“LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION”

Article written by Ogbonna kingsley chukwuebuka, an accounting student of Imo state polytechnic umuagwo. He has deep passion for writing and is an author with many published articles different magazines. He can be reached with: kcmarioking@gmail.com

The disciples of our Lord Jesus requested Him to teach them how to pray and He did. A part of that prayer is, “Lead us not into temptation”.

Doctor with a Roman Collar? Nun with lab coat? They’re helping the hospitals in managing the patients with COVID-19:)
These two are products of the Catholic Church.

These pictures are not to impress, but to inspire and to help answer the question: “Where is the Catholic Church?”

What would be the world like without the consecrated selfless services rendered by the church?

“It would be missing maternity, affection, tenderness and a mother’s intuition” – Pope Francis, May 8, 2013

Here is a collection of Divine mandate of the church as the conscience of the world and spiritual mobile hospital in action in these times of crisis.

She have been doing this since time immemorial, but they are seldom noticed or talked about because they don’t need the media to butress the above as it is in her great mandate.

These pictures are shared not to impress, but to inspire and to help answer the question: “Where is the Catholic Church?”

I AM +1 TODAY

Waking up on such a bright morning, I can hear the birds singing for me, and the sun rising to display my majesty. Today feels like the most blessed day I’ll ever experience, for is one of the most important holidays of the year. I am ready to share it with the close people in my life because they have played such a big role in helping me get here. Thank you all. As the new year starts for me, I am thankful for the past experiences and the hope for a better tomorrow. All I wish is to spend the rest of my life with the closest people next to me. For this birthday, I want to celebrate on a grand scale. Brace yourselves for an endless party full of dancing, eating and drinking, because a star was born. Peace, bliss, and smiles are all I wish for myself this year. As I let all the bad energy and bad vibes slide away, may I overcome the challenges lying ahead and finish the race diligently. Happy birthday, dear self.

THEY REALLY NEED YOUR HELP AT THIS MOMENT OF LOCKDOWN.

The maltreatment of orphans in our societies today, especially in some underdeveloped countries with no strict laws against man’s inhumanity to his fellow man, is quite alarming. 50℅ Of hawkers on the streets, and on the highways, are orphans whose lives have been put at risk by those who took them as housemaids or housekeepers.

Sometimes they have been molested or abused sexually as they have been exposed to dangers on the streets and even in the houses where they have found themselves. Sometimes, the simple ability to eat after several hard labors is a problem and this calls into question the fate of these young people -once loved ones- whose parents are no more.

Their lives were in danger even before the outbreak of Coronavirus. If they were taken as prisoners and slaves when there were things to eat, what happens now that all places are in lockdown and there is a scarcity of things to eat? Have you in any way, considered helping any orphan around you at this time by sharing your bread with him?

Remember that caring for orphans is not optional. As followers of Jesus Christ, we are called to help those who cannot help themselves. for Christ said: “Whatsoever you do to the least of my brothers, that you do unto Me”

Do I really understand what spiritual communion means?


