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British Singer Adele Surprises Grenfell Tower Firefighters With Goodies.

Singer Adele (m) with Firefighters

Adele surprises Grenfell Tower firefighters with goodies.
The singer popped into the Chelsea Fire Station to show appreciation for their efforts in the tragic fire.
In the aftermath of the recent tragedies in London, many celebrities have come forward to show support for those impacted and to bring some hope to those most affected. On June 20, the firefighters at Chelsea Fire Station shared photos on Facebook of a surprise visit they received from Adele. Sporting a summer dress and no make-up, Adele brought them cakes as an act of kindness.After visiting with them over a cup of tea (and sharing some laughs too), the pop star also joined them for a minute of silence. The firefighters shared the joyful occasion on Facebook to show their appreciation for all the support they’ve received from their community.
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Miracle Prayer For Job And Upliftment In Life

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* Pray the Rosary everyday for 30 days.
* Say this prayer everyday for 30 days.

* Your Miracle is on the way
PRAYER

“God, our Father, I turn to you seeking your divine help and guidance as I look for suitable employment. I need your wisdom to guide my footsteps along the right path, and to lead me to find the proper things to say and do in this quest. I wish to use the gifts and talents you have given me, but I need the opportunity to do so with gainful employment. Do not abandon me, dear Father, in this search, but rather grant me this favor I seek so that I may return to you with praise and thanksgiving for your gracious assistance. Grant this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.” 
Say “Thank You Jesus” (100 times) As you say it, think about all the good things the LORD has done, is doing and will do for you.

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These Nuns Have Spent 140 Years Adoring Jesus In The Blessed Sacrament Non Stop

It’s almost 140 years and these Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration have been adoring Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament non stop.

The group dates back to 1849 when a small band of women from Bavaria started the Sisters of St. Francis in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with the purpose of spreading the Gospel among German immigrants. In 1856, they started helping at a local seminary, but the work quickly became too demanding. With too much to do and unable to live a proper religious prayer life, some of the community’s founders left.

The remaining women decided to refocus their mission and moved their convent to Jefferson, WI in 1864. Then, in 1871, they moved again to the newly formed Diocese of La Crosse, WI. But they were still searching for their purpose.

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Eucharistic Challenges! Homily For Corpus Christi, 2017 By Rev. Fr. Emma. N. Asogwa

INTRODUCTION: 

Permit me today to glide over the normal salivating eucharistic theologies (which abound in the sequence of today) that should normally ornament a homily of today’s sort and to focus immediately on the Challenges which a celebration like today’s naturally evoke.

This is because it would not be possible for us today, within the margined confines of our space and time, to accommodate all that could be said about the Eucharist.

Secondly, in talking about the challenges, we would have the leverage to reflect shortly on the theological background behind each eucharistic challenge. Hence our Theme! These challenges are hereby highlighted as appreciation, utilization, preparation/purification, imitation and communion! 

EUCHARISTIC CHALLENGES: 

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Facts Every Catholic Should Know About The Holy Mass & Eucharist: Read & Share

Every Catholic Should Know these facts about the Holy Mass and the Holy Eucharist. 

1. When the Eucharistic is being celebrated, the Sanctuary is filled with countless angels who adore the divine victim immolated on the altar. ~St. John Chrysostom               

2. The angels surround and help the priest when he is celebrating Mass. ~St. Augustine                           

3. If we really understood the Mass, we would die of joy. ~St. Jean Vianney        

4. The celebration of Holy Mass is as valuable as the death of Jesus on the cross. ~St. Thomas Aquinas                           

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Story Of The Astronaut Who Took The Holy Eucharist To Space

* He was a Convert to Catholicism

Mike Hopkins was raised in a Protestant family, but married a Catholic woman. Though they were raising their two daughters as Catholics, he wasn’t sure it was for him right away, until he said he “felt that something was missing in my life.”

After a period of discernment, he eventually joined RCIA and was received into full communion in the Catholic Church. But that raised a question for him when he was sent to the International Space Station as an astronaut in 2013 for 24 weeks: how would he receive the Sacraments?
He couldn’t celebrate Mass or do Reconciliation without a priest. But he would be able to receive the Eucharist if he took consecrated host with him to space.

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Abu Dhabi Renames Mosque To ‘Mary, Mother of Jesus’

​The Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed mosque in Al Mushrif, a district in Abu Dhabi, UAE, was on Wednesday renamed ‘Mariam, Umm Eisa’.

Mariam Umm Eisa is an Arabic name for Mary, the Mother of Jesus.

The renaming of the mosque was ordered by Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince, “to consolidate bonds of humanity between followers of different religions”, Gulf News reports.

