Thursday, June 16, 2016

The Gnarly Tree

My life goes up and down.... holes in it... and then lifted up by His grace and Mercy. Strengthening my branches with the Blood and Water flowing from His sacred side and nourished by His Body and Blood and the Kingdom of His Light. His rays shining through my leaves of memories transfiguring the darkness into life. His fruits seeking to blossom and bud forth in my life. I am His gnarly tree.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Promises of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

I wanted to share with you a major event that happened when I was serving in North Dakota on an Native American Reservation. I was called to the emergency room of the local hospital where I witnessed a man dying. He was a Native American and I had never noticed him before in our church so I figured he would get angry and ask me to leave or just be kind of lukewarm towards me as many were before when they had left the church for whatever reason. Anyway, this did not happen. He looked at me with tenderness with eyes watering and asked if he could receive the Sacrament of Confession. I had everyone leave and he promptly went. I physically felt the presence of God's Mercy in his room. After giving him Anointing of the Sick and Holy Communion, he passed away. I wondered why God's Mercy was so present with him and I figured he must have prayed the Rosary or had some other devotion where Our Lord was fulfilling a promise of that devotion, but I really wanted to find out why God's Mercy was so pronounced with him at his last hour of life so I began asking his family if he prayed the rosary or prayed at all. They all replied that he didn't and never really cared about prayer or his life with God as he had left the church at an early age. I then asked if he had ever gone to Catholic school when he was little. His mother replied, "Yes, he did." I then asked if they had Mass each week and was it ever held on Friday? Again, she replied yes. I then realized that he must have fulfilled the promises of the First Friday of the Month dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and that Our Lord had fulfilled His Promise to this man. The Promises of the Sacred Heart are powerful because God is faithful to His Promises to us as His children.... Please spread the First Friday devotions to your family members that are not faithful or who left the Catholic Church...

12 Promises of the Sacred Heart of Jesus to St. Margaret Mary....

1) I will give them all the graces necessary in their state in life.
2) I will give peace in their families and will unite families that are divided.
3) I will console them in all their troubles.
4) I will be their refuge during life and above all in death.
5) I will bestow the blessings of Heaven in all their undertakings.
6) Sinners shall find in my Heart the source and infinite ocean of mercy.
7) Tepid souls shall become fervent.
8) Fervent souls shall rise quickly to great perfection.
9) I will bless those places wherein the image of My Heart shall be exposed and honored and will imprint My love on the hearts of those who wear this image on their person. I will also destroy in them all disordered movements.
10) I will give to priests who are animated by a tender devotion to My Divine Heart the gift of touching the most hardened hearts.
11) Those who promote this devotion shall have their names written in My Heart, never to be effaced.
12) I promise you in the excessive mercy of My Heart that my all-powerful love will grant to all those who receive Holy Communion on the First Friday in nine consecutive months, the grace of final repentance: they will not die in my disgrace, nor without receiving their sacraments. My Divine Heart shall be their safe refuge in this last moment.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Prayers for Protection and Deliverance:

Prayers for Protection and Deliverance:
Heavenly Father, I praise and thank you for all you have given me. Please cover me with the protective, Precious Blood of Your Son, Jesus Christ, and increase Your Holy Spirit in me with His gifts of wisdom, knowledge, understanding, hunger for prayer, guidance and discernment to help me know Your Will and surrender to it more completely.

Father please heal my negative emotions and any wounds in my heart and spirit. Send the sword of Your Holy Spirit to sever and break all spells, curses, hexes, voodoo and all negative genetic, inter-generational and addictive material, past, present or to come, known or unknown, against me, my relationships and family, finances, possessions and ministry.

Father I forgive and I ask forgiveness for my sins and failings and I ask that my whole person, body and mind, heart and will, soul and spirit, memory and emotions, attitudes and values lie cleansed, renewed and protected by the Most Precious Blood of Your Son Jesus.

In the Name, Power, Blood and Authority of Jesus Christ I bind and break the power and effect in or around me of any and all evil spirits who are trying to harm me in any way and I command these spirits and their companion spirits in the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit to leave me peacefully and quietly and burn all these evils in Hell, that they may never again touch me or any other creature in the entire world.

