Jan 14 2012

To spend so much time in empty pursuits while the Lord of glory sits alone in the tabernacles—it is travesty!

Published by at 10:47 am under Church,Eucharist,Grace,Gratitude,Mercy,Sacraments,Worship

Habakkuk 2:13-14 Is not this from the LORD of hosts: peoples toil for the flames, and nations grow weary for nought! But the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the LORD’S glory as water covers the sea.

“Beloved child, how humanity busies itself with matters that have no meaning! How they spend themselves on building things that cannot last! To spend so much time in empty pursuits while the Lord of glory sits alone in the tabernacles—it is travesty! I wait for souls to come and no one comes. Do they not know that I have come infinitely farther than they are asked to come? I have imprisoned myself in a humble morsel of bread for their sake—I do not do it for MY sake! I am left alone. Is there no one to offer gratitude? No one to offer praise? No one even who will come to offer petitions? Children, know that when you come, I am filling you with all the unclaimed gifts of those who neglect me. To him who has, more will be given, but to him who has not, even what little he had will be taken away.* Children, come!”

Jesus, Beloved, I offer you the gratitude of the Gloriana for your humble presence in all the tabernacles of the world. I praise your holy name for giving us this indescribable gift, for making yourself wholly accessible to mere creatures. In the Divine Will I prostrate myself before all the tabernacles of the world, in the name of everyone from Adam to the last man, in reparation for all the many hours you are alone. Jesus, Lord, have mercy on us for we have sinned. Amen.

(*cf. Mark 4:25)

97 responses so far

97 Responses to “To spend so much time in empty pursuits while the Lord of glory sits alone in the tabernacles—it is travesty!”

  1. Jameson 14 Jan 2012 at 11:39 am

    Again…I so new here but my 22 year old nephew was killed in a fiery car wreck at 342AM this morning. He was a really sweet boy with a very mild and pleasant attitude. He would help anybody. Apparently he had been drinking with his buddies and headed home at a high rate of speed, he flipped and was hit by a semi. His truck caught fire and he was burned up. Please pray for Thomas’s soul to get him out of purgatory if he goes there. He has been birthed into the new life of Gods family. Thomas I’ll see ya soon enough. Godbless and thankyou for your prayers.
    Peace, James

  2. pelianitoon 14 Jan 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen.

    You have my deep sympathy James. God be with you all.

  3. Siobhanon 14 Jan 2012 at 1:09 pm

    James – I’m so sorry for your loss. I will certainly pray for Thomas, and for you and your family. May Thomas be at peace with the Lord.

  4. Beckyon 14 Jan 2012 at 1:20 pm

    James, you have my prayers! May Our Lady wrap Her mantle around you and yours! If he is in purgatory, may She deliver him herself today!

  5. Marianneon 14 Jan 2012 at 1:45 pm

    James – so sorry for your loss. You will be in my prayers today.

  6. marieon 14 Jan 2012 at 3:00 pm

    Peli, one of the people on your blog was having trouble with ribbon placement when she was reading the Divine Office. Sorry, I can’t exactly remember who it was, although I do recall she is affiliated somehow to the Neo-Catechumenal Way. Here is the website I use when I pray Divine Office and I notice that they also give the pages for the ribbons. Hope it helps.

    http://divineoffice.org/

  7. Bethon 14 Jan 2012 at 4:45 pm

    This message reminds me so much of the prayer offered by the Angel of Peace at Fatima to the visionaries in 1916 :

    Oh Most Holy Trinity,
    Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
    I adore Thee profoundly.
    I offer Thee 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.
    By the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
    and the Immaculate Heart of Mary,
    I beg the conversion of poor sinners.
    Amen.

  8. anneon 14 Jan 2012 at 4:56 pm

    James,I place Thomas in the arms of Jesus. my heart breaks for you all………My boy is 21 and also wonderful person. May Mother Mary comfort you all..

  9. anneon 14 Jan 2012 at 5:26 pm

    My heart leapt with joy when i read this message. i am blessed to live 6kms from a Perpetual Adoration Chapel and i try to go as often as possible. At present i am on summer holidays so i am very fortunate to go very often to see Jesus.
    Jesus thank you so much for placing yourself in all the Tabernacles of the world, for all that You have done to call us to You.
    My prayer Lord is that everyone realizes Your Presence and have deep stirrings in their hearts to visit You very often.Thank you Lord for making Yourself a prisoner so as to set the prisoners free. Truly how blessed we are!
    I hope and pray that the Holy Spirit comes so very soon to the whole of humanity so all seek You Lord.

  10. anneon 14 Jan 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Oh i do not mean my heart leapt with joy at Jesus being alone, just that i truly am grateful for my Adoration Chapel and being so fortunate to have come to realize the Love Jesus has for us.
    As children the nuns taught us to pop in on Churches rather than walk past and if unable at least to turn and bow our heads and say the name of JESUS. Please may people return to this practice.

  11. maryanneon 14 Jan 2012 at 5:46 pm

    James,
    I am so sorry for your loss.My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  12. Mary Thereseon 14 Jan 2012 at 6:30 pm

    James, I am so very sorry for your pain and that of your family. I try to do as many plenary indulgences as I can for people. I know of one friend who actually appeared to me before she received it and after. You may want to do the same for your nephew:

    http://www.ourladyswarriors.org/indulge/plenary.htm

    You will be the one who offers him such a great release, if you do this for him. What a great warrior you will have in heaven!

  13. anneon 14 Jan 2012 at 6:54 pm

    oh this topic has me thinking so much, sorry i am back. Yesterday a priest wrote an article in his newsletter. His heart was certainly there and he spoke of all the pain he is seeing amongst his parishioners. Sick, unemployed, struggling marriages……..he spoke of how people ask “why me”, of God’s love for them. All very good but i noticed he did not give any remedy other than a quick word on to pray. It was such an opportunity to point them to truly spending more time with the Lord either in his church in front of the tabernacle, or the next church with Adoration Chapel. Also as a friend pointed out, it was a great opportunity to point people to come to confession and help them see that sin is at the root of so much turmoil. I am not criticizing the priest, he is very good but it was such a missed opportunity. i have been thinking so much this morning that people simply do not know what previous generations knew. The awareness of the REAL PRESENCE has been so lost. I truly believe that we little ones must pray our hearts out for conversions. We truly need to implore the Holy Spirit to come and awaken us all. I know the Pope is speaking so clearly …….but who is really listening? I know some wonderful priests like the priest at the Adoration Chapel are witnessing so marvellously and are being so encouraging ……..but it seems that we truly need a new Pentecost to open hearts and minds. The world has been so entangled in self absorption, everything has become so complex, changes are so rapid, technology to alluring to so many……….people are truly lost. Only by the grace of God do the little ones know where the Source of Great Love is and how much He Loves us. Sheer grace!
    i truly ask all here to constantly say Come Holy Spirit Come by the powerful intercession of Mary Your well beloved Spouse. Holy Spirit renew the face of the earth.
    Come Lord Jesus, Come.

  14. Maryon 14 Jan 2012 at 7:24 pm

    Forgive me I am sorry Lord!

  15. Terryon 14 Jan 2012 at 7:40 pm

    James, I am sorry for your loss. I will pray for your nephew, and your family.

  16. eon 14 Jan 2012 at 7:56 pm

    I was deeply moved reading today’s message about Our Lord waiting so patiently day in and day out in all the tabernacles of the world. I visit my Lord as often as I can; in fact He is so dear to me that I can feel that He is there happy that I made it. I complain…. Lord where are the others? Why are they leaving you alone ? Lord you are so lonely … I wish I could spend more time with you and so on and on…. I pray that the Holy Spirit enlightens His flock to feel Our Lord’s presence and pay tributes to Him. He loves us so much …… much more than we can comprehend. Have mercy on your people Lord… Have mercy on them..

  17. eon 14 Jan 2012 at 8:01 pm

    James, my sympathies to you on the loss of your nephew.. May his soul rest in peace….. Amen.

