3 - The Holy Eucharist

The third sacrament is the most Holy Eucharist. The Holy Eucharist is the most admirable sacrament, simply because it is Our Lord Himself. Jesus always wanted to be with us, so He gave us the Eucharist. Even in these times when many don't even believe He truly is in the Eucharist, He waits day in and day out for people to visit, to give the opportunity to console His heart, to free us of our burdens, to give us the graces to be great saints.

 Through this sacrament, we possess none other than the Author of grace within us! Through this sacrament we can become saints, we can ask and receive all we need! Let us hear the great quotes of the saints in order to express the greatness of this sacrament:

'One of the most admirable effects of Holy Communion is to preserve the soul from sin, and to help those who fall through weakness to rise again. It is much more profitable, then, to approach this divine Sacrament with love, respect, and confidence, than to remain away through an excess of fear and scrupulosity.'
--St. Ignatius of Loyola

If it is "daily bread," why do you take it once a year? . . . Take daily what is to profit you daily. Live in such a way that you may deserve to receive it daily. He who does not deserve to receive it daily, does not deserve to receive it once a year.
--St. Ambrose of Milan

"When the bee has gathered the dew of heaven and the earth's sweetest nectar from the flowers, it turns it into honey, then hastens to its hive. In the same way, the priest, having taken from the altar the Son of God (who is as the dew from heaven, and true son of Mary, flower of our humanity), gives him to you as delicious food."
--St. Francis de Sales

If someone knows from experience that daily Communion increases fervor without lessening reverence, then let him go every day. But if someone finds that reverence is lessened and devotion not much increased, then let him sometimes abstain, so as to draw near afterwards with better dispositions.
--St. Thomas Aquinas


"With all the strength of my soul I urge you young people to approach the Communion table as often as you can. Feed on this bread of angels whence you will draw all the energy you need to fight inner battles. Because true happiness, dear friends, does not consist in the pleasures of the world or in earthly things, but in peace of conscience, which we have only if we are pure in heart and mind."
--Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati


"Always remain close to the Catholic Church, because it alone can give you true peace, since it alone possesses Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, the true Prince of Peace."
--St. Padre Pio

Every morning during meditation, I prepare myself for the whole day's struggle. Holy Communion assures me that I will win the victory; and so it is. I fear the day when I do not receive Holy Communion. This bread of the Strong gives me all the strength I need to carry on my mission and the courage to do whatever the Lord asks of me. The courage and strength that are in me are not of me, but of Him who lives in me - it is the Eucharist.
--St. Faustina

"All the good works in the world are not equal to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass because they are the works of men; but the Mass is the work of God. Martyrdom is nothing in comparison for it is but the sacrifice of man to God; but the Mass is the sacrifice of God for man."
--St. John Vianney, Cure d'Ars


Let us then always stay close to the most Holy Eucharist! It is Our Lord Himself, heaven on earth hidden with a veil, the key to happiness! May Our Lord replenish you all with His most holy flesh and make you all great saints. God bless!

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Thursday, 19 September 2013

Series on the Sacraments Part 2 - Confirmation

One of the greatest sacraments for perseverance and strength in the spiritual life is Confirmation. By definition in the Baltimore Catechism, "Confirmation is a Sacrament through which we receive the Holy Ghost to make us strong and perfect Christians and soldiers of Jesus Christ." The Catholic Encyclopedia explains it's effects and necessities:

"Confirmation imparts:
  • an increase of sanctifying grace which makes the recipient a "perfect Christian";
  • special sacramental grace consisting in the seven gifts of the Holy Ghost and notably in the strength and courage to confess boldly the name of Christ;
  • an indelible character by reason of which the sacrament cannot be received again by the same person.

Necessities:

Regarding the obligation of receiving the sacrament, it is admitted that confirmation is not necessary as an indispensable means of salvation(necessitate medii).
On the other hand, its reception is obligatory (necessitate præcepti) "for all those who are able to understand and fulfill the Commandments of God and of the Church. This is especially true of those who suffer persecution on account of their religion or are exposed to grievous temptations against faith or are in danger of death. The more serious the danger so much greater is the need of protecting oneself". (Conc. Plen. Balt. II, n. 250.) As to the gravity of the obligation, opinions differ, some theologians holding that an unconfirmed person would commit mortal sin if he refused the sacrament, others that the sin would be at most venial unless the refusal implied contempt for the sacrament. Apart, however, from such controversies the importance of Confirmation as a means of grace is so obvious that no earnest Christian will neglect it, and in particular that Christian parents will not fail to see that their children are confirmed."

Through Confirmation we are armed with grace, we are shielded with the protection of the Holy Ghost, and we are confirmed in Jesus Christ. This sacrament was given to us in order that we may be perfected in God's grace and become saints. We are all called to be great saints, so why not receive this sacrament? It's never too late to receive it, and the benefits are of infinite value. Let us then cherish and love this sacrament, and that God that He has given it to us. God bless you all!

