Thursday, December 31, 2015

Wishing you a Happy New Year in 2016



May all your prayers be answered in 2016 during the great Jubilee of Mercy.


Saturday, December 26, 2015

Loci B. Lenar Shares His Journey of Faith on Public Radio



Loci B. Lenar, the founder of www.Christian-Miracles.com was interviewed on Sunday, December 20, 2015 on the Catholic radio show, "Cause of Our Joy," hosted by Joe Ott on WACE 730 AM, Chicopee, MA

The radio program focused on locutions/messages that Mr. Lenar received from Jesus and Our Lady regarding Revelation 20:1-3 and God's thousand year reign of peace, including his healing of a heart condition (A-Fib) from the Anointing of the Sick, a sacrament of the Catholic Church, as well as other interesting news worthy items.  

If you were unable to hear the program in your area, stay informed and listen to a recording of the radio show by visiting the homepage of www.Christian-Miracles.com.


Friday, December 25, 2015

The Virgin Mary's monthly message to Medjugorje visionary Marija


Our Lady of Medjugorje Messages - Medjugorje WebSite

December 25, 2015 Message to Marija Pavlovic-Lunetti

"Dear children! Also today I am carrying my Son Jesus to you and from this embrace I am giving you His peace and a longing for Heaven. I am praying with you for peace and am calling you to be peace. I am blessing all of you with my motherly blessing of peace. Thank you for having responded to my call."

Have a Blessed and Merry Christmas!


Wishing everyone a Holy and Merry Christmas as we celebrate the birth of Jesus!

Photograph by Loci B. Lenar
www.Christian-Miracles.com



Thursday, December 24, 2015

Peace of The Holy Family - Christmas 2015

Peace of The Holy Family by Stephen B. Whatley | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

From the website of international artist Stephen B. Whatley:  

A new tribute to the first Christmas, 2000 years ago, by British expressionist artist Stephen B. Whatley, who often feels compelled by what he calls a 'Divine push' to create his Catholic tribute paintings and drawings, in prayer.

This work, in pastel, was partly inspired by a prayer card kindly sent to the artist from New York. 

The prayer reads: A Christmas Blessing

"May all the days of all the years that God has still in store be filled with every joy and grace to Bless you more and more; May hope of heart and peace of mind beside you ever stay, and that's the golden wish I have for you, this Christmas Day."

Peace, joy and gifts of healing this Christmas. 

Pastel on paper
23.4 x 16.5in/59 x 42cm
www.stephenbwhatley.com

Friday, December 18, 2015

Pope recognizes miracle needed to declare Mother Teresa a saint


Excerpt from Catholic News Service (CNA)

Pope Francis has approved a miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, thus paving the way for her canonization.

Pope Francis signed the decree for Blessed Teresa's cause and advanced three other sainthood causes Dec. 17, the Vatican announced.

Although the date for the canonization ceremony will be officially announced during the next consistory of cardinals in February, Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Vatican office organizing the Holy Year of Mercy events, had said it would be Sept. 4. That date celebrates the Jubilee of workers and volunteers of mercy and comes the day before the 19th anniversary of her death, Sept. 5, 1997.

The postulator for her sainthood cause, Father Brian Kolodiejchuk of the Missionaries of Charity, said the second miracle that was approved involved the healing of a now 42-year-old mechanical engineer in Santos, Brazil.

Doctors diagnosed the man with a viral brain infection that resulted in multiple brain abscesses, the priest said in a statement published Dec. 18 by AsiaNews, the Rome-based missionary news agency. Treatments given were ineffective and the man went into a coma, the postulator wrote.

The then-newly married man's wife had spent months praying to Blessed Teresa and her prayers were joined by those of her relatives and friends when her dying husband was taken to the operating room Dec. 9, 2008.

When the surgeon entered the operating room, he reported that he found the patient awake, free of pain and asking, "What am I doing here?" Doctors reported the man showed no more symptoms and a Vatican medical commission voted unanimously in September 2015 that the healing was inexplicable.

St. John Paul II had made an exception to the usual canonization process in Mother Teresa's case by allowing her sainthood cause to be opened without waiting the usual five years after a candidate's death. He beatified her in 2003. 

The order she started -- the Missionaries of Charity -- continues its outreach to the "poorest of the poor."

Read more: Mother Teresa


Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Loci B. Lenar to share his journey of faith on Catholic radio


"Cause of Our Joy!" Radio Rosary Program, Broadcasting Each Sunday Morning at 7:00 am, on WACE 730 AM, Chicopee, MA – Hosted by Joe Ott

Denville, NJ - Dec. 16, 2015 - Prlog.org -- Loci B. Lenar, the founder of www.christian-miracles.com is scheduled to be interviewed on Sunday, December 20, 2015 on the Catholic radio show, "Cause of Our Joy," hosted by Joe Ott on WACE 730 AM, Chicopee, MA.

The radio program will focus on locutions/messages that Mr. Lenar has received from Jesus and Our Lady regarding lawlessness and violence seen around our world, including availability of prayer support for those who visit the website, as well as Mr. Lenar's testimony on his healing from the Anointing of the Sick, a sacrament of the Catholic Church. More information about Mr. Lenar is available by visiting http://www.christian-miracles.com/

Mr. Lenar is a parishioner of Saint Mary's Catholic Church and his spiritual director for over twenty years is Fr. Richard Tartaglia. The parish is located on Myers Avenue, Denville, New Jersey, USA.

With over 3.8 million visitors since its inception - www.Christian-Miracles.com is growing and helping to lead the way in the New Evangelization by reaching a global community with visitors coming from the USA, Canada, United Kingdom (UK), India, Australia, Philippines, Singapore, Germany, Brazil, United Arab Emirates, Ireland, and many other countries.

