Most of us learn that Jesus is really present in the Eucharist when we receive our first communion but don’t really understand what that means. Unfortunate for many of us who are adults we still don’t understand it and basically go through the motions when we receive communion. How many of us are really approaching Jesus with the reverence we should be showing for the God of the Universe? How many of us approach communion expecting nothing?
Yet our Church teaches that Jesus is present in all of His power and Glory,the Son of God in all of His awesome majesty. Hebrews 13:8 tells us that Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. That means the same Jesus the crowds followed everywhere, the same Jesus that healed the paralytic, feed 5,000,stilled the storm and raised Lazarus from the dead is present in every communion. He still heals people today, especially those who come to Him in real faith, believing He is truly there in all His power, able to heal them.
We have to change the way we think of the Eucharist, It is not a thing,a wafer, but a living person, the Second Person of the Trinity, the Son of God and Love Incarnate. He is a person with infinite love, power and wisdom who longs passionately to bless us and give us what we need best. He is as St. Thomas said our Lord and our God,the Divine Physician, Divine Healer,our everything. He came so that we might have life and have it abundantly.
We need to open our hearts and minds when we go to Communion, expecting God to bless our socks off and trust Him to give us what we truly need rather than telling the God of all creation what we want.
The day after Clemson’s victory over Alabama for the national championship I turned on a national sports radio station to hear commentators disparaging Dabo Swinney and several of his players because they gave credit to God. They had no right to mention God. God had nothing to do with their victory. It was also mentioned that this took place in the South, implying that the South was inferior because we are religious. To cap it off one of the critics called from Myrtle Beach.
This bugs me because we have a right to believe and express our faith in God, to give him credit. Dabo did not attempt to impose his faith on anyone only gave glory to God. After all who gifted his players with such talent? Who gifted he and his coaches with the ability to coach?
We live in a country that has been blessed greatly by God. We would not be the country we are today if God has not blessed us throughout our history. Freedom of religion has long been a bedrock of our society. You have the right not to believe in God but we have the right to believe and express our belief. The South is not inferior because so many of its people believe in God.
Take a good look at all the problems in our society, crime, violence, the drug epidemic, the huge number of STD’s. Are we better off without God?
Take a good look at the North. Look at the murder rate for Chicago where it is probable more Americans will die than in the wars we are engaged in at this time.
Take a look at the economic and political challenges we face, Russian nationalism, the threat of China, North Korea and terrorism. Can we make it without the God whose mere name is offensive.
I am proud to live in the “inferior South”, proud to be a Christian and proud to believe in God.
Have you ever heard what happened at Hiroshima? If you look at picture of the destruction you will see one building standing in the middle of the destruction. It was the residence of Jesuit missionaries who met each day to say the rosary. At the time of the bomb there were 8 living there. They suffered only cuts from flying glass as the windows broke. They were only a few blocks away from ground zero and everything around them was incinerated yet they survived the blast with only minor cuts. They lived to die naturally of old age. I remember one Father Pedro Arrupe was the head of the Jesuits when I was at St. Peter’s, a Jesuit college in the early 70’s. A similar story happened at a Franciscan mission in Nagasaki.
There are many miracles associated with the rosary. Even its origin is miraculous. St Dominic was engaged in a failing mission to convert a heretical sect, the Albigensians in 1208 when he went to the forest of Prouille to pray and fast for 3 days. There Mary appeared and instructed him to preach the Marian Psalter, 150 Hail Mary’s. She gave him a new structure of 15 mysteries organized in 15 decades.
The first miracle attribute to the rosary took place at Muret where a 30,000 man Albigensian army was defeated by a 1500 man Catholic militia that spent the night before the battle praying the rosary. Similar victories took place against Muslim invaders at Kotor in 1539 and Malta in 1565.
