The Catholic Defender: Fred Sent Me An Email On 1915 Statistics, Interesting

Posted by Donald Hartley - November 30th, 2015

nineteen 1THE YEAR IS 1915

This will boggle your mind!

The year is 1915 “One hundred years ago ”.

What a difference a century makes!

Here are some statistics for the Year 1915:

The average life expectancy for men was 47 years.
Fuel for cars was sold in drug stores only.
Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub.
Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.

nineteen 2The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.
The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower.

The average US wage in 1910 was 22 cents per hour.
The average US worker made between $200 and $400 per year …

A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year.
A dentist $2,500 per year.
A veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year.
And, a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.

More than 95 percent of all births took place at home

Ninety percent of all Doctors had NO COLLEGE EDUCATION!
Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press AND the government as “substandard.”

nineteen 3Sugar cost four cents a pound.
Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.
Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.

Most women only washed their hair once a month,
And, used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.

Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering into their country for any reason.

The Five leading causes of death were:

1. Pneumonia and influenza
2. Tuberculosis
3. Diarrhea
4. Heart disease
5. Stroke

nineteen 5The American flag had 45 stars …

The population of Las Vegas, Nevada was only 30.

Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn’t been invented yet.

There was neither a Mother’s Day nor a Father’s Day.

Two out of every 10 adults couldn’t read or write

And, only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.

Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at local corner drugstores.

Back then pharmacists said, “Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach, bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health!” (Shocking?)

nineteen 6Eighteen percent of households had at least one full-time servant or domestic help…

There were about 230 reported™ murders in the ENTIRE U.S.A. !

I am now going to forward this to someone else without typing it myself.

From there, it will be sent to others all over the WORLD all in a matter of seconds!

It is impossible to imagine what it may be like in another 100 years.

Well, Fred, consider what Daniel 12:4 says, “But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, until the time of the end. Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.”

nineteen 7St. Paul writes, “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil.” Ephesians 5:15-16

Compare the time of St. Paul up to 1915 and it is easy to notice that technology boomed far more in the last 100 years than all human history. That is something.

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The Catholic Defender: Remembering St. Nicholas December 6 Feast Day

Posted by Donald Hartley - November 30th, 2015

St. Nicholas was born in the 3rd century (250) near Patara which is today along the Southern Coast of modern day Turkey.

St. Nicholas was born to very wealthy parents (Epiphanus and Johanna) who brought him up in the Catholic Faith.

St. Nicholas developed a strong love for Christ from a young age.

Due to a local epidemic, St. Nicholas lost both his parents leaving him with an Uncle, Nicholas, the Bishop of Myra. St. Nicholas would take the name of his Uncle. He learned to read the Scriptures, to serve at Mass, would become a Presbyter.

Soon, he became known for his charity among the poor and needy, the sick and the suffering. He would secretly give gifts to children, he would put coins in the shoes of those who left them out for him.

Legends tell of him saving a woodcutters Daughters from slavery and did many more acts of kindness.

As a young man, he became the Bishop of Myra continuing his act of love for God’s people. St. Nicholas would fall prey in the persecution of the Roman Emperor Diocletion who’s Edict savagely persecuted the Church.

Many Religious were placed in prisons, were killed by the local magistrates. The prisons were so full there were little room for the real criminals. Such was the hatred of Diocletian.

When Constantine became the Emperor, he freed the Christians and St. Nicholas was released back into society with his faith intact.

Historically, St. Nicholas participated at the Council of Nicea in 325 A.D. and helped draft the present day “Nicean Creed” that we profess at Mass.

It is debated that St. Nicholas slapped the heretic Arius because of the heresy he was preaching at the Council.

Legend has it that the Bishops were not happy with what he did and placed him in jail. That night Jesus and Mary appear to St. Nicholas giving him the Gospels and the bishops tunic.

St. Nicholas dies in Myra between 343-352 on 6 December.

In 1087, Italian merchants stole his remains and took them to Southeastern Italy to Bari where they are located to this day.

In 2009 Turkey has asked for the remains back but to this point, that has not happened.
Each year at the anniversary of his death, St. Nicholas remains exudes a myrrh like liquid substance that reports miraculous works. Manna is taken from his tomb in a flask.

In 1950, there was a study conducted on the remains of St. Nicholas which pictures were taken and measure the contents in the crypt.

St. Nicholas was a little more that 5 feet tall. It was also noticed he had suffered a broken nose.
In 2005, the results of the findings were sent to England for forensic laboratory research. The miraculous could not be explained with scientific data.

There are many groups who claim St. Nicholas as a patron. St. Nicholas built seaports earning a love of sailors who proclaimed the works of St. Nicholas. Many also proclaimed miracles.
In a three hundred year period, about 2,000 churches were named after St. Nicholas.

Today, in Germany and Poland, young boys dress up as St. Nicholas acting out charity among the poor.

In the Netherlands and Belgium, St. Nicholas arrives riding on a steamship from Spain to ride on a white horse throughout the towns.

Dutch children leave carrots and hay in their shoes hoping that St. Nicholas might have a treat for them in exchange for a treat for his horse.

The modern Santa Claus seems to come from an 1821 children’s book called “The Children’s Friend” depicts Santa Claus arriving from the North riding on a sled with a flying reindeer.

My favorite depiction of Santa Claus is one of him kneeling before the Christ Child.

Santa Claus maintains his red clothing that is derived from being a Cardinal in the Catholic Church.

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The Catholic Defender: Vigilance In The Face of Chaos

Posted by Donald Hartley - November 29th, 2015

tum 4Jesus said to his disciples: “There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on earth nations will be in dismay, perplexed by the roaring of the sea and the waves. People will die of fright in anticipation of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.

But when these signs begin to happen, stand erect and raise your heads because your redemption is at hand. Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life, and that day catch you by surprise like a trap. For that day will assault everyone who lives on the face of the earth. Be vigilant at all times and pray that you have the strength to escape the tribulations that are imminent and to stand before the Son of Man.”