If you're unable to listen to the program in your area, a recording of the radio show will be available after December 20th on www.Christian-Miracles.com



Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Pope Francis Opens Doors to a Jubilee of Mercy



News from RomeReports.com: Discover the mercy and tenderness of God. That was the message Pope Francis sent from St. Peter's Square while shielded by heavy security.

As he has said since the early days of his pontificate, the Pope explained that those who believe God is a judge who punishes are mistaken. Rather, he elaborated, God waits ardently for his children to return to Him.

POPE FRANCIS
"To pass through the Holy Door means to rediscover the infinite mercy of the Father who welcomes everyone and goes out personally to encounter each of them...How much wrong we do to God and his grace when we speak of sins being punished by his judgment before we speak of their being forgiven by his mercy.”

The Pope also wanted to commemorate 50 years since the closing the Second Vatican Council. He said it should be remembered as a time when the Church ceased to seclude itself and rediscovered its missionary spirit.

POPE FRANCIS
"Before all else, the Council was an encounter. A genuine encounter between the Church and the men and women of our time.”

As he has for other special occasions, Pope Francis invited Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI to be present during the opening of the Holy Door. It was perhaps the most important moment of the ceremony.

With this grand gesture, the Jubilee of Mercy was opened. The Pope passed through the door first. He was then followed by his predecessor to much applause. The ceremony was concluded in the basilica, together with cardinals, bishops, and other concelebrants.

Read more:  Jubilee of Mercy 

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Saint Andrew Christmas Novena - November 30th until Christmas

Saint Andrew. 2012 by Stephen B Whatley
Saint Andrew by artist Stephen B. Whatley

Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in piercing cold. In that hour vouchsafe, O My God! to hear my prayer and grant my desires, through the merits of Our Saviour Jesus Christ, and of His blessed Mother. Amen

It is piously believed that whoever recites the prayer fifteen times a day from the feast of St. Andrew (November 30th) until Christmas will obtain what is asked. 

The novena is not actually addressed to Saint Andrew but to God Himself, asking Him to grant our request in the honor of the birth of His Son at Christmas. 
  
(Imprimatur: +MICHAEL AUGUSTINE, Archbishop of New York, New York, February 6, 1897)


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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Wishing You a Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving!


Thanksgiving Prayer

Father in Heaven, Creator of all and source of all goodness and love, please look kindly upon us and receive our heartfelt gratitude in this time of giving thanks.
Thank you for all the graces and blessings. You have betowed upon us, spiritual and temporal: our faith and religious heritage. Our food and shelter, our health, the loves we have for one another, our family and friends.

Dear Father, in Your infinite generosity, please grant us continued graces and blessing throughout the coming year.

This we ask in the Name of Jesus, Your Son and our Brother.

Amen.

More Devotional Prayers: http://www.christian-miracles.com/devotionalprayers.htm


Saturday, November 21, 2015

Saint Elizabeth of Hungary

Saint Elizabeth of Hungary. 2015 by Stephen B. Whatley

New Catholic Tribute by international artist Stephen B. Whatley | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

A new painting by expressionist artist Stephen B. Whatley, created in pastel on November 17, 2015, the Feast Day of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary.

From Magnificat, November 2015: Saint Elizabeth of Hungary

As a young child Elizabeth, the daughter of Andrew, King of Hungary, was sent to the palace of Wartburg in Thuringia to be raised alongside her future husband, Ludwig. She was a prodigy of charity. From the age of fourteen, when she became queen, she served the poor with her own hands. It is said that on one occasion, Elizabeth hurried from the palace with her apron full of bread for the hungry, but was stopped by her angry husband. She opened the apron and a bunch of red roses tumbled out. After Ludwig's death in 1227, Elizabeth entered the Franciscan Third Order and gave herself wholly to nursing the sick. She died at the age of twenty-four.

Saint Elizabeth of Hungary is Patron Saint of many causes, including the homeless.

More about St Elizabeth:
www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=45
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_of_Hungary

Pastel on paper
23.4 x 16.5in/59 x 42cm
www.stephenbwhatley.com

Stephen B Whatley’s work has also been published in The Guardian, Guardian Weekend magazine, HELLO!, MAJESTY, Metro London, The New York Times, The Sunday Express, The Daily Telegraph, The Times and USA TODAY; and is listed in David Buckman’s dictionary, Artists in Britain Since 1945.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Pray for Peace




Prayer for World Peace

God the Father
Creator of the Heavenly Kingdom
We petition the Court of Heaven
And humbly pray for mercy and divine intervention.


Send forth blessings of spiritual deliverance—
Free nations from the strife of war—
Release cultures from the shackles of poverty—
Instill stability and prosperity—
Healing earth of suffering—
With saving grace for humanity—

We implore Heaven for miraculous signs
By altering the destiny of humankind
Into a glorious era of peace and harmony
Through divine love and prayerful unanimity—

Almighty Father we graciously thank thee
In granting our prayers through the name and power
Of your divine Son, Jesus.

Amen

Prayer and photograph by Loci B. Lenar

Stained glass window detail can be seen inside St. Virgil Catholic Church, Morris Plains, NJ, USA.

Share with others: Prayer for World Peace

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Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Our Lady's Monthly Message to Mirjana


 
 
November 02, 2015 Apparition of Our Lady of Medjugorje and her Message to Mirjana Soldo

"Dear children, anew I desire to speak to you about love. I have gathered you around me in the name of my Son according to His will. I desire that your faith be firm, flowing forth from love. Because, those of my children who understand the love of my Son and follow it, live in love and hope. They have come to know the love of God. Therefore, my children, pray, pray so as to be able to love all the more and to do works of love. Because, faith alone without love and works of love is not what I am asking of you: my children, this is an illusion of faith. It is a boasting of self. My Son seeks faith and works, love and goodness. I am praying, and I am also asking you to pray, and to live love; because I desire that my Son, when He looks at the hearts of all of my children, can see love and goodness in them and not hatred and indifference. My children, apostles of my love, do not lose hope, do not lose strength. You can do this. I am encouraging and blessing you. Because all that is of this world, which many of my children, unfortunately, put in the first place, will disappear; and only love and works of love will remain and open the door of the Kingdom of Heaven. I will wait for you at this door. At this door, I desire to welcome and embrace all of my children. Thank you!" 
 