The most famous military victory attributed to the power of the rosary took place in 1571 at Lepanto where a Muslim fleet of 300+ ships and over 100, 000 men were crushed by a Catholic fleet of 285 ships and 70,000 men, many of whom were inexperienced sailors. The Catholics lost 12 ships and 7,000 men while the Muslims lost over ½ of their ships, 30,000 men including 34 admirals and 120 ship captains. Not only did the sailors pray the rosary but most of the Catholics in Europe prayed the rosary for Mary’s protection of Europe.
Another victory took place at Vienna in 1683 where a Catholic army of 40,000 men led by Jan Sobieski defeated Muslim forces of about 150,000 men. Again our greatest weapon was the rosary. There are other battles and victories fought in defense of Europe against Muslim attempts to conquer Europe attributed to the rosary.
There were even miracles in the U.S.
In 1871 the same night of the Chicago Fire there was another fire in the vicinity of Peshtigo, Wisconsin burning thousands and thousands of acres and killing 2,000. In the midst of the inferno there was a shrine to Our Lady of Good Hope to which many of the locals fled. Led by a Sister Adele Brise they paraded around the shrine carrying a statue of Mary and praying the rosary. They and the shrine survived despite the heat and smoke.
In 1978 at FSU Ted Bundy entered a sorority killing all but one who was there. One girl survived. She was alone in her bed asleep still holding a rosary. Before she left for college her mother made her promise to say a rosary every night for her protection. Later Bundy was asked why he spared the girl. His reply was that he wanted to kill her but some force would not let her enter the room.
Austria was saved from communism by the power of the rosary. After World War II Austria was occupied by the Soviet Union. The bishops called for a daily rosary until the Soviets left. After 8 years in 1955 the Soviets pulled out of Austria. It is the only country they pulled out of without some kind of military force being involved. In Brazil there was another miracle in 1964. The president, Joao Goulart, wanted to make Brazil communist and started to move in that direction. The response of the people was to say the rosary. Two weeks after a rosary rally and march of 600,000 people Goulart fled Brazil.
In 1986 there was the controversial election between Marcos and Aquino in the Philippines. Marcos was accused of stealing the election. There was a coup attempt. Marcos sent tanks to crush the coup. The tanks were stopped by people praying the rosary in front of the tanks. The tankers were ordered forward but refused and the Marcos government fell. Asked why they refused to go the tankers told Cardinal Sin that they saw Mary praying with the people.
A war between Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela was averted by the power of the rosary in 2008. Columbia had sent troops into Ecuador chasing rebels who hid in the neighboring country. Ecuador and her ally Venezuela was prepared to fight over this violation of Ecuador’s territory. The response of the Colombian president was to pray the rosary with his cabinet for peace. Three days later the three presidents settled the issue.
If all these miracles occurred because of the rosary, shouldn’t we be saying the rosary for the defeat of Muslim terrorism, the protection of our country and its conversion? Should we not use this powerful spiritual weapon to pray for the protection and conversion of our family? I sure there are many, many more stories of miracles that we have not heard of. These I rediscovered as I read Father Donald Calloway’s Book, The Champions of the Rosary for our RCIA program.
We have to get the word out about such a powerful weapon. Please forward or post this.
“I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races — that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of making voters or jurors of Negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality. And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I as much as any other man am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race.”
Does that sound like something Donald Trump would say? Well he didn’t! Look it up! Lincoln made this statement at Charleston, Illinois, September 18, 1858. Does it mean Lincoln, possibly our greatest president and the “Great Emancipator” was racist? What it means is that He would say whatever it took to get elected. Is it possible that many of the so-called bigoted statements Trump made were of similar character?
We need to let go of the stereotypes and judge the presidents by what they actually do. Lincoln is a great case in point. He signed an amendment that would have protected slavery in the states where it already existed, the un-ratified 13th Amendment. He proposed sending freed slaves to Haiti but decided it was too expensive. Yet he is considered the greatest president for civil rights. JFK is considered to be a great civil rights president but in 1961 He sent unarmed federal marshals to protect James Meredith when he attempted to register at Ole Miss. Contrast that with Eisenhower who sent an airborne division to protect the Little Rock 9 as they integrated Central High. Eisenhower also appointed Earl Warren, chief justice of the Supreme Court who’s rulings made the Civil Rights movements success possible. Johnson got the Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Acts passed but JFK gets all the acclaim.
