Wednesday, December 06, 2017

The Antarctic Chapel is a Catholic Church located in one of the coldest regions of the world


Praying in a cave, under ice: the Antarctic Chapel

News excerpt from Aleteia.org: The southernmost place of worship in the whole world, of any religion, is a Catholic church.

Eight hundred miles away from the South Pole, in Argentina’s Antarctica, enduring winters of temperatures that go under 100 degrees below absolute zero Fahrenheit, the Belgrano II Base is home to about a thousand people.

Read more: The Antarctic Chapel

Monday, November 27, 2017

Message from Our Lady to Marija


The Medjugorje Web - Apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Medjugorje

Message of November 25, 2017 from Our Lady to Marija Pavlovic-Lunetti

"Dear children! In this time of grace, I call you to prayer. Pray and seek peace, little children. He who came here on earth to give you His peace, regardless of who you are and what you are – He, my Son, your Brother – through me is calling you to conversion, because without God you do not have a future or eternal life. Therefore, believe and pray and live in grace and the expectation of your personal meeting with Him. Thank you for having responded to my call."






Pray for guidance to know the difference between authentic and false news!



In this day and age, please be careful and scrutinize all news circulating around the internet as potentially fictitious if directed maliciously at Catholics and Christians! Pray for guidance!

"No weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is their vindication from me,” declares the Lord. (Isaiah 54:17)

Photograph Copyright 2017 Loci B. Lenar
www.Christian-Miracles.com


Thursday, November 23, 2017

Are you in need of prayer? Our prayer ministry will pray for your needs


Prayer is the Key to God's Blessing

Are you or someone in need of prayer? If so, please feel free to submit your prayer request to our website. All prayer requests submitted through email and with our Online Form are prayed for daily by our ministry.

Loci B. Lenar, the founder of www.Christian-Miracles.com has arranged with support of his parish priest, Fr. Richard Tartaglia of Saint Mary's Catholic Church, Denville, NJ, to have prayer requests prayed for each Monday morning after Mass during Holy Hour Adoration by members of the National Conference of Catholic Women (NCCW), and during the monthly prayer service held every third Thursday of each month for peace.

Be patient when praying and wait for God to answer because His timing may be different from ours. Let him prepare and make a way!

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)

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (Philippians 4:6)

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)


"I thank the people who created this website because through it, I have seen God's wonders and favors. May the good Lord bless you. Prayers have now become part of my life, thanks to this website. I'm grateful for your help."  -Loise

"I've been sending in prayer requests to your website for awhile now, and as you may know, Prayers Are answered every day.  All of my requests that I submitted HAVE been answered! Some answers came so fast, it surprised me. And some prayers were answered in a roundabout way, it mystifies me on how God worked everything out in my financial dilemmas. I've had so many miraculous healings after I sent in my prayer requests to your beautiful organization. God has blessed me with so many answers and solutions, from physical healing to financial. And so quickly too! Thank you again for all of your prayers. God Bless!"  -Cynthia

"I wish to express my sincere thanks to your website and prayer group for all your prayers for the healing of my grandson's condition and speech issues. He has not spoken, talked or responded verbally all these 4+yrs. Imagine the joy and happiness I experienced and all I could do was to praise and thank God for this miracle." -Agnes

"Thank you so much for your prayers, scan shows lump has gone, truly miraculous, god bless you."
-Joanne

"I just want to say thank you for your wonderful prayers for my son Matthew. He had a heart transplant in May 2013. It was a success and since then, he is been doing fine. He just got back from a basketball camp at the University of Connecticut. So I want to say thanks to all you that have been praying for him. May God continue to bless your works. Amen. GOD IS GREAT!!"  -Emmanuel

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Photographs by Loci B. Lenar


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Father Solanus Casey beatified in Detroit, Michigan


Humble disciple, tireless servant: Solanus Casey beatified in Detroit - Catholic News Agency (CNA)

News excerpt from CNA:  Detroit’s beloved Father Solanus Casey has been beatified, with Pope Francis calling him “a humble and faithful disciple of Christ, tireless in serving the poor.”

“The life of our Blessed is an exemplary page of the gospel, lived with human and Christian intensity. It is a page to read with dedication and emotion... and to imitate with fervor,” said Cardinal Angelo Amato, Prefect of the Congregation of the Causes of Saints, who read the Latin-language letter from Pope Francis officially declaring the priest to be blessed.

“In raising this Capuchin to the altars. Pope Francis points him out to the whole Church as a faithful disciple to Christ, the Good Shepherd,” the cardinal said in his homily. “Today the Church and society still need the example and the protection of Father Solanus.”

“Brother and Sisters, let us repeat together: Blessed Father Solanus, pray for us,” he told a crowd of of 60-70,000 gathered for the Nov. 18 Beatification Mass at Detroit’s Ford Field stadium.

Beatification is the final step before possible canonization. Blessed Solanus Casey’s feast day will be July 30.

Read more on CNA: Solanus Casey Beatified

Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository.


Wednesday, November 01, 2017

All Saints Day: A Catholic Prayer in Praise of the Saints


The Catholic Church celebrates on November 1st All Saints Day in honor of all known and unknown saints.

A Catholic Prayer in Praise of the Saints

How shining and splendid are your gifts, O Lord
which you give us for our eternal well-being
Your glory shines radiantly in your saints, O God
In the honour and noble victory of the martyrs.
The white-robed company follow you,
bright with their abundant faith;
They scorned the wicked words of those with this world's power.
For you they sustained fierce beatings, chains, and torments,
they were drained by cruel punishments.
They bore their holy witness to you
who were grounded deep within their hearts;
they were sustained by patience and constancy.
Endowed with your everlasting grace,
may we rejoice forever
with the martyrs in our bright fatherland.
O Christ, in your goodness,
grant to us the gracious heavenly realms of eternal life.

