Friday, 25 November 2016

A Change of Mind

Dear Friends in Jesus and Mary,

I have changed my mind.

I have decided not to delete this Blog Period.

I want it to be online forever as I have taken a lot of trouble to set it up from 2013 till now.

I have taken a lot of trouble to draft and type a variety of articles pertaining to Traditional Catholicism and with regard to Known and Unknown Catholic Personalities.

 

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Feast of Saint Joseph 2018 -- A Month of March in His Honour

In a Day, when the role of Men in the Catholic Church and in the Family is often obscured and under attack, the Fatherhood of Saint Joseph shines forth brilliantly.

The Catholic Church is now unveiling the virtues of this "Just Man" whose love for Jesus Christ and Mother Mary in a true marriage was inflamed by the Holy Spirit in a unique way and to a degree of holiness surpassed only by the Mother of God.

Saint Joseph, was called by God to serve the Person and Mission of Jesus Christ directly through the exercise of His Fatherhood.

His Fatherhood is expressed concretely in His having made His Life a service, a sacrifice to the mystery of the Incarnation and to the redemptive mission connected with it.

In having used, the Legal Authority which was His over the Holy Family in order to make a total gift of self, of His Life and work; in having turned his human vocation to domestic love into a superhuman oblation of self, an oblation of His Heart and all His abilities into Love placed at the service of the Messiah growing up in His House.

Credits and References :

The Mary Book
Mother of Evangelism
For the Third Millenium
By Father Robert J. Fox
Fatima Family Apostolate
Chapter 2
Saint Joseph, Husband of the Mother of God
Pages 47-58
Year 1992







 

Maria Dufour -- Apostle of the Tabernacle

Introduction :

Maria Dufour was born at the end of the 19th Century on September 23, 1895 in a very devout Catholic Christian Family in Genoa, Italy.

As, A Teenager she vowed to live a life of complete virginity perpetually.

She was fascinated with the Presence of Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament and she never missed receiving Holy Communion at whatever the cost.

Her Spiritual Director gave her many ideas about living a sanctimonious life and Maria scaled many mountains spiritually attracted only by the presence of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist.

She visited Lourdes, and developed a love for Mother Mary and never stopped saying the "Rosary" daily.

Conclusion :

She was extremely happy to witness the triumph and adoration offered by the Universe to Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist at the Eucharistic Congress held in Rome in 1922.

These were the final months of her earthly life. She dedicated them to teaching Catechism and preparing the Youth to receive their First Holy Communion and make their First Confession.

She used the text of the "Glorious Catechism" of Saint Pius -- The Tenth that was clear and precise.

It was at this time that the terrible sickness of meningitis took over.

Maria suffered with Jesus Christ, her terrible illness and all the pain associated with it.

When Maria received Jesus Christ for the last time she was serene and joyful.

She passed away in Genoa on the 4th of April 1923. She was only 27 years old.

To those, who visited her she had simple words of advice.

Receive Holy Communion everyday in a state of grace and love Mother Mary and make her loved all over the world.

Credits and References :

1. Passion for the Bread of Life -- Part 1
    By Paolo Risso
    Pages 12 -14
    Don Bosco's Madonna, Mumbai
    July 2007, Vol - 9, N0-3

2. Passion for the Bread of Life -- Part 2
    By Paolo Risso
    Pages 12-14
    Don Bosco's Madonna, Mumbai
    August 2007, Vol - 9, N0 -4



 

Joseph Kowalski 1911 - 1942 Prince Among Martyrs

Joseph Kowalski was born at Siedliska near Rzeszow in Poland on the 13th of March 1911 to Wojciech and Zofia Borowice, the seventh of nine children.

His Parents were practicing catholics who were Farmers and owners of a modest farm.

After his primary schooling, he entered the Salesian College at Oswiecim also known later as Auschwitz. He immediately distinguished himself for his commitment to study and service and for his cheerfulness.

He joined the Immaculate Conception Sodality and the Missionary Association becoming its President.

He said, I must become a "Holy Salesian" like my Father Don Bosco was.

He made his first profession in 1928 at Czerwinsk and was ordained a Priest on the 29th of May 1938 at Krakow.

On the 23rd of May 1941, The Gestapo captured Father Kowalski along with 11 other Salesians working in Krakow among the youth.

It was precisely this zealous priestly activity among youngsters that enraged the Nazis and motivated them to arrest him.

He was provisionally held in Krakow at Monte - Lupi and after a month he was transferred to Oswiecim.

