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 Let Freedom Ring: Freedom from Abuse of Sexuality Outside the Marital State

My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,
At a word from You the devil and his minions flee in terror.
You are the source of all truth. You are the source of all strength.
By the power of your Cross and Resurrection, we beseech You, O Lord
To extend Your saving arm and to send Your holy angels
To defend us as we do battle with Satan and his demonic forces.
Exorcise, we pray, that which oppresses Your Bride, The Church,
So that within ourselves, our families, our parishes, our dioceses, and our nation
We may turn fully back to You in all fidelity and trust.
Lord, we know if You will it, it will be done.
Give us the perseverance for this mission, we pray.
Amen

Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception...pray for us
St. Joseph...pray for us
St. Michael the Archangel...pray for us
(the patron of your parish )... pray for us
(your confirmation saint)...pray for us
 
"Freedom from Abuse of Sexuality Outside the Marital State" by Fr. James Altman

Dear family, it is time to speak truth, and speak it boldly, on the issue of the abuse of sexuality outside of the marital state, which can best be understood by the phrase "interim period." There is a dichotomy in this world: God and Lucifer. God has His plan, and it is Good. Lucifer has his plan, which is the opposite of God's, and it is evil. Once we confess and admit what God's intention actually is, we then can identify, recognize, and avoid Lucifer's evil plan while striving to follow God's good one. Lucifer's scheme is evil in all its insidious and diabolical facets, most particularly in artificial contraception, cohabitation, abortion, and same-sex unions.

God's good plan is simple, straightforward, and easy to understand: "God created mankind in His image; in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them. God blessed them and God said to them: 'Be fertile and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it'" (Genesis 1:27-28). "The LORD God said: 'It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suited to him' ... The LORD God then built the rib that He had taken from the man into a woman. ... That is why a man leaves his father and mother and clings to his wife, and the two of them become one body" (Genesis 2:18, 22, 24).

That is God's plan, that is the truth, and anything contrary to the truth is false. That is known as the PNC, the Principle of Non-Contradiction. Therefore, anything contrary to one man, one woman, open to children, for life is false. Period. End of debate. So how did we ever get to the point where any Christian dares to suggest, much less insist, that artificial contraception, co-habitation outside the sacramental bond of matrimony, termination of a baby's life in the womb, and same-sex unions are A-OK with God? With what twisted and diabolical poison have we been fed? Here is how all this happened: greed and selfishness.

In God's creation, and throughout millennia, boys and girls reached puberty roughly at 12-14 years of age. Having a very developed brain by the age of roughly 12, they were mature enough to be able to cope with the onset of hormonal challenges while they were in the safety and security of their family homes. Then, when fully mature, the young man would leave the family home for the purpose of getting married and thereafter cling to his wife. There was no interim period between leaving the family home and marriage. Not in God's plan, which is the only plan that matters.

Then diabolical greed came into the picture. The food supply was tainted by steroids and growth hormones, all for the purpose of profiteering. This tainted food affected the physiological development of children even before birth, when the mother's own food was tainted. This taint has affected physiological development such that our children's bodies are maturing before their brains. In fact, this introduction into the children's bodies even affects the development of the brain, not unlike the introduction of alcohol at a certain point of pre-birth development causes the irreversible damage of fetal-alcohol syndrome. In short, earlier onset of puberty comes before God intended and at a time the child's brain and the child are not mature enough to handle it.

Then, instead of leaving the family home for the purpose of marriage, the young adult leaves the home to go to college, and "God forbid" someone gets married before graduating from college. There is an issue of economic greed at play. In fact, even after college, the young adult is discouraged from entering sacramental matrimony because, well, "I have to get my career started." Again, it is an issue of economic greed. And then, "God forbid we have kids right out of the starting block. We need time to get settled." Again, there is an issue of economic greed at play.

In society today, it is the norm to delay marriage for materialistic and relativistic reasons. Over time, the aforementioned factors have widened the gap between the average onset of physical maturity and the typical age of entrance into a sacramental marriage, making it harder for people to remain chaste.
Despite the change in society's norms, God's good plan still expects us to remain pure and chaste before sacred matrimony. Is it any wonder that so many fail so badly when faced with the challenge of living up to God's plan, and why we justify divergence from God's plan with relativistic Luciferian terms?