Obama-PerplexedWhile listening to the Gospel reading this morning, I was struck with the warning about the signs in the heavens, the sun, moon, stars, and how the world will go into a chaos.

The world will be “perplexed by the roaring of the sea and the waves”.

I couldn’t help but think how President Obama and other world leaders have been pushing “climate change” for the purpose of regulating business and world events. How wrong men can be when faced with true prophecy. We are not heeding the warnings of God but people are listening to the fables of men. Today’s message is that we are to remain vigilant to the teaching of Christ through His holy Catholic Church despite what these false prophets proclaim.

confession 4Recently I was told by one of our Catholic Priests of an American Soldier deployed to Iraq who came to Father wanting to go to Confession.

He told Father that he had been in more skirmishes with the enemy and he felt that his own life was seriously in danger.

Father heard his Confession, gave him absolution, and the Soldier left there with God’s grace. Six days later, this same Soldier was killed in action after an attack upon his patrol. Tragic as this is, what a great sign this Soldier has left us. Through his example, he shows a great sign of predestination knowing that he packed his bags for eternity and today is in the hands of the Lord.

divine mercy 1It is a terrible thing to have someone die in your hands as I did during our 2007 deployment.

There was no priest. I prayed the Divine Mercy Chaplet for this Soldier as that was all I could do. I trusted in the Lord’s promise to those who prayed this devotion in the presence of the dying.

After returning from Iraq in January 2008, our unit held a evening dinner for all the Soldiers and their families. As my wife and I were sitting down a man walked up to me saying that he recognized me.

I had never seen him previously, he recognized me from the video given to him of his Son’s Military Memorial Service held in Iraq.

divine mercy 2He sadly explained to us that his wife was particularly brokenhearted over the fact their Son did not receive the Anointing of the Sick. She was deeply distraught over this on behalf of her Son.

I responded to the man that I would like to talk to her if she would like as I might have words that might console his wife.

He gladly brought her to us that evening and I explained to her the importance of the Divine Mercy Chaplet and of the Lord’s promise he gave to St. Faustina  concerning this devotion.

This was a devotion that I had been saying on behalf of our Soldiers in Iraq along with the Rosary. After speaking with his wife for a few minutes, she became greatly consoled with what I told her.

Veterans-MilitaryFuneralHonorsYou can never take the sorrow away of a morning Mother for their Child, but because she has great trust and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, she was greatly consoled.

I remember my Mother at the funeral of my older Brother and how she was gathered around by the family trying to console her.

Interestingly, this is the only time I remember my Mother ever playing the piano. Mom’s demeanor certainly created the somber tone of the scene. Sadly, many are not as vigilant. They lead their lives with a terrible void they fill with fleeting things that will never satisfy the soul.

fatima 2The Virgin Mary at Fatima after giving the Children of Fatima a vision of Hell (13 July 1917), told them: “You see Hell, where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them God wishes to establish in the world the devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If they do what I will tell you, many souls will be saved, and there will be peace… But if they do not stop offending God… He is going to punish the world for its crimes by means of war, of hunger, and of persecution of the Church and of the Holy Father.”

Pope Pius XII warned the world in 1950 that to be a true Christian beginning in the later half of the 20th Century they would have to live as “Living Martyrs” because the attack on the family will be so severe, because people will be greatly affected by their environment.

The secularization of our Society is very dangerous to the soul. Because of this,many live out each day like a mouse in a maze not aware of the potential dangers lurking at any corner.

Enjoy life, it is God’s gift to you, but be ever vigilant and faithful to His Church loving God above all things. I have found that if you put God first, you appreciate the things you have more profoundly with a thankful heart.

me 2Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; Where there is injury, pardon; Where there is doubt, faith; Where there is despair, hope; Where there is darkness, light; Where there is sadness, joy. O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek To be consoled as to console, To be understood as to understand, To be loved as to love; For it is in giving that we receive; It is in pardoning that we are pardoned; It is in dying to self that we are born to eternal life. Amen!

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The Catholic Defender: Joseph Martone Jr. Talks To Reporters About Planned Parenthood

Posted by Donald Hartley - November 29th, 2015

joseph 2.Many of you who have listened to Deepertruth radio and follow us on Facebook will be familiar with Joseph Martone Jr. who has been a part of our team for a number of years.

Joseph has been very involved demonstrating against Planned Parenthood there in Colorado Springs.

Joseph has been interviewed on a number of shows to include Deepertruth, talking about some of the stories out there defending unborn children.

It has been a daily routine that has been very difficult as Joseph has had his home raided and things destroyed. He has been assaulted and battered and the police have done little to help him.

JosephMartone-466x321I’ve talked with the local police department on Joseph’s behalf and despite the continued harassment and assaults, nothing seems to get done.

It is probable that Planned Parenthood is behind all this, to say that they are suspect in our minds is very much for real.

With the shooting spree taking place at Planned Parenthood, when I first learned of this, Joseph was the first person I thought of.

Thankfully Joseph was in Las Vegas and safe from all the controversy.

Joseph 1Tragically, a University of Colorado Springs police officer Garrett Swasey, was killed along with two other civilians.

Nine other people were also wounded beginning Friday afternoon at 3480 Centennial Blvd.

This shooting and killing of another police officer in the line of duty marks the 116th to give his life saving others and the 5th in the State of Colorado in 2015.

The anti-police rhetoric being pushed by the “Black Lives Movement” has presented a special challenge to our police officers all over the Country. We need to pray for our police as we should for our Military.

We need to pray for our Country and for family.

Joseph 3.The first thought I had was if Joseph had been involved in some way so I checked his Facebook page and fortunately he sent message that he was out of town and OK.

We all hoped and prayed that the killing was not inspired because of anti-Abortion sentiments because we know that the public would try to equate this killing spree with Islamic terrorism.

The liberals being very much outraged because of this, I wish they would see that Planned Parenthood clinics is in the business of killing.

As Christians, the only way to fight Abortion is through changing the laws and peoples hearts. Joseph does not believe in violence.

You will see him with his walker and a sign, “Stop Abortion” all over town.