In the Concentration Camp, he took up  a thriving apostolate. He heard Confessions, Celebrated the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, said the Rosary, and gave clandestine conferences about Don Bosco to his fellow prisoners strengthening them with the will to struggle for survival.

He underwent terrible suffering and humiliation at the hands of the Nazis.

From a careful reconstruction of the event, it has been shown that he was martyred in the night between the 3rd and 4th of July 1942.

He was drowned in the sewer of the camp. His Body was at first thrown into a refuse dump, then it was burned in the camp's crematorium.

His countrymen began to venerate his memory maintaining that his sacrifice made vocations in Poland more fruitful.

Pope Saint John Paul -- 2 became personally interested in the cause of various Polish Martyrs.

Joseph Kowalski was beatified by Pope Saint John Paul -- 2 in Warsaw on the 13th of June 1999.

His Memory is kept on  May 29.

Credits and References :

Joseph Kowalski
1911-1942
Salesian Saints
Pages 10-11
Don Bosco's Madonna, Mumbai
February 2016
Vol -- 17, N0-10



 

The Sacred Heart

True Devotion to the Sacred Heart is not devotion to either a statue or a picture but rather devotion to the Blessed Sacrament.

The Blessed Sacrament is the Sacred Heart of Jesus living and dwelling in our midst and calling out to each of us to come to Him.

The Message of the Sacred Heart is that the Holy Eucharist is not a thing, but a Person, the Person of Our Loving Saviour whose Divine Heart is on Fire with a deep personal love for each of us in the Blessed Sacrament.

You console the Heart of Jesus Christ when you trust him enough to cast all your anxiety upon Him who cares for you, for He is your "Best Friend".

In Jesus Christ, we find a Saviour who is all powerful. No matter how bad things seem to be, He alone can make them right.

And what is more beautiful still, He is ready to do so, with a Heart burning with a desire to draw good out of every evil.

Think of all that Our Lord did from His Incarnation and Birth in the Manger to His Crucifixion on the Cross as one perpetual act of "Personal Love" for You.

He loves you as if you were the only person in the world. He created you out of love, redeemed you in love, and His Heart is now on fire with love for you in the Blessed Sacrament.

Credits and References :

Come to Me in the Blessed Sacrament
By Missionaries of the Blessed Sacrament
Pages 122-123
Year 1997



 

Moments

Every Moment that we spend in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament will leave our soul everlastingly more glorious and beautiful in Heaven; because the Blessed Sacrament is Jesus Christ Our Risen Saviour with all the glory and beauty of His Resurrection flowing out on those who come into His Eucharistic Presence.

Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament is the easiest person in the world to be with.

For just as You cannot be exposed to the Sun, without receiving its vivifying rays so too you cannot be exposed to the Son of God present in the Blessed Sacrament without receiving His Divine Rays of enriching Graces, Mercy, Love, Life, and Peace.

Jesus Christ hides his Beauty and Glory in the Blessed Sacrament so that He may bathe your Soul with His everlasting Beauty and Glory each moment you spend with Him in this Sacrament of Infinite Love.

In the Blessed Sacrament, ---- For Your Sake, He made himself poor, though He was rich so that you might become rich by His Poverty.

Credits and References :

Come to Me in the Blessed Sacrament
By Missionaries of the Blessed Sacrament
Year 1997

 

Jan Swierc 1877-1941 ---- A Martyr Par Excellence

Jan Swierc was born at Krolewska Huta in Upper Silesia on the 29th of April 1877.

Thanks to the well known Salesian Institute at Valsalice he came to Italy for his secondary studies.

In Turin, He took up his philosophical and theological studies. On the 6th of June 1903, He was ordained a Priest in Turin by Cardinal Richelmy.

Back in Poland, He began his activity teaching with much diligence and care proving his virtue as an excellent Salesian.

He was the first Rector at Oswiecim, and then in numerous Salesian Houses all across Poland. He was specially well known for his prudence. The most difficult and delicate matters were handled by him.

On the 23rd of May 1941, He was arrested by the Gestapo while He was a Parish Priest in Krakow and taken to several prisons in and around Krakow.

He was finally taken to Auschwitz Concentration Camp. On the 27th of June 1941, Father Jan was cruelly tortured and killed by a Nazi Soldier simply because he was a Priest and because he would not cease calling on the name of Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament.

He was 64 years old, 42 years a Salesian and 38 years as a Priest.

It can be said that he left a reputation for holiness of life, quite separate from his Martyrdom.

Credits and References :

Jan Swierc
1877-1941
Salesian Saint of the Month
Page 10
Don Bosco's Madonna, Mumbai
May 2012
Vol - 14, N0-1
 

Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive Honor and Glory and Praise

The Lamb is Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. He is the Paschal and Sacrificial Lamb slain for our Salvation.

