Pray Like A Lion.

When you pray, DO NOT pray with the heart of a mouse, thinking your prayer MIGHT be heard. Pray with the heart of a lion, BELIEVING that your prayer WILL be heard. Pray with childlike confidence. St. Terese once said, ‘You will receive from God what you expect to receive.”

Between pages 81 and 82 of his book, Fatima and the Triumph of Mary: Reflections on the Message of Fatima, Fr. Andrew Apostoli, C.F.R., states that daily recitation of the holy Rosary will, ”…change your life forever,” (Apostoli, 2016, p.82).

I could not agree more!

Since that day in mid-summer of 2016 when I was concerned about the direction of the world and the condition of humanity and I heard the word, ”Rosary” whispered into my ear, I knew from that instant I needed to go from praying my Rosary on Friday only, to every day. And I have.

I am not arrogant enough to believe that by praying my Rosary daily, the fate of the world hinged upon my prayers, for it does not. The fate of the world hinges on our continued response as Roman Catholics to the message of the great mother of God at Fatima.

What I did understand is this, ‘‘Jesus, for a second time was about to save me through His grace, once again, by inviting me to a) go to Him through His mother (in this case, through daily recitation of the Rosary and the message of Fatima), b) to live chastely moving forward, c) to return to the Church, and d) receive the sacrament of reconciliation and the holy Eucharist, which can only be obtained through His Church.”

In doing so; in responding to His invitation (and how could I not?), my prayers would be ”joined” with that Catholic faithful around the world who are responding to this same invitation. Collectively, as we lift our prayer to Christ through Our Lady and respond accordingly to the message of Fatima, we are hastening, I believe, the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary as promised by Our Lady at Fatima.

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National Catholic Register Articles

I thought I would share these articles with you.

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On July 13, 1917, Our Lady of Fatima Showed a Vision of Hell and Taught Us How to Avoid It, by Joseph Pronechen.

Do Not Be Deceived: Christ Forbids Homosexual Acts, and the Church Cannot Teach Otherwise, by Msgr. Charles Pope

(Note: Regarding the article above. As one who lived this lifestyle for over 20 years, I agree, the church must never teach otherwise.)

The Drug-Fueled Homosexual Scandal Allegations at the Holy Office, by Edward Pentin.

(Note: Regarding the article above. This can be seen as an evil, which to an extent I believe it is, but also a purging, if you will, by the holy of holies. The gates of hell will not prevail again God’s church on earth.)

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“Heaven Chose Me!”

“Let there be great joy and jubilation in heaven for those souls who seek to turn away from sin and follow the path (Mary) that leads to Her son, Jesus Christ!”

cropped-44f901b8c1bf09eb3caa4003cce7d172_3.jpgToday marks the 100th anniversary of the third apparition of Our Lady to the three shepherd children (Lucia, Francisco, and Jacinta) of Fatima, Portugal in 1917.

There is always great joy in my heart and soul because of what Our Lady’s message has meant to so many Catholics, myself included, across the globe — an opportunity to console God, pray and make sacrifices for those who have no one doing such for them. In addition, a generation shall live to witness the full conversion of Russia, if it isn’t happening already, and the triumph of Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart.

There is also sadness in my heart and soul, although one does not have time to grieve when prayer and taking joy in God’s will should be a the heart of our daily activities, because so many others, especially Roman Catholics, choose to turn a blind eye to witnessing as true apostles of Fatima.

What one does today in obedience today to Jesus’s calling or invitation could affect and change the life of another. I give God all the glory for I have been blessed with grace, honor, and privilege to witness such a miracle first hand through my BFF (Brother G).

I did not choose heaven. Heaven chose me!

I am today a humble and undeserving servant of Christ whom I serve through His mother. I believe this with all my heart simply because the grace of Our Lord spoke to my heart in March 2017 and said, ”Come follow me. Teach others about love and prayer [there seemed to be an emphasis on prayer]. Your sins are forgiven. Go and sin no more!”

Naturally I felt like a newly received convert into the church who was ready to serve my Lord right out of the gate. Like Francisco and Jacinto Marto of Fatima, I wanted to console God and save souls. However, I was not even close to serving Our Lord in the way these two recently canonized saints of the church did.

I had forgotten in my momentary lapse of joy that responding to His call meant I would fall many times. And each time I do, His grace will lift me up, shake the dust from my clothes, point me in the direction of His mother (for she is the path that leads to God), and gently push me in the direction I am to go.

The first step to understanding God’s will or purpose in one’s life is to humble oneself before the Lord.

The second step is prayer; learning to listen to God’s voice through prayer. What is important here however is knowing how to pray. Pray not for yourself, but for others. In turn let them pray for you.

