|Posted on July 13, 2011 at 9:40 AM||comments (0)|
Today begins the 33 day Consecration to Jesus through Mary in anticipation of the Assumption of Mary on 15 August. This Consecration was begun by one of the Catholic Church's greatest saints, Saint Louis de Montfort, from France. From Fisheaters.com, here is a short bio of him:
Always a pious child and especially devoted to prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, when the brilliant St. Louis de Montfort (A.D. 31 January 1673 - 28 April 1716) reached the age of 19, he gave away all he had and resolved to live on alms. He was ordained a priest in Paris, worked for some time as a hospital chaplain, but then came to devote his time to preaching -- a task he was extremely gifted at. He went on to found the Daughters of Wisdom -- an Order devoted to hospital work and educating poor girls -- and the Company of Mary (the Montfort Fathers), a missionary group of priests. It was his devotion to Mary, though, for which he is most remembered.
The Consecration to Jesus through Mary consists of 33 days of meditation, prayer and scripture on 4 different topics - The world, ourselves, Mary, and then Jesus. On the 34th day, after confession and Holy Communion, we say the prayer of Consecration to Jesus through Mary. Why go through Mary? Well, because Jesus chose to come into this world through Mary for mankind. Similarly, mankind should choose to go through Mary to Jesus. Mary is very much alive and intercedes for us daily to her Son, because she is the Queen Mother of Heaven (the mother of the King of Heaven), and according to the Bible, in 1 Kings 2:18, the role of the Queen Mother is to intercede on behalf of her people. Mary did this at the wedding feast at Cana, when she interceded for the hosts who had run out of wine. And even though Jesus said it wasn't His time yet, he performed a miracle at His mother's request. Mary's last recorded words in the Bible are "Do whatever He tells you."
So please take the 33 day consecration to Jesus through Mary - It will change your life, and Mary's spouse, the Holy Spirit, will come into your life like never before!
|Posted on July 8, 2011 at 8:57 AM||comments (0)|
Please don't forget to say some prayers for the poor souls in Purgatory today. There may be people still there from the Civil War days, because there is no one to pray for them. People in Purgatory are indeed saved, but they are undergoing purification of their souls before they can enter the beatific vision of the pure and holy God in heaven. They can't pray for themselves, being the Church Suffering, but we, the Church Militant on earth, can pray for them. And the good part is that if we pray for them now, God will see to it that when our turn comes, someone will be praying for us as well. Please don't forget to do this daily, and ESPECIALLY if you happen to pass by a cemetery. Remember- We will all wind up there one day, and what goes around, comes around. Neglect them now, and you will be neglected. Pray for them now, and someone will pray for you when your turn comes. THANKS!
Prayer of St. Gertrude the Great
Our Lord dictated the following prayer to St. Gertrude the Great to release 1,000 Souls from Purgatory each time it is said.
"Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the masses said throughout the world today, for all the holy souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal church, those in my own home and within my family. Amen."