HAIL MARY FULL OF GRACE

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Today the 15th August is the feast of the Assumption, where Mary is assumed into heaven body and soul.

Mary fully human, without original sin, chosen by God to be the mother of His Son Jesus, elevated her as the queen of heaven and the mother of us all. She’s our link between heaven and earth. Pray to Mary to help you as your intercessor.

The Assumption reminds us of the unique role that Mary served in the process of our salvation. Although she was without sin, we have the possibility of receiving God’s forgiveness through Christ. Her entry into heaven prefigures our own hope of experiencing the same eternal life.
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Below are some baroque paintings of Mary going up to heaven – a very clever way of depicting Mary.

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SCIENTISTS DO BELIEVE IN GOD

CAN SCIENCE AND RELIGION CO-EXIST? OF COURSE THEY CAN!!!!

GOD THE ALMIGHTY ASTROPHYSICIST, SCIENTIST, PHYSICIST,  BIOETHICIST, BIOLOGIST, PHARMACIST, BIBLICIST, HISTORICIST, GENETICIST, etc., etc., etc.,   THOUGHT UP THE IDEA OF CREATING NINE PLANETS AND GIVE ONE TO US, ONE TO PLACE HIS MOST PRIZED POSSESSIONS – HUMANS – THAT WERE MADE IN HIS LIKENESS.

The quote in Genesis that God created the universe in 6 days is a metaphor, God doesn’t work in our timing.  For God there is no present, past or future. He lives in the ever present time. (Read more below) 

There are many christian scientists that believe in God and one of them is Georges Lemaitre (17 July 1894 – 20 June 1966) who was a Belgian catholic priest, astronomer and professor of physics at the Catholic University of Leuven. What Georges Lemaitre explains scientifically is compatible with the big bang and how God created the universe!!!!! He also discussed this with Albert Einstein.

How can we say we believe in the almighty, omnipotent God when we don’t give Him credit for creation? “Science without religion is lame; religion without science is blind.” —Albert Einstein 

Science explains the how? where? when? But it cannot explain the Why?????

Yet scientists may be just as likely to believe in God as other people, according to surveys. Some of history’s greatest scientific minds, including Albert Einstein, were convinced there is intelligent life behind the universe. Today many scientists say there is no conflict between their faith and their work.One would be hard pressed to find a legitimate scientist today who does not believe in evolution. But what if evolution is God’s tool?

“Methodical research in all branches of knowledge, provided it is carried out in a truly scientific manner and does not override moral laws, can never conflict with the faith, because the things of the world and the things of the faith derive from the same God. The humble and persevering investigator of the secrets of nature is being led, as it were, by the hand of God in spite of himself, for it is God, the conserver of all things, who made them what they are” (CCC 159). The Catholic Church has no fear of science or scientific discovery. (CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH)

God is the intelligent designer behind it all

IRON SHARPENS IRON

                                                                               

Proverbs 27:17 ………’Iron sharpens iron’     What does it mean?                           Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” When iron blades are rubbed together, each becomes sharper and thus more effective. Likewise, when believers are involved in one another’s lives, mutual edification occurs. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 is a similar passage: “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!  Humans were created for fellowship (Genesis 2:18).You cannot reflect God to others if you don’t interact with people. You cannot grow in faith if you don’t think, talk, share, test, ask, clarify, address, simplify, quantify, explain or examine your faith with others. Faith grows when it’s shared, thus in proverbs we have this metaphor.“Iron sharpen iron.”                                          Two minds are better that one. Together we can achieve more. There is strength in unity. Of course, God doesn’t want us to miss out on having some fun, but He wants the type of fun that is good and praiseworthy. Fun that brings people , children, families and groups together. People that can pray and have fun together and share their troubles and tribulations.

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When I look back to my childhood, it makes me think of how I had my grandparents, uncles, aunties or older cousins that looked after me while my parents worked. This other analogy clearly shows me that raising a child was not just for two people.

   “It takes a whole village to raise a child.”    Igbo and Yoruba (Nigeria) Proverb.

      The basic meaning is that child upbringing is a communal effort.           Like growing in faith should bebecause nothing grows without love, friendship, faith, respect, honesty, hard work and communication.                     

Similarly, it takes fellowship with other people to grow in faith and to grow the Kingdom of God.

 

M-IS FOR MIRACULOUS

Yes, I’m referring to Mary the Mother of Jesus and the mother of us all. Jesus had the utmost respect for women. He had women in his ministry, Jesus appeared to women first at the resurrection. Jesus was surrounded by many women and Marys during His ministry. If God has elevated Mary to queen of heaven then she has influence.

