Why I follow Church Teaching

I am Orthodox Catholic and follow Church teaching 100% of the time, all the time. I am in full communion with the Magisterium of the Church, which is the Church Heirarchy meaning the Pope and bishops.

Following Church teaching all the way without deviating or being what we call a cafeteria Catholic has brought me great and total peace and joy. Nothing else can.

The Church is here to save souls in and through Jesus Christ, but following Church teaching does not only bring eternal salvation it brings peace and happiness in this life like nothing else can, and I speak from personal experience, because I tried to find peace and happiness in other areas of life, or in other people or in things, and it did not work.

Not food, not alcohol, not drugs, not in smoking, nor in cars, houses, boats, vacations, relationships: nothing else provides peace and happiness like walking in, living in and growing in Christ. It took me 50 years to get it, and I only got it by finally cooperating with God’s grace and totally surrendering my will to the will of the Father and taking up my cross daily and allowing Jesus to live and grow in me through the power of The Holy Spirit. Oh what JOY it brings!

Let me point out that I continue to be a work in progress. I am clay in the hands of the potter, God, my Heavenly Father and today I am still struggling with overcoming pride and growing in humility.

The only way I was able to overcome previous vices of selfishness, self centredness, lack of chastity and purity, lack of self control and discipline and becoming obedient was through the Sacraments of the Church, ongoing. Frequent and numerous public confession of sin to God’s priests are the only way! Daily Mass and Communion is the only way. Anointing of the Sick on March 19, 2015, not coincidently the feast of St. Joseph, foster father of Jesus, husband to Our Blessed Mother, and worker who is one of my role models, changed me. I believe God put me in the hospital because he knew I needed to receive this Sacrament; as only the sick can receive it.

I wanted to change my sinful ways and was led by The Spirit to attend an overnight retreat on New Year’s eve 2014, so on 12/31/2014 I went overnight to St. Rafael retreat center in Havertown, PA and the dots of my life toward holiness began to connect. I was a lifelong, faithful and practicing Catholic prior to this as well. I was going to confession frequently, attending Mass regularly, reading my Bible, studying my faith, meeting with small faith groups and doing good works as well as loving my family as best I could, but something was still missing. I was not content and I was unwilling to surrender my entire will to the will of the Father. I thought in some areas of my life I knew better and God could not help me. Boy was I wrong!

I was unwilling to deny myself certain so called pleasures like food for instance. Yes, we need food and water to survive but we need temperance in our eating habits and in every area of life to grow closer to God. So now, I eat less, leave a little on the plate as reminder, skip dessert or skip a meal to feel the hunger pangs. The hunger pangs remind me to pray for those starving and for the poor and homeless. I abstain from eating meat on every Friday throughout the entire year as The Church instructs and I do it only to glorify God! In denying ourselves anything we glorify God and fill our emptiness and hunger only with Him if we do it prayerfully. I also felt after a hard day’s work I needed a couple alcoholic drinks; no more, I stopped that. I am not saying everyone needs to give up food and alcohol, but we must temper our desires if we want to grow in holiness. Doing so enabled me to grow in holiness and find real truth and happiness and peace.

Drugs and smoking anything are a no in my opinion and only result in death and destruction and I strongly encourage all those using to stop.

Now I would like to turn to the subject of sexual desire. I honestly believe too many of us are stuck in an adolescent mind frame when it comes to sexual desire, especially men; I was, and it was a process, and took me 50 years to really understand sexual desire and how to control it instead of it controlling me.

First and foremost we need the desire to be Catechized properly and the Church needs to Cathechize properly. Catechesis is religious instruction.

When it comes to sexual desire we need to read Church documents like Humana Vitae by Pope Blessed Paul VI and Theology of The Body by Pope St. John Paul II.

We need to read from the Bible, the first book called Genesis and we need to read the last book of the Bible called Revelation. The Bible ends with Revelation and the wedding feast of The Lamb.

Jesus Christ is the bridegroom, and the ultimate man, the Alpha and Omega. He showed us the way and the path to holiness and He is who we are to follow. The Church is His bride and it’s all written there in Revelation and explained by His Church in The Catechism. That is why I always say My Bible is my playbook and my Catechism is my weekly game plan. We need both and we need to read and study both.

Until we study and understand the Church Documents I mention above and The Bible Books I mention above we will be stuck in the adolescent mindset of human sexuality.

