Las Vegas Shooting and The Real Problem

NOTE Thanks to the encouragement of my wife Marie and our very good friend Julie, I am now committed to making this Divine Mercy Network blog an active ministry to reach as many people as our Lord wills.  Since Marie and Julie’s encouragement to do this came as the result of something I recently posted on Facebook (10/2/2017), I begin this renewed effort by re-publishing those same words … (Since I am re-publishing my FB post, I also take the liberty to make a few corrections and comments on the original. Any such correction or comment will be underlined)

As a formerly active Marine (because there is no such thing as an “ex-Marine”) and a struggling Catholic Christian, I feel it necessary to comment on a few things regarding Las Vegas and our nation and culture as a whole.

First, the totally idiotic Tweet about the NRA and silencers by Hillary “Jezebel” Clinton must be addressed (read “The Paradigm” by Jonathan Cahn, 2017 to explain the “Jezebel” reference)

A “silencer” would have made NO difference in this case in Las Vegas. The reason authorities were able to actually figure out exactly where this possessed man was firing from was not the sound of the weapons, it was the smoke detectors that went off in his room due to the smoke generated from his weapons. I probably shouldn’t say “NO difference” about a “silencer” (which is actually a “suppressor”) but “very little” difference. My point is that it wasn’t the sound of the shots that gave away the position of the shooter. “Suppressors” do not “silence” a rifle. They lessen the sound but definitely do not silence them as often depicted in television and in movies. They also do not lend themselves to efficient automatic fire for very long.

Second, the “answer” to this has nothing to do with the democrat fueled issue of “gun control.” If you want to see the effectiveness of gun-control in the U.S., then look to the cities with the most gun-control; peaceful places like Chicago, IL, which has some of the most stringent gun-control laws on the books! Of course, I am being sarcastic since Chicago has more citizen on citizen (not Cop) gun violence than perhaps any other city – in spite of those laws.

No. This is a spiritual problem for the United States, which has allowed the legal slaughter of over 60,000,000 innocent unborn children since 1973 and then scratches its collective head every time this kind of apparently senseless violence happens.

We have kicked God out of our public schools and out of the public square and there are consequences to this nations official rejection of Sacred Scripture and of our Judeo-Christian roots. And historical facts back this up … Consider the fact that prior to the mid-1960’s this kind of thing was unknown in the United States!

So what changed?? Consider the following:

June 25, 1962, is when the Supreme Court ruled in Engel v. Vitale that a prayer approved by the New York Board of Regents for use in schools violated the First Amendment because it represented the establishment of religion. That one decision marked the end of all prayer and public recognition of God in our grade schools, high schools, and colleges! Prior to this evil decision, prayer was a regular part of our social public fabric.

It also marked the end of any teacher in any class being able to tell any student that there is any behavior that is objectively good or objectively evil. Why? Because it is literally impossible to teach morality and ethics since both are predicated on the belief in GOD … Specifically, the God revealed in the Bible!

Then in 1965, the Supreme Court ruled in Griswold v. Connecticut that it was unconstitutional for the government to prohibit married couples from using artificial birth control (yeah, it used to be illegal.) Playing God in the marriage bed was officially condemned in the Didache in the first century A.D. And in the so-called “Old” Testament we read: ““Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you…” Jeremiah 1:5

One year later in 1966 America witnessed the first “mass shooting” at the University of Dallas.

And then in 1973, the Court legalized abortion … And just 44 years later, 60,000,000 legal abortions aren’t enough. Now we have the growing legalization of euthanasia at the other end of God’s greatest gift – LIFE.

Our own history supports this line of reasoning … Since these few decisions were made and forced upon America by the courts, this nation has become terribly divided and incredibly and unpredictably violent. Las Vegas was just one more example of what is now a regular story in the news … each one seemingly getting worse.

Since those few decisions and others like them – everything has gotten progressively and consistently worse. But don’t take my word for it. See Dr. William Bennett’s “Index of Leading Cultural Indicators” … one among other studies showing the same connections to those decisions and to that time period. Here are some old numbers from 1993:

Since the mid-1960’s in America:
– Violent crime has increased by 500 percent.
– Illegitimate births have increased 400 percent.
– Divorces have increased 400 percent (now a record number of people deciding to never marry)
– Children living in single-parent homes have increased 300 percent.
– Child abuse has increased 340 percent since 1976.
– Teenage suicide has increased 200 percent.
– S.A.T. scores have dropped almost 80 points, despite huge increases in support for education. See http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/…/the-index-of-leading-cult…/ for more details …

Our courts and leftist leaders deny HIs existence and His authority. Our courts and leftist leaders (like the Clintons and Obama) reject His commands to honor and protect innocent life (especially the unborn … and even the partially born) and now they reject His teaching on the very definition of marriage itself, which is only possible between one man and one woman.

