Saturday, December 31, 2016

Are you sick of all the darkness and garbage around us and want to do something about it?

Many of us can get overwhelmed with all the darkness and garbage of humanity surrounding us.  It also reminds us, unfortunately, of that which lies within our hearts as well and we must deal with.  But how do we do it?  How can we do anything to make even a dent in all that overwhelms us?

The answer is simple.  Our Lord showed me back when I was in the seminary in Toronto, Canada.  I used to take a daily walk around the block and noticed all this garbage on all the streets... literally almost everywhere you walk you can see garbage.  Anyway, one day Our Lord spoke to me and said, "I want you to pick up all the garbage in this city."  I replied to Him... "But that is impossible!" 

"Not for Me if you let Me do it with you."  So I asked Him what He wanted me to do.  He simply asked me to pick up as I walk along any piece of garbage that comes across my path.  I do not have to go in search of garbage... I do not need to go to the right or to the left in search of it.  I just simply have to pick up each piece that comes in my path.  

I told Him... "Yes, I can do that."  And so I began to walk.  As I started to pick up each piece of garbage along the way, I realized my hands are going to get full pretty quickly and it would need to be dumped.  How am I going to carry all this garbage along my walk?  But Our Lord had an answer for that too.  He had placed garbage cans in the streets and in the private drives of where I was going to pass by.  So, as I began to get full of garbage in my arms, poof... there was a garbage can and I would unload and begin again.  

There came a point where I came across a really sticky, icky, gooey mess... I think it was a broken egg with some wet paper towel with it.  So, I stepped over it!  Our Lord rebuke me and told me to go back and pick it up.  I grumbled and complained but then He said, "You were like this too... a sticky, icky, gooey mess but I was not afraid to pick you up off the ground and clean you."   So, I went back and picked it up and then through it away.  Yes... it was really gross. But our souls are like that too and He is not afraid of getting to the ground, just like He did with His disciples feet and to wash the most disgusting part of us.... our souls.

Anyway, I finished my walk and came to the end.  There at the end on the street corner was a garbage can with no garbage in it but surrounded by garbage all around it on the outside.  I cried out to God again... "See! I told you that this is pointless.  It is impossible.  This city will never be clean!"  So I walked away back across the street to enter back into the seminary. 

Once I made it back across the street Our Lord asked me to look back and watch.  I noticed a woman who had seen what I had done and was beginning to pick up the garbage around her.  Our Lord then said, "See.... that is how we will pick up the garbage."

The point of all of this is that we can get overwhelmed too and not know what to do about all the messy lives around us and our own life too.  This calls the work of intercession.  We need to learn how to deal with those persons and messy situations God places before us.  We don't have to go in search of them either... they are already there. 


Simply take each person, each situation as they come and go to the foot of the Cross with Our Lord and then lay before Him the person(s) and situation and all the darkness associated with it.  Lay it before God's garbage can... the Cross that cleans up all of our icky, gooey messes that we make in life.  Let Him help you clean it all up... one piece, one step at a time.

Are All Religons Equal???


