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Prayers for the faithful departed

Here are some prayers I’ve learned from Sor. Geniveve Dulay in her Religion class 14 years ago..

(1) “Jesus, Mary, I love you save souls.”

(2) Our Father. Hail Mary. Glory Be to the Father (“Gloria Patri”).
“Eternal rest grant to them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.”

or

“Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.”

(3) “Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the masses said throughout the world today, for all the holy souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal church, those in my own home and within my family. Amen.”

Another prayer from an online source:

“O most gentle Heart of Jesus, ever present in the Blessed Sacrament, ever consumed with burning love for the poor captive souls in purgatory, have mercy on the souls of Thy departed servants. Be not severe in Thy judgments, but let some drops of Thy Precious Blood fall upon the devouring flames. And do Thou, O merciful Savior, send Thy holy angels to conduct them to a place of refreshment, light and peace. Amen.”

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Seven Offerings Of The Precious Blood

Eternal Father, I offer Thee the merits of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus, Thy Beloved Son and my Divine Redeemer, for the propagation and exaltation of my dear Mother the Holy Church, for the safety and prosperity of her visible Head, the Holy Roman Pontiff, for the cardinals, bishops and pastors of souls, and for all the ministers of the sanctuary.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Blessed and praised forevermore be Jesus Who hath saved us by His Precious Blood! Amen.

Eternal Father, I offer Thee the merits of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus, Thy Beloved Son and my Divine Redeemer, for the peace and concord of nations, for the conversion of the enemies of our holy faith and for the happiness of all Christian people.

Glory be, etc. above

Eternal Father, I offer Thee the merits of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus, Thy Beloved Son and my Divine Redeemer, for the repentance of unbelievers, the extirpation of all heresies, and the conversion of sinners.

Glory be, etc. above

Eternal Father, I offer Thee the merits of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus, Thy Beloved Son and my Divine Redeemer, for all my relations, friends and enemies, for the poor, the sick, and those in tribulation, and for all those for whom Thou willest I should pray, or knowest that I ought to pray.

Glory be, etc. above

Eternal Father, I offer Thee the merits of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus, Thy Beloved Son and my Divine Redeemer, for all those who shall this day pass to another life, that Thou mayest preserve them from the pains of hell, and admit them the more readily to the possession of Thy Glory.

Glory be, etc. above

Eternal Father, I offer Thee the merits of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus, Thy Beloved Son and my Divine Redeemer, for all those who are lovers of this Treasure of His Blood, and for all those who join with me in adoring and honoring It, and for all those who try to spread devotion to It . .

Glory be, etc. above

Eternal Father, I offer Thee the merits of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus, Thy Beloved Son and my Divine Redeemer, for all my wants, spiritual and temporal, for the holy souls in Purgatory, and particularly for those who in their lifetime were most devoted to this Price of our redemption, and to the sorrows and pains of our dear Mother, most Holy Mary . . .

Glory be, etc. above

Blessed and exalted be the Blood of Jesus, now and always, and through all eternity. Amen.

A HIDDEN TREASURE

Appearing to one of the sisters of her community shortly after her death, St. Teresa of Avila told the sister that she would be willing to return to a life of suffering on earth until the end of time if thereby she could merit that degree of glory with which God rewards one devoutly recited “Hail Mary.” St. Paul speaks in like manner when he says: “The sufferings of this life are not to be compared with the glory to come.”

If one short prayer is thus rewarded, what reward awaits those who offer to the Eternal Father, the Precious Blood of Jesus. “An offering,” says Father Faber, “is more than a prayer. In prayer we are the recipients, but when we make an offering God vouchsafes to accept something from us.” In Our Lord’s own words to Sister Mary Martha Chambon, Apostle of the Holy Wounds: “To offer to the Eternal Father the Sacred Wounds of Jesus is to offer Him His Glory, to offer Heaven to Heaven. Each time you offer to My Father the merits of My Divine Wounds, you gain an immense fortune . . . You must not remain poor, your Father is very rich.”

If you and I, at this very moment, were standing on the threshold of eternity, we would see a limitless duration extending before us which our vision would fail to terminate. Looking on this endlessness the awful truth would come to us that the time of merit had passed forever. The saints realized this truth while yet in life, and we can see the vastness of their reward.

Those who have passed into eternity realize that there will be no further opportunities for additional merit, for time has passed forever. If regrets were possible in Heaven, unused opportunities would be the cause, for the blessed know what greater capacity for giving accidental honor to God they would have had if they had used all their opportunities. Because of God’s mercy they have no regrets, but their status is sealed forever.

The position of the priest in heaven must be tremendous for he offers daily a Victim-of-Infinite-Worth; and yet each one of us can offer the same Victim in a different manner by sincerely saying:

“Eternal Father, I offer Thee the merits of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus.”
Just suppose that if you were to make the Seven Offerings each day; it would take only a few minutes of time, and yet the vast merit gained would last eternally.

