Crux Fidelis! (O Faithful Cross!)
Lent is upon us once again.
Below in PDF format is a little instruction on fasting and abstinence.
Keep to the tradition of the Church.
In the mysterious book of the Bible, the Canticle of Canticles, we find the trajectory of how God works with souls. It is seen in the repeated use of verbs having the first person pronoun as the their object or indirect object.
“Let him kiss me with the kiss of his mouth …”
“Draw me: we will run after thee to the odour of thy ointments” (1:3).
“Show me, O thou whom my soul loveth, where thou feedest…” (1:6).
Kiss Me, Draw Me, Show Me.
bring me into the wine cellar and put charity in order in me (cf. 2:4).
“Stay me up with flowers, compass me about with apples: because I languish with love” (2:5).
“His left hand is under my head, and his right hand shall embrace me” (2:6),
“Behold my beloved speaketh to me:
Arise, make haste, my love, my dove, my beautiful one, and come” (2:10),
“show me thy face, let thy voice sound in my ears:
for thy voice is sweet, and thy face comely” (2:14).
Embrace me, speak to me, show me thy Face…
“Catch us the little foxes that destroy the vines: for our vineyard hath flourished” (2:15).
Catch us… catch in me… the little foxes that block this loving union!
Here is the purpose of Lent summarized!
We are offered a deeper union with His Majesty…
but only if we go out in the desert and catch the little foxes inside our souls that diminish and destroy our virtues… and prevent divine union.
“The observance of Lent is the very badge of the Christian warfare. By it we prove ourselves not to be enemies of Christ. By it we avert the scourges of divine justice. By it we gain strength against the princes of darkness, for it shields us with heavenly help. Should mankind grow remiss in their observance of Lent, it would be a detriment to God’s glory, a disgrace to the Catholic religion, and a danger to Christian souls. Neither can it be doubted that such negligence would become the source of misery to the world, of public calamity, and of private woe.”—Pope “Catch us the little foxes that destroy the vines: for our vineyard hath flourished” (2:15). Benedict XIV
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The pilgrimage of Lourdes is founded on the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin to a poor, fourteen-year-old girl, Bernadette Soubiroux. The first apparition occurred 11 February, 1858. There were eighteen in all; the last took place 16 July, of the same year. Bernadette often fell into an ecstasy. The mysterious vision she saw in the hollow of the rock Massabielle was that of a young and beautiful lady. “Lovelier than I have ever seen” said the child. But the girl was the only one who saw the vision, although sometimes many stood there with her. Now and then the apparition spoke to the seer who also was the only one who heard the voice. Thus, she one day told her to drink of a mysterious fountain, in the grotto itself, the existence of which was unknown, and of which there was no sign, but which immediately gushed forth. On another occasion the apparition bade Bernadette go and tell the priests she wished a chapel to be built on the spot and processions to be made to the grotto. At first the clergy were incredulous. It was only four years later, in 1862, that the bishop of the diocese declared the faithful “justified in believing the reality of the apparition”. A basilica was built upon the rock of Massabielle by M. Peyramale, the parish priest. In 1873 the great “national” French pilgrimages were inaugurated. Three years later the basilica was consecrated and the statue solemnly crowned. In 1883 the foundation stone of another church was laid, as the first was no longer large enough. It was built at the foot of the basilica and was consecrated in 1901 and called the Church of the Rosary. Pope Leo XIII authorized a special office and a Mass, in commemoration of the apparition, and in 1907 Pius X extended the observance of this feast to the entire Church; it is now observed on 11 February.
Never has a sanctuary attracted such throngs. At the end of the year 1908, when the fiftieth anniversary of the apparition was celebrated, although the record really only began from 1867, 5297 pilgrimages had been registered and these had brought 4,919,000 pilgrims. Individual pilgrims are more numerous by far than those who come in groups. To their number must be added the visitors who do not come as pilgrims, but who are attracted by a religious feeling or sometimes merely by the desire to see this far-famed spot. The Company of the Chemins de Fer du Midi estimates that the Lourdes station receives over one million travellers per annum. Every nation in the world furnishes its contingent. Out of the total of pilgrimages given above, four hundred and sixty-four came from countries other than France. They are sent by the United States, Germany, Belgium, Austria, Hungary, Spain, Portugal, Italy, England, Ireland, Canada, Brazil, Bolivia, etc. The bishops lead the way. At the end of the year of the fiftieth anniversary, 2013 prelates, including 546 archbishops, 10 primates, 19 patriarchs, 69 cardinals, had made the pilgrimage to Lourdes. But more remarkable still than the crowd of pilgrims is the series of wonderful occurrences which take place under the protection of the celebrated sanctuary. Passing over spiritual cures, which more often than not escape human observance, we shall confine ourselves to bodily diseases. The writer of this article has recorded every recovery, whether partial or complete, and in the first half-century of the shrine’s existence he has counted 3962. Notwithstanding very careful statistics which give the names and surnames of the patients who have recovered, the date of the cure, the name of the disease, and generally that of the physician who had charge of the case, there are inevitably doubtful or mistaken cases, attributable, as a rule, to the excited fancy of the afflicted one and which time soon dispels. But it is only right to note: first, that these unavoidable errors regard only secondary cases which have not like the others been the object of special study; it must also be noted that the number of cases is equalled and exceeded by actual cures which are not put on record. The afflicted who have recovered are not obliged to present themselves and half of them do not present themselves, at the Bureau des Constatations Médicales at Lourdes, and it is from this bureau’s official reports that the list of cures is drawn up.