Unknown author, 10th century

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



Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Our Lady's Message of October 25, 2017

The Medjugorje Web - Apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Medjugorje:

October 25, 2017 Message to Marija

"Dear children! I am calling you to be prayer in this time of grace. You all have problems, afflictions, sufferings and lack of peace. May saints be models to you and an encouragement for holiness; God will be near you and you will be renewed in seeking through your personal conversion. Faith will be hope to you and joy will begin to reign in your hearts. Thank you for having responded to my call."


Monday, September 25, 2017

Our Lady's Monthly Message to Marija

Medjugorje Messages from Our Lady - Medjugorje WebSite

Our Lady's Message of September 25, 2017 to Marija Pavlovic-Lunetti

“Dear children! I am calling you to be generous in renunciation, fasting and prayer for all those who are in temptation, and are your brothers and sisters. In a special way I am imploring you to pray for priests and for all the consecrated, that they may love Jesus still more fervently; that the Holy Spirit may fill their hearts with joy; that they may witness Heaven and Heavenly mysteries. Many souls are in sin, because there are not those who sacrifice themselves and pray for their conversion. I am with you and am praying that your hearts may be filled with joy. Thank you for having responded to my call.”



Saturday, September 23, 2017

Fr. Stanley Rother beatified in Oklahoma City



VIDEO: Fr Stanley Rother becomes first US-born martyr to be beatified | CatholicHerald.co.uk

News excerpt from CatholicHerald.co.uk:

Sandra Rother McGougan, who credits an unlikely deathbed recovery to Fr Rother’s intercession. She was in a car crash in 1992.

The 22-year-old was pronounced brain dead and was being kept alive only for organ donation, but her mother begged for a second opinion, and doctors discovered some brain activity. It was later determined she had suffered a rupture in her brain stem. Doctors weren’t optimistic she would live, but the family prayed for Fr Rother’s intercession. Sandra fully recovered, much to her doctor's amazement.

Her story was among the documents sent to the Vatican to support the priest’s canonization.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

A Testimony of My Miraculous Cure of Chronic Hepatitis C Virus: Granted through the Intercession of Venerable Mother Veronica

Sister Fatima Nayaki, A.C.

Guest post by Sister Fatima Nayaki, A.C.

I am a member of the Sri Lanka Province of the Apostolic Carmel Congregation, founded by Venerable Mother Veronica of the Passion in 1868, at Bayonne, France. After having served in the Province for 12 years, on January 6, 1991, I was asked to go to Lahore, Pakistan by my Provincial Superior in Sri Lanka. I mastered the Urdhu language to begin my mission there, as a Principal of Mariam Sadeeqa School at Dogaich, in a remote poor area in Lahore. The School building was a multi-purpose shed with open brick walls and a flat roof with classes up to Metric with 400 pupils on roll.

I was 37 years old and at this time of strenuous work as a Principal of the School, and seeing to the construction of the School building as well, I suffered with anemia. In 1994 the doctor at Pakistan General Hospital diagnosed uterine fibroids and advised hysterectomy to be performed. As I was anemic, blood transfusion was administered during the surgery which resulted in severe allergic reactions, swelling of joints, indigestion and vomiting. The doctors were not able to diagnose the cause, and prescribed some anti allergy tablets as treatment. Finding no improvement in my health condition, I was asked by my Provincial Superior to return to Sri Lanka in 1996.

The allergy to proteins, pungent, oily and acidic food from which I suffered, gradually became very severe. Once I fainted in the washroom and hit my head against the wall and suffered from contusion of brain and lost my eye sight for a month. I was admitted twice to the ICU for severe allergic reactions and was treated. Yet the doctors in Sri Lanka were not able to diagnose the cause of my illness and give me the needed treatment for a cure.

In the year 2011, I attended a 5 day session of Project Planning at Caritas Jaffna. There I started vomiting blood and the bouts were quite frequent. The doctors diagnosed the case to be Cirrhosis of the Liver Portal Hypertension but were not willing to treat me. My intake of solid food and digestion was a real struggle and I started living only on liquid diet. A specialist of a Liver Unit at Ragama Medical Hospital was contacted and he suggested a Biopsy of the liver and if needed a liver transplant to be done.

Sister Carmella, the Provincial Superior, after hearing about the seriousness of my health condition from the medical report, was very much concerned and requested all the sisters of the Province, to pray to Mother Veronica for my cure. Fortunately the Superior General – Sister Agatha Mary from Bangalore, India was on visitation of the Sri Lanka Province at that time. She contacted India and found out that there was a Liver Unit at the Kurji Holy Family Hospital, Patna, Bihar.

She asked me to leave for India and go to the Apostolic Carmel Provincial House of the Northern Province, Patna. On January 4, 2012, I reached Patna. The Provincial Superior Sister Dipasha took me to Dr. Ajit Kumar Sinha MD, DNB, head of the Liver Unit of Kurji Holy Family Hospital. He asked for all the tests conducted in Sri Lanka to be repeated. The reports showed that I was infected with Hepatitis C Virus (HCV Genotype 3 A-2, 124, 476 copies). He was convinced that this was due to the blood transfusion given during the surgery in 1994.

The doctor prescribed a course of 24 ‘VIRRAFERON PEG’ injections one per week and 2 ‘RIBAVIRIN’ capsules after every meal. I was asked to sign an undertaking “Knowing the risk and benefit of the treatment, I submit myself for the treatment to Chronic Hepatitis C”. The course of medication started on February 10, 2012. I was admitted to the Hospital every Monday, and after the injection, was kept on observation and the next day brought back to the Convent. I went through intense suffering after each injection.

I could not pray, read, write, sleep and take my daily meals. After the sixth injection I took a bad turn. My Blood Pressure came down to 70/50, Hemoglobin 8.5, severe vomiting, sleeplessness, restlessness, failure of memory, giddiness, depression. The suffering was beyond any human endurance. I found myself vegetating in bed. The doctor was informed who insisted that I continue the course, to rule out completely the possibility of the infection reverting. My 3 month Visa was extended for 3 more months to continue the full course of the treatment. I was taken to the Hospital for the seventh injection on March 26th and for the eighth on April 2nd and was brought back to the Convent on March 27th and April 3rd respectively.

