Sunday, June 27, 2010

Book about Angels a Bestseller

Lorna Byrne

The following excerpt from is about Lorna Byrne's new book, Angels in My Hair:

Author Sees Angels, and Her Book's a Bestseller

By Lauren Green

They are messengers from God, heavenly beings without material bodies, spiritual envoys carrying out God's will.

They are angels. And according to Lorna Byrne, everyone has one -- a guardian angel who’s always with you and will never leave you. She says they are “the gatekeepers of your soul.”

She knows this, she says, because all her life she's been surrounded by them and has talked to them. Her book, Angels in My Hair, recounts her lifelong experiences with angels directing her and teaching her.

Byrne's story begins with the telling of her toddler years, when the angels told her that her tiny playmate was the brother who had died before she was born.

"We actually touched while playing blocks," says the Irish-born Byrne, who is a practicing Catholic. "When I touched his, arm it sparkled, my hands went through his into mine. I was two and a half."

Whether the public believes Byrne's angel accounts is up to them. But the popularity of her book illustrates the fascination people have with these mystical beings. Her tome is an international bestseller, translated into 20 languages. Doubleday reportedly paid a six-figure advance for the U.S. publishing rights.

But this diminutive, mild-mannered 57-year old, who grew up dyslexic, says it's a miracle that she has even written a book. She says it was a directive from an angel she calls Michael, who she says is the archangel talked about in the Bible.

“When I was a child, the angels said I would write a book and tell people about God. After I had my first child, the angel Michael came up behind me and said, ‘It’s now time to write that book.'”

She believes she was told to write in order to give people hope that there is life beyond this material world. That we don’t just die and rot, but have an eternal soul.

To read the complete story, visit the following link:

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

New Fatima Movie Being Released

The following information is provided by the World Apostolate of Fatima, USA.

The World Apostolate of Fatima, USA, invites you to a sneak peek of the New Fatima Movie: Fatima Movie Trailer

The newly released "Fatima" is the quintessential movie on Our Heavenly Mother's appearance in Fatima, Portugal in 1917. Leading experts in theology, history and science thoroughly examine all aspects of the Fatima Message in this compelling documentary.

Relatives and close friends tell us the story of how the seers received the Message from Heaven that Pope John Paul II declared, "More Important Now than Ever." Confidant to Sister Lucia, and world renowned Fatima authors and speakers join together to illustrate Heaven's plan for the Salvation of Souls and World Peace.

Recently discovered film of an eyewitness to the Miracle of the Sun provides an authentic description of what took place as 70,000 people watched in awe. You will gain further insight into God's Miracle as it is scientifically explained through the prism of Quantum Physics. A distinguished Medical Doctor applies science to the Power of Prayer. Additionally, the truth behind Fatima's Prophesies and Three Secrets are revealed through a close examination of historical events.

This groundbreaking film will help you understand the cause of the current state of the world and more importantly, how our freewill will determine our future. The World Apostolate of Fatima, a Pontifical Association, is the consultant for Fatima.

The Fatima Movie is available for purchase online at: Fatima Gift Shop or call the Gift Shop at 908-689-3590.

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Monday, June 21, 2010

The Immaculate Heart of Mary by Stephen B. Whatley

The Immaculate Heart of Mary
Oil on Canvas
By Stephen B. Whatley

Commentary By Loci B. Lenar

The Christian artwork of Stephen B. Whatley is not only colorful, but also refreshing. He communicates a contemporary interpretation of religious faith through brilliant brush strokes of pastel colors that are attention-grabbing. His artwork is indeed quite stunning!

Stephen's art has appeared in numerous publications, including Time Magazine and USA Today. The new painting in my opinion is an exquisite contemporary portrayal of The Immaculate Heart of Mary.


By Stephen B. Whatley

The Feast Day of The Immaculate Heart of Mary was commemorated on June 12, 2010. On that special day, I created a new painting with deep prayer.

The Immaculate Heart of Mary symbolises the joys, sorrows and love for God and the Son Jesus by the Mother of God.

Traditionally, in artistic images, Mary has been portrayed presenting her heart circled by roses, symbolising love; and white roses at that, to signify the purity of that love.

As with all my Christian paintings, I felt compelled, drawn by my faith to celebrate the beauty and tenderness of the love and sorrow of this Divine Mother.

Earlier I had been reading about the miraculous visions of the Mother of God who first appeared to six teenagers in 1981; and for several years thereafter in Medugorje, a small town in Bosnia, Herzecovina. Mary's message was that she was the Queen of Peace for which she encouraged prayer.

She was said to be about twenty years of age, with dark hair, blue eyes and of olive complexion with reddish cheeks - and her voice was said to be musical. Bearing this in mind and passing my eye over various interpretations, I ultimately let prayer dictate the path of this new tribute.