The estimate that about 4000 cures have been obtained at Lourdes within the first fifty years of the pilgrimage is undoubtedly considerably less than the actual number. The Bureau des Constatations stands near the shrine, and there are recorded and checked the certificates of maladies and also the certificates of cure; it is free to all physicians, whatever their nationality or religious belief. Consequently, on an average, from two to three hundred physicians annual visit this marvellous clinic. As to the nature of the diseases which are cured, nervous disorders so frequently mentioned, do not furnish even the fourteenth part of the whole; 278 have been counted, out of a total of 3962. The present writer has published the number of cases of each disease or infirmity, among them tuberculosis, tumours, sores, cancers, deafness, blindness, etc. The “Annales des Sciences Physiques”, a sceptical review whose chief editor is Doctor Ch. Richet, Professor at the Medical Faculty of Paris, said in the course of a long article, apropos of this faithful study: “On reading it, unprejudiced minds cannot but be convinced that the facts stated are authentic.”
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Prayer of the little children of the Divine Will
For each day from Ash Wednesday to Divine Mercy Sunday
For The Jubilee Year of Mercy
Heavenly Father, In the Name of Jesus, In the Unity, Love and Power of the Holy Spirit, Under the Mantle of Mary Our Blessed Mother, with all the Angels and Saints, and through the Intercession of The Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta, we, the little children of the Divine Will, echo her Prayer to help fulfill her task, to repair and re-do all the acts, thoughts, words and deeds of all souls, past, present and future, and to hasten the Salvation and Sanctification of mankind, and with our voice, give You, Triune God, the Divine Glory as if it was done by all in a Divine Manner, as You Originally Wanted from Adam and his children. And so we say:
‘Heavenly Father, we come to Your Throne to bring to You Your dear children, broken and separated from You, so that You may bind and re-tie once again that Divine Will which was severed from You by Adam. We the little children of Your Most Holy Divine Will asks this of You and we take on the commitment to satisfy You for everyone. Please bind again the human will with the Divine Will bringing the Kingdom of Your Will so that It may come and Reign upon earth as it is in Heaven. Nothing is denied to Your little ones because what they ask is nothing other than the Echo of Your Own Divine Will and of what You Yourself Want.’
We pledge to pray these prayers each day from Ash Wednesday to Divine Mercy Sunday,
for the complete healing and restoration of all Your children and situations:
February 10 – For Our Holy Father Pope Frances, and for all Popes from Peter to the last
February 11 – For all Cardinals, Bishops, Priests and Deacons of all time
February 12 – For all Seminarians, all Religious men and women of all time
February 13 – For all teachers and Promoters of the Faith of all time
February 14 – For all Fathers, Adoptive Fathers, Grandfathers, throughout the generations
February 15 – For all Mothers, Adoptive Mothers, Grandmothers throughout the generations
February 16 – For all the unborn, newborns, infants, toddlers, and all children
February 17 – For all young people, teenage, young adult, and all seeking their vocations
February 18 – For all the single men and women and for all elderly
February 19 – For all the infirm and suffering, mentally, physically, spiritually, emotionally
February 20 – For all souls before death, at any age and circumstance
February 21 – For all soldiers, law enforcement, fire protectors, service persons of all types
February 22 – For all farmers, workers, slaves of all time
February 23 – For all Your chosen people, the Hebrews, Israelites, Jews
February 24 – For all Patriarchs, Prophets, saints of the Old Testament
February 25 – For the Apostles, disciples, for all saints of the New Testament
February 26 – For all missionaries and martyrs
February 27 – For all Saints having aided Redemption and Sanctification
February 28 – For all Catholics of the East, of the West, of all Rites
February 29 – For all Protestants and all Christians
March 1 – For all Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and for all who do not know You, O God
March 2 – For all sinners and all in need of Your Infinite Mercy
March 3 – For all leaders, from Kings to politicians, from high authority to low
March 4 – For all medical persons, lawyers, professors, business persons of every sort
March 5 – For all astronomers, scientists, intellects of every degree
March 6 – For all handicapped and all suffering imperfections of mind and body
