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Two Divine Promises ~ by Fr. Roman Hoppe |
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"I desire the entire world know
that I am
a God of Love, Goodness and Mercy."
Our Lord to Sr. Josepha
"The Greatest outpouring of God's
is reserved for mankind in the
Fr. Roman Hoppe the author of the booklet entitled
'The Two Divine Promises' offered by TAN Publishers
"The Holy Mass would be
of greater profit
if people had it offered in their lifetimes,
rather than having it celebrated for
the relief of their souls after death."
Pope Benedict XV
- Words of Our Lord to a Polish soul
"I love them that love Me:
Give ear, O Lord, to my words,
understand my cry.
But as for me in the multitude
of thy mercy,
One thing I have asked of the
Lord, this will I seek after;
But let all them be glad that
hope in thee:
(Psalm 107, 2- 4)
My heart is ready, O God, my
heart is ready:
Bring to the Lord glory and honour:
(Psalm 30:20, 21)
O how great is the multitude
of thy sweetness, O Lord,
Thou shalt hide them in the secret
of thy face,
But I, O LORD, cry out to you; with my morning prayer I wait upon you.
"Blessed are they that search
...and wants to bless you
|Just Too Busy!
a 35 year old young wife and the mother of four small children.
Daily Mass seemed quite out the question for such a demanding, busy lifestyle.
But then one day I read about
The Two Divine Promises by Fr. Roman
Hoppe. It made me stop and think about all the people in my life
I knew were in need of conversion (self included) who either strayed from
the Church, were in a cult, bitter, or whatever - people I had been praying
for, for years. I knew that this had to be the answer.
But how in the world could I manage it?
A Noble Desire
day in 1998, on the Feast of St. Patrick, I felt the desire to go to morning
Mass in honor of the great saint. (and I'm not even Irish! ; ). While
there, I asked St. Patrick to obtain for me from God, the grace to attend
Daily Mass for the sake of my family. I believe he must have heard
my prayer that day. The next day, I felt the same desire to attend morning
Mass again - still praying for the grace to commit to the 30 days. On this
day, I asked the Blessed Mother, the Mediatrix of all Graces, believing
in my heart my prayer would be heard. The following day I found myself
again at Mass. (The Feast of St. Joseph, Husband of Mary). I asked
the Great St. Joseph also to obtain for me this great grace, which God
had placed the desire for, in my heart.
One Day at a Time - God provides the way!
Day followed day, Mass followed Mass, until I had managed 18 Masses in a row! If I could do 18, then surely I could do 30!
*In answer to my prayer, God granted my husband the grace to be able to accept - and even cooperate with me in this unusual endeavor. (And he's not even Catholic!) Don't worry, he's next after Dad on my novena list! ; D
*God had even provided a wonderful
favor which allowed my husband to work three days at home and watch my
4 children while I went to Mass. On other days, I would either bring
them with me, or I would go to the 6:30 a.m. Mass - and return home before
anyone was awake.
Fears and doubts aside, I decided Dad was first!
As the oldest child (12 yrs. old) of three in the midst of a devastated family, I felt as though the floor had just dropped out from under me. I was alone and very confused by two battling parents, lawyers, and a cold court room - where one tries to prove just how awful the other one is - the witnesses being none other than the children!
In my mind, (and you
all are welcome to disagree) Divorce is the Devil's trophy for his
victory in destroying yet one more family! The very CELL of society.
(Not to mention a cruel thing to do to the children ~ of which they may
never recover). Show me a broken family, and I'll show you a great
deficit of prayer, self-sacrifice, and TRUST in God. With these three
elements combined ANY OBSTACLE can be overcome! That's why divorce is so
rampant today. Just look around. Church attendance is
low, prayer is discouraged and not practiced in the family - as a
family. Faith? Trust in God? Prayer? Loyalty? Respect? Honor?
Holiness? True devotion? Fidelity? Family Traditions? Commitment? Selflessness?
Chastity? Modesty? Virginity? Humility? Self-control? Charity? Love? Unity?
etc. etc. How many families do you know exude these virtues? How can we
expect anything good to come out of our society if we don't practice them
Mom and Dad
matter what happens between you and your parents always remember God's
Commandment to honor and obey them! In our modern day and age, this
may be one of the most challenging of God's commands for you. God
knows this (why else would he have had to make it a commandment?!)
