Today’s question: How do you know that God is real?

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Question: How do you know that God is real?

Answer: Many years ago, I decided to take some time off and devote two full years to the study of all world religions, after which I chose to be Catholic.

Then, I spent another ten years studying the faith while working in Catholic parishes; teaching, doing social work and heading up various offices and initiatives, just to see how things actually worked.

Today, I answer questions on-line and operate a Catholic website: http://www.askmeaboutgod.org.

I know God is real because he reveals himself to me in many different ways; particularly through study, worship and sacraments, through fellowship with other Christians and through occasional miracles of various kinds.

Once you come to know God it’s a fairly simple matter to pray without ceasing; staying in constant touch with the Almighty, in a very intimate, complete and powerful way.

The power of that relationship extends also to my friends and family; some of whom are not yet believers. I trust that, by the grace of God, all soon will be.

To sum it all up:

God answers my prayers.

God provides for all my needs.

God speaks to me when I need to hear from him.

God blesses me beyond measure.

God gives me hope.

For my part, I do my best to know, love and serve God,

every way I can, and to give him the thanks,

praise and worship that he is due.

Second thought: Spiritual droughts and spiritual famines are probably much worse than physical ones

In an earlier post, I wrote about the problem of pestilence and other terrible things, but I totally missed the much “bigger picture”.

It has since become quite clear to me that due to the closing of the Churches, we are now in a very serious, spiritual famine (due to our inability to receive the Holy Eucharist) and also in a very serious spiritual drought, due to our inability to receive all the other Sacraments or celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, all of which are God’s preferred and most powerful methods of dispensing his grace – which is a share in God’s divine life – without which, our continued existence is in serious jeopardy.

Worse yet, depending on the will of God and how well we might understand the Sacred Scriptures, variations of this spiritually decrepit situation may (or may not) continue to go on, for several more years. Suggested reading: 1st Kings 17:1-24

This is a much, much bigger problem than the Corona Virus, the shortage of toilet paper, the closing of restaurants, or the reduced hours and other shortages that we might experience, at our favorite stores.

I now know precisely for that which I need to pray. I invite you to join me.

Today’s Question: I work as a nurse… it’s starting to get overwhelming… what can I practically do to help myself?


Today’s Question:
I work as a nurse and since this virus over 30% of our staff has quit causing us to pick up their shifts I have been working over 65 hours a week. I work with very elderly people and it’s starting to get overwhelming I pray to God for comfort but what can I practically do to help myself?

Answer: This could be your “big moment” – the very reason for which you were born.

First, lay everything off on God.

Next, proceed to act as if God has accepted the load.

Then, continue with your personal “mission” according to the natural and supernatural gifts and talents that God has already given you.

Don’t forget to thank him.

Asked and answered today, on Yahoo! Answers.

Today’s Question: What is meditation?

Famous Catholic Mystic, Saint Teresa of Avila

Today’s Question: What is meditation?

Answer: It’s a lot like mental masturbation … but, with God alone,
as the ultimate object of pure love and devotion.

Intimate, personal communion with God
is widely reported to be even better than sex.

A good number of Catholic mystics are known to have perfected their meditation (prayer) techniques to such an extent that they subsequently lost all interest in sex, as well as most other worldly things, with God (eventually) becoming all in all, for them; something that should be worth noting, for a number of very good reasons, during these strange times. 

Three famous Catholic Mystics and their collected works

A reminder from Ann Barnhardt on the dangers of pornography

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Today’s Question: Can you tell us of an experience in prayer?

Today’s Question: Can you tell us of an experience in prayer?

Answer: While on the way to an important Church meeting, the head gasket on my car engine failed, all the anti-freeze blew out, the engine overheated, the car stalled and I was stranded, about an hour (rush hour travel time) away.

I invoked God’s assistance, explaining that if he wanted me to get to the meeting, I would need a little help. Then, I said a quick, Hail Mary and turned the ignition key.

The car started. Steam was shooting out of the engine and all the trouble lights on the dash were shining brightly.

I pulled out into rush hour traffic, anyway.

The steam shortly quit coming out. Then, the trouble lights also went out.

I successfully made my way to the meeting (on time) and later, all the way back home, where I added a gallon or two of fresh anti-freeze.

I drove the same car for another two years.

I never knew that the Blessed Virgin Mary could fix a bad head gasket! Perhaps an angel was also involved.

I went on to experience a number of other miracles, both big and small, while working on that particular Church project.

True story!

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Today’s Question: How do you know what God’s answer is when you ask him a question?

Question: How do you know what God’s answer is when you ask him a question?

