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Question: How do I know if thoughts are from the devil or just from my own mind?
Q: Dear D..., my thought life is sometimes out of control. When I get angry or disturbed it seems like these feelings press a “replay” button on the scenes of my struggle to the point where I want to scream to make it stop. Sometimes I lose lots of sleep. The tapes in my head replay what I should have said or could have said - what will I do in response etc. I guess my main question is how do I know the source of these thoughts and then how do I battle them or manage them effectively if it is even possible or important to know?
A: Dear Friend, the great thing about this question is that you realize that you are being influenced or burdened in a way that is not in keeping with what God desires of you. As you probably well know, the unmanaged musings of an injured soul can easily lead us away from the peace that Christ has for us and into further sin or destructive behavior. Your self-awareness is a very important first step in the right direction.
Let’s start with the first part of your question, knowing the source of our thoughts. It is both possible, and important, to learn the discernment skills necessary to understand if our thoughts come from our self, the devil, or God. Your mention of an automatic ‘replay button’, and the struggle and unrest that come with it are good indicators that these thoughts are not from God. That leaves us two final options, the self, or the devil.
Thoughts Rooted in our Own Minds
On a natural level, our memories are trained by years of repeated behavior. There are automatic negative thoughts that some of us experience when, for instance, we make a mistake. “Stupid! Stupid! Stupid!” We can go on forever beating ourselves up to no good end. This is not of God. (St. Therese of Lisieux has a lot of good advice in regard to being kind to ourselves.) We need to retrain our memory so that we break the tapes. A good way to do this is by simply adopting any short prayer that we commit to repeat every time these thoughts surface. This prayer can be as simple as “Lord Jesus I trust in you” or a Hail Mary.
Discernment About Thoughts from God and the Enemy
Although the devil cannot read our thoughts, he watches us carefully for our entire lives and he knows just how we will react to certain things. As well, he will supply all the rationalization and arguments we need in those “shoulda, coulda, woulda” conversations, and even when our thoughts start out on a positive note, he will seek to lead us off track and right back to the old familiar patterns. In The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, (Rules four and five for the second week.), he tells us to watch the scope of our thoughts from beginning to end. They must be good in the beginning, middle, and end, to be of the good spirit (from God). If they fail to be good in any part, then we have likely been influenced by something that is not of God.
Learning to tell the difference between thoughts that come from our self or from the devil takes a lot of practice and discernment, and is best done with the help of a spiritual director. But a good starting point is to begin by learning what is of God, and what is not of God. When thoughts are from God they are gentle and peaceful. If He chastises, He does so in a way that does not condemn but seeks to restore. A good example of this is when we see with complete honesty, and often humour (“Oh man! I knew better than to do that!”), that we’ve done something wrong, and we simply do what’s necessary to make it right and not dwell on it.
Some people are always thinking. Yet God makes them this way, and He provides all the graces needed to keep some sort of order in our thought processes. It will often happen that while musing on an issue like giving advice to a friend, we will suddenly understand that a particular thought is the perfect solution to a dilemma of our own. You can be sure that the Holy Spirit is behind these redemptive insights.
Knowing one’s ‘root sin’ is also helpful in determining some of the reasons why our thoughts drift in certain patterns. Once we do understand them, then we can work on changing them. It’s also good to remember to look for the fruit of our thoughts. Are they productive or did I just waste a bunch of time? If we are wasting time, it is not likely that the source is good.
- I'm so afraid of having faith in false prophets. How do we know for sure what we are following is genuine?
Some of the messages I read on the Warningsecondcoming website leave me so very fearful. And I have remained so for a long time, not for myself only as I say the Seal of the Living God daily but for the coming forced famine and cruelty for my loved ones who beleve little of what I say could be a reality.
Both questions deal with an emotional rationality (i.e. fear, worry, anxiety) and not with reasoning which is understandable and knowledgeable.
To Discern properly is: TO DO THE WILL OF GOD which is to LOVE.
Fear is a distraction coming from something missing in our lives and from satan.
What is missing is the LOVE OF GOD.
Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, died for the LACK OF LOVE in our hearts by taking our sinfulness upon Himself and dying on the Cross for the LOVE of us.
Faith leads us to LOVE and NOT to fear or even having faith in prophets or visionaries.. We build on CONFIDENCE and TRUST knowing God knows all things. We strive to be perfect (holy) in our daily life and routines giving all to the Glory of God.
As St. Iranaeus said: “THE GLORY OF GOD IS THE HUMAN BEING FULLY ALIVE”.
What one needs to understand is the message not the medium (i.e. the prophet or visionary). They are necessary as chosen instruments. As Our Lord said in the Old Testament that even the stones will shout should His chosen people not listen. Our Lord even spoke through Baal’s donkey.
Important thing is not looking at only the external events (such as volcano eruptions, earthquakes, tsunamis etc.) and being fearful but looking also at the spiritual. AM I changing and averting from sinning after reading these messages? Or do I solely look for the externals and worry needlessly WITH FEAR (i.e distracting myself from changing my sinful ways) on the externals such as places of refuge, storing food, the collision of the two comets or World war III etc.? Do these messages teach me how to change from my old self and be converted? Yes, there may be some false visionaries (wannabes) who want to be famous and may have deceived us. But did their messages lead me closer to God or away from God? Yes, many of them tend to copycat the TRUE Prophets or visionaries. But important thing is not to judge or condemn them but to pray for them for their souls are on the line. All of the True messages lead to pray for the SALVATION OF SOULS AND CONVERSION. That includes also the “false” visionaries or prophets.
