Thursday, April 30, 2015

APOSTLE FOR JESUS

I have been very remiss in my publishing of the messages from Our Lady, The Queen of Peace, to two of six visionaries twice a month in Medjugorje.  I have some thoughts about each that I want to impart and ask that you pray on the messages and on this entire blog post. First, the two messages from this month:

April 2, 2015 Message to Mirjana Soldo: 

"Dear children, I have chosen you, my apostles, because all of you carry something beautiful within you. You can help me to have the love, for the sake of which my Son died and then resurrected, win anew. Therefore, I am calling you, my apostles, to try to see something good in every creature of God, in all of my children, and to try to understand them. My children, you are all brothers and sisters through the same Holy Spirit. You, filled with love for my Son, can speak of what you know to all those who have not come to know that love. You have come to know the love of my Son, you have comprehended His Resurrection, with joy you cast your gaze towards Him. My motherly desire is for all of my children to be united in love for Jesus. Therefore, I am calling you, my apostles, to live the Eucharist with joy, because in the Eucharist my Son gives Himself to you anew and with His example shows the love and sacrifice towards the neighbor. Thank you."


April 25, 2015 Message to Marija Lunetti: 

"Dear children! I am with you also today to lead you to salvation. Your soul is restless because your spirit is weak and tired from all worldly things. You, little children, pray to the Holy Spirit that He may transform you and fill you with His strength of faith and hope, so that you may be firm in this battle against evil. I am with you and intercede for you before my Son Jesus. Thank you for having responded to my call."




~*~

Mirjana Soldo's apparition on the 2nd of April is something that was mentioned in a message over two years ago, I'm not sure of the date.  But Our Blessed Mother asked us all to become apostles for her for the purpose of bringing souls to her son, Jesus Christ.  Somehow, in that moment, I knew what I had to do.  I had to do exactly as she requested.  She is the Mother of God, and how can one deny her?  Apparently, many do because if everyone knew of the apparitions and took them seriously, there would be millions of apostles for Mama and perhaps the world would not be in such turmoil and sinfulness.

I have cast my eyes toward Jesus and I AM and Apostle. My greatest desire is to bring even one soul to Jesus! But I'd rather bring many.  This is what my blog is basically about.  Without people coming to apostleship and standing for Jesus, without being PRO-ACTIVE in your faith, you are not fulfilling your obligation to a man who preached the words of His Father and then died FOR YOU because of his peaceful, spiritual and inspiring words.

People today are still offended by Christianity. Look at ISSIL, al Qaeda, etc.  Killing someone because they believe in the death and resurrection so that we may have eternal life in a paradise called Heaven?  

Are you doing your part?  Do you meet people with a smile or a frown. Do you say "thank you" for every small and big thing that someone does for you? Do you allow room for the other man/woman who is not a believer and by simply saying "Have a blessed day?" without expecting you're entitled to the same well wish in return?

We are not here to help others for accolades or attention! The Bible says that this is NOT the right way of living and thinking. 

Join me in becoming an Apostle for Christ and soon you will be living as a completely different person with a completely different attitude.  Doing God's will is the most fulfilling thing a human being can do. So come and cut off my head. The pain will be brief and then, I will be with my Jesus. But I will NOT deny him EVER. I am unafraid. Jesus loves me and he is my friend, and He will great me and lead me to the Father.  No one comes to the Father except through HIM!

In the message through Marija Lunetti, we are encouraged to be unafraid, to take in The Holy Spirit and bring us "strength through hope and faith."  You CAN make this happen, but it takes you to ask for this Grace.

The world is a war torn place, and now it has reached the streets of our American cities. It almost seems as though there is a civil war coming to this country and we have a President who DOES NOT CARE! He sits in the White House at a Correspondents dinner with a host of Democratic celebrities and dignitaries, eats exotic prepared foods, shares alcohol, schmoozes, laughs, makes fun, all while our world and country are falling apart.

It could really pull you down, so far that you cannot get back up. It could make you so angry that you walk around in public an angry person, and it shows on your face and in your behavior.