Adoration is Thanksgiving to Jesus Christ for the immense gift of Holy Mass and the Holy Eucharist.

If you ever doubt, how much Jesus Christ loves you, All you have to do is think of this.

Good Friday follows Holy Thursday; because Good Friday was the price that Jesus Christ paid to institute the Eucharist on Holy Thursday Night.

Jesus Christ gave up his Body on the Cross that he might give you His Body in Holy Communion so that you might be one with him forever in everlasting glory.

He shed his very last drop of Blood on the Cross, so that he might fill you with his love in the Holy Eucharist.

He died a terrible death on the Cross, so that we might live in the joy of his "Divine Life" in this most Blessed Sacrament.

Worthy is the Lamb that was slain.

Worthy is Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament to receive our unceasing, Perpetual Adoration for all he has done for our Salvation !!

Credits and References :

Come to Me in the Blessed Sacrament
By Missionaries of the Blessed Sacrament
Year 1997

List of Articles for 2018

Dear Friends in Jesus and Mary,

Here is the list of articles for 2018.

1) Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive Honor and Glory and Praise.

2)  Jan Swierc 1877-1941.

3) Moments.

4) The Sacred Heart.

5) Joseph Kowalski 1911-1942.

6)  Maria Dufour -- Apostle of the Tabernacle.

7)  Feast of Saint Joseph -- A Month of March in His Honour.

The Shepherds and the 3 Wise Men Christmas 2017

Consider the Humble Sacrifice that the Shepherds and the 3 Wise Men made in their long journey to adore the Christ Child.

Only the Humble Shepherds and the Wise Astrologers followed the Star to Bethlehem.

He was the King of Kings much greater than they were. No Journey was too long because any trouble they had was infinitely worth the sacrifice.

When they saw, the Christ Child, they bowed down before him. Where was Everybody ?? Who could understand then that the Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes was the Hidden Incarnate Word of God -- The Man God made of Real Flesh and Real Blood.

He came quietly and lovingly. Only the Humble and the Wise could see the Humble Jesus Christ lying in a Manger.

The Rest of the World was extremely indifferent about the Birth of Jesus Christ amidst humble surroundings.

Look at how God has never stopped honouring the Shepherds and the 3 Wise Men for honouring His Son in Bethlehem.

The Humble Sacrifice of their long journey is praised in Sacred Scripture.

In the Blessed Sacrament, Jesus Christ comes to us even more humbly than He did before. His Real Presence in the Holy Eucharist is an "Awesome Wonder".

Let us never forsake Jesus Christ specially on Christmas Day.

Credits and References :

The Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist
Worthy is the Lamb
by Missionaries of the Blessed Sacrament
Page 4 of 6
Year 1996



 

Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows September 15 2017

Introduction :

Our Lady was subject to pain and suffering throughout her life. Yes, certainly she was without sin but she was human like the rest of us and was not protected from painful human emotions.

Think for instance of the three days she spends looking for Jesus Christ and the disappointment which she expresses when she discovers that he had not told her that he would remain in the temple. This one incident reminds us that Jesus Christ also grew in independence -- his teenage years were beginning.

As Julian of Norwich points out : it was not in fun that Christ died for us -- it certainly was not !!  The inexpressible pain and suffering of the Mother who walked with her Son towards the Hill of Calvary is best represented in Michelangelo's beautiful "Pieta".

The journey has come to an end, every humiliation and blow has pierced her heart to the very core ---- the "Sword of Sorrow" has come to fulfilment !!

Why I ask, did somebody so good and so holy have to suffer so much ?? The answer of course was for love. Christ suffered most because he loved most. His most perfect disciple, Our Lady who loved him more than anyone else willingly took on his suffering.

The model of "Our Lady of Sorrows", as represented in the "Pieta" head bowed in anguish, her body almost as lifeless as that of her dead son Jesus Christ is the model of hope and comfort for all those who suffer in this world.

Those who despair daily; the innocent victims of war-ravaged countries; the emaciated bodies in famine stricken countries; those who suffer mental torture; all those who suffer from the lack of love in our society.

Conclusion :

All can come and find solace and love in the embrace of this courageous and lovely lady. Her compassionate heart gives hope to all of us. She knows, she understands, for she is "Our Lady of Sorrows".

