Discussion in 'Marian Apparitions' started by Lois, May 29, 2022.
Only in heaven you may see the good you are doing.
God often keeps His best works secret.
In our local Church, people just spontaneously stopped wearing them a few weeks or so ago. The older folk took the lead! Now, hardly anyone wears them. I wish we could have Holy Water back, instead of those blasted sanitisers. One is probably more likely to transmit viruses via the mechanisms of these sanitisers than via dipping one's finger in a Holy Water font. The water is blessed so that surely removes any risk. Those who decide these things must have little faith in sacramentals and must presume nobody else does, either. At least, let us make our own decisions.
Tom's just following the Scientology.
Not to take away from your point since we should refrain from insulting others (even when making an accurate observation of clear hypochondriac behaviour), but if I recall correctly, Sr. Lucia didn't say 'snowflakes'. She said "like sparks in a huge fire". It's a metaphor, like falling snowflakes or falling leaves.
St Teresa of Avila said, “I saw souls falling into hell like snowflakes.”
I did not know that it was sparks, always thought it was snowflakes. well, since all snowflakes are different, and each human being is an individual, it kinda hit me in the face since "snowflake" as a derogatory term seems so common.
I didn't know St. Theresa saw the same. So much for the horrid place being empty as some seem to believe these days.
I couldn't help but think how tender and loving our good Lord is to have given you this association with snowflakes. How good is our Lord!
The Parish Priest at our local Novus Ordo Church came up with a brilliant Holy Water dispenser. He got one of those squirtey things they use for dispensing the sanitiser, and put Holy Water in it. You get a nice handful sometimes but it is like a long cool drink after being very thirsty, but enough Holy Water to sprinkle yourself and bless yourself.
The Parish has gone back to putting Holy Water in the fonts now, thank God.
An Awesome true story about another Bishop/Archbishop who had a vision in recent years. Viva Christo Rey.
I got a sprayer at the dollar store. Like a mist.
Also check out spirit digest about the transgender experiment. I can’t put it on. So sad what is happening.
Wasn't sure where to put this, so I'll ask here.
Does anyone know about a gentleman named Duodo Henry Appiah-Korang? A strange turn of events yesterday - I'd never heard of Frances Hogan until I read on the forum about the Irish emerald in the Lord's crown. Later I received an e-mail about Frances and a link to her web-site. So, I went to the site to look around and somehow I ended up on a page by this gentleman entitled the seven levels of pride. (I can't find the link now, but had kept a copy of the page) Anyway, as I read through the levels, #6 hit me in the face.
"6. Sixth Degree
This pride is invisible because you cannot see it. It breeds from the heart. It is very dangerous because we cannot easily detect it. Most often, people with this pride are the wolves in sheep's clothing. They pride themselves in their morality, righteousness, and religious activity and organization (church, company, or institution). Affliction and persecution cannot change this pride because it is rooted in the heart.
It takes people full of God’s love to break this pride. The root cause of this pride results from abuse (social abuse, sexual abuse, financial abuse, verbal abuse, physical abuse, and psychological abuse) the person received in his or her childhood and the injustice they received from the public. God in His power can deliver these people if an intercessor rises."
Without going into any details, this seems to be what I struggle with, and the worst of it is sometimes I can tell when a simple joy becomes something else, but am helpless to do anything about it. It almost seems counter-intuitive that abuse (of any kind) would lead to extreme pride, but it rings true. (This has been a struggle for many years. Practicing detachment, interior silence and living in the "here and now" help.)
On top of this, a couple of days ago I started a book called "Rooting out Hidden Faults" by James F. McElhone CSC, which goes through the particular examen.
I feel such hope right now, but if this man's writings are a no go, could this be a "take the good & leave the rest" type of thing?
I will pray you find someone to help.
Thank you Rory, greatly appreciated
I can vouch for Fr McElhone's book. I've got it too. I don't know about the other man you mention. I do think this level of pride you speak of is very real. But the fact that you are concerned about it and questioning yourself leads me to think it does not describe you. I think someone in this state never questions themselves. They are convinced of their own rectitude. The nun who afflicted St Bernadette would be a good example. (Seen in The Song of Bernadette and other biopics.) But I guess if it were me I would pray about it and take it to confession. Once confessed I would leave it with the Lord and trust Our Lady to show me if it starts to manifest again. Just my 2 cents worth.
When I read it, I thought it a description of clerical pride, describing those who pride themselves in their 'new' morality (as if there can be 'new' morality), like some of those German synodal bishops...and not just German ones.
St Phillip Neri said that his pride would die half an hour after we do. This is true of us all. If we had no pride we would be the greatest saint who ever lived and who can hope for that?
The Holy Spirit is in a constant wrestling match our whole lives to defeat out pride, it is so deep reported in our souls, almost part of ourselves. 'The last shall be first and the first, last mean that the humblest here on Earth will be greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven and the proudest, least.
In regards to our pride, like all our sins we should regard them all with aversion and sorrow but with a certain deep peace that arises from a deep trust in God. Confident that the the Great Gardener in response to our many prayers is rooting out the weeds of pride from the Garden of our Souls.
I would say one great sin of pride is to defend our own opinions and to defend our reputations.
I heard an Orthodox Abbot giving a wonderful Teaching in describing the humble monk. He said one monk on walking along a corridor and glancing in seeing another monk's cell untidy might think , 'How untidy he is! How lazy!
The humble monk on doing the same thing thinks to himself, 'How prayerful he is! He prays so much he can never find time to clean his cell!'
The truly humble always ascribe good to others. The proud; evil.
Very grateful to you all ~ St. Phillip Neri has been popping in alot lately, if there's a good book anyone can recommend, I'll dig in once I finish Father McElhone's.