Month: April 2016

Battle Ready

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There is no doubt in my mind that looking at the state of the world we are currently in, the end is closer then we think. The sanctity of marriage is being torn down, families are broken, people are living in debauchery and God is being replaced. These are just a few of the ways that we are drifting farther from God and closer to final judgment. A group that is helping us to prepare for this coming event is called Battle Ready.

This group is truly amazing and awe inspiring because of the stance that they take. This is something that I have felt for a while now but it is very touching when you find a group of like minded Catholics who share the same views as you do and embrace the true Catholic faith. As opposed to the way many Catholics feel the faith should be based on their own beliefs according to the world. We are supposed to have the world conform to Jesus Christ’s teachings, not the other way around. Just because it is the popular thing does not mean that it is the right thing.

That is the line that Battle Ready makes very clear, there is a distinction between good and evil. You have to take the faith and our beliefs very seriously and use the sacraments of confession and Communion to help prepare ourselves fully for the spiritual battle.

In today’s society we have become so far removed from God even though we may not fully realize it. When we check our phones every five minutes, always update our social media accounts and worry about who liked what Instagram photo, then we have removed God from our society. With our lives so full of these material goods, where does God fit in? Sure we go to Mass every Sunday, maybe even weekday, before dinner we pray and at night time we say a quick prayer. Where does God fit in? Being busy doing something productive and using your gifts that God has given you is different than being busy with meaningless tasks.

Many also seem to think the idea that there is another spiritual realm besides God and Heaven to be quite archaic. I have heard of priests quickly denying the reality of hell and the realness of the devil. To do so would be a grave mistake and would signify that Jesus’ sacrifice was pointless.  If there is no devil, then why is sin so bad? If there is no fear of hell, then what is stopping us from doing what we want? The funny thing is, the devil is actually happy that many people don’t want to believe in him. All the easier it is to gain souls for eternal damnation.

The truth is, I think people have come to think of themselves as God. A lot of people are quick to call themselves spiritual, quickly releasing them from any obligations of being Christian. Others say that religion is so oppressive that it is outdated, and has no place in today’s society. Some Christian Churches are oppressive because they have twisted the Catholic faith to best fit their own viewpoints, much of how today’s society is. The Catholic Faith however is far from oppressive, that is if you are willing to let go of your selfish desires to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ Himself. To say that Catholicism is wrong, you are then saying that Jesus is wrong and clearly you have no idea the weight of your words.

We live in a society where people are quick to say we should not judge those who are different and quickly condemn those who stick by their faith. They are good at picking out the pieces of Jesus’ words that fit their kumbaya philosophy of thinking. What they so quickly forget is that when Jesus comes back, it is the final judgment and you will be judged for your lack of faith and your lack of direction when Jesus so clearly mapped it out for you. We are not in the world to live as the world, we are in the world to bring souls to Jesus. When we condone what clearly goes against our faith, the faith that Jesus gave us, we are siding with the devil. This is a heavy topic and one that some may find scary or even offensive. Quite frankly, it should scare you because I wouldn’t want to disappoint Jesus and neither should you.

The end times are coming at a fast rate and we had better be prepared for when it comes. This doesn’t mean ringing a bell, holding a sign saying that the end is near. This means using the Sacraments that God has given us, defending His Word and sticking by Jesus Christ.

Battle Ready is an amazing site with tons of useful information regarding both spiritual and physical means of preparing for the end times. It is something that all practicing Catholics should look at and all Christians should read it so that they can turn their lives truly to Jesus by converting to Catholicism. I highly recommend that you use this website to prepare and to stay updated with. God Bless and stay strong!

Here is the link to the website and I will post one on the main page:

http://www.battlereadystrong.com/

 

Dear Jesus,

I am sorry for those who slander your name,

I am sorry for those who are too scared to stand by your side,

I am sorry for those who sway their beliefs to fit this changing world

I am sorry.

I love you more than words can express and hearts can feel.

You are my eternal redemption and my way of life.

