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Mark Mallett is a Catholic writer who I believe has something important to say. He speaks from a Catholic perspective and makes use of 'private revelation', which is scriptural in content, to explain God's mercy, as well as what is going on in the world.
 
I love this piece (essay) that speaks of the Infinite Mercy of God. I don't always agree with everything he says, but I always go away with something to ponder and pray over.
I hope that those who read this will also find not only consolation but a deeper understanding of God's love, as manifested in Christ Jesus for all of us. Click below to read the essay.
 
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Below is the text (lightly edited) of a recent homily given by a Catholic priest in the United States who wishes to remain anonymous.
 
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Homily for the fourth Sunday after Pentecost By Father X
 
The sufferings of this present life are not worthy to be compared with the glory to come that will be revealed in us. Suffering is inevitably and eventually the lot of everyone on this earth. But suffering of itself alone neither transforms nor purifies. It may even be the cause of rebellion and hatred. We will all suffer some time in our lives, some more and some less, in small ways and in big ways: a dent in a new car, an unkind word spoken against us, the loss of a job, the death of a family member or close friend, a sickness or disease.
 
But in our moments of trial we need to recall that all sufferings of the present are not worthy to be compared with the glory to come. All the trials, pains, tribulations, and sufferings we endure on earth are nothing when compared to Heaven. If we would constantly remind ourselves of this, we would not look upon suffering as something to escape, get rid of, or avoid at all costs. Some Christians abandon our Lord when they meet the cross, because they seek a purely human happiness, free from pain and accompanied by material wealth. God asks us to lose our fear of pain and unite ourselves to Him as He waits for us on the cross.
 
If we truly understood suffering and the good it does, we would value it as something to possess, something to embrace. For when we patiently endure our crosses, it is as if we obtain heavenly currency so that we may purchase a glorious crown for eternity. Blessed Angela of Foligno said that if mankind truly understood the worth of suffering, then suffering itself would become a target of robbery. People would want to steal it from another, take it from another so as to profit from its ownership.
 
Suffering is certainly a mystery, but without faith in God, it becomes much more senseless. It is in our weak human nature to want to avoid suffering. It is so difficult for us to understand the meaning of suffering that to see God's will in it seems impossible. But if we look carefully, it seems clear that suffering, the cross, is a necessary part of salvation.
 
190711abbott.jpgOne of the ways to understand the meaning of suffering in our life is to try to understand it in the life of Christ. Christ did not eliminate suffering from human existence, but He gave it a profound, salvific meaning. Although our Lord relieved the suffering of others, He Himself did not avoid suffering and death. Every act in our Lord's life was a lesson for us. The greatest act in His life was His Passion. This, then, is the greatest lesson for us. It teaches us that we too must suffer. God is asking us to take a little share in His Passion. If God suffered all the pains of His Passion for each one of us, how can we refuse to suffer a little for love of Him?
 
We must guard against the temptation to see suffering as an evil. Suffering, while it is the absence of a good, has a redemptive value. To deny this fact is to acknowledge that the sacrifice of Christ was pointless. By His suffering our Lord teaches us the true meaning of suffering. The way we unite ourselves with Christ and to be transformed in Him was given to us by Christ Himself: If anyone wants to be My disciple, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me. There is no other way. It is necessary to embrace suffering, to take up our cross, and to follow Christ to Calvary; not to see there how they crucified Him, but to be crucified at His side. There is no sanctification without crucifixion with Christ.
 
Suffering is like gold in our lives. If we accept sufferings in our life and then offer them in union with our Lord's sufferings, we receive a great reward. Five minutes of suffering borne for love of God is of greater value to us than years and years of pleasure and joy. Our sufferings can become easy to bear if we accept them with serenity and patience. What really makes suffering difficult to bear is our own impatience, our revolt, our refusal to accept it. This irritation increases our sufferings and robs us of all the merit we could have gained.
 
The sufferings that appear unjust and meaningless are necessary for our personal holiness and for the salvation of many souls. Within the mystery of co-redemption, our sufferings united to those of Christ acquire an incomparable value for the entire Church and for all mankind. God accepts the suffering offered to Him be a soul in grace for the salvation of another soul or for sinners in general. It is impossible to measure the redemptive power of suffering.
 
When all else fails, there is still recourse to suffering to obtain the salvation of a sinful soul. If we have recourse to God with humility, He will make us see that everything, even small events and circumstances least likely to do so, work together for the good of those who love Him. Suffering when seen in its true light, when it serves as a means of loving more, produces great peace and deep joy.
 