Reportedly, Joseph has been arrested at least three times for trespassing and paid fines and served jail time. But through his sacrifice, there have been a number of children saved through his efforts.

He has angered the clinic because every child saved the clinic loses hundreds of dollars.

Joseph 1.The events at the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood Clinic is a horrible thing and listening to the News this evening, the police officer Garrett Swasey, was a strong pro-life church member.

He didn’t hesitate defending those inside the clinic.

The shooter is identified as Robert Lewis Dear, 57, according to the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, is being held without bail in a Colorado Springs jail.

Now the expected politicking will now begin as President Obama will use this opportunity to push for gun control.

joseph 4.O Almighty God, Whose great power and eternal Wisdom embraces the universe, Watch over all policemen and Law enforcement officers everywhere. Protect them from harm In the performance of their duty To stop crime, robbery, Riots and violence. We pray, help them keep our streets And homes safe, day and night. We commend them to your loving care Because their duty is dangerous. Grant them strength and courage In their daily assignments. Dear God, protect these brave men and women. Grant them your almighty protection, Unite them safely with their families after Duty has ended. Please God, grant us this petition.

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The Catholic Defender: Squanto’s Catholic Legacy, Happy Thanksgiving

Posted by Donald Hartley - November 26th, 2015

squanto 1Each year I always look forward to the Thanksgiving American traditions, the family get together s, the great banquets, the football, Thanksgiving Day Parades, and of course, the time off. When my Children were young and growing up, we would always give the account of that first Thanksgiving how the Wampanoag Indians helped save the Pilgrims teaching them to plant corn and survive the bitterly cold winters.

In Catholic School, I remember the story being told through plays and celebrations showing how Squanto became a friend to the Pilgrims. Other than that, there was very little that I learned about Squanto. In a way, he is like the woman who washed the feet of Jesus with her tears and used her hair to dry them. Not much is really known of this woman accept Jesus is clear that her act of charity and love saved her and this story would be told. Squanto’s story is now just coming to light as I am learning more about him.

Captain John Smith trading with Virginia Indians.To the Indian, his name was Tisquantum, but to the English, he became known as Squanto. By 1621, Squanto had already been exposed to the Europeans ruthless greed as he was captured by Lieutenant John Smith as a young brave taken for the slave trade. It would seem that the story of Pocahontas and John Smith was not as Disney’s animated movie made him hot to be. Smith attempted to sell the Indians to Spain as slaves.

Fortunately for Squanto, some Franciscan friars were able to liberate many of these Indians to include Squanto. It was through the Franciscans that Squanto would learn about Jesus and His teachings. With Squanto’s Baptism and conversion to Christ, he traveled throughout Europe ultimately working at the London shipyard where he learned the language. This experience enabled Squanto to learn the ways of the Europeans that were now becoming more and more attached to America. When Squanto finally reached the land of his birth (1619), he was shocked to see how disease had plagued his people.

squanto 5Despite this, Squanto was able to share valuable information such as how to plant corn and catch fish that was abundant. In 1621, the first Thanksgiving feast would last three days as the Indians shared with the Europeans their bountiful supplies of food.

Eventually, Squanto himself would become ill suffering from disease, Governor William Bradford described Squanto’s death like this:

Squanto fell ill of Indian fever, bleeding much at the nose, which the Indians take as a symptom of death, and within a few days he died. He begged the Governor to pray for him, that he might go to the Englishman’s God in heaven, and bequeathed several of his things to his English friends, as remembrances. His death was a great loss.

squanto 2Squanto, like the woman who washed the feet of Jesus, through the grace of God, was able to forgive those who captured him and sent him away for slavery, he was able to find Christ and the true meaning of forgiveness. This story of Squanto really does help bring a much more clearer picture of that first Thanksgiving, a thanksgiving based from receiving that thanksgiving we call the Eucharist.

In remembering that first Catholic inspired Thanksgiving, in the midst of those who were in need, Squanto inspires a nation through his commitment to serving Christ in serving others. This is the true meaning behind Thanksgiving and would lead to President George Washington’s Proclamation:

Thanksgiving Proclamation

Issued by President George Washington, at the request of Congress, on October 3, 1789

Washington 1By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation.

Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and—Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:”

Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favor, able interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquillity, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted; for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

squanto 6And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations, and beseech Him to pardon our national and other trangressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally, to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.
Go. Washington

Here at Deepertruth, we want to wish everyone a great, safe, and happy Thanksgiving! God be praised!

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The Guardian Angel: Eucharistic Miracle of Ludbreg Croatia 1411

Posted by Donald Hartley - November 25th, 2015

Jim 5For those  truly searching for the truth, our Lord will bring the Eucharist and the fullness of truth in the Catholic Church. 
That person will understand Jesus’ words when He said, “He who eats My Flesh and drinks My Blood, abides in Me and I in him.”  There are times He gives us a miracle in our weakness to strengthen us, and why, because of His deep love for us.  You will see this in the miracle when you hit the link. 
Listen closely to some of the saints that were sinners like you and I at one time, but sought the truth, and God gave them special revelations about Himself to share with others, for encouragement and joy:
“Every Consecrated Hose is made to burn itself up with love in a human heart,”  Saint John Vianney, the Cure of Ars”
Alacoque 2“I love so much a soul’s desire to receive Me, that I hasten to it each time it summons Me by its yearnings.”  Words of Jesus to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque
“To be possessed by Jesus and to possess Him – that is the perfect reign of Love.”  St. Peter Juliean Eymard    
Now read this Eucharistic Miracle with encouragement and joy, you are in my love and prayers in Christ, Happy Thanksgiving, GregoryMary
Eucharistic Miracle of Ludbreg Croatia 1411 

During Mass at Ludbreg in 1411, a priest doubted whether the Body and Blood

of Christ were really present in the Eucharistic species. Immediately after being consecrated, the wine turned into Blood. Today the precious relic of the miraculous Blood still draws thousands of the faithful, and every year at the beginning of September the so-called “Sveta Nedilja – Holy Sunday” is celebrated for an entire week in honor of the Eucharistic miracle that occurred in 1411. 