God made us male and female, uniquely created and different, but both man and woman are created in His image. We are complimentary beings in body , mind and soul. I am blessed to be part of a Catholic  group, which is more an Apostolate and think tank, on human sexuality called The Masculine Genius Institute or MGI as we refer to it. The group is made up of mostly Catholic Theologian’s and clergy with PhD’s in Theology whose life work or mission is to seek the truth in Human Sexuality. We do have non-Catholic’s in this group as well and all the presenters and attendees are striving for Holiness.

Even though I had periods of chastity throughout my life I never embraced God’s proper plan for Human sexuality until my conversion last year that I mention above, and it cost me my marriage, however, all is not lost as although I am separated, we are not divorced and have amicability and we love our children and operate as a family, even under these difficult circumstances. God, has even used this event in my life to bring me closer to Him and I am thankful for it. I am thankful for my wife also as she challenges me and in these challenges I grow spiritually.

He has given me, through the power of His Holy Spirit, and unquenchable thirst and desire to seek truth and study, so I am now enrolled in courses to attain my Masters in Theology.

I write and speak out and stand up for Life, marriage between a man and woman as God ordained it as well as defend Church teaching and serve the poor, homeless, addicted and my family , friends and acquaintances just by being present mostly.

I turned over my sexual desire to God during my hospital stay last year, and he took care of it, really, I am not kidding, God really does provide what Romans 8:28 tells us, He makes all things good for those who love Him and His righteousness and are called according to His decrees. Not some things either, God makes all things GOOD, if we cooperate with His grace. So, I said, “here I am Lord, I come to do your will”. After that He showed me the path to break free from all sexual sin. I had to look for it, and still do. I had to seek it daily, and still do.

No Adultery, No Fornication, No Homosexuality, No Porn, No Masterbation, No Lustful looks or desires, No Strip clubs, No Prostitutes. Nothing that lead us to sin through the door of sexual immorality even once! No nothing, ever, plain and simple. Guard your eyes! Job 31:1 explains, I made an agreement with my eyes. Jesus explains, if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out! Heavy words, but needed. Not even once ladies and gentlemen; do not deceive yourselves, turn away from sin and remain faithful to the Gospel. Do not play with fire or you will get burned! Make your hearts, minds, bodies and souls pure in everything you do! Run from temptation, resist the devil and he will flee, use the weapons of The Lord and stop staring into the gates of Hell because sin can be intoxicating as we learned from Ulysses in The Odyssey in the passage of the beautiful Sirens, sin can be so intoxicating, therefore, we must put on the full breastplate and armor of Jesus Christ, our Lord, King and Everything, daily to overcome temptation and sin!

Holiness is not for wussies! Stand up and be a Man or Woman that God created you to be. And, it’s not hard, only if you rely on and lean on God and others in the faith every second of the day through prayer, communion and faith.

Sex is for Marriage and marriage is between one man and one woman. A marriage should be open to children and never using artificial contraception. The mere words artificial contraception means against Life and therefore against God. I encourage all to conduct your own research on Natural Family Planning, the only Church approved way to plan for a family, and it brings peace, harmony and joy to the marital relationship and the family.

No Marriage, no sex! and this includes no porn and no masterbation. Live chastely and purely and rely on God’s help. You can and will experience Joy in chastity as I do. Husbands and wives love each other as Christ loves His bride the Church and live chastely within the marriage as well.

I also need my fellow men and women Christians for support. I am a lay Dominican, a Kingsmen, a Knight of Columbus, a man of faith in our formal men’s faith group in my parish, a member of the Angelic Warfare Confraternity, the Chaplain in The Catholic Business Network of greater Philadelphia, a Catechist, A Lector and a weekly Eucharist Adorer in addition to my Apostolates and ministries. It all holds me accountable! I also have a friend whereby we are accountability partners to each other.

Live the Corporal and Spiritual works of Mercy daily to obtain God’s grace. He will delight in us if we do. We receive God’s grace in and through the Sacraments and Works of Mercy. God’s grace is His life in us.

I thank and praise God every day for a new beginning. I am a new creation every day! He makes all things  new regardless of your age. You can change like I did if you desire to and cooperate with His grace, obey and seek out others of faith to help you and walk with you.

