Fatima 100th Anniversary Year ~ What Happened 33 Years Ago and Why is that Important to the Whole World? Part Two: A momentary release from the harness of time and space to interrupt one woman for the sake of all mankind...
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I was reading 33 Days to Morning Glory on a journey with the Holy Spirit to Marian Consecration.
On Day 21 I ran across some dates that were very revealing to me. I haven't heard of others who have noticed this as yet.
If my theological assumptions as a South Carolina baptacostal, evangeliical, charismatic ragamuffin are anywhere close, maybe even 'within the ballpark', consider:
Saint Anna gives birth to the Emmaculata: Mary (by virtue of a miracle that can only be traced to God's grace and eternal blessing)
Saint Gabriel Comes to Virgin Mary to announce birth of Jesus
Holy Spirit becomes the eternal, heavenly spouse of Mary to conceive Jesus
Mary goes to Elzabeth who says "How is it that the Mother of My Lord comes to my house?"
This is told by one, who knew Jesus His whole life, to Luke and Luke (not one of the 12) writes one of the four Gospels, which is even considered to be 'synoptic' to Matthew and Mark. John has his very own distinction as the one who Jesus loved. Meaning an additional heavenly grace and blessing on one of the Sons of Zebedee.
As told to Him by... ready for this? The Holy Mother of God, The Theotokos, The Ever Virgin Mary who is living with Saint John after the Crucifixion.
.Without immediate details from the map of how I arrived to this conclusion... at this point, please, for a moment, rediscover, like an excited kid who wants to hear one more good story before going to bed, your hunger to collect clues as the story unfolds.
Mary has 33 years (30 of which are alone with Jesus and and a few years with Saint Joseph). ary spent every day of her life from the womb to the tomb at Jesus side.
She knows things that it would take 2,000 years for the world to even begin to know. Saint John himself said that there were not enough books in the world to contain all that Jesus said and did in 3 years! Can you imagine what Mary, his beloved Mother, must have known? By living with John can you imagine what else John came to know about His Savior and Lord and best friend? And what did he, apart from the other 11 learn about Mary outliving the others by 30 years or so?
Then, what about Luke? He knew Saul/Paul before He met Jesus and then didn't meet Mary until who knows how long? but when He did come to know Her as the Holy Virgin Mother of God ad interviewed her before the writing of His Gospel, Luke for conveying some very important moments from those things that she pondered in her heart. Then Luke wrote the book of Acts for Paul, or the revelation of Paul's Gospel.
Got your attention yet?
Isn't it possible that she was unique among all humankind and selected from all women in all of creation to be the celebrated Holy One of a kind human vessel that, though born with the Adamic nature like the rest of us, was somehow preserved by od to be without the stain of sin who was the only one worthy of God, because of his great love for us and for His only Son, to become the other of God become flesh?
Mary was a little bit more than selected, she was chosen before the begining to become the new Eve who would bring redemption into the world by giving birth to the Only Son of God to be the Son of Man as the Lamb of God who could take upon Himself the sin of Adam and the sins of the whole world. He was to become the only one who could take upon hHimself our sin so that He could make anyone 'heaven-ready' by His grace.
Think about this too. Mary would 'house God in her womb' for nine months she became the Ark of the Covenant, She would give birth to HIm in a perfect and emaculately clean, pure and holy wormb, because we know that darkness cannot house light! Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit when He overshadowed her and she said, "okay" to becoming the Mother of the Lord. In this case then, the arc of time and space was put on hold for a miraculous, one time event in the midst of His own creation to Create a relationship with one woman that would produce the Word made flesh to dwell among us just as He dwelled inside of Mary for 9 months.
Keep reading, imagining and faith-pretending if you will for the moment. Don't we all kind of faith-pretend until faith is rewarded by ways that God confirms the truth to us so that the blindness of faith rewards us with the birth of truth!
What if the Lord, by His Holy Spirit asked you to give Him a penny or a dime or a quarter when you were twelve or a bag of chips that you wanted to a homeless person? Do you emember the relie and then the joy that caught your heart the very first time? Isn't it wonderfuul that God rewards us with a greater sense of His reality when we do something He leads us to do and we find His grace to do it and then He goes on to reward us for our conduct and attitude.
What if you were 13 or 14 year old youong lady and an angel came from the very Throne of heaven and told you, "Hail chosen one, God wants to bless you! He wants you to become the Mother of His Son!"
