This morning during our Communion, Camille made an innocent comment, "Oh I'll bet Jesus comes in the middle of the night - while I am sleeping!" : ) A bit tongue in cheek but something I think all of us talk about or at least think about. Simultaneously for two mornings in a row Camille kept getting the story about the man who goes to his neighbors house at midnight to get bread for a friend who has traveled quite distance!
I started to do a little study because the Lord doesn't often repeat a message two mornings in a row. However the second morning (today) I woke up from a dream about seeing the Bride and "she had made herself ready!"
What if "The Man" Jesus spoke about was an angel or even Jesus Himself?
Exodus 11:4 (1-7)
1 And the LORD said unto Moses, Yet will I bring one plague more upon Pharaoh, and upon Egypt; afterwards he will let you go from here: when he shall let you go, he shall surely thrust you out from here altogether. 2 Speak now in the ears of the people, and let every man request of his neighbor, and every woman of her neighbor, jewels of silver, and jewels of gold. 3 And the LORD gave the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians. Moreover the man Moses was very great in the land of Egypt, in the sight of Pharaoh's servants, and in the sight of the people.
4 And Moses said, Thus says the LORD, About midnight will I go out into the midst of Egypt:
5 And all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sits upon his throne, even unto the firstborn of the maidservant that is behind the mill; and all the firstborn of beasts. 6 And there shall be a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt, such as there was none like it, nor shall be like it any more. 7 But against any of the children of Israel shall not a dog move his tongue, against man or beast: that you may know that the LORD does put a difference between the Egyptians and Israel.
Ruth 3:8, 7-9
7 When Boaz had eaten and drunk and his heart was merry, he went to lie down at the end of the heap of grain; and she came secretly, and uncovered his feet and lay down.
8 It happened in the middle of the night that the man was startled and bent forward; and behold, a woman was lying at his feet.
9 He said, "Who are you?" And she answered, "I am Ruth your maid. So spread your covering over your maid, for you are a close relative.
Acts 16:25, 24-26
24 On receiving this order, he placed them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.
25 About midnight, Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.
26 Suddenly a strong earthquake shook the foundations of the prison. At once all the doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose
Get to Know some of the moments Dear Mother Mary made appearances, when and perhaps why and discover the fire of Jesus burning in the hearts because of their encounters. There are many many more (billions?) but these will inspire your hearts. There are others throughout Church history in the Roman Catholic Journals as well as Eastern Orthodox, Coptic, and eastern Catholic histories. There are additional Apparitions or Visitations beyond 1981
Now with CommunionFire we boldly say that we Believe! - this is God's intention and will become the rule not the exception. "On Earth AS IT IS in Heaven!" How? "Give us this day our day to day bread" We encounter the Lord and His realm every day whenever we have Communion - there is CommunionFire! Always has been and ever more shall be!!!
"Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost - As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be... amen."
Vatican Recognition (after Investigation and approval by Local Bishop)*
Guadalupe, Mexico (1531)
Siluva, Lithuania (1608)
Laus, France (1664)
Rue du Bac, France (1830)
Rome, Italy (1842)
La Salette, France (1846)
Lourdes, France (1858)
Filippsdorf, Czech Republic (1866)
Pontmain, France (1871)
Gietrzwald, Poland (1877)
Knock, Ireland (1879)
Fatima, Portugal (1917)
Beauraing, Belgium (1932)
Banneux, Belgium (1933)
Kibeho, Rwanda (1981)
* Please note: As established in the Council of Trent (1545-63), the local bishop is the first and main authority in the judgement of the authenticity of apparition claims. Vatican approval is not required for an apparition to be considered authentic. After an episcopal approval, the Vatican may do nothing but it may release an official statement or after some time give non-written forms of approval such as a papal visit with the crowning of the associated icon or a gift such as a golden rose, the approval of the construction of (or elevation of an existing shrine to) a basilica, the establishment of a feast day, or the canonization of the associated visionary.
Positive judgments by the local bishop (but not yet by the Vatican) theoretically are able to be reversed by a subsequent bishop - but this has never happened in the history of the Church. Negative judgments (Constat de non supernaturalitate) and rulings of no evidence of supernaturality (Non constat de supernaturalitate) have later been changed to positive judgments on a few rare occasions with the ruling of a subsequent bishop.
If a Marian apparition is recognized by the bishop, it means that the message is not contrary to faith and morals, that Mary can be venerated in a special way at the site and that the faithful can believe with confidence in the supernaturality of the event. But, because belief in a private revelation is not required by the church, Catholics are at liberty to decide how much personal spiritual emphasis (if any) to place on apparitions and the messages they deliver.
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Vatican Recognized Apparitions
Title: Our Lady of Guadalupe
Feast Day: December 12th
Investigated: 1666, 1723
First Apparition: Dec 9, 1531
Approved: 1555 by Archbishop Alonso de Montúfar (1551-1572)
Last Apparition: Dec 12, 1531
Visionaries: St. Juan Diego (57), Juan Bernardino
Number of Apparitions: 5
Miracles & Signs: Tilma of Juan Diego with imprint of image of Virgin; conversion of millions of indians
Summary: Mary proclaimed herself "the Mother of the true God who gives life" and left her image permanently upon the tilma of Juan Diego, a recent convert to Christianity.