On April 5th, Holy Thursday, I was taken to the Chapel just to receive Holy Communion. On April 6th, Good Friday, my condition worsened. I fainted and vomited blood many times. I lost my vitality and was confined to bed. I felt that I was almost on the verge of death. It was Good Friday, the priests were not available to administer the Sacrament – Anointing of the Sick. Because of my medical condition, I couldn’t attend the services that day.

I kissed the Crucifix from my bed of pain at the time of Veneration of the Cross. I prayed to Mother Veronica to put a full stop for the rest of the sixteen injections and asked Jesus to pour out His Precious Blood into my HCV infected blood stream and liver and to heal me and make me whole.

On April 7, 2012: Holy Saturday, around 2.30 AM, I heard a sweet gentle voice calling out my name “Fatima, Fatima…” I got up on my own and I rushed to the door, thinking that the sisters were calling me. They would normally come to my room in the night to see to my condition, but I found no one there.

After three weeks of confinement to bed and utter helplessness, rising from my bed without anyone’s assistance was indeed a miracle. I was inspired to open the Bible and read. I read from the gospel of John, chapters 14-17 and relished the comforting message “Because I live and you will live also” (Jn.14:18-19). I experienced a deep joy and wellness which lingered throughout the day and I was convinced that through Mother Veronica’s intercession God gave me a new lease of life. From that moment onwards, the allergic reactions did not recur and I was able to take normal food and move about freely.

On April 8th, Easter Sunday, I attended Holy Mass, walking on my own to the Chapel and after the Mass went about seeing the sisters of the 3 Communities and the Provincial House in the Campus. The sisters were surprised and did not believe that I was healed so quickly and some even suspected that I could be pretending.

On April 13, 2012, Sister Dipasha took me to Dr. A.K. Sinha, though he had insisted earlier that the full course of injections was necessary, with the possibility of the infection reverting, agreed to stop the further course of injections and wrote in the report: “Now she is intolerant to Injections ‘VIRRAFERON PEG’ and 2 ‘RIBAVIRIN’ capsules stopped for Hepatitis C”.

On April 15, 2012, I was brought to Bangalore, to the Apostolic Carmel Generalate House. On May 2nd, I was taken to St. John’s Hospital in Bangalore for a second opinion by Sister Liceria.

Mrs. Felcy D’Souza, the PRO at the Hospital directed us to Dr. Harshad Devarbhavi, MD, DM, DNB, Professor and Head of the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, at St. John’s Medical Hospital, Bangalore. This is one of the top, prestigious Medical Institutions in India. He reviewed all my reports and asked that all the tests be repeated. All the reports proved “Hepatitis C Virus not detected”. Hence there was no possibility of the virus reverting. He told me that I could return to Sri Lanka without any fear. On August 8, 2012, I returned to Sri Lanka, and continued my mission there enjoying good health to date without medication.

I attribute my miraculous cure from Chronic Hepatitis C Virus infection to Mother Veronica’s powerful intercession and with Jesus pouring out His Precious Blood.

***

Sister Fatima Nayaki (Fatimanayaki) A.C. was born on May 24, 1952. Sister began her religious profession on June 1, 1979.

Sister Fatima Nayaki has a Higher Diploma in Community Development and Child Care from Madras University and a Higher Diploma and licence in Psychological Counselling in American Higher Education in SriLanka.

Sister Fatima Nayaki served in Pakistan as a Missionary. In 1996 she returned to her country and was in charge of a Home for the Destitute in Sri Lanka. From 2000 - 2012 sister worked in Caritas - SEDEC in Sri Lanka as a Peace and Psychological Social Coordinator and served during the war time and Tsunami.

Sister Fatima Nayaki is a member of the Sri Lanka Province of the Apostolic Carmel Congregation.

(The testimony of Sister Fatima Nayaki, A.C. is published on www.Christian-Miracles.com)



Saturday, August 26, 2017

A Prayer of Mercy

A Prayer of Mercy - Catholic Devotions, Prayers, and Novenas

Heavenly Father, we approach the throne of grace with a humble heart and implore your divine assistance.

Bless all fruits of our labor so we may provide for the needs of our family.

Bless our children so they may grow with seeds of wisdom.

Bless the sick and the suffering with your healing grace.

Bless our world with peace and instill love of thy neighbor.

Bless all nations to accept the gospels of truth.

Bless all Christians worldwide with divine protection.

Bless our clergy with peace and unify all churches under one God.

Bless your church abundantly so it may reach out and help the impoverished.

Bless all those who have lost their faith with signs and wonders.

Our Lady of Fatima, please intercede for us and open the windows of heaven for the Holy Spirit to encircle our world with God's peace.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, we humbly pray to bless our prayers with divine mercy and miracles.

Father in Heaven, we ask this through your divine son, Jesus.

Amen.

By Loci B. Lenar



The statue of Jesus can be seen inside St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 243 Abington Avenue, Newark, NJ, USA.

The Fatima statue was displayed at The National Blue Army Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima on May 13, 2017 to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Our Lady's apparitions. The shrine is located in (Asbury) Washington, New Jersey, on the grounds of the World Apostolate of Fatima, USA.

Photographs and Prayer Copyright Loci B. Lenar


Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Saint Ignatius of Loyola: New Catholic Tribute

St Ignatius of Loyola. 2017 by Stephen B. Whatley

St. Ignatius of Loyola by Artist Stephen B. Whatley | Flickr.com

News excerpt from the artists website:

A new tribute to Saint Ignatius of Loyola, created on his Feast Day - July 31, 2017 - by expressionist artist Stephen B. Whatley. Ignatius of Loyola was a Spanish priest born in Azpetia, Spain in 1471, passing on July 31, 1556 in Rome, Italy. He founded the Society of Jesus.

