28 July 2014

Mammon speaks

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No man can serve two masters.
For either he will hate the one, and love the other:
or he will sustain the one and despise the other.
You cannot serve God and  Mammon.
St. Matthew 6:24 





In the Infernal Council, Mammon holds forth: 


                   … how wearisome

Eternity so spent in worship paid

To whom we hate. Let us not then pursue

By force impossible, by leave obtain’d

Unacceptable, though in Heav’n our state

Of splendid vassalage, but rather seek

Our own good from ourselves, and from our own

Live to our selves, though in this vast recess,

Free, and to none accountable, preferring

Hard liberty before the easy yoke

Of servile pomp. Our greatness will appear

Then most conspicuous, when great things of small,

Useful of hurtful, prosperous of adverse

We can create, and in what place so e’er

Thrive under evil, and work ease out of pain

Through labour and endurance. This deep world

Of darkness do we dread? How oft amidst

Thick clouds and dark doth heaven’s all-ruling sire

Choose to reside, His glory unobscured,

And with the majesty of darkness round

Covers his throne; from whence deep thunders roar

Mustering thir rage, and Heav’n resembles hell?

As he our darkness, cannot we his light

Imitate when we please? This desert soil

Wants not her hidden lustre, gems and gold;

Nor want we skill or art, from whence to raise

Magnificence; and what can heaven show more?

Our torments also may in length of time

Become our elements, these piercing fires

As soft as now severe, our temper changed

Into their temper; which must needs remove

The sensible of pain. All things invite

To peaceful counsels, and the settled state

Of order, how in safety best we may

Compose our present evils, with regard

Of what we are and were, dismissing quite

All thoughts of war: ye have what I advise.


John Milton, Paradise Lost, II, 247-283.



Christus Victor!

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27 July 2014

David Warren: The Flight from Iraq

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David Warren begins his article with references to the last Jews left in Afghanistan:

When the Americans (“and allies”) took Kabul, they discovered that one of the clichés about Afghanistan was wrong. It was not true that there were no Jews left in that country. An elderly gentleman emerged from the rubble, a certain Ishaq Levin (may he rest in peace). All these years he had kept his head down, but was now under the impression he could come out.

The article continues with a few profound insights into what is happening to the Christian population in the territories under ISIS control.  

To finish the article, please CLICK HERE.


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26 July 2014

Anna Mater Matris Christi

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O Lord God of our fathers, Thou didst give us the Mother of Thine Incarnate Son through blessed Saint Anne: Grant that, by her intercession, we may attain to the salvation Thou hast promised to Thy people; through her grandson, Thine Only-begotten Son, Our and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

If Christian, must watch...

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Remember that ISIS/ISIL was created, trained and funded by the USA and Saudi Arabia.  

You who are citizens of the USA, your federal government is responsible for this.  

Only you can make it stop by demanding the decoupling of U.S. foreign policy from the demands of the Saudi Arabian royal family.

Only you can make it stop by demanding the defunding of any government agency or department that in any way supports the various so-called "rebels" throughout Syria, Iraq, Jordan, and Lebanon, so-called rebels like al-Nusra, ISIS, or the newly declared fake Caliphate.

And we who have no earthly power, we must lay siege to Heaven with our prayers that God will act for His people and save them from this scourge.  

Someday those of us who are both U.S. Citizens and Christians will realise how great is the need for deep repentance on our part for our failure to take action to stop the evil done with impunity by our federal government,  its agencies, its armed forces — and its black projects.

25 July 2014

Mother Winsome, SBVM: "Grace and Blessing"

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Mother Winsome, SBVM
Dear reader, I have been profoundly moved by an article by Mother Winsome, SBVM on the website of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham in the UK.  Do have a read of Mother Winsome's account of her community's pilgrimage which has culminated in finding a home and a new birth: click here.

06 July 2014

Anne Graham Lotz

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The daughter of Dr. Billy Graham, Anne Graham Lotz, issued a call to prayer for the USA that is a most urgent appeal culminating on July 7th with seven hours of prayer and fasting.

Although her appeal has been underway for a number of days, on the Seventh of July it is still possible to join in prayer and fasting for seven hours if one feels called.  Click on the banner below, and you will be taken to the Graham Lotz website:




The Purpose:
  • For God the Father to restrain, protect, and deliver His people from the evil that has come into our world.
  • For God the Son to be exalted, magnified, and glorified in His church, in our nation, and in our lives.
  • For God the Holy Spirit to fall on us in a fresh way, compelling the church to repent of sin and our nation to return to faith in the living God, resulting in a great national spiritual awakening.


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02 July 2014

R. Somerset Ward: The Road to God in darkness

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R. Somerset Ward writes:

“And what can possibly be the meaning of this coldness and darkness of the soul? Surely it is God’s test. How should we ever grow without tests? We say to God, ‘I want Thee more than I can say.’ God replies, ‘Do you really want Me?’ And straightaway in our prayers we find darkness and coldness, and the numbing loss of energy. If we were speaking the truth, we go on praying in spite of it; if we were not, we stop. And if we go on praying, the darkness becomes not a hindrance but a help, for the measure by which God values our prayers is the amount of desire in them, and it shows much greater desire to pray in darkness than in the light.

For this reason it has been said that we walk faster on the Road to God in darkness than in light. If you persist in prayer through darkness, you will assuredly find yourself after the darkness has passed much nearer to God.”