Lezajsk, Poland (1578)
Investigated: Henryk Firlej, Bishop of Przemysl (1631-1635)
First Apparition: 1578
Approved: Maciej Pstrokonski, bishop of Bishop of Przemysl (1601-1608) built a larger church on the site of the apparition in 1606; Henryk Firlej, Bishop of Przemysl (1631-1635) confirms the supernatural origin of the miracle; On September 8, 1752, Pope Benedict XIV himself crowned the image with Waclaw Hieronim Sierakowski, Bishop of Przemysl (1742-1760), who afterwards personally blessed the crown.
Last Apparition: 1578
Visionaries: Thomas Michalek (woodcutter)
Number of Apparitions: 2
Summary: A pious woodcutter saw a bright light in the forest. Tthe Virgin asked him to alert the authorities to build a church. Thomas, scared, did nothing. The Virgin, then, appeared again, asking him to take action and ending his silence. Thomas went to the authorities but was not believed. After the death of the curate who was against the vision, a chapel was finally built by the parish priest.
luva, Lithuania (1608)
Title: Our Lady of Siluva
Feast Day: September 8th
First Apparition: 1608
Approved: Aug 17, 1775 by Pope Pius VI.
Last Apparition: 1612
Visionaries: 4 children
Number of Apparitions:
Many over 4 years
Miracles & Signs: Complete conversion of Calvinist town; blind man cured.
Summary: One summer day, in 1608, a number of children were playing while tending their sheep in a field on the outskirts of the village of Siluva. They beheld a beautiful young woman standing on the rock holding a baby in her arms and weeping bitterly. The town which had lost its Catholic identity to the Calvinists over the course of 80 years was restored to the Faith.
Title: Our Lady of Laus / Our Lady of Happy Meetings
Feast Day: September 27th
Investigated: 1665, 2007
First Apparition: 1664
Approved: May 4, 2008
Bishop Jean-Michel di Falco of the Diocese of Gap
Last Apparition: 1718
Visionaries: Benoite (Benedicta) Rencurel (17)
Number of Apparitions: Many (over 54 years)
Summary: Benoite Rencurel, a poor shepherdess, was born in 1647. The Virgin Mary started appearing to her in 1664 and continued visiting her throughout the rest of her life. The Blessed Mother told her to “pray continuously for sinners.”
Rue du Bac, Paris, France (830)
Title: Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal
Feast Day : November 27th
First Apparition: July 18, 1830
Approved: July 13, 1836 - Archbishop Hyacinthe-Louis de Quélen of Pari
Last Apparition: Nov 27, 1830
Visionaries: St. Catherine Laboure (24)
Number of Apparitions: 2
Miracles & Signs: Miraculous Medal; Prediction of Paris Revolution (1871); incorruptible body of Catherine Laboure
Summary: In the chapel of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, Mary showed herself three times to novice Catherine Laboure. Laboure said she was commissioned by the Virgin to have the medal of the Immaculate Conception or "Miraculous Medal" made in order to spread devotion to Our Lady.
Rome, Italy (1842)
Title: Our Lady of Zion
Feast Day : November 17th
Investigated: Feb 1842
First Apparition: Jan 20, 1842
Approved: June 3, 1842 by the Vicar General of Pope Gregory XVI, Cardinal Patrizi
Last Apparition: Jan 20, 1842
Visionaries: Marie Alphonse Ratisbonne (28)
Number of Apparitions: 1
Summary: Marie Alphonse Ratisbonne, an anti-Catholic Jew, befriended a baron in Rome and began wearing the Miraculous Medal as a simple test. On Jan 20, 1842 while waiting for the baron in the church Saint Andrea delle Fratte, Ratisbonne encountered a vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary. He converted to Catholicism, joined the priesthood, and began a ministry for the conversion of Jews.
La Salette, France (1846)
Title: Our Lady of La Salette
Feast Day : September 19th
First Apparition: Sept 19, 1846
Approved: Nov 16th, 1851 by Mgr de Bruillard
Last Apparition: Sept 19, 1846
Visionaries: Maximin Giraud (11), Melanie Mathieu (14)
Number of Apparitions: 1
Summary: Six thousand feet up in the French Alps, Mary is believed to have come to Maximin and Melanie while they tended sheep. Her appearance in sorrow and tears called for conversion and penance for sins.
Lourdes, France (1858)
Title: Our Lady of Lourdes
Feast Day : February 11th
First Apparition: Feb 11, 1858
Approved: Jan 18, 1862 by Bertrand Severe Laurence, Bishop of Tarbes
Last Apparition: July 16, 1858
Visionaries: St. Bernadette Soubirous (14)
Number of Apparitions: 18
Miracles & Signs: Healings, Conversions, Incorruptible body of St. Bernadette.
Summary: At the Grotto of Massabielle, the Virgin showed herself 18 times to Bernadette Soubirous. Under the title "the Immaculate Conception," she called for penance and prayer for the conversion of sinners.
More Information Filippsdorf, Czech Republic (1866)
Title: Help of Christians
Feast Day: January 13th
First Apparition: January 13, 1866
Approved: Bishop's commission examined the miraculous event and recognized the healing and supernatural character. Church was elevated to minor basilica and consecrated by Pope Leo XIII in 1885.
