During WWII during an air raid in Croatia, a mother quickly grabbed her baby and placed him into the pram. She wanted to get to the air-raid shelter as quickly as she could, however outside the snow was very thick and the pram could not be pushed along. During this stressful time a man appeared and told her that all would be well. He then disappeared. All the difficulties immediately dissolved and she was able to push the stroller along and safely arrive at the air-raid shelter. She believes that the man who appeared is her guardian angel.
On my website I run a prayer campaign for people who have cancer. Below is one of the testimonies that have been received. It is a powerful tribute to the intercession of the Holy Souls in Purgatory for their benefactors.
Dear Mary Ann,
Four months ago, I sent you an e-mail and asked you to place my brother, Joseph, on your prayer list. Joseph was diagnosed with stage IV Lung cancer in May. The news devastated the entire family. I remember reading many times – Ask and You Shall Receive. So, to alleviate my worry and sorrow and to gain strength, I turned to The Divine Physician and Healer of the Sick “Jesus”. I placed my worries in His hands and placed my brother Joseph under His care and humbly ask everyday that He restore Joseph’s life to health again. I asked the Holy Souls in Purgatory to obtain this favor for me. I’m here to tell you that God has responded. Joseph is improving. His current CT scans show the lesion in his lung is shrinking, the spots in his liver have pretty much disappeared, and the brain shows no trace of malignant cells. When one’s life is shaken, ask God for help and you shall receive. The Divine Physician “Jesus” is restoring Joseph’s life to health again. The persistence and determination of all his family and friends in daily prayers especially my mother is a testimony of faith in the Son of God. Challenges continue up ahead but they will be countered by daily prayers, charities and good deed for this is a way to repay and appreciate Divine intervention and Miracles. I can not thank you enough for your prayers and I ask you to please continue on praying for him. In Christ our Lord, Tania (USA)
The healing of vertigo (The blessing of a priest)
A young boy of about four years of age was suffering from vertigo attacks. (This feels as though the room is spinning very quickly around the person. This can be terrifying experience even for an adult, so it is hard to imagine how a young child would cope with it). He used to cry out in terror: “The room is falling down”. His mother asked every priest that they met to bless her son. He was healed of the vertigo.
The Sacrament of the Sick
A priest was called to a nursing home to give the Sacrament of the Sick to a dying elderly lady. After he had done that, he had a cup of the tea with the nursing home’s matron. A few minutes later to their amazment the elderly lady walked into the room. She was healed.
Another priest gave a blessing to a very ill patient in a hospital and the patient, much to the surprise of the priest was healed immediately of the sickness.
The Saint Benedict medal is one of the most famous medals in the church. It commemorates Saint Benedict working miracles through The Sign of the Cross. The blessing formula for the medal has a special exorcism blessing against all things coming from the devil and the evil spirits. It also has a special blessing for the sick.
The undesirable tenants (The Medal of Saint Benedict)
Jill lived next door to a rental house. Three successive groups of tenants lived in the house. The tenants in each of the three groups were drug addicts. They usually slept all day and stayed up all night disturbing the neighbours with their noisy rowdy parties. The third group of tenants skipped through without paying the rent. Jill’s mother then placed a blessed Saint Benedict medal in the foundation of the rental house, after that much quieter tenants moved in.
The noisy neighbours (The Medal of Saint Benedict)
In a similar incident to the previous one, Kim placed a Saint Benedict Medal in the foundations of a rental house across the road from her own home. The tenants in this house used to blast the neighbourhood with unbearably loud music. After the Saint Benedict Medal was placed in the foundations, the tenants moved out and quiet peaceful tenants moved into the house.
A noisy blast at the supermarket (The Medal of Saint Benedict)
Every Friday night my husband and I went to the supermarket to buy our weekly groceries. The supermarket played on the loudspeaker a heavy metal rock radio station. This caused me to develop headaches during the shopping excursions. After many weeks of this I came up with the idea of placing a tiny blessed Saint Benedict medal behind the cans of food. The next Friday when we went to the supermarket to shop, the supermarket staff had changed the radio station to a much more pleasant music channel.