The British artist is a devout Catholic convert and often feels what he calls a 'Divine Push' to paint tributes to Jesus, Our Lady and The Saints on significant landmark years or Feast Days - and to share them.

Dependent on prayer, especially to the Holy Spirit - his 2013 exhibition at London's Westminster Cathedral was called "Paintings From Prayer".

The eclectic work of Stephen B. Whatley is in collections worldwide and public collections including BBC Heritage, London Transport Museum, Newman University (UK), Westminster Cathedral, The Royal Collection of HM Queen Elizabeth II & The Carrollton School of The Sacred Heart, Miami, USA - whilst his series of 30 paintings commissioned by the Tower of London in 2000 are permanently reproduced throughout Tower Hill Underpass, outside Tower Hill Station - the main entrance to the Tower of London.

St. Ignatius Prayer for help with Depression:

O Christ Jesus
When all is darkness
And we feel our weakness and helplessness,
Give us the sense of Your Presence,
Your Love and Your Strength.
Help us to have perfect trust
In Your protecting love
And strengthening power,
So that nothing may frighten or worry us,
For, living close to You,
We shall see Your Hand,
Your Purpose, Your Will through all things.

St. Ignatius of Loyola - Painted in 2017 by Stephen B. Whatley
Pastel on paper, 23.4 x 16.5in/59 x 42cm

www.stephenbwhatley.com


Friday, July 28, 2017

Miracle of the Sun Witnessed on October 13, 2008 at Fatima Shrine in New Jersey


Signs, Wonders, and Miracles 

During 2017 the Catholic Church is celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima

Our Lady appeared in Fatima, Portugal to three shepherd children, Lucia dos Santos, and her two her cousins, Francisco and Jacinta Marto on numerous occasions in 1917.

Our Lady communicated messages to the children of great importance. However, one message from Our Lady included a great sign that would be seen on October 13, 1917 in Fatima, Portugal for people to believe. On this Holy day countless witnessed the Miracle of the Sun.

What makes this historic event even more interesting and factual is that the Miracle of the Sun was witnessed again on October 13, 2008 at The National Blue Army Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, (Asbury), Washington, NJ, USA.

This is the first time since 1917 that the Miracle of the Sun was witnessed the same day on October 13th. This is a documented story and the evidence is published on Christian-Miracles.com. Read the full story on this link: Miracle of the Sun Witnessed by Visitors at New Jersey Shrine

If you're in need of God's help and mercy, please stay connected with Catholic Devotions, Prayers, and Novenas anytime of the day by visiting www.Christian-Miracles.com and its mobile friendly site with your iPhone or smartphone: http/www.christian-miracles.com/devotionalprayers.htm


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Our Lady's Message of July 25, 2017 to Marija


The Medjugorje Web - Apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Medjugorje

July 25, 2017 Message to Marija Pavlovic-Lunetti

"Dear children! Be prayer and a reflection of God's love for all those who are far from God and God's commandments. Little children, be faithful and determined in conversion and work on yourselves so that, for you, holiness of life may be truth; and encourage each other in the good through prayer, so that your life on earth may be more pleasant. Thank you for having responded to my call."






Monday, July 10, 2017

A Powerful Prayer for God's Protection

Photograph by Loci B. Lenar







































An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. - Luke 22:43


Psalm 91

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

They say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust."

Surely he will save you
from the fowler's snare
and from the deadly pestilence.

He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.

A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.

You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.
If you say, "The LORD is my refuge,"
and you make the Most High your dwelling,
no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent.

For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

"Because they love me," says the LORD, "I will rescue them;
I will protect them, for they acknowledge my name.
They will call on me, and I will answer them;
I will be with them in trouble,
I will deliver them and honor them.
With long life I will satisfy them
and show them my salvation."

If you examine the photograph closely, sunlight is creating a beautiful and interesting reflection of Jesus on the right side of the window.

The reflection gives the appearance of a helmet being worn by Jesus and reminds us of the following scripture: "Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God." (Ephesians 6:14-17)

The stained glass window can be seen inside Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, Boonton, New Jersey, USA.

Photograph Copyright Loci B. Lenar



Sunday, July 09, 2017

A Harmonious Unity

Our World, in the heart and mind of God, is the "house of harmony and peace,"...it is the space in which everyone is able to find their proper place and feel "at home," because it is "good." All of creation forms a harmonious and good unity, but above all humanity, made in the image and likeness of God, is one family, in which relationships are marked by a true fraternity not only in words: the other person is a brother or sister to love, and our relationship with God, who is love, fidelity and goodness, mirrors every human relationship and brings harmony to the whole of creation.  -Pope Francis

Vigil of Prayer for Peace, St. Peter's Square
Saturday, September 7, 2013

Published in Caring for Creation: Inspiring Words from Pope Francis

Shop.FranciscanMedia.org

Photo credit: Catholic Church (England and Wales) Pope Francis via photopin (license)



Saturday, July 08, 2017

Healing Prayer for Children


Prayerful Healing for Children

Heavenly Father
from the moment of creation you've
predestined the salvation of your people
through the resurrection of your
divine Son, Jesus Christ,
so all can come to believe
and have eternal life.

Through the miraculous words of Jesus,
Lazarus has risen—
eyesight is restored,
leprosy healed,
demons flee;
illness cured;
transformed drinking water into wine,
signs and wonders for all to witness
by God's design—

Merciful Father
we humbly petition thee to heal and save
our children from illness,
especially ____________ (mention name of child and illness)
beseeching for the grace of healing and deliverance.

Free all who suffer from infirmities
of the mind, body, and soul.
Almighty God the Father
We thank thee for hearing our pleas
and restoring our children to health
with divine mercy and healing grace
through your Son, Jesus Christ.

Amen.

