I missed posting on St. Maximilian Kolbe’s feast day on August 14. I still wanted to post something on him so here is a video on his life.
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Posted in Catholic, Christian, Christianity, faith, God, health, prayer, Saints, tagged cope, faith, God, Jeremy Camp, pray, prayer, quotes, saints, suffering, troubles on July 17, 2013 | 15 Comments »
There are many forms of suffering. We can suffer for our faith. We can suffer for our beliefs whether religious or political. We can suffer due to health problems. We can suffer due to family issues. We can suffer due to financial burdens. Right now I am suffering because of my health. My endometriosis pain has worsened in the past couple weeks. In addition my joint and bone pain has increased and gotten pretty bad. Right now I am just trying to cope the best I can. Praying is one of my coping mechanisms. Laying down is another. Sorry I haven’t been around much lately on my blog and haven’t visited your blogs recently but I’ve been feeling kinda awful lately. I hope to visit your blogs soon. We need to look to God and all of the saints when we go through suffering. God is always with us. He knows what we’re going through. God is watching over us. May God make each of our sufferings easier to endure. Keep the faith as I understand that can be shaken when going through suffering. God Bless!!!
Here are some quotes from saints on suffering
The more we are afflicted in this world, the greater is our assurance in the next; the more we sorrow in the present, the greater will be our joy in the future.
St. Isidore of Seville
In the same way that a powerful medicine cures an illness, so illness itself is a medicine to cure passion. And there is much profit of soul in bearing illness quietly and giving thanks to God.
St. Amma Syncletice
Trials and tribulations offer us a chance to make reparation for our past faults and sins. On such occasions the Lord comes to us like a physician to heal the wounds left by our sins. Tribulation is the divine medicine.
St. Augustine of Hippo
We must often draw the comparison between time and eternity. This is the remedy of all our troubles. How small will the present moment appear when we enter that great ocean.
St. Elizebeth Ann Seton
It is loving the Cross that one finds one heart, for Divine Love cannot live without suffering.
The wicked exist in this world either to be converted or that through them the good may exercise patience.
He who wants to win the world for Christ must have the courage to come in conflict with it.
Blessed Titus Brandsma
Your first task is to be dissatisfied with yourself, fight sin, and transform yourself into something better. Your second task is to put up with the trials and temptations of this world that will be brought on by the change in your life and to persevere to the very end in the midst of these things.
Posted in Books, Catholic, Christian, faith, God, Jesus, Saints, Theology, tagged faith, God, Host, Jesus, love, picture, Saint Faustina, salvation, sheep, strayed, theology, unbelievable, vision, weak on April 29, 2013 | 2 Comments »
Saint Faustina in her Diary described hearing Jesus say that He would leave the house because there were things that displeased Him. Faustina had a vision where she saw the Host coming out of the tabernacle and landed in her hand. The, she placed the Host back in the tabernacle. This happened two more times her describing the third time how the Host transformed into the living Lord Jesus. Jesus said “I will stay here no longer!” A powerful love rose up in Faustina’s soul and she said to Jesus that she wouldn’t let Jesus leave this house. Jesus disappeared. Faustina put the Host back into the tabernacle. Jesus stayed there and Saint Faustina did three days of adoration for the reparation of sins.
To be honest I’m not feeling the greatest today and am having a hard time thinking so please bear with my scattered thoughts.
I find it surprising that St. Faustina would hear Jesus say that He would leave a place because of there having been things that displeased Him. Wouldn’t He stay there to try to guide persons to change that which displeased Him? Jesus doesn’t give us any clues as to what displeased our Lord. Was it something St. Faustina and the other Sisters did or failed to do? Could that have been an empty threat to wake up St. Faustina, that Jesus never really intended to leave the house? It just baffles my mind that since a few in His flock had gone astray, going by Jesus’ words, why would He have left them?
The imagery of what St. Faustina visioned has me wondering what we could have seen if a camera had been there to take pictures. Would we have seen Jesus? Or an outline of Him? There have been witnesses that have seen outlines and figures of ghosts so I don’t think it is far-fetched to think and hope that we could have seen our Lord in a photo. I have seen different pictures depicting our Lord but do you have an image in your mind of what you think Jesus looks like?
In “Song of the Sparrow” Fr. Bodo talks about the love of God and how many people find it hard to believe that they are loved and lovable. Yet God sent His only Son to die for us in the ultimate act of love. An unbelievable act of love. Since Jesus died on the Cross for each of us in an unbelievable act of love is it so It seems logical to me that the weak persons of little faith have trouble believing the “unbelievable.” It takes great faith to believe the “unbelievable” so we should encourage those of little faith and try to understand why the person has trouble believing certain things. I would ask, why wouldn’t God love us this much? Why do you doubt that God would have sent His only Son to die that we may be saved? God loves us and is waiting for each of us to know, feel, and show Him love in return. God is Love.
This had me thinking . . . What could have St. Faustina have done for God to send her to the fire of purgatory for one day? Is this for sins not confessed? Or if this time in purgatory is for our life in totem: all of our failings, inaction, actions, thoughts but not necessarily sins? I wish I had either a rear view mirror or a time machine to be able to look back into my life to be able to change mistakes and right wrongs that I committed.