Last Apparition: January 13, 1866
Visionaries: Magdalene Kade (31)
Number of Apparitions: 1
Miracles & Signs: Cure of Magdalene and many others at the shrine.
Summary: Magdalene Kade, an orphaned 31 year woman bedridden due to many illnesses, received a vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary who immediately cured her. A bishop's commission examined the miraculous event and recognized the healing and supernatural character. In the period between 1870 and 1885 a neo-Romanesque church was built and was elevated to minor basilica by Pope Leo XIII, who officially consecrated it and dedicated to Mary, "Help of Christians."
More InformationPontmain, France (1871)
Title: Our Lady of Hope
Feast Day: January 17th
First Apparition: Jan 17, 1871
Approved: February 2, 1872 - Casimir-Alexis-Joseph Wicart, Bishop of Laval
Last Apparition: Jan 17, 1871
Visionaries: Eugene Barbadette (12), Francoise Richer (11), Jeanne-Marie Lebosse (9), Eugene Friteau (6)
Number of Apparitions: 1
Miracles & Signs: Prussian army halts advances after soldiers see Virgin in the sky.
Summary: Mary appeared on a farm to students at the nearby convent school. Mary's message was written on a banner that unfurled from her feet: "But pray my children. God will hear you in a short time. My Son allows Himself to be moved by compassion.
More Information Gietrzwald, Poland (1877)
Title: Our Lady of Gietrzwald
First Apparition: June 27, 1877
Approved: Bishop Filip Krementz 1878; Warmian Bishop, Jozef Drzazga Sept 11, 1977
Last Apparition: Sept 16, 1877
Visionaries: Justyna Szafrynska (13), Barbara Samulowska (12)
Number of Apparitions: 9
Miracles & Signs: Healing spring; return of piety and devotion to the villagers; Primate of Poland Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski is cured on 100th anniversary of apparitions.
Summary: In 1877, the Virgin Mary appeared to two girls over the course of 3 months and encouraged a return to prayer.
More Information Knock, Ireland (1879)
Title: Our Lady of Knock
Feast Day : August 21st
Investigated: 1879, 1936
First Apparition: August 21, 1879
Approved: In 1936 Archbishop of Tuam, Dr. Gilmartin's investigative commission returns a positive verdict.
Last Apparition: August 21, 1879
Number of Apparitions: 1
Miracles & Signs: 300+ miraculous cures
Summary: During a pouring rain, the figures of Mary, Joseph, John the Apostle and a lamb on a plain altar appeared over the gable of the village chapel, enveloped in a bright light. None of them spoke. At least 15 people, between the ages of 5 and 75, saw the apparition.
More information Fatima, Portugal (1917)
Title: Our Lady of Fatima / Our Lady of the Rosary
Feast Day : May 13th
First Apparition: May 13, 1917
Approved: October 13, 1930 (Dom Jose Alves Correia da Silva, Bishop of the Diocese of Leiria-Fatima)
Last Apparition: October 13, 1917
Visionaries: Lucia dos Santos (9), Jacinta Marto (8), Francisco Marto (7)
Number of Apparitions: 6
Miracles & Signs: Dancing Sun, Healings, Conversion of Russia, Incorruptible body of Jacinta.
Summary: While tending sheep, Lucia de Santos and her two cousins, Francisco and Jacinta Marto, reported six apparitions of Mary, who identified herself as "Our Lady of the Rosary." Mary urged prayer of the rosary, penance for the conversion of sinners and consecration of Russia to her Immaculate Heart.
More Information Beauraing, Belgium (1932)
Title: The Virgin with the Golden Heart
Feast Day : August 22nd
First Apparition: Nov 29, 1932
Approved: July 2, 1949 by André Marie Charue, Bishop of Namur
Last Apparition: Jan 3, 1933
Visionaries: Fernande Voisin (15), Andree Degeimbre (14), Gilberte Voisin (11), Gilberte Degeimbre (9)
Number of Apparitions: 33
Miracles & Signs: Miraculous cures, fireball
Summary: Mary is believed to have come 33 times to the playground of a convent school to five children. Identifying herself as "the Immaculate Virgin" and "Mother of God, Queen of Heaven," she called for prayer for the conversion of sinners.
More Information Banneux, Belgium (1933)
Title: The Virgin of the Poor
Feast Day : May 31st
First Apparition: January 15, 1933
Approved: March 19th, 1942 Bishop Kerkhofs of Liege; Aug 22, 1949
Last Apparition: March 2, 1933
Visionaries: Mariette Beco (11)
Number of Apparitions: 8
Summary: In a garden behind the Beco family's cottage, the Blessed Mother is said to have appeared to Mariette Beco (age 11) eight times. Calling herself the "Virgin of the Poor," Mary promised to intercede for the poor, the sick and the suffering.