Please, I beg you, pray to the Holy Spirit at our Heavenly Mother asks to bring you through faith that hope and strength of which she speaks.  It is not strength to fight here on earth physically. The strength she speaks of is a strength to fight satan and stand firm and resolved in your love of Jesus. The stronger you are, the more satan will attack you, so be on guard - you will have to cast him away many times for the rest of this worldly life, until God throws him and his angels in the fire pits of hell for eternity.  

Matthew 16:23, Jesus is predicting his own death and Peter rebukes him, telling him that is should never happen. "But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men."

These are the words that will shew him away every time, but I also add "and never come back!" But he always does and I must battle once again.

I've been under a heavy attack in recent days, the fiercest I've ever experienced. I shattered yesterday. But this morning, I yelled those words over and over, and this afternoon, I am once again at peace with my Lord and my God. Hallelujah!

My Prayers for all of You,
Abbey

THE PRAYER

I encourage you to please, please listen to this and read the lyrics.
It was written by David Foster and Carole Bayer Sager
in Memory of Andrea Bocelli's great love for
Elizabeth Taylor, and as such, was dedicated
to her by him.

May you be blessed by this performance.


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

KEEPING OUR EYES ON JESUS

I have this beautiful, amazing friend in Vienna, Austria and I can only wish I were as eloquent as she is about our Lord Jesus. Take a read below the picture.



"And let us run with endurance the race that God has set before us.
We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from start to finish." ~ Hebrew 12:1-2

Everything that's worthwhile in life requires perseverance . Why? Because worthwhile projects and worthwhile goals are never easy. That's especially true of living as a #Christ follower. There's nothing more worthwhile , but sometimes there's nothing more difficult. Everything in this world seems to run contrary to how you are called to live. Yet even as you persevere, you must realize that you can't run and finish this marathon race called the #Christian life alone. You need #Jesus, Who not only save you , but Who helps you right now in your struggle against discouragement and sin.

Do you want to live your life like a champion? Do you want to win the race? 
Keep your eyes on Jesus. Your #faith depends on it.

To win the race you need a goal. To win the human race you need Jesus.

Dear Jesus, make Your dwelling in me that I may always be with You. Let my heart and eyes fix on You. Amen.

~Flordelisa O.

Monday, April 27, 2015

THIS DAY'S .....


This Day's Thought from The Ranch
Fear imprisons, faith liberates; fear paralyzes, faith empowers, fear disheartens, faith encourages; fear sickens, faith heals; fear makes useless, faith makes serviceable- and, most of all, fear puts hopelessness at the heart of life, while faith rejoices in its God.
Harry Emerson Fosdick

This Day's Verse
Come, bless the LORD, all you servants of the LORD, who stand by night in the house of the LORD!  Lift up your hands to the holy place and bless the LORD!  May the LORD bless you from Zion, he who made heaven and earth!
Psalm 134
The English Standard Version

This Day's Smile
The ultimate question is not who you are but whose you are.
John Piper

Sunday, April 26, 2015

SPIRITUAL GEMS

Contemplating the Special, Tender Love of our Mother

Mary loves you because Jesus loves you to the point of dying just for you,  as if you had been the only human alive.  She loves you because you have cost her indescribable sufferings in her role as an intimate cooperator in your salvation with Jesus.  Mary loves you because, in order to cooperate in bringing you forth to eternal life, she had to give her only Child up to such a humiliating death. She loves you because you are one with her Son, and because in loving you she loves Jesus.  Do we return such love by truly working tirelessly for Mary and her role at this time to help bring all to Jesus?  Do we at least pray the Rosary well each and every day?  Do we make the First Saturdays to console her?  Do we wear the Brown Scapular?  Do we offer our daily duty?  Do we renew our Consecration often?  Have we committed ourselves completely to the Flame of Love Grace by learning all we can about "the greatest grace" given since our Lord died and left the Church and the Sacraments?

WHAT IS MY PURPOSE, GOD?

I often wonder "what is God's purpose for my life?"  This I seek because I want to do what God wishes for my life out of my love for Him and for the His Greater Glory.

We all have our personal goals and intentions for the long term.  We don't stop to think that our goals and success might not be what God intends for us.  He sees the means to the end, but it is not necessarily what he would have in mind for our spiritual growth.  It is not a bad thing to want to succeed in your life goals, but those are the things of our earthly lives.