March 7 – For all abandoned, outcast and unwanted
March 8 – For the poor, homeless, week, the unloved everywhere
March 9 – For the cancellation of all debts and curses in all family lines
March 10 – For the generational healing of all family lines
March 11 – For the exorcism of all demons in souls and in or on the earth anywhere
March 12 – For the Angels to descend upon earth in the aid and protection of all Your chilren
March 13 – For the Angels of the Last Times to come and fulfill Their Tasks according to the Divine Will
March 14 – For all displaced people, those in refuges and in transition
March 15 – For all homosexuals and those uncertain of their Divine dignity
March 16 – For all addicts of drugs, alcohol, tobacco, food, entertainment, sex and of every vice
March 17 – For all aborted babies at any stage of development
March 18 – For all persons in having supported abortion by politics, human reasoning or indifference
March 19 – For all mothers, fathers, medical or evil persons responsible for killing any unborn child
March 20 – For the conversion of all souls, for their Salvation and Sanctification
March 21 – For the Proclamation 5th Dogma of Our Lady Mediatrix, Co-Redemptrix and Advocate
March 22 – For Our Lady, Mother and Queen of the Divine Will, to Honor Her as such
March 23 – For Luisa Piccarreta, the Little Daughter of the Divine Will, to Honor Her as such
March 24 – For the Gift of the Divine Will be given to the Holy Father
March 25 – For the release of all souls from Purgatory
March 26 – For the Unification of the East and the West Churches under the Roman Pontiff
March 27 – For the intentions of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the fulfillment of all Her Requests
March 28 – For the Glorification of the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta
March 29 – For the blessing of the little family of which we are members.
March 30 – For the Book of Heaven to be known, loved and possessed by all
March 31 – For the Coming of Our Lord Jesus Christ in His Second Coming, all for His Glory
April 1 – For the Great Outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the Second Pentecost
April 2 – For One Church, One Flock, One Shepherd
April 3 – For the Kingdom of the Divine Will on earth as It is in Heaven
The Command Prayer
In the name of Jesus
In the Unity and Power
of the Holy Spirit,
under the Mantle of Mary
with all the Angels and Saints
through the Intercession of
The Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta
please take my humble prayer
and make it Your Command.
that all be accomplished and completed
in Your Most Holy Divine Will.
The focus of this Season is the Cross and penance as we meditate on Christ’s Passion and await the triumph of Easter. We fast, abstain, mortify the flesh, give alms, and think more of charitable works.
One way to make this Lent a most special spiritual journey is by the meditation on the book “The Twenty-Four Hours of the Passion” by by Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta, Little Daughter of the Divine Will.
Shroud of Turin
Book of Heaven
The Call of the Creature to the Order, the Place and the Purpose
for which He was Created by God
The Servant of God, Luisa Piccarreta the Little Daughter of the Divine Will:
Sometimes, then, He (Jesus) would bring me (Luisa) into churches, and even there my good Jesus was offended. Oh! how awfully those works reached His Heart – holy works, yes, but done roughly; those prayers empty of interior spirit, that piety, false, apparent, which seemed to give more insult than honor to Jesus. Ah! yes, that holy, pure, upright Heart could not receive those works, done so badly. Oh! how many times He lamented, saying: “Daughter, see how many offenses I receive, even from those people who are said to be devout – even in the holiest places. In receiving the very Sacraments, instead of coming out purified, they come out dirtier.”
Ah! yes, how much pain it was for Jesus to see people receiving Communion sacrilegiously, priests celebrating the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in mortal sin, out of habit, and some – it is a horror to say it – even out of self-interest. Oh! how many times my Jesus made me see these scenes so sorrowful. How many times, while the priest was celebrating the Sacrosanct Mystery, Jesus is forced to go into his hands, because He is called by the priestly authority. One could see those hands dripping with rot, blood, or smeared with mud. Oh! how pitiful then, was the state of Jesus, so holy, so pure, in those hands which were horrifying to the mere sight. It seemed He wanted to escape from between those hands, but He was forced to stay until the species of bread and wine would be consumed.