We also need to remember that God gave each of us a FREE WILL to make choices FREELY. Just as God gave us a free choice to cooperate with GRACE or to sin, we cannot make or force our choices on our loved ones even though they may not see what is coming AND TRYING TO COERCE OR CONVINCE THEM.
All we can do is: PRAY! PRAY! PRAY!
Do not worry about the externals. God will take care of them if we fall on our knees and Pray!
Q: How people will know that the mass has been altered and is no longer the true mass service?
A. There are 3 essential elements that makes the Mass valid:
- the Form: the words of Consecration - "This is My Body" and "This is the Chalice of My Blood.."
- the Matter: material elements - Unleavened Bread (flour and water only) and Wine (made from pure fermented grapes)
Minister: a validly ordained priest and his intention to offer Mass on behalf of the Church - to do what The Church call him to do
A Mass of the Roman Rite is invalid when the following are missing or altered: celebrant of the Mass is not a validly ordained priest, when the priest does not have the proper intention, when wheat bread or grape wine is not used, or when the words “This is my Body” or “This is … my Blood” are not said.
If any of the above are missing, it makes Mass invalid.
May 30th 2012
Q. from an owner of a website about Warning messages: "I have one man, ask me about the message 25.04.2012, 15:50 and the sentence "Many souls are born into this world sent from Heaven. They choose suffering, including those aborted children, as a means of seeking salvation for sinners." He said that it looks like reincarnation. I wrote to him that the Scriptures says nothing about what happens to the soul before birth. But he had read about this and it did not convince him. Would you ask a priest about to clarify this point?"
A. Actually Scripture does give a mystery or revelation through the prophet Jeremiah (1:5): “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you;”
To know us and consecrate us means that in the mind of God, we already existed even before we were born in our mother’s womb. We were present before Him and made an oath (consecrated) with our lives to Him. Consecration involves two persons – God and you. This means that even before we could speak, write, touch, feel etc., we existed in the mind of God and our soul knew God. As God Loved us first, we were asked to make the choice of choosing to Love Him above all else. Consecration cannot happen without us making the free choice before God and consenting to do His Will. However, due to the concupiscence of Original Sin, our souls in the flesh, gravitated towards evil rather than good and the consequence of our sinfulness is the untold sufferings in the world. This had to be redeemed by One who was without Original Sin and completely pure – the Only Begotten Son, Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Mary, was the co-redemptrix in that she too suffered for the salvation of souls in union with Her beloved Son. She was united in the Divine Will of God and therefore she too made the choice to suffer for the salvation of souls.
But the point is that if we want to be with our Lord, we too, although tainted have to suffer for the salvation of souls. There is no way around it. Our suffering does not add to the salvation of souls but mitigates the suffering of the world because we are the “Body of Christ.” As the Head goes, so goes the Body!
The Body of Christ is every human person created in God’s image no matter what religion he/she belongs to. The essence of the Body of Christ includes also those already formed in God’s mind. The taintedness of our souls has led to the many "religions" departing from the oath we made to the One God.
So too do children before they come into the physical world make the choice for Christ and choose to suffer for Christ for the salvation of souls. In our human understanding, it is hard to comprehend this mystery. Nevertheless, in the Divine understanding, we need to see that all begins with God and ends with God! We comprehend the mysteries of our salvation in God, with God and through God.
We complete in our afflictions, as St. Paul says, “what is lacking in Christ for the sake of His Body, the Church.” (Col.1:24)
Reincarnation means “entering the flesh again” or transmigration of the soul usually occurring after death. Therefore, reincarnation is not even a remote possibility because God made us in His Divine image – male and female He created them.
Q. I ask if the Father provides for all our needs if we simply ask and trust him, why then are those in Africa suffering such repeated and severe famines?
A. The question I guess could be put in another way: “Why do bad things happen to good people?”
God has forgotten no one. We have to understand that God Loves every human person. However, we suffer the consequences on the negative choices we make in this life and this affects every human being as well as the universe. Our thoughts, words and actions manifest itself through the human will warring against Our Lord because of the three-fold opposition to the Most Holy Trinity: the world, the flesh and the devil. The human will entertains all sorts of negativity: doubt, despair, anger, excuses, rationalization, rumours, gossip etc.; it becomes enslaved by the ways of the world and the devil. We thrive on the negativeness in our lives and therefore see all the bad things that happen in the world. We then tend to give up and look for someone to blame and most of the time, we blame God.
Every thought has a cause, choice and consequence whether it be good or bad. We are either blessed when we praise God or cursed when we sin or entertain any negativity that eventually leads us to blame God! Remember, we are not punished by God but by the consequences of our choices that lead to sinfulness!
We can pray to alleviate the suffering in the world but we too must do our duty by helping in donating to the poor countries whatever means and excesses we have.
