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As everyone is highly aware, events are unfolding rapidly now in the world due to the Covid-19 outbreak.  This is not a time for us to fear, however, but rather, in prudence and full trust in God, a time to go forward with prudent health and social practices, and be light and peace to our brothers and sisters.  It is also important that we stay in tune spiritually.  Now is a time to trust, pray and watch, while being of service if possible to those around us in need.  Many of us are now faced with closed churches and the inability to celebrate Mass.  Making a spiritual communion is one way to stay united to our Lord during this time, in addition to watching Mass on the TV and Internet.  In addition to the video I will be sharing later today from our Youtube Channel, I share below a resource list of many locations to watch Mass through the Internet and television.  A good prayer for spiritual communion is also included below.

One voice on the watchtower that I personally routinely follow, and also highly recommend for these times, is Mark Mallett – especially his Blog – “The Now Word”.  He, like myself, have been on the ‘Watchtower’ for some time now, sharing spiritual insights and warnings.  I urge all to check out his website, if you have not known of him previously.

In the end, these times are completely under the control of our God, as I have mentioned before in writings and in our Youtube videos.  I pray that you and your families stay healthy and strong – physically to be sure, but most important spiritually, as we face these difficult times.  I urge you to give increased time for spiritual reflection and prayer, particularly as we continue our Lenten journey (especially the Rosary).  Prayers are so greatly needed at this time for the world.  Please feel free to forward this website and its resources to all your circles.  Now is the time to stay united in whatever ways we can, and share our knowledge and resources, for as the world darkens, it all the more needs our light and the Light of Christ:

The Mass on TV and the Internet

EWTN Mass Schedule

https://dailytvmass.com/about/broadcast-schedule/

Vision TV: Sunday 8:00 am; Monday – Friday 8:00 am & 12:00 pm; Saturday 8:00 am & 9:30 am.
To locate, click on the Find Vision TV button at https://www.visiontv.ca/

Joy TV: Sunday 10:30 am; Monday – Friday 10:30 am & 4:30 pm; Saturday 10:30 am. To locate,
go to http://www.joytv.ca/channel-finder/

Faith TV: Daily 2:30 pm. To locate, go to Find Your Channel at https://faithtelevision.ca/about/

Yes TV: Sunday 10:30 am; Monday – Saturday 1:00 pm. To locate, go to
https://www.yestv.com/tune-in

Salt+Light: Monday – Saturday 6:30am, 9:30am (with the Pope), 11:00 am, 3:00 pm & 10:30 pm;
Sunday 11:00 am & 10:30 pm. To locate, go to
https://saltandlighttv.org/live/waystowatch?muid=1 or watch online at
https://saltandlighttv.org/live/?muid=1

https://radio-maria-toronto.click2stream.com/ live Mass from Toronto, Radio Maria Canada,
MONDAY – TUESDAY – THURSDAY – FRIDAY From 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm, WEDNESDAY from 11:00
am to 12:00 pm

https://www.youtube.com/dailytvmass

https://business.facebook.com/dailytvmass/?business_id=696904343806708

Android app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.goodbarber.dailymass

Apple app: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/daily-tv-mass/id1182433381?ls=1

https://mass-online.org/daily-holy-mass-live-online/ From around the world

http://www.catholictv.org/masses/catholictv-mass From the US

 https://www.churchservices.tv/whats-on-now/ From the British Isles

http://www.catholictv.org/masses/catholictv-mass/masses-live-demand Live from the US

Prayer of Spiritual Communion

A Spiritual Communion
by St. Pio of Pietrelcina

My Jesus,
I believe that you are truly present
in the Most Blessed Sacrament.
I love You above all things
and I desire to possess You within my soul.
Since I am unable at this moment
to receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as being already there,
and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen

Karen

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Lent is the forty days in preparation for Easter. Although many think of Lent as a solemn time, it is actually a time of joy. Why joy when it takes us to the Passion of Our Lord? During these forty days, we are preparing for, and looking toward the joy of the Resurrection. When we are looking forward to a celebration, we prepare. Perhaps we buy new clothes, plan a trip or make plans with friends to celebrate together. There is no celebration greater than the Resurrection. Saint John Paul II perfectly described this when he said, “Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.”
So, during Lent, we prepare for Easter.

How do we Prepare During Lent?

The ways in which we prepare for Easter are fasting, adding to our prayer life, giving alms and honestly examining our relationship with Jesus.  Fasting is what most people associate with these forty days.  Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are compulsory days of fasting and abstinence. On Fridays during, Lent, we are required to abstain from meat. People usually plan their Lenten fast in advance. Many choose to “give up” chocolate or another favorite food while others may refrain from social media or television. Whatever the choice, it should be a sacrifice, not something we occasionally eat or do.

