St. Teresa of Avila (1515-1582) encouraged Christians in her day instructing us when the Devil wants to remind us of our past, that we can remind him of his future!
Matthew 25:41 states, "Then he (Jesus) will say to those at his left hand, 'Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels."
That's one appointment I personally want to avoid! That is why I so closely want to be identified with Jesus Christ and His and our Mother, that is a great sign of providence. Deepertruth member Judy Alciatore shared the following story of the Rosary on our Deepertruth Radio Show, "Pearl Harbor December 7 and the Holy Eucharist" aired December 7, 2016." The focus of the show was about the courage of Father Aloysius Schmitt who selflessly gave his life in saving others.
The Rosary stops a serial killer 1978
"At 3: 00 am on January 15 Bundy entered the Chi Omega sorority house at Florida State University and murdered two girls before heading off to search for mor...
St. Nicholas was born in the 3rd century (250) near Patara which is today along the Southern Coast of modern day Turkey.
St. Nicholas was born to very wealthy parents
(Epiphanus and Johanna) who brought him up in the Catholic Faith.
St. Nicholas developed a strong love for Christ from a young age.
Due to a local epidemic, St. Nicholas lost both his parents leaving him with an Uncle, Nicholas, the Bishop of Myra.
St. Nicholas would take the name of his Uncle. He learned to read the Scriptures, to serve at Mass, would become a Presbyter.
Soon, he became known for his charity among the poor and needy, the sick and the suffering. He would secretly give gifts to children, he would put coins in the shoes of those who left them out for him.
Legends tell of him saving a woodcutters Daughters from slavery and did many more acts of kindness.As a young man, he became the Bishop of Myra continuing his act of love for God’s people.
St. Nicholas would fall prey in the persecution of the Roman Emperor...
It is interesting that Advent begins the Church year reminding us the need to be ever vigilant. From The Apostolic age, the Apostles encouraged the Church to follow their example. People believed that Our Lord was returning very soon and so the expectation was high.
St Paul teaches us to be ever vigilant writing, “Concerning times and seasons, brothers, you have no need for anything to be written to you. For you yourselves know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief at night. When people are saying, ‘Peace and security’, then sudden disaster comes upon them, like labor pains upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape”.
St. Paul says, “For you yourselves know very well…” indicating that he had already been preparing the people to be steadfast. This is exactly what the Church continues to do.
St. Paul continues, “But you, brothers, are not in darkness, for that day to overtake you like a thief. For all of you are children of the light and children of the day. We are...
St. Andrew was the younger Brother of Simon Peter who was born in Bethsaida of Galilee (John 1:44) and raised in the fishing community. His father, Bar-Jonah, spent his life on the Sea as a fisherman. This was the foundation St. Andrew was raised. His Jewish faith was extremely important to him as evidenced that he first became a follower of St. John the Baptist.
Jesus was baptized by St. John the Baptist ushering in Jesus public Ministry. St. Andrew was present hearing St. John the Baptist say, "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! This is he of whom I said, 'After me comes a man who ranks before me, for he was before me.' I myself did not know him; but for this I came baptizing with water, that he might be revealed to Israel." And John bore witness, "I saw the Spirit descend as a dove from heaven, and it remained on him. I myself did not know him; but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, 'He on whom you see the Spiri...
As we close out the end of the Church year, I am reminded that Jesus Christ, the King of kings and Lord of lords will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead.
We will soon be preparing for the Season of Advent. Advent is a special preparation as the Church begins the new Church year. The season prepares the faithful for the coming of the Lord as Jesus did first arrive in human history. We are also mindful of Jesus final return at the Parousia (Second Coming) as we wait in joyful hope.
Pope Pius XI originally established the Feast of Christ the King in 1925 to remind modern man that no matter how technically advanced Mankind becomes, Jesus will always be Lord. The Pope was deeply concerned of the rise of Secularism which today is everywhere.
The Pope wrote, “The faithful, moreover, by meditating upon these truths, will gain much strength and courage, enabling them to form their lives after the true Christian ideal. If to Christ our Lord is given all power in heaven...
I recently have had discussions with Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) friends who've been promoting videos concerning their doctrines regarding the Catholic Church.
The SDA was founded corporately in 1863 as a result of the "Great Day of Disappointment" when many followed Baptist Minister William Miller on Mount Kelloggs on October 22, 1844. The largest group coming down from the Mountains was the Seventh Day Adventist who developed new doctrines through James and Ellen White.
Much of the SDA doctrine focuses on their false misconceptions of the Catholic Faith. The SDA have produced a number of Anti-Catholic videos that makes claims against the Catholic Church packaging their arguments with colorful, yet highly inaccurate messages.
It is easy to see how people are misinformed by these false presentations. From the SDA belief that Sunday Worship is a sign of the "Anti-Christ" to identifying the Eucharist as a "Babylonian" idol, there are basically 9 identifiers they claim po...
The Roman Empire during the time of St. Catherine of Alexandria was ruled by power and an evil Roman Emperor, Diocletian (284 to 305). Diocletian expanded the influence of the Roman Empire creating a bureaucracy that became a swamp of corruption. In 303 A.D., the "Diocletian Persecution" (303-311) is remembered as the last of the 10 Roman Persecutions, it was the most cruelest, persecution of Christians in history.
This was the environment that St. Catherine of Alexandria had lived her life. She was born in Alexandria Egypt around 287 A.D. of noble birth. Her father was ruling Governor of Alexandria giving St. Catherine the best education and traditionally believed to be a princess.
When St. Catherine was 14 years old, when suitors first began asking for her hand in marriage, the one time princess vowed that he would be the most richly endowed young man, even more than herself. This young man would also have to be a noble with greater rank than her own, and he would h...
Jesus said to the Servant of God, Sr. Josefa Menendez, "My Heart takes comfort in forgiving. I have no greater desire, no greater joy, than when I can pardon a soul."
Jesus also said to St. Faustina, "Let the greatest sinners place their trust in My mercy. They have the right before others to trust in the abyss of My mercy. ... Souls that make an appeal to My mercy delight Me. To such souls I grant even more graces than they ask."
1 Timothy 1:15 St. Paul writes, "This saying is trustworthy* and deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. Of these I am the foremost."
The above is very important to all mankind, everyone of us needs Jesus who gives his Mercy through the power of His love for each person ever conceived. The Bible is filled with testimonies where God intervenes to save His people.
Because of the sin of Adam and Eve and the fall of the human race, heaven was lost, salvation was lost and man only had hell as his option. However, John 3:16 states...
"Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
Each year I always look forward to the Thanksgiving American traditions, the family get together s, the great banquets, the football, Thanksgiving Day Parades, and of course, the time off.
When my Children were young and growing up, we would always give the account of that first Thanksgiving how the Wampanoag Indians helped save the Pilgrims teaching them to plant corn and survive the bitterly cold winters.
In Catholic School, I remember the story being told through plays and celebrations showing how Squanto became a friend to the Pilgrims. Other than that, there was very little that I learned about Squanto. In a way, he is like the woman who washed the feet of Jesus with her tears and used her hair to dry them. Not much is really known of th...