Reginald Somerset Ward: His Life and Letters 
Bishop Edmund R. Morgan, ed.
London: A. R. Mowbray & Co., Ltd, 1963, p. 141.

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01 July 2014

Dorothy Kerin, Anglican stigmatist


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A prayer by the sainted Dorothy Kerin from her own notebook:

By the bruising of my whole life,
strengthen me with sympathy
for every wounded soul,
 
and let my prayers be as balm 
for the wounds of thy children, 
that they may be healed.

And here is another blessing for you, dear reader, from Dorothy Kerin's vision of the Garden and of the weeds concerning which she writes:

"After some years, I was unhappy in my heart, that I had done so badly, with difficulties and how badly I had used the grace given me.


Dorothy Kerin
Anglican,
 healing ministry
"I was in prayer, when I found myself in the Garden. I had not been there for some time and there was a difference. It was fuller of flowers, and the scent more exquisite. Our Lady was there. She took my hand for she knew how bewildered I was about things. She led me to different plants. Her tears were still wet on them. Then I was alone. I saw a heap of weeds Our Lady must have pulled up. Then the Holy Spirit showed me everything I had done to produce these weeds, since the King made the garden. The stem of the Hope plant has a tendril clutching it, the weed was fear, the Charity weed was judging, the Faith plant was despair. Then I knelt down on the grass and confessed my faults to the King of the Garden. It is impossible to tell you the joy that forgiveness brought me."

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29 June 2014

RADIO WALSINGHAM ONLINE

http://www.live365.com/stations/walsinghamtexas

During these summer hours I invite you to listen to RADIO WALSINGHAM ONLINE and be blessed by the inspiring music of the Great Tradition of Christian Music wherever it may be found around the world. 

RADIO WALSINGHAM ONLINE is an apostolate of Our Lady of Walsingham Institutes of Catholic Culture Studies in Houston, Texas.
http://www.live365.com/stations/walsinghamtexas

24 June 2014

Pope Francis Hymn Book

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The inspired and inspiring folks at Corpus Christi Watershed (ccwatershed.org) have published another valuable traditional musical resource for the Catholic Church and Catholic Schools entitled





I hope my readers will buy the   Pope Francis Hymn Book   not only for themselves and their families but also for their priests and musicians in their home congregations, parishes, or missions.  

[Also, be sure to buy copies of the masterful 


  Pope Francis Hymn Book   is a wonderful way to invite the Church of today to participate in making beautiful music for the Lord of Hosts, but it is even more important so that the Faithful have theologically well-crafted hymn texts to sing that are in accordance with the Catholic Church's teaching of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The following is a listing of editions from the Corpus Christi Watershed website:

Purchase the Pope Francis Hymn Book: …now available! 


Forty-five (45) new hymns have been combined with the complete hymns from theVatican II Hymnal, along with nineteen Gregorian Masses and six Creeds. 



May God bless Jeff Ostrowski and all of the talented people of Corpus Christi Watershed with good health, long life, and continual inspiration from the Lord in all of their efforts for Holy Mother Church.
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23 June 2014

20 June 2014

Divna: Blazhen Muzh

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Blazhen Muzh from Divna's new album "In Search of Divine Light":


Blessed is the Man




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15 June 2014

Thy Hand, O God, Has Guided

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Liverpool Roman Catholic Cathedral



One Church, One Faith, One Lord
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10 June 2014

A Catholic Version of "Bread of the World"

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The following is my Catholic reworking of the hymn "Bread of the World" sung to the tune 'RENDEZ-A-DIEU':
Click on the image above for larger version
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Gesù sacramentato: Sweet Sacrament Divine

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 An old favourite I should like to hear again some day...


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Syriac Orthodox Hymn

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Praying for Mosul, Iraq and the Christians who live there.



Remember us when Your kingdom comes.
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Fr Ray Ryland's Conversion Story

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“How can you go into that darkness, once you have known the light?” In deep anguish, my mother-in-law asked my wife and me this question when we told her we were going to enter the Catholic Church. 
There was a time when the thought of becoming Catholics would have caused us even greater distress than our news caused her. Now, however, we were near the end of a sixteen-year pilgrimage. We could finally see the Tiber ahead, and we were eager to cross.

The conversion story of the late Fr. Raymond Ryland is well worth reading for those considering entry into the Catholic Church. I also suspect there will be some encouragement here for those who wonder if they have made a mistake in joining the Catholic Church because of difficulties encountered along the way.

Please read the rest of Fr. Ray's conversion story at Marcus Grodi's website "The Coming Home Network" by CLICKING HERE.

Below is a picture of Fr. Ray with the Sisters of Reparation:



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Pray for Christians in Mosul, Iraq

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ISIL terrorists seize Mosul
Please stop what you are doing right now and pray to the Lord for the Christians of Mosul, Iraq who are in grave danger now that their city has been captured by a well-organised terrorist movement in Islam now calling itself the 'Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.'

Pray for all people and especially those in Nineveh to be delivered from this scourge.
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Criss at the Southern Border

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Very few in the USA seem to be taking seriously the crisis at the U.S. southern border where children without parents are being sent across the border in belief that an amnesty is coming that could make them U.S. citizens.  

Click here to read an article from the Christian Science Monitor that relates the issues perhaps more fairly than other media outlets in the USA.
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