Monday, 11 September 2017

THE FOUR BASIC LAWS OF WEALTH AND SUCCESS

Everything in this world has laws or principles that guide it. Wealth is not an exception. Wealth is more than financial freedom. One can be financially free without being wealthy. A rich man is not regarded as "RICH" because of his money alone but because of his ability to seize and use opportunities that cross his path. Also, a man can be rich without being successful in life. Some people are poor today because they neglect all or most of the principles of wealth. On the other hand, rich and successful people were able to achieve these great heights because they adhered to these principles. You can also improve your current status if you adhere to and put to practice, these principles or laws that are discussed below.
basic principles or laws of financial freedom

Law 1: Plan for the Future

This principle has greatly affected people’s lives either positively or negatively. For the rich, it affected their lives positively because they adhered to it. While for the poor, it affected their lives negatively because they neglected it.

For you to be successful in life, you must learn how to plan your time and your resources, no matter how small or intermittent it may be, because if you fail to plan, certainly, you have planned to fail. Never depend on your fellow man for survival because it is written in the bible that cursed is the man that puts his trust in his fellow mortal. Above all, never forget to put God first in your plan.

SEE: THE POWER IN THE NAME OF JESUS - REVELATIONAL ARTICLE

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Law 2: Learn to Invest Wisely

Investing wisely is one of the distinguishing features or attributes of the rich. They never cease to invest wisely and that is why they never cease to reap the interest of their investment. The poor never invest and the few that invest don’t invest wisely. They always say that their reason for not investing is because they never had enough. But they forgot that some of the rich were once like them but they never ceased to invest wisely the little they had. That excuse is never accepted because practically, nobody has in surplus or in excess, not even the richest man. I know many people will disagree to this, but the truth is that the more your wealth, the more the problem it generates for you (Big man, big trouble).

There are two types of investments, namely;
·         Material Investment
·         Spiritual investment

Material investment is the one we have been pointing to all these while. It is the investment on material things like stock and shares, etc. It is the one people value more and put more of their interest, resources and efforts in. It is very important, but remember that it is as important as spiritual investment.

Spiritual investment on the other hand, is the investment on spiritual things. Few people value and put their efforts, resources and interests in it and those few always have testimonies to share. Spiritual investments include; investments in the house of God like donations and paying of tithes, donations to orphanage homes, etc. Don’t wait until you have surpluses because practically, there is never a time of surpluses. Invest wisely the little you have.

For you to be wealthy, you must balance your investments into these two areas (material and spiritual). Spiritual investment is like a motor that moves material investment. People who invest only on material things always complain of financial instability. What do you expect when you construct an engine without attaching a motor? Be wise!  

Law 3: Don’t Be Afraid Of Failure and Never Blame Anyone for Your Failure

It is true that nobody has ever planned to fail, but why are there still failures in the world today? It is true that failure is sometimes inevitable in life, but it is also true that failure is never the end of one’s life. Some poor people in our society always say, “I have tried many times yet there is no sign of success, therefore, I quit.” But I say, “If you try and you don’t succeed, try, try, try harder again.” Don’t just try again but try harder again. I say this because most times we fail because we don’t put in the required effort. For example, a baker who baked a cake for one of his clients but failed to meet his client’s taste, failed because he didn’t mix the various ingredients in their right proportion.

If he discovers his mistakes, accepts them, takes note of them and tries again, surely, he must improve. He should never blame his client for his mistakes.

The rich always have their past life stories to tell. Most of them tried several times without any sight of success, yet they never gave up. They took the risk, now they are enjoying the game. Our society today suffer financial instability because we lack true entrepreneurs, true risk takers, people who are not afraid of failure, rather, they see it as a challenge. When they fall, they rise to their feet, and then trace the cause of their fall, take note of it and forge ahead. You could be one of the true entrepreneurs believe me! 

Law 4: Discover and Develop Your Potential or Talent

God gave everyone a unique talent or potential. Some are born Teachers, Leaders, Engineers, Doctors, Lawyers, Accountants, Entrepreneurs, Singers, etc. Wealthy and successful people today attained these great heights because they discovered and developed their potentials. While some poor people travel across countries and continents in search of theirs but will never find it because it is right inside them.

Some people ask, “How can I discover and develop my talent?” Your talent is that thing that you can do very well and you derive joy doing it. It doesn’t just end in discovering your talent, rather go ahead to develop it. You can develop it by practicing it, if possible earn from it. For example, if you are a born Engineer, construct little things that you could sell and get money. Don’t give them out for free because God gave you that talent to help you earn a living. Practice them because by practicing we aim perfection.