(Download a free PDF art print of Prayerful Healing for Children)

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Healing through the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick

By Loci B. Lenar

Prayerful Healing is written for anyone in need of encouraging words, especially families with children that are suffering from an illness. I was inspired to write the prayer as a result of a miraculous healing. With prayer, I was guided by Our Blessed Mother to Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and healed of a heart ailment, including years of suffering painful headaches.

With the blessing and grace of God, I was healed of a heart arrhythmia known as Atrial Fibrillation (A-Fib). The medical condition was treated with Lanoxin, a cardiac medicine. However, I've not used the medication for over twenty years. I was treated for the medical disorder by Dr. Gilbert Mandel of Denville Associates of Internal Medicine, Denville, NJ. In addition, I was healed from years of suffering painful headaches after countless visits to physicians with treatments that went to no avail.

With the power of prayer and receiving the Anointing of the Sick - a sacrament that is administered through the Catholic church, I was healed and cured by God's grace of all medical issues. I requested the healing sacrament and was anointed with oil by Fr. Richard Tartaglia of Saint Mary's Church, Myers Avenue Denville, NJ, USA.

Scripture says the following: "Is anyone among you sick? He should summon the presbyters of the church, and they should pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord, and the prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise him up. If he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven." (James 5: 14-15)

May God answer your prayers with divine favor and healing!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

MESSAGE FROM OUR LADY OF MEDJUGORJE TO IVAN



Our Lady's Message of June 23, 2017 to Ivan Dragicevic - Medjugorje Council of Ireland

“Dear children, I came, I came to you and presented myself as the Queen of Peace. Also today, I desire to call you to pray for peace. May there be peace, dear children. May peace begin to reign in the world. Dear children, be persevering in prayer. Fight against evil and against sin and the idols of today’s world which seduce you. Be firm; be strong in faith. And to be strong in faith – pray. Pray, and through prayer meet with my Son, for Him to grant you strength, for Him to grant you the grace. Be open. The Mother prays for all of you and for all of you intercedes before Her Son. Thank you, dear children, for also today having responded to my call.”



Monday, June 19, 2017

Prayers of Protection to Saint Michael the Archangel


Oh most Noble Prince of the Angelic Hierarchies
valorous warrior of Almighty God,
and zealous lover of His glory,
terror of the rebellious angels,
and love and delight of all the just ones,
my beloved Archangel Saint Michael,
desiring to be numbered among your devoted servants,
I, today offer and consecrate myself to you,
and place myself, my family,
and all I possess under your most powerful protection.

I entreat you not to look at how little, I,
as your servant have to offer,
being only a wretched sinner,
but to gaze, rather,
with favorable eve at the heartfelt affection
with which this offering is made,
and remember that if from this day onward
I am under your patronage,
you must during all my life assist me,
and procure for me the pardon of my many grievous offenses, and sins, the grace to love with all my heart my God,
my dear Saviour Jesus and my Sweet Mother Mary,
and obtain for me all the help necessary to arrive to my crown of glory.

Defend me always from my spiritual enemies,
particularly in the last moments of my life.

Come then oh Glorious Prince and succour me in my last struggle,
and with your powerful weapon cast far from me into the infernal abysses that prevaricator and proud angel that one day you prostrated in the celestial battle.

Saint Michael, defend us in our daily battle
so that we may not perish in the last Judgement.

***


Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle,
be our protection against the malice and snares
of the devil.
May God rebuke him we humbly pray;
and do thou,
O Prince of the Heavenly host,
by the power of God,
thrust into hell Satan and all evil spirits
who wander through the world
seeking the ruin of souls.

Amen.

Photograph by Loci B. Lenar

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

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Muslims rename mosque in honor of Mary, Mother of Jesus

News excerpt and photo from Aleteia.org: "A mosque in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) capital, has been renamed “Mary, Mother of Jesus.”

Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, Abu Dhabi crown prince and deputy supreme commander of the UAE armed forces, ordered that the mosque be renamed to “consolidate bonds of humanity between followers of different religions.”"

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Perhaps renaming the mosque to Mary, Mother of Jesus is a sign to pray for the conversion of Muslims that oppose Christianity.  -Loci B. Lenar

Read more: Mosque Renamed in Honor Of Mary, Mother of Jesus



Friday, June 02, 2017

Our Lady's Monthly Message to Mirjana Soldo



MedjugorjeMiracles.com - Our Lady's Message of June 2, 2017

Message to Mirjana Soldo:

As in the other places where I have come to you, also here I am calling you to prayer. Pray for those who do not know my Son, for those who have not come to know the love of God, against sin, for the consecrated – for those whom my Son called to have love and the spirit of strength for you, for the Church.

Pray to my Son, and the love which you experience from His nearness will give you the strength to make you ready for the works of love which you will do in His name. My children, be ready. This time is a turning point. That is why I am calling you anew to faith and hope. I am showing you the way by which you need to go, and those are the words of the Gospel. Apostles of my love, the world is in such need of your arms raised towards Heaven, towards my Son, towards the Heavenly Father. Much humility and purity of heart are needed. Have trust in my Son and know that you can always be better.

My motherly heart desires for you, apostles of my love, to be little lights of the world, to illuminate there where darkness wants to begin to reign, to show the true way by your prayer and love, to save souls. I am with you. Thank you.


Monday, May 29, 2017

Memorial Day 2017



Today we remember and honor all those whom have served our nation and sacrificed their lives for freedom.

"No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends." John 15:13


Photograph by Loci B. Lenar



Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Ascension of Jesus into Heaven


The Ascension of Jesus

(Feast of the Ascension is forty days after Easter)

Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”

He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.

They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.” Acts 1:6-11

Stained glass window photographed inside Our Lady of Victories Church, Paterson, NJ, USA.

