Please take a few minutes to read the following email which came from Walt, one of the readers of The Rosary Trail. For those of you who are in the Stony Point, NY area, or for those of you who are able to travel there, I suggest that you take full advantage of this wonderful Marian event that is happening on May 18th. We need to remember that May is Mary’s month, and this is a perfect opportunity to show our true devotion to the Queen of Heaven and Earth!
When you click on the image of the Marian Day flyer below, you should be able to see the image in a separate window and in an enlarged format, which should be much easier to read. Please don’t hesitate to let me know via comment or private email if for some reason you are not able to view the flyer in an enlarged format. I’ll be happy to email it … [Read More...]
Originally posted on February 11, 2012
On February 11th, 1858, a young lady appeared to Bernadette Soubirous. This apparition was the first of a series that followed. On March 25th of that year, there was an apparition in which the lady identified herself with the words: “I am the Immaculate Conception.” You can read more about Our Lady of Lourdes here.
Today we remember Our Lady of Lourdes, and invoke her aid for all of the people we know who are suffering from bodily ills. We should also remember that St. Bernadette of Lourdes is the patron saint of bodily ills, and we can always turn to her when we need prayers for a sick loved one or for anyone suffering from any type of bodily ailment, including sickness in general. She is also the patron saint of poor people and people ridiculed for their piety.
Prayer to Our Lady of Lourdes
O ever Immaculate Virgin, Mother of … [Read More...]
I woke up this morning with the Empire Strikes Back medley going through my head. Weird. Where did I hear that? Does anyone know if it played during the Superbowl or one of the commercials that aired over that weekend? But I didn’t watch the Superbowl. Maybe I heard it on America’s Newsroom the other day when they were doing a segment on the meteor that nearly crashed down on Russia. They always play songs on the Fox News programs just before they break for the commercials.
I’m not sure why that medley had been playing over and over again in my head this morning, but it made me remember the Summer of 1980 and my little brother and his friend acting out scenes from Star Wars with their action figures. They had everything from Darth Vader to Luke Skywalker. And they were only two kids of thousands, perhaps millions. In fact, when I was looking for a YouTube … [Read More...]
Yesterday when I arrived at my parents’ house for dinner I saw that the Christmas wreath that hangs on their front door was dark. During the Christmas season, my mother puts lights around the little wreath and turns them on each night. When I asked her about it she told me that she kept the wreath dark as a gesture to acknowledge the tragedy that occurred in Newtown, CT. And then we discussed some things about the shooting and the situation that surrounded it.
There’s talk all over the TV and radio and Internet about yesterday’s shooting. There’s talk about gun control, improved security in the schools, mental disorders, Autism, senseless acts, horrific scenes. People keep struggling to find an answer as to why or how this could happen, and what sort of motivation could possibly be behind such a vile occurrence. But my mom and I noticed that the one thing we haven’t heard being discussed is the … [Read More...]
A friend of mine is having hip replacement surgery tomorrow. I’m not sure she’d want me to post her name or any specific information about her or what will be taking place tomorrow, but I did want to be sure to add it to the Advent Prayer Requests. Also, I decided to rerun a post I wrote a year ago about an incident that took place in my native Syracuse, NY back in 1949 regarding a crying statue of Saint Anne. I’d like to ask the intercession of Saint Anne in my prayer request for my friend. Saint Anne is the patron saint of many causes, and I take comfort in asking for her help for this specific cause. Thank you for keeping my friend and those whose petitions I posted over the last few days in your thoughts and prayers.
Originally posted on December 7, 2011
Restoring an Old Statue of the Virgin Mary
The other day I … [Read More...]
It was just about a year ago that one of the readers sent me an email about why there should be no excuses for not praying the Rosary. Since I didn’t have time to work on any new materials lately because of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and various other things that have been consuming my time these days, I thought it might be nice to rerun the following post. Also, there have been several emails and prayer requests which I promise to answer and/or post within the next week. (As most of you know, all Prayer Requests entries are posted on Sundays.) I promise to respond to everyone’s email and post all of your requests by next Sunday, December 2nd. Thanks for your patience during this busy time of year!
Originally posted on November 29, 2011
One of our readers emailed me something that I thought you might find interesting. I’ve actually been preparing another True Devotion to Mary post which … [Read More...]
Originally posted on October 30, 2011
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 … [Read More...]
Saint Thérèse of Lisieux (also spelled Theresa) was a Carmelite nun who was born on January 2, 1873 and died on September 30, 1897. She is known as the “Little Flower of Jesus” because of her love of flowers and the way in which she gave glory to God just by being her beautiful little self among all the other flowers in His garden. In her autobiography, The Story of a Soul, she described her life as living each day with steadfast confidence in God’s love. She believed that what matters in life is not great deeds, but rather, great love. Saint Thérèse was canonized by Pope Pius XI on May 17, 1925.
I think that in this self-oriented narcissistic culture of today’s world, it is of the utmost importance to be continually reminded of the humble souls who have paved the way before us, as well as those who are alive today. Humility is becoming something of a lost art. In this … [Read More...]
Lately I’ve been receiving quite a bit of mail from readers on the topic of demonic oppression. There have also been several comments posted on this blog relating to that topic. One reader in particular is asking for prayers and has given me permission to post his email with his first name, which is Raul. You will find his email posted below. Please keep Raul and his fiancée in your prayers.
On a similar note, if anyone reading this would like to share his/her experience(s) with the abovementioned topic, I would be happy to post them on this blog so that other people can hopefully benefit from learning about what you have gone through or are going through. I will say that before I posted my entry on demonic oppression, I had a really difficult time while searching the Internet for sites that are specifically dedicated to spiritual warfare and/or the various degrees of demonic harassment, the worst of … [Read More...]
Lately I’ve received many comments and private emails on the topic of demonic oppression/spiritual warfare. So I’ve decided to share with you a conversation I had with a Catholic priest last month on June 18th, almost one year ago to the day that Father G. came to my house.
This priest was referred to me by someone in my parish. She told me that I should give him a call and let him know about the diabolic infestation/paranormal activity that I’ve been dealing with for over three years now. She told me that he might have some insights and be able to offer suggestions that so far none of the other priests have. I was doubtful, but decided to get in touch with him and see what might happen.
Below I’ve copied and color coded my conversation with him which I took from my notes which I made shortly after the phone call. I wanted to write everything down because … [Read More...]