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

Saturday, December 25, 2010

What I love most about Christmas....

Spending time with family, and the Holy Family.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

What I love about Christmas, part two

The spontaneous joy that the love of God brings.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Friday, December 10, 2010

Another excerpt from Fr. Corapi's "Letters"

I always look to the wisdom of saints to inspire me, especially when I am troubled by the world. I was delighted to read this in my email inbox; it's an excerpt from Fr. Corapi's book "Letters" and I'm sure you will agree that is is a great spiritual devotion.


SPIRITUAL 911
An excerpt from Father Corapi's book, Letters.

All of us have had times and experiences when we've needed help. Spiritual help, right now! In the United States and Canada, the telephone number used to call for police, fire, or ambulance emergency services is "911." When we call "911" we need help immediately. Well, it often happens that people, suffering many and various things, need help from God right now. I have a "Spiritual 911" for you if that's the case.  
I received most of the inspiration for this from Mother Teresa of Calcutta, although she didn't relate any of it to the term "911."  


If you find yourself in dire need of help from God pray the following prayers with as much trust as you can muster. This trust, or childlike confidence, is of extreme importance. In a sense the more you trust God, the more you permit Him to help you.  
NOTE: All prayer is centered on Jesus Christ. Know with absolute certainty that all that we give to Mary, she takes to Jesus. 


With great trust pray: 


9 Memoraries
"Remember, o most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to Thy protection, implored Thy help, or sought Thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, o Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To Thee do I come. Before Thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in Thy mercy, hear and answer me. Amen." 


1 Rosary
Pray 5 decades of the Rosary (Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious, or Luminous Mysteries. The choice is yours). Try to meditate well on the Mysteries, bring them into your own life. Pray the prayers of the Our Father and Hail Mary with great love and trust. The prayer of the Rosary is the prayer of the Gospel. That is why it is so powerful. When we pray the Rosary, we are praying the Gospel. The Gospel or "Good News" is Jesus Christ: Infinite Power! 


1 Chaplet of Divine Mercy
This is an age especially in need of God's mercy. Jesus gave this prayerful devotion, dedicated to His Infinite mercy, to Saint Faustina. Once again, pray with trust, even if it hurts. Just do it! It is not a feeling. It is a decision. An act of the will. The prayers "Eternal Father, I offer you the body and blood, soul and divinity, of your dearly beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world;" and "For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us, and on the whole world," are filled with power. The ending prayer "Holy God, holy mighty One, holy immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world" calls down God's grace and mercy on us and all of our brothers and sisters. 


So, you have a direct line to God. Call to heaven with the Spiritual "911" when you need to send a distress call for heavenly help. It will take less than an hour in most cases. If you don't have that much time, make the solemn intention to do it as soon as possible. God loves you and will help you. He may not remove the problem, but he'll always give you the strength and means to triumph over it. 


9 Memoraries
1 Rosary
1 Chaplet of Divine Mercy


May God bless you and keep you safe in his merciful love! 


Father John Corapi, SOLT

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Immaculate Conception


It is fitting that I am reading the first volume of City of God, which deals with the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In the following scene, the Angel Gabriel appears to Anne and announces to her that the time has come for her to conceive, Anne having been previously enlightened that she shall bear the Mother of the Messiah:
The humility, faith and the alms of Joachim and thyself have come before the throne of the Most High, and He now sends me, His angel, in order to give thee news full of joy for thy heart: His Majesty wishes, that thou be most fortunate and blessed. He chooses thee to be the mother of Her, who is to conceive and bring forth the Onlybegotten of the Father. Thou shalt bring forth a Daughter, who by Divine disposition shall be called Mary. She shall be blessed among women and full of the Holy Ghost. She shall be the cloud that shall drop the dew of Heaven for the refreshment of mortals (3 Kings 18, 44): and in Her shall be fulfilled the prophecies of thy ancestors. She shall be the portal of life and salvation for the sons of Adam.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Fr. Corapi Newsletter

An excerpt from Fr. Corapi's newsletter in my email inbox:

ADVENT GREETINGS

An excerpt from Father Corapi's book, Letters.


Advent is upon us again. This year it would be good for us to live out the meaning of the season, which is
"preparation,"preparation for the coming of the Lord. in the liturgical season of Advent we prepare for the coming of the Christ Child at Christmas. We should use this as a warmup for "preparing" to receive God in our soul constantly. The soul in a state of grace is the dwelling place of the most holy Trinity.

For Catholics especially, receiving Jesus in the Eucharist is a miracle of grace that we can never prepare too well for. This is a work of the Holy Spirit, the Sanctifier, the One who makes us holy. To start with, we live the basic moral precept: Do good, avoid evil. Acts of virtue; caring for the poor, the hungry, the homeless, etc... help to dispose the soul as a dwelling place for God. Receiving the sacraments regularly help us to grow in grace.

Pray the Rosary every day as preparation for reception of the sacraments. If we do these things we are living Advent every day, constantly preparing for the coming of God in our soul. Then one day when we meet Him face to face, He'll smile at us and say,
"Well done my good and faithful servant, now at last enter into the joy of your Master's house."

GOD BLESS YOU,

Father John Corapi

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The Thirty-First Day- By a Good Intention to Make Even Our Most Trivial Actions and Sufferings Meritorious,

And Offer Them For the Deliverance of the Holy Souls.

As rational beings we should have a distinct object in view in all our actions. By performing even the most trivial act from the motive, thereby to please our dear Lord, and to do His holy will, they may become meritorious. It is understood that these acts are not contrary to the commandments of God and His holy Church, and that the person be in a state of grace. People who are working from early in the morning till late at night can assist the suffering souls in an efficacious manner by offering their toil and fatigue in union with the merits of Jesus and Mary for the relief of the suffering souls. Sick persons, and those enduring mental sufferings, such as temptations, scruples, contempt, slander, unjust treatment; those who mourn for the loss of a near relative or a dear friend, etc., may make the same intention in regard to their particular suffering.
Prayer: My dear Redeemer, how many occasions have I lost to gain merits by a good intention, and thus to assist Thy holy spouses! Pardon my negligence, and graciously assist me to turn every precious moment of time to advantage by a good intention, and to make up for the past. In union with Thy merits, and those of Thy holy Mother Mary and all the saints, I unite all my thoughts, words, deeds, and spiritual and bodily suffering for the future, till my last breath, and offer them for the suffering souls. In return, I beseech the holy souls to obtain for me and all those for whom I am in duty and love bound to pray, spiritual and temporal favors, and abundant grace to lead a holy life and persevere to the end of their life. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Special Petition: Pray for the souls who spent time uselessly, and were negligent in making and renewing the good intention.
Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them; may they rest in peace. Amen . (Three times)
Practice: When rising in the morning I shall never omit to make my good intention for the coming day, and to renew the same at least every hour by saying:For the love of Jesus and Mary, and the relief of the suffering souls.
Invocation: My Jesus, mercy!