Credits and References :

The Heart that gives by Pat O'Leary
Pages 18-19
Don Bosco's Madonna Mumbai
September 2007
Vol-9, N0-5

 

Feast of the Queenship of Mother Mary 22nd August 2017

Introduction :

The small and simple young girl of Nazareth became Queen of the World. We contemplate the Mother of Christ crowned by her Son, in other words associated with his universal kingship as she is portrayed in numerous mosaics and paintings.

This is one of the marvels that reveals "God's Heart". Of course, Mary's Queenship is totally relative to Christ's Kingship. He is the Lord whom after the humiliation of death on the Cross -- the Father exalted above any other creature in Heaven and on earth and under the earth. (Phillipians 2:9-11).

Through a design of grace, the Immaculate Mother was fully associated with the mystery of the Son : in his Incarnation; in his earthly life, at first hidden at Nazareth and then manifested in the messianic ministry; in his Passion and Death and finally in the glory of his Resurrection and Ascension into Heaven.

The Mother did not only share the human aspects of this mystery with the Son. She also shared, through the work of the Holy Spirit within her, his profound intention, the divine will, so that the whole of her poor and lowly life was exalted, transformed, and glorified passing through the "Narrow Door" which is Jesus Christ himself. (Luke 13:24).

Yes, Mother Mary was the first person to take the "Way" to enter the Kingdom of God that Christ opened, a way that is accessible to the humble, to all who trust in the word of God and endeavour to put it into practice.

Conclusion :

In the History of the Cities and Peoples evangelized by the Christian Message there are many testimonies of public veneration -- in some cases even institutional of the Queenship of the Blessed Mother.

Today, however let us as children of the Catholic Church above all renew our devotion to the One whom Jesus Christ bequeathed to us as Mother and Queen.

Credits and References :

A World of Brothers and Sisters by Emeritus Pope Benedict 16
Pages 18-19
Don Bosco's Madonna, Mumbai
August 2012 Vol -14, N0-4




 

Becoming An Apostle of Divine Mercy

Apostles of Divine Mercy :

What is an Apostle of Divine Mercy ??

APOSTLE -- is derived from the Greek meaning one who is sent or MESSENGER.

OF DIVINE -- meaning of course of God.

MERCY -- or misericordia  in Latin which is made up of 3 smaller words.

MISERIS -- miserable.

COR -- heart or love.

DARE -- to give.

So, an Apostle of Divine Mercy is one who brings the message of God's Love to the miserable. For, no one that is aware of God's existence and love could ever be miserable. Unfortunately, the world is full of miserable people.

The Message of Merciful Love :

Formerly, in the Old Testament the Holy Spirit spoke through the Prophets, today he speaks continuously. Jesus Christ to the Mystic Carmela Carabelli, Milan, May 1968.

The Messages are in the words of "Jesus" himself in the form of conversations with Mamma Carmela profound words of wisdom, words of counsel, and tremendous comfort and answers to questions we never ask because we don't know who to ask.

"I ask your help, as a beggar asks alms, will you help me ?? Jesus Christ Milan, 1969".

Jesus Christ asks for New Apostles :

My beloved daughter, I wish you to find new apostles to make a wide distribution of my message. I want to enter into each family to convert the hardest hearts. Take my Image to Hospitals, Hospices, Schools, Homes, and to the ends of the earth if you can.

Speak now to the whole world of my message of "Merciful Love". I will help you find new apostles. They will be my new elect and the beloved ones of my Heart and they will have a special place therein.

I will bless their families and I will deputise for them in directing their affairs if they give time to me. I will carry out in full that which I have told you in the Gospel. To him who seeks first the Kingdom of God and His Justice all the rest will be given in abundance.

And I say to you : " To anyone who propagates confidence and love towards my Mercy, I will give a hundred fold in this life and the next."

From the message of Merciful Love, Milan 27th April 1969.

History behind the message of Merciful Love :

The Message of Merciful Love, was received by Carmela Carabelli during a period which lasted some ten years from 1968 to 1978. It began in the Year that Rome had at last accepted new information on the "Revelations to the servant of God" Sister Helena Faustina  Kowalska and issued the first of two Decrees by which the Process of Beatification was formally opened on her behalf. The date was 31st January 1968. This was thirty years after the death of Sister Faustina.

In this same year in the north of Italy in the City of Milan, a widow with a large family who had given her whole life to works of mercy and charity in her city was praying one evening when she heard a voice, it said "You will be another witness to my Divine Mercy, I will bless you and give you special graces.

I ask your help as a beggar asks alms, Will you help me ?? I want you to find new Apostles, and once again spread my message of "Merciful Love" to the ends of this Earth."