 
 

Monday, November 02, 2015

All Souls Day - November 2, 2015



All Souls Day is a Remembrance of all loved ones that have passed away.

Prayer for All Souls Day

Lord God,
you are the glory of believers
and the life of the just.
Your son redeemed us
by dying and rising to life again.
Since our departed brothers and sisters
believed in the mystery of our resurrection,
let them share the joys and blessings
of the life to come.

Read more at http://www.beliefnet.com/…/D…/Prayer-For-All-Souls-Day.aspx…

Photograph by Loci B. Lenar
www.Christian-Miracles.com


Sunday, October 18, 2015

Saint Mary's Parish Celebrates Sister Mary Joan Phillips 70 Years of Service in the Catholic Church



Saint Mary's Parish celebrated Sister Mary Joan Phillips 70 years of service in the Catholic Church on Saturday, October 17, 2015 with Mass and a banquet in the school auditorium.


Sister Joan has dedicated her life to God's work with almost 50 years at Saint Mary's Catholic Church, Denville, New Jersey. We all congratulate Sister Joan for devoting her life to God's service. God bless you Sister Joan!

Photographs by Loci B. Lenar


The miracle behind the canonization of the parents of St Therese of Lisieux



Photograph and news excerpt from Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Seven-year-old Carmen has an extraordinary story. Because of her Blessed Louis Martin and Zelie Guerin, the parents of Saint Therese of Lisieux, will be canonized this Sunday in Saint Peter's Square.

The little girl was born prematurely in Spain in 2008 at just six months into pregnancy. She was fighting for her life for several weeks because of a cerebral hemorrhage and other severe ailments.

But her loved ones and many Carmelite sisters sought the miraculous intervention of the Martins. The Vatican recognized the baby’s healing as miraculous.

Little Carmen’s parents, her mother Carmen and her father Santos, have told her story in an exclusive interview with CNA.

Read more: The Miracle

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The Spirit of St James's Church: 125th Anniversary Tribute

The Spirit of St James's Church, Spanish Place: 125th Anniversary Tribute. 2015 by Stephen B Whatley
A new painting created in 2015 by international artist Stephen B. Whatley | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

A new painting focusing on the Sanctuary and interior of St. James's RC Church, Spanish Place, London; which opened on September 29, 1890. Its rich history and association with Spain stretches back to the 16th century and is contained in the link from the Parish website: www.sjrcc.org.uk/page7/parishhistory.html

Expressionist artist Stephen B. Whatley - whose Catholic tribute paintings have been exhibited at London's Westminster Cathedral - created the oil painting inspired by a series of drawings made on location inside the beautiful church, a jewel in Marylebone in central London. The painting was completed over several days - including the actual anniversary.

Oil on canvas
36 x 48in/91 x 122cm
www.stephenbwhatley.com

Several of Mr. Whatley's paintings are published on the website of www.Christian-Miracles.com including a feature article about the artist from Catholic Life Magazine. The article is reprinted with permission on the following link: http://www.christian-miracles.com/artofstephenbwhatley.htm

Monday, October 12, 2015

Saint Mary's Monthly Prayer Service Scheduled on October 15, 2015



Join us at Saint Mary's Catholic Church for its monthly prayer service at 7:30 pm with Fr. Richard Tartaglia on Thursday, October 15, 2015.

Saint Mary's Parish is located on 15 Myers Avenue, Denville, New Jersey.

Previous services have included prayer for Christian Unity. However, prayers for world peace are always included.

If you cannot attend St. Mary's prayer service, you can still join us by praying in unity with St. Mary’s Church for all special prayer intentions. Prayer requests submitted through www.Christian-Miracles.com are also prayed for during the service.

There is great power through the Holy Spirit when people join together in agreement while praying for God’s help and intervention.

Regarding prayer, Jesus said, "Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven. For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst." (Matthew 18:19-20)

Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. (Hebrews 4:16)

Submit your prayer requests to our website and our prayer ministry will pray for your needs: http://www.christian-miracles.com/prayerrequest.htm

Statue of Virgin Mary photographed at Saint Mary's Parish.

Photograph by Loci B. Lenar
www.Christian-Miracles.com

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Our Lady of Hope by Artist Stephen B. Whatley

Our Lady of Hope. 2015 by Stephen B. Whatley

Our Lady of Hope | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Reprinted by permission of the artist.

A new 2015 tribute to the Holy Mother of God, Our Lady of Hope by expressionist artist Stephen B. Whatley - inspired by the recorded description as witnessed by those who saw her miraculous appearance in the French village of Pontmain in 1871.

She was said to be dressed in a blue dress amassed with golden stars, wearing a black veil and carrying a red cross; her message was " Hope Through Prayer and The Cross".

The artist has a great affection for the USA so was happy to learn that the Oblate Fathers introduced the devotion to the USA in 1952.

Peace blessings of peace, healing, joy - and Hope!

Pastel on Paper, 2015
24 x 17in/59 x 42cm
www.stephenbwhatley.com

For the Novena to Our Lady of Hope:
www.ewtn.com/Devotionals/novena/hope.htm


About the artist Stephen B. Whatley

Stephen B. Whatley is an expressionist painter, published in TIME magazine, whose major commissions include architectural paintings for public institutions including The Royal Collection of HM Queen Elizabeth II, London Underground and the BBC; and 30 paintings commissioned by the Tower of London permanently showcased throughout Tower Hill Underpass at Tower Hill. He has been presented to HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh in recognition of his work.

