Another favour granted through the intercession of the Holy Souls in Purgatory for a benefactor

A lady told me told me about her chronic insomnia that is not helped by sleep aids. She does not like taking them either.  It takes her a long time to get to sleep and once asleep it usually does not last for long. If she is woken up it is very hard for her to get back to sleep.  One night she woke up and started praying for the Holy Souls in Purgatory. After this prayer she fell into a deep sleep. Each time that she prays for the Holy Souls in Purgatory the same thing happens.  The lady has never specifically asked the Holy Souls to obtain a healing of her insomnia.

A strange story

Now I will tell you a strange story that a mother and her daughter told me. You can decide for yourself what to make of it.  Each night a friend would telephone them late in the night and ask them to pray the Rosary for her, which they did. When they mentioned this sometime later to another person, they were stunned to be told that the friend who had been telephoning them each night, had been dead for about six months! 

If the story that the mother and daughter told me is correct, then I can only assume that the friend who was telephoning each night asking for a Rosary to prayed was actually a soul in Purgatory.

The teaching of St Therese of the Child Jesus, on avoiding Purgatory

St Therese of the Child Jesus (who is a doctor of the Church) has taught extensively on Purgatory.  She teaches us how to avoid it entirely and go straight to heaven. Father Dr. Hubert van Dijk has written a summary of these teachings. They are really worth studying.  Read the teachings carefully until you understand them and review them from time to time. Apply them. You can find Father Dr. Hubert van Dijk’s article on the teaching of St Therese on Purgatory at the following location:  

http://www.franciscan-sfo.org/ap/litfwrpu.htm 

Please avail yourself of this teaching.

Serenity

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Palestine Sweet Limes (Help to control nausea)

A tip from a friend whose daughter has been undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer: Palestine Sweet Limes help stem the nausea. They are also useful for women who are suffering from morning sickness.

Happy Feast Day Mary, Help of Christians

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The history of the devotion to Mary Help of Christians  (from Lepanto to Australia) and also St John Bosco’s promotion of the devotion. 

Advice from St John Bosco:

  It is the office of a mother to give help to her children in all their needs. This title expresses in practice Our Lady’s position as our mother. She has all the help we need and she wants to give it to us, if only we will ask for it.

Call on Mary in all your difficulties with the little prayer, “Mary Help of Christians, Pray for us” and you will never call in vain. “Spread devotion to Mary, Help of Christians, and you will see what miracles are”.

A personal testimony

I have silently said the prayer:

Mary Help of Christians, pray for us,

(and added come to my aid in this situation), while seeing in my mind a picture of Mary Help of Christians in the sky, and below her the sea battle of Lepanto: the famous one in which Mary Help of Christians, helped the Christians gain a great victory, and have found that through this prayer, Mary has speedily sent me help in difficult situations on a number of occasions. Mary Help of Christians is the patron of Australia.

The following prayer was said in Australian Catholic schools for many years.

Prayer for the conversion of Australia

O God Who hast appointed Mary, Help of Christians, St Francis Xavier and St Therese of the Infant Jesus, patrons of Australia, grant that, through their intercession, our brethren outside the Church, may receive the light of Faith, so that Australia may become one in Faith, under one Shepherd. Through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

Mary, Help of Christians pray for us.

St Francis Xavier, pray for us.

St Therese of the Infant Jesus pray for us.

Special note

St Francis Xavier and St Therese of the Child Jesus were patrons of Australia when it was considered to be a missionary country. They are no longer patrons of Australia. (I think that we need them back) besides I am very devoted to St Therese. (She is one of my all time favourites) and I was married on December 3 (the feast day of St Francis Xavier).

This is:  The novena to Mary, Help of Christians that was recommended by St John Bosco. 

My email enquiries to the Archdiocese of Sydney to find out exactly when Australia was no longer considered to be a missionary country, so as a consequence no longer had St Francis Xavier and St Therese of the Child Jesus as patrons of Australia have so far drawn a blank.

The prayer for the conversion of Australia was taken from a little booklet that was published in 1961.

A feast day surprise from St Rita

Yesterday I used the laptop because another family member was using the main computer. I rarely use the laptop. In my mail programe I noticed that there was some spam.  I checked and there was an email from a friend in Norway that was sent on February 20, 2007 about St Rita!  St Rita let me find this on her feastday, two years and three months after it was sent!