Some people think that I worship Mary, NO!!!!!!!!! I  love, I aspire, I appreciate, I honour Mary because Jesus loved her and because He gave her to us as our Mediatrix and  intercessor.

When Jesus started his three year ministry it began at the wedding at Cana. Mary felt the embarrassment of the parents and asked Jesus to turn the water into wine. Jesus didn’t ignore her, He listened and did as Mary told Him. So that propelled Jesus as the miracle worker. So then we can say that Mary is our ally, Mary works for us, Mary is our intercessor. Why????????? Because Jesus loved Her. If you love the Son then you love the mother, because Jesus came from God first- His divine nature and from Mary-His human nature.

Now it has been said that the miraculous medal of Mary has been attributed to many miracles. Let’s get this clear first, God is the Almighty, God gave Jesus His powers, Jesus gave Mary the power too. Jesus’miraculous power can work through people just look at the saints,  Jesus works through Mary too. So by wearing or placing this medal in your car, or house, or your children’s room and with a heart of faith and prayer Mary can intercede for you too.  (nothing happens without faith). Look at the medal and all it’s symbols (see attachment below) where she brings Jesus with her ( please also refer to the testimony of Father Scheier at his judgement day when he was declared dead and Mary came to his rescue).

The Meaning of the Miraculous Medal

The medal is striking because Our Lady herself presented the familiar design.

The front of the medal depicts Mary standing on a globe, with the head of a serpent beneath her feet. Circling the oval-shaped medal is the signature, “O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.” On the reverse, twelve stars surround a large “M,” from which a cross arises. Below the “M,” the medal depicts two flaming hearts. The left heart, circled with thorns, represents Jesus. The right heart, pierced by a sword, symbolizes Mary.

An Unlikely Helper
By what intervention and through what vessel did the Blessed Mother convey the design of this medal? As in the case of The Divine Mercy revelations to St. Faustina, a young, unassuming nun in 1930s Poland, once again God chose an unlikely helper. Nearly 100 years earlier, He selected a 24-year-old novice in the community of Sisters known as the Daughters of Charity, Paris, France, in 1830.

The extraordinary story begins on the night of July 18, 1830, when a mysterious child awakens Sister Catherine Laboure. The child leads her to the convent’s chapel. There, Sister Catherine sees the Virgin Mary, sitting in a chair. She kneels beside Mary, and rests her hands in the Virgin’s lap. The two speak for several hours. During the conversation, Mary promises she will return and give the young nun “a mission.” The child leads Catherine back to her bed. Catherine hears the clock strike 2 a.m., July 19.

A little more than four months later, Sister Catherine learns what Mary wants.

During her evening meditation on Nov. 27, 1830, Catherine has a vision of Mary standing in a position similar to the depiction on the medal. Later, the vision changes to include the inscription found on the front side of the medal.

Mary speaks to Catherine, saying, “Have a medal struck upon this model. Those who wear it will receive great graces, especially if they wear it around their neck.”

Iconic Attraction
It was as Mary said. The medal’s effects were immediate.

The first medals were made in 1832 and distributed throughout Paris. According to the Association of the Miraculous Medal, the blessings that Mary promised “began to shower down” on wearers of the medal. The devotion spread rapidly. In 1836, a Church investigation declared the apparitions to be genuine.

Since Mary asked Catherine to have the medal struck, devotion to the Miraculous Medal has spread the world over, the image having achieved iconic stature.

But what does the medal mean? In answering that, one discovers why it works.

The Front Side
• Mary stands on a globe, crushing a serpent beneath her feet. Describing the original vision, Catherine said the Blessed Mother appeared radiant as a sunrise, “in all her perfect beauty.”
• Rays shoot out from Mary’s hands, which she told Catherine, “… symbolize the graces I shed upon those who ask for them.”
• Words from the vision form an oval frame around Mary: “O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.”
Seen as a matrix, the elements of the front design encapsulate major Marian tenets:

Quality of Our Lady As Illustrated by the Medal
• Mother Her open arms, the “recourse” we have in her
• Immaculate The words, “conceived without sin”
• Assumed into Heaven She stands on the globe
• Mediatrix Rays from her hands symbolizing “graces”
• Our Protection Crushes the serpent (Gn. 3:15)

The Reverse Side
• A cross-and-bar surmounts a large, bold “M”
• 12 stars disperse around the perimeter
• Two hearts are depicted underneath the “M,” the left lapped with a crown of thorns, the right skewed by a sword. From each, a flame emanates from the top. Again, employing a grid analysis, we can see how the reverse-side design contains great symbolism reflecting major tenets of the Catholic faith.