I want to be a warrior for you and fight in this battle.

I will call your name on high and stand my faith even if it means death.

Please give me the strength to do so, you are my glory.

Amen

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Castle in the Sand

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Death is always a tough subject to deal with because it is final. If people don’t truly have a deep seeded faith then death can seem to be a pit of despair. We have to understand that the Lord is in control of everything on this earth and the next, we are here to serve and honor God. It is a true awakening of the soul when you give everything to God because you feel no fear because you know that He is holding you despite the outcome.

With that in mind, I am sorry to hear of the passing of Prince. It is always sad for the family and friends that lose a loved one. However, it should not be constant news on the headlines and it certainly should not be mentioned by the Vatican. While Prince was a good musician, he certainly did not hold the true teachings of the church. He was a Jehovah Witness and this fully denied that the Catholic teachings are true and go on to condemn not just Catholics but all true Christianity. He also did not hold the morality that we as Catholics should have; his performances were mostly always risqué.

god-the-father-from-the-last-judgement-c-1585We are coming to a time in the world when we have to decide which side of the battle we want to be on, Good or Evil – there is not in between. The Vatican mentioned the sadness they felt over the death of this superstar but did not mention the sadness of the seven family members who were executed in Ohio.

In today’s day and age we are meant to pray for our enemies, love our neighbors and live our life the way God commands. Our society is drifting towards a point where God will be completely taken out and replaced by these musicians, actors, politicians, models and those who are considered the “elite”. What the Vatican has said (whether directly meaning it or not) is that when you have status you get recognized. Sure Prince was a music legend but his music was not wholesome, ask yourself this – Would Jesus listen to this music and would He sit through a concert put on by him? If you answered yes, I would do a few extra prayers and re-read Jesus’ teachings.

We are living in a time where there seems to just be an emphasis on Jesus’ love, which is very important! There is however a big piece missing, Jesus gives us His love but we have to earn it if we are going to spend eternity with Him. We can’t go out and do whatever we please with the idea that because Jesus died on the cross we are automatically saved. We need to go through living our life based on the teachings of Jesus – understanding that we will make mistakes but we will truly repent for them and continue on our path. Right now, the world and a majority of the sandcastle1people living in it are living in a castle made of sand. It is everything the world tells you that you need until the giant wave of final judgment comes. By then it will be too late and hell will be filled with the nonbelievers and those who chose not to live correctly.

 

 

Selfish

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One thing that seems to be a constant in our world is selfishness – something that is totally against God. God is in by no means selfish, that was quite evident when He sent down His Son and allowed Him to go through the Passion. Jesus was not selfish in the least bit either; He suffered, was tortured and died for our forgiveness; so we could be clean to enter Heaven.

We seem to forget that God creating us, giving us everything that we have and sending His Son for us, was not something we deserved in the least bit. In fact, we were quite far from deserving it. He wanted us. Let that sink in for just a moment. An all Powerful, all Mighty and all Knowing God created us being He loved us. What did He ask for in return? That we love Him and honor Him back. That is not too much to ask seeing as though we were the ones who disobeyed Him and continue to do so.

Adam and Eve were driven by a selfish desire to eat the fruit to gain knowledge. It is not the devils fault, he merely hinted at them but they were the ones who made the ultimate decision. That is what drives us to sin, our selfish desires. We want to get drunk, high, have sex before marriage, support the homosexual lifestyle, condone abortion and use the Lords name in vain. Even though Jesus clearly tells us not to do those things, we do them anyways. We use the excuses that we are just humans and Jesus will forgive us anyway.

That is a selfish way to think! It is not taking responsibility for your actions but instead blaming something else – much like most of today’s society, blaming others for their actions, instead of taking responsibility. Jesus didn’t die for us to be selfish, He died so that we could learn from our mistakes and become selfless. He, the Blessed Mother, Joseph and all the saints in Heaven should be our role models. They were humans as well but they overcame that struggle and instead completely followed God. They were selfless humans who were worthy to be in Heaven with God.