Ludbreg 1In 1411 at Ludbreg, in the chapel of the Count Batthyany’s castle, a priest was celebrating Mass. During the consecration of the wine, the priest doubted the truth of transubstantiation, and the wine in the chalice turned into Blood. Not knowing what to do, the priest embedded this relic in the wall behind the main altar. The workman who did the job was sworn to silence. The priest also kept it secret and revealed it only at the time of his death. After the priest’s revelation, news quickly spread and people started coming on pilgrimage to Ludbreg. 

The Holy See later had the relic of the miracle brought to Rome, where it remained for several years. The people of Ludbreg and the surrounding area, however, continued to make pilgrimages to the castle chapel. 

In the early 1500s, during the pontificate of Pope Julius II, a commission was convened in Ludbreg to investigate the facts connected with the Eucharistic miracle. Many people testified that they had received marvelous cures while praying in the relic’s presence. On April 14, 1513, Pope Leo X published a Bull permitting veneration of the holy relic which he himself had carried in procession several times through the streets of Rome. The relic was later returned toCroatia. 

ludbreg 2In the 18th century, northern Croatia was ravaged by the plague. The people turned to God to call upon His help, and the Croatian Parliament did the same. During the session held on December 15, 1739 in the city of Varazdin, they vowed to build a chapel at Ludbreg in honor of the miracle if the plague ended. The plague was averted, but the promised vow was only fulfilled in 1994, when democracy was restored in Croatia. 

In 2005 in the votive chapel, the artist Marijan Jakubin painted a large fresco of the Last Supper in which Croatian saints and blesseds were drawn in place of the Apostles. St. John was replaced with Blessed Ivan Merz, who was included among the 18 most important Eucharistic saints in the Church’s history during the Synod of Bishops held in Rome in 2005. 

In the painting, Christ is holding in His hand a monstrance containing the relic of the Eucharistic miracle.

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The Catholic Defender: The Story Of The Christmas Tree

Posted by Donald Hartley - November 25th, 2015

tree 1Many people will begin putting up Christmas trees soon after Thanksgiving and many of us can appreciate the imagination that it brings about year after year.

Growing up in the late 1950′s and through the 1960′s I remember at Christmas time the feelings of anticipation for Christmas.

My Mother would have a small Nativity scene set up nearby the tree which associated the tree with the Christ Child.

In those days, Christmas trees were mostly either cut down from the field, or bought in town.

tree 6It was always a lot of fun putting up Christmas trees, decorating them and watching the wrapped gifts accumulate under the tree.

The lights, the ornaments, the silver tinsels the smell of the tree takes me back when my family would provide a meaningful Christmas. Christmas time was special throughout the Country.

I remember going into town and you can see the lights on the light poles, homes had outside lights and decorations, stores and shops had Christmas advertisements.

Santa Clause would arrive to give cheer and joy at the malls. I always looked forward to watch “Rudolf the Red-nose Reindeer”, “It’s a Wonderful Life”, “Miracle on 34th Street”, all this added to that expectation for Christmas.

dth16I remember my Mother taking me to Midnight Mass growing up.

All of this was building a foundation for me that would help me in my faith in Christ. Because of Christmas, many people shared this faith filled experience growing up. In the early 1980′s, I first heard of those who did not celebrate Christmas.

I was told that the Christmas tree was a “pagan” ritual. I thought that was the strangest thing I had ever heard. I always felt sorry for those who could not understand the experience in celebrating Christmas.

My family always kept Christ in Christmas! Today, I have tried to keep alive those traditions I was raised with for my family. That is more difficult with all the commercialism associated with Christmas. Growing up you would start seeing Christmas advertisements after Thanksgiving, today I noticed such advertisements were popping up even around Halloween.

Still, even with all the commercialism, families can still keep the true meaning of Christmas. As long as we can keep the liberals from trying to take Christmas out of society. Our society recently has been embattled by those who attack Christmas.

They have turned away from Christ and want to totally reduce Christmas to a secular “holiday”. The return of ancient Paganism and Hedonism in our culture is attacking the very fabric of society, the family.

tree 2One of my Hero’s of the Faith is Bishop Boniface who was born in modern day England in 672 A.D. and from an early age developed a great love for Jesus Christ.

He would become a missionary to the Germanic peoples who were still enslaved by Paganism. St. Boniface is remembered as “The Apostle of the Germans” and today is the Patron Saint of Germany.

He was the first Archbishop of Mainz. The action of St. Boniface in reaching the Pagans (centered in Germany) at his time reminds me very much of Elijah challenging the Prophets of Baal (1 Kings 18:1-46).

In a town called Geismar stood a large Oak tree that held much superstition surrounding it.

The local people in the area called this tree the “Donar Oak” the tree of Thor. When the Romans occupied the land, they called the tree “The Jupiter Tree“. Thor and Jupiter were Pagan gods of “Thunder“.

I am reminded of a song by a secular group known as “Kiss” called “god of thunder” which says,

tree 3“I was born on Olympus
To my father a son
I was raised by the demons
Trained to reign as the one

God of thunder and rock and roll
The spell you’re under
Will slowly rob you of your virgin soul

I’m the lord of the wastelands
A modern day man of steel
I gather darkness to please me
And I command you to kneel
Before the

God of thunder and rock and roll
The spell you’re under
Will slowly rob you of your virgin soul”

Perhaps they were having some fun with this story. It’s pointing to the return of Paganism in our midst today.

St. Boniface began to challenge the people about the superstition of the “Donar Oak” and threatened to cut it down. He challenged the gods to strike him dead for cutting down the tree.

St. Boniface had strong faith and reliance in Christ and as he began to cut the tree down, a great sign appeared among the people.

A great wind erupted causing the people to think this was a miraculous sign. The wind blew the tree down leaving St. Boniface standing there totally unharmed.

