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Friday, June 1, 2018

Our Lady of Pompei Church, Malta and an Ornate Monstrance

I have been blessed to own a Church Supply/Catholic Devotional store for the past 15 years.  I have also been blessed to run this store out of my home, off my computer.  Thanks be to God.  

Many of my church supply items are sold to parishes overseas.  

This ornate brass Monstrance now resides at Our Lady of Pompei Church, Victoria, Gozo (Malta).

It was a pleasure to work with the buyer of this item who graciously donated it to the church and then sent me this beautiful picture. 

 "Come, follow Me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men." (Mark 1:17)

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Sunday, March 11, 2018

Why God Allows Bad Things to Happen?

Why does God allow bad things to happen, I don't know.  These are a collection of Catholic articles and videos I have found on this subject.  God bless  

Fr. Mike Schmitz 

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Consecration To The Sacred Heart of Jesus

On the First Friday of each month, Mass at the Carmelite Monastery on Highway 1 in Carmel ends with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and a prayer of Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus of all of our families.  The video is a taping of the prayer.  Text of the prayer is below video.  

Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Most sweet Jesus, humbly kneeling at your feet, we renew the consecration of our family to  your Divine Heart.  Be our King forever!  In you we have full and entire confidence.  May your Spirit penetrate our thoughts, our desires, our words and our works.  Bless our undertakings, share in our joys, in our trials, and in our labors.  Grant us to know you better, to love you more, to serve you without faltering.

By the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of Peace, set up your kingdom in our country.  Enter closely into the midst of our families and make them your own through the solemn enthronement of your Sacred Heart, so that soon one cry may resound from home to home:  “May the triumphant Heart of Jesus be everywhere loved, blessed and glorified forever.”  Honor and glory be to the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary!  Sacred Heart of Jesus, protect our families.  Amen

Friday, December 8, 2017

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception - December 8

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The Immaculate Conception is one of four Marian Dogma’s of the Catholic Church.  A dogma is a principle that is considered by the Church to be an infallible divine revelation, a truth of the Church.  The other three Marian dogma’s are:  Mary’s divine motherhood, Mary’s perpetual virginity, and Mary’s assumption into heaven. 
Some people think that the term the Immaculate Conception refers to Christ’s conception in Mary’s womb without a human father. The Immaculate Conception means that Mary was conceived without original sin or its stain – “immaculate” means without stain.  Original sin is the deprivation of sanctifying grace.  Mary was preserved from original sin by God’s grace from the first instant of her existence, at the moment of her conception. 
The Catholic Church bases this dogma on the statement made by the Angel Gabriel when he greeted Mary by saying, “Hail full of grace!  The Lord is with you.”  (Luke 1:28) The phrase “full of grace” is a translation of the Greek word kecharitomene.  The following video taken from "Mary, A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother" by Dr. Edward Sri explains Mary's Immaculate Conception and shows how this teaching is supported by Scripture.

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Immaculate Conception - Murillo

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Litany - Index

The Catholic Church has six litanies:

The Litany of the Holy Name of Jesus 

The Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus 

The Litany of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus

Litany of the Blessed Virgin  (Also known as the Litany of Loreto)

The Litany of St. Joseph

Litany of the Saints 

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The Litany of the Saints - All Saints Day

The Litany of the Saints is said to have originated around 595 when it was used by St. Gregory the Great. 

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Litany of Saints

Lord, have mercy on us. (Lord have mercy on us.)
Christ, have mercy on us. (Christ have mercy on us.)
Lord, have mercy on us. (Lord, have mercy on us.)