“Almighty and ever living God, who in the Nativity of your Son established the beginning and fulfillment of all religion, grant, we pray, that we may be numbered among those who belong to him, in whom is the fullness of human salvation. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.” Amen.
No, all religions are not the same nor are they equal. This collect prayer from the Mass for December 31st tells us otherwise. Religion can fall into two categories. The first is man made in which man is seeking God and sets up a religion to pursue Him. The second is established by God and the door and avenue by which He pursues man and is the surest way of reaching Him as it is the path that directly meets Him.
There are many religions but only 2 are established directly by God. The rest were either created by man or set up by man who believed they were inspired by God, yet only two actually were set up by Him. The Jewish Faith was established by God in God pursuing His chosen people and establishing a Holy Nation with them. This is verified by more than one person claiming God inspired them to set this up.... and it was given over long periods of time through the Prophets and Fathers of the Fathers of the Faith. Miracles were also given to show that it was God established rather than man established. In this religion, God promised to send a Messiah... the Christ. The One who would deliver His people and established an eternal Kingdom. Those who are Jewish who do not accept Jesus as the Christ, the Messiah, are still waiting.
The only other religion is Christianity, and more specifically, the one, holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church to which all Christians were formerly a part of and united to. But what is it really and how did it come to be? Again, we must realize that there were more than one witness to it and it has been confirmed over long periods of time by other witnesses and miracles which alone can be attributed to God such as the dead coming back to life. 
All religions are silenced when God speaks and tells us what He wants... how He wants us to follow Him. God spoke to us through His Word... and the Word became flesh and dwelt amongst us. This Word has a name and His name is Jesus Christ. There is no other name in Heaven, on earth or under the earth which brings salvation to mankind. No other religion does this. All religion changed at Christmas when God spoke to us through His Son.
“Jesus saith to him: I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life. No man cometh to the Father, but by Me.” (John 14:6)
“Be it known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God hath raised from the dead, even by him this man standeth here before you whole. This is the stone which was rejected by you the builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other. For there is no other name under heaven given to men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts of the Apostles 4:10-12)
“Who is a liar, but he who denieth that Jesus is the Christ? This is Antichrist, who denieth the Father, and the Son. Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father. He that confesseth the Son, hath the Father also. As for you, let that which you have heard from the beginning, abide in you. If that abide in you, which you have heard from the beginning, you also shall abide in the Son, and in the Father. And this is the promise which he hath promised us, life everlasting.” (1 John 2:22-25) 
“He that heareth you, heareth me; and he that despiseth you, despiseth me; and he that despiseth me, despiseth him that sent me.” (Luke 10:16)

A Homily for the Feast of the Holy Family...


“Let us go the house of the Lord rejoicing...” (from Psalm 122). This Psalm was sung and prayed by Jewish pilgrims who journeyed to the Temple in Jerusalem from all the surrounding countryside and nations. On this Solemnity of the Holy Family, we remember that the child Jesus also did this with His family... the Holy Family, walking hand in hand. What would it be like to journey with them to the House of the Lorad... to enter into God’s Temple with them? I am not just speaking about the earthly Temple, but more so the Heavenly one... God’s House where God the Father resides. This is the mystery we contemplate today. 
 
 I remember back when I was a wee lad that once I met a new friend, I would love to go and visit his home and especially to meet his family. I loved to know more about my friend and those he loved... his father and mother, his brother and sisters. The more time and the deeper the relationship, it would get to the point where it was like his family was my own. With Jesus, our brother and Lord and God, it is much more than this. He calls us “friends” and invites us into His home, the home of the Holy Family. 
 
When Jesus gives Himself to you at Christmas, we think we just receive Him.... but Christmas is much more than this. Jesus gives you everything He loves and opens His Heart to you. He did this from the Cross when the soldier pierced His Heart and out flowed Blood and water. He literally opens His Heart to you and shares everything that is in it with you including His Family. Remember, He did this when He gave you His own Mother Mary to be your own when He said to His disciple: “Behold your Mother.” Now we are invited to journey with Him to Nazareth, to His home... the home of Jesus, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and St. Joseph. His home is literally our home.... His family is ours.
You need to go there with Him, with your closest and most intimate Friend. Ask Him to take you into His Home and learn from the school of Nazareth, the Holy Family. From this mystery, Our Lord will then take you even deeper. He will walk with you to His Father’s House... 
 
You see, Jesus gives you everything. Not just Himself, not just the Holy Family.... He gives you and invites you to enter into the very mystery of the Holy Trinity, to enter into communion with God the Father, with Himself as His only Son, and into communion with the Holy Spirit. He gives you the Holy Family and the HOLY FAMILY of God the Father. God’s Family is yours. This is the mystery Our Lord invites you to enter into today and to receive into your home... into your heart and soul. 
 