Mankind keeps losing sight of the meaning of life. On the 12th of April 1969, the eve of Low Sunday, Jesus Christ spoke to her of the Feast of Mercy "a day of great forgiveness and reconciliation".

On the 22nd of March 1970, Sister Faustina herself gave a message to Carmela and her Prayer Group. (The Mother of Divine Love Prayer Group), she said it is not the first time that I come among you but it is the first time that I wish to speak, I am Sister Faustina and I ask you to make with particular devotion the Novena of Divine Mercy, so that all Men will begin to believe in the mystery of salvation, which is contained in the Devotion to the Divine Mercy.

Credits and References :

Divine Mercy Publications
P.O. Box 2005
Dublin 13, Ireland

Apostles Prayer :

Merciful Jesus Christ, We believe in thee and we trust in thee. Come to the aid of our weakness and our incapacity. Grant that we may be able to make thee known and loved by all men, and that confident in the immensity of thy love we may be able to combat the evil which is in us and in all the world, for thy Glory and our salvation Amen.

Nihil Obstat

Pietro Santoro

Bishop of Termoli

This beautiful prayer was inspired by Jesus Christ himself to Mamma Carmela on 22nd of April 1969 in Milan.


Easter 2017 -- The Resurrection

Introduction :

It was barely dawn on the third day after the burial of Jesus Christ and he rose. No stone could keep him in the tomb. History was changed forever because of this.

Mary, His Mother kept watch through the long hours of that sorrowful Sabbath. Jesus Christ loved his Mother so much ........ tradition has it that he visited her before any other human eye would see him.

There must have been very few words spoken. There was an unspeakable joy when love knew no bounds. Mary suffered with her son and now she shares his joy.

When the Women, came in the morning they were puzzled finding the tomb open. The Angel simply said "Do not be Afraid". I know you have come to see Jesus of Nazareth. He is not here, he has risen !!

Poor Mary of Magdala stood outside the empty tomb ..... but when Jesus Christ called out to her, her joy knew no bounds. She ran and told his friends ........ He has risen and I have seen him.

The Apostles, paralyzed with fear and overcome by sadness were huddled together in the upper room. Suddenly they found Jesus Christ in their midst : "Peace be with You" He said "It is I. Do not be afraid".

See a Spirit has no flesh and bones like I have.

They still could not believe their eyes so to convince them ...... he decided to eat some grilled fish with honey. looking around, he said : "Receive the Holy Spirit, whose sins you forgive, are forgiven".

Thomas, one of the Apostles was not with them when Jesus Christ visited the Apostles. He was adamant and wanted to put his fingers into the wounds of Christ.

Christ visited again, after some time and said to Thomas ...... "See my hands and my feet ....." Thomas could only say : My Lord and My God !!

Towards morning, Jesus Christ visited the Apostles again and they had caught a large quantity of fish during the night. So, when they saw him they knew it was the Lord Jesus Christ. He immediately called them ashore and had breakfast with them which consisted of baked fish and baked bread.

Conclusion :

Jesus Christ was seen quite a few times after the resurrection but today he is alive among his successors; namely the Vicar of Christ and the Bishops and Cardinals of the Catholic Church.

He promised to be with his apostles and he continuously keeps this promise down the centuries through his "Real Presence" in the Holy Eucharist where he remains with us Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity 24-7-365.

He is truly "The Good Shepherd" in the Blessed Sacrament in more ways than one.

Credits and References :

The Most Holy Rosary
The Glorious Mysteries
Pages 1-6
Don Bosco's Madonna Mumbai
The Salesians of Don Bosco
Rev, Fr. Edwin D'Souza S.D.B.





 

Good Friday 2017

The Cross and Suffering

Introduction :

Saints who understood and realized the mystery of suffering, embraced the cross with love and joy.

They not only accepted suffering willingly and bore it patiently but rather clamoured for more.

Saint Paul, who suffered much during his missionary journeys, exclaimed "Far be it for me to glory except in the Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ in which is Salvation, Life, and Resurrection".

The celebration of the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ during Lent and specially during "Holy Week" invites us to reflect and to understand the "Mystery of the Cross".

We are called upon to unite our pain and suffering with the "Suffering Messiah" and offer ourselves unreservedly to the Eternal Father.

That is what, we are expected to do at every mass which is a "Memorial of the Sacrifice of Calvary".

What does a Memorial of the Sacrifice of Calvary Mean ??

It is not a mere remembrance or a representation of Calvary. Rather it is a "'Re--Presentation of Calvary".

The Sacrifice of Christ on Calvary and the Sacrifice of the Mass is "One Single Sacrifice". The Victim is one and the same : The same Christ now offers the Sacrifice of the Cross through the ministry of Priests; only the manner of offering is different".