Copyright 2010 Stephen B. Whatley

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Spreading News of Angels

Photograph by Loci B. Lenar

ZENIT - Spreading News of Angels

The following excerpt regarding angels is by Alfonso Sarno:

Father Marcello Stanzione, the founder of Militia of St. Michael the Archangel, promotes an annual theological-pastoral conference on angelology. Bit by bit, Father Stanzione has obtained a seriousness and credibility recognized internationally.

Father Stanzione is hoping the Holy Father will convoke a year in honor of St. Michael the Archangel, and that the tradition of praying to the angel after Mass will be re-established.

"He can do everything," Father Stanzione affirmed, referring to the archangel.

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Monday, June 14, 2010

Saints, Prophecies, and Other Miracles to be Discussed on CatholicTV Talk Show

Photo of Stained Glass Window by Loci B. Lenar

Levitating Saints, Prophecies, and Other Miracles To Be Discussed on CatholicTV Talk Show - Prwire - Catholic Online

The following excerpt about the upcoming TV show can be found on Catholic Online:

WATERTOWN, MA - Levitating Saints, Prophecies, and Other Miracles To Be Discussed on CatholicTV Talk Show

On June 22nd, 2010, miracles related to the Catholic faith will be discussed on the live CatholicTV talk show “This is the Day”.

According to a recent study by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life , 79 percent of Americans believe in miracles.

According to Catholic author Elizabeth Ficocelli, “in all times and places [God] has exercised his power on earth in extraordinary ways: to teach, correct, warn, and inspire His people according to the needs of the age.” Elizabeth will be interviewed on This is the Day on June 22nd.

Elizabeth Ficocelli is the author of the book “Bleeding Hands, Weeping Stone” which examines miracles related to the Catholic faith. Some of these miracles include, communion hosts turning into real flesh, the miraculous appearances of images, miraculous wounds, and more. Learn more about Elizabeth’s work at the following website:

This is the Day airs at 10:30AM ET at and on CatholicTV. The show is rebroadcast at 7:30PM.

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Friday, June 11, 2010

Prayer to Our Lady of Mercy by St. Augustine of Hippo

Photograph by Loci B. Lenar

Prayer to Our Lady of Mercy - St. Augustine of Hippo

Blessed Virgin Mary,
who can worthily repay you with praise
and thanks for having rescued a fallen world
by your generous consent!
Receive our gratitude,
and by your prayers obtain the pardon of our sins.
Take our prayers into the sanctuary of heaven
and enable them to make our peace with God.

Holy Mary, help the miserable,
strengthen the discouraged,
comfort the sorrowful,
pray for your people,
plead for the clergy,
intercede for all women consecrated to God.
May all who venerate you
feel now your help and protection.
Be ready to help us when we pray,
and bring back to us the answers to our prayers.
Make it your continual concern
to pray for the people of God,
for you were blessed by God
and were made worthy to bear the Redeemer of the world,
who lives and reigns forever.



For other Catholic prayers, please visit the following link: Daily Devotional Prayers

The statue of Our Lady is displayed on the exterior of the Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in East Orange, New Jersey. The statue and church is located on the corner of Dodd Street and Midland Avenue.
Photograph Copyright 2010 Loci B. Lenar

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

New Fatima Film to be Discussed on Live CatholicTV Talk Show

YouTube - The 13th Day official trailer

Fatima Film With ‘Stunning Images’ To Be Discussed on Live CatholicTV Talk Show - Catholic PRWire

The following excerpt is from Catholic PRWire:

WATERTOWN, MA - On June 18, 2010, “The 13th Day”, a film about the miraculous events of Fatima, will be discussed on the CatholicTV talk show “This is the Day”.

The 13th Day uses state-of-the-art digital effects to create stunning images of the visions and the final miracle.

Shot on location in Portugal and in the United Kingdom, the film has a cast of hundreds to re-create the scenes of the 70,000 strong crowds, with three young Portuguese actors playing the iconic roles of the Seers.

This is the Day airs at 10:30AM ET at and on CatholicTV. The show is rebroadcast at 7:30PM.

Tony Ryan will be interviewed on “This is the Day” on June 18th. Tony once worked for 13 years as a Director of Religious Education, and now works for Ignatius Press, who has partnered with 13th Day Films to distribute DVD’s of the film.

Based on the memoirs of Sister Lucia de Jesus, and thousands of independent eyewitness accounts, The 13th Day is a dramatic retelling of the experiences of three shepherd children between May and October 1917.

More information about The 13th Day can be found at Ignatius Press.

