Friday, February 17, 2017

GOD'S COVENANT WITH ABRAHAM

"For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, 
that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope."
~Romans 15:4

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I was reading the covenant that God made with Abraham in the Book of Genesis. specifically Books 12 through 22.

God told Abram that his name would now be "Abraham" and that his seed would multiply as the stars in the sky. 

"And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto your seed will
 I give this land: and there he built an altar unto the LORD, 
who appeared unto him." 
- Gen. 12:7

"For all the land which you see, to you will I give it, and to your seed for ever." 
- Gen: 13:14-15

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God made many His Covenant with Abraham and his son, Isaac after him. God promised that he would make Abram's seed as the dust of the earth in number and Abram's descendants would be as the stars in the sky.

In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, 


"Unto your seed have I given this land, 
from the river of Egypt unto the great river, 
the river Euphrates." 
- Gen. 15:18


God said that He would establish His conditional covenant that he had with Abraham, with his descendants. God also said that he would give the land of Canaan to Abraham's descendants as an everlasting possession. God then establishes circumcision as a sign of the covenant.

This is a conditional covenant that was to be for Abraham's descendants. After the time of Christ, this was modified. Now to become a heir of Abraham, circumcision is not simply a physical act, but is done internally of the heart. It was changed from the physical to spiritual.

These scriptures from Genesis foretold many, many years before Christ and continue to endure to our age. This is the purpose of Romans 15:4, as an example that whatever things were written aforetime, no matter a day, a week, of many years, the very fact that they endure even now from thousands of years ago, it does and should give each of us Hope.

God's covenant with Abraham flowed to his first son, Isaac, who kept the covenant, as did the many descendants of Abraham, of which we are all descendants.

There is love, caring, promises and the like, but nothing endures within us as great as our Hope Without hope, what do we have?

An atheist will tel you there is no God. Pity the ones who feel this way for they have no HOPE. They feel that when you die, you're gone for good, a black hole of nothingness. What a sad way to live. Until I knew God and the Son, I see now that I had no HOPE. I lived in the moment and never contemplated a time when I would be my age. To our youth, it is impossible to imagine oneself as old, with children and grandchildren. This is our legacy - our family.

God spoke to Abraham and repeatedly referenced his "seed", which there would be many like the stars above (too many to count), and they would rule all of the countries of the land. He told Sarah, Abraham's wife, of this covenant. She would bear many children and all were destined to be Kings, according to God's covenant. Man w0uld come to one of her sons who became a King and bow at his feet. God promises that he would bless Abraham's seed as the stars of heaven and as the sand on the sea shore.


"That in blessing I will bless you, and in multiplying 
I will multiply your seed as the stars of the heaven, 
and as the sand which is upon the sea shore;" 
- Gen. 22:17

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Again, God says that the seeds of Abraham would be innumerable. It has been ffulfilled in the British Empire and the United States which possessed every major land and sea gate of the world.

We are Abraham's decedent's and it is this same covenant that we must embrace and make it with God. This can be seen as your Salvation, and once you possess it, no one on earth can take it from you. It is from God above, through the gift of His only Son's death on the cross.

These things were written before the time of Christ. So even then, before the coming of the Son of God and the Son of Man, God was making the lasting covenants with his chosen people throughout the Bible on what would be forever and ever IF they kept his precepts.

Everyone needs HOPE. Losing HOPE is almost like losing a loved on to death When the HOPE you have is gone, there is left nothing but emptiness. What a sad, sad way to live. There is always HOPE and even if you lose it, it remains there in your heart. You must find the key and open the door to reveal HOPE once again.

There are people who have no home, no job, no food or money. Consider yourself a very blessed person if you have a roof over your head and food to eat, for there are many who are in dire straits and have lost their HOPE. It is such a sad thing to see. Perhaps you can seek out a way to help by volunteering in soup kitchens, or delivering food to the elderly every day. My mother-in-law was in the program that delivered food to the elderly. She had only four people and they were all in close proximity to one another. They had a roof over their heads, but they didn't have a decent meal. This was a wonderful ministry and you may only deliver three days a week. You might then choose to cook and give of your own food to these people. That is just one way that you can see a lack of HOPE being restored through the ministry of delivering food to the poor.