Mary said, "If that is what God wants, i belong to Him, so that is fine with me. But how is this physically possible since I am a virgin?"
The Archangel Gabriel said to her, "This is a very special occasion and this will happen as a miracle in your womb when the Holy Spirit overshadows you."
Mary said, "May this be done to me according to the message you delivered to me."
Mary then runs to Her older Aunt Elizabeth (also called cousin, who was the sister of her Mother, St. Anna) Anna like her sister Elizabeth was barren and therefore considered cursed by God. The Archangel Gabriel visited her as well and told her husband Zacharius that Elizabeth's son would be named John, just as he told mary that her son was to be named Jesus!
I kn ow this sounds like family stuff... but don't get bored... this is not just any family. This is the only and one of a kind family that never was before nor ever shall be agin. The wheels of heaven were in motion and God was moving to earth by virtue of His onl begotten Son and this would be announced by the miraculous boirth of His cousin John, the greatest (Jesus said it) prophet of all Old Covenant time.
We will be covering a few of the following in the coming days and weeks.
* The first 9 day Novena was led by Jesus Mother, Mary, with the 120 until the Coming of the Holy Spirit! Mary was giving a nine day prayer seminar on "How to Receive Miracles from God!"
* Saint Pope John Paul II Went to heaven on the eve of the Feast of Divine Mercy
* Saint Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort, French (31 January 1673 – 28 April 1716) was a French Roman Catholic priest and Confessor. He was known in his time as a preacher and was made a missionary apostolic by Pope Clement XI. As well as preaching, Montfort found time to write a number of books which went on to become classic Catholic titles and influenced several popes. Montfort is known for his particular devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and the practice of praying the Rosary. Montfort is considered as one of the early writers in the field of Mariology. His most notable works regarding Marian devotions are contained in The Secret of Mary and the True Devotion to Mary. The Roman Catholic Church, under the pontificate of Pope Pius XII canonized Montfort on July 20, 1947. A "founders statue" created by Giacomo Parisini is located in an upper niche of the south nave of Saint Peter's Basilica.
Saint Maxmillian Kolbe (Polish)
Lourdes and St. Bernadette (France)
Fatima Saint Lucia (Portuguese)
St Theresa of the Little Flowers
St. Padre Pio (Italian)
St. Faustina and Divine Mercy (Polish)
St. John Paul II (Polish)
St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta (Brittish)
Pope Francis 2017
We are living ina time uneualled in all of jewish, Muslim and Christian History. We are living in the days when Jesus Christ will return in the clouds with power and great Glory!
This is the most exciting moment in Time/Space History!
And a child shall lead them...
Blessed Jacinta Marto, of Fátima, 1917. Shortly before her death at age 9, Jacinta asked everyone to consecrate to the Immaculate Heart.
CommunionFire Word-Smithing: Cosmosian
The supernatural realm of unseen cosmos micro and macro - only accessed through ongoing true scientific theory and faith that is Communion-centric.
It is the power released in essence and resident in the bread and wine that has been blessed by Jesus Christ. By grace through faith of those who believe in their heart and confess their faith through conversion, conversation and tangible expressions of worship and missions of mercy, empowered by Holy Spirit baptism by Jesus Christ, can see and hear spiritually.
Science has been talking about parallel dimensions, parallel universe structuring and string theory upheld by the basics of Newton, Einstein and others. The bending of time or flat universes perceives that flt may not be flat but slightly bent as talked about through Steven Hawking and Michio Kaku
Occasionally my rant will include preaching that says "Cosmosian Theology" a kind of String theory, parallel Universe concept creating a need for cosmic theology.
What does this entail?
How about what happened between Genesis 1:1a and Genesis 1:b
Could that be the Ice Age or "Ice Epic"? before the Flood Age of Noah?
What about an antidaluvian people group?
Come on don't tell me you haven't heard of these or how about...
Job and the ultimate barriers of time and space being broken through by level of vision that pierced through to see revelation of the first and second coming of Jesus in Job 19.
Rant: Jesus is Very Pro-Supernatural
So are the Creeds... In the name of The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit... "I Believe in God the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and Earth..."
What about the OT appearances of the 4th man or the Angel of theLord?
These are types and shadows of Jesus?