The results, of course, are obvious to anyone with courage enough to admit it. The results are exactly as Pope St. Paul VI said they would be when he wrote Humanae Vitae. The results are exactly as our Blessed Mother warned us about at Fatima - that the final battle would be an attack on God's plan for family. That is the ultimate "Russian error" of which she spoke. Hence, we have rampant contraception, cohabitation, baby-murdering, and homosexuality. (Ironically, all of these were inherent in the Albigensian heresy.)

There is not space in this reflection to discuss the totality of reasons why there is such horrific abuse of sexuality outside of the marital state. There is not space to describe the foundations and causes of the fall into contraception, the utter horror of baby murdering in the womb, the flagrant disregard of our bodies as the temples of the Holy Spirit through cohabitation, as well as the psychological reasons for the development of same-sex attraction. Fortunately, we do not have to go into great depth to find the truth about any of it. It all is founded in the simple and definitive principle that we have chosen to diverge from God's plan, and among the greatest underlying causes is greed.
 
Prayer of Reparation

My Lord and my God, we have allowed the temptation of the devil to move our hearts toward impurity and grave errors in sexuality. We have allowed works of evil to foment within us a heart of unchastity and immorality. Worse, through our own stubborn, prideful justification for our sins of impurity, we have not come to a fuller understanding of Your truth about the difference between God's creation and plan for family and the destruction wrought by Lucifer's plan, which is any-and-all-things-contrary to God's plan. By allowing our hearts to move toward the darkness of impurity and not toward the pure light of chastity, we have allowed the ancient foe to advance in ourselves, revealed in the destruction of family. We turn to You Lord, in our shame, and beg Your forgiveness for any heart of impurity and any failure to strive for a heart of chastity. We beg for the grace of Your strength and power to grant us the resolve to turn back the falsehoods of the enemy by freely and openly speaking Your truth with love to a waiting world. We know, Lord, if You will it, it will be done. Trusting in You, we offer our prayer to You who live and reign forever and ever. Amen.
 
Prayer of Exorcism

Lord God of heaven and earth, in Your power and goodness, You created all things. You set a path for us to walk on and a way to an eternal relationship. By the strength of Your arm and Word of Your mouth, cast from Your Holy Church every fearful deceit of the devil. Drive from us manifestations of the demonic that oppress us and beckon us to unchastity and immorality. Still the lying tongue of the devil and his forces so that we may act freely and faithfully in imitation of You. Send Your holy angels to cast out all influence that the demonic entities in charge of immorality have planted in Your Church. Free us, our families, our parish, our diocese, and our country from all trickery and deceit perpetrated by the devil and his hellish legions. Trusting in Your goodness Lord, we know if You will it, it will be done, in unity with Your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.
 
Litany of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.

God, the Father of Heaven,
have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Spirit,
have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God,
have mercy on us. 

Blood of Christ, only-begotten Son
of the Eternal Father, save us.
Blood of Christ, Incarnate Word of God, save us.
Blood of Christ, of the New and Eternal Testament, etc.
Blood of Christ, falling upon the earth in the Agony,
Blood of Christ, shed profusely in the Scourging,
Blood of Christ, flowing forth in the Crowning with Thorns,
Blood of Christ, poured out on the Cross,
Blood of Christ, price of our salvation,
Blood of Christ, without which there is no forgiveness,
Blood of Christ, Eucharistic drink and refreshment of souls,
Blood of Christ, stream of mercy,
Blood of Christ, victor over demons,
Blood of Christ, courage of martyrs,
Blood of Christ, strength of confessors,
Blood of Christ, bringing forth virgins,
Blood of Christ, help of those in peril,
Blood of Christ, relief of the burdened,
Blood of Christ, solace in sorrow,
Blood of Christ, hope of the penitent,
Blood of Christ, consolation of the dying,
Blood of Christ, peace and tenderness of hearts,
Blood of Christ, pledge of Eternal Life,
Blood of Christ, freeing souls from purgatory,
Blood of Christ, most worthy of all glory and honor,

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Have mercy on us.