Another way to develop your talent is to learn or study more about it. You either learn from people who are already experts in that field or study it as a course in higher institutions. Don’t just learn or study your talent, rather try to be the best in that field.

Another important note is that no talent is greater than the other. The reason why some people are not satisfied with their talent is that they failed to develop it well. Study a course you know you would do well in. Never study a course because people that studied it are making fortunes from it or because your friends are studying it. If you do so, you will regret it later in life because the mistake you make now will affect you for the rest of your life, quote me! So, discover your talent, develop it and be proud of it and you will be happy and wealthy.

CONCLUSION: 

We have pointed out and discussed the four basic principles and laws of wealth and how to be successful in life. Study each of these points, don’t just read them. Discover your weak points and correct them and you will surely be wealthy, successful and happy in life. See you in my next post don’t forget to share this post with your friends.

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Saturday, 15 July 2017

THE SYMBOLISM OF THE COLOUR - GREEN

Have you ever paused to ponder what the word, "Green" means?
Green is one of the traditional seven colours and belongs to the group of chromatic colours. It is a powerful and dominant colour. It is not an over statement to say that Green is the colour of the Earth! Another significant colour is blue, which associated with the Blessed Virgin Mary.

meaning of colour green
Let's have a look at the tiny green shoots of life bursting through the earth at the beginning of each season of growth, bringing new life and hope, the promise of an end of leanness and hunger, the prospect of well filled barns and food for the beasts and men. The appearing of the tender green shoots connotes "Hope".

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In Gen. 1:30, God gave foilage of plants to animals, birds and all creeping creatures. This foliage of plants is translated with Yarag. In the O.T.Yarag literally "Pale" is used to refer to Green (CF The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, P 732). Green therefore is the food of the living creatures mentioned above.


In Gen. 9:3, God gave every living thing that moves and man, the foliage of plants as food. Hence, the large proportion of human food includes vegetables, green fruits of which some are allowed to ripe and green plants. And the green plants. And the green plants also serve as meicine to man. The green colour then is the colour of sustenance to man.


Green colour confirms indubitably that the earth planet as against other planets has life in it. Green is the symbol of life.


Green is considered to be the colour of "innocence"
as is implied in Christ's query to the mourning women of Jerusalem on his way to Calvary. "For if the do these things to green tree, what shall be done in the dry"? (Luke 23:31).


Green colour is looked upon as a sign of youthfulness. "To love to play things well as a child, to lead an adventurous and honourable youth and to settle down when when  the time arrives into a 'Green' and smiling age, is to be a good artist in life and deserve well of yourself and your neighbours" (Robert Louis Stevenson). Green can be the symbol of whatever it is in our lives that helps to make our suffering bearable.


The ancient people of Assyria, Babylon and Egypt attached great importance to colour language because of their developed artistic skill. The carrying of young green fronds by Christians on Palm Sunday signifies victory relative to the greenery carried by people which signifies Christ's Triumphant Entry into Jerusalem (Mark 11:1-10).


Green represents fertility. Fertility rites generally involve the symbolic use of green, growing things particularly as man grows more civilised and provides substitutes for human sacrifices whether fresh green palm fronds or in colder climes, glossy evergreen holly with its bright red berries.


Green connotes peace
, The dove returned to Noah's ark after the deluge with a green leaf in its mouth, indicating complete tranquility.


Green represents love
, which does not decay or fade.


Green embodies man's hope of earthly immortality through the continuance of his line of all that is necessary to nourish his own life and expectation, hence we say green or evergreen memeoryof somebody or of an event or thing.For example, the thought of you remains "evergreen" in my mind. This signifies immortality.


May be you have gotten your "Green Card" overseas. What does it mean to you if you have gotten one? Nationality of course!


At the traffic jam, when you see the Green Signal, it means the way is clear, Go ahead!

 
Relax and have a little rest near the base of the sea shore and watch the green shoots that ornament the environment, you count yourself a happy man to have been opportuned to observe and deserve well of yourself the colour of green surroundings, the source of virtues of our daily lives in abundance.


In religious service, what does it indicate when the Priest wears green vestment for offering sacrifice at mass?. It simply indicates no lent, no advent, no funeral or passion, ritual and no bad omen.


Green is the colour of protection. Soldiers, reptiles, insects, sea birds, animals, snakes camouflage themselves with green colouration to prevent attack or injury from enemies or predators.


Then the thought of National Campaign; The Operation Feed the Nation or Green Resolution. This green power to nourish and sustain life through tilling thee ground  connotes well what Patrick Kavanagh an Irish Poet wrote:


"Sometimes when the sun comes through the sap,
These men know God the Father in a tree,
The Holy Spirit is the rising sap,
And Christ will be the Green Leaves that will come, At Easter from the sealed and guarded tomb".

symbolism and meaning of colour green
Then it is clear that Green is the embodiment of virtues.