Sometimes, while remaining there with the priest, He would come hurriedly to me, all lamenting, and before I could say it, He Himself would say to me: “Daughter, let Me pour it into you, for I cannot take anymore. Have pity on My state, which is too sorrowful – have patience, let us suffer together.” And while saying this, He would pour from His mouth into mine. But who can tell what He poured? It seemed to be a bitter poison, a fetid rot, mixed with a food so hard, disgusting and nauseating, that sometimes it would not go down. Who can tell, then, the sufferings that this pouring of Jesus produced? If He Himself had not sustained me, I certainly would have died; yet, He would pour in me but the smallest part – what would it be for Jesus, who contained tons upon tons of it? Oh! how awful is sin! Ah! Lord, let everyone know it, so that all may flee from this monster so horrible. But while I would see these scenes so sorrowful, other times, He would also make me see scenes so consoling and beautiful as to be enrapturing; and this was to see good and holy priests celebrating the Sacrosanct Mysteries. Oh God! how high, great, sublime is their ministry. How beautiful it was to see the priest celebrating Mass, and Jesus transformed into him. It seemed that it was not the priest, but Jesus Himself that celebrated the Divine Sacrifice, and sometimes He would make the priest disappear completely, and Jesus alone would celebrate Mass – and I would listen to Him. Oh! how touching it was to see Jesus recite those prayers, do all those ceremonies and movements that the priest does. Who can tell how consoling it was for me to see these Masses together with Jesus? How many graces I received, how much light, how many things I comprehended! But since these are past things, I don’t remember them too clearly, so I keep silent.
But as I am saying this, Jesus has moved in my interior and has called me – He doesn’t want me to do so. Ah! Lord, how much patience it takes with You. Well then, I will content You. Oh! sweet Love, I will say a few little things, but give me your grace to be able to manifest them, because, by myself, I would not dare to utter one word about mysteries so profound and sublime.
Now, while seeing Jesus or the priest celebrating the Divine Sacrifice, Jesus would make me understand that in the Mass there is all the depth of our sacrosanct religion. Ah! yes, the Mass tells us everything and speaks to us about everything. The Mass reminds us of our redemption; It speaks to us, step by step, about the pains that Jesus suffered for us; It also manifests to us His immense love, for He was not content with dying on the Cross, but He wanted to continue His state of victim in the Most Holy Eucharist. The Mass also tells us that our bodies, decayed, reduced to ashes by death, will rise again on the day of the judgment, together with Christ, to immortal and glorious life. Jesus made me comprehend that the most consoling thing for a Christian, and the highest and most sublime mysteries of our holy religion are: Jesus in the Sacrament and the resurrection of our bodies to glory. These are profound mysteries, which we will comprehend only beyond the stars; but Jesus in the Sacrament makes us almost touch them with our own hands, in different ways. First, His Resurrection; second, His state of annihilation under those species, though it is certain that Jesus is there present, alive and real. Then, once those species are consumed, His real presence no longer exists. And as the species are consecrated again, He comes again to assume His sacramental state. So, Jesus in the Sacrament reminds us of the resurrection of our bodies to glory: just as Jesus, when His sacramental state ceases resides in the womb of God, His Father, the same for us – when our lives cease, our souls go and make their dwelling in Heaven, in the womb of God, while are bodies are consumed. So, one can say that they will no longer exist; but then, with a prodigy of the omnipotence of God, our bodies will acquire new life, and uniting with the soul, will go together to enjoy the eternal beatitude. Can there be anything more consoling for a human heart than the fact that not only the soul, but also the body will be beatified in the eternal contentments? It seems to me that on that day it will happen as when the sky is starry and the sun comes out. What happens? With its immense light, the sun absorbs the stars and makes them disappear; yet the stars exist. The sun is God, and all of the blessed souls are the stars; with His immense light, God will absorb us all within Himself, in such a way that we will exist in God and will swim in the immense sea of God. Oh! how many things Jesus in the Sacrament tells us; but who can tell them all? I would really be too long. If the Lord allows it, I will reserve saying something else on other occasions.
Most Holy Face of Jesus
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In Tours, France during the 1840’s a young Carmelite nun received a series of revelations from Our Lord about a powerful devotion He wished to be established worldwide—–the devotion to His Holy Face and Name.
THE “GOLDEN ARROW” PRAYER
MAY the Most Holy, Most Sacred, Most Adorable, Most Incomprehensible and Unutterable Name of God be always praised, blessed, loved, adored and glorified, in Heaven, on earth, and under the earth, by all the creatures of God, and by the Sacred Heart of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar. Amen.