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​Catholic Worship is Dull! By Fr. Michael Numbe

Points you may take note of:

1. Authentic Catholics know that it is SOLEMN rather than dull. They love it so

2. Worship is not for ENTERTAINMENT. During worship humanity gives God his due and then ask Him for its needs. There are very many places that offer fun and entertainment. The Church cannot compete with them! 

3. Real worship MUST GIVE YOU A DIFFERENT FEELING from all other experiences. You are not supposed to feel the same way you feel at a birthday party, night club, office, beer parlour, motor park, home, school etc. Worshipping is a SACRED ACTIVITY. 

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(See Video)The True Story Behind The Blessed Virgin Mary Statue Found Underwater In Philippines

Many of you must have seen this viral video of the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary underwater.

 

While some of you may be wondering where this is and the story behind it, many others are also spreading false news to its origin and purpose of being there.

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Pop Singer Justin Bieber Reassures Crowd Of God’s Goodness In The Face Of Evil At Concert.

Justin Bieber


Justin Bieber Reassures Crowd of God’s Goodness in the Face of Evil at Concert.
    

On June 4th, several popular music artists performed in One Love Manchester, a concert to benefit the families affected by the Manchester bombing terrorist attack that claimed the lives of 23 people at an Ariana Grande concert. Among the performers were Ariana Grande, Coldplay, Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams, and Justin Bieber.

At the end of his performance, Bieber did something unusual: he reassured the crowd of God’s goodness.

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“God is good in the midst of the darkness,” he told the crowd. “God is good in the midst of the evil. God is in the midst, no matter what’s happening in the world, God is in the midst. And he loves you. And he’s here for you.”
He also said he wanted to honor the people who were lost, calling on the crowd to raise their hands and say with him, “We honor you, and we love you!”

Bieber grew up in a Christian family and has previously publicly identified as a Christian, saying he prays regularly. However, it’s not clear what his current religious beliefs and practices are.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Ends Harvard Speech With Prayer.

Mark Zuckerberg at Harvard Graduation


Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Ends Harvard Speech With a Prayer.
Last month [May], Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg delivered the commencement speech at Harvard’s graduation. And he ended his 20-minute speech with something you might not have expected: a prayer.


Here’s what he said at the end of the speech:

“Before you walk out those gates one last time, as we sit in front of Memorial Church, I am reminded of a prayer, Mi Shebeirach, that I say whenever I face a challenge, that I sing to my daughter thinking about her future when I tuck her into bed. It goes:



“‘May the source of strength, who blessed the ones before us, help us find the courage to make our lives a blessing.‘



“I hope you find the courage to make your life a blessing. Congratulations, Class of ’17! Good luck out there.”

According to one Jewish website, there are many versions of the “Mi Shebeirach” prayer, which takes its name from the first two words in Hebrew which mean “May he who blesses.”

Though he was raised Jewish, Zuckerberg publicly identified as an atheist for years until this last Christmas. He posted a Christmas/Hanukkah message on his Facebook page, which prompted someone to ask him in a comment about whether he was still an atheist. He responded: “No. I was raised Jewish and then I went through a period where I questioned things, but now I believe religion is very important.”

At the time, he gave no further information about exactly what his religious beliefs were now. His use of a Jewish prayer in his Harvard speech may indicate that he has returned in some fashion to his Jewish roots.

Last year, Zuckerberg and his wife met Pope Francis at the Vatican. “It was a meeting we’ll never forget,” Zuckerberg said of it. “You can feel [Pope Francis’] warmth and kindness, and how deeply he cares about helping people.”

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Here Is What St. Padre Pio Told St. John Paul II Alone About The Most Private Details Of His Stigmata

The exhumed body of St. Padre Pio lies in a glass sepulchre in the crypt of the saint’s shrine in San Giovanni Rotondo, southern Italy

Before the death of Padre Pio he shared the story of his most painful and bloody wound with Fr. Wojtyla (St. Pope John Paul II)

Years after World War II, young Fr Karol Wojtyla who was futhering his education in Rome then, journeyed into rural Italy so that he could spend nearly a week in San Giovanni Rotondo and be in the company of Padre Pio. At that time, crowd have not begin to push around Padre Pio so much then, so the young Fr Wojtyla had the opportunity to speak at length with the Franciscan who called himself the ‘humble friar who prays’.

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Rev. Fr. Hilary Nanman Dechelem Appointed Bishop of Bauchi: He Was My Parish Priest

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Msgr Hilary Nanman Dechelem Appointed Bishop of Bauchi

His Holiness Pope Francis has today, Wednesday 31st May, appointed as bishop of Bauchi diocese, Rev Fr Hilary Nanman Dechelem C.M.F.