My daughter’s Mother’s Day gift to me.

This is the the gift that my daughter gave me for Mother’s Day.

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Spiritual bouquet for bishops, archbishops and cardinals

Please go to the following post on Blogging Lourdes  for more information.

Happy feast Day St Rita (the saint of the impossible)

I thank St Rita for the special things that she has done for me.  St Rita really is the saint of the impossible.

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The picture above is from the shrine church of St Rita in Rome.

Notre Dame University nuttiness

Notre Dame University is no longer Catholic.  They have put pro-lifers including a Catholic priest into jail for protesting the honouring of President Obama (a very abortion minded president).  Why would any Catholic university honour him? No Catholic parent should waste money sending their child there. Send your child to a real Catholic university where their Catholic faith is taught and respected.

Tooth Decay and Fizzy Sugary drinks (Dental Tip)

It is best not to have sugary fizzy drinks and for that matter acidic drinks like orange juice, but you do have them, drink them through a straw, so that the least possible damage will be done in regard to tooth decay.

My summary of the movie entitled: The Road to Lourdes

EWTN screened a movie entitled:  The road to Lourdes, which I recommend that you see if they screen it again.  It is a one hour drama staring Loretta Young. It was made in the 1950’s in black and white.  It is a very interesting story based on a real case of a rich American socialite, who was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor.  The doctor said that she probably only had a year to live. She had lost her faith years before this event and was afraid to die because she thought that death is the end of everything.  In addition her marriage was in tatters because of the infidelity of her husband, who appeared to be repentant, however she did not want him back, even to look after her when she was dying. She was talked into going to Lourdes. She witnessed a big miracle at Lourdes and her faith was restored and she was no longer afraid to die. She phoned her husband in Los Angeles and told him that she was coming home to him. He said that he would come to France and travel back to the U.S. with her. Their marriage was back on track. One of the good features of this movie it that it was shot on location in France (including the Lourdes Sanctuary).  It shows what happens in the baths at Lourdes.  I got to see exactly what happens there.  (I missed out on a “bath” at Lourdes in the miraculous waters. The queue was to long.)

St Rita (The Saint of the impossible)

This Friday May 22 is the feast day of St Rita, the saint of the impossible. I thank St Rita for favours received; especially for the healing of a family friend from a serious health problem without an operation nor any other kind of medical intervention and also to promote devotion to St Rita. St Rita was a model daughter, wife, mother and religious. As a wife St Rita suffered patiently the rough ways of her husband, as a mother she tried to help her two sons curb their tempers and prayed that they would die rather than avenge their father’s murder by committing murder themselves. They both became ill and repented of this evil intention before they died. St Rita then applied to enter the Augustinian Sisters in Cascia but was refused entry.  Because of her persistent prayers she was at last admitted to the order. She often meditated on the passion of Christ and was noted for her obedience to her superior. Once when she was praying before a crucifix she asked Our Lord for a share in his Passion and a thorn detached from the crucifix and pierced her forehead causing a wound which remained for the rest of her life. This wound caused Rita great suffering.  After St Rita’s death she worked such great wonders and miracles that she well and truly earned her title of Saint of the Impossible. St Rita’s incorrupt body is in her main shrine at Cascia in Italy. Her feast is on May 22.

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Mary’s habit – the Holy Scapular

He is not Dead, but Sleepeth.” 

In one of the most sanguinary battles of the Franco-Prussian war, during which so many died of their wounds that they were obliged to bury all the dead in a common grave, we have an instance of how wonderfully God watches over the faithful clients of His Blessed Mother. 

Among those who were lying on the field of battle, was a young officer, apparently dead, who was really only in a swoon, consequent on the sufferings produced by his wounds. The Colonel, seeing him in this condition, had hastened to find someone to assist in carrying him to a place of safety; but on his return, he found, to his distress, that the young man had already been borne away to be buried with numbers of his comrades. Greatly afflicted, he hurried to the place where the corpses were piled together, awaiting burial; but, alas! under such circumstances, it was almost impossible to distinguish the features of his friend, in spite of close examination, so disfigured were the bodies which lay before them. 

