Wednesday, 28 October 2015

SAINT JUDE THADDEUS - PATRON OF DESPERATE CASES

Today The 28th of October, is the Feast of Saint Jude Thaddeus -- Help of the Hopeless.

By reason, of the fearful treason of Judas Iscariot against Our Saviour, the name of Jude fell in such disrepute that even the Holy Apostle Jude Thaddeus suffered thereby.

It seems Our Lord Jesus Christ, wishes to repair the honour of the Apostle by giving aid to those in extreme distress if they invoke his aid. Jude Thaddeus was a near relative of Jesus Christ and Mother Mary.

This glorious Apostle, was most zealous in spreading the Gospel in countries such as Ancient Mesopotamia, Ancient Persia, and Ancient Armenia.

He converted a multitude of souls and finished his career by a heroic death.

Our Lord Jesus Christ himself, directed Saint Bridget to turn with great confidence to Saint Jude, "In accordance with his surname -- Thaddeus which means amiable, loving said Jesus Christ, "He will show himself most willing to give help".

It is related that this Apostle, once appeared to a devout client and expressed his regret that so few Christians think of invoking his aid and protection.


Read a detailed article on the life of Saint Jude.

http://www.ecatholic2000.com/cts/untitled-405.shtml#_Toc349936070

Saint Jude Thaddeus Shrine Jhansi, India

http://shrine.jhansidiocese.org/

 

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

BRINGING EX-CATHOLICS BACK TO THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

Introduction :

It is my objective and endeavour to bring Ex-Catholics back to the Catholic Church in 2015 as well as in 2016. I intend to achieve this through "Catholic Classics".

What I mean is this -- I want Catholics who have left the Catholic Church to read awesome and amazing "Catholic Books" posted on my Catholic Blog.

Many Catholics in India specially in "Metro Cities" have left the Catholic Church and have joined "Non - Denominational Churches".

Most of them are unaware of  "Catholic Classics" which encompass and explain the beautiful Catholic Faith.

In Cities like Mumbai in Maharashtra, Panjim and Margao in Goa, Bangalore in Karnataka, and Chennai in Tamil Nadu Catholics have left the Church for a variety of reasons; mostly for monetary reasons but some have also left because of animosity with Priests, or Nuns, or Bishops.

Let me tell you my personal story with regard to "Catholic Classics" and how they changed my life forever.

In Mid- 2012, 3 years back, I was quite angry with Catholic Priests because of negative experiences I had with them while growing up in Mumbai.

In the latter half of 2012, while surfing the "Net" for Catholic Websites I came across a beautiful, outstanding, and extra-ordinary Catholic Website called "E-Catholic 2000"-- "Catholics for the Third Millenium".

Once, I entered this amazing website I happened to stumble across four Catholic Classics--

1) Calvary and the Mass.

2) True Devotion to Mary.

3)  Secret of the Rosary.

4) Secret of Mary.

After reading these 4 Catholic Classics over a number of months - I lost all animosity I may have had against Catholic Priests in Mumbai or anywhere else.

I promise you that when you read these 4 books, you will be changed forever and will fall in love with the Catholic - Christian Faith instantly as I did.

These are 4 Books, that positively changes lives and souls.

Read them and you will never be sorry that you visited my "Catholic Blog" accidentally or purposely.

These "Catholic Classics" proudly promote Jesus Christ as the "Centre of our Faith".

The Catholic Church is more than 2000 years old. Let us never forget that.

These Catholic Classics present to us the vibrant Catholic Faith as it has been through the centuries.

Conclusion :

No one will ever regret reading "Catholic Books" @ my blog. These Catholic Books help to build one up in the faith and help to strengthen one about the truths of the Catholic Faith.

I strongly recommend 4 Catholic Classics to Catholics who have left the Church and who might visit my Catholic Blog in the future.

