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I Dare You

9 Sep

“Have you the courage to submit yourself to a very simple and innocent test? Only to wear a little something I will give you; look, it is a medal of the Blessed Virgin. It seems very ridiculous, does it not? But, I assure you, I attach great value and efficacy to this little medal. [Also] you must say every night and morning the Memorare, a very short and very efficacious prayer which St. Bernard addressed to the Blessed Virgin Mary.” dared Theodore de Bussieres to Alphonse Ratisbonne a staunch Aethist and Anti-Catholic after a heated discussion about Catholicism. Ratisbonne agreed to wear the Miraculous Medal out of Dare and to say the Memorare. He wanted to prove that Catholicism was a ridiculous religion.

Ratisbonne lived up to his side of the bargain, finding it easy to recite the Memorare. On 20th January 1842 at the behest of Theodore de Bussieres, he accompanied him to the Church of St. Andrea delle Fratte to make arrangements for the funeral of a friend of Theodore in Rome. When Ratisbonne entered the church it appeared to be engulfed in a marvellous light. He looked to an altar from where the light was coming and saw the Virgin Mary, appearing as she did on the Miraculous Medal and in his own words  “The Church seemed to disappear, or rather I should say, O my God, I saw one thing alone! No human words can even try to convey what is beyond expression. When M. de Bussieres returned, I was in tears and unable to answer questions. I seized the medal which was on my breast and kissed the image of the Virgin. Oh! I have seen Her! I have seen Her! I was not able to say more. I felt within me something so solemn and sacred as to require me to ask for a priest.” Ratisbonne left the church in tears, clutching his Miraculous Medal. Several days later received into the Catholic Church.

Background
Alphonse Ratisbonne was born in France on May 1, 1814, to a wealthy Jewish family. His brother Theodar Ratisbonne converted to Catholicism in 1827 and went on to become a Catholic priest. This made Alphonse furious and in his own words “When my brother became a Catholic, and a priest, I persecuted him with a more unrelenting fury than any other member of my family. We were completely sundered; I hated him with a virulent hatred, though he had fully pardoned me.” Ratisbonne started hating Catholics in general and gradually in stopped believing in God. In his words “made me believe all I heard of the fanaticism of the Catholics, and I held them accordingly in great horror.”

After studying law at Paris he became a member of his uncle’s famous banking firm, and in 1841 betrothed to the daughter of his oldest brother. As she was only sixteen years old, the marriage postponed, and Ratisbonne entered upon a pleasure trip to the Orient. Though nominally a Jew, he was a scoffer at religion, and, after his brother Theodor conversion, a rabid enemy of everything Catholic. On his intended tour to the Orient, he came to Rome, where One day when visiting his friend Ratisbonne met a Catholic convert, Theodore de Bussieres, who knew Ratisbonne’s priest-brother. While this made Ratisbonne hate the man, he enjoyed conversing with him because of his knowledge.

After his conversion to the Catholic faith and return to Paris his betrothed shocked and rejected him and his new religion. Ratisbonne then entered the Jesuits and ordained a priest in 1847. He assisted his brother, Theodor, in founding the Sisterhood of Our Lady of Sion in 1843, and entered the Society of Jesus. Desirous, however, to devote himself entirely to convert Jews, he left the society with the consent of Pius IX, transplanted the Sisters of Sion to Jerusalem in 1855, and built for them in 1856 the large Convent of Ecce Homo with a school and an orphanage for girls. In 1860 he erected the Convent of St. John on the mountain at Ain Karim, together with a church and another orphanage for girls. Alphonse laboured here till his death on May 6, 1884, and buried in the cemetery of the convent.

The Memorare:
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided.Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me.
Amen.

