Palm Sunday. Holy Week. Easter Sunday. Divine Mercy Sunday.


How will you spend the holiest week on the Church calendar drawing closer to Jesus?

03/25: Palm Sunday (Holy week begins)

03/29: Holy Thursday

03/30: Good Friday (Begin Novena to the Divine Mercy).

03/31: Holy Saturday

04/01: Easter Sunday “Alleluia! The Lord has risen!”

04/08: Divine Mercy Sunday

Please do not forget Divine Mercy Sunday is the second Sunday (April 8th), following Easter. Please join me in praying the Novena of the Divine Mercy (March 30th – April 7th). You may do so by clicking here. We are currently in a time of Jesus’s mercy. Do not wait until the time of judgment to throw yourself upon the mercy of our Savior. By then it will be too late. Jesus has made it possible for us to be forgiven of our sins and the punishment due because of those sins through His Divine Mercy.

Click here to learn more about The Divine Mercy and Divine Mercy Sunday.



Fatima Anniversary and Divine Mercy Sunday!

Greetings in the two hearts of Jesus and Mary!

150758970318271Mark your calendars! We are exactly two months to the day from celebrating the 101st Anniversary of the first apparition of Our Lady to the three visionaries at Fatima: Lucia, Jacinta, and Francisco.

If you aren’t already doing so, I pray you are spreading the message of Fatima, have or are in the process of completing the First Five Saturday Devotion, going to confession regularly, receiving Holy Communion, and are reciting the Rosary daily.

Now is as good a time as any to kick-start the above into motion, if you have not done so already. Remember to encourage your Catholic friends and family to join in with you. Prayer is always better where two or more are gathered in Jesus’ name. Woo Hoo! Glory to God.

Don’t forget about Divine Mercy Sunday (April 8, 2018).

If you would like tips on how to prepare for Divine Mercy Sunday, you may click here. Once you arrive on the page, scroll down. The information is located just under the Divine Mercy image, or you may go directly to the Divine Mercy National Shrine website to learn all about Divine Mercy Sunday and how you may participate.

Jesus said to Sister Faustina, ”Mankind will not have peace until it turns with trust to His Mercy.”

683b0ff5321dd2966e57d7f97763d7b9_kid-child-walking-with-jesus-clipart_190-400I intend by the grace of Christ to pray the Divine Mercy Novena on March 30, 2018, through April 7, 2018. If you would like to join me (3:00 PM/CST), you may do so by clicking here. I would love to join our voices together in praising God and His Mercy for the entire world. Special emphasis will be given to the conversion of sinners, the Holy Souls in Purgatory, and for strong marriages and families.

Enough is enough! It is time to take up the holy fight and take the cross of Jesus (through prayer, penance, and sacrifice) to those who stand in direct opposition to the cross, especially in America.

The Angel of Portugal – Summer 1916.


”What are you doing?”

Those are the words spoken by the angel of Portugal to the three shepherd children of Fatima (Lucia, Jacinta, and Francisco), during the summer of 1916.

”What are you doing? You must pray! Pray! The hearts of Jesus and Mary have merciful designs for you. You must offer your prayers and sacrifices to God, the Most High!”

When Lucia, the oldest of the three children asked how they are to sacrifice, the angel responded:

”In every way, you can offer sacrifice to God in reparation for the sins by which He is offended, and in supplication for sinners. In this way, you will bring peace to your country, for I am its guardian angel, the Angel of Portugal. Above all, bear and accept with patience the sufferings God will send you.”

These words were not meant just for Roman Catholics, but for the entire world.

There isn’t a day that does not go by when someone isn’t gossiping, lamenting, or complaining about the state of the world, the culture, society, the behavior of today’s youth, the actions of a husband or wife, etc.

Case in point:

A friend and I were having a conversation recently over coffee. It started out innocently enough, we exchanged pleasantries, asked how family members were doing, and leaned in toward each other as if to suggest that we were ready to hear all the joys of each other’s lives. That, however, was not to be the case. No sooner had he opened his mouth and my friend was off and running speaking negatively about his wife.

He went on about how terrible his wife has been behaving as of late and how offended he was by this behavior. He then adds, ”I am not gossiping about my wife, I am only stating the facts.”

The truth of the matter is — he is gossiping. Instead of guarding his wife’s reputation and building her up, elevating her in tandem with the vows they exchanged on the day of their wedding …  to love and to hold, in sickness and in health, until death do they part — he was tearing his wife asunder. She was wrong and he was paying for it.

Naturally, according to him, he has done nothing wrong. He is the victim here.

When I asked him if he understood the definition of what a vow is, his response was, “Yeah, I think so. But what does that have to do with Cheryl?”

”It has everything to do with Cheryl, you knucklehead!,” I retorted.