A Spiritual Communion is a pious desire to receive the Holy Eucharist, when for some reason it is not possible to receive Our Lord sacramentally. It has been practiced by all the saints with great spiritual profit.
Warnings
1) Spiritual Communion may be repeated several times a day. It can be made while we are at Church or elsewhere, at any time of day or night, before or after meals.
2) All those who do not receive Communion sacramentally should at least make a Spiritual Communion, when attending Mass. The better time to make a Spiritual Communion is, obviously, when the priest is taking Communion.
3) Those who are in the state of mortal sin must make an act of contrition beforehand, if they wish to receive the fruits of Spiritual Communion. Otherwise, they would not benefit from it at all, and it would be an irreverence, although not a sacrilege, according to Fr. Antonio Royo Marín, OP, “Moral Theology for Lay People”.
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Regarding Spiritual Communion, the Catechism of the Council of Trent, known as Roman Catechism, because it is a compendium of the Roman doctrine, states the following: “It is necessary that the pastors of souls teach that there is not only one way of receiving the admirable fruits of the Sacrament of Eucharist, but two: Sacramental Communion and Spiritual Communion.” The latter is not very well known, and it is practiced by a very few people, nonetheless it is an incomparable and special fountain of graces. Countless souls have attained a high degree of perfection through it.
Saint John Mary Vianney, used to say: “A spiritual communion acts on the soul as blowing does on a cinder-covered fire which was about to go out. Whenever you feel your love of God growing cold, quickly make a spiritual communion.”
The Holy Council of Trent immensely praises Spiritual Communion, and urges the faithful to practice this devotion.
Our Lord expressed to His servant, Sister Paula Maresca, founder of the Monastery of Saint Catherine of Siena, in Napoles, how much Spiritual Communion pleases Him, and the great number of graces that are granted to us through this devotion, by showing her two precious vessels, one made out of gold and the other one made out of silver; then He said to her that He kept His Sacramental Communions in the gold vessel, and the Spiritual Communions in the silver one.
Jesus would like to come every day in our hearts through Sacramental Communion, however this is not enough for Him: He would like to unite with us continually. This desire of the Divine Savior is fulfilled through Spiritual Communion. Our Lord said to Saint Matilda: “Every time your heart desires Me, you attract Me into you. A desire or a longing is enough to make Me yours.” He said to Saint Margaret of Alacoque: “My daughter, your desire has pierced My Heart so deeply that if I had not already instituted this Sacrament, I would do so now to become your food.” He also asked to Saint Margaret of Cortona to remind a religious the words of Saint Augustine: “Believe and you have eaten already”; that is, make an act of Faith and desire towards the Eucharist, and you will be fed by this divine food. During the celebration of a Mass, He said to Blessed Ida of Louvain, who had not been able to receive Him sacramentally: “Call me and I shall come to you!”, the saint exclaimed: “Come, O Jesus!” and she immediately felt filled with happiness as if she had really received Communion. Lastly, after having made a Spiritual Communion, Saint Catherine of Siena heard that Jesus said to her: “In such manner and place as may please Me I can, I will, I am able marvelously to satisfy the holy ardors of a soul that desires Me.”
This great desire of Jesus to unite with us is infinite and omnipotent: it has no other barrier than our liberty. Jesus has multiplied the miracles to give Himself to us in the Eucharist. Is he not capable of making another miracle? Is he not His own Lord and owner of all His graces and Divinity? If he comes down from Heaven to the Host, between the hands of the priest, would He not come down to our hearts, if we call Him with the ardor of our desire?
The first effect of Spiritual Communion is that of increasing our union with the Humanity and Divinity of the Incarnated Word. This is its main effect, its essential fruit; all the other graces that we receive through this devotion stem from it. Here is a brief summary of the several graces that are granted to us through Spiritual Communion:
Our fervor is rekindled. “A spiritual communion acts on the soul as blowing does on a cinder-covered fire which was about to go out. Whenever you feel your love of God growing cold, quickly make a spiritual communion,” said Saint John Mary Vianney. Amidst the many trials on our earthly pilgrimage, sadness continuously takes hold of us, and our hearts fill with darkness. Spiritual Communion dispels the gloom, like the morning’s sun; it brings back joy to the heart and peace to the soul.
Spiritual Communion also facilitates and favors interior retirement. It is the most effective means to fight against dissipation, fickleness and digressions of the mind and fantasy. It helps us to keep our sight fixed on God, to live in a sweet and constant intimacy with Him, and in a continuous union of hearts.
Spiritual Communion detaches us from everything that is purely sensitive and earthly; it helps us to despise all vanities and pleasures of the world, which last so little. “It is the bread of the heart,” said Saint Augustine, “The healing of the heart.” It also helps us to detach our hearts from everything that is unclean and faulty; and it transforms them and closely unites them to the Heart of Jesus.
It is also greatly effective for removing venial sins and attaining from God forgiveness of punishment for the sins committed. Spiritual Communion will also give an amazing glory to all the souls that practiced well this devotion, and they will enjoy of special joys, sweeter and more delicious, that other souls will not know. One day, Our Lord said to Saint Gertrude that each and every time we devotedly look at the Host, our place in Heaven is raised, and the more we increase these amorous looks and desire for the Eucharist, the more joys we will enjoy in Heaven.
It pushes us towards Sacramental Communion by increasing each day our desire to receive Jesus, it prevents us from willfully ceasing to receive Him sacramentally, and it helps us preparing to better receive Sacramental Communion and to get more fruits out of it.
We can also offer up Spiritual Communions for the intentions of others, whether alive or dead. Saint Margaret of Alacoque highly recommended Spiritual Communion as suffrage for the souls in purgatory. “You can greatly relieve those poor souls by offering up as much Spiritual Communions as you can to repair the misuse they made of Sacramental Communions.”
Spiritual Communion can be made after prayer, meditation, spiritual reading, before and after the praying of the Rosary, and at night, before going to sleep. It can be made as many times as one wishes to. Time is not important, but ardor and vehemence of desire, hunger and thirst of the soul, the impulse of the heart!

All saints are unanimous in praising the wonders of Spiritual Communion. Some go as far as saying that “Many times, through this means, God fills us with the same graces we receive with Sacramental Communion”, as Blessed Mary of the Cross used to said; and Saint Gertrude, together with Father Rodríguez, agree that “sometimes He grants even greater graces, because although Sacramental Communion is in itself of greater effectiveness, the fervor of desire can make up for the difference.”

A post originally posted at:

http://www.catholicityblog.com/2016/04/spiritual-communion-what-is-it-its.html?m=1

A Catholic leader, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano is calling for a mass exorcism amid the coronavirus pandemic, as Christians around the world celebrate Holy Week in isolation.

Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano of Rome called on his fellow clergy to perform a mass exorcism on Holy Saturday, the day between Good Friday, Jesus’ crucifixion, and Easter Sunday, celebrating his resurrection.

“In these modern times of terrible tribulation, when the pandemic has deprived Catholics of Holy Mass and the Sacraments, the Evil One has gone into a frenzy and multiplied his attacks to tempt souls into sin,” Viganò wrote in a letter shared by LifeSiteNews. “These blessed days of Holy Week, which used to be the ideal time to go to Confession to prepare ourselves for our Easter Communion, now see us locked inside our houses, but they cannot stop us praying to Our Lord.

The archbishop called on fellow bishops and priests to join him, noting there is strength in numbers, and recommending they wear a “stole, the sign of your priestly power,” along with having holy water accessible.

“I should like to ask you all to pray together, using the form given by Leo XIII, the Exorcism against Satan and the apostate angels…on Saturday, April 11, 2020, so we can fight together the common enemy of the whole human race,” Viganò said.

He concluded: “The great Mother of God, Mary Most Holy, terrible as an army set in array, and Saint Michael the Archangel, Patron of the Holy Church and Prince of the Heavenly Host, will help all of us.”

Read it up as published at:

https://www.foxnews.com/category/us/religion/roman-catholic

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