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...
Jesus warns,"Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God." But just two versus later, Jesus says, "With men this is impossible, but with God, all things are possible." In other words, it is not money that is the real issue, it is the love of it. St. Elizabeth is an example of how God can use someone who is wealthy because they place him first over all their blessings.
St. Elizabeth of Hungary, was born in Hungary on July 7, 1207 to the Hungarian King Andrew II and Gertrude of Merania. She was born of noble birth. From her young age, she was given the prestige of royalty.
At age four, St. Elizabeth was sent to the court of Landgrave of Thuringia to prepare her for a marriage arrangement from her father. She was to be educated for such a marriage.
When St. Elizabeth was six years old, in 1213, her mother, Gertrude was murdered by Hungarians who had been quarreling with Germans who had no...
What are Eucharistic Miracles? Throughout the history of the Catholic Church, Jesus has proven beyond any doubt that He is truly present in the Holy Eucharist. Why did He have to prove this to us? It is because at certain times in history, there were heresies that denied the Real Presence in the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. On other occasions, some priests doubted the Real Presence of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist. And yet, on other occasions, the Holy Eucharist was abused by believers and non-believers alike.
What follows is one of over 100 Eucharistic Miracles that took place throughout the history of the Catholic Church. All of them have received the full approval of the Catholic Church. Please share and then seek the next one and share, and continue to show your love in a special way to our Lord by giving all your family and friends and those that are put into your life an opportunity to strengthen their faith, and bring some into and some back to the Catholic Church.
“With their patience worn out by the journey, the people complained against God and Moses, “Why have you brought us up from Egypt to die in this desert, where there is no food or water? We are disgusted with this wretched food!” In punishment the LORD sent among the people seraph serpents, which bit the people so that many of them died. Then the people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned in complaining against the LORD and you. Pray the LORD to take the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people, and the LORD said to Moses, “Make a seraph and mount it on a pole, and if any who have been bitten look at it, they will live.” Moses accordingly made a bronze serpent and mounted it on a pole, and whenever anyone who had been bitten by a serpent looked at the bronze serpent, he lived.” (NM 21:4B-9)
What the serpent on the pole reminds us today is that a sinful creature was used to be an agent of...
In my quest to find promises Jesus offers to His people to help them avoid Hell, the very mechanism of His Death is a source Jesus calls for meditation.
In looking at the crucifix, consider meditating on the sufferings of Jesus, His Passion.
In due time, many make the decision to rebel against God, to allow sin to fester from within.
To prevent this to happen, many years ago I developed this meditation that helps me when looking at a crucifix:
The crowning of thorns and the wounds on his head reflects the suffering he bore because of what we place in our head. When we allow garbage to come in, eventually the garbage manifests itself as it fills the heart.
His right hand (wrist) nailed to the cross reflects the things we did that caused sin, his left hand (wrist) nailed to the cross reflects the things we failed to do.
Study the feet, sometimes you will see a crucifix with the left over right, sometimes we might see the feet fastened separately.
The following was approved by Pope Leo XIII in Rome 5 April 1890
The Bible records that St. Peter and John went into the Sepulcher at the news Jesus had arisen from the dead. There in the tomb was the Shroud, but that was not all to be found in the tomb. There was also found a copy of a letter believed to have been written by Jesus. According to the letter, it covered the drops of Blood Jesus suffered throughout His Passion and Death.
Today, this letter is maintained in a silver box by the Pope as it has been preserved by Emperors and Empresses defending the faith.
News of this letter has transcended time and into legend. Inspired by the Gospel and this legendary letter, St. Elizabeth, Queen of Hungary, St. Matilda, St, Bridget and others prayed to Our Lord asking about His terrible suffering. Jesus responded to them:
"I descended from Heaven to the Earth in order to convert you.
If olden times people were religious and their harvests were abundant; at present, on the contrar...
Jesus appeared to Sr Mary Martha Chambon (March 6, 1841 – March 21, 1907) making this promise, "The Holy Crown is for the faithful soul a source of merit.. [it] will merit for you a crown of glory... A single soul performing her actions in union with the merits of My Holy Crown may gain more than many others."
Sr Mary Martha Chambon received her first vision of Jesus when she was nine years old while attending Good Friday Services in the parish church of Lémenc. She related that Jesus appeared to her crucified and covered with wounds and blood.
Later that year, Sr. Mary Martha received her first Holy Communion. At that event, she saw the baby Jesus, who told her, "Child, my favorite, so it will be every time you go to Holy Communion." That being said, Jesus says that to all who receive him in the Eucharist in the State of Grace!
In 1866 after joining a convent at age 21 (Monastery of the Visitation Order in Chambéry), her mother superior maintained a chr...
Have you ever contemplated what Jesus suffered the most as He went through His Passion to the Cross. Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, a French Abbott prayed asking Our Lord that very question. Jesus responded:
“I had on My Shoulder while I bore My Cross on the Way of Sorrows, a grievous Wound that was more painful than the others, and which is not recorded by men. Honor this Wound with thy devotion, and I will grant thee whatsoever thou dost ask through its virtue and merit. And in regard to all those who shall venerate this Wound, I will remit to them all their venial sins and will no longer remember their mortal sins.”
A couple of thoughts I have on this, what a grace it would be to have Jesus respond to you in such a way. Jesus has shared revelation to His Saints going back to the very beginning. That is amazing! This response from Jesus is not only for St. Bernard, but for all of us who have recourse to Jesus and His suffering.
While at Fort Campbell KY, I was playing first base f...