A vow is a solemn promise we make to do a specific thing. When you married Cheryl, you promised to love and to hold her, to cherish her in sickness and in health. You promised to stand by her, protect her, and to guard her reputation.

”Yes?” I asked.

“Yeah. Sure. I think so,” he responded.

“Yeah? Sure? I think so?” I shot back like a father does when calling a child out for answering incorrectly. “Do you think or do you know?” I asked him.

“Listen, Mike, I don’t mind being your sounding board. However, in this case, I do not believe you are being fair to Cheryl. If you would take a moment to truly listen to her and then pray for guidance, I bet the Holy Spirit will open your eyes, ears, and heart so you can see and understand what is causing her to feel as she does. You and I are no more exempt from negative behavior caused by frustration or lack of understanding any more than she is. The problem is this — when we spend time gossiping even though we do not believe that we are, instead of praying we are not doing what the angel said to the children at Fatima, ‘… offering sacrifice to God in reparation for the sins by which He is offended, and in supplication for sinners …’ etc.”

In Mike’s case, the sacrifice being offered to God in reparation is the frustration caused by Cheryl’s behavior. The supplication for sinners is what Mike would be doing through prayer. Remember what the angel said, ”Make everything we do (or experience) a sacrifice…” We should pray unceasingly as stated in 1 Thessalonians 5:15-18 for that individual …

‘Make sure that people do not try to repay evil for evil; always aim at what is best for each other and for everyone. Always be joyful; pray constantly; and for all things give thanks; this is the will of God for you in Jesus Christ.”

Sounds to me that scripture is backing up the words spoken by the angel.

We do no favor for our spouse, friend, brother, sister, coworker, situation, etc., wasting words complaining, gossiping, or lamenting. We do that as a matter of pride. We feel through the offender’s words or deeds that our pride has been wounded. Our pride will not stand for that. Either the individual in question gets it together and straightens out or else!

Or else what? As if we are any better than the person we stand in judgment of for that is what we are doing. And we are not (any better than they).

Prayer and personal sacrifice; taking up one’s cross is the key to change. Take up your cross and follow after Jesus. Give the situation over to Christ in trust. Have faith. Trust Jesus to bring order to the individual or situation on HIS terms! For that to happen requires work — to do as the angel said, ”Pray! Pray a great deal.”


Ash Wednesday


Here are the rules for fasting and abstinence in the United States according to Holy Heroes and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops …

Ash Wednesday is a day of prayer and fasting–and abstinence! Note that the ages for mandatory fasting are different from abstinence!:

In the United States, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has declared that “the age of fasting is from the completion of the eighteenth year to the beginning of the sixtieth.” The USCCB also allows the substitution of some other form of penance for abstinence on all of the Fridays of the year, except for those Fridays in Lent. Thus, the rules for fasting and abstinence in the United States are:

  • Every person 14 years of age or older must abstain from meat (and items made with meat) on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and all the Fridays of Lent.
  • Every person between the age of 18 and 59 (your 59th birthday begins your 60th year) must fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.
  • Those that are excused from fast and abstinence outside the age limits include the physically or mentally ill including individuals suffering from chronic illnesses such as diabetes.  Also excluded are pregnant or nursing women.  In all cases, common sense should prevail, and ill persons should not further jeopardize their health by fasting.



Our Lady of Lourdes


Today is the Feast Day of the 160th Anniversary of the first apparition of Our Lady of Lourdes. Let us ask our Holy Mother who said to Bernadette that she is “The Immaculate Conception,” to hear our prayers and intercede for us, especially for America. Let us pray that her intercession will lead to healing of the sick and in addition we pray for an end to abortion, divorce, the destabilization of the family, an increase of religious vocations to the American church, the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Our Lady of Fatima and increased chastity (especially among those who experience same-sex attraction), the conversion of sinners and respect for life. Amen.

You may read the story of Our Lady of Lourdes by clicking here.


We honor Mary, Mother of God! Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.



Devotion Completed

“Obtain for them and for us the pardon of so many sins. A word from thee will obtain grace and amendment for us all.”

— The act of Reparation to be recited on the First Saturday’s

The quote above from the Act of Reparation read at the conclusion of our First Saturday Devotion, reminds me of the events surrounding the Second Luminous Mystery — the wedding feast at Cana (John 2:1-12.)

If you pray the Rosary regularly you are no doubt familiar with this mystery?

Jesus and Mary are present at the wedding of a young couple in Cana. The couple runs out of wine. Mary intercedes with Jesus, telling Him that they [the wedding party] have run out of wine. Jesus responds by asking why that is any concern of His? Mary turns toward the wine stewards and instructs them to “Do whatever He tells you.” Jesus changes the water into wine. At that moment Jesus is no longer viewed as the son of the Carpenter but as the son of God. It is by this miracle that his disciples come to believe [in Him.

