In God’s Company 2: Pope John Paul–Be Prepared to undergo great trials.

Here’s a quick reminder from Saint John Paul II about these times of suffering for our beloved Faith!

English: Pope John Paul II on 12 August 1993 i...

English: Pope John Paul II on 12 August 1993 in Denver (Colorado) Polski: Papież Jan Paweł II 12 sierpnia 1993 roku w Denwer (Colorado) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

St. John Paul II in that candid interview with pilgrims in Germany:

November 1980

We must be prepared to undergo great trials in the not-too-distant
future; trials that will require us to be ready to give up even our
lives, and a total gift of self to Christ and for Christ. Through your
prayers and mine, it is possible to alleviate this tribulation, but it
is no longer possible to avert it, because it is only in this way that
the Church can be effectively renewed. How many times, indeed, has the
renewal of the Church been effected in blood? This time, again, it will
not be otherwise. We must be strong, we must prepare ourselves, we must
entrust ourselves to Christ and to His Mother, and we must be attentive,
very attentive, to the prayer of the Rosary.
 —POPE JOHN PAUL II, interview with Catholics at Fulda, Germany, Nov. 1980; www.ewtn.com

CatholicHerald.co.uk » A Way of the Cross in solidarity with the persecuted Church.

Reflections on the Stations of the Cross by Archbishop Samir Nassar,
the Maronite Archbishop of Damascus, in his capacity as Episcopal
Shepherd of the Syrian Commission for the Family.

“Blessed Are They Who are Persecuted for justice, the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs” (Mt 5:10).

Read and pray the Stations here: http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/commentandblogs/2015/02/27/a-way-of-the-cross-in-solidarity-with-the-persecuted-church/

Church of Notre-Dame-des-Champs, Avranches, Ma...

Church of Notre-Dame-des-Champs, Avranches, Manche, Normandie, France. Fourteen enamel paintings, technique from Limoges, representing the Stations of the Cross (visualize from left to right, top down). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ben and Jessa Seewald talk about God’s judgment | Christian News on Christian Today.

Newlyweds Ben and Jessa Seewald from 19 Kids and Counting recently

shared messages on their Facebook accounts on the depth of God’s

judgment.

Ben said that

God’s judgment is something that people should fear and not take

lightly, since it is the most terrifying thing in the world. “When

people say, ‘Only God can judge me!’ They don’t understand the gravity

of that statement,” he said.

Ben explained that it is only through Jesus

Christ that sinners can face God, because Christ helps bear the guilt

of sins. But without Christ, sinners should fear. “I’d rather have all

the earth judge me wrong than be on God’s bad side,” said Ben.

His wife Jessa agrees, saying that man’s judgment is significantly

lighter than God’s. “God’s judgement isn’t something to be taken

lightly! It should scare you! When unbelieving, sinful men die and stand

before God, He justly condemns them to hell,” she wrote.

Read more here: http://www.christiantoday.com/article/ben.and.jessa.seewald.talk.about.gods.judgment/48970.htm

The family of Jim Bob Duggar.

The family of Jim Bob Duggar. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

SCRIPTURE COMMENTARY #448

Posted: February 28, 2015 in Uncategorized

And Jesus being come out of the temple, went away. And his disciples came to shew him the buildings of the temple. And he answering, said to them: “Do you see all these things? Amen I say to you, there shall not be left here a stone upon a stone that shall not be destroyed.”

(Matt. 24:1)

OVER A MILLION PEOPLE perished during the siege, and 97,000 were carried away into captivity and slavery. The ruins of the city and of the Temple were cleared away and the ground leveled. As our Lord foretold, there did not remain one stone upon another. And the Jews were scattered over the face of the earth. 

 

[From ‘A Practical Commentary on Holy Scripture’ by Bishop Knecht, D.D.]
(1899 Douay-Rheims Bible)

SCRIPTURE COMMENTARY #447

Posted: February 27, 2015 in Uncategorized

And Jesus being come out of the temple, went away. And his disciples came to shew him the buildings of the temple. And he answering, said to them: “Do you see all these things? Amen I say to you, there shall not be left here a stone upon a stone that shall not be destroyed.”

And when he was sitting on mount Olivet, the disciples came to him privately, saying: “Tell us when shall these things be? And what shall be the sign of thy coming and of the consummation of the world?” And Jesus answering, said to them: “Take heed that no man seduce you. For many will come in my name saying, ‘I am Christ.’ And they will seduce many. And you shall hear of wars and rumours of wars. See that ye be not troubled. For these things must come to pass: but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: And there shall be pestilences and famines and earthquakes in places. Now all these are the beginnings of sorrows. Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted and shall put you to death: and you shall be hated by all nations for my name’s sake. And then shall many be scandalized and shall betray one another and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise and shall seduce many. And because iniquity hath abounded, the charity of many shall grow cold. But he that shall persevere to the end, he shall be saved.” (Matt. 24:1-13)

AFTER THE STORMING OF FORT ANTONIA, the attack was directed against the mount on which the Temple was built. After vain efforts to take the Temple by storm, Titus commanded that its gates and colonnade of cedar wood should be set on fire. He wished to save the actual Temple, but, in the excitement of the battle, a soldier threw a burning brand into the Sanctuary, and soon the glorious Temple was a heap of ruins. The fight was so furious that blood flowed literally in streams down the steps of the Temple. Finally, the upper city on Mount Sion was taken. Every Jew whom the conquerors met was cut down, and the houses with their inhabitants within were burnt. For two days and two nights the conflagration lasted, and on the third day nothing remained of the holy city but a heap of ashes.

 

[From ‘A Practical Commentary on Holy Scripture’ by Bishop Knecht, D.D.]
(1899 Douay-Rheims Bible)

EXCLUSIVE: Trenton Bishop Shares Rehabilitation Journey After Amputation « CBS Philly.

EXCLUSIVE: Trenton Bishop Shares Rehabilitation Journey After Amputation « CBS Philly

This always scares me the most, being a diabetic and fearing to lose my feet and legs to due bad blood circulation. I’ve always had problems with circulation, my hands fall asleep especially if I’m writing or using some tool. My toes have no feeling in them and at night my feet and legs ache for hours, making me lose lots of sleep. God bless Bishop David O’Connell in his struggle with this amputation. May Jesus, our Divine Physician heal him and may Mother Mary keep him close to Her Immaculate Heart!

Publicity photo of Leonard Nimoy and William S...

Publicity photo of Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner as Mr. Spock and Captain Kirk from the television program Star Trek. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Leonard Nimoy, Spock of ‘Star Trek,’ Dies at 83 – NYTimes.com.

Sad about this, Spock was one of my favorite characters on TV and in the movies. I think I saw all the Star Trek movies a few times, even the new ones. May the Divine Mercy be in his soul, may he rest in peace+

English: Leonard Nimoy at the 2011 Phoenix Com...

English: Leonard Nimoy at the 2011 Phoenix Comicon in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Way I Feel (Leonard Nimoy album)

The Way I Feel (Leonard Nimoy album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)