References: https://aleteia.org/2017/08/14/how-a-radical-atheist-became-a-catholic-priest/
http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/12659a.htm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marie-Alphonse_Ratisbonne
http://www.philomena.org/miraculousmedal.asp

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Run Baby Run

21 Oct


Run baby run, have full fun,
Indulge in glamour, indulge in all that money can buy,
East deliciously, your bellyful, never be hungry,
Entertainment is all around, fill your eyes with lust and gold

Dance and make merry, there is no hell or purgatory,
Have fun all the time, explore the world in luxury,
There is no afterlife, this is the one all you have,
Play with it and be adventurous

Oh I had it all, but why do we have to suffer,
Even the rich have to suffer, the elite has their woes too,
Infidelity, disobedience and gambling seem to be common,
There should be a meaning to life apart from pleasure and fun

Why did he suffer, why was he crucified,
Suffering does have a purpose, there is some joy in it,
Oh many saints have suffered throughout with joy,
I do want to taste it and enjoy

Lust and glamour are bottomless pits,
Marriage infidelity is a demon in disguise,
Without afterlife, we are just animals,
Oh now for sure there is no life without suffering

 

Death of a Luminary: Mother Angelica

9 Apr

Mother Angelica, Founder of world`s largest religious broadcasting network EWTN passed away on March 27th 2016. She was 92 years old.29angelica-web1-superJumbo

Birth and Early Life:
Mother Angelica was born April 20, 1923, as Rita Rizzo in an Italian neighborhood in Canton, Ohio. She was the only child of John and Mae Helen Rizzo . Her father, a tailor by trade, abandoned the family when Rizzo was very young and her parents divorced in 1929. Her mother maintained full custody of her but struggled with chronic depression and poverty.

Looking back upon this time in her life, Mother Angelica described herself and her mother as being “like a pair of refugees. We were poor, hungry, and barely surviving on odd jobs before Mother learned the dry cleaning business as an apprentice to a Jewish tailor in our area. Even then, we pinched pennies just to keep food on the table.” By the age of 16, Rizzo realized that her mother’s dry-cleaning job was a dead-end; through Rizzo’s efforts, her mother gained a better job that provided some relief from their dire poverty. “We lived in rat-infested apartments — our life was so hard. I was interested in survival so I didn’t do well in school. It’s hard when you’re hungry and cold to study,” she recalled in 1987.

She spent much of her early life plagued by an array of stomach ailments. In 1943, she claimed to have been cured by a Catholic faith healer, signaling the beginning of her interest in a religious vocation, according to a 2007 biography written by Mr. Arroyo, “Mother Angelica: The Remarkable Story of a Nun, Her Nerve, and a Network of Miracles.”

In 1944, she joined her religious order and professed her solemn vows in Canton in 1953 as Sister Mary Angelica of the Annunciation, of the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration, a contemplative order of Franciscan nuns in Canton. Another physical ailment — a spinal injury suffered in a fall, followed by two years of chronic pain — led her to promise to build a new monastery if cured. Her prayers answered, she set off in 1962 with four other sisters of her order to start Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Irondale, a place with almost no Catholics.

There, Mother Angelica began writing booklets and recording audio cassettes to introduce Catholicism to her new neighbors. When a local television station gave her a half-hour of airtime, her on-camera charisma attracted Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network, which began airing her show on its satellite network. She said these appearances made her aware of the tremendous influence television has in spreading messages.

In an interview with The New York Times in 1989, Mother Angelica described how a visit to a television studio in Chicago ignited her entrepreneurial drive, and led to the birth of her worldwide enterprise. “I walked in, and it was just a little studio, and I remember standing in the doorway and thinking, it doesn’t take much to reach the masses,” she said. “I just stood there and said to the Lord, ‘Lord, I’ve got to have one of these.’”

With the support of her religious community, Mother Angelica began consulting with media experts about starting her own TV station, hatching the idea of EWTN. She was granted a license by the Federal Communications Commission, and EWTN went on the air in August 1981.She began with $200 and little knowledge about TV production. The operation started in a building meant to be a garage on the grounds of the Our Lady of the Angels Monastery she headed in the Irondale suburb of Birmingham. Originally its daily programming of several hours was carried by three cable systems.

In 1992, Mother Angelica launched the short-wave EWTN Global Catholic Radio which broadcasts in English and Spanish. In 1996, EWTN started a satellite-delivered AM/FM radio network with programming also available for rebroadcast by local stations.

In 1998, Mother Angelica stepped down as the head of EWTN and Deacon Steltemeier was appointed chairman and CEO. He died in 2013.