Give Trump a chance. Most presidents do not do what they promised. Often the job and responsibility changes them. He is our president, for better or worse. Give him your support and pray like crazy for him. He will need your prayers.
The other day, November 29th I drove past a neighbor’s house all lit up for Christmas. In recent years I’ve seen people decorating their house on Thanksgiving Day. I even saw a Methodist Church all decorated for Christmas. Yet all my parish church has is an advent wreath.
There is a reason for that. Christmas isn’t here yet. We need to take the time to focus on the spiritual aspects of the season and to think about the real meaning of Christmas not just trees, decorations, gifts and a cute baby in a manger. Christmas is about so much more than a baby and presents. It is about the God who loves us and wants what is best for us. It is about the God who desperately wants a relationship with us and passionately desires for us to spend eternity with him. It is about the God who came to earth in utter humility as an infant so that He could grow up and suffered the most painful death in history to free us from our sins.
Advent is a reminder that there is much more to this life than the temporal that we see. We are more than highly intelligent animals. we have eternal souls that need care and spiritual nourishment. It calls us to lift our eyes out of the cesspool we live in and focus on the God who loves us. We remember that we are called to something greater than the world we live in, a better way of life, a life free of the harmful effects of sin.
We live in a world of pain and selfishness, where everyone is hurting in one way or another. Advent calls us to reflect on a better world, a world of infinite love and mercy. It calls us to focus on Jesus’ infinite love and to bring that love to a world desperately in need of that love.
The presidential election was definitely miraculous. God gave us a miracle in response to the millions of prayers offered by people of faith. Now what are we going to do with it? The war for our country is not over. As we can tell from the demonstrations going on against the government Satan, the media and radicals are not going to give up. They will fight tooth and nail. We can not win this battle politically. We have to fight spiritually as well or we are fighting the enemy unarmed.
People of faith need to pray desperately now for the conversion of our nation. With the Election God has given us only 4 years. We don’t know what will happen in 2020. We don’t know how many Supreme Court justices, President Trump will get to make. it is a real possibility that justices will choose to hang on until another president takes office.
We need to pray for divine guidance for the president, pray that he make the right decisions, pray that he put aside his ego and listen to his advisors and that he pick the right advisors. We need to pray for his conversion.
We need to pray for Congress, that its members put aside their egos, their desire for publicity, to go on to higher office so that they may work for the good of this country. Pray that the parties work together.
Pray that the members of the Democratic Party turned back to their faith, that they experience God’s love and mercy. Pray by name for the conversion of those who have lost their way, the Obamas, the Clintons etc. These are people loved by God and for whom Jesus died. He desires their salvation.
Pray for the conversion of the media. Pray they stop their service of the evil one with the trash they put out.
Pray for revival in this country, that we recognize our own sinfulness and turn back to God. All of us have fallen short of God’s desire for our lives.
Again the war is not over. We desperately need to pray and pray until miracles happen.
Despite what the media thought of this year’s election not all Trump supporters were ignorant bigots. The reality a large number of his votes came from people of faith who are disgusted and angry over the attempt of non-believers to impose their beliefs on them
Simply put we have a right to our beliefs. We have a right to believe abortion is wrong and vote accordingly. We have a right to believe and state that same-sex marriage is immoral. We have a right to believe that men do not belong in a lady’s room. Just as others have the right to believe we are wrong. Neither of us have the right to impose our beliefs on others.
We have the right to believe as we believe. It is guaranteed by the First Amendment. The First Amendment guarantees freedom of religion and that the government can not impose its beliefs on us.
This is a right that millions of men have fought for over the course of our history and too many have died defending our freedoms from the likes of Hitler in World War II and communists during the Cold War.
Not only that but we each have to face God when we die. No politician will be there to defend us. The New York Times will have no bearing on how we are judged. At the same time those who are critical of Christians will also face God. He will have the final say.