Design Element and its Catholic Meaning
• The large letter “M” — Mary as Mother, Mediatrix.
• Cross and bar — Jesus’ cross of Redemption.
• 12 stars — 12 Apostles, who formed the first Church.
• Left Heart — The Sacred Heart, who died for our sins.
• Right Heart — The Immaculate Heart, who intercedes for us.
• Flames — The burning love Jesus and Mary have for us.

 

 

JESUS TAKES AWAY THE PAIN THE OTHERS CAN’T REACH

WE ALL LIVE IN A PHYSICAL AND SPIRITUAL WORLD. YOU MUST REALISE THAT WE ARE IN A SPIRITUAL BATTLE, A BATTLE THAT WE HAVE TO FIGHT EVERYDAY!!!!!!

BECAUSE OF THE ”FALL OF MANKIND,” THE ENEMY WILL DO EVERYTHING IN HIS POWER TO DERAIL YOU, TO CONFUSE YOU, TO PUT OBSTACLES IN YOUR WAY, TO BRING FEAR AND DOUBT INTO YOUR LIFE ALL THE TIME. HIS MISSION IS TO KEEP YOU AWAY FROM GOD. JUST THE MENTION OF HIS SON JESUS CHRIST WILL SEND PANIC INTO THE DEMONIC WORLD.

BEFORE JESUS CAME SATAN RULED THE WORLD! THE WORLD HAD GOTTEN SO WICKED BUT, GOD SO LOVED US  THAT HE SENT HIS ONLY SON JESUS CHRIST TO REDEEM US. AT THAT POINT JESUS RESTORED THE BALANCE AND NOW BECAUSE OF THE CROSS,WE HAVE THE POWER OF JESUS TO HEAL US. SATAN LOST HIS POSITION AND HAS DECLARED WAR. WAR AGAINST HUMANITY!

This is heavy stuff and I am sorry if I sound over the top, you might think I’m crazy but it doesn’t matter to me, because my purpose is to heighten your awareness and understanding so that you may experience healing and be empowered to be the best version of yourself.

Since I know this, I really don’t want to keep it to myself, because I care about people and their salvation is too important.

So you’ve got wounds, I’ve got wounds, yes!!!!!! we’ve all got them! NO ONE IS IMMUNE. Some are small, some are big. Some just niggle at us while others run deep, so deep that we suppress them because they are too painful to bring them to the surface.

The wounds we have may have been passed onto to us from our parents generational line. They may be words that have been spoken over us from family members, friends or work colleagues. They may have also come from curses, from promises or words that we have spoken over ourselves. For example, I’m never going to fall in love with another man again! I’ll never trust anyone! I’m not good at this!!!! I can’t do this!! I’ll never become………… etc……………..words spoken go into the spirit world and they become legal and binding!!!!   Of course this allows legal entry for the enemy to use these words to harass you.

So then, we stumble, we fall, we make mistakes, if we continually and habitually do the wrong thing over and over again it mostly likely could be harassment. We may become fearful of other people, untrusting or we just shut people out, we avoid things, we go without, we make excuses etc., etc.,

The wounds we carry may be a result of sin, sin that we have chosen or sin from the result of other people. Now, I’m not professing that you play the blame game here. It’s a way of identifying and understanding  your position and the work of the enemy in our lives.

FORGIVENESS AND REPENTANCE PLAY A HUGE ROLE IN THIS AS THEY DIMINISH THE POWER OF THE ENEMY

The wounds we have may manifest in mood swings, restlessness, sadness, headaches, sleeplessness and more……depending on how big they are. Certain behaviours may be triggered when we hear a word or experience that will take us back to the point of the wound. Often we don’t know or can’t explain why we feel or behave in a particular way, suicidal thoughts,  sleeplessness, a deep sadness, inability to relate to others. THESE FEELINGS WILL STAY WITH YOU UNTIL YOU OPEN YOUR HEART TO JESUS AND INVITE HIM IN to the point of the wound..   TO SHOW YOU AND HEAL IT

( Please go to previous posts for blockages to healing).

In John 14:6 it is written….. Jesus answered him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one goes to the Father except by me.

So I say to you live your best life now, not live unhappily, not live in fear, not live in darkness and loneliness because Jesus knows every little thing about you because He died to know you. This information has helped many people I know and I pray that it will help all those who have a heart for God and Jesus Christ.

Please share, if you have questions please ask. I believe to be quite sane, I have held a teaching position for 35 years and still in it! God bless You and heal you all through His Son Jesus Christ!!

LISTEN TO THE UTUBE CLIP BELOW FROM ROBERT BARRON ABOUT THE DEVIL

Further reading and acknowledgements:-Charles Kraft-“I Give You Authority” , Grant Mullen -“Emotionally Free“, John & Stasi Eldredge- “Wild at Heart” and “Captivating“, Joel Osteen- “Your Best Life Now”