Lazarus Prayer

Rembrant – The Raising of Lazarus

Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. 39 Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead four days.” 40 Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?” 41 So they took away the stone. And Jesus looked upward and said, “Father, I thank you for having heard me. 42 I knew that you always hear me, but I have said this for the sake of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe that you sent me.” 43 When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.” John 11:38-44

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and wonderful start to Advent. I have to be honest, this Thanksgiving was very hard. God is still good.

Many of you out there may have been feeling like I had felt over Thanksgiving. The darkness of the world closing in. The suffering of daily life getting harder. We lost my Aunt Claire Green two days before Thanksgiving. She was my dad’s brother’s wife. We spent many days with her at the beach in Delaware when my parents lived there. I never thought she would go before my mom.

From Left to right: Claire Green (my Aunt), Pat Green (My uncle, dad’s brother), Mary Jo Green (mom), Mike Green (Dad)

Claire Green 2/25/1940 (Feast of Our Lady of Great Power) – 11/23/2021 (Blessed Miguel Pro – ¡Viva Cristo Rey!”) Please pray for the repose of her soul.

God is good. Death is not the end.

I found myself approaching Advent feeling like I needed Resurrection instead of approaching it with the wonder and awe of the Nativity. It occurred to me that I needed the Holy Family now more than ever, that I needed my Lord to unbind me from the creeping darkness. And for whatever reason I thought of Lazarus.

Normally we think of Lazarus at Lent. But here I was during Advent thinking of Lazarus. I did what I always do, I decided to pray. In my prayer, I thought of how Martha was the one who stated Jesus was the messiah when He came to her after the death of Lazarus. In her sorrow, she still believed and she proclaimed it. I thought of how Jesus made Lazurus’ family holy. I thought of how the yes of Mary and Joseph brought Jesus to us and to Martha, Mary and Lazarus. I thought of how Lazarus was dead for four days. I wanted to pray a four day prayer. I wanted to surround myself with the family of Christ. I realized that my friend, Ashley Blackburn and I wrote prayers to the Holy Family and a Consecration to the Holy Family. So I decided to put some of them together for a 4 day prayer. A Lazarus prayer – for the times we can’t see the light in the darkness, that we may always have hope that the light is there. Though the prayers are not to Lazarus, I ask him to intercede over these 4 days. I pray that if the weight of the world has brought us down that we hand that weight to Jesus and let him unbind and resurrect us so we persevere in love in this world.

God is good.

The Holy Family

Day 1

LITANY OF OUR LADY HEALER OF FAMILIES

Lord, have mercy on us
Christ, have mercy on us
Lord, have mercy on us
Christ, hear us
Christ, graciously hear us 

God the Father of heaven,
have mercy on us
God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
have mercy on us
God the Holy Spirit,
have mercy on us
Holy Trinity one God,
have mercy on us

Hail full of grace, Daughter of St. Anne & St. Joachim, Pray for us

Hail full of grace, Daughter of the LORD, the Great I AM, Pray for us

Hail full of grace, Daughter of the Creator of Heaven and Earth, Pray for us

Hail full of grace, Daughter of Adonai, the Lord God Almighty, Pray for us

Hail full of grace, Daughter of Abba, our Heavenly Father, Pray for us

Most devoted daughter, Pray for us

Most peaceful daughter, Pray for us

Most obedient daughter, Pray for us

Most modest daughter, Pray for us

Most pure daughter, Pray for us

Most joyful daughter, Pray for us

Most favored daughter, Pray for us

Hail Mary, Full of Grace, the Lord is with you, Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus

Mary, Daughter of God the Father, Pray for us

Blessed are you, Spouse of St. Joseph, Pray for us

Blessed are you, Spouse of the Paraclete, Pray for us

Blessed are you, Spouse of the Consuming Fire, Pray for us

Blessed are you, Spouse of the Peaceful Dove, Pray for us

Blessed are you, Spouse of the Seal of Anointing, Pray for us

Most affectionate spouse, Pray for us

Most humble spouse, Pray for us

Most loyal spouse, Pray for us

Most hopeful spouse, Pray for us

Most united spouse, Pray for us

Most selfless spouse, Pray for us

Most merciful spouse, Pray for us

Hail Mary, Full of Grace, the Lord is with you, Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus

Mary, Spouse of the Holy Spirit, Pray for us

Holy Mary, Mother of Jesus, Pray for us

Holy Mary, Mother of the Light of the World, Pray for us

Holy Mary, Mother of the Prince of Peace, Pray for us

Holy Mary, Mother of the Lamb of God, Pray for us

Holy Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, Pray for us

Most prayerful mother, Pray for us

Most gentle mother, Pray for us

Most patient mother, Pray for us

Most gracious mother, Pray for us

Most encouraging mother, Pray for us

Most compassionate mother, Pray for us

Most accepting mother, Pray for us

Hail Mary, Full of Grace, the Lord is with you, Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus

Mary, Mother of Jesus Christ, Pray for us

Our Lady Healer of Families, Daughter of God the Father, bring an end to all heresies

Our Lady Healer of Families, Spouse of the Holy Spirit, restore unity among all of humanity

Our Lady Healer of Families, Mother of Jesus Christ, crush the head of Satan and lead all souls back to your Son

O Most Holy Trinity, in our efforts to sow peace amongst the unrest, Unite us and heal us

In our efforts to offer forgiveness to those who offend, Unite us and heal us

In our efforts to sacrifice for one another, Unite us and heal us

In our efforts to love beyond measure, Unite us and heal us

In our efforts to trust in the midst of suffering, Unite us and heal us

In our efforts to proclaim the Truth in word and deed, Unite us and heal us

In our efforts to surrender our will to Yours, Unite us and heal us

Let us pray, 

O Most Immaculate Virgin, Daughter of God the Father, Spouse of the Holy Spirit, and Mother of Jesus Christ our Savior, you are the perfect example of human relationship with the Divine Will. Help us, O Most Holy Mother, to heal the broken bonds within our families, our friendships, and all our other relationships. Help us to love others the way that Christ loves us with self-sacrificing love. In particular, heal my relationship with (state intentions here). Intercede for us O Holy Daughter, Spouse, and Mother, so that through the mercy of God, the chains of division will be broken, uniting us once again as you are ever united to the Most Holy Trinity. 