God is blessing you. Some are blessed with many children; some are barren, yet they adopt or simply live out their lives childless. Children are a joy and they also give you HOPE when you look at them and care for them, and then you think of the time when they will grow up. Trust me, these days are going by faster than ever. 

Embrace your Joy, Hope, Love, and know that all of these are of God, for God tells us Himself that HE IS LOVE. If you feel love, it is a very spacial thing that comes from God. Praise him, Praise his name and Praise the name of the Son Jesus. Give back your love to God by doing good not just for yourself, but for others around you.

Go in Peace, to Love and Serve the Lord. Amen.

Lovingly in Jesus Christ,
ABBEY

Monday, February 13, 2017

GOD OUR FATHER

I have written before, a few years back, describing the process by which God brought me Home.  I have so many new friends that have not read this story that I decided to write it again, perhaps in better form. For it is a powerful story and I want this message to leave you with that feeling - POWER in the love of God.

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I have suffered with spine pain since my 20's. I'd been through almost thirty years of trying chiropractors, muscle relaxers, pain relievers, and therapy. I finally came to a place where,, with age, the pain became more pronounced and it was every day. 

The year was January 2005. I decided to reseach surgery. I say an orthopedist who had performed the surgery on my cervical spine (double fusion) that healed wonderfully. So, I saw this same surgeon about my lower spine problems. He sent me for CT scan and MRI and then delivered the result to me. He said that I have Degenerative Disc Disease, or "DDD" and that two levels had no disc whatsoever. They had desintergrated. It was bone rubbing bone and that was painful.

He approached the subject of surgery like a walk in the part. "We'll just do a little surgery, you'll stay in the hospital a couple of days, then go home and eventually begin therapy to help it heal. "Just a little surgery," huh?  I had surgery on January 5, 2005. I expected the pain, and it was there alright. I stayed a couple of days with a drain in my back, and then was sent home with gauze and tape to change out my dressing every 24 hours. Only I was draining so much, my husband was changing my bandage 3 times a day! And the muscle spasms, I was not told these were so severe. Even though I took muscle relaxers, when the spasm hit, I cried out and my body would wrench itself without my doing it consciously.

I went back for my follow-up and my back was still draining. The doctor had his PA change the dressing, but the doctor seemed unconcerned. He said it was probably the "little arthritis" at the surgical sight and he gave me a stronger muscle relaxer.

To move forward more quickly, I will capsulized the next four months. I made several trips to the doctor and complained that my pain was growing worse, not better. He ran two more MRIs during those four months and told me all he saw was "a little arthritis". By this time, I could not got to therapy, I could barely walk. I spend my days alone in a lounge char in my bedroom with pillows stuffed all around me to try and get some comfort. At night (or day) when I was on the bed, I would stuff pillows at my back so I could lie on my side. I would stay awake almost every night, all night, watching crazy television. There's not much to watch in the middle of the night. During the days, I would drift off to sleep in the chair and woud awakien thinking nothing about the surgery, like I thought I was normal, but was suddenly reminded by the pain that I was not well. The pain grew over four months to a feeling as if someone was sticking a sharpe knife in my back and slowly killing me. I cried A LOT. And I prayed from Day 1 for healing and rest. But after four months of this, and no answer from God, I cried out to Him, "WHY WON'T YOU HELP ME?" My daughter gave me a disc of the Holy Rosary and all it did was depress me further. Later I learned that my daughter and my husband thought I was "putting on" for attention, so they were not real concerned. My husband was relying on the doctor's point of view and my family thought I was milking it for attention.

What a mess was I in! Finally, after trying to call the pain doctor that I had been sent to several times and receiving no call-back, my daughter left because she didn't know what to do. Whenever I put my right leg down, a thobbing, horrific pain went through it also. This was something new.

