As you can see we have resumed bringing you a chapter a day at least until Lent and the purpose of that is to prepare for Lent with the soul-searching life-changing words imparted to St. Bridget of Sweden by our Lord and His Blessed Mother. It is also important to realize that to "Fight 4 Your Faith" you need to understand the consequences if you don't. Through these revelations to St. Bridget we see clearer than ever the mind of God and what we need to do to not only assure our own salvation, but win souls for Him in sharing Heaven. As the world grows darker, we seek to provide readers the Light in how to apply It to our own lives so that we can truly live in and love Him alone. In chapter sixteen, our Lord explains to St. Bridget why He speaks with her rather than with others better than she. He then informs her of four sets of threes: three things commanded, three forbidden, three permitted, and three recommended to the bride by Christ; in short, a most excellent lesson even if it is shorter than usual in the Revelations and Prophesies Imparted to St. Bridget - Book Two, Chapter Sixteen: Short but sweet times Three
When Christ addressed the SRO crowd gathering on the mount to hear Him, few expected the message coming from His mouth for it was not to encourage overthrowing the Roman Empire, it was not how to deal with the Scribes and Pharisees, nor was it about how to increase one's coffers but rather a message that rang home to a few then and still rings true for a few in this day when materialism and naturalism have crowded out the nobility of being poor in spirit. So many misunderstand today that Christ was the first revolutionary and they mistakenly use Him as a model to advance their socialistic, Marxist causes. Heaven cannot be happy nor is the Almighty, along with the Church Triumphant pleased with His appointed ones who abuse their responsibilities by not carrying them out and misrepresenting the Eight Beatitudes Jesus gave in order that all might have the opportunity to achieve everlasting life. In order to do so, one must humiliate himself and be childlike in submission to his Creator in all things, including adherence to all His holy Church has taught and held sacred without veering one iota from Catholic truth. As St. Paul reminds us, only by standing firm
and holding to tradition can one be assured of being blessed and inheriting the kingdom of Heaven so simply put in step twenty-six: Blessed are they who...
With Christmastide behind us, and having left chapter fourteen on line so that all will have read it by now, we prepare for Lent by resuming daily chapters of the soul-searching life-changing words imparted to St. Bridget of Sweden by our Lord and His Blessed Mother. It is also important to realize that to "Fight 4 Your Faith" you need to understand the consequences if you don't. Through these revelations to St. Bridget we see clearer than ever the mind of God and what we need to do to not only assure our own salvation, but win souls for Him in sharing Heaven. As the world grows darker, we seek to provide readers the Light in how to apply It to our own lives so that we can truly live in and love Him alone. In chapter fifteen Jesus illustrates the ardent love He showed us in bearing so many sufferings for us from His birth to His death, in addition to warning how the path to hell has now been made wide and the way to paradise so very narrow in chapter fifteen, Book Two: Man's choice: Heaven or Hell?
O Glorious Saint Blaise, who by thy martyrdom didst leave to the Church a precious witness to the faith, obtain for us the grace to preserve within ourselves this divine gift, and to defend, without human respect, both by word and example, the truth of that same faith, which is so wickedly attacked and slandered in these our times. Thou who didst miraculously restore a little child when it was at the point of death by reason on an affliction of the throat, grant us thy mighty protection in like misfortunes; and, above all, obtain for us the grace of Christian mortification together with a faithful observance of the precepts of the Church, which may keep us from offending Almighty God. Amen.
An indulgence of 300 days
We have arrived at the end of the joyous time of Christmastide, the demarcation point being the feast of the Purification of Mary coupled with the feast of Candlemas in which beeswax candles are blessed to be used throughout the year. It is one of three public blessings that take place throughout the liturgical year with the other happening later this year with Ashes on Ash Wednesday and Palms on Palm Sunday. We present not only the Proper for the Mass, but also the motive for the blessing of the candles and inspiration on the wisdom of holy Mother Church in establishing this feast, brought to you by the renowned Abbot Dom Prosper Gueranger for this feast in which he admits it is our Savior Who is this day offered in the Temple; but this offering is the consequence of our Lady's Purification. The honor thus paid by the Church to the Mother tends in reality to the greater glory of her Divine Son, for He is the Author and the End of all those prerogatives which we revere and honor in Mary. In harmony with this feast we have Candlemas in which the beeswax candles are blessed, representing the purity of the virginal flesh of the Divine Infant made possible by Mary's fiat to God. The wick of the candle represents what is within Christ's soul in order to light the flame of His Divinity. Taken from The Liturgical Year we present excerpts for the Feast of the Purification and Candlemas
John Gregory provides a comprehensive reflection/meditation and study on the Presentation of the Child Jesus and the Purification of His Blessed Mother in the Temple and a renewed perspective of Mary's role in salvation in how her life parallels her holy obedience to all God has asked. Though her divine Child would be submissive to her as an obedient, loving Son for the next 30 years, it was here, Forty days after His birth that Mary followed the letter of the Jewish Law not only to present Him to the Jews as the Messiah, so recognized by Simeon, but also for Mary to obediently go through the rite of purification in the eyes of man - though she already was the purest vessel ever created by the Almighty, free of original sin. In a sense, for the rest of us born with Original Sin, her submission was the precursor for the Sacrament of Penance. The Fourth Joyful Mystery
On the feast of the Purification we conclude the nine-day Novena on this day earmarked as the traditional observance of honoring Our Lady of Good Success and this year it is even more significant since we celebrate the 400th Anniversary of the Blessed Mother's messages and visits to a humble Conceptionist nun in Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres. True to the prophesies imparted to her, these messages would be forgotten and little known until the time they pertained to which are our times, folks. We encourage you to purchase the fascinating books Dr. Marian Therese Horvat has compiled on Our Lady of Good Success, the messages and messenger of Quito, Ecuador and see that Our Lady foretold all that is unfolding today. In light of that, we encourage all to not use only this nine day period to pray the Novena to Our Lady of Good Success, but also other times during the year in asking her intercession for whatever endeavor you ask as long as it it is accordance with God's ordaining will. Four centuries have passed and most of what Mother Mariana received pertained to our very time as we can see the prophesies playing out right before our eyes. Do we have to be knocked over the head to realize the clock is ticking? Are we going to heed Our Lady's words? Time will tell. See Our Lady of Good Success and the Purification and Why the Statue of Our Lady of Good Success is Dressed
We begin the month of February celebrating a holy Bishop who willingly gave his life for Christ at the hands of the voracious lions, aware of St. Peter's words in his First Epistle, chapter five, verse 8: "Be sober and watch: because your adversary, the devil, as a roaring lion, goeth about, seeking whom he may devour." St. Ignatius would not give into the devil and gave his flesh to the big cats employed by cruel Roman Emperor Trajan rather than sinning in the flesh by compromising with the pagans. A lesson we should all learn from today when modern Rome so liberally gives in to satan's agenda to please man with no regard for what God not only thinks, but demands. St. Ignatius is invoked among the fifteen martyrs in the Nobis quoque peccatoribus in the Canon of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. For his feast, see Feast of St. Ignatius of Antioch
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