“Jesus answered, and said to him: If any one love Me, he will keep My word, and My Father will love him, and We will come to him, and will make our home with him. He that loveth Me not, keepeth not My words. And the word which you have heard, is not Mine; but the Father's who sent Me. These things have I spoken to you, abiding with you.” (John 14:23-25)

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Good St. Joseph, Protector of the Holy Family...



• A sign shall be given by the Lord… a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall name him Emmanuel… meaning God is with us.
• In the course of Our Lord’s birth, we tend to focus either on the child Jesus, and for good reason… or on the Blessed Virgin Mary and poor St. Joseph seems to be left in the backdrop, hidden from the spotlight…. But we must realize that he also chooses to do this just as Our Blessed Mother who says that we must do whatever her son tells us. She always points to Him as well.
• In today’s Gospel we hear of the virgin birth. When Mary was betrothed to St. Joseph but before they lived together, she was found with child. Scripture then goes on to say that because Joseph was a righteous man, yet unwilling to expose her to shame, decided to divorce her quietly.
• What does this mean?
• According to the Jewish custom at the time, any woman found to be with child outside of marriage could be stoned to death. St. Joseph is not only trying to protect the dignity of Mary and the child because of his love for her but there is something more going on.
• St. Joseph knew Mary well. She was holy and innocent and had consecrated her virginity to God for the rest of her life. His love for her was so deep that he was even willing to marry her knowing that he would never have any children with her.
• So, what was he thinking when he found her to be with child yet, knowing he was not the natural father? We have a glimpse of what he might have been thinking by these words, “because he was a righteous man, he was willing to divorce her quietly.” Besides wanting to preserve the dignity of Mary, he also knew her to be holy. She would not lie… so knowing she was with child that there was a great mystery involved. Where did this child come from? It was as if, in humility, he thought he was not supposed to have a part of this plan to be with this holy woman who was already with child. So, he was stepping away.
• It was only when the angel revealed to him that this child was conceived by the Holy Spirit and that he was still supposed to keep himself betrothed to the Blessed Virgin Mary, that St. Joseph accepted the responsibility of taking responsibility of this child as if it were his own.
• Herein lies the fatherhood of St. Joseph… Although he was not be the father of this child through the normal course of childbearing, he was to be known as the father of this child through the marriage he had with Mary and St. Joseph took responsibility over her and the child as a true father and spouse.
• He accepted God’s plan and was to play and crucial role in protecting and leading the Holy Family. Just imagine if God the Father had chosen you to be the custodian of the Blessed Virgin Mary and on top of this, God asked you to protect and lead His only Son.
• There is a beautiful painting in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston called the “Rest on the Flight Into i Egypt” by Luc Olivier Merson… Our Lady with her child resting in the arms of a sphinx in the desert with St. Joseph lying on the ground next to a campfire and the donkey… Giving her son and the Blessed Virgin the safer place to rest while he kept watch over them… this is what this passage in Scripture is saying… He wanted to protect her and her child from all harm.
• St. Joseph’s Feast Day is March 19th which is believed to be the day of his death. May all fathers learn from St. Joseph what it is to be a father… to protect and safeguard their children and spouse and lead them safely into God’s Kingdom

Saturday, October 1, 2016

How Much Does God Love You?


How much does God love us???
 
Think of a speck of sand on the seashore... then think of all the specks of sand... the billions and billions of them on the ocean floor and at every beach.... then go into the depth of the ocean... the dolphins, the whales, the sea otters to play with... the manta rays... the seahorses... and then all the coral reefs throughout the world... then the wave upon wave crashing upon each shore like the heartbeats of God crashing upon our hearts and souls with His Mercy.... then gaze upon all the mountains and valleys... millions of those too... then look up at the sky and try to count each star on a very dark but clear night... then, just when you think you counted the last one... then a whole other array of stars appear... and then the moon and each planet... and that is just our galaxy!... then go out from there to the billions of galaxies that exist... to the furthest end of the Universe... All of that distance and all that is encompassed from that little speck of sand to the vastness of the universe is just a TINY GLIMPSE of how much God loves you. If you do not believe me then look up Genesis in the first couple chapters in the beginning of the Bible and read how God created the Universe... It began with Light... then everything unfolded... All of what I have pictured for you and much, much, much, much more... and that doesn't even come close to how much God loves you.