I can see him smiling at the event thanking God for showing the people who the true God really is. People believed in Christ through the missionary work of St. Boniface. Many were being baptized and confirmed by the great Bishop of God.

tree 4St. Boniface would use the triangle shaped fir tree to teach the doctrine of the Trinity much like St. Patrick used the shamrock.

He would hang the tree from the ceiling at Christmas to represent the peoples faith in Christ.

St. Boniface popularity and fame didn’t protect him from those who thought they could rob him of gold and precious stones.

He died at the hands of those who could not recognize the treasure found in the Word of God. But the people remembered this great man of God and by the 12 century, the tradition of the fir tree was refereed to by the people as “God’s Tree”.

Martin Luther would expand on this tradition by adding candles showing that the light of the candles shown through the darkness.

Our modern day Christmas lights are derived from this. Luther’s intent here was to counteract the Catholic Church’s use of the Nativity scene at Christmas and hoped the Christmas tree with lights would captivate the people.

The people continued to love the Nativity scene and the Christmas tree.

tree 5To those of you who believe that the Catholic Church practices Paganism using the Christmas tree, I disagree.

I believe that the Christmas tree used in the tradition of the Church, reminds us of Christ.

He is the light of the world. Who thinks of Thor or Jupiter? No one, certainly not the Christians.

For those of you who want to see the “Christmas tree” as a “holiday tree”, you are allowing “political correctness” to run amok.

I do not believe in X-Mas, it is Christmas.

I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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The Catholic Defender: Advent Is Upon Us

Posted by Donald Hartley - November 23rd, 2015

supper-at-emmaus-raneIt is interesting that Advent begins the Church year reminding us the need to be ever vigilant. From The Apostolic age, the Apostles encouraged the Church to follow their example. People believed that Our Lord was returning very soon and so the expectation was high.

St Paul teaches us to be ever vigilant writing, “Concerning times and seasons, brothers, you have no need for anything to be written to you. For you yourselves know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief at night. When people are saying, ‘Peace and security’, then sudden disaster comes upon them, like labor pains upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape”.

Paul conversionSt. Paul says, “For you yourselves know very well…” indicating that he had already been preparing the people to be steadfast. This is exactly what the Church continues to do.

St. Paul continues, “But you, brothers, are not in darkness, for that day to overtake you like a thief. For all of you are children of the light and children of the day. We are not of the night or of darkness. Therefore, let us not sleep as the rest do, but let us stay alert and sober” (1 Thessalonians 5:1-6).

Because of the many who proclaimed teachings contrary to the Apostles, St. Paul writes, “We ask you, brothers, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our assembling with him, not to be shaken out of your minds suddenly, or to be alarmed either by a ‘spirit’, or by an oral statement, or by a letter allegedly from us to the effect that the day of the Lord is at hand”.

From the beginning there were those who took things out of context. People still do. Other voices that proclaim teachings that are not recognized by the Magisterium of the Catholic Church take the scriptures promoting new gospels.

Peter 3The doctrine of the “Rapture” comes to mind, placing dates to the Lords Second Coming also is a deception.

The Apostles instructs us to be ever vigilant, alert, and awake. St. Peter writes, “Therefore, beloved, since you await these things, be eager to be found without spot or blemish before him, at peace” (2 Peter 3:14).

This has been the mindset of the Church forever. The actual practice of Advent as part of a church calender was a development. Pope Telephorus (125) began developing such a calender but it appears that the Catholic Church instituted the Season of Advent in 567 through the Council of Tours.

This Council also proclaimed the Twelve Days of Christmas (25 December) to Epiphany (manifestation) (6 January) a sacred, festive season.

second comingFollowing the Apostolic Tradition, the Church universal proclaims our vigilance of the Second Coming of Christ. The Scriptural readings will reflect this during Advent. This is a rich season intending to bring in a heightened Christmas celebration. To keep Christ the center of Christmas.

The History of the Advent Wreath FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS (A Baptist friend asked me about the Advent wreath — its history, meaning, etc..)

I think I gave her a pretty good answer. Perhaps you could provide a little more information. From www.catholiceducation.org

adventThe Advent wreath is part of our long-standing Catholic tradition. However, the actual origins are uncertain. There is evidence of pre-Christian Germanic peoples using wreathes with lit candles during the cold and dark December days as a sign of hope in the future warm and extended-sunlight days of Spring. In Scandinavia during Winter, lighted candles were placed around a wheel, and prayers were offered to the god of light to turn “the wheel of the earth” back toward the sun to lengthen the days and restore warmth.

By the Middle Ages, the Christians adapted this tradition and used Advent wreathes as part of their spiritual preparation for Christmas. After all, Christ is “the Light that came into the world” to dispel the darkness of sin and to radiate the truth and love of God (cf. John 3:19-21). By 1600, both Catholics and Lutherans had more formal practices surrounding the Advent wreath.

dark-advent-wrthThe symbolism of the Advent wreath is beautiful. The wreath is made of various evergreens, signifying continuous life. Even these evergreens have a traditional meaning which can be adapted to our faith: The laurel signifies victory over persecution and suffering; pine, holly, and yew, immortality; and cedar, strength and healing. Holly also has a special Christian symbolism: The prickly leaves remind us of the crown of thorns, and one English legend tells of how the cross was made of holly. The circle of the wreath, which has no beginning or end, symbolizes the eternity of God, the immortality of the soul, and the everlasting life found in Christ. Any pine cones, nuts, or seedpods used to decorate the wreath also symbolize life and resurrection. All together, the wreath of evergreens depicts the immortality of our soul and the new, everlasting life promised to us through Christ, the eternal Word of the Father, who entered our world becoming true man and who was victorious over sin and death through His own passion, death, and resurrection.

advent 1The four candles represent the four weeks of Advent. A tradition is that each week represents one thousand years, to sum to the 4,000 years from Adam and Eve until the Birth of the Savior. Three candles are purple and one is rose. The purple candles in particular symbolize the prayer, penance, and preparatory sacrifices and goods works undertaken at this time. The rose candle is lit on the third Sunday, Gaudete Sunday, when the priest also wears rose vestments at Mass; Gaudete Sunday is the Sunday of rejoicing, because the faithful have arrived at the midpoint of Advent, when their preparation is now half over and they are close to Christmas. The progressive lighting of the candles symbolizes the expectation and hope surrounding our Lord’s first coming into the world and the anticipation of His second coming to judge the living and the dead.

history-of-christmasThe light again signifies Christ, the Light of the world. Some modern day adaptions include a white candle placed in the middle of the wreath, which represents Christ and is lit on Christmas Eve. Another tradition is to replace the three purple and one rose candles with four white candles, which will be lit throughout Christmas season.

