Monday, 16 June 2014

Off to Australia!

Today I'm leaving for Australia to try out a Dominican convent for a month. I ask you all to please keep me in your prayers, as this will be a very fruitful time for me! Unfortunately I won't be able to post the Saint of the Day when I go (you can find out the Saint of the Day here:
http://acatholiclife.blogspot.ca/2005/09/catholic-feast-days.html).

Thank you all for your prayers and support! I will be keeping you all in my prayers as well, so that God may abundantly bless you in the month of the Sacred Heart! Our Lady of Help of Christians, pray for us.


Sunday, 15 June 2014

Prayers Concerning Death

After writing an article on Purgatory, I thought I would share with you some very helpful prayers concerning death. There are so many prayers I want to share with you all, so I will be posting more prayers in the near future.

Please enjoy these great prayers!


A Prayer For Daily Neglects
Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Sacred Heart of Jesus, with all its love, all its sufferings and all its merits.
First -- To expiate all the sins I have committed this day and during all my life.
(Glory be to the Father and to the Son and the Holy Ghost as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.)
Second -- To purify the good I have done badly this day and during all my life.
(Glory Be to the Father...)
Third -- To minister for the good I ought to have done, and that I have neglected this day and during all my life.
(Glory Be to the Father...)
A poor Clare nun who had just died, appeared to her Abbess, who was praying for her, and said to her, "I went straight to Heaven, for, by means of this prayer, recited every evening, I paid all my debts."

The Three Hail Marys

Our Lady requested the daily recitation of the three Hail Marys, and she revealed the following to Saint Melchtilde:

"The first Hail Mary will be in honour of God the Father, whose omnipotence raised my soul so high above every other creature that, after God, I have the greatest power in heaven and on earth. In the hour of your death I will use that power of God the Father to keel any hostile power far from you.

"The second Hail Mary will be in honour of God the Son, who communicated His inscrutable wisdom to me... In the hour of your death I will fill your soul with the light of that wisdom so that all darkness of ignorance and error will be dispelled.

"The third Hail Mary will be in honour of God the Holy Ghost, who filled my soul with the sweetness of His love and tenderness and mercy... In your last hour I will then change the bitterness of death into divine sweetness and delight."

Promise: During an apparition to St. Gertrude, the Blessed Mother promised, "To any soul who faithfully prays the Three Hail Marys I will appear at the hour of death in a splendour of beauty so extraordinary that it will fill the soul with heavenly consolation."

The Brown Scapular


The brown scapular's promise made by Our Lady, "This shall be to you and all Carmelites a privilege, that anyone who dies clothes in this shall not suffer eternal fire; and if wearing it they die, they shall be saved."

The Seven Dolors of Mary

Those devoted to Our Lady's Dolors are granted four promises. The first two promises are related to death. They are, (1) that those who before death invoke the Blessed Mother in the name of her sorrows, should obtain true repentance of all their sins and (2) that He would protect in their tribulations all who remember this devotion, and that He would protect them especially at the hour of death. 

Also, those who pray seven Hail Marys each day in honour of Our Lady's seven dolors are granted seven promises, the last two being, (1) "I will visibly help them at the moment of their death - they will see the face of their mother." and (2) " I have obtained this grace from my divine Son, that those who propagate this devotion to my tears and dolors will be taken from this earthly life to eternal happiness, since all their sins will be forgiven and my Son will be their eternal consolation and joy."

You can read more about this devotion here: fromthedepthsofthecatacombs.blogspot.ca/p/our-lady-of-sorrows.html


The Chaplet of the Holy Wounds

There are some promises concerning death as well connected to the Chaplet of the Holy Wounds:

2. "Each time that you offer to My Father the merits of My divine Wounds, you win an immense fortune."
3."Souls that will have contemplated and honored My crown of thorns on earth, will be My crown of glory in Heaven!"
12. "There will be no death for the soul that expires in My Holy Wounds; they give true life."
16. The soul who during life has honoured the Wounds of Our Lord Jesus Christ and has offered them to the Eternal Father for the Souls in Purgatory , will be accompanied at the moment of death by the Holy virgin and the angels; and Our Lord on the Cross, all brilliant in glory, will receive her and crown her.
You can read more about this devotion here:

May God bless you all and grant you the grace of not only a holy death, but the grace to be purified and perfected here on earth.