“Create in me a clean heart , O God, and refresh and renew a steadfast Spirit within me”. – Psalm 51:10.

Let go and Let God create you anew today! I am praying for you! Please pray for me! and continue to Walk By Faith To Live!!!

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Pier Giorgio Frassati, “Man of the Beatitudes”

Saints

Pier Giorgio Frassati, “Man of the Beatitudes”

The 20th-century Dominican lived a life of charity, unknown even to his closest friends

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Saints are perhaps best known by the effect they have on the people around them. St. Antony of Egypt left the world to live alone in the desert; young men flocked to his side, and one of his disciples, St. Athanasius, saved the Church from Arianism. St. Benedict went to live in a cave, and his followers are now found all over the world. But while some saints live their lives in the spotlight, God blesses others with lives of perfect anonymity, so that the fruits of their holiness become known only when their lives are complete.

To his family and neighbors, Pier Giorgio Frassati appeared to be an ordinary young man of his day: athletic, outgoing, and not particularly studious. He had many close friends, with whom he delighted to go on outings, and on whom he delighted in playing pranks. He was an earnest mountain climber, often rising early in the morning to go hiking, and enjoying longer mountaineering and skiing trips whenever possible. And if he was passionate about social conditions in his native Italy, and active in a number of clubs devoted to social action, there was nothing unusual in this.

 

Pier Giorgio’s mother was an artist. His father, an agnostic, owned the progressive Italian newspaper La Stampa. Neither were particularly pious, and though his mother saw to it that he received the sacraments, neither were aware that in their son the seeds of the faith had fallen on fertile soil. Consumed as they were by their own activities, they had little awareness of or access to Pier Giorgio’s mind and heart, or that his morning hikes were timed so that he could attend Mass at a small church in the mountains.

Only a few of his closest friends were aware of how he spent his private time, and then only by accident. One met him in the street, carrying a parcel, and followed him to a shack in the poorest part of Turin, where Pier Giorgio was welcomed warmly as a friend and helper. This was his usual habit: to visit and befriend the poor of Turin, and to see to their needs and run their errands.

Pier Giorgio became a Dominican tertiary in 1922; three years later, he fell ill and took to his bed. By the time his parents discovered how ill he was, it was too late. On July 4, 1925, Pier Giorgio died of polio, probably contracted during one of his visits to the poor. He died peacefully, rosary in hand and the life of Saint Catherine of Siena at his side; and his last concerns were for two of his friends among the poor, for whom he had unfinished errands. He was 24 years of age.

Pier Giorgio’s funeral was attended by his father’s friends and associates, the elite of Turin; and the streets outside the church were filled by the workers, the unemployed, and the homeless of Turin, come to say goodbye to the one who had loved them so well. The sight was life-changing for his parents. Their marriage had always been rocky; at the time of Pier Giorgio’s death they had planned to separate permanently, but instead, stunned that their big oaf of a son had lived the life of a saint under their noses, they chose to reconcile. Pier Giorgio’s father returned to the practice of the faith, and when he died in 1961 it was with the benefit of the sacraments.

Pier Giorgio became famous in Italy overnight. In 1989 John Paul II named him “Man of the Beatitudes,” and he was beatified two years later.

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Esto Vir! Be A Man!

Effeminate – Acting Unmanly

1 Corinthians 6:9 ESV / 123 helpful votes

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality,

Deuteronomy 22:5 ESV / 104 helpful votes

“A woman shall not wear a man’s garment, nor shall a man put on a woman’s cloak, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord your God.

Leviticus 20:13 ESV / 88 helpful votes

If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them.

1 Timothy 1:9-11 ESV / 79 helpful votes

Understanding this, that the law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who strike their fathers and mothers, for murderers, the sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine, in accordance with the gospel of the glory of the blessed God with which I have been entrusted.

Romans 1:27 ESV / 73 helpful votes

And the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 ESV / 63 helpful votes

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.

Romans 1:26-27 ESV / 53 helpful votes

For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.

Genesis 19:1-38 ESV / 52 helpful votes

The two angels came to Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom. When Lot saw them, he rose to meet them and bowed himself with his face to the earth and said, “My lords, please turn aside to your servant’s house and spend the night and wash your feet. Then you may rise up early and go on your way.” They said, “No; we will spend the night in the town square.” But he pressed them strongly; so they turned aside to him and entered his house. And he made them a feast and baked unleavened bread, and they ate. But before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, both young and old, all the people to the last man, surrounded the house. And they called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us, that we may know them.” …

1 Timothy 1:10 ESV / 50 helpful votes

The sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine,

Hebrews 13:4 ESV / 47 helpful votes

Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.