The artist’s vibrant oil paintings are in private collections worldwide and public collections
including BBC Heritage, Historic Royal Palaces, the London Transport Museum, the Royal Collection, Westminster Cathedral & The Carrollton School of The Sacred Heart, Miami, USA.

 Born in London in 1965 he studied at The Ipswich and Norwich Schools of Art and The University of London in solo & group exhibitions, including London’s National Theatre, the ICA, the Lloyd’s Building, Olympia International Fine Art & Antiques Fair & Westminster Cathedral.

Stephen B Whatley’s work has also been published in The Guardian, Guardian Weekend magazine, HELLO!, MAJESTY, Metro London, The New York Times, The Sunday Express, The Daily Telegraph, The Times & USA TODAY; and is listed in David Buckman’s dictionary, Artists in Britain Since 1945.

Several of Mr. Whatley's Catholic Tributes are published on the website of www.Christian-Miracles.com.


Sunday, October 04, 2015

Our Lady's Message and Apparition to Mirjana




The Medjugorje Web - Apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Medjugorje

Our Lady's Message of October 2, 2015

"Dear children, I am here among you to encourage you, to fill you with my love and to call you anew to be witnesses of the love of my Son. Many of my children do not have hope, they do not have peace, they do not have love. They are seeking my Son, but do not know how and where to find Him. My Son is opening wide His arms to them, and you are to help them to come to His embrace. My children, that is why you must ...pray for love. You must pray very, very much to have all the more love, because love conquers death and makes life last. Apostles of my love, my children, with an honest and simple heart unite in prayer regardless of how far you are from each other. Encourage each other in spiritual growth as I am encouraging you. I am watching over you and am with you whenever you think of me. Pray also for your shepherds, for those who renounced everything for the sake of my Son and for your sake. Love them and pray for them. The Heavenly Father is listening to your prayers. Thank you." 

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Pope Francis to Release Pop Rock Album in November



News excerpt from ChurchPOP.com

Pope Francis is releasing a pop rock album featuring snippets of his preaching mixed with music. It’s called “Pope Francis: Wake Up!” and will be released on November 27, 2015.

If you have doubts, this is being reported by the Associated Press and Rolling Stone, among others, and you can already pre-order it on iTunes.

You can even listen to the first single from the album, “Wake Up! Go! Go! Forward!”

Apparently with full approval of the Vatican, the album is being released by the label Believe Digital, which has a website for the album. Some of the proceeds of the album will be donated to efforts to help refugees.

Read more: Pope Francis Album

Friday, September 25, 2015

Pope Francis Celebrates Mass in Madison Square Garden



Pope's Mass in Madison Square Garden: Go out and evangelize without fear or hesitation

News from RomeReports.com: 
 
This was the warm welcome Pope Francis received as he arrived to a packed Madison Square Garden in New York City. 

Before celebrating Mass,  he made his way through the crowds, blessing some of them along the way. In an emotional moment, a couple shed tears as Pope Francis blessed their ill child, as thousands looked on. 

Referencing the hustle and bustle of New York City, the Pope reminded Christians that God and the Church are also present and alive amid the chaos of big cities.  He asked that foreigners, the sick, poor, vulnerable, homeless and the elderly not be overlooked. 



Tuesday, September 22, 2015

News Coverage of Pope Francis in the United States

Courtesy of CNA
Special Coverage of Pope Francis trip to the United States: Catholic News Agency - CNA

Stay up-to-date on all the latest news, photos and video from Catholic News Agency about Pope Francis' visit to the United States of America, September 22-27, 2015.


Saturday, September 19, 2015

Rainbows of light appear around statues of Jesus at World Apostolate of Fatima, USA



World Apostolate of Fatima, USA

By Loci B. Lenar

On Saturday, September 19, 2015, I attended 12:00 Mass at the Blue Army Shrine and photographed the Stations of the Cross next to the Holy House Chapel with my iPhone 6. In two separate  areas, both photos show sunlight creating similar colorful rays of light around the statues of Jesus.



The lower photo has a band of light that creates the appearance of a cross. Interestingly, it's more than coincidence that the photo shows Jesus carrying the cross.

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lamp stand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven." -Matthew 5:14-16

If you're interested in visiting or attending Mass, Our Lady's Blue Army Shrine is located on 674 Mountain View Road East, Washington, NJ, USA.

Photographs Copyright 2015 Loci B. Lenar

Friday, September 11, 2015

PRAYER TO OUR LADY, HELP OF CHRISTIANS

Photograph by Loci B. Lenar

Mary, powerful Virgin,
You are the mighty
and glorious protector of the Church.
You are the marvelous help of Christians.
You are awe inspiring as an army in battle array.
In the midst of our anguish,
struggle, and distress,
defend us from the power of the enemy,
and at the hour of hour death,
receive our soul in Heaven.

More Catholic Prayers: http://www.christian-miracles.com/devotionalprayers.htm

A miracle that could canonize Mother Teresa

Mutter Teresa von Kalkutta
Photo by Manfredo Ferrari

Is this the miracle that could canonize Mother Teresa? - Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Excerpt from CNA/EWTN

The Vatican is studying the case of a Brazilian man inexplicably cured of brain abscesses – which could be the miracle that leads to the canonization of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta.

Pope Francis voiced his desire to canonize Mother Teresa during the Jubilee Year of Mercy which will begin on Dec. 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, as a ¨sign of mercy for the world¨ in service to the poor.

Father Caetano Rizzi, who works in the Vatican's congregation for saints, told CNA that the Pope “wants to beatify and canonize men and women that were a sign of mercy for the world in this Jubilee (Year), and Mother Teresa is a model, because of that there's a certain urgency in her process.”

