Children of Mary Meditations
The Amazing Story of Little Lia true story of a little girl martyred for her love for Our Eucharistic Lord, told by Bishop Fulton Sheen.
When God called His servant Fulton Sheen back to Himself, in 1979, millions of Americans mourned his death as if they had been left orphans. For years, he used every possible means to reach hearts through media, and soaking in every word of his, the people were fascinated. Gifted with a rare charisma, he was a blend of natural eloquence and the power of the Holy Spirit. Yes, through his witness, people knew that God was alive, magnificent and desirable. Archbishop Sheen shone so brightly that TV channels were fighting over him, knowing that his broadcast would shatter all ratings on record. His popular show, “Life Is Worth Living,” reached about thirty million viewers every week.
Sr. Briege & The Eucharistic Miracle
Today Sister Briege McKennaís healing ministry is totally centered on the Eucharist. During a special retreat for Sisters a few years ago, she shared a remarkable story of how Jesus led her to this Eucharistic centering.
She said, I had a big problem. After my own dramatic healing and then receiving the gift of healing others, I was worried because so many people were coming to me.
Crushing the Serpents Head
Mary stands ready to crush the head of satan. Her heel is raised to strike. She awaits our participation in this act of crushing the serpentís head because it is part of Godís plan that we unite with Her in this victory over evil. We are living the time of the great spiritual battle on earth.
“We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has ever experienced. I do not think the wide circle of the American Society or the wide circle of the Christian Community realize this fully. We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the antichurch, between the Gospel and the antigospel, between Christ and the antichrist. This confrontation lies within the plans of Divine Providence. It is, therefore, in God's Plan, and it is a trial which the church must take up, and face courageously.” (Pope John Paul II during a visit to the United States in 1979.)
We Won't Make It Without You
A Sister from another community told me that there are actually people in the occult who pray and fast for the destruction of ministries and ministers! We need your prayers, sacrifices and offerings to assure that our apostolate will thrive and not be crushed under the attacks of the evil one. If you have a great love for Our Lord, His Church and a burning desire to see Our Eucharistic King enthroned and adored by all people, we beg for your prayers.
If You Ask, Jesus Will Heal You
At Cana, through Mary's intercession, Jesus manifested His divinity for the first time publicly. We at Children of Mary pray through the intercession of our Lady of Lourdes that Jesus will, in these times, manifest His divinity in the Holy Eucharist by healing all who come to Him in the Holy Eucharist. Those who pray in our chapel are given the opportunity to kneel before Our Lord Who is enthroned on the altar in Solemn Exposition, be blessed with holy water from Lourdes, France, and prayed with that Our Lord will heal them mind, body and soul.
Enthronement and Consecration to Our Eucharistic King
Oh Jesus, our Lord and our God, You humbled Yourself and became one of us. You loved us so much that You shed every drop of Your Precious Blood / so that we could be cleansed of our sins / and enter into an eternal life of bliss with You / and the Father / and the Holy Spirit. You did Your part - You overcame sin and death. Now we wish to do our part. With great love and humility / we enthrone You in our hearts / and on our altar. With all the saints and angels in Heaven we adore You. We acknowledge You as our King, silently reigning in the Most Holy Eucharist, and we beg You to have mercy on us / and on all of our brothers and sisters throughout the world.
Our Patron Saints - Powerful Helpers
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What about you.....breathtakingly beautiful, or horrendously ugly?
The saints tell us that a soul in the state of grace looks so exceedingly beautiful that it could even be mistaken for Almighty God! They also tell us that a soul dead in sin is repulsively ugly. When we were baptized we were filled with grace and became Godís children; our souls were breathtakingly, magnificently beautiful. But we can lose that grace by sinning.
Pray for ALL MANKIND to adore Our Eucharistic King!
The more who pray for this grace from the heart, the more souls will be given the grace to believe. The Eucharist is God - the God of all, and it is only fitting that He be adored by all. Once we are convinced that it is indeed God Who is with us in the Holy Eucharist, wonít the reasonable response be to enthrone Him on our altars and adore Him, as do the saints and angels in Heaven? It is true that God is everywhere, but He is substantially present only two places: Heaven and the Eucharist. It is all about love and humility. God loved us so much that He became man for us, and then stayed with us under the appearance of bread in the Holy Eucharist. There could be no greater act of humility! Then the good angels humbly adored God appearing before them as a man. Now mankind must humbly adore Him appearing before us as bread. Our love and humility will be a powerful weapon in the hand of Our Lady with which She will crush the head of satan.
Are You Prepared For the Battle?
There are times when it seems like Heaven here ó kneeling before Our Lord enthroned on the altar, feeling the peace that only He can give, contemplating His great love that caused Him to come down from Heaven as a little Babe, and hearing the chimes sing out to all the world that a Savior has been born to us.
Then there are times during the summer while working outside on a lovely, blue-skied day when all of a sudden the chimes fill the air with a love song to Our Lady, the Ave Maria or other Marian hymn. At moments like this when for a brief moment all suffering is forgotten and peace and joy fill the heart, it seems that perhaps this is something like it was in the garden of Eden.
How can it be a mortal sin to miss Mass on Sunday???