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By the Middle Ages, the Christians adapted this tradition and used Advent wreathes as part of their spiritual preparation for Christmas.

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FamilyAdventWreathIn family practice, the Advent wreath is most appropriately lit at dinner time after the blessing of the food. A traditional prayer service using the Advent wreath proceeds as follows: On the First Sunday of Advent, the father of the family blesses the wreath, praying: O God, by whose word all things are sanctified, pour forth Thy blessing upon this wreath, and grant that we who use it may prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ and may receive from Thee abundant graces. Who livest and reignest forever. Amen.” He then continues for each of the days of the first week of Advent, O Lord, stir up Thy might, we beg thee, and come, that by Thy protection we may deserve to be rescued from the threatening dangers of our sins and saved by Thy deliverance. Who livest and reignest forever. Amen.” The youngest child then lights one purple candle.

During the second week of Advent, the father prays: O Lord, stir up our hearts that we may prepare for Thy only begotten Son, that through His coming we may be made worthy to serve Thee with pure minds. Who livest and reignest forever. Amen.” The oldest child then lights the purple candle from the first week plus one more purple candle.

What-Is-AdventDuring the third week of Advent, the father prays: O Lord, we beg Thee, incline Thy ear to our prayers and enlighten the darkness of our minds by the grace of Thy visitation. Who livest and reignest forever. Amen.” The mother then lights the two previously lit purple candles plus the rose candle.

Finally, the father prays during the fourth week of Advent, O Lord, stir up Thy power, we pray Thee, and come; and with great might help us, that with the help of Thy grace, Thy merciful forgiveness may hasten what our sins impede. Who livest and reignest forever. Amen.” The father then lights all of the candles of the wreath.

Since Advent is a time to stir-up our faith in the Lord, the wreath and its prayers provide us a way to augment this special preparation for Christmas. Moreover, this good tradition helps us to remain vigilant in our homes and not lose sight of the true meaning of Christmas.

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The Catholic Defender: Christ the King

Posted by Donald Hartley - November 21st, 2015

King of KingsAs we close out the end of the Church year, I am reminded that Jesus Christ, the King of kings and Lord of lords will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead.

We will soon be preparing for the Season of Advent. Advent is a special preparation as the Church begins the new Church year. The season prepares the faithful for the coming of the Lord as Jesus did first arrive in human history. We are also mindful of Jesus final return at the Parousia (Second Coming) as we wait in joyful hope.

Pope Pius XI originally established the Feast of Christ the King  in 1925 to remind modern man that no matter how technically advanced Mankind becomes, Jesus will always be Lord.  The Pope was deeply concerned of the rise of Secularism which today is everywhere.

The Pope wrote, “The faithful, moreover, by meditating upon these truths, will gain much strength and courage, enabling them to form their lives after the true Christian ideal. If to Christ our Lord is given all power in heaven and on earth; if all men, purchased by his precious blood, are by a new right subjected to his dominion; if this power embraces all men, it must be clear that not one of our faculties is exempt from his empire. He must reign in our minds, which should assent with perfect submission and firm belief to revealed truths and to the doctrines of Christ. He must reign in our wills, which should obey the laws and precepts of God. He must reign in our hearts, which should spurn natural desires and love God above all things, and cleave to him alone. He must reign in our bodies and in our members, which should serve as instruments for the interior sanctification of our souls, or to use the words of the Apostle Paul, as instruments of justice unto God.” (Quas Primas #33, Liberia Editrice Vaticana)

With Jesus coming into the world he has become our deliverer who will save his people from bondage.

birth-baby-jesus-100Consider the bondage that many have willingly fallen down into. It is interesting to note that when a Catholic leaves the Church, they are seen as “fallen” Catholics or non-practicing Catholics. Have you ever heard the statement, “Once a Catholic always a Catholic”? It is true that a person can never erase their Baptism, they can still renounce it.

Many times at Mass I will have to fight back tears for family members who have abandoned the Faith of the Apostles.

I’ve given my story before and some of you have read the following before:

“One particular dream had the greatest impact on me. After a major debate in the room where I took on a number of those attacking the Catholic Church, I went to bed troubled. I slept hard, but I dreamed that God’s Church, the Catholic Church, was dead. I felt such despair, and sadness I began to cry. I felt that the Church was in ruins and that Christ was sheding tears for His Body, the Church. I never felt such anguish, I cried so much that I woke up out of my sleep totally wet from crying. My pillow, the bed, and the blankets were all wet. I sat up as it took me a couple of minutes to realize it was a dream. I recalled my Confirmation that took place in Blue Springs Mo on September 23, 1968 by Bishop Sullivan. I renewed my vows and told the Lord that I will be a soldier for Him. I will not betray Him and leave the Church even when people around me do. I will do my best to remain loyal and stand for Him. A promise that I have tried to keep since 1978″.

I often run into people who have “fallen” away from their faith and wondering on their own. I recall the 21 year old lady who I met at Seton Hospital who had left the faith for radical feminism.

CD #She had accepted the liberal system of abortion and rejected the King of kings who loves those they “choose” to kill.

I recall the lady I met at Wal-Mart who identified me because of my Alabama hat. She was a Kansas State fan and challenged me about the upcoming game between Alabama and Mississippi State. We talked about her apostasy from the Catholic Faith for more than an hour.

There was another lady I met at HEB, a chain grocery stores well known in Texas. We talked about her “Falling” away from the Catholic Faith out in the HEB parking lot.