"In His Divine Sacrifice, which is celebrated in Holy Mass, the same Christ who offered himself once in a bloody manner on the altar of the cross is contained and is offered in an unbloody manner".

( Catechism of the Catholic Church N0 -- 1367)

To understand a little more of this sacrifice mysteriously made present, we must realize that the Sacrifice of Calvary is the "One Single Sacrifice".

There are not many sacrifices.

The Sacrifice of Calvary offered two thousand years ago and the sacrifices of Mass offered in our churches yesterday, today, and tomorrow; Masses offered all over the world are numerically one and the same "Sacrifice of Calvary".

Conclusion :

The Bread and Wine are "Symbols" of our offering. The tiny drop of water mixed with wine does not remain separate, but it mingles itself and becomes one with the Wine.

So, Our Sacrifice though insignificant becomes one with the "Sacrifice of Jesus Christ and has an infinite value".

Let us contemplate the "Holy Sacrifice of the Mass" by standing with Mary at the Foot of the Cross.

Credits and References :

"The Mystery of the Cross"
By Father Edward D'souza S.D.B.
Pages 8-9
April 2007, Vol -8, N0- 12
Don Bosco's Madonna, Mumbai
 

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

86th Anniversary of the appearance of Jesus Christ to Saint Faustina February 22, 2017

Introduction :

Everywhere you turn, people are talking about Divine Mercy !!  Hurricanes, Floods, Tsunamis, Global Warming, Earthquakes, and Fires.

Hardly an article can be written about any of these events without the thought of the second coming of Jesus Christ.

Today, marks a significant date for all mankind.

86 years ago on February 22nd 1931 Jesus Christ appeared to Saint Faustina as "The Divine Mercy" with a special mission for her. He told her to paint an image as she witnessed him with two rays of light streaming from his heart, one red and the other pale like water and to sign it "Jesus, I trust in You".

Jesus Christ spent the next seven years speaking to her about his mercy and asked her to record his words in a diary, which she aptly named "Divine Mercy in my Soul". He made known to her that it was her job to prepare the world for his final coming.

Saint Pope John Paul the Great, by Divine Providence was immersed in the message of Divine Mercy at an early age and commented that it was "His Job given to him by God to bring this message to the world".

He later said "I give thanks to Divine Providence that I have been enabled to fulfil the will of the Merciful Christ by instituting the Feast of Divine Mercy". ( This was said on a visit to Poland in the 21st Century.)

Saint Pope John Paul the Great is also known as the "Divine Mercy Pope" simply because of what he did to promote the Divine Mercy Message and Devotion all over the world from 1985 - 2005.

Pope John Paul the Great lifted the ban on dissemination of the Divine Mercy Message and Devotion in 1978/1979. 14-15 years later, precisely in 1993 he beatified Sister Faustina and in the year 2000 he canonized her. He was a pioneer as far as promotion of the Divine Mercy Message and Devotion is concerned.

The Divine Mercy Diary has more than 14 entries where Jesus Christ had requested that a Feast of Mercy be established in the church as a "Last Hope of Salvation".

Saint Pope John Paul the Great established the Feast as Divine Mercy Sunday during the canonization in Rome of Saint Faustina in the Jubilee Year 2000 as the First Saint in the new millennium !!

Saint Pope John Paul the Great personally championed the cause of the Divine Mercy Message and Devotion for 20 long years.

Jesus Christ told Saint Faustina that "From Poland will come forth a spark that will prepare the world for my final coming" ( Diary 1732). No doubt, this was Pope John Paul who not only established the Feast requested by Jesus Christ, but issued an "unprecedented special plenary indulgence and specified; as the duties of priests, the proclamation of that plenary indulgence to all humanity".

If this wasn't proof enough of God's Providence in the matter, Our Beloved Pope Saint John Paul the Great passed into heaven on the "Vigil of Divine Mercy Sunday" after celebrating that feast and participating in the requirements of obtaining the plenary indulgence !!

The Image of the Divine Mercy is central to the entire message of Divine Mercy and has a special importance by being displayed in churches, specially on the Feast of Divine Mercy.

Jesus Christ related several times the importance of the image on the feast. He said "I desire that there be a Feast of Mercy. I want this image, which you will paint with a brush, to be solemnly blessed on the First Sunday after Easter; that Sunday is to be the Feast of Mercy". ( Diary 49)

One day Saint Faustina said to Our Lord "They tell me that there is already such a feast and so why should I talk about it ??".