Look at His eyes. Who would ever dare insult Him? Who would have the audacity to spit in that Face? But that is comparable to what we do when, for no good reason, we miss Mass on Sundays or holy days of obligation. Why? Because no prayer, no act can compare with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. If we could even begin to appreciate its worth, we would realize what a wonderful privilege it is to be present at this awesome, sacred Sacrifice that Jesus made on the Cross for love of us! No matter how spirit-filled and beautiful a prayer service may be, it has little value compared with the value of the Mass, because the value of the Mass is infinite. Its value is without limit because it is Jesus offering His life to the Father. It is an act of Jesus ~ an act of God. It is a privilege because in the Holy Mass Our Lord offers us an opportunity to unite our lives with His as an offering to the Father of us all.
Is the Catholic Church STILL the One True Church???
In the past, the teaching that the Catholic Church is the one true church was boldly proclaimed in Catholic schools and from the pulpit. Since Vatican II seldom does anyone makes this bold statement. Why? Perhaps because some in the ecumenical movement see such an assertion as an obstacle to unity. There are literally thousands of Christian denominations today. Isnít it being haughty to assert that we have the one true church? One definition of humility can be that humility is truth. So were we truly humble, we would humbly assert the truth. God became man and taught His disciples truth. He established His Church on earth. He established only one church, and anyone who takes the time to study history and the beliefs of the church will find that what the Christians of the early centuries believed, we in the Catholic Church still believe - i.e. Jesusí Real Presence in the Holy Eucharist, love and honor for the Mother of God, the God-given authority in the Church of Pope and bishops. The answer to the question in the title is YES, unequivocally yes! Jesus is God, the image of the Father, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity. He is the founder and head of the church.
Would you like to join your voice with ours to proclaim to the world that we love Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament and to let the world know that He longs to be loved by all His people? If God has put into your heart an interest in religious life, it is something to consider very seriously and prayerfully, because it is a great gift from God to be called to be His bride - totally dedicated to Him and His Church. Of course every Christian is called to be dedicated to Him, but not all are called to the radical, total dedication of consecrated life. May you seek His will in prayer, and have the courage to follow Him wherever He leads, down whatever path He has chosen for you. If He is calling you to religious life, you must discern what community. I invite you to prayerfully read the material on this website and to contact us if you feel God may want you to be a part of founding this new community.
One day while in the monastery I received a letter from Melissa. After reading it I wept for joy! Here is her story.
Raised Catholic, Melissa married a Catholic man and they had two wonderful sons, 6 and 8 years old. Melissa wanted no more children. She intended to find some interesting job that would satisfy the empty space she felt within.
Then one day she received a set of tapes in the mail. They were talks by Tom Hummer, a lay evangelist in Cleveland, Ohio.* The talks had been taped at a parish mission he had given. The first was on God's Love. It stirred her soul; she ached for love, but didn't know how to satisfy that deep need. She knew something was missing from her life, even though she had a loving husband and two wonderful sons. The next tape she listened to was on the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Prayer Before Receiving Jesus in Holy Communion
My God, my God, I love You in the Most Blessed Sacrament!
We are One Body; pray that all of your brothers and sisters on earth - the whole world - will come to love and adore Our Lord and be faithful members of His Holy Church.
Jesus sits at the right hand of His Father waiting for His enemies to be placed under His Feet. His enemies are satan and the fallen angels who rebel against Him and try to take as many people to hell as possible. These enemies of God will be placed under the feet of Jesus when we, His brothers and sisters, imitate Jesusí love and humility by adoring Him Who died for us and Who now lovingly and humbly remains here with us under the appearance of bread.
A Holy Hour for the Second Lifting of Jesus
There is one thing that will stop the flow of evil...The Second Lifting.
Jesus was lifted up when He died on the Cross for us. He overcame sin and death. But there is still much evil in the world, perhaps more than at any other time in history. So if Jesus overcame sin and death, why is there still evil on earth? Because Jesus is to be lifted up again. The resurrected Jesus is physically present to the saints and angels in Heaven, and He is physically present here on earth in the tabernacle of every Catholic Church throughout the world. In Heaven He is praised and adored day and night. On earth He is much of the time left alone, dwelling inside the tabernacle, longing for His People to come to Him. His Heart is afire with love for us; He thirsts for our love. It is time for us to acknowledge His Presence with us, to acclaim Him Lord and God by enthroning Him on our altars and adoring Him with great love and reverence. When we do this, He will indeed draw all to men to Himself. Grace will flood the earth. The spiritually blind will see the truth that Jesus is Lord. There will be innumerable miracles of conversion. Abortion will end. Vocations to the priesthood and religious life will be plentiful, and many other wonderful things will come to be.
Special Holy Hours - Gethsamani Holy Hour and Come Lord Jesus! Holy Hour
In the garden of Gethsemani Jesus asked His apostles to pray one hour with Him. They fell asleep. When Jesus appeared to St. Margaret Mary, He asked her to spend one hour, from 11:00 to midnight on Thursdays, praying and consoling Him in His agony in Gethsemani. Wishing to respond to Jesus' desire for prayer during the hour of His agony in the garden, we kneel in the darkened chapel with Jesus on the altar shrouded in a red veil and the red sanctuary lamp His only light. We pray, adore, and ask that by the merits of His Precious Blood that grace would be poured upon our world and the Church.
Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, truly present in the Holy Eucharist, I consecrate my body and soul to be entirely one with your heart, being sacrificed at every instant on all the altars of the world and giving praise to the Father, pleading for the coming of His kingdom. Please receive this humble offering of myself. Use me as you will for the glory of the Father and the salvation of souls.