Photograph by Loci B. Lenar
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Our Lady's Message of May 25, 2017


The Medjugorje Web - Apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Medjugorje

May 25, 2017 Message to Marija Pavlovic

"Dear children! The Most High has permitted me to call you anew to conversion. Little children, open your hearts to the grace to which you are all called. Be witnesses of peace and love in this peaceless world. Your life here on earth is passing. Pray that through prayer you may yearn for Heaven and the things of Heaven and your hearts will see everything differently. You are not alone; I am with you and intercede before my Son Jesus for you. Thank you for having responded to my call."


Saturday, May 13, 2017

100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima


On May 13, 2017, thousands attended the Blue Army Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Our Lady's apparitions. The shrine is located in Washington, NJ, on the grounds of the World Apostolate of Fatima, USA.



Fr. Andrew Apostoli spoke about the Fatima message and Mass was celebrated by Bishop James F. Checchio from the Diocese of Metuchen.

In 1917, Our Lady of Fatima appeared to 3 shepherd children, Lúcia Santos, Jacinta de Jesus Marto and Francisco Marto in Portugal. Our Lady gave the three children messages known as the Three Secrets of Fatima.

Today on the anniversary of the miraculous apparitions, Pope Francis canonized Jacinta and Francisco in Portugal.

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


Our Lady of The Holy Rosary of Fátima

Our Lady of The Holy Rosary of Fátima. 2017 by Stephen B Whatley

Centennial Painting on the 100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fátima's Apparitions by artist Stephen B. Whatley | Flickr.com

News from artist Stephen B. Whatley:

A new tribute painting celebrating Our Lady of Fátima; painted with prayers in the days just before the centennial of the first miraculous apparition of The Blessed Virgin Mary on May 13, 1917, in Fátima, Portugal to three children, Lucia Santos and her cousins Jacinta and Francisco Marto.

On May 13, 2017 Pope Francis will travel to the Sacred Shrine in Fátima and pronounce Jacinta and Francisco - who both passed away as children - Saints.

British expressionist artist Stephen B. Whatley is a devout Catholic and often feels what he calls a 'Divine Push' to paint tributes to Jesus, Our Lady and The Saints on significant landmark years or Feast Days - and to share them.

Dependent on prayer, especially to the Holy Spirit - his 2013 exhibition at London's Westminster Cathedral was called "Paintings From Prayer" - the inspiration for this tribute painting included descriptions of Our Lady as experienced by the children and the statue above the The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fátima - which Lucia Santos - who became Sister Lucia in 1928; and lived until the age of 97 in 2005 - pronounced the likeness to the vision of Our Lady that she and her cousins saw in 1917.

Our Lady's message was one of warning about subsequent world wars and the need for peace, through devotion to the Holy Trinity and praying The Rosary every day.

Blessings of peace, healing, light, love and hope to all who view this painting ~ in faith.

Nossa Senhora do Santo Rosário de Fátima:

Our Lady Of The Holy Rosary of Fátima  - Centenary Tribute - May 2017

Oil on canvas, 40 x 30in/102 x 76cm

www.stephenbwhatley.com



Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Heart of Divine Mercy

Heart of Divine Mercy. 2017 by Stephen B. Whatley

Heart of Divine Mercy by Stephen B. Whatley | Flickr.com

A new tribute drawing by expressionist artist Stephen B. Whatley, created 2017 on Divine Mercy Sunday after the Divine Mercy commemoration and Mass at Saint James's RC Church, Spanish Place, London, UK.

Pastel on paper - 16.5 x 11.5in / 42 x 30cm

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 and The Carrollton School of The Sacred Heart, Miami, USA.

See more of Mr. Whatley's religious artwork: Christian Tributes

www.stephenbwhatley.com



Sunday, May 07, 2017

Sacred Heart of Jesus and The Miracle Prayer



The Miracle Prayer

Lord Jesus, I come before you, just as I am, I am sorry for my sins, I repent of my sins, please forgive me. In your Name, I forgive all others for what they have done against me. I renounce Satan, the evil spirits and all their works. I give you my entire self, Lord Jesus, now and forever. I invite you into my life, Jesus. I accept you as my Lord, God and Saviour. Heal me, change me, strengthen me in body, soul, and spirit.

Come Lord Jesus, cover me with your Precious Blood, and fill me with your Holy Spirit. I love you Lord Jesus. I praise you Jesus. I thank you Jesus. I shall follow you every day of my life. Amen.

Mary, My Mother, Queen of Peace, St. Peregrine, the cancer saint, all the Angels and Saints, please help me. Amen.

Say this prayer faithfully, no matter how you feel. When you come to the point where you sincerely mean each word with all your heart, Jesus will change your whole life in a very special way. You will see.

Prayer © 1993 Peter M. Rookey and Servite Fathers, O.S.M.


Photograph by Loci B. Lenar
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Monday, May 01, 2017

Prayer for Saint Joseph's Intercession



PRAYER TO SAINT JOSEPH, PATRON OF WORKERS

(May 1 is the Feast of St. Joseph, the Worker)

Glorious Saint Joseph, you are the pattern of all who work. Obtain for me, please, the grace to work conscientiously and to put devotion to duty before my selfish inclinations. Help me to labor in thankfulness and joy, for it is an honour to employ and to develop by my labour the gifts I have received from almighty God. Grant that I may work in orderliness, peace, moderation and patience without shrinking from weariness and difficulties. I offer my fatigue and perplexities as reparation for sin. I shall work, above all, with a pure intention and with detachment from self,having always before my eyes the hour of death and the accounting which I must then render of time ill-spent, of talents unemployed, of good undone, and of empty pride in success, which is so fatal to the work of God. For Jesus through Mary, all in imitation of you, good Saint Joseph. This shall be my motto in life and in death. Amen.

Photograph by Loci B. Lenar

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Francisco and Jacinta to be canonized during Pope Francis’ visit to Fatima on May 13, 2017


WAF USA – World Apostolate of Fatima U.S.A.