“This is the Day” can also be seen on demand at or downloaded via and The hosts, Director of CatholicTV, Father Robert Reed, and General Manager, Jay Fadden discuss various topics of the week and respond to viewer mail (you may email the show at

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Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Novena Prayer to Saint Philomena

Photograph by Loci B. Lenar

Novena Prayer to Saint Philomena

We beseech Thee, O Lord, to grant us the pardon of our sins by the intercession of Saint, virgin and martyr, who was always pleasing in Thy sight by her eminent chastity and by the profession of every virtue. Amen.

Illustrious virgin and martyr, Saint Philomena, behold me prostrate before the throne whereupon it has pleased the Most Holy Trinity to place thee. Full of confidence in thy protection, I entreat thee to intercede for me with God, from the heights of Heaven deign to cast a glance upon thy humble client! Spouse of Christ, sustain me in suffering, fortify me in temptation, protect me in the dangers surrounding me, obtain for me the graces necessary to me, and in particular

(Here specify your petition).

Above all, assist me at the hour of my death. Saint Philomena, powerful with God, pray for us.  Amen.

O God, Most Holy Trinity, we thank Thee for the graces Thou didst bestow upon the Blessed Virgin Mary, and upon Thy handmaid Philomena, through whose intercession we implore Thy Mercy. Amen.


The prayer to St. Philomena can be found on Catholic websites.

For biographical information about Saint Philomena, please visit Catholic Online.

For other prayers of interest, please visit the following link: Devotional Prayers

The stained glass window of Saint Philomena can be seen inside of St. Anthony of Padua Church. The Catholic church is located on 1360 Pleasant Valley Way in West Orange, New Jersey, USA.

Photograph Copyright 2010 Loci B. Lenar

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Monday, June 07, 2010

Ethan Payne: Angels Catched Me

Ethan Payne: Angels Catched Me -

The following excerpt and news video is about the amazing medical recovery of Ethan Payne after falling out of his house window and landing on a concrete pavement:

Two-year-old Ethan Payne fell out of a second-story window. Doctors worried he would have brain damage or never walk again. But through the power of prayer, Ethan was better within six hours.

He does have a simple explanation of what happened to him after he fell from the window.

"The angels catched me," Ethan said.

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Saturday, June 05, 2010

Spiritual Locution: A Message from Jesus

Photograph by Loci B. Lenar

Signs, Wonders, and Miracles - Spiritual Locution of Septmber 14, 2009

By Loci B. Lenar

Through a spiritual locution I received on September 14, 2009, Jesus called for everyone to believe in the Word of God and to "pray for divine protection."  The locution from Jesus was a result of my visit to the Church of Saint Michael in Netcong, New Jersey. Through prayerful discernment, I believe the Lord's plan is to mitigate and extinguish violence throughout the world in order to usher in an era of peace.

The spiritual locution is connected to Revelation 20:1-3, A Thousand Year-Reign of God's Peace and also to Our Lady of Fatima's message. I would suggest reading the biblical prophecy for further insight on the matter.

Our Lady of Fatima spoke of an era of peace during her apparitions to three shepherd children in 1917. For additional information about Our Lady's message, please visit the World Apostolate of Fatima, USA.

In Mark 11:23-24, Jesus said, "Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be taken up and cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted him."

"Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you."

With those words in mind, please invoke the powerful name of Jesus in times of need or when encountering difficulty. Also pray to Our Lady by requesting her intercession before the throne of God to obtain graces of mercy and for an era of peace.

Pray for God's angelic protection to enfold humanity and the church. Angels are here to guide and protect us if we call out for their assistance, especially when encountering the storms of time. I would suggest reciting daily the intercessory Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel.

Whatever obstacle or predicament you're having today or might face in the future, release it to Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Through daily prayer, request our Lord to take control of your life and to help guide you on the pathway to His divine protection and peace. Ask God to change circumstances into your favor.  By praying daily, you will experience God's love and peace through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Trust in God and wait for His timing for positive changes to take hold in your lives and throughout our world.

May God the Father through His son, Jesus Christ, bless you with divine favor and peace.


In 2009, after receiving the locution from Jesus, I shared the news with my spiritual director, Father Richard Tartaglia of St. Mary's Church, Denville, NJ.

However, on June 5, 2010, Jesus reminded me through prayerful contemplation to again convey the importance of the message to humanity.

For more details, please visit the following links:  Message from Jesus and Miraculous Signs of Archangel Michael

Copyright 2010 Loci B. Lenar

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Thursday, June 03, 2010

Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus

Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus
Photograph by Loci B. Lenar

The following information about Veronica's veil with the imprinted Face of Jesus can be read by visiting Catholic Online.  EWTN also has updated information on the subject matter.