On Apri 28, I told my husband to take me to the ER. When we arrived, I was writhing in the wheelchair. I told them I was checking myself in and I would not leave until they found out what was wrong with me. They put me in the bed in the hallway right in front of the nurses station. I was writhing in pain and I needed something, anything, to help my pain. After being there turning every which way on the bed, a nurse came, put an IV in my arm and gave me a shot of morphine. It helped but didn't do enough; however, I was so thankful for the relief.

I had an MRI and a CT scan, plus tons of blood work during the night. The next morning, I had been in a comfortable state with the morphine and I told my husband to go on to work. That afternoon, my doctor comes in with another doctor whom I didn't know. He told me that I had a pocket of staph at the surgical site and that there was a bone marrow change. He said they would perform surgery on Monday morning to remove the hardware which was no longer needed and could have caused the problems I had and that I would immediately be put on heavy antibiotics for the staph and bone marrow infection which went from my right hip all the way down my leg. I could not put my leg down where the blood would flow to it. The pain was unbearable. I was given meropenem, piperacillin and tazobactam by "piggy-back IV" 24/7. When I came out of surgery, I screamed with such enormous pain calling "Dear God, Dear God, help me God, it hurts so much."

Before I went home, a PICC line catheter was introduced into my left arm. I was so depressed when I got home. A nurse was waiting for us. She set up a machine, which had a shoulder strap. The bags of drugs had to be kept in the refrigerator and tubing and a new back was introduced every day. My husband finally went back to work and I had learned to change the bags myself. I wore the line for eight weeks before the Infectious Disease doctor would remove it. I had lost 40 pounds and I had to slowly learn to walk with a walker, then on my own. I was not myself completely until the month of August 2005. Eight months of an outright nightmare. 

Now, the reason I am telling you all of this is all about God. Before 2005, I had been a half-hearted Catholic. I didn't pray regulary, I judged others, I cursed here and there, and probably a whole lot of other negative activity. Once I came out the other side of this 8 month nightmare, I began to reflect deeply on my life and I knew I had to face some hard truths. I owed God my humility, thanksgiving, praise and glory.  I would not have survived this experience if God had not been there. Yes, he was there, but he had alwaays been there, along with Jesus, since by early life. But I drifted. I grew up in the 60's and formal religion or talk of Jesus was "NOT COOL!" I went on with my life, being put in many situations where I could have lost my life or at least something near that. But did I ever pray? No, I did not. The love of my life turned out to be an atheist and this conflicted me further because I knew better. But did I open my mouth to him and dispute his choice? Never once.

I've lived so much life that I look back and most of it seems like a dream. But looking forward now has a new meaning. I accepted Jesus as my Savior and claimed my Salvation. I now pray every day, several times a day. I love going to Mass, and when I arrive and kneel before Jesus on the cross, there are tears in my eyes. I wasted so many years on things that come and go; nothing normal stayed, except for my daughter. It was me and her, alone but together for each other.

I met a man on Twitter four years ago and through getting to know each other, we decided to Skype. He lives in England with his wife and is now 76 years young. He was sitting by a tree in a forest and he was told about me by God. I was never privvy to the whole experience, but he explained he was told about me and that we should become friends. This went on steadily until a couple of months ago when he suddenly said he needed to go on a new path. It devastated me because it was he who nurtured The Holy Spirit in me, talked about the Bible with me, prayed for me as I prayed for him. I miss him terribly but he made himself clear that he had to go.

So for the last four years, my spiritual side has grow and grown and its all so beautiful and wonderful, I am just amazed by it all. I love Jesus, The Holy Trinity, Mary and all the angels and Saints. I call on them and they never fail to intercede for me. I have met a great many friends on Twitter and we have a group in Direct Messaging calle "B and S in Christ" (Brothers and Sisters in Christ). We support one another and we pray for each other and share I hopes, dreams and our needs.

