Wednesday, 26 August 2015

A CHILD SAVED BY MOTHER MARY

Introduction :

In the first centuries of the Church it was the custom to give to little children who had not yet lost the innocence of their baptism the "Consecrated Species" which remained after the Communion of the Faithful.

One day, a child the son of a Jewish Glass Founder of Constantinople while going to school with other "Christian Children" had followed them to the Church and innocently presented himself like the others and received the fragments of the "Holy Eucharist".

A Frightful Ordeal :

Having returned home, he narrated simply to his Father what he had done. The Father, then a most brutal man and one of the most passionate Jews against everything christian became at once infuriated. He seized the unfortunate child and threw him alive in one of his burning furnaces.

Sometime after that, the mother who had been away during the tragedy came home and not knowing what had taken place asked everywhere for her son.

As nobody could tell her where he could be, she went all about the town searching and asking for him but all was in vain.

Three days had already elapsed, and unconsolable the poor mother still wept bitterly over her lost child and in the excess of her sorrow she happened to call him aloud by his name as if he were present.

A Miracle :

Suddenly, A Wonder !! A Voice answered her and called to her by the tender name of Mother !!

Much moved, she ran to the furnace from where the voice seemed to come. She opened the lid and A Miracle !! Her son, was there in the middle of the flames but quite alive and uninjured.

She called her neighbours to her help and they too witnessed the miracle.

Our Lady's Presence :

The Child was drawn out and questioned how he had fallen into that burning furnace and how his life had been preserved in the middle of such a fire.

He answered that his Father had thrown him there, for having assisted at a Catholic Christian function but that a beautiful Lady radiant with light had preserved him from the flames by covering him with her cloak; she had even given him to eat to satisfy his hunger; and she looked exactly like the pious image he had seen in the Church of the Catholic Christians.

All understood then that it was the "Divine Mother of Jesus Christ" namely Mary who had saved his life and preserved him from the flames of the furnace.

Conclusion :

The Roman Emperor hearing of the cruel act of this unnatural father had him arrested and punished.

The wretched man instead of converting himself persisted the more in his error; but the mother and the child sought instruction in the "Catholic Religion" received baptism and became fervent Catholic Christians.

Credits and References :

"A Child saved by Mary"
 Page 26
November 1986
Don Bosco's Madonna Mumbai 

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

CROWN OF GLORY

Introduction:

In Portugal, there exists a crown of the "Blessed Mother" where Saint Pope John Paul -2 placed two bullets which struck him when he was the Pope at Saint Peter's Square on May 13, 1981.

I believe that this symbolizes Our Lady's Triumph. She will turn everything around and even the most vicious efforts of her enemies will be used to make even brighter, her "Crown of Glory".

The triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary will be the Eucharistic Reign of her son through the flourishing of "Perpetual Adoration" which will bring about the "New Era" a second, a new, and a more glorious earthly paradise.

SAINT POPE JOHN PAUL -2 AND THE BLESSED SACRAMENT:

This is why, Saint Pope John Paul -2 was allowed by God to be shot on May 13th. It is the Feast of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament. The Pope is the Vicar of Christ.

The significance of him being shot on the Feast Day Of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament is this. It graphically illustrates the horror and evil of the unrelenting attacks on the Blessed Sacrament.

The World was in shock when Saint Pope John Paul -2 was shot. What would be more terrible ?? As, blatantly and tragically horrible as this scene was, of the Pope Saint John Paul -2 being shot, even worse is the unseen attacks on the "One" he serves so well, the Lord Himself in the most Blessed Sacrament.

Are we moved to do something about it ??

Denial of the Real Presence, ridicule of exposition, and specially attacks on "Perpetual Adoration" are common place. Read the Book of Revelation and the battle lines of war become clear once you know that the "Woman" is Mother Mary against the 'Dragon- Satan' fighting the "Lamb" - Jesus Christ in the most Blessed Sacrament.

Who are the Kings who fight against the "Lamb" ?? They are those in authority in the Church who fight against the Blessed Sacrament. But "The Lamb" will be victorious because he is the Lord of Lords and the King of Kings and those with him are called chosen and faithful. (Revelation 17:14).

Many people - Soldiers and Ordinary Folk were killed during World War -2. How many brave men in the past century alone have fought and died for love of their country ??

How many wars have been fought for Peace and Freedom ?? and yet, look how far we are away from either.

There is only "One War" worth fighting for. "Standing up for Christ in the Blessed Sacrament today is like standing up for Christ when he was on the Cross !!".

What we need today is an "Army of Priests" who are willing to fight, by standing up and being counted for the cause of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament.

Conclusion :

There are 2 Catholic Cardinals from Asia, who I admire a lot. One of them is the "Holy Cardinal" of Cebu in the Phillipines and Cardinal Sin of the Archdiocese of Manila.

Cardinal Vidal is the Holy Cardinal of Cebu. Cardinal Vidal once said that because we live in "Extraordinary Times" we must be willing to do the "Extraordinary" by having "Perpetual Adoration" in order to obtain "Extraordinary Graces and Blessings from God".

Cardinal Vidal works very hard to bring about perpetual adoration in every one of his parishes. Cardinal Sin of Manila has made it the most "Eucharistic" Diocese in the world with over 100 Chapels of perpetual adoration.

God Bless them both !!

Credits :

1. Could you not watch one hour with me by Missionaries of the Blessed Sacrament
     Newsletter No 7, May 1998

2. Letters to a Brother Priest by Father Martin Lucia and Monsignor Josefino Ramirez  


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