We need to pray often and rely on God’s grace to guide us in our decision-making as we go through each day.
God ended up sending Faustina back to earth to endure great suffering for a short period of time, to go through her purgatory here on earth instead of in the afterlife. This had me wondering, how many of our sufferings here on earth is Jesus looking out for us and having us endure the pain in the present in our lives on earth, living out our purgatories here on earth, instead of experiencing a harsher penalty, a harsher pain, in the afterlife? Our Father knows best for us so if we are going through sufferings and tough times here on earth there must be a very good reason, whether it be God has a special mission for us in this life or in the next life.
Jonah Chapter 2
But the LORD sent a large fish, that swallowed Jonah; and he remained in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.
From the belly of the fish Jonah said this prayer to the LORD, his God:
Out of my distress I called to the LORD, and he answered me; From the midst of the nether world I cried for help, and you heard my voice.
For you cast me into the deep, into the heart of the sea, and the flood enveloped me; All your breakers and your billows passed over me.
Then I said, “I am banished from your sight! yet would I again look upon your holy temple.”
The waters swirled about me, threatening my life; the abyss enveloped me; seaweed clung about my head.
Down I went to the roots of the mountains; the bars of the nether world were closing behind me forever, But you brought my life up from the pit, O LORD, my God.
When my soul fainted within me, I remembered the LORD; My prayer reached you in your holy temple.
Those who worship vain idols forsake their source of mercy.
But I, with resounding praise, will sacrifice to you; What I have vowed I will pay: deliverance is from the LORD.
Then the LORD commanded the fish to spew Jonah upon the shore.
My Reflection: Do you think God sends us our own “whales” to point us in the right direction? To influence our decision making?
I believe that God sends us “angels” on this earth to assist in our faith, prayer life, and decision making. But I also believe Satan sends “false angels” on this earth that appear to be good but are in fact deceiving us and leading us away from Christ.
We are called to follow the First Commandment, to worship only God, not false Gods. In this scripture passage the Holy Spirit guides Jonah to say “those who worship vain idols forsake their source of mercy”. We are not to worship anyone or anything besides God.
God is ever merciful, but it is up to each of us to follow His Commandments, avoid idolizing objects or persons, and repent our failings. The merciful God is always waiting with open arms for His Prodigal Children to come home.
As St. Faustina reflected on the Holy Trinity, on the essence of God, Faustina stated that she wanted to know and fathom who God is. Then Faustina saw a light. In the light our Savior appeared to her with His Shining Wounds. St. Faustina heard a voice coming from the light which said, Who God is in His Essence, no one will fathom, neither the mind of Angels nor of man. Jesus said to Faustina, Get to know God by contemplating His attributes.
So in our minds we will never have the capacity to fully understand who God is? God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, since we are unable to be all three of these things and it is impossible for us to experience what it is like to be the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit it makes perfect sense that Jesus would have said that neither man nor Angels can fathom who He is, we cannot know who God truly is.
We can try to know who God is by studying and pondering on His attributes. As humans we will always have a skewed view or an altered view of the reality of God, who God is. Plus, as individuals each of us can try to know God by using different methods, through different experiences, different prayers and types of prayer, by having different interactions with people of faith and people of no faith. This is why each of us needs to work our hardest to know God the best we possibly can. There is always more to know about God. We can always become closer to God. Here are some divine attributes of God that each of us can contemplate on: Omnipotent, Omniscient, Omnibenevolent, Omnipresent, immanent, transcendent, graciousness, holiness, incorporeality, infinity, incomprehensibility, eternity, and love.
Posted in Catholic, Christian, Christianity, Jesus, Lent, Saints, tagged after 6th century, begin, Church Fathers, desert, forty days, history, Jesus Christ, Lent, meaning, saints, St. Athanasius, St. Gregory, St. Irenaeus, start, what, when on March 27, 2013 | 1 Comment »
While talking about Lent today I thought, “What is the meaning of Lent and when did it start?”. Since Kevin didn’t know I looked the term Lent up on the internet and what I found was quite interesting. The word “Lent” originally simply meant the spring season. It was then used to translate the Latin term Quadragesima which means “forty days” or more literally “fortieth day” and has been used from the time of the Anglo-Saxon period. Quadragesima was the Latin rendering for the Greek name for what we now call Lent, tessarakoste (fortieth), a word formed on the analogy of Pentecost (pentekoste).
As I continued to read about Lent on the New Advent Catholic site I noticed that from the time of Eusebius and St. Irenaeus to St. Athanasius to the time of St. Gregory in the 6th century there was a no consensus on whether Lent would last forty days or a shorter period of time. There was also no consensus on the type and timing of fasting among the Church Fathers during this period of time. At the time of St. Gregory in Rome there were six weeks and six days per week that people fasted, which equaled thirty-six days of fasting. The medieval writers continued this tradition and described the thirty-six day period, one tenth of three hundred sixty-five days, as spiritual tithing. It wasn’t until a later date that Lent as being a total of forty days starting from Ash Wednesday came into fruition. This makes perfect sense since the Latin term Quadragesima means “forty days”.