But we must recognise the fact that our parents are frail and imperfect
creatures, susceptable to the same sins and faults that their own parents
handed down to them. Your parents could not give you what they themselves
did not possess! They did the best they could, with what they had
to work with. You only have one earthly mother and one earthly father.
Their blood runs through your veins! Hating them is like hating yourself.
Never hate or resent ANYONE. Hate is bondage and death.
Remember you owe your parents a debt of gratitude you can never repay...that
The Gift of Life!
Without your mom and dad there would
be NO YOU.
Here's another thought for you:
Father, I offer You
(Our Lord to Sr. Mary Martha Chambon
And He WILL heal the wounds of
your soul - and those wounds caused by the sins of your parents, as
we allinherit our parent's sins - from Adam and Eve
If you are the victim of divorce, or a victim of any circumstance whatsoever - for your OWN SAKE learn to forgive. We really have to stop labeling ourselves as victims. Jesus came to give us new life and he gives it in abundance. He came to set captives free. As the scriptures tell us, 'Rejoice in the Lord always - again I say rejoice!' Learn to replace bitterness and anger with Love and Thankfulness! Replace judgment with Forgiveness and Compassion. We are all guilty in the eyes of the Lord. Not one of us doesn't merit Hell for our sins. Jesus said ask and you shall receive - knock and the door will be opened for you. Ask for His help - and let it go. Ask God to forgive them for you - as He is infinitely more merciful than we are.
Did Jesus Christ - the King of Glory, who was innocent of any crime save doing the Father's Will by reconciling sinners to God, complain or have reason to be unforgiving when:
He was betrayed by one of his friends?
No. Jesus willingly accepted and endured all - for the sake of saving you and I from eternal damnation and separation from God. Remember how generously God forgives us all our faults - great as they may be, for the sake of his Son - when we seek his forgiveness! Even while they were killing him Jesus prayed,
"Father, forgive them for they know not what they do."
This should also be * our * prayer
for those who have hurt us.
Forgiveness is the only way you will be free from the worm of bitterness. Yes, bitterness is truly a worm! When I was a teenager working as a Nurses Aid, I took care of a lot of elderly people and learned much from them. I loved elderly people - even the tough ones. It was a challenge for me to befriend every one of them and to please them - not always the easiest job! But one woman I'll never forget - only in her mid 50's - who taught me what it's like to die of bitterness. A lesson I pray none of you ever experience. I had only been seeing her for a couple of weeks, when I was given the news she had died. She had all kinds of various health problems, and must have been the most melancholy person I think I'd ever met - always complaining about this one or that. But all I could do was watch helplessly, how the bitterness she had for the people in her life ate her up inside - until there was nothing left, but to die a miserable lonely death...and at such a young age! Not only does bitterness hurt you and shorten your life, but it does nothing to the other person you're bitter about!
A wise person once said,
is a poison pill you swallow
Bitterness takes many forms. Depression, anger, melancholy, resentment, denial, lethargy, physical illness, sleeplessness, restlessness, anxiety, fear, aggression, despondency, overeating, self abuse, suicidal thoughts etc., etc.
Today, why not ask the "Mediatrix of All
Graces" The Queen of the Universe, who holds the keys to Jesus' Heart,
to give you the grace to forgive, so that you can be forgiven - and
begin to heal.
Getting back to Mass. Before I knew it, I was hooked on daily Mass! And before I knew it, I FELL IN LOVE with DAILY MASS! The more I went to receive Jesus at The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the less I minded getting up at 5:50 a.m. to be with him. Now, I wake up with excitement and anticipation in meeting my Lord Jesus and to receive Him into my heart - every day!
I'm at the point now, where the
idea of missing a single Mass for any reason is just unthinkable! The Daily
Mass has become my life, my strength and joy - and the Hope I cling to.
I can bear the sorrows of the world with courage. I feel quite blessed
and loved by God because He has condescended to grant me - this
nobody, this worm - the greatest Gift of Love....which is Himself!
Hey - I've got the GOOD NEWS! :
IS THE MOST EXCITING THING
IN THE WHOLE
|Intimacy with God
There is something SO SPECIAL about the weekday Mass! Something you will miss going only to Sunday Mass. Besides the fact that it is much shorter, (It's really over so quick, you might feel a little down when it's over) I think the word I would use is * intimate. * There's far fewer people and less to distract you. Just you and Jesus - who's always so happy to see you!