God has blessed the wealthy nations; but they need to forget their selfishness and teach the African nations how to cultivate the land and overcome the drought in those nations. Take for example, how Israel has turned the desert into a flourishing oasis. We cannot put conditions in helping the poor countries as the World banks do. We need to do our part no matter how insignificant it may be. The Good must overcome evil!
So what can you do? Pray that evil is averted in our lives and we learn to follow the three commandments in doing God’s Holy Will: Love God, Love neighbour and Love yourself!
Q: What is the meaning of: "Be still, and know that, I Am God"
A:"Be still, and know that, I Am God" - Our Lord calls us to recognise that amidst all our trials and tribulations,
God is always with us. As Psalm 46 states: God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
We forget that God is with us and He wants us to get away from all our troubles, from the world and spend time in contemplation with Him,
recognising He abides with us and will give an answer to our turmoils : "Be still, and know that, I Am God"
It is in His Loving Presence that you will find peace and tranquility just as when St. Peter found when he walked on water in spite of the
storms surrounding him. "Be still, and know that, I Am God"
Question: Is it proper to kneel after receiving Holy Communion?
a Canadian member wrote us: "I am concerned with one of the new changes in the Mass, the fact that we are required to stand after Communion until everyone has received it."
Answer from FR. HMD:
- Praying on one's knees is an established Christian practice. "Then Jesus withdrew from them about stone's thrown, knelt down, and prayed." [Lk. 22:41] In the Old Testament, Nehemiah prayed before the King while standing up. [Neh. 2:4]
- The posture that should be taken at the moment of prayer will vary depending on how your heart feels, how it has been called by God to pray.
- According to St. Ambrose: "The knee is made flexible by which the offence of the Lord is mitigated, wrath appeased, grace called forth" (St. Ambrose, Hexaem., VI, ix). "By such posture of the body we show forth our humbleness of heart" (Alcuin, De Parasceve). "The bending of the knee is an expression of penitence and sorrow for sins committed" (Rabanus Maurus, De Instit. Cler., II, xli).
- St. Basil calls kneeling the lesser penance (metanoia mikra) as opposed to prostration, the greater penance (metanoia megale).
- Standing, on the contrary, was the attitude of praise and thanksgiving.
- St. Augustine (loc. cit.) considers it to signify joy, and therefore to be the fitting posture for the weekly commemoration by Christians of the Lord's Resurrection, on the first day of the week (See also Cassian, Cobb., XXI).
- Pope Benedict XVI has observed.
‘Kneeling does not come from any one culture—it comes from the Bible and its knowledge of God.’ (Pope Benedict XVI (Joseph, Cardinal Ratzinger) ‘The Spirit of the Liturgy’ (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2000) p185)).
- As he goes on to elaborate, kneeling is found in numerous passages of Scripture as a proper attitude both of supplicatory prayer, and of adoration in the presence of God.
- In kneeling, we follow the example of Our Lord Himself, fulfilling Philippians’ Hymn of Christ (Philippians 2:10), and conform ourselves to the heavenly liturgy glimpsed in the Book of Revelations(Revelations 5:8).
- The Holy Father concludes:
It may well be that kneeling is alien to modern culture—insofar as it is a culture, for this culture has turned away from the faith and no longer knows the One before whom kneeling is the right, indeed the intrinsically necessary gesture. The man who learns to believe learns also to kneel, and a faith or a liturgy no longer familiar with kneeling would be sick at the core. Where it has been lost, kneeling must be rediscovered, so that, in our prayer, we remain in fellowship with the apostles and martyrs, in fellowship with the whole cosmos, indeed in union with Jesus Christ Himself. (ibid.) ( My emphasis)
- Blessed Pope John Paul II reminds us that the proper attitude is ‘the humility of the Centurion in the Gospel’: this attitude is both manifested and nurtured by the recognised posture of humility, of kneeling.
- The importance of an inner attitude of humility, stressed both by Bl. Pope John Paul II, and by the requirement for a ‘gesture of reverence’, is not only a matter of decorum before the Real Presence of Our Lord, important as that is. Rather, the grace received by the communicant is dependent upon his or her disposition, and the cultivation of the correct disposition, that of humility and child-like receptivity.
- The official commentary on this decision cites the concern to increase among the faithful devotion to the Real Presence of Christ in the Sacrament of the Eucharist.
- Further, the traditional method is called an ‘external sign’ to ‘promote understanding of this great sacramental mystery’. (Office for the Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff)
- The Canadian Sacramentary of the Roman Missal states:
When the distribution of communion is over, if appropriate, the Priest and the faithful pray quietly for sometime. (The Roman Missal, pg.45)
- Therefore it gives leeway for the faithful in their disposition to prayer. It does not enforce the faithful to stand after Holy Communion.
- When one receives Our Blessed Lord, it is a sacrosanct moment between God and the individual person not with the community because everyone is predisposed in their own way in the reception of God Himself and therefore receives Graces accordingly.
- Liturgy is made for God and NOT for man!
- We participate in the act as a “community” and give Glory to God.
May 15th 2012
Question: "Enoch is mentioned in Genesis 5:18 as one of the patriarchs the father of Methuselah not as a prophet..