St. Veronica - Saints and Angels - Catholic Online

Saint Veronica
Feast Day: July 12
1st Century

The woman of Jerusalem who wiped the face of Christ with a veil while he was on the way to Calvary. According to tradition, the cloth was imprinted with the image of Christ's face." Unfortunately, there is no historical evidence or scriptural reference to this event, but the legend of Veronica became one of the most popular in Christian lore and the veil one of the beloved relics in the Church. According to legend, Veronica bore the relic away from the Holy Land, and used it to cure Emperor Tiberius of some illness. The veil was subsequently seen in Rome in the eighth century, and was translated to St. Peter's in 1297 by command of Pope Boniface VIII. Nothing is known about Veronica, although the apocryphal Acts of Pilate identify her with the woman mentioned in the Gospel of Matthew who suffered from an issue of blood. Her name is probably derived from Veronica , as was reported by Giraldus Cambrensis. The term was thus a convenient appellation to denote the genuine relic of Veronica's veil and so differentiate from the other similar relics, such as those kept in Milan. The relic is still preserved in St. Peter's, and the memory of Veronica's act of charity is commemorated in the Stations of the Cross. While she is not included in the Roman Martyrology, she is honored with a feast day. Her symbol is the veil bearing the face of Christ and the Crown of Thorns.

For additional information on the story, please visit the following link: EWTN


The plaque showing Veronica wiping the Face of Jesus is displayed inside Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel. The chapel is inside the Gate of Heaven Mausoleum. The Catholic mausoleum is located on Ridegdale Avenue in East Hanover, NJ, USA.

Photograph Copyright 2010 Loci B. Lenar

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Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Canticle of The Soul and The Bridegroom

St. John of the Cross
Photograph by Loci B. Lenar

A Spiritual Canticle of The Soul and The Bridegroom

Composed by Saint John of the Cross

Translated by David Lewis

In search of my Love
I will go over mountains and strands;
I will gather no flowers,
I will fear no wild beasts;
And pass by the mighty and the frontiers. ~ 3

A thousand graces diffusing
He passed through the groves in haste,
And merely regarding them
As He passed
Clothed them with His beauty. ~ 5

Reveal Thy presence,
And let the vision and Thy beauty kill me,
Behold the malady
Of love is incurable
Except in Thy presence and before Thy face. ~ 11

O crystal well!
Oh that on Thy silvered surface
Thou wouldest mirror forth at once
Those eyes desired
Which are outlined in my heart! ~ 12

My Beloved is the mountains,
The solitary wooded valleys,
The strange islands,
The roaring torrents,
The whisper of the amorous gales;
The tranquil night
At the approaches of the dawn,
The silent music,
The murmuring solitude,
The supper which revives, and enkindles love. ~ 14 & 15

O killing north wind, cease!
Come, south wind, that awakenest love!
Blow through my garden,
And let its odours flow,
And the Beloved shall feed among the flowers. ~ 17

The bride has entered
The pleasant and desirable garden,
And there reposes to her heart’s content;
Her neck reclining
On the sweet arms of the Beloved. ~ 22

There He taught me the science full of sweetness.
And there I gave to Him
Myself without reserve;
There I promised to be His bride. ~ 27

My sole occupation is love.My soul is occupied,
And all my substance in His service;
Now I guard no flock,
Nor have I any other employment:
My sole occupation is love. ~ 28

If, then, on the common land
I am no longer seen or found,
You will say that I am lost;
That, being enamoured,

I lost myself; and yet was found. ~ 29
When Thou didst regard me,
Thine eyes imprinted in me Thy grace:
For this didst Thou love me again,
And thereby mine eyes did merit
To adore what in Thee they saw. ~ 32

Despise me not,
For if I was swarthy once
Thou canst regard me now;
Since Thou hast regarded me,
Grace and beauty hast Thou given me. ~ 33

The little white dove
Has returned to the ark with the bough;
And now the turtle-dove
Its desired mate
On the green banks has found. ~ 34

In solitude she lived,
And in solitude built her nest;
And in solitude, alone
Hath the Beloved guided her,
In solitude also wounded with love. ~ 35

Let us rejoice, O my Beloved!
Let us go forth to see ourselves in Thy beauty,
To the mountain and the hill,
Where the pure water flows:
Let us enter into the heart of the thicket. ~ 36

We shall go at once
To the deep caverns of the rock
Which are all secret,
There we shall enter in
And taste of the new wine of the pomegranate. ~ 37

There thou wilt show me
That which my soul desired;
And there Thou wilt give at once,
O Thou, my life!
That which Thou gavest me the other day. ~ 38

The breathing of the air,
The song of the sweet nightingale,
The grove and its beauty
In the serene night,
With the flame that consumes, and gives no pains. ~ 39


For additional biographical information about the spanish mystic and his life as a priest, please visit the following link: St. John of the Cross

The stained glass window detail can be seen inside of the Saint Teresa of Avila Mausoleum which is located on Passaic Avenue in Summit, NJ, USA.

Photograph Copyright 2010 Loci B. Lenar

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