He is at present parish priest of Church of Immaculate Conception Upperhill, Makurdi. Born June 3 1966 in the former Benue Plateau State. He is a native of Moeda–Kwalla from Kwampan Local Government Area of Plateau State. Attended Primary School in L.E.A School Kabala, St Catherine’s Makurdi and Central Primary School, Awe, Nassarawa State respectively. Attended Secondary Education at St Peters College Toto, St John Bosco, Doma and Government Secondary School Obi all in Nassarawa State. Was admitted by the Claretian Missionaries in 1986 at Nekede Owerri for Postulancy. Had first Religious Profession on 8th September 1988 at Utonkon, Benue State and  Final Religious Profession on 13th September1993 at Maryland, Nekede, Owerri.

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​A Reading From A Sermon By Saint Augustine on Ascension of The Lord

No one has ever ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven

Today our Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven; let our hearts ascend with him. Listen to the words of the Apostle: If you have risen with Christ, set your hearts on the things that are above where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God; seek the things that are above, not the things that are on earth. For just as he remained with us even after his ascension, so we too are already in heaven with him, even though what is promised us has not yet been fulfilled in our bodies.

Christ is now exalted above the heavens, but he still suffers on earth all the pain that we, the members of his body, have to bear. He showed this when he cried out from above: Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? and when he said: I was hungry and you gave me food.

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Yes, God Can Forgive A Soul In Hell When They Ask For Pardon. But…..

Question: Can God forgive a soul in Hell when they ask for pardon?

Answer: Yes

However there is a “But”. Let’s get something straight first, NO SOUL IN HELL CAN BE SAVED. This does not mean that God cannot forgive a soul in hell when they ask for pardon, it means however that the soul CAN NO LONGER ASK for pardon from God from a sincere heart. Souls in hell cannot love, cannot be sorry, cannot be moved to anything good and sincere, therefore, they cannot be moved to speak to God in a loving manner.

When this soul was on earth it didn’t want communion with God, it resisted the graces of God; it wanted to be “left alone”. Hell means a state of “being left alone” for all eternity.

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Inviting The Holy Spirit Into Your Home: The Solution To Your Many Challenges

In reading the book by Rev. Fr. George Nze Muoba titled The Holy Spirit Is Your Greatest Friend (same author who wrote 50 Days With The Holy Spirit My Greatest Friend ) and from the testimonies shared by several people whom Father introduced into friendship with the Holy Spirit, I have come to learn something very important which I wish to share with you.

Practicing this will greatly solve all your many challenges spiritual and temporal. 

I have come to learn what Father calls Inviting The Holy Spirit Into Your Home.

First you have to see the Holy Spirit as a Person and not just as a symbol like dove, fire, wind etc. See the Holy Spirit as a person whom you can chat with, talk to and listen to (for He speaks too). Continue reading

What Are Marian Apparitions, And How Can The Church Decide If They Are True?

Q: What are Marian apparitions, and how can the Church decide if they are true?

A: Marian apparitions are considered to be private revelations according to what is taught in the Catechism. They don’t “improve or complete Christ’s definitive Revelation, but help to live more fully by it in a certain period of history” (No. 67).

Marian apparitions can be investigated and approved by the local bishop, but in some cases, the Holy See takes over the inquiry. In 1978, Paul VI approved a document of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith that lays out norms for discerning apparitions. Among the criteria used are the harmony of the messages with Catholic doctrine, the docility of the visionaries to Church authority and the signs of the supernatural.

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Is It A Good Thing To Hang Rosary Beads On Your Rear View Mirror

Many of us actually do this and the question is: Is it a good thing to hang rosary beads on your rearview mirror?

Answer

If it is done as a statement of faith or for some other just purpose, hanging rosary beads on the rearview mirror would not violate canon law’s requirement that sacramentals be treated with due reverence:

 Sacred objects, set aside for divine worship by dedication or blessing, are to be treated with reverence. They are not to be made over to secular or inappropriate use, even though they may belong to private persons (CIC 1171).

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When Is It Considered Too Late For Anyone Coming To Mass To Recieve Holy Communion? 

Answered by Father Edward McNamara, professor of liturgy at the Regina Apostolorum Pontifical Athenaeum.

Q: At what point in time during Mass it is considered too late for anyone coming into the Mass to receive Communion? These days I see a lot of people who enter the Mass even as Communion is being given and they head straight to receive. Is this right? — E.M., Port Harcourt, Nigeria

A: Like most priests, I am loath to give a straight answer to this question because, in a way, it is a catch-22 question for which there is no right answer.

It is true that before the Second Vatican Council some moral theology manuals placed arrival before the offertory as the dividing line in deciding whether one fulfilled the Sunday obligation of assistance at Mass. But after the liturgical reform, with its emphasis on the overall unity of the Mass, modern theologians shy away from such exactitude.