Christ, hear us. (Christ, hear us.)
Christ, graciously hear us. (Christ, graciously hear us.)
God the Father of heaven, (have mercy on us.)
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, (have mercy on us.)
God the Holy Ghost, (have mercy on us.)
Holy Trinity, one God, (have mercy on us.)
Holy Mary, (pray for us.)
Holy Mother of God,
Holy Virgin of virgins,
St. Michael,
St. Gabriel,
St. Raphael,
All holy Angels and Archangels,
All holy orders of blessed Spirits,
St. John the Baptist,
St. Joseph,
All holy Patriarchs and Prophets,
St. Peter,
St. Paul,
St. Andrew,
St. James,
St. John,
St. Thomas,
St. James,
St. Philip,
St. Bartholomew,
St. Matthew,
St. Simon,
St. Thaddeus,
St. Matthias,
St. Barnabas,
St. Luke,
St. Mark,
All holy Apostles and Evangelists,
All holy Disciples of the Lord,
All holy Innocents,
St. Stephen,
St. Lawrence,
St. Vincent,
Sts. Fabian and Sebastian,
Sts. John and Paul,
Sts. Cosmas and Damian,
Sts. Gervase and Protase,
All Holy Martyrs,
St. Sylvester,
St. Gregory,
St. Ambrose,
St. Augustine,
St. Jerome,
St. Martin,
St. Nicholas,
All holy Bishops and Confessors,
All holy Doctors,
St. Anthony,
St. Benedict,
St. Bernard,
St. Dominic,
St. Francis,
All holy Priests and Levites,
All holy Monks and Hermits,
St. Mary Magdalen,
St. Agatha,
St. Lucy,
St. Agnes,
St. Cecilia,
St. Catherine,
St. Anastasia,
All holy Virgins and Widows.
All holy Saints of God, (Make intercession for us.)
Be merciful, (Spare us, O Lord.)
Be merciful, (Graciously hear us, O Lord.)
From all evil, O Lord (deliver us.)
From all sin, (deliver us.)
From your wrath, (deliver us.)
From sudden and unlooked for death,
From the snares of the devil,
From anger, and hatred, and every evil will,
From the spirit of fornication,
From lightning and tempest,
From the scourge of earthquakes,
From plague, famine and war,
From everlasting death,
Through the mystery of Thy holy Incarnation, (delivery us.)
Through Thy coming,
Through Thy Birth,
Through Thy Baptism and holy Fasting,
Through Thy Cross and Passion,
Through Thy Death and Burial,
Through Thy holy Resurrection,
Through Thine admirable Ascension,
Through the coming of the Holy Ghost, the Paraclete.
In the day of judgment.
We sinners, (We beseech thee, hear us.)
That Thou woudst spare us, (We beseech thee, hear us.)
That Thou wouldst pardon us,
That Thou wouldst bring us to true penance,
That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to govern and preserve Thy holy Church,
That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to humble the enemies of the holy Church,
That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to give peace and true concord to Christian kings and princes,
That Thou wouldst Vouchsafe to grant peace and unity to the whole Christian world,
That Thou wouldst call back to the unity of the Church all who have strayed from her fold, and to guide all unbelievers into the light of the Gospel
That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to confirm and preserve us in Thy holy service,
That Thou wouldst lift up our minds to heavenly desires,
That Thou wouldst render eternal blessings to all our benefactors,
That Thou wouldst deliver our souls, and the souls of our brethren, relations, and benefactors, from eternal damnation,
That thou wouldst vouchsafe to give and preserve the fruits of the earth,
That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to grant eternal rest to all the faithful departed,
That Though wouldst vouchsafe graciously to hear us,
Son of God,

Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world, (spare us, O Lord.)
Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world, (graciously hear us, O Lord.)
Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world, (have mercy on us.)
Christ, (hear us.)
Christ, (graciously hear us.)
Lord, have mercy, (Lord, have mercy.) 
Christ, have mercy, (Christ have mercy.)
Lord, have mercy, (Lord, have mercy.)
And lead us not into temptation (but delivery us from evil.) Amen 

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

All Hallows Even - Index of Post on Halloween

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.  And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith." Hebrews 12:1-2

"It is true that the ancient Celts of Ireland and Britain celebrated a minor festival on October 31 - as they did on the last day of most other months of the year.  However, Halloween falls on the last day of October because the Feast of All Saints or "All Hallows" falls on November 1.  The feast in honor of all the saints in heaven used to be celebrated on May 13, but Pope Gregory III moved it to November 1, the dedication day of All Saints Chapel in St Peter's at Rome. Later, in the 840s, Pope Gregory IV commanded that All Saints be observed everywhere.  And so the holy day spread to Ireland. The day before was the feast's evening vigil, "All Hallows Even" or "Hallowe'en."  (True Origins of Halloween, The Crossroads Initiative)  

This post is a collection of blogs I have written on All Hallows Even and other writings and videos I have found on the internet on the origins of All Hallows Even.  

All Hallows Even - Halloween 2009

All Hallows Even - Halloween 2010

All Hallows Even - Halloween 2011

Do Ghosts Really Exist 
A Holiday from Hell?