The possible miracle that would bring about Mother Teresa's canonization occurred in 2008. A man from Santos, Brazil, whose identity has not been divulged in order to maintain the discretion needed to conclude the investigation, was unexpectedly cured from eight abscesses in his brain that required an operation.

In Presença Diocesana, a Brazilian newspaper, Father Elmiram Ferreira explained that he ministered to the family during this time.

The priest gave the family a prayer to ask for the intercession of Blessed Teresa and told them to pray without ceasing. “Mother Teresa turned into their comfort and strength during that long time. So when his complete recovery was verified and the doctors could not explain it, I understood that there was the hand of the Blessed.”

Read more: A miracle that could canonize Mother Teresa



Monday, September 07, 2015

90 Minutes in Heaven - Don Piper



Based on a true story and New York Times bestseller, 90 Minutes in Heaven opens in theaters on September 11, 2015.

Press release from http://90minutesinheaventhemovie.com

The story behind the movie: Pastor Don Piper died January 18, 1989 when a semi-tractor truck crushed his car. Declared dead by the first rescue workers to arrive on the scene, Don’s body lay under a tarp for the next 90 minutes. Don’s soul, meanwhile, was experiencing love, joy, and life like he’d never known before. Don was in Heaven.

When another pastor’s prayers helped bring Don back to life, he became a living miracle! Yet this is one miracle Don wished never happened. Heaven’s bliss was replaced by excruciating pain and emotional turmoil. With the support and prayers of his beloved Eva, their three kids, and friends near and far, Don clings to his faith in God and fights to regain a semblance of his previous life. The Piper family’s incredible true story of perseverance and overcoming the challenges of life—and death—will bring hope and encouragement to all who see it.

Starring Hayden Christensen and Kate Bosworth, 90 MINUTES IN HEAVEN is based on the inspiring New York Times best-selling book that has sold 7 million copies.

Hope Lives in theaters beginning September 11!



Sunday, September 06, 2015

Ted Cruz Responds to the Arrest of Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis



BRILLIANT! Read Ted Cruz’s IMPASSIONED response to the arrest of KY Clerk Kim Davis!

Excerpt and photo from The Right Scoop:  This should be the response of every conservative who cares about liberty! Ted Cruz has released an impassioned response to the arrest of Kim Davis.

“Today, judicial lawlessness crossed into judicial tyranny. Today, for the first time ever, the government arrested a Christian woman for living according to her faith. This is wrong. This is not America.

“Those who are persecuting Kim Davis believe that Christians should not serve in public office. That is the consequence of their position. Or, if Christians do serve in pubic office, they must disregard their religious faith–or be sent to jail.

“Kim Davis should not be in jail. We are a country founded on Judeo-Christian values, founded by those fleeing religious oppression and seeking a land where we could worship God and live according to our faith, without being imprisoned for doing so.

“I call upon every Believer, every Constitutionalist, every lover of liberty to stand with Kim Davis. Stop the persecution now.”  -Ted Cruz

Read more: http://therightscoop.com/brilliant-read-ted-cruzs-impassioned-response-to-the-arrest-of-ky-clerk-kim-davis/#ixzz3l0w1MBZc


Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Our Lady's Message of September 2, 2015



The Medjugorje Web - Apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Medjugorje

Our Lady of Medjugorje's Message to Mirjana Dragicevic-Soldo

"Dear children, My dear apostles of love, my carriers of truth, again I am calling you and gathering you around me to help me, to help all of my children who thirst for love and truth who thirst for my Son. I am a grace from the Heavenly Father, sent to help you to live the word of my Son. Love one another. I lived your earthly life. I know that it is not always easy, but if you will love each other, you will pray with the heart, you will reach spiritual heights and the way to heaven will be opened for you. I, your mother, am waiting for you there because I am there. Be faithful to my Son and teach others faithfulness. I am with you. I will help you. I will teach you faith that you may know how to transmit it to others in the right way. I will teach you truth that you may know how to discern. I will teach you love that you may come to know what real love is. My children, my Son will make it so as to speak through your words and your actions. Thank you."

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Our Lady of Medjugorje's Message of August 25, 2015

 
Photograph by Loci B. Lenar

The Medjugorje Web - Apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Medjugorje

Our Lady's Message of August 25, 2015 to Marija

“Dear children! Also today I am calling you to be prayer. May prayer be for you the wings for an encounter with God. The world is in a moment of trial, because it forgot and abandoned God. Therefore you, little children, be those who seek and love God above all. I am with you and I am leading you to my Son, but you must say your ‘yes’ in the freedom of children of God. I intercede for you and I love you, little children, with an endless love. Thank you for having responded to my call.”


Monday, August 24, 2015

Statue of Mary is Miraculously Intact After Fire


 Virgin Mary Statue is Left Miraculously Intact After Fire

Photograph and excerpt from  http://iamproudtobecatholic.com/

A violent fire at a military base near Madrid spared nothing except a small statue and surrounding vegetation.

The events took place at the El Goloso military base, located near the Spanish capital, seat of the nation’s armored infantry brigade “Guadarrama.” According to several Spanish news sites, including Infovaticana and Religión en Libertad, a fire broke out that was impossible to control, burning most of the surrounding vegetation.

Once the flames were extinguished, to the soldiers’ surprise, in the middle of the charred area, stood a statue of Our Lady of Lourdes—totally undamaged! What’s more, the soldiers were shocked to see that the grass near the statue had not been touched by the flames and that it was even still surrounded by vases filled with flowers, also intact, as if the flames had respected the space around the statue.

The fire took place on July 30, in the middle of the heat wave which had descended upon Spain. The soldiers could not explain why the statue had suffered no damage nor why the flowers had not even been blackened or withered by the heat. The story quickly spread though social networks, some suspecting a fraud, but further investigations have dispelled all possible doubts. In the photographs, one can easily see that the ground is completely burnt, except near the statue.