So what does God want from me?  I believe he wants me to live my life from moment to moment, day to day, taking each triumph and trial as it comes.  In times of trial, He wants us to deal with it without anxiety, WORRY (my worst human failing), to depend on Him for the answers and for the actions to get through it.  God wants me to depend on Him today, now, and every day without my faith faltering, to allow Him to do His work in His time.  This takes greater patience because we will never know what God's plans are.  But if you are truly tuned into your one-on-on relationship with Him, you will see Him working eventually; and, you will have that "Ahhhh!" moment that serves to fortify your Faith that He IS listening and He IS taking care of things for you.

If you are able to do these things in your daily life, you will live a much happier existence. We have to realize that God's purpose for us is to enable us to see that He can weather the storms of our lives with us right this moment.  If we have any other goal in mind, then we are not living for the present. Obedience from moment to moment is God's goal for us, and once we realize this, then each moment becomes more valuable, meaningful and precious.

Listen to Your Dissatisfaction.
Listen to Others
Listen to Your Gifts
Listen to Your Passions
Listen For HIM
PRAY!

Consider that since God has called you, He is completely able
to reveal your purpose to you, and He will
as you diligently seek Him.


Hebrews 11:6
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
God  Bless

ABBEY

Saturday, April 25, 2015

THE LITTLE FLOWER

 



 



THOUGHT, VERSE, SMILE AND COMMENTARY




This Day's Thought from The Ranch

We can all get to heaven without health, without wealth, without fame, without learning, without culture, without beauty, without friends, without ten thousand things.  But we can never get to heaven without Christ.
Corrie ten Boom


This Day's Verse

“‘Look, the LORD your God has set the land before you; go up and possess it, as the LORD God of your fathers has spoken to you; do not fear or be discouraged.'”
Deuteronomy 1:21
The New King James Version


This Day's Smile
 
Sabbath, in the long run, is as essential to your well-being as food and water, and as good as a wood fire on a cold day.
Mark Buchanan



Today's Thought is not hard to understand. Many people feel as though they throw themselves into a life of culture, fill the church with the tithes of a rich man or become a very important person in society, then surely God will allow them into the Kingdom of Heaven.  Others may feel that because they are in dire health that perhaps they are being punished by God for things in their pasts and that they give up on God and lose sight of Heaven.  You may be beautiful on your shell but not so inside your heart and soul. You may have many friends and they all love you, but is this ego tripping and will it get you into Heaven?  No, no, no!  This Day's Thought gives only a few examples, but as it says, there are tens of thousands of others.  When will God's people understand that THE ONLY WAY TO HEAVEN is through the Son, JESUS CHRIST?  After all, was it not Christ who was beaten unrecognizable, then forced to carry his own cross to Calvary, and then SUFFERED UNMERCILESSLY through having huge nails hammered through his wrists and his feet before being erected between two criminals for all to see, and to die, no matter how long the agony?

How can you turn your backs on Christ and expect him to allow you to see his Father? Another, the most important of all, suffered that day - GOD.  Imagine handing your son over to all of this even though you knew the out come would be to save the world from itself and make a path to Heaven.  Seeing your son brutalized and hung up to die in such a way, to see His suffering and want to help him but knowing that would defeat His purpose had to be agonizing for our Father in Heaven. Do you not know that God has feelings, a heart as pure as snow, love reaching into the infinite depths of every soul, and that on that day HE suffered more than we will ever realize because we didn't live in those times.  I beg you as I always do, give yourself, mind, body and soul, to the Son, Jesus Christ and allow him to be your ultimate Friend, for he will not forsake you or gossip about you or use you for ill-gotten gain.  Oh how I love Jesus! I can't imagine the beauty I will see when my eyes lay upon his as I reach the gates of heaven, and set my eyes upon His for the first time!