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Tuesday, 4 July 2017

HISTORY & PRAYER OF THE DEVOTION TO THE INFANT OF PRAGUE

The History and Devotion to the Infant Jesus (Infant of Prague) is as old as Christianity itself. This history is also written in the Pieta prayer handbook.  It ever tends to keep the great mystery of Our Lord's birth vividly before us. A special devotion to the Divine Child originated with the Carmelites in the City of Prague, Bohemia, in the beginning of the seventeenth century. Princes Polyxedia of Lobkowitz had received, as a wedding gift from her mother, a statue of the Divine Child, previously brought from Spain.  
history of the devotion to the infant of prague

After the death of her husband, the princes devoted herself to works of charity and was particularly helpful to the Carmelites in Prague.  When in 1628 the Carmelite Monastery had been reduce to poverty, owing to the ravages of war, the princes gave her precious statue to the Carmelites, saying:
"I GIVE YOU WHAT I PRIZE MOST HIGHLY IN THE WORLD; HONOR AND RESPECT THE CHILD JESUS AND YOU SHALL NEVER BE IN WANT." 


SEE ALSO: A TRUE LETTER OF OUR SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST: SUMMARY OF THE PASSION OF CHRIST


Her gift was placed in the Carmelite oratory.  The words of the princess proved prophetic for as long as the Carmelites kept up their devotion to the Divine Infant of Prague everything prospered with them.  The Carmelites were later forced to flee form the city and in the confusion of the war, they were unable to take with them their miraculous statue.  The invaders siezed it, and threw it into a pile of rubbish.  In 1635, peace came to Prague and the Carmelites returned.  One of them, Father Cyril, who had previously received great spiritual help through his devotion to the Infant of Prague, sought the statue, and found it amidst the rubbish.  Overjoyed, he placed the statue again in the oratory.  As Father Cyril was one day praying devoutedly before the statue, he heard a voice saying:  
"HAVE MERCY ON ME AND I WILL HAVE MERCY ON YOU.  RETURN MY HANDS TO ME AND I SHALL GIVE YOU PEACE.  THE MORE YOU HONOR ME, THE MORE I SHALL BLESS YOU."

Startled by these words, Father Cyril examined the statue and upon drawing aside the mantle covering it, he found that both hands of the statue were broken off.  The hands were restored to the statue through the generosity of a client of the Divine Child.  Once more, peace and prosperity returned to the Carmelites.


Devotion to the Divine Child had always been practiced by the Carmelites, for through their Mother, Mary, this Divine Child had come to the world.  St. Theresa of Jesus practice particular devotion to the Divine Child.  St. Therese, the Little Flower, was also a most fervent venerator.

Prayer To The Infant Of Prague

O merciful Infant Jesus!  I know of Thy miraculous deeds for the sick ... in view of the innumerable graces and the cures granted ... through the veneration of Thy Holy Infancy, particularly in the statue of Prague ... I exclaim with ghe greatest assurance:  O most loving ... Infant Jesus, Thou canst cure me if Thou wilt! Extend Thy Holy Hand and by Thy Power take away all pain and infirmity.

The more you honor Me, the more I will bless you!
"Occupy yourself with My interests and I'll occupy Myself with yours.
(Our Lord to St. Teresa of Avila)


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THE BENEFITS AND GRACES OBTAINED FROM THE HOLY MASS

There are numerous benefits obtained hearing or attending the Holy Mass. A Holy mass is different from Sunday service because of the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. There are also 16 graces obtained from assisting at Mass.
benefits and grace from holy mass

Prayer to Obtain the Grace of all the World's Masses

Eternal Father we humbly offer Thee our poor presence and that of the whole of humanity from the beginning to the end of the world at all the Masses that ever have or ever will be prayed.  We offer Thee all the pains, suffering, prayers, sacrifices, joys and relaxations of our lives, in union with those of our dear Lord Jesus here on earth.  May the Most Precious Blood of Christ, all His blood and wounds and agony save us, through the sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary.  Amen! (This prayer should be prayed daily, and made known.)

SEE ALSO: THE FIFTEEN (15) PRAYERS OF SAINT BRIDGET OF SWEDEN & 21 PROMISES TO DEVOTEES

Dear St. Philomena pray for us that purity of mind and heart which lead to the Perfect Love of God!
God Must be pursued and the more you chase him, the more you catch him  (Maimonedes).