Jesus Christ answered "And who knows anything about this feast ?? No one !! Even those who should be proclaiming my mercy and teaching people about it often do not know about it themselves.

That is why I want the Image to be solemnly blessed on the First Sunday after Easter, and want it to be venerated  "Publicly" so that every soul may know about it". ( Diary 340).

Conclusion :

Catholic Churches throughout the world that have permanently installed "Divine Mercy Images" are benefiting greatly. Jesus Christ surely knew what he was doing when he gave us this image. It is exactly what mankind will need to maintain its hope in the years ahead with natural disasters that are inevitable.

If it is true that a picture has a thousand words or more, then this one has untold millions.

Jesus Christ said "The two rays denote Blood and Water, The pale ray stands for water which makes souls righteous. The red ray stands for the life of souls.

These two rays issued forth from the very depths of my tender mercy when my agonized heart was opened by a lance on the cross. Happy is the one who will dwell in their shelter, for the just hand of God shall not lay hold of him" ( Diary 299).

Credits :

Robert R. Allard
Director
Apostles of Divine Mercy






 

Please Bear With Me

Dear Friends in Jesus and Mary,

Please bear with me as I post articles one after another for 2017 and 2018 respectively.

I am doing this because certain groups have asked me unofficially to shut down my Catholic Blog in the near future.

So, what I am trying to say is this that please don't be surprised if this Catholic Blog does not exist any more in the new year.

I thank you in advance for your understanding the dynamics of this situation.

 

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

List of Articles for 2017

Dear Friends in Jesus and Mary,

Here is the List of Articles to be posted in 2017.

1) 86th Anniversary of the Appearance of Jesus Christ to Saint Faustina February 22, 2017.

2)  Good Friday 2017.

3) Easter 2017.

4) Becoming an Apostle of Divine Mercy.

5) Feast of the Queenship of Mother Mary August 22, 2017.

6)  Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows September 15, 2017.

7) The Shepherds and the 3 Wise Men.

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Bethlehem ---- The House of Bread

Dear Friends in Jesus and Mary,

I would like to wish all Readers of my Blog a Blessed, Joyful, Happy, and Holy Christmas 2016 and a Blessed and Holy New Year 2017.

Bethlehem is the House of Bread that gives us vitality to face Life's ups and downs.

Bethlehem is the House of Bread that nourishes us Body and Soul and makes us yearn for the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ who was born in a lowly manger 2000 years ago.

Bethlehem is the House of Bread that was first nourished in Mary's Womb and makes us spiritually invigorated in the climate of the "Holy Eucharist".

Bethlehem is the House of Bread that keeps us going in a secular world that wishes to take the Christ out of Christmas and all facets of Christianity from this joyful and giving season.

Finally, Bethlehem is the House of Bread that is truly, really, and substantially present among us as it was present among the shepherds 2000 years ago.

Note : See You In 2017.
 

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Feast of the Presentation of Mother Mary 21st November 2016

This Feast, apart from its Biblical Content presents lofty and exemplary values and carries on a venerable tradition.

Mother Mary, is called "Temple of the Holy Spirit" an expression that emphasizes the Sacred Character of the Blessed Mother, now the permanent dwelling of the Holy Spirit of God.

The Oriental Liturgy has a most genial expression on this Feast : "The Temple is brought to the Temple".

Mother Mary is truly God's Temple because she is full of grace and because she bore in Her Sacred Womb Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Word.

Thus, On this Great Feast Day We exult with great rejoicing in seeing this "Daughter of Sion" consecrated to the Lord. We sing with joy Her very expression : I fully rejoice in the Lord; my soul exults in my God, because He has clothed me with the robe of salvation, exactly as a Bride adorned with Her Jewels.

We look to Mother Mary and imitate her, making of our lives an act of worship of God, and making our worship a commitment of our lives.

Credits and References :

The Presentation
By Father Peter Gatti S.D.B.
Pages 4-5
Don Bosco's Madonna, Mumbai
November 1986

 

Saturday, 5 November 2016

A Red Letter Day

Dear Friends in Jesus and Mary,

Today, the 5th of November 2016 is a Red Letter Day for Me in more ways than one. It was on the 5th of November 2013 that I started blogging about the Catholic Faith.
 
In these past 3 years, I have written and posted articles now and then about Known and Unknown Catholic Books, but specially about Known and Unknown Catholic Feast Days and Solemnities as well as about Known and Unknown Catholic Personalities from the 1200's to the 20th Century.
 
I thank everyone who has appreciated my Blog in more ways than one specially those who have visited it again and again.
 