As a Father, if one of my children were to “fall” away from the faith, how glorious it would be to know that someone around the world were able to reach them back for Christ and His Church. That is a motivating factor as Christ Himself world leave the 99 to find the 1 who has gone astray.

Jesus is our deliverer who calls us and leads us away from the bondage of sin.

Jesus is not simply just a system of rules and regulations, but it is an actual encounter with the Risen Lord, an encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ. Pope Benedict XVI, in his first encyclical states, “We have come to believe in God’s love: in these words the Christian can express the fundamental decision of his life. Being Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person, that gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction.”

Mass 2Like the encounter that changed the life of the women caught in adultry, Catholics receive the same powerful impact through the Sacrament of Confession, the Ministry of reconcilation.

Each and every Mass is an encounter with the Risen Lord, to renew the Covenant through the power of His Name.

This is why for me this can be emotional because of loved ones who no longer go to Mass, when I see children it reminds me when my children were young.

Today at Mass, a Father carried his new born child, only two days old, to the altar of the Lord. That was me at one time! I took all my children to Mass from the time of their births until they left home.

In the end, I can only be accountable for myself, even though I am responsible for others. Ultimately, we all will be accountable and so it is our responsibility to let your light shine before others, “that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father”.

This Christmas Season is a renewed opportunity to offer ourselves as a perpetual gift to the King of kings, to our Deliverer.

In this journey of Faith, may we continue to march forward doing his will.

jesus-christ-divine-shepherdMy Deliverer is the Good Shephard:

“The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I lack. In green pastures you let me graze; to safe waters you lead me; you restore my strength. You guide me along the right path for the sake of your name. Even though I walk through a dark valley, I fear no harm for you are at my side; your rod and staff give me courage. You set a table before me as my enemies watch; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflowes. Only goodness and love will pursue me all the days of my life; I will dwell in the house of the Lord for years to come”. (Psalms 23)

Christ Jesus, I acknowledge You King of the universe. All that has been created has been made for You. Make full use of Your rights over me. I renew the promises I made in Baptism, when I renounced Satan and all his pomps and works, and I promise to live a good Christian life and to do all in my power to procure the triumph of the rights of God and Your Church. Divine Heart of Jesus, I offer you my efforts in order to obtain that all hearts may acknowledge your Sacred Royalty, and that thus the Kingdom of Your peace may be established throughout the universe. Amen.

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The Guardian Angel: The Eucharistic Miracle of Augsburg 1194

Posted by Donald Hartley - November 19th, 2015

Alacoque 2Why do we look at Eucharistic Miracles, is there a reason to focus on the Eucharist?

“Every saint of the Catholic Church has been deeply devoted to the Blessed Sacrament. In fact, there is no sanctity without the Eucharist.” Fr. John Harden (Revelation of the Sacred Heart)

Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, (1647-1690)

It was on June 16, 1675, that the last of the grand revelations relative to the Sacred Heart took place. It was to close the cycle of those solemn disclosures. Until then the humble virgin had received from the Lord only personal favors, very like those with which other holy souls had already been favored. He had only demanded of her some individual practices of devotion. Now however, the hour was come for Him to invest her with her grand, public mission.

During the octave of the feast of the Blessed Sacrament, June 16, 1675, Margaret Mary was on her knees before the choir-grate, her eyes fixed on the tabernacle. She had just received “some of the unmeasured graces of His love”. We have no particulars of these graces.

Alacoque 1Suddenly the Lord appeared on the altar and discovered to her His Heart: “Behold”, said He to her, “this Heart which has so loved men that it has spared nothing, even to exhausting and consuming itself, in order to testify its love. In return, I receive from the greater part only ingratitude, by their irreverence and sacrilege, and by the coldness and contempt they have for Me in this sacrament of love. What is most painful to Me,” added the Savior, in a tone that went to the Sister’s heart, “is that they are hearts consecrated to Me”  Then He commanded her to have established in the Church a particular feast to honor His Sacred Heart.

“It is for this reason I ask thee that the first Friday after the octave of the Blessed Sacrament be appropriated to a special feast, to honor My Heart by communicating on that day, and making reparation for the indignity that it has received. And I promise that My Heart shall dilate to pour out abundantly the influences of its love on all that will render it this honor or procure its being rendered”.  The Holy Eucharist and the Apostle of Christ

IMG_1934For the past few years, I have seen a lot of interest in Parishes across the United States that Eucharistic Adoration is growing. It is a most important opportunity to honor Our Lord. Here at Deepertruth, it is an honor to report the various Eucharistic Miracles that has happened in 2,000 years. These stories help inspire the imagination, the faith of many Catholics, especially at a time when many have been doubting the Lord’s true presence, body, blood, soul, and divinity in every Catholic Tabernacle in the world.

Mother Mary wants to flame the love for Jesus, calling for churches to be built all over the world so that the faithful will come before the Blessed Sacrament. To come before the King of kings for His honor and glory. Luke 12:49 states, “I have come to cast fire on the earth: and what will I, but that it be kindled?”

jesus-in-gethsemaneAs followers of Christ, Jesus asks us today, like He did His Apostles, if we could not spend one hour with Him as He was undergoing His terrible agony in the garden. For many, this has become a vocation, but for many more an opportunity. Not all of us are in a position where we can be part of a monastery, but most of us can certainly dedicate time in our local parishes and inspire much more public devotion.

Saint building begins at home where children first learn the fruits of our holy Faith. How wonderful it is to see children learning and growing in their love for the Eucharistic Lord. There is no greater gift a Father and Mother can give their children. Jesus first loved us all the way to the cross (John 13:1) so our vocation in life is a vocation of love, regardless if your living in a convent or your working at a factory in Ohio, love is to be the motivation.

St_Ignatius_of_AntiochThe story of great Saints who followed the Lord in their lives and how they shaped and transformed a Pagan world to a Christian environment is truly inspiring. Great as that was, we are again challenged today calling for the saints of God to stand up against the rising tide that Secularism has brought forth against faith. The Lord is calling for His people to follow and serve him. Galatians 2:20 states, “I live in the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and delivered Himself for me.” The Eucharist is so important in responding to the Lord’s call.