16 Graces Derived from Assisting at Mass

1. The Mass is Calvary continued.

2. Every Mass is worth as much as the sacrifice of Our Lord's life, sufferings and death.


3. Holy Mass is the most powerful atonement for your sins.


4. At the hour of death the Masses you have heard will be your greatest consolement.


5. Every Mass will go with you to judgement and plead for pardon.


6. At Mass you can diminish more or less temporal punishment due to your sins, according to your fervor.


7. Assisting devoutly at Holy Mass you render to the humanity of Our Lord the greatest homage.


8. He supplies for many of your negligences and omissions.


9. He forgives the venial sins which you have not confessed.  The power of Satan over you is diminished.


10. You afford the souls in Purgatory the greates possible relief.


11. One Mass heard during life will be of more benefit to you than many heard for you after your death.


12. You are preserved from dangers and misfortunes which otherwise might have befallen you.  You shorten your Purgatory.


13. Every Mass wins you a higher degree of glory in Heaven.


14. You receive the Priest's blessing which Our Lord ratifies in Heaven.


15. You kneel amidst a multitude of Holy Angels, who are present at the adorable Sacrifice with reverential awe.


16. You are blessed in your temporal goods and affairs.


In eternity, we shall fully realize that it was certainly worthwhile to have assisted at Holy Mass daily.
Pray For Priests That They May Offer The Mass With Holy Love And Reverence.
St. Bonaventure said:  "that whoever neglected Our Lady would perish in his sins and would be damned".

Reasons Why Should You Go To Mass Every Day

1. "The Mass is the most perfect form of prayer!" (Pope Paul VI).

2. For each Mass we hear with devotion, Our Lord sends a saint to comfort us at death (revelation of Christ to St. Gertrude the great).


3. Padre Pio, the stigmatic priest, said, the world could exist more easily without the sun than without the Mass.


4. The Cure' d' Ars, St. Jean Vianney said, if we knew the value of the Mass we would die of joy.


5. A great doctor of the Church, St. Anselm, declares that a single Mass offered for oneself during life may be worth more than a thousand celebrated for the same intention after death.  St. Leonard of Port Maurice supports this statement by saying that one Mass before death may be more profitable than many after it.


6. "The Holy Mass would be of greater profit if people had it offered in their lifetime, rather than having it celebrated for the relief of their souls after death." (Pope Benedict XV).


8. Once, St. Teresa was overwhelmed with God's Goodness and asked Our Lord, "How can I thank you?"  Our Lord replied, "ATTEND ONE MASS."


9. The Blessed Virgin Mary once told Her faithful servant Alain:  "My Son so loves those who assist at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass that, if it were necessary He would die for them as many times as they've heard Masses."
(Page 107, last paragraph of "Explication Du Saint Sacrifice De La Messe" parle R.P. Martin de Cochem Friere - Mineur Capucin.)

Prayers After Mass And Communion

Prayer Before a Crucifix

Look down upon me good and gentle Jesus, while before Thy face I humbly kneel and with burning soul pray and beseech Thee to fix deep in my heart lively sentiments of faith, hope and charity, true contrition for my sins and a firm purpose of amendment, while I contemplate with great love and tender pity Thy Five Wounds, pondering over them within me and calling to mind the words which David Thy prophet said of Thee my Jesus, "They have pierced My Hands and My Feet, they have numbered all My Bones."   (Ps. 21, 17-18)
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be, for our Holy Father's intentions;
Plenary indulgence when said after Communion; (S. Paen, Ap., 2 Feb 1934)

An indulgence of 300 days.  An indulgence of 7 years, if recited after Holy Communion (St. Ignatius Loyola).


SEE ALSO: 3 VERY BEAUTIFUL PRAYERS VERY USEFUL TO A DYING CHRISTIAN

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THE BENEFITS OF THE HOLY EUCHARIST & SPIRITUAL COMMUNION

Each time we receive Holy Communion our venial sins are forgotten. Christ revealed to St. Gertrude the Great that each time one person receives Holy Communion, something good happens to every being in Heaven, on earth, and in Purgatory. The Cure of Ars said that a Communion well received is worth more than 20,000 NFF given to the poor.
Each time we receive Communion our place in Heaven is raised forever, our stay in Purgatory shortened. We Should Never Let A Day Pass Without Going To Holy Communion!

the benefits of the holy Eucharist

Spiritual Communion

The value of a spiritual Communion well made is enormous.  We can, and should, make one frequently.  Simply think on Jesus and how much He loves us and how much we love Him, then ask Our Blessed Mother to ask Her Divine Son to come into our hearts.  We can offer these Communions for the interest of the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, noting our special intention!
After receiving Holy Communion, Our Lord said we should pray: 
"Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, may the whole world burn with love for You!"
(revelation to Gabrielle Bosse in France).