Indeed, for the most part, the soldiers on the base did not know that there was a statue of the Virgin in their garden. However, some of them who had a special devotion to Mother Mary had recommended themselves to this representation of Our Lady of Lourdes. And, the statue had already participated in official ceremonies at the military base.

Read more: Statue of Mary is Miraculously Intact After Fire


Friday, August 21, 2015

Rare 'Fire Rainbow' in South Carolina Sky




Beachgoers Snap Stunning Photos of Rare 'Fire Rainbow' in South Carolina Sky - ABC News

Photograph and excerpt from ABCnews.go.com: A dazzling "fire rainbow" lit up the sky in South Carolina Sunday afternoon, stunning onlookers who scrambled for their cameras to snap the rare phenomenon.

Fire rainbows are "one of many optical phenomena that exists when the sunlight interacts with various types of clouds -- especially those in the highest level of the atmosphere, which are largely made of ice crystals," said a rep for the National Weather Service. "This really represent nature's more beautiful color shows.

"Anyone is very fortunate to be able to capture them."

The rainbow, Carole Rich-Williams said, appeared overhead around 2:40 p.m. in Isle of Palms South Carolina -- an island just outside of Charleston.

"After about 30 minutes it seemed to dissipate," she said. "I do not know how long it was there, but it was truly magnificent. It looked angelic."


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

PRAYER TO SAINT ANTHONY FOR PEACE




Prayer of the Month for August 2015

Dear Saint Anthony, yet again I greet you and thank you.
Throughout your life you always tried to be a peacemaker.
You were always reconciling enemies,
getting factions to work together,
smoothing and composing differences.


Our world is now upset with wars abroad,
with violence and dissension at home.
Everywhere in our cities and towns,
in our colleges and schools,
even in our churches,
a spirit of strife too often prevails.

These are all, as you know better than I,
the fruit of sin,
a sign of human instability and insufficiency.
Help us by your power before God to be peacemakers.
Help me especially to pray and work for peace in my family
and my neighborhood whenever I can.
I ask this favor in the name of our Lord, the prince of peace.
Amen.

V. Pray for us, St. Anthony,
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

More Saint Anthony Prayers: http://www.christian-miracles.com/saintanthonyprayer.htm

More Catholic Prayers: http://www.christian-miracles.com/devotionalprayers.htm
 
The statue of St. Anthony and Infant Jesus can be seen inside St. Bonaventure Church, 174 Ramsey Street, Paterson, NJ, USA.

Photograph by Loci B. Lenar



Monday, August 10, 2015

Tribute to Saint Martha

Saint Martha: The Tuesday Novena. 2015 by Stephen B Whatley

Artist Stephen B. Whatley - Flickr Photo Sharing

From the website of Mr. Whatley:  A New Drawing and Tribute to Saint Martha

Catholic artist Stephen B. Whatley often feels what he calls a 'Divine Push' to honour Christ and His Holy Mother and the Saints. His drawing was created on the Feast Day of Saint Martha on July 29th.

This special Novena To Saint Martha should be recited for nine Tuesdays: It's said that this miraculous Saint grants anything before the Tuesdays are ended, no matter how difficult.

"St. Martha, I resort to thee and to thy petition and faith, I offer up to thee this light which I shall burn every Tuesday for nine Tuesdays. Comfort me in all my difficulties through the great favour thou didst enjoy when Our Saviour lodged in thy house.

I beseech thee to have definite pity in regard to the favour I ask (Mention favour). Intercede for my family that we may always be provided for in all our necessities. I ask thee St. Martha to overcome the dragon which thou didst cast at thy feet.

One Our Father and three Hail Marys, and a Glory Be. Amen.

Light a candle every Tuesday and recite the above prayer, and make it known with the intentions of spreading devotion to St. Martha.

Charcoal on paper
24 x17in/59 x 42cm
 www.stephenbwhatley.com



Sunday, August 09, 2015

Join us at Saint Mary's Church for an Evening of Prayer for Persecuted Christians



Saint Mary's Catholic Church - Denville, NJ

Bishop Arthur Serratelli from the Paterson Diocese of New Jersey, has designated August as a "Diocesan wide month of prayer for those suffering religious persecution.”

As Pope Francis recently remarked, "The dramatic news...about violence, kidnapping...and harassment against Christians and other groups does not stop. We want to assure those involved in these situations that we do not forget them, but we are close to them and pray insistently that, very quickly, the intolerable brutality of which they are victims is put to an end." (Angelus, May 1, 2015).

St. Bernard, one of the Saints we celebrate in the month of August had a deep faith in the power of prayer, and in the intercession of the Blessed Mother. “In danger, in distress, in uncertainty,” he says,
“think of Mary, call upon Mary.” 

In this spirit we will gather in prayer to “strengthen those who suffer persecution and move the
hearts of those who oppress them to embrace a life of peace.” -Bishop Arthur Serratelli

Please join us in prayer with Fr. Richard Tartaglia on Thursday, August 20th at 7:30 PM at St. Mary’s Church, 15 Myers Avenue, Denville, New Jersey, USA. 

For more information please call St. Mary's Rectory: 973-627-0269

Contact Loci B. Lenar:  http://www.christian-miracles.com/contact.htm

Read more news related to the persecution of Christians and our present time: A Message regarding Archangel Michael and Revelation 20:1-3

The statue of Jesus is displayed inside Saint Mary's Church, Denville, NJ.

