Greetings in Jesus and Mary....
We are getting close to Ash Wednesday and Lent. The Christmas season is officially over after February 2nd but we are in the week of Septuagesima which gives us a pre-Lenten preparation which I always feel I need. I also do the Novena to the Holy Face before the Feast day of the Holy Face which is always the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday and will be February 13th this year. My children always knew we started Lent at the start of this Novena which this year will be this Sunday, February 4th.
Today's Gospel reading is perfect for getting us to understand that we need to prepare. It is....
At that time Jesus spoke this parable to His disciples: "Then will the kingdom of heaven be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went forth to meet the bridegroom and the bride. Five of them were foolish and five wise. But the five foolish, when they took their lamps, took no oil with them, while the wise did take oil in their vessels with the lamps. Then as the bridegroom was long in coming, they all became drowsy and slept. And at midnight a cry arose, 'Behold, the bridegroom is coming, go forth to meet him!' Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.' The wise answered, saying, 'Lest there may not be enough for us and for you, go rather to those who sell it, and buy some for yourselves.' Now while they were to buy it, the bridegroom came; and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was shut. Finally there came also the other virgins, who said, 'Sir, sir, open the door for us!' But he answered and said, 'Amen I say to you, I do not know you.' Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour."
I also would like to post a presentation done by John Henry Westen Show to help us realize what is coming soon. The events in the Church and in the world prove that we are not far from these prophecies.
May we all get ready for Lent and prepare ourselves for what is about to come.
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!
Greetings in Jesus and Mary!
Blessed Feast Day of the Epiphany! (and First Saturday) May we give our all this year to Jesus so that He can fill us with the necessary graces to make it through a very likely tough year.
The gifts of the Magi were so significant for the King of Kings Who came down from Heaven to die for all of us on the cross in order to open the gates of Heaven!. Epiphany is a time to reflect on Jesus Christ and His Divinity. The Magi’s visit reveals this to us with their symbolic gifts they brought to the infant Jesus: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. These gifts are believed to represent Jesus’ kingship, divinity, and death. Gold which is the most fitting thing for a Royal King, Frankincense and Myrrh were used in the embalming process as a means of perfuming and anointing. It must have been hard for Mary and Joseph to accept these without having a heavy heart for Jesus' coming suffering and death.
I searched YouTube to find the song "What Can I Give Him". When my children were small, we would sing this. The below video is the best video I could find that shows a large holy family teaching their little ones to love Jesus. This is so uplifting to watch in a world that is growing colder by the day! The love of God is a pale light in the world right now because so many do not want Him,..... or love Him.
I hope you enjoy it and give Him your heart in a bigger way this year.
Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament, pray for us!
Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!
Greetings in Jesus and Mary....
Blessed Feast day of the Holy Name of Jesus!! I am posting today a talk by Fr. William Casey (below link)which is very relevant for today even though it was from a few years back. He talks about how we are to not be afraid and to start making changes today and not put them off till tomorrow. That is the New Year's failure that we all have encountered....putting it off......putting it off....putting it off.
May we ask Our Lady to give us the necessary graces to serve God above all things and to do His most Holy Will daily starting today. May we grow in grace and may that be our goal until we are before Him on our judgement day.....For the greater glory of God and for the salvation of souls.
Enjoy the link below and pray your daily Rosary begging Our Lady for help!
Blessed New Year to All!
How to begin. We have so much chaos in the world and in the Church. This is a great time to be alive! We are called to be magnanimous in virtue and we can not acquire that without the Church...Her Sacraments...Her Tradition...Her Devotions. We are called to be sons and daughters of the One True God and fight for souls now more than ever. (Jesus, Mary, I love you ....save souls!)
We can walk confidently with Our Lady; She will always bring us to Her Son! If we are not consecrated to Jesus through Mary and we do not live that consecration; we will be subject to so many temptations that we may not remain steadfast in our Faith.
Below is a homily done in Advent but is perfect for the start of the new year. May we trust in the path of the Catholic Church that God has given to us with all of its treasures! May we not find ourselves slumping over the scandals that are all around us. May we take our banner with the words "Jesus and Mary" and go into battle like Joan of Arc with complete confidence that all is either willed by God or allowed by God.....and may we fight the good fight as St. Paul says we are to do! KNOW WE ARE ON THE WINNING SIDE!
Blessed New Year to all of you!
Bernadette Porter is a Traditional Catholic, a wife of 42 years with 6 adult home-schooled children and 6 grandchildren. A sincere devotion to Mary, the Mother of God leads me to want to share "The Church's best kept secret" - Mary!