Life is a journey; the choices you make now will determine your eternal destination.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Baby Samuel Abraham RIP

Little Samuel Abraham passed away this morning. Please pray for his parents and family in their time of grief.

Monday, July 26, 2010

My Journey Continued

As the journey of Sammy Abraham comes to an end, I reflect on my own journey through life. A little child like Sammy has never lost Jesus, never known the darkness of soul caused by sin. Knowing how my sins have caused me to lose Him, I am so thankful that I have found my way back and that even though I struggle, I am determined never to lose Him again, to do everything I can to stay free from mortal sin, and to relinquish my attachment to venial sin.
This is a chapter from the Imitation of Mary, by Alexander De Rouville:

Mary: My child, look closely at the reason why Jesus departed from you, and how you managed to lose His grace and turn Him into an enemy.
Did you not begin to grow lukewarm in His service and commit many faults that made Him unhappy with you? Through repeated neglect you gradually built up a wall of separation between Jesus and yourself.
Did you not grow fond of some dangerous passion and fail to extinguish it as soon as you saw its first spark appear in your heart?
When God asked you to sacrifice some overly human attachment and affection, did you not refuse?
When we refuse the sacrifices the Lord asks of us, we remove ourselves from a quite special providence that safeguards us against wandering far from Him.
If you recognize that one of these faults or other took you away from Jesus, look for the source of the evil. If you are to remove the effect, you must remove the cause.
Watch over yourself more carefully. Watch over your heart with all possible care and never go outside it. The heart cannot be influenced without danger to you; the very life of the soul depends on guarding your heart.
Be faithful in little things lest you become unfaithful in great things. Neglect of little faults leads gradually to serious defects.
Jesus does not want a heart that is divided. He has made your heart entirely for Himself and wants to possess it in its entirety.
My child, the little faults for which you, like so many paltry souls, pardon yourself so easily gradually take you away from Jesus and Him from you.
They do not cause a break with Him, but they prepare for such a break; the Lord looks on them as so many proofs of your coldness, and such coldness lessens the number of His graces.
Fidelity maintains the exchange of affection between the heart of Jesus and the heart of the upright man. Live with Jesus as you want Him to live with you. You want Him to pour out on you the riches of His love; then open your heart to Him without reserve.
Reserve toward Him shows a mean heart. The love you have for anything else makes Him jealous. The least word spoken to Him by one who loves Him is well received. With the same dispositions of faithful love you should in turn receive the inspirations of Jesus, whether He is suggesting through His grace some means of avoiding sin, or suggesting some means of deepening your virtue.
The Believer: Holy Virgin, you know perfectly what love and fidelity are! Help me, with the grace of God, to derive profit from your instruction.
But, weak as I am, shall I not have the misfortune of losing Jesus again and forever?
Mary: My child, it is right that you should fear; if you did not, I would try to inspire you with fear.
But this fear should not be accompanied by disturbance and disquiet of soul, but should instead be moderated by confidence. On your part, do everything that depends on you to persevere in love of Jesus, and expect from His goodness the grace of perseverance.
The Believer: My dear Mother, what a terrible uncertainty for the soul that fears nothing so much as not persevering, when God leaves it ignorant of whether or not it will persevere!
Mary: My child, that is the lot of all who are still in this life.
God has determined that it should be so, lest you be shipwrecked on the reef of presumption.
The uncertainty should keep you humble, inspire you with a holy distrust of yourself, and make you work out your salvation in fear and trembling.
Only in heaven can we be free of all fear and enjoy the happy certainty of being always with Jesus.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Close to heaven now

Perhaps our prayers will go with him on angel's wings....keep praying.

FRIDAY, JULY 23, 2010 9:30 AM, CDT

Yesterday the nurse visited and said that Sammy had entered into the last phase called "actively dying". She said he had a few hours to a day or two. Sammy has not died yet but he is very close. He stopped taking milk yesterday and is almost completely unresponsive. Every breath he takes could be his last. I am typing this from his bedside. Our good priest, Monsignor Blacet, is coming out this afternoon. We are very much hoping Sammy will make it until then. As my sister says, Sammy's guardian angel has his wings wrapped around him now waiting to carry him gently home. Thank you so much to all who are praying.