More Information Kibeho, Rwanda (1981)
Title: "Nyina wa Jambo" (Mother of the Word)
Investigated: April 1982
First Apparition: Nov 28, 1981
Approved: June 29, 2001 (Bishop Augustin Misago of Gikongoro)
Last Apparition: Nov 28, 1989
Visionaries: Alphonsine Mumureke (17), Nathalie Mukamazimpaka (20), and Marie Claire Mukangango (21)
Number of Apparitions: Many
Summary: The apparitions began in November 1981 when six young girls and one boy claimed to see the Blessed Virgin Mary and Jesus. But only the visions of the first three -- 17-year-old Alphonsine, 20-year-old Nathalie, and 21-year-old Marie Claire -- have received Bishop Misago's solemn approval. Because there were reservations about the other four visionaries, and the supposed visions of Jesus, Bishop Misago didn't confirm the authenticity of either those visions or visionaries.
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What is God's plan for your life?
To find out, you need to sit down with Him at His Table and He will show you, He will reveal it to you.
"preDESTINATION" happens at the table of the Lord. We feed on His presence and become more and more the person He created us to be! This transformation is understanding how God gets us into the destiny He always intended,
Predestination, prior to understanding our eternal destiny, has to do with living our lives within the framework of Communion with Jesus or living our lives apart from an intimate relationship with Him.
Each of our lives were created and packaged to be unwrapped, unfolded, and understood through a real and personal, one-on-one, intimate relationship with Jesus. When Jesus is the chief cornerstone of your life you get to find out from Him where you fit into the plan He has for you. For this to happen it involves all of creation, all of Bible history, and a life-time of Jesus revealing the details as you spend time with Him.
In over 45 years not one course of study, book or teacher has ever had the golden ticket for knowing God's purpose for my life. I was given the same rhetoric you have been given, "God's will is a mystery so just trust and obey for there's no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey!"
Then there is the Romans 8:28 catchall and don't worry, "All things work together for good (and oh yeah) - "for those who are the called" (then don't forget part c) - "according to his purpose".
"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."
The Lord created you that way! Within you He has bundled His specific purpose inside the package that He calls "you". "You" are My beloved!" "I have great plans for "you". For the "you" to evolve there needs to be a miraculous connection with He who made you. The connection begins or began the moment you turn from the temporal and believe in the eternal love God has for you. You believe Jesus and open your life to Him, he saves you and promises you eternal life. When He becomes your Good Shepherd He leads you to His Table.
It is there that the relationship happens. At His Table in Communion, we feed on His love and life, This is where we encounter Him. It is the place of His Presence or Glory! In His Glory we are transformed from one degree of glory to another. Another way of saying the same thing is that experiencing the revelation of His life within us when we eat and drink the meal He has prepares for each one of us. He gave His life so that we might receive His life which includes our current and eternal destiny.
How can this happen?
We feed on "revelation" given to us from Him. It happens morsel by morsel as the bread of His Body and sip by precious sip in the revelation of His love in the wine of His blood. We feed and drink on what is eternal, now! You don't have to wait until this temporal life is over; He not only wants us to share in His love and life now but within the purpose and destiny He pre-designed for you before you were ever born.
4 obstacles that will hinder you are all lies and can be placed beneath and washed and cleansed by the power of His blood right now as you read.
Lie one: Your sin keeps you from His plan, purpose and most importantly a 24/7 relationship in Communion with Him.
Overcoming truth: "It is finished" Jesus took all your sin, past, present and future upon Himself. He paid your full debt in FULL. You now live by grace through His faithfulness!
Lies two-four: Your shame, guilt and condemnation will not allow you to believe or have communion.. You never stop sinning. You are not worthy!
Overcoming truth: "It is finished" means Jesus did it all. He paid the price and forgives ALL sin, not just past and present but future as well. With the forgiveness is the cleansing power in the flow of His shed blood and poured out waters of His divine mercy.
In Communion the Holy Spirit reveals what Jesus wants to show you and speak to you about. Everything He shares with you is life giving, purpose driven, and full of love and acceptance. You are free of sin, guilt, shame and condemnation.
If you wake up to any of these 4 hindrances, start everyday with Communion and feed upon His bread of life and wine of love. Lies are real but only work in the temporal time zone, The Truth/Jesus is both then, now and forever!
Be Bold Believe! You are the righteousness of God in Christ. He who knew no sin was made to be sin for you. You are the righteousness of God in Him. The law judges but the spirit gives life. You are no longer "under the laws demands" but guided by believing that He loves you and gave Himself for you. His oceans of love pound the shores of your heart with waves of grace unceasingly and when storms come up those waves become even greater and mightier.
When I woke up this morning the Lord said, "I have put my strength in your legs so you can get up and walk in My victory! I rose up and walked normally for the first time since open heart surgery New Year's Eve! The message is that we walk in His victory when we follow Him! I am walking and leaping and praising God! Alleluia!
The influence of the presence of Jesus purges out the poisons and toxins of my life before Christ and infuses me with the blessings and promises that bring about the new creation and purpose He has destined for me. This is the same for all who will come to Him and believe, even a little bit. .
The Math of The Miracle Meal
One morsel of bread from bread we offer Him can feed forever. It is the bread of heaven, the body of Jesus, the flesh of the Lord. It never grows stale and has the power to multiply into morsel sized revelation, sandwich sized, meal sized, feast size and banquet sized revelation. One morsel will keep feeding you forever, It is the bread of His medicine to heal and make you whole. It is the New Manna of His Flesh hat feeds us with the greater life of His realm, His Kingdom.
