NINE-MONTH NOVENA TO OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE

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Saturday, February 25, 2023


90 Days to Liberty

Let's Pray for a Holy Spirit Revival!!

Begins February 27

God is Pressing Us Into Seeking a HOLY SPIRIT REVIVAL!!


Many who know me, know that I tend to look for the “bright side” … I am hopeful. Today, I am full of hope - even though we have been subjected to a historic level of brutal oppression over the past 3-10 years (See what I wrote HERE) -- because I have again found a bright side.


You see, I believe that God, in His permissive will, has allowed this recent “stormy” experience to awaken all of us. In other words, this is our learning moment - if we allow it to be. This situation has helped us realize that we’ve made it far too easy for Satan to just waltz in and take control. We’ve been weak, and God is pressing us into seeking a HOLY SPIRIT REVIVAL!!


Like so many of you, I am driven to do something, anything, to open the way to liberty and peace through a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit.


Here is what I believe it is …


 

The Key: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Holiness


I have learned that something very simple can remain a secret to most of us. It’s taken me a lifetime of experiences, studies, prayer and a passion to unlock this secret, when it is meant to be available to a child. It’s so simple, but we tend to be so resistant in recognizing this “key” that unlocks the secret to peace that comes from freedom through Christ. But, I finally discovered it for myself, and I want to share it with you.


Exorcist, Fr. Chad Ripperger, has verified this “key” to unlock this secret to liberation and peace, living under the power of the Holy Spirit. Through Fr. Ripperger’s thousands of cases, he has come to understand that freedom from the tyranny of demonic manipulation and oppression comes, primarily, when we discover and begin to practice, in a disciplined way, the deep and rich spiritual practices of our Catholic faith.


To be clear, the practices Fr. Ripperger and I are referring to are not just some (among many) that a Catholic may pick and choose from. No, we are referring to the baseline, best practices revealed by God through Mary and the saints. That makes these “most pleasing to God” and, therefore, more likely to receive God's response of mercy and protection. In other words, if we take God seriously, our perfect Father in Heaven will take us seriously, and God will release the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives.


Watch this short video by Fr. Chad Ripperger ...


There it is. That’s the “key.”


You see? This is why Satan has had such an easy time with us. We’ve been lukewarm, disconnected and undisciplined - unserious - and not making the sacrifices that come so easily for someone in love. We may have been keeping God near, in case we needed Him, but we haven’t been striving to build a truly loving relationship with Him. God is waiting for just such a relationship; God is waiting for us to take Him seriously; God is waiting to release the Holy Spirit into our lives!!


 

90 Days to Liberty: February 27 - May 28


I am inviting you to join with me, and thousands of others, as we embark upon the most important journey of our lives. I am calling this, “90 Days to Liberty.” It will start on the Monday after Ash Wednesday (February 27th) and go to Pentecost (May 28th), Near the conclusion of our 90 days, we will include the most ancient of all novenas: The Pentecost Novena, as we seek a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit on ourselves, our Church and on our land.


You might ask, “Why is 90 days important?” Psychologists agree in what is called 21/90. The 21/90 rule states that it takes 21 days to make a habit and 90 days to make it a permanent lifestyle change. We need to cultivate these practices in our lives permanently, so that we can play offense instead of haphazard defense.


Recently, I labored in love to create a simple tool to use as the key to unlock the secret to liberty and peace. The result is a specialized “Peace Through Strength Prayer Journal” that will assist us in making the very best spiritual practices of our Catholic faith part of our everyday life. Thus, drawing us in as close as we can be to God, where the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard our hearts and our minds in Christ Jesus (Phil. 4:7).

 


Let’s Get Ready!


I firmly believe we are facing a watershed moment, and we need to get as close to God as possible, and as strong in His supernatural grace as we can be.


To prepare for our 90 days, you’ll want to get your “Peace Through Strength Prayer Journal” Go HERE. Once you receive it, read the introductory sections that will explain the “why’s, what’s, and how’s” of this Peace Through Strength Prayer Journal and why it’s specifically designed to assist us in becoming well-connected to God.


God wants an intimate love relationship with us. That comes from what St. Francis de Sales calls, “Cor Ad Cor Loquitur: Heart Speaks to Heart.” I truly believe this journal is designed in just such a way to best lead us into that intimate relationship with God – where you will discover life-changing peace.

where you will discover life-changing liberation and peace under the power of the Holy Spirit.




Daily Reflections


I will be emailing a brief reflection every day, with a link to read the full reflection, if you want. This will be “food for thought” for your mental prayer.