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Prayer Breakdown! #1

Welcome to our first ever Prayer Breakdown! Sometimes when we pray we can lose sight of what the prayer stands for. In the repetition we miss the deeper meaning that brings beauty to the prayer. That is what brought me to mind to start a regular posting titled Prayer Breakdown that will help us to delve deeper into the meaning of a prayer instead of just saying the words.

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We’ll start with one that is well known, the Saint Francis Prayer:

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love; For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life.

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace

What a powerful way to start a beautiful prayer. Through this we are asking God to make us an instrument of His peace. We should all strive to be instruments of God, to be His people on earth. God’s greatest commandment, told to us by Jesus, is love. When you are peaceful you are filled with love. I think we can look a bit deeper and know that when we are filled with the Lords peace we want to save as many souls as we can while maintaining our Catholic Christian identity. We don’t want to be instruments of the world we want to be instruments of God.

Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith

Sowing is something done by farmers to plant their crops for a new harvest; appropriately used in this prayer.  We are asking to be used as instruments of God to spread His will throughout the world. We want to sow love where these is hatred. Like I said before, when we are full of the Lords peace we are filled with love. When we see hatred we want to give people Gods love in order to bring them to the light of Christ. This can only be done if we are willing to be instruments for God. Where there is injury pardon. This can of course mean physical injury but it could also mean emotional injury as well. How many times has someone said something mean to you? How many times have you gotten into a fight with someone? Instead of seething in deep seeded hatred, sow pardon by forgiving them. If they don’t ask for forgiveness, still give them forgiveness. Where there is doubt, faith. This is a big one because when people have doubt they are not fully experiencing God’s love. We live in a world where there has to be physical proof for everything. God is much bigger than needing to provide physical proof to His existence, He sent us His son. It is up to us to preach to the nonbelievers and the hardened hearts to bring God to them.

Where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.

Despair is the complete absence of hope, Jesus is hope! If we feel despair then we are denying Christ and His message to us. As followers of Christ we have to sow the seeds in others to feel the hope of Christ. Where there is darkness, light. This world is filled with darkness but by living the life that Christ has for us and living His message we can being light to this world. Again, if we give ourselves to God to be used as instruments of His peace then we are adding to the light in the world and taking away the darkness of the evil one. Where there is sadness, joy. Jesus is joy! If people knew that and completely understood how much God loves us, it would take away the sadness in their heart.

Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love

It is important if we want to be instruments of God to be just like He is and God is not selfish; He gave us His Son and Jesus died for us. We are unworthy, yet He saw us as worth of such an enormous sacrifice. So we have to put others first before ourselves. That I may not so much seek to consoled as to console. That I will console others before myself, that I will understand before I am understood and I would rather fill my heart with than to get that love in return. For what we do for others, God does for us! When we console others, God consoles us; God understands us better than we even understand and God loves us more than we can ever imagine.

For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life

It is giving selflessly that we return what we gave. Now, this does not necssarly mean that if you donate $100 you will be getting that back – that would be defeating the purpose. When we give, we receive the graces of eternal life. When we give, simply to help someone out of the depth of our hearts then we get grace return. When we pardon others for their transgressions against us, then we will receive that same mercy.  The prayers ends as beautifully as it started, it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life. We are living in this world to make ourselves worthy to enter Heaven and spend eternity with Jesus! The things mentioned in this prayer by Saint Francis are what will help us to become worthy to be in the same Heaven as God and Jesus Christ. We have to sow the seeds of our faith in order to make other souls as well as ourselves worthy of eternal life.

I hope you enjoyed this first Prayer Breakdown! This is one (of many!) favorite prayers that I have!

One Million Moms

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I am sure everyone has heard of the Christian based group One Million Moms. If you are a fan of the mainstream media then you probably have an idea formed about what this group is about. The way the “media” talks they are akin to the KKK or some other hate group. This couldn’t be farther from the truth and quite frankly I am tired of the double standards.