  18. anneon 14 Jan 2012 at 9:02 pm

    Lord, such humility, to be a GOD imprisoned in a morsel of bread…….for our sakes. i ask pardon for the many times i could have visited You and did not. I ask pardon for my lack of gratitude.
    Jesus i truly believe You are there calling us all out of the world and its noise into Your silence, into the silence of our hearts where we can hear you. I truly believe You are gently leading us out of the storm that is raging more each day, into the silence of the refuge of Your Heart and Love. I truly believe You are wanting us to come so we are cured, purified, strengthened and open to You so we may return to the garden and walk in the cool of the evening and commune with our God. This all takes time. It is a process that You give to each one of us at the rate You think each one needs. I truly believe that the more time we spend with You in silence the more graces and gifts You give us. You are drawing each one of us into union with YOu AS the storm rages more each day. You are gently asking us to make haste for OUR sakes, to not waste time but to come to You often. May You pour out your graces on all here on this blog and continue to call us all personally to You.
    I just know in my heart that there is no time, no time, to waste Lord. We speak of the events to come but YOU are already here for everyone. You will illuminate us NOW. Now is the time for Your action and Love in our souls.
    i truly believe we must seek Jesus not only in Adoration but also in so many ways especially in nature. Turn off t.v.s and sit in silence with Him at home or in nature. i take my dog for a walkeach night……….he thinks it is mainly for him.Even if one of my boys or girl have taken him out we go because I NEED to go. God is so present in nature. THis message is so urgent, so full of anguish of the Lord calling His children back. May we all respond.

  19. lynnon 14 Jan 2012 at 11:43 pm

    James may the light, peace, and love of Jesus be all around your nephew now, or prayerfully very soon. I will pray for him and for his parents, and all of your family. Such sorrow, but the birth pangs give way to new life.

  20. lynnon 14 Jan 2012 at 11:47 pm

    This message makes me feel so humbled and grateful for my visit to Jesus just today. I found myself finished with my errands and had a little over an hour to spare before my evening dinner with my women’s group. Spontaneously, I decided to spend that hour with Jesus and I am so glad I did! It is easy to forget how Jesus must feel so left alone sometimes. May He be adored, glorified, praised, and thanked every moment of every day by the joining of our everyday ordinary lives to His presence in all the tabernacles of the world.

  21. pelianitoon 15 Jan 2012 at 12:26 am

    e, sometimes you just want to ask, “Here is the ONE, Lord, where are the 99???” (cf. Mt. 18:12)

  22. pelianitoon 15 Jan 2012 at 12:34 am

    Friends I had a friend who was having family difficulties and was living very far from where she needed to be. I sent her a link to the Rosary of the Seven Sorrows of Mary and she and her husband prayed it. The next day they got word that they would be moving across the country to the very place they needed to be! She could not stop crying when she was telling me! Thank you most Blessed Mother. Thank you!

  23. anneon 15 Jan 2012 at 1:43 am

    Praise You Lord for Pels freinds answer to her situation. THIS is the power spoken of in the last message. ROsary of Seven Sorrows has been on my mind, i must look up the link.

  24. Edithon 15 Jan 2012 at 3:06 am

    Too true Peli – I’ve had that thought myself: that we live in the times when only one sheep is faithful (the remnant?) and 99 have strayed. Dear Lord, please bring back all your erring sheep to the Fold!!!
    On another note, has anyone here read “Son of Hamas” by Mosab Hassan Yousef, about the son of one of the original founders of that organization?? A very inspiring true-life thriller about his arrest, his work spying for the Israeli Secret Service (to help prevent acts of terrorism) and his eventual conversion to the One who said “Love your enemies.” Gives a very interesting insight into the Middle East conflict from a devoted Palestinian Muslim’s perspective, and how his eyes were opened to the Truth…

  25. Patty Amidonon 15 Jan 2012 at 3:14 am

    James, I am so sorry for your loss. I will pray for your nephew and your whole family.

  26. Jameson 15 Jan 2012 at 5:05 am

    Thankyou all so very much for your prayers for Thomas. We are all family and we all need the prayers of each other…thankyou again! I pray that God graciously reward each of you for your charity. The message above…yes…I have wondered if Jesus ever gets lonely in the tabernacle. Thankyou for reminding me as I have of late neglected adoration. Perhaps its time I learn whats really important in life. Beautiful post…My Father, My King… help me to recognize you in my brothers and sisters more…and see you in the Sacred Bread.

  27. Celiaon 15 Jan 2012 at 8:40 am

    This message reminds me of a time, a few years ago, when I was in our adoration chapel. I felt an incredible awareness that Jesus was telling me He had been waiting for me for 2000 years. I was in awe of His patience and love. Jesus, thank you for your incredible availability to us. Help us to really appreciate your presence and help us to direct and guide more people to you.

  28. LauraLeeon 15 Jan 2012 at 9:01 am

    Forgive us O Lord for all the times we have fallen and fall still …. Beautiful prayers Peli and Anne …. I am humbled to add my Amen… Amen …. Amen

    a sinner, LauraLee

  29. Mary Thereseon 15 Jan 2012 at 11:37 am

    To follow LauraLee’s comment:

    This keeps coming to me, as we have now a perfectly translated English version of our Mass from the Latin original:

    Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa!

    Lord, come and come quickly, we pray!

  30. Michael Patrickon 15 Jan 2012 at 1:20 pm

    So many good reflections on encountering Our Lord, especially the top one from Our Lord Himself exhorting us to encounter Him in the Blessed Sacrament. Again, not for His benefit but for ours.

    Anne’s reflection nicely reminds me of the process we are undergoing both together and personally. When I’m struggling with The Word sometimes, whether it’s just failure on my part or because my weakness and inadequacies might cause a paralysis of discouragement, I often find a helping hands extended from many different directions. It’s still Jesus to be sure, but we encounter Him in some other soul and that’s sufficient to dispel the darkness as well.

    I heartily agree with getting away from the distractions and out into the wilderness. Maybe Anne and I are in a better position to embrace that because we both live in similar, sunny climates. Something to be thankful for. I suppose it’s another case of doing what we can do, and carrying the others in our hearts. I trek outdoors, praise, and struggle to pray poorly. Another prays very well and praises from their secret room and trying circumstances. Alone we’re nothing, but together in the Lord…

    That “extended hand” really got me to thinking yesterday. I was stuck indoors cleaning all day. I’m a little nutty when it comes to cleaning, so rather than just a quick straightening out and sweeping dirt under the rug, I’ll do a thorough job from top to bottom. To give you an idea of how crazy that gets –– at one point I took apart the couch to clean out all that accumulated stuff that gets jammed down inside. On the upside, I found my son’s St. Patrick medal he’s been missing. On the downside, it took about four hours just to clean one room.

    When I was done, the room was really clean, but I just couldn’t get over the fact that it never just quite seems right. Maybe it’s just shuffling around things above the fireplace or moving a chair. Why is that? Maybe a little OCD involved, but I was mostly comparing that room to the outdoors. When you’re out in some pristine wilderness, does it ever seem like it’s dirty, or things are out of place? Hey, look at all the messy dirt. Does it bother you? Those rocks and cacti over there… do they need rearranging? Of course we marvel at it all and think it’s perfect.

    We refer to it as pristine wilderness and it really is pristine because our Lord made it and He does everything perfectly. Of course we encounter Purity and Perfection most directly (not sure if directly is the right word) in the Blessed Sacrament, where all that messiness of our lives melts away.

    I’m really struggling at the moment to make every second count. My “room” seems pretty messy, and no amount of cleaning seems to get the job done.

    Sitting outdoors lately, I haven’t even been able to enjoy the little birds. For weeks, there just haven’t been many and I finally figured out a couple of days ago the reason for that. Desert roof rats. I caught a shadow jumping from the roof to a tree, and also saw one waddling along the top of the wall the other night. I should have guessed, since my dog Lily has been warning me for weeks. I thought she was just growling at a cat every night, but there is a distinct difference between that growl and the noise she’s making for those rats. It just took me a while to notice.

