YouTube PlayList. Truly we are passing through disastrous times, when we may well make our own the lamentation of the Prophet: "There is no truth, and there is no mercy, and there is no knowledge of God in the land" Hosea Yet in the midst of this tide of evil, the Virgin Most Merciful rises before our eyes like a rainbow, as the arbiter of peace between God and man. God could have given us the Redeemer of the human race, and the Founder of the Faiths in another way than through the Virgin, but since Divine Providence has been pleased that we should have the Man-God through Mary, who conceived Him by the Holy Spirit and bore Him in her womb, it only remains for us to receive Christ from the hands of Mary.
My hope is in Christ, who strengthens the weakest by His Divine help. I can do all in Him who strengthens me.
His Power is infinite, and if I lean on him, it will be mine. His Wisdom is infinite, and if I look to Him for counsel, I shall not be deceived.
His Goodness is infinite, and if my trust is stayed in Him, I shall not be abandoned. Let the storm rage and the sky darken - not for that shall we be dismayed. If we trust as we should in Mary, we shall recognize in her, the Virgin Most Powerful "who with virginal foot did crush the head of the serpent.
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The collection of psalms found in Scripture, composed as it was under divine inspiration, has, from the very beginnings of the Church, shown a wonderful power of fostering devotion among Christians as they offer "to God a continuous sacrifice of praise, the harvest of lips blessing his name. Augustine expresses this well when he says: "God praised himself so that man might give him fitting praise; because God chose to praise himself man found the way in which to bless God. Athanasius says: "The psalms seem to me to be like a mirror, in which the person using them can see himself, and the stirrings of his own heart; he can recite them against the background of his own emotions.
Those voices flowed into my earts, truth filtered into my heart, and from my heart surged waves of devotion. Who could fail to be roused to the same emotions by the prayers of thanksgiving to God for blessings received by the petitions, so humble and confident, for blessings still awaited, by the cries of a soul in sorrow for sin committed? Who would not be fired wiht love as he looks on the likeness of Christ, the redeemer, here so lovingly foretold? His was "the voice" Augustine heard in every psalm, the voice of praise, of suffering, of joyful expectation, of present distress.
Born to pious peasants, the son of Stanislaus Findysz and Apollonia Rachwal. Received his early education from the Felician Sisters. Joined the Marian Solidality as a young student. Entered the major seminary in Przemysl in the autumn of Spiritual student of Blessed John Balicki. Ordained on 19 June Assistant parish priest at Boryslaw, Poland in modern Ukraine on 1 August Assistant parish priest at Drohobycz, Poland in modern Ukraine on 17 September Assistant parish priest at Jaslo, Poland on 10 October On 3 October Ladislaus and the rest of the town were expelled by the retreating German army.
Having survived the oppression of the Nazis, he returned on 23 January to rebuild the parish, and to care for war refugees under the oppression of the Communists. He saved several Greek Catholic families who were being persecuted and exiled by the Communists. From until his death he was under surveillance of the secret police; that same year he was recognized for his good work by being declared an honorary canon. Ordered to stop teaching the catechism in In order to hinder his work, in and he was ordered to live outside the area of his parish.
In he started the Conciliar Works of Charity, a letter writing campaign to parishioners to exhort them to return to the Church, and to spread the word of the reforms of Vatican II. A standard show trial was conducted on 16 and 17 December , and Ladislaus was given a 30 month sentence for the crime of "forcing" religion on his parishioners. This was followed by also standard series of published slanders and lies to discredit Ladislaus while he was being abused and starved in prison.
Transferred to the central prison hospital on 25 January , his health broken, and suffering from cancer of the esophagus. Surgery was postponed, and Ladislaus was permitted to suffer and deteriorate. His was a large and pious family; all his siblings would enter religious life, five of them as Claretian Missionaries.
Ordained a priest in the diocese of Zaragoza, Spain on 12 March As a seminarian, Jacinto had not been noted for scholarship, but was an immensely practical young man. He was assigned to teach Latin, and soon developed the speaking skills to preach in a series of Spanish cities for several years. In the early 20th century, anti—Catholic violence broke out in Spain.
Father Jacinto convinced some local nuns to wear street clothes instead of their habits in order to work in the community without persecution. He conducted a covert ministry in private homes for those who feared making their faith public, and he mixed with anti—Catholic mobs to talk them down from burning churches. His church and community house in Barcelona were burned in Jacinto was made superior of the community, and oversaw its reconstruction from through Superior of the Claretian community in Sallent, Spain in where he oversaw re-construction of their entire infrastructure.