For those of you who are already
going to daily Mass - you'll never know how great a grace you've
been given! Why not make the Novena of Masses for someone you know?
Offer one for your parish priest! And that God fill His Church with
many good, pure and saintly priests!
you must pray for the DESIRE to wantto
go to daily Mass! That is the key element to success in your walk with
God - NOBLE DESIRES.
Think about your family who is in such desperate need of conversions!
What are they worth to you? And just think - what a small sacrifice
Jesus asks of us for their ransom! We're so blind and lazy - we
are SO weak - we NEVER know what's best for us - THANK GOD JESUS KNOWS
- and wants to show us!
On occasion, for some reason or another, I've missed a Mass in the middle of the Novena. In that case, you're supposed to start all over again. And let me tell you, it can be an upsetting experience - especially when you've only got a few more days to go! This has happened to me more than once - But who knows? Maybe that person really needed those extra Masses said for them? Don't give up! Jesus never gave up on us!P-e-r-s-e-v-e-r-e. Just re-write your calendar, and start over again! More power to you!
After I'd done a few Novenas, I found it difficult to pick who was going to be next. After all, I believed that the salvation of souls hung in the balance! Then the idea came to me that I should write down everyone I knew, and put all the names in a hat (or coffee can in my case) and let God decide. Immediately I felt much better!
near the end of each Novena, I say a little prayer and pick another
name out of my coffee can. I must admit I was rather surprised
by His next choice. With all the family I have in need of prayers
and conversion, it was my neighbor who God chose!
My attitude today is:
TRUST - and let God take care of
Planning ahead is key. If you're lucky enough to live in an area where there are plenty of Churches, try getting a bulletin from every one within a reasonable distance from you, or call for their daily Mass schedules. They generally have different Mass schedules. Some may even have extra Masses at night; for instance Feast Days, First Fridays, Eucharistic Adoration, Holy Days of Obligation and especially during the Lenten Season.
Get on an early-to-bed kind of schedule. (Advice I have yet to follow!)
Take pleasure in checking off your calendar! Be pleased with the physical evidence of your progress towards the goal you have set for yourself! I like to add whether I did the Stations of the Cross after Mass (I highly recommend it!) and anything special that might have happened around Mass.
not to make any early morning plans that might interfere with your Mass
schedule! For example; well visit doctor/dentist appointments, teacher
meetings, sports/music practice, car drop-offs, vet appointments etc.
etc. Basically, anything that you can put off till later!
(No problem for me!)
Remember God wants to give us what we truly desire - WHEN WE DESIRE GOOD THINGS! How do I know this? Simply because all good desires come from God!
Know this also: GOD WANTS YOU TO BE HAPPY!
Don't forget to offer up a Mass in Thanksgiving to God for Our Dear Blessed Virgin Mother who does more for us than we'll ever know in this world!
Offer a Mass during your Novena also for the release of the Holy Souls in Purgatory and ask them to pray for you and your chosen one. Remember, it's also very likely some of those 'holy souls' could be a relative or two of yours!
After Mass is over, make it a practice to kneel at the alter in front of the Blessed Sacrament. Say the Our Father and Hail Mary for the Holy Father's protection, intentions, health and the needs of the Holy Catholic Church.
While there, you could also ask God, (according to what our Lord told St. Gertrude the Great), for all the graces He wishes to give you - and for all the graces no one asks for through the hands of the Blessed Mother, Mediatrix of all Graces. (According to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal to St. Catherine Laboure'). Jesus was seen by a chosen soul - standing there at the alter with armfuls of gifts - looking for someone who would receive them!
Don't forget to Thank God for allowing you to receive Him in Holy Communion - and so often!
Have An Attitude of Gratitude!
Lastly, if you've been away from the Church, Please Come Back! Call your local priest and speak with him. He'll be delighted to hear from you! Nothing makes a shepherd happier than to find a lost sheep he may have never known he lost! You are only one sincere confession away from total reconciliation with your Eternal Father - no matter how long you've been away or how many grievous sins you've committed. The God of Mercy anxiously awaits your return to Him!
How happy it will make Jesus to
see you safe back in His fold!!
For it is written:
IS THE ACCEPTABLE TIME *
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Abortion is all too common evil in our selfish culture.
But motherhood is the most precious and life-giving
of all occupations.
Motherhood: from where all life finds its beginning.
THINK BEFORE YOU ACT
Abortion may seem
like an easy solution now
the right thing
will bless you...
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