Monday, July 8, 2019


 Introduction to Nehemiah[1]



Nehemiah's a Hebrew cup-bearer to Artaxerxes, who allows him to return to Jerusalem to help set things in order and rebuild the city. Gentile leaders from different provinces (specifically, leaders of the Ammonites, Samaritans, and Arabs) try to derail the rebuilding project, but thanks to some military readiness, Nehemiah and his workers successfully speed-build the walls of the city. After this, Nehemiah reads the riot act to Israelite officials and nobles who have been oppressing the poor, charging ridiculous interest on loans, and forcing the people to pawn their land in order to eat. He successfully evades charges of rebellion against the Persian king drummed up by his enemies, and has Ezra give everyone a crash course on the Laws of Moses. The surviving Jews return from exile to repopulate Jerusalem, and Nehemiah—who's come back from a trip to the Persian capital in Susa—shapes up the backsliding Jews, breaks up more interfaith marriages, and saves the day. And he's the first to admit it.



[1] https://www.shmoop.com/ezra-and-nehemiah/summary.html





Nehemiah, Chapter 2, Verse 1-3
1 In the month Nisan of the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, when the wine was in my charge, I took some and offered it to the king. Because I had never before been sad in his presence, 2 the king asked me, “Why do you look sad? If you are not sick, you must be sad at heart.” Though I was seized with great fear, 3 I answered the king: “May the king live forever! How could I not look sad when the city where my ancestors are buried lies in ruins, and its gates consumed by fire?”

Here the God of God’s moves the heart of a great and powerful King toward Nehemiah like He did with Joseph the many years before when he was sold into slavery by his brothers. Our God is a God of love and life and desires only to nurture our souls.

SCUD Day stands for Savor the Comic, Unplug the Drama Day, and encourages those of us whose lives might have a touch too much drama to step back, relax, and enjoy the funnier side of life. Relaxation and humour are good for your physical and mental wellbeing, so turn the drama down a notch and enjoy a good laugh instead. #ScudDay


Coffee with Christ[1]-Enjoyment

Christ greets me an tells me that the coffee is god, He laughs and says I mean GOOD but He then says sincerely that it is most importantly for me to stop my worrying.  Enjoy your life it is my gift to you.  Love and be loved.  Give without reservation and share yourself with others.  Take care of yourself physically. Eat wholesome foods, exercise and sleep.  He says that he made us and knows our needs.  He states that even when the crowds gathered, he knew the body supported the mind which supports the spirit.  That is why; he multiplied the loafs for the 5000.  He said that I must do likewise nurture others; be aware of their needs make sure that others have their physical needs met first, that they are safe and feel like they are welcomed.  Then go on to their spiritual needs.  He asks me to start a nine-day prayer and devotion to His Holy Face for the sake of others physically, mentally, emotionally and of course spiritually.

Nurture within yourself Holiness[2]

Here are five habits St. Padre Pio believed all Catholics should practice, based on advice he gave to his spiritual children.
I. Weekly Confession

“Confession is the soul’s bath. You must go at least once a week. I do not want souls to stay away from confession more than a week. Even a clean and unoccupied room gathers dust; return after a week and you will see that it needs dusting again!”

II. Daily Communion

“It is quite true; we are not worthy of such a gift. However, to approach the Blessed Sacrament in a state of mortal sin is one thing, and to be unworthy is quite another. All of us are unworthy, but it is He who invites us. It is He who desires it. Let us humble ourselves and receive Him with a heart contrite and full of love.”

III. Examination of Conscience Every Evening

Someone once told Padre Pio that he thought a nightly examination of conscience was pointless because he knew what was sin as it was committed. To this, Padre Pio replied, “That is true enough. But every experienced merchant in this world not only keeps track throughout the day of whether he has lost or gained on each sale. In the evening, he does the bookkeeping for the day to determine what he should do on the morrow. It follows that it is indispensable to make a rigorous examination of conscience, brief but lucid, every night.”

IV. Daily Spiritual Reading

“The harm that comes to souls from the lack of reading holy books makes me shudder…. What power spiritual reading has to lead to a change of course, and to make even worldly people enter into the way of perfection.”

V. Mental Prayer Twice Daily

“If you do not succeed in meditating well, do not give up doing your duty. If the distractions are numerous, do not be discouraged; do the meditation of patience, and you will still profit. Decide upon the length of your meditation, and do not leave your place before finishing, even if you have to be crucified. Why do you worry so much because you do not know how to meditate as you would like? Meditation is a means to attaining God, but it is not a goal in itself. Meditation aims at the love of God and neighbor. Love God with all your soul without reserve, and love your neighbor as yourself, and you will have accomplished half of your meditation.”