Answer: You wait and watch, while you continue in prayer and thanksgiving, believing that you will receive.

Asked and answered on Yahoo! Answers.

Today’s question: Why do I deserve to burn in hell for eternity? If God is love, how can such a thing even be possible?


Question:
Why do I deserve to burn in hell for eternity? Please explain how I deserve to burn in hell, from a human perspective and how can I possibly follow a religion that doesn’t make sense?

Answer: The problems related to “The Human Condition” are probably due as much to “circumstance” as to the personal “guilt” of we who are alive on earth, today. That said, the problem of sin is and always has been, deadly serious!

Due to the Fall of Man (in the beginning, in the Garden of Eden) the default state of all humanity is to be born estranged from God, totally lacking the divine grace that is necessary to enter Heaven, perpetually enslaved to Satan, sin and death, having a natural attraction to sin, as well as an all too human propensity to commit sin.

The only known antidote to perpetual slavery and eternal damnation, is faith in Jesus Christ, the divine man who has demonstrated (as one of us and on our behalf) his total mastery over Satan, sin and death.

The fact that Jesus voluntarily took on flesh, became man, willingly sacrificed himself and then, rose again from the dead, in order to destroy Satan’s power over us (the power of death and hell) while asking nothing in return, except for our faithful allegiance, should be more than sufficient proof of God’s abiding love and tender mercies.

Christians typically swear faithful allegiance to Jesus Christ by being Baptized into his Holy Catholic (Universal) Church.

The Holy Sacrament of Baptism, followed by a regular program of personal prayer and study, along with a lifetime of full, faithful participation in all the work, worship, sacraments and devotions of the Holy Catholic Church, is the time-tested, “Jesus Approved” method of first, being justified by the grace of God and then, proceeding to live a holy life that will serve to glorify God, while preparing us to (hopefully) spend an eternity with him, in Heaven.

Asked and answered today on Yahoo!Answers. Edited for clarity and content.

“Reverse Inquisition” can rid Church of Apostate Priests, Antichrist Bishops and Popes

devilcolorcropAt the Vatican’s Good Friday Liturgy, 2002, the Preacher to the Papal Household, Capuchin Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, said the other religions “are not merely tolerated by God …. but positively willed by Him as an expression of the inexhaustible richness of His grace and His will for everyone to be saved.”

This, in short, is apostasy. 

St. John, the Apostle of Love, said: “Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is Antichrist who denies the Father and the Son” (1 John 1: 22). Thus, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, any religion that rejects Christ, according to Scripture, is an Antichrist religion.

Regarding heretical religions, for example, “Orthodoxy” and Protestantism, St. Paul tells us that false creeds are the “doctrines of devils” (1 Tim. 4: 1).

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Editor’s note: By almost every account, much of what officially passes for Roman Catholicism today, is just another form of heretical, Neo-Protestant Christianity.

Catholic teaching is in shambles. Catholic unity is a myth. Catholic leadership is so weak and ineffective as to be laughable, if the matter wasn’t actually so deadly serious.

Our pope thinks he’s Barack Obama, many of our bishops think they’re Senator Harry Reed, and the few Catholics still remaining in the pews really don’t know what to think!

The people running the Catholic Church today are teaching things that are radically different and often totally opposed to the truths which were handed down to us by Jesus and the Apostles, while paying out multi-BILLIONS of dollars (of our money) in clerical abuse settlements and legal fees.

Divine truth and Catholic morality doesn’t change, so exactly what in the HELL has been going on for lo these many years?

Think: “Reverse Inquisition”

The question is no longer simply whether or not the 2nd Vatican Council was legitimate. Everything that has happened in the aftermath of that council, every church teaching that was “reformulated” during that time and everyone who subsequently rose to power in the post-counciliar church must now be subjected to the closest scrutiny – by the laity. 

Faithful Catholic lay persons can rely on the power of constant, fervent prayer, combined with the power of the purse to bring about the necessary “reform of the reform”. But until such a concerted effort actually comes together, don’t expect much.

USCCB 9 Days for Life begins today

9-days-headerNine Days Of Prayer, Penance And Pilgrimage
DAY ONE January 18, 2014

Intercession

For the mother who awakens each morning with the memory of abortion fresh in her mind: that the Lord may still the terror in her heart and lead her gently to the well-spring of his love and mercy in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. May she, and all who’ve been involved in an abortion decision, find healing and hope through Project Rachel Ministry.