    So, another “cleaning” job to handle outdoors instead of just sitting quietly in prayer enjoying the birds. I can’t help but feel that the whole thing could have been avoided.

    Mass, Sacraments, Adoration, Prayer, Fasting, Trusting. Everything else just seems like flawed cleaning exercises. Not completely worthless, but it certainly is nothing in comparison.

    Oh, if we could all just reply to Jesus this week. Here I am Lord, thank You for inviting me. At least our family here could show up, and at least do it well for the others who can’t or won’t do it yet.

    Jesus, we trust in You!

  31. Beckyon 15 Jan 2012 at 1:27 pm

    Anne, Your prayers are always so beautiful and voice my very thoughts!

    Peli, I’ll look at the link of the Rosary of the Seven Sorrows. I have never heard of it and eager to pray it! Thank you for putting it out there!

  32. lynnon 15 Jan 2012 at 2:11 pm

    peli, yes, the 7 sorrows rosary is a powerful prayer in times of trouble. i am so happy for your friend that it brought the answer to them so quickly! Hail Mary! It has been a blessed and powerful prayer for me also.

  33. Laura S.on 15 Jan 2012 at 2:29 pm

    James… our thoughts and our prayers are with you and your family as well as your nephew’s soul. May he rest in the peace, light and love of our Lord and heavenly Father as well as with Mary and all the holy angels and saints.

    Jesus…we surrender all to you and we place all of our trust in you.

    My God, I believe, I adore and I hope and I love You! I beg pardon for those who not believe, do not adore, do not hope and do not love You!

    In the Divine Will, may we adore You, Jesus, most especially in all the tabernacles of the world where You are ignored or locked behind closed doors where Your faithful cannot come to spend time with You. Open the hearts of all your children, Father, and the hearts of our priests and pastors, that the doors or our churches may always be open so that we can always come and visit and spend time adoring Jesus both in the Tabernacle and at Adoration.

    God’s blessings to all…

  34. annon 15 Jan 2012 at 4:01 pm

    This message touches me deeply-I do weekly hours of Adoration, but not enough, not enough. The Fatima prayer quoted above is so powerful. Sometimes that’s all I say when I make an hour of reparation–I just repeat all the Fatima prayers over and over. This message is a meaningful reminder to me to spend more time with Our Blessed Lord. I so often lately seem to let worldly cares get in the way.

    James, I add my prayers to those offered already. My heart aches for all of your family and I will keep Thomas and you and your family on my prayer list. Two years ago, my son died in a helicopter explosion so I know the horror of thinking about such a frightening death but God is so very very merciful and this grief is a true gift you can offer Him in union with His Sacred Heart–this sorrow given freely to Him to console His Heart and for the conversion of poor sinners and for Thomas and the souls in Purgatory. Maybe this doesn’t sound too helpful and I’m sorry if it comes across that way, but this prayer of surrender has brought me great peace and perhaps it will for you as well.

    Friends, thank you for your prayers for Ryan who was in a coma. He died four days ago and his “memorial” was yesterday. I say “memorial” because it was a “celebration of his life” and that was hard for me to get through. Thank God for our Catholic faith and the prayers for the dead, the beautiful requium prayers. The secular way of burying the dead is just so hard.

  35. Cindy Luon 15 Jan 2012 at 4:04 pm

    James; my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family…May all our loved ones rest peacefully in the presence of the Lord and may you find comfort in His promise to care for those we entrust into Him.
    Pelianito; your response to this message is perfect! I couldn’t say it any better. Thank you Lord for further confirmation on just how “present” you are in the tabernacles of the world. Oh, if only souls understood how it would feed the soul who trusts in you and takes the time to visit with you often and with a sincere heart. Jesus, I love you! Have mercy on us, Lord!

  36. Paula n.z.on 15 Jan 2012 at 4:26 pm

    Like Beth this message reminded me of the Fatima prayer. Our City Adoration Chapel is closed for our summer holidays but of course we can still sit before the Tabernacle in our Parish churches. We can also make a habit of sending our Guardian Angel to the nearest Tabernacle with our love to Jesus. This message reminded me to do just that more often, anytime through the day and night, wherever we are.

  37. Michael Joyceon 15 Jan 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Pelianito, again I am struck by the purity and candidness of this word obviously given by The Word Made Flesh. It brings to mind something that I have noticed in Medjugorje; that is, the intensity of prayer, adoration and the sacramental life that exists there. The prayer program ( including the Croatian mass ) is 4 hours long and is often followed by Eucharistic Adoration. This takes place at least 5 times a week, every week. Our lady had asked for more prayer time and I believe this is how they responded. One of the visionaries mentioned to Our lady that they were now praying 4 hours a day and Her response to them was encouraging and reminded them that they stil had 20 other hours during the day to do the things that needed to be done. The Lord comes first in Medjugorje. How much time we waste doing our own things that ultimately wear us out, instead of putting relationship with Him first. I have often wondered if life on earth after the cleansing and into the era of peace will be something like it is now in Medjugorje??? I often wonder also if, after the illumination or warning, we will be put to shame by all the people who come flocking to the tabernacles throughout the world by people whom we never thought would embrace christianity. People who have had their eyes opened to the truth that GOD has always been amongst us in His true presence but they were unaware, while we who were aware showed indifference.
    It’s an excellent word from an Excellent GOD!!!
    I continue to pray for you Pelianito. To have a word come to you such as this which surely bears fruit, must bring with it the weight of the cross for you. God bless you.

  38. pelianitoon 15 Jan 2012 at 9:39 pm

    Michael I so appreciate your prayers. There is a darkness and a heaviness about life these days. We need to pray for each other constantly, especially those who carry the heaviest crosses. Christ, our Light, be with us and all those you have given us to pray for.

    Holy Angels, especially our beloved guardians, take all our petitions to Jesus in all the tabernacles of the world, especially the need for conversions. Lord have mercy!

  39. ajon 15 Jan 2012 at 11:02 pm

    James, eternal rest be granted to Thomas and may the LORD’S perpetual light shine upon him. May he and all the faithful departed through the Mercy of GOD rest in Peace, amen.

    Our LADY STAR OF THE SEA, pray for them.

  40. anneon 15 Jan 2012 at 11:43 pm

    thank you everyone for so much. I am truly grateful for the Holy Spirit working in this little community. I really do believe the Holy Spirit is working so strongly at present if one opens ones heart.
    please pray that we do not harden our hearts in pride and anger when we are faced with the TRUTH in the Illumination. may we all soften our hearts in the face of TRUTH and ask forgiveness with a truly humble and contrite heart.

  41. Kathy AEon 16 Jan 2012 at 12:17 am

    The Rosary of the Seven Sorrows site given by Pelianito is a great resource, good to print and use. The promises are so comforting. For the last few days I’ve also felt drawn to meditate on the Sorrows of Mary. In Rwhanda, where the horrendous genocide occurred in Africa, the visionaries were encouraged by Mary to pray this rosary which has existed in the Church since the 1300’s. It is another special prayer for our times. Mother Mary taught the visionaries to pray it before the terrible genocide in that country, so the prayer seems almost prophetic. Perhaps, that is why we are getting the sense now to pray it more.

    Immaculee even has a book of meditations on the Seven Sorrows Rosary: http://www.immaculee.biz/Seven-Sorrows-Rosary-Booklet-with-Immaculee.html
    We are told: “Immaculée invites you to pray the rosary of the Seven Sorrows given by Our Lady to the visionary, Marie Claire.”

    Included in this prayer booklet are the meditations and prayers given by the “Mother of the Word” on each Sorrow. Our Blessed Mother is asking for this prayer, which has been in the Church since the 13th century, to be prayed once again by the faithful.”

    Our Lady of Kibeho stated, “If you say the Rosary of the Seven Sorrows and meditate on it well, you will find the strength you need to repent of your sins and convert your heart. Pray my Seven Sorrows to find repentance.”

    about IMMACULEE LLIBAGIZA
    http://www.immaculee.com/

    I have also located a youtube video of Immaculee praying the Rosary of the Seven Sorrows (in three parts). Her meditations are so solemn and beautiful. You might enjoy using them to pray the rosary.