Saturday, 7 June 2014

Reparation on Pentecost

Tomorrow, on the feast of Pentecost, Pope Francis will be gathering with the Moslems at the Vatican to pray with them. Make no mistake - this is a horrible sin. Mr. John Vennari gives us some points on why it is wrong:

1) The Prayers of Islam worship a false god; not the true God who is the Blessed Trinity; not the true God Jesus Christ, who said "No man comes to the Father but through Me." Speaking on the modernist notion that various religions worship the same God, the eminent theologian Father Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange explained that such a tenet denies the principle of non-contradiction, which is the most fundamental principle of reason. Father Garrigou-Lagrange explains, “It is injurious to say that God would consider with equanimity all religions while one teaches truth and one teachers error, when one promises the good and one promises the evil. To say this would be to affirm that God would be indifferent to good and evil, to what is honest and shameful.”[1]

2) Pope Francis' act fosters the religious indifferentism condemned by the Catholic Church and condemned by reason. Great popes such as Leo XII, Pius IX, Gregory XVI and others all condemned religious indifferentism; a false system that gives the impression that any religioun is good enough for salvation. Along with the popes already mentioned, Pope Pius VIII forcefully condemned this error in the encyclical Traditi humilati nostrae:

“And this is the lethal system of religious indifferentism, which is repudiated by the light of natural reason itself. In this light we are warned that, among many religions which disagree with one another, when one is true, that there can be no association with light and darkness. Against these repeaters of ancient errors, the people must be assured, Venerable Brethren, that the profession of the Catholic Faith is alone the true one, since the Apostle tells us that there is one Lord and one baptism. As Jerome says, the man who eats the Lamb outside of this house is profane, and the man who is not in the ark of Noah is going to perish in the deluge. Neither is there any other name apart from the Name of Jesus given to men by which we must be saved. He who believes will be saved, and he who shall not have believed will be condemned.” 

It seems safe to say the Papa Bergoglio would blush with embarrassment at this authentic Catholic teaching, and would probably die rather than reiterate it, or rather than conduct his Vatican and ecclesiastical policies accordingly.

3) It turns Peace in the Middle East into an idol, a false god that must be appeased at the expense of the ordinary and universal magisterium of the Church since the time of the Apostles. The First Commandment does not say, "Thou shalt not be an atheist," but says rather, "Thou shalt not have strange gods before me." The trampling of Catholic truth and practice in a quest for a humanistic peace is, effectively, apostate actions in the service of an idol, a false god; the ever-illusive "peace in the Middle East"

4) The act will bring punishment rather than blessings. Belgium’s Cardinal Mercier explained that the First World War was actually a punishment to the world for governments placing the one true Church on the same level with false religions. How much worse when this is done by Catholic leaders, in the quest of a humanistic peace. In his 1918 Pastoral Letter, Cardinal Mercier said:

“In the name of the Gospel, and in the light of the Encyclicals of the last four Popes; Gregory XVI, Pius IX, Leo XIII, and Pius X, I do not hesitate to affirm that this indifference to religion which puts on the same level the religion of divine origin and the religions invented by men, in order to include them in the same skepticism, is the blasphemy which calls down chastisement on society far more than the sins of individuals and families.


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And so, let us spend Pentecost not only in rejoicing and being thankful for the gifts of the Holy Ghost, but in making reparation for this horrible sin. It is very fruitful to spend the day saying short prayers like, "My Jesus, mercy." and often thinking of God. You can also say these prayers:

My God, I believe, I adore, I hope, and I love You. I ask pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope, and do not  love You.
Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore You profoundly, and I offer You the Most Precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifferences by which He is offended. And by the infinite merits of His most Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg the conversion of poor sinners.


May the most holy, most sacred, most adorable,
most incomprehensible and ineffable Name of God
be forever praised, blessed, loved, adored
and glorified in Heaven, on earth,
and under the earth,
by all the creatures of God,
and by the Sacred Heart of Our Lord Jesus Christ,
in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.
Amen.