1) Calvary and the Mass

http://www.ecatholic2000.com/calvary/mass.shtml


2)  True Devotion to Mary

http://www.ecatholic2000.com/montfort/true/devotion.shtml

3) Secret of the Rosary

http://www.ecatholic2000.com/montfort/rosary/rosary.shtml

4)  Secret  of Mary
     
    http://www.ecatholic2000.com/montfort/secret/secret.shtml


Happy and Holy Reading.

Note : If I am a Catholic Today it is only because of "'E-CATHOLIC 2000 -CATHOLICS FOR THE THIRD MILLENIUM". They strengthened me in the Catholic Faith like no tomorrow.
 

Monday, 19 October 2015

A Christopher

First of all, I would like to say that a "Christopher" is a "Bearer of Christ".

Here is what Catherine De Heuck has to say about a "Catholic Priest".

1. A Priest is a Lover of God.

2. A Priest is a Lover of Souls.

3. A Priest is a Holy Man because he walks before the Face of the all Holy.

4. A Priest understands all things.

5. A Priest forgives all things.

6. A Priest encompasses all things. The Heart of a Priest like Christ's; is pierced with the lance of love.

7. The Heart of a Priest is open, like Christ's, for the whole world to walk through. The Heart of a Priest is a vessel of compassion. The Heart of a Priest is a chalice of love.

8. A Priest is a man whose goal is to be another Christ.

9.  A Priest is a man who lives to serve. A Priest is a man who has crucified himself, so that he too may be lifted up and draw all things to Christ.

10.  A Priest is a man in love with God.

11. A Priest is the gift of God to man, and of man to God.

12. A Priest is a symbol of the Word made flesh.

13. A Priest is the sword of "God's Justice".

14. A Priest is the hand of God's Mercy.

15. A Priest is the reflection of God's Love.

He teaches God to us. He brings God to us. He represents God to us.

That is what, a Priest must be - that is what a Priest must bring to us of the Lay Apostolate !!

That, and nothing more .............................. Amen.

Credits and References :

"A Christopher"
Don Bosco's Madonna,  Mumbai
November 1986
Page 32

Note :  There are two "Eucharistic - Centred" Priests that I like very much. One of them is Father Robert Altier of the Archdiocese of Minneapolis and the other is Father Edmond Kline who has made some guest appearances at E.W.T.N. in the last 10 years.



 

Saturday, 17 October 2015

A Change

Dear Friends,

9  more articles will be posted  that I earlier had not thought of in my list in September 2015.

They are as follows :

1) "A Unique Perspective on the Blessed Mother during Lent".

2) A Christopher.

3) Bringing Ex-Catholics back to the Catholic Church.

4) A Reflection for Christmas Day 2015.

5)  Lent 2016- Lenten Spirituality.

6)  Easter Sunday 2016 - Resurrection Joy. 

7)  Saint Jude Thaddeus - Patron of Desperate Cases.

8)  Saint Martin of Tours -- A Soldier of Jesus Christ.

9)  Saint Catherine Laboure - Visionary of the Miraculous Medal.

Note : If you like reading articles on this Blog, Please Bookmark it.

Divine Mercy Sunday 2016 - A Perspective on the Blessed Sacrament will still be the last article on this Blog. This Blog will remain online forever.

Monday, 12 October 2015

ALONE WITH JESUS CHRIST AFTER HOLY COMMUNION

Mass is over. Jesus Christ and I are alone together.

Just "All by Ourselves". If I can, I will always remain after Mass and make a good Thanksgiving.

This maybe my last Communion; I will make it my best. This maybe my last Thanksgiving; I will make it my best.

Thanks to others always, but always thanks to God; and with all my heart- these few are precious moments.

"Jesus Christ, I believe that you are my God. I believe that I have received your Body, your Blood, Your Soul, and Your Divinity.

You are my Creator, My Redeemer, My Sanctifier, My God for all eternity".

"Jesus Christ, I adore you as the Angels and Saints do in Heaven. My Lord, My God, My All !!"

"O Sacrament most Holy, O Sacrament Divine, All Praise and All Thanksgiving be every moment Thine".