Our Lady Healer of Families, pray for us

We ask this in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

DAY 2

LITANY OF ST JOSEPH ANCHOR OF FAMILIES

Lord have mercy on us, Lord have mercy on us

Christ have mercy on us, Christ have mercy on us

Christ hear us, Christ graciously hear us

God the Father, Author of life, have mercy on us

Jesus the Son, Bread of life, have mercy on us

Holy Spirit, Breath of life, have mercy on us

St Joseph, head of the Holy Family, pray for us

St Joseph, beloved son of God the Father, pray for us

St Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church, pray for us

Faithful son, pray for us

Obedient son, pray for us

Noble son, pray for us

Virtuous son, pray for us

Pillar of strength, pray for us

Pillar of integrity, pray for us

Pillar of humility, pray for us 

Pillar of peace, pray for us

O Glorious Saint Joseph, righteous man; willing guardian of the Holy Family,
Blessed are you among Patriarchs, and Blessed is your adoptive Son Jesus 

St Joseph, Anchor of Families, pray for us

St Joseph, devoted spouse of the ever Virgin Mary, pray for us

Attentive spouse, pray for us

Tender spouse, pray for us

Chaste spouse, pray for us

Selfless spouse, pray for us

Pillar of faith, pray for us

Pillar of hope, pray for us

Pillar of unity, pray for us

Pillar of forgiveness, pray for us

O Glorious Saint Joseph, righteous man; willing guardian of the Holy Family,
Blessed are you among Patriarchs, and Blessed is your adoptive Son Jesus 

St Joseph, Anchor of Families, pray for us

St Joseph, adoptive father of the Divine Child, pray for us

Generous father, pray for us

Accepting father, pray for us

Honorable father, pray for us

Prudent father, pray for us

Pillar of charity, pray for us

Pillar of truth, pray for us

Pillar of compassion, pray for us

Pillar of protection, pray for us

O Glorious Saint Joseph, righteous man; willing guardian of the Holy Family,
Blessed are you among Patriarchs, and Blessed is your adoptive Son Jesus 

St Joseph, Anchor of Families, pray for us

St Joseph Anchor of Families, beloved son of God,  man of faith, pray for us

St Joseph Anchor of Families, devoted spouse of Mary, man of hope, pray for us

St Joseph Anchor of Families, adoptive father of Jesus, man of charity, pray for us

O Most Holy Trinity,  In our efforts to follow the Lord more closely

Unite us and anchor us

In our efforts to be fully present to one another

Unite us and anchor us

In our efforts to purify our desires

Unite us and anchor us

In our efforts to practice virtue

Unite us and anchor us

In our efforts to be pure and holy sanctuaries

Unite us and anchor us

In our efforts to forgive until it is complete

Unite us and anchor us

In our efforts to sanctify the domestic church

Unite us and anchor us

Let us pray, 

O Most Holy Saint Joseph, by your yes to the plan of God, you were united to Jesus through Mary, mediatrix of all graces. You were called by God our heavenly Father, through the Holy Spirit, to marriage with Mary Immaculate and to the adoptive fatherhood of Jesus Christ her Son. We implore you Saint Joseph, terror of demons, Patron of the Universal Church, and Anchor of Families, to intercede on our behalf and extend your fatherly protection to our own families. Dispel all fear and confusion. Guard us from the evil one, just as you guarded and protected the Most Holy Family. In particular we ask you to defend us from (state intention here). St Joseph, anchor us in this storm so we will be ever united to the Most Holy Trinity just as you are for all eternity. 

Guardian Heart of Saint Joseph, pray for us. 

