Following the posting of that article, I received an e-mail from a woman who wanted to share an angel experience she had had. It is as follows:
I had an astounding experience with my or my daughter's guardian angel many years ago. My daughter was out of my sight for a moment. She was an 18 month toddler. I was sitting on the living room floor with my legs straight out in front of me and I was praying. I was suddenly lifted straight up by two unseen hands under my elbows, set on my feet and then propelled by a push, felt on my back, in the direction of the laundry room around the corner from where I was. Sitting in the entry to the laundry room was my dear daughter. She was about to tip a gallon jug of Clorox, which I had foolishly left on the floor, up to her mouth and drink from it. (I was unaware that she could even have gotten the top off the Clorox bottle.)
Our dear Lord has shown me often how much He cares for every detail of our earthly lives and this is one of the things that we forget a lot.
. (signed) Tricia
In this time in history when so many things are awry in the way of immorality and confusion, such true stories of God’s direct intervention in our lives is encouraging. We must never forget that no matter how crazy our world is, no matter how immoral our country and world have become, God has not abandoned us. He is aware of every blink of our eyes, every need, every danger, every trial, every joy, every fear, every, every, every thing.
We must trust God in this dark hour of our day when even the very leadership of our country is under suspicion of adultery, lies and mismanagement of funds. Actually, I recently came across a quote of Thomas Jefferson. He said:
Yet God has sent His angels to be with us. We must trust God and tell Him frequently that we do.
Tricia’s daughter is now 18 years old. God has a very definite plan for her to have protected her from such serious physical injury or even death.
And so with each one of us! Let us ask God everyday to make His Will clear to us and to give us the strength to do it. God bless you!
We will continue with our retro summer series, bringing you the earlier chapters through the rest of the summer and resume sometime in September with new installments for all on-going series. New installments continue with the columns by Sister Mary Lucy Astuto while Father Stephen Valenta, OFM Conv. and Father John Hampsch, C.M.F. columns are new to the internet audience. The same with the messages to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..." and the Lessons/Meditations in THE HIDDEN WAY which will conclude in early September. Speaking of the latter, the book containing all 100 special lessons is now available. Just click on Special Offer for more information. Other features will continue with ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME changing titles to TWO MILLENNIUMS OF MEMORIES FOR THE CHURCH as the countdown continues toward Jubilee 2000. We also hope to revive our Golden Chalice Award in the fall. You'll notice our links section PORTS O' CALL has remained the same with no updates to this point. That is because it has become both a major job to add all the new links and a meg space headache. We are working on it and hope to have it all updated within a month or so with new categories in giving you a full complement of sources. Please be patient.
Patience is something we all need to have as people everywhere are trying to anticipate when the events prophesied by Our Lady will happen. What good does that do? If God wanted His children to know the exact time He would shout it from the rooftops. But He doesn't and the reasons can be found throughout Sacred Scripture and in the common sense of our minds and hearts for how many would live the messages if they knew how much time they had? The majority would wait until the last minute to repent. It doesn't work that way. But the Almighty drops plenty of hints and yet mankind is still so dense. Look at the weather patterns over the last several years - especially this year. Look at the nuclear threats in India and Pakistan as well as other trouble spots around the world. Look at the sorry state of China and just across the pond the tiny island of Japan, once such a formidable financial force, is on the brink of an economical collapse which will have a domino effect over the rest of the globe. Yet so many have their heads in the sand because "the economy in America is good" that they brush off the immoral regime sitting in Washington. The Clinton administration from the top dog down has become an embarrassment to all, but especially to the Creator. Our Lady conveyed to numerous visionaries, including the Hidden Flower, back in 1992 when this country elected the former Arkansas governor that we had sealed our fate and he would lead us to the brink like a "runnaway train hurtling toward the abyss." True to the Blessed Mother's words the man who represents the highest office of the land is doing just that and most of the passengers are mesmerized into thinking it's a joyride. Oh are they in for a shock!
And when these shocks hit home around the world as a result of man's actions or events foretold - and they will - we must not sit back and smugly say "I told you so." Rather, we must be there to help in any way we can - whether it is evangelizing the Word of God to those starving for Truth or ministering to people in the spirit of the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy. As the Holy Father constantly emphasizes, we are all missionaries. God expects each of us to be there for others, not hide where we'll be "safe." There is only one safe place and that is not on this earth. If we live the messages Our Lady is conveying and has been imparting for nearly 200 years, if we live the Word of God imparted by the Holy Spirit to the Evangelists and Apostles of the New Testament and the prophets of the Old Testament, if we live our faith as Christ's Vicar on earth teaches, then we can be assured of safe harbor when our ship arrives in the Heavenly Portals. Until then we're in for rough seas and a voyage that is not going to be a pleasure cruise, but rather a mission of Mercy for all. If we are to expect Divine Mercy then we must reciprocate to our fellow man. One sure way is calling down His Mercy on this troubled world. Jesus conveyed to Blessed Sister Faustina the words "Have mercy on us and on the whole world.". Until that time comes when we may be called on to physically provide mercy and aid, we always have three o'clock in the afternoon - the Hour of Great Mercy. The Chaplet of Divine Mercy only takes ten minutes or so to say, but the results are timeless.