    SEVEN SORROWS OF MARY – MEDITATIONS BY IMMACULAEE

    PART 1
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6TH6adIMdE
    PART 2
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSn6hzFfbsM
    PART 3
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADLiQ7tFKQQ

    MAGNIFICAT – IMMACULEE
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oi0IHhYBuMs&feature=related

    We often mention varied devotions and prayers, long and short practices. I enjoy hearing about all of them, but I feel it is essential to discern what the Holy Spirit calls us to pray. I keep my prayer life pretty simple, not adding devotions because I don’t want to get caught in the trap of trying to “get in” all my prayers. As I am led, I change occasionally, like substituting the Rosary of the Seven Sorrows for the traditional rosary. I think Mother Mary and the Holy Spirit will lead us to pray in the way that is best for our spiritual growth and salvation, and that of our loved ones, our territory of souls, and the salvation of all souls. We may not even pray in words at all as the Holy Spirit prays in us in unutterable groanings. Sometimes our hearts are so full we can only groan a word or phrase.

  42. Patricaon 16 Jan 2012 at 4:31 am

    Hi,

    I was wondering if anyone has heard of the apparitions of Our Lady at Turzovka, Czechoslavkia in 1958? You can find an article on them at http://unveilingtheapocalypse.blogspot.com/2012/01/apparitions-at-turzovka.html
    Our Lady apparently gave several messages, including some that were to be kept secret, to a forester named Matous Laksuta, and some of these look set to be fulfilled in the near future… They seem to be in some way connected to the Third Secret.

  43. Michael Joyceon 16 Jan 2012 at 8:05 am

    Amen Peli.

  44. June1on 16 Jan 2012 at 9:15 am

    Patricia,

    How did you come across this? It’s pretty mind-blowing. Look at this passage and scroll to “Our Lady, June 27, 1958…”

    Three days of darkness, right there. I think it’s safe to say at this point that there are probably even more saints and seers who have been shown this but who we are not aware of. And they all seem to have the same information. Bottom line: no prayer = despair, suffering and death.

  45. annon 16 Jan 2012 at 9:23 am

    I’m very grateful for the Seven Sorrows Rosary link. For all the prayer links and web site links.So I thank all of you with heart felt gratitude. I do keep all of you and especially Pelianito in my prayers at Mass when I make my intention for the Offeratory. I am sure Michael J is right when he says Peli must have a heavy cross. Such a mission and a blessing has to carry with it much suffering–as the lives of the Saints bear witness. So Peli this is a good reminder to step up prayers of protection for you. As I read all these posts I see we all have in common our crosses–I heard a Priest once say we should worry when we don’t have crosses.

    Michael Patrick I loved your analogy of “spiritual clutter”–oh do I ever know what you mean. So true. Like you, the outdoors, nature, is such a mirror of God’s perfection for me. Everything fits. Colors that would never seem to go together artificially are just exquisite side by side in the woods and fields. Even the forest debris is somehow a perfect design. I thank God every day that I live along a wood and between two lakes where I can watch the always changing canvas of Our Lord’s artistry. It brings such joy and peace and gratitude. It pulls me back from the endless barrage of worldly news so much of it bad, from family worries, from discouragement at times. I have friends who sometimes wonder why my husband and I so many years ago chose to live in the “boonies” away from “civilization” but I say God bless the “boonies!”

  46. Pattion 16 Jan 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Prayer need for Sharon Fitzpatrick. Please read the bottom of the message. Jesus, we trust in You!
    http://www.petalsfromheaven.com/recent10.htm

  47. jeanneon 16 Jan 2012 at 8:14 pm

    I had a dream last night shortly before 6 am.
    I was in a house, “my” house in the dream. My family was with me.
    There was a tremendous earthquake and a tower fell onto the roof, but not through the ceiling. We were crying out for Mercy to the Lord the whole while.
    Then immediately after the earthquake, a tornado passed through.
    I felt the chair I was sitting in, in my dream, being pulled or sucked out. I saw horrific whirlwinds of dirt pass by all the windows. And all the while we were calling out to Jesus. The tornado passed and none of the many windows were broken and we were safe.
    But we were given a few minutes to gather a back pack of things and leave. I was trying to decide what to bring and taking too much time.
    Then in my dream I told my husband to pack a bag, and I woke up.
    Now I prayed and asked the Lord what He meant by this dream.
    I haven’t received the answer……maybe one of you will.
    But I feel that we are to have a bag packed and ready to go.
    Today I looked around my house and saw too much stuff: photo albums of my 8 children, their special baby clothes, all of our homeschooling books….etc
    I am making notes of things I should have and will amend and add to the bag I have had packed for over a year….just in case.
    When I was praying this morning, I pondered that I thought I had my home ready to welcome “refugees” or others. But maybe the Lord wants us to go, and others to come here for refuge.
    It was a defining moment, because I was required to tell our sweet Jesus, “I trust in YOU”, because no matter where we are, if we are not ‘with’ Jesus, we are not safe.

  48. Mary Thereseon 16 Jan 2012 at 9:23 pm

    Tomorrow, January 17th, join America Needs Fatima on a 9-Day Novena to St. Paul, The Apostle.

    Novena Intention: St. Paul, pray that America follows in your footsteps.

    O glorious St. Paul, after persecuting the Church you became, by God’s grace, Her most zealous Apostle. To carry the knowledge of Jesus, our Divine Savior, to the uttermost parts of the earth.

    You joyfully endured prison, scourgings, stonings, and a shipwreck, as well as all manner of persecutions, culminating in the shedding of the last drop of your blood for Our Lord Jesus Christ.

    Obtain for us the grace to labor strenuously to bring the Faith to others and to accept any trials and tribulations that may come our way. Help us to be inspired by your Epistles and to partake of your indomitable love for Jesus, so that after we have finished our course we may join you in praising Him in heaven for all eternity.

    Amen.

  49. pelianitoon 16 Jan 2012 at 10:08 pm

    Jeanne, the words I hear are “travel light”. Photos are wonderful, but we have to ask ourselves are they really necessary? Cameras have only been around for the last century or two. What do we really need? Good shoes, food, water, medicine, warm clothing and shelter. One can start with the 72 hours kit, but really, how do we know if we will even be able to find it if something catastrophic happens?

    I had a dream like that once too. Good shoes was what I needed in the dream. Actually I had a series of disaster dreams about a decade ago. The disasters that befell me were of a different nature than the dreams, but they were real and painful nonetheless. In the dreams, my children were always safe and that in fact happened. In these dreams your family miraculously survives every disaster. Jesus we trust in you!!!!

    Kind of rambling, but maybe someone else will have thoughts.

  50. Michael Patrickon 16 Jan 2012 at 11:28 pm

    I had to smile at the shoe talk. I like to tell my kids constantly that there’s nothing like a good pair of shoes.

    The Irish have their folklore of Leith Brogan, the one shoemaker, who was a master at his solitary trade. This fanciful wee man was known for fine shoes and hording gold, so it seems clear that the Irish also knew the immense value of a good pair of shoes. Maybe that’s where I get it. It got lodged in my genes somewhere.

    Jesus and His apostles trekked all over the place, so I’m sure they really appreciated a good pair of shoes. I also caught a bit about shoes in the movie “There Be Dragons” last night. It’s a nice story about St. Josemaria Escriva, the founder of Opus Dei.

    This subject also reminded me of Pope Benedict’s famous red shoes (I can’t be certain, but it seems like he intended some sort of a lesson there).

    Since before Christmas, I’ve taken my kids on epic hikes in the mountains. My 9 year old took to it like a fish to water and ended up logging over 50 miles with me (my 6 and 15 year old about 30 apiece). Aidan started out insisting that his play shoes were fine, but you had better believe that he changed his tune fast and now shares my appreciation for a good pair of shoes as well.