Romans 12:2 ESV / 35 helpful votes

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Ezekiel 16:49 ESV / 35 helpful votes

Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had pride, excess of food, and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor and needy.

Leviticus 18:22 ESV / 35 helpful votes

You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.

Romans 1:26 ESV / 34 helpful votes

For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature;

Colossians 3:5 ESV / 32 helpful votes

Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.

John 3:16-17 ESV / 30 helpful votes

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

Romans 2:1 ESV / 24 helpful votes

Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things.

John 15:12 ESV / 24 helpful votes

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.

Mark 10:6-9 ESV / 23 helpful votes

But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”

1 Samuel 16:7 ESV / 23 helpful votes

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”

Luke 6:37 ESV / 22 helpful votes

“Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven;

Proverbs 31:3 ESV / 22 helpful votes

Do not give your strength to women, your ways to those who destroy kings.

Psalm 34:1-22 ESV / 20 helpful votes

Of David, when he changed his behavior before Abimelech, so that he drove him out, and he went away. I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad. Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together! I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed. …

1 Corinthians 8:9 ESV / 18 helpful votes

But take care that this right of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak.

1 Corinthians 6:1-20 ESV / 17 helpful votes

When one of you has a grievance against another, does he dare go to law before the unrighteous instead of the saints? Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you incompetent to try trivial cases? Do you not know that we are to judge angels? How much more, then, matters pertaining to this life! So if you have such cases, why do you lay them before those who have no standing in the church? I say this to your shame. Can it be that there is no one among you wise enough to settle a dispute between the brothers, …

Leviticus 18:19-24 ESV / 14 helpful votes

“You shall not approach a woman to uncover her nakedness while she is in her menstrual uncleanness. And you shall not lie sexually with your neighbor’s wife and so make yourself unclean with her. You shall not give any of your children to offer them to Molech, and so profane the name of your God: I am the Lord. You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination. And you shall not lie with any animal and so make yourself unclean with it, neither shall any woman give herself to an animal to lie with it: it is perversion. …

Matthew 11:23-24 ESV / 9 helpful votes

And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? You will be brought down to Hades. For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I tell you that it will be more tolerable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom than for you.”

Luke 17:34 ESV / 7 helpful votes

I tell you, in that night there will be two in one bed. One will be taken and the other left.

Luke 19:1 ESV / 5 helpful votes

He entered Jericho and was passing through.

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A Powerful and Mystical Witness To The Holy Sacrifice of The Mass

Catalina’s Testimony on the Holy Mass

Author: Catalina Rivas

The following is taken from the writings of the Bolivian mystic Catalina Rivas. The visions described below are the product of divinely inspired mystical experiences. Through these moving images, God seeks to underscore the importance of the Sacrament of the Eucharist and tell the whole truth about what transpires during every Holy Mass.

 