Mass begins with the entrance procession and ends after the final dismissal and we should be there from beginning to end. Each part of the Mass relates and complements the others in a single act of worship even though some parts, such as the consecration, are essential while others are merely important. Continue reading

Incredible: Stoned By Terrorists, Protected By Lions!

Stoned by terrorists, protected by lions!

Story As Told By Pastor Paul, Director of Bibles for Mideast.

My risen Lord Jesus Christ has saved my life once again, and I praise and thank God for His unspeakable grace! Certainly I am not worthy of it.

The Assembly of Loving God (ALG) Church of Bibles for Mideast called for 21 days fasting and prayer from March 13 to April 2. As that drew to a close, more than 3000 former Muslims were baptized in many of our churches in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. The Lord enabled me to baptize many people during this time.

Two months ago, [Sometime in March, 2017] I was changing my wet clothes after an early-morning baptism service for one of our churches. Suddenly, militants began stoning me and our group. My head was severely injured and bloodied, and a number of others sustained injuries as well.
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Can Getting Drunk Be Considered A Mortal Sin?

​Is it a mortal sin to get drunk?

When there is a question of what is sinful and what isn’t, there usually are certain acts that do not always have a yes-no kind of reply as to their moral quality. Drinking is one of those. There are a couple of factors to be considered by the individual to determine if drinking as much as they do constitutes a sin, a mortal one. Again, the final judgement as to the moral quality of actions may not always lie with people like us who try to explain what is good and bad, but with each person’s informed conscience since we cannot really interpret the commandments of God in the context of individual concrete situations (which play serious role in constituting moral evil, in diminishing or increasing their gravity and culpability). So the discourse here is on an objective level and bears tinctures of personal opinion too. Continue reading

Since Jesus Atoned For Our Sins, Why Do People Go To Hell Even When They Believe In Jesus?

Questions about Heaven and Hell will always keep to bother many Christians.  This oone was answered by Tom Nash.

Question

If Jesus atoned for our sins, why then do people go to hell, even when they believe in Jesus?

Answer

As St. James makes clear, “You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder” (James 2:19; emphasis added). So it’s not simply enough to believe in God’s existence. We have to respond and accept his free gift of salvation. We do this by our free-will choices, our “good works.” As the word gift implies, we don’t or can’t earn our salvation, but we must freely cooperate with God in being saved, and we do so through our everyday choices. Continue reading

Do You Think That Any Priest Can Forgive The Sin Of Adultery?

There are many teachings in the Catholic Church that one nneeds to keep updating oneself oon these teachings to be informed on what the Church stands for.

There are many questions but then there are answers to all these questions. 

Our question for today is this:

Can a any priest absolve the sin of adultery?

Answer

Yes, any priest with faculties can forgive the sin of adultery. The only exception that would render the absolution invalid is if the priest himself had been part of the adulterous affair (can. 977).

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You Will Save A Young Woman’s Life By This Simple Gesture: Please Read

“What so ever you do to the least of my brethren, that you do unto me”

The above Words of Jesus calls us to charity and alms giving.

As the Admin of this blog and the Facebook page One Million Who Say The Rosary Daily, I have had several requests for financial assistance but in many cases I do not have to give and I have never used this medium to ask for assistance on behalf of anyone.

I have always intended to use this medium only as a means of promoting devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Catholic Church until a situation that made me cry few days ago.

I received a call some days ago from a friend (a very good Catholic and friend of the Holy Spirit). She is a young mother who is in her 30’s.

She is sick and dying as a result of complications from child birth. All she need is the equivalent of a few hundred dollars for her treatment and the doctors won’t even touch her except she has the money for her treatment.

I honestly did not have the money to give her but I encouraged her to be strong in faith and that I will be praying for her.

I have been praying for her asking the Holy Spirit my greatest Friend to help her until the early hours of today when the Holy Spirit ministered to me on what to do.

For every one of these $12 bracelet sold, I will be donating $7 for her treatment.

All I ask is for your contributions.

You may not need the bracelet but you can buy it just to save this young woman’s life.

You could give the bracelet out if you don’t need it or offer it to God buy paying and requesting it not be sent to you in this case all $12 will be donated for her treatment.

You can pay for more than one bracelet as a way of making more contributions towards saving this young mother.

If you are touched and wish to donate more, please email me admin@francismary.org or reach me via WhatsApp on 2349095248783

Delivery of this bracelet to your address may take up to 21 days as its Free Shipping (via EPacket for those in US) so please be patient.

I earnestly urge you to contribute in saving the life of this young mother.

Please click on the bracelet image below NOW to make this life saving purchase.

Charity and alms giving is a short passage to Heaven for they wash away a multitude of sins.

“What so ever you do to the least of my brethren, that you do unto Me”.

FrancisMary Uche Obidike
Admin@ francismary.org

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