In his book Spiritual Theology, Father Jordan Aumann, O.P., writes:

  • Many souls who strive for sanctity do not wish to enter upon the way of suffering. They would like to be saints, but with a sanctity that is comfortable and easy. And when God tests them with some painful affliction of spirit or persecutions and calumny or any other cross that, if well carried, would lead them to the heights of sanctity, they draw back and abandon the way of perfection. Perhaps they have even reached the point where they asked God to send them some cross, but it is evident that what they wanted was a cross of their own choosing and, when they did not find it, they considered that they had been deceived and gave up the road to perfection. It is therefore necessary to decide once and for all to embrace suffering as God wishes to send it to us: sickness, persecution, calumny, humiliation, disappointment – whatever He wishes and in the manner He wishes.
It is not easy to reach this goal. The soul has to gradually advance, but let us not run from or avoid suffering. One of the greatest fruits we should draw from sufferings is the need to be more aware of our Lord and to be more generous in prayer and sacrifice. We can suffer from ill-health, from pains, headaches, arthritis, from accidents, from enemies. We may have financial difficulties. Some suffer for weeks in their homes, some in hospitals or nursing homes.
 
God could have saved us from all suffering, but He did not do so because He knows in His infinite goodness that suffering is good for us. St. Francis de Sales says this about the crosses in our life:

  • The everlasting God has in His wisdom foreseen from eternity the cross that He now presents to you as a gift from His inmost Heart. This cross He now sends you He has considered with His all-knowing eyes, understood with His Divine mind, tested with His wise justice, warmed with loving arms and weighed with His own hands to see that it be not one inch too large and not one ounce too heavy for you. He has blessed it with His Holy Name, anointed it with His grace, perfumed it with His consolation, taken one last glance at you and your courage, and then sent it to you from Heaven, a special greeting from God to you, an alms of the all-merciful love of God.
© Matt C. Abbott
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THE OPIATE OF UNBELIEF

THE OPIATE OF UNBELIEF


The widespread and growing and always increasingly adamant denial of God and the repudiation of the spiritual dimension can be difficult to comprehend. This denial is always expressed with total conviction, no agnosticism, or questioning generally admitted.

It has long seemed to me that the inability to sense the sacred is a disability. The sense of the sacred is inherent in a human being. If this sense is lacking, it is no different from being without the ability to see, or hear, or smell. It is a disability like every other.



Continue: THE OPIATE OF UNBELIEF

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The Hour of Great Mercy

The Hour of Great Mercy

THE BOWELS OF MERCY

The Breath of Life that Jesus breathes upon the Apostles after His resurrection is the power to forgive sins. Suddenly, the dream and directive given to St. Joseph comes into view:

…you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins. (Matt 1:21)

This is why Jesus came: to bestow mercy upon fallen mankind. Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist, prophesied that a new “day shall dawn upon us from on high” when God will give “salvation to his people in the forgiveness of their sins.” It will come, he says:

…through the tender mercy of our God. (Luke 1:78)

Or as the Latin translation reads “through the bowels of the mercy of our God.” [1] It means that Jesus has come to pour out from the very depths of God’s being a tenderness upon us that astonishes even the angels. The point of Christianity or the Church, then, is to bring every individual soul on the planet into an encounter with this Divine Mercy. For as St. Peter said in today’s first Mass reading, “There is no salvation through anyone else, nor is there any other name under heaven given to the human race by which we are to be saved.” [2]

continue: https://www.markmallett.com/blog/2019/04/26/the-hour-of-great-mercy/

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Tell us about Medjugorje

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Our Lady came to me and said. “Peace, peace, peace and only peace, Peace must reign between man and God, and between all people!”

This was the first message that Our Lady gave and she was crying. After a few days Our Lady said she came here as ‘Queen of Peace’. I was shocked. We were children and I just thought it seemed too great. When I first came to the house, I started to cry and I said that Our Lady cried and said: ” Peace! Make peace between you! Reconcile!” And many families, as well as many brothers, who were in the war, they made peace. I remember my friends from school, knowing me as a shy little girl, were stunned to see that I was shouting ” peace!”. And they said that the Holy Spirit was in me.

Continue  : 

https://mysticpost.com/2019/03/call-persevere-prayer-can-realize-plans-visionary-believes-ladys-plan-triumphant-heart-said-fatima/

 

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The Fire of Love in Purgatory

 

I perceive there to be so much conformity between God and the soul that when He sees it in the purity in which His Divine Majesty created it, He gives it a burning love, which draws it to Himself, which is strong enough to destroy it, immortal though it be, and which causes it to be so transformed in God that it sees itself as though it were none other than God. Unceasingly God draws the soul to Himself and breathes fire into it, never letting it go until He has led it to the state from which it came forth — that is, to the pure cleanliness in which it was created.

Continue:https://catholicexchange.com/the-fire-of-love-in-purgatory

markdohle

Eucharistic miracles: Faith is not humbled

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Eucharistic miracles: Faith is not humbled by science

The Vatican’s Dicastery for Communication presents a documentary on Eucharistic miracles, interviewing scientists and witnesses, and raising awareness of this global phenomenon.
 