One sip of wine offered to Him, comes back as the eternal drink of His life and love. When we sip, He pours! When we drink - we are transformed. Like the bread the wine never loses its capability to inebriate our spirit forever. More and more, we are so filled with His lie and love - it pours out from us like a fountain of blessing in all of our life and onto all we come into contact with. Its no mere common wine - its miracle empowered wine of His holy blood. It has within is the power to forgive, heal, deliver, provide, prepare as well as to transform and in the last day to raise us up to realize the full reality of eternal life.
One day - very very very sooooooon! We will drink with Him where He is as His Bride without a single spot wrinkle or blemish made clean by the Blood of The Lamb! (It works in eternity as well as Right Now!)
What is a Novena?
It a form of worshipful intercession consisting of special prayer focus or services on nine successive days.
This came from the nine days between Jesus Ascension and the outpouring the Holy Spirit in the Upper Room. What do you suppose was going on in the Upper Room during that time.
The 120 were "waiting for the Holy Spirit just as Jesus had directed them to do as He was ascending to heaven..
"Waiting" is a form of prayer. "wait on the Lord and be of good courage".
There is lots to learn about here especially since, in the womb of the Upper Room the Church was about to be born. Intercession is also like a womb where answer to prayer is born.
Most who were there, they knew Jesus, what He did and what He said for no more than 3 years. But Mother Mary had know Jesus every day for 33 years! Can you imagine what she might have shared with those who were hidden with her awaiting the birth of the Church?
It boggles the mind. Again, though pretty much a practice of the Roman Catholic Church, why not get on board with praying for nine days in agreement with others for the persecuted church around the world?
Who is the Sacred Heart? The devotion to the Sacred Heart (also known as the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Sacratissimi Cordis Iesu in Latin) is one of the most widely practiced and well-known Roman Catholic devotions, taking Jesus Christ's physical heart as the representation of his divine love for humanity.
Psalm 27:14 Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait ...
Isaiah 8:17 I will wait for the LORD, who is hiding his face from ...
Psalm 130:5 I wait for the LORD, my whole being waits, and in his ...
1 Corinthians 1:7 Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly
wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed
Psalm 130:6 I wait for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning,
more than watchmen wait for the morning. ...
1 Corinthians 4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. ...
Psalm 33:20 We wait on the LORD; he is our help and our shield. ... We wait
for the LORD; he is our deliverer and shield. ...
2 Kings 6:33 Why should I wait for the LORD any longer?" ... ...
Psalm 37:34 Wait for the LORD and keep his way, and he will exalt you to inherit the land;
Psalm 37:9 For the evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait for the LORD shall inherit the land.
Isaiah 40:31 but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not ...
Luke 12:36 And you yourselves be like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he comes and knocks, they may open unto him ...
Psalm 123:2 as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes wait upon the LORD our God ...
Psalm 31:24 Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the LORD! ... Be strong and confident, all you who wait on the LORD!
The story of this miraculous egg-thin fresco of Our Lady starts hundreds of years ago. In fact, the origins of Genazzano date back to the times of the Roman emperors.
This special invocation of Our Lady of Good Counsel of Genazzano is for those who are searching for good advice. Her feast day is on April 26. So please say a novena to Her.
Because of its proximity to Rome, the city was chosen by many patricians and imperial courtiers as a site for their country villas. The vast gardens surrounding these villas often served as the stage for perverse feasts, pagan games and heathen rituals in honor of the gods to whom the Romans attributed the fertility of their fields.
One of these celebrations was held every April 25 in honor of the goddess Flora or Venus. For this event, people of all social classes—freemen and slaves, patricians and plebeians—gathered together for a great feast. This practice gradually dissolved and the temples fell into ruins as the life-giving breath of Christianity regenerated the peoples of Europe.
In the third century, an order was given to build a shrine dedicated to the Mother of God under the tender invocation of Mother of Good Counsel on the ruins of the Roman temples.
As the years went by, the city became more populous and the shrine grew in fame. During the Middle Ages, the Franciscans and the Augustinians founded monasteries nearby. With the passing of years, the primitive temple erected in honor of the Mother of Good Counsel began to show signs of disrepair. Moreover, as the shrine was small, the faithful built larger and richer churches for their solemn functions.
In 1356, about a century before the appearance of the miraculous painting that would introduce Genazzano into the annals of marvels in the Church, Prince Pietro Giordan Colonna, whose family had acquired lordship of the city, assigned the most ancient church of the city and its parish to the care of the Hermits of St. Augustine.
The faithful would thereby have the necessary pastoral assistance, and repairs could be made on the old church.
Although the prayers of the faithful intensified, financial difficulties prevented the necessary and urgent restoration of the ancient temple. But the Mother who gives wise counsel in every circumstance and attentively provides for the necessities of men chose a Third Order Augustinian, Petruccia de Nocera, to carry out a supernatural prodigy that would bring about the much-desired restoration.
Petruccia had been left a modest fortune following the death of her husband in 1436. Living alone, she dedicated most of her time to prayer and services in the church of the Mother of Good Counsel. It grieved her to see the deplorable state of the sacred premises, and she prayed fervently that they would be restored.
Finally, she resolved to take the initiative. After obtaining permission from the friars, she donated her goods to initiate the restoration in the hope that others would help complete it once it was commenced.