Please elaborate on this message."
Answer from Father H.M.D.: About the prophet Enoch (Henoch):
1* This is the book of the generations of Adam. When God created man, he made him in the likeness of God. 2 Male and female he created them, and he blessed them and named them Man when they were created. 3 When Adam had lived a hundred and thirty years, he became the father of a son in his own likeness, after his image, and named him Seth. 4 The days of Adam after he became the father of Seth were eight hundred years; and he had other sons and daughters. 5 Thus all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years; and he died. 6 When Seth had lived a hundred and five years, he became the father of Enosh. 7 Seth lived after the birth of Enosh eight hundred and seven years, and had other sons and daughters. 8 Thus all the days of Seth were nine hundred and twelve years; and he died. 9 When Enosh had lived ninety years, he became the father of Kenan. 10 Enosh lived after the birth of Kenan eight hundred and fifteen years, and had other sons and daughters. 11 Thus all the days of Enosh were nine hundred and five years; and he died. 12 When Kenan had lived seventy years, he became the father of Ma-halalel. 13 Kenan lived after the birth of Ma-halalel eight hundred and forty years, and had other sons and daughters. 14 Thus all the days of Kenan were nine hundred and ten years; and he died. 15 When Ma-halalel had lived sixty-five years, he became the father of Jared. 16 Ma-halalel lived after the birth of Jared eight hundred and thirty years, and had other sons and daughters. 17 Thus all the days of Ma-halalel were eight hundred and ninety-five years; and he died. 18 When Jared had lived a hundred and sixty-two years he became the father of Enoch. 19 Jared lived after the birth of Enoch eight hundred years, and had other sons and daughters. 20 Thus all the days of Jared were nine hundred and sixty-two years; and he died. 21 When Enoch had lived sixty-five years, he became the father of Methuselah. 22 Enoch walked with God after the birth of Methuselah three hundred years, and had other sons and daughters. 23 Thus all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years. 24* Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him. 25 When Methuselah had lived a hundred and eighty-seven years, he became the father of Lamech. 26 Methuselah lived after the birth of Lamech seven hundred and eighty-two years, and had other sons and daughters. 27 Thus all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred and sixty-nine years; and he died. 28 When Lamech had lived a hundred and eighty-two years, he became the father of a son, 29 and called his name Noah, saying, "Out of the ground which the LORD has cursed this one shall bring us relief from our work and from the toil of our hands." 30 Lamech lived after the birth of Noah five hundred and ninety-five years, and had other sons and daughters. 31 Thus all the days of Lamech were seven hundred and seventy-seven years; and he died. 32 After Noah was five hundred years old, Noah became the father of Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
In Gen:5:20-24, we get an understanding of Enoch as a prophet.
The definition of a prophet in the New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia:
(1) General Idea — The Hebrew Prophet was not merely, as the word commonly implies, a man enlightened by God to foretell events; he was the interpreter and supernaturally enlightened herald sent by Yahweh to communicate His will and designs to Israel. His mission consisted in preaching as well as in foretelling. He had to maintain and develop the knowledge of the Old Law among the Chosen People, lead them back when they strayed, and gradually prepare the way for the new kingdom of God, which the messiah was to establish on earth. Prophecy, in general, signifies the supernatural message of the Prophet, and more especially, from custom, the predictive element of the prophetic message….
- Enoch and Elijah were two prophets that did not die in the way we die; because of their righteousness before God they were preserved for God’s mission.
- Enoch was the first man since Adam that walked with God. (Gn.22)
- Enoch the prophet was unquestionably a righteous man.
- Enoch was “not”: he was a man of “intense” righteousness as his great-great-grandson: Abram
- Enoch was also the great-grandfather of Noah.
- His generation as we see was righteous before God.
- After spending such time with God, it is most reasonable to believe God showed him and taught him things that were incredible beyond imagination.
- The original Hebrew text placed the definite article in front of "God". This separates God as "the God". This may be an implication society was beginning to worship other gods at this time.
- Enoch, however, lived a life in strict compliance with “the God”.
- Chapters 3 and 4 of the book of Jasher (Joshua 10:13; II Samuel 1:17-18 ) has very interesting things to say about Enoch the prophet:
§ 2 And the soul of Enoch was wrapped up in the instruction of the Lord, in knowledge and in understanding; and he wisely retired from the sons of men, and secreted himself from them for many days;
§ 3 And it was at the expiration of many years, whilst he was serving the Lord, and praying before him in his house, that an angel of the Lord called to him from Heaven, and he said, Here am I.
§ 4 And he said, Rise, go forth from thy house and from the place where thou dost hide thyself, and appear to the sons of men, in order that thou mayest teach them the way in which they should go and the work which they must accomplish to enter in the ways of God.
§ 5 And Enoch rose up according to the word of the Lord, and went forth from his house, from his place and from the chamber in which he was concealed; and he went to the sons of men and taught them the ways of the Lord, and at that time assembled the sons of men and acquainted them with the instruction of the Lord.
- Thus the book of Jasher depicts the initial calling of Enoch the prophet by God. Compare the response of Enoch to God's calling to the response of Abram (Gen. 12:4) thousands of years later, yet to the very same God!
