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MARY

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THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

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IN the Spring of 2014, I went through a terrible darkness. I felt tremendous doubts, surges of fear, despair, terror, and abandonment. I began one day with prayer as usual, and then… she came.

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, MARY, MASS READINGS | on December 21st, 2016 | No Comments »

Mama!

mamanursingFrancisco de Zurbaran (1598-1664)

 

HER presence was tangible, her voice clear as she spoke in my heart after I received the Blessed Sacrament at Mass. It was the next day after the Flame of Love conference in Philadelphia where I spoke to a packed room about the need to entrust oneself totally to Mary. But as I knelt after Communion, contemplating the Crucifix hanging over the sanctuary, I pondered about the meaning of “consecrating” oneself to Mary. “What does it mean to give myself totally to Mary? How does one consecrate all his goods, past and present, to the Mother? What does it really mean? What are the right words when I feel so helpless?”

It was at that moment I sensed an inaudible voice speak in my heart.

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, MARY | on October 28th, 2016 | No Comments »

The Marian Dimension of the Storm

 

The elect souls will have to fight the Prince of Darkness. It will be a frightening storm — no, not a storm, but a hurricane devastating everything! He even wants to destroy the faith and confidence of the elect. I will always be beside you in the storm that is now brewing. I am your mother. I can help you and I want to! You will see everywhere the light of my Flame of Love sprouting out like a flash of lightning illuminating Heaven and earth, and with which I will inflame even the dark and languid souls! But what sorrow it is for me to have to watch so many of my children throw themselves in hell! —Message from the Blessed Virgin Mary to Elizabeth Kindelmann (1913-1985); approved by Cardinal Péter Erdö, primate of Hungary

 

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, MARY | on October 6th, 2016 | 4 Comments »

The Convergence and the Blessing


Sunset in the eye of a hurricane

 

 

Moving forward from my series “Where Heaven Touches Earth,” I feel it is time to speak directly, boldly, and without apology to the “remnant” who are listening. And I repeat, it is only a remnant of readers now, not because they are special, but chosen; it is a remnant, not because all are not invited, but few respond… much like the parable of the wedding banquet where invitations go out, but people are too busy, too pre-occupied, or indifferent to respond. It is clear from the letters I received, that many of you not only understood, but experienced the graces that I too received during my time in Mexico, while others simply hit “Unsubscribe.” Make no mistake: that is Our Lady calling, and now, preparing you who are listening to receive “the blessing” that is here and coming. Remember the parable of the ten virgins. Only five of them prepared the oil of their lamps so when it was time to light the Flamethey were ready. And so, the next several writings are going to explain to you not only the incredible Grace that is coming, but its context in these times. We can no longer be complacent about our conversion, lukewarm about our lives, hesitant about our holiness… the time is now. And I say this with great joy. Because I know that the light flooding my own soul, revealing the depths of my misery, is in order to empty me of self-love so that I may be filled with Jesus, the Flame of Love. BE NOT AFRAID! So these last moments in this time of grace, this time of mercy, are to be spent preparing with joy and hope, even if they coincide with the tears of repentance. Let those tears wash, renew, and water the soil of your heart so that the seeds of these following writings may take deep root in your lives. Jesus is coming… will you be ready?

Even if you have read the next few writings, I am convinced that you will experience new light, grace, and wisdom as I have, especially since my last series on Mexico.  

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, MARY, TIME OF GRACE | on September 21st, 2016 | 1 Comment »

Key to the Woman

 

Knowledge of the true Catholic doctrine regarding the Blessed Virgin Mary will always be a key to the exact understanding of the mystery of Christ and of the Church. —POPE PAUL VI, Discourse, November 21st, 1964

 

THERE is a profound key that unlocks why and how the Blessed Mother has such a sublime and powerful role in the lives of mankind, but particularly believers. Once one grasps this, not only does Mary’s role make more sense in salvation history and her presence more understood, but I believe, it will leave you wanting to reach for her hand more than ever.

The key is this: Mary is a prototype of the Church.

 

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, MARY | on July 11th, 2016 | 1 Comment »

Why Mary…?


The Madonna of the Roses (1903), by William-Adolphe Bouguereau

 

Watching Canada’s moral compass lose its needle, the American public square lose its peace, and other parts of the world lose their equilibrium as the Storm winds continue to pick up speed… the first thought on my heart this morning as a key to getting through these times is “the Rosary.” But that means nothing to someone who does not have a proper, biblical understanding of the ‘woman clothed in the sun’. After you read this, my wife and I want to give a gift to every one of our readers… Read more… »

Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, MARY | on July 8th, 2016 | 2 Comments »

Magnificat of the Woman

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for May 31st, 2016
Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Liturgical texts here

magnif4Visitation, by Franz Anton Pmaulbertsch (1724-1796)

 

WHEN this present and coming Trial is over, a smaller but purified Church will emerge in a more purified world. There will rise from her soul a song of praise… the song of the Woman, who is a mirror and hope of the Church to come.

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, MARY | on May 31st, 2016 | 3 Comments »

Our Lady, Co-Pilot

LENTEN RETREAT
Day 39

mothercrucified3

 

IT’s certainly possible to purchase a hot air balloon, set it all up, turn on the propane, and begin to inflate it, doing it all on one’s own. But with the help of another experienced aviator, it would become so much easier, quicker and safer to get into the skies.

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, LENTEN RETREAT, MARY | on March 24th, 2016 | No Comments »

Decompressing From Evil

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for December 8th, 2015
Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
of the Blessed Virgin Mary

JUBILEE YEAR OF MERCY

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AS I collapsed into my wife’s arms this morning, I said, “I just need to rest for a moment. Too much evil…” It’s the first day of the Jubilee Year of Mercy—but I’m admittedly feeling a little physically drained and spiritually enervated. A lot’s happening in the world, one event upon the other, just as the Lord explained it would be (see The Seven Seals of Revolution). Still, keeping up to the demands of this writing apostolate means looking down the gaping mouth of darkness more than I desire. And I worry too much. Worry about my children; worry that I’m not doing God’s will; worry that I’m not giving my readers the right spiritual food, in the right doses, or the right content. I know I shouldn’t worry, I tell you not to, but I sometimes do. Just ask my spiritual director. Or my wife.

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, MARY, MASS READINGS | on December 8th, 2015 | No Comments »

Our Lady of the Cab Ride

 

HE was a Muslim, and he was angry. As my fifteen minute cab ride unfolded, the young, stocky Islamic man at the wheel did not mince words.

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, MARY | on November 18th, 2015 | No Comments »

Time To Get Serious!


“Pray the Rosary every day in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary to obtain peace in the world… for she alone can save it.” —approved apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima, July 13, 1917

 

IT is long overdue to take these words seriously… words which require some sacrifice and perseverance. But if you do, I believe you will experience a release of graces in your spiritual life and beyond…

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, MARY | on September 23rd, 2015 | 1 Comment »

The Triumphs in Scripture

The Triumph of Christianity Over Paganism, Gustave Doré, (1899)

 

“WHAT do you mean that the Blessed Mother will “triumph”?” asked one puzzled reader recently. “I mean, the Scriptures say that out of the mouth of Jesus will come ‘a sharp sword to strike the nations’ (Rev 19:15) and that ‘the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will kill with the breath of his mouth and render powerless by the manifestation of his coming’ (2 Thess 2:8). Where do you see the Virgin Mary “triumphing” in all of this??”

A broader look at this question may help us understand not only what the “Triumph of the Immaculate Heart” means, but also, what the “Triumph of the Sacred Heart” is as well, and when they occur.

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, MARY | on September 11th, 2015 | 1 Comment »