And now October, the month of All Saints Day, is in honor of America’s LGBT “heroes?”

Our problems go to the rejection of what God has revealed in both the Old and New Testaments. Yet in His Mercy God has already provided the answer and the way out of the disaster of present-day America. Among many, many choices from both Old and New …

“If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, pray, seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14.

And if not?

“For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:12.

In conclusion, the historical, factual figure known as Jesus of Nazareth is either on or the other of three “L’s” … Either Jesus was the greatest Liar ever, the biggest Lunic ever or He is Who He said He is, The Lord. And if He is Lord then He is also a true Gentlemen.

In other words, if you (we) tell Him to “get the hell out of my house” then He will. And if His Presence as Lord happened to have been protecting us from the kinds of forces St. Paul referenced in the above quote from his letter to the Ephesians … well … it’s not His fault for happens next.

Until Americans reject political correctness, judicial tyranny and politicians who do not represent them, this will all continue and will get worse. The United States needs a Judeo-Christian based Spiritual Revival.

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Understanding Today’s Crisis in the Church

“The knowledge of these things shall contribute to the salvation of many souls,
and form a treasure for the faithful of the last age of the world.”

 – Sr. Jeanne le Royer (Sister of the Nativity) 18th Century

Now more than ever Catholics who are serious about practicing, protecting and spreading their faith, for their own salvation and the salvation of others, need to become familiar with approved Catholic prophecy, given to us by God through the Blessed Virgin and other Saints over many centuries; to understand that the growing scandal of confusion surrounding both faith and morals – in particular the confusion being spread within the Church concerning the foundational issues of Marriage, Family and human sexuality have been prophesied for our present time.

In His Mercy our Lord and God indeed remains with His Church in many ways including various direct communication to some chosen souls, many of whom now bear the titles of Venerable, Blessed and Saint.  I strongly recommend that you prayerfully read and contemplate the many messages that have been given to the Church over the centuries that concern the times we are living through today.

“… we’re in a time of crisis within the church … we may have to give our all (including our very lives) to safeguard and promote the truth of the faith not only for ourselves and our own generation but also for those to come.” – Cardinal Burke

Mother Angelica

Mother Angelica

A Pillar Of The Church

Reading Charlie Johnston’s Blog, Next Right Step always provides inspiring and thought provoking information and today is no different. In Charlie’s brief post of December 2nd entitled “A Little Hopeful News” he lets us know that he heard from a friend at EWTN that Mother Angelica has improved a bit because of the feeding tube she was placed on just a day before.

As I’m sure everyone reading this Divine Mercy Network blog knows, Mother Angelica is the Foundress of the Eternal Word Television (EWTN), now the largest Christian broadcasting organization in the world. Just two days ago while praying at the Divine Mercy Adoration Chapel in Orchard Lake, Michigan I happen to overhear a woman asking for prayers for Mother Angelica because she had just been placed on a feeding-tube. I thought of the many millions of people all over the world who were hearing the same news and offering prayers for this amazing servant of God, who has lived a life of suffering and service to Christ and His Church.MOTHER-ANGELICA

What a consolation for her to know that so many people have been touch by God through her cooperation – and what a consolation for us to know that even at 92 years old, while being confined to a bed and on a feeding tube, we have our Mother Angelica offering up and uniting her sufferings with Jesus Christ and Him Crucified, on our behalf!

It is the amazing and even miraculous work she has accomplished with EWTN and the certainty that she understands and accepts the value of her suffering that inspired us to give Mother Angelica our Catholic Radio “Pillar Of The Church” award back in 2001.  I thought now would be an appropriate time to share that story.

From its founding in 1998 until 2006 I had the blessing of managing and hosting programs on Michigan Catholic Radio WCAR 1090 AM (Detroit) and WOAP 1080 AM (Lansing). Unfortunately that network no longer exists – but each year we were in operation, at our anniversary banquet, we wanted to recognize someone special; someone doing great work for Christ and His Church. So weBosco Vision created the “Pillar Of The Church” award; an idea inspired by the vision or “dream” of St. John Bosco in which he saw the Church as a ship being attacked in the midst of a raging storm on the sea.

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In the saint’s vision the “captain” of the ship is the Pope, who struggles to steer and anchor the ship in between two massive pillars that rise from the stormy sea. On top of one pillar is The Holy Eucharist. On top of the other is the Blessed Mother, Mary Help of Christians.  With Divine assistance eventually the Pope is successful in his efforts and as soon as the ship of the Church is anchored to these two pillars “a great convulsion takes place” that results in the defeat of the enemies of the Church. And then “over the sea there reigns a great calm.”
The person who received this annual recognition, staggered each year between religious and lay, was someone we discerned as playing an important role in cooperating with the Holy Father’s efforts to steer and anchor the ship of the Church to these two invincible pillars of the Holy Eucharist and Mary, Help of Christians.