For after He created the heavens and earth and all that is contained in them He called creation "good".... but once He formed man in His own image and likeness... He looked at us and then compared us to the rest of what He created, He called you and me "VERY GOOD". What He is stating quite clearly is that if He placed you or me next to all that I have just mentioned... He would say... "Yeah... well... that stuff is good... but YOU BLOW IT ALL AWAY!" You mean more to Him than ALL the rest of creation put together. In fact, He created it all for us. He created all of it to show us as proof of how much He truly loves us as a Father. And if that is not enough... then look to His Son....

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The Time Has Come For Great Christian Witnesses....



The time has come where God is separating the wheat from the chaff and the sheep from the goats.  It is time for each of us to cling closely to Christ and gird our loins for being great and courageous Christian witnesses of our Faith!  Do not be afraid to go out into the deep with Christ.

Many Christians no longer stand with Christ in the area of morality as laid out in Holy Scripture and the 10 Commandments, believing that mercy killing (Euthanasia), homosexual acts and unions, contraception and abortion are good for society and should be legal and hence are no longer Christian.

In an address given during that 1976 Eucharistic Congress in Philadelphia for the bicentennial celebration of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Cardinal Karol Wojtyla spoke some words which I believe were prophetic. -

"We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has ever experienced. I do not think that the wide circle of the American Society, or the whole wide circle of the Christian Community realize this fully. We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-church, between the gospel and the anti-gospel, between Christ and the Antichrist. The confrontation lies within the plans of Divine Providence. It is, therefore, in God's Plan, and it must be a trial which the Church must take up, and face courageously.

We must be prepared to undergo great trials in the not-too-distant future; trials that will require us to be ready to give up even our lives, and a total gift of self to Christ and for Christ. Through your prayers and mine, it is possible to alleviate this tribulation, but it is no longer possible to avert it. . . .How many times has the renewal of the Church been brought about in blood! It will not be different this time."


Sunday, September 18, 2016

The Dishonest Steward...

In the 1st reading for this Sunday’s Mass, Our Lord warns those who are dishonest and take advantage of the poor and the needy. God then goes on to say that never will He forget what they have done. In the Gospel, we find another dishonest steward who has squandered his master’s property. Knowing that he is about to lose everything, the steward then sets off to prepare for his ultimate demise so he has at least some benefit coming to him after he loses his job. Our Lord is not praising this dishonest steward’s behavior but rather offering him as a lesson to each of us in regards to our spiritual life. This dishonest man is at least looking to his future after all he has done and preparing himself for it and this man is willing to do almost anything to ensure his future. If this dishonest man is doing this in regards to his future welfare, how much more should we be determined and prepared for our own spiritual future once our earthly life has come to an end at death. How are we being accountable for what we have received from our Master in regards to what we own, our gifts and talents, and even more so the spiritual gifts we have received?

Our Lord is teaching us that there should be an aspect of urgency in our daily life of preparing ourselves for eternal life. We, as the Catechism teaches us, have only a limited time to bring our own lives to fulfillment. How are we using the gifts and talents God has given to us for building up the Kingdom of God around us realizing we that each one of us will have to give an accounting before God with what we have received from Him and what we have done with His gifts. Rather than using our wealth and possessions for own benefit, how are we sharing it with those who are most in need? Am I seeking friends with the poor who will pray for me and even poorer, the souls in purgatory who await for our prayers and need our assistance in helping them to be free so they can more quickly go to Heaven? How thankful will these spiritual friends be in pleading our cause from the other side?