Or were thay actual appearances of Christ, the Word of God taking on the appearance of a man or Angel capital "A" ?
King and High Priest Melchizzadek?
The Angel and other two angels of Abraham to negotiate for the the judgement on Sodom?
What about Heaven's intervention with a Ram from God in place of Isaac, the type of Christ or the ladder of Jacob, which like Jesus revealed angels ascendng nd descending into the vestibule of heaven?
What about the 70 plus Moses, Joshua and Abner who went halfway up Sinai before the Law was given in Exodus 24 where they found themselves on a field of lapis lazuli - stone so clear blue they thought they were standing on the sky as they ate and drank with God?
There are so many episodes in the OT pointing to Jesus that we are working on another book to deal with this phenomenon.
Then what about Gospel fulfilment of the times and seasons of Jewish culture and law in the life of Jesus?
Mary, His Mother becomin Queen of heaven by Jewish culture and history? Or did you know abut that one? What about the early Church that had no New Testament Canon of Scripture for the first 400 years of the Chuurch? How did they possibly get along without aNew Testament? Ever hear off Jesus, the Word made Flesh who then sent His Holy Spirit to confirm the reality of His presence accessed through the bread and wine of Communion that Jesus called His flesh and Blood? Is Commnion just a symbolic act? Is it just a Memorial?Or is it something powerfilled from heaven, full of grace and truth like Holy Virgin Mother Mary Queen of Heaven and John's declaration as Jesus approached him for baptism, "Behold the Lamb of God Who Takes Awaythe Sins of the World!"
What about Sola Scriptura vs. Apostolic Succession, Liturgy and Holy Scriptuure that includes the Apocrypha? (There is the Roman version and the Easten Orthodox versions of the Apocrypha... hmmmm
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What to do?
Where are the non- roman catholic/eastern catholic theologians who:
Etc... 2017 Its time to fly toward heaven.
Where are the Catholics (Eastern and Western)
And And And
What will you do when you see Him coming in the clouds? Are you going to judge who should or should not
Have eternal Life
Be embraced by Him for Eternity
Be raised up
Be "In Him"
In whom He should dwell
Our stampswill not get us to heaven
Only the Seal of Grace by the power of the Holy Spirit for all who BElIEVE
For Zeb from Bob-Bob
To The Young Man of God and Potler Tribe
The B-Boys and The Starmen and Starwomen,
Blessed be the name of Jesus Christ
by whom we have eternal life
As said by G.K.Chesterton
A Thing Worth Doing by ACS
QUESTION: I keep hearing people quote Chesterton as saying,
"If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.”
Where did he say that? And what on earth did he mean by it?
ANSWER: To answer your first question first, he said it in his wonderful and timely book, What’s Wrong with the World, which was written in 1910.
Why in Genesis does Abraham and his wife keep going into kingdoms and saying they are just brother and sister? Zeb 11/8/16
In the following three parts I will at least try to answer your very good question badly! Love You! bob-bob
Background: Brief outline of the life of Abraham
Take a look at the first part summarizing the chapters in Genesis that have to do with Abraham's life.
Part Two: 2 Chapters you refer to in your question
Genesis Chapters 12 and 20 in two columns
Part Three: Below the 1st Song
A Brief Commentary
Man's Fallen Condition
God's Continued Love & Grace
Before the Law of Moses,
During the Law of Moses and finally
in the days of God's love shown in the birth, life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus to the full day.
Descendants of Noah - Shem, Ham & Japheth
verse 10 These are the records of the generations of Shem [from whom Abraham descended]. Shem was a hundred years old when he became the father of Arpachshad, two years after the flood.
There were 9 generations from Shem and Abram was the tenth generation since the days of Noah.
Noah - Shem - Arpachshad - Shelah - Eber - Peleg - Reu - Serug - Nahor - Terah - Abram, Nahor and Haran <-firstborn and was father of Lot
verse 31 Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran, his grandson, and Sarai his daughter-in-law, his son Abram’s wife; and they went out together to go from Ur of the Chaldeans into the land of Canaan; but when they came to Haran [about five hundred and fifty miles northwest of Ur], they settled there.