Awards & Recognition:
In 2009, Pope Benedict XVI awarded the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Cross to her and Deacon Bill Steltemeier, then-chairman of EWTN’s board of governors, for distinguished service to the church. The cross, whose name is Latin for “for the church and the pope,” is the highest papal honor that can be conferred on laypeople and clergy.Because of ill-health, Mother Angelica received the award in her private quarters. But in the public ceremony, Bishop Robert J. Baker of Birmingham said “Mother Angelica’s effort has been at the vanguard of the new evangelization and has had a great impact on our world.”

A 1995 profile in Time magazine called her “an improbable superstar of religious broadcasting and arguably the most influential Roman Catholic woman in America.”

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia, a member of the network’s board of governors, said in its statement that Mother Angelica “succeeded at a task the nation’s bishops themselves couldn’t achieve.”

Mother Angelica’s outspokenness on church issues — her pet peeves were gender-neutral language in the liturgy and a change allowing girls to become altar servers — made her both friends and enemies among the Catholic faithful.

Quotes:
“Faith is having one foot on the ground and the other up in the air, waiting for the Lord to put the ground under it”

“We have lost the theology of risk and replaced it with a theology of assurance” that says “you have to know what’s going to happen before you embark on something new”

To Be With Christ

7 Feb

What a joy it is to be with Christ,
Full of mercy and compassion is he,
What a privilege to live for him,
Heaven is the reward we get

What a fame to die for him,
Eternity awaits with all its pleasures,
What an honor to be stripped of all goods,
Like St. Francis of Assisi I shall live.

What a pleasure if I shall be stoned to death,
Like St. Stephan I shall accept,
What a joy if I shall be thrown into sea,
Like Jonah I shall believe.

What if everything I own corrodes,
I shall remember from dust I come,
Whatever happens when happens,
My heart shall praise the Lord

References: By Thesupermat (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

The Afterlife Hymn

14 Nov

Are the dead ones lost and gone forever,new-jerusalem1
Isn’t there Heaven and Hell for them,
Surely there must be a place of revere,
Surely there must be a place of stain,
Some shall be purified by fire saith he,
Because imperfectness shall not enter heaven by his blood proved He

If Hell was temporary then no moral law implies,
The blood of martyr oozed in vain,
Our good deeds are nothing but waste ties,
Evil would be crowned with fame,
Good and Holy life would be just another choice,
The evil with all his misdeeds would rejoice

Heaven and Hell are real for eternity,
The evil shall be thrown in deep fit of fire and worms,
The fire will be never put off and worms never die infinity,
The demons shall tempt them forever in their norms,
There will be darkness and constant cry,
But no one to console since we are at odds with God and bound to die

Heaven is the final place where we should all be,
The repose never ends and pleasure never subdues,
Because God himself is our sweet pleasure for being,
The greatest pleasures of infinity shall we enjoy in abundance,
No more thirst, no more hunger,
For we are free and shall overcome every blunder

It is we who choose our destiny,
Lust and other sins we take for granted do have effect,
Because in Heaven there is no mutiny,
In Purgatory the souls call for Elect,
Oh let’s then give heed to our inner voice,
So that in Heaven we rejoice

Essential Survival Guide

26 Sep

How much we need you Oh Lord,jesus-sheep
At every step and at every moment,
Not a second can we survive without you,
Just like air you are, you are our essential survival guide

A Mother may forger her kid,
But You love and care for us,
You shed your blood for us,
How can we forget such a dear and near friend

We exists because of your love,
We subsist because of your grace,
How then can we go against you,
Is thirty pieces of silver all your worth?

Fools as we are, we move to destroy ourselves,
With all our foolish plots and thoughts,
Save us from this foolishness Lord,
So that we may one day be with you in heaven forever

Give us the grace to stand firm till the end Lord,
Help us believe in your mighty power,
Fill us mere mortals with your mighty grace,
So that forgetting ourselves we may glorify you till death

Vanity

5 Sep

Vanity and vanity, everything is vanity,OurLordJesus
Unless the Lord builds the house,
The builders efforts are waste,
A house build on strong foundation of the Lord shall never fall

We get up early and hit late to bed,
All our efforts are vain,

Because the Lord provides to those who love him even while asleep,
Praise the Lord

Therefore first trust in him oh people,
None of your efforts shall go in vain,
Look at him and be radiant,
For his yoke is easy and in him we find rest

He has the words of eternal life,
He quenches our thirst,
He fills us with good things,
Those who believe in him lack nothing