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

DAY 3

LITANY OF THE DIVINE CHILD JESUS ADORATION OF FAMILIES

Divine Child Jesus, Adoration of Families,

You are begotten by God the Father, have mercy on us

Divine Child Jesus, Adoration of Families,

You are the Savior of the world, have mercy on us

Divine Child Jesus, Adoration of Families,

You sent us Holy Spirit, have mercy on us

Chosen One, I trust in You

Morning Star, I trust in You

Beloved Son, I trust in You

Grace upon Grace, I trust in You

Divine Physician, I trust in You

Innocent Victim, I trust in You

Resurrected Lord, I trust in You

Divine Child of the Annunciation, have mercy on us

HOPE of the world, have mercy on us

Divine Child of the Visitation, have mercy on us

JOY of our souls, have mercy on us

Divine Child of the Nativity, have mercy on us

ADORATION of our hearts, have mercy on us

Divine Child of the Presentation, have mercy on us

FULFILLMENT of prophecy, have mercy on us

Divine Child of the Finding in the Temple, have mercy on us

CORNERSTONE of faith, have mercy on us

Giver of life, I trust in You

Fruit of obedience, I trust in You

Benefit of the womb, I trust in You

Mercy of the Father, I trust in You

Adoration of Angels, I trust in You

Prince of peace, I trust in You

Joy of finding, I trust in You

Divine Child of the Baptism in the Jordan, have mercy on us

SANCTIFIER of waters, have mercy on us

Divine Child of the Wedding at Cana, have mercy on us

SOURCE of union with God, have mercy on us

Divine Child of the Proclamation of the Kingdom, have mercy on us 

The WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIFE, have mercy on us

Divine Child of the Transfiguration, have mercy on us

GLORY from on high, have mercy on us

Divine Child of the Last Supper, have mercy on us

LAMB OF GOD, have mercy on us

Light of the world, I trust in You

Truth of nations, I trust in You

Forgiver of sins, I trust in You

Leader of mankind, I trust in You

Word of God, I trust in You

Healer of wounds, I trust in You

Bread of life, I trust in You

Divine Child of the Agony in the Garden, have mercy on us

TRUST in the Father, have mercy on us

Divine Child of the Scourging at the Pillar, have mercy on us

REPARER of our sins, have mercy on us

Divine Child of the Crowning with Thorns, have mercy on us

KING of the universe, have mercy on us

Divine Child of the Carrying of the Cross, have mercy on us

REDEEMER of our suffering, have mercy on us

Divine Child of the Crucifixion, have mercy on us 

SAVIOR of the world, have mercy on us

Servant of God, I trust in You

Gift of salvation, I trust in You

Enemy of Satan, I trust in You

Ladder of Heaven, I trust in You

Offering to the Father, I trust in You

Restoration of humanity, I trust in You

King of the universe, I trust in You

Divine Child of the Resurrection, have mercy on us

VICTOR of the empty tomb, have mercy on us

Divine Child of the Ascension, have mercy on us

COMMISSIONER of disciples, have mercy on us

Divine Child of Pentecost, have mercy on us

FIRE of evangelization, have mercy on us

Divine Child of the Assumption of Mary, have mercy on us

PRESERVER of our Blessed Mother, have mercy on us

Divine Child of the Coronation of Mary, have mercy on us

ENTHRONER of Mary Immaculate, have mercy on us

Conqueror of death, I trust in You

Restorer of new life, I trust in You

Wisdom from on high, I trust in You

Fire of the Spirit, I trust in You

Treasure of our hearts, I trust in You

Life of our souls, I trust in You

Hope of the world, I trust in You

Real Presence in the Consecration, heal us

Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity, save us

Real Presence in the Eucharist, heal us

Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity, save us

Real Presence in the Tabernacle, heal us

Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity, save us

Real Presence in the Monstrance, heal us

Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity, save us

Source of Life, I trust in You

Source of Dignity, I trust in You

Source of Goodness, I trust in You

Source of Peace, I trust in You

Source of Joy, I trust in You

Source of Wisdom, I trust in You

Source of Charity, I trust in You

Let us pray,

Divine Child Jesus, Adoration of Families, unite our family in charity and gift us with the Holy Spirit to teach, admonish, nurture, and love one another completely. Just as Mary and Joseph adored you in this world after your humble birth, may we too come to you in humble adoration before the Blessed Sacrament to be strengthened, renewed and healed by your love. Jesus, you are our Lord, our Savior, our King and our Friend. Your goodness extends to all generations. With humble hearts, we thank you and remember your unfailing help and blessings that you have poured out upon our family. At this time we turn to you again and beg you to come to our assistance with (mention your request here).

Divine Child Jesus, bless and protect us

In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

DAY 4

CONSECRATION PRAYER TO THE HOLY FAMILY HELP OF THE DOMESTIC CHURCH

O Most Holy Family of Nazareth, Jesus, Mary and Joseph, today our family has come together to unite our hearts with yours, Sacred, Immaculate, and Guardian, in order to consecrate our beloved hearts to the Holy Family. Our hearts are longing for your presence amongst us. Our hearts are longing for your peace within us. Our hearts are longing for your protection around us. We surrender our desires, our temptations, our troubles, our sorrows, our blessings and our joys to you. We give you everything, our very lives, and place it all at the foot of the cross of Jesus Christ, so that we may live only for Him, our King and our Savior.

Holy Family, we praise and honor you as the help of the domestic church. May our family be a reflection of yours, as we practice virtue and deepen in faith, hope and charity. We have been placed together as a family with the mission of being a reflection of you. As we live together in our domestic church, may our home be an extension of the Church, which is an extension of our eternal home in Heaven. May our life together be ever open to the movement of the Holy Spirit so that we may be full of your grace and peace. 

Mary and Joseph, just as you lived a quiet life in Nazareth as the parents of the Divine Child, may we too keep Jesus as the center of our lives and the center of our family. Teach us to reverence and adore Him, to turn to Him first and foremost in our need, and to be witnesses of His love and mercy.  

Divine Child Jesus, just as you were obedient to your mother and father, may we as children of our parents, always remember to honor them in good situations and in bad. May the virtue of obedience be cultivated in our family, directing us to the ultimate obedience to the Heavenly Father, ever growing and maturing in our faith.

Holy Family Help of the Domestic Church, today we proclaim that from this day forward, our prayers, our thoughts, our words and our actions will be united to yours, who are ever united to the Divine Will of the Triune God. In this we pray, all glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now and forever shall be, world without end, Amen.

Invocation of the Holy Family

O Holy Family, so open to new life, give us the grace to be open to the new life God wills for our family.

Unite our hearts with yours

O Holy Family, most pure and holy sanctuary, give us the grace to purify our desires so that we desire only what God will for you our family.

Unite our hearts with yours

O Holy Family, help of the domestic church, give us the grace to be able to fully live the Catholic Faith in our home, school, work and ministry.

Unite our hearts with yours

O Holy Family, humble reflection of the plan of God, give us the grace to be able to let the Lord lead us in all things.