"Jesus Christ, I thank you, now in my heart, for all that You have done for me; for all that You have given me.

For the gifts of my body: for my eyes, my ears, my tongue, my hands, my feet. (some cannot speak, see, and hear, as I can).

Thanks for my health. Thanks too, if sickness comes; Your Holy Will be done.

Thanks for the gifts of my soul, my memory, my intellect, my will.

Thanks for my heart; with all my heart I love your "Sacred Heart".

Thanks for this Holy Mass and my Holy Communion.

"Forgive me all my sins. All my sins of the day and all my sins of the night, even the least.

I will try never to sin again.

"Help me in temptation- Give me a quick and a strong will. Help me always to say "No" to Sin. - "No" to the occasions of sin, specially of my past sins. Take out of my heart all desire for any sin. Bring Sinners back. Keep me True".

Important :

"Jesus Christ, Bless me. Make me "just like you" and "just like Mary", pure and kind and prudent and brave. Inspire me to do only what is best.

Give me zeal. "Make me an Apostle". Give me souls and make a saint of me."

"Jesus Christ, I put my heart inside the open wound of your Sacred Heart. At times, I'm discouraged, my heart aches, it is almost broken; Yours ached first and most. It was pierced on the Cross for me.

Jesus Christ, Help me to carry my cross. Give me courage.

Jesus Christ, Bless the Catholic Church; our Holy Father; our Bishops; and all Priests.

Bless all Religious Brothers and Sisters.

Conclusion :

"Jesus Christ, Bless Vocations. Call many to "Follow You". Tell me what you want me to do for you. Bless non- catholics and draw them to Your Sacred Heart.

"Bless the Missions and the Millions of pagans in the world. You died for them as well as for me. I love them for your sake" Amen.

Credits :

Excerpted from "The Secret of Happiness" Prayer Book
                            Pages 67-69 Published by Peace of Christ Center,
                            Denver, Colorado U.S.A.



 

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Eucharist-The Presence of Divine Mercy

In his great love for us, Lord Jesus Christ gave us a great miracle of mercy- the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.

Christ's Resurrection into glory was not the final reason for the Incarnation, when God became Man. The Incarnation looked forward to Jesus Christ remaining with us to the end of time in the Eucharist.

By this greatest miracle of his love, Jesus Christ remains with us under the form of bread and wine, not only for our spiritual nourishment, but to be kept company by us as well.

In the Holy Eucharist, Christ is fully present as he is in Heaven. The Eucharist explains Pope Leo, The 13th contains "in a variety of miracles, all supernatural realities".  ( Encyclical Mirae Caritatis)

The Eucharist is central to the devotion to the Divine Mercy and many of the elements of the devotion are essentially Eucharistic- specially the Image - Jesus, I trust in you, the Chaplet, and the Feast of Divine Mercy (Divine Mercy Sunday). ,

The Image, with its red and pale rays presents the Eucharistic Lord Jesus Christ, whose Heart has been pierced and now pours forth blood and water as a fountain of mercy for us. It is the Image of God's sacrificial gift of mercy made present in every mass.

Several Times in her Diary, Saint Faustina writes of seeing the red and pale rays coming not from the image, but from the Sacred Host; and once as the Priest exposed the Blessed Sacrament, she saw the rays from the Image pierce the Host and spread out from it all over the world.

So, too with eyes of faith we should see in every host the "Merciful Saviour" pouring himself out as a fountain of mercy for us.

This concept of the Eucharist as a fountain of grace and mercy is not only found in the "Divine Mercy Diary" but also in Church Teaching.

The Church clearly teaches that all the other sacraments are directed towards the "Holy Eucharist" and draw their power from it.

Credits and References :

The Divine Mercy Message and Devotion Handbook
Pages 33-35
Library of Congress Catalog Card Number
-93-077440
Nihil Obstat
Archbishop George H. Pearce S.M.
Former Archbishop of Suva, Fiji
Published by Marian Fathers - Stockbridge,  MA

U.S.A.


 

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