A Prayer for Spiritual Communion

By a rescript of November 24. 1922 the Sacred Congregation of Indulgences approved the following formula for a spiritual communion:
"O Jesus I turn toward the holy tabernacle where You live hidden for love of me.  I love you, O my God.  I cannot receive you in Holy Communion.  Come nevertheless and visit me with Your grace.  Come spiritually into my heart.  Purify it.  Sanctify it.  Render it like unto Your own.  Amen.
Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldst enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.
An indulgence of 500 days, if thrice repeated.
(129 The Raccolta 1944).


It was the Cure of Ars who said, "A spiritual communion acts on the soul as blowing does on a cinder-covered fire which was about to go out.  Whenever you feel your love of God growing cold, quickly make a spiritual communion."

Prayer After Communion: ANIMA CHRISTI

anima christi
Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O good Jesus, hear me.
Within Thy wounds, hide me.
Suffer me not to be separated from Thee.
From the malignant enemy, defend me.
In the hour of my death, call me.
And bid me come to Thee.
That with Thy saints I may praise Thee.
Forever and ever.   Amen.


SEE ALSO: 3 VERY BEAUTIFUL PRAYERS VERY USEFUL TO A DYING CHRISTIAN

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A TRUE LETTER OF OUR SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST: SUMMARY OF THE PASSION OF CHRIST

Consecrating the Drops of Blood which Our Lord Jesus lost on His way to Calvary. Copy of a letter of the Oration found in the Holy Sepulchre of Our Lord Jesus Christ in Jerusalem, preserved in a silver box by His Holiness and by the Emporers and Empresses of the Christian Faith. In this article, you will see a summary of the passion of Christ, devotion and prayer to the shoulder wounds of our Lord Jesus Christ and his promises to St. Mary Martha.
the summary of the passion Christ
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St. Elizabeth, Queen of Hungary, with St. Matilda and St. Bridget, wishing to know something of the Passion of Jesus Christ, offered fervent and special prayers, upon which there appeared to them Our Lord Jesus Christ who spoke to them in the following manner:

1. I descended from Heaven to the Earth in order to convert you.


2. In olden times, people were religious, and their harvests were abundant; at present, on the contrary, they are scanty.


3. If you want to reap an abundant harvest you must not work on Sunday, for Sunday you must go to Church and pray to God to forgive your sins.  He gave you six days in which to work and one for rest and devotion and to tender your help to the poor and assist the Church.


4. Those people who brawl against My Religion and cast slurs on this Sacred Letter will be forsaken by Me.


5. On the contrary, those people who shall carry a copy of this letter with them shall be free from death by drowning and from sudden death.  They shall be free from all contagious diseases and lightning; they shall not die without confession, and shall be free from their enemies and from the hand of wrongful authority, and from all their slanderers and false witnesses.


6. Women in peril at child-birth will, by keeping this Oration about them, immediately overcome the difficulty.  In the houses where this Oration is kept, no evil thing will ever happen:  and forty days before the death of a person who has this Oration about him or her, the Blessed Virgin will appear to him or her.  So said St. Gregorious.


7. To all those faithful who shall recite for three years, each day, 2 Paters, Glorias, and Aves, in honor of the drops of blood I lost, I will concede the following five graces:


1st:The plenary indulgence and remission of your sins.


2nd: You will be free from the pains of Purgatory.


3rd: If you should die before completing the said 3 years, for you it will be the same as if you had completed them.


4th: It will be upon your death the same as if you had shed all your blood for the Holy Faith.


5th: I will descend from Heaven to take your soul and that of your relatives, until the fourth generation.

NOTE:

Be it known that the number of armed soldiers were 150; those who trailed me while I was bound were 23.  The number of executioners of justice were 83; the blows received on my head were 150; those on my stomach, 108; kicks on my shoulders, 80.  I was led, bound with cords by the hair, 24 times; spits in the face were 180; I was beaten on the body 6666 times; beaten on the head, 110 times.  I was roughly pushed, and at 12 o'clock was lifted up by the hair; pricked with thorns and pulled by the beard 23 times; received 20 wounds on the head; thorns of marine junks, 72; pricks of thorns in the head, 110; mortal thorns in the forehead, 3.  I was afterwards flogged and dressed as a mocked king; wounds in the body, 1000.  The soldiers who led me to the Calvary were 608; those who watched me were 3, and those who mocked me were 1008; the drops of blood which I lost were 28,430.
Benedetta DA S.S.; Pope Leo XIII, in Roma 5 April 1890

Devotion to the Shoulder Wound of Jesus

It is related in the annals of Clairvaux that St. Bernard asked Our Lord which was His greatest unrecorded suffering and Our Lord answered: "I had on My Shoulder, while I bore My Cross on the Way of Sorrows, a grievous Wound, which was more painful than the others and which is not recorded by men. Honor this Wound with thy devotion and I will grant thee whatsoever thou dost ask through Its virtue and merit. And in regard to all those who shall venerate this Wound, I will remit to them all their venial sins and will no longer remember their mortal sins."