Of course, Mother Angelica is an obvious choice and she was scheduled to return to Detroit in 2001 to receive this deserved recognition; untiMotherAngelica_PillarOfTheChurchl she suffered her first stroke which made travel impossible. Thankfully Mother’s health was still good enough that I was able to travel to Birmingham, Alabama to present the award to her on camera in the very studio she used for so many years to do the work for which she was being recognized! An amazing experience for me to say the least!

As it turned out this was one of the last times Mother was to appear on camera anywhere. It was not long until a second stroke ended her ability to host her show.

We recorded the presentation and then Mother Angelica gave a beautiful acceptance speech which was played at our anniversary event back in Michigan. That was almost fifteen years ago!

I believe that through the prayers, teachings and works of St. Pope John Paul II and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI the Church or “ship” of St. John Bosco’s dream-vision has been successfully steered between the Pillars topped by The Eucharist and Mary, Help of Christians. Now, as Pope Francis works to the finish the job, we are watching the storm coming to its peak … and from all indications, including what St. John Bosco said, it’s going to get very ugly before the final ‘convulsion” takes place that causes the enemies to scatter and flee away.

At the conclusion of St. John Bosco explaining his dream-vision he said:

“Very grave trials await the Church. What we have suffered so far is almost nothing compared to what is going to happen. The enemies of the Church are symbolized by the ships which strive their utmost to sink the flagship. Only two things can save us in such a grave hour: devotion to Mary and frequent Communion. Let us do our very best to use these two means and have others use them everywhere.”

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The word “convulsion” is defined as: “a sudden, violent, irregular movement of a limb or of the body, caused by involuntary contraction of muscles and associated especially with brain disorders …” Many approved Catholic Prophecies from Saints, Blessed’s and those we call Venerable and Servant of God are consistent in saying that a day is coming which will be “sudden” and “violent” …

The questions for us are simple: Am I ready right now for what is coming (spiritually, physically)? Do I have devotion to Mary, Help of Christians? Do I frequent Holy Communion? Am I helping others to be ready? Am I spreading devotion to Mary and to Holy Communion with Jesus in the Eucharist?

Now is the time to answer these questions with honesty so that each of us are ready at all times to “acknowledge God, take the next right step and be a sign of hope to others.”

We thank God for Mother Angelica and ask His blessings for her and all those who strive to be Pillars Of The Church.

St. John Bosco, pray for us. Mary, Help of Christians, pray for us.

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God The Father

God The Father

The Father Speaks to His Children

Divine Mercy Network – Mercy Radio is pleased to provide this post, dedicated to promoting a beautiful revelation by God The Father to Mother Eugenia Elisabetta Ravasio, (4 September 1907 – 10 August 1990) an Italian nun, visionary and mystic, from theRoman Catholic Church.

Mother Eugenia reported that on July 1, 1932 God The Father assumed the appearance of a man, sat next to her, removed his crown and dictated a message for all humanity. After ten years of intense scrutiny the local bishop approved the message … This page provides access to the full book “The Father Speaks to His Children” in both text and my original audio production.

I discovered this message around 2006-2007 “by chance” when I was visiting Old St. Mary’s Detroit, one of my all-time favorite Catholic Churches in the world (look for the free Old St. Mary’s Mobile App for Apple and Android).

This message came to me during a particularly dark and difficult time in my life (including struggles with faith) and played a significant positive role. Not long after reading the messages I was at a local park with my wife and several young children. As we were leaving the park I heard the back right door of my car slam shut (I was already in the drivers seat) … I then heard a terrible scream as the door was quickly reopened, only to find out that my oldest son (then just five years old) had all four of his little fingers in the door when it was shut!

He was outside the car and had put his fingers in the front part of the back door when it was slammed shut. I was convinced that all four fingers would either be cut off or at the very least severely mangled. I will never forget the look of absolute horror and pain in his innocent little eyes. It’s such a clear vision for me even now that I find my eyes welling up as I write this almost nine years later!

Again, I discovered this message from God The Father in the midst of a very dark time for me in the faith, which I would liken to a drowning man just about to go under for the last time when he is suddenly given a life raft. It had only been a few weeks since I first read the entire booklet and at the time of this incident I was reading it again.

So after jumping out of my seat, practically flying around the car and seeing his little eyes full of pain and terror, my first instinct was to cup his little hand in both of mine because I didn’t want him to see either his missing or terribly mangled fingers – and I didn’t want to look either! Without even the slightest pause – and I can see this as clear as day right now – I knelt down in front of him, his hand in both of mine and by the Grace of Mercy of God Himself, the intercession (I’m sure) of our dear Mother Mary, my very prayerful and always faithful wife Marie and perhaps legions of Angels and Saints, I received the gift to immediately begin praying out-loud to God The Father, in the Name of His Son Jesus Christ, by the Power of His Precious Blood – in a way that I have never prayed before!