Finally, about the time I met my friend in England, in the Marian Apparition in Medjugorje to Mirjana Soldo, Our Lady asked me (she asked generally but I felt she was calling me!) to become an Apostle for her Son and to bring as many sould to Him as possible. She had been granted more time by Jesus in this effort and I knew what I had to do. I do pray that I have changed even one life through my words, which are directed by The Holy Spirit. Take your step toward your faith and renew your commitment. I have had enormous prayers answered and I receive roses every time in invoke the intercession of St. Theresa, my Patron Saint. I BELIEVE! I HAVE FAITH! I HAVE TRUTH! And so, so much more.

In closing, the whole point of this story is how God brought me Home, but not before he brought me to my knees at the foot of the cross through the horrible experience with my health. He showed me who was in control and who would not be called just because I was having a bad time. He wants a relationship that is a daily exchange in prayers. I dedicate my life to Jesus and God. I hope that my actions reflect all the glory of God and his Son. Nothing will ever change my faith, EVER! Praise God!

Lovingly,
ABBEY

Thursday, February 09, 2017

NOVENA TO OUR LADY OF LOURDES - DAY 8

Peace be with you!
As we get closer to finishing this novena, and closer to the season of Lent, let's pray that we may be healed of our attachment and bond to sin, especially to the ones we struggle with the most.

Let's seek the opportunity to confess our sins, and to, "go and sin no more."

Here are the prayers for today: 
Day 8 - The Novena to Our Lady of Lourdes
(Audio/Video Version)
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

Our Lady of Lourdes, we come to you like little Bernadette at the grotto. We pray with childlike trust in you.
Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, when you appeared in Lourdes, you made it a holy sanctuary where many have obtained the cure of their infirmities, both spiritual and corporal. We pray with confidence for your holy intercession.
(State your intentions here)
Holy Mother of the Rosary, we feel confident that your prayers on our behalf will be graciously heard by God.
Immaculate Mother, fill our hearts with love for Jesus and for you.
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence, we fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do we come, before thee we stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not our petitions, but in thy mercy, hear and answer us.
Amen.
Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us!
Saint Bernadette, pray for us!
Amen.
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Wednesday, February 08, 2017

NOVENA TO OUR LADY OF LOURDES - DAYS 6 & 7


I was out of pocket yesterday, so I am posting the prayers for yesterday and today, respectively.

Lovingly,
ABBEY


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DAY 6:

Peace be with you!
Today, let's pray through Our Lady of Lourdes' intercession for those who have become lukewarm in their faith. Let's pray that their faith, hope and love of our Lord will be re-ignited through her intercession.

Here are the prayers for today: 
Day 6 - The Novena to Our Lady of Lourdes
(Audio/Video Version)
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.
Our Lady of Lourdes, we come to you like little Bernadette at the grotto. We pray with childlike trust in you.
Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, when you appeared in Lourdes, you made it a holy sanctuary where many have obtained the cure of their infirmities, both spiritual and corporal. We pray with confidence for your holy intercession.
(State your intentions here)
Holy Mother of the Rosary, we feel confident that your prayers on our behalf will be graciously heard by God.
Immaculate Mother, manifest in us your sweetness and beauty.
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence, we fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do we come, before thee we stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not our petitions, but in thy mercy, hear and answer us.
Amen.
Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us!
Saint Bernadette, pray for us!
Amen.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.
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DAY 7:
Peace be with you!
When Our Lady appeared to Bernadette as a young girl, Bernadette did not have a good education or catechesis. But what she did have was more important: she was part of a faithful family. She was the product of a strong, "domestic Church."

So today, let's pray for all families; that they may foster the faith in every family member, and lead one another closer to Christ.

Here are the prayers for today: 
Day 7 - The Novena to Our Lady of Lourdes
(Audio/Video Version)
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.
Our Lady of Lourdes, we come to you like little Bernadette at the grotto. We pray with childlike trust in you.
Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, when you appeared in Lourdes, you made it a holy sanctuary where many have obtained the cure of their infirmities, both spiritual and corporal. We pray with confidence for your holy intercession.
(State your intentions here)
Holy Mother of the Rosary, we feel confident that your prayers on our behalf will be graciously heard by God.
Immaculate Mother, shower us with the love of your pure heart.
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence, we fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do we come, before thee we stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not our petitions, but in thy mercy, hear and answer us.
Amen.
Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us!
Saint Bernadette, pray for us!
Amen.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

