800 years ago, Christians were being captured and sold into slavery by the thousands, and nobody knew what to do about it. Then, in the year 1198, a man had an idea. St. John de Matha founded the Trinitarians to go to the slave markets, buy the Christian slaves, and set them free.
To carry out this plan, the Trinitarians needed large amounts of money. So, they placed their fund-raising efforts under the patronage of Mary. They were so successful that, over the centuries, the Trinitarians were able to free thousands and thousands of people, and to return them safely home.
In gratitude for her miraculous assistance, St. John de Matha honored Mary with the tide of “Our Lady of Good Remedy.” This ancient devotion is widely known in Europe and Latin America, and the Church celebrates her feast day on October 8th. Our Lady of Good Remedy is depicted as the Virgin Mary handing a bag of money to … [Read More...]
This week there is only one prayer request. Please visit the category on the sidebar titled Prayer Requests if you’d like to read the previous posts on this topic. And thank you to everyone who has taken a moment to read this and for sharing your time.
Prayer Request from Anonymous:
Please pray my children and grandchildren who are not attending Mass return to the Church very soon. Thank you. ‘D’.… [Read More...]
The other night I was watching Women of Grace on the EWTN network, hosted by Johnnette Benkovic. Her two guests, Father Michael Gaitley and Susan Tassone, were speaking about Purgatory and something I’d never heard of, which Saint Thomas Aquinas calls accidental glory. Here is a passage directly from Ms. Tassone’s website:
If the deceased have no further need for purification, they may be drawn more deeply into the intimacy of God’s love by means of these prayers (St. Thomas Aquinas calls this “accidental glory.”) They themselves may increase in their own intercessory power as they “watch over us, the living” (Hebrews 12:1). Remember the holy souls of friends, benefactors, enemies, priests, as well as for those who have a right to our grateful remembrance.
All Souls Day is November 2nd, and I thought that it might be fitting to post something I wrote a year ago this month titled Souls in Purgatory. Please remember to pray … [Read More...]
This is the tenth in a series of posts titled True Devotion to Mary which I started in a hopeful effort to promote the prophetic message of Saint Louis De Montfort in his book titled True Devotion to Mary. Please note that today’s post is a continuation of True Devotion to Mary – (9) which covered most of the FIRST TRUTH. You will find the remainder of the FIRST TRUTH included in this entry.
You will find all of the True Devotion to Mary posts in their own category on the sidebar of this blog. Please note that everything written in burgundy font is quoted directly from Saint Louis De Montfort’s book and my personal remarks and insights are in black font. And I hope that you will share your personal remarks and insights as well, in the comments section below.
True Devotion to Mary – CHAPTER TWO
Fundamental Truths of Devotion to the Blessed Virgin
Jesus … [Read More...]
There is one prayer request this week in the burgundy font below. Please keep this person’s father in your prayers. One way to pray for a sick person is to offer up your own sufferings, physical or emotional, for that person. There is so much power in redemptive suffering and offering sacrifices. I don’t think any of us do that enough and yet it’s what Jesus did when he died on the Cross to save us from our sins. Also, keep in mind that Our Lady asked for more prayers, penance and sacrifices when she spoke to the children of Fatima.
By the way, if you’ve missed the previous Prayer Requests posts you can refer back to this post which will link you back to the other ones. And be sure to let me know if I neglected to include your request so that I can include it in next week’s post. Thank you for your prayers and for sharing … [Read More...]
A year ago this month I wrote a post called Month of the Holy Rosary and I’ve decided to rerun it again. I don’t think enough people are aware of the fact that October is the month of the Holy Rosary. I seem to remember first finding out about this through the EWTN network and I’ve actually linked to it in my post below.
Also, I just want to say a quick thank you to all of you who have kept me in your prayers and for the comments you left under this post, and really, all posts. For obvious reasons I can’t respond to all of the comments, but please know that I greatly appreciate your thoughtfulness and kind words and have also kept all of you in my prayers, especially when praying the Rosary.
The importance of praying the Rosary can never be emphasized enough. In this world of constant stimulation and excessive materialism we ought … [Read More...]
A few nights ago I found a little holy card in my nightstand drawer that I’d almost forgotten about with a picture of the Holy Family on the front, and a prayer for family consecration on the back. (The photo to the left shows the front of the card; the photo below shows the prayer on the back.) I hadn’t laid eyes on it in a while, as it had sort of gotten buried amidst the other things in my drawer. My mother had given me the prayer card years and years ago when I was probably too young to even read. But I held onto it all this time, along with my other holy cards that I used to keep with my childhood collection of books that my mom and I called God books.
Apostolate for Family Consecration
The name of the prayer on this holy card is Consecration of Family, and it occurred to me after reading … [Read More...]
There is one prayer request this week (in the burgundy font) which is copied and pasted exactly as it was written. This request is actually a comment under the post titled Prayer to Saint Jude. If you’ve missed the previous posts on this topic please refer back to this post which will link you back to the other ones. And don’t hesitate to let me know if I neglected to include your request and I will be sure to include it in next week’s post. Thank you for your prayers and for sharing your time.
Prayer Request from Maria:
Please pray for my son in law. Presently he left my daughter for Kesia with 2 children and she has a boyfriend. I believe she did evil to get him. Every time we try to get him out she pulls him back please pray some very powerful warfare prayers. When we get him out he would tell my … [Read More...]
Originally posted on August 4, 2010
The Seven Sorrows of Mary is a form of meditation and prayer in which we take part in the sorrows of the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Our Lady grants seven graces to the souls who honor her daily by saying the “Hail Mary” seven times and meditating on her tears and dolors (also called sorrows.) This devotion was passed on by Saint Bridget.
As you know, my sister, Amy, and her husband were in a terrible car accident on June 19th of this year. Amy has been in the recovery phase but life has been difficult for her these days. She has physical pains from her injuries and her mind is restless. She wants to get back to work. She is still not able to return to her job and is using a wheelchair to get around until she graduates to crutches. It seems as if it’s one challenge after another for her.
I am dedicating this entry … [Read More...]
The message of Fatima is perceived by many as to be even more important in our present day and time than it was back in 1917!
In 1916, an angel appeared to three shepherd children of Fatima to prepare them for six apparitions of Our Lady which would occur in 1917; May 13th – October 13th of that year is when Our Lady appeared. This past January I wrote a couple of posts about the Fatima story which you can read here (Part One) and here (Part Two).
Today’s post is inspired by a YouTube video that I received from one of our readers. This video features a man by the name of Deacon Bob Ellis, the national coordinator of the World Apostolate of Fatima in the United States, being interviewed by Father Mitch Pacwa on EWTN Live. I encourage everyone to watch the whole video which I’ve attached at the very bottom of this post. Not … [Read More...]