Pope Francis will canonize Blessed Francisco and Jacinta Marto at Mass during his visit to Fatima May 13, 2017, making them the youngest non-martyrs to ever be declared saints. The decision was made April 20 by a consistory of cardinals.

Pope St. John Paul II beatified Francisco, 11, and Jacinta, 10, on May 13, 2000, 83 years after the first apparition of the Blessed Mother at Fatima in 1917. It was during the May 13 apparition that Our Lady told the children she would take Francisco and Jacinta to heaven soon, but Lucia would remain on earth for “some time longer.”

The beatification of her two cousins was something Sister Lucia had asked for during her first meeting with Pope St. John Paul II on May 13, 1982 at Fatima. The Pope expressed his desire also to see the little shepherds soon beatified. Before the end of their meeting that day, they completed their visit in the Basilica at the tombs of Francisco and Jacinta.

Read more: WAF USA



Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Our Lady's Message of April 25, 2017

The Medjugorje Web - Apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Medjugorje

Our Lady's Message of April 25 to to Marija Pavlovic-Lunetti:

"Dear children! Love, pray and witness my presence to all those who are far away. By your witness and example, you can draw closer the hearts that are far from God and His grace. I am with you and intercede for each of you so that, with love and resoluteness, you may witness and encourage all those who are far from my Immaculate Heart. Thank you for having responded to my call."


Sunday, April 16, 2017

Have a Blessed and Happy Easter



The Resurrection of Jesus

After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.’ This is my message for you.” So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.” 

(Matthew 28:1-10)

Photograph by Loci B. Lenar

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Celebrating Fatima's 100 Years


CATECHIST Magazine: Five Lessons from Fatima 

In the April/May 2017 issue of Catechist Magazine there's a feature story on the Five Lessons of Fatima by Patrice Fagnant-Macarthur.

Patrice writes in her article that it provides "tips for guiding children into the heart of the message" of Our Lady of Fatima.  

In addition, a colorful stained glass window - photographed by Loci B. Lenar provides a graphical depiction of Our Lady of Fatima in this article.



Here is an excerpt from the article: One of the most fantastic aspects of Our Lady of Fatima’s message is that she entrusted it to children. Here are five lesson ideas to share and discuss with the children you know.

The importance of praying the Rosary for peace.

One of Our Lady of Fatima’s central messages was to pray the Rosary every day for peace. While the particulars of world conflict have changed since 1917, we continue to live in a world full of anger, violence, and war. Children are aware of this. Depending on their ages, they may be more or less aware of the global stage, but they are certainly aware of fighting in their own families, schools, or neighborhoods. They may feel powerless to help or make a difference.

Praying the Rosary is one thing that they can do to help change lives and hearts, starting with their own. While prayer is not a magic wand and God certainly does not always answer prayer on our timetable or in the way we think best, following the instructions of Mary to pray the Rosary can only help.


Read more: Five Lessons from Fatima


Friday, April 14, 2017

Good Friday Novena Prayer

Photograph by Loci B. Lenar


Jesus Christ, 
Son of God made Man,
crowned with thorns,
bearing a scepter of a reed,
wearing a royal cloak purpled
with Your Precious Blood,
I venerate You as the Man of Sorrows
and acknowledge You as my Lord and King!

Jesus crucified,
I firmly renounce the devil
and detest all sin
that has torn me from Your loving friendship.
I pledge my loyalty to You,
my Saviour,
and beg You to make me Your own in sincerest love.
I promise to be faithful in service to You,
and to strive to become more pleasing to you
by avoiding every sin and its occasions,
by carrying out my duties
perfectly as a good Catholic,
and by practicing virtue.

Jesus crucified,
accept the homage I wish to render You
during this novena,
as a token of my sincerest appreciation
for the sorrows and sufferings
You have willingly borne to atone for my many sins
and to prove how much You love me.

I adore You as my very God,
Who willed to become Man
in order to save me from eternal death.

I thank You as my best Friend,
Who laid down Your life
as proof of the greatest love possible.

I ask pardon for having so little thought of You,
Jesus crucified,
and for having caused Your sorrows
and sufferings by the many sins I have committed.

I pray to You,
dearest Jesus,
for all the graces I need to know You,
to love You and serve You faithfully unto death,
and to save my soul.
Give me a tender and fervent devotion
to Your Sacred Passion by which I was redeemed,
venerating You especially in Holy Mass.
Teach me how to unite sorrows and sufferings
of my life with Your own.
Finally, through all Your sorrows and pains,
through Your Sacred Heart
glowing with love for me,
broken because of my want of love for You,
through the sorrows of Mary,
your Sorrowful Mother,
I ask for this special favour:

[Mention your request here...]

With childlike trust
I abandon myself to Your holy Will
concerning my request.


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The statue of Jesus and and cross are on the grounds of The National Blue Army Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Washington Township, New Jersey. The shrine is part of the World Apostolate of Fatima, USA.


Thursday, April 13, 2017

Prayer for Holy Week in preparation of Good Friday

Jesus Carries His Cross - Photograph by Loci B. Lenar

Prayer for Holy Week

Jesus my Lord, let me strengthen my courage by taking on the courage of all those people who have been "centurions" for me. Many have faced disasters and hard times with great constancy. The upper hand of evil never turned them against you. They kept going. Let me be like them, Lord. No matter what the cross, let me never stop declaring you to be "truly the Son of God," the source of my hope, the reason why I will never quit on life.

(Prayer from Catholic Online)

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Commentary by Loci B. Lenar

On Good Friday, the cross is a reminder of Jesus sacrificing His life for the salvation of sinners.

With those words in mind, sunlight creates the appearance of a cross on the above statue of Jesus. It's more than coincidence that this photo shows Jesus carrying his cross. Interestingly enough, this statue is part of the Stations of the Cross next the Holy House at The National Blue Army Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Washington, NJ. The shrine is part of the World Apostolate of Fatima, USA.