- Kathlene and John

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Novena for Baby Samuel

From my email inbox comes an urgent request to pray a novena for Baby Samuel, starting today. Please visit the link to see photos and sign their guestbook.

Here again is a link to the website that Samuel Joseph's mother updates
with his condition when she is able.

His condition continues to worsen. Kathlene, his mother, noticed on the liturgical calendar that the feast of St. Ignatius is on July 31. Fr. Hardon was a Jesuit, so the family has asked for a particular novena to start tomorrow (though you may be praying a continuous one already) and end on the 31st.

Again, thank you for your prayers. I know that the parents are being helped very much by them.


God bless,
Margie

The prayer is in the post below.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Baby Samuel in dire need of prayer

Here is the latest prayer request and update on Baby Samuel. Remember that for a miracle to be recognized as such, all other hope must be gone. Pleas pray for a miracle for this little soul.
From today's Mass readings, the words of the prophet Isaias (38:3-5)
I beseech Thee O Lord, remember how I have walked before Thee in truth, and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Ezechias wept with great weeping.
And the word of the Lord came to Isaias, saying:
Go and say to Ezechias: Thus saith the Lord the God of David thy father: I have heard thy prayer, and I have seen thy tears: behold I will add to thy days fifteen years.

Baby Samuel Joseph Abraham had an MRI on Tuesday and his parents, John and Kathlene Abraham, received the results today. His tumor has metastasized to his brain and spine, and the doctors have given him a few days or a few weeks at most to live. God has made it clear that Sammy will not be cured by the medical professionals. Please pray even more ardently for the miracle of a cure through the intercession of Fr. John Hardon (see below).

Sammy's parents and extended family are very grateful for the prayers which are being offered for him literally around the world.


God bless,
Margie Mackey


Prayer

Almighty God, You gave Your servant, Father John Anthony Hardon of the Society of Jesus, the grace of consecration as a religious dedicated to the apostolate, and the grace of consecration as an ordained priest, after the Heart of Your Divine Son, our Good Shepherd.

Through Father Hardon, You provided for your Flock an extraordinary teacher of the faith.

You entrusted Father Hardon into the loving care of the Blessed Virgin Mary, whose counsel "Do whatever he tells you" (Jn 2:5) he faithfully followed and whose intercession he unceasingly invoked.

If it be Your holy will, please grant the request I now make ...

[the complete cure and return to health of Samuel Joseph Abraham]

... calling upon the help of Father Hardon, so that his heroic sanctity may be recognized in the whole Church.

I ask this through Your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, Who with You and the Holy Spirit, is one God forever and ever. Amen.


Thursday, July 8, 2010

Devotion to your Guardian Angel

In a Catholic newspaper that I recently bought, I found an interesting article on our Guardian Angels. I have been looking for a way to increase my devotion to my Angel, for I am truly thankful for his assistance in my life. This was written by Rev. Fr. Pius, C.P.

Choose one day of each month to honour your own good Angel Guardian; receive Holy Communion in his honour on that day, and having employed at least one quarter of an hour after Communion in thanksgiving, reflect upon the great goodness of God, Whom you possess within you, Who, knowing your weaknesses and the danger to which you are exposed both in soul and body, and the difficulty you have in defending yourself against your enemies, has appointed over you one of His Angels, who are the princes of His Heavenly Court, and has given him orders to assist and defend you, and never to leave you as long as your soul dwells in your body. Return His Divine Majesty most humble thanks for so great a favour, and admire the value He sets on your soul since He thus employs an angel in your service. Then with much piety address yourself to your own dear Angel Guardian. Thank him for accepting the charge of you, and since on his part he promises you four things and faithfully performs them, do you be as faithful in your performance as he is in his.

1. He promises never to abandon you.
2. To cherish and love you as a child of God, bought with His Precious Blood, and designed for the same glory he enjoys.
3. To guard both your body and soul, and to procure what is best for both.
4. To continue his care of you at all times and places till your soul is separated from your body.

On your part promise him also four things, and beg his assistance in performing them.

1. A great reverence for him, and neither to think, say, or do anything deliberately that may displease him.
2. A tender devotion to him, loving him as your brother and best of friends, and endeavoring to increase his accidental joy in heaven by the holiness of your life on earth.
3. A great confidence in his protection over you, and to have recourse to him as a child goes to the arms of its mother, in all difficulties, imploring his help frequently.
4. To persevere in all these duties till your last breath.