The church authorities of Cochabamba, headed by Archbishop René Fernandez Apaz, have endorsed Catalina’s mystical experiences and given their permission for these writings to be published.
When I arrived at church on the feast of the Annunciation, the Archbishop and priests had already processed out of the sacristy. The Virgin Mary said in her soft, sweet, feminine voice: “Today is a day of learning for you. I want you to pay close attention to what you experience today, for you will be sharing it with all of mankind.”
The first thing I noticed was the distant sound of beautiful choir voices. The music seemed to draw nearer, then recede like the sound of the wind. The Archbishop began Mass. When he reached the penitential rite, the Blessed Virgin said: “Now ask the Lord from the bottom of your heart to forgive you your sins, for they are offensive to Him. This way you will be able to participate worthily in the privilege of attending Holy Mass.” I thought, “Surely I am in a state of sanctifying grace. Didn’t I go to confession last night?” But the Blessed Mother answered: “You think you have not offended God since last night? Let Me remind you of a couple of instances… And you say you have not hurt the Lord? You arrived here at the last minute, when the celebrants were processing to the altar to say Mass. You were going to take part without preparing yourself… Why do you come at the last minute? Come earlier to pray and ask the Lord to send His Holy Spirit, that He may grant you His peace and cleanse you of the spirit of the world, your worries, problems, and distractions. It is He who disposes you to the proper experience of so sacred a moment… This is the greatest of all Miracles. You are about to experience the moment when God the Most High bestows His supreme gift upon you, yet you are unable to appreciate it.”
 Since this was a feast day and the Gloria was to be recited, Our Lady said: “Glorify and bless the Holy Trinity with all your love. Acknowledge yourself as one of Its creatures.”
Now came the Liturgy of the Word. The Virgin Mary bade me repeat: “Lord, today I desire to listen to Your Word and yield abundant fruit. May Your Holy Spirit clean the interior of my heart so that Your Word may grow and mature in it…” Then Our Lady said: “I want you to attend to the readings and homily. Remember Holy Scripture says that the Word of God does not return to His mouth without bearing fruit. If you are attentive, something of what you have heard will remain with you. Try all day long to recall the words that made an impression on you. It may be two verses, or the entire Gospel reading, or perhaps only a single word. Whatever it is, savor it for the rest of the day. It will become a part of you. That is the way to change your life, by allowing the God’s Word to transform you.”
 Soon it was time for the Offertory, and the Blessed Virgin said: “Pray in this manner: ‘Lord, I offer You all that I am, all that I have, all that I am able to do. I entrust everything to Your Hands…Almighty God, transform me by the merits of Your Son. I beg You on behalf of my family, my benefactors… all those who struggle against us, and those who have commended themselves to my poor prayers.’”
Suddenly, figures I had not noticed before began rising out of the pews. It was as if another person were coming out of the side of each person sitting in the Cathedral. Before long, the building was full of beautiful young beings clad in snow-white robes. They moved to the center aisle and processed toward the altar.
Our Blessed Mother said: “Observe. They are the Guardian Angels of everyone present here. This is the moment when your Guardian Angel brings your offerings and petitions before the Lord’s Altar.”
I was utterly astonished. These beings had beautiful faces, radiant beyond imagining. Despite the feminine-like beauty of their faces, their bodies, hands, and stature were clearly masculine. Their bare feet seemed to glide over the floor. Some of them carried golden, bowl-like objects that gleamed with a golden-white light. The Virgin Mary said to me: “These are the Guardian Angels of those who are offering up this Holy Mass for many intentions. They know what the Divine Liturgy means. They have something to offer to the Lord… Avail yourself of this moment to make an offering of yourself. Offer your sorrows, your pains, your hopes, your sadness, your joys, and your petitions. Remember the Mass has infinite value. Therefore, be generous with your offerings and petitions.”
Behind the first group of angels came others who had nothing in their hands…The Virgin Mary said: “These are the angels of those present here who never have anything to offer. They have no interest in experiencing each liturgical moment of the Mass. They have no gifts to bring to the Lord’s Altar.”
At the end of the procession came other angels with sorrowful-looking expressions. They walked with their hands joined in prayer, their eyes downcast. “These are the Guardian Angels of those who are present here but who do not wish to be; that is, those who have been forced to come, who come out of a sense of obligation but without any real desire to take part in the Holy Mass. The angels walk sadly because they have nothing to bring to the Altar, except their own prayers… Do not sadden your Guardian Angel. Ask for much; ask for the conversion of sinners, for peace in the world, for your families, your neighbors, for those who ask for your prayers. Ask; ask for much, not only for yourselves, but for others as well. Remember the offering that most pleases the Lord is the one in which you offer yourself as a holocaust, so that upon His descent Jesus may transform you by His own merits. What do we have to offer the Father on our own? Nothing but sin. But the offering of ourselves united to the merits of Jesus, that offering is pleasing to the Father.”