- Mention is also made in the Book of St. Jude (Jude 1:14-16):
§ 14 It was of these also that Enoch in the seventh generation from Adam prophesied, saying, "Behold, the Lord came with his holy myriads, 15 to execute judgment on all, and to convict all the ungodly of all their deeds of ungodliness which they have committed in such an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against him." 16 These are grumblers, malcontents, following their own passions, loud-mouthed boasters, flattering people to gain advantage.
- Enoch the prophet possessed such an intense righteousness, his soul was "wrapped in the instruction of the Lord". In other words: “in the Divine Will of God” and he was sent by God to preach His Word to Mankind.
- Great men of God answer His call immediately, and without question. One could easily swap each man's name in the above verses, and the nature of the verse would not change. In fact, it may appear more suitable for Abram's calling, as he literally left his house! Indeed, the nature of Abraham and Enoch appear to be very similar. It is no coincidence at all Abraham descended from Shem, the son of Noah, the great-grandson of Enoch! The purpose of God's movement over thousands of years is breathtaking.
25. April 2012
AD JESUM PER MARIAM!
PRAISE BE TO JESUS CHRIST THROUGH MARY!
PRECIOUS BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST, SAVE US AND THE WHOLE WORLD.
MARY, MOTHER OF SALVATION, PRAY FOR US.
MARY, PROTECTRESS OF THE FAITH AND REFUGE OF HOLY LOVE,
COME TO OUR AID AND PRAY FOR US.
Q. The new prayers at Mass seem like subtle changes. What is the purpose of these changes? Ex. And with Your Spirit instead and also with you... Please explain whether or not these changes are proper. There are many more during the Mass. Please give me some insight into all of these changes. THANK YOU
A. After Second Vatican Council II, the English Body known as ICEL decided to change the Text of the liturgy in what is known as "Dynamic Equivalency."
In other words, to give the proper sense using the language of our day. Unfortunately, the words of the Liturgical Text using such a principle led to a "Horizontal" and "Static equivalency" Dimension and the state of the Liturgy lost the reverence, worship, and holiness of the Mass as we see it today. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is to give Honour, Worship, Reverence, Adoration and Glory and Praise to Almighty God - the "Vertical" Dimension of the Mass.
So as to be faithful to God, The Holy Father, John Paul II saw the subtle changes and in his travels to various parts of the world, noticed the changes and wrote many enyclicals pertaining to the Liturgy. Cardinal Ratzinger, then prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith together with the Congregation of Divine Worship drew up a document known as "Liturgicam Authenticam" - "authentic Liturgy. This was to authenticate the Liturgy in the proper and faithful translation from the Latin so that no matter where in the world one travelled to and no matter what language was used, the words would be the same and faithful to the correct translation from the Latin Text which is the language of the Church and not of the world.
So when we look at the Latin Text: "Dominus Vobiscum" the English Translation is "The Lord Be With You.
The response in Latin is: Et cum Spirit tuo. When translated into English, the Text should say: "AND with Your spirit" NOT "and also with you!"
Similarly to the words of Consecration, it is now being faithfully translated from the LATIN.
So we now see a FAITHFUL and AUTHENTIC translation and NOT a "Dynamic Equivalence."
Let us pray that the next step is the Authentic translation of the WORD OF GOD and NOT the politicised translation we see today in English speaking countries.
God Love and Bless you in the Complete Blessing of the United Hearts, the Baptism of Truth and the anointing of St. Michael.
MARY, PROTECTRESS OF THE FAITH AND REFUGE OF HOLY LOVE, COME TO OUR AID..
Jesus, Protect and Save the Unborn.
Lord, in my weakness may Thy Glory be seen
IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, AND OF THE SON AND OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.
Q. Disappointment is in my heart as my parish priest did not even mention the words Divine Mercy Sunday. Thank God I am aware and was prepared, but what about the congregation that was unaware or did not have the time to fully prepare? What if I happened to have my fallen away son with me after having talked about this.....then to have NO MENTION of it from the priest? This is why it seems to have hit me so hard. I wish you would send this message to a priest and tell me what he says. You can't imagine how much this day means to me. I fully believe in the Lord's words and promises. May God bless your work, xxxxx Answer: When St. Peter walked on the water, his sight was focused only on Our Blessed Lord. When St. Peter saw the storms around him, he became afraid and began to sink until he cried out: "Save me or I perish", bringing his focus agin only on our Lord. When St. Peter was asked three times if he loved Our Lord, the third time he was agitated with Our Lord asking him the third time. When St. Peter asked Our Lord about St. John, Our Lord's reply was: "What concern is it to you?" Keeping that in mind we need to recognise when we do our part by praying and focusing on Our Lord alone, He will take care of any problems in our life. We will always face disappointments by any creature here on Earth when we distract our lives by looking at other people's failures and faults, by not examining our own weaknesses and saying to Our Lord:"Save me or I perish." The Holy Spirit can and does enlighten people in the devotions especially the Divine Mercy in our time. But our hearts are clenched in not opening ourselves to hearing God's voice and also in the lack of love in God, our neighbour and ourselves. The whole Mass mentions the Mercy of God (that is why God chose the second Sunday after Easter) to acknowledge His Divine Mercy. What you need to do is to pray with your fallen away son the Divine Mercy and trust in God that He will take care of the souls we are praying for including the priest. As the Psalm says: "REJOICE IN THE LORD ALWAYS, TRUST IN HIM AND HE WILL ACT! Pray for your priests but Love the Lord always in everything including your disappointments and sinfulness. God Bless! Fr. HMD
Q: I have sore knees due to my old age. I like to sit while saying a rosary. I wonder if I should kneel when I say it?