Death of Saint Thomas a Kempis, author of the timeless inspirational "Imitation of Christ."
Pope Clement V, operating out of Avignon, calls witnesses forth to testify against the Templars regarding heresies and misappropriation of Church funds and properties. The Knights Templars had been a solid foundation during the crusades but turned their spirituality toward materialism and fell out of favor with the Church.
Queen Joanna, matriarch of Naples, rules that a brothel should be opened to the public against the strong condemnation of the cultured and virtuous Pope Clement VI.
Death of Pope Damasus II, 151st successor of Peter. This Bavarian born pontiff took the place of his predecessor Pope Benedict IX at the request of the Emperor Henry III of Germany after Bishop Aliard of Lyons declined the papacy. Damasus ruled less than one month, retiring to Palestrina where he died.
The election of Pope Urban VI, 202nd successor of Peter and elected on April 18, 1378, is declared nul and void by the majority of French cardinals who advise Urban to abdicate. When the Pope refuses they set about to elect three months later on October 31 the antipope Clement VII thus putting into motion the Great Schism of the west.
Pope Sixtus IV celebrates the first Mass in the new Sistine Chapel which he built. It would later be decorated by the great master Michelangelo and has served as the cloistered conclave for the College of Cardinals during the election of the Pope.
Cardinal Francesco della Rovere is elected Pope Sixtus IV as 212th successor of Peter, the pontiff who would build the Sistine Chapel, establish the feast of Saint Joseph on March 19th universally, established the Spanish Inquisition and appoint the controversial Tomas de Torquemada as grand inquisitor in Spain.. He was an expert politician and generous patron of the arts.
Pope Pius IX released his twenty-first encyclical - Quanto conficiamur moerore on the alarming rate false doctrines are being promoted.
Pope Saint Pius X issues his ninth encyclical Gravissimo officio munere specifically to the bishops of France over the issue of French associations of worship.
Cardinal Rodrigo de Borja y Borgia is elected Pope Alexander VI as 214th successor of Peter, the pontiff who, by a simple mark on the maps of the new lands of America, he decided the destiny of the new continent.
The Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon along with a cadre of Franciscans and Dominicans lands in Puerto Rico, bringing the faith to that island where it has flourished ever since.
Pope Pius XII issues his famous encyclical Humani generis which dealt with false opinions threatening to undermine the foundations of Catholic doctrine.
Death of Saint Radegund, Queen of the Franks who founded a hospital for the lepers. She was so dedicated to the outcast and the derelict people that those within her court were so appalled at her kissing the lepers that they warned her no one would ever want to kiss her. To this she replied, "If you never kiss me again, I really don't mind."
Death of Saint Maximus the Confessor, Byzantine monk who was a great defender of Pope Honorius against the charges of monothelitism.
Election of Pope Paschal II as the 160th successor of Peter. Though he would reign for nineteen years, the struggle for supremacy between the Pope and the Emperor Henry V forced Paschal into exile.
Death of Saint Nerses Klaietsi also known as "the Gracious." This Armenian saint worked tirelessly to reunite the Greek Church.
Death of Saint Maximilian Mary Kolbe, priest and modern martyr at the hands of the Nazis at Auschwitz. For more, see THIS WEEK'S LITURGY
Death of Pope Pius II, 210th successor of Peter who was dedicated to help those provinces dominated by the Turks, forming a Holy League. It was during this assault on the Turks at Ancona that Pius succumbed a day after being mortally wounded.
Saint Ignatius Loyola, aided by fellow students Saint Francis Xavier, Nicholas Bobadilla, Peter Favre, Diego Laynez, Simon Rodriguez, and Alfonso Salmeron establish the Society of Jesus in Paris. The Order, better known as the Jesuits, would formally be approved by Pope Paul III six years later.
Saint Francis Xavier, Jesuit missionary arrives in Japan to evangelize the faith to the far east.
Pope Leo XIII issues his 68th encyclical of his pontificate - Quam religiosa dealing with civil marriage laws.