Fatima Prayers

Since today marks the 100th Anniversary of the 6th and final apparition of our Lady of Fatima, I thought it prudent to post the prayers that were asked of us all to prayer. In addition to the rosary.

PARDON PRAYER (repeat 3x)
My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love Thee! I beg pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope and do not love Thee.

ANGEL’S PRAYER
O Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore Thee profoundly. I offer Thee the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifference by which He is offended. By the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg the conversion of poor sinners.

EUCHARISTIC PRAYER
Most Holy Trinity, I adore Thee! My God, my God, I love Thee in the Most Blessed Sacrament!

SACRIFICE PRAYER
O Jesus, it is for love of You, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

DECADE PRAYER (after the ‘Glory Be’ when praying the rosary)
O My Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell. Lead all souls to Heaven, especially those most in need of Thy mercy.

 

How to Walk on Water

Life is full of ups and downs.  One minute you are perfectly happy and healthy. You have a great spouse, great kids.  Perfect job, a house of your dreams…and then, out of nowhere, things start going downhill. Maybe you find out something terrible about your spouse from before you knew them.  Maybe someone special in your life dies suddenly.  Maybe your dream job becomes a nightmare.  Maybe you find out what they mean by the “Joys of Home ownership”. How far do we let the downs in life get before we snap?  How long until we start pointing blame on others.  How often do we turn to God to get us through? How immediate do we expect his assistance? In a world surrounded by instant gratification, it can be difficult to find the patience for God.

Imagine what it must have been like for Jesus’ disciples on the boat, tossing and turning, afraid this sudden storm was going to capsize them.  Scared to death that this journey would be their last. They had just witnessed Jesus feeding hundreds of people from starting with what would normally be barely enough for one person. And then he sends you off on a boat while he climbs a mountain to pray, leaving you to die in a storm on a boat. “Where is God now?” they would think. And then out of nowhere Jesus comes to them, walking on the water. Peter challenged what they saw after Jesus assured them it was he. Peter had enough faith to climb out of the boat and he also began to walk on the water. But then he saw how strong the wind was and lost faith, he began to sink. And immediately Jesus stretching forth his hand took hold of him, and said to him: O thou of little faith, why didst thou doubt? (Matthew 14:31).

Life is like the storm, it can feel impossible at times to manage. I’m sure some of the other disciples would have tried to talk Peter out of leaving the boat, saying he was crazy to do it. Much like people of the world would try to talk you out of staying with someone who may have done some things you feel strongly against. Much like people would say you would be justified for leaving a troubled marriage, forgetting all about the vow of marriage before God saying “…Till Death do us part”.

If we have faith in God and do our best to live the devout life, we can be assured that no matter how turbulent the waves may be, God will walk us over them.  It has been said time and time again “If God puts you into something, he can get you through it”. It is a test of our faith that we must pass in order to become worthy of heaven, or deserving of hell. The choice is entirely ours.  And you can be sure that if you choose the easy route, the route the people of the world try to convince you is good, no grace will come from God in your life. Only more pain.

Have faith and stay true to the word of God, and you will surely walk of water.

 

Baby Joy!

I am happy to announce the birth of my daughter!  It has been almost 2 months already.  I cannot stress enough how wonderful it is to watch your baby come into this world and watch them grow.  I have a 3 year old boy now also and he is beginning to come around and enjoy his little sister.  Life is so precious, enjoy it!

And if you would like to help out a growing catholic family, don’t forget to purchase my book on Amazon!

How Ron Paul, the Philadelphia Flyers and Falling Off a Bridge Saved My Soul – Part 3

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The bridge I worked on in New York City was movable.  It rotated about its center. We were at the end of the project so I spent a lot of my time alone.  I had to take some measurements one day from inside the bridge where the steel beams ran.  There was about a four foot drop so you really had to be careful while you were in there.  I miss-stepped and landed hard on one foot.  My back and legs felt severe pain.  I felt embarrassed, so I shook it off and forgot about it.  Months later I started to date the woman who would become my wife.  She was worried about my health, she was an organic vegetarian and got me to stop eating so bad and drinking so much.  In a couple months I dropped 30 pounds.  One night while on the bridge I felt for the first time what I later pieced together was a problem I assume was caused by the fall. I ended up being out of work for a while because of it.