When the Spanish Civil War began in earnest, Father Jacinto moved to the house of Don Eugenio Bofill from which he continued to conduct his covert ministry, celebrating Mass in private homes, receiving other Claretians for instruction, hearing Confessions, teaching catechism, and leading groups to pray the Rosary. On 17 August , fearing his work and visitors would draw attention to the Bofill family, he moved out; he was seized by the militia on 19 August.
We have no record of his last two days, but he was executed on 21 August for the crime of being a priest. Daughter of Rainiandriantsilavo and Rambahinoro.
Raised by her paternal uncle, Rainimaharavo, the commander-in-chief of the Malagasy army, the girl grew up in the animist faith of her ancestors. She began attending a Catholic school at age 13 and was immediately drawn to the faith. A convert, baptized on 1 November , taking the name Victoire. A change in the national politics led to antipathy to the French and to Catholics; Victoire's family, being part of the ruling class, put her in a Protestant school and threatened to make her an outcast if she held to her new faith, but she would not change.
Victoire felt drawn to religious life, but her family arranged a marriage for her to Ratsimatahodriaka, a cousin and leading figure in the military; they were wed on 13 May Her new husband was a violent, womanizing drunk, and all of Victoire's friends urged her to divorce him; she refused, saying that marriage was a sacrament and could not be broken, and instead she prayed for his conversion.
In the political situation in Madagascar turned forcefully against the French. All foreign missionaries, which included all priests, were ordered out of the country; Catholic schools and churches were ordered closed, Catholic gatherings were outlawed, and all Catholics were ordered to renouce the Church or be considered traitors.
The faithful ignored the orders, held prayer services in boarded up churches, catechized new converts, and did it all peacefully and without a priesthood. Victoire helped lead and support the movement, keeping schools open, sometimes being the first into a church, shaming the police guards into letting the Christians enter.abbadmabtranme.tk
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During peace was established between France and Madagascar, and on 7 March the missionaries were allowed to return; they found the faith alive and growing. Victoire was widowed in in 14 March , her husband asking forgiveness and being baptized on his death bed. She devoted the rest of her life to caring for the poor, the sick and the imprisoned, with all her free time spent in prayer.
Born wealthy and orphaned young. When he was old enough to choose for himself, he gave away his fortune, and became a monk at the Bogoroditskaya monastery.
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Bible scholar, priest, and noted preacher. A stern and forceful man, his sermons concerned the Day of Judgement, and he lived his life as though he were about to be judged. He was very popular among the laity, gentle and ever concerned with the sick, the abused, and the troubled. However, it was a different matter among the clergy, many of whom were openly jealous or hostile toward him, and with the wealthy laity who opposed his teaching on poverty, an austere life, and the emptiness of worldly wealth.
His abbot was pressured by local authorities, and he ordered Abraham to stop preaching. To escape the disturbance, Abraham withdrew from the monastery, and joined the monks of the Holy Cross. He made no friends there, either, and in order to silence him some of his critics brought charges of moral and theological errors, heresy and immorality against him. He was acquitted in his first trial, so he was tried again. When he was acquitted again, he was ordered back to the Bogoroditskaya monastery, stripped of his priestly functions, and for five years he lived under a cloud of suspicion and disciplinary orders.
During a time of drought, the people demanded that he be reinstated as the hard times made them crave the intervention of an obviously holy man; the bishop re-opened his investigation, and this time Abraham was cleared of all charges. Legend says that Abraham then prayed for the city, and had not even returned to his cell in the monastery before it started to rain. Appointed abbot of the small, impoverished Mother of God monastery in Smolensk, he lived the rest of his life in quiet prayer, supervising his house and receiving visitors, but declining to preach for fear of causing dissension in the faithful.
His biography was written by one of his brother monks, and has survived to today. They appeared to float about two feet above the ground, and each would occassionally move toward the visionaries, and then away from them. The Blessed Virgin Mary was clothed in white robes with a brilliant crown on her head.
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Where the crown fitted to her brow, she wore a beautiful full-bloom golden rose. She was praying with her eyes and hands raised towards Heaven. Saint Joseph wore white robes, stood on Our Lady's right, and was turned towards her in an attitude of respect. Saint John was dressed in white vestment, stood was on Mary's left, and resembled a bishop, with a small mitre. So serious was this attack that he was considered hopeless.