Prayer

Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

Reflection

Today’s Gospel reading from Mark recounts Jesus dining with tax collectors and sinners. When the Pharisees question Jesus about this, he responds, “Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do. I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.” In a society where millions of people have fallen prey to the false promises of the culture of death, let us witness to the mercy of Jesus and invite all who’ve been harmed to experience his abundant love and healing.

Acts of Reparation (choose one)

  • Take time to write a handwritten note to someone who is lonely or needing encouragement.

  • Pray for your deceased relatives and those who have no one to pray for them.

  • “Spiritually adopt” a baby by saying this prayer every day: “Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I love you very much. I beg you to spare the life of [baby’s name], the unborn baby that I have spiritually adopted who is in danger of abortion.” (Prayer of Archbishop Fulton Sheen)

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Miraculous healing saves woman’s leg

“I was in shock when the doctors told me,” said Therese, a junior high school science teacher. “I thought he was talking about someone else. But I had no choice. I began to prepare myself for life with one leg.”

Therese sent lab tests and x-rays to the USA to double check, but they came back with the same prognosis. The leg must be amputated to save her life.

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In Illinois, we just got what we were (evidently) praying for – and it’s not good!

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by Doug Lawrence

Pat Quinn, the first homosexual Governor of Illinois, signed the same sex marriage bill into law, last week.

“How did things come to this?” I asked myself.

Then I remembered the seemingly innocuous little prayer that’s said before every Mass, at my local parish. That prayer covered a lot of ground. Come to think of it – I never really liked the way it sounded. Kind of “mealy-mouth”.

Now it was time for a closer look!

And there is was: “We pray for people of all nations. Fill their hearts with the desire to ensure justice and equality for all…”

As the sage rightly reminds us – be careful what you pray for – you just might get it!

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One of our readers has a special prayer intention. Your participation is urgently requested.

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Holy Saint Fr. Pio, at this current time, one of the places in our country was struck by the recent super typhoon.

I humbly request you to please pray for those who are in need of homes “for their shelter”, food “for their hungry stomachs”, medicine “for their sickness” and faith in God “to strengthen their prayers”.

Help the people who are asking those things, especially those who are in places that have not yet been reached  by the rescuers. Please! They are in urgent need of help. Help also the rescuers find those missing people who want so urgently to see  their family members again.

Let me also ask for your guidance Saint Fr. Pio because, I am the eldest of eight children, striving hard ever since I was young, to help my family.

Give me peace of mind when I am taking my board exam and help me to pass it. I want to help people, especially my family, and specifically, my mother, who has cared for me always.

I ask all this in the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit, and all the saints that bless me by their intercession.

Amen.

George

Janet Baker adds:

Besides prayers, you can easily donate money. I chose to donate to SSPX because they have a mission there (it was affected, but I forget what they said about the church) and I know the people are getting more than food and water, but the faith along with the charity. Here’s the site and the steps, if you also wish to make sure they are not being pressured to abort or accept sterilization in exchange for food, as some US aid efforts actually do!

https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/sspx

First, select an amount, then select One Time for a single donation, then credit/debit or PayPal, then select Foreign Missions, then fill in the words, For the Typhoon Victims.

Mass Question: What to pray when signing the forehead, lips and heart with the Cross of Christ, just before the Holy Gospel is proclaimed?

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Jola asks,“Exactly what words should we be praying as we make the sign of the cross on our forehead, lips and heart, at Mass, just before the Holy Gospel is proclaimed?”

This is what should be happening during that time:

(The priest or deacon bows before the altar and says inaudibly: Almighty God, cleanse my heart and lips that I may worthily proclaim your Gospel.)

The Lord be with you. And with your spirit.

A reading from the gospel according to… Glory to you, Lord.

Pray as you sign your forehead, lips and heart with the Cross of Christ:

May the Word of the Lord be in my mind,
on my lips and in my heart.

This is the gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ. (The priest or deacon kisses the book saying inaudibly: May the words of the Gospel wipe away our sins.)

Further study – Free MS Powerpoint Download on the Liturgy

Forty Days for Life: Banned by the Archbishop in Adelaide Australia!

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The Adelaide Archdiocese under Archbishop Philip Wilson, former President of the Australian Bishops Conference, is a strange, ultra-liberal place.

A place, apparently, where parishes are not even allowed to publicise pro-life activities such as the upcoming 40 Days for Life campaign, lest anyone be offended at being told that abortion is murder.

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Prayer: Weapon of Mass Conversion

A Trappistine nun in Syria has emphasized the power of prayer in an interview with the Vatican newspaper.

The members of her community have strongly criticized President Barack Obama’s plans to attack Syria.