Unite our hearts with yours

O Holy Family, living in peaceful solitude, give us the grace to allow the peace of Christ to reign in our hearts and in our home.

Unite our hearts with yours

O Holy Family, intimate communion of love, give us the grace to give and receive your love freely among each other, uniting and healing all of our familial relationships.

Unite our hearts with yours

O Holy Family, model of virtue and charity, give us the grace to be beacons of light for the world through prayer, sacrifice and mission.

Unite our hearts with yours

Over the next few days or weeks I will be creating separate pages on this blog with the prayers that we have written so that you can have easier access to them anytime you would like to pray.

May we have bold confidence in Jesus as we head into this Advent and Christmas Season. God Bless you all.

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The Little Psalter of The Most Holy Face

Holy Face of Manopello

And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son,full of grace and truth. John 1:14

Throughout this pandemic and time of increased stress, whenever I found my anxiety level rising, I would go back to the basics. I would stare at the Holy Face of Jesus and remember that what I am called to do is to love. For me, looking at the Holy Face of Jesus causes the distractions to fall away, the fear, the anger, the confusion, it melts away when I look at the Face of the God who loves me.

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. John 3:16

It seems fitting that a blog named Veil of Veronica would come to find so much solace in the Holy Face of Jesus. And it doesn’t require driving to church, I can close my eyes and picture him at any moment when I feel the fear rise in me.

A few years back my Spiritual Director went on a retreat to a priory in Ireland. Then later my friend Ashley gave me a devotion to the Holy Face from this same priory. I love this devotion because it can be prayed with a regular Rosary and it is easy to pray with another person.

I wrote to the Monks at the priory Silver Stream Priory who wrote this and I asked permission to print it. They replied several months later and I received permission, they signed their letter “The Monks”, which just made me smile. So with their permission, I reprint it here in English, but you can buy a card from them that has both English and Latin.

THE LITTLE PSALTER OF THE MOST HOLY FACE OF JESUS

The Little Psalter of the Holy Face consists of three parts of 50 invocations divided into decades. As with the Rosary of the Blessed Virgin, the three parts of the Little Psalter of the Holy Face need not be said all at once. If praying with another person, the + is when the leader can pray and the * is the response.

Opening Verse Thrice (prayed 3 times)

+ Hear, O Lord Jesus, the prayers of thy servant. * Cause Thy Face to shine upon Thy sanctuary

On the Pater beads (the Our Father beads)

+ My soul is athirst for God, the strong and living God; *when shall I come and appear before the Face of God?

On the Ave beads (the Hail Mary beads)

+ Thy Face, Lord Jesus, will I seek, * turn not away Thy Face from me.

To conclude each decade

+ Behold, O God our protector: * and look upon the Face of Thy Christ.

At the end of five decades, thrice (pray three times)

+ Let God arise, and let His enemies be scattered: * and let them that hate Him flee from before His Face.

In conclusion

+ The light of Thy Face, Lord Jesus, is signed upon us; * Thou hast given gladness in my heart.

The Little Psalter of the Most Holy Face Prayer Card

My prayer for you is that this prayer brings you as much peace as it has for me. God Bless you all out there.

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Crushing Satan

I will put enmity between you and the woman and between your seed and her seed; he shall bruise your head and you shall bruise his heel. Genesis 3:15

I am doing a bible study on the Gospel of John. This past Saturday we were reading chapter 13, the chapter where Jesus washes the feet of the Apostles.

Many of the exchanges between Peter and Jesus crack me up. Peter is always trying so hard. Jesus seems to have to correct him a lot. Peter doesn’t quite see what Jesus wants him to see. It is Peter’s humiliation that ultimately makes him a good leader. A person who has been humbled tends to know what belongs to God and enables him to listen well to others.

In the exchange in chapter 13, we see Jesus prepare to wash the feet of the Apostles.

 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” Jesus answered, “You do not know now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” John 13:6-7

Jesus recognizes that Peter does not understand. The exchange continues;

Peter said to him, “You will never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no share with me.”  Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!”  Jesus said to him, “One who has bathed does not need to wash, except for the feet, but is entirely clean. And you are clean, though not all of you.”  For he knew who was to betray him; for this reason he said, “Not all of you are clean.” John 13:8-11

One gets the sense here that Peter thinks what Jesus is about to do is beneath Jesus, but when Peter understands that Jesus knows what he is doing he wants more. Peter misunderstands the significance of the washing of only his feet.

Jesus speaks of the one being bathed not needing to wash. It seems to me Jesus is not referencing the fact that Peter took a bath that morning. Jesus must be referencing the soul of Peter being clean. For Peter has confessed straight to the Lord.

But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!” Luke 5:8

And we can glean from this exchange that Jesus is not saying that Judas is stinky because he didn’t take a bath, but that Judas has an unclean soul.

For he knew who was to betray him; that was why he said, “You are not all clean.” John 13:11

So we ask the question, why did Jesus wash their feet? Was it simply to show them how to be servants? They would have had dirty feet while walking, back in those days. Washing the feet is a kindness and something a servant would do. Is this the only message? Or is there something more?

We can come to understand that Jesus means something much more in this washing. Because later in the passage he states,

He who ate my bread has lifted his heel against me. John 13:18

Judas partakes in the morsel with an unclean soul. Judas becomes possessed.

Then after the morsel, Satan entered into him. John 13:27

His heel will not be clean either, even if Jesus washes it. What is the significance of the heel/the feet?

For the other Apostles who were “clean”, Jesus has something much bigger.