In Today's Verse, I see the "land" as being your salvation that the Lord has set before you by the crucifixion of his Son to save you all from a life of sin.  There is nothing to fear in loving Jesus and God. There is everything to fear and lose by not knowing them personally.  That is why God encourages you here to "go up and possess it [the land of Jesus and God]" and to never fear or be discouraged - once you have taken possession of this land (your salvation), you are under the protection of The Holy Trinity as long as you remain faithful, and no one can take this from you. The pitfalls of earth are not even a drop in a bucket compared to the eternal life prepared just for you in Heaven. 

In Today's Smile, I offer you this: When I enter God's house, and I fall on my knees to pray, I am overwhelmed with emotion.  And almost always, tears of great relief and comfort roll from my eyes as I tell him "Oh God, I am so happy to be here; it feels so good and safe to be in Your house with You."  I will never feel as close to him anywhere as I do in HIS HOUSE.  Once Mass is over, as I turn to leave with the crowd, I feel I'm just a little bit taller, a good bit happier, I'm smiling because I feel so good that my tanks have been refilled with the Word and Glory of our Lord Jesus and Father God. God to Mass at the very least every weekend and meditate upon what I have told you. Open your heart fully so that it can be refilled to get you through your week. Once you establish a regular routine, you'll find that you get up on Sunday mornings without thinking and get yourself ready for church and you go. Do not break the chain; it's hard to begin again - I KNOW!

I pray that the blessings of The Holy Trinity will fill your hearts, minds and souls this day and that you have been blessed by something in the above.  My heart loves all and Jesus wants me to bring the lost to him, as well as to pump up his followers who may be feeling a little detached.  He's still there; go to him and LOVE.

PEACE, LOVE & JOY,
ABBEY

Sunday, April 19, 2015

SPIRITUAL GEMS

Victory is Coming But Not Without the Battle You Must Enter

Satan seems to be triumphing in the world right now. But fear not! Precisely because God has permitted Satan's power to grow, the Father wills Mary to appear more openly in order to blind him and then crush his head with her heel. A tremendous Victory is reserved by the Trinity for Mary to demonstrate God's Love for us through His Mother and our Mother! God loves mankind so much as to share both our humanity through Christ and motherhood through Mary!! Think about that fact and cherish it each day! God has chosen to "need" our cooperation for the Victory.

Do you wish to accelerate the Victory? Do you wish to have peace, joy and protection through the coming Passion and Storm of the Church before the Victory? Then follow the incredible example of humility of Jesus Christ Himself and give yourself entirely to His Mother who is our Mother! We can not love Mary properly, unless we love her with the love Jesus had for her! We can not love Jesus properly, unless we love Him with the love Mary had for Him!

You can either be a lukewarm standby in her Army; or you can be a zealous warrior volunteering for the front lines. Make, renew and live your Consecration (www.myconsecration.org) and you will have the Grace and zeal to be in the front lines of the Victory for God's Glory and the salvation of many souls! Wear your Scapular proudly; make the First Saturdays every month; pray your Rosary from the heart every day; fast from food or something as often as you can; enter into His Passion through mental prayer; and offer your daily duty for souls. This is the Spiritual boot camp that prepares you for the front lines of Victory! Your reward in Heaven will be beyond your imagining!

Based in a meditation from Fr. Emil Neubert from "My Ideal: Jesus Son of Mary" (please go to www.divineantidote.wordpress.com to sign up to read the more in depth writings on the Flame of Love Grace and our duty of perfection in Charity)


Friday, April 17, 2015

"HOSANNA"

This song is sung by Brooke Fraser with Hillsongs. All of their music is beautiful and heartfelt. You can find by searching "HILLSONGS" on YouTube. Now give this a listen.


Lovingly in CHRIST,

ABBEY

THIS DAY'S .....

This Day's Thought from The Ranch
What’s wrong today is wrong tomorrow, and what’s right yesterday is still right today.  Rights and wrongs don’t change for one simple reason:  God doesn’t change.  He is truth.  He is right.
Alex McFarland

This Day's Verse
Thus says the LORD:  “Keep justice, and do righteousness, For My salvation is about to come, And My righteousness to be revealed.  Blessed is the man who does this, And the son of man who lays hold on it; Who keeps from defiling the Sabbath, And keeps his hand from doing any evil.”
Isaiah 56:1-2
The New King James Version

This Day's Smile
No man ever drank lard into his tub, or flour into his sack, nor meal into his barrel, nor happiness into his home, nor God into his heart.
Benjamin Franklin

Thursday, April 16, 2015

THE NEXT NOVENA

Peace be with you!