This revelation and promise of Our Dear Savior is another proof of His unlimited mercy. You are urged to say these prayers daily and to promulgate this prayer on a continuous basis, so that others may share in this blessing.

The Prayer to the Shoulder Wound of Jesus

O Loving Jesus, meek Lamb of God, I a miserable sinner, salute and worship the most Sacred Wound of Thy Shoulder on which Thou didst bear Thy heavy Cross, which so tore Thy Flesh and laid bare Thy Bones as to inflict on Thee an anguish greater than any other Wound of Thy Most Blessed Body. I adore Thee, O Jesus most sorrowful; I praise and glorify Thee and give Thee thanks for this most sacred and painful Wound, beseeching Thee by that exceeding pain and by the crushing burden of Thy heavy Cross to be merciful to me, a sinner, to forgive me all my mortal and venial sins, and to lead me on towards Heaven along the Way of Thy Cross. Amen.

Imprimatur: Thomas D. Beven, Bishop of Springfield, Ma.
Pope Eugenius III, at the earnest request of St. Bernard, has granted three thousand years Indulgence to all who with a contrite heart, recite the Lord's Prayer and Hail Mary 3 times, in honor of the Wound on the Shoulder of Our Blessed Redeemer.

Invocations In Honor Of The Holy Wounds Of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Prayer: Eternal Father I offer Thee the Wounds of Our Lord Jesus Christ to heal the wounds of our souls.  My Jesus, pardon and mercy through the merits of Thy Sacred Wounds.

Sister Mary Martha Chambon, a humble lay Sister of the Visitation Order of Chambery. France, who died in the odor of sanctity, March 21st, 1907, received these two invocations from Our Lord Himself, as she affirmed, and with them a double MISSION to adore and invoke the Sacred Wounds unceasingly and to revive this devotion in the hearts of creatures.
 

Our Lord said:
"The soul who during life has honored and studied the Wounds of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and has offered them to the Eternal Father for the souls in Purgatory, will be accompanied at the moment of death by the Holy Virgin and the angels; and Our Lord on the Cross all brilliant in glory will receive her and crown her."
"Jesus, Mary, I love You, Save Souls."

Rosary of the Holy Wounds of Our Lord Jesus Christ or Chaplet of Mercy

May be said on the Rosary Beads.

On the large beads:  
Eternal Father, I offer Thee the WOUNDS of Our Lord Jesus Christ -- To heal the wounds of our souls.
(300 days indulgence each time)

On the small beads:  
My Jesus, pardon and mercy -- Through the merits of Thy HOLY WOUNDS.
(300 days indulgence each time)

Sacred Penetentiary, January 15, 1924.
These two invocations were taught by Our Lord to Sr. M. Martha Chambon, deceased, in the Visitation of Chambery, France, March 21, 1907.  The Sister received from Our Lord a double "Misson": constantly to invoke the HOLY WOUNDS herself, and to revive this devotion in the world.

Promises of Our Lord to Sr. Mary Martha

"I will grant all that is asked of me by the invocation of My HOLY WOUNDS.  You must spread the devotion."

SEE ALSO: THE FIFTEEN (15) PRAYERS OF SAINT BRIDGET OF SWEDEN & 21 PROMISES TO DEVOTEES

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SEE THE FIFTEEN PROMISES OF MARY TO CHRISTIANS WHO RECITE THE ROSARY

Our Mother of Perpetual help, the Blessed Virgin Mary (BVM) made these 15 special promises to all Christians who say the holy rosary with devotion. The rosary is one of the easiest ways to seek the intercessory power of our Lady (the BVM). There are also 13 reasons why you should say your rosary daily. There are special graces and indulgences for saying your rosary on daily basis. These promises are also written in the Pieta Prayer handbook for Catholics.
the 15 promises why you should say our rosary daily

SEE ALSO: THE POWER OF PRAISES AND THANKSGIVING

The fifteen promises are:

1. Whoever shall faithfully serve me by the recitation of the rosary, shall receive signal graces.

2. I promise my special protection and the greatest graces to all those who shall recite the rosary.

3. The rosary shall be a powerful armour against hell, it will destroy vice, decrease sin, and defeat heresies.

4. It will cause virtue and good works to flourish; it will obtain for souls the abundant mercy of God; it will withdraw the hearts of men from the love of the world and its vanities, and will lift them to the desire of eternal things.  Oh, that souls would sanctify themselves by this means.