The third step is forgiveness for your sins (Sacrament of Reconciliation for us Catholics). I believe absolutely that confession opens our hearts and soul to the love and mercy of our Lord, thus creating in us a spirit of willingness to be of greater service to Christ rather than focusing on ourselves.

The fourth step is Mass and the Holy Eucharist; returning to the church for those who have been away. Both are intertwined. We cannot have one without the other.

The fifth step is what I call prayer of conviction. Develop a strong prayer life through daily recitation of the holy Rosary and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. Participate in and obtain the promises of the Sacred Heart and Immaculate Heart of Jesus and Mary through the First Friday and Saturday devotions. You can learn more about both devotions by clicking here.

Prayer is my passion. I believe absolutely (conviction) that prayer is our direct link to having a conversation with our Father. In my case, I speak with my mother (Mary), who then speaks to Her Son, who then goes before the Father and presents my request. It doesn’t get any more beautiful than that.

In fact, because there are those reading this who doubt the above to be true, let me call on our Lord to open the eyes of you doubting Thomas’s. 

January 29, 2016, was the last day I worked for an energy company located downtown (Tulsa), with whom I had worked off and on as a contractor since 2011. I wanted very much to receive an offer to become a permanent employee of this organization. I absolutely loved my job, the people I worked with and the location I was working. In fact, there was nothing (save for one) that I did not love about my job. This final lay off had the appearance of, ”This is your last go around, Carlos!” Let me be clear, I was not laid off due to performance issues, but because of a downturn in the industry.

July 12, 2016, I received my final unemployment check. Since that time I have had no income, save for the grace of God through the generosity of my BFF’s (Mr. Man and Brother G). With the exception of one interview, all jobs I have applied for since January 2016 have been met with rejection. Glory to God. Isn’t God amazing? His timing is perfect.

As of today (Thursday, July 13, 2017), one hundred years to the day when Our Lady appeared to Lucia, Francisco, and Jacinta for the third time at the Cova at Fatima in 1917, I am binding the following to my daily recitation of the Rosary which I ask the three visionaries to present to Our Lady, who will in turn present it to Her son, who will in turn present my prayer before the Father … I will no longer actively seek to find employment. Rather, this former company with whom I was employed as a contractor will not only reach out and request my return, they will also make an offer to become a permanent employee.

As to the hour or day when this will happen? Only God knows. Will it happen? Yes. Only then, like the miracle of the sun at Fatima in October, will you come to believe, fall on your knees, seek God’s mercy and forgiveness through His Son, whose path can only be accessed by going through His Mother.

To God be all the glory!

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The Third Apparition.

o_10935213_188ec9cfb470352afca499ed812be9a3“You have seen hell, where the souls of sinners go. It is to save them that God wants to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If you do what I tell you, many souls will be saved, and there will be peace.”

Our Lady of Fatima, Third Visit (July, 1917), The True Story of Fatima, p.39, Fr. John de Marchi, 1929

Thursday (July 13th) is the centennial anniversary of the third apparition of Our Lady to the three visionaries at Fatima in 1917. It was on this occasion that Our Lady showed the children hell, ”… where poor sinners go because they have no one to make sacrifices or pray for them”

It was during this apparition that Our Lady provided us (through the children) with confirmation (validation) that hell exists and is a very real place. Even far more terrifying than the existence of hell, is the fact that in 1917, Our Lady reported that Jesus was so horribly outraged and wounded because of the sinful nature of humanity.

That was in 1917 — 100 years ago! Imagine how much more offended Our Lord is today.

It was during the July apparition that Our Lady requested or revealed the following:

  1. She asked that we pray the Rosary everyday, especially with our families.
  2. Do not be in a hurry to get to Heaven. Your time will come soon enough. This is in reference to a woman on whose behalf Lucia was asking who was sick and wanted to go to heaven. Our Lady said to Lucia, ”Tell her not to be in a hurry. I know very well when I shall fetch her,” (De Marchi, 1929, p.38).
  3. ”Make sacrifices for sinners and say often, especially while making a sacrifice, ‘O Jesus, this is for love of Thee, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for offences committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary,’” (De Marchi, 1929, p.38).
  4. She predicted the coming of the second world war.
  5. She said she would ask for Russia to be consecrated to Her Immaculate Heart by the Holy Father.
  6. She asked that on the First Saturday of every month Communions of Reparation be made in atonement for the sins of the world.

She went on to say …

o_10935213_188ec9cfb470352afca499ed812be9a3“If my wishes are fulfilled, Russia will be converted and there will be peace; if not, then Russia will spread her errors throughout the world, bringing new wars and persecution of the Church; the good will be martyred and the Holy Father will have much to suffer; certain nations will be annihilated. But in the end my Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me, and she will be converted, and the world will enjoy a period of peace. In Portugal the faith will always be preserved.”