Pope Francis’s vigil of prayer for peace “may be the only real chance to counter this madness and prevent another armed intervention that will certainly not help a people who have already been martyred,” said Sister Marta Luisa Fagnani. “Prayer and fasting are like weapons to empty oneself of oneself and to try to be more reasonable, to make oneself listen to a deeper wisdom.”

“Prayer is powerful, of that we are convinced,” she added. “Otherwise, we would not have chosen this life. Prayer is not just a devotion, it is not just a retreat into peace. It is a powerful weapon, though also a peaceful one. It moves the heart, it has a force of its own. We believe this firmly.”

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National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children – Saturday, September 14, 2013

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On Saturday, September 14, Citizens for a Pro-Life SocietyPriests for Life and the Pro-Life Action League are calling on pro-life Americans to participate in a National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children to honor the grave sites of our unborn brothers and sisters.

Solemn prayer vigils will be conducted at these grave sites, of which there are 40 across the United States.

The date of September 14, 2013, was chosen for this event because it marks the 25th anniversary of the burial of several hundred abortion victims in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Chicago Area Sites

Queen of Heaven Cemetery 1400 S. Wolf Road
Hillside, IL 60126

Map and Directions

Learn more about this grave site . . .

Date and Time: Saturday, September 14 at 2:00 p.m.

Special Guests: His Eminence Francis Cardinal George, Joe Scheidler,
Nancy Kreuzer. Sponsored by: Pro-Life Action League.

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Resurrection Cemetery 200 W. Romeo Road
Romeoville, IL 60446

Map and Directions

Learn more about this gravesite . . .

Date and Time: Saturday, September 14 at 1:00 p.m.
Special Guests: His Excellency Bishop Joseph Siegel; Jill Stanek.

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St. Mary Cemetery 87th Street and Hamlin Avenue
Evergreen Park, IL 60805

Map and Directions

Learn more about this grave site . . .

Date and Time: September 14 at 2:00 p.m.

Special Guests: His Excellency Bishop Alberto Rojas, Fr James Hyland,
Fr Mark Walter, Carol Rybacki.

Other Info: Map to the grave site.

General Information: www.abortionmemorials.com

Submitted by Rita S.

It’s once again time for 40 Days for Life

40 Days for Life

What is 40 Days for Life?     

40 Days for Life Prayer Vigil is a wonderful ‘ life saving’ opportunity to join with our community and hundreds of cities around the world in prayer, fasting and keeping a peaceful vigil in front of a place where children are killed by abortion. Through God, and your prayers and fasting, 40 Days for Life has saved more than 7,536 lives from abortion.  It has led to the conversion of clinic workers and has seen many abortion facilities close forever.

“We often forget the incredible power of prayer and loving witness, but 40 Days for Life reminds us of the fruits of dialogue with the Lord.”

How Can I Help?

Please sign up to pray for an hour or more at Access Health Center at 1700 75th Street in Downers Grove by visiting www.40daysforlife.com/downersgrove and clicking on “Vigil Schedule”.  The Fall 40 Days for Life campaign runs from Wednesday, September 25th through Sunday, November 3rd, from 7am-7pm each day.  Reserve your spot today!

If you can’t come out to the vigil site, private prayer and fasting are also ways in which you can be a part of 40 Days for Life.

Thank you for choosing to protect the most vulnerable of God’s creation!

Questions??? E-mail us at 40DaysDG@gmail.com.

For information about other west suburban prayer vigil locations, visit www.40daysforlife.com/glenellyn and www.40daysforlife.com/aurora.

Liberal social justice Catholics have drunk the Protestant Kool Aid

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by Doug Lawrence

The Catholic Church in America appears to be almost evenly split between “libs” and “trads”.

For those who are new to these culture wars, “libs” might be described as Catholics who tend to be light on Catholic dogma and overly reliant on emotion and social work – especially when it  comes to things like voting for pro-abortion, pro-homosexual politicians and the government funding of various welfare programs.

“Libs” also tend to be less concerned about the liturgy, and often have a less than complete understanding and appreciation for the sacraments – especially the need for the absolution of sins in the confessional and the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist.

For “libs”, emotion generally trumps faith and reason and malformed conscience trumps all – leading to the scandal of high profile, pro abortion and pro homosexual Catholic (and Protestant) politicians infesting all levels of government – along with a plethora of seriously defective Catholic In Name Only (CINO) charities, social justice organizations and even, religious orders.

All of these characteristics are really nothing new for Protestant groups – but they are new for Catholics, since they were essentially put into place by the post-Vatican II “reformers/enablers/revolutionaries” and others who have subsequently learned to invent such things, for their own nefarious purposes, from “whole cloth”.