    Every night when I retire, I make the rounds to check on everyone and lock things down. The last thing I do is put my shoes right next to my bed, but I have to laugh now because everyone in my house has taken to the same habit. Maybe it’s just a quirk, but maybe it’s a good habit these days.

    I say put on a good pair of shoes and walk where Our Lord wills. He’s sure to lead you to everything else that you need no matter the circumstances.

    I’m kind of rambling too, but I suppose that’s some of the pulse in our little family at the moment. Have peace, but stay awake and alert and prayers for everyone.

    Jesus, we trust in You!

  51. Jerrion 17 Jan 2012 at 1:44 am

    I do not live very far from an Adoration Chapel, so on Sundays, I spend the afternoon with Jesus. It breaks my heart for Jesus, when in a town of maybe 20,000. people I am alone with Him, and the other hourly people. How can this be! There are at least 6 Catholic Churches in the area. So what Jesus is saying is so true!

  52. Mary Thereseon 17 Jan 2012 at 9:23 am

    A previous gem that seems to sum up much of what we’ve been discussing… The first three words of Christ were what He said to me recently, that I mentioned here, “It is I.”. I keep thinking of Christ walking on water or waiting for us on water, as the world is found in the darkness:

    http://pelianito.stblogs.com/2007/01/18/in-the-divine-will-the-extraordinary-is-expected-and-experienced-at-all-times/#comments

    I wonder if Jesus was wearing shoes!

  53. Mary Thereseon 17 Jan 2012 at 9:41 am

    Oh my, and another…

    http://pelianito.stblogs.com/2007/12/29/you-will-not-know-where-i-am-taking-you-and-the-waters-may-be-troubled-but-let-the-wind-of-faith-steer-you/#comments

  54. Mary Thereseon 17 Jan 2012 at 4:39 pm

    At the top right of Shadow’s website are four new postings–2 from Our Father, one from Our Brother, and a Biblical passage:

    http://divineheartofgod.wordpress.com/2012/01/16/words-from-god-the-father-80/

    I don’t think that you will want to miss them…

  55. Michael Patrickon 17 Jan 2012 at 5:42 pm

    I really like the question of whether or not Jesus was wearing shoes when He walked on the water, MT. Partly because I never get bored with any facet of Jesus’ life, even if it may seem insignificant, but mostly because I know that everything He does has purpose.

    For the record, I’m guessing sandals. I took some time to check the Gospel accounts and that was an interesting exercise in itself. It was as if Jesus was saying, “Sure, we’ll get to that, but first let’s look at this and that and that… passage.” By the time I got to the three accounts of Jesus walking on the water, I was in a different frame of mind.

    First I was reminded that “they (the Apostles) were utterly and completely dumbfounded, because they had not seen what the miracle of the loaves meant; their minds were closed.” – Mark 6:52 I also noticed that Mark and John didn’t bother with mention of Peter’s sloppy attempt to walk on the water. I was thinking that this probably didn’t mean that it wasn’t important to them, they just didn’t want to mortify Peter any further after his failure.

    “When evening came, He (Jesus) was there alone, while the boat, by now far out on the lake, was battling with a heavy sea, for there was a head-wind.” Matt 14:24-25. It continues…

    “In the fourth watch of the night he went towards them, walking on the lake.”

    Jesus, of course, was aware of their need and anticipated it. I just think that when there’s some kind of a crisis and we have to move, we just go. I can’t imagine a situation where I would say, “hey, just wait a sec until I take off my shoes first.” He walked to them (no need to run because, again, He had already anticipated their need) so I’m just guessing that he walked to them across the land and on to open water with His sandals still on. Lake water, beach sand, what are the elements to Jesus Who commands them all.

    That said, I’m really moving forward with something other than shoes on my mind. It seems to me now that the walking on water was necessitated in part by the Apostle’s failure to grasp the miracle of the loaves. I could contemplate a great many other facets of this Gospel account, but that one seems to be staying with me, and more than enough at the moment.

    I know we’re all really grateful for Peli graciously accommodating us in her ‘boat.’ Dumbfoundedness, rough seas, headwinds and all.

    I really take comfort in the fact that Jesus made them go ahead together in the boat. John also records “… in no time they reached the shore at the place they were making for.” John 6:21

    Thank, God.

    Jesus, we trust in You!

  56. ajon 17 Jan 2012 at 6:18 pm

    Friends, a friend of mine sent me this link…it’s the Divine Office. They actually read the prayers out, and there is music. Wonderful site.

    http://divineoffice.org/

    GOD Bless!

  57. pelianitoon 17 Jan 2012 at 10:40 pm

    MP, in Mark’s account (6:48), there is this little line that always kind of delights me: About the fourth watch of the night, he came toward them walking on the sea. He meant to pass by them. Think about that one! Was he being funny??? What was he trying to teach them? It is a little line that just kind of blows me away. “He meant to pass by them.” Hmm…

  58. Michael Patrickon 17 Jan 2012 at 11:36 pm

    Peli, I didn’t even really notice that line in Mark. Did He really mean to pass them by? Did it just appear that way to the Apostles? Also, we see that they mistook Him for a ghost. A ghost? They didn’t recognize Him? Was it so dark out that they weren’t seeing clearly, or were they just dizzy with fear because of their predicament?

    Then there’s Peter with his impetuous attempt and failure. Was it a good thing to test the Lord, or was he just testing himself? I don’t know. This is a very difficult Gospel story to contemplate. In the past (sadly) I was tempted to wonder how the Apostles could be such blockheads when I read Gospel stories like this.

    Now, I beg for their help constantly, realizing how I so frequently fail miserably on a much grander scale –– having received the Holy Spirit in Sacrament at such an early age!

    St. Peter, pray for us. Lord, forgive us.

  59. June1on 18 Jan 2012 at 5:05 am

    LOL!!! Peli, that is so cute. I can just picture Jesus walking by them casually, “Hey, guys!” and he keeps going while the Apostles’ jaws drop to the ground.

  60. Patricaon 18 Jan 2012 at 7:08 am

    Hi June1,

    Yes that really must be the three days of darkness! These messages are quite amazing! I have been following that blog for a while now, and it recently posted up the stuff on Our Lady of Turzovka, which I hadn’t heard about before. It has some other really interesting stuff, like on the appartions of Our Lady of Zeitoun and Assuit in Egypt, and how they have been occurring in places which tradition says that the Holy Family stayed in Egypt during their flight from King Herod’s slaughter of the innocents. The author notes how the apparitions at Zeitoun, which have been witnessed by millions of people, first occured in April 1968 – the exact same month abortion was legalised in the UK, which then led to the legalisation of abortion throughout the world – a modern day ‘slaugther of the innocents’.
    http://unveilingtheapocalypse.blogspot.com/2011/12/our-lady-of-light-and-apocalyptic.html
    The author believes these apparitons are the fulfillment of Rev 12, which is a retelling of the story of the nativity, where Our Lady as the woman adorned with the sun flees into the desert to escape from the dragon that wants to devour her child as soon as he is born.
    It also has some information on the most recent apparitions of Our Lady in Egypt, which appeared in Alexandria just a few months ago – October 2011 I think:
    http://unveilingtheapocalypse.blogspot.com/2011/10/our-lady-appears-in-egypt-again.html

  61. Beckyon 18 Jan 2012 at 7:25 am

    Wow, very interesting, MP and Peli! I remember watching cartoons on Jesus’ life, and I remember the one of His miracles like I watched it yesterday. I remember Him walking on water with sandals on His feet. I will be thinking about this today.

  62. June1on 18 Jan 2012 at 9:42 am

    Rumblings, literally: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/01/16/weird-noise-strange-sound_n_1208717.html#s271065

    One of the people leaving comments said it sounds like hell opening up. Will be literal during the Three Days.

  63. Dawn In Texason 18 Jan 2012 at 1:52 pm

    June1: The first thing I thought of (that came to mind) was HAARP:

    http://www.haarp.alaska.edu/

    Whatever that creepy thing is for. Right?