 The Preface came to a close. Suddenly, as the assembly sang, “Holy, Holy, Holy…” everything visible behind the celebrants vanished from view. To the Archbishop’s left, extending behind him in a diagonal line, a host of Angels appeared: small angels, big angels, angels with enormous wings, angels with small wings, wingless angels. Like the others, they were clad in white robes not unlike those worn by the priests and altar boys. All knelt, hands joined in prayer, heads bowed reverently. Beautiful, well-blended voices broke forth as though from numerous choirs. They sang in unison with the people, Holy, Holy, Holy…
The moment of the Consecration – that most marvelous of Miracles – drew near. Another great multitude appeared in a diagonal line behind the Bishop, this time to his right. They were similarly clad, but in various shades of pastel: rose, green, light-blue, lilac, and yellow. Their faces were blissful and shone radiantly. All seemed to be of the same age. Somehow you knew they were of different ages, but their faces looked the same – without wrinkle and joyous. They too knelt down at the intoning of the Sanctus, “Holy, Holy, Holy Lord…” Our Lady said: “These are the Saints and the Blessed of Heaven. Among them you will find the souls of your relatives who already enjoy the Beatific Vision.” Then I saw Her, at the Archbishop’s right elbow, one step behind him. She hovered over the floor, kneeling on an exquisite piece of fabric, clear and bright, like pellucid water. Hands joined, she looked attentively and respectfully at the celebrant. From that position, she murmured directly into my heart, without looking at me: “It surprises you to see Me standing behind the Archbishop, does it not? This is as it should be. For all the love that My Son bestows upon Me, He has not accorded Me the honor of confecting the daily Miracle with My hands as priestly hands do. Because of this, I feel a deep respect for priests and for the miracle that God accomplishes through them. This compels Me to kneel behind them.”
Before the Altar, shadows of people appeared, all in gray, their hands raised. The Holy Virgin said to me: “These are the blessed souls of Purgatory, who await your prayers in order to be refreshed. Never cease to pray for them. They pray for you, but they cannot pray for themselves. You must pray for them, in order to help them leave Purgatory, that they may be with God and enjoy Him for eternity.” Mary added: “Now you have seen it; I am here all the time. People go on pilgrimages to the sites of my apparitions. That is good, because they will receive many graces there. But at none of my apparitions, at no other site, am I more present than at the Altar during Holy Mass. You will always find Me at the foot of the Altar, where the Eucharist is celebrated. I remain at the foot of the Tabernacle, with the angels, because I am always with Him.”
To see Our Blessed Mother’s beautiful face at the intoning of the Sanctus, to see all those others present, faces radiant, hands joined, eagerly awaiting the Miracle that is ever made present – to see this was to be in Heaven itself. “And to think there are those who can be distracted in conversation at such a moment. It hurts me to say that many remain standing, arms crossed, paying homage to the Lord as if they were His equal. Tell men especially that they are never more manly than when they bend their knee to God.”
The celebrant pronounced the words of the Consecration. Though he was a man of average height, he began suddenly to grow in stature. A supernatural golden-white light seemed to suffuse him. It proceeded to envelop him completely, growing especially bright around the face. Because of this, I could not make out his features. As he raised the Host, I saw his hands. The back of them showed marks from which great beams of light emanated. It was Jesus! It was He, wrapping His Body around the celebrant. It was as if He were lovingly surrounding the hands of the Archbishop. The Host began growing to enormous size. Upon it, the marvelous face of Jesus appeared. He looked down upon His people. Instinctively, I bowed my head, but Our Lady said: “Do not look down. Look up; view and contemplate Him. Exchange your gaze with His and repeat the Fatima prayer: ‘Lord, I believe, I adore, I trust and I love You. I ask pardon for those who do not believe, who do not adore, or trust, or love You.’ Now tell Him how much you love Him. Pay homage to the King of Kings.”
It seemed to me that I was the only one looking at Him as He gazed down from that enormous Host. But then I understood that this was how He gazes at every person. He loves all with a boundless love. Then I bowed my head to the very floor, as did all the Angels and Heavenly Saints. As the celebrant lowered the Host, it returned to its normal size. Tears ran down my cheeks. I could not recover from my astonishment. As the Bishop repeated the words of the Consecration of the wine, lightning appeared from the heavens… The church walls and ceiling had vanished. All was dark but for that brilliant light from the Altar.
Suddenly, there, suspended in the air, was the Crucified Jesus. I saw Him down to the lower part of His torso. The horizontal beam of the Cross was borne up by large, strong hands. From out of this brilliant light burst forth a smaller light. It was like a small, very bright dove. After flying swiftly around the Church, it came to rest on the left shoulder of the Archbishop, who still looked like Jesus, for I could make out His long hair, His luminous wounds and His large body…
I was able to contemplate His face, battered arms and torn flesh. His right side had a gaping wound from which blood gushed out to the left and right. It looked like water, but it had a brilliant sheen to it, more like jets of light emanating towards the faithful… At that moment the Virgin Mary said: “This is the Miracle of Miracles. I have told you before that the Lord is not constrained by the limits of time and space. At the moment of the Consecration, the entire assembly is brought to the foot of Calvary at the very instant of Christ’s crucifixion.”