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Series on the Sacraments Part 1 - Baptism

A few days ago, I placed a poll on the side of my blog asking what series of articles to do first. The winner was "The Sacraments," and in second was "Devotions to Our Lord," and "Marian Apparitions" coming in as a tie. Therefore I will write an article on each sacrament each Thursday for my series. I hope you will stay tuned!
The most essential sacrament of the seven is baptism. The reason for this is that without it we cannot receive any of the other sacraments, nor enter the kingdom of God. "That which is born of the flesh, is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit, is spirit." (John 3:6) Without baptism, there is no hope to enter heaven. Without baptism, the soul is stained with original sin and cannot receive sanctifying grace. Without baptism, the soul cannot be saved.
Through Baptism, the soul is purified from original sin passed down from Adam and Eve, and is made completely pure. Once someone is baptised, he enters into the state of grace which can only be lost through mortal sin. Through his state, he can enter into eternal happiness with God forever! Why delay or reject that? Maybe we have a choice not to baptise our child, but we certainly don't have the right.
"But maybe it should be up to the person to be baptised or not... we don't want to decide for them to be Catholic." This is often heard when it comes to Baptism, and to be honest, it isn't true at all. There is just one true religion to believe, one chance to get to heaven, and one crucial moment that will determine whether that persons gets there, baptism. It isn't a choice of if he is going to be baptised and what he is going to believe. At the end of the day the choice is either heaven or hell, where do you want your child to go? It's a parent's obligation to love their children, and in loving them, wanting them to go to heaven. The only way to get them there is taking them to a priest to be baptised and starting their journey to the eternal kingdom.

Not only this, but the risks for not baptizing a baby are quite serious. A child cannot sin before the age of reason and does not deserve the punishments of hell. However, without baptism there is no grace and if the child dies goes to a place called Limbo. It is a place of natural happiness, but not supernatural happiness with God. They cannot enter heaven because they don't have that state of grace, so why take the risk of them going to that place? "Let the little children come to me!" Our Lord said this for a reason. He thinks of each of us individually, when He said this He was thinking of you and your child.

Baptism is the entrance to the narrow path of salvation! There isn't anything more beautiful than a pure soul ready to enter heaven, to see the everlastingly beautiful face of God, to be infinitely happy! Therefore treasure and appreciate this sacrament, it's one of the greatest gifts God has given us! Thank you dear Lord! 

Sunday, 8 September 2013

War on Syria - A Way to Open Our Eyes

 In our world today, Syria is the focus of everyone's attention. The thought of war escalating strikes fear in our eyes, and we pray for mercy... but maybe that's what we need. 
 When we face the prospect of war, we are likely to become more fervent. We pray more, we look to heaven and sometimes even prepare for death. God often allows the evil of war to wake up a sleeping world, and to offer the opportunity for repentance to sinful souls. Here's an example: We all remember the Miracle of the Sun, when Our Lady appeared in Fatima to the children and gave them a sign. Not only did the sun dance in the sky, but it began to fall! It began to fall and all the people fell on their knees and begged for mercy. "It's the end of the world!" "Save us oh Lord!" All this could be heard, sinners repented and begged for mercy... and the sun stopped falling. Our Lord allowed this in order that those in Fatima would repent; it brought out a greater good.
 God works in a similar way today. Our world has gone so far, people have fallen so hard, God has been shut out for so long, that perhaps this is our last chance. Maybe there will be war, maybe not, who knows. All we know is that there is a chance, and that we should repent now! In fact, we should repent nonetheless because we could die today! But some people don't see death before their eyes, so the threat of war sometimes is the only way God can their eyes. 
 Therefore pray! God is trying His hardest to wake us up and rescue us from everlasting flames. If we don't listen now, it's likely we will have a chastisement, perhaps a war. We've gone too far, all we have now is God's mercy. We've chosen to serve ourselves, not God, and now it's time to turn back before it's too late. May God watch over us and protect us. Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Prayers to Your Guardian Angel

I thought I would post some prayers to Guardian Angels. Since they are such an essential part in the spiritual life, it is always good to remember them in our daily prayers and show our gratitude towards them. Here are some:

                     Litany of the Guardian Angel
   
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy. Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father of Heaven.
have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world.
have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit.
have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God.
have mercy on us.

R. Pray For Us
Holy Mary, Queen of Heaven... 
Holy Angel, my Guardian...
Holy Angel, my Protector in all dangers...
Holy Angel, my Defense in all afflictions...
Holy Angel, my most faithful Lover...
Holy Angel, my Preceptor...
Holy Angel, my Guide...
Holy Angel, Witness of all my actions...
Holy Angel, my Helper in all my difficulties...
Holy Angel, my Negotiator with God...
Holy Angel, my Advocate...
Holy Angel, lover of Chastity...
Holy Angel, lover of Innocence...
Holy Angel most obedient to God...
Holy Angel, Director of my soul...
Holy Angel, model of Purity...
Holy Angel, model of Docility...
Holy Angel, my Counselor in doubt...
Holy Angel, my Guardian through life...
Holy Angel, my shield at the hour of Death...

Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world
spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world
hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world
have mercy on us.

Let Us Pray
O God, Who with unspeakable providence vouchsafe to send Thy Angels to be our Guardians, mercifully grant, that we, Thy supplicants, may be always defended by their protection and enjoy their eternal society, through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Our Lord, Who lives and reigns with You, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, One God, world without end. Amen.
Angel of God, my Guardian Dear, to whom His love commits me here, ever this day be at my side, to light, to guard, to rule, and to guide. Amen.

My good Angel, Thou comest from heaven; God has sent thee to take care of me. Oh, shelter me under thy wings. Lighten my path, direct my steps. Do not leave me, stay quite near me and defend me against the spirit of evil. But above all come to my help in the last struggle of my life. Deliver my soul so that with thee it may praise, love and contemplate the goodness of God forever and ever.
Amen


Angel of God's light, whom God sends as a companion for me on earth, protect me from the snares of the devil, and help me to walk always as a child of God, my Creator.
Angel of God's truth, whose perfect knowledge serves what is true, protect me from deceits and temptations. Help me to know the truth, and always to live the truth. 
Angel of God's love, who praises Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, who sacrificed His life for love of us, sustain me as I learn the ways of Divine love, of sacrificial generosity, of meekness and lowliness of heart. 
Thank You, my heavenly friend, for your watchfull care. At the moment of my death, bring me to heaven, where the one true God, Who is light, Truth and Love, lives and reigns forever and ever.
Amen.