A plan was drawn up for the building of a magnificent church. However, once that arduous undertaking had begun, Petruccia, who was already eighty years old, found that her generous offering was scarcely enough to complete the first phase of the new construction. To make matters worse, no one came forth to help.
To her dismay, the building had hardly risen three feet when construction came to a halt due to lack of resources. Her friends and neighbors began to ridicule her, and detractors accused her of imprudence. Others severely reprimanded her in public. To all of them she would say: "My dear children, do not put too much importance on this apparent misfortune. I assure you that before my death the Blessed Virgin and our holy father Augustine will finish the church begun by me."
On April 25, 1467, the feast day of the city's patron, Saint Mark, a solemn celebration began with Mass. It was Saturday, and the crowd began to gather in front of the church of the Mother of Good Counsel. The only discrepant note in the celebration was the unfinished work of Petruccia.
At about four in the afternoon, everyone heard the chords of a beautiful melody that seemed to come from heaven. The people looked up toward the towers of the churches and saw a white cloud that shone with a thousand luminous rays; it gradually neared the stupefied crowd to the sound of an exceptionally beautiful melody. The cloud descended on the church of the Mother of Good Counsel and poised over the wall of the unfinished chapel of Saint Biagio, which Petruccia had started.
The miraculous image of Our Lady of Genazzano.
Suddenly, the bells of the old tower began to ring by themselves, and the other bells of the town rang miraculously in unison. The rays that emanated from the little cloud faded away, and the cloud itself gradually vanished, revealing a beautiful object to the enchanted gaze of the spectators.
It was a painting that represented Our Lady tenderly holding her Divine Son in her arms. Almost immediately, the Virgin Mary began to cure the sick and grant countless consolations, the memory of which was recorded for posterity by the local ecclesiastical authority.
The news of the painting and its miracles spread throughout the province and beyond, attracting multitudes. Some cities formed enthusiastic processions to see the picture that the people called the Madonna of Paradise because of its celestial entrance into the city. Numerous alms were donated as an answer to the unwavering confidence that Our Lady had inspired in Petruccia.
Amidst the general enthusiasm caused by the painting, Our Lady wished to divulge the true origin of the marvelous fresco to her devotees. Two foreigners named Giorgio and De Sclavis entered the city among a group of pilgrims that had come from Rome.
They wore strange clothes and spoke a foreign tongue, saying they had arrived in Rome earlier that year from Albania. While most people had refused to believe their story, it had a special significance for the inhabitants of Genazzano.
All the glories of the Annunciation; The Visitation from the Throne of God in Heaven by ArchAngel Gabriel to Mary, Joseph and Elizabeth; the visit of Mary and Fetus Jesus to Elizabeth and Fetus John; The Filling of the Spirit of John in the womb, Elizabeth upon Mary's greeting and the comes the prophecy of Simeon and the first of The Seven Sorrows of Mary.
Why my emphasis on Mother Mary in this series?
Because Mary spoke with me about being bold when I would speak of her to my Orthodox, Roman Catholic and non-catholic friends! "Bob, Be Bold!" She has told me this on two different occasions during CommunionFire.
The only other time I heard her say anything was to her Son in this morning's Communion!
While partaking of the Bread of Jesus' Holy and Glorious Flesh, I thought, "Lord this bread is crunchy like the skin roasted on the brazen altar! He said, "grind each piece you can between your teeth, because every time my Body is broken it releases more revelation for you to feed upon. "Oh, taste and see the Lord is good!"
The physical flesh was broken in Jesus Body for the sickness of sin and all our guilt, shame and condemnation. He bore our griefs and carried our sorrows and we esteemed Him stricken, smitten of God. The Lord had laid on Him the iniquity of us all. By His stripe we are healed. The physical actions of Jesus for the total purchase of our salvation and redemption cost Him His natural life, but death could not hold Him. After descending into hell stripping Satan of the keys of sin, hell and death - Jesus rose victorious over death. he was resurrected by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Paul tells us that the same Spirit that raise Jesus from the dead dwells in us. It is by "doing this" as Jesus invited, that we become aware that we are the full beneficiaries of all that Jesus. By partaking at his table through the gift of Communion, we encounter the resurrected, ascended, glorified Jesus Christ. We feed not on His mortality but on His immortality. We feed not on death but on the resurrection. We sit and present our bread and wine to Him. He takes it, blesses it, breaks it and returns it. When He does our spiritual eyes are opened and our spiritual ears are opened. We encounter the Lord Jesus Christ by His Spirit. He has something prepared for us every time we do. Now, when we eat physically temporal is replaced by eternal, death is replaced by life, sickness is replaced by healing, health and wholeness; physically, mentally and emotionally. the spirit is transformed from glory to glory - that is one revelation after another. In His glory we are transformed from one degree of glory to another.
Without him we are nothing. We are sinful and separated from God. None is righteous no, not one. Anyone who says they have no sin is deceived and the truth is not in them. If we do not dine on His flesh and drink His blood we have no life in us.
If you believe, all things are possible. When we receive Jesus, we receive eternal life and the promise that He will raise us upon the last day. It is no longer us that lives, but Christ that lives in us. When we dine with Him we come empty and leave full to overflowing with new revelation or His glory, love, life, truth, friendship, healing, kindness... so as I ate the Bread of His glorified flesh:
I saw His face as He quickly looked to the right at His Mother (and our Mother), Mary.