Photograph by Loci B. Lenar
www.Christian-Miracles.com


 

Monday, August 03, 2015

Our Lady's Message of August 2, 2015



2015 | MEDJUGORJE TODAY

Our Lady's Message to Visionary Mirjana Dragicevic- Soldo

“Dear children, I, as a mother who loves her children, see how difficult
the time in which you live is. I see your suffering, but you need to
know that you are not alone. My Son is with you. He is everywhere. He is
invisible, but you can see Him if you live Him. He is the light which
illuminates your soul and gives you peace. He is the Church which you
need to love and to always pray and fight for – but not only with words,
instead with acts of love. My children, bring it about for everyone to
come to know my Son, bring it about that He may be loved, because the
truth is in my Son born of God – the Son of God. Do not waste time
deliberating too much; you will distance yourselves from the truth. With
a simple heart accept His word and live it. If you live His word, you
will pray. If you live His word, you will love with a merciful love; you
will love each other. The more that you will love, the farther away you
will be from death. For those who will live the word of my Son and who
will love, death will be life. Thank you. Pray to be able to see my Son
in your shepherds. Pray to be able to embrace Him in them.”

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Our Lady's Message of July 25, 2015




MEDJUGORJE TODAY- News agency reporting on the Virgin Mary's apparitions in Medjugorje

VIRGIN MARY'S MESSAGE GIVEN ON JULY 25, 2015 TO VISIONARY MARIJA
PAVLOVIC-LUNETTI


“Dear children! With joy I am with you also today and I call all of you, little children, pray, pray, pray so as to comprehend the love which I have for you. My love is stronger than evil, little children, therefore draw closer to God so as to feel my joy in God. Without God, little children, you do not have a future, you do not have hope or salvation; therefore leave evil and choose good. I am with you and, with you, I intercede before God for all of your needs. Thank you for having responded to my
call.”




Friday, July 24, 2015

A MIRACLE? Virgin Mary painting caught on tape moving lips along with the Lord's Prayer (VIDEO)



News Story from Catholic Online

The lips on a painted image of the Virgin Mary, on display at the St. Charbels Church in New South Wales, Australia, were reportedly witnessed moving along with the reading of the Lord's Prayer.

The video featuring the Virgin Mary seemingly moving her lips went viral after a man named George Akary posted it to his Facebook page on July 19. It has attracted curiosity from many Christians and skeptics.

"I saw this during mass and at the end of mass the rosary is prayed," explained Akary. "I went to the altar and wanted to confirm via recording it... lights are not relevant and there flickering etc as I have seen this occur under various lighting and have considered those possibilities. It is what it is."

According to Akary, the pace of the congregation's prayer seemed to be parallel to the movement of the Virgin Mary's lips. Apparently, he was not the only person who witnessed the reported miracle.

Read More: A MIRACLE?



Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Pope Francis Featured on Cover of National Geographic Magazine



National Geographic Magazine - August 2015

News Release: For the August 2015 cover story, National Geographic was given special access to the pope and permission to document his daily life inside the Vatican. The United States is preparing for its first papal visit since 2008.


Friday, July 10, 2015

In Her Footsteps: The Story of Kateri Tekakwitha

EWTN

She is the first Native American woman to be recognized as a saint. Learn about St. Kateri Tekakwitha through the testimonies of those who have been touched by her, including the young boy whose miraculous cure led to her canonization.

Don’t miss “In Her Footsteps: The Story of Kateri Tekakwitha”!

Airs 11 p.m. ET, Saturday, July 11, 2015—exclusively on EWTN!

Find EWTN at www.ewtn.com/channelfinder.


Saturday, July 04, 2015

Prayer to Your Guardian Angel

Photo by Loci B. Lenar

Angel of God,
my guardian dear,
To whom God's love
commits me here,
Ever this day,
be at my side,
To light and guard,
Rule and guide.
Amen.
 
 
 
Stained glass window detail photographed inside Saint Mary's Catholic Church, Denville, New Jersey, USA.






Pray for the United States as We Celebrate Independence Day


Photo courtesy of Catholic News Agency

Catholic News Agency on Instagram 

“Today citizens of the United States celebrate their Independence Day." Let's pray for their political leaders and join the US Bishops praying especially for life, marriage, and religious freedom.


Sunday, June 21, 2015

Happy Father's Day!

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Wishing all father's peace and joy on this special occasion. May God bless your home and all family members with love. May the Holy Spirit be a guiding force for family unity.




Sunday, June 14, 2015

Dedication of the Statue of Mary, Our Lady of Knock



Saint Mary's Parish of Denville, New Jersey, held a Rite of Committal and Dedication of a new Statue of Mary, Our Lady of Knock in memory of Monsignor James H. Murray.



Monsignor Murray's family, including church parishioners, and Knights of Columbus members attended the service. Fr. Martin Glenn and Fr. Richard Tartaglia presided over the dedication and both spoke during the homily.



Monsignor Murray served Saint Mary's Parish from 1971 until his retirement in 2007. He passed away on June 14, 2014.

Monsignor Murray will always be remembered for his dedication in serving Saint Mary's Parishioners for nearly 36 years.

Photographs by Loci B. Lenar

Friday, June 05, 2015

Padre Pio: Between Heaven and Earth


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Live action movie about the miraculous life of  ‪#‎SaintPadrePio‬, whose spiritual gifts made him a powerful witness for  ‪ #‎Christ‬ and a profound spiritual director for 21st Century society.

Don’t miss Part 1 of this two-part miniseries, “Padre Pio: Between Heaven & Earth”! Airs 8 p.m. ET, Saturday, June 6--exclusively on ‪#‎EWTN‬. Part 2 airs on Saturday, June 13th.

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Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Efficacious Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Photograph by Loci B. Lenar

Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus - Devotional Prayers - Christian-Miracles.com

To be recited daily for 9 consecutive days:

O my Jesus, you have said: "Truly I say to you, ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you." Behold I knock, I seek and ask for the grace of ______ (name your request here).

Our Father . . . Hail Mary . . . Glory Be . . .
Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.