We hope that each novena we pray together is one more prayer that will bring you closer to Jesus, and the next novena should do just that!

The next novena we will pray is the Mary, Undoer of Knots Novena!

Whenever we grow closer to Jesus' mother, our mother, we grow closer to Jesus -- because Mary always brings us to Jesus.

We will start praying on April 22nd
SHARE THE MARY, UNDOER OF KNOTS NOVENA!
The devotion to Mary, Undoer of Knots comes from the second century. Saint Irenaeus explained it, saying, "The knot of Eve's disobedience was untied by the obedience of Mary; what the virgin Eve bound by her unbelief, the Virgin Mary loosened by her faith."

Basically, the Blessed Virgin Mary can undo the knots in our lives!

Whatever has separated us from God and hardened our hearts - be it violence, pride, the absence of peace, anguish, despair, depression, sickness or discord --Mary has such compassion for us and prays for us to her son, Jesus Christ.

We will begin praying on April 22nd-- that's less than one week away! So be sure to share this novena with all of your friends and family before then.

They can sign up to pray with us HERE.

You are already signed up to receive this novena :) 
 
We're looking forward to praying with you and for you!

God bless you!
John-Paul & Annie - PrayMoreNovenas.com

Monday, April 13, 2015

BEYOND SUNDAY: A HEART FOR INSTRUCTION

Editor's noteBeyond Sunday is a Monday refresher to carry you through the week.]

Focus Verse of the Week
Apply your heart to instruction and your ear to words of knowledge. (Proverbs 23:12, ESV)

Classic Commentary
Apply your heart to instruction
To the instruction of parents, and to the instruction of ministers of the Word; to the Scriptures, which are profitable to instruction in righteousness; to the instruction of wisdom, or to the gospel of Christ, which instructs in things relating to Him, and to salvation by Him: or, "bring in your heart to instruction"; not only bring your body to the place of instruction, the house of God, but bring your heart there also;
and your ear to words of knowledge.

The doctrines of the gospel, which are the means of the knowledge of God and Christ, and of all divine, spiritual, and heavenly tidings; and of a growth in the knowledge of them; and therefore should be diligently studied and cordially attended to.

(Adapted from John Gill's exposition of the bible, proverbs 23:12.)

A Thought to Keep
When you go to a place of instruction in the things of God, do you take your heart also?
 

THIS DAY'S .....


This Day's Thought from The Ranch
God hath in Himself all power to defend you, all wisdom to direct you, all mercy to pardon you, all grace to enrich you, all righteousness to clothe you, all goodness to supply you, and all happiness to crown you.
Thomas Benton Brooks

This Day's Verse
Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth; Break forth in song, rejoice, and sing praises.  Sing to the LORD with the harp, With the harp and the sound of a psalm, With trumpets and the sound of a horn; Shout joyfully before the LORD, the King.
Psalm 98:4-6
The New King James Version

This Day's Smile
The fewer words, the better prayer.

Martin Luther

Sunday, April 12, 2015

SPIRITUAL GEMS - CONSECRATION


Reminder to Try and Go to Confession Today for the Feast of Mercy

If you have serious sin on your soul, you must go today before receiving Communion tomorrow. Otherwise, you can go by April 20 ( or as soon thereafter as possible if events truly prevent you). Listen to our Lord's plea to St. Faustina: "On that day (Divine Mercy Sundaythis Sunday), all the floodgates through which Grace flow are opened. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me...My Mercy is so great that no mind, be it of men or angels, will be able to fathom it throughout all eternity."

God will not violate our free will....now we must act on his Mercy!  Virtually all Parishes have Confessions today between 3:30 and 4:30 pm.  If not, simply call the Rectory and ask for your Confession to be heard.  Let us show Him our love this weekend.

Friday, April 10, 2015

VACATION

Who feels like taking time off for vacation? I DO, I DO!! I am at my folks on the SHUGAH Plains of Texas and I an loving every minute. There truly is "no place like Home."