Jesus said, with a loud voice! "Hail Holy Queen!" With a big smile.
Then I drank in the wine of His divine and holy Blood:
Immediately, I saw Mary respond head bowed to the right and a little away from Him and I heard her say, "Aw, Go on." While grinning some with a shyness of humility.
About The Seven Sorrows
of the Blessed Virgin Mary
From The Catholic Book of KNOWLEDGE Volume Two
"Mary, our Mother, is also Mary, Our Lady of Sorrows. More than any other human person she shared in the Passion of her Divine Son. That is why she has been given the title of Co-redemptrix.
When we commit sin, we bring sorrow to Our Lady, for she is our Mother, our spiritual Mother, and she watches over us as she watched over her Baby, nearly two thousand years ago.
It is the desire of Jesus that we should think of His Passion, to offer Him our sympathy, and to renew our sorrow for offending Him by sin. It is also His desire, as the Church makes clear to us, that we should think of the compassion of His Mother, her sharing in His Passion."
(At the end of this post I have listed the Seven Sorrows for you.)
21 And after eight days were accomplished, that the child should be circumcised, his name was called JESUS, which was called by the angel, before he was conceived in the womb. (The Orthodox church believes it was *40 days from birth to dedication)
22 And after the days of her purification, according to the law of Moses, were accomplished, they carried him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord: 23 As it is written in the law of the Lord: Every male opening the womb shall be called holy to the Lord: 24 And to offer a sacrifice, according as it is written in the law of the Lord, a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons:
(Isaiah 61:1-11; Matthew 2:19-23; Matthew 13:53-58; Mark 6:1-6; Luke 4:16-30)
39 And after they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their city Nazareth. 40 And the child grew, and waxed strong, full of wisdom; and the grace of God was in him.
The Seven Sorrows of Mary
First Sorrow - The Prophecy of Simeon
Sorrow as sharp as a sword shall pierce Mary’s heart because of her Child. Mary is in the Temple. She has come with Joseph to present the Child to God. They meet Simeon, the holy man, and Anna, the prophetess. Simeon takes the baby in his arms, saying now he will die in peace because he has seen Christ. Then he foretells the sorrow to come.
Second Sorrow - The Flight into Egypt
Soon the sword of sorrow strikes. Herod the King seeks to kill the Child. Warned in sleep by an angel, Joseph takes the Child and His Mother and sets out for Egypt. “Why should men want to hurt my darling Baby?” Mary asks herself, holding Him tightly, on the long and dangerous journey, sad at heart because all the babies in Bethlehem are to be killed on account of Jesus.
Third Sorrow - The Loss of Jesus for Three Days
When Jesus is twelve, He is taken to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover. On the return journey Joseph and Mary find at the end of the first day that Jesus is not with them. Racked with anxiety they return, searching for Him. Nobody in the crowded streets, not even the beggars, can tell them where He is. Not till the third day do they find Him.
Fourth Sorrow - The Meeting of Jesus and Mary on the Way to Calvary
Mary has known fear and sorrow, but none so great as seeing her beloved Son stumbling along under the weight of the Cross. She hears the jeering shouts from the crowds and has not power to help Him. Pity and love are in her eyes as she gazes at his blood-stained face. To many around her He is no better than a criminal, and her heart is breaking as she follows Him to Golgotha.
Fifth Sorrow - The Crucifixion
With John, Mary stands at the foot of the Cross. “A sword shall pierce thy soul,” Simeon had told her. Truly her heart is pierced with sorrow. Her beloved Son is dying. She shares in His suffering. She does not ask God to take away the suffering. She is His Mother, so close to Him that His pain is her pain too. And now He speaks from the Cross. “Woman, behold thy son.” Jesus gives His Mother to John, and to us. For all eternity she is our Mother.
Sixth Sorrow - The Taking Down of the Body of Jesus from the Cross
It is over. Darkness has come down upon the world. Jesus is dead. Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus take down the Body from the Cross, and Mary receives it into her arms. She is filled with a sadness that no human heart has known. This is her Son. Once she had cradled Him in her arms, listened to His voice, watched Him working at the carpenter’s bench. Now He is dead. She does not weep : her grief is too great for tears.
Seventh Sorrow - The Burial of Jesus
Hastily the Body is wrapped in a clean linen cloth. Nicodemus has brought myrrh and aloes, and the Body is bound in linen cloths with them. Nearby is a new tomb, belonging to Joseph of Arimathea, and there they lay Jesus. Mary and John and the holy women follow them. They watch them roll the great stone to the door of the tomb. It is the end.
Our CommunionFire on 5/27/2016
Friday: 8am on Fairway Ridge: Jesus, Bob & Camille in the Livingroom!
Certified Royalty by his Blood
As I partook of The Bread, He said, “You are Royalty. You are part of My Royal Family!”
As I drank the Wine, He said, “This Certifies that you are!”
Bob: Eyes of DiamondFire and
Face of "Lightning" Bright Glory
When receiving Communion this past 5 months – I have occasionally been under attack by many distracting images that are vying for my attention. (The enemy’s way of trying to keep me from focusing on Jesus)
then while eating the Bread. The Lord said… “While you chew the bread and it is broken, again and again, between your teeth, Jesus said,
"Look for My face the whole time!”