By Francesca Merlo
The documentary “Segni” (Italian for “signs”), is inspired by the venerable Carlo Acutis, a young boy who died at the young age of 15 from a sudden onset of leukemia. He dedicated his life to spreading awareness of Eucharistic miracles. He even opened his own exhibition to showcase past miracles that, to him, prove God’s love for us.

Modern miracle

The documentary focuses on events that took place between 1999-2013 in Argentina, Poland, Mexico and Italy. These miracles occurred when science was already advanced enough to become involved in defining the phenomenon. Science that could look into these consecrated hosts, that suddenly turned red, taking the form of meat, of human flesh. 

Constant wonder

The producers of this documentary travelled to the locations where some of these miracles are said to have taken place. There, they spoke to those who discovered them, those who studied them and those who, to this day, still wonder over them.

Matteo Ceccarelli, the director, spoke before the projection of the film and explained that part of what he wanted to transmit through the documentary was the ‘what happens after’. He wanted to show that as a consequence of these miracles many of the priests “learned to re-commit themselves”. This was supported by Fr Andrzej Ziombra, from the Church of St Hyacinth in Legnica, Poland, where in 2013 a blood stain was discovered on a host. Fr Ziombra says “I discovered the beauty of priesthood”, after understanding that “something important had occurred in my church.”

Scientific support

Part of the fascination behind these modern day miracles is the voice that science has given them. Science can be used, and has been used, to refute miracles. This was the case in one church in Poland, where red stains were discovered on a host. After having it tested, it was discovered that the red was simply fungus. Science is also used to accept miracles, as was the case in the situations explored in the documentary.

God's sign of love

In all these cases, the host, having taken on the form of flesh, was studied in depth by scientists. Similarities were discovered in all these cases: the presence of white blood cells, that usually disappear after a few minutes after death; the recurring AB blood type; the heart tissue found; and the other signs of life and vitality. None of these could be scientifically explained.
As Franco Serafini, a cardiologist, said in his opening remarks, “faith is not humbled by science”. There are certain things medicine can do when studying miracles, he said. “The miracles can now speak to us in a scientific and technological language, understood by people in this day and age”.

Ricardo Castañón Gómez, contacted in 1999 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to study the host that had turned red after it had been placed in water, to this day is unable to explain this occurrence, at least not through science. One explanation, chosen by many, including the initially skeptical Mexican Bishop Alejo Zavala Castro, is simply that “this is what God wanted”, and that this is “Him, showing us He loves us”. 

Continue: https://www.vaticannews.va/en/vatican-city/news/2018-10/dicastery-communication-documentary-eucharistic-miracles.html

markdohle

Independent Medical Review Validates Facts

Independent Medical Review Validates Facts

In the decade since my near-death experience (NDE) during a week-long coma in November 2008, I have been through many ups and downs in sharing my experience with the world. The low point involved a published account of false and misleading statements. The details of my medical condition were called into question as perhaps not as severe as I’d maintained in my first book, Proof of Heaven. I was challenged personally with implications that I lied about such specifics for financial gain.

Counteracting such claims, this month represents a resounding “up” in that journey: Dr. Bruce Greyson, one of the top globally-acknowledged scientific researchers in the field of consciousness studies, has teamed up with physician colleagues Surbhi Khanna and Lauren E. Moore to provide a detailed and comprehensive review of my medical records. This independent physician case report has been published this month in the widely respected peer-reviewed Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease:

Continue: http://ebenalexander.com/independent-medical-review-validates-facts/

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Our Lady of Guadalupe Documentary – Powerful

Amazing Scientific Analysis – Our Lady of Guadalupe Documentary – Powerful

December 1531, Mexico. The Virgin Mary appears to a Indian humble peasant, but nobody believes in him. On Her request the Indian wraps in his “tilma” some Castilian roses, mysteriously flowered on a screen.

In front of the Bishop he opens the cap discovering the miracle: the image of the Virgin is impressed upon it. The image is extraordinarily real. The results of analysis are amazing. In the Virgin’s eyes the 13 figures who witnessed the miracle are visible. The stars on her cloak are positioned exactly as they were in the miracle’s day (12.12.1531). The painting technique used is unknown.

Continue:  https://mysticpost.com/2018/09/amazing-scientific-analysis-our-lady-of-guadalupe-documentary-powerful/

markdohle

Atheists Who Want Atheism to be True

Atheists Who Want Atheism to be True

The existence of God is a topic that tends to elicit strong passions. People have their beliefs about whether God exists or not, but they also have their hopes. Many people hope God does exist, but some prominent voices express a hope quite to the contrary.

This idea that one might hope God doesn’t exist appears deeply perplexing from a Christian perspective, so it is perhaps understandable why a Christian might be inclined to assume such a hope is automatically indicative of sinful rebellion. But is that necessarily the case? Or might there be other reasons why a person might hope God doesn’t exist?

 

Continue:https://strangenotions.com/atheists-who-want-atheism-to-be-true/