Do you know what I have done to you? John 13:12

Jesus has instituted the Priesthood. Jesus has given them the Eucharist. Jesus has given them the power to crush the head of Satan. This is the significance of washing their feet. It isn’t but mere kindness of service, it is the making of Satan as their footstool, through the authority and sacraments that Christ has instituted.

The God of peace will shortly crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Romans 16:20

A Priest has such a magnificent duty to pursue virtue and to protect his flock. If he does so, he will see the glory and power of God. All things point back to the Priesthood and the Sacraments for our purification, for our ability to crush Satan and be delivered. We cannot do this without the church. We cannot do this without the Priests. Please pray for our Priests. This is why the Priesthood is so attacked.

This is also why, in these tumultuous times, we cannot abandon the barque of Peter; the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. We cannot abandon it even when we don’t understand, the same way that Peter didn’t understand. When our leaders disappoint us, when our senses can’t process what is happening. When we feel that all is lost, we must;

… stand firm and hold fast to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by our letter. 2 Thessolonians 1:15

Because God has a bigger plan that we don’t see. God is in charge. And God’s promises are true.

You are the Messiah,the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Matthew 16:16-19

Remember it is after Jesus proclaims Peter as the rock, that he calls him Satan;

And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “God forbid it, Lord! This must never happen to you.”  But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; for you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.” Matthew 16:22-23

And Jesus didn’t say, “oh never mind Peter, you’re not the guy because you’re worldly. I made a mistake.” Peter was still the rock. And God’s Divine Providence worked Peter’s weakness for good. A good that was so much better than any of them could have imagined.

Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father.  I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it. John 14:12

And when Pentecost arrived, these men, these Apostles, they were on fire. They were no longer worldly, but had the Holy Spirit in them. They lived what was promised. They were divinized. God’s power was made perfect in their weaknesses. Peter is the rock.

When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked them for alms. Peter looked intently at him, as did John, and said, “Look at us.” And he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them. But Peter said, “I have no silver or gold, but what I have I give you; in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, stand up and walk.” And he took him by the right hand and raised him up; and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. Jumping up, he stood and began to walk, and he entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. All the people saw him walking and praising God, and they recognized him as the one who used to sit and ask for alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple; and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him. Acts 3:3-10

Do you think it’s coincidence that one of the first miracles Peter performs after Pentecost is making a man’s feet strong? There are no coincidences with God.

What are human beings that you are mindful of them, or mortals, that you care for them? You have made them for a little while lower than the angels; you have crowned them with glory and honor, subjecting all things under their feet.” Hebrews 2:6-8

Remember the ride for them to get there was extremely bumpy. They didn’t understand. They were threatened with death along the way. They were afraid. But they ultimately surrendered to God and trusted Him, even when it seemed impossible. Only one gave into despair, the one who was unclean. Stay steadfast and receive the sacraments of Confession and Eucharist sincerely and as often as you can so the sacramental grace can pour into you and God can fill you so as to crush Satan under your feet. Remember, God’s promises are true.

Keep your lamp lit and pray for Our Priests.

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An Answered Prayer

My dad bottom left singing in boy’s choir at Saint Matthew’s Cathedral

Lord, teach us to pray… Luke 11:1

I was awakened the other morning with the thought of how the Church was the answer to the Lord’s prayer. The Church is the answer because it is she who provides what we asked for. The more we grow in sacramental grace, the more God’s Kingdom comes. That we move farther away from sacramental grace will only bring our demise. It is a sorrow when the sons and daughters of the church move people away from the sacraments and make people think the sacraments don’t matter. They are the remedy to all of our ills.

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy Kingdom Come.

This is Baptism. The Kingdom of God comes when we mark ourselves and our children in the Kingdom through Baptism.

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age. Matthew 28:19-20

The church’s mission is to bring the Kingdom through the Sacramental Grace of Baptism.

Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

This is Confirmation. God’s will is done on earth as it is in heaven when we surrender fully to His will and are filled with the Holy Spirit like the disciples at Pentecost, with a double portion of the Spirit. The church is the conduit through which His will is done when we fully embrace this sacramental grace of Confirmation.

When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place.  And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.  Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them.  All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability. Acts 2:1-4

Give us this day our daily bread.

This is the Eucharist. The more we receive this daily bread in a state of grace, the more the we progress towards the unity that Christ came for.

I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh. John 6:51

And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.

This is Confession. We need the Sacrament so as to reconcile to God, and the church. The church is the Mystical Body, when we sin we not only harm our own soul, but we harm the whole body. This sacrament heals.

Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”  When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.  If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” John 20:21-23

And lead us not into temptation.

This is the Priesthood specifically, and Anointing of the Sick as we head to our death. It has to do with concupiscence and our desire to do wrong. The Priesthood is meant to protect the flock. To “keep the garden,” so to speak. Where Adam failed to keep the garden and let the serpent in to tempt Eve, so the Priesthood with the Priest in persona Christi, helps to guard the flock from the temptation to do evil by his ability to bring us the Sacraments where grace flows. No where is this more apparent than when we are leaving this world to enter the next – so as to protect us in our last hours from the temptation of the evil one. What a shame that during the pandemic many failed in this duty.

...one who has become a priest, not through a legal requirement concerning physical descent, but through the power of an indestructible life. For it is attested of him, “You are a priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek.” Hebrews 7:16-17

Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up; and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven. James 5:14-15

and deliver us from evil. Amen.

When we are fully delivered from evil, we are in union. We are in union with God. We are in union with one another. A marriage of unity. Harmony restored. No where does the image of the Trinity seem more apparent than in the family who is fruitful and multiplies, like the love of God. And Satan becomes our footstool. This marriage can also be for Priests and religious who have a Divine Spouse that makes them fruitful for the kingdom and is an objectively higher calling.