While out of work, I thought it prudent to do two things in between my physical therapy sessions.  I read about Libertarianism and Catholicism.  I was convinced there had to be a connection. I also prayed more rosaries. What I read convinced me of three things; I was never going to miss mass on Sunday again, I was going to join the Ron Paul Revolution, and I knew that my girlfriend was the one who I was going to marry.  I proposed to her soon after and we got married, my life changed so fast I could hardly keep up. It has been an exhilarating and amazing ride. A house, a son and a daughter on the way, new job, I even wrote a book!

Thank you Ron Paul.

Thank you Philadelphia Flyers.

Thank you Bridge.

Thank you mom for never giving up on me.

Thank you to my wife for joining me on this journey.

Thank you Jesus, Mary and Joseph for bringing me back to you.

How Ron Paul, the Philadelphia Flyers and Falling Off a Bridge Saved My Soul – Part 2

Part 1

It was the last game of the regular season for my team, the Philadelphia Flyers, in 2010.  They were playing their fierce rival, the New York Rangers. It was a very important game because whomever won would go to the Stanley Cup playoffs, the loser would go to the golf course.  After three periods and an overtime, there was still not a winner.  This meant the game would go into a shootout. The Flyers were awful at shootouts, all year I watched them lose to a shootout.  The Rangers on the other hand, were one of the best in the League in the shootout, my team was as good as done.

I was watching the game at my parents’ house with my cousin.  Things had started to settle down after my grandmother passed away.  My cousin and I were nervously awaiting the shootout when my Mom got home from some retreat.  She told me she brought back some rosaries, and gave us each a rosary that had been blessed by a priest. I remembered when I was a kid and our family of 6 would sit around and pray whenever there was a bad storm or my mom felt that she needed extra prayers. My mom reminded us that with a rosary you can move mountains, so immediately my cousin took his out of a bag and said “Maybe they will help the Flyers win this shootout!” So we clinched them into our hands as we watched what can only be described as a miracle. I learned to pray them when I got back home in north jersey, I prayed that the Flyers would win after they went down 0-3 in a best of 7 tournament. I even went to church with my cousin and a friend to try and make sure the Flyers would win. Again, a miraculous comeback, and in game 7 they even went down in the game 0-3, only to win the game, and the series 4-3! After that, they blew through the next team and made it into the Stanley Cup Finals.

It was then that I had the crazy idea that maybe I should be using these rosaries for something a little more important. I started to pray them for direction, for a wife, and to get my life back.

Unfortunately, without me praying for the Flyers they ended up losing the series in probably the most embarrassing way possible. No one even knew he scored for like 30 seconds…

 

How Ron Paul, the Philadelphia Flyers and Falling Off a Bridge Saved My Soul – Part 1

In light of a recent attack on my beloved libertarianism by the Pope, I have decided this was a good time to write about how I turned my life around.

I had heard about Ron Paul on a train heading into New Jersey from Philadelphia on my way home from college during the 2008 election cycle. I was never one to pay much attention to politics and voiced my frustration at people trying to get me to choose a side, “I think they are all [donkeys]!” I would say.  That’s when a friend told me to check out Ron Paul, he was different.  He told me a little more but I wasn’t comprehending what he was saying.  I ended up voting for Ron Paul in the primaries, but for Obama in the final vote.  I wasn’t fully convinced that Ron Paul was telling the truth, I saw McCain as just another Bush, so I said to myself “If Obama gets in and does the same things as Bush, I know Ron Paul is the real deal.”  Well, if you haven’t buried your head under a rock, you know that I soon had no choice but to trust and learn from Ron Paul. I bought a shirt that said “Don’t blame me, I voted for Ron Paul” that had the “Ron Paul Revolution” logo. (I know not completely honest, but I did vote for him in the primaries!)