“Some of the Fathers as early as the fifth century supported the view that this forty days’ fast was of Apostolic institution. For example, St. Leo (d. 461) exhorts his hearers to abstain that they may “fulfill with their fasts the Apostolic institution of the forty days” — ut apostolica institutio quadraginta dierum jejuniis impleatur (P.L., LIV, 633), and the historian Socrates (d. 433) and St. Jerome (d. 420) use similar language (P.G., LXVII, 633; P.L., XXII, 475).”
But there was such a wide spectrum of practices regarding Lent and Easter during the first three centuries that the modern scholars nearly unanimously reject the view by some of the Fathers that the forty days fast was of Apostolic origin. But could the forty day period have been a revival from time of the Apostles? Were the Apostles following Jesus’ example of prayer and fasting in the desert for forty days?
Saint Faustina in her Diary said:
“O Jesus, do You hear how my soul is moaning? Deign to hear the painful whimpers of Your child. I trust in You, O God, because heaven and earth will pass, but You word will last forever.”
Matthew 24: 35, Luke 21: 33, Mark 13: 31 – Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.
All three of these scripture passages say the same thing, the very same thing that Saint Faustina wrote down while she listened to our Lord. Truth is timeless. God’s word is Truth. God’s word is everlasting.
I just recently became aware of the prophecies of St. Malachy via Christopher at Conservative Perspective and honestly didn’t know much about them or there authenticity. But this sheds some more light on St. Malachy and the one specific prophecy which claims the next to last prophecy of the popes which refers to Pope Benedict. That would mean that the last pope would be whoever is the next pope. It looks like there are some holes in the prophecy or some things that cast doubt about the legitimacy of the prophecy (ies). But the prophecies may still be true.
Originally posted on theraineyview:
In the early 1990s, someone who was a Christian but not a Catholic told me that John Paul II was the third-to-last Pope.
It worried me,though I couldn’t understand my anxiety. After all, I didn’t believe any of it, so what did it matter to me?
It turned out it came from a prophecy some say was written by St. Malachy in the 12th Century — but some say it wasn’t.
In her diary, Saint Faustina described how she saw Jesus while she attended a dance. She heard Jesus ask her “How long shall I put up with you and how long will you keep putting Me off?”
Those words had me thinking…
Does God ever wonder “When are people going to wake and smell the coffee? When are they going to say Yes and follow me? When are others going to start believing in me?”
Does God ever get frustrated that people do unchristian things, sick of the immorality, get a little sad because of all the unbelievers in the world?
When wars are happening across the globe, there is widespread immorality and faithlessness could this cause Jesus’ stigmata to hurt (increase in pain), and bleed more and more due to many in the World doing things to offend Him?
Posted in Bible, faith, God, prayer, Saints, tagged God, hormones, HRT, LORD, love, Psalm 23, sad, St. Teresa of Avila, struggles, struggling, The Interior Castle, with me on January 27, 2013 | 9 Comments »
On Thursday I started taking hormone, hormone replacement therapy since I had a hysterectomy in September. On Friday I woke up feeling sad. I had an interview at noon but it started snowing a couple of hours before my interview and the roads were pretty awful to drive on so I left pretty early but since everyone was driving very, very slow due to the horrible snow conditions I ended up getting to my interview about 15 minutes late. The interview went okay I guess but I had a hard time remembering examples from other job related experiences. It really took my all to remember. Overall I felt sad, frustrated and not really like myself but I think the interview went okay. As I headed home, still having to deal with the snowy roads an ever-growing sadness began to come over me. After my husband left for work, I cried and cried and don’t know why. I would stop crying for a period of time then would start crying again. This happened over a 2-3 hour period. And I don’t know why. I woke up yesterday filled with sadness. Even Kevin said I looked sad. Today I am a little less sad but still have a sadness about me. I don’t want to be sad. I don’t understand why I’m feeling so sad lately. I do think it is hormone related. Before I started taking the hormones I was happy and fine for the most part. At times I was working through some emotions related to the loss due to the hysterectomy but turning the corner nonetheless. Now I feel like I’ve been hammered backwards by a freight truck or something.
During this time I spoke to God, praying to Him for guidance. Praying to Him for a sign. I opened up my Bible to Psalm 23 – The Lord is my shepherd. I know God is with me. I know that our Lord is watching over me and with me as I go through this bit of struggling but this verse cemented it. God was telling me that He is beside me as I go through this dark valley in my life. God sure did answer. Thank you God. God will help me as I go through this bit of what I would call hell on earth. God is with each of us as we go through life’s struggles. He is there to listen to us.
A few days ago I started reading The Interior Castle by St. Teresa of Avila and that is also helping me. The book is really speaking to me. St. Teresa had her share of struggles and health issues but she had a love and faithfulness for God that is very inspiring. She truly trusted in His will. I love the picture that pops into my mind as she describes the interior castle. I highly recommend that people read The Interior Castle. You can download the audio here.
Here is one of my favorite songs.
Hopefully I will get to post on the Blog of the Year Award later today. I’m sending a very big thank you to everyone who have been so thoughtful to bestow me with this award. God Bless.