Genesis 12 see below
Abram and lot go their separate ways
Abraham rescues Lot and defeats 4 enemy kings and kingdoms and rescues 5 'friendly' ally kingdoms and takes the spoil of victory with 318 men! It was lot, his nephew that was his motive for asking and finding divine deliverance. Then Melchizzadek, King and high Priest of Salem appeared bringing Bread & Wine and Abraham responded by 'tithing' 1/10th of all the spoils of war and did war no more! From then on The Lord dd all the judgment and warfare - from heaven! He intervened with dreams, angels, visions and other supernatural revelations blessing those who blessed his family and brought destruction on those who refused him or his people. In Abrahams life and the life of his sons, Isaac and Ishmael and Jacob and Esau we see the honor of god for the people He loves by covenant or agreements until the days of Moses, David, Elijah and the 1st Coming of the Word made Flesh - God become man giving Him the name Jesus!
Abram and Melchizedek
17 Then after Abram’s return from the defeat (slaughter) of Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him, the king of Sodom went out to meet him at the Valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley).
18 [c]Melchizedek king of Salem (ancient Jerusalem) brought out bread and wine [for them]; he was the priest of [d]God Most High. 19 And Melchizedek blessed Abram and said,
“Blessed (joyful, favored) be Abram by God Most High,
Creator and Possessor of heaven and earth;
20 And blessed, praised, and glorified be God Most High,
Who has given your enemies into your hand.”
And Abram gave him a tenth of all [the treasure he had taken in battle].
God Promises Abraham son
Barren, Sarah offers Hagar to have the promised son
God creates the Covenant of circumcision to set apart Abraham's children from the rest of the world, begining with Ishmael and Abram becomes Abraham and Sarai becomes Sarah (the "ah" means the name of God so as to ratif the covenant of circumcision.)
The Three Angels visit Abraham to announce that Sarah will give birth to the son God promised Abraham and to warn Abraham about the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah; Abraham intercedes for Lot and his family. 2 angels go to rescue Lot and family and Abraham. Type of Jesus and foreshadow of angels and deliverance of God's family.
Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, death of Lot's wife. Lot and his family relocate, daughters get him drunk and sleep with him and one gives birth to Moab father of the Moabites and the other daughter gives birth to Ben-Ammi, father of the Ammonites. Type of the last days
Genesis 20 see below
Isaac Born; verse 4 So Abraham circumcised his son Isaac when he was eight days old, just as God had commanded him. 5 Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born. Shadow of the Covenanted people
Isaac on Mount Moriah as type of Golgotha
Death and Burial of Sarah as type of Mother Mary? (Isaac)
Bride (Rebekah) for Isaac as type of Bride of Christ, second coming and wedding feast of the Lamb
Abraham's Death and the children of Ishmael and Isaac
The Green indicates the Brother/Sister references
The Black indicates general text of the story
The Yellow indicates where or how the Lord intervened
The Red Burgundy is where we follow Abraham
Blue headers and names
Amazing Grace Breaks Every Chain
Covenant is About Being Part of
God's Family First and Always
The Revelation of God's Love Melts Away
The Icy Grip of Knowing Good and Evil
The Ocean of God's Eternal Love
Constantly Pounds My Heart with Waves of Jesus' Grace
Why in Genesis does Abraham and his wife keep going into kingdoms and saying they are just brother and sister? Zeb 11/8/16
Abraham was called by God to become the father of His Holy People Israel. He did this by Agreements He made with Abraham. His intention was to have a people for His name that would have an eternal relatonship with Him. The Trinity of God is Love because God is love and He needed to extend the object of His love so He made man in His image. Man fell but God's love or him never failed. (The word "Man" is inclusive of all mankind; ie., men and women, mankind and womankind).
Man had to be given the free choice to love Him back but that did not change His eternal love for His created family. Man fell pray to the serpent's cleverness who manipulated Adma and Eve into thinking God's command not to eat from one tree He created, The Tree of Knowlege of Good and Evil.
God said they would die if they disobeyed this one little demand among the thousands of blessings, trees, produce and great provision He created for them to live in free of labor and filled with the presence of His love.
So for the next era of generation from Adam to Noah there was a progression of children, Cain and Abel on through to Enoch, Methusela, Lamech and Noah. (10 generations Genesis 5)
Father Adam actually lived almost to the days of Noah's flood so that he saw most of those ten generations. Then the earth was destroyed by a global flood and Noah began where Adam and Eve left off by his 3 sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth to create a people for His name. Now man was fallen and corrupt by the serpent's deception of Eve and Adam and Eve's disobedience. So, God created a covenant with Noah (the rainbow) to assure them he would not destroy the earth by flood ever again.
