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Saturday, January 10, 2009

The Warning: Lourdes

Lourdes: 1858

In 1854, Pius IX defined the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Four years later, Bernadette Soubirous, a fourteen-year-old girl whose family was the poorest in Lourdes, France, declared she had seen a Lady in the village dump, where she and two other girls had been gathering firewood. The vision had issued from the heart of a massive rock formation next to the river Gave, in a place called “Massabielle,” which literally means “old rock.” After several visits, the Lady asked Bernadette to return fifteen times, which she faithfully did, whereupon she and the whole world received a message and a gift. The message was simple and direct: “Repentance! Repentance! Repentance!”
The gift was a beautiful clear spring, coming forth from the base of the rock at a point where Bernadette had obediently dug with her bare hands in the mud, for the Lady had directed that she drink at The Spring. The waters soon displayed miraculous healing properties, and pilgrims began their journeys to Lourdes to bathe in the water and drink at The Spring. Ever since The Spring appeared, countless millions have found living waters at this spot where the Blessed Virgin spoke to a little girl of no account. When Bernadette at last asked the beautiful Lady who she was, the vision confessed, with awesome simplicity, “I am the Immaculate Conception!” Free from sin from the beginning, she showed what the Lord wants for us at the end. Her battle is ours, a fight against sin. If we would only repent of our sins, the calamities that threaten the human race would never
occur. There would be healing and peace that issues from the heart of God, like water from The Rock. Like Mary, we dwell within the “old rock” of the Church, the Rock of Christ. The waters flowing from it in the mystery of Baptism would cleanse us and refresh us with grace.

The miracles at Lourdes continue until today to confront us with the message of Mary and the constant availability of God’s healing and forgiveness. The Spring is a reminder that the springs of “living water” are waiting for the people of the world, that they may come and “drink freely, without pay.” The weight of sin upon us will be lifted, its stain washed away. The message grows more emphatic with Lourdes. Sin is the core of the problem. The world must change. The Darkness is gathering.

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O Virgin Mother of God,
Mary Immaculate,
we dedicate and consecrate ourselves to you
under the title of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal.
May this Medal be for each one of us
a sure sign of your affection for us
and a constant reminder of our duties toward you.
Ever while wearing it,
may we be blessed by your loving protection
and preserve in the grace of your Son.
O Most powerful Virgin,
Mother of our Savior,
keep us close to you
every moment of our lives.
Obtain for us, your children,
the grace of a happy death;
so that, in union with you,
we may enjoy the
bliss of heaven forever. Amen.

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“Let us Love, for that is all our Hearts were made for.”- Saint Therese of Lisieux

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Mother Teresa: How to Love God

Mother Teresa: How to Love God

spiritual beauty is in the hand of grace that touches a soul with love and ignites the light of God within.

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Mother Teresa’s words of Love

“..in this world we cannot do great things. we can only do small things with great LOVE.” “..if we really want to love we must learn how to forgive.”~ Mother Teresa

only love is real.

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Prayer To Our Queen Of Angels

PrayOften.net Please say this prayer:

“August Queen of Heaven, sovereign Mistress of the Angels, who didst receive from the beginning the mission and the power to crush the Serpent’s head, we beseech thee to send thy holy Angels, that under thy command and by thy power, they may pursue the evil spirits, encounter them on every side, resist their bold attacks, and drive them hence into the abyss of woe.

“Most holy Mother, send thy Angels to defend us and to drive the cruel enemy from us. Amen.

“All ye holy Angels and Archangels help and defend us. Amen.”

Our Lady, Queen of the Angels – August 2

Prof. Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira

In 1863 A Bernardine Sister was shown in spirit the vast desolation caused by the Devil throughout the world. At the same time, she heard the Blessed Virgin telling her it was true, Hell had been let loose upon the earth, and that the time had come to pray to her as Queen of Angels and to ask of her the assistance of the Heavenly Legions to fight against these deadly foes of God and men.

Our Lady, the Christ Child, and the Angels
Detail from The Wilton Diptych, c. 1395

“But, my good Mother,” she replied, “you who are so kind, could you not send them without our asking?”

“No,” Our Lady answered, “because prayer is one of the conditions required by God Himself for obtaining favors.”

Then the Blessed Virgin communicated the following prayer, bidding her to have it printed and distribute it everywhere.

August Queen of Heaven, sovereign Mistress of the Angels, who didst receive from the beginning the mission and the power to crush the Serpent’s head, we beseech thee to send thy holy Angels, that under thy command and by thy power, they may pursue the evil spirits, encounter them on every side, resist their bold attacks, and drive them hence into the abyss of woe.

Most holy Mother, send thy Angels to defend us and to drive the cruel enemy from us. Amen.

All ye holy Angels and Archangels help and defend us.

This prayer was approved by the Church. A person who says it receives a 300 day indulgence.

Comments of Prof. Plinio:

When we consider the power of the Revolution, the way it has spread throughout the world, further, when we consider the intrinsic ferocity it has, then we reach the conclusion that the Revolution relies on the support of the devils.

The Revolution shows itself in its full iniquity in epochs when it lets its mask fall. During the explosion of the Protestant Revolution, for example, the number of religious women who left the convents to embrace the heresy and afterwards to become prostitutes was enormous. There was even a market established for those countless nuns who wanted to be prostitutes. There were so many who wanted to deliver themselves to this form of depravity that the normal places of prostitution were completely filled, and still a large surplus of women remained. So, a market offered them straight to the public. It shows the iniquity of the Protestant Revolution.

