Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Important Catholic Books: My Heart Will Triumph

Mirjana Soldo: My Heart Will TriumphMirjana Soldo-Dragicevic is one of six seers who claim to have visions of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Hercegovinian village of Medjugoje. The apparitions started back in 1981 and are lasting till today.

My Heart Will Triumph is the first book written by a visionary from the Medjugorje apparitions, and therefore gives us a direct and lively report of what happened. The reader experiences the apparitions through the eyes of the author.

In her book, Mirjana imparts the reader hope and joy through faith, and also adds bits of humour. She talks about the ten secrets, without revealing them assures us, that there is no need for fear. Her account reminds us of what really matters in life and how much God and Mary love us.

Mirjana also tells the reader about her difficult times and sufferings which she went through during the early and middle years of the apparitions, when both the communist state of Yugoslavia and the local Bishop made her life and those of her fellow seers anything else than easy. At the same these reports make the Marian apparitions even more credible.

I highly recommend this book because it gives a close account of what Medjugorje is all about, and how important faith is for humanity.

My Heart Will Triumph is available as a paperback on Amazon.
Download a free e-book of My Heart Will Triumph

The Holy Guardian Angels

On the 2nd of October, the Church reminds us of our guardian angel. God has given each one of us a guardian angel to accompany and protect us throughout our whole life. Don't forget to make use of this special "service" and pray to your guardian angel! He is waiting to help, for love of God and of you.

The Exaltation of the Holy Cross

The Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
Jesus, Who because of Your burning love for us willed to be crucified and to shed Your Most Precious Blood for the redemption and salvation of our souls, look down upon us and grant the petition we ask for ... ( mention here)

We trust completely in Your Mercy. Cleanse us from sin by Your Grace, sanctify our work, give us and all those who are dear to us our daily bread, lighten the burden of our sufferings, bless our families, and grant to the nations, so sorely afflicted, Your Peace, which is the only true peace, so that by obeying Your Commandments we may come at last to the glory of Heaven.

 (Prayer from EWTN)

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

A beautiful prayer in honour of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

In Honour of the Assumption O Immaculate Virgin, Mother of God and Mother of men. We believe with all the fervour of our faith in your triumphal Assumption, both in body and soul, into heaven, where you are acclaimed as Queen by all the choirs of angels and all the legions of saints; and we unite with them to praise and bless the Lord who has exalted you above all other pure creatures, and to offer you the tribute of our devotion and our love.

We know that your gaze, which on earth watched over the humble and suffering humanity of Jesus, is filled in heaven with the vision of that Humanity glorified, and with the vision of Uncreated Wisdom; and that the joy of your soul in the direct contemplation of the adorable Trinity causes your heart to throb with overwhelming tenderness.

And we, poor sinners, whose body weighs down the flight of the soul, beg you to purify our hearts, so that, while we remain here below, we may learn to see God, and God alone, in the beauties of His creatures.

We trust that your merciful eyes may deign to glance down upon our miseries and our sorrows, upon our struggles and our weaknesses; that your countenance may smile upon our joys and our victories; that you may hear the voice of Jesus saying to you of each one of us, as He once said to you of His beloved disciple: behold thy son.

And we who call upon you as our Mother, like John, take you as the guide, strength, and consolation of our mortal life.

We are inspired by the certainty that your eyes which wept over the earth, watered by the Blood of Jesus, are yet turned toward this world, held in the clutch of wars, persecutions, and oppression of the just and the weak.

And from the shadows of this vale of tears, we seek in your heavenly assistance and tender mercy comfort for our aching hearts and help in the trials of the Church and of our fatherland.

We believe, finally, that in the glory where you reign, clothed with the sun and crowned with the stars, you are, after Jesus, the joy and gladness of all the angels and of all the saints.

And from this earth, over which we tread as pilgrims, comforted by our faith in the future resurrection, we look to you, our life, our sweetness, and our hope; draw us onward with the sweetness of your voice, that one day, after our exile, you may show us Jesus, the blessed Fruit of your womb, O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.
Composed by Pope Pius XII. 

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Transfiguration of Jesus

The Transfiguration of Jesus happened when Jesus and three of his apostles, Peter, James, John, went to a mountain to pray. Jesus was transfigured and became radiant in glory upon a mountain. He began to shine with bright rays of light. The prophets Moses and Elijah appeared next to him and he spoke with them. A voice calling Jesus "Son" from the sky was heard.

Transfiguration of Jesus

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

The Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Joachim and Ann were the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Their memorial is on the 26th of July.
There is a thorough description of these special parents on the website Marriage - Unique for a Reason.

Saints Joachim and Ann, parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Saints Joachim and Ann, parents of Saint Mary. Image: catholic.org

Monday, 17 July 2017

Important Catholic Books: Mother Angelica - Her Grand Silence

Mother Angelica died in 2016. She is most famous for founding the Catholic television network EWTN. After a miraculous healing as a young girl, she dedicated her life to God and chose to live as a nun. Though living behind the walls of a monastery, Mother Angelica reached the whole world with the message of Jesus Christ. It was her life mission to bring the joy of the faith into every household and into the hearts of human beings.

The last years of her life she spent in silence, suffering from severe illnesses, which she offered as a sacrifice to God. Her legacy lives on, as EWTN is still broadcasted in peoples homes all over the globe.
My children and I especially enjoy watching a series for children called The Friar

In his Book, Mother Angelica - Her Grand Silence, Raymondo Arroyo tells us about the final years of this extraordinary nun. Arroyo is a TV reporter who worked alongside with Mother Angelica for several years. Her story is touching and inspiring. Most of all, it gives hope: there is nothing, that can hinder our love for God.

Mother Angelica - Her Grand Silence
Raymond Arroyo: Mother Angelica, Her Grand Silence. To purchase, click on image.
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