The first 40 Days will be drawn from the daily reflections in the “Let Freedom Ring” book that me and Frs. Peckman and Altman wrote. Go to RomanCatholicGear.com


The next 40 days of daily reflections will be drawn from my “54 Day Basic Training in Holiness” book. Go to RomanCatholicGear.com


We will conclude our 90 Days to Liberty with the ancient Pentecost Novena

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If you are already signed up for the United States Grace Force, you will automatically receive these daily reflections over our 90 days. If you have not yet enlisted in the US Grace Force, and would like to receive these daily reflections, click on this Prayer Warrior button below:

 

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I am so looking forward to this “90 Days to Liberty” journey with all of you!

 

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Go to RomanCatholicGear.com

MISSION: The United States Grace Force (USGF) is a “special operations force” specifically trained in spiritual warfare and intercessory prayer. The USGF capabilities include the large-scale use of powerful supernatural weapons (sacramentals, etc.) and prayers. While there are various special operations, the primary mission of the USGF is to implore God’s protection and blessing on our nation, especially imploring God’s protection (“Got Your Six”) for those who put their lives on the line to protect and defend our life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.

Saturday after Ash Wednesday 

Genesis, Chapter 31, Verse 53

May the God of Abraham and the God of Nahor, the God of their father, judge between us!” Jacob took the oath by the FEAR of his father Isaac. 

Laban and Jacob both take oaths here not to war with each other. Nahor[1] was the brother of Abraham and an idol worshiper who used several God’s as a type of insurance policy. Laban here is doing the same mentioning His gods, but Jacob wanted to ensure Laban that there is only one God which he states was the Fear of Isaac. Laban sets up a pillar as a border line for the two to prevent trespassing which leads often to war. War and the taking of life by one another have been with us since Cain slew Abel. Christ the promise of God came to stop the cycle of revenge to change the law of an eye for an eye. 

Yet, there are times when one must take up the sword and not stand by to let the evil defile the weak. We are not to tolerate bullies or murderers. God was not pleased with our Nation when we idly watched the slaughter that took place neither in Rwanda nor at our silence while our courts allow the murder of children by abortion and the selling of their body parts. 

Fortitude[2] 

Ways to live out the gift of fortitude in your life, bestowed upon you by the Holy Spirit at your Confirmation.

 

  1. Speak out against evil wherever you find it.
  2. Take the job in which you can do the best for the spiritual welfare of others.
  3. Be cheerful at your work; practice the apostolate of smiling; it will cost an effort at times.
  4. Have a loving solicitude for all with whom you come in contact, especially for those who are friendless.
  5. Fight down your own evil passions daily with renewed energy.
  6. Be ready to defend your Faith in word, deed, and association.
  7. Bring happiness where there is strife.
  8. Live your Faith; join organizations that promote Catholic Action.
  9. Advise others what to do in a spiritual difficulty; make sure the advice is correct.
  10. Stay informed on Catholic news; it will help when explaining the Faith to those outside of the Church.
  11. Forsake the job rather than Christian principles.

Saturday after Ash Wednesday

EPISTLE. Isaias Iviii. 9-14.

THUS, saith the Lord God: If thou wilt take away the chain out of the midst of thee, and cease to stretch out the finger, and to speak that which is good for nothing. When thou shalt pour out thy soul to the hungry, and shalt satisfy the afflicted soul, then shall thy light rise up in darkness, and thy darkness shall be as the noonday. And the Lord will give thee rest continually, and will fill thy soul with brightness, and deliver thy bones, and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a fountain of water whose waters shall not fail. And the places that have been desolate for ages shall be built in thee: thou shalt raise up the foundations of generation and generation: and thou shalt be called the repairer of the fences, turning the paths into rest. If thou turn away thy foot from the Sabbath, from doing thy own will in My holy day, and call the Sabbath delightful, and the holy of the Lord glorious, and glorify Him, while thou dost not thy own ways, and thy own will is not found, to speak a word : then shalt thou be delighted in the Lord, and I will lift thee up above the high places of the earth, and will feed thee with the inheritance of Jacob thy father. For the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.

GOSPEL. Mark vi. 47-56.