From the Catechism of the Catholic Church # 1007: Death is the end of earthly life. Our lives are measured by time, in the course of which we change, grow old and, as with all living beings on earth, death seems like the normal end of life. That aspect of death lends urgency to our lives: remembering our mortality helps us realize that we have only a limited time in which to bring our lives to fulfillment: “Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, . . . before the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.”

We have been entrusted with much… our families, our relationships with our friends, the spiritual gifts we receive such as our life in Baptism, our prayer life, Holy Scripture which guides us in our daily life, the Sacrament of Confession, the gift of the Body and Blood of Our Lord in the Eucharist, our own personal talents that can be used to help others and to build up the Church… Our Lord is asking us to recall what we have received from Him and realize that we, like this earthly steward, must prepare ourselves for when our own time in this life has come to an end and we have to give an accounting before Our Master.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Only Awe... A 1st Hand Witness of 9/11

No words... only awe at what the first responders witnessed and endured in their attempts to save life in the midst of such a dark day...

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

If God is real, why do bad things happen?

If God is real, why do bad things happen? Why is there depression and cancer and other bad stuff?
He is real and does want us to be happy. Most of the pain and suffering we see is caused by us and by our bad habits... by our not helping one another, forgiving, sharing, and opening our hearts to Him and His plans for us. It is by rejecting Him that we cause each other pain. Sickness, pain, and suffering of the body is also a result of the fall of man from God by sin. Corruption comes because we rejected His plan and what He desires for us in the beginning. It is like God pointing out good fruit for us to eat for life and we put our hands to what is poisonous and then we blame God for getting sick.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Counting the Cost of Following Christ

Which of you wishing to construct a tower does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if there is enough for its completion? When we seek to follow Christ, we need to examine our life daily. It is easy to just get into the habit of daily life as if Christ were not our model and example to follow… just following our own daily plans and what we wish our life to be like. 
But being a Christian is much different than this. Our Lord tells us that if we desire to follow Him, we must sit down and reflect on our life to see if we are willing to bring it to completion…. To conform our daily life, in other words, to His and to count the true cost of discipleship. 
What is discipleship and what does it mean to follow Our Lord and be a Christian? · It is more than just following the Commandments, otherwise we would just be following the Jewish line of thought in just doing what the Law of the Old Testament offers us. It means not only accepting Christ, but seeking to not only follow His teachings but also to imitate, as much as we are able with the help of His grace, to follow His own way of life. This includes a real and concrete detachment to the spirit of this world. Not seeking “more and a better way of life for ourselves by building bigger barns or a comfortable way of life” but concretely looking at the Cross and realizing that Our Lord really and truly wants us to deny ourselves and to follow Him… to think of the needs of others before ourselves. If we have two cloaks… to offer the other for the person who has none. To give not only from our abundance, but to also make a personal sacrifice in giving to the poor and to the Church. The widow who comes in to the church and offers her own offering which was a small amount in the eyes of others… but nonetheless, was all she had left to give… and she thought of giving to God before her own needs. 
Christianity is literally about seeking to walk with Our Lord in our daily life… to be taught by the examples He gives us in the Gospels not only through His words but also by His own way of life and to make them our own. This is counting the cost.
I often think in my own life, before I buy something, “Do I really need this? Is it more than I need?” Am I accountable for what I have and what I share with others, including what I receive for work and services? Do I try to keep my heart and thoughts pure? Seeking to turn away from negative thoughts of others and to pray for them instead? Do I try to examine my life each day and see whether or not I am actually following Our Lord, making time for prayer and to be led by Him, or seeking to do my own thing… or go my own way, so to speak.
Our Lord desires to lead us into an authentic Christian way of life. May our hearts and minds be open to truly reflect on what it means to be His disciple and whether or not we are really willing to count the cost in our daily life.

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.