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Archive for September, 2006

This Generation?


 

 

BILLIONS of people have come and gone in the past two millennium. Those who were Christians awaited and hoped to see the Second Coming of Christ… but instead, passed through the doorway of death to see Him face to face.

It is estimated that some 155 000 people die each day, and slightly more than that are born. The world is a revolving door of souls.

Have you ever wondered why Christ’s promise of His return has been delayed? Why billions have come and gone in the period since His Incarnation, this 2000-year-long “final hour” of waiting? And what makes this generation any more likely to see His coming before it passes away?

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, SIGNS | on September 30th, 2006 | No Comments »

Paralyzed by Fear — Part III


Artist Unknown 

FEAST OF THE ARCHANGELS MICHAEL, GABRIEL, AND RAPHAEL

 

THE CHILD OF FEAR

FEAR comes in many forms: feelings of inadequacy, insecurity in one’s gifts, procrastination, lack of faith, loss of hope, and erosion of love. This fear, when married to the mind, begets a child. It’s name is Complacency.

I want to share a profound letter I received the other day:

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, PARALYZED BY FEAR | on September 29th, 2006 | No Comments »

Paralyzed by Fear — Part II

 
Transfiguration of Christ — St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome

 

And behold, two men were conversing with him, Moses and Elijah, who appeared in glory and spoke of his exodus that he was going to accomplish in Jerusalem. (Luke 9:30-31)

 

WHERE TO FIX YOUR EYES

JESUS’s transfiguration on the mountain was preparation for His coming passion, death, resurrection, and ascension into Heaven. Or as the two prophets Moses and Elijah called it, "his exodus".

So too, it seems as though God is sending our generation prophets once again to prepare us for the coming trials of the Church. This has many a soul rattled; others prefer to ignore the signs around them and pretend nothing is coming at all. 

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, PARALYZED BY FEAR | on September 28th, 2006 | No Comments »

Exciting News!

PRESS RELEASE

 

For Immediate Release
September 25th, 2006
 

  1. VATICAN PERFORMANCE
  2. UPCOMING CD
  3. EWTN APPEARANCE
  4. NATIONAL SONG NOMINATION
  5. NEW: ONLINE DONATIONS
  6. OVERCOMING FEAR OF PERSECUTION

 

VATICAN PERFORMANCE

Canadian singer Mark Mallett has been invited to perform in the Vatican, October 22nd, 2006. The event to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the John Paul II Foundation will feature several artists who have contributed to the life of the late Pope through music & the arts.

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Published in: NEWS | on September 27th, 2006 | No Comments »

PROLOGUE (How To Know When a Chastisement is Near)

Jesus Mocked, by Gustave Doré,  1832-1883

MEMORIAL OF
SAINTS COSMAS AND DAMIAN, MARTYRS

 

Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were put around his neck and he were thrown into the sea. (Mark 9:42) 

 
WE
would do well to let these words of Christ sink into our collective minds—especially given a worldwide trend gaining momentum.

Graphic sex-education programs and materials are finding their way into many schools across the globe. Brazil, Scotland, Mexico, the United States, and several provinces in Canada are among them. The most recent example…

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, PARALYZED BY FEAR | on September 26th, 2006 | No Comments »

Spiritual Armor

 

LAST week, I outlined four ways in which one can enter the spiritual battle for one’s self, family and friends, or others in these tumultuous times:  the Rosary, the Divine Mercy Chaplet, Fasting, and Praise. These prayers and devotions are powerful for they form a spiritual armor.* 

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, THE FAMILY WEAPONS | on September 25th, 2006 | 1 Comment »

On the Mark

 
POPE BENEDICT XVI 

 

“If I get hold of the pope, I will hang him,” Hafiz Hussain Ahmed, a senior MMA leader, told protesters in Islamabad, who carried placards reading “Terrorist, extremist Pope be hanged!” and “Down with Muslims’ enemies!”  AP News, Sept 22, 2006

“The violent reactions in many parts of the Islamic world justified one of Pope Benedict’s main fears . . . They show the link for many Islamists between religion and violence, their refusal to respond to criticism with rational arguments, but only with demonstrations, threats, and actual violence.” Cardinal George Pell, Archbishop of Sydney; www.timesonline.co.uk, September 19, 2006


TODAY’S
Sunday Mass readings remarkably call to mind Pope Benedict XVI and the events of this past week:

 

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, SIGNS | on September 24th, 2006 | No Comments »

Praise to Freedom

MEMORIAL OF ST. PIO OF PIETRELCIAN

 

ONE of the most tragic elements in the modern Catholic Church, particularly in the West, is the loss of worship. It seems today as though singing (one form of praise) in Church is optional, rather than an integral part of the liturgical prayer.

When the Lord poured out His Holy Spirit on the Catholic Church in the late sixties in what became known as the “charismatic renewal”, worship and praise of God exploded! I witnessed over the decades how so many souls were transformed as they went beyond their comfort zones and began to worship God from the heart (I will share my own testimony below). I even witnessed physical healings just through simple praise!

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, THE FAMILY WEAPONS | on September 23rd, 2006 | No Comments »

A Footnote to “Wars and Rumors of War”

Our Lady of Guadalupe

 

"We shall break the cross and spill the wine. … God will (help) Muslims to conquer Rome. …God enable us to slit their throats, and make their money and descendants the bounty of the mujahideen."  —Mujahideen Shura Council, an umbrella group led by Iraq’s branch of al Qaeda, in a statement on the Pope’s recent speech; CNN Online, Sept. 22, 2006 

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, THE FAMILY WEAPONS | on September 22nd, 2006 | No Comments »

Fasting for Family

 

 

HEAVEN has given us such practical means to enter the battle for souls. I’ve mentioned two thus far, the Rosary and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.

For when we’re talking about family members who are caught in mortal sin, spouses who are battling addictions, or relationships bound in bitterness, anger, and division, we are most often dealing with a battle against strongholds:

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, THE FAMILY WEAPONS | on September 22nd, 2006 | Comments Off on Fasting for Family

Hour of Rescue

 

FEAST OF ST. MATTHEW, APOSTLE AND EVANGELIST


EVERYDAY, soup kitchens, whether in tents or in inner city buildings, whether in Africa or New York, open up to offer edible salvation:  soup, bread, and sometimes a little dessert.

Few people realize, however, that everyday at 3pm, a "divine soup kitchen" opens from which pours forth heavenly graces to feed the spiritually poor in our world.

So many of us have family members wandering about the inner streets of their hearts, hungry, tired, and cold—freezing from the winter of sin. In fact, that describes most of us. But, there is a place to go…

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, THE FAMILY WEAPONS | on September 21st, 2006 | No Comments »

Wars and Rumors of Wars


 

THE explosion of division, divorce, and violence this past year is striking. 

The letters I’ve received of Christian marriages disintegrating, children abandoning their moral roots, family members falling away from the faith, spouses and siblings caught in addictions, and startling outbursts of anger and divisiveness among relatives is grievous.

And when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed; this must take place, but the end is not yet. (Mark 13:7)

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, MARY, THE FAMILY WEAPONS | on September 19th, 2006 | No Comments »