A: God is more interested in a prayer that comes from the heart.
When saying any prayer, we need to go interiorly and unite our prayers with Mary, Our Mother, the Angels, the Saints and the Holy Souls in Purgatory.
When in Love, one focuses only on the Lover, opens one's heart and concentrates on the sacred mysteries of the Life, Death and Resurrection of Our Lord.
One forgets the externals and does the best in uniting oneself with Our Lord to give Him everything we have.
Kneeling is a penitential sign and opens the Heart to God.
So when you sit and pray the Holy Rosary, don't fall asleep!
Stay awake and concentrate on the Sacred Mysteries enjoying the Presence of Our Lord, Our Blessed Mother, Mary, the Holy Angels and Saints!
Question: Does Communion in the hands instead of placed on the tongue diminishes from its intended blessing?
Answer: In various statements coming from different prophets of our time, Our Lord is saddened by this act.
Even Mother Teresa of Calcutta commented that the greatest sin of our time is the Laity receiving Our Lord in their hands.
The norm of the Church is communion on the tongue and if possible receiving it kneeling as this shows the belief and understanding that one is receiving God - not an ordinary piece of bread - into their inner sanctuary who transforms our inner being into His Being. That is why the Church calls for a profound bow or genuflection before coming to receive Holy Communion.
When one looks at the history of the change, one sees an act of disobedience from the Bishops of various conferences OR FROM PRIESTS who are mandating if not pushing for this act in the hand to be done against the wishes of God and the Holy Father (who is His representative on Earth) as well as overriding people's consciences..
The Church in her compassion has given an indult (permission) to various places but with the rampant abuses and sacrileges proliferating throughout the world, the Holy Father, seeing this has a kneeler and gives Communion only on the tongue to show by way of example the proper way of receiving Our Lord.
Communion is to be administered through Consecrated Hands only and in grave or serious circumstances allowed to be administered by Extraordinary ministers (such as to the sick or elderly or there is a danger of war, or if no priests are available as in the case of Communist Russia etc.). SEE http://www.ewtn.com/library/curia/cdflaity.htm
It is a privilege and not a right to be able to receive Holy Communion and always one should receive it in a state of Grace.
If Our Blessed Mother, Mary received Her Son kneeling and on the tongue, who are we to be able to receive Our Blessed Lord standing and on the hand?
It has nothing to do with standard of our time that we are more knowledgeable and are a “resurrected” people.
 You are of me. When you go to Communion, you receive my Body and my Blood. I live within you
with my whole Being. Through my Presence in you, you become me. It is my holy Presence which
transforms you. You are no longer you, you become through me my Flesh and my Blood. It is
because of me that I expand within your being.
PRAYER OF DISCERNMENT TO THE HOLY SPIRIT
Almighty God, Adorable Spirit,
Truth, Light and Love!
Gift to the poor,
Comforter in affliction,
Enlighten our intellect,
Direct our will,
Move our soul!
Be with us
In our silence and speech,
In our haste and leisure,
In company and solitude!
We may always listen to Thy voice,
Watch for Thy Light,
And follow Thy gracious inspirations.
Thou, Who separate Truth and error,
Help us discern what is true!
Disperse our illusions,
Free us from deceptive appearances!
Lead us to holiness,
Unmask seductions and save us in temptations!
Be our understanding and wisdom,
Help us discern Thy voice from any other!
Be Thou our counsel and fortitude,
To perceive Thy suggestions and do Thy Will.
With the Father and the Son
May Thou be adored and loved
By all the heavens and the earth
Through the Immaculate Conception
Thy well beloved spouse.
God Love and Bless you in the Complete Blessing of the United Hearts, the Baptism of Truth and the anointing of St. Michael.
MARY, PROTECTRESS OF THE FAITH AND REFUGE OF HOLY LOVE, COME TO OUR AID..
Jesus, Protect and Save the Unborn.
Lord, in my weakness may Thy Glory be seen
IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, AND OF THE SON AND OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.
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Question: I would like to download BIBLE from website, I am confused to check to the right one there are different versions i don’t understand which one should I take. please assist me. for instance i check the below site
http://www.devotions.net/is ok to go ahead with this?
Answer: There are different versions but most “Christian” Bibles avoid the Apocryphal Bibles (e.g the Book of Maccabees, the book of Ruth etc.) including the site you mentioned.
The New Revised Standard Bibles are “politically correct” Bibles and do not see the Bible as Christo-centric but use language to soothe the “horizontal” dimension rather then the vertical which is our relationship with Christ and focused on Christ who teaches us how to follow the Ten Commandments written in everyone’s Heart through Grace and Love.
