On 2 June 1938, Our Lord Jesus appeared to St Faustina and asked her to be His Secretary – to write down from now on what He would tell her, to tell the world of His Divine Mercy and to prepare the world for His Second Coming.
In this day and age of spiritual warfare, we need to be reminded time again of this book by St Faustina –
Jesus began, “My daughter, I want to teach you about spiritual warfare” (1760).
- Never trust in yourself but abandon yourself totally to My will.
- In desolation, darkness and various doubts, have recourse to Me and to your spiritual director. He will always answer you in my name.
- Do not bargain with any temptation; lock yourself immediately in My Heart.
- At the first opportunity, reveal the temptation to the confessor.
- Put your self-love in the last place, so that it does not taint your deeds.
- Bear with yourself with great patience.
- Do not neglect interior mortifications.
- Always justify to yourself the opinions of your superiors and of your confessor.
- Shun murmurs like a plague. (Rumors, gossip)
- Let all act as they like; you are to act, as I want you to.
- Observe the rule as faithfully as you can.
- If someone causes you trouble, think what good you can do for the person who caused you to suffer.
- Do not pour out your feelings.
- Be silent when you are rebuked.
- Do not ask everyone’s opinion, but only the opinion of your confessor; be as frank and simple as a child with him.
- Do not become discouraged by ingratitude.
- Do not examine with curiosity the roads down which I lead you.
The need to know, and curiosity about the future is a temptation that has led too many people into the backrooms of psychics, witches, etc. Choose to walk in faith. Decide to trust in God who leads you on the path to heaven. Resist the spirit of curiosity always.
- When boredom and discouragement beat against your heart, run away from yourself and hide in My heart.
- Do not fear struggle; courage itself often intimidates temptations, and they dare not attack us.
- Always fight with the deep conviction that I am with you.
- Do not be guided by feeling, because it is not always under your control; but all merit lies in the will.
- Always depend upon your superiors, even in the smallest things.
- I will not delude you with prospects of peace and consolations; on the contrary, prepare for great battles.
- Know that you are on a great stage where all heaven and earth are watching you.
- Fight like a knight, so I can reward you. Do not be unduly fearful, because you are not alone.
For more information on “fighting like a knight” please visitwww.foundationforpriests.org spiritual warfare section.
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Originally posted on News With a Catholic View:
Several incidents of persecution took place over the last weekend, leaving many Christians in India feeling insecure. According to reports, a nun in her 70’s was raped in West Bengal. Following that incident, the rapists proceeded to ransack the chapel where they attacked the nun. Also, reports of several other churches being attacked and damaged were brought to light this weekend. In one case, Hindu extremists planted a Hindu flag over the church they attacked. These incidents are only a few that have been taking place across India since BJP took power in May 2014. Please pray for Christians in India as they continue to face this intense persecution.
Read the story via Persecution News.
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Do not begin to paddle unless you intend always to paddle.
- Saint John de Brebeuf (1593-1649), martyr, Feast day March 16
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Here is a beautiful video recording by Venerable Fulton J. Sheen, on a Message for Youth. Recorded in 1954.
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‘Do you know what Christianity is? It’s blood and guts. Christianity is Someone that you’re in love with: Jesus the Lord. And when you’re in love with Jesus, you’re going to love your wife more, you’re going to love your husband more, you’re going to love your children more, because only the Love of Jesus can make you love deeply, truly’.
~ Mother Angelica
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PRAYER TO ST. JOSEPH OVER 1900 YEARS OLD
O St. Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the Throne of God, I place in you all my interests and desires. O St. Joseph, do assist me by your powerful intercession and obtain for me from your Divine Son all spiritual blessings through Jesus Christ, Our Lord; so that, having engaged here below your Heavenly power, I may offer my thanksgiving and homage to the most loving of fathers. O St. Joseph, I never weary contemplating you and Jesus asleep in your arms. I dare not approach while He reposes near your heart. Press Him in my name and kiss His fine Head for me, and ask Him to return the Kiss when I draw my dying breath. St. Joseph, Patron of departing souls, pray for us. Amen.
Say for nine consecutive mornings for anything you may desire. It has seldom been known to fail.
This prayer was found in the fiftieth year of Our Lord Jesus Christ. In 1505, it was sent by the Pope to Emperor Charles when he was going into battle.
Whosoever reads this prayer or hears it or carries it, will never die a sudden death, nor be drowned, nor will poison take effect on them. They will not fall into the hands of the enemy nor be burned in any fire, nor will they be defeated in battle.
Make this prayer known everywhere.
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Mary, Mother of Jesus
Mary was always with Jesus, she followed Jesus in the midst of the crowds and she heard all the gossip and the nastiness of those who opposed the Lord. And she carried this cross! Mary’s faith encountered misunderstanding and contempt.
Prayer for the Marian Day
St. Peter’s Square
12th October 2013
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