What an investment!

THE PRECIOUS BLOOD AND HEAVEN

Promises of Our Lord to Sister Mary Martha Chambon
Those who pray with humility and who meditate on My Passion, shall one day participate in the glory of My Divine wounds. Their members will receive from them a resplendent beauty and glory.
The more you shall have contemplated My Painful wounds on this earth, the higher shall be your contemplation of them glorious in Heaven.
The soul who during life has honored and studied the Wounds of Our Lord Jesus Christ and has offered Them to the Eternal Father for the Souls in Purgatory will be accompanied at the moment of death by the Holy Virgin and the Angels; and Our Lord on the Cross, all brilliant in glory will receive her and crown her.

REFLECTIONS
Life is short and death is sure; the hour of death remains obscure.
A soul you have, and only one; if that be lost all hope is gone.
Waste not your time, while time shall last; for after death ’tis ever past.
The all-seeing God your Judge will be, and Heaven or Hell your destiny.
All earthly things will fleet away, Eternity will ever stay.

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St. John Eudes

St. John Eudes (1601-1680)

“Our wish, our object, our chief preoccupation must be to form Jesus in ourselves, to make His Spirit, His devotion, His affections, His desires and His disposition live and reign there. All our religious exercises should be directed to this end. It is the work which GOD has given us to do unceasingly”

——-St. John Eudes, The Life and Reign of Jesus in Christian Souls.

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How little we know where GOD’s grace will lead. Born on a farm in northern France, John died at 79 in the next “county” or department. In that time he was a religious, a parish missionary, founder of two religious communities and a great promoter of the devotion to the Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

He joined the religious community of the Oratorians and was ordained a priest at 24. During severe plagues in 1627 and 1631, he volunteered to care for the stricken in his own diocese. Lest he infect his fellow religious, he lived in a huge cask in the middle of a field during the plague.

At age 32, John became a parish missionary. His gifts as preacher and confessor won him great popularity. He preached over 100 parish missions, some lasting from several weeks to several months.

In his concern with the spiritual improvement of the clergy, he realized that the greatest need was for seminaries. He had permission from his general superior, the bishop and even Cardinal Richelieu to begin this work, but the succeeding general superior disapproved.

After prayer and counsel, John decided it was best to leave the religious community. The same year he founded a new one, ultimately called the Eudists (Congregation of Jesus and Mary), devoted to the formation of the clergy by conducting diocesan seminaries. The new venture, while approved by individual bishops, met with immediate opposition, especially from Jansenists and some of his former associates.

John founded several seminaries in Normandy, but was unable to get approval from Rome (partly, it was said, because he did not use the most tactful approach).

In his parish mission work, John was disturbed by the sad condition of prostitutes who sought to escape their miserable life. Temporary shelters were found but arrangements were not satisfactory. A certain Madeleine Lamy, who had cared for several of the women, one day said to him, “Where are you off to now? To some church, I suppose, where you’ll gaze at the images and think yourself pious. And all the time what is really wanted of you is a decent house for these poor creatures.” The words, and the laughter of those present, struck deeply within him. The result was another new religious community, called the Sisters of Charity of the Refuge.

He is probably best known for the central theme of his writings: Jesus as the source of holiness, Mary as the model of the Christian life. His devotion to the Sacred Heart and to the Immaculate Heart of Mary led Pius XI to declare him the father of the liturgical cult of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

Your Hand

When my world falls down around me,
And the ground is sinking sand;
When peace can’t be found on this earth,
I reach out for your hand.

Then when your hand wraps ’round my own,
A strength pours from your soul;
It brings me to a quiet calm,
Till once again I’m whole.

A peace beyond all reason,
A rest there in your touch;
Something in your quiet words,
My heart yearns for so much.

If I but rest my worries,
Upon your shoulder there;
The strength that pours forth from your soul,
Will wash away each care.

Like a cool, sweet taste of water,
For a tired and thirsty man;
My heart finds peace, my soul is calm,
When I reach out for your hand.

~Author Unknown

Everything is Connected: Autism, Schizophrenia, Depression, Mania, Bipolar Disorder, Politics and the World

I haven’t confirmed the statements presented here but they are interesting to read.

Just sharing:

Schizophrenia Bipolar Facts

 Did you know that British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill heard voices in his head and was diagnosed by psychiatrists as being bi-polar? And did you know that during World War II, Churchill’s “voices” would tell him to “sit here” or “sit there?” (Funk & Wagnalls Encyclopedia, 1990, “Hallucinations.”)