So the best online Bibles are the Latin Vulgate, the Douay-Rheims Bible, the RSV Catholic Edition: http://jmom.honlam.org/rsvce/ and this site: http://newadvent.org/bible/; or in Italian: http://www.vatican.va/archive/ITA0001/_INDEX.HTM;
The way to check a good Bible is to go to Luke 1:28 – “Hail, Full of Grace! The Lord is with You!
The Greek word that existed even in the early Church is : kecharitomene – “Full of grace” not “highly favored one”. There is a difference between one filled with the fullness of the Grace of God and one considered highly favored. The former " Full of Grace" deals with God while the latter " highly favored one" deals with human relationship.
Prince Harry is highly favoured by the Queen but is NOT filled fully with God's Graces, only Mary, the Virgin Mother of God is!
For more details see this site: http://www.philvaz.com/apologetics/a116.htm
All things are possible
"I'm too tired"
I will give you rest
"Nobody really loves me"
I love you
(John 3:1 6 & John 3:34 )
"I can't go on"
My grace is sufficient
(II Corinthians 12:9 & Psalm 91:15)
"I can't figure things out"
I will direct your steps
(Proverbs 3:5- 6)
"I can't do it"
You can do all things
"I'm not able"
I am able
(II Corinthians 9:8)
"It's not worth it"
It will be worth it
(Roman 8:28 )
"I can't forgive myself"
I Forgive you
(I John 1:9 & Romans 8:1)
"I can't manage"
I will supply all your needs
I have not given you a spirit of fear
(II Timothy 1:7)
"I'm always worried and frustrated"
Cast all your cares on ME
(I Peter 5:7)
"I'm not smart enough"
I give you wisdom
(I Corinthians 1:30)
"I feel all alone"
I will never leave you or forsake you
Q. I am love sick and would like you to include in your petitions a man that he would change his mind and fall in love with me.
A. First of all let me be frank and say that God is not a magician and does not answer such prayers because it is based on selfishness which is a sin.
This is what St. Monica had to learn when she asked God to convert her son and husband.
It was a well intentioned prayer.
St. Ambrose's reply was that she should ask God to change her own life from sinfulness to virtue and holiness.
She would then receive an answer to her prayer which she did after changing her own prayer request and asking God for holiness not only for herself but also for her husband and St. Augustine.
So to ask God to make someone fall in love with you is based on the emptiness of the True Love of God within you and asking God for something human and not Eternal.
Seek God FIRST and everything will be given to you! Fill the emptiness in your soul with the Love of God and seek the things of Heaven!
Q: Is there a correct way to pray, i.e. Posture or hands etc?
A: Posture in Prayer, Veneration and Worship
Deut. 5:9 - God's command, "you shall not bow down to them" means "do not worship them." But not all bowing is worship. Here God's command is connected to false worship.
Rev. 3:9 - Jesus said people would bow down before the faithful members of the church of Philadelphia. This bowing before the faithful is not worship, just as kissing a picture of a family member is not worship.
Rev. 5:14 - And the four living creatures said: Amen. And the four and twenty ancients fell down on their faces (prostrated) and adored him that lives for ever and ever.
Gen. 19:1 - Lot bowed down to the ground in veneration before two angels in Sodom.
Gen. 24:52 - Abraham's servant bowed himself to the earth before the Lord.
Gen. 42:6 - Joseph's brothers bow before Joseph with the face to the ground.
Jos. 5:14 - Joshua fell to the ground prostrate in veneration before an angel.
1 Sam. 28:14 - Saul bows down before Samuel with his face to the ground in honour and veneration.
1 Kings 1:23 - the prophet Nathan bows down before King David.
2 Kings 2:15 - the sons of the prophets bow down to Elisha at Jericho.
1 Chron. 21:21 - Ornan the Jebusite did obeisance to king David with his face to the ground.
1 Chron. 29:20 - Israelites bowed down to worship God and give honour to the king.
2 Chron. 29:29-30 - King Hezekiah and the assembly venerate the altar by bowing down in worship before the sin offerings.
Tobit 12:16 - Tobiah and Tobit fell down to the ground in veneration before the angel Raphael.
Judith 14:7 - Achior the Ammonite kneels before Judith venerating her and praising God.
Psalm 138:2 - David bows down before God's Holy Temple.
Dan. 2:46 - the king fell down on his face paying homage to Daniel and commands that an offering be made to him.
Dan. 8:17 - Daniel fell down prostrate in veneration before the angel Gabriel.
1 Macc. 4:40,55 - Judas and the faithful fell face down to the ground to praise heaven and worship God.
2 Macc. 10:4,26; 13:12 - Maccabeus and his followers fall down prostrate praying to God.
Praying on one's knees is an established Christian practice. "Then Jesus withdrew from them about stone's thrown, knelt down, and prayed." [Lk. 22:41] In the Old Testament, Nehemiah prayed before the King while standing up. [Neh. 2:4]
The posture that should be taken at the moment of prayer will vary depending on how your heart feels, how it has been called by God to pray. If you are laying in bed while preparing to retire for the night and feel a need to talk to God, you can do so while laying down. The importance of the posture is secondary in comparison to the importance of maintaining a daily communication with God, be it while taking a walk, sitting down, relaxing or reflecting upon God during work. As your relationship grows in God, the Holy Spirit will teach you, telling you what posture you should take in reverence for God's almightiness.