At last a sudden idea came into the Colonel’s mind, and he called out: “Examine the clothes, for my friend wore a Scapular, and a medal of the Immaculate Conception.” They did what he desired, and our Blessed Lady, guiding their search, they almost immediately found the young officer. He was then placed on a stretcher, and taken to hospital, where he received proper attention, and completely recovered his health.

It is needless to say that, as soon as he was able, he gave due thanks to our Immaculate Queen, who had stayed the awful fate which seemed in store for him.

The Rosary (Poem)

In the Rosary
There is great power.
Miracles on earth,
It can shower.

Miracles of healing
And every kind of grace,
The Rosary can bestow,
Upon the human race.

Take up the Rosary,
And say it well,
It’s a weapon against,
All the powers of hell.

More of my poems

Chocolate (a poem)

A little bit of chocolate
Will make you feel much better
When your insurer sends you
A claims rejection letter.

If you have lost your job
or have come down with the flu,
A little bit of chocolate
Will help you make it through.

A little bit is good
But a lot is not wise.
’cause you will have to wear
A bigger clothing size!

More poems here

The Heroic Act (in favour of the Holy Souls in Purgatory)

There is a way which you can help the Holy Souls in Purgatory after your own death. The following information will show you how to do this. The Heroic Act, consists in offering to God in favour of the Souls in Purgatory all the works of satisfaction we practice during life and all the suffrages that will be offered for us after death.  If God rewards so abundantly the most trifling alms given to a poor man in His name what an immense reward will he not give to those who offer all their works of satisfaction in life and death for the Souls He loves so dearly. This Act does not prevent priests from offering Mass for the intentions they wish, or lay-people from praying for any persons or other intentions they desire.  We counsel everyone to make this act. Will you be disadvantaged by doing this? The following story shows that this is highly unlikely. 

St. Gertrude was fiercely tempted by the devil when she came to die.  The evil spirit reserves dangerous and subtle temptations for our last moments.  As he could find no other ruse sufficiently clever with which to assail the saint, he thought to disturb her beautiful peace of soul by suggesting that she would surely remain long years in the awful fires of Purgatory since, he reminded her, she had made over long ago all her suffrages to other souls. Our Blessed Lord, not content with sending His angels and the thousands of souls, she had released, to assist her, came Himself in person to drive Satan away and comfort His dear saint.  He told her that in exchange for all she had done for the Holy Souls He would take her straight to heaven and would multiply a hundredfold all her merits.

More ways to help the Holy Souls in Purgatory   and also information on their powerful intercession for their benefactors.

The bells of the Angelus

I was sitting in my backyard praying before my beautiful Lourdes shrine, which is surrounded by greenery and flowers. It was a perfect day, sunny, quiet and serene.  It was about midday.  In the distance I heard the sound of bells ringing.  It was actually an ice-cream van coming down the street.  It was a perfect backdrop and gave the illusion of being at a Lourdes shrine in the French countryside and the Angelus bells ringing.

A cappuccino culture shock

In Australia a cappuccino is a large cup of frothy milky coffee, which I am very fond of. I thought cappuccinos in Italy would be even better. On my first day in Italy I ordered a cappuccino at a café and I was brought a little white pot with a covering over it. That must be the milk I thought, then I waited for what seemed like an eternity for the coffee. Finally I lifted the cover of the little pot and it had strong black coffee in it. It was a real culture shock.

Why a business lost my business

I have already made a post on this blog about why some shops lost my business. Now I am going to tell you why a business lost my business.  I needed an eye test and due to circumstances beyond my control was forced to cancel the appointment three times, however I made sure that I let the optometrist shop know in advance. When I cancelled the third time (over the phone), I asked the girl to make me a new appointment.  She refused and delivered me a condensing lecture, then she told me to make an appointment on the morning that I needed the test. I was so upset with this unexpected rudeness and told her that I had not cancelled for trivial reasons. It made no difference to her. I did not want to go back there.  My health fund also runs a similar shop and I took my business there. The first shop has lost a lifelong customer and a considerable amount of money, because I will never bother with them again on account of this horrid employee. When I told the optometrist at the shop run by my health fund what had happened at the first shop, he was astounded at the rude way that they dealt with me.