Our Lady of Fatima, Third Visit (July, 1917), The True Story of Fatima, p.39, Fr. John de Marchi, 1929

Our Lady made it very clear at Fatima that Jesus is deeply offended, too many souls are going to hell because they have no one to make sacrifices or pray for them, and the key to peace is daily recitation of the Rosary and the practice of the First Saturday devotion.

The Angel of Peace reminded us (through the children) in 1916 that we should be praying every day and that we should make everything we experience or are challenged by in our lives a sacrifice.

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Pray the Rosary every day, and teach others to do the same!

Reflection On Sin

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When I reflect back upon my life, I am horrified by every single act I committed over my lifetime that offended my Father Creator. When I think that I placed myself and this world before Him, I am horribly outraged with myself.

I am doing no better today, save for one spark of hope — the grace of Jesus Christ and the maternal friendship of His mother. 

Please do not ask me to explain or defend my belief(s) as a Roman Catholic. There are plenty of qualified knowledgeable doctors of the church who are adequately prepared to explain the apologetic’s of the faith. I am nothing but a mere speck; a blip that does not even show on the map; a peasant who walks on simple faith, acts on love, and believes with all his heart.

I am a servant of Christ through the Lady of the Rosary — called to be the face of Christ through love, action, and  prayer.

I do not hate the world. I simply hate that which seeks to drive a wedge between the Holy of Holies and His people through sin.

If it is possible, I desire to spend my remaining days loving the three divine persons of the Holy Trinity in union with the Lady of the Rosary through prayer, love, and service to others. 

I do not seek to “earn my way into heaven.” That is not possible save for the grace of God. I merely seek to love God in service through prayer; to act because of my love for the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in union with the saints, chief among them — the great mother of God and those who desire that same end.

To do as the act of contrition is written …

“… to love god with all my heart. To firmly resolve to confess my sins, do penance, and amend my life! Amen.”

 

Stop Complaining and Start Praying.

Every day I read about or hear people talk about other people, myself included. We often lament about the condition of the world. We point fingers at those we deem responsible; those who are not abiding by the law, have no respect for life, care only about their technology or themselves … yadda! yadda! yadda!

Yet, how many of us take a moment to rebuke our tongues, settle our senses, quiet the mind and focus on Jesus? How many of us fail to fall to our knees and choose prayer (for those souls, as well as ourselves) over complaining or finger pointing?

Remember what the Angel of Peace said to the three children at Fatima in 1916 …

AngelOfFatima“What are you doing?” The Angel suddenly appeared at their side. “Pray! Pray a great deal! The hearts of Jesus and Mary have designs of mercy for you! Offer unceasingly to the Most High prayers and sacrifices!”

What about our Lady? What did she constantly remind the three children (and us) to do when she appeared to the children at Fatima in 1917 ….

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We complain and become angry over the silliest things, when we should consider what Mary said to the three children in July 1917, when she showed them the vision of hell …

“You have seen Hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to My Immaculate Heart. If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace.”

And what about the words of the Angel of Peace (Portugal) ….

AngelOfFatima“Make of everything you can a sacrifice and offer it to God as an act of reparation for the sins by which He is offended, and in supplication for the conversion of sinners. You will thus draw down peace upon your country. I am its Guardian Angel, the Angel of Portugal. Above all, accept and bear with submission the suffering which the Lord will send you.”

Rather than complain and lament, focusing on ourselves rather than on Jesus through Mary and those souls who have no one to pray or make sacrifices for them, let us focus on the latter. The prescription for peace is starring us right in the face! Pray, pray, pray! Make everything you can a sacrifice and offer it to God as an act of reparation. Pray for those souls who have no one praying or making sacrifices for them.

First Saturday Devotion (July 1st)

9a863e7a04e503ff7cf7bea8d509b824The observance of the first Saturday devotion was revealed by our Lady in June 1917 when she said to Lucia …

“Jesus wants to make use of you to make me known and loved. He wants to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart.”

Our Lady repeated this in the July 13th apparition when, after the vision of Hell, she said:

“You have seen Hell, where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace.”

Mary promises to help at the hour of death, with the graces needed for salvation, whoever on the First Saturday of five consecutive months shall:

  1. Confess and receive Holy Communion.
  2. Recite five decades of the Holy Rosary.
  3. Keep her company for fifteen minutes while meditating on the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary, with the intention of making reparation to her.

Don’t forget to honor this request by going to confession and receiving Holy Communion in reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary tomorrow (Saturday, July 1st).

God bless