The years surrounding this event is when my soul really took a nose dive. My family got torn apart, my fiance dumped me, and I started drinking and partying more and more.  I stopped going to church because I didn’t feel worthy, I knew I was doing wrong but didn’t have any motivation to stop myself. At one point I even told someone that my life song was Bother by Stone Sour, released on the 2002 Spider Man album.

Then one day I was brushing my teeth while wearing my Ron Paul Revolution T-shirt.  I looked into the mirror at my shirt and I discovered the simple brilliance of the logo.  the “evol” in revolution was inverted and cast in a red box, so when looking at it in a mirror the word “LOVE” stood out.  I cringed at the site of that word. At this point in my life I had graduated from college, moved north while working on a bridge in New York City for a heavy civil engineering company. I had spent many nights tossing and turning, unable to sleep.  I felt lost. I thought I would be happy by partying and having relations with many women.  I was miserable, and I turned into something I didn’t recognize.

Historical Context of Our Lady of Fatima

Tomorrow, May 13, 2017 marks the 100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima’s first apparition to the three children in Fatima, Portugal.  Her message is as important now as it was then.  Below is a summary of the events surrounding the apparitions along with other events happening in the world around that time.

World War I – July 28, 1914 – November 11, 1918

Armenian Genocide – Began April 24, 1915. This is the worlds first reported genocide which involved the extermination of Christian Armenians while under the rule of the Ottoman Empire. The reported end of this atrocity is in 1923.

1st Visit from the Guardian Angel of Portugal (sometime in 1915)

The Angel gave the children his first prayer:

My God, I believe, I adore, I hope, and I love Thee. I ask pardon for all those who do not believe in Thee, do not adore Thee, do not hope in Thee, do not love Thee.

This prayer was repeated three times.

2st Visit from the Guardian Angel of Portugal (summer months in 1915)

Instructions given to the children of Fatima from the Angel:

“Pray! Pray a great deal! The hearts of Jesus and Mary have designs of mercy for you! Offer unceasingly to the Most High prayers and sacrifices!”

“Offer up everything within your power as a sacrifice to the Lord in an act of reparation for the sins by which He is offended; and of supplication for the conversion of sinners. Thus invoke peace upon your country. I am her Guardian Angel; the Angel of Portugal. Above all, accept and bear with submission the sufferings that the Lord may send you.”

3rd Visit from the Guardian Angel of Portugal (autumn months in 1915)

The Angel brought a chalice with him, over it was a host. He left it suspended in air and prayed:

“Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Ghost, I adore Thee profoundly, and I offer Thee the Most Precious Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of the same Son Jesus Christ, present in the Tabernacles of the world, in reparation for all the sacriliges, outrages and indifferences by which He himself is offended. And by the infinite merits of His Most Sacred Heart and through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of Thee the conversion of poor sinners.”

He then arose and gave the host and the contents of the chalice to the children and said

“Take and drink the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, horribly outraged by ungrateful men. Make reparation for their crimes and console your God”

Historical Events in 1917

“Events of 1917 proved decisive in ending the war, although their effects were not fully felt until 1918.”

April 2 – WWI: U.S. President Woodrow Wilson asks the United States Congress for a declaration of war on Germany.
April 6 – WWI: The United States declares war on Germany.
May 13 – The nuncio Eugenio Pacelli, the future Pope Pius XII, is consecrated Archbishop by Pope Benedict XV.

1st Apparition of Our Lady of Fatima (May 13, 1917)

Her instructions to the children

  1. To come to the same place for 6 consecutive months on the 13th at the same time (noon) each month.
  2. Offer yourself to God to endure all the sufferings that He may choose to send you, as an act of reparation for the sins by which He is offended and as a supplication for the conversion of sinners.
  3. Say the Rosary every day to bring peace to the world and the end of war.