PETA, HRC, LGBTQ groups, NRDC and other environmental groups, Freedom From religion and other atheist run organizations are all similar to One Million Moms. How so? Their groups fight for their targeted interests. But they are quite different as well. How so? They get praise, while One Million Moms gets tons of hate. The key to why is quite simple, they stand for what is seen as “traditional” Christian values.  This in my book translates to people following the teachings that Jesus Christ Himself set forth. Not bending to what the current society deems to be acceptable behavior and beliefs.

I am Catholic and quite proud of my faith. Catholicism is the first and true Christian faith NB1that was created by Jesus Christ at the Last Supper. That doesn’t stop my fellow Catholics from tarnishing the teachings that were handed down from Christ – like the group Catholics for Choice. They support and encourage birth control, abortions and going after whatever they want sexually. In essence it is quite parallel to One Million Moms in that one gets praise for standing with the times while the other gets railroaded for standing by Jesus Christ.

One Million Moms take a stand against the things that are so wrong with today’s society. We live in a time where it is commonplace to see sex on TV but if you mention your faith in Jesus you are quickly labeled as being filled with hate speech. When did we become so broken? When did we lose our way? Because that is what we as a country and a world have done.

Without God, we are nothing but wisps of dust in the wind. Floating along until we find a place to stick, where we don’t really want to be but our own choices led us there. By the time that little piece of dust realizes it went wrong, it’ll be too late and it will be washed away into an endless stream – living with the total regret of denouncing its journey and guilty-newsboyscreator.

WE are that little piece of dust and if you continue to take God out of everything you will be in a lake of endless fire. Anxiety, depression, OCD, mental illness in general has been making a dramatic increase in society. You can’t tell me that removing God from our society and this sudden increase has nothing to do with it. As Saint Augustine said so eloquently, all souls are restless until they rest in God. You can’t rest in God if you want to continually take Him out of everything.

That is where our Christian duty comes in because we owe it to Christ our savior to defend and honor His name. It is quickly becoming taboo to mention anything about God or Jesus but you won’t see me hesitating. I would rather be jailed for defending Jesus then to face Him when I die and try to explain to Him why I did not defend Him. When I look at the Crucifix I am reminded every day of my mission and my strength.

Dear God,

Please give me the courage to raise my voice.

Those who are trying to silence my will not win,

I will continue to proclaim Your word and Honor.

I pray for the conversion of their souls,

That my words may be guided by and for you Jesus Christ.

Amen.

Go check out One Million Moms website and join with them in their fight against evil:

http://www.onemillionmoms.com/

 

Live by the Cross

If your eyes are on the storm You’ll wonder if I love you still But if your eyes are on the cross You’ll know I always have and I always will

-Casting Crowns – Just Be Held

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I love listening to Christian music, especially songs that have meaning with the life I am living. Today as I was listening to this song by Casting Crowns, the verse that I posted really stood out to me and I realized how pertinent that is to most people living life. Bad things happen but we shouldn’t lose hope.

If your eyes are on the storm. Of course this is a bit of symbolism with storm taking the place of any bad thing that happens – whether big or small. We are Christians which doesn’t make us immune to the pains of life. When you are completely entranced and focused on the negative, you close your heart to Jesus. You’ll wonder if I love you still. Often times when something bad occurs people say: Why God? Why did you let this happen? Some will even CC1.pnggo so far to say that God hates them or even that there is no God.

But if your eyes are on the Cross. If we focus on what God has given us, His very own Son to set us free, then our troubles seem so small. You’ll know I always have and I always will. This is the perfect wrap up of this particular verse because by looking at the Cross we will know that the sacrifice God has made for us means that He has and always will look out for us.

The Cross symbolizes everything that our faith stands for because without it we would still be subject to being in a Limbo like state after death. Jesus’ death, the perfect sacrifice, allowed us to be children of God again. When Jesus died on the cross He broke the chains of death but it doesn’t meant that they won’t come back – only if we allow them. The chains symbolize sin, doubt, anxieties, fears – anything that separates us from God. The moment we forget the pain that Jesus felt is the moment that the sacrifice means nothing.