This contract being made between your good Angel and you, beg our dear Lord, Whom you have received, to bestow His benediction upon it. Then retire in company of your most faithful Angel, and from time to time entertain yourself with him during the rest of the day. Sometimes thank him for all the good services he has done you from the day of your birth, when he first began to take care of you, till this present moment, reflecting on the chief ones, and next to God, attributing them to him.
Sometimes ask his pardon for having passed so many years of your life without thinking of him, and having so often saddened him by your imperfections, and for so seldom having recourse to him in your necessities, or thanking him for his benefits.
At other times open your heart to him, declaring openly your wants and begging him to solicit God on your behalf. Ask him to give you light in your doubts, help in dangers, comfort in your afflictions, victory over your enemies, and his particular assistance at the hour of your death.
Moreover during the day, address yourself to him by aspirations; and if time will permit, perform some devotion in his honour, or say his Office, Litanies, or some colloquies or other prayers, etc.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Come to Mass


One of my greatest treasures is my mother's Missal, and in it I found this exhortation.

(Protestants) cannot understand why we make such a point of attending Mass. They see us go to Mass in all weathers. They see us so particular not to be late at Mass and they ask what it all means! Is it not superstition? Do we not, like the pharisees, give undue value to outward observances? May we not worship God at home just as well?Ah, if it were really only an outward observance! But there is just the difference.There stands one among us whom you know not. We believe the Saviour is with us and you do not. We believe this with a certain, simple faith. Come to our churches and look at our people- the poorest and most ignorant- and see if we do not. It is written on their faces. They may not know how to express themselves, but this is in their hearts. You think we come to Mass because the Church is so strict in requiring us to do so, but the true state of the case is that the law of the Church is so strict because Christ is present in the Mass. You think it is the pomp and glitter of our altars that draws the crowds. Little you know of human nature if you think it can be held by such things alone. No; we adorn our altars because we believe Christ is present. This is our faith. It is no new thing with us. It is as old as Christianity. It was the comfort of the Christians in the Catacombs. It was the glory of St. Basil and St. Ambrose and St. Augustine. It was the meaning of all the glory and magnificence of the Middle Ages. And it is our stay and support in this century of Knowledge, labor, and disquiet. Yes, strip our altars; leave us only the Corn and the Vine, and a rock for our altar and we will worship with posture as lowly and hearts as loving as in the greatest cathedral. Let persecution rise: let is be driven from our churches; we will say Mass in the woods and caverns, as the early Christians did. We know that God is everywhere. We know that nature is His temple, wherein pure hearts can find Him and adore Him; but we know that it is in the holy Mass alone that He offers Himself to His Father as the Lamb that was slain. How can we forego that sweet and solemn action? How can we deprive ourselves of that heavenly consolation? The sparrow hath found her an house and the turtle a nest where she may lay her young, even Thy altars, O Lord of Hosts, my King and my God! Man's heart has found a resting place in this vale of tears. To us the altar is the vestibule of heaven and the host its open door.
It is our delight now to think that, as the sun in its course brings daylight to each successive spot on earth, it ever finds some priest girding himself to go up to the holy altar; that thus the earth is belted, from the rising of the sun to the going down of the same, with a chain of Masses; that as the din of the world commences each day, the groan of the oppressed, the cry of the fearful and troubled, the boast of sin and pride, the wall of sorrow- the voice of Christ ascends at the same time to heaven, supplicating for pardon and peace. Such be our thoughts about Holy Mass. Come to Mass, and come and pray. When the Lord drew near to Elias on the mount the prophet wrapped his face in his mantle; so when we come to Mass let us wrap our souls in a holy recollection of spirit. Remember what is going on. Now we pray; now we ask for forgiveness; now rest before God in quiet love.So will the Mass be a marvelous comfort and refreshment to you.You know the smell of the incense lingers about the sacred vestments worn at the altar long after the service is over; so your souls shall carry away with them as you leave the church a celestial fragrance, a breath of the odors of Paradise; the token that you have received a blessing from Him whose "fingers drop with sweet-smelling myrrh".

So, are you going to Mass today?