May 27 – Pope Benedict XV promulgates the 1917 Code of Canon Law
June 13 – WWI: The first major German bombing raid on London by fixed-wing aircraft leaves 162 dead and 432 injured.
July 8–13 – WWI: First Battle of Ramadi: British troops fail to take Ramadi from the Ottoman Empire; a majority of British casualties are due to extreme heat.

2nd Apparition of Our Lady of Fatima (June 13, 1917)

  1. Say the Rosary, inserting between the mysteries the following ejaculation:

    ‘O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need’

  2. That she would use Lucia to establish a Devotion to her Immaculate Heart in the world.
  3. Promise of salvation to those who embrace her Immaculate Heart and that their souls will be loved by God as flowers placed by herself to adorn his throne.
  4. “My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the way that will lead you to God.

3rd Apparition of Our Lady of Fatima (July 13, 1917)

  1. Continue to say the Rosary every day in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary to obtain peace for the world and the end of the war; for She alone can save it.
  2. Sacrifice Yourself for sinners; and say often, especially when making some sacrifice

    ‘O my Jesus, it is for love of Thee, for the conversion of sinners and in reparation for sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary I offer this sacrifice to Thee.’

  3. Out Lady promised a miracle would be performed at her October apparition.
  4. Our Lady showed them Hell, then asked that Russia be Consecrated her Immaculate Heart and for the Communion of Reparation on the First Saturdays.
  5. Our Lady explained that war is punishment for sin, and that if people don’t stop offending God that another and worse war will break during the reign of Pius XI.

    “In the end, My Immaculate Heart will Triumph.”

August 10 – A general strike begins in Spain; it is smashed after 3 days with 70 left dead, hundreds of wounded and 2,000 arrests.

4th Apparition of Our Lady of Fatima (August 13, 1917)

The children were kidnapped by the local authorities and were not allowed to visit the location of the apparitions. BUT, on the 19th, she visited them.

  1. Continue to come on the 13th and to say the rosary everyday
  2. In October a Miracle would be performed, but because of their kidnapping it will not be a grand as was originally planned.
    1. Saint Joseph will come with Baby Jesus to give peace to the world.
    2. Our Lord will come to bless the people
    3. Our Lady of the Rosary and Our Lady of Sorrows will come.
    4. Our Lady was asked what shall be done with the donations that were starting to pour in from the faithful who believed the children. They were instructed to place the money in two litters:
      1. One for the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary
      2. The leftover will go to the construction of a chapel that is to be built
    5. Our lady was asked to cure some of the sick, her reply:
      1. Pray for the health of the souls rather than for bodies
      2. Pray a great deal and make a sacrifice for sinners, many souls go to Hell for not having someone to pray and make sacrifices for them.

August 14 – Republic of China declares war on Germany and Austria-Hungary.

5th Apparition of Our Lady of Fatima (September 13, 1917)

  1. Continue to say the Rosary every day to obtain the end of the war.
  2. A miracle would be performed in October, not as grand as was originally planned.
  3. When asked if she would cure the sick who had contacted them
    1. “Some I will cure; but the others, no. Our Lord does not have confidence in them.”
  4. When asked again about the money donated
    1. Half shall go to placing a statue of Our Lady of the Rosary
    2. The rest shall go to the building of a chapel

September 14 – Russia is declared a republic by the Provisional Government.
October 12-19 – WWI: Operation Albion: German forces land on and capture the West Estonian archipelago.

6th Apparition of Our Lady of Fatima (October 13, 1917)

  1. A chapel is to be built in her honor.
  2. She revealed herself for the first time as Our Lady of the Rosary
  3. Continue to say the Rosary every day. The war would end soon and the soldiers will return to their homes.
  4. People must amend their lives and ask pardon for their sins.
  5. They must not offend Our Lord any more for He is already too much offended.
  6. The “Miracle of the Sun” was performed and recorded by both believers and skeptics alike. Everyone present were converted.