At least that is my understanding, although I should leave the teaching and interpretation of scripture to the Church.

Why did that portion of the act of reparation touch my soul as it did and what is the connection to the second luminous mystery — the wedding feast at Cana?

150758970318271When Our Lady appeared to the children at Fatima (May 13-October 13, 1917), she asked the children during each apparition to ‘… pray the Rosary every day for peace in the world for God had entrusted the peace of the world to her.”

If Jesus whose time had not yet arrived granted the request of His mother at the wedding in Cana is it also not possible then that Jesus would grant the request of His mother with respect to the triumph of Her Immaculate Heart and peace in the world as long as we respond in accordance with the message given to the world at Fatima in 1917?

My belief and response are, ”Yes! Absolutely!”

However, getting there (the triumph of the Immaculate Heart), requires a commitment from us to step up and do exactly as Our Lady requested at Fatima. My reconversion and subsequent return to the Church in April 2017, just in time to celebrate the centennial anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima, I believe is the direct result of someone’s prayer(s) and perhaps the fulfillment of a First Five Saturday Devotion. 

Someone believed, prayed (perhaps their Rosary), and completed a First Five Saturday Devotion for the conversion of sinners; for the conversion of this particular sinner (me) even though they did not know me. As a result, by the grace of Christ, I heard the call interiorly in April 2017. Because of that grace, after a 20 plus year absence from the Church, I put the brakes on, turned off the radio and exited from my vehicle (metaphorically speaking) and heard the call to live chastely in addition to returning to Christ through the Lady of the Rosary and His Church.

On Saturday, February 3, 2018, thanks to the grace of Christ and the unselfish prayer of my spiritual, anonymous donor, I not only responded to what I heard interiorly and converted, I was privileged to complete my our First Five Saturday devotion as requested by our Lady at Fatima.

We began the devotion on October 7, 2017, six days before the anniversary of the final apparition (October 13, 1917). The group met each first Saturday (Nov. 4, 2017, Dec. 2, 2017, Jan. 6, 2018, and Feb. 3, 2018) thereafter. At each event, some of us went to confession (myself included), received Holy Communion, prayed the Rosary and meditated for 15 minutes [in silence] on the mysteries of the Rosary.

During each First Saturday even we offered ourselves and what we were doing for the love of Jesus, for the conversion of sinners and in reparation for the sins being committed against the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

I cannot begin to tell you the joy I have felt in my heart that I have experienced from April 2017 to February 3, 2018.

  1. I have repented of my sins.
  2. I am resolved to live chastely as I have been called to do as a non-married, single member of the Church.
  3. I have replaced my love for the world with a renewed love for God.
  4. I have received the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
  5. I have received the Holy Eucharist. Praise God!
  6. I have returned to the Catholic Church.
  7. I have gone from praying the Rosary one day per week to every day!
  8. I have registered with a local parish.
  9. I have gone from attending weekly Mass [online] to in-person.
  10. I have completed the First Saturday Devotion as requested by Our Lord and Our Lady at Fatima.
  11. I have re-established my pledge and commitment to the World Apostolate of Fatimaformerly, The Blue Army.
  12. I have renewed my pledge to the Confraternity of the Brown Scapular and wear my brown scapular daily.
  13. I participated in the visitation of the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima when she was brought to Holy Family Cathedral in downtown, Tulsa.
  14. I have read, The True Story of Fatima, by the late Father John De Marchi; Fatima and the Triumph of Mary: Reflections on the Fatima Message, by the late Fr. Andrew Apostoli who passed away Dec. 13, 2017, and, Resisting Happiness, by Matthew Kelly, founder of just to name a few.
  15. I am currently reading the Bible, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and the Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska, the saint that Our Lord used to bring us the message of The Divine Mercy.
  16. I have begun devotion to The Divine Mercy and am learning more about the message so I may become an apostle of this message as I wish to be regarding the message of Fatima.
  17. I have attended several parish missions at Christ The King Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

683b0ff5321dd2966e57d7f97763d7b9_kid-child-walking-with-jesus-clipart_190-400There is more I am and have done, however, that is not the point of why I have shared these blessings with you. The point of sharing all that I have been blessed with in 2017-18 is to demonstrate just how seriously I have accepted this grace; this gift that has been given to me from above, to put my faith and what I believe to be true into action for no other reason than my love of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in union with the great mother of God whom I have loved since that day I first met her as a child, through the 1952 film, The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima. This took place following a surgical procedure and experience I had in the operating room at Queen of the Valley Hospital, West Covina, California.

I don’t know if what I am doing will make a difference in the world, the lives of others (including my family), the conversion of sinners, etc. It matters but does not matter. What I mean to say is that I have trust our Lord and Lady to take what I do, offer, pray, etc., and do with them as they please.