“Fasting cleanses the soul, raises the mind, subjects one’s flesh to the spirit, renders the heart contrite and humble, scatters the clouds of concupiscence, quenches the fire of lust, and kindles the true light of chastity. Enter again into yourself.”
~Saint Augustine~

Prayer and Self Reflection

We all need honest self-examination and extra prayer. Reading Sacred Scripture, praying an additional Rosary, going to Mass during the week, meditating on the Passion of Christ and praying the Stations of the Cross are all ways to prepare us for the quietude of self-reflection which will lead us to a closer relationship with Our Precious Lord. And, of course, the Sacrament of Reconciliation should be on our Lenten agenda.

“Lent is a time for discipline, for confession, for honesty, not because God is mean or fault-finding or finger-pointing but because he wants us to know the joy of being cleaned out, ready for all the good things he now has in store.”
~N.T. Wright~

Alms Giving

We are usually given a box or envelope in which we regularly save coins during Lent and on Palm Sunday, we offer these alms to our church. But money is, in many ways, the easy way to give. It takes no time and unless you are in need, it is not always sacrificial. There are other ways we can give alms during Lent. We can volunteer to visit a sick or elderly person who is not often visited. Practicing any of the Seven Corporal Works of Mercy or Spiritual Works of Mercy would be a beautiful way to give alms. The Corporal Works of mercy are: Feed the hungry, Give drink to the thirsty, Welcome the stranger, Clothe the naked, Visit the sick, Visit the prisoner and Bury the dead. The Spiritual Works of mercy are: Teaching the ignorant, Counsel the needy, Chastise the sinful, Comfort the sorrowful, Forgive enemies, Suffer tribulations and to Pray fervently for all. Often, when a person begins practicing one of the Acts of Mercy during Lent, he will find it so rewarding that it will become a constant act in his life.

“Give something, however small, to the one in need. For it is not small to one who has nothing. Neither is it small to God if we have given what we could.”

~Saint Gregory Nazianzen~

We Come through Lent Closer to God

So, you see, these forty days will teach us, cleanse us, help us to grow spiritually and ultimately, strengthen our love for and relationship to Our Lord.

Written by Marilyn Nash for Holyart.com

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I am the least likely person to be preachy with anyone, as those who know me closely can testify.  But that doesn’t mean anything goes…

With God, truth and love are what matter.  And when I speak of truth, I speak of the truth as defined from God’s vantage point – not man’s –  the truth that the Ten Commandments were given to us for our good, and that we should strive to follow them;  The truth that love is the ultimate barometer that God judges men by;  The truth that Love is the goal we should all strive for – as it is encapsulated in the Commandments.

How hard this seems to be for many though.  How selfish our world has become.  How distracted.  How complacent.  How uncaring.  How asleep…And how dangerous has all this self-centred, uncaring, distracted, complacent, uncaring heart of the world become.  Don’t get me wrong…there are many doing and being good out there and of course much of it isn’t rewarded with headlines.  However our world has become a place where brother kills brother, where sister seeks to destroy sister; a place where children are murdered and some people seek nothing but power; where greed and hunger for more replace the hunger and thirst for righteousness and aid of neighbour.  At its worst it not only disdains neighbour, but seeks to kill neighbour.

And so we have arrived at the threshold of the threat of nuclear holocaust…of the reality of terrorism…of the sad truth of abortion in the name of choice (and please know I don’t judge anyone there either; I understand oh so well how sometimes this is an error some make for many reasons – an error God desires to heal us from…see my writing on the topic here).  How we hasten to destroy ourselves and our world!  It is as if we have all become infected with some severe kind of madness; a madness where evil is called good and good is called evil.  Add to this the fact that there are spiritual forces at work beyond our sight – another truth that many do not believe in any longer – a truth I have witnessed to relentlessly on this website and in the documentaries God has seen fit to have me produce.

But just because our lens has become sullied, doesn’t mean God sees any less clearly.  In fact, we could use a dose of the clarity that the Author of All Good is able to give…and so I quote:

Once again, I (Maureen) see a Great Flame that I have come to know as the Heart of God the Father. He says: “This is the hour of choice. Mankind must choose to obey Me – Father of all Creation – or choose his own will. This generation tries My Patience and My Mercy more than any other – more than in the days of Noah or even Sodom and Gomorrah.”

“Chance after chance – opportunity after opportunity – unfolds for man to prove his love to Me and faithfulness to My Commandments. People allow human opinions to take precedence over My Divine Will. Still, I invite mankind to take shelter in My Paternal Heart. I will protect him. I know the desires of every heart. I can make grace abound even in a sterile heart. I can produce great miracles. When causes or situations are abandoned to Me, I can bring solutions in the most profound ways.”

“Therefore, even in the face of these dire times, have filial faith in My Divine Provision. I hear your prayers and witness your sacrifices. I will not abandon you even as I am tested beyond compare. It is you who persevere in righteousness with Me who are My Remnant.”

Read Zephaniah 2:1-3+

Come together and hold assembly,
O shameless nation,
before you are driven away
like the drifting chaff,
before there comes upon you
the fierce anger of the LORD,
before there comes upon you
the day of the wrath of the LORD.
Seek the LORD, all you humble of the land,
who do His Commands;
seek righteousness, seek humility;
perhaps you may be hidden
on the day of the wrath of the LORD.