V. Thou hast redeemed us, O Lord, in Thy Blood.
R. And made us, for our God, a kingdom.

Let us pray:
Almighty and eternal God, Thou hast appointed Thine only-begotten Son the Redeemer of the world and willed to be appeased by his blood. Grant, we beg of Thee, that we may worthily adore this price of our salvation and through its power be safeguarded from the evils of the present life so that we may rejoice in its fruits forever in heaven. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
 
Daily Checklist

__ Prayer for Freedom from the Devil
__ Daily reflection and prayers
__ Litany of the day
__ Pray a Rosary
__ Divine Mercy Chaplet
__ Spiritual or corporal work of mercy
__ Fast/abstain (according to level)
__ Exercise (according to level/ability)
__ Refrain from conventional media (only 1 hr. of social)
__ Examination of conscience (confession 1x this week)


Purim begins end Friday



Purim[1] 

A Jewish Holiday which commemorates Jewish people being saved from extermination in Persia.  The story of Purim comes from the Biblical book of Esther.  In it, Haman a high-ranking advisor to King Ahasuerus sought to kill all Jews in ancient Persia. He is motivated by an incident in which Mordechai, a Jewish leader, defied the king's orders and refused to bow to Haman. Haman is stopped through the actions of Mordechai and his niece Esther, a beautiful and courageous Jewish woman. Esther initially disguises her Jewish Identity and eventually becomes Queen. Through their actions the King becomes aware of Haman's plot and is persuaded to have him hanged. 

Purim Facts & Quotes 

·         Purim is considered to be a joyous Holiday often accompanied by celebrations, plays, festive food and costume parties.

·         Purim holiday is often preceded by fast, referred to as the Fast of Esther.  This fast commemorates Esther's three days of fasting in preparation for her meeting with the king.  The fast is observed from dawn until dusk on the eve of Purim.

·         The story of Purim is told in the book of Esther, which is also known as "the Scroll" (Megillah in Hebrew).

·         If I have found favor with you, O king, and if it pleases your majesty, grant me my life - this is my petition, and the life of my people - this is my request. (Esther 7:3) 

Purim Top Events and Things to Do 

·         Make a Mishloach Manot (also known as mishloach manos or shalach manos).  This is a gift of at least two kinds of food that are ready to eat.  Give them out to neighbors, friends and associates.

·         Make Hamantaschen cookies.  These are pocket triangle shaped cookies that are often made with fruit, poppy seed or cheese filling.

·         Attend a Purim Carnival or Festival.  Some of the more popular ones are the Carnival at Mamilla (Jerusalem) and Cirque Du Purim in Minneapolis.

·         Donate to the poor.  It is customary and part of tradition to give at least two gifts to two poor people on Purim.

·         Visit a Jewish Museum.  Many put on special activities for kids such as plays, performances, and costume parties



[1]https://www.wincalendar.com/Purim


Thursday first week of Lent

 

Numbers, Chapter 21, Verse 34

The LORD, however, said to Moses: Do not FEAR him; for into your hand, I deliver him with all his forces and his land. You will do to him as you did to Sihon, king of the Amorites, who reigned in Heshbon.

 

This verse is referring to Og a great and terrible giant King.


 

OG (Heb. עֹג ,עוֹג), ruler of Bashan, one of the Amorite kings in the Transjordan area during the time of Moses. The Bible remembers Og as belonging to the race of giants "who was left of the remaining Rephaim," and special attention is paid to the description of his huge iron bedstead (Deut. 3:11). The kingdom of Og comprised Bashan and the Hermon region, and extended to the Jordan river to the west (Josh. 12:4–5). Three or four of the cities of his kingdom are mentioned in the Bible – Ashtaroth, which was apparently his capital and known as the capital of the realm from this it would appear that his kingdom was one of the remaining Hyksos kingdoms whose cities at that time were scattered in Palestine. It is also possible that this kingdom was established by Amorites who invaded the area in the time of the Egyptian-Hittite struggle during the reign of Ramses II (13th century). Og was defeated by the Israelites when the eastern side of the Jordan was conquered by those who left Egypt (Num. 21:33, 35; Deut. 3:1ff.). Half of the tribe of Manasseh took Og's land as their inheritance (Josh. 13:31). This victory greatly strengthened the spirit of the people. "Sixty towns … fortified with high walls, gates, and bars" were then conquered (Deut. 3:4–5). Echoes of this victory, which was of exceptional importance, are also encountered in later passages (Josh. 13:12; Ps. 135:11; 136:20; Neh. 9:22).[1]

Thursday First Week of Lent[2]

EPISTLE. Ezech, xviii. 1-9.