In a parody of a Catholic procession, the revolutionaries lead the “goddess reason” to Notre Dame

Also the quantity of profanations was astonishing. The heretics had a special hatred for the Eucharist and would profane it in the churches, opening the tabernacles, taking out consecrated Hosts from the chalices and throwing them on the streets to be stepped on by pedestrians. A reputable author, referring to the number of these profaned Hosts, said that the streets of all Germany were covered with Hosts. It is another expression of the evil of the Revolution.

During the French Revolution, there was a constant persecution of the Church. First, the State declared itself separated from the Church; then it decreed the separation of the French Church from Rome. After that, all the Catholic churches in France were closed. Further, in the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, the French revolutionaries placed a nude woman, a cabaret performer, on the altar of Our Lady in her place, and she was adored as the “goddess Reason.” This reflects the iniquity of the Revolution.

In the Middle Ages, when the Revolution started, Popes, Emperors and Kings were against it. The powerful of the time were against it and, nonetheless, it infiltrated the edifice, corroded its foundations, and reached the zenith of power it has today. Analyzing this inexorable march, one concludes that the Revolution could not have been so successful without having the increasing support of the Devil. Today, then, we have the apex of both, the power of the Revolution and the power of the Devil; there is a terrible demonic infestation.

The demonic influence and participation in the revolutionary process explains why its iniquity goes beyond the limits of human evil. The evil proper to man stained by original sin could not be as bad as the extreme of evil we are witnessing in our days. There is something else in this extreme of evil. This something else is the part played by the Devil.

When a man delivers himself to this extreme of evil, he is infested by the Devil, because his human nature would normally be repelled by such a degree of iniquity and he would reject it. If he accepts it, this is because part of his will is possessed by the Devil. Since there are countless men in this condition, one can conclude that the Devil has become effectively the lord of this world.

The revolted Angels are driven into Hell

Pieter Bruegel the Elder

So, our counter-revolutionary fight will never be complete if it does not take into consideration this fight against the Devil. This battle, however, cannot be won without the help of Our Lady. She is the one who received the mission to smash the head of the Serpent. She has the power to expel the devils. She does so by means of the Angels.

Why does she need the Angels?

First, God wanted the universe that He created to be governed by the creatures He created, and not directly by Him. He made the Angels the intermediaries between God and men so that they could direct them.

Second, He established Our Lady as Queen of the Universe and, therefore, gave her the power to rule over everything. The Angels are the normal agents to execute the orders she gives for her rule. For this reason, she is the Queen of the Angels.

Third, because the Angels have the same nature as the devils, it is appropriate for them to combat the devils So, Our Lady uses them for that fight.

Fourth, the first war in History was the heavenly war between the Angels and the devils. This war will only end on the last day of History. Until then, the devils will always try to destroy the plan of God for men, and the Angels will do the opposite.

Thus, Our Lady wants to expel the devils that infest the world through the Angels, her subjects. To invoke her under the title of Queen of the Angels is most efficacious.

Our Lady, Queen of Heaven and Earth

In this fight, men have a special role to play. They must ask Our Lady to expel the devils from earth. Without this prayer, she does not do it. If we ask her, she will do it, but it is necessary to ask.

Therefore, since we are living in an epoch where the demonic infestation has reached its apex, we should ask with increasing insistence that the hour of the power of darkness end and that the devils be cast into Hell.

We should ask her to expel the devils that influence the soul of each one of us, the souls of the members of our families, the souls of the persons we are supposed to bring to the Counter-Revolution.

Catholic doctrine teaches us that in the first battle in Heaven, the bad angels who took an active part in the revolt against God were sent straight to Hell.

The ones who took a passive part, however, were sent to infest the air of the earth.

This second type prepares men to fall into temptation; when they are prepared, the first type comes in order to tempt them to commit a mortal sin and break their union with God.

We should ask Our Lady to free us from the influence of both the devils of the air and the devils of Hell.

When this power of Satan will be broken, the ground will be free to set the foundations for the Reign of Mary .

Prof. Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira
The Saint of the Day features highlights from the lives of saints based on comments made by the late Prof. Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira. Following the example of St. John Bosco who used to make similar talks for the boys of his College, each evening it was Prof. Plinio’s custom to make a short commentary on the lives of the next day’s saint in a meeting for youth in order to encourage them in the practice of virtue and love for the Catholic Church. TIA thought that its readers could profit from these valuable commentaries.

The texts of both the biographical data and the comments come from personal notes taken by Atila S. Guimarães from 1964 to 1995. Given the fact that the source is a personal notebook, it is possible that at times the biographic notes transcribed here will not rigorously follow the original text read by Prof. Plinio. The commentaries have also been adapted and translated for TIA’s site.

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“We are packages of memories just held together by skin..”~Shannan Suzzette Taylor

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Letter from St. Therese to Leonie,
November 5, 1893

“Consider the oaks of our countryside, how crooked they are; they thrust their branches to right and left, nothing checks them so they never reach a great height.”

“On the other hand, consider the oaks of the forest, which are hemmed in on all sides, they see light only up above, so their trunk is free of all those shapeless branches which rob it of the sap needed to lift it aloft. It sees only heaven, so all its strength is turned in that direction, and soon it attains a prodigious height.”

“In the religious life the soul like the young oak is hemmed in on all sides by its rule. All its movements are hampered, interfered with by the other trees…. But it has light when it looks toward heaven, there alone it can rest its gaze, never upon anything below, it need not be afraid of rising too high.”


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