But from the beginning God made them male and female. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate. Mark 10:6-9

Everything we need for happiness, for healing, for peace is found in the Sacraments of the church. The church that Jesus founded, to answer our prayer and give us what we need.

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Disquiet

Our Lady of the Caves – Horse Cave, Kentucky, USA

Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom for the future. The human mind may devise many plans but it is the purpose of the Lord that will be established. Proverbs 19:20-21

On Friday I went to a Latin Mass, which our Bishop has approved to continue for our Diocese. My friend was making her first communion. I was reading the prayers in the Latin Mass booklet and I noticed something different, something different from the Novus Ordo that is prayed after the Our Father. Now I know there are many different things, but there were two things that struck me about this particular prayer. One was a word. The word was “disquiet.” It is prayed by the Priest and we have a similar prayer in the NO Mass, but the word used there is “distress”. The other thing that struck me was the encapsulation of time, past, present and to come. The prayer is of course prayed in Latin, but here is what it says in English;

Deliver us, we beseech Thee, O Lord, from all evils, past, present, and to come, and by the intercession of the blessed and glorious Mary, ever Virgin, Mother of God, together with Thy blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and Andrew, and all the Saints, mercifully grant peace in our days, that through the bounteous help of thy mercy we may always be free from sin, and safe from all disquiet.

I pondered for awhile that word, disquiet. It is similar to distress or anxiety, but to me it connotates something more spiritual and less psychological; Powers and Principalities who create noise in our minds. It is a deprivation of peace.

The next day I went to a retreat at Our Lady of the Caves in Horse Cave, KY. My cousin, Father Joel Rogers, CPM was hosting a women’s retreat on the Eucharist, and what he called the co-worker of the Eucharist – confession.

During the talk my cousin said of the Eucharist that Jesus in the Eucharist is quiet, He is still, He is vulnerable. There was the opposite of disquiet, it was quiet. I pondered all of these things.

When Adam and Eve fell in the garden, it was brought about by the serpent, speaking noise at Eve. Disquiet. The fall of man was an infinite offense against God. Because God is infinitely good, this offense echoed throughout eternity and it is why we are all born with original sin, because of the infinite offense against the infinitely good God. Baptism wipes away this original sin. But we are still left with concupiscence. This is our tendency towards sin, our tendency to listen to the noise. We are left with disquiet. Our desires battling against the desires of God listening to the noise of the evil one and depriving us of peace.

The Eucharist is the infinite reparation to purify us. The representation of Calvary at every Mass drawing us into the Triduum which ends with ressurection. Each time we behold the Lamb of God and receive in a state of grace the resurrection becomes a closer reality and we move closer to a new heaven and a new earth. Because time is held within the Triduum we are either personally moving towards this or away from it. We move away from it when we receive in mortal sin and drink judgement upon ourselves. We can live like the days of Noah, or we can live like the days of Pentecost. It is profound to ask to be protected from all evils, past, present and to come. We are asking to be lifted out of concupiscence and into Divine Life seeking what God seeks. We are called into the stillness and quiet of the Eucharistic Sacrifice.

Saints did understand this. It is why they confessed often and received the Eucharist in a state of Grace as often as they could.

In the quiet we see who we are and we bow down to the Thrice Holy God. It is why I truly believe that an illumination of conscience will cause silence in heaven and on earth. The disquiet paused so we can see who we are in front of the Infinite Good. And we can see how what we did echoes throughout time.

We are living in a time where Pride is rampant. Humility is scarce, even among believers. Now is the time to purify our hearts. We need to look inward to root out our selfishness and we need to surrender to the infinite goodness of God. He will lift you higher and you will see miracles.

“Be still, and know that I am God!
    I am exalted among the nations,
    I am exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10

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Transhumanism, Mind Control and the Goodness of God

For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall , by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of the commandments contained in ordinances, so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace, and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by having put to death the enmity. Ephesians 2:14-16

I really don’t want to write this post, but feel compelled to after being sent so many things by a variety of different people regarding what is going on in the world today.

We all know something is off, we can all see the trajectory of control, we can all see the evil, those of us who know the faith, that is. But I am seeing an alarming trend that hits at the core of the goodness of God.

I have been sent things about Nephilim being people who are half demon, half human. St Augustine and Saint Clement addressed this, but for me and my part I know this cannot be true because life is created through an action of the Holy Spirit. Demons cannot create life, they can only mimmic or trick. The Holy Spirit does not create life for the purpose of evil. To believe as such is to believe that God is not really good.

I have also received things about scientists trying to create transhumans and about mind control.

Daniel O’Connor has an excellent piece on mind control and why it cannot be.

Don’t get me wrong, there probably are people trying to create transhumans. There probably are people who want to control your mind. And while the material nature of your physical body can be damaged, the intellect, memory, and will that belong to you, cannot be forcibly removed from you.

The deepest core of who you are, your soul, by nature was made for the goodness of God. Your baptism adopted you into His Kingdom. If we are to believe that we can forcibly have our mind, our heart, our soul, handed over to hell without our consent, we are teetering on blasphemy. For not even God messes with our free will. And it is an offense against hope.

For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and produce great signs and omens, to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. Matthew 24:24

The elect could be deceived by seeing the false prophet as false, but attributing too much power to him and losing hope in God.

All of these things are distractions that keep us from knowing the power, truth, and goodness of God.

Christian, know your dignity. Know the dignity of others.

We cannot trust what we see with our senses. It can “seem” as if these things are true. But it is smoke and mirrors like the Wizard of Oz. It is a spell, no where near the power and glory of God.