Unless you hear otherwise  from me, I will be home next Saturday evening. In the meantime, keep peace, love and hope in your heart. And pray for me as I pray for you 🙏🙏💜💜👼


Most Lovingly,
ABBEY 🙏❤️💝🌹👼

Friday, April 03, 2015

THIS DAY'S ... MUST READ


This Day's Thought from The Ranch
“It is finished,” said our blessed Lord on the cross: “It is finished,” may every one of his followers say at the hour of death, and at the end of time:  My sins and follies, my distresses and my sufferings, are finished for ever, and the mighty angel swears to it, that the time of those evils is no longer:  They are vanished, and shall never return.  O happy souls, who have been so wise to count the short and uncertain number of your days on earth, as to make an early provision for a removal to heaven.  Blest are you above all the powers of present thought and language.  Days, and months, and years, and all these short and painful periods of time, shall be swallowed up in a long and blissful eternity; the stream of time which has run between the banks of this mortal life, and bore you along amidst many dangerous rocks of temptation, fear and sorrow, shall launch you out into the ocean of pleasures which have no period: Those felicities must be everlasting, for the duration has no limit there.
Isaac Watts

This Day's Verse
But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared.  And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.  While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel.  And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead?  He is not here, but has risen.  Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.”
Luke 24:1-7
The English Standard Version

This Day's Smile
Christ, the Lord, is resign today.
Hallelujah!
Sons of men and angels say:
Raise your joys and triumphs high;
Sing, ye heavens, and earth reply.
Vain the stone, the watch, the seal;
Christ hath burst the gates of hell;
Death in vain forbids Him rise;
Christ hath opened paradise.

Charles Wesley

DIVINE MERCY NOVENA DAY 1 - GOOD FRIDAY

Peace be with you!


Today is the first day of the Divine Mercy Novena

We pray that the Divine Mercy prayers will strengthen you as you fast and do penance today on Good Friday. We pray that you will grow closer to our Lord's Passion today and throughout this Novena.

You can post your prayer intentions here:

These novena prayers are from St. Maria Faustina's diary where she wrote about her encounters with Jesus. 
He specifically asked her to create a novena of Chaplets to be said leading up to Divine Mercy Sunday, beginning on Good Friday. 

She wrote that Jesus said to her, "By this novena, I will grant every possible grace to souls."

Jesus gave St. Faustina an intention for each day of the novena. Each intention is that we would pray for a different group of souls each day, asking for God's mercy for them. 

Okay, let's get to praying!

Here are the novena prayers for today:

"Today bring to Me ALL MANKIND, ESPECIALLY ALL SINNERS, and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. In this way you will console Me in the bitter grief into which the loss of souls plunges Me."

Most Merciful Jesus, whose very nature it is to have compassion on us and to forgive us, do not look upon our sins but upon our trust which we place in Your infinite goodness. Receive us all into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart, and never let us escape from It. We beg this of You by Your love which unites You to the Father and the Holy Spirit.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon all mankind and especially upon poor sinners, all enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. For the sake of His sorrowful Passion show us Your mercy, that we may praise the omnipotence of Your mercy for ever and ever.



Thank you for praying with us!

Don't forget to click here to let everyone know what you're praying for so we can pray for you too!

We are praying for you!


God bless you!

John-Paul & Annie - PrayMoreNovenas.com

Thursday, April 02, 2015

THIS DAY'S THOUGHT AND VERSE


This Day's Thought from The Ranch
Our old history ends with the cross; our new history begins with the resurrection.
Watchman Nee

This Day's Verse
That afternoon, the whole earth was covered with darkness for three hours, from noon until three o’clock.  About three o’clock, Jesus shouted, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”  Some of the bystanders misunderstood and thought he was calling for Elijah.  One of them ran and filled a sponge with sour wine and put it on a stick and held it up to him to drink.  But the rest said, “Leave him alone. Let’s see whether Elijah will come and save him.”  Then Jesus shouted out again, dismissed his spirit, and died.  And look! The curtain secluding the Holiest Place in the Temple was split apart from top to bottom; and the earth shook, and rocks broke, and tombs opened, and many godly men and women who had died came back to life again.  After Jesus’ resurrection, they left the cemetery and went into Jerusalem, and appeared to many people there.  The soldiers at the crucifixion and their sergeant were terribly frightened by the earthquake and all that happened. They exclaimed, “Surely this was God’s Son.”
Matthew 27:45-54

NEXT NOVENA BEGINS FRIDAY - YEAR OF MERCY

Peace be with you!