At that time: When it was late, the ship was in the midst of the sea, and Jesus alone on the land. And seeing them laboring in rowing (for the wind was against them), and about the fourth watch of the night He cometh to them walking upon the sea, and He would have passed by them. But they seeing Him walking upon the sea, thought it was an apparition, and they cried out. For they all saw Him, and were troubled. And immediately He spoke with them, and said to them: Have a good heart, it is I, fear ye not. And He went up to them into the ship, and the wind ceased: and they were far more astonished within themselves: for they understood not concerning the loaves; for their heart was blinded. And when they had passed over, they came into the land of Genesareth, and set to the shore. And when they were gone out of the ship, immediately they knew Him: and running through that whole country, they began to carry about in beds those that were sick, where they heard He was. And whithersoever He entered, into towns or into villages or cities, they laid the sick in the streets, and besought Him that they might touch but the hem of His garment: and as many as touched Him were made whole.

Prayer.

May Thy faithful, O Lord, be confirmed by Thy gifts, that, receiving them, they may seek them, and seeking may receive them forever. Through Christ,

Doing Small Things Well[3]

First, while it is true that fasting is not the most important thing in the world, this does not make fasting irrelevant or unimportant. There are, certainly, more urgent things to abstain from than food or drink, such as maliciousness, backbiting, grumbling, etc. But a person is mistaken to conclude that he therefore does not need to fast. He should not believe that he can ignore fasting and instead abstain in more important matters. Rather, fasting and avoiding those other vices go hand in hand. Fasting must accompany efforts to abstain in greater matters. For one thing, fasting teaches a person how to abstain in the first place.

Moreover, it is presumptuous for a person to try to practice the greater virtues without first paying attention to the smaller ones. As Our Lord says, "He who is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much"1 and so can be trusted with greater things. Therefore, if a person wants to be able to abstain in greater matters he must not neglect to abstain in smaller matters, such as through fasting.

Finally, there is a subtle form of pride present in the person who says that because something is not very important, he does not need to do it. Whoever makes such a claim implies that he does only important things. But the average person is rarely called to do very important things. Accordingly, each person is more likely to be judged on how he did the little, everyday things. Even when, rarely, a person is called to do a great work, how often does he fall short? All the more reason, then, for a person to make sure that he at least does the small things well. Furthermore, if he truly loves the Lord, he will gladly do anything—big or small—for him. So, in the end, saying that fasting is not the most important thing is not a good excuse for avoiding it.

What, then, is the reason for fasting? To answer this let us first clarify what fasting entails. It involves more than the occasional fast, such as on Good Friday. To be effective, fasting requires disciplined eating habits all the time. There are certainly days when a person should make a greater effort at abstaining from food and drink. These are what we usually consider days of fasting and they must be practiced regularly. But, still, there are never days when a person is allowed to abandon all restraint. A person must always practice some restraint over his appetites, or those periodic days of fasting are valueless. Always keeping a check on his desires, a person develops good habits, which foster constancy in his interior life. So, in addition to practicing days of fasting on a regular basis, a person should continuously restrain his desires, such as those that incline him to eat too much, to be too concerned with what he eats, or to eat too often.

We might, then speak of the discipline of fasting in order to avoid the impression that fasting is sporadic. The operative principle behind the discipline of fasting is simple: to limit yourself to only what is necessary for your physical and psychological health—no more, no less. St. Augustine puts it concisely when he teaches: "As far as your health allows, keep your bodily appetites in check by fasting and abstinence from food and drink." So, fasting is meant only to keep a person's unnecessary wants in check. A person is not— nor is he permitted—to deny himself what is necessary for his health. The discipline of fasting instead asks a person to check his desires for what is superfluous and not necessary.

Catechism of the Catholic Church

PART THREE: LIFE IN CHRIST

SECTION TWO-THE TEN COMMANDMENTS

Chapter 2 “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

Article 8-THE EIGHTH COMMANDMENT

You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

 It was said to the men of old, "You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn."

2464 The eighth commandment forbids misrepresenting the truth in our relations with others. This moral prescription flows from the vocation of the holy people to bear witness to their God who is the truth and wills the truth. Offenses against the truth express by word or deed a refusal to commit oneself to moral uprightness: they are fundamental infidelities to God and, in this sense, they undermine the foundations of the covenant.

Daily Devotions

 

·       Unite in the work of the Porters of St. Joseph by joining them in fasting: Today's Fast: The sanctification of the Church Militant.

·       Saturday Litany of the Hours Invoking the Aid of Mother Mary

·       Litany of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus

·       Total Consecration to St. Joseph Day 10

·       Offering to the sacred heart of Jesus

·       Drops of Christ’s Blood

·       Iceman’s 40 devotion

·       Universal Man Plan



[1] http://coatofmanycolors.net/2012/08/24/nahor-abrahams-brother/

[2]Our Christian Home by Rev. Joseph A. Fischer, Seraphic Press, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1954

[3]https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/view.cfm?id=2721






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