I command and bid all the powers that molest me ~ by the power of God all powerful, in the Name of Jesus Christ our Savior, through the intercession of the Immaculate Virgin Mary ~ to leave me forever, and to be consigned into everlasting Hell, where they will be bound by St. Michael, St. Raphael, our guardian angels, and where they will be crushed under the heel of the Immaculate Virgin Mary. Amen.

Dear Holy Spirit please fill up any void in me to overflowing with Your great love. All this Father I pray in the Name of Jesus Christ by the guidance of Your Holy Spirit. Immaculate Heart of Mary, spouse of the Holy Spirit, please pray for me and with me. Amen.

Prayer against Every Evil
Spirit of our God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Most Holy Trinity, Immaculate Virgin Mary, angels, archangels, and saints of Heaven, descend upon me.

Please purify me, Lord, mold me, fill me with Yourself, use me.

Banish from me all the forces of evil, destroy them, vanquish them, so that I can be healthy and do good deeds.

Banish from me all spells, witchcraft, black magic, malefic ties, maledictions, and the evil eye; diabolic infestations, oppressions possessions; all that is evil and sinful, jealousy, perfidy, envy; physical, psychological, moral, spiritual, diabolical ailments.

Burn all these evils in Hell, that they may never again touch me or any other creature in the entire world.

I command and bid all the powers that molest me ~ by the power of God all powerful, in the Name of Jesus Christ our Savior, through the intercession of the Immaculate Virgin Mary ~ to leave me forever, and to be consigned into everlasting Hell, where they will be bound by St. Michael, St. Raphael, our guardian angels, and where they will be crushed under the heel of the Immaculate Virgin Mary. Amen.

Never lose sight of the fact that you are at war!

Homily for Second Saturday of Ordinary Time in honor of Our Lady....
"He answered that many of the soldiers had fled the battle and that many of the them had fallen and were dead, among them Saul and his son Jonathan... They mourned and wept and fasted until evening, for Saul and his son Jonathan, and for the soldiers of the Lord of the clans of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword. Alas! the glory of Israel, Saul, slain upon your heights; how can the warriors have fallen! How can the warriors have fallen, the weapons of war have perished!" (2 Sam. 1:4,12,19,27)
We are at war and there are many who are falling into the death of sin and turning away from Life with the Kingdom of God because they are in battle and do not even know it. Even if a soldier somehow loses consciousness that he is in battle and is covered with armor, that armor will do him very little good if he does not take up his weapons to fight the enemy or to defend himself. How much worse is it when the soldier is in the midst of the battle and has forgotten all of his defense gear and failed to bring any weapons to battle! Yet, many souls in this world are like Saul and Jonathan, they are falling in the fields to their own death because they do not even realize that all of us are at war. We are not war with men, but with principalities and powers... with soldiers who remain unseen... the demonic. Even though we don't even want to recognize that they are among us and that we believe are o.k. and don't need to do anything but go on living our normal lives, they hate us and they are at war with us and our seeking to destroy us that we may fall in this battle to our eternal death by sin.
You are at war and these creatures are at war with you precisely because you belong to Our Lady and to Her Son, Jesus Christ. Because you are called to the Kingdom of God, the kingdom of darkness hates you and is out to destroy you.
"And the Lord said: Simon, Simon, behold Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat." (Luke 22:31)
If you do not believe you are at war or that there are unseen enemies out there who seek to destroy you and that they hate you, even if you don't want to recognize that you are at war, we have only to turn to Holy Scripture to see that this is not the case, that we are sadly mistaken and that we are perishing in battle if we do not take up our arms to not only defend ourselves but also to take up the call to battle:
"For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. [4] For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty to God unto the pulling down of fortifications, destroying counsels..." (2 Cor. 10:3-4)
"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, to refrain yourselves from carnal desires which war against the soul..." (1 Peter 2:11)
"And the dragon was angry against the woman: and went to make war with the rest of her seed, who keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ." (Rev. 12:17)
"Finally, brethren, be strengthened in the Lord, and in the might of his power. Put you on the armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the deceits of the devil. For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood; but against principalities and power, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places. Therefore take unto you the armour of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and to stand in all things perfect. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of justice, And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace: In all things taking the shield of faith, wherewith you may be able to extinguish all the fiery darts of the most wicked one. And take unto you the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit (which is the word of God). By all prayer and supplication praying at all times in the spirit; and in the same watching with all instance and supplication for all the saints." (Ephes. 6:10-18)
SO, WHERE ARE YOUR WEAPONS? WHERE IS YOUR ARMOR? Turn to Our Lord for her protection. Wear the Brown Scapular, pray the Rosary daily, run to Our Lord in the Sacrament of Confession if you have fallen in battle and continue to run to there frequently (at least once a month), go to daily Mass if at all possible, pray, pray, pray, and take up the Holy Armor of Sacred Scripture by sitting at Our Lord's feet and listen to His Word so that He may strengthen you and encourage you in the day of battle.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Are you worth waiting for?