Did you know that Biblical Prophets heard voices that instructed them to eat food stenched with human manure, such as Ezekiel? (Ezk. 4:12-15) And did you know that some of them see dead people and horrible monsters, such as Daniel, Ezekiel and John? (Dan. 7; Ezk. 1, 37; Rev. 13,9)

Did you know that Jesus heard demonic voices that instructed him to climb the roof of the temple and to jump from there? (Luke 4:9, Matt. 4:5-6)

Did you know that Socrates heard inner voices, walked barefoot, and had frequent catatonic episodes? And did you know that he called his “voices” the “Daemon?” (Plato’s Symposium, The Republic, Apology, and Phaedrus)

Did you know that some Nobel-prize scientists and mathematicians such as John Forbes Nash are schizophrenics?

Have you heard about Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass? Did you know that many hebephrenic schizophrenics like to use incoherent word-play as a word game?

Did you know that Warner Bros. Looney-Tune Characters such as Tweety and Bugs Bunny express two of the major types of schizophrenia? Tweety would typically say, “I tawt I saw a puddy tat…I did! I did! I did saw a puddy tat! (Characterizing paranoid schizophrenia) And Bugs would usually make childish funny faces, remarking, “Eh…What’s up DOC?” (Typifying hebephrenic or disorganized schizophrenia)

                       Facts You Should Know

Did you know that psychiatrists such as William Sargant say that “Jesus Christ might simply have returned to his carpentry following the use of modern treatments.”

Did you know that other psychiatrists such as Dr. William Hirsch agrees with that conclusion, adding other remarks about Jesus, saying, “everything that we know about him conforms so perfectly to the clinical picture of paranoia that it is hardly conceivable that people can even question the accuracy of the diagnosis.”

Did you know that Charles Binet-Sangle said in his book, La Folie de Jesus, that “In short, the nature of the hallucinations of Jesus, as they are described in the orthodox Gospels, permits us to conclude that the founder of the Christian religion was afflicted with religious paranoia.”

Did you know that saints such as St. Joan of Arc and St. Francis of Assisi also heard multiple voices in their heads? And did you know that the Church originally attacked them for demon possession?

Did you know that Jesus Christ was also accused by the clergymen and people of his time as being demon-possessed? (Mark 3:21-22; John 7:20, 8:52) And did you know that Jesus’ family members despised him? (John 7:5; Luke 8:19-21; Mark 3:31-34; Matt 12:46-50)

Did you know that some people think that schizophrenia is a form of spirit possession, or a close encounter of the third kind, or even a mystical channel to the paranormal world?

                      Schizophrenia Revealed

Did you know that schizophrenia means “split mind?” Since most psychiatrists don’t believe in God, this term refers to those who believe in the supernatural (e.g., angels, demons, God, etc.), which most psychiatrists call “fantastic hallucinations.” Hence, they believe that those who cannot distinguish “fantasy” from “reality” have “split minds.”

Did you know that there are several types of “schizophrenia?” 75% of those called as “schizophrenics” hear “voices,” and some also see “visions.” But the remaining 25%, who have no “voices” or “visions” are still called “schizophrenic” by traditional psychiatrists.

Did you know that psychiatrist E. Torrey describes these “voices” as “voices that command you to kill yourself, voices from outer space, two voices carrying on a conversation, even the voice of God.”

Did you know that although there are several theories for the cause of schizophrenia, the definitive cause is still UNKNOWN?

Did you know that 1 out of every 100 people in the U.S.A is called a “schizophrenic?”

Did you know that schizophrenics can be Bi-Polar (manic-depressive) at the same time, and vice-versa?

Source:

http://myconnected.webs.com/

The Deeper Meaning of Christmas

Why do you celebrate Christmas? Is it because Santa Claus is watching you and you want a worldly reward? Msgr. Cris Darculan reminds us that Christmas is not about material things, receiving gifts, or having new personal stuff. Instead of focusing on the physical aspect of the celebration, we should prepare ourselves for the coming of Jesus into our hearts if we haven’t accepted him. He also suggests us to bring the spirit of Christmas in our daily life by living the way Jesus did to in order to please God and to thank Him for all His blessings.

P-asok Kristo / Enter, Christ. (Let us prepare ourselves, internally, not extravagantly, for the coming of Jesus if we haven’t accepted him yet. Let’s focus on “saving” rather than spending. He is the greatest gift we could ever receive because he brings peace and the love of GOD.)

A-lis inis / Eliminate Hatred (The light of Jesus will only shine through us if we have cleared his way – our hearts from sins, hatred, jealousy, envy, and dysfunctional mind.)

S-amba tayo / Let’s Worship God (Our prayers should reflect in our actions and thoughts in whatever we do and to whoever we deal with.)

K-alat bango / Disperse whatever is pleasing not just to the senses but to the eyes of God (Don’t be ashamed of doing good deeds and following Jesus. But we should be humble and sincere in service and in prayer.)

O-ra mismo / Right This Moment (NOW is the right time to do what is just and pleasing to the Lord. Let’s not wait for the future and forget the past. We can only make things happen now and it will bring us lasting joy and peace of mind.)