IN those days: The word of the Lord came to me, saying: What is the meaning, that you use among you this parable as a proverb in the land of Israel, saying: The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the teeth of the children are set on edge? As I live, saith the Lord God, this parable shall be more to you a proverb in Israel. Behold all souls are Mine: as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is Mine: the soul that sinneth, the same shall die. And if a man be just, and do judgment and justice, and hath not eaten upon the mountains, nor lifted up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel: and hath not defiled his neighbor’s wife, nor come near to a menstruous woman: and hath not wronged any man: but hath restored the pledge to the debtor, hath taken nothing away by violence: hath given his bread to the hungry, and hath covered the naked with a garment: hath not lent upon usury, nor taken any increase: hath withdrawn his hand from iniquity, and hath executed true judgment between man and man: hath walked in My commandments, and kept My judgments, to do according to truth : he is just, he shall surely live, saith the Lord Almighty.

GOSPEL. Matt. xv. 21-28.

At that time: Jesus went from thence and retired into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon. And behold a woman of Canaan who came out of those coasts, crying out, said to Him: Have mercy on me, O Lord, Thou Son of David: my daughter is grievously troubled by a devil. Who answered her not a word. And His disciples came and besought Him, saying: Send her away, for she crieth after us. And He answering, said: I was not sent but to the sheep that are lost of the house of Israel. But she came and adored Him, saying: Lord, help me. Who answering, said: It is not good to take the bread of the children, and to cast it to the dogs. But she said: Yea, Lord, for the whelps also eat of the crumbs that fall from the table of their masters. Then Jesus answering, said to her: O woman, great is thy faith: be it done to thee as thou wilt: and her daughter was cured from that hour.

Prayer. Look, O Lord, upon the devotion of Thy people, that we, who are afflicted in body by abstinence, may be refreshed in mind by the fruit of good works.

Lenten Calendar[3]

Read: In the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation, also called confession, we meet the Lord, who wants to grant forgiveness and the grace to live a renewed life in him. In this sacrament, he prepares us to receive him free from serious sin, with a lively faith, earnest hope, and sacrificial love in the Eucharist. The Church sees confession as so important that she requires that every Catholic go at least once a year.

Reflect: “To pray for those with whom we are angry is a beautiful step toward that law of love.” (Pope Francis, June 12, 2013)

Pray: If you have anger in your heart towards someone, say a prayer for him or her today as a step towards healing.

Act: Make going to confession a priority during Lent this year.

Preparing for Battle[4] Know Your Weapons

The weapon of prayer

The Scripture tells us that the fervent prayer of righteous believers has great power in its effects (see Jas 5: 16). Prayer is the indispensable weapon in our battle with Satan. Prayer in the name of Jesus is especially powerful against the Devil. “In my name,” Jesus said of His followers, “they shall cast out devils” (Mk 16: 17). At “the name that is above every name,” St. Paul thundered, “at the name of Jesus, every knee” must bow, “in heaven and on earth and under the earth” (see Phil 2: 9– 10).

We can see how much the Devil fears those who pray, since there’s not a moment of the day when he tempts us more than when we’re at prayer. He does everything he possibly can to prevent us from praying. When the Devil wants to make someone lose his soul, he starts out by inspiring in him a profound distaste for prayer. However good a Christian he may be, if the Devil succeeds in making him either say his prayers badly or neglect them altogether, he’s certain to have that person for himself. (St. John Vianney) 

The Angelus[5] 

The traditional Catholic midday prayer is called the Angelus. Christians have always paused for prayer at the noon. In apostolic times, it was called the prayer of the “sixth hour”, counting from sunrise. It was also at the sixth hour that Jesus was crucified. Though Catholics most commonly recite the Angelus at noon, some pray it at six in the morning and six in the evening. For those who wish to make personal change this is a good time to examine our day so far and offer ourselves us to our God. It is at the turning point of our day that we recall the turning point of history: the moment when the angel appeared to a young woman named Mary.

The Angelus[6]

The Angel of the Lord declared to Mary: 
And she conceived of the Holy Spirit. 

 

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen. 

 

Behold the handmaid of the Lord: Be it done unto me according to Thy word. Hail Mary

 

And the Word was made Flesh: And dwelt among us.  Hail Mary…

 

Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. 

Let us pray: 

 

Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts; that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection, through the same Christ Our Lord.

Amen. 

 

Daily Devotions

·         do a personal eucharistic stations of the cross.

·         Manhood of the Master-week 2 day 2

·         Offering to the sacred heart of Jesus

·         Drops of Christ’s Blood

·         Universal Man Plan

·         Rosary


                                               


[2] Goffine’s Devout Instructions, 1896

[4]Thigpen, Paul. Manual for Spiritual Warfare. TAN Books.

[5] Hahn, Scott, Signs of Life; 40 Catholic Customs and their biblical roots. Chap. 13. The Angelus

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