Are you having sex before marriage, or living w/ someone whom you are not married to? If you are, without realizing it, you are demeaning yourself and the other person. How? Because you are telling the other person by your actions that they are NOT WORTH WAITING FOR and therefore you are placing them in a disposable relationship… and, at the same time, you are saying the same thing about yourself. 
• We don’t realize who we really are in God’s eyes, nor do we realize who the other person is when we live this kind of way.  Let me give you an example… God BREATHED His spirit and the breathe of life and formed you in the womb of your mother and called you by name… He also did this with the other person. He called you both into life, He called you each by name and your little heart started beating with life… He formed your little hands and feet and formed you into the man and woman you are becoming. But He also formed us with an eternal soul with a plan in mind, just as He did with Adam and Eve… “I will create a helpmate like unto himself... and the two shall become one flesh.”
• For those who are not married yet but who are called to this vocation, did you know that there is someone out there right now, in the world, whom He created, just as He created you, and that person is out there and you are meant to spend the rest of your life with that person and to have a life with them, to create another life by having children with them, and have a family with them? It may be a person you are not in a relationship with yet and you have never met them or maybe it is the person you are with now…. How will you ever know who it is? Well, you will never know unless you actually WAIT to find out and save yourself for that person. 
Once you meet that person who is “your other half”…. You will want to wait for them and you will want to make the ultimate sacrifice to be with them and to lay down the rest of your life for that person. They are worth it, and more than that, so are you! You are worth a lot more than you give yourself credit for.
Don’t treat yourself as if you are disposable nor do this to anyone else! You are not just flesh, contrary to what the world tells you… The world says you don’t need to be married, you don’t have to wait… but this is because the world denies what is unseen…it denies that you are more than flesh and just a blob of tissue… You have an eternal soul! And so does everyone else… and, again, you are telling the other person they are not worth more and worth waiting for if you are with them before marriage! 
Don’t bring someone whom you say you love into a disposable relationship… bring them into a covenant and do not be with them sexually until AFTER both of you are sealed by the Blood of the Lamb and blessed by your Heavenly Father. Have you received God the Father’s blessing yet to be WITH His son or daughter? Than you do not have permission to go into His Temple and defile it. That is His resting place, that is His inner room. We forget that we belong to Him and that we are His Temple… Take away the flesh and what is left of you? That is why you wait and why you are worth waiting for.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

How I knew without a doubt that I have a Guardian Angel at my side...