So from the sons of Shem came 10 genrations to the birth of Abram. By that time another set of fallen humanity had evolved through the sons of Ham and Japheth. God was preparing through Abram's seed to create then next event of the Patriarchs of the Hebrew people. This would lead to the advent of Joseph and benjamin the first and the last of the sons of Jacob, who both shared the same mother Rachel, Then through a series of events came 400 years in Egypt, the miracle preservation of Moses and 80 years later the release from slavery and Egypt of a nation of people destined to inherit the promised land establiished by the Patriarchs 440 years earliier.
So in the days of Abraham God gave him power to conquor the inhabitants of the land God promised to him. After defeating the enemies of God, Melchizzadek the High Priest and King of Salem brought bread and wine and Abraham dd war nomore. This advent of peace meanth that God would protect and battle for Abraham and Sarah, nomatter what the situation. Abraham was suspicious of everyone and knew that if he was killed Sarah would not survive and God's plan for a nation that would be a blessing to all the nations of the earth would perish. So Abrraham to protect himself and the promise of God took it upon himself to insure a future.
The first threat came from Pharoah's request to have the 65 year old "sister" of Abram, Sarai become a part of his 'harem'. God intervened and told Pharoah he could not have Sarai because she was married to Abram. So he dealt with Pharoah and Pharoah came to Abram and said, "Why did you decive me and compromise me with your God?"
Abram got his sister/wife Sarai back, plus slaves, livestock and treasures. Abraham points out that Sarai is the daughter of his father but from a different mother. So, in his mind, he was protecting the future of a promised people and a covenant with God. He no longer did war so he offered Sarah in place o taking up arms with Egypt.
The second threat came from King Abimalech of Gerar of the Negev. Abraham convinces himself that he needs to protect God's covenant and his life and the life of Sarah and leave the rest up to God. So he aske Sarah to go along with him and say that she is his "sister"! She goes along with him and, again, God intervenes. This time through a series of supernatural events that included an encounter with God by Abimalech, Sarah was returned to Abraham from a terrified king who met God. He blessed Abraham
So whydid Abraham do this?
1) He was not Adam - He was a man whose faith counted as righteousness but still bound by the same fallen condition and sin of Adam + 20 generations of people who did not know God personally like Abram.
2) Though a man of faith, Abraham had been an undefeated warrior, and for lack of military tact reacted in despration to a circumstance he was ill- equipped to deal with.
3) The situaton with Pharoah, God directly intervened and for all he knew, was surprised that somehow Pharoah figured out that Abram and Sarai were married. There were no 'laws' of marriage in those days... but God made it clear that Pharoah's desire for Sarai was unacceptable.
4) With Pharoah Sarai was 64-65 yeas old and Abram was 75 years old. Somehow grandmom was still so beautiful that Pharoah wanted her for his harem. 25 years later Sarah was 90 years old and Abraham was 99 years old. On top of that Sarah may have been pregnant with Isaac when they faced off with King Abimalech, because Isaac was born when Sarah was 91 and Abraham was 100 years old. So at 90 years old she was still so beautiful that the King wanted her for his harem!
It is the failing of Abram/Abraham and Sarai/Sarah to understand the eternal scope of God's covenant promise so they reacted to their situation without 'violence' and not knowing what to do relied on their own intellect to 'handle' both situations 25 years apart from eachother. But The Lord did not hold it to their charge but to the natural appetite of those that had the power to separate and kill them before God could fulfill His promises to them. The enemy is always trying to distract God's family by twisting the situation n such a way we try to solve things ourself instead of trusting the Lord, His promises and the great love he has for those He covenants with.
5) How do we see Jesus in all of this? It is during their lives that Abraham meets King and High Priest Melchizzadek (perhaps an OT appearnce of 'the Word of God') alone, bringing Abraham bread and wine (the law of first mention for Communion as seen in the upper room with Jesus!
6) Then after that there were the three angels for whom Abraham provided bread, wine and meat in addition to supplies. 2 of the angels leave for Sodom and the other Angel (again a type or forshadow of Christ - and perhaps was another OT appearance of Jesus) is negotiated with by Abraham to 'save' Sodom. Are there enough righteous to make it worth saving? When the Angel said no, then Abraham interceded for His nephew Lot and his family to be delivered from Sodom before the fire fell.