 As we were about to pray the Our Father, the Lord spoke to me for the first time during the liturgy: “Wait, I want you to pray from the deepest recesses of your being. Take this moment to bring to mind the person or persons that have done you the greatest harm in your life. Clasp them to your bosom and tell them with all your heart: ‘In Jesus’ Name I forgive you and wish you peace. In Jesus’ Name, I ask for your forgiveness and wish you my peace.’ If the person is worthy of that peace, then he will receive it and feel the better for it. If he is incapable of accepting that peace, then peace will return to your heart. But I do not want you to receive or offer peace if you are not able to forgive and feel that peace in your heart first. Be careful what you do,” continued the Lord, “when you repeat in the Our Father: ‘Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.’ If you are capable of forgiving but not forgetting, as the saying goes, then you are placing conditions upon the forgiveness of God. You are saying: ‘You forgive me only as I am capable of forgiving, but no more’.”
The celebrant said, “… grant us peace and unity…” and, then, “The peace of the Lord be with you all .” Suddenly, I saw a very intense light shining between some of the people and those whom they embraced… I could truly feel the embrace of the Lord in that light. It was He who embraced and gave me His peace, because at that moment I had been able to forgive and rid my heart of all rancor against others. That is what Jesus wants, to share with us that moment of joy, by clasping us to His bosom and wishing us His Peace.
The time came for the celebrants to receive Communion. When the Archbishop took Communion, the Virgin Mary said: “This is the moment to pray for the Priest and his concelebrants. Say together with Me: ‘Lord, bless them, sanctify them, help them, purify them, love them, watch over them and support them in Your Love.’ Remember all the priests of the world, pray for all the consecrated souls.”
 The people rose from their pews to receive Communion. The moment of the Great Encounter had come. The Lord said to me: “Wait a moment; I want you to observe something.” An inner impulse made me look up at a woman who was about to receive Communion… When the Priest placed the Sacred Host on her tongue, a flash of golden-white light pierced her. It came out of her back, suffusing it, then her shoulders, then her head. The Lord said, “This is how I rejoice when I embrace a soul that receives me with a clean heart.” He spoke as one who was truly happy. When I went to receive Communion, Jesus told me: “The Last Supper marked My greatest moment of intimacy with My own. In that hour of love, I established what in the eyes of men might be seen as the greatest act of madness. I instituted the Eucharist. I made Myself a prisoner of Love, desiring to remain with you until the end of time. My Love could not bear the thought of you remaining orphans, for I loved you more than life itself.”
On returning to my seat, I knelt down, and the Lord said to me: “Listen!” A moment later, I heard the prayers of the woman seated in front of me. She had just received Communion… Jesus said in a sad voice: “Did you hear her prayer? Not once did she tell Me she loved Me. Not once did she thank Me for the gift of bringing My Divinity down to level of her poor humanity, that I might then raise her up to Myself. Not once did she say, ‘Thank You, Lord.’ It was merely a litany of requests. So it is with almost all those who receive Me. I died out of love for you, then rose again. Out of love I wait for each of you. Out of love I remain with you. But you do not realize that I too need your love. Remember that in this sublime hour of the soul I am the Beggar of Love.”
 When the celebrant was about to impart the Blessing, the Holy Virgin said: “Be attentive, take care. Instead of the Sign of the Cross, you make any old sign. Remember that this blessing might be the last one you will ever receive at hands of a priest. You do not know, upon leaving this place, if you will die or not… Those consecrated hands are blessing you in the Name of the Blessed Trinity. Therefore, make the Sign of the Cross with respect, as though it were the last you make in your life.”
At the end of Mass, Jesus asked me to stay with Him a while longer. He said: “Do not be in such a hurry to leave. Stay a while in My company. Take delight in it and give Me an occasion to take delight in yours.” Then I asked Him, “Lord, tell me truly, how long do You stay with us after Communion?” The Lord replied: “For as long as you wish. If you speak to Me throughout the day, exchanging words with Me during your daily chores, I will listen to you. I am always with you. It is you who leave Me. You leave the Mass and the day of obligation is behind you. You have observed the Lord’s Day and now it is over… I read the deepest secrets of your hearts and minds. But I enjoy your telling Me about your life, your allowing Me to be a member of your family, being your closest friend. If you only knew how many graces you lose by not giving Me a place in your life!”
Jesus said to me: “You should exceed the angels and archangels in virtue, because, unlike you, they do not have the joy of receiving Me as nourishment. They drink a drop from the Spring, but you, who have the grace of receiving Me, have an entire Ocean to drink from.”
The Lord also spoke to me with pain in His heart about those who meet Him out of habit, who have lost their sense of awe at each encounter with Him. Routine makes many people lukewarm so that they have nothing new to tell Him when they receive Him. He also told me that there are many consecrated souls who have lost their enthusiasm over loving the Lord. They have turned their vocation into a job, a profession to which nothing is given beyond the minimum demanded of them.
Then the Lord spoke to me about the fruits that ought to come from frequent reception of Communion. There are people who receive the Lord daily, but whose lives do not change. They spend many hours at prayer, doing many works, yet they do not continue to grow in love. A life that does not mature cannot bear true fruits for the Lord. The merits received in the Eucharist should yield fruits of conversion in us. They should bear fruits of charity toward our brothers and sisters.