Trouble in the park (The Medal of Saint Benedict)
A friend of our family lived near a park. For many years hoodlums gathered in the park at night. All kinds of unacceptable behaviour took place. The police were called repeatedly over a number of years. They were never successful in improving the situation. Finally our friend placed a blessed Saint Benedict medal under one of the park benches. From that day on the hoodlums never returned.
Stress in the workplace (The Medal of Saint Benedict)
Gail’s father works as a policeman. He was under constant stress because of trouble that he was having with a senior police officer. The senior police officer was very argumentative and troublesome. The problem had been ongoing for about a year. Gail gave her father a blessed Saint Benedict medal and said a prayer for him, starting from the very next day the senior police officer was much easier to get along with.
Protection of a house from fire (Saint Benedict)
While Melanie was working at the back of her house doing the laundry, she said a prayer to Saint Benedict asking him to protect her home. Ten minutes later there was a knock at the front door. It was a man who alerted her to a fire in her front yard which had been started by someone throwing away lit cigarettes. The fire had already started to spread. There was no tap in that area, so Melanie ran back into the house to get a bucket of water, by the time she got back a passerby had put out the fire with his work boots, without his help the fire could had caused considerable damage.
The feast day of Saint Benedict is celebrated on July 11.
At the Princess Diana funeral service (Church of England) of course, there was the implication that she is in heaven* and at the same time the clergy man there commended her soul to the Mercy of God. How’s that for a bet each way! I have seen some of this bet each way thinking at some Catholic funerals also.
If Princess Diana is in heaven as was implied, why did she need the Mercy of God? Blessed Mother Theresa and her nuns prayed for the soul of Princess Diana, who was Mother Theresa’s friend. They were more with it!
*The implication was in the Song that Elton John sang at the funeral service.
I pray for the Holy Souls in Purgatory and also ask their intercession in all my needs. Since I left school, I have progressed through various technologies, a manual typewriter, an electric typewriter, a Word Processor (a machine that looks and functions like an electronic typewriter, but is also able to store text data onto a floppy disk and print the data out), then I went onto computers which our family has upgraded from time to time.
The Word Processor was functional until a few years ago and then the disk drive stopped working, effectively reducing the machine to an electronic typewriter. I have a lot of files stored on floppy disks for the Word Processor, which I want to have a look at and make an assessment of.
I prayed for a solution and a lady we know said that her husband had once repaired these machines for a living. He would have done that for us, but the replacement parts are simply not available and no one sells this equipment anymore. I was told by another mechanic, that even if the parts were available that it would be very costly to repair the Word Processor, (out of all portion to its worth). In short the situation was hopeless. I put the broken Word Processor into the shed for storage, in case something could be done in the future and continued to pray.
I prayed for the Holy Souls a few days ago and my brother telephoned me. He had just purchased a house for his family. The previous owners of the house left a few things in the shed that my brother and his family were allowed to have.
My brother said that there was “an electric typewriter” in the shed and asked me if I want to have it. I started asking my brother questions about the ‘typewriter’. It turned out to be an upgraded model of my word processor. It is even the same brand. This is important because the disks were formatted for this particular brand alone and would be incompatible with other brands of Word Processor. It is in excellent condition and can read the files on the floppy disks. It had one part missing (a plastic knob to turn the carriage) and I took that part from my own Word Processor and put it on the one that my brother gave me. It prints well.
Very few people would even require such a piece of equipment and they are almost impossible to obtain. My brother had no idea that I had been praying for exactly this. He showed it to his wife and ask her what he should do with this ‘typewriter’. She told him to throw it out! Then he thought of me and phoned. It is strange that he did because he is well aware of the technology that I have at my disposal and that would have made anyone else think that I had absolutely no need for this piece of equipment. My sister-in-law was astounded when I came to try it out with a box of disks to test the equipment. She had no idea that it was not just a typewriter. The intercession of the Holy Souls in Purgatory for their benefactors is amazing.
A situation has just come about that makes me feel just how hard it is to pray for conversions among my relatives. Each thing that pops up seems to be worse than the last thing. The praying is everyday, the conversions seem to be non-existent. It might be hard to get some of these relatives to accept a Green Scapular. Do any of you know of any cases where someone kept a Green Scapular in their own house and said the prayer on the Green Scapular daily for a person who lives elsewhere and that person’s conversion took place?