Daily Devotions
·         Drops of Christ’s Blood
·         90 Days for our Nation, 54-day rosary-Day 53
·         Ask for the Prayers and assistance of the Angels



PRAYERS of reparation to the holy face of jesus, as requested by Our Lord Jesus Christ. These prayers are to be said on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation, publicly (if possible), and preferably before the Blessed Sacrament or before the picture of the Holy Face.


Dear Lord, through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, I (we) offer Thee these prayers in reparation for the sins which offend God the most in these modern times – the sins of Blasphemy and the Profanation of Sunday and Thy Holy Days of Obligation:

One Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be to The Father

The “Golden Arrow” Prayer Dictated by Our Lord to Sister Mary of St. Peter


May the most holy, most sacred, most adorable, most incomprehensible and unutterable Name of God be always praised, blessed, loved, adored and glorified in Heaven, on earth, and under the earth, by all the creatures of God, and by the Sacred Heart of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar. Amen.

After receiving this prayer, Sister Mary of St. Peter was given a vision in which she saw the Sacred Heart of Jesus delightfully wounded by this “Golden Arrow”, as torrents of graces streamed from It for the conversion of sinners.


Litany of The Holy Face of Jesus

I salute Thee, I adore Thee and I love Thee, O adorable Face of Jesus, my Beloved, noble Seal of the Divinity! outraged anew by blasphemers. I offer Thee, through the heart of Thy blessed Mother, the worship of all the Angels and Saints, most humbly beseeching Thee to repair and renew in me and in all men Thine Image disfigured by sin.

O adorable Face which was adored, with profound respect, by Mary and Joseph when they saw Thee for the first time, have mercy on us.

O adorable Face which ravished with joy, in the stable of Bethlehem, the Angels, the shepherds and the magi, have mercy…

O adorable Face which transpierced with a dart of love in the Temple, the saintly old man Simeon and the prophetess Anna, have mercy…

O adorable Face which filled with admiration the Doctors of the Law when Thou appeared in the Temple at the age of twelve years, have mercy…

O adorable Face which possesses beauty always ancient and always new, have mercy…
O adorable Face which is the masterpiece of the Holy Ghost, in which the Eternal Father is well pleased, have mercy…

O adorable Face which is the ineffable mirror of the divine perfections, have mercy…
Adorable Face of Jesus which was so mercifully bowed down on the Cross, on the day of Thy Passion, for the salvation of the world! Once more today in pity bend down towards us poor sinners. Cast upon us a glance of compassion and give us Thy peace.

O adorable Face which became brilliant like the sun and radiant with glory, on the Mountain of Thabor, have mercy…

O adorable Face which wept and was troubled at the tomb of Lazarus, have mercy…
O adorable Face which was rendered sad at the sight of Jerusalem, and shed tears on that ungrateful city, have mercy…

O adorable Face which was bowed down to the ground in the Garden of Olives, and covered with confusion for our sins, have mercy…

O adorable Face which was covered with the sweat of blood, have mercy…

O adorable Face which was struck by a vile servant, covered with a veil of shame, and profaned by the sacrilegious hands of Thine enemies, have mercy…

O adorable Face which by Its divine glance, wounded the heart of St. Peter with a dart of sorrow and love, have mercy…Be merciful to us, O my God! Do not reject our prayers, when in the midst of our afflictions, we call upon Thy Holy Name and seek with love and confidence Thine adorable Face.

O adorable Face which was washed and anointed by Mary and the holy women and covered with a shroud, have mercy…


O adorable Face which was all resplendent with glory and beauty on the day of the Resurrection, have mercy…

O adorable Face which is hidden in the Eucharist, have mercy…

O adorable Face which will appear at the end of time in the clouds with great power and great majesty, have mercy…

O adorable Face which will make sinners tremble, have mercy…

O adorable Face which will fill the just with joy for all eternity,  have mercy…

O adorable Face which merits all our reverence, our homage and our adoration, have mercy…

O Lord, show us Thy Face, and we shall be saved! O Lord, show us Thy Face, and we shall be saved! O Lord, show us Thy Face, and we shall be saved!




[1] http://www.holyfacedevotion.com/files/hf-english.pdf


[1]https://www.amazon.com/Coffee-Christ-Richard-Henry-Havermale/dp/1489516042
[2]https://www.catholicgentleman.net/2014/08/st-padre-pios-5-point-rule-life/

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