Christ did not die so we could attribute powers of man, or powers of Satan, to being stronger than He is.

This is where it is so important to know God and trust that he is good all the time.

God the Father is power. Sins against Him are sins of weakness. This is important to know because God the Father knows our weakness and He sent His only Son so that His power may be made perfect in our weakness. We cannot believe that all people who are weak in a decision because of forcible coercion are lost.

God the Son is truth. Sins against Him are sins against truth and the nature of who we were created to be. If we believe our mind (intellect, memory and will) can be forcibly taken from us, that is a sin against truth. We cannot believe that truth gets taken without our consent.

God the Holy Spirit is goodness. To believe in transhumanism, or hybrid humans, is an offense against goodness. It presupposes that what God created in life, cannot be redeemed. That is a sin against the Holy Spirit. It is the rejection of goodness and mercy, and it is the unforgivable sin if we go to death with that belief.

Now is the time to hold fast to the truth. It is so important to know God. Knowing Him means we can be transformed into His Love and into His light; the light that conquers the world.

All of these false beliefs can lead you to be ruled by fear, or worse, lead you to dehumanize another person making it easy to hate and kill.

People often ask me, “don’t you want to know what’s going on in the world? Don’t you want to know the evil?”

My answer is, I want to be awake. I want to know the good, which in knowing the good, elevates you above the evil, even as you see the evil. I want the Tree of Life, not the knowledge of evil. If I drink from the Tree of Life then the power, truth and goodness of God fill me, and I have no need to worry about the evil because the serpents head is crushed.

It seems to me we border on some kind of strange Mysticism when we want to “know”.

This kind of Mysticism seeks to know things that are meant for God so that we can then in our worldly ways somehow try to control it. It’s the opposite of surrendering to God what belongs to Him. We cannot control all of these things, but we can control our faith in God to overcome them if we surrender to His Will.

Pray to believe in the Power of God. Pray to know the truth, not the future. Pray to keep hope that God is complete goodness all the time, even if our senses can’t see it. Pray for your human will to rest in the Divine Will.

Believe God loves you enough not to leave you orphan. Be not afraid.

Psalm 42

As a deer longs for flowing streams,
    so my soul longs for you, O God.
My soul thirsts for God,
    for the living God.
When shall I come and behold
    the face of God?
My tears have been my food
    day and night,
while people say to me continually,
    “Where is your God?”

These things I remember,
    as I pour out my soul:
how I went with the throng,[a]
    and led them in procession to the house of God,
with glad shouts and songs of thanksgiving,
    a multitude keeping festival.
Why are you cast down, O my soul,
    and why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
    my help and my God.

My soul is cast down within me;
    therefore I remember you
from the land of Jordan and of Hermon,
    from Mount Mizar.
Deep calls to deep
    at the thunder of your cataracts;
all your waves and your billows
    have gone over me.
By day the Lord commands his steadfast love,
    and at night his song is with me,
    a prayer to the God of my life.

I say to God, my rock,
    “Why have you forgotten me?
Why must I walk about mournfully
    because the enemy oppresses me?”
10 As with a deadly wound in my body,
    my adversaries taunt me,
while they say to me continually,
    “Where is your God?”

11 Why are you cast down, O my soul,
    and why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
    my help and my God.

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The Domestic Church

My Family at My Dad’s funeral

Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it. – Proverbs 22:6

The Domestic Church – Confirmation Parent Talk

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Divine Maternity

Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life? Or what will they give in return for their life? Matthew 16:24-26

I was talking to my friend Ashley the other day and she said, “I feel like Mary’s Immaculate Heart is the one Holy truth of the Church, and that is what will triumph. It is the hidden treasure the remnant will find and sell all they have to keep.” I told her I see the truth in her statement.

The Blessed Virgin Mary embodies all that we were meant to be. She IS the Immaculate Conception and truth was held always in her heart and when He became incarnate Truth was held in her womb. This is why she is the Mother of the Church, so the truth of her Son, can be held within the womb of the church. The doctrines of the church, they are to be held inside our hearts with love. They are not changing because truth does not change. It always was, is and ever shall be.

The remnant are those who hold the truth of the church, the truth of the Mother of God within their hearts and sees what God sees when it comes to God’s creations.

I went to Mass this morning on what was traditionally the Feast of the Divine Maternity of Mary, but is also the Feast of Saint John the XXIII. I felt the Lord speaking to me throughout Mass.

I record in my journal as if the Lord is speaking to me. If what I have written the church says is wrong, then the church is correct and I am wrong. I reference some dates, that I have referenced before, about 5 years ago, in this journal entry. I have not before, nor now, understood what these dates mean, nor do I have any kind of timeline of anything. I simply write what I feel spoken to me. The rest is for your discernment and my submission to the church.

October 11, 2021 – Feast of Divine Maternity

Beloved Lily of the Father,

I AM the 2nd person of the Blessed Trinity. I became incarnate to reconcile the world. To sanctify what God made good. My Kingdom Come.

When I came, I, who am TRUTH, entered the womb of the woman clothed in the sun. Her Immaculate Heart beat only for me. Beat in unison with mine. She became the Mother of God’s truth as she is the Mother of God and her heart will triumph when the Mystical Body accepts and houses the same truth. Her human will was handed fully to the Father. She entered into my suffering from the moment of her FIAT. She entered into the suffering of the judgement of man. Joseph entered into it with her when he listened to the angel and took her into His home. He entered into the suffering of the judgment of man. John entered into the suffering of the judgement of man with my Mother, the judgement against me, who was totally innocent, when he stood at the Cross. They knew the unchanging truth.