To sum it up: Like most Protestants, Catholic “libs” generally find it difficult or impossible to believe in the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass as Christ’s one time, once for many, propitiatory sacrifice for the sins of mankind, the Catholic Church as the “Barque of Peter” – the world’s only universal sacrament of salvation, according to the grace, mercy and forethought of Jesus Christ – and the Bible as the inerrant, Holy Spirit inspired, written Word of God – so about all they have left is social justice work – and their poor choices will almost certainly tend to perpetuate the continuing need for it! 

“Trads” tend to obtain their personal guidance through the exercise of faith and reason, based on a good working knowledge of the teachings of Jesus Christ, illuminated by two thousand years of Catholic Church Tradition, exquisitely reasoned, settled Catholic dogma and Magisterial teachings, the Ten Commandments, the Beatitudes, the lives of the saints and the Holy Bible.

Subsequently, “trads” tend to be very picky about the Masses they attend, the fidelity of the priests and bishops who minister to them, the integrity of the politicians who represent them in government, the causes they support, the Bibles they read and the sacraments they receive – most especially the Holy Eucharist, which they firmly believe to be the authentic body and blood of Jesus Christ, along with his soul and divinity.

The “trad’s” primary reliance on grace-giving sacraments – which for baptized Catholics serve to engender and deeply nurture the cardinal virtues of faith, hope and charity, among others – is based on almost two thousand years of remarkably successful Catholic church history and tradition- which until fairly recent times, provided the spiritual underpinnings for all the best features of modern, western civilization.

For “trads”, faith and reason are employed in order to better understand the “mind” of the Catholic Church and hence, the mind of Jesus Christ, who is God and who will also be our final judge. Individual conscience certainly plays a big part – but only after all pertinent Catholic teachings and principles have already been carefully and prayerfully weighed and considered.

When “trads” need to get something done, they pray – often using the Rosary, or kneeling before the Blessed Sacrament – believing they will receive. Then, one of several things typically happens: 1) The problem simply evaporates and disappears (praise God); 2) The right course of action becomes apparent and that action is personally carried out, according to God’s grace, resolving or suitably mitigating the problem; 3) If it is within their limited area of competence – God sends a socially conscious Protestant, “lib” Catholic, or other person – to fix things; or 4) Life goes on as before – since even God isn’t willing to tackle certain problems that we create for ourselves, in this “valley of tears”.

Of course, there are exceptions and variations on both sides, but it’s just about that simple! Any questions?

Tyler Flowers, catcher for the Chicago White Sox: I love praying the Rosary.

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I love to pray rosaries, which are very Christ-centered. In fact, Jesus’ name is literally at the center of the Hail Mary. It’s been said that praying the rosary is learning about Jesus at the school of Mary.

When you consider what Jesus said about becoming like a little child in order to enter the kingdom of heaven, it’s easy to see the importance of placing ourselves at the feet of our spiritual mother, Mary.

Everyone knows it’s perfectly normal to see a child with his mother in the natural order, but the same is also true in the spiritual order: Children of God the Father need a mother, and they have one in Mary. When you become more devoted to Mary, you will inevitably become more devoted to Jesus in the Eucharist.

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Editor’s note: The Cubs could use a few guys like this.

Proclaiming God’s truth when nobody cares to hear (or heed) it

Honolulu’s Catholic Bishop Larry Silva has issued an “urgent” appeal against gay marriage in Hawaii, arguing bluntly that some forms of discrimination are acceptable — including discrimination against same-sex couples.

The prelate’s appeal came as Gov. Neil Abercrombie is being urged to call a special session of the Hawaii Legislature to legalize marriage equality.  Six states including Washington have legalized same-sex marriage in the past year, and a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling has brought marriage equality back to California.

“The language of the proponents is meant to convince us that this is a civil rights issue and that anyone who does not agree is bigoted,” Silva wrote.  “Do not be led astray with such language, and do not allow yourself to be bullied by it.”

The Honolulu bishop is — literally — urging his flock to hit the beads.  Silva told Catholics they should pray the rosary daily against same-sex marriage, and “if possible” recite their prayers around the State Capitol block in Honolulu.

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Editor’s note: Ever since the homosexual community managed to dodge the primary responsibility for the spread of the HIV virus – and induce the government to pay the tab for both the care and the restorative therapies – it was apparent (to me) that some type of malevolent, even demonic force was at work in the body politic.

The demeanor of many homosexuals and homosexualist groups – including the Democratic Party – seems to confirm this, so Bishop Silva’s approach is absolute correct and eminently practical.

We should all join in his Rosary campaign.