This is just a quick reminder that the Divine Mercy Novena starts on Friday -- that's tomorrow!

This year's Divine Mercy Novena is going to be extra special. Here's why...

Pope Francis has declared the upcoming Liturgical year to be the Year of Mercy. It will be dedicated to God's Divine Mercy! You can use this novena to begin preparing in advance for this year of mercy! Learn more about the Year of Mercy here.

If you haven't already, please help spread the word!
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This novena comes at the perfect time -- not just as we finish Lent and begin to celebrate Easter, but also as we look ahead to later this year when the Holy Year of Mercy will begin.

Pope Francis says that this is the Lord's most powerful message: mercy. So we are very excited to pray this novena with you and to ask God for more of His mercy in our lives, because we all need it!

Your friends & family can sign up to pray this novena with us here: 
Thank you for praying with us!

We're praying for you!

God bless you!
John-Paul & Annie - PrayMoreNovenas.com

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

THE DISCIPLES OF CHRIST & THE RESURRECTION

It is written that Jesus' Disciples didn't always recognize him after his Resurrection. Why?  There is much speculation on this mystery of the Bible.

The first to come to his tomb was Mary Magdalene and the man there she thought was a gardener. Maybe she was too far away from the tomb at the time that she first saw him? Maybe it was too early in the morning and the light was dim. But Mary believed she would find Jesus resurrected, thus her going to the tomb in which he was buried. Her mistake was clear when Jesus spoke to her.


The Bible does not tell us specifically why the Disciples did not recognize Jesus following his Resurrection.  The Disciples did not fully understand the meaning of Jesus' prediction that he would rise on the third day. (Mark 9:32They were in disbelief and clearly did not expect Jesus to be Resurrected. Therefore, the sight of Jesus brought about their disbelief at this sight!

Jesus was unrecognizable to the Disciples when they were out fishing, and then again when they broke bread with him.  This could have been a supernaturally intended, but why?  The Bible does not answer this question.  One can only surmise that Jesus "veiled" himself intentionally.  This because he wanted the two disciples with him to really think about what he had to say to them, instead of taking it for granted if it came from Jesus as they knew him.

Because of all the testimonies of those who saw the resurrected Christ, we can safely surmise that it was, in fact, the Resurrected Christ whom many had seen.  Also, a dramatic change in the Disciples was witnessed by many following each ones experience in the presence of the resurrected Jesus.  But because of the considerable amount of time the Disciples had spent with Jesus, where they had all scattered and hidden themselves in fear following the crucifixion, they changed 180 degrees.  They now became staunch Evangelists of his teachings.  And, because of this, one by one, the disciples suffered for their evangelism even though they were tormented by the crowds.  This evangelism led to the deaths of each of them as they refused to renounce Jesus Christ and the gospel.  It is believed that only the witnessing of the crucifixion and the following Resurrection of Jesus could account for the dramatic change in each of them.

Many scholars have debated the issue of true or false regarding the Resurrection. These pragmatists believe in what they can see and not what they cannot see.

In summary, there is this thing called "Faith", which is absolutely believing in what we cannot see. We live by faith, and we see answers to prayers every day.  And we have the one true account of the Crucifixion and Resurrection in the greatest book every written, THE BIBLE.  Specifically, the Gospels written my Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.


Thank God that we did not live in the times of Jesus where there was so much skepticism and doubt. We were given, by the Grace of God, a link between us and Him, and that is why Jesus had to be crucified for our sins and then be resurrected on the third day.  He was taken to heaven, body and soul, and left us with this promise:

John 3:15
That whosoever believeth in him [Jesus Christ] should not perish, but have eternal life.

God  Bless
 
Lovingly in Jesus Christ,
ABBEY