7) what do we learn about the nature and character of God here? Abraham becomes the friend of God and they become "blood brothers" by virtue of a covenant that God outlines in Chapter 12. So in effect Abraham grows in his relationship with God and God makes him victorious over all the power of the enemy. Then, after Communion with Him in the person of Melchizzadek, Abraham gves Melchizzadek a tenth of all the spoils of war and does war no more. Now he enters another covenant when the three angels come and tell Abraham that Sarah will give birth at 91 years old! Sarah laughs but God fulfills his promise and protects her through the decision of Abraham to try and help God. Before the Covenant of a Communion meal God delivers Abraham from a half truth and after the Communion 25 years later He still delivers Abraham and Sarah a scond time; from the exact same decision made by fear rather than by faith 25 years earlier!
Old Covenant or New - the only ransformation that can happen is from God's end. He loves us first, cares and provides for us, protects us and gives us a peace that ony comes from Him. We see this in both Abraham and Sarah's life and then in the lives of those who are his direct descendants even if He has to show up Himself to insure the safety of His Covenant with us!
When Jesus said, "It is finished" it was. There's nothing else He can do to save you any more than that. If you believe, He promises you eternal life and that He will raise you up on the last day. When we respond to His invitation to sit down at His Table to dine with him and upon Him, He gives us daily our daily bread and drink with enough revelation or his life and love that it satisfies our hunger and thirst, igniting our heart with His fire and passion to get through each day!
In the face of Jesus we awaken to His reality for He is truth. When we dine with Him by dining upon and drinking in His provison of Himself, it is to lead us into His presence personally so that He might fill us and flood us with the glory of His presence! Commuunion = Christ in you the hope of glory! Alleluia!
The Greater Glory of the New Covenant
(Ratified by the same meal that Melichizzadek brought to Abraham, that God provided to the 73 on Mount Sainai (Exodus 24) and by Jesus at the Last Supper or First Communon. Jesus said (John 6) if you eat my flesh and drink my blood you have eternal life and i will raise ou up in the last day!)
2 Corinthians 3:7-18
7 Now if the ministry that brought death,
which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory,
so that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory, transitory though it was,
8 will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious?
9 If the ministry that brought condemnation was glorious,
how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness!
10 For what was glorious has no glory now
in comparison with the surpassing glory.
11 And if what was transitory came with glory,
how much greater is the glory of that which lasts!
12 Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold.
13 We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to prevent the Israelites from seeing the end of what was passing away. (The glory faded after his encounter with God)
14 But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read.
It has not been removed,
because only in Christ is it taken away!
15 Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts.
16 But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.
17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
18 And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory (as in a mirror or glass),
are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory,
(from glory to glory to glory to glory)
which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
"Give us calendar day by calendar day our daily Communion Bread of your flesh & Wine of your blood!"
Thanks be to God for His eternally amazing gift of Himself every day!
100th Anniversary of the Miracles at Fatima begins Today! CommunionFire Brings Heaven to Earth through Communion Part I
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Almost every night for 17 months, I prayed for my dear sweet Mother, Betty Jean. There is quite a backstory that perhaps I will share one day, but for now: A miracle this week.
I started doing daily, evening prayer walks June 6, 2015 and as I got stronger after my open heart surgery in March 2016, I took to the road on my red, .church flea market purchased, $20 Huffy, 'Good Vibrations' bicycle.
The odd thing about these prayer walks and bike rides was that I started praying the Roman Catholic Rosary! After 44 years of daily prayer and study of prayer; intercession with international, national and local focuses everything changed. I grew up, even before I was born again saying The Lord's Prayer once a day. I was a committed stuudent of prayer and evangelism,
But, I had honestly never seen so much direct answer to prayer until I started praying the Rosary a year and a half ago. Uniting with Holy Mother Mary in prayer has a tremndous impact on the effectiveness of personal prayer to Jesus. Some misconceive, as did I, that the RC Rosary is worship of Mary. It is not prayer to Mary or in any form worship of Mary, but prayer with Mary and the Holy Spirit as our advocates or prayer partners in praying to Jesus -our intercessor. Mary too is by virtue or her position as Queen of Heaven and our Heavenly Mother the best co-intercessor to Jesus because she is Jesus physical and Heavenly Mother. (More on that at another time). But Jesus' Mother has a role to point us to Jesus, to do as He says but keep in mind she was with Him step by step for 33 years and for nine months was the Ark of the New Covenant. Mary gav.e Jesus her flesh in the womb. In effect, she was the way God chose to become flesh. She knew Him ten times longer, plus nine months within her, than any other person on earth! In Jewish culture the Queen was alwys the mother, not the wife. When the time came Mary becae the Mother of the Church and the Queen of Heaven after Jesus filled the throne of David.