After all, I am nothing more than a servant of my Lord through the Lady of the Rosary.

”Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. I love you. Save souls!”



The Jesus Train


”Be exalted, O God above the heavens. Let your glory be all over the earth.” (–Psalm 57:11)

Who would have thought one year ago today I would be praising the Triune God; raising my voice in daily supplication through the Holy Rosary, Sacrament of Reconciliation, the Chaplet of Mercy, Mass, the Holy Eucharist, etc.,  in reparation for the sins committed against the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts of Jesus and Mary, for the conversion of sinners, the poor souls in purgatory, and those souls who have no one to pray and sacrifice for them?

Not me!

And yet, here I am, all the glory to God, doing that very thing — praying, sacrificing, converting, and believing; asking Jesus through His Holy Mother to show me the way in accordance with His will, not mine.

I am NOT tooting my spiritual horn. I still have a long journey ahead of me with no guarantee that I will see my precious Savior at the end.

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. 

Matthew 7:21

We must always submit ourselves to the Father’s will and pray we are cognizant of and obedient to His will.

Although I did not know when the ”Jesus Train” would arrive, I knew in my heart that it was coming. That is why my response when the train pulled into the station last year to Jesus’ shout, ”All Aboard!’‘ — was, ”Yes Lord, here I am!”

In the beginning, like Moses, I questioned Jesus about his choice in me, ”Who am I, the least of my Father’s sinful children; the least colorful flower in His garden, more like a weed, who is about as dumb as a box of rocks, that my Lord would invite me to share a seat on His train?”

… and yet, here I am the most unworthy of God’s children, privileged to share a small hidden corner of the caboose with the giants of our faith — Padre Pio, Mother Teresa, Pope St. John Paul II, St. Bernadette, Sts. Francisco and Jacinta Marto, St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Maximillion Kolbe, St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, St. Dominic Savio, St. Catherine Laboure, Sr. Lucia of Fatima, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Anthony, and so many more.

I actually do not mind the caboose. I really don’t. In fact, I prefer it. Sure, there was once upon a time when pride and arrogance were once my friends, albeit not true friends, who would have demanded and insisted that the only place for me on any train, plane, or automobile is at the front. First class or nothing!

Who am I kidding? Anyone who knows me knows full well that I never listened to pride and arrogance to the point that I actually believed I am above my fellow brother or sister in Christ and that my only place is at the front.

To the contrary!

I was never comfortable living like the rich man. I am always happiest with the poor and less fortunate. I suppose that is because I can identify with their suffering.

friar_sillouettePerhaps empathize is the better word to use rather than identify for my blessings in life have never taken me to the level of poverty (long or short-term) that so many of my brothers and sisters have experienced the world over. As if I had a connected understanding of the true suffering of the poor when I do not.

What do I know about living like a child in a village in Africa where there is little to no water, food, shelter, clothing or medical assistance?

What do I know what it is like to have to flee my home and live in daily fear because the country I live in is ravaged with factions fighting constantly due to limited resources, religious beliefs, etc?

What do I know what it is like to go without when my closet and drawers are filled with more clothes and pairs of underwear than most people in many countries around the world can even dream of possessing?

What do I know what it is like to go hungry when my waist size has expanded four inches in 16 years? Obviously, I am eating well.

I do not know what it feels like to physically suffer as described above.

When I think about all I have to complain about (and I should not complain at all), is the inconvenience of the washer machine becoming temporarily inoperable or that I am out of milk or that dinner wasn’t exactly what I wanted to eat or that the house has a slight chill or because I have to go to work or take care of my aging parent — when you compare my inconveniences to true suffering (as described above), it puts life into perspective.

8575ce08b05bff94e5f07ef8091aefcbI should be on my knee’s day and night praising Jesus for my blessings and inconveniences and imploring His mercy upon those who live in other parts of the world who truly know and understand what real suffering is all about.

Then I should, during those times when I am not on my knee’s, put my faith into action by doing something to help the poor and less fortunate. If not in Africa or some other desolate place around the globe, then within my own backyard. There are brothers and sisters within my own community who have no place to shelter themselves from the cold, no jacket to wear, no warm meal in their stomach, no friend to hug because he or she is hurting and needs a should to cry on.

The caboose on Jesus’ train is perfectly fine for me. Let those who truly understand suffering have the comfortable seat and warm meal. They deserve it.

I believe charity first begins with prayer. Let us fall to our knees every day and pray the mercy of Christ over those who need it most, especially for those souls who have no one to pray for them. And as the Angel of Peace and Our Lady said at Fatima in 1917 — offer sacrifices in reparation for sin and for the conversion of sinners.