In present day life, it seems that life in the fast lane makes it difficult for our faith, we sometimes feel the pressure and the lure of what life in this world seems to offer. 1 Corinthians 13:7 states, “charity bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things…”, this requires self-sacrifice. People will spend time simply listening for a still small voice, others use devotions like the Rosary and the Divine Mercy, other will even sing before the Lord. It is a wonderful site when people are spending time with the Lord in Eucharistic Adoration.

alacoque 3St. Therese of Lisieux  loved St. Paul’s encouragement of all the faithful, 2 Timothy 4:7 states, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith,” indicating personal victory over the present lures of the world that wants to take you away from the Lord, that brings about sin and destruction. Eucharistic Adoration is a great miracle and sign in a persons life that embraces the love that Jesus offers us. We are called to be dedicated to our profession of faith, our vocation in life.

Like Mother Mary who is the true Christ bearer, we imitate her in reaching out to the world bringing Christ to those who do not know Him. The Great Commission that the Lord gave His Church was to go to all the nations teaching them all that He proclaimed for them to teach. Then Jesus told them that He would remain with His Church until He returns at the end of the age. What a great comfort knowing that Jesus is truly with us, spiritually, but also physically through the Eucharist.

Mary in blueSt. Hilary once said, “The greatest joy that we can give Mary is that of bearing Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament within our Hearts.” Mary is the Mother of the Church (Revelation 12:17) and as a loving mother, seeks to honor and serve her Son, Jesus by building a Blue Army of dedicated faithful followers of Christ. Remember John 19:27? “Behold thy Mother”! Blessed is the house that invites the Virgin Mary into their dwelling. Where Mary is, there also is Jesus.

St. Augustine once stated, “The Word is the Food of the angels, Men have not the strength to nourish themselves with this Heavenly Food; yet, they have need for it. What is needed is a mother who may eat this super-substantial Bread, transform it into her milk, and in this way feed her poor children. This mother is Mary. She nourishes herself with the Word and transforms Him into the Sacred Humanity. She transforms Him into Flesh and Blood, i.e., into this most sweet milk which is called the Eucharist.” St. Augustine also said, “Christ held Himself in His hands when He gave His Body to His disciples saying: ‘This is My Body’. No one partakes of this Flesh before he has adored it.”

The Saints continue to speak through the richness of the Church’s Sacred Tradition. St. John Vianney, the Cure of Ars, “Every Consecrated Host is made to burn Itself up with love in a human heart…”

alacoque 4St. Peter Juliean Eymard, “In one day the Eucharist will make you produce more for the glory of God than a whole lifetime without it.” “To be possessed by Jesus and to possess Him – that is the perfect reign of Love”

St. Bernadette, the seer of Lourdes once exclaimed of Jesus and Mary that they “always go together..,” Mother Mary takes the believer deep into the Divine Heart of Jesus where we find Jesus Divine Mercy.

St. Pius X once said of the Eucharist, “The devotion to the Eucharist is the most noble because it has God as its object, it is the most profitable for salvation, because It gives us the Author of Grace, it is the sweetest, because the Lord is Sweetness Itself.”

With all this given, please consider the following Miracle, one that I had the chance to make a pilgrimage to in the latter 1980′s in Germany:

The Eucharistic miracle of Augsburg, is known locally as Wunderbarlichen Gutes – “The Miraculous Good”. It is described in numerous books and historical documents that can be consulted in the civic state library of Augsburg. A stolen Host was transformed into bleeding Flesh. In the course of the centuries, several analyses were completed of the Holy Particle that have always confirmed that human Flesh and Blood are present. Today the Convent of the Heileg Kreuz (Holy Cross) is taken care of by the Dominican Fathers.

alacoque 51194, a woman from Augsburg who was particularly devoted to the Most Holy Sacrament, received Holy communion. After communion, without being noticed, she put the Host in a handkerchief, took the Blessed Sacrament home and placed the Eucharistic Species in a container of wax inside a cupboard. In those days it was very difficult to find tabernacles in the church so as to be able to practice Eucharistic Worship. Only in 1264, with the introduction of the Feast of Corpus Domini (Corpus Christi) did such devotion become commonplace.

Five years passed and on the 11th of May 1199, the woman, tormented by remorse, confessed to the superior of the convent of the Heilig Kreuz, Father Berthold, who had her bring the Host back. The priest opened up the wax covering that enclosed the Host and saw that the Holy Eucharist had been transformed into bleeding Flesh. The Host appeared “divided into two Parts connected together by the thin threads of the bleeding Flesh.” Father Berthold went immediately to the bishop of the city of Udalskalk who ordered that the Miraculous Host be “transferred, accompanied by the clergy and by the people into the cathedral and exhibited in an ostensorium of crystal for public worship.”

alacoque 6The miracle continued: the Host began to grow and to swell up and this phenomenon lasted before the eyes of all from Easter Sunday until the Feast of St. John the Baptist. Following this, Bishop Udalskalk had  the Host brought back near the convent of the Heilig Kreuz  and proclaimed that “in memory of such a memorable and extraordinary event,” there should be a special commemoration each year in honor of the holy relic.

In 1200, Count Rechber donated  to the Augustinian Fathers a rectangular chest of silver with an opening in the front for the placement of the Host of the miracle. Besides the Eucharistic miracle, other extraordinary incidences took place, such as the apparition of the Host with Baby Jesus dressed in white with radiant face and His forehead encircled with a crown of gold, or in another case the bleeding of the crucifix of the church, or the apparition of Jesus blessing the assembly of worshipers.

BaptismNot long following my pilgrimage, one of my Soldiers stationed with me who had planned to be a Baptist Minister, soon later was received into the Catholic Faith. May Jesus and Our Lady continue to bring poor souls to Himself through the signs and wonders promised (Acts 2:17-21).

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