    God Bless you.
    Love, Dawn

  64. Mimion 18 Jan 2012 at 4:59 pm

    Praise be to God that we started weekly Adoration in our church today! What graces and blessings flow while we are in the Lord’s presence! Jesus so wishes to fill us with his love and hold us close to his most merciful heart.
    So this message is so timely for us in our little church in our small town. There were only a few who came but my hope is that more will come in the weeks and months ahead.
    It’s not easy to explain to people what they are missing….
    I prayed for you all while I was there.
    Jesus, Mary, Joseph, I love you, save souls!

  65. Mimion 18 Jan 2012 at 5:02 pm

    http://www.carmenhumphrey.org/visions_4.html

    Just wanted to share the latest message through Carmen Humphrey.

  66. Mickon 18 Jan 2012 at 8:30 pm

    This is rather off-topic, but I believe the Lord wants me to write and make a request of everybody here. The request is to please prayerfully discern whether or not God may be calling us (some of us, many of us, whatever) to pray and fast for the political situation in the United States. The primary elections are underway in the separate states, and I believe that this may be the last chance that the US has to “get it right” regarding to election of a president who wishes to do God’s will. I have been praying daily about this issue for weeks–maybe months. But since January 3, I have felt led to fast weekly for the intention that God grant us the election of the candidate who will most seek, know, and do His will while in office. Please, everybody (even those not in the US), please ask God if He may also be calling you to fast and pray for this intention. Thanks, all; and may God have mercy on America and on the whole world. Jesus, I trust in you!

  67. Mary Thereseon 18 Jan 2012 at 10:52 pm

    A couple of postings to support Mick’s request for prayer and fasting for America. We stand at the crossroads. Our Lady mentioned the manipulations that would go on in the primaries–they are happening right now… Let us be the country that loves and respects and supports the rights of all and works to convert the world to Christ!

    http://www.locutions.org/2011/07/leaders-for-a-new-america/

    http://www.locutions.org/2011/10/the-election-process/

    http://www.locutions.org/2011/09/people-in-the-political-field/

  68. Dawn in Texason 19 Jan 2012 at 3:33 am

    Mick: I too feel our God is a God of second chances. We shall see how the masses respond. I too have been warning of this (just a deep rooted feeling)…the USA may cease to exist as we know it.

    Such deception! But what many actually want!

    God Bless you. Love, Dawn

  69. June1on 19 Jan 2012 at 6:48 am

    Mick,

    Will definitely pray on it. I’ve been praying for Rick Santorum, for him to stay on the straight and narrow, no matter what.

    Your Canadian Sister,
    June1 :)

  70. June1on 19 Jan 2012 at 8:11 am

    Guys, I don’t know why I’m suddenly feeling this way, but I’ve just been struck with a bout of sorrow so profound. I’m trying to be patient in waiting for the illumination, and I know the Lord’s timing is perfect, but I look at the headlines (aborted babies, people making fun of God, people happy to be atheists) and my soul is crushed. I can’t imagine what the Lord feels. I think if we were to feel some of that pain, we’d die of broken hearts on the spot.

    I’m just having such a hard time waiting for His Mercy and His Justice. Not to say that I’ll be spared any type of pain or horror but it will be good for the whole world, especially those most in need of His mercy. Please pray with me. Lord, hurry! We need You.

  71. Mary Thereseon 19 Jan 2012 at 8:28 am

    Newt Gingrich is also, presently, a devout Catholic. He and his wife produced a stunning movie on Blessed John Paul II that basically gives him the credit for the end of the Cold War.

    http://www.gingrichproductions.com/video/ninedaysthatchangedtheworld.html

    Lord, bring America back to YOU! In the Divine Will, “Jesus, Mary, Joseph, we love you, save the soul of America!”

  72. Noelon 19 Jan 2012 at 10:23 am

    Going back to Jesus walking on the water…it’s not too easy to tell what Jesus’ intent may have been from the translations of ‘would have passed by them’. It does seem as if He were (or appeared to be) on a different mission. For what it’s worth, the Greek word for ‘passed by’ is ‘parerchomai’ and can mean, ‘to come near or aside, to approach, to by, pass by, over…’

    Not being a Greek scholar, I can’t tell why the meaning chosen was ‘passed by’ and not ‘would have approached’, or ‘would have come near’. Perhaps one of us knows a Greek scholar who could be asked?

    The answer is probably in the complexities of this phrase, and it’s always tricky to take an English translation, knowing nothing about the subtleties of the original phrase, and begin building speculations on it. But it sure is an interesting one.

    Tied in with the thread about Adoration, I started to wonder….was Jesus ‘waiting’ to see what they would do? would they call out for help? He had the appearance perhaps, of walking past, as people do when they’re on their way to another destination. Their cries of fear and dismay brought him over ‘immediately’. He says, ‘Be of good cheer, I am, be not afraid.’

    Right away I think of JP II – Be not afraid!

    St. Mark is the guy who loves, ‘immediately’, if my memory serves me from theological studies. Jesus’ replies and acts are instant to the need in Mark’s Gospel. After all the years of waiting for Messiah, it’s ‘immediately.’

    When Jesus says, ‘I am’, it’s not just, ‘It’s me.’ “I Am’ is what he said to the crowd who came to take Him in the Garden and they all fell back. It’s a revelation of Godhead, I AM, and no surprise the wind ceased, regardless of whether the Greek allows a colloquialism ‘It’s just me’ or not. Jesus could not say ‘I AM’ and nature not sit up and pay attention.

    Personally, I wonder if Jesus was perhaps even enjoying a few minutes of the kind of power God would give His people if they were as united to the Father as He was. I don’t’ want to give the impression He was holding back some special powers and therefore we can’t really follow Him – He got everything from the Father, just as we can. However, think of what He gave up to be Incarnated. The universe has at least 10 dimensions. Astrophysicists (Hugh Ross, for example, Christian, PhD) tell us that 6 of these folded in and only 4 remained: length, height, width and time. This is what we’re used to, and Time only goes in one direction for us.

    In order to create anything, you need to have one more dimension (at least) than the created thing, so Jesus would have been giving up 11 dimensions we can’t even imagine to take the 4 we’ve got. Dr. Ross uses Jesus’ post resurrection ability to go through walls and doors as a function of the multidimentionality of His resurrection body. As God, these sorts of things would be normal ways of getting from one place to another, but Jesus’ human followers are spooked by a simple walk on water! When I read Ross’s books, I’m always blown away by how little I think God can do, reducing Him to my size, but astrophysicists are tossing around numbers of astonishing size as they talk about the universe, forcing me to remember how big and powerful God is, awesome in the heavens.

    Back to the sea. For whatever reason: another assignment from the Father, the distress of the disciples, Jesus is using a power we don’t usually have, the ability to walk on water. The fact that it came by faith is clear from Peter’s little stroll on the high sea. ‘Oh, you of little faith, why did you doubt?’ Jesus exclaims. Perhaps they all would have walked to the next destination, pulling the boat behind them like a wagon, if Peter had been able to hang on, but there’s nothing harder than believing God can do something extraordinary in one’s own field, and Peter was a fisherman. It’s like the doctor who knows what the disease is going to do from grim experience and shakes his head when the naive Christian says, ‘we’ll pray it will be otherwise.’ Sometimes ignorance is a good thing!

    Immediately.
    I AM.
    Be not afraid.

    And yes, I think He was wearing sandals. Why take them off? He’d need them on the other side, anyway. How human, to just walk in with shoes on! (Wonder what Mary would have said if He was living at home…’What have you been doing to your sandals? It looks like you’ve walked a couples of miles on water, the way they’ve dried out…it’s going to take a lot of Neat’s Foot Oil to put them right again, come on, let me have them…)

  73. pelianitoon 19 Jan 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Regarding US politics, no matter who wins it is going to cause division. The only hope for any of us and for the world is TRUE CONVERSION OF HEART! Exactly what Our Lady has been telling us for a long time now.