OK, here is the story of how I came to really KNOW without a doubt I have a guardian angel....
This happened in my early childhood when our family was living in Frankfort, KY (we moved from there to Houston, Texas in 1984). My friend from school invited me to join him and his family on their float for the Thanksgiving Day parade. I was all too happy to join him. 
Anyway, we hopped into the back flatbed trailer hooked up to his dad's pick-up truck. After we had finished throwing out all of our candy to all of the kids along the parade route we came to a gravel road. I remember looking at my friend and telling him how much fun I had. He replied, "Me too!" and gave me a big pat on the back which made me lose my balance and I quickly fell off the trailer and found myself underneath it lying flat on the gravel road. I quickly tried to pull myself out but I was not moving at all.... I was only moving the gravel with my small arms... kind of like what happens when you make a snow angel.... only this wasnt helping me at all.
What was really scary was that the rear wheels of the flatbed trailer were aimed directly at where my head was.... and the trailer was moving a little quicker than I had expected. I pushed even harder in order to try and get out but nothing happened. I then saw that the tires were now only a few inches away from my head so I cried out..."God, save me!" 
I immediately felt two firm hands grab my ankles which pulled me quickly out and safely from underneath the trailer. Once I was clear, I quickly jumped back on the trailer next to my friend and turned around to thank the person who grabbed me. There was NO ONE there... and there was no place for anyone to hide, as we were in an open clearing of a large field of grass. I looked all over my body and I was also amazed that I did not have even one single scrape or scratch. I did not have the courage to tell my friend or anyone else what happened to me that afternoon.... but I had no doubts to who it was that saved my life that day and I continue to thank him, my friend at my side.
~ Fr. Scott Brossart, SOLT

Why you really need to listen to your Guardian Angel...

This is why you need to pay attention to the voice of your Guardian Angel as Our Lord says: 
[20] Behold I will send my angel, who shall go before thee, and keep thee in thy journey, and bring thee into the place that I have prepared.[21] Take notice of him, and hear his voice, and do not think him one to be contemned: for he will not forgive when thou hast sinned, and my name is in him. [22] But if thou wilt hear his voice, and do all that I speak, I will be an enemy to thy enemies, and will afflict them that afflict thee. (Exodus 23:20-22) 
Now many will say, well that is just fine and dandy but what do you really mean because I don't ever hear my angel's voice? My advice to you is that you better start listening then, but we also need to know HOW to listen. Angels do not necessarily communicate like you and I speak (although they sometimes can do this if they really need to get our attention), but usually they communicate (because they are pure spirit) by way of thought. You may have this thought that you know it is not you speaking to yourself and you have this thought... "You need to go over to this place and help that person." You can ignore it but I would NEVER advise doing this as given the Scripture from above and you need to heed your angel's voice. Watch what will happen the next time you heed that thought... WOW! That is how the angels communicate with us. 
Now my Guardian Angel knows me VERY WELL and knows how stubborn I am so he has to repeat himself over and over again most of the time when I ignore him. Take for instance when I was in the novitiate in New Mexico and I was hiking through the desert up a tall mesa and I was about to jump over about an 8 foot cliff. I started to back up a distance in order to get a good running start when all of sudden I get this thought that I knew wasn't from me... "GO AROUND!" Now, by this time, I have gotten to know my angel's voice so I replied... "No, I am going to jump!" The thought comes again: "GO AROUND!" This time, I am thinking he perhaps sees something I don't so I just go back and look at the cliff to see if there is anything below like rocks... but no... its just sand and looks like a soft landing. So... stubborn me... I starting to back up again to get another running start before my jump. This time my angel turns up the heat and replies repeatedly: "GO AROUND! GO AROUND! GO AROUND! GO AROUND! and won't stop... So I give up and tell him... "Ok... I get it! I will go around! But you are making me miss out on some awesome fun so I am going to stop listening to you just for getting me upset." Anyway... I finally go around the hill and to my surprise... there was a shelf or underhang below where I was going to jump from and it was deep cavern... in fact, it was a huge snake pit! And lined up in a row underneath the hanging rock from where I was going to jump were about 5-6 huge rattlesnakes and if I had jumped I would have landed right in front of all of them and been immediately bitten because they were already curled up! I just couldn't have seen them because they were lying underneath the cliff rock I was standing upon before. So, I quickly responded back to my angel: "THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!...." All the way back home from my hike. 
You see... my angel knows me that well and I am glad he is always at my side... even in my stubbornness.
Again... you need to LISTEN and watch how they will guide and protect you. Don't listen... and... well.... good luck!!!! You are going to need it! ~Fr. Scott Brossart, SOLT