1. Genuflecting and Kneeling:
According to St. Ambrose: "The knee is made flexible by which the offence of the Lord is mitigated, wrath appeased, grace called forth" (St. Ambrose, Hexaem., VI, ix). "By such posture of the body we show forth our humbleness of heart" (Alcuin, De Parasceve). "The bending of the knee is an expression of penitence and sorrow for sins committed" (Rabanus Maurus, De Instit. Cler., II, xli).
St. Basil calls kneeling the lesser penance (metanoia mikra) as opposed to prostration, the greater penance (metanoia megale). Standing, on the contrary, was the attitude of praise and thanksgiving. St. Augustine (loc. cit.) considers it to signify joy, and therefore to be the fitting posture for the weekly commemoration by Christians of the Lord's Resurrection, on the first day of the week (See also Cassian, Cobb., XXI).
a. Kneeling is the posture especially appropriate to the supplications of penitents, and is a characteristic attitude of humble entreaty in general.
b. All genuflect (bending both knees) when adoring the Blessed Sacrament unveiled, as at Expositions.
c. All genuflect (bending the right knee only) when doing reverence to the Blessed Sacrament, enclosed in the Tabernacle, or lying upon the corporal during the Mass.
2. Praying Hands
a. There is a common prayer gesture among Christians which is called praying hands or the hands clasped or folded together before the heart. Such a prayer gesture is a symbol of obedience, submission, sincerity and repentance. There are others who raise their prayer hands as if pleading to God.
b. Jesus, being a Jew, also prayed with clasped hands. You must have seen pictures or images of Him in the garden of Gethsemani in this prayer gesture. In other art works, you can also see the Virgin Mary and angels with their hands clasped as well.
c. In prayer, our body certainly has a role to play in prayer along with our heart, mind and soul. Our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, in his book "Spirit of the Liturgy" said: "The body has a place within the divine worship of the Word made flesh, and it is expressed liturgically in a certain discipline of the body, in gestures that have developed out of the liturgy's inner demands..."
d. The Pope also mentioned the custom during feudal times of placing one's joined hands into the hands of his ruling lord as a sign of his fidelity and loyalty. So when we fold our hands in prayer, we are symbolically pledging to God our fidelity and loyalty and placing our hands in His.
3. Bow of the head
Simply lower your chin toward your throat and hold a moment.
- When you pass by a Church, bow your head and make the Sign of the Cross to honour the Real Presence of Christ in the tabernacle.
- Any time you hear the Name "Jesus" (note that "Christ" is His title, meaning "Anointed One"; there is no need to bow the head at just the mention of the word "Christ"). Men should remove their hats and bow their heads when passing a church or when His Name is spoken; this practice is for both inside and outside of Mass. All Catholics bow their heads at these times (yes, if you're having a casual conversation with someone on the subway and you pass a church or mention His Name, you actually are supposed to bow your head, removing your hat if you are a man). 1
- Cross yourself and bow the head when the priest and the Crucifer walk down the aisle before and after Mass. After Mass, as the priest leaves the Altar, it is also customary to pray for him. (Some make a profound bow instead at these times)
- Not commonly known and practiced: any time you hear "Father, Son, and Holy Ghost (or "Holy Spirit")" mentioned together; any time you hear the name of Mary; and, during Mass, when the name of the Saint in whose honor the Mass is being celebrated
4. Striking of the Breast
With either a fist or with the tips of the fingers, held close together, strike your chest over the heart to express regret and sorrow.
- at the Mass, formally: at each "mea culpa" during the Confiteor; at the Nobis Quoque Peccatoribus (priest); three times during the Agnus Dei; and three times during the Domine, Non Sum Dignus
- informally: at the "forgive us our trespasses" ("dimitte nobis debita nostra") in the "Our Father"; any time to express penitence or remorse inside or outside of the Liturgy
5. Bow at the waist (or "profound bow")
Bow at the waist in the manner of the Japanese (about 30o forward).
- at the Aspérges at Mass when the priest sprinkles the congregation with holy water
- when the Altar boy incenses the congregation during the Mass
- Cross yourself and make a profound bow when the priest and Crucifer walk down the aisle before and after Mass. After Mass, as the priest leaves the Altar, it is also customary to pray for him. (Some simply bow the head instead of making a profound bow at these times)
- when greeting a hierarch who doesn't have jurisdiction over you (e.g., the Bishop of a diocese other than one in which you live). As you bow, kiss the hierarch's ring. This bow and ring-kissing are only done if the Pope is not present.
Raise arms either at your sides and with hands up to shoulder height, or raise arms up over your head as a child would when wanting his father to pick him up.
- Priests perform this gesture (the first method mentioned) during the Mass.
- Laymen sometimes adopt this position during private prayer. It should not be used by laymen at the M
Q: Does the prayer position of kneeling apply to the Mercy Chaplet and the Rosary also?