  74. Kathyon 19 Jan 2012 at 6:17 pm

    What Peli has said about CONVERSION OF HEART is exactly what we should be praying for. In the time of Jesus…people mistakenly looked for POLITICAL leaders to solve the problems. Our problems are so profoundly deeper and so much more spiritually rooted. We must not repeat that mistake. Honestly, evil has become so accepted that only GOD can change all of this. Yes, we should pray for our leaders so that we may live in peace… and then LEAVE that in God’s hands. What we really need to pray and fast for is the great outpouring of the Holy Spirit…to lead people to the Truth and prepare them for accepting that Truth. We need to pray that the Church will be prepared to handle new conversions with wisdom and the gifts of the Spirit. It is NO accident that the Holy Father is calling for a NEW EVANGELIZATION at this time. All of our prayers and sacrifices will help to put this in place by the grace of God and we should see this as something GLORIOUS and GOOD! When things are VERY dark….the LIGHT of CHRIST becomes amazingly brilliant!

    You might want to read the Divine Mercy Illumination Message of January 17th: http://divinemercyillumination.blogspot.com

    Father, please grant us the gift of hope and joy for what you are preparing!

  75. Mary Thereseon 19 Jan 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Matthew 10: 34 ‘Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth: it is not peace I have come to bring, but a sword.

    The US appears to be on the same course as a jet that is taking a nose-dive…

    No matter who the President, if he has a converted heart, if he is open to the Will of God and follows it, we will be able to fulfill our mission as a nation before Our Creator.

    Please join us in this battle for the soul of America…

  76. Jeanon 19 Jan 2012 at 6:28 pm

    I agree we need to fast and pray for America. There is a great prayer from Our Lady of America for America and for the family but I can’t find it. I used to pray the prayer everyday but accidently gave it to a priest I met. I showed him the image of Our Lady of America on the prayer card, and he must have been touching it to his heart. I thought he was putting it in his pocket, so I said, “Oh you can have it if you want it”. I realized later that I misunderstood his gesture. I also remember that was the card my granddaughter tried to lay before the statue of Our Lady of America in Washington DC at the Pope John Paul II center. When she stood and leaned over to lay the image (card) at Mary’s feet, she ‘felt’ an invisible hand take the card. I saw her during this moment, and as she was lowering the card, she suddenly was taken aback a little as (I witnessed) her hand and the card gently sort of jerk upwards as she hesitated briefly…almost then handing the card off to somone but not entirely letting go. Moments later, she told me she felt someone taking the card from her. She was only 8 at the time. I saw the hand motion suddenly back upward, so I don’t doubt this at all. My other grandaughter came running up to me after staying at the statue for awhile and said she saw Mary’s eyes looking around at us. So saved the card and said the prayer every day. Eventually, (as my mind forgets), I forgot about the significance of the card and accidently gave it to this priest. I guess Mary really wanted him to have it!

  77. Lynnon 19 Jan 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Aj, the site for the divine office is awesome. Love it bc now I can listen to it with my kids on the morning drive :)
    Thanks for sharing

  78. anneon 19 Jan 2012 at 8:56 pm

    Last night i sensed the Lord show me very clearly that the only hope for the whole world is absolute conversion of heart and that all prayers must really focus on CONVERSION of all hearts.
    then i wake up to read Pels comment. Praise You Lord for such confirmation.
    it is like everything has been synthesized down to this……..PRAY MUCH for deep Conversion of all hearts. Lord please pour out Your Love into All hearts so everyone will turn completely to You. Come Lord Jesus Come and come quickly.

  79. Mickon 19 Jan 2012 at 10:14 pm

    Jean, here’s the prayer you’re looking for:

    Oh, Immaculate Mother, Queen of our country, open our hearts, our homes, and our land to the coming of Jesus, your Divine Son. With Him, reign over us, O heavenly Lady, so pure and so bright with the radiance of God’s light shining in and about you. Be our leader against the powers of evil set upon wresting the world of souls, redeemed at such a great cost, by the sufferings of your Son, and of yourself, in union with Him, from that same Savior, who loves us with infinite charity. We gather about you, o chaste and holy Mother, Virgin Immaculate, patroness of our beloved land, determined to fight under your banner of holy purity against the wickedness that would make all the world an abyss of evil without God and without your loving, maternal care. We consecrate our hearts, our homes, our land to your most pure heart, o great Queen, that the kingdom of your Son, our Redeemer and God, may be firmly established in us. We ask no special sign of you, sweet Mother, for we believe in your great love for us, and we place in you our entire confidence. We promise to honor you by faith, love, and the purity of our lives according to your desire. Reign over us then, o Virgin Immaculate, with your Son, Jesus Christ. May His divine Heart and your most chaste Heart be ever enthroned and glorified among us. Use us, your children of America, as your instruments in bringing peace among men and nations. Work your miracles of grace in us, so that we may be a glory to the Blessed Trinity, who created, redeemed, and sanctifies us. May your valiant spouse, St. Joseph, with the holy angels and saints, assist you and us in “renewing the face of the earth.” Then when our work is over, come, Holy Immaculate Mother, and as our victorious Queen, lead us to the eternal kingdom where your Son reigns forever as king. Amen.

    The prayer card is available for purchase or for free download from ourladyofamerica.org, as is the booklet of messages given to Sr. Mary Ephrem Neuzil by Our Lady, St. Joseph, and St. Michael. The prayer card and the booklet have the imprimatur of the late Archbishop Paul Leibold (died 1973). The medal which Our Lady requested to be struck and worn is available at http://jkmi.com/aspdotnet/s-3-our-lady-of-america.aspx.

  80. anneon 20 Jan 2012 at 2:33 am

    Just to say i feel in absolute harmony with all that Kathy has said above. I have just come back from Adoration and truly believe our problems are so deep seated, so much with spiritual at the root thatONLY GOD can do anything. it is like the whole of society is deeply infected, infested and weakened. the Mystical Body has been so weakened with years of compromise and only the little ones who by the grace of God have perservered in many trials, fallen down but ready to run back to God, stayed in prayer faithful to the Sacraments………only they are still in the right place. There is a darkness all around but stay close to the LIGHT. Jesus is the only answer. May the Holy Spirit come so soon through the intercession of Mary the Immaculate one, spouse of the Holy Spririt. Please Lord in Your Mercy look down on all the little ones callling out to YOu, using their free will to call down for Your Love, Your Mercy, Your Help.

  81. Mary Thereseon 20 Jan 2012 at 10:55 am

    After coming back from Adoration, I have just read more of the comments; and what is coming to me is, first and foremost, thank you to Mick and Jean for standing with Our Lady of America. Hopefully her time is coming and coming quickly. She may already be working before her formal dedication ceremony–all four candidates of the debate last night made it very clear that they were pro-life. With that said, there may be a “David” within the group–as we are reading about David and his line right now in our Mass readings… http://www.ourladyofamerica.org

    If there is a “David”, who is a favorite with Our Lady, let us pray prayers of protection for that person, and may the Culture of Life conquer the culture of death in this land dedicated to the Immaculate Conception.

    Thank you, Oh Holy and Immaculate One!

  82. Jameson 20 Jan 2012 at 1:30 pm

    This site is awesome…already I’ve learned so much just reading everyones stories and thoughts. Yes…Jesus is amongst us just as if we where the apostles sitting on side of the lake of Galilee with Him. I imagine the day was hot and dry but now the cool and refreshing evening air is blowing a wind swept open fire , Jesus sits emersed in prayer and thought ,wraped in his cloke , listening to the conversations ,laughter and concerns of His friends. Maybe… peacefully enjoying some grilled fish and fresh baked bread that Judas bought from a local market that day. The waters of the Galilee are lapping on the shore and the stars begin to peak out of the eastern sky with the brillantly golden setting of the sun. Its evening…and the quiet of the night becons them to prayerful gratitude for a good day.
    Just imagine…we are thier also…when we spend time in front of the Blessed Sacrament. We are His friends

  83. Beckyon 20 Jan 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Unity among all peoples is what’s needed and to start the habit, or renew the habit, of praying the Our Lady of All Nations prayer.

    http://www.pdtsigns.com/garza.html

    Come, Holy Spirit, and renew the face of the earth! Come, Lord Jesus, come! Maranatha!!!