A lot of Protestants are upset by the fact that Catholics still depict Jesus on the Cross because He has risen. That is a trick of the devil! Yes, Jesus did rise from the dead and due to that we have Catholicism. Blood was spilled though, a lot of it, pain was endured, insults were thrown and the Son of God was nailed to a wooden tree reserved for criminals. Let that sink in for a moment: God, the creator of the universe, infinite power and knowledge. Created the world we live in, the water, air, fire, breath, life, humans, heaven and earth. He was made to hang on a Cross made out of wood. Before that though, He was scourthe-passion-of-the-christged, spit upon, made to wear a crown out of thorns, mocked, and slapped. Made to die like a lowly criminal.

When we think of it in this context, for me at least, my problems seem so trivial. I am loved so much that God sent His Son to save humankind from their sins, how can I be sad? How can I for one moment doubt the love of God? The truth of the matter is bad stuff happens. Life, death, lost homes, lost jobs, broken homes, broken hearts, sickness and pain. We are not immune from it but we are immune from being alone. All we have to do is call out to Jesus and He will comfort you. You have to open your heart though and really feel His presence. Don’t say it simply because it seems like the right thing or the thing to do. Do it because in your heart you know that once you call out to Jesus with the pain in your heart He will answer you. He WILL save you from the pain that you feel but you have to be willing to let it go, to give it to Him.

By the Cross we are saved but we are damned by our own actions. The Cross is not a “get out of jail free” card or something to fall back on every once in awhile. It is a constant way of life, one that is not easy at all but it is worth it to see Jesus happy. If I can, even just a little bit, give back to Him for the sacrifice that He gave for me then I will do it. Bad things happen but through the Cross we are given comfort because the God of the universe loves me so much He sent His son.

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Dear God,

The glory of every day belongs to you.

Praises I raise up to you for all the blessings you have given.

Through difficult times please give me strength.

Help me to look at the cross when times get rough.

To reflect on the passion of the Lord to get me through the day.

To live my life as a remembrance and honor to Your sacrifice.

Amen

Pray Them Out

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The Rosary is a powerful tool given to us by the Blessed Mother through the Holy Spirit. It was first given to Saint Dominic in a vision from the Blessed Mother. From then on he used it when he would preach and spread the message of Jesus Christ. Although the Rosary’s beginnings are not exactly known because back before Saint Dominic’s time there were other forms of prayer beads that fellow monks and priests would use to keep track of their prayers. However, after his visions from the Blessed Mother he was able to add on to the original idea.

The Releasers are a group dedicated with using prayer to help those souls in purgatory and the Rosary is something that can do just that. As you pray the rosary, remember to pray for all those souls in purgatory who yearn for prayers from their fellow Catholics. This is their mission, which is something that is commendable and something that needs to be done.

Purgatory is stated as being “purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven” by the Catechism of the Catholic Church. This is for those souls who are still considered to have worthy souls but still are not perfect. As soon as we die, we are given a judgment by Jesus Christ. At the moment of death we are either given a reward of Heaven, a punishment of hell or a reward to get yourself prepared for Heaven, which is Purgatory.

When we think about it in these terms, yet again Jesus’ mercy is being reached out to us. Did you love your car a little bit too much? Did you neglect saying your prayers as faithfully as you should have? These little things which could keep us out of Heaven won’t because we have the opportunity to make ourselves pure again to reach Heaven where our Lord and Savior is.

The Power of the Rosary is the home website where the Releasers are located. Along with this, there are many other informative and powerful movements. You can become a best friend of the Holy Spirit, look at Scriptural Meditations, Miracles and many other wonderful things. I will provide a link to their website and will also keep a link on our blog. They are truly a powerful movement and I recommend them to everyone who reads this blog.

My overall rating of this website: This is a great website that provides information for Catholics and different Catholic devotions. They promote saving souls and should be a top website for Catholics.

Website: http://www.thepoweroftherosary.com/the-releasers.html