Most of those who are reading this may understand the 5 decades and 5 mysteries of each of 4 mysteries of The Rosary, of but for those who don't know - The Rosary is a prayer that joins us to the Holy Mother of God, We hold hands with the "Theotokos" Mother of God, ever Virgin Mary and with the Saints in heaven as well as to those billion earthbound Roman Catholics around the world who, at one place of other, at any time day or night are praying the same prayer called The Rosary. this has been going on in the church for over a thousand years.
The Rosary is about our meditation and reflection on the 4 Mysteries of Jesus: as Suffering Savior, Joyful Word made Flesh, Glorious Redeemer and Luminous Lord and King. Other aspects of prayer includes 7 repetitions of the Lord's Prayer within each full Rosary each day, The Glory be to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and prayer of dependence upon Jesus, "O My Jesus, forgive us our sins"
Each Rosary begins with The Sign of The Cross, "In the name of The Father, The Son and Holy Spirit" (puting on the whole armour of God) and then the declaration to all power in heaven and earth of The Apostle's Creed. "I Believe in God the Father Almighty Maker of He,aven and Earth, etc....
Each of the four Mysteries has five parts about Jesus and Mary. Between each meditation or reflection are 10 Hail Mary Prayers for a total of 5 decades (ten) for each Mystery.
My way of doing this was to pause and pray between each of ten "Hail Mary" prayers with a prayer or (intention) for 1 of 50 different people, family members, friends, people groups and various targets as directed by the Holy Spirit. Now the way I prayed was, again as the Holy Spirit led.
For example: 1st of fifty Hail Marys each night might include:
Hail Mary full of grace
The Lord is with you
Blessed are you among women and
Blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary Mother of God
Pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death
(Then as The Holy Spirit led, I would insert specific intentions; for exammple: "Lord I pray for all who travel tonight, that you protect and grant them safe passage wherever they are going" or for example "Mary please pray for (insert specific name of someone)'.
Then I would pray the next Hail Mary and so on.
Now when I got to praying for my Mother, Betty Jean - (now almost 90 years young) I would pray the following every night:
"Mother Mary please ask Jesus for me, to send divine intervention to my Mom (on earth); to restore her faith and if necessary, even to awaken her in the middle of the night or visit her in her dreams and let her know how much you love her."
It was like this every night for almost 17 months! During that time I also had open heart surgery and even then I managed to pray when I was cognizant.
.This past monday evening my mom called. She announced from her "nursing home hacienda" - in Georgia, "Bobby I have good news! She told mme about some healing going on fo one of my amily members!" That particular situation was an answer to prayer and part of my evening Rosary prayer walks. But its what she told e next that was a blockuster moment for me..
I said, "Mom that is answered prayer and I will keep praying for them."
Then she said, "I also have some other news and I just had to call you! Last night I heard from heaven. Jesus wants me to write a book for children about how much He loves them and how they don't have to be afraid of Him. He wants the story to be about His friends to see He was a real boy who had to grow up just like all His friends. I think I want it to start with Matthew and then Mark and Luke and john! Do you think you could help me?"
"Wow Mom! Thats wonderful, of course I'll do anything I can to help... "
Mary, Jesus and all of heaven must have been involved. Mom was so excited and she said her faith, that had become cold and distant for much of her life, had been restored in one dream and she said it with a sense of mission as well. As my Pastor in California, Rick Warren said, "She had found purpose that allowed Jesus to take the drivers seat in her heart." Just like that, prayer had been answered, Mom was restored in faith and the Lord gave her new purpose.
St. Padre Pio said that the Rosary is the power of the Church in the last days. I think he may be on to something.