  84. June1on 20 Jan 2012 at 4:22 pm

    James, that’s beautiful. :)

    Maria Divine Mercy posted a message today, and in it, the Lord supposedly (I use this word because I am still so torn over the site…) tells Catholics to get confession asap and everyone else to seek redemption for sins through prayer; the warning is very close, apparently (that’s an exact quote).

  85. Mary Thereseon 20 Jan 2012 at 4:56 pm

    The greater the darkness, the brighter the Light shines… A shining light:

    Father Shenan J. Boquet
    President
    Human Life International

    http://www.hli.org/index.php/component/acajoom/?act=mailing&task=view&listid=2&mailingid=803

    http://www.hli.org/index.php/component/content/article/1019-hli-brings-gospel-of-life-to-nations-largest-conservative-gathering

    Thank you, Lord Jesus Christ, for Your Shining Lights to lead us in the darkness that would envelop us…

  86. anneon 20 Jan 2012 at 5:49 pm

    THe other night i was given such a sense that the MYSTICAL Body is so very very weak. weak after decades of compromise. AND that the other one knows this and will attack when he thinks the body is vulnerable. Like a quick surprise attack. However all the little ones in the army of Our Lady, in their hiddeness and weakness, will be there. i sensed that tolerance is such a thin veneer hiding chasms of hate and anger which will explode. BUT suddenly i realized the answer is our Eucharistic Jesus.
    THEN this morning i read http://www.divinemercyillumination.blogspot.com there is a new message …..the evil one …….
    Dear Lord send Your Mercy for us all. May Our Lady truly protect us all.

  87. Mary Thereseon 20 Jan 2012 at 6:08 pm

    Don’t miss the last four posts:

    http://divineheartofgod.wordpress.com/2012/01/20/words-from-god-the-father-84/

    And this most recent post:
    http://divinemercyillumination.blogspot.com/

  88. Dawn In Texason 20 Jan 2012 at 6:40 pm

    Wow.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eATJ4PRXEJk&feature=player_embedded

    All Praise and Glory to You, Lord Jesus Christ!

    God Bless you.
    Love, Dawn

  89. anneon 20 Jan 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Our Lord is calling us all to HIM. He simply wants a return of love. i can see the connection with the hurt and lonely souls in the message i mentioned above from the Divine Mercy Illum. All people are broken, all. No broken person can completly fill another broken person, only GOD. GOd knows this and He is calling us all for OUR sakes. Please, we need to fill with His Love and have a very strong close relationship with Him NOW. no wonder Our Lady has been coming for so long calling people.
    The evil one is looking for victims and in our broken world there are so many very hurt and lonely people. In fact all are really hurt and broken without the Love the God to fill them.
    No wonder our world has been really and truly hit especially in the last few decades. God is preparing us for HIM but so is the other one doing his best to prepare us for him.
    another thing has come to my mind lately. Anointing of the sick. we are all sick in some way and i believe the healing from this sacrament has been underated. people think it is for the old or those who have fallen dangerously sick. No the healing is for all. My mother has dementia and has been in nursing home for 7 years. i have had her anointed several times and each time i see a little more sparkle in eyes and face for days after.
    May our priest’s be given a new enlightenment as to what Jesus has ordained them for, to truly be amongst ALL His people.

  90. Noelon 20 Jan 2012 at 8:47 pm

    I tried to be a bit lighthearted in my last post but it seems I can’t avoid this topic of praying for conversions.

    The last American election cycle showed clearly that it does make a difference who is elected, and we should pray. Many did pray, sacrificially, but God has allowed us to get what we deserve and the message is that Christians are in the vast minority. In just 3 years our freedoms have been deeply eroded, old hatreds have flared up and our economy has been destroyed by raging debt.

    We are paying for a national refusal to follow Christ even if it means we have to do without things the government promises to give. Peli is right: the country is deeply divided and will become moreso no matter who is elected: black against white, old against young, Christian against pagan, those perceived to ‘have’ and those who think they should have more. These fires are already lit and their effects are already being felt.

    Some of this is deliberate – wicked men will use division to gain or hold power. But the Lord has shown me there will be worse than civil war if there is any disruption in the infrastructure, that ‘Satan is the general of gangs and the lawless and he has been training them for some time.’ Only conversion of hearts stands between us and a very bad scenario. Instead of a national turning back, many of us may wind up being like St. Francesca of Rome, lights in a terrible darkness as society collapses.

    Yet, Christians are distracted! People complain about TV and the half-time ads – I got mail from various groups asking me to protest – I couldn’t understand why we don’t just turn it off! Is football so important we have to compromise? For twenty years at least this argument has been going back and forth, as Christians try to make friends with the world, or try to change it enough to live with it. It cannot be done.

    We have an American example of mass conversions in our history. After the Second Great Awakening (Google it) about 20% of the population was soundly converted, that is to say, made Jesus the total Lord of their lives and made sweeping changes in their lifestyles. A huge impact hit America. This is the reason there is no mail delivery on Sundays, and why many ‘blue laws’ about the sale of liquor, etc. are still in force – left over from the respect these people had for the Sabbath. There were no asylums for the mentally ill or homes for the blind until Christians built them after the Awakening. Universities gone completely godless were reclaimed and produced ministers. Only 20% of the population made this difference. In my state alone, those graduating from school were given Bibles paid for by the state because men realized their Christianity called them to work in the world, and they became leaders in the state legislatures and towns, as well as in works of charity. All charity was handled locally and churches (mostly women) were the agents. Keep in mind only 1 in 5 were Christians, but they lived it out.

    I am personally falling back to a position of less political involvement and more time spent in prayer, Adoration and attempting to live closer to my rule as a Benedictine Oblate. I no longer think America can vote itself out of this crisis. I no longer think that the election of one, or even 100 good men will be enough. The People have to change.

  91. Jeanon 20 Jan 2012 at 8:54 pm

    Thank you so much Mick! James that was beautiful. It reminds me of my youth when I used to camp with my family along the lake. How I wish life were that simple these days.

  92. pelianitoon 20 Jan 2012 at 10:49 pm

    Anne I read the post and it really answered for me a lot of what is going on around me. Let us pray for the “hurt and lonely souls” who are at this time a target for the evil one. Jesus, Lord of mercy, we trust in you. Amen.

  93. Beckyon 21 Jan 2012 at 8:31 am

    I sincerely hope and pray that the Warning is very soon! Oh how this poor suffering world needs it right now! Come, Warning, and come very soon!

  94. June1on 21 Jan 2012 at 1:25 pm

    Dawn! I just watched the video and am in shock and also excited! :) So, Yeshua IS the messiah and when Ariel Sharon passes away, His return will be close. Crazy. I looked it up and Sharon is 83 years-old and still in a vegetative state. Kind of reminds me of Joey Lomangino. He’s what, eighty-something and still awaiting the warning/miracle. Come, Lord!

  95. Edithon 21 Jan 2012 at 2:43 pm

    Thank you Dawn for the link to that amazing video ‘Messiah Revealed!’ I will forward it to Jewish cousins I have living in Israel – please pray for them!

  96. pelianitoon 21 Jan 2012 at 4:59 pm

    Not to rain on the parade, but youtube videos should usually be checked against another source, especially if you do not know the original source. Discernment is very important. I hope it is true!

  97. Jameson 22 Jan 2012 at 4:01 am

    Noel,
    Great post…I agree…we must ourselves change first…conversion is a lifelong process…(a lifelong process). Many have set out on the road to conversion but many have also abandoned that road. Even though we ourselves are merely limping along…God calls us to “go outside ourselves” and reach out to those who have fallen into the gutter. On numerous occasions … I was a “gutter boy”… till some generous souls helped me bind up my wounds and move on down the road of conversion. God is full of tender mercies and goodness. Thankyou my faithful brothers and sisters.
    Peace, James

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