I acknowledge, Lord, and I give thanks that you have created your image in me, so that I may remember you, think of you, love you. But this image is so obliterated and worn away by wickedness, it is so obscured by the smoke of sins, that it cannot do what it was created to do, unless you renew and reform it. I am not attempting, O Lord, to penetrate your loftiness, for I cannot begin to match my understanding with it, but I desire in some measure to understand your truth, which my heart believes and loves. For I do not seek to understand in order that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand. For this too I believe, that “unless I believe, I shall not understand.” (Isa. 7:9) Saint Anselm of Canterbury

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The worst of times makes the best of saints. Beware of false prophits. St. John Chrysostom says this passage talks about nonpracticing Catholics. Flesh begets flesh; Spirit begets Spirit. Fasting and suffering can help. So can prayer and reception of the Holy Eucharist. The Spirit and the Bride say come. Be a witness, and example. The priest must live in the world, but be a witness to that which is not of this world. Likewise, all must be a light in our culture of death and darkness. Do not expose children to mainstream media, or bad influences like the 700 club and dirty jokes. Teach children the culture of life. Treat people as people.

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Patience = willingness to suffer Jesus’s suffering atoned for our sins. The atonement for our sins is applied to us personally. Our natural body is the body of Adam. The body we see is a shell. Within us is the seed of a glorified body. The real splendour of our person is not fully visible. At the last judgement we will see our true splendour.

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If your country does not return to their God a great chastisement could bring all to their knees. The false gods will fall and if they do not listen to this warning, more will follow. It will begin in New York, the heart of your nation. This should be a sign to the faithful to focus on the Sacred Heart of Jesus and My Immaculate Heart, wherein they will find spiritual security and peace for their souls. Carry no fear but trust in God’s Mercy. If enough souls convert their lives, these chastisements will be lessened and possibly removed. If they do not listen to my call to prayer, then other areas of your country will also be attacked. Our Lady of the Light May 29, 1993.

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If anyone is devout and a lover of God, let him enjoy this beautiful and radiant festival. If anyone is a wise servant, let him, rejoicing, enter into the joy of his Lord. If anyone has wearied himself in fasting, let him now receive his recompense. If anyone has labored from the first hour, let him today receive his just reward. If anyone has come at the third hour, with thanksgiving let him keep the feast. If anyone has arrived at the sixth hour, let him have no misgivings; for he shall suffer no loss. If anyone has delayed until the ninth hour, let him draw near without hesitation. If anyone has arrived even at the eleventh hour, let him not fear on account of his delay. For the Master is gracious and receives the last, even as the first; he gives rest to him that comes at the eleventh hour, just as to him who has labored from the first. He has mercy upon the last and cares for the first; to the one he gives, and to the other he is gracious. He both honors the work and praises the intention. Enter all of you, therefore, into the joy of our Lord, and, whether first or last, receive your reward. O rich and poor, one with another, dance for joy! O you ascetics and you negligent, celebrate the day! You that have fasted and you that have disregarded the fast, rejoice today! The table is rich-laden; feast royally, all of you! The calf is fatted; let no one go forth hungry! Let all partake of the feast of faith. Let all receive the riches of goodness. Let no one lament his poverty, for the universal kingdom has been revealed. Let no one mourn his transgressions, for pardon has dawned from the grave. Let no one fear death, for the Saviour’s death has set us free. He that was taken by death has annihilated it! He descended into hades and took hades captive! He embittered it when it tasted his flesh! And anticipating this Isaiah exclaimed, “Hades was embittered when it encountered thee in the lower regions.” It was embittered, for it was abolished! It was embittered, for it was mocked! It was embittered, for it was purged! It was embittered, for it was despoiled! It was embittered, for it was bound in chains! It took a body and, face to face, met God! It took earth and encountered heaven! It took what it saw but crumbled before what it had not seen! “O death, where is thy sting? O hades, where is thy victory?” Christ is risen, and you are overthrown! Christ is risen, and the demons are fallen! Christ is risen, and the angels rejoice! Christ is risen, and life reigns! Christ is risen, and not one dead remains in a tomb! For Christ, being raised from the dead, has become the First-fruits of them that slept. To him be glory and might unto ages of ages. Amen

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The curia is the supervising body of the praesidium. The curia meeting is a school for officers and the place where frank and open discussion is to take place. Attempts to solve problems in the praesidium without the involvement of the curia will likely fail. Likewise, it is the responsibility of the curia to keep sufficient contact with its praesidia to know when problems occur that require curia intervention. It is a fundamental Legion principle that no Legion body proceeds into uncharted waters without guidance from the higher council.

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Sometimes, the best way to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ is to reform and change one’s own life. This is, in many ways, the most true for people who regularily attend Mass and generally are practicing Catholics. In such people, it is common, from time-to-time for sin to creep into their lives. A regular examination of conscience, and regular sacramental confession are key to clearing the sin away and moving closer to God. The change in our lives will be a witness to others, as we will be able to more clearly share the light of Christ, by our own spiritual growth.

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Buying the Right to Listen

From The Spirit of Home Visitation

Another item of the legionary code – dealing chiefly with the visitation of praesidia by their curiae – prescribes that the visitors be sparing with words of criticism; that they must earn the right to say one word of criticism by speaking at least ten words of appreciation. In this matter of talking in the homes I would venture to go even further and to say that we should buy our right to utter one word by listening to fifty of them – perhaps more.

If you show yourself willing to listen in the right way, people will eagerly avail of that chance. They want to talk and to be listened to. If you find a person who seems to exhibit the opposite characteristic, be sure he is abnormal in some way. Because people cannot secure interested listeners, they retreat inside themselves. This means unnatural frustration. They can become hardened and this may produce disastrous results in their characters. In certain of our works we have had demonstration of this. Persons who were absolutely reckless, seeming to have no anchor in life, just plunging wildly into waywardness of every kind, finally fell under the influence of a legionary who offered what they recognised as friendship, who listened patiently to them and tried to enter into their point of view. Almost at once they changed. The hardness melted and the frenzy abated. That true interest was the anchor which the poor ship needed.

If people do not talk to you – worse still if they are prevented from talking by the running tide of your words – how can you know them? A current American character is credited with the following phrase: “You ain’t learnin’ nothin’ when you’re talkin’.” If you do not know people, how can you hope to influence them except in a surface way? There is not the liking and mutual respect on which alone solid building can be done. Absolutely everybody desires that interest. Down inside himself everyone craves for affection. Everybody is inwardly soft and idealistic, no matter how case-hardened they may be, no matter how inhumanly they talk. I have in my time known many tough people – the toughest that could be got – and on innumerable occasions I have had the experience of seeing that crust collapse, and the hidden softness and idealism gush forth. So believe always in that possibility and cater for it. We have been hearing of the young man of 20 on whom one of our legionary priests was lavishing great kindness. He asked the boy to tell him his history, whereupon he broke into tears and said: ” This is the first time in my life that anybody has wanted to know anything about me.” Very dreadful – if one thinks it out and reflects that the Christian characteristic is supposed to be that very interest

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We must become more contemplative. From contemplation comes unity of the heart. We must spend time in prayer, and not worry about distractions that take us from our interior life such as TV, Radio, etc. that keep our heart empty.

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The purpose of Confirmation is to aid the Christian in proclaiming to the world: “repent and be saved.”  Membership in the Legion of Mary is an example of the living out of the sacrament of Confirmation. Now is a good time to meditate on Christ, who defeated evil, not by His power, but by his weakness. Defeating death by death

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