Please note, I am not Roman Catholic per se, I grew up Methodist, born-again through the witness of Campus Crusade for Christ, was baptized in the Chesapeake bay by Dr. John Pepper of Furnace Branch Baptist church, then became a street Christian, evangelical and charismatic. for 40 years. I did all the stuff that various chuurches, groups, movements, authors and teachers told me. But almost 5 years ago, Camille, my wife and I started having Communion at home together every morning.
It was in CommunionFire one morning that I saw Mary with her Son for the first time. Then months later she spoke to me for the first time, just three words, "Bob, Be Bold." thus the name of this blogsite! So, with heaven's help, their prayers and yours, I am going to document the writing of this book with my earthly Mother and the assistance of my Heavenly Mother as part of my Bob Be Bold postings. I hope you can follow along with us and watch as Heavn reveals another part of its tresuries!
Scripture Notes on The Rosary see:
#Bob Be Bold - Part 1 - Theotokos
#BobBeBold- Part 2 - Full of Grace
#Bob Be Bold - Part 3 - The Rosary
#BobBeBold - Part 4 - The Sign of the Cross
Blessed: Part One - Elizabeth
Blessed: Part Two - Mary's Prophecy
Blessed: Part Three - Gabriel's Greeting
Blessed: Part Four - Gabriel's Visitation to Zechariah
Blessed: Part Five - The Witness of Simeon and Anna
Thank you also to the prayers of St. Pio who I have great regard for along with St. Francis.
Here are a few comments from St. Pio with regard to His love for His and our heavenly Mother Mary.
With the feast day of St. Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio) coming up this Tuesday, September 23, I found it fitting to provide you 10 quotes of his speaking about the Blessed Virgin Mary. Like many of the saints before him, Padre Pio had a great devotion to the Blessed Mother, particularly though the Holy Rosary. Padre Pio knew the importance Our Lady plays in the life of every Christian and knew the importance the Rosary plays in the hands of us Christians. For him, the Rosary is the weapon against Satan.
For us who face many trials these days in our world, St. Pio of Pietrelcina is one of the saints we must turn to for prayers and guidance. He faced his trials and sufferings head on through prayer, the Holy Eucharist, and the devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Always remember these words from him – “Pray, Hope, and Don’t Worry.”
It is my hope that you will share this blog post with your family and friends as well as use some of these quotes on your social media sites as a way to evangelize for Jesus Christ and His Blessed Mother through the divine inspired words of the great 20thcentury Franciscan saint, Padre Pio –
1. “Let us bind ourselves tightly to the Sorrowful Heart of our Heavenly Mother and reflect on its boundless grief and how precious is our soul.”
2. “May the Mother of Jesus and our Mother, always smile on your spirit, obtaining for it, from her Most Holy Son, every heavenly blessing.”
3. “Go and keep company with Jesus in His Passion, and with His Sorrowful Mother.”
4. “…It is enough for you to know that Mary is the Mother of Jesus…She loves us so much that she offered to God the Father His only natural Son to save His adopted sons…She is a great and inestimable treasure who encloses in herself an infinite treasure, the Son of God.”
5. “…If we do what we have always done, what our fathers did before us, we cannot go wrong. Satan wants to destroy this prayer, but in this he will never succeed. The Rosary is the prayer of those who triumph over everything and everyone. It was Our Lady who taught us this prayer, just as it was Jesus who taught us the Our Father.”
6. “Some people are so foolish that they think they can go through life without the help of the Blessed Mother.”
7. [When asked if the Blessed Virgin is present during the Holy Mass], “Yes, she places herself at a side, but I can see her, what a joy. She isalways present. How can it be that the Mother of Jesus, present in Calvary at the foot of the Cross, who offered her Son as a victim for the salvation of our souls, not be present in the mystical Calvary of the altar?”
8. “Let us endeavor, like so many elect souls, to follow this blessed Mother, to walk always close to Her, not following any other path that leads to life, except the one trod by our Mother.”
9. “Always stay close to this Heavenly Mother, because she is the sea to be crossed to reach the shores of Eternal Splendor.”
10. “Love the Madonna and pray the Rosary, for her Rosary is the weapon against the evils of the world today. All graces given by God pass through the Blessed Mother.”
St. Pio of Pietrelcina…Pray for us.
Posted by Kresta in the Afternoon on September 23rd, 2014
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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.
Click here for more on the discernment of apparition claims.
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.