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I remember becoming aware that I was no longer looking at my son but looking up to Heaven. I can’t really recall exactly what I was saying but along with the awareness that I was looking up to Heaven I also became conscious of the fact that in some strange way it wasn’t me, or perhaps “just” me that was praying; a humbling realization to say the least. After that experience I had a new understanding of what St. Paul meant in Romans 8:26-27:

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words.  And he who searches the hearts of men knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

That consciousness came at the very moment I realized that this prayer was literally inundated with TRUST. There was basically no room for any other outcome! God was somehow revealing to me the kind of faith that really does move mountains and walks on water – because my little son Aidan was no longer crying and when I opened my hands all of his four little fingers were still there! They were not mangled. They were not bleeding. They were not even bruised and my wife Marie and I will never forget what God did for us and our son on that day!

It was after this miraculous experience that I decided to commission my very talented and blessed Mother-In-Law, Anne Simoneau, to produce an original icon based on Mother Eugenia’s description of God The Father. I also made the decision to record the entire booklet as an audio file and to do whatever else I could to tell anyone who would listen about the Love and Mercy of God The Father!  But my efforts didn’t last very long. Just to show you how weak and deficient I really am, I’ll admit that by August of 2010, after a series of further disappointments with the Church and myself, I lost my initial fervor and basically gave up the efforts I was making to evangelize with this and other messages. Now, for the first time in about five years, I’m back at it again – thanks in no small part to Charlie Johnston and his blog, Next Right Step.

This revelation from God The Father is powerful and perfectly suited for today, especially as the Church and world face the scourge of an all-encompassing system that specifically denies the Fatherhood of God. For God to be a Father, he needs a Son and Islam specifically states that “God has no son.” I hope you will read this revelation and listen to the audio recording as well … so that your faith and devotion will be deepened and strengthened. From there I hope you will take whatever steps you can to spread this message to others.

To access the text, simply click the link below. To listen to the audio online, click the image of God The Father on this page (this will open a new tab in your browser and begin playing the audio immediately.) You can also download the MP3 audio file by “right-clicking” the image and choosing “Save Link As.”

Click here for the full text of The Father Speaks to His Children

In closing, if you read and / or listen to this revelation you will read/hear these words which God The Father  desires all believers to pray and live by … I exhort you to commit this to memory!

We have a Father Who is infinitely good, infinitely rich and greatly merciful. He thinks about us and is close to us. He looks after us and supports us. He will give us everything we need if we ask Him. All His riches are ours. We will have everything we need.

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Listen to the entire recording of “The Father Speaks to His Children” OR click the Image of God the Father.

Or right click and “save as” or “save link as” to download the .mp3 file to your computer; make sure to remember where it is being saved to. The best place is either your Desktop or My Documents.

If you download the file, you can listen to the recording on your computer, burn DVD’s or CD’s and copy the audio file to your iPod or other MP3 player.

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John

Blessed Virgin and National Geographic

Very timely and interesting article in National Geographic from November 13, 2015 about reported apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary!

500 Years of Virgin Mary Sightings in One Map
Apparitions of the Virgin Mary, inspiring wonder and devotion among millions, have been tracked for centuries.

The Roman Catholic Church follows and investigates sightings of the Virgin Mary around the world.
By National Geographic Staff
PUBLISHED NOVEMBER 13, 2015
From a village in Rwanda to a rock cave in France, sightings of the Virgin Mary have been reported across the globe since A.D. 40. Since 1531, the Roman Catholic Church has investigated these reports and offered approval to multiple sites where bishops believe miracles occurred, such as Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City and Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal in Paris.
MiracleHunter.com keeps a catalog of sightings. The map below shows where the sightings have been reported, and how they’ve been classified by the church. You can read about how the Virgin Mary has become the world’s most powerful woman in our latest magazine cover story, and see how obsession with Mary can be taken to extremes on Explorer: The Cult of Mary, which premieres Sunday, December 13, at 8 p.m. (7 p.m. CST) on the National Geographic Channel.

 

Seeing MaryStarting in the 16th century, the Roman Catholic Church instituted a strict vetting process for miracles like the 2,000 sightings of the Virgin Mary claimed since A.D. 40. To be worthy of belief and church support, apparitions must be deemed miraculous with a high degree of certainty and in line with church doctrine, and found to have had a positive impact. Centuries of Miracles

VIRGINIA W. MASON, NGM STAFF; VICTORIA SGARRO
SOURCE: MICHAEL O’NEILL, MIRACLE HUNTER
NOTE: SOME VISIONS MAY BE MISSING BECAUSE THE DETAILS OF TIME, LOCATION, AND WITNESSES HAVE BEEN LOST TO HISTORY.