Photograph by Loci B. Lenar
In two separate areas, two photos show sunlight creating similar rays of light around two statues of Jesus. Photographs were both taken in 2015 with my iPhone 6.

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A bleeding host in Argentina? Bishop investigates alleged Eucharistic miracle

Credit: AICA photo agency
Catholic News Agency (CNA): 'via Blog this'

Buenos Aires, Argentina, April 13, 2017 / 12:43 am (CNA/EWTN News)

A bishop in the Argentine province in Santa Fe is investigating a Eucharistic host that appeared to bleed during adoration at a drug rehabilitation home.

Bishop Luis Fernandez of the Rafaela diocese announced that an investigation will be carried out to examine what took place earlier this week, when a group of young people were in Eucharistic adoration and saw a substance in the consecrated host that appeared to be blood.

On April 11, Tuesday of Holy Week, a group of young people were praying before the Blessed Sacrament at the San Miguel drug rehabilitation home in the Guemes neighborhood, when they noticed a change in the Eucharist.

Read more: Catholic News Agency



Monday, April 10, 2017

Cross of Light Appears on Palm Sunday

Signs, Wonders, and Miracles

Palm Sunday 2017
By Loci B. Lenar

On Palm Sunday, a Cross of Light outlined with a shield appeared in the morning on my backyard fence in Mine Hill, NJ. 

Scripture says, “For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does He withhold from those whose walk is blameless.” Psalm 84:11

Palm Sunday is the start of Holy Week, and it's a time to reflect on the passion of Christ in preparation for Good Friday and the Resurrection of Jesus on Easter Sunday.

The first time this Cross of Light appeared in 2017 was on the fifth Sunday of Lent, April 2. 

For many centuries the fifth Sunday of Lent was known as Passion Sunday and the beginning of Passiontide by the Catholic Church.


Furthermore, this sun phenomena has occurred every year on my residence since 2005 during different occasions, including Lent, Holy Week, Good Friday and Easter Sunday. It also appeared in September 2015 while Pope Francis was visiting the USA.

I spoke to my Spiritual director, Fr. Richard Tartaglia on Monday, April 10, and shared the news about the Cross of Light appearing at my residence. 

Fr. Richard Tartaglia - 2012
In addition, this sun phenomena has been verified by my spiritual director, Fr. Richard Tartaglia of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Denville, New Jersey. 

Fr. Richard photographed the Cross of Light on Good Friday, April 6, 2012. Moreover, Fr. Richard spoke about the Cross of Light during his homily at St. Mary's Evening Prayer Service held on April 19, 2012. 

Here's a link to view the video of Fr. Richard's homily which also includes information regarding other people that have witnessed a Cross of Light in other areas: Cross of Light Appears in New Jersey

Jesus said,"I have come as Light into the world, so that everyone who believes in Me will not remain in darkness." John 12:46

I attributes this sign sent from Our Heavenly Father as result of prayers to Jesus, Our Blessed Mother, and Saint Michael the Archangel for assistance, and with times of spiritual renewal of my Christian faith, such as Lent, as well as praying for God's protection. 


Cross of Light - 2017
Additional facts can be read on these links: Cross of Light Appears During Lent and Holy Week  and Signs from Heaven

In 2008, the Gloucester County Times reported a similar story of a cross photographed by 9 year old Gwynna Crawford on Easter Sunday in Pitman, New Jersey. The cross appeared on a neighbor's house. The article indicated that Gwyanna's mother and the neighbor were unable to find the source of the sun reflection.


More information about the Gloucester County Times story with a photograph can be seen on this link: Cross Appears on Easter Sunday in Pitman, NJ

I believe the Cross of Light is a sign from God to those that have left the church: Return to the sacraments, especially reconciliation during Holy Week and to celebrate Easter.




Thursday, March 23, 2017

Pope recognizes Fatima children miracle ahead of May visit to Portugal

News from Vatican Radio

Pope Francis has officially recognized the miracle attributed to the intercession of two Fatima children - Blesseds Francisco and Jacinta Marto. He also approved the canonizations of 30 Brazilian and 3 Mexican martyrs.

The Pope will visit Fatima in Portugal on 12-13 May.

During an audience on Thursday with Cardinal Angelo Amato, S.D.B., Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, the Holy Father authorized the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to promulgate the following decrees:

The miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Francisco Marto, born on 11 June 1908 and died on 4 April 1919, and Blessed Jacinta Marto, born 11 March 1910 and died 20 February 1920, children of Fátima.

Read more: Fatima Miracle


Friday, March 17, 2017

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

Saint Patrick Prayer

May the Strength of God pilot us.
May the Power of God preserve us.
May the Wisdom of God instruct us.
May the Hand of God protect us.
May the Way of God direct us.
May the Shield of God defend us.
May the Host of God guard us.
Against the snares of the evil ones.
Against temptations of the world

May Christ be with us!
May Christ be before us!
May Christ be in us,
Christ be over all!
May Thy Salvation, Lord,
Always be ours,
This day, O Lord, and evermore.

Amen.


Info from Catholic Online: St. Patrick of Ireland is one of the world's most popular saints. He was born in Roman Britain and when he was fourteen or so, he was captured by Irish pirates during a raiding party and taken to Ireland as a slave to herd and tend sheep.

At the time, Ireland was a land of Druids and pagans but Patrick turned to God and wrote his memoir, The Confession. In The Confession, he wrote: "The love of God and his fear grew in me more and more, as did the faith, and my soul was rosed, so that, in a single day, I have said as many as a hundred prayers and in the night, nearly the same. I prayed in the woods and on the mountain, even before dawn. I felt no hurt from the snow or ice or rain."

Patrick's captivity lasted until he was twenty, when he escaped after having a dream from God in which he was told to leave Ireland by going to the coast. There he found some sailors who took him back to Britain and was reunited with his family.

Read more: Saint Patrick

Photograph by Loci B. Lenar