+ Scripture verses asked to be read by God the Father. (Please note: all Scripture given by Heaven refers to the Bible used by the visionary. Ignatius Press – Holy Bible – Revised Standard Version – Second Catholic Edition.) Message from God the Father – November 17, 2017, www.holylove.org

The great difficulty and reality, of course, is that those who most would benefit from reading this little blog and heeding my advice to change are the least likely to read it or care about it.  This is where my previous writing comes in.  For those with ears to hear and eyes to see, is a great call to intercessory prayer and action.

In my women’s group, Sister†Hood, I chose a domino for our talking stick and icon.  This domino represents the connected power of change that ripples from even one instrument when it touches another – the chain reaction.  However, the domino effect has often been likened to a negative effect of irreversible chain reaction.  But this viewpoint negates the reality that all choice has the ability to effect change for good as well as bad – tremendous ripple effects are achieved by those who impact others’ lives with goodness, help, encouragement, support, kindness, consideration, motivation, forgiveness, empowerment and love.  It is this side of the domino effect that we as Sisters work to be for each other and the world – through prayer, action, deed and word.  And it is the effect we should each be striving for.

This website in effect is but one domino that seeks to be a ripple agent of change for good for those who read it with desire to help…desire to change…desire to grow…desire to be good…desire to become more holy…to be one who makes a difference in the world around him for good.  It all starts with us!  I have said it before and I say it again:

BE THE CHANGE IN THE WORLD THAT YOU WISH TO SEE!”

OH how the world needs your help!  Get yourself back into church if you have fallen away; attend more faithfully and reverently; read your bible; increase your prayer; help another to be better; work on self growth in love!  Look around your area and see what is needed most.  Then if your talents and inspirations match a need – reach out and make a difference!  It is that simple.  Stand for your Christian faith – but always do it with kindness and humility and back it up with deed, lest it be seen as a facade.  I believe we can make a difference.  With God’s grace and our desire and willing hands we CAN end poverty, prevent nuclear holocaust, convert hardened souls, save sinners, comfort the grieving, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit the prisoner, heal the wounds of the world – we just need to set about doing it where we are with what we have and help others do the same.  Never mind what anyone says or who is or isn’t doing what.  Just do it (sorry to borrow a slogan from Nike!).

I decided to become one of these dominoes for good more powerfully some 17 years ago.  Who knows where the world would have been without my yes…without yours?  I believe we have entered a time where there is little time for hesitation and little time for complacence.  Even our headlines scream this.  I know the battle has been hard.  I know many of you are tired.  I know many of you have paid heavily for your faithfulness to our God and to our faith…but oh how needed has this faithfulness been.  How needed is it still.  And so I do what I can to aid our flagging souls in the good fight – and I lean heavily upon my God & my Sisters to help me keep up my sword as well.  It is not a time to stumble as we head to the finish line.  And so I offer yet another experience of God to ‘pump up your jam’ for the battle ahead:

Friday, October 23, 2009

Dreamt I was in an area of a city and stood on a sidewalk watching what was going on around me.  All around me were people fighting, crimes, murder, etc.  Humanity was out of control with sin.

I knelt on the pavement right then and there and began to pray – particularly the Divine Mercy Chaplet  All of a sudden God’s spirit came down on me forcefully and I fell forward from my kneeling position so that I was semi-prone on the ground – forehead to the ground with my arms straight ahead in a profound state – like being prostrate, but from kneeling.

Then I prayed:  

Father!  Use me in whatever way You wish to help these people.”

I was then raised from the ground by God’s spirit and levitated upright (not lying back in the air like on a cross as all other previous times in dreams).  God brought me into a field – like a large park right next to this teeming area of the city I had been in on the sidewalk.

God’s spirit completely filled me and I was levitated and moved slowly through the field – speaking God’s words of warning.  It was a very long message/long time of Him speaking through me this time.

It was about the need for people to amend their lives.  As I was moved slowly, thus, however, not many were in the field listening to me – pockets of people dotted here and there on the grass.  And, even among those who saw me levitated (for Heaven’s sake!), did not believe God was acting through me, but that I was somehow orchestrating this under my own power and making up the message.  There was some mocking and derision by the people here…

God became somewhat angry and more forceful at this point, and I was then filled even more with His spirit and levitated higher in a more powerful way to make it more obvious and clear that it was God doing this – not me.

I was levitated quite high in the sky over this park and moved to a new section of this park/field and God spoke a LONG message through me.

It was as if how He did it had such power, signs and wonders that it would be evident to the people that it was Him who spoke.  I do not remember any of the words verbatim from this dream, but He was speaking of the need for people to amend their lives, telling them How much He loved them, and lastly, that if they did not repent, it would not go well for them, and then I woke.

So what are you waiting for?  Heed God’s advice.  If you have not already, repent.  Seek to grow in faith & love.  Then look around  and see where you can be God’s hands, heart & voice.  The world needs your help.  Increase prayer, pick a cause and just do it!

Karen

 

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