Catalina Rivas, Lay Missionary of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus

(prepared by Maria Zboralska)

http://www.loamagazine.org/nr/catholic_church/catalinas_testimony_on_the.html

A Guide To Statutes On Limitations in Pennsylvania: A Clarion Call To Take Action Today!

An Open letter to all state senators and representatives in Pennsylvania:
Please do not eliminate the criminal statute of limitations on child sexual abuse and do not extend the civil statute of limitations from age 30 to age 50, nor amend allowance of civil lawsuits to be filed retroactively for cases in which the victim is now between age 30 and 50 years old.
The reason is this provision only applies to private or non profit organizations like the Catholic Church and NOT to government institutions like public schools or juvenile facilities.
This provision is clearly unfair and is designed to target the Catholic Church.
It is well documented that the Catholic Church in particular has taken the lead in child safety over the last 20 years and does everything in its power to help past victims of child sexual abuse.
As a Catholic school volunteer I have personally partaken in the programs run by the Catholic Church to assure adults are not only screened before voluntarily or involuntarily working with children but that we are trained as to how to interact with children, provide a safe zone and even look for cases where a child may have been abused.
This legislation, while promoted in the media as “reform”, has the potential to severely cripple the ministry of the Catholic community in Pennsylvania.
The retroactive portion of the legislation would apply only to churches and other private or non profit institutions. It would not apply to public schools, which are protected from certain lawsuits under a legal doctrine called sovereign immunity.  This is both ironic and unjust.  The vast majority of abuse cases occur in public schools – this is a matter of public record – but the proposed legislation would lopsidedly target private and religious organizations.  Simply put: The bill as currently written would allow lawsuits to be filed retroactively against private institutions, but only prospectively against public institutions.
The most obvious result of bills such as this one is to generate lawsuits against the Church and millions of dollars in legal fees for plaintiff’s attorneys. The proposed bill does nothing to enhance the security of young people today. And since most Catholic school children attend public schools, Catholic families should note that it does nothing to assist the many persons abused in public schools and institutions in the past.
The Church remains strongly committed to helping survivors of clergy sexual abuse heal. That will not change. The proposed legislation is really about selectively punishing the Church and her (innocent) people today for sins committed by evil individuals in the past. This is not justice.
Please reply with how you will vote and share this with all other representatives in our great state of Pennsylvania.
What can I do?
It’s therefore important to:
Be informed about the devastating impact of such legislation. We need to understand what’s at stake and to contact our state senator in the language I have written above. It’s critical that we do so before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings during the week of June 14th.
Go to this link, 
And contact your state Rep today to clearly state you request they DO NOT eliminate the criminal statute of limitations on child sexual abuse and DO NOT extend the civil statute of limitations from age 30 to 50. 
You can use the language I use above when writing your State Senator.
Thank you and God bless and don’t forget to pray for all victims of child sexual abuse as well as for the perpetrators for healing. Please also pray for the Church to continue it’s good work against sexual abuse and for all politicians to seek and promote justice fairly.
Walk By Faith To Live!!!