Truth does not progress in the ways of man. It is unchanging.

Doctrine is nailed to a tree. The remnant will stand at the cross and enter into the suffering with My Mother.

You will see who you are.

Some will be so shocked at the state of their Human Heart. It is so dark. You will see what you did to me.

Those that surrender will experience my Power and Glory because of my mercy.

Beauty will then unfold.

You will experience a new Pentecost. It is the era of the Holy Spirit; the uncreated Immaculate Conception who is united to the created Immaculate Conception.

Man has tried to control and fix the darkness without purifying themselves of sin. Your meager attempts at purification, the attempts that try to purify the body and not the heart, not the soul, hinder your actual purification. The more you try to control, the more the darkness gets fed. The wages of sin is death. I came that you might have life and life abundantly.

All movement towards union is a surrender of the human will, a surrender of your heart to truth, to love.

Do not be afraid.

Peace will come when you surrender to the truth of who I AM and who I made you to be. Her Immaculate Heart will triumph. The truth will be made known. Human hearts will be purified.

December 7 is the day that will live in infamy. December 8 is the hope for tomorrow, the Immaculate Conception.

They show that what the law requires is written on their hearts, to which their own conscience also bears witness; and their conflicting thoughts will accuse or perhaps excuse them on the day when, according to my gospel, God, through Jesus Christ, will judge the secret thoughts of all. Romans 2:15-16

  • Your Divine Spouse
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Spiritual Maternity

But He answered and said to them, “My mother and My brothers are these who hear the word of God and do it.” Luke 8:21

Susan Skinner Talk on Spiritual Maternity Goretti House Retreat, Nashville, TN

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My Sacrifice and Yours

Father Joel Rogers, CPM, at my father’s funeral Mass

The Church affirms that for believers the sacraments of the New Covenant are necessary for salvation. “Sacramental grace” is the grace of the Holy Spirit, given by Christ and proper to each sacrament. The Spirit heals and transforms those who receive him by conforming them to the Son of God. The fruit of the sacramental life is that the Spirit of adoption makes the faithful partakers in the divine nature by uniting them in a living union with the only Son, the Savior. ccc 1129

When the Father’s of Mercy were here last week for our parish mission, Father Joseph asked us what we offer when the Priest speaks the words, “pray brethren that my sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to God the almighty father”? I pondered this question for awhile, because though I do make an offering of myself at this point in my life and have for several years, there was a time I offered nothing. There was a time I did not pay attention to the words. There was a time I didn’t understand how God seeks our cooperation in His Sacrifice. True love is self-sacrificing, and Christ asks us to partake in this as part of His Mystical Body. When we do, sacramental grace pours over us, so that in offering ourselves in the sacrifice, God can lift us higher, for we know we cannot do it on our own. Our being lifted higher, partaking in Divine Nature, spreads outward to the rest of the world. This happens when we receive in a state of grace and when we recognize that we are not the center of everything, God is. With God nothing is impossible.

And in realizing what was happening when we do this, how that sacramental grace flows from Christ to each believer and how it then flows out from the believer to the rest of the world, I felt a profound joy and a profound sadness.

I felt joy because I realized how God can extend His grace to those who need it most, by His sacrifice and ours…. Our sacrifice united to Christ, in and through the sacraments, can be applied to our loved ones, and even to our enemies, in order that they might be saved. And all of it is done through the Pascal Mystery, through the Sacraments. I can place my fallen away loved ones in that chalice with me and sacrifice, for them. Christ already did it for them, our cooperation in that makes the sacramental grace flow. Everything flows through the sacraments. The light shines in the darkness.

And then I became profoundly sad because I realized that when our guardian angels approach the altar with what we have to offer as our sacrifice, many of them go forward with empty hands. I know mine did for a period of time. Not only does this put our own souls in jeopardy, but it cuts off the sacramental grace that could flow from us to others. And we wonder why the world is in the state that it is in.

We have spent so much time wondering what we can “get” out of Mass, missing the grace we receive, and offering nothing to give. It’s the tragedy of our time. When we sacrifice with Christ, when His divine nature fills us, our relationships with others are healed, creation operates in harmony, and souls are saved. We are so far away from this.

The Saints did have an understanding of this. Saint Therese of Lisieux, before she ever became a nun, prayed and offered sacrifice for Henri Pranzini, a murderer that all of France hated. Before he walked to the guillotine, he kissed the wounds of Christ on the Crucifix. It could be that the only place Henri Pranzini received the sacramental grace that could save him were through the prayers and sacrifice of Saint Therese of Lisieux united to Christ. How many souls did she offer for? How many repented before their particular judgement because of her offerings? Christ is the one mediator, and we are His Mystical Body. Would that we all pray and sacrifice like Saint Therese.

Henri Pranzini and Saint Therese of Lisieux

We are at a point in time where I do think it will take an illumination of conscience for mankind to understand all that we have lost by our lack of sacrifice with Christ. Today, October 3 in 1847, the people in Mexico experienced an illumination. It took place one day after a major earthquake in Ocotlán, Mexico. The city was destroyed and 40 people died. The parish church was destroyed. They held a Mass outside the day following the earthquake. An apparition of Christ crucified appeared in the sky for approximately 30 minutes witnessed by 2000 people. People cried out in contrition for their sins. It became known as the “miracle of Octolán”, and it serves as a reminder to purify your conscience with the sacraments, from which the grace flows.

We must stay on the path of purification and learn to offer sacrifice, even and especially when we don’t feel like it. The next time you go to Mass, think long and hard about the offering you will hand to your angel to carry to the altar, it just may help someone get to heaven.

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