5. The soul which recommends itself to me by the recitation of the rosary, shall not perish.

6. Whoever shall recite the rosary devoutly, applying himself to the consideration of its sacred mysteries shall never be conquered by misfortune.  God will not chastise him in His justice, he shall not perish by an unprovided death; if he be just he shall remain in the grace of God, and become worthy of eternal life.

7. Whoever shall have a true devotion for the rosary shall not die without the sacraments of the Church.

8. Those who are faithful to recite the rosary shall have during their life and at their death the light of God and the plentitude of His graces; at the moment of death they shall participate in the merits of the saints in paradise.

9. I shall deliver from purgatory those who have been devoted to the rosary.

10. The faithful children of the rosary shall merit a high degree of glory in heaven.

11. You shall obtain all you ask of me by the recitation of the rosary.

12. All those who propagate the holy rosary shall be aided by me in their necessities.

13. I have obtained from my Divine Son that all the advocates of the rosary shall have for intercessors the entire celestal court during their life and at the hour of death.

14. All who recite the rosary are my sons, and brothers of my only son Jesus Christ.

15. Devotion of my rosary is a great sign of predestination.
(Given to St. Dominic and Blessed Alan) Imprimatur:
+PATRICK J. HAYES. D.D.. Archbishop of New York

13 REASONS WHY YOU MUST SAY YOUR ROSARY DAILY

1. Our Lady has 117 titles. She selected this title at Fatima: "I am the Lady of the Rosary".

2. St. Francis de Sales said the greatest method of praying is to Pray the Rosary.

3. St. Thomas Aquinas preached 40 straight days in Rome, Italy on just the Hail Mary.

4. St. John Vianney, patron of priests, was seldom seen without a rosary in his hand.

5. "The rosary is the scourge of the devil" - Pope Adrian VI.

6. "The rosary is a treasure of graces" - Pope Paul V.

7. Padre Pio the stigmatic priest said:  "The rosary is THE WEAPON"

8. Pope Leo XIII wrote 9 encyclicals on the rosary.

9. Pope John XXIII spoke 38 times about our Lady and the Rosary.  He prayed 15 decades daily.

10. St. Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort wrote: "The rosary is the most powerful weapon to touch the Heart of Jesus, Our Redeemer, who so loves His Mother."

11. If you wish to obtain a favor: - Pray THE "54-day ROSARY NOVENA"...
   Pray 3 nine day rosary novenas - 27 days of petition;
   Pray 3 nine day rosary novenas - 27 days of thanksgiving.

12. Will you give 1% of 1440 minutes each day to God?
If so, pray the daily rosary in 15 minutes - 1% of 24 hours.

13. Later on, give 3% and pray entire 15 decade rosary.
(Joyful, Sorrowful and Glorious Mysteries).

SEE ALSO: THE 14 PROMISES MADE BY OUR LORD TO DEVOTEES OF THE WAY OF THE CROSS


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Monday, 3 July 2017

THE 14 PROMISES MADE BY OUR LORD TO DEVOTEES OF THE WAY OF THE CROSS

There are about 14 promises made by Our Lord Jesus to all Devotees of the stations or way of the cross. He revealed these promises to Bro. Estanislao. It is found on the page 43 and 44 of the Pieta Prayer hand book. At the age of 18, a young Spaniard entered the Novitiate of The Brothers of the Christian Schools at Bugedo. He took the Vow of Regularity, Perfection and Pure Love. In October, 1926, he offered himself to Jesus through Mary. Soon after this heroic donation, he felt ill, and was obliged to rest. He died saintly in March 1927.
promises to devotees of stations of the cross made by Jesus Christ to Bro Estanislao
Brother Estanislao was, according to the master of novices, a privileged soul, who received Messages from Heaven. Confessors and Theologians recognized these supernatural facts.
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Sunday, 2 July 2017

3 VERY BEAUTIFUL PRAYERS VERY USEFUL TO A DYING CHRISTIAN

These three beautiful prayers are very useful to a dying person especially Catholics, and should be prayed often as an act of mercy. You can find it in the Pieta Prayer handbook, pages 20 to 23. There are lots of testimonies to the efficacy of this prayer. Read one of the testimonies below:
the 3 powerful prayers for dying catholics
There once was a Pope in Rome who was surrounded by many sins.  The Lord God struck him with a fatal illness.  When he saw that he was dying, he summoned Cardinals, Bishops and learned persons and said to them:  "My dear friends!  What comfort can you give me now that I must die, and when I deserve eternal damnation for my sins?"  No one answered him.  One of them, a pious curate named John, said:  "Father, why do you doubt the Mercy of God?"  The Pope replied:  "What comfort can you give me now that I must die and fear that I'll be damned for my sins?"  John replied:  "I'll read these prayers over you; I hope you'll be comforted and that you will obtain Mercy from God."  The Pope was unable to say more.  The curate and all those present knelt and said an Our Father, then the following Prayers:

SEE  ALSO: THE FIFTEEN (15) PRAYERS OF SAINT BRIDGET OF SWEDEN & 21 PROMISES TO DEVOTEES  

The Three Very Beautiful Prayers

First Prayer:

Lord Jesus Christ!  Thou Son of God and Son of the Virgin Mary, God and Man, Thou who in fear sweated blood for us on the Mount of Olives in order to bring peace, and to offer Thy Most Holy Death to God Thy Heavenly Father for the salvation of this dying person...
If it be, however, that by his sins, he merits eternal damnation, then may it be deflected from him.  This, O Eternal Father through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Dear Son, Who liveth and reigneth in union with The Holy Spirit now and forever.  Amen

Second Prayer:

Lord Jesus Christ!  Thou Who meekly died on the trunk of the Cross for us, submitting Thy Will completely to Thy Heavenly Father in order to bring peace and to offer Thy Most Holy Death to Thy Heavenly Father in order to free...  (this person) ...and to hide from him what he has earned with his sins; grant this O Eternal Father! Through Our Lord Jesus Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in union with the Holy Spirit now and forever.  Amen.

Third Prayer:

Lord Jesus Christ!  Thou Who remained silent to speak through the mouths of the Prophets:  I have drawn Thee to me through Eternal Love, which Love drew Thee from Heaven into the body of the Virgin, which Love drew Thee from the body of the Virgin into the valley of this needful world, which Love kept Thee 33 years in this world, and as a sign of Great Love, Thou hast given Thy Holy Body as True Food and Thy Holy Blood as True Drink, as a sign of Great Love, Thou hast consented to be condemned to death, and hast consented to die and to be buried and truly risen, and appeared to Thy Holy Mother and all Thy Apostles and the hearts of all who hope and believe in Thee.  Through Thy Sign of Eternal Love, open Heaven today and take this dying person  ...and all his sins into the Realm of Thy Heavenly Father, that he may reign with Thee now and forever.  Amen.

Meanwhile, the pope died.  The curate persevered to the third hour, then the Pope appeared to him in body and comforting him; his countenance as brilliant as the sun, his clothes as white as snow, and he said:  "My dear brother!  Whereas I was supposed to be a child of damnation I've become a child of happiness.  As you recited the first Prayer, many of my sins fell from me as rain from Heaven, and as you recited the second Prayer, I was purified, as a goldsmith purifies gold in a hot fire.  I was still purified as you recited the third Prayer.  Then I saw Heaven open and the Lord Jesus standing on the Right Hand of God the Father, Who said to me:  "Come, all thy sins are forgiven thee, you'll be and remain in the Realm of My Father forever.    Amen!"


With these words, my soul separated from my body and the Angels of God led it to Eternal Joy.
As the curate heard this he said:  "O Holy Father!  I can't tell these things to anyone, for they won't believe me."  Then the Pope said:  "Truly I tell thee, the Angel of God stands with me and has written the prayers in letters of gold for the consolement of all sinners.  If a person had committed all the sins in the world, but that the three Prayers shall have been read (over him) at his end (death), all his sins will be forgiven him, even though his soul was supposed to suffer until the Last Judgement, it will be redeemed (freed)."

The person who hears them read, he won't die an unhappy death, also in whose house they shall be read.  Therefore, take these prayers and carry them into St. Peter's Basilica and lay them in the Chapel named the Assumption of Mary, for certain consolation.  The person who will be near death, who reads them or hears them read, gains 400 years indulgence for the days he was supposed to suffer in Purgatory because of his guilt.  Also, who reads this Prayer or hears it read, the hour of his death shall be revealed to him.  Amen!

SEE ALSO: THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS - A SHORT WAY OF THE CROSS WITH PICTURES

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Thursday, 29 June 2017

THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS - A SHORT WAY OF THE CROSS WITH PICTURES

There are 14 stations of the cross and this is of great importance to Christians especially Catholics. There are various translations to portray the passion of Jesus Christ. The Stations of the Cross starts officially in the Catholic Church from the first Friday after Ash Wednesday and continues every Friday to Good Friday. The various forms available include: pictures, movies (acted scenes), etc. This article shows you the short way the cross with images of the various stations.
stations of the cross - a short way of the cross
This short way of the cross is used by the Franciscan Fathers on their Missions. Each station has a short meditative prayer. You will also see the four Keys (straight ways) to heaven of which the stations of the cross is one of them.


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