Please visit my Blog as often as you can.

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Our Lady of the Golden Heart

Beauraing is a quiet little village in the country of Belgium on the border with France.

It was there that on the evening of November 29, 1932 the Blessed Mother appeared to 3 Brothers -- Albert, Gilbert, and Ferdinanda Voisin and to two sisters Andreina and Gilberta.

It is difficult to attribute a particular message to the apparitions of Beauraing.

It could be said that the messages at Beauraing are a continuation of the messages given at Lourdes and Fatima.

The Blessed Mother, when she appeared in Beauraing showed her golden heart from which radiated rays of light.

She called upon people to come there in pilgrimage so that sinners could be converted.

In 1943, the Bishop of Namur permitted the cult of Our Lady of Beauraing. In 1945, He Blessed a Statue of the Madonna and in 1949 he recognized the supernatural character of the Apparitions.

In 1947, the construction of a Chapel commenced which led to the garden of the apparitions with specific Marian Motifs.

In 1968, a Huge Church was constructed which accommodates 5,000 people preserving the ambience of the place of the apparitions.

Beauraing, in recent years like nearby Banneux was established as one of the most important shrines in  Belgium, a place of pilgrimage for people from all over the world.

It has prayerful and sober celebrations allowing pilgrims to reflect deeply and pray fervently.

Credits and References :

The Virgin of the Golden Heart
By Don Mario Morra
Pages 28-29
Don Bosco's Madonna, Mumbai
November 2015
Vol- 17, N0-7 




 

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Feast of Christ the King 20th November 2016

This is an excellent in depth article on the Feast of Christ the King.

Christ is truly Our King in more ways than one even though we treat him shabbily sometimes.

This article is excellent in the sense that it explores the History and Development of Devotion to Christ the King from 1925 onwards.

Here is a snippet of the article.

THE Encyclical of our Holy Father, Pius XI., on the Institution of the Feast of Christ Our King is a fitting crown to the devotion and the vast spiritual awakening which marked the Holy Year, 1925.
In fulfilment of the commission of Our Lord to St. Peter, and aided by the light and grace that are given to every man according to his need, the Vicar of Christ addresses words of timely guidance and help to the Catholic world. We need that guidance today. In their greed for wealth, the senseless hurry of business, and the rush for pleasure men forget, then reject, Divine things. Our superficial education, the shallow science and the sensationalism of the newspapers bewilder men's minds. They cannot think steadily and soundly; they are 'tossed about by every wind of doctrine.' They lose Christ not from rebellion, but from indifference.
 
Man-made religions and scientific theories come and go like the leaves from spring to winter, and as they pass they leave men more and more confused. Outside the Catholic Church there is no centre of spiritual authority, no institution that can claim to possess that body of truths which was the legacy of Christ to His Apostles, to be guarded by them for men through all time. There is no other infallible teacher.
 
Man's life must be reasonable, founded on true philosophy. For very many of those who do not recognise the Divine claims of Christ there is a philosophy of life-but it is a destructive philosophy. Its authority is unstable and uncertain, that of a learning which imposes itself on the less learned. It changes as new theories are born, but always leaves greater uncertainty, as it saps the foundations of faith and drives men to religious indifference or to scepticism.
 
Truth is put farther and farther away. Religion, then, and philosophy for such men come to be no more than a collection of words, of hazy definitions, of vague counsels of morality, with no firm foundation. Consequently, the law of sacrifice and the Christian moral code, so clearly stated in the teaching of Our Lord, are rejected, and men accept gladly those theories of conduct only which demand no moral effort and impose no burden of sacrifice. The God of the new philosophies is not real: He is not personal; He does not command. Christ for them is not the Divine Christ, who knew Himself to be God, who loved men, and lived and taught in Galilee with an authority which He claimed as Divine; who confirmed the Divine law and made laws as His own; whose praise and blame are for eternity; whose Kingdom we must enter by the way which He has appointed, through faith, baptism, sacrifice and good works.
 
The Pope, then, calls back the world to Christ Our Lord. In Him alone can man find light and peace. Christ is a Divine Fact. He made a demand on the free will of men, and no proof of a claim to authority was so clear as His. Men are free to accept or reject Him, but if they reject Him the loss is theirs-the law is inexorable. As the death of the body is a fact to which men must submit, and all the thought and all the science of men cannot stop its approach, so Christ is a fact. He must reign. He is the touchstone of the world. If men trust Him, He will be their friend; if they resist Him, they must be broken.

Read the whole article here :

http://www.ecatholic2000.com/cts/untitled-94.shtml#_Toc349935759

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