Background information: Our Lady said that the Green Scapular should be given to the person or at least placed in their room. (That can be done without their knowledge). Some people sew a Green Scapular into the clothing of the person they want converted. They also have to say the prayer on the Green Scapular daily for the person (with confidence in Our Lady to grant this conversion).
This is just to clarify things:
My relatives are actually Catholics, but some do not go to Mass or only go when the mood suits them, others live in wrong situations. (Some relatives do live proper Catholic lives). There are many serious problems there. They need conversions because they are baptised Catholics who don’t live or think Catholic.
I recommend to everyone to read the first comment to this posting by Sandy about her conversion from being a Protestant to coming into the Catholic Church. It is a wonderful inspiring testimony.
Call on the angels! Especially this day. Call them with kindness! Send them before you in every situation and watch your circumstances improve and problems resolve in ways you could not have imagined.
I had a church sized statue of St Philomena in storage. When I came to the shed that the statue was kept in there was a nice surprise. Spiders had spun St Philomena a wonderful wedding veil ! It had a long train and also went over her face down to the floor. The statue could be seen through the veil. It was a great sight. The veil was spun over the crown of roses on the statue’s head. I only wish that I had taken a picture of it.
Lawrence was born in Osca (Huesca), a Spanish city, in the first half of the 3rd century. He came to Rome, the centre of Christianity. He was noted for his piety, his charity in favour of the poor people and for his behaviour and integrity.
On account of his endowments, Pope Sixtus II named him Deacon of the Church. He had to superintend the administration of goods, accept donations, look after them and provide for the needy, orphans and widows.
On account of these duties, Lawrence was one of the most well-known personages of the early Roman Christianity, and one of the most venerated martyrs, so much so, that his memory was preserved by many churches and chapels built in his honour.
History tells us that Lawrence was captured by the soldiers of the Emperor Valerian, on the 6th of August, 258 in the catacombs of St. Callixtus together with Pope Sixtus II and other deacons. While the Pontiff with the other deacons suffered martyrdom, Lawrence was set apart, so as to extort from him the treasures of the Church. It is related that when the emperor Valerian commanded him to hand over the treasures of the Church, Lawrence brought to him the poor and the sick people and said: “Here are the treasures of the Church”.
Afterwards Lawrence was taken into custody by the Centurion Hippolytus who confined him in the dungeon of his palace located on Urbana Street where the Church of S. Lorenzo in Fonte is located.
In this dark damp narrow place there was a prisoner named Lucillus who was blind. Lawrence comforted his fellow prisoner, encouraged him, catechized him in the doctrine of Christ and used a spring of water gushing out from the ground to baptize him. After the baptism Lucillus recovered his sight. The centurion Hippolytus often used to visit his prisoners; and having ascertained the prodigious event and more over struck by the serenity and the meekness of the prisoners illuminated by God’s grace he became a Christian, receiving baptism from Lawrence.
Afterwards Hippolytus being recognized as a Christian was tied to the tails of horses and dragged along on stones and brambles until he died. Lawrence was burnt alive on a grill in a place not too far from the site of the prison and his ashes were placed in the Verano graveyard in the Saint Ciriaca catacomb. St. Lawrence’s martyrdom is dated in the Roman martyrology, on the August 10, 258 A.D.
As a reminder of these events three churches were built in Rome which are still in existence. St. Lawrence in Fonte (site of the prison), St Lawrence in Panisperna (the place of the martyrdom) and St. Lawrence in Verano (site of the burial).
Our parish of St John Vianney displays his relic on his feast day.
Each month I used to meet with a friend. We attended Mass at the cathedral and then had lunch at the shopping centre afterwards. On one of these occasions my friend showed up with a very severe case of laryngitis. She told me that she had been in this state for a few weeks. I introduced her to the priest. He gave her a blessing in honour of Saint Blaise the patron saint of throats. I jokingly remarked to her, “You should be all fixed up now because Father has blessed you.” We went into the church. A few minutes later the Mass began. I was amazed to hear my friend singing the hymn in her full strength soprano voice.
Saint Blaise is the saint who is invoked for protection against throat problems. On his feast day (February 3), there is a special blessing. The priest takes two candles which are held in a crossed position and places them upon the throat of the person to be blessed and invokes Saint Blaise to protect the person from throat troubles.