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God bless you!
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Monday, February 06, 2017

THE DIVINE ANTIDOTE

New post on The Divine Antidote

The Divine Reminder: You Will Accomplish Nothing of Supernatural Value Without Him

by Anthony Mullen
Our dear Lord has sent us many exemplars with virtually the same Divine Message reinforcing the Gospel Truth that "we can do nothing without Him".  Our sweet Redeemer knows how frail and helpless we are and how we constantly fall prey to Satan, our flesh and the terribly evil example in the world and our culture.  Our culture is blinded by Satan (Churches now move Masses on Super Bowl Sunday so as not to interfere with the game!) and is filled with evil as Satan rules in an extraordinary way.  But we must be a light in the pitch black darkness, which is upon us! But how? Our Lord must strip us of the illusion that we can accomplish anything of supernatural value (like our sanctification and cooperating in the salvation of souls) without being constantly connected to His Divinity...as a branch of His vine. Here is how He explained this critical Truth of the spiritual life to Gabrielle Bossis in "He and I":
"...You are nothing but wretchedness...(but) I am drawn to the weakest and the poorest. Give Me everything that you blame in yourself, since I am the One who transforms even the ugliest, the lowest, the most vile. I transmute everything into the gold of My Glory. How can this be done? By Love."
Gabrielle said that even in giving her all, she had nothing, and so she was perplexed. Our sweet Lord responded: "Take Me and offer Me to Myself with all the Trust I always expect from you. Since I am yours, you are rich. You are only poor when you count on yourselves and expect to act in your own unaided strength. How destitute you are then!
But if you lay hold of My merits with humility and hope, what a priceless fortune is yours. And above all, never doubt Me. I won My merits only to give them to you. My poor children, you don't think of this, because you are living in the mists that veil the delicate touches of your Divine Friend."
Despite the seemingly good intentions and good human will of many, especially those devoted to social justice and caring for the poor and foreigner, we accomplish nothing of supernatural value, and in fact can remain blinded to the Truth of Jesus Christ and His Church, because these acts are not being done for the Lord in union with Mary by the power of His Holy Spirit. They are often done out of self love, self righteousness, habit or simply the human instinct to help. Our Lord reinforces this spiritual reality to Gabrielle: "I ask My children for the most ordinary actions: eating, sleeping, working, your whole day (consciously) united with Mine...your actions dipped in My blood and clothed in My merits.  There is nothing difficult about this; it heals you of your usual poverty and wraps you in your richest garment..If you only knew who God is...And how much He deserves to have you study His unsearchable riches, His generosity, His extreme goodness, His Love, and again, yes and always, His Love, for Love is the essence of His Being. When you have entered into the treasure-house of His Love, you will stay there. You will make it your home. That is where you belong."
Now God has given us the remedy that moves us to quickly acquiring the habit of always calling His Will, His Love and His Merits into our daily desires, thoughts, words and deeds, so as to give everything we do supernatural value, and then we can indeed become sanctified and help Him save countless souls!  This is caused more easily and quickly than ever before by an Extraordinary Grace: "The Flame of Love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary", given to the Church by God through Elizabeth Kindelmann.  Why? Because God wills to honor His Mother as the only creature who perfectly cooperated with Grace! And because she is the perfect mother, she wants her children to participate in the Grace, which God has given through her for us!  This is the Divine Genius...the Divine Condescension....the Divine Love lowering itself to the creature in Eternal Self Giving Love! Are we so cold as to not say yes to this Love? Lord, help us give all!  Father, Jesus we beg you for the Holy Spirit, who is this Love! Please go to www.flameoflove.us to learn all you can about what God has given to His Church and which the Church has fully approved!  Please wait no longer to Love God as He so wishes to be loved...as His Mother loved Him!  She longs to help us!  She needs to be a true Mother to us or her Love suffers! She so desires that her Son be Loved!
Anthony Mullen | February 6, 2017 at 1:00 pm