(Oh! Thanks Lord, I will and I did).
When I ate the last piece I saw Him. There He was! I looked up a bit, right at His face and I saw DIAMONDS for His eyes! He said, “Eyes of fire!? Right?” I was so excited. “Yes Lord!” His eyes are so clear they are like diamonds. Diamonds with FireClarity! Jesus doesn't just look He Sees!
Then, when I had the wine, as soon as I drank,
the Holy Spirit said, “And face like lightning, right?”
Then I heard an “electricity sound” and
the Holy Spirit said the glory of His Face is so bright we compare it to lightning but it is much more powerful! It is the brightness of His love and life that you see when In Communion with Him!”
The blood covenant is His covenant to us! This drink is His daily certification that we are Royal Family and part of His Royal Priesthood.
I cannot covenant with Him and I cannot covenant with you.
Those covenants are bound for failure. When we have a choice we, in our own strength,
it seems we are incapable of making the right decision.
It seems we always choose badly!
But when we rest in His Covenant, the Covenant of His Blood, we rest in His fiery love, in pastures of His peace, beside the calm waters of His grace.
His love consumes us as we consume Him as The Bread and Wine of Life.
When we do, we discover more and more about the Royal Family beginning with the King. In His glory we are transformed from one degree of our awareness of His glory to another.
He is ever expanding our awareness of the hugeness and eternalness of Himself, His royal realm and His clarity of purpose!
Messianic Prophecies and Fulfillments:
1. Prophecy: Zechariah 2:10-13 Fulfillment: Revelation 5:13, 6:9, 21:24
The Messiah on the Throne.
2. Prophecy: Zechariah 3:8 Fulfillment: John 17:4
Messiah would be God’s servant.
3. Prophecy: Zechariah 6:12-13 Fulfillment:Hebrews 8:1
Messiah would be Priest and King.
4. Prophecy: Zechariah 9:9 Fulfillment: Matthew 21:8-10
Messiah greeted with rejoicing in Jerusalem.
5. Prophecy: Zechariah 9:9 Fulfillment: John 12:12-13
Messiah beheld as king.
6. Prophecy: Zechariah 9:9 Fulfillment: John 5:30
Messiah would be just.
7.Prophecy: Zechariah 9:9 Fulfillment: Luke 19:10
Messiah would bring salvation.
8. Prophecy: Zechariah 9:9 Fulfillment: Matthew 11:29
Messiah would be humble.
9. Prophecy: Zechariah 9:9 Fulfillment: Matthew 21:6-9
Messiah would be riding a donkey into Jerusalem.
10. Prophecy: Zechariah 10:4 Fulfillment: Ephesians 2:20
Messiah would be the cornerstone.
11. Prophecy: Zechariah 11:4-6 Fulfillment: Matthew 23:1-4
When the Messiah comes, Israel’s leaders will be unfit.
12. Prophecy: Zechariah 11:4-6 Fulfillment: Luke 19:41-44
Rejection of Messiah cause God to remove His protection.
13. Prophecy: Zechariah 11:4-6 Fulfillment : John 19:13-15
Messiah rejected in favor of another king.
14. Prophecy: Zechariah 11:7 Fulfillment: Matthew 9:35-36
Messiah to have ministry to the poor.
15. Prophecy: Zechariah 11:8 Fulfillment: Matthew 23:33
Unbelief forces Messiah to reject the people.
16. Prophecy: Zechariah 11:8 Fulfillment: Matthew 27:20
Messiah is despised.
17 Prophecy:. Zechariah 11:9 Fulfillment: Matthew 13:10-11
Messiah stops ministering to those who rejected him.
18. Prophecy: Zechariah 11:10-11 Fulfillment:
Again, rejection causes God to remove His protection. Luke 19:41-44
19. Prophecy: Zechariah 11:10-11 Fulfillment: John 14:7
Messiah would be God.
20. Prophecy: Zechariah 11:12-13 Fulfillment: Matthew 26:14-15
Messiah betrayed for 30 pieces of silver.
21. Prophecy: Zechariah 11:12-13 Fulfillment: Matthew 26:14-15
22. Prophecy: Zechariah 11:12-13 Fulfillment: Matthew 27:3-5
Thirty pieces of silver thrown into the house of the Lord.
23. Prophecy: Zechariah 11:12-13 Fulfillment: John 12:45
Messiah would be God.
24. Prophecy: Zechariah 12:10 Fulfillment: John 19:34-37
Messiah’s body would be pierced.
25. Prophecy: Zechariah 12:10 Fulfillment: John 10:30
Messiah would be both God and man.
26. Prophecy: Zechariah 12:10 Fulfillment: John 1:11
Messiah would be rejected.
27. Prophecy: Zechariah 13:7 Fulfillment: John 18:11
It is God’s will that He die for mankind.
28. Prophecy: Zechariah 13:7 Fulfillment: Matthew 27:35
Messiah will die a violent death.
29. Prophecy: Zechariah 13:7 Fulfillment: John 14:9
Messiah would be both God and man.
30. Prophecy: Zechariah 13:7 Fulfillment: Matthew 26:31-56
Israel scattered as a result of rejecting Him.