O my Jesus, you have said: "Truly I say to you, if you ask anything of the Father in my name, he will give it to you." Behold, in your name, I ask the Father for the grace of ______ (name your request here).

Our Father . . . Hail Mary . . . Glory Be . . .
Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.

O my Jesus, you have said: "Truly I say to you, heaven and earth will pass away but my words will not pass away." Encouraged by your infallible words I now ask for the grace of______ (name your request here).

Our Father . . . Hail Mary . . . Glory Be . . .
Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.

O Sacred Heart of Jesus, for whom it is impossible not to have compassion on the afflicted, have pity on us miserable sinners and grant us the grace which we ask of you, through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, your tender Mother and ours.

Hail Holy Queen

Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy,
hail, our life, our sweetness, and our hope.
To you we cry, the children of Eve;
to you we send up our sighs,
mourning and weeping in this land of exile.
Turn, then, most gracious advocate,
your eyes of mercy toward us;
lead us home at last
and show us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus,
O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.


St. Joseph, foster father of Jesus, pray for us. Amen.




Our Lady's Monthly Message to Mirjana Dragicevic-Soldo


The Medjugorje Web - Apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Medjugorje

Virgin Mary's Message of June 2, 2015 to Mirjana Dragicevic-Soldo

"Dear children, I desire to work through you, my children, my apostles, so that, in the end, I may gather all my children there where everything is prepared for your happiness. I am praying for you, that through works you can convert others, because the time has come for acts of truth, for my Son. My love will work in you - I will make use of you. Have trust in me, because everything that I desire, I desire for your good, the eternal good created by the Heavenly Father. You, my children, my apostles, are living an earthly life in union with my children who have not come to know the love of my Son, who do not call me 'mother' - but do not be afraid to witness Truth. If you are not afraid and witness courageously, the truth will miraculously win, but remember, strength is in love. My children, love is repentance, forgiveness, prayer, sacrifice and mercy. If you will know how to love, by your works you will convert others, you will enable the light of my Son to penetrate into souls. Thank you. Pray for your shepherds. They belong to my Son. He called them. Pray that they may always have the strength and the courage to shine with the light of my Son."


Saturday, May 16, 2015

A Timely Message Regarding Archangel Michael and God's Reign of Peace



Message from Jesus: “My Father’s timing to fulfill Revelation 20:1-3 has arrived”

By Loci B. Lenar

On Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday of 2015, I received the following message from Jesus through a locution.  Our Lord communicated: “My Father’s Will is to mitigate apocalyptic events, suddenly it will happen.”  Jesus made reference to Our Heavenly Father’s timing in fulfilling Revelation 20:1-3 with a thousand year reign of peace. 

Jesus connected His communication to Our Lady’s message that I had received in a spiritual locution on February 26, 2015. Our Lady’s communication said: "Consecrate the world to Saint Michael the Archangel's protection," and made reference to the violence in our world including the chaos in the Middle East. 

In my locution, Jesus went on with His announcement and said, “Therefore, consecrate the world to Michael the Archangel’s protection in accordance with Revelation 20:1-3 to accelerate and move forward with a millennium of peace.”

Our Lord made reference to scripture and Revelation 20:1-3, “I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key to the Abyss and holding in his hand a great chain. He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years. He threw him into the Abyss, and locked and sealed it over him, to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore until the thousand years were ended. After that, he must be set free for a short time.”  This scripture is connected to St. Michael the Archangel and his work in successfully completing God’s plan for world peace.  In fulfilling this scripture, Our Lady of Fatima’s promise for world peace is accomplished. 

In addition, Jesus indicated the process of consecration: The Holy Father  (Our Pope) with church parishes and clergy are to join in prayer concurrently to consecrate the world to Michael the Archangel’s protection in accordance with Revelation 20:1-3; Hence, fulfilling scripture and the Word of God.  Jesus communicated, “I Will mitigate apocalyptic events, lawlessness, violence, and persecution of the faithful - suddenly it will happen.”  

Jesus than made a direct comparison to Pope John Paul II and his action in consecrating Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on March 25, 1984, in St. Peter’s Square, Rome. This was done in accordance with Our Lady of Fatima's request.  Shortly after, the Berlin Wall came down and the Soviet Union/Russia broke up with the fall of communism.  Suddenly it happened!

There’s an additional scripture which also holds true to our current time: "At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise. There will be a time of distress such has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. But at that time your people - everyone whose name is found in the book - will be delivered." (Daniel 12:1)

This message is of great importance and must not be disregarded!

May the Holy Spirit be a guiding light for God's church and His people. 

Please pray for the fulfillment of Revelation 20:1-3 in our time. Thank you very much for your prayer support.

This locution was shared with Fr. Richard Tartaglia, my spiritual director/confessor from Saint Mary's Catholic Church, Denville, New Jeresy, USA. 

Read More: Locutions and Miraculous Signs of Archangel Michael



Wednesday, May 13, 2015

On May 13th the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima is Celebrated by the Church

Photo by Loci B. Lenar

Intercessory Hymn to Our Lady of Fatima

Dear Lady of Fatima,
We come on bended knee,
To beg Your intercession,
For peace and unity.
Dear Mary, won't You show us,
The right and shining way,
We pledge our love and offer You,
A Rosary each day.
You promised at Fatima,
Each time that You appeared,
To help us if we pray to You,
To banish war and fear.
Dear Lady, on First Saturdays,
We ask Your guiding hand,
For grace and guidance here on earth,
And protection for our land.

For information on Devotion of the Five First Saturdays, please visit the following link: Rosary-Center.org

Saturday, May 02, 2015

The Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen

“Patience is power. Patience is not an absence of action; rather it is "timing." It waits on the right time to act, for the right principles and in the right way.” -Archbishop Fulton Sheen