October 25 (O.S.) (November 7, N.S.) – Traditional beginning date of the October Revolution and Russian Civil War.
November 2 – Zionism: The British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour makes the Balfour Declaration proclaiming British support for the “establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people” with the clear understanding “that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities”.
November 7 – (N.S.) (October 25, O.S.) – October Revolution in Russia: The workers of the Petrograd Soviet in Russia, led by the Bolshevik Party and leader Vladimir Lenin, storm the Winter Palace and successfully destroy the Kerensky Provisional Government after less than eight months of rule.
November 28 – WWI: The Bolsheviks offer peace terms to the Germans.

 

Suffering as a Gift

Part of living life is knowing that suffering is inevitable.  In one way or another, we will feel pain.  Some handle their pain differently than others.  How a Prodigal Catholic should start to think about pain is important.

Pain is caused by mans propensity to sin.  God is good, but he is also Just.  So, when we violate the laws of God, we must suffer.  Understanding this, it is important to offer our pain for sins committed.  A simple prayer whenever we suffer in any way is the following:

O Lord, Thy will be done; I offer this to Thee for my sins.

Being able to give up our sufferings for sins is a gift.  As my book describes, indulgences are required to pay for the temporal punishment due to sin.  In giving up our sufferings on Earth for our sins, we can reduce or eliminate time required to suffer in purgatory.  Whether it be for ourselves, or the souls in purgatory.

And never cease to pray for the souls in purgatory!

War can be Stopped

There was a story I remember as a child about a man sitting upon a rooftop during a flood.  People came with a boat to save him and he told them “No thank you, God is going to save me.”  The boat left and the waters rose higher.  A rescue helicopter came to save him and the man told them “No thank you, God is going to save me”.  The helicopter left him there and the waters rose higher.  Finally, a sea plane landed to save him and the man again said “No thank you, God is going to save me”.  The plane left and the waters overwhelmed him, the man perished.  Upon entering his judgement he asked God why he hadn’t saved him.  God replied, “I tried, I sent you a boat and helicopter and a sea plane and you rejected me!”

As World War III looms closer to becoming a reality, I can’t help but wonder if we are all stuck in the same mindset as the man in this old story.  The United States of America elected a man many touted as the one who will get the government away from its meddling in the Middle East.  He was going to bring peace with Russia.  He was a President for the people, not the power elites.  Instead, he loaded his cabinet with War Hawks.  His first week he approved an air strike that murdered many children.  Where was his compassion then?  It is obvious that politics will not save this world from the punishment of war.  It is always its cause, so trying to make it the solution is never going to work.  So what will?

Apparitions of Mary and Jesus have been recorded and approved by the church for generations.  Each time the faithful were given life saving devices.  Not a boat or helicopter or sea plane, but devotions to direct our minds in prayer.  The Rosary, the miraculous medal, Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Divine Mercy etc. These are the tools we need to dedicate ourselves to in order to prevent calamity and save our souls.

Peace will not come from people with political power, but from individual Catholics dedicating ourselves to prayer.

What makes one Mortal Sin better than another?

“I can’t believe THAT GUY is still around acting just fine when I am dealing with so much pain…”

I’ve heard this basic thought multiple times recently.  It bothers me to hear it because instead of accepting one’s own suffering as reparation for sins, they are committing sin against the 5th commandment.  This person is wishing their own pain was being cast against another.

Pondering deeper on this thought, it really has roots in an idea that one persons vices are better than another.  A disturbing example of this is in the realm of sexuality.  There has been huge outbursts from all points of view on the subject of homosexuality. Trying to follow the back and forth debates can be dizzying.  If you take a step back and look at what the church teaches, it is clear that the issue has a much deeper problem.

The teaching in the church is that EVERY sexual act be open to the transmission of new life.  The purpose of the Sacrament of Marriage is to bring new life into the world.  Anything outside of this is a Mortal Sin.  But still, many people believe that if the are involved in heterosexual activity outside of marriage, it is acceptable.  Or they believe  they are married and can use contraception because they are doing it with their spouse.  All is still Mortal Sin.  And all Mortal Sin leads the soul to Hell.