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Bishops of York Minster from 314 AD

York Minster Cathedral. So RICH in history. Behind me is a statue of Constantine who was proclaimed emperor IN YORK in the year 306. In 313 he legalized Christianity and a Roman basilica built. As you can see in the second picture, in 314 the FIRST BISHOP of York was instated just a year later. Look over that list of bishops. They were all CATHOLIC bishops and in 732 ARCHbishops up until 1514 with Thomas Wolsey, the poor man that was unable to get King Henry VIII an an…nulment of his marriage from the Pope and was killed. Every name… Continue Reading

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Visits to Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory

I HIGHLY recommend watching this video and forwarding it to ALL your friends and even ACQUAINTANCES. It is SO important and powerful. You can start it after all the introductions at around 7:12 minutes. I love, love, love it.   It’s a testimony by Marino Restrepo of how God saved him from being killed by a mob and mystically took him to Heaven, Hell and Purgatory and what he saw!   http://ingodscompany2.blogspot.com/2015/09/the-true-story-of-man-who-saw-heaven_13.html   Keep praying. Keep singing. Donna www.donnacorigibson.com/CatholicMusic.html

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Oldest Existing and MIRACULOUS Scapulars

Two great founders of Religious Orders, Saint Alphonsus Liguori, founder of the Redemptorists, and Saint John Bosco, founder of the Salesians, had a very special devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Both wore her Brown Scapular. When they died, each was buried in his priestly vestments and scapular. Several years later, their graves were opened: the bodies and sacred vestments in which they were buried were reduced to dust, but the Brown Scapular that each was wearing was perfectly intact. The Scapular of Saint Alphonsus is on display in his monastery in Rome; that of Saint John Bosco is… Continue Reading

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St. Augustine Confounds the Demon

Cool story. I especially like the picture depicting that a demon speaks out of his ass. I love a gutsy artist! Once, when St Augustine was reading, he saw a demon pass before him carrying a book on its shoulders. He at once commanded it to show him what lay written therein. And the demon said that the sins of men were written therein, which it had gathered from all parts and put down in it. The saint ordered the demon to let him read the book, to see if any of his own sins were written down in it.… Continue Reading

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Praying the Psalms

HOW DID YOU PRAY TODAY? One of the classical definitions of prayer suggests that “prayer is lifting mind and heart to God”. Our problem is that we don’t always do this when we pray. Rather than lifting up to God what is actually on our minds and in our hearts, we don’t always pinpoint exactly the real truth of our thoughts and feelings. Instead of sharing from the depths of our souls, we tell God what we think God wants to hear – not our vile thoughts, deep resentments, loathing for others, or our disappointment with Him. “But expressing those… Continue Reading

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Morning Glory

Usually when 3 people tell me I should do the same thing, I take it as a hint from God.  But 10 PEOPLE?!?!?   So many are telling me that I need to read Michael E. Gaitley’s book “33 Days to Morning Glory, A Do-It-Yourself Retreat in Preparation for Marian Consecration.”   I hesitated at first because as many of you know, I had already made my consecration to Mary according to the method of St. Louis de Montfort 18 years ago.  I also joined Maximilian Kolbe’s Militia Immaculata and on his feast day (the day before the feast of the Assumption)… Continue Reading

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St. Augustine

St Augustine of Hippo (354 – 430), who’s feast day is today, was born in Thagaste in Africa of a Berber family. He was brought up a Christian but left the Church and embraced the Manichaean heresy, later seeing how nonsensical it was and becoming a Neoplatonist instead. He led a wild and dissolute youth. He took a concubine by whom he had a son, Adeodatus. He had a brilliant legal and acedemic career. At length, through the prayers of his mother, and the teaching of St Ambrose of Milan, he was converted back to Christanity. He was baptized in… Continue Reading

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I Die Because I Do Not Die – St. Teresa of Avila

Does anybody else feel this way? This is where I’m at with Teresa of Avila…. I DIE BECAUSE I DO NOT DIE I live without living in myself, And in such a way, I hope, I die because I do not die. Since I die of love, Living apart from love, I live now in the Lord, Who has desired me for Himself. He inscribed on my heart When I gave it to Him: I die because I do not die… Ah, how bitter a life When the Lord is not enjoyed! While love is sweet, Long awaiting is not.… Continue Reading

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Seven Daily Habits of Sanctity

Rebuild your interior castle with the ……. Seven Daily Habits of Sanctity It is the work of a life-time and requires our determined effort and cooperation with God’s Sanctifying Grace through the Sacraments. If we are to have robust Spiritual health, we must develop these SEVEN DAILY HABITS: The Morning Offering Spiritual Reading The Rosary Holy Communion Mental Prayer The Angelus Daily examination of Conscience I know you know these already, but sometimes we really need a strong reminder to kick start them again. These seven habits must take priority in our lives for they are more important than meals,… Continue Reading

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My “Pushy” Jewish Mother in Heaven

Though I am primarily of Italian descent (1/4 Greek), I, like the rest of you, have a Jewish mother in heaven.  Her name is Mary. Why would I call Jesus’ mother and Our Lady “pushy”?  How could I be so bold?  Well, that’s a good story and tells of how this whole apostolate, Golden Arrow Music, ever got off the ground. When Mary told the waiters in John 2:5 to “Do whatever He tells you” it was probably with a  knowing wink and a nod in her heart to Jesus, confident that he “wouldn’t “let her down.”  Mothers, by nature,… Continue Reading